Duckbills And Singing Duets

July 25, 2019

WEMBLEY, AB – This Saturday’s events at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum offer a unique double bill.

Museum Curator Corwin Sullivan brings local paleontological enthusiasts up to date on the latest findings of the Boreal Alberta Dinosaur Project as part of our lecture series. His presentation, Cretaceous North: Exploring the Lost Dinosaurian World of the Peace Region, begins at 3 p.m. in the Aykroyd Family Theatre.

The museum opened in September 2015.

At 6 p.m. Nick Carter, the Museum’s Education Co-ordinator, picks up his guitar to join local songstress and Summer Education Program Leader Nicole LaValley in concert on the Dine-O-Saur Patio. Their performance will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

“Saturday’s events highlight the diversity we offer at our venue,” says Brittany Westbury, Events and Communications Co-ordinator. “We enjoy presenting educational opportunities for residents and visitors while also using the facility to showcase local talent.”

The Boreal Alberta Dinosaur Project (BADP)

“My collaborators and I have recently made some exciting fossil finds that help paint a picture of the rich ecosystem that existed in Northern Alberta during the time of the dinosaurs,” says Sullivan, also Professor of Paleontology, Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Alberta.

Brandy Yanchyk will film the presentation as part of her Dino Trails S2 documentary series.

The BADP is an international collaboration among palaeontologists interested in the dinosaurs and other cretaceous vertebrates of Northern Alberta, and particularly of the Wapiti Formation in this area. Sullivan will share some of the project’s latest findings, including rich deposits of duckbill dinosaur bones and some tantalizing evidence the cretaceous fauna of the Peace Region was substantially different from counterparts in southern Alberta and the western USA.

Nick & Nicole

In addition to working at the Museum, Nick is a guitar player and songwriter. Combining almost 20 years of guitar experience with a love of song crafting, Carter offers a diverse fusion of catchy pop sensibilities, worldly rhythms, and sophisticated instrumentation.

Bringing in influences from melodic indie rock, classic Afro-Caribbean pop, and 80’s New Wave, Carter offers a varied and exciting musical experience.

Growing up in the Peace Country, music has always held a special place in Nicole LaValley’s heart. She has always enjoyed singing and has been a member of multiple local choirs. Nine years ago, Nicole picked up a guitar and has used it to accompany her voice since. She also plays piano and the ukulele. Nicole started song writing at age 12. She jokingly calls herself Grande Prairie’s very own Taylor Swift since most of her work is written about her exciting experiences with romance.

She has shared her talents by participating in school talent shows and Peace Country Idol. Occasionally, Nicole posts covers of various styles of music on her social media. This event will be her first time performing live in three years!


The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – a 41,000 square foot world-class facility named for Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist and highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta – opened its doors to the public on September 26, 2015. It is Canada’s second devoted dinosaur museum, and is located 19 kilometres west of the City of Grande Prairie in the Town of Wembley.

Media enquiries may be directed to:

Brittany Westbury Coordinator of Events and Communications Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 780-882-5852

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