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ith every new year comes the possibility of new beginnings and there are many among us who, perhaps foolishly, practice the ancient tradition of making new year’s resolutions. The idea of making promises at the start of each year dates back some 4000 years to the Babylonians, only they made promises to their gods to earn brownie points for good deeds, such as paying off debts and returning borrowed farm equipment (how historians can know such details with any certainty is amazing).
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On the Cover Shannon Lepere poses for a selfie. Lepere was voted Thunder Bay’s best photographer and best wedding photographer in the 2013 Readers’ Survey. Photo by Shannon Lepere
Pat Forrest’s expertise as a marketing and communications professional has been put to good use by The Walleye. With a diversity of interests, she has contributed to just about every department of the magazine, and is an eager and reliable member of our team. Pat also works as a project manager, event planner, and facilitator—she squeezes writing into time that would otherwise be dedicated to her two dogs—Barney (a Newfoundland) and Hunter (a black lab).
Surprisingly, the tradition has not changed much, although most people focus their resolutions inwardly with some form of self improvement. According to Forbes magazine, only about 8% of people who make resolutions achieve them—I wonder if the Babylonians were more successful or if we’ve been doomed to fail all along? We did not make any resolutions at The Walleye, but that doesn’t mean we’ve accepted writer Marlene Wandel’s approach of accepting oneself as good enough (read her rationale in The Wall). Rather, we continue to take our inspiration from the likes of those we have included in our cover story, winners of our 2013 Best of Thunder Bay Readers’ Survey. These people, places and things (persians!) are la crème de la crème and a few of them rose to the top in more than one category, like the newly engaged Shannon Lepere (best photographer) and Jean-Paul De Roover (best musician). Other winners include Mayor Hobbs, who you will notice is on his toes—he was voted the best elected politician and his job was voted “best job.” Perhaps he is expecting stiff competition in this year’s municipal election? In researching 2014, we learned that the United Nations has proclaimed it as the International Year of Family Farming and the International Year of Crystallography. The UN’s interest in family farming is intuitive, but crystallography? Writer Sarah Kerton unravels that mystery for us. Incidentally, this year is also the International Year of Small Island Developing States, but we couldn’t think of a local connection for that one! One of the categories in our survey was the “question we forgot to ask.” This was a fishing expedition to gather material for the next survey, but the most common response was “best publication.” Call us presumptuous, but we assumed this was a sign of appreciation from our loyal readers, and for that we offer a heartfelt thanks! - Michelle McChristie
6 CoverStory: Best of Thunder Bay 2013 ■ 7 Restless ■ 8 Shooting for the Big Screen ■ 9 Park-itecture ■ 11 The Girl With the Camera ■ 12 Serving her Craft
Heart Collective ■ 41 A Storm of Furiosity
■ 16 The Wrath of Grapes ■ 18 Making Food a Priority ■ 20 Getting the Skinny on
■ 44 The Whalen Building
Drinks for 2014
■ 46 When the Outcome Becomes the Driver ■ 47 A Healthier New Year
■ 22 Best of 2013 THE ARTS
■ 23 Provocative Persians ■ 24 Expressing Symbiosis
Through Art ■ 25 Sowing the Seeds of Creativity ■ 26 Bringing Art and Wellness Full Circle
■ 27 Simple Life, Simple Style ■ 28 2014: The International Year
of Crystallography (Huh?) ■ 29 The Black Stripes on a White Horse ■ 30 Test Driving an Ice Resurfacer ■ 31 Why Should I Give a Frock? ■ 33 Thunderwolves Winter Update ■ 34 Life as an Excellent Man
■ 36 Four Shows That Rocked in 2013 ■ 37 Joe Guy Brewer ■ 38 Warm Sounds on a Frosty Night ■ 39 Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ■ 39 Memphis Bound ■ 40 The Best of the Eagles ■ 40 RM and the Honest
■ 49 Doing More, With Less ■ 17 Drink of the Month ■ 40 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 50 January EVENTS ■ 52 The Wall ■ 53 Horoscopes ■ 53 ZYGOTE bop ■ 54 The Eye
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Snowball Festival January 8 – 11 Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen Mountain’s largest and most anticipated festival of the year, this four-day ski and music event brings a little life to the cold, dark days of January. Combining après-ski live music and jam sessions at Papa Charlie’s with the camaraderie of skiing and snowboarding (not to mention hot tubbing!), Minnesotans prove that they can party with the best of them. This year’s lineup of 10 bands includes The Limns, Useful Jenkins, Smokin’ Joe Scarpellino, Jon Wayne & The Pain, Heatbox, Wookiefoot, and more. Concert-only packages are available, but we recommend going all in for the whole hot and cold experience. lutsen.com/snowball
TBSO Presents Who Killed Mozart? January 23 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Who did kill Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Was it his rival, Salieri? Or one of the other myriad of suspects? Explore the mystery and conspiracy surrounding Mozart’s death in this unique concert, where music and evidence intertwine as testimony to what truly happened. Suspects will be identified, and the audience will deliver the verdict in a musical whodunit. Conducted by Kevin Mallon, and featuring TBSO Principal Clarinet Peter Shackleton in his 25th anniversary concert, the program will feature Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Salieri’s Les Danaides Overture, and more; as well, there will be a free pre-concert chat at 7:10 pm. tbso.ca
January 24 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Touring in support of their latest album, In Our Nature, the iconic Canadian country rock band returns to Thunder Bay for what promises to be an intimate and exhilarating evening of great music. Produced primarily at co-frontman Greg Keelor’s farm studio, the album was recorded with each musician set up and performing in separate rooms around the house, giving the record a very warm and communal character. Songs from In Our Nature can be previewed online at bluerodeo.com, but nothing compares to hearing the band’s new songs live—and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll hear some of your old favourites, as well. tbca.com
Derelicte 6 – A Fashion Odyssey January 25 Black Pirates Pub
There might be more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking, but at Derelicte, Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s unique annual fundraiser, fashion is still king. With 32 unique acts, this will be one fabulous night of wearable art, fashion, music, and performance unlike anything you may have seen before on the catwalk. By the numbers, Derelicte 6 will feature 11 local fashion houses, 16 wearable art fashion exhibitions, 5 performance acts, 4 live bands and DJs, as well as 100 artists and models. There will also be raffle and best D.I.Y fashion costume prizes, “walk off” challenges, “catwalk brawling,” belly dancing with Dahab, a drag queen performance featuring Paloma Marquez, and a fashionista DJ dance party. definitelysuperior.com
Banff Mountain Film Festival January 26 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
If a trip to Banff isn’t in the cards for you this winter, let Banff come to you instead. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings world-class films on the themes of exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sport to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Hosted by the Thunder Bay section of the Alpine Club of Canada, this year’s festival features the multiple award-winning film North of the Sun. One thing is for certain: this event is much more affordable than plane fare and lift tickets, and almost as much fun. tbca.com
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T Best of Thunder Bay 2013
hunder Bay has spoken. Over a threemonth period this fall, hundreds of readers of The Walleye voted for their favourite people, places, services and things in the city. We tallied up the results to find the top finishers across 141 categories, ranging from best breakfast to best late-night nosh, best tattoo artist to best art gallery, and best fishing hole to best place to dance. Congrats to all the winners—you are the best of Thunder Bay!
And congrats to the winner of our grand prize draw, Doug Reid, who wins an all-expense-paid weekend for four to experience the best of Thunder Bay, including travel to Thunder Bay and accommodations for his guests, plus meals and outings voted the best by our readers. Secondary prizes go to Andrea Novoa, who wins a $50 gift card from The Keg, Samantha Medendorp, who wins a $50 gift card from The Foundry, and Darlene Marsh, who wins a pair of tickets from the TBCA.
Write-ups by Caroline Cox, Tara George, Amy Jones, Michelle McChristie, Nancy Saunders, and Chris Servais.
The Walleye. Calico Coffeehouse's most popular drink is their mocha, made with steamed chocolate milk. Grab one with a piece of baking, and you've put that five bucks to great use!
place to stop in and pick up tasty delights. Owner Gerald Van Elberg starts his day when most of us are just hitting our REM cycle—a necessity in order to fill the store with fresh baking every morning.
placed first for overall best late-night nosh. Bring an appetite—trust us, you’ll need it.
3. Kangas Sauna
2. The Bean Fiend Café and Sandwich Bar
2. Current River Bakery
Best Coney Dog
3. The Great Northwest Coffee Company
1. Hoito Restaurant 2. Scandinavian Home Society
1. The Persian Man 2. Nucci’s Bake a Deli
3. Holland Bakery
1. International House of Tea
3. Calico Coffeehouse
1. Calico Coffeehouse
3. Rooster’s Bistro
Best Bakery 1. Holland Bakery
3. Hodder Tavern
3. Bonobo’s Foods
What do 20 dozen persians, 30 dozen donuts, 40 dozen cinnamon twists, and an unlimited amount of happy customers a week get you? Recognition as Thunder Bay’s best bakery! This longstanding mainstay on Victoria Avenue is a favourite
2. The Madhouse Tavern 3. The Foundry Pub
1. McKellar Confectionary
1. Eat Local Pizza and Pastry 2. The Sovereign Room 3. Mama Alfa’s Pizzeria
Best Breakfast 2. MadeFresh
2. Coney Island
1. The Sovereign Room
2. David’s Tea
1. Hoito Restaurant
The place to get The Walleye readers' favourite coffee offers everything you need in one spot: delicious baking (made fresh daily by Small Batches Baking), local art on display, free WiFi, great music, friendly staff, magazines and books, a private meeting room, a summer patio, and, of course, delicious coffee, tea, and assorted drinks. Owners Alexis and Sheena filled a need for a hip, local coffee hangout—while providing the city's best place to read
3. Peartree Bakery
Best Finn Pancakes
mouth while sitting on the curb outside or in the front seat of your car (because there’s no way that bag is making it home). And for most of you, those fries have to come from the Hodder Greeks, a Current River staple since 1968. Now with a second location on High Street across from the Thunder Bay Centre for Change, there really is no reason to ever hit the drive thru.
1. Hodder Greeks
2. Nippers Take Out
Best Perogies 1. Lucy Q Perogies 2. Royal Canadian Legion (Polish) Cumberland Street 3. East Fort William Ukrainian Prosvita Society
Best Poutine The Sovereign Room kind of swept the board this year when it came to food, with four wins and a few runner-ups—clearly they’re doing something right. The Sov has remained one of the city’s top evening destinations since it opened three years ago and their mouth-watering cuisine is certainly one of, if not the biggest reasons why. The menu is an exercise in taking mostly traditional pub fare and tweaking it in delicious ways; try the savoury honey-drizzled chicken, spirited jerk pork pizza, or their enough-is-not-enough duck confit poutine, which has become a Sov staple. Paired with an impressive drink menu, and a warm, classycasual atmosphere, it’s not surprising that The Sovereign Room also
1. The Sovereign Room 2. Bonobo’s Foods 3. Poutine Planet
Best Burger 1. The Sovereign Room 2. Stanley Tavern 3. Carrie’s Corner
Best Sandwich 1. The Growing Season Juice Collective
Any Thunder Bayer worth their salt knows that the only way to eat a french fry is from a brown paper bag—served up steaming hot from the fryer at the back of a convenience store and likely shoveled in your
2. The Bean Fiend 3. Maltese Grocery
Best Soup 1. Fox on the Run 2. MadeFresh 3. Crock-N-Dial
Best Take Out
1. Caribou Restaurant and Wine Bar
1. Thai Kitchen
2. Bistro One
3. Masala Grill
Best Ice Cream 1. Merla Mae 2. TJs Ice Cream Shoppe 3. Shake Shoppe (Kakabeka)
Best Birthday Cake 1. Carol’s Cakes and Bakery 2. Dairy Queen
Best Patio 1. Bight Restaurant 2. Five Forks Restaurant 3. The Bean Fiend
Best New Restaurant 1. Bight Restaurant 2. The Foundry Pub 3. The Silver Birch Restaurant
3. Sweet Escape Cake Café and Bakery
Best Mixed Drink
1. Lisa at The Sovereign Room (tie)
1. Bight Restaurant 2. The Sovereign Room 3. Tony and Adam’s
Best Business Lunch 1. Caribou Restaurant and Wine Bar 2. Bight Restaurant
1. Tuija at The Foundry Pub (tie)
3. Sandra at The Madhouse Tavern
Best Bartender 1. Marie at the Black Pirate’s Pub 2. Cam at The Sovereign Room 3. Josh at The Foundry Pub
3. Gargoyles Grille and Ale
Best Ethnic Restaurant 1. Thai Kitchen 2. Masala Grill
3. Kebab Village
Best Fine Dining
1. Bistro One
3. The Beggar’s Garden
2. Caribou Restaurant and Wine Bar
3. Bight Restaurant
1. Lee Chambers
Best Late-Night Nosh 1. The Sovereign Room
1. The Pineville Heist
2. Michael Christie 3. Duncan Weller
2. The Foundry Pub
Best Visual Artist
3. Boston Pizza
1. Christian Chapman
Best Food Truck/Trailer 1. Local Motion Northern Fusion Cuisine 2. Lincoln Street Eatery 3. Churrasqueira Galo Inc.
Best Food Delivery 1. Pizza Hut 2. Eat Local Pizza and Pastry 3. Dominos Pizza
3. Sweet Escape Cake Café and Bakery
2. Lincoln Street Eatery
2. David Hotson 3. Duncan Weller
Best Photographer 1. Shannon Lepere Photography 2. Alan Dickson Photography 3. Spun Creative (Jason Spun)
Jean-Paul De Roover By Tiffany Jarva
ean-Paul De Roover seems to be in constant motion. De Roover was born in Thunder Bay but lived in Africa, Asia, and South America growing up. He says that exposure to such a wide range of cultures and places may not have directly influenced his style of post-pop music, but it definitely influenced his desire to tour and travel. “I get restless,” he says. “I always want to be travelling/touring.” This restlessness has translated into 14 musical tours across Canada and two in the U.S. since 2003. “I feel like the music I create needs to be heard,” he says, “And there are people interested in what I do during live performances. I also like to see Canada, and bring a little bit of what I have to other places.” De Roover is well-known for his hypnotic live one-man show performances. In addition to performing live, De Roover has also recently finished composing, co-writing, and performing music for an Imax film in Toronto. He is also in the process of jump-starting a local variety show that would
include film, comedy, and music (think Saturday Night Live Thunder Bay-style). As for making Thunder Bay his home base, De Roover explains that the sense of isolation is also like an incubator that allows for musicians to really experiment and grow and then emerge when they are really ready to be heard. One of De Roover’s ongoing projects with the city has been to support young musicians in the area. The annual Superior Youth Festival, featuring both local talent and national touring bands like The Sheepdogs and Said the Whale, was De Roover’s baby—and is now in its eighth year. This January, De Roover is also launching his own full-time business, working as a composer, producer, and musician. “I thought 2013 was my year,” he says. “But now I am pretty sure 2014 is going to be.” Jean-Paul De Roover’s latest CD, Complexity in Simplicity, was released in 2013. He performs at Black Pirates Pub on January 10 and on January 25 at The Foundry. For more info, check out jeanpaulderoover.com.
CoverStory Best Performance Artist
Best Tattoo Artist
1. Dahab at World Dance Centre
1. Fenton Gilbert at Underground Ink
2. Eric the Juggler 3. Paloma Marquez
Best Public Art Installation 1. Marina Park 2. Urban Infill (Definitely Superior Art Gallery) 3. Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Best Art Exhibit 1. Urban Infill (Definitely Superior Art Gallery) 2. The Juried Student Art Exhibition (Thunder Bay Art Gallery) 3. Damon Dowbak (Thunder Bay Art Gallery)
Best Street Art 1. Die Active Simpson Street (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)
Shooting for the Big Screen Lee Chambers
2. Die Active Cooke Street (Definitely Superior Art Gallery) 3. David Hotson
Best Art Gallery 1. Definitely Superior Art Gallery 2. Thunder Bay Art Gallery 3. Gallery 33
Best Art Shop 1. Painted Turtle Art Shop (tie) 1. Gallery 33 (tie)
By Amy Jones
f you follow The Pineville Heist Twitter account, you know that award-winning Thunder Bay writer, producer, and director Lee Chambers’ wildly successful young adult thriller has some rabid fans. And with an exploding Indiegogo campaign and up-and-coming Australian actor Presley Massara slated to star in the film version, that fan base is positioned to grow even larger. But Chambers, a professor in the film production program at Confederation College, has more than one iron in the fire, and this year has won in four separate Best of Thunder Bay categories, taking the top spot for Best Author, Best Book (The Pineville Heist), Best Film Director, and Best Film (When Life Gives You Lemons). While the four-category win came as a bit of a surprise to Chambers—especially for The Pineville Heist, for which Chambers says he suggested voting to only a few people—it’s no surprise to us, given the resonance that the story has with its young fans. And Chambers admits that the book has certainly found
3. Fireweed Crafts
Fenton Gilbert has come a long way since his first tattoo—a smile on his knee in tribute to Ozzy Osborne, sewn by hand at the age of 13. The family man is now the owner of Underground Ink, the only tattoo studio to have two artists in our top three. We could tell you that Gilbert’s nature and music tattoos are extraordinary, but don’t take it from us. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crew called Gilbert’s tattoo of the band “killer art.” Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gilbert’s heart is in tattooing Northwestern Ontario’s outdoors. 2. Velle Gosselin at Heartworx Tattoo and Art Studio 3. Meghan Niittynen at Underground Ink (tie)
its audience. “Support for my work is international— from the Netherlands to Australia and India to the U.K. and beyond,” he says. “I have very passionate fans that identify with the characters I co-wrote and/ or directed.”
Although finding funding for a film project is difficult at the best of times, Chambers’ persistence and faith in his project are finally paying off. “The Pineville Heist movie shoots this summer in Thunder Bay, backed by a solid core group of investors that believe in the project,” says Chambers. This investment is bolstered by the Indiegogo campaign, which runs until the end of January. Chambers says that supporters will be able to “snag some wicked movie and book gear”— certainly an enticing incentive for anyone who wants to get in on the ground floor of what could very well be the next big thing.
2. Jake Black Pottery (tie)
1. Dahab at World Dance Centre
3. Faye Gleeson at Faye Gleeson Dance Centre
Check out Lee Chambers’ Indiegogo campaign at indiegogo.com/projects/the-pineville-heist.
1. Early Snows Pottery (Fritz Lehmberg)
3. Remy Chunick at Creation Body Piercing (tie)
2. Island Pottery (Tim Alexander) (tie)
1. Tuija Hansen Fibre Design 2. Elfarrow Apparel (Kyley Blomquist) (tie) 2. Vintage Pixie Studio (Leslie Bailey) (tie)
2. Jordan Wyllie
City Scene Best View of the Sleeping Giant 1. Hillcrest Park 2. Marina Park 3. Red River Road at High Street
CoverStory Best View of the City 1. Mount McKay
Best Place to Make Out in Public
2. Hillcrest Park
1. Marina Park
3. Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout
2. The Bluffs Scenic Lookout 3. Hillcrest Park
Best Way to Spend $5 1. Coffee & Calico Coffeehouse
Best Place to People-Watch
2. Donation to charity
1. Marina Park
3. Farmer’s Market (e.g. coffee and a muffin)
2. Intercity Mall
Best Thunder Bay-ism
Best Place to Impress a Visitor
1. Marina Park 2. Kakabeka Falls 3. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Dave Koski
Best Thunder Bay Souvenir To outsiders, the enigmatically named persian can be a bit of a mystery. What is it? How do you eat it? And what does it have to do with the Iranian ethnic group native to Western and Central Asia? The answer to the last question is, of course, nothing at all: local lore has it that persians were actually named after an American World War I Army general, John “Blackjack” Pershing, although the reasons for this remain unclear. Perhaps the general was fond of strawberryflavoured icing. Or is it raspberry? The mystery continues. 2. “Shag” 3. “Camp”
Best Place to Read (The Walleye) 1. Calico Coffeehouse 2. Marina Park 3. Hillcrest Park
Best Neighbourhood 1. Algoma & Bay 2. Mariday Park
Park-itecture This violet semi-precious stone puts Thunder Bay on the map, and Amethyst Mine Panorama boasts the largest amethyst deposit in Canada. Once admired as the “jewel of the gods,” amethyst is best known as February’s birthstone and the official gemstone of Ontario. A favourite Thunder Bay summer activity for all ages is to “dig” for your own amethyst at Panorama. After a short geology lesson, most find themselves standing in a pile of rock coveting their neighbour’s finds. 2. Persians 3. I heart Thunder Bay t-shirt
3. Current River
Best Weekend Getaway
Best Place to Go on a First Date
1. Grand Marais
1. Marina Park 2. The Madhouse Tavern 3. SilverCity Cinema
2. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 3. Duluth
The Growing Popularity of Prince Arthur’s Landing By Julia Prinselaar
his year’s Best of Thunder Bay survey results were clear: If urban attractions are your thing, look no further than Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park. Boasting scenic vistas of the Sleeping Giant, year-round activities, and public art, the park took top votes in eight categories, proving to be Thunder Bay’s one-stop hot spot for recreation, art, and leisure in the city. “Culturally, the waterfront has the largest series of public art installations throughout the city,” says Kathy Ball, operations coordinator for Marina Park. The park features works by local artists like Randy Thomas and Mark Nisenholt throughout its green space. And when the Baggage Building Arts Centre opened in 2012, followed by the outdoor skating rink and Bight Restaurant & Bar, Ball says that the marina was transformed from a “passive” park into a year-round, multi-use facility. “This just brought a whole unique component to the waterfront, so it’s not just [walking] trails—there’s
lots to see and enjoy,” adds Ball. “It’s a destination now as opposed to just coming and walking and leaving again.” The new additions are part of a complete revamp of Thunder Bay’s 52-kilometer waterfront, a multi-year project that kicked off with the construction of a skateboard park in 2008. While the development has been met with opposition— namely due to growing costs, with phase one tagged at approximately $60 million—Ball says that an increasing number of people are being won over by the park’s diversification of use. “In my opinion, [the marina] was a diamond in the rough,” says Ball. “The infrastructure was here for it to be so much more,” she said, noting the park’s host to attractions like the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Aboriginal Days at the Spirit Garden, and the expansion of the Tai Chi park. “It’s become a park for everybody,” she says.
CoverStory Best Library 1. Waverley Resource Library 2. Mary J. L. Black Branch 3. Brodie Resource Library
one job in the city, Hobbs is unequivocal: “I love being the mayor of Thunder Bay and it is the best job a person can have.”
2. Kris LaBelle
2. Michael Gravelle
1. Eric the Juggler
3. Andrew Foulds
3. Chris Holland
Best Busker 2. Keith Levanon 3. Arden Bruyere
1.Susan Goldberg (http:// mamanongrata.com)
2. Tanya Gouthro (http:// tgouthro.wordpress.com)
Best Grassroots Organization
1. Roots to Harvest
3. Amy Jones (http:// listophelia.blogspot.ca/)
Best Tweeter 1. Lawrence Badanai (@Badanai) 2. Lisa Laco (@ morningshowlisa) (tie) 2. Logan Ollivier (@ LoganOllivier) (tie)
Best Celebrity 1. Paul Shaffer 2. Kevin Durand
2. EcoSuperior 3. True North Community Co-operative
3. The Staal brothers
Best Issue to Debate
2. Bike Lanes
1. Ron Kanutski
1. Event Centre 3. Discrimination
Best Place for a Shag
Best Elected Politician
1. Moose Lodge 947
1. Keith Hobbs
2. Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) Coliseum Building 3. Elks Lodge #82
1. Fort William Historical Park
Best Place to Play Pool
2. Marina Park 3. Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre
Best Wedding Photographer 1. Shannon Lepere Photography 2. Alan Dickson Photography 3. Maria Maria Photography (Ashley Kibzey)
Best Place to Watch the Game 1. Boston Pizza 2. On Deck Bar 3. The Foundry Pub
1. Thunderwolves hockey
2. Baggage Building Arts Centre
3. Thunder Bay Chill
3. Thunder Bay City Hall
1. Whitewater Golf Club 2. Strathcona Golf Course (tie)
3. The Outpost Campus Pub
1. Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse
Best Golf Course
2. On Deck Bar
Best Sports Team
3. Superior Bowladrome
1. Shooters Tavern
Best New Building
2. Galaxy Lanes
2. Fort William Country Club (tie) 2. Centennial Pines Golf Course (tie)
2. Thunder Bay Border Cats
Best Athlete (Male) 1. Eric Staal 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Jordan Staal
Best Athlete (Female) 1. Haley Irwin (tie) 1. Katie Weatherston (tie) 3. Roberta Weldon (tie) 3. Nikki Wilberforce (tie)
2. Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites
3. Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre
Best Bed and Breakfast
2. Vickers Park
1. McVicar Manor
3. Hillcrest Park
Best Hotel 1. Valhalla Inn
This family fraternity is cityand world-famous. But it’s not just Moose Lodge 947’s name that sets them apart from other shag venues. The Lodge also offers advice for couples, walking them through the insurance and liquor license and even providing couples with a shopping list. The Lodge has a popular inclusive contract that covers everything from bartenders to security. Their main hall is recently renovated and boasts new paint, lighting, chairs, and round tables. If that weren’t enough, its capacity—520— exceeds most local venues. It’s no wonder the Lodge is booked solid from February to June.
2. Renco Foods 3. Metro
1. Mario’s Bowl
When we broke the news to him, Mayor Keith Hobbs was “touched and honored” to find that he had been voted best politician. Hobbs served as a city policeman for over 30 years before entering politics, which has given him an edge amongst voters who like to see that their elected officials are demonstrably not afraid of getting their hands dirty. And maybe most importantly, he has an infectious enthusiasm for Thunder Bay and its citizens. “We are a tough breed and I love that,” he says, citing the flood of 2012 as an example of our city’s resilience and its notoriously big heart. When asked if he agrees with The Walleye voters that the position of mayor is the number
1. Maltese Grocery
Best Place to get Married
Best Bowling Alley
“I think I have always made people laugh. Likely in the beginning it was not with me but at me,” says Ron Kanutski. Given the opportunity for shameless self-promotion in this article, Kanutski was humble, stating that “it is truly an honour to be acknowledged by the community” and deflecting attention away from himself to other local comedians. His approach to comedy is straightforward—he finds humour in the oddities of life, but has the unique ability to spin it into a bit that makes everyone laugh. Kanutski is throwing all of his self-described “energy and hyperactivity” behind comedy in 2014 with the help of his agent, marketing team, and comedic colleagues. He’ll be on stage at Gargoyles on February 22 (two shows, hosted by Chris Holland) and at the Finlandia Club on March 14 and 15 with his good friend Todd Genno.
Best Grocery Store
2. Rose Valley Lodge 3. Country Cozy Bed and Breakfast
Best New Business 1. Sweet Escape Cake Café and Bakery (tie) 1. Mars clothing (tie) 3. The Foundry Pub
1. Marina Park
Best Playground 1. Marina Park 2. Hillcrest Park 3. Boulevard Lake Parks
Best Thrift Shop 1. The Salvation Army 2. Value Village Thrift Store 3. Twice as Nice Thrift Store
Best Local Food Producer
The Current River Greenway
1. Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
Boulevard Lake Parks came out on top, but can you really pick a favourite? Making up a portion of the 263-hectare Current River Greenway, the top three picks for walking a dog and riding a bike are connected by the Current River and boast 50 kilometres of trails. Each greenspace is unique, but they are all accessible and naturally beautiful. A five-kilometre paved loop around Boulevard Lake provides front-row viewing to a variety of activities, such as disc golf, dragon boating, tennis, and annual events. Just north of Boulevard Lake, Centennial Park is a popular spot for trail runners, hikers, and mountain bikers in the summer and snowshoers and cross-country skiers in the winter. The playground, farm, tobogganing hill, and Muskeg Express train are also favourites. Cascades Conservation Area boasts several trails that accommodate all types of users. In the spring, it’s a draw for avid photographers who are looking to photograph the rushing Current River; in the summer it hosts waders who want beat the heat in the river’s pools.
2. Debruin’s Greenhouses 3. Roots to Harvest
Best Eco-Friendly Business 1. EcoSuperior 2. The Green House 3. True North Community Co-operative
Best Locally Made Product 1. Thunder Oak Gouda 2. Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. 3. Persians
Best Nursery/ Garden Store 1. Vanderwees Home and Garden 2. Creekside Nursery and Garden Centre 3. Bill Martin’s Nurseryland
Best Environmental Program/ Project 1. EcoSuperior 2. Roots to Harvest 3. Bike Lane
Health Best Place to Walk a Dog and Ride a Bike 1. Boulevard Lake Parks
2. Centennial Park 3. Cascades Conservation Area
Best Hiking Trail
The Girl with the Camera Shannon Lepere
1. Cascades Conservation Area 2. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 3. Silver Falls Provincial Park
Best Day Paddle 1. Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area 2. Kaministiquia River 3. Boulevard Lake Parks
Best Fishing Hole 1. I’m not going to tell you! 2. Kaministiquia River 3. McIntyre River
Best Campground 1. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 2. Thunder Bay KOA 3. Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
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ith her pixie haircut, striking blue eyes, and mischievous grin, Shannon Lepere should be the one in front of the camera, not behind it. But shooting life through a lens is something Lepere has been doing since she was 14 years old. “I started with a point-andshoot camera in high school taking band photos, and I quickly became known as the girl with the camera,” she says. Her first camera was a 1979 Canon SLR that her dad bought her, and she has remained true to a Canon ever since. Lepere studied photography at Fanshawe College and after graduating in 2004 she returned to Thunder Bay, working part-time and taking pictures every chance she got. As her interest and experience grew, she was forced to make a decision to invest in a photography career full-time. “I started booking weddings and there has been a snowball
effect ever since,” Lepere says. In 2012 she photographed over 30 weddings. Lepere has been involved with some interesting projects, including the launch of a photo jump series; taking the first photo of herself in 2009, jumping on a bed while holding a pink flamingo. She has plans to take the series further this year. And she also created a stop-animation video for her musician fiancé Jean-Paul De Roover that aired on MuchMusic and can be found on YouTube. It’s partly her style—a professed love for anything kitschy, and a fascination with all things vintage, especially the 50s era—but also her joie de vivre that makes Lepere, and her work, stand out. “I’m kind of quirky,” she says. She is indeed quirky, and also exceptionally talented. Thunder Bay is fortunate to have the girl with the camera capturing our best moments. The Walleye
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Best Place to Play in the Snow 1. Centennial Park 2. Balsam Pit 3. My backyard
the border, Lutsen Mountains continues to expand their on and off hill operations, making for a quick getaway for those looking for variety. We are spoiled! 2. Mount Baldy Ski Area 3. Lutsen Mountains
Best Indoor Rink 1. Grandview Arena 2. Fort William Gardens
Best Place to Cross Country Ski
3. Delaney Arena (Chapples Recreation Centre)
1. Kamview Nordic Centre
Best Outdoor Rink
2. Lappe Nordic Ski Club 3. Centennial Park
Best Place to Snowboard and Downhill Ski 1. Loch Lomond Ski Area
1. Marina Park 2. Delaney Arena (Chapples Recreation Centre) 3. North McIntyre Community Centre Rink
1. Kangas Sauna 2. My house/camp 3. Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre
Best Fitness Instructor
Serving her Craft
1. Dahab at World Dance Centre 2. Kim Chase at Chase Fitness 3. Marlo Ellis at The Gym
Best Yoga Instructor
By Nancy Saunders
2. Helen Arpin at Discover Yoga Studio (tie)
t's no surprise Tuija Hansen was voted Thunder Bay's best server. We met for coffee and in just under an hour, she'd said hello and chatted with at least ten passersby. Hansen has worked at The Foundry since it opened in July 2012 (on a Friday the 13th, 18 months to the day before we met for our interview on another Friday the 13th). She finds a natural crossover with the skills she uses there and those required as owner of The Craft Collective, a shared art studio and boutique and home to Tuija Hansen Fibre Design. Being friendly, diplomatic, and genuine serve her well in both jobs. Hansen is in her final year of Lakehead's fine arts program. After starting in the program in 2004, she moved to Nelson, BC from 2006 to 2008 to attend the fibre and textile design program at Kootenay School of the Arts. “It's a small community and really forward-thinking in terms of business models and its art scene. When I was done, I really wanted to come back to Thunder Bay
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right away—I knew there was room for new things here.” Hansen opened The Craft Collective upstairs at 197 Algoma Street South in 2010, and has since moved to a larger space on the main floor. “I create unique, one of a kind items that aren't particular to one body type or size.” Hansen's dresses, hoodies, capes, and accessories are mostly made of recycled and donated fabrics. She focuses on natural materials, and special orders organic fabrics for certain items. She is currently creating sweater scarves, pretty yet practical pieces made from sweaters found in thrift stores. As a fibre designer, Hansen also enjoys creating fabric collages and doing silk screening. Photography is also a passion. Working two jobs and being in school definitely keep her busy, and she looks forward to having more time to focus on her craft. Stop in and say hi to Hansen at The Foundry, and visit The Craft Collective to see her distinctive talent at work.
There are not many cities in Canada where you can get in some skiing or snowboarding after work and make it home in time to catch primetime TV. Nestled in the Nor’wester Mountains, we are surrounded by ideal terrain for skiing and snowboarding, including the biggest vertical drop in Ontario (Loch Lomand Ski Area – 229 m). While the local ski industry has struggled in recent decades—with the number of ski areas shrinking from five to two—Loch Lomand and Mount Baldy continue to provide excellent skiing and snowboarding with runs that are perfect for beginners and others that are fun for experts. Across
2. Mayama at Resting Frog Yoga Studio (tie)
Best Health Food Store 1. Kelly’s Nutrition Centre and Juice Bar 2. Bonobo’s Foods 3. Nutrition Corner and Country Store
Best Swimming Pool 1. Canada Games Complex 2. Volunteer Pool 3. Sir Winston Churchill Community Pool
Music Best Place to See a Live Band 1. The Foundry Pub
Best Place to Dance
Best Rap Artist
2. Black Pirates Pub
2. Coleman Hell
3. The Outpost Campus Pub
3. The Sleep Clinic
Best Jazz Act
1. Complexity in Simplicity by Jean-Paul De Roover
1. Robin Ranger
2. Interwoven Roots by Shy-Anne Hovorka
3. Roy Coran Big Band
2. Mood Indigo
3. The Married Singlemen by The Married Singlemen
Best Punk Band
2. Forever Dead
1. The Bottom Rockers 3. Boy Castle
1. Jean-Paul De Roover 2. Jamie Smith
Best Electronic Act
3. Shy-Anne Hovorka
1. The Shallow Void
2. Crocks 3. Black Pirates Pub
1. DJ Luv 2. Fabulous Dave 3. Palehock
Best Solo Artist 1. Jean Paul De Roover
2. Rock Truck 3. The Married Singlemen
Best Folk Group 1. Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four 2. Greasy Creases 3. Nick Sherman and the Winterdark
Best Metal Band 1. Tapout 2. Norris 3. Rock Truck
Best Classical Group 1. Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra 2. Quartets Etcetera 3. Consortium Aurora Borealis
3. Michael Sobota
Best Blues Act
Best Theatre Venue
1. Tracy K
1. The Paramount Theatre
2. Camden Blues
2. Magnus Theatre
3. Sunday Wilde
3. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Best Choral Group
Peter David Wragg
2 The Moose Meat Cook-off (Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players) 3. TAPE (New Noise Productions)
Best Theatre Director 1. Lawrence Badanai
Best Theatre Troupe 1. Cambrian Players 2. Magnus Theatre 3. New Noise Productions
Film & Theatre Best Film
2. The Big Blue 3. Love and Hate
Best Film Director 1. Lee Chambers
The Shallow Void is a selfdescribed “musical (non)entity that explores creative uses of portable electronic sound devices to bring together a mind-altering audio experience.” Its focus is on synthesis and composition, and its sound is spacey and psychedelic, with a hint of chaos. The wizard behind the curtain has been producing and performing various types of fringe electronic music in Thunder Bay for over a decade. When we contacted The Shallow Void and shared the news about the survey, he expressed that IGBC was more deserving of the recognition— ”he's been a fixture in Thunder Bay electronic music much longer than I have. He is my inspiration,
1. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Magnus Theatre)
1. When Life Gives you Lemons
2. Ocean City Defender
1. The Auditor General
2. Mario Crudo
3. Ocean City Defender
3. Dulcisono Women’s Choir
3. Andy Middaugh, Drums
Best Rock Band
2. Rafiki Youth Choir
2. Damon Dowbak, Mandolin
3. Janie Chadwick
Best Theatre Production
1. The Fort William Male Choir
1. Jean-Paul De Roover, Guitar
Thunder Bay is definitely host to some incredible musical talent, and it’s no surprise that our readers recognized The Foundry Pub as a leading venue for live music. It’s an exciting and well-deserved win for one of the newest gastropubs in the city’s downtown core, and owner Dane Newbold is happy to hear that people are enjoying what The Foundry has to offer. “We tried out a few different things in our starting phase,” he says. “But I think we’ve sort of found a niche because we fit into this blues/rock/jam kind of feel here.” He points out that the transition from evening dinner to late-night party spot can be a tricky one, and he plays a significant role in selecting live entertainment. The Foundry has featured performances by The Auditor General, Mood Indigo, string and brass ensembles from the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and a wide variety of other local artists. Check their Facebook page for a list of upcoming shows.
and I owe him a great deal.” Acts like IGBC have spurred growth in the local electronic music scene. Some talented nonperforming acts have cropped up online, and last month Ocean City Defender announced that he is releasing the Star Tropics LP exclusively in Japan and through the label’s (Rallye) website.
2. Piotr Skowronski 3. Curtis Jensen
Best Film Festival 1. Bay Street Film Festival 2. North Of Superior Film Association
1. Lawrence Badanai 2. Kevin Durand 3. Spencer Hari
1. Jo-Ann Waytowich 2. Heather Esdon (posthumous) 3. Lauren Payette
Events Best Fundraiser 1. The Hunger 2. Dirty Girls Mud Run 3. Relay For Life
3. Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival
Best Free Event
Best YouTube Video
2. Movie in the Park
1. My Home Town 2. Into the Night Midnight Ski Session 3. HOPE - Breast Cancer Song (Capri Anderson)
1. Summer in the Parks 3. Urban Infill (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)
Best Festival 1. Thunder Bay Blues Festival 2. Valley Fresh Buskers Festival 3. Folklore Festival
Best Street Fair
Best Kids’ Event
1. Westfort Street Fair
1. Teddy Bears Picnic 2. Benny Birch’s Birthday Party 3. Thunder Bay Kite Festival
Best Fishing Derby 1. Week Long Salmon Fun Derby 2. Nipigon’s Fall Fishing Festival 3. Red Rock Lake Trout Derby
Best Question We Forgot to Ask 1. Best Publication 2. Best Reason I love Thunder Bay 3. Best Radio personality
The Westfort Street Fair was started in 1982 by six local merchants who wanted to increase business and raise the profile of the Westfort community. Today, thousands of people take to West Frederica Street to visit more than 90 exhibitors, see fantastic live entertainment, sample the food, and get some really great deals. A family-oriented event, there’s also lots to do for the kids, including pony rides and face painting, as well as the ever-popular Shriner’s train. But most importantly, the Westfort Street Fair gives people living in the community a place to connect—with their roots, and with each other.
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Baked Omelet with Bloody Mary Sauce Baked Make-Ahead Omelet/Strata – makes a 9x13” pan; feeds 8-10ish
By Chef Rachel Globensky
½ pound mushrooms, sliced 1 tbsp, olive oil 1 tbsp, butter
Sauté mushrooms in butter and oil until soft and juicy.
8 slices fluffy white bread, cubed or torn into smallish pieces
Spray a 9x13” glass pan with cooking spray (for easy scrubbing after). Toss mushrooms (and all their juice) around with bread pieces and spread around the bottom of the pan.
¾ pound cubed, cooked ham, chicken or bacon ½ cup sliced green onions 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
Sprinkle ham, bacon, or chicken, green onions, and cheese over bread and mushrooms.
½ - ¾ litre half-and-half 8 eggs, beaten 1 tsp salt Several grinds of black pepper
Mix up cream, eggs, and seasoning. Pour carefully over bread and veggies, and make sure everything is evenly dispersed around the pan. Wrap pan with foil and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, bake, covered, in 375oF oven for almost an hour, or until a knife stuck into the middle of the omelet comes out clean. When cooked, remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before cutting.
Bloody Mary Sauce – make this the day before, too.
s the holiday season comes to a close, and whatever memories you have of New Year’s Eve come lurching back to you as stark realizations of why you should never drunk Facebook/text/call your friends, you think, “Och. I am NEVER doing that again. Ugggggghhhhhhhhhhh.” It’s 11 in the morning (no? More like 1:30 in the afternoon? Must be nice!), and you’re just rolling out of bed after a totally-awesome-good-time brouhaha the night before. You’ve checked yourself, and while the thought of slamming a shot of hair-of-the-dog leaves you feeling queasy, you’re definitely hungry. Good thing you planned ahead yesterday! This eggy strata takes a while to bake, so after it’s in the oven, put on a pot of coffee, and call a few friends over to commiserate enjoy brunch with you.
1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped
Sauté onion in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
⅓ cup vodka
Stir in, and cook for a few minutes.
2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce 2 tsp hot pepper sauce (like Tobasco) 1 ½ cup canned, diced tomatoes, undrained 1 tbsp, tomato paste 1 rounded tsp prepared horseradish
Stir everything in, and bring the sauce to a nice bubble. Add salt and pepper, if needed. Refrigerate overnight.
2 tbsp vodka (yep, more)
Take out your sauce, and heat gently in a saucepan. When sauce has just started to bubble, add in the 2 tbsp of vodka and stir.
To serve, cut and plate a nice big piece of eggy goodness. Artfully (or not!), garnish your omelet with some Bloody Mary sauce, grab a coffee (possibly fortified with Kahlua or Baileys), and try to make it through your day…
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Food The Biggest ARTS & HERITAGE AWARDS Evening in Thunder Bay is coming soon… The Walleye - proudly presents the 2013 Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards Hosted by a local CBC radio personality, the awards night will feature a large scale creative installation by The North Light Media Collective, pre-awards reception, compelling entertainment, an after party at the Foundry. One ticket gives you access to all aspects of this prestigious awards evening honouring Thunder Bay’s cultural sector. Tickets can be purchased for $20 each at the following locations: Thunder Bay Public Libraries, The Prince Arthur Hotel, Victoriaville Civic Centre, Calico’s and The Foundry. Tickets are cash sales only.
Nominations close Tuesday January 7 Don’t forget to nominate your choice to win in one of the following categories: • Visual Art • Performing & Media Arts • Built Heritage • Cultural/ Natural Heritage • Cultural Organization • Outstanding Youth Contributor to the Arts/Heritage • Cultural Educator • Cultural Supporter • Cultural Business • Large Business • Small Business
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Drink of the Month Kelly’s Nutrition Centre
Breathless By Rebekah Skochinski
It’s 2014. High fives! We made it. To help ease the transition from gluttony to goodness, we suggest sidling on up to the juice bar at Kelly’s Nutrition Centre. There are a slew of great things to choose from, but a new item on the menu that comes with a promise to leave us breathless is what caught our eye. Okay then. This drink is a wondrous combination of coconut milk, pineapple, mango, matcha (a finely powdered green tea teeming with antioxidants), whey protein, and ice. It has a creamy texture and the sweet mango perfectly balances the slight bitterness of the matcha. But most of all, it’s like striking gold (eureka!) when you find something that tastes as good as it is good for you. And that’s certainly enough to take our breath away. Drinks are made while you wait at this open juice bar near the back of the store, which is located at 820 Red River Road. Be mindful that the bar has slightly different hours, opening 15 minutes later and closing one hour earlier than the doors open.
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Making Food a Priority The International Year of the Family Farm
By Raili Roy
AKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE” reads the title of the report released in September by UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. "Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate," it urges. Judging by the United Nations’ November launch of their campaign declaring 2014 the Year of the Family Farm, somebody is listening and agreeing with the 50-plus authors of the report that something is drastically wrong with the way we feed ourselves. According to the report, despite the global production of almost twice as much food as our population requires, a billion people chronically suffer from starvation and another billion are malnourished; a quarter of us aren’t getting enough. Despite amazing leaps in technology that allow relatively few humans to cultivate enormous areas of land, it’s costing us more in energy now to produce a calorie’s worth of food than it did when we used simple tools, animals, and human labour. Our increasing reliance on finite energy resources—which themselves are now showing rapidly diminishing returns on investment—is going to end, one way or another, and UNCTAD and the United Nations see fixing the food system as a priority.
The 2014 International Year of Family Farming has been launched to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources. This year international research, humanitarian efforts, education outreach, and round-table discussions will focus on over 500 million family farms in both developed and developing countries in an effort to find out what works, what is needed, and what supports can be created for the world’s diverse population of smallholders who, the UN believes, have the power to lift themselves and their communities out of hunger and dependence. The interesting thing about the UN’s declaration for 2014 is not what it says about family farming, but what it doesn’t say on the subject of the established system as it optimistically—and gracefully—promotes what it’s identified as a way forward. If “sustainable,” “family,” “non-specialized,” and “diversified” are the words the UN uses to describe its ideal system, how far to the opposite end of the spectrum are the words it doesn’t use to describe the system we’ve got, the ones summed up so starkly by the title of the UNCTAD report? Wake up before it is too late.
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Get the Skinny on Drinks for 2014! By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier
ith all the festive feasting behind us, it is time to put our best foot forward for the new year. On the threshold of 2014, new year’s resolutions abound and many of us want to be the best version of ourselves, which often involves worrying about our waistlines. No need to fear that you must give up everything you enjoy though, because with moderation, there are ways that you can still savour something to drink now and then without self-recrimination. In general, it is best to remember that anything you imbibe with alcohol is calorie-rich, and the higher the ABV (alcohol by volume), the “heavier” the drink is. Alcohol is by nature a by-product of fermentation that is created by yeast consuming sugar. Hence, the other heavy-hitter calorically in drinks is plain ole sugar.
Whether you enjoy a mixed drink, a glass of wine, or a beer now and then, by keeping the above and below in mind you can keep your calorie intake at a reasonable rate. When enjoying a draft, stick to a light beer selection for the time being. Drinking beer is akin to eating bread as the alcohol component is derived from sugars that are released from grain products, the base ingredient in brewing. Ales and lagers are somewhat comparable in terms of carbohydrates, so look for light versions of either, as they are lower in ABV.
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If you love to have a glass of wine from time to time, select bottles from cooler climate producers. The alcohol in wine is a by-product of the fermentation of sugar in the grapes and fruit grown in more marginal climates doesn’t have the same high level of brix (sugars) that warm climate grapes do when harvested. Therefore, lower ABV and less residual sugar is resultant in finished wine, leading to a more calorie wise dose of vino within the 11-12% and 5g/l range.
Care for a cocktail as your drink du jour? Mixed drinks can be a little tricky to tame, as there are plenty of ways for calories to sneak in unbeknownst. Cut out creamy or milk based bevvies, as dairy can tip the scales, and avoid clever cocktails as they often load up on excess sugars in the form of sweet syrups or sugar rich juices. Your best bet is to stick to bar rail, stay with single shots and mix it up with diet sodas or keep it clean as a press (addition of water).
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The Second Most Pleasurable Thing We Do In The Dark: A Column About Movies
Best of 2013
s I write this, many films that are making various Best of 2013 lists have not yet opened in Thunder Bay. Lists are always subjective, of course. You may really enjoy Hollywood comic book blockbusters or action thrillers or horror slash, and 2013 had plenty of those. Here is a short list of my favourite movie experiences from the past year. All of these have screened in Thunder Bay.
By Michael Sobota
The Hunt: Though it was
made in 2012 and had a limited release, the film came to Thunder Bay last fall by way of our North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA). The Hunt is the story of a school employee who becomes the victim of a child’s casual lie. It is the story of how friendships are tested and how community becomes thuggish. Expertly written and directed by Thomas Vinterberg and with a gripping performance by Mads Mikkelsen, I could not stop thinking about and discussing The Hunt weeks after experiencing it.
The Way Way Back:
On the surface, this film is a summer comedy. But underneath that sunny, tanned skin is a story about family, about coming of age, about parenting, and about finding out who to trust as your role models. Featuring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell, it is really Liam James in his first feature role who will capture your heart.
The Place Beyond The Pines: This is a story about
two generations and how the sins of the fathers—and their gifts—are vested in their sons. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper are fathers whose disparate lives intersect at a critical point. Years later their sons accidently meet, and the story deepens and darkens. This is superior, rich, and layered storytelling.
Elysium: Yes, this studio blockbuster, made for $120 million, makes my list. It is that rare dystopian-future story that is not derived from a comic book and has no superheroes. The second feature from Neill Blomkamp—his first was the edgy District 9—Elysium is rare for the genre in that you care deeply about the characters and how they act in the world. And they are believable. Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, Elysium is so good that I kept going back and bringing friends to see it.
Much Ado About Nothing: Joss Whedon,
director of mega-blockbusters The Avengers and Thor, took some vacation time and wrote and directed this adaptation of Shakespeare’s comic gem about relationships—and he filmed it in his own home. Shakespeare fails on film as often as it is successful, but Whedon’s version is beautifully acted, sharply edited, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Provocative Persians By Kim Latimer
an Phillips is playfully toying with Thunder Bay’s favourite pink pastry: the persian. His ink-based art portrays local landscapes, incorporating the pink-icingcovered pastries at specific locations around the city. It’s brilliant. Everyone who sees them can’t help but crack a smile. His work is vibrant, sometimes dainty, adorable, and oh-so-flamboyantly attractive. However, Phillips’ artistic inspiration for these works runs much deeper than the pretty-in-pink pastry. “The images are playful responses to hateful and homophobic letters
published in our local Thunder Bay media, which often referred to the colour pink,” he explains. “Pairing up my images with the letters is an attempt to demonstrate the everpresent tension I felt when visiting my hometown. It’s a contrast.” “That is my experience, having grown up in Thunder Bay,” he continues. “Painting the town pink might offend some people, but who doesn’t enjoy a persian? There is nothing to be afraid of in the colour pink—a euphemism for anything queer. It’s food for thought, literally!”
Phillips hopes his abstract and playful work will make the subject of homophobia more approachable for some people. I believe it will. There is no question his work is very palatable, and so tongue-in-cheek one can’t help but admire it. And, after all, there isn’t a soul in Thunder Bay who could dispute that a persian would be just a plain old boring donut without it’s charmingly delectable pink frosting. To view more of Ian Phillips’ work, visit his blog at ianphillipsillustration. wordpress.com or his online shop at etsy. com/shop/pasdechance.
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Expressing Symbiosis Through Art Elliott Doxtater-Wynn Story and Photos by Kat Lyzun
lliott Doxtater-Wynn is not only a talented Aboriginal artist; he’s also a pretty good salesman.
“Those are the last ones left,” he tells two women admiring his hand-painted Christmas ornaments at the annual Victoriaville Aboriginal Art Sale. “In fact I’m back-ordered. But no pressure!” he adds with a wide grin. Doxtater-Wynn’s warm and enthusiastic personality is a perfect fit for what he loves to do: share his passion for art and Aboriginal culture with others, particularly with youth. Perhaps best known as one of the friendly voices on CBC’s Superior Morning show, Doxtater-Wynn also works in local schools where he aims to teach not only artistic techniques but also the importance of embracing individuality.
With his own three children, Doxtater-Wynn says his proudest artistic moment is watching them learn and adapt to something he’s shown them. “When sharing what I know with my kids, and they see a teaching or an application and they get it— that’s the moment,” he says. “Empowering kids to be creative and cultivating self-esteem is so important.” Doxtater-Wynn brings his love of life and family to the full spectrum of his artistic works, from drawings and paintings to music and writing. “My artwork is symbiotic with who I am—archetypes that reflect me, my family, and my environment,” he says. “I’m in a good place, and those emotions come out in the work. I want people to be strong, to come together as a people and take care of each other.”
A graduate of the H.B. Beal art school in London, ON, Doxtater-Wynn continued his arts education upon moving north from his home at Six Nations of the Grand River. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Lakehead University. He is currently channeling much of his energy into music, writing, and creating a graphic novel, but his roots are in drawing and sculpture. Among his most notable works is a bottle made of bound willow branches, signifying a connection with the land, which was selected by Coca-Cola for their pavilion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
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n what’s being celebrated as a “rebirth,” founders of an innovative social organization are turning its operations over to the community. Co-founders Angela Gollat and Meg Sheepway had been running The Creative Commons out of a communal space on South Syndicate Avenue, bringing together artists of various kinds and skill levels to create works and develop their talents since October 2012. But when the duo announced they were closing their doors at the end of 2013, the community that had formed through the organization decided to step in. “We were being called to do other things in our lives,” says Gollat, a painter who is moving on to focus on her art and teaching.
The new Commons is set to reopen at 189 South Algoma in January as a community-operated, membership-funded organization led by a team of stewards to guide its finances and ultimate vision. “No one will be holding all the cards,” says Gollat, who along with Sheepway is remaining on the organization’s executive team.
have to the community,” he says.
Members can become “activators” in order to book a space to run their own classes. Gary Savistky, a steward who came forward when the Commons announced its closure, says the idea is to provide a platform where people can share skills and enable creativity in others. “You can continue to promote yourself through this environment. It’s a place for people to come and bring what they already
“This space was really meant to be fertile ground for whatever kind of creation that people did,” says Gollat. “It’s really about empowering people and acknowledging the incredible ability that they already have, and recognizing that everyone has skill and something to contribute.”
Where the original model hosted art and yoga classes, spiritual gatherings, and musical events— high school students ran open mic nights, for example—both Gollat and Savistky agree that The Creative Commons’ new programming will ultimately be steered by the community.
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Bringing Art and Wellness Full Circle Noël Keag
By Bobbi Henderson
oël Keag of Stone Circle Pottery uses the essence of clay as her inspiration to create unique yet functional works of art reflecting movement and flow. "Some of the components of clay are over 400 million years old," says Keag. "That knowledge hits my soul in a unique way. There has been so much life in the history of that clay… my goal is to try to bring some of that life back and this is what inspires me to create in a groovy and moving sort of way." Her unique style recently led to her work being chosen for Lark Books’ 500 Teapots Volume 2—an inspirational book series of clay art featuring exceptional artwork by top international artists. Functionality is paramount for Keag, who feels a deep connection through practical use. "The maker has touched every particle, it holds aspects of their personality," she explains. "There is so much to be said about someone
reaching for your mug everyday and seeing something about it that makes them happy." Through Keag's personal experience with clay, she firmly believes there is an undeniable synchronistic connection between creative expression and well-being—a belief that resonates deeply with many of her students, who openly support this through their own personal observations. "My passion lies with the whole health experience of art. I've seen it," says Keag. “When I touch the clay, I am just with it, everything else simply falls away. If you can give that sense of peace to someone who is suffering or struggling in their lives, even if just for a moment, it becomes a wonderful experience for them. Being able to provide that opportunity is a phenomenal experience for me." Keag offers various classes for all ages and skill levels that endeavor to enliven and evolve one’s own unique inner artist. "In sharing what I love, watching people excel is so
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y grade 11 environmental science teacher once told my mother that my opinions were “black and white.” That was the same year I decided to upgrade from vegetarian to vegan— also known as my self-righteous stage. In the summer of 2010, I fell off of the vegan wagon with the excuse of being surrounded by delicious pastries in Montreal—even the baker gave me judgmental eyes when I picked out my sixth mille feuille. I left the vegan community without so much as a proper breakup letter, but my hedonistic choices to cut ties with a lifestyle I considered to be an accomplishment was relentless in nagging my conscience.
Simple Life, Simple Style
By Justyna Kondakow
Nine months ago, my best friend and I both committed to exercise regularly, at a time when the idea of treating health as an investment rather than the absence of disease became apparent to me. This idea further manifested itself in the form of copious amounts of fruit and vegetables— so copious, in fact, that people at the grocery store gave me weird looks as I strolled around with my cart consisting purely of produce, although I’m sure that explaining my lifestyle as “raw vegan” would have resulted in even weirder looks. However, to my surprise, my “black and white” mentality turned into more of a grayscale when considering the topic of this column. I am easing myself into the idea of “simple style,” which really is the most successful way for any lifestyle change (this
leaves room for the last days of salivating over cheese and olive panzerottis from Caesar’s Place). Setting small obtainable goals allows room for realistic and meaningful change—cleanses, diets, and fasts not included. Upon having a personal revelation, it is sometimes difficult to reign yourself in. Thus, my trash bin became well-acquainted with old makeup, perfume, and nail polish, and my closet withstood a culling. Don’t get me wrong—sequins still live in my closet, but the emphasis is no longer depends on ego or pride. Simplicity is what we all seek. The definition of that goal is dependent on the grayscale. I will be donating my threads to the Clothing Assistance Mission on 404 May St. N. I suggest you do the same!
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2014: The International Year of Crystallography (Huh?) By Sarah Kerton Rogermitchellite, image by Dr. Roger Mitchell
hat better time of year to write about crystallography than the days when even the smallest among us are celebrating crystals in the ever-fascinating form of snowflakes? Crystallography is the science that examines the arrangements of atoms in solids. It is a little-known term, yet is foundational to life as we know it. For this reason, and in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of x-rays—seen as the birth of modern crystallography—the United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of
Crystallography. The UN, along with the International Union of Crystallography, will be coordinating educational and capacitybuilding activities all year. While crystals have fascinated humanity for over 2000 years, modern crystallography has revealed the structure of DNA, allowed the creation of computers and green energy, and helped scientists to design new materials and drugs. Crystallography permeates our daily lives, from the snowflake and the rainbow to the pharmaceutical and mining industries.
Thunder Bay’s own crystallography experts, Lakehead University’s Dr. Shannon Zurevinksi and Professor Emeritus Dr. Roger Mitchell, are involved in research with the synthesis of rare earth elementbearing minerals. Zurevinski says that in simple terms crystallography “is the science of a crystal—each crystal has a geometric shape with an ordered internal structure called a crystal lattice.” The pair make minerals using a high-temperature furnace, and then use an "x-ray diffractometer" to help classify and study the crystal lattice of their
new minerals. According to Zurevinski, this type of research has a variety of uses, including synthetic minerals that could potentially be used to immobilize (store) various forms of radioactive waste for disposal. Their research has not gone unnoticed—in 2010, a new mineral species was accepted by the International Mineralogical Association, a rare event itself, and was called "Rogermitchellite" in recognition of Dr. Mitchell’s contributions to mineralogy.
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The Black Stripes on a White Horse By Jennifer Morin, cultural services coordinator, City of Thunder Bay
here are the creative people in Thunder Bay? How do you identify these individuals? They may stay up all hours of the night, they may tirelessly donate their time for free or at little cost, they may get a kick out of extremely finite details of an obscure architectural style, they may get on stage and sing with no fear at all, or they may have taught you how to dance. These individuals are the black stripes on an otherwise white horseâ€” they enliven our cultural sector and make Thunder Bay better than it would be without them.
Nominate an artist, heritage champion, cultural organization, or business that has made a significant achievement for the 2013 Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards. The awards night will be held at the Prince Arthur Hotel on Thursday, February 20, with live entertainment, food, and an art installation by The North Light Media Collective. Tickets are $20 and include access to an afterparty at The Foundry. The Arts & Heritage Awards are proudly presented by The Walleye. Nominate online at thunderbay/cultureawards.com.
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Test Driving an Ice Resurfacer By Nancy Saunders
n the words of Charlie Brown, “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: one is a rippling stream, another a fire in a fireplace, and the other is the Zamboni going around and around and around.” On a cold December day, I drove to The Barn to try my hand at driving Gerald Breukelman’s Olympia ice resurfacer. After receiving a quick explanation of the machine’s parts, I hopped up into the driver’s seat—and wasn’t close to being able to see over the bucket. Before my hopes were completely dashed, Breukelman adjusted the bucket to its lowest setting. He generously (sensibly) offered to reverse the Olympia out of the garage and onto the ice, and it was time for me to get my ice resurfacing on!
I’d soon be wishing the Resurfice Corporation of Elmira, Ontario had included heated seats as a feature on their machines. I got off to a chugging start and my first circuit went well, with Breukelman shooting encouraging instructions from the ice (“Start turning when you get past the blue line... Uh, yep, that’s the blue line”) and the photographer keeping a safe distance. Looking at the path I’d carved, I used the scattered ice shavings as my guide. Gaining confidence, I pumped the gas around the corners and got into a groove for the last three circuits. While I had expected to feel a type of serene accomplishment knowing my driving was erasing the nicks and chips inflicted by the birthday party I’d seen leaving, I have to admit that the noise, exhaust fumes, cold, and necessary concentration made it more of a job than a joy ride. Breukelman’s employee mentioned a few times how awesome his job is and how much he enjoys driving the machine, and with more practice I’m confident I could channel a similar sense of accomplishment. Some extra layers, a mask, headphones, and a phone book to sit on, and I’d be set!
My task was to scrape the ice, then Breukelman’s employee would finish the job. The basic mechanics haven’t changed much since Frank Zamboni put a blade on a tractor in the 1940s. Breukelman’s Olympia ice resurfacer is powered by two propane tanks and a Chevy engine. The blade can be adjusted to scrape different depths of ice off the rink, depending on its condition. A horizontal auger collects the “snow” which is then dumped into the bucket at the front of the machine. After being scraped, the rink is “flooded” by water from a tank. A
towel extends along the back of the machine and acts as a squeegee, spreading the water evenly to create a nice new surface.
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After the holidays… between December 26 & January 10, bring your tree to one of the many Christmas tree collection sites. Remove all ornaments and remove plastic tree wrap before dropping your tree off at the collection site. Do NOT put trees out for curbside garbage collection. The chipped trees are added to the compost pile at the City’s landfill site. In the spring, when the compost is mature, it is provided to residents free of charge to enrich flower gardens and lawns across Thunder Bay.
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Why Should I Give a Frock? By Kim Latimer
swanky, vintage-themed fundraising event with the tonguein-cheek name “Who Gives a Frock?” is creating buzz this month. Women are asked to donate a gently used dress that will be resold, with all proceeds going towards the Children’s Centre Foundation of Thunder Bay to support children’s mental health programs in our community. “I absolutely love the idea that every dress has a story. When women donate a dress it is because that dress made them feel special and they genuinely hope that it will have the same effect on another woman,” says Monique Gouthro, a member of the organizing committee. Last year, the event’s 50 tickets sold out in two weeks based on word-ofmouth promotions. The frocks raised more than $5,000 dollars for the Children’s Centre Foundation. This
year, 100 tickets are up for grabs, and the event was 70 percent sold out at the time of printing. As well, more locally owned retail businesses have stepped up to the plate this year, donating over a dozen brand new dresses to be auctioned off. “The committee is overwhelmed by the support and generosity from the local retailers and the community. Contributing to mental health awareness in children is our goal, and we hope to double our money raised last year," says Melissa McClement, chair of the organizing committee. “It's a great time of year for women to get together, network, and pick up some lovely clothes for an important cause.” Tickets are $40 and are available at eventbrite.ca (search Who Gives a Frock?). To donate a dress, visit Who Gives a Frock? on Facebook.
Thunderwolves Winter Update
The Thunderwolves season is in full swing, with success stories in the works for those vying for victory in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) leagues.
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Women’s Basketball (4-6)
The fall season was highlighted by the success of Danielle Thiel (Regina, SK), who capped off her season with a 14th place finish at the CIS championships, earning a spot on the All-Canadian team. Many of Lakehead’s outdoor runners have shifted their focus to the indoor track season. The annual LU vs. The World track meet in early January in the LU Hangar will start their competitive season.
Jon Kreiner’s team has kept pace in the competitive OUA West division, and the drive towards the playoffs promises to be an exciting campaign to watch. So far this season has been accented by the rise of rookie Katelyn Andrea (Thunder Bay, ON), who leads the team in rebounding. The second half of the season heralds the entrance of transfer guard Jylisa Williams (Atlanta, GA) as the playoff race tightens.
This season has seen the rise of freshman phenomenon Chris Waltner (Kingston, ON), who has been undefeated in OUA competition. Waltner has won gold medals at the McMaster, Winnipeg, and Western tournaments in the 54kg. Kelsey Dayler (Midland, ON) has stood out on the women’s side. The team hosts their only home tournament of the season on January 4 in the Thunderdome.
Men’s Basketball (3-7) The men’s team, which has 10 new players, seems to be rounding into shape as they finished off the first semester with a big win over divisional rival and CIS eighth-ranked Windsor Lancers. While the first semester featured six games against CIS top-10 teams, the second half of the season looks a little more forgiving, as the Thunderwolves aim for a top four finish in the OUA West.
Nordic Skiing Training at Lappe Nordic Ski Centre, Lakehead’s teams have long dominated the OUA, with the women’s team going for an unprecedented tenth straight OUA title this season. The men’s team is also looking to capture their third straight OUA title. In addition, both teams will strive to defend their titles at the national championships in Whitehorse in March.
After winning their first two games, the women’s team had a seven-game slide before winning their final game of the first semester. Despite their struggles, captain Brittany McLeod (Winnipeg, MB) has led her team to become competitive and strong serving. The women have two remaining home weekends on their schedule, January 24 and February 7. These games will be a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening out with the family.
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Men’s Hockey (11-3) New bench boss Bill MacDonald seems to have Lakehead’s warriors on ice skating in stride, as the team has risen to seventh place in the CIS and first place in the OUA West. Mike Hammond (Victoria, BC) leads the team with 18 points so far this season, as the team looks to make a run for the Queen’s Cup.
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ow in its sixth year, Styles & Smiles: A Tribute to the Society of Excellent Men combines a symposium and luxury raffle with a fivecourse dinner and fashion show in order to raise funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association and Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. These organizations provide support programs for individuals as well as training and education courses. As a member of the Society of Excellent Men I can tell you that the reasons for participating in this event and the fundraising leading up to it are as varied as the members. Some of the Men have personal experience with mental illness, others have a child or a relative going through the recovery process, while still others work in the mental health field. For me, the decision to participate came as a result of my work experiences.
As the Director of Physical Plant at Lakehead University, I am responsible for the health and safety of a large and diverse body of employees who have pressures at work and at home. It is a relief when you can help. Supporting C.M.H.A. and the Children’s Centre in their efforts to create a mentally healthy society was an easy step to take. Please help support these organizations by donating to an Excellent Man or by attending or sponsoring the event. Styles & Smiles: A Tribute to the Society of Excellent Men will take place March 27 at the Victoria Inn and will feature entertainment by acclaimed Wawa comedian Pete Zedlacher. For further information, visit the organizations’ websites at cmha.ca and at childrenscentre.ca. You can find The Society of Excellent Men on Facebook.
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Four Shows that Rocked in 2013 Burnin’ to the Sky By Gord Ellis
Here are four shows that rocked my world in 2013 Heart Los Lobos Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, March 18
Thunder Bay Blues Festival, July 6
The music of Heart had a big place on FM radio in the 1970s and 80s. They started out as a lean and feline rock band, with monster hits like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.” In the 1980s, Heart did an impressive (and some might say unfortunate) about-face and became a glossy hair band. Yet this period spawned more giant hits, including “Alone” and “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.” Despite the differences in sound of these musical periods, the group blended them seamlessly live. Nancy Wilson is still every inch the hot rock momma and played her guitar with flourish. But it was Ann Wilson who really brought the house down, showing incredible vocal power and skill. Despite all the shows, the years have been kind to her voice.
Los Lobos has been a band for 40 years, yet has never had a true breakout hit album. The closest they came was with “Will the Wolf Survive” back in the mid 1980s, and they also got some airtime with their cover of the Richie Valens chestnut “La Bamba.” Yet Los Lobos is among the most versatile and entertaining bands you will ever see. This is a good thing, since they played in the pouring rain as the headliners for the Saturday night lineup at the Blues Festival. Buoyed by a soaked crowd that stayed for them, Los Lobos kicked out the jams, playing rock, soul, Mexi-Cali and a large dollop of blues for the drenched masses. Davis Hidalgo, the greatest blues guitarist you’ve never heard of, was especially brilliant. Never has being as wet as a newt seemed so completely worth it.
kay: I’m a Boomer, born on the cusp of Gen X. It’s just a fact. And in 2013, I saw several of the bands that formed my musical tastes many years ago, for the very first time. Yes, there is a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in seeing bands that were on the radio when you were in high school. But the groups in question have proven to have both staying power and relevance 30, 40, and yes, 50 years after they began.
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Drama. Adultery. Fights. Drugs. That sums up Fleetwood Mac circa 1976. It all ended up in classic music that continues to be played today. The 1977 album Rumours was re-released this year, and the remaining members of Fleetwood Mac hit the road to support it. Not that it really needs any help, as Rumours has sold 45 million albums worldwide. Yet what was so striking about the Mac’s MTS concert was the effort made to sell songs from its notoriously less-successful-than-Rumours followup album Tusk. A mini-set of Tusk tunes reminded us all of how great, bluesy, and unusual Fleetwood Mac really is. Lindsay Buckingham still robot-walks the stage like he has been shocked with ten thousand volts. Stevie Nicks, of good voice and great beauty is, however, a shadow of her former self in the twirling department. A chronic back problem requires her to use a lift to get off stage. My highlight? Stevie and Lindsay performing a solo acoustic song from their pre-Mac Buckingham-Nicks days called “Without You.” It was perfection.
The world’s greatest—and increasingly wrinkliest—rock and roll band came to Toronto in the midst of its 50 and Counting Tour. Five decades of Rolling Stones tours, and this was going to be the most expensive one ever. Figures I’d wait for that one to see them. However, when the lights went down on the relatively humble stage—by Stones standards— the crazy ticket price didn’t matter. From the first song, “Get Off My Cloud,” the Stones were simply incredible. They played the hits, and a few oddities, including the never before aired “Emotional Rescue.” Jagger sang and danced like a 14-year-old choir boy, not a 70-year-old grandfather. But to see Keith Richards slash the strings on his Telecaster, and to feel those opening chords to “Street Fighting Man” in your gut, THAT’S rock and roll. And it is, truly, ageless.
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Joe Guy Brewer
A Musician With a Message, Delivered on Horseback By Peter Jabs
n November, we received a call from Joe Guy Brewer, who was looking for help promoting his upcoming show. We get these calls a lot, but when he mentioned he was from Australia and had just ridden a horse from B.C., we knew this one was a little different. Sick and tired of driving around in a maze, your main purpose in life gathering points like a zombie Pac-Man? Are days and years passing by in a rushing blur? Have a yard sale, start afresh, go mobile. Search for the deeper meaning, educate your children about the world through travel, all the while providing a message. Joe Guy Brewer lives that way—a life “filled with passion, determination, heart, and soul.” Brewer is an authentic long rider as he has driven cattle long distances on horseback. He often rides horses that their owners
said could never be broken and he rides alone, without a support vehicle. He started his cross-Canada tour in the spring of 2013 and averaged 30 miles a day—he says travelling slowly is a good way to meet many interesting and unusual characters. On November 30, Brewer and his family stopped at the Conmee Community Centre to give an evening of song and story and share a message as described in his book A Life Without Living. Brewer’s rides have provided ample fodder for songs. When Brewer was three his parents divorced and at 11 he was stealing trucks. He had his first drunk at 12, was tattooed at 13, left school at 14, and led a rough life of drink, drugs, theft, and fights. At 17, with arm strapped and heroin needle in hand, Brewer came to his crossroads. He looked at his friend’s eyes rolled up into his head and decided that that was not where he wanted to be. Three
months after buying a guitar he was on stage singing his songs. He bought a horse and rode into the outback and has been riding and singing ever since, across three continents and countless thousands of miles. Now at 44, Brewer and his wife Donna and their five kids wander the world. His message of setting goals, finding your talent, and living with a purpose comes from his personal experience. Along the way, Brewer discovered he had a talent for “fixing broken horses.” Forty minutes is all it takes for him to fix a problem horse without breaking their spirit. He has ridden 150 horse in all, as he trades them in when they get too “quiet” or tired. Sure enough, most of the talk after the show in Conmee was about horse training. These days Joe Guy Brewer describes his life as evolving. Are you evolving?
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y ears buzz from the sudden spill of music upon cracking the entrance to the bar. Settling into my seat, I am welcomed with familiar faces while the primarily acoustic sound and confident delivery of Andy Wolff eases me into contentment. Wolff’s second solo album explores “30 years’ practice,” as he puts it. With Neil Young being a prominent influence, Wolff integrates his own humble folk flavor into the 12-song self-titled
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while staying true to Wolff’s rock and roll roots from his band days with The Resonators.
During a break in his show, we talk about Wolff’s craft. I mention to him that I find his tunes and lyrics bring me back to sitting under a shady tree in the heat of summer. We get a laugh out of my comment because “Sit Beneath A Shady Tree” is song number 10 on his new album. Later, it will become one of my favorites, and it sets the tone for an album crafted with folksy ease,
When I ask Wolff what his favorite songs are from among the crowdpleasers of “Heart of Gold” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” he settles on “Effervescing Elephant.” The song is a testament to his lighthearted sense of humour towards his music.
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Local Musicians Head to the 2014 International Blues Challenge By Tiffany Jarva
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
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hat could a blues slide guitarist, an alt-rocker, and a roots/traditional folk musician possibly have in common? For Colin Linden, Tom Wilson, and Stephen Fearing, it was their admiration for the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. Drawn together in 1995 to record what was intended to be a one-off tribute album, High or Hurtin’, the three independently successful musicians discovered a chemistry that has kept pulling them back together ever since. In between pursuing solo careers, they have produced six critically acclaimed albums, with a seventh set for release on January 14. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have won several awards, including Best Roots & Traditional Album in 1999 for Kings of Love, and have thrilled audiences at major festivals and concert halls. With the release of Kings & Queens
in 2011, the trio gained worldwide popularity. The album features some of the biggest names in roots, blues, and jazz—Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Serena Ryder, Amy Helm, and Holly Cole—and is one of the most varied and interesting albums on the market. Their new release, South, is a more acoustic sound which bodes well for us here in Thunder Bay as they will be performing at the Finlandia Club—a smaller venue than they’ve played in recent tours. With just the three original Kings and no back-up band, the performance will be intimate and personal. The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society presents Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at the Finlandia Club on February 1. Look for advance tickets, priced at $45, after Monday, January 6 at Hoito, Fireweed, and Chaltrek.
t was one of those self-pinching moments,” says Tracy K about traveling to Memphis last year to participate in the band category of the International Blues Challenge. This year, Tracy K will return to Memphis with dobro specialist Jamie “Snakeman” Steinhoff in the solo/duo category, along with The Chain, who will be performing in the band category—all representing the Thunder Bay Blues Society. “I am super excited. The entire band is excited,” says Chrissy Klaas, lead singer of The Chain. “It opens up a few doors for us. I am really looking forward to see how we do on an international scale.” Over 200 blues acts from around the world will be performing at different venues on Beale Street—the heart of live blues in North America. “If you know the blues, it’s the blues street of the world, “says Tracy K. “It is awesome that our local blues society has taken this on. Especially given the isolation of Thunder Bay.” All scoring criteria is standard and is set by the International Blues Headquarters. “It’s not about competing with anyone else, but yourself,” explains Tracy K. “It’s about being the best you can be.”
Last year Tracy K found herself sitting on a bank watching a sunset on the Mississippi River while a barge floated by. “It was a very personal, magical moment.” She also recorded at the famed Sun Studio. “It’s everything you imagine it to be, complete with juke joints, thousands of people milling down Beale Street, brick walls, civil war history, and distinct blues-inspired artwork.” Tracy K says she regretted not seeing more last time, so this year she and Steinhoff will be taking extra time to head south out of Memphis on Highway 61—a legendary route along the Mississippi where the Delta blues were born. “This time I want to see The Crossroads. I want to see the land where the blues were born.” The 30th International Blues Challenge (ibc.org) takes place in Memphis January 21–25. Locally, every Sunday, blues players are encouraged to come out and jam at the Royal Canadian Branch 5 Legion, 229 Van Norman Street. “It’s the players night out,” says Tracy K.. “A chance to get together, talk shop, and play together.” The Walleye
RM & The Honest Heart Collective
The Best of the Eagles
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Classic Rock Meets Orchestra
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With conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser at the helm, the TBSO will play engrossing orchestral arrangements of hits like “Hotel California,” “Take it Easy,” and “Desperado” with the Jeans ‘n Classics band. Peter Brennan—the understated founder of the band—has assembled a group of stellar musicians, including Michael Shotton on vocals. Shotton is known for his impossibly wide vocal range and charismatic stage presence. Tickets for The Best of The Eagles are $15-45 and are available at the TBCA box office.
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t's difficult being a new band. Especially when you get to the level of booking your own show, there is no guarantee that your band has name recognition. RM (Ryan MacDonald) & The Honest Heart Collective have no such problem. Made up of members from previous popular bands, Amelia and Advina, The Collective rocked the always fun Black Pirates Pub on December 14. RM & The Honest Heart Collective strive to be a folk-rock band—perhaps even in the Springsteen vein—but to be “honest,” they betray their pop punk and emo roots. The Collective were able to draw upon the energy of these genres in order to present an exciting and engaging show, but they suffered on a musical level. Having two guitars and a keyboard was somewhat squandered. All three instruments more or less played the exact same chords, in the exact same octave, in the exact same rhythm, for every song. This is definitely an effect that has its uses, but perhaps in time RM will utilize his backing band to create more depth. It’s not that it was a bad set, but all of the songs were kind of samey-samey. Support for The Collective was provided by singer-songwriter Nick Sherman, blues band The Goods, and rapper/DJ Palehock. The star of the evening was Scott MacKay from The Goods. He played some of the best guitar solos I’ve ever heard at Black Pirates Pub, and The Goods’ drummer, Matt Popawitch, complemented McKay on every chorus.
f you missed out on the magic of the TBSO and Jeans ‘n Classics’ presentation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, do not despair because the two groups will reunite on February 1 to play the best of The Eagles.
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A Storm of Furiosity Monster Truck at Crocks By Jamie Varga
n unfortunate side effect of Thunder Bay’s location is that many of the larger acts that pass through do so during the week. When it comes to Monster Truck, this does not matter. On Thursday, December 12, the Hamiltonian rockers descended upon Crocks as part of their tour promoting Furiosity, their latest release. They were chanted onto a smokefilled stage by hundreds of fans ready to rock despite the threat of working the following morning.
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Rapidly rising through the ranks of Canadian music acts, Monster Truck’s days for playing small venues could be numbered and their entertainment value is through the roof for anyone who is a true fan of rock and roll. This summer alone Monster Truck wrapped up a European tour with heavy hitters Vista Chino as well as playing two shows in Detroit with Kid Rock and ZZ Top. The boys in Monster Truck are revitalizing the Canadian rock scene one show at a time and I hope their momentum carries them to the promised land. Monster Truck is a great group of guys who just wanna rock your face off but be sure to remember their slogan: “Don’t f*@ck with the Truck!”
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Opening for the Truck, local band Uhussie got the crowd revved up and ready to party with their own face-melting rock. This is the second time Uhussie has primed the stage for Monster Truck and, given their shared ability to pound the airwaves, the combination seems to pack the perfect one-two punch.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings Canada's roots-rockers Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have outdone themselves with their latest album. It's a solid piece of work from three of this country's most gifted musicians. Colin Linden provides his trademark southern-fried slide guitar, Stephen Fearing's gifted songwriting and his earthy baritone vocals are mesmerizing, and Tom Wilson adds his kickass rocking sensibilities to
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Great songs need certain elements. They have to be well-written, recorded, and performed. But most importantly, they have to sound great. The unlikely pairing of crooner Norah Jones and pop-punk artist Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) has produced a great album of ballads called Foreverly. This album is inspired by an Everly Brothers release of traditional Americana songs from 1958 called Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Foreverly is a very country-sounding album, with Jones and Armstrong interpreting the traditional rootsy songs with honesty and true talent. Jones can never do wrong. However, Armstrong, who typically sings with a pseudo-English vocal accent, offers a big surprise with a soft, warm, melodic voice that blends beautifully with Jones’. Armstrong's guitar work and Jones’ piano are spot on. The song “Long Time Gone” has been hitting the radio airwaves on regular rotation, but I highly recommend the complete album for your listening pleasure. - Larry Hogard
make sure the band doesn't take itself too seriously. The album is a good mix of ballads and uptempo roots. It's the band’s most acoustic release and I think it's their best-produced album so far. Standout tracks include the ballad "I'd Have to be a Stone" and the ode to Canadian winter "Drifting Snow." - Gerald Graham
Old Cabin is essentially an alt-rock/folk solo project of Yukon’s Jona Barr involving several contributing artists. Although no discernable hooks are in earshot, with the right promotion this beautiful production should move. It is a thick-blooded blend of old granite-crunching guitar and new electronic gloop with the chunky lowend challenging my boom box. Of note is the ethereal backup vocal of Fiona Salon. To a straight and narrow person this CD sounds like lugubrious, whiney puppydog-rock. But after I add a few sticks to the scattered coals as the smoke curls around the treetops with the golden orange glow of mellowdom settling in after staying up all night smouldering, this starts to sound like a warm and friendly fire. It is a new fire of living flame in the dead of winter, stillness moving in timelessness, death and rebirth giving hope to all, thank the goddess. Or maybe it’s just the time of year. -- Peter Jabs
You Were Right
Brendan Benson, singer/songwriter, producer, and co-founder of The Raconteurs, has released his second full-length recording in two years and his fifth solo recording. You Were Right is in part the compilation of tracks Benson has released over the past year as part of his monthly single series. As the owner of Readymade Records and Readymade Studio, this Detroit native has made good in Nashville, maintaining creative freedom. The pop-rock sound is upbeat and cheerful, with strong guitar and drum marching through each track. The theme of relationships gone awry echoes through each track, belying both Benson’s real-life relationships and the title of the recording. In the stories told in You Were Right, it seems no one is ever right, but Benson makes it all sound catchy, upbeat and entirely worth singing along to. - Marlene Wandel
Two years ago, Nottingham, England’s Jake Bugg was unsigned and relatively unknown. His self-titled debut album entered the charts at number one, and barely a year later he’s returned with the slightly edgier Shangri La. Right from the first track, Bugg commands attention. His voice is youthful, and some, but not all, of his lyrics are reflective of his age (he is 19). The 12 songs range from grungy country rock and toe-tapping folk tunes to sensitive ballads, with a light dusting of hillbilly punk. The production is clean, allowing Bugg’s vocals to rise above the background music. Standout tracks include the mellow “Me And You,” “Messed Up Kids,” and the catchy uptempo “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It.” -- Michelle McChristie
Split Tree Publishing
Superior Flavours is a local cookbook with a twist—it includes a taste tour that is basically a challenge to eat at each of the 20 locally owned restaurants that contributed recipes with the chance of winning $1000 in gift certificates for those same restaurants. The recipes are original creations, like Cheer’s The Village Pub’s ultimate stuffed mushrooms, Bistro One’s seared sea scallops with glazed garlic and a maple syrup/Champagne sauce (a true mouthful!). Priced at $29.99, the book is a bit pricey for a total of 36 recipes, but the price is justified in the introduction: proceeds are offsetting the start-up costs of Split Tree Publishing, who donated the profits from their first book to the Canadian Cancer Society. The best part is the ability to taste test a recipe before or after attempting to duplicate it in your own kitchen—”oh, this is how it is supposed to taste!” - Margaret Ryan
Live at the Cellar Door
Live at the Cellar Door is the latest release in Neil Young’s Archives Performance Series. The album is a collection of recordings made during Young’s intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. in 1970, a few months after the release of After The Gold Rush. Young fans will savour the rare solo version of “Cinnamon Girl” performed on piano. It’s like a remake of his own material and it’s beautiful. Another gem is “Bad Fog Of Loneliness”—a song that was buried in the archives until the 2007 release of Live At Massey Hall ‘71. Every song on this album is a classic, some are a little slower than usual, and there is an undeniable innocence in Young’s vocals.The lighthearted banter between songs provides insight into the Neil Young of the 70s—the one some of us missed out on seeing, but are grateful to know through these recordings.
"I just want you to do me no good," sings Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys in the loose, easy, but dark lyrics from "No. 1 Party Anthem." The lyrics are more hauntingly Lennon than anything I've heard in a while. I had the pleasure of seeing the Arctic Monkeys live last year, and I couldn't help draw the Lennon comparison—they don't disappoint on AM, the band's fifth album. The single "Do I Wanna Know" is a riff-fuelled, bluesy raunch that gets it right from the first note and hits that sweet spot that brings me back again and again. The album is lighter than previous outings, with a touch more glam and lust. One reviewer used the phrase "naughty aggression" to sum up the album and I couldn't agree more. If you have never listened to the Arctic Monkeys, AM will make you a fan. For the rest of us, it is nice diversion.
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Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide
Catching Walleye, Pike, Trout, Perch, Crappie, Sunfish and More in the Cold
I'm not into ice fishing, nor am I what you would consider an outdoorsperson, but I do know there are a lot of people in and around Thunder Bay who are. As we enter the season for winter outdoor activities, it’s a great time to revisit Tim Allard’s comprehensive ice fishing guide. The book covers everything you need to know to get started, from choosing the right gear—including the latest in technological gadgets like fish finders, cameras, and GPSs—as well as techniques and tips for finding each type of fish. There are great photos, including some from Thunder Bay's own legend in the outdoors, Gord Ellis, along with some from other regional enthusiasts. If you want to tackle (no pun intended!) ice fishing this winter, then this book is a must-have. - Barb Philip
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn borrows some of the best features from other MMOs (levelling is solo-able, there’s a dungeon finder, phewf ) and staples on heavy doses of nostalgia. Chocobo song, crystals, Ifrit, dragoons, Wedge, and Biggs? Check. Game-wise, there’s so much to do that it hurts my head. There’s the main story mission, class quests, and a tonne of side quests popping up everywhere. There are eight starting classes and nine advanced jobs you unlock at level 30, plus three gathering and eight crafting professions. You switch your class by swapping weapons, which cut down my usual army of alts. There are four-player dungeons while levelling and eightplayer instances at the endgame. The controls with the PS3 controller are surprisingly competent for combat but I would recommend a keyboard if you’re feeling chatty. Endgame is more PC-friendly, with FFXIV not supporting voice chat and the PS3 lacking in add-ons. - Cory Josephson
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lthough unique to Thunder Bay, the Whalen Building is typical of the high-rise architecture of Brown and Vallance of Montreal. The design features and decorative sculpture utilized by this firm are seen across the country, including in the medical building at McGill, in major buildings at the University of Saskatchewan, and in the Canada Life Assurance Buildings in Regina and Calgary. In 1913, Brown and Vallance had at least fifteen buildings under construction simultaneously between Calgary and Montreal, including the Whalen Building in Port Arthur.
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Decorative Sculpture Recalls Association with Canada and the British Empire
The firm’s work is reflected in the use of the gothic style, reinforced concrete construction, terracotta panel facing, and sculptures. Brown and Vallance offered flexible designs with plans that allowed for different heights, materials, and degree of ornamentation. Comparing the Whalen Building to the other properties of Brown and Vallance reveals the re-use of successful architectural features and sculptural elements. Most obvious is the terracotta sculpture. Design features and sculptural ornamentation were interchangeable with a stock of sculptures. The sculptured ornament on the Whalen Building is seen on the top floor, at the ground level, and on the corners. Contrasting the smooth terracotta walls, the iconography on the Whalen Building
reflects an association with Canada and the British Empire. The coats of arms of the nine provinces in 1913—Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia—and the shields of Scotland, England, and Ireland top the pilasters on the corners. Eight expressive faces are repeated three times around the building. These faces are unique to the Whalen Building and are identified as voyageurs or the people who settled Canada. Included is a single woman’s face—Eve, or personification of agriculture—Ceres, and faces identified as Uncle Sam, the Scandinavian, the Dutchman, the Frenchman, the Voyageur, the Englishman, the Scot, and the Irishman. Curiously, the pelican appears in a number of variations. The sculpture was the corporate symbol of the Canada Life Assurance buildings, so perhaps the element was prevalent in the Brown and Vallance stock and easy to access for the Whalen Building. The Whalen Building was designated a heritage property on February 16, 2004. Pamela Cain is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee; for more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit thunderbay.ca/living/ culture_and_heritage.
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very January, most people have a heightened sense of goal-setting. An overwhelming December has outmatched our best intentions for the Christmas month, and that leaves us with a new set of exercise and nutrition goals that we’re going to “master this time.” Here are the stories of two women after the same new year’s goal: to lose 20 pounds by the summer.
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Jillian has made it clear that losing 20 pounds is her focus, and anything less than that is a failure. She counts the calories that she is taking in with her strict food and supplement regime and marks down the calories that she expends each day. She heard that wheat, dairy, and sugar are the devil, so she cuts them out of her diet even though she enjoys them in moderation. She weighs herself every
morning and evening. When she hasn’t lost as much as she wants, she gets down on herself and comments on how good everyone else looks. Alicia understands that her objective goal is to lose 20 pounds by the summer, but if she focuses solely on the number on the scale, she won’t be actively changing any behaviours. Instead, she decides that the objective goal will be the product of process or behavioral goals that she will set for herself. These include understanding why she wants to lose weight, telling her close, supportive friends about the changes she is making, and starting with the habit of having some sort of lean protein at each meal. Every two weeks she will start another habit and she ensures it will be an achievable and enjoyable one.
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Both women lost the 20 pounds. Alicia was able to keep the weight off for the next three years, describing the changes in her habits and behaviours as “easy and sustainable.” Unfortunately, Jillian started an ebb and flow of weight loss and gain while associating her self-worth with what the scale said. She didn’t change any behaviours because the number didn’t mean anything to her internally.
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t’s the new year, which means it’s time to leave your old habits behind and make a commitment to improving your health. A good start is to take steps towards eating well, being active, and feeling good about yourself. Research shows that the following tips can help keep you healthier, but try not to tackle all eight of them at once—practice one at a time and when you are ready, move on to the next. Remember, small changes make a big difference.
Eat a healthy breakfast every day. “Breaking the fast” when you wake up can improve your energy level, reduce hunger, and prevent impulsive eating later in the day. Choose foods from three out of four food groups to ensure you get a good mix of vitamins and other nutrients. Rethink your snack. Healthy snacking like fruit and veggies can keep your energy level up throughout the day.
Be active every day. Physical activity helps you stay healthy, feel energized and improve your mental outlook. Try to reach 150 minutes of activity per week. Choose water. Instead of sugary beverages, reach for a refreshing glass of water. Jazz it up with citrus fruit or warm it up on a wintery day. Enjoy more vegetables and fruit. Rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and fibre, vegetables and fruit are the perfect food. Choose at least one at every meal to help you feel full longer. Reach for a minimum of seven to eight servings every day.
Make meals at home. Homemade meals have been shown to be higher in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, protein, and calcium. Sleep Better. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night to reduce your risk of chronic disease. Watch less TV. Many of us spend too much time in front of our screens, which keeps us from moving our bodies and connecting with our family. Set a family limit on leisure screen time to less than two hours a day.
This year, set yourself up for success by establishing realistic goals and celebrating as you take each step towards reaching your goals. Start small and make tomorrow better than today. For ideas on making 2014 a healthier year, see the Motiv8 worksheets at tbdhu.com. The Walleye
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Doing More, With Less By Ellen Mortfield
The holiday season left me feeling bothered about excessive consumerism and all of the environmental and social impacts. What changes can I make to start dealing with this huge issue? It’s true that society’s preoccupation with buying results in overconsumption of resources as well as the pollution of land, air, and water. However, this is one issue that everyone has the power to change, and you can start with the next buying decision you make. Questioning every purchase is a good place to start. Ask yourself, will I use this every day? How long will it
last? How many hours did I have to work to pay for this? If you move frequently, is it something worth hauling around? If you don’t, is the item worth sacrificing some of your living space to own it? Some people employ the Rule of Seven. If something you want is over seven dollars, wait seven days and ask seven trusted people if it’s worth buying. The whole questioning process may greatly reduce the purchases you make, and you will also have more money and less junk cluttering up your home. Tackling the issue of consumerism doesn’t have to mean no shopping at all, it just means shopping differently. Shop the second hand stores or online
sites such as Kijiji and Craigslist, organize swap events, or consider joining a site like Freecycle, an online community where people post items that they’d like to give away, or a barter site like Hour4Hour, where people exchange their skills and services. Borrowing from your local library is also an excellent alternative to purchasing. Keep in mind that there are two key ways that marketers make us purchase more: unnecessary upgrades and impulse buys. Before you go ahead with the purchase of a new or improved item that you already own, ask yourself if the current model meets your existing needs. To avoid impulse buys, make a
list and stick to it. This is particularly important when grocery shopping. Studies have shown that people consistently purchase about 54 percent more items than they intended to buy with each trip to the grocery store. If that happens every time you go shopping for food, you can also reduce a lot of purchases simply by going for groceries less frequently. Lastly, one of the most important things you can do is to share your commitment and progress on this issue, encouraging friends and family to follow your lead.
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An Underachiever’s New Year’s Resolution By Marlene Wandel
veryone craves a clean slate. January 1, there is a clean sheet on the calendar. All traces of transgressions and memories of misdemeanours are relegated to the old year, and lists of resolutions of how we’ll do better, be better this time around abound. There’s no reason to think that the willpower that eluded us all year will continue to do so come January 1; it’s a new year after all. We might wake up a little bleary-eyed, what with celebrating putting to bed the old year, and maybe those resolutions need to wait a day or two until we feel as new as the year. And, hey, what’s one more day—or thirty? These new year’s resolutions are a procrastinator’s dream. Resolving to do something is quite unlike doing it. There’s no time like the present, as the adage says, but, as everyone knows, the most common day to quit smoking is tomorrow. New Year’s Day is the proverbial tomorrow—except, unlike tomorrow, it actually comes. That day of reckoning that comes inconveniently right after New Year’s Eve is a recipe for disaster for those resolving to change. The only way to succeed at this is to set the bar low.
Last year, I achieved all my goals. A quick recap: 1) Clean upstairs bathroom regularly: check. I did it every six months, without fail. 2) Get exercise at least twice a week: check. I exercised my right to sit on the couch daily. More than made my quota. 3) Make a new recipe weekly: done. check, I made the same new recipe each week, but technically, that counts. 4) Stop going to bed at midnight: check. Went to bed at 1 am. Way too tired, but no one likes a quitter. This year, I’m keeping it simple. My only new year’s resolution is to accept myself as good enough. It’s the underachiever’s version of self-improvement. Much can be said for good enough; it’s easy and achievable, a hallmark quality of all good resolutions. Good enough means not having to do pesky things like giving up chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol, or having to get up early to go to the gym. Good enough on January 1 is likely to still be good enough on January 31. Wake up on January 1, look in the mirror, and see yourself as good enough. I dare you.
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Thunder Bay’s January Zodiac Forecast By Ruby Rising Ruby Rising is a local yoga instructor who has been passionate about astrology for 30 years. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucky you—you are blessed with gifts of pure energy and strength. You love pioneering into uncharted territories. Mars entered your opposite sign of Libra on December 8, 2013 and will stay until July 25, 2014. A challenge may come up in these months to test what you’re doing. A typical Aries “me first” attitude may have you impulsively kicking down the barn door.
You reveal yourself slowly to people, and have a powerful inner calm and a self-contained assurance that’s attractive and charming. January will be very pleasant, with recreation and partying. You’re feeling relaxed and comfortable with yourself, and you are creating camaraderie and new friendships. People are cooperative and helpful now, and you could be the apple of their eye, so now’s the time to ask for favors or a raise in pay.
You squeeze way too many things into your schedule, but you like it that way. Taking charge, accomplishing, achieving, and being recognized are the themes this month. Healthy, positive, ego-affirming activities, such as fitness, sports, leadership in work, romantic encounters, and any physical activity will be pleasurable and advantageous. Your personal ideas will be expressed and communicated with clarity and self-confidence. If you need to debate or negotiate something, now is the time!
You’re loving, caring, intuitive, instinctive, and emotional. Highly domesticated, you need to take care of someone or something: a plant, pet, or creative project. Rewards and recognition are on the way. Past self-discipline and willpower are now paying off. You’re feelings so good that you’ll probably be picking up a few bar tabs. Your generosity and genuine interest in the well-being of others will bring you good fortune.
January will bring you well-thoughtout dynamic activities or personal self-expression. You’re the creative artist of the zodiac. Film, music, comedy, photography, art, and dance are where you excel. Everything you do is done with great flair, style, and individuality. Lots of people copy you. You can safely experiment with new lifestyles or hairstyles, and you create interesting new friendships along the way.
Well-organized and highly productive, you are always improving and refining your body and mind in a constant quest for self-improvement. Virgos are intelligent and snobs at heart. January will bring you an optimistic outlook on life and lots of personal charm. Love relationships are favored now and you feel less inhibited than usual in wanting to go out and have a good time.
Your joy is in graceful, polite, and harmonizing relations with others. Libras are social winners, and are a sophisticated engaging sign with impressive people skills. But indecisiveness is also a Libra trait, and decisions need to be made this month. Ego confrontations and power struggles over communications on ideas can arise if diplomacy isn’t applied. To establish the harmony and balance that you crave, be aware of your attitude, don’t over react, don’t power trip, and drive very carefully.
Still waters run deep. No one is aware of the secrets and the intense emotional complexities that you hide and hold from others. You’re selective and discriminating about whom you allow into your life. Suspicious by nature, you should relax in January and open yourself to new and favorable opportunities and people. You’re protected now and can reap rewards of previous good deeds.
You’re the philosopher of the zodiac: the spontaneous, spirited traveller and the seeker of truth. You have enormous faith in the future and live by the seat of your pants. You move fast, and January has you the centaur galloping with increased self-confidence. Follow your intuition and aim high because your original ideas can unfold successfully through unusual opportunities.
It’s an extremely potent new moon in Capricorn beginning January 1! What a way to bring in the New Year! Dear Capricorn, it’s time to let go and create space for something new. Eliminate or transform outgrown structures. In January you’ll experience dynamic communication or inspiration to write. Be careful of exaggerated opinions, fanatical viewpoints, hypocrisy, ulterior motives, and attempts to dictate or coerce others.
You’re quirky, cool, aloof, and a loner. You get bored easy and you’ll upset the applecart just because. But forget about any rebellious plans you might have—it’s time to discipline yourself. Prioritize, organize, and get down to some hard work. There’s seriousness to your life now that may temporarily put a damper on your personality, vitality, and your freedom.
You’re intuitive and now’s the time for you to follow and listen to your intuition. Many of your dreams and insights can become reality if you set and maintain a direction. To keep centered, take a lot of time for yourself this month to enjoy art, music, and romance. You feel happy, charming, affectionate, and optimistic in January. All this positive energy you’re radiating is sure to bring you good fortune.
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OPEN Monday - Thursday 8:30am-7pm Friday 8:30am-6pm saTurday 9am-3pm 2010 CHEVY AVALANCHE LT 4WD
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silver, 5.3L V8, 6spd auto, stabilitrak, traction control,, dual zone air cd, steering wheel radio controls, rear audio controls, xm radio, Bluetooth, rear view camera, pw, pdl, p/seats, p/pedals, p/sunroof, H.D. Trailer hitch, 33,432km, stk 22034B
2010 GMC SIERRA 1500 LST EXTENDED 4WD
2006 GMC SIERRA 3500 CREW 4X4
SOLD white, 5.3L V8, auto, stabilitrak, am/fm/cd, xm satellite radio, steering wheel controls, pw, pdl, p/seats, air, leather interior, alloys, p/sunroof, tube rails, skid plates, trans oil cooler, off road pkg, Bluetooth, 63,256km, stk 22119a
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diesel with plow
black, 6.6L Turbo Diesel, auto, Sunroof, rear entertainment system, absolutely loaded, off road pkg, trans oil cooler, Werstern Commercial plow, only 160,000km, stk 21681B
$26,900* CASH SALE
USED 2012 GMC ACADIA AWD
2011 GMC SIERRA CREW 4X4
stealth grey, 5.3L V8, 6spd auto, autotrac 4x4, am/ fm/cd, pw, pdl, p/seats, tint, air, keyless entry, cruise, skid plates, H.D. Trailer hitch, OnStar, 98,309km, stk 22117Z, former daily rental
ONLY $21200 b/w# or $24,413* taxes included
2010 GMC TERRAIN SLT-2 AWD
2006 PONTIAC G6 SEDAN
white, 6.0l Flex Fuel V8, 6spd auto, am/fm/cd, steering wheel radio controls, pw, pdl, p/seat, tint, remote start/ entry, air, skid plates, fog lamps, H.D. Trailer Hitch, 21,984km, stk 22138Z, former daily rental
merlot, 2.4L 4cyl, 6spd auto, cruise, cd, Bluetooth, xm satellite radio, p/seat, heated, tilt/tel, air, tint, p/sunroof, alloys, remote start/entry, fog lamps, rear view camera, OnStar, 113,534km, stk 22053Z, daily rental
silver, 2.4L 4cyl, 4spd automatic, am/fm/ cd, steering wheel radio controls, p/seat, air, cruise, alloys, heated seats, remote start/entry
ONLY $29500 b/w# or $38,413*
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USED 2013 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500HD LT CREW
not exactly as shown
carbon black, 3.6L V6, 6spd auto, traction control, CD, XM Radio, Bluetooth, pw, pdl, p/seat, tilt/tel, rear view camera, remote entry/start, fog lamps, 7 passenger seating, OnStar, 50,220km, stk 22109Z, former daily rental
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USED 2012 GMC TERRAIN SLT-1
USED 2013 CHEVY EQUINOX LT AWD
2011 CHEVY EQUINOX LT FWD
white, 2.4L 4cyl, 6spd auto, am/fm/cd, XM Satellite radio, p/heated front seats, alloys, remote start/ entry, fog lamps, rear view camera, OnStar, 13,532km, stk 22072Z, former daily rental
3.0L V6, auto, am/fm/cd, tilt/tel steering wheel, alloys, cruise, keyless entry, fog lamps, xm satellite radio, OnStar, 52,382km, stk 21700Z ONLY $16300 b/w# or $20,900*
$7,900* CASH SALE USED 2012 GMC TERRAIN SLT FWD
not exactly as shown
silver, 2.4L 4cyl, 6spd auto, am/fm/cd, XM Satellite radio, p/seat, leather interior, heated front seats, rear view camera, p/sunroof, remote start/entry, Bluetooth, 31,943km, stk 21999A
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2010 BUICK LUCERNE CXL SEDAN
3.9l V6, automatic, am/fm/cd,/xm satellite radio, p/ seats, dual zone air, console, OnStar, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, alloys, block heater, remote start, heated front seats, 61,934km, stk 21597Z
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white, 2.4L 4cyl, 6 spd auto, cd, steering wheel radio controls, xm satellite radio, p/seat, heated, tilt/tel, air, tint, p/sunroof, alloys, remote start/entry, fog lamps, rear view camera, 55,137km, stk 22028Z, former US vehicle/ daily rental
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USED 2012 BUICK VERANO CX
2010 BUICK ENCLAVE CXL
2010 CHEVY COBALT LT
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3.6L V6, auto, traction control, am /fm/cd, xm satellite radio, memory seats, heated seats, tilt, tri zone air, p/ sunroof, 7 passenger seating, rear view camera, remote entry/start, cruise, Bluetooth, 61,511km, stk 22188z
silver, 2.2L 4cyl, auto, steering wheel radio controls, XM Satellite radio, p/sunroof, OnStar equipped, Bluetooth, alloys, fog lamps, remote start, 46,586km, stk 22058Z
ONLY $30500 b/w# or $29,900*
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