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Issue 8

21 Nov - 11 Dec 2013


Garrison 7 aka G7

to be filmed on the Gold Coast. We talk to creator and man behind it all

Scott Brewer

Festive Season Celebration Choices

Mason Rack talks Music, Touring and gives us an inspirational insight

Gold Coast Gig Guide Most comprehensive available

Markets, Tides, Events & more


Editor’s Letter Hello! And welcome to another edition of The Bizz GC. We are so fortunate in that we always get to meet and speak with amazing local artists as well as national and even international ones. In this issue we talk to locals, Scott Brewer AKA Tom Garrison from the new movie about to be filmed on the Gold Coast – Garrison 7 aka G7, and musician Mason Rack who gives us insight and inspiration for more than just music with his story. International guitar and songwriting legend, Vernon Reid from Living Colour even spoke with us! Christmas and New Year are around the corner, and we have a special feature letting you know of some great options for your Christmas meals, where Candles by Candlelight will be over the next couple of weeks, and NYE celebrations. The Gold Coast’s most comprehensive Gig Guide is here as always, along with Markets Guide, Tides Guide and even a guide to what’s happening at your local libraries. You’ll find giveaways throughout the magazine including an overnight accommodation package including breakfast for 2 at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, valued at over $900! Enjoy your time having a read and we encourage to you to go to at least one of the great events we have featured. Have FUN!


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Marriott Giveaway! Page 4 X Factor Live Tour 2013 Page 5 Tweed Foodie Fest Page 6 Wayne Donnelly (Comedy Hypnotist) Page 7 Scott Brewer Page 8-9 Carols by Candlelight Page 10 Festive Season Feature Page 11-15 Social Pics Page 16-17 Markets Guide Page 18-19 Naomi Douglas Page 20 Tides Guide Page 20 Library Guide Page 21 Kings of Country Rock Page 22 FOZZY Q&A Page 23 Mason Rack Page 24-25 Gig Guide Page 26-29 Page 30 Living End’s Vernon Reid Soundwave 2014 Page 31 Testimonials:

Thank You to our Contributors: Cover Photo Mark Taylor Blake Shortland Plan B CD Review Naomi Douglas Dealing with Divorce As always, thank you to our readers and advertisers You Rock!

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It is the season of giving, and thanks to Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, we are giving away to one lucky reader, an overnight accommodation package in an ocean view room including buffet breakfast for two people in Citirique Restaurant. This prize has a retail value of $908! Simply visit www.thebizzgc. to enter. Winner will be notified by phone and email and prize will be drawn on Friday 13th December, a date that is lucky for many. Good Luck!

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

is a stylish playground for all generations. Even if you are not a guest at the resort, locals and visitors have several reasons to visit, by way of their restaurants, lounges and bars. Citirique is a unique and interactive dining experience on the ground floor where you can explore innovative dining zones featuring eight culinary concepts including the centrepiece – ocean fresh seafood. Indulge in a selection of European dishes, exotic curries, Indonesian style satays, Yum Cha and the famous decadent dessert buffet. An a la carte menu only is available for lunch Monday to Friday. Benihana Japanese Steakhouse is internationally acclaimed for extraordinary Japanese cuisine. Diners are seated around a teppan plate as the award-winning chefs cook up an entertaining feast right

before their eyes. From succulent meats and fresh seafood to traditional Japanese fare, Benihana offer the ultimate cultural dining experience. Also at Benihana’s is the Sake Bar, which offers a comprehensive cocktail, wine and beer list while also serving Japan’s traditional rice liquor, Sake. The bar features its own light food menu and offers a series of tasting plates such as mixed sashimi and Benihana-made sushi, deep fried marinated chicken, prawn, fish and vegetable tempura. The Lobby Lounge Bar serves specialty cocktails and a wide assortment of fine wines, beers and spirits, and is a perfect meeting place for brunch, light lunch, high tea and before/after-dinner drinks, as well as a great place for after-work drinks. Comfortable furnishings, spectacular views over the

landscape gardens and waterways to the lagoon pool and waterfall; the Lobby Lounge Bar offers a truly stylish and sophisticated setting. Phone 07 5592 9800 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo

SIDE-SPLITTING Thursday December 12



Wayne Donnelly

Members - $20 Non-members - $25 Buy tickets online or by phone. Free Kids Club. 18yrs+ Event. P: 5534 7999

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165 Duringan St, Currumbin

Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expos Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing help and advice for seniors since 2008, at no cost to the public. The next local Expo will be held in Southport and will provide an extensive range of products on display. There will be free eyesight and hearing checks and the Expo will also offer information on residential aged care providers, agents specialising in seniors’ travel, and other services. Seniors can also find out more about vision and mobility aids and in-home care, as well as financial planning and insurance. For more information and details visit www. When: Thursday 21st November 9:00am to 1:00pm Where: Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport Cost: FREE

THE X FACTOR LIVE TOUR 2013 X FACTOR LIVE TOUR 2013 is coming to the Gold Coast and tickets are on sale now! A true extension of the TV show which had more than 2 million viewers tune in for the grand finale, this show will deliver an entertaining music spectacular with the impressive production elements and striking stage and set design that have made THE X FACTOR one of the most well-loved and visually remarkable programs on Australian television. The top five contestants will perform a selection of their most loved songs from their time on THE X FACTOR, with exciting special guests to be announced.

Dami Im

THE X FACTOR 2013 grand final winner Dami Im, whose winner’s single ‘Alive’ went to number one on the ARIA singles chart will headline the concert and be joined by the remaining top four contestants, Taylor Henderson, Jai Waetford, Third D3gree and Jiodan Tolli. The live tour experience will give these talented performers the opportunity to get up close and personal with their fans. With all tickets $79, as well as VIP Meet and Greet and sound check packages available, this event will sell fast. Tickets available through: aspx?sh=XXFACTOR13

Saturday 30th November 6:30pm Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre


If you’ve missed out on tickets because they’re sold out, we have a Double Pass to give away to the concert spectacular at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 30th November! Simply visit www. and go to the competitions page to enter. Good Luck!

Gold Coast Bikini Parade Guinness World Record Attempt for the Largest Bikini Parade Saturday 30th November at Surfers Paradise Beach

The annual Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival will be held over four incredible days from Friday 28th November to Sunday 1st December, showcasing Australia’s leading resort and swimwear designers and hosting the signature event of the Gold Coast Bikini Parade. A Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Bikini Parade on Surfers Paradise Beach will

see Australia break the current record of 1,085 which is held by China. This event is open to girls and women of all ages, with the youngest participant so far being 2 years old and the oldest being 71 years young. Register now for this fun event and help Australia get their record back right here on the Gold Coast!

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Tweed Foodie Fest

Are you game enough to see The Grand?

From paddock to plate, canopy to coast

Be immersed in local theatre

Wednesday 27 November to Sunday 1 December

Tweed Foodie Fest is a five day celebration of local food and the vibrant culture that surrounds it. From Wednesday 27 November to Sunday 1 December, you are invited to embark on a food journey, from paddock to plate, canopy to coast. Tweed Foodie Fest-goers could find themselves jetting off with Scoot Airlines, simply by booking their festival tickets online. “We are absolutely thrilled that Scoot Airlines has come on board as a major sponsor of Tweed Foodie Fest this year,” said Festival Director, Kerry Turner. “Thanks to their support, we have a number of return Singapore flights for two people to give away as prizes throughout the festival and we’re getting the ball rolling with our online booking prize.” Bookings are open now at www. for five days of fantastic foodie events, with every event booking going in to the prize draw.

“What I love about Tweed Foodie Fest is that it’s an authentic, grass-roots reflection of the Tweed’s thriving food industry,” said Kerry. “You can get to our farms on personal tours with the farmers at The Bio Organic Farm, Nudgel Nuts, Sylva Lining Organics, Tropical Fruit World and Madura Tea Estate; meet them at the Murwillumbah Farmers Market launch. Experience 3 of Tweed’s best chef’s in a cook off challenge at the Wednesday morning farmers market using a mystery box of fresh local produce direct from the farmer to the plate”. “Artisan Wholefoods will host a seminar that will show you the fundamentals of menu planning, ways to keep your food costs down and much more with Ozganics offering a workshop on cooking for people with allergies.” “You can learn the art of gourmet sausage making and preparing exquisite Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. We have entertaining and educational food films at our Kingscliff and Murwillumbah cinemas. Kingscliff TAFE will stage a Cook-Off involving celebrity chef, Steven Snow and food fest sponsors.” “And there’ll be plenty of opportunities to come together as a community and simply enjoy great food at dining events like Steve Snow’s Signature Dinner at Fins Restaurant, Saltbar’s Bush Tucker Dinner and Tastes of the Tweed High Tea, the Scoot Long Table Dinner at Kingscliffe, the Tweed’s Biggest Dinner Party at Murwillumbah and the Carool Road Open Day.” To plan your Tweed Foodie Fest experience and go into the prize draw for those Scoot Airlines’ Singapore flights, visit www. Page 6

Beginning on Thursday 14 November is The Grand presented by White Rabbit Ensemble, the fourth and final instalment in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s 2013 Inaugural Independent Theatre Season. If you like your theatre dark, stormy and comical, The Grand is a show for you. Fresh from its first season in Townsville, audiences are already raving about this production! “Fabulous, I am so glad I was able to attend. Outstanding!”- Audience member. Set in the once impressive but now crumbling hotel, The Grand is a new work by award winning Brisbane based playwright Victoria Carless. It follows two women’s struggle to keep their hotel open despite the grim economic outlook and touches on humanity’s big-ticket items - ambition, belonging and cocktail animals. During the show the ladies play host to guests of a different nature: bird inundations, mould infestations and even a ghost.

It’s the first full-length work for White Rabbit Ensemble and, for Artistic Director Lisa Smith (a trained actor herself), it’s a muchawaited opportunity for her to flex her directing and producing muscles. After starting White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble in November 2011 Lisa hopes to see White Rabbit as a platform for professional and emerging theatre artists to gain experience in a professional forum and get invaluable exposure for their work. “We wanted to tell a story of love, of loss, of memory, of play… and of secrets” tells Lisa. The project came about due to a conversation between two old friends. In discussions about living in regional Queensland, Lisa and Victoria saw a likeness between their home towns of Cairns and the Gold Coast, in respect to both the environment and the transient populations that these cities play host to. This led to the idea of creating a new work for performance that would be set in a place familiar to many other Queenslanders, the type of feelgood locale historically recognized as a “tourist town”. While the natural beauty of these towns is a draw card for visitors in bouts of economic “boom”, there are arguably equally strong impacts on the local community in times of financial instability. The director, writer and actors are complemented by a talented design team, charged with bringing the world of The Grand to life. The set design is by Luke Ede, who has previously worked with Sydney Theatre Company and the sound design is by Tone Black Productions who have worked extensively throughout Queensland and Australia. DATE: TIME: COST: RATING:

Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov Thu 21 – Sat 23 Nov 7.30pm Adult $27.00, Student $15.00, Concession 24.00, Group 6+ $24.00, Student Group 6+ $12.00 15+ (MATURE THEMES)

It’s All in Your Mind!

Comedy Hypnosis at the Currumbin RSL! Currumbin RSL's Side Splitting Comedy presents a very different comedy show when hypnotist Wayne Donnelly, takes comedy to mind bending places this December. 'I saw him work two audience members at a gig I was running in Mullum, it was both funny and astonishing and I was completely convinced that this was the real deal!' says comedian Mandy Nolan. Wayne Donnelly wasn't always a hypnotist. In fact he admits readily 'I used to be an accountant, until I discovered hypnosis!' It all started for Donnelly back in 1996 at a Firewalking weekend where over 1800 people walked effortlessly over burning coals. 'I couldn't believe that one man could change the state of mind of so many people and enable them to walk on fire. You don't even feel it and you certainly don't get burnt. It’s not even as warm as the sand on the beach in summer!' That experience told Wayne that there was something in this mind power thing, and from that moment on he was hooked. As a practitioner Donnelly has helped people lose weight, give up smoking and get over their phobias, but that wasn't enough, Donnelly also fell in love with using hypnosis in a public setting, freeing people up to participate in his hypnosis comedy show. 'I aim for both the audience and the volunteers to leave feeling much brighter and better about life then when they come in. Weeks from the show they'll still be feeling bubbly'. Of course while we all adore sitting back and watching our best friends fall in love with a mop, or dance like a chicken, there is some fear for volunteers that they might embarrass themselves. 'No one is control of your mind except you' says Wayne, 'I am making

AFTER DARK: CREATIVE JUICES This is Your Future Cultural Precinct!

On Thursday 28th November in Gallery 1 of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, you are invited to attend AFTER DARK for a Creative Juices networking event, featuring local music and engaging talks. This is your chance to explore this exhibition of extraordinary architecture and design for our city’s new cultural heart, and to connect with the cultural community here on the Gold Coast. Creative Juices, an initiative of the Cultural Development Unit, City of Gold Coast, connects people and organisations in the arts and cultural sector, and assists with professional development through a variety of programs, workshops and networking events. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Reveal: Designs for a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct on display in Gallery 2 from 22 November to 15 December 2013. For more information visit When: Thursday 28th November 6:00pm (Galleries stay open until 8:00pm) Where: Gallery 1, The Arts Centre Gold Coast Cost: FREE event. No RSVP required. Cash bar.

suggestions, if I suggest anything that goes against your personal values, you won't do it. I can't take over control of people's minds - and as far as embarrassing or humiliating people - why would I do that? People wouldn't come back! It’s about education, entertainment and empowerment!' And according to Wayne, every show is different, because every group of volunteers are different. Wayne is joined by mother of twins and comedian Ellen Briggs who promises to deliver her unique brand of dark humour with sweetness and Light. A runner up in the national RAW comedy comp finals and winner of Foxtel's 'Be a Comedian' competition. According to one of the judges 'Ellen has the art down on sneaking in really politically incorrect jokes at the end of a nice yarn. You won't see them coming, but you'll know when they hit’.


Thanks to Currumbin RSL we have a Double Pass to give away to the show. Simply visit and go to the competitions page to enter. Good Luck!

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Scott Brewer It’s “Lights, Camera, ACTION!” for local talent Scott Brewer, as he prepares for filming his movie Garrison 7 aka G7, right here at home on the Gold Coast in early 2014. “Earth - in the year 2027; it’s been 15 years since the citizens of Earth have learned that they are not alone in the universe. Limited trade agreements between planets have seen Earth’s technology advance, yet as a society, its inhabitants are still in social and economic decline. G7 is a science fiction saga that chronicles the lives of 7 unique individuals, who although from different worlds, must put aside their differences, overcome impossible odds and unite in order to defeat a common enemy.” Scott tells us how the lead character, Tom Garrison (played by Brewer), is based on his Danger Man comic. “I took it to America last year to Stan Lee’s company (creator of ‘Iron Man’) and worked on it. I had around 7 different projects and thought I could bring them all in to one, and that’s where Tom Garrison came from.” Not wasting a single minute of his time in ‘Tinseltown’, Scott secured an international release for G7 at the AOF Festival in Hollywood in 2014 (Action on Film International Film Festival). It all sounds easy, though the project has been a long time in the making for Scott who, with his wife Danielle though their company Gena8 Studios, has worked tirelessly to bring this dream to fruition. “It’s been hard work to get it off the ground” he says. From creating the characters and story-lines, making the incredible costumes, marketing the idea to auditioning, acting and more, Scott has dedicated himself to ensuring this project gets off the ground. “We didn’t have the luxury of a big production team, so I had to become Jack of all Trades, which was a great learning curve. I surrounded myself with industry professionals and amazing people, which makes your job so much easier. It’s a lot to take on, but we have a totally competent cast and crew that make me look good” he laughed. “We all have faith in the project and I have faith in them.” Thanks to Paul Wilson and Studios on Central, G7 has a sci-fi vehicle, and with names on board such as Stuart Freeman who worked on films including Mad Max III and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Studio TMX for special effects and producers, who worked on the special effects in movies including The Great Gatsby and Wolverine, it’s no surprise there is ‘faith’. The film’s release may be in Hollywood, but G7 is being filmed on the Gold Coast and in the SE QLD pocket. “I’ve spent so much time overseas, I want to film it here at home” states Scott. “The expectation that you have to film in America is a misconception. The Gold Coast has great locations for filming.” Set locations will be across our city including the Gold Coast Hinterland and Council Chambers, with one location in Brisbane. “G7 is a science fiction film with an option of becoming an ongoing television series, maybe even 7 movies! But I’d prefer a series, as there is so much content with each character having its own book” he explains. “We’ll do the feature film here and there’s no reason why the ongoing series can’t be done here as well.” Filming starts on 27th January 2014 with a three week Boot Camp prior for Scott, cast and crew. The Bizz GC will keep you updated on G7’s progress and can’t wait to see finished film! The official G7 movie website is and you can get all the latest updates on the facebook page https://www. Page 8

Actor | Musician | Entertainer | Entrepreneur

The City of Gold Coast supports Gena8 Studios push to keep Aussie production and jobs at home with Councillor Jan Grew stating, “We have been working with Gena8 Studios for some time to have this production shot on the Gold Coast. This will create local jobs and showcase to the world the great filming locations the Gold Coast has. To make this happen however, they need local support and I urge local businesses to get behind this production.” Assisting Gena8’s push to keep the production local is City of Gold Coast Officer, Craig Rowsell, who is helping to connect Gena8 Studios to local Gold Coast businesses, secure sponsors and source local filming locations. G7 has the green light with an investor for the production, though the ‘investor’ doesn’t have the ‘local’ priorities Gena8 Studios has. Local business support is needed to keep the ‘local employees’. With packages to suit all budgets, you can express your interest and ask for more information by contacting Gena8 Studios at or 0414 451 222. Photo courtesy of Mark Taylor

Scott Brewer is an accomplished artist in the fields of film, music and dance and has a colourful past that includes the army, the circus, martial arts and everything in between. As a teenager Scott rebelled despite a good family home and in his infinite youthful wisdom laughs as he tells us, “When I was 16 and 9 months old I had this really smart idea to leave home and join the army because I wanted to get away from authority! I didn’t want my parents telling me what to do! I got the biggest shock of my life!” he exclaims. “In saying that, it was really good grounding for me and one of the best experiences of my life.” After leaving the military Scott got his first experience in front of the camera with Channel 7’s, ‘Gladiators’ which was filmed in Queensland. Knowing Scott Brewer as a musician we asked which came first, film or music? “I was always doing musical theatre” he explained, “so they both coincided with each other. I guess they both happened at the same time.” “Once I moved from Perth to the Gold Coast in 1995, I found my footing here and went more into music. I started in theatre, and then went to Country music. Now, I write a bit of country a bit of rock, depending on what I feel at the time.” Music is a big part of Scott’s life and he has mainly performed

oversees in places that include the States, Japan and Norway. Right now he tells us, “Musically, I’m working on a soundtrack for G7 with three different people – Mark Watson who I credit a lot of my experience to, Paul Wilson (Studio Central) and Troy Kemp who I met at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. I want this soundtrack to have variety through it, because we are aiming at the American market. I’ve got to highlight the music we can do here and am looking at a few different bands here to put on the soundtrack. I like to use up and coming bands.” He goes on to say, “One of the really good experiences about going to America is you go to places like House of Blues or the Roxy and you see so many unknown bands, and I was surprised how many Aussie muso’s are over there. You get to do more original stuff over there as opposed to doing covers here. In saying that I have noticed it’s starting to change with venues encouraging original bands, which is great because we have so much talent here, on the Gold Coast and all of Australia. I want to make sure I give the opportunities to people that I got. Help in the industry is great!” Whilst writing, performing, travelling and acting, Scott is an achieved and keen student of the martial arts, Budo. “I really enjoy it. It’s not about the movie ninja

thing” he says “it’s more about control and discipline. I got my stage name, Ryctor, from this. Translated it means Water Spirit. I was told to choose a mojo name and I like the calming of the water and the wholeness of spirit, so that’s how Ryctor came about.” Considering Scott wanted to run away from authority in his youth, it’s almost ironic that so much of his life involves discipline. “It’s funny how life deals your cards – you run away and end up becoming what you’re running away from!” Also a stunt actor, Scott has appeared in films including The Matrix and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. His disciplines continue to mount as we learn of high-wire acts on a motorcycle. “My wife is a 3rd generation circus performer” he tells us, “and the scary thing is our three year old son is already starting to head in that direction” he laughs. “Danielle, my wife, and I first did the Danger Man show at Sydney Stadium at the Easter Show. We did a high-wire motorbike act around 200-300 metres in the air without harnesses.” Scott accidently slips as he proudly tells us that he and Danielle are expecting their second child. “Oh!” he proclaims “You’re the first to be told. We haven’t even told the family yet!” Don’t worry readers, we told him we’d be publishing it and he had a week to tell the family!

We asked Scott about his career highlights to date and his response was, “Military was definitely one, because it gave me a lot of backbone and drive and only enhanced what was there bit was a big pivotal change in my life. Creating Danger Man which is coming out as a graphic novel next year! And of course the G7 project is a highlight.” He went on say, “The collation of everything that has happened to do my own projects now, and all the independent moments have contributed to getting me to where I am, and I wouldn’t change a thing.” Keep connected with Scott via and www.

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Friday 22nd November 7:00pm

RSL Club Southport teams up with premier Queensland Tribute Bands to support NSW bushfire victims. On 13th July 1985, over 1.9billion people around the globe watched as legendary British rock band, Status Quo, blasted “Rocking All Over the World” to open the historic “Live Aid” concert. Live Aid was a dual-venue concert organised by Sir Bob Geldof to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. The event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, United States. On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative also occurred in other countries including Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time, with an estimated global audience of 1.9billion, across 150 nations, watching the live broadcast. 28 years later on, the legendary music of some of rock music’s most iconic bands is back to support those in need – albeit on a much smaller scale. The RSL Club Southport has united with highly acclaimed tribute bands, Statoz Quo (Australia’s premier Status Quo tribute), Her Way to Hell (Australia’s ONLY all-female tribute to AC/DC) and Face 2 Face (Australia’s premier tribute to the Angels), to host a “FIRE AID”. This will be an entire evening of solid rock and roll with all ticket sales and fund raising proceeds donated to the Australian Red Cross towards supporting the NSW bushfire victims during the recent tragic bushfires that ravaged regional NSW. This action packed night of classic rock by three premier tribute bands will kick off at 7pm on Friday 22nd November at the RSL Club Southport, 36 Scarborough St, Southport. Tickets are only $15 per person and 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the Australian Red Cross toward the bushfire victims. Prize giveaways and competitions on the night will also feature strongly, so come along and support a great cause, listen to some great music and you may even take home a prize of two. *Conditions apply. Buy online now at or at reception.

Christmas on Tedder

Christmas entertainment comes to Tedder Avenue on Sunday 8th December from 6:00pm. Main Beach will host this family friendly event which will be a free community event and feature live entertainment by iconic Australian acts as well as local talents, special guest artists and appearances from Santa and his elves. Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde Presented by local industry professional, Brett Annabel and featuring Joe Camilleri, Frankie J Holden, Wilbur Wilde and Lisa Edwards, this event is expected to draw large crowds to a closed-off Tedder Avenue for Christmas carols and street-party style celebrations to follow. Visitors can enjoy live music, food and drink, children’s entertainment, acts by some of the Gold Coast’s finest musicians, and performances by up and coming local talent. The Main Beach Traders Association has planned this event for the local and broader Gold Coast community, and will take place on Sunday 8th December to mark the start of the festive season. Carols by Candlelight: 6pm‐8pm Concert/Street party: 8pm‐11pm WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: tedderavenue TWITTER: @tedder_ave Joe Camilleri

Carols Under the Stars at Skilled Park Bring the kids along to Skilled Park on Sunday, 1 December for a Christmas Carols extravaganza not to be missed! Carols Under the Stars at Robina will be jam-packed with entertainment, with a free Family Fun Fair from 4pm to 6pm featuring activities for the whole family. Included in the line-up will be an animal nursery, face painting, make your own Christmas decorations, sports come and try activities and the RACQ Careflight chopper. You will also be able to meet the Titans players and their cheerleaders and have fun with the City of Gold Coast’s larger than life mascots including Gee Cee the dog, Cee Cee the cat and Larry the Lifeguard among a host of others. There will also be a great display from the Miniature Train Club, a police paddy wagon as part of the Neighbourhood Watch program and the RSPCA. The Christmas Carols entertainment kicks off at 6pm with the Australian Army Band Brisbane, as well as A Very Looney Christmas featuring the stars of Movie World’s White Christmas. The MC for the event will be Marea from Sea FM. Guests will be treated to a special performance by the classically-influenced popular singer Gregory Moore. Another popular local entertainer, Anthony Ikin from dance studio Ikin Dance, will also be performing in his signature energetic style. And no Christmas Carols would be complete without the arrival of Santa and a fabulous fireworks spectacular! Parking is free at Robina Town Centre with free shuttle buses running from 3.30pm to 9pm from The Promenade in front of Event Cinemas to Skilled Park and back every 15 minutes. There will be plenty of Grandstand seating available, or just bring along a rug and sit on the field and be part of the action. Homemade food and sealed bottles of water can be brought into the venue, but not packaged commercial food and drink products including alcohol. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Skilled Park, and this is an alcohol-free event. For further information visit or contact Cr Jan Grew’s office on 5582 8255. Page 10

The Festive Season is here! If you haven’t started planning your Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations yet, now is the time to start. We’ve learned from experience that if you wait too long, your favourite venues book out and you end up spending countless hours doing online searches and on the phone trying to secure a table anywhere. We’ve teamed up with a few of ‘our’ favourite venues on the Gold Coast to showcase a sample of what’s on offer to help you choose where you want to celebrate this festive season. Happy Choosing!

Marriott Celebrates Christmas and New Year in Style The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa has taken Christmas to new heights with a spectacular seafood and champagne luncheon that is set to be the coast's most extravagant Christmas Day celebration. On December 25, the Marriott's famous seafood buffet in Citrique will feature lobster, premium Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne, a live Grand Marnier dessert station, chef-crafted canapés and all the Christmas favourites including honey glazed ham on the bone with pineapple sauce. And because it's Christmas, they've included an extensive list of beverages with everything from summer spiced sangria, to Queensland egg nogg as well as artisan beers, premium wines and French champagne. The Marriott's Lobster and Moët Christmas Day Luncheon is priced at $295 for adults; $195 13 - 17 years; $150 6 - 12 years; and $50 for 3 - 5 years. But it's not just Christmas lunch that's on the menu at Marriott - Citrique has put a festive twist on breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can celebrate all season. On Tuesday 24, start your celebrations early with a Christmas Eve buffet and enjoy a vast array of seafood, exotic curries, succulent roasts and decadent desserts that Citrique is renowned for plus a host of traditional Christmas dishes. Christmas Eve dinner is $99.00 per adult and $49.50 for children aged 6 – 12 years. If you've got kids, it's likely you'll be up early on Christmas morning in search of Santa, so you might like to soften the blow of a pre-dawn start and treat yourself to a full buffet breakfast with a festive twist. Christmas Day breakfast is $69.00 per adult and $34.50 per child. To squeeze the most out of Christmas Day, the celebrations continue in the shape of a spectacular seafood buffet dinner with a European focus and glass of premium wine or beer. Christmas

dinner in Citrique is $169.00 for adults; $100 for 13-17 years; $80 for 6-12 years; and $20 3‐5 years. Once you've recovered from Christmas, it's time to do it all again to bring in the New Year. New Year's Eve will be celebrated in style at Marriott so set the stage for a night to remember with a teppanyaki banquet in Benihana, a seafood spectacular in Citrique, or party the night away and countdown to the New Year with chef crafted canapés and speciality cocktails in the Lobby Lounge Bar. Bookings for Christmas and New Year’s Eve events are essential. Please phone the resort on 07 5592 9740 or visit www. for more information.

Marriott’s Lobster & Moët Champagne Christmas Day Luncheon Wednesday 25 December 2013, from 12.30 – 3.00pm

Join us for the most extravagant seafood & champagne luncheon on the Gold Coast this Christmas! Includes: - Marriot’s spectacular Seafood Bufet with the additon of lobster, a live Grand Marnier staton, chef-crafed pass arounds and all of your Christmas favourites - Moët & Chandon Impërial Champagne, premium red and white wines, local artsan beers and ciders, summer spiced sangria, Queensland egg nog, juices and sof drinks served throughout Adults: $295.00

13-17 yrs: $195.00

6-12 yrs: $150.00

3-5 yrs: $50.00

Bookings & pre payment are essential. Phone: (07) 5592 9740 Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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BORN IN BONDI, BRED IN SURFERS Celebrate NYE 2013 with a spectacular evening at

Hurricane’s Grill Surfers! Residing on level 1 of the iconic and luxurious Soul Tower development and with the best views of the Surfers Paradise Beach 8pm and midnight fireworks, 2 dinner sittings available, 3 exclusive NYE menus and a guest DJ, Hurricane’s Grill Surfers Paradise is definitely sitting high on ‘The Place to Be’ list this New Year’s Eve. Reservations are essential and we recommend booking early, as both sittings have limited availability. You can reserve your table on 07 5503 5500. 1st Sitting 5.30pm till 8pm – 3 Course Set Menu $129 / Kids Menu $69 The first sitting includes a delicious 3 course set menu, cocktail on arrival and a glass of Chandon to enjoy with the 8pm fireworks. For kids aged 12 and under, a very special NYE 3 course kids menu with a fun Hurricane’s Activity Kids Pack has been created. 2nd Sitting 8.30pm till late – 5 Course Banquet menu $189 The second sitting starts with a cocktail at the bar, followed by an exclusive 5 course NYE banquet menu featuring a variety of popular seafood, salads, ribs and specialty dishes such as Australian Wagyu Sirloin. At midnight, as the fireworks begin, guests will be served a glass of Chandon to celebrate the New Year. If you’re looking for somewhere special to host your Christmas Party or gathering of 6 people or more this year, Hurricane’s Grill Surfers Paradise has champagne on arrival, a delicious 3 course menu, cocktail bar, stunning views of the Gold Coast’s famous Surfers Paradise Beach, and no Christmas meal is complete without the Bon Bons on the table! You can view the menus which start at only $65pp, on their website To keep in touch, with their newsletter GET RIBBED by subscribing through the website and you can join Hurricane’s Grill Surfers Paradise on Facebook at HurricanesGrillSurfersParadise

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New Year’s Eve - Forbidden Delights The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Celebrate the Festive Season at Southport Sharks

Give in to your desires this New Years Eve with a night of Forbidden Delights. From sensual dancers and breathtaking aerial artistry, to mind-bending magic, amazing vocals and the taste of champagne, every sense will be set on fire in this sultry night to remember. Indulge in a tantalising three-course menu including a seafood entrée, main course and decadent dessert, as well as wine, beer, soft drink and juice. After the show, dance the evening away to the live sounds of Gold Coast band The Red Cherries and see in the New Year under the stars on the Lakeside Terrace. Want to enhance the experience further? Upgrade to a VIP ticket and enjoy this premier event with your own private booth for you and seven of your friends. Your booth can turn and spin depending on where the action is taking place, ensuring you don’t miss a minute of the performance. The VIP menu is four courses including caviar, a selection of cheeses, beer, wine, soft drink and Mumm Champagne, all served by your own personal wait staff member. Presented by The Arts Centre Gold Coast in collaboration with Wilde Applause and Marissa Burgess (former Star of the Moulin Rouge in Paris), Forbidden Delights is risqué, classy and wickedly delicious. Be seduced. New Years Eve - Forbidden Delights Dinner and Show Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Venue: Paradise Showroom Cost: $195.00 per person (Includes 3 course dinner and drinks and fantastic entertainment) VIP ticket $245.00 per person (Limited availability, includes four course dinner, Caviar, drinks, entertainment, VIP booth seating, Mumm Champagne and exclusive wait staff) This event is strictly 18+.

The festive season is almost here and Southport Sharks is celebrating in style, with plenty of special treats available for the whole family. Get in the yuletide spirit with a Christmas Buffet Nights at Frenzy Food Court during December. Enjoy scrumptious festive additions along with all your favourite buffet treats. On Friday and Saturday nights indulge in a Seafood Frenzy with a delicious seafood selection added to the buffet for that extra seasonal touch.

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For the little ones and young at heart a very special guest, Santa Claus, will be paying Sharks a visit for our Christmas Family Night on December 22. The entire family will enjoy live entertainment by LOL Crew, face painting and games for the kids and plenty of Christmas giveaways. Don’t forget to go along for Christmas Raffles every Friday throughout December for your chance to win delicious Christmas hams. If you want to spice up the celebrations this New Years’, Sharks has three events on offer you don’t want to miss. Celebrate 1920s style with the Prohibition Party at Cabana Bar & Lounge, dance into 2014 with Captain Wow in the main club, or rock into the New Year with a Mason Rack concert at Sharks Events Centre. Free live entertainment on the main stage also continues throughout the festive season and upcoming acts include His Merry Men, Zed 28, Angela Fabian Band, Atmosphere and more. For more information, pricing and to book please visit

My Centre Nerang for everything Christmas While you do your Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, have a snack or a meal, have your hair or nails done or even buy the newspaper, you will be collecting gift cards to trade in for an Ashdene Christmas dinner set at My Centre Nerang. From Monday 25 November to Friday 13th December you can collect an item of your Ashdene dinner set each day simply by spending a total of $40 or more in any of the specialty stores or $100 or more at My Centre Nerang. See advertisement on this page for more details. With everything on one level, shopping at My Centre Nerang is a breeze. From services to home and giftware, fashion to fresh food and cafe’s, the centre has your Christmas shopping needs taken care of. Coles and Aldi supermarkets are both conveniently open 7 days a week, until 9:00pm weekdays. Mums, a fully equipped parents room is available for your convenience, providing a microwave, feeding area and baby bath/ wash basin, making your Christmas shopping visit to the centre with your young one comfortable. Relax and enjoy a coffee or lunch and spend some time knowing you have all the facilities you need for you and your baby. My Centre Nerang even has a Justice of the Peace service 3 days per week (excluding public holidays) located in the Mall beside Aldi. Tuesday and Friday at 11am to 1pm and Saturday from 10am to 12noon. Kids can click through to Santa’s Online Colouring Storybook and write their letter to Santa courtesy of My Centre Nerang www. My Centre Nerang wish you a safe and happy Christmas and their friendly staff look forward to seeing you.

Give the gift of smile this Christmas at TW Dental The giving season is upon us and TW Dental has a Christmas gift offer for you that will have you flashing your pearly-whites at any opportunity. We all want our teeth to be whiter, though having them whitened is an expense that seems to be put at the bottom of the priority list. This year you can put teethwhitening on your list to Santa, as TW Dental is offering the treatment for only $190. For a result that boosts confidence and at this price, it’s no longer an expense but a great investment. Gift vouchers are available, so you can give the gift of smile this Christmas. Simply call 5532 3680. TW Dental is a family orientated dental practice offering affordable dental options and with a team who are passionate and believe in what they do, has become a trusted dental practice of the Gold Coast community. They provide the latest technology and techniques to offer a comprehensive range of family and cosmetic dental services. Located in Nind Street, Southport, with convenient parking and extended opening hours, TW Dental pride themselves on high quality dental services and exceptional patient care. You can call them on 07 5532 3680 or visit their website


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Out & About Zoe, Leanne, Milly, Maureen & Kerry at GC Turf Club

Simon Hooper and Dominique Loudon ARMOR ALL GC600 Launch at QT


Michell and Gavin Cr’s Ray Stevens & Jan Grew ARMOR ALL GC600 Launch at QT ARMOR ALL GC600 Launch at QT

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Bruce, Chelsea, Margaret and Beric at BMW Series 4 Launch

Mayor Tom Tate & Michael Ducar

Rhonda and Tony at Gold Coast Turf Club

Carla and Sarah Beric at BMW Series 4 Launch

Alan and Fiona Benadretti

Beric at BMW Series 4 Launch

Beric at BMW Series 4 Launch

Chantelle and Ben Southport Sharks

Wayne and Clair Beric at BMW Series 4 Launch

Social Pics Ben, Jacob and Summer ARMOR ALL GC 600

Adam, Maddison & Joshua ARMOR ALL GC 600

Maholli, Stelios, Georgios, Paul & Jon at Love Nightlife

Natika and Kathryn Love Nightlife

Meghan, Gabrielle, Jade, Shenae & Tahnee at Love Nightlife

Mia, Eddie and Brooke at Love Nightlife

Monet and Gareth Southport Sharks

Abby and Perry Southport Sharks

Maddie and Emily ARMOR ALL GC 600

Amy and Angela Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function

Caroline, Sharon, Danica & Andrew Lisa and Cindy Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function

Corey, Marko and Johnny Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function

Cheryl and Carmen Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function

Jess, Chloe, Jez, Zac and Troy Jupiters Melbourne Cup Function

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The Markets Guide Twilight Markets Emerald Lakes Gourmet Food & Craft Market Emerald Lakes Complex, The Boulevard, Carrara 3:00pm-7:00pm Thursdays

Tweed Twilight Markets

Jack Evans Boat Harbour 2:00pm-8:00pm 2nd & 4th Friday of month (22 November)

Sat 23 November

Every Wed, Fri and Sat Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise foreshore (north and south of Cavill) 4:00pm-9:00pm Will be cancelled in inclement weather

Sun 24 November Burleigh, The Village Markets

Burleigh Farmers Markets

Burleigh Heads State School, Lower GC Hwy 8:00am-2:00pm

Carrara Markets

Cnr Gooding Dve and Manchester Rd 7:00am-4:00pm

Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway 7:00am-12:00noon Rain, Hail or Shine! Cnr Gooding Dve and Manchester Rd 7:00am-4:00pm

Canungra Markets

State Primary School in Christie Street 8:00am-1:00pm

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 7:00am-11:00am

Marina Quays Village Markets

Village Square, 2 Sickle Ave, Hope Island 7:00am-3:30pm

Mudgeeraba Farmers Market

Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Cnr Mudgeeraba & Worongary Rds 6:00am-11:00am

Palm Beach/Currumbin Farmers Markets

Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive 6:00am-11:00am

Produce by the Pier

Broadwater Parklands, The Great Lawn & The Pier Marine Parade, Southport 8:00am-2:00pm

Southport Sharks Farmers Markets Southport Sharks Football Club, Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Ave 6:30am-12:00noon

Carrara Markets

Currumbin Valley Community Markets Currumbin Community Farm Campus 1226 Currumbin Creek Road 9:30am-2:00pm

Gold Coast Turf Club Food & Farmers Markets Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive 6:00am -11:00am

Marina Quays Village Markets

Village Square, 2 Sickle Ave, Hope Island 7:00am-3:30pm

Miami Marketta Fresh Produce + Gourmet Food Markets Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Pde 6:00am-12:00noon

Miami Organic GC Farmers Markets

Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Hwy 6:00am-11:00am

Monaco Markets “Monaco Centre� Cnr Rio Vista Blvd and Monaco Street 8:00am-12:00noon

Nerang Fresh Produce & Craft Markets Lavelle Street, Nerang 6:30am-12:00noon

Paradise Point Art & Craft Markets The Esplanade 7:00am-2:00pm

PCYC Markets Tweed Heads

Inside PCYC Hall adj to building (Recreation Street Reserve)

Tamborine Mountain Local Producers Market Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, Main Western Rd 7:00am-12:00noon

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Sat 30 November Burleigh Markets

Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway 7:00am-12:00noon Rain, Hail or Shine!

Sun 1 December(cont.) Burleigh Heads, The Village Markets

Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway 8:00am-1:00pm

Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets

Gold Coast Turf Club Food & Farmers Markets

Marina Quays Village Markets

Marina Quays Village Markets

Palm Beach/Currumbin Farmers Markets

Miami Organic GC Farmers Markets

Cnr Gooding Dve and Manchester Rd 7:00am-4:00pm 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 7:00am-11:00am

Village Square, 2 Sickle Ave, Hope Island 7:00am-3:30pm Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive 6:00am-11:00am

Cnr Gooding Dve and Manchester Rd 7:00am-4:00pm Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive 6:00am -11:00

Village Square, 2 Sickle Ave, Hope Island 7:00am-3:30pm Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Hwy 6:00am-11:00am

Produce by the Pier

Miami Marketta Fresh Produce + Gourmet Food Markets

Southport Sharks Farmers Markets

Nerang Fresh Produce & Craft Markets

Broadwater Parklands, Southport 8:00am-2:00pm Southport Sharks Football Club, Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Ave

Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Pde 6:00am-12:00noon Lavelle Street, Nerang 6:30am-12:00noon


PCYC Markets Tweed Heads

Sun 1 December

Inside PCYC Hall adj to building (Recreation Street Reserve)

Banora Farmers Market

Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, Main Western Rd 7:00am-12:00noon

Club Banora, Leisure Drive 7:00am-11:00am

Broadbeach, Art & Craft Markets Kurrawa Park 8:00am-2:00pm

Tamborine Mountain Local Producers Market The Upper Market

Upper Coomera State College, 137 Reserve Road 9:00am-1:00pm

CAPRI ON VIA ROMA OPENING IN DECEMBER The highly anticipated waterfront retail and food destination, Capri on Via Roma will open its doors to the Gold Coast in December. Located on the Isle of Capri, the massive food and shopping precinct will offer more than 50 high quality operators including The Greener Grocer, a master butchery, an authentic Italian bakery and gelato, a deli, fresh seafood, a coffee roaster, an award-winning florist and numerous restaurants from a pizzeria to fine dining. Developed by the Harvey family, the project has been designed to maximise its unique waterfront aspect while creating a sophisticated social and culinary experience with ample parking and exciting shopping options. With its waterfront location, visitors to Capri on Via Roma will have the added luxury of being able to arrive by boat and moor on a newly designed pontoon. Designed for the convenience consumer, Capri on Via Roma also offers 250 car parking spaces with 175 underground spaces. Development Manager John Clark said that the variety and quality of the retailers and restaurants who will call Capri on Via Roma home is what will make this development one of the best on the Gold Coast. “We scoured the Gold Coast to find the best of the best and bring them under one roof to offer consumers a truly refined shopping and dining experience. Looking at our exciting list of tenants, we believe we have more than achieved that goal,” Mr Clark said. “We are now into the final construction stages of the project and the buildings are taking shape. “Our tenants are moving on to site and beginning their immaculate fit outs with the interior designs expected to complement and adding another dimension to the vision of the project. “We would like to thank locals for their ongoing support and look forward to the community experiencing Capri on Via Roma first hand in December.”

At the heart of Capri on Via Roma is the Fresh Food Market which will bring together a mix of specialist providers including Manolas Bros Delicatessen, Siena Bakery, Moss n Stone Florist, specialist bottle shop and Mayfield Chocolates. It will also be home to the latest culinary creation from restaurateur Luke Turner that will be called Olli and Luca as well as Peter Cianci’s Edgewater Dining. Alongside these restaurants will be a variety of fine and casual dining options including, River Penang and Thai at Capri. Those looking for a coffee fix have the options of Urban Fix Espresso and Blackboard Coffee which will also feature the Gold Coast’s only coffee roaster in operation. The 24 hour fitness centre, Funk Fitness, will keep customers fighting fit while the beauty services will suit a range of needs including a nail bar and hairdresser. Professionals and convenience services include real estate agency Hamilton Davis, Capri Pharmacy, Travelscene, Woods Hatcher Solicitors, Dentists @ Capri, the office of John-Paul Langbroek MP, Australia Post and much more. For further information visit

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Would your parents have chosen a better spouse for you than you did? A friend of mine, who has been divorced twice, said to me “I think my parents would have done a better job choosing me a spouse than I did.” I was intrigued by his comment. We hold the notion of romantic love on a high pedestal in our society. It is a well-protected right to have the freedom to choose our spouse based on our understanding of the forces of romantic love. But what is it that moves through us when we fall in love? Is it a spiritual force or a chemical reaction? How big a part does our shadow side play in this mysterious process? When we defend our right for romantic love, are we defending our right to be completely irrational? My friend acknowledged that his parents would have chosen his spouse based on sound thinking and valid practical considerations. He believed that his own decisions had been lacking in those areas. How many marriages fail because of making the wrong choice in the first place, and how many fail because the marriage itself was not tended to well enough to keep it strong? I don’t think there is a clear answer to that question. The best approach is probably to focus on what you can improve in your own life. If you are a single, it is a good time to consider what qualities you would really benefit from finding in a partner. If you are in a relationship, you can focus on how to strengthen that relationship. Given the divorce rate, it is clear to me that

all relationships require tending and care. They are not guaranteed to prosper just because you have said “I do.” I think many people fall into the unfortunate trap of taking their relationship for granted, and working with as many divorcing couples as I do, I am acutely aware of how much value there is in investing in the long term success of a relationship. A client came to me so that I could help him understand what his life might look like if he got a divorce. He was quick to assure me that he hoped it would not come to that. The reason he was questioning the longevity of his marriage was that his wife had refused to have sex with him for the last several years. Eventually he was able to convince her to see a counsellor with him, but when I asked him whether he had discussed sex during the counselling session, he said he had

not. He was walking on eggshells with his wife, even with a counsellor present. When we perceive our partner to be emotionally fragile, we may feel obliged to protect them. However, denying the truth will not make it go away. This may be an extreme example, but what it illustrates is that when we do not address our problems directly, they can easily lead to a complete breakdown in the relationship. It is worthwhile considering whether it is better to face difficult challenges within a relationship or cope with the monumental task and repercussions of a divorce later on. The answer can certainly vary, depending on circumstances, and I support anyone for their choices that they make in their own lives.

Naomi Douglas coaches people before separation, and during and after divorce. She also practices family mediation and assists parents with post separation parenting. Ph: 0421 421 757

Gold Coast Seaway Tide Times Guide Nov - Dec 2013 Times and Heights of High and Low Water

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Friday 22

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1018 1649

1.50 0.23

1056 1729

1.44 0.26

1138 1815

1.38 0.28

0536 1224

0.37 1.31

0636 1316

0.44 1.25

0747 1414

0.47 1.20

0902 1514

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Friday 29

Saturday 30

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The tide heights are in metres above Prediction Datum, red for low water and blue for high water. The times stated are Australian Eastern Standard Time (24 hour clock).  Information sourced from The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Please check their website for the most up-to-date times Page 20

library guide City of Gold Coast, through its 13 branch and mobile library services, provides access to nearly one million items in regular and large print, audio and electronic formats, as well as free community access to computers, wifi, and community meeting rooms. The city’s libraries offer an exciting program of activities and events designed to inspire, entertain and inform and valuable community spaces for you to connect, learn and relax. Membership is available to all Gold Coast residents and ratepayers. To find out what’s on, collect a Calendar of Events at your local branch library or view it online

The Bizz Gold Coast is pleased to present a guide for the next two weeks of Lifestyle and Learning events. Christmas cards and gift tags Join Anna Wheaton from ‘Stampin Up’ to create beautiful Christmas cards and gift tags Burleigh Waters Thursday 14 Nov 10:00am – 11:00am

Broadbeach Wednesday 20 Nov 10:00am - 11:00am

Robina Nerang Friday 22 Nov Thursday 28 Nov 1:00pm - 2:00pm 5:00pm - 6:30pm A date with history Back by popular demand. Your local history needs your help! If you remember the Gold Coast of the 1940’s - 1970’s come along and help identify photos. Catch up with old friends and see if you can find a familiar face or place in the collection. Branch: Robina When: Monday 18 November Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm Contributing to Wikipedia Branch: Broadbeach When: Wednesday 20 November Time: 11:0am-12:00noon

Judy Nunn Branch: Helensvale When: Friday 29 November Time: 11:00am - 12:00noon

Don’t know whether to get an iPad or a kindle for mum for Christmas? Learn how to choose the right device for the right person. Branch: Upper Coomera When: Thursday 21 November Time: 10:00am –11:00am


61 Sunshine Boulevard Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads Cnr Christine Ave & Galeen Dve Showcase on the Beach, Griffith Street The Pines Shopping Centre, Guiness Creek Rd Cnr Lindfield Rd & Sir John Overall Dve Cnr Lawson and Garden Sts, Southport For Enquiries Old Post Office Heritage Centre, Railway St Cnr Price and White Streets, Nerang 11th Avenue, Palm Beach 196 Robina Town Centre Dve, Robina Lae Drive, Runaway Bay Cnr Lawson and Garden Streets Corner Reserve and Abrahams Roads

Matthew Reilly Branch: Helensvale When: Wednesday 20 Nov Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The right electronic device for the right person

Branch Library Locations Broadbeach Burleigh Heads Burleigh Waters Coolangatta Elanora Helensvale Local Studies Mobile Library Mudgeeraba Nerang Palm Beach Robina Runaway Bay Southport Upper Coomera

Author Encounters

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Five key steps to health Dr Keith Maitland will take you through the five steps to a positive attitude and outlook on life Branch: Elanora When: Wednesday 27 November Time: 10:30am-12noon Book Clubs No need to book, just come along! Broadbeach 2nd Wednesday of month 10:00am - 11:00am Elanora 4th Thursday of month 11:00am - 12:00noon Nerang 3rd Thursday of month 2:00pm - 3:00pm Southport 3rd Wednesday of month 2:00pm - 3:30pm Upper Coomera Friday 15 November 10:00am - 11:00am Burleigh Wtrs 4th Thursday of month 10:00am - 11:00am Helensvale 1st Friday of month 9:30am - 10:30am Robina 2nd Thursday of month 10:00am - 11:00am Runaway Bay 2nd Saturday of month 11:15am - 12:15pm

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The KINGS OF COUNTRY ROCK Burleigh Town Tavern, Saturday 23rd November The Kings of Country Rock is an epic musical salute to America’s number one country rock legends, THE EAGLES and CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. This two hour stage spectacular captures the sounds and excitement of America’s country rock icons, featuring all the timeless rock and roll classics that defined The Eagles and CCR as 70’s Superstars. Part one of the highly acclaimed show takes the audience on a musical journey of THE EAGLES who is the highest-selling American band in US history with over 120 million album sales worldwide, and songs including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’, ‘Witchy Woman’, ‘Already Gone’, ‘One of these Nights’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Take it to the Limit’, New Kid in Town’, ‘Desperado’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. Part Two of the show kicks in to overdrive, featuring the chart topping sounds of San Francisco’s favourite sons, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. With more than 26 million album sales in the US alone, it was CCR’s take of Dale Hawkin’s rockabilly classic ‘Suzie Q’ that set an irrepressible force in motion. From ‘68 to ‘72 the band churned out six powerful albums, each entrenched with roots-oriented Rock & Roll and all making the band a household name. CCR anthems such as ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’, ‘Travellin’ Band’ and ‘Green River’ are sure to set the dance floor ablaze. The Kings of Country Rock Tour is much more than a concert; it’s the ultimate rock experience, complete with replica costumes and instruments, state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video special effects. So get aboard Proud Mary as we set sail down the dark desert highway. Tickets are only $15 at the door and doors open at 7:00pm.


Thanks to Masters of Rock and Burleigh Town Tavern, we have a Double Pass and Dinner for Two to give away. Simply visit: www. and go to the competitions page to enter. Good Luck!

PlanB “Too Late the Hero” CD Review by Blake Shortland

The recently released debut offering ‘Too late the Hero’ from journeymen PlanB is a curiously engaging mixture of styles that comfortably warrants their moniker of Rock’n’Soul specialists. PlanB found their beginning’s in Adelaide during the mid-80’s and enjoyed much success as a highly regarded live act that incorporated the genuinely honest ‘pub rock’ of the day with brazen soul styling’s and sophisticated execution. The unique offerings of PlanB were quickly identified by the industry and they were soon accorded opportunities to tread the boards with such acts as The Eurogliders, Goanna, Pseudo Echo, Mondo Rock, The Models, John Paul Young and The Allniters. Despite their success and growing recognition, various members of the band found the Sirens song of stability too alluring to ignore and thus hands were shaken, friends were parted and tools were rested. It would seem that enduring itches were left unscratched and 2009 saw their reformation. Such is their professional marshalling abilities, a successful tour of Southeast Asia quickly followed. During a second tour of Asia the band found occasion to commit many of their classics to the recording studio. The culmination of experience and talent has served them well as the album is a true Aussie classic. Purposeful and candid in nature the compositions hark back to the days of Australian music at its most reliable and unembellished hour. While it’s unfair to name a specific song as a signature track it’s difficult to look past ‘Call Me’. Possessing a haunting melody with genuine emotive context this tune extends to the listener a palpable sense of passion and yearning. Another standout is ‘So Saigon’ that begins with a powerfully simple guitar phrase that continues to engage and delight during the course of what will no doubt be a crowd favourite. A particular highlight throughout the album are the classy horn lines that possess strong thematic positioning and are delivered with a powerful and driven purpose that serve to both lift and balance melodies throughout. It Should, however, be noted that the album includes an additional remix of ‘Call Me’ that is disastrously let down by the inclusion of some awfully ill-conceived and poorly executed ‘rap’ but this is a minor caveat and in no way should impact your decision to acquire this little piece of Australian music history. ‘Too late the Hero’ might have well been aptly titled ‘Too late the Album’ as genuine lovers of old school rock with a tangibly brilliant discourse have waited far to long for an album as good as this.

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FOZZY Singer, Chris Jericho Q&A FOZZY have emerged as a worldwide force on the touring circuit, conquering stages from Los Angeles to Lichtenvoorde, and everywhere in between. We saw them earlier this year at Soundwave 2013, and are excited to have them return so soon to play alongside Steel Panther and Buckcherry on Friday 6th December at Riverstage, Brisbane. We got to speak with FOZZY lead vocalist Chris Jericho, who has characterized the band by saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be FOZZY!” A: We did a festival in Wales with Q: Your set at Soundwave earlier this year was a huge hit with your loyal fans and new Buckcherry. We’ve never toured with Panther though we’ve known them for a fans. How did you rate the festival? long time. We love how they take the piss A: Man, it was like a travelling summer out of themselves and how now they’re camp, with Slayer, Anthrax, Bullet, Metallica one of the hottest bands worldwide! and everyone else (laughs). We were really There’s a lot of differences between the impressed with the organization of it; and three bands and we also have a lot of the crowd response we got for playing so common ground. early in the day! People were coming to see Q: You’ve toured the world; do you have a FOZZY on that day, and coming early to standout place or place you like to play? make sure they didn’t miss us. That’s when we realized we had a following in Australia A: I’m not just saying this, but I really feel and it’s a real honour to come back twice in a drawing in ‘Ozzy’. There’s a kindred spirit one year. between FOZZY and Ozzy! (laughs). I’m a numbers guy and whenever we play Q: How did the gig with Steel Panther and a festival I’ll scout what the crowd is like Buckcherry come about? before and after we play, and which bands A: We got the gig via the promoters get better reaction – I keep track of all that who were impressed with what we did at stuff. The response and reaction in ‘Ozzy’ Soundwave. It’s a really smart move on showed me that something has changed. their end and on our end because it gives A lot of people have heard now and I can’t us a chance to come back! The secret to stress how much of an honour it is to come success is constant touring. back twice in one year. It’s a long way away Steel Panther and Buckcherry have the but I don’t look at it like that, it’s one of the same attitude on stage as us – have fun coolest things in the band’s history. Perth is and enjoy yourself. There’s no circle pits pretty fucking cool! and moshing, it’s more of a good time Q: Do you have a favourite touring VH1981 vibe and we love that. People are memory? going to come and leave with smiles on their faces. All the best bands are like that A: Oh yeah! The Soundwave tour with – funny! Even Metallica tell jokes between Metallica – it doesn’t get any bigger than songs and their Charlie Brown theme that! Last time in Perth I got a text from (laughs). You have to have that side to you. Lars and we went and saw Gallows at a I mean, we do have songs that will incite Sidewave. The 14 year old kid inside me circle pits in a second but… Steel Panther was ecstatic hanging out with Lars. I was have a vibe straight from ’86 that people in the cockpit during their show, watching enjoy. We do too and we do what we want them change guitars and everything, and to accomplish a stage show and electricity. watching the Perth audience from behind There’s no pyrotechnics or elaborate stage Lars – for me I’ll always remember that. set-up, we ARE the show! We have a model Q: What’s your favourite track to play live? whether we’re playing to a crowd of 10 or A: From the new record, Sandpaper is 10,000, that it’s the same. a big hit and goes over great, and as a Q: Have you played with Steel Panther or singer, Sin and Bones. Buckcherry before?

Q: Your album “All that Remains” features

some pretty cool guest artists including Zakk Wylde and Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge (my personal favourite band of all time, no offence), how did that come about? A: (laughing) No offence taken! That was our first all original record. I’d met Mark a while earlier and we never exchanged numbers. Then we were recording at the same studio in Atlanta and I did it oldschool – I walked downstairs and knocked on the door. It was AB’s first record and no-one knew Myles then. Yeah, it was cool. We are very open to having our friends sit in and play a solo here or there if it’s right for the song. We get together with other musicians to play music!

Q: “Sin and Bones” is your latest album,

can we expect another one in the near future? A: Yeah, we released “Sin and Bones” last August and the tour with Steel Panther will be the last shows of 150 gigs across a lot of countries. We’re already writing for the next record, and we’ll start recording as soon as this tour is done. We’re excited to start a new record and end the tour in one of our favourite countries in the world!



Steel Panther (left to right) Lexxi Foxx, Stix Zadinia, Michael Starr and Satchel

The Sunset Strip’s hottest exports, STEEL PANTHER, are infecting Australia this Summer on their Spreading The Disease (S.T.D.) Tour. “WALKABOUT? Don't you mean ROCKABOUT! December is a time of giving...and taking. This December, we in Steel Panther are planning on giving Australians the gift of our super bitchin songs in our super bitchin new spandex! We are also planning on taking a bunch of your super bitchin ladies backstage after these extra bitchin shows! So, join us, with our awesome friends Buckcherry, this December, as we go on a rockabout through your bush...down under!!!,” Fellow L.A. rockers BUCKCHERRY will

also appear on all shows. BUCKCHERRY have sold 3 million albums globally on the strength of a killer live set, and multiple hits including 'Crazy Bitch', 'Lit Up', and 'Sorry'. Their critically acclaimed new album "Confessions" hit stores in 2013 and BUCKCHERRY will also be releasing a Best Of compilation later this year. Not many bands can continually lay claim to constantly selling out shows whenever they tour Australia but STEEL PANTHER proudly sit amongst that elite group. Tickets are on sale now. FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER BRISBANE, RIVERSTAGE – Licensed All Ages

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Mason Rack

Mason Rack is a respected musician who works hard on his art and is beginning to experience some feats that true musicians strive for. Born in the Gold Coast Hospital Mason is a true local, and the Bizz Gold Coast is proud to be able to publish a feature article on this amazing young man. Still only in his 30’s, we view Mason as having achieved incredible personal triumphs, and step by step he is achieving his professional goals. Mason Rack Band has already toured Canada six times, The Netherlands and Australia, and has released seven CD’s with four in circulation. The genre breaks beyond Blues, with harder Alt-Rock and Roots. We spoke with Mason, singer/songwriter, about his journey to where he is now and what we can expect in the near future, and asked him to start at the beginning. “My Dad was a musician, and I started entertaining with him when I was really young” says Mason, “on percussion, bongos and stuff, and moved to the drum kit. Then everyone was playing guitars where I was hanging out, and when I was around 16/17 I wrote my first song – to try and win back a girl who jumped ship to my best friend” adding in jest, “his name was Lloyd Scott” he laughed. “It didn’t work out, but I had the song and it progressed from there.” He remembers, “My first talent contest was horrible! My guitar was out of tune, I forgot the words, oh it was so bad. But, I was so annoyed with myself that I went home and practiced and practiced which was really cool. I started going to the local jam night at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel which was going great, and then I got lost.” This is the part of Mason’s story that can be difficult for some to understand, and some will get it whole-heartedly. This is an inspiration to anyone who suffers or has someone close to them suffering from a disease that is “labelled” as addiction. Mason has been sober for 13 years and tells us about his ordeals of alcoholism as a disease and how he overcame this life obstacle. We appreciate his openness and honesty and are printing this because we believe it will help the countless others out there experiencing this illness to understand there is a way out, and help those with loved ones in the situation to maybe understand the ‘situation’ even just a little. “There’s only one recovery that really works, most things are only band-aids. The first step is the anonymous recovery programs” he says, “They all work, but I can’t mention them because they’re anonymous” he jokes. Seriously, he goes on “I knew I had to do something about it when I just couldn’t stop, my life was just unmanageable. I was unemployable, and everything was everyone else’s fault never my own. I was doing things that were completely out of character, things that were just ridiculous. I would isolate myself and wouldn’t think about much apart from how I was going to get my next drink, or drugs. These are classic traits of the disease” he explains. “It’s escapism, from everything in life – tax, government, rent, girlfriend, no girlfriend, family, no family, something and everything else is to blame.” “When under the influence, you are totally void of responsibility. I took hostages in my relationships, and would go from being indestructible with delusions of grandeur to deep depression in an instant. The ebb and flow of emotions were way out of control. I stopped growing emotionally, and this is the main thing that happens that really freaks people out around you who don’t know what’s happening. And the thing is, when I find out I need to stop and I try to stop… the reality of all those years is there to meet me. And if I don’t have the tools to

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deal with that, I will experience insanity that leads me back to drinking and drugging. No-one understands this unless they’ve experienced it which is just so sad for everyone involved.” “It took misery and broken hearts and blood and violence, and it took a term in jail and for it to take everything away from me before I realised I needed to do something. Everything needed to get so bad before I did anything.” After someone suggested a detox, Mason went to a detox centre that brought him down gently. “They said after two weeks on detox to go to some meetings and you ‘might be all right’. I said, ‘no I won’t be all right, because I knew I’d go back to the habit and the same people’. I decided to go to a long-term rehab to learn about what’s going on.” “When I got to this program, that’s where I found out how to live life on life’s terms, and how I can understand and meet anything that does and doesn’t come along. Without the people that have done it and the program, I couldn’t have done it alone. It’s no good going to see a psychiatrist for a drinking problem. I went to one because I thought something was wrong with my mind. The first question was how much did I drink. I lied and said not much and was given a prescription for Prozac, so it was another three years after that before getting to recover. I needed to go where addicts go. You don’t go to the dentist to fix a broken arm.” “I asked for help and I was shown help at the anonymous program. It’s spiritual based, but it is not religious at all. Someone said ‘Religion is for people who are scared of going to hell; Spirituality is for people have been to hell’. 13 years sober and we asked Mason if it was still a struggle and the response was empowering, “No, it’s not an ongoing struggle” he states. “After a while it’s just something I don’t do any more, no drugs and no alcohol.” He laughs as he continues, “It’s like macramé

– it’s just something I don’t do.” “I know exactly where I ended up, and I listened to someone say once that he’d lost everything in his life, that he was left with nothing. After recovery for a little while he realised that everything he’d lost was nothing and the nothing he was left with was everything.” Son of Jazzman Billy Rack, Mason was raised on Jazz, Rock and surfing and it didn’t take him long to dive in to the music scene and express himself with the honest emotions of music. Having secured himself a job as a bricklayer by day, his true passion of writing and performing music was getting too busy, “I just took a leap of faith and tried to fill up the calendar with gigs, and it’s been that way ever since” he tells us. “I’m still pinching myself that I don’t work a day job” he laughs, “and just bought a house in Ashmore. I help other bands and other guys, not only in music but in recovery. It’s all relative to each other.” Mason Rack Band does both originals and covers, and laughing Mason says, “but the covers are done in an original way which usually means simplifying them.” “I have to play some covers so I can keep working, though now they don’t care what I play as long as I come and play, so I’m really stoked about that.” “My Dad always said you’ve got to play some covers, and I used to be no no no, gotta play originals, but even the big guys play covers. It’s paying homage to other music that you like.” Mason does a lot of touring, internationally as well as nationally, playing alongside artists like Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Buddy Guy, Keith Urban, John Foggarty, Jimmy Barnes and the list goes on. A firm festival favourite, Mason has been serially invited to Adelaide International Guitar Fest, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Blues on Broadbeach, Woodford, Gympie National Music Muster’s “The best new blues/roots act ever seen”, and again the list

goes on. On festival shows he tells us, “It’s a whole night condensed down to an hour, and everything that happens, usually in 3 x 1 hour sets, happens in one Power Set. We swap instruments, get someone out of the audience, a whole bunch of stuff and it just goes nuts.” “We toured Germany and Netherlands in May and June and that was really cool. Then we cruised around Paris and checked out the Louvre and stuff. It was crazy. We want to do that 2-3 times a year. We want to be found over there!” he tells us. On the Gold Coast Live music scene he says, “I think it’s been a hard surviving for the last five years, longer! But I think it’s definitely starting to pick up and people are realising live music is entertaining. The festivals have had a big part in helping a lot of people realise how much live music is loved. You know, I think the applause factor of the Australian audience is getting better too. It was used to be hard to get that applause, which is a good thing because it makes entertainers work hard to that applause. I always say at my shows that if you ever see anyone play music, always clap! It will make them better, and I believe that.” With seven CD’s already under his belt, he tells us that he is always writing and that in fact he is in the process of recording a new album now which will be released next year. His fiancé Tanille Jade is also recording her debut album as Tanille Jade and the Dusty Pirates. The two are dedicated to music and the industry and as well as writing, recording and performing, are both musical coaches. “Tanille does vocal coaching and I do performance coaching” he says, “We’re more about getting people up and performing. We want to see people get up and do it and we can help them do that. I work with Duos, Soloists and bands which is really cool. I love doing it. They come in and I watch them and suggest they do this or that, or don’t do this or that” he laughs “and then I watch them leave with a show! For me that’s great because it means they’ll continue to get work because every venue they play will want them back.” Touring, gigging, coaching, recording, buying a house on a muso’s income and helping others, Mason has cemented himself in the music industry and achieving things that 13 years ago he wouldn’t have deemed possible. “I drive a sprint now” he says, “it’s old but it’s a Mercedes” he laughs. “Now, if anyone told me I would one day drive a Mercedes, own a house with a pool and make a living with music, I would have said, ‘you’re fucking kidding me!’ But you never know. It’s going good. I’m very lucky. We work hard for it, and it’s good to it work. But none of it would have happened if not for recovery!” Ending the interview Mason humbly and earnestly says, “I want to thank you, and everyone who comes to our shows. We are so grateful to everyone who supports us and buys our stuff, and I’m so chuffed that it’s worked and is working.” You can stay connected with Mason via and Check our Gig Guide for upcoming shows, though you can see them at the Wallaby on Friday 29th November, at the Cooly on Sunday 1st December and at Currumbin RSL on Saturday 14th December. Mason Rack Band are: Mason Rack - Singer/Songwriter/Guitar Aram Anson - Drums Jamie “Robbo” Roberts - Bass “Our new bassist is an absolute freak!” says Mason “An amazing bass player, and the girls are gonna love him”

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Gig Guide Thur 21 Nov Mike & Traditional Irish Fiddlers Green Traditional Irish 5:30 pm Dennis Dean Grumpy’s Solo Artist 6:30 pm Frazer Goodman & Friends The Vault Tribute 7:00 pm DVS Envy Rock 7:00 pm Michael Buble Tribute Surfers RSL Tribute 7:00 pm Mamas New Bag Burleigh Underground Blues 7:30 pm and Andrew Baxter Drummers (B.U.D) We The People The Loft Originals 8:00 pm Berst The Grand Duo 8:00 pm Bigfellalinc Kitty O’Shea’s Solo 8:00 pm Tyson Faulkner Liars Bar Solo artist 8:00 pm Zookeepers Southport Sharks Modern Jive Jazz 8:30 pm Funky Monkeys Twin Towns Covers 9:00 pm XT Fiddlers Green Covers 9:30 pm Agent 77 The Avenue Covers band 10:00pm

Fri 22 Nov Calan Mai Burleigh Brewing Solo 5:00 pm A Noble Few Miami Tavern Rock Covers 6:00 pm Eilish Ellen Grumpy’s Solo Artist 6:30 pm Chi Chi Currumbin RSL Duo 7:00 pm Wayne Foster (Drifters) The Vault Motown 7:00 pm Double Lined Minority Griffith Uni Bar Original 7:00 pm Neil Diamond Show Surfers RSL Tribute Show 7:00 pm Hodads RSL Southport Rock Covers 7:30 pm Funky Monkeys Twin Towns Party Covers 7:30 pm Green Sinatras Dog and Parrot Duo 7:30 pm The Perch Creek Family Soundlounge Original 7:30 pm Jugband + Daniel Champagne Core Studios Fundraiser Shark Bar (Miami) 4 Bands *Rec. 8:00 pm Pearl Jam Show Runaway Bay Tavern Tribute 8:00 pm The Shapes The Grand Covers 8:00 pm Bec Laughton The Loft Original 8:00 pm Bjorn Again Twin Towns ABBA Tribute 8:00 pm Brent Hutchinson Norfolk Tavern (Ormeau) Solo Artist 8:00 pm K2 Jimboomba Country Tav. Duo 8:00 pm Off the Leash The Wallaby Rock Covers 8:30 pm Average Joes Hinterland Tavern Covers 8:30 pm Bo Jenkins Seagulls Solo Artist 8:30 pm Late for Woodstock Southport Sharks Woodstock era 9:00 pm Matt Musella Burleigh Heads Hotel Solo Artist 9:00 pm Triple J’s Liars Bar Rock Covers 9:30 pm Mr Perkins PA Bar Party Covers 9:30 pm Scramjet Cooly Hotel Covers 9:30 pm Agent 77 Fiddlers Green Party Covers 9:30 pm Venus Envy Surfers Beergarden Rock Covers 10:00pm Ryan Shearer Coolangatta Hotel (Icon) Solo Artist 10:00 pm

Sat 23 Nov Rusty & Friends Southern Cross Tavern Covers 3:00 pm The Rock Soul Brothers Twin Towns Rock/Soul 5:00 pm Electric Samurai Miami Tavern Rock Covers 6:00 pm The Beam Currumbin RSL Duo 7:00 pm Lesyah The Vault Soul/Pop/Jazz 7:00 pm Rockhounds RSL Southport Rock’n’Roll 7:30 pm Surfers RSL Covers 7:30 pm High Noon Seagulls Duo 7:30 pm Lost Dogs Mermaid Beach Tavern Covers band 7:30 pm

Wednesday 27th at Jupiters Theatre Tickets from Ticketek or 132 849

21 -27 November Sat 23 Nov (cont.)

The Gold Coast is home to many musicians from every genre, and as we watch the shift change again to bring back the live music scene to what we knew in the 80’s and early 90’s, there are Open Mic and Jam nights appearing all over the city. From seasoned muso’s to those wanting to get a bit of experience in front of a crowd Open, Mic and Jam nights are a great way to spend an evening for artists and audience alike. More and more venues are taking on the special sessions as musicians network, practice and perform for a music-appreciating audience as they enjoy a relaxing drink and dinner with friends and family. We hope to see this guide grow with every edition and encourage everyone to attend one of these nights! The Cave

Nobby Beach Sundays

The Cooly Hotel


Wednesdays 7:00 pm

Coolangatta Sands


Every 3rd Thur 8:00 pm

The Loft

Chevron Is


Mermaid Beach Tavern Mermaid Bch Thursdays

7:00 pm

7:30 pm 8:00 pm

The Musicians Club

Swingin’ Safari Wednesdays 8:00 pm

Helm Bar



8:00 pm

Kings of Country Rock Burleigh Town Tavern Tribute 8:00 pm Claude Haye The Loft Original 8:00 pm BODYJAR The Coolangatta Hotel Headline 8:00 pm Amber Lawrence Twin Towns Duets 8:00 pm and Jason Owen Moonranch The Grand Hotel Rock Covers 8:30 pm Pink Zinc Southport Sharks Rock/Blues/Soul 8:30 pm High Noon Seagulls Duo 8:30 pm Christian Argenti Burleigh Heads Hotel Solo Artist 9:00 pm Funky Monkeys Twin Towns Party Covers 9:00 pm Fat Albert Liars Bar Party Covers 9:30 pm The Pulse Fiddlers Green Party Covers 9:30 pm Vertigo PA Bar Rock Party Covers 9:30 pm Ramjet Surfers Beergarden Party Covers 10 :00 pm Sun 24 Nov Garrett Kato Cabana Bar (Sharks) Covers 1:00 pm Greg Bankx RSL Southport Solo Artist 1:00 pm Woody Lives Here Burleigh Heads Hotel Solo Artist 1:00 pm Nic Tango Dublin Docks Solo Artist 1:00 pm The Beam Currumbin RSL Covers 1:30 pm Triplickit Liars Bar Party Covers 2:00 pm Blues Sunday Session The Avenue Blues 2:00 pm Little Blue Devils Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Jazz Quartet 2:00 pm Clarity Nobby Beach Surf Club Duo 2:00 pm Phil Guest Seagulls Solo Artist 2:00 pm Out of the Blues Southern Cross Tavern Blues 3:00 pm Tony Mc Fiddlers Trad. Irish 3:00 pm The Milkmen Surfers Beergarden Duo 3:00 pm Venus Envy Miami Tavern Rock Covers 3:30 pm Jesse and friends The Grand Hotel Solo Artist 4:00 pm The Mantra Room launch The Mantra Room Chant 5:00 pm Mike Edwards Open Mic The Cave Open Mic 7:00 pm The Hodads Liars Bar Covers 7:00 pm Bigfellalinc Kitty O’Shea’s Solo Artist 8:00 pm Bart Thrupp Fiddlers Green Solo Artist 9:00 pm Funky Monkeys Twin Towns Covers 9:00 pm Mouse and Boinz Waxy’s Covers Duo 9:30 pm Triple J’s The Avenue Rock Cover Band 10:00pm

Mon 25 Nov

*Recommended Gigs Bjorn Again Twin Towns 22nd 8:00pm Alter Egos PA Bar 26th 9:30pm Kings of Country Rock at Burleigh Town Tavern 23rd

Lloyd Saniels Crisis Amanda King Agent 77 8:00pm

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Southport Sharks Twin Towns Fiddlers Green The Avenue

Solo Artist Party Covers Solo Artist Party Covers

6:00 pm 7:30 pm 8:30 pm 10:00pm

Twin Towns Fiddlers Green PA Bar - Jupiters The Avenue

Duo 7:30 pm Solo Artist 8:30 pm Rock Covers 9:30 pm Party Cover Band 10:00pm

Tue 26 Nov Kiku Duo Tyson Faulkner Alter Egos Stevenson Street

Wed 27 Nov Lesyah The Vault Soul/Pop/Jazz 7:00 pm Air Supply Jupiters Theatre Headlining 7:30 pm Rockin Bodgies Twin Tows Rock’n’Roll 7:30 pm Tyson Faulkner Fiddlers Solo - covers 9:00 pm Vertigo The Avenue Rock Cover Band 10:00pm

Gig Guide Thurs 28 Nov Mike & Traditional Irish Fiddlers Green Traditional Irish 5:30 pm Tracey Grumpy’s Solo Artist 6:30 pm Frazer Goodman & Friends The Vault Jazz/Blues/Soul 7:00 pm DVS Envy Rock 7:00 pm The Vernons The Loft Original 8:00 pm and the Upskirts Chester Duo The Grand Duo 8:00 pm The Hippos Twin Towns Rock Party Covers 7:30 pm Bigfellalinc Kitty O’Shea’s Solo 8:00 pm Tyson Faulkner Liars Bar Solo artist 8:00 pm Zookeepers Southport Sharks Modern Jive Jazz 8:30 pm Jason Delphin Fiddlers Solo Artist 9:30 pm Agent 77 The Avenue Covers band 10:00pm

“That 80’s Show” Saturday 7th

Fri 29 Nov Stewie Live Envy Hotel Solo Artist 4:00 pm Anika Mantell Burleigh Brewing Solo Artist 5:00 pm *Abby Skye Twin Towns Solo Artist * 5:00 pm Remedy Miami Tavern Rock 6:00 pm Forever the Optimist Southern Cross Tavern Original 6:30 pm w/ Redstarborn, Mass Sky Raid, Stellar Green “Revolutions Tour” Dennis Dean Grumpy’s Solo Artist 6:30 pm Nightshift Currumbin RSL Covers 7:00 pm Lesyah The Vault Solo Artist 7:00 pm Signature Duo Envy Hotel Duo 7:30 pm Mustard Duo RSL Southport Duo 7:30 pm Almost Famous Dog and Parrot Duo 7:30 pm TBA Mermaid Beach Tavern Duo 7:30 pm Thanks to “That 80’s Show” and Burleigh Town Tavern we have a Hippos Twin Towns Rock Party Covers7:30 pm VIP Double Pass to give away, which includes VIP Entry, Golden Fyah Walk + Bullhorn Soundlounge Original 7:30 pm Ticket, 80’s Make-over, “That 80’s Show” T-shirt, and Dinner for Dead Books Shark Bar (Miami) Original 8:00 pm Two! Simply visit to enter. Good Luck! TBA Surfers RSL Party Covers 8:00 pm Lo Fi Way The Grand Covers Band 8:00 pm Lyon Apprentice The Loft Original 8:00 pm Who Killed Kenny Jimboomba Country Tav Duo 8:00 pm Mason Rack The Wallaby Covers Band 8:30 pm Diva Demolition Hinterland Hotel Rock 8:30 pm Sue Reid Seagulls Solo Artist 8:30 pm Katy Perry Tribute Show Southport Sharks Tribute 9:00 pm Simon Meola Burleigh Heads Hotel Solo Artist 9:00 pm Venus Envy Liars Bar Party Covers 9:30 pm Stiffler’s Mum PA Bar Party Covers 9:30 pm The Hodads Fiddlers Covers 9:30 pm Alter Egos Cooly Hotel Covers 9:30 pm Ryan Shearer Cooly Hotel (Icon Bar) Solo Artist 10:00pm Fat Albert Surfers Beergarden Party Covers 10:00pm


Sat 30 Nov Rusty & Friends Southern Cross Tavern Covers 3:30 pm Rob Hackwood Duo Twin Towns Duo 5:00 pm Double Barrell Envy Hotel Duo 6:00 pm Average Joes Miami Tavern Rock Covers 6:00 pm Soniiq Currumbin RSL Duo 7:00 pm STARQ The Vault Rock Show 7:00 pm Stowaways RSL Southport Covers 7:30 pm Lost Dogs Mermaid Beach Tavern Rock 7:30 pm

28 Nov-4 Dec December at Burleigh Town Tavern “That 80’s Show” is back with a scorching new show and lineup. This is an evening of pure 80’s POP! Stepping aside from the ‘Rock’ genre of the decade, “That 80’s Show” is bringing us the synthesised version of the 80’s. There was still big hair and lots of make-up, though instead of denim, tank-tops and black studded belts, fists in the air and nodding heads, people were wearing lyrcra, ‘Choose Life’ T-shirts and fluorescent belts, swaying their arms and side-stepping to the songs of their generation. This band plays what the other bands won’t! We can’t give away the set list but will tell you that you can expect to hear anything from Frankie Goes to Hollywood to Whitney Houston. There will be prizes for the best dressed so if you’re up for it, don the Lycra, washed-denim and fluorescents, frizz up the hair and find your old studded belts (black or fluoro is fine). Don’t worry about your make up running, because there will be make-over girls there to ensure you stay looking your 80’s best! Tickets are only $10 at the door for general admission, and “That 80’s Show” comes with VIP Packages available for only $25. VIP Package includes: VIP Entry, Golden Ticket, Free 80’s Make-over and a “That 80’s Show” T-shirt. Text VIP80 to 0417 625 719 for details to book! Burleigh Town Tavern is delivering on their promise to support the local live music scene and since “That Show” featuring five of our best original bands the venue has continued to entertain us with the likes of the Classic Rock Show, the Kings of Country Rock Show and several of our favourite local acts. BTT is showing diversity by hosting “That 80’s Show” and bringing us live entertainment of all genres and tastes.

*Recommended Gigs Abby Skye Twin Towns Friday 29th Mason Rack Wallaby Friday 29th “That 80’s Show” at Burleigh Town Tavern Sat 7th Dec Double Lined Minority at Helensvale Cultural Centre Wed 4th Dec

5:00pm 9:30pm 8:00pm 6:00pm

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Sat 30 Nov (cont.)

Paul Greene The Loft Original 8:00 pm Whitley Coolangatta Hotel Headline 8:00 pm Third Degree The Grand Covers Band 8:00 pm Andrew Baxter B.U.D Blues/RNB 8:00 pm Mike Beale and Kniki (Burleigh Underground Drummers) Belinda Carlisle Twin Towns Headline 8:00 pm The Chevrolets Southport Sharks Rock’n’Roll 8:30 pm Take on Two Seagulls Duo 8:30 pm Hippos Twin Towns Rock Party Covers 9:00 pm Electric Samurai Liars Bar Rock Covers 9:30 pm TBA Fiddlers Green Party Covers 9:30 pm Rush Hour PA Bar Covers 9:30 pm TBA Coolangatta Hotel Party Covers 10:00 pm Venus Envy Surfers Beergarden Rock Covers 10:00 pm

Sun 1 Dec Glenn Brace Seagulls Solo Artist 12 noon James Diamond Duo Cabana Bar (Sharks) Duo 1:00 pm TBA RSL Southport Solo Artist 1:00 pm Woody Lives Here Burleigh Heads Hotel Solo Artist 1:00 pm Green Sinatras Dublin Docks Duo 1:00 pm The Zephyrs Currumbin RSL Rock’n’Roll 1:30 pm TBA Cooly Hotel Solo Artist 1:30 pm Tyson Faulkner Envy Hotel Solo Artist 1:30 pm Mason Rack Cooly Hotel Blues Rock 2:00 pm Triplickit Liars Bar Duo 2:00 pm Blues Sunday Session The Avenue Blues 2:00 pm Tony Mc Fiddlers Trad. Irish 3:00 pm The Milkmen Surfers Beergarden Acoustic Duo 3:00 pm Live Music Grumpy’s Covers 3:00 pm Cheezwagon Miami Tavern Party Covers 3:30 pm Busters Duo The Grand Hotel Duo 4:00 pm Wasabi Liars Bar Party Covers 7:00 pm Signature Envy Duo 6:00 pm Mike Edwards Open Mic The Cave Open Mic 7:00 pm TBA Coolangatta Hotel Solo Artist 7:00 pm TBA Twin Towns Party Covers 7:30 pm Bigfellalinc Kitty O’Shea’s Solo Artist 8:00 pm Jack O’Leary Fiddlers Green Trad. Irish 9:00 pm Mouse and Boinz Waxy’s Covers Duo 9:30 pm Triple J’s The Avenue Rock Cover Band 10:00pm

Mon 2 Dec Amanda King Agent 77

Fiddlers Green The Avenue

Solo Artist Party Covers

8:30 pm 10:00pm

Fiddlers PA Bar - Jupiters The Avenue

Solo Artist Party Covers Party Cover

8:30 pm 9:30 pm 10:00pm


6:00 pm

Tue 3 Dec Tyson Faulkner Ramjet Stevenson Street

Wed 4 Dec *Double Lined Minority Helensvale Cultural Ctr w/ Scarlet Kill and Here’s to Neverland Tyson Faulkner Fiddlers Vertigo The Avenue

Solo Artist 9:00 pm Party Cover Band 10:00 pm

Daylight Saving for Queensland It’s been an ongoing battle between SE QLD, and northern QLD and regional areas for many years, the great Daylight Saving debate. Personally, I’m strongly FOR the time change and believe my reasons are valid and rational. Eg. Sunlight at 4:30am is wasted and sunlight at 6:30pm means I can go for a powerwalk or engage in any number of daylight activities (the health benefits are fantastic) after work; professionally I do a lot of business with Sydney and Melbourne, so I’m working an EXTRA hour in the morning; the usually beautiful songs from the magpies and various birds that wake me so beautifully in the morning now sound like C-grade horror film screams playing in a loop, piercing and stabbing my eardrums relentlessly. We live on the Gold Coast! Why can’t we enjoy the beach after work during the humid summer months? Now let’s look at some of the reasons that we ‘have’ to accept, as it was these people who voted ‘against’ the time change and WON! We all remember the original negatives that DLS would “fade the curtains” and “confuse the cows”. Seriously!? I thought these were made up as a way to express to people against DLS how silly they were being. I was wrong, they were legitimate arguments. Ummm… what the…? In recent times I’ve been subjected to seeing posts on my Facebook wall of newspaper articles and letters to the editor that actually have me feeling

dumbfounded at how many Twatwaffles there are out there. From Chris Hill in Albury (who is concerned about the amount of droughts and believes DLS is the cause of them) we have “I believe this one hour extra sun is slowly evaporating all the moisture out of everything.” Ummm... What THE ..? This one in particular is so absurd that it goes beyond ROFLMFAO. And how about Glen Hank from Yorkeys Knob (yes that is a place, I’m not being facetious), “We have enough light in the hours of the day” umm… okay, I wasn’t aware that DLS actually gave us ‘more’ light, I thought it just gave us different hours of daylight that allow us to utilise it better, silly me. Oh and one more, Daniel Hadley from Freshwater says, “I think the days are spread out evenly throughout the year anyway. They’re reasonably close.” WHAT THE…!?? Are the editors of these papers taking the Mickey out of their readers? And these people are allowed to vote on the issue.!

Moonlight Beach Fun Etiquette On my morning visit to Surfers Paradise Beach to catch 20 minutes of rays I came across a wrong. com on the highest level! As I went to lay down my towel I thankfully noticed just in time, a used condom laying there in the sand – EEWWW! Apart from being unsightly, the dangers are horrific! Why should people who are enjoying a day at the beach be subjected to this? What if a child is innocently playing in the sand and touches this diseaseridden piece of plastic? And it’s also littering our beautiful beach! This selfish, disgraceful and plain disgusting act has me gobsmacked at the stupidity and indecency of these ‘Wondertards’ who live among us. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I don’t want to be the ‘Fun Police’. Having grown up on the GC I completely understand the attraction of a romantic moonlit walk on a balmy GC night, with someone you can’t take your eyes (or hands off) ;-) The sound of the ocean’s waves on the shoreline; the warm breeze and backdrop of the city skyline; the excitement of being in an open space and giving in to the urge of natural emotion – the ultimate in a ‘perceived’ romantic evening! Well, until an hour later when you’re scratching your head from all

the sand in your hair, and the awkward feeling of sand in places it just shouldn’t be, and the next night when you get in to bed and ‘it’s’ full of sand – annoying! I would like to point out the one plus in this unfortunate finding is that this couple had enough brain cells to actually use protection! Which really only means they’re completely selfcentred by only ‘thinking’ about themselves, and never mind the unsuspecting beach-goers the following morning who have to find and dispose of the revolting ‘trash’! Pfft! There’s a saying about “Do what you will but harm none” which really should be taught in schools. Have fun, be smart about it and show some common courtesy and common decency by taking your rubbish with you – ALL of it!

Vernon Reid - Living Colour Just when you think Soundwave 2014 can’t get any better, we get the Second Announcement and then a surprise email asking if we’d like to interview Vernon Reid from LIVING COLOUR! LIVING COLOUR’s debut album, Vivid was released in the summer of 1988 and by winter, the band’s striking video for their anthem ‘Cult of Personality’ was plastered on MTV, pushing Vivid to platinum certification. The band also took home their first of several Grammy Awards as ‘Cult’ won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony. The quartet followed up with “Time’s Up” which featured the irrepressible smash, ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’. An appearance at the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in 1991 kept the group in the public’s eye, as did an EP of outtakes, “Biscuits”. When their Bassist, Muzz Skillings left the group and was replaced by Doug Wimbish, their darkest and most challenging release was issued in 1993, “Stain”. In 2003, they came out with their most experimental release to date, “Collideoscope”. In an era when there’s a cookie-cutter sameness to so many of today’s acts, the return of LIVING COLOUR recalls a time when bands were praised for their uniqueness and willingness to take music to the edge.

Vernon Reid is founder and guitarist for LIVING COLOUR, and here is a snapshot of our Q&A time with him.


were calling it a day with the explanation that there was an inability to settle on a musical direction. Is that a polite way of saying band members thought each other were a bunch of idiots? A. (laughs) Yeah man! A band is a hard thing to be in after a while. It’s like a marriage or new business, you start with a great feeling of hope and eventually, you know, communication can suffer. Every wedding is fantastic, and how many marriages end in tears!? Q. Why did you choose a Hamer as your main axe? A. I actually have a Signature Parker now! Hamer the company closed its doors which is really sad. They built a lot of guitars for me. Terry Atkins built my guitar, so there’s continuity. Q. What was the inspiration behind Cult of Personality? A. Wow, there are two things here, the music and the words! The music happened in one rehearsal with the band, it was an accident and it was great. The song almost wrote itself! We had this bass line and drum beat and the personality just came. Now the words – I had this little black book that all

my lyrics were in and I left it on the New York Subway. I travelled everywhere by subway and was writing something and I guess I put it beside me and fell asleep. It was my stop and I jumped up and just went. Oh man, it was like television you know, you’re seeing exactly where you left it. Aah, that’s life! Anyway, I was thinking about how Stalin was this mass murderer of huge proportions – killed millions of Russians, and Chris (Editor: sorry guys I don’t know who Chris is and considering I heard Stalin as Bostoltin, Chris could be George for all I know…) says that he (Stalin) had erected a cult of personality. And that term struck me as something that applied itself to not someone just evil, but also something great. So I called it that. The aspect of human conditions and beyond – that was the inspiration. Q. So did you get a new little black book? A. (laughs) Yeah man! And a tan one too!

Q. Which guitarists have been

your main influences? A. I would name, Santana, Hendrix, John McLaughlin and some local heroes (following names could be spelt incorrectly…) Arthur Range, Larry Markin, Lonnie Drayton – cool!

Q. 2006 was the last time Living

Colour were in Australia, is there a reason you haven’t come back sooner? A. I’ve actually been to Australia with four festivals, but not with the band. We’re very excited, and we don’t get there often enough. Q. Do you have a favourite track to play live? A. You know, that changes from day to day. I still love playing Cult of Personality! I like Middle Man. I really like playing Broken Hearts, very cool. Q. Can we expect a new album in the near future? A. We’re working on one currently! Q. Did you have that moment in time when you knew Living Colour was going to be IT? A. Yeah, the first time I saw playback of Cult of Personality video I knew. I’m looking at something that I’m participating in and looked at it and thought, this is goooood, you know!? Q. Do you have a message for your fans waiting to see you at Soundwave 2014? A. Keep calm and carry on. Have fun and take risks!

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