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CONTENTS

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COVER

Car-free days have become part of the Vancouver landscape on Father’s Day weekends, but their origin on Commercial Drive was dreamed up by transportation activists with far-reaching objectives. > BY CHARLIE SMITH

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FOOD

Paul Natrall’s time spent as a kid cooking indigenous foods with his grandmother led to him running his own catering company. > BY GAIL JOHNSON

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The Bottle Confessions Green Living I Saw You Local Motion Real Estate Savage Love Straight Stars Theatre

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ar-free days have become a hallmark of Vancouver on the Father’s Day weekend, and this year is no different. On Saturday (June 17), Denman Street from Robson to Davie streets will be blocked off to motor-vehicle traffic from noon to 7 p.m. for the West End Car Free Day Festival. The following day (June 18), it’s Main Street’s turn, with 21 blocks of car-free fun between East Broadway and East 30th Avenue, also from noon to 7 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature 15 stages, bike-valet service, and a kids’ zone. There will be local musicians, DJs, and spoken-word performances on the Beaumont Stage between Broadway and East 10th Avenue. Over at the Biltmore, there will be more music. There will be a kiddie pool at Uncle Abe’s (3032 Main Street), and in front of Heritage Hall, the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association will be handing out free popcorn and cotton candy. Meanwhile, there are block parties in various areas of Kitsilano on both days of the Father’s Day weekend. And on July 9, there’s a car-free day on Commercial Drive. So where did these events originate? And how did Vancouver become

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landmark First Nations treaty in B.C. She’s now a young adult, and her job is to see that the spirit of reconciliation with indigenous peoples lives in the programs of a big city. Ginger Gosnell-Myers is the aboriginal relations manager for the City of Vancouver. Her passion for fostering native causes is driven by her traditional upbringing on the northwest coast as well as her early experiences in urban centres. “I grew up in my village of New Aiyansh. It’s in the Nisga’a territory. It’s isolated, and it’s incredibly beautiful,” Gosnell-Myers told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. Her father was a fisherman, and she recalls spending springs and summers out on the ocean with her family, catching halibut and salmon. “It was life on the water. It was life on the coast,” Gosnell-Myers said. When they weren’t fishing, they would be out on the land picking berries and herbs while her father hunted. “We lived a very traditional lifestyle,” she said. The daughter of a Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Vancouver Island also remembers growing up watching her mother create colourful images. “I posed for some of her paintings. She was a photographer as well,” she recalled. As a Gosnell, she came from a family that was instrumental in negotiating the first modern-day treaty by a First Nation in B.C. Her uncle, Joseph Gosnell, was the president of the tribal council when the Nisga’a Treaty was initialled in 1998 in New Aiyansh, now called Gitlaxt’aamiks in the native language. She remembers extended family dinners and community feasts, where the talk was mostly about the recognition of native land and the right to self-government. “Growing up in such an environment, you can’t help but be inspired and motivated to be part of that and to carry it forward,” Gosnell-Myers said. When she was taking up postsecondary studies, she was troubled hearing negative stereotypes about native people. “It bothered me because it didn’t reflect my reality,” Gosnell-Myers said. “It didn’t represent my family, and…it didn’t describe my friends and my community.” As a student, she honed her skills in research after discovering that

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You are now at the end of the road or at a stage of accomplishment and fruition, this regarding a matter of heart or wallet or a project. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun/Saturn can see you sign or end a contract, actual or karmic. Plunging you into deeper soul-searching, Neptune retrograde, starting Friday, removes a veil, doubt, or uncertainty. Tuesday/Wednesday, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come by it easily and readily. GEMINI



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Sun/Saturn now moves an important relationship, contract, plan, or process to a next stage. You can feel this as a sense of accomplishment, a timely undertaking, or an undeniable reality. Neptune retrograde, starting Friday, can remove an obstacle or doubt. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is opportune for saying what needs to be said or for making it official. Monday to Wednesday is especially productive.



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The week ahead is optimized for finishing off and moving onto the next. Past Sunday, the pressure lifts. Health, job, or work-it-out prospects can hit an upswing as early as Monday. As Neptune works its way through retrograde, you should find you are able to read it or them better. Your ability to attract, profit, and gain favour is in good shape Tuesday/Wednesday.



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come to fruition now. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun/ Saturn can dish up reward or recognition. Something of significance reaches a successful-conclusion stage. The now is a steppingstone to something more. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day weighs on your mind, heart, or wallet. Monday through Wednesday, great gains/ strides can be made.



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The pressure is on through Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Although you may have more than one concern or challenge to face, take it one step at a time and try not to race too far ahead of yourself. Neptune retrograde, starting Friday, can expose raw emotions or make you feel especially drained. Relax; unwind; let it go. Monday through Wednesday, make the most of it. September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 23

The end of school, the start of summer, a short trip or a long one, a hello or goodbye, a special visit, a move across the country or to a new neighbourhood: endings and beginnings are intertwined and well timed. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day can dredge it up and/or put it out there. Stop; think; reflect. Monday through Wednesday, time, money, and heart are well spent. October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 22

A next chapter is under way, and it is one that holds longterm benefit. No matter whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve signed up for it or circumstances have set it up, allow yourself to feel good/confident. An official sendoff or sign-off is in the works through the weekend. Communication tracks are optimized Tuesday/Wednesday. November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21

Give the here and now your best shot. It all adds up, perhaps to more than you envision. Sun/Saturn and Mercury mark an important time of resuming, reviving, and cementing. At the same time, the future is set into motion in some definitive way. The summer solstice (Tuesday) and Mercuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trek into Cancer on Wednesday find you taking it in and feeling it all. December 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 20

The push is on through the end of next week. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll navigate your way through a few checkpoints, namely Thursday, Sunday/Monday, and next Friday/Saturday. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little choice, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of reward waiting on the road ahead. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist; duty calls, and pleasure does too. Mercury/Saturn can put something out in the open. Tuesday/ Wednesday are optimized. January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18

Reality sets itself into motion. The transiting sun now loans you a second pair of eyes and tugs harder on the heart. Neptune retrograde, starting Friday, an exposing influence, puts you better in touch with your own best interests. A stepby-step process continues through next week. Monday through Wednesday, talk it out/work it out. February 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20

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PR Bannock Factory founder Paul Nattrall once travelled to Germany as a member of Aboriginal Culinary Team Canada.

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fter his dad died when he 2010. Now defunct, the course was just 11, Paul Natrall incorporated classic French techwent to live with his grand- niques as well as indigenous cookmother, along with his ing. He and his fellow students mom and sister. Natrall, a mem- got to use the Musqueam Nation’s ber of the Squamish Nation, would smokehouses and foraged Stanley spend time with his grandma in the Park for herbs. kitchen, watching her cook soups Through his family and formal and stews and bake fresh bannock. training, he developed an appreciaThose moments proved to be tion of and fondness for fresh, local far more influenproducts. (Propontial than Natrall ents of the 100could ever have mile diet should imagined. give credit to Gail Johnson Now a 34-yearindigenous people, old father of six, he went on to pur- who first created it and lived it.) sue a culinary career, having trained “The West Coast is the backyard at Vancouver Community College. of my people,” Natrall says. “HyperNatrall today runs PR Bannock Fac- local, fresh stuff: that’s what I focus tory (the R standing for his middle on, stuff from around here. Bluebername, Roy), bringing traditional in- ries, blackberries, and strawberries: digenous food to the masses. everybody eats them daily but how “We always had a full house,” he many people know they’re tradtells the Georgia Straight during an itional foods?” interview in a North Vancouver In 2012, Natrall travelled to coffee shop, thinking back to his Germany as a member of Aborigdays living with Grandma Sally. inal Culinary Team Canada for the “She did so much cooking. I used Culinary Olympics, along with chefs to sit and watch her, then I started from Vancouver Island and Northhelping her. ern B.C. They made a salmon platter “She was always the one to listen that included confit salmon cooked and to comfort me,” he adds. “So it in oolichan grease (“It’s an acquired just became a bonding time. And flavour, to be sure,” Natrall says), baronce I started helping her and hear- becued salmon, wind-dried salmon, ing people say that they liked my and a salmon “chop” made by rolling food… It felt good.” the centre fillet and topping it with a He learned from both of his grand- tea-herb crust. (Natrall spent hours mothers how to use game meats like frenching the fish’s bones, a painselk, venison, and bison as dinner fare, taking process that involves ridding with much of the meat hunted by the tiny pieces of all fat and meat, uncles. (His favourite was elk jerky.) for aesthetic purposes. It’s normally Natrall—who sports several tat- done on a rack of lamb or bone-in toos, including one of a chef’s knife pork ribs; the small bones of a salemblazoned with a wolf’s head, being mon are that much easier to break.) traditionally affiliated with the Wolf The Olympic experience was a Clan—completed VCC’s 12-month highlight of his life. Natrall then went aboriginal-specialty program in on to work at Capilano University

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arrived at the same time as the announcement of Canada’s 150th-anniversary celebrations. “I think I literally said, ‘Ew, more like 500 years of colonization,’ ” says festival director SD Holman in an interview with the Georgia Straight at the Roundhouse Community Centre. “It seemed obvious to focus on two-spirit artists.” Two-spirit is an umbrella term that many indigenous people use to describe their gender, sexual, and spiritual identity. Often inclusive of all LGBTQ identities, the term is a reclamation of precolonial, traditional ideas regarding gender identity. Holman reached out to Siksika artist Adrian Stimson, curator of the festival’s featured exhibition, UnSettled. The show, curated by and for two-spirit artists, includes the work of Ursula Johnson, George Littlechild, John Powell, and Raven John, among others, in visual-art pieces that explore the many facets of two-spirit identity. “We’re hitting a time when there’s a bit of an explosion of artists who identify as two-spirit,” Stimson tells the Straight over the phone, on a drive into Vancouver. “It’s time to delve a bit deeper into it and look at that as a particular movement.”

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Clockwise from top: Jessie Short’s film “Sweet Night”, Dayna Danger’s Akinasi Silaapik New Moon, and George Littlechild’s Warrior Incarcerated appear at the Queer Arts Fest.

Wyss hopes that returning part of who we are. It’s difficult to have a festito traditional community art val called ‘queer’, but it’s also very important.” Juno Award–winning singer and electronic propractices can help combat the This year’s Queer Arts Festival turns to the resilient traditions bullying and lack of accep- ducer Starr will run the Technical Knockout worktance that two-spirit and queer shop, in which DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses will and cutting-edge creative practices at work in First Nations join her in teaching youths the tricks of electronic individuals face. The festival will run from Saturday (June 17) to “If we go back to the oldest systems of con- music and poetry. Starr tells the Straight that she’s June 29 at the Roundhouse. Aside from the visual- nectivity, in a longhouse there would have been looking forward to sharing her decades of expertise art show, events include Cris Derksen’s orchestral many people working on a project,” says Wyss. with interested young people, but the part-Mohawk powwow, an urban weaving walking tour with “So it’s that idea of carrying one another, weav- performer is also wary of prematurely celebrating the recent spate of indigenous-centric programming. artist T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss, and a performance ing our energies together.” “If I see native people represented like that front of electronic music and poetry with Kinnie Starr, Holman points out that the queer-specific DJ O Show, and Tiffany Moses. focus of the festival is important, because while and centre, 20 years in a row, then I’ll say CanStimson says UnSettled will offer an opportun- many of the masters of fine art were queer, their ada’s changed,” says Starr. “But you’ve gotta start somewhere.” ity for the queer community to assess its historical identities have been erased from history. attitude toward two-spirit members. “That does a huge disservice to the commun“The LGBTQ community, while it’s very inclu- ity,” says Holman. “Art comes from the same For the full Queer Arts Festival schedule, visit sive, does have history of racism towards two-spirit part of us as desire and sexuality. It’s a huge queerartsfestival.com/. people,” says Stimson. “This is an opportunity to COMING OUT ONLINE The dance-theatre work MSM [men seeking men] had its hopefully educate, enlighten, and open some minds.” beginnings as Indrit Kasapi was cleaning out a computer to give to his parents. There, he The festival’s thematic emphasis is also a found a whole bunch of old transcripts of chats he had had with men online. They had nod to its history. The Pride in Art Society, started around the time he was 16 and continued up to his early 20s, Kasapi realized the organization that produces the Queer Arts they encapsulated someone coming of age, coming out, and exploring his desires. Festival, was founded in 1998 by Robbie Hong, “It was like me meeting Indrit at 16, when I was kind of discovering my sexuality a two-spirit person. and figuring out who I was,” Kasapi, artistic producer at lemonTree creations, tells This year’s festival is also meant to honour the the Straight from his office in Toronto. “At 16 I had never even thought about coming out. It was about trying long history of two-spirit identity in indigenous to understand what I knew about myself. cultures. Two-spirit people were widely accepted “My parents were accepting, but certainly they weren’t going to sit me down to talk about sex, let alone by their communities centuries before the arrival about gay sex,” he adds. “So this was how I was learning about what others’ desires were and what turned of Europeans, a truth that Holman thinks should them on, and maybe what my desires were. It also provided a safe platform in some ways.” be spoken loud and proud. Kasapi has turned those conversations and others into a beat-pumped dance-theatre work that inte“Our job is one of looking back, restoration, grates spoken text—his own online chats, as well as his dancers’, often in the sexually explicit dialogue and reclamation,” says Holman. that digital anonymity allows. He says it’s a nonjudgmental ode to online dating, and the use of club music Wyss has worked in media art and ethnobotany came naturally: “If we’re going to talk about men wanting to see each other, it’s in clubs, with beats and for over 25 years, but for UnSettled, she’s preDJs,” says Kasapi, whose background spans everything from folk dance in his native country of Albania to senting an art form she’s recently rediscovered— theatre and contemporary dance in Canada. “I almost feel like the DJ, for our community, is a sort of deity.” traditional Coast Salish weaving. With smartphones and apps now ubiquitous, Kasapi says the dating landscape has changed in the four “There’s always this disbelief that queer culture or so years since he created MSM. “Dating apps have normalized things in some ways for gay people.” existed before contact,” Wyss tells the Straight Still, there’s a range of responses to the work. “The audiences we have have always had two different over the phone. “This is a way of honouring that responses,” he says. “They’re either completely shocked because they’ve never visited these chat rooms or culture and ancient weaving practices that have else they identify themselves so." existed from time immemorial.” > JANET SMITH Wyss will be presenting two traditional Coast Salish shawls side by side, a homage to the dual The Queer Arts Festival presents MSM [men seeking men] at the Roundhouse Community Arts and identity of two-spirit people. Her pieces will be set Recreation Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 20 and 21). up beside a floor loom, so visitors can participate in weaving a third art piece.

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In the news FIREHALL IGNITES The Firehall Arts Centre has just unveiled its 2017-18 season, with dance and theatre pieces that tackle everything from the ’60s Scoop to sexual assault, and from bodybuilding to Grimm fairy tales. The venue carries on its long tradition of diversity in programming, with indigenous and Métis works, and several shows about women and gender. The Firehall season kicks off from September 27 to 30 with Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Art dance work called Feasting on Famine, a look at one man’s disciplined immersion in the extreme world of bodybuilding. Next up, October 4 to 14, local theatre artists Itai Erdal, TJ Dawe, and Rachel Peak look at technology, social media, and the quest for true love and human connection in Hyperlink. Other offerings include Pamela Mala Sinha’s Happy Place, presented by Touchstone Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, and the Diwali Festival; Drew Hayden Taylor’s ‘60s Scoop story Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth; Itsazoo and Savage God Productions’ The Pipeline Project; Sheldon Elter’s Métis Mutt (shown here); and more. Early Bird passes go on sale today (June 15); see firehallartscentre.ca/. JUNE 15 – 22 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 19


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t all began with the fucking bear.” Dean Paul Gibson says this with a laugh that starts in his eyes. He’s happy, if exhausted. For the last 30 minutes, the Straight has been watching Gibson rehearse the cast and crew of The Winter’s Tale, and the experience has been a delightful frenzy. There are actors singing and two large puppet sheep bleating and, at one point, a giant prop tree crashing into a door. Then there’s Gibson, a tightly controlled tornado whose sense of command never falters, even when he’s dancing backward or flinging Fbombs in every other sentence. The “fucking bear” to which Gibson is referring is The Winter’s Tale’s biggest claim to fame, and perhaps the most notorious of William Shakespeare’s stage directions—“Exit, pursued by a bear”—which has next to nothing to do with the play itself. The Winter’s Tale’s first three acts are full of drama and tragedy as Leontes, the king of Sicily, becomes convinced that his wife, Hermione, is carrying the child of his best friend, the king of Bohemia. Though an oracle declares that Hermione is innocent, Leontes orders his friend poisoned, his wife jailed and put on trial, and their newborn baby abandoned. Hermione and Leontes’s son, Mamillius, dies from the stress of his mother’s imprisonment, and Hermione is pronounced dead as well. Leontes, chastened and repentant, vows to atone for what he’s done to his family. The play then flashes forward 16 years for the final acts and embraces a tonal shift into light romance and comedy with a touch of the surreal. Leontes and Hermione’s abandoned daughter returns to Sicily, where eventually all is revealed, forgiven, and, well, resurrected. When Leontes sees a recently completed statue of Hermione, he breaks down, and suddenly

The Winter’s Tale plays on betrayal and forgiveness at Bard on the Beach.

terrible. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that as a result of that we lost a child, or our good friend, or lost a husband. It’s a terrible thing.’ ” The timelessness of betrayal and forgiveness loomed large when Gibson was reckoning with his vision for The Winter’s Tale. He was travelling in Greece, visiting ancient ruins, living in the midst of things that have withstood and survived. He couldn’t shake a cubist image of a bear that he saw online. That image, and cubist art in general, became the visual inspiration for the production, and it’s the tension between cubism and antiquity that creates a displaced universe where impossible things become possible. “There’s a partnership between the cubism and the ancient,” Gibson says. “Curves, soft lines, togas, and long beautiful fabrics, and then the angularity of the cubism, which is also a metaphor for the angularity of Leontes’s complex, emotional, psychological journey. It’s sharp and it can hurt, but at the same time, if you shift it a different way, the facets become interesting to look at and you understand when you blend them together.” Twenty years ago, Gibson himself performed as the Shepherd in Bard on the Beach’s very first production of The Winter’s Tale. Getting to this moment, when he’s directing his own vision of the play, has also been a series of curved lines and sharp turns, but nothing excites him more. “I had an idea about a bear,” he says, shaking his head in wonder. “I had an idea about pillars and masks and costumes. I had an idea about music. And these people [the crew and the cast] brought it together. It’s so exciting. It’s daunting. Making theatre is not easy. It’s hard. You’ve got to be deeply committed, maybe a little bit off.” -

the statue comes to life and the Sicilian royal family is reunited. “It’s classic: whenever we don’t listen to the women, all the stuff goes to shit,” Gibson says, pointing out that though The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed plays, there’s more nuance to this story than to some of the Bard’s earlier works. “He has a much more seasoned approach here,” Gibson says. “The thing that gets into Leontes, his jealousy is complex.…It becomes erosive to your trust and your own world, and when you succumb to it—when we succumb to these kinds of things, well, this is a cautionary tale.” It’s not lost on Gibson that almost 400 years after The Winter’s Tale was first published, the horrifying circumstances of the play are no less problematic: male violence, women as possessions, sexism and misogyny. He acknowledges those themes, but he also wants to explore the hope he sees in the play’s surreal ending. “Imagine if we could meet someone again that we perhaps treated badly,” Gibson says. “I can imagine that that gives me a heart full of hope and faith. That’s my spirit, that’s my jam. Imagine The Winter’s Tale runs until September that you could meet somebody and say, 22 at Bard on the Beach’s BMO Main‘Listen, I messed you over something stage in Vanier Park.

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he golden hour isn’t just for photographers anymore. Yes, it’s true that the radiant light of the setting sun is a better filter than anything Leica or Zeiss could ever devise, but it can also work its magic in a musical setting—as Chor Leoni artistic director Erick Lichte has observed over several years of Manely/Fun events in Bard on the Beach’s waterfront setting. “When I’m programming for this, I’ve got to be thinking ‘Yes, we are singing in a tent.’ Which is not necessarily the most acoustically awesome place, but we have great sound engineers,” he says of the all-male choir’s annual summer concerts. “And there’s a sort of looseness and an intimacy that that venue has. It’s a thrust stage, so you’re surrounded by the audience, and that certainly doesn’t happen in many of our choral venues. “What I’m also trying to program for,” he continues, “is that there’s always this certain moment with the evening concerts where the sun is starting to go down, and we get this

But scenic and sonic beauty are not all that Manely/Fun has to offer. Contemporary social issues are addressed with Corey Payette’s “Gimikwenden Ina”, from the First Nations composer’s residential-school-themed musical Children of God, and then the night will end on a considerably lighter note with a choreographed medley of four disco classics, closing with an appropriately triumphant version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. As Lichte notes, the program is a grab bag of all that Chor Leoni has to offer. “You know, what we try to do with these shows is weave together a lot of sorts of music that we wouldn’t necessarily do in our ‘classical’ concerts through the year,” he says, laughing. “It’s somewhere between cabaret, a choral concert, and maybe the set of skits and sketches you might do at the end of a week at summer camp. But having those different ways we can connect with our audience is something very special.” Chor Leoni presents Manely/Fun at Bard on the Beach’s BMO Mainstage on Monday (June 19) and June 26.

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beautiful light. We’ll do some ballads or some jazz tunes—something slow and lovely—and all of a sudden you get this nice, cool breeze coming in through that window looking out onto the mountains… I’m always waiting for that moment.” A quick look at the program that Lichte has prepared for this year’s edition of Manely/Fun suggests that Chor Leoni will find perfect illumination during its version of Errol Garner’s jazz standard “Misty”, or during its take on Steve Young’s lilting country-rock masterpiece “Seven Bridges Road”, or perhaps even during its choral interpretation of Peter Gabriel’s affirmational anthem “Don’t Give Up”. “Those lyrics are so incredibly powerful,” Lichte says of the latter. “So we’re taking this amazing song about a man trying to make it work in his life—he’s feeling down on his luck, possibly standing on a bridge and contemplating his own demise—and putting 50 men behind it, singing these extraordinary harmonies.…I’m moved almost to tears every time we rehearse that piece. It really is stunning.”

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What a treat for the littlest a good cry. These Are the Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad resemDay and Good Night is a thorough- bles an informal seminar with a ly charming show for babies and very likable instructor explaining toddlers that is engaging without why these songs affect us the way being condescending. they do. Kayla Dunbar and Dustin FreePerformer Jane Miller created land’s script introduces Sun and this piece with Nightswimming’s Moon, who meet one day when the Brian Quirt. The pair read up on dial that changes Night to Day gets discoveries made by researchers stuck. The story takes a number in the past couple of decades on of witty turns that inject elements music’s psychological, physiologicof contemporary culture into the al, and neurological effects. They cosmic sphere: check out the giant also polled friends about their cellphones the characters use to favourite sombre tunes. order takeout at snack time. The Earlier productions of this play show includes some great little dit- have been done in private homes, ties, including a tribute to “unique and the Fishbowl gets close to that New York” and one well known to intimacy, with the small audience wee folks, “You Are My Sunshine”. seated in a circle around Miller’s There are adventures, hurt feelings, keyboard. She opens with Adele’s and ultimately, a lasting friendship. “Someone Like You”, a number so This is a very physical show: direc- demonstrably sob-inducing that tor Carole Higgins puts the audience it’s been the subject of both an SNL on a round mat in the centre of the sketch and a Wall Street Journal floor, and the action moves around it article. Emotionally intense songs, constantly, leaving no time for those it turns out, share some distincwith very short attention spans to tive characteristics: melodic tenget bored. Alexandra Lainfiesta as sion and release, spacious arrangeSun and Steven Greenfield as Moon ments, and sudden shifts from both deliver warm, generous, and soft to loud. These qualities give playful performances. Lainfiesta’s us goose bumps, make our hearts buoyant energy and lovely singing race, and f lood our brains with voice are nicely counterpointed by dopamine, the feel-good hormone. Greenfield’s wistful sensitivity. Live Miller’s presentation of this musical accompaniment by CJ Mc- information is so casual that it Gillivray on a variety of instruments never feels like a lecture; it’s more adds to the fun. like good dinner-party conversaThe show’s design also plays well tion. She encourages the audience to the young set. Kiara Lawson’s to share their favourite sad songs, costumes are simple and vibrant, and there’s an uncensored quality and Sarah Mabberley’s set and props to the group’s reactions—which in(including a number of puppets in clude a good deal of laughter—to minor roles) are colourful and in- her stories. ventive: blue ribbons pop out of a Miller shares a lot of herself, too, watering can as Sun nurtures a plant, from personal accounts of loss and for example; a sheet of iridescent fab- grief to her impressive beatboxing ric passes over the heads of the audi- and a cappella singing skills. But ence to represent the northern lights. while I was thoroughly engaged Amid the mostly natural imagery are throughout, I found myself spendsome witty flourishes, like faithful ing more time contemplating the re-creations of Broadway marquee idea of goose bump-inducing music posters snuck into a New York city- than actually feeling the goose scape made of oversized foam blocks. bumps. My niece, who’s nearly four, But I’m glad I saw this show, loved Good Day and Good Night, and I look forward to checking out and the many younger children the playlists that the artists will (including babies under six months be compiling based on audience old) attending the performance suggestions at each performance. we saw were engaged for the play’s (You can find them at sadsongs. whole 40 minutes. Sweetness, sim- ca/.) These Are the Songs That I plicity, and virtuosity are the magic Sing When I’m Sad leaves you with ingredients in this piece, which plenty to ref lect on, as well as an enchants the very young without urge to dig through your music driving their parents crazy. That’s collection and luxuriate in its no small achievement. moodiest moments.

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HAMLET Sandbox Theatre presents a play in which Hamlet’s father’s death and his mother’s hasty marriage provoke thoughts of murder and vengeance that push his mind to madness. To Jun 24, 7:30 pm, The Cultch (1895 Venables). Tix $22-30, info www.facebook.com/sandbox theatreproduction/.

DANCE 2THIS WEEK 12 MINUTES MAX Short, eclectic contemporary-dance works by Vancouver choreographers Jenn Edwards, Molly McDermott, Liliane Moussa, Monica Shah, and Marissa Wong. Jun 16, 8 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Tix at www.tickettonight.ca/.

MUSIC 2THIS WEEK MANELY/FUN Chor Leoni Men’s Choir combines tunes, a band, and lots of energy in an evening of surprises, costumes, and choreography. Jun 19 and 26, 2 pm, 7:30 pm, Bard on the Beach (1000 Chestnut). Info www.bardonthebeach.org/.

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THE WINTER’S TALE Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s drama in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption, and a family’s healing. To Sep 22, Bard on the Beach (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $21, info www.bard onthebeach.org/2017/the-winters-tale/.

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IN TUNE 2017: WHERE NEW MUSICALS ARE BORN Eleven days of masterclasses, showcases of new musicals in development, and panel discussions. To Jun 18, Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright, Granville Island). The event also runs at Waterfront Theatre and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, info www.touchstone theatre.com/productions/in-tune-2017/.

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COMEDY 2ONGOING THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 604-684-5050, www. thecomedymix.com/. Comedy club with pro-am night Tue at 8:30 pm, showcase Wed at 8:30 pm, and featured headliners Thu at 8:30 pm and Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. 2KYLE BOTTOM Jun 15-17 2ANDREW GROSE Jun 22-24

TIDAL THEATRE Combine a trip to the beach with a unique theatrical journey when Cinerama runs June 15 to 18 and 21 to 30 during low tide at Spanish Banks. Presented by Fight With a Stick (formerly Leaky Heaven Performance), this new production will be helmed by Alex Ferguson and Steven Hill, the masterminds behind last year’s avant-garde warehouseset Revolutions. Surrounding the viewer with water and weather, the site-specific work aims to create the feel of “live cinema”, except with no story line and no actors. Expect the weird, the wonderful, and the wavy.

YUK YUK’S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks.com/van couver/. Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 and 9:30 pm. 2CAL POST Jun 16-17 2BRYAN O’GORMAN Jun 23-24 VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE #NoFilter (Thu, 9:15 pm); Firecracker! (Wed, 9:15 pm); Ok Tinder (Fri and Sat, 11:15 pm); Rookie Night (Sun, 7:30 pm); The SuperDad Show (Sun, 2 pm); TheatreSports (Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7:30 pm; Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm). Jun 14-21, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.

LITERARY EVENTS 2THIS WEEK LAY OF THE LAND A night of indigenous erotica writers and readings, curated by Samantha Nock. An ASL interpreter will be present. Jun 19, 7 pm, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). Free, info www.queerartsfestival. com/event/lay-of-the-land/.

ET CETERA 2THIS WEEK QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL Annual artist-run, multidisciplinary event presents thoughtprovoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Highlights include a curated visual-art exhibition,

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SOUTH GRANVILLE ARTWALK Explore the art on exhibit at Uno Langmann Limited, Kimoto Gallery, Pousette Gallery, Petley Jones Gallery, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Masters Gallery, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Ian Tan Gallery, Douglas Reynolds Gallery, Marion Scott Gallery, Kurbatoff Gallery, and Bau-Xi Gallery. Jun 17, 10 am–6 pm, various South Granville art galleries. Info www.southgranville.org/.

GALLERIES VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2PICTURES FROM HERE (photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists) to Sep 4

MUSEUMS THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604-8225087, www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2TRACES OF WORDS: ART AND CALLIGRAPHY FROM ASIA (multimedia exhibition examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans) to Oct 9

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and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be anointed a saint no matter how much of a screwup you might have been. As hopelessly messed up as they were in real life, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Eric “Eazy-E” Wright have been unconditionally revered in death. The big flaw of All Eyez on Me— which finds newbie Demetrius Shipp Jr. making a stunning debut as late rapper Tupac Shakur—is that it’s more of a rose-colouredglasses love letter than a gritty Straight Outta Compton biopic. The film, directed by music-video vet Benny Boom, wants us to believe that the iconic rapper was not only a hip-hop visionary, but also goodness personified. Shakur’s rap sheet suggests otherwise. By the time he was gunned down in Las Vegas at age 25 as part of a bicoastal hip-hop war, Shakur had been charged with various physical assaults, involved in more than one street shooting, and incarcerated for sexual assault. In fairness, that’s all chronicled here, and Boom never sanitizes the inner-city violence that inspired much of the rapper’s art. But it’s all framed in a way that suggests Shakur wasn’t to blame for his various troubles, including, egregiously, the hotel rape that landed him in jail. All Eyez on Me instead paints a complicated human being as a boyz-n-the-hood version of Robin Hood. At one point we even see him doling out bills to struggling welfare mothers. Radiating the idealism, passion, and showmanship that made Shakur an icon, Shipp Jr. is incredible enough that we can almost forgive the movie for downplaying the more unsavoury parts of the rapper’s life. The former Target clerk is also an eerie dead ringer for Shakur; it’s almost like the 2012 hologram from Coachella returned to life. The supporting cast is just as strong, with Dominic L. Santana suitably menacing as famously scary Death Row Records founder Suge Knight. As a history lesson, All Eyez on Me will satisfy completists, tracing Shakur from his birth to a Black Panther mom in New York to superstardom in a more or less linear, straightahead fashion. Director Boom is no boundary-pushing renegade— the live-performance sequences feel particularly staged—but he keeps things moving along briskly, with nice touches including following Shakur’s seeming obsession with Shakespeare back to a high-school drama class.

As the movie rolls to its inevitable conclusion—that fateful night in Vegas—somehow we’re left wanting more. The brilliance of Shakur classics like “Brenda’s Got a Baby” was in the way he provided a raw and unvarnished view of American street life. The man never pretended to be a saint. Too bad All Eyez on Me treats him like one.

filmmaker to tunnel back into the quietly hopeful side of that grey, postwar moment. And the sets and other period details add fascinating precision to this otherwise dreamlike fable of a small man’s reach for greatness. By the way, it doesn’t ruin the (historically ordained) ending to know that the real-life Olli and Raija play an elderly couple our screen duo > MIKE USINGER encounters near a Helsinki harbour. “Do you think we’ll become like THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE them?” the younger pair wonders LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI about the other. Starring Jarkko Lahti. In Finnish, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable

Don’t cue the Rocky theme for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, a sublimely realized true story about the rigorous exercise of one athlete’s soul. In fact, the only off-screen music here is a twangy surf-noir theme at either end, with most of the dialogue backed only by neatly recorded sounds. This fits perfectly with the early-’60s aesthetic of 16mm black-and-white, with playful editing recalling the new-wave vibe of Eastern European cinema from that era. The film is a fresh-out-of-the-gate triumph for young writer-director Juho Kuosmanen, starting with his casting of Jarkko Lahti, a blond bantam who, with his tousled hair and cocked smile, looks amazingly like the real Olli, a small-towner suddenly thrust into the Helsinki limelight in 1962, when he was chosen to defend Finland in the ring, on home turf. By this point, Mäki has won a number of European titles— all amateur—and he’s not that worried about hitting the bigs. That in itself is worrisome to Elis Ask (Eero Milonoff), a onetime boxing hotshot who has decided to groom the younger man in his image. There’s something else Ask wishes Olli hadn’t told him; the latter has fallen in love with Raija (the winsome Oona Airola), a preschool teacher from back home. She accompanies him, rather chastely, to training sessions in the capital, and these also include being followed by a documentary film crew. She’s not that into boxing, or fame, for that matter, but Olli finds himself more interested in her than in losing the four or so pounds he needs to drop to qualify for the featherweight bout, to be held in the nation’s largest stadium. As conflicts go, this is pretty mild, but the simple structure allows the

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MANIFESTO Starring Cate Blanchett. Rating unavailable

How do you convey the ideas modern art without getting people to stare at the wall? Well, you can make sure what’s on the wall keeps moving. That’s part of what is behind Manifesto, which funnels more than a century’s worth of aesthetic proclamations—and some overtly political constructions—into one actor playing 13 roles in myriad locations, with a variety of accents, ages, and genders. Good thing that actor is Cate Blanchett, since it’s hard to imagine anyone else with the fluidity, dramatic presence, and ornery playfulness to pull off such a feat without undue grandiosity. (Let’s remember now that she was the most convincing of all the Dylans in I’m Not There.) Not that pomposity and outright comedy aren’t part of the mix for Munichborn artist turned director Julian Rosefeldt, who shoves intentionally silly words into solemn occasions— as when one of the Cates spouts Dada goofiness to a funeral gathering— and creative profundities into humdrum settings, as when a cardiganwearing hausfrau quotes Jean-Luc Godard at the family dinner. It’s impressive enough to see how Blanchett invented all these personas, with their attendant makeup and costume requirements, in a 12day shoot—with her voice utilized both on-screen and off-, alongside harshly percussive music. But even more striking is the way Rosefeldt and cinematographer Christoph Krauss managed to find, construct, or create the illusion of so many complete worlds to place around her. Some are as intimate as a grotty English bed-sit or a smoky nightclub

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Salma Hayek makes the most of her star turn in Beatriz at Dinner.

star turn for Salma Hayek as the title character, a Mexican-American who works as a holistic healer and masseuse. Beatrizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real skill, and weakness, is empathy. Sometimes thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a plus, as when she takes in stray goats as pets, or when she helped a young girl survive cancer, earning a lifetime of gratitude from the kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, richy-rich Cathy (Connie Britton). Cathy books a stress-relieving massage right before a big dinner party in her gated mansion outside of Los Angeles. And when Beatrizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ratty old car breaks down, she needs to wait for a mechanic friend to help her. This is how she gets invited to that soiree, held to celebrate the latest victory of big-shot developer Doug Strutt (a cackling John Lithgow), who parades his arrogant stuff in a pointedly Trumpian manner. He had help in his latest acquisi-

tionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some nature-preserve acreage previously protected by environmentalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from Cathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband (David Warshofsky) and his lobbyist pal (Jay Duplass). Their wives (Amy Landecker and ChloĂŤ Sevigny) show some interest in their unexpected dinner companion, still in her work clothes. The male guests, of course, mistake her for the help. And the rest of the evening is a comedy of bad manners, with Beatriz increasingly aware of just how awful these onepercenters are, and less and less shy about showing it. The script from comic veteran Mike White is rife with zingers, and director Miguel Arteta makes the most of a limited location to utilize his strong cast. This is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third collaboration, after Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl, and they manage to avoid too many stagey devices. Still, in the end (and especially at the end), the dynamics are too overblown to be taken seriously. The men are too unambiguously corrupt to remain interesting, and the other womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; surprise, surpriseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are little more than ditsy, essentially clueless appendages to the men. Believability suffers. Do you think Melania Trump would invite a holistic animal-rights activist to have dinner with her husband? Okay, bad example. > KEN EISNER

THE COMMUNE Starring Ulrich Thomsen. In Danish, with English subtitles. Rated 14A

A nostalgic look at Danish life

2 in the 1970s, this smartly shot

movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a relatively relaxed departure for the usually intense Thomas Vinterberg, who helped kick off the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s Dogme craze (and a lot of family-secrets dramedies) with The Celebration, and looked hard at unforgiving social mores in The Hunt, with Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher falsely accused of pedophilia. His work, including the misfired Thomas Hardy adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd, often explores the transgressions that both connect and divide people in intimate settings. The Commune pushes this concern out front in a semiautobiographical tale he first created as a stage play with frequent collaborator Tobias Lindholm. It centres, perhaps to its detriment, on Erik, a stuffy architecture professor played by Scando veteran Ulrich Thomsen. When his father dies, Erik inherits a rambling Copenhagen mansion and quickly finds the place too much for wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm, seen opposite Pierce Brosnan in Susanne Bierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Is All You Need) and their sensitive 14-year-old daughter, Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). TICKETS AT TICKETWEB.CA, TWEB. HIGHLIFE, REDCAT AND ZULU RECORDS. Annaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a popular TV newsreader, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to go unconventional at home, suggesting they invite CATS ONLY CLUB - JUNE 16 others to fill the big house. What follows is a montage of likely cohabitants, minus the expected humorous asides with wackos who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the cut. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprising when we hardly get to know the men and women who do move inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;although the patriarchal structure is familiar enough. The almost two-hour tale is only concerned with the growing fissures between Anna, callous at times, and Erik, who flies into taxing authoritarian rages. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before he meets a beautiful young student who lights up the room but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to say. (Helene Reingaard Neumann also happens to SUNDAY 12PM - 4PM THURSDAY $2.75 10 OZ DRAFT CEASARS ON SPECIAL!! WATERFRONT PATIO! $5.50 HEY Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ALL HARD ICED TEA be married to the director.) With his soundtrack alternatSUNDAY SOUL BRUNCH W/ DJ K-TEL ing between period pop songs and R&B / SOUL / FUNK COVERS remarkably inappropriate psychoIN BLISS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PRAIRIE GOLD BLUES FRIDAY logical-thriller music, the filmmaker ROCK TRIO â&#x20AC;˘ 8PM $10@ THE DOOR appears to have assigned his rearELI MURO, MICHAEL RED, TUESDAY WHICH NANCY, BARLEE, EZ.NAIVE view perceptions to both Freja and the OPEN MIC NIGHT!! CATS ONLY CLUB only other child in the house, a small $5@ THE DOOR AND FREE FOR PRESENTED BY LOW INDIGO X boy with a troubling heart condition. PERFORMERS CHAPEL SOUND WEDNESDAY Perhaps Vinterberg himself was too SATURDAY DRINK SPECIALS, RED STRIPE!! young to clock what was really going Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;EST EXTRA VANCOUVER! ISLAND VIBES on behind those billows of secondREGGAE NIGHT hand smoke, but his memoir lacks the FRENCH MUSIC FROM AROUND WITH BASSOS RANCHEROS THE WORLD clarity and playfulness of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ROOTS / DUB / REGGAE similarly retrospective 20th Century Women, in which we at least knew how everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room looked and *** VISIT US ONLINE FOR UP TO THE MINUTE LISTINGS, DRINK SPECIALS AND MORE www.thebackstagelounge.com *** some of what they did there.

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between Saskatoon and Winnipeg, the band on a Hard Core Logo–style there-and-back-again tour to guitarist-vocalist James Farwell’s old stomping grounds in Manitoba. “We’ve just passed by the Truck Saver parts and service,” Farwell notes, peering out the van window. “There’s lots of John Deere greens, and there’s a really comfortable overcast. The whole spectrum of grey is represented.” In short, it looks a bit like the cover for You Are Not the Ocean, You Are the Patient, Bison’s new full-length, with grey-, black-, and silver-hued landscape images based on photos by both Farwell (the front) and new bassist Shane Clark (the back). The tour—the first Bison has undertaken in two-and-a-half years, Farwell reckons—has not been without setbacks, like a seven-hour detour the band had to take to get to Calgary, when it turned out all the highways were washed out. “Mother Nature fucked British Columbia hard,” Farwell says happily, adding that, even out in Saskatchewan, “the highway is a piece of garbage, because it’s a Canadian highway that gets extreme cold and extreme heat. Y’know—it’s fuckin’ Canada!”

A grower and not a shower

The eyes of Bison’s members burn so intensely with a white-hot hatred of everything that lives and breathes that they can’t be captured in a photograph.

don’t come expecting any Ian Anderson flourishes. “My instruction to her,” Farwell says, “was ‘You Bison’s James Farwell admits the local metal band’s can play the flute, that’s latest album demands a little patience of the listener great, I don’t care; I don’t care if you do melody or But Bison has made all the gigs more or less all that shit. Just play it like something is cutting unscathed. your fucking stomach out of you. Play it scary!’ ” “People love the new stuff, surprisingly,” FarOther highlights include “Raiigin”—prowell reports. “Some of it you need a bit of patience nounced “Reagan”—which reworks a song from with, but people are patient.” Farwell’s mid-1990s band Idahoan, and touches When I note that the album took a while to on his mild obsession with the president who grow on me, he replies with “Yeah. This one’s a launched a thousand hardcore bands. Then there’s grower, not a shower.” the driving, anthemic “Anti-War”. In part that’s because of a new approach to “It’s about trying to fit into your life,” Farwell writing music, informed by the departure of long- explains, “trying to keep going with sort of pretime bassist Masa Anzai—who remains on good tending you’re able to do it: it’s about love and terms with the band—and the arrival of 3 Inches family and being the standup good person that of Blood’s Clark. The result is songs that are more you’re trying to be, but in the back of your mind bass-driven, an observation Farwell agrees with. you’re thinking, ‘I’m just a fraud!’ ” “Stylistically, Shane’s playing is more like a solid, That observation obviously has a personal insistent presence. Masa had bass lines that were basis: You Are Not the Ocean, You Are the Patient very intricate, were very written. Masa’s a great invites listeners deep into the morass of Farwell’s bass player, no doubt about it in my mind; Shane darkness while detailing his struggles to keep his is also a great musician, but he’s more of a meat- head out of it. and-potatoes, ‘rock-solid foundation’ guy. That lent “It’s sort of an ongoing thing,” the Squamishto it being a part of the actual sonic quality. That’s based musician explains, “where I’m constantly why it’s a little bit more up in the mix. It’s like, ‘This trying to make myself a better person. I’ve met is adding to the heaviness.’ It’s not lending to the this beautiful woman, I’ve decided that I’m goethereal sense of atmosphere, like Masa was. It’s ing to have children with her, I decide what’s best actually adding to the girth of this fucking music!” for my children is to move out of the fuckin’ just “Tantrum”, the longest track on the album, even gutting nightmare that is Vancouver, and I move features Clark overdubbed on himself, bass on up to this beautiful place where there’s space and bass, during an extended, swirling interlude that fresh air and beauty surrounding me. And it’s also features violin courtesy of Terence O’Shea slower, and there’s fewer people, and the people (Bison drummer Matt Wood’s brother-in-law) that are there, they doff their hats at you and say and flute, courtesy of Sarah Jane Truman. But ‘Good morning’ and whatnot. But there’s still

something inside of me that’s just ‘Fuck you, this is garbage, the whole thing is garbage.’ That’s kind of what it means for me, anyway. It’s control, it’s the feeling of you’re helpless. You’re at something else’s mercy, constantly.” The title of the album comes from that experience. “You see the beautiful vista, and you see what’s happening in your life, but there’s always this uncontrolled brutality.…Like, you’re not in charge. You don’t have anything—you have nothing. You can have your house and your car and your loves and your pets. But you don’t have it. You are not in control.” Farwell has taken time off from his work with the disenfranchised in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside so he can participate in raising his fivemonth-old youngest, Charlie; he’s on parental leave, which he likens to “welfare for dads”. Like Matt Wood and co-guitarist-vocalist Dan And, Farwell has added fatherhood to the list of changes that have rocked his life since 2012— from losing Anzai to being dropped by Bison’s former label, Metal Blade. The band is in a great space for rebuilding, however (and has, after a year of shopping around, been picked up by German label Pelagic Records; Farwell says he’s pretty much done with the U.S. music industry). Soon enough, however, he’ll be back at work, dealing with the addicted and homeless. (Parental leave runs out in December.) What’s that like, anyhow, having to drive every day from his beautiful home and family to the devastation of Hastings and Main? “It just fucks with your head,” he answers. “It’s great! You get a lot of time to think about songwriting.” Bison plays the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday (June 16).

CHADBOURNE AND Z UBOT HO P E TO RE LIV E MAG IC >>> Some things are just too

2 good to forget, and I’m not

alone in treasuring my memories of the Collaboratory sessions that once were a major part of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Organized by former folk-fest artistic director Dugg Simpson, their goal was to put seemingly unrelated musicians together, and then give them enough rehearsal time to come up with an artistically coherent presentation of music the world had never heard before. Simpson’s strategy certainly worked for American guitarist, banjo player, and musical provocateur Eugene Chadbourne, who enthused “This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life” after joining forces with violinist Jesse Zubot, bassist Andrew Downing, and Hindustani slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya back in 2002, as part of the festival’s 25thanniversary celebrations. Fifteen years later, he’s still savouring the moment—and gearing up to revisit the magic that he and Zubot shared that day. “The opportunity to collaborate with musicians from different countries and different cultures is something that I don’t normally get to do all the time,” Chadbourne explains, on the line from

This is actually the happiest that Eugene Chadbourne has ever looked; you ought to see the American guitarist when he’s in a lousy mood.

his Greensboro, North Carolina, home. “In our little pod of people we had musicians from China, Iran, and India, and then Jesse was

there, and me. We had a few days to kind of work out a program, and then we got to perform. It was just a really great experience.

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“Some very funny things happened,” the former Calgary Herald music critic continues. “I remember that one of the Indian musicians was really taken with Jesse; he talked about how he was going to take Jesse back to India and lock him in a prison cell and only take him out to do recordings. And I remember that Jesse was just very laid-back, and he kind of looked at the guy and said, ‘Oh, cool!’ We really had a great time doing that, so it should be a nice encounter.” Chadbourne and Zubot will have more than fond memories to fall back on. Both belong to that very specialized caste of musicians who combine advanced improvisational skills with a deep knowledge of country-andwestern music, and while Chadbourne might be the manic yang to Zubot’s stoic yin, that opens the potential for an alchemical fusion of opposites. As for the generational divide between the 40-something Zubot and the 63-year-old Chadbourne, it shouldn’t be a problem: for the past few years, the latter has been playing hometown shows with his three daughters. It’s not like the Doc Chad Family Band, as the kids like to call it, is

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does it mean to you?’ Then I can come up with a story line and a narrative. And that’s the key for me: it’s all got to connect in a seamless way.” Combining visual poetry with sonic excellence comes even more naturally to Laskin’s peer Linda Manzer, whose custom creations for her friend and patron Pat Metheny have encompassed everything from guitars that sound like sitars to an elaborate, 42-stringed creation that was quickly dubbed “the Pikasso” after its debut. “When you’re building a guitar, you really have to separate into different personalities,” she says, in a separate telephone interview from Toronto. “You have to think about it acoustically, and you also have to be a bit of an engineer and think about it structurally. You also have to be really aware that somebody’s going to be playing it, so it has to be physically comfortable.…Once you’ve got those three things out of the way—and they’re really the priorities—then you can play with what it looks like. “For me,” Manzer continues, “I had been an artist before I was a guitarmaker, and I was also a bad folksinger.

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savage love I’m almost 30 and I’m a virgin. I’m an overweight, straightish guy (I’m attracted to a few men, but those cases are exceedingly rare). I’ve also gone through an absolute hell life thus far, losing a testicle to cancer and having an abusive father who threatened a teenage me into celibacy by invoking the phrase “penile lobotomy” should I have sex with any girlfriends. I’ve barely dated in 10 years, and while I’m free from my father and the aforementioned mortal dick terror, I’m also incredibly scared about putting myself out there. I’m disabled; I’m not conventionally attractive by most standards; my whole zone down there is scarred up from surgeries; and, to top it all off, I’m on the small side. The last time I had the opportunity for sex, I went for it, but I was so terrified that I couldn’t keep it up. The woman I was with said something to the effect of “Well, I can’t do anything with that, now can I?” after which I asked her to leave because, seriously, that’s kind of an asshole thing to say. I’m notionally on Tinder and Bumble, but I really don’t know what I’m doing—and more often than not, I feel like the right thing for any theoretical partners would be for me to just stay in hiding and not infl ict my grotesque presence on them. I’m scared of another humiliation, as that’s most defi nitely not my kink, and I’m at an age where my complete lack of experience and physical deformity are (I would have to imagine) major issues for anyone I might encounter.

I truly want romance, sexuality, and companionship in my life. I haven’t fought through poverty, disability, physical and emotional abuse, and my genitalia trying to kill me to stay entombed in my office alone and unloved. I just do not know where to even begin. > THE VIRGIN WHO’S BEEN FUCKED A WHOLE LOT JUST NEVER IN THE GOOD WAY

Off the top of my head… Hire a sex worker. It will allow you to separate your anxieties about finding romance and companionship from your anxieties about being sexually inexperienced. A kind, indulgent, competent sex worker can relieve you of your virginity and help restore—or instill—confidence in your dick’s ability to get and stay hard in the presence of another human being. Be totally honest about your inexperience and your concerns. If you get the sense during negotiations—which should be brief and to the point—that the woman you’re talking to is impatient or uncaring, thank her for her time and start over. There are kind, caring, compassionate sex workers out there. Presumably, you’ve got a computer in your office, TVWBFAWLJNITGW. Use it to find one. Get out of the house. Go places, do things—as much as your disability and budget allow. Even if you have to go alone, go. Even if the things you want to do are unlikely to put you in front of many/any women, do those things. You’re likelier to meet someone if you’re out of the house and

> BY DAN SAVAGE moving through the world. Even if you don’t meet someone right away, you’ll feel less isolated and less alone. Even if you never meet someone (I’m not sugarcoating things—some people don’t), going places and doing things means you’ll have a rich and full and active life regardless. You’re not alone. Okay, you’re alone, but you’re not alone alone. Meaning there are women (and men) out there who feel just as paralyzed as you do—because they’re 30-yearold-or-older virgins, because they’re not conventionally attractive, because their first/only sexual experiences were just as humiliating, because they had traumatic childhoods and bear emotional scars. You want a woman to come into your life who is patient and accepting and kind and willing to look past your disability and your inexperience and your difficult history. Be patient, accepting, kind, and similarly willing. Get over those scars. I had a boyfriend a long time ago who had significant scarring on his balls and taint. He was a farm boy (sigh), and he fell on a piece of farm machinery and wound up straddling a scalding-hot pipe. I don’t know how that worked exactly, because I don’t know from farm machinery, but the pipe burned through his jeans and left third-degree burns on his balls, taint, and upper-upper thigh. Ten years later, we started going out—and guess what? I didn’t notice his scars. And not for want of opportunity: he was my first serious boyfriend, and I spent the better part of three months with my face in his crotch. The scars

that were so obvious to him and left him feeling self-conscious about his genitals? They were invisible to me until he needlessly apologized for them. Genitals are a jumble of flesh and folds and hairs and colours and bits and pieces and sometimes scars, TVWBFAWLJNITGW. If you’re worried your scarring is noticeable, mention that you’re a cancer survivor and lost a ball but gained a sick (as in cool) scar. Good luck, TVWBFAWLJNITGW. We’re rooting for you.

frivolous. Like, I wouldn’t go around shoving my fi ngers inside my pussy and rubbing the results all over my face. Typically, we’re able to discuss any kind of conflict or confusion that arises between us, but this one seems tough to broach for me. Th ree questions: how common is this? Do I need to just get over it or should I try to talk to him about it? Would most guys suck their own dick if they were able?

Your a faggot.

1. It’s not common, YUCK, but it’s not unheard-of, either. Maybe your boyfriend grew up with sex-phobic parents who blew up at the sight of a crusty sock—so he opted to destroy the evidence by eating it and developed a taste for it. Maybe he thinks his semen contains powerful woo-hoo-y masculine energy and wishes to retain some of it. Maybe he had a girlfriend who thought it was hot to see him eat his come and he (wrongly) assumes it’s a turn-on for you too. 2. Yes, you need to get over it and, yes, you should ask him about it. The former almost certainly requires the latter. 3. Every man on Earth tries, a select few succeed, and we all would if we could. Even my new friend WORM. -

> WOMEN OBSESS REAL MEN

Your new here, WORM, aren’t you?

I’m a straight woman, and I’ve

been dating my boyfriend for about eight months. We have a wonderful relationship and amazing sex. There’s one thing he does in the bedroom, however, that I find offputting and I was hoping you might be able to provide some insight. About 25 percent of the time after he ejaculates, he briefly licks some of his come off his fingers. Th is kind of creeps me out. I’ve been with more than a few dudes, so I obviously understand that a woman eating their come is a common turn-on, but this is my first experience with this particular incarnation. At first I was worried my aversion might be rooted in some deeply buried homophobic beliefs, but we’ve discussed the idea of me pegging him, and that I can get behind. I think it’s more that this smacks of a certain egotism I find

> YEARNING UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING KINK

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