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THE PEACE REGION’S ARTS AND CULTURE MAGAZINE

NORTHERN GROOVE AUG 2010 | SWEETWATER 905 FESTIVAL | MITCH GUINDON | HELEN KNOTT | MORE!

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Iyan Bruvold at Canada Day

Kierstin Willier

Rainbow Owl at the Farm

Brin Porter

Elizabeth Dempsey, Braden Scheck

Daniel Wesley Performing July 2010, at On The Rocks with Local Bands Ryan Sebastiano and the Barracudas & Mat Savard. Visit our website to see more photos from each of these events and more.

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WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE? 4 - Upcoming Local Events

COVER STORY: SWEETWATER FESTIVAL PAGE 14

Writings 12 - Helen Knott - Local Artist, Leader, and Poet Culture 14 - Sweetwater 905 Festival

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Maps 16 -17 - Map of Fort St. John

CONTRIBUTORS Clarice Eckford, Mark Bodner, Inge-Jean Matson, Dave Tolley, Laura AlcarazSehn, Henry See, Richard Zienkiewicz, Nick Baccante, Jake Huska, Russell Eggleston, Shannon Butler, Sue Popesku, Katie Wintersgill, Pam Clemen

Music 6 - Mitch Guindon: The Life and Times of a Percustitute 24 - The Death of an Instrument Theatre 26 - The BIG Ticket

COVER PHOTO - Russell Eggleston

THE NORTHERN GROOVE TEAM PUBLISHER - Russell Eggleston russell@northerngroove.com ph. (250) 261-8002

Chance Fitch at Sweetwater905

SUPPORT WRANGLIN’ Dave Tolley dave@northerngroove.com

LAYOUT WRANGLIN’: The Image Build Team www.imagebuild.ca

Published by Russell Eggleston Creative Services | RR1 Site 16 Comp. 30 | Fort St. John, BC | V1J 4M6

HELP US MAKE THINGS MORE BETTER! The mission of Northern Groove is to get people from in and around our community involved, aware, and connected with all of the amazing things that are happening locally within the world of arts and culture in the North Peace. If you have an idea for an article,

Community 11 - How To Master Your Breath 20 - Benefits of a Health Coach 21 - What Yoga Would Do For You 29 - A Network of Expertise 31 - David Callahan - North Peace Residential Care Manager VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE LOCAL ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT.

WORD WRANGLIN’ Pam Clemen

About Northern Groove Magazine

Food 18 - Southern BBQ For Northern Folks

local artwork from kilnhouse.ca

are planning an event, or have a suggestion...hit us up with an email: russell@northerngroove.com The information in this publication is provided as a public service. Although we endeavour to ensure that the information is as current and accurate as possible, errors do occasionally occur. As some information is supplied by third parties and may be subject to change, we cannot always guarantee its accuracy. Where possible, readers should verify the information before acting on it.

WARNING: THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH LOCAL ART HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY TO FIT INTO ONE MAGAZINE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!! NORTHERNGROOVE.COM


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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS THIS MONTH Tue, Wed, Aug. 4 - 8:30pm - Egan’s Open Mic - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John Fri, Aug. 6 - Folky Strum Strum Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John Fri, Aug. 6 - 7:00pm - Singer/ Songwriters Group - Patch Java Coffee Shop - Fort St John Sat, Aug. 7 - Annual Brooks Cup Invitational Croquet Tournament

Sat, Aug. 7 - Third Annual Blues & Roots Jam Sun, Aug. 8 - ill Scarlet at Egan’s Pub - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Sun, Aug. 8 - 3:00pm - Community Drumming Sessions - Centennial Park - Fort St. John Wed, Aug. 11- Stage North Theatre Society - AGM

Wed, Aug. 11 - 8:30pm - Egan’s Open Mic - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Thu, Aug. 12 - 10:30am - 11:30am - Free Kindermusik Ice Cream & Storytime - Simply Music - Fort St John Fri, Aug. 13 - Sat, Aug. 14 Lindsay Pratt & The Ramblers - JD Fitzgerald’s Pub - Fort St. John Fri, Aug. 13 - Mat Savard at Egan’s Pub - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Sun, Aug. 15 - Lindsay Pratt’s Going Away Bash - Tim n’ Tyc’s - Fort St. John

Sun, Aug. 15 - 3:00pm - Community Drumming Sessions - Centennial Park - Fort St. John

Tue, Aug. 17 - Spread the Word Open Mic - The Rabbit Hole - Fort St. John Wed, Aug. 18 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm Music that Moves You - North Peace Cultural Centre - Fort St. John Wed, Aug. 18 - 8:30pm - Egan’s Open Mic - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John Thu, Aug. 19 - Dayna Manning & Dave Tolley - JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John Thu, Aug. 19 - Rocky Mountain Rebel Music - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Fri, Aug. 20 - Sat, Aug. 21 - Old Man’s Beard - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Sat, Aug. 21 - 9:00am - 4:00pm - Harvest Festival - North Peace Arena - Fort St. John Sun, Aug. 22 - 2:00pm - Songwriters Circle - The Rabbit Hole - Fort St. John Sun, Aug. 22 - 3:00pm - Community Drumming Sessions - Centennial Park - Fort St. John

Mon, Aug. 23 - Old Man’s Beard Tim n’ Tyc’s - Fort St. John

Wed, Aug. 25 - 8:30pm - Egan’s Open Mic - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John

Thu, Aug. 26 - Rob Szabo Returns to WWH - Whole Wheat and Honey - Fort St. John Fri, Aug. 27 - Sat, Aug. 28 - Ryan Hennessey - JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John

Fri, Aug. 27 - 8:00pm - Jam Under The Stars - Simply Music - Fort St John Sun, Aug. 29 - 3:00pm - Community Drumming Sessions - Centennial Park - Fort St. John

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Wed, Sep. 1 - 8:30pm - Egan’s Open Mic - Egan’s Pub - Fort St. John Thu, Sep. 2 - Scott Cook at Tim ‘n Tyc’s - Tim n’ Tyc’s - Fort St. John

Sep. 3, 4, 5 - Sweetwater 905 Festival THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT WE DON’T CONTROL, WHICH INCLUDES THE WEATHER: Event times and dates are subject to change at any point... always check in with the venue to ensure accuracy for dates, times, and possible cancellations or rescheduling. While we’d like to fit everything in here, events are published on a first come basis, space permitting. Visit northerngroove.com for the most current event listings

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MITCH GUINDON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A PERCUSTITUTE​ By Mark Bodner When you are a drummer/percussionist who gets around as much as Mitch Guindon, one can’t help but coin a new term to describe it. Hence “percusstitute”. In his relatively short time in Fort St. John (a year and a bit), he has become one of the most noticed and most called upon percussionists in the area. From gigs with the bands Anytown and The Suspicious, and most recently Ryan Sebastiano and the Barracudas on a full drumkit; to playing cajon and hand percussion with the likes of Ryan Hennessey, Steve Ryan, Jordyn Busche, and Lorissa Scriven, he’s definitely earned his nickname. Mitch’s interest in percussion starts like most. When asked what he wanted for Christmas at a young age, he flipped through the Sears catalog, thought a drumkit looked interesting, and said “That”. A few years later he got (what he calls) a “real” drumkit. Practicing and playing in bands throughout his high school years in Duncan, BC he gigged in a few local Vancouver Island bands, including Heaven’s Gun. “We were basically a Honeymoon Suite type of band. Big hair and hooky, catchy tunes.” Then the 90’s and grunge hit, and with less hairspray Mitch decided he would strike out across the strait and go for the “big time” in Vancouver.

After auditioning for a number of bands, and playing with a few, he admits he was humbled by the professional players he was competing with for the drum throne and packed up his kit and moved back to the island to hone his technique. Rather than hammer away in his basement, Guindon decided to attend Malaspina College (Vancouver Island University) and study jazz performance. Why? Mitch notes that when you look at the influences of any of the legendary drummers, they always seem to list some of the jazz elite. The technique, timing, and groove of jazz has helped form the vocabulary of some of rock and pop’s greats...so Guindon felt it was a logical backbone to build upon. When asked if schooling was recommended for an up and coming musician, Mitch wholeheartedly recommends. “It’s one thing to bash away and practice

the mechanics and rudiments, but learning the theory behind it makes a huge difference. What impresses me the most are the drummers and musicians that mean every note they play. That’s what I continue to aspire to do, and is one of the main reasons I took the jazz program, to develop that ear…to listen for exactly what is needed in a song.” After finishing school, with a whole new stickbag of tricks, Mitch once again set out for Vancouver. He soon found himself employed by Ayotte Custom Drums, and began to work his way back into the music scene in the mid 90’s. The Vancouver scene was pretty hot at the time with artists like Matthew Good, Holly McNarland, and Bif Naked all gaining success, and before long Mitch found himself on the road with the still relatively unknown Nickelback. “Touring as a Canadian rock band is perhaps one of the hardest jobs you can find. You are everything. You are the band, the roadie, the merchandising guy, the accountant. We had a number of hits on radio already, and a video on Much Music, but we were still four guys in a Dodge Caravan sleeping on hotel room floors. We’d show up at gigs and the fans would think we had private jets and limousines. At the time, nothing could have been further from the truth. After a cross Canada tour, we all went right back to work because we made money at our jobs...not at touring.”

After the Nickelback gig, Mitch was asked to pinch-hit in the band Blinky when their drummer suddenly left mid-gig. Mitch found himself flying out to Toronto to join the tour and learning the tunes on the way. When asked about auditioning for bands and landing gigs he says “Attitude is everything. I found myself up against guys with better chops and technique, but they had an attitude and ego to go with it. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m there to support the band. It’s not about me needing the spotlight. It’s about playing for the music and the artist.” That sentiment ties directly to his advice for musicians looking at making a career of it. “Your attitude and the

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way you deal with people will go a long way to helping you achieve success. Ego for confidence is one thing. If you are a musician, you need that bit of ego or you’ll never get onstage or never let the public hear what you’ve got. Don’t burn bridges on your way up. I’d prefer to be remembered as Mitch that solid drummer as opposed to Mitch the great drummer who was a jerk.” After having had his fair share of cross Canada van trips, Mitch decided to put the sticks away and took up another passion, automotive mechanics, which is how he wound up in Fort St. John. One of his first memories from the move is picking up a copy of Northern Groove magazine at Cosmic Grounds and seeing a note about Dayna Manning playing a show. He remembered seeing her play years ago in Victoria supporting one of her albums and thought to himself, “That would be cool if I had a chance to play a show with her.” And through attending Open Mics at Egan’s, he found himself doing just that...eventually forming the band Anytown with Dayna, Ryan Hennessey, and Tyson Mowat. While attending an acoustic performance by Torontobased Nine Mile, Mitch had the opportunity to meet drummer Dave Tolley and watch a performance involving various hand percussion instruments including the cajon (a wooden box drum of Peruvian descent). “Many people don’t realize my background includes hand percussion, and seeing what Dave was doing with the instruments and the technique and applying it to what one may call “pop” music intrigued and enthused me. It lit that fire again.”

And that enthusiasm led him right to the garage where he custom built his own cajons, affectionately branded as “Mitchslaps”. “I absolutely loved the tone of Dave’s cajon. Looking around, I found that most commercially made cajons lacked the depth and character I was after, so I figured it would be easier to build my own tone rather than try to look for it elsewhere.” And he hit success right out of the box (no pun

intended), with the first two prototypes sounding darn close to perfection. “They’re much better than expected for the first models, and with a bit of refinement will be incredible.”

As for the future of the Mitchslap brand, “I do want to build and market the Mitchslap cajon. I definitely think there is a growing niche in pop music for this type of instrument, and getting them out on the road with touring musicians is the first step towards gaining more acceptance. They are perfect for acoustic ensembles and for coffeeshop and boutique shows where you need something that sounds like a drumkit, without being overpowering like a kit can be in those situations. A cajon, coupled with cymbals, shakers, chimes and other hand percussion can add that fullness through accents, rather than being overly aggressive.” Guindon plans to move forward on the Mitchslaps this fall, looking into what it’s going to take to get the company off the ground. “I’m not after mass-market commercial success. These cajons are targeted at the higher-end customer looking for a custom, hand-made instrument. There are a few fun tricks in the works to add value to them, and to make them unique.”

When asked for that one bit of advice that would serve a percussionist well (other than “if touring, and someone hands you a warm Gatorade bottle...do you take it?”), Mitch answered, “Stretch. I can’t overemphasize that. With drums, your body is part of the instrument and if you don’t stretch and warm up properly before every show, you will break yourself. I will generally warm up for fifteen minutes or so before a show, and that has made all the difference in the world. I’ve had to deal with tendonitis through most of my touring years, and without proper warm up I’m pretty sure I would find it very difficult to be playing today.” In closing, considering where he’s been, what he’s done and where he’d like to go, and when we all find ourselves faced with those path-changing decisions, Mitch simply responds, “Do it anyway.”

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HOW TO MASTER YOUR BREATH Clarice Eckford At the beginning of the instructional video for Éiriú Eolas, Laura Knight-Jadczyk (Éiriú Eolas’ teacher and advocator) offers a quote from the mystic, GI Gurdjieff: “Right exercises, which lead to the aim of mastering the organism and subjecting its conscious and unconscious functions to the will, begin with breathing exercises. Without mastering breathing, nothing can be mastered.” Of course, focused breathing enhances all practices to do with meditation and well-being. It even feels good to take a deep breath when you’re overwhelmed or frightened. So, the healthy aspects of deep breathing are not unheard of. However, Éiriú Eolas, the ancient breathing practice with Gaelic roots, takes the mastery of breath much further.

How do you respond to the following question: Do you experience stress? The stress response is a necessary part of our survival. It becomes unhealthy when, as Knight-Jadczyk explains, stress comes “too much, too strong, and too often.” So, let me rephrase my question: Do you experience a lot of stress, on a daily basis? Many adults would answer yes. Major stress comes from work and finances. It trickles down into banal details of our daily lives like shopping for groceries and using a computer. We live in a particularly toxic environment. In fact, Knight Jadczyk points out that we have been “immersed in a poisonous environment” since the dawn of DDTs. Since then, chemicals that enhance the production of food and other goods invade our lives, day-to-day.

shallow breathing, which we practice unconsciously when we’re feeling upset or overwhelmed.

This is why walking into Henry See’s Éiriú Eolas class, after a particularly hectic day, was a first step to not only ease my spirit, but also release deeprooted emotional and environmental aggravation. See eased his students into the process by explaining the philosophy, history, and science behind Éiriú Eolas. He introduced belly breathing and the “Vagus Nerve” to the students, which is the key element of all Éiriú Eolas breathing techniques. During the class, techniques like pipe breathing, warrior breath, and round breathing all contribute to an overall sense of openness. The Éiriú Eolas website (eebreathe.org) explains that after longterm practice, “you will embrace a new quality of energy, range and initiative. You will become strong in areas where you were once weak.” That should be reason enough to take part in Henry See’s free Éiriú Eolas class every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm at The Sacred Space. Suddenly, the small things that once stressed you out become pleasant reminders of your existence.

Therefore, stress becomes an epidemic. Constant stress creates health issues because it affects our breath. Do you ever feel a tense neck and jaw at the end of a work day? One of the many causes of physical tension is

Henry See, Éiriú Eolas instructor, and local arts enthuthist

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LOCAL ARTIST, POET AND LEADER: HELEN KNOTT By Clarice Eckford Although life’s paths have taken her elsewhere, Helen Knott, has always found herself returning to her first love, poetry. Helen, a 22 year old Fort St. John native, is currently a Social Service Worker student at the Northern Lights College and runs a nutrition program at Rising Spirit Aboriginal Youth Centre. While Helen believes that these are both effective ways to create change in her community she also has a strong faith in the power of words to make an impact. In addition to writing she also enjoys spending time with her son, attending concerts, reading and running. To check out some of her work go to: http://www.northerngroove.com/tag/ helen-knott.html​ How long have you been writing poetry?

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Since I was eight years old. At first it was just for my creative abilities and now it’s more of an outlet. I don’t write as much as I used to or as much as I would like to, but I still like writing. I love the spoken word and it’s something I’d like to try to get into, but I’m super shy. Do you think something like poetry can help people deal with issues?

I think words have the power of healing if you’re willing to really really put yourself out there... I’m able to do that because I’ve completely healed from everything that’s happened to me in the past or the issues that I went through. So, when I write about something, I can kind of understand it, so I have that empathy in it. I feel like words have the power to heal, the power to connect people. Where do you volunteer around town?

Right now, I’m doing a women’s group. I went to a conference last year called “Learning to Lead” and they had “Community Circles”. The nearest one is in Fort Nelson. People said they wanted one here, so I set it up. We’re only on our second meeting and what we’re going to be doing is crafts and getting together once a month. At the end of it, in October, we’re going to be having a craft sale and all of the proceeds are going to the Fort St. John Friendship Centre


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for the “Outreach Unit”. They’re over by the Lido Theatre in the mornings and they do breakfasts. I also just recently went to Vancouver with an organization called “Nenan Dane Zaa Deh Zona” and we did the “Sun Run” and there was a lot of youth involved. I personally really like running - I was planning on doing the “Emperor’s Challenge” in Tumbler Ridge in August. After seeing that and seeing a lot of the youth engaged, I just wanted to be able to bring that back to my community. I’ve heard about different aboriginal communities using running as a form healing, in response to alcohol and addiction. They’ve

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provided this outlet for people to use. We started an aboriginal youth running club [called “Striding Spirits”]. We’re aiming to get them running shoes and get them to a marathon. Good running shoes are important, and even balanced meals. We do runs twice a week. We’re also going to try to incorporate cultural aspects. It’s open to all youth [ages 13 to 24], but there’s a cultural aspect to re-instill pride. So, we’re going to be taking them to sweats and hopefully drumming, and hopefully mini-workshops connected with it too. I just really want to see youth reinstated as warriors.

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SWEETWATER 905 FESTIVAL If you haven’t heard about the The Sweetwater 905 Festival... you really should! Set on the sprawling pastoral home of Emilie and Larry Mattson, Sweetwater 905 is a celebration of music, poetry, visual and performance art. Located 1.5 miles west of Rolla, BC, 15 miles straight north of Dawson Creek, in the northeastern part of the province, the event brings together a wide range of talent from the community, the province, and beyond. This year, Sweetwater 905 takes place on September 3, 4, 5, 2010 on the Labour Day long weekend and promises to be yet another stellar event. The event is too large to describe in this short space... so visit www.northerngroove.com or sweetwater905.ca to read up on this year’s performers and festivities!

Reno Fitch, Inge-Jean Mattson, Liz Lodge, Larry Kunz (aka Lizard and The Horse Buns)

“We have performed at Sweetwater 905 for the last 2 years and are looking forward to coming back in 2010. I can honestly say that the Sweetwater 905 festival is a unique and wonderful arts/music grassroots festival. This is apparent in their spirit, the incredible artwork all over the place and the smiles on the attendees faces. This festival needs to grow, it will grow, and deserves all the support it can get. Yay! Sweetwater 905!” - Mamagroove

2010 artists include The Agnostics with Jackson Phibes, Rachelle van Zanten, Al Simmons, Mamaguroove, Navaz, Scott Cook, June Gloom, The Party on High Street, Perry Thompson, Paul Zacharias, Adrian Williams, Sorrow’s Bend, Folky Strum Strum and over 30 other performers and artists from BC and local regions.

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Local gardening is enjoying a popular resurgence. Fueled by recommendations touting the beneďŹ ts of locally grown produce, the veggie patch is once again cool.

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2 SYSTEMS BY TRAIL

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12 ISABELLE’S BOUTIQUE

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SOUTHERN BBQ FOR NORTHERN FOLKS Richard Zienkiewicz, Executive Chef at Uptown Grill, Fort St. John This month I would like to share with you a delicious, budget friendly dish that works well when you are feeding a crowd. This is perfect served with baked beans, fresh corn on the cob and coleslaw. To complete your meal try Melanie’s rum punch or a light ale. Neil Young’s Southern Man playing on your stereo will set the tone for this southern inspired evening. BBQ Beef Brisket

1 x beef brisket (ask your butcher) Liberally coat beef brisket with the following dry rub. Dry rub recipe

1 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. salt 1 tbsp. black pepper 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tbsp. onion powder 2 tbsp. ground coriander 2 tbsp. paprika 1 tsp. cumin

- Mix spices well and rub all over your brisket. -Wrap the beef tight with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. - Once you are ready to cook your brisket place

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unwrapped meat in a roasting pan then add wa­ter until it is approximately 1/3 of the way up the brisket (2-4 cups). -Roast brisket slowly @ 270 degrees F for 10 hours. -Brisket should be nice and tender when finished. -Slice thin and top with your favourite warmed BBQ sauce. *Leftover brisket makes delicious sandwiches and wraps* Rum Punch

1.5 cups light rum 3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 3 cups fresh pineapple juice 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice Splash of cranberry juice Splash of grenadine In a large pitcher, combine rum, fruit juices and grenadine. Stir until well blended. Fill glasses with ice, divide mixture between glasses. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel. Enjoy :)

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BENEFITS OF A HEALTH COACH Tonya Fines Having optimum health is a vehicle . . . not a destination! Excellent health is about so much more than feeling good. It is about living in a state of balance, that allows you to experience mental, physical & emotional w e l l n e s s daily. Sounds pretty fabulous doesn’t it!? So then why are so many us still living a frantic & stressful day to day existence, that robs us of energy & continues to wreak havoc on our immune systems? Well, it certainly isn’t a conscious choice . . . I can pretty much guarantee you that. Simply stated most of us are just incredibly BUSY! So what can you do to help regain & maintain a greater state of balance & ultimately of better health? Have you considered working with a Personal Certified Health Coach? Working with a Personal Certified Health Coach can be a tremendous benefit in helping you get back on track & maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle, that is specifically tailored to meet your individual needs. Your individualized plan will provide accountability & support for lasting positive changes in your lifestyle, because a Certified Health Coach works with you to determine how food & your current lifestyle are affecting your health, happiness & over-all well being. So how do you get started on a program & where can you find a Certified Health Coach? Although there is no shortage of Health Coaches that can be found by doing a quick google search on your computer, being able to work with a

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coach in your area increases your rate of success because it forces you to always be accountably for your actions with respect to sticking to your health plan.

Also, working with a Health Coach in your city provides a certain level of comfort because you know that help is “just around the corner” for those times when you may be feeling less than motivated to dig your heels in & do the work. Having said this . .

Fines’ Organic & Natural Foods is very excited to now offer Health Coaching. For more information on booking a consultation please call 250-787-5130 & ask for Tonya. Store Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT YOGA WOULD DO FOR YOU?

Like most yoga practitioners in the Western world, I began my yoga journey with the intention to add variety to my fitness regime. I had read research showing that among countless benefits yoga could improve strength, aerobic capacity and lung function. Though I was already engaged in a vigorous fitness regime of weight training, running and participating in sports, when I stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time I was met with physical challenges beyond my expectations. I soon discovered muscles I had never felt before. I began to feel my body strengthen, open and transform.

While continuing to develop my physical yoga practice I moved to Calgary and joined a highly accredited yoga studio in the city’s beltline. My first day at the studio I found myself in a reception room milling amongst a melting pot of members clad in Lululemon, business suits and Birkenstocks. The studio floor was a checkerboard of brightly colored mats spanning from wall to wall. In a class of 40-plus students of all different ages and yoga backgrounds/ levels, I immediately felt a sense of union and positive energy. Soon after the class began I looked around and realized my personal yoga practice had only seen the tip of the iceberg. Next to me a man in his 40’s, sitting cross-legged on his mat, effortlessly pressed his hands into the floor, ascended his hips

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and feet toward the ceiling and raised his entire body into a handstand. At this moment I knew I was hooked.

​​ Under the Yoga Tree Has Found a Home of It’s Own!

Classes will soon be held at 10104-101 Ave, on the second floor. Keep your eye on Facebook to see when the studio will be opening and for new price options! In the mean time the schedule remains as follows:

PUBLIC DROP-IN WEEKLY SCHEDULE*:

Monday & Wednesdays: 5:30pm to 6:50pm @ Sacred Space, 10607-101 Ave Tuesday & Thursdays: 7:00pm to 8:20pm @ Whole Wheat ‘n Honey, 10003-100 Street *Follow UtYt on Facebook for weekly updates and schedule changes. Private and Corporate sessions available. Contact Randelle Lusk, RYT 200 for further information e:randelle@undertheyogatree.ca ph:(250)263-5828

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MUSIC FROM AN OUTSIDERS PERSPECTIVE Nadine Aulin This Earth is filled with humans and the humans have created boundaries. Language, controversy and culture have separated them from being a functioning group. Humans have fashioned countless tools that they have embraced or neglected and amongst this list of creations there is music; which is both embraced and neglected. Music is almost otherworldly in its ability to connect humans; it is a universal language. Music surrounds every last being at every given time through the means of sound. With the concept that music is a form a sound, it is a constant phenomenon on this planet. Even when there is silence, humans acknowledge just how silent everything sounds. Innately humans are attracted to sound, they question it and are drawn into its existence. Much like the cliché of a moth to a flame, where there is sound there is a human. Music is in the rumble of traffic just as much as it is Schoenberg or Bach. Humans have harnessed music from the rhythm and melodies that the natural and crafted world has offered them. When enjoyed in its entirety music is a surreal experience. Musicians speaking together adopt an entirely different vocabulary to describe the music as they see it. These humans talk about the chords and colors, they use terms like “timbre” and “Mozart”. To them music is taking a step into an undefined creative world. There are no boundaries, only connections that are consonant or dissonant with whatever instrument of choice. The humans that create music do it in the search of generating something that is unique to them. A description through sound that

can be appreciated or criticized based on personal inflection.

A group of foreign humans can easily be brought together in the case of musical events. Spiritual rituals, jamborees, festivals, concerts, operas, orchestras and symphonies connect humans that have never interacted with each other over the common interest they share in that music. In this time humans are together and united by their passion for the ongoing melodies. Regardless of the language, it is the intent of the music that allows for humans to productively interact.

No need to explain it or comprehend it, all humans seems to understand it and use it. They use it for cultural rituals, social events and peace protests. When alone they admire it and contemplate themselves and the universe around them. Whether they intended it or not, music speaks to them all in the same language but in a different tone. They disagree on varieties of music yet are still united in their abilities to understand what rhythms and melodies that they conflict upon.

Nadine Aulin is an independant music teacher at Simply Music

“The creative industries play a major role in building and sustaining economically vibrant communities, serve as magnets to attract businesses and their employees, and are the main reason for stimulating a marked increase in cultural tourism.”

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

The FSJ Community Arts Council is working towards a better community through the development of arts and culture.


THE DEATH OF AN INSTRUMENT Nick Baccante Seeing a musical instrument getting destroyed is a pretty traumatic experience, especially when you happen to own the instrument. The victim in this case was my Takamine guitar. This guitar was actually used as an defence weapon to get a point across to Russell, our local jack-of-all-trades when it comes to music in our town.

We started having a casual conversation about sound systems and the importance of a good technician in making a band sound good, and slowly the conversation became a loud argument. Most people know Russell as a quiet, hardworking, nice guy. These people probably never watched Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Man, did he turn violent. He went on spouting that all that feedback noise on stage is the musician’s fault, and he’s sick and tired of having to take the blame for sloppy musicians on stage.

“You’re all a bunch of spoiled wanna-be prima donnas”, he spat. The insults were now flowing freely and when I thought that he would hit me with his big, black briefcase (what does he carry in there anyway?), I reached for the closest thing I could find and unfortunately it happened to be my guitar...

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The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities & Workplaces Program (WICWP) is a special collaborative community initiative aimed at supporting and celebrating cultural diversity through community events, workshops, articles, and special initiatives. This program is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IN FORT ST. JOHN, PLEASE CONTACT LESLIE AT 250.785.5323.

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THE BIG TICKET SEASON PASS FOR STAGE NORTH By Sue Popesku

Stage North opens the community theatre season with the smash Broadway hit Chicago, The Musical starting this October in Fort St. John. The big cast of 47 dancers and singers are already in rehearsals and tickets are now selling at the North Peace Cultural Centre for Chicago, The Musical and the rest of the season.

Six great shows, including a dinner, for one low price of $129 are available for the first time in an allseason Big Ticket package. Stage North will “razzle dazzle ‘em” with Chicago, The Musical in October; will “touch the heart” with the classic Miracle on 34th Street at Christmas time; will “tickle the funny bone” with the unforgettable The Pink Panther Strikes Again in February; and will “bring out the tears” with a Canadian play Kingfisher Days in April. The Second Annual ‘Oscar Night on the Big Screen’ at the end of February is on the Big Ticket. And a delicious meal is part of the Dinner Theatre with Spontaneous Combustion in November as a change of pace after Chicago. Stage North is offering these six great shows and dinner on one Big Ticket. Get yours now to select the best seats in the house.

Peace Cultural Centre. “Casts and crews for all the shows, except Chicago, are still to be chosen at the September auditions,” explained President Hillman. “Chicago auditions were held earlier in June so the show would have plenty of time to be ready by October.” Hillman is the producer of Miracle on 34th Street this season. Last year he directed Babes in Toyland at Christmas. Stage North is a non-profit community organization dedicated to bringing theatre to the local stage by training youth and adults in all aspects of production from acting, directing, producing, technical lighting and sound, backstage, and costume and set design. Stage North provides production assistance to shows and events within the community. Since 1977, Stage North has carried on the strong tradition of “the show must go on” which has its roots as for back as the 1930’s in Fort St. John.

The Stage North Board of Directors, under the guidance of President Dale Hillman, chose a variety of shows for the 2010-2011 season. “We have something for everyone in this fun-filled season,” said Hillman, who is big on laughter. Directors and producers of all shows are preparing production schedules and gearing up for the second set of auditions on September 11 and 12 at the North

“Theatre is a huge part of my life and a huge part of our community. There are so many talented people in Fort St John and Stage North lets you be a star and still keep your day job!” - Stevi Eby

“Growing up in Stratford Ontario, a professional theatre town, certainly set the bar high for my theatre going expectations. Stage North has yet to disappoint!” - Dayna Manning “We never cease to be amazed at the vibrancy, freshness, and sheer talent that characterize theatre in our Northern community” - Brian and Barb Daley

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Some of the Cast of Chicago (Left to Right) Emry Mika (Velma), Greg Brumwell (Billy), Naomi Shore (Mama) Krytsal Roth (Roxie)

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Kingfisher Days Aril 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7, 2011

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A NETWORK OF EXPERTISE By Clarice Eckford Picture yourself walking into an impressively large building, especially one that offers specialized services. You may envision an airport, shopping mall or hospital. While you mill around these structures, searching for your departure gate, eating in the food court or waiting to see a doctor, you rarely think of the huge network of individuals who collaborate on the building’s construction. After speaking with a superintendent on a building site, you may get a different perspective.

Jake Johnstone, the Residential Care Assistant Superintendent on the new Fort St. John hospital site offered some perspective on the massive project. Asking him to explain his job title, he immediately speaks in terms of a team effort: “We’re in control of organizing and scheduling for the project. We keep everything moving on site, day-to-day. We organize trades and the direction we want them to go in, so that the project moves forward as fast and productively as possible.”

Johnstone is not new to the role of superintendent. He recently worked on Fort St. John’s Enerplex, first as a subcontractor and then as a manager. Highly motivated, he’s a noticeably young superintendent. He explains that his first job in construction was so enjoyable, that he quickly moved up the ranks: “I was a labourer for all of four months - moved up to carpenter, moved up to foreman within a year’s time.”

medium between the designers’ wishes and the feasibility the project: “If we see something is unachievable or can’t get materials for, we will present an alternative option to the structural engineers and architects for approval” A specific timeline must also be maintained and it’s Johnstone’s job to ensure that everything and everyone is on track: “You have to have an open mind of where things need to be and you have to think on your feet and make things work. We’re still receiving drawings every day for this building and we’re installing the roof already. We need to move the project forward.”

So, the first time you walk into the new Fort St. John Hospital or another exceptionally complex building, think of the integral network of workers who see its construction through, from design to reality. Luckily, Johnstone’s expertise will likely assist many local buildings in the future: “Next, I’d like to be the site superintendent. Start with smaller projects and then move back up to these big projects.”

To take on the superintendent’s role, Johnstone must be a jack-of-all-trades: “You have to know a little bit about every trade to answer the questions. If something is not working, you have to be able to know enough to provide information to keep them moving in the right direction promptly. You have to have an overall perspective of the project and be a step ahead of each trade.”

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The Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project is set to be complete in 2012. The new FSJ Hospital and Residential Care Facility will include a 55-bed acute and ambulatory care hospital and a 123-bed residential care facility for seniors. The project

will be delivered via a Public Private Partnership with ISL and the facilities will be constructed on a new 40-acre site, with land donated by the City of Fort St. John. Site size allows for future expansion of healthcare facilities.

DAVID CALLAHAN - NORTH PEACE RESIDENTIAL CARE MANAGER By Henry See David Callahan was born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. After becoming a registered nurse, he headed to St. John’s for university. He studied economics, intending to become an investment banker. After finishing university, a friend suggested he come to Fort St John where opportunities were plentiful. Although David’s intention was to pursue investment banking, that industry made it personally difficult financially to pursue that option. Due to part time employment in nursing during university, David was able to consider nursing as his future endeavor instead. He joined the North Peace Care Centre in 2002. What is your role at Northern Health?

I started at the North Peace Care Centre in 2002 as a registered nurse doing shift work. In 2005 I moved into a supervisory role, and then in 2007, I became the manager here.

The new residential care building will expand services from 87 long term care beds to 123 beds. It will provide a much more homelike environment to each resident with private rooms, smaller groupings of residents, and shared living and dining areas throughout the building. The new facility will also provide access to more health care services. The fact that residential care will be attached to the acute care hospital will provide many more efficiencies than what is currently experienced. The new facility will allow us to group residents in smaller groups of 12, 16, or 20 people. Being able to separate out smaller groups will permit us to give better focused special care to those residents that need it. What drew you to nursing?

When I was 11, my grandfather had lung cancer. He died fairly quickly, but I saw the care he was given.

As the North Peace Residential Care Manager, I am also very involved in the planning and development of the new residential care facility. How will the new hospital change or improve the services you offer?

The new residential care facility will improve services tremendously in many areas.

Fort St. John resident, David Callahan, North Peace Residential Care Manager

Then at 13, I had an appendicitis with complications and stayed in hospital for quite some time. That helped to expose me to the profession. I have always been a caring person, and that is important in the field.


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