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According to the Coffee Association of Canada, we Canucks have many coffee memories. About 81% of us drink coffee (on average about 2.6 cups of coffee per day), which is more than our American neighbours. And with new local coffeehouses cropping up over the past few years, Thunder Bay is proving to be a coffee-drinking, coffee-appreciating town.

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I started drinking coffee in university. It helped with late-night essay writing, and early morning classes. It was a great reason to meet with friends, especially when going for beer wasn’t an option. Over the years, coffee has become more entrenched in my daily existence—whether it’s as a new mom, chugging a cup at five in the morning when the baby decides it’s time to start the day; or now, when my eyelids start to droop when I’m “on deadline” for The Walleye. On the flip side, coffee memories can be relaxed and laid back, like a late-morning coffee paired with the weekend Globe and Mail, or sipping a coffee on the back deck in the early morning sun. And then there’s my favourite: cowboy coffee. In my mind nothing quite beats coffee prepped on an open campfire or backcountry lightweight stove, when the aromas and tastes of coffee mingle with the great outdoors, creating a lingering coffee memory hard to beat.

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On the Cover Walleye Staffer Tracy Sadgrove is just another typical Thunder Bay resident who loves her coffee. Photographer: Tyler Sklazeski Shot on location at Calico Coffeehouse

I am a straight-up kind of coffee girl, and admit I can be kind of snobby when it comes to messing around with all the frothy creamy coffee options out there. I am sure lattes, cappuccinos, and iced coffees all have their merit and by the looks of this issue, many local establishments know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the art of making coffee. In our cover story we look at the various local coffeehouses and what they have to offer. Amy Vervoort meets up with a local roaster, and Kathryn Lyzun pokes around and learns more about the story behind Robin’s Donuts, a Thunder Bay original. Coffee continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry in North America, and there continues to be a huge gap between what labourers earn in coffee-producing countries (there are over 70 countries around the world where coffee is grown) and the companies making a profit. In our Off the Wall department, we look at the book Fair Trade Coffee and the award-winning DVD Black Gold to gain some insight on fair trade issues and how we can be conscientious coffee drinkers. Craving something to munch on with your locally roasted coffee? Serve up some of Chef Rachel Globensky’s Baileys and Coffee muffins for St.Patrick’s Day. And for those of you who prefer tea to coffee, no need to feel slighted. Contributing editor and tea drinker Rebekah Skochinski shares her experience of trying Cream Tea for the first time, and writer Larry Hogard gives us the scoop on Thunder Bay’s Boreal Tea. Here’s to flipping through our first coffee issue—which means I have once again met another deadline, with coffee by my side. The Walleye

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■ 14 Lifewater Canada ■ 15 TedX Thunder Bay ■ 15 March Break Getaways

6 CoverStory: Coffee Time!

■ 7 The Chemistry & Art of Roasting

■ 8 Cream Tea ■ 10 Robin’s Donuts ■ 11 Energy Drinks


■ 17 Scott Skirving ■ 17 The Auditor General ■ 18 Cover Show 9 ■ 19 TBSO - Stormy Weather ■ 21 Lakehead Festival of Music


■ 12 Sweet Pea’s Restaurant ■ 13 Baileys & Coffee Muffins ■ 13 Boreal Forest Teas


■ 24 John Belanger - Bowyer ■ 25 Lakehead University Visual Arts Show

■ 25 Brandon Vickerd LIVING GREEN

■ 26 EcoSuperior question of the month - Green Coffee

■ 26 Earth Day 2012 ■ 27 Lars on Homes - Home Inspection 101

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■ 22 The Coffeehouse - Burnin’ to the Sky

■ 23 Flipper Flanagan’s



■ 29 400 Kilometres - Magnus Theatre

■ 29 Northwest Film Fest ■ 30 Dead Romantic ■ 30 Street Skiing ■ 31 Reel Men Productions ■ 13 Drink of the Month ■ 20 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 30 ZYGOTE bop ■ 32 March EVENTS ■ 33 The Wall ■ 34 The Eye

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Roman Conquest March 1-3 & 7-10 Paramount Theatre

Cambrian Players present Roman Conquest, a fast-paced play directed by Naomi McNeill. The plot is centered around two American girls who move to Rome—an heiress trying to escape her status and make it as an artist on her own merit, and her best friend, who tags along for the ride. The play highlights the frenetic, irrational, beautiful, and artistic energy of the city of Rome and is generously peppered with humour. Tickets are $20 general, $15 students and seniors, with $10 tickets on preview night and a two for $20 deal on March 7, and are available at Steepers, Fireweed, and at the door.


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March 3 Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about skiing in this year’s Loppet, get off, walk over to your computer, and register to participate in the 35th anniversary of this classic event! Organizers are inviting skiers to join in a “Giant Family & Friends Ski Reunion.” Choose from the 8, 20, 35, and 50 kilometre races and dig out your old wooden skis, bamboo poles, and woollies to win the award for the best dressed retro skier. Spectators will enjoy the excitement of the sprint races at Kamview on March 1 or the spectacular scenery and great vibes out at the Sleeping Giant on March 3. All participants have a chance at winning a one-year lease on a Nissan Rogue courtesy of Halfway Motors.


Royal Wood March 10 Finlandia Club

The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society is proud to present singer-songwriter Royal Wood. His latest album, The Waiting, delivers a melodic and beautiful collection of sincere tales of love, loss and life. Wood tackles his music with an independent spirit and earnestness and backs it up with powerful vocals and proficient guitar and piano accompaniment. He released his first EP, The Milkweed, in 2002, and has followed up with four albums with another coming soon. You can listen to Royal Wood’s music on his website,, and learn more about the SGFMS at



Environmental Film Network Film Fest March 30–April 1 Paramount Theatre

March 30–April 1, join the Environmental Film Network (EFN) for their third annual Film Fest at the Paramount Theatre. The EFN is a volunteer-based organization that brings films on environmental and social issues to the Thunder Bay audience. The EFN’s goal is to increase awareness and promote citizen engagement in environmental initiatives—the films are selected to “inspire and empower.” A highlight of the festival is the films from the EFN’s documentary competition featuring the work of regional filmmakers. As with the EFN’s monthly films, admission is by donation (which is greatly appreciated!). For a detailed schedule, visit or call 475-3631.


Urban Infill - Art In The Core 6 March 31 Definitely Superior Art Gallery & Waterfront District

Definitely Superior’s downtown-wide multidisciplinary art exhibition and performance event culminates with a gala reception and after-party on March 31. Urban Infill features art by over 350 international, national, and regional artists presented at 15 locations, including commercial art galleries, artist studios, and empty retail spaces that are transformed into temporary gallery spaces. Experience “Wearable Art” window performances, belly dancing, drag performances, live music, DJs, visiting artist talks, and refreshments. Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Avenue for Art Maps. Performative Tour Guides will show you the way. The gala reception runs from 7–10 pm and the after-party continues until 2 am. All ages are welcome, admission is by donation. The Walleye



It’s always coffee time... somewhere Coffee isn’t just something we drink, it’s something we do. Have a look at the run-down of coffee joints in the city and you’ll see it’s something we like to do. A lot. Bean Fiend photo: Uriel Lubuk

Club Cappuccino Café & Desserts Mon–Fri 8 am–9 pm Sat 8 am–6 pm Regular Coffee (12 oz) Coffee: $1.50 Caramel Latte (12 oz)): $3.75

Low-Down: Nestled in the Brentwood Village Mall is Thunder Bay’s answer to the quintessential Italian café. A quaint and welcoming décor, a barista bar, and small, cozy tables all add to the European feel. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino made with traditional Italian roasted beans, or succumb to the decadence of the Turtles Baked Cheesecake: five layers of pure gratification and certainly not for the caloric faint of heart. A full à la carte menu is also available, including Italian pasta specialties and chicken parmesan. Lighter fare includes daily homemade soups and sandwiches. Fave: Caramel Latte—espresso coffee, steamed milk, and Italian syrup topped with real whipped cream drizzled with caramel and a sprinkle of cocoa. -TS

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Tulips Café Vanderwees Home & Garden Centre Mon–Fri 10:30 am–4 pm Sat & Sun 10:30 am–5 pm Coffee, any brew: $1.60

Low-Down: The Singel Canal in Amsterdam is an area rich in history, coffee houses, and a world famous flower market. In Thunder Bay, the Singel is found within a flower market, as a mural at Vanderwees Home & Garden Centre. Below the row of canal houses is the sunny Tulips Café, where local Gouda is served with European flare, and the coffee is always freshly brewed. The cafe has been a local favourite since it opened in 2005, famous for its fabulous food and cheerful atmosphere. Tulips also offers coffee to go, for those of us who just can’t stay out of the greenhouse. Fave: Tulips’ own brand of coffee is blended locally by Twin City Refreshments, and freshly ground within the Tulips Café. Flavours like Southern Pecan, Cinnamon, and even Grogg are brewed, as well as their classic international cup. Tulips’ coffee blends can also be purchased for home brewers from the gift shop.

The Bean Fiend Café and Sandwich Bar Medium Coffee: $2.20 Medium Cappuccino: $3.75

Low-Down: The Bean Fiend joined the coffee crowd at Bay and Algoma in 2010. Owner Brian Hamilton has brought the funky atmosphere of Red Earth into a relaxed space festooned with plants and illuminated with beautiful morning light. The Oso Negro beans come to the Bean Fiend via Nelson, B.C. These fairly traded and mostly shade-grown beans have become the “it” bean in the West Kootenays, and are more than holding their own in Thunder Bay. Everything about the Bean Fiend is colourful, from the baristas’ hair colour to the sandwich names. Baking by Northern Unique and Oh My Goodness shares billing with gluten-free products from the Pear Tree Bakery. Soup and salad have also made their way onto the menu, making the Bean Fiend a fully lunch-friendly destination. Fave: In the eternal quest for consistently good cappuccino, the Bean Fiend is worth visiting. Espresso drinks are prepared with care and attention to detail; the staff are well aware that a cappuccino should not be hefty with the weight of milk, but light and delicate. Best enjoyed in the Zen Garden Patio out back in warmer months.

Metropolitan Moose Beanery & Café

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Mon–Fri 7 am–9 pm Sat 9 am–9 pm Sun 9 am–5 pm

Mon–Fri 7 am–6 pm Sat 8 am–5 pm

Regular Coffee (16 oz): $1.35 Canadian Maple Latte (16 oz): $2.50

Low-Down: Located in the village of Kakabeka Falls, the Moose is a rustic café located in a log home. It’s cozy in the winter and there is plenty of outdoor seating in the warmer months. Owners Julia and Stephen Miles offer an impressive assortment of homemade treats—favourites include butter tarts, cinnamon buns, cookies, several varieties of bread, and scruffins (a cross between a scone and a muffin). All of the baking is prepared in the café’s homestyle kitchen, so customers are greeted with a waft of tantalizing smells when they open the door. The Moose also offers a full menu including sandwiches, quesadillas, wraps, and a variety of homemade soups—such as sweet potato chili lime—made from original recipes. Refills in any size travel mug run $1.35. Fave: The Canadian Maple Latte is a deliciously sweet blend of steamed milk, espresso, and maple syrup that tastes great with a cinnamon bun.



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Regular coffee (med): $1.70 Neapolitan Coffee (med): $3.65

Low-Down: The Northwest Coffee Company’s shop at 250 Algoma Street is a comfortable shop where two freshly ground brews are always on, and specialty coffees have historical names. Ask for a mug and stay a while. Coffee can be purchased fresh roasted, whole bean, and ground for your pot. While you’re waiting, you’ll probably meet somebody you know, or leave knowing someone new; it happens all the time. The friendly atmosphere is infectious. It’s the kind of shop where you go in for your morning cup and leave with a flock of chickens, or the name of someone to bake your wedding cake (true stories). A long time Thunder Bay Country Market regular, The Great Northwest Coffee Company is now also upstairs at the Market, with spacious seating near the south-facing window. Serving the freshest coffee from the only local roaster, there is no better way to start a weekend. Fave: The Neapolitan Coffee is very pretty and a decadent choice for many. -AV


Metropolitan Moose photo: D. McChristie

Calico Coffehouse Fox on the Run photo: Uriel Lubuk Calico’s photo: Tyler Sklazeski

Seattle Coffeehouse Fox on the Run Mon–Fri 8 am–10 pm Sat 8 am–8 pm Regular Coffee (12 oz): $1.89 Chai Tea Latte (12 oz): $4.75

Low-Down: Tucked in a mini-mall, and brushing shoulders with a small industrial pocket, this particular Fox on the Run caters to the lunch crowds, shoppers, after-movie dates, and, of course, lingering coffee drinkers. Magazine racks hang from the wall. A brick fireplace, a couple of intimate booths, and long bench seating make for a cozy retreat. Choose from straight up coffee, featuring local Northwest Coffee Company’s roasted beans, or indulge yourself and choose from a variety of specialty cappuccinos, lattes and espresso. Pair your coffee with the very popular peanut butter pie, featuring gooey layers of chocolate, a creamy peanut buttery centre, and a fresh whipped topping— definitely decadent enough to share. Originally a catering spinoff of The White Fox Inn, Fox on the Run now operates two bistro-esque cafés in town: this one on Memorial Street and one in Victoriaville Mall. Fave: Get your chakras in check and enjoy the very popular Chai Tea Latte. -TS

The Study Lakehead University Mon-Fri: 9 am–10 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am–6 pm Regular Coffee (Med): $1.58 Hazelnut Cappuccino (Med): $3.13

Low-Down: Still located in L.U.’s University Centre, The Study boasts a new look. Easy chairs arranged around small circular tables and walls adorned with paintings. Students and visitors can enjoy a choice of organic and fair trade specialty coffees, teas, lattes, espressos, as well as alcoholic beverages. Nature’s Choice muffins, cookies, and brownies, Eat Local Pizza, and a Havarti grilled cheese sandwich on homemade bread. The Study is regularly visited by local and touring bands. Wednesday nights offer an open mic to performers and students from the community while Saturdays provide an afternoon of open bluegrass jamming. Play readings, with actors from Cambrian Players and the broader theatre community, are also occasionally presented. Fave: Hazelnut Cappuccino—it’s light and flavourful. -DW

Mon-Fri 7:30 am–11 pm Sat 8 am–11 pm Sun 9am–11 pm Regular (16oz) Coffee: $2.25 Fireside Latte (16 oz): $4.75

Low-Down: Located off the main artery of Arthur Street, Seattle is a spacious hub for coffee-holics and the like. Choose a place near the window, tuck yourself away in a booth, or get cozy in front of one of two fireplaces. The menu board boasts an impressive variety, including a daily brew (with an organic option), a slew of specialty coffees, and plenty of grub and baked goods like cheesecake, marshmallow squares, muffins, and biscotti—all made from scratch by a local baker. More than just a place to grab a cup of coffee, the grilled paninis and bagel bites (also locally sourced) fill in the lunch and dinner hours nicely. Regulars relish the Happy Hour that starts at 5 pm, knowing they can get their fix for half-price. Seattle’s signature blend is roasted by Twin City Refreshments with popular sellers like Banana Cream and Maple Cream. Refills in a Seattle Travel Mug run $1.35. Fave: The Fireside Latte is a traditional latte with a bonus: caramel, hazelnut, and white chocolate, topped with whipped cream.

Kabab Village Mon–Fri 10 am–8 pm Sat 11 am–8 pm One Size Coffee: $1.25 One Size Lebanese Coffee: $1.99

Low-Down: Connoisseurs of coffee, rejoice. You can now experience all the flavours of the Middle East in your own backyard. Kabab Village, located on the city’s South Side, is a welcoming establishment boasting a warm décor, delicious meals, and aromatic scents. Beautiful tapestries, beads, and traditional light fixtures add to its ambiance, making it a great place to meet up with friends or for that special date night. Patrons seeking an alternative to the regular cup of joe will delight in the dark roasted splendor of Lebanese coffee. The beans are slow roasted with finely ground cardamom, then traditionally brewed on a stovetop in a Rekwah (Turkish coffee pot). The coffee is served black, or sweetened to taste, in small cups. The flavour is smooth, yet bold, ensuring a definitive coffee experience. Fave: Pair your coffee with a slice of Shoaybieh—one of many delicious homemade desserts baked fresh daily. Layers of phyllo pastry are filled with fresh cream and baked to flaky perfection, then drizzled with syrup delicately flavoured with orange blossom and rose water.

Mon–Fri 7:30 am–10:30 pm Sat–Sun 8:30 am–10:30 pm Coffee (Medium): $1.90 Caramel Latte with Caramel Sauce (Medium): $3.94

Low-Down: In 2006, Sheena Doran and Alexis Grunys were on the leading edge of a wave of independent coffee shops and eateries that were beginning to sweep across Bay and Algoma. Students at the time, the two young entrepreneurs opened the doors to the former Lauri’s Hardware to reveal painted tin ceilings, tables big enough for studying and small meetings (and a meeting room in the back for bigger meetings), and fresh new art on the walls. All this was, and continues to be, a warm and inviting backdrop for the real attraction: coffee. Calico brews, grinds, and sells Reunion Island coffee beans. This organic, small-batch roasted, fair trade coffee is available in a variety of espressobased drinks. The Caramel Latte with caramel sauce is a popular concoction, and morsels from Small Batches Baking tempt the sweet tooth. Judging by how quickly these treats disappear, they are popular as well. Fave: The Chai Tea Latte, while not coffee, is stellar. Sweet, but not syrupy, it is just right. Having tea in-house is always fun, due to the selection of delicate teacups and saucers. Between the teacups, the free WiFi, and the art, there are plenty of reasons to stick around and have your drink “for here.”



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CoverStory The Great Northwest Coffee Company

Combining the chemistry and art of roasting Photos and Story by Amy Vervoort

Connecting food to farmers has lately become a common interest—people not only want to know where their food comes from, but who produced it and how it traveled. What sets the Great Northwest Coffee Company apart from many others is that each cup can be traced to the person who grew the tree that produced the fruit which held the bean. For Jeff at The Great Northwest Coffee Company, it is a family business, one of personal, long-term relationships with the growers who share his same interest: producing fine coffee. The emphasis is on quality, using only specialty or “boutique” grade beans, and connecting with the people who produce them. There is a personal contact in every step on the journey for a Northwestbound bean, and they trace all over the world. Considered by Roast Magazine to be on top in his craft, Jeff has been roasting Thunder Bay’s finest fresh coffee since 1993. There’s a science to roasting, but creating a consistent cup is much more of an art. It was through years of studying the chemistry and talking to experienced roasters that Jeff has learned all he has, and he considers roasting something he will always be learning and experimenting with. Using a “roasting profile” (a scale of time and temperature in graph form), roasters can determine the temperature path of each batch, and maintain consistency in their process. By understanding the chemistry of the beans, how they react to heat, and how the sugars in them caramelize, roasters can optimize the flavour of individual bean varieties. Coffee houses can be dated back to 16th century Constantinople, not far from Izmir, Turkey, where today the highest quality roasting machines are produced. The industrial cast iron drum is gas-fired, and is capable of roasting 100 pounds of beans per hour. On average, a roast takes around fifteen minutes, but the variables are many and each batch is unique. It’s a wonderful thing to stand over when it’s minus 25 outside. Tasting begins, after all, with the fragrance of the roast. Much like wine tasting, the “cupping” of coffee requires technique and a discerning palate. Tasters evaluate sweetness and flavours, note defects, and assess quality. Aspirating the coffee to cover the entire tongue allows droplets to reach all taste buds as well as the throat, while the nasal passages capture the aroma. This is done for each roast batch to ensure consistency.

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There is no better tasting cup of coffee than one fresh from the roaster. The Great Northwest Coffee Company’s coffee is available both from the Thunder Bay Country Market, and from their shop on Algoma.


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drinker and photographer Chris Merkley and I settled at a round table near the window, its pane providing a buffer to the bustling motor and pedestrian traffic. We chose a black tea from Kenya, dissolving a few pieces of German rock sugar and adding a dash of milk to the amber-coloured

As a tea drinker, I’m aware of the rich history surrounding tea culture and how it is celebrated in various parts of the world. However, my day-to-day habit consists of balancing a mug of tea beside me while I type away on my computer. And to be honest, I didn’t realize how much I was missing out on until I recently experienced my first ever cream tea.

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Coming for afternoon tea is “a bit like hitting the re-set button,” says Fucile. Something I know I could have probably used all those times I gulped my tea at home, barely taking my eyes away from the computer screen. Cream Tea is served every afternoon (Mon–Sat) and iHOT also offers tea-tasting sessions for small groups. Find them at 205 Algoma Street and at About the tea: “Michael Horst is our broker and blender,” says Fucile. “He sources our tea through Germany, which has the highest industry standards for quality control. He flavours the tea in small batches only after receiving an order.”

There is some debate as to the origins of cream tea. Its roots are in England, to be sure, but there are at least four countries trying to lay claim to the tradition of serving tea with scones, cream (clotted or whipped) and preserves. It might be a long way from Britain to the Bay, but Terri Lynn Fucile at international House of Tea (iHOT) has created a cream tea experience that doesn’t focus so much on rules as reinvention. “It’s really just about enjoyment—taking the time to sit, to taste, to enjoy, to slow down. There is so much that tea can teach us,” she says.

she was trying to think of a name for what they have created at iHOT and if they dared to call it Dream Tea, they wouldn’t be far off the mark.

liquid before sipping. And then the scones came to the table and I forgot about everything else. Two buttery triangles spread with strawberry preserves, nestled under a generous, but perfect amount of light-as-a-cloudcream, which tasted so yummy, all we could do was mumble incomprehensible mouthfuls of approval and wait to be pinched. Fucile told us

About those scones: The scones are made by local caterer, Jennifer Miller of Sandpiper Gourmet, and the preserves are purchased from local vendors at the market (strawberry, raspberry, bumbleberry and pin cherry). The cream is made in-house and its recipe, like so many good things, is a secret. Tea Tid-bit: According to Fucile, “Tea has compounds which are known to induce an alpha brain state, and so it remains an ideal choice for a relaxing cup.” The Walleye


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Robin’s Donuts A Thunder Bay Original by Kathryn Lyzun In 1975, Harvey Cardwell and George Spicer, two Tim Hortons employees, came up with a plan to open their own coffee and donut shop in Thunder Bay. Legend has it they planned to name the establishment Superior Donuts, but changed their minds after being inspired by a robin, that ubiquitous early bird, chirping around the yard. The connection between the cheery bird and the morning ritual that many of us need in order to get anywhere near cheery was perfect: Robin’s Donuts and its friendly, feathered mascot, “Robby,” were to become local icons. The business partners decided Thunder Bay was an ideal place to test their product and launch their business west. At the time, Tim Hortons was already well-established, with stores popping up all over Eastern Canada. As far as the coffee shop industry was concerned, however, the West was yet to be won. The original plan was to open four or five stores in Northern Ontario, but over the next several years the Robin’s brand exploded to over 240 stores across Canada—the majority from Thunder Bay to Vancouver. In 1987, Robin’s was the topgrossing doughnut chain in Western Canada.


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Even as more and more coffee shops came onto the scene, Robin’s Donuts held its own. The company adapted to social and gastronomic trends, moving from coffee, donuts and cigarette smoke to deli sandwiches, specialty drinks and low-fat oatmeal bars (which, by the way, are made in-store and are awesome. Equally awesome are their freshly baked chocolate chip muffins). What makes this local success story even better is that Robin’s maintains strong ties to its home city. Many of the people who built the brand continue to live here, build local businesses, and invest in the community. And for years Robin’s Donuts has been a huge supporter of local minor hockey. This year was the 36th annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic, a major event that brings together young hockey teams from across Northern Ontario. Three decades later the coffee market is far more crowded, but Robin’s still holds its own with about 130 stores across Canada—17 in Thunder Bay alone. There’s still something about the local coffee and donut shop that endures, especially in Northern Ontario. And really, what’s better than coffee, baked goods, and conversation on a cold winter day?

And what happens next will amaze you. They’ll come back as useful items, like Muskoka chairs. Recycle every #1 and #2 plastic bottle with a neck or screw top. To learn more, visit the City of Thunder Bay website at One can make a difference!


Energy Drinks Not Worth the Buzz by Karling Zaporzan, Public Health Dietitian

“I’m so excited! Today is the big day! If I pass the entrance exam I can start applying for real jobs—no more school! I was up until 4 am last night cramming. I only got three hours of sleep. I should grab a Rockstar on my way to the school. The exam is starting and I can’t sit still. I’m so jittery and restless. I’m trying to read the first question and I can’t seem to figure out what it’s asking. I can’t even concentrate. My heart is racing. What’s going on? Maybe all that caffeine was a bad idea.” As a dietitian working with schools, I hear stories like this all the time, and they are alarming.

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A typical energy drink can have up to three or four times the caffeine of a large cup of coffee, and they often contain herbal ingredients like taurine, ginseng and guarana that only make the stimulant effects stronger. Drinking them can cause heart palpitations, high blood pressure, dehydration, sleeplessness, and nervousness. These risks are more serious when they are mixed with alcohol. People who mix are more likely to drink to intoxication, binge drink, drive impaired, or be involved in a violent act. Despite the health risks, energy drinks are the fastest growing beverage on the market. Although Health Canada doesn’t recommend energy drinks for children or youth, almost one in every five students in our district reports drinking one energy drink or more every day. Don’t buy into the hype! There are better ways to boost your energy, naturally. Eat regularly, starting with a good breakfast. Regular exercise, water, and sleep will also give you plenty of juice to get through the day.

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Food Sweet Pea’s Restaurant 252 Algoma St. South 344-8543 by Amy Jones

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Open for just over two months on South Algoma, Sweet Pea’s Restaurant has already generated quite a buzz in the Thunder Bay culinary scene. One reason for this is likely the passion and dedication of the Sweet Pea’s team of Marija Harp and Jon Mintenko, whose love of fresh, wholesome food and commitment to local food producers and environmental sustainability is evident in every aspect of the restaurant, from the menu to the décor. We stopped by Sweet Pea’s for lunch, and we were certainly not alone—the small dining area was nearly packed. Much to our disappointment, the pulled boar sandwich was already sold out when we got there, but the sausage and pepper sandwich offered in its stead —featuring Italian sausage from Tarrymore Farms and Gouda from the Thunder Oak Cheese Farm— was phenomenal. My dining companion decided on the veggie BLT, which is made with Sweet Pea’s house-made vegetarian bacon. As an ardent bacon lover, I have to admit that the idea of trying vegetarian bacon was bordering on traumatic for me. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by the taste: although not as satisfyingly salty as regular bacon, it has a sweet, smoky flavour and a pleasantly meaty texture that makes for an unexpectedly robust sandwich filling. Sweet Pea’s menu is selective and interesting, making a return visit all but compulsory. And next time, I will make sure to get there early, just to be certain I can get my hands (and mouth) on Sweet Pea’s next delicious, in-demand culinary creation.

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Baileys and Coffee Muffins – makes 12-ish muffins by Rachel Globensky 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp espresso/finely ground coffee (not instant—you want the little specks)

1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup good strong coffee 1/2 cup Baileys (or other) Irish cream 1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, soda, coffee grounds, and both sugars. In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, coffee, irish cream, and oil. Pour wet stuff into dry, mixing only until just combined (batter will be lumpy, but it’s OK). Scoop into paperlined muffin cups—I always give the pan a spray with non-stick pan spray after I fill the muffin cups. If you’re feeling fancy, you can sprinkle the tops with a mixture of fresh coffee grinds, sugar and cocoa. Bake at 350®F for 15–20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a couple of muffins comes out clean. Let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes (if you can wait that long) before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Boreal Forest Teas was started in Thunder Bay in early 2010 by Lee-Ann Chevrette. Lee-Ann is a Forest Ecologist and Herbalist, with a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies. Her eight hand-crafted teas are made from wild-harvested boreal plants and berries blended with organic cultivated herbs. Many of the plants she uses are found in abundance in the Thunder Bay region, including blueberries, rosehips, red clover, yarrow, and dandelion. For plants that do not grow in this climate, she supports small, Canadian, organic growers and suppliers of medicinal herbs.

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Lee-Ann hosts workshops on tea-making and the use of boreal forest plants. This summer, she will be offering educational “Wild Herb Walks” to teach identification and harvesting techniques, as well as healing and nutritional properties of common boreal forest plants.


Through a partnership with Nature Canada, Boreal Forest Teas donates 5% of its proceeds to support conservation efforts in Canada’s boreal forest. Boreal Forest Teas also supports two First Nations’ Non-Timber Forest Products initiatives: Aroland First Nation’s Blueberry Project, and Wahta Nation’s Iroquois Cranberry Growers. Boreal Forest Teas are available at Thunder Bay Country Market, the Bean Fiend, True North Community Coop (located in the Green House store), at Belluz Farm Store (during summer months), and online at

by Rebekah Skochinski

Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is just open a bottle and pour. Other times, you discover something that is totally worth the extra effort, and then there’s no going back. So, with a nod to that well-known patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, we give you the perfect excuse to make a blender drink in March. Sláinte! Irish Cream Liqueur 1 cup heavy cream 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk Half a bottle of Irish whiskey (Jameson is good) 2 tsp. instant espresso 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. almond extract

*Traditionally the drink is made with raw eggs. We like our eggs over-easy. However, what you do with your eggs is your own business—in which case, add four. Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge and shake well before serving. Great over ice, sipped straight from a shot glass, or splashed into a cup of joe. Recipe adapted from

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Lifewater Canada A local charity with a global vision by Michelle McChristie

Unsafe water causes 80% of sickness and death among children, and every 15 seconds a child dies because they do not have access to safe drinking water. For Jim Gehrels these are not abstract statistics, they are the harsh reality of life in developing countries. Through his work with Lifewater Canada—a charity he founded to provide safe water and sanitation—Gehrels has witnessed the disease and death caused by a lack of clean water. But, when a Lifewater crew drills a well for a community, Gehrels also sees first-hand the profound and powerful impact a simple well with a hand-pump can make. In the early 1990s, Gehrels, a hydrogeologist with the Ministry of the Environment, learned that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa—a hereditary, progressive disease that started with night blindness and decreasing peripheral vision and has since progressed to the point that Gehrels is now legally blind, with only 5% vision. The diagnosis gave him pause for reflection on how he could use his technical skills to


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help others, and as a Christian, he felt compelled to “make is faith real—beyond Sundays.” When he met a Liberian pastor who underscored the need to provide safe drinking water to his people, he was inspired to help. Less than a year later, he and a colleague, Glenn Stronks, planned their first trip to Liberia. They only intended on making one trip—the plan was to provide the technology and training so that the work could continue long after they returned home. “But a $3,000 well might as well be a $3 million well to someone living in a grass hut,” reflects Gehrels. “We soon realized that the wells needed to be subsidized to be affordable to small villages.” Lifewater provides this subsidy, as well as the technology and training to empower local workers to drill and maintain wells and washrooms. The charity is entirely volunteer-run and this, combined with the fact they have no office, enables them to keep their overhead costs low—less than 5% of their annual budget of $550,000. The volunteers, many of whom are professionals in the fields of hydrogeology, well-drilling, health care, accounting, and logistics, often spend their vacations working for Lifewater. Gehrels explains that Lifewater operates on the principle of sustainable development, not humanitarian aid. The volunteer trainers work closely with a board of directors and manager in the host country to build capacity in villages and ensure that the work of drilling wells continues after the volunteers return home. “Wells are being drilled right now,” says Gehrels from his government office in Thunder Bay. To date, Lifewater has drilled 50 wells and have provided safe drinking water, sanitation, and health education to over 200,000 people in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, and Haiti.

Gehrels says that a single dollar can provide safe water for a child for a year— the difference between life and death for so many of the world’s children. The United Nations’ World Water Day on March 21 gives us all a reason to consider the security of the world’s fresh water. As global population increases, the fresh water supply decreases, and in many countries the issues are political, wrapped in layers of social injustice. Even Gehrels admits it can be overwhelming and discouraging. But, the direct

connection between a donation made in Thunder Bay and a well drilled half a world away—and the enormous impact it has on that community—is remarkable, if not inspiring. Gehrels and his team at Lifewater are a true testament to Margaret Mead’s statement: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” To learn more about Lifewater, or to donate, visit


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March Break Getaways by Rita Ropponen

Winter and school getting you down? It’s nothing a little sun, sand, and surf can’t cure. Consider a last minute vacation for spring break on one of the direct flights from TBay.


Varadero, Cuba offers beautiful, white sand beaches and friendly people who cannot do enough for you. A visit to Havana will transport you to the beauty of days gone by, with amazing architecture and old cars. Thursday flights to Varadero start at $1015.

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Why do we need to reinvent Thunder Bay and how are we going to do this? These were some of the questions posed to the audience at the inaugural TEDx Thunder Bay conference that was held on February 16 at the LU Outpost, as well as web-streamed live on campus and at the Thunder Bay Centre for Change. Ten local and regional speakers took to the stage and addressed one hundred participants— the speakers were challenged to give the talk of their lives on the theme of reinvention in 18 minutes or less. TED (technology, entertainment and design) is a non-profit organization that began in 1984 in Southern California. TED conferences play host to some of the world’s most inspiring and thought-provoking speakers. The best of the TED talks are hosted on TED’s website,

to allow anyone to experience TED for free. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED conference experience. Anthony Scaffeo, a local accountant, applied for the TEDx license in 2011 in hopes of importing the TED experience to Thunder Bay. Scaffeo, a lover of TED talks, thought an event like this could inspire the citizens of Thunder Bay to take action towards making a better community. Lisa Laco from CBC’s Superior Morning hosted the event, which covered a range of topics, such as green innovative technologies, aboriginal youth engagement, food security, the power of speech, and embracing our imperfect selves. Participants had time to network and discuss ideas raised throughout the day, and were encouraged to share their ideas at a video booth. Talks from the Thunder Bay event can be found at www.tedxthunderbay. com. Scaffeo and the organizing committee are already working on the next TEDxThunderBay event for 2013.

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Jamaica is a diverse destination offering beaches, sun, and culture. Visit Bob Marley’s birthplace, or the Green Grotto Caves where the James Bond film Live and Let Die was filmed. Jamaican patties are a must to sample while in Jamaica, along with their famous jerk dishes. Or, just soak in the sun on one of the many gorgeous Jamaican beaches. Thursday flights to Jamaica start at $1300. After a week away at any of these destinations, you will be revitalized and ready to conquer the world.

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Local Musician Pursues Dream Career by Mel Thompson

Years ago, while watching his musical idol Billy Dean strumming his acoustic guitar on stage and singing with such passion, Scott Skirving realized what he truly wanted to do with his life. He wanted a career in music. Thunder Bay native and father of four Skirving is now on his way to creating that dream career with the recent release of his album Here I Am and his romantic ballad“Pretty Eyes” being played on radio stations across Canada. Skirving refers to himself as a late bloomer. “I didn’t pursue things right from the beginning,” he says. “I was always too shy to do anything like that.” He took his time learning to write music, sing, and play guitar, soaking up all the knowledge that he could from the musical influences in his life. Skirving eventually decided to take a risk by quitting his job at the mill, packing his belongings, and moving across the country to Red Deer, Alberta. There, he made connections with other musicians that led to the creation of Here I Am at MCC Recording Studio in Calgary. To his surprise, the album was recently submitted to be considered as an official nomination for a Juno Award. Unfortunately it didn’t make it through to the finals in the nomination process, but Skirving remains optimistic. “Now my name is in there, people know who I am, and they’ve seen my face.” Adding to his list of accomplishments, Skirving has recently had the opportunity to open for famous country stars like Aaron Prichette, Wynona Judd, and Travis Tritt. His next endeavor is to create a music video for his fun, upbeat track, “She Likes to Dance,” on little to no budget, with the help of friends and volunteers. Skirving has had tremendous support from family, friends, and fans who believe strongly in his talent, and he cannot wait to take his music to the next level. “To be able to say that I’m a full-time musician and I make a living off of doing that... definitely,” he says. “That’s my career choice.”

The Auditor General Warm Tunes & Hilarious Banter at the Hodder by Kaitlin Khubyar

Local favorites The Auditor General took their lovelorn songs and engaging musical talent into new terrain on February 3, playing a great show at the Hodder Tavern in the heart of Current River. It was a change of scenery from the usual downtown Port Arthur venues that highlight this band’s special talents, but the close-knit communal quality of the Hodder, the hospitable staff, and the friendly regulars made this a perfect place for The Auditor General’s warm tunes and heartfelt lyrics to really shine, while the hilarious, off-the-cuff, sarcastic banter the band is known for kept the audience laughing and in high spirits. Here’s hoping The Auditor General continues sharing their music with fresh audiences, proving that Thunder Bay has sensational musicians creating melodies worth bragging about.

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Local musicians perform as KISS, Sublime, and more It’s a February Friday night at the Black Pirates Pub—the second night of three cover shows in a row. There’s standing room only. The local group Black Tie Affair is on stage performing as KISS (in full black and white makeup, of course). The lead singer nails the vocals, the lyrics “Just a few more hours and I’ll be right home to you” from the rock ballad “Beth” vibrating through the venue, lighters and cell phones waving in the air. Later, the dance floor is bouncing and shaking to “Rock and Roll All Nite,” fists in the air, the crowd appreciating a new band’s take on an old classic. Other songs in the set include “Strutter,” and “Deuce,” showcasing the talents of this young, up-and-coming band.


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TBSO Stormy Weather By Rebekah Skochinski

Assembled in the inviting sanctuary of Hilldale Lutheran Church, the TBSO created an intimate affair for a receptive crowd. While the program predicted inclement weather, Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante was certainly the calm before the storm. Superb solo playing was highlighted, with the orchestra in more of a supporting role for this piece.


Salvador Brotons’ Divertimento alla Mozart was the contemporary contribution to the evening. Written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, the composition captures Mozart’s humour and technique, but with more dissonant harmonies. As its name suggests, it is intended to distract, and in doing so, provided a gentle transition to the second half.


Closing with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, brought what maestro Arthur Post promised it would in his opening address, telling the audience it was “turbulent, moody and poignant.” Composing in a minor key was unique for Mozart—its tragic tone providing a bittersweet finale to another enjoyable live music experience.





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by Jacqueline D’Acre Stargazer Press, 2007

Jacqueline D’Acre’s second novel, Foreclosure, is a murder mystery set in the enigmatic and intriguing world of elite horse breeding. Drawing upon her own years of living in New Orleans, D’Acre has created a compelling character in equine writer Bryn Wiley, a Canadian from Thunder Bay living in the Big Easy who, in the great tradition of amateur detectives like Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher, helps local law enforcement solve the murder of a horse breeder. Full of colourful characters and plenty of Louisiana heat, Foreclosure will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. -Amy Jones

Black Gold Most people don’t make a connection between their cup of coffee and the country in which the beans were grown, let alone the social conditions surrounding their growth. Black Gold brings to light the impact multinational companies that dominate the coffee industry have on coffee-growing regions, using the example of Ethiopia—the birthplace of coffee. As Ethiopian farmers struggle to produce some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, the manager of their co-op takes on the

Goliaths of the coffee industry to negotiate a fair price for his farmers. Black Gold is a call to action for retailers and consumers to support fair trade coffee and demand the same of the multinationals. Unfortunately the film does not tell both sides of the coffee story—none of the multinational companies the director contacted accepted the invitation for an interview. Check out the coffee calculator at the bottom of the “resources” tab at for an idea of where your coffee money goes in the global coffee industry.

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It’s dark all of the time/Let’s burn this whole city down/So we can see some light/ It’s cold all of the time. The opening lyrics to the song “Winterdark” from Nick Sherman’s debut album, Drag Your Words Through, hints at a certain tension that comes with living in the north, especially in the winter months. The album is rife with winter references—a possible product of Sherman’s Sioux Lookout and far north roots, and why not? It’s an inescapable season that makes us strong but can cause us to crumble too. Produced by Thunder Bay’s Jean Paul De Roover, the album draws on many forms of folk and features a myriad of local musicians, who help give the lyrics a larger playing field. Keep your ears open for the title track “Drag Your Words Through”—it’s a ballad of longing with beautiful harmonies that make you feel like you’re in the room. Nick Sherman is the driver and folk music is the vehicle with Dining Room Studios applying the wax that will keep you listening.


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As you sip your delicious cup of java, do you ever consider whether your coffee is fair trade, and what fair trade actually means? In Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice, Gavin Fridell explores the fair trade vision and how it has been transformed over time. He covers everything from the history of the fair trade movement to fair trade coffee in Canada. -Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

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Susan M. Zimmer If exploring ways to experiment with your coffee is more your thing, check out Cappuccino Cocktails & Coffee Martinis by Susan M. Zimmer. Within these pages you will find the history of coffee, as well as delicious recipes for both hot and cold espressobased cocktails. Grab a cup of your favourite brew and happy reading! -Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

CityScene Music Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts By Rebekah Skochinski

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The dynamic duo from Akron, Ohio, Dan Auerbach (guitar and vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) are testament that quality isn’t always measured by quantity. With three Grammy awards under their belts (for the critically acclaimed 2010 album Brothers) and having mastered a unique sound that is suggestive of many influences, The Black Keys are certainly in a league of their own. El Camino, their highly anticipated seventh album, encompasses a distinctive garageband sound and a keep-it-simple attitude. El Camino is by far one of the best albums to hit music store shelves in recent times. A distinctive departure from mainstream generic noise, El Camino’s raw and guttural riffs coupled with throbbing percussion has the ebb and flow that takes you back to a time of great rock albums, each song a noteworthy addition. Personal picks include “Lonely Boy,” “Gold on the Ceiling,” and “Little Black Submarines.” The latter is an acoustic revelry, eviscerated mid-song into a raw rock anthem. El Camino will surely secure The Black Keys’ popularity with their present fan base and help them gain many new ones—a position acquired on their own terms. -Tracy Sadgrove

The surge in popularity of television shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance have done a lot to raise the profile of talent competitions. However, the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts has created a stage for young performers to showcase their abilities in the areas of both instrumental and dance for 84 years—that’s something that pre-dates the likes of Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul. And while there is a certain level of competition (awards and scholarships are given out), festival coordinator Dawn Sebesta says it’s more about encouraging and supporting performers and celebrating the enjoyment of the arts. This volunteer-run festival has been growing steadily in participant numbers every year, a testament to its value for young

people in the community. This year there are approximately 300 entries in the instrumental component (voice, piano, strings, and guitar), and around 600 signed up in the dance component, which sees every style from ballet and tap to lyrical and cabaret. Learning how to engage an audience, achieving stage presence, quelling nerves, and standing before an adjudicator to receive feedback help make a person a better, more confident performer. Sebesta acknowledges that the festival “is possibly the only venue [many performers] may have for this type of experience.” The benefits of such a venue are two-fold: the performer needs the audience

and the audience wants to be entertained. Besides, witnessing a competition first-hand allows you to participate in a way that is far more engaging and exciting than anything you’ll see on television. It does cost to attend: $3 per instrumental session (runs April 21–28), $10 for dance sessions (runs March 30–April 2), or $20 a day. Also, new this year, there will be a Festival Gala and Scholarship Presentation on May 24 at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. For more information and a calendar of events/locations/ times, visit their website at

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The Coffeehouse Burnin’ to the Sky By Gord Ellis

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at singing or playing in public, there’s a good chance you’ll start at a coffeehouse. Musically, the coffee house set up is simple: a stool and mic, and maybe a music stand if you’re not really good with words. Best of all,

The coffeehouse is also the perfect venue for the performer that doesn’t quite know where he or she wants to go with the music. One day you can be a sensitive folky, the next a thrash rocker. You can try out original songs or revisit old classics. It’s the rare coffeehouse that doesn’t have someone doing a Dylan tune or two. I’ve done my fair share. And you can be sure that back in the late 1950s, the young Bobby Zimmerman sang some Woody Guthrie tunes at a coffeehouse in the “hills of old Duluth.” The roots of the coffeehouse go way, way back. According to the irrefutable source Wikipedia, there are various legends circulating involving the introduction of coffee to Istanbul around the late 15th century. Coffeehouses in Mecca apparently became a concern to the Imams as places for political gatherings and were banned, as was the drink. In 1530, the first coffeehouse was apparently opened in Damascus and soon after,

Cairo. Over the decades, the coffeehouse concept slowly spread around the globe. It took the youth movement of the 1960s to inextricably connect music and coffeehouses. With folk music booming, the places thrived and became the centre of the 60s counterculture. At the same time, coffeehouses also became a new way for churches to reach out to youth. Many of us who grew up in the church remember going to coffeehouses in the 70s and 80s, hearing our first “Jesus Music” (it was actually called that) and singing “It Only Takes a Spark.” Coffeehouses continue to be an important part of Christian outreach to this day. However, the secular coffeehouse remains alive and well around the world, including Thunder Bay. Open mic nights still happen in the dusty corners of cafés, in bookstores, and on campus. In fact, the most popular coffeehouse in the city is Lakehead University’s The Study. This room is one of the nicer ones to play, with comfortable seating, a good stage, and a great PA. Oh, and it smells amazing: rich with the smell of dark coffee and cream. They don’t call them coffeehouses for nothing.





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Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four 45 Years and Still Lifting Spirits

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Juliann Robbins by Melanie Thompson

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Forty five years! That is how long Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four has been a band. It’s them and the Rolling Stones—and if you have heard these two groups play lately you may agree that our local heroes are better. A great way to lift spirits, our own Flip ‘n Four is a real crowd pleaser with a wide-ranging repertoire played in a variety of styles, none of them mellow. Flipper Flanagan performs at St. Thomas Anglican Church March 8 at 7 pm, with proceeds going to upgrade the church’s audio visual system.

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Local singer/songwriter Juliann Robbins introduced her new music to the city on February 4 at her CD release party at Crocks. Opening entertainment included local artists from the region, such as the sultry blues music of Atikokan singer Sunday Wilde. Just after 11 pm, Juliann—dressed in a single-strap red dress and high black boots—confidently took the stage alongside fellow musician Matt B, and they began their set with a few dark acoustic duets. Soon after, Juliann played a selection of songs from her latest album, Save Myself, passionately strumming her acoustic guitar and stunning the small crowd with her warm, powerful voice. Her upbeat song “Fire” kept heads bobbing, while the emotional, love-lorn lyrics of “Maybe Love” left the audience feeling like “maybe love’s just not enough.”

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One of a Handful of Bowyers in North America by Bonnie Schiedel

Five years ago, John Belanger was on a fishing trip when, with some time on his hands, he casually began carving a wooden bow—and discovered a new passion. “I had no idea what I was doing, and the first few bows broke,” he says. “But the process grabbed hold of me.” Belanger has long made his living with wood as owner and operator of Artisan Buildings, where he makes handcrafted timber frame buildings. Drawing on books and websites, he learned how to be a bowyer: a craftsperson who makes bows. He’s one of just a handful in North America. Belanger make self bows, also known as stick bows, which are created entirely from one piece of wood. To date he’s made over 250, and, through his company Bow Jangles, also teaches workshops to interested archers, including Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation students, Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school students, and patients at the Dilico Adult Treatment Centre. Students select their own wood and, over two days, learn how to make a functional (albeit not highly refined) bow. When Belanger is making a bow for himself or for a customer, the process takes about a week. He hikes his rural property in Neebing, looking for a sapling—generally saskatoon, chokecherry, birch, elm, sugar maple, tamarack, or hophornbeam—that is straight and relatively free of defects like knots and twists. The wood is carefully peeled, rough-shaped, dried, and skillfully tillered (which refers to shaping the bow so it bends gracefully and symmetrically). Belanger also makes arrows from dogwood, hazelnut, birch, or chokecherry, using wild goose or turkey feathers for fletchings. While he plans to learn flint knapping to make arrowheads, for now old bandsaw blades are remarkably effective.

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Belanger practices target shooting with a self bow for about an hour a day, and sometimes uses one for grouse hunting. His customers are a diverse group: seasoned bow hunters with a large bow collection who want to try a self bow for big game like moose or deer; people interested in traditional First Nations, Paleolithic, or medieval culture; and a few who simply view the self bow as a beautiful art piece to be displayed. “A finished bow can look pretty sexy,” says Belanger. “You’re taking a simple, natural thing like a tree and turning it into this powerful tool. It was one of the big steps forward in technology that human beings took thousands of years ago, so it’s really satisfying on a primordial level.”


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Lakehead University Visual Arts Show

Major Studio Exhibition By Aaron Veldstra

During the month of March, graduating Lakehead University visual arts students will have shows at both the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Definitely Superior Art Gallery. The Major Studio Exhibition will be on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery from March 9 to March 25. This exhibition features a diverse range of artworks, from hand-bound books and paintings to installations and ceramics. Students also have the opportunity to exhibit at Definitely Superior’s Urban Infill that runs from March 30 to April 3. This event transforms and revitalizes empty retail spaces into art galleries in downtown Port Arthur.

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For more information, please contact: Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 577-6427; and Definitely Superior, 344-3814.

Leana Rosengren. Night After Night, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 60” x 72”

Champions of Entropy, Version #3

Brandon Vickerd Kinetic Sculpture

Deer. Not a surprising sight to those of us who live in northwestern Ontario, but perhaps feels a little off-kilter when the deer are two robotic machines designed to copy the movements of two male deer locked in constant combat. Canadian installation artist Brandon Vickerd will showcase his sculpture Champions of Entropy, Version #3 at Definitely Superior Art Gallery just in

time for the launch of Urban Infill in downtown Port Arthur. Of his work, Vickerd states it’s “purposely diverse,” and “an examination of sculpture as a catalyst for critical thought, enriching the audience’s engagement with the physical world through the creation of spectacle.” Vickerd has shown his varied works all over Canada, and has an upcoming show in New York. Champions of Entropy, Version #3 can be viewed March 31-April 28. The gala opening is at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Sat March 31 at 7 pm.

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LIVINGGREEN Food Q: I ’m trying to “green” my lifestyle. Can I still incorporate my daily coffee fix? A: There are many ways to make our daily “java jolt” more environmentally friendly. We all need something to get us going in the morning and a hot coffee is more appealing than a cold shower. First, think about where the coffee comes from and how it is grown. Obviously, there are no locally-grown options but look for certified organic, shade-grown, and fair trade. Next, if you are making your coffee at home, why not turn the coffee maker off as soon as it drips through and transfer the hot fresh coffee to an insulated carafe. Leaving the pot on the warming element not only burns the coffee, it wastes energy. Avoid the coffee makers that use disposable pods, one per cup. There is no need to contribute to overflowing landfills with all that extra garbage. Consider a fine-mesh filter basket rather than individual paper

filters. Are you composting the coffee grounds rather than trashing them? If you don’t have an outdoor composter, an indoor worm bin (vermicomposting) is an option. Red wiggler worms thrive on coffee grounds. If you prefer to take your coffee out on the town, consider one of the many small locally-owned coffee shops. Some even roast and grind the beans on site. Supporting local businesses helps build and sustain local economies. And the ambiance is delightful. Just be sure to ask for your coffee in a mug, not a paper cup, or bring your own mug for take-out. At most chain coffee shops, single use disposable cups are the default— you must specify if you do not want one. Paper coffee cups, while marginally better than Styrofoam, are still trash after the last sip. Many end up becoming part of a huge litter problem. Just check out the ditches as the snow banks melt. Even those properly disposed of are an environmental negative, wasting raw resources and energy in the manufacturing process while filling up garbage dumps.

But really, overall, the biggest ‘enviro no-no’ when it comes to the coffee habit has to be the ubiquitous drive-through. They are everywhere and the line-ups of idling cars seem never-ending, spewing forth polluting exhaust, wasting precious non-renewable energy resources. According to Stats Canada, we drink over 14 billion cups of coffee annually. How many of those billions include a paper cup, plastic lid, paper sleeve, plastic stir stick, a few plastic cream containers and paper sugar packets, a paper tray to carry it, and an idling vehicle? To green-up your daily coffee fix, start now. Brew your own at home or at work. Or go for a walk to your local shop to meet your friends. If you must drive, pull in and park. Sit down; enjoy the experience of a ‘real’ cup of freshly brewed coffee, minus the greenhouse gas, garbage, and guilt. Jane Oldale

Do it in the dark Earth Hour 2012

Saturday March 31, 8:30–9:30 pm Earth Hour is a great opportunity to make an event of slowing down. Spend some quality time with friends or family doing something low-tech, outdoors, or candle-lit—think puzzles, nightwalks, potlucks or romantic dinner (pre-cooked of course!). On March 31 from 8:30–9:30 pm, turn out your lights, unplug what you can, and join millions of people across the globe in making a statement on climate change. From its beginnings in Sydney Australia, Earth Hour has spread to over 5,000 cities across 135 countries— the largest environmental event in history! In 2012, the goal is to have one billion participants. Visit for more information. -Sarah Kerton

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A home inspection is a visual inspection of all the home’s major components, from the foundation, exterior, roof, and structure, to the interior, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. A home inspector’s job is to look for deficiencies in the home. A home inspector is a generalist, not a specialist—much like your family doctor, who will refer you to a specialist if a problem is suspected.

Home Inspection 101 Home inspecting is a relatively young consulting profession, developed in response to home buyers asking contractors, architects, and other building specialists to provide advice on prospective home purchases. If a car gets a pre-purchase inspection, why shouldn’t a home? Homes are a lot like people: they’re complicated, are never perfect, and they need maintenance as they get older. In Canada, on average, families move every seven years. Understanding the condition of a house and its systems is vital to your investment as a home buyer. The services of a home inspector can help you reduce the risks of potential problems and expenses, and assist you with crucial decision making for your home.

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The Courthouse

Possibly the Best View in the City by Tiffany Jarva Built in: 1923-24 Architect: Frank R. Heakes, Chief Architect of the Ontario Department of Works Builder: J.McDiarmid Co., Winnipeg Style: Some elements of Beaux-Arts Classicism

Perched on top of a hill in Port Arthur, with coveted spacious judges’ chambers overlooking the magnificent Lake Superior, the District of Thunder Bay Courthouse was designed by architect Frank R. Heakes, and is a brick and stone building, set back from one of the main streets in downtown Port Arthur. Although more modest with some Beaux-Arts Classicism design, the Thunder Bay courthouse was elevated in much the same way as Heakes’ Sault Saint Marie District Courthouse. Some of the architect’s design elements that still exist today include a broad central staircase with wrought iron railings in the entranceway, and oak paneling and banisters throughout. Back in 1877, the first courtroom and registry office was built for $997 in what was then known as the small village of Prince Arthur’s Landing. Today’s courthouse was officially opened on September 29, 1924, costing

over $250,000. In the large main courtroom —the only one in the building that can actually accommodate a juried trial (recently there have been two back-to-back trials here, which according to the Law Association’s librarian Catherine Walsh, is very rare) — the walls are a surprising baby blue, a traditional courthouse colour explains Walsh. Venture into the jury’s room and the doorknobs adorn the Ontario Coat of Arms. Upstairs on the third floor in the Thunder Bay Law Association Library, you are greeted by a wall lined with sets of aging Halsbury’s Laws of England and The Digest, textures of the vintage books dancing in the sun, along with an area dedicated to case studies and judge law (which now can be accessed easily on the Internet,) and then a room dedicated to legislation for Ontario and Canada. In total, the courthouse has four courtrooms, three cells in a restricted area, local registrar, judges’ chambers and the Thunder Bay Law Association Library.

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Most of the current occupants of the courthouse will eventually be moving to the new courthouse across town, and until then, it seems inevitable that everyone plans on continuing to enjoy the view as much as possible —inside and out. In April, celebrate Law Day, led by the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, celebrating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on April 17, 1982. Tours of the courthouse will take place the evening of April 12th and on April 13th mock trials in the high schools will take place.

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While Magnus Theatre may be winding down its 2011/2012 40th Ruby Anniversary season, the company continues to deliver powerful and thought-provoking dramatic experiences. In its fifth production of the year, artistic director Mario Crudo brings us Drew Hayden Taylor’s 400 Kilometres, the third play in what has been described as a “hilarious and heartwrenching identity-politi cs trilogy.” Janice Wirth, an urban professional in her thirties who discovered her roots as an Ojibway orphan earlier in the trilogy, is now pregnant and must examine and accept her “true identity.” Her recently retired adoptive parents are about to set out to discover their own personal identities in England, while the aboriginal father of her unborn child pressures Janice to accept their new generation’s prospects in Otter Lake. Janice must choose the path to follow and finds herself caught between the questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I?” 400 Kilometres is on stage at Magnus Theatre March 1–17. Visit www.magnus. or call the Box Office at 354-5552.

The North of Superior Film Association will present their 19th annual Northwest Film Fest on March 25 and April 1 at Silver City. The lineup is headlined by two outstanding Oscar nominees: the superb and touching Monsieur Lazhar from Canada, and A Separation from Iran, which is the critics’ favourite in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Monsieur Lazhar is set in Montreal and tells the story of an Algerian immigrant who, as a substitute teacher, helps his students through a time of crisis while going through his own personal tragedy. Despite being a simple film, Monsieur Lazhar takes the audience through a full spectrum of human emotion and is considered to be one of the most gripping Québécois films of the last decade. With 19 years of experience, NOSFA has come to understand the local audience and their picks are sure to please. Festival passes are $7 for members and $9 for non-members; packages are also available. For additional details about the Film Fest and other NOSFA presentations, visit - Michelle McChristie

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Into the Night—Midnight Ski Session

Late Night Street Skiing in the Hood by Tiffany Jarva

If you haven’t seen Into the Night-Midnight Ski Session, you really should. The brainchild of local filmmaker and photographer Nik Fiorito, this local short film is about street skiing late at night in, well, what is essentially my hood—at Dufferin, Ambrose, Pearl, and Waverley streets. The pacing is addictive. It is seamlessly shot to a captivating Black Keys tune, and it is very difficult not to smile while watching. And with over 12,000 hits, apparently YouTube viewers agree. Here’s what Fiorito had to say about the process of filming and the inspiration behind a local street skiing video into the wee hours.

“Dead America” New Video from Dead Romantic Local thrashers Dead Romantic have recently posted a new video on YouTube, promoting their single “Dead America,” and it’s definitely worth a peek. Like what you see and want to check out the band in the flesh? You to can giv’er when they rock the Black Pirates Pub March 31. -TS


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NF: I had the idea for a street skiing shoot for quite some time, and had even had many of the routes used in the video mapped out in my head, but was kicked into gear after attending the Banff Film Festival at the Auditorium, where a scene from the festival-winning film All I Can was shown that features pro skier JP Auclair skiing down city streets in B.C. Just a night or two after the festival, Thunder Bay was blessed with another small dumping of snow and our crew of riders and shovelers went to work. We began at about 11 pm and skied until about 4 am. None of the shots were scripted or faked, I just tried to capture the story of the evening as it rolled along. The response has been very good. We made sure we were as quiet and respectful as possible during filming, and even managed to shovel a few driveways while we were at it. With the advent of HD video in digital SLRs, the cameras from our photography company (ilo photo) are now able to pull double duty and create video projects such as this one. If you haven’t seen the film that’s creating all the buzz, make sure you check out Into the Night —Midnight Ski Session on YouTube.

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Many fishermen are passionate about their home waters; a perfect example of this can be seen in Northwestern Ontario. A group of young, educated, and devoted fisherman have joined together to create a film and photography production company, solely based on fishing within Ontario’s waters and exposing the outdoor lifestyle of its crew members. Reel Men Productions not only strives to promote conservation and preservation of Ontario’s natural environment, but to convey the absolute drive and dedication that its team has for fishing within it. The team is excited about filming a documentary called The North-Shore Diaries, which focuses on fly fishing for steelhead on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Early mornings, travelling, cold and wet weather, bushwhacking, camping, wading across raging rivers, and late night fires are all a big part of the game. A short teaser of the flick can be seen as part of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival.

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MarchEventsGuide theArts Food March 1, 7:30 pm

March 6, 7 pm–9 pm

March 11, 3:30 pm

March 23, 7:30 am

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

Sustainable Happiness

Peter & the Wolf

Diversity Breakfast

See one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers in a show that also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians.  March 1, 7 pm

Mu Daiko’s 15th Anniversary Concert with Hanayui

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais The Twin Cities-based drum ensemble brings its signature blend of tradition and innovation with familiar favorites and original compositions, sharing the stage with special guest artists who exemplify the unique power of women in both American and Japanese taiko.  March 1–3, 7–10; 8 pm

Roman Conquest

Paramount Theatre This fast-paced comedy put on by Cambrian Players follows two American girls who move to Rome. Don’t miss an evening that celebrates the culture of Italy, complete with mistaken identities and plenty of laughs. Tickets are available at Steepers, Fireweed, and at the door.  March 1–17

400 Kilometres

Magnus Theatre With his usual flair for mixing comedy and drama, Drew Hayden Taylor tells the story of Janice Wirth, a thirty-something urban professional. Having discovered her roots as the Ojibway orphan Grace Wabung, Janice discovers she is pregnant, and must now come to grips with the question of her true identity.  March 2, 7 pm

Annual Art Auction

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Bid on dozens of pieces of artwork such as sculpture, ceramics, watercolour, and acrylic paintings in a live auction. There will also be a silent auction, a special raffle prize, delicious food, music, and a cash bar. All proceeds from this event go toward exhibition and education programs. Tickets are $70 for gallery members and $85 for non-members.  March 3

Sleeping Giant Loppet

Participate or cheer on the crowds of skiers as the Loppet marks its 35th year of competition in the city. You have until 9 am on race day to enter.  March 3–9,

Celebrating the LGBTQ Community

Pride Central is offering a week of festivities, starting with a film festival at 1 pm on March 3, in the LU Agora (UC 2011), $6 at the door. A cabaret night (featuring dancing, drag, poetry, and performance art hosted by Cristy Road) March 6, 7 pm in The Study. Join recording artist Rae Spoon on March 7, 7 pm at The Study for an all ages show. Tickets $8 at the door. The week will end with an all ages drag show at the Finlandia Club on March 9, hosted by Miss Fluffy Souffle from Toronto. $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Other events are also planned including a dance night at The Outpost on Thursday. 

March 3, 10 am–3 pm Friends of the Library Buck-A-Bag & Specialty Used Book Sale

Used Bookstore, Victoriaville Mall Find used books on sale for a buck-a-bag for a small plastic grocery bag. Other bag sized will be priced at $2 depending on the size. The sale will also feature a selection of specialty books priced between $3–$10. Tables will be restocked throughout the day. Drop by for a great deal on used books! 


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Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Main Cafeteria Come learn about sustainable happiness and how a walkable community creates positive mental awareness. Learn about the connection between your environment, health, and your mental fitness. Share your ideas about how to transform Thunder Bay into a more walkable community. Featuring a presentation by Dr. Catherine O’Brien.  March 7, 6–8 pm

Charcoal Drawing with Kathy Toivonen

Painted Turtle Art Shop Try your hand at landscape drawing with raw charcoal. Cost is $15, materials included.  March 7, 14, 17, 21, 28,

Argentine Tango Practica/Argentina Social Dance

Grassroots Church A great concert for the entire family. General admission is $15, Student/Child $7, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $35.  March 14, 8 pm

Fiddler on the Roof

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium See this Tony Award-winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world.  March 16, 9 pm

St. Urho’s Day/Fundraiser

Finlandia Hall Celebrate St. Urho’s Day with prizes, live music, and food—and raise money to bring Finn Thunder , a national Finnish festival, to Thunder Bay this summer. Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

1315 Crawford Avenue (School Building, second floor)/Unitarian Church Every Wednesday night you can tango the night away for just $4 per person. And enjoy an Argentina Social dance on the third Saturday of each month at the Unitarian Church from 8–12 pm (3$ per person) with a class beforehand from 7–8 pm for $5. Call 624-0022 for more information.

March 16, 7:30 pm

March 8, 7 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Flipper Flanagan/Grumpy Grampas Concert

St. Thomas Anglican Church This fundraising concert will see profits going towards an audio visual system for the church.  March 9–25

2012 Annual Lakehead University Juried Student Exhibition

Thunder Bay Art Gallery This annual event is organized to celebrate the high quality of student art produced as part of the program. Opening reception and awards on March 16, 7 pm.  March 10, 6:30 pm

The Blues & Roots Sessions

Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship An evening of blues with local artists Southern Comfort, Dave Jonasson, The Straight No Chaser Band, and Gravel Road and guest. Tickets are $5 at the door. March 17, 8 pm

Slovak Legion Bar It’s free admission to a wee bit ‘o fun with an evening of music, dancing, games, and prizes. ) 629-7850 March 18, 10 am

St. Patty’s 5km and 5 Mile Road Race

Confederation College Fitness Centre The run starts and finishes at the fitness centre, with proceeds going to support The Thunder Bay District & Humane Society. Email for information. March 18–25

Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships

Kabab Village Enjoy delicious Arabic food and an authentic bellydance performance by Dahab from the World Dance Centre. Tickets are $40 and are available at Kabab Village. Call 622-595. 

Fort William Curling Club Ten teams will be participating in this championship event, marking the first time the national championships will be held anywhere in Northern Ontario. Visit the website for ticket information or to volunteer.  wheelchair

Until March 10

March 13, 7–9 pm

Beirut Night

3 Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Gallery 1: The Circulation of Fluids: Catherine Bechard & Sabin Hudon: An interactive sound installation by internationally exhibiting Montreal artists, using recordings of water to probe its resonance as a pervasive fluid in our lives. Visitors perform the work, their movements captured by sonar sensors, triggering the imagination.

Gallery 2: Along the Way: Julie Cosgrove: Exciting new contemporary painting/multimedia works, which develop from an external/ technological experience of place, and an internal/poetic experience of space. Cosgrove is a well-recognized regional artist, exhibiting nationally, and this is her first post-Masters solo show in Thunder Bay. Gallery 3: Bullseye-A Painter on the Watch: Marc Seguin - A film by Bruno Boulianne: An award-winning film about Marc Seguin, one of most important/successful painters in Canada, offering a rare glimpse into an internationally exhibiting Montreal artist who paints like he hunts: with patience, faith and passion. Part of DefSup’s Urban Infill series. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday,12–6pm; all ages/ by donation.

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Reading

Brodie Library, Fireside Room Come by to hear Lakehead Creative Writing students read their work.  March 21, 7:30 pm

Taste the Waste

Paramount Theatre The Environmental Film Network, in partnership with FSRN, presents a documentary about the amount of food that gets wasted every day. From the farm to your table, more than half the food is diverted to the garbage. Much, possibly most, of the food discarded is perfectly edible, some still in the original packaging, and often not past the best-before date. This documentary will introduce you to people trying to do something about this tragedy. There is no charge for the movie but donations are welcome.  . March 22, 6:30 pm

Videoconference on Diabetes and Nutrition

NorWest Community Health Centres Join Sharon Zeiler, editor of Canada’s 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes, for an interesting videoconference on diabetes and nutrition. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 577-4232 extension 223 to register. 

Valhalla Inn Ballroom Diversity Thunder Bay presents guest speaker James Bartleman—former Lieutenant Governor and member of the Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation—for the 6th annual celebration breakfast for the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased online by March 19.  March 25

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop’s

14th Annual Writing Contest The contest is open to writers aged 18+ in the categories of poetry, fiction and scriptwriting. Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered by midnight on March 25.  Until March 25

Artists in the 5th CAHEP

Thunder Bay Art Gallery All artworks on display have been dreamed up and created by students in grades 4–6 as part of CAHEP’s Artists in the 5th - Arts Fiesta program.  March 25 & April 1

NOSFA’s 19th Annual Northwest Film Festival

In addition to an exciting lineup of films playing on two consecutive Sundays, there will be a “prelude” to the festival on March 22, featuring My Week with Marilyn. Check the website for an updated schedule and show times.  March 29, 7:30 pm

Sweet Indulgences Ladies’ Night Dessert Gala and Competition

Davinci Centre The Arthritis Society is calling all ladies for a fun evening that includes sampling desserts, casting a vote for the best dessert in the city, and the opportunity to participate in auction packages, penny raffle table, and plenty more. Tickets sell out fast; it is advised to get yours early. Contact Shelley Graham at 345-535 extension 5. March 29, 8 pm

Of Heaven and Earth

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Join the symphony, guest artist Miriam Khalil, Soprano, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus. 

March 31

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Downtown-Wide Art Exhibition & Performance Event Definitely Superior Art Gallery Gala Opening Reception: 7–10 pm; afterparty: 10 pm–2 am A multi-disciplinary gala art exhibition and performance event featuring art by over 350 international/national/regional artists, presented at 15 Downtown North locations, including commercial art galleries, artist studios, empty retail spaces transformed into new temporary gallery spaces, and more. One night to experience “Wearable Art” window performances, belly dancing, drag performances, live music, DJs, visiting artist talk, and refreshments by Sweet Pea’s Home Catering and Restaurant. Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Avenue for Art Maps and Performative Tour Guides who will show you the way. The exhibition (visual art only) also runs: Sun. April 1–Tues. April 3, 12–6pm. All ages/by donation.  March 31, 8:30–9:30 pm

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a symbolic act to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. Take part in this global movement to turn off lights and electricity—go beyond the hour and make our world a better place. 

March 31–April 28 March 31, 7–10pm: Gala Opening Reception

3 National/International Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Gallery 1: Champions of Entropy No.3 Brandon Vickerd -Toronto/International: Experience a kinetic art installation that consists of two robotic machines, whose sole purpose is to replicate the organic movements of two male deer locked in constant combat.

3rd Annual Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival

Gallery 2: Canadian Contemporary 12 - Borrowed Collection/Dr. Bob Chaudhuri: Enjoy an impressive collection of paintings, prints, and drawings by critically acclaimed Canadian artists, many of whom are big on the international art scene and featured in major art magazines.

For a full list of films and synopses, visit the website, or find them on Facebook. There is no charge to attend the festival, but donations to help support the cost of bringing in these films are always welcome. 

Gallery 3: Dead Astronaut - Brandon Vickerd - Toronto/International: See an amazing sculpture with pop culture references: a life-sized, poplar woodcarved skeletal astronaut which gives presence to the secret failures of the space race.

March 30–April 1

At the opening, enjoy an artist talk by visiting Toronto artist Brandon Vickerd, live music, and refreshments by Sweet Pea’s Home Catering and Restaurant. Part of DefSup’s Urban Infill downtown-wide art exhibition/ performance event. All ages/by donation.

March 30–April 1

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Spring Home and Garden Show CLE Grounds - Dove and Heritage Building An exciting show filled with the latest in home and garden lifestyle products and services. There will be door prizes, seminars, displays, a three-tier penny auction, and more. Free admission. For more information, call 622-6473 or 475-7131.


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Hey Ocean

Crocks $10, 19+, 9 pm

Harry Manx

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $TBA, All Ages, 7:30 pm March 2

Tracy K & Blue Thunder The Hodder Tavern No cover, 19+, 9:30 pm

Boom Nation

The Outpost $5, All Ages, 9 pm

Jann Arden

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $TBA, All Ages, 8 pm March 3

Rococode w/ Electrocity + Nick Scerba Crocks $5, 10+, 9 pm

Hats N Wigs Dance Party Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 10 pm March 6

TBSO - Musing & Amusing

Hilldale Lutheran Church $35 General/Student $15, All Ages, 8 pm March 8

New Music North: Diana McIntosh

Jean McNulty Recital Hall (Lakehead University) $5 Adv/$10 Door, All Ages, 8 pm March 9

BA Johnston

Black Pirates Pub $7, 19+, 10 pm March 10

March 17

TBSO - Céad Míle Fáilte

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $45 General/Student $15, All Ages, 8 pm March 18

Pictures of Tomorrow (EP Fundraiser) The Fastlane $5, 19+, 8:30 pm March 19

The Trews w/ Poor Young Things Crocks $25-$30, 19+, 9 pm March 21

The Great Sabatini w/ Rock Truck and Down Converter Black Pirates Pub $7, All Ages, 9 pm March 24

Robert Lem & The Westfort Wedding Crashers Italian Cultural Centre $TBA, 19+, 9 pm


Mulletcorpse w/ locals (Norris, The Okhrana, Solecism + more)

It’s an addiction, it’s practically medicinal, and it’s a great first date

March 25

By Marlene Wandel

Black Pirates Pub $8, 19+, 9 pm

TBSO - Symphony Sunday

St. Paul’s United Church $35 General/Student $15, All Ages, 2 pm March 26

Big John Bates

Black Pirates Pub $TBA, 19+, 8 pm March 29

Viper w/ Jagstog, The Lust Boys Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 8 pm March 29

TBSO - Of Heaven & Earth

Finlandia Club $20 (Advance), All Ages, 8 pm

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $45 General/Student $15, All Ages, 8 pm

The Debut of Point North

March 30

Royal Wood

Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 10 pm

Ultimate 80s Party

March 11

The Prozz $10, 19+, 8 pm

DJ A Skillz

Vesa & Juliann Robbins

Rockhouse $10 Adv/$12 Door, 19+, 7 pm March 17

Juliann Robbins Kilroys $TBA, 19+, 9 pm

Ruby Moon $TBA, 19+, 9 pm March 31

Soul Killing Female & Grand Master w/Dead Romantic & More Black Pirates Pub $TBA, 19+, 8 pm

Coffee. It’s the drug of choice for many law-abiding folks, and brewed properly, it’s the nectar of the gods. It’s only natural that Thunder Bay should be a coffee town; after all, Finland leads the pack of coffee-addicted nations with the highest consumption per capita. I’m fairly confident it’s not decaf. In the blood-is-thicker-than-water spectrum, coffee falls somewhere in the middle. Coffee allegiance is strong. Coffee drinkers of all types look for their fix in different, deeply rooted ways, and at the heart of it is not just flavour and caffeine, but also ritual. The uniform, inoffensive, bland predictability of franchise coffee is a sweet and stable place in the day for some; my parents take their Kaffeezeit at the same time each day, and enjoy their cup of instant coffee; others prefer the luxury of coffee made from beans that have been pre-processed by the gastrointestinal tract of the Asian civet. Some roast their own beans in that readily available cast-off of 90s culture, the hot air popcorn popper; some prefer to disguise the acrid flavour of coffee with loads of milk and sugar, and further hide it under a blanket of whipped cream; others want it black, unsullied by the contaminants of the double double. Personally, I just want it strong, with some flavour. I don’t want to be able to see through it, and I want the cream to swirl up in a rich, smooth brown cloud. I want it to still taste

good when it’s cold, like good coffee should. There are almost countless ways to brew coffee—from the highly mechanized Keurig coffeemakers and their attendant little K-cups to the Melitta #2 cone balanced precariously on a cup. Everyone finds a way of brewing coffee that meets their own personal brand of coffee snobbery, and that they champion like a favourite team. I grind my coffee in a handgrinder and pour the hot water over those aromatic grounds in a slow, steady stream, like a devotee to my own personal slow coffee movement. No doubt the reason that the concept of slow coffee has not taken off is that the goal of coffee drinkers is rarely to achieve a heightened state of slow. Though “going for coffee” is synonymous with a time of respite, the physiological effects of coffee are hardly soporific. Coffee at its best feels like it sharpens the mind and stimulates the senses. The subsequent jitters that spill over from too much coffee are less pleasant, left over from fight-or-flight response that caffeine can trigger, yet we keep coming back for more. The addiction that is coffee is so affordable, so manageable, so pleasant, that for as long as there is enough coffee to satisfy our craving, it’s not an addiction most of us are trying to kick. Coffee has ridden the merrygo-round of popularity of decades. Though we are cautioned to limit our intake to 2, or 4, or 6 cups per day and that it can disrupt heart rhythms and sleep cycles, we can flip the page and read that coffee can help inhibit cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, that we can use it to treat asthma and headaches. One day it’s poison, one day it’s a superfood. It’s an addiction, it’s practically medicinal, and it’s a great first date. Five million Finlanders can’t be wrong. The Walleye


Darren McChristie

TheEYE - Waterfront Skate


The Walleye

March 2012