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CoverStory: Festival Guide ■ 8 BrewHa! ■ 9 Festival of India ■ 10 Thunder Bay Blues Festival ■ 11 Live from the Rock Folk Festival ■ 12 Kenora Harbourfest ■ 12 Buskers Festival ■ 13 Ribfest ■ 13 Tumblestone ■ 14 Dragfest ■ 14 Trout Forest Music Festival ■ 15 Moose n' fiddle Music festival ■ 15 Love and Kindness festival ■ 16 Country fest ■ 16 Blueberry Blast ■ 17 Fisherman’s Picnic ■ 17 Grand Marais Art festival



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Beauty of Canada ■ 26 Superior Theatre Festival ■ 27 Melodrama Returns



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Crusoe Exclaimed ■ 29 Defining Our Sense of Place ■ 30 Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections ■ 32 DefSup Celebrates 29 Years ■ 33 Great Lakes for Great Art




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■ 39 Permanent State of Emergency ■ 40 Fun, Funny, and Fabulous ■ 45 SUPerior SUP Race and Expo ■ 46 Summer Reading List ■ 50 Style Edit WEATHER

■ 52 Weather Eye MUSIC

■ 54 So Much for the Afterglow ■ 55 Talarico Goes “All In” on

Musical Career ■ 56 Siedd ■ 57 Blues, Vibes, and Grooves ■ 58 Sam Roberts ■ 60 What is it About Canada and Music? ■ 61 Ukkon3n ■ 62 344Graves of the 80s ■ 63 The Hues of Blues ■ 64 Choeur En Supplément'Air ■ 65 Of Doyle Rules!


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■ 70 Avoiding Excess-Fest HEALTH

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■ 19 Drink of the Month ■ 47 This is Thunder Bay ■ 48 Stuff We Like ■ 66 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 74 Tbaytel July EVENTS ■ 76 Music EVENTS ■ 77 LU Radio's Monthly Top 20 ■ 78 The Comics ■ 80 The Wall ■ 81 The Beat ■ 82 The Eye

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or many of us, July can be viewed as a time to celebrate. The frigid winter months are far gone and it’s time to cash in those vacation days and hit the road. But as long as the days are hot, it seems like—dare I say it—summer can go by with the blink of an eye. With all the festivals and events taking place in Northwestern Ontario as well as across the border, we want to help our readers get the most out of the warm season and your time off, so once again we present our summer festival guide.

The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North.

Whether you’re a fan of live music, craft beer, or drag racing, there’s lots to do out there. So we break down various festivals with the essential information, including where to stay, what not to miss, and even providing some insider tips.

And it might not be as momentous as a century and a half, but this issue marks The Walleye’s seven year anniversary. I’m extremely proud to be part of the magazine and give tremendous thanks to our founders: Darren McChristie, Tiffany Jarva, and Dave Koski, as well as our dedicated team of contributors and staff. And thank you to our readers and advertisers; I think it’s safe to say as long as Thunder Bay continues to flourish with arts and culture, we’ll be here covering it.

Speaking of celebrating, July also brings Canada Day. In honour of Canada’s b-day our music columnist Gord Ellis tries to get to the bottom of why we have so many great singers, songwriters, and musicians. Stuff We Like presents some ideas for the sesquicentennial and we get a peek at Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s new exhibition


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Also in the issue, Kirsti Salmi chats with singer-songwriter Sam Roberts about his upcoming performance at the Thunder Bay Bluesfest and finds out the story behind his song “American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay.” Plus, Chef Rachel Globensky shares her delicious raspberry dessert recipe and sommelier Jeannie Dubois serves up some suggestions for radler-esque beer cocktails to help quench your thirst.

- Adrian Lysenko

On page 57 of our June issue (Vol. 8 No. 6) in the story “Thunder Pride”, we incorrectly stated that the Pride Parade was taking place on May 17; the parade took place on June 17.

Featured Contributor Mikael Mintenko After moving around for eight years from various spots in Canada, including southern Ontario, the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, as well as Calgary, Mikael returned to his hometown in 2012. With his love of listening and playing music, that’s the department where you’ll mostly likely find his articles in the pages of The Walleye. Aside from music, Mikael enjoys fishing, writing, and spending time with his four-month-old son, step-daughter, and fiancee. Check out his story on Ukkon3n on page 61.

On the Cover Summer Festival Guide Special thanks to Warren McGoey, Chuck Jarjour, Diggers Antiques and Collectables, Excalibur Motorcycle Works, and The Foundry. Photo by Darren McChristie


CLAY MODELERS BRING A TWO-DIMENSIONAL CAR DESIGN TO LIFE USING THEIR HANDS Yuta Takanashi, a lead clay modeler for Mazda, talks about the importance of clay modeling in the design process of a new vehicle. “With your eyes closed, you don’t miss any bumps on cotton or on a line,” Takanashi said. “You can see and feel these things with your eyes open, but if you close your eyes and feel very slowly, then you won’t miss anything. If there was something a little different in the shape of the line, then you can let the palm of your hand feel that. This is how you’d redo something properly many times, over and over again. You close your eyes and feel with the palm of your hands over and over again, just feeling it again and again.” Takanashi’s goal is to transfer this feeling of unity the modeler feels with his clay onto drivers as they drive their cars.

Yuta Takanshi, lead Clay Modeler for Mazda for over 13 years

"We are always thinking of how the emotions of what we’ve made will be felt by the customer,” he said. “These are shapes that I’ve worked to the utmost with my entire body, and though these shapes are not living things, we have given life to these shapes. If drivers can feel that driving impression from seeing these shapes, then I’ve accomplished my goal.”




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Canada Day on the Waterfront July 1

Marina Park

Chad Kirvan

Every July 1, all of Canada comes together to showcase how proud we are to live in the greatest country in the world. And this year is a big one! So come out and join thousands of fellow Thunder Bayers in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday at Marina Park. There will be tonnes of super fun activities, events, performances and entertainment, vendors, and food and refreshment at this family-friendly event that runs from 5 pm to 11 pm, capping off at the end of the evening with the city’s biggest fireworks display. It’s an event you won’t want to miss. Happy birthday, Canada!


July 10–16

Whitewater Golf Club

Patrick Chondon

The boys are back in town for the Staal Open, a marquee event on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada, hosted by everyone’s favourite hockey-playing brothers, Eric, Jordan, Marc, and Jared Staal. Now in its fourth year, the annual tournament brings together rising golf stars and professional hockey players for five days of exciting golf, all in the name of charity. To date, the tournament has already raised over $250,000 for the Staal Family Foundation, with all funds supporting family and children’s charities in Northwestern Ontario. Sign up to volunteer, or just come out and cheer on your favourite players!


Mama’s Country Record Collection July 11–22

Magnus Theatre Summer theatre is back at Magnus! And it’s about time, we say. Written and conceived by newly minted artistic director Thom Currie, Mama’s Country Record Collection is a musical romp featuring performances of crowdpleasing country hits of the 1960s and 1970s, including the songs of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, John Denver, Roger Miller, and many more. The show has already been a runaway hit across Canada, and promises to be a great way to spend a summer evening. Tickets are $34 and available at the Magnus Theatre box office and online.

Live on the Waterfront July 12, 19, and 26 Marina Park

Live on the Waterfront is Thunder Bay’s premier performing arts series, showcasing the best local talent alongside some of Canada’s finest artists. This month, check out Mary Walker, Ryan McDonald of the Honest Heart Collective, and The White Buffalo on July 12, Rag Maple and The Once on July 19, and Robin Ranger, Jean-Paul De Roover, and Nadjiwan on July 26. And stay tuned for more exciting offerings in August, including the Ontario 150 concert tour featuring Midnight Shine, Kardinal Offishall, and Magic! on August 9. Presentations run from 6 to 9 pm, and admission is free. Chad Kirvan


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Die Active Y-Art Sale July 29

Bay and Algoma

An art collective with over 600 members ages 14-30ish, Die Active gathers participants each summer to complete a number of graffiti projects, free art workshops, a professional art exhibition, and sell their wares at the annual Y-Art Sale. Now in its seventh year, the Die Active Y-Art Sale is a one of a kind opportunity for emerging artists to sell their work at no cost and to a large audience, with no table fees and all profits going directly to the artists. For the past few years the event has been timed to complement the Bay Algoma Buskers Festival, and has seen hundreds of people visiting the little garden space behind the Hoito and Kivela Bakery to find interesting and unique items for sale. The Walleye


CoverStory When: August 11 & 12 Where: Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Headliners: All local acts! Cost: $20 per session (3 sessions offered, 4 hrs each) What not to miss: Brewer “one-offs” made just for the festival, expanded craft beer education sessions, ciders newly featured alongside beer The scene: Laid-back lounging on the shores of Superior with your favourite brew and food Where to stay: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites (across the street from Prince Arthur’s Landing) Food: Local Motion, Red Lion, Hot Paddle Pizza, Daytona’s, Superior Foods, and more Insider tip: Bring your water bottle on hot days—they’ve got water refill stations! Memorable moments: Bagpipe opening ceremonies, meeting your fav craft brewers



or BrewHa! co-chair Jon Hendel, the secret to the festival’s success lies as much in people as it does in product. “We have the best crew,” he boasts. “The best advice we were given when we started was to find amazing staff and volunteers. Ours are unbelievably dedicated. We love the people who come to this festival. You’re right on Superior with a tonne of smiling faces, people acting responsibly but still having fun. We’ve got great synergy with our partners in the waterfront district—all these things make you fall in love with your community.” It’s plain to see Thunder Bay adores BrewHa! in equal measure. Now in its third year, BrewHa! is expanding ticket sales to accommodate 6000 visitors over three sessions, double the number it sold during its inaugural run in 2015. If previous years are any indication, each session will be sold out. Hendel believes the key to accommodating growing capacity is ensuring a good brewer-to-visitor ratio. “People love festivals, but they hate lineups. We did our research and found the magic


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number seems to be one brewer per 100 visitors.” BrewHa! aims to be the premier craft beer festival for our region, dedicated to representing northern Ontario brewers and bringing the best in national and international beer to its population. The festival’s reputation is beginning to spread, to the city’s benefit. “We can’t believe how many people come from away—for example, Wisconsin and Minnesota—who’ve never been to Thunder Bay before, and made that trek for us,” Hendel says. “Beer tourism is huge. People travel further for beer than almost any other type of tourism.” Brewery reps who attend the festival are impressed at how engaged BrewHa’s attendees are—the education tent draws capacity crowds, and festival-goers are full of questions about flavour profiles and craft practices. In addition to bringing good brew to town, BrewHa’s organizing committee feels strongly about giving back to its community. A portion of its ticket sales go to Stroke Recovery Canada

(Thunder Bay Chapter). From free reusable tasting glasses, mandating 100% biodegradable packaging from vendors, electronic tickets doubling as transit passes (also helps avoid drinking and driving!), bike valet, water filling stations, and recycling sorting service, BrewHa’s got green covered. And BrewHa!’s committee plans off-season events—pints and yoga, pints and painting, and education sessions—to keep the fun going. “We’re becoming known for quality events, so it’s great brand to keep Thunder Bay entertained and hydrated with,” says Hendel. When asked about his favourite festival moment, Hendel doesn’t hesitate. “We open every festival with bagpipes, and it’s a very proud moment to me. We parade the brewers around the festival ground and bring them up to the stage. They come to Thunder Bay to celebrate their craft with us, so it’s an ode to them, to our country and city, and to our amazing team and festival-goers.” - Story byKirsti Salmi, Photos by Patrick Chondon


Festival of India


n 2006, Thunder Bay residents Sneha Jani and Dr. Prashant Jani started the Festival of India as a way of sharing the culture of India with the city. Thunder Bay got on board with enthusiasm, and last year nearly 9,000 people attended. This year, the event is back to a one-day festival. (A second event, the Festival of Colours— throwing brightly hued powders to mark the festival Holi— is scheduled for September 10.) On July 15, the day kicks off at 3 pm with an hour of outdoor yoga led by local yoga instructors. Next is the chariot parade, where dancers accompany an 18-foot-high chariot decorated with flowers. In a new event for 2017, a cricket historian and aficionado, Tom Melville, will show you how to play “the game of India,” as Dr. Jani puts it. There are traditional dance demos by costumed dancers throughout the day and evening,

including bharatanatyam, which portrays mythological stories and dates back 3,000 years, and the odissi, a classical temple dance. You can also groove to musical performances with traditional instruments like tabalas, sitars, khartals, saraj, tamboura, mridanga, and the harmonium. The feast is, arguably, one of the top draws, and you can tuck into vegetarian Punjabi/ northern Indian fare prepared by Indian chefs from New York and Edmonton. Fifty all-new interpretive panels will be on display, covering topics like reincarnation, art, architecture, and the Bhagavad Gita, and there’s face painting and games for the kids. “When you see the small kids coming near the stage to dance, and the old people in their lawn chairs, and everyone with smiles on their faces, there is no better blessing than that,” says Dr. Jani. - Story by Bonnie Schiedel

When: July 15 Where: Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Headliners: The Gaura Mani Singers, direct from India Cost: Free What not to miss: You know you want a henna tattoo! The scene: Relaxed international flair for all ages Where to stay: On a friend’s sailboat, the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites Food: The free vegetarian feast includes naan bread, pualo (rice, vegetables, and spices), and chole (chickpea curry), and samosas and desserts are available for sale as well Insider tip: Come early to nab a parking spot and score the best food selection Memorable moments: Young and old dancing to live Indian tunes with a backdrop of the Sleeping Giant and boats

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival


hunder Bay Blues Festival has been running 16 years on a simple formula: a music festival for fans, by fans. “We do this because we’re fans just the same as anybody else,” says Trevor Hurtig, manager of marketing and development for the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. “It sounds simple, but we love when our performers are rocking their sets and we’re surrounded by happy fans just like us.” Hurtig’s face lights up as he shares his own fan favourite addition to this year’s bill: Barney Bentall and The Legendary Hearts, a band he’d seen several times while at Lakehead University. Bluesfest also allows the performers themselves to geek out and be fans of each other, too. “We get requests from the artists to buddy up for autograph sessions, and there’s a lot of camaraderie backstage. We’ve been told Randy Bachman, Big

When: July 7, 8, & 9 Where: Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Headliners: Amanda Marshall, Sam Roberts Band, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies, Randy Bachman, Big Sugar Cost: $75 (single ticket), $115 (weekend pass), $175 (VIP pass) What not to miss: Impromptu jam sessions between your favourite artists, The Keg’s new Caesar bar


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Sugar, and Wide Mouth Mason are all buddy-buddy, so we set up the bill accordingly. Same goes for Barenaked Ladies and Alan Doyle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of fun jam sessions going on this year.” If you’re sensing a patriotic bent to Hurtig’s name drop, you’re on the mark. Bluesfest is celebrating Canada 150 this year with a bevvy of Canadian talent, including powerhouse singersongwriter Amanda Marshall, who’s been elusive on the touring scene for some time. Though the headlining acts are impressive, the real secret to enjoying Bluesfest to its fullest is in its afternoon billings. True to its name, the festival brings the best in contemporary blues to the shores of Lake Superior for appreciative crowds. Hurtig says the admiration is mutual: “Every year we get artists commenting on how wonderful it is to be on Superior, with its spectacular sunsets and boats docking in

The scene: Rocking to your favourite artists while mingling with an upbeat crowd Where to stay: Check for tonnes of local accommodation partners Food: Sweet North Bakery, Thai Kitchen, George’s Market, Bay Meats, Local Motion, Poppin’ Hut, and more

the harbour to join the fun. It’s a great atmosphere for everyone.” While the Bluesfest team is always looking for tiny ways to tweak the festival for success, Hurtig maintains that the festival persists because organizers deliver a combination of quality entertainment and great vendors. It works: last year saw record attendance at 21,000 fans. Planning goes year round, with agents calling general manager Bob Halverson a day after the festival ends to start negotiating for next year’s billings. Hurtig beams that “sometimes offers to play the festival come in before Bluesfest weekend is even over.” Fan to fan, Hurtig urges festival goers to make Bluesfest’s 16th year a safe and successful one. While he jovially admits the sitting vs. standing debate may always divide the crowd, he asks everyone be respectful of each other’s preferences and personal space, particularly with mind to mobility. “The best way to enjoy the festival is to work together as fans, and we’ll have a great time as always.” - Story by Kirsti Salmi, Photos by Dave Koski

Insider tip: Make sure to catch afternoon acts as well as headliners—you just might find your new favourite blues act Memorable moments: Outside of amazing performances, watch for the “Thunder Bay Flip,” a massive, crowd-wide quick change with umbrellas, ponchos, and Tilley hats if the weather takes a turn. Northerners have it down pat—rain never spoils good tunes!


Live from the Rock Folk Festival


n August of 2002, the Live from the Rock Blues & Folk Society held the first Red Rock Folk Festival on the shores of Lake Superior. Since then the festival has been going strong and this year festival-goers can join them in celebrating their 15th anniversary. Starting with a modest crowd in 2002, the festival now boasts an attendance of over 2,200 festival-goers as of last year. “The very first year it was a small town community event, now it is bigger than ever!” recalls festival sponsorship coordinator Emily Foulds. “Now people come from all over Ontario, Canada, and even the world for this festival.” So what exactly has kept this festival alive and well for the past 15 years? Well, it’s possible the festival’s sense of community is what draws audiences to the Pulla-Log Park campgrounds year after year. “Although Red Rock has decreased in population, the festival has increased in patrons,” observes Foulds. “It has become a meeting place for families and friends, it has created its own community.” So no matter how big the festival gets, attendees can be rest assured that they will always be met with a welcoming, family-friendly environment. Perhaps what has kept them going is the self-sufficiency and know-how of the event organizers. “We are still 100% organized and run by volunteers,” says Foulds. “Now we have seasoned coordinators who have become experts in fields, and a new wave of coordinators who grew up with the festival taking on larger leadership roles.” According to Foulds it's the “passing of the baton” through generations involved in the festival that contributes to its longevity. Another reason could be the unique workshops that allow

artists to get up close and personal with festival-goers. The Live from the Rock Folk Festival is always full of themed workshops wherein several musicians take to the stage to perform songs that coincide with said theme. What makes these workshops special is that they allow artists to discuss their music as well as participate in never-before-seen collaborations. Not to mention audiences have the ability to experience an abundance of talent-filled performances from up and coming artists. “You may not have heard of them yet but often musicians play the folk fest and a few years later are well-known names playing much larger festivals,” Foulds proudly explains. No matter the reason, the 15th annual Live from the Rock Folk Festival is one stop on the summer festival circuit that you will not want to miss. - Story by Melanie Larson, Photos by Paul Jokelainen

When: Aug 11, 12, & 13 (campground opens Aug 10 at noon) Where: Pull-a-Log Park, Red Rock Headliners: Anne Lindsay, Heather Bishop, Wax Mannequin, James Boraski Trio Cost: Advance weekend passes: $70; gate weekend passes: $90; gate day passes: Friday or Saturday, $55/day; Sunday, $45. Special prices for seniors, youth, and children What not to miss: Festival cafe breakfast, daytime workshop stages, campfire jam, dockside stage, a new interactive daytime "workshop" stage filled with dance, storytelling, and songwriting; doing rather than watching The scene: Laid back, community, fun for all ages Where to stay: On site camping, unserviced RV and tent ($20/person for the weekend). Food: Something for everyone with 15+ food vendors on site Insider Tip: Buy a program and lots of CDs! Drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and hug a volunteer! Memorable moments: So many workshop moments where musicians came together to make amazing music, but probably in 2012 when Jean Paul De Roover and Kim Churchill were in the Loop De Loop workshop only to find out that Kim Churchill doesn't use a looping pedal... but the music those two guys made together was amazing!

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CoverStory Bay Algoma Buskers Festival When: July 29 & 30 Where: Bay and Algoma Shopping District Headliners: Hand Me Down Circus, Bay Street Bastards, Phil Duke Trio Cost: Free What not to miss: The Taiko Drummers, Bay Street Bastards (high noon Saturday at Afloat Stage), and the food village What's new this year: The Great Finlandia Pancake Breakfast outside the Hoito to celebrate Finland’s 100th

year of independence The scene: Musical, festive, artsy Where to stay: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites Food: Poutine, pizza, barbecue, and favourite local restaurants Insider Tip: Madhouse and Nook have great selections of local beer! Memorable moments: Face painting in the Kids’ Zone, magicians in the shade, and we’re thinking the long table pancake breakfast in the middle of Bay Street will be too!

Where to stay: Various hotels and campgrounds in Kenora Food: Different variety of vendors from Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario including chip trucks, Greek as well as Ukrainian food, wood fired pizza, and much more Insider Tip: Come early and enjoy the whole night, it only happens once a year! Memorable moments: Kenny Shields and Streetheart, Three Days Grace, and Theory of a Deadman performing in years past

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When: August 4, 5, & 6 Where: Kenora Harbourfront Whitecap Pavilion Headliners: Hedley, The Road Hammers, Blackjack Billy, Glass Tiger, and Platinum Blonde Cost: Friday is sold out, Saturday and Sunday are $55 What not to miss: Fireworks on Sunday night, kids’ zone, wooden boat parade The scene: It's the Kenora weekend everyone looks forward to, whether you're local or visiting!

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Kenora Harbourfest


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CoverStory RibFest 2017 When: August 25, 26, & 27 Where: Park Avenue OLG Parking lot (all weekend) and Cumberland Street (Saturday and Sunday) Cost: Free What not to miss: Red River Rumble car and bike show, Taranis Excavator rodeo, strongman and Crossfit competitions What's new this year: A new Kub Kar Rally, a fully expanded children’s area, “Local Ribbers Contest” expanded to any business in Thunder Bay to enter and compete; as well, Our Kids Count is in full management of the event and 100% of the proceeds will go to support OKC programs The scene: A variety of local artisans and food vendors, live music, beer gardens, and four professional rib cooking teams competing for votes to win this year’s People’s Choice trophy Where to stay: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites Food: Four professional ribbers, several local vendors, and Waterfront BIA businesses Insider tip: Special guest Rachel DeBarros from All Girls Garage will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday Memorable moments: This year will be truly a place for everyone, with the expanded children’s area, which will feature daily activities for all ages, and the new Kub Kar Rally

Tumblestone Pig Roast and Music Festival When: August 25 & 26 Where: Lappe Headliners: B.A. Johnston and more TBA Cost: $40 for adults; kids are free but for safety must be accompanied at all times and are requested that they leave before nightfall What not to miss: The pig, potluck dinner, and B.A. Johnston's set

What's new this year: Extra space, more camping, facilities, lighting, shelter, art, special performances, and more The scene: A gathering to celebrate life, art, music, friendship, nature, and the beauty of the landscape and region we call home Where to stay: Camping is strongly encouraged; expansion of campgrounds means they can easily hold all attending, with limited space for larger RVs

Food: There will be a potluck and pig roast feast on the Saturday (guests to bring a dish/dessert/ snacks, or something to add) Insider tip: Come prepared for a weekend of camping (whatever you'll need to be comfortable), bring a prepared dish in cooler (on ice) to be placed at dinner (for Saturday) Memorable moments: Each festival has been progressively bigger and better than the last, featuring the best bands and people this region has to offer

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When: August 4, 5, & 6 Where: Terrace Bay Airport Cost: Friday tickets are $10 (adults), children under 12 free (accompanied with an adult); Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 (adults), children under 12 free (accompanied with an adult) What not to miss: The Quick 16, showcasing the 16 quickest cars at the event What's new this year: Blown alcohol funny cars (dragsters that run on methanol) The scene: A family-friendly event that’s not just for car buffs Where to stay: Camping on site, as well as motels and provincial parks outside of Terrace Bay and Schreiber Food: Variety of food vendors, most of it fast food style (burgers, hotdogs, pizzas, sausages) Insider Tip: If you’re bringing small children make sure they have ear protection (same goes for pets!) Memorable moments: Setting a new track record last year—220 mph

Trout Forest Music Festival When: August 11, 12, & 13 Where: Waterfront Park, Ear Falls Headliners: The Weber Brothers, Ridley Bent, Terra Lightfoot, Joey Landreth Trio, The Fitzgeralds Cost: Weekend adult pass $65 (until August 4) What not to miss: Jam around the midnight campfire and spend


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Saturday and Sunday wandering back and forth between workshops and concerts at the waterfront main stage, the licensed tavern, and the family area The scene: Laid-back, shake-yourbooty fun for the whole family Where to stay: Camp on-site or in nearby parks, fishing lodges, and motels in Ear Falls

Food: Lots of great food trucks! Insider tip: Bring a noodle so you can float in the lake with a perfect sightline and pro sound from the mainstage Memorable moments: Relaxing, having a swim, and enjoying the finest of Canadian music in the finest of Canadian places

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Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival When: August 18 & 19 Where: Nestor Falls, ON (Caliper Lake Provincial Park) Headliners: Supergroup, Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir, Lost Dog Street Band Cost: Early bird festival passes: $60 ($50 for seniors and $30 for youth); Friday day passes: $30; Saturday day passes: $40; children five and under: free What not to miss: Gerald Laroche brings his soundscape artistry, harmonica, and amazing storytelling to the outdoor stage at 3:30 pm on August 19, right after the big outdoor kitchen party with four or five bands jamming live onstage

What’s new this year: Kids’ Korner, with Ralphie the Clown and Zoe the Clown coming from Thunder Bay offering face painting and balloon art, as well as a petting zoo and a few of your favourite barnyard animals from Beaver Creek Ranch The scene: This “cool little festival” is a little indie, a little folk, a little rockabilly, and a whole lot of fun Where to stay: Camp at Caliper Lake Provincial Park or stay in one of the many lodges, cabins, motels, and resorts just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the festival site

Food: Stan-Wiches Food Truck (Winnipeg) and The Black Oven Pizza Truck (Vermilion Bay) Insider Tip: You gotta come here, by boat or by land! Memorable moments: In 2015 and 2016, under threats of heavy rain, festival-goers came prepared with rain slickers and umbrellas. On both occasions, there were thunderstorms and driving rains across the region— but not at Caliper Lake Provincial Park (okay, maybe a few small showers!)

Love and Kindness Festival When: July 28, 29, & 30 Where: Swamp Road, Finmark, ON (45 min west of Thunder Bay) Headliners: Classic Roots, Palehock, Doran, Phoebe the Feeb, Kyle Shushack, James Yeldon Band Cost: Weekend pass is $50 in advance or $60 at the gate What not to miss: Morning yoga, art stations, new friends, music till dawn! What's new this year: Larger campground, expanded community kitchen, more hiking trails The scene: Playful, inspirational, uplifting Where to stay: Stay with us! “General” and “Quiet” campsites available Food: Bring your own and share with your neighbour Insider Tip: Take advantage of workshops and events, nap when you can, and bring a water bottle Memorable moments: Northern lights, Groove Chakra's L&K poetry, stage pyrotechnics! The Walleye



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Murillo Countryfest When: August 11 & 12 Where: Murillo Fairgrounds Headliners: Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, Cold Creek County, Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills, Doc Walker, and The Washboard Union Cost: Weekend pass: $140; two night camping pass: $150 What not to miss: Canadian Country Music award winners as well as Juno winners, alongside some of the best local talent the region has to offer What's new this year: Two nights and 12 bands, more than double the music of last year

The scene: Laid back and fun with incredible music from Canada's biggest country stars Where to stay: On-site camping Food: 10 food vendors Insider Tip: Park on site—but get there early for the best spots Memorable moments: The vibe of the whole show is a lot of fun—the artists this year are huge and the fairgrounds are the ideal location for an outdoor concert

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16th Annual Nipigon Blueberry Blast Festival When: August 19 & 20 Where: Nipigon downtown core (adjacent to Paddle to the Sea Park), the Nipigon Marina Headliners: Lake Superior Women Drummers, Jim 'n’ I, Gibson, Martin & I, Jen's Bent, John Fletcher and Friends Cost: Free What's new this year: Magician Jeff McLeod and "active circus zone,” Science North's "Out of the World” exhibit, Tom Legarde (fiddle and guitar) at the square dance; Bonnie and Slide, "Clearwater Creek" What not to miss: Guided blueberry picking, children's activities, Ashley's Little Rabbitry, face painting hiking, waterfall tour, square dance, exhibits, food and craft vendors, entertainment, as well as the Parks Canada booth The scene: Celebrate the blueberries in Nipigon with fun, food, folky music, family, and friends


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Where to stay: Stillwater Campground, Nipigon Marina, Locking Horns Motel, Beaver Motel, Northland Motel, Pinecrest Motel Food: Barbecued hot dogs, hamburgers, and smokies at the Blueberry Blast booth, regular and blueberry perogies at the Church of the Annunciation booth, spaghetti supper at St Mary's Anglican Church (on August 18), earth soup before the square dance on Saturday, other food vendors Insider tip: Wear comfortable clothing, hat and shoes, don't forget the sunscreen, and bring your sense of adventure and fun! Memorable moments: Opening of the waterpark last year, visit from Nipigon mascot Finnagon, wonderful music, and another wonderful opportunity to celebrate Nipigon!


Grand Marais Arts Festival When: July 8 & 9 Where: Grand Marais, MN Cost: Free What not to miss: All of the artist booths What's new this year: Raku Pottery Firing with Mark Lusardi The scene: Artsy casual Where to stay: Various accommodations in Grand Marais

Food: All of the restaurants in Grand Marais are fabulous and eager to host festival-goers Insider Tip: Come first thing in the morning for a more laid-back atmosphere and a better chance to chat with artists Memorable moments: Best in Show and Best Booth awards

88th Grand Marais Lions Fisherman’s Picnic When: August 3, 4, 5, & 6 Where: Grand Marais, MN Headliners: Lions Club famous Fisherburgers Cost: $1 collector button to participate various activities What not to miss: Fireworks over the harbour

The scene: Family-friendly, something for everyone and every age Where to stay: Multiple hotels, B&Bs, and Grand Marais Tourist Park Food: Fisherburgers, variety of award winning restaurants and street vendors Insider Tip: Book accommodations early Memorable moments: Picnic on Harbor Beach, followed by wonderful fireworks

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Fancy Frozen Meringue Cream with Raspberries and Maple-Balsamic Syrup Serves eight lucky people

Razzle-Dazzle Berries By Chef Rachel Globensky

3 egg whites, at room temperature Pinch of salt 1/8 tsp cream of tartar ¾ cup superfine granulated sugar ¼ tsp vanilla


efore I became a chef, I worked as a forestry tech. I have planted trees, overseen quality control, supervised tree thinning, ribboned-out cut blocks, and ground-truthed herbicide spray maps, both here and out west. Working mostly solo, and having gotten my nerves jangled too many times by human-habituated grizzly bears, relentless swarms of black flies, and a three-week long rainstorm, I finally decided to turn in my high visibility vest for chef whites. Despite my aversion to working alone in the backcountry of Ontario and the Canadian Rockies, the one saving grace of following skidder tire tracks and climbing over slash piles was finding wild raspberries. To me, these sweet, tangy, perfect summer miracles represent all that is good and true about

remote areas of Canada. Sunny July afternoons in the bush would usually find me face-down in a berry patch—probably why I had so many run-ins with bears! Neither of us play well with others, nor do we like to share… This recipe for a frozen meringue cake with raspberries and balsamic vinegar is about as far away on the fancy scale as you can get from forestry’s muddy work boots and sweaty cheese sandwiches. You can buy raspberries at the market, or you can pick your own—just keep your eyes peeled for Smokey and Winnie and their furry friends with big claws. When you serve this decadent dessert, please feel free to dish it up on your old planting shovel, wear your faded, slightly mildewy MEC Rad pants, and wrap your fingers in duct tape, just to remind you of your roots.

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2 cups 35% (whipping) cream 2 Tbsp icing sugar ½ tsp vanilla 1 ½ cup raspberries

1 cup good balsamic vinegar 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 ½ cup raspberries

Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar, until soft peaks form. With the machine running on medium speed, gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Increase speed to high, and whip until mixture is thick and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Scoop meringue into a piping bag (or large zippie bag with a hole cut into the corner). Use the circles you traced as a pattern, and pipe the meringue into two discs. Bake 2 hours, until crisp and slightly golden. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed, and allow the meringues to cool completely (at least 2 hours). **The meringues can be made ahead, to save you prep time. Just be sure to bake them on a not-very-humid day, or they’ll be soggy, and store in an airtight container. Beat whipping cream on high speed until thick. Add icing sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Add raspberries, and beat until well incorporated. Dollop a tablespoon of cream onto a cake plate; place one of the meringue circles on top carefully. Spread one third of raspberry cream over each meringue circle. Place one disc on top of the other to create a “layer cake.” Use the remaining raspberry cream to “ice” the sides of the “cake.” Freeze the dessert at least 3 hours. Mix vinegar, syrup, and berries in a small saucepan. Mash the berries with a fork, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 25–30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and let cool.

To serve, let cake thaw a few minutes at room temperature, and cut into wedges using a knife warmed under hot water and wiped dry. Drizzle with balsamic syrup with a flourish, while wearing your planting bags.


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Have you heard? Canada is having kind of a big birthday. In the spirit of “go big or go home,” The Crew on May has put the party in Canada’s national cocktail. Served in a giant canning jar rimmed with celery salt and steak spice, with flags of food fanning out from every side, this drink will require you to use both hands to steer it towards your face. While it doesn’t have 150 ingredients, it does have everything from a pepperette to a pepperoncini to deep fried pizza dough. The Hail, Caesar is made with Clamato and the usual seasonings plus the Crew’s mix of pickle, olive, and pepper juice, a foolish amount of Frank’s RedHot, and a double shot of vodka. The heat creeps up on you, but in a nice way. Standout garnishes are the in-house pickled beets and radishes. It’s spicy, refreshing, and an excellent way to declare your patriotic love.

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Shake, Radler, and Roll By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier


magine, if you will, a sunny summer afternoon bicycle ride through Germany. The gently sloping hills are turning into more treacherous climbs; the sparkling river has begun to blow off hot air instead of cool gusts. Your throat is parched and your stomach is rumbling. It only makes sense to stop for a beer—it is Germany, isn’t it? Ah—but you must get back on your bike again and make your way down the hill and over the river to return the way you’ve come.

Radler Revisited:

However, as always, there is a twist, and while the traditional European Radler featured lemonade as the blending partner, current offerings always have juicy grapefruit alternatively, as the mix. Enjoyed over the entire continent of Europe and known with distinct colloquialisms such as Portergaff, Panaché, Lager Top, Monaco Beer, Snow White, and Shandygaff, Radler-esque beer cocktails are an old-school way of quenching your thirst this summer—without falling off your bike.

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A wise and entrepreneurial German innkeeper had the solution to said conundrum for all his pedaling patrons. He thoughtfully offered up a 50/50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade to quench their thirst, keep them hydrated, and keep them happy. And thus the Radler, which translates to “cyclist,” was born, and besides having a long legacy in Europe, it has recently become a top trending drink in our own North American market, especially over the hot summer season.

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Raising the Culinary Bar Red Lion Smokehouse’s Chef’s Table Story by Sarah Kerton, Photos by Damien Gilbert


ust when you think the local food scene can’t get any better, someone takes it to a whole new level. In this case, that someone is head chef and co-owner of the Red Lion Smokehouse, John Murray. His Spring Chef ’s Table was an eight course meal unlike anything I’ve experienced. Not surprising perhaps, from a chef who trained under Susur Lee in Toronto before moving to London, England where he worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Every detail of this high-end meal was painstakingly thought out, with each delicate course both amazingly delicious and visually appealing. The meal was vegetarian, and started with a course of fiddleheads, followed by coney dogs, smoked pizza, burgers and fries, and my personal highlight: the “shrooms, peas” course. This was presented to the table in a wooden tray which mimicked a forest floor, complete with rising mist shrouding beautiful little jars.

“The forest floor scene was created with mosses, rocks, and other flora harvested from the forest around our family camp,” says Murray. “Each jar contained a pea pureé with fresh pea salad, wild mushroom ragout made with dried and fresh foraged mushrooms (some supplied from Northwest Gourmet Mushrooms), shavings of Allegretto cheese (a sheep’s milk cheese from Quebec courtesy of the Cheese Encounter), and Chaga jelly.”

Next were “poutine,” and “beer and barley,” an ode to Thunder Bay’s local craft brewers. The chef used the four traditional ingredients of beer as a starting point. Risotto balls made with barley from Canada Malting Co. and Grey Owl Blue Cheese were wrapped in a Northern Logger Beer Bread. This bun sat on a bruléed pear disc topped with azacca hops mayo, blue cheese sauce and burnt onion powder. Beer and hops were supplied by Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

The final courses— “maple,” and “Persian,” elicited an exclamation of "All other deserts have been a lie!” from tablemate Logan Ollivier. We all agreed! Red Lion Smokehouse will continue to host "chef's table" events based on the flavours of the season, with the next one on August 28. Don’t miss out on seeing this phenomenal chef shine! Receive updates on their events by signing up at redlionsmokehouse.

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Conducted: Training andand audits of watercourse andand river areas where wewe know youth frequently go go (Recommendation 115) Conducted: Training audits of watercourse river areas where know youth frequently (Recommendation 115)

Maamawe: Maamawe:All AllTogether Together The The Seven Seven Youth Youth Inquest Inquest resulted resulted in in 145145 recommendations. recommendations. Thirty-one Thirty-one were were directed directed to to thethe City City of of Thunder Thunder Bay, Bay, mostly mostly along along with with other other partners. partners. The The City City responded responded with with a a report report to to Council Council onon June June 12.12. The The inquest inquest investigated investigated thethe deaths deaths of of Jethro Jethro Anderson, Anderson, 15,15, Reggie Reggie Bushie, Bushie, 15,15, Robyn Robyn Harper, Harper, 18,18, Kyle Kyle Morrisseau, Morrisseau, 17,17, Paul Paul Panacheese, Panacheese, 21,21, Curran Curran Strang, Strang, 18,18, and and Jordan Jordan Wabasse, Wabasse, 15.15. “We “We gotgot to to work work even even before before thethe recommendations recommendations were were handed handed down,” down,” said said Norm Norm Gale, Gale, City City Manager. Manager.

“We’ve “We’ve been been thoughtful, thoughtful, formal, formal, and and collaborative. collaborative. WeWe share share in in thethe grief grief that that thethe families families and and ourour community community areare feeling.” feeling.” The The recommendations recommendations address address thethe needs needs of of First First Nation Nation youth youth who who come come to Thunder to Thunder BayBay to to attend attend high high school, school, away away from from their their families families andand home home communities. communities. While While thethe recommendations recommendations areare notnot legally legally binding, binding, thethe inquest’s inquest’s main main purpose purpose waswas to to prevent prevent more more deaths. deaths. “We “We areare acting acting onon thethe recommendations,” recommendations,” said said Karen Karen Lewis, Lewis, Director Director of of Corporate Corporate Strategic Strategic Services Services and and lead lead onon thethe City’s City’s response. response. “They “They areare aimed aimed at at putting putting in in place place programs programs that that improve improve thethe physical, physical, social, social, and and cultural cultural infrastructure. infrastructure. WeWe want want everyone everyone who who comes comes to to Thunder Thunder Bay Bay to to feel feel included, included, engaged, engaged, safe, safe, and and have have opportunities opportunities to to succeed.” succeed.” Also, Also, thethe City’s City’s Intergovernmental Intergovernmental Affairs Affairs

Held: Held: Youth Youth Partners Partners Forum Forum in January in January 2017 2017 to explore to explore how how to best to best co-ordinate co-ordinate city-wide city-wide youth youth recreation recreation programming programming (Recommendations (Recommendations 100, 100, 105,105, 107) 107)


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Posting Posting thisthis summer: summer: thethe Declaration Declaration of Commitment of Commitment to to Urban Urban Aboriginal Aboriginal People People in all in all City City buildings buildings (Recommendation (Recommendation 111) 111)

Committee Committee is seeking is seeking support support from from thethe federal federal and and provincial provincial governments governments to to help help thethe City City and and itsits partners partners putput thethe recommendations recommendations into into action. action. The The City City of of Thunder Thunder Bay Bay in in partnership partnership with with Fort Fort William William First First Nation Nation support support thethe recommendations recommendations of of thethe inquest. inquest. The The City City of of Thunder Thunder Bay Bay hashas been been built built onon thethe traditional traditional territory territory of of Fort Fort William William First First NationNationsignatory signatory to to thethe Robinson Robinson Superior Superior Treaty Treaty of of 1850. 1850.


The The inquest inquest into into the the deaths deaths ofof seven seven First First Nations Nations youth youth began began onon October October 5, 5, 2015. 2015. It ended It ended onon June June 28,28, 2016 2016 when when the the jury jury gave gave itsits verdict. verdict.

The The purpose purpose ofof anan Inquest Inquest is is toto look look forfor lessons lessons that that can can bebe learned learned from from the the deaths deaths that that may may contribute contribute toto a safer a safer future future forfor the the living. living. ””

- Ontario - Ontario Chief Chief Coroner Coroner Dirk Dirk Huyer, Huyer, MD MD

Introducing: Introducing: First First Nation Nation Secondary Secondary School School Transit Transit Pass Pass pilot pilot program program forfor thethe 2017 2017 - 2018 - 2018 school school year year (Recommendations (Recommendations 78,78, 102) 102)

On OnJune June12, 12,City CityCouncil Councilunanimously unanimouslyapproved approvedthe theCity’s City’sAnnual AnnualReport Reporton on our ourresponse responsetotothe theSeven SevenYouth YouthInquest. Inquest.Here Hereare aresome someofofour ourefforts effortssosofar: far: • The • The City City continues continues to take to take part part in orientation in orientation events events forfor students students who who areare new new to Thunder to Thunder Bay Bay and and is planning is planning forfor thethe September September 2017 2017 semester. semester. WeWe areare meeting meeting with with thethe education education sector sector to work to work together together onon ideas ideas (Recommendation (Recommendation 49). 49). • Under • Under Council’s Council’s leadership, leadership, wewe areare working working onon requests requests forfor help help with with student student living living centres centres forfor Dennis Dennis Franklin Franklin Cromarty Cromarty High High School School and and Matawa Matawa Learning Learning Centre Centre (Recommendation (Recommendation 60). 60). • The • The City City sent sent a letter a letter of intent of intent to Public to Public Safety Safety Canada Canada forfor a Youth a Youth Inclusion Inclusion Program. Program. This This willwill address address youth youth safety, safety, youth youth crime crime prevention, prevention, and and youth youth well-being. well-being. It will It will focus focus onon thethe right right kind kind of supports of supports and and mentorship mentorship opportunities opportunities forfor Indigenous Indigenous youth youth going going to school to school in Thunder in Thunder Bay Bay (Recommendation (Recommendation 75). 75). • The • The City City hashas enhanced enhanced support support from from thethe Aboriginal Aboriginal Liaison Liaison Office Office to our to our partners partners helping helping families families and and thethe community community when when thethe missing missing person person protocol protocol is activated is activated (Recommendation (Recommendation 91).91). • We • We held held a Youth a Youth Partners Partners Forum Forum in January in January 2017 2017 to to explore explore how how to best to best co-coordinate ordinate city-wide city-wide youth youth recreation recreation programming programming (Recommendations (Recommendations 100, 100, 105, 105, 107). 107). • The • The City City launched launched a “Youth a “Youth Opportunities Opportunities TBay” TBay” Facebook Facebook page page in in February February 2017. 2017. There, There, community community groups groups cancan share share opportunities opportunities and and supports supports forfor youth youth (Recommendation (Recommendation 100). 100).

• The City approved a grant in January 2017 a sports equipment lending • The City approved a grant in January 2017 forfor a sports equipment lending library, hosted Matawa Learning Centre. This open to all First library, hosted by by Matawa Learning Centre. This willwill bebe open to all First Nations youth going to school in Thunder Bay (Recommendation 107). Nations youth going to school in Thunder Bay (Recommendation 107). • We reviewing processes hiring youth. also looking • We areare reviewing ourour processes forfor hiring youth. WeWe areare also looking at at ways might improve City’s Aboriginal cultural sensitivity training ways wewe might improve thethe City’s Aboriginal cultural sensitivity training (Recommendation 109). (Recommendation 109). • We posting City’s Declaration of Commitment • We willwill bebe posting thethe City’s Declaration of Commitment to Urban Aboriginal People in all City buildings this to Urban Aboriginal People in all City buildings this summer (Recommendation 111). summer (Recommendation 111). • We have created anti-racism • We have created anan anti-racism resources section City’s website resources section onon thethe City’s website at at (Recommendation 112). (Recommendation 112).


• On June launching • On June 27,27, wewe areare launching Incident Reporting. This Incident Reporting. This is is a partnership between a partnership between of Thunder Bay’s thethe CityCity of Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism & Respect Anti-Racism & Respect Committee Diversity Committee andand Diversity Thunder Bay. People who Thunder Bay. People who experience or witness experience or witness racism able to tell racism willwill bebe able to tell their story referred their story andand bebe referred to resources support to resources forfor support (Recommendation 112). (Recommendation 112). • The conducted • The CityCity hashas conducted training audits training andand audits of watercourse of watercourse andand river areas where river areas where wewe know youth frequently know youth frequently gogo (Recommendation 115). (Recommendation 115).

• City Council has approved • City Council has approved a a First Nation Secondary School First Nation Secondary School Transit Pass pilot program Transit Pass pilot program forfor 2017-2018 school year. This thethe 2017-2018 school year. This is ais a subsidized pass, meant to help students subsidized pass, meant to help students from north overcome barriers getting from thethe north overcome barriers getting to to and from school, City programs, and recreational and from school, City programs, and recreational opportunities (Recommendations 102). opportunities (Recommendations 78,78, 102).

• We • We met met with with partners partners to promote to promote P.R.O. P.R.O. Kids, Kids, which which opens opens upup • The City’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee has met with various • The City’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee has met with various opportunities opportunities to take to take part part in City in City and and community community programs. programs. This This resulted resulted in in federal and provincial ministers to talk about funding need federal and provincial ministers to talk about thethe funding wewe need to to more more applications applications (Recommendation (Recommendation 104). 104). support Indigenous residents (Recommendation 120). support ourour Indigenous residents (Recommendation 120).

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

Summer Movies By Michael Sobota


ummer movies today are about legions of superheroes and one wondrous woman, as well as mostly dumbed-down family fare for babysitting the kids. You can enjoy all those at our local cineplex. This column will have none of that. Here are some fine movies that could only take place in summer, for the most part, and when put on the screen become as hot and luminous as summer lightning.

Pool by pool, they form a river all the way to our house.

Summer and The Smoke (1961) Swimmer

The Cure

This is old-fashioned filmmaking at its finest. Peter Glenville directs a powerful cast lead by Geraldine Page in one of Tennessee Williams’ sweaty summer stories of repressed passions and unrequited love. Set in 1916, the film immediately takes us to an entirely different moral climate. Page plays Alma Winemiller, a minister’s daughter who has pined for her next-door neighbor John Buchanan (Laurence Harvey) since they were children. Now adults, Buchanan, a doctor, returns home to straighten out his wayward life. Can the tiger change its stripes? Page gives one of the finest performance of her career (she created the stage role in Williams’ play) and breaks our hearts in a startling closing scene with a travelling salesman. With warm cinematography (filmed in Panavision) by Charles Lang Jr. and one of Elmer Bernstein’s finest film scores, this is a smoldering summer treat.

Erik (Brad Renfro), fifteen and a school loner, befriends his younger next door neighbor Dexter (Joseph Mazzello), eleven, who has AIDS. Dexter contracted the disease from a blood transfusion, and knows his days are limited. When they read about a doctor in distant New Orleans who has made a ground-breaking medical discovery, they begin a summer journey down the Mississippi river on a raft to find “the cure.” A story about a child with a terminal illness would be startling in any era but director Peter Horton finds layers of humour and richness to balance the poignancy, steering a sensitive course between the shoals of melodrama and sentimentality. The Cure is a little known, highly worthy cinematic gem.

Frank Perry and Sydney Pollack co-direct this astonishing summer journey through California swimming pools. Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) spends the entire film in (and out of) his swimming trunks, as he jogs and swims his way across an entire California valley to get home. From a story by John Cheever, Ned is on an existential journey to find himself as well as home, as he encounters and is challenged by friends and neighbors. While the story could only take place in California and in summer, it resonates within all of us who are trying to find out what’s it all about.

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Anthony Minghella directed his own script, adapting the novel by Patricia Highsmith. It would be one of his final films—he directed only two more features before his death in 2008. I think it is his finest story-on-screen realization. Working with a superb cast that includes Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the story unfolds about a young man, Tom Ripley (Damon), who disguises himself to infiltrate the lifestyle of the rich and infamous Dickey Greenleaf (Law). Highsmith was a master of smoldering plotting and Minghella captures all the smart dialogue and the sensuous Italian summer landscapes upon which she set her murder mystery. There is more than one murder, and there is no mystery but the vibrant performances together with Gabriel Yared’s haunting score make this a summer masterpiece.

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And here are six more fine films that take place in summer and rely on the season for their moods: The Endless Summer (1966), In the Heat of The Night (1967), Y Tu Mamá También (2001), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), 500 Days of Summer (2009), and The Way, Way Back (2013).



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- Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) in The Swimmer



Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players Present

At the Chippewa Park Pavilion! Thursdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 7:00 p.m. Sundays: July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets at the door: Adults/Teens - $8.00 65 & over/12 & under - $5.00 5 & under - Free


Sharing the Vastness and Beauty of Canada

360-Degree Film to be Screened in Thunder Bay By Adrian Lysenko


on’t worry if you’re not able to make it out on that cross-country road trip this summer. Residents will be able to experience the next best thing when the city hosts cinematic dome screenings of the 360-degree film Horizon. Described by its creators as a 360-degree cinematic journey into the heart of Canada, the 20-minute non-narrative film features 90 scenes of urban and natural landscapes across the country’s 10 provinces and three territories. Audience

members will be able to take a ride on an illuminated dragon boat on the Rideau Canal or view the Northern Lights in the far North. “Horizon is a visual spectacle that celebrates the people, landscapes, and freedoms that make Canada and Ontario home,” says Doug Henry, event supervisor for the city’s Recreation and Culture Division. Thunder Bay was chosen as one of the seven cities in the province to screen the film in conjunction with Canada’s

150th anniversary of confederation with the official sesquicentennial initiative SESQUI. “The film is meant to capture the creative and collaborative spirit of Canada in 2017, taking Canadians to parts of the country they may never see and further to share the beauty and vastness of Canada with the world,” says Drew Lightfoot, director of Horizon. “Every viewer will have a different take-away from the film and thus far we’ve had very positive and often emotional responses from audiences around the country.”


Horizon will be screened in a large dome that will be constructed in the Intercity Shopping Centre parking lot. The dome will be in Thunder Bay from July 24-28 and will

be available free of charge to residents and visitors alike. The dome will hold 45 people at a sitting and screenings take place every 25 minutes. There will be 25 shows per day.



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Superior Theatre Festival Four-Day Multidisciplinary Arts Festival Returns By Stephanie Wesley


uperior Theatre Festival is set to hit the stage this summer with a variety of performances that will be delivered from July 27 to 30, including a performance at the Spirit Garden in Prince Arthur’s Landing. Donna Baratta, the artistic and managing director of the festival, writes that this professional, multidisciplinary festival “aims to respond to the diversity of practice and culture that exists in Thunder Bay.” Baratta states that the festival will do so by showcasing a variety of work from both local and national companies. The festival “remains committed to providing affordable, high-quality performances,” as well as providing


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opportunities for local and national artists to work together on other artistic endeavors, she says. Baratta explains that artists from out of town will be hosted in Thunder Bay during the duration of the festival, with a goal of creating pieces alongside local artists that speak to the audience and include content that is relevant to current time and place. “Superior Theatre Festival’s philosophy is if local artists and artists from elsewhere in Canada share the same creative space, create conversation, and connect to the audience in unique ways throughout the three days, this will create more understanding and growth in our own community and within those

individuals that experience the festival,” Baratta says. This year, the festival will also be introducing a new aspect to its lineup of events called the North Shore Indie Stream. The event will feature the works of various Northwestern Ontario voices, showcasing everything from plays and poetry to music and storytelling. As part of the festival’s core programming, the ensemble is producing Salt-Water Moon, a play by David French. Salt-Water Moon is set on a moonlit night in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland. The play also features to local Thunder Bay actors in the leading roles. “It’s a beautiful story of two young lovers who reunite after a year apart,” Baratta explains. The play, which is set in 1926, is a “Canadian classic,” and Baratta assures it will take your breath away. “Not only because of the beauty embedded in the text, but also because it will be played outside in the beautiful Spirit Garden,” she says. More information on the festival can be found at online at

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or their eighth consecutive summer, Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players will be returning to the Chippewa Park Pavilion to deliver their summer melodrama, this year entitled Canoe Unto Others or The Chillin’ Villain of Chippewa. “Melodramas follow a storyline where good prevails over evil. They always include a hero, a villain, and a damsel in distress, and there is always a happy ending”, shares Janis Swanson, show producer. Canoe Unto Others, written by T.T. Lucky, follows the antics of Phoney Baloney, who wreaks havoc in a small town, and the quick wit of hero Woody, who comes to the town’s rescue. The cast of seven incorporate plenty of local references, play spin-offs of local personalities (like Mayor Heck Hobbs) and round out the story with Broadway

show tunes that attendees are encouraged to sing along with. Live piano music rounds out the show. The show is family-friendly and children are welcome, especially because of the show’s interactive nature, which will see you throw “Boo Balls” at the villain and cheer loudly for the hero. “Melodramas are a great way to introduce youngsters to live theatre because it is fastpaced and engaging,” shares Swanson. Start a new summer tradition this year and join them Sundays at 4 pm or Thursdays at 7 pm throughout July (starting July 6). Tickets are only available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Sunday shows directly follow Summer in the Park at Chippewa, so stay for the day and enjoy the play afterwards. For more information find them on Facebook at Thunder Bay Melodrama. The Walleye



From Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Collection

" Thank God it's Friday!" Crusoe Exclaimed By Nadia Kurd, Curator, Thunder Bay Art Gallery Artist: John Books Title: "Thank God it's Friday!" Crusoe Exclaimed, 2004 Medium: Wood, fibre, metal, and bone Size: 231 × 105 × 90 cm


ow based in Grand Marais, MN, former Thunder Bay resident John Books has had a diverse and lengthy career in the arts. Given his acting and theatre production background, building and working with wood has come naturally to Books. Purchased by the gallery in 2010

with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, the sculpture Thank God it's Friday, Crusoe Exclaimed! was created over the course of six years. The work features an array of materials and objects gleaned from the North Shore of Lake Superior, with some objects found and given to the artist over a twenty-year period. Reflecting on the process, Books writes, the work grew “with bits being added or removed as time went on” and that parts were added “from Thunder Bay, and Minneapolis, and a small bronze that I poured at UC

Northridge in Los Angeles.” The sculpture also features a set of wheels that were rescued from the historic Port Arthur Iron Works foundry. The result is figural sculpture standing approximately eight feet tall and holding a weathered parasol. Perched on the shoulder of the figure is a driftwood bird with a small bronze figure at the base, all standing atop two metal and wooden wheels. While the work evokes Daniel Defoe’s 18th century novel Robinson Crusoe, for Books the work is “so very personal, and a comment on agriculture, survival with what is on hand, and the transmission of culture.”

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Defining Our Sense of Place

Brian Holden Lake Superior Shoreline, Marathon, 14 cm x 54.5 cm, collagraph with hand colouring

The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From The North By Betty Carpick


ince opening in 1976, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s mandate to show contemporary art has given audiences across Northwestern Ontario many opportunities to consider current ideas and rethink the familiar. To mark Canada’s sesquicentennial, The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From The North runs from June 22–September 24 at the gallery. Works by 150 local and regional visual artists will celebrate and demonstrate the artistic breadth, diversity, and excellence of artists who have called this area home, or still do. The exhibition offers a glimpse of the recent artistic past and present, while asking us to imagine the future. “The exhibition will look at what artists living and working in northern Ontario are creating now, and create links to themes and ideas from our recent past and ask if the conversations and concerns in northern Ontario have changed,” says Nadia Kurd, curator at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. “I believe that galleries and museums play a unique role in truth and telling stories, as they provide platforms for educational programming that help share diverse perspectives.” The natural landscape and the repurposing of materials are threads that run through the exhibition—specifically the relationship individuals have to the

environment and what it means to them. Visitors can enjoy two- and three-dimensional art in all mediums from ceramics and textiles to paintings and photography. The works of artists living in Thunder Bay—including Christian Chapman, Julie Cosgrove, Chris Stones, and Brian Holden—invite visitors to reflect upon time, place, and identity and to question a sense of belonging. Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Daphne Odjig, and others speak powerfully to the sesquicentennial theme.

Julie Cosgrove, A Complicated Balance, 40” x 76”, acrylic on canvas

“As a visual artist, I also share a love of the landscape and geography of the region. I interpret my observations using various print specific disciplines combined with mixed media applications,” says Cosgrove. “Through photos, sketches and journeys on foot through forests, along sand beaches and over hills and rocks, I strive to capture the essence of these locations through a visual narrative.” As curiosity, openness, and discussion are important tools for engaging with works of art, the exhibition will be dovetailed with a number of public events and online opportunities to captivate audiences with the thematic threads found throughout the show. For more details, visit

Christian Chapman, Trees-never turn a turtle on its backs so that it is helpless, turtles and all other animals are to be, accorded respect, 46 ¾ x 35“, screen print on paper

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theArts drinking hard, downing 26-ers of vodka and questioning their sexuality. For me, it was activism right off the bat.” Having met Chung through her work at CILU’s Queer Radio, and encouraging her to submit her work for the upcoming exhibition, Dumont states that the pair were “Queers of a feather, from different generations.” Chung shares similar sentiments of the ways in which her experiences have informed her artwork. “I think for me, the self-portrait was a process for me to put myself out there, and represent a few different things,” she says. “For me, I had a memory of first thinking about my gender when I was in grade five, being called flat-chested and thinking; ‘Well, I guess I’ll try to fit in more with girls now.’ That was one memory came to me, and I wanted to do a self-portrait to show who I am right now. The idea of covering and uncovering, being visible and invisible, understanding being Chinese and queer as two identities that are important for me. As a result, I’m understanding myself more deeply, as well as my relationship to other people and the land that I was born on.” Through this exhibition, the artists were able to bring their artwork to a wider audience, showcasing the varied lived intersections that informed their work. “I Jayal Chung, the forbidden fruits

Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections The Artwork of Jayal Chung and Michel Dumont By Leah Ching


ocal Thunder Bay artists Jayal Chung and Michel Dumont have broken into the provincial arts scene, having their art displayed at a prestigious exhibit in Toronto entitled Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections. Both Chung and Dumont are local artists, born and raised in Thunder Bay, who feel connected to and passionate about their local communities, and about social justice. As a Métis man from Black Bay and an alumni of Lakehead University, Michel Dumont says that his lived experiences have strongly influenced his work as an


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artist in Thunder Bay. “I am a recovering alcoholic, 20 years sober,” he says. “I was 19 when I came out, while Thunder Bay was still very homophobic. I was able to do that because I had moved away from the small town of Doiron. Other people had friends and family here, which made it harder for them to come out. I knew I had to do something about it. Six months later, I was working at the gay and lesbian phone line. Suddenly I was counselling middle-aged men and women. I was counselling men who were

guess there’s still a bit of a political bent to the show. Our lives are political, we have political roots,” explains Dumont. “I’ve spent my whole life yelling, and I’m happy to make something pretty, but when I had to yell, I’ve yelled… I was at Queens Park yelling at Mike Harris’s government with tens of thousands of other demonstrators. The next time I was there, it was because I was having my art displayed at Queens Park.” “It was really validating as an artist and also as a queer person,” adds Chung. “We’ve all had different experiences, but as queer people we’ve all been told ‘no.’ Some of us have been dissuaded about talking about our queendom which diminishes and marginalizes us. We need freedom to tell who we are, to know you don’t have to keep your mouth shut to be successful.” Chung and Dumont are both looking forward to creating more art, and keeping the dialogue they have created through their pieces open. Chung is working on an art-based community project entitled Honouring Our Stories undertaken by the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre, while Dumont is looking forward to his upcoming artist’s residency with the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior.


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theArts On Fort William First Nation, the Indigenous-focused Neechee Studio will also be creating an art wall with guidance from the visiting artists, who have both engaged in street art in Vancouver. “With their perspective and voices as Indigenous and emerging artists they’re going to help the Neechee Studio,” says Karasiewicz.

DefSup Celebrates 29 Years

Mentorship and skill-sharing are a big part of what Def Sup is all about. Through these relationships, the gallery continues to support a wide variety of artists and visitors alike. “Because we are multi-disciplinary—not just visual arts, but music, performance, and every other kind of art—there’s something for everyone,” says Terpstra.

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efinitely Superior Art Gallery is turning 29, and it promises to usher in its 30th year with one big birthday party. “It’s not a typical opening for an exhibition,” says David Karasiewicz, the gallery’s executive and artistic director. “When we have shows they’re multidisciplinary in nature.” Renee Terpstra, who manages development and administration for the gallery, adds that the celebration is also a chance to thank a broad community of supporters. Def Sup, as the gallery is affectionately known, has a diverse following. In the course of a single year, the non-profit

charitable organization supports more than 1,650 artists, entertains an audience of about 35,000 participants, and runs 45 events and exhibitions. One of these events is an annual anniversary exhibition. This year, the gala opening will be held on July 14 from 7 to 10 pm. Entrance to the event is by donation, and all ages are welcome. This year’s exhibitions, which will be on display from July 14 to August 12, will feature submissions by local artists and the work of Vancouverbased Indigenous artists Amanda Strong and Jeneen Frei-Njootli. Strong is a filmmaker and stop-motion artist whose

award-winning work has appeared at Cannes and TIFF. FreiNjootli was long-listed for the Sobey Prize for young Canadian artists. She pairs performance with visual art and will be creating and recording a sound piece as part of the exhibition. In keeping with Def Sup’s reputation for taking art to the streets, its 29th anniversary celebration won’t be limited to the gallery itself. In the week preceding the opening, Def Sup’s young artists will be working on two installations of outdoor art. The Die Active collective will expand on a series of art walls on Cooke Street, within walking distance of the gallery.

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Great Lakes for Great Art By Pat Forrest

1–10 SEPT 2017


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ocal multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, and environmentalist Betty Carpick will soon be inviting people to tell stories about their relationships to water in a series of free workshops in Thunder Bay. During five public sessions, people of all ages and abilities can use embroidery and pigments with a water-inspired palette to present images and words that reflect their connection to Lake Superior and the Great Lakes.



The sessions are part of the Great Lakes for Great Art initiative, hosted by Waterlution, a Canadian not-forprofit organization that has, since 2003, worked with a broad network of individuals, organizations and communities with the understanding that everyone has a vested interest in water. Earlier this year, Waterlution called for eight participatory, communitybased art project proposals from local artists or artist collectives. The projects needed to incite community dialogue about the Great Lakes and evoke what the Great Lake in their community means to its people. Participation from the public and the artist in co-creating a community-based, Great Lakes-themed artwork under the direction of the artist was a mandatory requirement of this commission. For Carpick’s Thunder Bay workshops, sensory prompts, music and

poetry will help spark ideas and dialogue around the creation of a Great Lakesfocused mural where 144 cotton squares will be stitched onto a grid of a 7’ x 7’ ink drawing of the Great Lakes on fabric. Underneath each square, participants can write their thoughts with the choice of stitching it so their words can be private or public. A selection of photographs of the process of making will accompany the installed assemblage. Of Cree heritage and originally from northern Manitoba, Carpick has lived beside Lake Superior for over two decades and said that this has strengthened her relationship to the land and the water. She’s excited about the project because of its ability to engage a diverse population and encourage looking at things in a different way. “For me, community-engaged arts present an opportunity to create and share a springboard for creativity, skill development, camaraderie, and storytelling in an accessible, friendly, and nonthreatening way. I believe that just one new idea or interaction can create positive, long-lasting change,” she says. The project launch is Wednesday, July 19 at the Live on the Waterfront concert at Marina Park from 6-9 pm. Carpick will have a table with information on the project, some demo visuals, and a sign-up sheet for the maker events.

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The Bear Clan Patrol

Modern Day Superheroes Story and Photos by Kim Latimer


risis Team” is boldly printed at the bottom of bright orange reflective safety vests with the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation logo that reads “Unity, Strength, Success.” Twelve Indigenous volunteers have come out on a Thursday night in June to patrol the McIntyre River trail—despite the ravenous black flies and mosquitos, and despite their own individual fears of walking at night. “I thought about going for a walk alone just last night, but I didn’t,” says Antonia Skunk, 24. “It’s a little too scary to be the colour of my skin.” Only a few nights earlier, on June 3, her cousin Jayden Matthews, 16, reported that he was walking along Simpson Street when he was attacked by two Caucasian men. The two men jumped out of a black SUV and tried to force him inside. He made a narrow escape by biting one and throwing a rock. Cory Spence, 31, and Tina Achneepineskum, 34, are leading the Bear Clan on this particular Thursday night. Tina tells me it was the search for


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14-year-old Josiah Begg that led to the start of the Bear Clan Patrol in Thunder Bay. “We volunteered to look for Josiah and we walked along the river,” says Tina. “That’s how we met and when came up with the idea. Now when people see us out on patrol walking they cheer us on, waving or honking their horns—they are happy to see us.” Anna Achneepineskum, Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, coordinates the Bear Clan Patrol. She is part of a group of grandmothers who advise the Bear Clan in Thunder Bay. She says the grandmothers are the equivalent to a board of directors. Many of them actively go out on patrol on foot and also drive around in their vehicles with the aim to keep an eye out for anyone in trouble. Anna says that while they were on patrol, during the first weekend in June, the Clan found a man laying on the side of the road during a heavy rainstorm. They helped him find his way home. On another evening the Bear Clan broke up a fight between a few teenagers. The group patrols the east and west

bank trails of the McIntyre River, as well as the May Street area and behind the Landmark Hotel, where three deaths have happened in the last decade within a two kilometre radius. With safety in numbers, the only things they carry with them are medical gloves, hand sanitizer, flashlights, and bags to pick up litter and trash along the way. The Bear Clan Patrol got its start in Winnipeg in 1992 with about 200 volunteers and a single goal to provide security to those on the streets. When 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, Winnipeg’s Bear Clan street patrol made a resurgence. Thunder Bay’s Bear Clan Patrol is out on Fridays, Saturdays, and usually once during the week, patrolling from 9 pm until midnight. The number of volunteers fluctuates from night to

night, but they started with six people and since then the number of volunteers has doubled. “People are scared to go out and we just want to make the streets a little safer,” says Spence. “We want to do something to help out the community.” To volunteer or make a donation, find Bear Clan Patrol Thunder Bay on Facebook where the group lists all of its upcoming patrol dates, times, and meeting places. The Bear Clan also accepts donations of blankets and used clothing for the homeless they encounter on patrol. Monetary donations go toward volunteer supplies including safety vests, water, flashlights, and first aid kits. The group also has a GoFundMe page: bear-clan-patrol-thunder-bay.





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Diversity Thunder Bay

Working to Celebrate Difference and End Racism By Pat Forrest


n organization that began in the 1990s as a group of organizations looking to do something to mark the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has grown into an organization with an ambitious agenda to address issues of racism and diversity in Thunder Bay. Diversity Thunder Bay today consists of individuals and representatives of organizations working to celebrate difference and end racism and discrimination in Thunder Bay. Formally established in 2000, its membership has grown steadily as it has worked, one initiative at a time, to raise awareness and educate the community. Its mission is to work towards an inclusive, equitable community free of racism and discrimination of any kind.

Diversity Thunder Bay’s guiding principle is that Thunder Bay should be a welcoming and safe place for individuals and groups regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, class, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, education, marital status, source of income, same-sex partnership status, family status, or ability. The organization’s strategic plan for 2017 includes a community workshop on the Truth and Reconciliation Report, a series of “White Problem” workshops, a “Conversations Across the Racial Divide” event and a wide variety of other outreach and educational activities. A signature event of Diversity Thunder Bay is its International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Celebration

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Breakfast, which takes place in March each year. A sold-out event for the past two years, the breakfast this year featured keynote speaker Dr. Marie Wilson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the organization and to mark the occasion, well-known Canadian politician, public speaker, broadcaster, and diplomat Stephen Lewis was the featured speaker.

While organizers thought it would be tough to top that event, this year’s event received similar acclaim. Membership in Diversity Thunder Bay is open to any individual or organization interested in diversity issues and in agreement with the organization’s mission statement. Individuals and organizations are added to the membership list upon payment of an annual

membership fee of $20. For a membership invoice, contact Brenda Reimer In the case of students or others for whom the fee may be a deterrent to membership, it will be waived upon confidential request. Members can join to simply show their support or can get involved in a variety of ways from attending meetings to taking part on committees.

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have to admit some healthy skepticism towards the idea of vegan cheesecake, but am simultaneously drawn to the idea of healthy cheesecake! Who wouldn’t be?! So I was very excited to try the raw vegan cheesecake now available at the Thunder Bay Country Market made by new vendor Melissa Stewart. Stewart is a local Raw Whole Foods Coach and healthy eating enthusiast. The blueberry cheesecake I tried was amazingly flavourful and not overly sweet. I’m hooked! You will find Melissa’s Raw Whole Foods and her raw vegan offerings on the main floor of the market across from the Redhead and the Chef. A variety of delicious cheesecakes, as well as

spicy cashew mayo, and things like chocolate coconut milk and coconut milk with cashew are on offer weekly. “I have been obsessed with learning different ways that I can eat healthy and nutritious foods in the easiest and quickest way possible,” says Stewart. “This has lead me on a path where I now feel incredible. I’ve never felt better and I want to share what I know to help others in Thunder Bay feel healthier too.” If you are interested in learning more about raw food, Stewart also teaches raw food classes and has a summer program on raw food recipes and creating healthy habits. For more information visit facebook. com/melissaswholefoods

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Freaks & Geeks Coffee Shop and Gamery

New Opportunities for Gamers of All Levels Story by Tiffany Jarva, Photo by Marty Mascarin


ate afternoon sunlight dances on the red chair tucked in a corner by the window. The café blackboard is chalked with today’s specials. A second board has the month’s gaming schedule. A sword lays on the counter beside a basket of local chocolate. “The Gamery” sign, a piece of metal artwork by Randy Sundell, has just been delivered. This is Freaks & Geeks Coffee Shop and Gamery, and owner Marc Godmaire is counting on Thunder Bay to not only embrace a good cup of java, but also hopes to tap into the whole “geek is chic” movement, offering a range of gaming options, no matter age or skill. “I want people to come in,

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grab a drink or treat, and play games,” says Godmaire. The Gamery offers board games, online games, collectable card games, role playing games, and so on. The goal is to promote gaming on all levels, be it a simple board game experience (old school like Scrabble or Risk or the Thunder Bay On Board version of Monopoly), to hosting live video game competitions, or teaching people how to play chess or crib. He is even offering Pokémon training to parents who have no idea how the card game works. Godmaire’s love for gaming started when he grew up playing cards with his family. “I was the only kid playing cards with the

adults,” he says. When he was three years old, he and his professional card-playing grandfather entered a cribbage tournament and won, upsetting many. When he was in grade 11, he discovered chess and became an Ontario high school chess champion. “I’ve been involved with games my entire life,” he says. “It’s where I thrive.” Then Godmaire discovered Magic: The Gathering and was immediately hooked. At one point he qualified for the Worlds and was ranked in the top 150 players in North America. “I’m a gamer through and through,” he laughs. “I love helping people learn to play. People can come in and play whenever they want.”

It’s difficult to believe that three years ago Godmaire was on disability because of daily migraines, which he believed to be caused by pollution in southern Ontario. Godmaire underwent eight surgeries on his nose, but eventually had to leave his job after 15 years of working in the financial industry. He and his wife (who attended Lakehead University) came to Thunder Bay for a vacation and within a day his migraine pain was gone—the first time in five years. Within two days they made the decision to move here and within three months it was done. “Thunder Bay really fits our personalities. It’s really who we are. It’s our lifestyle now,” he says.

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hen Ryan Alford first began writing his new book, he had no idea that its publication would be so timely, albeit in a bittersweet kind of way. Alford’s book, Permanent State of Emergency, examines an unprecedented increase in executive power in the United States following the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is an increase, he argues, that has been coupled with a breakdown of constitutional order, setting the stage for unfettered presidential supremacy in the U.S. And it’s an analysis that could not be more important at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration is displaying an increasingly unconventional approach to governance and international relations. “Post 9/11, President Bush

managed to accumulate a huge number of powers, and they never went away,� says Alford. “It’s effectively a one-way ratchet; the war powers a president assumes don’t go away until the situation reaches a tipping point where there’s almost outright rebellion against the presidency.� Whether or not that tipping point, or rebellion, is ready to arrive, is hard to say, but Alford is confident that the current state of the presidency, as well as its powers and privileges, is something deserving of protest. “The legal argument is that the president’s interest in national security outweighs your interest in not being killed without due process, which is fundamentally shocking,� says Alford, referring to the president’s current legal ability to order a strike on American citizens, including those located the United States. “When you see that, you have to question whether the United States is a rule of law state. And when I saw that I started writing the book.� In a way, Permanent State of Emergency acts a warning for the American people—and the world— at a time when international relations and the rule of law are on the brink of a massive and disturbing reinterpretation. From the author’s perspective, that reinterpretation could potentially be enough to trigger a war between the

U.S. and Russia, or even precipitate World War III. “I think that right now the world stands on a precipice, where Russia is willing to commit military forces to support the Syrian government. And President Trump is seeing that the easiest way for him to establish his presidency is to bait Russia, at a time when he’s being challenged for being soft on Russia as part of the Russia-gate allegations.� At the root of the breakdown in constitutional order, and the problematic expansion of presidential powers, is a lack of respect for human rights, says Alford. It’s an issue that for many of us may feel far from home, but one that is also knocking on the door to all of our lives. “Right now we’re at the point where the violation of rights exists at the margins. It would only take another attack like the 9/11 attacks to turn that theory into reality. And that’s not an ‘if,’ it’s a ‘when.’ So just think about how all of those powers that exist in theory would be deployed in practice, at the stroke of a pen, in the event of a major terrorist attack—which every official says, is a certainty.� Permanent State of Emergency is available for purchase online through the McGill-Queen’s University Press, or at The Walleye


Fun, Funny, and Fabulous

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing By Joelle Krupa (age 8)


he play Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is fun, funny, and fabulous. It is based on the classic story by Judy Blume and performed by All the Daze Productions. The play is about Peter Hatcher, his turtle Dribble, and his annoying little brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher, a.k.a Fudge. Nobody can control Fudge once he is in a temper tantrum or he makes up his mind to do something. Fudge likes to be mischievous wherever he goes, which causes problems for his family, especially Peter and his friends. Peter gets frustrated because Fudge never leaves him or his stuff alone. His parents think that Fudge is adorable and cute, and going through a phase—most of the time. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing will make you laugh or maybe cry. The play is funny because Fudge ends up getting in the middle of everything. The acting is fabulous. The 25 actors range in age from 7 to 12 years old. Director Marcia Arpin has done an awesome job of casting roles so that

each actor knows they are an important part of the play. They are excited to perform and have enjoyed putting the story together. The part of Fudge is played by 11-year-old Calvin Hane. He is having fun acting the role of a toddler that is out of this world. How often do you get to bang pots and pans together for entertainment? Tenyear-old Mason Arthur is making his debut on stage in the role of Peter. He is glad that he does not have a sibling like Fudge! The play takes place in New York City where Peter lives in an apartment building near Central Park. Peter has a friend named Jamie Fargo that lives in the building too, along with a sassy girl named Sheila Tubman. Other characters you will meet in the play include: nurses, ambulance drivers, a dentist, businessmen and women, and a teacher. The audience will think that the play is hilarious, incredible and the best thing since Elvis!


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his Mississauga standout will be among the players to watch, and enjoy, when the 12-country WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup opens Sept. 1. This dedicated centre fielder bats lefty, throws righty and loves stealing bases. In fact, speed is one of the strengths he sees in the 2017 version of the National Junior Team. That should make them among the favourites to go all the way. He was drafted in the 25th round of the 2017 MLB draft by his hometown Toronto Blue Jays. He has also signed a letter of intent to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, home to such notable alumni as David Price, star pitcher with the Boston Red Sox.



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ne of the most intriguing young players with “future star” written all over his accomplishments thus far is Junior National Team shortstop Adam Hall. Never mind that Canada has yet to produce a star major league shortstop; Hall has the stats and the scouting reports to show he could finally be that man. After high school and elite all-star team play, he was at the top of Canada’s drafteligible list of players. Hall was drafted in the second-round, 60th overall, by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 MLB Draft, making him the highest Canadian position player selected.

he strongest team participating in the tournament this fall is going to be your team – the people of Thunder Bay! Without the army of people who make up the volunteers, the great event that is the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup wouldn’t be possible. Though there has been a great response to the call for volunteers so far, more people are needed to make sure everything runs smoothly. TBIBA welcomes volunteers able to commit a minimum of 12 hours of their time over the 11-day event. There is a $25 registration fee that covers uniforms and will give each volunteer access to all 50 games during the tournament. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, visit www.thunderbay2017. com for more information or contact Rachelle Gibbs at (807) 475-6533.



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here are few things in life more peaceful than gliding across the open water in something powered by only a paddle. For years, we had to sit down to experience this joy, slicing through the water in canoes or kayaks. But thanks to the booming popularity of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), we can now do so from a higher vantage point, scanning the horizon for unparalleled views, using muscles we never knew we had. If you have been paddling for years, or have been itching to give it a try, you are going to want to come out to the SUPerior SUP Race and Expo on July 9. It is an entire funfilled day dedicated to getting lots of people on the water in what will hopefully be an annual event.

Jaakko Natri, owner of NatriBros Surf and SUP, is one of the event organizers and has been working tirelessly to build a day that certainly has something for everyone. The $30 entry fee allows you access to a host of exciting activities on the shores of Lake Superior. The day will start at 8 am with an early morning yoga session on the boards with Moksha Yoga. After everyone is warmed up, the 3-4 km races will get underway in the morning, with categories by board length split up for men, women, and youth. As the event is part of the Canadian SUP Race series, they hope to attract some paddlers from out of town, which will add to the excitement. The afternoon session will be jam packed with SUP board

clinics and demos. Finally, the event wraps up with a sunset “blues paddle” around Thunder Bay’s waterfront beginning at 7 pm where you can enjoy live music from the Blues Festival from the water. With plenty of prizes and a chance to win a carbon-fibre SUP, the organizers really just want people to come out, have fun, and experience the sport. With plenty of boards on hand for you to try, there has never been a better time to get out on the water. The event venue is weather dependent and will be held at either Wild Goose Park or Silver Harbour. For more information, follow them on Facebook at SUPerior Standup Paddleboarding or contact NatriBros Surf and SUP at 476-7018.


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ow that we’re officially in the dog days of summer, what better time to enjoy a book while relaxing on the dock at camp or at a local park? From a hardboiled detective novel to a Gothic thriller with a steampunk twist, here are 10 books by local authors perfect for the season.

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This is Thunder Bay This month, The Walleye asked “What makes you proud to be Canadian?” Interviews by Nancy Saunders, Photos by Laura Paxton

Phil: (and Chester): Living in a free country.

Matt: I’m proud of our world class food offerings, as well as the opportunities that we’re all given as a result of living here.

Laura: There’s too much to be proud of to pick one!

Harvey: Our tolerance to multiculturalism, the way we celebrate it. Being French Canadian, I’m also very happy to be able to go across the country and speak my native language, and I think that that’s one of the best aspects of being Canadian—openness to cultures, languages, and other viewpoints. The Walleye



Stuff We Like For Canada 150

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h, Canada. It’s been 150 years since old Sir John A. and his Fathers of Confederation gathered together in Charlottetown to unify the colonies, and this summer people across the country will be partying harder than a moose in a toque drinking a Molson at a hockey rink (did we do that right?). And while our history has been problematic (to say the least), this is our year to reflect on our past, confront the challenges that face us in the future, and try to come together to celebrate all that is good about this great big, difficult, messy, loveable lug of a country we live in. Here is Stuff We Like for Canada 150.

122 West Frederica Street Whether you’re out at camp, taking in the events at the Marina, or chilling on a patio somewhere, this Canadian-made, hand-crafted Tilley hat is breathable, lightweight, and boasts a maximum UPF 50+ rating to keep your head cool and protected during all your outdoor celebrations.


Canadian Club Northern Harvest Rye LCBO Various Locations This Canadian rye grabbed headlines in 2015 when it was the first Canadian product to be dubbed the best whisky in the world by Whisky Bible’s Jim Murray. And with its aromas of baking spice, cooked apple/pear, rye bread, caramel and apricot and notes of oak, marmalade, anise on a warm, elegant finish, it’s easy to see why. Mix it with a some Canada Dry ginger ale for a drink that’s truly Canadian.

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Style Edit

The Fashionable Threads of a Nation By Lyle Morissette


anada Day is not only a time to celebrate our history and national identity, but also the contributions our country has made to the world. Fashion is one industry in which our enduring footprint is often overlooked and under-appreciated—especially when you take into account that we have actually gifted far more to the industry than the “Canadian tuxedo” and winter toques.

is to Canada what Brooks Brothers (circa 1818) is to the United States: a nation-defining style institution. Having started out as a series of fur trading posts, The Bay has since evolved into a renowned fashion retailer, carrying not only their own iconic horizontal band-striped in-house brand, featuring thick plush wool blankets, gloves, and scarves, but also a fine range of beloved international brands like Ralph Lauren and Topman.

We are no longer a nation of stereotypical poutine-loving, maple syrup-sipping, hockey-crazed, burly plaid-clad lumberjacks infamously renowned for saying “eh,” but rather a multicultural nation whose fashion and regional styling habits are as broad in appeal as Canada is vast in its picturesque landscape. In that light, here are four of my favourite Canadian brands, ranging from renowned heritage stalwarts to modern innovators, that have come to define our national aesthetic from one coast to the other.

Club Monaco Spiritually cosmopolitan in regards to prevailing brand aesthetic and product selection, Club Monaco (founded in Toronto in 1985 but now owned by Polo Ralph Lauren) is renowned for their midtier luxury tailoring and Euro-inspired holiday wear catering predominantly to urban professionals who appreciate quality design and brand consistency. I’d recommend turning to their in-house formalwear if you are so inclined.

Canada Goose

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Founded in 1957 and beloved worldwide by explorers (many of whom have climbed Mount Everest and ventured to both the North/South Poles), average citizens, and celebrities alike, Canada Goose is one of the most venerated and omnipresent lifestyle brands on the planet. To this day they still produce all their eminently practical, performance-driven, extreme weather outerwear in country (proudly claiming it is being “part of our national identity”). It goes without saying that when the cold weather sets in (which, let's be honest, is roughly 8-9 months of the year) there is nothing more reliable nor readily capable then a Canada Goose jacket.

A relative newcomer to the fashion scene, Montreal’s Frank and Oak has made great strides in their few scant years of existence, evolving from an online-only monthly menswear subscription service into a brickand-mortar startup with stores on both sides of the border from Vancouver to New York. Churning out specialized monthly product lines/wardrobe capsule collections that are always underscored by reliable seasonal basics (that have a distinctive minimalist aesthetic), most of what F&O produces is below $100, save for perhaps their tailoring and outerwear.

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Weather contributes to the buildup of cumulus clouds so mornings are much less likely to have showers. Late afternoon and early evening are the most likely times for showery precipitation, but it is not quite this simple because cold and warm fronts can also trigger rainfall and could happen around the clock.

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Of course, you will likely have a different perspective on two hours of rain at the same time as your special outdoor event than a thunderstorm during overnight hours. For my rating system, I would score one for each long weekend day without rain that disrupts outdoor activities. A perfect score would be three, and soggy fireworks on Saturday evening would be an automatic zero.

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hat are the odds of having three days in a row of “fair” weather in late May? Or, for that matter, on the Canada Day long weekend, the civic holiday weekend in early August, and Labour Day weekend in September? It can be very subjective, and partly depends on what your definition of “fair” is. Because of this I have decided to invent my own system to rate long weekend weather, where each

weekend is given a score out of 10 based on a basic bad-weather rubric. The odds of having precipitation during a 24-hour time period during this season are about 45%, so having some rain is likely during a three-day weekend. In this part of the world, most rainfall in the warm season happens in the form of showers and thunder showers. Daytime heating during the day

What else is important when assessing “good” weekend weather? I would assign one point per day to near-average temperatures. In Thunder Bay, average daytime temperatures in early July are 23°C and most days will fit into a range of 20 to 26°C. Some people might find parts of this range too cool, too warm, or in the words of Goldilocks, “Just right.” I would also assign another three points to cloud cover. If clear or partly cloudy skies prevail on days during a long weekend a perfect score would be three. Days with mainly overcast conditions or fog score zero. For a score out of 10 another point is needed, which I would attribute to lack of severe weather—one point for a weekend that does not contain hail, gusty winds, frequent lightning, flash flooding, or a tornado. For most, the weather this Victoria Day weekend was disappointing—all three days were cooler than average, it was almost always cloudy, and persistent rain was present on two of the three days, although there was no frost, no floods,

Good weather is often in the eye of the beholder. During a drought, farmers and gardeners would appreciate rain even on weekends, but not when planting or harvesting. Sailors wish for moderate winds but not gale force. Therefore, I am wondering if readers have ideas of improving the above system. For sure, it is more complicated than rating restaurants and hotels! Summer Weather Outlook Weather forecasting continues to improve over time. Forecasts are often close to perfect but with occasional busts. According to Paul Greeley of Environment Canada, meteorologists are now as good with their five-day forecasts as they were with three-day forecasts in 2006. “Our current Day 5 performance is at the same level as our Day 3 ten years ago. Forecasts of tomorrow’s high temperature are correct, within 3°C, 96 per cent of the time in Canada.” Thunder Bay is slightly below the Canadian city average at 94 per cent. Readers can check how well these forecasts actually perform by noting in writing what is predicted for coming weekends and what actually unfolds. Most forecasting agencies are predicting that July in the Thunder Bay area will be slightly cooler than average and sustain average rainfall. Environment Canada and the Weather Network continue this pattern until the end of August. The American Weather Service (forecast extended into our region) suggests that both temperature and precipitation will come in as average for the summer season.

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Thirty-four full-service RV sites are available with water and 50 amp/240 volt electrical service. These RV sites are located along the shore of Whiskey Jack Creek. This area has its own central washroom and shower facilities. Twelve electrical-only RV sites are available at the campground. Water is only available for filling tanks. Six of the sites have 30 amp electrical service and six have 15 amp service. Each site has a picnic table. These RV spots are located around the centre green.

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Seven modern, wheelchair-accessible cabins are available. Cabins are electrically heated and have two queen-sized beds, table and chairs, microwave and small fridge. A beautiful wooden deck at the front is perfect for relaxing in the sun.

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Approximately 16 tent sites are conveniently located in a wooded area near the main campground buildings and a large open playfield. Additional sites are situated on grassed areas adjacent to the treed areas. This unserviced area is available for group bookings for trailers and tents. This area will hold approximately 40-50 trailers. Dump Station The public dump station can be used free of charge by registered Chippewa campers. Non-registered RVs will be charged a fee.

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Tuesday Jam Sessions Join local musicians for an evening of musical entertainment every Tuesday night starting on July 4 through August 29. It is an open jam session with everybody welcome and TFOCP provide a sound system and traveling microphone. All musicians of all skill levels are welcome and new players and singers are encouraged to join us. Listeners are also encouraged to come out and be entertained and dancing is strongly endorsed. Musicians share a mix of old and new country, folk, old time rock and roll and stuff you can sing along to, including some gospel. Seating is limited to approximately the first 100, so it might be good to bring along a lawn chair or two. There is no admission fee. We will ask for a free will offering to help cover expenses. Coffee, tea and juice as well as cakes and cookies are provided at no charge. We start at 7:00 p.m. and go till 10:00 p.m. See you there!




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he 90s were such an iconic decade for music, and so many great bands came out of that era with songs that still get played on the radio today. One of the bands near the top of that least has got to be Everclear. So, when Rockhouse announced that they would be performing as part of their So Much for the Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour, I knew I had to see it. They decided to bring along two other fantastic bands from the 90s, Fastball and Vertical Horizon, who both had their fair share of chart-topping songs. Fastball was first to hit the stage and they definitely got the crowd going with a great set


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including some of their most popular hits such as “The Way” and “Out of my Head,” two songs I can still sing along after all these years. After they left the stage, next up was Vertical Horizon. By the time they started their set the crowd was almost at peak capacity and you could really feel the energy. It hit its tipping point when lead singer Matt Scannell belted out two of their biggest hits in “Everything You Want” and, of course, “Best I Ever Had.” Those two bands paved the way for the headliners, Everclear. Just as you would expect, they immediately set the tone for the rest of their set by coming out and simply

rocking the stage with “So Much for the Afterglow.” The crowd went crazy and lead singer, Art Alexis, knew he had everyone in the palm of his hand. They played so many songs, which I honestly believe everyone in the entire building actually knew off by heart. However, it was their multiple hits—and there were many—which really set the crowd off, including “Everything to Everyone,” “Father of Mine,” and “Santa Monica.” Even though it's 2017, it's amazing how easily these three bands helped everyone make it feel like the 90s again, once again singing along to hits that have continued to stand the test of time.


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Talarico Goes “All In” on Musical Career Thunder Bay Singer to Release Debut EP By Kris Ketonen


hen it came time for Thunder Bay singer Chris Talarico to introduce himself to the world, he certainly picked an appropriate song. Talarico released his debut single, the pop-country tune “I’m All In,” in fall 2016, along with an accompanying music video. And “all in” is, in Talarico’s case, more than just the title of one of his songs—it’s a good description of his approach to his burgeoning musical career. “I’ve been singing for a really long time,” Talarico says. “But I’m the type of person who had a million things on the go, and never got to any of them... Almost three years ago now I decided I was going to pick something and stick with it.” It was a karaoke competition that pushed Talarico toward choosing singing. After the contest, one of the judges, James Wilkinson, gave Talarico his card, telling the singer he’d like to work with him. “I was kinda skeptical,” he says. “But over the course of the next year, year and a half, he would message me here and there

and give me a show, and it would pay… he always kept that door open.” Talarico was inspired, signed up for some vocal lessons, and, as he puts it, “really just started working at it. I decided to put everything else aside to really centre myself on this task.” Wilkinson and Talarico continue to work together, with Mark Zubek of Toronto’s Zedd Records handling the production duties on Talarico’s music. And while “I’m All In” is Talarico’s only official release thus far, that will change soon as the singer is preparing to release his first EP later this month with a concert at Crocks. “We will have the EP there,” Talarico says. “Hopefully some merchandise. I’m going to play all the songs off the EP, and I’m going to mix it all in with my weird eclectic mix of jazz, pop and country.” Talarico’s EP release party is scheduled for July 14 at Crocks, and his official website,, is expected to be online by then too. The Walleye



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Momentum Building for Local Singer-Songwriter By Kris Ketonen


f this last year is any indication, it’s a safe bet that Thunder Bay-based Muslim singer-songwriter Usama Syed is on the verge of some pretty big things. It’s been about a year since Syed—who performs under the stage name Siedd— uploaded the first of his music videos to Youtube, a move he called an “experiment.” He’s since added a few more, and the videos—which feature Syed singing his unique brand of faith-based acapella arrangements—have, so far, garnered more than 1.7 million views in total. “I didn’t know it’d be growing this fast,” the friendly and enthusiastic Syed says. “I started getting a bunch of people from across the world really connecting with the music.” The 23-year-old Syed was born in Lahore, Pakistan, moving to Canada at age two, growing up in Mississauga. He arrived Thunder Bay with his family when he was 14. “I had no friends here,” he says. “Thunder Bay has grown a lot, but when I came here, it was very different for me.” It was that feeling of isolation that led Syed to pursue his love of music, signing up for guitar and vocal classes when he enrolled in Hammarskjold High School. “I


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just got into it,” Syed says. “I’d come home and I’d be making music from 4 p.m. to midnight on my computer, just making these beats. I was just so amazed that you can actually make music with one person.” Meanwhile, in school, Syed began to grow as a performer. “I was a very shy, and an almost socially awkward kid in high school,” he says. “But some of the teachers were really pushing me to break out of it.” As an example, Syed offers his guitar class, which included an end-of-year concert. “Our teacher, he needed a singer for one of the songs,” Syed recalls. “He knew I was also in the vocals class, so he was like ‘Usama, how about you?’ I was like ‘no, I can’t.’ He really pushed me, and then I just said ‘sure, I’ll do it,’ and I did it, and he really liked it,” he says. “So he said ‘you’re going to be doing this for the concert,’ and that was my first-ever performance in front of people. For me, it was huge.” Now, 1.7 million views later, Syed is readying his debut EP, which he expects will be available later this summer. For more information, or to hear some of his music, search out Siedd on Facebook or Youtube.

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Blues, Vibes, and Grooves Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points at The Apollo By Sydney McInnis


our nights don’t have to wrap up early this Bluesfest weekend. Let Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points carry you late into the wee hours. The band has an upcoming series of after-party shows at the Apollo during Bluesfest weekend on the evenings of July 7, 8, and 9. Mandeville is a blues and swing musician who has been recognized as an old-school Chicago blues-style singer. She grew up in Milwaukee, but calls the north side of Chicago her

home. As a child, she travelled down to Chicago frequently with her father, who was an art restorer and passionate gallerygoer. While there, they fell in love with the Chicago art scene and Mandeville found her home. Though being at home in Chicago feeds much of her creative fuel—giving her the opportunity to collaborate with legendary blues artists like Willie “Big Eyes” Smith—so does travelling, which is what will be bringing her up north to us.

During their stay in Thunder Bay, the band will also be offering workshops in a variety of areas the Saturday afternoon before the performances between 1 and 3 p.m. Mandeville has over 30 years of playing experience, and for all of those years she has been touring as the bandmaster through 12 different countries. She’ll be giving lessons in singing and songwriting as well as “Band 101,” and will also talk about starting up and running your

own record company. She wants to teach people about the relatability of blues music, and how it truly can speak to everybody’s experiences. Mandeville’s drummer, Andy Sutton, her bassist, Steve Hart, and saxophonist, Charlie Kimble, will also be offering workshops on playing blues and swing, how to blend your sound with different bands and band leaders, and also on making a career as a musician.You can sign up for the workshops at the

Apollo before the weekend of. Mandeville hasn’t passed through the Apollo in eight years, so come and experience the band while you can—all three nights. See you at the Apollo, among good vibes and grooves.

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TW: I hear you guys get into some tour hijinks with Matt Mays. Any prank wars? SR: Oh man, our all-time best! Matt and his band let off a stink bomb at one of our shows. We were completely overpowered, and they’re howling, so I started plotting my revenge. We got an old mackerel—one of the stinkiest fish—and duct-taped it to the bottom of one of their van benches. To make it worse, we bought live crickets and let them out in the van. They had to drive 18 hours from Barrie to Halifax smelling this fish, with crickets flying around. They played it cool for a long time. About one year later they cracked and told us it was the worst drive of their lives! TW: Do you have any favourite festival memories, either as performer or as a fan?

TW: Festivals—standing or sitting? SR: [laughs] We are a standers band! To be honest, I always want people to dance. I think it’s a big part of experiencing the kind of music we make—that physical letting go. We feel it onstage, we want people to feel the same way. We get that some people enjoy festivals while seated, for any number of reasons. But it’s always great to see people dancing. TW: Worst question you’ve ever been asked by an interviewer? SR: What can people expect from the show? How do you answer that? There’s going to be a band playing loud music, hopefully you like that. [laughs] I don’t know what people expect—dancing elephants? People on stilts? We’ll stop halfway through and there will be canapes and champagne? TW: Maybe one day? SR: Maybe! [laughs]

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SR: SARSStock [Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto]. Whenever I think “festival,” I think of that. We were relatively inexperienced, and the challenge of performing in front of half a million people on a hot, hot day in Toronto was so unlike anything we’d ever done before, and since. It still resonates with me. The enthusiasm of the crowd, and the heat—as Canadians,

we appreciate a hot summer day more than just about anybody else! There’s an unbridled energy that you can only find at music festivals, and the community that keeps drawing us back.

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e think of the rock steady Sam Roberts Band as being quintessentially Canadian, so it’s apt they’ll be playing Bluefest as it celebrates Canada 150. Unbeknownst to us, the feeling was mutual. The Walleye asks Sam Roberts about sitting vs. standing at festivals, prank wars on tour with Matt Mays, and why he thinks Thunder Bay is the quintessential Canadian city.

went there in my early twenties on a cross-Canada road trip with friends. The images that the name evoked—it was a place I was dying to see. I wanted to have this character fleeing an ideology he couldn’t live by to wind up in the quintessential Canadian city.

The Walleye: We’ve gotta ask. Who is the draft dodger living in Thunder Bay?

SR: From the old guard, we just lost Leonard Cohen. He’s been a hometown hero for all of us. Growing up in the 80s, I loved Grapes of Wrath, 54-40, Sloan. These days, I love the new Feist record and I’m glad to hear about Broken Social Scene getting back together. Also excited for new music from Matt Mays. There’s a lot to listen to these days.

Sam Roberts: I can’t reveal that, because he’s still on the run. [laughs] I’m kidding; It’s just a story. TW: Why choose Thunder Bay? SR: Thunder Bay is the quintessential Canadian city to me, a place on the map I’ve always been really drawn to. I first


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What is it About Canada and Music? By Gord Ellis


hat is it about Canada that makes it home to so many great singers, songwriters, and musicians? Seriously, the list of fantastic artists that call (or called) Canada home is both long and incredibly diverse. Some of whom I'd consider the A-list of Canadian singer/songwriters include the likes of Joni

Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Burton Cummings, Robbie Robertson, and Gordon Lightfoot. The total body of work by just those artists would make up about half of the great classic songs of modern rock and roll, folk rock, and roots music. The songbook of Neil Young alone includes a half dozen legitimate iconic anthems. Joni

Mitchell is both the musician’s musician and one of the all time most celebrated songwriters in modern music. Gordon Lightfoot? Every songwriter worships him. And Leonard Cohen? Forget about it. Calling him a legend doesn't quite cover it. That Canadian A-list could easily include artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Bruce

Cockburn, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Drake, Alanis Morissette, Rush, Blue Rodeo, Buffy Sainte Marie, Colin James, Feist, and, yes, Celine Dion. As a country, only England has cranked out more top shelf cultural and musical icons, and that is largely due to them taking ownership of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. Which is no small feat. But Canada still looms large. So what is it about Canada that makes it home to so many uniquely gifted artist? In my view, there is something about our winter—that cold, dark stretch of the Canadian year—that makes musicians and songwriters woodshed earlier and longer. You wake up in January, look out the window, and then go to your room to play guitar all day. The musician who is okay with a loner/ isolationist lifestyle can thrive in Canada, largely due to winter. No one bugs you and it's okay to hibernate. I think the cold of winter also creates a great opportunities for bands to really gel. Those cold winter nights don't feel so bad when you are cranking out music in the garage or basement. It's a chance to be creative and explore without feeling like you would rather be camping or fishing (with apologies to winter campers and ice fishers). I also believe experiencing the four seasons in the way most Canadians do has some impact on the creative process. For starters, it creates four solid opportunities for seasonal writing

inspiration. You can't do that in L.A. Watching the world change as radically as it does in Canada from spring to summer and fall to winter, must have some physical and psychic impacts. Perhaps those things somehow translate into great music. Canadians also have a natural affinity for music and you can see that in cities like Thunder Bay. Although our city is somewhat modest in size, we still manage to support a symphony, and a strong folk, country, blues, rock, and hip hop community. Thunder Bay-ites pack Live on the Waterfront events as well as Bluesfest and Countryfest. There is a reason why bands like Blue Rodeo pick Thunder Bay to open tours years after year here. We love good music. And we are just one of hundreds of communities across this country that support music in all it styles and genres. Canadians get it. Finally, I think the vastness of this great country, its many wild places and so much incredible beauty help to foster the artist in all of us. Whether you paint, rap, act or strum a six string, this country informs you and helps you to be open. The reality we call the Canadian experience is both unlike anything in the world and attractive to the world. This country is special and it creates a lot of magic in arts and culture. Happy 150th birthday Canada. And thank you for all the great music.

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hen you first hear the name Ukkon3n, you may think it’s the online tag of some Finnish programmer, writing the latest operating system for Nokia mobile devices. But what you actually have is the collective and creative brainchild of Tim Walters, Jon Reid, and Preston Robinson, three local Lakehead University music students who are riding their accordion-fueled spaceship high into the stars with the release of their first EP, Extravagant Pursuit. Walters, Reid, and Robinson first played together in a band called The Echo back in 2011. After a three-year run, they dissolved and reformed under the name P, T, & J, playing open mic nights at various venues around town. But as though guided by Zeus himself, the band soon changed their name to Ukkonen, the Finnish word for thunder. When they found out another band already had that name, the “E” was changed to a “3” to represent the threepiece band. They all perform vocals in the band, with Walters on accordion and guitar, Reid on bass and guitar, and Robinson

on percussion and guitar. Walters began his musical journey when he was nine by playing the accordion, but recently received classical guitar and vocal training during his time at Lakehead University. Reid began by playing electric guitar at age 12, but soon switched to bass after he fell in love with one of the greatest bass players in the metal scene, the late Cliff Burton. Robinson began with the piano at age nine, then learned guitar and drums from his cousins while developing a love and commitment to classical music throughout high school. The band’s song composition and musical styles pulls from bands like Great Big Sea, Stan Rogers, Primus, Metallica, Opeth, Dream Theater, The Beatles, and Foo Fighters, offering a fun, yet serious mix of funk, metal, prog rock, grunge, and Celtic folk. Future plans for the band include writing and recording new music and playing gigs throughout northern Ontario, including many local performances. Check out their new EP on Bandcamp, Spotify or iTunes, and find them on Facebook at Ukkon3n.

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344Graves of the 80s VHS Spawn a Second Album By Justin Allec


ust like their prototypical moniker, Thunder Bay’s VHS (abbreviated from Violent Homicidal Slasher) are back for another helping of goofy, bloody carnage, and they’re following all the rules for sequels. After the success of last year’s Screaming Mad Gore, VHS are finalizing The New Batch, due for release later this summer. The trio of Mike Hochins (vocals/ guitars), Andy Middaugh (drums), and James Laukka (bass) have once again channeled the gonzo energy and manic nostalgia of the horror movie aisle into an album choked with chills and thrills. While the horror focus could edge VHS into “full bore gore,” a more than cursorily listen shows how they skillfully meld punk and metal to better represent the source material. It’s a fan-centred, thoughtful approach that minimizes unpleasantness in favour of extreme fun: “It’s a conscious decision to stay away from anything oppressive or misogynistic,” Hochins says. “The lyrics are almost always tongue in cheek and I have absolutely no interest in trying to be offensive.” VHS had a few goals with the new album. Despite some songs dating back to the debut, The New Batch sounds like


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an ante-upping horror sequel. The riffs are cutting, Hochins’ spewed vocals more immediate, and Middaugh and Laukka’s instruments punch through thanks to better production. The attention to sound reflects the band’s adopted professionalism, a combination of label support and tireless self-promotion. Though they’re local, VHS also participate in the larger metal community. “You can play locally all you want but you’ll reach a plateau where you either have to tour or […] get the name out there in a different way,” Hochins explains. Uninterested in touring, VHS leans heavily on social media to spread their music, strengthened by a strong visual brand and extensive merchandising. Since their debut, VHS have used guest artists to add variety to their songs, a reflexive action as they’re huge fans of their collaborators. Additionally, the band has supplied music for some independent horror films, and even shot a video for the forthcoming low-budget slasher Killer Campout. By diversifying their output, VHS is ensuring that the band has a healthy future beyond The New Batch, one which can attract fans in a variety of ways. VHS might not play live very often, but like their namesake, they’re perfect to enjoy in the (dis)comfort of your own home.


The Hues of Blues

Thunder Bay Blues Society 2017 IBC Competition Story by Ken Wright, Photos by Richard Gale


he many hues of blues music were under the spotlight at The Foundry on June 3 as the Thunder Bay Blues Society presented the fifth in its ongoing series of local-level Blues Challenges. Fulfilling one of the cornerstones of its mandate, the promotion of home-grown talent, the society will sponsor one act from each of the solo/duo and band entrants to represent Thunder Bay at The Blues Foundation's 34th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2018. From the four solo/duo entrants, Still Kickin' featured Bobby Hill's unique styling on harmonica, guitar, and banjo while Arley Hughes engaged the full house of boisterous fans with her impassioned vocals on a six-pack of original songs. Clay Breiland's masterful acoustic guitar playing was a soulful journey to early country blues and Smedley B's nimble fingers romped through a set of New Orleans and boogie-woogie piano. John the Conqueror, a power trio with Clay Breiland's gripping

guitar solos and matching vocals front and centre, ramped up the party vibe. By far the most popular group of the evening was The Angies, a five-member, all-female band influenced by the early, bluesinspired days of The Rolling Stones. Sammy Chong's guitar tone-withattitude was a stand out on their set of covers by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. The Riff Riders boasted a century of combined musical experience with Bogdan Blazevic's rawboned slide guitar rocking over the never-fail rhythm section of Carol Pominville on bass and Stu Green on drums.

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1st - Arley Hughes 2nd - Clay Breiland 3rd - Still Kick'N' 4th - Smedley B

1st - The Angies 2nd - The Riff Riders 3rd - John the Conqueror

Many thanks to The Foundry for hosting, soundman Will Reedpath, the judges, all of the fans who cheered on the performers, and lead hand Rob Croves and the Thunder Bay Blues Society executive for organizing an event that reminded us that Thunder Bay is a wonderfully talented city. The results of the challenge can be viewed at

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Choeur En Supplément'Air Francophone Choir Makes Stop in Thunder Bay

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Carried by the winds of the North Atlantic, Francophone song travels and revels in the memory and the hearts of people with a strong belief in a better future. It bravely confronts the thousands of dangers faced during the crossing, and lands on the shores of the new world.

Francophone song accompanies men and women, gives them the energy they need, allows them to express their joys, their fears and to tell their story. Nature is magnificent and immense, but it is also unpredictable and demands courage and audacity. On its journey, it encounters opposing winds, but also warm and welcoming winds on which it is happily carried. The great adventure of Francophone song is above all a human adventure, filled with courage, curiosity, and determination.


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The main goals of the choir are to share and spread beautiful songs in a friendly setting where singing together is cherished, and to offer their listeners musical, artistic, and scenic performances of the highest quality. Their repertoire consists mostly of Francophone songs, both traditional and contemporary, from here and from afar, with a theme varying from year to year.

With every new experience, Francophone song must adapt, renew itself, and find its own voice. To this day, numerous cultures converge on an immense territory where a multitude of new accents can be heard.

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hoeur En Supplément'Air is a large, four-part harmony choir consisting of 300-350 adult choir members. A smaller contingent of some 40 choir members will travel from Quebec to Manitoba from July 3 to 13, with a stop in Thunder Bay on July 9.

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By Jimmy Wiggins VOD’s sound is influenced by psychedelic rock, indie rock, jazz, and surf rock but they have yet to really settle on a specific genre to describe themselves. “I used to tell people that our genre was ‘forest rock’ because it doesn't actually exist and that seemed more fitting than settling on a real genre,” explains Andrew. “We love experimenting with musical styles and genres and we try to keep a consistent and strong connection between those things without losing our originality or having a catalogue of songs that is too varied. Over the years we have written songs with different ideas or tones that we've studied from listening to other music, and through playing those songs live we find a comfortable way to keep them together without losing the band’s unique sound.”

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isions of Doyle started out as an after-school project for two friends, Andrew Domenis (guitar/lead vocals) and Skylar Speer (bass). Eventually Andrew’s brother, Aidan Domenis (drums), would join as the two brothers had grown up playing music together from a very young age. After crafting enough songs for a full set, VOD hit the scene and started playing all-ages shows to audiences of their friends and fans. Over the years there would be several lineup variations where the band would play as a trio, a four-piece and even a duo, with the Domenis brothers being the only consistent members. Ben Strachan (bass) and Dan Racco (keys/ guitar) would eventually join the band to solidify the lineup.

As for the band name, Visions of Doyle came from the character, Doyle from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel, who would have premonitions/visions anytime someone was in trouble. “He died early into season one of the show so I named the band after him as a joke and it has stuck since,” explains Andrew. Much to the dismay of their fans, VOD will be on hiatus for a while as the boys focus on finishing up their education and figuring out their next steps in life. They’ll be performing one last time together on July 14 at Black Pirates Pub with friends Ruby Reds and the Silver Lining, Soapboxer and Pedestrian Lifestyle before the band takes a break. “To our fans: we love you, thank you for all the support you've given us over the years. We are very lucky to have grown in the music scene that exists here,” says Andrew. “Thank you to all the bands and artists that have been there beside us sharing the experience. Steve Irwin and the Stingrays forever!”

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Hug of Thunder

Broken Social Scene Music, in my mind, travels a spectrum starting at mathematics and methodology and spanning over to instinct and impulse. Broken Social Scene’s latest album Hug of Thunder falls smack dab in the sweet spot on that scale, giving a perfect blend of both extremes. The first release from the collaboration in eleven years confirms

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with every track exactly where a lot of Canada’s contemporary independent music scene got its inspiration and influence. I am happy to find that the album is a perfect blend of what gives BSS its own distinct flavour while giving us a fresh new pallet to cherish. Having no technical ability in my own music, I am attracted to

performers who invoke my primal rhythms. But I am also infatuated with those artists who can turn calculations into emotion; Broken Social Scene has once again hit the nail on the head in this respect. One of few recent albums that I love from beginning to end, like a great story. - Jamie Varga


Released on April Fool’s Day this year, local trio Reverb Bomb’s Lost & Found finds its footing between psychedelic stonerrock and trippy psychobilly punk. Tracks like “Spit It Out,” “Stranger Strangers,” and “Modern Lies” swing between the dark dissonance of Desert Sessions jams and the swagger of The Cramps at their snarling, surf rock best. While the production is a bit thin in places, Reverb Bomb’s sound is undeniably carnivorous; there’s more than a bit of freewheeling anarchy in the meaty riffs of Lost & Found. Lyrically, the album’s no-bullshit punk sensibility fumbles a bit while calling out fast-talking phonies with a sneering, repetitious taunt on “Bullshitter.” When it’s not flipping punky middle fingers, Lost & Found is like taking a sugar cube laced with something wondrous and giving yourself over to the trip. Look no further than the final track, “Billy’s Ocean,” for proof. At six minutes, ten seconds, the album’s longest track tilts into epic scale, marrying a languid, grooving tempo (think “Riders on the Storm”) with confident, aggressive drive (think “Achilles’ Last Stand”). It’s a rallying cry not soon forgotten.

Remember that music video where the band’s rocking out on a desolate landscape under an endless sky? Pretty awesome, eh… except for the silly fact that their instruments are unplugged. Now, sub out whatever band you’re picturing for Iceland’s Sólstafir, and notice how the video changes. Same scene, but Sólstafir’s instruments are plugged into a wall of amps powered to go full dial. Now the setting makes sense, as Sólstafir specializes in titanic, reverberating melodies that stretch to the horizon. This grandiose post-rock has becomes Sólstafir’s modus operandi. Now, their sixth album Berdreyminn is ostensibly as guitar-based as past works, but here Sólstafir have also pushed orchestral arrangements to the forefront. The results are… uneven. While the added layers of piano and strings sometimes heighten the gigantic riffs, other times all the orchestration becomes overwrought. A little more restraint would’ve been appreciated. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of instances when Sólstafir just bust loose, which is when they’re at their best.

After a six year hiatus, Seattle indiefolk band Fleet Foxes are back with their third studio album Crack-Up. The album starts out strong with “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/ Thumbprint Scar,” a song that struck me with its eerie, hushed harmonies that set the uneasy tone of the album. However, this vocal quality remains consistent throughout almost the entirety of the album and begins to lose its impact. Musically, Crack-Up tends to favour a steady, marching beat throughout the majority of its 11 tracks which, in tandem with the unchanging vocals, leads to a slightly monotonous sonic landscape. Nevertheless there were some impressive lapses of conformity found, particularly on “Mearcstapa” with its moody, emotive guitars and in the hectic drum bursts that frequent “Third of May/Odaigahara.” Overall, Crack-Up delivers in the creation of a heavy, emotive mood but could benefit from some melodic variety.

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Long Strange Trip

Amir Bar-Lev

Clocking in at just under fours hours, Long Strange Trip is an extensive examination of the legendary rock band Grateful Dead. From their formation in the San Francisco Bay Area at the height of the 1960s counterculture movement to the death of frontman Jerry Garcia, the documentary features various interviews with band members, roadies, biographers, various Deadheads (including Minnesota Senator Al Franken), and archival footage of Garcia. With a longer running time, director Amir Bar-Lev is able to almost use a Ken Burns approach to the documentary examining the complicated and chaotic history of the band. Like Garcia’s live guitar solos, the film does meander off path at moments but for the most part seems to find it’s way back. If you’re not a Deadhead going into Long Strange Trip, chances are you’ll be one by the time the credits roll. - Adrian Lysenko

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters follows Elizabeth, a blind woman living at a nursing home, and Morgan, a teen forced to perform community service cleaning the graffiti she spraypainted on the nursing home’s fence. After Elizabeth’s father’s old journals are recovered from a shipwreck, she enlists Morgan to help her go through them, thinking they may contain the answers to mysteries of her youth. In doing so, they start to uncover their deep connections to each other, both embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the process. The story starts by using the journals to explore the past, but Pendziwol better showcases characters who are brimming with personality and emotions after Elizabeth starts relating her first-hand experiences. Though the narration occasionally hurts the story’s realism, the author has a flair for description, and The Lightkeeper’s Daughters is at its best when we’re transported to a vivid landscape that Pendziwol obviously knows well and just as clearly loves.

The Last Neanderthal

Claire Cameron

Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal presents two intertwined stories: one of Girl, a Neanderthal, and Rosamund Gale, an archaeologist working in present-day France. Girl’s tale of survival after the loss of most of her family draws the reader into her world, one filled with dangers we can only imagine. In counterpoint, we have Gale’s narrative in present-day France as she works to unravel the mystery of the discovery of a Neanderthal and a modern human skeleton together. While Gale’s challenges are much more familiar to us, the book also highlights the characters’ similar experiences. Consider this well-written and engaging novel for your summer reading. - Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

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Unleash the Archers Apex represents 10 years of Unleash the Archers, the fourth full-length from the band and possibly their most completely realized album to date. Apex blends great storytelling (it’s a concept album involving bloody battles, immortal characters, and tainted bloodlines) with epic power metal without succumbing to the cheese factor many bands rely on. Instead of the “over the top” guitar histrionics and almost laughable vocals, Unleash the Archers keep everything tight and tasteful, a controlled fury. The band has a formidable voice in front person Brittney Slayes and blending her epic vocals with occasional melodic death metal growls (and the surprisingly great clean vocals of guitarist Andrew Kingsley Saunders) gives the band a little more depth than many of its peers. Unleash the Archers are perfecting their craft and have definitely hit their stride on Apex. Highly recommended and likely the metal album you will hear blasting out of car windows all around town this summer.


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A True Folk Art Treasure The Chippewa Park Carousel By Laurie Abthorpe


hippewa Park, upon its opening in 1921, quickly became known as Fort William’s favoured picnic ground and general recreational area. An early addition to Chippewa Park was a merry-go-round purchased in 1926 by the Public Utilities Commission. The merry-go-round had children lining up eager to pay a nickel to enjoy three rides. In 1934, Maude King with her travelling carnival arrived at Fort William’s Chippewa Park. While operating in the park, Mrs. King’s business fell into bankruptcy, forcing the decision to sell her carousel to the park’s board for $583.33. The carousel became the replacement for the existing well-used merrygo-round. Known as the Chippewa Park Carousel, this amusement at Chippewa Park has remained a favourite of residents and visitors alike for almost 90 years. However, it wasn’t until the mid- to late-1980s that the true value of the Chippewa Park Carousel began to be realized. Years of paint had left the horses looking more like stationary blocks of wood versus the galloping stallions they had been carved to be. A Thunder Bay Parks employee tasked with repainting the carousel


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decided to sand down the horses first. The true expert craftsmanship of the carved horses was revealed and shown to the parks manager. The discovery was then shared with representatives of the Royal Ontario Museum, who encouraged an evaluation of the carousel. Frederick Fried, North America’s principal authority on three dimensional folk art, was invited to assess the carousel in 1988. He praised its authenticity and declared it a C.W. Parker original. This magnificent and valuable carousel was built by the selfproclaimed “Amusement King” C.W. Parker. Constructed between 1918 and 1920 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the carousel is a “County Fair” model built to be dismantled for easy travel from town to town by rail or horse-drawn wagon. With a platform diameter of 42 feet, the carousel features 28 jumping horses side by side along with two chariots that seat four each. Parker was inspired by the Kansas countryside and midwestern culture and used strictly horses on his carousels. Each horse took approximately 40 hours to construct. The Chippewa

Architecture Park Carousel comes from the time period where German prisoners of war were allowed to work for Parker. These talented and gifted craftsmen produced what Fried referred to as “horses of great character and distinction.” This particular style of the C.W. Parker carousel or “carry-us-all” is one of only three of its kind in North America that remain intact. In 1991, the City of Thunder Bay formally designated the Chippewa Park Carousel as a “historically significant structure” under the Ontario Heritage Act. A newly formed group of volunteers know as Friends of The Chippewa Park Carousel, is currently working towards raising the funds required to complete a Heritage Conservation Plan for the carousel. Donna Gilhooly, a member of the group, explained that the plan will look at the structure as a whole as well as the individual horses, recording the carousel and all of its parts appropriately. The plan's intent will lead towards a full restoration that will celebrate the rarity of this historic and culturally valuable carousel. Laurie Abthorpe is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee, which advises city council on the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources, and their integration into development. For more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit culture_and_heritage.

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Avoiding Excess-Fest By Ellen Mortfield, Executive Director, EcoSuperior


or all the festivals happening in our region this summer, success to the organizers is usually measured in the form of ticket sales and the attendance of the masses. Events like Bluesfest, Terrace Bay Dragfest, Ribfest, and Country Fest have already established a huge following. But wherever there are big crowds, there is the potential for an “excess-fest,” an event measured by an excess of waste, litter, and garbage, excessive greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation, and a plethora of impacts on

surrounding ecosystems. Thankfully, many event organizers in the region are taking advantage of opportunities to reduce environmental impacts from these massive events. Facilities like the City of Thunder Bay Water Bar can reduce waste from plastic water bottles by providing a free water refill station. The Bike Valet provides secure event parking for bikes, so people can cycle to an event instead of driving. Food vendors can choose to focus on local producers, helping to support our area farmers.

It is really encouraging to see some event organizers putting more effort into a sustainable operation. For example, BrewHa and Savour Superior both provide re-usable glasses, so patrons can wash up and continue sampling with the same cup. You might notice some vendors and events this year eliminating plastic straws—one of the world’s largest contributors to plastic pollution. Balloons are another big source of plastic pollution, as well as real hazard to wildlife when they inevitably escape, and there are many more

eco-friendly décor items, such as re-usable flags. But as event participants and attendees, you also have a responsibility to reduce your own eco-footprint at all these summer festivals by using the facilities that are available, and requesting those that are not. If you don’t see enough recycling bins, or if you notice litter bins overflowing, let the organizers know. If a vendor offers you extra napkins and straw, say no thanks. Bring a refillable water bottle with you, and consider packing your own reusable plate

and utensils as well. Ask if bike parking is available, and plan to ride to the event if possible, use the shuttle service or at least carpool with friends. Summer festivals are a great opportunity for all of us to be the changemakers!

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Health Every year in Canada, second-hand smoke causes 800 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers. Second-hand smoke can also pose health risks to unborn babies, infants, and children. In 1994, Ontario passed the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). This legislation identifies smoke-free spaces including playgrounds, sports fields, and restaurant and bar patios. In 2016, public, private, and psychiatric hospitals and their properties became smoke-free spaces, and by January 1, 2018, all hospitals must be 100% smoke-free (no designated smoking areas). Organizations can also implement their own smoke-free policies. Evaluations of the smoke-free regulations at playgrounds, sports fields, and restaurant and bar patios showed a decrease in second-hand smoke exposure. Within the first year, people who smoke reported smoking less frequently at these venues, and subsequently, survey respondents reported less exposure to secondhand smoke than the previous year (especially on patios). What’s more is that a third of survey respondents believed their

Smoke-Free Spaces Becoming More Commonplace By Sara Chow, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


moke-free spaces are becoming more common, as smoking tobacco is restricted at more and more events and organizations. In Thunder Bay, events such as the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE), all city events at the waterfront (Movie Nights on the Waterfront, Live on the Waterfront, etc.) and organizations such as Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have declared their events and properties smoke-free spaces in the last few years. It’s an important public health strategy.


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Smoke-free spaces aim to reduce physical and social exposure to smoking, and are meant to protect people from secondhand smoke and support people to quit smoking. There is no safe exposure level to cigarette smoke, and that’s why it’s important to protect the public from it. In fact, second-hand smoke has the same chemicals as the smoke inhaled by a smoker. So, if you are standing in line next to someone who is smoking, you and everyone else around you are, in some respects, smoking too.

use of these venues would increase with the new smoking regulations in place, and almost half (42%) of the survey respondents who smoked believed that the new smoking regulations would help them quit or cut down their smoking. Smoke-free spaces make smoking more inconvenient and eliminate smoking triggers and cues for people who are actively trying to quit. It is important to keep in mind that the majority of people do not smoke. Smoke-free spaces protect the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and encouraging more quit attempts. More smoke-free spaces are coming as part of Canada’s Tobacco Endgame, where the goal is to decrease tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035. Although this comes with some controversy, the purpose isn’t to discriminate against people who smoke, but to focus on maintaining and improving the health of others. For more information on quitting smoking, visit

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JulyEventsGuide June 30–July 1, 7 and 10 pm Stand-Up Comedy with Bobby Knauff Crickets Comedy Club

Join stand-up comedian Bobby Knauff for a night of laughs. Two shows. Tickets $10. ) 707-0584

July 1, 10 am–5 pm Canada Day Celebration Fort William Historical Park

Come dressed in your red and white patriotic best and show off your Canadian pride at Fort William Historical Park’s Canada 150th birthday party! Celebrate with a variety of activities and contests throughout the day. 

July 1, 11 am Canada Day 150 Party West Thunder Community Centre

Celebrate Canada 150 at West Thunder Community Centre! This free, all ages event features bouncy castles, RC JET show, Zorba Ball races, horse and pony rides, an antique car show, a vendors’ market and more! ) 475-9396

July 1, noon July 1 Party Red Lion Smokehouse

Come down to Red Lion Smokehouse to celebrate Canada Day Thunder Bay style with a Persian-eating contest, live music from The Gin Tonics, a Tap Takeover and more! 

July 1, 5 pm Canada Day on the Waterfront Marina Park

Come out and join thousands of fellow Thunder Bayers in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday at Marina Park. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

July 1–2, 10 am–3 pm Hovland Art Festival Hovland Community Center, Hovland, MN

The festival showcases art from local artists and will feature pottery, photography, lathe-turned wood bowls, beeswax products, painted gourds, fiber art, woodcarving, beadwork, painting, leather work, birch bark art, and more. *

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9:30 am–noon Kakabeka Farmers’ Market Kakabeka Legion

Now in its fourth year, the producerbased Kakabeka Farmers’ Market continues its emphasis on fresh, local foods. You’ll find fresh local vegetables and fruits in season, local meats (chicken, pork, beef, and veal), preserves made from local ingredients, delicious baked goods and more! Local crafters also offer woodwork, apparel and jewelry. 

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4 pm Bronze Pour at Last Chance Studio Lutsen, MN

Stop by to see how cast bronze sculptures are made. It’s fiery and exciting when the bronze is liquid. Come watch new one-of-a-kind bronze sculptures emerging in the foundry. Sculptors Tom Christiansen and Greg Mueller will pour hot metal and explain the casting process. Free and open to the public. 

July 1–July 31 Neechee: Free Art Workshops for Indigenous Youth Fort William First Nation

Neechee Studio is pairing up with Die Active for an art filled summer. Indigenous youth ages 13-30ish can come out for free art workshops until the end of July! Neechee will be holding special projects at the FWFN Community centre where Die Active members are encouraged to join in, including painting a graffiti mural on a building on the mountain! Check Facebook (Neechee Studio & Die Active Art Collective) for full details! 







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July 1–August 31 Die Active: Free Art Workshops Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Die Active is live! Free art workshops all summer long for emerging artists ages 14-30ish! For the full schedule of graffiti painting, sculpture building and GoPro workshops join the Die Active Art Collective Facebook page, and keep your stink eye on the events and wall posts for locations/times of all the summer dirtbag-ery. 

July 5, 3:30–5 pm Mommy Matters Venue TBA

Are you pregnant and interested in meeting other pregnant women? If so, consider volunteering for the Mommy Matters groups being evaluated by researchers at Lakehead University. The groups include a variety of activities, such as relaxation exercises, mindful meditation, arts and crafts, gardening, nutrition, and gentle stretching. * MommyMatters@

July 5, 8–10 pm Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament Red Lion Smokehouse

Are you a Rock, Paper, Scissors champion? Pit your skills against the masses to find out. Entry is $5 per person. Winner receives $50 cash. 

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 am–noon EcoSuperior Central Natural Environment Gardens Volunteer Days Central Natural Environment Gardens

July 7–8 From Farm to Smoker Red Lion Smokehouse

Once a month Red Lion takes delivery of a whole animal from a local producer and use everything they can from nose to tail to make some tasty dishes. This weekend they will be featuring a whole lamb. 

July 8 Angler Young Angler Fish Derby McKeller Boat Launch

Started in 1998, Angler and Young Angler Fishing tournaments were established to enable youth with the opportunity to fish in a competitive tournament atmosphere. Teams consist of two young anglers and one adult angler. AYA Events consist of a full day of fishing followed by weighins, prizes, awards and of course a BBQ. 

July 8, 8:30 am–5 pm Introductory Beekeeping Workshop Lakehead University

This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants of all experience levels are welcome.  outreach/workshops

July 8, 7 pm Improv Comedy Finlandia Club

The Cambrian Improv Players present a night of comedy. Everything is made up on the spot. No scripts, just fun! You may have a chance to participate, so be ready! Tickets are $5. 

Love to garden? Volunteer with EcoSuperior at Central Natural Environment Gardens. Come out and help keep the gardens looking beautiful this summer! 

July 8–9 Grand Marais Art Festival Grand Marais, MN

July 6, 13, 20, 27 RFDA Summer Days RFDA

July 9, 8 am SUPerior SUP Race and Expo Wild Goose/Silver Harbour

Your child’s summer destination for cooking, gardening, and community spirit! Check out their awesome summer line up! Each week is unique. For children 7–11. ) 622-7440

Local artists showcase their work. See this month’s cover story for more info. 

July 9, 8:30 am–5 pm Integrated Pest Management for Beekeeping Lakehead University

This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop or course and/or have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending.  outreach/workshops

July 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, & 30 Canoe Unto Others or The Chillin’ Villain of Chippewa Chippewa Park

Melodrama is back at Chippewa! See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info. 

July 10–16 Staal Open Whitewater Golf Club

Now in its fourth year, the annual tournament brings together rising golf stars and professional hockey players for five days of exciting golf, all in the name of charity. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

July 11, noon–4 pm Teddy Bears’ Picnic Vickers Park

Children, parents and teddy bears are invited to enjoy an afternoon of free crafts, activities, and entertainment. Highlights of the day include the Teddy Bear Parade and Boo Boo Bear Station to bandage much loved teddy bears. ) 625-2487

July 11–22 Mama’s Country Record Collection Magnus Theatre

Mama’s Country Record Collection is a musical romp featuring performances of crowd-pleasing country hits of the 1960s and 1970s. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

A full day of events including SUP yoga, races, demos/clinics, and a sunset blues paddle. See this month’s City Scene section for more info.  superiorpaddleboarding






July 14–16 Woody’s Trailer World & Princecraft Salmon Fun Derby Marina Park

All you need is a ticket to enter the derby for a chance to win a number of the fabulous prizes up for grabs. You don’t have to catch the biggest salmon to win as there are numerous mystery and draw prizes to be won throughout the week. Get your tickets now at Woody’s Trailer World or D&R Sporting Goods! 

July 15, 3 pm Festival of India Marina Park

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of India right here in Thunder Bay. See this month’s cover story for more info. 

The launch of the series of free workshops in Thunder Bay. See this month’s Art section for more info. 

July 20–23 Karnival on the Kam Fort William Historical Park

A thrilling four-day carnival to celebrate the sesquicentennial. 

July 20, 22, 28, & 30 The Game’s Afoot Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays, presented by the Grand Marais Playhouse 

July 21, 23, 27, & 29 The Pajama Game Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

July 24 Fred Bragnalo Memorial Golf Tournament Fort William Country Club

July 28–30 Love and Kindness Festival Finmark, ON

Annual garden tour, presented by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. 

Take part in a great afternoon of golf and an evening of fun, fundraising, as well as a silent auction. 

July 24–28 Beat the Heat Photo Week Confederation College

Do you love taking photos with your phone and/or digital camera but can’t figure out how to capture anything more than simple snapshots? Want to go from random snapper to top-end photographer? Discover something different this summer with the college’s week-long photography camp for youth. *

July 24–28 Horizon Intercity Shopping Centre Parking Lot

A 360-degree cinematic journey into the heart of Canada. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info. 

July 25, noon–7:30 pm 5th Annual Girls Day Out VON Charity Golf Event Whitewater Golf Club

Presented by Grand Marais Playhouse, this 1955 Tony Award winner for Best Musical claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical over half a century later, proving that the story is truly timeless. 

Since 2013, this four-gal best-ball event has raised over $77,000 for community support programs offered by VON. Included with registration; green fees/cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. All skill levels are welcome! This year’s theme this year is the Oscars! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favourite movie characters. 

July 22 Canadian Coasters 50th Anniversary Cross-Canada Tour Current River Park

July 27, 11:30 am Thunder Bay Chamber Golf Classic Whitewater Golf Club

July 22, 10 pm Music Bingo Red Lion Smokehouse

July 28, noon–4 pm Neighbourhood Fun Day Centennial Square

Presented by the Lakehead Antique Car Club, this giant car show features some unique vehicles including a 1948 Chevy Ambulance - more than 200 cars! Registration of cars is free of charge, and there is free admission to the public. 

Music Bingo combines your favourite tunes with traditional bingo. Each player receives a Music Bingo card with a random assortment of songs titles and artists. Instead of calling out numbers, the DJ plays the music! Singing along is recommended. Bring your friends, grab a beer, and get ready to win some prizes. $2 per card or 3 cards for $5 

A professional, multi-disciplinary arts festival. 

A three-day celebration of love, life, music, art, and spirit. See this month’s cover story for more info. 

29th Anniversary Definitely Superior Art Gallery Members & Die Active Exhibition: This diverse annual exhibition always draws out the best and most vibrant eclectic/experimental art, by 100+ new generation, emerging, and established professional artists. Visiting Vancouver Indigenous Artists - Jeneen Frei Njootli (multimedia performance/installation) and Amanda Strong (film): Two award-winning solo exhibitions by internationally known artists who draw from both their Indigenous heritage and contemporary art ideas/techniques. Jeneen will also be giving a sound performance and talk at the gala opening. Celebrate DefSup’s 29 year history of artistic excellence and support to over 19,500 contemporary artists. Enjoy art, live music, b-day cakes, visiting artist talks, volunteer appreciation draws, and catered summer refreshments! (all ages/by donation). Exhibition runs until August 12. 

July 19, 6 pm Great Lakes for Great Art Launch Marina Park

July 28–30 Superior Theatre Festival Various Locations

July 29 Die Active Y-Art Sale Bay and Algoma

Now in its seventh year, the Die Active Y-Art Sale is a one of a kind opportunity for emerging artists to sell their work. See this month’s Top Five for more info. 

July 29–30 Bay Algoma Buskers Festival Bay and Algoma Shopping District

A street festival featuring buskers from Thunder Bay and around the world. See this month’s cover story for more info.  buskers-festival

Until September 10 Thirty Five Years of Collecting: A Survey of Key Works From the Collection Thunder Bay Art Gallery

This exhibition will feature works selected from the gallery’s 1600+ permanent collection gathered over the last 35 years. 

Until September 24 The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists from the North Thunder Bay Art Gallery

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July 14, 7 pm Gala Opening + B-Day & Appreciation Party, 29th Anniversary DefSup Members & Die Active Show, Visiting Vancouver Indigenous Artists Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Join Red Lion for a four-course meal and tutored beer tasting. The evening’s menu has been developed with craft beer lovers in mind, pairing a selection of classic dishes with delicious craft beers from Ontario and beyond. A vegetarian menu is also available. Each course will be paired with a different beer and will be introduced by their Cellar Manager. Tickets are $49.45 per person (excluding tax & fees). Ticket price includes 15% gratuity. 

July 23, 10 am–4 pm Garden Tour Various

National Aboriginal Day

An approximately 3 km loop of Kamview’s muddiest trails, gnarliest single-track, and natural obstacles! You’ll have to climb over, crawl under, or wade through! Single loop or double the mud! Also featuring a kids’ mini-mudder! 

July 19, 6–8 pm Beer and Food Pairing Red Lion Smokehouse

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July 14, 6:30 pm Midsummer Mudslinger Mudrun Kamview Nordic Centre

An art exhibit to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. See story in this month’s Art section for more info. 

Join members of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for a nine-hole tournament dedicated to connecting partcipants with Chamber Members featuring engaging new adventures, experiences, and treats at every hole. *

An exciting community event supported by Anishnawbe Mushkiki and RFL Holdings in support of the RFDA. Food drive, live entertainment, food trucks, kid’s inflatables, and much more! 

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Music July 1 Folk’n Saturday Afternoons The Foundry 1 pm • No Cover • 19+ Canada Day w/ the Gin Tonics Red Lion Smokehouse 9:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ BPP 10th Annual Canada Day Bash Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+ Canada 150 The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 2 Sundays in the Park w/ Flipper Flanagan Chippewa Park 2 pm • No Cover • AA PA Legion Open Jam Branch 5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • AA DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 3 Every Folk’N Monday Night The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

Dr. Buck & the Blues Bangers Branch 5 Legion 8 pm • $TBA • 19+ Jean-Paul De Roover Red Lion Smokehouse 9:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ SIANspheric w/ Greenbank + Cold Lake Sun Crocks 10 pm • $8 • 19+

Irish Sessions Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

Taw Connors Tribute to Tom Connors CLE Coliseum 7:30 pm • $25 • AA

Jazzy Thursday Nights The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

Irish Sessions Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ Prime Time Karaoke Branch 5 Legion 8:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ Open Stage Thursdays The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

Dom Flemons Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais 7:30 pm • $5-$20 • AA

July 14 Hunt & Gather w/ Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining Crocks 10 pm • $5 • 19+

Visions of Doyle Farewell Show Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 21 The Mip Power Trio w/ Thirsty Monks The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 15 Folk’n Saturday Afternoons The Foundry 1 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 22 Folk’n Saturday Afternoons The Foundry 1 pm • No Cover • 19+

Craig Smyth Red Lion Smokehouse 9:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

My Son the Hurricane w/ Bridal Party The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 16 Sundays in the Park w/ In Denial Chippewa Park 2 pm • No Cover • AA

WERQ presents Drag & DJ Party Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

Folk’n Saturday Afternoons The Foundry 1 pm • No Cover • 19+

Sundays in the Park w/ Gravel Road Chippewa Park 2 pm • No Cover • AA PA Legion Open Jam Branch 5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • AA DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

Irish Sessions Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 10 Every Folk’N Monday Night The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

Prime Time Karaoke Branch 5 Legion 8:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

Open Stage Thursdays The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 11 The Best Karaoke In Thunder Bay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

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Open Jam Espresso Joya 7 pm • No Cover • AA

DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 5 Sun K The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+


Jazzy Thursday Nights The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

5 Year Anniversary All-Star Open Stage The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 9 Thunder Bay Blues Festival 2017 Marina Park 11:30 am • $75-$175 • AA

July 7 Thunder Bay Blues Festival 2017 Marina Park 4 pm • $75-$175 • AA

Jazzy Thursday Nights The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 8 Thunder Bay Blues Festival 2017 Marina Park 11:30 am • $75-$175 • AA

July 4 The Best Karaoke In Thunder Bay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 27 All Ages Rock Showcase Black Pirates Pub 8 pm • $6 • AA

Prime Time Karaoke Branch 5 Legion 8:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

The A Team as Ed Sheeran + Selfies as Big Shiny 90s The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

Jazzy Thursday Nights The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 20 Open Jam Espresso Joya 7 pm • No Cover • AA

DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 6 Open Jam Espresso Joya 7 pm • No Cover • AA

July 13 Open Jam Espresso Joya 7 pm • No Cover • AA

July 12 Live on the Waterfront w/ Mary Walker, Ryan McDonald of the Honest Heart Collective, and the White Buffalo Marina Park 6 pm • No Cover • AA

PA Legion Open Jam Branch 5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • AA DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 17 Every Folk’N Monday Night The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 18 The Best Karaoke In Thunder Bay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ July 19 Live on the Waterfront w/ Rag Maple and The Once Marina Park 6 pm • No Cover • AA Maverick Cinema The Foundry 9 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 23 Sundays in the Park w/ The Gin Tonics Chippewa Park 2 pm • No Cover • AA PA Legion Open Jam Branch 5 Legion 8pm • No Cover • AA DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 24 Every Folk’N Monday Night The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 25 The Best Karaoke In Thunder Bay The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ July 26 Live on the Waterfront w/ Robin Ranger, Jean-Paul De Roover, and Nadjiwan Marina Park 6 pm • No Cover • AA

Irish Sessions Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ Prime Time Karaoke Branch 5 Legion 8:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ Open Stage Thursdays The Foundry 10 pm • No Cover • 19+ DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 28 British Night ft. The Gin Tonics Red Lion Smokehouse 9:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ The Bay Street Bastards The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 29 Folk’n Saturday Afternoons The Foundry 1 pm • No Cover • 19+ James Boraski Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 6:30 pm • No Cover • AA Nazareth Farewell Tour Rockhouse 8 pm • $50 • 19+ Morning Light w/ Jennis The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

July 30 Sundays in the Park w/ The JC Wilkinson Band Chippewa Park 2 pm • No Cover • AA PA Legion Open Jam Branch 5 Legion 8 pm • No Cover • AA DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

July 31 Every Folk’N Monday Night The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+ DJ Bevs Dragon’s Den 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

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4 Mastodon

2 MANdolinMAN


Zoho Music

2 Ninjaspy*

1 Divanhana



4 Greg Skaff 5 Nate Najar Trio



5 The Purveyors Of Free Will*

Second Act


Unfolding The Roots


3 Lenkkodek (Eccodek + Lenka Lichtenberg)*

Emperor Of Sand


5 Body Count


The Century Family Inc.

Open My Ears

Big Mind

Outside The Rectangular Prism

Madic Records

11 Blondie

Fontana North

This Month's Show Spotlight:

Fresh Air

Royal Mountain

10 Walrus*

Universal Music Canada


4 LCD Soundsystem


Luke Vibert Presents UK Garave Vol. 1


2 Luke Vibert

Royal Mountain

Parts of Me


3 Alex Goodman*

17 Mac DeMarco*

20 Hooded Fang*


4 Gorillaz

3 StegoSarahs*

This Old Dog

2 Louis Hayes

18 Arcade Fire*

Partisan Records

Pure Comedy

2 The Black Angels

1 Nicholas Payton

16 Father John Misty Sub Pop

Lo Único Constante


ARC Music

5 Alex Cuba*

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3 Haviah Mighty*

Flower City


4 Sadistik


Equal Vision Records

5 Detroit Illharmonic Symphony

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theWall national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, recently told law faculty graduates at the University of Toronto and the Munk School of Global Affairs, “Recognition of First Nations as founding peoples is the ultimate expression of reconciliation that Canada can extend to first peoples.”

Reconcile or Party On? By Betty Carpick


ational celebrations are complicated. Strategic priorities buttressed by the promise of economic, social, and cultural impacts are intended to break down barriers and reinvigorate a sense of national pride and local identity. Public and private organizations encourage citizens to come together in celebration by hosting festivals, commemorative initiatives, and leveraging branding on everything from bandages to ketchupflavoured chips.

Many people, keenly aware that the inhabited land we now call Canada is far older than 150 years, see the celebration as a glossing over of what came before Confederation and what’s happened since. Consequently, some of the intended buzz is more of a disaffected hiss. The models for the successful festivities in 1967 (100 years) and 1992 (125 years) are challenged by asking what role our Canadian government is taking in building on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

A 2016 survey by the Environics Institute in partnership with seven leading Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations revealed that many Canadians don’t know about Indigenous issues and Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary relationships with Canada and other Canadians. Perhaps each of us can make it a priority to commit to endorsing the official recognition of Indigenous peoples as one of the country’s founding peoples before the year is over. Phil Fontaine, former

In Thunder Bay, we can also promise to truly acknowledge and understand our existing challenges to address the serious barriers that stand in the way of building healthy, reciprocal relationships. We can begin to learn more about the original custodians of the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Nation. For thousands of years, beginning in the Paleo-Indian period during the final glacial episodes around 9,500 BP (Before Present), Aboriginal peoples of diverse cultural traditions occupied the Lake Superior region. The nomadic people lived in small groups and moved with the seasonal availability of fish, game, wild grains, and other food, clothing, and shelter sources. Like other First Nations groups across Canada, the people lived in harmony with nature, with a spiritual worldview based on an ethic of generosity, reciprocity, and redistribution. We can honour this foundation and way of life. We can learn about how the search for the Northwest Passage in the 1600s brought French explorers, traders, and Jesuit missionaries to the great inland sea, Kitchigami (present day Lake Superior) where they “discovered”

the wealth of the Indigenous people’s vast trade network. In 1671, a Peace and Friendship Treaty was signed in the name of France’s King Louis XIV to establish community bonds between 14 tribes from the upper Great Lakes, the Ojibway understood that the land was a fully shared resource while the French were intent upon ownership for territorial advantages. When the first trading post was established at Baie du Tonnerre (present day Thunder Bay) in 1679, significant impacts on Indigenous boundaries, trade, and way of life continued to unfold as conflicts between the French and the British were guided by a lust for control over the fur trade. While the Europeans relied on the knowledge and skills of the First Nations to adapt and survive in the new environment, when it came down to furthering European agendas to control the western end of Lake Superior, the rights of the Native Peoples were systematically ignored with royal proclamations, treaties, and other transactions. We can accept that the legacies of historic and modern-day treaties and appropriation of land are undeniably a part of our shared history. Celebrating Canada 150 is a choice. Taking action to officially establish Canada’s Indigenous peoples as founding peoples along with the French and the British is a responsibility. Together, we can make it possible to protect Indigenous languages, cultures, history, traditions, and laws.

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The Education of Alan Woodruff Excerpt from the Novel By John Pringle


he buzz overhead is closer than before. The boy in the hut looks up from his book to a hinged beak snatching a pinch of garbage an acre wide. A massive gulping cargo snout. A second hum behind. His surroundings lift. “Mr. Keeps! Help!” Too late to jump… tilted back, submerged and somersaulted into the chambered belly of a hovering craft. He clambers to the surface, bruised and scraped, fighting the conveyor’s tumult until a new load spills. A scream of metal grinding below. The flow halts and reverses to clear the jam. He covers his ears with grimy hands. Darkness, save the maw of light when a fresh bite of earthling rubbish is engorged. He stumbles, wades and rolls toward that beacon. The feeding door clamps shut. Another door opens above. Two men descend a steel stairway, flashlights mounted on hard hats. They peer at gauges mounted on the steel wall. “That compactor never did work right. Tell Peters to jam it through. We can always run it through again…” “It won’t go—” “It’ll go where it’s shoved!” He keeps to the shadows under the stairway and when the men’s backs are turned pulls himself monkey-like along the railing, scampers up steps through the doorway down a hall lit in pistachio-green fluorescence. A junction sign reads, To Mess Hall and Sleeping Quarters. Wafts of garlic and

roast meat tingle and tease. He salivates as muffled machinery vibrates through his bowels. The boy avoids capture for three days until Galfy, the cook, notices lower levels in the compost and a smudge of dirt at the table he’d rendered spotless the night before. Galfy, bald, lascivious, and sour with halitosis lies in wait. Catches the stowaway gnawing the roast bone stolen from the fridge. The boy twists under the grip of gnarled hands, grasped by hair and leg. He flails with elbows and feet until Galfy slams him to the floor, lays a cleaver against his throat. “I’ll cut your neck if you don’t lie still! It’ll be your bones the captain and crew will be gnawing. Spring lamb I’d call it. Pass the mint jelly… heh, heh, heh.” The cook keeps his fist enmeshed in greasy hair, pushes him down a shimmering hallway to the control room, neon blue from a video screen. Captain Nantosh Tucket swivels in his chair, inhaler in hand. Behind him, through the clear shield, stars cast a backdrop behind an image of Captain Tucket projected on the monitor. “Excuse me, Captain, but we have a wee mouse aboard.” Tucket switches off the screen, his image dissolving. He fingers the inhaler and, with glittering eyes, regards the boy. “He smells.” “Aye, that he does.” Galfy raises the boy’s chin. “How did you get here?” The captain’s voice punchy and hoarse. His eyebrows, like grey

boy Roland, Cleanse, digital illustration

slugs, curve together over the arc of a crooked nose. Eyes bloodshot and rheumy, surmounted by a pile of white hair. He licks his lips with a liverish tongue, wiggling it against the scumchalked corners of his mouth.

I meant the compactor.”

The boy stares at the captain as if he is another life form.

The captain slouches, raises the inhaler, delivers himself a charge and his gaze blurs out of focus. He shudders and blinks. “Put him in the brig for now. Lock him up tight. I’ll deal with it later.”

“Speak to the captain!” Galfy makes the boy gasp with a shake of his arm. “I live in the pits. I was reading in my hut. Didn’t hear you loading in time.” “Bring him closer, Galfy.” The captain pries open the boy’s mouth and peers in. Squeezes a bicep. “Humph! Nothing but skin and bone. Can you put him to work, Galfy?” “Don’t want him, Captain. I already have little Jeppy, who’s mostly unnecessary.” What to do with him, then?” “Captain, if I may be so bold, we could send him on his way.” “I won’t turn this ship around for— ” “No, sir. I didn’t mean that.

“Oh, aye. There is that. What’s one more piece of garbage, eh?” “Exactly, sir.” “Heh. Hmmm.”

Galfy leaves with the boy, and the captain leans his head back against the rest. He clicks on the screen again and admires himself. ~ Besides an array of serpents, First Mate Mealey’s body is tattooed with tentacles of a giant probing squid. The weird languorous arms of this sea creature, long extinct, feed her dreams as do silky flicks of snake tongue against neck and thigh. She squirms in her bunk as the alarm squeals. Blinks and stirs, rises to her feet. Adjusting the personal waste

eliminator, she sets the suction prefix and plugs in. After her shower the vanity helmet descends from the ceiling and she opens her mouth to allow cleansing of each tooth, flossing, brushing, and then gently scraping her tongue. The earwax probe deftly extracts, the hair brushes stroke, eyebrow devices comb, all whir and purr, and she enjoys vibrations on her lips as gloss is applied… finally a nasal trim, makeup and powder. The hooded mechanism ascends and retracts into the ceiling. She dresses in front of a fulllength mirror, the snakes and tentacles mostly hidden as each piece of clothing is added. Fully clad she turns to the nutrient scanner. Potassium slightly low, she adjusts the feedline accordingly and a beverage is thrust forward on a tray that patiently awaits the empty container. She drinks slowly, enjoying the flavours and anticipating the caffeine high, the codeine and the endorphamix. Set for her shift, she leaves her cabin and walks to the control room.

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For many of us, July can be viewed as a time to celebrate. The frigid winter months are far gone and it’s time to cash in those vacation day...

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For many of us, July can be viewed as a time to celebrate. The frigid winter months are far gone and it’s time to cash in those vacation day...