SALT SPRING ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE September 2017 - FISSUE #109 FREE & EASY
What to GIVE UP, to FIND PEACE • 5 SSNAP
SALT SPRING Artists Among BEST in CANADA • 6 September Calendar
STUFF to DO on the ROCK • 9 The Singing Amma
SEPTEMBER is the New JANUARY • 10
Queer as Funk
plays PRIDE at Fulford Hall September 9th
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September 9th, 7:30pm at Fulford Hall It started, like most good ideas, over beer and song. A few short years later, Queer as Funk is renowned for its tight rhythm section, hot horns, and killer vocals, bringing together the city’s best musicians in an explosive, high-energy dance band. There's nothing this tight-knit band loves more than performing together, and that love is palpable to audiences everywhere. Totally unique in the history of Vancouver's LGBTQ community, Queer as Funk brings together some of the city's hottest musicians in an explosive, high-energy dance band. With repertoire ranging from beloved funk, soul and Motown classics of the 60's and 70's (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder) to contemporary favourites (Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake), Queer as Funk is also the sharpest-dressed suit-and-tie band in town. Suitable for a wide range of occasions, Queer as Funk have played to consistently sold-out audiences since their inception in early 2013. The band: Alison Gorman, Trumpet, Connie Buna & Jocelyn MacDougall, Vocals, Dan Shook, Saxophone, Marc Van Rosi Guitar, Pebbles Willekes, Bass and Sally Zori, Drums "There's nowt so queer as folk", or so the old English adage goes. Queer As Funk believes in celebrating differences, and what better way than with a big ol' dance party? See page 8 for more details on this year's Pride Festival Cover & Above Photos by: fubarfoto
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Horoscopes have always had a tendency Almost everything you're doing is going well, so we really feel there's no need to be wrong for you, but this month’s for guidance this month. will be a bang on… The animals are speaking to you a lot It may be September but Ganges is still hoping. Make sure you stop daydreaming more lately. They don’t have a support group for that quite yet but we hope before you walk into the traffic. you’ll get the help you need soon.
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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 www.santosha-yoga-retreats.com or phone 250.653.4655 Peter Marsha Moreau • Melinda Parks-Divers Visit www.santosha-yoga-retreats.com or phone 250.537.7675 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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What to give up, to find peace. Yoga practice is about finding peace. In yoga, all our practices, such as our physical practice, meditation and mindful breathing, ask that we be mindful. When we are mindful of what we are doing in the present moment, instead of being caught up in negative self-talk, criticising others or being caught-up in our fears, we are not feeding the irritations that erode our peace. Doing regular yoga practices in a mindful way will loosen the hold of the obstacles to finding peace. Affecting not only our inner peace but also our mental and physical health. It is helpful to identify the obstacles so we can have more awareness of how they are affecting us. 1. Let go of the need to always be right. Just let go of this. It makes my blood pressure go up just thinking about it! 2. Let go of your need to control. Put your best effort forward then let go. Let God, or let Universe, take over. 3. Let go of blaming others. Blaming doesn't do anyone any good. 4. Let go of negative or self-defeating self-talk. Instead, repeat positive affirmations to yourself throughout the day...it works. 5. Let go of complaining. Look for the best in a situation, or person, not the negative. 6. Let go of criticism. Work on improving yourself instead. 7. Let go of your need to impress others. Relax, and be confident and comfortable in who you are. 8. Let go of resistance to change. Go with the flow! I have a favourite saying “It (the challenge, the situation, the job) is only as hard as I want to make it”. 9. Let go of fears. Fear is paralyzing. “They” say that 85% of what we worry about never happens. 10. Let go your past. Learn from the past but wholeheartedly get on with your future. 11. Let go of attachments. Attachment to outcomes; people; places; things; create pain when they are no longer part of your life. 12. Let go of living up to other peoples expectations. Have a clear vision of what you want for you and your future The above obstacles to peace are “all in our minds”. Yoga teaches us that we have control over our minds. In fact, we think of yoga is a “bag of tools or methods” to calm the mind. We can then see what “mind-games” we get caught up in. We can live a more peaceful and healthy life with more awareness. Yoga helps us to be in a clear, calm place, enabling us to see how we get caught in these peace disturbing activities of the mind. These activities will naturally soften and dissolve with the yoga practice but it takes resolve to be free of them. Inner peace is our responsibility. It takes constant work. Guess where I am heading... See you on the mat! ~ Dorothy Dorothy teaches yoga classes, pranayama, meditation & retreats locally & worldwide. Visit www.santosha-yoga-retreats.com or phone 250-537-7675
COWICHAN BAY We are thrilled to announce the performance lineup of the Koksilah Music Festival taking place Sept 8-10 in Quw’utsun Territory at Tl’ulpalus (Cowichan Bay, BC). Our lineup is full of amazing Indigenous musicians, artists, and speakers from the resurgence movement as well as supportive performers from around the Pacific Northwest. Come hear what they have to say when they make their way onstage with a mic and some really big speakers. Camp out, dance, and help raise some money for the Resurgence. Check out our lineup, get your early bird tickets and more at koksilahfestival.com The Koksilah Music Festival is organized in recognition and celebration of the sovereignty and resiliency of Indigenous Nations throughout BC. While 2017 marks the Canada’s 150th year, it also marks more than 500 years of Indigenous resistance to colonial exploitation and assimilation in this region. Our intention is to highlight the perspectives of Indigenous musicians, artists, activists and knowledge keepers. We are partnered with Quw’utsun elders and traditional leaders to ensure that this gathering reflects proper protocols and is accessible to the local Indigenous community. All festival proceeds will be donated to grassroots initiatives led by Indigenous people asserting sovereignty over their ancestral territories. Funds will be split between the Xwaaqw’um cultural resurgence project, Unist’ot’en Camp, and Lax U’u’la Camp (Lelu Island). These groups are working tirelessly to re-occupy and protect their traditional lands and waters, revitalize their cultural practices, and reconnect people with the land.
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49 Finalists Selected, 6 from Salt Spring!
SSNAP 2017 Exhibition KEY DATES
Where can you find some of the best Canadian artworks this fall? Look no further than Mahon Hall, where the Salt Spring National Art Prize launches the second biennial 2017 SSNAP Finalists’ Exhibition. The Gala Opening takes place on Friday, September 22 with 49 finalists’ works revealed in a diverse showcase. Six of the forty-nine SSNAP finalists hail from Salt Spring – a good indication that local artists are among the best in Canada.
September 22, 2017: Gala Opening of Finalist Exhibition
SSNAP founding director Ron Crawford says the Art Prize has taken root nationally as well as locally, “We’ve taken our small island initiative and brought it to the national stage. This year more local artists made the final cut and are eligible to win the Salt Spring Prize (Joan McConnell Award.)” Crawford believes this second biennial visual art competition is going to be one of the best art exhibitions in Western Canada, if not country-wide.
The first SSNAP Exhibition featured four Salt Spring artists with Nicola Wheston taking home first prize in the People’s Choice Award and Susan Huber selected for the ASA Award for outstanding Salt Spring artist. The current Salt Spring finalists have submitted works in oil and acrylic on canvas, photography, chainsaw steel and aluminum. The Salt Spring artists named as finalists are: Janet Dwyer ~ Sibéal Foyle ~ John David James Garry Kaye ~ Eric Klemm ~ Peter McFarlane Salt Spring Islanders would be wise to reserve the following dates to enjoy works demonstrating originality, integrity and depth of meaning, as selected by an independent jury. The jurors are David Garneau, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Burlington, and Naomi Potter, the Director/Curator of the Esker Foundation of Calgary.
September 22 – October 22, 2017: Exhibition open daily from September 23 October 14, 2017: The Creative Mind: Creativity in the Arts and Sciences October 21, 2017: Winners announced at Gala Awards Night The month long show will feature two and three-dimensional contemporary art in multi-media. Artists incorporated beads, moose hide, otter skin, hand spun book pages, oak and spider web into their pieces. Many of them are expected to attend the opening providing art lovers with an opportunity to learn more. For more information, please visit: http://saltspringartprize.ca/ You can find us via social media too. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaltSpringNationalArtPrize Twitter: twitter.com/SSArtPrize Hashtags: #SSNAP2017 #artprize Instagram: instagram.com/ssartprize/
INCORPORATION VOTE set for September 9th
The discussion is heating up between islanders on both sides of the conversation. We encourage you to get educated, ask questions and on September 9th VOTE! Both sides have put together excellent websites with tons of information.
You Don't Need to be a Math Whiz to See IT DOESN'T ADD UP!
Municipality within the Islands Trust: Vote for Change!
Math was never my best subject, but you don’t need straight A’s in algebra to know that the Yes side’s promises of transformational change don’t add up. For one thing, all change is not created equal. Regressive change leaves you worse off than before. Incorporation would trap us on the same dependence-on-development treadmill most municipalities climbed on decades ago and still can’t get off. Right now, we have the only government in Canada deliberately designed to be green. Because our Local Trust Committee makes land use decisions and the CRD provides services, development applications don’t get approved because of how much tax revenue they’d generate. If we incorporated, a whole lot of tax dollars would have to come from somewhere, and fast. A Salt Spring municipality would be on the hook for roads, policing, water, sewage, fire protection, and a new, fully staffed municipal hall — for starters. By law, BC municipalities have to get almost all their money from property taxes. A Salt Spring municipality would be stuck, like the rest, between a rock and a hard place—growing expectations (remember all those referendum promises?), legally limited ways to meet them, and voters’ resistance to increased taxes. Actually, we’d be worse off than other small municipalities because we don’t have much of a commercial or industrial tax base — but that’s what pays the highest tax rate. What’s a poor island municipality to do? Most likely, what most do — approve new industrial and commercial developments. There will be no shortage of suitors knocking at the door. Over the years, true to its preserve and protect mandate, Salt Spring’s Local Trust Committee has turned down applications like: an industrial development on Long Harbour Road; a golf course, hotel, and small-lot subdivision on Beddis Road; an industrial development on Isabella Point Road; a golf course-condominium project in the Fulford Valley (where farms and community gardens thrive). So yes, incorporation would bring “change” — so much regressive change that in a few years we may barely recognize the island whose rural character and natural beauty attracted us in the first place. But there’s also progressive change: keeping what we’ve got and making it better. The Islands Trust is a great example. It’s been both visionary and practical since its inception. Without it, the Gulf Islands would have been carved into city-sized lots decades ago. Your “NO” vote will preserve and protect the Trust, keep us on the path of progressive change, and help create a sustainable future for the island we love. Islanders are already exploring options for improving the governance we have. Once we’ve voted down incorporation, join them in writing the next progressive chapter in our exceptional island’s story.
The only constant in life is change. Fearing it is unwise. Embracing it is the first step to self-realization. Local municipal governance empowers us to grow further and take this next step. Opponents say this betrays the Trust, yet the Trust is pro-choice. An island municipality will provide community governance guided by the Trust’s aim to foster both a healthy environment and a healthy community. Land use decisions segregated from broader community concerns hobble the Trust’s ability to foster a healthy community. No one lives by land use decisions alone. Municipal governance integrates decision making and planning - replacing the LTC, the water districts, the fire district, the CRD and the province. This is important is because our current unintegrated Catch-22 non-system is dysfunctional, a ship without a rudder. Worse yet, a ship with a dozen rudders. The addition of a Local Community Commission (LCC) does nothing to change our dividedness. It is not an alternative model of governance - it is one of many possible creations of the CRD, and limited to advising only on CRD matters. Nothing else changes, Catch-22 survives. This is why in the province of BC, there are only two actual governance models: the Catch-22 model we have now, or municipality. An LCC would bring the current total of elected officials to 30 - with NO common vision. We will be better served by one council with 7 locally elected officials, fully accessible, focused on our needs, guided by preserve-and-protect. Catch-22 ensures we will not realize our greater potential to care either for the natural environment or for our community. We are already lagging behind. Ganges Boardwalk? Fire hall? Liquid waste treatment? Still not done - the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, dozens of municipalities now require LEED Silver minimum in building standards. Even more require LEED Certification. Here on Salt Spring, we have a five-step building standard dictated by the province and we remain on the bottom step. An island municipality within the Trust preserves our unique governance because we don’t leave the Trust. A council must support the aims of the Trust with more checks and balances than we have today. The studies done for and by the Trust do not foresee the negative consequences touted by the naysayers. The naysayers also claim that a Salt Spring municipality would necessarily resort to development to fund new or better services, when our municipality would have other direct revenue options: a $13 million reserve fund that accumulates over the first five years, expanded access to grants, and if necessary taxation or borrowing. Changes to the OCP must be approved by the Trust. Bowen Island and the Trust have always agreed to OCP changes to their mutual satisfaction - and an island council can be proactive in making development 100% green! In the end, we CAN become what we aspire to be, a world leader. We cannot do that by refusing the empowerment that voting “Yes” will bring.
Protect Our Island & VOTE NO on September 9th. Find out more at: positivelyno.org Murray Reiss is a member of the PNO communications team.
To Better Preserve & Protect Embrace the Future & Vote Yes on September 9th. Find out more at: yestosaltspringmunicipality.org John Macpherson is a senior editor for Yes Empowers Salt Spring Island. He chaired the 2013 Governance Study Committee.
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2017 Salt Spring Island
“A World of Pride” Join in on the 13th Annual Salt Spring Island Pride from Sept. 6th to 10th for one of BC’s most unique Pride events! This year’s theme, A World of Pride, welcomes you to join in on our celebration of Diversity & Inclusion for events hosted for our queer community, visitors and allies. Share, discuss and celebrate hope for an inclusive future - here at home and around the world. More info can be found at daissi.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Wed, Sept 6th Sat, Sept 9th Queer Story Sharing Circle at Beaver Point Hall, 7-9 pm Admission by donation Open circle sharing with a special facilitator (LGBTQ+)
Thu, Sept 7th Q-munity Meal & Discussion: “What does Diversity & Inclusion mean to us?” Location to be announced, 5-8 pm Catered Dinner by Donation (LGBTQ+) Queer Dance Temple at Beaver Point Hall, 7-10 pm $10-15 (sliding scale), DJ Shauna Devlin
Fri, Sept 8th Ferron & her All-Star Band at ArtSpring, 7:30 - 9:00pm $25 general/ $15 student Tickets at Artspring or artspring.ca Join us for Juno Award Winner Ferron performing with her 3 piece band. Loud & Proud Musician Ange Hehr at Moby's Pub, 9 pm $10 cover charge after 8 pm. Food & drink from 6 pm onward. (Also performing Sat. evening at Moby’s).
Salt Spring Pride Parade Human Powered & Lovin’ it! 12:30 - Gather and Welcome at Salt Spring Library on McPhillips Avenue 1:00 - Parade through Ganges Village 1:30-3:00 - Celebration in Centennial Park with DJ TRiiKSTR. Pride Dance Featuring Queer as Funk along w/ DJ Slade and DJ TRiiKSTR & Coco Klein. 7 pm at Fulford Hall. Tickets are $25 at Artspring or artspring.ca or $30 at the door at Fulford Hall event night. (We encourage ticket purchases in advance as this event normally sells out)
Sun, Sept 10th A Message of Love Unitarian Pride Service 10:30am, Admission is free Seniors Services Centre across from Country Grocer Please contact: email@example.com or visit www.daissi.org Media contact: Tisha Boulter 250.537.1476 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Spring Island
FALL FAIR SEPTEMBER 16TH & 17TH, 2017
Join us at the annual Fall Fair at the Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, on September 16th and 17th. This year’s event celebrates 120 years of Fall Fairs with the theme, “Party with the Animals” Join locals and visitors as they take in demonstrations, races, competitions and displays. This cherished community celebration of all things agricultural, showcases the best in island entertainment and delicious fair food. The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, founded in 1895, encourages the preservation and development of agriculture on Salt Spring Island and supports farmers in their quest for sustainability. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $13 for a two day pass. Seniors receive a $1.00 per day discount on presentation of a valid CareCard. Ages 7-17 are $5.00 per day, or $7.00 for a two day pass. Children 6 and under admitted FREE!
MUSIC SCHEDULE Saturday 10:00-10:30 10:40-11:10 11:20-11:50 12:00-12:30 12:45-1:25 1:40-2:20 2:35-3:15 3:30-4:10 4:25-5:05 5:20-Close
Joe Akerman Vaughn Fulford Harry Warner Jack n’ Lefty Doug & the Thugs Simone & the Soul Intentions Sharon Bailey & Craig McKerron Sunny Siders Happy Daze SALT
Sunday MC Al Hans 10:00-10:30 Alan Moberg 10:45-11:15 Wesley Hardisty 11:25-11:55 Hoochie Coochie Men 12:05-12:45 Alvaro Sanchez 1:00-1:40 Valdy 1:50-2:30 Duck Creak 2:40-3:20 Marianne Grittani & Friends 3:30-4:10 Kathy Stack & Friends 4:30-Close Everyday People
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Issues starring the most awesome John Bateman There’s an old saying. Well, since you read it, it’s approximately 10 seconds old. That old saying goes: “The only thing more horrific than bumping into anyone on Salt Spring, is not bumping into anyone. Or vice-versa.”
I’m constantly amazed at how few people are able to blanket such a large island. This must be a problem for a place that boasts the largest per-capita population of mediators on this, or any other astral plane of existence. Don’t get me wrong, I love each and every person on this island as if they were my own children. As a matter of fact, 2 of them actually are my own children, who I also bump into too much. The last time I tried to find, “me time” on the island, I headed deep into the woods. I still bumped into my dad, my psychologist, my pastor, my doctor and my mechanic. Collectively they made me feel guilty that I didn’t pray hard enough to increase my self esteem. I also need my spark plugs gapped. I forget if it was my doctor or mechanic who told me that.
Luckily I am a social animal and randomly running into people is my thing. Aside from the 28 coffee shops on the island, there are plenty of places to stop and chew the fat with people. Take for example the grocery store: Whether you are a Thrifty’s person, a Country Grocer person or a GVM person, food shopping offers one of the best places to randomly meet and avoid people. The reason I like it so much is that if you are crafty enough, you can really control who you cross paths with. The best technique is to do a quick walk past all the isles and check who’s there. You can then strategize your shopping according to who thinks you’re funny, or who you have offended with your last article. Bumping into people is one of the mechanisms that keep the “island time clock” going at its treading water pace. It reminds us to stop and smell the locals. Perhaps a metaphor was in order there. The chance meeting offers an incredible range of excuses for missed meetings and appointments: “Sorry I’m late, I ran into a ‘new to the island’, charismatic yogi. He had some great ideas about wealth sharing. One of the most frightening places to have an unwanted encounter is the ferry. I know, you think you can hide in your car. The reality is, if someone decides they want to talk with you, your car becomes a prison. It’s happened to you before. You see them ambling between the cars. Think fast! Do you pretend you’re on the phone, reading or asleep? Too late, they are standing beside your window smiling. You slowly roll your window down and say, “Heeyyyy”. The rest, as they say, is hell.
By the way, if you were heading off island to get away from Salt Springers for a while, that won’t work either. I have bumped into them in some of the most bustling cities on earth. As a matter of fact, I bet if you read the unedited moon landing transcript it would read: "That's one small step for man, one giant...HEY! Didn’t I see you at ArtSpring last week?”
Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE
Nurturing, empowering & educating families for over 30 years *amma = grandmother in Icelandic
SEPTEMBER is the NEW JANUARY Does September feel like a “new year,” a new opportunity to “get back on track,” to recreate your “productivity schedule,” to “relax” into the rhythms that only structure can bring? Yes! And, I encourage you to be mindful – of self – always start with self-awareness, it’ll help you be more present, and gracious, with your children -- and be mindful of your children’s adjustment-time needs. Having a daily family mindfulness practice and maintaining your connection with your toddlers, children, tweens and teens can help. If this is their first year heading out to school, this could be a monumental experience. For both of you. If this is their last year of school, it may be equally monumental. And all the years in between will come with their own adjustments; new teachers, new schools, new kids in their class, old friends no longer in their class, or in their same school. And that’s all before they even start learning new subject matter! It can be exhausting. There may be changes in home settings, too, that children will now need to bring forth into the larger context of their peer/school community – maybe a new baby, perhaps a life-altering vacation experience, a separation of parents may have taken place, or perhaps a new parental relationship has developed. “Good stress” (aka excitement) is still stress. So, it’s big. Scheduled bedtimes and gettingout-the-door mornings alone require a grace period. Allow time, and do what you can to conjure up extra compassion, loving and kindness in these first weeks. Breathe. Implement or reestablish family traditions that encourage communication, connection, togetherness and mindfulness. Perhaps a cup of tea when they get home, and a sharing of “three favourite parts of your day.” We include “least favourite parts,” too, sometimes - a good practice to have on hand for those days when it seems something’s “not quite right” but they’re “fine,”“good” or “O.K.” Remember, asking fewer questions can actually lead to more information shared. Practice simply greeting them with “Hi! It’s great to see you!” And then hush! No, really. You will be surprised what might emerge in the pause between busy parent prattle! “Whenever possible say a paragraph with a sentence, a sentence with a word, a word with a gesture.” Dr. Haim Ginott, child-psychologist. Take a Family Mindfulness Meditation Walk after school or dinner. Everyone chooses one sense to focus on – it could be everyone focuses on the same one, or each focus on a different one. Play with it. Be fluid. Then walk, slowly, deliberately, with awareness, focusing. After a set amount of time (shorter duration for younger ones or those less practiced in Walking Meditation) stop and share what you experienced. Let discoveries emerge. Did you hear layers of sound? Feel the wind on your cheeks? Smell the rain? See leaves fluttering, dancing? What else? This is a beautiful way to be both in connection with one another and get your daily dose of the oh-so-important “vitamin N” – Nature! Send your parenting questions to: email@example.com or www.facebook.com/thesingingamma Visit: www.thesingingamma.com
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with Marsha Moreau
My Food Matters by CHEF KEN BRUDNER
SPICE WORLD Exit West by Mohsin Hamid “Exit West” is long listed for the Booker Prize, and it’s easy to see why. This slim novel, with its genre defying story and elegantly parsed words is a stand out among this year’s offerings.
Saeed and Nadia live in an unspecified country. I love this decision on the author’s part. The country can remain nameless and yet we still understand exactly what’s happening there. It reinforces the idea that a political crisis is universal and even if we’ve never lived through one we can still empathize on a visceral level. There are insurgents, there are rebels, there are militarized forces. This story begins with our protagonists meeting and beginning to date each other but while the focus is on them, there are many not so casual hints dropped about what’s happening in the political landscape surrounding them. Nadia, who wears a robe but also rides a motorcycle and lives alone, and Saeed, who doesn’t pray and (as many unmarried men in his country do) lives with his parents, happen to fall in love at a “This book examines the time when their country is falling apart. As the cracks refugee crisis eloquently, in their society grow, and in a way that both tells as the author painstakingly a story and provides reveals in brutal asides, such essential commentary.” as Saeed’s father coming across a group of young men playing soccer, only to realize the ball is actually a human head, Nadia and Saeed are forced to make a decision. They’ve heard of doors. Doors that provide an escape, a way out. It costs them dearly and the act is fraught with peril but it seems to be the only chance they’ll have to make a life for themselves. Far away from the madness that their country has descended into. But where is “safe”? Where is “home”? These magical doors can be found anywhere, can lead to anywhere, but how to create a life on the other side? This book examines the refugee crisis eloquently, in a way that both tells a story and provides essential commentary. Any of us could wake up one day and discover that the world/country/city we are living in is no longer what it was and without the gift of magical doors of escape, what would we do? “Exit West” shows us the despair and hopefulness that coexist when one leaves their homeland. “When we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind.” Not an easy choice at all.
Any good chef will tell you that the best meals consist of simple, fresh and good quality ingredients. When these three conditions are combined they are a match made in heaven and have no equal in the food world. I’m sure you have heard the expression “everything but the kitchen sink. There are some who have this notion that putting as much “stuff” into the workings of a particular dish will make it taste better. The more the merrier!! Well no, I can safely say that is not what creating flavour is about. If you call rosemary chicken, rosemary chicken, then you want it to taste just like that; rosemary and chicken with perhaps a little lemon zest to brighten things up. This is especially true with good quality chicken which you can find here on Salt Spring. When you have poultry that offers so much flavour to begin with instead of the water downed version, you have little to do. Cuisines around the globe mix and match spices to create flavours unique to their own culture. Proteins that are consumed are generally the same around the world but what really defines a cuisine are the spices and how they are matched. Countries and cultures designed a menu all unique in their own way using what grows naturally abundant in their given region and is there for the taking. Countless dishes have been created by man through the centuries using what surrounds them and as Mother Nature dictates the offerings available in any region blends well with the other food in the same region. Makes sense right? Generally, the same spices are available all across the Asian continent but to distinguish they might toy with them modifying the amounts and cooking methods of each to establish their own blends which create a different taste than a neighbouring country. Aromatics that highlight and accentuate have been used aggressively in Asia for centuries. Matching flavours and spices can be a bona fide art in the right hands. However, spice confusion can be created in the wrong ones. If there are too many things going on in your mouth that are unpleasant you can be sure it is because of lack of harmony in the spicing and/or the method was not adequate. If you know or take the trouble to learn what goes well with something else, you can be successful in creating a really great meal. Here are a few of my hundreds of favorites; • rosemary with chicken or potatoes
• lemon, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
• basil, mint and oregano
• thyme and squash
• fennel seed and rice
• ginger, garlic, lemongrass and lime leaf
• cumin and coriander seeds If you would like to create your own blends of spices make sure you note how much of each spice you used for next time if you think there was a little too much or not enough of a particular one. Enjoy!
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CITIZEN at LARGE
In the world to body piercings and tattoos, I am a virgin - the former being too painful and pointless and the latter being, well, too painful and pointless. Piercings generally are forgiving - your body graciously heals the holes over should you have a change of heart. Tattoos, not so much. Why would anyone need a permanent bumper sticker emblazoned on their anatomy? “Live free or Die?”“Born to Lose?” Please. You had the best weekend of your life with Shirley at the PNE? Great. Does that necessitate her name emblazoned across your chest for eternity - a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling? Or how about a dagger plunged into your chest, ostensibly signaling to the general population that you had your heart broken, and it really, really hurt? Newsflash, Huckleberry - we’ve all had our hearts broken once or twice. As always, Saltspring citizenry do nothing halfway. There was a lovely young couple that surfaced, each with a Sanskrit tattoo on their foreheads representing the opposite sex’s genitalia, signifying their undying love for each other. Saltspring being Saltspring, Love gave way to a tearful fight, resulting in he walking the earth alone with a Sankrit vagina on his forehead, and she, a penis. While nice conversation starters, I am not sure if it would advance one’s job prospects. In a similar vein, a heartbroken bloke sported a medieval crusader cross tattooed on his forehead, extending down the bridge of his nose. While this may be de rigeur on Saltspring, outside acceptance may be limited to the Maori Rugby team. Still, tattoo frenzy shows no signs of abatement. Shops and parlours are popping up like weed dispensaries, with varying degrees of talent inside. I’ve seen tattoos that appear to be inked by Charlie Manson. Every barista pulling shots seems to be spending his/her tips on a “sleeve,” starting at the shoulder and working on down. I’ve seen some beautiful Aubrey Beardsley-like designs swirling over various body parts but nothing so tempting as to get me to pull out my credit card. And frankly, there is nothing so unappealing as a wizened old fart strutting his stuff in a Speedo, with faded tattoos sagging down between the folds of skin. The cry for attention knows no age limit I suppose. In a galaxy far far away, in another century, I was showing a very stern 40-something librarian a home in Oak Bay. A classic librarian - cardigan sweater, hair in a tight bun, reading glasses dangling from a chain around her neck, calflength skirt, black tights, sensible black shoes. Spoke with that dry, judgmental, smug tone replicated on Downton Abbey. As I followed her upstairs, I noticed a small tear in her thick black tights - the size of a quarter - just above her oxfords. Barely visible, through that little hole in her stocking, was a butterfly tattoo. For a brief moment, I was in love - with the breathless world - in love with that librarian - in love with the indelible surprises Life brings. How do you capture that in a tattoo?
Gather your friends, bring your banjo, guitar and harmonica or just your voice and join young and old on the south end for a fabulous open stage! Great music and munchies. Alcohol free and everyone welcome. On the last Sunday of every month in the OAPO annex at Fulford Hall.
Old Timey Café
NATURAL HEALTH NOTES with Dr. Brad Dunstan ND
The Caregiver's Dilemma. Who Cares for our Caregivers? A caregiver: One who cares for others, often at the cost of their own best interests and health. There's one in every family; this is the essence of parenthood, and, in time, it is repeated, in reverse, as we in turn care for our aging parents. But so often, the needs of those doing the caring gets overlooked, with severe implications for both physical and mental health. Caregivers can fit into one of two groups – trained professionals (doctors, nurses, care aides, etc), and laypeople; the friends and family of the patient. I recall with great clarity, sitting in medical school, hearing from various instructors and experienced physicians about the crucial importance of self care. Personal examples were recounted, and many even quoted the Bible; “physician heal thyself”. My classmates and I dutifully took notes, and many heads were nodded, and a few even spoke in agreement. We learned various techniques for maintaining our sanity and our immune systems, when faced with a waiting room full of sneezes and sniffles. And we learned that a sick doctor is not a good doctor, and that the best medicines are the ones you've tried yourself. A few even acknowledged the inherent irony that is naturopathic medical school – a crucible wherein we learn about the importance of maintaining balance, while burning our own candles at every end. We at least became very proficient at supporting the adrenal systems of our chronically stressed friends! I understand that similar self care training exists for most health care professionals, and my experience has been that most of us have either forgotten, or simply lack the time, to put this to use. I know that I am my own worst patient. The difficulty that a trained healthcare professional faces in self care is minor however, compared to that of the layperson. Take all the same stresses, but add personal grief, and subtract the training, the experience, and, often, the sleep. It is not uncommon to see such a caregiver work themselves into illness, both physical and mental, until it is they who are in crisis. In just the same way as an overworked, burnt-out physician, they are no longer able to help their ill or aging family member. We cannot afford to wait for our caregivers to ask for help – if you know someone who needs help helping, you can take action today. It can be simple, such as taking on household chores, or bringing over re-heatable healthy dinners for the freezer. Perhaps a massage or a sauna treatment, or offer to take on a night-shift, and let them sleep. In my therapeutic arsenal, I find many options for the over-worked caregiver; they are remarkably similar to the chronically stressed med student! Adrenal support, with herbs like ashwagandwa and schisandra, energy boosting B12 shots, IV vitamin infusions, and acupuncture could, alone or in combination, be a lifesaver for the caregiver in need. Hug a caregiver today! 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 DrDunstanND@gmail.com.
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MEL it OVER
by Melinda Parks-Divers
Lasting Memories on a Budget Wow! Was this summer ever busy on the rock! It was crazy! We had some company so I had an opportunity to be a real tour guide! We did all the usual stuff and it was really nice to see the island through fresh eyes. This place is awesome! We did the big stuff like the market and the walk through town visiting galleries and stores. That was nice but here is my highlight list of the subtle things that make me love this island. The first night, I wanted my guests to get their toes in the Pacific Ocean so we paddled on boards around Baders Beach. The air was still and it was hot. My guests giggled allot as tiny crabs nibbled at their toes. We were giddy like children as we frolicked in the sea! We drove all over the island and to remote areas that I never get too. We enjoyed vistas and forest walks, brewery and cidery and late night lake swims. Treehouse Cafe was a highlight for evening live entertainment and food. Gawd, this place is such an asset to the island. Morning coffees and cinnamon twists became a quick routine at Barb's and Salad Truck lunch hour stops kept us fueled for the day. I am so grateful for the character and charm of these island staples! We skinny dipped by moonlight in Saint Mary's while we watched the glow of car headlights stream through the trees in their way around the lake. When darkness really fell around us, we played in phosphorescence rich beaches making stars in the sea. What I learned is that you really don't need to work hard or spend a ton of money to create lasting memories on the rock! Writings from the heart and shit. moonshinemamas.ca
West Coast Work Boat Association
September 22-24, 2017
The 2017 Fall Rendezvous will once again be held in the hospitable community of Ganges at the Salt Spring Island Harbour Authority’s Kanaka Dock. On the weekend following the SSI Fall Fair, and beginning with the first day of fall, the Ganges Rendezvous will truly be a FALL Rendezvous. More information will be posted closer to the event. Our Fall Rendezvous coordinator is Martin Milner of “Sea Maid”
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photosynthesis 2017 dazzles again at artspring
pretty pictures? opening reception Aug 23, 5-7:30pm
Jeannette Sirois has the final artist showcase of the summer with: “The Still-ness of life” opening on Friday August 25th. Iconic still life images of oversized botanicals have been created using oil and wax sticks on paper. They will fill the stage with colour and ask the viewer to contemplate the speed of life and stillness of nature.
hosted by Restorative Justice Sept. 7, 5 - 7pm Lions Hall,
“Healthy Conflict, Healthy Community" Could Salt Spring, the “argument surrounded by water” be a model for bridgebuilding? Maybe so - in August we had the “Twisted Town Hall Referendum Social for In-co-operation”. Back in 2010 there was the “Calm-Unity” initiative. And Salt Spring’s Restorative Justice group hosted a session on “Bridging the Divide(s)” in 2014 and then, in 2016, a training session for peace making circle facilitators. Since then Restorative Justice Salt Spring has hosted two community circles. We are delighted that several people have gone out of their way to let us know how much they appreciated these circles. The circle process lends itself to deep listening, to valuing different perspectives - to simply appreciating other people for who they are. This is not to say that circles are always comfortable or comforting, but they invite us to bring forth our best selves, and to become more inclusive, less divisive, in our interactions with others.Community circle hosted by Restorative Justice. For info, contact: Darlene: (778) 402-6626
For the 17th consecutive year, the Photosynthesis show will provide Salt Spring Island with a look at what some of our top photographic talent is producing. Photosynthesis is a group of accomplished Salt Spring Island photographers founded in 1995. Membership has fluctuated over the years but it currently comprises 18 photographers and a student, chosen for the quality and originality of their work. This year’s theme is “Pretty Pictures?” which encourages each photographer to explore and express their attitude about the current state of photography – whether to indulge the decorative aspect prominently featured on social media or attempt to go beyond it through imaginative and creative expression. All works are new; none have previously been shown. This ensures that the show will be fresh, vibrant and exciting. Participants in Photosynthesis 2017 include Alane Lalonde, Seth Berkowitz, Shari Macdonald, Chris Stackhouse, Alan Bibby, Brigit Freybe Bateman, Tamar Griggs, Greg Klassen, Michael Wall, Jen Holmes, Avril Kirby, Grace Sevy, Bernadette Merten-MacAllister, Timmy Gibbons, Judy McPhee, Jana Zachariou, Sam Lightman and student, Arianna Fraser. The opening reception is on August 23th from 5 - 7:30 pm at ArtSpring. The show runs daily from August 24th until September 5th with at least one photographer in attendance at all times to meet visitors and discuss the group’s works. Artspring Gallery is open 10-5 daily. For more information about Photosynthesis2017, go to: http://www.photosyn.ca. Facebook: Photosynthesis – Salt Spring Island Photographers
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VITAL SIGNS 2017
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