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The Strathmore Musical Arts Society (SMAS) has been a staple in the community since 1996, founding member Linda Storkson is grateful to be back in 2022 and ready to bring arts and culture back to Strathmore with the SMAS team.
The SMAS Group has a big goal this year to include more members and bring in new ideas for shows and opportunities for artists that Storkson believes will be key to the group’s success today and longevity. .
“We try to reach all generations and really want to promote music and culture in Strathmore and throughout County Wheatland.”
There have been many highlights for the band over the years and one for Storkson was seeing so many families join them when they welcomed Fred Penner, she felt it was such a special show to have for the community and really enjoyed seeing so many generations. present and seeing the impact it had from grandparents to parents to children.
“The Arts Society has been around since 1996. We do three to four shows, usually a year, sometimes 5 and we’re completely non-profit and volunteer-run by people who love music and are passionate about it.”
SMAS hopes to grow with new members of all ages who are eager to support what they have built and explore new ideas to continue sharing their love of arts and culture with the region.
After what the world has been through in the last 2 years there is a healing that needs to happen and Storkson knows the importance the arts can have in making sure everyone is connected and has seen what the power of music and the arts can do.
It’s a passion for everyone involved, Storkson explains, they don’t do it for the money, they do it because they really love it.
“It’s important and we want to showcase the arts in our community. It’s not just about bringing top quality music, it’s about bringing people together, having fun, laughing , reduce stress levels and through music you can do that.”
2022 is shaping up to be a great year for the band as it looks to host its dinner and performance parties and bring new events to its clients, Storkson explained.
“May 14 John Wort Hannam is coming in and he just paid tribute to Ian Tyson last weekend. He’s an awesome artist and then Lindsay Butler will be opening for it, so we’re really excited about that.
Hannam is well known for his musical storytelling which draws heavily on Western Canadian imagery and themes, including the experiences of people who work and live on the Prairies. While Butler is a 7th generation Albertan and country singer-songwriter who connects her history and Southern Alberta flair to her work.
Storkson is also looking forward to this season for the SMAS which will be back in September after this weekend’s show.
“We have Banger Bingo on September 24th at the AG Grounds, and on November 19th we welcome back The Traveling Mabels with a Christmas show, which is a great way to start celebrating the season.”
In addition, the band will host a singer-songwriter night led by members of Strathmore band “The Locals.” Storkson says when shows aren’t airing that doesn’t mean the planning stops, they’re always on the lookout for new acts and are open to new ideas for shows they can bring to town.
On May 14, guests will be treated to an evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment from John Wort Hannam and Lyndsay Butler. Tickets are available at Assist Business Centre, connectFirst Credit Union Strathmore Home Hardware and Pro Water Strathmore or online at strathmorearts, com.
To keep up to date with events and volunteer opportunities, visit strathmorearts.com.
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