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Submitted by
Jasmine Nelson

Josh Hauta (Media Studies and Professional Communication, 2019) is part of the local team bringing us the Ross Street Stage event on September 18*. The stage is a temporary set up on the Ross Street Patio downtown, designed to provide opportunities for local musicians to perform near some of our city's popular music venues, while adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines that have restricted live performance opportunities since March. “My role has been writing articles, helping with the marketing on social media and radio, and supporting Dave, one of the lead organizers, with videography,” says Josh.  

His recent feature for Red Deer Scene magazine has all the details about the event, which is presented by some of our favorite downtown businesses and features performances by a number of local artists. We’re proud to see how many of our alumni and friends are a part of bringing this community event together. “It’s been a rough go for music venues and we were happy to help in any way we could,” says Josh. “I’m a musician myself and it’s been a huge bummer seeing venues close and bands stuck at home. We hope this event raises awareness about how much the Ross Street Stage has meant to the city during these bizarre times. From the downtown pubs to the musicians to the audience, who now have a safe place to hear some great local music, the stage has been a huge positive in a time when negativity is running rampant.” Read Josh’s story here, and then join us downtown on September 18* at 7:00 pm to celebrate live music and our community. 

*In the case of poor weather, this event will be rescheduled for September 25.

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