CITY ARCHIVES AND MUSEUM
When local rock pianist and LGBTQ+ advocate Curtis Labelle leaves Red Deer for Ontario, he will be leaving some personal mementoes behind.
His glittery blue stage costume, fur-trimmed cloak, touring cases and purple baby grand piano will remain in the collection of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery — while some of Labelle’s personal documents and photos will be in the possession of the Red Deer Archives.
Labelle, who’s moving east with his husband Jared at the end of June, was recently contacted by the archives and museum to see if there were any personal possessions he wanted his hometown to keep for posterity.
Kim Verrier, the museum’s exhibits coordinator, said Labelle has lived in Red Deer since the age of three and has made many positive contributions to the community. His story is woven into Red Deer’s history, so Verrier said the museum, wants to hold on to a few of Labelle’s personal items to help fill out its collection of artifacts from the local music scene. Just as the museum’s visual arts collection is expanding, staff now want to do the same with local performing arts holdings, she explained.
Labelle said feels honored to be asked to donate some artifacts that will become part of Red Deer’s historic record.
Red Deer Advocate
NEW SINGLE & ALBUM 2024
2023 is underway for Curtis Labelle and his music. Working on new singles and starting the development of his first rock album, Curtis will be working with new producers in Ontario, Canada with a forward album release in 2024. Designing his first full length self titled album, "Curtis Labelle", he has been working meticulously at the theme and shape of what it will offer. From sound design, to new recordings of previously released singles, this album is sure to be a game changer for his accession in the music industry.
"Cinderella" and "Ecstasy" are two of the new stylistic songs Curtis has been developing and crafting. Inspiration from experiences of love and friendship, there will be more than just rock piano and soaring vocals. Be sure to keep an eye out for these new singles to be released in the early spring of 2024 accompanying the album.
IMAGINATION CD RELEASE
Imagination released in 2020 is now available on CD. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Curtis Labelle, to all dreamers be a triumph, Imagination is a collection of original piano pieces, that take the listener on a journey through an inspiration of dreams and ideas.
Each song allows you to paint your own image and tell a story that you create.
Listen to this album at work, home, at night time or to simply take you on a journey of your own imagination. Whenever you want. Be expressive with you own creativity. Tell everyone about your experience.
IMAGINATION CD is available for purchase at live concerts.