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St. Albert's Matt Alden

The infamous trio of nerdy toy testers is back for season three. Tiny Plastic Men, an original comedy series from Edmonton-based Mosaic Entertainment, is set to air Monday, March 2 on Super Channel.

The episodes take place at the fictional Gottfried Brothers Toy and Train Company starring comedy creators Chris Craddock, Mark Meers and St. Albert’s Matt Alden.

Not only do the testers deal with weird and dangerous toys, but they also put up with eccentric bosses, hostile co-workers and oddball guests.

Season two was successful enough to be nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards: Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Series (Chris Craddock) and Best Performance by An Actor (Mark Meers).

In season three’s premiere episode titled Crad Van Winkle, Crad wakes up to discover he’s lost a year of his life and nothing at the toy factory is the same as it was.

In season three special guests also make the occasional appearances. Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) shows up as a judge, Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) drops by as a wacky Willy Wonka type and hockey hero Georges Laraque reprises his role as Gaston LeBoeuf, an openly gay linebacker.

Check your television guide for times.

This year Mission Hill Brass reaches the decade mark with a special celebration on Saturday, April 18 at the Arden Theatre.

Joining the British-style brass band is United Kingdom’s Derek Broadbent, conductor of Brighouse and Rastrick as well as the Black Dyke Mills Band. Soprano Catherine Abele and the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton will also join the festivities.

The evening concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 adults and children under 10 are free. Tickets are available online at ticketmaster.ca.

Jazz sax legend P. J. Perry joins the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus for the Canadian premiere of The Peacemakers on Sunday, March 1 at the Winspear Centre.

New-age composer Karl Jenkins composed the music and set it to words of peace from iconic, world-shaping men such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. But these towering figures weren’t the only ones.

Jenkins also included other inspirational quotations from Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and the Dalai Lama as well as texts from the Bible and Qur’an.

Brazilian-born Dr. Danielle Lisboa conducts the orchestra with Perry on soprano sax, Jeremy Spurgeon (organ), Gord Oaks (percussion) and Janet Smith (soprano). An added highlight is the newly formed all-male modern dance company Tony Olivares Dance.

The afternoon concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at 780-420-1757 or online at tixonthesquare.ca

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