The Omega · Volume 22, Issue 9
Life & Community Beats, bananas and the bubbly
Dada Life brings their “anthems for fun” to Cactus Jack’s Saloon
Kassandra Mitchell Ω Contributor
Swedish electro-house duo Dada Life performed at Cactus Jacks Monday, Oct. 22, showing fans in Kamloops what their famous energy is all about. Hailing from Los Angeles, opening act 12th Planet did a great job of priming the crowd with electric dance music (EDM). Dada Life members Olle Corneer and Stefan Engbliom then burst on stage and manned the turntables for what would be a night of high-energy fun. For those unfamiliar, Dada Life has amassed a markedly larger fan base since their debut in 2006. These fans have become welcomed citizens of “Dada Land,” where their electronic, bass-ramped beats are anthems for fun. As the kings of this fantasy empire, Dada Life has also created a list of “Dada Rules” which prescribe certain behaviour for admirers and show attendees. Monday’s performance proves the duo isn’t just talk – they practice what they preach. Rule #35 – Never bring your brain into the club. Inf latable bananas and champagne bottles swirled across the dance f loor, while several fans dressed as bananas fist-pumped their way to the front. Fans even brought their own bananas, hurling the fruit on stage. To an outsider unfamiliar with the pair’s trademark gimmickry, this all appears moronic. That’s just the point – the club isn’t for your brain and it certainly
The accidental chaplain
David Nasz plays bass alongside Lewis Jay on guitar for their band FAMINE at the Little Big House show on Oct. 10.
—PHOTO BY SAMANTHA GARVEY
isn’t for thinking. Both members of the duo even picked up some of the fruit, peeling them back for a mid-performance snack. Rule #12 – If you don’t want to get wet, you don’t want to have fun – and get wet show-goers did. The pair popped at least three bottles of champagne and drenched half the dance f loor in the bursting bubbly. Rule #9 – If you’re stuck, there’s only one solution: go harder. From beginning to end, Dada Life filled Cactus Jacks with their characteristic, energy-driven sound, playing fan favorites like “Kick Out The Epic,” “Rolling Stones T-Shirt” and fellow DJs Bingo
Players’ “Rattle” (arguably one of the most popular EDM tracks of 2012). The harder it was, the louder it sounded and the faster it got fans moving, the more Dada Life let it play. The show gave fans exactly what they wanted. Cactus Jacks became Dada Land, and the rules of Dada were strongly enforced. Overall attendance was small, but the fans that were present made up for the lack of numbers with their energy and enthusiasm. If potassium-infused, bottlepoppin’ fun is something you’re into, make sure not to miss the duo next time they slide through Kamloops.
These days, TRU chaplain George Feenstra’s life is peaceful. Sitting in the chaplaincy office at TRU, this weathered minister looks kind of like a sage far removed from his days as a rebellious church outcast. He’s more an intellectual thinker now, who ponders the role of the church in social organization through the first half of the 20th century. He also thinks about the life of Jesus Christ, who he says fought against the power structures of the day to better the lives of common people. “If the Christian faith has anything to offer, it’s the critical nature of Jesus who fought against the religious institutions and political structures,” said George Feenstra, a United Church minister. “As a minister, I am just another capitalist wage earner. The church itself has become the benefactors of a system it should be criticizing.” Feenstra and his small United Church congregation in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood near Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, fed porridge in the mornings and soup in the evenings to sex trade workers after police pushed them off downtown eastside streets in preparation for of the 2010 Winter Olympics. “We had guests and you treat your guests well,” Feenstra said as he shifts in his chair at the small Interfaith Chaplaincy office carved out of the wall off a hallway in Old Main on TRU campus. The influx of street people from depressed areas of East Hastings and Main Street neighbourhoods in the late 2000s didn’t sit well with a local community watch group, who Feenstra said called police and the United Church to complain.
“The United Church gave the police permission to drive the street people away from the church,” Feenstra said. “It was a gross act of social injustice.” The 62-year-old TRU chaplain was a street person himself at one time. He dropped out of high school and lived a transient lifestyle until he decided to enter the United Church as a minister. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, he attended the Vancouver School of Theology and obtained a master of divinity. “It takes courage to be who you are,” Feenstra said, reflecting on his life journey, adding he finds comfort in the teachings of Buddha and Socrates. “I admire them because they were unique.” Uniqueness is a longstanding issue for Feenstra who suffered exile when he was asked to take a leave of absence from the United Church ministry after police arrested him during a peaceful protest in Vancouver, an event that was followed by the Mount Pleasant debacle. “The people were unhappy Gordon Campbell was playing up the sponsors of a daycare that was privatized,” Feenstra explained. The community members gathered at the daycare where Campbell was set to give a photo-op. Feenstra decided to try and go into the daycare. When he was denied entry the first time, he was arrested the second time and charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot. “When the crowd shouted for the police to let me go, they charged me with unlawful assembly and uttering profanities,” Feenstra said. He denies he swore and said the gathering was peaceful. Feel free to visit him in his office just off the main intersection of Old Main.
Matt Mays brings East Coast rock west
Matt Mays at the Blue Grotto with Gloryhound and the Meds Brendan Kergin
may have been having more fun than anyone else in the Grotto. His comfort on stage was evident when he took to the mike as well. “We got a triple threat of According to Mays, good jeans East Coast rock,” Evan Meisner can be found in Great Slave shouted at the beginning of GloLake, a good show requires plenryhound’s set, the first band of ty of smoke, but not too much. the evening. Not only is he comfortable in Truth be told, on Oct. 22 the front of a crowd, he seemed fine Blue Grotto was host to one of being part of it as well, pulling the biggest gatherings of Marione lucky fan on timers that Kamstage for the last loops has had in song before the ensome time. core and then leavGloryhound, of ing through the Halifax, opened crowd. the evening, while Starting off with C h a r l o t t e t o w n ’s the lead track off The Meds played —Evan Meisner Coyote, “Indio,” the middle set. the first big song Juno nominee rock star and Cole Harbour, N.S. resi- name, virtually everything was of the night was “Take It On dent Matt Mays wrapped things original, from new work off his Faith,” Coyote’s first single. 2012 release, Coyote, to his first While mostly off the new album, up. Gloryhound’s first trip to Ka- single, “City of Lakes,” from he selected a few of his older tracks to fill out the 20-song set. mloops was a raucous success 2002. “Terminal Romance,” “On the Mays is a man comfortable on and while they weren’t so counHood” and “Tall Trees” all got try/folksy as the later groups, stage. While there were six men on time in the spot light. they played aggressive rock, By the end, the crowd was similar to mainstream fare but stage, he had all the attention chanting for 2005 hit “Cocaine but not in an arrogant way. with a serious edge. His enjoyment of the stage and Cowgirl.” The Meds followed up quickly. They weren’t let down either, While they lacked some onstage songs was evident. Shaggy-haired, face painted with the track taking the place energy, their style involved a lot more participatory action, with with red and white streaks down as part of the big, rousing end his cheeks and without socks, he encore. sing-a-longs and clapping.
Ω Arts & Entertainment Editor
A rocky start at first, they warmed up well and the crowd warmed to them. The real reason most people were there was the headliner. Matt Mays has been a solo artist for 10 years. Before that he was a part of East Coast folk-rock act The Guthries, but he didn’t touch that material. With five studio albums to his
“We got a triple threat of East Coast Rock.”
Matt Mays (pictured) brings out the new stuff from Coyote, as well as the olf favourites like Cocaine Cowgirl to gear up the crowd at the Blue Grotto Oct. 22.
—PHOTO BY KARLA KARCIOGLU
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