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Julia Lynx concert in Val Marie on May 31

Written by  Laureen Marchand
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“A big-league voice: strong, fresh and country-clear.” That’s what Miles Durrie from Avenue magazine in Calgary wrote about singer/songwriter Julia Lynx last fall.

Now this dynamic performer is capping off her Saskatchewan tour with a stop at the Val Marie Hotel in Val Marie, accompanied by Al “The Gentle Giant” Tinholt on guitar.
The show is Saturday, May 31, sponsored by Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Val Marie’s small but mighty ecomuseum. It starts at 9 p.m and tickets are $15, available at the door.
The Julia Lynx concert is the museum’s first program event of the 2014 season.
Lynx heard about Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and Val Marie from Saskatchewan naturalist and writer Trevor Herriot, one of the organizers of Margaret Atwood’s and Graeme Gibson’s visit to PWSS, Val Marie and Grasslands National Park in 2013.
Living in Canmore, Alta., she’s one of the leaders of a group called Bison Belong, working to bring bison back to Banff National Park, as happened in Grasslands National Park beginning in 2006.
She knows the Wardens band, those entertaining musicians whose best tour experience of 2013 was in Val Marie, so she understands what great experiences and audiences Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and the Val Marie Hotel can produce.
Lynx’s performance is part of a Val Marie double bill May 31. At 7 p.m., the Val Marie Hall is screening the movie Run: Broken Yet Brave, starring Val Marie’s own Joseph Naytowhow, the award-winning actor/dancer/singer.
Run is the story of Ashley, a 16-year-old teenager with a chip on her shoulder. She is sent by her mom to spend a month of summer holidays with her grandparents on the family farm. While there she develops a love-hate relationship with her grandfather Joseph, a full-blooded Cree Indian who stresses rules and respect.
Ultimately the story is about redemptive love and the power of forgiveness woven into the traditions of First Nations culture.
There will be a cash bar at the Hall at 6:30 p.m. and a chance to meet and talk with Naytowhow afterward.
For a complete night out, start with supper at the Val Marie Hotel or Val Marie’s Harvest Moon Cafe, then take in a movie with a chance to meet the star, and finish off the day with a first class musical performance.

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