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April 18, 2007
Escape Artist
Eight year old street performer Maria Adolfson knew exactly what to do with a holiday from school when she used her coloured chalk to create “penguins made out of hearts.” Her twin sister Jacinda who was helping the day before—went to a new studio—painting inside a house with her grandmother and grandfather so they will be able to move to town later from Virden, Manitoba. This picture showing the girls’ concrete results was taken in front of Sweet and Healthy just east of Main Street. ©Provost News Photo.
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Recording Artist to Perform at Canadian Film Première
Vancouver singer, recording artist and pianist Julie Blue plans to attend the Canadian Première of “Pete: Moving Manmade Mountains” in Provost on Saturday evening, May 5.

Born in Calgary, Blue started playing piano at the age of five. By the time she was 17, she was playing and singing professionally. She completed training in Vancouver at Capilano College in 1982. She has had years of study in jazz, classical music and voice.

She’s toured and performed with many bands, primarily jazz and R & B, (ie. The Platters, Jason Hoover and the Midnight Groovers, Gail Bowen). Blue’s performances have taken her to Africa, Australia, Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Japan. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish and some Japanese. An experienced session player, she has worked on many recording projects playing piano, keyboards or adding vocals. She has also performed live at many events and concerts, one highlight being Expo ’88 in Australia with legendary Jazz musician Gabriel Mark Hasselback (Little Richard, the O’Jays, Heart).

She founded the Singspiration Creative Empowerment Programs in 1989 and also writes music for and directs a 50 voice gospel choir, “The Singspiration Singers”. Blue has also artistically directed many shows and concerts.
She also wrote and composed the multimedia family musical "Jolly's Journey". The children's chorus that she directed for the musical later recorded on John Denver's last album, "Love Again". Julie's composition abilities have added the music to many films including award-winning documentaries "Close to the Heart" and "Stolen Lives." She also sing in the docu-drama “Pete: Moving Manmade Mountains” that will be shown for the first time publicly in Canada here in less than three weeks.

Blue has released five original CDs including Shining Through, which is selling internationally, and Wing & A Prayer, which was released in a sold out performance at Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre. She is in production on her new CD, collaborating with multi instrumentalist, Joseph Pepe Danza (Westcoast Musician of the Year 1999 and Juno nominee).

Other projects include a performance as musical keynote performer for Goldie Hawn’s Bright Light Foundation 2005 fundraising event, as well as a musical keynote performance at Matthew Fox's Earth Revival Cosmic Mass, Vancouver 2005 event. Blue also performed at the Minerva Foundation's Life in Balance forum 2004.

She has also performed as a motivational presenter at Enlightened Warrior Camps in Canada and the U.S.A. Her more recent film composing projects are as musical composer for “Traveling at the Speed of Life” an Ocean Playground Productions feature film (in association with CKO Films) directed by Brent Crowell (1st AD and Dr. Dolittle 3) and as composer for the National Film Board's documentary called “My Father, My Teacher” directed by Dennis Allen. Other projects include: “Some of My Best Friends are Indians” a feature film directed by Bill Stewart of RYBW Productions, who also shot parts of the Pete: Moving Manmade Mountains” in and near Provost last year (see PN March 29, 2006).

Blue will soon compose the score for a short drama called “Class Savage” about bullying and the sometimes horrific results.

She teaches film composing at the Arts Institute in Vancouver.

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House, Garage, Quonset Lost in ‘Heartbreaking’ Blaze
A family living north of Czar suffered a major fire when the burning of grass got away and flames destroyed the house, garage, Quonset, pumphouse and boat on Friday afternoon, April 13.

Czar, Provost and Wainwright fire brigades were called to the rural residence of George and Lavonne Jackson late in the windy afternoon to put out the fires that also caused three separate grass fires.

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More Barrels, Flowers Will be Added to Beautify Downtown
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Do You Feel the Need to Exercise More—and Eat Better?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Blanche Nelson, Whitney Markson, Travis Rajotte, Irene Graham, and Marion Kehler.
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