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CoverStory: All-local Gift Guide ■ 8 Gifts $25 and under ■ 10 Gifts $50 and under ■ 12 Gifts $100 and under ■ 14 Gifts $100 and over



■ 16 Turkey Is Not My Jam ■ 18 Christmas Wine Crèche ■ 19 Farmhouse Fudge ■ 20 Good Mood Foods ■ 21 Golden Flower ■ 22 We Are Family



■ 24 Break a Leg ■ 25 The Jungle Book ■ 26 Gift-Giving in Movies ■ 27 Crickets Comedy Club ■ 28 Thunderstryker Films THE ARTS


■ 30 My Corner of the World ■ 31 Beckstar’s Art ■ 32 SWINE ■ 35 The Winter Gallery



■ 36 i4 Architecture ■ 37 Choose Holiday Experiences,

Not Transactions ■ 39 Community Clothing Assistance ■ 40 The Bookshelf ■ 42 Genuine Love for Animals ■ 43 Head Acre Farms ■ 44 The Martial Arts Capital of Canada ■ 45 Walleye Jr. ■ 58 Acceptance Is Not Surrender ■ 59 A Sartorialist's Holiday Guide ■ 60 Cooking a Meal at the Shelter House



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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Adrian Lysenko Associate Editor Amy Jones Senior Editor Tiffany Jarva

Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski Copy Editors Amy Jones, Kirsti Salmi

Photographers Patrick Chondon, Bill Gross, Scott Hobbs, Dave Koski, Shannon Lepere, Darren McChristie, Marty Mascarin, Laura Paxton, Tyler Sklazeski, Marlene Wandel Art Directors Steve Coghill, R.G.D., Dave Koski, R.G.D. Ad Designer Dave Koski Miranda van den Berg

■ 61 Growing as a Community Hub ■ 62 Santa’s Little Helpers ■ 64 Operation Red Nose WEATHER

■ 66 Weather Eye MUSIC

■ 68 Five Unexpected

Christmas Songs ■ 69 Winter Songstresses ■ 71 Copacetic Strangeness ■ 72 The Record Box ■ 73 Secret Santa Record Exchange ■ 74 The Bay Street Bastards ■ 76 Gwen Buttemer ■ 77 Holiday Musical Feast ■ 78 Big Year for Isolate Peaks ■ 79 Kage ■ 80 Preme Gets Ready to Hit the Road ■ 81 Drop Down


■ 84 The Urban Abbey GREEN

■ 86 Reduce Heat Loss and Save

Money this Winter


■ 88 Adult Colouring Books

Are More Than a Trend

■ 17 Drink of the Month ■ 34 Art in the City ■ 65 This is Thunder Bay ■ 82 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 90 Tbaytel December EVENTS ■ 92 Music EVENTS ■ 93 LU Radio's Monthly Top 20 ■ 94 The Wall ■ 95 The Comics ■ 97 The Beat ■ 98 The Eye

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The 100-Kilometre Wishlist


hat if you took the same principles of the 100-mile diet and applied it to your Christmas shopping list? You could call it the 100-Kilometre Wishlist (trademark pending). With so many local artisans and businesses offering fantastic gift ideas unique to Thunder Bay, you can easily avoid the box stores and the online check-out carts. Say what you will about Christmas and consumerism but if you’re supporting our local economy, everyone wins. For the 2016 edition of our Buy Local Gift Guide, we’ve taken a new approach and broken it down to price ranges, so whether you’re a bit of a penny-pincher or the philanthropic type, our gift guide has got you covered. And Santa’s elves are not the only ones hard at work: our dedicated team of bibliophiles and audiophiles compiled a list of books by local authors as well as albums by local musicians. Giving can come in many forms during the holidays, so we’ve also highlighted some of the unsung heroes of our community, including the volunteers from Operation Red Nose, Thunder Bay Shelter House, and Community Clothing Assistance.


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Keeping with the season, our music columnist Gord Ellis presents Five Unexpected Christmas Songs, Meghan Jewell previews the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra's annual Holiday Pops concert, and our film columnist Michael Sobota shares his picks of movies featuring gifts and giving. And to help make the holidays a bit merrier, our sommelier Jeannie Dubois offers some Christmas wine recommendations for the crèche. This month we’ve also brought back The Walleye Jr. For kids and by kids, the winter edition features fun stories, trivia, games, and more. The addition of The Walleye Jr. makes this issue (our 78th) a jam-packed 100 pages and our biggest to date. As always, we owe our success to the support of our past and present advertisers and our large team of talented and dedicated contributors. And a special thanks to our readers, who support the organizations, businesses, and individuals featured in the magazine. Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

- Adrian Lysenko

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Featured Contributor Marcia Arpin Marcia has been contributing to The Walleye as a writer for the past three years. As a lifelong Thunder Bay resident, she has enjoyed representing the magazine and rediscovering the community through the inventive ideas, inspirational discoveries, and passionate projects of Thunder Bay's residents. Marcia has published children's activity books and developed many projects locally to expose youth to visual, musical, and theatrical arts. She is currently the creative director of All the DAZE Productions. Her two children, however, would argue that they are her most creative and innovative project to date. Check out Marcia’s profile on some of Thunder Bay’s volunteers on page 42.

On the Cover All-local Gift Guide Photo by Gregg Johns with postproduction by Dave Koski. Special thanks to Fenton Gilbert.

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Fort William Male Choir Prelude to Christmas: The Music of Frank Sinatra December 2 & 3

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Now in its 89th year, Fort William Male Choir’s Prelude to Christmas has become a holiday tradition for many Thunder Bayers. This year, they invite you to ring in the season with the music of Frank Sinatra, with special guests Clint Harris and the Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for youth, and $40 for a VIP package, which includes reserved seating and a $20 gift certificate to Boston Pizza. Tickets are available at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium box office, or online.


Christmas Bizarre Bazaar December 10 Baggage Building Arts Centre


Socks and ties are all well and good, but if you’re looking for something a little different to give to someone special this year, then look no further than the Christmas Bizarre Bazaar at the Baggage Building Arts Centre. This unique art and craft fair brings together some of Thunder Bay’s most talented and innovative artists and artisans to sell their fabulous creations, including art, jewelry, ceramics, comics, zines, and more. So ditch the same old boring gifts and pick up something from a local artist—your friends and family will be glad you did. 684-2063


The Bay Street Bastards December 16 The Foundry

What better way to burn off some of that holiday stress than with a night of drinking and dancing to the raucous sounds of one of Thunder Bay’s favourite live bands? The Bay Street Bastards will once again hit the stage at the Foundry this month, this time to celebrate the release of their EP, Small Batch. Described by the band as “great drinking music,” the EP will feature their signature northern Ontario Celtic punk-rock sound, complete with fiddles, bagpipes, banjos, and an accordion—perfect for the music fan in your life. A night of partying and a couple of gifts knocked off your list? Christmas: sorted.


Jingle Bash for ALS December 16 CLE Coliseum

Jingle Bash for ALS is a fun and festive annual fundraising event to support local ALS patients in the region. The event has raised over $20,000 in the past two years and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with music from Private Eyes and IDJ music, lots of dancing, raffles, a penny auction, and more. Bring your friends and enjoy a fun pre-Christmas celebration, all in support of a good cause! Tickets are $10 and available at the Java Hut and Dulux Paints (Color Your World on Memorial Avenue).


The Nutcracker December 16 & 17

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

The Minnesota Ballet returns to Thunder Bay with their production of this iconic Christmas ballet. Whether you are experiencing The Nutcracker for the first time or as part of your family’s holiday tradition, you’ll be sure to love this sparkling production created by Allen Fields and featuring accompaniment by the full Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $29-$49 and available at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium box office. The Walleye




Gift Guide

By Tiffany Jarva, Amy Jones, Adrian Lysenko, Michelle McChristie, Kirsti Salmi, Bonnie Schiedel, and Rebekah Skochinski


t’s December 1st, it’s an ideal world, and you’ve got all your holiday shopping done, right? Yeah, us neither. Lucky for you, we’ve traversed Thunder Bay in search of the best gifts for everyone on your list, naughty or nice. Outside of the obvious benefits of buying in your own backyard (shopping local means a better

quality of life for you and your neighbours!), purchasing gifts from these retailers beats the heck out of playing roulette with online merchants and their sketchy preChristmas postmark promises. Snap ‘em up quick, because everyone in town has got their copy and it’ll be a race to grab these stellar picks. On your mark, get set...

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Gifts $25 and under

Art Gallery Gift Bag

The art of gift giving just got a little bit easier with bold full-colour bags featuring original art from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The gift bags are inspired by the wool, thread, and glass beads in the piece “Beaded Wall Hanging.” Thunder Bay Art Gallery $4.95 ($2.50 with a purchase)

2 Birdfeeder Wreath It’s a wreath… no, it’s a birdfeeder… it’s both! Karen Crewe wires a 12-inch grapevine wreath with fresh greenery like juniper, cedar, red pine, and white pine, tucks wire mesh across the opening, and adds sunflower seeds to create a feeding station for birds that doubles as outdoor décor. Hang it up and enjoy watching boreal birds snack all winter long. Seasons in the Country $25

Picture this: ‘tis the night before Christmas. You’re wearing the reindeer onesie you got last year (thanks Grandma). You get up to grab a latenight glass of eggnog, but you forgot to close the butt flap. Who do you run into but Big Guy himself, making his annual rounds. Bear Bum’s got your butt covered so you don’t make the naughty list, because extra cookies and milk aren’t going to fix that awkwardness. Starting at $18 for women’s; $25 men’s; $10 for kids’

5 Star Wars Cookies These cookies, baked from scratch and using quality ingredients, are perfect for the hungry little Star Wars fan on your Christmas list. Makes a great stocking stuffer—and maybe pick up a couple extra to leave out for Santa, just in case! Buttercup Bake Shop

Hipsters and hops enthusiasts alike know Thunder Bay’s killing it on the craft beer front lately. There’s no better way to say it loud and proud than by raising your pint glass high during an impromptu caroling session at a holiday house party (or at Dawson Trail’s taproom!) Make sure to enjoy responsibly, call Operation Red Nose, and for the love of Rudolph, don’t spill on fellow carolers when you’re trying to conduct “Jingle Bells.”

Victoria's Cupboard

Dawson Trail Brewery


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No hiding: holiday party season is upon us. Awkward office celebrations, bad sweater bashes, last minute gift wrapping sessions. Everybody’s going to need something to wash down copious amounts of Christmas treats. Put down that tired fruitcake, grab some mulling spices, and bring a batch of apple cider. We’ll thank you when we’re cramming Chex mix and shortbread into our faces (and we won’t even tattle if we taste a bit of bourbon in there).



Bear Bum Custom Underwear

$2-$6 per cookie

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7 NOSFA Membership There are times when we all need to get out and experience the beauty of film on the big screen. And when someone with street cred is deciding what those possible films should be, all the better. As one of the longest operating film societies within the “Film Circuit” (a branch of the Toronto Film Festival), the North of Superior Film Association has proven time and time again that they have that street cred.

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8 Beer Jelly Everyone knows that one person who loves beer so much they would spread it on their toast if they could. Well, have we got a perfect gift for them! These popular jellies pair Sleeping Giant Brewing Co beer flavours with things like horseradish, ginger, hot pepper, and coffee. Cheers!


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9 Hominick Wine Goblet It’s easy to imagine wrapping a hand around this whimsical pottery goblet with its tactile willows—a wonderful way to sip wine over the holiday season. Many cheers to its maker: local potter Brad Hominick. Urban Farmchick at Moss Cottage $24

10 Air Plant Jellyfish


These funky little plants are planted in a sea urchin shell and strung with fishing line to look just like jellyfish. Air plants don’t require soil and, more importantly, only require watering once every two weeks—perfect for the wannabe gardener on your list.


Thuja Floral Design $15-$20 each

11 Wooden Bowl Crafted from a single piece of locally sourced maple, this 7.5-inch beautifully turned wooden bowl is the ideal way to serve up candy or nuts, hold keys and coins, or just be enjoyed as a work of functional art. Craftsman Marcel Tardif coats the exterior with tung oil and the interior with food grade beeswax for a smooth durable finish.


12 Eternal Matte Lipstick A great red lip is timeless. Your makeup enthusiast will love this stocking stuffer from Hail Cosmetics, a crueltyfree hand-crafted cosmetics line. An original formulation, this lipstick’s base is 100% natural (plant derived and beeswax). Housed in a sleek black bullet, the non-drying matte finish will provide full coverage and last for hours. The shade Altared, with its warm, deep red colour and blue undertones, is sure to win her heart. Hail Cosmetics $18

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of Chocolates

Who says you never know what you’re going to get with a box of chocolates? Pshaw. Remove the guesswork by customizing a box from Slate River Valley chocolatiers Chocolate Cow. These artisan chocolates are handmade in small batches but are big on taste. Choose from slabs of dark cranberry orange bark, milk maple crisp bark, French cream truffles, and signature chocolate dipped caramels. Sweets to the sweet! Chocolate Cow $13.27

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Eternal Candle

If anyone on your list thinks that decorative candles are “too nice to burn,” then Betty and Norm Eady have the candle for you. Their handcrafted “eternal” candles feature a wax exterior accented with a one-of-a-kind mix of white dolomite stones, cedar and red holly berries, and a hollow interior that holds a tea light or votive candle. Light, enjoy, repeat. Lighten Up Candles $20 and up

15 Buff Original An essential accessory for any outdoor enthusiast, the Buff will keep you warm or cool while protecting you from sun, wind, and even rain. And with more than 12 different ways to wear it, it’s almost like giving your loved one 12 different gifts in one! Gear Up for Outdoors $23.99

Sumac Hill Creations $25


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1 Malabrigo Rasta Yarn Create a cozy scarf or hat for that special someone on your list or give your favourite crafter the ideal yarn for quick knits. Super soft and warm, Malabrigo Rasta is available in rich colours with names like Belgian Chocolate, Ravelry Red, and Teal Feather—a Uruguayan merino perfect for bundling up in on cold winter days. Threads in Time $33.95

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and Pencils

Invite some zen into your loved ones’ life with a colouring book. Proven to reduce stress and encourage relaxation and meditation, colouring books are a great gift for anyone who could use a little downtime—we think this set from Painted Turtle will do the trick. Painted Turtle $49.20

3 Charm Bracelet If you want to get that special someone something with a bit of sparkle and shine, look no further than these custom charm bracelets from Jangle Sisters Jewels. Made with European Murano glass beads, silver, themed charms, beads, and snake chain clasps, you can design your own or choose from ones ready-made. They have the look of luxury but without the staggering price tag, and each one tells a different story. Jangle Sisters Jewels $45

4 Pampering Gift Box Sarah Johnston nestles a selection of handmade soaps, creams, scrubs, and lotions into a holiday tin for a gift that’s a feast for the senses. The indulgent, yummy-scented care products are made with natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, and avocado oil, and feature names like Favourite Flannel, Sugar Shack, and First Frost. The tin’s all wrapped up with tissue and ribbon for an insta-gift. Lovely Body $30-50


5 Stoneware Travel Mug Everybody knows a coffee fiend or tea enthusiast. Keep ‘em caffeinated and warm during these cold winter months with a hand-crafted travel mug featuring distinctly northern birch bark or tree designs. Potter Brenda Delmas intuitively sculpts curves to fit any hand (she can hook you up with mug mittens too!), and a half lid to reduce splashing. This mug has got substance and style; Starbucks definitely can’t compete. Be Natural Pottery $35


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Press Travel Mug

Whether someone is a coffee or tea junkie, the Double Shot French Press travel mug will impress by keeping liquids super hot and super flavourful while on the move. Not only does the double insulated stainless steel mug fit into most automobile drink holders, its steel handle and carabiner-friendly hole mean it’s also easily secured to a bike or backpack. Now that’s a travel mug worthy of any type of commuter.


International House of Tea $39.95

7 Gift Basket


These custom-made baskets feature a mouthwatering selection of Thunder Oak cheese, Chocolate Cow chocolates, and other local products whenever possible—the perfect gift to bring along to a Christmas party. Baskets can be ordered by calling 628-0175.


Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Starting at $40

8 Face and Body Moisturizer


The formula for this moisturizer is full of all naturally occurring vitamins that will give your skin every benefit it could ask for. Plus, it's completely fragrance free and excellent for those with sensitivities, your little ones, those with irritated skin like acne as well as other skin ailments, or maybe for the guys who don't want to smell like roses but need some moisture. Tina Panetta $25-30

9 Snowshoe Season Pass Whether you’re new to the winter sports scene or you are a seasoned pro, snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy our beautiful northern winters. And a gift of this snowshoe season pass at Kamview is a great way to show someone that you care about their health and happiness during those long winter months.


Kamview Nordic Centre $49

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Skin Pocket Knife

We’ve all been there: biting off a t-shirt tag with your teeth, opening a phone bill with a car key, or prying open a paint can with a toonie. Well say goodbye to those days with this pocket knife. The GDC Tech Skin has a completely rubberized handle and is securely kept in place by a lock back, making it compact, grippy, and ready to handle day-to-day tasks. Gear Up For Outdoors $48.99

11 Coffee and Wine Rack When a customer showed the Cliff sisters, Marla Wronowski and Melissa Kardas, a picture of a cheeky coffee mug and wine glass rack, they were inspired to make their own version. Crafted from tongue-and-groove pine boards and painted or stained in a colour of your choosing, the rack is a fun way to mark the day from eyeopener to sundowner. The glassware and mugs are included.

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Creative Cliffs $50 (US)

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15 Blanket Scarf Thank goodness the blanket scarf trend isn’t going anywhere, because a warm and cozy layer is exactly what is needed to face a northern winter. However, as your fashionista will tell you, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style. This elegant plaid print scarf is timeless, versatile, soft as freshly fallen snow, and will go with everything. Blush Boutique $39

16 Local Foods Gift Basket Treat your favourite foodie to a gift basket brimming with delicious TBay products: Brule Creek Farms cookie mix, Chino’s Pasta Sauce in rustic marinara, Chocolate Cow candy cane bark, Bears’ Bees & Honey honey, Rose n Crantz Roasting Company coffee, and Big Lake Pasta noodles. Maybe you’ll be invited over for dinner…

Sleeping Giant Brewery

Vitality Natural Food Market



Vintage Pyrex is very trendy right now, and we think the collector in your life will love the beauty and versatility of this casserole dish from Jewels of Crown. And if you’re lucky, they might just invite you over to help eat whatever they cook in it! Jewels of Crown $30-$50


Mars Clothing

It’s December and as you know by now, northern winters are awfully cold. You also probably know that the best way to combat the cold is to layer up. If by some chance you know somebody who’s missed the memo (perhaps an expat American who managed to flee after the election?), do them a solid and introduce them to sweatshirt season. Never hurts to acquaint them with good Canadian beer, either.

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14 Merino Wool Toque It doesn’t get more Canadian than a toque. We’re stoked about the first original product from Mars, which is a fashion-forward item that doesn’t sacrifice on comfort. Made from Italian merino wool, these guys are uber warm minus the bulk, because who wants hat head at Christmas dinner? And check the sweet Mars label stitched on by Raffaele Tailoring. Loud and proud. Choose from navy, maroon, charcoal, black, or camel.

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Smartphone Finder

Never lose your keys or phone again using the Orbit Key, which attaches to your keychain. It’s simple: download the free app and find your keys with your phone, or find your phone with your keys! The perfect gift for all those busy, and sometimes frazzled, people in your life. Toy Sense $39.99

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Navy V-Neck

A modern, urban spin on the classic tee, this men’s v-neck from Ungalli is made from 50% recycled bottles and 50% recycled cotton, and is ethically produced in North America, making it good for your body and for your soul. Ungalli Clothing Co $43

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1 Himalayan Salt Lamp Stress runs high during the holiday season, and we could all use a little help finding some zen after dealing with Christmas crowds. Himalayan salt lamps are said to enhance meditative experience, reduce fatigue and electromagnetic pollution, and even help alleviate allergy symptoms by ionizing the air around you. If nothing else, it never hurts to have soothing natural light around if your neighbours go all Clark Griswold about decorating their houses. Wojo’s Mojo Price TBD; contact for details

2 Prime Gelato Membership Using locally sourced ingredients like milk from the Slate River Valley, fruits, eggs, and honey supplied by local farmers, the gelato at Prime Gelato is some of the best we’ve tasted this side of Italy. Secure a spot for your resident foodie in the soon-to-be coveted Prime Gelato club. It’s 12 pints for 12 months. The fee includes a cooler bag, exclusive member-only flavours, and a chance to be a part of the taste kitchen.

5 Emile Henry Pizza Stone


There may be no such thing as bad pizza, but we’re sure you’ve got a person on your list who would like to be able to make better pizza. To achieve that noble goal, we suggest the Emile Henry pizza stone, micro-glazed to ensure a crispy well-baked crust, just like a pizza oven. The Finnish Bookstore/Kitchen Nook $60

6 Rapz Trapeze Dress Whether a tropical trip is in the works or your giftee is dreaming of summers out at camp, a made-in-Canada trapeze-style dress from the 2017 Rapz collection is a winner. Available in S, M, L and XL and made from easy-care polyester-spandex, this versatile frock comes in four accent colours and can be dressed up with capris or worn on its own as a beach cover-up.


Sand ‘n Sea $65


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Piedmont Blues 7-Piece Harmonica Set

This harmonica set gives the beginning harmonica player an affordable way to sample playing in seven different keys (G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F). Each harmonica has a matte black finish with gold trim and the set comes in a zippered case.


Music World $54.99

Prime Gelato $99

3 Taika Mug Set Fusing art with function, this set of mugs from Finnish design brand Iittala make a thoughtful gift for the person with discriminating taste. A vibrant design by Klaus Haapaniemi (taika means “magic” in Finnish) of an enchanted forest theme that includes a fanciful owl will provide inspiration each time they are used. Made of porcelain, they are dishwasher safe and come in a matching decorative tin box.





4 Jolie Slipper These Emu Australia premium natural suede slippers make a great gift option that will keep on giving year round. Lined with Australian sheepskin, they’ll be breathable and toasty in the winter and cool come summer (only six more months!). They have a water-resistant durable rubber outsole, a moulded EVA layer and soft foam insert for comfort and support, and an easy-on, easy-off fit. Practical and plush. Perfect Fit Lingerie $79


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8 Knit Tie and Silk

Pocket Square

Let that special someone be the talk of the Christmas party with this dapper knit tie by Horst, featuring a colour block stripe pattern. Pair together with this stylish silk pocket square with mini dot pattern woven throughout and they’ll get that holiday bonus for sure… or at least some style points.

Forget what you’ve seen in Altered States or Stranger Things—floatation therapy is one of the most effective means of stress relief and relaxation. It’s also used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions. The density of the salt solution allows anyone to float on the surface, virtually free of gravity, making it a perfect way to destress after the holidays.

J.B. Evans Fashions & Footwear

Afloat Floatation Therapy Centre


Two floats for $90

9 Chemex Coffeemaker

Classic 6-Cup

$59 - $65

10 North Face Wise Guy


St. Paul Roastery


Need to buy for an outdoors nut? Psst: here’s a backpack with enough storage to make even Santa ditch that sad, old sack. Durable and lightweight, this bag holds 27 litres of gear, and features an internal sleeve and organizational panel for smaller items. (No more losing ear buds or tent pegs at the bottom of the bag!) If only we could get North Face to acknowledge proper Thunder Bay parlance: it’s a packsack, jeez. Gear Up for Outdoors



12 P.J. Salvage PJs Treat your favourite style-obsessed friend or family member like a star with luxurious novelty P.J. Salvage sleepwear. Popular with the Hollywood crowd (and Kim Kardashian) these superior quality 100% cotton flannel sets feature a drawstring pant, a button-front top, and plenty of playful patterns to choose from. Don’t say we didn’t warn you: they’ll be snapping selfies first thing Christmas morning. #iwokeuplikethis

For the coffee lover in your life, this Chemex pour-over coffeemaker, made of non-porous Borosilicate glass, is the perfect gift to show that you take their passion seriously. Simple and easy to use with timeless, elegant design, it will make a beautiful addition to any morning routine.


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13 Retro Picnic Cooler Whether it’s late night ice fishing or midnight portaging, this reflective cooler is ideal for transporting your precious cargo in the dark. Originally designed in the 1940s, it’s sized for a single six-pack but is capable of handling more (maybe even a pickerel), and with a snap tight lid, you’re ensured secure travel with no accidental spills along the way. Lake of the Woods Brewing Co. $99

14 Manduka Yoga Mat Anyone that does yoga knows that the mat is essential to the best practices. Manduka mats are not only cushiony with great grip but they are also ecofriendly, made with an emissions-free process, and guaranteed to last a lifetime. Now that’s worth a sun salutation or two. Namaste. Kula Yoga $60 and up

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Gifts $100 and over

1 Fitness Centre

5 Bose QC35 Wireless Headphones There is nothing quite like getting lost in your music. And it’s all the better when you can totally cancel out extraneous noise so that quiet can sound, well, more quiet, and music can sound simply awesome. This is elite headphone listening at its best: lightweight and super comfy with up to 20 wireless hours per charge. Sit back, relax, and listen. The Power Centre $449


How do you wrap up two pools, a waterslide, a hefty variety of weight and fitness equipment, an indoor track, and four squash courts? Just give a membership to the Canada Games Complex. A full-year general membership also includes use of the sauna and whirlpool, use of a day locker, a 30-minute orientation tour, access to free drop-in programs such as yoga, Zumba, and bootcamps, as well as 10% off other programming. Canada Games Complex $621.50

2 The Lib Tech Travis

Rice Pro C2 Snowboard

Developed by professional snowboarder Travis Rice, this board is one of the most versatile on the market. The “Pointy” is specifically made for powder with sharp tips that punch through snow to keep your tail down and nose up but still allowing you to get some serious air off kickers. Ski and Board Exchange $679

3 Twilight Dress Sequins or velvet? Black, or a pop of colour? Take the worry out of what she’ll wear to this year’s holiday festivities with this stylish number from Gentle Fawn. A classic cut in bright Holly red, it has a flattering v-neck, cap sleeve and exquisite eyelash detail lace on the hem. Plus it’s made from 88% nylon and 12% stretched lace, which means she’s free to dance the night away if she wants to. The Loop $115

4 Olympus TOUGH

TG4 camera

This rough-and-ready camera takes a beating and high quality photos, so it’s perfect for the adventurer (or klutz!). Features include a built-in GPS, limited manual controls, and the ability to attach fisheye and telephoto conversion lenses—both of which are waterproof, and an underwater housing is also available. Image Tech $499.99


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6 Blue Topaz and

Diamond Earrings

Did you know that the topaz is December’s birthstone? Accented with diamonds and set in 10K white gold, these delicate earrings are sure to wow year-round. Topaz is also known as the “writer’s stone,” historically believed to improve writing ability, enhance clarity during public speaking, promote concentration, and inspire creativity. Plus, you know, there’s all that blue sparkliness.



Exquisite Gold & Gems $199


7 Keb Trousers Behold the Holy Grail of outdoor garb: Keb Trousers. Made of tough, abrasionresistant G1000 fabric, UV protected, breathable, quick drying, and waterproof with a Greenland Wax treatment, these babies will comfortably carry you through just about every rugged environment imaginable. Whether you’re shopping for an outdoors fanatic or James Bond on an alpine mission (shh, we won’t tell), Keb’s got you covered. (Bonus points for northern adventurers: they’re mosquito proof!)


Fresh Air $225

8 TBSO Select Six Listen up: there’s no greater gift to the audiophile in your life than the chance to soak up the sounds of live music. Give music fans of all tastes a chance to celebrate conductor Arthur Post’s final season with the TBSO. The Select Six ticket package mix allows the bearer to mix and match concerts from any TBSO series (except specials) at 15% off the single ticket prices.


Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra $238


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Bound Wrap

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am not a fan of turkey. At all. Not even a little bit. There, I said it out loud.

Let me preface: at a previous job I had in an old folks’ home, each week or two, I’d have to pull apart six 35-pound cooked turkeys. So, when thinking back to the many, many, half-hour sessions of breathing in 200+ lbs worth of turkey steam, with my doublegloved hands scalding from the heat, having to wear a plastic apron as I wrestled the giant, greasy birds, it’s reasonable that I turn my nose up at turkey dinners. Typically, holiday dinners in North America have been centred

on roasted poultry, which is fine and traditional and nostalgic, but a little ho-hum; I’m always looking to switch things up a bit. (Although, if you want to cook a fantastic turkey, with juicy meat literally falling off the bone, and skin so crispy, it’ll make you cry, send me a message, and I’ll let you in on some secrets.) What I do love for holiday dinners is anything else. So, if you want to step outside the turkey gift-box this holiday season, why not consider a ham, or some lamb, or some fish in a dish? Or, all Seuss-ing aside, the king of celebratory meals: a good steak.

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Which cut should you steak home with you? Depends what you’re in the mood for:



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While your creamy potatoes au gratin are finishing up under the broiler, your garlic-lemon broccoflower is sizzling away in the roasting pan, and your guests are enjoying some of your craft brew, suolakala (Finnish salt fish) and almond-stuffed-bacon-wrapped dates as appetizers, you can fire up the grill for the main event. Serve your steak cooked anywhere from blue rare (still mooing), rare, to medium rare; if your guests ask for anything more than medium, kindly show them the door.

Whatever cut you choose to ‘cue, take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to cooking it, and season the meat with garlic salt and black pepper. Tie a bundle of woody herbs, like rosemary, sage, or thyme, together with butcher’s string around the handle of a wooden spoon—it’ll look like a birch sauna vihta. Have some melted butter on

hand beside you, and while grilling, baste the steak frequently with your herby paintbrush. Once the outside of the steak is seared, flip it often—this’ll ensure even cooking (to heck with perfect grill marks, just try it). Once the meat is grilled, let it rest at least five minutes before serving, and save any juices that seep out. To add one final layer of flavour, make a

dressing with minced herbs from your basting brush, lemon zest, olive oil, and any collected meat drippings. Plate your steaks and drizzle each with some of the dressing. Enjoy the scrumptious non-bird meal you’ve made, and rest up for a hilarious post-dinner game of Balderdash! Hyvää joulua!



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long time ago (a couple millennia, give or take) in a place far, far away, there was an epic party that took place in a sparse and humble barn on the outskirts of a modest little town. Pre-dating anything approaching social media or email invites, telephone calls, or even telegraphs, the festivities were attended by a rather motley crew of local

employees and their attendant animals, a few academic types (three to be exact) who were travelling from abroad, and a host of spiritual beings that brought the music for the fete. And the whole shindig was orchestrated by a really extravagant star that was broadcasting the location of a birthday that would resound through the centuries, and that we continue to celebrate to this

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day as Christmas. As you can see, setting up my Nativity scene at home began a lengthy, tongue-in-cheek internal monologue about who would bring what bottles to said celebration (all roads lead to wine with a sommelier). Hence, this Christmas, I invite you to enjoy some crèche crew recommendations.Try:

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Farmhouse Fudge Something for Every Sweet Tooth Story by Andrea Stach, Photos by Adrian Lysenko


ith the season of true indulgence upon us, there has never been a better time to visit Farmhouse Fudge. The delicious brainchild of local entrepreneur Rose Plavin, the shop, located in the heart of the city’s southside business district, is arguably the sweetest fudge and chocolate shop in the city. Plavin has been perfecting her fudge recipe for more than 20 years and opened Farmhouse Fudge in February of this year. After participating in many local

markets and running a very successful pop-up store for the holidays last year, she decided to set up shop permanently in the south core because she sees how the area is changing and attracting a number of unique businesses, many of them run by women. Feeling that “May Street is the new Bay Street,” Plavin is excited about the energy and interest that the new storefronts are creating in the area. With 36 flavours of fudge to choose from, such as peanut butter cup, Guinness salted caramel,

and pistachio pecan, you might want to make sure you have time to linger and ponder your choice because it’s going to be a tough one. Everything is made fresh in store from quality ingredients, including chocolate brought in from Montreal. Each portion is ready to take home in stay-fresh packaging.

spud bark (chocolate with salty pieces of real bacon and crunchy potato chips) or cowboy nuggets (milk chocolate laced with sponge toffee, English toffee, graham pieces, and peanuts)? With at least 60 different delicacies to choose from, there is most certainly something for every sweet tooth.

As you walk into the beautiful, rustic space, you are also drawn to the amazing display of hand-crafted chocolates, each one more delectable than the next. Should you try pig and

Plavin says she loves coming up with new, tasty creations and is also enjoying forming partnerships with other local business in the process. These include Buttercup Bake Shop, which

provides the store with amazingly beautiful hand-painted vanilla bean sugar cookies and Sleeping Giant Brewery, whose Skull Rock Stout is a fan favourite fudge flavour. So whether you have a chocolate lover on your gift list, or just need a little sweet treat for yourself, Farmhouse Fudge is this city’s sweetest destination this season. Farmhouse Fudge is located at 113 South May Street and you can find them on Facebook.

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Good Mood Foods

Food for the Body, Mind, and Soul By Krista Power


e have all heard the old adage “You are what you eat.” Amy Ritchie, a clinical and holistic nutritionist, would echo that refrain. Ritchie started Good Mood Foods just two months ago and she is already encouraged by and appreciative of how she has been received by residents in Thunder Bay. The concept of Good Mood Foods involves using food to support brain function and overall health and wellbeing, ranging from those impacted by medical conditions to those simply looking to improve their diet, energy, and vitality. The link between food and the manufacturing of hormones and neurotransmitters in our brains and bodies is important but often goes unrecognized. Ritchie, working with clients one on one as a nutritionist at Janzen’s Pharmacy, began to see a trend, noticeably in women struggling with a lack of energy, trouble sleeping, changes in mood, and digestive issues. She saw nutrition as the key to naturally helping the brain and the body combat various physical ailments and complaints. Ritchie says that this is often missed and that “the connection with food helping to support brain function is a powerful one.” Ritchie has always enjoyed cooking, so she began experimenting with different nutrient-dense foods and created a list of products that are gluten and dairy-free, and are also super delicious. She noted that a lack of time and disinterest in cooking were hindrances towards her clients getting

the nutrition and important ingredients they needed. This prompted her to create Good Mood Foods. She is working on providing seasonal menus that include local products wherever possible and feature ingredients like lentils, cashews, sunflower seeds, and a great variety of fruits and veggies while focusing on dips, breads, and other items that can pack a lot of nutrients and flavour into meals and snacks. Good Mood Foods also complements their tantalizing menu offerings with one-on-one consultations for clients and workshops on the balance between food/ body/brain. Ritchie is committed to helping those she works with feel the best that they can. “Being holistic means supporting the whole person, and Good Mood Foods does just that,” she says. With a focus on increasing good quality proteins and fats while omitting refined ingredients and sugars, her products are not limited to mental health. They also support athletes, growing bodies, aging bodies, various health concerns, and overall wellbeing. She is passionate about her work and says that “eating well should be an enjoyable experience that doesn’t involve deprivation of flavour or constant hunger.” Ritchie would love to help others “move away from thinking about calories and move towards thinking about nourishment.”

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Food Fish and seafood include milkfish, moonfish, catfish, tiny prawns, as well as round goby eel. Meats include native (free range) chicken, pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, pork and beef blood curd, and even frog. And of course there are curry pastes, easy-to-use packages, sauces, egg roll wraps, and traditional sweet bamboo sticky rice. You can also purchase a coconut grater, kimchi pounder, or a Thai-style steam bath kit

to help detoxify and relax. Paw Nay Htoo (her name actually translates to “flower of gold,” so the store is essentially her namesake) has a warm willingness to share her knowledge and culture with the community should you have any questions. Golden Flower is located at 65 Court Street across from Lot 66. Drop by the store, call 3441182, or check out Facebook for more info.

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aw Nay Htoo answers a customer’s questions in friendly Thai. A young family wanders around the specialty grocer, adding items to a basket from the variety of shelves, refrigerators, and freezers housing hard-to-find food items like fresh Thai vegetables, Filipino coconut buns, and Korean kimchi.

“I wanted to open a place so we didn’t have to drive to Winnipeg or go to Toronto to get things we couldn’t find here,” explains Htoo, owner of Golden Flower. Htoo, who was born in Burma and grew up in Thailand, moved to Thunder Bay in 2004. “Personally, favourite things that I carry are the fresh vegetables

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We Are Family Putting Thunder Bay on the Culinary Map

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t’s a crisp and golden afternoon in mid-November. Just steps from Bight Restaurant, people stroll along the boulevard, and Lake Superior shines like a mirror. Katrina Oostveen arrives at the restaurant first, flashing a warm smile, before disappearing quickly to the back to catch up on a few things. Bianca Garofalo arrives moments later, looking as vibrant as ever. Neither seems harried, which is remarkable considering they are in the midst of opening a third restaurant, El Tres, which will serve Mexican cuisine. Maybe it’s because they have done this before, maybe it’s because there is a strong team supporting them, maybe it’s because they are riding the wave of excitement of a new award for one of their restaurants— or maybe it’s all of these things.

(L-R) Bianca Garofalo and Katrina Oostveen at Giorg Cucina é Barra

It’s been two years since the duo reinvigorated Giorg Cucina é Barra, the cozy yet chic Italian eatery located on the city’s south side in downtown Fort William. The changes they made to the décor and to the menu has kept regulars returning, as well as attracted new clientele and, most recently, some attention from outside the city. In a week from now they will fly to Toronto with executive chef Neil Puzzella to accept the Marchio Ospitalità Italiana award, which is a certification in conjunction with the Italian government that recognizes restaurants for their dedication to Italian authenticity that meet the highest standards in the industry.

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“It’s exciting that it puts Thunder Bay on the map, because now we’re going to a beautiful gala with some of the most prominent people in the industry and for the first time they’re giving an award to a restaurant in Thunder Bay,” says Garofalo. “As the only restaurant outside of Toronto to receive the award, we’re humbled and honoured.” “It reaffirms what we’re doing,” Oostveen adds. “That we’re on a good path with what we’re doing.” They make sure to point out that this good path doesn’t include just the two of them. “You have to know when people are making you a better business person and try to foster that relationship,” says Garofalo. “I have become a better person by having partners that support me. And then it snowballs into us having bigger dreams. Now there are more of us to work on projects and spread out and do other things.” The secret to their success isn’t such a secret: it’s teamwork, and hard work but there’s also something that happens when you’ve spent nearly ten years working together. “You start to become a family. You like to eat and drink together and talk to one another outside of work,” says Garofalo. This feeling of comfort is evident when you visit one of their restaurants. You feel like you’re part of their family too.

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Break a Leg

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“Break a Leg is about a theatre company that is putting on its own play, and how they run into several different issues,” says director Julie MacCoy. One issue is what MacCoy refers to as an “unruly stage manager” who doesn’t quite understand theatre superstitions, such as no whistling in the theatre or not having real money and real jewelry (even peacock feathers) on stage. Not heeding the superstitions is cause for bad luck, which is what the ensemble in Break a Leg experiences under stage manager Trudy’s watch. “There are lots of different kinds of superstitions that actors, producers, anyone in theater generally believe in, and she [Trudy] is breaking all of the rules,” MacCoy says. “She’s causing this theatre company, and this cast of actors, and the director, who are all trying to put on a show, all these different headaches.”


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The Jungle Book Circus-Style Thrills Abound in Magnus’ Staging of Rudyard Kipling’s Classic Tale

Story by Tonya Muchano, Photo by Scott Hobbs


rom the moment artistic director Thom Currie starts speaking, it’s clear he knows his way around children’s theatre. Having spent his early years touring, directing, and performing theatre for young people all around the globe, it seems fitting that his tenure at Magnus Theatre begins with a classic coming-of-age tale like The Jungle Book. But this unique adaptation, written by Greg Banks, is no ordinary piece of children’s theatre, and under Currie’s direction it is further transformed into a thrilling, circus-like visual spectacle. “As soon as I read [the script] I thought, let’s push this into the circus

realm,” says Currie. “Let’s find people who can do Cirque du Soleil-style performance. The actors are all tumblers, all storytellers.” For example, Kaa, the sibilant, hypnotic snake, is performed by an aerial artist who slithers up and down silks, but never once touches the ground. Joseph Pagnan’s set reinforces the circuslike feel, with an open concept design that has actors climbing through treetops and coming out above and into the audience. The production team has been tapping into the local circus scene as well— they are consulting with Thunder Bay aerial artists to ensure the performers are working safely. (L-R) Thom Currie, Annie Tuma, Jonathan Gysbers, Gillian Jones, Michael Man, Georgia Lee Schultz, and Brady VanVaerenbergh.

The most remarkable aspect of this particular adaptation is that the entire cast of characters are played by just five actors, with all but the main character—the “man-cub” Mowgli—playing multiple roles and rapidly changing from one to another. This is achieved with simple costuming that relies on key pieces to indicate character. “It’s a piece of physical theatre, a real storytelling play,” explains Currie, and a real challenge for the cast. “The actors must physicalize these animals, while also performing feats of derring-do all over the theatre. It’s going to be something to see.”

The Jungle Book is a whole-family experience appropriate for most ages, although very young children may find it frightening at times. Currie notes that they will be screening the play simultaneously on a monitor in the lobby in case anyone needs to leave the theatre. They will also be holding talk back sessions at the end of every performance, giving audiences the opportunity to meet their favourite characters face to face. The Jungle Book runs from December 5-17. Tickets are available at the Magnus Theatre box office or online at

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The Second Most Pleasurable Thing We Do In The Dark: A Column About Movies

Gift-Giving in Movies By Michael Sobota

No! No bloody holly! Harry (Alan Rickman) to Rufus (Rowan Atkinson) who is wrapping an expensive gift for Harry in a jewelry store in Love Actually


ift giving is a perilous art. It can be fraught with indecision about price, style, colour, size, age-appropriateness, even the intended receiver. Fortunately, in the movies, all those challenges are solved by one person: the screenwriter. And sometimes the movie is the gift itself. Here are ten more of my favourite movie gifts.


Jesus of Montreal

(1988) Director Richard Donner adapts Dicken’s classic tale, setting it in a modern television studio. Bill Murray plays the Scrooge character, here cynical television executive Frank Cross, who must learn the lessons from three ghosts that will transform him just in time for the big day. Enroute, the screenplay lets him gift bath towels and a VCR as holiday gifts.

(1989) In a career spanning three decades of directing and writing films, I consider this director Denys Arcand’s best. Daniel (Lothaire Bluteau) is approached by an aging Roman Catholic priest to “refresh” the thirty-year-old passion play, staged annually on Mount Royal in Montreal. While the movie is not set at Christmas time, Arcand takes the original story of Christ and retells it through the discovery of modern research and documents. It becomes a riveting, beautiful modern parable about contemporary society and how we live our lives. The gifts come when Daniel, hanging crucified on a cross, is accidently knocked down and dies from his wounds. From the hospital, his heart, eyes and other organs are rushed into the bodies of others around the world. What greater gift could you give than, literally, yourself?

Home Alone 2 – Lost In New York (1992) Director Chris Columbus, working with John Hughes’ original characters, expands this unique Christmas franchise in clever ways. Once again Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself accidentally abandoned over the holiday period, but this time in New York City. And once again he gets to torment the wet bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) with all manner of physical slapstick. The gift to watch for here are real turtle doves.

Love Actually (2003) I have to admit that when I first saw Love Actually I was split between loathing the treacle (there is a lot of it) and its creative fun (there is a lot of it). For the purposes of this review I am siding with the creative fun and energy of the film’s writer/director, Richard Curtis. He weaves together the stories of eight different couples—from a father and son, to an author and his housekeeper, to an aging rock star and his agent, to a Prime Minister and his secretary—all set during the Christmas holiday period. Suspend your disbelief that most of these characters are cartoon-deep and you just might cry with Emma Thompson’s character when she is gifted with a Joni Mitchell CD by Alan Rickman, instead of that expensive gold necklace she knows he purchased. Curtis keeps the pace rolling and the one-liners zinging. There is an especially lovely race through a busy airport to “catch the girl before she boards that plane!”

And here are six more movies worth re-watching over your holiday break. Some of these are not traditional holiday stories but each of them has a terrific gift or three: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (the original, 1971), Say Anything (1989), Aladdin (1992), Kill Bill Vol. I (2003), Old School (2003), and Toy Story 3 (2010).


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ith signed headshots hanging from the walls, low ceilings, and the familiar brick backsplash behind the microphone stand, Crickets Comedy Club is an intimate installment of Thunder Bay’s push towards legitimacy as northern Ontario’s artistic hub. Crickets is the brainchild of local stand-up comic and art director Chris Mulawyshyn in the attempt to provide Thunder Bay with the same quality of comedy club that could be found in Los Angeles or New York. “I don’t just want local talent,” Mulawyshyn says. “If you are funny, you should be funny everywhere.”

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Mulawyshyn explains that he expects the best from the talent headlining at Crickets Comedy Club, and although he is committed to bringing in local talent, don’t expect to receive leniency because you are from the Bay area. “Funny is funny. Anyone can tell a joke. We want artists who are committed to the craft,” he says. Although he will not book local talent for the sake of local talent, he does believe that there are some great performers amongst us here in Thunder Bay. Mulawyshyn has been hosting open mic shows at the Dragon’s Den Sports Bar with comic Matt Watson, who recently moved here from Ottawa. The

pair hoped to find an act that displayed enough stage presence and confidence that could transfer into hosting or opening act gigs at Crickets. Crickets has acts planned for shows at 7 pm and 10 pm every Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are on sale for $10—which is quite reasonable given the level of talent that has been lined up to grace the stage. There are several upcoming feature acts including host Watson, Daryl Makk, who is on tour from Calgary, and notable Canadian actor/ comedian Mike MacDonald. Other acts that are lined up include performers who have participated in the world-renowned Just For Laughs comedy festival as well as Last Comic Standing. Crickets Comedy Club is, as Mulawyshyn puts it, “about the funny, not the money.” And this is not just lip service: 40% of the live gates collected at the shows are donated directly to the Thunder Bay Arthritis Society. Come support the comedic arts at Crickets Comedy Club, officially located at 248-B Bay Street. For booking/contact info, find Cricket Comedy club on Facebook or contact Mulawyshyn at 707-0854.

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Thunderstryker Films Local Filmmaker Takes Interest in the Macabre By Adrian Lysenko


ight years ago Dee McCullay came to a crossroads in his life: become a funeral director or a film director. He decided to pursue the latter, but with most of his subject matter dealing with horror and the paranormal, you can argue that he’s not far from the former. “My interest in film began at a young age, during grade school, with writing ghost and zombie stories and creating movie props from popular horror movies,” says McCullay. “So having such a long history in loving the '80s horror genre seemed to be a huge factor and naturally pushed me towards what I do today.” McCullay attended the Bay Street Film Festival in 2009 and was impressed by the films, specifically El Hilo De Oro (The Golden Thread) by Spanish director Diego Sanchidrián. “I met the director and queried him on all the aspects of his film, as it was the outstanding film of the entire weekend. Upon leaving the Hoito Finlandia Club where the film fest is held yearly, my choice was made to pursue the film industry,” says McCullay. “I then selftaught psychology of the shot and learned editing techniques and how they affect the viewer and completely bypassed college and got to where I am today by sheer determination.”


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The filmmaker produced Thunder Bay Paranormal Society for Shaw TV and then created his own show called Dark History, examining paranormal locations with morbid and tragic histories. Having completed his short film Fallacious, McCullay has now shifted his focus from documenting paranormal activity to the horror genre and film production. “[It was] my first scripted endeavor and fully producing it out of my own pocket from concept to final promotion and has been well-received by horror fans.” The filmmaker is currently working on the sequel to Fallacious, as well as Border Patrol, a short film about two characters stationed at remote outpost where they defend "The Wall" from “invasive species.” McCullay states the film community in Northwestern Ontario is slowly beginning to take off but believes it still has far to go to be considered an industry. “Thunder Bay has seen some quality work come out in the past decade. As we up the ante in production and skill, we need to work together as a community, resilient, in one accord, to present Thunder Bay as the place to be for arts and culture” he says. “That being said, quality will bring exposure, and exposure will bring in the heavy hitters.”

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My Tree of Life Quilt, Judith Roderick

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My Corner of the World Art Quilts at the Thunder Bay Museum By Emma Christensen


he first thing that strikes you walking into My Corner of the World is its vibrancy and variety. Representations of natural landscapes share space with urban streetscapes. Quilts created out of hand-dyed fabric join those embellished with sequins and beads. Stepping closer, you might notice the details that give the art quilts their impression of complexity—intricate stitching, pictures, and even words. My Corner of the World was created when members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) were asked to represent what was important in their lives. SAQA members, who contributed art from around the world, weren’t restricted to interpretations of physical space. Rather, they were encouraged to explore their personal sense of


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culture, history and imagination. This common thread unfolds as you travel through My Corner of the World. Each piece tells a story unique to its creator, giving the observer the impression of being privy to something deeply personal. Some pieces, such as Kate Madeloso’s A Vanishing Culture, evoke poignant childhood recollections. Others radiate a sense of reverence for everyday details, such as Kathleen Kastles’ Texting at the Food Court. For Margaret Hartviksen, Thunder Bay Museum’s exhibition designer, the chance to host this exhibit presented a unique opportunity. Hartviksen first heard about My Corner of the World from the Stratford Perth Museum, which collaborated with SAQA to offer a

40-piece Canadian exhibition and its 41-piece international counterpart. “They were kind of shocked when I said, ‘I’ll take it all,’” she recalls.

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Hartviksen was tasked with displaying the 81 quilts in a logical order, a job that required patience, creativity, and flexibility. “You match up colours together, shapes, content. There’s a lot of content,” she says. As a result, the exhibition stands alone on the second floor gallery, unaccompanied by pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Each quilt needs space to tell its story. My Corner of the World is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Museum until January 29 2017. More information can be found online at Root Glacier, Maria Shell


Beckstar’s Art

Making Something Broken Beautiful By Tara George


ebecca Eras’creative side was sparked from broken glass. The Beckstar’s Art artist had put her precious glass collectables up high, away from little hands, but accidents happen, and alas one day she found herself sweeping up the fragmented pieces. Swept into a pile, Eras looked differently at the glass and saw the beauty in its broken state. It was a moment that spoke to her as an avid glass collector—there is no shortage of chipped or broken glass that she can transform. “Every glass offers a different challenge,” explains Eras, who says that she creates a piece

almost every day, feeding her desire to make something broken beautiful. As of late, she has been experimenting with the glass in her rock tumbler to soften the sharp shards into rounded glass that she uses to create images and assemble into inukshuks. Eras shares that often the glass pieces will just come together and she goes with the image that emerges. Only a few months into her craft, she has developed a growing list of customers who are eager to collect certain images that speak to them in different ways. Housed in shadow boxes to create a 3D effect, each piece is custom made in a variety of sizes that range

from 5”x5” to 16”x20”. The affordability of her art—ranging from $35 - $125—means that the wares of her creative process are available to many. Eras has some interesting ideas moving forward into the future. She talks of potentially opening a shop to sell her art and where people can come in and break the glass for her. An empty building and the opportunity to smash some glass seems like a good way to release some day-to-day frustrations. For more information on Eras’ art, check out her website at or on facebook at Beckstar’s Art.

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Elizabeth Buset to Unveil New Work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery By Jacob Wilson-Hajdu

a dozen pigs being processed from start to finish. “I watched the whole slaughter and what that was all about and just really wanted to be informed,” says Buset. “I then purchased the pig heads from the abattoir and took them home where I had already collected all these dollar store items. There I started to play dress up with the pig heads, which is a really weird experience,” The artist then hired a professional photographer to take pictures of the pig heads in their new get-ups. This would act as reference material throughout the long process of actually painting. Buset states that although all her work carries some political reference, the creating of SWINE has been particularly different technically, since this is her first time painting the same object multiple times.

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o be completely honest, I was just really attracted to the image of the pig heads. I was attracted to this social metaphor, ‘greedy as a pig,’” says Elizabeth Buset, a local artist who will be unveiling her new body of work called SWINE, at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on December 2. SWINE, which was funded

through a grant from the Ontario Art Council, will consist of five large-scale paintings of pig heads that carry a sociopolitical message of overconsumption within the food and factory farming industry. Buset says that her body of work is influenced from the time she spent in Helsinki, Finland, where she was completing her Masters. After returning from Finland,

Buset says she found the influence of media and our overconsumption here in the Western world to be overwhelming. “I basically spent 90% of my time at the studio or at school and kind of made this bubble where there was no advertising or media. Then all of a sudden I moved home and I hadn’t seen things like T.V. in eight

months,” says Buset. “You come back and you watch these stupid Burger King commercials and it’s a burger wrapped in bacon and it’s like ‘oh my, how much meat are we consuming?’” Overall, Buset’s paintings took her three years to complete. While creating her work, she visited a meat processing plant in Murillo, where she saw about

“They usually each take about 500-700 hours. It is just painstaking detail work really and sometimes a section that isn’t more than three by three inches could take more than a week,” she says. “It can kind of be discouraging at the beginning because it doesn’t take form for a really long time. Then all of a sudden it reaches this point one day and the light switch is on and everything works.” The opening reception for SWINE will be on December 2 at 7:30 pm. The exhibit runs until March 5. For more information visit or

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aging by contributing to a community art piece on the pier at Prince Arthur’s Landing. Artists from Willow Springs Creative Centre and Thunder Bay Art Gallery led the creation of “Old School” using keys salvaged from the recently closed Grandview Lodge and Dawson Court Homes for the Aged.

“Old School” celebrates longevity, our caring community, lifelong learning, our place in the world, and the power of using our hands: all “key” old school qualities. The sturgeon connects us to our distant past and beautiful Lake Superior. The view from Dawson Court's recreation room, where seniors would gather to make art with Willow Springs artists for many years, looked out over this vast body of water.

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Northern Jewels, Biljana Baker

The Winter Gallery Annual Sale Draws Nation-wide and International Crowd By Bonnie Schiedel






ocal art is a passion for us,” says Biljana Baker, president of Lakehead Visual Arts. It’s a passion that many TBayers share. For more than 60 years, the LVA has been encouraging local artists and local interest in visual arts. It’s the oldest art association in Thunder Bay and has 35 members, including Lynne Lindsey, Pat Iszak, William Currie, and Sirpa Bishop, to name just a few. After a long tradition of hosting a Summer Gallery in what’s now the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing, the event went on hiatus for six years while the group searched for a new venue (members also have work on display in the city’s north end at Gallery 33). Last year, they started a Winter Gallery at Arthur Street Marketplace, the plaza on West Arthur Street. “We needed to get out there again,” says Baker. “We are still going strong.” Initially concerned the location might be too quiet, the LVA was pleasantly surprised. “It was so well received,” says Baker. “People found us, and they came back again.” The Winter Gallery, staffed by the artists themselves, returns to the plaza

this November and December for six weeks. The artwork for sale is entirely original (no prints) and includes a variety of mediums, from oils and watercolours to acrylics and alcohol inks. Most of the artists—and, indeed, the buyers too—are inspired by the natural beauty of the northwest. The prices range from approximately $25 for a mini-painting to $2,500 for large works, and some of the artists allow payment by installments. There is also a selection of $3 cards. Not sure if the art will work in your home? Some artists permit a 24-hour trial period to see how it looks. Commissions are also an option, depending on the artist. While many customers are from Thunder Bay, treating themselves to an original work or purchasing one as a holiday gift, Baker says she was impressed by the number of buyers from the United States, eastern Canada and former residents who want a reminder of the region’s stunning landscapes in their homes. The Winter Gallery runs November 16 to December 30, Tuesday-Friday from noon to 8 pm, and weekends noon to 6 pm. Visit for more information.

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CityScene every effort is made in their designs and implementation to limit the environmental footprint of their work. That begins with discussions with the client and ends with just how much debris ends up going to local landfill at a project’s conclusion. “The construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to landfill,” Puiatti remarks. When asked why the firm wants to remain and grow with Thunder Bay, Stechyshyn says that being born and raised in the city he feels a natural connection with the environment around him. “That type of connection inspires the work we do,” he says. “One unique quality of practicing in a smaller city is the exposure to a variety of building types. You don’t ‘specialize’ in any one building type (schools, hospitals, museums) because a new one of those may only be built every 10 to 25 years. This variety in building types challenges us and requires us to have a broader range of knowledge.”

(L-R) Andi Puiatti and Cory Stechyshyn

i4 Architecture

Meaningful Spaces, Thoughtful Places By Michael Sobota


t. Paul Street is a one-way street on the north side of Thunder Bay. And given the nature of its business occupants, that direction can only be up. One of the newest tenants, at 12 St. Paul Street, is i4 Architecture. But they are not merely tenants: Cory Stechyshyn has purchased the building. He had been looking “for a vibrant downtown location off a busy street” (that would be Red River Road) with “potential for natural light with enough space for our office on one level, integrated and open.” If you visit i4 Architecture, you will see one of Thunder Bay’s historic sites. The building was the original location for The Evening Chronicle, Port Arthur’s first newspaper. Inside the building, the firm proudly displays photographs of the original building and the deed,


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dating from when it was built near the turn of the last century. Outside, the firm is currently renovating the exterior to its original state, including the restoration of a long bank of windows on the Cooke Street side. The interior of 12 St. Paul Street has been transformed into modern, open offices with a glass-walled board room and lots of natural daylight spilling into all of its “meaningful space.” The firm currently employs seven staff and is growing, with multiple projects on the go. Stechyshyn and his associate, Andi Puiatti, explained what i4 stands for— four words beginning with the letter “I”: imaginative, innovative, inspiring, and insightful. Combined and in collaboration they create “an eye for architecture.” I4 Architecture employs “sustainable green principles”—that is,

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Choose Holiday Experiences, Not Transactions By Charla Robinson, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce


ver the past four months we’ve been exploring the invisible economic kickbacks attached to money spent in Thunder Bay. We’ve talked about the jobs that exist because of local businesses, the taxes they pay to support the quality of life we enjoy here, and the way they support local charities and organizations. We’ve talked a lot about the importance of local business to the economy of Thunder Bay and its value to our wallets. But the holidays are a great time to leave economics aside and talk about feelings instead. How will you spend the month of December? At a time of year when we yearn for sharing, giving, and spending time with loved ones, will you make your transactions with your mouse and keyboard in the cold blue glow of your screen? Because your money isn’t the most valuable thing you have to spend this month—the time you spend shopping and selecting gifts can be as fun and joyful for you as the giving.

Part of the TBay shopping experience is still about economics, because we tend to spend less when we shop in person. With products physically in front of us and sales staff to advise us, it’s easier to be discerning about quality and so we do tend to spend more carefully. But the best part of holiday shopping in TBay stores is the way you feel as you connect with other TBay people—that welcome feeling of belonging where you are. You know how it is: you’ll run into old friends and decide to go for coffee together. Or you’ll end up in a conversation with a perfect stranger and walk away with a smile on your face. Or you’ll connect with a wonderful sales person who helps you find a gift so great you’ll spend the next few weeks imagining giving it. Don’t miss out. #ChooseTBayFirst and open yourself to those memorable holiday shopping experiences with local people instead of empty transactions online. Why spend the holidays with your mouse and keyboard? The Walleye





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Community Clothing Assistance

Celebrating 10 Years of Service to the Community By Michelle Kolobutin


lothing Assistance Mission, as it was originally called, was founded by Mary Sorenson, Dr. Brian Scott, and David Andrews in 2006. The charity was established for the purpose of alleviating poverty through the operation of a clothing bank. In 2013 CAM took on a new name, Community Clothing Assistance. Since 2006, it has evolved from a clothing depot to a community hub that hosts eight programs. One of these is the Undercover Project, which runs each Christmas season, and provides seven pair of new underwear and socks for children (4-14 years old) in families experiencing financial hardship or crisis. CCA’s

goal to ensure “No child goes without good, clean socks and underwear.” You may be pleasantly surprised driving down May Street to see a mural on the side of the CCA wall that reads “Grow with us.” Designed with the help of boy Roland, it was painted by seniors involved in the Words of Wisdom Program with help from youth and some children. “Grow with us reflects various aspects of CCA; not only that we have clothes as you grow from child to adult, but you can also grow with us through increasing skills and confidence through participating in one of our programs,” says Ewa Gulbinowicz, executive director of CCA. “Over 10 years, we have grown a

lot ourselves. Participating in the creation of the mural increases an individual's sense of belonging, and community pride.” CCA is proud to be celebrating 10 years of service to the Thunder Bay community and invites everyone down to explore the store to meet the staff and check out the new mural yourself. The organization is located at 404 North May Street. You can check out more about donations, programs, and volunteering opportunities on their Facebook page.

Quick Facts about Community Clothing Assistance • Undercover Program has supplied over 8000 children ages 4-14 with new socks and underwear. • The Affordable Clothing program serves over 1000 customers a month, or 120,000 customers over ten years. • The Homeless program has served over 600 walkin requests with clothing and sanitary hampers.

• Over 140 seniors accessed the Seniors for Seniors Program, receiving bedding, blankets, towels, set of clothing, and new socks with a cosmetic pack. • Over 10 years, CCA has had around 110 volunteers, including many who have remained with CCA since they opened in 2006.

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or the past few years, The Walleye has been compiling yearly lists of books published by local authors, or books that have some significance to the region. And every year, we are happily surprised by the massive body of work produced in our region. This year is no exception. Here are 17 books that were published in the past 12 months.

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Genuine Love for Animals

The Thunder Bay and District Humane Society By Judy Roche not the most attractive of kitties—they'll live out their life here," she says. The staff have a genuine love for animals. These are people who work full days for minimum wage, stay at the shelter after their shift has ended, take dire cases home to offer continued care, and still volunteer their time on weekends. And because they are so dedicated, the TBDHS often houses overflow from the city’s fully funded animal services department without being financially reimbursed.


ou probably already know the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing care and shelter to animals in need while investigating and enforcing animal cruelty laws. But did you also know they serve an area of 562,000 square kilometres with no funding for operational costs from municipal, provincial, or federal governments? To give you an idea of size, that is a larger area than the whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador! How do they remain


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operational, you ask? All their costs, including utilities, animal medical bills, animal food, etc. are paid using money obtained through public donations, their own fundraising efforts, grants, and some help from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Melanie Blanchette, executive director of TBDHS, refers to the shelter as an “open door for life.” “What that means is that if there is an animal here that for some reason is deemed unadoptable—maybe he or she is a feral, a little vicious, or is

And hey, it’s not just dogs and cats they take in. They’ve had chickens, pigs, snakes, guinea pigs, squirrels, skunks, rabbits, birds, and even a bear! Due to a variety of situations in the district, the TBDHS has been running at over double capacity. Their current number of cats alone is more than 120. The good news is that a grant from PetSmart is currently in place to build a spay and neuter clinic in Thunder Bay that would serve the TBDHS jurisdiction at a much-reduced cost.

However, the grant only allows TBDHS to equip the building, not pay the vet and technicians who will perform the surgeries. To get the clinic built, they must mortgage their current building. This is where you and I come in. Contact the TBDHS and ask how you can donate money, food, litter, blankets, time, love, and perhaps a home for a pet. Just as they never turn away an animal in need, you too will be welcomed with open arms.

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hen local creativity and produce come together, your tastebuds will be indulged with a delicious delight. Valerie Guenther from Head Acre Farms has managed to do this with her enticing preserve flavours, including habanero and apricot jam, peach and blueberry jam, and the best-selling beer jelly made with brews from Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. "We moved to Lappe in the 80s and started with flower and vegetable gardens… preserving is something I’ve done for about 40 years,” says Guenther. From there, her enterprise grew due to her creative nature. "I like to create different flavours and thus have a tendency to combine fruits or add spices to the preserves," she says. Guenther’s preserves have a certain different aspect that have mouths watering. And then there is the beer jelly,

which includes such flavours as 360 Pale Ale with hot peppers and chocolate sauce made with Skull Rock Stout. "I started the beer jelly as a kind of joke,” she says. “My sister-in-law sent George [Guenther’s husband] a bottle of beer jelly for his birthday and he then suggested I make it. I worked out a recipe, approached Sleeping Giant [Brewing Co.] and kept making different varieties." Currently, Guenther makes 10 different types of beer jellies. Guenther suggests using the jellies on ice cream, pancakes, or toast and for the adventurous, use it as a glaze on meat or even mix a little in with cabbage, macaroni, or potato salad. You can visit Head Acre Farms on the top floor of the Thunder Bay Country Market and see their whole selection of jams, jellies, and salsas on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Products are also available at Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. or iHealth 4 You. The Walleye


CityScene especially in our city, Master Song explains that's the “enemy” is no longer foreign armies, but is instead our own social and societal battles. Addiction, poverty, peer pressure, and violence are all battles he wants to teach his students how to overcome, and help others defeat. The studio teaches the four unique practices of Taekwondo, Pencak Silat, Aikido, and Tai Chi. While some may think that martial arts promote violence, in reality, the discipline underlines the importance of less violence, as student and instructor Dane Newbold explains. Instead of being reactive, martial arts teach participants how to assess a situation or obstacle and approach it with a sense of peace and control. “Martial art is interesting because it values the safety of the opponent,” says Newbold. To put into the most simple of terms, martial arts are not about teaching “how to,” but rather “how to not” when it comes to implementing self defence. Adrian Ladouceur, a student for 25 years and now Aikido instructor at the school, shares that Master Song is one of the greatest advocates of peace and respect he has ever encountered.

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respect, discipline, and confidence. Lessons that they can carry over into their everyday lives,” says Master Song. “The physical aspect is just one part of it. I want my students to leave having learned the important lessons of improved focus, and being able to be present in the moment. Seeing my students improve and succeed not only here, but academically, is my greatest pride as an instructor.”

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he city of Thunder Bay is considered to be the “martial arts capital” of Canada, offering a surprisingly wide range of disciplines and practices within the community. Thunder Bay is also home to renowned instructor and owner of Soengkono Martial Arts School, Master Soengkono (or Master Song for short), whose instruction, experiences, and qualifications are unparallelled within the city. A ninth degree black belt in Taekwondo, sixth degree black belt in Aikido, and Grandmaster in the arts of Tai Chi and Pentjak Silat, Master Song has greatly contributed to the building of the martial arts practice within the city. Master Song opened the doors of his school in 1987, and has been instructing in Thunder Bay for nearly


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thirty years; however, he has been practicing martial arts for a lifetime. After visiting the school, it is evident the students of Master Soengkono have an immense amount of respect and gratitude for him, and for the practice, which are two main values embedded in his lessons at the school. Values such as these are only some of the lessons Master Soengkono teaches alongside of the physical aspect of martial arts and self defence. Striving to create a safe and stress-removed space for students who encompass all walks of life, his martial arts practice strives to instill empowerment, confidence, and discipline. “I made a commitment to create spaces in the community for students to improve their fitness, while learning

When it comes to community, Master Song stresses the importance of generating the values and practice of martial arts within youth, and providing spaces for those who are in need of a positive, physical, or meditative outlet. One of Master Song’s students, Tasha, shares the impact that practicing martial arts has had in her life. “What’s interesting now, as a working woman and an adult: being here just really resets your clock. You come to a class here and leave with a complete sense of ease. As a woman who travels a lot and likes to go out, there’s a level of confidence I’m able to attain knowing that I’m safe. I can hold my head a bit higher knowing that I can take care of myself.”

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Have you got your golden ticket? Drama students at Hammarskjold High School present Willy Wonka Jr., a musical production where five lucky children get an adventurous tour of candy guru Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Oompa-loompadoopity-do come see a cast of upcoming local talent make its mark on the theatre scene! Purchase your tickets through Hammarksjold head office, or from any Hammarskjold senior drama student you may know! Tickets are $10, and showtimes are 10 am and 7 pm.


Some Kinda Christmas Show

December 11 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Everyone’s favourite annual Christmas variety show is back! Now in it’s 21st year, “Some Kinda Christmas Show” promises fun the whole family can enjoy. Featuring classic Christmas cartoons, Rodney Brown, Tully the Magician, Experience Dance, Juggler Eric Miller, a visit from Santa Claus, and a whole lot more. The best part is free admission—but please remember to bring a non-perishable food donation to support the Christmas Cheer Fund. Doors open at 1 pm, and the show runs from 2 pm to 4 pm.

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This is the The Jungle Book like you’ve never seen it before! Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre is giving this classic Rudyard Kipling tale a distinctly northern twist: a cast of Northwestern Ontario wildlife. Mowgli is a young boy who becomes lost in a “boreal jungle” and is taken in by Mother and Father Wolf. He meets animal friends Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa, and must avoid the fearsome cougar Shere Khan. Tickets are available through the TBCA box office, or online. $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 & under, and $10 for seniors. Showtime is 7 pm.



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Are you ready to rumble? Catch your favourite Canadian Wrestling Elite superstars as they brawl their way into Thunder Bay in the new year. Part of The New Heights Tour travelling from Saskatchewan to Ontario, this live-action event will feature the CWE debuts of ACH and The Beer City Bruiser. Be sure to get your tickets early—CWE events routinely sell out in Thunder Bay! General admission tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door; VIP Meet & Greet tickets are $21. VIP Meet & Greet begins at 6 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm, bell rings at 7 pm. Advance tickets are available at Comix Plus, or online.


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Stave off the Monday blues with Winter Fundays, a variety of weekly winter activities at Marina Park every Sunday from January to mid-March. Last year, City of Thunder Bay hosted fun events such as snowshoeing, kicksledding, a fairytale skate, dogsledding, sledge hockey, and more; this year’s adventures are sure to be just as much fun. When you’re done outside, you can warm up with a creative activity in the Baggage Building Arts Centre. Admission is free, and hours are 2 pm to 4 pm (subject to change in the event of extreme weather).


Dogsled Dreams By Mya Hane Last year we got the best Christmas present ever. Our whole family got to go dog sledding. I was so excited but also nervous because I had never driven a dogsled before. When we arrived, giant flakes of snow were falling and the snow glistened. Paul, the owner of Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennel, met us by the warming hut and told us all about the sleds and how to drive them. He compared it to skiing, kayaking, and dancing— all things that I had done before. He also told us about the names and history of many of his dogs. His explanation was clear and very interesting. After he had given us the instructions I was feeling more confident and at ease.

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My favourite thing about dog sledding is the dogs! Each dog has a different personality. I like all the dogs for different reasons. Yukon and Bocus are affectionate, Conductor and Eureka are smart and obedient, and Savage and Rueger are strong and energetic. Based on their strengths, Paul created the teams that would pull our sleds. The two wheel dogs closest to the sled are some of the more energetic dogs as their job is to power the sled! The two swing dogs in the middle are responsible for steering the sled around corners and the two lead dogs in the front are the most obedient and keen of the team. They specialize in finding the trail and following commands. Paul helped us to choose teams and we brought the bouncing dogs down to the drop chains. Once the dogs knew that they were going to pull a sled they became ecstatic, jumping and howling. Paul taught us how to harness the dogs and we helped hook the dogs up in their proper positions. I had the privilege of experiencing both riding in the basket as a passenger as well as mushing on a tandem sled with Paul. Riding in the basket is so relaxing that I almost fell asleep, but mushing is a very different experience. The dog’s energy is at a peak right before you take off. I absolutely love the excitement of the dogs right off the start. I can feel their enthusiasm pounding in my heart. I can’t believe how quickly their attention is turned to their job and how completely silent they become as soon as they are running. It is amazing how free you feel when you are dog sledding. It’s just you, the dogs, and God’s beautiful creation! As you speed down the trail you feel as if you are flying across the world. The sparkling snow and lush evergreens add to the scene. All you can hear is the dog’s panting and the swish of the sled over the snow. When it is over you pull into the yard and thank the dogs for the wonderful ride, hoping that you will meet again.

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Unlimited Adventure Freestyle Skiing in Thunder Bay by Alyssa Lentz

The club has a rich history in Thunder Bay, with many former athletes becoming coaches and volunteers. The club has had many successes over the years with athletes competing provincially and nationally at freestyle events. Athletes compete locally in competitions at Loch Lomond and close by in Duluth at Spirit Mountain. Club competitions are fun and allow skiers to compete in a friendly, supportive environment, with great food served at our potluck for lunch. Whether you’re a serious athlete pulling cork 9s off the massive jumps or just out learning new tricks in a safe environment, freestyle skiing in Thunder Bay is a great experience. Popularity of park skiing has taken off and many more skiers are taking to the slopes. To me, skiing is an exhilarating way to have fun as well as meet new people. I have made a plethora of new friends through the Thunder Bay Freestyle Club and plan to keep meeting people. I am looking forward to more memories ahead and hope to see more progress in building the freestyle teams history. Did I mention the great potlucks?

Blades of Steel The World of Figure Skating by Kerry Yang

Figure skating is a very graceful sport but comes with many risks. At the age of five, I wanted to skate like my sister Kelly, so the next season my parents signed me up for skating lessons. At the first lesson, I was with people my age that wanted to skate like me, including my best friend Tienchee. We were all in a program called Canskate that had six stages, and we had group lessons with many different coaches. Then gradually we went up the stages of Canskate and into junior, where we had one or two permanent coaches. I met with my coach Kim and I started going to the rink two days a week for lessons. Fast forward five years: I am still skating with my coach Kim and my friend Tienchee. I skate three days a week for an hour and a half each time; I also participate in all sorts of competitions throughout the year, and participate in our club events like Ice Show. Ice Show comes annually to Port Arthur Arena, and is an event where most of Thunder Bay Figure Skating Club’s skaters learn choreographed dances and perform them to an audience of friends, families, and also Thunder Bay locals. Now, I take intermediate lessons, which are semi-private, or private lessons. I learn dances (a series of steps and lots of footwork), solos, interpretives (a solo that interprets something), skills, and elements (jumps and spins). There are jumps and spins like flips, loops, toe-loops, salchows, axels, double flips, triple flips etc. and sit-spins, back corkscrews, one foot spins, camel spins, flying camels, one foot sit-spins, back sit-spins, and more. I love skating and it is my passion but it definitely isn’t very cheap. On average skates can cost from $100-$2000, costumes can cost from $80-$500, competition fees cost from $10$260 (depending on how many events you are doing) and lesson fees for one month can range from $60$200 (from my parents’ experience). I love skating, and my coach Kim and my skating friends Gabby and Tienchee have helped me a lot not only to improve my skating but help me shape my personality and attitude. They also make skating really fun and we always have a great time together at the rink. My favorite skater is Gracie Gold because no matter how she performs she always has a winning smile on her face and she really inspires me to be a better skater. Skating is an extraordinary sport, and it has taught me that sometimes you have to take chances and try new things and even if you don’t succeed on your first try, you have to get back up and try again.


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Kerry gracefully glides across the "ice stage."

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A Christmas Story

Bob Clark, director

Nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) is on a mission to convince everyone that he should get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. But a rifle for Christmas worries not only Ralphie’s parents, but also his teacher and even Santa himself, all of whom warn him, “You’ll put your eye out!” Will Ralphie get the one present he wants? You’ll have to watch to find out! A great family classic that will have even the grown ups laughing out loud.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Jon Favreau, director Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) is a little different from other elves. He’s bigger, he’s slower, and he’s, well... human! When Buddy’s adoptive father reveals the secret of Buddy’s origins, he decides to take a journey to the city to find his real father. But life as a human might be a bit of a challenge for someone whose idea of breakfast is spaghetti with maple syrup on it! This is a heartwarming and hilarious holiday movie with an ending that will have you singing along!

Ron Howard, director

Most people know the story of the angry green creature called the Grinch who lives on the outskirts of Whoville and hates everything to do with Christmas. But if you haven’t seen Jim Carey in this 2000 live action version, directed by Ron Howard, then you are missing out! Carey’s Grinch is equal parts nasty and creepy, which makes it all that much more satisfying when, after he is befriended by a little Who girl named Cindy Lou Who, his heart grows “two sizes that day.”

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“Caring” at The Hoito The secrets behind the World famous pancakes By Jordan Maki


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From its beginning as a bush camp restaurant to being world famous, the Hoito Restaurant is one of Thunder Bay’s best known places to eat. Walleye Jr. writer Jordan Maki flipped with the staff at the Hoito. On September 28 I went to the Hoito restaurant to interview the staff and to learn how they make their world-famous Finn pancakes. I was surprised to learn that Hoito pancakes are very different from the traditional Finn pancake that you will find if you visit Finland. In Finland if you order pancakes, you will get a pancake that is a deep golden brown, thick, and fluffy, while the Hoito pancakes are thin, a lighter caramel colour, and are made in a crepe style. They can be enjoyed with jam, syrup, cheese, or even your favorite ice cream. The making of the Hoito pancakes begins before sunrise when a member of the staff comes in to mix the pancake batter. They mix together fresh, local ingredients like eggs, milk, and flour. The secret to making them cook flat is to add a little more milk than a regular pancake batter would have, which makes them more runny so they spread out more over the flat grill. They have to mix enough batter to fill a dozen four-litre buckets. Each individual bucket makes about eighty pancakes and they use at least half of them every day!

Later the pancake chef comes in for her shift. She ladles the pancake batter from the buckets onto the flat grill. When the batter spreads to the size of a plate she uses the bottom of the ladle to spread the extra batter away from the center of the pancake, which stops the spread of the batter, making it flatter and more circular. Once on the flat grill they take about three minutes on each side to cook and develop their golden brown colour. I even got to make one myself! It didn’t exactly look great, but it tasted great all the same. It definitely takes precision and practice to make pancakes at the Hoito. My pancake expedition was incredible and now I will definitely be going back to the Hoito to enjoy these great and famous pancakes. You should too!

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Kid Friendly Coffeehouse Favourites

Our Walleye Jr. writers went on a search for coffeehouse favourites that anyone can enjoy. Club Cappuccino By Skyla Skaarup At Club Cappuccino I had a vanilla steamer. This is made with steamed milk and a 1oz shot of vanilla syrup, with whipped cream and caramel sauce on top. The steamer was very hot at first but it also had a lot of whipped cream, which I liked. The vanilla steamer was very, very sweet and it tasted like a vanilla cupcake. If you get the chance to go to Club Cappuccino I would totally recommend you get a steamer and try it with your favourite syrup flavour.

Deck the Halls and Drink Hot Chocolate

By Georgia Penney (age 8) The best thing about winter is hot chocolate—especially the hot chocolate (and cookies) in the chalet after cross-country skiing or snowboarding! My mom is a big fan of dark chocolate, and hates white chocolate—she says it’s pretend chocolate. I think she is crazy for thinking that. I like white chocolate, but milk chocolate is THE BEST! Each year my family likes to make each other special Christmas gifts. Last year I gave my grandparents some cloth napkins I had drawn pictures on. Don’t tell, but this year, they’re getting jars of my homemade hot chocolate! It is easy to put together, and looks cool in a glass jar. You can even decorate the jar first to make it fancier! Don’t forget to make a little card with the instructions on it. If you want to make your friends and family some homemade hot chocolate mix, this is what you need.

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Up Shot Coffeehouse By Indiana Enyart

1 jar that can hold 1 ¼ cups (300mL)*

Up Shot Coffeehouse is one of the most AMAZING coffee shops I’ve ever been to. They have tasty apple cider and delicious apple muffins. Their apple cider is sweet with the perfect amount of whipped cream on top. You should also try their yummy gingerbread cookies. I thought that the way they decorated the place was awesome and I felt at home and relaxed. If you ever want a good cup of coffee go to the Up Shot Coffeehouse.

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Bean Fiend Cafe and Sandwich Bar By Korissa Kay Have you ever had a hot chocolate? Well, you will never find another hot chocolate so creamy, smooth, full of chocolate, and so delicious. Every sip you take is like a little taste of heaven. You can only find this yummy drink at The Bean Fiend and nowhere else. It's a great place to stop by with your friends of all ages. It is a child friendly place.


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7 oz (200g) chocolate chips** ½ teaspoon (2mL) ground cinnamon

Making sure the inside of the jar is clean and dry, put the marshmallows in the bottom. Carefully layer the chocolate chips over top of the marshmallows. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the chocolate. Screw on the lid and attach the hot chocolate instructions.

Important Notes: *It’s best to decorate the jar before you fill it up, so the layers of chocolate and marshmallows don’t get all messy. You can use stickers, or paint, or tissue paper and glue. **You can use white chocolate, or milk chocolate chips—my mom would totally use dark chocolate! Gross.

Instructions for the Jar:

**Hey kids, please have an adult help you with this** Heat 4 cups (1L) milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, until hot and bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Turn heat to low, and pour in the mix from the jar. Stir for a few minutes until smooth. Serves four.


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The World of Radio By Dylan Fisk

Before I was presented with the unique opportunity of sitting in on a radio session at CILU 102.7, I always assumed that radio DJs had a really easy job. I thought that they put on a song, pressed play, waited three and a half minutes, and repeated the process, all day, every day. I was very wrong! It was exhilarating just to watch DJ Big D turning one of the dozens of dials on his turntable. It reminded me of seeing pilots fly a passenger jet, except for DJ Big D, there’s no autopilot.

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This intimidating setup was no match for DJ Big D’s impeccable skills, and it was made obvious by the presence of a headphone-to-headphone smile he boasted throughout the entire evening, especially when he was sharing his words of wisdom with his thousands of loyal listeners he has obtained throughout his 10 years with LU Radio. Anyone who tunes into CILU 102.7 on Monday nights will instantly be hypnotized by DJ Big D’s tropical music, known as calypso. DJ Big D’s music may not be known by as many here in Thunder Bay, but it is common to hear in the Caribbean. DJ Big D’s tropical selections are strongly influenced by him spending the first 18 years of his life on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. 512 Marks St. South P. (807) 683-3730 E. (Parking lot located off Marks St. South)

Perhaps the biggest indicator of DJ Big D’s Love for what he does is that he, along with all of the DJs at LU Radio, are volunteers. So the next time you tune in to CILU 102.7, or any radio station for that matter, just remain conscious of all of the hard work that goes into the music that you enjoy daily.

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Back In Time

Exploring The Thunder Bay Museum By Calvin Hane (age 9)

Walleye Jr. writer Calvin Hane explores the depths of the Thunder Bay Museum to discover treasures and stories from our past. A visit to the Thunder Bay Museum is a step back in time. Did you know that 100 years ago the Thunder Bay Museum was a court, police station, and a jail? Today, it is home to all sorts of interesting artifacts from Thunder Bay’s past that you can get up close to.

Air was pumped by hand into the suit. I hope this diver had good friends working the pump!

In remembrance of its history, the museum has a cell from the original jail that you can lock your friends in for various crimes that they may have committed. 110 years ago, adults could be jailed for not sending their kids to school or allowing minors to play pool. Not to worry, though—there is an easy escape. The original key to the jail cell used to hang next to it, but was recently removed when the museum curator found out that the key was the exact same one that is currently being used at the current Thunder Bay Jail, as it was built around the same time. Another interesting piece of Thunder Bay’s history can be told through the eyes of the 6’5” man who wore a scuba diving suit. Fashioned like something that you would see in space, the suit was custom-fit and used by a diver to do work on the breakwall in the harbour. I couldn’t imagine having to get into the water in this ridiculously heavy suit. The helmet is made of metal and the boots needed to be made of metal also to keep the diver from sinking head first onto his head— clunk—in the bottom of the harbour. Unlike today, the diver got air hand-pumped to him from the surface through a long hose connected to his helmet. If the fellows up top got

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tired and stopped pumping, then the diver was left below without another breath of air. Yikes! How do you think that you could get onto a bike that was 5 feet tall? The awkward-looking bike at the museum is something that people in the late 1800s would have ridden. It has a step on the back that would be used to get onto the bike and a gigantic front wheel. The bigger the wheel, the faster you could go. Since they didn’t have the technology of chains and sprockets like you have on your bike, they had to put huge wheels if they wanted to go faster. As for stopping, you would have to hope to slow down before you had to jump off the bike because it doesn’t have any brakes. These are just a few of my favorites from the museum. There are plenty more for you to explore.

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Breaking Ice by Ashton Lawson

Walleye Jr. writer Ashton Lawson was invited to explore one of Thunder Bay’s important ships. I recently went on a tour of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship the Samuel Risley. While I was on the Samuel Risley I learned some cool things. The ship itself is 30 years old and is very maneuverable. It has four engines that produce over 8040 horsepower, pushing the ship to a top speed of 15.5 knots. The ship has redundant steering in case of emergencies. The additional steering is located on port (left), starboard (right), and stern (back) of the wheelhouse. The Samuel Risley travels all around Lake Superior using electronic chart systems that show rain patterns of nearby storms, other boats and aircraft, and displays their next course and where they have previously been.

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The ship has 24 crew members that work 28 days on the ship, and have 28 days off. It is also an ice breaker and can break up to 4 feet of ice. In case of an emergency they have two life rafts on each side of the ship that can carry up to around 185 to 200. When we went to see the crew quarters (rooms), they were basically like a little apartment mixed with a fancy hotel. They had bunk beds with curtains, little port holes to look out of to see the water, a sink, television, and a little place in front of the port hole to sit on and read a book. We then went to the towing room, where there was a two and a half inch thick cable wound on a huge pulley used for towing other boats. After the towing room, we then made our way onto the deck where we took pictures with the captain and said our goodbyes. We left the mighty Canadian Coast Guard Ship the Samuel Risley all smiles. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life.

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December Dreams

Saturday, December 3 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. C.L.E. Coliseum Building 425 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay $ 2 Admission – no charge for children under 12

An exhibition and sale of arts, crafts and festive treats made by artists, artisans and specialty food vendors of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. [Proceeds support local charitable organizations]

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Acceptance Is Not Surrender

New Memoir Deals with Optimism in Illness and Recovery By Kirsti Salmi repeatedly during a routine 8 kilometre run. What followed was a terrifying series of symptoms and diagnoses ranging from multiple sclerosis to neurosarcoidosis. Ultimately, Acceptance is an uplifting story of perseverance and optimism in the face of adversity. Sutherland’s memoir takes the reader through every step of his journey with stunning clarity and detail. Journaling was helpful for writing the book, but also a useful tool for recovery. “It helped me get through difficult times by dealing with my feelings and getting them ‘out there,’ even if it was only on a page,” he says.


f you are coping with a life-threatening illness, Bill Sutherland wants you to know you’re not alone. Sutherland’s new memoir, Acceptance Is Not Surrender, is a brutally honest account of how his life was turned upside down by a series of mysterious symptoms that developed into serious disease. His desire to write the memoir stemmed from a deep need to connect with others going through similar struggles. “My target audience is people with a potentially fatal disease or accident who paid for their survival with physical loss, like me,” he says. “The more I couldn’t find books written by people like that, the more frustrated I became. I vowed that if I ever got through this, I’d write a book to fill that void.” Once an avid runner, Sutherland now walks with crutches or a walker. He was 48 years old when his illness occurred—a proud father and husband, a lifelong athlete who’d completed four marathons, and an energetic career man. On July 10, 1997, Sutherland recounts how he stumbled and fell


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Self-described as “process-oriented,” Sutherland catalogues his coping strategies and lessons learned in an index at the end of Acceptance. He hopes people can use and adapt them during their own recovery. He also advocates for accepting the care of those around you. “There are some things in life that are just too big to face alone,” he says. “There’s strength in numbers. There’s nobody better to have on your side than your close friends and family who love you.” Sutherland doesn’t have any immediate plans to do presentations to spread his optimistic message of recovery, but is open if there is demand. He says the focus would not be on his own story, but rather to help attendees “work through the details of their own situations, and come up with their own solutions.” “We are all stronger than we think,” he says, “but it isn’t until life puts us in a situation that commands more strength that we find it. In my mind, that’s all I’ve been doing—nothing really that special. I’m doing what I think most of us would do.” Acceptance Is Not Surrender is available at Fireweed Crafts on Algoma St, and Bill can be reached at

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A Sartorialist's Holiday Guide

Five Gifting Suggestions for the Style-Conscious Man By Lyle Morissette


o you go big or small? Sensibly practical or luxuriously opulent? How about personally handcrafted, properly bespoke, or perhaps simply mass produced? If truth be told, unearthing that "perfect" holiday gift— especially when it comes to satisfying the discerning tastes of the style-conscious gent—can certainly be a daunting (oft intimidating/dreadful) task. But fret not, as this quick-fire gift guide may well help alleviate some of the pressure when it comes to shopping for the stylish gentleman on your list. Filled with fail-safe, investment-worthy wardrobe treasures and simple styleaccentuating accoutrements alike, from military outerwear through grooming basics, each one of the following options is capable of confidently shoring up any modern sartorialist's wardrobe or elevating the average man's signature style to the next level.

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Burberry Brit Rhythm Eau de Toilette (prices vary) For the Grooming Impaired:

Clarinsmen 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar ($90) A successful and confidently assured man is a well-groomed man who is comfortable in his own (ideally blemish free) skin. This "adult advent calendar" filled with all manner of grooming and skincare essentials will ensure anyone lucky enough to land one wakes up every morning with something new to aid in the process of making him feel and look top notch.

Often undervalued in its distinguishing role in matters pertaining to personal style, an appropriate seasonal scent such as Burberry Brit Rhythm—with its leathery heart, cardamom top, and sensual cedarwood/tonic bean base notes—will make for a welcomed addition to the fragrance collection of any gent intent upon making a memorable lasting (or perhaps first) impression during intimate romantic pursuits or nights out on the town.

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Ralph Lauren Monogrammed Robe ($95) Pure indulgence without question, a plush monogrammed robe is a gift best given to those select few who are willing to accept nothing less than lounging about at home in a most uncompromising, casually sophisticated, and comfortable manner.

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Rakish, highly functional, and luxuriously fabricated while being form-fitting and on-trend, this winter-ready aviator flight bomber with opulent shearling collar and down filling is a practical winter staple that will prove to be the luxurious upgrade to the average bomber jacket that they never knew they wanted.

Proving that function need not compromise style, these hardy heritage brogue boots have a streamlined, ruggedly handsome silhouette marked by a specialized sole that offers the type of durability, comfort, and grip that will keep a man well-grounded (and looking proper) whilst he navigates the snow-capped terra firma all winter long. And a few more affordable suggestions: pocket squares, gloves, socks, knitwear, sunglasses, as well as corduroy trousers. Fancy a few more gifting suggestions? Feel free to peruse the extensive gift guide featured on my website as well as my daily style advent calendar (launching December 1) on Twitter (@monkandeero). The Walleye



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Cooking a Meal at the Shelter House Story by Devon MacKinnon-Ottertail, Photo by Marty Mascarin


ur crew, the Soupa Stars, has been cooking meals at the Thunder Bay Shelter House once a month since August 2015. The first night, there was a shared feeling of apprehension. We wondered, "What is going to happen tonight? What do we have to do? Do we bring the food? Am I going to be that much help when I suck at

cooking in my regular life?" Let me break it down for you, because you are in good hands with the Shelter House kitchen staff. Regardless of what your level of comfort is with cooking, Chef Andrew Bryson and his team will delegate accordingly. Stronger home cooks usually work on the main course and if you're working at a skill

level akin to mine, there are plenty of veggies to be chopped and cans to be opened. Shelter House has these amazing pantries, fridges, and freezers that are stocked with items donated by the good people and businesses of Thunder Bay (keep it coming!). You don't have to worry about bringing food or preparing

meals at your house beforehand but if you want to feel prepared, you can always let them know ahead of time what you'd like to cook and they can try to have the ingredients available for you. On a typical night, our group shows up around 5 pm, pulls food items for the meal, preps, cooks for around 175 people, serves dinner between the hours of 7-8 pm, and assists with clean-up (optional).

time to catch up while prepping and cooking. This is a worthwhile group activity because while there are tasks at hand, there are no rules against having a good time and laugh while you do them. With the holiday season approaching, this would be an excellent time to plan a night and give it a try. Businesses looking for a creative team-building exercise may also want to book a lunch or dinner.

Sounds like quite a bit of work for a night out. So why do we do it?

Finally, we commit to doing this regularly because Shelter House is deserving. They stand behind their mission to reach out to those who are the most vulnerable and the dedication and compassion of the Shelter House staff is nothing short of inspiring. I’ve heard a few times from people when it’s their first night out that it’s upsetting to see the volume of people and youth that show up for dinner. I have to admit that it is a hard reality to face. It's tough to see people who are homeless, hungry, and in need and not have the solution for eradicating homelessness. My advice to you is to take comfort in the thought that because Shelter House exists, those in need will have a warm meal made by enthusiastic volunteers with a special ingredient: love.

The feel-good factor is a major one. Many members of our crew have said that they are trying to make an effort to volunteer more and looking for opportunities to do so. Creating a work-life balance is becoming more of a priority and finding ways to give back is part of that. It's hard to walk away after a night of cooking at Shelter House and not feel some heightened sense of gratitude when you leave. The patrons are always so engaging that you just feel good about spending your time doing something that makes a difference. Many of us have brought our kids along to lend a helping hand but also to set an example on the importance of volunteering and enacting positive change with our community. And then there is the socializing. While it may seem like a busy evening, there is plenty of

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Growing as a Community Hub Thunder Bay Library Launches Social Worker Program By Pat Forrest


or many, a public library is one of the few places left for people to freely be together with a sense of community. Libraries across the country have recognized this and are increasingly moving towards becoming hubs where people can gather and interact, and also work on addressing community needs such as homelessness, addiction, and mental health issues. Locally, the Thunder Bay Public Library has taken its first steps in becoming such a hub with the addition of the services of a social worker program. On Thursday afternoons at the Brodie Resource Library, social worker Joanne

Boucher is available from 1–4 pm to help people in need get pointed in the right direction to access the appropriate community services. As libraries often serve as safe and comfortable gathering places for people who have nowhere else to go, it is anticipated that demand for services will be strong. “Many of the behaviour problems that happen in the library are a direct result of either being homeless or having mental health or addiction issues that aren’t being addressed,” says Tina Tucker, director of communities with the Thunder Bay Public Library. “It became clear to us that our staff needed support in addressing the issues

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that some of our clients are facing.” Boucher, a registered social worker with Alpha Court Community Mental Health and Addictions Services, says that she wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s clear that the services she provides are having an impact. “I have already had lots of contact with people and have been able to assist quite a few already through informal counselling to assess overall needs, problem solving and assisting with housing applications,” she says. Tucker points to the Edmonton Public Library’s outreach program that has reported $3.5 million social return on investment over a one-year period as proof of the value of programs such

as this. “When we invest in people and deal with the hierarchy of needs that they have, we can help them get on a path to a better quality of life. It's a place to start,” she says. A proposal involving 16 other agencies is in the works to expand the program, with the aim of having community health workers at more locations, including Brodie and Waverley Resource Library for two and half days each week. In the meantime, the social worker program, the Youth Move drop-in sites at the Mary J. L. Black and Brodie branches, and the HubNorth incubator for small business at Waverley support the Thunder Bay Public Libraries’ goal to grow in its role as community hubs.

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Meet Some Individuals Who Support Our Community Through Volunteerism By Marcia Arpin


hroughout the year, several local organizations rely on individuals to support our community with volunteerism. During the season that emphasizes the importance of giving, it’s nice to take time to recognize those who donate their time, talent, knowledge, kindness, and passion regardless of the time of year. When asked to highlight some of those people who volunteer and impact an organization’s success with their generosity, we quickly received these responses. Anne Scott Scott has been a valued volunteer with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for over 15 years. Over those years she has shared her talents in many ways: front desk attendant, Garden Tour committee, and hospitality queen. She also shares her culinary talents by providing desserts and tasty appetizers for openings

and Candlelight House Tour receptions. “People often ask who our caterer is. Our answer is always simple: Anne! She is a treasure and we are so appreciative of her commitment to the art gallery,” says Alastair MacKay, communications and marketing coordinator at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

night, the Salvation Army provides a meal to hungry people on the streets of Thunder Bay. Martin's role is to assist the staff in serving food. She welcomes each person with warmth and a smile, making sure that no one goes away hungry. Numbers vary but on average 100 people a night come for a meal between two stops. She serves soup and sandwiches along with drinks. “Doreen is a very giving and caring person, She is working hard to make our community better for everyone,” says Gail Kromm, the Salvation Army’s public relations representative. Sharon Dawson Dawson has been a volunteer at the Alzheimer Society for almost two decades. She began as a board member and since then has chaired a fundraising committee. “She even helps out weekly at the reception desk where she answers phones, greets clients, takes donations, sees to the

Ron Wakewich Wakewich is a tireless volunteer with the Friends of the Thunder Bay Library. He also delivers books on a monthly basis to those who cannot get to the libraries. Co-worker Laurie says, "Not only is he faithful in making his deliveries, he's cultivated friendships with our patrons. Ron is bright, happy, and cheery and possesses a wonderful sense of humour.” Doreen Martin Martin has volunteered with the Salvation Army’s Nightly Mobile Feeding Program (Soup Van) for 14 years. Each Doreen Martin


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recycling, inputs data, and always with a smile on her face. Sharon is a truly irreplaceable,” says Michelle Bizjak, volunteer and events coordinator for the society. Jim Fennestra Fennestra and his family have generously volunteered at Christmastime at the Thunder Bay Shelter House for more than 15 years. His jobs involve preparing, cleaning, and serving the food to more than 700 homeless people during lunch and dinner. He also organizes additional volunteers annually to gather and deliver the Christmas gifts for those in attendance. “This festivity wouldn’t be the same without his help,” says Alejandra Seira, engagement coordinator for the Shelter House. Take time to appreciate the volunteers in your organization, workplace, or school and acknowledge their selfless contribution to make our community a better place.

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Operation Red Nose

Volunteer Service Offers Free Rides Home During the Holidays By Pat Forrest


ith the Christmas season fast approaching, many of us are starting to plan house parties and outings with friends and colleagues. More and more, we are reminded that it is not just who we invite or what we serve them to eat and drink that is important, but also that we take seriously the responsibility of making sure our guests get home safely.

program is its volunteers, and opportunities are available for dispatch, phone operators, and road volunteers, or as part of the ORN committee. Or you can don a reindeer costume and spread the word about not drinking and driving as ORN’s mascot, Rudy.

Operation Red Nose (ORN) in Thunder Bay reaches out to share the message "Make Operation Red Nose your last call before you hit the road." But it’s not just talk. On a first come, first served basis, ORN, now in its 8th year, sends out a team of three volunteers in response to calls for assistance from those who have had one drink too many. Using their own vehicles, the team will drive those who dial 683-NOSE to the destination of their choice, free of charge (though donations are welcome). “The main objective of ORN is to make readily available a free driver service to those who don’t feel fit to drive. Our main goal is to prevent accidents and death over the holiday season,” says Diana Sustawenko, executive director of St. John Ambulance. The backbone of the

This year the program will be offered between 9 pm and 3 am November 25 and 26 and December 1-3, 8-10, 1517, 22, 23, 29, and 30. In 2015, 230 volunteers provided 633 rides home and drove over 10,837 kms. Sustawenko estimates that they will serve at least 700 clients this season. Sustawenko adds that the need is increasing for volunteers. “The demand for service grows each year and the more volunteers we have, the more safe rides home we can provide,” she says. If you have already volunteered with ORN, you need only fill out the attestation form and the service availability calendar on the web site ( If you haven’t, you’ll need to fill out the volunteer application form and come into the St. John Ambulance office at 518 Fort William Road before November 25 with two pieces of government-issued I.D. and fill out a criminal record check.

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This month, we asked people to tell us about their favourite holiday tradition Interviews by Nancy Saunders, Photos by Laura Paxton

Darlene, Emma, Avary "In my sister's neighbourhood we do a gift grab. So everybody buys gifts, and then we steal gifts. You get to open a gift, and if somebody else likes your gift and their number is after you, then they can steal your gift. It ends up being a lot of fun. Sometimes the children cry..."



"Our favourite tradition is waking up in the morning and doing a giant family breakfast. We do a Danish breakfast, so Danish ball pancakes. The entire family gets together and we all celebrate the holidays and what we're joyful and happy for."

"Every Christmas Eve we watch Polar Express, then at midnight we go out and see all the Christmas lights, and then we go get Slurpees from Macs, and then we go back and go to bed, and then yeah, Christmas morning."


Mary Jane and Richard

"I play Celtic Irish music, so around the holidays I generally like to have a bunch of friends over and we have a bit of a session, a bit of a Christmas party, and that's one of my favourite things, the music that comes with it; not a specific tradition, but just the music is amazing."

"When our kids come home."

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Weather Eye

Sister Systems Determine Winter's Weather By Graham Saunders on several days and three mornings had warmth that was more typical of summer. In part, we can blame—or embrace—the lingering effects of El Niño. Last winter’s weather was relatively easy to predict because a very strong El Niño event was influencing global and regional weather. The strength of this oceanic cycle is a function of water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño in our part of the world often results in mild temperatures and less snow/more rain in the winter season. Last winter (December, January, February) was the thirdwarmest on record and the snow total was less than half of the long-term average.


ften November can make a serious claim to be a winter month. Occasionally in the past, the winter snow cover began around Remembrance Day, and it was not rare in the 20th century to have snow cover by the end of November that persisted until the following spring season. The snowfall record belongs to November 1985, when 86 cm was recorded. Totals of at least 30 cm happened about half of

the time in the next century. But Novembers in the 21st century have had something of a snow drought. The average in the past 15 years has been 12 cm, and three Novembers only had trace amounts. This past November was notable for its remarkable warmth. The first half of the month featured many new temperature records and was more than 7°c warmer than average. Temperatures were in high teens

The opposite phase is La Niña, which often follows El Niño. It features cooler-thanaverage surface water in the tropical Pacific. La Niñas also change atmospheric circulation and influence temperatures and precipitation in most parts of the world. In our part of the world the resulting winter weather is less predictable. Water temperatures in the critical area of the Pacific have been slightly cooler than average

for three months. La Niña is here. But unlike the El Niño that preceded it, this climate event is predicted to be weak and relatively short-lived, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yes, strong La Niñas can be associated with cold winters and considerable snow, but the connection is less pronounced and less useful than with El Niño. The current weak La Niña has even more uncertainty. Nevertheless, NOAA, Environment Canada, and most forecasting agencies revised their predictions for central North America from warmerthan-normal to—you guessed it—cooler-than-normal.

weather here and around the world. Atmospheric circulation patterns change and effects happen “downstream.” There is usually considerable lag time in these effects in central North America, especially when El Niño is replaced by the sister La Niña. For example, the present transition is similar to 1998 when La Niña followed a very powerful El Niño in late summer. A warm summer was followed by an unusually warm autumn season. Our interest is what happens in the next season. December was quite mild, January was very slightly cooler than average, and February was near normal. The snow total was 90% of the long-term average.

The Farmer's’ Almanac says most of the country will see a cold or very cold winter and people in Ontario should expect to shiver until spring. This publication does claim 85% accuracy but most in the meteorology trade would suggest that while one can accept its recipes, household tips, and folksy advice, the weather predictions—not so much.

Weather patterns never repeat precisely. With this caution in mind, I suggest the numbers when counted in March will suggest a “normal” winter for temperature—within 1.5°C of average. Snow is more iffy—less than average but a reasonable snow cover from December until late March. Now we have to wait to see which of the above fore- ratem corum Erfernatur casts mentioned above—there is vollorrum faccum quiatq quite a range—turns voluptasi out to becullantur, expe the closest. mae faccum quiatqs und

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Burnin’ to the Sky

Five Unexpected Christmas Songs By Gord Ellis

Slade “Merry Christmas Everybody”

Bob Dylan “Must be Santa”

Twisted Sister “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

In the middle of the 1970s, in the echo-laden halls of Fort William Gardens, I witnessed a rock and roll spectacle I will never forget. The top hat with glass circles! The guitar playing with a violin bow! The boots! Yes, the band Slade left an indelible mark on my 13-year-old self. It was easily the loudest concert I’ve ever been to. In fact, my buddy Nick, who joined me at the show, puked from the volume. I was deaf for days. Slade were an "it" band in their day, and they had some truly great rock songs. Yet “Merry Christmas Everybody” is one of their very best tunes and is dripping with 70s goodness: the power chords, the layered background vocals, and that Beatlesque minor key bridge. The cherry on top is the upbeat, barroom singalong chorus: “So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun. Look to the future now, it’s only just begun!” The song has made gobs of money for its co-writers, singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea. That those two left the band eons ago and make stacks of dough from royalties off of it apparently rankles the other two members who get not a bean from the song. Merry Christmas Everybody!

In 2009, when the news that Bob Dylan had recorded a Christmas album started to leak out, many assumed it was a hoax. Yet Dylan has never been one to shy away from doing the unexpected. He went electric in 1965, country in 1969, and Christian in 1979. Yet Dylan (raised a Jew in northern Minnesota) clearly absorbed the classic hymns, carols, and confections that make up most traditional Christmas music. So the album Christmas in the Heart is both surprisingly heartfelt and dripping with kitsch. However, for sheer weirdness, Dylan’s take on “It Must Be Santa” takes the cake. Driven by a Chmielewski Fun Time accordion and a double time beat, this is as whacko a performance as Bobby’s ever laid out. The call-and-response vocals sound like they are out of a Betty Crocker ad from the 1950s. It is weirdly fun and apocalyptic at the same time. And don’t even get me started on the video. If you think our boy Bob doesn’t know how to throw a good Christmas party, think again.

Twisted Sister is one of those musical acts that wears its obnoxiousness on its sleeve. The “We’re Not Gonna Take It” boys wanted to be the band your parents hated, way back when. They were cartoon glammy and ham-fisted. But the fact that this same Twisted Sister had the sheer audacity to record “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” a sacred hymn about the birth of Jesus Christ, is impressive. Every bit of nuance and melody is pummelled out of the song like a jackhammer on pavement. Dee Snyder—who, it’s fair to say, is not afraid of vocal histrionics—tears at the song like a hungry zombie. And what can you say about the gorgeous 80s pop metal guitar solo? The whole thing is undeniable. You can neither ignore it nor look away. It’s a musical sleigh ride that takes you right over the cliff, and you scream the whole way down.

Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time”

The Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl) “Fairytale of New York”

This noodly, cheesy Macca classic is perhaps the most polarizing Christmas song of all time. Many people would rather have pine needles shoved under their fingernails than listen to “Wonderful Christmas Time” the full way through. Yet there is something incredibly doe-eyed about the whole thing. It’s like McCartney wanted to fit every Xmas cliché and earworm possible into one song. The song is a delightful porridge, and it’s all hinged on what sounds like a child’s keyboard. There is brilliance here. It makes dogs bark and babies cry, but I honestly enjoy the thing.

Anybody who has survived a messy Christmas—with its drunkenness, family meltdowns, awkward hugs, handsy co-workers, and the rest—can relate to this classic. This song, like so many Xmas gifts, is all shiny and pretty on the outside. But look a little closer and it’s a hot mess. Twenty one million views on YouTube is proof enough how the song resonates with people.

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Winter Songstresses Boreal to Play Port Arthur Polish Hall

Story by Melanie Larson, Photo by Lewis Melville


inter is upon us, and for many it’s the season we’ve all been dreading. However, for the songstresses of holiday Boreal, it’s the season of song. Now for the first time ever, the Guelph-based trio Boreal will be bringing their wintery warmth to Thunder Bay audiences on December 3.



Prior to the formation of Boreal, Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, and Katherine Wheatley all had successful music careers

of their own. After crossing paths, the Guelph-based trio got together and following many practice sessions around Vadala’s kitchen table they opted to take their music on the road. “We decided to do a show based on songs about winter. It was just a lark really,” explains Vadala. “After that first show, we were asked to do more and more and it just snowballed (pardon the pun) from there. That was ten years ago.”

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Due to busy schedules, Boreal’s tour only occurs once a year, making the show a rare celebration of the winter season. “Getting together once a year gives us a lot of time to think about the material that we perform,” says Vadala of the song choosing process. “It’s not a difficult task because we have a lot of material to draw from. We might bring in a song that we haven’t played for several years, which can be fun because we may put a completely new spin on it.”

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Boreal prides themselves on providing audiences with a varied setlist, including all styles of holiday tunes. “Mixed in with the old and the new, we compose our own wintry songs about walking down a quiet street after a fresh snowfall [“Winter's Welcome”], bundling up and going to the garage to get the shovel [“Shovelling Snow”], and listening to the musings of a young child on Christmas eve [“Angel Song].” Vadala says that Thunder Bay audiences can expect “rich, lush harmonies, great instrumentation, fun bantering within the group and with the audience, and definitely laughter.” The three songstresses will also be equipped with guitar, bass, keyboard, banjo, mandolin, percussion, and glockenspiel. “We are truly looking forward to singing for our northern Ontario friends,” says Vadala. For more information visit the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society’s website

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Christmas Trees… Fresh-cut vs. artificial trees…which should you deck your halls with? Here are some of the pros and cons of REAL vs. ARTIFICIAL Christmas trees.



PROS: • Let’s face it - the FRAGRANCE! • Purchasing local trees supports local tree farmers • Natural trees can be recycled in the Christmas Tree Chipping Program • Did you know you can harvest one tree for free on Crown Land (contact the MNR for info)

PROS: • Can be reused season after season • Come in a variety of colours and styles • Don’t need watering like fresh-cut trees

CONS: • A real tree only lasts one season • Natural trees need water as they are flammable if allowed to dry out

CONS: • No natural fragrance • Can be pricier than fresh-cut trees • Artificial trees have a higher carbon footprint than locally grown fresh-cut trees – but an artificial tree can be a responsible option if you use it for many years before it hits the landfill.

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We at Filipovic, Conway & Associates are proud to present our newest associate, Stanley T. Malouf (“Stan”). Earlier this summer, Stan was part of the inaugural graduating class of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and was called to the bar in Ontario in September 2016. Stan hails from Geraldton, Ontario where he spent a good deal of his life working in the mining exploration field before deciding to pursue a career in law. He understands the need for quality legal services geared towards the needs of northerners and we welcome him as the newest member of our firm. With the expert guidance of our team here at Filipovic, Conway & Associates, Stan will be practicing in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate, Corporate Law, Civil Litigation, Wills and Powers of Attorney. Stan can be reached at 807-343-9090 or by e-mailing

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abels fail when trying to describe Ontario’s Protest the Hero, but you can try for yourself when the fivepiece takes the Crocks stage on Thursday, December 15. Certainly their music is loud, and capable of seething rage, but often within the same song there are moments of tenderness and joy. The band freely mixes elements of screamo, mathrock, death metal, and prog-rock’s jazzy freak-outs into songs that are always innovative, odd, and energetic. In crafting of some of the strangest yet approachably aggressive music around, Protest has created their own definitions of success and a close, responsive relationship with fans. Starting out as a forward-thinking punk band in 2002, the five-piece quickly eschewed the hard-left politicking anthems of their debut EP by maximizing their instrumental prowess and gleefully harvesting choice sounds for their first album, 2005’s manic Kezia. Bouncing, string-tapping, almost danceable rhythms are urged by double-barreled drum work, all coated in paranoiac wordplay and sweet melodies that to screw into your ears. This unlikely concoction allows them to be malleable in presentation and reach beyond niche audiences, as Protest are equally at home at outdoor punk festivals

or as openers for stadium rock. Courting extensive fan support has also translated into unique success. Protest crowdfunded their fourth album, 2013’s Volition, and hit their benchmark within thirty hours; by the time the campaign had ended, the band had tripled their original goal. Late 2015 saw another change in approach for the Pacific Myth EP by releasing the six songs via Bandcamp subscription. They also have an irresistible live show, with mind-boggling music played effortlessly with charisma to spare. An added bonus is openers A Wilhelm Scream from Massachusetts, who take a similar outlier approach to punk rock. They have all the markers of California skate punk, but A Wilhelm Scream play faster and more technically than almost any of their peers. Really, their punk songs may follow traditional structures, but the guitars are pushed into hyper-kinetic speed-metal wizardry. Also appearing will be Ontario’s Auras, a young band dedicated to groove-centered breakdowns. Given the appeal of the lineup and the all-ages friendly-format, this show has the makings of a memorable night, whether you’re an old geezer who likes to stand at the back with arms crossed (like me) or an elastic youngster primed for moshing.

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he Thunder Bay music scene was booming in 2016. This year brought a lot of new music from many local talented musicians. Here are 27 albums (in no particular order) released during the last 12 months. Enjoy!

Fresh Sounds from Local Musicians


11. Matt Sellick - Nocturne

1. VHS - Screaming Mad Gore

17. Jean-Paul De Roover - Blue

23. Shayne - Shayne

18. Kage - Cosmic Seam

24. Sunday Wilde - Blueberries & Grits

6. Soapboxer - Oh, Great 12. Slavestate - Illicit Mandate

2. Visions of Doyle/ Soapboxer - Split


7. Rival Town - Call It Like It Is 13. Lake Superior Women Drummers - Gichi Gaming Ikwewag

19. Visual Past - Listen

25. The Honest Heart Collective - Cash

8. Camden Blues - Modern Antiques 14. Coleman Hell - Summerland

20. Page 38 - Rock N Roll You 26. Adaptive Reaction - Radio Darkness

9. The Knackers - Swimmers 4. Caught in the Crossfire - Embrace the Nightmare 15. Classic Roots - Deeply Rooted

21. Preme - Rockstar 27. The Bay Street Bastards - Small Batch

10. Forever Dead - EpicDemic 22. Rag Maple - Resonator

5. Android 16 - Everything Begins Now 16. ICOSA - Connections


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“In a lot of ways, record lovers tend to be a little shy, awkward, or insular (take your pick) and a record store had traditionally been a hub for these people,” says Wellwood. “The corporate record store and homogenization of the record store in general over the years has really left a lot of people without this kind of interaction.” The gift event works like this: each participant picks out an album they are keen on sharing and then writes a little story or explanation as to why this particular record, which must be priced under $49.95, was chosen. The record is wrapped with the note and then the purchaser receives an invitation to the record exchange party. A number is placed on the

back of the wrapping paper that corresponds with the number on the invitation (this ensures you don't inadvertently pick the record you purchased—what’s the fun in that?). The event culminates with a private record exchange party on Saturday, December 17 when participants can come and pick their new record and mingle with other record lovers. The event is limited to 50 people and one lucky person will pick the “Golden Record” which can be exchanged for a record collection hand-picked by New Day staff, a gift certificate to the store, and gift certificates to The Sovereign Room and St. Paul Roastery. “The record exchange is really an amazing way to start rebuilding that community feeling in a familiar format,” says Wellwood. “Sharing music, sharing something that you are excited about, is really pure joy.” For more info, find New Day Records and Accessories on Facebook. The Walleye



The Bay Street Bastards Band Celebrates Fourth “Beerthday”

By Leah Ching


ow celebrating their fourth birthday—or beerthday, as the band likes to call it—The Bay Street Bastards have been making a name for themselves since the band’s inception, establishing themselves as one of the city’s favorites and a definite staple of the local music scene. Now, four years later, the band is not only well known within the Bay, but they’ve had their songs featured on international radio stations in the U.S. and Europe. On November 5, the boys threw a Beerthday Bash show at the Foundry, one of their self-proclaimed favorite venues to play. Joined by Visions of Doyle and the Moonshiners, the eightpiece band’s energy was matched by the crowd, with fans singing along, dancing, and having a good ol’ drunken time to the soundtrack of the Bastards’ top hits, including “The Log Driver’s Waltz” and “Last Call." After a couple drinks, the band (all eight of them) packed into a tight booth at the Madhouse, grabbed some beers in true Bastard fashion, and spoke about the past four years of making music together, and what fans can expect in the future.


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The rambunctious bunch kept the energy level high as they talked over one another about the band’s origins. “[Guitarist/fiddler/vocalist Riley Cummine] was the one that started the band. He approached me on Facebook after the Cover Show of February 2012. He had covered KISS, and I was in an LMFAO cover band,” said Kevin Cernjul, the band’s lead vocalist, acoustic guitarist, and banjoist. “Within 10 minutes of deciding to form a band, we threw it up on Facebook, and we had eight people just like that. Bagpipes, banjo, vocals, guitar… just not the accordion yet, that was a later development.” The only remaining members of the original band are Cernjul and Cummine, with the other members having joined over time as others left. This December, the group plans to release an EP entitled Small Batch. “The EP has shown maturity as far as our music goes,” says Cummine. “The music has been distilled more times. We’re definitely more sober, and more cohesive.” Graeme Todd, the band’s drummer and newest member adds, “The fact that

we’ve had the same members for nearly two years now definitely helps. We know everyone now, and can play off each other and everyone’s distinct musical tastes and styles.”

Flogging Molly. “It’s like Celtic punk, with a distinct Northwestern Ontario twist,” says Cummine. “I don’t want to toot our own bagpipes or anything, but we’re definitely in our own category.”

In a double display of humility and humour, when asked how the band would described their music for first time listeners, Cernjul paused and replied, “We’re not bad!” He went on to describe The Bay Street Bastards as Celtic rock, with reviewers describing the music as a mixture of Dropkick Murphys and

The Bay Street Bastards will be back at the The Foundry on December 16th to unveil their EP, Small Batch, which Cummine says has been in the works for a year and a half. “It’s great drinking music. We’re glad to be the soundtrack to your drunken night.”



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The oboe’s unique sound stuck with her.

Instrument: Oboe

“I heard a recording of John Mack, who’s one of the most famous oboe players in North America, and I just couldn’t believe the sound that he was making, and the emotions that he was portraying,” Buttemer says. “That hooked me.”

Age you started to study music: 13 How long have you been with the TBSO: Three years What’s on personal playlist: Bach, Stravinsky


hunder Bay is a perfect fit for Gwen Buttemer. “I love that the city is not too big,” the oboist says. “I guess I’ve always been sort of hesitant about a career as a professional musician, just because mostly that means living in a big city, and that’s not my favourite thing. I love that Thunder Bay has a smaller feel and there’s a lot of outdoor access and adventuring to do here, which is my other passion.” Buttemer—who pursues rock climbing and long-distance cycling outside of her musical career—began playing the oboe at age 13. For a year or two prior to that, she was a pianist, but her father, himself a professional bassoon player, suggested she try a double-reed instrument.


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The musician continued studying the oboe, enrolling at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, then transferring to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo to finish her bachelor’s degree. She then earned a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. A successful audition saw Buttemer land a permanent spot with the TBSO. One aspect of being a professional symphony player that sticks out for Buttemer is the chance to work with Thunder Bay’s youth. “I really love seeing the way the kids interact with the orchestra, and get really excited about it,” she says. “I think it’s pretty important. It’s a different language … that I think can expand kids’ minds.”

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n December 10 at 7 pm, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium’s stage will be in full swing of Christmas spirit, as the TBSO will be performing their annual Holiday Pops show. This performance is one of the most well-attended shows of the year, so it is best to get your tickets early to ensure your favourite seat. The well-loved and entertaining Canadian conductor, Les Dala, will be returning as he leads the symphony through many holiday favourites. “This TBSO concert is a perfect concert for the whole family to get into the joyful mood of the holiday season. The program will be a musical feast with great music including well-loved chestnuts from the Nutcracker and the Messiah as

well as lesser-known beautiful new discoveries,” says Dala. This is a concert not to be missed. The stage will not only occupy the symphony, but will be joined by local groups including the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Studio One Dance, The Stringlings, Youth Celtic Session, and other local youth musicians/vocalists for what is sure to be an unforgettable event. Maestro Dala is delighted to be a part of this wonderful tradition and looks forward to making great music with everyone. Hope to see everyone at this winter holiday celebration.

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he guys in Isolate Peaks are really taking this whole reboot thing seriously. The five-piece metalcore band—made up of drummer Austin Baxter, guitarist Brady Geurts, bassist Greg Vahaaho, guitarist Magnus Kitchemonia, and vocalist Craig Hardy—initially formed in 2013 under the name Bring Forth the Ocean. Now they are releasing a five-track EP titled Where Wolves Prey under the name Isolate Peaks. Initially, that reboot was intended only to be a new name—as Hardy puts it, Bring Forth the Ocean was far from the only band using the words “bring” and “forth” in its moniker. “We kind of just thought we needed a more mature name,” Hardy says. But with the new name came an unexpected lineup change, as well, as the original guitarist left the band (Geurts is the only member of Isolate Peaks who wasn’t a member of Bring Forth the Ocean). So the band “just decided to scrap all our old stuff and start fresh with new material,” Baxter says. “It shows how we’ve progressed from when we wrote that first stuff.” Geurts agrees: “It’s more aggressive than their previous stuff,” he says of the


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new music. “I really liked the other EP that they put out—I listen to it all the time—but I really find this stuff, it’s more aggressive, it’s more mature.” Since the name change, which happened about a year ago, they’ve charged full-on into the Isolate Peaks era, releasing two singles, playing regular shows, and even heading into the studio to work on a 10-track album. “This past year’s been pretty good for us,” Hardy says. “We’ve established ourselves as one of the acts to see, for sure. We take a lot of pride in our live show.” It’s still early days for the new album. Recording started in November, and while the timeline is loose, the release will come within the next year, possibly in the summer. And the songwriting? It’s constant. Baxter says Isolate Peaks has a big bank of written-but-unrecorded material. There were several that were initially intended to appear on the upcoming release, but didn’t make the cut. Vahaaho says the decision really came down to choosing tracks that “flowed together nicely.” “It’s definitely going to be a really cool-feeling album,” he says. For more information, find Isolate Peaks on Facebook.


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Band’s New Album Mastered at Abbey Road Studios By Mikael Mintenko


ocal band Kage released their first EP, Cosmic Seam, in October, but their journey began over seven years ago when Adam Sabaz and Ken Kennedy put together a few songs for what would be the band’s first demo. In 2014, Michael Caron became involved and the artistic collective known as Kage was born. Members share a variety of musical influences, with Kennedy listening to 60s and 70s rock such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Sabaz enjoying Brit pop and shoegaze, and Caron, the veteran journeyman, listening to anything and everything. The band pays particular attention to the songwriting process to ensure all of their songs sound just as good stripped down on acoustic guitar as they do polished in the studio. When asked about the process, Caron says, “It all starts with Ken. He’s the spark and we provide the wood.” Sabaz and Caron deconstruct Kennedy’s ideas and then rebuild them into complete songs. Much of the band's unique sound comes from Kennedy’s history learning how to play guitar. He first learned to play a right-handed guitar upside down, which in turn provided some creative chord voicings. These voicings, along with unique song structures, are what give the band their distinctive sound.

The songs are very personal, with “Silver Isle” in particular holding close ties to Thunder Bay. Topics vary from social commentary to mental wellness as the band strives to stay away from the usual song structures. They avoid being pigeon holed by typical songwriting clichés but still keep things catchy on the Cosmic Seam release. While on vacation this past summer, Caron was given the opportunity of a lifetime to have the EP mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. Wharton has mastered albums for The Pixies, Radiohead, as well as The Beatles, so they knew it was in good hands. When he saw Wharton slowly bobbing and grooving to the EP’s title track, Caron knew they had something special. Kage have another four songs completed in the studio, which will make their way onto another EP or possibly a full-length release in the near future. They hope to put on some local shows this spring once they have more songs to complete a set list. Check them out on BandCamp here: or follow the band on Twitter @TheKage_Music or Instagram @kage_band.

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Preme Gets Ready to Hit the Road Thunder Bay Hip-Hop Artist Plans Tour and Promotes New Album By Kris Ketonen


or George “Preme” Palosaari, there’s great power in hip hop positivity. “The message is big,” Palosaari says. “A lot of my songs that I do now, it’s more of an idealistic kind of message that I put across.” “I talk about things that people, I think, would be okay with their kids listening to,” he says. “These kids watch you, right? They study you, they see what you're doing, and they see how you handle yourself in public.” It must be working—Palosaari is a busy guy these days. A big focus is promotion of his most recent album, Most Wanted, which was released in September. “This took me over a year to make,” he says of the album. “I have big-time features from Madchild of Swollen Members, Evil Ebenezer, also some cuts from a local guy Dystrakted. He’s a really talented DJ. I also have Merkules on the album, as well.” And then there’s Mic Fights, the


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MC battle league Palosaari founded. “We’re doing pretty good off the hop, and we just started,” he says. “We’re probably doing the next one March break, and we’re looking at expanding and doing an event in Winnipeg […] to try to bring our league into other cities to get these up-and-coming battlers a little bit of a platform.” Palosaari says he wants to take some time to promote the new album, and part of that promotion will involve bringing Most Wanted on the road for a planned eastern tour in summer 2017. It’ll be Palosaari’s second big trip; the first was the Never Slack tour, which took Palosaari west in 2015. “I learned a lot of lessons on [the Never Slack] tour,” he says. “Big lessons that I’m actually taking a lot of time to step back, look at, and then correct for the setting up of my next tour.” For more information, visit


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Drop Down

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rop Down might be a new addition to the city’s music scene, but its members are seasoned veterans. In addition to Spitula Clark members Mike Luce (lead vocals and guitar) and Jen McPhail (drums), the band features Josh Talakoski (guitar), Leif Peltonen (bass), Andrew Domenis (guitar and synth), as well as Alek Silenus (synth). Forming together as a supergroup, the band delivers a unique hybrid of classic psychedelic and shoegaze rock and roll.

the end all six of us share similar taste in music and enjoy creating spacey soundscapes together. And so it’s a total dream whenever we get the chance to get together and play.”

“Jen and I were inspired to make music with these guys because we are big fans of the other bands they play in. Josh and Leif come from Pedestrian Lifestyle, Andrew plays in Visions of Doyle, and Alek performs as Shallow Void,” says Luce. “Happily for us they are fans of our music too and like jamming with us. In

Luce says the band are planning to release their third single this month and already have a single and a four song EP available for streaming or as a pay what you want download on bandcamp.

The band is influenced by classic bands like The Beatles and The Doors, modern psychedelic music by The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Black Angels, plus classic and modern shoegaze, like My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Horrors, and Beach House.

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Coleman Hell

Almost 10 years ago, I watched Coleman Hell give the valedictory speech at my sister’s high school graduation (how Thunder Bay is that?) and I remember thinking: this guy has got it. You know it—that irrepressible charisma that runs through the veins of born entertainers. Hell has got it to spare on his debut LP, Summerland. Coasting on the

smash hit “2 Heads,” Summerland trades in the same infectious, upbeat sound that made Hell’s eponymous EP so popular. There’s a sun-kissed, freewheeling festival vibe to Hell’s sound that’s bound to find a home on headlining stages at Coachella. It’s hard to pick a standout track from Summerland, but if pressed, I’d probably single out “Flower Child,”

KEN Mode’s Nerve gathers up four unreleased tracks and three demos left over from the recording sessions that produced 2015’s Success. As a collection of songs, Nerve is a continuation of Success’ departure from KEN Mode’s established sonic template—bullish, muscular, mongrelized metallic hardcore—in favour of brash, fitful guitar lines and an increased reliance on irreverent vocal hooks. Whether you’re a fan of their recent output largely depends on your fondness for uber-producer Steve Albini’s signature grungy sound. Invoking the legendary producer actually means having him as an unofficial member of the band, as Albini pushes his patented treble-heavy “needle in the red” intensity into the every corner of a song. While the decision to release Nerve further demonstrates of how fruitful the Albini sessions were, it also puts a final exclamation point on this period of KEN Mode’s career. I can’t help but see it as a kind of housecleaning before the next slap of feedback-heavy material from the Winnipeg trio, whatever that may sound like.

Remember the great Canadian music in the 90s? The tragic Tragically Hip, heartthrobbing-in-her-throat Sarah McLachlan, and Blue Rodeo, playing the soundtrack to our lives. It is now 2016 and Blue Rodeo are still at it, putting out their 14th album followed by a busy two month coast-to-coast blitz starting January 11 at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. That show is not to be missed. 1000 Arms shows that they’ve still got it and the original flame is still burning. Jim Cuddy’s plaintive voice pulls at the heart strings, Greg Keelor nail-guns his solos home, and Bob Egan’s soaring pedal steel paints the night sky purple. What’s different this time is the concerted effort to have Cuddy and Keelor sing together, as in “I Can’t Hide This Anymore.” The album also features character songs “Jimmy Fall Down” and “Superstar” that sketch personalities we all know. “The Flame” is a prog-rock Doors-esque epic with a heavy riff borrowed from the Beatles. I especially appreciate “So Hard To See,” which evokes Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane.” See you at the Auditorium next month.

When art and music collide it is rarely easy or popular. Music considered by some to be experimental or unconventional is regrettably disregarded for one reason or another. I think that music is art and many of its forms and variations should be experienced broadly. I have been a huge fan of Tanya Tagaq since first hearing her a few years ago. If you haven’t heard Tagaq’s work before, I would suggest starting with her latest album, Retribution, as it is the best showcase of her message and her medium to date. A world-renowned Inuk throat singer, Tagaq instrumentalizes her voice better than ever while flat out slamming her message home. The title track clearly illustrates Tagaq’s environmental stance and the cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me” immerses you in her personal sufferings at the hands of sexual assault. Tagaq’s ability to express and invoke through music is rare as well as spectacular, and by ramping up the intensity she has somehow created something edgy and ancient, subtle and aggressive, angry and beautiful.

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“Run Wild,” or “Devotion” as favourites. Each track has the potential to be a radio single on par with “2 Heads.” That speaks to the strength of Hell’s album. It’s a confident pop debut, and the sound of a born entertainer hitting his stride.


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Christmas Party

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Like many other people, it was Zooey Deschanel’s singing in Elf that had me pick up She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas back in 2011. While I haven’t run to pick up any of the studio albums Deschanel and M. Ward (who make the duo) have put out recently, I was very pleased to hear there would be a follow up to the Christmas album in the form of Christmas Party. Much like A Very She & Him Christmas, the new Christmas offering from the pair feels like a classic recording, an album to be played around the fireplace at family gatherings for years. Or even an album to be played while sitting, staring out the window at winter, day dreaming. The beautiful juxtaposition of She & Him’s album is that it works for mellow gatherings as well as melancholy quiet contemplation. - Jason Wellwood

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing follows a group of people as they struggle through the Chinese Cultural Revolution and, later, the Tiananmen Square protests. Thien’s story has a slow build, but the good kind of slow build, where we get to experience the “normal” of our characters and really get to know them before she throws them under the bus. This works well to give Do Not Say We Have Nothing a great deal of its poignancy, especially since the author successfully captures the sense that the horrors are unrelenting—that there’s no escaping, that everyone feels powerless—for great lengths of the story. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a really great book, but be forewarned that it’s deeply sad, heavy, and draining to read through; I recommend coming at it with that in mind, or, at least, chasing it with a lighter read.

Is there a better way to show someone how much you care than by making them an edible gift? Lucy Baker doesn’t think so. Her book, Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share, has all of her favourite recipes for snacks, desserts, condiments, preserves, and alcoholic gifts; she also gives tips for making your own gift wrapping. Baker is a self-taught cook who makes sure these recipes only use easy-to-find ingredients and no fancy kitchen gadgets. Most of her recipes can be made in an afternoon. Her voice is very down-to-earth and relatable, making Edible DIY a fun read. And there are gorgeous photos that will make you want to try all of the recipes. I love how Baker’s recipes have a shelf life of at least a week (but often much longer than that), and how her desserts are super portable (they can even be sent by mail!) You can also shop locally for the ingredients and materials you’ll need to make these gifts. If a homemade gift is the way to show family and friends how much you appreciate them, then a homemade gift made with local items is even better!

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On the surface, Goldstone’s synopsis sounds like the set-up for a mediocre neo-western combined with the recycled plot of a Dashiell Hammett novel. But the Australian film is full of depth, touching on social issues including Indigenous rights, human trafficking, corporate greed, and cultural destruction. An Indigenous detective, Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), arrives in a frontier-mining town on a missing persons inquiry and soon opens up a web of crime and corruption. Swan teams up with naïve local cop Josh Waters (Alex Russell) in search for answers, resulting in a slow-burning thriller. During the film, we’re exposed to a microcosm cast of shady characters including a mining boss, a land council leader, a trailer brothel madam, and the mayor. The latter is played by Jacki Weaver, who steals every scene she’s in with her sinister snarl. Goldstone touches on important issues not only facing its native country but ours as well. - Adrian Lysenko

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Story by Pamela Cain, Photos by Adrian Lysenko


hen the First Baptist Church was chartered in 1885 at Prince Arthur’s Landing, the congregation held it first services in a multi-purpose building that served as the town hall, Masonic Lodge, a theatre, and a meeting place. By 1886 a frame church was constructed on the corner of Cumberland Street and Van Norman Street. The congregation quickly outgrew the small quarters and in 1907 the First Baptist Church was built on property acquired by the trustees in 1904 on the corner of what was then Arthur Street (now Red River Road) and Algoma. Praised as “a very handsome structure of Gothic design” in the April 10, 1907 edition of the Daily News, the church’s features included asymmetrical massing, pointed-arched windows, steeply sloping gables, and buttresses along the corners. Architect Thomas C. Hanley (1843-1907) put out a tender call in August of 1906 for the structure and construction began in


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earnest when Mr. R. Coffey arrived from the east to to supervise the erection of the building and oversee the carpentry work. Plans reveal a 91 foot by 87 foot building with a 70 foot tower and capacity to seat 450 people. Constructed of Milton pressed brick, the building is contrasted by the white stone from Simpson Island used for the foundation and buttress caps. The large arched window facing Algoma Street composed of a rosette and five lancets was once claimed to be the biggest stained glass in the city. An Irish windowmaker working only for room and board completed the installation in four months. The site was renovated in 1959, altering the sanctuary, replacing the entrance, and removing and boarding stained glass windows. By 2014, the congregation sought options to deal with the large and aging building and on April 2015 the Urban Abbey was gifted the church. Modeled after ancient Celtic abbeys with a focus

Architecture on prayer, worship, community, hospitality, restoration, and creative arts, the Urban Abbey, part of the Anglican Mission in Canada, began the development of a new neighbourhood-based ministry. In the process of creating a communal dining room, prayer tower, art studio, and housing program, pieces of the building that have been lost over the years have been restored including stained glass windows and heritage elements. The property is identified as a Heritage Property in Waverley Conservation District. Pamela Cain is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee, which advises city council on the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources, and their integration into development. For more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit culture_and_heritage.


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Reduce Heat Loss and Save Money this Winter By Matt Spackman, Customer Service Coordinator, EcoSuperior


f you’ve been a resident of Thunder Bay for a while now, I probably don’t have to tell you that our winters can be pretty brutal. And if you’re new to the area, well, you’ll learn soon enough. However, whether you’ve lived here all of your life, or you just moved here recently, there are plenty of easy and inexpensive things you can do to cut down on your heating costs this year. First, keep any exterior doors and windows you’re not using locked. Locking your doors and windows forces them closer to the weatherstripping that surrounds them, meaning a tighter seal and less air leakage. Next, be sure to close the doors to any unoccupied rooms in the house. This will help keep the heat centralized and cut down on drafts that will disperse the warm air more than necessary. Think about using the sunlight to your best advantage, as well. Keep your curtains open throughout the day, especially on the south side of your home, and utilize the power of the sun


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in order to heat your home. Be sure to trim back any trees or bushes that might obstruct the sun from coming in through the windows. Keeping your heat registers, or vents, clear is also a great way to optimize the amount of heat your furnace is putting out. If the registers are covered by rugs, furniture, or anything else that might obstruct the airflow, the furnace has to work much longer and harder to maintain a comfortable temperature, which will result in higher costs for the homeowner, and the environment. Another way to cut down on air leakage through windows and patio doors is to cover them with a plastic film. This helps to seal warm air in, and keep cold air out. Finally, think about upgrading your thermostat. If you can afford a programmable thermostat, you can schedule exactly what time your furnace turns higher or lower throughout the day, making it incredibly easy to manage the temperature in your home and

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Adult Colouring Books Are More Than a Trend By Sara Chow, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre positive ones. Colouring also provides intellectual benefits because it uses activities and functions of our frontal lobe as well as both the left and right hemispheres of our brain. Some of these activities and functions include considering complex colour schemes, balance, aesthetics, problem-solving, and fine motor skills. Don’t let the association between colouring and children sway you from trying this enjoyable and healthy activity. Another reason that colouring is so beneficial is because it reminds people of a simpler time, when you did things for the joy of it. Recommendations for adult colouring suggest using pencil crayons instead of crayons because they


ooking for a unique gift to give an adult this holiday season? Consider a colouring book. Colouring has become a trendy activity, and the added bonus is that it’s a healthy activity. Health-related gifts are a good idea because New Year’s resolutions are often based on improving health. There are more ways to help your family and friends live a healthier lifestyle beyond gym memberships, running shoes, and clean-eating recipe books (but these are good ideas too!). You can also help the people on your list to reduce their stress by adding some colour into their lives.


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Researchers and therapists have been studying and using colouring as a means of stress relief for many years, with growing popularity starting in the 1990s. In fact, colouring therapy has been used to help people with mental health issues from post-traumatic stress disorder to eating disorders and anxiety disorders because of its ability to relax our minds. In some ways, colouring has become the new meditation. Like meditation, colouring can help us focus our attention on the task, rather than negative and intrusive thoughts. It can also help people be more mindful, focus on the present, and assist in replacing negative thoughts with

allow for more attention to detail and fine motor skills. Art has a growing place in health care. For example, art therapy is being used to help cancer patients express their feelings and cope. While colouring isn’t formally considered art therapy because it doesn’t involve a therapist, many of the principles of self-expression and exploring feelings still apply. Mental health affects everyone, and there’s an adult colouring book out there for everyone (even Game of Thrones fans). Adult colouring is more than just a trend—it’s a great way to take a mental break and a great potential gift idea this holiday season.


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DecemberEventsGuide December 1, 8:30 pm CP Holiday Train with Dallas Smith and Odds CP Train Depot Track, 440 Syndicate Avenue

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is back for its 18th year in an effort to raise money, food, and awareness for local food banks. 

December 1 - January 14 Ineffable - Regional Juried Show and Creators Project Videos Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Ineffable: theme for the 28th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition (open regional call for entry format). Featuring art by 30+ individual, eclectic, and diverse contemporary artists selected from the region, in the only annual professional/paid juried format exhibition in Northwestern Ontario. Creators Project 6 - International Animated Video Art Screenings: A profile of N.A.S.A., 40 eclectic musicians/visual artists from the U.S. and abroad, interested in collaboration and unity by ignoring preconceptions and transcending genre definitions. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon-6 pm; all ages welcome. Admission by donation. 

December 2, noon–5 pm Lakehead University Department of Visual Arts 8th Annual Open House Show and Sale The Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, Second Floor

Presenting hundreds of original artworks and crafts by local artists, students and faculty. Opportunity to purchase and glaze your own ceramic vessel. ) 343–8491

Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Candlelight Yoga The Bodymind Centre

Stretch it out by candlelight. Suggested donation $10 for The Boys and Girls Club. 

December 2, 3, 10, & 16 Christmas Smorgasbords and Dancing Fundraising Parties Slovak Legion

The perfect holiday party for small business or large family/friends gatherings. Only $30 per person includes buffet, music by IDJ Canada, and taxi service. ) 622-3710

December 3 Christmas Craft Sale Broadway United Church

Local crafters selling children’s masks, hooded towels, finger puppets, jewelry, candles, bath and body products, knitting, crocheting, and more! Please come out to show your support and buy local. Admission is free! ) 620-3294

December 3, 1:30–3:30 pm Dutch Canadian St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) Celebration West Arthur Community Centre

The Dutch Canadian Society of Thunder Bay invites you to share a wonderful Dutch tradition, “The Arrival of St. Nicholas,” from the Netherlands. ) 622-3710

December 3, 6 pm Pikkujoulu Gala Dinner Dance Fundraiser Finlandia Club

The Finlandia Association and the Pelimanni Orchestra invite you to attend the Pikkujoulu Gala Dinner Dance Fundraiser. Come out and enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas Dinner, silent auction, cake auction and live entertainment! Tickets are $60 each or $400 for table of 8, and are available at the Hoito cashier. ) 344-7081

December 3 & 10, 10 am–1 pm Kakabeka Legion Market Kakabeka Legion

Lots of vendors, and a $6 bacon and egg breakfast. ) 473-9122

December 2 & 3 Christmas Art Market and Art Supply Sale Gallery 33

Christmas gifts, art, cards, and more for sale from local artists and artisans. Refreshments and holiday music for you to enjoy while you Christmas shop. 

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Wondering where to have your Christmas party this year? With three different dates to choose from, Columbus Centre is the place. Tickets are $29 and include a buffet dinner and dancing with DJFORU. ) 623-3252

December 4, 10 am–4 pm Craftlandia at the Finlandia Finlandia Club

Get your holiday shopping done at Craftlandia at the Finlandia, featuring over 25+ local crafters and artisans. ) 344-7081

December 4, 11 am Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale St. Peter’s Church Hall

Featuring a Christmas bake sale, penny auction and raffle, deli takeouts, kitchen lunch counter and more. ) 623-8106

December 4, 11:30 am Vino and Vinyasa Red Lion Smokehouse

Back by popular demand, Vino and Vinyasa will return this December. Come out for a Sunday morning yoga class followed by a wine tasting. You will sample four wines from around the world accompanied by some tasty treats. This is a B.Y.O.M. event (Bring Your Own Mat). ) 286-0045

December 5–17, 8 pm The Jungle Book Magnus Theatre

Greg Banks’ adaptation of the classic tale. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info. 

December 6, 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lakehead University Fall Preview Day Lakehead University

Lakehead University looks forward to welcoming students from all across Canada to our Thunder Bay Campus for an exciting day of exploration and discovery during the annual Fall Preview Day. 



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December 6, 7 pm The Jungle Book Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

December 9 & 10, 7:30 pm Gryphon Gala 8 Superior CVI

December 7, 2 pm Rock and Roll Craft Show The Outpost

December 10, 11 am Free Info Session: Join Junior Roller Derby Mary J.L. Black Library

Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre gives this classic Rudyard Kipling tale a distinctly northern twist. 

Featuring music, live performances, artists, and crafters. The kitchen and bar will also be open for the event. ) 343-8551

December 7, 6–7 pm Roller Derby Recruitment Session Old Eaton’s Building (Basement), Downtown PA

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December 8 & 9, 7 pm Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. Hammarskjold High School

Drama students at Hammarskjold High School present Willy Wonka Jr., a musical production where five lucky children get an adventurous tour of candy guru Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. ) 767-1631

Superior CVI music department presents an evening of music and dancing. Tickets are $10 and available at Superior CVI. ) 768-7284

Thunder Bay Junior Roller Derby League (TBJRDL) is now accepting new skaters, ages 5-17, for January 2017. Join us December 10 for some treats and information about roller derby, how to register, and where to get gear. Come join the fun! *

December 10, 11 am Christmas Bizarre Bazaar Baggage Building Arts Centre

This unique art and craft fair brings together some of Thunder Bay’s most talented and innovative artists and artisans to sell their fabulous creations. See this month’s Top Five for more info. ) 684-2063

December 10, 7:30–10 pm Cambrian Players Improv Comedy Show Finlandia Club

December 8–10, 7:30 pm Break A Leg! Paramount Theatre

Paramount Live presents this playwithin-a-play. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info. 

Thunder Bay’s favourite improv group started in 2009 and has grown over the years, providing laughter and entertainment to the city. Everything is made up on the spot. No scripts, just fun. You may have a chance to participate with us, so be ready! Bar opens at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. This is a 19+ event. Tickets are $5 cash at the door. 

December 9, 7–9 pm Rockin’ Santa Skate Fort William Gardens

December 10, 10 pm Christmas Carol Singalong Red Lion Smokehouse

Shaw presents the Rockin’ Santa Skate in support of PRO Kids. Admission is $2 per person. Family fun includes face painting, chuck-a-duck, prizes, and a beginner’s area. Small fees apply to extra activities. Concessions will be open during the event. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 yrs and younger but are recommended for all skaters. ) 625-3212

Christmas carolling meets karaoke! Pick your favourite Christmas carol and belt it out with friends or on your own. Every time you carol on the stage, your name will be entered into a prize draw. Audience participation actively encouraged. Sing your hearts out, Thunder Bay! ) 286-0045


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December 11, 10 am–4 pm Silvana’s Christmas Event DaVinci Centre

A vendor’s market with 62 Vendors featuring clothing, jewelry, beauty products, home baked goodies, handmade crafts, kitchen and home designs, and much more! ) 623-2415

December 11, 2–4 pm Some Kind A Christmas Show Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Everyone’s favourite annual Christmas variety show is back, featuring classic Christmas cartoons, Rodney Brown, Tully the Magician, Experience Dance, Juggler Eric Miller, a visit from Santa Claus, and a whole lot more. 

December 11, 7-8:30 pm Full Moon Gong and Crystal Bowl Meditation The Bodymind Centre

Suggested donation $15. 

December 14, 7:15 pm Lakehead Stamp Club Meeting Hammarskjold High School Library

Program is a Christmas party, with a penny auction and potluck. Entry is free, and visitors are welcome. ) 475-4515

December 16, 6:30 & 8:30 pm A Celtic Christmas with Pierre Schryer and Clay Breiland In Common Restaurant

Come out and enjoy an intimate miniconcert performed by fiddler Pierre Schryer and guitarist Clay Breiland. In Common Restaurant will offer their regular savoury meals and tasty drinks for purchase. There are only two seatings, at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Seats are limited for both times, so reserve your spot(s) now! Ticket price is $15, meals and drinks not included. ) 344-4450 or *

December 16, 8 pm Jingle Bash for ALS CLE Coliseum

Now in its third year, Jingle Bash for ALS is a fun and festive annual fundraising event to support local ALS patients in the region. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

December 16, 10 pm Vinyl Friday Red Lion Smokehouse

The Doctor is back with his collection of vinyl. If you need to brush up on your skills for music bingo, this is the night to do it. Great tunes, great beer, great food. ) 286-0045

December 16 & 17, 7 pm The Nutcracker Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

The Minnesota Ballet returns to Thunder Bay with their production of this iconic Christmas ballet. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

December 17, 1–4:30 pm 10×10 Theatre Workshop: Director’s Toolkit Waverley Library Auditorium

Emerging theatre artists who want to develop their skills at directing are welcome to come out for this free workshop! Registration required. Limited to 15 participants. 

December 17, 7–9 pm Painting as a Spiritual Practice: The Mystic Heart Student Art Show Blue Sky Community Healing Centre

The Mystic Heart Christmas Student Art Show is a celebration of the mindful, intentional work having been done in this Painting as a Spiritual Practice course, led by Angela Gollat. Admission by donation. 

December 20 & 21, 7–9 pm The Jingle Bell Mystery St. Ignatius High School

This holiday play has a message that preaches teachings of love, peace, and charity, a charming mystery is perfect for families and children of all ages. A portion of the proceeds are in support of Shelter House Thunder Bay and donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items are being collected at the door as well. ) 344-8433

December 21, 8–10:30 Quiz Night Red Lion Smokehouse

Let’s get quizzical! Test your knowledge Thunder Bay! Teams of up to six players, $2 per person, B.Y.O.P. event (Bring Your Own Pen Please!). Prizes to be won. Bookings are recommended, walk-ins welcome. Minimum spend of $20 per person. ) 286-0045

December 21, 8:15-9:45 pm Winter Solstice Celebration with Gong and Crystal Bowls The Bodymind Centre

Bring your “calling in” and “letting go” lists. Suggested donation of $15. 

December 22, 6 pm Kanutski’s Christmas Party Finlandia Club

December 29, 6:30–9:30 pm Fundraiser Night in Support of the MS Society Superior Shores Gaming Association

A great opportunity to gather your friends or coworkers this holiday season! Must be 18+ to play bingo, and 19+ to be served alcohol. ) 344-2944

Until December 30 Lakehead Visual Arts Winter Gallery Arthur Street Marketplace

Members present their newest works. See this month’s Art section for more info. 

December 31, 7- 9pm New Year’s Gong and Crystal Bowl Meditation The Bodymind Centre

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December 31, 7 pm New Year’s Eve Gala Slovak Legion

Celebrate the new year at the Slovak Legion with music from 21 Gun Fun. Includes dinner, party favours, midnight snack, taxi service. Tickets are $60. ) 623-3354

Until January 7 John Books: Oxen of the Sun Thunder Bay Art Gallery

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Until January 8 Norval Morrisseau: Recent Acquisitions Permanent Collection Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Recent acquisitions Of Norval Morrisseau works to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection. 

Until January 29 My Corner of the World Thunder Bay Museum

Quilting exhibit featuring quilts from members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. See this month’s Art section for more info. 

Until March 5 SWINE Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibit by local artist Elizabeth Buset. See this month’s Art section for more info. 

A night of food, music and fun at the Finlandia Club featuring DJ Classic Roots, Bobby Narcisse (The Nish King), Nick Sherman, Ira Johnson, Natasha and Hannah Fisher, Sara Kanutski, James Wilkinson and Jamie Labrador. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Fireweed. ) 344-7081

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Music December 1 Prime Time Karaoke Branch #5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • 19+ December 2 Prelude to Christmas: The Music of Frank Sinatra – Night 1 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 7:30 pm • $15-$30 • AA Perfect Storm MC Battles The Westfort 9 pm • $10 • 19+ The Honest Heart Collective w/ Soapboxer The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 3 Boreal The Polish Hall 7 pm • $25-30 • AA Prelude to Christmas: The Music of Frank Sinatra – Night 2 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 7:30 pm • $15-$30 • AA Consortium Aurora Borealis presents TBSO: From Mozart to Mendelssohn St. Paul’s United Church 8 pm • $10-$15 • AA 4th Annual HoHoHo Drag Show Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $10 • 19+

December 4 Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents In the Spirit Hilldale Lutheran Church 7 pm • By Donation • AA Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert – Night 1 Bethlehem Lutheran, Grand Marais 7 pm • No Cover • AA

December 5 Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert – Night 2 Bethlehem Lutheran, Grand Marais 7 pm • No Cover • AA December 6 James Boraski The Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA Machine Gun Kelly Crocks 8 pm • $40 • AA The Best of the Best Karaoke Contest The Foundry 8 pm • No Cover • 19+

December 8 Damon Dowbak The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ Page 38 + Visual Past + Big Dog + The Moods Black Pirates Pub 8 pm • $6 • AA Prime Time Karaoke Branch #5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • 19+

December 9 James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution Club Retro (The Hodder) 7 pm • $5 • 19+ Ruby Red’s & the Silver Lining w/ Engine House + DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+ Café Paris Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ Maple Sons Debut w/ Kyle Shushack Crocks 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 10 Crosstown Blues Band Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 7 pm • No Cover • AA TBSO Pops #3: Holiday Pops Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 7 pm • $16.50-$47.25 • AA Heavy Metal Xmas ft. Tapout + Femur + Solartide + 12 Gauge Prayer Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+ Christmas Carol Sing-Along Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ Karaoke Tournament Finale ft. The Marwills + DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 13 James Boraski The Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA TBSO Benefit Concert in Support of Shelter House Thunder Bay Hilldale Lutheran Church 7 pm • By Donation • AA The Best Karaoke In TBay The Foundry 10pm • No Cover • 19+

December 15 Sharp Ninth The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ Protest the Hero + A Wilhelm Scream + Auras + Cyclamen Crocks 7:30 pm • $25 • AA Prime Time Karaoke Brand #5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • 19+

The Bay Street Bastards The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 17 Holiday Yule And Piano Duel Rockhouse 7:30 pm • $50 • 19+ Holiday Sugar Shakedown The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 20 James Boraski The Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA Thunder Bay Community Band Hilldale Lutheran Church 7:30 pm • $5-$10 • AA The Best Karaoke In TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

December 22 The Joe Petch Quartet The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ Prime Time Karaoke Branch #5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • 19+

December 23 Morning Light Unplugged Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • $5 • 19+

December 26 Rock the Box 2016 ft. The Other Colour + The Bachynski Project + Don’t You(,) Mean People? + Collin Clowes Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+ December 27 James Boraski The Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

December 28 The Dudes + Metamorphunk + Faucet + The Greenmind Black Pirates Pub 8 pm • $6 • AA December 29 Prime Time Karaoke Branch #5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • 19+ 17th Annual Waxmas Throwdown The Foundry 9:30 pm • $5 • 19+

December 31 James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 8 pm • No Cover • AA

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LU Radio’s Monthly Top 20 CILU 102.7fm’s Monthly Charts for this issue reflect airplay for the month ending November 14, 2016.


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Royal Canoe*

Something Got Lost Between Here And The Orbit



Bon Iver

22, A Million



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree

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Royal Mountain


A Tribe Called Red*

Pirates Blend


The Ballantynes*

La Ti Da


Drive-By Truckers



Tanya Tagaq*

Six Shooter





We Are The Halluci Nation

15 We Are Wolves*

16 Okkervil River


17 Leonard Cohen*

You Want It Darker


18 Fresh Snow*



Sao Paulo Underground



Mei Han and Red Chamber ASZA



Warner Music Spain



Tom Teasley

Hip Hop


Buzz Records

20 Regina Spektor

Remember Us To Life




Another Helpful Medicine




Lori Cullen*


True North


Tracy K*


Brian Baggett*




Kat Gang

NKG Records


Pretty Archie*



Coco Love Alcorn*



Mississippi Live and The Dirty Dirty*



Lauren Mann*


Nuclear Blast

Eastern Journey


Last Call Chernobyl*


Devin Townsend Project* InsideOut



Run The Jewels

Mass Appeal


Deltron 3030




Sub Pop



11 Communist Daughter



Coleman Hell*



Bear Mountain*

Last Gang



In My Room


The Devil Doesn't Want You EP

10 The Balconies*



The Cracks That Built The Wall


12 The Pack A.D.*

Positive Thinking

Cadence Music Group

13 The Radio Dept.

Running Out of Love


14 Snowblink*

Returning Current

Outside Music

Human Nature

What's The Rush?


El Pasajero

Wax Tailor

American Band


Love and the Lack Thereof



By Any Beats Necessary

First Contact



Singles Cassette

Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs

Classical & Contemporary Chinese Music

Heavy Paranoia

Day Breaks

Cantos Invisiveis

Hand Drawn Dracula

19 Fake Palms*

Operation: Mindcrime



Fantôme Records



Last Call Chernobyl

Sing Alongs and Love Songs Wonderland

I Ain't Dyin' (EP) Dearestly


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‘Tis the Season to Simmer Down By Betty Carpick Simplify. Practice the importance and satisfaction of giving rather than receiving. Put in more thought to spending less and doing less. Dialing down will give you more capacity to enjoy the simple pleasures of the season. Buy quality local food. Value what you spend by being mindful with your preparations and the enjoyment they bring. Go for the no-fuss approach with simple favourites. Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? Practice sustainability. Show love for the planet. Aim for zero-waste. Practice the Five R’s: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle. It can seem daunting to make changes in our lives, especially around the holidays. But step back, admire your hard work, play some music, smell the evergreen boughs, and see what being chill can do for the human spirit.


hether you celebrate Christmas for its religious origins or as a secular holiday, it’s Canada’s biggest feast day and the days leading up to it are laden with promises to elevate the experience. Have a love or hate relationship with consumerist culture? It’s hard to be immune. Like a restless pugilist the retail world flexes its muscles and sinks its hooks into our psyches. Beginning in October, store aisles vibrate with wreaths, garlands, trees, lights, decorations, tree toppers, accents, cards, food, candy, tipples, and the fragrant incense of cloves. In 2015, each average income Canadian burned through about $1500 in celebration of the season. Despite a tightening of belts from recent years, the seductive powers of advertising, peppermint mochas, and glitter entice even the most cynical.

cute, jolly, whimsical, or dazzling, you may as well forget about snapping a photo, let alone posting it with a clever hashtag. It’s enough to leave one unwrapped.

The pressure to uphold someone else’s ideal, the over exposure to tchotchkes inspired by the latest Disney movie, television show, or video game craze, the pressure to succumb to overspending, the responsibility of performing culinary magic, and the blaring of incessant interpretations of “Silent Night” can bring on a numbing stress. Organizing, crafting, curating, baking, and transforming traditions into beautiful Instagram- and Pinterest-worthy classics adds up to a competitive sport. When your preparations don’t look festive,

Plan ahead. Some tasks like decluttering and cleaning house are inevitable. Regardless of whether you have years of experience or you're a newbie, early preparation before you decorate reduces anxiety. If all else fails, light lots of candles.


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Whatever traditions you have or adopt on your own, with family, friends and community, there are many things that you can do to step away from the tsunami of hype and consumerism. Since we instinctively know what we should be enjoying, it’s relatively straightforward to prioritize what’s most important to appreciate a calmer and more meaningful time. Slow down. Don’t feel like you have to please everyone. Limit what you have to do by asking yourself what brings joy to the season and what takes away from it. Relax. Take a break from constructing the perfect gingerbread house.

Cultivate connections. Spend time with family, friends, and others. Enjoy individuals and generations by working together to plan and celebrate old and new traditions. Admit that everything isn’t Technicolour.


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