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IMAGE Dave Kenney A note from your Students’ Association Emery is your magazine. It’s your guide to what’s happening, what’s hot, and what’s here – not only on SAIT campus but in your very cool front yard (aka Kensington). Here are a few of the things Emery has rounded up to share with you. To bone up your random-facts-no-one-else-knows quotient, make sure you check out the Gate history on page 28. Rock giants KISS and musical icons like Joni Mitchell and Bryan Adams played on campus well before they all claimed international super stardom. Speaking of bands on their way to the top, SAITSA will continue to bring you up-and-coming music as you’ll see when you read Emery’s music coverage starting on page 18. When you check out these bands, you’re doing more than simply geeking out to great new music. You’re making memories. One day, you’ll be able to say, “I remember when they were just starting out. I saw them at the Gate.” And Emery doesn’t end with music. We’ve included new film, edgy lit, slick style finds, techie trends and even a little from the love department. The SAIT Students’ Association created Emery for you. We hope you like it.

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Graphic Novels You’re never too old for books with pictures.

Cinema 8 10

Filmmakers Meet Calgary film talents who are making movies and waves. History It used to be a horse stable, now it’s a movie theatre. Emery delves into the Plaza’s past.

Technology 11 Apps When the apocalypse comes, these apps will be useless. Until then, enjoy! 12 Making Music Emery talks to Canadian musicians who make music and videos the new-fashioned way. 13 Finding Music Get the jump on those jerks who always seem to know your favourite band before you do.

Sex and Relationships

14 Sex Survey Every year, THE WEAL asks SAIT students about their sex lives. Emery has the results. (There are also animals humping on this page, FYI. Totally worth a look.) 16 Dating Internet connection too slow? Try speed dating.



Music 18 BAND Profile Can you say Karkwa in French? 20 AND ANOTHER BAND Profile Fubar leaps off the screen and skids onto a stage near you. 22 MORE BAND Profiles We <3 Alberta music. 24 A LITTLE SLICE OF History Before Alanis, Sarah, and Emily, there was an art student named Joni. 26 ONE Sick Venue New music brought to SAIT by a campus pub near you. 28 BETCHA DIDn’t KNOW ThIS STUFF What do Kiss, Bryan Adams and a pig wEARING lipstick have in common? 30 PHOTO ESSAY Anti-freeze 2011 brought Shout Out Out Out Out, the WasSabi Duo and more to the Gate. ALSO AVAILABLE AT

Style 34 Fashion We took pictures of fly-lookin’ threads from some of the raddest boutiques in town. 43 Stuff Emery picks out party favours for your next shindig, and the morning after.


WORDS Heather Setka

Comic books aren’t just for geeks anymore. Well, maybe they still are. But since geek is the new chic, comic books are way cooler than when you felt the need to hide them behind your copy of Maxim’s Hot 100 or Cosmo’s Bachelor Blowout.

nerd lit

Emery asked Jim Gray and Jason Kuffler – both SAIT library staff members and avid graphic novel fans – for their favourite books with picture. We also threw in a few of our own. >>The Walking Dead


By Robert Kirkman Image Comics

by Osamu Tezuka Harper Collins

If you haven’t had enough zombies on the big screen yet, pick up Kirkman’s stories about the world after an epidemic brings the dead back to life. And if you’re just dying (haha) for more, also check out the TV series based on the books. Season two begins October 2011 on AMC, the network that produces Breaking Bad and the locally-filmed western Hell on Wheels.

From the creator of Astroboy, (if you didn’t watch it as a kid, then google it. You’ll be instantly hooked, or at least hypnotized by the flashing lights) Buddha is manga for everyone.

>>FableS Series

>>Y: The Last Man

by Bill Willingham Vertigo Comics

by Brian K. Vaughan Vertigo Comics

These aren’t the fairytales you remember from your childhood. Snow White has divorced Prince Charming because of his cheating ways (with her sister, no less!), Goldilocks packs heat, and the Big Bad Wolf is not only human, he’s also a good guy. Snuggle up with these bedtime stories of a different sort.

“I wouldn’t date you if you were the last man on earth!” It may be the insult you hurl at your ex on a Friday night gone wrong, but in this graphic novel series, it’s reality. The premise of Vaughan’s story is intriguing: all the men and boys (even the male mammals) suddenly cease to exist. Except Yorick Brown. He’s the last man standing in a world full of women. Surprisingly, not as sweet as it sounds.

FYI: Since the SAIT library began building its graphic and illustrated novel collection (that’s geekspeak for really long comic books) two years ago, a number of must-read titles have found a home in the stacks. And they’re free for the borrowing.





>>Love and Rockets By the Hernandez brothers Fantagraphics Books If you can stomach Los Bros Hernendez’s weirdness (their strangeness sometimes comes in the form of bombshell babes covered in hair and a whole lotta’ unexplained nudity), the primarily female cast embroiled in bizarre storylines is worth a gander.

>>Scott PilgrIm’s Precious Little Life

The adage that the book is always better than the movie holds its own in the world of graphic novels too. Before Michael Cera was Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim was a character in a hilarious, hipster world. Set in Toronto, the story begins with Scott dating a high schooler. And that’s just the beginning of his problems.

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Emery sits down with three filmmakers to discuss their current projects, future aspirations and what they’ve learned about the lil’ business of making art 1


Dominique Keller says a world without artists isn’t one she’d want to live in. Whether she’s documenting the harsh realities of Bangladeshi women who work in the sex trade (Brothel Justice), poking fun at and shining a light on the procreation versus career debate (The Baby Cliff) or sharing her own experience teaching her grandmother how to drive, Keller is first and foremost a storyteller.

Since forming Dalmation Coast Productions with Josip Condic in 2009, SAIT grad Kruno Malnar has made films on tricky subjects like Calgary’s gang violence and the lies we tell to those who love us most. His latest effort, a 75-minute suspense thriller called Kept, is scheduled for completion by fall 2011. As Malnar’s films have steadily increased in length, they’ve also taken on a new sophistication.

[Emery Magazine] What do you like about filmmaking? [Dominique Keller] For me, what’s most exciting about filmmaking is storytelling. As a filmmaker you have a huge amount of power but also a huge amount of responsibility because the stories you tell impact people. I think filmmaking functions to break down barriers, because it’s so easy in our lives to get so focused on your own community, your small group and create a barrier.

[EM] What are the joys and challenges of being an indie filmmaker in Calgary? [Kruno Malnar] The biggest joy is collaboration, to come together and create something. Of course, when the film is done the joy is to show it to people. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s always good to get feedback. (No artist) should be an artist if they can’t handle criticism.

[EM] What barrier are you trying to break down in the Baby Cliff? [DK] The Baby Cliff is dealing with differences in generational views because you have our parents who have lived a very different lifestyles from us. My mother had her first child at 17 and I’m the last child who she had when she was 30. So it’s very hard for her to understand. And I find amongst my female peers that’s so much not the case anymore. In fact, our career has become this very fulfilling entity and the idea of creating a family on top of that is often seen as a huge conflict.

The main challenge is ‘what do we really have to do to make it appear the best.’ What can we do to make it stand out against something that comes out (from) down south or even a French-Canadian film, which is actually a bigger industry. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it too. Even (in) the smallest country on the planet, people can make the wickedest films. The biggest challenge is ‘what can we do to get Canada on the map in the film industry.

[EM] You’re also teaching your grandmother how to drive. What’s that project all about? [DK] That project’s been amazing. She said it’s her number one regret in life. And I wondered, ‘Is it possible to learn something new at 90 years old?’ We often think we’re too old to learn something new. So I was really curious. We’ve been working on it for a couple of years. She managed to fail her learner’s test 12 times, but she finally passed it. [EM] She did! Yay, Grandma! [DK] Yay Grandma! And now we’re working on the driving lessons. We’ve had a couple of harrowing experiences in the car. But she is making progress. It’s really inspiring to see how open she is to learning and how hard she’s trying. She’s got a whole gang of ladies that she plays Bridge with and they’re rooting her on. [EM] Looking back, what advice would you have given yourself when you were starting out as a filmmaker? [DK] If I had known it was going to be such a challenge to be a filmmaker (pauses), I’m probably lucky I didn’t know. Ignorance is bliss. Because if I’d known how hard it was going to be, I would have never begun in the first place. I don’t know if that’s advice or not. Because I likely wouldn’t say anything to myself. I’d be like, “just have fun.”

Check out:

Keller’s blog at Malnar’s short Cold on Choch at

[EM] When will you quit your day job? [KM] When I know that I can make a steady income. I want to make filmmaking my day job and my night job. 3 Twenty-two-year-old Brendan Prost says he’s behind schedule. Orson Wells made Citizen Kane at 25, and Prost says that means he only has a few more years to make his opus. The rest of us think he’s doing just fine: a writer and director, Prost has already made several shorts and two feature-length films, including the buzzed-about Generation Why. Currently studying at Simon Fraser University, Calgary-native Prost screened his latest movie over summer 2011. Choch is a black-and-white, partially improvised, intimate portrait of everybody’s favourite guy to hate. [EM] Why did you include improvisation in Choch? [Brendan Prost] It had to be like you were peering in on someone as they were just being in their life. The more you could stamp out the acting and just have the actors existing as those characters in that space, doing whatever felt right, it made it more convincing and more compelling. You can get attached to them like they’re a real person. [EM] Why did you want to tell that story? [BP] For me, the movie is trying to imagine that people see you as an ugly person or that you see yourself as an ugly person and that you feel like a good person inside, but you can’t get it out. It’s trapped inside of you. We used this choch character to express that idea. [EM] What’s your next project? [BP] What I wanted to do this summer, but can’t because of financial setbacks, is the anti-North American sex drama. It’s all about the emotional boundary lines that we draw when we’re in relationships and friendships – if it’s just that physical element or there’s a switch in your mind that changes your mentality. The dynamic is between a couple and a third intrusion that’s unseen.


WORDS Alyssa Pywell Image Andrew Crossett

The focus is on film

Nestled amongst Kensington’s shops, cafés and endless people watching pleasure is an unassuming building with a false front structure.

This façade was common in early western towns to make buildings appear more impressive.

years, it’s gone back to a monthly film calendar and offers an alternative to mainstream film choices.

Although its exterior may look outdated, the Plaza Theatre has both a vibrant history and a promising future.

Although the Plaza also provides space for birthday parties, weddings and CD release parties, Harris said “the focus is on film.”

Pete Harris, who was the Plaza’s programmer and manager until recently, said the one-screen independent theatre is unique and there aren’t many left in North America. The theatre is “enjoying a bit of a resurgence,” he said. In the last three or four

The theatre uses 35mm film instead of the digital that multiplex theatres employ. And the reason is more than a nostalgic notion. “Thirty-five has a softer look on the screen,” said Harris. “Film purists believe that films shot on 35 should be shown on 35.”

PLAZA TIMELINE 1920s The building that will become the Plaza Theatre is built as a horse stable.

neighbourhood movie house.

1928 The stable converts to a mechanics garage. Managed by J.A. Macleod, Mac’s Garage boasts the “best equipment” available to motorists.

1946 Harry Cohen purchases the theatre for $4,000. As the decade wears on, he voices his concern in the local media about the emergence of television competing with his business.

1935 Managed by Vernon Dixon, the Plaza Theatre opens as Calgary’s third

1950 Samuel Slutker and Russell Sutherland-Murray purchase the theatre. For

the next 16 years, Slutker, his wife and two kids live in the suite above the theatre and the entire family is involved in its operation. They focus on foreign and intellectual films. 1977 Mike Brar buys the theatre to show Chinese and Hindi films. Later that year, Flemming Nielson and Don Carroll lease the theatre space from Brar. Brar

shows his films on weekend evenings, while Nielson and Carroll control Tuesday through Friday and Saturday afternoons with classic and nostalgic films. 1984 Live theatre makes its first appearance at the Plaza with the premiere of Men’s Room by Calgary playwright Murray McRae. Though Nielson is excited to introduce the concept

of a movie and live theatre hybrid, it only lasts at the Plaza for a few years.

2003 The Calgary Underground film festival (CUFF) debuts at the Plaza.

1995 For the Plaza’s 60th birthday, Nielson begins showing foreign and art films to appeal to U of C and SAIT students.

2010 Actor Malcolm McDowell, who plays psychopath Alex in A Clockwork Orange introduces a special screening of the Stanley Kubrich film, and answers questions afterwards.

1999 The Plaza Theatre hosts the first year of the Calgary International film festival (CIFF).


WORDS Kristin Eberth

Six Apps You Need Right Now

Quiz Whiz


PI83 Graphing Calculator

TuneIn Radio pro


Mad Men Cocktail Culture







Take an endless number of (usually ridiculously terrible) quizzes. We took the ‘What will your teenage daughter look like?’ quiz and had to choose our favourite emoticon face out of a list that included ‘Slut Face’ – ;} and ‘Christmas Face’ – o<{}:}. This is not high-level fun. But it’s hilarious.

Let’s say you order the large pop and need to make a run for the bathroom mid-movie. RunPee will save the day. Just look up the movie you’re watching and it will tell you which parts you can leave at, how long you have, and what happens during the time you’re in the water closet. GENIUS.

This app is perfect for many SAIT programs – if for no other reason than it serves as a passable graphing calculator for one measly dollar instead of the gajillions you pay for the real thing. (And you thought this list was going to be totally frivolous.)

On iPhone and Android

On iPhone

Put simply, you never need to forget anything if you have Evernote on your phone. Within a millisecond you can store location info, audio clips, photos, reminders… clearing out plenty of room in your brain for other important stuff like daydreaming about your crush or visualizing products you might like to buy. On iPhone, Blackberry & Android

Everyone – female, male, bird, and beast – has the hots for Don Draper. Play around with this app for awhile and before long you’ll be able to make a proper Old Fashioned too – thus harnessing at least an ounce of that irresistible Draper charm.

On iPhone

TuneIn lets you stream virtually any radio station in the world through your phone. Record shows and play them later. You can even set them to come on when you wake up in the morning. But make sure you pay attention to whether you’ve got Wifi when using it if you want to keep your data plan in check. On iPhone, Blackberry & Android

On iPhone


WORDS Alyssa Pywell IMAGES Rob Waymen | Angela Smith


With the explosion of technology in our world and its dramatic impact on the music business, DIY artists can take their art form from creation to promotion all from the same laptop. Regina-based artist Michael Froh once led metalcore group The Holly Springs Disaster on stage, but is now pursuing a new path as an electronic music producer. It’s a surprising shift of Corb Lundproportions. But it was a natural one for Froh, who says he’s always embraced technology in his career. Basically, he starts with a blank slate on his computer and builds the sound from the bottom up. His hardcore chops still come in handy when creating samples for his fusion of light strokes (Rihanna’s sweet and sultry voice) and dark strokes (metal roars and axe grinds). Froh might play a riff on the guitar or say something into the microphone and then rework that sound on his computer. “It’s hard, and easy at the same time because I love it,” said Froh. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher, currently based in Montreal, has a similar do-it-himself attitude – made apparent by his preference for touring on bicycle – so it’s not surprising he’s made a few music videos completely on his own. “When you make a video, you’re trying to say something about yourself that your music doesn’t,” said Fisher. Cigarette was the first of his songs he ventured to make a music video for. He created a stop-motion video by fashioning a cigarette figure out of plasticine and then positioning it in various places around his apartment.

Jeremy Fisher writes his own music and makes his own music videos. The video was more about having fun with a cool piece of technology. Fisher said the reality is that product placement is everywhere and it’s the consumer’s responsibility to be aware of how it affects purchasing choices. Both Fisher and Froh used the Internet to teach themselves how to make videos and make music, respectively. Fisher learned stop-motion animation through a forum he found by searching on Google. Froh used YouTube tutorials to teach himself the art of making electronic music. “If you really want something, you need to go out and do it for yourself,” Froh said. However, there are drawbacks to technology as well. “Recording on a computer has made me lazier as a musician,” said Fisher. He spends less time on good takes because it’s now easier to edit. But that means whatever is saved in recording time is added to editing time. For example, Fisher said he might have two hours of video to edit down to five minutes. There’s also the obvious challenge technology has presented to the music industry. In a world of illegal downloads, Froh said it’s more difficult to be properly compensated. But it’s not just a financial issue. “Illegal downloads are not a stat you can use,” said Froh. Artists should at least, he said, be able to have the recognition that their music is being played. Drawbacks aside, Froh loves the Internet and computers and all the technology that comes with them. “It’s my life.”

Stop-motion animation may come from the days of movie monsters wreaking havoc on itty-bitty fake cities, but it’s the accessibility – both in price and ease of use – of recording equipment that’s enabled Fisher to become a music video maker. More recently, Fisher created a video for his song Shine a Little Light. This time, he used his iPhone. He used apps that allowed him to play drums or guitar on the phone and used video on the phone to create interesting visuals. “It was a series of playing around with different ideas,” said Fisher. He delved into the project with a loose plan, but says he finds his best ideas come when he’s immersed in it and experimenting. Some YouTube viewers of Fisher’s Shine video have commented that, with the use of the iPhone, it could be construed as an Apple ad. Fisher said it might look that way but Apple didn’t fund the piece, nor does it bother him that viewers may make this leap.

Formerly of The Holly Springs Disaster, Michael FroH is making music the thoroughly modern way.


WORDS Kristin Eberth Image Kyle Metcalf

MODERN MIX TAPE We’ve compiled a little list of tools you can use to ensure you’re cooler than your loser friends find new and exciting music. Since the dawn of popular music, emerging artists have allowed a select group of fans to display their superiority over their Top-40-loving friends by being the first to know about indie bands. If you want to be one of these mythical know-it-alls, good job! You’ve chosen the right time to be born. Thanks to the Internet, you can be listening to a new demo seconds after it’s released. Of course, the competition is stiff, so you’d better bring your A game.






Sign up for a quick free profile, browse music that’s posted by music bloggers, stream it online, ‘heart’ it when you dig it, and follow what your friends like too. It’s worthwhile to just stream music from the ‘Popular’ section until you find things you like. Careful, though – playing around with Hype Machine tends to lead you into a six-hour music-finding vortex that ends with you blinking at 4 a.m. trying to remember how you got there.

Click the ‘Music’ tab, type in the new band you’re into, and ... SHABAM. You have a list of a whole bunch of new and similar bands you probably haven’t heard of. Mind you, Tastekid isn’t great for streaming so you’ll have to check out your new finds somewhere else. Which leads us to...

Grooveshark is not like other sharks you’ve known, which are generally mean and best avoided. This one has all the music you’ve ever wanted, and he’ll let you stream it right from his site. Any artist, any song, any album, you can almost always find it and stream it. Build killer playlists. Share them with your friends or on Facebook. We challenged ourselves to make a playlist of songs strictly about ‘thunder,’ ‘lightning,’ and ‘rain.’ Totally do-able, FYI. is good at recommending new music, which it does by scrobbling. Scrobbling is essentially creeping what you’re listening to. Download Scrobbler and it will crossreference the songs you listen to with’s extensive database, and then churn out a series of pretty solid recommendations. If you feel like shelling out $3 a month, you can stream the recommendations via radio right on the site. But why would you? You’ve got Grooveshark.

Rdio (pronounced ‘ar-dio’) lets you stream music pretty much anywhere. You can build playlists from the extensive database, or follow playlists your friends make. By downloading the app, you can access playlists on your mobile phone as well as on your computer – no syncing necessary. You can even download the tracks and listen offline. The catch is that it’s $9.99 a month, but it’s worth it if you want to set your search for new music on autopilot.

So next time your friends say, “WOW WHO IS THIS, WHERE DID YOU GET THIS SICK TRACK?” you can just shrug and be all blasé about it. You’re welcome.



number of partners in the last year?



3% 0 50% 1 33% 2 - 4 10% 5 - 10 6% 10+




How old were you when you lost your virginity?




0 -2 10

32% YES : 44% SOMETIMES : 24% NO

48 : 22 : 13 : 11 : 6 10






number of partners in total?



16% 15 AND UNDER never 45% 16 - 18 27% 18+ AND OVER sometimes 12% STILL A VIRGIN once 13 every time




9% ZERO : 17% ONE : 34% TWO : 21% THREE : 19% FOUR+



Experimented outside of your sexual orientation recently?

Best kind of oral?

11% YES 85% NO 4% KIND OF 11% GIVE 23% GET 7% MAGAZINES 33% BOTH 21% VIDEOS 33% BOTH 57% INTERNET 10% N/A 4% LIVE ACTION 23% A FEW WEEKS 4% CHAT ROOMS 45% THE PILL 47% A FEW MONTHS 7% ANYTHING 2% THE SHOT 21% ONE YEAR + 3% THE IUD 70 : 30 71% YES 34% MALE CONDOM 9% TWO YEARS + 29% NO 1% FEMALE CONDOM 14% PULL N’ PRAY 1% TRYING does it count if I was drunk?

What’s your porn of choice?





45% YES 3% sometimes 52% no



preferred method of birth control?



Watch porn?


talk about stis & hiv before you have sex with a new partner? YES






Ever have a threesome?


23% YES 77% NO 74 : 20 : 6

No that breaks code : just once : always






16 Words Heather Setka




FAST CURIOUS Speed dating opens up the weird and wonderful world of romance for impatient daters “You should do it once, just to say it’s on your life resumé,” says Brittany McEachern.

McEachern received four matches after the event, and even went out on a few dates afterwards. Overall, she said jumping off the speed-dating cliff was worth it, even if just for experience’s sake.

The 21-year-old SAIT student isn’t talking about jumping out of an airplane, getting inked or even scaling some far away treacherous peak. She’s talking about speed dating, and she crossed it off her bucket list when she took in a SAITSA-run event last year.

Dating expert Cara Anderson says McEachern’s attitude is the best one to take with you into the half-awkward, half-thrilling world of speed dating.

“It was one of those experiences you see in the movies that I wanted to try,” says McEachern. Along with a handful of girlfriends, she signed up for the event and went with an open, but also slightly nervous, mind.

Anderson says television and movies portray speed dating as weird and uncomfortable. (Remember that painful moment in the 40-year-old Virgin when Paul Rudd’s character David comes face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.) But life doesn’t imitate art in this case, Anderson says.

It took a few “dates” for her confidence to build throughout the evening. But McEachern was soon asking her potential suitors off-the-wall questions or telling them goofy things about herself. Like the fact that she hates cotton balls. What? Cotton balls? What’s there to hate about a teeny-tiny replica of a fluffy, white cloud? “They squeak,” she says with a laugh. “They’re gross.” Revealing her inner weirdness – which let’s be honest, we all have to some degree – became McEachern’s strategy to make the most of the night. If the guy opposite her appeared put off by her odd admissions or random questions, she knew there was no future. Call it a test, if you must. But it paid off.

She’s been observing people speed-date at her Six Minute Dating events for the past four years, and laments the fact that people often shut themselves off after one big heartbreak. “My job is to create opportunities for people to meet each other,” says Anderson. “People want to dust themselves off and get back in the game.” She says online dating is a good way to get back on the roster, but there’s a lot you can’t tell from a photo and a crafted profile. Chemistry, for example. “If I could figure out chemistry, I’d be a billionaire,” she says.


Here are dating expert Cara Anderson’s tips for maximizing your speed dating experience: Say yes, more than you say no. “You don’t know if you want to date someone until you give them a chance,” Anderson says. “We’re often so hard on one another.” And if you say yes to a coffee and then yes to a movie date, you can still say no to a marriage proposal further down the line. Limit your expectations. “Let it go where it’s supposed to go,” Anderson says. “You can’t control the other person.” Expect nothing, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when anything happens – whether it’s a brush against your knee or a look that lasts just long enough to be considered more than friendly. Enjoy the journey. Anderson says half the battle is being willing to put yourself out there. “Enjoy a night out with friends,” she says. People are often “more concerned about the end result versus the journey. The most important thing is finding someone you enjoy spending your time with.” To find out about SAITSA’s speed dating events (they fill up fast), follow:

...this is a French (music) Revolution

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Karkwa took its name from the French term carquois, which means a quiver of arrows. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve quivering just thinking about it.

19 Two days fresh off a flight from Paris, Karkwa’s François Lafontaine is back at his Montreal home using the small break he has to focus on his kitchen renovationS.

When Emery spoke to the indie rock group’s keyboardist, he only planned to be on home soil for a few days to play La Fête Nationale du Quebec (SaintJean-Baptiste Day) with his Karwka bandmates. Soon after, they jet-setted back to France, to fill the much-coveted spot as opening act for Arcade Fire at the Zénith de Paris. They were also scheduled to perform at Canada Blast’s inaugural Canada Day in Paris along with Blue Rodeo and Jimmy Hunt. “You know what, my life is like that for almost one year – making renovations, having a baby, making an album, just touring, making the other album for my girlfriend,” says Lafontaine. The pace is crazy, he says. But it’s one the band has become accustomed to since their 2008 release, Le Volume du Vent. That little thing called the Polaris Music Prize (aka arguably the most prestigious music award in Canada), which Karkwa won in 2011 for their fourth release, Les Chemins de Verre, not only increased their profile but also their workload. In case it’s unclear from Karkwa’s album titles and Lafontaine’s charming accent leaping off these pages, the band performs solely in French, making them the first francophone band to win the Polaris in the award’s five-year history. This unprecedented win was followed by a two-week opening spot for Montreal-based Plants and Animals in Ontario – Karkwa’s inaugural Canadian tour outside of Quebec. “We never even considered playing in primarily English-speaking regions,” Lafontaine says in French. Switching back to English, he adds, “So when we won the Polaris Prize, all things began to arrive to us.” While their foray into the anglophone market wasn’t premeditated, thanks to their “killer melodies, intelligent lyrics, and the impression of a group in total communion” (as described by Polaris judge Philippe Papineau) that’s exactly what’s happening.

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And it always helps to have Strombo on your side in this fair nation. George Stromboulopoulos’ Tonight touted the band as quite possibly “the best live band in the country.” Even so, Lafontaine re-affirms Karkwa remains expectation-free. “We don’t have any plans for the future,” he says. “I only think about music…the rest of it, it’s really cool, but I don’t think about that.” Regardless of intent, it’s becoming clear Karkwa’s musical panache means nothing can hold them back. Not even a language barrier.

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Fubar, the 2002 mockumentary about hard-partying head-bangers Dean Murdoch and Terry Cahill, spawned more than just a massive cult following that awaited the movie’s sequel in 2010. The Fubar phenomenon infused the fictional Dean and Terry with so much personality and spirit they’ve come to exist outside of the mocked-up world of Fubar, eclipsing the personas of their real-life creators, Paul Spence and David Lawrence. Without even a nod to his maker, Murdoch (hence forth referred to as Deaner) is on a hard-core tour with Night Seeker, the rowdy metal band that got its start onscreen with the famed bangers. Night Seeker takes inspiration from the notable hair bands that came before it. In fact, Deaner says his group’s sound is like a violent medley of all the guitar-shredding greats. “(We sound like) if AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath got wasted on beer and grain alcohol and had a three-car pile up.” Deaner says his power to tap into the realm of rock royalty was born into him rather than learned from any mentor or after-school music teacher. “I been playin’ bass since I was a fetus, rockin’ in Rose’s womb. I never thought about bein’ a musician. I always was one, like Merlin never turned into a wizard one fine day, he just always was,” he says. And so, like a wizard drawing only from his innermost powers, Deaner says he writes his best tunes lying on his back with the lights out. “Sometimes I turn on one of them Glade PlugIns,” he says. “They give off decent light and lets my mind drift to distant pastures.” Perhaps the seeming depth leading him through these inspiring moments was intensified through his battle with testicular cancer. But even if the loss of his (spoiler alert) second nut in Fubar II didn’t give Deaner an enhanced sense of mortality, it certainly offered him the castrato voice to wail alongside the masters of metal.


Unfortunately, his new angelic voice is hampered since he has yet to master singing and playing the bass simultaneously. “It’s pretty much impossible. At first I thought about givin’ up the bass, but fuck that. I felt like a warrior in his gonch on stage with no bass. So I sing like, half the time, and other buddy who’s in the band sings too.” Night Seeker plays The Gateway Oct. 28


HOW TO: TALK LIKE DEANER Deaner says: Give’r Deaner means: work hard to complete a task efficiently [Note: that task might be, and likely is, getting extraordinarily drunk ]

Deaner says: “More tears, more beers.” Deaner means: You can achieve a balanced happiness by maintaining an equal ratio between beers consumed and troubles weighing on the mind. Deaner says: “Diddle her twat.” Deaner means: Use your fingers to give climactic sexual pleasure to ladies. Deaner says: “Shoot me full of electricity.” Deaner means: Treat my cancer through aggressive radio- and chemotherapies. Deaner says: “Turn up the good. Turn down the suck.” Deaner means: Increase the quality of any given means of entertainment by lessening the presence of inferior characteristics. Deaner says: “I don’t need ducks. Fuck ducks.” Deaner means: Environmental concerns are pointless and a waste of time.

ROCK LIKE DEANER Get Drunk: “Sure I could play a show sober, just like Merlin could go into battle with no staff. He could do massive fuckin’ damage to the enemy with nothin’ in his hands, just like me. But after you suck back a six pack, smoke a joint, and do a couple a push-ups, the wind on the battle field always seems to be blowin’ yer way.”

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Impair your hearing: “We like to listen to rock so loud that we go half-deaf, and then start jammin’ out.” Take yourself seriously: “We are serious about success, like a demon is serious about corrupting flesh. We don’t know any other way but the hard way. The hard rock way. The no talk way. The way of the soaring warrior, the metalwinged dragon, the avenging angel of impossible heights and magic.” Dream big and don’t forget the angels of darkness: “I suppose the dream town (to play in) would be Birmingham, cuz that’s where Sabbath is from. I dunno if they got a metal scene there, but I bet the forces of darkness are still kickin’ around.”

DRESS LIKE DEANER Bring on the banger hair: Nothing says rock like a mane of oily, unkempt hair. This look cannot be self-consciously cultivated, only neglected into honest fruition. Make your mustache: Even though Merlin wore his mustache with a beard, the lone mustache is just as magical. Even after chemotherapy, when the rest of his hair had fallen out, Deaner’s ‘stache was full and lustrous. Stay in skin-tight clothes (or just skin): “Comfort is the key,” says Deaner. “Like, if you got baggy shit on, you’re gonna’ get all caught up in the fuckin’ mic stand, so the tighter the better.” Don’t turn your back on classic black: “I wear black because that’s the colour of Rock’s Sweet Fortress of Night,” says Deaner.

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Calgary-based singer songwriter Samantha Savage Smith is modest and reserved to speak with, but hearing her sing is a powerful experience. Her lyrics are personal and meaningful, her voice strong and unabashedly beautiful.

Although hip-hop artist Transit grew up in Victoria, B.C., he might be best described as one of Calgary’s most promising upcoming talents.

Shane Yellowbird’s journey as a country music sensation reads like a movie script worthy of an Oscar.

Although she lived in Vancouver for a time, Savage Smith came back to Calgary where she felt more at home with her friends and family, and with her music. “I didn’t really even tell people that I played music (in Vancouver),” says Savage Smith. Once she returned, she found the confidence to launch her music career. “It’s a love-hate relationship, but mostly love,” says Savage Smith of Calgary. Savage Smith’s eclectic sound is influenced by indie-rock, blues and jazz. Her debut album, Tough Cookie, was released locally in April 2011 to immense favourable feedback. The national release is slated for Sept. 6, and Savage Smith will be touring in fall 2011 with her band to promote it. AP

Transit (aka Daniel Bennett) moved here in 2007. And even though the Stampede City may seem like an improbable breeding ground for indie hip hop to flourish, it’s turned out to be quite the opposite. “I really feel almost patriotic, in a sense, to Calgary because of all of the different ways that (it’s) claimed me,” says Transit. Skeptics need look no further than YouTube. Transit has professed his adoration for the true spirit of his adopted hometown in both the lyrics and the video for his latest single, Calgary (We Are Not All Cowboys). The track features Calgary’s beloved songstress Jann Arden on vocals. Other appearances in the video include Mayor Naheed Nenshi and a slew of local bands, including The Colin Decker Free Fall and Dragon Fli Empire. It’s now available on iTunes and will appear on his upcoming record, 22, set for release fall 2011. AK Transit plays the GateWay Nov. 12.

Despite suffering from a severe stutter, Yellowbird has become a country music success, and is now best recognized for his song Barefeet On A Blacktop from his 2009 sophomore album, It’s About Time. But it was also his stutter that sparked his talent in the first place, since a speech therapist recommended singing phrases to get the words out. The singer’s manager Louis O’Reilly admits Yellowbird – who grew up in Hobbema, Alta. and now lives in Ponoka – doesn’t do as many interviews as he should because of his speech impediment. But that’s not the case this time. O’Reilly spoke to Emery on Yellowbird’s behalf because he was performing in Europe. “I would say Shane is probably one of the top five Canadian country touring acts,” says O’Reilly. “There’s a source of pride there and a source of inspiration.” AK Yellowbird stops at the Gateway Oct. 15 for his Canadian and Australian tour with Country Music Awards of Australia’s 2010 Group of the Year, Jetty Road. The tour lasts until 2012, and Yellowbird’s next album is expected later that year.


FIST CITY Members of garage band, Fist City, don’t live in Lethbridge to keep their band together. Rather, they’re in a band because they live in Lethbridge. “Living in Lethbridge makes it necessary to do something to occupy your time,” says guitarist and vocalist Kier Griffiths. “There’s not a lot to do.” That’s why when Griffiths and her sister/bassist Brittany’s band New Danger Kids broke up, the two were quick to restart alongside also recently bandless Evan Van Reekum (guitar) and Ryan Grieve (drums) in November of 2009.

Griffiths says despite its sleepiness, small town Alberta provides perfect fodder for songwriting. The bands’ frustrations, particularly in regards to political beliefs, roar out from their raw sound. But she says there’s also a thriving network of bands around Alberta and she encourages music fans to experience acts outside the city limits. Fist City, named after a Loretta Lynn song, hit the Twisted Element stage during Sled Island 2011, and embark on a mini west-coast tour this fall. AP

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MARES OF THRACE It’s hard to believe that two people could produce so much sound. Mares of Thrace ­– Thérèse Lanz and Stefani MacKichan – boast a hardcore style with their own special brand of creative metal. It’s riveting, intriguing and unnerving, all at the same time. Neither Lanz nor MacKichan are originally from Calgary, but both moved to the city during their childhoods. And they plan to stay.

“I love Calgary, I love living here, I love the music scene,” says Lanz. “I’m totally not motivated to leave.” Mares of Thrace’s sound might seem contradictory to Calgary’s traditionally conservative climate, but Lanz argues there are more pockets of progressive ideals than people may think. Fresh off a summer tour of Canada and the U.S., the women are looking forward to a new release in late 2011 or early 2012 under a major Canadian record label. Lanz says they can’t say which one, but she’s hinting it’s one of the big guys. AP

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I was standing in the kitchen not long ago when my seven-year-old daughter came bounding by, singing these lyrics: “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone / They paved paradise and put up a parking lot / Bop, bop, bop, bop.” With each line, my daughter mimicked Joni Mitchell’s lilting, breathy, gusto from Big Yellow Taxi, and I was awestruck. Mitchell wrote this song in 1970 during a trip to Hawaii, and it’s incredible to hear it sung by a small child more than 40 years later. If I needed proof of Mitchell’s lasting impact, it came right from my daughter’s lips. But it’s not like Mitchell started out at the top. At one time, she was a small-town prairie girl named Roberta Joan Anderson. She was born in Fort Macleod, about 180 kilometres south of Calgary. Her parents, Myrtle and Bill Anderson, soon moved their family to a small Saskatchewan town called Maidstone, and finally settled in Saskatoon. Joni, as a little girl, already exuded a creative energy and used it to choreograph the circuses she performed with her friends. But it was through a potential tragedy that her singing voice emerged. Like Canadian grungedaddy Neil Young, eight-yearold Joni contracted polio, and was hospitalized for six weeks. “Through all of this I drew like crazy and sang Christmas carols. I think that the creative process was an urgency then, that it was a survival instinct,” she told writer Steve Matteo in 1991. Mitchell’s bout with polio would also account for her ingenuity in developing new guitar tunings later on as she was forced to adjust to the disease’s lasting impact on her left hand. As a burgeoning musician, she played the Louis Riel coffeehouse in Saskatoon and her first public performance was on television in Prince Albert, Sask. Once she’d saved enough money from her job at a women’s clothing store, she moved to Calgary to attend the Alberta College of Art, then still part of SAIT. Her photos in SAIT’s 1964 yearbook, the Tech Art Record, are enchanting in their ordinariness. Joni Anderson is a student like any other, her mugshot falling first in the order simply because her last name begins with A. The only indication that she’ll one day become an

internationally-renowned musician and Canadian icon are photos of her playing her guitar. Even so, she is no more special than the half dozen other women who ran for Tech Queen alongside her that year. She didn’t even win the title, receiving runner up instead. In the vast pool of biographies written about Mitchell, this time in her life – her year at art college in Calgary – is murkiest in its documentation. It’s rarely written about and it’s often reduced to a few sentences. Perhaps this fact stems from its duration: she was only here for one year. In fact, she is absent from the Tech Art Record the following year. She had moved to Toronto by then to pursue her music career. She also married a man named Chuck Mitchell. The marriage didn’t last long, even though her stage name did. The lack of writing about Mitchell’s time in Calgary might also be rooted in the fact that it was a troubling time for her. She became pregnant by a fellow art student1, and being an unmarried mother on the prairies in the mid-‘60s was seen as shameful, at best, scandalous, at worst. Mitchell didn’t even tell her parents about the baby – who was eventually adopted by a family in Ontario – until two years after the child was born. However, Mitchell’s year in Calgary is significant as a crossroads for her. A worn newspaper clipping tucked into the file folder on her at the Calgary Public Library paints this picture best. When it was written, the 20-year-old art student was playing a series of gigs at the Depression coffeehouse in the basement of a building that still stands today on First Street S.W. It’s currently an Italian market called Guiseppe’s, but the top floor was once home to an infamous music venue called the Night Gallery. “Joni Anderson has an enviable problem,” wrote Peter Matthews in a local publication under the headline Two-Career Girl. “She has two fine talents and only enough time to devote to one.” The piece ends on a seemingly trite note that’s taken on an prophetic aura given what’s transpired in her lifetime since. “Whatever she decides, you have not heard the last of her.” From the perspective of 2011, it’s hard to imagine a world, and impossible to imagine a music industry, without Joni Mitchell in it.

Music writers, fans and critics often cite her as integral in inventing an entire genre of honest and organic songwriting that reverberates to this day. It’s hard to imagine Alanis Morissette2 spitting out the lyrics to You Outta Know or Metric’s Emily Haines – who like Mitchell also attended art school before music made her famous – emoting: “I tremble / They’re gonna eat me alive / If I stumble.” It’s difficult to conceive of Teagan and Sara, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder or any singer songwriter – Canadian or otherwise – without Mitchell coming first. As music lovers continue to pass on her songs to future generations and other artists and musicians follow the path she trampled down, we haven’t heard the last from Mitchell’s legacy. And we never will.

ESSENTIAL JONI SAIT’s Associate Dean of Degree Studies Phillip Hoffmann has a secret life as a talented musician. He’s also an avid Joni Mitchell fan, and vividly remembers the time he saw her perform at the Sydney Opera House in his native Australia. “There are at least three stages of her musical career,” he says. “There’s her early, formative, folky albums on Reprise back when she performed solo; her mature, middle period when she produced her best work; and the later, jazzy, experimental material.” We asked him what he’d recommend from his collection:






1: Clouds (1969): “Her second album ended with Both Sides, Now, one of her most famous songs.” 2: Ladies of the Canyon (1970): “She matured with this album, and you start to see the transition from folk to a more cerebral, jazzy style.” 3: Blue (1971): “Her most influential, haunting and powerful album. Every song is riveting and inspirational.” 4: For the Roses (1972): “Another great album from when she was at the peak of her career.” 5: Court and Spark (1974): “She broke new ground in this amazing collaboration with Tom Scott and the LA Express. A masterpiece.”

She didn’t just write lasting songs or invent chords.

“I lost my virginity and got pregnant in the same moment,” Mitchell told People Magazine in 2000. This quote has been recycled in numerous publications since, and we just did it too. Morissette nods to Mitchell in the hidden track on her 30-million selling Jagged Little Pill. In the a cappella song, Morissette breaks into her ex-lover’s home and plays his “Joni“ CDs. But the adoration was not mutual. Mitchell told writer Michelle Mercer: “Alanis Morissette is not my favourite playwright…girl meets boy, gives him head in the back of the theatre and he dumps her and she turns savage and she rummages through his drawers. I don’t think she’s a great new modern woman.” 1 2


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It’s a chilly Thursday evening in April, and the brave and dedicated have gathered at SAIT’s campus bar to seek out musical refuge from a sadly unsurprising spring snowstorm. Saskatchewan’s oh-so-adorable Library Voices take to the stage, dripping with prairie charm, ready to warm up the crowd at an indie-pop dance party. As the music climbs and reaches its climax, hundreds of balloons are released from a net attached to the ceiling, sending the crowd into a colourful frenzy. “I think that was a really memorable experience for a lot of people,” says Carl Johnson, lead singer for the seven-piece power pop ensemble, reminiscing about a past show at the Gateway. “Things like that make it really easy to come back.” And come back they have. First playing at the Gateway in mid-2009, the band has returned to SAIT numerous times, last gracing the stage during Calgary’s 2011 Sled Island Festival. Since their inaugural visit, they’ve been nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and featured in SPIN magazine and France-based site La Blogotheque (not to mention having played hundreds of shows across North America). The band is just one example of many that have frequented the SAIT stage – other Canadian examples include Yukon Blonde and PS I Love You – on the way to stardom. Vancouver’s Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party (TLGLTP), a five-piece dancy pop electro group that was originally formed by two of the members in Glasgow, U.K. five years ago, has also been playing the venue since 2009. “The first time we (played the Gateway) we met a bunch of people,” says TLGLTP frontman Michael Shindler. “We came back eight months later and there were a bunch of people texting us from in the room asking us to say ‘hi’. It was really cute. We’ve (developed) quite a good following there.” Both Johnson and Shindler agree the Canadian music scene is fueled by community, and the Gateway is an important part of a much bigger family of people who


YOUR FUN IS OUR OBSESSION love the art. TLGLTP, for example, has shared SAIT’s stage with Shout Out Out Out Out (of whom Shindler says they are “huge fans”) as well as Vancouver pals Hey Ocean. “Having a room that consistently and continually supports emerging Canadian bands is important,” said Johnson. “(Canada) is too small of a country and has too small of a scene for it to really be a competition, but you just help each other out…there’s a real sense of community here. (The Gateway) is a place to bank on and come back to. It really keeps you on the road.” Shindler concurs. “For the band, it’s always like returning to a second home.” Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, who is currently working on their first full-length album (the title of which remains “top secret”), will party on the Gateway stage once again in 2011. Library Voices are slated to celebrate the August release of their new album, Summer of Lust, at the Gateway in the fall. Until then, says Johnson, he’ll be looking forward to the band’s return.

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Kiss photo © Frank Shufletoski You think your generation invented fun? You’re wrong. Whether it’s a hootenanny or beard-growing contest, a beauty pageant with farm animals, or a glam rock band of international proportions, SAIT students have always found a way to shake it.

1919 - 1920 Student Council held ‘lits’ after its Wednesday meetings, featuring ventriloquism acts, recitations and rope (if only we knew what that means). 1930 Following the graduation banquet, a “snake dance” erupted. Later, some damage was discovered, but the Weal reported it was “caused by

people not in the snake.”

and singing songs.

1950s All freshmen received Frosh hats as part of their Frosh Week activities. No word on whether there were any “air raids” à la Dazed and Confused.

1960s - 1970s Students also competed in beard-growing contests. (And the hipsters thought they invented it.)

1960s ‘Hootenannies’ were popular. That’s ‘60s-speak for people sitting around playing guitar

1969 Back when SAIT elected a Frosh Queen, each candidate’s write-up included her height and weight. Yes, seriously. So

it’s not surprising a backlash began in 1970. A referendum determined students still wanted it, but a group of opposing students entered a pig in the competition. 1974 The SAITan’s Den coffeehouse featured live music and fresh coffee for a 25 cent admission fee.

1981 KISS played on campus in February. “Nobody had ever heard of KISS,” says Susan Harp, a long-time Calgarian who was at the show. When the band’s peeps asked Susan and her sister Lisa King if they wanted to party afterwards, the women’s response wasn’t positive. “They were creepy,” says King. But a few decades later, she’s changed her tune. “I

tell everybody I saw KISS when they were nobody.” 1981 The SAIT pub – known as the Spartacus Lounge or Sparty’s, opened – but only on Friday evenings because SAIT Administration worried students would drink instead of going to class. Bryan Adams played to a

crowd of 200 students. The Students’ Association lost money on the event. A mud wrestling team from California put on two days of performances at the Orpheus Theatre. Mud was splattered all the way to the last row of seats. 1985 The Students’ Association held a beach party and used

a wheelbarrow to cart in sand for a three-inch deep sand pit. Unfortunately the plastic precautions weren’t enough. Partygoers tracked sand off the dance area and scratched the floor. 1989 Alanna Myles played Sparty’s. The Weal mentioned an impressive and rare girl to guy ratio of 2:1.

1990 Somewhere in between Up to Here and Road Apples, The Tragically Hip played the Spartacus Lounge. 1999 Students saw the Headstones and Nickelback for free at Sparty’s. Now you’d have to pay us to see them. Sex educator Sue Johanson

gave her first of many visits to campus. How else would students learn about new toys?

Peace, Theory of a Deadman, Vanilla Ice, Tupelo Honey and Drive by Punch all played.

2001 Spartacus Lounge underwent renovations and changed its name to the Gateway.

2011 The Gateway becomes an official venue for the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. Over the three-day event, STRFKR (Portland, Oregon), the Ravonettes (Denmark), and An Horse (Australia) all grace the Gate stage.

2005 This was a big year for concerts at the Gateway during Orientation Week. Our Lady

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Anti-freeze warms up your winter






Annual event brings 11 hours of continuous live music to the Gateway Brought to you by SAITSA, Anti-freeze featured a Canadian cornucopia of live acts: local faves Matt Blais, former Dude and SAIT grad Chris Vail, The Dirty Girl Social Club, Transit and Dojo Workhorse; Victoria imports Maurice and Vince Vaccaro; and Nelson’s own Wassabi Duo. Shout Out Out Out Out even made the trek down from Edmonton to headline the show. “It’s awesome we can be here all night and play with an array of different bands,” said Dirty Girl vocalist Megan Esperon. “We are huge fans of Shout Out Out Out Out. It’s huge street cred to play with them.” Music started in the afternoon, and went to the wee hours of the morning. Its purpose? To warm up SAIT students, and wake them from their winter sleep. “Everyone has just given their best,” said Melissa Meretsky, Wassabi Duo’s percussionist and singer.

1 Laura Gould, vocalist/guitarist for Calgary-based The Dirty Girl Social Club (now there’s a club we need to join) says she loves playing the Gate stage. “There’s so much room to rock out.” The three-piece girl ensemble usually has two boys on backup, but they stripped down their set for Anti-freeze 2011. 2 JP Maurice puts the pedal to the metal – or at least the pop. Maurice, and his namesake band, played the Antifreeze line-up as both themselves and as a mock-Spinal Tap configuration called Fist the Jaguar. 3 Nik Kozub (centre) heads up Edmonton’s dance/punk/ electro nice-guy outfit, Shout Out Out Out Out. “My highlight of the evening was playing the show and seeing wonderful people dancing,” says the band’s Jason Troock. “And seeing that people were interested in hearing about our band.” 4 JP Maurice AND Mark LAVOIE WORK THE CROWD. Maurice says the Gateway is the band’s “second home.”


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Got a party to plan or attend? Kensington has you covered for all your entertainment essentials. Emery even went on a small spree to find items that meet your pre-party, party, and post-party needs.



Bad hair night? Add instant cool to your get-up with this Brixton fedora. The Source, $58.80

Don’t forget the L in your GTL pre-party prep. Nellie’s PVC free dryer balls offer a chemical-free option. Effective Health Solutions, $19.99



Save up before you head out using the Fill ‘er up Bank. Note: a full tank means more fun. Rock Paper Scissors, $17.50

Bedazzle your friends with a ring you made all by yourself. Beadworks, prices vary (ring made by Kathleen Elliot)



Give your nails one last (non-toxic) coat with Rriti nail polish. Effective Health Solutions, $11.95 each

Wear your heart (and your skull) on your sleeve by sporting one of these locally-crafted felt pins. Eleven Eleven Boutique, $14 - $26

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Party-tricks make the night fun for everyone. Impress your friends with your mad hoop skills. Fitness Equipment of Calgary, $47.99

No need to go gourmet. Your guests will be glad for something sweet, and the dose of nostalgia. The Candy Kid: Popeye candy sticks .75, wax lips $2.50, pink candy popcorn $2.99



Way cooler than your average beer stein, these glasses make a great hostess gift. (But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just keep them for ourselves, if we were you.) Killian, $45

Spin the bottle is way too old-skool. Spice up your night using these love dice. A Little More Interesting, $8.50



Make your event a tea party with enviro-conscious, alcohol-free bevies and sassy art by local artists on reusable tins. Gallery at The Naked Leaf: Tin $5.95, Tea prices vary

Forget wine glass charms. Mark your bottle with this white-erase board wine stop. Rock Party Scissors, $5.45










A late night out usually means buzzing ears and baggy eyes. Block out ambient sounds and soothe your brain with music using these classic headphones. The Source, $71

The snooze button is not your friend. This alarm clock is your true pal, even if it rolls away from you to make sure you actually get out of bed. InGear, $52.45



Post-party blues? Cuddle your cat in a can without the dreaded litter box to clean. Livingstone and Cavell, $15.95

Keep the bright light of day at bay and protect your peepers from UV rays with a pair of fold away sunglasses. Source, $65



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Ask 10 Calgarians which bar or pub in the city has the best patio and you might hear 10 different answers. Some will attest to the people-watching (or straightout gawking depending on who you talk to) prospects from the high stools at Melrose on 17th Avenue. Others might say it’s the Ship’s tried-and-true picnic

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tables abuzz with hipsters and old faithfuls that make it the best. And who hasn’t sat atop Molly Malone’s roof in Kensington with a cold one in hand and thought, “Ah, this is the life”? But we’ve got a lil’ secret over here at SAIT campus. Shhh. Lean closer and we’ll share it. The Gateway has “by far the best view from any patio in Calgary” according to BeatRoute magazine and here’s why. Nowhere else in the city can you actually see the entire downtown skyline while you soak up

some rays, drink a brew and bond with friends and classmates. Nowhere else in the city can you eat a greasy burger, watch a college-level soccer game and cap the nightoff with an indie band. BeatRoute also wrote that it was “a travesty that more people do not know about this bar.” But we think some people might just like it that way.

Now you Now you can can do do things things last second, last second, instead instead of of doing them doing them last last minute. minute. Speed things up with your free upgrade to Shaw Extreme Internet when you sign up for High-Speed.





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Together is Together is Amazing. Amazing.

LOOKING FOR SOME FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION? Friday Nights are Student Nights at Hitmen Games Present your Student ID at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office for


$ 00 TICKETS Go to to see the full Hitmen game schedule, including all Student Night games.



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