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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Tiffany Jarva Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski Photographers Darren McChristie, John-Paul Marion, Storm Carroll, Chris Merkley, Dave Koski, Tara George Art Director Dave Koski Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Business Manager Doug McChristie The Walleye is a free monthly publication distributed on racks throughout Thunder Bay and region. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission is strictly forbidden. Views expressed herein are those of the author exclusively. Copyright © 2011 by Superior Outdoors Inc. All Rights Reserved. Editorial and Advertising: Submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Superior Outdoors cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. Superior Outdoors Inc. Suite 242, 1100 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3 Telephone (807) 624-1215 ; Fax (807) 623-5122 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Printed in Canada Superior Outdoors Inc donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet
On the Cover On the Cover: Palette of crushed cans at Recool Photo: Dave Koski In error: Hoito Restaurant (Breakfast) Complete Cost: $6.25 -$11 per person, including tax
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03.11.11 I turned on my computer, poured myself a coffee, and then checked my email –there was a message from Masaaki Kato* in Gifu, Japan saying not to worry - he was okay. As it turns out, he is okay for the time being while others grapple directly with the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster and the direct environmental after-effects of a man-made crisis: radiation from an exploding nuclear plant in Fukishima. It is still uncertain how far-reaching the drift of radioactive clouds will be, and with radiation being detected in tap water, fish, milk and the food supply, it is still uncertain how “okay” everyone will be in the future. In Thunder Bay we may be feeling a little lucky right now. We may not have to deal with the immediate environmental after-effects of an earthquake, tsunami, or radiation, but because we are globally connected we are by no means isolated. In northwestern Ontario we have our own decades-old debate about nuclear power (which generates about 50% of the province’s electricity), especially as of late while northwestern communities like Ignace, Ear Falls and Red Rock explore the possibility of burying nuclear waste. We hope that rather than being overwhelmed by disasters and environmental naysayers, that this issue instead offers some “green” inspiration, making it clear that even the smallest of steps can make a meaningful difference. For instance, in our cover story, our contributing editor Rebekah Skochinski follows the journey of a LOCAL pop can, highlighting the energy saved (you may be surprised!) with each can recycled and debunking the local myth that recyclables here up north just end up in the landfill. We also spotlight local environmentalists who are committed to making a difference. Meet the “greenies” we think are making a positive impact in our communities - from a couple living sustainably off-grid to a doctor committed to preserving the area’s natural beauty. Also in this issue, learn about some of the city’s green infrastructure (like using biogas from sludge to create electricity) and some easy steps to greening your kitchen. We outline different places in town to make your own beer or wine as one way to help decrease the carbon footprint, and share info on some local scrumptious food, like fresh walleye poached in a white wine sauce (Sound appetizing? See this issue’s story on the recent Local Culinary Tour held at the college). There are many eco-initiatives happening right now in the city and more in the works…so here’s to being green Thunder Bay! -TJ * We profiled Masaaki Kato (affectionately known as Masa) in our Jan 2011 issue. Masa calls Thunder Bay his second home. He is currently safe, healthy and thanks Canadians for their generosity. If you’re interested in helping, consider donating to the Japan Earthquake/ Asia-Pacific Tsunami efforts online @www.redcross.ca
Journey of a Pop Can ■ 8 Thunder Bay’s Environmentalists CITYSCENE ■ 10 The Greenhouse ■ 10 Biogas = Electricity ■ 11 Ultraviolet Technology ■ 11 Bare Point Rain Garden ■ 20 Why 4/20
MUSIC ■ 12 Library Voices ■ 12 Tokyo Police Club ■ 12 Best of Rodney Brown ■ 13 Good Lovelies ■ 13 Southern Comfort ■ 13 Pierre Schryer Trio FOOD ■ 14 Eat Local: Pizza & Pastry ■ 14 Wine & Beer Kits ■ 15 Green Kitchen ■ 15 Northern Foods Local Culinary Tour
FILM & THEATRE ■ 16 Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards ■ 16 TD Go Green Challenge ■ 16 Eco Docs and More... ■ 17 Mile Hill Melodrama LIVING GREEN ■ 21 Spring Clean Up ■ 28 Green Renovations
THE ARTS ■ 24 Alicia Fodchuk - Faux Fashion ■ 24 Lana McGregor - Collage ■ 25 Ellie Törnblom - Frosticular Design
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14 Drink of the Month 19 ZYGOTE bop 28 Off the Wall Reviews 26 April EVENTS
Guide ARCHITECTURE ■ 29 The Wall ■ 23 Easter Architecture Churches of Thunder Bay ■ 30 The EYE
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Environmental Film Festival
Join the Environmental Film Network for a weekend of informative, thought-provoking and inspiring films during the 2nd Annual Environmental Film Festival. The festival opens on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and continues with a full day of films on Saturday. The diverse program includes local content: the winners of the Environmental Film Network’s documentary film competition. Follow the green arrows to the College’s main lecture theatre. Admission and parking are free, but donations are appreciated! www.tbefilmf.wordpress.com or 475-3631
Earth Day Everywhere
In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator, started Earth Day as a grassroots day of protest to garner political attention for environmental issues. The first event attracted over 20 million protesters. Twenty years later, Earth Day became a global day of awareness. Earth Day has become the largest environmental event in the world. Think of it as a combination of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day--give thanks, then make a resolution that will ultimately lessen your impact on the environment. www.earthday.ca
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
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The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Superior Living Expo. With a focus on health and wellness, the show includes demonstrations, interactive exhibits and presentations. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on both days. Admission is $3. www.tb-chamber.on.ca
Join the Environmental Film Network for a weekend of informative, thought-provoking and inspiring films during the 2nd Annual Environmental Film Festival. The festival opens on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and continues with a full day of films on Saturday. The diverse program includes local content: the winners of the Environmental Film Network’s documentary film competition. Follow the green arrows to the College’s main lecture theatre. Admission and parking are free, but donations are appreciated! www.tbefilmf.wordpress.com or 475-3631
April 30 - May 1
Folklore Festival Fort William Gardens
Since 1972, the Folklore Festival has provided an opportunity for ethnocultural groups and organizations to celebrate their cultural heritage. Last year’s event saw over 13,000 people who came to “travel the world” through cultural displays, art, dancing, music and, of course, food. The food court is generally very busy, but the food is well worth having to navigate though a sea of hungry people and wait in line. Plan to arrive hungry--we recommend eating first so that you can thoroughly enjoy the exhibits and entertainment. Remember to bring cash for food and merchandise and, if you are bringing children, plan some extra time for the activity area. www.folklorefestival.ca The Walleye
By Rebekah Skochinski I recycle. But I have to admit that I never really gave much thought to what happens after I drink a can of pop, put it in a blue bag and place it at the curb. Eager to increase my energy IQ, I decided to follow the journey of a pop can. After consuming a beverage of my choosing, I save it until it’s time for curbside pick-up. Every other week I separate my recycling into number 1 (paper products), number 2 (cardboard) and number 3 (containers) and put it all at the curb to be collected. The blue bags are picked up by Recool Canada Inc., which is contracted by the City to provide collection and processing of recyclable materials. The alternative is to drop off your recyclables at one of three depots in the city. The City of Thunder Bay is unique in that they offer both a residential curbside and depot collection program. “Most municipalities in Ontario have a curbside collection program only. One quarter of the recycling collected in Thunder Bay comes in through the depots. On average, 300 vehicles visit the Mountdale and Front Street Depots every day,” says Jason Sherband, Coordinator, Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling.
And, the can is off! The recycling is transported to the Recool plant, located on Highway 61. The mountain of blue bags is hand-sorted by first separating the bags from their contents. Did you know that blue bags are also recycled? Yup. They are baled and shipped to an end market to be made into new products. The containers are sorted from the rest of the recycling and moved along through a drum containing a Rare Earth Magnet or Eddy current separator. This dual magnet repels the aluminum and the pop cans are sent down a chute into a dustpan. A front end loader is used to bring the pop cans to the baler where they are further sorted by hand to remove any plastic or cardboard that may still be attached. The baler is the real heart of the operation: it crushes, compacts and binds the cans to form a 46”x60”x30” bale. It takes about a day and a half to produce one bale and roughly 4-5 weeks to get a load (approximately 42 bales). Volumes fluctuate based on consumption, with larger amounts of cans taken in by the facility during the summer and at Christmas. Each bale weighs nearly 900 pounds!
The bales are shipped to an end market to be further processed and made into a variety of materials, such as aluminum siding, baseball bats, CDs and… new cans! It is estimated that it takes 60 days for a used aluminum can that is recycled to make it back on the grocery shelf. And so concludes the journey of a pop can. Which really isn’t about the end of a pop can at all but rather its beginning. Contact the City of Thunder Bay to get your own Green Guide: 684-2195 or online at www.thunderbay. ca/recycle. To learn more about Recool or to organize a tour, contact Steve Kozak at 577-0411, ext 2, or visit www.recool.ca. *Stats provided by Jason Sherband and Kathy Walkinshaw of the City of Thunder Bay.
a Pop Can
Common myth debunked:
Between 60 and 70 metric tonnes of aluminum is recycled through the City of Thunder Bay program each year. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy required to make aluminum cans from virgin ore. Aluminum can be recycled over and over without breaking down. If we recycled all our aluminum we would never have to make more. An aluminum can that ends up in the landfill will take 500 years to break down naturally. You can power a TV for three hours with the energy saved by recycling one pop can.
“There is a myth out there that some of the recycling goes straight into the garbage. What you might see is Recool delivering nonrecycling waste material collected at the curb or in the depot. The non-recyclable materials are taken out and delivered to landfill for proper disposal. You can help by making sure […] your blue bag contains all recyclable material,” says Kathy Walkinshaw, Customer Services Supervisor with The City of Thunder Bay Transportation Services and Works Department.
Pop Cans for Charity This volunteer-run organization has roots that trace back to 1996. Bill Prodanyk, with the assistance of Father Roman Kocur (formerly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church), began collecting pop cans to recycle them with the aim to become a reliable and reputable source of funding for local charities , such as Community Living Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association Youth Program, and Ishaawin Family Resources Centre. They have since expanded to include 140 drop-off bins in the city and surrounding areas. The aluminum is recycled locally by Lakehead Scrap Metal and the proceeds are shared with members of the community, including Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Red Rock, and rural areas. It’s a great way to be kind to our environment and to help others. For a full list of items that may be dropped off for recycling, depot locations, a list of supported charities, and volunteer opportunities visit www.popcans.org or call 626-3470. -Rebekah Skochinski
CoverStory environmentalist (en-vahy-ruhn-men-tl-ist) n. any person who advocates or works to protect the air, water, animals, plants, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects.
Thunder Bay’s Environmentalists By Michelle McChristie
There was a time, not long ago, when being an environmentalist in Thunder Bay meant being an outcast. In writing this article, I hesitated to use the term environmentalist because of the negative connotation - some people will recall the Greenpeace activist that once climbed the mill’s smokestack to hang a “Dioxins Kill” banner. He was an environmentalist and most of Thunder Bay thought he was weird. The truth is, environmentalists come in many forms, some are outspoken while others make change through subtle ripple effects. In any case, I am proud to say that Thunder Bay has no shortage of environmentalists. Here is what inspires a few of them - we hope they will inspire you (or at least provide reassurance that you are in good company).
The Activists Lucie Lavoie and Ken Deacon
The Climatologist Graham Saunders
The Corporate Conscience Alan Forbes
Ken and Lucie’s house is an urban oasis. They share their yard with other creatures by allowing wildflowers to grow in the summer instead of manicuring a lawn. Most of their backyard is reserved for an organic garden. As Ken says, growing one’s own food organically is a perfect stepping stone to a more sustainable lifestyle.
As a young boy, Graham was always interested in astronomy and the weather. A geography teacher at Hillcrest High School nourished this interest and today Graham is a researcher, freelance writer and lecturer in the areas of meteorology and climate change. He is also the President of Environment North, a group that has been advocating for environmental issues in the region since 1972.
In the past ten years, Alan Forbes’ awareness and interest in environmental issues has grown and, with this increased awareness, has come a desire to make a difference. Alan is a Cage & Coin Manager at the OLG Casino and, in 2008, he and a few like-minded co-workers started the “Green Team.” With the help of organizations, such as EcoSuperior, EarthWise and the Zero Waste Action Team (ZWAT), the team has implemented waste reduction and recycling programs and an employee vegetable garden (the harvest is donated to the Regional Food Distribution Association). Alan says the response among OLG’s 360 employees has been inspiring, “people have been very supportive and have contributed a lot of great ideas.”
Ken’s concern for the environment was cemented when he read Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The iconic book gave him “new insights into the impacts we are unknowingly having on ecosystems.” When he taught ecology courses at Lakehead, his message to students was that, “you don’t need the government to make change: individuals can make a difference.” Ken is an entomologist and presently works as a consultant - he was instrumental in the city’s decision to ban pesticides (a decision that was later trumped by provincial legislation). Whereas Ken loves insects, Lucie loves trees. When she witnessed the destruction of the rainforests firsthand in the 1980s, she was inspired to become active in environmental issues. She started Friends of the Forest and organized Thunder Bay’s first Earth Day event in 1990. Lucie has worked with EcoSuperior since its inception and has been involved in numerous education/outreach programs related to personal care products, school-yard greening and stream stewardship. She reinforces the message that “what you do matters - look at your consumption and pay attention to everything that enters and leaves your household. This will tell you the changes you need to make.
In the 1980s, the proposition of burying nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield inspired Graham to take action. Given the unknown risks and the potentially high consequences, he, like many northerners, was, and remains, vehemently opposed to the concept. Graham is also an advocate for local agriculture and organic gardening. His book Gardening with Short Growing Seasons (2009) has sold over 1,600 copies. “People understand food issues, especially in terms of being more self-sufficient,” says Graham. He finds the response to climate change less encouraging. As a climate change researcher and activist at the forefront of local events, he maintains we cannot solve climate change with “business as usual solutions.” He says that a sustainable future, the one he seeks for his grandchildren, will require a “fundamental shift in thinking.”
Alan is also the newly minted chair of ZWAT - a group of over 40 local businesses and organizations that supports and encourages waste diversion efforts within the industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) sectors. With the help of ZWAT, Thunder Bay’s IC&I sector diverts more waste than any other city in Ontario. Alan feels very passionate about ZWAT’s role in the community, he says ZWAT “has had a successful past” and that he wants to help “ensure it is sustainable in the future.”
The Experiential Educators Sue Holloway and Derek Lucchese
The Naturalist Susan Bryan
The Pioneers Jacomyn Gerbrandy and Hubert Den Draak
Derek and Sue connected with the natural environment at a young age, through canoe and camping trips as children and work with Outward Bound as young adults. Most people in Thunder Bay will recognize them from the Country Market as the owners of “Both Hands Bread” - a business they no longer operate. Sue is also the proprietor of Element of Adventure - a company that offers experiential education training and programs.
Growing up in Burlington, Susan always had a love of nature. After working in northwestern Ontario as a locum, she knew she wanted to live in the area. She moved to Thunder Bay to work as an anesthesiologist in 1976 and shortly after joined the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (TBFN).
Hubert and Jacomyn are the proprietors of the Nolalu Eco Centre, a B&B that doubles as a education centre. As teenagers, they became interested in environmental issues: Hubert was inspired by a minister who stressed that “we depend on creation, it does not depend on us” whereas the owners of a “Mother Earth” store became Jacomyn’s first mentors for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
In 2007, Derek and Sue founded the Forest School - an alternative learning centre for children. Instructors “focus on encouraging kids to feel the sense of wonder, magic and beauty that surrounds them” and Sue believes “this connection builds awareness of the natural world.” She believes people are realizing the importance of this awareness. In their off-grid home, Derek and Sue minimize their energy consumption, including “phantom power” - the energy appliances draw when plugged in but not in use. They minimize trips to town and barter/buy local meat, eggs and produce. In addition, Derek built a cold room to replace their propane fridge in the winter and he is building a masonry heater - a fireplace that retains heat using a thermal mass.
In 1990, she helped organize, and turn a profit from, a naturalist conference in Thunder Bay. When a TBFN member suggested they use the funds to buy property, Susan recalls, “it seemed like an attractive option after losing some land use protection battles... owning the land meant no compromises.” She investigated the legal implications and submitted the necessary paperwork and grant applications. Three years later, she helped the TBFN purchase their first property at the mouth of the Nipigon River. Today, the TBFN owns 11 reserves and 2,500 acres of wilderness. Susan says she “is always amazed at the donations that come in and the generosity of TBFN members.” She is driven to build on past success and ensure donors see results, “I find inspiration in nature and love that these nature reserves will always be there.”
Hubert and Jacomyn immigrated from Holland to Toronto 14 years ago and decided to move north after vacationing in the Thunder Bay area. They built their straw-bale, off-grid house and opened the Nolalu Eco Centre in 2007. Since then, they have given over 2,500 house tours, each with an education about sustainable building design and lifestyle choices. They are committed to minimizing their impact on the environment and helping others to do the same. Seeing people leave a house tour with a “smile, knowing they can make a difference” provides the inspiration they need to continue with advocacy and education. But, there is also a sense of urgency, as Hubert says, “we’re running out of time.” In terms of advice for a sustainable lifestyle, Hubert suggests that “money is power, spend it wisely and help the environment and your local economy” and Jacomyn suggests that people “drive less and conserve energy.”
City of Thunder Bay
A Bright Idea Marlene Wandel
Biogas = Electricity
The Greenhouse By Marlene Wandel
Bay Street has gotten a bit greener already this spring , with the sprouting of a new business. This seed, which germinated in the mind of Serena LeBlanc, has since been nurtured into a growing reality. The Green House, housed in the green building at 279 Bay is open and carries a lovely crop of supplies for cleaning your house, and greening your life. This is where you can find supplies for your house, your family, and yourself that are sustainably made of renewable resources, and won’t leave a lot of detritus when you’re done with them. Babies really are the luckiest patrons of the green house - organic cotton and bamboo diapers share a shelf with cozy baby slings and blankets, wooden teething rings and baby safe sun block. Personal care products for the whole family, from youngest to oldest to furriest abound, as do green cleaning products for the home. If you’re more inclined to make your own cleaning products, there’s a handy recipe for laundry detergent taped to the shelf, conveniently close to all the ingredients. Crafty hands can sketch out projects on tree free paper, while munching on organic chocolate. The business shares space with the True North Community Co-op, in a symbiotic relationship; you can compost the remains of the veggies from the co-op in your vermicomposter from The Green House. Worms for the vermicomposters are not yet in residence on Bay Street, but the Leblancs will help you source them. After a trip to The Green House, your own household might be a little greener, and cleaner, just in time for spring.
A major project for the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant last year was the Digester Gas Treatment and Co-Generation Facility. A 600 kW G3512LE Toromont CAT generator was installed which utilizes digester gas (or biogas), natural gas or a blend of both to produce electricity. This is helped along by another of the recent projects for the plant, its sludge blend tank, which mixes the primary and secondary sludge into a homogenous mixture before being fed to the primary digesters where it will make the biogas. The thermal energy recovered from the engine cooling system is integrated into the plant heating system for process and building heat. “We’re turning biogas from digested sludge into electricity to help run the plant,” says Michelle Warywoda, process engineer for the city. -PT
For more info, call The Green House @ 285-4294, visit www.shopthegreenhouse.ca, or take a stroll down to 279 Bay Street.
Introducing Thunder Bay’s Newest Multipurpose meeting & Banquet Facility
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“By switching from chlorine to ultraviolet light technology for disinfecting the plant effluent, we have saved around 20,000 kilograms of chlorine being discharged to the Kaministiquia River each year.” Michelle Warywoda, process engineer for the city, has reason to be proud of this fact--the Environment Division was presented the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award by the Lake Superior Binational Forum at the Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference. Eliminating chlorine and chlorination by-products at the Water Pollution Control Plant on Atlantic Avenue is done using the TrojanUV3000Plus system with its 768 individual UV light lamps. Where the backwash from the Bare Point plant (water used to clean the filters) used to just get dumped in the sewer, now it is treated at Atlantic Avenue before being sent on its way. Kudos to them--no one likes backwash! 26 Court St South
Bare Point Rain Garden Who wouldn’t want more shrubbery in our fair city? If the Bare Point Water Treatment Plant Rain Garden Project (due to be completed this summer) works out, you may be seeing more. Bare Point’s rain garden will consist of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression designed to capture rainwater from the roadways, parking lots and rooftop drain spouts. As well as looking good, the gardens will help with flood control and improve water quality by filtering out pollutants that run off waters have before they enter the lake. Check out LU students Doff and Steven’s Green Challenge video to see how rain gardens could help LU’s campus as well. -PT The Walleye
City of Thunder Bay
Greener: Ultraviolet Light Technology
Library Voices Amazing music in the age of absurdity by Melissa Gaudette
Stepping off the map from Regina, Library Voices - the eight-piece indie/ pop set - brings their musical prowess to Thunder Bay. With hits that frequent CBC Radio 3 airwaves and a demonstrated love of touring that can’t be curbed, the band’s popularity rapidly rises. Library Voices is known for their high energy performances and natural ability to entertain the crowd. Library Voices will rock Crocks on April 27, tickets are $12.
Tokyo Police Club Returns to Thunder Bay By Travis Setala
Last summer the increasingly popular pop/rock quartet Tokyo Police Club from Newmarket, Ontario, released their third album Champ on Dine Alone records. After a sold-out energetic show this past September, Tokyo Police Club returns to Thunder Bay. Music writer Travis Setala catches up with guitarist Josh Hook before they perform in TBay again in April.
Q: Your newest album is called Champ. To generate some hype for it you asked fans to challenge you to anything (ping-pong, baking, nerf guns, hockey) and you picked the best challenge in each city. What was your favourite? A: It was really a challenge - we had a rink and let anyone come out. It was nice to see those who had never skated before come out, along with those who had.
Best of Rodney Brown
Q: On your 2008 track “Citizens of Tomorrow” you tried to predict the future of robot overlords by 2009. Do you have any plans to revise this song to make it up-to-date?
On April 2, singer-songwriter Rodney Brown will be making his annual appearance at the Finlandia Hall for a much-anticipated show with the Sleeping Giant Band. Joining Rodney will be local musicians, including Damon Dowbak, Sage Reynolds, Danny Johnson, Jim Differ, Tracy K and special guest, piper Chris Markevich. They will be playing new songs, resurrecting some old ones and peppering the show with some covers that’ll be sure to have the audience dancing!
A: We have talked about changing our predictions to 2029 but we have no plans to make it more public that we were wrong.
Best of Rodney Brown Concert/Dance with the Sleeping Giant Band is happening April 2 at the Finlandia Hall. Doors open at 8 pm. Tickets are $23 at the door; advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, available at The Hoito, Fireweed and Kleewyck Stained Glass Studio.
A: Yeah, it was more of a challenge. We had to work with less channels than what we were used to but its always fun and that was a good crowd.
and the Sleeping Giant Band
A: We are starting a new tour in April so we haven’t really had time to do anything, but we would like to release something, be it an EP or full album, some time next year. Q: How do you like playing in Thunder Bay? You played a few months ago with the Arkells right?
Q: You have been touring pretty heavily since the release of Champ. Have you been working on new material?
Tokyo Police Club will be playing Crocks on April 11th along with AUX TV’s “favourite west coast band,” Said The Whale, and Toronto
indie-pop quintet Dinosaur Bones who released their highly anticipated debut album My Divider March 8th to critical acclaim.
Good Lovelies Charm Crowd at Finn Hall In March, the Good Lovelies played to a sold out audience at the Finlandia Hall. Recent winners of their first Juno, the trio, back by popular demand, were joined on stage by bassist Ben Whiteley, an accomplished artist with his new band, New Country Rehab. The Good Lovelies’ three-part harmonies resonated and fell on the lucky ones who made the choice to come out and support the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, and live music on Bay Street.
Photo and review by Margaret Evans
Pierre Schryer Trio LUMINA Concert Series & Trinity United Church By Peter Jabs
One moment I was sitting in a windowless classroom watching a fiddler fiendishly bowing, and the next I was in a Cornelius Krieghoff painting: 1871 Quebec, sleigh horses stamping in the yard, kids tumbling in the snow, icicles and hoarfrost, toques and wood smoke . . .
Southern Comfort Blues in the City By Tiffany Jarva
Local band Southern Comfort proves that blues is alive and well in the city. It’s a Friday night, the lounge is dim with candles flickering on tables, out-of-towners linger at the bar, while friends and couples chat quietly in between sets: welcome to blues night at the Valhalla’s Nordic Lounge. Tonight’s band is Southern Comfort, featuring Dave Jonasson on guitar and lead vocals, Tom Sinkins on bass, keyboardist Brad Rusnak and Wayne Breiland on drums. Throughout the evening special guests, like Glenn Jennings on trumpet, jump up on stage and play for a song or two. Around for ten years, it’s hard not to tap toes and bob heads to Southern Comfort’s balanced repertoire: pieces that range from 30s bluesman Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain,” to Chuck Berry’s rock in roll tunes. Above all, Southern Comfort is at their best when they’re playing the slow blues. Their take on “Anna Lee” by Robert Nighthawk starts off with a trio, no drummer, just slide guitar, bass and keyboards – it’s slow moving, sultry and sexy the way slow blues should be. Part way through the song, drummer Breiland joins the trio on stage, kicking it up a notch but without losing the integrity of the song. Another slow blues song by lesser-known blues man Floyd Dixon showcases Rusnak’s effortless-looking fingers with just-the-right keyboard touch punctuated by Jonasson’s slow-burning voice and natural guitar playing. Every Friday night is live blues at the Nordic Lounge. Check out www.valhallainn.com/ nordic_lounge or call 577-1121 for information on upcoming performances.
Pierre Schryer, with band mates Joseph Phillips on bass and Andy Hillhouse playing guitar, performed concerts in a wide range of local venues last month. I nominate Pierre as a national heritage treasure. Born into a musical Sault Ste. Marie family, the Schryer triplets (Louis, Daniel and Pierre) were coached by their older brother Raymond, himself an accomplished Franco-Ontarian fiddler. With sister Julie’s piano accompaniment, they reached a national audience with recordings and television/radio appearances. As a soloist, Pierre has been a Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Today, he tours internationally but makes his home base near Kakabeka Falls where he raises a family with his wife, TBSO horn player Merrie Klazek.. On March 12th I was warmly welcomed into the Trinity United Church, a stone edifice that is also a heritage treasure. The music soon caused the floor to shake with foot stomping and hand clapping from the mostly pension-aged people in the pews. Smattered amongst the Irish reels and the French Canadian and Scottish fiddle tunes were poignant renditions of a Tom Waits song by Joe Philips, formerly of TBSO and now with Symphony London, and a Richard Thompson song performed by veteran folkie Andy Hillhouse. As music is a family affair in the Klezak-Schryer household, two cute-as-buttons imps materialized and performed a song and highland dance. Merrie also brought out the flugelhorn for added colour. The overall sound was a little murky due to the volume of interior space. Nevertheless, at the end, the audience rose to their feet for a standing ovation and after an encore went home fully satisfied. I was also warmly received on the previous Tuesday afternoon at the Jean McNulty Recital Hall. The LUMINA concert series is excellent value for audiophiles appreciative of clean, crisp musicianship. In contrast to the church, the crowd in the acoustically engineered room was about fifty years younger. Andy’s a cappella recital of a traditional ballad revived a love long lost. And when the fiddler got that mad gleam in his eye and started his frenzied bowing I was transported. Be sure to catch some of the finest Celtic music anywhere next time they play locally. The Walleye
The Whole Kit and Caboodle By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier
Aspiring winemakers and brewmasters can apply their own hands-on skill and create their very own vintage or batch with wine and beer kits. This savvy alternative to the LCBO and The Beer Store is an environmentally sound process that utilizes recycled bottles and containers. It also takes some of the weight off our carbon footprint by bringing in large batches of grapes, juice concentrate or base brew products instead of catering to the high cost of transporting heavy caseloads of finished product. In addition, it’s an economic way of putting your own twist on your favourite bevvy!
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By Patrick Thompson There are a lot of places opening in this city that can be said to be nice places to take someone out to eat, and there are places that can be said to be original experiences you won’t find in another city--but there aren’t a lot of places that you can tell people are truly Thunder Bay. More than that, there are even less that deliver.
Waterfront Winery & Brewhouse – 415 Fort William Road Eco-chic! While you bottle your own beer and wine, enjoy a delicious dish from their on-site Organic Garden Café. Thunder Bay Winery & Brew Shoppe – 667 Beaverhall Place Chill out. Not a beer or wine lover? Make your very own coolers in a variety of flavours.
Well don’t worry. Eat Local is an old-school pizza joint, straight out of the 70s. Street corner location, sells by the slice…you half expect to see a grumbly owner with an Export A hangin’ out of his mouth.
U B Brewmaster - 883 Tungsten Street Yes you can! Your own beer that is. Brew your beer then use their very own canning machine to bring your batch home. Wine Kitz – 946 Cobalt Crescent Sommelier who? You can produce your very own Sommelier™ wine or try your hand at a fruit, dessert or aperitif wine.
But this joint doesn’t have that, so don’t worry. What they do have are ingredients that are local. As in just-got-it-out-of-the-ground local. As in it is delicious because it hasn’t been trucked in from Mexico local--and they make it into a d*** fine pizza, let me tell you. How do I know? Because I had a near religious experience eating it cold. Best way to find out if you like a pizza is to eat it cold. Still tastes good? It’s a good pizza. Tastes like it was made with angel smiles and Smurf love? That is a great pizza. Eat Local has that pizza.
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By Tiffany Jarva
They make a great pizza with a choice of ingredients that is nicely limited without being devoid of anything interesting (garlic cheese curds are a nice touch, and the local pickles, yum, are also a great addition--and if you like spice, they have a great hot Calabrese) and dough that still has, locked in it, that great flavour uncooked pizza dough has.
Avoid the headache of juicing at home and head over to The Growing Season, where they do the work for you. Perfect for celebrating green in April, “Elevate” is a “living” drink that combines fresh greens, apple, pineapple, cucumber or celery. If you’re looking for a spring energy boost, juicing removes fibre, making the nutrients easily (and quickly) absorbed by the body, and perhaps giving you that extra boost you need. Here’s to drinking green!
Eat Local Pizza and Pastry, 401 N. May Street, 6236877. Delivery $2.50 extra. XL unlimited $15, tax incl. www.eatlocaltbay.com
P.S. Check out the great desserts they have as well they sell out quick.
Celebrate spring at The Growing Season, 201 S. Algoma Street, 344-6869 Storm Carroll
So, with only two and a half clams to pay for delivery, my days of travel for a slice of Sven & Ole’s are over. Enjoy.
Northern Foods Local Culinary Tour
Green Kitchen By Rachel Globensky
Some tips: If you cook it, you’d better put a lid on it: You can cut cooking time (and your energy bill) by up to 75% this way. Cook once, for the week: By preparing and cooking several dishes at one time, you save yourself both time and money. For some inspiration, check out: http://onceaweekcooking. com. Cook extras: Making a large pot of soup or pasta sauce takes about the same amount of time as cooking a meal-sized amount. Freeze the leftovers to save yourself time and money later. Go-Go-Cooking-Gadgets: Bread makers use less electricity than baking one loaf in your oven; multi-tiered steamers use less energy than cooking different pots of veggies. Slow cookers use a minimal amount of energy to cook food; used properly, woks cut your cooking time down significantly. Turn it off: Use residual heat (from electric burners) to your advantage. Bring your rice, pasta, eggs or diced potatoes to a boil in a pan with a well-fitting lid. Once the food has reached a boil, turn off the heat and allow your food to finish cooking itself. When deciding what to cook with your new environmentally-friendly frame of mind, choose a recipe that lists ingredients that can be found locally. Saturday mornings are a great time to peruse the Thunder Bay Country Market on the CLE grounds, or you can search the vendors by product at www.thunderbaycountrymarket. com ahead of time to spark some great culinary
ideas! The Good Food Box (www.tbdhu.com/ HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/FoodSecurity/ GoodFoodBox.htm) is a non-profit initiative of the Lakehead Social Planning Council offering boxes of locally-grown produce monthly. Here’s a frittata recipe--pretty much everything here can be sourced locally. Amounts given are approximate. Happy 3 R-ing and have fun!
2 tbsp. butter 6 small red potatoes, sliced or shredded 1 cup fresh spinach, torn or chopped (can use frozen – just squeeeeeze the water out of it) 2 green onions, sliced 1 ripe tomato, lightly squeezed* of its seeds & chopped 1 clove (or more) crushed garlic 2 tsp. freshly chopped basil (½ tsp. dried) salt and pepper, to taste 6 eggs 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, cover, and cook about 10 minutes, until tender but still firm. Mix in spinach, green onions, tomato, garlic & basil; season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Pour into the skillet over the vegetables. Sprinkle with Gouda. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until eggs are firm. *Squeezing out the seeds of a tomato: Cut tomato in half horizontally. Gently squeeze the seeds & goop till they’re mostly out...
People are paying more attention to reducing their carbon footprint--treading lightly on the earth--so our children will have a quality earth to inherit. There are all sorts of ways to reduce your impact on the environment; the 3 Rs have changed in the last generation from “Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic” to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” One of the most important (and generally energy-inefficient) appliances in the house is the stove. What better way to green up than to reduce the amount of energy needed for cooking?
By Tiffany Jarva A trio of musicians plays softly in the corner. Culinary students in chef ’s whites dot the perimeter of the room. Foodies and greenies mingle, chat and sample from a plethora of local foods. This is the second annual Northern Foods Local Culinary Tour featuring the talents of Confederation College’s culinary students, in conjunction with the Health Unit’s Food Action Network. Students designed the menu, prepared the food and are now serving dishes made of northern foods, punctuating the end of an all-day farming and food conference. “The conference and the evening local foods ‘tour’ will further build awareness of the benefits of purchasing local food,” says organizing committee chair, nutritionist Catherine Schwartz Mendez. “It’s a great way to show what an excellent program the college offers while at the same time demonstrating what wonderful food we can create with local products and a little ingenuity.” This evening’s menu features scrumptious northern fare like: fresh pickerel (walleye) poached in a white wine sauce, wrapped in double smoked bacon and topped with a beet remoulade; roast ballontine of rabbit paired with a apple rosemary chutney; wild boar sausage crowned with a wild blueberry compote; superior salad rolls with a local birch syrup glaze; fresh Lake Superior whitefish (smoked earlier that day) on Brule Creek blinis (mini pancakes); and thin crust pizza also made from local Brule Creek flour—all appetizing northern foods well worth trying. Pleased with the food and the evening’s turnout (about 70 people), Schwartz Mendez hopes to continue the local tour every year. To find out more about Thunder Bay’s local food movement, check out www.nwofood.com or call the Thunder Bay District Health Unit @ 625-5956 The Walleye
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Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards On April 30, Music and Film in Motion (MFM) will host the 8th Annual Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in Sudbury. Eleven northern artists will be recognized for excellence in music and film, selected by a panel of prominent music and film industry professionals from across the region. Local nominees include Dave Angell and Chris Dorota (Best Engineering), Lee Chambers (Best Directing--Life Gives You Lemons), and Steven Johnson (Best Film Editor--Dog Eat Dog). Good luck to all! -PT
L.A. based actor Basil Hoffman (All the Presidents Men and Ordinary People) stars in local director Lee Chambers’ When Life Gives You Lemons – the Thunder Bay filmmaker is nominated as Best Director at this year’s Northern Ontario Film and Music Awards presented on April 30th.
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TD Go Green Challenge Well, they didn’t win, but it wasn’t for a lack of entertainment value. LU’s Brad Doff and Peter Stevens’ entry into the TD Go Green Challenge was a great urban forestry idea in stop motion animation that should be taken to heart by the city and university. More fun to watch than the winners this year, it can be seen at www.youtube. com/watch?v=v1n7EHeihvc -PT
Eco Docs and More… Those who enjoy watching films about real events and people should check out topdocumentaryfilms. com for their fix. A mix of documentaries and “documentaries”, the site boasts hundreds of free to view films where you can watch crazy people tell you about how we never landed on the moon, paranoid people tell you 9/11 was a government run op, or David Attenborough tell you about Planet Earth (my favorite). If you have ever wanted History and Discovery channels to have a baby everyone could enjoy, look no further. Requires Flash for viewing, though. Sorry iPhone people. -PT
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Mile Hill Melodrama 20 Years and Still Having Fun By Karen Maki
Mile Hill Melodrama began with a dozen or so members twenty years ago, and has since grown to include nearly 100 individuals who have had a role to play in one way another in performing plays in the small community of South Gillies. A rewarding accomplishment for a small group of enthusiastic friends and neighbours who planned just one performance of their first play in April, 1991. This year Mile Hill Melodrama celebrates their 20th year and their 35th play,’Til Beth Do Us Part, with a cast that includes four of the original members. The success and longevity of this group can be attributed to something very simple: fun and friendship, and the sheer delight of performing before a live audience. Mile Hill Melodrama is a gem to the community and its popularity has grown significantly, with sold out performances being the norm. It looks like the trend will continue indefinitely and audiences can look forward to many more sidesplitting shows. Mile Hill’s 35th play is “Til Beth Do Us Part.” You can catch performances April 8 -10 and April 15-16. April 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th at 8:00 pm; April 10th at 2:00 pm. Call 577-1091 or email
Shows tend to sell out so book your tickets early!
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Pick your favourite musical decade and come out and dance!!
Saturday May 7th 2011 12pm to 8pm Superior CVI High School 333 High St. N, Main Auditorium Dance Hall 8 Hours of Dancing for all ages and abilities! Choose your decade and dance for an hour or more. Individuals, partners and dance teams are all welcome!
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Why 4/20? By Patrick Thompson
Prohibition of alcohol was not ended by thousands of drunks in various cities parading their inebriation and taking over parks and fairgrounds. An odd sight that would have been—one I am sure would have swayed public opinion against drink a little more each year, and possibly, at the very least, extended prohibition. So why is it that we who are against the prohibition or criminalization of marijuana should allow our cause to be shanghaied by people only interested in taking over a public space, getting high, playing djembe and righteously preaching about the various “wrongs” they saw on a quickie YouTube video history lesson? I am sure many people who attend the 420 “movement” (so named for the time of day that kids in San Rafael, California got together to get high) do so because they do believe that there is something wrong with our justice system’s treatment of recreational drugs, and have their belief rooted in more than just the thrill of open rebellion and lawlessness. It is to those people that I pose this question: do you want the people who make the laws in this country to associate those who believe in decriminalization and/ or some form of legalization with a movement whose day of protest is named after a euphemism for getting high?
This cause is just and, if done properly, will enable our society to grow and become healthier and definitely wealthier. This day of protest, just like the movement to have marijuana associated with Health Care (another discussion for another day), is fundamentally wrong. It can only hinder our attempts at getting our leaders and thinkers to look at the positives that will come from not filling our courts with trivial cases, and not allowing crime syndicates to make huge profits while dangerously increasing the levels of THC in the drugs available—and, in many cases, lacing them with dangerous chemicals and additives, such as ground glass.
So please, if you care about the decriminalization/ legalization of marijuana, don’t go. Instead, write your Member of Parliament, support political activist groups or voice support for bills (such as C-359) that sometimes come up in our governments. This is the action we need. Being offensive and obnoxious will never open our cause to the greater public. For more information on local drug policy perspectives, check out the newly released Thunder Bay Drug Strategy at www.thunderbaydrugstrategy.ca
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LIVINGGREEN Clean up your yard and send the waste to the compost site with Thunder Bay’s Leaf & Yard Waste Curb-Side Collection: May 3rd - 13th (on your regular recycling day).
What can I do about litter and clutter? Why, Spring Up to Clean Up, of course! Spring is a great time for fresh starts! Everyone is in the mood to clean up indoors and out, and Thunder Bay has a variety of programs to help you with your clean-up plans.May is designated “Spring Up to Clean Up” month. Sign up soon for some of the activities below at www.ecosuperior.org or by calling 624-2143.
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Spring Up to Clean Up: Join the more than 10,000 volunteers who receive clean-up supplies, free disposal of collected waste, prizes and public recognition. Spring Up 20-Minute Makeover for Workplaces: Friday, April 29th at 10 am. Sign up with your co-workers to clean up the neighbourhood around your office or business.
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Springtime is the Right Time for a Green Home Story and Photos by Larry Hogard Spring is the time when everything starts turning green. It’s also the time for planning a home renovation. The term ‘green home’ refers to design techniques and building materials that are sustainable and products that conserve energy and natural resources. A green home represents healthy living. Many building and finishing products, as well as general items in the home, are unhealthy. They are manufactured using unsustainable production methods and they can introduce toxins into your home. Toxic chemicals called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) exist in products such as paint, carpet, furniture, cleaning supplies, caulking, adhesives, air fresheners, aerosols, and office equipment. VOCs evaporate, or “off-gas,” over long periods of time. They can cause on-going health problems with allergy or flu-like symptoms, such as asthma, headaches, dizziness, coughing, and throat/eye irritation. Low VOC products like paint, carpet, rugs, cleaning supplies and tile and wood (with a low VOC finish) are healthier choices. Consider them for everyday living or if you’re planning a renovation. A ‘green home’ is not only healthy, but also cost effective. It can save you money up front and in the future. The challenge is finding a balance between initial cost savings and saving money over time. Sometimes you need to invest more money up front to save money down the road. This is called being “cost neutral.” Think about creating a ‘green home’ this spring. Consider eliminating the drafty areas and about upgrading inefficient appliances. Look into adding extra insulation and using sustainable materials and home products. You can learn more on the web or ask your retailer for information. Think green this spring for a better, healthier and richer life. Follow the “Climate Idols” challenge as eight families from Thunder Bay and Duluth adjust their lifestyles and live sustainably for one year. Log onto www.climateidols.org or onto our website at www.thewalleye.ca.
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Melissa Thivierge 349 Waverley Street Architect: W. Hood and H. Scott Built: 1913-1914 Style: Georgian and Gothic Revival Interesting Features: Casavant organ, stained glass windows, curved gallery, columns with acanthus-leaf capitals, church bell.
St. Paul’s United Church was built in a square shape with two towers of unequal heights. The tallest tower houses the bell, which was the largest in the city at the time. Battlement parapets, with pointed central merlons, top these towers. The typical Georgian style can be seen in the stone window surrounds. Double towers, buttresses and the geometry are all components of the Gothic style. St. Paul’s exterior is constructed of local red brick and Bedford limestone trim. Within the tower walls is a vestibule containing a central stone arch. Each side of the entranceway has stone buttresses with large pinnacles. The interior of the church is magnificent, with its curved pews and large carved gallery made of solid oak. Cast iron columns with acanthus-leaf capitals support the gallery. Surrounding the gallery, the stunning stained glass windows are all original; however, those on the main floor are more current. An amazing feature of this church is the Casavant organ - it was installed in 1961, and has over 3,500 individual pipes varying in size from a few inches up to 16 feet. The king’s flag, which was presented to the 52nd Battalion in London, England by King George the 5th, was consecrated at St. Paul’s in 1921 and is mounted on the wall of the church. The wall also holds two plaques honouring soldiers who died in World War I and World War II.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 211 Brodie Street South Church Architect: J.C. Stinson and W. Hood Built: 1908-1909 Style: Gothic Revival Interesting Features: Ninety five foot tower, ten granite columns, stained glass windows, oak staircase.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was built in a square shape with a gabled roof and a 95-foot-high tower in the north-east corner. At the top of the tower there are battlement parapets of cement topped with gabled pinnacles at the corners. There are smaller towers in the north-west and south-east corners that are nearly identical. The exterior of this church was built almost entirely of Simpson Island (Nipigon) Sandstone. Towers of uneven height, parapets, pointed arches and corner buttresses are all gothic components of the church. The main entrance of St. Andrew’s is supported by ten granite columns with carved capitals. The carvings of the Scottish thistle, English rose, Welsh leek, Irish shamrock, French lily and Canadian maple leaf signify that everyone is welcome. The interior design of this church is simple yet elegant, enriched by the beautiful stained glass windows by famous glaziers Russell Goodman and Yvonne Williams. Goodman’s signature was to have glass protruding in one or two places in each piece. It is a two-person job to change the light bulbs in the original chandeliers, since they have to be winched down. Another great feature is the oak staircase that leads to the gallery, where the view of the organ pipes is amazing.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church 808 Ridgeway Street East Architect: R.E. Mason Built: 1907-1908 Altered: 1933 Style: English Gothic Interesting Features: Stained glass windows, hammerbeam roof, intricate rood screen, ten church bells
Surrounded by Victorian houses and the former McKellar hospital, St. Paul’s Anglican Church stands impressive. The exterior of the church is red brick with a flemish bond and ashlar sandstone trim. Two towers are topped with battlement parapets of cement, one is taller to accommodate the clock tower and ten church bells. The bells weigh a total of 7,200 pounds and are operated by pressing down on handles that are connected to fifty-foot rods, which cause the clappers to hit the bells. The handles are numbered and the music of the bells can be heard for blocks. Another unique feature of St. Paul’s is the beautifully landscaped 11-circuit prayer labyrinth. It was created in celebration of the church’s centennial and is a replica of the labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. The windows are gothic arched with brick hood molds and each doorway has a gothic arched transom. In the interior, fifteen stained-glass windows surround you in colour and light, each one tells a unique biblical story. The remarkable hammerbeam roof places the church in a class of its own. After a fire in 1932, the church suffered smoke damage and required extensive refinishing. During this process, the painted gilt ornamentation on the sanctuary ceiling was added, as well as the intricately carved rood screen - a gift from Mr. P.H.B. Dawson.
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Knitted and hand sewn plastic bag dress, boa, purse and bag Artist Alicia Fodchuk wears her art convincingly well. “I started making a bag out of plastic bags as a Marxist-Communist and environmental statement about how much we rely on consumerism,” explains art student Fodchuk. Evolving from her original concept Fodchuk decided to create an outfit including a purse, boa and dress. “It’s been lots of fun,” says Fodchuk. Each plastic bag creates about 13 strips and one “square” is made up of 50 strips. Fodchuk knitted the pieces and had to hand sew the hems. Not sure of exact hours spent on the outfit, Fodchuk has been consistently working on the pieces since September. Wearing one of her own repurposed plastic bag designs, Fodchuk, a fourth year Lakehead University fine arts student, certainly made a bold eco statement at this year’s student juried exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in March.
Interested in learning more? Fodchuk can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org -Tiffany Jarva
Lana McGregor Collage Artist
By Rebekah Skochinski For collage artist Lana McGregor, it is all about experimenting with shape and texture. “As a collage artist, I create works based on the traditional method of collage—the application of found materials onto a surface—except I have limited the materials to canvas,” she says. “Canvas as a collage material makes for a very challenging creative process, a broad range of texture making, and as a result, a very interesting composition.”
Dancer III: Ballerina Series - photo credit: Matt Kawei
Using instinct and imagination, McGregor attaches fragments to a stretched canvas, meticulously piecing everything together like a puzzle. “I think a lot of what I create is from memory. And it really does create itself. I’m just there guiding the shapes and the colours. At times I think there is no planning and control and at other times I think there is.” The style of her pieces is more abstract realism, expressing an idea or capturing a moment rather than a literal re-creation of the subject matter. “I want to captivate with colour, line and form the everyday objects of the northern landscape, people and their environment.” And McGregor succeeds in captivating: the highs and lows, shadows and light, softness and jaggedness of her work erupt with a crackling energy. To see more of Lana McGregor’s work, check her out online at www. flickr.com/photos/mcgregorcollageart and at the Painted Turtle Art Shop.
Frosticular Design Innocence into Art By Ally Arnone There is something about seeing a child’s drawing that makes us feel nostalgic. The innocence with which they see the world creates a lack of perspective and general disregard for proportion, allowing arms to be “too long” and legs to protrude at all angles from the trunk of a body. Young children have yet to become self-conscious about their drawings, serving as a reminder to adults of a time when other people’s opinions held less sway over our creative decisions. Ellie Törnblom has tapped into this in her art, which she entitles Frosticular Design. For the past two years, Ellie has taken children’s drawings and redefined them on canvas using an opaque projector, transforming them into beautiful, whimsical paintings that capture that strangely perceptive innocence in a unique way. Ellie has always been an artist, and has applied her meticulous technique to recreating children’s drawings in her art, adding her own expression through the use of vibrant colour and intricate patterning. “That’s why I don’t take coloured drawings,” she explains. Her inspiration came from her own daughter, Phoebe, who particularly enjoyed drawing princesses. Ellie took her child’s masterpiece and used it as a starting point for a shimmering piece of art that ended up becoming a new style for Ellie. Her son Tim even started to share his drawings after he discovered that she gives 20% of every commission to the child who does the original drawing. Ellie had felt that her work was missing something until she found her voice through the children’s drawings. “It’s me,” she says. “It’s what I do.”
Because her work is primarily on commission, Ellie is able to give people a personal memento of their own child’s art by transforming it into a vivid painting, although the pieces inspired by her own children are available for sale as well. After finding support and taking orders through family and friends, Ellie’s first forays into the wider art world have been through street fairs, starting in Steinbach and Winnipeg last year, though she has plans to branch out to other provinces and beyond in the future. Her work is on display here in Thunder Bay at Global Experience and is also available as 5”x7” cards. If you are interested in seeing her body of work or contacting Ellie, become a fan of her Facebook page Frosticular Design or visit Global Experience to view her art. She can also be reached at: ellie@ frosticular.com
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April 8 & 9, 8pm
April 16, 11am
April 19, 21, 26
Rachel Kalpana James: Tagore: Bright Oriental Star
Cabaret Series: Steamy Nights
Canada Post Employee Food Drive
Thunder Bay Ultimate: Beginner Clinics
Thunder Bay Art Gallery “Bright Oriental Star is a video projection, which considers the little known history of the visit to Canada by the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore...” Nadia Kurd. Artist talk: Thursday April 14, 7:30pm. 577-6427 www.theag.ca email@example.com April 1-2
Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival
Magnus Theatre The last show of the season is a clever witty play written for secret romantics of all ages who believe it is never too late to fall in love. Written by Norm Foster, directed by Mario Crudo and featuring Jo-Ann Waytowich. 345-5552 www.magnus.on.ca
April 9 & 10, 10am-4pm
30th Annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake
Galaxy Lanes In support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thunder Bay, all funds raised will stay 100% local. Bowling begins at 3:30pm, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at the Victoria Inn. The theme is “Halloween in April” participants are encouraged come in costume. 623-1112
April 7, 5:30pm
CLE Buildings & Grounds Everything for your home and garden, plus free door prizes, penny auction (proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity), free seminars and more. 622-6473/475-7131 www.cle.on.ca
25th Anniversary of the Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay
April 2, 8pm-2am
Support our Troups Fundraising Bash
April 8, 7-9pm
Magnus Theatre A series of three acting workshops for adults aged 18+ with busy schedules but craving a bit of fun in the limelight. Each session will emphasize a different aspect of theatre, including interpreting scripted works. $79 (+tax) for all three sessions. 345-8033, 231 firstname.lastname@example.org April 5, 8am-4pm
Green Infrastructure Workshop
Valhalla Inn A professional training session on Green Infrastructure and an opportunity to provide input on related provincial policies. www.greeninfrastructureontario. org
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Valhalla Inn With a focus on health and wellness, the show includes demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and presentations. Admission is $3. www.tb-chamber.on.ca April 15, 3pm Valhalla Inn An indoor golf event to support United Way of Thunder Bay that includes 18 custom made theme holes, putters only and fantastic prizes. Registration is at 3pm with a 4pm shotgun start. Dinner and prizes begin at 7pm. 577-1121 Bill.Dell@valhallainn.com www.valhallainn.com
Fort William Gardens Show your support for Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids (PRO Kids) and enjoy skating, music, prizes, face painting, games ,and more. Admission is $2, helmets mandatory for children 12 & under. 625-2351 April 8, 9-11pm
Astronomical Society Public Observing Session
Hillcrest Park If cloudy skies, the session will be held the following night. Saturn with its rings and moon are visible once the sky darkens after sunset. Bring warm clothing and your astronomical questions. 475-3406 April 8-10, 15 & 16
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Come explore our relationship with Lake Superior by celebrating our past and re-envisioning our future. The evening will feature historian and author, Michel Beaulieu, and Calvin Brook, architect of the waterfront development project. Featuring music by Mood Indigo, fresh Superior appetizers and a cash bar. Entrance is free. 343-8514 www.northshorerap.ca email@example.com
Celebrate Earth Day in the Country Market’s trademark optimistic fashion with hands-on displays dedicated to teaching people how to enrich their lives and “do MORE” for our environment. www.thunderbaycountrymarket. com April 16, 2pm & 7pm
A Figment of Your Imagination
Fort William Gardens Presented by the Fort William Skating Club, this annual ice show that showcases local skaters. Advanced tickets are available at the box office, cash only at the door. www.fortwilliamfsc.com Sunday April 17, 6pm Lot 66 Come and enjoy Lot 66’s first Beer & Food Pairing, featuring five brews paired with a tasting menu created to complement the various beer selections. Tickets are $60/person 683-7708 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lotsixtysix.com April 17, 10am
Run for Life
Confederation College This is an organ donor awareness event to encourage people to sign their consent and share their wishes with their families. Participants can walk or run. Registration fee is $25, includes a light lunch and a stainless steel water bottle. 768-0943 April 16, 10am-4pm
Travelodge Airlane, Tiberio Room This trade show offers expertise, services and products for women including: spas, beauty products and fashion. 767-4694
Three-part beginner clinic for anyone interested in trying or improving their skills at ultimate frisbee. www.thunderbayultimate.com April 21, 6:30-8:30pm
walkON Community Forum
Prince Arthur Hotel Imagine a Thunder Bay where anyone can walk or bike easily and safely. Join Gil Penelosa, renowned international expert on walkable and bikeable communities, and speak up about your concerns, issues & ideas. Help to identify priorities and solutions. www.tbdhu.com April 22
Everywhere Earth Day is a day of global awareness. Enough said. Do your part. April 26-27
Bio-energy Conference and Workshops
Valhalla Inn Learn about Ontario’s evolving bioeconomy, renewable energy opportunities and linkages to the forest industry. www.cribe.ca April 29 - May 1
Superior Quilt Show
CLE - Heritage and Dove Buildings This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild, check out their finest work from 12-9pm on April 29, 10am-5pm on April 30 and 10am-4pm on May 1. Admission is $5. 767-1594 www.thunderbayquilters.org
Fresh Air 10km Run
Confederation College Contact Fresh Air Experience for entry forms and race details. 623-9393
April 16, 10am
‘Til Beth do us Part
Mile Hill Melodrama Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family friendly laugh-out-loud comedy. All shows at 8pm except for the show on April 10 at 2pm. 577-1091
Country Market - Earth Day Event
Beer & Food Pairing April 15, 7:30 pm
Lake Superior Evening
April 5, April 19, May 3 8pm-9:30pm
Superior Living Health & Wellness Expo
Valhalla Inn-Door Golf Open
Valhalla Inn Ballroom “An Unforgettable Evening with Elizabeth Manley,” Canadian Olympic silver medalist, presented by Tbaytel. The event includes a silent auction, balloon raffle and dinner. Tickets are $60 per person, $550 for a table of 10. www.alzheimerthunderbay.ca
Shooters Tavern Hosted by the Friends of the Regiment, music provided by Steve Clark and the Hoolies with guest performance by the MacGillvray Pipe band. Tickets are $10, available at the Armoury and Shooters Tavern. 684-1907
Various Locations Help Canada Post Employees “stamp out hunger,” place your non-perishable food items at curbside and postal employees, families and friends will do the pick up. If you live in a rural area, please bring your food to the Postal Station on Balmoral, Labour Centre, or the RFDA. April 16, 8am-1pm
April 7, 3:30pm
Confederation College Lecture Theatre In its second year, the diverse program of films includes winners of the Northern Ontario based documentary film competition. Free admission and parking, plus door prizes. 475-3631 www.tbefilmf.wordpress.com
CLE Home and Garden Show
TBSO Soloists, conductor: Arthur Post Italian Cultural Centre There is no magic like music to evoke feelings of romance. Enjoy an evening of fiery and sensual sounds including orchestral favourites such as Ravel’s Bolero. Tickets: General $30, Student $13. Available at the TBCA Box Office or at the door. www.tbso.com
April 17, noon
Passion for Fashion
Travelodge Airlane Join the Thunder Bay Chapter of the MS Society for their 3rd Annual Fashion Show. Enjoy complimentary snacks, entertainment by Sexy Sassy Seniors, browse vendor tables. Tickets are $20, available at the MS Office and at all participating clothing stores. 344-2944 www.chapters.mssociety.ca email@example.com April 19, 8pm
TBCA Join funny man Bill Engvall on his Blue Collar Comedy Tour. 684-4444 www.tbca.com
Until April 30
River-Lenka NovakovaMontreal/Czech Republic
Definitely Superior Art Gallery A three dimensional video installation featuring 60 conical cast glass structures with mono-filament onto which images are discharged, creating a fullyimmersive poetric experience of a river current running through the gallery, simultaneously visible and fleeting. www.definitelysuperior.com Until April 30
Canadian Contemporary 12
Definitely Superior Art Gallery An impressive art collection borrowed from Dr. Bob Chaudhuri of Thunder Bay, featuring critically acclaimed artists like Marc Sequin, Tony Taylor, Twelve Midnight, Scott Ellis, Srdian Segan and more... internationally known and featured in major art magazines. www.definitelysuperior.com
Until April 30
The Erudition-Kelly Richardson-London UK
Definitely Superior Art Gallery A video installation mining the aesthetics of cinema and science fiction, presenting a lunar-esque looking landscape with holographic trees blowing in fictional wind. Richardson has exhibited at the AGO and Sundance Film Festival; voted as one of the top 10 artists in Canadian Art Magazine. www.definitelysuperior.com April 30-May 1
Fort William Gardens A festival that some of us look forward to all year. It has everything: culture, entertainment and food. www.folklorefestival.ca Until May 15
The Mamanis: Portraits of an Andean Family by Marjorie Clayton
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Canadian born photographer, Marjorie Clayton’s series of black and white photographic prints chronicle her time with locals in rural Bolivia and her adopted Aymara family. 577-6427 www.theag.ca firstname.lastname@example.org April 30-May 1
The Great Sabatini Black Pirates Pub $6, 19+ April 2
Crystal Gayle TBCA $45
Tracy K and Jamie Steinhoff
Gargoyles Grille & Ale
Celebrity Gene Launch Party Tonic Nightclub Free, 19+
The Best of Rodney Brown
Finlandia Club $20 Advance/$10 Students/$23 Door, 19+
Ultimate 80s Party – “Back to the 80s”
The Prozz $10 Advance/$13 at door, 19+ April 2
The Hodder Tavern $5/19+
Critical Hit/Daylin James Tonic TBA
Until May 15
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Canadian born photographer, Marjorie Clayton’s series of black and white photographic prints chronicle her time with locals in rural Bolivia and her adopted Aymara family. 577-6427 www.theag.ca email@example.com
MUSIC SCENE April 1
LU Radio Fund Drive 2011 Wrap Up Dinner Dance Party w Robin Ranger, Damon Dowback, Bay City Sound Collective, DJ Luv Finlandia Club $15, 19+
Wax Philosophic & Friends The Office/Crocks $5, 19+
The Office/Crocks $20, All Ages
Black Pirates Pub 19+
The Hellbound Hepcats
TBCA $38 Adults/$13 12 & Under
The Apollo $TBA, 19+
Tokyo Police Club/ Dinosaur Bones/Said the Whale The Office/Crocks $18, All Ages
Take Me to the Pilot Black Pirates Pub $8, All Ages April 12
TBSO Pops VI – Brian Goes to Boston
Doug Koyama The Apollo TBA
The Office/Crocks $20, 19+ April 14
Music for Aid – Japan Fundraiser Black Pirates Pub $5, All Ages April 15
Tracy K & Jamie Steinhoff Blues Duo – CD Release
TBCA $37 Adults/$13 Children (12 & Under)
Musicians Fight Back! Fundraiser
Bluegrass Coffee House Oliver Road Community Centre $Donation @ Door, All Ages
Duzheknew/Cousins The Apollo $TBA, 19+
TBSO Masterworks VI – Kuerti
Jacks $TBA, 19+
Jean-Paul De Roover – Welcome Home Show
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber
Dawn ‘n Bluecover
The River Rebellion
The Apollo TBA
The Gentlemen of Harmony: Annual Spring Show
Black Pirates Pub TBA
The Apollo TBA
Jen Lane - Megan Lane The Apollo TBA
Prosvita Ukrainian Cultural Centre $22
TBSO: Video Games Live TBCA $57
Dulcisono Women’s Choir: Song and Harp Unite St. Paul’s United Church $15/18 Adults, $5 Students
Natalia Summers and Ivan Love: Engagement Gala! Drag Show
Ruby Moon Canadian Legion Branch #5 KG9886_Thunder Bay_Local 1 $10,Ad:Layout 19+ $8 Advance/$10 Door, All Ages
The Apollo TBA
Black Pirates Pub $8, 19+
Sean Brown/Kate Murphy
Holy Grail & Cauldron The Office/Crocks $8, 19+ April 27
The Office/Crocks $12, 19+
Fort William Gardens A festival that some of us look forward to all year. It has everything: culture, entertainment and food. www.folklorefestival.ca
The Mamanis: Portraits of an Andean Family by Marjorie Clayton
Andrea Ramolo with Sean Pinchin
Rob Fenton/Cindy Doire The Apollo TBA April 7
Classified 2011 Canadian Tour The Office/Crocks $20, 19+
The Rotten/The Hangers Black Pirates Pub TBA April 8
The Office/Crocks $7, 19+
The Apollo $10 Advance/$15 Door, 19+
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Greasy Creases/Critical Hit/Artesian Well Black Pirates Pub TBA April 9
The Weber Brothers The Apollo $TBA, 19+
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Thunder Bay is a neglected, working-class town with a long history of Blues appreciation—remember the Bay St. Blues Band, Blue Shadows, Ken Hamm preaching the blues, and many others? Witness our popular Blues Festival. Is it any wonder that TBay loves Tracy K.? This down-home girl, who wears enough silver to brighten the sunshine in your kitchen, and her musical partner, homegrown Jamie “The Snakeman” Steinhoff, have released a chronicle of their recent life and crimes in Canned Heat. This album was home-cooked at Dining Room studios, with David Angell recording, mixing, and stirring the pot by adding bass to the boogie. Tracy K., having long paid her dues and with many recent performances of note, contributes with award-winning harmonica and distinctive, mojomama vocals on five blues standards and three original tunes. Tracy K.’s “Tailor Made” is an instant blues classic played at a slow simmer. When her harp blows, it melts winter snows into spring flows on Bob Hicks’ “Atlanta Moan,” a favourite of mentor Big Dave McLean’s. The elegiac “Heaven’s Joy (Olga’s Song)” came to Tracy while gardening—”I have since performed it at more funerals than I really wanted to,” she admits. Jamie’s “Stolen Apple Jelly” is a bluesy folk confession that you are sure to hear around campfires this summer—one of his sharpest compositions to date. While nicely supplying two of his own hummers ‘n strummers, Jamie also plays various stringed instruments on all tracks tailor-made to fit with Tracy’s singing.
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If you haven’t viewed any of the fine offerings from the BBC’s Natural History Unit (Life, Planet Earth, Galapagos, etc.), then do yourself a favour (especially if you have kids) and rent one. The newest edition, Human Planet, focuses on the human species and its relationship with the natural world, showing the remarkable ways humans have adapted to life in every environment on earth. Out April 26th on DVD and Blu-ray. -PT
Great White North
The Great White North, the latest album from hardcore band NORRIS, was released on March 22nd and is filled with hard guitars and great drumming. The album slows down for the piano instrumental track “Peasant” with a calming, yet creepy, mood that quickly picks up into the rest of the album. On The Great White North, NORRIS has tuned their unique vocal style to help craft an album that should set them apart in Thunder Bay’s hardcore scene. Overall, a good album for the local band NORRIS. -Travis Setala
Spring for the Senses
You can’t beat the honesty of good folk music. David Baxter has the kind of voice that, if used for malicious purposes, could have a lot of negative persuasion. Thankfully, he’s using it to soothe our country souls. His new album Patina packs a huge folkin’ punch - it swings and swaggers, sits you down for a piece of pie then puts you to bed with a smile on your face. David Baxter is no newbie to the Canadian music scene. He got his start in the industry as a 20-year-old sideman for rocker David Wilcox, playing four 45-minute sets a night. He has also produced albums for young Canadian folk mainstays Justin Rutledge and Melissa McClelland and is a seriously sought-after multi-instrumentalist touring compadre. His 2009 album Day and Age earned Baxter a nomination for a Canadian folk music award-ironically in the Best New Artist category. Patina is a very strong follow-up album worthy of any folk or country collection. Maybe he’ll earn his dues and get a lifetime achievement award this time around.
By Marlene Wandel
The day of the vernal equinox, the day marks that blessed “end of winter,” can be as wintry as the 100 days before it. This year, it snowed and rained, in a diplomatic nod to the season behind us and the season ahead of us. Spring here in Thunder Bay is subtle, at best. We inch our way towards the long days of summer, gaining light hours on our southerly counterparts every day. We have to look for spring in small increments here; we have to almost sense it before we see it. For sure, we can see the snow melting, and we can watch the detritus of winter emerging from its hibernation in the snow banks. A snowstorm in April can make the landscape outside our window look like winter again, but our other senses tell us differently. The sidewalk plow will cease to clank and clatter up my street three times a week, and the sounds of shovels scraping will fade into memory. The birds are chattering more in the bushes just outside my door, wondering when I will feed them next, and then someday soon, we will hear the street sweepers coming to noisily sweep away the sand left over from the sidewalk plough’s frequent visits. Our radiators will hiss and clank less, and the clotheslines’ telltale squeaks will herald laundry days through the neighbourhood. Rhubarb pie must surely be almost
around the corner, and the chives against the back fence will rebel against the last icy shreds of winter and push their flavourful green spears out of the ground and into my omelets and salads. I can almost taste it already. Our winter skin rejoices at freedom from endless mittens and hats. The sunlight leaves its mark on our skin; we can feel the sun’s warmth at last. The endless bottles of skin cream can be shuffled to the back of the cupboard (and the sunscreen shuffled to the front) as we feel the moisture in the spring air. That same moisture helps unlock the smells we have been missing all winter. The cold months are not particularly exciting for the nose; the occasional whiff of two-stroke engine exhaust, and maybe some woodsmoke. In March, we start to notice the smell of the compost thawing on sunny days, cat urine under the porch, the first whiff of skunk. The fragrant, fleeting perfume of evergreen foliage and spruce gum and the smell of rain on pavement emerge. These are the harbingers of the sensory explosion of the coming months – lilacs, laundry fresh from the line, cut grass and barbecue will soon linger in our noses. It’s April. Sun will soon warm our skin and our soil. Soon, it will be time to smell the roses. The Walleye
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Elijah Castellan, Stick It In.
Shannon-Leigh Martens, My Pterodactyl Baby. (Thunder Bay Art Gallery Award; Visual Arts Network Award (VAN) for drawing; Central Body Art Award).
Kelly Chartier, Local Colours: Beer.
Tom Boeckner, Self Portrait. (Jenson-Bode Family Award).
Scott Poluyko, Crowning.
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