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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 7 Business News/New Business

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | 12 Feature Artist – Kaelen Ohm Rental Fix – Mad Max: Fury Road by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Your Guide to Wapiti by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 18 Feature Resident – Barrie Elliott by Krista Turcasso Walking in My Shoes – Moments into Memory by Micah Morris You’ve Got Male: A Small Town With a Big Arts and Culture Scene by Adam K MacDonald Living History – The Bastion of Victoria Avenue by Ron Ulrich

Family Stoke – Valley Kids by Shelby Cain Events Calendar / August at the Arts Station

OUTDOOR LIFE | 30 Never Have I Ever – Sasquatch! Music Festival by Jesse Bell Down to Earth: The Next Chapter – Roberta Milne and Tyler Carson by Helen McAllister and Jennifer Heath Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Bike Culture by Tom Gibson Women of the Mountains by Hannah Griffin – Sharon Wood

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 41 Fit to Play – Road Trip Range of Motion by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally – Is Art the “New” Stress Reducer? by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Summer Sauerkraut

Tales From An Unexpected Yogi – Why Story Telling is Important by Heather Ivany Around the World with Rebecca Hall – Where Cultures Collide

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – Recovering Lost Files by Kevin McIsaac Monthly Horoscopes by Claire Simmons

FERNIE FUN | 54 Fix Trivia

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Editor’s Fix

classical music and its many parameters, not one interpretation is the same.

WIKIPEDIA SAYS that the arts represent an outlet of expression, that is usually influenced by culture and which in turn helps to change culture.

While music continues to be a big part of my life, from playing to listening to occasionally creating (my two-year old is my biggest fan), I now have additional ways to express myself. Namely, writing and you may have guessed it… biking.

Growing up, my mom enjoyed listening to my sisters and I play the piano. Whether she was preparing dinner in the kitchen or having her morning coffee in the sunroom, she would instantly know who was tickling the ivories even though we were out of sight. We often played the same piece, but according to her we sounded so differently and obviously characteristic that she was able to distinguish between the three of us. I love this about music. A writer or composer provides a framework, within which you can move freely. Even with

Contributors ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. CAROLYN NIKODYM wishes you a fun and dance-y Wapiti. SARAH INGRAM, practicing kinesiologist, wants you to stay pain free on your next road trip! For exercise programs specific to you, visit or call 250423-9167. JENNIFER HEATH & HELEN MCALLISTER are “expert” garden stalkers thrilled to see so many Elk Valley residents making an effort to grow their own food. SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, comes out with Oolichan Press in the spring of 2016. Tweet her @ShelbyCainWrote

In this valley, we are fortunate to have trail builders that create and maintain beautiful canvases for us to explore. Each of us interprets these trails differently, and the landscape is always changing, as are we. Building trails and riding them may not typically be seen as artistic expression, but perhaps it is an example of how culture is changing. That’s the beauty of art – whether it’s music or trails, painting or dance, it’s up for interpretation and its impact immeasurable. What’s most important is

RON ULRICH is the Director-Curator of the Fernie Museum and lives in the 1909 Fernie Hospital building, where his grandfather was born. The building was converted to apartments in the early 1950s. MICAH MORRIS is a Fernie teen that is living life to the fullest in this incredible mountain town. Depending on the season you will find her shredding the ski hill, mountain biking on the trails, at the soccer pitch, or swimming at the creek. She invites you to walk in a teenager’s shoes. KRISSI HYLAND is a holistic nutritionist and whole food chef stoked to be writing for the Fix and inspiring the community to eat not only healthy but tasty foods. Visit or call 250-531-3553 for a nutritional consult or cooking class. JESSE BELL finds herself at Sasquatch! Music Festival and shares her experience in hopes that it encourages you to take in Fernie's own Wapiti Music Festival.

HANNAH GRIFFIN is a writer and photographer who is enjoying learning more about interesting women from other communities.

that we explore the best ways to express ourselves, and appreciate the arts and culture in our own lives. This August, we celebrate Arts & Culture. From Wapiti to story telling to building live cultures, these columns and features illustrate how rich Fernie is in this regard. And truly, how it's only going to continue to evolve. Krista Turcasso, Editor

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

DR. TAINA TURCASSO is a naturopathic doctor and midwife practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She spends most of her time catching gorgeous babies, and is slowly inching her way back to Fernie. HEATHER IVANY has relocated to the new studio located at The Castle on First (461 1st Ave). To sign up for classes, purchase a pass, or look into upcoming retreats and workshops visit www. REBECCA HALL loves to hear and write about the places that Fernieites travel to. If you’d like to share your travel story, write to her at ADAM K. MACDONALD thinks that the words Fernie and Arts could make a funny portmanteau. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material.

CLAIRE SIMMONS is an intuitive Reiki Master living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia who spent last winter in Fernie. Stay tuned for a link to her blog where she’ll be writing about the intuitive process and posting tips.




What’s On: August:

Aug 10 - 14: Harry Potting 9:30am - 12pm; Ages 7 - 12

Aug 18 & 25: Preschool Pottery 1 - 2:30pm; Ages 3 - 6

Aug 27:

Sept 11: Sept 13: Sept 14: Sept 20: Sept 24:

Gallery Opening: Rebecca Vaughan


Friends of the Opera WiL (concert) Indie Films Fernie (Vogue) Zachary Lucky Band Gallery Opening Spinners & Weavers Sept 26: Colour Run

Oct 1: Oct 5: Oct 9: Oct 15: Oct 26: Oct 29:

Nov 2: Nov 13: Nov 18: Nov 20: Nov 25: Nov 26:


Tim Williams (concert) Indie Films Fernie (Vogue) Friends of the Opera Andy Brown (concert) Ken Hamm (concert) Gallery Opening 25 Artists for 25 Years!


Indie Films Fernie (Vogue) Arts Station 25th Anniversary Gala Melissa Lauren (concert) Friends of the Opera Slocan Ramblers Gallery Opening Deck the Walls

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Celebrate Recovery 1622 10th Ave 250-423-4112 CELEBRATE RECOVERY is beginning another 12-step study at the beginning of September. Last year’s study was such a great success, they decided to run it again. This faith-based recovery program provides a safe and confidential environment for men and women who suffer from hurts from the past, anxiety and grief, and from addictions. Celebrate Recovery walks you through step-by-step healing in a loving community. This is open door to anybody wanting support on Monday evenings at Mountain Side Community Church, 7-9pm all year round. No commitment is necessary.

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Creative Energy Arts Factory 14 CREATIVE ENERGY ARTS FACTORY dancers ages nine-18, made history and incredible memories this July when they performed in Disneyland. The first two days the dancers had classes and workshops with the Disney Performing Arts teachers, many who are professionals on Broadway or have danced and choreographed with the likes of J.Lo, Christina Aguilara and Justin Timberlake. The next day included photo shoots, rehearsals and the performance down Main Street USA in Disneyland, and the dancers performed


the same routine in the parade at Disney’s California Adventures and were the guests of honour at the Dancer VIP party the following day.


Creative Energy Arts Factory auditioned three pieces, all of which were selected for the performance on the closing day. “What was so great was it was all about exposition, performance and dance and not about competition. It was amazing to see what this did for the kids,” says Alana Rybar, Principal Director.

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THE SEVENTH ANNUAL Columbia Basin Culture Tour is coming to Fernie this August 8 and 9 from 10am to 5pm. Self-directed and free of charge, the culture tour is a great opportunity to meet people behind the scenes at galleries and museums, visit studios and venues not normally open, shop for original art or fine crafts, and experience special events planned only for this weekend. This year, artist Kathy Stead (86 Ridgemont Drive), the Fernie Arts Coop (572 2nd Ave) and Fernie Forge – Eye of the Needle Studio (260 5th St) are all participating. For more information and the full list and artist-venue profiles, visit www.

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Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 A FIXTURE IN THE Fernie arts community since 2003, the Fernie Arts Co-op has grown immensely over the years and now proudly features the work of 50 artists from the Elk Valley, Crowsnest Pass, West Kootenays and beyond.

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Each August the Co-op participates in the annual Columbia Basin Cultural Tour, which highlights artists, studios and galleries throughout the East and West Kootenays. The tour takes place on Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 from 10am – 5pm. That weekend a number of member artists will be on hand at the Co-op, working on their artwork outside the store (if weather permits, inside if not). Refreshments will be available while you browse and meet the artists. Check out for full location maps and details about all participating venues. The Co-op also has new reusable shopping bags available for purchase, or receive one when you spend $100 in store plus tax.

632 2nd Ave 250-423-7774 THIS AUGUST TRILLIUM DAY SPA is celebrating its five-year anniversary! They would like to say a very special thank you to everyone who has supported them on their journey thus far, and has helped Trillium Day Spa continue to thrive. “We could not have done it without our amazing clients and supportive community, and we look forward to taking care of and pampering you for many years to come,” says owner, Chantel Belanger.


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Parastone Development PARASTONE DEVELOPMENTS has launched Stage Three of its master-planned community, Montane, Fernie, to complete the final stage of The Terraces, Montane’s first neighbourhood. Buyers will have 17 home sites to choose from with prices ranging between $169,000 and $245,000. Lots vary in size from approximately 0.17 acres and 0.26 acres. All home sites offer spectacular views of mountain scenery. Located on the east end of Piedmont and Sunniva Drives, Stage Three home sites are situated on the moderately elevated benches south of the Creek Valley Commons. “Outdoor enthusiasts can now live an active mountain lifestyle in a community located within a five minute walk from downtown Fernie,” says Simon Howse, general manager of Parastone and investor in Montane, Fernie. “We’re anticipating strong sales with our Final Stage release so I encourage interested parties that are hoping to join our active mountain community to act quickly.” FERNIEFIX.COM










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Wapiti – Fernie Music Festival

Fernie’s Childrens Festival Circus Arts

Live Performances

Face Painting

Photo Booth


Bubble Dance Party

VISUAL ARTISTS Laura Nelson and film and theatre designer Flo May Barrett have joined forces to create an interactive art installation.   Collaborating with local Fernie artists, they are creating three unique sculptures that address the ideas of flora, fauna and water here in the Elk Valley.  With generous support from the Columbia Basin Trust, their aim is to invoke ideas of stewardship and foster a deeper sense of community mindfulness through these interactive sculptures.  They would like to invite the community to help in the creation of these sculptures. A drop-in crafting day will be happening


at Eye Of The Needle on August 2 from 10am-5pm.  All drop-in crafts are free, and they encourage people of all ages to come and get their hands dirty.  The sculptures will be on display during Wapiti Music Festival, August 7 and 8 at the Duck Pond. 


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Arts and Entertainment


Kaelen Ohm


My journey with film started at a very young age when my parents took me to a drive-in movie at three years old. According to them, I sat completely transfixed by the moving images on the screen from beginning to end. My infatuation with this world continued from that moment and manifested itself into the place I am at now as a director, musician and aspiring actor, living in Toronto. I graduated from the Vancouver Film School in 2005 in Film Production. My primary interest was in acting; though, after a serious back injury resulting from a ski accident, I decided not to commit myself to something that relied so heavily on the physical body. At least not without a backup plan. This was perhaps a philosophy that was created to avoid my big, scary dream of becoming an actor, but it was the journey I chose and now, ten years later, things are coming back full circle and making complete sense.

My first job after film school was editing private heli-skiing films for John Eaves, a James Bond stunt double and Willy Bogner film star of the ‘80s. This was a familiar world having grown up a ski-kid in Fernie. However, working from my mountain roots didn’t last long. In 2007, through 2008, I began collaborating with dancers, models and fashion designers in Calgary, creating editorial-style videos from various stage and runway performances. My time here brought me to Paris and Toronto Fashion Week, as well as to New York and Los Angeles. I was interested in pop culture but it was new to me having grown up in Fernie, away from the city. My early 20s were intimidating and challenging, though inspiring and full of personal growth. I moved to Australia on a whim when I was twenty-two. This began my relationship with the music video format and it was here that I really felt at home with my work. I had a passion and

a history with music. The marriage of it with film was awe inspiring to me. There were no limits, it didn’t have to make sense, and for me it was an opportunity to create a visual landscape that provided a whole new emotional platform for the music. That journey has continued into present day. A recent memorable shoot for me was a video for Reuben and the Dark (Arts & Crafts - Feist, Broken Social Scene), a band I’ve been playing guitar in for the last year and a half. We were in the middle of a crazy summer tour schedule and booked the shoot in-between two festival weekends on the West Coast. We had been given a grant from MuchFACT, a funding division of Much Music. It was the largest crew and budget I had worked with as a director and I was really feeling pressure to deliver something special. Our amazing producer Blake McWilliam somehow locked down all logistics within the couple days of pre-production we had, including casting a six-foot-long boa constrictor. The shoot


was beautiful, the actors wildly talented and the crew efficient and collaborative. The team really came together and I was on a high throughout the whole shoot.


It is always on set that I really feel a sense of purpose. It’s incredible to watch an idea you had in your mind play out on a little screen. Each time this happens, I am reminded of why I do it. Despite the stress and doubt that comes with getting a new project off the ground, it is consistently trumped by the reward of seeing an idea come to life. I have the same experience making fashion films, a fairly new and free-form genre that I was introduced to five years ago. I have used it to navigate my way through dramatic filmmaking and it has been some of the most enjoyable work I have done. While music videos live primarily online now, I have been fortunate to watch a few of my fashion films in theatres and on public billboard screens during festivals and fashion weeks in the US, Canada and Europe. It’s always a treat to see any film on a big screen and especially exciting when it’s your own. My creative process is always inspired by my dreams and by people. Like most artistic expressions, I love that film allows for your mind’s eye to be realized in a tangible form. It holds no limitations on your imagination, and though I feel a conviction to primarily focus my energy on performing now, I think I will always come back to visual art and storytelling to feed that part of my soul.

Kaelen Ohm will be back in Fernie this August 8-9 with Rueben and the Dark at Wapiti – Fernie Music Festival.





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THE CHARACTER OF MAX ROCKATANSKY, otherwise known as Mad Max, first appeared on movie screens in the 1979 film Mad Max. The film dealt with the struggles of Max, a beat cop who was fighting biker gangs in a world that was on the verge of running out of oil. The film starred Mel Gibson; in fact, it was this film that brought Gibson to stardom. The film's budget was $400,000, and it made $100 million worldwide. As a result of its financial success Mad Max became the first in a series of films with The Road Warrior, probably the best of the films, coming out in 1981, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome coming out in1985. Thirty years later George Miller, the director of the first series of films, has brought Mad Max: Fury Road to the big screen, an exciting action spectacular which cost $150 million to make and earned $322 million in the first month of its release. Mad Max: Fury Road tells the story of how Max, a man tortured by his violent and unbelievably turbulent past, gives aid to Imperator Furiosa, a fellow road warrior, as she attempts to shepherd the four concubines of an evil warlord called Immortan Joe to a place where they will be free of sexual and physical abuse.

ran into problems with shooting locations and Gibson became interested in The Passion of the Christ, they had to recast the role of Max. Tom Hardy, a skilled actor who has performed in Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior, was then chosen as Max, and he shines as the film's main character. He barely speaks throughout the entire movie, but gives a very engaging performance nonetheless. Charlize Theron, originally from South Africa, has previously starred in such films as Prometheus, Monster, Hancock and The Italian Job. She does a great job in the role of the world-weary, battle-hardened Furiosa, a woman of conscience who will stop at nothing to give new and better lives to the women in her care.

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The film can be seen as a warning about the dangers of hyper-capitalist overconsumption as well as the consequences of clinging too tightly to a patriarchal view of the world. The story is meant to take place in Australia, but was filmed in Namibia and actually took about 15 years to complete.

The movie is essentially one long car chase in which Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron give remarkably expressive performances in spite of the fact that the script is incredibly thin. They are supported in the film by Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and About a Boy). Hoult is excellent in the role of Nuxx, one of Immortan Joe's foot soldiers and has definitely grown as an actor since his entry into the film industry at age eleven.

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It was originally meant to star Mel Gibson in the title role, but because George Miller

It's an excellent movie, definitely a must see. Two thumbs up.



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Your Guide to Wapiti CAROLYN NIKODYM

which means it’s superbly healthy. If you don’t believe me, there’s a whole show the pair played in at the Horseshoe in Toronto posted on YouTube to check out. www. Rah Rah • Friday, August 7

Wapiti is five this year, and on the list of milestones for five-year-olds are things like confidence, independence and a desire to please friends. Wapiti 5.0 has that in spades. Without further ado, here is what you need to know. The Steadies • Thursday, August 6 The best way to kick off Wapiti is a free show at the Arts Station Square with The Steadies. Fronted by Wide Mouth Mason cofounder Earl Pereira, this trio could make even the most cynical concert-goer smile. Snappy and infectious, The Steadies' island rock will be the positive vibe that reverberates over the entire weekend. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer • Friday, August 7 The Vancouver duo plays what one fan described as “blues that gets you in the crotch.” With Shawn Hall on vocals and harmonica (the harpoonist) and Matthew Rogers on foot percussion and guitar (the axe murderer), this band commands a stage with a presence that will demand yours. There is something about good blues that feels like a great equalizer: it doesn’t matter how old you are, it compels you to move; it doesn’t matter what kind of music you usually like, it dispenses with all of that pretense. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer deliver blues that is raw and organic –

Regina’s Rah Rah will bring a party to Wapiti. This is upbeat indie pop with shimmering guitars and wonderful harmonies. While there is a definite cohesiveness to Rah Rah’s sound, the band’s stage show is more like watching a group of talented friends show off their talents at a raucous house party. The band likes to have a ton of fun on stage, with each member taking turns on vocals as well as all of the other instruments. Towers and Trees • Friday, August 7 Anthemic. Infectious. Despite beginning as a soul-searching solo project a handful of years ago, Victoria’s Towers and Trees is anything but quiet and navel-gazing. They always look like they are having so much fun – and like you’re invited. Insanely talented, this indie band, with its seven-ish members' sounds will get you onto your feet and put a bit of jump in your step. Lovecoast • Saturday, August 8 If you couldn’t guess by the name, this band is from the coast that’s west of here, and the quartet sounds just as lovely as the name: funky and soulful with Danielle Sweeney’s stunning

vocals. Though the band’s debut EP (released last November) is called Chasing Tides, after this summer, Sweeney and her bandmates could write another EP called Chasing Festivals. By the time Lovecoast makes it to Wapiti, they will be well primed to deliver a stellar set. This is music meant for one purpose and one purpose only: to make you feel good. Reuben and the Dark • Friday, August 7 Haunting. This Calgary fivepiece promises to deliver a set that has a deep, rich vibe. With leadman Reuben Bullock’s bittersweet lyrics, this alt-rock band is full of yearning that will take you “over the mountains and under the stars.” This is the kind of band that will make you want to stop and listen, want to be close to your loved ones. Reuben and the Dark also has a Fernie connection, in Kaelen Ohm (check out this month’s Feature Artist). www.reubenandthedark. com Close Talker • Saturday, August 8 A late entry into the Wapiti lineup is Saskatoon’s Close Talker. If you imagine sitting in your favourite place to watch a sunset, this quartet delivers the perfect soundtrack. Introspective vocals and melodies will transport you to that space between dreams and wakefulness. The band recently released its second album, and it displays anything but the sophomore slump. Close Talker has shown that being a finalist in CBC’s 2013 Searchlight competition wasn’t an accident. Flux is an album in the truest sense of the word: best enjoyed as a whole.

Mounties • Saturday, August 8

Buckman Coe • Saturday, August 8

No matter what someone does for work, it’s important to shake things up from time to time. Even the life of a musician can become ho-hum. With Mounties – made up of the unstoppable Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bay and Age of Electric/Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle – there is such a sense of unabashed fun, that it’s difficult to not yell out, “thank you! Thank you for not catching yourself in a rut!” Mounties deliver contagious, catchy riffs delivered by three incredibly talented dudes at the top of their games. Bays refers to Mounties as a dream project and it shows. There is no other place to be on Saturday night but on the dancefloor at Wapiti.

Positive and upbeat, Buckman Coe would end up nestled in between Jack Johnson and Nahko and Medicine for the People on your music player shuffle. A little bit folk, with world-music leanings, a little bit rock and roll, this Vancouver band will help you relax in the sun or kick up on the dancefloor. Buckman Coe has been a festival favourite the last few years – from Starbelly to Artswells – as well as stopping in to perform at Infinitea, the Vancouver band makes magic happen. Kirby • Saturday, August 8 Ontario quartet Kirby gives Wapiti some good, old honest rock and roll. Frontman

John Kirby toured Canada and Australia relentlessly for seven-ish years as a solo act – meaning he knows how to belt out a tune. Think Dallas Green. Kirby released a full-band album – Into the Dark – in 2011, and there’s another on the way later this year. Sherman Downey • Saturday, August 8 Sherman Downey, travelling to us all the way from Newfoundland, brings country-infused folk that would be at home around a (banned) campfire or cramped living room filled with second-hand furniture. Recently departed from his band, the Ambiguous Case (which won CBC’s 2013 Searchlight competition), Downey heads out to us solo in true troubadour style.

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ON MAY 23, 2015 Fernie was put on the map for something that may have surprised some – its culinary offerings. Fernie resident and chef Barrie Elliott won Chopped Canada: In the Name of the Game. After watching the episode, I met Barrie for coffee and discovered that the episode was actually filmed in June of 2014 and she had to keep her success quiet until after it aired. If I wasn’t already impressed, I definitely was now. Barrie started cooking in her parents’ restaurant in Nova Scotia 16 years ago at the age of 15. They also owned a health food store, so Barrie had the opportunity to experiment with different spices and ingredients. “I didn’t like talking to a lot of people,” says Barrie. “And I love the versatility in cooking – you never really learn everything.” It also provided Barrie with the opportunity to travel. “There is always a job available to you, and you get to be creative, everyday.” At 17, Barrie worked at the Fairmount Chateau and from there she moved to Vancouver to start an apprenticeship for her Red Seal with a catering company. Once completed, Barrie’s travel adventures continued. “I went to Australia, then New Zealand, back to Vancouver, and then to Fernie to work at Powder Cowboy for the winter, and Island Lake for the summer. Then I was off to Tofino and Europe before I moved back to Fernie for good,” she remembers with a smile. Barrie has worked at fishing lodges, cat skiing operations, botanical gardens and backcountry lodges. “I always wanted to work with a view.” Whether from her work at Island Lake or at the Livery or somewhere in between, Barrie has become a fixture on the Fernie culinary scene. This summer, Barrie is diversifying by offering high-scale

catering and running Nevados Cantina on the deck. “I’m ready to have a little fun!” she says. A few months ago, Barrie also started the Fernie Culinary Guild. “I have a lot of local love for stuff going on in Fernie, and feel as though we need to support Fernie’s local food culture a bit better.” From retaining the chefs already here, to attracting new talent, to putting Fernie on the map as a culinary destination, Barrie alongside other chefs and Fernie foodies are pooling resources and “concentrating culinary power.” While it seems as though she has a busy schedule, Barrie says she is enjoying this time off and the ability to pursue her dreams and be creative. She is in Fernie to stay, and we are lucky to have her and the many other talented chefs that grace our plates with their creations. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? In 2007 my friend was coming to Fernie for the winter, and I drove her here. I stayed with Kimberley Rowe who convinced me to move here!


2. Where did you first live in town? I lived at Power Cowboys – Bull River Ranch. 3. What was your first impression? Just a beautiful ski town with a lot of possibility. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? Family and friends. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? I remember coming back from living in Vancouver for a summer, and not knowing where I was supposed to be in my life, and walking into the Brickhouse and Sage (of Shred Kelly) was on the mic and said, “Welcome back, Barrie.” I thought, this will work. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why?  Late summer. I just love the smell of heat in the air, everything is blooming. Harvesting is going on. Those warm nights.

7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? I see Fernie as a tourist destination for outdoor activities and culinary arts. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals?  I start my morning with a dog walk, everyday. He doesn’t let me take a day off. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.  That I was home schooled. 10. Quote to live by: The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~ Pablo Picasso For more information on Barrie’s catering offerings, contact her directly at barrieelliott5@ or 250-531-0905.

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Moments into Memory

Writing helps to secure moments into memory. Just the other day I was reading through what I had written from my time spent in a boy’s home in Peru. Particularly about one boy’s laugh and how it stood out to me, and how another always got overly excited telling me stories in rapid Spanish and I would have to remind him every five minutes to slow down.


THE GREATEST PART about creative writing is that it has no rules. No specific structures or outlines, the answer is never wrong, and you only need the thoughts in your head.

There are a thousand of things that I want to write about, not necessarily for other people but for me. I want to be able to look back one day and have my memory and emotions sparked by something I wrote, from a ski race, my travels to different countries, people’s smiles, laughs, kindness, and humour.

Writing gives me a way to express the things I am passionate about in ways that I otherwise could not. When I write about what I love and know a lot about, it’s a natural and flow-y process and allows for my best writing. My favourite topics are sports, the mountains, and travelling.

Or how I felt breathing in the clean cold air on top of a mountain’s peak, viewing the endless horizon of mountains.

When I’m asked to write about a topic that I didn’t choose, I try to find a way to express what it means to me, and not what it means to everyone else. There are always ways to make it interesting. For me, I do this by finding a way to connect the topic to the things I know and love the most. There have been so many people who have inspired me in my writing. I think I first started to love writing when I was in Grade 6. My teacher, Natalie Fisher showed our class that writing has different perspectives and you could write about anything, from a single snowflake to an entire mountain range. Since then I have grown as a writer. I am learning to appreciate that I write my best when I can make a connection. I have never kept a journal but I will sometimes find myself lying in bed at night telling myself a story or thinking about an adventure that I went on or that I would one day want to pursue, and write down notes in my phone so that I can write about it later.


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It’s not about writing every day. It’s about writing when I feel inspired: a quick note when you wake up in the middle of the night, an idea that you jot down on a crowded hot bus in Lima, Peru, laying face first in the dirt gasping for air after crashing on your bike, or when you take a momentary break from getting your butt kicked in a soccer game by a bunch of 12-year-old Peruvian boys. So you can remember all those moment later. Keeping little bits of paper and objects also gives me inspiration. A business card, a letter written in Spanish, a corner of gift-wrapping, a poem, a picture, a dried flower, or a stone. These little keepsakes are gold to me, and hold so many memories and special moments.

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A Small Town With a Big Arts and Culture Scene ADAM K MACDONALD

FERNIE’S ARTS AND CULTURE scene is strong and growing. In July alone, I attended the Canada Day Celebrations, an art opening (Michael Hepher’s Canadian Driftwood), the first Wednesday Night Concert and the art-and-craft filled Farmer’s Market. These events represent only a fraction of what Fernie has on offer. I mean, how many towns have a book bike?!? Michael Hepher’s art exhibit was awesome. To see the paintings, to feel the audience’s energy, and to hear Mike talk about his creative process was wonderful. I was extra inspired and impressed as, like me, Mike is a father of two. For me, just trying to control a toddler and an infant during an art event is an art unto itself, but I am so glad my children are growing up in a community where there is so much access to the arts. I prefer small town life, and I am happy that we still have exposure to arts and cultural happenings at so many venues. Canada Day was a full-day event in its new location by the Fernie Aquatic Centre. The music line-up was impressive (including Mike Hepher… how does he find the time?). Also impressive was the array of craft vendors and the craft tent for kids. My son even got to meet some rather tall characters on stilts. The Mountain Market in Rotary Park is an excellent place to see lots of familiar faces and to get our weekly produce. There are always some great artists and craft vendors available too, selling paintings, jewelry, clothing, pottery and more.


Add on to that, Fernie’s Sunday Socials and Wednesday Night Concert Series. There are plenty of opportunities for art and cultural experiences in Fernie. Though I can hardly carry a musical note in a ten-gallon bucket, I do love music and I am counting the days to Fernie’s Wapiti Music Festival. I will be the one in the dance area, taking notes from my toddler on how to let loose. I enjoy the visual arts too and I love how much local art is available for viewing in Fernie’s local coffee shops. From the aspiring to the seasoned veteran, Fernie finds ways to showcase its talent. A simple walk down Second Avenue area reveals art banners, art-filled coffee shops and businesses, a community-focused library, photography studios and art galleries (one of which is owned by Mike Hepher!), an Arts Station, an Arts Co-op, and several live music venues. Even our dumpsters could not avoid being turned into art. Fernie has a strong arts scene, tremendous for a small town. I wish I could take in all the shows and classes and events, but it’s impossible. I would have to be able to be in multiple places at the same time and have way more leisure time than I do. However, too many art and cultural opportunities is a great challenge to have to face.

Thanks Fernie, to all your artists, organizers, and volunteers for the countless opportunities you offer. See you at Wapiti!


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The Bastion of Victoria Avenue RON ULRICH

SITTING MAJESTICALLY on 2nd Avenue, the Trites-Wood Department store commanded the attention of the Elk Valley consumer. The grand store offered everything from dry goods to clothing to furniture to stoves at the Fernie location. Branch stores to serve the mining towns of Michel, Coal Creek and Morrissey offered the staples. Mr. A. B. Trites arrived in Fernie in 1898 and was the first to open a store in Old Town. As the newer Fernie town site was erected, Mr. Trites purchased a piece of land on Victoria Avenue. In 1903, with Mr. R. W. Wood as his partner, Trites purchased the mercantile business of the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Co. and formed the Trites-Wood Company Limited. As with many businesses, their building was destroyed in both the 1904 and 1908 fires. The building currently standing was built quickly following the 1908 fire with a very utilitarian and simplistic façade. The Fernie branch was sold to I.G.S. Enterprises in 1970, where the Sombrowski family initially operated a Macleod’s hardware store. Today, I.G.S. Value Drug Mart, the Fernie Academy, the Angela Morgan Studio and Interior Envy occupy the building and ensure that it remains a commercial and community hub. We met with Gordon Sombrowski of I.G.S Group to learn about the challenges and opportunities of owning such a large heritage building.

and tourists are increasingly looking for cultural and artistic experiences to enrich their travels. Fernie is one of the few tourist resorts in Canada that can offer a fairly complete experience, outdoor adventure combined with art and culture. But secondly, and perhaps less obviously, but even more importantly, Fernie is the town it is because of its history and that heritage is written in our buildings. Our sense of community is defined by that heritage; if we lose that heritage we lose our community.

Do you feel that preserving Fernie’s build heritage is important, and why?

What value does your building’s heritage have for you and your company?

I know that preserving Fernie's buildings is critical to our future as a community, firstly and perhaps most obviously because tourists look for authenticity of place

I, my family and our company place a very high value on Fernie’s heritage and the heritage of the I.G.S. Building. It is the building from which we as a family


business operated for many years. We have spent many hours of our lives in the building and it is in some ways like a part of ourselves. But we also remember the Trites-Wood Company for which it served as a headquarters as well. It is a building that was at the centre of much Fernie history, both during our continuing tenure and the previous tenures of Messrs. Trites and Woods and the Stewart family.

What measure have you undertaken to protect the building fabric and preserve historical integrity of the building? For many years we were not certain as to how to best maintain and preserve the building. When we purchased the building much of the external façade was in very poor condition. Over the years we searched for a financially feasible method of restoring the building and façade. In 2001 a plan was devised, which saw the entire support system reinforced by the introduction of a second skeleton, with massive steel posts and beams to aid the original wooden posts and beams from 1908. Once the building was structurally stabilized we were able to restore the façade. The façade restoration included a re-veneering of the upper five feet of the brick, a re-fabrication of the crown

moulding as well as masonry work and introduced a few extra columns, which gave a greater harmony to the building. The materials and methods we used were all in keeping with original materials and techniques. How can the City of Fernie, the Fernie Museum and other organizations like Tourism Fernie work to preserve and promote Fernie’s built heritage? I believe that it would be a good thing if the City of Fernie would offer tax incentives to owners who do historic restorations – because in the long run it is clear to me that a well preserved historic commercial and residential area in Fernie would lead to higher property values and ultimately more taxes for the city, as well as a much more prosperous community generally.

residential buildings to understand their buildings, the history attached thereto, and wherever possible provide pictures or plans to aid in restoration work. As for Tourism Fernie, they need to assist in the commercialization of our heritage asset; nothing protects heritage better than financial gain that is linked to the exploitation of heritage. It is a fact that not all people see heritage for the intrinsic treasure it is – but everyone sees that value if there is a profit in it for them.   Gordon Sombrowski has undertaken a personal project through a website entitled with the purpose of encouraging building restorations and hopefully linking to information and resources for restoration. One of his aims will be to create an annual prize for the best restoration completed each year in Fernie.

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VALLEY CULTURE. At first glance it seems obvious. Resort town. Vacation destination. Quaint little main street nestled in endless trails to explore, waves to paddle, mountains to conquer. Our culture must be based on enjoying everything outdoors. Everything adventurous. That’s all great, but it’s only part of what makes up Elk Valley culture. The locals know. Long before Starbucks or RCR the Valley had their own way of doing things. It’s a little bit redneck. A little bit blue collar. A little bit Valley. And it still simmers just below the surface of the stunning travel brochure we call home. You can catch a glimpse of it as neighbours raise their hand to wave in the dusty red trucks that come rolling home every night. It’s on full display at the Demolition Derby, Griz Days, and the Ghostriders games. The joy of the simple things and an appreciation for the people who live here that trumps the appreciation for the views out the window. It’s friends that will dig your car out on a powder day before they hit the hill, buddies who will come at any hour and climb a mountain to help you carry out a bull elk, and meal trains that go on for weeks when somebody needs a hand. A story you hear time and again is, “I came to Fernie for the weekend. That was ten years ago.” If you probe these people further, you’ll always get the same explanation. “The area is amazing, but the people are the reason we stayed.” I couldn’t be more proud to call Fernie home, or to be raising a couple of Valley Kids. Watching our culture imprint on my girls is awesome. And at times, hilarious. We recently had a perfect Valley day. It started with a bike ride on our favourite trail followed by an afternoon at


Koocanusa. We capped it off by drinking cold P-9’s at a potluck BBQ with the neighbours. As I tucked an exhausted Four into bed that night I asked her what her favourite part was. “Sandbank slides at Kooc, Mommy. Or… maybe watching my friends do sandbank slides at Kooc. Yeah. That’s it.” So she gets it. At four-years old, she gets it. Adventures are great. Having them with friends is the best. Yes. And while I’m sure you can learn this lesson many other places, it seems to be very prevalent here. The culture is sinking in. But like I mentioned, there are many sides to our culture. I noticed a few other things sinking in too, so I compiled a list of ten traits that seem to be common among Valley Kids. 1. If your child will only nap when being pulled behind your bike in a meshcovered pod, they might be a Valley Kid. 2. If your child uses the sentence, “It’s pretty socked in, let’s try the South Country,” they might be a Valley Kid. 3. If two of the first words your child

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August 2015 Monthly Events


SATURDAY 1.8.2015

SATURDAY 8.8.2015

Women’s Mountain Bike Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am4:30pm. Sign up for one or two days, beginner to intermediate level riding. KC Roberts & The Live Revolution @ The Northern. An eight piece funk-fusion band playing in Fernie for the first time! $10 at the door, music starts at 11pm. DJ Freebooter @ The Royal

Highline 100 @ South Country Area, 8am. A fun road ride of either 40, 100 or 160km raising funds for the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation, Fernie Alpine Ski Team and FIRE Adaptive Ski Program. For more information or to register, visit www.

Sunday Social – Show and Shine @ Victoria Ave. Don’t miss classic cars lined in the historic downtown! 1-4pm Bell & Bass @ Infinitea, 6pm. Live pop-jazz.

SUNDAY 2.8.2015 Women’s Mountain Bike Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 10:30am4:30pm. Sign up for one or two days, beginner to intermediate level riding. Sunday Social: Artsy Fartsy @ Victoria Avenue, 1-4pm. Enjoy live painting, music, chili cook off and a Derby Car paint off. Guided Hikes: Mountain Lakes Trail/Heiko’s Trail @ Island Lake Lodge. This is an eight – 12 hour hike starting on Hartley Lake Road and finishing at Island Lake Lodge. Difficulty level: Advanced. 250-423-3700 Community Crafting Day @ Eye of the Needle, 10am-5pm. Help work on sculptures that will be on display at Wapiti.

TUESDAY 4.8.2015 Two-Knee Race Series @ S-Bomb to Brokeback, 6:45pm meet at trailhead. $2 entry, beer and nachos to follow at the Parkplace Pub where the queen and king of the valley will be crowned.

WEDNESDAY 5.8,2915 Coffee and Conversation @ Local Businesses, 8:30-9:15am. Call the Fernie Chamber at 250-423-6868 if you want to attend or host. Wednesday Concert Series: Slocan Ramblers @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station. 5:30-9pm. Enjoy the Fernie Craft Fair, refreshment gardens, and a live bluegrass band from Toronto. Adam Hill @ Infinitea, 8pm. Live folk/bluegrass.

THURSDAY 6.8.2015 Kids Freeride Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort. 10:30am – 4:30pm, one or two day “advanced” camp for ages 10-15. www.skifernie. com Wapiti: The Steadies @ Station Square, the Fernie Arts Station 7:30pm. Fernie’s Music Festival kicks off with this free concert. The Steadies take the Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences.

FRIDAY 7.8.2015 Kids Freeride Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort. 10:30am – 4:30pm, one or two day “advanced” camp for ages 10-15. www.skifernie. com Wapiti: Fernie Music Festival @ The Annex Park, 6pm – 11pm. Buckman Coe, Reuben and the Dark, and the Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer take the stage. DJ Cona @ The Royal. Continue dancing after Wapiti with local DJ Cona – always a hit.

SATURDAY 8.8.2015 Summer Hikes With Wild Nature Tours @ Fernie Ridge Wildflower Walk, Fernie Alpine Resort. 10am, suitable for ages 8+ with hiking ability. He/She Golf Tournament @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 1pm. A fun event for couples, siblings and friends! Wapiti: Fernie Music Festival @ The Annex Park, noon – 11pm. Kirby, Lovecoast, Towers and Trees, Close Talker, Rah Rah, Mounties and Sherman Downey take the stage, arts and crafts for the kids, food and craft vendors, and beverage gardens! Columbia Basin Cultural Tour @ Fernie Co-op, Kathy Stead’s and Fernie Forge/Eye of the Needle. 10am-5pm, visit for map and vendor details. Compassion Gorilla @ The Royal. Keep grooving after Wapiti to this 8-piece roots and folk band from Victoria. $10 cover.

SUNDAY 9.8.2015 Columbia Basin Cultural Tour @ Fernie Co-op, Kathy Stead’s and Fernie Forge/Eye of the Needle. 10am-5pm, visit for map and vendor details. BibBity BobBity Boo - Fernie's Childrens Festival @ Rotary Park, 10am-2pm. Hosted by the Fernie Heritage Library and the Mountain Market, this annual event has a host of activities for kids alongside the Mountain Market.

MONDAY 10.8.2015 – 14-8.2015

MONDAY 17.8.2015 – 19.8.2015 Kids Adventure Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort. An adventurous camp for kids ages 8-12, running 10am-4pm.

WEDNESDAY 19.8.2015 Wednesday Concert Series: The Relief Committee @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station. 5:30-9pm. Enjoy the Fernie Craft Fair, refreshment gardens, and music by Fernie’s popular classic rock band.

FRIDAY 21.8.2015 DJ Stream @ The Royal, from Sweden Michelle Power @ Infinitea, 8pm. Local vocalist/guitarist

Elk Watershed Discovery Camp @ Elk River. This five day camp for ages 10-14 includes hiking, swimming, floating, geocaching, wild yoga, water science and more. 9am-4pm daily, call 250-4234691 to register. Elk Valley Youth Leadership Camp @ Fernie Connections, ages 13-18. A three day/two night canoeing expedition on the Kootenay River teaching the fundamentals of canoeing in a fun and supportive style. Rence @ Infinitea, 8pm. Live avante-pop music.

SATURDAY 22.8.2015

MONDAY 10.8.2015

TUESDAY 25.8.2015

Little Critter Criterium Ride @ Maiden Lake, 6pm. Held by the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, geared to riders 12 and under on two wheels, run bikes and tag along bikes.

Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6-8pm. Book in advance.

DJ Miss Kosmik @ The Royal, from Nelson, BC

SATURDAY 22.8.2015 – SUNDAY 23.8.2015 Trek Dirt Series for Women @ Fernie Trails, hosted by The Guide’s Hut and Fernie Bike Guides. Incorporates cross-country and freeride trails in the valley, as well as lift accessed riding at Fernie Alpine Resort. Visit for more details.

WEDNESDAY 26.8.2015

WEDNESDAY 12.8.2015

Coffee and Conversation @ Local Businesses, 8:30-9:15am. Call the Fernie Chamber at 250-423-6868 if you want to attend or host. Wednesday Concert Series: Old Time Dance @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station. 5:30-9pm. Enjoy the Fernie Craft Fair, refreshment gardens, and an Old Time Dance with Fernie’s RedGirl. Don’t miss out on the series finale!

Wednesday Concert Series: The Burn Ins @ Station Square, Fernie Arts Station. 5:30-9pm. Enjoy the Fernie Craft Fair, refreshment gardens, and live music from Elkford’s Garage/Blues/Rock band.

FRIDAY 28.8.2015

FRIDAY 14.8.2015

Doomsquad & Feltersnatch @ The Royal. Don’t miss this live rap and hip hop band from Edmonton, AB. Ben Wilkinson @ Infinitea, 8pm. Vocalist/guitarist from NZ live.

FRIDAY 28.8.2015 – SUNDAY 20.8.2015

TUESDAY 11.8.2015 Two-Knee Race Series @ Hypervent up/down/combined, 6:45pm meet at trailhead. $2 entry, beer and nachos to follow at the Parkplace Pub where the queen and king of the valley will be crowned.

DJs Duper Glue & Dahli Llama @ The Royal, from Calgary, AB Tori Anderson @ Infinitea, 8pm. Local vocalist/guitarist.

SATURDAY 15.8.2015 Summer Hikes with Wild Nature Tours @ Heiko’s Trail to Island Lake. 12 hours, difficult rating. Lost Boys Lungbuster @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Run or bike 2100 vertical feet, as fast as you can! Kids Howl at the Moon Campout @ Fernie Alpine Resort. A slumber party at the top of the Timber Chair in the Lost Boys Café. Chairlift, dinner, smores, breakfast and activities for ages 8+. Women’s Mountain Bike Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Sign up for one or two days of this intermediate to advanced camp. 10:30am-4:30pm, Summer Hikes with Wild Nature Tours @ Flathead. An overnight adventure in a sanctuary of sublime wilderness. www. Jungle Night @ The Royal, featuring local DJs, jungle tunes and dressing up.

SUNDAY 16.8.2015 Guided Hikes: Cabin Bowl Loop @ Island Lake Lodge. Leaving the Tamarack Lodge at 9am, this is a full day hike on challenging terrain. 250-423-3700 Women’s Mountain Bike Camp @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Sign up for one or two days of this intermediate to advanced camp. 10:30am-4:30pm,

BC Cup Downhill Bike Race @ Fernie Alpine Resort. The final of the BC Cup Downhill series. Registration on Friday with the course taped and open to public, Saturday registration and course open to training (with time slots), Sunday morning open to training and competition starts at noon!

SATURDAY 29.8.2015 Summer Hikes with Wild Nature Tours @ Flathead. An overnight adventure in a sanctuary of sublime wilderness. www. The Bison Brothers @ The Royal. A roots-rock, alternative country rockabilly band from Cranbrook, AB.

MONDAY 31.8.2015 Guided Hikes: Spineback Ridge Trail @ Island Lake Lodge. Leaving the Tamarack Lodge at 9am, this is a full day hike on challenging terrain. 250-423-3700 Gallery Visual Arts Guild. Opening Reception: Thursday, July 30 at 7pm. Continues until: Monday, Aug. 24 Rebecca Vaughn. Opening August 27. Workshops - Kids & Youth PreSchool Pottery. Tuesdays, 1-2:30 pm. August 18/ August 25. $15 per child. Ages: 3-6. Pottery Camps with Kerri Holmes: Harry Potting. Aug 1014, 9:30am-Noon. $90 pre-registered, $150 for 2 siblings, Drop In $25/day. Ages: 7-12. Max: 10.


August 2015 Weekly Events

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Wings Night @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel Board Games & $6 Meals @ Infinitea 7pm Steak Sandwich & Cider Pints on Special @ The Pub Bar & Grill Mani Monday Special @ Spa 901 Pitchers and Wings on Special @ Lizard Creek Lodge Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 Pints of Cider, $10 Appies @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge 2 For 1 Appetizers @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Play Your Own Tunes @ The Royal Date Night with Entrees, bubbly and an appetizer or dessert to share for $79 per couple @ Island Lake

Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Salad Bar @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal 2Knee Bike Series @ Fernie Trails, visit the events calendar at for this year’s lineup!

WEDNESDAYS $7 Off Large Pizzas @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Night Bright with Riley J and Friends @ The Central Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge 1lb of Mussels @ Lizard Creek Lodge for $14.99 Zack’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Fries & Beer @ The Pub Bar & Grill Locals Night @ Loaf, 5-9pm Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea 7pm Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free TUESDAYS underam wax with any other hair removal Feature Pasta and Wine Night @ Boston Pizza and $8 Wings, Beat the Clock Draft & Highballs and Sports Bar Karaoke @ The Northern Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Steak Night @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill Wine Tasting @ Island Lake. Five entrees paired with Date Night @ Lizard Creek Lodge, Three-course meal five wines for $89/person. for two with wine for $85. Concert and Craft Fair Series @ Station Square, $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe 5:30-9pm visit the events calendar at Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for this year’s lineup! for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275 $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre


THURSDAYS $3 Off Tacos @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Braised Beef Poutine for $12 @ Lizard Creek Lodge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Free Samples @ Sweet Shop with any purchase over $5. Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal Choice of Pizza or Pasta with Wine or Beer for $15 @ Loaf Bakery and Restaurant Spring Clean Spa Day Special @ Spa 901 House Gun Doubles $7, $5 Fernie Pints, $3 Sliders @ The Northern $8 2oz Summer Cocktails @ Infinitea Burger Night @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill

SATURDAYS Large Gourmet Pizza for Medium Price @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery, 5pm – close. Porketta Lunch and Prime Rib Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub $5 Glass of House Wine, $5 Off Bottles of Wine @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Domestic Bottles $5, Jager Bombs $6, Steak Sandwich $12 @ The Northern International Buffet @ The Clubhouse Restaurant

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WEDNESDAYS MONDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Drop in Workshop @ Clawhammer Press. 6-9pm, $30 •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. All levels welcome, drop •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre in for $5 •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10:30-11am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm 7:30-9pm •Fernie Tennis Club – Social Play Juniors @ James White Park, 4-6pm •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Fernie Women on Wheels @ The Guide’s Hut 6:30pm. Must be a FMBC •Fernie Tennis Club – Social Play Adults @ James White Park, 6-9pm member. •Concert and Craft Fair Series @ Station Square, 5:30-9pm •Summer Reading Camp @ Fernie Heritage Library, ages 7-10 from TUESDAYS 1-3pm. Free drop in camps with crafts, games, activities and stories! •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. (not •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm storytime) •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Fernie Book Bike @ Max Turyk Playground, 4pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am THURSDAYS •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Better Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre. 1pm-3pm, •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm every 2nd week. •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Born to Sing and Dance @ Fernie Arts Station •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. From 7-9pm come enjoy indoor •Drop-in Climbing @ College of the Rockies Climbing Wall, 7-9pm flying and practice •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm 7:30-9pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, •Ladies’ Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club 7:30-9pm •Preschool Pottery @ The Fernie Arts Station (June 30/July 7/July 14/ •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am July 21/July 28/August 18/ August 25) •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Summer Reading Camp @ Fernie Heritage Library, ages 7-10 from •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm 1-3pm. Free drop in camps with crafts, games, activities and stories! •Gentle Fit @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Fernie Book Bike @ Rocky Mountain Village, 4pm •MOMs Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 9:30-11:30am •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday.


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Sasquatch! Music Festival JESSE BELL

THE THING ABOUT MUSIC FESTIVALS is this; it is fairly easy to get so excited at attending one that you pass out in the grass and miss your favourite band. But what’s a music festival without a little foolishness? Sasquatch! Music Festival, held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, is one I’ve been meaning to check out for several years. With 100 different shows on five different stages it is a fantastic way to take in all sorts of musical talent. My friend Jess and I drive from Fernie towards the Gorge the Wednesday before the festival – we want to explore a bit of Washington on our way down. I’m not sure what it is about cruising on unfamiliar, open road with a new playlist

and the setting sun, but things already feel fantastic. We find a campsite at midnight and wake up to the sound of rushing water. Palouse Falls is downhill from our tent, its waters crashing into a pool surrounded by green hillside; as it turns out, Washington is a beautiful place. We meet with our camping crew and six of us pile into the green Delica—also know as “the pickle” – with all of our gear and drive to the campground at the Gorge. We set up alongside thousand others, have drinks and take to the main stage for the first of four nights of music. I’m quickly introduced to the hillside above the main stage after too many $13 beers. After dancing to the New Pornographers I lie on the grass for what seems like several hours while Gogol Bordello performs and then Jess – being the good friend that she is – carries my regretful butt to my tent.

I wake up the next morning feeling like I’ve encountered a mob of angry kitties and realize that I missed my favourite band, Little Dragon, the night before. I take a few moments to mourn and then carry on – after all, I’m at Sasquatch! and it is not an authentic experience until you’ve had a friend hold your hair back. After some rehydration and a burrito we head to the main stage where Chromeo – an electro-funk duo and personal favourite – plays at sunset. I am in awe. If you’ve ever seen them you know well that the energy they put forward is electric. When the sun goes down everyone is ablaze. My cheeks hurt and I can’t stop dancing. It’s the best feeling there is. On Sunday morning we take naps on the grass when our tents get too hot and then head to the main stage for Milky Chance, a German folk/electronic band and Jess’ favourite. They play every song from their album and temperatures soar but cold beers make dancing in the sunshine more than manageable.

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‘70s leaves me in reverie. We all dance in the grass under the stars. After devouring some late-night burritos we check out the DJ SBTRKT, who plays a rendition of a Little Dragon song and, at long last, all is right with the world.

After we check out St. Paul and the Broken Bones, we head back to camp to play drinking games with our neighbours (because adulthood has taken a step back) and watch the sunset. Jess, Chrissy and I sit on the roof of the Delica while the sky turns a deep pink and orange. “This is the best thing ever,” I say to the girls, unable to subdue my inner cheese ball. Then we go watch Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) was iconic decades before I was born, so to watch him perform Stairway to Heaven with his long, white hair as though it were the

On the last day we see Future Islands (fantastic) and some other groups. We smuggle glow sticks in beneath our shirts and dance to the Glitch Mob – a DJ-trio with intricate sound, an incredible drum line and wild performances. Confetti floats in the air; at the end of the night my feet hurt with contentment. On the drive home the next day I seek copious amounts of coffee; Sasquatch! was truly amazing. It is a beautiful thing; the truth that music has a way of sneaking into your soul. Find yourself at the Fifth Annual Wapiti Music Festival on August 7 to 8 in Fernie and seek out your own festival experience.

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The Next Chapter: Roberta Milne and Tyler Carson HELEN MCALLISTER AND JENNIFER HEATH

CULTURE IS SO INTRINSICALLY linked to food, that it is said we cannot have one without the other. What we choose to grow, how we tend our gardens, and the way in which we prepare our food, all say a lot about a person’s culture. Roberta Milne and Tyler Carson have created a unique food culture in their Annex garden. Japanese mizuna and Swiss chard are harvested alongside potatoes and peas. Doukhobor cress shares the garden with raspberries and yellow beets. Corn towers in the greenhouse. The crowning glory is the sprawling grapevines that cover the back fence. These two have created a garden that combines prairie sensibility and local gardening experience with an adventurous spirit.


Roberta, from Balcarres, Saskatchewan, learned to garden on her family’s farm. After growing up with a constant supply of fresh produce, she found that storebought versions “tasted like the cardboard box they came in.” After meeting Tyler, from High Prairie, Alberta, they moved to Fernie, and started gardening when they purchased their house in 2005. Together they made a great team. Tyler says, “I was the motivation, she was the skill.” Roberta and Tyler have learned many tips from fellow Annex gardeners, Ralph and Margaret Stadnichuk. Tyler jokingly calls Ralph his “compost mentor” from whom he received a high-powered mulcher a few years ago. Tyler now mulches plant waste and wood chips, speeding up the creation of nutrient-rich compost. He uses it to amend their soil each spring and fall. Using season-extending techniques, the busy couple harvests a variety of crops from early spring to December. Taking

Ralph’s advice, they plant potatoes and peas as soon as they see the first bloom on a dandelion. Last year they produced bags full of red orach and mustard greens, well before many had begun to think about planting. To extend the season further, Tyler sows kale, corn salad, and other hearty greens in August for harvest throughout the fall. With the help of a hoophouse and heavy frost cloth, they have had plants survive -15 degree weather! During the summer months, the

hoophouse is used to protect broccoli and cabbage from the dreaded cabbage moth. Which brings us to the grapes. It’s hard to believe this vine could grow in Fernie, let alone provide such prolific fruit. The hardy “Valliant” variety in Roberta and Tyler’s garden does just that. Trailing on a south-facing fence, the plants provide enough grapes to make jelly, and up to DOWN TO EARTH CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




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Gold. Tyler adores the many varieties of potatoes and the endless ways in which they can be prepared.


ten litres of juice each fall. One year they teamed up with local ice cream shop Happy Cow, and made a scrumptious grape ice cream.


It’s hard to top home-grown grapes, but Roberta’s garden favourite is beet. Tyler laughs, “We are not allowed to be bad at beets. They are Roberta’s little treasures.” They grow many varieties, which include Detroit Reds, Chioggia, and Touchstone

Challenges in the garden are always changing. In 2013, their planted garden was covered by the now infamous flood. Since then, they have battled many weeds, whose seeds came with the water. With Roberta away at school and Tyler’s busy work schedule, the biggest challenge is finding the time to garden. Nonetheless, they try new crops each year – this year it’s peanuts in the greenhouse. When asked for his best gardening tip, Tyler replies, “Be patient. Ask older gardeners how long it has taken them to learn – it doesn’t happen overnight.” Down to Earth: Cold Climate Gardens & Their Keepers is a celebration of the viability of cold-climate gardening. Stories, tips, and recipes inspire you to plant a few seeds and create your own food security. Published by Oolichan Books, it is available locally at Polar Peek Books & Treasures.




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Bike Culture TOM GIBSON

EVER SINCE I WAS A KID I’ve had this obsession with cycling. Not just the act of riding a bicycle but everything that goes with cycling; the lifestyle, the fashion (shaved legs included), the food, aesthetics of a beautiful bike, the epic routes, the legends and, of course, coffee, good coffee. Whilst writing this I was thinking back to my first cycling memories. I remember as a child seeing my grandfather’s teamissue Peugeot race bike, sprinting home from school to watch Le Tour’s final kms, racing my friends around the streets on two wheels and my first laps around the old outdoor velodrome in my hometown. That’s where it all started, not just a love of pedalling, but my immersion into the culture that is cycling. No other sport is like cycling. Even the amateurs can ride the same routes as the pros. We can try to tackle the BC Cup Track right after the guys and girls show us how to do it, or maybe we see how close we can get on an epic climb like Alpe d'Huez after watching the riders of Le Tour sprint on up. Just remember it never gets easier, you just get faster. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to the bike or a cycling veteran, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling improvement. Over the summer I am sure we will all feel our own accomplishments. Maybe it’s winning a stage at Fernie 3 or climbing Hypervent without putting a foot down. Maybe it’s tackling your first skinny or for some it might just be going for that first ever ride and falling in love with cycling. That feeling, the one where you feel at one with your bike, feeling the flow, that’s when cycling is real. The bicycle, complicated by design yet simple by use. It’s just circles turning circles but add a human motor and it gives us a sense of freedom like nothing else. No other machine could take us to places that


our bikes can. No other machine gives us that sense of adventure that our bikes do. Whether it’s kids racing laps of the block, or setting off on the Tour Divide, the feeling is the same. It’s why we keep riding, it’s why we seek out new trails.

the common love for riding a bike and everything else that goes with it that brings us together. There aren’t many better opportunities to challenge your friend than with a leg burning climb trying to drop them.

We, as the cycling community, are always looking for new places to travel on two wheels. Luckily we live in the perfect mountain town with trails being developed and maintained regularly thanks to the hard work of the FTA. And let’s not forget everyone that comes out to help maintain and build these trails. Without these people, we couldn’t continue to explore the beauty that Fernie hides away in the dense forests.

Non-cyclists, those who have yet to engross themselves in this culture, might listen in on our conversations and wonder what language we are speaking. The new and latest bike technology or maybe talking about Aaron Gwins chainless win at the World Cup. You only have to walk along 2nd Ave to sense the love with which people talk about cycling, spot countless bikes parked outside coffee shops and hear the buzz of excitement from people who just purchased their new bicycles. Fernie is a town with a cycling culture, and it’s safe to say it’s here to stay.

Even though cycling is predominantly individual – it’s just you and your bike – I’ve met my closest friends through cycling, through going for rides and stopping for a coffee with other Sunday morning cyclists or doing a Ridgemont lap and ending on your buddy’s deck for a FBC beer. It’s

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Sharon Wood

I went back to Peru and did one of my dream climbs. I got hit again by a rock, and that time I went, ‘I don’t like this anymore.’ I kind of hit a wall, got to the edge and had a good look, and decided I liked what I saw and didn’t need to see more. It coincided with a lot of things. That’s when I started a family, I was married, and public speaking became a more workable career for me than guiding.


SHARON WOOD reached the peak of Mount Everest on May 6, 1986, as part of a team of dedicated mountaineers. As she reached the peak she became the first North American woman to do so, and the team she was part of was also the first one to travel successfully up the west ridge and north face of Everest. Wood, who grew up in Vancouver and completed her first technical climb up Sky Pilot, fell in love with ascending mountains at a young age. At seventeen years of age, Wood signed up for a three-week Outward Bound course, eventually leading her to work at an Outward Bound camp and connect with mentors and other like-minded climbers. Wood went on to climb countless mountains including Mt. Robson, Mt. Logan, Cassin Ridge on Mt. McKinley, and also became a certified alpine guide. After returning from Everest, Wood slowly began to exist both within the climbing culture and the public speaking culture, addressing large crowds – sometimes thousands of audience members – to tell them about the adventure her team had just returned from. Public speaking was a scary experience at first, but she says that she enjoyed the challenge and that it taught her many new things about herself. Living in Canmore today, Wood remains a highly regarded public speaker, but also still selects guiding work that appeals to her, allowing her to stay involved in two different but overlapping worlds. When did you realize you could be a mountaineer? There were a few moments but one of them was extracting myself out of a crevasse that I fell into when I was about

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19 years old. And unfortunately I fell into there with a few students at the same time. It was a mistake, but I really enjoyed the problem solving. Another moment for me as a mountaineer, to realize that I might go to high altitude, was when I climbed Mt. Denali. We did it alpine-style and got caught in a storm at 19,000 feet, a very severe windstorm that decimated all the camps up at that altitude. We survived it and came off the mountain, and I went ‘Huh! I think I can do that again.’ Can you tell me about the point in your career when you stepped back from climbing? I was hit [by falling rocks] twice. I was hit in Peru in 1985 and broke my shoulder. We had quite an epic climb, and we kept climbing for another five days before we got off the mountain. I came out of that saying, well I guess I’m ready for something big and something hard, and I was preparing for Everest at that time. It was only after Everest. Everest was a big epic in the final days, really big epic. That’s when I started stepping back from alpine climbing.

I didn’t mind the focus, but what I did mind was that it was extremely uncomfortable because it was so clearly a team effort that got us to the top. There were so many sacrifices by everyone on the team and huge contributions, yet our culture or our media had their story already written and had one person they wanted to shine the light on. So I made it my mission, I guess you could say, that my presentations would be all about teamwork and what an incredible noble and talented and strong team we had. What was it like when you began your public speaking career? Absolutely terrifying. And very, very stressful. Because I felt like a very different person when I stood on stage than when I was offstage for a while. I would say it took me about ten years to bring those people together, to feel like one and to be myself, and to be comfortable in my own skin when I was at the podium. It was a huge experience in personal growth and development. To go from this place of being very self-conscious to realizing it’s not just about me. I am conveying and telling this story about a remarkable group of people, and this is more about the story, so that was a real revelation for me.




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ROAD TRIPS ARE A GREAT WAY to experience the various arts and culture available in our area. Whether you are visiting Fernie or travelling from Fernie, chances are at some point this summer, you will be packing your vehicle and hitting the road. Here are six mobilizers you can even do at a gas station to help you stay pain free while adventuring:





Arm circles. 5/direction. Slow, controlled motion, as big as you can go but staying pain free. Left to right twists. 10 times. Hands at your head, suck in and engage your abs and twist left to right. Alternate hip kick. 10 times. Hands on your hips, bend knees and kick your hips. Side slides. 10 times. Suck in and engage your abs and lean to the left or right keeping your shoulders in line with your hips and hands on the out seam of your pants. Car lunges. 10 times, alternating. You can use your bumper or open your door and use the frame of your car. Place one foot up and gently lunge forwards. Hamstring stretch. 10 breaths/side. Place your foot up on the bumper in front of you with your leg straight. Slowly bring your belly button to your leg as far as you can pain free and then breathe. If your road trip is lengthy, try to do this routine two to three times a day. Quick walks or small hikes along your route are also great ways to keep your energy up and pain levels down. My other family favourite is a quick game of tag at a rest stop. Even a three-minute game can get your heart rate up and loosen those stiff muscles, not to mention get you laughing… three, two, one – not it! Happy, healthy travelling to you. CAR LUNGES






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direct result on our mood, as well as on the production and balancing of stress hormones. The same is true of those who participate in playing music or creating art at any level. Playing a simple piece of music on the piano is a form of artistic expression that can have impactful effects on your mind and body, just as drawing, or even filling out the pages of a colouring book can.


COLOURING BOOKS have become all the rage, with articles about these books peppering social media over the past several months. Sure, colouring may not seem very sophisticated (for most of us, anyway) but that doesn’t mean that it is not considered art or that its use as a stress reducer is anything other than a form of art therapy for stress reduction. Art and health have been both been at the centre of human interest since the beginning of recorded history. Despite this fact, and despite the fact that much effort and interest has gone into understanding the fundamentals of both art and health, historically and currently, research into the impact of one on the other has been limited. There has, however, been comprehensive anecdotal and philosophical discussion about the role of art in the healing process in different cultures around the world, and the impact art has on various health conditions. In a review of the literature that exists on the effect art and art therapy have on health, music appears to be the most accessible and the most researched form of art used for healing purposes. Music has been shown to decrease anxiety, restore emotional balance, and actually help patients achieve control over pain. Several studies have demonstrated the use of music therapy in cancer patients with chronic pain, illustrating that music can not only reduce pain in this population, but also increase their sense of control while in the hospital, improve immunity, and decrease their anxiety. Art therapy, or utilizing art projects to allow people to explore their creativity, also can help people to express and process emotions such as grief, loss, fear,



and anxiety, potentially enabling them to reclaim an identity outside of these emotions and move past the experiences that have shaped them. Art and music therapy have thus become useful in working with patients struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder as it allows them to use imagery to tell their stories without having to verbally recount the events of their past. Further, it enables them to express ideas or experiences for which they lack the words. The same appears to be true for people with cancer, heart disease, or other serious illnesses. Encouraging these patients to explore their disease and the emotions around the disease through artistic expression, either in a group or individual setting, can open up the pathways to emotional healing. The use of music or art in hospitals is shown to decrease hospital stays, reduce stress, and decrease the need for sleep aids, but this is not limited to those participating in hands on forms of art therapy. Having art on the walls and playing music in the background at the hospital is also associated with these improved experiences and outcomes. These benefits extend to our own homes and the world around us. Having soothing art on the walls and listening to music can have a

Beyond art and music exist other forms of art therapy such as movement-based creative expression (such as dancing and tai chi) and expressive writing, which both appear to have positive effects on body image, ambulation, and psychological well-being as well as perceived overall physical well-being. Those who participate in expressive writing, in particular, appear to have less pain, less depression, less fatigue, and improved immunity. For many of us, tapping into our artistic side is a departure from most of the cognitive and physical work that we do on a day-to-day basis, so these activities actually provide our brains with a different type of exercise that can have long-lasting effects. Decreasing our stress response has a wide variety of well-known effects, including but not limited to improved sleep, better mood, and decreased anxiety. Despite there not being comprehensive empirical data on the efficacy and importance of art therapy of all types on wellness or health, it is no small coincidence that humans have integrated art into all of our cultures and civilizations with such great importance. The potential for these different types of therapy on our health is largely underestimated, but we can do our part to increase this type of exposure and activity into our own lives, and particularly into the lives of our loved ones who are hospitalized or receiving treatment. And the next time you are tempted by the adult colouring book on the shelf at the book store - grab it and be creative! FERNIEFIX.COM



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Summer Sauerkraut KRISSI HYLAND, RHN

MICRO ORGANISMS, flora, yeast, bacteria, micro flora and probiotics are what come to mind when I think of culture. Our body’s bacterial culture is at the forefront of nutritional science right now. The internal micro biome of our intestinal, oral and sexual organs are full of friendly bacteria and yeast otherwise known as flora or probiotics. Probiotics are getting a huge high-five for overall health including digestive, mental (depression anxiety), immunity, allergies, urinary, reproductive and hormone health‌ just to name a few. To keep this article informative and fun I want to focus on how we can incorporate more fermented foods into our life to maintain a healthy bacterial utopia inside us! Every well-documented culture (human society) in history incorporated the use of some type of fermented food or beverage. For example, the fermented tea beverage kombucha came from the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 212BC and then spread to the Samurai of Japan, on to Russia, Germany then across Europe by World War II until the shortage of tea and sugar. The lost art of fermented foods is making a comeback due to the increase of studies on the human micro biome. A huge benefit of fermented food is that it not only preserves the food and retains its nutrients, but it breaks it down into more digestible forms, making them more bioavailable to our body. It also creates new nutrients like B vitamins and beneficial probiotics. Fun fact: Captain James Cook, the eighteenth century English explorer was recognized for having conquered scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) among his crews sailing with large quantities of sauerkraut!


If you think of sauerkraut as that white bucket of stringy tasteless stuff at a hot dog stand, you are missing out. There are many great companies out there that make a tasty sauerkraut, one of my favourites is Wildbrine. Proper homemade

sauerkraut is extra flavourful and delicious. You can experiment with different spices, use smoked sea salt or throw in different vegetables for crunch or fruits for sweetness. If fermented foods are new to you, add a tablespoon of sauerkraut

Summer Sauerkraut

1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

Leave about 1-1 ½ inches from the top of the jar and fill the remaining space with the outer cabbage leaves firmly rolled up into cylinders and pressing the kraut below the brine to create an anaerobic environment.

1 apple, shredded

Cover the jar tightly.

¼ cup goji berries

Let your Summer Sauerkraut sit in a room temp or warm cabinet for about *5 days. During these 5 days you will start to see little bubbles, this is an indication your sauerkraut is fermenting.

1 small head cabbage, shredded 2 outer cabbage leaves

to your dishes to start. Here is a great summer kraut recipe along with many other fermented staples… Yogurt is the most consumed dairy product in North America today. My three tips for buying yogurt are: 1. Always buy organic dairy void of added hormones and antibiotics. 2. Buy the yogurt with the most fat – 30% of our diet should be healthy fats. This will also help you keep fuller longer. 3. Be mindful of the amount of sugar in your yogurt, some yogurt companies have up to 4½ tsp of sugar per serving. Kefir is a fermented milk product like a drinkable yogurt; same rules apply as above. Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage becoming more popular. These are available in various flavours and are effervescent making it a healthy pop!

¼ cup fruit juice sweetened cranberries Juice and zest of ½ orange 1 half pint/16oz/2 cup mason jar and lid Sterilize your jar, lid and wash hands to remove any harmful bacteria, which can also proliferate during fermentation and damage your kraut. Place shredded cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the sea salt and massage the cabbage thoroughly until juices start to release. Add the apple, orange juice and berries and mix. Pack firmly into the mason jar until approximately an inch of liquid (brine) is covering the kraut.

After 5 days remove and discard the outer cabbage leaves and serve. The salad should have a sweet and tangy taste. Store unused portion in the refrigerator, where it will keep fresh for at least a few weeks, if you don’t eat it up by then. *If you want to culture your salad longer, be sure to off gas your jar by unscrewing the lid and allowing the gas to release. You can put a weight in the jar and tie a cloth, towel or cheesecloth to the top to stop bugs or pathogens getting into the salad and allow it to offgas on its own.

Sauerkraut is one of the oldest most traditional fermented foods made with cabbage, high in vitamins C, A, K, B and fibre!

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• Wash your jars in hot soapy water.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

Kimchi is an Asian type of sauerkraut using napa cabbage, vegetables and spices making it a spicy, flavourful dish.

• Dry them and place right-side-up on a cookie sheet.

Mastering Fermentation by Mary Karlin

Pickles - always buy organic, making sure they follow proper fermenting practices.

• Let them sterilize for about 20-30 minutes.

The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

• Place upside down on a cooling rack until cool.

The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates

Miso is a fermented soybean, chickpea, barley or brown rice paste used as a soup broth when added to water. Tempeh is fermented soybean using a live mould, becoming a meaty consistency great for a plant based protein.

• Place them in an oven set at 200°F.

• Boil lids, rock or weight for 20-30 minutes and place on cooling rack to dry.

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Why Story Telling is Important HEATHER IVANY

WHO DOESN’T LOVE a really great story? Legends, tales and stories are the emotional glue that connects us to people. When we hear stories being told it is much like learning the words to a song or notes to music. Their meaning is deeply absorbed into our memory and can often be recalled years after learning. Stories create experiences: experiences leave lasting impressions.  Stories can also represent sacred powers within us or forces we can draw upon externally for support. In other words, they are a tool to help us feel a deeper connection to the spiritual realm. When we work with the energy of archetypes described in stories we have the ability to allow that energy to flow through us (albeit positive or negative) rather than pushing back with resistance. Take for example the deities of Shiva and Shakti. The insights of yoga have so many references to these deities – but what does someone from a totally different culture have to learn from them? In Hindu mythology our universe is created by the combination of Shiva and Shakti. The male principle is Shiva. The most significant characteristic of the divine masculine is the utterly free witness. Shiva is able to stand aside no matter what the situation and has the ability to judge without emotion. Shakti, on the other hand is the dynamic and playful feminine. She represents creative and transformative power. At this universe level, Shiva/ Shakti are one, merged together in an entwined embrace. Blissfully reflecting upon themselves, this primal presence is unimaginably free, immeasurably aware, and perfectly euphoric. It is empty yet pregnant with potency. 


From this empty fullness Shakti has an impulse to manifest... to create something. In an act of play, she imagines and creates the world. Her cosmic imagination flows through many layers gradually condensing and making form. The first layers she creates cannot be seen but rather sensed. Next are stars, planets, black holes and galaxies. Then

come atoms and molecules and eventually creatures and humans. All of reality is Shakti’s dance. And thus she creates our world – the sun, humans, life forms, planets, our body, thoughts and emotions. She is the creative force that lives within and she tenderly nudges us towards Shiva: pure consciousness.

In Shakti’s dance she also shrinks Shiva so that the great awareness encompassing everything is now a single separate ego residing within each of us. This is how we arrive from all things connected to seeing ourselves as separate. When Shiva wants power to manifest he draws from the feminine energy. Shiva must stir the Shakti. When the feminine wants to reflect she does so from drawing Shiva, the masculine energy, into herself. Yet this story is not over. These two forces desire to be in unison again. Shakti, as she pushes from the earth, is described as the divine aspiration of the human soul, while Shiva’s descending form above is the irresistible attraction of divine grace. They are opposite yet exist in an eternal embrace, neither able to exist without the other. Without Shiva, Shakti is wild. Without Shakti, Shiva is inert. Their eternal relationship creates both the phenomenal and spiritual worlds.   This mythological story of Shiva and Shakti helps describe the importance of placing value on both the masculine and feminine forces within ourselves. Balance of the world always includes this struggle between the light and the dark, whether on the micro world that is inside us or in the macro world around. The vastness that exists in the cosmic universe is also available to us inside the grace and stamina that comes when we enter the inner world of our heart. When a story resonates, it moves people emotionally; they retell it many times over, ultimately amplifying the message. Every culture, every generation, has its gift of stories. They transcend time, ride through trends and synch together the motley crews of our society. The Shiva-Shakti story is old, but its underlying meaning still resonates today.  What a wonderful way to cherish our future, by retelling the stories of old.


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Where Cultures Collide REBECCA HALL

I RECENTLY HAD THE CHANCE to sit down with the lovely Natascha from VM Travel. Natascha and the equally lovely Corinne spend their time taking small groups of adventurous souls on tours to exotic locations to dance, drink wine, paint and explore. Being fluent in four languages has provided the two opportunities to travel to such beautiful countries as Argentina, Morocco, France, Spain and Italy, but they recently found themselves having to survive on their charm more than their linguistic skills, as they visited Turkey on a reconnaissance mission for a future VM tour package. With military dedication, they explored the region and all its many attributes. It seems it was love at first sight for the spectacular country and the two hosts as they discovered a land layered in history and rich in art, music and exotic flavour, with just a hint of modern Europe. Here are just a few of the highlights they discovered: Istanbul: Straddling the Bosphorus Straight and the Sea of Marmara, 10% of the city occupies a small European peninsula, while the rest spreads out across Asian soil. Western flights arrive at Atatürk. Cultural attractions in the city are many and varied, including the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar for exotic treats, including Turkish delight, linens, spices, soap and more; be sure to ask for the real price – “Indirim Lutfen” or “Discount please!” The Bazaars are great to visit but you may find better deals elsewhere, says Natascha. Historical places to visit include the Basilica Cisterns dating back to the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia, a cathedral in the days of Emperor Constantine dating back to the 1st century, and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque or “Blue


Mosque” built in 1616, famous for its blue tiled interior and six minaret towers. From here the prayer calls ring out around the city five times per day beginning at dawn. Sultanahmet, is popular with tourists but don’t let you put that off. The restaurants here are amazing and many have rooftop terraces with spectacular views of the Bosphorus Straight. Cemberlitas is a traditional Hamami, or Turkish bath, dating back to 1584. Here you can simply relax in the marble “hot room” and take a self-service bath or bubble bath, or enjoy a series of therapeutic massages including the ancient soap scrub. Venturing out of the city, the ladies discovered Cappadoccia in the centre of Turkey near Kayseri, famed for the hoodoo formations called fairy chimneys. The region has been carved out over centuries by the Mycenaeans, Turks, and Ottomans into dwellings, churches and banks. There’s even an eight-level underground city guarded by an IndianaJones style rolling boulder gateway! Here you can take a tour of the underground city, stay in a traditional cave hotel, see a whirling dervish show or trek the Rose

Valley at sunset – considered one of the most beautiful walks in the world. At 4am, around 150 colourful balloons fill up and float off over Göreme, weaving between the the cut-banks and skimming just above the hoodoos – the pilots are highly skilled in their sport. The trip costs around $250 and is well worth the price as a once-in-alifetime trip, says Natascha. In Selcuk, on the Aegean coast, even more evidence of ancient history is present. At Ephesus, the famous ruins date back to the time of the Mycenaeans. Touring with a guide is highly recommended in order to understand the fascinating and intricate socio-geographic history. The house of the Virgin Mary is also found in Selcuk, along with the Basilica of the Apostle of St John, both prompting many religious pilgrimages. For those looking for less lofty attractions, the nearby fruit-wine making town of Şirince or the 12km beach at Pamucak are relaxing and welcoming options. will be offering an art & photography tour to the area in October 2016.




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First, a little primer on files on computers. At the level of the hard drive a file is a file. Meaning, the hard drive doesn't care if it's a text file, or a photo, or a music file. It's just a file. And to a computer a file is a bunch of linked blocks of data. When you write a file to the hard drive, whether by downloading, copying or saving, the operating system makes an entry in the Master File Table. You can think of this as the Table of Contents of your hard drive. Files are broken up into blocks of equal sizes for efficiency purposes. This lets you write files to your hard drive that are larger than the largest empty space on your drive. So, when you write a file the operating system finds an empty space and starts writing blocks to it until it’s done or runs out of space. It records the entry in the Master File Table. If the file is not complete it finds another empty space and writes more blocks until it’s done or runs out of space. It keeps repeating this, each time recording the location and extents of the blocks, until finished. Now we get to deleting the file. When a file is deleted it isn't actually deleted. The Master File Table entry is modified such that it now says it can consider those blocks as empty space. The entry is still there, but it is flagged as empty. If any other files are written to the hard drive they may be written to these newly empty blocks. This is why, if you think you have deleted an important file and want to recover it, don't


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August Horoscope CLAIRE SIMMONS

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Power Allow yourself to express your power. You are a powerful person. Eliminate thoughts that say otherwise. Now is the time to radiate your true power out into the world in incredible ways.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Self-Acceptance Every part of you is wonderful. Let go of negative self-judgements and enjoy being you! Although you have high-standards, it's important to view yourself through loving eyes. Self-improvement comes from a positive mind-set.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Signs Pay attention to the signs around you. There are constantly messages surrounding you. They might come in the form of a butterfly or a bird, a song or an object in your path. Take notice!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Courage "With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity." – Mark Twain

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Children Play, have fun and honour your inner child. Play with the children in your life. Plan an afternoon where you take your inner child on an outing, doing things that allow for your playful side to emerge.


Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Growth

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Abundance

You're going through a growth spurt – most likely an emotional or spiritual one rather than a physical one. Don't worry; everything's taken care of. It's just time to expand your perspective.

A new flow of support is coming to you right now. Keep your faith, as it will ensure a steady flow of support materially, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. To help you stay in the stream of a steady flow of abundance, affirm: "All of my needs are met abundantly for me now and always."

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Celebration Celebrate! Life is good. Start planning your birthday party. Now's the time to appreciate the big and the little things in life. Recognize what's worth celebrating, and enjoy yourself.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Meditation Meditation is very important for you right now. Quiet your mind. First thing in the morning, spend at least five minutes in reflection breathing deeply. Listen to your inner guidance and relax. The more you relax your mind, the more connected you'll feel.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Healing A situation that has caused you concern is on the mend. Sometimes a situation cannot heal until you release the challenge completely. Your worries will soon be over, the healing process has begun.

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