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CoverStory: The Best of Thunder Bay ■ 9 Best Appetizers ■ 10 Best Pasta ■ 12 Best Weekend Getaway ■ 14 Best Country Band ■ 16 Best Theatre Director ■ 17 Best Blog



■ 18 Buddha Belly ■ 20 A Toast To 2016 ■ 21 Cooking Up Plans ■ 22 El Tres




■ 32 Be Haute! Be Derelicte! ■ 34 Winter Sky Relief Prints ■ 35 Stories of Contentment and Other Fables ■ 36 Vik Wilen


■ 39 The Octilius Group ■ 40 Honouring Volunteers ■ 41 No Library? No Problem! ■ 42 Men’s Style Guide ■ 44 Mei ■ 45 Red River Trade Company WEATHER

Master of Drums ■ 51 A Night in Madrid ■ 52 The Last Waltz at 40 ■ 54 Penelope Clarke ■ 55 Green House ■ 56 Rag Maple ■ 57 Heads Will Roll

■ 60 Neighbourhood Evolution

■ 25 A New Economy ■ 26 Crees in the Caribbean ■ 28 An Armchair Adventure ■ 30 Best of 2016


■ 48 Year in Review ■ 49 Machine Gun Kelly ■ 50 Jack of All Trades,





■ 62 Greener by the Numbers ■ 63 The Right to Food HEALTH

■ 64 Thinking About a New Year’s Health Resolution? Throw It Back to the Basics! ■ 65 TRE

■ 19 Drink of the Month ■ 38 Stuff We Like ■ 43 This is Thunder Bay ■ 58 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 66 Tbaytel January EVENTS ■ 68 Music EVENTS ■ 69 LU Radio's Monthly Top 20 ■ 70 The Comics ■ 72 The Wall ■ 73 The Beat ■ 74 The Eye

■ 46 Weather Eye



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From Our twitter Feed

Resolutions and Accomplishments


here’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a New Year’s resolution. We could all do with a little bit of self improvement or strive to commit more unselfish deeds (I’m talking to you fellow millennials… look up from your iPhones and help that elderly woman with her groceries!) But while we focus on betterment, we could also look at our personal accomplishments over the past year, as well as those in our community, specifically in arts and culture. If the record number of participants in our annual Best of Thunder Bay survey are any indication, we have lots to celebrate. With the amount of artists and businesses flourishing in our city, many of the categories were very close calls. Every year, part of our challenge to readers is to check out those unfamiliar names or categories with the goal of completing more questions for next year’s survey. Make it part of your resolution to immerse yourself in Thunder Bay’s arts and culture scene: go eat at a new restaurant, listen to a local band, or discover a swimming hole… maybe wait until summer for that one.


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Keeping with our “best of ” theme, we profile some winners who you might not be familiar with. Our sommelier Jeannie Dubois highlights some of the year’s best local offerings in beer and spirits, Michael Sobota shares his favourite films of 2016, and we showcase some great concerts that you might have missed over the year. Also, Stuff We Like features ideas for the New Year’s resolutionist. Elsewhere in the issue, Betty Carpick gets the scoop on Thunder Bay’s longawaited Mexican restaurant El Tres, Stephanie Wesley previews Magnus Theatre’s upcoming production Crees in the Caribbean, and Tonya Muchano writes about the history of Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s annual fashion odyssey, Derelicte, taking place later this month. Thanks to everyone who participated in our readers’ survey and congratulations to all of the winners!

- Adrian Lysenko

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Rose Pavlin's name was misspelled in the story "Farmhouse Fudge" (page 19, Vol7No12).

Featured Contributor Lyle Morissette A self-described “sartorial epicurean” who takes great pride in his work as a freelance image consultant (stylist) and fashion writer/lifestyle blogger, Lyle is always willing to dispense advice on the finer points of fashion. Since December 2015, he has been doing just that with his men style guide column. The founder of style platform monk + eero (monkandeero. com), Lyle is also passionate about music (his second love), the soccer club Real Madrid, and both classic as well as contemporary cinema. Check out Lyle’s column on page 42.

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Norpine Fat Bike Classic January 6–7 Lutsen, MN

A new cycling event will take place in Lutsen this winter as part of the largest fat bike racing series in the United States, the 45NRTH Great Lakes Fat Bike Series. Cycling fanatics will brave the elements at the inaugural Norpine Fat Bike Classic, where they’ll compete for the chance to win a cash prize in the 24-mile long course or a top finisher award in the 16-mile short course. The event is part of a series of seven mass start fat bike races across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where riders can compete to earn points in each event and establish standing in the overall 45NRTH series. norpinefatbikeclassic.com

January 13 & 14 Finlandia Club

Jessica Rae Photography

Who doesn’t need a laugh or two come mid-January? Stand Up Comedy at the Finlandia Club is just what you need to get you through those January doldrums. Headlined by Erica Sigurdson, winner of the Leo award for best comedy screenwriting and 27 appearances on The Debaters, the event also features 2011 Comic Idol winner Chris Mulawyshyn and opener Carole Cunningham, and is emceed by Chris Holland. There will be two shows each night at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, and tickets are just $22 in advance and $25 at the door, with proceeds going to the Northern Cancer Fund. standupcomedytbay.ca


TBSO Masterworks 3: Jessica Linnebach Performs Mozart January 19

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Join guest conductor Mélanie Léonard as she returns to lead the TBSO for a night of works from three generations of the Mozart family. Renowned Canadian violinist Jessica Linnebach takes the stage in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s striking and expressive Violin Concerto No. 3. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 35, as well as Franz Xaver Mozart’s Sinfonia in D-Major and Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony. As with all TBSO Masterworks concerts, there will be a pre-concert chat on the mezzanine at 7:10 pm before the show. Tickets are $11.50 - $42.25 and are available at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium box office. tbso.ca


The Marwills January 14 The Foundry

This January, Toronto’s The Marwills will once again rock The Foundry in the second part of their winter tour. The Marwills are known for their bluestinged rock sound and their energetic live shows. And it’s no wonder: although their debut album, Marwill St., was released in 2012, most of the members have been playing together in some form or another for almost a decade. The band’s newest release, Facts & Figures (2014) is a raw rock album full of bluesy riffs, crunchy guitars, and lustful lyrics, rounded out along the edges with backing vocals, slide guitar, keys, sax, a female choir, fiddle, and acoustic guitar. It will be well worth the $5 cover. themarwills.ca


Derelicte 9 January 28

Black Pirates Pub

One fabulous night where wearable art, fashion, dance, music, and performance co-mingle with runway models and contemporary design elements, unlike anything you may have seen before on the catwalk. This yearly fundraiser for DefSup and LU Radio features 34 acts on a multiarts stage, including four live bands and DJs, nine local fashion houses, 15 wearable art pieces, spectacular video mapping projections, and over 100 artists/models. There will also be a massive raffle and best D.I.Y fashion/costume prizes, “walk off” challenges, special performances by Dahab and World Dance Centre, a premiere drag performance with Paloma Marquez, Veronika Swartz Burlesque, the Derelicte Dancers, and a fabulous fashionista DJ dance party, as well as catered refreshments by Sushi Bowl and Sweet Escape Cake Café & Bakery. definitelysuperior.com Patrick Chondon

Stand Up Comedy Night

Chad Kirvan


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CoverStory 8. Best Coney Sauce

15. Best Poutine

1. McKellar Confectionery*

1. The Sovereign Room* 2. La Poutine 3. Carrie's Corner

16. Best Burger 1. Prospector Burger Barn



Nominations are now open for The Walleye’s fifth annual Best of Thunder Bay Readers’ Survey. Now it’s up to you to nominate your picks in as many By Justin Allec, Tiffany Jarva, Amy Jones, Adrian Lysenko, categories as you can, keeping in mind this is an all local survey! To nominate Michelle McChristie, and Kirsti Salmi your picks, visit: thewalleye.ca/bestofthunderbay2016 Nominations close on October 23rd and general voting starts November 1st!


ous guys” have spoken: behold The Walleye’s annual Best of Best tattoo artist 9. Best salad Thunder BayThe Survey results. This year we 55. decided to mix it up a Arts little: readers nominated their picks for each category in October book (2015-2016) and voted officially 42. for Best the most popular nominees in November. 56. Best dancer 0. Best fine dining Whether you’re grateful for a grassroots organization, asking your bartender for another round, cheering on a drag artist as they lip synch for 43. Bestor photographer CityScene 1. Best pubtheir foodlives, make sure to congratulate all of this year’s winners! *2015 winner 44. Best visual artist

57. Best Thunder Bay-ism

2. Best food truck/trailer

45. Best drag queen or king

3. Best take out (business name)


58. Best place to go on a first date

46. Best performance artist 4. Best

Tea 59. Best place to 1. David’s Teapeople-watch

4. Best caterer (business ame) 1. Best Finn

Pancakes 2. International House of Tea* 47. Best public art installation 1. Hoito Restaurant* 3. Calico Coffeehouse 60. Best place to impress a 2. The Scandinavian Home visitor 5. Best Breakfast 5. Best roastery Society Restaurant 48. Best art exhibit 1. Tina’s Breakfast & Lunch* (2015-2016) 3. Niva's Restaurant

6. Best patio 2.

Best Persians

1. The Persian Man*49. Best street art

2. Nucci’s Bake a Deli 7. Best new restaurant 3. Holland Bakery 50. Best art gallery

3. Best Coffee

8. Best server 1. Calico Coffeehouse* 51. Best art shop 2. St. Paul Roastery

2. Rooster's Bistro 61. Best weekend getaway 3. Hoito Restaurant (location)

6. Best Bakery 1. The Sweet Bakery* 62. North Best library 2. Holland Bakery

3. Sweet Escape Cake Cafe & Bakery 63. Best hair salon or barber 7. Best Appetizers shop 1. The Sovereign Room*

3. The Bean Fiend Cafe and 9. Best bartender 2. Madhouse Sandwich Bar 52. Best clothing designer 64. Best clothing store 3. The Foundry 0. Best barista 53. Best potter

65. Best grocery store

1. Best head chef


2. Coney Island Westfort 3. Hodder Greeks

9. Best Pizza 1. Both Hands Wood-Fired Pizzeria & Bakery* 2. Eat Local Pizza & Pastry 3. Donato's Bakery

10. Best Fries 1. Prospector Burger Barn 2. Hodder Greeks* 3. The Sovereign Room

2. Off The Charts Burgers N More 3. Red Lion Smokehouse

17. Best Sandwich 1. Maltese Grocery* 2. Man vs. Meat 3. The Growing Season Juice Collective

18. Best Soup 1. Soup Mama 2. The Growing Season Juice Collective 3. The Sweet North Bakery

11. Best Perogies

19. Best Dessert

1. Port Arthur Polish Hall Limited (South Court St.)*

1. Sweet Escape Cake Cafe & Bakery* 2. The Sweet North Bakery

2. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #219, Polish Combatants Branch #1 (North Cumberland St.)

3. Prime Gelato

20. Best Ice Cream

3. Polish Bistro

1. Merla Mae*

12. Best Cabbage Rolls

3. TJ’s Ice Cream Shoppe

1. Port Arthur Polish Hall Limited (South Court St.)* 2. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #219, Polish Combatants Branch #1 (North Cumberland St.) 3. Polish Bistro

13. Best Wings 1. Chicago Joe’s*

2. Prime Gelato

21. Best Mixed Drink 1.Tomlin Restaurant* 2. Tony & Adam’s 3. The Foundry

22. Best Beer Selection 1. Red Lion Smokehouse*

2. On Deck 3. The Sovereign Room

14. Best Nachos 1. Madhouse 2. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar* 3. The Sovereign Room

2. The Foundry 3. The Sovereign Room

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(sewing, woodworking, knitting, etc.)

66. Best window displays

CoverStory 23. Best Wine List 1. Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar*

2. Gargoyles Grille & Ale 3. Madhouse

30. Best Fine Dining 1. Tomlin Restaurant* 2. Bistro One 3. Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar

31. Best Pub Food 1. The Sovereign Room* 2. Madhouse 3. The Foundry

32. Best Food Truck/Trailer 1. Barbecupid 2. Lot 66

2. Local Motion*

3. Bistro One

3. Thai Kitchen

24. Best Business Lunch

33. Best Take Out (Business Name)

1. Bight Restaurant & Bar 2. Daytona’s Kitchen & Creative Catering

1. Thai Kitchen*

3. Madhouse

3. Man vs. Meat

25. Best Sushi 1. Wasabi Japanese Restaurant* 2. Sushi Bowl 3. Tokyo House

26. Best Pasta

2. The Growing Season Juice Collective

34. Best Caterer (Business Name) 1. Salt & Pepper Catering*

Best Appetizers The Sovereign Room

2. Pinetree Catering 3. Daytona's Kitchen & Creative Catering

Story and Photos by Adrian Lysenko

2. Nook*

35. Best Roastery

3. Giorg Cucina é Barra

1. St. Paul Roastery*

27. Best Chicken Balls

2. Wolfhead Coffee

hether you’re a fan of the classic duck poutine or the fairly new addition of potatoes and kimchi, The Sovereign Room’s appetizers have many loyal foodie followers and this year’s results are proof. For five years in a row (since we’ve started this survey) The Sovereign Room has won the best appetizers category.

1. Bar Italia Restaurant

1. Mr. Chinese*

3. Rose N Crantz Roasting Company

2. Oriental Garden

36. Best Patio

3. Eddy Lee's Chinese Restaurant

1. Bight Restaurant & Bar*

28. Best Noodle Bowl

2. Kelsey’s

1. Thai Kitchen 2. Oriental Garden

3. 5 Forks Restaurant

37. Best New Restaurant

3. Golden Wok Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant*

1. ExCuria*

29. Best Salad

3. In Common

1. The Growing Season Juice Collective*

2. Tomlin Restaurant

38. Best Server 1. Marie at The Sovereign Room and Crock’s 2. Tuija at The Foundry 3. Brian at Tomlin Restaurant


Chef Wayne Haskell gives a humble explanation to what the thought process is for the creation of appetizers at the gastropub. “You don’t want to overthink it but you want to make sure it’s something that people are going to like,” he says. The chef also points out that portion size, shareability, and accessibility are things they take into consideration. The secret might just lie in keeping what works, like the buttermilk fried chicken, but also updating the menu with starters that are a fusion of culinary dishes, such as deviled eggs with foie gras, caviar, and apple. “Right now the Sov’s a good mix of what we’ve been doing for years, but we’re also spicing it up,” says Haskell. But please, don’t listen to the hundreds of people that voted for them, try their appetizers for yourself. The Walleye


CoverStory After seven years of working at Calico Coffeehouse, Amanda Soderholm states that she knows most of the regulars who come in. “If I don’t know their name, I know what they’re ordering,” says Soderholm. “A lot of the local businesses come in, so it’s really nice to see everyone, everyday.” As far as what makes a good barista, she believes that lots of practice and knowing what will taste good are important. “I do put a lot of effort into making each drink special.” Soderholm describes the atmosphere at the coffeehouse as very laid back and welcoming. “I work with all my best friends, so it’s a good environment,” she says. 2. Brian at The Bean Fiend Cafe and Sandwich Bar 3. Cam at St. Paul Roastery

41. Best Head Chef (New Category) 1. Steve Simpson

Best Pasta

Nancy Shaw

39. Best Bartender 1. Onur at Black Pirates Pub

Bar Italia


Thunder Bay institution, Bar Italia has been serving pasta in the city for over 26 years. “I think our customers are really loyal because of the consistency of the food,” explains owner Laura Tozzo. “And because we are family oriented and cater to everyone. It’s a place where everyone is welcome.” Pasta dishes include classics like linguini carbonara, gnocchi and meatballs, fettuccini Alfredo, and homemade lasagne. But it’s the “Penne Bar Italia” that consistently proves to be the most popular pasta dish, complete with hot sausage, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, and a choice of fresh tomato or cream sauce. “When I was younger I used to hate working here,” laughs Laura, “but now I have grown to love it.” Laura took over the family business as the owner four years ago, after operating it for two years. Her late father, Nazzareno “Naz” Tozzo, had


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built up the business after quitting construction so he could spend more time with his family when Laura was born. Bar Italia continues to be a family endeavour, with Laura’s younger siblings, Gina and Salvatore, on board as well (all three have namesake pizzas, which are popular takeout choices, especially on Friday nights). “I’m working with my brother and sister,” Laura says. “We still fight, but you can’t really do it without family.” The restaurant itself seems to have stood the test of time, with some new changes. It’s cozy and inviting, with fresh flowers on every table. “My dad did not have flowers,” says Laura wryly. It’s a place where you might stumble upon old-timers playing a heated game of Scopa or Briscola in the mornings while enjoying a cup of espresso, friends and colleagues catching up at lunch, or a family simply getting together to enjoy good food on a Friday night.

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Story by Tiffany Jarva, Photo by Adrian Lysenko

2. Josh at The Foundry 3. Marie at The Sovereign Room and Crocks*

40. Best Barista 1. Amanda at Calico Coffeehouse

Steve Simpson started in the culinary industry at 14 years old, and commitment to his craft runs deep. “I fell in love with the environment instantly,” he says. “I embrace things about the job that burn out most people. I enjoy everything from creating the menu to mopping the floor. You have to want to put in the hours—be the first to show up, the last to leave.” In 2014, Simpson partnered with Nancy Shaw to open Tomlin Restaurant. His goal was to “build a restaurant I wanted to work at every day. Somewhere I could collaborate daily and try my best to constantly evolve.” Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Simpson emigrated to Canada at a young age. He’s built his career in Thunder Bay, and is glad to be contributing to its culinary renaissance. “It’s awesome to see how collaborative and friendly the scene has become in a city that means so much to me.” 2. Andrew Stone 3. John Murray

CoverStory The Arts 42. Best Book (2015-2016)

48. Best Art Exhibit (2015-2016) 1. Urban Infill (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)*

Chad Kirvan

1. Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide To 2. Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret - Aric Fishman

to maintain a 30+ year track record of offering (and going out of their way to provide) hard-to-find, quality art supplies like full lines of watercolours, oils, and acrylics along with innovative workshops and community engagement. It’s a place where art students, artists, teachers, and crafters come to shop and leave feeling like they’re part of an extended art family. Much luck finding the Turtle Ladies at the same place at the same time these days—that’s because they also operate the baggage building at Prince Arthur’s Landing, and we’re grateful for that too!

53. Best Potter

2. Fireweed Crafts

1. Vanessa Presenger

3. Ahnisnabae Art Gallery

2. Remy Chunick

52. Best Clothing Designer

3. Chad Gilbert

1. Meg Sheepway 2. Be Natural 3. Tim Alexander

54. Best Crafter (sewing, woodworking, knitting, etc.) 1. Tuija Hansen* 2. Mommy Can Sew 3. Made By Meag

55. Best Tattoo Artist

56. Best Dancer

1. Ungalli Clothing Co.

1. Stephanie DePiero

2. boy Roland - Espresso Joya

2. Elfarrow Apparel (Kyley Blomquist)*

2. Electro Girls

3. The Teaching is in the Making Thunder Bay Art Gallery

3. Wojo’s Mojo

3. Dahab*

49. Best Street Art 2. We’re All In This Together - Amy Jones 3. Wild on the Superior Frontier - James Stevens

43. Best Photographer 1. Damien Gilbert* 2. Maria Maria Photography 3. Shannon Lepere Photography

44. Best Visual Artist 1. boy Roland*

1. DieActive Graffiti Wall, Court St. (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)* 2. DieActive Mural, Waverley Public Library (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)

50. Best Art Gallery

2. Camp 3. Persian*

3. Ahnisnabae Art Gallery

51. Best Art Shop

58. Best Place to Go on a First Date

1. Painted Turtle Art Shop*

1. Marina Park* 2. Madhouse 3. Hillcrest Park

59. Best Place to People-Watch

45. Best Drag Queen or King

1. Marina Park

1. Lady Fantasia La Premiere

2. Intercity Shopping Centre*

2. Paloma Marquez

3. Boulevard Lake Park

3. Ivan Love

60. Best Place to Impress a Visitor

46. Best Performance Artist

1. Kakabeka Falls

1. Coleman Hell 2. Honest Heart Collective

3. Traveller’s Return (Water Drops) at Marina Park by Andy Davies

We’ve all been there—friends or family come to town, and we immediately say “you have to see Kakabeka Falls!” And for good reason. At 40 metres high, the falls are the second tallest in Ontario, and plunge into a breathtaking gorge carved into shale rock that host fossils dating back 1.6 million years, making it the perfect place to take that group selfie. The falls are beautiful any time of year, but are most impressive in spring, when the water is high, or, if you can brave it, deep winter, when the icy air freezes the falls into a magnificent ice sculpture. Plus, as part of a provincial park that boasts several hiking and cross-country skiing trails, a beach, a campground, and an interpretative centre, it’s a great place to spend the day—and don’t forget to stop in the village for ice cream on your way home! 2. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 3. Marina Park*

61. Best Weekend Getaway (location) 1. Grand Marais*

3. Carly Martin

2. DieActive Graffiti Wall, Court St. (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)*

1. Sleeping Giant

2. Definitely Superior Art Gallery

3. Angela Gollat

1. Wild Life (Algoma St. sculptures)

57. Best Thunder Bay-ism

1. Thunder Bay Art Gallery*

2. Elizabeth Buset

47. Best Public Art Installation

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It doesn’t matter where the “Turtle Ladies” set up shop, Thunder Bay continues to adore the services provided by Lorraine Cull and Angie Jansen at the Painted Turtle. Initially, the shop was conceived by local artist Ruth Tye McKenzie, who was the owner until she was 73 when Jansen and Cull took over. They also took the “turtle pledge”

2. Duluth 3. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

62. Best Library 1. Waverley Resource Library* 2. Mary J. L. Black Branch 3. Lakehead University Library

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Best Weekend Getaway Grand Marais By Michelle McChristie


t always comes as a bit of a shock to meet a long-term resident of Thunder Bay who has never been to Grand Marais. Our picturesque neighbour to the south has long been a favourite destination for a weekend getaway, whether to take in a quirky community event like the Fisherman’s Picnic, enjoy the local foodie scene (they’ve had a Mexican restaurant for eight years!), or just soak in the hip vibe while hanging out downtown on the shore of Lake Superior. Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County, says, “there are only three international road border crossings in Minnesota. It is a safe bet that the Cook County-Ontario crossing is a favorite

because of the stops available along the scenic North Shore drive, including Grand Marais… We always welcome our Canadian friends with open arms.” In addition to previous wins in our readers’ survey, Grand Marais has a long list of accolades: in 2016 it was nominated into Outside Magazine’s Top 10 Best Places to Live, in 2015 it was voted as America’s Coolest Small Town by readers of Budget Travel Magazine, and it has won a long list of awards in Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake Readers’ Choice Awards. An island of blue surrounded by Republican red, the presidential election gave us another reason to love Grand Marais—they don’t like Trump either.

63. Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop

72. Best Community Activist

1. Michael's Hair Design & Day Spa

1. Brian Hamilton

2. Evoke Salon & Spa

2. Lora Northway

3. Studio West

3. Erin Beagle

64. Best Clothing Store

73. Best Radio Personality

1. Hey Sailor

1. Lisa Laco

2. The Loop*

2. AJ Leite

3. J.B. Evans

3. John Ongaro

65. Best Grocery Store

74. Best Comedian

1. Maltese Grocery*

1. Kris Labelle

2. Real Canadian Superstore

2. Chris Holland

3. Renco Foods

3. Eric Hansen

66. Best Window Displays

75. Best Busker

1. The Loop*

1. Eric the Juggler *

2. The Kitchen Nook/Finnish Book Store

2. Kyle Shushack

3. Hey Sailor

3. Cory Hoogsteen

67. Best New Business (2015-2016)

76. Best Grassroots Organization

1. Prime Gelato

1. Roots to Harvest*

2. Hey Sailor*

2. Willow Springs

3. In Common

3. Grace Place

68. Best Blog

77. Best Issue to Debate

1. Eating Dirt

1. Event Centre*

2. Bay Awesome

2. Racism

3. Made by Meag

3. Potholes

69. Best Tweeter

78. Best Place for a Shag

1. @thewalleye (The Walleye Magazine)

1. Moose Lodge 947*

2. @JamieSmith807 (Jamie Smith)

2. Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) Coliseum Building

3. @amylaurajones (Amy Jones)

3. Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) Heritage Building

70. Best Instagrammer 1. @dmangilbert (Damien Gilbert)*

79. Best Place to Get Married

2. @boyroland (boy Roland) 3. @Costal.Productions (Costal Productions)

1. Fort William Historical Park*

71. Best Elected Politician

2. Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre

1. Patty Hajdu*

3. Stepstone Centre

80. Best Bowling Alley

Marlene Wandel

1. Mario’s Bowl*

2. Shelby Ch’ng 3. Michael Gravelle

2. Galaxy Lanes 3. Superior Bowladrome


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CoverStory 81. Best Golf Course

2. Trowbridge Falls

2. Canada Games Complex

1. Whitewater Golf Club*

86. Best Local NHL Player (current)

3. Soldier’s Hole

3. Push Fitness Centre

2. Fort William Country Club

1. Matt Murray

98. Best Campground

109. Best Yoga Studio

1. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park*

1. The Bodymind Centre*

2. Neys Provincial Park

2. Kula Yoga & Wellness

1. Valhalla Inn*

3. Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

3. Moksha Yoga

2. Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre

99. Best Beach

110. Best Yoga Instructor

3. TownPlace Suites - Marriott

1. Lake Marie Louise (Sleeping Giant Provincial Park)

1. Danielle Ruel

83. Best Place to Play Pool

2. Wild Goose Beach*

3. Emerald Greens

82. Best Hotel

1. Shooters*

3. Sandy Beach

2. On Deck

100. Best Place to Toboggan

3. DaVinci Centre Sports Bar

84. Best Place to Watch the Game

2. Patrick Sharp*

1. Balsam Pit

3. Eric Staal

2. Centennial Park*

1. On Deck

87. Best Athlete (not an NHL player)

3. Hillcrest Park

2. DaVinci Centre Sports Bar 3. The Foundry

85. Best Sports Team 1. Thunderwolves Men’s Hockey*

1. Hayley Irwin*

101. Best Place to CrossCountry Ski

2. Curt Harnett

1. Kamview Nordic Centre*

3. Robbi Weldon

2. Lappe Nordic Ski Club

1. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park *

1. Thunder Bay Tournament Centre*

1. Sleeping Giant Antiques*

2. Cascades Conservation Area

2. Fort William Gardens

A yogi since 1995, Danielle Ruel has been teaching people to bend, stretch, and breathe in TBay since 2007. Ruel is a true believer that yoga is for everyone, and her roster of classes reflects this: she teaches everything from prenatal and mom and baby yoga, to yoga for kids, teens, couples, and athletes, in various styles stemming from hatha yoga, including hot yoga, Bikram, partner, power, flow, vinyasa, yin, and TRX Yoga. You can find her classes all over the city, from The Bodymind Centre to the Canada Games Complex to Movati, and she also offers private and semi-private classes, in the studio or in your own home. All that, and she does it with a genuine smile and an infectious positive energy that makes even the most reluctant yoga student look forward to their hour on the mat—it’s no wonder she has such a dedicated following!

2. Black Cat Antiques

3. Centennial Park

3. Grandview Arena

2. Kimberly Veneziale

3. Second Look Consignment Shop

96. Best Day Paddle

106. Best Outdoor Rink

3. Erin May

1. Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area *

1. Marina Park*

3. Centennial Park

2. Border Cats

102. Best Ski Run

3. Babes of Thunder

1. Loch Lomond - The Giant 2. Loch Lomond - The Birch

Living Green/Health 88. Best Park

93. Best Health Food Store

3. Loch Lomond - The Jolly Giant

1. Kelly’s Nutrition*

103. Best Snowboard Run

2. Tim’s Whole Health

1. Loch Lomond - Sunbowl

1. Centennial Park*

3. The Bulk Zone

2. Loch Lomond - The Maple

2. Marina Park

94. Best Place for a Bike Ride

3. Loch Lomond - The Chicken

1. Boulevard Lake

1. Loch Lomond*

1. Marina Park*

2. Centennial Park*

2. Mount Baldy

2. Centennial Park

3. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

3. Kamview

3. Vickers Park

95. Best Hiking Trail

105. Best Indoor Rink

3. Boulevard Lake Park

89. Best Playground

90. Best Antique Store

104. Best Ski Chalet

2. Lake Superior

2. West Thunder Community Centre

111. Best Massage Therapist

1. Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Ltd

3. Kaministiquia River

3. North End Community Centre

1. Leane Shuttleworth

2. Belluz Farms*

97. Best Swimming Hole

107. Best Fitness Instructor

2. Jennifer DeBruin

1. Cascades Conservation Area*

1. Paul Hemsworth*

91. Best Local Food Producer 3. Sleepy G Farm

92. Best Locally Made Product 1. Sleeping Giant Brewing Company 2. Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Ltd* 3. Prime Gelato

3. Vanessa Perrier

2. Jesse Buob

112. Best Spa

3. Anne Parr

1. Terra Nova Salon & Day Spa

108. Best Gym/ Fitness Club

2. Michael's Hair Design & Day Spa* 3. Spa Euphoria & Wellness Retreat

1. Movati*

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CoverStory 116. Best Album (2015-2016) 1. Summerland - Coleman Hell

2. Liar’s Club - The Honest Heart Collective 3. Everything Begins Now - Android 16

117. Best Music Video (2015-2016) 1. “Fireproof” - Coleman Hell 2. “Haymaker” - The Honest Heart Collective 3. “Rebuild//Restore” - Isolate Peaks

118. Best Singer 1. Coleman Hell* 2. Nancy Freeborn

Best Country Band

3. Ryan MacDonald

119. Best Guitarist 1. Matt Sellick

Chris Krienke

Story by Adrian Lysenko, Photo by James Mirabelli


ven though he has worked with country superstars like Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, and Don Williams, Chris Krienke is a legend in his own right. A child prodigy, Krienke started his musical career at the age of 14, earning the title of Junior World Banjo Champion. At 16, he recorded his first album Pickaway in Nashville. Returning to Canada, he moved away from the banjo and concentrated on his guitar, fiddle, and vocal abilities. “When I started playing I put together a band of people that were about the same age as me, so we started touring on the road at about 14 years old across


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Canada and then by the time I was 17, I was touring Europe and the United States,” says Krienke. “It was kind of tough but of course, I wouldn’t change anything.” Krienke has performed on various television shows and has also taught students in guitar, fiddle, banjo, as well as the mandolin. In 1995 he got together with some local musicians and formed Chris Krienke and Strawdawg. After all these years, Krienke still has a love for country music. “I like the naturalness of it, it talks about real life and real experiences… something that we’ve all been through before, so it’s easy to make country music a personal thing.”

Music 113. Best Place to See a Live Band 1. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 2. The Foundry* 3. Crocks

114. Best Music Store 1. New Day Records & Accessories* 2. HMV 3. Music World Academy

115. Best Place to Dance 1. NV Nightclub 2. Crocks* 3. Tony and Adam’s Restaurant

2. Kevin Heerema 3. Scott Freeborn

120. Best Bassist 1. Ryan Redemption* 2. Dane Newbold 3. Sean Skillen

CoverStory 121. Best Drummer

126. Best Metal Band

1. Josh Hogan*

1. Rock Truck*

127. Best Classical Group

2. Alex Cummins

1. Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra*

3. Jay Savage

2. Consortium Aurora Borealis

122. Best DJ

128. Best Rap Artist

1. Matt Migz

1. Wax Philosophic*

131. Best Electronic Act 1. Jean-Paul De Roover


123. Best Solo Artist 1. Coleman Hell* 2. Jean-Paul De Roover 3. Nick Sherman

2. Auditor General

Hails are in order: for the second year in a row, Rock Truck has taken the title of Thunder Bay’s best metal band. As one of the city’s most consistent live staples, it’s difficult to imagine a highvolume showcase happening without the five-piece’s booze-drenched, smoke-crusted, blues-blasting brand of metal shutting down the bar. Drawing inspiration directly from side B of Sabbath’s debut, Rock Truck keep it simple and give the finger to the morning after—amps at eleven, fists in the air, guitar worship at the altar of Beelze-fuzz. It’s almost anachronistic, but the formula clicks: a rumbling bottom end, blitzed-out guitar tones, and wailing vocals focused around space, substances, and sultry women. With the release of their third album Rock Truck III in 2015 and a dedicated fanbase, the band shows no sign of abating their decade-long bender.

3. The Moonshiners

2. Femur

124. Best Rock Band 1. The Honest Heart Collective*

2. Visions of Doyle 3. Hunt and Gather

125. Best Folk Group 1. The Bay Street Bastards

2. BLVCK SHEEP 3. Classic Roots*

132. Best Blues Act 1. Camden Blues 2. Webster Death 3. Royal T

129. Best Jazz Act 1. Mood Indigo 2. Robin Ranger 3. Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet

130. Best Punk Band 1. The Bay Street Bastards

2. Loose Cannon (tie)* 3. Southern Comfort (tie)

133. Best Choral Group 1. Fort William Male Choir 2. Lakehead Choral Group* 3. Dulcisono Women's Choir

134. Best Country Band 1. Chris Krienke

2. Bottom Rockers

2. Scott van Teeffelen and Backroads Band

3. Forever Dead!*

3. Kyle Shushack*

135. Best Cover Band 1. Plan B (The Band)

3. Isolate Peaks

2. Morning Light* 3. The Zep Show

Best of 2016 Contest Winner


ongratulations to our Best of 2016 winner Camilla Dreise! A resident of London, ON, but frequent visitor to TBay, Camilla participated in the survey because she wanted to vote for her favourite people, places, and experiences she enjoys while visiting

her friends. Camilla has won a "Thunder Bay-cation," courtesy of Thunder Bay Tourism, which includes travel to Thunder Bay for Camilla and a guest and a custom all-inclusive weekend full of Best of Thunder Bay survey winners. As the icing on the cake, she’ll get to

invite two of her TBay friends to join in the fun. Camilla was ecstatic when we contacted her with the news she had won: “I am thrilled to have been selected for this contest! I'm looking forward to another trip to Thunder Bay!”

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CoverStory Film and Theatre 136. Best Film (2015-2016) 1. Sleeping Giant directed by Andrew Cividino

140. Best Theatre Director (2015-2016) 1. Spencer Hari 2. Ashley and Katelyn Luoma (tie) 3. Mario Crudo (tie)

141. Best Theatre Troupe 1. Magnus Theatre

2. The Pineville Heist directed by Lee Chambers 3. The Grandfather Drum directed by Michelle Derosier

137. Best Film Director (2015-2016)

Best Theatre Director

138. Best Film Festival 1. Bay Street Film Festival* 2. North of Superior Film Association 3. Banff Mountain Film Festival

139. Best Theatre Production (2015-2016)

such as Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre, Paramount Live, Applauze Productions, and Cambrian Players. Going forward, Hari’s goal is to explore video production, specifically in hosting and presenting roles. Hari says that the Thunder Bay theatre community is like an evergrowing family. “They’re people you can rely on to lift you up and create memories with. But there’s always a new face at each production, and I love when somebody gets inspired to come out for the first time.”

1. Million Dollar Quartet (Magnus Theatre) 2. Jess Falcioni 3. Carly Martin

143. Best Actor (2015-2016) 1. Kevin Durand 2. Spencer Hari* 3. Danny Johnson

2. The Outsiders (Paramount Live) 3. James and the Giant Peach (Paramount Live)


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1. Nancy Freeborn

3. Lee Chambers

Matt Goertz

A performer for over 20 years, Hari started in childhood skits, pageants, and church singing. He now directs and acts in about two productions per year. He enjoys working with production companies

142. Best Actress (2015-2016)

2. Michelle Derosier

By Kirsti Salmi


3. Applauze Productions

1. Damien Gilbert

Spencer Hari

or Spencer Hari, successful theatre is a collaborative effort. “I love to work with actors and help bring something out of them they didn’t know they were capable of,” he says. “Your cast are your dancemates, and recognizing that is the best way to create a magical, unique experience for the audience.”

2. Cambrian Players*

CoverStory Events 144. Best Festival 1. BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival 2. Thunder Bay Blues Festival 3. Fort Fest

145. Best Fundraiser 1. Staal Foundation Open

of craft beer offered by 15 participating breweries. Sure, the beer is delicious, the live music entertaining, and the educational stage enlightening, but beer-lovers also appreciate that BrewHa! is a green event. Admission includes a collectable glass sample cup and free, staffed rinsing stations to encourage their use (other sample cups used were biodegradable). To cut down on bottled water, a water-filling station is provided where attendees can refill water bottles for free and, to encourage recycling, every garbage can has a recycling bin. Vendors are required to use recyclable products and, to reduce paper waste, the event only uses e-tickets. Plus, they have a free bike valet with secure storage and all ticket holders can use Thunder Bay Transit for free to get to and from the event. 2. Pride in the Park 3. Spring up to Clean Up

Patrick Chondon

148. Best Street Fair 1. Ribfest

2. The Hunger* 3. The Really Really Really Long Table

146. Best Free Event 1. Live on the Waterfront (Summer in the Parks)*

Best Blog

2. Movie Nights in the Park 3. Canada Day on the Waterfront

147. Best Green Event 1. BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival 2. Valley Fresh Buskers Festival* 3. Westfort Street Fair

149. Best Kids’ Event 1. Teddy Bear’s Picnic* 2. Parade of Lights 3. Movie Nights in the Park

150. Best New Event 1. CountryFest 2. Pyro Wars Patrick Chondon

3. Valley Harvest Art Fest

151. Best Question We Forgot to Ask 1. Best Dance Studio 2. Best Graphic Designer 3. Best School Last summer, over 4000 people headed down to the second annual BrewHa! to enjoy 45 different varieties

Eating Dirt By Kirsti Salmi


eah Morningstar’s Eating Dirt has been a work in progress for almost fifteen years. Morningstar previously dabbled in blogging about feminism and pop culture; Eating Dirt’s current iteration covers more personal topics, particularly the trials and triumphs of being a stay-at-home mom. As her life evolves, so too does the blog. “My kids are getting older and telling me what I can and cannot share, which is their prerogative,” she says. “Also, my marriage ended in the spring; the experience of motherhood has taken a backseat to my experience of healing after heartbreak.” Morningstar believes Eating Dirt resonates with people because of its brutal

honesty. “I don’t pander, and I don’t sugarcoat. I’m an open book and I share the good and the bad, the heart-wrenching and the hilarious. Readers can see their own reality mirrored in my experiences.” Morningstar feels that Eating Dirt fosters community for her readership; she also believes strongly in featuring local businesses and artists. She’s thrilled the community has responded enthusiastically to Eating Dirt. “My heart is so full right now and I hope people will keep reading and engaging with me. Telling stories and connecting to people is just part of who I am. Thank you Thunder Bay and beyond!”

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If you spend an hour on a Sunday doing some prep work, you’ll have quick, healthy meals all week. No need to run out for Taco Tuesday! There are no rules, really—just have a variety of veggies, proteins, and starches, cooked, shredded, or chopped accordingly, and an assortment of dressings (use canned beans to Starches

Veggies / Fruits

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BBQ sauce

Falafel patties

Black sesame seeds


Feta/goat cheese


Bell peppers




Chili-orange sauce



Citrus segments

Fried halloumi cheese Ginger beef strips

Rice: brown, basmati, jasmine, sticky

Fresh herbs: cilantro, parsley, Mango dill, basil, mint Pineapple Green onion Pomegranate Jalapenos seeds

Coconut-curry sauce


Lettuce or spring mix Radishes

Grilled shrimp Marinated, cooked chicken Toasted nuts Poached egg


Roasted tofu*


Sausage Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, hemp

Roasted: kale, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, mushrooms

Shelled edamame

Snap peas

*firm tofu works best


Aside from the foil-covered Santas and candy canes atop local business’ countertops, there are always platters of buttery shortbread and decadent rum balls to be shared with friends and family and washed down with glasses of calorie-laden holiday cheer. Seriously, who can say no to Babcia’s pierogi, or Bubele’s grilled cheese latkes? Do you want to be responsible for Capulet/Montague-style bad blood

Banana Peppers


Red cabbage


Beans: garbanzo, black, or navy


Zucchini ‘noodles’

ands up if you’re feeling a little sluggish after gorging your way through the holidays? *raises hand sheepishly*



Soba noodles

By Chef Rachel Globensky


Crispy baked tofu*

Cauliflower ‘rice’

Buddha Belly

cut down on prep time, if you’d like). Letting the littles choose what goes into their “rainbow bowls” makes these beauties incredibly kid-friendly, too! Here’s a nerded-up chart to help you organize yourself. Pick ingredients from each column, and put them in a bowl. Can’t get much easier than that.


Shredded cheese Sprouts: lentil, mung bean, alfalfa

Corn chips Flax seed crackers Goddess Dressing Guacamole Hot sauce Hummus Lime Mango chutney Nori (seaweed) strips Olives Peanut sauce Pickled ginger Ranch dressing Salsa Sesame Dressing Soy sauce

because you’re refusing Mama’s scillatelle al ragù? No, you do not. So, you eat. For all of December. Unngh. And now, you want to ring in the “New Year, New You” transformation with slightly lighter eating, amiright? Look no further than these delicious Buddha Bowls! Not only are they delicious and nutritious, they are easypeasy, lemon-squeezy. Think Venus Rice Bowl from the Growing Season Juice Collective—cooked basmati rice with shredded carrots, spinach, beets, lentil sprouts, and roasted tofu, topped with a tahini dressing. Mmmm—my fave!

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January feels like the longest month of the year—not just because it has 31 days (though there’s that) or because it’s bitterly cold (there’s that too) but because many of us are on some kind of self-imposed ban. Something something New Year’s resolutions, yes? NO. While that may fly elsewhere, here in the north we need all the help we can get to get through the month. ExCuria has jazzed up the traditional London Fog in a way that warms our hearts and our hands. Imagine if you will: white hot chocolate, Earl Grey tea, and a shot of White Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. The glass is rimmed with cocoa and cane sugar and is served with a stick of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream and shaved Belgian chocolate. If you’re worried about how it’ll look to the resolution-ers, stir it all together, letting the tea bag string dangle innocently from the rim. Jolly good show!

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A Toast To 2016 By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier Rheault Distillery out of Hearst, producer of Loon Vodka, as well and a number of other specialty spirits, set course to open a new location in Thunder Bay, where they will expand their offerings on site. rheaultdistillery.ca


016 gave us a plethora of reasons to raise a glass— some for sorrow, some for joy—but the biggest highlight in the beverage industry is that here in Ontario, we can now buy our favourite craft beer or cider at none other than the grocery store! Now, when stocking up on fixings to feed

Justin Frape, of Frape and Sons, who locally distills an array of enticing bitters from rhubarb to rosemary, made major headway by toughing it out with the LCBO in order to list on their shelves, a sight we will be seeing in the coming months. frapeandsons.com

family and friends, one can make an in-house decision on pairing this food with that brew. This is a very progressive option with an eye to the goings-on in the wider world— cheers Government of Ontario! No need for dismay, sommeliers-in-training, legislation is in the works for the sale of wine in grocery

Dawson Trail, Thunder Bay’s new craft beer, opened its doors as well, running a tight range of tasty brews: cream, red, IPA, and stout, in growler format or by the pint at their nifty storefront taproom. dawsontrailcraftbrewery.com

stores as well, and if all goes well it won’t be long before you’re picking a Pinot Noir to pair with your Camembert all under one roof. At home in Thunder Bay in 2016, right on trend, our craft community continued to grow in remarkable ways as well.

Finally, Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. made a big leap from their original home to an exciting and expansive new location, with gobs of room for more great beer making—including the long awaited Mr. Canoehead—and a taproom slated to open this year. sleepinggiantbrewing.ca

Sadly sommeliers-in-training, no word on a local winery in the works yet… regardless, here’s a cheers to all the tumult and toil of 2016 and another one for all that will come in 2017!

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Cooking Up Plans

Pinetree Catering Launches Culinary Space Story by Pat Forrest, Photos by Adrian Lysenko


or as long as Chef Nikos Mantis can remember, he has been passionate about local food. “It’s been ingrained in me since I was a kid that local food just tastes better and is better for you,” he says. Mantis grew up on a farm near Thunder Bay, taking in the basics of growing your own food and meat and gaining a strong connection to the food you grow. For the longest time, he dreamed of owning a business where he could showcase the bounties of the region. “After years as a chef, I found I didn’t want to be tied to a restaurant, but I still wanted to be creative and expose people to delicious local food,” he says. With that in mind, Mantis launched Pinetree Catering in January of 2013 and the Local Motion Food Truck in August that same year. Both businesses feature local beef, pork, lamb, vegetables, berries, and other area delicacies. Mantis said that the catering side of the business is flourishing and that Local Motion has loyal followers who will drive across town to eat

from the big black truck. Continuously focused on innovation, Mantis, along with business partner and event planner Shawna Deagle, have been cooking up new plans. As it became clear that changes were needed for the business to grow, he opted to dream big. The result is a new 2400-square-foot building, featuring a function room, a community food education space and a large kitchen. The new space provides the opportunity for him to cater on a larger scale, plus the ability to host cooking classes and other activities. Situated on the crest of a field with windows that look out on a rolling pasture and garden, the new space will begin to welcome visitors in January.

Ontario to have received “Taste of Ontario” certification, which means at least 25% of his food is locally sourced. Mantis describes Thunder Bay as a city with “a wonderful mix of Aboriginal influences, the influence of settlers, the Finnish and Italian communities. It’s perfect for local food, especially the game and fish that we have here, which provide such a phenomenal resource. It’s a great opportunity to use in recipes.” For more information visit pinetreecatering.com. Chef Nikos Mantis and Chef Shawna Deagle

“With every job and every project, I try to set the bar a little higher and bring the great flavour of Thunder Bay to the people,” Mantis says. To that end, the chef received “Get Fresh” certification from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and he’s the only food service provider in Northwestern

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Mexican for their third kitchen. Chef Rebelo staged at Bracero Cocina de Raiz in San Diego under Chef Javier Plascencia, renowned for interpreting the cuisine of Baja California with seasonal ingredients.

(L-R) Bianca Garofalo, Chef Allan Rebelo, and Katrina Oostveen

El Tres

Thunder Bay’s New Mexican Joint Story by Betty Carpick, Photos by Laura Paxton


l Tres, Thunder Bay’s long-awaited Mexican restaurant, will open its doors at 269 Red River Road in late January, with a menu influenced by the energy of a food tradition built on using fresh, seasonal, local, and delicious ingredients. Mexican cuisine began with Indigenous people in what is now central Mexico and South America with staples such as corn, bean, squash, tomatoes, chili peppers, cacao, avocados, and vanilla. European colonization brought domesticated meat, dairy products (particularly queso, otherwise known as cheese), herbs, and spices.

“Two Spanish-speaking Mexican ladies taught me how to make tortillas. Cooking was our shared language,” says Revelo. “Thanks to them, our house made tortillas at El Tres will be fantastic.” A deliberate balance of north and south also ups the ante at El Tres. Bight’s in-house baker, Anne Sharp, is making churros, spicy chocolate, and other sweet delights. Al Bourbouhakis from Thunder Bay’s Heartbeat Hot Sauce is creating

a signature hot sauce. Rose N Crantz Roasting Co. provides small batch coffee. The beverage program features an extensive portfolio of spirits, Mexican-inspired cocktails, and local craft beers on tap. Artist boy Roland hand painted a bright Day of the Dead mural, and Brad Allam built the custom communal table. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday, and dinner service on Saturday, this unpretentious eatery brings the familystyle tradition of sharing plates and trying everything. At the end of the coldest month of the year, we can finally look forward to avoiding the winter blues with a little heat and a lot of distinctive flavor.

El Tres will merge the balance and sensibility of Mexican classics with Northwestern Ontario bravado. Dishes such as chiles rellenos, tamales, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, queso fundido, slow-braised brisket, carne asada, beef machaca, mole poblano, and whole fish will change throughout the year in keeping with what is plentiful from the fields, farms, land, and water. Partners Bianca Garofalo, Chef Allan Rebelo, and Katrina Oostveen of Bight Restaurant + Bar and Giorg Cucine é Barra had an adventurous year planning and prepping to bring their take on authentic

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Moksha Yoga Thunder Bay has amazing news for the city of Thunder Bay!


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Teri Gyemi and her Kula Studio Tribe will be joining us this January! Teri will join Debbie and Myles to continue to build one encouraging, healthy and supportive yoga community. With our community partnership with Lakehead University, our state of the art studio will now expand to incorporate classes from the Kula studio with our regular Moksha schedule. Welcome Teri! Welcome Kula! Check out our new schedule:


Moksha Yoga Thunder Bay will continue to be grounded in and inspired by our 7 philosophical pillars. Be Healthy- A healthy yoga practice makes it easier to make healthy life choices. Be Accessible- Our community welcomes all bodies, backgrounds, budgets, sexual orientations, and individual expressions of being. Live Green- Our community is passionate about conservation. We play an active role in protection of our planet. Community Support- We amplify our own potential by supporting each other. We maintain a commitment to this community and use yoga as our platform to create positive individual, family and societal change. Reach out- Karma classes are held regularly to raise money for local causes. We believe that active service raises hope in our community and changes lives. Live to Learn- The truly ‘advanced’ is always a beginner. We believe the opportunity to learn is everywhere. Be Peace- We cultivate peace for lasting change: inside AND worldwide. For more information email: deb@mokshayogathunderbay.com


A New Economy

When Humanity is at the Core of Business By Kat Lyzun


an cooperation save the world? This is the question at the heart of a new thought-provoking documentary, A New Economy, presented by Copperfin Credit Union on January 19 as part of the Bay Street Film Festival’s DOCS on Bay series. From director Trevor Meier, the documentary features seven interwoven stories of organizations that demonstrate what’s possible when we use open and non-traditional business models to put humanity before the bottom line.

London, Ontario, an amazing peer-topeer open hardware lab, a cooperative hotel, and a community-led revitalization of a public space.

One of the most powerful stories of the film is that of Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms. The company has adapted several unconventional urban spaces for large-scale food production—with a social twist. Many of Sole Food’s dozens of employees are dealing with addictions, mental health issues, and other barriers that make it difficult for them to find traditional employment. The company’s unique model creates both an equitable and fair workplace that understands their employee’s needs while nurturing healing and a sense of pride through the creation of highquality market produce. Pulling out fresh carrots with his hands, one gentleman remarks that his involvement with Sole Food saved his life.

“Credit unions are great examples of successful cooperatives because we exist to serve our member-owners,” he says. “Cooperatives by nature allow more money to remain in local communities. We have long lived in a system that puts profits before people and the environment, and people are now realizing that there is room to make a comfortable living without taking advantage. We are seeing more and more entrepreneurs adopting cooperative models and social enterprises.”

Among the other stories are those of a small craft-brew co-op from

As a cooperative business itself, Copperfin is proud to present free screenings of the film in both Thunder Bay and Kenora. Chris Inniss, who specializes in sales and member experience with Copperfin, says they hope this film will inspire people to look beyond the traditional models of business.

The documentary will be shown January 19 at the Finlandia Hall in Thunder Bay at 8:07 pm and at 7 Generations in Kenora at 6 pm. Admission is free but donations in support of the Bay Street Film Festival are welcome. Copperfin will be matching any donations made. The Walleye



Crees in the Caribbean Heartwarming Comedy Hits Magnus Stage By Stephanie Wesley


rees in the Caribbean was a great pleasure to write,” Drew Hayden Taylor says about the upcoming Magnus Theatre production set to hit the stage in late January. Taylor, who is Ojibway from Curve Lake First Nation, has donned several hats in his career. He has made his mark as a stand up comedian, journalist, short story writer and novelist, and as a documentary filmmaker. He has also become an award-winning playwright with over 70 productions of work, including Crees in the Caribbean.

sent off to a Mexican resort for a second honeymoon to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. During their stay, Evie and Cecil reminisce and squabble while discussing their lives, tourism, and old age, and also form a connection with their courteous housekeeper Manuela.

The play was originally written for the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) as the anticipated opening show for their new theatre in Saskatchewan, Taylor explains. But there was a delay in the opening of the playhouse, so the production was put on pause.

“One of the ironic things about this play, which marks my return to Magnus Theatre after a few years, is at about the same time this play is being produced in Thunder Bay, a similar production will be going up in Mazatlan, Mexico,” Taylor says. “I do not know how successful they will be in casting Cree actors, but I feel fairly confident they will have little difficulty casting the third role, that of a Mexican maid at a resort.”

“I wrote it, but things happened with SNTC, and while waiting for the dust to settle, the years passed and finally they called me with interest in revitalizing a possible production,” Taylor says. “To make a long story short, they did the play and it was a lot of fun. The following year, I sent it to Mario Crudo and he liked it, and here we are today.” Crees in the Caribbean is a heartwarming comedy about two middle-aged First Nations seniors, Evie and Cecil, and their first trip out of the country. At the behest of the couple’s children, the twosome is

Taylor explains that while normally he writes from the Anishinaabe perspective, because of the fact that the play was created for the SNTC and its audience, he decided to walk the Cree path while writing the play.

The writer states that he is eager to collaborate with the director Thom Currie at Magnus Theatre. “I am looking forward to working with Thom, and hope this will be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” Taylor says. Crees in the Caribbean runs from January 30 until February 11. Ticket info can be found at magnustheatre.on.ca

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An Armchair Adventure

Banff Mountain Film Festival By Sarah Kerton


t’s the one night of the year when jumping off cliffs, scaling mountains, or riding bikes at ridiculous speeds becomes real and possible to me. I sit terrified in awe-inspired silence as I am transported around the world from tropical beaches to windwhipped mountain tops, along with 1499 other locals who are also being simultaneously inspired and gripping the edges of their seats. This armchair adventure is the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, and it is making its annual tour stop here on January 29. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is held each Fall in Banff, Alberta (this year’s runs from October 28 to November 5, 2017), and is described by the Banff Centre as “nine epic days of mountain stories that include profound journeys, unexpected adventures, and groundbreaking expeditions told by authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.” The Banff Centre


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then takes the best films on a world tour to share spectacular cinematography, the magic of mountain culture and scenery, and audience favourites with everyone else. Locally, the BMFF World Tour has been hosted by the Thunder Bay Section of the Alpine Club of Canada for 27 years. Frank Pianka, the ACC Section Rep, says they work hard to pick films from the menu that are of broad interest so there is something for everyone. He is amazed by the trend he sees. “Every year seems to raise the bar on the technical quality of films submitted,” he says. The Sunday evening Thunder Bay show sells out annually and has boasted the largest single-show attendance in North America in the past. A little January cold can’t keep Thunder Bay’s die-hard outdoors enthusiasts away. See you there! For more info visit tbca.com







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

Best of 2016


By Michael Sobota

At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you. -Juan (Mahershala Ali) talking to Little (Alex R. Hibbert) in Moonlight

Hello Destroyer A first feature by writer/director Kevin Funk, Hello Destroyer uses junior hockey in a small British Columbia town as the background for a broad and devastating examination of violence in our culture. Tyson Burr (Jared Abrahamson) is initiated into the macho world of B league hockey and shaped by his coaches to be a bruiser, a destroyer out on the ice. He is praised for this until an in-game act of violence changes his career. Innocent and expecting support, he doesn’t know that his life is all but over. From there on, Funk takes the story in a deeper and deeply emotional examination of family, isolation, and abandonment. This is a superior first effort by a young Canadian writer/director.

Loving You will likely not see a stronger bond of love portrayed on screen this year than that of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga). Richard is a blue collar, hard-working white man and Ruth is the hardworking daughter of a black cotton farmer. They fall in love. He asks her to marry him and she agrees. This was America in the 1960s. With spare, focused dialogue, director Jeff Nichols shapes the story of their deep bond and the legalities and politics of the time that threatened to rip them apart. The polarization of their story is reflected in contemporary American culture.

t was a fine year for movies. In preparing this column of favourites, my short list had 20 titles. Narrowing this to 10 for the column and then a further five to articulate was a painful challenge. My list of criteria for selection is short but specific. First, story. Does the movie say something about how to be in the world, is it believable, does it have currency? Does it have a moral compass? And then all those artistic elements (directing, acting, sound, cinematography, editing) have to be of a high standard. Four Canadian movies made it into my long list and one of those is in my top five.

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A Man Called Ove

Following his older brother’s death, an uncle (Casey Affleck) returns home to unexpectedly look after his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan gives us a contemporary story about the layered aspects of grief, played out against the visual beauty of a small coastal town sliding into winter. It is these insight in the story, both somber and humourous, that keeps us engaged and propels the story forward. Except for one scene that rings overwrought, the acting is near flawless.

Made in 2015 but only released in North America this year, this is a rich and wickedly funny social comedy about an irascible senior, let go after more than 30 years of employment (his severance gift is a shovel). Ove (Rolf Lassgård) lives in a social housing neighborhood, converses with his dead wife daily at her grave, and polices his community about “the rules” of living properly. We all know an Ove, or we might just be an Ove. The best comedy of 2016.

And here are the next five on my short list of 2016 favourite films: Captain Fantastic, I, Daniel Blake, Kicks, The Other Half, and Weirdos.


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Moonlight Barry Jenkins wrote this screenplay from an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Three incredible actors tell the story of Chiron, a black man growing up on the rough side of Miami. We meet him as a boy (Alex R. Hibbert) where he is being raised by his single mom (Naomie Harris) but befriended by a neighborhood drug dealer (Mahershala Ali). There is an extraordinary scene where the shy boy is taught to swim in the ocean by the drug dealer. We then see him in high school (Ashton Sanders) where his bullying continues and finally as a young adult (Trevante Rhodes) where he comes into being who he is. Moonlight is skillfully paced, edited, and scored. The three lead actors are superb and, together, believable as one character. Moonlight is a masterpiece and the best movie of 2016.

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Be Haute! Be Derelicte!


DefSup gears up for Derelicte 9: A Fashion Odyssey Story by Tonya Muchano, Photos by Patrick Chondon

t’s that time of year again—the days are short, the winter chill has set in, and our thoughts turn to… art, fashion, dance and performance! Derelicte 9 is hitting the Black Pirates Pub catwalk on January 28. This year boasts a stunning 34 acts featuring 100 artists and performers in an event that defies description. Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s annual fundraiser features wearable art, fashion, dance, music, and performance co-mingling with runway models and contemporary design elements.

DefSup artistic director David Karasiewicz had no idea what the event would become when the gallery proposed it nine years ago. They just knew they wanted to do something new. “We were looking for something to do that was completely different,” says Karasiewicz. “We’d done multidisciplinary events [like The Hunger], and we liked having multi-disciplinary performances. Fashion already uses performance, and wearable art was really evolving in the world at that time. The artists took to it immediately.”





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theArts Now into its ninth year, the event is a pillar of community collaboration and partnership, and reflects the exploding arts and culture scene in the city. “It involves local businesses, artists, some really high end fashion—because we have this stuff in Thunder Bay—and local performers,” says Karasiewicz, noting that it’s really like five events in one. “We have musicians, performers, the fashion show, the wearable art show, and then a DJ’d party afterward.” No small feat. “It is a huge challenge for the artists,” explains Karasiewicz. “It’s a lot of work, but it is worth it. It’s one of my favourite events, actually, because it’s always a surprise. All the performances are original. And the wearable art—we don’t know what the artists will do. We have a creative brief, but we don’t often see the final pieces until the show.” The event is designed to give everyone a complete experience, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. “It’s like a layer cake of performances,” explains Karasiewicz. Each discipline is divided into several “sets,” so no matter what time you arrive you’ll be able to catch a bit of all the action. That said, Karasiewicz reiterated that it’s best to arrive early, as the event tends to get very busy. Last year’s event had over 600 people attend, and with this year’s Derelicte offering even bigger spectacle, it’s sure to be a full house, and night to remember. Derelicte 9 takes place on January 28 at Black Pirate’s Pub. Performances begin at 8 pm. Cover charge is $15. This is a 19+ event.

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Winter Sky Relief Prints

Reflections of Northwestern Ontario By Emma Christensen


rtist Gail Kuhl’s work conveys a deep understanding of the Northwestern Ontario landscape. For Kuhl, a former Outward Bound instructor, musher, and canoeist, relief printing is a means of continuing to explore the natural environment. Kuhl was first introduced to relief printing through a course she took with friends, offered by the Art Colony in Grand Marais. This began a decadelong interaction with linocut, a type of relief printing that uses hand-carved linoleum blocks to transfer ink to paper. The artist finds her inspiration in subtle natural details. “It’s not always a subject like a bird. Sometimes it’s just the way the light comes through branches,” she says. Working from a photograph or from memory, she designs a soft pencil sketch that can be transferred to a linoleum block for carving. “With a relief print, everything I do is backwards, she says. “If I draw a picture, then I have to flip the picture because what you see on the print is going to come out opposite.”

In the soft light of her north-facing kitchen window, she begins a carving process that can take three to four days. Each colour in the print requires its own specially carved linoleum block. Oil-based ink is rolled onto the finished carving with a specialized tool called a bayer, and is applied to paper using a press. Kuhl works from the lightest colour to the darkest, allowing the ink to dry in between applications. Though watercolour ink can be used, she prefers to work with oils because they dry slowly and allow her to fine-tune the piece as she works.

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Kuhl emphasizes the importance of creating art that is accessible and publicly available. “Printmaking was a way to do something, make gifts for friends, connect with environment,” she says. Gail Kuhl’s work can be viewed at facebook.com/WinterSkyBlockprints and at gjkuhl.wordpress.com. Winter Sky Relief Prints can also be purchased on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/winterskyprints.

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Stories of Contentment and Other Fables Artist Touches on Lived Experience and Animal Nature By Bonnie Schiedel


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ildlife sightings are certainly not hard to come by in Thunder Bay: deer grazing beside the Harbour Expressway, ravens tlok-tloking in a park, a wolf ’s neat line of footprints in the snow. And while the human tendency is to slot wildlife into “cute” or “majestic” categories, a new exhibit at Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a different perspective. Stories of Contentment and Other Fables features the work of North Bay artist Amanda Burk, and according to curator Nadia Kurd, the art embodies a more primal, emotional state, where the wild things are a metaphor for feelings of viciousness and discontentment. “The exhibit presents an uneasy meditation on aggression and draws out from the shadows what we know in our heart exists,” says Kurd. “Burk takes inspiration from different fables, using animals to mirror our own feelings and actions. The impact of the large works—some are five feet by six feet—is quite surreal.” Burk’s detailed drawings are rendered in stark black and white, using charcoal

or graphite pencil. They evoke a sense of raw power and the fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. For example, one large-scale work is a swirling circle of precisely drawn ravens, all beaks and wings. Another drawing has mirror images of two foxes, poised to pounce, with intent eyes and exposed teeth. A set of about 20 smaller drawings of animal faces is grouped like a collage, says Kurd. Local artists can learn how to tap into some of the techniques that make Burk’s work so impactful. On January 14, from 10 am-3 pm, Burk, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University, will teach a drawing class at the gallery. The theme is “Drawing out the light/ Drawing into the dark” and the focus is on creating tonal values in artwork and developing observational drawing skills. Stories of Contentment and Other Fables runs from January 13 to March 26, with an opening reception and artist talk at 7:30pm on January 13. For more info visit theag.ca/events

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Vik Wilen

Artist’s Work Features Earthy Elements Enchanted with Vibrant Colours Bali

By Judy Roche


he art of Vik Wilen is hard to put into words, as it often leaves the beholder speechless. Using acrylic and watercolour paints, she creates pieces that look like stained glass poured onto canvas and evoke feelings of calm and serenity. Her style depicts earthly elements enhanced with vibrant colours. The uniqueness of her work has evolved from her experiences in life and the people she has met during her journeys. ​ Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Wilen moved to Vancouver after high school to study fashion, which she says didn’t exactly meet her expectations of creativity. She returned to Thunder Bay a few years later to study environmental management and graduated this past April. While working on her degree she spent her free time painting which became more of a focus after her father passed away in 2014. “It was a way for me to express myself in a way that could honour him and turn that pain into something beautiful,” she says. In that same year, she won the title of Thunder Bay’s Next Top Artist at the Craft Show and Art Competition. Wilen shares that her inspiration comes from many places. Though she has drawn and doodled since childhood she shared that the images she creates reflect what she loves about nature. “I really like mountains, trees, and waves and when I paint there are normally a variety of those elements in a series. I try to stay away from painting just waves or just trees because it limits my creative freedom.” In addition to her art, Wilen is a full-time yoga teacher at Moksha

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Yoga. “Art is definitely influenced by my practice,” she says when asked if yoga has a direct impact on her creativity. “Yoga brings me a lot of peace and clarity and I think that having it as a habit in my life helps me to express the energy I feel in my body out on canvas. I think that's partly why my work is really colourful and energetic.” Look for a new exhibition of Vik Wilen’s work at Espresso Joya on February 15. To see more of her work visitvikwilen.com or @ vikwilen on Instagram. Rolling River


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Music Lessons/Knitting Lessons Music Workshop/Threads in Time 3-59 North Court Street/426 East Victoria Ave Learning a new skill is a great way to start off your year. If you’ve always dreamed of playing an instrument, check out the selection of classes available at Music Workshop. Or if being crafty is more your thing, Threads in Time offers all kinds of classes and workshops for all skill levels.

For the New Year’s Resolutionist By Amy Jones

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his year, we here at The Walleye have made only one* New Year’s resolution: to help you, Thunder Bay, stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to quit smoking, get in shape, see the world, or just relax, we’ve got a whole heap of suggestions of things that will help you get there. And if you ever start to feel your determination waver, just remember that WE BELIEVE IN YOU. Go team! *We have also resolved to eat more cookies. Because life is all about balance.

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Creation Body Piercing 240 Red River Road Maybe your resolution this year is to be a little more badass. That’s great, we here at The Walleye support all kinds of badassery. Why not make it permanent with some ink from the tattoo artists at Creation Body Piercing? We promise we won’t tell your mom (unless she wants to get one too!)

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Intercity Shopping Centre It happens year after year: for the first few weeks of January, the gyms are packed with New Year’s Resolutionists determined that this is the year they will get into shape, and by mid-February, those same gyms are a ghost town. But with your own in-home elliptical, you don’t have to beat the crowds or the weather to get in your workout (it also makes a great place to hang your clothes, but let’s keep that between us).


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any of the highest-grossing movies in the past couple of years have been based on comic books: Deadpool, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight to name a few. Comic books themselves are witnessing a resurgence, including a new following by young adults and women. Andrew Dorland and Colin Rackham, the artists behind The Octilitus Group, are happy to be contributing to the comic book rebirth. Their table at the Thunder Bay Country Market is a comic book lover’s dream. There, Rackman has a wide selection of bright and detailed illustrations, many of familiar comic book heros and villains. He also does on-the-spot caricatures, giving you the opportunity to be transformed into a cartoon.

Dorland’s life. Issue 1 was released in the Spring of 2016. The subject matter is a bit heavy—it’s not your typical hero-saving-the-day comic book, but forces its readers to face some personal struggles. Despite this, it was not only well-received locally, but nationally and internationally as well. Print versions of Issue 1 are sold out, but digital versions can be purchased from comixology.com. Anticipation for Issue 2 is growing and is expected to be released in early 2017.

Dorland and Rackman are both very detailed artists who are self taught; a passion they have worked on over years to perfect. You can look at their pieces over and over and notice new aspects you didn’t see before. To check out more of their talent, you can find Dorland’s work at andrewdorland.com and Rackman’s work on Instagram @cgrackham. Visit them in person on the second floor of the market and get your caricature done.

Dorland sells a showcase of watercolours, detailed illustrations, and large prints of pages from his first comic Scarabs (which Rackman also contributed to). Named after the scarab beetle, the comic storyline follows a man versus self journey of transformation, loosely related to The Walleye



ceremony saw awards presented variously to youths who made an impact at their schools, as well as volunteer groups for their many years of service, and numerous other individuals who touched the lives of others by giving of themselves. Take a moment as we begin 2017 to recognize the good that those who give provide to our community and nominate someone today in appreciation of their meaningful gift. Nominations for the Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards are open now until January 31, 2017. Citizens, community groups, and organizations are encouraged to nominate someone deserving of recognition for their good work. More information can be found at thunderbay.ca/officialrecognition or by calling the office of the city clerk at 6252230. Nomination forms can also be picked up at city hall.

Honouring Volunteers

A Long Standing City Tradition By Krista Power


or over 40 years, the City of Thunder Bay has been recognizing dedicated volunteers for their impressive contributions of time, expertise, and kindness through the Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards. Held annually in April, the event is organized by the Official Recognition Committee, which serves as city council’s advisory committee. Exceptional volunteerism is highlighted in three categories: Youth, Good Citizen, and Spirit of Thunder Bay. Each category has a different set of criteria. Applications are submitted in person, by mail, or online. Volunteers are nominated by agencies, organizations, and individuals who believe in recognizing those


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who, through their dedicated efforts, make our city a better place to live, work, and play. At a recent media launch for the Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards, Mayor Keith Hobbs remarked, “The individuals, organizations and groups who we have been honouring for over 40 years now are doing tremendously important and commendable work in our community. It is through their leadership that our community is moving forward.” The chair of the Official Recognition Committee, Ollie Sawchuk, is a dedicated volunteer herself. In her role as chair, Sawchuk is committed to the important task of honouring volunteers who are truly deserving of recognition. The 2016

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No Library? No Problem! The Gillies Community Book Swap Story and Photos by Emma Christensen answer to this question, the couple began the project in 2010, with just three tables of books. Since then, the monthly event has expanded to well over 2,500 titles, featuring everything from science fiction to self-help. Visitors can also browse an extensive collection of VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs. The Noone’s system of marking each book with a stamp and the date has revealed that the event is indeed being used like a library—one without due dates or late fees. Books adopted by visitors often reappear a year or two later. And you don’t have to live in South Gillies to attend the book swap; all visitors are welcome. “Our whole purpose for the swap is to promote literacy and allow everyone free access to books,” says Pat.


t’s a Sunday afternoon at the Gillies Community Centre. Quiet conversation drifts through the room as visitors browse books of all descriptions, neatly stacked on folding tables. The community of South Gillies (a 40 minute drive from Thunder Bay) doesn’t have its own library, so Pat and Gerry Noone began the Gillies Community Book Swap as a solution.


For the Noones, who moved to South Gillies when they retired in 2008, the book swap was also a way to meet people and contribute to their new neighborhood. “When we got here, we asked what we could do for this community that would make a difference,” says Gerry. In

If you visit, expect to leave with as many books as you can carry for the cost of a monetary donation of your choosing. All proceeds go toward maintaining the community centre and covering the running costs of the event. Donations of quality used books are also welcomed, with the exception of magazines, encyclopedias, and textbooks. The book swap, formerly held on Saturdays, is now held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Pat and Gerry Noone by phone at 4734469 or by email at noonext@yahoo.ca. To confirm the book swap date and learn more about the community centre, visit gilliescommunitycentre.com. The Walleye



Men’s Style Guide

4. Layer Like a Pro The science of layering is rather elementary in its general rule of thumb: your thinnest (and often softest) layers should always blanket your skin as you take to building upon a lightweight base with contrasting jolts of texture, pattern, and increasing fabric weights before bookending any look with your thickest (most insulating) layer: your jacket/coat. Simple enough, but when do you know that you have come to terms with the concept of layering? I'd say its when you can subtract any (and every) given layer within an ensemble and still look well put-together and presentable while feeling both comfortable and content in your selections.

Five Ways to Keep Warm While Cutting a Handsome Figure All Winter Long By Lyle Morissette


here are two ways to approach dressing for winter: you can either resort to taking comfort in the status quo (which is fine), or alternatively, view the season as mother nature's challenge to elevate your style. For the latter, here are five tips on how to best upgrade your winter wardrobe in a most stylishly considered manner.

2. Trust in your Knitwear 1. Invest in (Formal) Tweed If you count yourself amongst those who find solace in wearing a suit five days of the week, then it may be high time you added a winter-ready tweed number— in either grey, brown, or navy—to your style rotation. Perfect for shaking things up, and a far cry from the stuffy and stiff tweeds of the days of yore, modern tweed is a tactile luxury in every respect that naturally traps heat and is both comfortably pliable and inherently waterproof—a truly handsome and well-established insulating force to be reckoned with.


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There is a simple joy and endearing pleasure that comes with wearing a quality knit sweater in the heart of winter— especially when you awake to a veritable Winterfell. Be that as it may, it's highly recommended that you turn to any of the following four traditional knits in times of need should you be intent upon surviving the season not only frostbite-free but in utter style: a chunky lambswool cable-knit Aran crewneck (handy for leisurely pursuits), a fine-gauge cashmere turtleneck (an able stand-in for your shirt and tie at the office), a wool Fair Isle sweater (which will enliven any bland seasonal look), and a lightweight merino wool dress cardigan (the ultimate middle layer for both informal and formal occasions).

3. Reconsider your Accessories Never underestimate the power of a simple accessory, which has the ability to make or break any outfit, whether in the form of the perfect finishing touch or as a regrettable sartorial blunder. Winter is known for its variable and muddled—oft dismaying—cornucopia of scarves, gloves, socks, and headwear. So, what is a man to do with so many options vying for his attention? The tried-and-true will assuredly suffice, but for those intent upon "upgrading," these four naturally fabricated accessories certainly deserve consideration: a pair of shearling lined calf-leather gloves (black or brown), a camel cashmere rib-knit beanie (toque), a thick lambswool tartan scarf, and your choice of knit Fair Isle or patterned socks.

5. Splurge on a Luxurious Topcoat Prized for their winter-beating utility as much as their sartorial dexterity, a traditional 3/4 length overcoat—fully lined, insulated and crafted of a heavyweight 100% virgin wool—is a timeless investment worthy wardrobe staple capable of not only seeing you through frigid thickand-thin but of holding down your seasonal wardrobe for years (even decades) to come. Universally flattering in its classic styling, consider one in an eminently versatile hue such as camel, black, or grey to effortlessly transition from the office to weekend brunch with ease.


This is Thunder Bay This month, we asked people if they have any predictions for 2017 Interviews by Nancy Saunders, Photos by Laura Paxton Jami-Lee “I feel like I’m optimistic, I think there are a lot of really wonderful things that people are capable of. It’s important that we take time to focus in on all the good things that people do. If you look for good, you’ll find good. And I think that 2017 will have a lot of really good stuff by a lot of really good people.”

Cam “My prediction for 2017 is that whatever I predict, the opposite will happen.” Kyle “You'll slowly drift apart from the people you're close to, and no one's really to blame. Sorry, what was the question?”

Anne “Lots of snow, great ski trails, and sunny days!”


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One Woman’s Gift to her Daughters By William Gross


t her book reading, Jing Su relates a conversation that she had with her brother many years ago: they pondered what they would do if they took a year to do anything that they wanted. Jing Su’s brother discussed travelling, and she wanted to write a book. Su’s battle with cancer is the motivation that she needed to pursue

her long time passion. While required to take time off from work as a teacher, Su picked up her computer and began writing. She explains that she wanted to leave something for her two daughters. The result is Mei, an inspiring 900-page autobiography of Su’s life from her childhood in China to her

life in Thunder Bay. Su wrote her autobiography in third person and explains that since some of the book is written from recollections, memories, and stories from very early in her life, she pondered the accuracy of some of the memories. Therefore, Su chose to portray herself as a character in the book—Mei.

At her book reading, Su relates stories about her childhood in Beijing to her first shocking experience in a Finnish sauna in Thunder Bay. Stories range from poignant to hilarious, and Su writes directly from her heart. She explains that the friends that edited her book chose to leave grammatical errors because “that just how Jing speaks.”

Her story reminds us that however mundane and scary we may think our life is, we need to embrace every step of the journey. We all have a story to tell, and it’s never too late to tell it. Jing Su’s book Mei can be purchased by contacting: taichi@ tbaytel.net.

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Red River Trade Company

Tattoo and Hairstyling Shop Celebrates New Location By Andrea Stach and Kirsti Salmi


he Red River Trade Company team is excited to share their new space with the city, now located on the main level at 204 Red River Road after moving from Cumberland Street. Owner and tattoo artist Vanessa Presenger says leaving her previous position at Creation Body Piercing and Tattoo and opening the shop two years ago was a journey years in the making. “I think it was something I was scared of for a long time actually, and didn't really think I would ever do,” she says. “Leaving Creation after five years was incredibly hard but everything kind of just fell into place.” Originally from Thunder Bay, Presenger began tattooing 12 years ago while living in Calgary

and completed her apprenticeship locally six years ago. While she claims to not have a specialty, she has found her personal style in the last two years, featuring greyscale illustrative designs. She cites international tattoo artists Kelly Violet and Sasha Masiuk as inspirations. “Their work is so delicate and beautiful. But who knows; I'm guessing over time [my style] may change again.” Red River Trade Company is also building its reputation as a top studio for microblading, a semi-permanent eyebrow makeup. The procedure draws single, fine hair strokes using a coloured pigment to create a very natural looking eyebrow. “The two things I wanted to do growing up were tattooing and

makeup artistry so it seemed like a natural step to take,” says Presenger. “I love that I can bring the two together.” Red River Trade Company’s new space is open, airy, and has built on the character of the building. The larger shop affords room for hairstylist Gabe Picard to join the team. Presenger conceived the idea of fusing her business with hairstyling after coming across a similar shop in Montreal. “Gabe and I have been friends for a long time, and he was the perfect fit for that kind

of environment. Everyone who comes into our shop has a really great time,” she says. The space has enabled a tattoo apprentice and second microblade artist room to see clients as well, and Presenger hopes build a larger team with time.

I meet,” she says. “I really just want to keep that going. One of the most important things is knowing where you came from and who helped you get there. I am so grateful for those people. Also staying humble and honest. That's what gets you far.”

Presenger says she loves to be able to see the lake and work in an area where she is surrounded by many independent businesses operated by people she has known for years. “I'm so incredibly happy with all the feedback from clients and people

Call the Red River Trade Company at 286-5532 to book an appointment, or come by 204 Red River Rd. to take a peek at the shop. Check out their work on Facebook or Instagram @ RedRiverTradeCompany.

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Weather temperatures of 4 or 5°C warmer than seasonal added both energy and moisture to strong easterly winds in and around Thunder Bay. Both storms compelled ship captains to stay in port or proceed slowly and with caution if on the open lake. On November 10, 1975, a Colorado Low contributed to the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A nearby ship, the Arthur M. Anderson, recorded peak wind gusts of 70 knots/133 km/hr immediately prior to the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking. Winds of this strength are classed as hurricane force. The November 18-19 storm did not feature such powerful winds and associated waves, but almost no ships chose to sail in the gale or storm-force conditions. Even the Arthur M. Anderson, a ship that has been sailing the Great Lakes for 64 years, chose to “weather the storm” in the port of Thunder Bay. This Colorado Low resulted mainly in rain next to Lake Superior, but inland and at higher elevations the order was rain, freezing rain, and then copious amounts of snow. With 30 to 35 cm on the ground

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it seemed that an ideal snow base was in place for winter recreation. It was not to be. Mild temperatures followed by another Colorado Low of a warmer variety removed all snow in the city and most from ski and rural locations. The record rainfall changed the typical waterscape of rivers like the Current, Kaministiquia, Slate, and Pine into fast-flowing water without ice formation well into December. The paths of the Colorado Lows avoided Thunder Bay in early December. Kenora and western parts of the region experienced freezing rain and heavy snow early in the month. Some highway closures and cancellation of school buses resulted. The second weekend brought another miss for us, but not for Minneapolis/St. Paul where 15-20 cm of snow followed by bitter cold brought disruption of usual routines. The Colorado Low and its cousin, the Alberta Clipper, are relatively common in the winter season. The mainly ice-free conditions on Lake Superior this January will contribute moisture to these systems if and when the next low tracks over from south to north or west to east.

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ometimes November provides previews of the coming winter. The messages of our recent November were perhaps more complicated than usual. November 2016 was notable for its remarkable warmth and rainfall events, breaking records for both the warmest and most rainfall dating back to 1877. The “big wet” included a major mix of rain and snow on November 18-19 and then rain of 80 to 90 mm in Thunder Bay on November 28. This caused some flooding and went into the record books as the most rain in a 24hour day so late in the fall season. Both of these large precipitation events had a similar origin: the Colorado Low. In weather speak familiar to those who follow storm systems, the Colorado Low is a system that forms in the state


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of Colorado in the lee of the Rocky Mountains and moves to the east, usually at a moderate or leisurely pace. The counterclockwise wind circulation pulls considerable moisture from the Gulf of Mexico when it reaches Texas. The next stage is relatively predictable and features a left turn and rapid northerly movement. Where exactly it will pass over is not so easy to predict, but is important as these are powerful storms with potential to cause considerable damage and sometimes loss of life. Both of our November storms tracked north and then stalled over the Dakotas and/or Minnesota, then crossed over western Lake Superior. Counter-clockwise wind circulation then picked up considerable moisture from Lake Superior. No, it is not the Gulf of Mexico, but water

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Year in Review

10 Concerts We Hope You Didn't Miss


f you are one of those people who think that no good bands ever play Thunder Bay, check out this list of the talented musicians that came through the city in 2016. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to see more concerts in 2017!

Ken Hamm and Big Dave McLean

Always a favourite when they come through town, the 12-piece groove juggernaut laid down their unique blend of Afro-beat, funk, rock, Latin, and hip hop at Crocks on June 18.

With a voice that’s a force to be reckoned with, the Toronto/Vancouver singer/ songwriter performed her blend of loud folk rock at The Foundry on October 22.

Tyler Sklazeski

David Francey

Royal Canoe

Presented by the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, this prolific, Juno awardwinning folk songwriter and teller of tales, played to a packed house at the Port Arthur Polish Hall on March 12.

Richard Gale

Skye Wallace

Margaret Evans

Despite it being 40 below outside, the Delta blues-playing duo regaled a huge crowd with songs and stories at the Apollo on February 10.

Five Alarm Funk

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Adrian Lysenko

Darren McChristie

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The Creepshow This horror-influenced psychobilly band put on a hell of show at Black Pirates Pub on October 23.

Warren McGoey

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys Lotus Wight The folk musician used seven banjos and a contrabass harmoniphoneum at his intimate show on April 3 at Espresso Joya.


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With fiddle, banjo, stand-up bass, and fancy footwork, the Prince Edward Island quartet entertained the crowd at their concert presented by the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society at the Port Arthur Polish Hall on April 16.

Walrus Possibly one of Canada’s coolest upand-coming bands in alternative music, the Halifax psych-rockers wowed patrons at The Foundry on October 1.

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Darren McChristie

Described as “musical mad scientists,” the Winnipeg band brought rock, pop, and hip hop to The Foundry on May 12.

Luther Wright and the Wrongs No strangers to Thunder Bay, Wright and his band stopped at The Foundry on November 3 for a night of alternative country and bluegrass. -With files from Richard Gale

Music a single ounce of tiredness was written on his face.

Machine Gun Kelly

At one point the rapper demanded the crowd to become more alive and so it did. I watched in awe as the whole venue chanted every single word of “Alpha Omega,” and danced and sang along to popular songs like “Wild Boy,” “Bad Things,” and “Till I Die.” There wasn’t a dull moment beyond that stage.

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Revved up by the crowd’s energy, Machine Gun Kelly paced the stage, pivoted forcefully, and bounced along to the beat as sweat dripped down his temple. I know many people that night would not have given up that experience for anything, and I’d have to agree. Despite the gloom of a cold December night, Machine Gun Kelly brought out the vitality of Thunder Bay and in return the city did the same.

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here’s no other place I’d rather spend my Tuesday night than where I am right now,” said a young woman attending Machine Gun Kelly’s concert on December 6 at The Rockhouse. As she held onto the barricades, smiling from ear to ear as she waited for the rapper to make his appearance, I could feel her emotions emanating. The same gleam radiated from most people that night, and from to the artist as well.

After the echo of fans shouting “M-G-K,” the artist finally came on stage. He peered out into the crowd and without a word, begins to play his first piece of music. The true passion both Machine Gun Kelly and his band poured into that opening song couldn’t have gotten the crowd more prepared for the long night ahead. I came to this event unbiased, having never been to a

Machine Gun Kelly show. I stood in the heart of the audience exposed to the raw experience, trying to take in all of sights and sounds at once. This was Machine Gun Kelly’s first show in Thunder Bay in almost three years, and he definitely made up for his lost time. After hearing the story of the long journey it took to get to Thunder Bay and the fifty hours of no sleep, you would expect him to be exhausted. But not

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Jim Differ’s Versatile Style on the Thunder Bay Music Scene By Kirsti Salmi


f you’re a fan of the Thunder Bay music scene, chances are Jim Differ is a familiar face. Differ plays with Flamenco Caravan, The Chain, The Danny Johnson Trio, Sharp 9, and Matt Sellick, and has graced the stage with Ti Amo, The Knackers, and Mood Indigo. “It’s an honour to be a part of the Thunder Bay music scene,” he says. “We have some amazing players in this town.” Originally from Toronto, Differ started playing drums in grade seven band class and fooled around with guitar playing for fun. His parents both loved music, and though they were not musicians themselves, they made sure he was exposed to diverse styles. “I heard everything from Frank Sinatra to Leonard Cohen, the Tijuana Brass, Bob Dylan, and Merle Haggard.” However, Differ grew up with classic rock and insists that the sound of that era is in his blood.

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Local music fans know Differ as a jack of all trades. He is dedicated to cultivating his musicianship, and his playing is notable as much for its versatility as its skill. With an impressive list of favourite acts ranging from The Beatles to Beethoven and Hank Williams to Miles Davis, Differ insists that keeping a wide range of influence keeps him motivated. “For me, there are no barriers in terms of genre. These musicians were all trying to make their music the best it could possibly be at all times, and that’s inspiring.”

Differ applies the same ethic to his own work, and critics have taken note. In 2005, Differ, his brother John, and local musician and producer Rob Nickerson celebrated a Juno nomination for their work on John’s original children’s album Happy All the Time. Together they produced three children’s albums featuring Thunder Bay musicians, and all three won Parents’ Choice awards in America. To keep sharp, Differ practices his drumming everyday, always trying to work on the weaker aspects of his playing. To challenge himself, he started playing different hand drums and percussion a few years ago. Currently, Differ is recording with The Chain and looks forward to upcoming writing sessions with Flamenco Caravan next year. “I’m ready to dive into any musical challenge,” he says. “I believe that a musician can never stop learning or making new music.” Though Differ draws alternately on the Thunder Bay music scene and lifelong musical influences to keep him motivated, his greatest inspiration is found at home. “My wife, Susanna, is a singer/songwriter and pianist, and my daughters Madi and Lauren are both accomplished musicians,” he says. “There are all sorts of instruments piled around our house and music is always playing. I couldn't live without it.”



hunder Bay’s Consortium Aurora Borealis will be travelling to Spain for its next musical showcase. Boccherini: A Night in Madrid will feature the music of Luigi Boccherini, a cellist and prolific Classical-era composer. “He was a virtuoso cellist,” says guitarist Joseph Roy, who will be performing in the concert. “He made sure that when he wrote string quartets or quintets, that the cellist wasn’t just in the background,” Roy says. “Haydn was the one that really invented the format of the string quartet, but with Haydn, the cello was more of an accompanying instrument, whereas with Boccherini, because he was a cellist, he made sure the cello had more playing in the quartet itself.” The cello parts in Boccherini’s compositions require a highly-skilled performer. “Sometimes, if a particular musical group like an orchestra were short violins, [Boccherini] would double a violin part on his cello,” Roy says. “That forced him to play in a higher register on his cello, which resulted in a much-more formidable cello technique that he would have exploited in his writing.”

Boccherini was born in Italy in 1743, moving to Madrid at 18. His musical output was prolific—among his compositions were symphonies, more than 300 pieces of chamber music, and more than 100 string quintets. Boccherini: A Night in Madrid will include a fandango for guitar and strings, a selection of quintets, and a fandanguillo for solo guitar. Roy will be joined onstage by members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra: Thomas Cosbey and Iain McKay on violin, Mathilde Bernard on viola, as well as Marc Palmquist and Sonya Nanos on cello. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity for a guitar player like myself to perform with professional string players, which is something we don’t get to do too often,” Roy says. “It’s a different way, for me, to really be in touch with the rhythmic flow of the music, because you have to coordinate, you have to know what each other is doing.” Boccherini: A Night in Madrid takes place on January 14 at St. Paul’s United Church. The concert starts at 8 pm, and Roy will be giving a pre-concert talk about Boccherini at 7:30 pm.

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Burnin’ to the Sky

who first recognized the potential of these great players when he hired them to back him as the Hawks. Oh, and then most of the greatest musical artists of our time take their turn. There are so many great musical moments in The Last Waltz that picking just a few favorites is nearly impossible. The Band itself is brilliant throughout the movie, showcasing both their musical fluidity and instinct for magic. There are no bum notes or false starts. On the great “It Makes No Difference,” the majestic and haunting Robbie Robertson ballad sung by bassist Rick Danko, everything that made The Band so unique is on display. The timeless playing, unique blend of male voices, and Danko's pleading lead vocal still raise the hair on my arms to this day. When Garth Hudson steps forward from the organ to play a little sax, the whole thing steps up another emotional notch. As an aside, "It Makes No Difference" features one of the great, random lines of a love song: "stampeding cattle, they rattle the walls."

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The guest artists are many on The Last Waltz, and almost everybody rises to the charge. Neil Young, who was in the mid of his 1970s peak, is a classic. The amount of white powder backstage at the concert is part of the legend, and apparently a fair bit of it went up Shakey's nose. But that doesn't stop him from delivering a beautiful, timeless rendition of “Helpless,” stunningly backed by The Band and Joni Mitchell. The latter is hidden from view from the audience, but is shown in the movie in back lit profile. Eric Clapton does a dazzling turn playing the blues and lays out "Further on Up the Road." Some of my younger musician friends claim that Clapton is boring—here he is anything but. Clapton does a Stratocaster dual with a

red hot Robbie Robertson, and manages to carry on even when his guitar strap falls off! Perhaps my favourite scene in the movie is Van Morrison doing "Caravan." If you know anything about Van the Man, you know in live performance he's not known to be super animated. However, at The Last Waltz, Morrison turned into an Irish James Brown. He is on fire. Wearing a jumpsuit that looks like it was stolen from the Flying Wallenda's, Morrison rips into the song. He is a street preacher and shaman. The shots of Morrison watching the band are brilliant. He is totally in the moment. "Turn on your rah-dee-oh," he shouts. When the horns kick in at the end, Van starts doing some leg kicks, which is greeted with both shock and amusement by his bandmates. As the music plays on, he walks off the stage, triumphant. The heart of The Last Waltz is Bob Dylan's appearance. The Band backed Dylan on his now legendary "he's gone electric" tour in 1966, when they were regularly booed. Then there were The Basement Tapes and Music from Big Pink and a huge comeback tour together in 1974. The Band and Dylan will be forever linked, so he had to be in the movie. I won't dwell at length on the performance here. Dylan does not disappoint. However, there has been a lot written about what the Bard and his "people" put the film maker and band through leading up to the concert. Let's just say Scorsese rolled tape despite some last minute haggling and caught half of the Dylan performance for the film. But it is a good half. The Last Waltz is a must-watch for any music lover. The 40th anniversary of this film is a prime chance to relive a musical event for the ages.

By Gord Ellis


t is a bit sobering for this columnist to process that The Last Waltz is 40 years old. The legendary movie of The Band's farewell performance on November 25, 1976 is the accepted gold standard by which all other concert movies are measured. This movie came out in an age when seeing musical artists perform was either done live in concert, or on television. Rock and roll movies in the 1970s had been done (Woodstock, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones) but the quality left much to be desired. The Last Waltz was filmed in gorgeous


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and dramatic fashion by Martin Scorsese. You are in the audience and on the stage. The music is crystal clear and powerful. Personally, The Last Waltz was my first visual introduction to many of the artists I'd end up exploring through my musical life. The film features incredible performances by some of the most influential artists of the 1960s and 70s. Rarely had so much talent been under one roof. The Band acknowledged their roots by inviting both Muddy Waters, the godfather of blues, and Ronnie Hawkins, the man

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Symphony Spotlight

Penelope Clarke

Principal Flutist, TBSO

By Kris Ketonen

Born: London, England Instrument: Flute Age you started to study music: Piano at age three, flute in junior high school How long have you been with TBSO: Since fall of 1978 Personal playlist: Chamber music


ven though Penelope Clarke has been playing flute professionally for about four decades, and instrument still offers something new. “I always enjoyed the challenges as I developed as a player,” she says. “You’re trying to become expressive through this musical instrument. I liked the challenge to myself, to advance. And even though I’ve played for a long time, that still goes on.” Clarke, who joined the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1978, began her career as a member of the Canadian Opera Company, which she joined after graduating from the University of Toronto. “At that time, they had a touring company, and I toured North America for two years,” Clarke says. “It was a great adventure


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for a young player.” However, she adds, “After you’ve done a couple of years of that kind of work, you start looking at not being on a bus for most of your life.” So Clarke started auditioning, and landed a spot with the TBSO (she’s currently the principal flutist). Her decision to stay in Thunder Bay proved to be a sound one. “Because the orchestra is quite small, I’ve had an opportunity over all the years I’ve been here to play almost all the major flute concertos,” Clarke says. “And that’s a magnificent opportunity, so that keeps you involved. And the other thing is the lifestyle in Northern Ontario. [Thunder Bay] is a great family city, and the people are very warm and generous.” Clarke will be performing Charles Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” later this month at Hilldale Lutheran Church to celebrate her 39 years with the TBSO. “It’s a wonderful piece in that it has opportunities for beautiful, expressive playing, and a wide range of use of colour,” Clarke says. “It’s a lot of fun to play.” The performance takes place January 25 at 8 pm.


Green House

Sounds of Summer by Local Artists Hosted at The Botanical Conservatory By Olivia Levesque


att Migliazza, a local performer, producer, and DJ, has partnered up with Friends Of The Thunder Bay Conservatory and together they are holding an event called Green House, showcasing local DJ’s in the atmospheric botanical setting that is the Thunder Bay Centennial Botanical Conservatory. Migliazza, artistically known

as Matt Migz, will be joined by DJs Aticka (Caitlin Herman) and Jader Ag (Jader Agnolin) at Green House, taking place on January 21 from noon to 4 pm. Migliazza says that he grew up visiting the conservatory, and can recall many fond memories surrounding the space. He has been eager to hold an event in the space for quite some time, but struggled with incorporating

his passion of performing. “Events like this are a great way to get people out of the house and acquainted with the conservatory as well as new artists,” says Migliazza. In the past, Friends of The Thunder Bay Conservatory has held events with musical stylings from local performers such as Kyle Shushak, Lucanus Pell, Steph Skavinski, and many more.

Ranging from classical, acoustic, and folk sounds, Green House will be the first event of its nature held at the conservatory, with house music variations capturing “indie tropical sounds.”

will be an afternoon where people from the community can escape from the cold and enjoy the music by Matt Migz, Aticka, and Jader Ag performing their best summer sounds.

“January gets cold and everyone is winding down from Christmas. We just wanted to give people a bit of a sensory getaway with some tropical vibes,” explains Migliazza. Green House

Green House is taking place at The Centennial Botanical Conservatory (1601 Dease Street W) on January 21 from noon-4 pm. Admission is free.

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Rag Maple Duo Blends Folk and Bluegrass

By Mikael Mintenko


n a large pot, mix together a classically trained violinist and a folky bluegrass guitar player, cover and let simmer for three years. This simple recipe with complex flavours provides you with a thick, sweet spoonful of some delicious Rag Maple, a talented band that is sure to excite your musical taste buds. Conceived in the fall of 2013, Rag Maple has been gigging and releasing music they call

"indie-folk with a hint of bluegrass," always satisfying the sweet tooth of their fans. Writing and playing a unique blend of bluegrass and rock music since he was 14, Alex McDonald's influences stem from his father and brother, sprinkled with a hint of Wilco and Woody Guthrie. Playing the piano since age 6, and violin since the age of 10, Sheila Roberts draws

her inspiration from old time country and Canadian fiddle. Now both in their early 20s, they bring their diverse musical backgrounds together to create something special. While living in the Orangeville-Guelph area, McDonald began searching for a fiddle player to partner with and complement his songwriting. Some mutual friends introduced him to Roberts and

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soon they were making sweet music together, which culminated with the release of their first self-titled EP. In 2016, Roberts moved to Thunder Bay to attend Lakehead University’s Nursing program, with McDonald close behind. Continuing to create their unique blend of music, they have played various shows throughout the city and released a second EP in August titled Resonator. They are currently

working on some new music they hope to record once they've earned enough money gigging to cover studio time. Catch Rag Maple at The Foundry on January 2 and February 6 at 7 pm. Check out their website ragmaple.com for music and past performance videos. Their first EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. Resonator can also be be found on BandCamp.


Heads Will Roll

Protest the Hero Pack Crocks Story by Justin Allec, Photos by Laura Paxton


eing on the road during a polar vortex doesn’t seem like a great idea, but it hardly seemed to faze Ontario prog-metallers Protest the Hero. Touring to promote their latest EP, 2015’s Pacific Rift, the band easily filled Crocks on December 15, and warmed everyone up in the process. Auras, a young quartet from Cambridge, Ontario, who play bass-heaving, droning metal, were halfway through their set when I arrived, which unfortunately means I can’t attest to the sounds of Japan’s Cyclamen, who started the whole night off. Despite the ethereal name and spacey effects from the guitars, Auras primarily focus on simple, patterned breakdowns that lay into the pit over and over (and over) again. Given the absolute freezing temperatures outside, I was impressed that already most of the floor space was taken up by a loose pit taking advantage of the band’s mosh-centered sound.

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Massachusetts’ A Wilhelm Scream casually announced their intentions early on. “We’re a punk band, by the way,” they offered, before running full tilt their set of high-energy pop-punk. Cue the bouncing guitar players with their shred-tastic guitar solos; the cheerleading frontman with

his life-affirming messages; and the huge choruses with the whole band, even the drummer, yelling together—the whole display encourages moshing, but even more smiles. A Wilhelm Scream were well chosen as an opener for Protest: they can match the headliners for instrumental technicality and speed, but the difference in genre kept the room’s energy up after Auras’ slogging set. People were losing their minds well before Protest the Hero even hit the stage, and despite some lulls between songs later in the set, the band managed to maintain that energy. Protest seemed impressed by the abandon of the crowd over their newer material, but of course, it was the older, road-tested songs they’ve been playing every time they stop in our city that garnered the best responses. Much as there are oodles of note-crammed, frettapping solos and death metal beatdowns peppered throughout their songs, Protest live up to their name by being anthemic at their core. The rallying cries of their choruses are throwbacks to punk and plaintive emo. That makes it easy to raise fists, to throw yourself around, to sing your heart out, to work up a sweat, regardless of the temperature outside. The Walleye


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Peace Train

Neil Young

In his latest collection of 10 tracks, Doctor of Music Neil Young (Hon. Lakehead U. ’92) delivers more overtly political and personal songs than in previous offerings and his heretofore hidden wry sense of humour is brought out. This is not just some grouchy old guy mewling complaints, but rather a two-time Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer who has practically a whole sub-genre

to call his own. Let’s call it “Old Barn Rock.” I picture this guy with a joint behind his ear hunched over a beaten-up out-of-tune guitar by a sparking, smoky campfire singing in a small, trembling voice. This routine could get a bit stale into your eighth decade but very few artists have remained uncompromisingly true to their artistic visions throughout their career. How you feel about


Starboy scores another win for the ubiquitous Toronto sound conquering world hip-hop charts. The Weeknd’s fourth studio album maintains hallmarks of the city’s production signatures—brooding ambient beats juxtaposed with neon-soaked, euphoric dance hooks. But The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, delights in taking any lane, genre-dabbling in 80s synth, disco, rap (Kendrick Lamar and Future guest), electronic (collabs with Daft Punk bookend the album), and even erotic L.A. narco pop (Lana Del Rey appears). Del Ray’s brief presence on “Stargirl Interlude” feels apropos on an album whose title is flippant. Like Drake’s Views, Starboy had the potential to fall victim to masturbatory lyrical preoccupation with fame and fortune. Instead, Tesfaye shares Del Ray’s ambivalence about being inducted by the public as a pop icon when he sighs “look what you’ve done/I’m a motherfuckin’ Starboy” during the title track. At 18 tracks Starboy feels a bit bloated, but “Secrets,” “Love to Lay,” and “I Feel It Coming” are standouts.

After 55 years together, the Rolling Stones have reverted back to their roots and released an album comprised of only blues-based covers. Blue and Lonesome features songs written by Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter, and Howlin’ Wolf. Although the album seems like an appropriate bookend to their diverse catalogue, other than for the sake of nostalgia, one has to ask why? Their cover of “Just Your Fool” starts the album with a bang but from then on, things peter out and Blue and Lonesome is reminiscent of early work by The Animals, Them, or, even Led Zeppelin (“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is the last track). It’s impressive that the band apparently recorded the album in just three days but after their successful career and making millions, it’s hard to take them playing the blues seriously.

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Blue and Lonesome

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his anarchistic message—the emerging police state (in the U.S.) and the failure of justice behind “Big Money” (everywhere)—determines where you are on the political left/right spectrum. It may well also determine whether you want to hear this album or not. - Peter Jabs

Before the Dawn

Kate Bush

From the buoyant “Jig of Life” to the murkier “Tawny Moon,” Kate Bush’s latest release Before the Dawn is a brilliant compilation for the first-time listener and a true gift for the long-time fan. Bush’s music has always struck a primal nerve by blending tribal rhythms like the popular “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” and the mystic melodies of “Cloudbusting.” An epic 29-track, two-and-a-half-hour selection of live recordings from a 22-date tour from 2014, Before the Dawn is more of an experience than a simple logged event like many live collections. The immersive nature of the three-album set will come as no surprise to Bush fans since her artistry oozes from every note of everything she creates and always has. It is amazing to me that this is the performance given after a 30-year break from performing live as it would be hard to distinguish her 2014 voice from her in the 1980s. A formative seed in my musical growth and a comforting return after a long time apart, Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn is well worth an afternoon of your time. - Jamie Varga

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A Tribe Called Quest

John Pringle

It’s doubtful that there has lately been a more anticipated hip hop album than the new A Tribe Called Quest. Since MC Phife Dawg’s passing in early 2016, fans had been resigned to the possibility that there would never be anything but B-sides, outtakes, and remixes. This new—and now final—album revisits all fans loved about A Tribe Called Quest’s music previously: the songs are instrumentally bright and openfeeling, uncluttered, without too much layering and arranging, all the while retaining the dark and heavy groove found on so many classic tracks from the group. Once again, the MCs are in sync, trading off lines and flowing as if there had never been a moment apart. This is a beautiful, and (even given the current pop culture references) timeless album. This isn’t just an album for fans of hip hop, it’s an album for fans of music.

Spirals is the latest short story collection by the award-winning author John Pringle from Atikokan. The opening story, A Good Boy, gives us an immediate sense of what we’re in for, and what Pringle does best: transporting us into Northwestern Ontario through vivid images, extracting lofty concepts from the seemingly mundane using realistic characters, all the while maintaining a great restraint in his storytelling. This is a broad commonality between the stories I loved throughout the collection. The issue comes when the author isn’t able to bring all these aspects together, with the occasional story struggling with compelling characterization or ending before we’re given sufficient time to explore the concepts presented. But when the writing’s good, it’s extraordinary. At his best, Pringle demonstrates an uncanny ability for expression, both bringing forth the heart from deep within his characters’ exchanges and triggering strong emotions from the reader—this one, at least.

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Small Batch

The Bay Street Bastards Steel yourself and grab your pint glass, because Thunder Bay’s scurviest dogs—The Bay Street Bastards —have returned. Though only five songs, Small Batch offers a rollicking good time leagues beyond that night you downed half a bottle of Kraken and watched Muppet Treasure Island. As expected, the melodies are rambunctious and irresistible, choruses are breezy and involve the whole gang, and there’s room for every instrument (especially the accordion) to lead to the galloping charge to the dancefloor. There’s also some emotional depth here, though, that necessarily moves the music beyond the trappings of Celtic-tinged drunken punk, as new songs like “Ships of November” and “Blood, Sweat, and Teeth” have a bittersweet flavour to them that hangs its head after the last note. A testament to the Bastards’ increasing strength as a band, Small Batch works whether you’re in the mood to bellow along or use it as a pickme-up the next day.

Pete’s Dragon

David Lowery

Disney’s live-action Pete’s Dragon was one of the most surprising and entertaining movies of the year. Most fans of Disney will recall the 1977 animated Pete’s Dragon that this new live action version is based on, however this updated version bears little resemblance to the former. Pete’s Dragon tells the story of an orphan boy who lives in the forest after the tragic death of his parents. For 11 years Pete’s only friend and companion is a mythical dragon called Elliot. When a lumberjack crew threatens Pete and Elliot’s peaceful cohabitation, Pete must find a way to rescue Elliot before he is taken away from his home in the forest. Pete’s Dragon is a soulful film about what happens when a child is separated from his family, and in this a case, a dragon. Writer and director David Lowery has fashioned an elegant film, worthy of the Disney canon. - Petar Vidjen

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Neighbourhood Evolution Summit Hill Condos, 443 Van Norman Street Story by Pamela Cain, Photos by Adrian Lysenko


n High Street, a goal post stands in the shadow of the former Hillcrest High School, and a residential construction project now sits on the opposing side of the former football field. The closing of the original Port Arthur Technical Institute has been a catalyst for the redevelopment of the neighbourhood and the former football field.The surrounding streets speak to the history of the area: Van Norman Street, named for the first magistrate, Judge Delevan D. Van Norman; Prospect Avenue, named for the Singleton Mine that was located near the present corner of Prospect and Dawson Streets; and Hebert Street, named for the owner of the Hebert Hall and First Class Billiard Parlour in 1875. The Henderson Directories show that by 1910, High Street boasted a market gardener, a dry goods store, and a grocer, with a power station and city standpipe in place. Early homes were constructed


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for a milliner and a bank clerk, and on Van Norman a carpenter, barber, boilermaker, and clerk were in residence. By 1920, Hebert saw a teacher, an insurance agent, and a doctor move in with four new homes in place by 1925. By the 1930s, Prospect Avenue boasted the home of a doctor, a dentist, a barrister and a grain inspector. By the late 1920s, the Port Arthur Technical Institute (Hillcrest High School) was built. The closing of the school in 2009 presented an opportunity for an evolution in area housing. Within the former school, classrooms are being adapted into condominiums, and the former football field provided a tract of property for construction of housing to meet the evolving needs of city residents. Located in the centre of an eclectic neighbourhood surrounded by older homes, bungalows, and a few fixer-uppers, the Summit Hill development is a sympathetic addition.

Architecture With a craftsman style, the project features a new trend in condominium construction: stacked townhomes. Residents have the advantage of a house-like layout with two floors in a building that is compared to taking a high-rise and laying it on its side. With one building completed and four more planned to be built over the next few years, the project will continue the transformation of the neighbourhood to meet the changing needs of the community. Pamela Cain is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee, which advises city council on the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources, and their integration into development. For more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit thunderbay. ca/living/culture_and_heritage.

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Green Rain Garden Tour, seeking inspiration for stormwater management in their own backyards. • At least 400 people turned out for an open house on the backyard chicken bylaw. Ultimately the bylaw was defeated, but the issue created weeks of engaging dialogue in the community, and challenged us to start thinking more about urban agriculture, selfsufficiency, and resiliency.

Greener by the Numbers By Ellen Mortfield, Executive Director, EcoSuperior


he news on the global environmental front is generally as depressing as it is alarming. It can be hard to stay motivated in the face of all that paralyzing doom and gloom. That’s why we thought it might be useful to devote this month’s column to some of the good things that are happening right here in Thunder Bay. We may not be the most environmentally progressive city, but we are moving forward in a multitude of ways, and EcoSuperior has the stats to prove it!

• 270 people took part in Waterfront Walkabouts, removing 1.5 tonnes of trash from rivers and streams.

• More than 8000 people participated in the 20th anniversary of Spring Up to Clean Up, clearing litter from 222 public areas.

• At least 19 new rain gardens were installed this summer, each one absorbing and retaining stormwater to protect neighbourhoods from flooding. 110 people registered for the first annual


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• We launched the free mobile app Quench, which tells you where to find the nearest place to fill your water bottle. TBay is one of the few cities outside of Toronto that’s participating. • Over 900 people took part in Safe Cycling courses, putting those new bike lanes to good use!

• The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy has helped put the city on the map when it comes to local food initiatives, as we are one of just four communities that have developed a strategy, with the only communitydriven plan. • EcoSuperior staff visited 138 classrooms in the past year, giving 3046 students new knowledge on ways to be better stewards of the planet. • And from our sales records, 511 new rain barrels were installed, 252 people started composting, and 156 people protected their family’s health by testing their homes for radon.

• While home energy renovations reduce heating costs and currently earn homeowners some nice rebates, adding insulation and replacing windows, doors and furnaces are all measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well. More than 150 homeowners have completed renovations, achieving an estimated total of 450 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission reductions. • Last butt not least: 598,394 cigarette butts have been recycled to date through the Your Butt Goes Here program. Way to go Thunder Bay! Keep up the good work in 2017!


The Right to Food Social Justice, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Engagementl By Sarah Kerton


very one of us eats daily. While our food choices are driven by a variety of factors from culture to calorie counts, we are all interacting with a global system that ties together the socioeconomic and biophysical world. Perhaps no one has a better grasp of this than Dr. Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems. Dr. Levkoe is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. He and his family are new members of our community, coming to Thunder Bay for this position which was officially announced in December by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. With an undergrad from McMaster in International Justice and Human Rights, a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and a PhD from the University of Toronto in Geography, Dr. Levkoe is well attuned to the deeply personal relationships we have with food as well as systemic and structural issues that plague our food systems. His diverse life experiences have given him a unique perspective, from working with Israeli and Palestinian youth creating

an inter-cultural dialogue in the Middle East, to agroecological farming in Nova Scotia, and running the urban-ag program at The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto. For Dr. Levkoe, the CRC position is an exciting opportunity to bring together his interests. “I see food as a lens to think about a range of issues, from cultural diversity to social and environmental justice,” he says. “Working with faculty, students and community groups, I am hoping to explore ways that we can build sustainable food systems that are socially just and ecologically regenerative, with a regional economic focus.” He has already been engaging with a range of groups such as the Cloverbelt Local Food Cooperative, Roots to Harvest, Willow Springs, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy. When asked about opportunities to improve local food systems he says, “Working collaboratively, we are in a better position to address issues like poverty and marginalization, increasing local food supply and developing innovative policy solutions that can build a more sustainable food system for all.”



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Thinking About a New Year’s Health Resolution? Throw It Back to the Basics! By Sara Chow, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

• Drink water In order to function properly, cells and organs in your body require water. Adults should aim to drink two litres of water each day. Try keeping a water bottle at work to remind you to stay hydrated. Purchase a nice water bottle that you really like so you remember to use it, or add flavour to your water with lemon slices or fresh fruit! • Stay positive Practice being mindful every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will help you to ease your stresses and maintain a positive outlook, which can help you to cope with life’s challenges.


f you are making a healthy change in 2017, try something new—by focusing on the old. Every year new health fads and diets come and go, but the underlying messages remain the same: eat healthy, exercise regularly, and manage your stress. Often, new diets encourage you to eat a variety of more healthy food options, make more home-cooked meals, and

lower your overall caloric intake. Likewise, new exercise methods offer innovative ways to encourage you to exercise regularly using new machines or techniques. While the innovation is a great way to help you kick-start their healthy changes, the science behind these healthy changes isn’t new: eating healthy and exercising regularly will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Put a spin on your New Year’s

resolutions by trying old advice. Here are some simple healthy change ideas that have a history of improving health: • Eat breakfast every day Almost 40% of Canadians skip breakfast. Breakfast replenishes your supply of glucose and essential nutrients that your body needs to keep your energy levels up for the day ahead.

• Eat more vegetables and fruits This is something that we know, but sometimes struggle to do. Make this easier by thinking about how you can incorporate more vegetables and fruit into your day, even if it’s one serving at a time. Half of your plate should be vegetables and fruits, or if you eat something that isn’t so great for you, make sure you balance it

by eating something that is, such as carrot sticks, apples, oranges, salad, etc. • Exercise regularly. You need to move your body every day! Guidelines recommend that adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every week. You can accumulate these active minutes in 10 minute bouts or more. Try using an activity tracker to challenge friends and family, go for a walk on your coffee break, or walk to your corner store to get milk. When it comes to health changes and goal-setting, recognize that many trendy diets and gyms are actually encouraging you to follow the same healthy living science that you already know. You have many choices about how you want to be healthy. Sometimes focusing on smaller changes can be easier and more sustainable in the long term. This year, try throwing it back to the basics and focus on the small things that you can do on a regular basis to stay healthy.

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Good Vibrations to Shake, Shake, Shake Off Stress By Bobbi Henderson


et's face it, we all have tension, stress, and yes, unfortunately even trauma at various stages throughout our lives. Without it, we wouldn't be able to truly appreciate or have gratitude for all the goodness life has to offer. However, without effective ways to manage and release stress, it becomes built up and suppressed within the body, eventually presenting as chronic physical and/or psychological conditions over time. Doctors now estimate that as much as 90% of clinic visits are due to stressrelated illnesses.

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TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercise) was developed by Dr. David Berceli, a trauma expert who has spent a great deal of his life working in devastated and war-torn countries. The simple sequence of straightforward exercises activate the body's natural tremor response for releasing and healing stress, tension, and trauma. TRE activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. In a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance. Now millions of people around the globe have been finding relief in their daily lives by simply “shaking it off,� including the U.S. military, which has now recognized and implemented this practice as an effective treatment for soldiers suffering from PTSD. Terri Lynn Fucile, Thunder Bay's only skilled and certified TRE specialist, has a lifelong passion for health and wellness, which led her to search

extensively through various healing modalities before discovering TRE. It was through her own personal practice and experience of the profound benefits that she felt compelled to share this simple, potent, and selfhealing system within the community. "TRE is the kindest thing I've ever done for myself and I love how empowering it is," says Fucile. During a TRE class, Fucile maintains a very compassionate, secure, and comforting space, enabling a complete and unique experience for each participant. She invites individuals to be mindful in learning and to self-regulate during their experience, invoking a deeper understanding and kinder relationship with their body while the natural and often soothing rhythm to shake away tension and trauma is activated. Just a few of the benefits reported from her classes so far include better sleep quality, more balanced moods, increased flexibility, freedom from pain, and a generally more positive outlook on life. One of the of the most intriguing things about this system is how empowering it can be in its simplicity. Once you have been guided to learn the sequence and comfortably understand how your body responds, it becomes a terrific tool that can be utilized on your own just about anytime or anywhere you feel stressed or overwhelmed and literally need to shake it off. Classes run weekly. Visit terrilynnfucile.com or TRE Thunder Bay on Facebook for more info.

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JanuaryEventsGuide January 1, 7–10 pm Ski and Tube Night Fundraiser Loch Lomond

Hit the the slopes for a fun-filled evening of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing! Just $15 per person. Buy your tickets in advance, this is a private hill rental. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All funds raised will support children’s ski racing programs offered by the Norwesters Alpine Club.  lochlomond.ca

January 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2–4 pm Winter Fundays Marina Park

Embrace winter by taking part in a different fun outdoor activity for free. And after you’ve enjoyed the Winter Funday activity outside, you can warm up with a creative activity inside the Baggage Building Arts Centre. ) 625-2351

January 2 Artist Talk: John Books Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Thunder Bay artist John Books talks about his exhibition Oxen of the Sun. Tickets are donation based ($5 suggested). ) 577-6427

January 3–21 Ineffable - Regional Juried Show and Creators Project Videos Definitely Superior Art Gallery

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

January 5 Fresh Air Series #2 Lappe Nordic Centre

Fresh Air is once again sponsoring the Fresh Air Series of races at Lappe. The race series takes place Thursday evening with registration closing at 6:30 pm and race start at 7 pm. The cost to participate in a single race is $8 per race or $25 for the season for participants not registered in Lappe programs. For those enrolled in any Lappe program, there is no additional fee beyond the program fee. Prizes the sponsor, Fresh Air, will be awarded based upon a random draw from among race participants and volunteers at each race.  www.lappenordic.ca

January 6–7 Argentine Tango Workshop Hillcrest High School

A rare opportunity to attend a workshop by Erita and Tomas, professional Tango teachers from Finland. No partner required. Cost for all classes the total of $80 (or $40 for students) or $30 each class. On Saturday night there will be a social dance, admission $8. Organized by Tango North.  facebook.com/ TangoNorth2014

January 6–7 Norpine Fat Bike Classic Lutsen, MN

A new cycling event will take place in Lutsen this winter as part of the largest fat bike racing series in the United States, the 45NRTH Great Lakes Fat Bike Series. See this month’s Top Five for more info.  norpinefatbikeclassic.com

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

Exhibit of works by Thunder Bay artist John Books.  theag.ca

January 7, 14, 21, 28, 10 am–noon Polish Language Lessons Royal Canadian Legion Br #219

Children’s Polish Language School is looking for children 6 and up of Polish ancestry who want to learn to read and write in the Polish language. No experience necessary. Bilingual teacher. ) 626-2319

This two-day event consists of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover, and two race classes: a 12-dog, 110-mile race and an eight-dog, 70-mile race.  gunflintmail.com

Until January 8 Expression of Spirit Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Curated by Carol Kajorinne, this exhibition celebrates artwork from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The works selected illustrate one’s ability to communicate and exchange information with our surroundings; with places, the land, animals, with spirit and family or friends.  theag.ca

Who doesn’t need a laugh or two come mid-January? Stand Up Comedy at the Finlandia Club is just what you need to get you through those January doldrums. See this month’s Top Five for more info.  standupcomedytbay.ca

January 13–March 26 Stories of Contentment and Other Fables Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibition of work by artist Amanda Burk. See this month’s Art section for more info.  theag.ca

January 14, 6–11 pm Malanka! New Year’s Eve Ukrainian Style Slovak Legion

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

Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association invites you to ring in the Ukrainian New Year! Enjoy live music provided by Danny Johnson & 21 Gun Fun as well as performances by the Zorya Ukrainian Dancers. Tickets are $60 per person or $450 per table of eight people (includes dinner, late-night snack, and party favours). ) 577-2100 or 355-1945

January 8, 9 am–4 pm New Year’s Open House Bodymind Centre

January 14–February 20 The 3rd Annual Quilt Exhibition The Baggage Building Arts Centre

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

Free classes and workshops. Everyone welcome. Refreshments and prizes!  bodymindcentre.com



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January 13 & 14 Stand Up Comedy Night Finlandia Club

January 7–8 Gunflint Mail Run Trail Center Lodge, Gunflint Trail

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Time to get Arts & Craft Beery! The first Arts & Craft Beer night will be a Paint Night. No experience is necessary! Tickets are $45 per person, and include supplies and a pint of local craft beer, as well as an experienced teacher to guide you through a two-hour painting session. ) 286-0045

January 15, 10 am–2 pm Vision Board Workshop Bodymind Centre

Dream up your future @ dharmahouse with Erin May. Cost is $45. Bring a lunch and magazines.  bodymindcentre.com

January 19 A New Economy Finlandia Club

Part of the Bay Street Film Festival’s DOCS on Bay series. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info.  baystreetfilmfestival.ca

January 19–21, 7:30 pm The Lion King Jr. Paramount Theatre

Presented by Paramount Live. Tickets are $15, or $12 for students. ) 344-5483

January 27, 6–9 pm 4th Annual Tour de Kamview Kamview Nordic Centre

Sprint time trials. Free.  tbnordictrails.com

January 28, 8 pm Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Stand-up comedy featuring all new comics.  tbca.com

January 28, 8 pm–2 am Derelicte 9: A Fashion Odyssey Black Pirates Pub

Annual fundraiser presented by Definitely Superior Art Gallery featuring 34 acts on a multi-arts stage. One fabulous night of wearable art, fashion, music, and performance on the catwalk! See this month’s Top Five for more info.  definitelysuperior.com

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January 11, 8–10 pm Art and Craft Beer Night Red Lion Smokehouse




Nouveau métier, meilleur emploi ou diplôme d’études secondaires ? January 28 – April 25 Urban Infill Art In The Core 11 (Series) Various Locations

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 active arts/ business/social spaces. Engage with 18 multi-disciplinary art projects between January and April, featuring works by 400 regional/national/international artists at 15 downtown locations. Rediscover The Waterfront District through contemporary art!  definitelysuperior.com

Until January 29 My Corner of the World Thunder Bay Museum

Quilting exhibit featuring quilts from members of Studio Art Quilt Associates.  thunderbaymuseum.com

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• Formation en lecture, écriture, mathématiques et informatique • Perfectionnement du français • Initiation à l’informatique • Initiation à l’Internet et au courrier électronique • Gestion de son apprentissage • S’engager avec les autres

January 29 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Gunflint Trail

This is the longest dog sled race in the lower 48 and is a qualifier for the famed “Iditarod” in Alaska. Over a dozen world-class mushers compete in the nearly 400 miles long full distance marathon, with over two dozen in the mid-distance race, all competitors are vying for one of 20 cash prizes totaling $30,000.  beargrease.com

January 29 Banff Mountain Film Festival Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

The best films of the festival come to Thunder Bay. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info.  tbca.com

January 30–February 11 Crees in the Caribbean Magnus Theatre

Drew Hayden Taylor’s comedy comes to Magnus. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info.  magnus.on.ca

Until March 5 SWINE Thunder Bay Art Gallery


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January 1, 9:30AM Worship Around the Breakfast Table Sundays at 10:30AM Worship, Coffee, and Conversation

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Nous offrons de l’appui pour les cours en ligne. Vous pouvez les suivre sur place ou à la maison.




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Music January 2 Rag Maple The Foundry 7pm • No Cover • 19+ January 3 The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ January 4 Wednesday Night Throwdown The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ January 5 Mood Indigo The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ Open Stage with Craig Smyth & Tiina Flank The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 6 DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ January 7 Brawl Royal Rumble Freestyle Rap Battle Tournament Crocks 9 pm • $TBA • 19+ Undercover The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+ Acoustic Night ft. The Gin Tonics Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 10 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 11 Blue Rodeo Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8 pm • $64 • AA Wednesday Night Throwdown The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 12 Damon Dowbak The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ Starless One-Year Anniversary Show Black Pirates Pub 8 pm • $6 • AA

January 17 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA

January 18 Wednesday Night Throwdown The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 13 RPG & Friends Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

TBSO Masterworks #3: Jessica Linnebach Performs Mozart Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8 pm • $17-$48 • AA

Grand Marais Ole Opry Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais 7 pm • $5-$20 • AA Consortium Aurora Borealis presents Boccherini: A Night in Madrid St. Paul’s United Church 8pm • $15 adults/seniors, $10 students • AA Heavy Metal Night Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+ The Marwills + The Tarp Kickers The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 19 Joe Petch Quartet The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 14 Brother John Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 6:30 pm • No Cover • AA

January 24 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA

Chad Brownlee Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8 pm • $39-$49 • AA

Open Stage with Craig Smyth & Tiina Flank The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

Ben Crosby w/ DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

T.I.: The Us Or Else Tour NV Nightclub 8 pm • $50-$120 • 19+

January 25 TBSO Classical+ #2: Featuring Principal Flutist Penelope Clarke Hilldale Lutheran Church 8 pm • $16.50-$37 • AA Wednesday Night Throwdown The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 26 Café Paris The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

Open Stage with Craig Smyth & Tiina Flank The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 20 James Boraski Presents Rock, Blues & Other Grooves Club Retro (The Hodder) 6 pm • No Cover • AA Maple Sons The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+


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January 29 TBSO Family #2: Back to the Future Grassroots Church 3:30 pm • $8.50 - $37 • AA January 30 USS Crocks 9 pm • $10 • 19+ January 31 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro 11:30 am • No Cover • AA

Open Stage with Craig Smyth & Tiina Flank The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

January 27 James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution The Outpost Pub 7 pm • No Cover • AA

The Best Karaoke in TBay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

February 1-4 The Cover Show 19 (20 bands/4 nights) Black Pirates Pub 8 pm+10 pm • $TBA • AA+19+

BOOM! A Psychedelic Rock Revolution Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

January 21 Divas & Legends Drag Cover Show Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $10 • 19+

Visions of Doyle + Ruby Red’s & The Silver Lining The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

January 23 Robin Ranger The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

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Jean-Paul De Roover The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

Marianas Trench w/ Shawn Hook Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 7:30 pm • $49-$225 • AA

Adventure Club w/ Young Bombs Rockhouse 9 pm • $35 • 19+

Painted Turtle Learn to play! Guitar, Piano, Drum Set, Bass, Vocals Keyboard, Intro To Music Making and more!

January 28 The Gin Tonics Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 6:30 pm • No Cover • AA


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LU Radio’s Monthly Top 20



The Frightnrs










Lamb Of God



KEN mode*




CILU 102.7fm’s Monthly Charts for this issue reflect airplay for the month ending December 13, 2016.



Ninja Tune




Tanya Tagaq*

Six Shooter


First Ditch Effort

Fat Wreck Chords

13 Public Animal*

Palace Arms




A Tribe Called Red*

Pirates Blend

Abandoned Mansion


The Glory of Fruit Bats

Easy Sound

16 John K. Samson*


Andino Suns*






Balkan Beat Box



Nouvelle Vague


Winter Wheat



The Balconies*

17 Sonic Avenues*



The Radio Dept.



Duchess Says*



Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions


Blow The Fuse

18 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Skeleton Tree

Bad Seed Ltd.

19 Tasseomancy*

Sciences Nouvelles

Do Easy

Hand Drawn Dracula

20 TUNS*

Until The Hunter



Regina Spektor


Hip Hop


Leonard Cohen*



Royal Canoe*




Returning Current

Outside Music

10 Honus Honus

Use Your Delusion

New Neighbourhood

11 Bon Iver

You Want It Darker

Something Got Lost Between Here And The Orbit

22, A Million



Remember Us To Life

We Are The Halluci Nation


Running Out of Love


Royal Mountain

We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service



Deltron 3030



Run The Jewels

Mass Appeal


Swamp Thing*



Odd Nosdam

Glue Moon


'Talk To Me' (Single) Pray To Science

Off Tapes (1998-99)




Speak (single)

Linus Entertainment




Madeleine Peyroux


Coco Love Alcorn*



Roberto Fonseca



Lisa Leblanc*



Takuya Kuroda


Concord Records


Andrew Collins Trio*



Cassie & Maggie*



Hidden Roots Collective*

Secular Hymns ABUC





Hardwired To Self-Destruct


Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? And It Was Good

The Willow Collection

Come Up, Honey


* Indicates Canadian Content

Madera Nazar

Shout It Out

I Could Be Happy

This Month's Show Spotlight: The Flyest 2.0

1 A Tribe Called Quest

Nerve EP

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque



15 Fruit Bats



14 Dr. Dog

Ninja Tune

The Duke

Troubadour Jass

Only Heaven (feat. Roots Manuva) [single]

Kirvan Photography

Top 20


Make America Great Again




Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz

Check out our weekly charts online at luradio.ca or tune in to the weekly Top 20 Countdown Saturday from 5-7pm (or the rebroadcast Monday 2-4pm) on 102.7fm in Thunder Bay or stream us live world-wide at luradio.ca.

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Connecting the Dots to Settler Colonialism By Jana-Rae Yerxa

colonialism creates through the utility of racism, which normalizes the dehumanization of Indigenous peoples, I am reminded of British-Australian scholar Sara Ahmed’s analysis where she highlights scapegoating as a tool to keep oppressive relations in place: those who identify the problem become labelled as being the problem. Indigenous peoples are continually scapegoated for having to push back against racism, which then creates a lot of backlash. We see this happen when Indigenous peoples are told to “get over it.” We are told that we are “being divisive,” that we are “ungrateful,” and that we need to “stop complaining and being part of the problem.”


hen it comes creating spaces for discussions that might challenge anti-Indigenous racism, typical responses I hear to questions about the scope of dialogue are “we have to start somewhere” or “this is just a beginning.” This initial restriction of dialogue is a popular approach in Thunder Bay. And yet it is harmful. I critique this approach as it re-centres whiteness, and is used to educate settler folks about the “other,”

meaning educating them about an “Aboriginal experience,” about “Aboriginal people” and “Aboriginal history.” The residential school system gets highlighted as the root of the issue in the ongoing struggles Indigenous peoples continue to face. It goes much deeper than that, and it is important that we also go deeper in our response. Questions we may ask ourselves are: what are the ideas that allowed for Indigenous children to be kidnapped from

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their families and communities? Are these ideas still present? Where do these ideas live? I would argue that yes, these ideas remain, and their homes are within each of us. The proof is in suffocating racism, not only in our city, but in this country, fueled by ideas like white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism, which the settler colonial project breeds and depends upon. As I reflect on the current climate of violence that settler

It is problematic to think that in order to address racism we have to divorce it from settler colonialism, which has always organized the relationship between Indigenous peoples, Canada, and its citizens. There is an oppressive relationship and an imbalance of power that plays out politically, economically, socially, and culturally. This then plays out in the relationships with institutions (i.e. the police) and the general public. How we define the problem and situate these conversations determines how we find solutions. This is why is it imperative to position racism as being married to settler colonialism. Racism serves to justify the

ongoing colonization of our land and minds. Regardless of who you are, colonialism impacts you. It sets us up to think and behave a certain way, but it doesn't have to be this way. A better approach is to address the roots of racism and should be fostered in spaces that raise our consciousness. We need to ask: how have we internalized existing power imbalances as being normal? How do we unconsciously replicate colonial, oppressive dynamics? This approach will create a basic starting point to understand how we are all impacted by the structure of settler colonialism. Many talk about reconciliation. But how many of us have actually begun the difficult and challenging work to interrogate our own personal relationship with colonialism? This is hard work that requires us to be diligent, curious, critical, and to take action. I understand people not wanting to sit with the tension, confusion, and frustration, and instead wanting to feel good. But rather than ignoring how deeply rooted racism is in the Canadian consciousness, we need to learn how to sit with the discomfort if we truly want to transform our present. Sitting with it is a pathway which challenges anti-Indigenous racism that can lead somewhere meaningful, allowing us to create more just relations.

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Flying South for the Holidays By Erin Stewart

Unfathomable feet in the air, I’ve no choice but to remain ungrounded, no concrete decisions necessary, no landing strip in sight. Behind me, the northwest; vast, silent, unworried, the shell I shed at 19 tucked somewhere safe under the arms of the Sleeping Giant. Ahead of me, southern Ontario puts fresh fitted sheets on the abstract bed of my childhood, waits for me to make a smooth landing into a plate of comfort food. I could share a thousand love stories from both lands – each now filled with active ghosts I’m forever trying to hold close and trying to keep at bay. I still don’t know which is home.


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