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Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)

Vancouver Island teen singer looks back on ‘American Idol’ experience

Lauren Spencer-Smith reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)
Satan’s Angel performs at the Queen’s on Friday, Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy Brian Smith)

B.C. burlesque veteran Satan’s Angel to retire after 50+ years

Septuagenarian performer still uses same flaming tassels from 1962

Satan’s Angel performs at the Queen’s on Friday, Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy Brian Smith)
B.C.-raised country singer Madeline Merlo is headlining Party in the Park at Beban Park sports field on Saturday, June 23. (Photo courtesy Margaret Malandruccolo)

Maple Ridge singer has been hard at work in country music capital

Madeline Merlo back in Canada for festivals taking place across the country

B.C.-raised country singer Madeline Merlo is headlining Party in the Park at Beban Park sports field on Saturday, June 23. (Photo courtesy Margaret Malandruccolo)