RPIRG’s 5th Birthday Celebration!

RPIRG is turning five this year, and we are going to celebrate!  Come on down to The Owl at the U of R for live karaoke, giveaways, and a celebration of the past five years doing social and environmental justice work.  Check out the facebook event.

11:00 a.m. onward:

Cupcakes!   Books!    Balloons!   Stickers!   Buttons!   T-Shirts!   Posters!   Fun!  Donations for all of these sweet swag items will be given to Sofia House in Regina.  Stop by the Owl any time after 11:00 a.m. to join the fun.

8:00 p.m. onward:

Live karaoke sign-ups! – Sign up to sing karaoke backed by the amazing local band, The Lonesome Weekends.

8:30 p.m. – RPIRG in Review – A fun look at the last 5 years of RPIRG’s contributions to social and environmental justice in our community.

9:00 p.m. – Bands!

Julia and Her Piano http://www.myspace.com/juliaandherpiano

Warming the night up is the beautiful Julia and Her Piano. Twenty one year old Julia McDougall grew up in southern Saskatchewan in a town the size of a thumb tack. She grew up with a passion for music, began playing local shows when she was fifteen years old, and continues to play across Canada. Julia’s songs can only be defined as her own: her lyrics are powerful, honest, and true to her prairie heritage. Her melodies, well at times rough and chaotic, are beautiful and unformulated. Now studying at Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Composition program in Vancouver, British Columbia, Julia has fostered incredible technique and musicianship. Her songs have become more melodic and richer, and as a result, her music emits a deeper sound.

The Lonesome Weekends http://thelonesomeweekends.com

Giving you the chance to sing live karaoke with them!  Formed in the summer of 2009, the trio of songwriters comprised of Marshall Burns (Rah Rah), Chris Sleightholm and Devon Floyd (Thee Hoolies, R.I.P) quickly went from sharing songs in the backyard to forming a full band. Enter Tyler Hammer and Chris Prpich (The Lazy MKs), drums and bass respectively, along with Steve ‘The Hat’ Jeske (Sun Zoom Sparx) on keyboards. The resulting sonic goodness sees one part soulful psychedelia and two parts rollicking groove added to three parts backwoods harmonies, six-string twang and song writing swagger. Drinking from the same mountain stream as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Wilco and The Sadies , THE LONESOME WEEKENDS released their debut record “Songs For Lonesome Weekends” in April 2011, and will release their follow-up “Songs From A Barstool” in April 2012. They can be seen tearing up local stages near you.

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