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FILM FREE ARTS Vol. 8 No. 3 MUSIC MARCH FOOD 2017 CULTURE thewalleye.ca

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CoverStory: The Breakfast Issue ■ 14 Locally Sourced Breakfast ■ 15 Kangas Sauna



■ 16 Brunch Days are the Best Days ■ 18 Br(eakfast)+(L)unch Bevvies ■ 19 Making Food Easy ■ 20 Pulla Time



■ 22 The Full Monty ■ 23 Superior Theatre Festival ■ 24 Breakfast at the Movies ■ 25 Sexy and Scintillating THE ARTS




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■ 32 Making Cheese ■ 35 Identity Tattoo and Piercing ■ 36 Thunder Bay Diving Club

Goes Olympic ■ 39 A Story of Life, Relationships, and Canada’s Prison System ■ 40 For the Love of the Loppet ■ 42 Walleye Wings ■ 43 Broken Paddle ■ 44 Blend Indy ■ 45 What to Wear to Brunch ■ 46 Sweet Cherry Spa ■ 47 Hanna Johnston ■ 47 Steve’s Bakery

Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Adrian Lysenko adrian@thewalleye.ca Associate Editor Amy Jones Senior Editor Tiffany Jarva


Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski Copy Editors Amy Jones, Kirsti Salmi

Photographers Patrick Chondon, Bill Gross, Scott Hobbs, Dave Koski, Shannon Lepere, Darren McChristie, Marty Mascarin, Laura Paxton, Tyler Sklazeski, Marlene Wandel Art Directors Steve Coghill, R.G.D., Dave Koski, R.G.D. production@thewalleye.ca Ad Designer Dave Koski Miranda van den Berg


■ 50 Children of the Grave ■ 51 Catherine Jillings ■ 51 Kam Valley Fiddlers ■ 52 An Unconventional

Folk Journey ■ 53 Ben Caplan ■ 54 Bonnie Raitt ■ 55 Five Alarm Funk ■ 56 Guess Who’s Coming to Sauna? ■ 57 The Cover Show ■ 58 Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ■ 59 Enchanted Expressions

■ 62 The Paterson Building

Art Gallery’s Collection ■ 29 LU Annual Juried Exhibition ■ 30 Urban Infill - Art In The Core


■ 48 Weather Eye


■ 26 Ray Swaluk ■ 28 From Thunder Bay




■ 64 From Solids to Stripes: There

is Strength in Seed Diversity


■ 65 Skipping Breakfast:

A Daily Dilemma

■ 17 Drink of the Month ■ 33 This is Thunder Bay ■ 38 Stuff We Like ■ 60 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 66 Tbaytel March EVENTS ■ 68 Music EVENTS ■ 69 LU Radio's Monthly Top 20 ■ 70 The Comics ■ 72 The Wall ■ 73 The Beat ■ 74 The Eye

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Chewy Bacon Please When I think of breakfast in the city the first thing that comes to mind is the now closed Thunder Bay Restaurant. I’m sure my story is not unique and many readers have maybe experienced the same thing, but during college I can remember walking into the restaurant with friends and the owner/cook/waitress Denyse would immediately put us to work: making us get our own waters, coffees, and sometimes having us take other customers’ orders. Some might scoff at this and ask “What’s the point of going out then?” But this was all part of the experience and no matter how busy Denyse was, she would always have time to stop to chat at some point during our meal. To this day I’ve never been to another restaurant where I’m asked how I like my bacon cooked. I’m sure we’ve all got our favourite breakfast restaurant in Thunder Bay. But in case you don’t, you’re in luck. Our March issue is dedicated to the most important meal of the day, where our dedicated team of early-risers have sampled 16 different dishes from around the city. Plus, what’s more Thunder Bay than Finnish pancakes and saunas? Writer Emma Christensen looks at the history of Kangas Sauna as


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they celebrate 50 years. Or maybe you’re the stay-in type who likes to make breakfast at home? Chef Rachel Globensky serves up her delicious breakfast poutine recipe and sommelier Jeannie Dubois offers some great breakfast/brunch cocktail ideas. Keeping with our theme, menswear stylist Lyle Morissette provides some suggestions for brunch wear, and film columnist Michael Sobota digs into breakfast in movies. March also brings us the Sleeping Giant Loppet, and Betty Carpick explores the humble origins of the premier crosscountry event as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Also in the issue, Peter Jabs chats with Tom Wilson from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings about their upcoming concert in the city and Leah Ching gets a sneak peek of Cambrian Players’ upcoming production of The Fully Monty. So whether you’re going out or staying in for breakfast, the start of the day is one of the best times to read The Walleye (but no matter how much bacon grease or maple syrup you might accidently spill on this month’s issue, it still won’t make the magazine edible).

- Adrian Lysenko

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The Thunder Bay Roller Derby League began skating in 2009.

Featured Contributor Chad Kirvan Although a transplant from Oshawa, since arriving in Thunder Bay Chad has planted some deep roots. Not only a talented photographer, Chad is a writer and videographer, as well as a musician, having played bass with Greenbank on tour. Chompin Chad (as he’s known when it comes to food reviews) has finished second place in a persian eating competition and vows to take first this year. Check out Chompin Chad’s breakfast reviews and photos in our cover story as well as his Bucket List story about making cheese on page 32.

On the Cover The Breakfast Issue by Dave Koski

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The Full Monty March 1–4 and 8-11 Finlandia Club

Cambrian Players and director Candi Badanai take on the saucy Broadway musical, written by Terrence McNally with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, about a group of unemployed steelworkers who decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. Together, they find the courage to “let it go.” As you might imagine, this show features mature content. Tickets are $15-$20 and are available in advance at Calico, Fireweed, Steeper’s, and Red Lion, and also at the door. cambrianplayers.ca

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Thunder Bay Fat for the Weekend March 25–26 Various Locations

Keith Ailey

Fat biking enthusiasts unite! Fat for the Weekend is the Thunder Bay Cycling Club’s fat bike race season wrap-up, and it promises to be tonnes of fun. Saturday’s race will start at Kinsmen Park and run through Trowbridge Falls, Centennial Park, and Shuniah Mines, with a choice of two distances, 20 km or 30 km. Sunday will be a timed cyclocross-style race and will be held in the park behind the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium—a short course event great for spectators! Both events start at 10 am, and there will be an after party on Saturday to celebrate the day of racing. There are some great cyclists in Thunder Bay—come on out and see who will prevail over the two days and be crowned the "The Fat Champ"! tbaycc.ca

March 4

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Now in its 40th year, the Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation ski festival that is fun and challenging for skiers of all ages and levels, all within the breathtaking natural wilderness setting of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. There will be an 8 km mini-loppet for families and rookies, a 20 km or 35 km for more experienced skiers, or go for the ultimate challenge—the Loppet's flagship event, the 50 km classic, skate, or skiathlon. Great prizes are available to be won in many categories, including The Walleye’s popular "retro" ski outfit challenge or our Woodymakeit Award, given to the fastest skier to complete the 50km event on wooden skis. See you at the starting line! sleepinggiantloppet.ca Marty Mascarin

With twenty years, eight albums, several Juno nominations, and one Juno Award under their belt, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have become a staple of Canadian rootsrock. Featuring Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson (aka LEe HARVeY OsMOND)— all talented solo artists in their own right, who came together in 1996 to record a tribute to Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett—the band remains one of Canada’s great musical treasures. Tickets are $30 and are available at Rainbow on Bay, Extreme Pita, Espresso Joya, and online. $35 limited reserved seating is available online only. blackieandtherodeokings.com

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Urban Infill – Art in the Core 11 March 25–28

Downtown North Core Urban Infill - Art In The Core, DefSup’s annual Nuit Blanche-like event, is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year. Experience Thunder Bay transformed by multi-sensory art and unparalleled live performances with 18 projects by 400 artists in 25 venues that will help revitalize our downtown by capitalizing on assets of art and culture and linking and reinforcing connections through accessible empty spaces and existing arts. With vision and innovative arts and business we can fill up the empty spaces in our downtown and help to connect and create that unique niche of an urban arts and entertainment district. Re-discover your North Core Waterfront District through contemporary art! definitelysuperior.com Chad Kirvan


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Savoury Persian

The Lowdown: Everyone loves a

The Place: The Blue Door Bistro 116 South Syndicate Avenue 623-5001

The Price: $13 The Basics: A persian, an over-

hard egg, old cheddar cheese, and double smoked candied peppered bacon served with a side of oven roasted potatoes

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breakfast sandwich—bacon and eggs smothered with cheese and piled high inside your bread of choice. Taking our favourite breakfast staple to the next level, The Blue Door Bistro has put a local spin on the classic, utilizing nothing more quintessentially Thunder Bay than, you guessed it, a persian. Don’t let the hot pink icing fool you—this dish is for more than just the morning dessert-lover. The pastry, fresh from The Persian Man, is packed full of savoury notes, from candied peppered bacon (flavoured inhouse) to aged cheddar cheese melted on top of a perfectly fried egg, achieving a complementary balance to the sweetness and making this an excellent contender for your on-the-go morning meal. - Maija Zucchiatti Budget Bites


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Finnish Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce and Whipped Cream ▲

The Place: Kangas Sauna (Little House of Pancakes) 379 Oliver Road 344-6761

The Price: $13.23

Eggs Benedict

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The Basics: Thin Finnish pancakes

with homemade blueberry sauce topped with whipped cream

The Lowdown: What’s better than

Ukrainian Benedict ▲

The Place: Rooster’s Bistro 32 St. Paul Street 344-7660

Finnish pancakes? Finnish pancakes The Price: $14 smothered in blueberry sauce sourced The Basics: Toasted English muffin, from Northwestern Ontario and dollops potato pancake, mini of whipped cream on top, of course! Kielbasa sausage, and two One of the best things about this poached eggs topped breakfast is that it’s filling, but still light. with hollandaise When you’re finished you don’t feel like sauce and served unbuckling your belt or taking a nap—inwith homefries and stead you’ll be ready to go for the rest of sliced tomatoes the day (or maybe even up for a sauna!) Quick Service Hangover Conqueror All-Day Breakfast Big Portions - Adrian Lysenko

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The Lowdown: When it comes to eggs

benedict, Rooster’s takes the cake (er, egg?) for staying ahead of the curve. From spinach and asparagus to lobster tail and everything in between, Rooster’s has created a benny for every taste. One such option, a popular weekend favourite, is the Ukrainian Benedict. Two eggs (poached to preference) sit atop a bed of old country favourites Kielbasa sausage and fluffy potato pancakes, with a lightly toasted English muffin at the base. Paired with a side of fresh cut homefries and smothered with a generous portion of buttery, decadent hollandaise sauce, this dish is sure to make your Baba proud. - Maija Zucchiatti Unique/Original Dish

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Budget Bites

The Lowdown: "They don't have Eggs ►

The Place: The Hoito 314 Bay Street 345-6323

The Price: $12.99 The Basics: Two poached eggs atop

thick-sliced peameal bacon and toasted english muffins, served with homefries and fruit garnish

Benedict at the Hoito!" you say, throwing your magazine to the ground in a fit of rage. Well rest easy, my friend, because not only will this bold and savoury dish be available by the date you're reading this, but more changes to one of Thunder Bay's most iconic eateries are coming as well. With the benny, the star of the show is most certainly the generous portion of made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce, whisked to life with a white wine reduction at its base. Thick-sliced peameal bacon and crisp, seasoned home-fries round out the meal, all of which will have you second-guessing whether or not you'll need to eat lunch today. - Nik Fiorito The Walleye



Baked Eggs

The Lowdown: Nook’s signature

long-simmered tomato sauce sets the stage for a distinctive breakfast that just won’t quit until the bowl is scraped clean. Add in light and fluffy potatoes, a crumbled house-made sausage scattered with fragrant fennel seeds, and two eggs nestled in the centre—cooked somewhere in that sweet spot between sunny side and solid. Finished with a sharp Pecorino cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and four slices of bread toasted off in a Panini press, this baked dish ticks off all the boxes, including the one we didn’t know we were missing: the comforting taste of an Italian home kitchen. - Rebekah Skochinski

The Place: Nook 271 Bay Street 285-7775

The Price: $14 The Basics: Baked eggs with sausage and potato

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Breakfast Poutine

The Lowdown: The juxtaposition of

silky smooth hollandaise sauce with crunchy potato bites creates the ultimate foundation for Daytona's breakfast pou▲ tine. This incredible mixture of textures is further complemented by a savoury The Place: Daytona's Kitchen + flavour that stimulates the tongue both Creative Catering when eating and discussing this revo965 Cobalt Crescent lutionary morning meal. In true poutine 622-2169 fashion, the breakfast poutine features delicious cheese curds amongst its potato The Price: $11.50 base, but what makes this dish exceptionThe Basics: Fried potatoes, ally different is its omelette-like attributes. bacon, green onions, peppers, chorizo Thick-cut peppers, crumbled bacon, and sausage, cheese curds, hollandaise hunks of chorizo sausage add exquisite sauce, poached egg, flavours to this hearty meal and while we and buttermilk wouldn't recommend eating such a masfried onions sive dish before a run, we would certainly prescribe it to anyone suffering from immense hunger, or a nasty hangover. - Chad Charles Kirvan AKA Chompin Hangover Conqueror All-Day Breakfast Big Portions Unique/Original DishChad Budget Bites

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The Garden Patch Omelette ◄

The Place: Tina's Breakfast and Lunch 1170 Memorial Avenue 286-0011

The Price: $12.95

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The Basics: Roasted red and green

peppers, spinach, mushrooms, green onions, and cheddar cheese in an egg omelette, served with pan fries, toast, and fresh fruit

The Lowdown: The Garden Patch

Omelette is the answer to hunger earned after an early morning ski. It’s fresh but savoury, wrapped in bright, farm fresh eggs and has just the right amount of cheese. You will be impressed with the attention to detail in the presentation. All of Tina’s breakfasts come with a serving of fruit, and nothing about this dish is deep-fried, so while you will feel full when you’re done, you will have also filled up on food that’s good for your ticker. -BigMichelle Portions Kolobutin Unique/Original Dish Budget Bites


Smoked Salmon, Broccoli, and Poached Eggs

The Lowdown: No corners are cut

The Place: Thyme Restaurant 311 East Victoria Avenue 286-6778

The Price: $13 The Basics: Smoked salmon, poached

with this decadent breakfast from Thyme. There’s a generous portion of rich hollandaise sauce topping the poached eggs and salmon as well as the broccoli, and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the tasty potatoes hand-carved to look like mushrooms. One of the great things about this dish is that it’s served with an extra slice of French bread, so you can sop up any residual sauce, eggs, or salmon. The bowl of mixed berries and whipped cream is a nice light touch as a side to this delicious dish. - Adrian Lysenko

eggs, and broccoli smothered in hollandaise sauce and served on toasted French bread, with a side of potatoes and a bowl of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries topped with a dollop of whipped cream

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Sausage Medley Scrambler

The Lowdown: The Naxos menu fea-

The Place: Naxos Grill and Bar 610 West Arthur Street 475-3886

The Price: $13 The Basics: Sausage, cheddar

cheese, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, and bacon bits, topped with freshly-made hollandaise sauce

tures a variety of items labelled “Naxos’ Favourites” and this is one of them. It’s easy to see why this Sausage Medley Scrambler is at the top of the breakfast hit parade. Fluffy scrambled eggs are layered and tossed with juicy little slices of sausage, crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, and chunky tomato pieces and then topped with a tart and buttery hollandaise sauce. Each bite yields up a variety of flavours and textures that make this a truly satisfying dish. The Sausage Medley Scrambler is served with a choice of pancakes or toast. Bet you can’t eat it all! - Pat Forrest

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Buttermilk Waffle ►

The Place: The Scandinavian Home Society Restaurant 147 South Algoma Street 345-7442

The Price: $7.95 The Basics: Made from

scratch with buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and powder, melted butter, sugar, and a sprinkle of salt, served with a fruit slice and sprinkled with icing Quick Servicesugar Hangover Conqueror

All-Day Breakfast

The Lowdown: A no-nonsense

breakfast whose simplicity belies its warm buttery flavour and belly-filling goodness. If you’re someone who can pack away a solid breakfast you would assume that this single waffle would leave you wanting, but coupled with an endless cup of hot coffee this waffle is a meal that can slow your shove-my-face pace significantly when nearing completion. The early morning weekday atmosphere in the restaurant is a nice mix of young and old, with just enough tables filled to give the room a buzz, but not so many as to feel hurried or crowded. - Nik Fiorito

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Western Omelette

The Lowdown: A perfect balance ▲

The Place: Salsbury Grill 118 West Frederica Street 577-8635

The Price: $6.95 The Basics: Two eggs, green pepper, red onion, tomatoes, ham, and cheddar cheese served with home fries, toast, and tomato slices Big Portions

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Canadian Lumberjack Special ►

The Place: Java Hut 465 Memorial Avenue 344 5521

QuickThe ServicePrice: Hangover Conqueror $8.49

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The Basics: Two eggs, two Finnish pancakes, two sausages, two strips of bacon, homefries, and toast on a breakfast platter


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and distribution of flavour is all you can taste when eating a western omelette at Salsbury Grill. Delicious cheddar cheese flows beautifully within the omelette’s fluffy egg interior and fresh vegetables are carefully combined with finely shaved ham to create an exquisite taste. It’s as if the chef meticulously placed every ingredient by hand to ensure an even flavour. This outstanding western omelette comes with crisp home fries, toast, tomato slices, and one of the most delightful dining atmospheres in all of Thunder Bay. Any patron of Salsbury Grill will tell you that they go for the food but stay for the conversation. - Chad Charles Kirvan AKA Chompin Chad

Chicken and Waffles

The Place: The Sovereign Room 220 Red River Road 343-9277

The Price: $16 The Basics: Buttermilk fried chicken, a waffle, raspberry coulis, and maple syrup Quick Service

The Lowdown: Breakfast, our best

friend: we wake up and you light up our morning. Midafternoon snacks made from your leftovers fuel our souls. At night, after dinner or the bars, when we feel we deserve more, it is you we think of first: hot pancakes, toast, sausage, cheese! At restaurants when we see your face in pictures with the words “All Day!” nuzzled against your name, we rejoice. Java Hut understands our gastro love. Java Hut understands our needs. Big Portions Unique/Original Dish Budget Bites The Canadian Lumberjack is a love letter to the breakfast-phile in all of us, and since its lovely eggs, scrumptiously light pancakes, and other delectables are available ALL DAY, that love is commitment-filled. Thank you, Java Hut. - Patrick Thompson

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that’s become a modern classic, the Sov’s chicken and waffles has been on their menu in some capacity since they opened. There’s a good reason it’s persisted: like most simple things, it works. Start with an inch-thick Belgian waffle the size of a dinner plate, a deep grid of golden brown, then throw three big hunks of crispy, just slightly greasy buttermilk fried chicken on top. The latest incarnation of this dish caters more towards breakfast by featuring raspberry coulis and maple syrup, a nice offset of sweet to the chicken’s saltiness. - Justin Allec All-Day Breakfast Big Portions Unique/Original Dish


Triple Triple

The Lowdown: The Triple Triple is ▼

The Place: The Eddy

4744 Highway 11/17, Kakabeka Falls 474-EDDY (3339)

The Price: $13 The Basics: Three

local eggs any style, bacon, sausage, housesmoked back bacon, toast, and fried mash or home fries

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three times tasty. Whether you’re famished after a morning ski or recovering from the night before, head chef Chris Barnes has gone way beyond the greasy spoon fix. He is committed to local ingredients: eggs are from Rosedale Farm, the back bacon is from Maltese and smoked in-house with a perfectly balanced smoky tinge, the mashed potatoes from B&B Farms are melt-in-your-mouth divine, and fresh marbled rye from Bennett’s Bakery complements it all. Don’t be surprised to see a bustling dining room and a line-up of snowmobiles out front. - Tiffany Jarva Unique/Original Dish

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Ultimate Breakfast

The Lowdown: The Ultimate Break▲

The Place: Norma Jean’s 123 May Street South 475-5300

The Price: $11.95 The Basics: Three eggs any style, three pieces of ham, three sausages, three pieces of bacon, three pieces of toast, and hash browns Quick Service

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fast requires that you bring a big appetite or a friend to share. All the home-inspired, locally sourced ingredients are fresh and yummy, but it’s the super tasty home style, Bogdala’s-made part-bratwurst, part-Polish sausages that will keep you coming back for more. And yes! Norma Jean’s is open again under the new ownership of husband and wife team Rome Naidoo and Tina Munson, offering an all-day full breakfast menu. The newly renovated décor pops, combining elements like streamlined light fixtures and reupholstered booths with the same 50s retro appeal, complete with old fashioned milkshakes perfect morning, noon, or night. - Tiffany Jarva Big Portions

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Savoury Crêpe

The Lowdown: Thunder Bay knows

The Place: Prime Gelato 200 Red River Road 344-1185

The Price: $10 The Basics: A crêpe stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese

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a thing or two about thin pancakes and the French know a thing or two about crêpes, so it’s no surprise to us that Prime Gelato’s sweet and savoury crêpes are selling like hotcakes. The crêpe itself is made from Brule Creek flour, Tarrymore Farm eggs, milk, oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of sugar. We like the combination of creamy goat cheese, baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes because it tastes like the sweet promise of spring. Served in hand-held pockets, this delightful breakfast option is quick, flavourful, and kept us going for hours— just as it should. - Rebekah Skochinski Hangover Conqueror All-Day Breakfast Big Portions

Unique/Original Dish Patrick Chondon

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Locally Sourced Breakfast By Adrian Lysenko

Potatoes B & B Farms



ust in case you didn’t want to go out for breakfast, here’s some ideas for a locally sourced homemade breakfast. Enjoy!

Whether you prefer whole white, red, or russet, B & B Farm just outside Thunder Bay off the Trans-Canada Highway has your potatoes.

Murillo Bakery


Tarrymore Farms Located in South Gillies, Tarrymore Farms is Thunder Bay’s largest supplier of locally-produced eggs from their free-run flock.

Founded in 1983, Murillo Bakery makes bread with wholesome ingredients like unbleached flour and stone ground whole rye flour.


Walkabout Farm From their 150 acre farm out in Neebing Township, Walkabout Farm offers bacon from their Berkshire pigs.

Finnish Pancakes: Flour

Whole Milk

Maple Syrup

Located near Kakabeka Falls, Brule Creek Farms grow and stone-mill their own grains to produce an additive-free flour.

Locally made milk straight from the cow and pasteurized—it doesn’t get any fresher than this.

Operating in the Nor'Wester Mountain Range on some of the most northern stands of sugar maple trees in Ontario, the Nor'Wester Maple Company is a producer of 100% pure maple syrup.

Brule Creek Farms


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CoverStory the morning to do the baking. “Her reputation was phenomenal. You talk to anyone who’s been coming here since she was here and they have nothing but beautiful things to say about Lyyli,” says Calley. Business ownership was nothing new to the Onchulenkos, either. Both Allan and Calley, a husband and wife team, were already experienced entrepreneurs when they took ownership of Kangas Sauna in December 2003. They were quick to learn the fundamentals of restaurant operation, aided by a long-standing team of cooks and staff, some of whom have remained with the business for nearly 30 years.

Kangas Sauna Celebrating 50 Years of Family and Food By Emma Christensen


early 50 years after first opening, Kangas Sauna is still providing customers with great food and a classic sauna experience. For owners Allan and Calley Onchulenko, the secret to the business’s success lies in preserving the Kangas family’s reputation for quality. Kangas Sauna, which was established by Lyyli Kangas in 1967, was a family business from the start. After being denied a mortgage for the business, Kangas successfully petitioned members of the

Finnish community to fund her dream with private loans. Her son Kalevi, an architect, designed the building. When Kangas lost her husband Kal five years after opening Kangas Sauna, she continued to manage the business with the help of her children. Her daughter Kathy ran the restaurant—now known as Little House of Pancakes—and her son Kurt attended to maintenance of the building. Kangas was well known for her habit of arriving at the restaurant early in

Allan credits the cooks with the restaurant’s ongoing success, and compares their culinary skills to those of his own grandmothers—arguably the highest compliment possible. “For me, my grandma made the best soup and sandwich, but my Baba made excellent borscht. I’m getting both those things here. Where else would I get that?”

people back for more. “I’ve independently had enough people tell me why they like our pancakes that I believe in them,” he says. The aptly-named Little House of Pancakes also offers a range of other breakfast classics, including eggs and bacon, breakfast sandwiches, and omelettes. Kangas Sauna will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the weekend of March 18. For the Onchulenkos, this is a chance to give back to a community that has faithfully supported the business for decades. “The thing that keeps us so happy is the customers. They’re generational customers—they’ve come here with their kids, and they’ve come here with their kids’ kids. They’ve come here all these years,” says Calley. For more information visit kangassauna.ca.

Calley adds that working with quality ingredients is important to the process of making good meals. The restaurant uses local, seasonally available fruit, which is preserved for use during the winter months. It also does without a deep fryer, choosing instead to offer home fries made out of fresh potatoes. “We don’t put anything on a plate that’s been prepared from a box,” says Calley. Pairing a home-cooked meal with a sauna rental continues to be a favorite pastime for Thunder Bay residents and visitors alike. Kangas Sauna’s celebrity customers include Kevin Durand, Ron James, and members of Blue Rodeo. The restaurant’s all-star cast of customers may have something to do with the world-renowned reputation of its Finnish pancakes. Allan credits the consistent quality of the pancakes with bringing

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Food When your friends arrive, get someone else to fix up the fortified coffee while you get cooking:

• Keep Hollandaise warm until you need it, by keeping it ¾ covered on top of the about-to-be warm oven.

6. It’s hollandaise time. For real. Don’t be scared.

7. In a medium bowl, put the tomatoes, green onions, bacon bits, and cheeses in, and mix them around a bit.

• Find a saucepan and a glass or metal bowl that fits snugly over it. Pour an inch of water into the saucepan and set it to simmer. • Carefully separate 2 eggs. Crack the egg on the edge of a bowl, and pass the yolk between the eggshell halves, letting the white fall into the bowl. Place the yolks into a separate bowl (the one that fits over the simmering saucepan). • Melt a little less than ½ cup unsalted butter in a small pan. If your pan doesn’t have a spout, pour the butter into a little jug. • Place the egg yolks over the hot water. Whisk in 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon mustard.

Brunch Days are the Best Days By Chef Rachel Globensky


t’s Sunday morning, and you’ve invited some pals over for brunch—not because you’re particularly a culinary wizard, but because someone from Saturday night’s loud escapades convinced you that hosting brunch would be a good idea. And maybe you’ve woken up feeling a little more Clark Kent and a little less Superman, but trust me. Splash some Baileys into your coffee, and buck up— brunch is gonna be great, because you’re gonna be making Breakfast Poutine!

Things to do before your friends come by: 1. Cube some potatoes (don’t bother peeling them!), and boil them until they’re soft when you jab them with a fork. Drain them and set aside. Aim for about 1 – 1 ½ cups per person. 2. Cut some bacon into decent bits, and fry them until they’re fairly crispy, but not disintegrated. Drain

them on some paper towel, and set aside. The more the merrier, when it comes to bacon. 3. Dice some green onions, and some tomatoes into nacho-topping-sized pieces. Put them in separate bowls while waiting for your guests. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of each per poutine-eater. 4. Grate some cheddar, chop some yummy cheese curds, and hold yourself back from taste-testing too many! Try to have at least 2 tablespoons of each per person when you’re finished.

• Grab an ice cube from the freezer and have it beside you.* • Gradually add small splashes of butter into the bowl with the yolks, whisking well between additions. *If you see the sauce starting to split, throw in the ice cube and whisk away. It’ll help! If the ice cube trick does not help, separate another egg and use the yolk as a base (over hot water) that you whisk the broken sauce into. THAT should fix it up. And if it splits, it splits. No worries—it’ll still taste fine.

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9. In a non-stick pan, melt a little butter in the bottom, and scramble the eggs, using a spatula to chop them into smallish bits. Mix the hot eggs into the bowl of bacony-cheesy goodness. Fold everything together. 10. Carefully spoon the melty egg mixture over the potatoes. Put the whole shebang into the oven for about 5 minutes, to make sure everything is good and hot. 11. Take the hot pan from the oven, and spoon on some Hollandaise over top. Casually throw on some fresh ground black pepper, or some paprika, refill your boozy coffee, and dig in.

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Br(eakfast)+(L)unch Bevvies By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier


hether you’re dining out or having folks in, brunch in Thunder Bay is one of those ephemeral experiences, rare and exotic, the unicorn of breakfasts. Enjoying the delicacies of quiche, pastry, and frittata

or waffle, strata, and pancakes requires a delicious fortitude before noon best bolstered by a sweet or savoury aperitif.

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For a Faux Latte: Dominican Coffee 1 oz heavy cream ¼ oz simple syrup 1 ½ oz anejo rum 1 ½ oz coffee liqueur In a cocktail shaker, combine the cream, simple syrup and ice. Shake well. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the rum and liqueur and stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Spoon the shaken cream on top.

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2 oz gin 1 tsp superfine sugar ½ oz lemon juice 5 oz dry sparkling wine Lemon twist In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine the gin, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake until chilled and strain into flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with lemon twist.

3 ½ cups tomato juice 1 ¼ cups vodka ½ cup olive juice 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp ground black pepper 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp Tabasco 2 Serrano chiles 1 Peppadew pepper minced 2 tsp minced dill 1 garlic clove minced ½ tsp celery salt ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp grated lemon zest Celery stalks and green olives for garnish Ice In a pitcher, combine all of the ingredients except the ice and garnish. Stir well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least two hours. Serve the cocktails in ice-filled tall glasses, garnished with celery ribs, green olives and black pepper. Happy Brunching!

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Northern Unique Makes Move to New Location By Chris Servais


here’s something about taking that first big bite of a sticky, flaky cinnamon bun—switching hands so that you can lick your fingers, and then going in for bite number two—that never fails to satisfy. Northern Unique cuisine is a lot like a cinnamon bun, not just because these gooey treats happen to be one of their most enduring and delicious offerings, but because the appeal of their honest and flavourful fare keeps bringing customers back, time and time again. The driving force behind the business is owner Rob Walsh, who established Northern Unique over a decade ago as a catering company that gradually grew towards a more retail-oriented model. Walsh is quick to note, however, that Northern is also a family enterprise through and through. “Everybody just

piles in,” he says. “The whole family helps out—if I were to do it all on my own it definitely wouldn’t be where it is now. I think customers appreciate that aspect. Even those staff who aren’t family members feel like family when we’re all working together, serving food.” Walsh cites the business’ recent move to their new James Street location (within Carol’s Cakes) as an opportunity to expand on their existing booth at the Thunder Bay Country Market. “As much as I love for people to cook, the reality is that more people are cooking less. We’re looking at convenience— at bridging that gap and making food properly that can be easy and quick to serve at home.” Succulent meat pies, quicktoast Belgian waffles, and fresh hummus are some examples of Northern Unique’s practical

meal ideas. These items are prepared locally from scratch, and are healthier, tastier, and, Walsh points out, comparably priced to what diners will find in the average grocery store. For anyone who has had the pleasure of tasting their cuisine, the question of what makes Northern Unique well… unique, is kind of a no-brainer. But for those who haven’t, Walsh offers a simple explanation. “It’s food that’s prepared with passion and care, right here in Thunder Bay,” he says. “And I think those who visit us and sample our foods can taste the difference. Customer loyalty for us is a big deal. Our regulars are always excited to see what’s new and to come talk about our food.” Find Northern Unique on Facebook for updates and new menu additions.

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Pulla Time

Heikki and Birgit’s Baking

By Tiffany Jarva


hen you walk into the working kitchen of Heikki and Birgit Vuorela’s home in the heart of the Finnish district, you are struck by the old school Finnish-ness of it all—including the woven wall hangings, Nordic style table cloths, conversations alternating between English and Finnish, and of course the sweet smells of traditional pulla (coffee bread) lingering in the air. Heikki is the primary baker, however Birgit is definitely a huge part of the process: coordinating the business side of things, delivering the product, and assisting with the baking. “It is definitely a team effort,” she says. It’s a cold, dark early evening in February and Heikki has prepped the dough. “I’ve been doing this for about three years now,” he explains, while removing the dough from the 20-quart mixer. “I actually started by practising on playdoh,” he admits with a laugh. He braids a large batch of 17 loaves, making it look effortless. The loaves have to sit and rise for about an hour, then are brushed with an egg wash, sprinkled with coarse sugar, and placed in the commercial oven. For a simple breakfast treat, nothing quite beats

dipping the cardamom-scented pulla into a cup of coffee or eating it with butter and homemade jam. Heikki also makes dark sour rye “pucks” also known as reisumiehen eväs leipàä (Traveler’s Lunch Bread) used in the traditional dish suolakala (salt fish sandwiches). He started perfecting the art of “souring” the rye about 10 years ago, after he retired. “Brule Farm’s rye is the closest thing I can find that resembles the taste when you’re in Finland,” says Heikki about the local farm’s flour. “It is a lot closer to what my grandmother and mother used.” He also uses Brule Creek’s unbleached flour for his pulla because “it’s much healthier” and because he wholeheartedly believes it’s important to support local businesses. His favourite part of the process? “Hearing compliments from people that they like it,” he says, smiling. “It’s really quite funny to think that I’ve gone from bush worker to coffee bread maker.” You can find Heikki & Birgit’s pulla at Maltese, Renco, and Bulk Zone. And the sour rye “pucks” are available at European Meats and the Scandinavian Deli, or call 3453004 to place an order.



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from main character Gaz’s declaration that their show will be even better than Chippendales, because they will go all the way—“The Full Monty.” Over the course of the play, the group of misfit men find the courage to “let it go.” The show features 25 actors, some local to Thunder Bay, and others from across the globe. The cast is made up of the six Monty men, and is rounded out by 19 others who play girlfriends, wives, and coworkers. Audiences will enjoy some faces familiar to the Cambrian Players’ stage, along with a few newcomers who are sure to impress. The Full Monty features Neil Paterson as the lead, Lawrence Badanai, Spencer Hari, Elliott Cromarty, Dennis Dubinsky, and finally, Daniel Hannah, a Lakehead University professor who hails from New Zealand, as the six Monty men. “Our star of the show is Neil Paterson, who’s worked really hard to get

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Superior Theatre Festival Outdoor Theatrical Event Looks for Submissions By Marcia Arpin


ast summer our city was treated to an outdoor theatrical event presented by Superior Theatre Festival. This new group is devoted to showcasing professional, emerging, and youth artists from our community and making a festival accessible to everyone. This summer the group will continue its commitment and is ready to surprise Thunder Bay audiences with a new presentation in July. Superior Theatre Festival is a professional multidisciplinary summer arts festival that is re-visioning indoor and outdoor sites in Thunder Bay (most notably the beautiful Spirit Garden at Marina Park). Submissions and participation from artists of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities working in many different artistic disciplines make this collaboration like no other offered. This year, in partnership with Urban Abbey, Superior Theatre Festival is beginning a new venture called the “North Shore Indie Stream.” This program will celebrate talent exclusively from Northwestern Ontario. The organizers are hoping to showcase theatre, dance, music, storytelling, poetry, cabaret, digital and visual arts, puppetry, clowning, film, installations, and performance art.

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

Breakfast at the Movies By Michael Sobota

I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before, before. -Paul (George Peppard) to Holly (Audrey Hepburn) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) This is a silly movie. George Axelrod’s screenplay turns Truman Capote’s edgy, spicy novel into sugarcake. And Audrey Hepburn forced to sing “Moon River” on a fire escape while playing guitar is treacle. But there are three terrific reasons to revisit the film. The first is the scene between Holly (Hepburn) and Paul (George Peppard) when she crawls through his bedroom window, only to discover him naked in bed. Paul is a male prostitute, servicing married Mrs. Failenson (Patricia Neal, in a slithering performance). The second is the scene between Holly and Paul at Tiffany’s, the expensive New York jewelry store, where Paul asks the Tiffany’s salesperson (John McGiver, in a droll, elegant performance) if Tiffany’s will engrave a ring Paul found in a box of Cracker Jacks. And, of course, the third is the iconic scene where Holly steps out of a cab in front of the Tiffany’s storefront window, dressed to the nines, holding a doughnut and a paper cup of coffee.

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This is Canadian director Norman Jewison’s finest film (yes, better than In The Heat of the Night). Working with a stellar cast—including Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, and Danny Aiello—from a script by John Patrick Shanley, Jewison celebrates the joys and sorrows of a modern Italian American family. There are just so many, many riches in the film. The breakfast scene comes at the end, forming the climax of the movie. The family, with all its secrets about to be revealed, gather around the kitchen table in the Castorini home. This is screenwriting (and ensemble acting) at its finest.

Two Italian brothers immigrate to America and start a restaurant in New York. After two years of struggling, they are on the brink of collapse. A competitor across the street offers them one final shot to make their name. The competitor (Ian Holm, played with snake oil charm) will invite Louis Prima to their restaurant if they will prepare their finest dinner. The movie is one long build up to that big night, with the story moving in and out of the kitchen, into the neighborhood, adding friends and new characters as we rush toward the great dinner and inevitable let down. Louis Prima never shows up—he was never invited. The brothers have risked everything. The breakfast scene here is also the final one in the movie. It is the morning after. In a heart-opening three minute scene without any dialogue, Secondo (Stanley Tucci) prepares simple scrambled eggs for his brother Primo (Tony Shalhoub). They are superb.

And here are six more to test your appetite: The Public Enemy (1931), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Falling Down (1993), and Pulp Fiction (1994).


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reakfast is one meal that is not skipped in movies that feature meals. Screenwriters like the start of the day with bacon and eggs and coffee and drama. And never forget that it was the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings trilogy who introduced us to the concept of “second breakfast.” Here are three delicious examples and one silly one where breakfast is served with a doughnut and irony.

Hell or High Water (2016) David Mackenzie directs a script by Taylor Sheridan—who wrote Sicario—that is a contemporary riff off of Bonnie and Clyde. Two brothers, Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) rob banks in dry, dusty Texas. The bank is foreclosing on their homestead. They rob only from branches of the bank that is about to squeeze them off their land. The script gives us a rich and layered look at hard-working average Americans caught up in corporate greed and general economic collapse. Every one of the side characters is interesting, including a waitress who serves the brothers breakfast in one of those cookiecutter family restaurants that dot small town landscapes. Toby recognizes her desperate plight and leaves her a $200 tip from that morning’s bank heist. Later, when a crusty sheriff (Jeff Bridges) arrives to investigate, she will be damned before she gives them any information about the robbers. It is a telling detail that Sheridan captures nicely, just as he does with the non-cooperative banter from the other ranchers who are poor but always have enough change in their pockets for morning coffee in this refuge restaurant. This is one of the best films of 2016.



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Magnus Theatre Presents Of Human Bondage By Pat Forrest


. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage is the coming-of-age story of Philip Carey, a sensitive young man consumed by unrequited love. It has been recognized as one of the most accomplished novels in English literature. Carey’s story will unfold on the stage of Magnus Theatre March 6-18 with Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of the Maugham novel. Magnus artistic director Thom Currie says the production will have wide appeal. “This is a fantastic piece of theatre, and the Magnus production will thrill our audiences, whether they are fans of the classic novel or not. This sexy and scintillating adaptation of the classic novel is sure to be a production to be remembered for years,” he says. Born with a clubfoot, Philip is orphaned as a child and raised by unsympathetic relatives. Sent to a boarding school where he has difficulty fitting in, he grows up with an intense longing for love, art, and experience. After a failed attempt at becoming an artist in Paris, Carey begins medical studies in London,

where he meets Mildred, a cold-hearted waitress with whom he falls into a powerful, tortured, life-altering love affair. A brilliant and deeply moving portrayal of the price of passion and the universal desire for connection, Of Human Bondage will feature a young cast of theatre professionals who have performed across Canada and beyond. Philip Carey is played by Ken James Stewart, who has had lead roles at the Stratford Festival and Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and worked several seasons at The Shaw Festival. Gabriella Colavecchio, Kate Madden, and Siobhán Bolton will join well-known Canadian actors Paul Van Dyck and Iain Stewart, and the cast is rounded out by Josh Wiles and Kevin Hare, both performers who have worked at Magnus in the past. Currie states that the Magnus show is only the second production of this new Canadian play. The original Soulpepper Theatre production is headed for Broadway next season. Showtimes are 8 pm MondaySaturday with matinees on Wednesdays at noon and Saturdays at 2 pm.

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Ray Swaluk

Connections in Watercolour By Emma Christensen


or watercolour artist Ray Swaluk, painting isn’t all that different from playing music, dancing, or any other art form that demands passion and discipline. Like playing a chord or learning a dance step, the success of his art depends on careful planning and practice. “We have to work hard to get results from anything we really want in life,” he says. In contrast to his words, Swaluk’s work appears graceful and spontaneous. His paintings capture natural elements in vivid colours and bold brush strokes, expressing his passion for Lake Superior and Northwestern Ontario. The landscape’s mood “changes in an instant. In five minutes you’re looking at a totally different scene than you looked at 5 minutes ago,” he says. Swaluk is no stranger to the elements. According to him, there is no better way to learn to paint than to get out of the studio. “Plein air painting is very important for the development of an


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artist who is a landscape painter. It’s more of a feeling thing—you have to be on site to actually enjoy it.” Set against the backdrop of Swaluk’s vibrant landscapes are depictions of the trains, boats, and homesteads that make up our history. The artist refuses to forget the hard work and sacrifice of our forefathers, or their influence on his own talents. In keeping with a sense of community from an earlier time, he expresses respect for the local and international artists who have mentored him, and a commitment to sharing his skills. Whether he is introducing watercolour to grade-school students or working alongside 55 Plus members at the West Arthur Community Centre, Swaluk delights in sharing the process of painting. Swaluk expresses hope for the future by recognizing that art allows us to experience our interconnectedness with others. “It’s all part

of us, it really is. It’s all connected. And knowing that makes things a lot easier. How can we be so divided when we are so connected in those areas?” Ray Swaluk’s work is available for sale at the Lake Superior Art Gallery and at Fireweed. Contact him at studioswaluk@gmail.com for more information.

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who is straddling a dark, circular entranceway, and also flanked by two ravens. On both sides of the painting's border, male figures are depicted descending head first to the bottom—presumably to the ghost world. This painting not only visualizes the traditional architectural threshold of the long house (also called the big house). For Nicolson, this work is also an invocation: “an appeal to the spirits of the past, our grandparents, fathers, mothers who have passed on... It is a prayer for assistance to keep alive in this world some of the knowledge that has gone.” Visually and conceptually potent, the painting is one of the few fine examples of contemporary Pacific Northwest Coast art in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's permanent collection.

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LU Annual Juried Exhibition

Thought-Provoking Work by Emerging Artists By Stephanie Wesley


hunder Bay will have the opportunity to check out the best works of emerging artists at this year’s Lakehead University Annual Juried Exhibition.

of how and why they should show their work. Moreover, students work to help install and organize many aspects of the exhibition, giving them hands-on experience in a public art gallery.”

The exhibit features a wide array of artworks such as printmaking, painting, sculpture, video, and photography by students in the department of visual arts at Lakehead University. This year students in the Native Arts and Crafts course will also be participating. Artworks to be considered for the exhibit are submitted to the faculty, who in turn adjudicate and select the works that will comprise the show.

Kurd says that there is something different to look forward to at each annual event.

The result is an exhibition of the best and most thought-provoking works by emerging artists in the region. Thunder Bay Art Gallery curator Nadia Kurd says that the exhibit is also the first professional opportunity for students to showcase their work to the public.

She states that because many of the students are from the area, the exhibit is also a “big celebration of our local talent” because the friends and family of the students featured attend the show, which helps to contribute to the show’s success.

“The artwork is carefully crafted and considered before it is shown,” Kurd says. “It makes students think critically

“Every year there is something new and exciting that is shown. Our audiences like the innovative and often humorous approaches in art-making that the students take on,” Kurd says. “You’ll get a chance to see everything from painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture to more technology-based artwork.”

The Lakehead University Annual Juried Exhibition will run from March 10 until April 2 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.




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Urban Infill Art In The Core

An Interactive and Sensory Affair Story by Olivia Levesque, Photos by Chad Kirvan


efinitely Superior Art Gallery’s Urban Infill - Art In The Core has become a well-known event to those in Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. Celebrating its 11th year, once again Def Sup is working hard to create an interactive and sensory affair for 2017. The festivities started with the popular Derelicte 9 and continued through February, and will culminate on March 25 with the Urban Infill main event, with visual pieces from the event accessible until March 28. Art admirers and community seekers have traveled from near and far to experience the extravaganza, as Renée Terpstra, Def Sup’s development/administrator,


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explains. “We are beginning to see people travel to attend the event,” she says. “Many of them are coming from Northern Minnesota.” The draw of the event is undeniable as it captures the essence of Thunder Bay’s multi-disciplinary art community with live music performances, visual and interactive art pieces, performance art displays, and so much more. Terpstra states the importance of the event is having an “emphasis on downtown revitalization, through contemporary arts, specifically partnering with artists in the region.” David Karasiewicz, the gallery’s executive/artistic director, spoke of the art community expanding, growing, and

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theArts reaching out as being a huge impact on the development of the Downtown North Core over the last 10 years. “Everyone who works, lives, and plays in the arts were found downtown,” he says. Karasiewicz describes Urban Infill as having a symbiotic relationship with local businesses, galleries, and other art programs and initiatives. The downtown scene is a lot different than it was 11 years ago when Urban Infill began, which

Karasiewicz and Terpstra explain as a challenging but exploratory aspect of the planning. The event organizers state how lucky they feel to have such interest and participation from the local businesses in the area. The event gives Thunder Bay a chance to open its doors and allow empty spaces to be transformed into something completely magnificent. “People are coming for the art, but also for the sake of curiosity because

this event allows the general public to gain access to what are usually unavailable spaces,” explains Terpstra. Another main goal of the event is to create a sense of safety at night in parts of town it encompasses, as well as accessibility.

becoming unique to Thunder Bay. Karasiewicz says the event is different as it is a blend of gallery hops that have Nuit Blanche aspects but on a scale for Thunder Bay. “It’s more regional, connections are being made, and it's more intimate,” he says.

In the past the event has been compared to Nuit Blanche, a large all-night arts festival that takes place globally. However, as Urban Infill ages, it has really come into its own and is

Urban Infill showcases regional, national, and international artists. Diane Landry, who is a well-known contemporary Canadian artist, will be be showcased at the event with

her award-winning contemporary piece Solo Knight. The installation will be at Definitely Superior Art Gallery for the Urban Infill event, where doors will open at 7 on March 25. It will be a night of unforgettable experiences with over 18 projects, 400 artists, 25 locations, 150 volunteers, and 35 businesses participating. You won’t want to miss this. For more information visit definitelysuperior.com.

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CityScene molding, and lifting, so to make things easier Schep's right-hand man Darian came to help us. Together Darian and Schep were a dynamic duo with cheese-making powers and were slowed only by my constant questions and amateur cheese-lifting abilities. Before long we had successful lifted 46 molds of cheese into wheels, which were then pressed for the rest of the day.

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Foolishly I had assumed that pressing the cheese meant we were finished, but Schep quickly reminded me that a cheesemaker’s day isn't done until everything is clean. And so I grabbed a scrub brush and began my final task.

Making Cheese Story by Chad Kirvan, Photos by Damien Gilbert


hotographer Damien Gilbert and I arrived at the Thunder Oak Cheese Farm as the sun began to rise. It was a cold February morning and the two of us were filled with excitement because today we would be learning how to make cheese. As we walked through the front entrance of cheese shop, we found ourselves standing amongst a wide array of cheeses and other goodies, perfectly packaged and proudly placed on tables throughout the store. It wasn't long before we found our instructor Walter Schep working away in a large lab-like room located at the back of the shop. He was standing over a massive pool of milk wearing a white lab coat, long white rubber boots, and a hairnet. Soon we found ourselves in clean white outfits identical to Schep’s. Before we begin making cheese he explained that any outside bacteria could


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be detrimental to the cheesemaking process and instructed both of us to wash our hands thoroughly. “It all begins with pasteurization,” Schep said as he pointed out several pipes and gages running along the wall and into the large pool. He then explained that pasteurization is a process where the milk is heated to a temperature of 72 C in order to kill all unwanted bacteria. It took a little over an hour for the milk to be pasteurized but once it was complete we had 4100L of pure white gold that would soon be turned into gouda goodness. To begin the second stage I nervously poured several small bags of kazu culture into the enormous vat of milk. It would be some time before this bacteria completed its cultivation process, so while we waited Schep and I took a stroll through the cheese vault and

decided which flavour of cheese was most needed. Walking inside this vault was like stepping into a gold mine. There were countless shelves stacked floor to ceiling with massive wheels of cheese. As we walked, Schep explained that the cheese farm regularly produces twelve different flavours of cheese, all of which are sorted by age. He then pointed out areas of the room that would be used to brine and wax the cheese after we finished making it. He then looked at his inventory and decided that our cheese would be jalapeño flavoured. Before we began adding the jalapeños, Schep poured a complex of enzymes known as rennet into the milk to help separate the curds from the whey. Once the whey was separated and drained, it was time to roll up our sleeves and turn the curds into cheese. This step required a lot of pressing,


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This month we asked you: Will Trump’s policies deter you from travelling to the United States? Interviews by Nancy Saunders, Photos by Laura Paxton Stefan I’d say no. I tend to lean with most of Trump’s decisions. So not a personal deterrent, no. I don’t think it makes America any more unsafe. There might be political unrest, but I don’t think it would come to any type of violence that would stop me going to the country, if I had business or travel plans.”

Jenna and Alex: Jenna (right): “For me, yes. I would rather support the Canadian economy during this time.” Alex (left): “For me I’m kind of on the fence. Yes and no. I mean, I’d like to stay and support Canadian businesses but at the same time I don’t want to not do the things that I want to do because someone that I don’t particularly like is in power. I don’t want his policies and what he is doing to deter me from having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes that means going to the US because we don’t always have everything here in Canada or in Thunder Bay.”

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Identity Tattoo and Piercing

Open and Inclusive Studio Joins Bay and Algoma District By Kirsti Salmi


or tattoo artist Remy Chunick and piercing artist Alex Cummins, Identity Tattoo and Piercing is the culmination of a dream a decade in the making. “We talked about going into business together lot in high school, not really knowing what direction that would take,” says Cummins. “We wound up in the same industry and shared a lot of the same ideals where our trades were concerned.” Chunick and Cummins have been in their respective trades for seven years each. When they opened Identity last fall, they wanted to focus on respect, openness, and inclusivity. Their mutual goal

was to demystify the process of tattooing and piercing, which has historically been prone to exclusivity, myth, and misinformation. “We have pretty specific ideals,” says Chunick. “Respect for our industry, for our clients, and for the processes involved in our art. We try to be open about health policies, procedures, and artistic processes.” Cummins adds that transparency aids positive client experience. “We don’t want people to think piercings and tattoos are scary anymore. No one should walk into a shop and feel intimidated, or that they don’t belong. We want to get to know our clients and their motivations, treat them

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sections were designed to maximize sterility, and the tattooing stations accommodate openness or privacy, depending on your comfort level. “We have screens for privacy, but having the window allows people to see what we’re doing. It’s more social, less of secret. We’ve got nothing to hide.”

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People often wander into the studio with questions, which Chunick,

“We like to take our time, be calm, and be patient,” adds Cummins. “We’re here to make sure people have a wellinformed, comfortable experience.”

Visit Identity Tattoo and Piercing at 320 Bay Street, or find more information at identitystudio.ca. The studio can be reached at 345-1143 or info@identitystudio.ca.

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Thunder Bay Diving Club Goes Olympic Club Welcomes New Olympian Coach from Cuba By Sarah Kerton


ne of Thunder Bay’s athletic teams has been graced with an Olympian coach. Thunder Bay Diving Club was, until recently, one of the last bastions among Canada’s 30 diving teams without a coach from abroad. However, the TBDC just welcomed Cuban Olympic diver Jorge Luis Pupo in January as the new assistant coach. Pupo is here on a one year contract with Diving Canada, with hopes that he will stay. Head coach Jason Napper, the volunteer board of directors, and the divers are very excited and have worked hard to make this possible. Pupo has brought his passion for teaching youth to TBay, and has enjoyed his first few weeks here. “It is a big group,” he says. “It has a big future with lots of potential.” Of course one has to ask how he finds the weather, coming from Cuba in January and landing in a place 55 degrees colder than where he took off. ”The weather is cold, but the people are warm. Very friendly,” he says. The TBDC operates out of the Canada Games Complex, originally built for the 1981 Canada Games. The creation of this facility allowed for a local diving club to be born. “The Canada Games


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Complex is an absolute gem. We are so grateful to have it,” says Napper. In existence since 1982, the TBDC has had an athlete in the national championships every year since, and often competes internationally as well. Currently the club has 27 divers in both the pre-competitive and competitive stream. These young divers dedicate an impressive amount of time to training practice, with the competitive ones putting in 20 hours a week, through five evenings and three mornings on the pool deck per week. Parents looking to enroll children in sports are sometimes fearful of diving. In actuality it is a very safe sport with participants progressing step by step gradually and constantly, only as they are fully competent. On March 18 the community is encouraged to visit the CGC for Get On Board Day from 10 am to noon, where they can learn more about the local diving community, meet the coaches, participate in some activities if they are able to swim, and see demonstrations of the TBDC’s hard work. For more information visit thunderbaydivingclub.ca.

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Stuff We Like For the Loppet By Amy Jones Swix Tour Pack


t The Walleye, we are big fans of the Sleeping Giant Loppet, and we know that you are, too. Whether you are participating or spectating, you can never know what the day might bring—but you always know it will be fun. In snow or sun, in victory or defeat, on wooden skis for the Woodymakeit or in your old-school ski gear for the Flashback Award, here is Stuff We Like for the Loppet.

Fresh Air 710 Balmoral Street If you’re skiing, you’re going to need wax. You can keep all your bases covered with this Swix Tour Pack from Fresh Air, containing V40 Blue Extra, V45 Violet Special, V60 Red/ Silver hard waxes, synthetic cork, and a groove scraper, all in a convenient zippered pack.


Homemade Sign Victorinox Matterhorn Vest J.B. Evans 122 West Frederica Street It’s a true fact that when it comes to March weather in Thunder Bay, you never know what you’re going to get. That’s why we say layers, baby. This quilted vest from J.B. Evans looks great on its own for those milder temps, or can be layered under a coat when the mercury dips down.

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A Story of Life, Relationships, and Canada’s Prison System Diane Schoemperlen Gets Nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize Story by Karl Oczkowski, Photo by Mark Raynes Roberts


hen Diane Schoemperlen, an award-winning author born and raised in Thunder Bay, set out to write her first nonfiction piece, This Is Not My Life, the writer thought she knew what she was getting herself into. “I had this idea that it would be easy. It’s my thirteenth book, so how hard could it be? Turns out, very hard,” says Schoemperlen. “There were new challenges presented by writing what was essentially a memoir as opposed to fiction. It was easily the most difficult book I’ve written, and I learned a lot.”

This is Not My Life, now nominated for this year’s $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize, chronicles Schoemperlen’s romantic relationship with a man she calls “Shane,” a convicted murderer who served almost 30 years of a life sentence. The relationship ended about five years ago, but had a lasting impact on the author, who set out not to just tell a personal story, but also to make a statement about how the prison system in Canada works – or doesn’t work. “At the time, the Harper Government was in power with


its tough-on-crime approach, and I had a lot to say about that. I had to figure out how to both talk about the system and tell a personal story, but also how to find the right voice with which to do that. My relationship with Shane had given me a look at a part of our society I hadn’t seen, and a part that most people don’t get to see.” Fortunately, Schoemperlen’s story of her relationship with Shane, and how the prison system left him unprepared to cope with normal life once released, received widespread attention, and


was lauded as one of Canada’s best books after its April 2016 release, appearing on the mustread lists of The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. The book was also featured in The Hill Times, a newsweekly that is widely read by politicians and policy makers in Ottawa. “It made me happy that the political aspect had been recognized,” she says. “And now, with the RBC Taylor Prize nomination, it’s front and centre again. This was my first nonfiction book, and it was hard to write, so to be recognized in this way is

wonderful. I’m overjoyed.” Even though Schoemperlen explains that This Is Not My Life is not a happy story, she is confident that readers will enjoy some laughs along the way. “There’s a very Monty Pythonesque logic to corrections services in Canada that comes through in the book,” she says. “A sense of humour can get you through a lot of difficult things. And my relationship with Shane was difficult, but we sure did laugh a lot.” For more information on Schoemperlen, visit dianeschoemperlen.com.


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CityScene expected,” Dean recalls. “Then the momentum just kept on building.” In 1982 the Thunder Bay Ski Tour became the Sibley Ski Tour and, in 2009, it was renamed the Sleeping Giant Loppet to reflect the direction towards a “citizen’s race” for every ability and athletic inclination. Throughout time, cross-country skis, poles, boots, bindings, waxes, gear, and techniques modified and evolved. In 1989, skate skiing was introduced and became the dominant technique.

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The one un-tweakable factor is the weather. Amazingly, the tour has never been canceled because of inclement weather. “Weather creates most of the unusual stories,” says Marianne Stewart, the Loppet’s promotions and communications coordinator. Race coordinator Peter Gallagher laughingly adds, “the worse the weather, the better the stories.”

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For the Love of the Loppet

Forty Years of Skiing the Giant For more details visit thewalleye.ca

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One of the original founders, Mike Dean, recalls how in 1977 an epic trip by members of the Lakehead University Outdoor Club to the Canadian


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“That did it for us. It’s true, cross-country skiing can be enjoyed by everyone,” says Dean. “We knew that bringing the tour to Thunder Bay would be a lot of hard work but we made it

happen.” Before the late 1970s, Sibley Provincial Park (renamed Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in 1988) wasn’t used widely as a four-season park. Fortuitously, diversity in the purpose of the park complemented the tour’s hopes for diversity in skiing opportunities. With the commitment of the Outdoor Club, the Nordic ski community, Tom Levesque from the Ministry of Natural Resources, CBC radio personality Arthur Black, enthusiastic sponsors, and eager volunteers, the inaugural Thunder Bay Ski Tour took place on March 1, 1978, with 382 skiers. “It turned out far better than

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Ski Marathon in Ottawa sparked the impetus to create a similar event in Thunder Bay. Packed in a borrowed van from Fresh Air Experience, nine young people drove 20 hours through a grueling blizzard to participate in the 100-mile, two-day classic tour. During the awards banquet, possibilities were weighed with increasing intensity until the pivotal moment when a blind woman accepted an award honouring her achievements.

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he Sleeping Giant Loppet, Northwestern Ontario’s premier crosscountry event for recreational and competitive classic and skate skiers, celebrates 40 years of kick and glide on March 4 at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Regardless of name changes, the event is consistently known for its generosity of community spirit, camaraderie among all ages and abilities, stories, immaculate track conditions, and its scenic routes abutting Lake Superior.

CityScene Bay, throughout Northwestern Ontario, the United States, and further afield. The Loppet relies heavily on community volunteers and sponsorship to make the tour fun, safe and well-run. Thunder Bay Nordic Trails, one of the largest ski clubs in Canada, is responsible for 100 km of ski trails around

Thunder Bay. Master groomer and snow whisperer Peter Crooks ensures the Loppet’s network of trails at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park are impeccably widened, packed, and groomed for the big day. Checkpoints help skiers refuel, the Canadian Ski Patrol provides first aid knowledge and equipment, the Lakehead Amateur Radio Club ensures

reliable communication, and the Thunder Bay Ground Crew navigates parking. Considerations for a green event extend for much of the planning and logistics. For the third year, Pinetree Catering will be at the finish line and, in the evening, at the Sleeping Giant Brewery for this year’s in-town all ages social and awards ceremony.

For everyone who loves to ski the Loppet, that first bite of the chocolate medal awarded at the finish line signifies the unofficial end of winter and the beginnings of dreams for next year’s personal best. For further information and an extensive photo gallery, visit sleepinggiantloppet.ca.

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The Loppet’s organizers are proud that the registration fees have remained consistently accessible to encourage individual and family participation.This year, there are six events with trails for skiers of all ages, levels, capabilities, and sense of style. From 8 km to 50 km, there’s something for all of the anticipated 800 plus competitors from Thunder

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Sustainability Meets Eat Local By Kirsti Salmi


or business partners Rob Armstrong and Jay Barnard, Walleye Wings is about creating a local culture of sustainability, and celebrating Northwestern Ontario’s freshwater cuisine. “Our end goal is to use 100% of the fish,” says Barnard. “We want to create as many products as possible so no part of our resources are wasted.” Walleye Wings began 20 years ago, when Armstrong noticed American

fishermen discarding the ventricles of walleye, located under its chin. Armstrong dubbed them “walleye wings” and served them to friends and family for decades, then partnered with Barnard in 2015 to pursue the venture. Barnard was an executive chef at Boathouse Restaurant who was interested in experimenting with freshwater cuisine. “You’re always looking for the next big thing, which is tough to find in the Canadian food scene,” he says. After

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In June 2015, Armstrong and Barnard offered Walleye Wings free to Kenora residents for two weeks. Feedback was overwhelming: locals enjoyed the crispy, tasty product, and supported using discarded fish parts in innovative ways. Encouraged by the response, Barnard and Armstrong now distribute to fifteen restaurants, twelve grocery stores, and gas stations in the region. Their product line has expanded to include Pike Cakes, Popcorn Pickerel Cheeks, breadcrumbs, and they are developing chowders and stock soups. The products are marked by freshwater fish characters in hospitality roles, from a smirking pike polishing a pint glass to a walleye waiter in a tux. “The industry uses 46% of the fish,” says Barnard. “Our products currently use 14% more than that. We’re hoping to get up to 90% in edible product, and use the remaining 10% for cat food or fertilizer.” Walleye Wings Inc. was awarded the

Armstrong and Barnard conduct their operations from a provincially inspected fish processing plant, and they now employ three others. Local fisherman from communities and reserves surrounding Kenora bring their fish to sell at the plant. Their long-term goals are to establish official partnerships with these communities to ensure money is being put back into the region, expand to employ 40 to 60 people over five years, and upgrade the plant to a federal facility to open up their products to international markets. They’re currently negotiating with OceanWise to get official sustainability certification. “We want to boost local economy and put freshwater cuisine on the map for northern Ontario,” says Barnard. “It’s amazing how much can grow from some tiny fish part nobody else wanted.” For more information, visit walleyewings.com or find Walleye Wings Inc. on Facebook.

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Coffee Roastery Kitchen Opens in Kenora Story by Kirsti Salmi, Photo by Tom Thomson Photography


or Audrey and Taras Manzie, coffee roasting was an obvious choice for a new venture. After successfully launching Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, the Manzies felt that a coffee roastery would perfectly complement LowBrew Co. as a sister company. “Coffee roasting was a natural extension of brewing for us,” Audrey says. “It fit the tradition of craftsmanship we’re trying to achieve at LowBrew.” Broken Paddle opened in April 2016, a cozy, sun-dappled restaurant built adjacent to the boutique Brewers Inn. After waking up to lake views, inn guests wander up to Broken Paddle for their fix with three flagship roasts. Perennial customer favourite North of 49 is a medium roast hailing from Colombia. Aficionados needing more robust flavour stick with Indonesian dark roast

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Stone Boat, and those wanting delicate notes tend toward the Peruvian light roast Dockside. Guests can catch coffee being roasted by Taras in a red roaster to the left of the restaurant’s front counter. Patrons can also indulge in specialty coffees—cappuccinos, lattes, mochaccinos, macchiatos—and Audrey’s fresh baked goods, or grab growlers of cold-press coffee for home. When visiting Broken Paddle, patrons may recognize a familiar face from the Thunder Bay food scene. Chef Sarah Karpowich, a cousin of the Manzies, was enlisted to create Broken Paddle’s dining menu and runs the kitchen with a team of two. Karpowich’s culinary vision highlights regional ingredients as much as possible. “Being on Lake of the Woods, I wanted to feature dishes with wild rice, berries, spent grain, and of course,

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Canoe ale, and you’ll find Sultana Gold in the mac and cheese, the house focaccia bread, and LowBrew mussels. Currently, the kitchen team is testing beer-inspired dishes such as Beer-a-Misu or Mile-High Chocolate Pie, both featuring seasonal Sasquatch Stout. “We’re an essential stop for everyone looking to stay and play in Kenora,” says Audrey. Located on Highway 17, Broken Paddle and Brewers Inn is nestled in Keewatin, a quiet neighbourhood just ten minutes off Highway 11 and ten minutes from the heart of downtown Kenora. For reservations and inn bookings, contact Broken Paddle at 807-547-BREW (2739). The Walleye



Blend Indy

Local Apparel Company Blends Style and Individuality By Judy Roche


ou want to buy local but also want style, eh? Look no further than locally owned and operated Blend Indy. An idea years in the making and finally formed in February 2014, Blend Indy is an online boutique run by Kaitlyn Kaskiw in her home in Thunder Bay. They offer trendy yet subtle beanies, snapback hats, sunglasses, graphic tees, baby items, and the really cool Blend Band, a multifunctional headwear piece than can be worn a variety of ways while

providing UV protection. When asked how she got started, Kaskiw shares, “I began sewing clothing for my son Carter in 2012, following the fashion trends in countries such as Australia and New Zealand. As I continued to style him in anything from slouch beanies to a bow tie and suspenders, people started to ask if I'd sew them stuff for their kids, word caught on and the rest was history! I officially formed the business in 2014 and Blend Indy was

quickly off and running.” Three years later she continues to design and create everything in her basement workshop. And she literally does it all, from designing and creating the pieces to marketing, advertising, promotion, sales, and accounting. Kaskiw has a degree in business from Lakehead University and has been an entrepreneur since a very young age, previously owning several small businesses. So, what is behind the name Blend Indy? “[The name] comes

from ‘a blend of style and individuality’ which is how I've always described my own style growing up,” Kaskiw explains. “I've always envisioned a lifestyle brand of clothing that people could wear that made them feel a certain way: laid-back, cool, and extremely stylish. So, we shortened the name ‘Blend Indy’ and it just stuck!” Sourcing fabric for the handmade items is important to Kaskiw. She keeps things either local or national and chooses,

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What to Wear to Brunch

Two Looks: One for Going Out, the Other for Staying In By Lyle Morissette


s there anything better than brunch, that social/culinary godsend that marries the best of not only breakfast and lunch, but also the worlds of formal and casual dressage, into a fine occasion renowned for both its enterprising cuisine and promise of good company? I'd say not much, save showing up looking stylishly fit to truly mark the occasion. Whether it’s meeting with in-laws, catching up with some friends, or perhaps even a first (or perhaps 101st) date, brunch means a great many things to each one of us. Be that as it may, and while good food and company are all but guaranteed, one facet that is often carelessly overlooked is that of personal style (it likely being the last thing on our minds). But it's just a simple Sunday brunch, you may interject. It is indeed, but that needn't mean you cannot inject some class into what is predominantly a casual affair by arriving looking sharp and well-groomed, as it will assuredly make the occasion a touch sweeter and memorable. To that tune, I staunchly believe that a gentleman should have a proper outfit earmarked for almost any social eventuality. In this case, this entails taking to heart the hybrid nature of the meal and refashioning it in the context of dressing to effortlessly toe the fine line between smart and casual style domains—essentially a look that is versatile, easy to pull off, and built upon a solid foundation that can be added to or subtracted from as need be.

centrepiece which every other component plays off. Bolstered by an enterprising layering game that delivers an appealing balance between form and function, the versatile combination of a cashmere turtleneck (a sophisticated base layer that traps heat unlike any other) and a slimline gilet (downfilled vest) working in unison with the blazer ensure you remain warm and comfortable while looking properly turned out in a most charming manner that is otherwise unburdened by the necessitation of further winter outerwear (read: bulkiness). Finished off with a pair of sturdy chinos, (refined) leather double-monk strap boots, a simple white pocket square (with orange piping), and a genteel suede Ivy cap, this look is tonally in sync (complementary colours in various hues of earthy browns, classic blues, and rich oranges) and will blanket most any man’s physique in a flattering manner. Wear it to a brunch date (its extra polish may score you some brownie points), meeting up with friends (perhaps sans the blazer and with a chunky cable knit turtleneck replacing the fine-gauge iteration before you), or perhaps even to a casual family function that may well see you venturing outdoors after the fact to walk off

any lingering post-meal coma. On the the hand, tipping the scales purposefully casual, if brunch means to you simply rolling out of bed on a Sunday morning to dine in the privacy (and creature comfort) of your own home (with a significant other/roommate/family), then the alternative "Brunch At Home" ensemble is fit to please. Putting front-and-centre

traditional leisurewear staples whose basic forms are elevated by fine craftsmanship and rich (all-natural) fabrications, this look—with its exquisite navy piped cashmere/silk dress robe, playfully striped flannel pajama pants, cotton pocket t-shirt (with cuffs), and sensual leather Mule slippers—demonstrates in kind that brunch at home can indeed be a resplendent affair ensconced in the lap of

(comfortable) sartorial luxury. Either way, these two ensembles set forth a sartorial smorgasbord that may well prove to be as tastefully enticing as the brunch menu itself. All that being said, here’s to fixing up and looking properly sharp no matter where the prospect of brunch takes you—which is the only way a gentleman should ever imagine going about it.

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Sweet Cherry Spa

Spa Moves to Victoriaville Mall Story by Alex Kruse, Photo by Scott Hobbs


cotia-Leigh Kauppi has been operating Sweet Cherry Spa within a local hair salon for the past two years, but recently nabbed a too-goodto-miss opportunity: her own storefront within Victoriaville Mall. Kauppi is excited and proud to join the growing group of entrepreneurs in the Fort William business district and transition into a space she can make her own. The origin story for Sweet Cherry Spa is certainly a unique one. Kauppi was attending university, studying to be a mortician’s assistant, when a family situation prevented her from completing her required placement. This left her with a background in anatomy, bacteriology, biology, chemistry, makeup artistry, and business planning that couldn’t be wasted; aesthetics seemed like a natural fit for her training and passion. And there are other perks about aesthetics— as Kauppi puts it, “it’s more lively.” Kauppi’s vision is simple: a smart, safe, and sweet spa. She offers the complete range of spa services, including manicures, pedicures, gel/acrylic nails, shellac nails, lash tinting and

extensions, skin care and facials, full body waxing, makeup applications, and lessons. She also provides mobile bridal services and a promotion at Halloween for special effects makeup to complement your costume. She takes the maintenance of a clean and safe environment for clients seriously and always uses the highest quality products. All products at Sweet Cherry Spa are from reputable brands and dermatologist tested and there are eco-friendly, organic, gluten-free, and vegan products so everyone can be accommodated. She prides herself on offering next-level personalized service—when clients come to Sweet Cherry Spa, they’re always working with Kauppi, ensuring that they’re receiving service from not only a knowledge professional, but also the business owner. Kauppi credits close work with the Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission and their capacity in “connecting and helping out new entrepreneurs” in the realization of this dream. When asked about the benefits of this move, Kauppi says, “I feel more confident in my own brand, goals, visions and in myself,” which will only enhance her work. If you’re looking to treat yourself (or a special someone!) you can call or text Sweet Cherry Spa at 251-2891 or book through their Facebook page.

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Hanna Johnston Running for Team Canada

Story by Tiffany Jarva, Photo by Marty Mascarin


here is a keen alertness when cross-country runner Hanna Johnston makes eye contact. She is focused. She is driven. She is 17 and on her way to the 2017 IAAF World CrossCountry Championships in Africa this March. “Honestly, for the most part, I am really enjoying myself,” she says, smiling. Then she pauses. “Okay I’m a little nervous. There are going to be about 2,000 competitors. I just want to run the best race possible.” Johnston has always been athletic: she danced for nine years and played hockey for nine years. “I started running trying to keep fit playing hockey for the Queens and loved it,” she says. She stopped playing hockey after grade nine and focused on track and cross-country. In her first cross-country competition (3 km) she placed 11th in Ontario. In grade ten she trained with the Lakehead University program and came third during OFSAA. In grade 11 she found out she was iron deficient and had to take some time off. “I was upset because I had such a good season the prior year, but it also taught me to be more resilient,” she says. These days Johnston trains nine times a week. “I love challenging myself,” she says. “When running you get what you put into it.” Her coach is Lakehead University’s Kip Sigsworth and she’s been

training with the varsity team since the end of the summer. “Running also keeps me calm, and helps me de-stress—except right before a race,” she laughs. “But it is getting easier with more experience, and more confidence.” Johnston did have to take three weeks off after straining her hip at the beginning of the season. “I was stressing out so I started biking like crazy. And then I had my best races, which set the tone for the season.” She now includes biking as part of her regular training and as a result says she’s “much better at putting things into perspective.” In November, Johnston placed fifth at Nationals in Kingston, qualifying her for Worlds. All junior and senior teams will have six athletes (24 in total) competing in Kampala, Uganda March 26. How does she feel about travelling to Africa? “It hasn’t really hit me yet.” she says. “Because of running I have travelled to many different places like Vancouver, Quebec, Toronto, and the States. It’s been a great opportunity.” And after the Worlds? She’s heading to Providence College, Rhode Island, on a full athletic scholarship to study public health. Johnston says she hopes to run professionally after college and who knows, maybe the Olympics. “But for now,” she emphasizes, “I’m just going to take it one race at a time.”

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f there is one thing you can count on at the Thunder Bay Country Market, it’s that almost every time you go, there is likely to be a new vendor offering something that gives you yet another reason to keep coming back. One of the market’s latest additions is Steve’s Bakery, which has been delighting market goers since January with their tasty array of homemade baked goods. Owner and baker Steve Long is excited to be part of the market community and his enthusiasm for his craft is contagious. Originally from Singapore, Long emigrated to Vancouver, where he had to opportunity to work in two large bakeries. He then moved to Israel, where he met his wife. Together they moved to Finland, where Steve decided to buy a small bakery. Long sold his goods at the Finnish Market Square and quickly became well known for his specialty— yeastless Finnish rye bread. A sourdough spin on the typical Finnish bread, it was so popular and unique that he gave classes on how to make it. When lightly toasted, the crust is crunchy and dark

and tastes delicious with butter, avocado, or anything savoury on top. Long and his family have been calling Thunder Bay home for the past three years and he has been baking more and more and expanding the goods he has to offer. His specialty rye bread remains his biggest seller and he finds that people often buy some as gifts to take far and away. Last year he guesses he made 800 loaves of it—not bad for a one man show. He also makes traditional Finnish coffee bread (pulla), seeded French baguette, lemon and nut biscotti, and double chocolate scones, to name a few. While he is only at the market on Wednesdays for now, he is more than happy to do special orders if you contact him by phone, and he is always willing to share his excitement about Thunder Bay and his new place in our market. A stop at Steve’s Bakery needs to be next on your market shopping list. Find Steve’s Bakery at the Thunder Bay Country Market every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30 pm or call him at 356-0255. The Walleye


Weather melts established new records in Thunder Bay weather observations dating back to 1877. Pot holes versus reduced heating costs? Standing water on roadways and in ditches is odd in January and did damage to many city streets and highways. Perhaps Thunder Bay City Council will have crunched these numbers in their budget talks in February.

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January Makes It as an Exceptional Weather Month By Graham Saunders


ome months or seasons retire with little fuss into annual summaries or spreadsheets. A month with an average temperature warmer or cooler than normal by 1° or 2° C will not be part of the conversation in most groups, even among confirmed weather nerds. January 2017 in Thunder Bay came in 5° C warmer than average and perhaps this opens up the possibility of it being an

exceptional weather month, lending itself to poor skiing conditions and reduced heating costs. One of the oddities was that the first half January was normal enough, with typical cold, snow, a few hours of freezing rain, and a mix of sunny and cloudy days. The second half of January featured considerable rainfall (in a month that often has trace amounts), freezing rain, and March-like temperatures with

These unseasonably mild conditions and their duration were widespread from Manitoba to Nova Scotia, and throughout the northern American states, and also extended into several Arctic regions. One of the consequences was a halt to cooling of Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes. Ice formation usually continues throughout January but open water in Superior did not decline below plus 2° C this winter, hence thick ice formation was limited to bays and confined harbours.

Not all regions on the planet were warmer than average but vast areas were. The global temperature in January was the almost no sunshine. The term second-warmest in records from “January thaw” went into a dif1880 to the present. January ferent league. Usually the first 2016 was the warmest on record month of the calendar year brings globally and was the beginning one to three days with melting of the warmest entire year in the temperatures; sometimes official instrument record by a considermelting does not happen at all. able margin. Some of this unusual This year temperatures above warmth last year was attributed 0° C took place for 11 days in a to El Niño, part of a cycle in the row (Jan. 15 to 25) and melttropical Pacific Ocean that coning happened for 80 continutributes to warmer global temous hours within this prolonged peratures. However, the El Niño mild spell. Both of these extended part of the cycle faded early last

summer and was replaced by La Niña during the summer. This changeover often happens and cooler-than-average surface water in the tropical Pacific can result in a cold winter in our region and much of central North America. This may have lured the Farmer’s Almanac and a few other agencies to predict a cooler-than-normal winter. The precise ranking of this recent winter compared to others is only possible on March 1 but my guess is about fifth warmest in the Northwest region. The La Niña phase typically moderates the overall rise in global temperature but was relatively weak and short-lived. Its quick demise invites questions of what happens next. Does the global temperature continue to rise this year or take a pause? Another surge of warming three weeks ago in the high Arctic suggests no pause. There is no weather station at the North Pole but a large expanse from Nord, in northeast Greenland to Svalbard, Norway experienced high temperatures near or well above 0° C for more than a week. The physical realities of climate change do not bend to denial or “alternative facts” south of the border. Fossil fuel policies recently in Canada do not offer any progress. Until we address the problem of human emissions, we will continue to see more recordbreaking extreme weather. The longer denial and the less action taken, the more extreme the consequences are likely to become.

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Children of the Grave Join the Cancer Bats for Sabbath Worship By Justin Allec

You can only trust yourself and the first six Black Sabbath albums. – Henry Rollins


f metal has a religion, its foundations were laid by Black Sabbath. The tangible aspects that make metal a recognizable cultural force—sounds, imagery, and attitudes—all worship at their altar. After almost fifty years, the band has become more than just classic or inspirational—they have become metal gods. These gods have human form, though, and their time is finite. When Sabbath played their final show in early February, it was the end of their era, but not their disciples’. Enter Ontario’s Cancer Bats, a roadhungry punk band who often don’t


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sound very punk, as guitarist Scott Middleton injects dripping doses of syrupy sludge to his riffs and solos. It’s a very metal sound for a punk band to use—Sabbath is an influence, a foundation. The Bats also make a habit of covering their heroes’ songs live. For a festival after-party in 2011 the quartet switched up their name to Bat Sabbath and did a whole tribute set. Momentum gathered, which led to a small tour in 2013 and an EP of covers, Bastards of Reality. On classics like “N.I.B.” and “Into the Void,” Cancer Bats mirror many of Sabbath’s tones and notes, but swap

out the gloomy nihilism for sneering antagonism. Black Sabbath frequently bemoaned the end of the world; Cancer Bats are generations past that, with no choice but to revel in the madness. So if, like me, you hold Sabbath near to your heart, you should find your way to Crocks on March 25, for a night of Bat Sabbath regaling the faithful. Come early for our local openers, post-metal architects The Vilification and Alienator, a two-piece who’ve also listened to Paranoid a few times. The night promises not to be solemn in the slightest.


Catherine Jillings Violist, TBSO

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Born: Regina, Saskatchewan Instrument: Viola Age you started to study music: Piano at age 7, viola at age 11 How long have you been with TBSO: Since 1983 What’s on personal playlist: Jazz, piano, and chamber music


hunder Bay Symphony Orchestra violist Catherine Jillings had something of a secret weapon when it came to starting her musical career: a childhood in Regina. “Regina was a great place to grow up, because of the way the orchestra is structured there,” Jillings says. “They had a string quartet and a woodwind quintet and a brass quintet, and then everybody else were extras. If you were a music student who practiced, you got to play in the symphony. So from Grade 11 on, I was getting to play real symphony repertoire.” It was a rather unexpected turn of events that would bring Jillings to the TBSO, however. After completing her post-secondary musical studies, Jillings auditioned for, and won, a position with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and moved to Halifax.

But the beginning of her symphonic career didn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped—Jillings recalls waking up one morning in 1983 to a news story about the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra folding. And to top it off, nobody from the symphony had told her about the shutdown. “When things get that bad, they don’t always pick up all the pieces,” Jillings says. She returned to Regina, continued playing with the symphony there, and successfully auditioned for the TBSO the next year. “I’ve really enjoyed living here all this time,” she says of Thunder Bay. “We’re real outdoors people, so Thunder Bay is really great, because you have your artistic pursuits, but you can go for a canoe trip in Quetico, and you can go skiing at Kamview,” Jillings says. “I’ve been very happy.” As far as her role with the TBSO is concerned, it’s very clear that Jillings absolutely loves her job. “This is just amazing, amazing music,” she says. “I’m a viola player, so we don’t get the tune much… It’s really fun when we do, but I just really love filling in the harmony. It’s about the whole thing.”

Teaching Traditional and Contemporary Fiddle Music to Young Musicians By Mikael Mintenko


or over 25 years, the Kam Valley Fiddlers have provided a music program of traditional Irish, Scottish, and Canadian fiddle music for young musicians. The group is run by Rob Randle, the original fiddle teacher. Rounding it out is Wendy Ratz, a newcomer to the group who helps fresh students learn the craft, Doreen Green, who plays piano to accompany the group, and Dave Kimpton, who handles the back office and also plays guitar to accompany the group. What began as the Kam Valley Symphony in 1976 became the Kam Valley Fiddlers during the 1980s, when fiddle music began attracting younger folks with a desire to play more challenging music. The 1990s saw a man by the name of Don Pettigrew come on to the local scene and effectively aide group members in rapidly developing their skills and repertoire with the fiddle. Randle continued spending time with the students, teaching them traditional tunes as well as some of his own

compositions during practice sessions at Westgate High School. The group’s young fiddlers have taken their skills to various competitions across the US and Canada, with some choosing to pursue music as a career. Each year the group enters both solo and group competitions at the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts, with this year’s event taking place on April 8. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the group, the festival organizers now recognize fiddling as a musical art form worthy of its own category. The group meets from September to June, on Mondays at 7 pm in the music room of Westgate High School. Young boys and girls with experience playing string instruments are welcome to drop in and add a few blazing fiddle tunes to their repertoire. There are no fees required to join. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, or to contact them, visit kamvalleyfiddlers.ca The Walleye


Music broadened, Swain’s taste shifted to the spiritual side as he studied various forms of devotional music. Aside from cultural expansion, his albums have also been heralded for the incorporation of a diverse range of instruments such as guitar, banjo, upright bass, and violin. By referring to his music as “chamber folk odyssey,” Oliver Swain paints an image of fanciful mystery in the minds of prospective listeners. However, it’s an image he effectively lives up to. While others have described his music as both unconventional and traditional, there’s one consistency that prevails in all descriptions—his mastery of folk itself. While borrowing aspects of his vast spiritual and cultural influences, he manages to bend the folk genre just enough to make it his own without breaking that traditional base. Audiences can surely expect to be transported to mystical destinations of sound when Oliver Swain brings his diverse performance to Thunder Bay. Oliver Swain plays the Port Arthur Polish Hall on March 18, presented by the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society. Visit sleepinggiant. ca for ticket info.

An Unconventional Folk Journey

Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society Presents Oliver Swain


Hailing from Victoria, BC, Swain has been an influential member of the Canadian folk music scene for many years. His musical efforts have taken shape in multiple groups including the likes of Scruj


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By Melanie Larson hen it comes to the musical stylings of Oliver Swain, there are a collection of labels to be attributed to his sound. Everything from Americana to R&B to folk-noir has been used, but Swain himself puts it the best when he describes it as “chamber folk odyssey.” The Port Arthur Polish Hall will be alive with this distinctive musical journey when Oliver Swain takes the stage on March 18.

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MacDuhk, Outlaw Social, and The Bills. However, now his time is invested primarily in his solo endeavour, Oliver Swain’s Big Machine. Having released two albums, In a Big Machine and Never More Together, Swain has achieved critical acclaim, even earning a nomination for a Juno Award. Throughout his musical career, the musician has expressed a passion for ethnomusicology that has taken him from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi Delta. On his travels, Swain picked up as many cultural genres as he could get his hands on, with an emphasis on AfroAmerican styles. As his musical horizons

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Ben Caplan

Halifax Musician Bringing Organized Chaos to Foundry Stage By Kris Ketonen


en Caplan may reside in Halifax, but to hear him tell it, his real home is on the stage.

“It’s my passion to be up on the stage,” the folk singer says. “It’s about being present with the audience, and I work really hard with the musicians in my band and with myself to make sure that we’ve got everything really, really well-rehearsed so that during the show, we’re not thinking about the music. It all becomes muscle memory, and then we’re just fully present in the moment and just surrendering to the chaos of the night.” Thunder Bay fans will have a chance to see it for themselves when Caplan plays the Foundry this month, as part of a cross-country tour. Then, after the tour wraps up, Caplan’s focus will turn to another type of stage, as the folk musician has been writing a play. “It’s sort of two-thirds rock and roll concert, one-third dramatic play,” he says. “I’m sort of the musical director, and writing most of the music, collaborating with one other person on the lyrics, and somebody else as a playwright.”

The project, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, came about after Caplan was approached by Halifax’s 2b Theatre Company about collaborating on a new show. “It was just a really exciting opportunity,” he says. “I jumped at the chance.” Previews of Old Stock are scheduled for May in Halifax, and it’ll premiere at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in July. Then, the production will be travelling overseas for some performances in Scotland in August, he says. And then, Caplan will head into the studio in November, where he’ll record the Old Stock soundtrack. It will be released as Caplan’s next album, the follow-up to 2015’s Birds With Broken Wings. “I thought maybe it would live and die in the theatre, but it’s become an album,” he says. “Just after the last workshop that we did... I had an awareness that I was reaching some musical places that are exciting to get to, and that are not places that I get to every day on my own.” Ben Caplan plays The Foundry on March 5. For more information, visit bencaplan.ca.

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Burnin to the Sky


ews of Bonnie Raitt coming to Thunder Bay in June created a chorus of hosannas among music fans. Raitt is truly one of the great singer/ songwriter musicians of the past 40 years. She has her roots deeply in the blues, yet managed an amazing crossover to top 40 radio in the late 1980s and early 90s. Picking Raitt's five most essential songs is a tall order. Her catalogue is deep and varied. She has also recorded music in a wide variety of genres. But here is my stab at the best of the best. “Nick of Time” (1989) The title track of the album that was Raitt's break out into mainstream pop music is also a song that's all about middle age. Raitt examines mortality, childlessness, and romantic disappointment with clear eyes. As bittersweet and serious as the lyrics are, the production of the song—done by the now legendary Don Was—is glorious and shimmering. The whole song radiates warmth, and Raitt's pitch perfect vocals are upfront in the mix. A knockout killer with a groove that bubbles like classic Al Green.

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“The Road Is My Middle Name” (1989) The closing track of Nick of Time is also a nod to Raitt's bluesy past. A shuffle done in stripped-down. acoustic style, Raitt lets her hair down and tells her lover that she won't be around for long. She also mentions that she "is her Daddy's kid," a direct reference to her father, Broadway musical star and singer John Raitt, who died in 2005. The song remains a fan favourite. “I'm In the Mood” (1989) Although recorded for an album by bluesman John Lee Hooker, this raunchy duet was a perfect vehicle for Raitt's extreme sexiness. Raitt is a blow torch in this song, flirting mightily with Hooker, and playing the most slippery slide guitar you will ever

hear. You can almost hear her tossing that red hair around. Bonnie Raitt basically tells the world that she is ready for loving, and when you hear this song you can't help but believe her. “I Can't Make You Love Me” (1991) Raitt followed up her breakout album with another killer called Luck of the Draw. Although her cover of Canadian songwriter Shirley Eikhard's "Something to Talk About" was the top ten hit off the album, it was "I Can't Make You Love Me" that has become what many see as Raitt's most moving recorded performance. Although she didn't write it, Raitt completely owns the song. You believe her pain and yearning, and the vocal—which is both vulnerable and nuanced—can still raise goose bumps on my skin 26 years later. Many other artists have covered "I Can't Make You Love Me," but Raitt's is still the gold standard. This song has also become a centerpiece of her shows, although she has said it's emotional and challenges her vocally every single performance. Heartbreak has never felt more real. “Women Be Wise” (1971) From Raitt's self-titled album, "Women Be Wise" is a Sippie Wallace song all about not talking about how good your man is in the sack. It's very traditional blues, done with a lot of humour and sass. Best of all, she does it with Sippie herself, who is clearly having a ball. Raitt has never left her blues roots far from sight, and despite her clarion pure voice and diction, she can stand toe to toe with someone a funky as Wallace and sound right at home. This song proves she had "it" from the very start of her career. That's just a taste of the greatness that Bonnie Raitt has delivered over the years. Everyone in the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on June 11 will be in for a night of fantastic music.


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But don’t take our word for it. The band has won several awards and nominations for their music, including Instrumental Album of the Year 2011 (Western Canadian Music Awards), Instrumental Recording of the Year 2013 (WCMAs), Instrumental Album of the Year 2013 (Juno Awards), and Instrumental Recording of the Year 2015 (WCMAs). Their video for the single “Robot” was nominated for a Leo Award for Music Video of the Year 2016. Featuring Gabe Boothroyd (guitar), Oliver Gibson (guitar), Jay Smith (bass), Tayo Branston (drums/vocals), Tom Towers (congas), Carl Julig (timbales), Eli Bennett (sax), and Kent Wallace (trumpet), FAF aren’t about to slow down anytime soon. On the contrary, they’re set to release their sixth studio album, Sweat, on March 3 followed by a 20+ date Canadian tour. Expect nothing less than monster horns, crushing percussion, shredding psych-rock guitars, heavy grooves, and hot, sweaty dance floors.

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lthough Conga Se Menne are from upper Michigan, with songs about beer drinking, country living, hunting, fishing, and of course, saunas, the Finnish reggae band feels right at home when they play in Thunder Bay. “We have what the Finns call ‘sisu’ and I'm guessing many Thunder Bay Finns have saunas, or access

to one,” says Jerry Kippola, lead guitarist of the band. Conga Se Menne will be playing their unique blend of blues, funk, Latin, reggae, rock, and Caribbean beats, as well as ethnic Finnish sounds, at the Finlandia Hall as part of St. Urho's Dance on March 17. “All the songs are based off of


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The Cover Show 20 Bands Paying Tribute to their Favourite Musicians Story and Photos by Emily Kohne


n a cold, dark evening in downtown Thunder Bay, an eager group of fans packed themselves into a bar in front of the stage. The lights went down. A deep, smooth voice filled the room—“Hello, I'm Johnny Cash”— and Peyote Space Cowboy (as Johnny Cash) began playing one crowd favorite after another. Curated by Jimmy Wiggins, the fournight, multi-act event known as The Cover Show has been a tradition in this town for nearly fifteen years. Graced with the presence of some of Thunder Bay’s most seasoned professionals, as well as impressive newcomers who are emerging on the scene, we heard local talent cover our favorite bands. For the first night of this year’s Cover Show, Black Pirates Pub was an all ages venue. With the right amount of nervous tension, these young artists brought to life reenactments of their favorite, most influential performers. Tackling big time acts like Muse, each musician burst into a well-rehearsed version of the artist they came to cover, and I was pleasantly surprised by the changed presence on stage. For the nights to follow, moving around the pub was met with thick resistance. A large number of energetic, cheering fans seemed to have forgotten that it was indeed a cover show and not the real bands. People were screaming the words as if their lives depended on it while John

Laco (Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining) belted out “Mr. Brightside.” With the help of his bandmates; Andrew Domenis (Visions of Doyle), Skylar Speer (Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining), and Peter Luft (Soapboxer), that high energy did not dissipate for their time on stage as The Killers. This act was not the only cover with a mixed group of musicians from around town. Some pairings that may have never happened without The Cover Show dazzled the spectators. Bright and accurate costumes danced around the stage, like Sia's signature blonde bob, and Bono's sunglasses. The ever-sofamous Jaws t-shirt made pseudo-Gord Downie feel a little more real to us, as well as few Leafs jerseys that came into the mix for the singing of “Fifty Mission Cap.” Each night exhibited vocal powerhouses filling the room with zestful renditions. "I could not have seen myself on stage otherwise. The Cover Show gave me the chance to move out of my comfort zone and perform as a completely different person," says Taylor Shaw, who lead the Twenty One Pilots cover band.

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om Wilson is a veteran musician whose songs have been covered by Mavis Staples, Colin James, and Billy Ray Cyrus. As a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, his works are featured on their latest release Kings and Kings. He has also performed in Thunder Bay recently as LeE HARVeY OsMOND and will be returning on March 2 with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to perform at Crocks.

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The Walleye: Your current hit “Beautiful Scars” with its gruff/pretty vocal treatment courtesy of yourself and City and Colour is an eloquent song.

The Walleye: HMV is closing, CDs are becoming obsolete. Everything is going digital. What do you see happening to the music industry?

Tom Wilson: It is partly inspired by a line from Miriam Toews’ book All My Puny Sorrows. Miriam and I are friends. Also in memory of my mother. It’s the name of my second [LeE HARVeY OsMOND] album and I am writing a book called Beautiful Scars. The Walleye: Let me read you a few lines from an old song: “Countin’ scars in one another/as we watched the level of the bottle go around/Blackie was a beauty . . .” Tom Wilson: Oh! That’s Willie P. Bennett. [London, ON singer songwriter/ harmonica player from the 70s.] The Walleye: Could you comment on the scene in your hometown


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his month, Opera Northwest will attempt to enchant the local community with its first event of the year. The second annual Enchanted Expressions: An Evening of Operatic Legends and Tales is a gala in concert format, and like last year’s event will feature scenes from different operas. But Theresa Thibert, artistic director of Opera Northwest, says this year individuals attending can expect to see more local talent. “We’re trying to provide opportunities for Thunder Bay singers to be able to learn this repertoire and art form so we can perform it at home,” Thibert explains. Musical scenes will consist of exactly what the event title suggests: enchantment. “With all of the scenes that we’re doing there’s an element of magic,” she adds. “We’re going to be exposing people to different enchanting music, to lots of fairy tales and the tales of these characters we will be trying to portray.”

Music from Dvorak’s Rusalka, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola are a few examples of what will be heard in the evening program. As well as Opera Northwest performers, the cast of its spring 2017 production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte will also make an appearance. And while Thibert explains the inaugural gala was a success, she says she is looking forward to seeing what this year will bring. “We’ve seen a lot of support from the community so far and we’re really thankful for that,” Thibert says. “We’re just kind of going off that momentum and we’re really excited to draw even more people into this music with us.” Enchanted Expressions: An Evening of Operatic Legends and Tales will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Friday, March 10 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at Calico Coffeehouse, Squitti’s and at the door.

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The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer I must admit to being a wary listener of the blues. It appears that more and more artists prefer to take a generic, watered-down approach to the genre. However, Vancouver-based duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer have proven me wrong by delivering a blues album with integrity, one that isn’t afraid to groove. It all starts with the

fuzzy, distorted guitar solo on the second track “Nancy” and continues with harmonica-driven riffs in “I’m Back.” Bearing resemblance to The Yardbirds, these two tracks recall that iconic marriage of quirky 60s rock and heavy blues influence, while “Forever Fool” and “Treat Me Kind” see Apocalipstick venture into southern rock territory as

harmonious, gospel-esque vocals, and screeching organs that give the album a contrasting warmth from the former tracks. Apocalipstick tackles the nostalgia of classic blues-rock while ensuring the incorporation of unconventional genres to make for a refreshing sense of distinction. - Melanie Larson



Pay no mind to the title of Striker’s fifth album. In my experience, self-titled albums mid-way through a band’s career means either veering from an established path (Metallica’s Black album), or recommitting to what worked in the first place (Cryptopsy’s 2012 album). As this is the Edmonton’s band’s “major” label debut, though, Striker simply continues to showcase what the quartet does best, which is shred-tastic, chorus-focused, antediluvian, capital-H heavy metal anthems. Though these eight songs (and one spooky interlude) are just as gallant and bright as earlier efforts, at a half-hour, the brevity of Striker makes it feel more like an EP. Nothing wrong with that, but this album also arrives a little more than a year after the release of Striker’s longer—and more satisfying—fourth album, Stand in the Fire. Given that, I would say that anyone but die-hard fans and those new to the band might see Striker’s similarities as not totally unwelcome, but maybe unnecessary.

Trying to explain the sound created by Five Alarm Funk is like trying to draw a picture of an emotion. You could probably work something out, but it will never be quite right without having the experience itself. The decade-old band from Vancouver never ceases to astound and their sixth album, Sweat, reveals 12 tracks of what I call “pure primal epic funk.” The first release off the album, “DDPP” (Dance Dance Party Party), pretty much gives a reason to do exactly what the track suggests and the rest of the album keeps the pace high. Sweat is perfect statement of how Five Alarm Funk is just like Five Alarm Chili: maybe a bit too hot but way too tasty to stop! Hit play and step back because this is truly a face melter!

To eat an orange, you need to remove the peel. Similarly, the juicy tidbits of Twisted Canoe lie beneath the crusty, whiskey-soaked voice of Bruce Hansen. Tidbits like the mellifluous sound from Olivia Korkola’s fiddle or Rob Van Wyck’s flute, the lilting mandolin of Roland Barlow, and Hansen’s own glittering guitar work. I would suggest this for long drives. Truckers who like traditional folk music or Johnny Cash-inspired tunes would enjoy this album. “Whiskey Jack” is an ode worthy of Wade Hemsworth, who wrote “The Black Fly Song.” Any trapper or prospector can relate to having the Jack Bird as an only companion. The song “Desert Flower” is sung by Krista Hansen with an Appalachian flavour. “Poppa’s Crazy Livin” features bluegrass banjo. That’s not to say this is parlour music. I can practically see the messy, late-night-party kitchen: empties, overflowing ashtrays, roaches… This is about as homegrown folksy as you can get. Sign it? Heck, I bet he’d be happy to deliver the CD personally.


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Northern Passages

The Sadies

The Sadies’ 10th studio recording, Northern Passages, is a follow up to 2013’s Internal Sounds and their 2014 collaboration with Gord Downie and the Conquering Sun. For more than 20 years this four-piece, comprised of brothers Dallas and Travis Good, Sean Dean, and Mike Belitsky, have been hammering out exceptional songs and touring steadily with the support of many acclaimed artists including Neil Young and Blue Rodeo. The signature sound of The Sadies is pure Canadiana, with a mixture of clean and dirty, psychotic and sweet. A guest vocal by Kurt Vile is featured on the track “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” and long-time friend and Sadies’ producer Rick White from Eric’s Trip is commemorated in the lyrics on the opening track “Riverview Fog.” Northern Passages is a must listen for any fan of good music. - Larry Hogard

The Promise of Canada

Charlotte Gray

The Promise of Canada consists of a set of biographies of nine Canadians who left their mark on the nation from the time of Confederation until now. Gray paints a convincing picture that each individual significantly influenced how we perceive ourselves and our nation, helping Canada assert its independence on an international stage as a young and growing country. It’s amazing how much Gray is able to reveal about such broad topics as politics and our ideas of inalienable civil rights, as well as how arts and culture have shaped and evolved, by taking a focused exploration of the lives of individuals, along with the work they did and its impact. The Promise of Canada is truly an inspiring work, and it leaves me with the common “problem” of great non-fiction: that I find myself wanting to continue reading and learning more about its subject matter. - Alexander Kosoris

Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast

Bill Richardson

Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson was an unexpected treat. If you’re looking for a linear narrative and one voice, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re ready to give control over to multiple narrators taking you on a ramble through their lives linked by the Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, you’ll not regret it. Throughout the book you’ll have glimpses into lives of brothers Hector and Virgil and their guests. Just as you get used to this style of these voices, you’ll encounter the first of several booklists including “Hector’s List of Favourite Authors for the Bath.” This list is accompanied by a serious analysis of what makes good bathtime reading. The use of lists and the narrative around them are at times laugh-outloud funny, while inviting introspection as we see elements of ourselves in the brothers and their guests. - Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

Run the Jewels 3

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Easily the most anticipated album of the year, not just in hip hop, but music in general, Run the Jewels 3 may be the hardest hitting and smartest of the duo's trio of albums. In true RTJ fashion, El-P and Killer Mike surprised fans with a free download at Christmas, which was the best present many of us received. What fans heard were not songs of protest, but songs of revolution.This is music for the Trump era: a stirring of the pot that is meant to get you out of your seat, out of your head, and into action. No despair, no apathy, hope, and action, like the line in “2100” says: “You defeat the devil when you hold onto hope.” Hold on to hope my friends, and listen to RTJ3 on a regular basis. This album will NOT disappoint. - Jason Wellwood

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The Paterson Building Story by Pamela Cain, Photos by Adrian Lysenko


site on the banks of the Kaministiquia River speaks to the history of Thunder Bay. Commemorations to the First Spike, Mile 0 of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a legacy to merchant seafarers lost in WWII, and a “museum” honouring the Paterson Shipping Company are located here. In the early 1900s, an expanding grain elevator operation developed on the site when Norman McLeod Paterson, who had begun a small-scale grain broker business in Fort William, purchased this piece of land on the Kaministiquia River. He soon built a brick office that remains standing even after the demolition of the grain elevator in the late 1970s. In 2010, TBT Engineering found a home for the growing company created in 1995 in that brick office building. Owners Rob and Liana Frenette have been recognized for


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their interest in preservation of historic properties, including their home. At the Paterson office building much of the historic shipping memorabilia is found on display including model ships, paintings, photos, instrumentation, and documents dating back to the 1950s. In 2010, the Frenettes restored the Paterson Sailors’ Memorial created in 1946 by Paterson. The two acres adjacent to the office now boast gardens and ponds and a monument outlining the history of this legacy to merchant seafarers who lost their lives in WWII. The site is steeped in history and includes a plaque unveiled in 2012 commemorating the June 1875 sod turning for the CPR railway line from the Lakehead West. Today TBT Engineering has a campus on the Kam River composing of 15 acres and a 875 foot concrete wharf. Renovation of 38,000 square feet of the shops on Kingston previously used by Western Engineering

Architecture and the Enerdry Constructors Limited fabrication until the business closed in 2014 has enabled the company to consolidate their operations, bringing 135 employees home to a central location. The renovation has removed metal siding, opened ceilings and exposed steel beams, wood, concrete, and brick. The result is an open concept, industrial-feeling space reflecting the work of an engineering company. Recycled steel had been utilized for coat room hooks and benches and recycled chalk boards top unique room dividers. When the removal of siding revealed a brick office, the façade was retained and the windows replaced to the original size.

Pamela Cain is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee, which advises city council on the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources, and their integration into development. For more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit thunderbay.ca/living/ culture_and_heritage.

In 2013, the Paterson Building was recognized for being of cultural, historical, and architectural interest and placed on the heritage registry. As TBT Engineering completes their redevelopment this site offers potential opportunities for expansion along the banks of the Kam River.

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From Solids to Stripes: There is Strength in Seed Diversity

genetically-modified seed in fewer and fewer corporate hands. On the bright side, citizens can take action to control their own food security by ensuring the continuation of seed varieties that can’t be owned and can be saved and shared freely. The season is ripe to pick up open-pollinated, heritage seeds, and even to exchange your own. Thunder Bay’s annual Seedy Saturday took place in February and included a workshop on how to save seed, which is actually pretty simple. It can be a lot of fun—even addictive—to experiment with the attractive colours, flavourful tastes and unconventional shapes of heirloom foods in your garden and urban landscape. We’re willing to bet that your guests around the dinner table will agree, too.

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f there’s one thing that beats the winter blues for locals who love to grow food, it’s the anticipated arrival of heritage seed catalogues. These booklets boast an impressive assortment of fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds that have been passed down over generations. Arguably the most popular are those of tomatoes—it’s estimated that there are at least 3,000 heritage varieties suitable for salads, slicing, and sauces in hues of yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, browns, and purples. From peppers to pumpkins, many foods that come from a specific geographic region carry particular characteristics and desired traits. The Black Plum


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tomato, an endangered Russian heirloom, creates a dark sauce and was once the star of the Soviet canning industry. Nowadays, you’d be hardpressed to stumble across an inchlong Cocozelle zucchini at your nearest supermarket. Instead, you’ll find what appears to be a plentiful selection of produce: tidy rows of celery, orderly bags of carrots and clamshells of cherries. But upon closer examination, these foods are usually of a single variety: one type of broccoli, maybe two types of corn, and so on. The sheer volume of produce presents a sense of abundance and choice, but actually reflects a much different reality. Take the banana for example.

More than 95% of the bananas sold in North America are Cavendish, the cultivar that has dominated the market for decades, out-competing about a thousand other varieties. The trouble is, the Cavendish is under threat by a fungus called Panama disease. Bananas are practical for market because they’re grown in monocultures, meaning bananas of a single variety have the same genetic traits: they ripen at the same rate and taste the same. That’s all fine and well until that variety falls prey to the same disease. Now scientists are racing to protect the Cavendish from Panama disease that has been wilting thousands of hectares of banana crops since the 1990s.

Meanwhile, there’s a disturbing trend among worldwide biotechnology companies to merge with each other. Last September, pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG announced a proposed $66 billion takeover of Monsanto, a leading producer of geneticallymodified seed. Subject to U.S. regulatory approval, the deal would allow the industry giant to capture more than a quarter of the world’s seed and agrochemical market. While the companies claim the move would boost agricultural innovation in an age where the global demand for food is expected to double by 2050, these deals concentrate ownership and control of patented and

The Gillies Township Seed Swap and Social happens March 4 from 12:30-4:30 pm at the Gillies Community Hall. Seeds will be available for purchase, too. EcoSuperior’s office at 562 Red River Rd retails heirloom vegetable, herb, and wildflower seeds from local and Ontario suppliers. Superior Seed Producers, Thunder Bay’s seed saving collective, are taking orders through an online catalogue. Check out superiorseedproducers.wordpress.com for more information.


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Skipping Breakfast: A Daily Dilemma By Sara Chow, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


o you have a daily dilemma of skipping breakfast? If yes, then you might want to read this.

A recent statement from the American Heart Association, which summarizes research on meal timing and frequency, indicates that our eating patterns are changing and it may be affecting our health. Specifically, there is research demonstrating that our total energy intake (the calories we consume each day) is coming less from standard meals and increasingly more from snacks. Researchers suggest that this could link with an increasing societal trend of skipping breakfast.

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Almost 40% of Canadians skip breakfast—the most important meal of the day. But what defines breakfast and why is it so important? While there isn’t one definitive definition of breakfast, it is often defined as the first meal of the day, eaten before daily activities within two hours of waking, typically no later than 10 am, and consists of a calorie level of 20-35% of total daily energy needs.

Studies show that there is an association between skipping breakfast and low nutritional adequacy of adult diets. “When people skip breakfast, it can impact their metabolism for the rest of the day, affecting their ability to control their appetite,” explains Holly Freill, registered dietitian at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Additionally, studies show that breakfast skippers are more likely to not meet their recommended dietary allowances of vitamins and minerals, and have greater energy consumption from added sugars. “When we’re hungry, there is a lot of opportunity to grab convenience foods. The problem is that these foods tend to have a lot of refined carbohydrates in them, such as white flour and added sugar, and have a lower nutrient density, which leaves you unsatisfied and craving more food to meet your body’s needs,” says Freill. At the more extreme end of consequences, studies have also demonstrated an association between skipping

breakfast and increased risk of obesity, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of diabetes. “Metabolically, those who eat breakfast appear healthier than those who do not eat breakfast. In my experience as a dietitian, people who eat breakfast are generally the ones who pay more attention to their food intake throughout the day and tend to make healthier choices,” adds Freill. There is a sunny side to this dilemma though—make an effort to eat breakfast every day! “A healthy breakfast consists of at least two different food groups, and uses minimally processed and more whole foods. Breakfast is an excellent time to incorporate these types of foods into your diet, such as fruit and yogurt,” says Freill. You can make breakfast happen! Follow this link for some healthy and time-saving ideas to incorporate breakfast into your day every day: bit.ly/ dietitiansofcanadabreakfast. The Walleye


MarchEventsGuide March 1, 7 pm Canada Reads Conversation with Sheila Watt-Cloutier Waverley Library Auditorium

Join the conversation with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author of the Canada Reads 2017 memoir The Right to Be Cold, and CBC Thunder Bay’s Cathy Alex. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.  tbpl.ca

March 1, 8–9:30 pm Rock, Paper, Scissors Red Lion Smokehouse

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

March 1–4 & 8-11, 8 pm The Full Monty Finlandia Club

Cambrian Players and director Candi Badanai take on the saucy Broadway musical. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info.  cambrianplayers.ca

March 2, 7–9:30 pm Paint Nite: Teal Tree in Moonlight Tony and Adam’s

Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host.  paintnite.com

March 2, 7:30–8:30 pm Canada in the World of Trump St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Opportunities and challenges for business, education, and trade with the US under its new president, and what it means for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Part of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Canada 150 Speaker Series, featuring Derek Burney. ) 622-4273

Until March 3 CILU Funding Drive Various

The 12th annual funding drive for LU Radio continues until March 3.  luradio.ca

March 4 Sleeping Giant Loppet Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

A mass participation ski festival that is fun and challenging for skiers of all ages and levels. See this month’s City Scene section for more info.  sleepinggiantloppet.ca

March 4, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm Seed Swap Gillies Community Centre

Come out and swap your seeds! See this month’s Green section for more info.  gilliescommunitycentre.com

March 4, 1–3 pm Community Think Tank: The Future of Renewable Energy in Thunder Bay Waverley Library Auditorium

The fourth in the series of “People Power: Community Think Tanks” will explore how we can move forward to renewable energy. Sponsored by the Council of Canadians Thunder Bay Chapter. Guest speakers TBA. * tbaycoc@gmail.com

Until March 5 SWINE Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibit by local artist Elizabeth Buset.  theag.ca

Until March 5 Recent Acquisitions to the Collection: Norval Morrisseau Thunder Bay Art Gallery

This exhibition features work by Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau recently donated to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection.  theag.ca






March 5 Fat Bike Loppet Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Bring out your fat bike for this race, organized by the Thunder Bay Cycling Club. 15 km or 29 km courses. Race fee is $20.  tbaycc.ca

March 6, 7:30 pm Army of Sass Presents Snow White Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Come out for a night of strength and sass, in a good vs. evil themed performance! Brought to you by a group of classy, confident, everyday women who are getting on stage to help raise funds in support of the programs of the Northern Cancer Fund and for Heather Appell.  tbca.com

March 6–18 Of Human Bondage Magnus Theatre

Magnus tackles Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of the Maugham novel. See this month’s Film and Theatre section for more info.  magnus.on.ca

March 7, 7–9:30 pm Paint Nite: Now and Zen Bight Restaurant + Bar

Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host.  paintnite.com

March 8, 7–8 pm Book Launch for Vicious Dogs Waverley Library Auditorium

A book launch and reading of Vicious Dogs by Henry Brock.  facebook.com/ pg/HenryBrockAuthor

March 8, 8–10 pm Arts & Craft Beer Red Lion Smokehouse

Time to get Arts & Craft Beery! Teacher Katie Beda will guide you through a two-hour painting session. No experience necessary! Tickets are $45 per person. Your ticket price includes supplies and a pint of local craft beer.  redlionsmokehouse.ca

March 8–9, 8:30 am–4:30 pm Two-Day Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop by EcoSuperior Confederation College

March 10, 6:30 pm Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

March 9, 6 pm Styles & Smiles: A Tribute to the Excellent Society Victoria Inn

March 10–12 LUNSA Powwow CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, Lakehead University

Join EcoSuperior, City of Thunder Bay, Confederation College, and Lakehead University for an informative two-day training workshop on Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is $175/one day or $315/ two days. * jamie@ecosuperior.org

A spellbinding evening that combines a symposium and luxury raffle with a five-course dinner, fashions, and comedic entertainment featuring Matt DiSero, an award winning Canadian comedian and magician. All proceeds from this event support the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Children’s Centre Foundation - Thunder Bay. Tickets are $85. ) 343-5035

March 9, 6 pm Trivia Challenge Quiz Night Italian Cultural Centre

This evening is a fun opportunity to gather your friends, family, and colleagues for a unique event that will challenge your knowledge in a variety of categories, as you compete against others for prizes! Tickets are $40 per person, and include a pasta dinner. All funds benefit the Alzheimer Society and VON.  triviachallenge2017. eventbrite.ca

March 9, 6:30–8 pm Gather at the Gallery Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Lisa Meschino (PhD) will share the findings from “Gather at the Gallery,” her postdoctoral research study. Come by to hear how meaningful engagement in visual arts can serve an experience of continued companionship and social integration for persons living with dementia and their care partners.  theag.ca

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When the Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n’ roll, a special band member goes missing and the show can’t go on! With help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil and the whole gang embark on a musical expedition as they search every corner of their bubbly world for their friend.  tbca.com

The Lakehead University Native Students Association (LUNSA) will be hosting its annual powwow, celebrating 29 years of culture and traditions. * acss@lakeheadu.ca

March 10–12 Ascension Meditation Course Resting Frog Yoga Studio

Learn the initial four techniques of Ascension that allow anyone to easily rise above the chatter and chaos of the mind into a direct experience of inner peace, happiness and living life in the present moment.  thebrightpath.com

March 10–April 2 Lakehead University Annual Juried Exhibition Thunder Bay Art Gallery

An exhibit features a wide array of artworks by students in the department of visual arts at Lakehead University. See this month’s Art section for more info.  theag.ca

March 11, 2–4 pm LU in Conversation: The Other “F” Word: Fat Oppression and Finding Ways to Fight It Waverley Library Auditorium

Presenter Dr. Connie Russell, Faculty of Education will unpack messages, describe the impacts of fat shaming, and point to different ways we might combat weight-based oppression so that everybody can flourish. ) 684-6811

March 14, 7 pm Critiquing Workshop Waverley Library Auditorium

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) will be offering a Critique Workshop where members of the long-standing Thunder Bay Writers Guild will demonstrate how they offer constructive feedback by critiquing a piece of writing during the workshop.  nowwwriters.ca

March 14, 8 pm The Peking Acrobats Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

The Peking Acrobats are a troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.  tbca.com

March 16 Fat on the Hill Various Locations

Fat bike race organized by the Thunder Bay Cycling Club.  tbaycc.ca

March 16–18 The Big Art Adventure Baggage Building Arts Centre

A free art exhibition for all of the children and youth in the community, put on by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thunder Bay. This event will contain art activities/workshops by local artists. Walk-ins are more than welcome and refreshments will be provided. ) 623-1112

March 17, 8–10 pm Vimy: Battle and Legend, 1917-2017 O’Kelly VC Armoury

Dr. Tim Cook, Canada’s foremost military historian and a Charles Taylor Prize winner, will discuss the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the way the memory of it has evolved over 100 years. It is also the Thunder Bay launch of his latest book Vimy: Battle and Legend, 1917-2017 (Allen Lane).  facebook.com/ lakeheadhistory

March 18, 10 am–noon Get on Board Free Diving Event Canada Games Complex

Local residents are invited to come out and try diving! Participants will run through a mock practice alongside the Thunder Bay Diving Club’s top divers in order to get active and let them experience what being part of the club is all about. No experience is necessary but participants must know how to swim. * tbdc@tbaytel.net

March 18, 5:30 pm Irish Night Dinner and Dance Columbus Centre

Join the Knights of Columbus for a night of dinner and dancing. Tickets are $30.  columbuscentre.ca

March 18, 7:30–9:30 pm Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Revolution Victoria Inn

Join Tosca for an educational and inspiring evening that will leave you excited about creating a healthy lifestyle that you love!  keynoteevents.ca

March 21, 7 pm NOWW Reading: 10x10 Contest Plays Brodie Library

Join the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop for a varied selection of entries from this year’s 10x10 play contest. Always entertaining performances by local playwrights and local actors.  nowwwriters.ca

March 21, 7–9:30 pm Paint Nite Bridge in the Fall Bight Restaurant + Bar

Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host.  paintnite.com

March 23–24 Urban Aboriginal Youth Employment Conference Victoria Inn

This two-day event will feature keynote speaker Kendal Netmaker, Master of Ceremonies Colin Graham, and various members from around the community as youth learn valuable job training and skills needed for employment. * aspooner@onwa.ca

March 25 Urban Infill - Art In The Core 11 Various Locations

DefSup’s annual downtown-wide art exhibition and performance event is celebrating its 11th anniversary. Experience Thunder Bay transformed by multi-sensory art and unparalleled live performances in this Nuit Blanche-like event featuring multidisciplinary works by 400 regional/ national/international artists at 25 downtown north locations, including active and empty spaces transformed into new temporary galleries. Wearable art window performances, visual and new media arts, film, music, performance, world dance, and catered refreshments. Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery art maps and performative tour guides! Gala opening reception from 7-11 pm with an arty after-party from 11 pm-2 am. Exhibition (visual art only) also runs March 26 to 28, noon-6 pm. All by donation/all ages welcome. Re-discover the Waterfront District through contemporary art!  definitelysuperior.com

March 25, 8 pm Save the Tatas: A Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser Slovak Legion

The Commissary Deli is organizing an event to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Music by Blood Red Moon. Tickets are $5. ) 624-9190

March 25, 8–11 pm Brew and Beethoven O’Kelly VC Armoury

Enjoy a tall cold one while listening to the TBSO perform works ranging from Beethoven to John Williams. Presented in a unique casual atmosphere, B&B is your chance to hear the musicians up close and personal.  tbso.ca

March 25–26 Thunder Bay Fat for the Weekend Various Locations

Fat for the Weekend is the Thunder Bay Cycling Club’s fat bike race season wrap-up. See this month’s Top Five for more info.  tbaycc.ca

March 25-April 29 Critically Acclaimed National/ International Contemporary Art Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Knight Of Infinite Resignation Diane Landry (Quebec): Landry’s immersive installation evokes death and emptiness, but also beauty with respect to time and the cosmos, amid the mesmeric continual motion of some 12 windmill-like structures composed of 247 water bottles/light and sand. A prominent Canadian artist and performer (MFA-Stanford), Landry has shown extensively nationally and internationally and her art is in collections worldwide. Enjoy Landry’s artist talk @ DefSup: March 25 at 7:30 pm. Canadian Contemporary 14 - Dr. Chaudhuri Art Collection: An impressive curated selection of 14 art works from one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in our region. See paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, and more by critically acclaimed Canadian artists, big on the international art scene and featured in major art magazines. Game of Chess - Marcel Dzama (New York-Winnipeg): Short B&W art film/ballet film projection [14 min.] by critically-acclaimed international artist Dzama, whose work has a recognizable visual language that unleashes a universe of fantasies and fairy tales, drawing equally from folk vernacular and artistic influences like Dada and Duchamp. Widely known for his works on paper, Dzama has recently expanded his practice to include sculpture, painting, film, and performance. Dzama has shown extensively nationally and internationally and his art is in collections worldwide. The March 25 gala opening is part of the Urban Infill downtown-wide exhibition.  definitelysuperior.com

Until March 26 Fibre Arts Exhibition Baggage Building Arts Centre

An exhibition of works of weaving, felting, quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more. ) 684-2063

Until March 26 Stories of Contentment and Other Fables Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibition of work by artist Amanda Burk.  theag.ca

March 26, noon–1:30 pm Mad Hatter Tea Party A Spa For You

Ladies and gentlemen, you are invited to wear your fine dress and hat to this lovely afternoon tea. Dainty finger sandwiches, scones and Devonshire, and desserts will be served with a variety of teas. ) 475-6977

March 27, 7–9:30 pm Paint Nite: Sea Turtle OLG Casino

Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host.  paintnite.com

March 29, 5:30 pm It Takes a Village Valhalla Ballroom

Please come out for this exciting community education event, featuring NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, to highlight the issues of childhood abuse and strategies to work collaboratively to support and empower victims of abuse in the community. ) 684-1051


March 29, 8–10:30 pm Quiz Night Red Lion Smokehouse

Let’s get quizzical! Test your knowledge Thunder Bay! Teams of up to six players. Cost is $2 per person, minimum spend of $20 per person.  redlionsmokehouse.ca

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Music March 1 Bill Durst PA Legion 8 pm • $10 • 19+ March 2 Jazzy Thursday Nights with Mood Indigo The Foundry 7 pm • $TBA • 19+ Irish Session Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+ Blackie and the Rodeo Kings Crocks 8 pm • $30-$35 • 19+ LU Radio Fund Drive Black Pirates Pub 9pm • $TBA • 19+

March 3 Dueling Pianos Rockhouse 7 pm • $5 • 19+ Jean-Paul De Roover Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+ DJ Big D Presents Kevin Cernjul AKA DJ KC The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

March 4 Folk’n Saturday Afternoons with Matt Sellick The Foundry 1 pm • $TBA • AA Patsy O’Brien & Dick Hensold Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais 7:30 pm • $10-$20 • AA TBSO Pops 5: Comic Diva Natalie Choquette Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8 pm • $11.50-$42.25 • AA DJ Whoo Kidd NV Nightclub 10 pm • $20-$30 • 19+

Leather & Lace Drag Show Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $10 • 19+

DJ Dr Dave Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • No Cover • 19+

9th Annual BPP Paddy’s Bash Black Pirates Pub 9 pm • $5 • 19+

March 5 Ben Caplan The Foundry 7 pm • $TBA • 19+

The Cover Show 19 Encore Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

Us as Them: Saint Patrick’s Day Edition The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

March 7 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro noon • No Cover • AA March 8 TBSO Classical Plus 3: Featuring Principal Violist Mathilde Bernard Hilldale Lutheran Church 8 pm • $11.50-$32 • AA March 9 Irish Session Red Lion Smokehouse 7:30 pm • No Cover • 19+

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

March 12 TBSO Family 3: Carnival of the Dinosaurs Grassroots Church 3:30 pm • $3.50-$32 • AA

DJ Shub The Outpost 8 pm • $15 • AA House of Borgeous World Tour w/ Vultron NV Nightclub 10 pm • $40-$50 • 19+

March 16 Damon Dowbak Quintet The Foundry 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

March 10 Opera Northwest Presents: Enchanted Expressions St. Paul’s Anglican Church 8 pm • $20 • AA

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

March 11 Thunder Bay Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Association Presents Cedar Valley, Flipper Flanagan, and The King’s Highway Oliver Road Rec Centre 5 pm • $10-$25 • AA Hip Hop Got Talent Showcase Crocks 9:30 pm • $10 • 19+

Robin Ranger Beaux Daddy’s Grillhouse 6:30 pm • No Cover • AA SGFMS presents Oliver Swain Port Arthur Polish Hall 7 pm • $25-$30 • AA

March 14 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro noon • No Cover • AA March 15 3 Doors Down: Us and The Night Tour Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8pm • $59-$279 • AA

Back to BASSics: LU Radio FundRaver Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

March 18 St. Urho’s Weekend 2017 Finlandia noon + 8 pm • $5-$10 • AA

Kungs Rockhouse 9 pm • $20 • 19+

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Open Mic CommuniTea and Coffee 6 pm • $TBA • AA St. Urho’s Weekend 2017 Finlandia 7 pm • $25-$30 • AA A Traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day Session Red Lion Smokehouse 7 pm • No Cover • 19+

Music Bingo Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • $2 • 19+ Morning Light w/ DJ Big D The Foundry 10 pm • $5 • 19+

March 19 Five Alarm Funk Crocks 9 pm • $15 • 19+ March 21 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro noon • No Cover • AA March 23 TBSO Masterworks 5: Sara Davis Buechner performs Chopin Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 8 pm • $11.50-$42.25 • AA All Ages Showcase ft. Visual Past + more Black Pirates Pub 8 pm • $6 • AA

March 24 Kenny Shields & Streetheart Farewell Tour Rockhouse 8 pm • $40 • 19+

The 90 Second Freestyle Competition Crocks 9:30 pm • $10 • 19+ Superior Nightlife: Support Your Locals Vol. 2 Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $5 • 19+

March 25 Oras Chamber Choir Concert 2: Sibelius, Kuula, Madetoja, Rautavaara Trinity United Church 8 pm • $TBA • AA Back to the Wayland: 80s Party The Wayland 8 pm • No Cover • 19+

Bat Sabbath (Cancer Bats) Crocks 9 pm • $15 • 19+ Wry Cherry The Westfort 9 pm • No Cover • 19+ Flamenco Party Red Lion Smokehouse 10 pm • $5 • 19+ Kman & the 45s Black Pirates Pub 10 pm • $TBA • 19+

March 26 Lads of the Lake featuring Fiddler Pierre Schryer and Friends The Sovereign Room 9 pm • No Cover • 19+ March 28 James Boraski Blue Door Bistro noon • No Cover • AA March 29 Rock the Nation Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 7:30 pm • $40-$70 • AA Brought to you by:

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Record Breaking Records

Run The Jewels

Srdjan Beronja




The Sounds of the East


All Else Fails*

Run the Jewels, Inc.

Suicidal Bride


Hanitra Ranaivo






Dark Messiah*

Stones Throw







La Lucha


Code Orange

Reflection Music Group


Jungle Fire




Baluji Shrivastav




Whitney Rose*

Six Shooter


Manitoba Hal*

Hals Kitchen


Alison Krauss




Fan Club Records


Jake Ian*


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Loose Canon Vol. 3

Electronic 1

Kid Koala feat. Emiliana Torrini* Music To Draw To: Satellite

Arts & Crafts

Celebrate Your Worth

Mexican Summer

Last Place

30th century records


La Femme

Les Disques Pointus


Ty Segall

Drag City





The Bay Street Bastards*


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Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Small Batch



Honus Honus

New Neighbourhood





Ancient Highways*




Light Organ

Use Your Delusion Drunk

The Railtown Sessions I See You

Young Turks

11 Century Palm*

Sacred Bones Records

16 The Evaporators*

Ogopogo Punk


17 Fairchild

Start Again

Canvas Sounds

18 Ex-Cult

Negative Growth

In The Red

19 Monomyth*

Happy Pop Family


20 B.A. Johnston*

Gremlins 3

Mammoth Cave

Hip Hop

Best of Baluji Shrivastav

Jazz 1

The Fusionauts*



Al Muirhead*


Northern Adventures: The Canada Sessions Vol. 1



Brian Dickinson Quintet*

The Rhythm Method




Misses Satchmo*

Pink Fizz

Les Disques Bros




Dave Young Quintet*

Ninja Tune



Kishi Bashi

Joyful Noise



Ahead Of Our Time

Future Politics Migration


Only Heaven

Dark Messiah Forever

South Texas Suite Live In Ghent Windy City sweetlow

The Trestle

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One Way Up

Loud 1



In Tensions

This Month's Show Spotlight: Hyperspace Jukebox


Hosted by Shaunana

Mello Music Group

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The Iceberg

The Forever Lie

Is That All There Is





Until the Cow Comes Home

10 The xx

Occult Architecture Vol. 1

15 Moon Duo

Myths 002

14 Grandaddy


13 Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood

12 The Blind Shake

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theWall exists only digitally. I think you’re even partially to blame. I learned long ago that only 8% of a CD’s total price went to the artist. Everyone else gets a cut first because to you, HMV, music couldn’t be art: it’s a commodity to which you controlled the access. If I loved a musician’s work, I would want a lot more than $1.60 of a CD’s $20 price going into their pocket. HMV, you tried to make buying things the whole point. Purchasing and accumulation shouldn’t be the endpoint to music. Appreciation, enjoyment, community—these are worthy things, but they weren’t things that you offered. It does make sense to mourn the loss of a community hub, a place to explore and discuss, to learn and trade. Some music stores have survived because they offered that, but it takes work, and HMV, you didn’t put in the effort.

I Shall Not Mourn for Thee, HMV By Justin Allec


h HMV—I heard that you’re closing up shop. Makes sense, as there isn’t much demand for CDs these days. Last time I was in the mall I noticed you were looking a little sickly. Symptoms? Lots of DVD boxsets on display, but your CD racks were pushed against the back wall like an afterthought. What happened to your listening stations? When did those disappear? Your staff looked bored, too, but not in the detached cool way High Fidelity showed us that music store clerks are supposed to look. (Reminder: High Fidelity

came out seventeen years ago.) The whole experience was kind of uncomfortable. I’m one of those people, though, who loves music, who loves the search for music, and had a chance to love it before the dawn of the internet (yeah, I’m kinda old). I have memories of spending hours in brick and mortar stores bursting with albums. I would line up elbow-to-elbow alongside others at a rack and dig for treasures. “Holy moly, they have a copy of this!” I would want to take my find home and disappear into the sounds. Sometimes my interests were

conventional, sometimes bizarre, but I spent time and money in those music stores. They provided with fun, learning, and wish fulfillment. For a brief period, HMV, you might’ve been one of those. That’s in the past though. Even when I had my time in those stores I noticed the turmoil that was starting. If the store didn’t offer a reason to come through the doors beyond the CD on sale, then every advance in technology carried people further away and closer to their computers. It happened to me. I’ve tossed out my CD tower, and much of my music now

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Nowadays, I still shop for music, but I do it differently, far away from you and the mall. When I miss the community aspect of finding music and discussing it, I get together with friends and do just that. If they’re not available, I know my favorite genres have a dedicated community online. If I’m just basking in new sounds, LU Radio offers incredibly diverse programming. Ditto for the CBC. If it’s the treasure hunt I’m missing, I go hang around New Day Records and Accessories, or find stuff on Bandcamp or other artist-driven sites. One of my favorite things to do is go to a show with some friends. I meet the band at their merch table and, because I don’t buy dozens of albums anymore, I have money to put directly in their pockets. I buy one album and learn to love it. Music is alive and well and part of my present. No, I shall not mourn for thee, HMV.


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