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Scott Cook & The Second Chances...

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Blog

In preparation for the last show of our 2013 season, I spent some time looking at The Steel Wheels website–getting text for our program. Before last summer, I hadn’t heard of The Steel Wheels. Doug, Marilyn and I got together to find an act to round off our season. We checked out the schedules at some of the Edmonton-based...

A Standing Ovation for Jake’s Gift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Blog

Longtime Chautauqua supporters have identified Jake’s Gift as one of the best performances they have ever seen at The Red Brick. Writer/actor Julia Mackey takes the audience on a journey along the beaches of Normandy as Jake, a Canadian WWII Veteran, reluctantly returns to the site of D-Day for the first time–on the 60th Anniversary of the invasion. Although...

10 More To Go!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Blog

Chautauqua 2013 Season Tickets are selling well. People recognize the value of our package: 5 high-quality shows (with reserved seating) for $125. Selling season ticket packages means that Chautauqua volunteers don’t have to scramble or shift into high-pressure-sales mode when performance dates approach. Our goal is to sell out every show. This ensures the artists have a good audience,...

What are your summer music plans?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Blog

There are a lot of great summer music festivals in Alberta–and across Canada. Maybe you took in The Northcountry Fair at the end of June. Maybe you’re planning to go to Pembina River Nights at Rangeton Park this weekend or Wild Mountain Music Festival at Entrance Ranch next weekend or the Edmonton Folk Festival at the beginning of August....

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Chautauqua (pronounced Shuh – TAWK – wuh) is an Iroquois word, meaning either “two moccasins tied together”, “bag tied at the middle”, “where the fish are taken out” or “jumping fish.”‘


The Chautauqua tradition an adult education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances; the word is also used for any single organization pursuing this activity.

The idea was originated in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York, which lends its name to the format, but was soon copied paralleled elsewhere.

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