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January 2017 - FISSUE #101 FREE & EASY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

GISS’s 2nd Story Theatre

George Orwell’s 1984 • 8

January Calendar of

STUFF to DO on the ROCK • 9

Ken Brudner

Acknowledging Our COOKS • 10

Canadian GUITAR QUARTET At Artspring January 30th read us online at email us today at

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At Artspring January 30th Julien Bisaillon – Renaud Côté-Giguère - Bruno Roussel - Louis Trépanier “...fantastic, spirited playing and sheer inventiveness...” wrote Julia Crowe in her Letter from New York column for Classical Guitar magazine, England (2008). “The Canadian Guitar Quartet dazzled the audience with their second-to-none ensemble playing”, said Benjamin Verdery in Classical Guitar magazine (2003). Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ also performed with orchestras all over Canada and released three critically acclaimed recordings. The CGQ has been featured on a national Bravo! TV special, on both CBC’s English and French national networks as well as in England’s Classical Guitar magazine. The CGQ’s New York City debut on the 92nd Street Y’s “Art of the Guitar” series was enthusiastically received with several standing ovations. Wrote Don Witter Jr. of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, “The Canadian Guitar Quartet made one of the greatest New York City Debuts of any artistic ensemble in decades ... STUNNING !!!”. “Les Scènes de Quartiers”, the group’s second CD, was awarded “Le Prix Trille Or” for instrumental album of the year by the “Association des Professionals de la Chanson et de la Musique”. Performances at venues like the Glenn Gould Studio, the Palais Montcalm, the National Gallery and participation in festivals like the Guitar Foundation of America, Yale University “Guitar Extravaganza”, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa’s Chamber fest have allowed the CGQ to consolidate its international standing. The original music of Patrick Roux and Louis Trépanier combined with arrangements of great classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience! Please visit and


Scopes Brought to you by our own in-house astrologer who now goes by her numerologically correct name of “Ya Righta.”

^ Aries: Kudos to you on

your commitment to learning the art of meditation as your New Year’s resolution. Sorry that you’ll soon realize you have simply mastered the art of doing nothing.

_ Taurus:

e Scorpio:

An overzealous use of exclamation marks will come back to haunt you later this month as a personal email is circulated beyond your desired reader.

f Sagittarius:

Going “wild” does not necessarily mean that you have to remove all your clothing or stop shaving even though it is winter ` Most of the things and we agree, it is cold out there. you believe in could be challenged by a fairly terrible dream. Or was it a dream? g Silver foil can make a good hat, it’s true. a Dogs can be However, it can also be used to block a man’s best friend or a woman’s best the waves from your smart meter. friend. They could also be a child’s best friend, or a cat’s best friend. Dogs are h totally flexible. This year you’re working on being the best you can be, but your co-workers b The odds on you want you to try a little harder than surviving the day with your sanity that. Turns out, your best still involves intact are low. Wine O’clock will be sleeping in on Monday’s and leaving there to comfort you. early on Friday’s. c The legend of the i Chili Cook off winning recipe may bring Jump for joy, skip for sadness or leap you peace and quiet today as last night’s to unverified conclusions this week. At meal tries to clear the office. least you’re finally getting off the couch You are easily replaced - don’t take your shoes and coat off.








d Hope can solve nearly and getting some exercise. If you don’t all of your problems today. Crossing your move, karma will start dropping spiders arms, legs and fingers is fine too. on you just to see if you’re still alive.


GREEN PRINTING & LAYOUT: aD sALES: Deadlines are the 10th of the month IMAGINE THAT GRAPHICS.CA previous to book ad space & submit content. cOLUMNISTS: Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx Calendar events can be submitted up until the 17th. John Bateman • Dorothy Price • Ken Brudner Dorothy teaches classes today & retreats Call Genevieve at 250 locally 538 8427&orworldwide. email Vincent • Dr. Brad Dunstan Visit or phone 250.653.4655 Peter Marsha Moreau • Melinda Parks-Divers Visit or phone 250.537.7675 for rates & information. THE FISHBOWL is brought to you by publisher Genevieve Price along with the following local columnists. Salt Spring Island’s #1 Source for Arts, Entertainment & Culture. Check Dorothy out our Facebook Twitter teachesand classes & pages. retreats locally & worldwide.


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Price is Right


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I’m not a lipstick person at all. Typically, I wear tinted balms. But I wanted to give this a try for a little more pigment without sacrificing moisture and since I love almost all Burt’s Bees products. I bought the shade Blush Basin. Blush Basin is a warm rosy/pinky nude. The pigmentation is a bit deeper than a tinted balm but not nearly as rich as a “true” lipstick. It does leave behind a subtle “stain” after the lipstick wears off. The lipstick goes on very smoothly with a creamy matte finish however due to the matte finish after an hour or so I felt like I needed to re-apply or pop on a gloss. The tube of product itself is a little slimmer than the standard lipstick but still the typical bullet shape. This looks great however I felt the lipstick itself was a little brittle due to the reduced girth and increased length. As far as lipsticks go, it is definitely more moisturizing than the average one, it feels lightweight and comfortable on. The lipstick does wear off quickly with eating and drinking but as I said, it does leave a hint of color behind on the lips. For a lipstick I would give it a 7 out of 10 but I am hard to please!

ART WORKSHOPS Ages 4 - 104


For Everyone

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with Salt Spring Island teacher Dorothy Price


Working at Home? Working at home is great, but it has its challenges. Here some things I have learned, operating my own home based business, to help me increase productivity and give me some “play-time”. • Make a list of problems/tasks/goals you are facing, and, whatever seems to be stopping you from completing your goals. This brings clarity, and helps you to see any habitual patterns (ie. distractions) which interfere with completing tasks. Also, it will help you release stress and allow for a better sleep. • Set the alarm, get up, get fully dressed and ready to go, as if you were going to walk out the door to start work at 8 or 9 AM. Hair, teeth, even shoes. Pretend you have a boss that is watching to see that you get to work on time. • If you live with someone that goes out to work, leave at the same time as they do, go for a walk, as if you were walking to work, and then start work immediately when you get home. Or, go out for an early morning coffee, or workout and be sure to be home to work at a present time. • Exercise first thing in the morning. 20 sit-ups, 20 push-ups and 20 jumping jacks to get the blood and energy pumping! Then intersperse this same routine 5 times throughout your day. 5-10 mins, that is all! • Partner up with someone else who is working at home for support by sharing a space or going out for exercise or coffee together. • Change your work environment. If you work on a laptop, move around the house to different locations or even take it out to the library or coffee shop. • If you receive business-related emails answer them first thing in your workday; but, resist the temptation to answer personal emails or wonder off into Facebook or Twitter. • Keep regular working hours. People that work for themselves tend to work all the time. This can be counter-productive. If we know we can carry on working indefinitely, we tend to misuse our pre-set “worktime” hours. If we know we have to stop at 5 PM it makes us use our allotted work time more efficiently. • Setting your timer for 10 – 15 mins can be a good way to work on a big or dreaded task, making the task easier to face. Some people refer to this as the Swiss Cheese Theory; poke little holes in the cheese each day. • Leave some time at the end of the work day to make your workspace tidy and organize plans for the next day. • Talk with your live-in partner about what each other needs for the morning and evening routine so that you can help each other achieve those needs/goals. Having breakfast together, exercising, meditating, yoga and bedtime routines could be some topics to discuss. • Yoga and meditation are my biggest allies to keep me focused and unstressed. I think I will do some right now! See you on the mat! ~ Dorothy Dorothy teaches yoga classes, pranayama, meditation & retreats locally & worldwide. Visit or phone 250-537-7675

Bateman Has


starring the most awesome John Bateman Over the years I have complained about cyclists riding like lunatics all over the roads on Salt Spring and I have complained about drivers driving worse than cyclists. For those that assume I don’t have regrets about my articles, you’re wrong. I do regret not taking a healthy run at pedestrians.

I get strange, contradictory feelings while navigating this island. When I am walking, I think all drivers are idiots in the purest form. Yet when I am driving, I think that all pedestrians have lost touch with the most fundamental aspects of physics.

From the moment Salt Springer’s began walking on two feet, they have been oblivious to any peripheral happenings outside of a twofoot radius. It seems they get distracted by the least important things at the most dangerous of moments. I mean, is searching your cappuccino foam for your life’s purpose really worth risking a cute little Smart Car pile-up over? Honestly, getting hit by a Smart Car in a parking lot could cause serious bruising.

Perhaps one of the most annoying situations involving pedestrians is when they decide they need to walk to the middle of the road to talk to the driver of a car. They stand there, leaning into the idling car chatting about burning topics “...when I am driving, like, where did you get this car, I think that all pedestrians when did you get this car and I forget where you said you got have lost touch with this car. These conversations the most fundamental can sometimes last a minute! aspects of physics.” In one instance one of these exchanges lasted 17 days until it was finally understood that the car was a loaner. In rare circumstances the delay can cause innocent drivers to almost miss being put into the centre lane on the ferry. I think drivers that refuse to pull over to hold a conversation with a pedestrian should be given tickets similar to those levied on cell phone users that refuse to pull over to make a call. I know, it seems like I am picking on the locals here. While this is an incredibly accurate observation, it’s not completely true.

No, compared to tourists, locals are as savvy and observant as an air traffic controller. If you happen to be a tourist reading this, please be aware of some of the following basic rules of the road on Salt Spring: 1) Crosswalks are not just a suggested crossing area. 2) Although it’s true that 75% of Salt Spring cars are made of metal, glass, wood and duct tape. Not every car will disintegrate when striking a pedestrian. 3) There is an electromagnetic vortex at the bottom of Ganges hill which renders brakes inoperable. 4) Watch out for cyclists because they don’t have to obey speed limits and have a free pass to nail pedestrians. And finally, 5) The safest place to cross the street is on the corner of Lower Ganges and Rainbow Road. This is the island’s only crosswalk with a button and a light. Interestingly it was installed a few years ago, following a study that started 16 years before Benjamin Franklin was born.

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January ArtSpring welcomes the new year with a brand new roster of Salt Spring, Canadian, and international talent. The year begins with Canadian jazz hero Rémi Bolduc on Friday, January 20th. A star saxophonist of Montréal’s jazz scene, McGill University professor Rémi Bolduc composes, performs, and records with numerous ensembles. He released his first CD, Fable, in 1996 in collaboration with Marc Johnson, Ben Monder, and Owen Howard. Bolduc has recorded many CDs since then, most notably Tribute to Charlie Parker that won him a Félix Award for best jazz album of the year in 2011. On January 20th, Bolduc will perform A Tribute to Dave Brubeck, accompanied by double bassist Fraser Hollins, pianist François Bourassa, and drummer Dave Laing. The show, sponsored by Seth Berkowitz, begins at 7:30 pm with a pre-show bar opening at 6:30. The following Saturday, January 28th, sees a double performance by Neil Dickson and Salt Spring’s own Chris Humphreys (owner of Café Talia and author of Shakespeare’s Rebel, Plague, and Fire). For the first half of the evening, Chris Humphreys dazzles his audience with his knowledge of Elizabethan England. Humphreys’ one-man show, Shakespeare 1600, answers the big question: What was Shakespeare’s world like? What was the social, political, religious, and theatrical climate in which Shakespeare produced his masterpieces? This is no lecture, for not only does Chris wear pantaloons, hose, doublet and ruff, he also leaps around with bladed weaponry while expounding soliloquies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, and Hamlet. English actor Neil Dickson takes to the stage for the second half of the evening with a compelling performance of The Standard Bearer. Written by Stephen Wyatt, The Standard Bearer tells the story of a seasoned theatre trooper who takes Shakespeare on the road to small communities in Africa. Neil Dickson began his acting career in 1975, starring in The Gay Lord Quex at the Albery Theatre opposite Judi Dench. He has since appeared in Baywatch, Sliders, Iron Man, and Mad Men to name a few productions. Neil Dickson met Chris Humphreys 30 years ago on the set of A.D., a Biblical-Roman epic being shot in Tunisia, and the two have been friends and artistic collaborators ever since. The month finishes off with a stirring performance by the Canadian Guitar Quartet on Monday, January 30th. Guitarists Julien Bisaillon, Renaud CôteGiguère, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trépanier perform classic guitar in a unique ensemble arrangement more reminiscent of chamber music. The group has toured extensively in Europe, North America, and South America, performed with orchestras, and recorded three CDs to date. What you will see on January 30th are four handsome young men, formally dressed in black, their chairs in a semi-circle, guitars on their laps, weaving out melodies you never would have imagined possible from these instruments. January at ArtSpring also features two live broadcast Operas from the Metropolitan Theatre in New York: Nabucco by Verdi on January 7th, and Roméo et Juliette by Gounod on January 21st. For tickets to any shows at ArtSpring call the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or visit For a complete listing of events at ArtSpring visit

A Sanctuary for Body & Soul

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga was founded in 1981 by Dharma Sara Satsang Society, and is a working yoga community inspired by our teacher and master yogi, Baba Hari Dass. The Centre’s cozy turnof-the-century farmhouse and studio buildings sit amid 70 acres of meadows, forest and organic gardens on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. The Centre is devoted to the attainment of peace through practice and offers training programs including yoga retreats, yoga teacher training and many other special programs. Kirtan with Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Thursdays at 7:30pm Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms; as such it is an important practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga. The format is typically call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions. The Centre is fortunate in having many fine singers and musicians and a strong kirtan following. We gather at the Centre each Wednesday at 7:30pm. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to join us (no experience necessary!). Satsang with Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Sundays at 3:30pm Satsang is a gathering at which spiritual seekers sing kirtan and other devotional songs, listen to spiritual readings and meditate together. This is an important part of the Centre schedule attended by 20-60 people each week. We meet at the Centre at 3:30pm every Sunday of the year. On the first Sunday of each month (except January, July & August) we also offer a community dinner by donation after satsang. For a full list of yoga classes & retreats go to

WORKSHOPS on the ROCK a Salt Spring Arts Council Initiative

In House Workshops starting January 21st Create a Graphic Novel for ages 12 & up Do you have a story to tell with works and images, but not sure where to start? Jeannette Sirois will guide you through the steps of plot development and help you develop your unique style of drawing in this fun workshop. You will learn story telling basics, character drawing, layout, bubble placement and lettering. We’ll have a great time learning fantastic art skills that you can take home and explore on your own. No prior skills necessary and all materials supplied. Jeannette Sirois, is a full time practicing visual artist working with colour pencil, graphite and charcoal. She uses large-scale portraits to explore issues surrounding acceptance and rejection based on societal norms, values, cultural beliefs and ritualistic practices. Having worked for over 20 years as an art educator, she came to portrait drawing only recently and continues to explore the use of portraits to discuss important issues we see in Canada today. She holds a Diploma in Design, a BFA with distinctions from Concordia University in Montreal, Art Teacher Certification and an M.Ed. from UBC. Finished work may be exhibited at the “In House” Open House on Sunday March 19 from 2-4pm at Mahon Hall. Saturdays from 10 – 12:30pm from January 21 to February 18 – 5 sessions @ Mahon Hall. Early bird - $135 all materials included. Ad Fishbowl.pdf 1 2016-12-08 2:52 PM After Jan. 6SSNAP $147.50 all materials included.

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Fashion Draping for ages 16 & up We are excited to offer this unique workshop hosted by new to Salt Spring, Genevieve Graham, who in 2009 was a competitor on the reality television series Project Runway Canada, Season 2. She placed within the top 4 and was rewarded with funding to produce a F/W09 capsule collection which was showcased at Toronto Fashion Week. Every Genevieve Graham piece is hand made by the designer herself in her studio. Pattern drafting is used very little in her work, alternatively, she drapes and sculpts fabric on the dress-form to create her garments. All details and dyeing are done by hand and most pieces are entirely hand sewn, forgoing the use of sewingmachines. Each and every piece made is one-of-a-kind, ensuring that all garments are as unique as those that wear them. In this workshop you will create a finished sculpted garment with individual help from Genevieve as she teaches key elements of design, proportion and scale. You will cover fabric theory, ie what fabrics to use for different projects, drapability, and dress form basics, ie learning about the dress form and how it relates to the body. Draping & sculpting basics, how to begin sculpting, using your pins properly and mapping your design, and finally couture hand sewing techniques as no sewing machines are used. Finished garments can be exhibited at the “In House” open house on March 19. Saturdays from 1 – 4:00pm from January 21 to February 18th – 5 sessions @ Mahon Hall. Early Bird – $150 + $30 materials. After Jan. 6th – $165 + $30 materials. Plus GST. Materials provided include 2-3 meters of a particular fabric, pins, needles & threads. Please bring a dress form if you have one as we have a limited number. For a full list of workshops and updated, dates, ages and workshop times please visit our Salt Spring Arts Council website at

The Salt Spring National Art Prize

Call for Artist Submissions January 12 - May 31, 2017 Juried exhibition on Salt Spring Island September 22 - October 22, 2017


Winners presented at

Gala Awards Night: October 21, 2017 • open to two and three-dimensional art • open to Canadians + permanent residents • $30,000 in prize money Details and entry form on website

Sponsored by

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1984 performed by

Second Story Theatre: GISS’s Acting 11/12

ALEX CUBA returns to the

FULFORD HALL JANUARY 23rd Imagine a world where freedom of thought has been completely abolished. George Orwell’s 1984 depicts just that. In a brainwashed society, there is no hope for freedom, love, or self expression, until a young man named Winston Smith (Kevin Gray), begins to have thoughts and feelings he has never known before, and meets an unusual girl named Julia (Shaye Steele). Who, like him, is different. Winston and Julia begin a fight against the all knowing, powerful leader Big Brother. In their heroic attempt to free society they will be tested in ways they never could have imagined. The GISS Senior Acting Class chose 1984 as our production because it has never been more relevant than it is today. We found so many similarities in the use of technology and propaganda, with what we are exposed to in our everyday lives, that 1984 seemed like a choice that would hit home for everyone involved. 1984 is an exciting, thought-provoking show that you do not want to miss. Remember, Big Brother is watching you! Producing a play of this magnitude has been a tremendous challenge for these students. The Acting 11/12 course is based around development of acting skill and stage presence, and involves believably portraying honest, human, emotions, to tell the truth from a particular character’s perspective. This is topical~ our current global-political climate involves a “you’re with us or against us” inquisition which resonates metaphorically throughout this play (especially given an institution’s tendency towards brutal conformity). Further, revolution and ambition are characteristics passionately important to this group of young people. Gulf Islands Secondary School, Acting 11/12 class. NB: This production incorporates original, live music.

ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, Jan. 12-13, 2017, 7:30 PM. Tickets $10.00 ~ At the ArtSpring Box Office, or on the Artspring website.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES. (This is a mature production that may be inappropriate for young audiences. 1984 is a spirited show that explores the themes of power, communication, and psychological struggle.) During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, popsoul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Collaborating with artists such as: Nelly Furtado, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes and Ron Sexsmith, just to name a few. Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music at a very young age. Being in the family business since the early age of 4. This is when he joined his father (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes), and a group of 24 guitarists in a performance aired on Cuban national TV. Alex then went on to study guitar and bass. In 1999, Alex moved to Vancouver, B.C where he recorded an album titled “Morumba Cubana” alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album “Humo De Tobaco” in which earned him a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released “Agua Del Pozo” which also earned him another Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project “Alex Cuba” in 2009. The album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. The album gained great recognition on an international level. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit “Manos Al Aire”. In 2012, Alex released his fourth album “Ruido En El Sistema”, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter. Alex alongside his co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the single “Toma Mi Vida” from Milly Quezada’s album Aqui Estoy Yo. In 2013 He again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video Eres Tu from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers. Songwriting was the focus for the latest album “Healer” that was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada. Using a live rhythm section the songs take on a live appeal and Alex traded in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies that take Alex back to his roots. There are five duets with singer-songwriters, five being Canadian, Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms as well as New Yorker Anya Marina, who he met on a songwriting retreat in Tulum Mexico. It is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form. Still based in Smithers, Alex Cuba has put together a four piece band of Ian Olmstead on Bass, Jake Jenne on Drums and Jose Sanchez on percussion. Ian and Jake, both from Smithers have known Alex since their high school years and Cuban expat Jose has toured previously supporting the album Agua del Pozo. Coming together for this latest project highlight the songs with lots of melody, groove and vocal harmonies.

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Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE

Nurturing, empowering & educating families for over 30 years *amma = grandmother in Icelandic

World Peace Begins at Home Peace-filled blessings to all for the coming year! Many of us experienced 2016 as a somewhat turbulent year. Turbulence on a global scale affects turbulence on a national scale, which in turn affects turbulence on a civic scale, which can affect turbulence on a neighbourhood scale, which can, in turn again, affect turbulence within a family, which affects turbulence at an individual level. Turning all of that the other way around, I will say that I am a strong believer and advocate that the maxim “world peace begins at home” is perhaps the biggest part of what the job of parenting is actually all about. I have written a song which begins: let there be peace in my heart, Hallelujah; let there be peace in my thoughts, Hallelujah; let there be peace in my words, Hallelujah; let there be peace in my life, Hallelujah. Through subsequent verses the song moves outwards from self, to family, to neighbourhood, to village, to country, to the world, and resolves back to self. So, what does the familiar adage world peace begins at home actually look like in the context of raising a family? There is a simple fact at the core of this: no one else can “make you feel” anything. How we choose to respond to any given situation is, always that, a choice. If you feel angry or frustrated with your child, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath (or three or four!) and to look inside yourself. Although it might seem as though “they are just being annoying on purpose,” in truth there is always something deeper going on. You, as parent or primary care-giver, are the child’s model for learning the inherent truth that, even though we might have many feelings over the course of a day, and even though those feelings can be expressed, our actions still need to be respectful, we need to treat one another with dignity and grace. Parenting our children, though it may seem like a task “on the outside” of who we are as individuals can actually be, when taken on with awareness, one of the deepest “meditations” you will ever encounter. Herein you will learn how to breathe when you want to yell, how to embrace when you want to exclude, how to be a haven of peaceful, loving guidance when you want to punish. This is living zen! The more peace you can create for yourself and your life, the more you will emulate peace within your family. Don’t fake it though! If you’re mad, go ahead and say you’re mad. Just avoid, to the best of your abilities, yelling, blaming, and shaming in the process. Then follow up, as soon as you have cooled down, that it is ok to make a mistake. Apologize. Then, recommit to peace. Treat your child as though they were the person you wanted to be at peace with the very most in this whole wide world. Oh wait! They are. Send your parenting questions to: or Could a private session with the singing amma be helpful for you & your family? email: to book yours today!

My Food Matters



We all love going to restaurants especially the ones that have good food. We love being served. It feels good when someone brings us something to eat that was of our choice. But have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to bring you that fine meal? In order for an eating establishment to maintain the quality of the food customers expect, they need to hire talented and skilled workers. I am not talking about fast food places. I am talking about restaurants that use real ingredients. Food that they need to process themselves, not buy that way. Dishes they need to put together in a timely fashion to be at the pick-up window at the same time as the other orders for that table. Because of highs costs and low profit margins in the industry it is increasingly difficult for owners to pay more than what they can get away with, even to the most skilled. Consequently, underpaid cooks are finding it very difficult to make things work in their lives. These are the same people that work 8-12 hour shifts so that they can provide their welcomed guests a great meal. There is no other industry that offers people the one thing they need most to survive. Sure we can eat at home all the time, but we need to get out sometimes. Most importantly and if everything goes right, the customer will remember that dish the next day and tell at least one person about it. But where does that leave the underpaid Cook or Chef in the general environment of today’s restaurant world? Sometimes, the kitchen staff will get a cut of the total tips collected on a given day. It is often, when at all, a low percentage and may not when combined with their wage for an 8 hr. shift equal what a server might make in 5 or 6 hours, especially in a busy season. So there is definitely an imbalance there. Good rule of thumb; a server should never tell a Chef what they made on a busy day if they don’t want to upset him or her. My experience shows me that patrons in a restaurant will complain more readily than if they were making a transaction in another business. Perhaps it is because food even in a subliminal state is precious and crucial to exist. So we take it personally and expect everything to be in order. Yes, we pay for that to happen but we also pay everywhere else generally with less complaining. So in this New year, perhaps the next time you have a seat in a restaurant and really enjoy the food, why don’t you let your server know to pass on or stick your head into the kitchen for a second and tell them yourself, Chef’s and Cooks love that! You can be creative with fiscal responsibility and easily learn what to purchase when you have these concerns. It is just a matter of choice. Take a place in the batter’s box! Happy New Year to You all!!

Love What You Cook, Love What You Eat!


Humor: it really is the best medicine “First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.” – Steve Martin. Kidding aside (just for a moment) – laughter and a good sense of humor are important for more than just our own entertainment- they are integral to our health and well-being. I credit the late great Robin Williams in ‘Patch Adams’ for much of my inspiration; and more than a few good laughs. Mark Twain once said: “Studying humour is like dissecting a frog - you may learn a lot but you end up with a dead frog”. Despite this truism, there is, in fact, an everincreasing amount of research supporting the notion that humour can play a very useful role in medical care. One study looked at elderly patients in a nursing home setting, and found that the use of professional ‘elderclowns’ produced a statistically (and clinically) significant improvement in both agitation levels and happiness. Other studies have looked at the use of clowns and other laughter-inducing aids in children’s hospitals. Irrespective of your feelings about clowns (I blame Steven King), these kids (and their families and caregivers) do better with some comedy to lighten the mood – and they, perhaps more than anyone, deserve some stress relief. A major review, which looked at laughter in a range of different studies, concluded that laughter has shown physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits, with virtually no adverse (bad) effects. It can improve mood, enhance creativity, improve immunity, and reduces both pain and blood pressure! In my own experience, laughter can help relieve stress, reduce depression, and improve a patient’s morale, regardless of their prognosis. I have worked with stage IV cancer patients, who were in the midst of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, who relied on humour to maintain their positive outlook. It has been my privilege to give them a few chuckles, and share in a belly laugh or two with our time together. Did it help them live longer? I don’t know. But I’m fairly sure they did live a little happier as a result. Regardless of your health condition, treatment goals, or prognosis, humour is a part of the human experience that we should never overlook or undervalue. I’ve always felt that, as a doctor, part of my job is to maintain a positive attitude and, to the best of my ability, ensure that my patients leave with a bigger smile (and a lower blood pressure) than when they arrived. So share a laugh with someone you care about today, or come visit me and tell me your best joke. Here’s my best (publishable) joke today:

A brief history of medicine: 2000BC: Here eat this root. 1000AD: That root is heathen! Here, say this prayer. 1865AD: That prayer is superstition! Here, drink this potion. 1935AD: That potion is snake oil! Here, swallow this pill. 1975AD: That pill is ineffective! Here, take this antibiotic. 2000AD: That antibiotic is poison! Here, eat this root. Dr. Brad Dunstan, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, with additional certifications in Allergy Desensitization, Acupuncture, Prescribing Authority, IV Therapies, and Prolotherapy. He graduated from UBC in 1999, and from BINM in 2009. He has a special focus on digestive health, chronic pain, hormone balancing, and pediatrics. He can be reached by phone at 250 537 0035, or by email at

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at Artspring January 29, 2pm

Jimmy Rankin is one of Canada’s finest and most popular singer songwriters. Hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, he rose to fame as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriting lynchpin for multiplatinum Canadian Celtic-pop heroes, The Rankin Family, who sold over 2 million records and earned five Junos including the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award. In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career, winning numerous awards and accolades over the course of six CD releases. Jimmy has built his reputation on the power and dynamism of his live shows which while moving effortlessly between Roots, Country and Celtic stylings and drawing on an impressive catalogue of hits, appeal to fans of all ages. After cutting his teeth on stages and dance halls in and around his Cape Breton Island home, Jimmy Rankin has established himself as one of the most entertaining and respected artists in the Canadian recording industry. His career boasts numerous #1 radio hits, multi-platinum album sales, international success and a shelf overflowing with industry awards for his work as front man for Celtic-Pop heroes, The Rankin Family and as a much-loved solo singer songwriter. Among others, Jimmy has toured and recorded with the likes of Keith Urban, John Prine, Alison Krauss and The Chieftains. Rankin’s authentic nature and enduring musical career have earned him the status of Canadian cultural icon and ambassador for Cape Breton’s Celtic music sound.

Vetta Performs at Artspring January 14

Join us for an evening of 20th century music with the Sea and Sky Ensemble featuring Jane Hayes (piano), François Houle (clarinet), & Joan Blackman (violin). Enjoy the following concert repertoire: Khatchaturian Trio for clarinet, violin and piano; Stravinky L’Histoire du Soldat with narration; Sculthorpe Dream Tracks; Piazzolla L’Histoire du Tango; Schoenfield Trio for violin, clarinet and piano.

Vetta Salt Spring Concert Series Tickets: Adult: $20 Student: $5

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Happy New Year

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Knacker’s Yard




with Marsha Moreau

Stranger by David Bergen Giller prize-winning author David Bergen has done it again. This book is beautiful. He’s written a powerfully moving story and delivered it to us in his usual clean, elegant prose. There are layers here, if you choose to look for them, but there’s really no need to. This novel’s premise stands all on its own. We follow our heroine’s journey with bated breath, experiencing everything in real time as she does, feeling her determination, and hope, as if it were our very own. Iso works at a fertility clinic in her native Guatemala. Situated on the shores of a mysterious lake, the clinic is host to wealthy women from other countries. Iso works as a ‘keeper’, an attendant who cares for the women during their stay. She is also having an affair with one of the American doctors, Eric. It all seems relatively uncomplicated, sweet and straightforward, until his wife ends up at the clinic to receive treatment, and Iso is assigned to be her keeper. In a painful twist of fate, it’s Iso who ends up pregnant, discovered only after Eric has returned to the States. “There are layers The truly compelling aspect of this book happens after Iso gives here, if you choose birth, and her child is taken from to look for them...” her. Up until now, as readers, we’ve been invested in this gentle love story but there is nothing like the forceful single-mindedness of a mother yearning for her child to hook us and not let go. The last three quarters of this novel chronicle Iso’s seemingly impossible mission to rescue her daughter. With very little on her side she ventures forth, taking risks, and witnessing heartbreaking events. She sees the very best and worst humanity has to offer in encounters large and small, all eloquently described in author Bergen’s clear-eyed unpretentious language. It’s almost as if Iso were on an epic quest of old, complete with knights and monsters, wise men and thieves. Even Iso’s full name, Paraiso Perdido (or Paradise Lost) speaks to the possibility that there are more archetypes at play than it might seem at first glance. See, what did I tell you…lots of layers. Ultimately, Iso’s story is one of inequality and while it feels very current in the face of the recent political climate it’s also one of the oldest stories ever told. A mother separated from her infant is a force to be reckoned with. Calmly focused, innately powerful.

Knackers Yard is a six-piece Celtic traditional folk band with members from Victoria, Saanich, Metchosin and Sooke, British Columbia. Formed in Victoria in the spring of 2012, the original intent was, and still is, to perform traditional Celtic and English folk songs, intrumentals and ballads dating from the 1600’s up to the 1960’s. Their repertoire includes songs made popular by voices such as Ewan MacColl, Shirley Collins, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Enoch Kent, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and well-known musical groups such as the Dubliners, The Pogues, Corries, The Wolfe Tones, Planxty, De Danaan, and the Bothy Band to name a few. The band plays a selection of ballads and instrumentals. After the first year of casual rehearsals, the group had become an ensemble of six musicians; tenor banjo, five-string banjo and vocals, bodhran, mandolin, steel-string guitar and electric bass guitar. Due to a switch on guitar, and bass-player Devo leaving the group, Knacker’s Yard became a five-piece group: Anatol Anton-lead tenor banjo, Cody Baresich-lead mandolin, Shaun McConnell-bodhran and bones, Jon MacDonald-steel string guitar, Wolf Edwards-five string banjo and lead vocal. The band recruited William FitzGerald (late 2015) on the Uilleann pipes, whistle, and fiddle, making the band a six piece once again. Traditional music enthusiasts will appreciate the song-tales of lost love and betrayal, the misdeeds of ramblers and rakes, emigration, hard drinking and hard living, sea shanties and worker’s songs. In addition to these ballads and chorus songs, KNACKER’S YARD also adds the explosive musical energy of traditional instrumental, reels, jigs and slides.


New Year’s Resolution

suggestions for Salt Springers 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Run a test incorporation on Grace Islet. If that works, try Vesuvius. Try to stop running over rabbits “by mistake”. Start dumping your old appliances at Fulford Pub to pretty up the place. Get your final occupancy. LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Try to support spirit. Head to Ganges Auto Marine to replace your chakras. Head to Ganges Wellness Center to get your mudflaps tightened. Apply to the Island’s Trust to make a top 10 resolution list by 2030.

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2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist Salt Spring Island’s visual arts community will once again be thrust into the national spotlight with the launch of the second Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). The buzz builds on January 12 when online submissions open for artist entries. Canadian citizens or permanent residents over eighteen years of age as of January 1, 2016, are eligible to submit two and three-dimensional art in any medium. The biennial juried competition has garnered the attention and respect of the Canadian art world and captured the attention of artists from coast to coast. Salt Spring Island raised artist Sophia Burke, a 2015 finalist, In the Studio, Self Portrait, has been living in Toronto and setting her talents to work in the film industry. She has some expert advice, an update on her artistic endeavors, and insights following her SSNAP moment in this Q&A with the Fishbowl. Q: Sophia, you were one of the youngest artists selected for the inaugural SSNAP Show, what was that like for you having grown up here? Being able to share my work with the community that I grew up in was incredibly rewarding. One of the art classes at GISS came to my artist talk. Having taken that same art course, I could really see myself amongst that class of students. Speaking to them about my practice and answering their questions was important to me and I hope somewhat useful for them!

Q: How have you evolved as an artist in the past two years since SSNAP? Since participating in SSNAP 2015, I have continued to find ways of integrating multiple mediums in my work. That piece (In the Studio, Self Portrait) was mainly about combining two traditional genres – the still life and the self-portrait – as well as combining two different methods of image making – photography and drawing. I am still working on these same ideas but I have also integrated writing and installation as another aspect of my work. Q: SSNAP has generated interest in art circles and communities across Canada; were you surprised that the art prize took off the way it has? I think that all the interest SSNAP has generated on the island and across Canada just shows how much we need more art in our lives and not just in cities but in smaller communities too. I had never seen so much excitement on the island around an art show. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic everyone was. Of course there are so many wonderful shows on the island throughout the year but it was awesome to see the whole island come out to support this show. Q: What advice would you give to aspiring young artists on Salt Spring? Don’t worry about making mistakes and find friends and community that inspire and support you, but also challenge you. Don’t wait to make something you want to make - don’t wait until you think you are better or ready, just make it now. You can always make it again later. Q: Are you planning to submit work for SSNAP 2017? If so, what? And if not, what can we look forward to seeing from you this year? I’m not yet sure what to submit to SSNAP 2017, we will all have to wait and see! I am going to continue to integrate writing into my practice as well as experiment with installation work. The second biennial visual art competition opens on Salt Spring in the fall of 2017. Organizers are pleased to award $30,000 in prize money to the winners to be announced in late October. January 12, 2017: Online entries begin May 31, 2017: Online entries close at midnight PDT September 22, 2017: Gala Opening of Finalist Exhibition September 22 – October 22, 2017: Exhibition opens daily October 14: The Creative Mind: Creativity in the Arts & Sciences October 21, 2017: Winners announced at Gala Awards night For more information about SSNAP, please visit the website:

Join Us for the to live music. On Salt Spring Island, romance fills the air along with ocean breezes. Feeling adventurous? There are year-round outdoor activities including biking and hiking on some of the best trails on the West Coast. February will never be the same again!


Take the Quebec Carnival and Tofino’s Storm Watching and put them together on an island in the Salish Sea – and what you get is the Salt Spring Island’s February Festival! During the month of February, Salt Spring Island is playing host to musical and arts performances at various locations including local galleries, pubs and concert halls, and ArtSpring, our 259 seat arts & cultural centre. Enjoy family weekend performances, workshops, culinary events, wellness and yoga gatherings and live jazz and rock featuring local talent. Treat yourself to local award winning wines, beers, ciders and a great meal at an array of Salt Spring’s excellent restaurants, many featuring local produce, meat, fish and seafood. Craving a little romance? Treat your sweetheart to a great Valentine’s Weekend with unique dining experiences and dancing

• Family Weekend Events • Seedy Saturday Weekend • Red & White Dance • Valentines “Lovers Get-Away” Events • Indoor Salt Spring Market • Coast Salish First Nations Cultural Day • Live Music & Entertainment – every day all month long in various venues! Salt Spring Island February Festival is presented by Salt Spring Tourism along with our supporting partners: Mouat’s Trading, Thrifty Foods, Shaw Communications, Country Grocer, Gulf Islands Driftwood Publishing and Fishbowl Magazine. It is brought to you by the members of the Chamber of Commerce with support from the Salt Spring Arts Council, PARC and ArtSpring. Visit to plan your trip and find that perfect place to stay in the islands!

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