Things are getting personal with The Uncoolas

Lisa Goudy
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The Uncoolas will perform a show, This Time it's Personal, at the Mae Wilson Theatre on May 2, 2014 in support of Canada Day activities in Moose Jaw.

Jive with The Uncoolas on Friday to support Canada Day events

The Uncoolas are all about the community.

“We’re really about just seeing people enjoy themselves, take a bit of a musical trip back in time, so to speak,” said Aaron Ruston of The Uncoolas. “So we’re just looking forward to having some great fun, showing our new show. It’ll be exciting.”

On Friday, The Uncoolas will perform a show called This Time it’s Personal at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will support Canada Day celebrations in the city. This is the third year the group has performed the benefit concert for the Canada Day festivities.

“We want to see people stay home (in Moose Jaw). We want to see people realize that there are pretty cool events - or pretty un-cool events going on, so to speak, back here. So yeah, we’re just trying to keep people closer to home so they realize they don’t have to travel to enjoy their July 1,” said Ruston. “We love to perform. We love to interact with the people.”

Russ McKnight, chairman of the Canada Day committee, said it could cost up to $6,000 to purchase fireworks and cover others costs such as production.

“We’re using (the concert) to raise funds so we can put on the Canada Day celebrations and especially to get money to put on a fireworks display,” said McKnight. “We’re struggling for funds there. So The Uncoolas stepped forward.”

He added the group is “quite supportive” of Canada Day celebrations.

“They don’t perform regularly, just every now and then, and it’s because of their love of music that they perform,” said McKnight. “When they’re performing people know exactly what they’re doing. They started off last year’s performance with The Twist … They’re very entertaining and they’re very popular around Moose Jaw.”

He is expecting a large crowd to come out to the benefit concert.

“We had a capacity crowd last year. We expect another sell-out this year,” said McKnight. “We encourage people to come, not only because they’ll enjoy it, but we need to have the support for the funding to make the fireworks and celebrations a reality.”

The group will perform between 25 and 30 songs at Friday’s concert.

“We’ll do everything from The Beegees to Elton John to Keith Urban to Diamond Rio to Paper Lace, lots of groups,” said Ruston.

The group has been together for 11 years and Ruston has been with the group for seven years. Most of the eight members from the group are from Regina, but three band members — including Ruston — are from Moose Jaw.

“Over the number of years we’ve worked quite a bit in broadening what we do and our shows get bigger all the time,” said Ruston. “We do a lot of corporate, a lot of casino shows so it’s nice to come home to the beautiful Mae Wilson and do it there because the acoustics are so nice and it’s such a beautiful venue.”

The band members do vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.

"We’re very big on harmonies,” said Ruston. “(On Friday), let’s pack this place.

There is rush seating for the event. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Mae Wilson Theatre.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, The Twist

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina

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