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Martin Litton navigates the rushing waters of the Grand Canyon during The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Oct. 4, 2022, at the Arden Theatre. SUPPLIED/Photo

Film Festival 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour once again hits the Arden Theatre screen on Tuesday, Oct. 4, featuring mesmerizing shots and feats of daredevil athleticism which take jaw-dropping turns across the world. 

These adrenaline junkies bike through a primal forest, row down the Grand Canyon, snowboard on the world stage, and BASE jump off scorched cliffs as well as ski through rock caves, climb curved rock faces, and dog sled 1,900 kilometres. 

Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St. Tickets are $20 to $24 online at tickets.stalbert.ca. 

Platinum record 

St. Albert country music artist Dan Davidson is celebrating his first Canadian platinum for a single. The party song, Found, sold 80,000 units, making it eligible for a platinum certification. 

“As an independent artist without a label backing me, I don’t know when this happened before in Canada. It’s a huge deal when you’ve never had a special push from a massive company. It’s very rare,” said Davidson. 

Found, a romantic song with a high-tempo dance beat, first gained widespread popularity among country fans in 2016-2017. 

“It was massive and kick-started everything,” Davidson said. Formerly lead singer for rock band Tupelo Honey, Davidson transitioned and discovered success as a multi-award-winning country singer. 

Found is a good benchmark and a good goal. We are lucky to have one song hit. It helps bring people to the shows and hear new songs. It feeds into itself.” 

Currently, the singer-songwriter-producer is tying up loose ends for an October tour of Australia that includes three performances at the Broadbeach Groundwater Country Music Festival. 

Citadel Theatre 

Vanessa Sabourin, a former St. Albert Children’s Theatre alumna and Maggie Tree founder, has partnered with Citadel Theatre to direct The Wolves

A 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, playwright Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves follows a soccer team of nine teenage girls navigating an emotional season as they bounce through a series of personal pressures. 

The Citadel’s Rice Theatre flexible space is transformed into a real soccer field with balls, uniforms, training sessions, and warm-up practices. 

“This is a time of transition,” said Sabourin. “As we cross multiple thresholds in a multilayered game, we are coming together to play bravely and create a world we can all be proud of and feel part of. Through The Wolves, we learn about loss, community, identity, responsibility, and a larger definition of what it means to win.” 

The Wolves runs Oct. 8 to 30 at the Citadel's Rice Theatre, 9828 101A Ave. in Edmonton Tickets are at 780-425-1820 or online at citadeltheatre.com.