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Peter Vincent

Stuck in the Matrix • 5 The Salty Awards

Salt Spring Community & Business Awards • 6 October Calendar

STUFF to DO on the ROCK • 9 Marsha Moreau

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson • 11

Celebration of the Arts 2017 at ArtSpring October 27 & 28 read us online at email us today at

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ArtSpring is excited to announce the second annual Celebration of the Arts, taking place on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. The Celebration, which corresponds with the opening of ArtSpring’s 2017-2018 performance season, honours ArtSpring’s role as a hub for all art forms on Salt Spring Island, not just the performing arts. The Celebration opens with an unusual and intriguing performance event: an Artists Mash-up. Artists of different genres have been paired to create collaborative performance pieces of between two and ten minutes each. The Mash-up begins at 7 pm on the ArtSpring stage. It is entirely free and open to all. Seating is first-come-firstserve. Displays and demonstrations will be open in the lobby and galleries from 6 pm to 9 pm on the 27th, concurrent with the Mashup, with wine, beer and food trucks available on the ArtSpring patio. While artists do have the option of selling their work, the main goal of the Celebration is to showcase the arts on Salt Spring, and for artists to interactively demonstrate their creation process. Displays and demonstrations will be open to the public from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday the 27th, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday the 28th, with refreshments available. Children have not been left out of the Celebration of the Arts. From 10 am to noon on Saturday the 28th, art educator Johanna Hoskins will lead interactive mural and tile painting for children of all ages in the back of the ArtSpring galleries. Parents and guardians are asked not to leave children unattended. The Celebration of the Arts is free to everyone, presenters and visitors alike. Come to ArtSpring for an inspired and inspiring weekend of artistic expression, curiosity, and learning. For a complete schedule of events and a list of participating artists and performers, please visit the ArtSpring website at, or email with any questions. Submission Deadline for Celebration of the Arts OCTOBER 13, 2017 Calling all: artists, performers, artisans, craftspeople and community members to showcase their art in all its many fantastic forms. Cover Photo by: Wendy D. Photography

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

^ Aries: People might be

saying Christmas is just around the corner, but really that's just nonsense, it’s not.

_ Taurus:

The moral of this horoscope is:

e Scorpio:

A masterplan is forming inside your head but unfortunately it looks like you won’t be able to put it into action until 2028, good plan though!

f Sagittarius:

` Gemini: Today will

The age you should be acting will be written on the soles of your shoes.

be what you make of it: epic and adventurous or thoroughly horrific. Remember, you manifested this.

g Capricorn:

a Cancer:

The life of a party you most certainly are NOT this weekend.

Scraping the barrel doesn't necessarily mean that you’ve hit rock bottom. Happy wine Wednesday.

b Leo:

h Aquarius:

c Controlling your situation may become more difficult. Sorry about that!

i Pisces:

Christmas Christmas Christmas, that is all.

You're doing great, keep it up!


d Libra: Sorry we missed

While "rustic charm" can be attractive this is not an excuse for being smelly and dirty.

your birthday Rossy. Sounds like you need a hot bath and some valium.


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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 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

PRODUCT REVIEWS by: Genevieve Price Sponsored by

This month I compared 3 of the newest mascaras to hit the market.

COVERGIRL SO LASHY Hands down my favourite was the Maybelline product! Between the traditional brush and the formula, I was sold. The brush is thin and curved allowing coverage root to tip in just a swipe or 2. Because the entire brush is thin it makes touching up the corner hairs quick and easy. The formula is thin and does not clump and did not irritate my sensitive eyes.

COVERGIRL PLUMPIFY My second choice was the Covergirl Plumpify. The brush is big and almost fluffy and the end has a rounded tip that has longer, thin bristles. It only takes a few sweeps to cover all your lashes and the round tip allows you to effortlessly cover lashes in the corners of your eyes. The formula is decent, hypoallergenic; it is pretty thick but that’s how you end up with such full coverage. I did need to wipe the excess mascara off each time to expose the round tip bristles.

MAYBELLINE LASH Sensational Curvitude Third place goes to the Covergirl So Lashy. I tried the waterproof formula for something different and it really irritated my eyes which added insult to injury as it is waterproof so removing it while in discomfort was unpleasant. The brush is ok, it’s ‘lash finder’ silicone ball tip is a little over the top and I found myself using it not only for the corners but for the entire lash making the process about 20 sweeps instead of 3 or 4 for full coverage.


CITIZEN at LARGE Lost in the Matrix

This week I became the proud owner of a 36” by 48” poster of Bill Murray staring off into the distance in a fog of ennui, Scarlett Johansson leaning on his shoulder, languidly smoking a cigarette. Actually, I’m not so proud. I don’t collect movie posters, don’t belong to that world of fandom, and really don’t have the wall space to tack up an unframed poster from the movie, “Lost in Translation.” So how come, you may well ask? Facebook. Resistance is fruitless. My fault, really. Filling out the profile page is tantamount to handing them your wallet. By “them” I mean that nether world of e-commerce, where every click of your mouse is recorded, categorized, and plotted. They know more about you than you know about yourself. We all sense this. And yet, like automatons, we continue to click, continue to fill out forms, giving thumbs up to political organizations, to products, to widgets, to companies that seduce you with a chance of winning fabulous prizes. Fool that I am, last week I clicked on one for Kicking Horse Coffee with the faint hope of winning coffee for a year. I thought it may be a good idea to review my long forgotten profile. Favourite artists? Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. Movies? Blade Runner, the Matrix, Lost in Translation. Here’s a surprise: sprinkled throughout my “Home” feed are constant ads for t-shirts, coffee mugs and yes, posters of these, my favourite weaknesses. Along with the obvious are ads for dash cameras, drones, subscriptions to Rolling Stone and the New York Times, wearable sleeping bags, GPS trackers for my dog, for my bike, for my car, security cameras for my house viewable on my phone, charities pleading for money to help abused dogs and hungry children, fund raising to finance someone’s bicycle trip to end obesity, wireless headphones, tiny hearing aids, and viagra without a prescription. That’s quite an exciting dossier. Moreover, I can click on a stove in an e-edition Home Depot flyer, and for months receive ads for stoves showing up on the sidebar. A major grocery chain offers points and gas when you sign up for their rewards program and voila, every grocery purchase you make is recorded and before you know it, tantalizing ads pop up on your phone offering extra points if you come in today and buy a product that you absolutely love - like Kicking Horse Coffee. You know how I said I liked “The Matrix?” We are edging closer and closer to living in a web matrix. Unless you go rogue, unless you chuck your can’t-live-without devices into the drink, they have you. And seriously, who’s going to do that? The least I can do is wipe out the profile. Second, I can take a page out of the Peter Levitt Book of Revelations, and periodically disconnect. Lastly, tack up the poster as a not so subtle reminder that I - we - have taken the blue pill, preferring to remain comfortably numb.

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“OUR BEST WORK (So Far)” October 28 to November 4

Opening reception Sat, Oct. 28, 6-8 pm at Mahon Hall - Admission is free For the past 45 years, the Salt Spring Painters Guild has been creating, learning, experimenting and sharing ideas about art. Now, they are celebrating their distinguished history with this special retrospective exhibit, Our Best Work (So Far). All current and former members—as well as families of deceased members— have been invited to participate in this exhibit by showing one of their own favourite paintings. The paintings displayed on Mahon Hall’s stage will honour many members who have taught workshops for the Guild. There will also be a “Reunion Room” with photo displays which will provide an opportunity to share memories with past members, as well as to enjoy their stories and renew acquaintances. The current membership of 150 is a considerable change from the original 15 -17 very active members and now shows a wide diversity of art. One of the early members of the guild recalls that “Fun, Energy and Participation were the words that come to mind when I think back to the early guild days”. In 1982, before the annual spring show, the members voted to rename the Painters “Club” to the Salt Spring Island Painters Guild, following the age old guild tradition. Emily Crosby was its first president and Windsor Utley, artist and teacher, became its first mentor. The guild's focus continues to be on learning a wide range of painting skills and techniques, welcoming beginners and experienced artists alike. In 1982, the guild selected Federation of Canadian Artists, Brian Travers Smith and Dorothy Oxborough as the first jurors of the annual show. We welcome everyone to join our celebration

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The 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize is hosting an incredible series of events coinciding with the 2017 SSNAP Finalist Exhibition which runs until Oct. 22, 2017 1227 artists from across Canada submitted, 49 Artists were chosen by an independent jury for the Finalist Exhibition and in total five SSI artists were selected. They are; Janet Dwyer, Sibeal Foyle, Peter McFarlane, Garry Kaye, and John David James. All artist submissions were anonymous to the jury. Offering awards totalling $30,000

Calendar of Events 2017 SSNAP Finalist Exhibition Continues until Sun. Oct. 22, 10am - 5pm I Mahon Hall Forty-nine artists from across Canada will feature in this jury-selected exhibition SSNAPy Saturdays Drop-in All Ages Art Making Workshops Sat. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 11am - 3pm I Mahon Hall Drop in to explore with mediums & art related to the SSNAP exhibit in our annex art room. All ages. SSNAP Parallel Art Show (PAS) Continues until Sun. Oct. 22, 10am - 5pm I ArtSpring Galleries Opening reception - Sat. Sept. 30, 6pm - 8pm I ArtSpring Galleries Featuring local Salt Spring Island artists

Young At Art Continues until Tues. October 31 Daily 10am - 5pm I ArtSpring Lobby SSNAP Panel Event Sat. October 14 , 7:30pm I ArtSpring Theatre

Film screening “Maudie" (dir. Aisling Walsh, 2016) Wed. Oct. 18, 7:30pm I ArtSpring Theatre

The Creative Mind: Creativity In The Arts & Sciences, with three panellists from the world of arts and science - Atom Egoyan (director), Arthur B McDonald (2015 Nobel Prize in Physics), Meaghan Ogilvie (photographer)

Based on the true story of Nova Scotia folk painter Maud Lewis, w/ Sally Hawkins & Ethan Hawke (a SS Film Festival screening). SSNAP Awards Night & Closing Gala Sat. October 21, 6:00pm I Mahon Hall

Tickets $25 at SSNAP2017TheCreativeMind

Presentation of 8 awards & the SSNAP 2017 closing celebration

An exhibition of work from SS Children & Youth

Stay tuned also for the calendar of finalist artist talks taking place throughout the exhibition. Artist talks free with admission. For more info please visit our events page at Join our events page for updates!


Salt Spring’s 2017

Community & Business Awards

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are taking a fresh approach to the Business Awards. Along with Island Savings Credit Union, we are hosting Small Business Week events Oct. 17th to 19th to thank Salt Spring for being such a great community! Presenting the new Salt Spring Community & Business Awards! Winners will receive one of over 50 Salty Awards to be given out in two areas – Community and Business. These are replacing the Salt Spring Business Excellence Awards with a process that has Salt Spring residents and fans nominating and voting for the winners! Nominations took place from August 16th to September 15th through saltspringchamber. com. Nominations are open to all Salt Spring based locations, groups and businesses. You do not need to be a Salt Spring resident to vote. Voting will take place until October 10th through Each IP address can be used to twice for nominating

and twice for voting. After that date, the voting will be closed and results will be tabulated. All nominees have received a window sticker and poster that reads “I was Nominated for a Salty Award!” handed out when the nomination process was completed. Voting to support those businesses and community groups is encouraged through our website.

The Community Salty Awards will be handed out at a reception on Tuesday, October 17th at Meadon Hall. Tickets are $10 and will include appetizers, cash bar and entertainment. The Business Salty Awards will be handed out on Thursday, October 19th at Meadon Hall. Tickets are $40 and will include a catered buffet dinner, cash bar and entertainment. Award sponsorship starts at $100. Contact Donna Robinson, Event Coordinator, at For event information and tickets, contact the Salt Spring Chamber office.

Business “Salty Award” Categories

- Top Young Entrepreneur Under 40 - Top Customer Service - Best Place for a Drink - Top Health Care Provider - Your Go To for a Coffee or Tea - Favorite Local Product - Your Choice Restaurant - Top Place to Take Care of Yourself - Favorite Pet Service - Best Accommodation Provider - Greatest Trades Person - Top Green Business - Choice for Breakfast - Top Professional Service - Your Place to Buy Fresh Flowers - Top Financial or Insurance Services

- Go to Place for Groceries - Your Stylist or Barber - Top Tourism Business - Favorite Place to do Yoga - Top Geek / Computer Technician - Favorite Spa Treatment - Greatest New Business (under 3 years) - Your Favorite Automotive / Mechanic Service -Top Place to Shop Local - Greatest Firewood Provider - Favorite Landscaper / Gardner - Best Second Hand Store - Favorite Food Truck - Top Market Vendor (Tuesday or Saturday) - Greatest Business Overall

Community “Salty Award” Categories

- Favorite Swimming Area - Transportation of Choice - Top Ferry Run - Server Extraordinaire - Favorite Non-Profit - Best Local Band - Favorite Artisan - Funniest Person on Salt Spring - Salt Spring’s “Know it All” - Favorite Hippy - Person “Who Goes the Extra Mile” - Top Kayak Destination - Most Loyal Customer

- Greatest Teacher Ever - Favorite Sport to Play - Where to Spend your Last $10. - Place to Watch the Sunset - Top First Responder - Your Volunteer of Choice - Top Live Show - Best Menu Item on Salt Spring - Local Media Choice - Top Trail for You or Your Dog - Top Boating or Fishing Experience - Favorite Writer on the Island

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Apple Festival this

October 1 at Fulford Hall

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is an incredible little community event, attracting about 1500 apple lovers, celebrating the apples (and food) of Salt Spring Island and connecting you with the farms and farmers that produce this very special diversity of tasty, healthy food. Attendees all become SALT SPRING ISLAND APPLE CONNOISSEURS! Salt Spring Island, BC grows over 450 varieties of apples ORGANICALLY, with an apple history dating back to 1860. Salt Spring Island is a small island (80 square miles) of 11,000 people in the Strait of Georgia between Victoria and Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are accessed via BC Ferries routes to Fulford, Vesuvius and Long Harbour, and by float plane. We do not release the Apple Festival map until 9am on Sunday Oct 1st. Apple Festival is from 9 to 5pm on that day.

Tickets are available at either of our 2 Ticket booths at: Fulford Hall or at the Ganges Tourist Information Centre.

Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per student and KIDS are FREE. Your best strategy, is to go directly to the closest ticket booth, buy your ticket and you will get a map. There will be about 20 farms on the tour this year so pick your favourite places to go AND THEN RAMBLE.

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The 19th Annual ArtSpring Presents season opens with an incredible line up of performances including renowned choreographer, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, piano legend, Jane Coop and one of Canada’s premier Folk quartets - The Fretless, who play Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm on ArtSpring’s stage.

The Fretless perform songs from their newest album, Birds Nest, 2017 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, composed completely of instrumentals inspired by events, people and places connected to the band. While each song tells a story and has its own musical arc, the commitment to mastery of their instruments and a playful, creative artistry shows throughout their performances. The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. With the release of their debut album “Waterbound” in early 2012, which features their fresh styles, compositions, as well as collaborations with singers Ruth Moody and Norah Rendell, the quartet grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres. This recording fueled a busy summer of festivals across Canada, a month long fall tour of Germany, and worldwide sales and radio play. The year was capped with 3 awards, bringing the album, and the band further into the public eye; Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Fretless walked away with both Ensemble of the year, and Instrumental Group of the Year. The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance. This exciting performance is on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at ArtSpring Community Arts Centre (100 Jackson Ave); bar opens at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available online at, or at ArtSpring’s Box Office. Adult tickets are $25. Youth are $5, thanks to Country Grocer’s generous youth sponsorship program. The Fretless at ArtSpring is proudly sponsored by Victoria Olchowecki. Upcoming event by ArtSpring Presents not to be missed is the 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts, October 27 & 28, 2017. More than 50 local artists, performers, artisans, craftspeople, community members and ArtSpring volunteers and staff come together to showcase art on Salt Spring in all its many forms. See for more info. Artist submission deadline October 13, 2017.

OCTOBER 5, 2017

Josh Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY Saudade (ensemble), Concerto (solo) 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm (post-show talkback) Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger & Salt Spring Coffee

OCTOBER 7, 2017

Norma, Bellini MET Opera LIVE Broadcast Adults $21.95 | Senior $18.95 | Youth $12.95

Salt Springers voiced their support for a rural island home which will continue to be guided, preserved and protected by a unique and progressive form of governance. The cartoon is an expression of hope and confidence that islanders can move forward collectively from the decisive outcome of the referendum in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation and in the interest of community harmony and well-being.

OCTOBER 11, 2017

Jane Coop, pianist 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov Adults $30 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger & a happy supporter

OCTOBER 17, 2017 The Fretless 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Victoria Olchowecki

OCTOBER 26, 2017

Luanne Katz & Paula Kiffner marimba, percussion & cello Play Like a Girl 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm (no intermission) Adults $30 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Kate Merry

OCTOBER 27 & 28, 2017 Celebration of the Arts

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Photo by Joey Visser


Open the Salt Spring FOLK CLUB SEASON October 16 at FULFORD HALL Twenty-seven years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album. Let It Lie, the debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, is proof that there's strength in numbers. It's an album about open highways and broken hearts, anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of two voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you'll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn't grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48. Where does the sound come from? Maybe it's in their blood. After all, long before they made music together, siblings David and Joey Landreth attended their father's bar gigs as babies. "Mom would take us in the basinet and stick us under the bar tables, and we'd fall asleep," says David. "Dad was a working musician who backed up people like Amos Garrett, but his love was always songwriting. He'd play three or four sets at those bars, so we'd be at the gigs all night." "We were always around music," adds Joey, the group's frontman and chief songwriter. "We had no choice! We were baptized into it." As the kids got older, they began paying attention to the records their parents would play in the small, WWII-era shack that doubled as the family's home. Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and Little Feat all received plenty of airtime, with John Hiatt's Bring the Family and Lyle Lovett's Pontiac standing out as family favourites. The siblings absorbed those records, which spun tales of love, life and lust in the Bible Belt. Years later — after Joey and David had given up their gigs as sidemen to form their own group, with drummer Ryan Voth and keyboardist Alex Campbell rounding out the ranks — the Bros. Landreth began drawing on that familiar sound, mixing the rootsy swirl of Americana with the bandmates' own experiences up north. "He slayed it," says Joey, who laughs at the memory of singing a duet with his father in the recording studio. "It was fun, for the first time in my life, to get to tell my Dad what to do." Album highlights like "Our Love," "Firecracker" and Nothing" were all inspired by a string of rocky relationships, but Lie It Lie is more than a breakup album. Filled with mid-tempo rockers, butter-smooth ballads and cowboy lullabies, it's the sort of album that finds inspiration not only in the landscape of the human heart, but also the windswept prairies that stretch for hours on every side of Winnipeg's city limits. The music is steeped in the history and heritage of the band's hometown, and if it sounds wintry as times, that doesn't mean it's not downright lovely.

The Salt Spring Island Harvest Food and Drink Festival, presented by Country Grocer, will take place during the month of October 2017. Our Festival brings together farmers, growers, food providers and chefs from Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island, with vintners, brewers, cideries and beverage providers from neighbouring Gulf Islands, Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island – a “100 Mile Diet” Food and Drink Festival! Visit for details and tickets. During the month of October, local restaurants and farms will be hosting Harvest Dinners where the talent of chefs will combine with locally produced ingredients in a winemaker's inspired menu. Restaurants will be encouraged to feature Harvest Food & Drink Festival Inspired Menus with the spotlight on local ingredients, wine and beer offerings. Participating restaurants, prices, wineries and menus to be announced. We are also inviting Southern Gulf Island restaurants to be involved!

Some of the Marquis Events are: • Salt Spring Apple Festival – Oct 1st • Thanksgiving Weekend – Oct 7 - 9th • Harvest Grape Stomp – Oct 14th • World Food Day – Oct 16th

• Sip & Savour Salt Spring – Oct 21st • Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Closing Gala – Oct 21st

Sip & Savour Salt Spring - Sat, October 21st Your culinary adventure begins with the Salt Spring Saturday Market, where everything is grown, harvested, created and made on Salt Spring Island. With the bounty of the Fall Harvest upon us, the Market with be brimming with fresh, local fruit, vegetables and grains, grown in our unique micro-climate. The Market opens at 9:00 am and is located in Ganges Village, Centennial Park. On Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, the Salt Spring Farmer’s Institute will be transformed into a fabulous Sip & Savour Salt Spring Grazing Experience as visitors will sip fine beverages from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island region and savour samples of delicious local and regional foods prepared by local chefs and food producers. Early Bird Tickets are $55 and $65 after October 15th or at the door. Tickets are available at or at the SSI Chamber office. Part proceeds will go towards the Gulf Islands Secondary School Culinary Program, supporting local food education. On Saturday evening, various locations will be hosting Harvest Dinners and will feature live music and great food to keep you entertained. Also included is the Closing Gala of SSNAP. Through the weekend, restaurants will be also hosting long table Harvest Brunch and Dinner events with a focus on the local bounty of the Islands. Plan your trip on

For further information, please contact: Media & Tickets: Janet Clouston - 250.537.4223 or email Sip & Savour Salt Spring Coordinator: Cheryl Roehlig – 250.931.7186 or email

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Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE

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

Navigating the Empty Nest

My Food Matters by CHEF KEN BRUDNER


Last month we looked at the beginning of a school year and all that can mean with energies flailing, emotions flip-flopping and tempers rising – all due to the sudden changes and the new-again-scheduling that each new school year ushers in. But what if this school year has a whole different level of newness to it? A disturbing, roaring quietude that permeates every nowempty-nook-and-cranny in your recently emptied nest? A reality experienced by all parents, at some point in their parenting “careers.” An experience that can leave a profound and bereft loneliness in its wake, and one that is rarely, if ever, talked about. This is another of the seemingly taboo topics in a list of many that are sprinkled liberally throughout the realm of parenting. And this one, it would seem, is hush-hush because, really, shouldn’t you be celebrating? A job well done! Thankfully those years are over! Complete! That kind of thing? Sure. And, as I often like to let children know when we have conversations about feelings, it is very possible – and totally natural and normal! – to have more than one feeling at the same time about any given situation. So, yes. Let’s talk about The Empty Nest. For some, this time in life might come as a massive relief. For others, it may appear more like a heavy, dark storm that you are (secretly) afraid you will not be able to navigate your way through in one piece. After all those intensive parenting years it can feel superb to have time and energy to focus on you again! Or, at least, you think it going to feel superb. This newfound time-freedom can be both liberating and terrifying. Alongside the relief and excitement, there may be a deep and profound sadness, an emptiness that doesn’t quite make logical sense. But there it is. You may wake up in the morning and wonder how you will find “purpose” in life now, or even, what the point of getting up might be. There is, often, a huge loss here that needs to be grieved. If your life was fully focused on the children, (whether you parented alone or in partnership), the question may loom large, screaming inside behind your happy, outer smile at passersby, “Who am I if I am not a parent?” You may well need to spend some time discovering “what you want to be when the kids grow up” before that time comes, or in the weeks and months thereafter! If you had a spouse alongside during the child-raising years, this, again, can appear to be a very liberating time. It can also be experienced with much turbulence in the area of your couple-ship. Who are you as a twosome, now that the kids have moved away? Be courageous, and gentle with yourself, and each other. Create yourself newly. Cry when you need to! And do find someone to talk to who has compassion for this delicate, vulnerable, and wow time of life!

The responsibilities and stress that chef’s experience may be significantly more demanding and involved than in most occupations. It is almost impossible for a responsible captain of the kitchen to not carry, in their head, their work home with them. The next day’s agenda is only a few hours away.

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Love What You Cook, Love What You Eat!

11:00 am Depending on the restaurant, a chef would generally start their day around this time. Time to check yesterday’s sales and look over what was served and how many. Were there any mistakes, lost inventory, trouble with staff or unforeseen circumstances? There may be a conversation with the owner to get some feedback. 12:00 pm Any deliveries that arrive will be looked over to make sure everything was there and in good condition. It is paramount that a chef has good relationships with their suppliers.There are better cuts of meat than others, for instance. Any chef will want the best available for all the ingredients they use. 1:00 pm Likely they would pop their head into the kitchen to see if everything is going well. Daily, they would have a chat with their sous chef to discuss any issues and/or events that may be happening that night and lay out plans. 2:00 pm Soon after, he/she will come up with details for dinner specials. The bar manager or sommelier (if there is one) would be consulted in regards to a wine that would pair well with them. 3:00 pm As lunch dies down, the chef will need to start working on these features. Usually, there is at least two, sometimes three or four. This often is done while still having the responsibilities he or she always has. 5: 00 pm At this time everything for the dinner guests must be ready at all stations as some orders start to pop out of the annoying printer. The chef will run the line and cook his specials and other more detailed offerings. 7:00 pm If successful, the restaurant is busy at this time and the kitchen is hopping. Chef will maintain good order and encourage good work. 10:00 pm The orders are coming in slower now and it is usually safe for the chef to leave his post. Usually, this is the time when they can finally have something to eat. However, that is often done while checking inventory for the next day’s orders and placing that order. 11:00 pm It’s been a hard and busy day and it’s time to go home unless for some unforeseen circumstance. Thoughts of the day flood their mind. If it went well there is considerable pride that a food artist can take. They realize the subliminal attributes that good food brings to all of us as it is essential for existence. To be able to pronounce and heighten the enjoyment of that experience is clearly rewarding and worthy of an artist’s title.

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Bateman Has



with Marsha Moreau

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson I had read author Eden Robinson’s debut novel, “Monkey Beach” way back in 2000, when it was nominated for both the Giller Prize AND the Governor General’s Award. It was a powerful book and I never forgot it. Even though that was 17 (eeep!) years ago, I couldn't wait to dig into her newest work. Dubbed by the Globe and Mail as “one of Canada’s pre-eminent indigenous writers”, Robinson has the unique ability to weave traditional lore into gritty contemporary settings. The result is an honest, uncomfortable (although often funny!) tale of a young man in adolescence that sparkles with the supernatural in all the right places. Jared is a teenager who lives with his mother and her revolving cast of boyfriends, although for the majority of the novel we’re treated to Richie, the drug dealer. He's raised in a party house, by a woman who while full of obvious love for him, supremely struggles with addiction and a proclivity towards violence. Need it be “Robinson has the said that she doesn't always unique ability to weave make the best choices? Most of this book has us following traditional lore into gritty Jared as he drifts through contemporary settings.” life, ultimately kind hearted, doing his best to protect himself and those around him. He supports and cares for elderly neighbours, and although it risks incurring his mother’s wrath, he financially contributes to his estranged father’s household. Too often, Jared indulges in substance abuse or alcohol, either as a way to numb what he's feeling or simply as an automatic response. The first three quarters of this novel are much the same, but that's not to say it's uninteresting. I was riveted by Jared’s story and the way his character unfolded. He has a wry wit and a dogged determination, he's funny and likable. You truly want him to succeed. When he talks about escaping to his Nana’s (on Salt Spring!) to finally get some stability and sense of normalcy you want to cheer! And of course we want the happy ending but there's an undeniable tension building. We barely see the magic hidden behind the curtain until the very last section of the novel but when it arrives, it's like a two ton truck. Spirits and talking birds, and witches, and monsters, and SO MUCH power. “Son of a Trickster” is the first in a planned trilogy, and I can't wait for more.

Issues starring the most awesome John Bateman

Finally summer, The Fall Fair and two Equinox’ are behind us. What is plural for Equinox? At first, I wrote “Equinix’, but it didn’t feel right. There is a coffee shop debate ready to happen, but not on my watch. Now that the busy tourist season is finally behind us, it’s time to sit back and exhale, through the nose obviously! It’s also a good time for 97% of the island to count their money, whether sitting at a table or not. The big question is, what to do with the financial spoils that can only be earned by such a culturally rich and diverse island? (If ever there was a place to assume sarcasm, that was it). Like many locals, you could get away from it all by joining half the island population in a small town in Mexico. The thing is, why would you do that? You’d be missing out on so much nourishing rain. My solution? Two words: Stay Cation. I’m sure if it weren’t a geographical paradox, people would flock to Salt Spring to go on a staycation. Tens of thousands of people come to Salt Spring each year to literally eat, pray and love. Yes, some come to drink, but aside from Bukowski, where’s the romance in that? Before you abandon the rest of us, I suggest you consider staying home for a change. If you are a local like me, you have already done the tourist thing by having free meals at Salt Spring Cheese, going to the Market and getting banned from doing tastings at every winery. I’m here to tell you, there’s so much more. One of the most fun things you can do on the island is go on a firewood hunt. All you need is a pickup, a chainsaw and a getaway driver. The idea is to drive down anything that can be defined as a road. Trust me, Salt Spring has a very loose definition of what a “road” is. Once you are out of sight, start bucking up the first tree that won’t accept a hug. After you have all your rounds cut, you can either take them to your place and burn them in a wood stove or park in town and put a sign on your car that says, “Bone dry firewood. $500/load” Sure, you could do the same thing if you stumble upon a grow-op in the forest, but why risk making that much money? If killing trees doesn’t give you a goose, you could try parking your car on a different part of the island and live in it. Do you live in Ganges? If so you could find a charming locale in the south of the island. If you don’t find the old Fulford Pub site to be charming enough, you could consider the Vesuvius Pub parking lot. Perhaps you already live in the sticks and want some bustling town life. Why not rent a Uhaul and live in the gasoline alley parking lot? You could even offset the Uhaul expense by renting your own house for $3200/month. Win, win!

Open Stage

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

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Photo by Valescka Photography




plays Beaver Point Hall Friday, Oct 6th Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm Tickets $15 advance/$20 at the door No one turned away for lack of funds

With their third studio album, Coalesce, Compassion Gorilla offers up a unique interpretation of diverse and worldly musical styles, weaving together earthy and folkloric sounds with sophisticated and punchy modern sensibility. The album is officially released Sept 14th and is accompanied by a busy fall tour in the band’s home province of BC. Coalesce features 8 tracks of musical ingenuity. From the wizardry of the opening track’s cello feature, to the tight horn riffs of “Milk Thistle”, the psychedelic cumbia groove of “Music for the People”, and the 5/4-time Balkan-jazz stylings of “Son del Mar”, the album presents a steady stream of fresh ideas while maintaining an overall cohesive feel. Latin rhythms anchor the album in a steady, infectious groove, forming a bed for punchy brass harmonies, socially conscious lyrics, and rolling dub-delay effects. The warm, rootsy production style is reminiscent of an older age of recording, giving it a simple and concise sound. Compassion Gorilla’s current sound, as presented here on Coalesce, has evolved over years of shifting membership, diverse collaborations and worldly travel. On tour promoting this new release the band boasts a 6-piece lineup that includes Daniel Cryderman (trombone and vocals), Chris Fretwell (guitar, charango, requinto and vocals), Dan Beer (drums), Suzanne Stirling (trumpet), Ariel Palacio (accordion), and Brin Porter (bass). Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the modern dancefloor, and with the style and nuance to fill a listening room. Their unique brew has been the life of wild dance parties for nearly a decade, both defying categorization and keeping audiences comfortably at home. “great storytelling and the international language of music command the stage at today’s festivals. Compassion Gorilla will find themselves front and centre again and again. With their eclectic blend of global rhythms and easy charm, they know how to bridge the gap between audience and performer.” - Cal Coat, artistic director, World Beat Stage, Concord Pacific Vancouver Intl. Dragon Boat Festival

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by Melinda Parks-Divers

October brings some exciting submissions deadlines to island artists. Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Professional Development

WinterCraft 2017 Registration

Next Deadline: October 31, 2017 Eligibility: • Practicing artists and or art teachers (visual, performing and creative arts) • Residents of Salt Spring for 3 years or more • Members of SSAC • Must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office • Activity eligibility: Professional development activities must provide an opportunity for artistic enrichment and growth. Average Grant Levels: $100 – $500

Deadline for registration is 3pm on Friday November 3rd Wintercraft is a Christmas art and craft sale that runs for the first 3 weeks of December each year, 10am-5pm, 7days a week, at Mahon Hall. It is similar in most respects to ArtCraft, but is themed and tailored for the Christmas season. This year’s show runs November 24th to December 21st. Art on the Hall 2018 call for entry Deadline for proposals November 30 2017

Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Individual or Group Projects Next Deadline: October 31, 2017 Eligibility: • Based on Salt Spring Island and of cultural benefit to the island • An artistic or cultural endeavour within the mandate of the SSAC – e.g. the visual, performing and literary arts. • Applicant(s) members of the SSAC • Must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office Average Grant Levels: $300 – $800

Call for The 2018 Artcraft Showcase Gallery The deadline is October 31st 2017 Each year the Artcraft showcase gallery curates four high quality exhibitions on the stage at Mahon hall. These can be individual shows or collaborations between artists, can be in any medium and encompass any genre from fine craft to conceptual art. The aim is to produce a summer series of public gallery quality exhibitions, allowing local artists the space and audience to showcase their work and stretch themselves in new directions.

Artcraft is turning 50! Be Bold, Be Bright, Be Big! Let’s dress Mahon Hall for the party. Create large, bright, expressive, original works in 2 or 3 D. 2018 is Artcraft’s 50th birthday. Mahon Hall has been the home of Artcraft since 1968. We are celebrating Artcraft’s birthday and Mahon Hall by inviting submissions for Art on the Hall, an exhibit on the exterior walls Work may be in any medium but will hang on the exterior walls of the building in five designated areas facing the harbor and the parking lot. Anchoring points will be provided. Art on the Hall Installations run during the ArtCraft 2018 season- June to September. Entry is open only to artists living in School District #64 Gulf islands. Artists are welcome to submit work individually or as part of a group and may apply for more than one wall area. A small honorarium is available. Please read the application form for more information and contact Richard Steel Artcraft Manager artcraft@ for any questions.

To learn more or register for any of these events go to

My mother used to take us to this lovely bay-side park as children. We lived on Georgian Bay, Ontario which I affectionately refer to as BC in a bottle. I remember there was a rocky point off to the side of the park that was out of bounds. It had a little wooden cabin on it that was surrounded by water birds and wild flowers that only grew near the bay. I romanticized this little cabin over the next 15 years as I grew up, imagining living in it. I could see the wee garden in front and the clothes line with wind swept items drying... One day as a late teen, I finally decided to go check it out. It appeared to be on no one's property. It was an easy hike along rugged rock. The wind was a gentle southern that teased my hair, demanding it to dance about my face and shoulders. It was sunny and warm that day. As I approached the cabin, big grey clouds formed, the wind picked up to gale force and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. There were squeaky boards flapping and slamming in protest on the roof and the windows were all broken. I pulled the door open to reveal a ton of goose shit on the decrepit floor boards and a stench that burrowed into the depths of my olfactory bulb of my brain, never to leave again. Not at all what I expected!!! I often contemplate as I see all the tourists and newbies arrive to this Island, is this their decrepit cabin on the rocky outcrop? Is the infamous Salt Spring Island all they imagined? Did it live up to their expectations? Then I remember my first visit to the island and I think, absolutely. I can't imagine that anyone could be dissatisfied though I agree that there is room for improvement. But that magnetic energy that pulls people here is real. It's something you can't really put your finger on as it resonates at a different hum here. It gets in your blood and it keeps you captive and it continues to call you and whisper for you to come home and be with its unruly, majestic fortitude. You are never the same after you experience it. You will feel contentment, or crazy or both! However, I cannot guarantee no goose poo, unfortunately, as they seem to like it here too! Writings from the heart and shit.

Thanx Jana!

In July Jana donated a portion of her sales of her dee-licious butter tarts (a Canadian Classic) to the Legion to celebrate Canada's 150th and to help our Legion help our Community. Billie caught her giving us a cheque for $350.00, can you believe it? That is so generous! Thanx Jana!

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A Male Stripper Parody & Improv Comedy Show November 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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$35 regular or $30 per ticket for groups of 6 or more Your favourite comedy bodies are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits.

A SHOW FOR ALL GENDERS… 19+ ONLY WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians) performs a sexylarious improv comedy show at ArtSpring. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches. They sing and they “dance”. These guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh at them. Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. Five Stars – “Extremely Funny!” – UK Fringe Review 2013 “The show is suitable for both men and women…entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine 2013 “One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.” – Vancouver Sun 2012

Russell deCARLE performs October 23rd Lions Hall 7:30pm, doors at 7pm

Russell deCarle officially launches his solo career with “Under The Big Big Sky”, released September 2010. The album, a departure from his roots-country work with Prairie Oyster, is produced by John Sheard and engineered by Juno Award Winning L. Stu Young, known for his work on Prince's album “Musicology” among others. deCarle is the lead singer, bass player, and a founding member of platinum-selling Prairie Oyster. deCarle is a two time SOCAN award winner, has won multiple Junos and CCMA awards, and, with Prairie Oyster, was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. He has appeared as a guest on the acclaimed CBC Songwriters’ Circle series, toured with Bluebird North, opened for Merle Haggard on his cross-country tour of Canada, and has appeared as a special guest vocalist on many occasions. His love and appreciation for the roots of honky tonk and pure country music, as well as the classic country vocalists, the dramatic ballads of Roy Orbison, and the timeless sounds of the Everly Brothers, is evident in his songwriting and performance.

2017 RAINWATER HARVESTING TOUR Tour rainwater collection systems from the north end to the south end, small to large, simple to high tech.

Tours start every half hour, first one at 11:00 am, last one at 2:30pm.

This is a self guided tour on October 14, 2017. You may visit any or all of these homes in any order. Homeowners have agreed to offer guided tours of their rainwater harvesting systems on the hour and half hour starting at 11:00 am. If you arrive between tour times feel free to join a tour in progress or wait for the next tour. Please Note: This is an outdoor tour only. Please respect your hosts’ property. Direct Download map and tour info at this link: http://library2. Flyers also at Natureworks, Islands Trust, CRD & Morningside Café There will be a Draw! At tour locations, you may enter to win a free rainwater harvesting feasibility/inspection by Sandra Ungerson, AP AloPluvia IWRM Ltd. Information:, 653-4867 Shannon This event is organized by the SSI Watershed Protection Authority.

Admission is FREE!


TUES OCT 17 7:30 PM bar 6:30 PM Adults $25 | Youth $5 proudly sponsored by Victoria Olchowekci

100 Jackson Ave Salt Spring Island (250) 537-2102

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