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Volume 17, Issue 2, Week of January 15, 2018

Citizen of the Year:

Hugo Alvarado paints it forward Hugo Alvarado is a co-founder of and major driving force behind Artists Against Hunger. (Photo by Joanne Paulson) Joanne Paulson Saskatoon Express hen Hugo Alvarado came to Saskatoon from Chile in the late 1970s, he was, by his own account, welcomed with open arms. He arrived with nothing in the dead of winter, apart from $5 in his pocket and a


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clean shirt. People pitched in, gave him a parka, gloves, a hat; he found a job, and then encouragement. Today, is he is one of Saskatoon’s bestknown artists, a painter of city scenes, lush still lifes and landscapes. He has never forgotten how Saskatoon welcomed him, and this month, he was recognized for using

his art to make his chosen community better and healthier. As Alvarado says, “it should be illegal for children to go hungry.” And he puts his art where his mouth is. CTV declared Alvarado Citizen of the Year on Jan. 1, a recognition that Alvarado is humbled by. Yet, the awareness brought by

such an honour to all artists, and their contributions to our society, is important, he says. “For me, it has been a real pleasure to be able to help,” said Alvarado in an interview at his home last week. “Artists are not rich people; but I have my art, my painting. I can happily, freely give them for a cause.” (Continued on page 4)


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t’s great when athletes beat By the way, the Fessers are Father and Mother Time. 23 and Korchinski is 22. Even Some would say Sherry if Anderson was crotchety, she Anderson stopped the clock definitely would want those earlier this month when three on her ice. she won the Saskatchewan Being a veteran of the Scotwomen’s curling championties wars, Anderson said she is ship to advance to the Scotties hoping to catch up with friends Tournament of Hearts. from championships of yore. Curling isn’t known as a Michelle Englot will be one young person’s game, but it of those. Anderson and Englot, is rare for people over the age who will curl as Team Canada at of 50 to skip teams at national this Scotties, have been butting Editor women’s and men’s champiheads for almost 30 years. onships. January, 1964 was a great Anderson has represented our province month and year for curling in Saskatch12 times, beginning in 1994. She will ap- ewan. Anderson and Englot were born 16 pear in her ninth Scotties and will repredays apart. Anderson was born first. sent Canada at the world seniors’ champiAnderson said she recently did a count onship in April in Sweden. of how many provincials she has particiAnderson beat some skips who are pated in and where they were held. young whippersnappers at provincials. If “I think Michelle and I have played she was a crotchety curler, she would have seven times in our provincial final. And told them to get off her ice. Anderson is I think I have the edge on her 4-3, if not like that. She has won the Marj Mitch- memory serves,” she said with a laugh. ell Sportsmanship Award at three Scotties. “This will be different because we will Anderson, twin sisters Kourtney and actually both be competing in it at the Krista Fesser, and Karlee Korchinski won same time because normally we would the provincial title when Anderson drew never have that opportunity. So that’s kind the four-foot on her final rock in an extra of cool.” end. That’s a shot you draw up when Anderson’s last trip to the Scotties dreaming of winning a title. was in 2015 in Moose Jaw as the third for “It’s a hard feeling to describe,” AnStefanie Lawton’s Saskatoon team. derson said of winning her first provincial “It was pretty hard not to enjoy that title as a skip since 2004. “It’s just pure one because it was so electric and so adrenalin and elation. It never gets old; the exhilarating to have the hometown crowd. feeling never changes. In fact, sometimes You know a little piece of everyone in the with age, I think it gets better. stands is cheering for you. So that, by far, “It was a lot of fun to win and a lot of was probably my most emotional one. fun to win with a bunch of young girls — “It was certainly my most emotional younger than any of the ones I have ever win at the provincial level. I remember played with when on a winning team like starting to cry and I couldn’t stop. Not evthat.” erybody gets this opportunity to compete



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in the Scotties in your home province. I was really pumped about that one.” After that Scotties, Lawton decided to go a different route and dropped Anderson from her team. The team had finished third in Moose Jaw. “I don’t think I have anything to prove to anybody,” she said of being replaced. “I am going to compete as long as I think I can, as long as I feel good doing it and as long as I have a team behind me that believes in me. “I just like to curl and when you’ve been a competitive curler — or in any kind of sport — it is hard to go to the recreational part of it. I am not about to quit and hang up my shoes and I am not about to go and play in a Wednesday night league to have a beer afterwards. That leaves me the only option of playing competitively. “I really think I still can compete. I have a really good head for the game and I will continue as long as I want and it will be on my terms when I quit.” She said it is invigorating playing with three young curlers. “I am really happy to be going with the girls I am going with. They are so excited about it. They have a lot of experience for being 23 years old. I wish I would have had that experience when I was that age or I’d have umpteen more titles to my name.” The team didn’t have a good bonspiel circuit, but Anderson told her teammates not to let it get them down. “I said to the girls after our cash spiel time, ‘You know this will be a distant memory when we win the province. You won’t care about the lack of money, so it will be that much sweeter.’ And it was.” It was indeed.

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Joan Chorney (left) and Julie Phillips have experienced joy and hardships in their long lives. (Photo by Kathy Fitzpatrick)

Two of a kind

Identical twin sisters soon to turn 95

Kathy Fitzpatrick for the Saskatoon Express ew of us have someone who remains close by us from birth to ripe old age. But that’s what two 94-year-old women in Saskatoon can boast. Julie Phillips and Joan Chorney are identical twins, possibly the oldest ones living in the province. And although life has taken them across the Atlantic Ocean, from the heart of Europe to the heart of North America, they have never lived more than a few miles apart. Mostly, they either lived under the same roof or as close neighbours. Through an early life marked by tragedy, upheaval and hardship, they also found a rare closeness. “When one of us got hurt, sometimes the


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other one cried too,” Chorney said. So in sync are they, they often finish each other’s sentences as they retell their life story. Phillips and Chorney were born half an hour apart on April 2, 1923 in Austria. So tiny were they, they were rushed into baptism in case they didn’t live very long. Calamity struck seven months before their birth, when their father died from lingering injuries sustained after being crushed by one of his horses. He had been operating a horse-drawn taxi service in the small mountain village where they lived. A horse pinned him against a stable wall. He was just 29 years old. And so at the age of 27, their mother was left a widow, with a four-year-old son and


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Alvarado creates the paintings his soul asks for


(Continued from page 1) ugo is an artist who looks at the world through charitable eyes,” said Jeff Bollenbach, general manager for CTV television and radio in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, when the Citizen of the Year announcement was made. “For decades, Hugo’s persistent vision to strengthen the community through art has helped fund countless valuable programs in Saskatoon.” Alvarado was a co-founder of and major driving force behind Artists Against Hunger, 27 years ago. The group’s auction has benefited many community organizations including the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, Friendship Inn, and CHEP Good Food. Alvarado has also donated paintings and his time to the fundraising efforts of Persephone Theatre, Boys and Girls Clubs of Saskatoon, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and CFCR 90.5 FM Saskatoon Community Radio. He has been an artist, really, all his life. Early years Alvarado comes from a city bordered by soaring mountains and a wide ocean: Santiago, Chile. Even as a child, he loved to paint, having been encouraged by his family. “When I was a little boy, I grew up with an auntie, her children, and her husband. I called her my mom. To entertain me, she bought me paint. When I was four years old she bought me watercolours . . . she used to tell me I was the best painter of the world. She put my paintings on the walls. She motivated me a lot. “At a very young age I discovered I loved to do that.” He was also presented with blocks of wood of various sizes and with those, he built a city with houses and bridges. You can see the influence of that episode in his work today. “I think part of my love for cities came (from that),” he said.

When he went to high school in Santiago, he stayed interested in art, but after school became a civil servant. He was in that role when the military coup of 1973 occurred. Many people were killed, imprisoned or disappeared. Alvarado was imprisoned. “People like me, you know, we were sort of romantic, in the idea that we wanted a better world for everybody. We wanted a better life for everybody; we wanted medicare, we wanted free education. Things we didn’t have.” Alvarado prefers to focus on the good things in life, so the interview moves on. After his release, Alvarado walked away and ended up staying for a time in a convent, where he had more fun than one might think. “Most of the nuns were very old, but there were a few that were my age — 25, 26. At night, I would go to their cells and play the guitar with them, and sing. The Catholic Church would not be happy, but they brought some wine; they stole some wine from the priest, and we had a little bit of wine. They were so kind. They were really good to me.” Soon after, in 1976, Alvarado came to Canada, in exile. He wasn’t sure where exactly to go, so an official at the embassy brought him a map, and asked him to choose a destination. “I put my finger right in the middle,” said Alvarado. “Saskatoon.” Despite being born in a city bounded by mountains and ocean, he became used to the Prairies. In later years, when he would take his children to Banff, “I would feel I want to come home again, to Saskatoon. I feel very claustrophobic there.” When he arrived, he did feel a sense that his life was turning around for the better, despite coming with nothing. “I didn’t feel sorry for myself, or anything like that. I knew it would be temporary.” He worked in his early years as a labour-

er. One day, a friend suggested he should get a job at the university, and helped him get a job working on the grounds. “I worked with plants, trees and flowers. It was a beautiful job.” But people kept at Alvarado to seek his real future, and that ultimately meant taking fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Becoming an artist Famed sculptor Bill Epp was one of his professors, and a huge influence on Alvarado. “He was a great human being,” recalled Alvarado, who was experiencing enormous insecurity at the time. “He took a bunch of plasticine, he went behind my back and took my hands and said Hugo, everything we see, especially human people, is concave or convex. Just try.” Then he started to paint, under the tutelage of Stan Day, another “great man.” “He said ‘Hugo, you are a very good painter . . . but what you have to do when you finish a painting, put it under the bed. Don’t show it to anybody.’ He thought they were too dark, very sad. “Then he said, sometime in the future you will look at them and say, to hell with that. You will start to paint the real paintings that your soul will ask for.” One day, that happened — exactly what Day had said: and Alvarado started painting the cityscapes and landscapes, flowers and nudes that he was meant to paint. Economically, though, Alvarado saw issues. As he points out, artists are not rich. One day, he was taking his wife, Julie Kosteniuk, to work at the University of Saskatchewan (she has her doctorate in psychiatry) and said, “I think I have to find a job.” She said, “do what? Don’t do that.” She paused. “What about teaching painting?” she suggested. “I don’t know how to teach,” said Alvarado. “I know,” said his wife. “But you will learn.” So Alvarado began a second career, and

has found it wonderful. “I learn from them (the students), too. I think that art is not just for a few people. When I see people coming to my classes — doctors, lawyers, housewives, unemployed people — I tell them, no prima donnas here. We are all the same.” No conversation with Alvarado is complete before he talks about his family: Kosteniuk, who is the “brain” in the house, and of whom he is very proud; his four children, Ricardo, José-Miguel, Raquel and Paloma; and a two-year-old grandson. There is also the dog and cat, the latter of which is his constant companion in the studio. He shares wonderful memories of his children, and what they have taught him, then says: “I want my children always to remember how much we loved them. They made our lives so much better.” The charitable work Twenty-seven years ago, Alvarado cofounded Artists Against Hunger, in the days when “it was not very glamorous to talk about hunger.” The fundraising format was to be an art auction, but neither Alvarado nor the other artists had ever done such a thing before. Plus, as artists, they had no money. They started by talking to the Broadway Theatre, which gave them their first venue; and then, they realized they needed refreshments for the attendees. Alvarado approached Nino from Nino’s restaurant, who donated a “whole bunch of pizzas” along with pop and beer. A hundred people showed up, and today, the event is held in a larger venue at TCU Place, attracting 250. The cost to attend is over $100 a plate, and Artists Against Hunger have also found sponsors. It has become so well-established that the organization was forced to jury the work. “Artists,” said Alvarado, “are very generous.” Not least, himself.

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SASKATOONEXPRESS - January 15-21, 2018 - Page 5 (Continued from page 3) in the Glaslyn district. Two of the triplets were identical girls. When she found out triplets were on the way, “I thought I was going to die. (I was) scared,” Phillips says. She already had a four year old and a two year old. At the time, both Phillips and Chorney were living in teacherages with no running water or electricity. The school board agreed to build an extra room onto the Phillips’ teacherage — but only after making it clear such a measure would be limited to teachers having triplets. Chorney and Phillips’ parallel paths have continued right up to present day. Both were widowed within a few years of each other. Two years ago, they moved from Glaslyn to an assisted living facility in Saskatoon, overlooking the river. They live in separate suites on the same floor, just a couple of doors down from each other.


Both are remarkably perky and agile, although Phillips is hard of hearing in one ear. And they still spend a lot of time together — going downstairs for coffee, going shopping, watching curling, going for walks. Their older brother Karl is now gone, having passed away at the age of 90. Ninety-five is a big round number, but the twins say they have no special celebration in mind for their upcoming birthday. “It’s just another day,” one of them quipped, and they chuckled. When April 2 arrives, Chorney will be thinking most about seeing her kids, a daughter who lives in Calgary and a son who lives in Texas. Phillips has family closer by. “I just want my health, that I can look after myself,” Phillips said. “I think that too,” Chorney chimed in.

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hen Oprah Winfrey social media world decided. speaks, America still, She herself has denied it, apparently, listens. although the famous boyfriend Then our southern neighbour Stedman said she’d absotakes — perhaps desperately lutely do it if that’s what the — a tiny cue and turns it into a people wanted. And she lightly signal for a presidential run. told the Los Angeles Times, In case you missed it, The “Okay!” when asked if she’d Oprah delivered an impasconsider the whole thing. sioned speech at the Golden So theoretically, we’d be in Globe Awards that indeed had celebrity v celebrity land in the powerful political impact. Her 2020 presidential election, asmain message, mind you, was suming The Donald is allowed Columnist one of inspiration to people of to run again and manages not colour and young women. to get impeached. I personally think the The first African-American winner of celebrity POTUS idea is weird in the exthe Cecil B. DeMille Award was Sidney treme, but then again, this is a country that Poitier, an event that blew a young Oprah’s has lost its political way. mind. And there she was, the first AfricanThe Washington Post ruminated on this American woman accepting the same in a recent article, with a headline wonderhonour. ing if America, considering Oprah, was Granted, Seth Meyers, host of the going insane or coming to its senses. So awards, kind of set up the Oprah For Presi- yes, the paper with the tagline “Democracy dent scenario before her speech. Dies in Darkness,” one of the most revered Then came this line. news outlets in the nation, is taking this “I want all the girls watching here, now, seriously. to know that a new day is on the horizon!” From the article, next two paragraphs: Winfrey declared, sounding exactly and “Arguably Donald Trump is the most precisely like a stumping politician. I famous man in the world,” said GOP mean, we’ve never heard that “new day/ strategist Rick Wilson, a never-Trump Rehorizon” thing before, right? Certainly publican. Under the new rules of political never from a POTUS hopeful. Right? engagement, “maybe you can only beat a Every smart phone in the U.S. lit up. celebrity with another celebrity.” Oprah was preparing for a run, most of the Her chances of winning? “One hunCT011501 Carol

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dred percent,” said another Republican strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speculate brazenly. “If she runs for the Democratic nomination, I think it’s over.” Holy Hannah, as my aunt used to say when within earshot of we youngsters. These guys are also taking it seriously. Did you know that before Ronald Reagan, the first celebrity POTUS and arguably a dreadful one, presidents were farmers, businesspeople, soldiers and lawyers — with a journalist and an engineer thrown in? I wonder if those were better occupations for serious people who should be concerned with policy. They were also all men, and all but one were white. Is it remotely possible that Oprah is right, that indeed there is a new day coming? That the American public might really embrace, and even vote for, an African-American woman? And must she be a celebrity to win? To the last question, yeah, probably. If the Post is taking this seriously, well, I will too for at least a moment or two. So let us ask: Does Oprah have the background to actually produce, defend, and ram through decent policy? If so, that would be a distinct improvement over Mr. Orange Head, yes? But we do not know that. And yes, we should care. Popularity is one thing. Governance is quite another.

Good U.S. policy is crucial, and not just to the Americans. Look at the NAFTA situation, for example. North Korea. Mexican border walls. And so on. On the bright side, Oprah can read. She has proven this several times and even started a book club. If what numerous White House staffers told author Michael Wolff is true, The Donald is “semi-literate.” He does not read. (Wolff is the man who recently published Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, and will become a very rich person because of it. They can’t keep it on the shelves.) In other revelations, which are hardly, well, revelatory, White House staff constantly describe Trump as a child — aged two, five, and perhaps 10-ish. Oprah is 63, and she actually, really is. She is older than Trump, maturity-wise; and chronologically younger by nearly a decade. Both of those things are good. It may seem to you, as it does to me, ridiculous to be discussing mental age and basic literacy when considering the possibility of a celebrity becoming president, again. But seriously, that is where the United States is at. When you have a country actually voting for, and electing, celebrity candidates, you have a problem. The question then becomes, which one do you choose? No-brainer. Oprah for president. At least she can read.



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irst, let’s establish paramare made by order in council, eters around the notion or in other words, the premier’s of political patronage, and inner circle and a handful of key why it matters. ministers. It’s nearly impossible Political patronage occurs to find information on vacanwhen a person is rewarded cies, never mind apply for them. — usually through favours, Contrast this with provinces appointments to public office like Ontario, Nova Scotia and or boards, or by receiving conNew Brunswick, which all have tracts or grants — for supporting websites dedicated to advertising a specific party and/or politician vacancies and inviting applicaby campaigning for them, or tions. Columnist through financial donations. I looked at the board composiTo be clear, patronage is not tion of eight major Saskatchewan illegal. In fact, there are valid grounds for Crown Corporations: SaskPower, SaskEnerthe argument that patronage is politically re- gy, SaskTel, SaskWater, SGI, Sask Housing * sponsible; we elect a political party to govern Corp., the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) the way they promised, so it makes sense and the new Saskatchewan Health Authority. that they would appoint people who share A whopping 49 per cent of directors on their vision to fill key roles. Nor is patronage these Crown boards are donors to the Sasequal to corruption, which is defined as the katchewan Party, according to party returns abuse of political power for personal gain, filed over the last five years. The number is and is illegal. probably higher, because I didn’t delve into Patronage can creep into corruption, Sask. Party candidate returns from the 2016 however, if a politician breaks the law to pa- election. tronize his or her supporters, such as by bySeventy per cent of the SaskPower board passing terms of the tender on a government donated to the Sask. Party in 2016, and at contract in order to give it to a party donor. least one, who has essentially built a career And finally, patronage is not new. In his on Crown corporation board appointments, biography of John A. Macdonald, author is a Sask. Party constituency president. 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Interrupt winter with Winterruption

Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express re you getting tired of this cold weather yet? While we can’t change the season, we can warm up our winter with some festival fun. As part of Saskatoon’s strategy to improve residents’ quality of life in the winter season, the city has awarded funding to recipients through its WinterCity YXE Grant program. The Friends of the Broadway Theatre received some funding, with the Broadway Theatre set to host Winterruption from Jan. 18 to 21. The third annual Winterruption will offer 23 shows in nine indoor venues, as well as an outdoor festival complete with storytelling, sleigh rides, face painting, hot beverages, food and more. A tipi that was raised in late November will serve as a central venue for the free storytelling during Winterruption, and it will also be used by École Victoria School for much of the winter. “We have a tendency to hibernate in the winter months and this is about getting us out and getting us connecting to one another,” said Charlie Peters, who is directing Theatre on the Trail, a unique production that marks Winterruption’s first collaboration with the local organization Sum Theatre. Theatre on the Trail will showcase Saskatoon’s winter beauty JW011501 James through a free, large-scale, original


performance that starts at the University of Saskatchewan’s president’s residence and continues along the Meewasin Trail, ending at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. It was also the recipient of a 2017 WinterCity YXE Grant. The show will celebrate our history as treaty people through new artwork and performances from a group of Indigenous and newcomer artists, said Peters. The performance walk will last about 20 minutes, and will occur at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly during Winterruption. Audience members are encouraged to dress for the weather. “As they go along the walk, they encounter visual arts, music, performances — all kinds of things — all exploring the themes of what it means to be connected to the land and what it means that we’re all treaty people,” said Peters. “So it’s not so much an ongoing narrative as it a series of experiences that are thematically connected,” he added. The show is Sum Theatre’s way of marking Canada’s 150th anniversary and celebrating Saskatoon’s cultural diversity and the city in which we live. Peters said putting the show together has been a great process. “It’s suitable for all ages. It does touch on topics like residential schools, so it isn’t all happy, but it’s an event for all ages,” said Peters, noting any number of people can attend. “It’s anyone who shows up.

We’ve designed it to be as flexible as possible in terms of the scale. So if it’s for six people, that’s fine — and if it’s for 150, then we’ll make that work, too. So there’s no sort of limit.” In addition to offering Theatre on the Trail, Sum Theatre is partnering with the Broadway Theatre to present a double bill of shows: Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, which looks at the history and the cultural impact of the bicycle, and Vanessa Smythe’s In Case We Disappear, which tackles the topic of how we would like to be remembered when we die. Both shows will take place at The Refinery. Winterruption will also feature a variety of other groups showcasing their talents. The festival’s musical lineup includes well-known musicians such as Delhi 2 Dublin, Begonia, Jen Lane, Close Talker, Shooting Guns and more. Also on the musical bill is Heavy Bell, a new duo from Winnipeg that includes Matt Peters, from the band Royal Canoe, and theatre actor/songwriter Tom Keenan. Heavy Bell’s new album, By Grand Central Station, adapts a Canadian novel called By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. The album features various Winnipeg indie and classical artists, such as Begonia, members of Imaginary Cities and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. For more information about Winterruption, including the list of acts and venues, go online to AS011511 Aaron

Shelley Miller’s People, Pattern Place (Melville: Rider Pride). (Photo Supplied)

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t’s the last week to take in Intersections, the latest exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s gallery on Broadway Avenue. The show from Saskatchewan-born, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller will wrap up on Jan. 20. Miller uses the tradition of quilting and patchwork in new and innovative ways. For example, visitors to the gallery will see aerial photographs of people in Melville, Sask., arranged on the ground in specific patterns, reminiscent of the patchwork designs one may see on a quilt. The positions of the people, and the colours of their clothes, create interesting geometric formations in Miller’s series called People, Pattern, Place. “The aim of this project is as much about celebrating craft traditions as it is about bringing people together,” Miller said in an artist’s statement. “By physically connecting people to create these harmonious formations, my goal is to spark new relationships and conversations in communities.” For more information, visit

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Heidi Munro introduces her writing talents on her new CD. (Photo Supplied)

New CD a “real collective” approach for Heidi Munro

Ned Powers Saskatoon Express lready well established as a rhythm and blues singer, Saskatoon’s Heidi Munro has taken an important next step in her musical career. She has released a self-titled CD, introducing some of her song-writing talents and sharing a voice in the production values. The six songs were mixed at Audio Art Recording Studio where Glenn Ens, her drummer on all of the cuts, was also the engineer. “It was a humbling process,” said Munro, “a real collective and for me, it was so important to involve so many people who have touched me artistically.” Most of the musicians are from her regular group, therealgroovyband, including Kim Salkeld on piano, Sheldon Corbett on saxophone, Rich McFarlane on guitar, Adam Streisel on trumpet, Dave Anderson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gent Laird on bass and Ens. Some are also her sidekicks in Big Stuff. For diversity, she reached out to Carla Carignan, Sharon Matheson, Don Griffith, Sarah Anderson, Dean McNeill and the Regina combination of Jack Semple and Dave Chobot. The first cut recorded was Everyday Will be Like a Holiday, where guitarist-vocalist Semple and bassist Chobot contributed their sounds out of Mosaic Music Studio in Regina. “When I was 15 years old,” said Munro, “I was living in the town of Kennedy and quite active in country music. CKRM Regina had a challenge series; I qualified and Jack was playing in the band. As my career advanced, I had other opportunities to play with Jack. He was kind, humble and talented. Our paths continued to cross. “I had Everyday in my mind as content. He agreed. We were never in the same studio, but we managed to capture the spontaneous feeling, create the energy and the vibes and we were happy.” Munro co-wrote three songs: Here With You and Falling with Carol Cockrum, and Carry You with McFarlane, who is her brother-in-law. “Here With You was a very personal song, some of which came from a relationship where there were heartbreaks. It came as I was sitting at my piano, reflecting on someone who was missing from my life. Sometimes, you go through life with setbacks, but you try to learn to take something good out of each experience. “Falling was very real for me, too. It came to me rather uniquely. I’d been to one those Saskatchewan Jazz Festival VIP parties at TA011503 Tammy LS907328.J07 Liza LS907328.J07 Liza


the Delta Bessborough. I was walking up the Broadway Bridge, collecting some thoughts, so I pulled out my phone. I had the first verse and the chorus written while standing on the bridge.” Munro said she took “the ideas, lyrics and rough melodies to Carol Corkum. We’ve known each other since we were in our 20s when I was in country music and she was working with her sister out of Meadow Lake. Carol contributed hugely in finishing the two songs which came together lyrically and melodically. She’s definitely a very talented lady and a great friend.” The other joy was working with McFarlane on Carry You, “which symbolized needing and caring and, as we wrote, the song took on a life of its own. We looked at the content spiritually and from a relationship point of view.” The other two cuts in the album were Alone and Dimming, songs that were previously recorded by other artists “and ones I admired.” Munro said that because of “Sheldon’s great knowledge and experience, he was considered the head of our production team. We weren’t rushed, it took a year to produce the CD and we wanted to be meticulous in our efforts.” Munro’s next appearance at The Bassment, home of the Saskatoon Jazz Society, will be with Big Stuff on March 9. Return engagements Two bands which have recently appeared at The Bassment are making quick returns. The Dirty Catfish Brass Band, which appeared at the club on Nov. 12, is making another swing through the West and will appear at the club on Jan. 25. Formed in the fall of 2011, there are nine musicians in the band. They take some of the sounds of the New Orleans street brass bands and involve a more modern feel. Laila Biali, who appeared on Nov. 9, is returning to introduce her new self-titled CD on Jan. 30. The pianist-vocalist did a string of dates in Saskatchewan before Christmas. She has eight originals on the new CD, plus Queen of Hearts which she wrote with Randy Bachman, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today by Randy Newman, Let’s Dance by David Bowie and Yellow by Coldplay. It is her fourth album, following in the wake of Tracing Light in 2011, Live in Concert in 2013 and House of Many Rooms in 2014.

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SASKATOONEXPRESS - January 15-21, 2018 - Page 10 ceived the 2017 Friends of Canadian Music award from the Canadian League of Composers and Canadian Music Centre for commitment to contemporary music in this country. Turner said Miller regularly conducts some of the biggest orchestras in the world — and they all sing her praises. “She grew up in the audience listening to the SSO, and it’s been far, far too long since she’s been on the podium with us.” Recording artist Few is well-known in Saskatoon as a musician who is at home in both the classical and contemporary genres. He has performed with Canadian and U.S. symphonies as a trumpet, piano, corno and vocal soloist and has released CDs on a number of labels, earning him a Juno nomination and a Grammy for Penderecki Credo. “Guy Few made his orchestral solo debut here in his hometown and he’s gone on to international acclaim. He is an audience favourite, and this time we bring him home to perform a particularly incredible piece: A brand new trumpet concerto by Canadian John Estacio,” said Turner, who described Estacio’s music as “full of life and imagination, almost like watching a movie.” “We were co-commissioners of this piece, and it’s gained a reputation as one of the hardest pieces of orchestral repertoire. It’s going to leave people breathless.” Estacio’s trumpet concerto was written in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Also on the evening’s Tania Miller, a world-renowned conductor from Foam Lake, will conduct the Saskatoon program will be Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Symphony Orchestra at the Homecoming concert. (Photo Supplied) Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major Op. 90. Turner is excited about having Miller and Few join Saskatoon’s orchestra, calling them “examples of the amazing impact Saskatchewan artists have on the world.” “It’s important for us to have Saskatchewan artists on our stage because, aside from their exceptional artistry and talent, they inspire. Both Tania and Guy grew up coming to the SSO — they sat in our audience and were inspired by the artists on our stage, by their future colleagues,” said Turner. “That moment of inspiration has led to great achieveShannon Boklaschuk concert “a giant celebration.” ments. It’s something that we can all feel and understand — Saskatoon Express “We have had such a remarkable time bringing home the a pride in being from somewhere and having that bond with omegrown Saskatchewan talent will shine at the amazing musical talent that Saskatchewan has exported to people from that place. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated the rest of the world, and this concert allows us the oppor“Giving a voice to Saskatchewan artists allows us to upcoming concert, which is aptly titled Homecom- tunity to celebrate two of our greatest artists,” he said in an shrink the distance between the stage and the seats in the ing. email interview. audience. Instead of the audience just watching, they are part Guest conductor Tania Miller, who is originally from Turner noted “it’s a huge honour” to have Miller, the first of what conspired to put this entire concert on stage. That’s Foam Lake, and Saskatoon’s renowned trumpet virtuoso, female maestra of a Canadian orchestra, conduct the SSO. pretty amazing.” Guy Few, will join the SSO on stage Jan. 20. Both Miller Miller obtained her bachelor’s degree in music from the The Homecoming concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on and Few are prairie musicians who have gone on to University of Saskatchewan and most recently served as the Jan. 20 at TCU Place. Tickets are available by going online successful careers locally, nationally and internationally. music director for the Victoria Symphony. She has appeared to or through the TCU box office by JW011502 James Mark Turner, the SSO’s executive director, called the as a guest conductor in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and re- calling 306-975-7799.

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masses, because council operates t one time or anon the “if you build it, they will other, we have all come” fantasy. daydreamed about I am befuddled as to what is winning the lottery and what happening to our public library. I we would do with all that understood the dismay at the loss cash. of provincial funding for librarFor the most part, we fanies and was jubilant when the tasize about obtaining luxury government restored the funding. goods, living high off the hog It was nice to see a governand financially helping our ment recognize an error in judgfamilies. This daydreaming ment, admit to it and then correct made me realize how little Columnist the mistake. But with the library I really wanted for myself, made financially whole again, except maybe to fly Premium Plus or Business Class on a long haul flight why are so many people losing their jobs and put new flooring in the cabin. But what and then being made to reapply for their jobs at reduced wages, if in fact they get we really want is financial security for their jobs back? ourselves and our families. Were they over-staffed and over-paid to It costs nothing to daydream, but if you want to have a one in an umpteen million begin with, and if so, how did that happen? chance of having your dreams come true, Are services and materials to the public being reduced? Personally, although I am I guess you actually have to spend the couple of bucks for a lottery ticket. But it opposed to spending roughly $100 million is your money and you can spend it as you on a new downtown edifice, I am very supportive of library services and especially choose. Well, city councillors daydream as well. the expansion of branch libraries which They dream of mega projects. The differ- provide easy access to the public city-wide. Something doesn’t read right here. ence is councillors won the lottery when These are just a few highlights of what they were elected to office and gained access to the tax base. But if their dreams councillors are dreaming of. Sad to say, come true, those dreams will be paid for by their dreams may come true (even though taxpayers and it will be more than a couple we currently don’t have the debt ceiling to support it.) As taxpayers, our dream of of bucks. Councillors dream of a new Bus Rapid financial security may not. (Silly me — did Transit (BRT) system, which coupled with I say daydreaming didn’t cost money?) Yes, I fear council’s dreams may become the costs of the necessary over/underpasses needed to make it work, will push close to our nightmares. And while you might choose to spend money to make your the $300-million mark. personal dreams come true, you won’t get a With their heads in the clouds, they fail to recognize that bus service, here and choice about paying for council’s dreams. Please councillors, wake up to our realelsewhere, is in decline. The big difference here is that while you might spend a couple ity and don’t dream any more dreams for of bucks of your hard-earned money on a us. lottery ticket to make your dreams come true, councillors have already spent $3.6 DC011501 Darlene million of our tax dollars on consultants to make their BRT dream come true. Councillors are also dreaming of a new downtown arena/convention/entertainment centre. They have ordered a study on how to make this dream come true. No proposed price tag has been announced, but in quesQ: Does a funeral require the tioning people in the know, it is suggested body to be embalmed? that more than half a billion dollars would A: If a viewing and service will occur be on the cheap side for such a project. It’s a scary thought when you think days after a death, embalming is that the Remai Art Gallery started off at recommended to allow time for under $60 million and ballooned to more families who have to travel to than $100 million. I don’t know what they attend the funeral. While embalming would do with TCU Place — sell it off to a isn’t mandatory, it does offer more developer to build more luxury downtown flexibility in time frames when condos? Nor do I know what the market is organizing the funeral service. for the 30-year-old SaskTel Centre arena. Of course, the cycling network is still in the mix. It is part of the long-term For more information, contact $250-million Active Transportation Plan. Greg Lalach, Manager: This project will proceed, but on the drip306-700-4114 ping tap program, which is dripping to the tune of several million dollars each year. Park Funeral Home It matters not that surveys have indicated by Arbor Memorial Arbor Memorial Inc. that it will get limited seasonal use by the


New ultrasound will help women facing cancer diagnoses Laura is a young mother of two. On Mother’s Day in 2015, she found a lump in one of her breasts. Laura went for an ultrasound and mammogram but both were inconclusive. She was sent to Saskatoon City Hospital’s Breast Health Centre for a biopsy and learned she had a tumour. A scheduled lumpectomy became a mastectomy because the cancer had spread. Almost a year later, Laura had a second mastectomy. Following surgery, she developed an infection and contracted e coli. She spent several weeks in the hospital. Laura is now fully recovered but she wonders if things could have been better. For her and 40% of women who, like her, have denser breasts, an Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is ideal. That’s why she’s asking you to support the purchase of an ABUS through Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. The ABUS can take an image of the entire breast in just three scans. In many cases, it’s better than a mammogram or an MRI because it images tumour tissue better. Radiologists can provide quicker, more accurate diagnoses and start effective treatment plans sooner. That’s crucial when dealing with cancer. Donations will be matched by Cherry Insurance By supporting the ABUS, you’re not only changing lives, you’re saving lives. Please give today. You can donate directly at, your SGI CAnADA broker by phone at 306-655-8489 (1-800-603-4464), or in person at the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation office, next to the front entrance of the hospital. Mail to: City Hospital Foundation - 701 Queen St. Saskatoon SK S7K 0M7 Name: Address: City:

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Maybe someday I’ll chase squirrels again


p until the age of eight, my world consisted of my parents, my dogs and

and swimming with my dogs. Or, I would go out on the lake with my dad to catch fish. me. Even though I recall most of my We were living on a northern days up north, I don’t remember trap line. I didn’t speak a word ever catching a fish. of English, had never seen a Sometimes I would look to television and hadn’t met a white the sky and see the jet stream person. of a plane passing overhead. I In fact, I didn’t even know would think to myself, “what a there was a world beyond the tall funny looking cloud.” evergreens surrounding us. Even My dad’s brother would Columnist though trapping season was dursometimes stop and they would ing the winter months, we stayed talk about how much the white in our cabin all year round. man was paying for animal pelts. I had In the winter we had our main camp, never seen a white man and, being a fluent which had a cabin; and we had two other Cree speaker, I pictured a white man as camp sites where a white canvas tent was white as the snow that fell during winter. hung high on a tree. When we needed it, One day my mother told me we were we would pull it down and camp out. In the moving to a reserve where my relatives summer, we just stayed in our main camp. lived. I didn’t know what to think, but I During the summers, my dogs and I would learn later the reason we had to move would run through the forest chasing flying to the reserve was because of me. Apparsquirrels and shadows that lurked behind ently, social services found out I wasn’t every tree. going to school. In my youth, we lived by a lake, so most I didn’t even know what a school was. of my days were spent diving off the banks The only school I’d heard about was when


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my parents would talk about a residential school. We walked, along with the dogs packing supplies, 50 miles or so before we reached an old gravel road. The following morning a white man came by to pick us up. His name was Jack and he passed away on my reserve after living there for more than 80 years. Jack, however, was not what I had pictured, because he was mostly pink. We moved to the reserve, where I found out I would be going to a residential school. I was terrified because of the stories my folks had told me. I was lucky, though, because I was only there for a couple of months as the whole concept of the residential school was being phased out. I then attended a day school. This is where the white kids who lived on the reserve went to school. There are resorts and lake-front homes along the lake where my reserve is located. There are many white families and the day school is where their children attended. I was then “allowed” to attend school in the closest town. I was thrilled because I got to ride a school bus.

This was long before my brothers and sisters were taken. I didn’t know it at the time, but the federal government had First Nations children being placed all over the world. These became known as the “scoop years.” I ended up in all kinds of foster homes, group homes and youth centres. Eventually I got old enough and ended up getting into all kinds of legal trouble, often ending up in prison. Finally I was able to get my life together and started educating myself. Eventually I completed my Grade 12 and attended postsecondary, where I graduated in broadcast journalism. What a journey it was to enter the civilized world. One day I might return to my dogs and chase the flying squirrels, along with the shadows lurking behind every tree. Not many days go by now when I don’t think about our main camp. I almost feel like it’s a calling sometimes. Maybe one day I will secure a trap line licence. It would be like I travelled a complete circle

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Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express orld trade centres in Saskatoon and Harbin, China, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together to grow agricultural trade and share knowledge. The goal is to set up an agricultural commission and to explore direct foreign investment in both countries through the network of world trade centres. Fittingly, a delegation from China and members of World Trade Center Saskatoon announced the agreement at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show at Prairieland Park. The agreement was signed by John Williams, president of World Trade Center Saskatoon, and Hongshan Zhang, the developer of WTC Harbin. Williams is also the president of Canwest Commercial & Land Corporation, the company building a nine-storey trade centre in downtown Saskatoon. While Saskatoon and Harbin are 8,000 kilometres apart, Steven Lo, a director with WTC Harbin, said his province in China

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and Saskatchewan have much in common. “Saskatchewan area by latitude is in the same area as our province, so the agriculture environment is very much the same. Saskatchewan area is also very rich in minerals, as well as agricultural reserves and resources. “We think we have a lot to learn from this area in terms of technology, in terms of management and in terms of marketing and exporting of the products. We have met several companies (in Saskatoon) we think can be our long-term partners. “The next thing is to follow up with WTC Saskatoon and work with their members and the companies we have met here.” He said there are no specific projects on the books yet. “We don’t know how long this will take, but we know is it will involve tremendous effort on the part of our WTC and (Saskatoon’s) WTC.” Don Atchison, a senior consultant with World Trade Center Saskatoon, said it is a great opportunity for Saskatoon. He said WTC Saskatoon and WTC Harbin are already having second meetings with companies. “People are talking about working together closer with Harbin, China, and Saskatoon and that’s what this is all about. The more successful we can all be together, the more success we will have for everyone. In the end, we are talking about more jobs in our community.” Lo said WTC Harbin is a multi-billion dollar undertaking in a city of 10 million people. “We will provide a global platform for the exchange of agricultural products,” Lo said. “This project has been designated as the key development project of the China,

Russian, Mongolian economic corridor. It is a very important project that has been designated as one of the build-and-grow initiatives of the Chinese government. “WTC Harbin will inspire ideas to solve the agriculture challenges of tomorrow with the positioning as the Silicon Valley of agriculture. (It) will catalyze the development, commercialization and eventual monetization of all the startup solutions. “Initially WTC Harbin will provide goto market services for all its member firms, providing access to the processing and marketing facilities to provide exposure to a global customer base.” Neither Atchison nor Lo could put a dollar amount on the economic impact. “When we talk about what this means, it is limitless and could be in the billions of dollars,” Atchison said. “One can’t fathom where this could take us; it could be so huge.” He said WTC Saskatoon people will also travel to China. “A partnership isn’t doing it just one way. They were very kind for coming over here. It’s a true commitment on their part wanting to do business together. If we’re good partners we have to reciprocate.” There are more than 320 World Trade Centers, spread among 90 countries. Membership worldwide includes 750,000 business entities. They include businesses involved in finance, international trade and economic development. “This is why you want to have a WTC in your community, because it offers the potential for more partnerships,” Atchison said. “There is this one with Harbin, but also (possibilities) in Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.” For more information on WTC Saskatoon, visit

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends: Views of the World

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By RJ Currie eporter Slava Malamud noted the Bills last made the playoffs before Twitter, Facebook and blogs were invented. “So what,” said the Blue Bombers. “Last time we were CFL champs, Slava Malamud hadn’t been invented.” • Rapper Drake had LeBron James on hand to open his new Toronto restaurant. With the name Pick 6ix, shouldn’t he have invited Jay Cutler? • Winnipeg’s overnight low with wind chill hit -37 C, and locals wish LaVar Ball was visiting. There’s a guy who needs his pipes frozen. • Sabres’ backstop Linus Ullmark and his new wife posed for wedding photos in goalie masks. This is one night when a goaltender needs to be more stand-up than flopper. • Heading into the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova called her recent three-set comeback against American Alison Riske “ideal preparation.” Sounds more like Riske business. • David Beckham has released House 99, a line of 21 men’s grooming products. I plan to use them — as soon as they come out with Bald It Like Beckham. • Ejected Jazz guard Rodney Hood, on his way to the lockers, slapped a phone out of a fan’s hand. The fan had a dropped call, while Hood clearly has some hang-ups. • Amazing Race competitors Dessie

Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald made RBR Boxings’ 10 most beautiful ring girls, but I don’t see it. Did I mention my wife does my proofreading? • Contrary to rumours, the New Zealand prime minister’s famous cat, Paddles, did die after getting hit by a car. It wasn’t just feeling run down. • Reuters reports the sport of axe throwing at targets has really taken off in Paris. It all started when someone pinned Donald Trump’s picture to the bullseye. • Philadelphia QB Nick Foles’ promising first outing was followed by two shaky performances. Eagles fans are worried St. Nick is turning into a beat-Nick. • According to a new study, women who get large breast implants are at greater risk from heart attacks. So are their husbands. • Did you see Lightning forward Tyler Johnson scoring against the Canes with both skates off the ground? I guess switching to right wing really did elevate his game. • A Curling Centre of Excellence is in the works for Winnipeg. Having curled in leagues for three years, this is a first for me — using excellence and curling in the same sentence. RJ’s Groaner of the Week Four-time Tour De France winner Chris Froome is facing a suspension after a failed doping test. Not sure if it’s true or just a nasty Froomer.

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oronto columnist Steve Simmons went slightly off the rails on Leafs coach Mike Babcock for not giving Auston Matthews more power-play time. During the past season-and-a-half, Matthews has scored more goals than any player at even strength. During the same time, he is 56th in power-play scoring. “That’s on Mike Babcock, the usually sensible, pragmatic and sometimes stubborn coach of the Maple Leafs,” Simmons wrote. Them’s fighting words here. • From Torben Rolfsen: “USSR, CIS, Russia, now OAR — their national hockey team has gone by more names than Sean Combs. • Janice Hough, on Diet Coke changing its look and its marketing due to slumping sales: “Maybe the biggest problem is Trump making Americans think the beverage causes dementia.” • I read that a person on the continental United States is never more than 115 miles from a McDonald’s. What’s the big deal? In Saskatoon we are never more than a block away from a Tim Hortons. • Am I alone in this? When there is an ad before an online video clip, I leave the site before the video starts. It drives me bonkers. • From Rolfsen: “Swedish WJC captain Lias Andersson tossed his silver medal away into the crowd. He said he wanted Bitcoin.” • The five saddest words in hockey, according to Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur: “They’re going to a shootout.”

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• Hough, on Stephen Curry apparently injuring his ankle again in practice: “But given it’s January, he should recover before the NBA pre-season ends in April.” • Nice to hear Pierre McGuire is recovering from prostate surgery and plans to be at the Olympics to broadcast hockey. • A question from Rolfsen: “Who gave the Georgia Bulldogs their halftime pep talk? The Swiss junior hockey coach?” • Hough, on 50 people being evacuated and some minor injuries reported when an overheated iPhone battery started emitting smoke in a Zurich store: “Talk about a baked Apple.” • If curler John Morris hooked up with Jennifer Lopez, would they known as JJLoMo? • I am happy for each and every one of the players selected to our Olympic men’s hockey team. I hope they have the time of their lives. • A question from Hough: “To be a Stable Genius, don’t you have to win at least one Kentucky Derby?” • Cale Makar, a star on Canada’s world junior champion hockey team, reportedly turned down the opportunity to play at the Olympics. It’s not a decision 99.99 per cent of players would make, but why did the big mouths on talk radio vilify the kid ad nauseam and question his patriotism? He didn’t join ISIS for heaven’s sake. Shut up. • Three famous quotes: 1. “I am not a genius.” — Albert Einstein; 2. “I’m not a genius.” — Steve Jobs; 3. “I’m a very stable genius.” — Donald Trump.


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January 20 Spivohrai choir presents a concert on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Knox United Church (838 Spadina Cres. East). Learning and fun, culminating in a choir performance. Tickets available at New Community Credit Union (306-653-1300), Slavianka Ukrainian Food Store (306-249- 5653), Musée Ukraina Museum (306-2444212), Smak Ukrainian Store (306-373-36 46 or at the door. Price is $15, children under 12 free.

MUSIC FEBRUARY 4 Canadian Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. at Knox United Church. Songs of the Land – The Canadian Chamber Choir in concert with Kamala Youth Choir and Saskatoon Children’s Choir. Tickets: $25; available at McNally Robinson Booksellers and at the door. ***** Galliard Foundation’s yearly afternoon Classical Variety Night concert at 2:30 p.m. This concert feature many local musicians performing their favourites music. We welcome all ages and admission is Pay What You Can at Grosvenor Park United Church.

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The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums present a Robbie Burns Night at the Gordie Howe Sports Centre (1525 Avenue P South) Tickets $50 each for adults. Cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment to follow. Call 306-374-6026 to reserve a table or email ***** Robbie Burns Celebration: The Saskatoon Scottish Country Dancers invites everyone to join them at 5 p.m. at All Saints FEBRUARY 10 Anglican Church Hall (1801 Lorne Avenue) for their 10th Canadian Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. at TCU Place. A Call for Annual Celebration of the life, poetry and music of Scotland’s Peace – The Armed Man, featuring the Saskatoon Symphony Bard, Robert Burns. Tickets are $30 for dinner and entertainOrchestra, Canadian Chamber Choir and Greystone Singers. ment. This is an adults-only event. For more information, and Tickets: Reserved seating $15-$85 at to reserve your tickets, email or call 306 664-7049. ***** Solitary Refinement, Forest Grove Community Church (502 Webster Street). Free admission, For ages 13-plus. Solitary CROKICURL – UNTIL FEB. 25 Refinement is an immersive live stage experience based Broadway Avenue and 12th Street. Crokicurl combines two on the best-selling books of Richard Wurmbrand, featuring classic Canadian hobbies, crokinole and curling, into a new incredible true stories from the persecuted church around the outdoor sport. world today.

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Shift down and protect your transmission


lectronics are amazing. locking the two halves together. They enabled this article Now the transmission is driven to be filed from the directly from the engine, with no middle of a scenic mountain heat building slippage occurring. pass. Under normal driving condiElectronics have also made tions, most drivers place the amazing improvements in our gearshift in drive or high gear automobiles. and leave it there. Automatic transmissions are The electronics look after all almost all electronically conthe shifting and torque converter trolled now. They last longer, lock-up operation. However, react to driver’s needs better, when pulling loads or climbing Autozone and can even adapt for wear or steep hills, the computer will driving style. unlock the converter if necessary Unfortunately, in my travels, I have met for more torque. those who have experienced automatic If a driver steps on the gas hard enough, transmission problems. the transmission may shift down, but often Most of these problems occur when it will stay in high gear and let the torque climbing steep mountain passes or pulling multiplication of the converter provide the heavy loads. The torque converter is the extra needed power. This is when transmiscause of most failures. sion-destroying heat can build up. A torque converter couples the engine Under maximum torque multiplication to the actual transmission. One part bolts conditions, heat can build up high enough to the engine, while another part drives the to destroy the lubricating qualities of the transmission gearbox. transmission fluid in only a few seconds. A series of vanes on each part direct Even under partial load conditions, the fluid transmission fluid from the engine side to temperature increases enough to shorten the transmission side of the converter. This fluid life. Most light duty trucks and pascauses the transmission input shaft to turn. senger car maintenance schedules show that Think of two fans facing each other – changing transmission fluid is not required one fan is turned on and the moving air for as high as 160,000 kilometres, but look causes the second fan’s blades to rotate. A at the suggested schedule for high load or torque converter is more complex, because towing conditions and the fluid may need the shape of the vanes actually more than changing at as low as 20,000 kilometres. doubles the torque of the engine, but it So the trick is to keep the converter operates on similar principles. locked, or reduce the slippage in it as much When a vehicle comes to a stop, the as possible. The best way to do this is shift vehicle’s brakes keep the transmission from to a lower gear. The mechanical advantage turning and the engine is not going fast of a lower gear multiplies the torque, so enough to cause enough fluid flow to drive the converter slips less. Some transmission the transmission side of the converter. control computers will also lock up the This slipping action is needed when converter in lower gears, for even less heat stopping, but some also occurs when travel- build up. ling down the highway — between three Drivers with manual transmission and five per cent slippage. This not only equipped vehicles wouldn’t dream of shiftwastes fuel, but the slipping also creates a ing into high gear and leaving it there for all lot of heat. driving conditions. To improve fuel economy and reduce Neither should automatic transmission slippage, almost all automatic transmissions owners. Steep hills and heavy loads may now use a computer-controlled lock-up even require shifting down to first or second converter. A large plate with a clutch lining gear. bonded to it is splined to one half of the Don’t invite transmission troubles on the converter. road. If you are pulling loads or climbing When fluid flow is applied to the back hills, it is better to get there slowly in a side of the plate, it moves forward and lower gear than push hard and arrive late touches the engine side of the converter, because transmission repairs are needed. AS011506 Aaron

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The 2018 Mazda CX 3 provides good value for its $22,000 price tag. (Photo by Charles Renny)

2018 Mazda CX 3 is much better than basic


GX Mazda CX 3 is spent a minute. considered “basic” by Now I was ready to drive, Mazda. but the car was still cold. This I think a better term would is the part that goes against be entry level. To my mind, most of the training you get in basic means everything other driving. SkyActiv technology than a seat and a steering produces an engine so efficient wheel is optional. Basic to that at our winter temperaMazda includes heated cloth tures, the engine can actually seats, an excellent stereo, shed heat while idling. The A/C, four wheel power disc only way to warm it up is to brakes and the list goes on. drive it. Mind you, the drive Autozone For 2018, Mazda did should be sedate for the first take a step farther down the few minutes, just to get the “basic” ladder to offer the GX with a six- parts used to moving. speed manual gear box when you order All settled in and ready to drive turns front wheel drive. There are no options, up two distinct cars. The first one is a as we know them. For example, if you nice sedate grocery-getter that you can want an automatic, you can get front use to putter around. The speedometer wheel drive only, but if you want the is front and centre, so there is no excuse optional all-wheel drive, you must order to speed through a school zone. The the automatic. The same goes for option throttle tip in is quite mild, so getting to groups like the luxury package. 30 kph can be done smoothly. Once out While on the subject of luxury and of the school zone getting to 50 kph does comfort in the CX 3, I am fully capable require a shift if you haven’t made one of setting my own fan speed, the temalready. perature I want and where the air in the On the cargo front, groceries by the car is to go, so I never miss some of the bagfull fit in easily. For me the prime automatic stuff. If you can do this and concern was fitting in my hockey bag, live without things like satellite radio and and it did. The sticks did take a bit of navigation, you too can enjoy a sticker finessing since I like a longer than averprice of $22,480, which includes all age stick. charges except taxes. Mazda advertises Empty of all distractions, including an MSRP just under $20,000, but that my side seat cruise control, a few more does not include things like freight or revs (the tach is off to the left) and I was dealer prep. scooting down the street in a sportier What do you get for your $22,000 and mode. The only point to remember is that change? in winter a FWD car will usually slide to Well, the first two things I noticed the right if the tires come loose while on were that the cloth seats were comfortthe gas. I did get that reminder a couple able and didn’t freeze my tush off. Item of times and I am sure those in the car number two was that at -33, plus wind, it beside me thought I was nuts and about started on the second turn of the engine. to crash. After that there were a host of other Backing off brought the CX 3 back things that came up almost immediately. into line and the fun continued. Shifting Seat heaters are on real switches, the was always light and easy, which conlarge and very clear information screen tributed to the ease of driving as did the comes up instantly and the HVAC consmooth and progressive braking of the trols can be worked with gloves on. four-wheel disc brakes. Clutch action was so smooth and easy Highway driving is a repeat of city that I never even noticed what I had driving. done when starting the car. With every One thing that Mazda Canada did adjustment being manual, I figured it before they sent me the CX 3 was to put would take me a while to get everything four winter tires on the car and that did adjusted to my idea of a comfortable contribute significantly to the ease and driving position. In truth, I probably fun of driving.

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ON NOW AT YOUR PRAIRIE CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. Offers apply to the retail purchase or lease of a 2018 Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Edition, Cruze Sedan LT Auto and 2018 Equinox LS FWD equipped as described. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the Prairie Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only on select vehicles delivered from January 3, 2018 – January 31, 2018. * Limited time lease offer valid to eligible lessees in Canada who obtained credit approval and enter into a lease agreement with GM Financial, and who accept delivery from January 3, 2018 – January 31, 2018 of a select new or demonstrator 2018 MY Chevrolet vehicle. 2018 MY vehicles not eligible for this offer are Spark LS, Malibu L, Colorado 2SA, Camaro ZL1 and Bolt EV. Total Lease Value consist of $1,500 manufacturer-to-dealer New Year Lease Bonus (tax-exclusive), the GM Card Application Bonus (tax-inclusive), and may include manufacturer-to-dealer lease cash (tax exclusive) (“Lease Cash”). Lease Cash applies to select vehicles and value depends on model purchased: $1,500 on new 2018 Spark (excl LS), Sonic, Impala, Malibu (excl L), Cruze Hatch, Camaro (excl ZL1), Corvette, Volt, Equinox, Traverse, Silverado HD, Silverado LD Reg Cab, Colorado (excl 2SA), Tahoe, Suburban, Express, City Express; $2,000 on new 2018 Silverado LD Double Cab $2,250 on new 2018 Cruze Sedan; $2,500 on new 2018 Trax; $2,750 on new 2018 Silverado LD Crew Cab. GM Card Application Bonus applies to individuals who apply for a Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Card or current Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Cardholders. GM Card Application Bonus credit value depends on model purchased: $500 GM Card Bonus on new 2018 Sonic, Cruze, Malibu (excl 1VL), Camaro (excl ZL1), Volt, Equinox, Trax (excl 1SV); $750 GM Card Bonus on new 2018 Impala, Corvette, Colorado (excl 2SA), Traverse, City Express, Express; $1,000 GM Card Bonus on new 2018 Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado LD & HD. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Conditions and limitations apply. Void where prohibited. See Dealer for full program details. GM Canada reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. † Lease based on a purchase price of $39,654/$20,845/$25,540 for a 2018 Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom/Cruze Sedan LT Auto/Equinox LS FWD, includes $3,870/$0/$0 manufacturer-to-dealer cash delivery credit (tax exclusive), $500/$750/$0 manufacturer-to-dealer lease cash (tax exclusive), $1,500 manufacturer-to-dealer New Year Lease Bonus (tax exclusive) and $1,000/$500/$500 manufacturer-to-consumer GM Card Application Bonus (this offer applies to individuals who have applied for the Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Card [GM card] and to current Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Cardholders) (tax inclusive). Bi-weekly payment is $185/$98/129 for 48/60/60 months at 2.5%/0.5%/2.0% lease rate on approved credit to qualified retail customers by GM Financial. The $0/$49/$65 weekly payment is calculated by dividing the bi-weekly payments of $0/$98/$129. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometer. $3,300/$1,395/$1,200 down payment required. Payment may vary depending on down payment trade. Total obligation is $22,500/$14,115/$17,880 plus applicable taxes. Taxes, PPSA, license, insurance, registration and applicable fees, levies, duties and, except in Quebec, dealer fees (all of which may vary by region and dealer) are extra. Option to purchase at lease end is $20,003/$7,064/$9,347. 1 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score applies to 1500 series vehicles. U.S. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program( 2 Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply. 3 Visit for coverage maps, details and system limitations. Service plan required. Available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot requires WPA2 compatible mobile device and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Services vary by model, service plan, conditions as well as geographical and technical restrictions. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity is available on select vehicle models and in select markets. Vehicle must be started or in accessory mode to access Wi-Fi.** The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased or leased a new eligible 2017 or 2018 MY Chevrolet (excluding Spark EV, Bolt EV), with an ACDelco® oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 48,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ▲ Whichever comes first, fully transferable. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for complete details.