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Clowning around with AIDS particularly unusual flashmob hit a downtown corner this week, when one group decided it was time to clown around with AIDS awareness. Members of Victoria AIDS Resource and Community DANIELLE Service Society (VARCS) gathPOPE ered on the corner of Douglas news@ and Fort on Fri., Sept. 7, to give mondaymag.com away free hugs, handshakes and information about the upcoming annual AIDS Walk for Life taking place on Sept. 20. But, instead of just sporting the usual red shirts, the group donned stickers and clown costume fanfare to add a little humour to a very serious topic. “We’re trying to be more festive, and emphasize the idea of loving life, and the fact that people living with HIV are still vibrant people,” says Michael Yoder, executive assistant at VARCS and prolific hugger. “We are all connected. What better way to show that than through hugs?” Yoder and the team got the idea from the First Nations tradition of recognizing “Heyoka,” the sacred clown. This clown is considered essential to the smooth functioning of the tribe. “Heyoka is considered ‘the fool’ and will dance backwards and do all these crazy things, but he also looks at life in a different way, and makes people see themselves in a new light,” says Yoder.
BEEREAUCRATS DRAIN FESTIVAL Patrons of this year’s Great Canadian Beer Festival might have choked when they heard organizers announce this could be the last Victorians saw of the popular boozy event, due to stricter liquor control laws. But don’t put the stein down yet: the festival will do its best to stumble into another season if the crew has anything to say about it. “I guess the best way to put it is, despite all attempts by the liquor control branch, we will strive to keep the festival going,” says co-founder John Rowling. “If we get to a point where we are knocking heads and it’s becoming impossible, we will be asking the public for help.” Rowling announced at the opening of the 20thannual festival on Fri., Sept. 7, that this could be the last of it, unless organizers can find ways to work around newly enforced laws by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) — laws that resulted in this year’s loss of bringing in American breweries not already in B.C., an inability for the festival to charge two tokens for higher-alcohol beers, an inability for directors to move leftover “open alcohol” from kegs at the fest to the after party, along with stringent regulations around how much funding the group is allowed to keep as a non-profit. “What we’re experiencing here are a number of people at the branch who are deciding to enforce the laws rather than interpret them,” says Rowling. “We’re lumped into the same ‘special
Michael Yoder and his team give out free hugs to spread the word about an upcoming HIV/AIDS walk.
occasion’ licensing category as weddings, bar mitzvahs and baseball games — we just don’t fit.” Ideally, Rowling says, he hopes the LCLB will develop a new licensing category specific to alcohol events and festivals. Short of that, he says the festival will be counting on cooperation — or pulling the plug. Despite the soggy situation, Rowling says this year’s fest was as successful as ever, selling out long before the event and carrying through with no major hitches as usual. “When I was 65, I told Gerry I was going to retire — that was 20 years ago,” he says. “Beer is just too much fun.”
HEY, IS THAT SEAT TAKEN? Despite all the local council candidates and politicians stepping forward to announce their intentions NOT to run for the Denise Savoie’s cooling seat as Victoria’s NDP MP, one lesser-spotlit local has stepped up to intentionally claim the spot. Murray Rankin, a Victoria lawyer, professor and environmental law enthusiast, announced this week that he will seek the NDP federal nomination for Victoria. “Here in Victoria, we have benefited from the remarkable representation provided by Denise Savoie. We must honour her achievements and the legacy of Jack Layton with new ideas to invigorate the national debate.” Rankin, who taught environmental law at UVic for more than a decade, becomes the first candidate officially eyeballing the seat. Meanwhile, across the water, Esquimalt resident Susan Low has become the first candidate to be nominated by the Green Party of BC for the May 2013 provincial election. Low is a community adviser with the Victoria Foundation, owns a consulting group in Victoria, and is an international competitive rower. Eyes peeled to see who else is brave enough to officially declare they aren’t afraid of local politics. M
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CONTENTS VOL. 38, NO. 37 Sept. 13 - 19, 2012
NEWS & VIEWS
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CITYSOMETHING Saturday night rockabilly riot
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A GARDEN TO GRIEVE
When Lindsay McCray first told friends and family she’d had a miscarriage, most people didn’t know how to react. That lack of support lead McCray and the team at the Saanich Legacy Foundation to create a memorial that marks one of the first of its kind in North America — Little Spirits Garden.
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Re: Report Card, Gender-neutral washrooms at UVic, Sept. 6 - 12 These new washrooms are being hailed as a progressive act. However, it isn't progressive if you happen to be one of the males who had exclusive use of these two washroom prior to the change. The two washrooms that have been converted are formerly mens' washrooms that have had partitions installed to separate the urinals from the three toilet stalls. Consequently, men at UVic are being subjected to greater competition for access to toilets while women are being granted less
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Canada's needs are different from what they were 120 years ago. We do not need a whole lot of immigrants to farm the prairies and build roads today. We have unemployment at eight per cent (i.e. not a whole lot of jobs to go around.) Dumping 250,000 foreigners a year onto the labour market is not helping the economy and is also straining our housing market. The solution is obvious, reduce immigration and take care of our own people ﬁrst. I recommend about 15,000
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STREET SMARTS Is going on strike an effective action?
Shuffle causes wreckage not progress lobetrotting Premier Christy Clark is taking oven mitts to a boxing match this week. Clark is in China to participate in the BRIAN World Economic KIERAN Forum annual meetbkieran@ ing of “the New mondaymag.com Champions.” Gag me with a chopstick. At this global sticky bun toss, our premier will co-host a “New West Partnership” reception along with Alberta and Saskatchewan leaders to promote Western Canada’s trade and investment advantages. I’m wincing already. Picture it. The face of Western Canadian unity. Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford, claws bloodied, teeth clenched, in a room full of oil-thirsty Chinese Cheshire cats demanding, pleasantly enough, to know when the first tanker full of Enbridge bitumen will arrive. It’s going to be grim. But no more grim than the mess Clark has left behind here in Victoria where her new cabinet is foundering in a swirl of bureaucratic chaos courtesy of Clark’s latest bout of domestic marketing.
I got a note this week from a very disheartened mid-level bureaucrat expressing what can only be described as profound frustration and dismay over Clark’s cabinet shuffle last week. I got a similar note last year. The election readiness shuffle resulted in five ministry changes to accommodate the shifting about of various departments. For example: Innovation in Pat Bell’s old Jobs ministry went to the expanded Advanced Education ministry. Meanwhile, Bell added the Labour portfolio to his shop and the old Labour ministry was carved up and reduced to Citizen Services and Open Government under a rookie. These changes, plus the addition of two new ministries of state — Seniors and Small Business — have fundamentally changed the way several government branches function and interact. The cost to taxpayers is staggering. Add it up: new letterhead, new business cards, moved offices, new phones and new computer configurations. Then add the toll on human productivity and morale with scores of migrating public servants demoralized, confused and newly powerless to implement accountable public policy. There can be no argument about the need for new bodies in cabinet in light of the pre-election resignations of Kevin Falcon (finance), George Abbott (education), Blair
I don’t think so anymore, since workers are ordered back to work.
Lekstrom (energy), Mary MacNeil (children and families) ... the core of Clark’s talent pool. But, there was no need to play 52 pickup with a third of the deck. With no less than 17 of 49 MLAs having quit, defected or announced they won’t seek re-election, the challenge of hobbling together a credible cabinet was daunting. The appointment of veteran West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan as Minister of State for Seniors tells me how desperate Clark was. I am not for a second suggesting that Sultan is a lightweight — quite the contrary. The 79-year-old engineer, economist and Harvard intellectual languished on the Liberal backbenches for 11 years for a reason. Former premier Gordon Campbell was deathly afraid of Sultan’s steadfast refusal to suffer fools gladly. And, after Sultan backed George Abbott in the Liberal leadership race, Clark toyed with the idea of parachuting her pal Pamela Martin into his rock solid seat. I’d love to watch Sultan defend, or not defend, his ministry estimates in budget debate next spring. But, that won’t happen. The Legislature will be adjourned for the election campaign long before any of the A-Team is tested in the House by the NDP. They’ll all be out on the hustings taking oven mitts to a heavyweight fight. M
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I believe in compulsory arbitration. DOREEN SISSON, Victoria
Striking can make a statement, or make the government procrastinate. AMERIS WHITSON, Victoria
Yes, it can be. It’s better than not doing anything at all. ROBERT MONTGOMERY, Victoria
What affordable housing should look like lmost four months ago, Victoria councillors were grumbling about the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s most recent affordable housing proposal. Coun. Madoff prophesied a torrent of community backlash, while Coun. Gudgeon called the recent inﬂux of affordable housing into the Burnside-Gorge area a “detriment to the neighbourhood.” SIMON The non-profit project will provide 68 NATTRASS units of rental housing along with five townsnattrass@ houses, which will be sold to offset construcmondaymag.com tion costs. Units will be rented to low- and middle-income households who earn less than $65,000 per year. In the end, neither general outrage nor fear of neighbourhood degradation brought residents down to city hall on Thursday. In fact, only one person even felt the need to attend the public hearing, and then only to voice his support. GVHS executive director Kaye Melliship says the uneventful evening was a relief. “From our point of view that means we were extremely successful; that means we’ve dealt with all the potential issues within the community.”
In retrospect, it’s clear why no one felt the need to stand in the way of the GVHS. Unlike for-profit developments that line the pockets of developers with the money of wealthy snowbirds, or publicly funded affordable housing like the city’s Queens Manor development, which cost taxpayers several million dollars, the 68 units in this development will cost the city a total of $680,000. (As this paper hits the streets, the CRD board will decide whether or not to contribute an additional $816,000.) Despite its initial reticence, council unanimously approved the project at its public hearing, prompting Russ Godfrey of the Tenant Resource Advisory Centre to praise the city for its support of this unconventional development. “All I can say is I wish other municipalities would follow suit,” he said. This is what affordable housing should look like. While the passage of time sees for-profit developments decrease in quality while steadily rising in price to match inflated market rates, the housing that the GVHS builds for the community today will only become more affordable as each new building’s mortgage is paid off, and profit will always find its way back to the community. The GVHS is not some cash-hungry developer or benevolent stateside bureaucracy, it’s an integral part of our community, and all of us should be thankful for such uneventful hearings. M
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hen Lindsay McCray ďŹ rst told friends â€œWhen you look around North America, there and family sheâ€™d had a miscarriage, is no precedent for this,â€? says Daly. â€œWe needed to most people didnâ€™t know how to create something more than a plaque wall â€” we react. needed a place where people could come and feel McCray and her husband, Jamie good about this.â€? Elmhirst, had been quick to spread excitement about Daly has his own personal connection to the projtheir new pregnancy, so when she noticed spotting at ect as well: he is the father of three children, with one eight weeks their miscarried. Though the project was proposed to Daly cheer turned to two years ago, he says he and his wife are just now DANIELLE POPE devastation. thinking about partaking in the memorial. email@example.com â€œSo many of â€œIt is surprisingly hard to get people to speak my loved ones were great, but a lot of people think about this issue, and a lot of women used to be youâ€™ve done something wrong, or some well-mean- expected to just grieve in silence or move on, because ing friends will say â€˜well, you can always try for people didnâ€™t understand that loss,â€? says McCray. â€œItâ€™s another,â€™ or some just donâ€™t know how to respond at very hard on the dads, too. My husband felt helpless all,â€? says McCray. â€œMiscarriage is just not discussed ... But our loss wound up being a blessing in disguise: that often, and there is no formal place for it in our society.â€? That lack of support lead McCray and the team at the Saanich Legacy Foundation to disturb the often-silent grieving process and create a memorial that marks one of the first of its kind in North America â€” Little Spirits Garden, a dedicated public space at Royal Oak Burial Park where families can grieve the death of a baby and the community can openly acknowledge pregnancy and infant loss. â€œMost parents tell me they wish for a place where their baby can be with others who DANIELLE POPE know what it is like to be in this situation,â€? says Jill Davoren, Lindsay McCray sits with husband Jamie Elmhirst, three-year-old maternity services social worker daughter Lauren, who holds a Spirit House, and 15-month-old son Colin in at Victoria General Hospital. â€œIt Little Spirits Garden, a new memorial for miscarried and stillborn babies. does not matter if parents lost their baby 50 years or five hours ago â€” the grief for the loss of a baby before birth is the more I talked to other people, the more I heard often lifelong.â€? how common this was, and how much we were lackThe Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater ing space to honour these losses.â€? Victoria contributed $50,000 to developing the plan Dr. Konia Trouton of the Vancouver Island Womenâ€™s for the garden, and dedicated land within the park Clinic estimates that, in Victoria, there are at least 450 for the project that is now under construction. For the miscarriages a year where women experience this project to be completed, however, the board, McCray loss in the first half of pregnancy. Meanwhile, Vital and the Saanich Legacy Foundation will have to raise Statistics reported 457 stillbirths in B.C. in 2010, with the remaining $295,000 needed. The group is asking at least 50 in the Greater Victoria area. for help from the government, community members, â€œIt is difficult to get an exact number for miscarfoundation supporters and sponsors. riage, as many are not reported in the systematic Joe Daly has been hired as the lead design consul- way that births are tracked,â€? says Trouton, who adds tant on the project. Daly and his colleagues at Daly that approximately 15 to 20 per cent of all pregnanLandscape Architecture wanted to create a space cies end in miscarriage. â€œMiscarriage, and even that spoke to the â€œcontemplative natureâ€? of the stillbirth, is more prevalent in our society than most memorial, but was also open enough so that visitors people realize.â€? would not feel isolated. Because McCray already had her now three-yearâ€œWe wanted to find a way to communicate these old daughter, Lauren, in an uncomplicated preglosses as a communal expression, as well as give nancy, she and Elmhirst expected the best. When families the opportunity to personalize the spaces,â€? their worst fears were realized on that day two years says Daly. â€œNot every child will have had a name at ago, McCray had no memorial, ceremony or physithis point, so we had to find a way to honour that.â€? cal reminders to commemorate the loss. The family The solution came under a knoll of arbutus trees, in has now happily expanded to include 15-month-old the form of small cement â€œSpirit Houses,â€? which can Colin, though McCray says, â€œour baby in heaven will be decorated, filled with mementos or personalized. always be in our hearts.â€? McCray hopes fundraising efforts will allow these tiny â€œMy heart still hurts, but my experience and my markers to be kept free or affordable for families. Due grief has come full circle,â€? she says. â€œIâ€™ve been able to to the trees in the location, there will be no spots for talk to other people about this and turn it into somein-ground burials, but Daly designed the area to host thing that, I hope, will help a lot of other families.â€? M 3,000 small houses, along with benches that can be To contribute to Little Spirits Garden, visit saanichlemarked with bronze plaques, area-specific foliage, a ceremonial pavilion memorial installation, an ossu- gacy.ca, or call 250-477-3806. On Oct. 15, Pregnancy ary and communal garden for scattering ashes, and and Infant Loss Awareness Day, a candlelight ceremony will be held at 7pm at Royal Oakâ€™s Garden Chapel. suspended cedar flags or â€œwind notesâ€? for messages.
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he sound of a few hands clapping was just enough inspiration to make Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond think that maybe music could become a career. “It was just a good vibe in the room ... and people clapped,” says Guldemond as he describes the band’s first show at an open mic night in a Vancouver pub. “I recognized the potential, that it was something that at least had legs that could evolve.” The band has seen plenty of evolution since then; an additional ‘mother’ was added to the band name, they received a Juno nomination for video MOTHER MOTHER of the year and have a RAP main stage fourth album geared 7:30pm for release. Sun., Sept. 16 In retrospect, it’s easy to see that Mother Mother has come a long way, but those early days “were the most exciting,” Guldemond says. “At that time it felt more like an exponential rise to success ... even after we’ve made many albums and toured the world ... It was that early time when 20 people were at the show that it felt like things we’re really taking off.” With over 13,000 Twitter followers and 45,000 Facebook likes, the band’s following has easily exceeded a 20-person show. “Approaching social media, I constantly remind myself that every gesture in that realm needs to invoke a similar feeling that the music does,” says Guldemond. “Or it needs to be an extension or extrapolation of the very reason anyone goes to the Mother Mother website, because — I would hope — they are drawn to the music.” The fourth album, The Sticks, will be in stores Sept. 18, and with the release of its first single, “Let’s Fall in Love,” fans are anxious to hear what’s next from this innovative band. “Victoria is a pretty important and successful market for us,” says Guldemond. “Not only can we count on people coming out, but they come out in a really celebratory manner ... The fact that there’s this other community that is this festival, it’s just made the whole place seem like a fantasy land, like a beautiful theme park of good times and good friends.” M
pic Canadian rock band Sloan recorded 10 albums in two decades, but don’t Not only is expect the four piece’s Saturday evening set to the label credible, it was one of the bigbe a greatest-hits concert. Instead, the Money- gest Canadian indie labels of the ’90s, turning Halifax into city maniacs are going to hit Royal Athletic a mini Seattle. Eventually, the idea was tossed around to Park with their sophomore album Twice Removed in its record one, and only one, Sloan album on murderecords entirety. That’s right — we’re going back to 1994. to help finance the budding small business. Twice Removed is arguably Sloan’s best record. After “We didn’t have big expectations for [One Chord to all, it was voted the Another]. I don’t think we were even going to tour for it. best Canadian album . . . Then we thought we should probably make a video, MARY ELLEN GREEN of all time in Chart then we thought maybe we should play a few shows, and email@example.com magazine’s reader poll. then it just snowballed,” says Ferguson. Twice (1996, 2005). It’s The band went on to record and release eight more also considered to be a bit of a dark horse fan favourite. studio albums, their latest being Juno-nominated The Especially since it was their follow-up album One Chord Double Cross in 2011, a string of singles and an EP. to Another that really put them on the map. “I think [owning our music] has affected everything,” But Twice Removed is the album that really defines says Ferguson. “I’m so grateful that we managed to retain Sloan’s career. It was the band’s second album on Geffen the ownership and most of the publishing for our career Records — and its last. In the days of … it’s given us freedom to do what we Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam, want.” Sloan’s pop sensibilities didn’t match Sloan recently released the Twice SLOAN with what Geffen wanted to be selling. Removed deluxe edition three-vinyl LP RAP side stage “Twice Removed wasn’t an aggressive box-set, complete with demo versions in 6:45pm record and they asked us to re-record it. sequential order, outtakes, a booklet of Sat., Sept. 15 We said no. ... If you start going down photos and a bunch of other goodies that that rabbit hole you never know … I’m Ferguson says he and fellow bandmate happy we stuck to our guns,” says Jay Chris Murphy have kept in their baseFerguson (guitar/bass/keys). ments and attics — 40 random orders even come with In fact, the band broke up after touring the album and an original tour poster. decided to focus solely on their collectively-owned label, “It’s a new world for bands, owning your music and murderecords, which they started in 1992. licensing it. The fact that we’ve owned our whole cata“We released one EP on murderecords and then we logue means we can license "The Good in Everyone" to were on Geffen immediately,” says Ferguson. “We con- the George Stroumboulopoulos show, and that helps tinued to put out records on murderecords like Eric’s Trip fund making a new record or this reissue we’ve done. and Thrush Hermit, which was Joel Plaskett’s band, so it “The fact that we own everything and we don’t have was fun to play record label and have the label in Canada, to ask anybody about what we want to do with it, that’s although it was always a little frustrating that we weren’t a great freedom. It’s basically just owning your own busion our own label. It was our manager Chip Sutherland’s ness.” good advice to keep murderecords afloat and keep putSloan’s complete discography is available to purchase, ting out things by other bands to make it a credible label, or to stream, in its entirety on the band’s website, sloanthen if something happens with Geffen, we already have music.com, so take the few hours you have left to get a label set up. And basically, he predicted the future.” familiar with Twice Removed if you’re not already. M
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OFF THE FRONT > RIFFLANDIA CONT'D rmed with his professionallytrained, multi-octave voice, a slew of indecipherable accents and clad in a shabbychic ’80s sweater, Brooklynbased comedian/musician Reggie Watts is bringing his trademark afro and bushy beard to the main stage at Rifﬂandia. But Watts doesn’t come equipped with much else. His sets, a mix of music sionals. and stream-of-consciousness stand-up, “I did this are completely improvised. shoot with “I don’t really prepare. I show up Playboy and and hopefully all my stuff works and I the wardcan hear robe person MARY ELLEN GREEN m y s e l f . pulled all After that these amazing sweaters, and he didn’t firstname.lastname@example.org it’s really let me keep all of them, but he let me up to the ether to bring it all together,” keep three bad ass, and I mean bad Watts says. “It’s much easier that way.” ass, sweaters. There’s this wolf howlWatts studied improv briefly in his ing sweater that people really freak out early 20s when living in Seattle, but says about.” he wasn’t a very good student. I tell Watts about a local sweater “It’s improvisational technique, company, christmassweaters.ca, that so there’s a structure to the way they is “sleighing” the competition. Going improvise and that I could never really online, he shows particular interest in get with,” he says. the “Excalibur” line. “It’s like the differJust before I leave REGGIE WATTS ence between playhim to sweater shopRAP main stage ing Ultimate Frisbee ping, I ask: “Are there 5:45pm and just throwing any other uses for the Sun., Sept. 16 the Frisbee around. hair/beard other than I prefer to throw the just to look good?” Frisbee in the park.” He leaves me with Generally, Watts employs a few stan- this piece of wisdom: dard elements. “I know I’m probably “The beard you never really want to going to play something on a piano, I’m mess with. You don’t want anything in going to do some looping stuff and I’m your beard. You also want friends to tell going to talk about really dumb things. you if you have something in your beard. Those are my three go-tos.” That’s definitely, really no — unless His subject matter ranges from sci- you’re Captain Lou Albano and you want ence fiction to pop culture, food to phi- to put some rubber bands on your face. I losophy, sex and gender and everything guess back in the day people would put in between. doobies in there, but for me, my hair is “Anything really, anything human. like my beard, I like it just my hair. In a way, I never studied it but I’m an “I don’t want a mouse in there, I don’t anthropologist, I suppose. I like learning want a small replica of a pterodactyl in different social languages and colloquial there, I don’t like anything like that. And languages and history and everything [contrary to popular belief] it doesn’t that contextualizes who we are at this work as a pillow. The mass of hair isn’t time. That’s pretty much what I’m inter- really strong enough to be able to supested in.” That, along with tacky sweat- port the weight of a human head. ers and beard maintenance. “There’s so much wonder, but you While Watts doesn’t formally have know it’s just hair, it curls around and a team of personal sweater shoppers, does weird things. Everybody can have most of them are picked out by profes- weird hair, you just have to let it go.” M
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hree years ago, no one would have guessed that The Head and the Heart would be taking the main stage at this year’s Rifﬂandia Music Festival, much less larger festivals such as Coachella or Lollapalooza. The “band” wasn’t really even a band back then, so much as a cast of open mic drop-ins backing up Jon Russell and Josiah Johnson, who were enjoying the birth of their artistic chemistry. Ironically, The Head and the Heart, that was destined to enjoy a meteoric THE HEAD rise to success, & THE HEART came together RAP main stage very slowly. 4:15pm “We had a Sun., Sept. 16 lot of different people playing with us back then, but we always knew that they were fillins,” says singer/guitarist Jon Russell. “Once we buckled down and started taking things more seriously, we gave people ultimatums like: ‘Ok, we’re practicing four or five times a week and you’re only showing up once … are you really worth our time?’ By that process, we weeded people out. The band, in its present form, didn’t come together until the summer of 2010, when our first album came out.” The Head and the Heart’s self-released eponymous album, which cost a mere $200 to record, was barely pressed in time for The Head and the Heart’s first tour, forcing the band members to sew make-shift sleeves out of old denim. But as the band toured relentlessly at the peril of the members’ day jobs, something odd happened — it started selling CDs, lots of them.
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without even too much editing. (The song) ‘Endless Ladder,’ is that way.” Ditto for his trumpet playing — those rom the scorched streets of Istan- brassy purring notes are the sound of Cicci’s bul to ocean depths that could give jazz past snuggling up with his current indie you the bends, The Antlers seem to pop sensibilities. scour whole atlases for inspiration. “I was playing a little more trumpet, tryLet’s start with the muggy alley- ing to write with mood and texture in mind, ways and avenues of that aforementioned trying to bring some of that soulfulness out. Turkish metropolis. Keyboardist Darby Cicci Since my background is more in jazz than and his fellow Brooklyn-based bandmates pop, bringing those things back felt a little meandered about this enticingly exotic locale more nostalgic for me.” before playing a gig there earlier this year. But That free spiritedness has been The Antlers’ rather than absorb any foreign flavours, Cicci muse all along — be it a tragic hospice narrainstead grew stubbornly introspective. tive that may or may not be true (frontman “I started thinking ‘If I spend all my time Peter Silberman won’t elaborate on that one, in situations that I’m unfamiliar with, then and neither will his bandmates), a Turkish what is actually familiar to me?’” says Cicci, excursion’s homesickness that made them adding The Antlers current tour includes look inward, or an imaginary underwater stops in Japan, Mexico, the journey that inspired their latNetherlands and Belgium, est EP. THE ANTLERS among others. After all “It gives it that sense of Alix Goolden Hall that travelling, Cicci found mystery,” Cicci says of the 12:30am himself puzzling over other title. “We figured out these Sat., Sept. 15 existential questions like: were all underwater-themed “‘Who am I and where do I songs — mystical underwater come from?’ And you start imagery, concepts of drownlooking at your family and childhood, and ing, verses about sinking while just sitting asking ‘What defines me as a person? What in a bathtub. The thorough line of all these culture am I from? What is my history?’” things I guess is the relaxation imagery of That nostalgic outlook permeates much of underwater, mixed with a sense of nostalgia his work on Undersea, The Antlers’ latest EP. and mystery.” “For me, personally, Undersea is the most The Antlers’ breakthrough disc, Hospice, I’ve done in the band on any single recording, was an album lauded for its narrative lyrics with my personal writing. A lot of it came as much as its music, but it was also a more out of playing piano more,” he says, adding tightly controlled piece than Undersea. the instrument left him leaning more heav“We didn’t sit in the same room and work ily on his jazz background. “We just started on music back then. We just pieced it all recording a lot of things as an improvised run together, and Peter did a lot of the piecing,” Cicci says, adding that Silberman’s strictness during those sessions was by no means contentious — much to the disappointment, he’s all too sure, of onlookers longing for the kind of real-life drama reflected in his lyrics. “It wasn’t this intense, emotional experience by any means. I think people assume the subject matter of the record somehow relates to how the record was made, or a relationship or something, and it’s really not the case. We just kind of sit down and connect on a musical level. So when we sit down to work on something it’s not about stories or emotions at that point. It’s about making records.” M firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAD & HEART Continued from Page 10 “We would play shows and we were selling dozens and dozens of copies of our album a night and we started to feel like this was different … this wasn’t a normal reaction,” says Russell. The band’s grass roots, do-it-yourself approach to marketing didn’t go unnoticed by record companies. A number of major labels courted the band and were undoubtedly shocked when the members, whose poverty had forced them into a diet comprised exclusively of ramen noodles, turned them down. “We were not at all interested in major labels,” says Russell. “We were holding out for Sub Pop. We really wanted Sub Pop, but it was getting to the point where we didn’t hear anything from them and we were like, ‘Well, maybe we should
do this on our own.’ . . . We were prepared to keep on going without a label and then, lo and behold, Sub Pop shows up and took us for dinner one night and it actually worked out.” Signing with Sub Pop only increased The Head and the Heart’s momentum. Sub Pop’s reputation secured European dates for the band both as headliners and as a support to luminaries such as The Walkmen and Iron and Wine. The label’s release of the debut album has since gone on to sell 200,000 copies. With The Head and The Heart’s main stage show at Rifflandia this Sunday afternoon, Victorians will finally get a chance to see what all the hype is about. After all, it is the band’s infamously captivating live set that led to its cult following in the first place. M
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thriving business and a hat trick of active boys would be enough for most people, but that isnâ€™t the case for Jim and Candy Walmsley. If you havenâ€™t heard, the Walmsleys opened Victoriaâ€™s hottest new brunch spot in April across the street from their first venture in Old Town, The Union Pacific Coffee Company. Jam Cafe is part of the site once occupied by the ground breaking Herald Street Cafe. I heard consistently good things after the doors opened opened, noticed the lineups on the weekends and wondered w if it would live up to the hype. T The answer is a resounding yes. The room is narrow, yet spacious and a airy, with whitewashed walls, high ceiling ings, massive store front windows and a judicio judicious touch of whimsical decor. If you are on a healt health kick, be warned that the owners have placed a sadist in charge of the menu, capable of m making the most dedicated macrobiotic diner a babbling wreck. How bad is it? Oh, itâ€™s bad. Bru Brunch in Victoria usually means a lot of dishes featuring eggs as the central ingredient, a dilem dilemma for those of us who donâ€™t like eggs. Howev However, by offering an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, Jam Cafe happily blurs the borders with ridiculously ri good specials. Imagine: pine-
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JAM Continued from previous page There were no tables available when Angela and I visited, so we sat at the bar. Menus and an offer of coffee were instantaneous, but after noticing a jar of pickled asparagus, we ordered Caesars instead. I knew we were in delicious trouble when they arrived in jam jars rimmed with Montreal steak spice with plenty of freshly ground pepper, horseradish, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. In addition to the pickled asparagus and fresh lime, the final blow of garnish was delivered in the form of a large strip of candied bacon. I avoid simple carbs, except on weekends when I think all hell should break loose, and Jam Cafe is the perfect place to indulge. Chocolate French toast seemed too sweet on a relatively empty stomach. Buttermilk fried chicken and cornbread nearly won, as did a Reuben with Russian dressing. But I wanted something that would pass as brunch. Despite a traumatic childhood experience, (don’t ask) I ordered pancakes. The menu offers several sweet varieties, including chocolate chip, banana walnut, blueberry, and red velvet, but the version that caught my eye — plain pancakes stuffed with pulled pork, drizzled with a maple bbq glaze, crowned with jalapeno spiked sour cream and pickled red cabbage. It was even better than I hoped. Angela decided to focus on eggs. An impressive Huevos Rancheros landed at a nearby seat, but other considerations included; Green Eggs and Ham (a buttermilk biscuit stuffed with scrambled eggs, spinach, pesto, goat cheese and a slice of ham) or Eggs Benedict with grilled ham, smoked salmon or chorizo. In the end, she opted for an omelette stuffed with sugar-cured bacon and onion jam, served with hash browns and toast.
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ave you ever needed a unique gift for someone, but were unsure of where to go? Everyone knows Bolen Books has a great selection of reading materials, but did you know they also have an excellent gift department with plenty of fun options at budget friendly prices, including a few to spice up a home bar? No freezer is complete without novelty ice cubes, and my favourite is Fred and Friend’s Gin and Titonic. A synthetic rubber mold makes four little ocean liners and matching icebergs in a flash. This company also makes a great bottle opener for
someone who couldn’t get enough of the Olympics this summer. Buy them the gold medal bottle opener to make the wait until the flame returns to Sochi in 2014 a bit more bearable. Know anyone who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed regularly, rendering them unable to talk to anyone? Maybe there’s no need to. For the indecisive (or perhaps the hungover) the Drink Selector Mug uses sliding bands to make your beverage preferences clear. Bottle stoppers are a dime a dozen, but how many will please the goth in your life? These skull shaped ones from Invotis will liven up any home bar. Bolen Books is open daily and located in the Hillside Mall at 1644 Hillside Avenue. M
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MUSICAL FEAST FOR THE RAINBOW KITCHEN SECRETS OF THE CITY nsemble Laude, voted “favourite vocal ensemble” by Monday readers three years in a row, is providing a musical feast, Sat., Sept. 15 in support of the Victoria Rainbow Kitchen. Directed by Elizabeth MacIssac, Ensemble Laude has a repertoire that includes both medieval and contemporary music. The Victoria Rainbow Kitchen, based out of the Esquimalt United Church, provides 150 meals to the homeless, young families and seniors on a daily basis. Admission by donation, 2pm at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church (3909 St. George’s Lane). M
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hen most people hear chalk art, Casas (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Victoria’s own they immediately picture the stick- Ian Morris, who can often be found painting porfigure portrait that the neighbour traits on Government Street. kids drew on their driveway. And On Saturday and Sunday, Government Street while that may be “art,” it won’t will host the “Artist Zone,” where the other six prepare you for what’s in store at the inaugural guest artists will be creating their masterpieces. Victoria International Chalk Art Festival, hitting “Escalera is planning to do a portrait of a young downtown Sept. 12-16. Queen Victoria in honour of the city’s 150th anniThe festival kicks off with renowned street versary,” says Vickers. painter Tracy Lee Stum beginning her 20-byEach artist will be given a 10-by-12-foot zone to 20-foot 3D chalk art drawing at the Bay Centre work in, and part of the street will be blocked off (lower level, centre court). Stum will take the full for the public to try their hand. five days of the festival to create her interactive “We’ve ordered tons of chalk,” says Vickers. masterpiece, which will remain “It’s free fun for everybody.” on display at the Bay Centre until Government Street (between VICTORIA Sept. 30. Yates and Fort) will remain “She truly is the top of the top,” closed to vehicle traffic from INTERNATIONAL says festival executive director 6am Saturday to 6pm Sunday CHALK ART John Vickers. “To have her here is as most artists will need two full FESTIVAL a real treat for the community.” days to complete their work. Sept. 12-16 Festival organizers are building Local artists, with or without The Bay Centre a special canvas-covered floor for chalk experience, are invited to and Sept. 15-16 on Stum to work on. work alongside these internaGovernment Street The festival spills outdoors tional artists over the weekend. Free. onto Government Street on the Escalera is also running a free weekend, where other internatutorial on Thurs., Sept. 13 for tionally known street artists will those interested in participating. be live-painting. To get involved, visit victoriachalkfestival.com, “As a resident of Government Street, I’ve always fill out the artist application form and email or felt this is a beautiful city, but that it’s lacking in drop it off at the festival headquarters in the Bay family-friendly free events to draw people down- Centre. M town,” says Vickers. To remedy that need, Vickers is hoping to establish three annual downtown festivals. The first was the Victoria International Buskers Festival, which just finished its second successful year. The Teaching English second is the chalk festival, and the third is the as a Second Language Victoria International Kite Festival, which Vickers is hoping to host at Clover Point in the coming years. While researching for the chalk art festival, Vickers was introduced to Denise Kowal, the Tuition organizer of the largest chalk art festival in North ONLY America (in Sarasota, Fla.) and invited Kowal *F/T Day Course Starts Oct. 1 $995 to be artistic director of the Victoria festival. Through her contacts, the festival was able to Register before September 15th and secure six of the world’s best street artists, includ$ ing Stum, street portrait painter Jeanie Burns off the registration fee! (West Palm Beach, Fla.), colourful chameleon Cathy Gallatin (Medford, Ore.), mural maestro 101-910 Government St. Lori Escalera (California), renaissance recreator Experience Victoria’s Waterfront College Gabrielle Abbot (Seattle, Wash.), Michael Las 250.590.4805 • www.inlinguavictoria.com
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Epic history worth waiting for ROYAL BC MUSEUM BOASTS SIX SPECIAL EXHIBITS THIS SEASON By Danielle Pope email@example.com
ttention history lovers: six special opportunities are coming your way for tales of daring adventure, heroic bravery and aweinspiring natural beauty, all thanks to the Royal BC Museum. The museum announced its new line-up of six new exhibitions for the 2012-2013 season on Wed., Sept. 12, and the list will please patrons ready for a healthy dose of Canadiana. “Epic is how I sum up our new exhibition season,” says Jack Lohman, museum CEO. “Our museum team has assembled a world-class line-up for visitors, featuring acclaimed international touring exhibitions and others newly created by the Royal BC Museum in collaboration with community partners to celebrate important provincial milestones.” As the dinosaurs saunter away Sept. 30, the new season kicks off on Oct. 4 with a treat for cartography enthusiasts: Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, a collection of rare maps, dating from the late-1400s, that portray early attempts to come to grips with the shape, size, and nature of the Earth and solar system. Historical treasures from the BC Archives will also go on rotating display in the lower lobby area of the archives beginning Oct. 22 — objects like the Douglas Treaties, the only formal treaties signed with First Nations in B.C. before the modern-day treaty process now underway, that has become the bedrock for First Nations’ rights and title within modern Canadian law. Just in time for Remembrance Day, the museum will then play host to The Navy – A Century in Art, Nov. 6, a show making its debut appearance in B.C. as part of a cross-Canada tour organized by the Canadian War Museum. To mark this year’s centennial of The Canadian Scottish Regiment, the museum and the regiment will present For Valour — The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) 100 Years of Service in Peace and War, Oct. 20. Next, camera-crazed Victorians will flash at the chance to catch the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit from London’s Natural History Museum, when it returns Nov. 30 with the winning entries from the 2012 world competition. The exhibition features 100 large-scale, backlit photographs chosen from more than 48,000 international entries from 98 countries. Into the new year, Feb. 7 will introduce Victorians to Tradition in Felicities — Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown. The display tells a remarkable story of the growth and development of Canada’s first Chinatown — here, in our very own city — and the cultural ties that continue to bind it to the Greater Victoria community. Interestingly, the museum is
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currently working to conserve the oldest-known Chinese lantern, an artifact that exemplifies the endurance of Chinatown’s heritage. A multi-media exhibition will share personal vignettes from elders who helped build Chinatown into the vibrant community it remains today. The season finale opens with a dramatic flourish May 17, as the museum prepares for a five-month summer engagement. Race to the End of the Earth recounts a dramatic tale of Antarctic exploration: the epic quest of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott of the British Royal Navy to be the first to reach the South Pole in 19111912. Museum staff are also involved in their own modern story of Antarctic research — exhibit arts technician Jana Stefan is part of an international team that departed in August for six months to undergo a project to restore Scott’s 1911-1912 base camp. The delicate work to save the hut and more than 8,500 artifacts in the unpredictable polar environment make this one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken. Stefan will be offering glimpses into her experience in blog posts on the museum website beginning in late September. M Learn more at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca. Reserve free family passes to the museum via the Greater Victoria Public Library at gvpl.ca.
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Explore Latin culture through film THIRD ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF By Mary Ellen Green firstname.lastname@example.org
ombies invading the streets of Havana, mountain farmers from a U.S.-owned mining a suitcase filled with thousands of neg- company ( 2010, Canada/Peru. 69 minutes). atives taken during the Spanish Civil All proceeds from the screening of this film go War, and a Peruvian priest defending to support Mosqoy, a Canadian charity created mountain farmers from a U.S.-owned by UVic alumni that promotes social justice and gold mine â€” these are just half of the stories be- cultural rights in the Peruvian Andes through ing told at the third-annual Latin American and cultural and educational programs. Spanish Film Week, hosted by UVicâ€™s Cinecenta Saturdayâ€™s film, Juan de los Muertos (Juan Sept. 18-23. of the Dead) is a dark-comedy/political satire â€œIn essence, we are trying to bring Latin about what happens when zombies invade the American and Spanish culture to Victoria streets of Havana (2011, Cuba, 100 minutes). through film,â€? says festival coordinator Dan And Sundayâ€™s film Un Cuento Chino (A Russek. Chinese Tale) tells the funny Each night of the festival and heartwarming tale of THIRD-ANNUAL features a film from a differreclusive hardware store ent country. owner Roberto and how his LATIN AMERICAN â€œWe spent many months life is completely disrupted AND SPANISH FILM watching movies,â€? says when a young Chinese man WEEK Russek, who is also a professtumbles into his path (2011, Sept. 18-23 sor of Hispanic and Italian Argentina, 93 minutes). UVic's Cinecenta Studies at the university. â€œThe The Latin American and (Student Union Building) nice thing about our event is Spanish Film Week is orgaShowtimes are 7 and 9pm that we only chose six movnized and funded by three cinecenta.com ies so we have the advantage offices at UVic: Hispanic and of selecting the best of the Italian Sudies, Social Sciences best.â€? and Continuing Education While some Latin American countries, like and was organized by Russek as well as Silvia Mexico, produce more movies than others, Colas, Chrissie Forster and Dovi Kreger. Russek says it is important to explore films from All films are being screened at UVicâ€™s countries with lesser known film industries, Cinecenta (Student Union Building) and will like Cuba. be shown with English subtitles. Showtimes are The festival kicks off Tues., Sept. 18 with O 7 and 9 pm. Cost: $5.60 - $7.75 (regular admisPalhaĂ§o (The Clown), a story of self-discovery sion fees). For full details, visit the cinema webâ€” and a box office hit â€” from Brazil. (2011, 88 site at cinecenta.com. M minutes). Wednesdayâ€™s film Gatos viejos (Old Cats) tells the story of how an independent older couple and their two cats deal with their daughter and her lesbian loverâ€™s get-rich-quick scheme. (2010, Chile, 88 minutes). Thursday features screenings of La maleta Mexicana (The Mexican Suitcase), an incredible story of the 2007 recovery of 4,500 negatives taken during the Spanish Civil War by renowned war photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour. The documentary follows the journey of the negatives to Mexico and parallels it with the story of Spanish exile (2010, 86 minutes). Fridayâ€™s film is OperaciĂłn Diablo (The Devil PROVIDED Operation), a story about a Peruvian priest Brazilian film O PalhaĂ§o (The Clown). nicknamed â€œEl Diabloâ€? for his part in defending
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Zombies invade Havana, Cuba in Juan de los Muertos, screening at Cinecenta.