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PHOTOS B Y H EATHER M CGUIRE
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t’s no longer true that the best thing about Dartmouth is the view of Halifax. The Habourview market is precisely the kind of thing that managed to get BINGE out of
bed early on a Saturday morning. The day trip allowed us to discover parts of a city, we admit, we wouldn’t have given a running chance in the Ƥ Ǥ
old legion-‐like curling club and an Anglican church that’s seen better days, the Harbourview Weekend Market greets you with murals from the 1950s and yellow and green neon signs which promise Ƥ Ǥ doesn’t disappoint. Everything we found was under 10 bucks. The market’s stalls were a testa-‐ ment of the owners’ quirkiness and love for all things vintage — some shelves and tables are packed like people’s attics. The real discoveries happen when ơ your way through the cobwebs. The soundtrack to our day at the market was Perry Como’s Keep It Gay — and yes, we found the original 1953 B-‐side that day.
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Ƥ ƪ-‐ ket. As I stroked his bumpy feath-‐ ers, I immediately knew I wanted him. But like any smart woman, I had to shop around before I com-‐ mitted. When I came back, feeling used and disappointed, he was still waiting for me, and at half-‐price. I christened him Shel Silverstein. I think he has the heart of a poet. His eyes might be googly, but they see right into my soul. I have to be care-‐ ful he doesn’t lose anymore shells. ơǣ Ǥ -‐ Katie
Just minutes after getting to the market I spotted a globe sitting next to a tall white and gold tacky Ǥ ƪ -‐ ning the globe in history class. I spun it repeatedly hoping that one day I would be able to travel Ƥ touched. This globe showed me the root of why I love to travel — I had to bring it home. My favorite
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from Malaysia stall. The white, dirty Ƥ palm of your hand. It opens like a box at the centre to help you hold a decadent and pre-‐revolutionary all your hopes and dreams or your Russia (long live Nicholas II). Since rings when doing the dishes. A be-‐ the Faberge egg is one of the dazzled jewel sits on top of the egg quintessential symbols of that time, to give it that fancy edge you need I naturally gravitated to a little pur-‐ to impress your friends with your ple velvet box with a plastic cover knowledge for all things Anastasia. that held a piece of reproduced his-‐ tory. I found it in, what seemed to This faux Faberge egg set me back be, the market’s everything came six bucks. -‐ Justin
thing about the globe is how out of Ǥ Ƥ marked anywhere, but the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics spans the top. This mystery adds to the beauty and uncertainty of our fast changing world. My trip around a slightly out of date Ƥ Ǥ -‐ Heather
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What I love about this market is Ƥơ-‐ pean squirrel (if it had only been cheaper), a book stall with a ballet section, and just around the corner — jackpot; a rubber duck stand. I never had a rubber duck as a child. Maybe that’s why when I spotted the endless row of duck-‐ ies, I couldn’t control myself. Given the chance, I probably would have bought every single one and en-‐ tered them all in some sort of race. I ƪǡ I was also partial to Franken-‐duck and one that looked like Frenchie from Grease. My little duckies were two bucks each or six for $10 — a total steal. -‐ Kirsten
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What else could a girl need other than rings? For me, they are the ultimate expression of my identity. At this point, I probably have more rings than underwear. But unlike my underwear, my rings will always Ƥ ǯ wearing them. Despite how many I already own, I’m always on the hunt for a new one. When I saw this one buried at a tiny corner stand, I knew it was waiting just for me. My newest addition cost me eight bucks. -‐ Terra
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I found a book called “Old Set-‐ tlers’ Remedies,” compiled by Marion Robertson in 1960. The book includes original Maritime and New England folk remedies for everything froma cough to raging madness, and everything in be-‐ tween. Some of the more ǣ Cold Sores — “Apply wax from
one’s ear to the sore.” Deafness — “Put a little salt in your ear. Or, three or four drops of onion juice at laying down, and stopt in with a little wool.” Weak Eyes — “Wash the head daily with cold water.” Ƥ was just 50 cents. -‐ Max
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The Â commercial Â actor Â turned Â public Â relations Â representative Â turned Â designer Â (and Â now Â movie Â director) Â from Â the Â suburbs Â of Â Houston, Â Texas Â had Â a Â hard Â time Â Ć¤Â‰Â—Â”Â‹Â?Â‰Â‘Â—Â–Â™ÂŠÂƒÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â™ÂƒÂ?Â–Â‡Â†Â–Â‘ Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂŠÂ‹Â•ÂŽÂ‹ÂˆÂ‡Ç¤ Â‘Â”Â†Â•Â‡Â‡Â?Â•Â–Â‘ĆŞÂ›Â„Â› the Â seat Â of Â his Â well Â tailored Â pants Â using Â virile Â grace Â and Â good Â olâ€™ Â bad Â boy Â charm Â in Â every Â project Â ÂŠÂ‡Â—Â?Â†Â‡Â”Â–ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â•Ç¤ÂŠÂ‡Â?Â‡Â”Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ? Â†Â‡Â•Â‹Â‰Â?Â‡Â”Â–Â‘Â‘Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â„Â‘Â”Â‹Â?Â‰ÂŽÂ‘ÂƒÂˆÂ‡Â”Â•ÇĄ Â•Â–Â—ĆĄÂ›Â„Â”Â‘Â™Â?Â•ÂƒÂ?Â†Â•Â‘ÂˆÂ– Â–ÂƒÂŽÂ‹ÂƒÂ?Â…Â—Â–Â• Â‘Âˆ Â—Â…Â…Â‹ÇĄÂ•Â“Â—ÂƒÂ”Â‡Â†Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â?Â‘ĆĄÂƒÂ?Â† Â?ÂƒÂ†Â‡Â‡Â˜Â‡Â”Â›Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â‰Â„ÂŽÂƒÂ…Â?Ç¤ÂŠÂƒÂ?Â?Â• Â–Â‘ Â‘Â”Â†ÇĄÂ›Â‘Â—Â…ÂƒÂ?Â’Â—ÂŽÂŽÂ‘ĆĄÂƒÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ˜Â› Â•ÂŠÂ‘Â—ÂŽÂ†Â‡Â”Â‡Â†Â˜Â‡ÂŽÂ˜Â‡Â–Â‡Â˜Â‡Â?Â‹Â?Â‰ÂŒÂƒÂ…Â?Â‡Â– with Â a Â simple Â pair Â of Â matching Â pants Â or Â dress. Â â€œTo Â wear Â some-Ââ€? Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â‰ÂŽÂ‹Â?Â‡Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â‹Â•ÂƒÂ•Â–Â”Â‘Â?Â‰Â•Â‘Â…Â‹ÂƒÂŽ Â•Â–ÂƒÂ–Â‡Â?Â‡Â?Â–Č‚Â‹Â–ÇŻÂ•Â•Â–Â”Â‹Â?Â‹Â?Â‰ÂƒÂ?Â† Â•Â‡ÂšÂ›ÇĽ ÇŻÂ˜Â‡Â•Â‡Â‡Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â„Â‘Â™Â–Â‹Â‡ÂŽÂ‘Â‘Â? Â•ÂŽÂ‘Â™ÂŽÂ›Â…Â‘Â?Â‹Â?Â‰Â„ÂƒÂ…Â?ÇĄÇłÂ•ÂƒÂ›Â•Â‘Â?-Ââ€? treal Â fashion Â photographer, Â Cody Â Caissie.
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The Â French Â couturier Â grew Â up Â in Â the Â Parisian Â suburbs Â in Â the Â 1960s Â playing Â in Â his Â grand-Ââ€? motherâ€™s Â closet Â and Â dressing Â up Â his Â teddy Â bears Â for Â impromptu Â fashion Â shows. Â Buttons, Â lace Â and Â old Â corsets Â from Â the Â 1940s Â ÂŠÂƒÂ˜Â‡ÂƒÂŽÂ™ÂƒÂ›Â•Â‹Â?ĆŞÂ—Â‡Â?Â…Â‡Â†ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â™Â‘Â”Â?Ç¤ Â‘Â—Â…ÂƒÂ?Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ?Â? ÂƒÂ—ÂŽÂ–Â‹Â‡Â”ÂˆÂ‘Â”Â?ÂƒÂ?-Ââ€? ing Â that Â sailor Â coat Â you Â wear Â so Â ÂˆÂƒÂ•ÂŠÂ‹Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ„ÂŽÂ‡Ç¤Ç˛ Â–ÇŻÂ•ÂƒÂ•Â‹Â?Â’ÂŽÂ‡ÂŽÂ‘Â‘Â?ÇĄ but Â it Â draws Â well Â around Â the Â body, Â especially Â at Â the Â shoulders,â€? Â says Â Caissie. Â Toronto Â fashion Â stylist Â Myles Â Sexton Â agrees, Â saying Â that Â â€œitâ€™s Â something Â that Â you Â can Â mix Â and Â match Â whether Â you Â want Â to Â wear Â something Â casual Â during Â the Â day Â or Â you Â can Â throw Â a Â blazer Â on Â Â–Â‘Â’Â‘ÂˆÂ‹Â–ÂƒÂ?Â†Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â‹Â–Â?Â‘Â”Â‡Â‘ÂˆÂƒÂ? Â evening Â wear Â piece.â€?
THANKS Â FOR Â THE Â VERTIGO, Â MR. Â MCQUEEN
With Â a Â royal Â title Â in Â his Â name, Â Â‹Â–Â•Â‡Â‡Â?Â‡Â†ÂƒÂ?ÂƒÂ–Â—Â”ÂƒÂŽĆ¤Â–ÂˆÂ‘Â”Â–ÂŠÂ‡ designer Â from Â the Â suburbs Â of Â London Â to Â hone Â his Â craft Â at Â Â?Â†Â‡Â”Â•Â‘Â?ĆŹÂŠÂ‡Â’Â’ÂƒÂ”Â†ÇĄÂ”Â‹Â?Â…Â‡ Charlesâ€™ Â tailor. Â The Â royal Â rules Â of Â fashion Â eventually Â opened Â up Â the Â Â†Â‘Â‘Â”Â•Â–Â‘Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂŠÂ‘Â—Â•Â‡Â‘Âˆ Â‹Â˜Â‡Â?Â…ÂŠÂ› where Â he Â notoriously Â honed Â his Â rebellious Â persona. Â McQueen Â was Â obsessed Â with Â the Â actress Â Kim Â Â‘Â˜ÂƒÂ?Ç¤Â‡Â?Â…Â‹ÂŽÂ•Â?Â‹Â”Â–Â•ÇĄÂ‰Â”Â‡Â›Â’ÂƒÂ–-Ââ€? Â–Â‡Â”Â?Â•ÇĄÂ„ÂŽÂƒÂ…Â?Â’Â—Â”Â•Â‡Â…ÂŽÂ—Â–Â…ÂŠÂ‡Â•Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠ clever Â latches Â reminiscent Â of Â the Â late Â 1950s Â became Â the Â rage Â at Â a Â Â–Â‹Â?Â‡Â™ÂŠÂ‡Â?Â…Â‘ÂŽÂ‘Â—Â”ÂƒÂ?Â†ĆŞÂ‘Â”ÂƒÂŽÂ’ÂƒÂ–-Ââ€? terns Â were Â in Â everyoneâ€™s Â closet. Â How Â else Â would Â you Â be Â able Â to Â justify Â stealing Â from Â your Â grand-Ââ€? Â?Â‘Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â”ÇŻÂ•Â…ÂŽÂ‘Â•Â‡Â–ÇŤÇ˛ÂŠÂ‡Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â? Â‘ÂˆÂˆÂƒÂ•ÂŠÂ‹Â‘Â?ÇĄ Â–ÂŠÂ‹Â?Â?Â‘ÂˆÂ–ÂŠÂƒÂ–Â‹Â?ÂƒÂ‰Â‡ÇĄ Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â™Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‹Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â’Â‡Â?Â…Â‹ÂŽÂ•Â?Â‹Â”Â– with Â a Â long Â cigarette Â in Â her Â hand Â ÂƒÂ?Â† ÂŽÂ‘Â˜Â‡Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–Â™ÂŠÂ‘ÂŽÂ‡ÂŽÂ‘Â‘Â?ÇĄÇłÂ•ÂƒÂ›Â• Sexton.
LET’S GO CRAZY THIS SPRING AND TAKE CUES FROM PRINCE’S 1984 ALBUM PURPLE RAIN. MIX BAD-‐ASS LEATHER WITH PRETTY FLORALS AND LACE.
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STYLED BY KATIE RANKIN
GgEeTt TtHhEe LlOoOoKk:
Leather jackets and studded accents make it believable that Prince would take you with him for a ride on his motorcycle.
From lilac to eggplant, purple ƤǤ Floral patterns announce that you’re ready to play in the sun-‐ shine.
Chunky hardware necklaces give ƪ bit of edge.
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ome people need them. Others don’t, but wear them anyway. Like all fash-‐ ion statements, eye glass frames get recycled with each generation. A new set of frames can take forever to sift through. Luckily, we recruited Kate Ross to give some tips.
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Even though she wouldn’t necessarily call herself a “glasses expert,” Kate is ƤǤ
has over 200 pairs in her vin-‐ tage brick shelving system, next to her front door. When she was 10 her grandma gave her a pair of Oakley Frogskins with orange iridium lenses. It started Kate’s collection. Although she didn’t actually need glasses until she was 23, she’s been collecting them since then. She even has her own website dedicated to helping other eyewear addicts.
HhOoWw TtOo OoRrDdEeRr GgLlAaSsSsEeSs OoNnLlIiıNnEe: “Look at the numbers inside Ƥ you well. You can also go into a local glasses store ơ and jot down the arm number. That’s how you’ll know if that style works with your face. If you have a big round face don’t wear little round glasses,” says Kate. Visit Kate’s website at radglasses.com
These frames were made famous by the beautiful Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. But after being put on steroids to suit Dame Edna’s and Elton John’s vision, this frame style has become a staple in dollar stores and costumes shop.
Kate says: “Thanks to Prada’s
fall show these are making a huge comeback — you can wear them with anything ... except hats. But, like, only places you wear real clothes, don’t wear cat-‐eyes at the gym.”
Corey Hart wore his at night, but on sunny days this style can be seen on almost every street corner. The original wayfarers were de-‐ signed in 1952 and have gone through several redesigns, coming in and out of fashion since their debut.
completely commit to giant thick black glasses — wayfarers look good on everyone.”
Starting with Ozzy Osborne in the 1980s, Liam Gallagher in the 1990s and now, Lady Gaga, each genera-‐ tion has reclaimed these classics in their own way.
Potter/John Lennon look without also looking like a mad scientist isn’t easy but, if you’re trying to balance out an oblong face they could be what you want. They’ll make your face wider and shorter.”
Apparently, everything comes back around and into fashion again. Did anyone see the Grandma glasses being cool ever? They came back like a boomerang.
Kate says: “I wear these to all my
glasses’ in the room. Lots of websites will ‘reglaze’ (make your prescription) the old glasses you swipe from nursing homes for under $50. You can also look for ‘deadstock’ glasses on ebay, etsy, American Apparel, etc. but the story is way more fun if you grab them from someone playing bingo. ƪ canes.”
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Initially thought to contain kryp-‐ tonite, this style of frame has had several major comebacks. Since Clarke Kent’s, debut in 1938, many journalists and ordinary citizens alike have claimed this style as their own. Take Drew Carey, his thick, black frames became such a part of his identity that even after Lasik eye surgery, he wore glasses with no lenses.
Kate says: “Always. Anywear.
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Thick black frames are super crisp. fav hipster hangouts. I can wear like I like ‘em in glossy and in matte tortoise, grab tortoise ones if you’re 50mm lens and it always seems like black.” reading Take Ivy, or aren’t ready to I have the smallest, most ‘normal
Kate says: “Classic in black or
This sweatshirt has a picture of Doug on his motorcycle in his younger days.
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ne day as Doug Kirkaldy opened his closet, a pile of old sweatshirts fell on top of him. He decided it was a sign he should start wearing them again. Now he sports a collection that every vintage store-‐hunting thrift kid would envy. We got Doug to ơ Ǥ
Q & A
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MEET THE PROS BEHIND HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST SHOOT ‘EM UPS
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hen Charles Taylor, owner of Toronto’s Movie Armaments Group (MAG) goes to work, he takes a machine gun with him. Taylor is a gun wrangler or armourer and it’s his job to make sure that the art of on-screen violence remains an act of oO¼¡ Gun wranglers are in charge of supplying, storing and ¼±8´±¼tÈb8±Ên±o´|¼´8Y¼±8t8O¼±´|È to use guns safely on set. They work with nearly every weapon imaginable and a basic shoot may include anything from handguns
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But even blanks can be deadly. “People say, well it’s a blank, it doesn’t really matter,” says Taylor. “But inside that case is a mixture of gun powder and q8´|ÈYb±8YÁ´Á8Ê¼®´8tYpÎ to 100% more than what’s normally in ¼|b±bh¼|bÇb´VFbO8Á´bn¼|bo camera, frame rate, the burn time on the gun powder coming out of the gun has ¼FbÇb±´8Ên±8b´non±¼|b camera to actually see it,” he says. Though rare, accidents on set can be devastating. The powder used in blanks produces a red-hot blast of granular ex- plosive that can be lethal at close range. ,|bgsYb8¼|n~ ± bÉÁV8 actor on the popular series, Cover Up occurred when he attempted to play a mock game of Russian roulette with a pistol loaded with blanks. There are also malfunctions on set. Brandon Lee, the action star and son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee who was fatally shot when a stunt weapon 8nÁO¼bY¼|b´b¼n¼|bso The Crow. It’s the gun wrangler’s job to make sure that accidents like these don’t hap- pen and they do that by co-coordinating every shot right down to where the shell is going to fall. «¼®´ b8F8b¼ntÁo±bV¬´8Ê´ Taylor. Gun wranglers are the front line of an industry that makes millions depicting violence and make sure that major action Yb´®¼|8Çb8±O´b¦ÁbOb´¡
Because of the inherent danger, gun wrangling is a profession with a high Ybt±bbnnoO8Çb±´t|¼¡Ï®´|b8Y noOb´«O bYÁ¼t|¼b±¼|8±¼ Knox” and operates under a multi- million dollar insurance policy. Canadian gun laws such as bill C-68 also regulate the sale and ownership of otherwise bt8o±b8±´ 88Y8´Ê¼|b most experienced ever have a chance of entering the industry. Their work is loved by millions and hated by just as many. “The general ÁFOY¼ bo±b8±´V¼|bÊY®¼ like violent movies, they don’t like that we do,” says Taylor. «+Èb´±¼nqÊÁYb±¼|b±8Y8±¡¬ The next time you are watching your favourite actor gunning down opponents in a blaze of Hollywood glory, consider the guys who make the magic happen. bO8Á´bÈ|8¼ÊÁO88o±bot|¼¼|bÊO8 a job well done. K
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¼|´È± tÊo±´¼Ftnb8¼Á±b ohbÇb±´ObV|8ÇbFbb È as the armourer that built the guns for Romeo and Juliet and people have just kept asking me to work on their shows and here I am today,” says Taylor. Taylor’s other custom jobs include mounting a remote controlled .50 calibre machine gun on the roof of a classic Trans Am for the movie Death Race and designing a handheld version of an 8´´8Á¼±qbÁ´t¼|bO|8´´bn8½s mini gun for Resident Evil: Extinction. Because of the level of specialized weapons training necessary to do the job, most gun wranglers are ex- police and military. “You are only as good as the people who work for you and you want to bring ÊÁ±´¼¦Á8obY¼Y8´bOoOFV¬ says Taylor. “I have fourteen people that work under my license...and then I have another cadre of individuals that I have licensed under my contract but we use ¼|bÇb±Ê´bOoOÇb´¡|8Çb8 gentleman who works for me that is a +bO8±Ob´tÁÊ¡¬ 8b±+¼|´8tÁÈ±8tb±È¼| Mantis Armourers in Vancouver, BC. A former member of the Canadian Armed ±Ob´±b´b±Çb´V|b|8´È± bY8´8tÁ wrangler on projects like the Canadian TV series The Closer You Get To Canada, 8Y´O~onb8¼Á±b´The Planting and Blue on Blue. ´´8Ê´¼|bo±´¼±±¼Ê8Ê´|¼ ´´8nb¼Ê¡+¼||8´Fbb¼|bFÁ´b´´ n±on¼bbÊb8±´È¼|Á¼8´tbÁ±Ê and believes education and informa- tion as well as the proper maintenance nb¦Áb¼´8±8Á¼n±tÁ safety. Guns are never pointed directly at bb8o´b¼8Y±bO8´8±bÁ´bY È|bbÇb±´´Fb¡ bn±b8´|¼V+¼| O|bO ´¼|bbO|8O´nb8O|o±b8±V tears each one down and visually in- spects them to insure a clean, lubricated Èb8¡,´Á8¼bÇbo±bVÈ±8tb±´ use blanks, which are cartridges with the bullet or projectile removed and then crimped closed.
Pushing through emotional boundaries with paintbrush strokes.
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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY HEATHER MCGUIRE
These photos were taken during my second year of university when my older sis-‐ ter, Frances, and I were living together. Times of experimentation were frequent. Our minds were constantly on the verge of confusion and breakthrough. ƥ of mental illness and I was trying to under-‐ stand the reasons behind her struggle. Frances used paint as a way to express her ƪ Ǥ ƤǤ We decided to take a few photos. Then out came the paint. After accidentally getting paint all over myself, we came up with the idea to do some abstract nude photographs. A smear of paint on Frances’s arms turned into a body covered with paint. The subject and the photographer took part in a shared work of art. Her paint and my pho-‐ ơ can be a powerful tool for someone living with mental illness.
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It was an emotional purge. It was a silent scream. It was a symphony of colour, and it was two people’s perspec-‐ tives and emotional experi-‐ ences trying to understand mental illness. + Frances
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FfOoRr TtHhEe LlOoVvEe OoFf TtRrOoLlLlSs BLANCHE SILVER HAS OVER 1,400 MINI ROOMMATES WORDS A ND P HOTOS B Y T ERRA C IOLFE
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hey’re on the window sill;; on top of the mirror;; in the cabinet;; above the cabinet;; sitting on the four side tables;; lined up on the television;; perched on top of the phone;; adorning two shelves dedicated entirely to them. They are Treasure Trolls. Their owner is an 82 year old woman named Blanche Silver. She’s known as the Troll Lady of Halifax. “I didn’t call myself the Troll Lady, somebody else did, but it doesn’t bother me – it’s better than saying, ‘hey you’,” she says giggling innocently. One of the front windows of her ground level apartment has a colourful line up of assorted trolls. The other front window has 12 of the limited edition Toronto Blue Jays World Series Trolls. The side windows have over 100 trolls the size of 8YbÉotb±|8±¼OÁYbYt±bb¼- ing those who walk by. “The kids get a lot of enjoyment out of them and so do the adults,” she says. The nursery school down the street brings the kids on a guided walk to see the windows. Adults will stop to gawk at them. Some even take pictures. “If I minded, I’d take them out of the window,” she says. “I’m just glad they enjoy them, you know.” From the outside, it looks like a modest collection. On the inside, it’s an explo- sion of Trolls. It all started in the 1960s, when Trolls Èb±bo±´¼±bb8´bY¡¼È8´®¼b8¼¼Fb a collection;; it just turned out that way. b±´´¼b±t8Çb+Çb±|b±o±´¼¼±¡b± husband, Robert, brought home another one. Pretty soon, her friends and family just started buying her Trolls. « nOÁ±´bV8¼¼|8¼¼bV¼È8´ boY- ing bubble gum in the store,” she says. “It’s a very rare thing to get one now. I might go months and not get any. Her most recent addition came around Christmas time from a “young gentle- man” who occasionally brings Trolls to her when he sees them. With purple hair,
eyes and jewelled belly button, a some- what scandalous sequined black dress, and pink fur boa, the newest addition stands just above the height of a pencil. As she slowly moves around her ground level apartment, she points out a few of her favourites. “I suppose my favourite would be the one my husband got me in the begin- ning,” says Silver carefully lifting it up to
stayed fresh. She has some Christmas and Easter trolls which she used to display during their respective seasons. This past Christmas, however, she felt uncom- fortable doing it herself because of the height of the windows and because she didn’t have anyone to do it for her. “I’m an orphan more or less. I don’t have any close family here,” she says. Her husband died almost 16 years ago from a heart attack. They had a daughter together, but she died of a brain aneu- rysm before she turned 50. She still has one sister in Ontario, and another in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, but she “I didn’t call doesn’t get to see either of them very often. myself the Troll Her grandson calls her every day and Lady, somebody will visit now and again, but she says he’s else did, but it an adult and doesn’t have any interest in her Trolls. doesn’t bother But, that doesn’t seem to matter to me – it’s better Silver, she likes them. As long as people get enjoyment out of them, she’ll keep than saying, ‘hey them around. you’ Eventually, she would like to see her 1,400 trolls go to a good home – some- + Blanche Silver thing like a museum, she says. But, then she jokes, “When I die, I’m gonna get a Uhaul and bring them to the cemetery with me.” Still, not everyone is a fan of her Trolls. Silver says another tenant in the build- ´|È¼nn¡¼o¼´b±nbO¼Ê¼|b8n ing doesn’t like that she has Trolls in the her hand, except for the turquoise hair. windows and has been trying to get her Its yellow eyes stand out from the blue to take them down. pants, pink shirt, green sash and ribbon “Have you ever met anyone that doesn’t necklace. It has its own particular place like themselves or anybody else?” she on the shelf. asks. “That’s the type of person.” Her hands are knotted with arthritis and Despite her neighbour’s efforts, Silver’s she suffers from carpel tunnel syndrome, Trolls still sit in the window. She doesn’t but she still picks them up as if they were intend to take them down anytime soon. young children. One at a time, she’ll “To me, everybody is equal. Under our F±Á´|nn¼|bYÁ´¼V±¼|bÁ¼o¼V8Y skin, our blood is still the same,” she qÁnnÁ¼|b|8±¡+|bÁ´bY¼|8Y8 b says. Á¼o¼´n±¼|b¼VFÁ¼È´|b´8Ê´ It seems similar to her Trolls. with her arthritis it’s become too painful. “They’re all different,” she says. “But, She also used to rotate the Trolls she they’re all the same.” K has in the windows – making sure they
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actor’s high notes and a libretto that always manages to squeeze out a couple n¼b8±´¡ But to this day, after eight Broadway ±YÁO¼´V¼|±bb3b´¼ Yb±´8Y several visits from Broadway across Canada, Rent´¼´¼8Y´Á¼ÊY¡ I’ll never forget the actor who played Mark lifting up an entire table with his crotch, the goosebumps that appeared when I heard “One Song Glory” for the o±´¼¼bV±Ê8±±8¼bÊÁY 8Át|¼b±YÁ±t«t|¼Ê 8Yb¡¬ There was also some embarrassment from the fact that my mother was seated bÉ¼¼b¡Y®¼¼| ®ÇbbÇb±Fbb more uncomfortable than during the two
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if you aren’t a disney character or idina menzel your musical is in for a rough, short run. BY KIRSTEN GORUK
5Á®|8Çb8|bn8¼boYt productions that live up to Rent as far as Á´O8¼|b8¼±btb´¡¼b8´´b¼|t to be a “Renthead” and so few musicals have left that kind of impression on 8ÁYbOb´¡Spring Awakening, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and American IdiotYOb¼Y¡ Á¼¼Èn¼|´b closed prematurely and American Idiot is ´¼oYt¼´n¼t¡3¼|±t8O8´¼ members taking off for new projects, the next few months are crucial in deciding È|b¼|b±±¼¼|8¼Á´O8O8´Á±ÇÇb¡C It’s pathetic to think that today, a good ±Án±8´|È´8Êb8±¼g¼|´¡ That would have been a disappointment for any production that premiered 10 Êb8±´8t¡ Flashy and fun shows seems to be do- t8±t|¼¼|Át|¡ 8¼¼|bFtFÁY- get, traditional Broadway productions such as Wicked or Phantom of the Opera¡ Don’t get me wrong, I loved Wicked, but I worry that in order to make it on Broadway these days, you’re trapped by ¼|b8´¼±b8¡ÏYbÇb¼|bV¼|8¼®´ not a guarantee (insert Spider-man, Turn of the Dark8F|b±b¡ I cringe at the thought that Broadway will become just another corporate danc- t bÊ¡3|b8´|È bNext to Normal, a brilliant, original and poignant piece of theatre is outlived by Mary Pop- pinsV´b´bb¡ And if you don’t believe me, I’ve got +¼b|b+Y|b¼F8O bÁ¡ an interview he did with CBC’s Q in November, he expressed his concern over the uneven economic base that Á´O8¼|b8¼±b´¼´¡±Yb±¼´bOÁ±b producers, he points out that shows need to have the right hook — it could be already familiar, catchy jukebox tunes, a
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So Americans aren’t as interested in |´¼±Ê8´8VFÁ¼Ob¡3¼|«|´- tory just got all sexypants” as a tag line, you would think it’d get people in the ´b8¼´¡®Çbb8±bY±b8FÁ¼¼|bÏb±- can presidents from that soundtrack than
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writers who aren’t getting the starts they bbY8Y¼®´O±bYFÊ´8Y¡+Y|b laments the Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia’s of Broadway and sometimes, so Y¡ Sure, it doesn’t hurt to take an already accessible idea and expand on it, but do it in the right way and for the right 8ÁYbOb¡ 3|8¼È± ´n±American Idiot is the show’s ability to speak to an entirely different, untapped group of people who may or may not have attended a Broad- È8Ê±YÁO¼Fbn±b¡,|b±b®´8Ob±¼8 raw, visceral energy to the soundtrack and the show itself is so visual and hon- b´¼¼´±b´b¼8¼¡ On that note, Bloody, Bloody Andrew JacksonYb´b±ÇbYFb¼¼b±¡,|b´|È closed in January after just 120 perfor- 8Ob´¡Ï¼¼bY8ObÈ8´®¼È|b±b¼ should have been, which I don’t under- ´¼8Y¡
all of my schooling combined and I was ÈYÊb¼b±¼8bY¼|bb¼±b¼b¡ If this kind of musical can’t survive lon- ger than four months, Broadway might Fb¼±ÁFb¡®Y|8¼b¼¼| ¼|8¼8Èb have to look forward to are Disney shows and GleeOÇb±´n 8±F8±8+¼±b´8Y¡ Too many productions are carbon cop- ies of what used to be cool or popular 8Ybbb±b¼Á8¼b´¼|8¼¼±bY¡ In order to stay sharp and relevant, we need more Next to Normal’s and Spring Awakening®´¡|8Çb¼FbbÇb¼|8¼¼|b full force of a musical can trump the issue of money — otherwise, what’s the point? K *On a tragic and slightly prophetic note, 8´¼|bo±´¼Y±8n¼n¼|´È8´È±¼¼bV American Idiot announced it would be closing on April 24. Add it to the grave- yard of Broadway shows past).
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Gay people are taking over the world, one bar at a time BY J USTIN M AHONEY PHOTOS B Y T ERRA C IOLFE
here’s an epidemic slowly making its way into ÊÁ±O8È8¼b±t|b´¡¼O8´¼± b8¼8Ê- ¼b8YÈ¼|Á¼È8±t¡¼®´¼8 tÇb±F8±´8Y t|¼OÁF´Vn±+8±8O´O¼8n8É¡,|bÈ±´¼ part: it’s a covert operation that implicates many sleeping agents ready to jump into action at the mere click of an “accept” button from a Facebook Ç¼b¡ bÈ8±bYb8±O¼Íbn¼|b´bt8Ç8¼t8Y ttttb8YÈbn¼|bt|¼È|o¼±8¼b your pubs with good cheer and colourful match- tÁ¼o¼´¡ ¼FbnbYFÊ¼|b±|8|8Í8±Y 8¼Á±b8Y|8ÊtÁO Ênb´¼Êb´¡ O8±bnÁÊ 8¼¼|bY± ¼|b±|8Y´¡8´ ÊÁVYb8±Á´¼8Y- ing citizen, when was the last time you ordered a purple haze or a Shirley Temple from your favourite Irish bar? I ask you, dear Buck, Joe and Pat, sitting aimlessly and lifelessly at the bar holding stale pints of local beer, unable to tell your Marc Jacobs from ÊÁ±8± ®´3± 3b8±|Á´bVÈ|bÈ8´¼|b8´¼ ¼bÊÁO±Y8¼bYÊÁ±Á¼o¼´±Yb±¼«Y±b´´ to impress”?
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you evidence of a secret society of gay men and women, yes “homosexualized” (not a real word, don’t look it up), who once a month seep into respectable heterosexual (yes, a real world, do look up) institutions and take ¼|bÇb±¡ They call themselves the Guerrilla GayFare group - a spin off n¼|bÁb±±88Ê 8±t±Á¼|b-¡+¡ ´´b¼8ÊV¼|bÊ8±b8 group of gay and lesbians who are tired of the regular nightlife scene and who want to spice things up a little by reclaiming public spaces — usually straight pubs and nightclubs — in their ±b´bO¼ÇbO¼b´¡,|bÊ8±bÇOFb8Yn8FÁÁ´¡ÏYV¼|b «¼8¼Çbb¼¬Yb´®¼´bb¼FbYÊtYÈ¡3¼|bÇb±Ê takeover, Guerrilla GayFare group memberships get slightly big- tb±¡¼®´Ê88¼¼b±n¼bFbn±bÁ±´Ob¼Ê´b´8O¼±l ,8 b¼|b8n8ÉO|8¼b±Vn±bÉ8b¡±¼|b8´¼¼ÈÊb8±´ they have taken over 29 straight nightclubs and pubs around the O¼Ê¡,|bt±ÁÈ|8´··bFb±´¼´«´bO±b¼¬8ObF
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binge spent the night with halifax’s paranormal investigators, hidden realm, to understand their rituals and uncover the truth about ghosts.
WORDS & P HOTOS B Y T ERRA C IOLFE
The Investigators of hidden realm:
Steph Foyer: For Steph Foyer, it was a singular picture she couldn’t stop thinking about for 20 years. As a child, Foyer remembers seeing a Time/Life photograph from 1959. As the story goes, the man and his wife were visiting the grave site of her mother. After taking pictures of her tombstone, the wife snapped a quick picture of her husband in the car. The image is of the man in his car with what appears to be another person in
the backseat. Since then, she has been fascinated with the paranormal. “That picture has never left my mind,” she says.
Lori Paul: Since Lori Paul was a little girl, she says she has “been able to see dead people”. She is also clairevoyant. But, for Paul, it isn’t just about the allure of the paranormal. “All my life, growing up, I had to hide a lot of the things I was from a
lot of people for the fear that I sound- ed like a crazy person,” says Paul. It’s also about validation: validation that there are things that exist beyond herself. “I always felt like I was different than everybody else and the whole world was catching onto something that I wasn’t – that I just couldn’t get,” says Paul. By investigating the paranormal, she says, she has come to the realiza- tion that maybe she’s actually been catching on faster than the rest of the world.
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Orbs: are a form of energy from an unknown source. An orb can take different shapes. They can also be seen by the naked eye, but most of the time you only get orb sightings in photo- graphs, and on video. They seem to defy gravity and change directions quickly. Most orbs can be attributed to drops of rain, specks of dust, insects, ±bqbO¼´Vb¼O¡ Apparitions: are the appearance of a deceased person or animal. It is uncommon to see an ap- pearance with the naked eye. They usually only ´|ÈÁo±ÇYb¡ÏnÁFYbY88±¼
Lori and Steph have particular rituals to help get through each investigation.
Protection Stones: When going to an investi- gation, Lori Paul usually wears something that will protect her from any spirits or entities entering into her body without her permission. In this case, it was a special necklace – a black rope, with a shiny black stone inside a metal cage. The stone is a black obsidian which is said to protect against negative energies. Smudge: A Native cleansing that Lori and Steph
For each investigation, Lori and Steph bring along an entire backpack of equipment. Each piece is Ç8Á8Fb8Y|8´8´bOoO±b¼8Ê¡
Blackberry: “It takes really good video surpris- ingly enough,” says Lori Paul. But, it’s important to make sure that it doesn’t get close enough to the EMF detector to set it off – they don’t want to get any false readings. A book light: Gives off extra light, almost as ÁO|8´¼|bq8´|t|¼´¡
Flashlights: Isn’t it obvious? Voice Recorder: Lori and Steph record every moment of their investigations they enter the site
shows the entire body of an animal or person. A partial bodied apparition are shown more often but only show part of a body such as;; torso or arms. They often appear as white (or various shades of white/gray) or solid black. Usually ap- paritions appear to hover in the air. It is rare that apparitions show their legs or feet.
EVP - Electronic Voice Phenomena: Unexplainable voices during the playback of a recording made on a electronic recoding device. ,|bÇOb´O8¼Fb±b8YÊYb¼obY8´b±´´ speaking or events (mechanical sounds, back- ground noise etc) that took place while the record was being performed. Can be heard on both tape and digital recorders. Sometimes also found on video recorders.
also use for protection against negative energies or anything that may harm them during the investiga- tion. They burn sweet grass, tobacco and sage in an old clay bowl. By cupping the smoke and waft- ing it over themselves to cleanse their head, heart, face and torso.
McDonalds: After every investigation Lori and +¼b|oY¼|bO´b´¼O 8Y´¼tb¼«Á food,” says Foyer. They’ve had this ritual since the Çb±Êo±´¼Çb´¼t8¼¼|bÊYY¼tb¼|b±¼tb¼|b±¡ It gives them time to talk about the investigation, compare notes and how they each felt during the process.
to the moment they leave. Why? They want to capture any electronic voice phenomenons (EVPs). Headlights: They make it easier to see in the dark without having to worry about holding the q8´|t|¼¡
EMF(Electromagnetic Field) Detector: Also known as a Ghost Detector, it picks up any bbO¼±8tb¼OobY´¼|b8±b8¡Ï´¼|b¼|b±Ê goes, when a entity wants to present itself, it will collect all the electronic energy in the room to be able to manifest itself and make a gesture of its presence. For example, to knock on the wall or push something over. Video Camera: They use the video Camera to catch anything that can’t be seen with the human eyes.
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GUS’S P UB: 2605 Agricola St.
PHOTOS B Y M AX L EIGHTON & BELINDA A LZNER
It’s been colonized by hipsters but mid-‐day, mid-‐week, Gus’ is pure grime. Beer: $1.75 glass
CHARLIES CLUB: 5580 Cunard Street, Halifax, NS
It’s like drinking in the model home of a sub-‐ division that has yet to be built. Beer: $4.00 glass
RESOLUTES CLUB: 5461 Inglis St.
A membership you can stick with. Beer: $ 3.50 glass (private club)
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TRY THE BACON CHEESEBURGER, BUT SKIP THE SALAD. THERE ARE FRITOS WHERE CROUTONS SHOULD BE.
MIDTOWN TAVERN: 1684 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS
The space between a public parking garage and rock bottom. Beer: $3.00 glass
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food counter between a crazy homeless man and the guy who plays bongos in front of the library. The waitress takes $7.00 worth of pepperoni and mozzarella sticks from the stainless steel Perfect Fry Co. deep fryer and pours them into two Ǥ ƫ Ƥǡ rented shoes, passing lanes of stoned teenag-‐ ers making out on each other’s laps. There is a thin layer of ƤǤ is cast in a hazy darkness — except for streaks of neon pink and purple tube light-‐ ing. The plucky upstroke banjo melody of “Sweet City Woman” rises above the din of crashing pins. I’m too drunk to review WwHhAaTt DdEeFfIiıNnEeSs Aa DdIiıVvEe BbAaRr? Your shoes stick to the ƪ back to the wall. You can meet six women ơ and it’s okay because their boyfriend is back in jail. ƫǡ air hockey tables and video lottery machines. They play country music and top 40 radio pop, no hip-‐hop. There’s always a game on. If it’s not hockey, it’s football and if it’s neither, it’s curling.
this bar. I have forgotten to write down the name of the place and just stole a pen from the waitress. I think she might know. The room smells like farts and stale beer and
ǯƤǦ somethings in denim, fanny packs, NASCAR caps, shapeless mom jeans and leather vests. A man gets up from his plastic lawn chair and strides across the grey sea of broadloom towards a thin, jaundiced woman he’s been sharing sidelong glances with all night. He begins to rub her back. “Want me to show you ƫ-‐ board?” I pop a piece of deep fried pepperoni in my mouth and watch the ơ face of a nervous man ơ glow of a video lottery
terminal. I reached for Virgil’s hand and he spoke unto me these words: “Aban-‐ don all hope all ye who enter here.”
move Pat, I know how you move!” He howled with laugh-‐ ter, lips curled back revealing a scattering of yellow teeth. “He was like, Jesus, what’d I hit!” He laughed manically, throwing his hands high in the air, nearly missing the tinted yellow glass frame of the overhead ƤǤ Jesus spoke again. “I met a really pretty Navy girl here last week at Thursday night Karaoke. We were dancing and I put my hands, well, on her backside, you know, and I told her: ‘Honey, I don’t mean to alarm you but think I can feel a sub-‐ marine rising!’”
I met Jesus at the Oasis on Spring Garden Road. He staggered up to our table from the slot machines, carrying a portable DVD player in a cardboard box and smil-‐ ing with big watery red eyes. He reeked of booze. A disheartened couple at the next table peered up from their plates of barbecued chicken wings and then looked away with apparent disinterest. ACDC’s “Shoot to thrill” blasted from tinny speak-‐ ers in the next room. He told us he was once a great hockey player. “I played against Pat Quinn and I knocked him on his back,” he said. “I told him, I know how you
He burst into laughter again. A woman in a worn overcoat drunkenly pirou-‐ ettes nearby with a half empty bottle of Rev. Jesus stepped out of her way as she sailed toward the door. “How you doing dar-‐ ling?” he said. She smiled. “Maybe it’s time we take you home?” Jesus gave us a little wink as they made for the door, which opened to the white light of the after-‐ noon sun.
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dmit it, there’s nothing quite like the hilarity of someone else’s tragedy. Death, divorce, mental illness and addic-‐ tion: these are clearly the corner stones of comedy. And if you can squeeze all four into one show, even better. Look at Carrie Fisher’s memoir turned one-‐wom-‐ an-‐show, Wishful Drink-‐ ing. Fisher knows how to properly take the days of her life and turn them into something entertain-‐ ing. Someone should tell the producers of The Real Housewives about her. Driven by her ability to laugh at herself, Fisher’s tale is too unbelievable not to be true. It isn’t ex-‐ travagantly staged; there ơ magic tricks. You don’t have to lie to be provoca-‐ tive. People aren’t going to leave the theatre with some kind of bigger, sym-‐ bolic notion to mull over. More than likely, you’ll leave with an uncontrol-‐ lable urge to purchase some Princess Leia memorabilia. ơ Fisher, whether it’s her parents failed marriages, her changing accent in Star Wars, regular ECT
treatments, or her addiction to cocaine and prescription meds. You’ll laugh at her mis-‐ fortune, feel guilty about it seconds later and then remind yourself that she’s expecting it and will prob-‐ ơ you didn’t. If guilt induced laughter is your kind of thing, then there’s also three hours worth of it in August: Osage County. The only way Tracy Letts’ writing could be any darker is if ơǤ The pitch black would help keep you from wor-‐ rying about making awk-‐ ward side glances at your neighbours when you inappropriately chuckle. The family matriarch, Violet Weston, is a drug addicted mother whose struggles force a spur of the moment reunion for her three, equally screwed up daughters. With all of that extended family running amok, there’s bound to be some-‐ one you identify with. You cringe, you laugh, you might shake your head, but you never cry. By the end, you’re more likely to remember the Ƥ any kind of all encom-‐ passing lesson. It doesn’t
mean that the theme doesn’t exist, but it isn’t beaten into your skull. That’s the brilliance of Letts’ writing. Hell, even if this kind of theatre leaves you feeling the need to see a therapist, grab a seat at Daniel MacIvor’s Com-‐ munion. The character of Leda is half-‐convinced that a good therapist can be replaced with a reliable tape recorder. You say something and they say it back and then you really think about it. Eventually you’ll be cured. While Leda obsesses about her terminal can-‐ cer, her alcohol addiction and the fact that she can’t smoke during her sessions, the audience sits back safely cloaked in darkness, able to nod
and snicker along with her. We’re not dying or jonesing for a cigarette, but we get her. Besides, it isn’t just the Grim Reaper that’s got her head all jumbled up, it’s her born-‐again Chris-‐ tian, cult-‐happy daughter. It’s a smaller cast of three, but character shifts let us tap into bits and pieces of their lives. And that’s all we really need. Wanna know the best part? Even if the main character or their unfor-‐ tunate relative reminds us of ourselves, they’re still the ones getting screwed and we can all take comfort in that.
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alifax graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks knows all the clichés about comic book fans. “The worst is when reporters write something like: Boom! Pow! Comic books aren’t just for kids anymore,”she says. The appeal of comic books and graphic novels, she says, is that they speak to your inner child. But the medium itself far from childish. ǲơ-‐ ent types of comics,” she says. “You have comics about girls and their romances with a cute guy
in your high school and you have ǡƤ about Sin Cities and the crazy shit that goes down there. And then you have the super hero comics geared more to kids.” Hicks, a native of Milton, ON studied animation at Sheridan College in Toronto, graduating in 2004 and moving to Halifax a year later. She worked as an animator Ƥǡ doing background work for Tele-‐ toon’s cartoon series George of the Jungle and also wrote a strip for The Chronicle Herald. Ƥ novel, Demonology 101, online in 1999 and continued the series until 2004. It tells the story of a young girl, growing up as a de-‐ mon in a human high school.
The story draws on her own childhood experiences. “I grew up in a very Christian home, which is not a negative thing by any means, but I always had this fascination with good vs. evil. That’s probably where a ơ ǡǳ says. “Otherwise I just wanted to do this big crazy soap opera and draw villains and pretty boys and pretty girls. It was a lot of fun.” Comics are something Hicks has grown into. Her early inspira-‐ Ƥ-‐ sion–Demonology 101 grew out of her interest in the television series ơ— but since working in the industry she has begun paying closer attention to master comic artists like Naoki Urasawa, Nate Pow-‐ ơǡ widely successful Bone series. “Bone is better than Batman,” she says. “That is the comic I would give to someone who is nine and someone who is ninety… it’s amazing.” She believes graphic literature deserves its place alongside more “sophisticated” art forms and wants people to give comic books a second look. “Comics are not a genre, they Ƥ -‐ per heroes, comics are a medium. There is such a depth that people don’t realize.” Right now, Hicks is working on a graphic novel called Likely for First Second Publishing in New York. It is due out next year. B Y M AX L EIGHTON I LLUSTRATION B Y
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y Â boyfriend Â and Â I Â Â™Â‡Â”Â‡ĆŞÂ‹Â’Â’Â‹Â?Â‰Â–ÂŠÂ”Â‘Â—Â‰ÂŠ my Â parentâ€™s Â endless Â cable Â selection Â one Â night. Â I Â had Â control Â of Â the Â re-Ââ€? mote. Â This Â can Â be Â a Â scary Â position Â for Â him Â to Â be Â in Â since Â I Â donâ€™t Â discriminate Â against Â T.V. Â shows Â based Â on Â their Â â€œtrash Â value.â€? Â We Â stopped Â on Â a Â Â‡Â‡Â’Â‹Â?Â‰ Â—Â’Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ”Â†ÂƒÂ•ÂŠÂ‹ÂƒÂ?Â• marathon. Â My Â boyfriend Â cried Â out, Â pleading Â with Â me Â to Â change Â the Â channel Â to Â something, Â anything Â else. Â Â Â Â Two Â and Â a Â half Â episodes Â later Â he Â had Â decided Â KhloĂŠ Â Kardashian Â was Â his Â favorite Â (sheâ€™s Â sassy, Â sar-Ââ€? castic Â and Â smarter Â than Â her Â sisters), Â Kourtney Â Kardashianâ€™s Â boyfriend Â Scott Â was Â an Â asshole Â (he Â gets Â drunk Â a Â lot Â and Â is Â an Â absent Â boyfriend/father) Â and Â Kim Â Kardashian Â is Â a Â big Â dummy Â (she Â always Â needs Â to Â be Â the Â centre Â of Â attention). Â Â Â Â Â Within Â an Â hour Â some-Ââ€? one Â who Â prides Â himself Â on Â having Â â€œgoodâ€? Â taste Â in Â
Â?Â—Â•Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ?Â†Ć¤ÂŽÂ?Â•Â„Â‡Â…ÂƒÂ?Â‡ engrossed Â in Â the Â world Â of Â trash Â T.V. Â Not Â only Â that, Â heâ€™d Â formed Â serious, Â thoughtful Â opinions Â about Â each Â character. Â Â Â Â Â Just Â because Â reality Â T.V. Â isnâ€™t Â necessarily Â â€œrealâ€?, Â that Â doesnâ€™t Â mean Â we Â canâ€™t Â learn Â from Â it. Â People Â arenâ€™t Â mindless Â drones Â that Â absorb Â pop Â culture Â without Â any Â thought Â or Â consideration. Â Â Â Â Â In Â their Â book Â Â‘Â’Â—ÂŽÂƒÂ” Â—ÂŽÂ–Â—Â”Â‡ÇŁÂ•Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Â—Â‹Â†Â‡ÇĄ Â Susie Â Oâ€™Brien Â and Â Imre Â Szeman Â explain Â that Â â€œthe Â value Â and Â meaning Â of Â cul-Ââ€? tural Â texts Â are Â not Â quali-Ââ€? ties Â that Â reside Â objec-Ââ€? tively Â within Â Â them; Â they Â are Â instead Â determined Â in Â part Â by Â the Â audiences Â that Â consume Â them.â€? Â They Â say Â this Â means Â everyone Â interprets Â pop Â culture Â Â Â†Â‹ĆĄÂ‡Â”Â‡Â?Â–ÂŽÂ›Ç¤ Â Â Â Â Just Â like Â how Â watch-Ââ€? ing Â ÂƒÂ†Â‡Â? Â teaches Â me Â about Â loneliness Â and Â self-Ââ€? construction, Â Â‡Â‡Â’Â‹Â?Â‰Â—Â’ Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ”Â†ÂƒÂ•ÂŠÂ‹ÂƒÂ?Â• Â also Â teaches Â me Â about Â the Â Â
human Â condition. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Take Â KhloĂŠâ€™s Â wedding Â episode Â and Â her Â relation-Ââ€? ship Â with Â her Â step-Ââ€?dad Â for Â example. Â She Â has Â this Â whirlwind Â romance Â with Â a Â basketball Â player Â and Â be-Ââ€? comes Â engaged Â a Â month Â after Â meeting Â him. Â She Â tells Â her Â mom Â and Â sisters Â right Â away, Â but Â wants Â to Â keep Â it Â from Â her Â step-Ââ€?dad Â Bruce Â Jenner Â until Â she Â has Â the Â ring. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bruce Â is Â an Â ex-Ââ€?Olympic Â athlete Â and Â has Â helped Â raise Â KhloĂŠ Â since Â she Â was Â Ć¤Â˜Â‡Ç¤ÂŠÂŽÂ‘ÂąÂ’Â—Â–Â•Â‘ĆĄÂ–Â‡ÂŽÂŽÂ‹Â?Â‰ him Â because Â sheâ€™s Â wor-Ââ€? ried Â heâ€™ll Â think Â sheâ€™s Â being Â rash. Â Unfortunately, Â he Â Ć¤Â?Â†Â•Â‘Â—Â–Â–ÂŠÂ”Â‘Â—Â‰ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â?Â‡-Ââ€? dia Â and Â gets Â really Â upset. Â Itâ€™s Â made Â clear Â that Â Bruce Â and Â KhloĂŠ Â have Â always Â been Â the Â closest. Â Â Â Â Now, Â Iâ€™m Â not Â saying Â that Â a Â lot Â of Â this Â isnâ€™t Â staged, Â but Â the Â relation-Ââ€? ship Â between Â KhloĂŠ Â and Â Bruce Â was Â established Â long Â before Â the Â E! Â cam-Ââ€? eras Â showed Â up. Â When Â she Â asks Â her Â brother Â Rob Â
to Â walk Â her Â down Â the Â aisle Â instead Â of Â Bruce, Â you Â can Â tell Â heâ€™s Â really Â hurt. Â Of Â course, Â everything Â is Â eventually Â cleared Â up Â and Â Bruce Â walks Â her Â down Â the Â aisle, Â but Â the Â emotions Â between Â these Â two Â reso-Ââ€? nate Â with Â the Â audience. Â Â Â Â Â Even Â if Â the Â moments Â arenâ€™t Â â€œreal,â€? Â itâ€™s Â still Â a Â complex Â relationship. Â KhloĂŠ Â wants Â her Â step-Ââ€? dadâ€™s Â approval Â and Â wishes Â her Â real Â dad Â was Â still Â alive Â to Â walk Â her Â down Â the Â aisle. Â While Â her Â step-Ââ€?dad Â wants Â to Â do Â everything Â Â–Â‘Ć¤ÂŽÂŽÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â˜Â‘Â‹Â†ÂŠÂ‡Â”ÂˆÂƒÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â”ÇŻÂ• death Â left. Â˜Â‡Â”Â›Â‘Â?Â‡Â…ÂƒÂ?Ć¤Â?Â† balance Â between Â watch-Ââ€? ing Â critical Â darlings Â and Â mindless Â entertainment. Â If Â you Â sat Â down Â and Â kept Â your Â brain Â on, Â maybe Â youâ€™d Â realize Â they Â arenâ€™t Â so Â mindless Â after-Ââ€?all. BY Â K ATIE Â R ANKIN
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WwIiıNnEe -‐–− OoHh! white wine is brewed by the House of Ttirnanog McGuire, as taught by old Celtic monks that knew the secrets of blarney and guile. This is an award winning wine acclaimed by friends and created in the depths of Eastern Saudi Arabia.
RECIPE BY PETER MCGUIRE PHOTO BY HEATHER MCGUIRE
1. Dissolve 2 kilograms of sugar in 4 litres
of scalding hot water.
2. Pour into a 6-‐gallon glass carboy. 3. Combine 16 litres of pure white grape juice
with 2 litres of pure apple juice in the carbo
NOTE: Juice should be room temperat
ure when added.
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4. Add ½ tablespoon of active dry yeast.
5. Plug the jar with an air-‐lock bung. Let sit in air-‐locked jar for a full 60 days at room temperature. Never disturb the air-‐lock until the yeast action has completely cease d, and the yeast has settled to total clari ty. 6. Decant by siphoning directly into steril e bottles, and seal with minimum air (<2 cc). ǤƤ Ǥ
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KD GETS A FACE LIFT WITH THESE GOURMET TWISTS RECIPES BY MAX LEIGHTON, HEATHER MCGUIRE AND KIRSTEN GORUK, PHOTO BY TERRA CIOLFE
Binge would like to give a special thank you to: Kim Pittaway Kate Ross Michael Creagen Caren Watkins
We would have been lost without you. Oh, and also our inspiration-Donna Hay.