Localities (09/16/09)

Comrie's return proves a smart decision, CISN & Lund walk away winners @ CCMAs, architect Stout talks about the Gallery

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

-Last Tuesday (Sept. 15) night homegrown talent Mike Comrie, 29, rallied up a pair of assists during the Edmonton Oilers' first pre-season game, giving way to a 4-1 victory against home team Calgary Flames. "It's a long pre-season, and the guys are just trying to feel each other out," said linemate Comrie, who recently surprised his hometown when he resigned with the Oilers on September 10, six years after leaving the team on a sour note. The exhibition game was the first for the Oilers guided by new head coach Pat Quinn, who replaced Craig MacTavish after seven years with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

-At the recent Canadian Country Music Awards (Sept. 13), Edmonton's CISN Country 103.9 was named Major Market Country Radio Station of the Year, christening the local staple the top country music station nationwide. CISN Promotion Director Danielle L'Hirondelle accepted the honour at the 28th annual CCMAs, snatching the accolade away from host city Vancouver's CJJR-FM. Edmonton-based alt-country act Corb Lund & his Hurtin' Albertans were declared Roots Artist/ Group of the Year during the Jason Priestly-hosted event, for the sixth year running.

-Randall Stout, the L.A.-based architect behind the eccentric facelift of the 85-year-old Art Gallery of Alberta (pictured above), will be speaking this Saturday (Sept. 19) at next door's Winspear Theatre, about the grand opening of the esteemed project. In addition to speaking of the gallery's open house, Stout will present photos of the top secret interior and divulge the inspiration that led to Edmonton's boldest architectual structure since...well, ever! Tickets for the lecture, which starts at 2PM, are available at the door (or 780-422-6223) for just $10. You can read The Edmonton Journal's interview with Stout by clicking here.
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