My Life in the Arts

This column is about me and my life in the arts. I am an actor, musician, and singer. I have been singing and acting since elementary school in Fort Saskatchewan. My voice teacher was Mrs. Gwen Montgomery, the mother of local radio personality Wes Montgomery. She was a gracious, caring lady who taught my classmates and me how to sing well.

In high school I started to act more and did several plays with my brothers in the Fort. We went on to perform in the Easter musical Love According to John. My brothers stayed for three years in the play. I went on to stay 14 years. Some of the early performers in Love According to John were local actors Murray McCune, Marianne Copithorne, Ken Noster, Lewis Cardinal, and his brother Lorne Cardinal (who went on to be an international star as a regular in the series Corner Gas). Our Director was June Hunt.

I later was involved in two movies shot here in Edmonton. Life after Hockey was in 1989 and I was one of two coaches. Glen Sather was the other coach, and the cast included Maurice “Rocket” Richard who was the rink attendant and mentor to “Rink Rat,” the main character in the movie. Kurt Browning also had a part in the movie. I also had a bit part in the movie Angel Square which was also shot here in Edmonton.

I was a choir member for 11 years in the Singing Christmas Tree at the Central Pentecostal Tabernacle and at the Jubilee Auditorium. As part of that choir I sang with international stars Michael Johns and Ruben Studdard. I have not been on stage for four years now, but I plan to get back on stage this year and am considering a stint at the Citadel.

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  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Outdoor Way of the Cross – Due to the wet, cold weather on Good Friday, April 14, attendance was down at the annual Outdoor Way of the Cross from about 660 (in recent years) to only 300 at the peak. This year’s theme was “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one” based on Pope Francis’s letter laudato si that notes that poor people pay the greatest price for our disregard of taking care of the environment. We walked for the first time west of 101 Street in the shadow of Rogers Place. Text: Jim Gurnett Photo: Michael Hoyt

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

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