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The Breakfast Issue our favourite places to start your day


Thunder Bay Maple Syrup. p 9


Q&A with Chief Peter Collins. p 10


Destination Scuba. p 17


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Editor’s Letter


It’s hard to predict what March may entail…


Thunder Bay’s arts & culture alternative

Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Tiffany Jarva

Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Business Manager Doug McChristie Advertising Sales Tracy Sadgrove The Walleye is a free monthly publication distributed on racks throughout Thunder Bay and region. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission is strictly forbidden. Views expressed herein are those of the author exclusively. Copyright © 2011 by Superior Outdoors Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Storm Carroll

Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski Photographers Darren McChristie, John-Paul Marion Art Director Dave Koski

And then there’s the middle of March. It’s unfortunate that the Ides of March will forever be linked to the brutal assassination of the betrayed Julius Caesar. Originally March 15th was a festive date to celebrate the god Mars, the month’s namesake of course, marked by a military parade. No need to be parade-worried though. In these modern times, instead of celebrating the ancient god of war (why pander to violence?), people all over the world love to celebrate fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day. Also originally a feast day, and a designated Catholic religious holiday, today St.Paddy’s is more about celebrating Irish culture, with parades and all. People smile, wear silly hats and suspenders, recite limericks, and drink green beer- the city of Chicago even dyes their river green for a few hours every year. To be Irish-inspired in our city check out our Top 5, drink of the month (Irish Car Bomb), and dark ale picks.

Editorial and Advertising: Submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Superior Outdoors cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. Superior Outdoors Inc. Suite 242, 1100 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3 Telephone (807) 624-1215 ; Fax (807) 623-5122 E-mail: Printed in Canada Superior Outdoors Inc donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet

Local Finns love to poke fun at the day of the Irish by celebrating St. Urho’s Day –the fabricated story of Saint Urho driving away all the grasshoppers and saving the grapes in Finland. Typically the day after St.Paddy’s (March 18th), throw on some green (grasshoppers) and purple (grapes) threads and join the parade and festivities at the Finn Hall.

On the Cover Cinnamon Roll French Toast at Naxos Grill & Bar photo by Tara George

Photo of folk singer Jory Nash should have been credited to Margaret Evans. The photo of the band Fuji Hakayito should have been credited to Susan Hagens.

Storm Carroll

In error, Feb. Isue:

The Sovereign Room restaurant is located at 220 Red River Road.

At the beginning of the month, you could still be wrapped in throw blankets, huddled on your couch watching the wellcrafted HBO series Rome on DVD (yet again!) in anticipation of the Ides of March, simply because it’s still so bloody cold you don’t want to put a single toe outside. Or it could be warm enough outside for a T-shirt, eyes squinting, while melting ice drips, drops off the rooftops. This is when local crosscountry skiers and enthusiasts hope for cooler temps especially for the Sleeping Giant Loppet (see our Top 5 Things to Do), while gardeners’ green thumbs start to itch, flipping through seed catalogues and thoughts of planting trees emerge - see this issue’s Living Green department.

Rolling into month’s end. Thinking of trying something new over March Break? Check out our getaway story on scuba diving. Or perhaps you’d prefer to just relax and linger around the breakfast table? In that case, please enjoy our first Breakfast in the City issue, while sipping coffee at your favourite local haunt, enjoying good eats and a chuckle or two reading local artist Chris Merkley’s Zygote Bop – a new and entertaining monthly comic strip well-worth lingering over. -TJ

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Tiffany Jarva



6 CoverStory:

Breakfast in the City ■ 8 Sugar Mountains CITYSCENE ■ 10 Q&A with Chief Peter Collins ■ 11 Lydia Kutra Memorial Race ■ 12 Arabic Drumming & Dancing


TRAVEL ■ 17 Destination Scuba

ARCHITECTURE ■ 29 Natural Habitats

FOOD ■ 14 Retro Bakery ■ 15 St. Patrick’s Day draughts ■ 15 Comfort Foods

FILM & THEATRE ■ 18 A Little Green for the Small Screen

MUSIC ■ 10 Jeff Martin ■ 20 Noel Johnson ■ 20 Norris ■ 22 Sunday Wilde ■ 23 The Sadies


LIVING GREEN ■ 27 Walkable Communities ■ 28 More Trees Please ■ 28 Thinking About Seeds


THE ARTS ■ 30 Linda Dell ■ 30 Urban Infill ■ 31 R.J. Ogemah

■ 14 Drink of the Month ■ 21 ZYGOTE bop ■ 24 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 32 March EVENTS Guide ■ 26 The Wall ■ 34 The EYE

31 Introducing Thunder Bay’s Newest Multipurpose meeting & Banquet Facility

Gargoyles Grille & Ale 4

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11 S. Cumberland st 807-345-3011



March 5

Sleeping Giant Loppet

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park


March 24-26

Peter Pan

Paramount Theatre

Darren McChristie

This year marks the 34th year of the Loppet, formerly known as the Sibley Ski Tour. Skiers can compete in distances of 50, 35, 20 and eight kilometres and face off during the sprint races at Kamview Nordic Centre on March 3 (guaranteed excitement for spectators). Skiers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the Loppet - if you have skis or can borrow or rent skis, register for whatever distance suits you best. As an added incentive, there is prize money to tempt racers in the 50km and sprint races. If the event attracts more than 1000 participants, $1000 will be awarded to a randomly drawn skier. Other highlights include an evening with Olympic medalist Beckie Scott and chocolate medals for all finishers.



Frankly Scarlet Productions presents their adaptation of Peter Pan, based on the play The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, by Scottish playwright and novelist J. M. Barrie. Who among us hasn’t wanted to be like Peter Pan and preserve the innocence of childhood while escaping the responsibilities of adulthood? Show times are at 7 pm and there is a 4 pm matinee on the 26th, tickets are $15 and available at Steepers and the Great Northwest Coffee Company.

March 5

The Good Lovelies Finlandia Hall

This light-hearted and quirky folk-trio is stopping in Thunder Bay to promote their new release, Let the Rain Fall. Blending guitar, keyboard, banjo, glockenspiel, mandolin, bass and vocals, the Good Lovelies create perfect harmonies and catchy melodies. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at the Hoito, Fireweed, and Chalrek/Ostrom Outdoors.

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March 27 and April 3

NOSFA Film Festival Silver City

March 17

St. Paddy’s Day various locations

Although its origins are as a religious holiday in honour of Ireland’s best-known patron saint, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. According to the 2006 census, Thunder Bay is home to 22,265 people of Irish descent – that amounts to a whopping 20 per cent of the population! We recommend the party at Tackney’s Tavern, located at 1500 James Street South - their party runs from 11am until 2 am and includes drink specials, including green beer, and prizes.

The North of Superior Film Association is hosting their 18th annual film festival at Silver City on March 27 and April 3. The festival will include several films that transcend a range of genres. The festival is open to the public and passes are available that include admission to all films, six films or a single film. Look for the complete schedule on NOFSA’s website -

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Dave Koski

Norma Jean’s

Breakfast in the City There’s nothing like lingering over breakfast and coffee with friends and family. Here are some of our picks for breakfast in the city, ranging from a Marilyn Monroe-era themed restaurant to a truck-stop brunch favourite. Ratings are based on a combination of service, food, décor and the overall experience. 6

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Tara George

Tiffany Jarva

Tiffany Jarva


123 May Street South 623-1343 Rating: 6666 Complete cost: $12-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $7.50


1889 Dawson Road, 7677767 Rating: 666 Complete cost: $12-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $7.50

Naxos Grill & Bar

Low Down: Norma Jean’s has reopened in Thunder Bay and all of the breakfast classics are back like the popular “Marilyn” Big Breakfast (three eggs, three bacon, three ham, three sausages, hashbrowns and toast). The Norma Jean dish is a great combination of veggies and scrambled eggs with a cheese topping and a juicy smoky on the side. Enjoy the 1950’s theme that runs through the whole of the restaurant with that decade’s memorabilia adorning the walls and the music that you love Time Life infomercials so much for. Fave: The above-mentioned Norma Jean’s dish is good as well as the French toast stack that comes with a generous dollop of whip cream. -PT

Low Down: Greasy but good, Cousins is the Sunday breakfast place, and will always be packed with people on the weekend for brunch times, though you should be able to get a table if you go at 9 am or 11 am. Not big on decor, it’s an open space and the many windows give it a sunny disposition with a bit of that truck-stop, greasy spoon feel that you know you crave sometimes. Fave: The fact that they make their food with real cheese and their rye bread is locally made marble. The French toast is tasty. 44Finnish pancakes are really nice and big and some say the best in the city. The English muffin breakfast sandwich is great fare after a night out. Though not technically breakfast, try the turkey melt or the Finn burger, two dishes with big chunks of meat and that wonderful real cheese. -PT

Low Down: Naxos has been locally owned and operated by the Kahramonos family since 2007. They are best known for their Greek cuisine and all-day breakfast that includes a variety of benedicts, scramblers, buttermilk pancakes, and more. The food is excellent and we like that the coffee is served in a medium-sized carafe. Fave: The Greek omelet with eggs, mozzarella and feta cheeses, red and green pepper, spinach and feta is excellent. But, if you are looking for something more decadent, go for the Cinnamon Bun French Toast - two cinnamon buns, sliced, dipped in a blend of eggs, cinnamon and vanilla, grilled and then topped with powdered sugar. A touch of maple syrup makes for a sweet, buttery, and crispy treat. -MM

610 Arthur Street West, 475-3886 Rating: 6666 Complete cost: $7-16 per person, including tax Average main: $11

Husky Thunder Bay Travel Centre

1120 Alloy Drive, 623-3236 Rating: 6666 (for service and classic comfort food) Complete cost: $8-$12 per person, including tax Average main: $8.00 Low Down: An inter-city icon for over 30 years, the Husky on Alloy offers classic comfort food in a clean and casual environment. Breakfast is available all day and includes Health Check Menu choices, a wide selection of egg options and pancake treats, all ranging from $5.29 to $11.99. Great teamwork behind the scenes means you’ll always get your order hot and fresh and with a smile. Remember the good ol’ days when you’d head to the Husky after the bar? Those days may be back – there’s talk of reinstating midnight hours! Fave: The Traditional Breakfast (bacon, eggs, toast, coffee) is the most popular order at only $6.99, but the Southwest Scramble, with oodles of cheese and bacon atop the fluffiest veggie omelet, comes highly recommended by Husky staff. -MD

Rock Garden Café and Bar

Thunder Bay Restaurant

2080 Highway 61, 4739123 Rating: 666 Complete cost: $6 -$18 per person, including tax Average main: $9.00

288 Bay Street, 344-2922 Rating: 666 Complete cost: $12-$15 per person, including tax cash only Average main: $7.50

Low Down: The Rock Garden Café and Bar is conveniently located in the Nor’Wester Hotel, which is situated beside the Thunder Bay Tournament Centre, and down the road from Kamview Nordic Centre and Loch Lomond Ski Area. Breakfast at the Rock Garden provides a nice dose of morning sun and a great view of the Nor’Wester Mountains. Fave: The menu has standard breakfast fare, most of which is accompanied by a side of a cleverly stacked toast and perfectly browned homefries. It is apparent that they have their physically active customers in mind with menu items like the Sports Breakfast, and the lighter Fresh Fruit Plate. Specialties include the Nor’Wester Omelet for Two (six eggs, all the toppings, homefries, toast, and sliced fruit) and the Steak and Eggs. -TG

Low Down: Denyse Friday’s restaurant has been a fixture on the Bay Street strip for decades and there is a reason: people can’t get enough of Denyse. Don’t be put off by her acerbic nature - she loves all and just wants you to feel at home in her nostalgia filled menagerie. Literally. So get your own coffee and cutlery, joke around a bit with her and don’t forget to give her a hug or she’ll charge you more. The food may be standard breakfast menu fare, but she makes it herself and is her own worst critic, so you’ll enjoy it no matter what. On the weekends be prepared to wait. Fave: The Finnish pancakes are always cooked perfectly, and if she isn’t busy she can make things to order, within reason. Plus, the polish sausage is delicious, juicy and savory. -PT

Tiffany Jarva

Tiffany Jarva

Dave Koski

Tara George

Margaret Demillo


Kangas Sauna


379 Oliver Road, 344-6761 Rating: 6666 Complete cost: $8-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $6.50

314 Bay Street, 345-6323 Rating: 666 Complete cost: $9-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $8.50

Low Down: Well-known for their rent-by-the-hour saunas, Kangas has a smaller more intimate cafe/restaurant appeal. Serving since 1965, regulars come here to enjoy the cleanse of a sauna and eats at the horseshoe-style counter - perfect seating to banter with the friendly staff. Fave: Splurge on a morning sauna and then enjoy Eggs Benedict with a slice of baked ham and homemade cheese sauce (note: poacher is turned off at 11 am on weekdays and 1 pm on weekends). And of course their Finnish pancakes are as good as the best in the city. Fresh buttertarts with coffee are also popular. -TJ

Low Down: The Hoito continues to be the most popular breakfast joint in town. Unfortunately as a result, wait times tend to be long (especially on the weekend) and service isn’t quite up to par. If you can wait until 3 pm to eat breakfast, then it would be ideal. Still, the place is steeped in history (one of the first cooperative restaurants in the country) and it’s located in the heart of historic Bay+Algoma– making it an ideal tourist destination. Fave: The large hearty portions and authentic Finnish fare like pancakes and Karjalan Piirakka (rye crust filled with rice pudding) available plain or with egg salad. Catching the occasional snippets of spoken Finn is also always a treat. -TJ

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Scandinavian Home

Restaurant (The Scand) 147 Algoma Street, 345-7442 Rating: 666 Complete cost: $9-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $8.00 Low Down: Originally a cafe implemented in 192425 to help The Scandinavian Home Society attract new members, The Scand was initially on Secord Street, moved to Bay and then finally to Algoma where it’s been operating as a restaurant since 1930. In 2005, a new building was unveiled. More open and bright than before, the acoustics can get a little loud. Wait staff is friendly. Saturdays tend to be busy during brunch time so be prepared to wait during high traffic times. Don’t forget: The Scand is closed on Sundays. Fave: The Lumberjack (Finnish pancakes, eggs, bacon and toast) is a generous portion and a customer favourite. The cinnamon buns, lovely with cardamom, are also very good. -TJ


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Darren McChristie

Tiffany Jarva

Tiffany Jarva

Melissa Thivierge


Daytona’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

965A Cobalt Crescent, 622-2169 Rating: 6666 (Friendly Staff & HomeStyle Cooking) Complete cost: $9-$12 per person, including tax Average Main: $8.50 Low Down: The friendly staff and the home-style cooking is what makes Daytona`s restaurant unique. They open early and serve breakfast all day. Big into community each table is adorned with fresh flowers from a local business, even some of their menu items are local. Try the breakfast menu while your family sings Karaoke on Sundays. Fave: “The Big Breakfast” lives up to its name and popularity. Have the eggs your way and choose between bacon, ham, bologna or sausage. The potatoes are fresh and grilled to perfection with bits of green onion and the thick Texas toast finishes off this homestyle dish. Don’t forget the free refills of coffee that just keep coming. The large portions of food give a lot of bang for your buck. D-lish! -MT

The Beacon Restaurant

61 Cumberland Street North, 345-7102 Rating: 666 Complete Cost: $7.00-$12 per person, including tax Average Main: $6.00 Low Down: Arrrggh you hungry? In the heart of the downtown core lies a hidden treasure, namely The Beacon restaurant, located in the Shoreline Hotel. The nautically themed eatery has been a long time favourite with downtown locals but has since gained popularity with the masses. Laid back and eclectic, with an ambiance all to its own, boasting palate pleasing fare that is both “bounty” full and sure to oblige even the most frugal minded of pirates. Fave: The Buccaneers Special includes two eggs, toast, homefries, and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham - all for a mere $4.25. Hint for fellow veggies out there: they have been known to substitute a Finn pancake or two in lieu of the meat. Fancy a decadent denouement? A slice of homemade pie or a grilled persian is this pirate’s piece de resistance. -TS

Timbers Restaurant

1 Valhalla Inn Road, 577-1121 Rating: 6666 Complete cost: $7-$15 per person, including tax Average main: $9.00 Low Down: The Valhalla Inn has been a landmark in the city since 1981 - it is named after a version of heaven in Norse mythology. Timbers has a cozy atmosphere with its pine beam ceiling, rattan furniture and abundance of natural light. Breakfast fare includes everything from muesli, baked goods, and pancakes to steak and eggs and corned beef hash. Fave: For a light and healthy option, try the egg white frittata with grilled zucchini, asparagus and tomatoes. The Winzer Rösti, a crisp and golden Swiss delight with grated potatoes, bacon, sliced ham, Swiss cheese and a fried egg. Kids’ meals, such as French toast sticks and chocolate chip pancakes, are a deal at about two dollars each.

Breakfast is quite simply the compound word of “break” and “fast” denoting the first meal of the day after not eating all night (unless you are a nocturnal nibbler). Experts have touted this morning meal as the most important one of the day for a host of reasons. And with plenty of places in town offering a tasty all-day breakfast, you have at least three chances to get it right. -RS

Reporting by Patrick Thompson, Margaret Demillo, Tara George, Melissa Thivierge, Michelle McChristie, Tracy Sadgrove and Tiffany Jarva.

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Sugar Mountains Thunder Bay Maple Syrup by Darren McChristie Nestled in the Nor’ Wester Mountains, there is a beautiful maple stand that produces a treat akin to liquid gold. Deirdre Payne is a third generation maple syrup producer; it was her grandfather that first tapped the trees on their 34-acre property located in the outskirts of Thunder Bay. Although maple stands are not common in the Thunder Bay area, there are a few that thrive in sheltered areas of the Nor’ Wester mountains - the extra protection from the wind allows the trees to grow in the northern limit of their range. When temperatures consistently rise above freezing during the day and dip below freezing at night, sap begins to flow. The Payne family uses traditional methods to produce maple syrup. They collect the sap in pails - this method allows more oxygen to mix with the sap than more modern, automated systems. The sap is boiled in an evaporator - 40 litres of sap yields one litre of syrup. According to Deirdre, producing the syrup is a “labour of love” and an “expensive hobby.” Their market is small (limited to friends and family), but their customers insist the Payne’s syrup is the best they’ve ever tasted.

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Q & A with Chief Peter Collins

Q: What are the cultural priorities for your community?

Q: If you choose not to seek reelection, what will you do?

A: To have our culture is important to us going into the future. We want to get our language back in our community. I read a bio of a former chief who served for 40 years here. In 1967, he predicted that our language, in Fort William, would be all but gone in the early 1990s and he was pretty close. So, hopefully one day in the future we can revitalize our language with our young ones and bring it back into our community.

A: I have my own business. I’m a carpenter, equipment operator and instructor by trade. I have a lot of different skills and different things that I can do.

Q: What is your vision for your community?

In 1985, one hundred and sixty years after Chief Peau de Chat signed the Robinson Superior Treaty, the Fort William First Nation (FWFN) began formal negotiations with the governments of Canada and Ontario. Their reserve, as described in the treaty, did not reflect the treaty discussions and, as a result, the community lost the use of a large portion of their traditional lands. Recently, the FWFN, led by Chief Peter Collins, reached a settlement agreement - the largest of its kind in Canadian history. Q: How were you involved in negotiating the Boundary Claim settlement? A: I started in 1998 and served as chief for nine straight years until 2007. I was voted out for one term and voted back in. Over the last two years, I’ve been directly involved in the negotiations, dealing with ministers at the provincial and federal levels and making sure they understand the importance of settling these claims for our community.


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Q: How was information gathered to support the claim? A: That was the toughest part. For about ten years, we talked to elders and tried to record some of their history and knowledge about how we got to where we are and how we lost the land. We listened to them and transcribed that into evidence - it’s been a long road for us. Peau de Chat submitted a petition in 1852 and another after the survey that was done in 1853. We used this information to negotiate our settlement 160 years later. Q: What is included in the settlement? A: What’s included in the Boundary Claim Settlement is $149 million, and change, from the federal government of Canada, an additional $5.1 million from Ontario, and, also from Ontario, two islands - Pie and Flatland. Q: What concessions did your community make in the settlement? A: Well, the concession we made is surrendering the lands that were originally set, or should have been originally set, for Fort William.

A: Well, it’s almost election time, so it might be someone else’s vision. But, my vision for us is to cut welfare as much as we can and create prosperous, sustainable jobs.

Q: Obviously, a lot of people are thinking that $154 million sounds like a lot of money... A: It sounds like a lot, but if you look at the land that should have been set aside in the treaty, it’s 70,000 acres along the Kam River, including the islands - Mission and McKellar and also, Pie and Flatland Islands - all the way to Kakabeka and south to Sturgeon Bay. If you look at the opportunities for our community on those lands, is it a good deal? Well, it’s the best you’re going to get. You know, we’ve been negotiating long enough. We hope that our elders will get to enjoy some of the benefits before they go on to the spirit world. Q: What are your community’s immediate and longer term needs for funding? A: We’re always looking to improve our community; we’re always looking at economic development. Two projects we’re looking to do in the future is build a daycare and elder’s centre. Also, we’re looking at establishing a training centre (for trades). We also need housing - we have close to 300 members applying for housing and trying to move back into the community.

A: Not really... Q: Okay, I’ve heard you are a good pool player. A: I’m a decent player, I play in two different leagues in the city. I was up in the top five, not in the championship side. Q: What else do you like to do to relax? A: I golf a lot. I played hockey up to last year - that’s why I’ve got no knees left. I’m a golfing fanatic now. Q: Going back to the treaty, are there any band members that are direct descendants of Chief Peau de Chat?

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By Michelle McChristie

Q: I’ve heard you are a bit of a pool shark.

Q: When does your term end? April 14, 2011. Q: I’ve heard that you are not seeking re-election, is that true? A: Yes, that’s my intention but, you know, it’s hard for me to leave. There is still a lot of work to be done and there are a lot of opportunities that I am working on directly. I left for two years and saw a lot of negativity and backlash, no progress in the right direction. But, I’m still torn between the decision I’ve made and the people that want me to stick around and run in the next election.

A: That’s a good question. Because when you look back, the way they spelled our names was different than the way we spell them now. I’m not sure if there are any descendants of his - there’s been no claim of anyone being a descendant of Peau de Chat. My grandmother told us stories about our community on the Dog River, her brother was the chief of the day. Her last name was Wakates, you don’t see too many names like that. Q: Is there a monument for Chief Peau de Chat? A: No, but, at some point, we want to create a historical site on our original settlement land and a monument to the people that fought these outstanding issues for so many years.


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Ahnisnabae Art Gallery

Creating an Appreciation and Awareness of Native Culture through Art

7-1500 James St. S Thunder Bay, ON 807-577-2656

Lydia Kutra Memorial Race By John-Paul Marion

The Lake Superior Division Alpine ran its 15th annual Lydia Kutra Memorial super giant slalom race on February 5th at the Mount Baldy ski area. Lydia, from Atikokan, was one of the best alpine ski racers from the region. She was on her way to the women’s national ski team when an accident at a Pontiac Cup race in Quebec ended her career with a knee injury. Being the gifted athlete that she was, she eventually returned to competitive racing – on one ski. Lydia’s knee improved to the point where she could run again and tragically, while on a training run near Atikokan, she was struck by a vehicle and killed at age 25. After Lydia’s untimely passing, Craig Speiss, owner/ operator of Mount Baldy Ski Area, John Simms of the Port Arthur Ski Club along with Dave Bradley of the L.S.D.A. endeavoured to honour her memory with a new trophy for the top female and a new race name, The Lydia Kutra Memorial. This race is one of many throughout the weekend but it is the highlight. Not only is this a points race, it is a stepping stone for entry level racers to ski in their first sanctioned race through the Northern Kids Ski Spirit Camp. Spearheaded by Sault Ste. Marie native Brian Mealy and Thunder Bay’s Dave Bradley, the Spirit Camp offers kids from ages 7-12 a fun-filled weekend with race training, fun games and a bonfire but most importantly the focus is on development. During the weekend training, coaches assess each young racer and those that demonstrate the skill, ability and level of control required to compete in a super -g race are given the opportunity to ski in their first official points race. This is a big deal for these young kids and it being held in honour of Lydia is inspiring to everyone involved. As Dave says, “Her legacy provides a pathway for future racers.” Lydia’s mother, Zlata, attends most years to watch and to hand out awards, while this year was extra special as Lydia’s brother Leonard, an excellent ski racer himself, travelled to Thunder Bay for the occasion, ripping down the course as a forerunner and handing out the trophy to the top female. This year’s winner wasn’t even born when her father helped create this event says proud dad Dave Bradley, and now Olivia Petrick-Bradley has her name on a very special trophy. Congratulations to all involved - this is a great event hosted by Mount Baldy every year. The Walleye


Combined Efforts Arabic Drumming + Dancing By Tiffany Jarva

Drummer Sean Jesseau and dancer Andrea Novoa (stage name: Dahab) have teamed up to bring a truly unique class to Thunder Bay that combines drumming and dancing. “It helps for drummers to understand from a dancer’s perspective and it helps a dancer to understand the drumming,” explains Jesseau. In a warmly decorated, second-floor dance studio on Victoria Avenue, women and men meet Friday evenings to learn about different cultures, drumming techniques and dancing. For the first half of the class, all participants warm up by drumming in a circle on hourglass tablas (also called doumbek/darbuka or goblet drums). “The drum represents portable music like your iPod but the old version,” laughs Jesseau. On this particular evening, the focus is on basic 4/4 rhythms like Baladi, Wahda, and Maqsoum. It doesn’t matter that as a beginner you feel a little bit lost. All levels of experience are invited to join. Smiles float across the room as each drummer tries to find his or her groove, looking at both Jesseau and Dahab for guidance when need be. After practising drumming different rhythms (about an hour), the class splits up into two – drummers will now keep the beat for the dancers. Brightly coloured skirts are tied around waists – some jingle as they move. Dahab leads beautifully and the dancers follow. Her movement along with the hypnotic beat of the drum is mesmerizing – it’s easy to lose yourself in the rhythm. The goal is to feel the music with the hopes of picking up a little more detail each time you practise the dance. Originally from Colombia, Dahab moved to the U.S. after graduating from university with a degree in mathematics. Having started belly dancing during her university days, Dahab decided to pursue a career in dance and spent three years in Vegas performing. She has had the opportunity to study Middle Eastern dance with master instructor Aradia and now teaches in Thunder Bay. Jesseau has been teaching drumming in Thunder Bay for 15 years. He has trained with drumming experts from around the world including well-respected grand master djembe player Mamady Keita. For more info about Middle Eastern Drum and Dancing or to register for a class call Music Workshop at 622-1841 or check out Drum and Dance Classes on Facebook. Drop-ins ($25 a class) are welcome. Class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Fridays until April 1st. Dahab will also be performing at Arabian Night, a Middle Eastern evening of gourmet food and professional dance performances, on March 27.


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Hyer MP

Thunder Bay-Superior North

At Work for the Northwest

Passenger Rail for Thunder Bay Should local passenger rail service be restored? Would cross-country service via the scenic North Shore be popular with tourists?

Bruce Hyer thinks so. That’s why he’s tabled Motion M-291 in Parliament to bring back rail service to Thunder Bay & the beautiful North Shore. Find out more or sign the Petition to bring rail back: Constituency Office: 69 North Court Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4T7 Phone: 345.1818 Email:

FilmFest March 27th & April 3rd Silver City Thunder Bay

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18th Annual Northwest

Jeff Martin 777 Former Tea Party Frontman Coming to Thunder Bay

Promoting their new album, The Ground Cries Out, former Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin’s new band, Jeff Martin 777, is a power trio. Fellow bandmates include Aussies Malcolm Clark and J.Cortez. Describing their sound as being more country blues influenced, the trio will be playing at Crocks on March 16th. Tickets are $20. Presented By:

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Retro Bakery and Diner 42 Court Street South 807-344-1100 9-4, Monday to Friday 9-2, Saturday Baking: assorted prices. Entrees: $6.95. Sides: $1.25 By Nancy Saunders Located on Court Street near Pearl, the Retro Bakery and Diner offers a dizzying number of choices. Looking for fresh artisan bread, a snack for your sweet tooth or a dessert to take home? You’ll find it all, and a lot more.

Half a dozen types of bread are baked each day, with more selection to be found in the glass baking display. Regular offerings include sticky cinnamon buns, peanut butter cookies, date squares and brownies. But where else in Thunder Bay can you find whoopie pies, chop suey bread and vegan baking? Owner Rose Pavlin originally planned to operate a bakery, but soon saw a clear demand for a lunchtime eatery. The retro angle pays tribute to the area’s bygone diners. Rose offered the words “economical” and “honest” to describe her new business; when you walk in the door, you’ll see she’s right. The fun retro signs and striped banner out front set the theme inside— black and white photos and retro food ads adorn the walls. If you visit during lunch time (11:30 am to 2:30 pm), you’ll be tempted by a specialty sandwich with

a modern twist: Thanksgiving Bunwich, Knuckle Sandwich and Retro Meatloaf Burger, to name a few. Vegan choices include polenta with hearty ratatouille, and an edamame and wheatberry salad. The many sides include retro favourites like devilled eggs and tapioca pudding, to the more contemporary veggies and dip or bag of chips. Delicious soup is made daily and is served with a large braided breadstick. It’s fun to browse the locally made jams, jellies and chutneys and the selection of retro candy (real Turkish delight! Thrills gum!) Try the milk shakes, malts and ice cream floats from the soda fountain during your next visit. Don’t say they didn’t warn you—included in the décor is the very accurate writing on the wall: “One good thing leads to another… and another… and another…”

Drink of the Month Irish Car Bomb By Tiffany Jarva

Slugging back green beer (usually cheap domestic beer with too much food colouring) is no way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Instead, try the car bomb at The Madhouse – what better way to incorporate three Irish faves (Guinness, Baileys and Irish Whiskey) in one drink! Car Bomb in the Making 4 ozs Guinness

¾ oz of Baileys Irish Cream ¼ oz Irish Whiskey Step 1: Pour Guinness into a beer mug. Step 2: P  our Irish Whiskey topped with Baileys in a shot glass.


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Step 3: Drop the entire shot glass into the Guinness mug. Make sure to gulp back quickly to avoid curdling.

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Enjoying a car bomb is somewhat of an acquired taste. If you can imagine what a creamy Guinness and Baileys milkshake tastes like, then this would be it. Probably best to limit yourself to one or two on special occasions. Celebrate St.Paddy’s at The Madhouse, 295 Bay Street, 344-6600

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Caps off to St. Patrick’s Day! By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier

Celebrate this St. Paddy’s Day with a draught that originates from the British Isles, as did our dearly departed patron saint of the drink. Porters and stouts, both top fermenting ales, are the darkest and most robust of the bunch. Slainte!

Name: Guinness Draught Origins: Ireland Fun Fact: Over 250 years old, this brand of stout is considered the original from St. James Gate in Dublin. Pairing: Steak & kidney pie or oysters Price: $11.95 4 x 440ml LCBO No.: 296244

Name: Black Creek Porter Origins: Canada Fun Fact: This porter is produced at the historic Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto in the original brew house dating from the 1800’s. Pairing: Shepherd’s pie or sharp cheddar Price: $3.55 per 500ml LCBO No.: 188862

Name: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Origins: England Fun Fact: Chocolate malt, dark chocolate and chocolate essence are all used in the production of this rich stout. Pairing: Bitter sweet chocolate or Reuben sandwiches Price: $3.50 per 500ml LCBO No.: 103267

Name: Rickard’s Dark Origins: Canada Fun Fact: A Molson product, this porter’s richness comes from an infusion of real Quebec maple syrup. Pairing: Butternut squash or bratwurst Price: $2.05 per 473ml LCBO No.: 171843

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Food Amy’s Favourite Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients:

2-3 cups of chopped cooked chicken 5 cups water 1 clove garlic, chopped 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms 1-2 celery stalks, diced 1-2 carrots, diced 1-2 potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 cup frozen peas Juice of half a lemon ½ cup dry white wine or sherry 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 4 tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup half and half (or 2% milk) salt and pepper, to taste 1 sheet puff pastry

Comfort Foods Amy Jones

With the excitement of the holidays far behind us, and spring just a distant speck of light at the end of the tunnel, March can seem like the dreariest month of the year. And while the idea of eating any more turkey or fruitcake might make us fall asleep just thinking about it, we are still far from the crisp salads and grilled meats of summertime. This time of year, what we crave—whether we are clamouring through the front door after a day of skiing or snowshoeing, or just clamouring out from under a blanket after watching a movie—is comfort food.


Heat oven to 400°. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. On a floured surface, roll out puff pastry to an inch or 2 larger than the baking dish. Set aside. In a Dutch oven, heat 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are browned and tender. Deglaze the pot with the wine or sherry. Add the carrots, celery, and potatoes. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover and let simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add chopped cooked chicken, chopped herbs, and frozen peas. Stir until heated through. In a saucepan, heat remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. When butter is foamy, whisk in the flour. Slowly add the half and half. Continue cooking, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Add sauce to chicken and vegetable mixture. Stir to combine. If sauce is too thick, add more chicken stock to desired consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper. Fit the pastry over the baking dish and crimp edges. Cut a small hole in the center. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pastry is nicely browned.

Comfort food means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the lasagne your mom made for you after hockey practice, or maybe it’s the cabbage rolls your grandmother sent you at university. Maybe it’s simply a baked potato mashed up with butter and eaten with a spoon in front of the television. What makes it comfort food is that it reminds you of home. So instead of calling out for pizza, take some time to make one of your favourite childhood dishes. Use fresh, quality ingredients and put as much love into it as the person who once made it for you, and the result will not only nourish your body, but also your soul.


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Destination Scuba By Nik Fiorito

If you are sitting there thinking to yourself, “I’d really like to go for a quick dunk in Lake Superior right now,” you are either a) suffering from cabin fever brought upon by a hard winter, or b) somehow affiliated with Wally’s Thunder Country Diving (TCD). For most of us, the idea of ice diving is only somewhat appealing on the very hottest of July afternoons. For the select few of you whose interest has been peaked, TCD offers ice diving sessions throughout the winter; you can check their website for details. Fortunately, Wally and his team are well aware that by March most of our northern neighbours dream of warm breezes and tropical vistas. It is for this reason that TCD offers group diving trips to sunny locales where participants are guided by professional instructors to ensure safety and a smooth and enjoyable diving experience. This March, from the 12th to the 26th, they are offering a guided trip to Cozumel, Mexico through Squba Holidays. Although it may be a bit tight to become certified and complete the necessary classroom and pool work before Cozumel calls, keep in mind that next winter Wally and company plan to bring groups to at least three different warm-weather locations, including a Caribbean destination, another more exotic area, and the big one: a three-week trek to the far Pacific to dive amongst WWII wreckages. All-in prices for these adventures range from about $2000 for a week’s stay in a Caribbean hotspot to about $7000 for the extended-length Pacific trip. TCD also has contacts spanning the globe, and can help the solo diver plan a successful diving get-away by connecting clients with dive shops and schools, gear, certification and travel arrangements. If you are interested in seeing what is actually under that shimmering blue expanse on your next winter escape, call Thunder Country Diving at 623-6550 or visit their website at to check on class and pool times, certification requirements, and other local diving excursions.

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A Little Green for the Small Screen By Patrick Thompson The Irish films I hate are the ones that pour on the cute Irish vibe--the ones that embarrass themselves by shoving your face in their ‘oirishness’. These are followed by the ones where American actors ‘become’ Irish (I am talking to you, Julia Roberts). None of those are on this list. They can be found on iTunes or in your local video store. Happy St. Paddy’s!

The Barrytown Trilogy: The Snapper (1993); The Van (1994); The Commitments (1991) - Roddy Doyle wrote about one family through these books, but licensing rights meant the filmmakers had to change the family’s name for each. Hokey and fun, they make for great entertainment.

In The Name of The Father (1993) - Jim Sheridan’s dramatic re-telling of the Birmingham Six is a sometimes wandering tale which seems to lose focus at times, but is a very good film nonetheless. Pete Postlethwaite received an Oscar nom for his role as the father of the family, and, as usual, Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing.

The War of the Buttons (1994) - This is a light and funny family film about kids at war with each other. Though it can be dark and sentimental at times (and the music is not so hot), it never gets caught up in the mushiness found in many movies with an all-kids cast. It is a classic everywhere but North America, for some reason.

The Field (1990) - Richard Harris is old Ireland tradition personified: the one that hates change, hates the English, and most of all hates rich Americans who buy land for no reason other than to buy land.

The Dead (1987) - Filming what some critics have called the best story in the English language would be daunting if you weren’t John Huston. James Joyce comes alive, and for those who have read him, you know how hard that can be. Read the story first, but if you can’t, enjoy this instead.


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Waking Ned Devine (1998) - Wishing you had a really cute film about old men? Here you go. Don’t worry, it is really funny.

Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1957) - Wanna make an Irishman angry? Make him watch this Disney romp through every Irish stereotype ever conceived, with Sean Connery doing his best to seem like he is from the emerald isle.

Once (2007) - This is a story of a cute Polish girl falling for a cute Irish boy with cute songs. Guaranteed to get you teary-eyed and mushy if you have any estrogen running through your blood.

Get comfortable with recycling your plastics.

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!

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Thunder Bay’s metal band Norris was recently signed by Year of the Sun records in Southern Ontario and will be distributed in the U.S. through Relapse Records (one of the largest metal labels in the world). Their first full-length album The Great White North will be available across the continent as of March 22. Norris will be performing during two CD release shows at Black Pirates Pub, March 19 and 20. -TJ

Noel Johnson Lead Us to the Lake Tour 2011 by Margaret Demillo


Alberta songwriter and singer Noel Johnson is making his way to the Canadian Music Fest in Toronto with a stop in Thunder Bay along the way. The Lead Us to the Lake Tour 2011 is the first easterly venture for Johnson. His careful blend of pop music, folk acoustic and old soulful country influences promises to delight discerning audiences. With an EP, “A Familiar Change” as well as a full-length album, Spirit of the Day, under his belt, Johnson is poised to take the music scene by storm. He connects best with an audience who appreciates the exploration and excitement for music as art. An extensive repertoire of original material solidifies Johnson’s passion for combining emotions with melodies and experiences with harmonies. Noel Johnson will play at Crocks/The Office on Monday, March 7, 2011.


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Food Music sponsored by a music industry publisher, for blues song of the year. It’s a song that one could call raunchy, but even so, it’s not sloppy. The large group of music industry judges includes Tom Waits, Shelby Lynn, and Ozzy Osbourne. Canadian names among past winners are Little Miss Higgins, Jeff Healey, and Melissa McClelland. A fellow nominee for this year, albeit in a different category, is Melissa Auf der Maur. Winners will be announced in the spring. Not bad for a lady living in Atikokan where she chooses to raise her sons.

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Meeting the day of her Thunder Bay gig over lunch, our conversation turns out lots of broad strokes, the picture painted illustrating that Sunday can’t seem to stop herself from loving, working and making things happen. With lots of grief in her heart from family losses (especially the very recent loss of her mother) and romantic heartbreak, she’s not shy about expressing it, and infusing it with hope. Her determination is easily appreciated by anyone who spends any time with her, and it has kept her looking for the right players (her requirement for a band is that it consists of a mighty fine upright bass player). The internet has helped her reach a larger audience, even getting attention from Dan Ackroyd’s House of Blues, and fans from as far away as Italy and California have picked up her music. As she leaves for her album release in Toronto, I’m left with the impression that hard work pays off, and cures a lot of blues.

Sunday Wilde

Working Through the Pain

By Nancy Ewachow Gutsy and soulful, Sunday Wilde from Atikokan can sing you the blues, straight from her broken heart. For someone who has been playing for only about five years, she’s prolific, and on a night in early February, she released her third album to a Thunder Bay audience at the Ruby Moon Café. “What Man!?? Oh That Man!!” will have another release party on March 27th in Toronto at Queen Street’s Cameron House, a venue that for over thirty years has been a beacon for the new, the original and the experimental. Her band on this album is an interesting and musical mix, with upright bassist Ronnie Hayward from the rockabilly scene in Vancouver who made a career in Europe and now leads his own trio in Toronto, and David West, the Ecuadorian-Canadian guitarist who plays world fusion music with the Papa Duke Band. For the Thunder Bay performance she had Atikokan’s Chris Lamont of The Greenbank Trio with her, accompanying her melodious minor key ballads on bass with a bow to great effect. On the album the upbeat numbers course along with the rockabilly beat of Hayward’s plucked bass, and are embellished in very inventive and original ways by David West’s tasteful guitar. You can hear in this album a woman who has found her voice – it’s more open and growing dynamically, and as always, it is distinctive. Moving forward as a piano player and as a songwriter, her new release has some very strong songwriting, and lyrically you’ll know by the hairs on the back of your neck that she knows what she’s singing about. The first track has been nominated for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards, an international award


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Their hard-hitting, trademark sound of surf, country and psychedelic rock was offered to a small, but receptive crowd at Crocks in February. The music grooved from hypnotizing words and melodies to jackhammer instrumentals and the crowd was invoked to dance, sway and tap their feet. Their musical territory covered bluegrass standards and faint recollections of rare LPs. Their originals balanced on the brink of madness, desire and heartache. I met someone at the show who said, “I listen to a lot of great music on LU and CBC radio and The Sadies are one of those bands that everyone must see live, at least once in their life.”

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From Toronto, The Sadies are siblings, Dallas and Travis Good (guitars and vox), Sean Dean (bass) and Mike Belitsky (drums). Dallas and Travis are a direct bloodline from the famed Canadian country act The Good Brothers.

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documentary When photographer Nev Schulman receives a painting of one of his photos from an eight-year-old girl named Abby, he is suitably impressed. Abby is a prodigy and Nev begins a friendship with her, centering on her paintings. At the same time, Nev’s filmmaker brother and friend begin documenting the unusual friendship. Nev is introduced, via Facebook and phone, to Abby’s family, including her sister, Megan, and their network of “friends.” Eventually, Nev and Megan spawn a long-distance romance, but when Nev catches Megan in a lie, he can’t help but fact-check her story. At this point, the viewer is drawn into a labyrinth plot with a shocking conclusion that reminds us of the vulnerabilities associated with social networking.

Dan Bejar has played a key part in the folk-pop Canadian scene over the past fifteen years playing for bands such as The New Pornographers, Swan Lake and Destroyer. So when he announced Destroyer’s ninth album Kaputt there was a lot of hype. On Kaputt, Destroyer moved away from their folk past and made more of a dance record, keeping the strong songwriting and slow pace of past records. Kaputt has the sounds of a soft eighties pop record, with sharp drums and soft back-up vocals that tie in with the light jazz-sounding horns and wind instruments. -Travis Setala

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Dogsled Dreams

by Terry Lynn Johnson Dogsled Dreams is a novel, set in the outskirts of Thunder Bay that tells an inspirational story about a girl learning the rewards of persistence, hard work and bravery. The story is narrated by Rebecca, a young musher that is determined to prove her knowledge, abilities and maturity to her family, peers and, most importantly, herself. Rebecca’s experiences are applicable to any pre-teen that is ready to emerge from the security of childhood to the freedom of adolescence. The story is captivating and is interwoven with lessons about dog sledding - it is best suited to boys and girls between the ages of 8-12. Terry Lynn Johnson lived in Thunder Bay from 1989-2001 and now lives in Whitefish Falls, Ontario. Dogsled Dreams is available locally at Chapters.

Super Sad True Love Story

By Gary Shteyngart

In this, Gary Shteyngart’s third novel, he paints a portrait of a broken dream of America. A credit crisis has the U.S. losing its viability in the global economic picture, the Chinese yuan is the dominant currency, while an impending visit from the governor of the People’s Bank of China has the nation shaking in its boots.


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Likeability is not something film critics generally talk about, as though a film that is likeable is somehow suspect. Made In Dagenham is damn likeable, no matter what else it has going wrong for it. Sally Hawkins, who won a Golden Globe for her last likeable character (Happy Go Lucky), plays another lovable and sympathy inducing protagonist in 1960’s Britain. Norma Rae she is not, but she does make us cheer her on as she fights against uppity sexual discrimination at a Ford plant. Based loosely on the real story of Rita O’Grady, it features superb performances from her costars, namely Bob Hoskins. Watch for Made in Dagenham on video March 29th. -PT

The military is waging a losing campaign in Venezuela, with veterans scarred and wounded, getting dropped like hot potatoes upon return home, while the National Guard has central park surrounded, ready to crush a looming uprising of low credit squatters. This tale is narrated by a middle aged ‘beautiful loser,’ Lenny Abromov , who works for a company offering immortality to rich clients of the world. B ut, his obsessive desires have him seeking the true love of a young beautiful Korean-American woman.

that a person cannot be tracked down through their apparati, a device much like a highly evolved smart phone with some surprisingly revealing uses. Reading books is like ancient history (except to Lenny) and a constant monitoring of everyone’s credit rating keeps people in their place.

Shteyngart’s skillful, humorous writing offers a frighteningly plausible view of the not too distant future. A world where it is inconceivable

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Searching for love and humanity are age-old themes and, as Gary Shteyngart explores, ones that will hopefully not go away. This is definitely a book worth reading.


King of Limbs

Radiohead In 2007, Radiohead released In Rainbows in a way that was unheard of at the time. As a symbolic middle finger to the major labels, they released it online with a “pay what you can” system (which is now commonly used) and the CD came in a D.I.Y type kit where all the contents of a normal CD were in a folder and you put the title stickers on a blank CD case (of your own). With their latest album they didn’t do the “pay what you want” system but was still very unusual, like In Rainbows, they announced the album six days before the digital release. The difference this time is that for around $50 you are able to pre-order what the band calls a “Newspaper Album,” which includes “vinyl” a “purpose-built record sleeve” and “625 pieces of small artwork.” The first song “Bloom” opens softly with a piano loop, then grows into soft drumming and then Thom York’s eerie vocals come in. “Feral” is a mainly instrumental song with the chopped up and strange vocals of the opening of “Everything in its Right Place” off Kid A, and is in fact a Dubstep song (Dubstep is a sub-genre of electronic music, with an obscure beat to it). The track “Give Up the Ghost” is what it would be like if you ever found Radiohead jamming around a campfire. The King of Limbs is a great album. Radiohead has once again made an album that you expect not to expect, leaving their audience both confused and in awe. -Travis Setala

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The tides of changing seasons move without question. Winter releases its icy grip on the shores of Lake Superior.

Equinox, Egypt and Embracing Our Own By John-Paul Marion March, oh magical month of March. Sweep the frigid February blahs away with the rising of the sun, lengthening of days, the promise of spring equinox, and maybe the best six weeks of winter to come. The tides of changing seasons move without question in our egg-shaped orbit around the sun and, as this northern hemisphere gets closer to the big fireball in the sky, we know it’s going to warm up, soon, or some time in the next two-to-three months. Elsewhere in the world, human-driven change of season, delivered by its own spontaneous pulse, should reveal to us the simple beauty of the life we have here in the great white north.

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Eighteen days of revolt in Egypt prompted a 30-year dictatorship to step down. Since then protests in the Arab world have been reported in Yemen, Bahrain, Iran and, most recently, Libya. Protestors have been wounded, some killed, yet the demonstrations continue - the people are gathering en masse and demanding change. We are very fortunate here, when we get tired of winter, usually at about this time of the year, our demands are always met, eventually. We have the March Break to look forward to, many of us thinking about travel options for a holiday. How about the notion of embracing our local landscape? Some of the best skiing of the season, both downhill and cross-country, is in March. The outdoor rinks have life yet, but not much as the sun climbs higher, while snowshoeing and hiking can be wonderful at this time of year. Maybe a working holiday is in order, like shoveling the driveway at camp, luckily stumbling upon one of those sublime March days when it’s +15 in the sun and -5 in the shade. The revolt in Egypt is coming from people who love their homeland but have been stifled within it. Whether we like or dislike our reigning government we are not suffering from mass malcontent and overt oppression. We have good reason to stay close to home and appreciate the beauty of this lion/lamb of a month we call March. Politically we are stable, mentally and soulfully we are ready for the encouragement of the spring equinox, because this means we can relax with the monster on our back called winter and enjoy what we have left of it. We may face more cold, but the sun is climbing and it won’t let us down for about six more months.


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What is a walkable community? The term walkable seems pretty self explanatory: a place that permits walking. There is, however, a growing movement around the idea of creating walkable communities - spaces that make walking easy, for both business and pleasure. This ability to walk easily and safely requires certain infrastructure such as continuous sidewalks, cross walks and lighting. But it can be so much more! The seemingly simple addition of checkered lines in a pedestrian crosswalk (such as the intersections of May St. and Victoria Ave.) highlights the space and makes it more visual for drivers. A reduced speed allows pedestrians and drivers to see each other more clearly, lowers vehicle noise and therefore helps to provide a safer and more peaceful area for walking. A divider in between the lane of traffic and the pedestrian sidewalk ensures ample space for both vehicles and pedestrians and can help to decrease anxiety caused by the close proximity to each other. A walkable community isn’t just about the road and sidewalk design though. It has been found that the addition of trees as well as gardens can serve as physical dividers between traffic and pedestrians, defining the safe space for each. This mixed vegetation can also act as visual interest on a roadway, breaking up the “tunnel” effect of driving a bare, straight road, with the sole purpose being to arrive as quickly as possible at the end of it. It has been found that roads with trees and buildings close to the road tend to have slower moving traffic. Think about it next time you are on one of our city’s beautiful tree-lined streets. How do you feel driving down that road compared to others? A walkable community is also defined by having commonly visited locations within walking distance. Unfortunately, the proximity to work, school, stores, etc. are often factors beyond our control. However, our most common destinations can and should have an impact on where we choose to live. We should also keep in mind that a community can always become more walkable. If you want to help promote walkability in your community, here are a few ideas: Plant a tree in the front yard – visual appeal for both you and the passers-by (of course, make sure you check with utility companies to ensure no interference) Plant a garden in the front yard (you may even consider a rain garden to collect rain water run-off while you’re at it) Start walking! The more people out and about, the more the idea is out there. Our community will be more aware of pedestrians, and that’s a good thing for us all – drivers, cyclists, and walkers alike. The wonderful thing about a walkable community is that it benefits both traffic and pedestrians. With each having a defined space and clear expectations, everyone can enjoy safe travels within our city. By Heather Shaver, Youth & Education Coordinator, EcoSuperior

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Thinking about seeds

More Trees Please Greening up your street


By Marlene Wandel The mailboxes around have been growing a great crop of gardening catalogues this month. Come February, dreams of geraniums and germination start sprouting in a gardener’s mind; by March, bulbs don’t seem that far away. While we wait for air and soil to reach temperatures amenable to growth for our hardiest plants, there is plenty of time to dream of the blooms and fruits of the summer season. The first warm beams of late winter may not do much for the garden languishing under snow, but they, like the catalogues, are a promise of things to come.

Story & photo by Jay Dampier I suspect not many people in Thunder Bay are thinking about putting trees in the ground while winter is not yet over. However, Rena Viehbeck may be the exception. As the Urban Forestry Program Specialist with the city, Viehbeck anxiously awaits the warmer days of spring when she can see new trees being planted. Rena is charged with overseeing Thunder Bay’s Tree Stewardship Program where she coordinates planting dozens trees each year. The program’s primary goal is to encourage Thunder Bay property owners to plant trees on public boulevards. Thunder Bay’s Urban Forest is in decline. Unfortunately young healthy trees are not being planted quickly enough to replace the older dying trees. The work of Thunder Bay’s Tree Stewardship Program hopes to reverse this trend. Under the program Thunder Bay property owners, financial donors, and the City of Thunder Bay each contribute one third of the cost of planting a street tree. Participating property owners get a large, three to four metre high tree for only $150. Including the root ball, these trees can weigh up to 400 pounds, and would normally cost $450 to plant. Thunder Bay resident Don Mitchell will be participating in the spring tree plant. Mitchell, a supervisor with the Ministry of the Environment sees the value of the program. “Most people living in Thunder Bay know that the fibre forest trees produce, provide our community with materials to build our homes and are a major economic driver of the economy. Most of us also realize that city trees offer more than materials and a source of income. They provide shade to moderate heat in the summer, they absorb the carbon dioxide we produce in our daily activities and they provide an aesthetic break from the human built forms of houses and commercial buildings. Considering these benefits, the cost to plant a tree is bargain.” Its not too late to get in on the planting action for this spring. To see if you have a planting spot that qualifies for the program check out the Tree Stewardship Program website at www.treestewardship. com. Jay Dampier is an environmental educator and videoblogger:


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Natural Habitats By Donna Faye

Although their name may not be familiar, the inspired designs of KSGM Architects & Engineer (Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo Architects & Engineer) have become as much a part of the Northwestern Ontario landscape as the Sleeping Giant or Pebble Beach. The firm has been responsible for approximately 3,000 constructions and renovations in the region, including the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, the Sister Margaret Smith Centre and the École secondaire catholique (ESC) de la Vérendrye, not to mention many custom homes. Their aim is to design sustainable and energy efficient buildings that feel like they’re a natural part of Northwestern Ontario. One element of the firm’s philosophy is the use of regional material. In the ESC de la Vérendrye, support beams are made of glued laminated timber from Boise, Manitoba. As well, the use of R40 insulation throughout the school and the installation of sensors that detect the level of carbon dioxide in a room so that the heating/cooling system does not operate when the room is empty are just a few of the energy efficient measures that practically wipe out the building’s ongoing operating costs, says Walter Kuch. Kuch’s own house has been an ongoing experiment in the use of various sustainable architectural practices, including solar energy and earth sheltering,

the practice of using earth against walls to reduce heat loss. But don’t expect to see a photo of the environmentally sustainable Kuch home on the firm’s website. “ My wife and I are very private,” he says. Kuch began his architecture practice 26 years ago as Walter Kuch Architect and was joined the following year by John Stephenson. The current firm is the product of a 2002 merger between GBW + Architects & Engineer and Walter Kuch & John K. Stephenson Architects. KSGM Architects & Engineer set themselves apart by their commitment to designing buildings that reflect their environment. Ideally, a building is made from its environment and designed for its environment explains Kuch. “One of the best examples is indigenous African dwellings made from the earth and straw of their immediate surroundings and so are perfectly matched to their environment.” Closer to home, the Just residence incorporates recycled fir and local pine trees surrounding panes of glass. At the Marathon Tourist Information Centre, the main supports are made of local driftwood, and the pebbles used in the fireplace are from the nearby Pebble Beach. But the use of local or recycled material is more than practical, says Kuch. “People appreciate the building more and it has much more meaning for them.” Students of the ESC de la Vérendrye couldn’t agree more, according to the school’s principal, Denis Malette, “The students are very proud of their school. It is bright, modern and environmentally friendly. The fact that they were consulted on many aspects of the design may have something to do with that. There is a profound sense of ownership that continues to prevail seven years later.”

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by Linda Dell Acrylic media and coins on canvas 103 x 76cm (40” x 30”) Capturing the nostalgia of paper doll days, local artist Linda Dell playfully combines acrylic and coins on canvas. Dell explains that Glamour was in response to a juried exhibition at Definitely Superior Art Gallery based on the theme ‘change.’ “I went with change as money, change of clothing and change in the way children play,” says Dell. “It seems to strike a very nostalgic chord in people who went through the industry of cutting out doll dresses.” To learn more about Linda Dell’s work, check out

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Urban Infill [Art in the Core]

Transforming Empty Spaces & Revitalizing the Downtown Core

To help guide you to the converted downtown galleries, art maps will be available at DefSup Art Gallery, 350 Park Street. For more info contact 344-3814 or -TJ


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Having started in January and culminating March 30th, the goal of Definitely Superior’s Urban Infill [Art in the Core] project is to help revitalize the downtown core by reinforcing connections between art and businesses, converting empty retail spaces into art galleries. Watch as the downtown north core vibe and aesthetics shift a little during the March 26th gala event (7 pm -10 pm), featuring window performances, live music, belly dancing, wearable art and more. Check out new exhibits by international artists and the personal pieces of local art collector Dr. Bob Chaudhuri.


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Classical Inspiration By Rebekah Skochinski R.J. Ogemah is a young First Nations artist who began painting because of his intense curiosity of the old masters’ techniques. “The meticulous paintings of the early Flemish masters and the neoclassical painters really caught my attention. I really wanted to figure out how they achieved that luminous and lifelike quality to their paintings. It looked like they were painted with glass; I ached to create that look,” he says. Essentially self-taught to this point, Ogemah has been accepted into the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and hopes to commence studies there in September if he can secure funding. “I want to get the best training possible and I feel that the Angel Academy is a good place to begin with. It teaches classical painting, and the curriculum is based off of the 18th and 19th century French academies.” Ogemah spends most of his time drawing, painting and studying art; exhibiting a fascination with texture, technique and a soulfulness that belies his youth. “I love impasto and I love the idea of sculpting with paint, and I love looking at paint that has been built up in layers.” He speaks with enthusiasm about the entire process from squeezing paint from the tube, to mixing his own paint, to aspiring to capture the compelling qualities of his master mentors. Ogemah seems well on his way; his portraiture work is so true to life you expect to hear the subjects breathe.

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R.J. Ogemah’s work can be seen at Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, located on the corner of Frederica and James in Mount McKay Place.

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March 4-6

March 5, 6pm

Until March 12

March 20, 10am

This Lady’s Not for Burning

World Vision Photo Exhibit

TBSO 50th Anniversary Gala Ball

IV-Incidental Video Screenings

St. Patty’s 5km & 5 Mile Road Race

Paramount Theatre Cambrian Players Community Theatre troupe presents Christopher Fry’s dark comedy, directed by Sheena Albanese. Tickets are $15, available at the door or at Steepers and Fireweed.  March 3, 8:30am-6pm

Climate Change - Moving Towards Adaptation

Lakehead University Outpost This one-day conference will feature a variety of speakers, including Elizabeth May - the leader of the Green Party, via Skype. Learn about how climate change might impact northern Ontario and what various groups are doing and can do to help mitigate impacts and adapt.  March 3, 6:30pm

Young Professionals Network Cocktail Party

Tony & Adams Tickets are $20, available at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, HSBC (Alloy Drive), and RBC (Redwood).  624-2628 March 3-5

Intercity Mall What happens when you place cameras into the hands of impoverished children in Bangladesh and Zambia? You begin to see what they see!  March 4-27

Annual Student Juried & Major Studio Exhibition

Thunder Bay Art Gallery For over 30 years, the TBAG has been staging this show in coordination with the Visual Arts Department at L.U. The opening reception gala on Friday, March 11 (7:30pm) includes awards for a range of categories.  577-6427   March 4-5

World Vision Photo Exhibit

Intercity Shopping Centre What happens when you place cameras into the hands of impoverished children in Bangladesh and Zambia? You begin to see what they see. Be sure to stop by to see this stunning exhibit. March 5, 10am-3pm

Silent Auction & Specialty Book Sale

March 3-19

Victoriaville Mall Centre Court The Friends of the Library are holding this event where you can find used books on sale for a buck-a-bag (regular plastic grocery bag) in front of the Friends bookstore. Get great deals and bid on one of the unique collectible books being featured in the “secret” silent auction.

Hana’s Suitcase

March 5, 9am-1pm

The 34th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet

All of the good things you expect from this event: great skiing, healthy competition, cash prizes and chocolate medals. 

Magnus Theatre Adapted by Emil Sher and based on the book by Karen Levine, the play begins in a present-day Holocaust education centre in Japan where a suitcase arrives with only these words painted on it: Hana Brady, May 16, 1931 Waisenkind - the German word for orphan. The mystery of Hana takes the audience on a journey from Japan to Europe and to Toronto.  345-5552  March 4, 10am-8pm

Northern Food Connections Conference & Local Foods Dinner

Hosted by the Food Action Network, this year’s theme is Growing Relationships, Harvesting Opportunities. The evening event and culinary tour will feature food from area farmers prepared by local chefs, restaurateurs, caterers and Confederation College’s culinary arts’ staff and students. 

March 4, 4pm

Miracles Await - The Magic and Illusion of Tyler Biloski

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Watch local magician/illusionist, Tyler Biloski, as he amuses, entertains, perplexes and mystifies his audience.  684-4444 


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Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction

Redwood Church Hosted by the L.U. School of Social Work, the breakfast will have seatings at 9am and 12pm, the silent auction includes an iPod touch. Tickets are $12 (adults), $6 (children) and available at Ozone and the School of Social Work office.  620-6067 

Valhalla Inn This annual fundraiser will support the TBSO youth, education and outreach programs. The event includes a gourmet dinner, dancing, silent auction and a door prize (a surprise cruise!). Tickets are $125.  474-2284  March 6, 1pm, 2:30, 4 & 7pm

Northern Exposure: Pride in the North Film Festival

Lakehead University, Room 1017 in the University Centre This inaugural film festival will explore issues related to sexual orientation and gender expression, gender transition, aging and the queer community, as well as two-spirit traditions. Festival passes are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.  March 6, 12pm

OCF North Regional Cheerleading Competition

Fort William Gardens “Give us a W!” - come out and watch the teams perform their best to be the best in the region. Tickets are $14 and available at the box office.  March 9, 6:30-9:30pm

Living Off The Grid

Technology Symposium

Confederation College Organized by the Engineering and Environmental Technology students of Confederation College, the first annual symposium will include a series of informative speeches relating to Technology in the fields of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Environmental and Mining. The symposium is free, dinner is $25 (general), $10 (students). March 5, 5:30pm-10pm

Dinner & Auction

Airlane Hotel Presented by the Lutheran Community Care Centre, this event includes a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Soft Wind & Roses Trio. 

March 12, 12-2pm

Thunder Bay Goalball League

Ogden Community Centre Goalball is played by two teams of three who are blindfolded, and shoot a ball with bells back and forth at each other. This game promises to be a great challenge and a good workout - the league meets once a month.  625-3220 March 12, 7:30pm

Pierre Schryer Trio

Trinity United Church Featuring Pierre Schryer, Andy Hillhouse and Joe Phillips, this event is a fundraiser for the Underground Gym, Faye Peterson Transition House and AIDS Thunder Bay. Tickets are $15 (adults), $10 (seniors/students) and $5 (children) and are available at the church office, Music World Academy, and at the door. March 14-16, 18

Drawing with Graphic Novelist CHRISTOPHER MERKLEY

March 11, 8pm

Painted Turtle Art Shop A drawing class for both experienced or new to drawing youth. A variety of drawing tools will be used such as pencil, conte, ink, coloued pencil and markers. Various approaches and techniques will be taught working with gestures, still life and from photo’s. 

Rock for Memories

March 14-16, 1 - 4pm

Confederation College The Nolalu Eco Centre is offering an introductory course about the challenges and rewards of a greener lifestyle. Enrollment is $39.  474-3968  www.nolaluecocentre.blogspot. com

Port Arthur Prosvita

Support the Alzheimer Society, and rock the night away to the sounds of Rough Cut. Tickets are $10, including a $10 gift certificate for The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, and available at Harbourview Optometry, The Keg, Caribou, and the Alzheimer Society.


March 5

Definitely Superior Art Gallery A streaming of international art portals of the internet which feature a vast range of content including art, indie film/animation, performance, graffiti, interventions, art documentaries, international gallery tours and reviews. 

Until March 12

Further Adventures of Girl by Diyan Achjadi

Definitely Superior Art Gallery A very colourful digital print/mixed media installation that portrays a single character “Girl,” as she navigates perilous dystopian landscapes informed by news events and popular culture images in cartoon-like visual narratives.  Until March 12

Within our Grasp by Marianne Kyryluk

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Kyryluk’s installation work is about communication, connection and the intimacy of touch are reflected in the sculptural forms she has created, comprised of over 180 cast arms and hands including a sound component. 

Felt Friends with Liz Buset

Basic sewing techniques from stitching to bead work.  March 15

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop’s 13th 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 15.

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March 18, 9pm

St. Urho’s Rockin’ the Finn Bin

Finlandia Hall Come celebrate St.Urho’s Day and the invention of the patron who “chased” away the grasshoppers and saved the grapes. Dress in a king or queen outfit and be crowned Mr. and Mrs. St. Urho. There will be hourly prizes, live music (Critical Hit and Artesian Well), a DJ and food. Tickets are $3 advance from the Hoito and $5 at the door. mmore info on Facebook.

Confederation College The first 110 people registered will receive a free t-shirt. Snacks and prizes to follow the event, all proceeds to support the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society.  344-7575  March 25-May 17

The Mamanis: Portraits of an Andean Family by Marjorie Clayton

Canadian born photographer, Marjorie Clayton’s series of black and white photographic prints chronicle her time with the locals in rural Bolivia and her adopted Aymara family. 577-6427   March 26, 8:30-9:30pm

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a symbolic act to raise awareness about 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 27

Million Mutt March

Location, Time TBA This is a march in solidarity and an effort to overturn “breed specific legislation” and laws that discrimiate against family and service dogs.  March 27, 7pm

Arabian Night

Journey to Wellness Experience a night of music, gourmet food, beauty and art inspired by the culture of the Arabic and Persian worlds.  577-6255 March 29, 7-8:50pm

Climate Change 101

Waverley Resource Library Learn about climate change from local speaker Charles Campbell, trained by Al Gore’s Climate Change Project. March 31-April 2

Sweetwater Shakedown

Papa Charlies, Lutsent Mtns This 3-day festival celebrates the sweetwater run (with sweet skiing & sweet music accompaniment). Featuring Railroad Earth, EmmittNershi Band (with Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon and Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident), The Travelin’ McCourys, The Lee Boys, Absynth Quintet & the Cascade Mountain Sirrup Likkers. 



Until April 30

March 5

March 13

March 29

March 30

March 31

Urban Infill-Art in The Core

Jason Kirkness

SYKE: A Celebration of Romantic and Contemporary Finnish Art Music

Protest The Hero+guests

Fefe Dobson & These Kids Wear Crowns

Dan Walsh


The Autumn Portrait Jacks $5, 19+

March 6

Black Mastiff & Molton Lava Crocks $7, 19+

Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few The Study $10/15, All Ages March 7


Noel Johnson

March 2

Kilroys $5, All Ages

Crystal Shawanda

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $30

Gravemaker, Expire Black Pirates Pub $5, All Ages March 3

Fame with Amelia Black Pirates Pub $5, All Ages March 4


St. Peter’s Catholic Church All Ages

E.C. Scott Crocks $10, 19+

Rebel Spirit The Wayland $0, 19+

Jason Kirkness Jacks $5, 19+

Betty Supple The Apollo $TBA, All Ages March 5

Good Lovelies Finlandia Club $20-25, All Ages

Five Alarm Funk Crocks $12, 19+

We, The Undersigned Kilroys $5, All Ages

Crocks $5, 19+

The Treelines

Hilldale Luteran Chruch $15

Crocks $15, All Ages

Birthday Boys

Jeff Martin Crocks $20, 19+

March 18

Critical Hit

Finlandia Hall $TBA March 19


Black Pirates Pub $10, 19+

Genitorturers Crocks $TBA

The Apollo $TBA

March 9


Kilroys $7, All Ages March 10

Gino Vannelli

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $45 March 12

Blues Showcase

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20

Soul Killing Female Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+

Money Grab w/ Evan Pang The Apollo $5, 19+

Pierre Schryer Trio Trinity United Church $5-15

Consortium Aurora Borealis presents FluteFest

St. Paul’s United Church $10-15 March 13

Miesha & The Spanks The Apollo $TBA

TBSO Masterworks V Ode To Joy

March 16

Jeans Boots/Slow Down Molasses

Display of Decay

The Apollo $TBA

Crocks $5, 19+

March 20 March 8

The Outpost $25, All Ages

Community Auditorium $13/37

March 15

Black Pirate Pub $5, All Ages March 21

The Real McKenzies Crocks $8, 19+

March 23

The Indy 500

Black Priates Pub $5, All Ages March 24


Community Auditorium $49-85 March 25

Emma-Lee The Apollo $TBA

Kid Koala Crocks $20, 19+

March 26

John Wort Hannam Finlandia Club $20-25, All Ages

TBSO Pops V w/ Ron Davis

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $13/38

The Ultimate Buffet

Presented by Definitely Superior Art Gallery The next evolution of creative possibilities! Revitalizing our downtown north core by capitalizing on assets of arts/ culture and linking/reinforcing connections through accessible empty spaces and existing arts/ commercial/business/social spaces. Featuring 17 multidisciplinary art projects between January and April by 350 regional/national/international artists at 15 downtown locations. Re-discover ‘The Waterfront District’ through contemporary artent.

The Outpost $2/4, 19+

Timbers welcomes you to enjoy one of 2 flavorful international buffets our celebrated chefs have prepared for you every Wednesday through Saturday evening.

Italian Night - Wednesday/Thursday

Includes a zesty selection of Italian favourites including fresh pasta cooked to your specifications. Plus, caesar salad, garlic toast and homemade lasagna.

Chinese Night - Friday/Saturday

Our Chinese food buffet includes flavourful delights from the orient, prepared to your liking, including fresh stir fry, soft noodles, egg rolls and fried rice. Timbers Restaurant in the Valhalla Inn, it’s where any occasion is the right occasion.

For reservations call 577-1121 1 Valhalla Inn Road • Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $49

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