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ISSUE 3.7 | JULY 2012 | FREE


the Local Music issue

Get into the local scene Pages 4, 5, 8, 16, 18 20 years of biking the Tour de Cariboo Page 13 Poetry from Drum & Bell Tower Page 19

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Davey Jones was a regular performer in California right up to his death earlier this year. Rest well, Daydream Believer.

The battle of the corporate bands

On the Cover: It took us awhile to find the right image for our cover this month, but we’re pretty sure you’ll agree with our final decision, to feature Cariboo musician (and our own poetry editor) Laura Kelsey. After spending some time concerned that showcasing any one of our featured musicians on the front might look like we were playing favourites, we spent most of the month planning to use a picture from our stock photography service. But in the 11th hour, as we poured through Laura’s pictures looking for something to use alongside her story, we found this shot, which seemed to just belong on our front page. We hope you enjoy the picture, and the rest of the issue now in your hands.

Turn on the radio to any given station, and the odds are pretty good that you’ll hear some tunes from someone that you’ve heard of before. Whether it’s classic rock from the likes of Led Zeppelin, new tracks from familiar stars like Bruce Springsteen, or some new, fresh-faced, up-and-coming act, they’re all pretty familiar to us. But it wasn’t always so. Most of these artists had to pay their dues, spending some time in obscurity, playing local dive bars in exchange for cheap beer and tips, slowly working their way towards fame and fortune. Most of these artists were little more than exciting, local acts at one point in time. We say most of these artists because, as with every rule, there is the exception. And for every ten musicians that work their butt off before finally realizing their fame and fortune, there’s a musical act that’s created at the corporate level, that’s hand picked by music producers to be blandly appealing, safe to consume, and of course, radio friendly. Some acts simply started at the top. Unfortunately, in many cases, their fame was fleeting. The Monkees: Perhaps one of the first examples of this sort of thing also remains one of the best examples. The Monkees were designed in 1966, not even as a band but as a television series about a band, to capitalize on the undeniable success of The Beatles (complete with slightly misspelled animal-based name). Eventually, thanks in part to the popularity of their television series, the four members would


GRAMMY GAFF  Members of Milli Vanilli with National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president C. Michael Greene during happier times, at a Grammy Award rehearsal in 1990. eventually became a for-reals band, with control over their own musical output. Their brief success was capped with their questionably successful film Head in 1968 before experiencing a retroactive return to fame in the 80s, which would lead to a series of reunion tours into the 21st century. New Kids on the Block: A must-listen band for any teenage girl of the 1980s, the New Kids on the Block were, according to their Wikipedia page, “assembled” — not the word you usually think of when imagining a band’s formation. While band member Donnie Wahlberg has spent more time on camera as an actor in recent years, he was the first member officially on board with this boy band during its formation in 1984, and helped to fill the remainder of the band’s roles. Much like the

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Monkees before them, the New Kids on the Block were filling arenas recently with nostalgiafueled reunions, and even toured alongside The Backstreet Boys. Milli Vanilli: So, long story short — music producer Frank Farian found a few performers who had really great voices, but not a particularly great image, so instead of trying to improve the image, he just hired a couple of more attractive guys to pretend to be the ones doing the singing. Thus Milli Vanilli was born, taking the pop music world by storm, and winning a Grammy Award in 1990. Unfortunately, word soon got out the voices didn’t actually come from the faces, the Grammy was revoked, and the group crashed and burned. Unfortunately, the reunion circuit wouldn’t work out so well here — member Rob

Pilatus was found dead while a comeback tour was being planned. Justin Bieber: Here in the 21st century, it seems like the surest way to get yourself discovered without having to really pay your dues is to throw some videos on Youtube and hope for the best (this might explain why there are 72 hours of video uploaded to Youtube every minute). At least, that would seem to be the case if you looked at Justin Bieber’s history. As the story goes, talent manager “Scooter” Braun accidentally clicked on one of Bieber’s videos, was immediately impressed by the kid’s talent, and flew him out to Atlanta, Georgia to record some demos. There he performed for singer / songwriter Usher and was promptly signed to the Raymond Braun Media Group. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Get into the local scene Oren Barter Page 4

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% Daily Value* Local musical acts At least five different ones, playing a variety of musical styles. A little something different We kind of played around with the way we approached our feature story this month. Did you like it? Stampede It’s not really our beat, but we crashed the WL Stampede and nabbed some pictures. We even printed a few! Ingredients (or things that helped us get through the last month): Baby Tylenol for baby’s incoming molars; Learning to like early mornings; Fires in the fire pit; Food cooked in fire pit, even if it ends up a little overdone; Enjoying Crofts Orange Wheat Ale by the fire pit; Knowing a new batch of Orange Wheat Ale is just about ready to bottle; Watching the baby watch horses at the Stampede Parade; Frozen grapes; Registering to go back to school; Flavoured coffee creamer; Visits from creative friends; Sitting in the rain; The return of weekly bags of veggies from Road’s End Farms; Finally filing divorce papers almost six years late; Playing the drums with the whole family; Way too many pieces of leftover cake; Realizing I need to do some serious weight control in part due to way too many pieces of leftover cake; Coffee; Coffee; Coffee; Finally thinking about vacation plans for later in the year; Finding really fantastic books at second hand stores; Finding some less than fantastic books at second hand stores, but picking them up anyway because everyone enjoys a trashy read every now and then; Mornings that start with french toast; Evenings that end with a glass of wine; Collecting the apparently infinite varieties of Trivial Pursuit (woo, 80s edition!)

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Oren wrote a song about The Stew Magazine. You can hear it on Youtube at (the video quality is pretty crappy though)


Music is such an integral part of all of our lives. It is the background for our life story. It is the unifying tool across nations. It encourages emotion, triggers deep memories, and feeds our soul. We are blessed in the Cariboo-Chilcotin to be surrounded by boundlessly talented musical artists, and I was even more blessed to have had the chance to spend some time talking with only just a handful of the myriad of musicians in our area. On the following pages are some highlighted musicians, bands, and solo acts. It is by no means an extensive list, and we ask forgiveness to those who we couldn’t speak to this month. We appreciate and adore all of you. And if you ever want to chat (or jam for that matter)- we’re only a click or call away. For those who I did have the honor to talk with, thank you for taking some time out and sharing your stories. You are an inspiration to speak to and a joy to hear. Rock on, my friends!

Fighting the spotlight, finding your groove Oren Barter is a staple of the Cariboo community music scene. His alternative singer / songwriter style, smooth vocals, and boyish charm has made him a favourite at community events, festivals, and on the radio. Oren’s musical education started, he says, in the womb. Coming from a very musical family, it was natural to pick up instruments at a very young age. “I started playing piano when I was about five or six,” although, he explains, he only used two fingers for the first four years. “I stole my little sisters piano and I would just play it all the time.” Before long Oren graduated from the two-finger pianoplunk to full-digit songwriting. “I started composing classicalish stuff, more like video game music, that was kind of my thing. I wanted to be a video game music composer. Then, when I was about 15, I picked up a guitar and my life’s been fucked up ever since,” Oren says with a laugh. It was a guitar class in high school that turned Oren’s attention more seriously to the guitar. He jumped at the chance to play music for school credit and discovered that it was more than just an easy grade, but a passion to be explored. “After my first class, I got home from school, locked

myself in my room, and played for 10 hours until I fell asleep. That’s how into it I was. I did that for years. All my spare time was guitar. It wasn’t all about being rich and famous and getting all the chicks. It was that I was making noise and having fun,” says Oren. And now? After releasing a CD, playing all across the province and Western Canada, becoming a community icon at a young age, is it still all about making noise and having fun? According to Oren it has its ups and downs. “Because part of me really loves it, and that’s all there is, but the other part of me is saying, look buddy, you’re broke because of this.”

And being broke means you need to turn to traditional forms of employment. “And I work,” says Oren. “I worked in the bush, I worked at McDonalds, in construction in Saskatchewan. I always had to have a job to alleviate that pressure from the music. It’s just tough. But I do it to myself too. I give cd’s away like they’re going out of style. “The world is not a friendly place for playing musicians.” But that doesn’t mean that Oren is going to turn his back on his music. Because, he says, he doesn’t play to satisfy everyone. “I don’t have these ideas that I’m going to be rich and famous - I’d like to be rich and famous, but I don’t wake up

each day and think, I’m going to be rich and famous. “I don’t have big dreams — what I’d like to do is to be able to make a living making music. The way I look at that is that it is about forging relationships and being good at what you do. When I get on stage now, it is about having fun. I’m not worried about being perfect. I am not worried about everyone loving everything I do, every note, like I was for a while.” And that, he says, is key. To try and keep a level head about the business aspect of making music for a living, to be aware of how much it will seep into all aspects of your life, and then to remember your own passion — why you are doing it in the first place and not to pay attention to the negativity that can be a part of making money with your songs. “I have fun,”says Oren. “I love doing it, and I love performing for people, and I love it when people come up and say that I’ve made an impact, and I know that sounds corny, but I do. My music comes from a real place. A place rooted in my family and how they get together and jam. It’s about the music and the fun. It’s not about what people are going to like and what they are going to put on the radio.You can’t write a song that everyone is going to connect with, then it’s bullshit.”

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Doug and Todd briefly worked together a number of years ago, but both have since shrugged off traditional employment to follow their dreams, and we think they’re both better off for it.

Music is life, and life is good for Doug Koyama Quesnel musician Doug Koyama is an emerging vocal improv artist who has burst onto the festival scene all across Canada. His unique vocal loop style is all about peace, harmony, truth, and absolute love, for what he does and for the people around him. He is new, he is fresh, he has packed up his bags and is following his dreams … at the tender age of 51. “It’s a gift. It really is. It’s a gift to be able to do this. I am so grateful every moment of every day for this,” says Doug of his new-found life’s work. “I’ve taken to saying I’m a late bloomer.” Doug sang with his junior high choir as a boy, took to stage in high school musicals, then tried his hand at one play with The Little Theatre Group after graduation. After that it would be nearly thirty years before he graced the stage with a song again. In 2005, however, Doug’s youngest daughter con-

vinced him to join her at auditions for Kersley Musical Theatre’s production of Oliver. They were cast, and the experience spawned a four-year connection to the theatre group until one day in 2009, when life would change for Mr. Koyama, thanks to a workshop he took through the theatre

group with Vancouver artist David Hatfield. “He taught us: Take a breath, make a sound, keep going. That’s all you need to do improv acapella,” Doug explains. “That started it. I decided to pitch it all, probably, 2010. “I sat in a basement suite in the West side of Quesnel

for the winter and I would get up in the morning and I would network with people. I would go on the web and search out things like Moncton, New Brunswick. What’s in Moncton, New Brunswick? Who do I know that’s played there? I would go to people’s websites and see their itinerary, where they’d been, and I’d contact those places and say, “Hey, I’m a singer. I wanna come up there and sing. You want to put me up for a show?” And I didn’t get anything back. “I booked a tour to the east, left April 1. I think there were probably people who thought I was kidding until I got in the car and drove away. “I booked it [the first tour] too lightly, didn’t consider things that I should have, and did consider things I shouldn’t have. But it was a lesson. Each one, each moment, was a blessing. I look back at it and I have no bad about it. no bad at all. I wake up every day

laughing.” As you follow the path towards your dreams, not everyone will be on your side, says Doug. But you can’t let other people’s opinions become your own. “I think that we’re divine beings,” Doug says with his ever-present smile. “I think that every person has a true calling. I think the pursuit of that true calling should be of paramount importance to everyone. Because it makes us happy when we pursue the things we love. “I sleep on the side of the road. In my mom and dad’s construct, I am a failure because I sleep in my car and I don’t have a job. I’ve dealt with that, and it’s okay. I release that past and know that the universe supports me, and they’ll understand or they won’t. It doesn’t matter. “I think a big part of it [finding your passion] is being open to it. Not prejudging it. The steps I took were this: I decided what I

wanted; and then I opened myself to whatever it was going to take to make that happen. And it all comes back to Kersley Musical Theatre. The first lesson I learned was: just say, ‘Yes.’ Because when you say, ‘Yes,’ things happen. When you say, ‘No,’ things don’t happen.” And Doug has certainly said, “Yes,” to embracing the love of music and sharing it with everyone he meets. “I love music! I feel music is the natural expression of our happiness and joy as well as our sorrow and despair. It connects us, it teaches us, it inspires and chronicles change and it reminds us of the beauty that is within us all. Music is life and life is good.”

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In another universe, I’m a musician BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

According to certain theories in physics, there are potentially limitless alternate dimensions in which any number of things in our universe’s history might have played out differently. This could include something as significant as a universe where the earth never formed or where dinosaurs continue to be the dominant life form. This could also include universes with minor changes, such as one where I ate something other than pancakes for breakfast this morning. I bring this up because I suspect that in one of those alternate universes, I am a musician.

I’ve always been a fairly musical person. As a child, my parents owned an electric organ and I liked to play it by ear. I remember sounding out the theme from Star Wars on its keys at a very young age. That apparent aptitude for music led my parents to put me into organ lessons (yes, there was an organ teacher in Williams Lake at that time — I’m not sure if this is as random as it seems, or if it simply shows that the organ was a more respected instrument in the 1980s). I would later adapt what I learned on the organ to a fumbling relationship with the piano. In high school, I spent four years learning to play the drums. In my 20s, I

got an acoustic guitar, but I have yet to learn how to play (though I keep telling myself, maybe this year). But as much as I have always loved music, I’ve never let it take a terribly dominant place in my life. At a certain point, I think, I realized that there simply weren’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything I wanted to, and I chose writing as the thing I wanted to focus my energies on. It’s not a choice I regret, really. So far my writing has done more to pay the bills than my fumbling attempts to play the piano probably could have. And music is still around — that guitar is still sitting in the corner, taunting me, suggest-

ing that maybe this will finally be that year (Juli’s far cooler electric guitar is sitting next to it, telling me that maybe it’s never too late to become a rock star). I say all this because I have enormous respect for the musicians who haven’t given up on that part of their lives, who have refused to replace whatever it was that drew them to rhythm and melody with something safer. I love that there are so many talented musicians in the Cariboo that work hard, play harder, and keep everything sounding so fantastic. That’s why we’re featuring a few of them this month — and, sadly, it is only a few of them. We’ve only got so much space

within these pages, but believe me when I say that we would have loved to have talked to many, many more them. As for me, maybe it really isn’t too late. My baby girl has a passion for rythmn and melody, she dances anytime she hears a tune and loves to bang on the drums (she already does a better drumroll than mommy). Maybe with her around to encourage me I can pick back up the musical side of myself that I next to abandoned all those years ago. And even if being a rock star is never going to be in my cards, maybe it’s enough to just get down and groove out every once and awhile.


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You’re never too old to follow your path BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

When I was younger I wanted to spend my life on stage. I wanted to be in the most poignant of films. I wanted to make audiences weep with my ability to tell a story. And I wanted to sing to the entire world. But not like some pop princess who was here today and gone tomorrow; no, I wanted to be Billie Holliday or Nina Simone — minus all the booze and drugs, of course. I wanted to make mu-

sic that moved people. Oh sure, I sang torch songs with Elvis (a tribute artist, not the real thing, but damn close), I wrote and recorded songs, I took to the stage intermittently (still do, for that matter), but somewhere along the path I made the decision to delegate that part of me to the back burner. “Oh the fantasies of youth,” is what I would say. I managed to let life get in the way of following that path. Or rather the excuses of life: Oh,

but what about the kids; I don’t have the money; I don’t have a band; I don’t know the right people; I am too nervous; I am too fat; I am too old... Of course I also wanted to be a famous writer, and though The Stew Magazine may not be a world-wide sensation, it sure is the culmination of some serious dreams. And for that I am blissfully thankful and pleased. And though I may not be hitting the Cannes Film Festival anytime soon, I have found a home with the

Williams Lake Studio Theatre. As for singing these days … I still need to open up to the possibilities, but the day is coming. I have such a huge respect for those who follow their passions, heck, to those who even figure out what their passion truly is. So many of us allow life to feed us our own excuses; to let society tell us to get a haircut and get a real job; or to have us believe that dreams are for children, not for grown ups. It’s a lie.

As long as you have breath, you have dreams. As long as you are a part of this planet, you are able to follow your path. It doesn’t matter if you’ve fallen away from it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a hard time finding it. It doesn’t even matter if you know exactly where the path will take you. What matters is only that you know that you have the power to put one foot in front of the other and walk your own journey.

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Another year of classes is over Another year of free English language classes for adults in Williams Lake has come to an end. We had a very eventful year, with over 20 people registered. Sixteen people had their language skills assessed, either for the first time, or as a part of an ongoing review of student progress. The good news is that those who attended class regularly showed a steady improvement in their English and overall knowledge of Canada. Unfortunately, many people were unable to attend class regularly, because of work and other obligations. Without regular practice, language skills atrophy. Of course people immigrate to Canada to work, so if class time conflicts with work, and they have to choose, they always choose work. That is why we have been trying, and will continue to try, different ways to meet the needs of our students. We tried to change our morning beginner level class to afternoons, but that didn’t work, so we went back to mornings, Monday through Thursday. We also tried two

evenings per week of intermediate level classes, Mondays and Wednesdays, and this proved to be very popular. Our assessments show that we have many advanced level immigrants, so we are considering ways that we can meet their needs next year. Possibly more evening or even weekend classes! This would be for people in positions where a misunderstood colloquialism or misplaced preposition can cause them to worry that they look foolish. The camaraderie of the classroom setting can help them to relax and feel like they are not alone. We are also looking at ways to enable parents of young children to come to school and not worry about child care. We don’t just learn about verbs and nouns in our classes. We have a lot of fun learning about Williams Lake, the Cariboo Chilcotin, B.C., and Canada. Sometimes we go to the grocery stores and read labels, or we take field trips to visit local businesses or cultural venues. We have a ladies night out, a computer

shopping day, and, of course, parties. Lots of parties. Over the year, we become so close; it is more like a family than a class. It is a safe place to talk about our problems. We try to practice small talk, but we always wind up talking about big, important issues. It is hard to say good-bye to each other in June, but we are looking forward to September. In the meanwhile, for those who want to get some practice over the summer, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society is offering weekly, two hour classes, at a time and location to be determined. These classes will not be free, however. There will be a $10.00 fee per class, and we will need a minimum of six participants, just to cover the costs. If you are interested in the summer classes, or you want more information about the ELSA program, or you have some ideas for us, please email: Susan Nelson, ELSA Program Instructor / Coordinator


How do you think people can best support their local music scene? Send your answers to

Todd Sullivan publisher / editor-in-chief

Stop listening to Top 40 radio for a few minutes and check out what’s happening culturally in your own back yard. Go see some local bands live at venues near you. Buy their merch — CDs, T-shirts, whatever — and maybe even chat them up over a beer. They’re people too.”

Juli Harland sales manager / executive editor “Go and see them play. Buy tickets. Buy their CDs. Invite your friends. Book them to play if you have the means and a space. Request them if you don’t. Request them on your radio station. Maybe even buy them a burger or beer.”

Angela Shephard fine frugality (crafters beat)

Jamie Horsley tone soup (music beat) “Go see local acts live. That's the true test of their worth. Pay for their music, buy their merchandise, and most importantly, SHARE the music with others.”

Carol Davidson stir (health beat)

Torrey Owen In My Shoes (city beat)


Natasha Peeman beautydooz (health & beauty beat)


Michelle Daymond Eating Local (food beat)

MEME [meem] noun An element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means an image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another

“Go to festivals, by CDs and songs and send to your friends who live all over the place! I have my family in Edmonton hooked on Drum & Bell Tower!”

Michael Jones One Seoul Searching (overseas beat)

Oreo’s gay pride cookie Originated at: Facebook On June 25 what would become a controversial image appeared at the Kraft Nabsico Facebook page — the picture of an Oreo cookie with six layers of colour, matching the colours of the rainbow. Accompanying this image was the text: “June 25 | Pride” and “Proudly support love.” In news that should come as a surprise to no one, this image was met with strong opinions and a crazed amount of discussion, with 23,000 comments appearing within the first 24 hours. This, of course, included a number of people eager to boycot the cookie-maker because of their willingness to support the gay community. So far Kraft Nabisco has declined to apologize for posting the cookie image, so good on them for that. Oh, and yes, this is really more of a current event than a true meme, but the event has already inspired its inclusion in a number of existing, and popular, memes.

Laura Kelsey Poetry Editor “Keep their ears open.”

THE STEW Magazine is an independently owned and operated monthly arts and lifestyle magazine published in the Cariboo Chilcotin. All information contained in this magazine is correct, to our best knowledge, as of press time. Opinions expressed by correspondents and contributors are not necessarily those of THE STEW or its employees. We reserve the right to edit letters to the editor for grammar, punctuation, content, or length. All letters must be signed by the author. THE STEW Magazine accepts no responsibility for correctness beyond the amount paid for that portion of advertising space occupied by the incorrect item. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising or editorials submission which we believe to be inconsistent with the philosophy of this publication. The contents of this publication are copyright The Stew Magazine 2012.

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100 Mile House musical artist Laura Kelsey is a dynamic performer who has had her fingers in all kinds of musical pies. She writes, sings, and performs sexy power blues, country noir ballads, suicidal acoustic songs, and biorhythmic beat music. She has also fronted a heavy metal band, jams regularly at the Hootenanny Cafe, and can usually be found with recording projects and video productions on the go. In fact, between May to June this year, Laura has recorded and released ten original songs, along with videos which can be found on YouTube. Sound manic? According to Laura there really isn’t a choice in the matter: “I think music decides on you,” she says, rather than the other way around. “Music has always been there — even when you try to ignore it, try to resign yourself to something more ‘stable,’ it always comes back — and then it drives you mad.” Earlier this month Laura was in the Chilliwack Comfort Inn filming dancers for a new music video project for her song ‘A Part of Me’, a collaboration with beat artist Tyler W. The song and video are to be released soon, as a prelude to her new full-length album, currently in production. “Creating in general fulfills me,” she says. “It’s what it is all about. Creating keeps me going.” No stranger to national recognition, Laura’s songs have played on Canadian, American, and British radio stations; ‘Earth,’ a folk / rock song co-written

with guitarist Murray Howes, was a finalist in a nation-wide contest; and, back in 2007, Laura organized and produced an album of death / black metal after fronting bands in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, Laura wrote ‘Run Outta Road’ with South Cariboo guitarist Peter Thorne, which was featured in The Province newspaper. The single was recorded at Armoury Studios in West Vancouver and a music video by HunCity Productions was released at 100 Mile House’s South Cariboo Theatre in November. And, oh yeah, she is the poetry editor here at The Stew Magazine. Needless to say, this girl is busy. So how does such a busy woman get so much done and stay so inspired? With a little help from her friends, of course. In fact it was a float plane ride with Lac la Hache pilot and pal Rick Duncan which inspired her tune ‘Underfoot or Stones of Flame.’ And Laura seems to have some pretty good pals, for last winter thirty people showed up to shoot her music video for ‘Wild Mountain Woman’ in -15C weather. Which, even for the Cariboo, is still freaking cold. Laura is is working to record three album-length projects before 2012 is over: The sultry Sexy Power Blues; the biorhymic beat album The Water Table; and a home-recording project of original acoustic blues entitled funeral songz. With such diversity there really is a song for everyone — keep an ear out for this woman.


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July 1 to 31, Quesnel Arts and Rec Center: “UNDERGROWTH” Wells artist Corey Hardeman’s canvasses are documents, intended to examine and to better understand her surroundings. For more information check the web at www.quesnelartgallery. com

July 6, 5:00pm, Elks Hall, Quesnel: River City Music Association Open Jam. Come play or sing or dance or just to listen and support local talent Open to all ages from 5-9. Everyone welcome. Cash bar and adults only after 9:00pm. Members are free, nonmembers are $3. For information please email Kathy Canuel at kcsunshine_34@

July 5, 6:00 to 10:00pm, Overlander Pub: Benefit Dance and Silent Auction for local burn victim Dallas Wilson. Music by members of One Foot Under and Third Degree. Dallas is a single mom who was badly burned on June 16th and will have to undergo a long period of recovery. The Dand and Silent Auction has been organized to help her and her two-year old son through this period and we are hoping the community will join us in our support for them both. A box for monetary donations has been set up at the OV pub. To have donations for the silent auction picked up please call 250-305-7910. July 5, 5:00, Boitanio Park, Williams Lake: It’s Concrete Fitness’ Performances in the Park! 5pm Robyn Ferguson; 7pm Doug Koyama.For more information check PerformancesinthePark out on Facebook, go to www., or call Beth Holden at 250-

July 6 to July 31, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake: The Station House Gallery is hosting “Community Roots Inspiration from the Potato House Project” local artists. July 6 to July 8, Puntzi Lake: The Annual Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby held at Puntzi Lake. Head out for the weekend and check out this family friendly event! July 7, 9:30am to 4:30pm, Williams Lake: Second Annual Quilts and Flowers Garden Tour put on by the Williams Lake Garden Club and the Cariboo Piecemakers Quilting Club. Tickets $10.00 on sale at The Open Book, Just Because Ladies Wear and Ibea’s Quilt Shop. For more information call Gerry Gebert 250-297-0192. July 8, 11:00am to 4:00pm, Alamo RV Park, Quesnel: The Alamo RV

Park will be hosting a carnival fundraiser for Jamie Loeppky. There will be ice cream treats, a bake sale, raffle prizes, hourly magic shows and games for kids! Please come out and support this event!! For information please email Terry at alamohospitality@ July 9 to 13, 9:00am to 4:00pm, South Cariboo Recreation Center, 100 Mile House: Eureka Science Camp! Open to ages 7 to 14 for a cost of $144/camper (bursaries avaialble) Please check the web at http:// or call (250) 371-5534 to learn more! July 10, Scout Island Nature Center, Williams Lake: Scout Island Nature Centre is hosting a Nature Explorers Camp. Ages 7-13. Hiking a new trail in the region every week. Contact 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@midbc. com for more information or to register. July 11, 6:30 to 8:30pm, The Youth Zone 372 Taylor Ave, beside Kal Tire, 100 Mile House: Fana Soro and Family presents Live music brought to you by the South Cariboo Drum circle. Please check www2. drumming/ or call 250-7916442 or 250-791-9206 for details.

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The Stew Crew is looking forward to heading to as many festivals as possible this summer — see you there!

July 12, 5:00 to 9:00pm, Boitanio Park, Williams Lake: Concrete Fitness’ Performance in the Park: 5pm The Magical Jesaja, 7pm My Wife’s Quartet. For more information check out, www.centralcaribooarts. com, or call Bev Holden at 250-3055014


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July 12, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Starting at the CRD building beside the library, Williams Lake: The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Gibraltar Mines is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Tours. Tours will be available free to the public. Unfortunately, Children under 13 can not participate in the mine tours. Children between 13 & 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. There will be 4 tours available this summer. July 12th, 25th & August 9th & 22nd. Please visit the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre or Phone to Reserve your seat. 250-392-5025. Space is limited. July 13 / 14, Horsefly: It is the Annual Arts on the Fly Festival! Music, food, vendors, crafts, workshops, music, music, music... Camping is available. Come and join the fun! Families are always welcome and encouraged.

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July 13 to 15, 100 Mile House: 100 Mile Hot Nights Car Show. Friday Night Meet and Greet and early registration at A&W in 100 Mile House starting at 5pm; Saturday Centennial Park 100 Mile House gates open at 10am (no early birds please) show starts at 1pm and runs until 6pm; Saturday Night Dance at 100 Mile Community Hall hosted by the 100 Mile Lions Club (cash bar); Sunday Pancake Breakfast at Central GM followed by a Car Cruise through the 108 Mile Ranch and finish up at 12 noon. Live Band, food and drink vendors with Awards at 5:30pm. For more information, please contact Mellisa at the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce at 250-395-6124 or email: You can also check them online at www. July 14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Parkside Art Gallery,100 Mile House: Come, Play, Explore - Create an Art

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July 20 to September 8, Parkside Art Gallery, 100 Mile House: Cariboo Artists Guild annual summer show, is on and will include the best works of member artists. This years’ theme is Fakes and Forgeries. The gallery opening will take place from 5 - 9, on Friday, July 20th. July 21, Goldsmith: It’s the 9th Annual Pie Eating Contest! Check your skills against the champions. For more information please call 250-994-3241 July 25, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Starting at the CRD building beside the library, Williams Lake: The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Gibraltar Mines is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Tours. Tours will be available free to the public. Unfortunately, Children under 13 can not participate in the mine tours. Children between 13 & 15 years old must be

accompanied by an adult. There will be 4 tours available this summer. July 12th, 25th & August 9th & 22nd. Please visit the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre or Phone to Reserve your seat. 250-392-5025. Space is limited. July 26, 10:00am to 12:30pm, Quesnel Museum, Quesnel: This summer the Quesnel Museum will be organizing themed craft and activity sessions for kids! July 26 will be themed the Summer Olympics. 10:00 am - 11:00 am will be for children aged 6-8 11:15 am - 12:30 pm will be for children aged 9-12 Please call Jessica at the Museum for more info and to register at 250-992-9580. July 27 to 29, Canim Lake Arbor, Canim Lake: Canim Lake Pow Wow! MC Buck Sheena, Whipman Brent Johnson, and Arena Director Henry Wells Jr. Friday EveningGrand Entry 7pm; Saturday Evening- Grand Entry 1pm & 7pm; Supper Break 5pm-7pm; Sunday Evening - Grand Entry 1pm; Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a funfilled weekend of singing and dancing. Camping and Billeting will be available. For more information please call Virginia Archie at 250-397-2227. July 28 / 29, Chimney Lake: The 2012 Provincial Water Ski Championships will be at Chimney Lake - the event will be hosted

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July 29, 11:00am to 1:30pm, Cottonwood House: Prospector’s Car Club Cariboo Cruise! The Prospector’s Car Club will assemble at Cottonwood House with their classic cars to share stories and experiences with visitors. Enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs with the Prospector’s Car Club. Music provided by Eddie Stolz. August 3 to 6, Wells: You’re invited to join our community for the 9th Annual ArtsWells Festival of all Things Art www. - Expect the unexpected! Artists have traveled from across the country to this little mountain town to be part of this inspiring collaboration! This is a 4 day outdoor & indoor event designed with community in mind. Over 30 different Workshops to attend where you can learn everything from beatboxing to Ukrainian dance to lyric writing to laughter yoga and so much more. Activities for kids including a crafting station, a children’s stage and workshops geared towards children. Over 100 musical performances on 9 stages including folk, jazz, country, funk, hip-hop, electronic, world, pop, roots & more. Camping is available and encouraged. Please check out the website or call 1-800-4422787 for more information or to reserve your tickets.

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Does anyone really want to see us get our fat asses on a couple of bikes again this year? Send us an email to if you do (or if you don’t).

StewSpots Tour de Cariboo is in its 20th year Looking to get your copy on the latest edition of THE STEW Magazine? We’re available for pickup in a variety of places around the Cariboo Chilcotin. Please remember that this list is always evolving, and we’re always looking for new places that our magazine can call home, so if you know of someplace that you think should be a drop-off point for THE STEW, or if you own a business and you’d like to have a few copies of our magazine on your shelves, plus let us know.You can reach us by email at either todd@thestew. ca or Locations listed in alphabetical order 100 MILE HOUSE 99 Mile Supermarket A&W Alpine Deli & Sub Shop Chartreuse Moose Chevron CRD Library Dairy Queen Donex Higher Ground Natural Foods KFC Lone Butte General Store Marcel’s Boulevard Cafe Nuthatch Book Store Paninos Parkside Art Gallery Pharmasave Safeway Save-On Foods Smitty’s Subway Tim Hortons Velda’s Pasteries & Desserts Visitor Centre Yummers 150 MILE HOUSE 150 Mile Mall Marshall’s Store IN LAC LA HACHE Fast Trac Gas and Convenience Store IN WILLIAMS LAKE 7-Eleven A&W Alley Katz Annie’s Attic Bean Counter Canadian Tire Canwest Propane Cariboo Growers Cariboo Memorial Complex Cariboo Spring CRD Library (Magazine & News Section) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Center Concrete Fitness Cool Clear Water Dairy Queen Dandelion Living Denny’s Restaurant Dollar Dollar Elaine’s Natural Foods The Gecko Tree Greyhound Halls Organics Hobbit House Husky Karamia’s LD’s Cafe M&M Meat Shop McDonald’s Mohawk Mountview Store Movies on the Go New World Cafe One More Slice The Open Book The Overlander Hotel Quiznos Red Shred’s Safeway Sandman Inn Save On Foods Shell Shopper’s Drug Mart Sight and Sound Starbucks Station House Gallery Subway (Downtown) Subway (on the Highway) Tim Horton’s Tourism Info Centre TRU WLCBIA Women’s Contact Society Zellers Restaurant IN HORSEFLY Clarke’s General Store Cornerhouse Cafe The Post Office RaceTrac Gas


It is about time to get outside, feel fit, have a party, be surrounded by friends and supporters, all while raising money for local youth. So it must be time for the Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Tour de Cariboo. And everyone is invited to take part, no matter your age, size, fitness level, or level of biking ability. If you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the Tour de Cariboo yet, it is an 80 kilometer bike ride, done solo or by relay, from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake, followed by one hell of a dinner, party, and, if you choose, an overnighter at the lake. It’s Williams Lake BBBS’ largest fundraiser, by far, and this year marks the 20th annual ride. The length of the ride need not scare you, though, says BBBS Executive Director Lorraine Levitt, who is really wanting to see the relay teams step up this year. “I think that’s where people really build up their confidence. You don’t have to do it on your own. It’s completely for fun. No one has to commit to any certain distance,” she explains. “I think that’s the nice thing about it. You may start riding and think ‘I am going to make it to that next rest stop and then I’m done.’ But if you’re feeling

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okay, continiue on as far as you want. As long as your driver is supporting you. “I’ve talked to riders where that was really satisfying for them. That they got a lot further than they thought. Then the next year that’s their motivation. To beat last year’s distance.” There are riders who come out each tour, like clockwork: “There are lots of people in various degrees of fitness and biking ability and age that go. Look at Torrey Keir — who would have thought that a 78 year old could do it there and back? But he does it every year,” says Levitt. And there are those who are, perhaps, not in the greatest shape who come out and give it what they’ve got as part of a team. In fact last year The Stew Crew gathered a couple of of our most fit and fabulous females, alongside both Todd Sullivan and myself, and relayed the route. Well, okay, Carol Davidson, our awesome health and fitness columnist and IronMan athlete, and Michelle Daymond, our tremendously healthy local foods columnist, rode the whole 80 kilometers while Todd and I rode from Williams Lake to just about 150 Mile House. But the point is that we rode our cushy posteriors out there, and if we can do it...

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There are also great prizes given out to best rider, worst rider, best team, most money raised, and a bunch handed out for whatever they can come up with. The prizes are pretty amazing, and are all donated by local (and not-so-local) businesses, hotels, and travel companies. The best part is that the money raised stays local. It doesn’t get spread out, it stays right here to care for your kids and your neighbor’s kids and helps to give them the strength and building blocks they need to build a better future. And what could be better than that? Says Levitt, “Your only limitation is yourself and your own mindset.” So dust off your excuses and get involved. Check out the BBBS website at for

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As a child, Todd avoided getting dirty at all costs. He’s still trying to learn the joy of getting his hands a bit muddy (though Morrigan has been helping to teach him)

Get outside and play in the dirt — your kids will thank you Get outside and get dirty!

Take your kids, take your dogs, take your friends, or simply enjoy some alone time, and begin experiencing the joy that can come from digging in the dirt of your own backyard! I am writing this article on behalf of the Williams Lake Food Policy Council, however I am also working full-time as a preschool teacher. It astounds me how many children these days are experiencing a new phenomenon termed ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ — Richard Louv, author of Last Child In the Woods, states that this disorder is not an actual medical diagnosis, but instead a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. Minimizing this deficit by healing the bond between children and nature is important, Louv has claimed, as the mental, physical, and spiritual health of our communities depends on it. Just as children need sleep and nutritious food, many in the scientific community now also believe they need regular contact with nature. Through modelling your excitement, you are helping younger generations find their own sense of beauty and magic in their outdoor environment. You do not need a science degree to be outside with your kids — just be willing to use all your senses to open up to the world around you!

Eating Local By Michelle Daymond You also do not need to pack up the entire family with all the newest gear and drive three hours to reach the “outdoors”. Take a step outside your own house and begin exploring what is right there. Bring something to dig with, see what types of bugs are making a home in your yard. This activity can take five minutes or all day. Either way, you can find many wondrous things close to home. Sue Hemphill, educator with Scout Island Nature Centre in Williams Lake, has suggested taking a walk around your neighbourhood with your child, asking, “Can you find 10 things we only see in the summer?” Or, pick a tree to be a new “friend” and visit the tree throughout the year, observing the changes with the seasons. What birds, animals, insects like to visit the tree? Do the leaves grow and fall, or stay all year? Or, just try taking your shoes off ! Mary Forbes, educator, took my preschool classes on a tour of

Scout Island. At one point she invited them all to take their shoes off and run in the grass. The sight of many pairs of eyes widening — as if asking if it was really okay to run around barefoot — was priceless! Our community spaces are often designed and used in ways that necessitate footwear. However, when you find an area that you feel safe taking your shoes off in, enjoy it! Try not to be scared to feel the ground on your feet; walk through the grass and feel the cool morning dew between your toes, dig in the warm sand with your feet … you may end up dirty by the end of the day, but what an experience! Our shoes keep us separated from the nature found under us, and is often ignored and trampled over while we keep our eyes looking straight ahead or above. Now, my personal passion is: plant some seeds! No matter where you live, you can garden. Whether you have a large backyard garden growing food for your entire family, or a

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small container with some lettuce on your balcony, or even just an herb pot in your kitchen window, the feelings that come from growing something for yourself are indescribable. Try putting your hands in the soil, squish it between your fingers, make muddy handprints on the sidewalk (the great thing about mud art is that it will wash away with a garden hose or the first rain!). Then plant a few vegetable seeds. Watch as they begin to sprout, as they grow into plants you can eat. Children picking lettuce from a planter in our classroom have exclaimed, “I never used to like lettuce, but now that I can pick it myself, I love it!” I have to admit that this is what teaching and growing food is all about — someone finding out they like some-

thing they never thought they would, all because they get to try it themselves!. So although not necessarily food related, I feel strongly about encouraging everyone, and especially those with young children, to play outside this summer. And enjoy getting dirty! Along the lines of planting and eating your own lettuce or other greens this month, I would like to request that anyone reading this who has a favourite homemade salad dressing recipe, please send it to me! If I collect enough, I would like to create a small booklet to send out to everyone on my Local Food email list (if you would like to receive my regular emails about Local Food goings on in our Community, please let me know!) As well, I would like to

advertise the next workshop in the Gardening Series at TRU in Williams Lake, hosted in partnership with the Williams Lake Food Policy Council. We have contracted a local Red Seal Chef to teach us about simple cooking ideas for fresh, local produce. For example, what can you do with those spicy and delicious turnip greens we usually throw into compost? The class is in the evening, Wednesday, July 11, and you can register by calling TRU Continuing Studies at 250-392-8010 — be sure to register early! Enjoy the sun when it’s here this month, and enjoy the rain too (because it means no forest fires!) I’m excited to read and distribute salad dressings from the Cariboo next month! candoitconsulting150@

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Breaking Bad begins its fifth and final season on July 15 — you’d better get caught up if you haven’t already. And then let us know what you think at (we’re hooked over here!)

Cancelled your cable? The library can help! More and more we’re hearing from patrons that they’ve cancelled their cable and are looking for good things to watch. If you didn’t already know, we’ve got lots of great series and movies to watch at the library, both classics and contemporary. Here’s a look at some of the new series just getting on the shelves. Between Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile, we have a pretty good selection. Remember, you can always search our catalogue to find more DVDs — go to http:// and click on “Search the catalogue” at the top. If the title is not immediately available, it’s just a “hold” away, and all you need is your library card and password.

the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflappable, Lord Crawley. Elizabeth McGovern is his far-sighted American wife, Cora. From Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes.

Breaking Bad: Seasons One and Two Call number: Warning: Not for the faint of heart! In this fast-paced, at times violent, series, after an unremarkable chemistry teacher learns he has terminal cancer, he turns to an exciting life of crime to provide for his loved ones. Seasons three and four are on the way.

Downton Abbey: Series One and Two Call number: DOW Transport yourself to Downton Abbey — a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape, which combines “Upstairs, Downstairs” drama with some rather soapy plot points and a healthy dose of scathing British wit. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet,

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I think after ‘Playing in the NHL’ and ‘Being a rock star’ the next best Canadian career would be ‘Official beer taster’.

Third Degree is a new band with some familiar faces A new classic rock band has hit the clubs — Third Degree covers many heavy classic rock songs while also performing a growing number of original numbers for crowds all over the Cariboo. The band consists of lead singer Renee Lozeau, lead guitarist Randy Randle, rhythm guitarist Garry Grosso, bassist JJ Bidulka, and drummer ‘Wayward Son’ Dean Kuyek. Though the group may still be relatively new (they formed in late fall of 2011), Grosso says that some of these guys have been playing together for years in local bands such as One Foot Under and Late Breaking News. And while they may be new as a group, their love for music is anything but. I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the members of Third Degree over coffee recently, and it is clear that music is the mainstay for these seasoned musicians. “In Canada you always want to do one of two things,” says

Grosso. “Play in the NHL or be a rock star. And I was never good enough to be in the NHL, so I figured I’d try the rock star angle. “I’m still not a rock star, but those are the aspirations you have when you’re young. “I’m actually very happy with what’s evolved in my musical career so far. I have been fortunate enough to play with some pretty cool cats, played some

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music started when he was quite young. “I just liked the sound of the pots and pans in my momma’s kitchen. I had an uncle in the city, Uncle Roy, he always had a drum set when I was a kid and I always thought it was the coolest thing. So when I was five I got my first drum set. It was one of those sort of fake ones for kids, you know? And I destroyed that within a week. So for my birthday I got a real drum set. Like an old Olympic beast with real cymbals.” And he’s been playing the drums ever since. “I was doing theatre gigs in grade seven or grade eight, and I was playing for the high school theatre group, with theatre music. I was always playing in bands, local bands, in pubs. I wanted to be a rock star. I was brought up in a very musical family.” Years later the desire to make music is still there. Though, maybe, now it isn’t all about being a rock star, but more about

sharing music with the crowds, and finding that bliss that comes from spending time with the instrument of your desire. “I like the part where the whole band is cooking, and everyone can hear each-other, and this is rare, and everything’s happening and the music goes to another level and you get lost within the music,” says Grosso. “That’s what I do it for, is that. It might not happen all night long, it may be just a few minutes, it’s almost a nirvana, out of mind experience where you are doing what you’re doing, but it is almost automatic, and it’s happening, and you end up somewhere else. “It’s like hockey. You don’t always get a hat trick and you don’t win every round. Music is no different. You have great nights, and you have good nights, and you have off nights and you have bad nights. And hopefully the good and the great nights outweigh the other two.”

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At this point, it would be more surprising for Fiona Apple to release an album with a short title.

Enjoy a small cup of Tone Soup What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is easily Spektor’s best and most accessible album yet. Check it out.

Regina Spektor What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Indie songstress Regina Spektor weaves her quirky vocal stylings into her most recent album with a little more tact and restraint than in the past, but rest assured — from the “doosh doosh doosh” along with the drum blasts in ‘All The Rowboats’ to the frightening gasps of breath in ‘Open’ — the quirks are still there. Her oddball antics are easily overlooked for the vocal range she commands and all of the emotion she conjures with seeming ease. In ‘Firewood’ she sings, “The piano is not firewood yet,” using it as a metaphor, encouraging someone to not give up, going on to say, “Everyone knows you’re going to love, though there’s still no cure for crying.” The first single from the album, ‘All The Rowboats,’ is still the song that strikes me the most. She talks about art being locked up in a museum saying, “They keep trying to row away,” then later going on to say, “God, I pity the violins / in glass coffins they keep coughing / they’ve forgotten, forgotten how to sing.”




Tone Soup

These are the songs that rocked our world during the last 30 days

By Jamie Horsley Diplo Express Yourself A producer and DJ, Diplo may be best known for producing most of M.I.A.’s music, as well as producing for Santigold, or as half of the Jamaican dancehall duo known as Major Lazer. He has worked with many big name artists like Shakira, Robyn, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, and more. This month Diplo has dropped a sweet EP for us to groove to this summer. My only complaint: It’s too damn short. Being an EP, there’s only twenty-five minutes of music here across six tracks. But Diplo doesn’t let the small format constrain his massive talent. We’re given top shelf examples of a variety of modern EDM styles including New Orleans bounce, dubstep, and Jamaican dancehall. The grooviest track on the album, “Barely Standing,” even features BC local dubstep superstar, Datsik. If you want a few tracks worth dancing to all summer long, you need to grab this album.

Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Everyone is raving about this album. Myself included. The Idler Wheel... is Apple’s fourth album, first in seven years, and is truly a work of art. The core of the instrumentation is a simple piano and drum kit, but other sounds creep in like the playground noise near the end of ‘Werewolf’ or the rhythmic shoe-dragging that underlies ‘Periphery.’ Throughout the album her deep, sultry voice shakes and laments and self-analyzes all the individual parts that make up herself as an emotional whole, as she does most specifically in ‘Every Single

Night.’ When her voice hits the gravely rock bottom in ‘Regret’ you can feel her rage. And even though she says, “Nothing wrong when a song ends on a minor key.” in ‘Werewolf,’ she wont let the album end on a minor key. The note she chooses to end on is happy, hopeful, and uplifting. ‘Hot Knife’ layers a chorus of her voices into a beautiful a cappella melody against the roll of a single drum. You’ve gotta hear this to believe it. So good.

Todd Suiivan Regina Spektor - ‘Firewood’ Regina Spektor - ‘Ballad of a Politician’ Morrigan Sullivan - ‘I’m Still Teething (and it really hurts)’ Juli Harland: Marilyn Manson - ‘Hey Cruel World’ Marilyn Manson - ‘Born Villian’ Sid the Science Kid - ‘I’m Lookin’ for my Friends’ Laura Kelsey: Agalloch - ‘Hallways of Enchanted Ebony’ Candace Copley - ‘Who Cares About the Weather’ Drum & Bell Tower - ‘Ghost in the Machine’ Jamie Horsley: Diplo - ‘Barely Standing’ (feat. Datsik & Sabi) Fiona Apple - ‘Werewolf’ Gojira - ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’

Gojira L’Enfant Sauvage This album is heavy as fuck! French progressive extreme metallers, Gojira, have just released their fifth and best album to date. L’Enfant Sauvage means “The wild child” and refers to the story of a feral child found in 1970’s France.

This is a brutal album about the brutality of the human condition — the uncivilized nature of civilization. With titles like ‘Planned Obsolescence’, ‘Pain is a Master”, and ‘Gift of Guilt’ it might surprise you when you finally realize that this metal band is not revelling in the atrocity of it all, but actually condemning it. In ‘Gift of Guilt’ Joe

screams, “This judgement creates the pain we hold in / destructive intentions that serve no purpose,” and later, “We must forgive and stop blaming ourselves.” The sound is thick and atmospheric and technical, and begs to be played at maximum volume. This is for fans of Meshuggah and Mastodon.



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Snapshow Records makes music intriguing to the mind BY SARAH HATFIELD NORTHERN GROOVE MAGAZINE

As a music lover myself, I had the privilege to see a passion for an uncategorized group of musicians. Snapshow Records carries an inspiring feel and will convince you to bob your head and tap your feet to the deep tone beat wherever you are. If you don’t understand the hip hop scene, the energy of these guys will define the classification and convince you that anything is possible if you love what you do. You may find yourself cruisin’ with the windows rolled down on a winter’s day with this album pumping. I was able to witness “Prod Deuce” and “Killi Matic” freestyle to each other. Almost like a fist fight with no fists. Who says words will never hurt? Skyler Bedell “Prod Deuce” grew up in Fort St. John as a pioneer of the hip hop scene. “Prod Duece” has been in the hip hop industry for over twelve years and has now finally found something that connects to his heart and soul

with his stage crew “Killi Matic” and “Just ‘In’ Case”. He has been waiting to invest in a young producer like “Just ‘In’ Case” to carry the beat to the public and stray from the beaten trail. He truly believes our future is in the hands of the young generation. “Killi Matic” Aaron Lawrence grew up in Vernon, BC, and has made his move up to Fort St. John. His passion for the hip hop scene dwindled until meeting his colleagues “Prod Deuce”, “Just ‘In’ Case”, and “DJ Ghost”. He always tries to write music that is real and from the heart. Aaron has had the opportunity to create music with D12 and “Mad Child” from Swollen Members. Nineteen-year-old producer (from Williams Lake) Justin Case Grindley “Just ‘In’ Case” has been in Fort St John for only a short while. The self-taught leader says his inspiration comes from his father giving him an acoustic guitar on his sixth Christmas. He graduated high school, and with no further education in music,

carries a professional level of sound engineering. Doing music for only four years, Justin has over 150 shows behind him, along with experience promoting, selling, and printing his own labels and records. He strikes me as a young Dr. Dre. Snapshow Records has only

been working together for a short while and is climbing, making new music intriguing to the exposed mind. Whether you are comfortable with folk, country, classical or jazz, step out and open your ears to this earth-shaking group. They have been renting a recording studio at Systems (in

Fort St. John) and have the utilities to make their music accessible to the public. Snapshow Records is not about the perceived image or stereotype that hip hop or rap brings to the realm. It is strictly passion and a gut-felt stream of lyrics. These guys are truly having fun.

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The music of Drum & Bell Tower also appeared on a few of our contributors Three Songs list — check them out on page 17 if you haven`t already.

The Rocky Shore BY DRUM & BELL TOWER You’ll look pretty small standing up to the Gargantuan Well you crossed the pond and you’re knocking on the door A delegation laying line for the new Hegemon It’s a crazy train and you’re yelling “All aboardâ€? Comes like a cannonball; you say it’s a market force And it’s rolling over all the obstacles Prefer the mythical and ignore what the record shows You know that open borders serve the powerful I think it’s best to know--this ain’t flying, we’re in free-fall A whole economy drunk on gasoline; it seems the tank is running low‌ We’ll pollute it all, strip the field of the last resource And find our fantasies and magic beans won’t keep the belly full Maybe it’s cyclical, all the powers in the circled orbs As they move in time will they realign our hearts? So maybe 2012, will be the end of the cult of self In case it ain’t get your plough and rake and start stocking shelves ‘Cause greed will push us all, off the cliff to the chasm floor Where your swollen head and puffy chest won’t break the fall So let it push us all off the bridge to the ebb & flow When you come around, hope you find a ground on the rocky shore


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