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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Rebekah Skochinski Associate Editor Amy Jones Senior Editor Tiffany Jarva Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Marketing & Sales Manager Logan Wright: ​ Photographers Chris Merkley, Darren McChristie, Bill Gross, Storm Carroll, Shannon Lepere, Dave Koski, Tara George, Amy Vervoort, Tyler Sklazeski Art Directors Steve Coghill, R.G.D., Dave Koski, R.G.D.: Business Manager Doug McChristie Ad Designer Jessica Gagnon​ The Walleye is a free monthly publication distributed on racks throughout Thunder Bay and region. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission is strictly forbidden. Views expressed herein are those of the author exclusively. Copyright © 2012 by Superior Outdoors Inc. All Rights Reserved. Editorial and Advertising: Submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Superior Outdoors cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. Superior Outdoors Inc. Suite 242, 1100 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3 Telephone (807) 624-1215 ; Fax (807) 623-5122 E-mail: Printed in Canada Superior Outdoors Inc donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet In Error We incorrectly reported that there are three owners of F&M Cabinets. Frank Armiento is the sole owner.

The Best of the Best


s I look back at the year 2012, and in particular the results of the Best of Thunder Bay Readers’ Survey, it’s pretty tough to wipe the smile off of my face. Taking on the role of editor has certainly changed my life. I’m a lot busier than I used to be, but along with the extra work comes an enormous sense of gratitude for the city and the people in it—from the neighbours who help me shovel my driveway, to family and friends who support me (and laugh at all of my jokes), to the people I work with and meet every day putting together this magazine. I know the best people. The city is full of them. And the results of our survey back me up on that. As you flip through the opening pages, you’ll see what I mean. There are people who inspire you, places that you enjoy and appreciate, and things that make you feel like you’re connected to and part of this great city we call home. And home, as you know, has a lot going on! The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has an impressive new exhibition by Aboriginal artist Carl Beam, and Amy Vervoort explores the benefits of community acupuncture. Tara George goes speed skating, Justyna Kondakow tells us how to trust our inner trendsetter and EcoSuperior encourages us to be greener. The UN declared 2013 the Year of Quinoa. Really? That’s what she (Amy Jones) said. January 7 is Ukrainian Christmas and Nancy Serediak shares her traditions with us, and Rachel Globensky gives us a recipe for borscht. To commemorate a new year we have some new things to introduce to you. Each month we will highlight a vendor from the Thunder Bay Country Market and the screen-obsessed and kind-hearted Michael Sobota begins contributing a column about movies. The Walleye closed out the year with two City of Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards, a recognition for which we were truly honoured. To which I would like to add my personal thanks to Team Walleye. You are the best! And here’s to another year of promoting arts and culture in Thunder Bay. -RS

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6 CoverStory: The Best of Thunder Bay Readers’ Survey

■ 6 Best of: Food ■ 7 Best of: The Arts ■ 8 Best of: CityScene ■ 9 Best of: Events ■ 10 Best of: Music ■ 11 Best of: Film&Theatre ■ 11 Thunder Bay’s Best Kept Secret


■ 12 Bight Restaurant & Bar ■ 13 Ukrainian Christmas Eve ■ 13 Hot Buns ■ 15 What the Hell is Quinoa?


■ 16 The Second Most Pleasurable Thing We Do in the Dark

■ 17 The Little Mermaid Jr. ■ 17 10 by 10 ■ 18 Preview: Café Daughter ■ 18 Docs on Bay THE ARTS


■ 27 A True Celebration of Bach ■ 38 Community Acupuncture ■ 28 The Tragically Hip and Iconic ■ 38 A New Year of Actions Rather Canadian Bands

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■ 22 2013 Style Psyche ■ 23 The Society of Excellent Men ■ 23 Speed Skating ■ 24 My Ukrainian Christmas ■ 25 Country Market - Feature

Than Resolutions

■ 29 Ten Bands, Four Nights of

■ 39 Quitting Smoking

■ 29 Thunder Bay Youth



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■ 30 The Sheepdogs with Yukon Blonde

■ 19 Carl Beam at the Thunder Bay ■ 31 Shake Off the Winter Blues Art Gallery ■ 20 Stephanie Siemieniuk ■ 21 New Exhibition at Definitely


with Danny Michel in Concert

■ 31 Listen and Join In ARCHITECTURE

■ 36 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

■ 40 New Year’s Green Resolutions ■ 41 Lars on Homes Electrical in the Home

■ 15 Drink of the Month ■ 34 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 42 January EVENTS ■ 44 The Wall ■ 45 The Eye ■ 46 ZYGOTE bop






Find out more about this dynamic arts organization, our projects in the community and schools and how you can be involved. The general public is welcome to attend.

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Rumours Dining Room January 19

Think vegan cuisine has to be boring? Think again. The folks at Veg Thunder Bay, in partnership with Confederation College Culinary Management Program, are bringing some excitement and glamour to veganism with Thunder Bay’s first annual Vegan Iron Chef competition at Rumours Dining Room. In this live take-off of the popular Food Network program Iron Chef, finalists will be paired with a student sous-chef from the college to battle it out, Kitchen Stadium-style, in a two-hour vegan food fight to the death (or just until the clock runs out). Don’t miss this chance to see whose meat-and-dairyfree cuisine reigns supreme. Allez cuisine! 766-9991


North Shore Brewery Tour


Banff Mountain Film Festival Thunder Bay Community Auditorium January 27

If a trip to Banff isn’t in the cards for you this winter, let Banff come to you instead. This year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes a stop in Thunder Bay Crossing the Ice this January, bringing worldclass films on the themes of exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sport to the Community Auditorium. This year’s featured films are Crossing the Ice and Last of the Great Unknown. Hosted by the Alpine Club of Canada’s Thunder Bay Branch, the festival begins with a symposium and displays at 6 pm, with the films being shown at 7 pm. Tickets for this event are only $14 — much more affordable than plane fare and lift tickets, that’s for sure.

Thunder Bay to Duluth January 25–27

If you’ve had a chance to try any of the recent offerings from Sleeping Giant Brewing Co, you know that these people really do know their beer. Who better, then, to host an international brewery tour? Departing Thunder Bay at 4 pm on January 25, the inaugural North Shore Brewery Tour takes guests on a tour of four of northern Minnesota’s finest breweries: Castle Danger Brewery, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Lake Superior Brewing, and Canal Park Brewing Company. The $480 price tag includes round trip travel, accommodation, out-of-country medical insurance, a Brew Crew t-shirt, food and, of course, beer. If you can’t make this year’s tour, never fear; The Walleye will be reporting on all the beery goodness along the way.


Derelicte 5 - A Fashion Odyssey Black Pirates Pub January 26

There might be more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking, but at Derelicte, Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s unique annual fundraiser, fashion is still king. Promising to be a spectacle unlike anything you have ever seen before on the catwalk, the show features wearable art, live bands, DJs, artists, raffles and prizes, belly dancing, a drag show and lots of fashion from local fashion houses Pneumaticity, Creation Body Piercing, Red Earth Imports, The Loop, The Craft Collective, Lux Boutique, Crafty Cocoon, Perfect Fit Lingerie, and Mars. There will even be a walk-off challenge, although no word yet as to whether David Bowie will be in attendance to judge.

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The Tragically Hip Fort William Gardens January 29

One of the hardest working bands in Canada, The Tragically Hip are once again on the road, this time promoting their thirteenth studio album, Now For Plan A. The tour makes a stop in Thunder Bay at the Fort William Gardens on January 29, with TBay favourites Arkells in the coveted opening spot. If you have never seen this iconic band live, do yourself a huge favour and check out this show — going to a Hip concert is a Canadian institution and for many, a rite of passage. Their music was made for arenas, and their magnetic front man Gord Downie was born for the stage, elevating their most beloved hits into wild moments of rock and roll performance art.

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The Best of Thunder Bay Readers’ Survey Write-Ups By: Tara George, Tiffany Jarva, Amy Jones, Michelle McChristie, and Rebekah Skochinski

We had a hunch that TBay’ers were ready for a readers’ survey. And we were right. It’s a chance to highlight the awesome people, places and things in our city. So, what are you waiting for, read on to find out the results! *If we missed a category, please tell us so that we can include it next time.

The winners of some Walleye swag: ■ Jamie Baraskewich ■ Derek Desa ■ Kristy King

■ Tamara Rose ■ Rita Tosolini


Best Place for a Late Night Nosh 1. The Sovereign Room We all know you’re not supposed to eat after 8 pm or something ridiculous like that, but we also know that sometimes you just can’t wait out that long stretch between dinner and breakfast without totally stuffing your face. Thankfully, Top Chef Thunder Bay winner the Sov makes sure that you’re noshing on the right kinds of things with their must-try pub fare: chicken and waffles, fig and prosciutto pizza, empanadas, wings, and the said-with-a-salivating-whisper duck confit poutine. Wash it all back with your favourite brew and you can call it a day. Well done, friends.

2. Madhouse Tavern & Grille

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3. Husky

Best Finn Pancakes

Best Dessert 1. Caribou Restaurant & Wine Bar

There are no two ways about it. If you’re a Thunder Bayer, this is how you like your pancakes: so large they overlap the plate, thin and crispy on the edges, layered with butter, and overrun with syrup. Recently featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, the Hoito is a significant historical landmark in our city that serves all day breakfast (hello, that means all day pancakes!) and it’s always worth the wait, even when the line snakes up the stairs and out onto the sidewalk. The trick is to eat the pancakes quickly and not to weigh yourself on that over-sized scale on the way out. So tempting but, no.

It’s the thing that everyone wants but that no one really needs. Caribou Restaurant & Wine Bar has such a tempting array of desserts that no matter how much you enjoyed your meal, you always find yourself giving in to a taste of something sweet. All made in-house, they have seasonal offerings (Belluz Farm berries are lovely in the summer months) and standbys like gelato and Bananas Foster—a crisp, candied cup topped with bananas, bathed in a decadent sauce served over ice cream. Always beautifully plated, it’s an after-dinner treat for your eyes as well as your stomach.

2. Thunder Bay Restaurant

2. Bistro One

3. Kangus Sauna

3. The Keg

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Best Coney Dogs 1. McKellar Confectionary The secret really is in the sauce when it comes to Coney. McKellar Confectionary has been a mainstay on the south side of town, slathering hamburgers and hot dogs with that indescribably good sauce since we were all knee-high to grasshoppers. The regulars line the counter, others chow down in booths or at tables, and many take theirs to go, wrapped individually in wax paper and stuffed into brown bags. For that truly authentic taste, they must be loaded with raw onion. It builds character. (Or was that hair on your chest?) Jon Nelson

2. Westfort Coney Island

Best Pizza

Best Patio

Best Apps

Best Perogies

1. Eat Local 2. Papa Piccolino’s 3. Golden Bakery

1. The Bean Fiend 2. Five Forks 3. The Growing Season

1. The Sovereign Room 1. Polish Legion, (Simpson Street) 2. Madhouse 2. Polish Hall, (Court Street) 3. Gargoyles 3. Lucy Q Perogies​

Best Fries

1. Greeks on Hodder 2. Nippers 3. Bonobos

3. Greeks on Hodder

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Best Visual Artist 1. Chris Merkley

Best Author 1. Michael Christie Quill & Quire called his first book, The Beggar’s Garden, “dazzling,” the Georgia Strait called it “transcendent,” and the National Post compared him to Mordecai Richler. He is the winner of the 2011 Vancouver Book Award, a finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Award, and long-listed for the coveted Giller Prize. Clearly, Thunder Bay’s Michael Christie has the world at his fingertips. Still, he has not only chosen to call our city home, but since his return has become an active and beloved member of the literary community—and we are all the luckier for it.

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Best Art Gallery 1. Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Definitely Superior Art Gallery Out of 60 questions in our survey, this was the only tie—we even double checked the responses to be sure. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery (The AG) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (DefSup) are distinct in the way they bring art to our community and the region.

2. Kurt Martell

The AG, which opened in 1976, was described by one reader as, “Posh and well-lit, what an art gallery should be.” DefSup was incorporated in 1988, and readers are impressed with their grassroots efforts, “the hardest working people I know, bringing excellent cultural opportunities to Thunder Bay.” Both galleries are dynamic and innovative in terms of their exhibitions, events and arts education.

3. Charlie Wilkins

2. Painted Turtle

Not only can he draw wicked zombies based on real people from the Thunder Bay area, Chris Merkley (aka Merk) is also a talented photographer, painter and sculptor. A Lakehead University Fine Arts grad who left Thunder Bay, but thankfully boomeranged back, Merkley has been taking photos for The Walleye pretty much since the magazine’s start and he’s the creative machine behind the monthly comic strip Zygote Bop. Laid back and easygoing, he has a way of making all of his hard work look effortless.

2. Christian Chapman 3. Julie Cosgrove

Best Book

1 Nowadays 2 The Beggar’s Garden 3 Breakfast at the Hoito

Best Public Art Installation

Best Art Exhibit 1. Roy Thomas Retrospective

Best Street Art 1. Die active murals

1. The Marina

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Best Female Athlete 1. Haley Irwin The Staal brothers aren’t the only hockey heroes to come out of our city— for many young women, Haley Irwin, who spent her youth playing hockey with the guys, and was the first girl to make an AAA-level boys team in Thunder Bay, is the greatest role model they could ask for. The former UMD Bulldog went on to play for Canada in the 2009 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, and won gold as part of Canada’s Olympic team in 2010. Irwin now plays for the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which might now actually get some well-deserved attention from a nation going through NHL withdrawal.

2. Krista McCarville 3. Katie Weatherston

Best Blog 1. Mama Non Grata ( On Mama Non Grata, Susan Goldberg’s hugely popular blog, the displaced Torontonian and mother of two writes plenty about the trials and tribulations of being a mother. But this is not your typical Mommy Blog. Goldberg’s writing is incisive, self-deprecating, hilarious, and heartbreaking—often all in the same post—while tackling topics as varied as writing, LGBTQ+ issues, feminism, cancer, Judaism, and the strange vagaries of life in Thunder Bay. And our readers aren’t the only ones who appreciate her unique, candid writing style. Goldberg was recently selected as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year for 2012. To which we say: we knew her when.

2. Amy’s Garden ( 3. Ski Ninjas (

Best Place to Swim 1. Canada Games Complex It’s no doubt that a facility with a 77-metre pool is a favourite place to spend time. For many, escaping to the Complex is the only real reprieve we get from the cold winter months. Built in 1981 to house the Canada Summer Games aquatic events, the facility is impressive, with something to please everyone. If you were to swim from one end of the pool to the other, you’d likely encounter youngsters testing the shallow waters, swimming lessons, lane swimmers, aquafit classes, divers, and Thundersliders. The Swirlpool, with warmer water and hydrotherapy water jets, is perfect for those looking to do a little more relaxing. Tara George

2. Cascades 3. Wild Goose 8

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Best New Building 1. Baggage Building Arts Centre What was once old, is now new. The historic CN freighthandling shed, constructed in the early 1900s, was expanded upon and renovated into the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing. The architect, Brook McIlroy, designed the open-concept space using a variety of contrasting materials that meld beautifully to create a warm urban atmosphere. The natural light from the floor-to-ceiling, southeastfacing windows highlights the once exposed brick wall of the original structure, seemingly transforming it into a piece of art itself. The unique design concepts continue outdoors, where a water feature highlights the building’s entrance. As if beauty wasn’t enough, the building is also environmentally sustainable.

2. City Hall 3. Mary JL Black Library

CoverStory Best Park 1 Marina Park 2 Vickers Park 3 Hillcrest

Best Skating Rink Darren McChristie

1 Marina 2 Grandview 3 Norwest Rec Centre

Best Place to Walk a Dog

Best View of the Sleeping Giant 1. Hillcrest Park There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the Giant, or witnessing the day’s end light bathe our sleeping symbol in a pink hue. The best place to take in these spectacular sights is Hillcrest Park. Generations of locals have flocked to the perched park in order to catch an unobstructed glimpse of our Giant gem. It’s readily accessible location also makes it a favourite “place to see” when visitors are in town. The view from Hillcrest Park is the perfect reminder of the natural beauty that surrounds our city.

2. Marina Park 3. Bluffs

1 Boulevard Lake 2 Cascades Conservation Area 3 Tree Farm

Best Place for a Bike Ride 1 Boulevard Lake 2 Centennial Park 3 Shuniah Mines

Best Urban Hike

1 Cascades Conservation Area 2 Centennial Park 3 Boulevard Lake

Best Place to Play in the Snow 1 Balsam Pits 2 Hillcrest Park 3 Kamview

Best Place to Read the Walleye 1 Calico 2 Marina 3 Bean Fiend

Best Neighbourhood 1 Bay and Algoma 2 Mariday Park 3 Current River

Best Place for a First Date 1 Madhouse 2 The Sovereign Room 3 Boulevard Lake

Best Place to People Watch

Best Place to Best Impress Visitor Comedian 1 Marina Park 2 Sleeping Giant 3 Kakabeka Falls

1 Kris Labelle 2 Dr Funnybone 3 Chris Holland

Best Way to Spend $5

Best Sports Team

1 Calico Coffee 2 Persian 3 Country Market

Best Tbayism 1 Persian 2 Camp 3 Shag

Best Tweeter

1 Lawrence Badanai (@badanai) 2 Amy Jones (@ amylaurajones) 3 Fashion Operation (@LaModeOperandi)

Best Celebrity 1 Paul Shaffer 2 Kevin Durrand 3 The Staals

1 Marina 2 Intercity Mall 3 Bay Street

1 Thunderwolves hockey 2 Thunderwolves men’s basketball team 3 Border Cats

Best Male Athlete 1 Eric Staal 2 Patrick Sharp 3 Alex Dupuis

Best Grassroots Organization 1 Roots to Harvest 2 Ecosuperior 3 Evergreen

Best Issue to Debate

1 Multiplex location 2 Wind farm 3 Bike Lanes

Events Best Free Event 1. Summer in the Parks It’s hard to believe, but Summer in the Parks has been around since 1904. That’s over 100 years of free concerts—a true testament to Thunder Bay’s love of music, and our city’s commitment to a vibrant arts scene. Held at Marina Park, the lineup includes local musicians as well as guests from other parts of the country, and features performances in a variety of musical styles. With an artisans’ market, children’s activities, and food concessions on site, there’s no better way to spend a balmy Wednesday evening in the summer months.

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2. Canada Day 3. Movies at the Marina

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Best Kids’ Event

Best Fundraising Event 1 Dep Sup The Hunger 2 Empty Bowls 3 Toys for Tots

1. Teddy Bears Picnic Held annually in July, the Teddy Bears Picnic won the most votes, by far, for the best kids’ event. The city’s recreation division started the picnic at Vickers Park in 1983 and it continues to grow in popularity. Over 35 community groups take part in the event, which is free to attend, and includes crafts, entertainment, and a teddy bear parade. Kids love the Boo Boo Bear Station, where volunteers stitch-up injured teddy bears. The Teddy Bears Picnic will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013; as one reader said, “It’s just so cute, and wonderful that it has continued for so many years.”

Best Free Event 1 Summer in the Parks 2 Canada Day 3 Movies at the Marina

Best Festival 1 Bluesfest 2 Hymers Fall Fair 3 Canada Day

2. Kite Festival 3. Benny Birch’s Birthday

Music Best Place to See Live Music

Best Karaoke Singer

1 Crocks 2 Black Pirates Pub 3 The Foundry

1. Jess Nunes

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No doubt about it: the karaoke scene in Thunder Bay is bursting with talent and fierce competition. And singer Jess Nunes has proven time and again that she has the chops to up the stakes. A 2011 North of Superior Karaoke Idol winner, the classically trained Nunes also plays the keyboards and clarinet and has played with concert bands and symphonies across Canada. Don’t be deceived by her nonchalant and very sweet approach to the stage. When Nunes sings, be it a Meatloaf or Janis Joplin tune, she performs with passion and hooks the audience, who inevitably ends up wanting more.

Best Place to Dance

1 Crocks 2 The Rockhouse 3 Black Pirates Pub

Best Band/ Performer

1 The Auditor General 2 Robin Ranger 3 Rodney Brown

2. Courtney O’Connor 3. Marc Goyan

Best DJ

1 DJ Luv 2 Fabulous Dave 3 Classic Roots

Best Busker

Best CD

1. Eric the Juggler

1 Songs of Fort William, Rodney Brown 2 Pitch Pipes, Jean-Paul De Roover 3 The Golden Hour, Ocean City Defender​

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The fact that Eric the Juggler won best busker even though it was listed under music is a testament to his popularity and work ethic. When it comes to busking, Eric (Miller) says “starting randomly in front of a crowd is the hardest thing to do, but when I start, everything makes sense in my world, and it’s fantastic.” His performances include knives, fire, a chainsaw, and more benign objects, like clubs and balls. In second place was “the guy from the Hoito”—who we believe is Keith Levanon. According to a comment on Bandwiki, Levanon can play circles around many guitarists in the city.


FilmTheatre Best Film

1 Little Bit Zombie 2 Teabagged 3 Love and Hate

Best Film Fest

1 Bay Street Film Festival 2 Biindigaate Film Festival 3 NOFSA

Best Theatre Production

Best YouTube Video 1. Into the Night If you’re on any kind of social media site, chances are you’ve already seen Ilo Photo’s Into the Night. The video, which documents a midnight free-ski session on the hills of Port Arthur, went viral last February, and with its combination of gorgeous videography, breathtaking views of Thunder Bay at night, a great soundtrack, and some pretty sick skiing, it’s no wonder. If you haven’t seen it, check it out, and make sure to read the comments section—usually a wasteland of negativity that’s best to avoid, in this case it’s actually full of love and support, fierce city pride, and all-around positive vibes.

Best Actor

1 A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Magnus Theatre 2 Lend me a Tenor, Cambrian Players​

1. Kevin Durand

Best Actress

Kevin Durand’s name might not be immediately recognizable, but his face—or more likely, his frame—probably is. An alumnus of St. Ignatius High School, Thunder Bay-born actor Durand is known for his size, and often plays the bad guy, taking on roles such as a hired thug in the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma, supervillian Fred J. Dukes in X Men Origins: Wolverine, a neo-Nazi hit man in Smokin’ Aces, and the mercenary Martin Keamy on the television show Lost. But don’t let his on-screen persona fool you—it’s obvious from interviews that Durand is a genuinely nice guy, and a great ambassador for his hometown.

1 Jo-Ann Waytowich 2 Lauren Payette 3 Emily Upper

2. Jay Stapleton 3. Lawrence Badanai

Thunder Bay’s Best Kept Secret Tallying the results for this question was a bit of a challenge because the answers were so diverse. The persian was a common response, with Holland Bakery leading the pack in terms of bakeries, but, let’s face it—they are hardly a secret. By far, the dominant theme was the quality of life in Thunder Bay. Readers of The Walleye value our affordable housing, thriving arts and culture scene, and having Lake Superior and the boreal forest at our doorstep. And, as one person said, “The immense amount of talent that chooses to stay and live here.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Bight Restaurant & Bar Food with a View

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By Rebekah Skochinski


ocated in an impressive new building at Prince Arthur’s Landing, Bight Restaurant & Bar offers a view of a skating rink, stunning artwork, and beyond it all, a vista of the harbour and the Sleeping Giant. Inside, they have kept things minimal and modern with warm accents. There is a lovely bar area if you want to start off with a cocktail. I recommend the Old Fashioned or the elegantly presented Southbrook Framboise. The wine list is outstanding—not surprising, considering it was crafted by certified in-house sommelier (and Walleye columnist) Jeannie Dubois. The wines are grouped by flavour, making it easy to try something new. While the menu isn’t extensive, it’s been carefully curated, offering a range of choices from starters (steak tartar!) to pizzas, mains, and shareable sides. Keeping with the movement of farm to table, the

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Tarrymore Burger is a standout choice. Local beef is wedged in between an in-house brioche bun, topped with onion rings and Thunder Oak cumin gouda. The fries arrive in a bowl, with house-made ketchup for dipping. The burger stands tall, so you need to squeeze it all down for a bite, but it can hold its own and is juicy and full of flavour. Bight is an exciting new restaurant, adding to an already exciting culinary scene in Thunder Bay. It transitions easily from day to night and it will be a treat to visit in the summer months for the patio. In the meantime, you can sit inside, enjoy some delicious food and drink and a world-class view. Bight is open seven days a week, and they also operate The Bait Shop a canteen next door with a seasonal menu with current offerings like sausages, popcorn, and warm pretzels.


Hot Buns

Prospector Steak House

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Ukrainian Christmas Eve By Chef Rachel Globensky


hirteen days, after roughly half of the world’s population celebrates Christmas on December 25, people of Ukrainian descent are gearing up for their Christmas festivities. A wheat sheaf, or didukh, along with a braided loaf of kolach take centre stage on a Ukrainian Christmas table, as wheat is often thought of as the heart and symbol of the Ukraine. Kutia, a dish of boiled wheat kernels flavoured with honey, nuts and poppyseeds, usually opens the meal; everyone has a spoonful to symbolize unity and ensure

prosperity for the coming year. Afterward, the family is served other Ukrainian delights such as borscht with pampushky (garlic buns), varenyky (perogy), and holubtsi (cabbage rolls). My mom is going to have a hearty chuckle when she reads this. Try as she might, she could never make me eat the “totally deadly” (her words, not mine!) borscht she made for our family. But, I may be able to squeak through a bowl with some warm garlic buns alongside… we’ll see!

Borscht (beet and cabbage soup) Serves 8 hungry folks

3 medium beets, peeled and shredded 3 carrots, peeled and shredded 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 3/4 cup water 1/2 medium head cabbage, cored and shredded 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 3 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Pour 8 cups of water into a large soup pot, and bring to a boil. Add the beets, and cook until they have lost their color. Add the carrots and potatoes, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the cabbage, and the can of diced tomatoes. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until tender. Stir in the tomato paste and water until well blended. And transfer to the soup pot. Add the raw garlic to the soup, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Taste, and season with salt, pepper and sugar. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with fresh parsley.


here is a link on the Prospector Steak House website called “Hot Buns”. Somewhat apprehensively, but on the advice of owner Anthony Hockenhull, I click on it and voilà: the recipe for their delicious, much-raved-about baked rolls. Hockenhull has graciously allowed The Walleye to print it here for you.

Hot Buns In a large bowl add these ingredients in the following order: • 12 1/2 cups bread flour* • 1 cup sugar • 1 Tbsp salt • 3 Tbsp instant yeast *may use up to half of whole wheat flour

Mix together, then add: • 1 cup oil • 1 egg • 4 cups warm water

Mix to form a ball then knead for 10 to 15 minutes. Let rise for about 1 hour at room temperature, then cut into 5 loaves or about 60 buns. Arrange on sheets or pans. Let rise again until double in size (about 1 to 2 hours) then bake at 350°C until golden brown, slather with butter, and you’re in awesome country! Buns typically take about 8 to 10 minutes, loaves take around 30 minutes. Yield: 60 buns (or 5 loaves) Bun trouble? Hockenhull has a list of FAQs and tips on his we site,

A Bit About the Buns Anthony Hockenhull’s father, Leo, a registered chef, began working in bakeries when he was just thirteen years old, and developed the recipe for these buns over 30 years ago. “They were an instant success and they keep people coming back,” Hockenhull says. “The buns are the most important thing at the Prospector, and we make 50-80 dozen a week.” As a child, Hockenhull once ate so much raw bun dough that he got sick when the yeast began expanding in his stomach, but that only stopped him from eating buns for about a week or so. “We have had people eat a full dozen of them and we’ve never cut anyone off,” he says.The staff at the Prospector Burger Barn (which is open seasonally and sells beef on a bun and burgers) wear T-shirts that say “Best Buns in Town.” We’ll let you be the judge. -RS

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I What the Hell is Quinoa?

(And How is it Supposed to Save the World?) By Amy Jones

f you’re anything like me, the thought of the United Nations naming 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa seems a little crazy at first. I mean, quinoa? Really? The trendy, hard-to-pronounce, so-called “superfood” smugly toted to work in reusable containers by supercilious foodies while the rest of us chow down on our PB&J? In past years, the UN has recognized forests, oceans, and sustainable energy—how does this little, insignificant grain think that it’s going to live up to all of that?

The first thing I discovered is that quinoa is, in fact, not a grain, but a pseudocereal that is more closely related to spinach than to wheat. And the “superfood” moniker is actually an accurate description: not only is quinoa a complete protein, it is a good source of dietary fibre, iron, and magnesium, and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. In addition to its nutritional value, quinoa is also incredibly adaptable to different growing conditions, making quinoa biodiversity an extremely effective component of food security and a potentially powerful force in the eradication of global poverty—particularly in dry, arid regions without

adequate access to alternate protein sources. Quinoa’s nutritional and economic significance is matched only by its cultural significance. Once held sacred by the Incans, cultivation of “heathen” quinoa was suppressed by the Spanish conquistadors because of its use in nonChristian ceremonies. Part of the importance of the observance of the Year of the Quinoa, which was proposed by the government of Bolivia, with support of several other Central and South American governments, is to recognize the Andean indigenous peoples, who have preserved the traditional quinoa growing methods for generations, sometimes at risk of peril. It doesn’t really get much more super than that.

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The Mighty Caesar The Foundry By Rebekah Skochinski I have always liked the Caesar because it’s a meal in a glass. And the fact that it’s primarily created and consumed this side of the border makes me feel like I’m doing my Canadian duty when I imbibe. The Foundry goes big with their version of this drink, daring to call it “mighty.” Does it live up to its name? Well, when this sucker slides across the bar to you with an action-packed skewer balanced on top (weighed down by a pickle, a pepperoncini, and olives, no less), and celery and a pepperette stuffed in the glass, you can call this girl impressed. The taste is nicely balanced, not too salty, and the addition of horseradish pads it with some extra heat. Bonus: if your New Year’s resolution is to eat more vegetables, this drink gives you a mighty good serving. Check.

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The Second Most Pleasurable Thing We Do in the Dark A Column About Movies By Michael Sobota


thought briefly about sub-titling this a column about experiencing film, or “the cinema”. Well movies aren’t made on film anymore, at least most of them. And “the cinema” is too snobbish for how I want to discuss movies. What we experience in the dark, despite the changes in advanced technologies remains moving pictures. The movies.

Thunder Bay has a diverse movie-making industry, with many small companies producing new work annually. These include Apple Wagon Films (Curtis Jensen), Imaginarium Video Productions (Piotr and Milos Skowronski, Jessica Graham, Sarah Furlotte, and Allen Rahmer), Sheba Films (Kelly Saxberg

and Ron Harpell), and Thunder Stone Pictures (Michelle Derosier and Dave Clement). There is a strong technical program out of Confederation College (Conflix) that graduates several aspiring filmmakers each year—many of whom have started some of the aforementioned local production houses. North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA) has begun its 21st season of screening alternative films in Thunder Bay. The Environmental Film Network, now in its sixth year, screens monthly documentaries. There are several annual film festivals, including Bay Street Film Festival, Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival,


and NOSFA’s own Northwest FilmFest. Feeding all of these screenings is an enthusiastic local movie-going audience. So what did 2012 look like? What was some of the best work seen this past year? I would cite three short films, all produced by local filmmakers: Piotr Skowronski’s Love & Hate, Curtis Jensen’s Schism, and Michelle Derosier and Dave Clement’s Eagle vs Sparrow. My favorite local feature seen this year is Michelle Derosier’s deeply moving, beautifully executed family story Return to Manomin. Looking outside of Thunder Bay, I would add Blackbird, a remarkable


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first feature film by Canada’s Jason Buxton that examines a troubled teen with fresh insight into the world of high-school peer pressures in a modern world, and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, which examines her own family and friends in a search that also, surprisingly, uncovers who her real father is. And finally, I would give my favourite 2012 film experience to Xavier Dolan’s astonishing Laurence Anyways, probably the greatest screen love story since Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck.


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10 by 10

Shaking up TBay Theatre By Tiffany Jarva

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en local playwrights. Ten plays. Ten minutes each. “10 by 10 is the drawing together of the existing theatre community and hot new talent,” says Janis Swanson, co-founder of Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players. “The idea of producing a two-hour play can be daunting. Ten minutes is doable.” Swanson says that both established and new writers are encouraged to submit their pieces. “A play is just a story, and everyone has a story to tell,” she says. In addition to playwrights, 10 by 10 will eventually be seeking actors to feature in the new plays. The final showcase is targeted for a weekend in April 2013, featuring local playwrights, actors, directors, and tech crews.

Wanna write a play? Submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2013. Go to for submission guidelines and details.

A Standing Ovation for Youth Theatre By Michelle McChristie​

From the opening scene, the play is a hit with the audience. The cast began practising in September, and their efforts have paid off. Lines are delivered with ease, songs are performed flawlessly, and choreographed routines are perfect. The actors are clearly enjoying themselves, evidently feeling confident in their roles and comfortable with one another. Standout performances include those by Jessica Smith (Ariel), Carter Campbell (Sebastian), Micheala Morrow (Ursula), and Kristen Kotanen (Scuttle). The entire cast and crew did a fantastic job and the standing ovation by the capacity crowd was well-earned. Paramount Live will be performing three productions this spring: The Magic Flute (April), Tarzan Jr. (May) and Guys and Dolls Jr. (June). Visit for details.

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t’s the second night of Paramount LIVE’s performance of The Little Mermaid Jr. and I’ve scored a backstage pass. I’m fully expecting the scene to be one of complete chaos, given the pint-sized cast of 30 children, aged 7–14. Backstage is crowded and, although there is a definite buzz emanating from the cast, it is remarkably organized. A handful of teenaged assistants, many of whom are graduates of Paramount LIVE’s acting program, are putting the final touches on makeup and costumes. There is a notable absence of parents, although Marcia Arpin, Studio Manager, is quick to point out that the productions are supported by many talented parents. But, their limited presence at the show is somewhat deliberate, “we hope to mentor the youth of Paramount LIVE to do each of the roles required to put on a show on and off stage.” says Arpin.

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PJ Prudat in Café Daughter

Preview: Café Daughter

Magnus Theatre Presents a Story of Surmounting the Insurmountable By Kyle Poluyko

Director John Walker on the drums

Docs on Bay A Drummer’s Dream By Betty Carpick


he second half of Magnus Theatre’s 2012–2013 main stage season commences with a production that has been called a one-woman virtuosic theatrical performance. Café Daughter, a play by Kenneth T. Williams, is based upon the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck and recounts the coming of age of 10-year-old Yvette Wong. Yvette is a Chinese-Canadian-Cree girl growing up on the rural plains of Saskatchewan in the 1950s and 1960s. Yvette helps out in her parents’ café and is remarkably bright with enthusiastic aspirations of becoming a doctor.


As the prejudices of an inequitable society permeate her life, Yvette struggles and strives to flourish, accomplish, and ultimately embrace her true identity.

n 1969, satirical innovator Frank Zappa was pretty much everything great about rock amplified, unpasteurized, and revolutionized. To open a concert for Zappa was an improbable fantasy—especially for the Montreal band, Heavy, in which John Walker was the drummer. The band members consulted the I Ching and declined the invite. That same week, 16-yearold Walker, an avid photographer, started a job in a film studio. He went on to become an award-winning documentary director and cinematographer with credits on over 60 films, including A Winter Tan, The Fairy Faith, Passage, and Men of the Deep. On Thursday, January 17 at 8 pm, Docs on Bay will screen his latest film, A Drummer’s Dream, and Walker will be in Thunder Bay to talk about the film and his odyssey from skins to film and back again.

Café Daughter, a Gwaandak Theatre production, runs at Magnus Theatre January 24 through February 9. Call the box office at 3455552 or book online at

In 2009, Walker filmed seven master drummers at a music camp in a 19th century barn in Westport, Ontario. Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr,

Despite her intelligence, Yvette is subjected to the injustice of being relegated to the school’s slow learners’ class because of the colour of her skin. It is a time when Aboriginal children are forced into residential schools, and provincial law forbids white women from working in Chinese-owned establishments. At the behest of Katherine, her mother, Yvette is never to disclose her dangerous secret—that she is part Cree.


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Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio El-Negro Hernadez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini, and Raul Rekow are talented and passionate drummers representing rich musical styles and influences including rock, jazz, Latin fusion and soul. A Drummer’s Dream captures uninterrupted sequences of the musicians tuning up, jamming, and sharing their thought processes with 40 teenage and adult students. This exuberant film isn’t so much a homage to the mystic brotherhood of the drum as a celebration of the dedication, practice, and hard work that informs all art practices. John Walker’s trajectory could have taken another route but audiences and filmmakers are all the richer for the path he chose. Bay Street Film Festival’s Docs on Bay features monthly film screenings at 314 Bay Street. Tickets are $7 or pay what you can if you’re a student, senior, or unemployed. Visit for more information.


Carl Beam, Time Warp, 1984, acrylic on linen, 3.04 × 12.19 m. Purchased 2007. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Carl Beam at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Awe-Inspiring Works to Get Lost In By Michael Christie


ugely influential, Carl Beam was the very first contemporary Aboriginal artist to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. His paintings and prints are innovative, iconic, daring, and created on a massive scale—actually, one of the works featured in this show is over 40 feet long! To stand beside one of Beam’s works is to be in the presence of something awe-inspiring, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of the ideas and emotions that it conveys. Beam addresses deep philosophical questions with dark and touching imagery, reconfiguring notions of Aboriginal and popular culture through the most contemporary of visual mash-ups.

Curator Greg Hill of the National Gallery of Canada will be in town for the show’s opening reception on January 11 at 7:30 pm to offer his thoughts on why Beam remains a fearless, visionary, and ultimately Carl Beam, Robert Johnson, 2004, mixed media on Plexiglas, 101 × 77 cm. unforgettable artist of our time. Complementing the Collection of Ann Beam.1Photo © Harquail 2012-08_ad_Layout 8/15/2012 7:23Photography AM Page 1

exhibit, watch out for a special screening of Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam at the Paramount Theatre on February 21 at 7:30 pm. The film documents Beam’s formative years on Manitoulin Island and his troubling experiences at a residential school, and explores how these experiences not only impacted Beam’s life but also his art. Tragically, Beam died during the making of this documentary. The Carl Beam exhibition is probably the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s grandest, most important exhibit of 2013, and marks a historic achievement for the arts in Thunder Bay. When you go see the exhibit, make sure to budget plenty of time as these are truly works to get lost in. This massive retrospective show of the work of Carl Beam was assembled by the National Gallery and is finishing its run of showings in Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Regina, and New York City, with a final stop at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Stephanie Siemieniuk A Series of Brush Strokes By Tara George


iemieniuk leads me through her home, pointing out her paintings as we make our way up to the attic studio. At first glance, I am quickly taken in by the vibrancy, colour, and texture of her oil paintings, and then I simply want to stare and ponder. As I examine one of her Red Series paintings, which is a take on Alice in Wonderland, she puts into words my reaction to her work. “I usually don’t paint in figures so that you can imagine yourself there [in the painting],” she says. Siemieniuk’s artistic talent emerged in an unconventional manner—while in science and math classes at Lakehead University, where she spent her time sketching caricatures of her professors. Fast forward a few years, and Siemieniuk is a LU Fine Arts student and the president of the university is purchasing one of her pieces. A self-described “expressional impressionist,” her interests and talents are diverse. Inspired by the seasons and the images that surround us on the north shore of Superior, she is drawn to painting landscapes and trees. However, with formal training in illustration and cartooning, she is also interested in writing and illustrating children’s books.

Artist in Residence at the Baggage Building Art Centre, where she was provided studio space and the opportunity to showcase her work. Much of her time was also spent volunteering for the Centre, teaching adult and children’s art classes and assisting with special events. It is clear that Siemieniuk is passionate about art, and she recently won a Regional Arts and Heritage Award—recognition that is fitting for a talented artist who takes extra time and effort to bring art to the community. For more of Siemieniuk’s work, visit

Siemieniuk’s work can be found at the Baggage Building Art Centre (at Prince Arthur’s Landing) and Gallery 33. This past summer she was the

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ome things are just meant to be seen up close. Abstract painter Ann Clarke’s work is one of those things. It is geometric, colourful, lively, and wonderfully layered. On January 12, her exhibition, Groundwork, will be at Definitely Superior Art Gallery and Clarke is excited about the collection. “A couple of the paintings are really quite large and I’m happy to have the opportunity to show them locally,” she says. “Especially since I’m going to be moving away from Thunder Bay in the spring.”

In addition to Groundwork, Definitely Superior will be showing Redux 13, the best of selected art from the collection of Dr. Bob Chaudhuri, and the Creators Project Series, three films featuring the art of three significant international artists. For more information visit

Clarke received her art education at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England and moved to Canada in 1968. Since 1969 she has had more than thirty solo exhibitions and her work is held in public and private collections in Canada, Britain, Australia, and the United States. She taught in the Department of Visual Arts at Lakehead University from 1992 until 2009, when she retired as Professor Emerita to paint full time. Clarke says she loves “the materiality of paint itself, the manipulation of colour to convey feeling as well as relationship and position, and the way I can play with illusions of space and volume on a piece of canvas.” Maze The Walleye



2013 Style Psyche By Justyna Kondakow

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Matador-Pirate outfit ■ Dad’s closet: Tweed hat ■ Renata’s closet: Linen scarf ■ Changes Consignment: Cape, beaded blazer, pirate shirt, platinum chain ■ Montreal thrift store: vintage gloves ■ Clothing Assistance Mission: White T-shirt ■ Salvation Army: Leather pants ■ Internet: brown booties


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ne day, while plucking through some merchandise, my ears perked up at an overheard conversation on trend forecasting. “And now the colour is emerald green,” professed the lady nearby, eyes fixated on her target colour “A fashion expert in some magazine said so. Now I must have it for this season.” Upon hearing this empty statement, I thought about lucky 2013 and the obligatory New Year’s resolutions. I have always been baffled by the idea of the “fashion trend.” Why people succumb to the seemingly omnipotent entity that is the Fashion Industry is beyond me. Wardrobe updates with a seasonal curve are understandable, but to blindly pursue the word of a prophet is to compromise one’s character all for “trendiness.”

the word was good? It only takes an individual to assess the substance of these predetermined laws.

That lady’s statement continued to haunt me (in a creepy, low frequency voice). Her purpose was to wear something trendy for the sake of it being trendy. What is the logic in that? Many prophets of fashion proclaim that this season, you and I should wear emerald green. And considering all sides of the proverbial felt fedora, we also refer to their commandments of fashion faux pas to avoid looking frumpy. I write and think about fashion on a daily basis, so would you start walking around in buttless leather chaps if I claimed

Kids on the street have created a trend of wearing clothing in an ironic way, intentionally wearing socks with sandals, ill-fitting clothing, and mixed patterns. It’s about questioning the world around you. And dare I say it, revisiting style is not far off from the psyche. Do you favor someone else’s rules or prefer style that bares an aspect of one’s soul? My 2013 style resolution: think and dress wisely.

So too do New Year’s resolutions beg the question of self-evaluation through personal style. During this past year, have you indulged in a trend that appealed to you and used it without asking why you like it? Have you worn something that was unconventionally beautiful/functional rather than a commonly desired object? I have, and so have you. We are all human, we want to fit in. But it is also important to uphold the value of self-preservation rather than popularity. My wardrobe consists of many colours, textures and patterns which are based on what I think looks good. That is the beauty of style—it is objective and more importantly, it is personal.

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Speed Skating

Skill and Finesse By Tara George

O Helping Those in Need By Elly Tose


ounded in 2009, the Society of Excellent Men was formed with two qualities of its patriarch, the late Howard King, in mind: generosity and kindness. Made up of men with a diversity of backgrounds, education, and careers, the unifying criteria is a commitment to helping those in need. The Society was established to serve two purposes. The first purpose is to shed light on mental illness and the stigma that still keeps people from seeking help or talking about concerns and problems with family, friends, and co-workers. As Excellent Man Stan Polowski says, “Compassion is crucial to the recovery of an individual. Reducing stigma and creating a better understanding of mental health issues are integral for preparing our society to help those with a mental illness.” The second goal of the Society is to raise funds for public education and prevention initiatives provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Children’s Centre of Thunder Bay. Presently, there aren’t any

Ministry of Health or social service sources for these types of programs, therefore they must be financed through fundraising and private donations. Each year since 2009, the goal has been to recruit 50 men to the Society—some returning, and some new members. These 50 men will each endeavour to raise a minimum of $500. They will also participate in a wonderful celebratory event that wraps up the fundraising drive. This event called, Styles & Smiles, will be held in the Valhalla Ballroom on Thursday, February 28th. So if over the next few weeks you’re approached by an Excellent Man asking for a donation or hoping to sell you tickets to Styles & Smiles, please keep these words of 2011 Society member Jerry Woods in mind: “A community should be judged by how it helps those in need. By those standards, I think Thunder Bay is a great community.”

My expectation of speed skating was that it would be a combination of the skill and finesse of figure skating with the speed and thrill of hockey. I’ve done both, so I went in feeling confident that I could manage the unfamiliar blades. I donned the skates that the club lent me, put on my hockey helmet and shin pads, and avoiding the circling stream of skaters, cautiously made my to centre ice for a quick lesson with one of the club’s coaches, Hal Lightwood. First lesson: proper speed skating form. For us laypeople, this essentially means a deep knee bend stance, and for non-speed skaters it equates to leg muscle burn. And burn it did! For the first five minutes of skating, I used the corners of the track to stand up from the bent stance, easing the strain on my seemingly unconditioned speed skating legs. However, despite the burn, the straight stretches were my favourite—the speed generated from just a few long extended pushes was impressive and exhilarating. Unfortunately, my speed decreased significantly on the corners, due to my Bambi-like crossovers as I tried to navigate one extended blade over the other. Although my experience was short-lived, I’m keen to give it another try, if only to conquer a graceful cross-over. Until I can get out again, I’ll be practicing my deep knee bend stance. For more information on speed skating in Thunder Bay, visit or call 629-7980.

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ff the top of my head I can name half a dozen speed skaters, two of whom are arguably Canada’s greatest pride and joy—Catriona le May Doan and Clara Hughes. Although we declare ourselves to be a hockey nation, most of us can’t help but be intrigued by the speed, power, and strategy (especially in short-track) of the “other” ice sport. For these very reasons, I’ve always wanted to try speed skating, and this article was the perfect excuse to connect with Thunder Bay’s local shorttrack speed skating club, Thunderblades Speed Skating.

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Look for the Christmas Tree Drop-Off Site sign.

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in between Grandview Arena and Westminster United Church – not in the arena parking lot


My Ukrainian Christmas By Nancy Serediak


ntil I moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta, I had little exposure to anything Ukrainian. The waves of Ukrainian immigrants who entered Canada passed through the province of my birth and headed west, carrying their traditions with them. The closest thing was occasionally having to crunch through a large meat- and rice-filled cabbage roll lurking in tomato sauce, the cabbage being consistently undercooked. Restaurants on the prairies seemed to stock the same sort of suspect cabbage rolls, but there were other items new to me, like perogies and potatoes with dill and cream. Neither involved resigned crunching. Fast forward to holiday seasons with my husband, Mark, a tall boy of Ukrainian descent. While some Ukrainian-Canadian families solely celebrate Christmas Day on January 7, Mark’s family customs are modifications in the spirit of Canadian compromise. Gift-giving is practiced December 25 on “First Christmas,” but Ukrainian Christmas remains a low-present zone of special time with family and friends. The celebration begins (some say peaks) on Christmas Eve, with Sviata Vechera (meaning Holy Supper)—a meatless, dairy-less feast of 12 dishes representing the 12 apostles and a lot of advance planning. The food served demands effort beyond, say, making 12 different bowls of cereal or bread toasted in 12 different ways. There have been gentle corrections to my understanding along the way. For Canadian-Ukrainians, it is pyrohy (roll that “r”) or vareneky, not perogy. And in Mark’s family, cabbage rolls (holubtsi) are made very small with only rice, onions, and sour cabbage—always well-cooked, tasty, and no tomatoes involved. Although living in Thunder Bay puts us a little far from most of the family, we happily carry on our own version of Ukrainian Christmas Eve in open house format. A twist on tradition to keep it thriving—how Canadian is that?


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The chipped trees added to the compost pile at the City’s landfill site. In the spring, when the compost is mature, it is provided to residents free of charge to enrich flower gardens and lawns across Thunder Bay. Remove all ornaments and remove plastic tree wrap before dropping your tree off at the collection site. Do no put trees out for curbside garbage collection.



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andy Acres Farms is a third-generation family-run farm that takes pride in producing high-quality beef and pork products. Owner Peter Brink explains that being a market vendor allows them to “meet the customers so they know where their pork and beef comes from, and it gives us a chance to educate and answer questions.” New to Sandy Acres Farms are Berkshire hogs, a heritage breed that is considered to produce the finest pork due to its marbling and tenderness. The small hog operation at Sandy Acres is run in an ethical and responsible manner— something they take very seriously. They do not conform to some of the conventional production practices, such as gestation stalls and farrowing crates; rather, sows get their own pens so they have ample space to move about. Since 1992, Sandy Acres Farms has been recognized by the Thunder Bay Soil and Crop Association as a Soil and Water Conservation Farm for their efforts in farm waste management. Brink’s attention to detail in all aspects of his farm has resulted in a premium product that is showcased by local eateries, such as Caribou Restaurant & Wine Bar, and can also be enjoyed at home.

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A True Celebration of Bach By Meghan Jewel​


illdale Lutheran Church was filled with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach on December 5, 2012 as the TBSO performed the concert entitled Bach to the Future for the Classical Plus Series with guest conductor Stephane Laforest. The first piece was written by Canadian composer Michael Colgrass, but was definitely inspired by Bach’s style. This piece is technically very difficult—timing has to be exact, and the musicians’ focus and skill really shined. I loved hearing Heather Morrison on the harpsichord. The sound was delicate and light and the instruments all complemented each other as opposed to blending together.

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Next, the orchestra performed “Ricercare” from Musical Offering. This piece was written by Bach, but arranged by Anton Webern, who broke the theme down between many instruments, requiring the musicians to match the tone of the one before. The TBSO players performed it flawlessly, and I was able to drift with the music from one instrument to the next without noticing the transitions. When the piece concluded, a quiet “wow” could be heard as the last note floated through the building. The very popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 by Bach, performed by violinist Flaviu Zanca and flutists Penelope Clarke and Doris Dungan, was the highlight of the night. Supported by the TBSO, these soloists blew the audience away with their brilliant performance. I have never heard the audience applaud with such enthusiasm at a symphony concert, and there were three curtain calls. Returning conductor Laforest joked that he was back to Thunder Bay for a visit, after being the TBSO’s conductor from 1995-1998, as an older and greying maestro. But his witty banter, amusing explanations, and excellent preparation of the repertoire charmed both this younger symphony-goer as well as his previous fans. The Walleye



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he Tragically Hip return to Thunder Bay this month. They will play the Fort William Gardens on January 9, and the show will no doubt be packed with very excited local fans. The Hip have held a unique place in Canadian music for over 20: they are superstars of Canadian rock, with an adoring fan base that now spans two (nearly three) generations, yet the Hip, who are rock royalty in Canada, remain an almost unknown entity in the United States. This is not say they don’t have fans south of the border—if anything, American Hip fans are even more rabid than we Canucks, who may take them a little for granted. Years ago, I met a journalist from South Dakota on a media junket. He introduced himself and asked me where I was from. I said “Thunder Bay,” and he immediately asked “Are you into the Hip?” I told him I’d seen the band a couple times, even knew someone who had worked closely with the band for years. Well, the guy nearly swooned. It turned out he was a massive Tragically Hip fan, with reams of bootlegs, live shows, and rare releases in his collection. He’d seen the band dozens of times, mostly in small clubs in the States. He rarely crossed the border into Canada to see the band in Winnipeg because he found the crowds too big. “American’s don’t get the Hip, and that’s ok with me,” he smiled. It struck me that perhaps the Hip were too Canadian for their own good. It isn’t always this way. There are many iconic Canadian bands that have hit it big in the American market, despite wearing their big virtual maple leaf with pride. The one that immediately jumps to mind is the Guess Who. Born in Winnipeg, and featuring both Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, the Guess Who were quickly embraced by American music lovers. The song that really broke them was, it must be said, pretty much tailor-made for the U.S. market. When


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the riff from “American Woman” started cranking out of car speakers back in 1972, the fate of the Guess Who was sealed. The Cummings/ Bachman partnership in the Guess Who was short lived, but extremely fruitful. Songs like “No Time” and “These Eyes” solidified the reputation of the band and created a distinctive sound that is still copied today. I can’t hear anything by the Sheepdogs and not think of the 1972 version of the Guess Who. The harmonies, the guitar sound, the hooks—they are all so very reminiscent of that iconic sound first heard 40 years earlier. Then there is Rush. This is another band that is quintessentially Canadian. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly why, but this power trio is as much a Canadian institution as Hockey Night in Canada. They have also been around long enough to see their original fans bringing their grandkids to the gigs. Now, until recently I’d have argued that the influence of Rush is not as widespread as either the Guess Who or the Tragically Hip. However, I recently noticed my youngest son had a Rush album cover as his phone’s wallpaper. He is a budding guitarist and is fascinated by the band. So perhaps my initial assessment of the Rush legacy allowed my roots-rock snobbery to show through. All three members of Rush are virtuoso players, and no matter what you think of Geddy Lee’s vocal delivery, there’s few voices as distinctive as his, Canadian or otherwise. Rush is a true blue Canadian icon. And yes, they have a strong U.S. fan base as well, despite their intense Canadian-ness. There are more Canadian bands that could potentially be seen as iconic. I’d argue that Bachman Turner Overdrive, Blue Rodeo, and April Wine fit the bill. Perhaps even Chilliwack and Prism. Who do you like for icon status? Do I hear Helix …?

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n this age of technology, how hard is it to attract young people to the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra? Not so hard at all, says Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and the new music director for the youth orchestra, Thomas Cosbey. “We do have trouble attracting the youth to certain instruments such as the bassoon, the oboe, and the French horn but, overall, many young people are very eager to be a part of the orchestra,” he says. The first youth orchestra in Thunder Bay was formed in 1964 by Charles H. Bateman, a graduate of the Royal Marine School of Musicians in England. When Boris Brott arrived to conduct the Lakehead Symphony Orchestra in 1967, he launched a plan for the musical development of youth through school programs, instruction, demonstration, and a general fostering of musical talent. The youth orchestra now has 26 members, but Cosbey envisions adding to that number in the

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New Year, and will welcome new advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students twelve and older in January. “We’ll be staging a ‘Bring a Friend’ day on January 10 at our first rehearsal after the holiday so people can come out to see if they might be interested in joining,” says Cosbey.

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The 2013 season will include sectionals with members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, a side-by-side concert with the TBSO on March 21, and a final concert planned for April. Cosbey says that the members are especially excited about working more closely with their symphony mentors. “It will be hugely beneficial to the students, providing them with more attention to detail so when we do come together, they can take the group as a whole to a higher level.” Youth interested in trying out for the Thunder Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra are encouraged to call Cosbey at 285-1985 or email him at

hile there will be plenty of skiing and boarding to be had at Lutsen’s Snowball Festival, there is also a lot to be excited about after you’re done playing on the hills. The festival, which is Lutsen’s biggest music event of the year, kicks off Wednesday, January 9 at Papa Charlie’s with a free concert by acoustic group Mark Murphy & Friends. On Thursday night, Pert Near Sandstone will take the stage with a sound described as “back porch music”—these performers have a bit of a hillbilly reputation, and their down-to-earth sound (think: fiddle, banjo, and stand-up bass) is the perfect winter warm-up. On Friday and Saturday the music starts mid-afternoon, with the final acts taking the stage at around 11 pm. Friday night features the psychedelic reggae sounds of Jon Wayne and the Pain, and Wookiefoot closes off the weekend on Saturday with some feel-good ska. Known for their improvisational sets, they are sure to keep the good times rolling long after the sun has gone down. Snowball runs January 9–12; visit for more information.

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Playing the Music We Want to Hear By Patricia Roy


ith the fog machine on a steady hum and the stage lights filling the room with a dull glow, the purple haze at Tonic on a Monday night set the scene for a throwback to the days when smoky bars and hard-driving rock and roll went hand in hand. Aptly named Saskatoon rockers, the Sheepdogs, completed the picture, giving the packed house exactly what they came for: old school guitar-driven rock with rootsy harmonies and a funky groove. They kicked off the show with “How Late, How Long” from their self-titled 2012 release. Originally from an earlier EP, Five Easy Pieces, the live version showcased some of the sonic tweaks that emerged while working with co-producer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, namely, a heavier bass driven groove. “Right On,” from their last album Learn & Burn, was richer for the sweet-sounding Hammond organ played by Ewan Currie’s brother, Shamus, who has made the former quartet into five on this tour. He also added texture to the songs with a Rhodes piano, some harmonizing, as well as stepping up with the trombone while his brother took to the piano for “Ewan’s Blues.” Wearing their influences on their sleeves, the band played all the favourites and the crowd was thrilled, despite the band’s road-weary temperament. Taking a look at this tour’s schedule, they have been across the U.S., over the ocean and back, and are now making their way west across Canada. The engagement with the audience was scarce, but forgivable, and really, it was the music everyone wanted to hear. And not to forget the amazing Yukon Blonde, who warmed up the audience with their own brand of reinvented 70s rock. Playing older songs as well as those from their 2012 release Tiger Talk, this band gives a nod to the feeling of the past but with a power-pop sound and quirky energy of the future. Soon, they too might be getting little white towels and Stellas on ice delivered to the stage.


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rust me on this one: if you see Danny Michel perform, you won’t be disappointed. This guy does it all. He has a wonderful sense of rhythm, his lyrics are insightful and playful, and he is an incredible performer. His concerts are guaranteed to cure cabin fever. Just ask anyone who has seen him on stage.

and instruments (including turtle shells). While in Belize, he started the Danny Michel Ocean Academy, which raises money for a small nonprofit high school in Belize. So far he has raised tens of thousands of dollars. Michel not only raises money for the school, but he also he supplies his own muscle and helps out with renovations.

As a musical chameleon—each of his albums ventures into new genres and styles—his sound is hard to pigeonhole. For his latest album, Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me, Michel soaks up the sounds and rhythms of Belize in Central America. He has visited the country many times over the past decade and decided to record there, living in a little hut behind the studio and using all local musicians

The song “What Colour are You” from that album is getting heaps of play on radio across the country.You can give it a listen by going to Michel’s website, The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society is excited to present Danny Michel in concert Friday February 9 at the Finlandia Hall. Tickets are available at Chaltrek, Fireweed, Hoito, and Ostrom Outdoors.

Bluegrass Jam at The Study Story and Photos By Geraldine Ysselstein


o borrow a phrase from Bob Marley, they’re jammin’—and they’re jammin’ bluegrass style. Almost every Saturday, a group of bluegrass enthusiasts gathers in the Study at Lakehead University to jam, strum, pick, fiddle, croon, tap, and nod their heads. The regulars include Robert Balabuck (banjo, fiddle), Jim Parees (guitar), Bruce Hansen (guitar), Roland Barlow (mandolin), Jim Bird (fiddle, guitar), Connie Akis (bass viol), and Jim Pike (guitar). Balabuck shares with me that they have been jamming every Saturday afternoon for the past 10 years while school is in session. It is a friendly gathering of comrades, young and wise, student and non-student, sitting in a circle, sharing the lead, calling the key, playing chords, and softly harmonizing. The songs narrate stories of everyday life: love, loneliness, change, hard work, and the beauty of the natural world. Sometimes while singing, words are forgotten or made up, there are chuckles and encouragement, stories and pictures are shared, and friendly banter can be heard: “You’re out of tune” or “It must be easier to play banjo that fast than a guitar.” There is a warmth and openness to their gathering that makes it a relaxed setting to listen and join in.

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The Intention, The Blue

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The Intention, The Blue begins with a gentle rainstorm. There is authentic rolling thunder as the shower moves into your ear-space, followed by the title track. Kim Erickson created this CD 25 years ago. I had the challenge of reviewing the CD then, and the renewed pleasure of listening to it again for this review. I confess: I have not listened to this music for several decades, and it is astonishing

to discover how fresh and honest and pleasurable it is to revisit. There are nine songs here, five of them original. The title song, “The Intention,” is in itself worth purchasing or repurchasing this CD. That and Erickson’s cover of Bob Russell and Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me,” which is the sexy, sensual, languid blue part of the program. All of Erickson’s trademark strengths are


I didn’t think it was possible for Holly Cole’s voice to be smokier, or have more depth, but in her first studio album in five years, Night, that seems to be the case. As has been her pattern, she chooses tunes from a variety of times and genres—the Bond theme “You Only Live Twice,” the Elvis Presley vehicle “Viva Las Vegas,” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Island of Echoes is the third release from Toronto’s Wilderness of Manitoba. The central theme of the album is nostalgia and all that surrounds it. The 13-track album is lyrically poetic and musically beautiful, conjuring musical memories of 60s folk bands like The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, or more recent bands, like Fleet Foxes. It’s a mellow album from start to finish and one that might not grab your attention on the first listen. But, with every spin, it becomes more endearing with it’s rich vocal harmonies and multiple layers. Standout tracks include the catchy “Echoes,” the reflective “Chasing Horses,” and the uptempo songs “The Aral Sea/Southern Winds,” and “The Island of the Day Before,” which was inspired by the novel of the same name by Umberto Eco.

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If anything, Cole has shown herself consistent in her approach and delivery. Which isn’t to say that her sound hasn’t evolved, but rather that it has matured without losing what made her such an interesting talent since her 1993 breakout album, Don’t Smoke in Bed. My favourite track on this record is “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues,” a folk/country number originally by Danny O’Keefe; not sure why—maybe the song itself is still part of the zeitgeist, or maybe Cole just does a sad song right, but it’s slow without being ponderous and emotive without being maudlin. If anything, Cole has what crooners generally lack: restraint, and that’s always been the key to great jazz. - DMK


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present in this early CD: rich, layered harmonies, pushy and pointed lyrics, a vocal range with strength and depth. Originally recorded and produced by Sharon Burke in 1982, this edition was re-mastered from the original tapes by our local sound alchemist Danny Johnson. This is a classy, sassy, bluesy gem. -Michael Sobota

The Beautiful Wild

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Last fall, Halifax folkpop artist Jenn Grant released her fourth full-length album, The Beautiful Wild, a follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Honeymoon Punch. More laid-back and introspective than her previous albums, The Beautiful Wild is Grant’s most mature and nuanced to date, showcasing both her exceptional songwriting skills and unique vocal ability. Indeed, among the many types of instruments used on the album—everything from harp to banjo to sitar— Grant’s voice is the most impressive, shining equally bright alongside the big horn sound on “White Dove” as it does on her quiet, acoustic cover of “Eye of the Tiger.” Featuring a who’s-who of East Coast musicians, including Tanya Davis, Rose Cousins, Kinley Dowling (from Hey Rosetta!), and Old Man Luedeke, this album is one you definitely don’t want to miss. - Amy Jones

Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Searching for Sugar Man is about the improbable comeback of the American musician Rodriguez who vanished into obscurity in the 1970s. Rodriguez was initially discovered in a Detroit bar in the late 1960s, and he recorded his first two albums shortly afterwards. Despite his soulful melodies and intelligent lyrics, which should have placed him among the era’s greatest singer-songwriters, the albums bombed. By all accounts, his recording career, which never really began, was over, and rumours abounded that Rodriguez had committed suicide. When a bootleg recording found its way to South Africa, he earned a cult following—his music became the unofficial soundtrack to the youth anti-apartheid movement. The documentary chronicles the efforts of two South African fans, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, as they seek to confirm whether the rumor about the death of Rodriguez is true, and, if not, determine what became of him. Searching for Sugar Man tells an amazing story and is a must see. - Michelle McChristie

Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood

Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, by sisters Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming, is a great introduction to quinoa. Not only will you find tantalizing recipes, but also a history of quinoa and solid nutritional information. Hemming’s preface describes their mother’s dedication to both a healthful home and diet. For me, this grounded the book, making it clear from the outset that it was for families who want to eat well. The sisters share basic information on quinoa, followed by how to use the book. One of the most useful features is the inclusion of symbols for the following at the start of recipes: gluten-free, kid-approved, and vegetarian. The recipes themselves run the gamut from breakfasts to sides, salads, and soups, to entrées, right through to desserts. There’s even a section on baby food—fitting, considering the Inca called quinoa “the mother grain.” The focus is on the recipes, so while the photographs are gorgeous they have been used sparingly. Overall, Quinoa 365 is a treat for those looking for more alternatives for cooking this versatile food.

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If you’ve ever wondered what the world would be like if dinosaurs had never become extinct, Thunder Bay author J. Rock has the answer for you with Dinosauria. In this multipart series of e-books, a group of twenty-something scientists travel to an alternate reality—a postapocalyptic world in which dinosaurs reign and humans must fight for survival. Although at times the violence can be overly graphic, and the book itself in need of a good proofread, there is good reason why Dinosauria has remained in the Amazon Top 100 for Adventure/ Sci-Fi for over a year. Accompanied by gorgeous original artwork by local artist Austin Alander, Dinosauria is fast-paced and fun, with a highly original premise, lots of intricate plot twists, and enough mystery to keep you impatiently waiting for the next installment. - Amy Jones

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he turn of the 20th century saw a sizable influx of Ukrainian immigrants from primarily two regions (Bukovina and Galizia) into the Lakehead. By 1909, there were approximately 175 Orthodox Catholic families settled in the southeast end of Fort William. This group was comprised mainly of working-class families of manual labourers who were employed on the railways and docks, and in bush-camps, local mines or the pulp industry. These families came together to fund a church which would create a space to meet and express their spiritual, cultural, and religious identity and needs. The property upon which the church sits was purchased in 1911, and the construction costs were shouldered by the approximately 300 members of the congregation. In 1912, throwugh the effort, dedication, and generosity of these families, their dream became a reality, and a wooden church was erected. The church became a symbol of their cultural and religious identity and freedom. The original name of the church was the Orthodox Ukrainian Church, but was eventually changed to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lee-Ann Chevrette 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


The interior walls of the church are painted a light blue and are adorned with numerous original iconostases and other wall paintings. There is also a choir loft, which is typical of Orthodox Ukrainian churches. Two monuments adorn the grounds of the church. The five bronze church bells


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were imported from Galizia, Ukraine in 1913. A 1936 fire caused extensive damage to the building, especially the roof, which had to be entirely rebuilt. During the reconstruction, the church domes were altered, but the belfry was left unchanged. The walls were at some point covered with imitation brick tar siding, although this was covered up in 1979 with the metal siding that is still there today. The stained glass windows were also added at this time. Due to declining numbers, the Church membership amalgamated with that of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Volodymyr’s in 2000. However, the Church is still used on occasion for special services. The Church was added to the City’s Heritage Registry in January 2010 for its architectural and historic significance.

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here are numerous significant architectural features in this building. First, the church was designed in a style appropriate to the Volyn and Bukovynia regions of the Ukraine. It includes the decorative gold domes positioned on top of the church, which are characteristic of churches in these areas. There are orthodox crosses perched atop these domes and the exterior is further decorated with stained-glass windows with simple patterns. There are several original windows, including the circular rose window, the semi-circular window on the façade and on the belfry.

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he movement to integrate acupuncture into the North American healthcare system began in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and has expanded with vigour, with hundreds of clinics opening up across Canada and the United States. Now Thunder Bay has joined in this progressive thinking toward control of one’s own health care. The community acupuncture model was established on traditional principles, and allows practitioners to provide accessible and affordable treatment in an atmosphere of healing and collective positive energy. Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture is the result of four local practitioners passionate about patient care. Sarah Watts DTCM, Carrie Johnsen DAc, Tracy Cook ND, and Jessica Carfagnini ND have established this community clinic to provide the best possible care for patients, and reach more people by breaking the barriers to receiving treatment. Acupuncture’s enormous potential is best realised through a series of treatments over time, but often treatment rates are expensive. Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture clinic operates on a sliding scale of $20–45 per visit, which is determined by the patient; treatment is done in a group setting, using points from the elbows and knees down. Patients choose a comfortable chair in the treatment room and rest with needles in for as long as they feel is necessary. In this setting, friends and family can receive treatment together. Complementary to Western medicine, acupuncture is effective in relieving a myriad of disorders


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from chronic pain, digestive and hormonal imbalances, allergies and injuries, to easing the discomforts of chemotherapy. “Acupuncture is understood and proven effective by Western medical standards, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine,” says Dr. Jennifer Atwood MD, of the Fort William Clinic. Individual protocols are determined by private consultation with the patient in order to understand their history, current complaints, and long-term health goals. Open communication between patient and practitioner plays an important role in finding the path to healing. Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture is located at 219 Algoma Street South, next to the Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic. Visit their website at, call 286-0118, or find them on Facebook. For more on the community acupuncture movement, visit

Quitting Smoking

Tips to Help You Stick to Your Resolution By Carrie Breitsprecher, public health nurse


ew Year’s Day is when many people make a resolution to quit smoking. But attempting to quit during a time of celebration, with its distractions and temptations, makes a difficult process harder. The right approach can make quitting smoking in the new year easier.

First, mark 2013 as a year of change. Make a commitment to yourself to become a non-smoker. Tip the scales in your favour by scheduling a quit date when your life is back to a normal routine. Try and use the first few weeks in January to prepare yourself mentally for quitting, and choose a quit date at the end of January or into February. Find your motivation. Is it protecting others? Setting a good example? Regaining control? Personal motivation is a key predictor of success in quitting smoking. Find your reason and write it down. Focus on it as a way of supporting you towards the end goal of quitting. As 2013 is your year of change, don’t just quit smoking—create an all-around healthier you. Make healthy eating part of your plan, as this will help with the weight gain often associated with quitting smoking. Also, add daily exercise to your routine—even just a walk around the block. Exercise reduces stress and makes you feel good! For other tips on how to prepare to quit smoking, visit For information on Take Control, the Health Unit’s free cessation counseling program, call 625-5982, or call 625-8322 to see if you are eligible for five weeks of nicotine replacement therapy patches through the STOP program.


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hen is the last time that you got serious about your resolutions? I mean, really serious? The problem with resolutions is that we tend to take them lightly. We say them almost under our breath with very little clarity, direction, planning, or action. If you want to lose 10 pounds, how are you going to do this? Who’s advice are you going to seek out? What deadlines have you given yourself? What limiting factors have you

identified that will hinder your compliance? From where will you draw your motivation? These are questions that we rarely think about when we mindlessly proclaim our half-hearted resolutions. When we approach the new year with more of an action-oriented vehicle, we begin to get more serious about change. Start by writing down the three most important things you want to accomplish within the year. Then each week, write down three things to accomplish

that week that will help you get closer to that goal. Lastly, each morning before you check your emails, write down the three most important tasks of the day that will help you achieve your weekly projects. This way, every single day you are taking action towards attaining your goal rather than assuming it will all fall into place. For more information, contact Paul at 777-1717 or paul.hemsworth83@gmail. com or visit

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Every year I make a New Year’s resolution toward personal improvement. This year, I want to look beyond myself. What can I do to help make Thunder Bay a cleaner and greener place to live? Imagine what Thunder Bay would look like if every resident resolved to transform one personal habit into an eco-friendly action in 2013. Imagine clean waterways, litter-less streets, and roadways alive with bicycles and pedestrians. Imagine rain gardens in bloom, flourishing business districts, and local food banquets. Imagine yourself in a more sustainable community! This year, commit yourself to following through on a green resolution. • Did you know that Thunder Bay is taking part in a walkability study? Perhaps you are ready to get outside and explore a new area of your neighbourhood on foot. Leave your car behind and walk and shop along the new Algoma image route, helping to bring this streetscape to life. • Are you determined to reduce the amount of waste your household produces? Consider starting an indoor or backyard compost, refusing plastic bags, or re-thinking your purchasing habits. Simple actions repeated over time can extend the life of our local landfill and help to conserve the Earth’s finite resources. • Concerned about the health of Lake Superior? During the 2012 Spring Up to Clean Up campaign, volunteers picked up more than 32,000 cigarette butts that might otherwise have washed into

streams and storm drains. If you smoke, resolve to dispose of butts responsibly in an ashtray. Stop by EcoSuperior’s office to pick up a free pocket ashtray, designed to carry up to five butts at a time. • When is the last time you spoke out in support of your environmental beliefs? While you may have made eco-friendly changes in your own life, today might be a great day to take your actions a step further. Resolve to help others make positive choices for the environment. • Need support in your new green initiative? The most achievable resolutions are those that are tangible, small, and measurable— and that are shared. Stop by the EcoSuperior office or visit the website to access resources and information related to making Thunder Bay a more sustainable, healthy place to live.

By Aynsley Klassen, Program Coordinator, EcoSuperior


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ost problems I detect during electrical inspections are simple fixes, but others can be more time consuming and expensive. Unfortunately, most wiring is hidden in finished walls and ceilings which makes it impossible to find and fix problems without a bit of demolishing. Homes older than 50 years usually have outdated systems and components—the most common issue is lack of grounding. Older, two-prong receptacles are a clue that your home has a lack of grounding, but sometimes three-prong outlets are not grounded either. An electrical tester for grounding can be purchased for less than $10, and it can detect other wiring problems as well. Another problem with mainly older homes is lack of GFI (ground fault interrupter) receptacles—the receptacles with the small test buttons. A GFI finds electrical leaks and shuts off the power if detected. GFI receptacles are required in potentially damp areas— namely outdoors, in bathrooms, and within three feet of kitchen sinks. GFI receptacles generally cost about $20–30 each, but they wear out after about 10 years and the test button is not reliable. Pick up a circuit tester with a GFI test button from the hardware store. By far, the most frequent electrical problem I encounter is exposed or unprotected wiring, such as openings in panels, missing covers on junction boxes, switches and receptacles, and bare wire ends, especially if the wire is live. All wiring should be protected. Hiring a qualified electrician to do work on your home is always the wisest choice, and the added peace of mind is worth the added cost. If DIY is more your style, take the time to read the Ontario Electrical Code and obtain an electrical permit before you start the work. Electricity can be dangerous and, if you have concerns about your home, contact the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and request an electrical inspection. Larry Hogard is a Certified Home Inspector and Energy Advisor with Superior Inspections Inc. He can be contacted at The Walleye


JanuaryEventsGuide January 9–12

Snowball Festival

Lutsen Ski Resort Lutsen’s biggest music event of the year, this four-day festival features music from Pert Near Sandstone, Jon Wayne & the Pain, Wookiefoot and many more. Ski and stay packages are available, as well as concert-only tickets.  January 11–12

Ian Sirota

Finlandia Hall This comedy show will be hosted by Bob Lablaw, featuring Moccasin Joe and Chris Mulawyshyn as well as headliner Ian Sirota. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and are available at Galaxy Lanes, Hoito, Dragon’s Den, Wally’s Country Diving, Northern Cancer Fund at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, and College Park Chiropractic Clinic.  January 12-February 9

Three Regional/National/ International Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Gallery 1: Groundwork – Ann Clarke – Thunder Bay – International: Clarke’s paintings demonstrate an unwavering commitment to a personal style grounded in modernist abstraction. Clarke has participated in over 30 solo exhibitions and over 90 group shows internationally. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and a Professor Emerita of the Department of Visual Arts, Lakehead University.

Gallery 2: Redux 13 – Canadian Contemporary Artists – International – Art Collection – Dr. Bob Chaudhuri: The best of selected artworks from Dr. Chaudhuri’s collection, exhibited in the last six years of DefSup’s Urban Infill series. Featuring paintings, prints, ceramics, and drawings by critically acclaimed Canadian artists, big on the international art scene and featured in major art magazines.

Gallery 3: Creator Project Video Screenings – International: Nancy Rubins – The Edge; Theo Jansen – Strandbeest; Chris Milk – The Treachery of Sanctuary; Bill Viola – Acceptance. Educational video screenings, interviews and artworks of four major artists, with juxtaposed methodologies that push the limits of art, culture, and interaction. Gala opening reception takes place January 12, 7–10 pm. At the opening, enjoy an artist talk by Ann Clarke, live music and exquisite catered refreshments. Part of DefSup’s Urban Infill-Art in the Core series. All ages/ by donation.  January 12–April 27

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Downtown North Core Presented by Definitely Superior Art Gallery. The next evolution of creative possibilities! Revitalizing our downtown north core by capitalizing on assets of arts/culture and linking/ reinforcing connections through accessible empty spaces and existing arts/commercial business/social spaces. Engage with 18 multi-disciplinary art projects featuring works by 350 regional/national/international artists at 15 downtown locations. Rediscover the Waterfront District through contemporary art!  January 12

Lakehead Thunderwolves Think Pink!

Lakehead University Thunderdome Come and support our Lakehead Thunderwolves Varsity Athletes as they battle the Brock Badgers! Tickets available at the Thunderdome. A portion of the ticket sale proceeds support breast cancer diagnoses, treatment, and research at Regional Cancer Care Northwest. ) 684-7113

January 12–February 24

January 19, 21

Carl Beam

Mosaic Window Workshop

Thunder Bay Art Gallery The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will host the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective exhibition of works by artist Carl Beam, whose influence as a leading contemporary Aboriginal artist from the mid-1980s challenged the prevailing marginalization of contemporary Aboriginal art. Opening reception will take place January 11 at 7:30 pm.  January 13, 11 am

Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Writers: Brunch with Charlie Wilkins

Valhalla Inn Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, with the generous support of the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival, presents a special brunch and talk by award-winning journalist and author Charlie Wilkins. Tickets are $35 and are available at Calico Coffee, Northern Woman’s Bookstore, and online.  Beginning January 15, 6–8 pm

Introductory Pottery with Fritz Lehmberg

Baggage Building Arts Centre Have you ever wanted to learn the art of pottery? The new year is your chance. Come along and learn from experienced potter Fritz Lehmberg and create your first piece of pottery. Cost is $175. ) 684-2063 January 16, 7:30 pm

Chasing Ice

Paramount Theatre An Environmental Film Network, this film tells the story of James Balog, once a skeptic about climate change, who uses revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture glaciers. 

January 20, 7:30

Vintage Pixie Studios In this workshop you will learn to create and mosaic a basic design to hang in a window. Frame, glass, and adhesive will be supplied; students are required to bring glass nippers and safety glasses (sold at the studio).  January 19, 9 am–4 pm

A Chorus Line

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the singular sensation returns for an all new tour. Come see the new generation of Broadway’s best! Tickets are $40–$80. 

Thunder Bay’s Biggest Loser

January 22, 7 pm

January 19, 2 pm

Brodie Library Fireside Room Come lend your support to NOWW writers! All readings are in the Fireside Room at the Brodie Library, 216 S. Brodie Street. Readings include an open mic time: bring a short poem to share! 

Victoria Inn Join Sione and Filipe Fa from Season 7 of the popular hit reality series The Biggest Loser for a day that will motivate, educate, and inspire you to reach your health goals for 2013. 

Vegan Iron Chef

Rumours Dining Room, Confederation College Veg Thunder Bay, in partnership with Confederation College Culinary Management Program will host this live take-off of the TV show Iron Chef. Tickets are $15–$20 and are available at Bonobo’s Foods, Kelly’s Nutrition, The Green House, Nutrition Corner, and Steeper’s. 

NOWW Reading

January 23–24

Orientation to Ontario Workshop

January 19, 8 pm

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association As a newcomer, you will need information and, perhaps, even a plan to help with your settlement activities. The Orientation to Ontario workshop is designed to help you meet your needs and to develop your own plan for settlement. 

Consortium Aurora Borealis with Pierre Schryer and Friends

Café Daughter

January 24–February 9

St. Paul’s United Church Join award-winning Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer, supported by guest guitarist Andy Hillhouse, as he delights the audience with a spirited evening of Celtic Ayres and Dances, with an informative pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm by Merrie Klazek. Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 seniors and students, and are available at the door.  January 19, 8 pm–midnight

Argentine Tango – Milonga

Unitarian Church, Algoma Street This is a perfume free venue. Please bring a healthy snack to share. Tickets are $8. ) 624-0022

Magnus Theatre A Chinese-Cree girl growing up in the 1950s and 60s must keep her background secret in this Gwaandak Theatre production.  January 25–27

North Shore Brewery Tour

Thunder Bay to Duluth Sleeping Giant Brewery is offering a fully escorted tour of four North Shore breweries: Castle Danger Brewery, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Lake Superior Brewing, and Canal Park Brewing Company. Includes travel, food, accommodation, and, of course, beer. 





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January 26, 8pm–2am

Derelicte 5 - A Fashion Odyssey

Black Pirates Pub One fabulous night of wearable art, fashion, music, and performance on the catwalk! Featuring: nine local fashion houses, 15 “wearable art” fashion exhibitions, five performance acts, four live bands, DJs, hundreds in raffle & best D.I.Y. fashion/costume prizes and more. 600 attended last year! What’s Your Fashion Tribe? Be Haute! Be Derelicte! A fundraiser for Definitely Superior Art Gallery & LU Radio 102.7 fm. 19+/$10 cover charge.  January 29, 7 pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium The annual festival is back, with world class films celebrating the spirit of adventure and the mountain theme. Symposium and displays at 6 pm, films at 7 pm. Door prizes! Tickets are $14. 

January 14


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Bach ‘n Roll

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January 19

Nelly Furtado

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Music Events

Lehto & Wright Trio

January 4

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais $5–$15 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ All Ages

Ryan MacDonald and Friends

January 24

The Finlandia $10 ∙ 8 pm ∙ All Ages

A Personal Requiem

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20 –45 ∙ 8 pm ∙ All Ages

New Year’s Revolution Black Pirates Pub $8 ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

January 25

Damon Dowbak Trio

January 5

Classic Roots Farewell Party Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

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Tin Pan Alley

January 11

Great Friday Night Rock Show featuring Married Singlemen, Rival, A Black Tie Affair, and more Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+ January 27

Professor Whitherington Grassroots Church $7–35 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ All Ages

Greenbank Trio with Nick Sherman

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The Tragically Hip with The Arkells

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Fort William Gardens $39.50 –99.50 ∙ 7 pm ∙ All Ages

Confederation College Feb. 26, 10 am – 3:30 pm Location: Student Commons

West thUnder CommUnity Centre Jan. 23, 6 pm – 7 pm

Snak The Ripper and Jaclyn Gee with Preme, Rise of Elohim, Royal T and Lev, and McSwiff

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What Keeps Me in Thunder Bay By Marlene Wandel

This urban life on the edge of the greatest of lakes allows for a slice of the rawness of nature in our day-to-day. I’ve walked outside to see the northern lights, because five posts on Facebook alerted me to it. I keep a camera in the car when I go out in the morning; at this time of year the harbour gives up its heat and we wake up to an explosion of backlit steam, sometimes with the ghostly outline of a ship marooned in the middle of it. Every full moon there’s a small crowd of moonstruck souls at Hillcrest Park, waiting for the


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moonrise and speculating just where on the horizon it will rise this month.

We live in a place where heavy traffic means having to wait five minutes to turn left onto Memorial Avenue, and the phrase “collector lanes moving slowly” is either gibberish, or a welcome reminder of what your commute doesn’t look like.

Darren McChristie

Waverly Park seems to hold echoes its former Fringe Festival Site; slackliners bob between the same two trees rain, shine, or snow, and small kids learning to ride bikes sometimes dodge an equally wobbly unicycle, or a tai chi group, or a painting class.

I would have liked to live here when it was possible to take a streetcar to Mt. McKay to ski, and when the trails at Big Thunder were open and it was possible to watch bodies soaring off the ends of the ski jumps. I would have liked to see the big trees on Memorial Avenue. On the other hand, I’m happy to be here and skating at the Marina with ever-increasing dining options a stone’s throw from my house, and I don’t miss the old bandshell at Waverly Park at all. Home is where you put your roots down; you just have to be prepared for them to get a little cold come January.

JP Marion​


e live in a place that is geographically puzzling to many, surely often confused with other, more southern Bays. We’re perceived to endure blistering cold winters with frigid lakes come summer, appealing only because of the respite they offer from the relentless onslaught of bloodthirsty insects. The truth of the matter is we live in a temperate climate, just like the rest of Ontario, and our seasons are further tempered by the giant heat sink lapping at our doorsteps. In December, we wait for snow and curse the rain, yet, unless the lake freezes up, it’s nice to get a bit of a break from the real deep freeze of further inland.

Darren McChristie

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Make Good Lifestyle Changes Your New Year’s Resolution Live in balance. Embrace health. Give thanks.

Choose a resolution that suits you. A single resolution can positively and profoundly create lasting change in your life. Don’t be swayed by peer pressure or trends. Go with a goal that’s right for you. Make it manageable. Ask for help when you need to. You can do it.


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Carrick Park* North End C.C.* Brent Park* Oliver Rd. C.C. * Waddington Park* West End Park*

open 7 days per week open 7 days per week closed Mon/Tues closed Mon/Tues closed Mon/Tues closed Wed/Thurs

James St. Playfield* open 7 days per week West Thunder C.C. * open 7 days per week Wayland Park* closed Mon/Tues Tarbutt Park* closed Wed/Thurs Frank Charry Park* closed Wed/Thurs * rink hours - 2 pm to 10 pm weekdays & 1 pm to 9 pm weekends


Marina Park Rink Noon to 9 pm Daily

Boarded - Unsupervised

Boarded - Community Supervised

North - Unboarded

South - Unboarded

Minnesota Park Chapples Park (Delaney) Volunteer Pool C.C. John Jumbo C.C. John Kusznier Park

Castlegreen North Neebing C.C. North McIntyre C.C.

Academy Heights Anten Parkette Phillips Parkette

Franklin Park Friendship Gardens (west pond) Green Acres Park

Stanley Park Third & High Park Wilson Park County Park

South Neebing C.C. Vickers Heights C.C. West Arthur C.C.

Picton Parkette Poplar Parkette River Terrace Park

Holt Parkette Vale C.C. Parkdale

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