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REGINA’S ONLY JUNO WINNER

7 TWEEPS

Worth Following

9 CONCERTS

You Don’t Want To Miss

7 NEW MOVIES You Gotta See


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PUBLISHERS

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04 Tweeps & Top 5 05 Check Out 09 Music 19 Movies 25 Style 55 Back Pages Featured

Writers ----------------------------------Dan Nicholls @dannicholls Music, Movies

Bryce Aubert @BryceAubert Music, Editorial

Melissa Fiacco @MelissaBrie Sask. Fahion Week

5 Sask. Fashion Week

9 Concerts

19 New Movies

43 Looking Back: History of the Junos


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Alec Couros @courosa

A student favorite at the University of Regina, Professor Couros has over 86,000 tweets, a great blog, and is an Educational Technology expert. The dude’s wife is also an awesome person.

The Log House Thrift Store @TheLogHouseYQR

Regina’s newest thrift store has found treasures that may tie into your décor and wardrobe, while also supporting local, national, and global projects.

Dutch Growers Regina @DutchGrower

Besides the amazing flowers, plants, and veggies they’ll help you grow, Dutch Growers Regina has pretty cool home and garden furnishings and fashion items for the family.

Geroy Simon @geroysimon

Darian’s newest toy is quite simply one of the best wide receivers in CFL history. Geroy is a class act teammate, and more importantly, a class act person.

I Am Stronger

@i_am_stronger

As Sasktel Initiative! A social media campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of bullying in our communities.

Samantha Maciag @sammaciag

Co-host of the morning news on News Talk 980 CJME, Sam is both hilarious and informative as she tweets about books, sports, music, nerdy stuff, and breaking news as it happens.

Mucho Burrito Regina @mbregina

—Bryce Aubert

Although they haven’t figured out how to deliver their delicious burritos through Twitter as of yet, they’ll get your taste buds working in preparation. Please get on that burrito teleportation idea ASAP though.

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Hidden Civic Gems

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People are always making excuses that there’s nothing to do in Regina, yet here are a few gems hidden in plain view.

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Museums – These things are everywhere and largely ignored by the populace despite some of the truly awesome things you can see and learn. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is a given, and although Megamunch isn’t as huge as he seemed when I was 10, he protects the First Nations, Life and Earth Sciences galleries from bad Ben Stiller movies. The Regina Plains Museum preserves the city’s history from a variety of perspectives, while the RCMP Heritage Centre is a historic look back at the country’s oldest police force. Government House and the Saskatchewan Legislative Building both offer guided tours. Failing that, the Golden Mile Mall has plenty of ancient artifacts to see at no cost everyday around coffee time.

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Regina Floral Conservatory – This place is

amazing and is actually somewhat hidden on 4th Avenue. If you find it, visiting Regina’s premiere winter green space helps one make it through the cold days and dreary nights. They organize social events such as Teas for those looking to meet fellow fans of horticulture, and also host private events and are a perfect backdrop for photographers.

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Restaurants – You can’t drive for more than 5 minutes in any one direction without coming across a restaurant. Luckily, for those with an advanced palate beyond Filet-o-Fish, Regina is home to tasty eateries like Korea House, Thai Basil, Life is Good, Siam, Zam Zam, Table 10, Peg’s Kitchen, and for those willing to go North of Dewdney, Jack Keatons. There are so many good local establishments in this city that it’s worth trying outside of the chains every now and then.

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Wonderland – While it doesn’t quite live up to the name,

and it seems like time stands still when you’re there, Wonderland is an inexpensive way to spend a couple hours playing unlimited video games and billiards for $5/hour. The hot dogs look a little suspect but the smiles you and your friends will have reminiscing over time spent in arcades during your youth will be genuine.

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Live Music – The Queen City not only has a bevy of talented musicians that reside here, we have local venues that are the envy of other larger cities. If you haven’t been to The Creative City Centre, The Artesian, The Exchange, or The Artful Dodger turn off your iGadget and check out any of the hundreds of gifted artists that pass through in a given year. If you make it to The Artful Dodger they also have a great new chef that’ll whip you up something tasty while you’re there. —Bryce Aubert

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n 2012, Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) endeavoured to produce a provincial celebration of Saskatchewan’s thriving fashion and creative design industries, created to influence collaboration, entrepreneurship, and industry growth in Saskatchewan. The result was a fashion spectacular that challenged Canada to realize the calibre of progressive and innovative talent that exists in Saskatchewan’s fashion and creative design industries.

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It was “reminiscent of a New York City Bryant Park Fashion Show,” according to Calgary fashion blogger, I’m Mr. Fabulous. The event garnered national media attention and experienced sell out ticket sales. Twenty-seven emerging and established designers showed original collections and six retailers introduced emerging style trends. Hairstyling and makeup artistry was created by elite, award winning hairstylists and makeup artists. Regina’s City Square Plaza was transformed into a runway exhibition of custom motion design, with

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dance and gymnastics, performances, entertainment, and interactive art installations. Design was combined with emerging culinary, music, entertainment, and accessory trends in the SWAG Lounge, where spectators were be able to sample and shop from an exclusive selection of products, services, and tastes. In 2013, SFW is entering its sophomore year with a maturing confidence. It continues its dedication to grow a collaborative network of skilled professionals that foster entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. It is also challenging itself

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to captivate and impress its spectators, contributors, and sponsors, with unsuspected elements of design and production to create an extraordinary event experience. The ability to host a spectacle like SFW is a testament to the talent, imagination, and collaborative spirit that exists in Saskatchewan. Rachel Mielke, founder and CEO of luxury jewellery retailer Hillberg & Berk attests, “There is nothing more integral to the creative process than sharing perspectives objectively, constructively and supportively.�

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The ability to host a spectacle like SFW is a testament to the talent, imagination, and collaborative spirit that exists in Saskatchewan.

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askatchewan has a record history of achieving excellence in special events and this year will host a series of major events including: The JUNO Awards, 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup and 101st Grey Cup. SFW is striving to align itself with this calibre of success and contribute to the province’s economy and tourism industry by creating a fashion and destination experience that attracts visitors to Regina. From May 9-11, 2013, more than 20 new and returning emerging and established designers will show original Fall/Winter 2013 collections, and Regina based retailers will also show men’s, women’s, and children’s style trends on the runway at City Square plaza in Regina, SK. Some of the returning designers are Hillberg & Berk, Beryl Wong Designs, Sara Armstrong, and Helen Anne. New designers include lifestyle apparel brand 22 Fresh, KAZZ, and Laurie Brown. Visit saskfashionweek.com to view the detailed schedule.

SFW is recognizing the value and importance of retailers with the Katwalk. On Monday, May 6, 2013 more than 20 independent retail destinations and specialty services providers will participate in the Katwalk by providing a premier shopping experience with exclusive promotions in celebration of SFW. The Katwalk is an initiative to enhance participating retailers’ brand awareness, grow their clientele, introduce new product, brands, and services, and foster relationships with SFW and its contributors. The public will be able to use a printable Katwalk passport that will be available on saskfashionweek.com to guide their shopping experience and create incentive to visit each destination. SFW comes to life thanks to the tireless and selfless efforts of more than 200 volunteers, and sponsors and funding partners. The production of this multi-date event requires thousands of dollars and months of strategic and logistical planning, fundraising, s t a ke h o l d e r

engagement, talent attraction, and technical programming. SFW is currently recruiting event volunteers to provide hospitality services, styling assistance, ticket handling, and event set-up during SFW. Applications can be viewed and submitted on saskfashionweek.com and previous experience is not required. Visit saskfashionweek.com to learn more about SFW and its creators. SFW tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from saskfashionweek. com, or from Cornwall Centre’s Guest Services kiosk, on the main level near the Saskatchewan Dr. entrance in Regina. The creation and continuation of SFW is thanks in part to major funding partner, the Regina Hotel Association. — MELISSA FIACCO

In recent years, Saskatchewan has begun to experience the revival of independent retailers. NWL, Stella & Sway, PURE Clothing, Norwood Shop, and Coda Clothing & Shoes are some of the retailers that are recreating the fashion consumer experience, influencing style trends in Saskatchewan, and creating incentive for Saskatchewan fashion designers to develop and establish their careers in Saskatchewan. The generation of retailers before them, like Colin O’Brian Man’s Shop, World of Trout, and Havik, have proven that independent retail can thrive in Saskatchewan as long as there is dedication to consistent customer service and quality merchandise.

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Music

Electric Six March 18th - The Exchange

------------------------------------------------------------------------------Electric Six is, as their name suggests, a six-piece outfit from Detroit who could very well be called the ‘Eclectic Six’ thanks to the way they fuse multiple genres to create one unique sound. The band found breakthrough success with the 2003 song “Danger! High Voltage” but have been recording and touring nonstop before and since. They’re visiting The Exchange on March 18th – tickets are available for $18 at TicketEdge.ca. —DAN NICHOLLS

Hollerado March 25th - Mosaic Place (Moose Jaw)

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ollerado is an indie rock band that formed six years ago in Ottawa but quickly caught fire and spread their sound across all of North America. With the help of a memorably punny name and a stable of infectious melodies, the band’s debut album, Record in a Bag, gained attention in a major way. In the years between that 2010 release and their sophomore album, 2013’s White Paint, the band was invited to play at numerous festivals and tour with multiple big name acts including Passion Pit.

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The band’s got a knack for producing songs that are as catchy as they are lyrically potent; their radiofriendly breakthrough single “Juliette” is a tune you can’t help but crank up and sing along to even though it’s a sad but sweet tribute to a loved one who has passed away. Opening for Billy Talent on a crosscountry spring tour will only help raise the group’s profile even more – it’s going to be worth showing up extra early to catch their entire set on March 25th in Moose Jaw. —DAN NICHOLLS CitySlickerMag

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March 25th - Mosaic Place (Moose Jaw)

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ebounding from a death in the family that led to a string of cancelled dates on their recent European tour, homegrown punk rockers Billy Talent are set to conquer a multitude of Canadian concerts, including shows in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.

The energetic quartet has long persevered, forming in 1993 as young teenagers, putting out a couple albums under the name Pezz, and then changing their name after an unsuccessful lawsuit with an American band with the same name. Given an opportunity to reinvent themselves their music became decidedly more aggressive culminating with the release of their self-titled debut in 2003. As a young music journalist at the time, I had the opportunity to spend a day with the still largely unknown band. While they had built a strong reputation in the Toronto region with a somewhat developed fan base, they understood making inroads outside of the Big Smoke was going to take plenty of hard work. Exceptionally friendly and well spoken, frontman Ben Kowalewicz and lead guitarist Ian D’Sa were humbled by the

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opportunity to tour with larger acts and play to big crowds, yet earnestly described their patience preparing for their chance through their many years as Pezz. In the back of my mind, I recall wanting to believe that there was something about these guys that made you believe that they just might make it despite the long odds against doing so. With four albums, including their latest album Dead Silence, Billy Talent have demonstrated they meant their words becoming one of Canada’s biggest touring acts playing arenas around the country. Their live performances are explosive, with Kowalewicz stalking the stage with a smoldering intensity that match the staccato rhythms found in many of their most popular songs like “Try Honesty” and “Viking Death March.” Joining the Billy Talent on tour are Sum 41 (back from hiatus), Hollerado (catchy Indie-rockers), and Indian Handcrafts (a garage-rock two-piece in the vein of The Black Keys). While the lineup at first glance appears to be extremely eclectic, fans can expect plenty of melody and energy at both shows. —Bryce Aubert

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March 26th - The Exchange

Wanting to recreate the chemistry audible on their debut record Red, Yellow & Blue, indie rock group Born Ruffians found themselves living together again while recording their soon-tobe released third disc Birthmarks.

Franz Ferdinand and Tokyo Police Club. Their show March 26th at The Exchange will allow an expanded opportunity to hear singles like “What to Say,” “Oh Man,” and their hit “Hummingbird,” along with their new offerings.

Remembering how cohesive the original trio felt from sharing living arrangements earlier in their collective career, the quartet spent last spring and fall in what they refer to as a “haunted farmhouse” in rural Ontario.

On Born Ruffian’s biography, on their Canadian label’s website, the band acknowledges the three year journey to write, record, and “birth” the new album and how they are looking forward to “hitting the road and start making your ears ring.”

The band’s spazzy pop has made them critical darlings and earned them opening slots on tour with a multitude of bands including

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That sounds like a band that intends to put on one hell of a show.

VOLBEAT March 30th - Brandt Centre

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and onto multiple tours with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Motorhead. With a new second guitarist, after an extended period as a trio, and their upcoming April release Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, the rock group is poised for bigger and better things including their March 30th tour date at the Brandt Centre.

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anko Jones is figuratively that awkward looking redhead that never seemed to catch a break, while all its friends went off and did bigger and better things.

Yet, after years of persistence and constant touring, this redhead has bloomed from an awkward ginger to an auburn-haired dynamo that will kick your ass from onstage.

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Formed in 1996, vocalist/guitarist/namesake Danko Jones and bassist John Calabrese have been constants while the band has seen a Spinal Tap-esque revolving door at drummer with five other percussionists helming the kit before ex-Offspring/Angels & Airwaves/Rocket From The Crypt member Atom Willard taking over in June last year. The band has always been a touring force, preferring a loud in-your-face dynamic that will rattle your insides if you get close enough to the stage. If you survive their amp-warfare, the trio has come along way from being a band that chose not to release copies of their music, letting their live show speak for itself, to one that has increasingly become more accepted by rock radio over their last couple albums.

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Their last disc, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue, has only had one single released, but “Just a Beautiful Day” has been one of their highest charting songs to date and is probably only matched by their hit “First Date” in plays. Touring with Danish heavy metal and hard rock group Volbeat, Danko Jones have the opportunity to show local rock fanatics that you don’t need two or three guitarists to shred, especially if you’re willing to leave all your bodily fluids on the stage by the time you’re done. —Bryce aubert

hout Out Out Out Out is an electronic group comprised of six guys from Edmonton. They’re bringing their synthesizers and keyboards on tour this spring to warm up live audiences across the country with a series of shows/dance parties. The band released their third album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, last year after finding a heap of success with their first two releases – their debut, Not Saying/ Just Saying, even garnered the group a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year. Tickets for the band’s March 31st show at The Exchange are still available at TicketEdge.ca for only $12. Tickets for the band’s March 31st show in Saskatoon are also available at TicketEdge.ca for $12. —DAN NICHOLLS

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Beach Boys May 2nd - Casino Regina Show Lounge

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he Beach Boys, in addition to being a name that’s stood the test of time over multiple decades and countless lineup changes, have always been about giving people a good time. If you hear one of the band’s tunes and you don’t immediately start smiling or you don’t feel the phantom sensation of sand between your toes you might need to turn the music up louder and start visualizing waves gently crashing at your feet under a big hot sun. Songs like “I Get Around”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “Kokomo” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” leave such an indelible impression on your ears that hearing them once is to remember them forever.

Their songs have anchored many a summer’s playlist so it’s lucky that the band is coming through town on the edge of spring, when you’re starting to hear the Hawaiian shirts in the back of your closet calling your name and you’re feeling the urge to put a little umbrella in everything you drink. Mike Love, one of the founding Beach Boys himself, will be fronting the current iteration of the group. With six other backing musicians and a catalogue of infectious and fun melodies to share, any show put on by this 2013 version of the classic band from California is guaranteed to be a hot ticket in the Queen City. It’s a bit disappointing that Brian Wilson won’t be up on stage when The Beach Boys roll into town on May 2nd, but the vibrations in the Casino Regina Show Lounge are bound to be just as good all the same. —DAN NICHOLLS

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May 17th - Mosaic Place (Moose Jaw)

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ne of the hottest acts in Country music over the last 5 years, Carrie Underwood has turned an audition on a talent show to a juggernaut of a music career.

Widely known from her rise to stardom by winning the 4th season of American Idol, the Oklahoma-born bombshell has earned the respect of colleagues and critics alike with a string of number one albums that has made her the 4th best selling artist of the previous 10 years. Those are sales that even legendary artists like Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn have never accomplished. Saskatchewan fans have shown they’re gaga for Carrie, selling out Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place in record time on the first day of sales, and those who have seen the starlet perform know that the rush to pick up tickets is well worth it. —Bryce aubert

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PRESENTS

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Movies

THE INCREDIBLE

BURT WONDERSTONE In theatres March 15th ------------------------------------------------------------------------The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (opening March 15th) is a flashylooking comedy with a top-notch cast and a high concept premise. Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and his sidekick Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are the hottest names on the Las Vegas magic scene until a staged illusion gone awry sends the duo on their separate ways. When Burt’s career loses its steam and a rival illusionist named Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) steals the spotlight, Burt reaches out to Anton in an attempt to one-up his new rival and reclaim his former glory. Under the guidance of an aging legend (Alan Arkin), Burt and Anton’s public stunts become increasingly outrageous in the hopes of winning back their titles as the nation’s top magicians.

Everyone knows Steve Carell is a funny guy – he blew up in a big way with The 40-Year-Old-Virgin and hasn’t slowed down since. The most enticing thing about The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, though, is the chance to see Jim Carrey in the type of over-thetop comedic performance audiences haven’t seen from the rubber-faced funnyman in some time. What’s also alluring about the movie is the casting of Steve Buscemi in a major role; Buscemi’s a respectable dramatic actor who doesn’t always show his comedy chops but when he does, he produces something memorable (just take a look at his work as Donny in The Big Lebowski – he’s also the high point of any Adam Sandler movie he makes an appearance in). Toss in some names like Olivia Wilde and James Gandolfini and the movie seems filled to the brim with actors looking to put smiles on faces.

Above all else, the movie just looks like fun. Its advertisements should make anyone with a funny bone in their body at least giggle enough to be intrigued by the premise, and the sight of Carell and Buscemi dressed up to resemble Siegfried and Roy is worthy of a good chuckle. In another hilarious touch, Carrey seems to be inspired a bit by Criss Angel’s dark conjurer of tricks. Carell and crew. are practically predestined to pull a solid gold grinning rabbit out of this hat. —DAN NICHOLLS

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42

In theatres April 12th

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The upcoming drama 42 tells the inspirational true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball and one of the most important names in the history of the game. Chadwick Boseman has been given the big break of his career with his starring role as Robinson and the relatively unknown actor is supported by Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the man responsible for signing Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. An uplifting biopic about one man’s triumph over racial bigotry to become the MLB’s first ever Rookie of the Year, 42 opens on April 12. —DAN NICHOLLS

ADMISSION In theatres March 22nd

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tina Fey and Paul Rudd haven’t appeared onscreen together before, but they’re both starring in Admission (opening March 22nd). The movie is about a Princeton admissions officer named Portia who has her world disrupted when she meets a young man who might be the son she gave up for adoption years earlier. Adding further complication is a budding romance between Portia and her former classmate John, who’s now a free-spirited teacher at an “alternative” school. Fey and Rudd are two funny people, but Admission has a more somber and introspective undertone than those looking for a straight-up laughfest might enjoy. —DAN NICHOLLS


OZ: THE GREAT

& POWERFUL In theatres March 8th

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----------------------------------------------------------------------------------he Wizard of Oz is, of course, one of the most beloved family films in history and a timeless tale about the power of friendship. Oz the Great and Powerful is centered on the person who would come to be known as The Wizard of Oz himself; James Franco stars as small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs, a man going nowhere fast with his life until he’s swept up in a storm and whisked away to the magical and strange Land of Oz. Oz’s colorful inhabitants are hopeful that Oscar is a great and fabled wizard who has been sent to fix all their problems and save them all from the tyranny of a wicked witch. The lovely and talented trio of Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis co-star as three other witches with individual plans of their own for Oscar. The idea for the movie came about following the massive worldwide success of Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s 2010 sequel-of-sorts to their own animated classic. That 3D spectacle was big and beautiful looking but ultimately soulless; you’d be hard pressed to find many who would rank Tim Burton’s CGI world alongside the original hand-drawn property they grew up loving. Unless director Sam Raimi and his crew have something more than a visual razzle-dazzle up their sleeves it would be fair to assume Oz the Great and Powerful won’t be joining the hall of masterpieces that Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow all call home. If nothing else it will be nice to (sort of) see Zach Braff again – the Garden State actor/writer/director hasn’t been active on the big screen for a while but lends his vocal talents to the role of a talking monkey that stands by Oscar’s side on his journey. — DAN NICHOLLS

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JACK THE GIANT SLAYER In theatres March 1st

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big-budget retelling of a classic fairy tale, Jack the Giant Slayer takes a story that everyone knows and glosses it up with violence and loud special effects to appeal to today’s youth. Nicholas Hoult from Warm Bodies and About a Boy leads the charge against some angry computer-generated giants with help from Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. — DAN NICHOLLS

THE HOST In theatres March 29th Despite looking unspectacular in pretty much every regard, The Host will likely receive mounds of attention in anticipation of its March 29th release due solely to the fact that it’s based on a

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book from the author of the Twilight series. Teenage audiences hungry for their fix of PG-13 romance will likely flock to this one in droves.— DAN NICHOLLS

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In theatres March 29th

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.I. Joe: Retaliation (opening March 28th) is the sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which was inspired by a line of children’s toys and was also pretty much a disaster on every level. The time spent following the release of the first movie and the filming of the sequel would

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appear to have been a period of reflection for the people behind the scenes, though; it seems that a few lessons have been learned and an effort has been made to make this movie both bigger and better. The weak links from the original cast have been removed (goodbye Marlon Wayans) and some new faces have been brought in to appeal to action lovers that may have found the first movie to be too lame for their liking

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Evil Dead In theatres April 12th

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orror remakes generally do not make for the most exciting movie-going experiences, as anyone who’s seen one can attest. Sam Raimi’s classic The Evil Dead would be expected to relive the fate of its remade brethren, however the likelihood of actual quality terror has been boosted thanks to a blessing from Raimi himself on the new movie’s creative team. As added reassurance, screenwriter Diablo Cody (an Oscar-winner for Juno) has promised fans this movie won’t be light on gore or morbid humor. Whether or not it turns out to be “the most terrifying film you will ever experience” (as the movie’s trailer states) might be forgiven if it manages to provide some genuinely unpredictable scares. —DAN NICHOLLS

(enter Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). The first advertisements for this 3D release have featured some eye-popping stunts and special effects, and the introduction of Bruce Willis as the original Joe himself is both gimmicky and kind of awesome. —DAN NICHOLLS

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uno-award winning artist Jason Plumb won’t sugarcoat the songwriting process for his next album if you ask him about it. “It involves a lot of sitting and staring at the ceiling to tell you the truth,” he replies earnestly. “I listen to some of the ideas I’ve had and put other ones away so I can come back and hopefully see that the ideas that I put away yesterday are still at the front of my mind. It’s trying to see whatever sticks.”

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ASON PLUMB “The seeds have been planted so I guess I’m watching to see which ones have the strongest roots. Once the transition to my new studio space is complete, and I have some downtime, I’ll start throwing down some tracks and see where everything lands.” The 44-year old singer/songwriter has been a fixture in the local music scene since the late 1980s as his then unknown group Neurotic Paperboy changed their name to the Waltons and became arguably the largest act to ever come directly out of Regina. The band released five albums, including a live disc titled Liv in 2001, yet it was their 1992 debut Lik My Trakter that launched them into Canadian notoriety with successful singles like “Colder Than You,” “Naked Rain,” and “In The Meantime.”

Plumb acknowledges that the award didn’t seem as important to the band at the time as it does now in retrospect, especially considering

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“I think at the time it just seemed like it was bound to happen because we were at such a high crest. I think the record had just gone gold and everything we were doing was successful, we were on the cover of NOW magazine. Everything seemed to be just right.” “I look back on the nominees at the time and they were friends and bands that we toured with that were just awesome. I think it was Tom Wilson with Junkhouse, the Odds, and a few other bands. It was just a whirlwind. They didn’t televise that part of he awards so we weren’t on TV and that was back when they held the

...They won the 1994 Juno Award for Best New Group over future heavyweights Sloan, The Tea Party, The Odds, and Junkhouse.

The band was so well regarded in music circles they won the 1994 Juno Award for Best New Group over future heavyweights Sloan, The Tea Party, The Odds, and Junkhouse.

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City Slicker was unable to confirm any other current Regina residents to have won a Juno.

Junos in Toronto every year. It was a bit stiffer of an event back then and it wasn’t the Junofest that it’s become with the party vibe. It was just an awards show that you went to.” “At the time it was fun. Here we are 20 years later still talking about it – it definitely helped our careers. I guess being the only Juno award winner presently living in Regina is something.” Although the Waltons utilized multiple

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band members during their existence, the core of the band was always the musical harmony created by Plumb and bassist Keith Nakonechny. For that reason, there was a period of time where The Waltons were the de facto Regina band. While other Regina acts like Streetheart were huge in the late 1970s, they weren’t a truly Regina band as singer Kenny Shields was from small town Saskatchewan and the band itself was based out of Winnipeg, and other acts like Reginaborn blues rocker Colin James made their breakthrough living in Vancouver. The Waltons, although they eventually moved to Toronto to further their career, were still widely considered that band from the Queen City and for that reason you’d see t-shirts around the city with artwork from Lik My Trakter and their 1995 disc Cock’s Crow. Unknowingly, it was Plumb’s decision to move back in 1997 that has allowed him to maintain a music career well beyond the band’s break up in 2001. “I came home after a relationship in Hamilton failed and thought I would come back and recharge my batteries for a while, moved back in with Mom and Dad, and ended up just staying.” “It wasn’t an intentional thing, as I thought I’d end up moving back to Toronto, but I came home and realized that to buy a house was really cheap compared to out there and a lot of my family and friends were still here. It was comfortable coming home and it felt like I could lay down some roots and I liked the idea of running into old high school teachers and that kind of thing – it felt like a small town – which is the opposite of Toronto and I liked that.” “At the time, I was going back and forth to Toronto a lot – it was during the recording of The Waltons last studio album – and in the early part of the new millennium I found I had a house here with a recording studio, and I was continuing to make music, so I felt there wasn’t much need to be anywhere else.” “It makes me happy being here [in

Regina]. I like it here. I like our summers. I like the fact I can drive out to the lake. There’s just a lot to offer a guy here. If you can escape the winter once in awhile then that makes it even better.” Plumb, who now has a nearly two-year old son with his common-law partner Erin, still maintains a successful music career in Regina as a solo artist, running his own studio, and mixing television shows on the side. Yet with all of his accomplishments, it’s his son Henry that brings the most excitement to his voice. “The biggest thing, and no one really told me, is that everything that you thought was important before is no longer important. Everything shifts and you become very selfless. Your needs don’t really matter anymore.” “It’s not a bitter thing – you just realize that you’re fine as long as he’s happy. It’s funny how most of your hopes and dreams take a back seat and maybe even disappear in some ways. I never knew that would happen.


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Yet with all of his accomplishments, it’s his son Henry that brings the most excitement to his voice.


I’m an older dad; when my dad was my age I was already 20.” “I look at when I’ll be 60, so I try to focus on my health a little more. I quit smoking after 25 years once I knew he was coming, and it’s because I want to hang around for a while and meet his kids when I’m old.”

“It’s funny that there is that correlation to performing because it seems to just happen. You get up there on stage, start strumming the guitar and singing, and it just happens without thinking too much. If you daydream too much flying you could have some problems, as you could onstage. At least onstage I can make up words as it happens because they’re my songs so I can fill in the blanks.”

I love my band mates, and I’m so lucky to have such an amazing band... “Fatherhood has been quite a project, as they say, and the relentlessness is something that’s hard to get used to. Those 12-hour days where it was just he and I, I would always compare to holding a pretty full glass of water and just holding it all day without trying to spill it. It’s not that it’s hard but you just can’t spill the water or set it down. When Erin gets home it’s a happy hand off for a few minutes.” “That said he’s definitely the greatest thing that’s ever happened for me.” Around the same time that Henry came into the picture, Plumb took up flying airplanes, which he had always put off trying. “Flying is surreal, which is similar to some performing situations I’ve been in over my career. It just feels natural and feels like it’s a place where I should be and makes me feel like everything is in balance. I become totally at peace and the rest of the world kind of melts away.”

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Having taken over the live performance studio at CBC Regina after government cutbacks led to the vacancy of the space, the articulate artist has been spending his time getting the room set up to his specifications and has been working with the young local group Fly Points on their upcoming record.

Plumb has been quite productive as a solo artist releasing his first couple albums on his own, and more recently with the help of his backing band The Willing. Proud of his great band mates and the work they’ve done on his last three albums, including 2012’s All Is More Than Both, he sees his next album being a more stripped down affair without his band. “I think there’s a new batch of young bands in the city that are pretty inspiring and they’re out touring their asses off and making great music. Look at Erin Passmore and Rah Rah, and bands like Library Voices are all doing great things.” “Seeing that keeps me young in spirit and helps me believe that I can still go out and tour. You always think about that next tour but realistically that next tour may not come. I toured non-stop for 10

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“It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t tried either of them. I highly suggest either to anyone who has even the slightest inkling to fly or perform.”

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years and I still kind of feel that I’m just in between tours, and I’m not really sure that I am.”

Yet, with plans to produce other bands in the future, and doing any audio work for television that is available, Plumb’s musical passion remains writing and performing. “I feel I need to get this new record of mine recorded and start getting out there and performing more house concerts. I’ve been focused on getting more involved in folk festivals and Folk Alliance and a lot of my shows are going to be performing solo.” “I love my band mates, and I’m so lucky to have such an amazing band, but it’s just not sustainable to get them all on the road for long periods at a time so I need to focus on performing as a solo artist. It’s kind of the opposite of the last record I put out last March, which was a full production with the whole band, extra musicians, and plenty of guests, so I think this next record will be mostly just me and putting the new studio through its paces. This record could turn out to be pretty intimate.”

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As friends and colleagues from his touring past embark on Regina in April for Junofest and the awards show itself, Plumb looks forward to participating in the annual hockey game the artists play in, having last participated when Saskatoon hosted. In regards to the actual ceremony, he admits the Juno Awards are a much different animal now than they were when the Waltons won. “It didn’t carry the weight back then that it carries now. I think it means more now because everyone is more involved in the Junos now. It’s in arenas and they move it everywhere and people talk about it a lot more. Back then, it was a little more of a low-key affair so I don’t know if it added any pressure but I know that I definitely didn’t think it would be our last. I thought we had arrived and that was going to be the first of many. I was naïve of how fickle the industry was and still is so I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I should have.” “Not so much the award itself, but riding the whole crest of success. I was worried about our second record and was anxious to make another record because we kind of milked Lik My Trakter for almost three years. We did hundreds of shows to get into the studio because I knew we had a budget and we were going to an actual studio instead of piecing together demos and polishing them up.” “Popular Popular

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Popular acceptance is a fleeting thing and had I realized it then I may have appreciated it a bit more. I appreciate it looking back at it now – we had the luxury and opportunity to tour with some really amazing bands so we were lucky. We worked hard and were never home more than three or four days at a time. The touring we did was unbelievable.” Asked if he feels his music career may have turned out differently if he had stayed out in Toronto, Plumb felt that any disadvantages are mostly perceived. “It’s hard to say. Things could be different but I don’t know where I’d be at this point. I may have given up because what’s allowed me to remain creative and continually put out my own music is the fact that I have the studio that I own and that I work for television and film companies mixing shows and doing songs for organizations like Sask Tourism. I don’t think that would have been possible out in Toronto. I think living out there may have beaten me up a bit and I think living here has allowed me to be at the top of my game.” “It may be a bit of a big fish in a small pond scenario, but I’ve been able to carve out a real profession for myself in the television industry here. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to last but I’ve done well over 100 episodes of television in the last 10 years here.”

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Although being a rock star is likely not in the realm of possibility at this point in his career, Plumb has built a strong following across the country with his music, and reunited with Nakonechny last year to mark the closure of The Distrikt nightclub. Music is still a priority for the new father but spending time with Henry and Erin are even more so as he enters the next stage of his career. If touring ends up not being in the cards going forward, the Juno winner admits he’s been able to take a lot away from the experience. There have been a lot of friendships with touring companions, like-minded artists, and other relationships that I still have to this day. When other artists come to town, I’ll often get an email or a Facebook message telling me to come out to their shows or inviting me to come do a song with them onstage. I think these are things that I’ll be able to hang onto and sustain for many more years. I feel lucky to have toured with a lot of really great people and great acts over the years. When I look back at my musical career it’s really been about touring, at least until the point where I started making solo records when it shifted more into a studio existence. I may not be on the road as much as I once was, but I’ll always have those memories.”. —Bryce aubert

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February 23, 1970: The inaugural year, and a crowd twice the anticipated size packs into Toronto’s St. Lawrence Hall to celebrate the first ever night dedicated exclusively to Canadian music and those in the industry who contribute to making the scene vibrant and uniquely Canadian. Back then, the awards night was billed as the RPM Gold Leaf Awards – a double tribute to the vinyl record, and Canada’s iconic maple leaf. It was not until the following year that the award became officially known as the JUNO Award (in a year of extreme budget constraints that meant a stand up only program and which featured homemade finger sandwiches made by RMP Magazine producer Stan Klees’ mother.) We’ve come a long way, Baby.

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Three pillars of Canadian music: Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stoppin’ Tom Connors at the 1973 Juno Awards. Photo Credit: Plum Communications Inc.

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March 21, 1979: The year the statuette was officially renamed from the RPM Annual Gold Leaf Award to the JUNO Award, then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau himself made an appearance as a guest as well as a presenter. (Two years later, Prime Minister Trudeau would return to the JUNO Awards stage to induct songstress Joni Mitchell into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.) Knowing what we know about Mr. Trudeau’s incredible personality, we’re willing to bet that was one hell of a party. Burton Cummings conducted hosting duties.

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Nelly Furtado flies like a bird in Saskatoon in 2006. Credit: Photo courtesy of CARAS/iPhoto Inc.

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Arcade Fire perform at the 2011 Juno Awards in Toronto. Credit: Photo courtesy of CARAS/iPhoto Inc.

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March 27, 2011: The JUNOs celebrate their fortieth birthday and return to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for the first time in nine years since taking the show to the road in 2002. Celebrating that night with performances were Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Chrome, Down With Webster, Hedley, Johnny Reid and Sarah McLachlan. Festivals, emerging artists, compilation albums and wildly popular public ticket sales have come to encompass the JUNO Awards experience and given an opportunity for fans and artists to connect across the country for forty years. Congratulations and happy birthday JUNO Awards! Canadians in every corner of the country look forward to celebrating with you for many years to come.

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