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The Admiration Issue

Feature Artist Janet McIntyre on her passion for her craft. Christina Ketchen discusses her choice for book feature of the month, The Gifts of Imperfection. Shelby Cain on her admiration for her girls. New health columnist Tiffany Schedbesch teaches us about self love and making lasting changes. EA Sports is back! Learn all about Nordic Skiing in Fernie. Plus more. FERNIEFIX.COM






GRIZ DAYS March 3 - March 5, 2017

A Celebration of Our Legacy

Sign Up & Register Early: • Griz Days Parade • Extreme Griz Competition • Junior Griz Competition • Pub Crawl

Come Out & Enjoy: • feature concert: Yukon Blonde • Canada 150 ParticipACTION Playlist • Rocky Mountain Lumber Show • Circus Acts Insomniacs • TD Sparks performing group • FireWorks • griz Days Parade • Beer Gardens

For full schedule of events visit For more information call the Fernie Chamber of Commerce at 250-423-6868 Remember to pick up your Griz Days Magazine in town mid February! CITY OF FERNIE

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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS IN THE VALLEY | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – We All Have Stories to Tell

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 16 Feature Artist – Janet McIntyre Fernie Reads with Christina Ketchen: The Gifts of Imperfection - Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life. By Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. From the Road: Band Parents by Sage McBride Rental Fix – Top Five of 2016 by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Can You Say Stoked? by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 28 Feature Resident – Jeff Demaniuk by Krista Turcasso You’ve Got Male: Favourite Colours by Adam K MacDonald Events Calendar / February at the Arts Station Family Stoke – The Girls by Shelby Cain New Faces to Fernie: Rachel Beattie by James Peeters Transitions – Legacy of the Mountains by Micah Morris

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 50 Fit to Challenge – Training for March by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Healthy, Naturally Are You Ready for Your Baby? by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Food Intelligence: Sarah’s Journey by Tiffany Schedbesch, RD, BASc

BITS AND BYTES | 59 The Answer Guy – Bitcoins Part 1 of 2 by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger



EA Sports – Nordic Skiing by Erin Summers Never Have I Ever – Winter Wheezer by Jesse Bell Triathlon Challenge: Leaving Your Comfort Zone with Laura Bentley Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Admiring the Tracks on the Trail by Terry Nelson

COVER: There are moments where you find yourself lost in admiration for the mountains. A sunset ski tour is just one of those moments. Photo by Jesse Bell

Fix Trivia

THIS PAGE: Behind the scenes. Photo by Nick Nault


11th ANNUAL • February 24-25 2017

Fernie Community Centre

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 is stoked about the Stoke Fest lineup. Poke your stoke! PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional.


SAGE MCBRIDE is one of the lead vocalists in Fernie’s Stoke Folk band, Shred Kelly. As the band makes its way across Canadian provinces on its winter tour, Sage will be sharing stories “From the Road.”


CHRISTINA KETCHEN is a professional life coach, and a teacher of self love. Her coaching practice focuses on helping you uncover your best self that naturally lies within.


AHMED MUMENI is an engineer by day, and an avid traveler, photographer, and motorcyclist at other times. A recent transplant to Fernie, he enjoys capturing sounds and sights by camera, and preferably on two wheels.

Dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments and the passion and perseverance of global explorers


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, is now available! Tweet her @ShelbyCainWrote JAMES PEETERS is a 28-year-old photographer from Australia, looking forward to sharing with Fix readers some of the diverse new residents living in town this season. ERIN SUMMERS loves skiing, good times, watching sports (especially October baseball), t-shirts and to Giv’ Er! She has a slight obsession with trips, and is heading to Panama in February for some yoga, surf and her favourite good times! JESSE BELL puts on her running shoes and cross-country skis in preparation for the annual Tears and Gears Winter Wheezer event. You should too! FernieMountainFilmFestival Box 1770, 342 3rd Ave., Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0 •

MICAH MORRIS is back, but this time she’s navigating her last year of high school, contemplating what’s next, and taking us along for the ride.

SARAH INGRAM is hoping to see you trained and ready for the local races this year! If you need help developing a program individual to you, call 250-423-9167 or visit

The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network. TIFFANY SCHEBESCH is a registered dietitian and owner of Peak Nutrition Consulting located in Fernie, BC. With a basis in mindful and intuitive eating, she helps clients create lasting changes towards their nutrition goals. 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. ADAM K. MACDONALD has yet to meet someone else whose favourite colour is brown.

KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. YANN LORANGER from HappyCulture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie.

EDITOR’S FIX “Whatever you do be gentle with yourself. you don’t just live in this world or your home or your skin. you also live in someone’s eyes.” - Sanober Khan


ith the month of February, comes a time we are reminded to take notice of those we love. To show our appreciation, respect and admiration. But if we don’t show ourselves this same token of kindness and love, how can we project it into the life we live and into the lives of those around us? It’s been an interesting process, becoming a parent. The variations of ‘self ’ are continually evolving. The most obvious has been where our ‘self ’ has been placed on the priority list. At first, it can be rather shocking… going from first to last is tough! But as we get into the groove, we realize how fundamental it is to both you and the strength of the family unit to have your time and we find (or rather make) space for it. This growing pain is in constant flux, as suddenly everyone is vying for time and everyone’s time is important.Your partner needs time to nurture his or her self.You need time together to nurture the partnership.You need time as a family. And of course, your children need time… with each of you, on their own with each of you, on their own with just you, on their own together…

What has been surprising to me is how being a parent encourages self-awareness. Who you thought you were, who you want to be, who you are now. And in turn, how this can help with self-esteem. While it’s surprising at first, it actually makes sense. These two tiny and perfect humans look up to me and literally everything I say and do is setting an example … for now, anyway. Like most of us, I often get caught in a negative mental cycle, ruminating on something I shouldn’t have said or done, and being really hard on myself (that momma guilt!). But, working on mindfulness and meditation is training those frontal cortex muscles in my brain to interfere when my amygdala is over doing it. Basically, I’m working on being kinder and more loving towards myself*. Self-awareness and appreciation is not one of the lessons I imagined parenthood would teach me. But, it is one that I am grateful for as it has taught me to love others in a way I didn’t know was possible. And above all else, it is helping me to become a better parent to those two humans and their big, heart-melting and all absorbing eyes. Krista Turcasso Editor *I have been easing into meditation and mindfulness through an app called Headspace, which can take as little as ten minutes a day, and because it is accessible on your phone or iPad/ tablet, you can do it any time, anywhere.There is even a free ten-day trial available on their site,

FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 361A 1st 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.




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ince its doors opened in 2006, BARKSiDE Fernie has evolved into an essential stop amongst local and visiting animal lovers. In celebration of their ten-year anniversary, you are invited to stop by the 2nd Avenue location on February 25 for a Customer Appreciation Day, ending with a Whine and Cheese evening for human friends, from 6:30 - 8:30pm. As always, the staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding nutrition, training and ideas to keep your furry family members happy and healthy.  Being part of the community has always SUBMITTED PHOTO been a must for this “little” pet shop. What better way to do this than having a day dedicated to their beloved customers. BARKSiDE is dog and human friendly so be sure to visit and check out what treats and deals will be available. Not to mention possibly winning a year worth of kibble, with their “My Dog Loves” campaign.

Brecan Building Supplies Ltd. 13 Kutenai Road 778-519-1040


recan is pleased to announce the opening of its new, dedicated kitchen and bath showroom at 13 Kutenai Road (about 200m behind the Fernie Brewery). Brecan Interiors showcases a broad range of cabinets, counters, appliances, tile, plumbing fixtures and lighting to assist with any interior project. As a Castle Building Centre member, Brecan is able to offer all products for your home, from rebar to refrigerators, with leading brands such as Loewen windows, Merit Kitchens, Silestone counters, Delta and Kohler plumbing, Divine Flooring, Stone Tile, PPG Paints and Electrolux and Frigidaire appliances. Combining installation services and project coordination, Brecan is a one-stop-shop for interior projects.


They invite you to drop by to meet the knowledgeable and friendly staff, Darla, John and Hayley, or email info@brecan. com, or call for more details. Brecan, is a locally owned and operated Castle Building Centres store and is open 8:30am4:30pm daily, weekends or evenings by appointment. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Fernie Nordic Society



Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters


lk Valley Bighorn Outfitters is located 60 kms north of Elkford along the forest service road, just south of the Elk Lakes Provincial Park. This company has been in operation for over 30 years, and in the summer of 2016 changed ownership. EVBO specializes in summer horseback adventures, and operates in some of the most spectacular country in the Canadian

Fernie Mountain Film Festival


he 11th annual Fernie Mountain Film Festival is taking place at the Fernie Community Centre, this February 24-25. Doors open at 6pm for the popular Fernie Mounain Social - dinner and

Rockies. From their basecamp on the Elk River, EVBO’s string of mountain horses takes you into the backcountry. Their classic pack trip is four days, three nights, lodging in the scenic Westfork Valley. While in the mountains guests can fish for cutthroat trout in alpine lakes, view and photograph wildlife, hike, and relax. Trips can be shortened, or lengthened, and day rides are available. If you are interested in an adventure, and want to experience true wilderness, Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters has it! Contact Sam Medcalf at for more details, or visit their website. drinks before the films! The films begin each evening at 7pm, with this year’s features Mira and Shift. The Festival takes place Friday and Saturday night with a free kid’s Saturday matinee at 5pm and a number of exciting and diverse short films to round out the weekend. For those experienced or budding photographers, FMFF hosts a photo

n Feburary 11-12, the Fernie Nordic Society, in collaboration with Fernie Tears and Gears, is hosting “Fernie Nordic WinterFest,” an annual weekend that celebrates Nordic skiing in Fernie. Events are open to skiers of all levels, and each one offers a slightly different experience!

Help Fernie Nordic gain more club points by participating in the Teck Kootenay Cup race Saturday, February 11. This free technique race is open to all ages and skill levels, and takes place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. That evening, join the club for a “Full Moon Ski and Social” hosted at the Fernie Golf and Country Club. On Sunday February 12, participate in Fernie Tears and Gears’ Winter Wheezer, a unique duathlon that combines winter trail running with either fat biking or Nordic skiing, solo or on a team. To find out more and to register, visit FernieNordicSociety.   contest with this year’s theme, “What is Fernie Mountain Culture?” Photos can be voted for online until noon on February 12, 2017, and there is a $500 prize for the professional category and $250 for Amateur. For more information, visit the website or Facebook page at Fernie-mountain-filmfestival. FERNIEFIX.COM


Sunday, February 19th

Knox United Church - 202 2nd Ave. Doors open & dinner served 6pm | Concert 7pm $20 tickets at the Fernie Museum, online at Eventbrite and at the door. Kids under 12 are free. Add dinner (soup, buns and dessert) for only $10!

The best way to end a perfect, winter day! (Formally Alpine Spa and Leisure)


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Fernie Skating Club




he Fernie Skating Club is producing yet another fabulous ice show this year, February 17 and 18 at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

In the past, the club has focused on storybook themes. This year the producers are branching out with DreamSkate – An Interactive Ice Show. Based on the dreams of seven of the club’s skaters who are graduating from high school this year, it all begins at a slumber party where the girls fall asleep and each have a dream. Being an interactive show, the audience is asked to dress the part in pyjamas and to bring their favourite stuffy. There will be surprises in the audience, and you might want to bring your dancing shoes. The show includes the entire club and a lot of hours are spent preparing this event, including many volunteer. All money raised goes towards keeping the Skate Canada programming available to our community.

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ild Nature Tours is pleased to be offering its fun-for-all-ages Winter Snowshoe Safaris! Join naturalist Lee-Anne Walker as she guides you through Fernie’s snowiest places all while keeping you moving with colourful stories, interesting facts, fun experiences and most importantly, hot drinks and homemade snacks! There are three options for you to choose from – FAR Out (at Fernie Alpine Resort), Park Paradise (Mount Fernie Provincial Park) or Sleeping Bear (Island Lake Lodge). Tours range from two to six hours, are family-friendly and include snowshoe and pole rental.

Open daily

Wild Nature Tours is a program of Wildsight Elk Valley Branch, with the tour proceeds supporting local environmental education in the schools. FERNIEFIX.COM




Winter blues? You deserve to treat yourself. Visit the King Fir Spa located on mountain at the Timberline Lodges.

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Christina Ketchen Life Coach,


Beyond the Summit 250-946-6074


ounded in 2016, Beyond the Summit is a print and web design company that works with businesses of all sizes. Its aim is to create great style at the lowest price.

Beyond the Summit offers contemporary, engaging designs for a diverse range of businesses and industries, including, logos, posters, feature sheets, wedding invites and a wide range of marketing material. Along with graphic design, Beyond the Summit can create custom websites to suit any style or budget. A young company with fresh ideas and passionate about developing new, lasting and successful relationships with clients in Fernie, Beyond the Summit is reaching out to new clients and asking them to get in touch. To find out more, or to see samples of work they have done, you can email info@, call or visit the website.

hristina Ketchen is an exciting new life coach on the scene. She uses “exciting” because she tries to naturally see clients better than they see themselves with an honest, comforting yet pointed approach. Christina’s coaching practice focuses on the uncovering of your best self while guiding you through life shifts. As we all know, life shifts can be stressful, scary and outright daunting but what Christina can help you see during these shifts can be positively life altering.

conversation. Being a life coach is as natural to her as peanut butter is to bacon – they are perfectly well suited!

Christina has always been a trusted confidant, easy to talk to kind of girl. She is comfortable hanging out with emotions and adores eye-to-eye meaningful

You can get a better understanding on what kind of life coach she is by visiting her website, or contact her directly at

Evoke Spa 100 Riverside Way 250-423-9466


here’s an exciting new addition to the guest experience at the Stanford Resort! Evoke Spa is proud to announce its opening, offering massage and relaxation treatments to guests of the resort and local area. Incorporating warm bamboo into the personalized massage, and face and body treatments that contain naturally derived ingredients by the skincare line [comfort zone], their simplistic menu provides a unique escape within the wellness scene in Fernie.   Evoke Spa features two treatment rooms and offers availability on a “by appointment” basis. Looking for a massage after a fun day outdoors? Evening appointments are also available.  To book an appointment, visit their website at, or call the spa directly.



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We All Have Stories to Tell by PATTY VADNAIS


have found myself in the past month telling two different people at two different times the same story about a film I saw at the Banff film festival years ago. The film was about a woman who travelled solo, across the Atlantic Ocean, in a row boat. I remember being drawn into this woman’s story and feeling her pain as she rowed day after day, alone, in the vast ocean. I shared her joy when she passed a navy ship where sailors on the deck waved at her – the first humans she had seen in months. And, I was excited for her when she finally reached land. The part that has always stuck with me, and motivated me, was when she said “at times, to keep going, I would think about completing the next 20 strokes and that would keep me going, and sometimes it was ten, or five, and sometimes I would have to tell myself to complete one more stroke ... and then one more stroke.” Her telling how she broke this daunting task into small pieces has stuck with me. I have often used it to push through challenging tasks. It was a great story told well and it has motivated me for years. I admire people who can tell a great story. Story telling isn’t just useful for film festivals or campfires. Businesses are learning the value of storytelling. Inside the organization, we know that people are motivated more by understanding why an organization operates rather than by how it operates. Communicating your organization’s why or how it improves lives is more effectively communicated through stories. Telling a story about customer service from the point of view of an extremely satisfied or dissatisfied customer tells us so much more than “be nice, smile, and answer questions.” Telling a story allows people to empathize


with the pain or joy the customer experiences. The story should tie into the reality that is, while leading the employee to see what could be. It inspires. Businesses can use storytelling outside the organization as well. Character-driven stories with emotional content result in better understanding. The audience can recall key points weeks later when tied to a story (I remember the boat-rowing story years later). Think of the impact on your potential consumer when you drive home your product or service with a story. When working on your communications strategy be sure to include storytelling into your plans. Build an emotional story that the listener will remember. Use visual language and metaphors that create a mental picture for the audience. And don’t forget, it is not a story without a beginning, middle, and end.



Arts and Entertainment


Janet McIntyre There is a fluidness to metal. With hand tools, I become a shape shifter with loops and bends. The wire is the line by which I draw. Blending the hardness of metal with the soft edges of beads, feathers or water-worn glass inspires me to create unique earrings and necklaces. The patterns of movement from manipulating wire is my way of expressing my creativity. It is a very organic process. Pieces form as I pick up the objects or beads. No drawings are made before hand. They become tiny sculptures that are original and unique. Each individual piece is different. It’s a transformation process of raw material. It’s a passion I’ve pursued for many years. Wire wraps, loops and bends to forms shapes. My shapes resemble the roundness of a full moon on an evening ski, or the long straight lines of the tracks while snowshoeing. Triangles like the peaks and the slopes that envelop me are evident in my jewelry pieces. My first introduction to jewelry was at ACAD as a drawing major and sculpture minor. I took an elective in jewelry making. Studying at NAIT Interior Design Technology also built my foundation of the principles of design. There is an architectural slant in each of my pieces. My jewelry has ben exhibited at the Art Walk, The Gathering, shops in Fernie, personal and group shows. Most recently my work has been displayed at Hearth, which is a collaborative art show highlighting Fernie artists.

I am honoured when friends ask me to create a piece of jewelry for them. Their requests range from wired flowers to fish. I love the challenge of creating something personal. A specific piece that captures that person. Requests often lead to further inspiration. I am a great collector of pocket size treasures. Relationships are formed between my found treasures of shells, stones, animal teeth, quills, feathers and wood. I enjoy working with recycled beads. I also explore my love for typography, which I acquired while working in the sign industry in Calgary. I design greeting cards, logos and invitations. Manipulation of type and font on the computer allow me to alter the shapes. This parallels the fluidness of working with metal. The natural beauty of Fernie inspires me everyday. I love the rhythm of Fernie: the change of seasons, the variations of light, and the diverse outdoor activities. I marvel at the beauty and patterns in my environment. This natural landscape inspires me to seek new treasures on the valley floor and mountain ranges. I think about the forest, the vegetation and the people who have come and gone. The forces of nature have had a significant impact and continuously shape this valley. All of these environmental elements influence me as an artist. In Fernie I have found a diverse group of people. As I look through back issues of the Fix, I am humbled to be included in this thriving art community. Artists who have amazing dedication to their art and community. I am grateful for the artists who have encouraged me to create. FERNIEFIX.COM


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The Gifts of Imperfection Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life. By Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. by CHRISTINA KETCHEN


was well into a fantastic book for this review when I stumbled upon The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I cracked the spine and I couldn’t put it down from there. Now granted, I am a big fan of well-researched and passionate self-growth anything. But regardless, this 137-page book shares insights that are heartfelt, pointed and attainable.Yes, attainable. Brown has written a “how-to” actual guide to living a whole-hearted life. Brown’s book builds on her years of research in “Wholehearted Living” and shed a bright light onto how to live a more authentic, whole-hearted, self-loving life. Her perspective is refreshing, wide eye-opening and encouraging. And it leaves you seeing that joy can prevail, that self love is attainable, and that the road to compassion is where it’s at. The book’s subtitle “Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” is both a terrifying and exciting possibility that Brown simplifies and makes accessible. It’s very likely that we all have elements of ourselves and of our lives that we’d like to change and improve

upon. Living a whole-hearted life is about cultivating authenticity, self-compassion, gratitude and joy. Whole-hearted living also embraces creativity, play, and laughter. So far this wholehearted living thing sounds pretty tempting. As I read the book, it was very obvious that whole-hearted living takes mindful effort and is continual work. Being authentic is scary. There will be set backs. There will be moments when the quest for wholeheartedness leaves those around us unsure. But as Brown’s research indicates ...  self compassion breeds self compassion and being joyful is literally contagious. Essentially, the book calls on the old adage “you can’t love someone until you love yourself.” And as Brown says, “If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.” This sounds pretty basic and straight forward... but what does truly believing you are worthy look like? Living from a place of utter self love can be terrifying to many. But for those of you that are brave enough to be vulnerable you’ll want to read this book. The chapter on authenticity alone is unquestionably worthy of the time it takes to read it. The statement, “I think we should be born with a warning label similar to the ones that come on cigarette packages: Caution: If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” is a powerful one. The flip side of wholehearted living certainly doesn’t sound very appealing! Throughout the remainder of this wonderfully insightful, real book, Brown


defines courage, compassion, connection, love, belonging and authenticity. Her explanations of these commonly used terms are based partially on her research from over ten thousand collected stories. If you are struggling to find joy, love to embrace personal growth, are looking for love or simply want to better understand the over-used, but truly fantastic, word “authentic” then this book is a must read. Personally, it is a book that will remain on my night side table so that I can read these powerful chapters regularly. There are a lot of gems in this little book. Being true to ourselves is the best gift that we can give ourselves and our loved ones. Brown’s insightful findings and facts about human emotion are fascinating and positively life altering. And who doesn’t want to be surrounded by honest, compassionate connected relationships that leave us feeling joyful and loved?

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Band Parents by SAGE MCBRIDE


t was the summer of 2010. We had 40 shows booked across the country from BC to Newfoundland. We had a $2500 eight passenger van, six band members, two friends, camping gear, next to no money, and a whole lot of hope. In what felt like overnight, we had gone from a band that played locally at jam nights to a touring band. This was going to be the best summer of our lives. We had just recorded our first album and released it independently. Most of the venues that hired us had no idea what we sounded like because when I was booking the shows we only had recorded “Ghost Inside My Head” and “I Hate Work,” but they took a chance on us anyway. In 99% of the situations we were playing for the door. $5 a head, band keeps the money. On most nights we were lucky to make $300 to divide six ways. That summer we quickly realized that hotels were way out of our budget. I remember pulling into Saskatoon at 2am and driving to every hotel trying to find us a good deal. This was before the Internet existed on phones, so we had to go to every hotel to get a quote, before realizing that our home for the night would be a rest stop 15km away on the outskirts of town. $120/night for 50 - 60 days was not going to work. At that point, even campsites were considered a luxury. So if we could find a town park, lawn, rest stop, or open space underneath telephone wires, we would take it. We pretty much pitched a tent in any place where there was a bit of flat space to ensure that we could save our money for a loaf of bread, sandwich toppings, and gas for the following day. We quickly discovered the generosity of close friends, family, acquaintances and strangers, as we were welcomed into the homes of many for a place to


In what felt like overnight, we had gone from a band that played locally at jam nights to a touring band. This was going to be the best summer of our lives. spend the night and to have a meal. We started adopting band parents. People who extended their homes and their kindness to us, and offered us support and encouragement when we really, really needed it. Our biological parents, quickly became the extended parents of the rest of the band members. My mom’s cousin in Ottawa became our Ottawa mom. Our drummers dad’s friend, who he hadn’t seen since University in the ‘70s, and his wife became our Thunder Bay parents. Our acquaintances in St. Albert became our

St. Albert parents. The trend continued as we adopted a support system across the country. Because of the kindness of these people we were able to each walk out of the summer with $600 for two months of work. Most bands who tour for the first time end up completely broke, but we each had $600! We collectively considered the tour a success, and agreed to continue making music and touring across the country. Just recently we have started to tour in Germany. Again, we are building from the beginning and are very reliant on the generosity of strangers. Once again, we have been overwhelmed by how much people are willing to give. We have now adopted parents in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported us in any way over the past seven years. I can confidently say, that we owe everything to them. From the Road continued on next page FERNIEFIX.COM



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Top Five of 2016 by ANDREW VALLANCE


s a new year dawns, one cannot help but look at the past year with sadness as well as joy. Sadness that Donald Trump was elected to the post of President of the USA, and joy that there were so many good movies to distract us from this political low point. These are my Top Five Films of 2016. Not all of them are particularly uplifting, but they are all excellent pieces of cinema, and worth your attention. Doctor Strange Doctor Strange is the thrilling tale of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), sorcerer supreme, who is charged with defending the Universe against the forces of darkness, which in this case are represented by Mads Mikkelson, playing Kaecilius, a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to gain absolute power. This movie also features great performances by the always wonderful Chewitel Ejiofor and the great and highly understated Rachel McAdams. This is an excellent super hero movie and a fine movie generally. Two thumbs up. Highly recommended. Denial Based on the famous trial of Holocaustdenier David Irving, this excellent film centres on the tribulations of Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt, as she attempts to discredit Irving and disprove the falsehoods that many Nazi sympathizers use when

insisting that the Holocaust did not happen. It features Timothy Spall as Irving, Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, and Tom Wilkinson as the prosecutor. This is a wonderful film. Two thumbs up. Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea is the tale of a Boston handyman (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown after the untimely death of his brother to raise his troubled nephew while at the same time facing down his own personal demons. The movie also features Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, and Gretchen Moll, with a minor appearance by Matthew Broderick. The film deals with harsh subject matter but is definitely worth watching. Two thumbs up. Moonlight Moonlight is short fictional biographical sketch of a gay Miami drug dealer. It is split into three sections: his childhood, during which he was raised by a single, drug-addicted mother and a local gangster; his adolescence, which details the act of violence that introduced him to the prison system and a life of crime; and his


adulthood, which focuses on the type of man he has finally become. A lovely poignant film, and definitely worth a look. Rogue One The latest addition to the Star Wars Saga, Rogue One, with a ragtag band of spies, mercenaries and saboteurs whose job it is to steal the plans for the Death Star. This is a marvelously action-packed film with great performances from Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Forest Whittaker, Ben Mendellson and Alan Tudyk. It has excellent CGI, the use of which is truly inspired, with fast paced and exciting combat sequences, and the film uses Darth Vader, dark lord of the Seth to wonderful effect. The final action sequence in the film features him and he is truly something to behold. The story line of the film comes directly before that told in the first Star Wars movie A New Hope, which was released in 1977. Whether you are a hardcore fan or a newcomer to the Star Wars franchise, this movie is certainly worth seeing in a theatre with a huge screen.



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Can you Say Stoked? by CAROLYN NIKODYM


couple of years ago, I happened upon a Tumblr created by an anonymous music writer called “Why I deleted your band’s promo.” As a music writer, I read it with a chuckle. So many bands are the “most unique thing you’ve ever heard!!!!” I know that defining music with words is difficult, but I also know that music writers can be a disillusioned bunch, mostly because they are inundated with more poorly rendered music than there has been cold this winter. Music writers simply don’t have the time to give a good, honest listen to all of the music that comes in, so, perhaps unfairly, a band’s promo

...we, in Fernie, know that stoke folk can only mean one thing: our homegrown and rowdy live act, Shred Kelly. And we love them. can be even more important than the music itself for newer acts. Back to the Tumblr, though, I got a jolt when the quoted – and therefore deleted – promo was “stoke folk.” Because we, in Fernie, know that stoke folk can only mean one thing: our homegrown and rowdy live act, Shred Kelly. And we love them.We share them on Facebook and populate their shows because we know that we’re in for a sweaty good time.

At the end of my interview with vocalist and keyboardist Sage McBride, we commiserate on how hard it is to define a band’s music. Shred Kelly – is it folk? Is it indie? Many bands don’t fit neatly into any one genre these days.The five members of Shred Kelly all have varying musical tastes and come to the jam space with different influences – which is likely the secret to their appeal, which crosses genres and generations. Currently working on their fourth album – due out late 2017 or early 2018 – Shred Kelly has a pretty easy recipe for writing and releasing songs. “We know that if five of us with very different musical tastes are all into this, then it’s a for sure,” McBride explains. “Whereas there might be some songs where three of us are, like, I really dig it and two people are

meh, it’s okay, then that’s not our best and it’s an if.” For album number four, Shred Kelly (rounded out by Tim Newton, Ian Page Shiner, Jordan Vlasschart and Ty West) is working with producer Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother,Tegan and Sara, Said The Whale) and it’s an opportunity they are enjoying. And McBride, passionate about singing, is excited to be working with a producer known for really working the vocals.


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“You just kind of do what you do,” she says, “So it’ll be really neat to work with someone who’ll say, I think you can do better, or can you try to this instead.” Another unexpected thing I came across from cynical music writers was their surprise about, “banjo and synth? That should not work! But somehow it does!”We, in Fernie, all be saying, “duh!” “I guess for us, we did it, and we just kept on doing it,” McBride says. “I guess with the synth, it gives it more of that energy, with the live thing that we have going for us. So I guess when people hear a recording and they haven’t seen us perform live, they’re like, what?! Why did that work together? Whereas if you’ve seen us live, you’re like, that totally makes sense.You see how it all goes together.”

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Shred Kelly is part of a stellar lineup of acts set to play the community centre for the annual Fernie Stoke Fest, hosted by Fernie Trails Alliance. It’s bigger and better this year, with two nights and an early evening all-ages show. Local act Red Girl, Edmonton’s the Wet Secrets and Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin will have you dancing on Friday night. Shred Kelly and Fred Penner will delight families early Saturday evening. Saturday night will feature Penner and Shred Kelly, as well as Topo and Moontricks. Let’s show those crotchety music writers how we do it in Fernie – shred all day and stoke folk all night. Fernie Stoke Fest is at the Fernie Community Centre Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18. For more info on times and tickets, visit FERNIEFIX.COM


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Jeff Demaniuk by KRISTA TURCASSO


n September of 2013 I sat down with Gord Demaniuk at the Fernie Brewing Company. As Brew Master, he was our feature in the upcoming Food and Beverage section of the Winter Guide and for good reason. Gord was a huge force at FBC during a time that saw production increase by 2.5 times and popularity by at least as much. Nearly three years to the day of our meeting, we were saddened to learn that Gord passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. I was grateful for our time together, during which his eyes lit

up while speaking of his two sons who also found themselves working in the same industry as their dad. It came to no surprise to learn that his eldest son, Jeff decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps as Head Brewer at Fernie Brewing Company. Gord’s passion for brewing and all things FBC, and his love for the community of Fernie was very infectious, and upon meeting Jeff, I was immediately struck by a similar constitution. Gord’s profession had the family moving around a lot, living in Edmonton, Prince Albert, Canmore and then Strathmore. Both Jeff and his brother were both exposed to his dad’s profession and love for the science behind making great beer, but neither actively pursued it as a career. Jeff

decided to attend the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and completed a degree in Biology followed by a degree in Education with the goal to become a science teacher. Even though Jeff had dabbled in the brewing world at a young age, running around Molson Brewery in Edmonton where his dad was working, and then officially at his first job at Big Rock in high school, he didn’t realize it was his calling until he was in Victoria where he began working at Phillip’s Brewery. He was at this brewery for two and a half years before he moved back to Calgary in 2014, first working at Village Brewery and then Trolley 5 leading up to its opening for Stampede in 2016.

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Jeff had first visited Fernie in 2002 on a ski trip with his dad, but it wasn’t until he moved back to Calgary that he began visiting Fernie regularly to spend time with his parents and saw what a great community Fernie was, with more going on than he had first realized. As his dad’s battle was nearing its end, Jeff admits that seeing the position advertised was tough. When he applied for the position, both he and Gord hoped that they would be working together for a bit. But it was not in the cards. “It is bittersweet. We both knew the situation and circumstances. It’s been really good, he was really proud of the brewery and I am happy to follow in his footsteps and to continue his legacy. It’s been great to see how the people he trained and worked with loved and respected him, and the Pask family has been great to work with,” says Jeff. And while he admits to some challenges, like seeing his dad’s handwriting on things he is working on, he admits that it has been a lot easier to go through the loss here in Fernie and at Fernie Brewing Company, two places Gord considered home.

look forward to creating new seasonals and to introducing a pilot system with the brewers. “The pilot system will allow the brewers to get involved and be creative, playing around with twenty litre batches,” he says.

only downhill, but cross country and snow shoeing too. I’ve always been a winter person, it’s one of the reasons I left Victoria.

Having recently completed a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK, a “pretty old and prestigious school,” an extensive background in the industry, and a passion for science and making beer passed on from his dad, Jeff is definitely a great fit at FBC and with our community. Head on down to the brewery, give Jeff a big Fernie welcome, and while there, you might as well enjoy the Cheers to Charity flight of beer, choosing four of the eight beer on tap for $5 which goes directly to a worthy organization!

I’m pretty happy with the way that it is right now. I wouldn’t want it to get too big – it’s nice being quiet and busy at the same time. A small town with a lot of interesting things happening.

1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here? The first time I visited was in 2002 for a ski day, then for a weekend in 2007. We moved here December 13, 2016 and a job at the brewery brought me here.

8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? Once I get to work, I go around, and taste any of the beers that are being packaged that day and do a bunch of quality control. That’s how I get to start my weekdays! 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. I guess a lot of people don’t know I was in school to become a teacher. 10. Quote to live by: If you will it, it is no dream ~ Theodor Herzl

2. Where did you first live in town?

Having moved around a lot his entire life, Jeff is looking forward to staying put for a while and to becoming a part of the community alongside his wife Erin, who is currently in school to become a Recreation Therapist. Even though they have been here a short time, they are quickly becoming a part of the community.

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“It seems as though everyone at the brewery is really well connected… everybody in town knows somebody who works at the brewery. And then my mom knows a lot of people! It will take time, but we look forward to enjoying winter and summer activities, and to getting involved with organizations like Fernie Friends for Friends and Erin with the Seniors Centre.”

4. What keeps you in Fernie?

Jeff has quickly become a member of the FBC family, and when asked about making any changes he is quick to say his dad’s recipes are pretty spot-on, so only “the odd tweak” here and there. He does, however

7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?

3. What was your first impression? I love the town, everyone is so nice. It’s a quiet small town but there is still a lot going on. Nice restaurants and pubs, cafés, and obviously the ski hill is amazing.

Well, I just got here but love it so far. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? I would have to say, the few times that I went skiing with my dad out here, and going out to the Northern or Yamagoya with my parents afterwards. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? Winter, because of skiing for sure. Not FERNIEFIX.COM


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Favourite Colours by ADAM K MACDONALD


y wife and I have similar values and different personalities. When I found out the theme for this month was Admiration, I knew I wanted to write about her.Yes, we have similar values; we both enjoy the outdoors and family is paramount to both of us. These similarities make us work well together, and our differences keep our lives interesting.

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My wife has a zest for life. While I often default to being practical, she is amazing at saying a loud YES to adventure. I think our personalities are summed up by our favourite colours: hers is a bright and fun aquamarine turquoise ... and mine is brown. She makes the most of events like birthdays, holidays, and even big sporting events. If people were punctuation marks, she would be an exclamation point. Sometimes she is so busy accomplishing things that she fails to see just how much she accomplishes. She loves to travel and to try new things, whether it be a new hobby or a new food. She fills each day. I know we all have twenty-four hours in each of our days, but she fits more life into those hours than most people. My own life is fuller because I often join her on her adventures. Sometimes, I even say yes to more adventures of my own because of the inspiration she provides. She is an amazing friend. She really is my best friend, but she is also the person who keeps so many other great friends in my life. I think of friendship as a spectrum, where we need to choose between quantity and quality. She achieves both. We have a lot of amazing people in our lives and I know it is because of the time and effort and care she puts into friendships. Again, I get to reap the benefits. When we travelled across Canada, I was amazed at how many good friends we met up with


My wife and I have similar values and different personalities...[The] similarities make us work well together, and our differences keep our lives interesting. along the way. One of those great people lived in Fernie and we stopped to visit her and her husband (another great person). That visit was ten years ago, and we still live here, making Fernie home for us, and now for both of our kids. One of the coolest experiences of my life has been watching my partner become a mother. She is a master. I watch her reflect on her choices (and sometimes get overwhelmed). I watch her be so giving and forgiving. I watch her work hard to be a good role model and to still work at having a life of her own. I know she sets the bar high for herself, and I know she suffers from “mama-guilt” sometimes. I sometimes wish she would take it easier on herself, but I also know that I could not imagine or dream of a better mother for our kids. Our lives are not perfect. Sometimes, mama-guilt takes over; sometimes, I want quiet time when she wants adventure. But I know that we are great together. I admire her. Our differences enhance my life. I have more life in my days, I am surrounded by wonderful people, and I am inspired to be a great husband and a great dad. To my wife – may you have a wonderful February, and I hope you enjoy our life together as much as I do – from your notso-secret-admirer.



February 2017 MONTHLY EVENTS


WEDNESDAY 1.2.2017

Al Barrett @ The Rusty Edge, 4pm

TUESDAY 21.2.2017

Stitch and Bitch @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am. Drop in the first Wednesday of each month – use the back door! Seniors Storytime @ Tom Uphill Manor with IDES Kindergarten Class, 1:30pm

SUNDAY 12.2.2017

Cooking Class: Making Pasta @ Infinitea, 6-9pm. $35

THURSDAY 2.2.2017 Thursday Evening Social: Beyond Monopoly @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-7:30pm. Beateau Night with Spa 901 @ infinite, 6-9pm. $10 massages and manicures Monster Energy Presents 7” Of Pleasure @ The Northern, 10pm. The fifth annual event includes Mat the Alien, Vinyl Ritchie, DJ Pump, and DJ illo on vinyl 45s all night, powered by PK Sound. DJ Cona and PJ opening. $10 at the door.

THURSDAY 2.2.2017 – SUNDAY 5.2.2017 Teaching Yoga Nidra: A Journey Within @ Essential Yoga Studio, advanced teacher training. $525

FRIDAY 3.2.2017 Karl Schomann and Friends Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Wooden Horsemen @ The Northern

SATURDAY 4.2.2017 Ukulele 101 Workshop @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30pm All Around Colouring @ Fernie Heritage Library, BYO colouring book or use one of theirs, pencil crayons provided. 3:30-4:30pm Jay Burns Live @ The Rusty Edge, 4pm Mitch Belot @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Creston Valley Thunder Cats @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm DJ PJ @ The Northern

SUNDAY 5.2.2017 Mitch Belot @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm Tyler and Kinjo @ The Rusty Edge, 4pm Indie Films Fernie: The Dressmaker @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm. Super Bowl 51 @ The Fernie Hotel and Pub, 4:30pm

MONDAY 6.2.2017 Screenagers – the Movie @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm – 6:15pm. Hosted by the Fernie Heritage Library, in partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and the Vogue Theatre. A documentary that takes a look at how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to find balance. Free event. Movie Night: Man on Wire @ Infinitea, 7pm

WEDNESDAY 8.2.2017 Seniors Storytime @ Rocky Mountain Village, 1:15pm with Creative Minds Preschool. Essential Oils Workshop @ Infinitea, 6-7:30pm. Learn about the best oils for skiers and boarders.

Thursday 9.2.2017 Beers and Queers @ The Valley Social, 7:30pm. Hosted by the Fernie Pride Society, this is a monthly social event for the LGBTQ community. Coffee is free, cash bar.

FRIDAY 10.2.2017 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Spokane Braves @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Taj Weeks @ The Northern, NYC Reggae

FRIDAY 10.2.2017 – SUNDAY 12.2.2017 Jeep Junior Freeski @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Competitors aged 7-18 display their skills on natural terrain while being judged in five categories – line, control, fluidity, technique and style.

SATURDAY 11.2.2017 Winterfest: Teck Kootenay Cup & Nordic Race @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 11am Winterfest: Evening Nordic Ski Social @ Fernie Golf & Country Club and Clubhouse, 6pm. Fernie Ghostriders vs. Nelson Leafs @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm 6th Annual Valentine’s Wet Tee Contest @ The Northern

Winterfest: the Annual Winter Wheezer @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 10am. A mountain duathlon including a trail run and your choice of Nordic skiing or snowbike. Porn and Chicken Special @ The Royal, Trap /D’n’B/Booty/Dub

MONDAY 13.2.2017 Movie Night: Keep on Keepin On @ Infinitea, 7pm TUESDAY 14.2.2017 “I Got You Babe” Storytime and Sweets Potluck Party @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11-12:30pm. They provide the stories, songs and soups. You bring cute babies, toddlers and family with a sweet treat to share. Three Course Valentine’s Dinner Special @ Max Restaurant

WEDNESDAY 15.2.2017 Banter, Business, and Beer @ Sterling Detailing. A Fernie Chamber of Commerce event.

THURSDAY 16.2.2017 Pizza League for Ages 13+ @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6-7pm drop in for pizza and discussion. Beateau Night with Spa 901 @ Infinitea, 6-9pm. $10 massages and manicures Tom Green’s Snow Jam Comedy & Hip Hop Tour @ The Northern, 9pm. Join this well-known Canadian comedian and his multi-media snowboard comedy hip-hop jam with special guests DJ Vinyl Richie and comedian Patrick Coppolino. Craig Cardiff in Concert @ The Arts Station, 8pm. Folk singerguitarist.

FRIDAY 17.2.2017 Griz Kids AB Family Day Weekend Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Heritage Library: Lunch and Learn Series @ Fernie Senior Citizens Centre, 12-1pm. This month’s theme: The Morrissey Internment Camp. Tickets available at Fernie Ghostriders vs. Golden Rockets @ Sparwood Arena, 7:30pm Due Clause Trio @ The Northern

FRIDAY 17.2.2017 – SATURDAY 18.2.2017 Fernie Stoke Fest @ The Fernie Community Centre. Hosted by the Fernie Trails Alliance, this weekend music festival features headliners Delhi 2 Dublin and Shred Kelly, along with Fred Penner for an all ages show. Fernie Skating Carnival @ Fernie Memorial Arena

SATURDAY 18.2.2017 Griz Kids AB Family Day Weekend Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort, All Around Colouring @ Fernie Heritage Library, BYO colouring book or use one of theirs, pencil crayons provided. 3:30-4:30pm Snow Drags @ 1800 Railway Ave, $10. Hosted by the Fernie Snowmobile Association, $10 entry, races start at noon. Racers can register from 8:30-11:30am, for $20 per class plus $20 insurance. Visit for more details. Rough Cut Live @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm The Frontiers @ The Rusty Edge, 4pm. Dre Day 2017 @ The Northern

SUNDAY 19.2.2017 Griz Kids AB Family Day Weekend Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort, Rough Cut Live @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Beavers Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm West My Friend @ Knox United Church. $20 tickets at the Fernie Museum, online at Eventbrite and at the door. Dinner ($10) at 6pm, concert at 7pm.

MONDAY 20.2.2017 Little Critter Nordic Race #3 @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 5pm. For kids 12 and under, a fun event where kids’ names are put into draw for each lap they complete of a set loop. Movie Night: Born to Be Wild @ Infinitea, 5pm Wildsight Wildideas @ Infinitea, 7pm

WEDNESDAY 22.2.2017 Walkie Talkie: Wild by Cheryl Strayed @ Fernie Heritage

Library, meet at the steps at 10am. Read it First Book/Movie Club: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell @ Fernie Heritage Library, movie screening with popcorn. 3:30-5pm ages 9+ Essential Oils Workshop: Essential Oils 101 @ Infinitea, 6-7:30pm

WEDNESDAY 22.2.2017 – SUNDAY 26.2.2017 Advanced Teacher Training Immersion: Chanting, Mantra and Sacred Sound with Prashant Michael John $1095 @ Essential Yoga Studio

THURSDAY 23.2.2017 Brun N Mahn Dueling Pianos @ The Northern

FRIDAY 24.2.2017 Tea and Talk Book Club: Daredevils by Shawn Vestal @ Fernie

Heritage Library, 1:30pm Fun Friday: Diary of a Wimpy Kid day @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-2:30pm ages 7+ Steve & Ginie Jackson Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Audio Rocketry with Worst Days Down @ The Northern, Edmonton Rock N Roll

FRIDAY 24.2.2017 – SATURDAY 25.2.2017 Fernie Mountain Film Festival @ Fernie Community Centre. Two nights celebrating mountain culture with a selection of short films and two feature films both evenings. Also includes the Mountain Social at 6pm, with drinks and food available, and a free kid’s matinee on Saturday.

SATURDAY 25.2.2017 New Soul Duo Live @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm Dan Kirby & Co @ The Rusty Edge, 4pm The Raygun Cowboys @ The Northern, Montreal Rockabilly

SUNDAY 26.2.2017 New Soul Duo Live @ The Griz Bar, 3-6pm

Monday 27.2.2017 Movie Night: Cowspiracy @ Infinitea, 7pm

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INDIE FILM IFF: The Dressmaker @ the Vogue. Sunday February 5, 5pm

CONCERT Ben Proulx Comedy Show @ the Station. Thursday February 9, 8pm. Ben Proulx has entertained audiences across North America with his raw, “say it as it is” style. He has been featured on CBC television and radio, and has performed at such international festivals as the Las Vegas World Series of Comedy, the Edmonton Comedy Festival, Calgary Comedy Festival, Okanagan Comedy Festival, and in a number of Just For Laughs showcases, as well as having performed for the Canadian troops. You can look for him in the upcoming season of the sketch-comedy show Caution: May Contain Nuts. Craig Cardiff @ the Station. Thursday February 16, 8pm

OPERA Opera Screening: Tristan und Isolde By Richard Wagner @ the Station. Friday February 10, 7pm


Lindsay Vallance. Until February 21 Gallery Opening: Brina Schenk and Michelle Gallaway. Thursday February 23, 7pm


February 2017 WEEKLY EVENTS

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Pair it up Appies @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel Free Movie and Popcorn and $6 meals @ Infinitea, 7pm Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) $5.25 @ The Pub Bar & Grill Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool and $4.50 Spice Rum @ The Royal Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Local’s Burger and Beer Day, $12 @ Rusty Edge $10 house-smoked wings and a draft beer @ The Loaf TUESDAYS Gourmet Pasta $11.99 @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures 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 Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Jameson Shotgon Karaoke @ The Royal Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing

Company, 10am – 6pm Closed @ Infinitea, available for private functions Za Day @ Rusty Edge, buy one pizza and get second half price Tasting Night @ The Loaf. A four course tasting menu paired with wines for $40 Pasta & Wine Special @ Cirque Restaurant, enjoy the chef’s feature pasta and a glass of wine for $20 WEDNESDAYS Wings 50% Off Single Order @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Build Your Own Poutine @ The Pub Bar & Grill Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal, with PBR and Old Mill specials. Wing Day, Pound of Wings for $12 @ Rusty Edge Margherita pizza and two glasses of wine for $20 @ The Loaf 1/2 Price Icebar @ Cirque Restaurant. Try three of their favourite vodkas for $25 THURSDAYS Large Pizza for Price of Medium @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre, 6pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church, 9:30am-12pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm •Chess Group @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for Grades 5-7. •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Senior Lane/Tot Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 1-3pm •Lane Swim@ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Knits, Knots & Yarns @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm, ages 8+. •Kids Coding Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm, 8+. Registration required.

Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern Espresso Martini specials @ Infinitea Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill Blitzkrieg Day @ Rusty Edge, bratwurst & Stiegl pint $14 Naturalist/Jenn Frost Jam @ The Royal, alternate weeks Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/person. Children 50% off, tots free. $1.50 Oysters, $5 Prosecco and $5 Kokanee @ Cirque Restaurant Fatbike Ride and Dinner @ Cirque Restaurant, leaves at 4:30pm every week. FRIDAYS Cactus Cut Nachos $12.50 @ Boston Pizza Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips @ The Pub Bar & Grill $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/person. Children 50% off, tots free. Live music from 6-9pm @ The Loaf

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Kids Programming

WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Unplugged @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Parent and Tot @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Skate & Shoot @ Memorial Arena, 11:45-1pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide@ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Read it First Book/Movie Club @ Library, 3:45-4:45pm for ages 10+. THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •Pickleball @ Fernie Community Centre, 10-11:30am •Yoga @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 11:30am •Line Dancing @ Fernie Seniors Centre, 7pm every second week •Seniors Drop in Library Club @ Rocky Mountain Village Upstairs Lounge, 11am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday.


SATURDAYS Desserts $2 off @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie Live bands and DJs@ The Royal $6 Glasses of Wine@ Infinitea Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Store and Tasting Room Open @ Fernie Brewing Company, 10am – 6pm Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/person. Children 50% off, tots free. Talk like a Pirate Day @ Rusty Edge, Fish n Chips for $13 SUNDAYS $4.99 Kids Meals @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 Roast, 6-9pm @ Infinitea CLOSED (available for special events/private parties) @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ The Pub Bar & Grill Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Winter Lunch and Spa @ Island Lake Lodge, $69/person. Children 50% off, tots free. Fernie Friendship Club @ The Royal, games prizes and great music. Sunday Roast @ Rusty Edge, Feature Roast Dinner for $18 after 5pm Roast dinner, family-style from 3-10pm @ The Loaf. $15 adults, $7.50 for kids


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••Lego Club @ Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 7+, must register •Adult Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 8:45am-10:15am •Free Admission Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, 10:30-11:15am •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Classic Ski Lessons with Ange @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 7-8:30pm •Provincial Park Paradise Snowshoe Safari with Wild Nature Tours @ Mount Fernie Provincial Park, 9am FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm ••Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Library, first Friday of the month. •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •AFRoS @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10-11am. Sing and play in French. •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 12-12:45pm (No School Fridays) •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 7:15-8:15pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm and 3pm – 8pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6:30-8pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 4-6pm •Active Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Gentle Fit @ Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am SATURDAYS •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 2-3:45pm •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 7-8:15pm •Public Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-2pm and 4-6pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 1-5pm •Inflatable Toy Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 2-4pm •Prenatal Yoga @ Essential Yoga, 11:30am-12:30pm SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm •Public Skating @ Memorial Arena, 2:15-3:30pm •Public and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 12-6pm •Water Slide @ Aquatic Centre, 1-5pm



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The Girls by SHELBY CAIN


his one’s for the girls. Surprisingly, not my daughters, who normally receive my wordy spotlight. Not today. Today I’m writing about the women in my life. The stoic warriors masquerading as mothers, friends, sisters, and wives. Patient and devoted soldiers of emotion, battling in the trenches to safeguard their own. Today, I salute you. I have the best mother a girl could ask for. A woman who has managed to fill every role I’ve required of her. Believe me, this was asking a lot. But like a pliable superwoman she has managed to do it. When I’m around her I feel satiated. But when I’m alone I crave more. Friends have always been a very important part of my life. I wasn’t lucky enough to have any sisters, so I have enlisted surrogates. I’m a girl’s girl. And in my opinion, women need the company of other women. I am in heaven when I’m sitting at a table laden with wine glasses and nachos, surrounded by beloved and trusted women, giggling too loudly. I need it. I’m desperately lonely without it. Throughout my life, I’ve had many special women as friends. Some I could never have imagined living without. But I have. I do. Because I’ve changed. Geographically or emotionally or spiritually or in ways I still can’t recognize. I changed. Or maybe we both did. But as I look back now, with age providing the clarity to see the situations for what they were, it all seems to make sense. As we ebb and flow though our lives we tend to be drawn to the people we need at the time. People who make up for some gaping hole we just can’t fill on our own. If you reflect on the significant people who have come and gone throughout your years you may find a pattern. Certain traits and personalities of the people you spent time with surface at different periods in your life. Fun and


wild, when you were feeling adventurous. Straight shooter, when you thought you were crazy. Supportive, when you were about to lose it. Able to do hair, when you had bad hair.

only a smidge together, which allowed other issues to sneak in and raise their ugly heads? I’m not sure. But to quote the legendary Miss. O – “This is what I know for sure.”

When I look around me now, at the remarkable women I speak to on a daily basis, something becomes abundantly clear to me. I can now see past simply admiring your new jeans or your flawless eyeliner. I can now appreciate and admire what’s inside. Because here’s something no one seems to mention about getting a little older. We are all at war. We are all in the fight of our forties. It isn’t easy. Everyone I know is battling something they never thought they’d be battling. And I’m not talking about wrinkles. For some reason this time in our lives, a time when our kids are a little older and maybe all in school and things are maybe supposed to be status quo for a while, this seems to be the time we’re all getting sucker punched. Did we let our guards down? Did we just finally appear like we had it together, if

I know for sure that the women I see fighting for their mental health, physical health, relationships, children, or even their own self-respect, are fighting like hell. I know for sure that when you tell me your stories I listen with my whole heart, I carry them with me, and I cheer for you to conquer your demons. I know for sure you do the same for me. And I know that we all need each other. We have to take turns in the roles, and remember there is something to be admired in them all. When it is your turn to need me, I will admire your honesty and your humbleness and your willingness to admit you’re not perfect. None of us are. When it is your turn to be needed, I will admire your strength and supportiveness and ability to make me feel loved. Then let’s go admire a glass of wine and some nachos. FERNIEFIX.COM


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Rachel Beattie

going to Fernie so we decided to hit the road and see what the town was all about!


What do you do for employment?


achel Beattie is a 24-year-old female from Auckland, New Zealand. Before arriving in Fernie, Rachel spent roughly two months travelling and exploring beautiful British Colombia and parts of Alberta. She has now been residing in Fernie since October 2016.

I work at Fernie Alpine Resort as a lift operator. I’m predominantly based at Polar Peak, which is really cool because the views from up there are incredible, especially in the morning when the sun is rising.

How did you hear about Fernie?

How did you find the process of finding a job in such a small town like Fernie?

My friends and I were travelling around in the motor home initially with the plan to live in Revelstoke. However, we found out they have a bit of a housing crisis so that plan went out the window. A Kiwi friend of mine just so happened to mention she was

We thought it might be difficult because we had no idea what to expect. My friends and I decided to go to the job fair on the hill the day after we arrived and luckily we all got jobs! So all in all I guess it was pretty easy, or maybe we were just lucky!

Ski or Snowboard? I love to ski. I was actually a ski racer back home for ten years and competed nationally for Mt. Ruapehu. I’ve met a lot of New Zealanders who have migrated to Fernie because of the great skiing conditions. What do you hope to achieve with your time in Fernie? I came to not work in an office and to appreciate the outdoors more. I really enjoy working outside as I was previously a sea kayak instructor, so the lifestyle of Fernie really suits me. I would also like to improve my skills skiing in powder and through trees as we don’t get any of those conditions back home.

Do you have a favourite place in town and why?

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My favourite place would probably have to be the hill because I love skiing and am there so often. The hill is completely different to our mountains back home so it’s really nice to experience new terrain. I’m also a bit of a sucker for jam night at The Elk. It doesn’t help that it lands on my first day off!

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What has been your favourite experience in Fernie so far?

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I would have to say walking to Island Lake Lodge was a definite highlight. It took roughly two hours and was beautiful to see the Lake when we arrived. In general it was really nice trekking through the snow and the trees. We rewarded ourselves that evening by going to the Mogul Smoker, which was another highlight in itself.

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Legacy of the Mountains by MICAH MORRIS


y great grandpa would not allow my sister and I to call him great grandpa, because he said it made him feel old. We had to call him Tom, just as every one else did. He passed away last year at the age of 88, but he used to say, “You are only as old as you feel.” As I think back to this and try to remember why this had such a strong impact on me, I realize that even while he was in his later years, he was truly only as old as he felt. He had the lifestyle of a much younger man; he was one of the smartest people that I have had the pleasure and honour of knowing, he took his dogs for a walk every day, and he was a season’s pass holder at the ski hill until he was 87 years old. He loved being outdoors, living and playing in the mountains on a daily basis. I had great admiration for him and most of all for his love of life. His mind set is one that I aspire to have. So many incredible people like Tom and another local legend, Heiko Socher, have left many of us in this community with their legacy – a passion and love for the mountains to be enjoyed at any age. Their passion for the mountains touched everyone in our community in one way or another even if you never met them personally. Their history has, and will continue to inspire, making the mountains that much more special for me and so many others here in Fernie. I’m grateful for their inspiration and that I have the mountains right in my own backyard. They have, over the years, supplied me with endless hours of entertainment and excitement, they have been a place of escape in my hectic life, and they have been a place of meditative fulfillment. The mountains have and will always be a major part of my life thanks in large part to the inspiration of Tom and Heiko.


I admire the mountains for everything that they are and for everything that they are not. Their eerie beauty has captivated me; I have found I am unable to compare them to anything else. My desire to learn and experience more has taught me that in all mountain adventures there is an element of risk, and this continues to leave me in a state of epic curiosity and occasionally fear. This season has taught me a lot about what it means to have people in my life that are like-minded and motivated. Without these people I am unsure I would have done as much exploring and learned as much about personal boundaries and comfort levels as I have. Recently I was debating with a friend about what we we enjoyed more – peaking out on top of a ridge somewhere in the silence (or the deafening sound of the wind) with nothing but miles of mountains and sky, or the feeling that you get, what I learned to call the “skiers high” at the end of the day when you’re tired, accomplished, and satisfied. Our conclusion was that maybe these moments are equally as rewarding only in different ways. What is clear is that the mountains are a place that give anyone who is willing a chance to live their life to the fullest at every age!




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Nordic Skiing by ERIN SUMMERS


ernie Nordic Racers focus on respect, teamwork, participation and FUN in Fernie. There is no shortage of sports, activities, events, and athletes in the Elk Valley. It is not uncommon to see athletes of every age participating and competing in multiple races and competitions throughout all of our four seasons. This winter we thought we would highlight some of our local sports teams and organizations. Known as the “Sport for Life,” Nordic skiing is an excellent sport or activity for any age or ability. With the addition of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and the Montane trails in recent years along with golf course trails, Island Lake, Fernie Alpine Resort and even skiing the dyke to your friend’s house for beers mid-winter; Fernie offers a plethora of cross-country ski terrain. The Fernie Nordic Society has done an excellent job growing the sport here in Fernie and for the past three seasons the Fernie Nordic Racers have amplified their training and racing through a very inclusive and supportive club, focusing on participation, fun and being part of a team. Head coach Jeff Williams and assistant coach Naomi Lentz, along with other volunteer coaches and parent volunteer wax technicians, have a group of 22 youth ranging from nine to16 years of age that train together and participate in the Teck Kootenay Cup race series throughout the winter. The team starts dryland training in September. Rollerskiing, running and working on strength and fitness at CrossFit Fernie to prepare for the season. During the winter months they train Tuesday and Fridays for one hour after school, and two hours on Saturday, with some of the older athletes continuing training on Sundays. Their main goal is to establish a healthy, nurturing, competitive environment. While they focus on skill development and growth,


the team also puts a strong emphasis on promoting values such as tolerance, fairness and responsibility.The Fernie Nordic Racers are in their third season and they have seen the group grow from seven kids to the 22 they have today. They are also the current two-time Teck Kootenay Cup Champions. This race series consists of approximately five race events across the Kootenay region. Our Fernie Nordic Racers will have been in Kimberley January 14 and 15 as well as Invermere on January 28. The Fernie Nordic Society is hosting Kootenay Cup #4 in Fernie on February 11. This will be held in conjunction with their Winterfest. Visit for more information.

FNR head coach Williams has also recently started up Thunder Bear Nordic. His business offers waxing for both classic and skate skis as well as high quality poles from KV+ and Nordic accessories. Williams also offers clinics and private and group lessons. Check out Thunder Bear Nordic Facebook page and message for more information. While there are many sports, programs and activities in our valley, those involved in Nordic skiing and a part of the Fernie Nordic Racers know they are involved in a lifelong sport that offers a fun and healthy environment.



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Winter Wheezer by JESSE BELL


come flying around the corner of the groomed trail and prepare for the downhill turn. I make my slender, awkward cross-country skis look glorious and begin to soar like a stoic eagle down and around, winning the race and annhialating my opponents. I’m just kidding; I look like a flailing porpoise on a beach just trying to stay afloat, and there is only one other solo female besides myself in the race ... I yell out loud and whoop as I hit the hill, whizzing past old-growth Cedars. I make the turn unscathed and continue for the next 7km to the finish line. This is the third annual Winter Wheezer.

It is just so refreshing to be outside, to get my heart pumping, to feel my muscles working. While out for a morning run with my dog last February I’m met with an impromptu invite by Abi Moore and find myself registered for the fun winter event. Fernie’s Tears and Gears winter equivalent, the Winter Wheezer sees competitors as solo or in a team run 5km of trail at the Provincial Park, followed by a 10km Nordic ski or a 5km fat bike. There is also a fire pit, snacks and hot drinks at the start and finish, a typical Fernie event meant to bring everyone together, with a little challenge and a lot of fun.

A few days prior to the Winter Wheezer I decide to do a bit of winter trail run and head for the Montane Hut before sunrise. When I arrive the sun hits the Lizard Range and so begins a bright pink glow. I quickly discover that winter trail running is much more than just a cold dash up a snow-covered pathway, and feel ready and motivated. On the day of the race I choose my brightest tights – flourescent pink, blue and purple. The sky feels dark and I need all the motivation I can get. I pin the number 90 to my jacket and assemble with the rest of the runners, all in black tights. “I didn’t get the black-tight memo,” I joke, and then the race begins. The run leads up Sherwoody Trail, along Stumpy with a Woody, down Happy Gilmore and back to the Nordic Centre. I

wear yaktrax beneath my running shoes to gain some traction, but still punch holes in the snow every so often. Although the run is only 5km, it feels it goes on forever. The air isn’t freezing but I can feel the lung wheeze nonetheless. The trail, though hard-packed, is slick, and when it comes to navigating switchbacks downhill makes for a precarious transition. But the forest is quiet and blanketed in snow. Peaceful. I run behind a man who tears along the trail in his hiking boots, his blond, tangled hair flowing freely beneath his hat. He blazes to the finish line ahead of me and while his teammate heads out on his skis, I switch over to mine and begin the 10km cross-country loop. The Nordic Society has done a fantastic job of grooming the trail and the corduroy is pleasant beneath my feet. I’ve only recently become a fan of cross-country skiing and look forward to this section of the race. I cross paths with a few competitors, most

heading back to the finish line by now, but am never phased by their speed or my lack of. It is just so refreshing to be outside, to get my heart pumping, to feel my muscles working. When I finish the second loop and head for the finish line I’m smiling all alone in the woods, because life is good. I cross the finish line and learn I’ve placed first in the women’s solo. First out of two isn’t too bad at all. When the second female competitor comes in we high-five. I never enter these events to be competitive, to win (because usually I don’t). I always enter them to try something new, to be able to add another thing to the list of things I’ve done, to cross another thing off the list of things I haven’t. This year’s Winter Wheezer takes place on Sunday, Feb. 12 and is a part of Winter Fest held with the Fernie Nordic Society. For more information or to register visit or



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Leaving Your Comfort Zone by LAURA BENTLEY


t the beginning of 2016, I decided I’d try the Elkford triathlon. Maybe, possibly... I might. I love swimming and although I’m not especially good at it, I can swim for a long time, so I thought a pool swim, rather than a lake swim, shouldn’t be too hard. I was just too intimidated by the thought of the lake swim and all those people swimming over me, even though I grew up swimming in ocean water. I started training. I went swimming a few times and then lost the motivation and stopped before I’d even really started. Later, I saw a column by Brendan Morgan in the Fernie Fix about training and offering to pay the entry fee for a first timer. I applied, figuring that there would be so many people sending in responses that surely I wouldn’t get chosen. I was in shock (and terrified) when I got the email back from him. Suddenly, I had to swim more than once or twice a month. And run. And bike. For training, I used a program that I found on the Internet. I swam on my own several times a week. I should have taken the triathlon training offered by Tara Beck, but I let excuses and other commitments get in the way. I ran on my own, often pushing the chariot with my granddaughter in it as she shouted, “Faster, faster!” and “Go, Grandma, go!” For biking, I mostly rode my road bike up and down Cokato Road. The biggest boost was the support from my family and friends in Elkford on race day. My son and granddaughter camped there. The next day, my husband arrived and as I was getting organized, two of my friends from Fernie appeared to encourage me. That was really a surprise and I am certainly grateful for the lift of confidence that they gave me. And as I was doing my bike ride, I passed my daughter-in-law


driving there to cheer me on after working all night in Calgary. At one point, while I was running, I heard my granddaughter shouting “Go, Grandma, go!” and then a couple of the race marshals started chanting that too. Another lift of spirits and perhaps a slight quickness in my steps. At the end of the race, as I crossed the finish line, there was my granddaughter on her mother’s shoulders with a bouquet of flowers for me, sent by my sister! No matter how I placed, at that moment, I felt like a winner! Thanks to Chris, Sheri, Sarah, Joan, Kathy, Michael and Tessa! The Elkford community was beyond supportive. I worried about everything. I worried about finishing at the deep end of the pool and how would I get out. I didn’t know if I could get out without springing up from the floor of the pool and I certainly didn’t want to look like a beached whale! The organizers kindly arranged it so that I didn’t start until an outside lane became available; that way I could use the ladder. I also worried about not being able to see without my glasses and where would I put them during my

swim. I had asked the day before what to do with them and someone assured me there would be “somewhere” I could leave them. I finally decided I’d leave them with my bike, but as I was getting in line to swim, one of the organizer came up to me and asked where my glasses were. He hadn’t seen them on the table. I was touched that someone noticed. After the race, one of the organizers came up to me and asked how was the race, and more importantly, did I have a good time? Even the other racers were supportive, adults and kids alike. As I was running out to the turn around point, people ran by on the homeward leg, and hi-fived me or shouted, “Good job!” I was so impressed that even the kids on their bikes shouted encouragement to me. All in all, it was a great experience. I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try it. Would I do it again? Certainly! Who knows I might even be ready for the Wasa Lake Triathlon some time! At least I wouldn’t have to worry about how to get out of the lake! FERNIEFIX.COM


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Admiring the Tracks on the Trail by TERRY NELSON


had the opportunity recently to get out on one of the cold January days, actually it was freezing cold. Having decided that ripping down the ski hill would not be overly comfortable in these temperatures (I am getting old), and looking for an alternative outdoor pursuit, I headed out onto the new Elk Valley Trail. There is a newly constructed, and partially winter groomed trail that starts out from the Aquatic Centre trail hub, following the Coal Creek Heritage Trail, swooping around the old landfill, crossing the Coal Creek bridge, and joining onto the Montane trails to Forevyr, then establishing itself in its new entirety just above the Montane Hut. The equipment choice of the day was cross-country gear, although snowshoes, and maybe later fat bikes could make this excursion. From here the trail follows an abandoned road, connecting to a 1.5km sweet section that crosses Cokato Creek, before rising up from the shaded Cedar grove to meet Branch H near where the Southern Comfort trail crosses. The Branch H section is a further 2 km of upgraded road, where a newly constructed trail section “Smooth Salamander” veers off to the left. This section of trail is approximately 5km in length, and is a real treat when navigated on cross-country skis. The views of the Lizard Range from these vantage points are even more breathtaking than the surrounding cold air. It is always interesting when out in the winter forest to observe the many tracks that leave an impression in the snow. We all must remember that we share the trails with others. Whether it is the deep post holing of the lanky moose, or the subtle footprints of the snowshoe hare, it is important to make thoughtful decisions on how to proceed through what is their habitat. This


particular outing revealed many tracks from a varied herd. Fat bikes, snowmobiles, snowshoes (human impressions), running shoes, hiking boots, felt-pack boots, crosscountry skis, a presumably lost snowboard track, the winter groomer, and even a studded skinny tire mountain bike. It is cool that there is such a variety of trail users co-existing in this fabricated environment.

As with the respect that the hunter and the hunted share with let’s say the cougar and the snowshoe hare, or the wolf and the moose, the same can be applied to our human counterparts when deciding where to play safe and not interfere with the needs of others. Some examples of these trail use conditions can be practiced on our trails. When out on

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the Montane Trails, one must pay attention to the signs that help to guide us to our appropriate, and timestakingly prepared path. For instance, the track set Nordic trail is for Nordic skiing only, whereas the multi-use trails support walkers, snowshoers and mountain bikers, and even our canine friends. On the Elk Valley Nordic Trails by Mt. Fernie Provincial Park, leave your dog at home, and if you want to ride your bike, snowshoe, or just go for a walk, find your way to Ben Emmitt trail by going across the Park’s Lizard Creek bridge. This newly prepared multi-use trail is now connected to Fernie Alpine Resort’s Boom Trail, and provides the alternative to messing up the beautifully groomed Nordic trails. If heading up onto the Island Lake Nordic Trails, your dog is welcome, but please

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Looking ahead into March... March 3-5 Extreme Griz Competition The low down: The Extreme Griz Competition separates the mighty from the weak.You must be able to tell a tall tale, move large objects, start fires in the wilderness, travel through snow quickly, and a variety of other tasks that will be sure to challenge and excite!

You must be able to tell a tall tale, move large objects, start fires in the wilderness, travel through snow quickly, and a variety of other tasks that will be sure to challenge and excite! Training musts: This fun competition is more one to prepare for than train for. Great costume essentials are fur hats (or fur anything), golden horns and silver muskets. If you are gunning for the win, a solid beard and ability to drink beer and walk are attributes previous winners have in common.

March 20 Little Critter XC Race (Fernie Nordic Society) The low down: Criterium style ski where competitors complete as many fun laps of a short course as possible in the 40-minute time limit. For every lap of the course completed the skier puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to cross-country skiers aged 12 and under. This is a fun, casual race! Parents can tag along on their XC skis too. Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Sign up begins at 5:30pm and race begins at 6pm. Headlamps will be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members. Training musts: As a competitive individual, I was amazed at how exciting having my own kids in a race was! Children

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I commonly ask my clients when they’re interested in trying a new diet. If the answer is no, then I wouldn’t recommended it. Many diets are restrictive in certain foods, which causes intense cravings. These cravings often lead to binges and the yo-yo dieting cycle begins. If you would like to change your eating habits to feel healthier, the key to success is modest lifestyle changes combined with mindful eating. Set goals that are S.M.A.R.T – specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely. One small change at a time leads to lifestyle transformations. “And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart FERNIEFIX.COM


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Are You Ready for Your Baby? by DR. TAINA TURCASSO, N.D., R.M.


elcoming a baby into your family is one of the most exciting things that will happen over the course of your lifetime, but it will also be one of the most challenging. People spend so much time planning their pregnancy and trying to get pregnant, and not nearly enough time actually preparing for the adjustment of the first three months after having your baby. These first three months are often referred to as the “fourth trimester” because it can be an extension of pregnancy in terms of baby’s behaviour and needs. Exhaustion, postpartum depression, pain, and disconnection from the people in your life are all part of life with a new baby, but it can be easier with the right planning, preparation, and set of expectations. When bringing a baby into your home, here are five ways that you can ease the transition: 1) Expect the Unexpected Start by accepting the fact that there is no way to actually anticipate how it will be to have a newborn in your life.You can talk to all of your friends who are parents, join online communities, and talk to your own parents, but you will never actually know how it feels until you go through it yourself. There will be constant surprises, and even as you adapt to the surprise of the day, something new will come up. Babies are constantly growing, changing, and developing and each one is different from any other. The first few months in particular are about spending time at home getting to know your new little being and allowing them to get to know you. 2) Gather Your Tribe More and more, we see developed countries moving towards single family living, which is a stark contrast to the developing world, where multiple generations of a family live


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and planning an uncomplicated delivery is valuable, but once that is all said and done you will be at home recovering with a brand new baby and chances are, you have never spent much time up close and personal with a newborn. This is the time to arm yourself with an education. Find out which books to read/have on standby from your friends, doctor, or midwife, take a class that teaches you about breastfeeding and caring for a newborn, and just accept that you are not going to know all of the answers. There is a very steep learning curve when it comes to caring for a baby. 4) Build Up Your Reserves While you are getting to know your new baby, you will not have as much free time to cook, clean, and stick to your old routines. Take some time while you are anxiously awaiting your little bean to prepare some freezer meals or set up a meal train, and when you have visitors after the baby is born, accept any help they may offer when it comes to cleaning, laundry, or bringing food. It is really hard for some people to set

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nless you’ve been living under a virtual rock for the past couple of years, it’s likely that you’ve come across references to bitcoins and wondered what they were. Read on. This is the first in a two-part series about bitcoins. Part one will be about what’s behind bitcoins. Next month’s column will cover acquiring and using them. A bitcoin is what’s known as a cryptocurrency. Don’t let that word scare you. It’s a currency like gold, dollars, shells, or beaver pelts. It’s just that its value and exchangeability is protected by math rather than a government or corporate agency. It’s also important to note that you don’t need to understand the math to make it work. Just as you don’t need to know how the computer chip that manages the fuel injection in your car works. It just does. Having said that, if you’re so inclined, all of the code that makes bitcoins, and other cryptocurrencies (for the most part) work, is freely available on the Internet for you to read. I’m going to say bitcoin, but most of what I’m saying is applicable to Monero, Ethereum, or any cryptocurrency. At the basement level a bitcoin is a value. A currency is a medium of exchange. The challenge with all currencies is ensuring that the exchange between buyer and seller is an honest transaction with the value that they’ve agreed upon. Currencies like the Canadian dollar employ extensive techniques to ensure the currency cannot be counterfeited and that the value of a dollar is transparent. Bitcoins do the same. Most readers of this column are familiar with my regular exhortations to do good password management. Bitcoin takes this to the next level by using public-private


A bitcoin is what’s known as a cryptocurrency. Don’t let that word scare you. It’s a currency like gold, dollars, shells, or beaver pelts. key encryption (PPE) and a blockchain to prevent anyone from cheating. PPE is designed around the idea that you want to send and receive secret information to/from someone, but you cannot ensure that what you send won’t be read by someone else.You could encrypt it with a password, but then you have to send the password. How to solve this problem? The trick is to use two passwords that work together: a public key and a private key.You send your public key to the other party. It doesn’t matter if anyone sees it as it can only be used to encrypt, not to decrypt. The other party encrypts the message with your public key and sends it back. The message can only be decrypted with your private key, which you have not shared. To send a message back you encrypt it with the other party’s public key and sign it with your private key. The other party can decrypt the message with their private key and verify that the message came from you with your public key. There is a boatload of math that goes into making sure this works and is all but impossible to break. With PPE we have the ability to verify the identity of the sender and the secrecy of the message.

A blockchain is a special kind of database. It uses time stamps to ensure the order of transactions and hash codes to ensure that data hasn’t been altered. A hash code is created by performing a mathematical calculation on a block of data. Any alteration to the text creates a different hash, so any alteration of the data is immediately apparent. The transactions are organized into blocks and the blocks are linked to ensure no previous blocks were altered before adding the next one. Next the blockchain is distributed globally to anyone that wants it. Every computer in the bitcoin network has a copy of the entire blockchain. They all can verify or reject transactions. Errors are voted on computationally with first-come-firstserve selection of transactions. Because the blockchain is distributed no entity can control it. Think of it like the Internet. It’s extremely difficult to shut down.You’d have to shutdown every computer on a network to do it. So, now you have the underpinnings of a cryptocurrency: a mathematically rigorous way to ensure secrecy and identity combined with a distributed and secure transaction database. Next month, I’ll tell you how to get and spend bitcoins. Meanwhile, if you’d like you can watch the blockchain in action. Go to and you can see transactions occurring in near real time. p.s. If you have any specific questions for the Answer Guy send them to info@clarismedia. com. Chances are good that if you want to know others do too.



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February 2017 by YANN LORANGER


arly in February, we can see all three personal planets (excluding the luminaries, Moon and Sun), racing to be the first to form a conjunction with Uranus. If you remember what we indicated last month (please review if needed), you understand the importance of this race. What is shocking is that Venus, who has been playing an important role since last December, slows down and prepares to retrograde. It will finally reach Uranus in early June. Mercury, fast but too far away, will reach Uranus in second place during the month of March, leaving Mars as the winner with an exact conjunction occurring in late February. This conjunction forms a square to Pluto, a trine to Saturn and an opposition to Jupiter. It triggers all the key planets that are shaping 2017 so dramatically. Mars winning means that the part of us reacting the most are those of Mars himself – our will, our motivation, our potential for action. Mars is also the God of War. February opens the door to immature violent reactions in response to the intense pressure that the planets mentioned above are putting on us. To avoid destructive reactions, the energy of Mars needs to be funnelled in a positive direction. We can be sure that our personal drive will be on stage, all we can choose is the role it will be playing: a scared boy running away from the pressure; a rebellious teenager that jostles all around him; an angry and jealous husband; a passionate lover; a hero that gives each particle of energy he has to the noble cause that found him, etc. The trick is to understand that Mars needs to admire something beautiful and inspiring, that touches his heart directly. Otherwise, he will naturally fight in despair, threatening his entire world,

disturbing all in vain, tactlessly searching for something he is unfortunately repulsing with each move he makes. Happy Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget to admire true beauty! Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Inspiration Your impulsive nature will be difficult to control. Don’t try to control it with strength, use the power of admiration instead.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Peace All the stress in the air turns you off.You need a peaceful place to open up again.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Improvisation You might find yourself trying to convince people around you. Don’t use common reason. Outsmart your own tendencies by using your heart.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Work Your emotions are strong, but do not overestimate them. Plain emotion won’t be enough this time, you need to generate inspiring ones.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Commitment Your consciousness is hit by what you have done in the past. Don’t feel shamed and guilty, what is important now is to clear it all away.


Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Invisibility In a world where everything seems thick, you can do your work almost unnoticed. Correcting all those subtle and small details influences the whole powerfully.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Horseback Riding A lot is at stake! It is like the floodwater rising in Spring, determining the river bed for the entire year.You are guiding this rising river.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Truth You appreciate that the action of Mars is finally under the spotlight. Because you value it and are sure that we should always know what Mars is doing.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Omniscient Since you understand the possible outcomes of the present tensions, you can advise. All will listen if you clearly explain the consequences of their choice.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Pass What is happening goes a bit too fast for you.You will react to this later on ... with full strength.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Review It is a good time to share what you wish for. It is also a great time to revise what truly inspires you.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Patience All the half-hearted ones will go in circles around you.You represent a safe place for them. Keep seeing the best within everyone, they will be great again some day soon! FERNIEFIX.COM


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