Check back at this page for updates on The Emeralds special events, awards & recognition, and other general information related to The Emeralds.

April 8, 2014

The Emeralds Christmas CD is available again! Pre-order early for Christmas 2014. Our 'Dance Party' CD is no longer available.

June 13, 2011

The Emeralds took part in the June 13 Global Country Star Search and All Star Concert as feature performers for one twenty minute set. The 2011 concert supported Slave Lake wildfire relief efforts and included an all-star lineup of veterans and new talent taking to the Winspear Centre Stage. Check out our Photo Gallery for a picture of this event.

January 4, 2011

We've launched a new email address: info@theemeralds.net. We're discontinuing support for our old emeralds@telusplanet.net email address, so please update your contacts!

January 1, 2011

Happy new year from The Emeralds! We'd like to thank HouseDifferent, a local Edmonton company, for providing design services to us this year.

June 11, 2008

We've added a New Poster, which is free to download to advertise your upcoming Emeralds event. We've still got the Original Poster if you'd rather use it, or both!

October 25, 2007

We received the following note from Burns Lake, BC, where we recently held two concerts:

10.16.2007

Allan: Thanks again to you and all the guys in the group for your performances in Burns Lake near the end of September (22nd and 23rd). I thought you'd like to know there was quite a bit of coverage in the local paper, the Lakes District News - a colour photo the Wednesday after the performances, and an article in old-timer Hugh Neave's column the following week. Hugh wrote in part:

"What a wonderful way to start the season out with the high class entertainment the LD Arts Council and the Rod and Gun provided for us. What a thrill it was to hear (The Emeralds) play and sing so many of the old songs we used to enjoy, now a long time ago. What impressed so many was how relaxed this band was and how they made us all enjoy their music and singing. It was the kind of afternoon you were sorry when it ended, as we all wished it would go on and on. Many of these old songs brought back the good old days when lots of us used to play and sing so many of the songs they played and sang. Although our younger generation enjoy much different music I did notice some younger folk taking it all in and also enjoying it."

And then there was a paid advertisement from one of the couples who went to the Saturday dance and Sunday concert, saying in part: "Dancing to the Emeralds provided a fabulous magical night and a dream come true. To top it all off, an Emeralds concert in the high school where the acoustics are better gave us all a deep appreciation for the superb talent of these gentlemen."

Let me know if you would like copies of this stuff. And again, many thanks for two great performances and great days! Cheers!

John (and Sandra) Barth for the Lakes District Arts Council

August 1, 2007

The Emeralds are delighted to announce they are now performing with the latest technology in sound reinforcement equipment from Bose Corporation. The band has abandoned their traditional speaker-on-a-tripod approach they used for many years in favour of a portable Line Array system called the L1.

Saxophonist and the group's sound technician, Wally Petruk, says, "We have never sounded better. We now can hear each other much more clearly on stage than with the old front-of-house and separate monitor speaker systems, and that lets us tighten up the harmonies."

Allan Broder ( Leader / Manager) also plays sax and is very happy with their new Bose system. "Our audiences are commenting on our great sound without even being prompted. There is a noticeable improvement in the quality and coverage produced by the L1's and our audience can plainly hear it. It feels great as a musician to know that our true sound is now being heard by everyone attending our events."

All members of the band appreciate the fact that the L1's are much easier to move from place to place than their old system. Plus it's almost invisible on stage. "Most people listening to us have no idea that our great sound comes from those slim cylinders standing just behind us", says Terry Kole, lead guitar and vocalist. "It's a radical new approach to professional sound that certainly works for us."

Doc Olenic, keyboards and vocals, and Don Remeika, drums and vocals, make it unanimous. "I used to sit in the worst seat in the house", says Don. "Now I can really hear what the other guys are playing. It's great." And Doc, who was a little reluctant to get rid of his private stack of sound gear says, "I have to admit, we all sound better. Our voices are reproduced with a naturalness I haven't heard before, and my keyboards have really opened up."

For further comments by The Emeralds on the Bose L1's and to find out more on this amazing system, contact Jason Broder, Promotion and Sales Director, at emeralds@telusplanet.net

December 11, 2006

Canada's Walk of Fame has updated their website for nominations, please visit the Canada's Walk of Fame website to nominate The Emeralds for a star in the walk!

May 15, 2006

Looking for exciting new Emeralds products? We've added new pins, keychains, and T-Shirts to our product roster; and we've posted photos of all of our products (Including our best selling T-Shirts!) on the Purchase Emeralds Products page! We've also adjusted our pricing to reflect increases in shipping and production costs, so if you've been thinking of ordering products please make sure you have our new and improved 2 page order form.

November 16, 2005

We've added lots of photos from various events to our Gallery, including photos from the Alberta Centennial, West Edmonton Mall 55+ Club, the SIlver Dollar Action Centre, and guest artists (courtesy of Terry Kole).

September 1, 2005

The Emeralds performed live at the Alberta Centennial Gala, celebrating the 100th birthday of Alberta, the home province of The Emeralds! The free show was attended by over 128,000 people in 10 cities across the province via satellite link. The birthday party was finished off with a live fireworks display, simultaneously broadcast to 10 Alberta communities starting at 9:55 pm.

August 15, 2005

Sound clips (in MP3 format) of some of the songs found on The Emeralds' latest release "Look At Us" have been added to the "Listen to The Emeralds" section of the website.

February 5, 2005

The CD Release Party for The Emeralds' twenty ninth album, "Look At Us," is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2005 at the Zellers Stage (Phase 1) at West Edmonton Mall. The release is part of a free two hour show that runs from 1 to 3pm and then again from 4 to 6pm.

January 27, 2005

The newest release by The Emeralds, "Look At Us" is being released over the next two weeks and is available for pre-ordering on our order form. We've added lots of new appearances to our schedule throughout 2005, check out our Appearances page for more information.

January 10, 2005

The Emeralds have added a special live appearance at the CBC Edmonton Interactive space, downtown at the East entrance to the City Centre mall in Edmonton, Alberta - Mark January 21 (Friday) on your calendar and plan to attend from noon until 1:00 pm. Space is sure to fill up quickly, get there early and don't miss out!

September 8, 2004

How would you like to be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario? We value each of our fans and we'd love for you all to get your own star in the sidewalk - will you help us do the same? Please visit the Canada's Walk of Fame website to nominate The Emeralds for a star in the walk.

July 1, 2004

The Emeralds have scheduled their New Year's Eve 2004 at the Silver Dollar Action Centre in Calgary, Alberta - Check the Appearances page for more information on this show and on the many new shows we've added in 2004 and 2005.

April 6, 2004

We've posted still more information on the appearances page about the upcoming 2004 events, shows, and special appearances by The Emeralds!

December 31, 2003

The website has undergone a few changes with the addition of the photo gallery and this news page, rollover style navigation buttons and a flash presentation on the first (index) page. We've posted a few photos from the 2003 Alaska Bus Tour & Cruise and will post more as we take them. Stay tuned!

July 2003

Did you miss the 2003 Alaskan Bus Tour & Cruise? We may be planning a 2004 tour and cruise with Holland America Line to an exciting new destination! Continue to check the website for more updates, or contact The Emeralds for information.

The Emeralds Show & Dance Band - Edmonton, Alberta - info@theemeralds.net