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Editor Michelle McChristie Associate Editor Amy Jones Senior Editor Tiffany Jarva Contributing Editors Caroline Cox, Rebekah Skochinski Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Marketing & Sales Manager Logan Wright: ​ Photographers Tara George, Bill Gross, Scott Hobbs, Dave Koski, Shannon Lepere, Darren McChristie, Chris Merkley, Tyler Sklazeski

The Walleye is a free monthly publication distributed on racks throughout Thunder Bay and region. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission is strictly forbidden. Views expressed herein are those of the author exclusively. Copyright © 2014 by Superior Outdoors Inc. All Rights Reserved. Editorial and Advertising: Submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Superior Outdoors cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. Our first digital camera (photo taken with my iPhone)

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On the Cover Empty Splash, photo by Trevor Anderson.

Michelle McChristie

Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie

Bill Gross of Iconic Images is one of our go-to photographers, particularly for concert shots. Bill’s interest in photography was piqued when his parents bought an SLR camera, and the birth of his first child provided the inspiration to develop his hobby into a business specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Taking photos of Slash has been the highlight of his work with The Walleye, but KISS tops his photography bucket list!

Megabytes of Memories


hotography dominates our culture as the most ubiquitous art form of the 21st century. Everyone owns photos and almost everyone takes photos. With the proliferation of camera-equipped phones, sharing photos with friends and family or even thousands of strangers is as easy as a couple of taps on the touchscreen. As a result, people take A LOT of photos. According to National Geographic, Americans took 80 billion photos in 2011 (that’s 255 per person) and are expected to take 105 billion in 2015 (322 per person). We can expect a similar trend with snap-happy Canadians. Along with this trend is a transformation of the field of photography. My husband and I bought our first digital camera in 2003, a few months before the birth of our first child. Gone were the days of double prints and mailing photos to faraway relatives, and gone were the days of filling photo albums with selected photos from vacations and other notable events. My husband has since upgraded to a much more elaborate camera and we have a stunning collection of photos, but, for the most part, our memories exist as jpegs. For me, the downside of the digital age is the lack of hard copies. Someday, we will sort through the mass of photos from the last decade and convert those jpegs into photo albums. Seemingly overnight, the field of photography and its related professions have been transformed by digital technologies and social media. A testament to this is how we searched for local photographers to cover in this issue—looking at Flickr, Facebook, and individual websites, we were overwhelmed with the calibre of local amateur and professional photography. Writer Julia Prinselaar shares the work and background of five of these photographers, while Tory Tronrud from the Thunder Bay Museum summarizes some notable milestones in local photography and prominent photographers of the past (it’s only been 154 years since the first photographic image of Thunder Bay was taken). In the spirit of March and the good times it brings, sommelier Jeannie Dubois provides some suggestions for hot après ski drinks, and chef Rachel Globensky contributes a Mardi Gras-inspired recipe for shrimp and slaw. This issue is jam-packed with content which is a reflection of the vibrancy of our arts and culture sector. And, speaking of that, we congratulate the nominees and winners of the 2013 Arts & Heritage Awards (see page 31); it is thanks to the dedicated efforts and joie de vivre of people and groups like these that our city is a dynamic place to live and visit!

- Michelle McChristie The Walleye




6 CoverStory: Perspectives on Photography ■ 11 Early Photographers of Thunder Bay ■ 12 From the Pinhole Camera to the Smartphone




■ 14 Mardi Gras, New Orleans Style ■ 16 The Unexpected ■ 17 International Flavours at Home ■ 18 Thermal Therapy (in a Mug!) for Aprés-Ski & Skate





■ 37 Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ■ 37 La+ch & Dustbuster ■ 38 The Photograph in Song ■ 39 An Epic Showcase ■ 39 J.P. Cormier ■ 40 Gear Daddies ■ 41 The Seasons ARCHITECTURE


■ 48 Seeds of Confusion

■ 23 Ahmoo Angeconeb ■ 24 Shadows of Blue ■ 25 Renaissance Man ■ 26 James Livitski ■ 27 Mardi Gras at Beaux Daddy's ■ 27 The Storyteller ■ 29 Together We Go Further ■ 29 Spot-on Hilarious ■ 30 Body Talk


Heritage Award Winners ■ 32 Phat Fun on Fat Bikes ■ 33 My Pride Farm ■ 34 Hunters and Gatherers

■ 20 Ten Priceless Films About Photography ■ 21 The Painted Road of Asphalt Watches ■ 21 Docs on Bay ■ 22 The 21st Annual Northwest Film Fest



■ 31 The 2013 Thunder Bay Arts &

■ 44 View Come True HEALTH

■ 46 Cedar Tea ■ 47 Painting the Picture of Health LIVING GREEN

■ 15 Drink of the Month ■ 42 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 50 March EVENTS ■ 52 The Wall ■ 53 Horoscopes ■ 53 ZYGOTE bop ■ 54 The Eye

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Sleeping Giant Loppet

March 1 Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

This winter, while Canadian Olympic athletes will attempt to “own the podium” in Sochi, Russia, the Sleeping Giant Loppet invites you to share the podium with friends and family, and get a photo on the Loppet podium with your family, team, or training partners. One of Northwestern Ontario’s most beloved winter events, the Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation ski festival that offers fun for the whole family and challenges competitive athletes, featuring multiple events for skiers of all levels and abilities. With several prizes up for grabs—including The Walleye’s Flashback Award for the skier with the best retro outfit—you’re sure to feel like a gold medalist. Melissa Hazen, winner of The Walleye’s Flashback Award, 2013


Old Man Luedecke March 1 Finlandia Hall

Old Man Luedecke—the recording name of twotime JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke of Chester, Nova Scotia—brings his unique blend of folk, bluegrass, and pop to the Finlandia Hall as part of his cross-country tour promoting his latest EP, I Never Sang Before I Met You. Produced by Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard Studios in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the EP contains three new songs by Luedecke, who has recently returned from a whirlwind of international touring in the US, UK, and Australia, including opening for 2014 Grammy-nominated bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien. This is one show not to be missed.


Lakehead University Major Studio Exhibition and Annual Juried Exhibition



Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival March 19–23 Paramount Theatre

Explore important current environmental topics and issues that humans are facing in Thunder Bay and around the world at the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival. These 10 film sessions will address such topics as toxins and health in everyday life, resource extraction and human rights, the beauty of the boreal forest from a Finnish perspective, genetically modified foods, and threats to freshwater. Workshops and postfilm discussions with guest experts will help us discover what we can do to make a difference right here in our community. Free admission; donations welcome.


Urban Infill - Art In The Core Gala Reception March 29 The Waterfront District

Now in its 8th year, Urban Infill - Art in the Core is a multisensory experience of art and live performances, featuring 350 regional, national, and international artists at 15 downtown locations. There will be live music, bands, and DJs, video projections, 15 “wearable art” active window performances, belly dancing by Dahab, catered refreshments by Sweet Pea Home Catering and Restaurant, and more. Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery and pick up your Art Map—performative tour guides will show you the way. Come out and engage with innovative arts like you have never seen before! The exhibition (visual art only) also runs from March 30 to April 1, 12–6pm. All ages/by donation. Rediscover the Waterfront District through contemporary art!

March 7–March 30/April 6 Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Organized by the Lakehead University Department of Visual Arts and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Major Studio and Juried Student Exhibitions provide a venue for visual arts students and allow the public the opportunity to see the work of emerging artists. Participation in Major Studio is the final requirement for the Honour Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the students Danielle Frykas-Montgomery, Original are involved in all aspects of the exhibition, including Cheeseburger, 2013, sculpture installation and promotion. The Juried Student Exhibition showcases painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media produced by visual arts students from all year levels during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Walleye



Perspectives on Photography By Julia Prinselaar


hunder Bay has a large pool of talented photographers—here are five who explain their love of photography and share a sample of their work.

Jan Luit When and how did you get into photography? I got into photography 40 years ago when I got my first camera. I took many snapshots over the years until I bought a Nikon 35mm camera. First camera: Kodak Instamatic Current camera and most commonly used lenses: Nikon D200 DSLR; Nikon 500mm F4 and the Sigma 90mm macro lens. Favourite places or subjects to shoot: Along the waterfront of Lake Superior and in my backyard in Murillo. I’m an all-around nature photographer, but my favourite subjects are birds. Average number of photos per week: 100 to 150 photos a week, although this may vary based on different circumstances. Why do you love photography, and what do you get out of it? I like photography because I can be out there in nature, and with my images I like to show the beauty of nature. Best advice for an amateur: Take the time to take a photo instead of just a snapshot.


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Jakub Sisak When and how did you get into photography? Over the course of the last decade I have begun to think about framing shots and learning the technical aspects of the equipment and software I was using. I am still learning and experimenting. First camera: An early Fuji digital compact Current camera and most commonly used lenses: Canon 6D body, 70–200mm telephoto, 50mm prime and a 17–40mm wide angle lens. Favourite places or subjects to shoot: I like to shoot in and around Thunder Bay, anywhere between Pukaskwa and Duluth, and the rest of Northwestern Ontario. Average number of photos per week: There are times when I do not take a single photo in a month and then the next month I have a dozen keepers. On average I probably take 10 to 20 shots per week but keep only about two or less per week. Why do you love photography, and what do you get out of it? When I am out and waiting for the perfect moment, I have an intimate, almost spiritual connection with the surroundings. I also enjoy the “journey,” not just the act of photography. Finally, I love processing my raw shots. I completely embraced the “digital darkroom” and I experiment, tweak tone, convert to B&W, or create the mood I want. Best advice for an amateur: Although on occasion I sell a photo or two I still consider myself an amateur. Passion is the key and the rule I try to exercise is to keep at it and have fun doing it.

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Susan Dykstra When and how did you get into photography? Took up photography as a hobby in the late 1990s and learned on slide film. I belonged to a camera club and people wanted my photos for purchase, but I didn't plan to make it as a professional photographer. First camera: A Canon SLR Film camera Current camera and most commonly used lenses: Camera: 2 Canon 5D Mark II. Lenses: Canon 100–400mm L, IS, used mainly for wildlife or sports; Canon 70–200mm L IS, also used mainly for wildlife and sports, but great for outside family activity and landscape; Canon 24–70mm L, mainly used for nature photography, landscapes, scenic, etc.; Canon 16–35mm, used a lot for landscapes, scenic, night skies; Canon 8–15mm L, used primarily for time lapse photography of the night skies. Favourite places or subjects to shoot: Landscape and nature photography, especially the complete north shores of Lake Superior. Average number of photos per week: If I’m out on a photo shoot for a week, I probably take on average 400 to 600 photos. If I’m shooting time lapse, 600 to 1,000 photos in a few hours. Why do you love photography, and what do you get out of it? I often think people see beautiful pictures, but they don’t realize that it's right in their neighbourhood. I really want people to see the mood in my photographs; I don’t want just a documentary photograph, I want art in a photograph to convey a mood. I'm always going out in odd weather conditions—the stormier the better. Best advice for an amateur: Be persistent, get out to photograph a lot or as much as you can. Go on days of extreme weather conditions such as fog, storms, etc. And don’t forget that magic hour at sunset and sunrise.


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Damien "Dman" Gilbert When and how did you get into photography? I've always had a thing for cameras. As a kid I would use my grandmother's 35mm point-andshoots. It wasn't until 2006 that I got my first DSLR. First camera: Canon Rebel Current camera and most commonly used lenses: Currently I use the Canon 5D MK3 with 24–70mm and a 70–200mm Favourite places or subjects to shoot: I take every opportunity to shoot when I am on the road visiting a new destination. I love shooting landscapes, action sports, and concerts. I try shooting subjects and locations that aren't commonly used. Average number of photos per week: Depends, I could shoot up to a couple thousand photos in a week. Why do you love photography, and what do you get out of it? Personally for me, I love capturing a moment that can't be replicated. I'm not a fan of studio photography, where you can shoot the same thing over and over till you get that "perfect shot." I love being out in a situation where you capture something, that rare moment that you know will never be captured the same way twice. Best advice for an amateur: Keep on shooting, study others’ work, trial and error.

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Trevor Anderson When and how did you get into photography? On December 24, 2009 I bought my first DSLR on a whim and instantly became obsessed with everything photography. First camera: Olympus E-410 Current camera and most commonly used lenses: Nikon D7000 and various lenses. Favourites would include a Sigma 10–20mm F4. I also love my Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro. Favourite places or subjects to shoot: I have never lived by the water before, so I am partial to the lake. I really like the different aspects that waterscapes provide, and I suppose it wouldn't be right if I didn't say the Sleeping Giant. Average number of photos per week: Well I have been in a slump for the last year or so, so my output has suffered. But it used to be in the high hundreds. Why do you love photography, and what do you get out of it? That moment in time you capture, and the memories the photos hold, are yours forever. There is no better way to get back to nature and enjoy the simple things, the things most people just walk past. Best advice for an amateur: Read, read, read, then read some more. Then practice, practice. Photography is no different than anything else, the more time you spend at it...


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Early Photographers of Thunder Bay By Thorold Tronrud, Thunder Bay Museum Photos from the Thunder Bay Museum

Ogilvie elevator collapse by H.B.Fryer

1908 Current River train disaster as photographed by E.L. Lane


arly photographers were considered artists and the very first to arrive at the Lakehead immediately shot scenery, always with an eye to sales. W.J. Barrie’s Cumberland Street studio in 1885, for example, was filled with photos of people, buildings, and events but also “a splendid plate of Current River Falls.” N.P. Williams opened the first photo studio in Thunder Bay in 1876. A year later, William Caswell, a photographer from Duluth, opened the Tennyson Gallery. Caswell favoured winter scenes, and his images of a frozen Kakabeka Falls were admired the world over. As a businessman, he was also more than willing to take portraits for anyone who wished “to secure the shadow ‘ere the substance fades.” Perhaps the best-known and most decorated of Thunder Bay’s early photographers was John F. Cooke, who arrived at here in 1882. In 1887 he was named best Canadian photographer at the International Exhibit in London, England. His 1886 photo of Sir John A. Macdonald on his private rail car at Port Arthur was adopted by many other communities as the day Sir John visited their towns. With contracts from two national railway companies, Cooke’s specialty was railway photography; he purchased the famous negatives of photos by photographers Henry and Norman showing CPR construction along the North Shore, copies of which command a high value on today’s market. There was a dynastic element to many early studios. Sherman Stevens, whose most memorable photo was a view of the first transcontinental train in 1886, sold his studio to Miss Leach, Thunder Bay’s first female professional photographer. A few years later she sold the business to Steines & Walker, who established their Fort William Art Studio. E.L. Lane (known for his photograph of the 1908 Current River train disaster) then assumed ownership but he, in turn, sold it to H.B. Fryer, a man who made his mark with photos of scenes such as the Ogilvie elevator collapse. In 1949, another photographer, Ken Sherman, bought the studio and carried on the tradition. Similarly, the Lovelady family spawned three photo studios—the Royal, Harold’s, and one bearing the family name. These are just a few of our city’s early photographers. Other early photographers with names like Sutton, Forde, Story, Burgess, Rogers, Perry, Creech, Preston, Webster, and Woodside helped Thunder Bay make a name for itself in the world of photography.

First transcontinental train by Sherman Stevens, 1886

Frozen Kakabeka Falls by William Caswell, 1875

One of Henry and Norman’s documentary photos of CPR construction along the North Shore of Superior

John F. Cooke, Thunder Bay's first internationally-acclaimed photographer

Miss Stark taken by Miss Leach, Thunder Bay’s first professional female photographer The Walleye



From the Pinhole Camera to the Smartphone Looking Back on Photography with Local Milestones By Caroline Cox and Thorold Tronrud

1857– 1858 1826 Nicéphone

Niépce takes “View from the Window at Le Gras,” the oldest surviving photograph. After experimenting with silver chloride, which dissolves after exposure to light, Niépce makes a successful permanent image using a camera obscura and a pewter plate coated with bitumen. Currently on display at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas, the photograph had an exposure time of at least eight hours.



The daguerreotype, the first widespread camera, is invented by Louis JacquesMandé Daguerre. Daguerre exposes silver surfaces to iodine to produce a light-sensitive coating and then fixes the images using salt. This process reduces exposure time to about 20 minutes.


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1841 Using

a similar process as Daguerre, William Henry Fox Talbot creates calotypes by coating paper with silver iodide.


1851 Frederick

Scott Archer introduces the wet plate or collodion process. Glass is coated in a combination of collodion and other chemicals. The mixture gels, the photograph is taken, and the plate is fixed in silver nitrate. Wet plates capture a sharp image in seconds. However, they require a portable dark room because the process—from coating the plate to developing the photograph—has to be completed in about 15 minutes to prevent the gel from drying. Additionally, the plate’s wet chemicals often drip and become lodged in cameras.

Henry Youle Hind, thought to be the first person to arrive in Thunder Bay with a camera in hand, travels through the area seeking routes west from Lake Superior. His image of an Aboriginal man from the Lake of the Woods area is the probably oldest photo of our region.



An unknown photographer takes the first photographic image of Thunder Bay, which features a view of voyageurs at Fort William.

1876 First

3-D image of the area, “Voyageurs,” is taken by local photographer William Caswell.



J.F. Cooke becomes the first local photographer to win a major prize, taking first place at the Toronto Industrial Fair.

James Esson takes the first landscape photo by a local photographer at Surprise Lake.



The photo studio arrives at the Lakehead when N.P. Williams advertises that his Pioneer Gallery at the corner of Park and Cumberland is open for those seeking “the latest and best styles.”





George Eastman creates the first film out of paper and soon after begins making film out of celluloid. He markets his first camera, the Kodak, in 1888. The Kodak arrives with film for 100 photographs, and photographers have to return the entire camera to the factory in order to have their film developed.


Fred Creech takes Thunder Bay’s first art photo.



Miss Leach, a schoolteacher, becomes Thunder Bay’s first professional female photographer, after purchasing a photography studio from her employer, photographer Sherman Stevens.



round 370 BCE: Chinese philosopher Mozi makes the first recorded mention of the camera obscura (or pinhole camera), the precursor to modern photography. In a camera obscura, light passes through a small hole into a room, where it reproduces an inverted image onto a surface.

1906 George Ryerson Evans takes the first panoramic photo of Thunder Bay.

Known as an innovator, Evans shoots aerial panoramic pictures of cities across the west in the days before aircraft by using a tall building or mounting the camera on the top of a pole.

1976 Needing a


George Eastman’s Kodak company creates the first 35mm camera by slicing cinematic film.



Single-lens reflex (SLR) and Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras, which use mirrors to reflect an accurate image of the photograph in a viewfinder, become popular. Though this technology has existed for decades, more compact cameras designed by companies like Ihagee and Rolleiflex make SLRs and TLRs marketable.



An anonymous photographer takes the first known risqué photo in Thunder Bay, entitled “Ladies.”




1948 Polaroid releases the Model 95, the first instant camera.

more efficient way to view the images captured by spy satellites, the American National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) develops digital photography. The first digital camera, the reconnaissance satellite KH-11, is launched into space in December 1976.



1989 Fuji markets the first mass-produced digital camera, the DS-X, in Japan.

2000 Analog

photography peaks with 85 billion physical photos taken in 2000. In the same year, the J-SH04 becomes the first camera phone—it is made by Sharp Corporation and released by J-Phone, and only available in Japan.



The proportion of images captured with smartphones is expected to reach 50%.




The collection of photos on Facebook tops 140 billion, which is 10,000 times larger than the number of photos in the collections of the United States Library of Congress.

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Mardi Gras, New Orleans Style By Chef Rachel Globensky


een as the last hurrah before 46 days of clean living, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the start of the Catholic Lenten season. Some call it Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, and some just call it March 4. In any case, it’s a popular day for eating pancakes, as per the Catholic tradition (or in my case, an unabashed love of pancakes). But if you’re looking for something outside the pancake-mix box, and unable to make it down to The Big Easy for Mardi Gras festivities, Fat Tuesday is the perfect day to don some beads, turn on the zydeco music, and rustle up some of this tasty Louisiana grub. Typical Mardi Gras fare is rich, and includes spice and seafood; this dish serves it up in spades. (And you can even roll it up in some savoury crêpes, if you simply must have pancakes.) Laissez les bon temps rouler!

N’awlins Shrimp & Slaw Shrimp:


1 tsp paprika ¾ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried oregano ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp (or more) cayenne

Measure all spices into a plastic zipper bag. Close top and shake to mix.

1 cup shredded red cabbage 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1 cup grated peeled carrots ¼ cup finely chopped green onion

Toss all the veggies in a bowl.

1 ½ lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Add shrimp to spices and shake to coat. Refrigerate the whole mess while you prepare your slaw.

3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp sugar 2 tsp Dijon mustard Salt and pepper, to taste

Drape a damp dishcloth in an up-turned pie plate under a medium-sized bowl (you’ll see why in a sec). In that bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together.

1/3 cup good olive oil

Slowly add in olive oil in a steady stream, whisking away. You want the mixture to emulsify (come together and be creamy). With all this whisking, your bowl shouldn’t move around if’n you’ve got it in the damp cloth-covered pie plate.

2 tsp caraway seed

Toss about half the dressing with the veggies and the caraway seeds. Taste, adjust the seasoning to your liking, and add more dressing if you’d prefer. Serve up with the hot shrimp.

1 Tbsp oil, for frying

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat. Cook and stir shrimp in hot oil until their outsides are pink and the meat is no longer translucent in the middle (about 4 minutes, depending on how big your shrimp are).

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Drink of the Month Loch Lomond

The Shot Ski By Rebekah Skochinski

Chris Merkley

Anyone who skis knows that being called a ski bum is kind of a misnomer. All of that fresh air, sunshine, and fantasizing that you’re going to win a gold medal at the next Olympic winter games—it’s hard work! So thank goodness for congregating in the lounge after a day of hitting those slopes. The Shot Ski has been a super popular way to hydrate at Loch Lomond for over twenty five years. The ski has four bored holes, which gives you and three thirsty friends the chance to countdown and throwdown. We tried the Burt Reynolds (Captain Morgan spiced rum and butter ripple schnapps) and Shit on the Grass (melon liqueur and Bailey’s) —something the lovely hard-working Australians brought over from the land down under. Bottoms up!


“best place to see a live band” in The Walleye's Best of Thunder Bay 2013 Readers' Survey



Wednesdays: Draught Night ALL DRAUGHT BEER NACHOS





4 pm - 1 am


11 am - 2 am SUNDAY CLOSED

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An Evening of fine dining, fas hion, and entertainment! Includes: Dinner, Fashion Show & Luxury Raffle


Presented by

The Unexpected

Daytona’s Kitchen + Creative Catering Story and Photos by Amy Jones

Time: Symposium Location: The


Victoria Inn

Tickets: $80 Reserved Tables of 8: $640 In Support of

The service at Daytona’s is outstanding, and the portions are so huge that we end up taking half our meal home—two definite pluses in my book. I swear I will try the warm goat cheese salad next time, although the fried chicken sounds incredible, as does the chorizo orecchiette, and those wings at the next table looked pretty good. Daytona’s is located at 965 Cobalt Crescent at the corner of Cobalt Crescent and Alloy Drive; call 622-2169 or visit

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And that’s not even counting the breakfast menu…


“Warm goat cheese salad?” I think, later, as we step through the door into Daytona’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. It’s lunchtime on a Thursday, and there’s a table full of men in coveralls to our left, a bevy of boisterous elderly women to our right, all of whom the cheerful waitress seems to know by name. Over in the corner, a couple is shooting pool. There’s curling on the television, drink specials on the chalkboard, ketchup bottles on the tables.

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h, I love that place!” my friend exclaims when I tell her where I’m going for lunch. “Make sure you try the warm goat cheese salad.”

Date: March

Nothing about this place suggests warm goat cheese salad. And yet, the menu turns out to be surprisingly sophisticated—a mix of classic bar favourites like nachos and fish and chips alongside intriguing appetizers and cleverly original sandwiches and burgers. We opt for the bacon blue cheese burger and the smoky BLT—a sandwich with crispy fried onions, smoked gouda, and bacon. We also can’t resist the braised short rib poutine, which is as delicious as it sounds, with fresh-cut fries and Thunder Oak gouda cheese curds topped with gravy and tender braised short ribs.


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Tickets are available at: Canadian Mental Health Association 200 Van Norman Street 345-5564


Your Choice On the run

Or at your leisure

The Brew Crew Café offers fresh brewed coffee to go, in-house made grab & go items.

Timbers Restaurant offers casual dining that everyone can agree on. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Brew Crew Café Located in our front Lobby Open 4am to 9pm daily 577-1121

Open from 6:30am to 11pm daily

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We offer it all..

International Flavours at Home Tasting Tea

By Rebekah Skochinski “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis


n a night when I would normally be curled up on the couch with a steaming mug of tisane and a book, I venture out in search of something equally appealing: tea knowledge, and others like me.

aroma of the wet leaves after the liquor is poured off, paying careful attention to the expanded shape of the leaves. And finally, we examine the colour of the liquor and the flavour, savouring both the aroma, palate feel, and taste.

Terri Lynn Fucile, owner of International House of Tea, describes the tea lessons as more of a “sensory evaluation,” which immediately puts me at ease, because while I like tea, I’m certainly no expert. We are each given a station and a comprehensive tea-tasting guide. The guide includes information on the different types of tea (white, green, oolong, black, pu-erh, and herbal), as well as the specific preparation techniques for each, tea tasting terminology, and a sensory evaluation worksheet. This sheet is what we use during the course of the evening as we sample six teas.

It is difficult to find words for how lovely it is to drink tea this way—perfectly infused, sipped thoughtfully and slowly. At the end of the evening I decide on my favourite: a semi-fermented milk oolong tea from the Wuji mountains in China. It smells creamy and buttery and has a light milky taste. I was also very excited to have one of the steeped leaves unfurl completely. Now if only I knew what they were trying to tell me. I guess I will have to sign up for tea leaf reading lessons to find out…

First we do a dry leaf analysis, noting the shape, consistency, colour, size, aroma, and feel. Then we infuse the leaves, steeping for exactly two minutes, and smell the

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his winter’s record-breaking cold temperatures have sorely tried our sanguine northern outdoor spirits and put a damper on even the most adventurous al fresco sportsmen and women. Perhaps the best way to get up the gumption to strap on those skates, skis, snowboard, or snowshoes is to bundle up against a blast of northern exposure while




picturing a mug of something hot and steamy in your frosty fingered little hands après ski or skate. Reward yourself for getting up the nerve to stare down old man winter after your outdoor sporting by cavorting with a delicious drink that will fortify you even in the depths of our deep freeze.

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Ingredients (for 2 servings): 3 cups milk 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate 2 tablespoons cane sugar 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 ounces tequila 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream cinnamon

Warm the milk in medium saucepan on medium heat, watching carefully. Add the chocolate and sugar. Heat until chocolate dissolves whisking to combine all ingredients. Add pepper. Pour the milk into two mugs and add two ounces tequila to each. Top with whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

For Tea – The Herbaliser Ingredients (for 1 serving):


8 ounces hot chamomile tea 2 ounces elderflower liqueur (think St-Germain) 1 ounce honey liqueur (think Barenjager) 1 slice lemon

Combine steeped tea with liqueurs in mug, add lemon slice and serve immediately.

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2 cups hard apple cider 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons packed golden brown sugar 4 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter 3/4 cup bourbon 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ground nutmeg

Bring first five ingredients to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat then cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Add two tbsp chilled butter to saucepan and bring to simmer. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon and lemon juice. Strain into four mugs. Cut one tbsp butter into four pieces and add a piece to each mug. Sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick if desired.


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

Ten Priceless Films about Photography By Michael Sobota If a picture is worth a thousand words, then movies, with their hundreds of thousands of pictures, are priceless. This month I’ll review several movies in which a photograph, a photographer, or photography plays a key element in the plot.

Rear Window (1954) - Alfred Hitchcock’s crackling murder mystery features James Stewart as a photographer holed up in his apartment due to a broken leg. He watches through his rear apartment window and sees what he thinks is a murder. With a great ensemble cast including Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr (before he became Perry Mason), this is a cinematic treasure to rediscover. And remember, photography in 1954 required flashbulbs.

Blow-Up (1966) - Michelangelo Antonioni sets another murder mystery against the backdrop of the fashion industry in swinging 60s London. Thomas (David Hemmings) shoots random photos in a London park, including pictures of a mysterious Jane (Vanessa Redgrave). When he develops the film in his darkroom, he finds he accidently captured a body lying on the lawn in the background. Through a series of enlargements (blow-ups) he tries to unravel the mystery. Watch for the incredible scene when Thomas instructs Jane how to dance when you are smoking pot!

Smoke (1995) - One of my favourite movies of all time. Auggie Wren (Harvey Keitel) owns a smoke shop in New York. Each morning he takes a camera out in front of his store, sets up a tripod, and snaps a photo of whatever is happening in front of the lens. He keeps the prints in a scrapbook, which he shows to writer Paul Benjamin (William Hurt). Both characters are great storytellers. The film is infused with urban light, languid character development, and lots of smoking. Stay through the credits to hear Tom Waits over the best Christmas story ever put on film.

Triage (2009) - This extraordinary, layered film is about two colleagues, Mark (Colin Farrell) and David (Jamie Sives), war correspondent photographers in Kurdistan. When Mark abruptly leaves to return to his pregnant wife in London without his friend, the mystery begins. Mark’s photographs are featured prominently in the film, darkening the story and his role in it. Triage is an underrated psychological thriller, featuring one of the last and finest performances by Christopher Lee.

Rounding up this list to ten, I would include The Killing Fields (1984), Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997), Pecker (1998), City of God (2002), One Hour Photo (2002), and Closer (2004).

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The Painted Road of Asphalt Watches By Betty Carpick


ou can see anything once you've been told it's there to see.” - Kenneth Patchen, The Journal of Albion Moonlight

Every summer Shayne Ehman’s parents put two canoes on top of a big old Plymouth, loaded up the four kids, and headed out on the marathon canoe racing circuit in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The road and its continual outpouring of humanity have continued to influence Ehman’s work. “The road allows for motion, an opening up of a world of possibilities. You step into the void and every place has the opportunity for a different kind of action.” Ehman met Seth Scriver in 1999 in Halifax. As visual artists, they were both inspired by a crusty punk ethos, Flemish surrealist Hieronymus Bosch, and Sergio Aragonés, a cartoonist and writer. A hitchhiking trip from Vancouver to Toronto in 2000 and plans to make a zine with their journal drawings evolved into eight years of production and the pair’s metamorphosis into Bucktooth Cloud and Skeleton Hat, the idiosyncratic luminaries of a 94-minute Flash animated film. Completed at Ehman’s home in Thunder Bay in 2012, Asphalt Watches is a satirical and sometimes dark portrait of Canada with all of its quirks. Structurally, the film is a linear compressing, condensing, and shaping of a strange road trip. Kind of like The Canterbury Tales amped up by too many Tim Hortons double

doubles, truck stop burgers, random music riffs, and very generous sides of metaphoric ambiguity. Asphalt Watches screened in the Vanguard section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it won Best Canadian First Feature. Since then, it’s been shown at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and in venues across Canada. “It’s been a sweet year,” says Ehman. “Seth and I had a pact to see our collaboration through to the end. The film’s success is the silver thread.” Bay Street Film Festival presents the Thunder Bay premiere of Asphalt Watches on Thursday, March 6 at 8 pm at 314 Bay Street, including a Q&A with the filmmakers and a dance party with New Day Records. Tickets are $7 or pay what you can.

Docs on Bay Symphony of the Soil By Zoe Gordon


reat documentaries are like packets of seeds, planting ideas in the dark stillness of the viewer’s mind. After watching Symphony of the Soil, the centrepiece in a multi-component film project by director, writer, and producer Deborah Koons Garcia, I’m incubating new plants for spring. I imagine taking the pickaxe from our shed and making a hole in the pavement. I imagine the soil is breathing and I say hello to the earth underneath. Dense, graceful, and passionate, Symphony of the Soil is a loving portrait of soil. Packed with information, the feature-length doc surveys four continents and connects with scientists, farmers, activists, policy makers, historians, and entrepreneurs to show soil as a complex living organism. Koons Garcia has dedicated her filmmaking career to food security issues. She will be in Thunder Bay for the screening and a Q&A. Her 2004 film The Future of Food helped bring issues of GMOs to mainstream media and inspired movements in organic agriculture in the United States. With over 70 people interviewed or involved with the making of Symphony of the Soil, Koons Garcia is sure to motivate film lovers, filmmakers, growers, and gardeners to take a little look at the ground beneath our feet. Symphony of the Soil screens Thursday, March 13 at 7 pm. Bay Street Film Festival’s Docs on Bay are screened monthly at 314 Bay Street (above the Hoito). Tickets are $7 or pay what you can if you’re a student, senior, or unemployed.

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The 21st Annual Northwest Film Fest By Michael Sobota


he North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA) presents the 21st Northwest Film Fest on March 23 and 30 at SilverCity, featuring a wide array of critically acclaimed, award-winning international and Canadian dramas, comedies, and documentaries. The event launches on Thursday, March 20 with a festival "prelude" featuring the latest film from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis. Already the winner of dozens of awards, including two Oscar nominations, Inside Llewyn Davis was chosen by the Toronto Film Critics as Best Film of 2013. The festival runs all day Sunday, March 23, followed by another special evening program Thursday, March 27, and concluding

on Sunday March 30, again with all-day programming. The festival will also feature short films from local and regional filmmakers. Tickets are $6 for members and $9 for non-members and will be available at SilverCity on Film Fest days. Membership enables festival patrons to buy a $30 six-pack. Stay tuned for information on advance tickets and the full list of films at

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Expressing Common Values that Unify Cultures By Julia Prinselaar


rowing up in the remote stretches of Northwestern Ontario along the shores of Lac Seul, one of Ahmoo Angeconeb’s earliest memories is drawing with a .22 caliber lead bullet. “I remember starting to draw when I was five,” he recalls. “I used the bullet as a pencil.”




Now approaching his 60s, the Anishinaabe elder rests his cane against the side of our table and sits across from me, sipping from a steaming mug of coffee between bites of rye toast. A black and white Arab-style shemagh is draped around his neck, set over a red T-shirt, and his ear-length black hair is tucked under a colourful woven Nepalese beanie. Best known for his linocut prints inspired by the traditional stories and legends of his people, Angeconeb was born in Sioux Lookout in 1955. “As we were

growing up we didn’t have a TV, not even a radio. And so we spent a lot of time listening to our elders,” he says. Angeconeb taught himself how to paint at an early age, and sold his first piece at just 13 years old. Among his early influences was the late Woodland artist Norval Morriseau, but he turned his attention to printmaking in the early 1980s and developed a style that earned him a place among Canada’s finest printmakers. His works have been featured at solo exhibitions from Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver to Cologne, Berlin, Monaco, and Paris. Themes of symmetry and interconnectivity are characteristic throughout Angeconeb’s work, and reflective of his people’s traditional way of life. “Things are supposed to be balanced,” he says. As a young adult he spent

time touring Southeast Asia during a Canada World Youth program, and later went on to study as an artist in residence in a Saami village in Northern Finland. His pieces have been known to incorporate religious icons and imagery from around the world, demonstrating the common values that unify global cultures. Angeconeb was educated in the visual arts at York University, Lakehead University, and was both a graduate from and instructor at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 1985 to 1989. He has worked as an educator, teaching both children and adults about traditional and contemporary modes of art practice while educating them about the ways of his people. You can find Angeconeb’s work at Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, located 269 Red River Road. Phone 5772656 or visit The Walleye



Dr. Lai needs your help! What if you could help eliminate prostate cancer and heart disease? Would you do it? Well, now’s your chance. Lakehead University and Curans Heart Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian and Chinese governments, are working together to make prostate cancer and heart disease in Northwestern Ontario a thing of the past.

Interpretation of Sleeping Giant, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24"

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nyone who has grown up in the Lakehead has seen countless renditions of the Sleeping Giant—more or less the same insipid watercolour fare in pastel blue and violet. That may be why Sebastien Hardy’s work, “Interpretation of Sleeping Giant,” at first glance, looks so foreign. It takes a moment for my eyes to focus on the familiar shape, here portrayed in vivid blue and blocks of silver, yes silver paint. Of course! This new take on a nearly sacred Thunder Bay art tradition comes from French artist Sebastien Hardy, a former youth social worker from Lautenbach, France, a village nestled cozily amid vineyards and mountains. “I find a lot of similarities between Lautenbach and Thunder Bay, in terms of the environment and the way people relate to one another,” says Hardy. “For me Thunder Bay is a big city with the allure of a village.” After working ten years at a boarding school with children facing extreme hardships, Hardy was spent emotionally. He was losing himself in his work. He realized he needed to find an outlet, something in which he could find himself again. He threw himself into various activities, sports and eventually painting.


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“That was something just for me,” says Hardy. “I was just doing it for myself.” That was four years ago and he says painting has been a way for him to reconnect with himself. “My art is abstract, the best way I can express emotions.” In August, Hardy and his wife decided to leave France with their daughter to spend a year in Canada, where he would devote himself completely to painting. A chance meeting with Habana Gallery owner Ayesha Raggi led to his upcoming art show. “When I first saw Sebastien’s paintings, I recognized right away his natural sensitivity for composition and colour, which are essentials in abstract art... for Sebastien this style has evolved effortlessly.” Hardy is equally pleased with the opportunity, “Since I decided to pursue art, everything seems to be falling into place,” says Hardy. “As a child I dreamed of being an artist. One must never forget those childhood dreams.” Sebastien Hardy’s grand opening at Habana Gallery, located at 118 North Cumberland Street, takes place Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 pm. Throughout the month, the gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Don’t let your household hazardous waste end up here. Proto Bees, 2007, chromogenic photographic print, 18" x 24"

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inning the American Photo of the Year from American Photo magazine, landing a Maclean’s cover, and being nominated for a JUNO Award are the type of credits that often take an entire career to achieve. But this is not the case for Adam Makarenko, who was born in Atikokan and graduated from the film program at Confederation College, as he has achieved these accolades in the first eight years of his career. Definitely Superior Art Gallery is excited to host this home-grown talent who is now based out of Toronto. Makarenko’s work is unique in every way. He crafts miniature diorama (three-dimensional models) by hand, and then photographs them, constructing life-like realities that tell a story. The level of skill and patience required by Makarenko to manufacture his minilandscapes is varied and unparalleled. Makarenko’s show Miniature Frontiers will exhibit work from his

collection called Bees, as well as pieces from his Northern Series. Gallery attendees will relate specifically with the latter, as they will recognize winter roads, northern wildlife, and forestry scenes that appear so lifelike you have to question their realism. David Karasiewicz, director of Definitely Superior Art Gallery, says, “Adam has really achieved the magic of photography in his work.” During Makarenko’s exhibit, attendees will also have the pleasure of viewing extreme talent in the work of Amy Swartz, whose exhibit Pest has garnered national attention for her meticulously created miniature sculptures, as well as the work of renowned Canadian artists on loan from the private collection of Dr. Bob Chaudhuri. The exhibitions coincide with the Urban Infill - Art in The Core 8, a downtown-wide event featuring 350 artists in 15 venues (voted best exhibition in Thunder Bay by The Walleye readers). It all kicks off on March 29 with a gala opening from 7–10 pm. Visit for details. The Walleye



James Livitski The Art of the iPhone By Amy Jones


hile most of us use our iPhone cameras for selfies and fuzzy shots of our dogs, Thunder Bay’s James Livitski has taken iPhone photography to a whole new level. A self-described “mobile artist,” Livitski’s photos are surreal, vivid, and probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And he can create them wherever— and whenever—inspiration hits. “While I was living in Toronto, my transit rides between school and where I was living gave me the opportunity to create art while I was on the go,” says Livitski. “I think that’s huge for an artist,

because I get an idea and am able to create what I’m thinking on the spot.” A musician for nearly 15 years, Livitski dabbled in Photoshop in high school, but really started to play around with photo editing apps when he first got a smartphone. “I was intrigued by how you could create this art through your phone, so I would create my own work during my free time and post it through my own Instagram profile.” Once Livitski has a photo, he manipulates it using apps like ArtStudio, Snapseed, or Mextures. “I have crazy wild dreams, so I try to recreate them through my art,” he says.

“Everyday life inspires me.” Livitski is also inspired by other mobile artists, film, and vintage photography, and many of his pieces feature familiar or recognizable images transformed into something unexpected and exciting. Last summer, Livitski’s piece “She’s Hearing Voices” (titled after the Bloc Party song) was chosen as one of the top 40 entries in an international label design contest sponsored by Collective Arts Brewing, a Toronto-based brewery. The brewery’s labels are all interactive, and can be scanned to launch videos, music, or artist bios.



Now nearing 2000 followers on Instagram, Livitski has also been tapped to create album artwork for several artists across North America. “This whole experience has been absolutely crazy,” he says. “The feedback I've received has been out of this world, but that just inspires me to create more and to continue trying different techniques to get the most from my phone.” View Livitski’s artwork at instagram. com/thegentlemanbronco.

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Mardi Gras at Beaux Daddy’s Good Times for a Great Cause By Pat Forrest


here’s some hot stuff in the works at Beaux Daddy’s CAnaJUN Grillhouse this year, and given the staying power of that polar vortex, who wouldn’t want to get in on that? Mardi Gras—that most raucous of carnivals—is coming to Beaux Daddy’s as a masquerade dinner on March 4, and it’s going to be a lot like being in New Orleans at the height of the “Fat Tuesday” fun, according to organizer and Beaux Daddy’s owner Chris Davidson. There will be complimentary beads and masks, party favours, a commemorative hurricane cocktail and glass, a four-course gourmet meal, and musical entertainment by blues, swing, and ragtime musician John Booth. Raffle tickets will also be sold for two major prizes: wine for a year or dinner for a year at Beaux Daddy’s. The Beaux Daddy Bombshells women’s hockey team will be on hand to offer safe rides home. It’s going to be great fun, plus it’s all for a good cause. Davidson—who lost his father, entrepreneur and Beaux Daddy’s

founder Richard (Dick) Davidson, in 2012, and whose mother is a cancer survivor— wanted to do something for the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign. A portion of the ticket price, plus funds raised during the evening from activities such as mask rentals and draws, will also go to the foundation. “Our father was all about creativity, fun and laughter, dancing and romancing. Beaux Daddy’s was a labour of love for him and he thought out every detail from the fresh ingredients in the dishes we create to the chaise lounge in the ladies’ room. I know he would just love to be a part of this event and what it stands for: supporting the community, addressing cancer care, and sharing good times,” says Davidson. As they say at Beaux Daddy’s, “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll). Count on the good times rolling big time on March 4, and make your plans to be part of the fun. Beaux Daddy’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner will take place from 6 pm to midnight on Tuesday, March 4. Tickets are $75 per person.

The Storyteller Novelist Joseph Boyden Comes to Thunder Bay By Nadia Verrelli


n March 5, novelist Joseph Boyden will be speaking at Lakehead University as part of the Research and Innovation Week activities. Boyden’s talk "The Past and the Future are Present" will look at race relations in Canada, and will be followed by a book signing. Boyden rose to literary prominence with his first novel, Three Day Road. His follow-up, Through Black Spruce, won Canada’s top literary award for fiction—the Giller Prize; both are national and international best sellers. His latest novel, The Orenda, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards and is a national bestseller. Throughout his many successes, Boyden remains, first and foremost, a storyteller, deeply interested in themes at the heart of indigenous communities: traditional living, family bonds, survival, and redemption. Boyden says that the north and its peoples have always amazed him; they impact his writing and how he identifies as a Canadian. “The north is my personal anchor,” he says. “It’s a place I go to decompress and fill up the well. I am really excited to come to Thunder Bay, to visit the land, meet the people, and share stories.” Joseph Boyden’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 5 from 7-9 pm in the University Centre, room 1017 at Lakehead University. Admission is free.

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Together We Go Further A New Experience for Fresh Air By Michelle McChristie


or Jeff Pylypchuk and Peter Tofinetti, a merger with their best competitor was the ideal growth opportunity for their business. On February 1, the owners of Cyclepath and Static added Fresh Air Experience to their expanding outdoor empire and will combine all three stores under one roof in April. Pylypchuk and Tofinetti have been in business together since they opened Cyclepath in 1996, adding Static to the mix in 2001. The conversation about merging with Fresh Air started in 2007 when then-owner Dennis Thomasson started talking about retiring. Thomasson sold the store to Gord Ryan in 2010— Pylypchuk says they passed on the opportunity then because they weren’t ready. Two years later, they approached Ryan and set the wheels in motion, finally inking the deal on January 31, 2014. On the day of our meeting, Tofinetti sports a blue long-sleeved T-shirt featuring the phrase “Together we go further” and a drawing of a tandem bicycle. He and Pylypchuk beam with excitement when describing the new store. “It will have a Fresh Air feel and a cozy, rustic ambiance with wood floors and wood on the walls. There will be a coffee bar with stools and multiple screens showing races and sporting events,” Tofinetti says. It’s a huge renovation project that will result in 5,000 square feet of open concept retail space with an additional

3,000 square feet for stock and offices. Since they officially announced their purchase in January, the outdoor community has been buzzing, with some loyal Fresh Air customers expressing apprehension. “We understand that people enjoy the patina of the old location, but people will enjoy the new store,” says Pylypchuk. “It will include the same products, offer the same expertise, and create a community hub for sports-minded people.” To that end, Pylypchuk and Tofinetti will maintain Fresh Air’s current staff, like manager Alan Cranston, who has worked at the store since 1972. As is typical in Thunder Bay, some customers are concerned about parking, so Pylypchuk and Tofinetti are acquiring additional spaces around the building, and point out that the store also has back lane access, not to mention a massive parking lot across the street at the CLE grounds (handy for Fresh Air’s running club, which attracts upwards of 100 participants).

Spot-on Hilarious Two Thumbs Up for Brent Butt’s Almost a Movie Star… Comedy Tour By Greg Holden


ost Canadians know Brent Butt from his hugely popular and distinctly Canadian TV show Corner Gas. But for one night only, Thunder Bay experienced the award-winning comedian up close and personal at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on February 13. I’m sure Thunder Bay won’t be the biggest audience he’ll get on this tour (you can probably thank the Alberta clipper for that) but those that braved the cold were rewarded with some big laughs and a memorable evening’s entertainment. The warm-up act was Graham Chittenden, a terrific writer-comedian who hit the high notes with some hilarious observations on Canada’s obsession with DIY home renovations. If you have not seen this guy, he is well worth a Google or YouTube search. He did a great job of setting the stage for the main act.

Cranston calls the change a “marriage over business.” With renovations and a move underway, one might think the honeymoon is over, but Pylypchuk says, “In our eyes the courtship is over, but the honeymoon is just beginning.”

Standup comedy is where it all began for Brent Butt, and you could sense right from the beginning that he felt comfortable back on the stage with a single stool and bottle of water as his only props. And with the audience primed it wasn’t long before the experienced star of the show had us laughing knowingly at his anecdotal observations on topics ranging from kids to superheroes (including Batman vs. a pigeon), from peanut allergies to weighing your own head (admit it, you know you’ve tried it too!) and from flying with WestJet and Air Canada to getting a physical…yes that physical.

At the time of printing, a name for the new store had not been decided. However, you will find the new Cyclepath, Static, and Fresh Air Experience at 831 May Street North.

At times a rollicking rollercoaster of laughs, often irresistibly chuckle-worthy and sometimes spot-on hilarious, this was just a great night out for Thunder Bay. If you missed this show you can next catch Brent Butt in his upcoming movie No Clue, in theatres March 7. The Walleye



Body Talk

By Justyna Kondakow


had never contemplated what it meant for me to be a woman. Until recently I would still consider myself a “girl.” I was forced to question myself on an issue that splays open the inner workings of how I see myself mentally and physically when a former lover expressed a desire to see my feminine strength. I replied that regardless of gender, both shoulders should occupy the hands of the divine feminine and masculine. But what does my femininity offer that I was not previously aware of? This question gained further importance to me when I later found out that March 8 is International Women’s Day. My idea of femininity started with rejecting typically feminine clothing, from wearing greasy jumpsuits helping my dad fix his truck to throwing my first training bra in the toilet. Wearing menswear gave me power when I interpreted femininity as a desire for attention from the men I dressed as, and to me it seemed as though dressing in a feminine way had to reflect the old adage “beauty is pain.” It disturbed me to think some women believe that in order to achieve beauty and confidence one must endure pain. This belief of mine shattered while living in Montreal during the

summertime. The women, well-endowed or not, threw their underwire to the wind. The Quebecois women had no regard for ogling eyes. It dawned on me that breasts hold power. Aside from the fact that the future of humanity is at the mercy of our uteri, breasts are a daily reminder of growth and creation. Elfarrow Apparel enters stage left. The first time I checked out the boutique I was floored with the basic yet quirky silhouettes, all of which are a healthy nod to the woman’s body. Designer Kyley Blomquist makes clothing to feel confident and comfortable. Her creations point towards emphasizing my femininity, not masking it. Often times we use material possessions as a crutch to catalyze an emotion or identity. We must cut out the middleman and understand that what we desire is created and destroyed within us. Elfarrow Apparel certainly does not overstep that boundary. Although women have and continue to make pivotal strides toward equality, I think the next step is to recognize we are all human beings regardless of what femininity means to us. Equality begins with pursuing the journey of expanding our consciousness, pregnant with understanding.

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n February 20, a crowd of enthusiastic arts and heritage supporters celebrated the achievements of individuals, groups, and businesses and the important contributions they make to our community. The annual recognition program and gala event, organized by the City of Thunder Bay and presented by The Walleye, was held at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites with an after party at The Foundry.

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Phat Fun on Fat Bikes By Marlene Wandel


here’s no point bringing water, it would just freeze.” That sage piece of advice is from Nathan Petrie, Thunder Bay’s unofficial Fat Bike Ambassador, who has shuttled three fat bikes from Petrie’s to Centennial Park to give us a primer. I’m no stranger to winter cycling, but unlike my usual utilitarian winter commute, this ride is all about recreation. I’m saddled up with the Salsa Mukluk 3, which is sporting 4” tires. They look unwieldy to me, like pontoon/bike tire hybrid. According to Petrie, this bike is “nimble,” compared to the 5” tires he is about to spin. I think that maybe that word doesn’t mean what he thinks it means, but I take my bike through a quick test spin through the parking lot anyway, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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“Nimble” as they turn out to be, fat bikes work best on packed snow. Inflated to 8 psi, the tires that I thought looked goofy just minutes before make for a very forgiving ride. With gearing low enough that I can crank up the tobogganing hill, I’m able to manoeuvre around and warm up in no time. The ride down is remarkably smooth, and far less painful than tobogganing. The bike allows a good mix of stability and agility, sort of a mountainbike-meets-bouncy-castle experience.

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We hit the trail, with a few tips about trail etiquette before we start. As a skier, I’m glad that Petrie makes sure we respect the classic ski tracks. I’m intrigued at how fat bikes literally follow in skiers’ tracks; the packed snow highways that are skateski groomed trails are ideal terrain for fat bikes. Having just returned from the City of Lakes Fat Bike Loppet in Minneapolis, where the bikes follow the ski trails after the loppet is done, Petrie is hopeful that similar trail sharing can happen here. It’s a strange sensation to ride in the winter the same trails that I ride in the summer. And everything is easier—all the roots and rocks are buried deep under the snow, and the soft tires take care of the rest. It feels clean, riding a bike with a shiny new chain, with tires that leave hardly a whisper of a mark on the packed snow. At the end of the ride, there’s no mud to clean off the bike, or my face. I’m not sure my basement can hold one more bike, but my mind is already scheming how to rent one for a day, and try it out on Lake Superior. This year, we might just have enough winter for me to squeeze in one more sport. If you want to take a fat bike for a spin, check out the rentals at Petrie’s Cycle and Sports located at 125 Archibald Street North, 623-7221.

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when they are brought to market at eight months of age; only beef cows are older. The meat is juicy and tender, low in saturated fats, high in vitamin B12 and iron, and has a mild flavour.

Visser moved to Thunder Bay two years ago from southern Ontario when a friend told him that the area did not have a veal farmer. Having worked on farms since the age of 10, and more recently having managed a veal farm, he saw the opportunity and decided to make the move north.

Visser has been marketing his veal for a year and sells all cuts of meat, with larger custom orders available on request. He says his involvement with the Thunder Bay Country Market has been instrumental in allowing him to introduce the community to ethically-raised veal as an alternative source of lean protein. His warm smile and passion for farming will make you want to stop and visit him the next time you are at the market.

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Through word of mouth and with the help of social media, membership has grown substantially over the last few years. The club has a new Facebook page that invites members to submit photos, ask for guidance, provide links to helpful resources, websites, or photo contests, and post notices about related photography events.

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“The majority of members’ cameras range from compact point-and-shoots to high end DSLRs [Digital Single Lens Reflex] and everything in between,” says Karen Ramsdale, one of the club’s six board members. “Our members use their digital cameras as tools to create and highlight their photography as an art.” That art is given center stage at club meetings that take place at Lakehead University on the second Tuesday of every month from September to June. “A regular

In the spirit of learning and skill development, the club encourages members to get the most out of their cameras, to get to know all of its settings, and to gain a better understanding of how to create a great image. “The rules of photography from film days still apply to digital images, and these are reinforced at the meetings,” says Ramsdale.

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Back at the computer desk, many shutterbugs have found their way to the Imagetrekkers Photography Club. The club was founded nine years ago by Gregg Johns, the owner of Imagetech, and the new club brought its members into the age of digital photography. Club membership has grown to include dozens of amateur photographers who seek to capture the beauty of Northwestern Ontario and its variety of regional activities and people.

feature is ‘Show and Tell,’ where members can submit a few images that they are particularly proud of or ones where they require a little guidance with a problem. And members love our judged in-club photography contests,” says Ramsdale.

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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings Experience of Years, and the Energy of Teenagers By Marlene Wandel


t’s Saturday, February 1 at the Finlandia, and there are five men in black onstage. Three of them came together 20 years ago to a record a one-off tribute to the legendary Willie P. Bennett. Seven recordings later, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson (frontman of the Juno-nominated LeE HARVeY OsMOND) are still playing together as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, but no one is complaining, least of all the sold-out crowd gathered here for a special Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society concert. Touring with John Dymond and Gary Craig to promote the newly released South, they’ve brought their show, and their kitchen table, to the north. Over the years, everyone in the band has played in Thunder Bay, but somehow, this is Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ first combined effort here. That Willie P. Bennett played his last show at the Finlandia before his unexpected death in 2008 makes this show all the more special. What started out as a tribute band has amassed a body of music of its own, what with three accomplished songwriters on board. Early on in the second set, something about the mandolin and Colin Linden’s voice brings Willie P. Bennett to mind. As Colin Linden puts it, “I don’t know about you, but I just felt Willie standing right here.” There is a synergy and almost giddy camaraderie onstage that is palpable, and audible. Tom Wilson’s relentless one-liners (my favourite being about memories of playing the Inntowner: “I spent a year there one week”), Colin Linden’s musicianship and the soulful voice of Stephen Fearing send a powerful rhythm through the room. Despite the inevitable conundrum of chairs at a concert, everyone is in motion. A glance down my row shows knees and toes tapping, fingers drumming, heads nodding. For a self-professed collection of “middle-aged men with authority issues” (though Wilson may have been speaking for himself), Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are in the perfect place, with the experience of years, and the energy of a bunch of teenagers. It is tempting to follow them on their tour, just to see if, at the end of the tour in Austin, TX, they really do “look like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons,” as Wilson quips. Chances are, they’re not going to sound like him.

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La+ch & Dustbuster

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ife in the north brings with it certain limitations for musicians. You don’t get the shows you might experience in a larger centre, and it can be easy to stagnate in the isolation of the area. But some use this to launch into something greater. Enter Toronto-based Thunder Bay natives La+ch & Dustbuster. No strangers to viral fame, the duo are part of a Toronto music collective going by the moniker ‘sideways8,’ with seasoned producer La+ch earning his chops on Coleman Hell’s highly reviewed debut Stark Raving, and Dustbuster DJing popular clubs in Toronto and pumping out progressive, hardhitting mashups and remixes. Despite jet-setting across Canada the night before, their performance at The Foundry was high energy and well-received by a full house of sweaty, EDM-happy twentysomethings. And could you blame them? With original tracks like “Zombie” that sample from rap greats of the 90s to remixes of retro-synth sprinkled hipster staples like Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” La+ch & Dustbuster were in their element, basking in

the cool cathode light of their mixing rigs. The duo really stood as one as they broke into their hit “Hunter,” undeniably the crown jewel of the set. Harnessing the whirling falsetto and summer spirit of Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos (thanks to vocals from La+ch) the repetitive chorus and driving bass converged to create a infectious dance floor anthem. The track has received over 50,000 listens within a few days of its launch—impressive in an era of basement producers pumping out generic mashups. Later in the set, the two offered a preview of the upcoming track “Nights,” which features catchy new wave hooks reminiscent of shoegaze heroes M83. With summer crawling towards us, the sweeping synthesizers and catchy chorus lamenting, “I know life changes/It’s complicated/We got so faded” will make this a summer favourite in and out of the clubs. The potential of this group is undeniable. As they continue to build on a growing foundation of infectious synthpop, 2014 should be a big year for La+ch and Dustbuster. The Walleye



Burnin’ to the Sky

The Photograph in Song By Gord Ellis


hat is it about a photograph that lends itself so well to song? Unlike music, a photo has no audio clues or triggers. It is 100% visual. So the time machine to 1976 I step in whenever I hear “Baby I Love Your Way” is quite different from what happens looking at the cover of Frampton Comes Alive! Yet photos are visual proof of being in a place and time. Because of this, some of the world’s greatest artists and songwriters have used the photograph as a touchstone to draw listeners in. Quite recently, as I watched the Grammy telecast, Ringo Starr suddenly appeared singing one of his signature songs. “Photograph,” released in 1973, is the greatest of Starr’s many solo hits. Cowritten with fellow (ex-) Beatle, the late George Harrison, it sums up so much of the sweet and sad feelings a picture can

bring. “Every time I see your face, it reminds me of the place we used to go,” sang a beaming Starr to the Grammy crowd. “But all I’ve got is a photograph and I realize you’re not coming back anymore.” Those are actually pretty depressing words, but somehow, the swell of the music and Starr’s ageless, everyman delivery made the whole thing a joyful event. On record, “Photograph” is even more jubilant, though Ringo is lamenting an ex-lover who is clearly not coming to his Octopuses’ Garden. Who hasn’t had that same feeling, going through the old pictures of ex-lovers, spouses, and friends? Ringo Starr, of all people, kinda nails it. One of the great American songwriters, Paul Simon, uses old-school photography as the link to a reminiscence of youth and imagination. In “Kodachrome,” also from

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1973 (!) Simon praises the incredibly vivid colour of his slide film and Nikon camera: “Kodachrome, you give us those nice bright colours, you give us the green of summers. Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah.” Later in the song, Rhymin‘ Simon claims everything looks worse in black and white. Readers of a certain age will know this to be untrue, however “Kodachrome” is another great example of the songwriter using the photograph to evoke a certain time and memory. Now this next example did give me some pause for thought. Kid Rock makes me want to have a hot shower and yell at the radio. However, when weighed against another photo-based song, by Nickelback, Kid Rock starts looking pretty good—also, the song in question is a duet with Sheryl Crow, an artist I have a real soft spot for.

No, the song “Picture” is not a tune for the ages. Yet it tells a story many of us relate to. “I put your picture away, sat down and cried today,” sings Crow to Mr. Rock, in a quasi-country way. “I wonder where you been.” Then she admits, “I can’t look at you, while I’m lyin’ here, next to him.” So Crow is maybe not quite faultless in this scenario, but the picture of a shaggy Kid Rock at her bedside is bringing on the guilts. The universality of the picture removal hits home. So what should have been just another drippy Kid Rock song suddenly takes on some weird poignancy. Or as close as he will ever get. So, that is a quick trip through photos and music. A snapshot, if you like. And, as Rod the Mod might say, every picture does tell a story.


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The Cover Show

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ow in its 13th year, The Cover Show has evolved from a one-evening performance with a few acts into one of Thunder Bay's most loved and well-attended musical events. The spectacle spans four nights and includes over 40 skilled musicians, and has become a truly epic showcase for our city's considerable wealth of musical talent. Organizer Jimmy Wiggins points to the diversity of styles as one reason the event has gained such a large following: “We've had acts covered like Lady Gaga, Pink, Michael Jackson, Slipknot, Slayer, AFI, No Doubt, Blink 182, CCR, Weird Al, LMFAO, Tool, Pantera, and just about every other major pop, rock, punk, or metal act out there.” I attended on February 7—three nights into the festivities—and found an evening that covered a lot of musical ground. The night opened on a mellow, poppy note with songs by Cat Stevens and progressed into heavier territory with covers of the The Black Keys and Pearl Jam. The latter half of the show saw a fluid transition into Eminem and Deadmau5 performances for a rhythmic, kinetic close that totally ignited the crowd. The overall effect was one that mixed up the energy in the room, pulling the audience swiftly from one musical headspace to another and making for a unique and vital experience that can’t be matched by anything else in the local music scene. The Cover Show is always a blast for the audience, but the same can be said for the musicians. Kevin Cernjul, a veteran of the show and of the local music scene, has participated in a wide variety of cover performances since the event began. “Being able to practice, play, and collaborate with other musicians I might not have been in bands with before

is the reason I enjoy it so much. It gives everyone in the scene a chance to get together and go back to what influenced them and their music,” says Cernjul enthusiastically. Certainly, if there is any event that manages to deftly intertwine Thunder Bay's storied musical history beside an invigorating glimpse into the skilled musicianship of the city's current musical scene, it is The Cover Show.

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s part of his 20-date tour across Canada, J.P. Cormier stopped long enough in Murillo to enthral an almost full house on February 8. “I never thought I would play here again,”he quipped as he tuned up his guitar. In the past year independent promoter Cal Orok has put on some truly remarkable shows in our region, with the community centre in this village being the main venue. This concert was among the most memorable and definitely the most musically rich. Guitar great Chet Atkins called Cormier “one of the most important guitarists of his generation.” Respectfully, Cormier’s set list was peppered with instrumentals from Atkins’ repertoire and at one point during the long encore medley he played “Yankee Doodle” and “Dixie” at the same time à la his mentor and hero. J. P.’s picking is impeccable. Every sixty-fourth note was distinct and clear, and the whole effect was akin to being overwhelmed under a cascade of ringing tones like living water. Between songs Cormier’s self-deprecating patter kept the audience in stitches. He really knows how to play a room. As if it wasn’t entertaining enough that pies were auctioned off during intermission (netting $185 for the Underground Gym), his jittery road manager, Jack, visited every member of the audience for a petting and perhaps a treat. Switching between mandolin (which he learned from the godfather of bluegrass Bill Monroe himself ), guitar, and fiddle, Cormier ultimately welcomed to the stage our own star fiddler Pierre Schreyer. They brought the house down with an improvised piece that started candlelight slow and ended fast into sheer lightning ecstasy. Maestro! Maestro! The Walleye



Gear Daddies Après-Ski at Lutsen By Michelle McChristie


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hat’s not to love about a band whose most popular song is called “I Want to Drive a Zamboni”? This is the work of Gear Daddies, an Americana/Rock band from the Twin Cities that has been entertaining audiences for almost 30 years. They play the kind of light-hearted and energetic music that is perfect for an après-ski party—songs like “She’s Happy,” “Drank So Much,” and “Stupid Boy,” which they performed on Late Night with David Letterman. According to one reviewer, their sound is “kind of rockabilly, kind of country, kind of jam band, and kind of garage rock folk. Their lyrics are all country. Minnesota country.” The bottom line is that they are fun and they will get people out of

their seats and onto the dancefloor. Band members Martin Zellar (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals), Nick Ciola (bass), Randy Broughten (electric and pedal steel guitar), and James “Billy” Dankert (drums and vocals) played their first gigs in 1984. The band has maintained a following in the midwest and while the band members pursue other interests that are musical and nonmusical, they get together for regular gigs, including the one on March 15 at Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains. Gear Daddies play at 9:30 pm on March 15, after opener Timmy Haus. For tickets visit papa-charlies.

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The Seasons

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The Seasons will be performed at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on March 27 at 8 pm. There will be a pre-concert chat led by associate conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser at 7:10 pm about the fusion of pop and orchestral music, French composer Georges Bizet, and the place of Vienna in world music. Tickets are $15–45 and are available at the TBCA box office.

Post says, “‘The Four Seasons’ and ‘Mass in Time of War’ are big pieces, but they fit nicely on each half of the concert, and will be performed in their entirety.” “The Four Seasons” will feature violin virtuoso Thomas Cosbey, while “Mass in Time of War” will feature four vocalists (Miriam Khalil - soprano, Mia LennoxWilliams - mezzo-soprano, David Menzies - tenor, and Jon-Paul Décosse - bass-baritone) as well as the Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus. With only three performances planned for the season, this is a rare opportunity to hear the chorus perform what is known as a compelling and dramatic piece.

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s part of its Masterworks series, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be performing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (Le quattro stagion) and Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” (Missa in tempore belli). While many people are familiar with the iconic Vivaldi piece, Haydn’s piece is lesser known. According to music director Arthur Post, the combination is deliberate: “We love to perform not-so-familiar pieces alongside the all-time favorites like ‘The Four Seasons.’ I think our audiences find it both stimulating and gratifying.”

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He Digs Me

Sunday Wilde

Hard-working and prolific songwriter Sunday Wilde has launched another album just a year after He Bought Me a Blue Nightgown hit the streets and gathered up a cartload of awards. Last summer, Wilde was invited by admirer and musician/ producer Little Bobby to his studio in Minnesota for the initial recordings of He Digs Me. The sessions that evolved into this release also involved

La Boca

Alejandra Ribera If I were the sort to put a particular album on for a night of hard drinking alone, then La Boca is a good choice. I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds about right and that's my point: Alejandra Ribera has created an album that weaves through the poetry of hurt and longing and despair and love gorgeously. After hearing her debut album, Navigator, Navigateher, I was intrigued by Ribera’s ability to squeeze aching emotion out of songs, and this talent is put to good use in La Boca. Her cover of “500 Miles” is slow, pained, and utterly different in feel to the original, and yet works just as well. The single, if there would be one, is “I Want,” and it's a driving but delicate number: longing and loss. This is a lovely work in English, French, and Spanish. - DMK

The River and the Thread

Roseanne Cash

I was worried about reviewing Roseanne Cash's new album, The River and the Thread. I didn't think she could top her previous album, The List, a collection of her father’s (the legendary Johnny Cash) favourite songs. Well, I needn't have worried. The River and the Thread is every bit as good. The album takes us on a gentle, lyrical trip through the American south. The songs have rich earthiness to them and are a polished blend of country, folk, gospel, and swampy delta blues. Cash's husband and fellow musician John Leventhal has done a wondrous job producing the album. He gives Cash all the vocal space she needs to create a collection of sensuous and lush southern melodies. The album also features some great backing vocals from the likes of Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. My favourite songs are “Money Road” and “A Feather's Not a Bird.” Cash’s dad would be proud. -- Gerald Graham


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a cast of musicians from Texas to Toronto. Still resounding in the album is Wilde’s unique sound, pure intensity of spirit, and a poetic expression of life’s trials and triumphs, both sweet and brash at the same time. However, it is an album with a different sound. First, one notices the drums, absent on her first three releases, as well as some gratifying horns. Second, the unparalleled

guitar work of David West is sorely missed, at least by me, replaced by a more mainstream blues guitar sound. Regardless, this album is well worth a listen as Wilde’s honky-tonk piano and Reno Jack’s bass playing remain the backbone and a grand accompaniment to her melancholic songwriting. - Tricia Roy

After the Disco

Broken Bells

Broken Bells is a collaboration between two musical geniuses— artist-producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) who formed Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green and has produced albums for the likes of James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the The Shins, as well as the Black Keys and Norah Jones. As fans of one another’s work, they decided to collaborate in 2004 and cranked out their first album in 2010 (it reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on iTunes). After the Disco is a solid, yet safe, follow up that uses a similar template, but is more mellow. The album needs a few listens to appreciate the multiple layers that include orchestral arrangements, strings, and horns. Mercer’s vocals are a definite highlight, with his falsetto channelling the Bee Gees in “Holding On for Life.” The ballad “The Angel and the Fool” is a sweet track, coming to a close with gently strumming and a whistled melody. - Michelle McChristie

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Into The Wind

The Greenbank Trio

From the first time I saw The Pack rock out for a small but incredibly fortunate crowd at The Apollo, I was in love. But that doesn’t mean I’m biased. The music world seems in agreement that with this fifth release—recorded in Detroit and produced by The White Stripes’ producer (and big fan) Jim Diamond—the Vancouver-based grrrrritty girrrrl twosome of Becky Black and Maya Miller have made a breakthrough. They manage to maximize on what is really a minimalist approach to rock through musicianship, with Black’s woolly guitar work reverberating with both bass and guitar sounds, and Miller’s fierce drumming. They combine intelligence and humour with raw power. Right from the outset of this album, the grungy “Airborne” grabs you and leads you right into the humorous pounding single from the album, “Big Shot.” If you never got a chance to see them as they relentlessly toured across the country, it is unfortunate for you. By the list of dates for this tour, those days of hitting small joints in every town across the country may be over.

Into The Wind is the second EP from Thunder Bay’s Greenbank Trio. It’s an upbeat collection of six songs into which these guys have poured their souls. “Homegrown” sets the tone, with each member of the trio taking a turn at lead vocals—their voices sound just as good individually as they do in harmony. In terms of the guitar riff, the title track is a distant cousin of Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind,” but the similarities end there as the threepart harmonies are more reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Musically, the album is rock solid and the keyboards and percussion add an element of groove while the guitars and bass give some songs a retro-rock feel. The lyrics speak to common human experiences, except those in “The Captain”—the only somber tune on the album—which are about a captain going down with his ship. By far the catchiest song is “Little of This,” and I guarantee you’ll find yourself singing “A little of this and a little of that will have yourself right back on track, or so you’re told” before the track is over.

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An Eagle’s Heart

Scott Butcher

When the Great Golden Eagle tells the Merlin Falcon there is prey in the human's Stone Forest, the two fly to investigate. While there, the Merlin Falcon kills a crow, angering the others. The crow’s leader forces a Chickadee to find the Merlin Falcon so they can exact their revenge; if the Chickadee fails, everyone he knows will die. Scott Butcher’s An Eagle’s Heart was a real page-turner, especially leading up to the climax. I was particularly impressed with his characterization of the birds: here is a unique cast of characters who all remain true to their different species. A nice touch from this local author is that his characters are all recognizable in the Thunder Bay area. My one issue with An Eagle’s Heart was the repetitious dialogue; this was a real shame, taking away from an otherwise excellent book.

Youth Wild Cub

Once in a while I need my 80s synth-pop and grab something for the table to bring me back in time—New Order, Pet Shop Boys, etc. But lately it’s been the Nashville quartet Wild Cub. Wild Cub's re-released Youth (originally an indie in 2013) captures that 80s feel and provides that much-needed departure for me with a modern flare. “Thunder Clatter,” the first single, has had a huge run on the Alt Nation charts and has been a go-to song of morning DJs in the last two months. The single is catchy and builds to a final chorus you will hum for the rest of the day. The album itself is very synthesizer-heavy and carries themes of lost youth—hence the title—and makes me feel nostalgic for a time I wasn’t even present for. Effective lyrics and melodies make for a feel-good album. - Dave Probizanski

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The Winter Ghosts

Kate Mosse

The wrapping up of winter often includes some final snowstorms, a factor which figures prominently in the plot of Kate Mosse’s The Winter Ghosts (2009). This is a lovely, quick read that will strike a chord with fans of the Brigadoon story. Caught in a storm in the winter of 1928, Freddie finds himself waiting it out in a small village where he meets Fabrissa. Over the course of one night their shared stories of remembrance, loss, and wartime tragedy lead Freddie to discover a centuries old mystery. Curl up with this book during the last cold days of winter and find yourself transported to a world full of loss, recovery, and intrigue. - Jesse Roberts

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View Come True By Tiffany Jarva When Sue Craig was 18 she looked at renting an apartment in a fourplex on a hill in Thunder Bay and was surprised to see there were no windows captivating what would be a phenomenal view of Lake Superior and the Giant. She didn’t end up renting, but years later she and her husband Larry purchased the building with hopes of creating an urban home with a view.


he story is really quite hilarious,” says Sue Craig. Before heading to a trade show years ago, she showed her husband Larry the fourplex on the hill, which just happened to be for sale. “He then left me at the show and came back with a realtor.”

And just like that, the building with the potential view was purchased. They continued to rent it out for about 15 years because their children were still young. Once the kids were older, the Craigs moved to camp and started the building process. “It took a while,” admits Sue. Now a three-unit building, which Larry designed on a napkin on a plane (with thoughtful edits by Sue), the Craigs occupy the top floor—a 2500 square foot one bedroom apartment with an


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unobstructed view of Lake Superior. Upon entering the apartment, stairs lead past three step-up windows, a design inspired by other homes in the neighbourhood. Sun filters through the warm colours of an abstract stained glass of the Sleeping Giant by local artist Damon Dowbak. Turn the corner, and the view of Lake Superior from the open concept kitchen and living room is nothing short of stunning—one that of course changes with the seasons. Today it’s a bright sunny afternoon after a February storm, and fluffy white snow pillows on rooftops. Rays of winter light warm up the space. Sue mentions the must-see beauty during the golden hour as the sun sets in the spring or on Wednesday evenings in the summer during the sailboat races.

Not surprising, as owners of Craig Plumbing Centre, the ensuite bathroom has a water closet and steam shower with an electric fireplace and flat screen TV to make it ultra comfy while soaking in the tub. Throughout the apartment there is floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, engineered hardwood, and in-floor heating. And although it is a minimalist approach, the space is anything but cold. “It’s a little more traditional,” says Sue, “More like ‘old’ new.” The Craigs also created a three-bedroom unit on the main floor as a space for their nowgrown children. “We really wanted a winter place. It gets isolated out at our camp on Lake Superior,” explains Sue. “I am more of an urban person, and we both like to go out. We can walk downtown from here. It really works for us.”

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Cedar Tea An Aromatic Source of Vitamin C By Stephanie Ritch, HBSW, RSW, RHN


’m an herbal tea drinker and I get most of my herbal teas from local stores. But my favorite “green tea,” cedar tea, isn’t found on any of their shelves. Cedar tea is filled with tons of trace vitamins and minerals and is super high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is immune-boosting, making it essential for good health and well-being. It is specifically involved in normal growth and development, collagen formation for strong tissues and beautiful skin, healing and repair of wounds, adapting well to stress, antioxidant cell protection, and more. Vitamin C cannot be made by the body so you have to get it from your diet. Cedar is a traditional source of vitamin C by local Ojibway people. Thunder Bay is surrounded by a bounty of cedar tea that we can pick from our backyard. Yes, literally your actual backyard if you’re lucky, or any local green space or further

out in the Boreal Forest. Try to pick from areas with the least pollution. So how do you pick cedar? It’s easy. First, thank that cedar’s spirit for its gift by giving a gift of your own. Tobacco is common but I’ve put down other meaningful things too. Second, pick the lightest and newest green tips. Third, wash then boil to your desired strength. It’s tasty on its own but you can add honey for sweetness and an extra health boost. Fourth, drink mindfully, paying attention to the present moment by enjoying the wonderful smell and taste of cedar tea. Stephanie Ritch is a holistic nutritionist and counsellor, and works at the Healthy Families Wellness Centre; contact her at 475-8454 or find her on Facebook.

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ocal art has found a way to inspire health and well-being through cancer screening services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). Local artist Kevin Belmore has shared his creativity with Prevention & Screening Services at TBRHSC to develop a logo for their cancer screening initiatives with Aboriginal patients and families.

use of colour and the way in which he is able to capture emotions and stories. Symbolically, this logo represents a holistic approach to health, well-being, and cancer screening for men and women. Belmore says, “This logo was designed for Aboriginal people to get in touch with their health. A lot don’t for whatever reasons, but it’s important for everybody to look after their health.”

Prevention & Screening Services reaches out to Aboriginal communities to promote and provide cancer screening services. In order to promote cancer screening more effectively they wanted to create a symbol that was representative of Northwestern Ontario’s Aboriginal people. In partnership and collaboration with members from the Aboriginal Cancer Committee and Belmore, a culturally relevant piece of artwork that symbolizes the benefits of taking care of your health through cancer screening was designed.

In Northwestern Ontario, cancer screening rates for all eligible women and men are low. Only 26.5% of eligible adults, 50 years and older, complete their colorectal cancer screening. One of our region’s most accessible cancer screening services is the Screen for Life Coach that travels to over 60 locations, including Aboriginal communities, across Northwestern Ontario. On board the coach, women 50 years and older can access breast and colorectal cancer screening services and women 30 years and older can access cervical cancer screening services.

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I am excited to start planning my garden but overwhelmed by the array of seed choices—heritage, hybrid, organic—what kind of seeds should I choose? The beauty of growing your own garden is that you can pick and choose both what you want to grow and how you want to grow it. There are hundreds of varieties of every vegetable available to a backyard gardener that you will never see in a grocery store because they aren’t suited to large-scale industrial agriculture. Peek into your neighbour’s garden and you’ll likely see varieties of vegetables that have been passed down through generations because they have special characteristics, like fabulous flavour, that their owners love. Heirloom or heritage vegetables have been grown in backyard gardens and small family farms for generations, and the original seed source often goes back a century or more. The great thing about heirloom varieties is that they are “open-pollinated”— you can save seed from these vegetables to plant the following year. If you try to plant seed from a hybrid vegetable, you will find that the resulting plant often is nothing like the parent. But open-pollinated seeds will grow vegetables that have the same characteristics generation after generation. Buy organic seed for the health of it! When you start with organic seed, you avoid supporting the use of

synthetic agricultural chemicals. Did you know that there are even fewer chemical restrictions on conventionally grown (non-organic) seed crops than on food crops? Buying organic seed directly supports healthy agricultural practices that help to build soil, enhance natural ecosystems, reduce water consumption, and minimize energy inputs. Many people also feel that organic seeds yield plants that are more suited to organic gardening conditions. And, of course, the variety and availability of organic seeds will increase as we use our purchasing power to demand more. Why not try your hand (or green thumb) at growing some interesting new organic, open-pollinated varieties of vegetables this summer? EcoSuperior is offering a selection of heirloom seeds from Heritage Harvest, Hawthorn Farm, and locally grown Superior Seeds that are both openpollinated and organically grown. Choose from varieties like Black Plum Tomatoes, Bull’s Blood Beets, Northeastern Pole Beans, and many more. Not only will you discover new taste treats, but you will help to preserve our seed heritage!

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Me, My Selfie, and I Story and Photos by Marlene Wandel


’m the photographer in my family. There are hundreds of gigabytes of photos of my family of four, but the story the pictures tell doesn’t include me. No one ever thinks about the person behind the lens as being part of the picture. Over the years, I’ve taken a few awkward self-portraits, using a tripod and a timer, or just awkward body geometry, just to get myself into the photos that serve as touchstones to my kids’ memories. I’m not alone in turning the lens on myself. I finally caved and got a smart(ish) phone, and was amazed that the camera feature can also take pictures from the screen side, to optimize the selfportrait, or rather, the selfie. The world of social media is awash with selfies—taken, shared, discussed, celebrated, and disparaged. The word “selfie” has made it into

the online Oxford English Dictionary, and was the word of the year by same once venerable publication. It seems at first an insult to the language, and yet “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” is an acceptable definition. Selfies are the spawn of social media. They are, by definition, shared. It is compelling to project an image of our physical selves as we’d like to be seen out into the world. The pro-selfie camps argue that selfies promote a positive self image, because they allow us to take control of how we are seen. I’d wager that those who don’t participate in social media don’t contribute much to the body of work that is selfies, which make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged

18–24. It can’t be bad to take control and ownership of your image, but at the end of the day, we’re still competing in the arena of physical appearance by sharing selfies that have been cropped, filtered, processed, and optimized. There has to be more to our relationships than this; we create terabytes of images of how we want others to see our physical selves, accurate or not. Eventually, we interact with people face to face, and people will see what they see, not what they remember from a screen. As an unphotogenic person, I am perhaps fortunate. Photos of me make people laugh; I’ve experimented with selfies recently, and after what would have been a small fortune had I been using film, I actually managed a few that, to me, looked like me. It seemed like a

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lot of work, and also, there’s that goofy upper-arm-in-the corner-of-the-picture thing that made the whole thing a deadgiveaway as a selfie. It might just be sour grapes, but I’m just not that drawn to share what I physically look like. A self-portrait should encompass that which makes us ourselves. In the cult classic Harold and Maude, Harold carries a picture of his beloved Maude; it is a picture of a sunflower. My self-portrait might include my skis, some books, my bike, a snowstorm, and my family, and maybe even my face. At the end of the day, I’m not as anti-selfie as I thought, but I have to agree with the Oxford English Dictionary's context statement: ”Occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.”

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Thunder Bay’s March Zodiac Forecast By Ruby Rising Ruby Rising is a local yoga instructor who has been passionate about astrology for 30 years. Contact her at


This month the phone may not stop ringing! Everyone wants to get in touch with you. You'll be speaking your mind. Use tact, because you can be tactless, but be honest, because you can B.S. to impress. You might be travelling—you may not go too far, but the tempo is going to pick up and you'll be getting around town more than usual. Aries New Moon March 30!


March is flowing into spring nicely for you. It’s a great time to sit back with your favourite indulgences (you love to indulge) and reflect how well your life is working out. Don't sit for long, as you’re known to drop anchor for years. Make plans, think big. Your positive frame of mind will bring you success and good times.


You’re prone to nervousness, and March brings a case of the nerves. You may be pissed at people, or they at you. There's a bunch of people working at cross-purposes to your efforts. Your energy and confidence levels are high and can help you get through any situation. Get lots of fresh air!


If you've been having power struggles with others lately, March should bring you a month of solace. It's a time of balance and the affairs in your life should be humming along very nicely. Take a trip or study a subject that raises your consciousness to expand your view of the world. New people are coming into your life with a genuine interest in your well-being.


You’re overindulging this month, with selfish ambitions and little self discipline. You want a more exciting life and to feel more alive. Others may be opposed to your freedomloving behavior. Feeling discouraged, you may withdraw and resent them. Consideration and compromise are needed to establish harmony, or important relationships will suffer. You can make many changes if you’re wise and patient and make sure you’re on the right path.


Avoid arrogance and smugness if others oppose your ambitions. Many opportunities for achievement will arise this month. Your willpower and ambitious resourcefulness will not go unnoticed. You’re projecting an image of power and will attract others with the same. All this enthusiastic accomplishment can bring you unexpected income and recognition. Full moon in Virgo March 16, you’re in the spotlight!


Not a super energetic month but great for working together with others in a spirit of "togetherness." You'll be taking interest in your diet, hygiene, and clothing style. Your personal attractiveness and charm will increase, possibly bringing you an active social calendar with romantic opportunities. Watch for over-expansion or waste and promising more than you can deliver or handle.


March brings you increased vitality and self confidence. Look at matters in your life that haven't worked out so well and decide whether you should cut your losses. Extra energy given to you this month will help you not to waste time with regret over losses. Don't distort reality, don't be self indulgent, and compromise rather than fight. Take advantage of your increased vigor: work out and move your stress.


Try and get out to enjoy social activities, art, music, romance, and short pleasure trips. Harsh realities of the everyday don't appeal to you now. You should be feeling very friendly this month and you just might make a new extraordinary friend or two. But don't overdo it in your social commitments—balance is key in keeping friends, family, and home in order.


Jupiter has been in Cancer, your opposite sign, since June 2013 and will be until July 2014. Jupiter is known for luck, truth, growth, justice, and philosophy. An opposition to your sign/sun is like a giant opposing force for good or bad. Your energy is high and you may overestimate your abilities, be self-indulgent, overly optimistic, or overloaded in work or weight. Practice self-discipline and "trust the process."


You'll have lots of spirit and charm to turn on this month. As you will be feeling affectionate, social, and attractive, don't do things alone. You’re feeling especially sharp and communicative. March will be full of conversation. Your self-expression will make you popular and magnetic, attracting people to you. You can make a breakthrough in your ambitions and your life purpose if you want to.


Happy Birthday! There is a new moon in Pisces March 1: new moons mean new cycles, and birthdays are the beginning of a new year, age, and cycle. If you have had any plans on the back burner, now is the time to move full speed ahead. Chiron has been travelling through Pisces since 2010 until 2018. You'll have an opportunity in these years to find your true life purpose.

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