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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Rebekah Skochinski Associate Editor Amy Jones Senior Editor Tiffany Jarva Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Marketing & Sales Manager Logan Wright: ​ Photographers Chris Merkley, Darren McChristie, Bill Gross, Storm Carroll, Shannon Lepere, Dave Koski, Tara George, Amy Vervoort, Tyler Sklazeski

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In This Issue Chef Rachel Globensky shares two TBay recipes: finn pancakes and a shore lunch and Marlene Wandel experiences takeout food from heaven. We take a closer look at the Multicultural Association building (the former central firestation) in Architecture and Paul Hemsworth discusses the importance of the company we keep in Health and Wellness.

On the Cover Photo by Shannon Lepere

Amy Jones contemplates luck and the Friendship Gardens in The Wall, and Dave Koski captures the Gardens and the spring storm in pictures in The Eye. Incidentally, the shoot was arranged for the week of the snow.

What’s in a Name?


y name isn’t easy to spell. Although the Hebrew spelling of Rebekah is more common these days, I still have to spell it out for people, but usually only when it’s for something important. Maybe that’s the wrong approach, but what can I say, I’m easygoing. I even let people call me Rachel. But then there’s Skochinski—a name that makes folks stumble both in sight and in sound. My grandparents chose to streamline the name to Scotinski—something that was pretty common for people immigrating to Canada to do to make a name sound less foreign, making it easier to blend in or find work. When my dad told me the history behind the shortened name and reclaiming of it, I couldn’t help but fantasize about the possibility of having been Rebekah Scot. It just sounded so normal. I have since accepted my long and hard-to-pronounce name, even if it doesn’t fit into those small boxes on forms that you have to fill out. Our names can tell us a lot. But they don’t tell us everything. In our multicultural issue we wanted to go beyond the names and learn about the people behind them, and why they chose to make Canada and Thunder Bay their home. We profile six recent immigrants to Thunder Bay from India, the Philippines, the Ukraine, South Africa, Iran, and Columbia. We also spotlight the Folklore Festival, a huge annual celebration of culture that brings the entire world together under one roof. This letter marks my final issue as editor. It has been a fantastic year. I would like to thank all of the wonderful contributors, the dedicated and talented Walleye crew (go team!), and my dear friends and family for their support along the way and most of all for laughing at me, and with me. One of my childhood dreams was to work on a magazine—I wrote and drew entire issues with my sister, which included both the questions and answers for the advice column. And my name always fit on the masthead. You will continue to see my name in future issues along with many other exciting things that we have planned—The Walleye always has something up its sleeve—so as always, I invite you to read, and to keep on reading. -RS The Walleye


Darren McChristie



6 CoverStory: Multicultural Thunder Bay ■ 10 Folklore Festival Celebrates 40 Years ■ 11 Artists in the Fifth ■ 12 Thunder Bay Multicultural Association ■ 13 Lakehead University International Student Club ■ 14 The Ceremony of Sweat ■ 15 The Path of Migisi Ikwe, the Eagle Woman


■ 16 Sushi for Beginners ■ 17 Takeout From Heaven ■ 18 Totally TBay Recipes ■ 19 Bottoms Up to Spirits from Abroad!



■ 22 International

■ 33 Lorrina Belluz ■ 34 CBC’s Searchlight

Documentary Challenge ■ 22 Multicultural Movies ■ 23 Norm Foster’s Outlaw ■ 23 10 By 10 = Priceless


■ 24 Lakehead Stamp Club 64th Annual Exhibition ■ 25 Habana Art Gallery ■ 26 Henna Palace


■ 28 Age of Discovery ■ 29 Lakehead Social

Planning Council

■ 30 DeBruin’s Greenhouses ■ 30 WE Stand Up 2013 ■ 31 Youth Week/Youth Arts Week ■ 32 Friends of Trowbridge

Contest Spotlights NWO ■ 35 Rockin’ Harmonica Blues at The Foundry ■ 35 Rock and Roll Warriors ■ 36 Mississippi Heat ■ 36 Paul Brandt ■ 37 Brew & Beethoven ■ 37 Treasa Levasseur ■ 38 Kim Erickson and Angelic Upstart Ensemble ■ 38 Canadian Federation of Musicians, Local 591 ■ 39 Zack & The Morrises


■ 44 Central Fire Station HEALTH

■ 46 The Power of Influence ■ 46 Dr. Gabor Maté ■ 48 It’s All About Respect LIVING GREEN

■ 48 Rain Gardens ■ 49 Gardening 411 ■ 20 Drink of the Month ■ 42 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 53 ZYGOTE bop ■ 50 May EVENTS ■ 52 theWall ■ 54 theEYE


■ 32 A Polar Plunge into


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VIP Evening with Kevin Brauch

May 4 Lowery’s Sports Dome

On The Thirsty Traveler, Food Network star and former bartender Kevin Brauch drinks and eats his way around the world in what he describes as “the best job in the world.” This month, he makes his way to Thunder Bay for a special VIP evening as part of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Lifefest, a two-day expo designed to entertain, inform, and improve the lifestyle of those in our community. During this exclusive evening, Brauch will entertain guests at various stage areas throughout the expo with signature cocktails, cooking demos, hilarious Thirsty Traveler stories, appetizer stations, games, prizes, and more.


Folklore Festival

May 4–5 Fort William Gardens

Take a trip around the world in 48 hours at the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association’s annual Folklore Festival. Now in its 40th year, the festival features displays, exhibits, and performances from over a dozen cultural groups in the city—as well, of course, as a mouth-watering array of ethnic cuisine. Keeping with this year’s Afro-Caribbean theme, Saturday night will feature entertainment from Toronto reggae band The Sattalites. Over 14,000 people attended last year’s festival, so don’t miss out on your chance to join in and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our city.


Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Gala

May 23 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

If you have a young person in your life involved in music, dance, or theatre in Thunder Bay, chances are you’ve heard of (or attended) the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts. Organized by a volunteer-run group dedicated to supporting the artistic growth of young people in our community, the multi-day competition culminates in the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Gala. Tickets for the event are just $10, which is certainly a small price to pay to see some of the next generation of Thunder Bay’s rising stars.



Kite Festival May 26 Chippewa Park

Everyone loves kites, and there’s no better place to see them this spring than at Thunder Bay’s Kite Festival, held at Chippewa Park. First held in 1981, for several years the Kite Festival was included on the list of Top 50 Ontario Festivals, a prestigious listing published by Festivals & Events Ontario. Representatives from renowned national and international kite clubs will be on hand for workshops, demonstrations, and all kinds of colourful and high-flying activities for kite lovers of all ages. And best of all, it’s the one day of the year you can legitimately tell someone to go fly a kite!


Birdhouse Auction

May 31 Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Spring, if it ever gets here, is the time when our thoughts start wandering towards the outdoors, and ways to enjoy our yards, decks, and gardens. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s annual Birdhouse Auction is a great place to pick up a gorgeous birdhouse to entice some feathered friends into your outdoor living space. This year, the Art Gallery will also be auctioning off some artistic garden ornaments and furniture, as well as art for your walls. The event will also feature a barbecue, with locally brewed beer from Sleeping Giant Brewery.

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Multicultural Thunder Bay As Lord Tweedsmuir, the 15th Governor General of Canada said, "the strongest nations are those that are made up of different racial elements." The same can be said for cities, and Thunder Bay is fortunate to have a rich cultural mosaic to strengthen the fabric of our community. In celebrating our differences, we are also celebrating the values of our country that has embraced multiculturalism in the spirit of an inclusive society.

Darren McChristie

This year the Folklore Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, and to commemorate this milestone we are celebrating Thunder Bay’s ethnic diversity.

Amarjit Chahal Story and Photo By Tara George


iven the opportunity, I’m willing to retire here,” says Amarjit Chahal, when asked how he feels about living in Thunder Bay. The opportunity to come to our northern city presented itself in 2003 when he was offered to be a shareholder in a new biotechnology company, now called Orchid PRO-DNA. Chahal holds the title of senior director/technical leader/business development at the downtown Port Arthur laboratory, which specializes in mitochondrial and nuclear DNA services (think forensic and relationship testing—fascinating stuff). Originally hailing from the state of Punjab in India, Chahal came to Canada in 1988, where he completed his PhD in Guelph, Ontario. After living and working in the United States and in southern Ontario, he said that coming to Thunder Bay “was like a breath of fresh air” and that he “loves this place compared to big cities.” The quality of life is what struck him the most when he first arrived—his


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commute to work was negligible, activities were accessible, housing was affordable, and the people were friendly and helpful. Chahal also shared that from a professional point of view, Thunder Bay has been prosperous for him. The smaller community has allowed him to meet, on a regular basis, with professionals in his field from the hospital, university, and other companies—something that is not always as easily achieved in bigger centres. In addition, he credits government support for making it quite easy to start a new business. Outside of work, Chahal and his family have taken advantage of some of the activities that the city and surrounding area has to offer, namely downhill skiing and fishing. He has yet to try ice fishing and sailing, but they are definitely on his to-do list. The northern lakes seem to not only have made an impression on Chahal, but also his brother, who, when visiting Thunder Bay from southern Ontario was thoroughly impressed with the taste of the drinking water. Melding life in the north with his Indian culture has been possible through the celebrations and programs offered through groups like the India-Canada Association and the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association. Celebrating Diwali (the festival of lights) and the annual India Night event are noteworthy. But perhaps the most telling indicator of transitioning to life in Thunder Bay is in the opinion of his children.“[They] call Thunder Bay home and they enjoy it here,” he says.


Dahab Novoa

Novoa first discovered dance at home in Bogota, Columbia. Her aunt ran classes that were a mix of belly dance and flamenco. She tried her first dance class at the age of 17 and was hooked. “Belly dancing is empowering to women around the world, there are classes everywhere. It’s had a huge, impact,” she says. She also studies other Middle Eastern and Asian forms including Thai, Bollywood and Egyptian dance.

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hat many people don’t know about professional belly dancer Dahab (Andrea) Novoa is that she is also a mathematician. She originally left her home in Columbia to pursue graduate studies in mathematics in the United States. However, when she got to Las Vegas, she landed a job as a professional belly dancer and her plans changed drastically. And then three years later, another twist: she met her husband and relocated to Thunder Bay.

The difficulty when she first arrived, she says, is that these forms of dance were relatively new to Northwestern Ontario. It posed challenges. “When I came to Thunder Bay I felt like there wasn’t a place to study international dance styles, and there wasn’t anyone here to teach it,” she says. Seeing an opportunity in those challenges, Novoa secured a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) grant to start her own business, World Dance Centre, located in the Thunder Bay Centre for Change at the old Hillcrest High School.

Throughout it all, one thing remained constant in her life: her love for dance. “Dance is a passion, a moment of connection with the music,” she says. “I try to become one with the music. It’s a wonderful feeling that is exhilarating and makes you feel alive.”

Novoa describes her life here as “very comfortable. Everything is close, people are friendly, and you build your connections.” Most rewarding, she says, are the friends and family she’s found in Thunder Bay, and of course, the opportunity to continue to do what she loves most: dance.

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Li Kang

Kang’s positive experience so far may have something to do with the fact that her decision to come to Canada was a deliberate one, made after much thoughtful reflection. “I wanted a change in my life, to experience something completely different. I was in a different program back home in South Africa and I did not enjoy it at all, so as soon as I finished my first year I decided to re-evaluate everything and made the decision to come here for university.”

Story and Photo By Donna Faye


i Kang has probably embraced northern winters with more gusto than most people who have lived here their entire lives. Since coming here to study at Lakehead University two years ago, the second-year business student from South Africa has developed a passion for outdoor winter activities like iceskating and snowshoeing. “One of my favourite things about living here is the nature, of course,” says Kang. “The first time I went dog sledding was an amazing experience.”

Though she has come to appreciate the city’s surroundings, Kang says it took awhile to get used to living in such a small city after spending most of her life in Johannesburg. “I have always lived in a big city of a few million people, but here there are only around a hundred thousand. Now I love the fact that I’m in a small city surrounded by nature.”

While she’s enthusiastic about nature, Beaver Tails, and poutine, Kang, like many international students, has had to find ways of coping when she starts to miss home. “I celebrate all of the traditional holidays and I also cook a lot of the cuisine. I also call home on those holidays and try to be a part of the atmosphere.” Kang says she has experienced the normal challenges that come with moving to a new county, but that settling into her new home has been relatively smooth, apart from once losing her passport. “All I can say is that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made,” says Kang. “It’s been one amazing experience so far and I am ready to experience more in the coming years.”

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left. It would be another year after that before she'd be able to sponsor them to bring them to Canada. Upon their arrival, Miran was able to be their tour guide—teaching them to embrace life in a climate of four seasons, showing them how to dress to take the bus in January, sharing with them the concept of this thing we call “windchill,” and reminding them to never turn down a hot plate of perogies.

By Andrea Stach


ew people know more about sacrifice, patience, and perseverance than Liezl Miran. Miran had hopes and aspirations not only for herself but also for her husband and two small children in the Philippines. After completing her nursing training in her home country, Liezl decided to take a leap and apply for a job as a live-in caregiver in Thunder Bay for a family who could sponsor her work in Canada.

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When her first job didn't work out, Miran was determined to stay, and found other work as a nanny with a family who could sponsor her, allowing her to begin the long, arduous journey of government paperwork and waiting. And wait she did. It took three and a half years for Miran to secure sufficient paperwork here to allow her to return home to see her young family, not having seen them since she

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ay G. (as he likes to be called) says he thinks he knows how Thunder Bay’s famous Persians got their name. “They are just as sweet as we Persians are,” he laughs.

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A chemical engineer by trade, Ray is a man of great humour, which has already endeared him to customers at Lumberjacks Restaurant on St. Paul Street. Don’t go to Lumberjacks expecting bush camp fare, though. Ray and his brother chose the name as a tribute to Thunder Bay’s logging heritage rather than as a reflection of the menu. “We could have called it Ali Baba or something like that,” he said, “but we wanted to choose something that was iconic for Thunder Bay and that would pay tribute to the immigrants who worked in the bush here.” The menu ranges from Greek gyro wraps and shawarma and Turkish donairs to sandwiches and burgers with names like “BadAss” and “Angry Frenchman.” And the garbage The Walleye

Never losing sight of her top prize, she shares how she broke it all down into little steps, celebrating each achievement as she made it happen, knowing she was that much closer to having her family all together again in place where they would have a better life. Over her eight years here, Miran has gone from being a newcomer in a foreign land to a leader in the local Filipino Friendship Society. And while this family of four looks forward to getting their Canadian citizenship one day, they continue to embrace their Filipino culture at home and in the community.

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Reflecting on her experiences, Miran becomes emotional recounting the struggles she went through to make her dreams a reality. “When I first came here I had nothing. I never dreamed we would have our own house. That never would have happend in the Philippines.” She admits that she has made a lot of sacifices along the way but that she reached her goals for a better life “step by step.”

Ray arrived in Thunder Bay in 2006 to join his brother. Coming from Tehran, Iran, his first impression of Thunder Bay was that it was beautiful but small. He quickly became enamoured, though, with his new home. “I feel so happy here. I love the nature, the lake, the lifestyle and the people. I have fallen in love with this town and couldn’t live anywhere else,” he says. Ray is also a big fan of the developments at the waterfront, the festivals, his BIA, and his neighbouring businesses. “Some of us are competitors, it’s true. But we all work to add value and help to build the district.” When he’s not in the kitchen or working on plans to expand the menu to include breakfast fare, Ray enjoys such local pastimes as taking a sauna and hiking. But his country’s traditions are important to him as well. For instance, he celebrates the new year in March with his compatriots, taking part in rituals that are over 3,500 years old. “We jump over a fire and dance, symbolizing throwing bad luck, poor health and arguments into the fire and starting the new year fresh.” Having started fresh himself in a new country and having become a Canadian citizen last year, Ray is brimming with enthusiasm for the future. “There are no obstacles in my path. Everything is onward and upward,” he says.


Sasha Bubon

involved with the Graduate Students’ Association as vice president and treasurer. Bubon jokes that between the two them, they had “a small Ukrainian parliament at Lakehead.”

Story and Photo By Janine Chiasson


t just 21 years old, Oleksandr (Sasha) Bubon came to Thunder Bay from the Ukraine to take a Masters in physics under the tutelage of Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) scientist and Lakehead assistant professor Dr. Alla Reznik. When Dr. Reznik made Bubon an offer to come research and study with her team, Bubon found Thunder Bay on a map and his decision was made. “I am a person who likes to jump into adventures,” he says. Bubon’s work and study through TBRRI have proved that he made the right decision. “Here,” he says, “I learn real things in the lab right away and have access to equipment and the knowledge of engineers and scientists who are part of the group.” In addition to his very positive academic experience, Bubon and a fellow Ukrainian student became

Bubon likes the laid-back pace of Northwestern Ontario, and capitalizes on easy access to sports and the outdoors. When he first arrived, Bubon thought Thunder Bay felt a little abandoned, but he has seen things change. “After two years, I see the city growing with far fewer empty houses and lots of new bars and restaurants,” he says. “I wish I had been smart enough to buy a house three years ago.” Bubon regularly gathers with friends (he figures he knows just about every Russian or Ukrainian in town under the age of 30) to prepare and eat traditional foods like borscht and perogies, and to celebrate Ukrainian holidays. As for new food experiences, Bubon has discovered The Fish Shop on Highway 11/17. “I just love the smoked white fish,” he says. “My roommate and I can eat a whole fish. Everyone should try it.” The worst thing about Thunder Bay? “Eight months of winter.” But that’s not enough to quell Bubon’s love of the city. “I am definitely happy here. I have had opportunities to study elsewhere, but here I do what I like to do and I am glad to be part of something bigger that they [TBRRI] are creating.”

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Folklore Festival Celebrates 40 Years

Michelle Lander

Caribbean and African Communities in Thunder Bay

By Donna Faye


ita Pradissitto has witnessed much of the Folklore Festival’s 40-year success. As a relatively new member of the Ladies Venet Society in 1976, she was asked to give the festival’s Italian display booth a much-needed makeover. Drawing on her artistic sensibilities and experience as a teacher, she set about the painstaking work of collecting items from members of the local Italian community that would reflect Italy’s rich heritage. Pradissitto took on that task for another three years, during which time she enjoyed not only celebrating her own heritage but also meeting people and learning about other cultural groups—in particular, the India-Canada Association, whose booths were often located next to those of Italy. “We developed a camaraderie,” says Pradissitto. “I remember one year visiting their food booth and was surprised to see they were selling wine from Italy. We had a good laugh about that.” The city’s first Folklore Festival was presented on September 22, 1973, two years after Canada, under the leadership of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, became the first country to adopt a multiculturalism policy

“to foster the recognition and appreciation of the diverse cultures of Canadian society and promote the reflection and the evolving expressions of those cultures.” A year following Trudeau’s announcement, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA) was formed, bringing together representatives from the city’s many individual ethnic organizations under one umbrella. As part of its mandate to promote multiculturalism, the group coordinated a festival to provide an opportunity for the city’s ethnocultural groups to celebrate and share their heritage through music, art, dance, and food. Much like today, the festival offered visitors a chance to experience the sounds of bagpipes, sitars, and balalaikas; taste babka, moose meat, and shish kebab; savour ouzo, tokaj, and vodka, and see czarda, polka, and, of course, the redbooted Ukrainian dancers. Beyond the exotic food and drink, and exceptional entertainment and art, the Folklore Festival’s popularity has been an indication of the TBMA’s continued efforts to promote diversity and acceptance, says Michelle Lander, member of the Folklore Festival Committee. “The

festival is helping to bridge gaps,” she says. “I think Thunder Bay is really embracing being a multicultural community.” Pradissitto agrees that the event has been an effective means of promoting multiculturalism among both spectators and participants. “I don’t think I’m a prejudiced person,” she says. “But I think if you were, you would lose your prejudices by being involved in Folklore Festival.” Festival hours are Saturday, May 4, noon to 11 pm and Sunday, May 5, noon to 7 pm. For more information visit

Established in 1976, the African and Caribbean Students’ Association (AFCASA) is one of Lakehead University’s oldest student organizations. The club provides both a home away from home for students of African and Caribbean heritage as well as a platform to promote the various African and Caribbean cultures on campus and in Thunder Bay. After graduation, many AFCASA members who chose to stay in Thunder Bay to work and raise families saw a need for another kind of group—one that would address issues they faced in the community and that would allow them to continue to promote and celebrate their culture. In 1987 the Caribbean African Multicultural Association of Canada (CAMAC) was formed. “Today there are over 100 families in the group with ties to Caribbean and African countries that include Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe,” says past president Michelle Lander. The group organize a number of social events and is actively involved in annual Folklore Festival celebrations. Together with AFCASA, CAMAC members organize Black History Month activities each February, including a dinner that, this year, featured an awards ceremony to honour some of the association’s long-standing members.


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The more of we there is The brighter the world becomes. - “Celebrate We,” Qarau


his year, students from Ms. Izzo’s Grade 5 class at St. Martin’s School will take these lines from the poem “Celebrate We” and, through movement, bring words to life with artist Claudio Otto. Add in embellished masks created with Kathleen Baleja, butterflies created with Derek Khani and Carol Kajorinne, Australian X-ray art created with Judy Mayor, and African ceramics created with Tine Schrijvers, and Fort William Gardens will become that bright world. Eleven classes of young artists will transform the arena during the Folklore Festival with visual arts work and performance pieces created as part of the Community Arts and Education Project’s Artist in the Fifth program. With a theme of Celebrating Culture, this year’s projects are being brought to a new venue in a partnership with the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association. When Michelle Lander, coordinator for the Folklore Festival, expressed an interest in organizing a student day as a component of the 40th year of the celebration, CAHEP seized the opportunity to allow the students to showcase their work as a component of this community event. Traditionally held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, this year’s move to the Folklore Festival allows the visual artwork of the students to remain on exhibit throughout the weekend. On the special Friday Youth Day at the festival, students will present their work, but will also be able to participate in a number of cultural workshops. Members of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will help students learn about Ukrainian dance, Japanese, Caribbean and First Nations drums, and First Nations and Ukrainian language. Through the generous support of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, students will also be able to return during the weekend to share what they have learned with family and friends. The Walleye



Images from Thunder Bay Multicultural Association's 1976 issue of its publication "Northern Mosaiq"

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Supporting Families for Over Three Decades By Kim Latimer


hunder Bay is much more diverse than meets the eye. According to the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, one of the fastest growing communities is Karenspeaking Burmese, with approximately 50 Burmese families now living in the city. There is also a growing Mexican community, with over 15 families currently settled in Thunder Bay. In fact, more than 15 ethnic groups are represented on the volunteer board of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, a non-profit group formed in 1972 to promote multiculturalism and help settle newcomers. TBMA is now a support system for newcomers to the region. “Change is really happening,” says Michelle Lander, coordinator of the Local Immigration Partnership at TBMA. “I think we are onto something here. Thunder Bay has become much more of a mosaic.” And she should know. Lander witnessed the change when she herself immigrated to the city 21 years ago at the age of 17. She recalls being one of only two black students at her high school in Port Arthur. “It was me and my friend Tam,”


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she says, referring to a Jamaican student at her school. “I remember us wearing shorts to school on the first day that it snowed. We both had never seen snow before. Our teacher was good, letting us go outdoors to enjoy it, but we had to be picked up from school because we weren’t dressed for it.” She counts herself lucky that there were “a few other mixed-race families we got to know” in Thunder Bay. But that’s not the case anymore. The number of multicultural youth in the city has grown considerably. Lander suggests that the influx is linked to the number families immigrating here in search of new jobs created by the mining and health care industries and the business sector. And as new families come, she says the TBMA has also had grow to accommodate them. “In the 11 years that I’ve worked here, we’ve doubled in staff and we’ve doubled in programs. Right now we are exploding out of our space,” Lander says. They’ve already turned a few storage closets into office space, and may have to give up their library to accommodate more. With space at a premium and more families

on the way, the association has gotten creative in the way they deliver programs to newcomers. In 2010, TBMA launched a web portal that highlights smaller communities in the north. The idea is that these small communities can post jobs, attractive details about the community, and even list businesses that are for sale for skilled immigrants to peruse online. TBMA also hosts an immigrant social network that offers mentorship to newcomers, pairing skilled immigrants with other professionals in the area. And Lander heads up the Local Immigration Partnership, which aims to retain skilled immigrants and promote Thunder Bay and the northwest as a place where immigrants can invest and raise their families. But TBMA remains true to its original purpose: helping newcomers get settled. “We are a still a one-stop shop,” Lander says. “We are here to do all the things we started out doing 30 years ago in terms of settlement services, but we are designing these new programs and offering them as well.” They’ve also formed partnerships with colleges and university bridging programs (such as Laurentian University and Confederation College) to help those who come with university degrees obtain their Canadian qualifications. “Right now we have two female doctors who are fully qualified. They are completing the ESL (English as a Second Language) program here, and we are helping them qualify while they get settled with their families,” Lander says. Then there are others who come simply seeking a place of refuge. “Some families are faced with economic hardship or persecution, and we are here to help them. Otherwise, I don’t know where else they would go.”

Front-line staff at Thunder Bay Multicultural Association provide the following services to the community: ■ Immigrant settlement including referral, information and orientation for job preparation, housing, education, and citizenship. ■ Interpretation and translation in over 53 languages for documents/ certificates, medical appointments/emergencies, and immigration. ■ Community programs for recent newcomers including English as a Second Language, citizenship preparation, drivers education preparation, and community development. ■ Cross-cultural/race relations information on cultural adjustments of newcomers. ■ Language instruction for newcomers to Canada, and assessments to rate English language levels according to the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment. ■ Matching newcomers with volunteers to assist with adjustment to Canadian society.

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Thunder Bay 2013 May 4 & 5 are you passionate about where you live? Do you want to learn more about what makes the many neighbourhoods of our city great places to live, work and play? Join a Jane’s Walk! Jane’s Walk Thunder Bay invites you to participate in FREE walking tours led by local volunteers who love their neighbourhoods: Hillcrest/Mariday Park: Saturday, May 4, 10 am. Meet at the Bell at Hillcrest Park

Downtown Port Arthur: Sunday, May 5, 1 pm. Meet at the Pagoda.

Downtown Fort William: Saturday, May 4, 11 am. Meet at Lake Superior art Gallery in Victoriaville Mall.

Bay/Algoma: Sunday, May 5, 1:30 pm Meet at the fountain at Waverly Park.

Simpson/Ogden: Saturday, May 4, 1 pm Meet at Minnesota Park.

Academy: Sunday, May 5, 3 pm Meet at the Greek Ukrainian Church at Beverly and Balmoral.

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President of the LUIC, Li Kang of South Africa, and vice-president Tshering Dorji of Bhutan. (l to ri)

Lakehead University International Student Club Bringing the World to the University Story and Photo By Donna Faye


ong before Li Kang started her program at Lakehead University, she had a lot of questions about living in Canada. As an international student, she appreciated the support of the university’s International Office, particularly its two-day orientation that included a tour of the city and area. “A lot of international students make friends during orientation,” says Kang. “But it’s only two days so you really need to make the most of that opportunity.” This year Lakehead University hosted about 400 international students, including 86 students from Brazil alone thanks to the Brazilian government's Science without Borders Scholarship (SWB). Many have culture-specific student clubs they can count on to provide a warm welcome, support and a home away from home while they are studying here, such as the longstanding African Caribbean Students’ Association, Lakehead Iranian Student Association, Lakehead University Native Student Association, and the South Asian Student Association. But second-year business student Kang, who is from South Africa, along with thirdyear gerontology student Tshering Dolkar Dorji from Bhutan, saw a need for a club that would include all international students. “A lot of the cultures aren’t represented by other groups,” says Dorji. “And then there are the exchange students. We wanted a club that could include everyone and eventually even Canadian students, which would really make it an international club.” Dorji and Kang made an application to form a new club at the start of this past academic year and received approval in November. Already about 160 students have joined the Lakehead University International Club (LUIC), a clear sign of the need for such an association. “We would have liked to have something like that to answer our questions about coming to Thunder Bay, like ‘Do I need to bring bedding or shampoo?’” says Kang. “It’s nice to hear what a place is like from a student’s perspective.” Apart from answering questions about studying in Canada and hosting social events, LUIC members are also offering lessons in languages such as Mandarin and Arabic. International student support advisor Maria Millan says LUIC is a welcome complement to the university’s International Office, which provides practical help to international students, such as getting health insurance or finding a place to stay. “International students bring the world to the university and to Thunder Bay,” says Millan. “And that’s good for everyone, for international and Canadian students.” The Walleye



Father of the sky, be present In the vapor with thy healing. Wipe away the conjured virus, Quench the poison of the fever. –The Kalevala

A The Ceremony of Sweat A Story of the Finnish Sauna By Julia Prinselaar

Two men clearing a pathway to Sauna. Shirley (Niemi) Larret. (Lakehead University Library Archives. Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, MG8 D,H.)

life-size painting hangs above the wooden door entrance of Kangas Sauna, Thunder Bay’s public sauna house. Naked, relaxed, and passively elated, four adults bathe in the löyly, or soft-heated steam, wafting from the stove. A woman leans forward with a birch whisk across her back; its gentle lashings stimulate the skin to expel more dirt and sweat from its pores. With the exception of the plastic water buckets on the wooden bench, this scene, depicted by artist Martti Nieminen, would be hard to date. For more than a century, Finnish people have settled in and around Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario, carving out homesteads and rural communities as early as the 1870s. With them they brought the ceremonial practice of sauna bathing. Sweating traditions have existed in most European cultures and are common among Central and North American native peoples. The Finnish sauna tradition is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 years old. Dalva Lamminmäki, a teacher at the Center for Finno-Ugric Shamanism in Helsinki, explains that the sauna is a place for healing, and was once the site of numerous rites of passage in a person’s life cycle. “When you had some kind of disease, the sauna was the hospital and the place of medicine,” she says. Before the rise of public health care and nursery facilities, Finnish mothers gave birth in saunas. Preparations were made for

Home of Vaino Salo. 1928. Sauna in stages of construction. (Lakehead University Library Archives. General Archives Series, A0014.)


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adulthood and marriage, and when someone died, the corpse was taken to the sauna to be washed before it was buried. Ancient Finnish tietäjäs, or shamans, would go to the sauna to reach altered states of mind to perform collective healing rituals. Today, many Finnish immigrants still acknowledge the ancient ritual uses of the sauna, according to Raija Warkentin, a retired anthropologist at Lakehead University who co-edited the book Sweating with Finns: Sauna Stories from North America. Published in 2005, Finnish and non-Finnish authors recount their experiences with the sauna in reflective poetry and prose. Many of the writers claim that sauna bathing is not simply a washing ritual, but an exercise in meditation and healing. “I too, was not born in the Finnish steam bath, but I have been reborn many times in the ‘holiest of holies,’ usually on a weekly basis,” writes Stephen Maunula in one entry. Warkentin agrees that the spirit of the sauna remains among people of Finnish descent, a demographic that makes up approximately 12 per cent of the Thunder Bay area’s total population. “It’s spiritual, and it’s holy. I think we all recognize that you are clean outside, and also inside,” she says. “That means that your thoughts and your mind is calmed down, and you have a connection to your friends and relatives with whom you went to sauna. You share this.”

A present-day sauna on the Toivonen farm in Kaministiquia.


The Path of Migisi Ikwe, the Eagle Woman Dave Koski

By Betty Carpick


ita Fenton’s journey has taken her to the depths of her soul to overcome oppression and adversity. She learned to value her strengths as an aboriginal woman, to realize her ambitions, and to live a good life. At 65, she is energetic and generous of spirit. “I grew up in a two-room shack with no running water, electricity, or telephone. We didn’t have a car,” says Fenton, who was born and raised on the Fort William First Nation. “My family lived off the land—fishing, hunting and gathering— to provide for seven kids and the many visitors and extended family that passed through our door.” Fenton and her siblings were instilled with values about how hard work and respect for others was connected to survival and building strong relationships.

“We lived the seven teachings. We didn’t need to have them written down. We learned to use the natural abundance of the earth’s gifts by watching and doing,” she says. Each of the seven teachings is a gift that requires attention, discipline and perseverance: Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.

hit bottom in 1981 when she was 33. Fearful and ashamed, she knew she had to make changes. Eventually she enrolled in Lakehead University.

Fenton attended the Mission Indian Day School from Grade 1 to Grade 8. She speaks fondly of her teachers, who brightened the curriculum with beading, embroidery, knitting, woodwork, gardening, and piano lessons. When she was 14, she started taking the bus to Selkirk High School and later to Northwood and, by the time she was 18, she was married and about to become a mother. Struggling with her own addiction to alcohol and an eroded self-esteem, she

Today, self-assured and optimistic, Fenton has devoted herself to using the aboriginal methods of healing to bring balance to others in her community. For many years she worked at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care as a prime worker and as an evening attendant at the Adult Residential Treatment Centre. She’s been a foster parent and leads full moon ceremonies for women at her home on Squaw Bay. She’s learned to drum, gather Indigenous plants, and celebrate the rich

“When I danced in the circle at a pow-wow for the first time, a part of the piece that was missing hit me. For the first time I had a sense of pride about who I was,” she says.

wisdom of her ancestors and the practitioners of the traditional ways. Fenton has a deep satisfaction in the universality of the basic teachings that she’s practiced for twenty years. “Don’t be afraid to learn from the Elders and others,” she says. “They will help you as they’ve helped me.”

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Sushi for Beginners By Amy Jones​

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n Thunder Bay, we have several excellent sushi restaurants that have, in recent years, become popular additions to our culinary landscape. If you’ve been apprehensive to try sushi but are tired of slurping on soba noodles when you’re out with your friends, there are certainly ways to ease yourself into the experience without diving straight into octopus sashimi.

Start with maki (rolls of vinegared rice, seaweed and filling) instead of sushi or sashimi. Maki often come in vegetarian or cooked varieties, and are far less intimidating than a chunk of raw fish. Although sushi purists may turn up their noses at tempura battered sweet potato or smoked salmon and cream cheese, these ingredients are great for introducing your palate to the complexities of sushi. And when you do decide to try something a little more adventurous, the raw fish will be hidden inside the roll and not staring you in the face.

Try a type of fish that you are already used to. If you love cooked or smoked salmon, raw salmon is not going to be that big of a stretch, flavour-wise. Or try a milder type of seafood, such as scallop, that will not taste quite as “fishy”. Generally, the oilier the fish, the stronger the taste.

Don’t overdo it with the condiments. It has become common practice in North America to douse sushi in a mixture of wasabi and soy sauce and top it with pickled ginger, but this will completely mask the flavour of the sushi itself—and that’s what you’re here for. Fill your soy sauce bowl only halfway, dab wasabi on the top of your sushi for an extra kick, and chew on the pickled ginger as a palate-cleanser between different types of fish.

If all else fails, order a round of sake and some edamame. That should keep you going until you can hit a drive-thru.

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Takeout From Heaven Story and Photos By Marlene Wandel


here’s nothing quite like take-out. No cooking, no waiting—just food. And it’s not only restaurants that provide take-out. You can also get it at church; specifically, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. That mouthful of words is simplified to “Souvlaki Dinner” on the signs that pop up on the side of the road every two weeks, with a red arrow directing the hungry to 651 Beverly Street.

would be complete with the opportunity to add baklava to the order; another option is the Bougatsa Swirl—The Dessert of Kings (and Queens).

The parking lot of the blue domed building comes to life every second Thursday. The basement is a hive of activity, complete with a greeter handing out menus and schedules. There are chairs set up for those waiting, but the effortless choreography going on behind the tables ensures that there is essentially no waiting.

Souvlaki Takeout is finished for the season, and will resume in September. Find them at the Folklore Festival, or follow them on Facebook (“The Great Souvlaki Dinner Takeout”).

The problem with take-out is the drive home. Containers wafting aromas from heaven on the passenger seat are distracting. The flavours do not disappoint; the combination of tastes and textures are a perfect marriage of juicy and crisp, tangy and rich. It’s food from heaven.

The signs do not mislead—the most popular order, on the menu as simply “Dinner,” is a full meal. The container is full to the brim with pork souvlaki, greek salad, Mediterranean rice, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. All of the above are available separately, as well, or the meal can be augmented with faki (green lentil soup) and Spanakopita Swirl (intriguingly “unique to Thunder Bay!”). No Greek dining experience The Walleye



Totally TBay Recipes By Chef Rachel Globensky

We live in such a beautifully diverse community, both culturally and environmentally, that when asked to come up with some Thunder Bay recipes, I was a little overwhelmed with possibilities. Should I write about North American Finn specialties like mojakka or coffee bread, or eastern European favourites like pierogi or cabbage rolls? Should I spill the beans on my granny’s bannock, my step-dad’s saltfish, or my grandmother’s tourtière? Does anyone want to know how to make Labrador tea taste good, or how to make fruit leather from local strawberries? Originally, I had wanted to find the recipe for Thunder

Bay’s ultimate local food: the Persian. The pseudo-cinnamon bun topped with raspberry icing (or is it strawberry?) has always been a closely guarded secret. A fruitless search on the internet turned up no leads, and I even went so far as to ask a former employee of a local persian-producing bakery for anything to point me in the right direction. A wise friend talked me out of it, suggesting that maybe I’d have some sort of persian police after me if I were to reveal the recipe. I don’t want broken shins, so I quit looking. Instead, I present to you an awesome Finn pancake recipe, and a Northwestern Ontario favourite, the shore lunch. Serve it up. You won’t be disappointed!

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Copy-Cat Finn Pancakes

Makes 12 or so thin pancakes— apparently, this recipe is very similar to that of a well-known eatery in town, but I’m not saying anything...

4 eggs 4 cups milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 tablespoons sugar

2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons melted butte

Combine and whisk all ingredients until smooth (although I have grown up watching my mom make these in a blender, and so this is what I do now, too). Let the batter rest for 30 minutes (or sit in fridge overnight, or even freeze it, if you’re a plan-aheader). Heat non-stick or well-seasoned heavy-bottomed pan to medium and pour a small amount of oil into it. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the bottom of the pan, tilting it around in a circle to spread the batter into a thin layer over the bottom. Look for a “dry” appearance and some bubble craters on the top side of the pancake; the edges will look lacy and brown. This is when you should flip it. The other side won’t take as long to cook—both sides should be golden. Serve with maple syrup, butter, fruit, or jam. Sometimes I squeeze on some lemon, sprinkle sugar on top and roll it up, but that may be more of a British thing. ** Generally, the first pancake never turns out... not sure why, but it always happens. Eat it yourself while you wait for the others to be ready!


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For 1 ½ lbs of walleye (or other) fillets.

Step I:

Step 2:

1 egg, beaten 1 1/2 cups beer 1 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper

2/3 c cornmeal 2/3 c instant mashed potato flakes 2/3 c crushed saltines + 1 tsp Cajun seasoning or 2/3 c crushed salt and vinegar chips + 1 tsp Greek seasoning

Rinse and pat dry the fish fillets. Mix the Step I egg mixture well in a bowl; mix Step II dry ingredients in a zipper-closure bag. Dip fish fillets in egg/beer batter. Turn over to coat entirely, and remove, letting excess drip back into the bowl. Place the eggy fillets in the cornmeal mixture, trap a bit of air in the bag before zipping it closed, and shake it gently. You may have to do a few pieces at a time. The fillets should be entirely coated—you can use your hands to cover up any bare spots. Place the coated fillets on a plate or wire rack to dry for a half-hour or so (in the fridge/cooler, or at least in the shade if you’re enjoying a shore lunch). Pour about 1 litre of oil (some people swear by lard) into a large pan and heat it up. According to a well-seasoned fish guide I worked with a few summers ago, the fillets should float in the oil, and should have about an inch of fat above them, when pushed down. The healthy-eating nut in me cringes, yet the culinary professional cheers—I am divided. In any case, the fish should be flipped a few times, browning all sides, and will be done when it floats to the oil’s surface. Drain on some paper towel and enjoy. Serve with steamed fiddleheads, sprinkled with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.


Bottoms Up to Spirits from Abroad!

Calvados, an apple spirit from Normandy, developed from a regional tradition of both cider-making and eau-de-vie production.

St. Germain, a delicate spirit from the Alps, is made from the essence of elderflowers that grow on the mountainside.

Pisco, a grape spirit from Peru, is distilled much like the traditional grappa of Italy or marc of France.

Cynar, a bitter spirit from Italy, is a blend of several herbs but its major flavouring component is from artichoke leaves.

Try Calvados Boulard Pays d’Auge (LCBO No. 296228 - $49.70) in a Widow’s Kiss. Shake 1 ounce of calvados with 1/3 ounce each of Bénédictine and Chartreuse and a dash of bitters over ice then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry slice.

Try St. Germain (LCBO No. 180695 - $49.95) in a Nomayo. Shake 1 1/2 ounce of gin with 3/4 ounces St. Germain and 1/2 each of Aperol and fresh lemon juice then strain into a coupe glass, top with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange peel.

Try Pancho Fierro Pisco Puro (LCBO No. 55038 - $27.95) in a Pisco Sour. Shake 1 egg white, 2 1/2 ounces of pisco, 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and 3/4 ounces of fresh lemon juice with a dash of bitters over ice then strain into a flute glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Try Cynar (LCBO No. 118497 - $24.95) in Eeyore’s Requiem. Shake 2 ounces of Campari with 1 ounce of white vermouth, 1/2 ounce of Cynar, 1/4 ounce of Fernet Branca and a dash of bitters then strain into a highball glass and garnish with an orange peel.

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International Documentary Challenge

Building a Film in Five Days By Kelly Saxberg


n 2010, Thunder Bay’s Flash Frame Film and Video Network participated in its first International Documentary Challenge. A few weeks ago, they completed their fourth challenge in a row. Here is how it works: over 100 teams from around the world enter the competition every year and at 8 am the day it begins, wherever they are on the planet, each team is assigned a choice of two of ten possible genres and one theme. The marathon begins with teams deciding on subjects and a story, and then they shoot, edit and finish a seven-minute film by the deadline of Monday afternoon, send it in, and cross their fingers. The Flash Frame team is made up of experienced and wannabe filmmakers. It’s an opportunity to go through the entire documentary process, from start to finish, in just five days. And the best part of the challenge is that even if a team falls short, a new film from the region has been made by talented filmmakers. The local team’s first attempt was its most successful—the genres assigned were sport or social issue and the theme was dreams/nightmares. The result was Life is But a Dream, a film about Charlie Wilkins and his plan to row across the Atlantic. It was the only Canadian film to make it to the finals that year. Last year’s film featured Hubert Den Draak and Jacomyn Gerbrandy of the Nolalu Eco Centre and letters they found on an old Finnish homestead. This year the team was given music or historical as genres and the theme was harmony. The resulting film is called The Storyboard, and it features Rodney Brown’s latest song “New Nation” and his collaboration with emerging filmmaker and visual artist Caleb Magiskan. The Storyboard did not make it into the finals this year, but it will screen at the Bay Street Film Festival in September. Until then, past Flash Frame entries can be viewed at


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Multicultural Movies By Michael Sobota


ow to define a multicultural movie? On first thought, multicultural movies might be considered to be the international ones. Foreign films. But then, aren’t all American films foreign? Or it could mean movies with subtitles, but our Canadian films from Quebec are often subtitled. To me, the most interesting definition of a multicultural movie is one that features characters who live in one country and are a part of that country's culture, but spend most of the story of the film in another country. How the stories unfold and the characters engage the culture of the second country is a genuine take on multiculturalism. In Inescapable (2012), the central character, Adib, is a Syrian-born Canadian, comfortably living in modern Toronto. He has a wife and two daughters whom he loves deeply. He is well off, with a high-tech job. Word reaches him that his eldest daughter, who was travelling in Europe, strayed in Syria and has disappeared. Adib has not been in Syria for more than two decades and has many reasons not to return there, but he does to rescue his daughter. Inescapable is the third feature film by Rubba Nadda, who also happens to be a Canadian of Syrian origin. She plunges her central character into the immediacy of today's turmoil in Damascus. We see through Canadian eyes a

completely different world—different politics, different culture, different values. How one would acquire a fine bottle of Scotch in Damascus becomes an important plot point. Inescapable is an edge-ofyour-seat thriller, as timely as last week's headlines. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) also propels a group of individuals into another world. Seven British seniors independently decide to try out the Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India. They have been lured by optimistic brochures celebrating the hotel as a retirement palace. Each of them have their own reasons for coming to India, and as they encounter the hotel, each other, and the country, we are treated to richly layered stories. Some of these are comic, some serious, all of them engaging. Again, we observe a foreign culture, teeming with colour and sound and aromas from a very Western perspective. The movie is almost constantly in motion, with the camera rarely standing still. With an A-list cast, including Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Judi Dench, and sharp direction from John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will take you on an exotic adventure without having to leave your living room. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is currently available on DVD and Inescapable will be available later this year.


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ne thing I’ve noticed about the fellows in rehearsals is that grown men are never too old to want to play at being cowboys,” says Outlaw director Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod. “The guys have embraced these characters and have fully committed to being as authentic as possible in re-enacting the American Old West. Just wait until you see the amazing prop guns that they obtained for the play.” Outlaw tells the story of a young Canadian homesteader travelling far from home who finds himself accused of murder in the state of Kansas in 1871. With only his wits to defend himself, he turns the law of the land—and the men hell-bent on enforcing it—upside down. This authentic western is a unique take on the days when guns were the law. Is he guilty, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time? The play showcases the enthusiastic performances of Gabe "Rattlesnake" Ferrazo, Alex "Johnny Rev" Jecchinis, Norm "Plato" McDougall and Will "Gunless" Perry. It is the third play that Gravelle-MacLeod has directed for the Cambrian Players. She also directed I Hate Hamlet last season, and The Wild Guys in 2008. Outlaw is the last production of the Cambrian Players 2012/13 season, and will be playing at the Paramount Theatre May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, and 11 at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and $20 on Friday and Saturday. For more info, visit


aturday, April 6 marked the inaugural 10 By 10 theatre and playwrights’ buffet, and there wasn’t a malnourished member of the sold-out audience to be found. What began as 10 selected plays and script excerpts grew into five hours of rehearsal time and culminated in over 100 minutes of polished performance. The hardworking playwrights, cast, and crew should be highly commended for bringing an entertaining experience to fruition. Showcased at the Prince Arthur Hotel, the 10 pieces ran the gamut of emotions and expanded upon several themes; there was, indeed, something for everyone’s palate. We met religious figures and medical types, lovers and those who felt far less for one another; we almost went to heaven by way of the vestry, and witnessed those having treatment to rid themselves of disease while another was forced to be anyone but his true self. There were pineapples and pet rocks, siblings resorting to desperate measures, and a playwright questioning the flawed “voices” in her head. We laughed, we gasped, and

the MC serenaded us. We rapturously applauded the creative risks taken, and we were silently reverent for the dedicated empty seat in the front row. We were heartily fed, but left wanting more—and that is why there will be a second event in 2014. For, really, the purpose of this workshop experience, apart from the obvious, is to both enthrall those directly involved and to move the members of the audience to want to participate in the next go-round. This kind of theatrical experience is invaluable to an arts community as it provides a sort of creative continuum upon which ingenuity and hard graft find a welcoming space. All involved at every juncture of the 10 By 10 experience clearly understand this notion, and should be applauded for their contribution to maintaining an active arts vibe in Thunder Bay. The play submission deadline for the second annual 10 By 10 will be late December 2013/early January 2014 and the showcase weekend dates are April 9–12, 2014. Please go to for more details.

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ith Canada Post’s recent announcement about the decline in lettermail—Canadians mailed almost one billion fewer pieces of domestic lettermail in 2012 than they did in 2006—stamps are becoming increasingly rare. Nonetheless, collecting stamps remains one of the world’s most popular hobbies and is an important aspect of philately, the study of stamps.

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The Lakehead Stamp Club was established in the fall of 1947 by a small group of philatelists. Over the years, the club has enjoyed much success and growth and currently has 47 members. A highlight of the group’s activities is their annual exhibition which was held on April 5–7 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit is organized by classes, and includes a variety of domestic and foreign stamps representing diverse themes, ranging from fire fighting and protection to sea mammals. The Lakehead Stamp Club, known as Chapter 33 of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, is welcoming of visitors and new members at their meetings, which include slide programmes, special topics for discussion, speakers, and auctions. Club sales books and those from the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada are present at all meetings. The club also has a library of stamp catalogues and other reference material available for members.

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Habana Art Gallery A Little Slice of Cuba on Cumberland

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Directly across the street from the old Cumberland 5 Cinema sits a little slice of Cuba. Proprietor Ayesha Raggi immigrated to Thunder Bay 12 years ago as an adult but still maintains her connection to Cuba a by returning for yearly visits. The gallery supports and promotes Cuban artists and artisans, features works originating from other Latin American countries, and showcases pieces by Thunder Bay artists as well. “I have spent time in Toronto and Montreal but I find life easier here in a smaller city like Thunder Bay,” says Raggi. “My connection to Canada began with friends that my parents made during the 60s and by the 90s my mother had married her Canadian friend. Since I have a family connection to Canada I decided to leave Cuba in my 30s. I was looking for freedom in my ideas and in my life. After visiting Canada many times in my 20s I thought I could be happier here.”

each class to five in order to maximize one-on-one learning time. However she will increase the size of classes for parties or teambuilding experiences involving pre-existing groups. The Habana Gallery sells a wide variety of arts and crafts such as paintings, jewellery, engravings, wood carvings, decorative boxes, funky aprons, dolls, and clothing for little girls. In the summer Raggi and her husband are planning to keep the gallery open in the evening as a performance space for local musicians. Gallery hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Thursday to Saturday, and Raggi can be reached through Facebook or by calling 285-0286.

Raggi is a member of a well-known family of Cuban artists. Her father Tulio Raggi was a world renowned animator. Currently, one of her brothers teaches engraving and photography at Cuba’s Art Institute and her youngest brother is making a name for himself as an installation artist working with technology.

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ody art connoisseurs take note: intricate, exotic henna tattoos are now available in Thunder Bay through a new business, Henna Palace. Artist and owner Priyanka Patel moved from Brampton, Ont., about a year ago (she works full-time as a pharmacy technician at Janzen’s Pharmacy). She started her sideline business as a way to share the art of henna tattoos, also known as mehndi, with her new city. “It’s a very popular art in India, and I started learning it in fifth standard [grade five],” she says. A drawing teacher helped her refine her skills when she was growing up in Surat, India. The technique itself dates back for thousands of years. In India, mehndi is often used for wedding celebrations as well as other special occasions like Diwali or Eid. The delicate tattoo designs are temporary, lasting about two weeks. The pure henna powder used to make the designs is derived from a flowering plant called Lawsonia inermis, and is mixed with essential oils such as eucalyptus oil, or occasionally coffee or tea if a client has concerns about sensitivity to essential oils. For each design, Patel mixes a fresh batch


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of henna paste and then uses a tool called a henna cone to gently draw the designs on the skin. The paste dries in about 30 minutes and a lemon juice and sugar mixture is then dabbed on. After about 8 hours (no washing allowed during the drying and curing process!) the client can simply peel off the paste with a spoon. A small design costs about $5 and takes just a few minutes; a design that covers a hand costs $10 and takes about 10 minutes, although more complicated bridal designs can take a bit longer. Patel draws freehand and has a book of her own designs that clients can choose from, but often she draws “from the heart; the design just comes into my mind,” she says. Patel is growing her business slowly and has provided workshops at Sanskriti Indian Bazaar and the Vedic Cultural Centre. She’s also available for private bookings for bridal showers, birthday parties and—a new trend inspired by a Moroccan tradition—belly blessings, where a mom-tobe’s baby bump is adorned. She is always pleased to hear her client’s reactions: “They just love it and say it’s beautiful!” she says. Visit for more information.


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Age of Discovery By Justyna Kondakow


hile hanging out with a friend from out of town, his cynical attitude toward small-city life was aptly expressed as we cruised down town. I was surprised—despite Thunder Bay’s size, I never cease to find new people and places through walks around town, and my friend’s comments only served to further my wide-eyed sense of adventure that feeds my desire to scour every cranny of Thunder Bay.

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My friend’s small-city prejudice prompted a cheesy coming-of-age scene in my mind of selfexploration through style. Young people try to project a firm sense of self and maturity, despite how it is a time when many find themselves trapped in a self-doubt purgatory. Just look out your window and you will see a slew of twentysomethings dressed in on-trend skinny jeans and oversized tops. And I am certainly not the exception. It is the contradictory act of trying to fit in with a collective consciousness, simultaneously feeding into trends while intent on individuality. You wear clothing because you want to fit in; it is in the subtle variations that makes us remotely different from one another. I still grapple with identity through the idea of style without the risk of giving threads a life of their own. I force myself to question trends (not just exclusive to style), expanding my awareness by proving to myself (and city-slickers like my friend) what I can discover by exploring the unknown in my own backyard. It was highly appropriate, then, that while swishing through the racks at the Salvation

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Army I discovered a silk blouse emblazoned with the words “Age of Discovery.” At first, I judged what the hippie who bedazzled it might have looked like. But I knew I wanted to buy it. Because despite already knowing that discovery is the most beautiful gateway for self-awareness (yet again, not exclusive to style), it was nice to have a tangible reminder. It was even more exciting to wear it to remind onlookers to approach life in a playful manner—and why the heck not, it was only three bucks! The message on this inspirational blouse came to mind recently when I experienced an urge to journey into the unknown. Spring had me strapping on my ratty walking sneakers and heading down Victoria Avenue, where I made a stop at Sanskriti, an Indian bazaar (1206 Victoria Avenue East). I was welcomed by the warm aroma of cumin and star anise, and something lured me to the intricately crafted costume jewelry among chickpeas and besan flour. One piece in particular caught my eye because of how unusual it looked (a mainstay when conjuring up my current sense of self ). It was a gold belly chain. I could not deny the versatility of this gorgeous statement piece that projects an image of... well, whatever I may have stewing in my twenty-something subconscious. Exploring the unknown is as simple as discovering a new shop or culture which can expose you to a fresh way of looking at life. Because twenty-something or not, every age is the age of discovery.


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he roots of the Lakehead Social Planning Council go deep in our community. For the past five decades, the LSPC has been the place where people have come to work together to find solutions to human problems on a human scale. As the divide between the haves and the have-nots grows ever wider with no clear consensus on how to fix things, the need to engage all of us in the debate has never been greater. From the outset, the LSPC has always maintained that people can be their own best resource if properly supported. Its 211 program is a good example. Every month, their certified information and referral specialists connect thousands of Thunder Bayers with the myriad of services they need. As United Way executive director Joanne Kembel remarked, “It is hard to imagine life before 211.” In addition to 211, the LSPC works directly with the business, health, education, and government sectors to address other compelling needs through its Winter Warmth, Phones for Families and Community Access programs. It also continues to serve as the lead agency in working with the city to develop local poverty reduction strategies. As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the LSPC will be hosting an exciting twopart workshop Wednesday, May 15 on Community Engagement and Collective Impact, facilitated by Liz Weaver, vice president of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement. To register, please go to or call 624-1720.

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DeBruin’s Greenhouses By Rebekah Skochinski


ou may know them for their juicy and flavourful tomatoes, or their fragrant and meaty basil plants. But what you might not realize while you’re crunching and munching on those greenhouse goods is that DeBruin’s are the largest hydroponic and tomato greenhouse growers in Northwestern Ontario. Arjen DeBruin studied horticulture, specializing in vegetable and flower production, in Nijmegen, Holland before eventually making his way to Thunder Bay. With humble beginnings, Arjen and his wife Henriet operated a small greenhouse in Stanley. Today, they have expanded to five greenhouses on Highway 61, and continue to operate as a family-run business with their four daughters. “We are initially known for our tomatoes and local, pesticide- and herbicide-free produce, yet we sell more bedding plants over the summer since we found people love our plants due to their hardiness,” says daughter Jennifer DeBruin. All of their produce is grown hydroponically, and their lettuce and herbs are developed with an NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system that is completely soilless (think vibrantly hued leaves without a speck of dirt). The bounty this year includes different varieties of tomatoes (yellow and red, beefsteak and cluster, cherry, and heritage/heirloom), mini and English cucumbers, and red oak leaf and butter crunch/Boston leaf lettuce. Is it possible to pick a favourite? Arjen says the cherry tomatoes top his list, while Henriet is partial to the mini cucumbers—so I guess, yes it is. Looking to add a bit more colour to your table? Visit DeBruin’s Greenhouse at the market, and learn more about them online at


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WE Stand Up 2013 By Lindsay Campbell, Grade 12 student at Hammarskjold High School


n May 6, a group of Thunder Bay high school students will be hosting WE Stand Up 2013, a conference to encourage youth to make a positive change in their community. This powerful conference will be held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, and 1400 students from schools across Northwestern Ontario will be selected to attend. WE Stand Up will inspire the youth community to take positive action on a number of world issues ranging from bullying, racial discrimination, global poverty, and mental health. “The WE Stand Up team is building bridges—people who have been bullied and the bystanders, people who struggle with the racial divide in this city. We are building bridges and leading the way with our call to action on social justice. We have chosen to stand up, not stand by,” explains Logan Turner, co-chair of the executive team. Free the Children’s co-founder Marc Kielburger

will be making an appearance, as well as other motivational speakers, such as Johnathan Hatzis, Thunder Bay wrestling champion. Most importantly, WE Stand Up will also feature numerous local performers. The event will be opened by the Shadow Creek Drummers, and traditional dancers Allan Wemigwans and Amanda Suganaqueb. Vocal talent will include Isaac Matthews, Melissa Vondrasek, Bailey Giroux, Devon Prontack, and Shy Ann Hovorka. Bounce Productions will be showcasing two dance numbers, while T.J Oulton and Nathaniel Dupuis from Rappers DNA will also be writing and performing their own piece, relating it to the headlining issues. WE Stand Up is committed to bringing youth together and strengthening their voice. “Students relate to music, so it is a perfect vehicle for our message. It is a youth-driven event, designed to engage, encourage, and empower the youth in both our city and in the region,” adds Jacqueline Dyck, co-chair.


Youth Week/Youth Arts Week

Making a Difference

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Members of the Die Active Arts Collective of the Definitely Superior Art Gallery working on an urban art piece during Youth Arts Week 2012


outh Week is a good time for all of the work and activities for youth to be showcased. [People] often think that there is not a lot going on for youth in the city, when really there is so much,” says Kim Baskin, program supervisor for children and youth at the City of Thunder Bay. “It is also a good time for community groups to come together because so much of youth programming is collaborative,” she adds. This year’s Youth Week will be launched on Wednesday, May 1, with a flag raising ceremony at city hall. Youth from a number

of neighbourhood schools will be given plain white T-shirts and will be asked to highlight one of their positive qualities by completing the statement “I am _____.” The first day of Youth Week will also be celebrated with a barbecue at Minnesota Park hosted by Evergreen A United Neighbourhood. The event will also include a Youth Art Make, organized by the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP). “Youth Week is a chance for us to nurture what the kids can possibly do and what they can possibly become,” says Linda Bruins, coordinator of

Evergreen A United Neighbourhood. The celebration of local youth will continue throughout the week with events including a Slam Jam and a series of free samples of the summer teen art classes offered by the Baggage Building Arts Centre, skateboarding demonstrations and lessons hosted by the Skateboarding Coalition, as well as various events organized by CAHEP at this year’s AfroCaribbean themed Folklore Festival. The week will conclude with a Youth Awards Ceremony at the West Thunder

Community Centre to recognize and celebrate outstanding local youth. The ceremony will include a guest speaker who will highlight the power of the individual to make a difference. Youth Week and Youth Arts Week will run in conjunction this year between May 1 and May 7. These are national events held annually in which individual communities can celebrate the talents and contributions of their young people. To get more information about Youth Week and Youth Arts Week, find them on Facebook.

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The Quest to Save Our Region’s Lighthouses By Tiffany Jarva


t’s hard to imagine ever looking out at our main harbour and not seeing the whitewashed walls and the red roof of the Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse standing erect against the backdrop of the Sleeping Giant—a significant symbol of light, hope, and safety. Some very dedicated and passionate community members are striving to make sure this lighthouse remains protected, along with nine other stations in the North Shore region. “The quest to save these lights began on Trowbridge Island,” says Diane Berube, former lighthouse keeper and founder of Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse. “Trowbridge houses the last of the 200-year old Fresnel lens—all of the others on the Canadian side of the lake have been sent to museums.” Thus the inspiration for the group’s name, even though there are 10 lighthouses in total that the group hopes to protect. Worried about potential teardowns due to improper maintenance over the years, the Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse hope to develop a plan in consultation with community members and organizations, with the goal of raising enough money and awareness to convince the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to release the properties to them, in order to ensure they are protected and the connection between the lights and Lake Superior preserved and celebrated. “There is so much more behind the glowing light: a rich history, and a sense of discovery,” explains board member Paul Morralee. “Our town wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t this lake. And lighthouses have been beacons of light for so many navigating this lake for so many years.”

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A Polar Plunge into Lake Superior By Michelle McChristie


have to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time swimming in Lake Superior. I’d describe my approach to this activity as high grading since I have only swam in the shallowest, most sheltered and thus, warmest bays. Although I don’t like swimming in water that is colder than about 20 C, this year I made a rash decision to participate in the Polar Plunge.

The organization is currently looking for more volunteers willing to work-to-stay (working vacations to paint and do other repairs) or donate materials and supplies like paint, lumber, tools, and concrete mix. And of course, cash donations are always welcome. “We need to do what we can to make damn sure not another light goes out,” says Berube.

The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser of the Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative, which supports Special Olympics Ontario. There are four Polar Plunges in Ontario, each one held in March or April, presumably when air temperatures are warm enough to mitigate the rapid onset of hypothermia among wet “plungers.” This year, Thunder Bay hosted its fourth event, which attracted 130 plungers and raised $40,000—making it the most successful event in the province. It seems people here enjoy “freezin’ for a reason,” to quote the event’s tagline.

The Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse will be hosting a community consultation at the Prince Arthur Hotel May 4 at 1:30 pm following the first Lake Superior Symposium. All welcome. You can also follow the Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse on Facebook.

I was inspired to take the plunge by Glenn Cunningham, the principal of my kids’ school, Valley Central. He told his students that he’d “go jump in a lake” if they raised $1,000 and was blown


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away when they raised $2,400. At the event, I was impressed by the number of teams, the spirit of camaraderie, and the outlandish costumes, including Cunningham’s goofy getup which earned him the most outrageous costume award. Pure and simple, this is a non-competitive fun event that supports a great cause. Despite the steady stream of snow, cold wind, and an air temperature of -5 C (with the windchill), participants were enthusiastic and patient while they stood outside, freezing, waiting for their turn to take the plunge. I was definitely among the minority drinking coffee and taking repeated trips into the heated tent to warm up. When it was my turn to jump, my only thought was “Finally!” I walked briskly toward the hole in the ice, and jumped as far out as possible (I figured it would be anticlimactic to land in a metre of water). I scrambled out with a complete lack of finesse, retrieved my towel, and beelined for the heated tent— the whole experience seemed to last only seconds. I can honestly say that a polar plunge into Lake Superior is not so bad, if you’re freezin’ for a reason.


Lorrina Belluz Adventures in Music

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early everything that comes out of musician Lorrina Belluz’s mouth is poetic and charged with rhythm—right down to the email correspondence about meeting to chat over coffee. And when we finally get the chance to meet, it’s easy to see why: music has been the driving inspiration for her choices in life. And it has been a life that has the makings of a biopic movie: from time spent drumming outside of live dance halls in the market of Negril, Jamaica, to playing in Cuban jazz bars and with salsa and flamenco bands in Mexico, to busking in Baja, California and Victoria, B.C., to eventually meeting and falling in love with her husband in the hills of India. She’s a musical gypsy who for now has settled back in her hometown of Thunder Bay and is hard at work laying down tracks at Dining Room Studios for her second CD.

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As a young girl Belluz immediately embraced improvisation, choosing to learn by ear, and has since mastered the violin, guitar, and countless other instruments, including the Indian carnatic violin, and tabla. She recorded her first CD in Toronto and was ready to embark on a tour when she was hit by a cab on Yonge Street. “It was the same year of 9/11 and the anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix died,” shares Belluz, an ardent Hendrix fan. Injured and in pain, Belluz needed a plan B. “I thought, if I can’t be well enough

to perform, I’d still like to compose.” She went on to receive her music degree at Wilfred Laurier University. The music on her new CD is “more pop than rock, with a jazz and world industrial fusion,” says Belluz, who is using several local musicians in studio: John Scaffeo (accordion), Dan BartholomewPoyser (tuba), Jim Differ (drums), Damon Dowbak (mandocello), E-Chen Hsu (clarinet), Joe Petch (flugelhorn), Tiina Heimonen (kantele), as she aptly handles the rest: percussion (djembe/udu/ congas/aluminarm/metal objects), electric bass, guitar, vocals, and violin. “I don’t do one style,” says Belluz, her eyes flashing behind those thick cat-eye frames. “There isn’t one defining factor. Continuity is a little bit of a problem unless you consider the eclectic the continuity.” And it’s hard not to get caught up in the storytelling, and the music-making, so I check my recorder to make sure I’ve got it all because even her thought pattern is non-linear, like she is improvising life itself, letting the music take her on a magic carpet ride. The working title of Belluz’s CD is Full Circle and there will be a CD release party on September 14 at the Finlandia Hall. She is currently teaching students at Make Some Noise Music Studio and until her website is launched can be reached at The Walleye



CBC’s Searchlight Contest Spotlights NWO Burnin’ to the Sky


he recently wrapped CBC Searchlight contest was the public broadcaster’s latest attempt to expose this country’s mostly undiscovered talent to the masses. The contest, in my opinion, did a pretty good job at doing just that. It attracted 3000 entrants, a large percentage of whom were pretty impressive. It’s no secret that Canada is a wellspring of great music. I’ve discussed in this column before: how some of the greatest musical artists of our time, from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young to Shania Twain (yes, Shania Twain, haters), all formed their musical roots in the Dominion. Whether it’s the winter or the water, few parts of the world, outside of England, have delivered so many great artists. And the talent in Canada is spread from coast to coast. This became very obvious when the final two acts of the competition hailed from opposite sides of Canada. The Good Ol’ Goats from Cranbrook B.C. is a band made up of high-school-age

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roots musicians whose vitality and sheer love of music made up for the slightly sloppy delivery. They were like Mumford and Sons after a few too many drinks. On the flip side is Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, a roots band with a bit more polish and experience. In the final analysis, it was the youthful Goats who took the contest, reaping both a chance to record their music, and an incredible amount of publicity. Only time will tell what the future holds for these young musicians, but for now they’re riding a wave that almost any working musician would go to the crossroads for. The CBC Searchlight Contest drew acts in from across the regions of Canada. In Northwestern Ontario, there was many dozens of high quality entrants, from hip hop to country to folk and everything in between. An early standout was Shy Anne Hovorka of Nipigon. She won the Northwestern

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Ontario portion of Searchlight rather handily. Although not exactly a newcomer to the music scene, Hovorka has been looking to break big right across Canada. It certainly hasn’t been for lack of trying—or awards. The CBC’s music guy Grant Lawrence, who was keeping an eye on Searchlight across Canada, felt early on that Shy Anne could go the distance. “She has a huge following, not only for her music, but also online,” says Lawrence. “ She has been using Facebook as a tool to get votes out, and it’s working for her.” Ultimately, Hovorka didn’t make it down to the final eight, but she got her music and name out to a wide new audience. Northwestern Ontario had representatives in other parts of the region as well. Andrew Bryan of Thunder Bay plays fiddle (and a bunch of other stuff) with Poor Angus, a roots music band from Hamilton. Bryan commutes from Thunder Bay for Poor Angus gigs and rehearses via Skype. The

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band made it down to the final four, and like nearly all the acts in Searchlight, generated a lot of votes via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Poor Angus did not win, but the quality of the music, and their now-massive fan base should help them take the next steps to the big time. Atikokan’s Kori Rowe was another stand out in the Searchlight Contest. Rowe, who works as a radio personality in Elliot Lake, won the Sudbury region on the strength of her voice, piano playing, and brilliant songs. She sounds like the love child of Elton John and Carole King. Although Rowe has been playing gigs for years, Searchlight gave her—and her music—an incredible amount of exposure. Hopefully she can take her moment in the sun and expand her audience. And did I mention Searchlight winners the Good Ol’ Goats had a member who was originally from Red Lake?

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Rockin’ Harmonica Blues at The Foundry By Judy Roche


f you’ve never seen Tracy K, one of the most impressive harmonica players on the blues scene today, this is your chance. She’s playing at the Foundry on Friday May 10 with “the boys” (as she fondly calls them) in her band and if you miss this event, you’ll miss a lot. The Beausejour, Manitoba native and current Thunder Bay resident counts Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Koko Taylor as musical influences along with Americana, contemporary blues, and western swing rounding out the genres that have shaped her own style. Talented, soulful, charismatic, and accomplished, she is "blessed with a voice that combines sandpapery roughness with extraordinary power, [and] is an exceptionally expressive singer able to deliver lines convincingly as well with a soft whisper as a rafterraising shout," according to critic John Taylor of Canadian Blues. Tracy K's talents have certainly not gone unnoticed. Armed with three albums of her own, she also is the proud recipient of several awards, has made many guest recordings, and has played many different events and festivals. She performed at the prestigious Women’s Blues Revue, has worked with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, written songs for Hollywood and the CBC, and was the first female to take part in the Toronto Blues Society’s harmonica workshop. If you only see one local artist this month, make it Tracy K. You won’t be disappointed.

Rock and Roll Warriors The Weber Brothers Return By Nancy Ewachow


n Saturday May 11, The Weber Brothers return, to Thunder Bay. With album titles like Put Your Cat Clothes On and Exhibition, it’s sure to be a fun evening as they rock and roll the stage at the Apollo with their vast repertoire of road songs and choice covers.

lies behind them is deep, and they always seem to give the audience the most refreshing choice of cover songs. They’ve been on the same route as the great rock and roll warriors before them, and they’re celebrating with long sweaty nights of dancing and music.

With two brothers at the core, The Weber Brothers are extremely dynamic and visual performers, often with the standup bass centre stage. Brother Ryan’s ability on bass (as well as the band’s outright musicality) might inform us as to why recently some of The Weber Brothers’ shows have been homages to Paul McCartney’s music. Originally from Maryland, the band hooked up with Ronnie Hawkins in Canada and have since played with many greats, including The Band’s late Levon Helm. For young guys, their knowledge of what

When this band is in town (and they seem to like it here), the night is always fun, with music fans of all types and age to be found bouncing the dance floor. The Saturday night begins with two openers, both very promising musicians. Janie Chadwick has some Aretha Franklin soul and a lot of chutzpah, and chances are it won’t be long before she takes flight, and Lucanus Pell is a very fun and inventive musician and wordsmith, heralding from the likes of Timmins.


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Mississippi Heat

Bringing the Chicago Blues to Thunder Bay By Michelle McChristie


n April 6, blues fans at the Apollo escaped the cold to enjoy some Mississippi Heat. The sold-out performance was a presentation of the Blues Society—connoisseurs of the blues who regularly bring in bands and pack venues with enthusiastic music lovers. Harmonica player Pierre Lacocque is the force behind Mississippi Heat. Lacocque is originally from Israel, but moved to Chicago when he was 17. Soon after moving, he became hooked on the Chicago Blues, and obsessed with the sound of an amplified harmonica that sounds like a saxophone. Although he played in a few bands in his 20s, harp playing was a mere hobby while he pursued his career as a clinical psychologist. Lacocque reconnected with his passion in his late 30s and formed Mississippi Heat in 1991—according to the Chicago Blues Guide, he is “one of the best harp players on today’s scene.” Over the years, Lacocque has played with several bandmates (at least 17) to crank out ten albums, with Delta Blues (2012) being the most recent release. Right from the first beat, there was a group of dancers in front of the stage. After the band played a few songs, lead singer Inetta Visor joined them on stage. Visor’s voice is soulful and powerful, yet sweet and lulling, and her subtle charisma is a perfect contrast to the flirtatious showmanship of guitarist Mike Simington (a.k.a. Mike Dangeroux),


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who played a few riffs (or, rather, licks) with his tongue. Given the regular changes Mississippi Heat’s lineup has undergone (this show had Tom Pilewski on drums and Darryl Wright on bass), their performance was cohesive and Lacocque gave ample opportunity for his bandmates to showcase their talents. The vibe from the performance resonated with the crowd—it’s amazing that the blues can make people feel so good.

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Just As I Am 2013 Tour By Judy Roche


aul Rennée Belobersycky—better known as Paul Brandt, that smooth, deep-voiced, former registered pediatric nurse, who’s won countless awards both sides of the border—is coming to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Tuesday May 28 in support of his latest album. Just As I Am, Paul’s 11th trip into the studio, features popular gospel songs and collaborations with artists like Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski, John Anderson, The Whites, The Isaacs, Jon Randall Stewart, and High Valley. There is something all-around appealing about Paul Brandt. Not only is the husband and father of two the most awarded Canadian male country music artist in history, but he has a pretty loyal following in the U.S., too. On March 12, 2013 he played the Grand Ole Opry alongside country music legend Ricky Skaggs. No big deal. But what really makes this guy particularly awesome is his seemingly never-ending charity work. He started the Build It Forward Foundation as a way to help people around the world in practical ways. The foundation strives to raise funds and awareness of the issues faced by the poor, orphans, widows, and others not only in North America but also abroad. Joining Brandt will be opening act Gordon Mote. The blind Alabama native who describes himself as a “husband, dad, and Christ-follower” is also the winner of the 2011 Academy of Country Music's Piano/Keyboard Player of Year.

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Treasa Levasseur’s Brew & Beethoven Braves Stormy Weather to Blow Away Audience By Meghan Jewell


here was incredible music and delicious beer as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. teamed up for a sold out show on April 20. The Armoury was transformed into a comfortable atmosphere with parachutes hung from the ceiling to frame the musicians. Seating was unassigned and round tables were provided, which encouraged a relaxed environment of listening to live music and light conversation.

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The brewery showcased four tasty offerings and after sampling, audience members were able to purchase their favourite brew and enjoy wonderful pulled pork provided by the Shift, a network of young professionals. The symphony performed a huge program of over 20 pieces. Although at times it was difficult to hear, their energy onstage more than made up for it. Pierre Schryer, world-renowned fiddler, also joined the symphony for some upbeat and rousing tunes.

reasa Levasseur’s tour here in the northwest brought her to Thunder Bay and other communities through some really stormy weather. She blew into town on April 20, got up on stage at the Finlandia Club, and blew us all away. The band she brought also shared some of their own material, which was every bit as pleasing. It isn’t hard to understand why after three albums and countless gigs in festivals both here in Canada and across the border, she is such an accomplished entertainer.

As I walked around the room, listening to music and sipping on my beer, I could hear and see the positive buzz of the audience. People loved this event. They valued the different flavours of the beer, the variety of music, the barlike atmosphere, all while supporting the symphony. This type of event is exactly the direction the symphony needs to take in order to draw in a new crowd and I look forward to more creative fundraising events. Cheers!

Levasseur and her bandmates Sean Cotton on guitar, Adam Warner on the drums, and Nigel Hebblewhite on bass took the appreciative audience through a series of emotions from the start of the concert to the very end. There was laughter from the easy banter between songs, when

Levasseur took the time to share her accounts of her diverse past. The energetic audience response, including a little dancing in the aisle, spoke to the power of the mixture of rhythm and blues, jazz, folk, and even a bit of hip hop woven into her repertoire. Her roots in gospel music showed in her versatility when performing both her own material and songs by others. The setlist was representative of her musical influences, from her early years in musical theatre to the musical kinship of her peers that she carries with her now. She has an air of ease on stage that makes her audience react to the vibe she is driving at the time. The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society ended their series with an impressive finish, and the crowd at the Finlandia Hall was vibrating with appreciation.

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Kim Erickson and Angelic Upstart Canadian Federation of Musicians, Local 591 Ensemble Esquires, 1962 (left to right: Ted Slongo, Newton Guitard, Norm Slongo, Bob Fulton)

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espite it being an unusually snowy and frigid evening, there was a packed house at the Unitarian Hall on April 12, there to experience some of Thunder Bay’s finest musicians. Kim Erickson charmed the crowd with her mysterious yet uplifting voice as she performed in partnership with the Angelic Upstart Ensemble, featuring Damon Dowbak (mandolin/mandocello/guitar), Anthony Bacon (cello, banjo), Lorrina Belluz (violin), Richard Tribe (piano), and Martin Blanchet (double bass). This versatile group of musicians travelled the world through music, playing a range of folk, Mexican, French, jazz, bluegrass, and other eclectic styles. With Erickson’s sensual voice and Tribe’s suave moves on the piano, they delivered a classic piece by Thelonious Monk that delighted the audience while the band showed off their top-notch improvisation skills to support this talented duo. Another highlight of the night was when Anthony Bacon (assistant principal cellist of the TBSO) led the group in a soulful performance of Ralph Stanley’s “I’ll Fly Away.” Bacon not only wowed the audience with his smooth voice, but also showed us his incredible skills on the banjo. Following a standing ovation, Erickson and the band closed the evening with the sweet melodic sounds of “Georgia On My Mind.” They could have not picked a better song with which to end a satisfying night. Erickson and the Angelic Upstart Ensemble is an amazing collaboration of local talent. Don’t miss Kim Erickson’s performance on June 8 at 8 pm at the Unitarian Hall; she will be fundraising for a new recording project, The Raven’s Wing. Go to for more information.


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hunder Bay has a long-standing tradition of high-calibre musicians that add to our wonderful quality of life. Since 1938, the Thunder Bay Musicians’ Association has been helping connect the people of our city to great dance bands, provide chamber music for weddings, bring live music to our parks, as well as support a professional symphony orchestra and a fledgling recording industry. Norm Slongo was active in the local music scene as a musician from the late '50s to mid '80s and has been involved in the association for over 50 years. He says the association, a local of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, provides an array of support services to musicians, such as arranging P2 Visas (cultural visas that are required to work in the United States), and providing benefits and pensions, and liability and instrument insurance. When asked about the federation's role and how it has changed over the years, Slongo spoke to copyright issues, which has become increasingly important in the digital age. As the largest lobby group for performance artists, one of the federation's interests is ensuring that all musicians are fairly compensated for their work. Another ongoing concern is musicians playing without contracts, or not being compensated by bar owners. "A lot of musicians play gigs

for exposure," says Slongo, "we tell them 'people die from exposure,’” he says with a laugh. But, Slongo’s point is that musicians deserve to be paid fairly, something the federation has advocated for since its inception. With a robust membership of 245 members, Local 591 is going strong. To mark their 75th anniversary, they have planned some exciting events. From May 22-24 there will be live music greeting travelers at the Thunder Bay International Airport. There will also be a free music workshop, The Business of Being in the Music Business, lead by Alan Willaert, vice president for Canada of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, and Liana White, executive director of the Canadian Federation of Musicians. On Saturday, May 25 at 8 pm, there will be a dance extravaganza with free admission, featuring four local bands from country to jazz to rock. The event takes place at the Victoria Inn with food and drinks available for a fee. Finally, on Sunday, May 26, the association is hosting a buffet dinner, including live music; tickets are $40 and are available at the Local 591 office and Exquisite Gold & Gems. For more information, please call the Thunder Bay Musicians’ Association, Local 591 at 622-1062.



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n a grey and ridiculously snowy day in April, Zack Santerre, lead singer of the local poprock band Zack & The Morrises, meets me at Calico’s on Bay Street to discuss the online release, or “digital teaser,” of their first three EPs. “It’s pop-rock in a nutshell,” Santerre says when asked to describe the music. “We all come from a poppy, punk background heavily influenced by the 90s.” Even the band’s name is a throwback to that era. “The Morrises comes from the TV show Saved By the Bell,” explains Santerre. “Zack Morris is the name of the lead character, and since my name is Zack and we're influenced by and grew up in the 90s, we thought it made for a cool little play on words.” While his green tea steeps, Santerre, relaxed-looking in his t-shirt, jeans, and slightly tousled hair, flips the lid of his paper cup on the table, and tells me about how the band came together a year ago, how I should check out the video (produced by Westfort Films) for the lead single “Soulsafe,” and how they don’t take themselves too seriously. “The reason we make music

is to have fun. And we want you to have fun too.” And these tracks, recorded locally at Dining Room Studios and then mixed in Guelph and mastered in Seattle, are definitely fun, and unapologetically pop. Santerre, who studied independent music production, is quick to add that although these first few tracks are fun and youthful, “their sound is definitely progressing” the more the band plays together, collaborates, and grows. “It’s a super organic, really easy process—working together flows really well.” Energetic and keen, the band has played at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and at the Outpost with Poor Young Things, and is made up of all Thunder Bay boys: Danny Robere (guitar), Michael Medwick (guitar), Brandon Cordeiro (bass), Jordan Larmand (drums), and, of course, Zack Santerre (lead vocals). Listen to tracks “Soulsafe,” “All You Need,” and “Six Feet” on YouTube. Follow Zack & The Morrises on Facebook for upcoming live performances. The Walleye


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Italians of Fort William’s East End 1907-1969

Roy Piovesana (2011) In Italians of Fort William’s East End 1907-1969, the reader is pulled into the victories, defeats, and trials of life for new immigrants to this area during the early to mid 20th century. Facts blend with community and personal stories in such a way as to showcase the successes and struggles that faced so many newcomers to this area. During this time period, the

So Many Days

Julie Doiron

I don’t know if I can judge the merit of an album by the Fair Julie of New Brunswick without prejudice. My bias is deep and rooted far back to her beginnings as a 18-year-old member of lo-fi noisemakers Eric’s Trip. And although I feel this album isn’t as strong as her last two—the other parts of the trilogy produced by Rick White—I can’t help loving to hear her voice sing to me the chronicles of her mundane life, which aren’t so different from mine. No one can put their thoughts and emotions out with such simplicity and honesty, as if with every breath her heart is about to fall out of her body. Yet, it’s the symbiosis of contradictory elements that makes her music so remarkable—the optimistic gloom, the mellifluous voice with the reverb on the electric guitar set just high enough to give it an edge. So Many Days is filled with joy and despair, vibes that range from country-tinged to the electric fuzz, and as sweet as Doiron lays it out, she rocks. -Tricia Roy

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Old Sock

Eric Clapton

Old Sock, the latest offering from Eric Clapton and his twentieth studio album, is notable more for its guest list than its sound or song choices. The album slides comfortably into the rocking chair of adult contemporary, with one hand holding three classic blues chords and the other a noodly, understated guitar solo. While the production value is good, and the playing is solid, there is little that stands out. “Further on Down the Road,” for example, features Taj Mahal— which itself makes sense—but puts the tune behind a calypso beat, which lends it a feel that doesn't seem quite right. Which isn't to say that the tracks are unlikeable. “Goodnight Irene,” for example, is a little maudlin in its country slide guitar version, but listenable. Rather, the album is an example of the Rod Stewart effect—aging rockers mellowing out their sound as they age. Clapton's croony rendition of “Our Love is Here to Stay” is a perfect example of this as it marches through its versechorus-solo-verse formula precisely, complete with backup singers. For the die hard Clapton fan, this album might be interesting for the sake of completeness, but for the rest of us it's a bit of a head scratcher. -DMK


Thunder Bay region experienced a huge influx of immigration and expansion of its cultural make-up. This influx was not always easy and certainly had its rocky moments, which this book illustrates with a precise sense of historical fact and empathy.


Walk Off The Earth R.E.V.O. is the debut full-length album from Burlington’s Walk Off the Earth. The band gained notoriety with their remake of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and, specifically, the highly innovative and viral YouTube video that is approaching 149 million views. The band could be passed over as a one-hit wonder, but the upbeat island/reggae sound that dominates their album is catchy, if not infectious. Standout tracks include “Red Hands,” “Gang of Rhythm,” and the cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know”—the song may be overplayed, but Walk Off The Earth still does it justice. One of the album’s strongest features is the harmony between the male and female voices, and the vocals of Sarah Blackwood. R.E.V.O. is a solid pop album, but the band’s creativity and acoustic talent does not resonate on a CD as well as on YouTube. -Michelle McChristie

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“Motel,” the opening track of Hayden’s latest release— his first in four years—intrigued me with its warped organ and cavernous piano, but I was disappointed by what followed. That’s not because it is inherently unpleasant to listen to, but it bored me. One can’t deny that the beautiful timbre of his voice and matter-of-fact familiarity of his verse is charming and comfortable. However, the album is another coming-of-age manifesto, which in accordance with the zeitgeist of today means a transition from adulthood to real adulthood, with all the encumbrances and joys of children and steady relationships and death. Momentarily I was swayed into enjoying it for its distant drums, interesting use of unusual noise samples, and variety of piano and guitar based songs in this almost-one-man-band recording, but it didn’t grow on me. I’d rather just go out for a coffee with him to find out about what’s going on in his life.

White Paint is the second full-length album by Ottawa’s Hollerado. The album kicks off with “Wonder, Velocity, Charlie and Me,” a short track that starts with a mellow verse, builds to a rant and then flows seamlessly into the ska-flavoured “Don’t Think.” This song, like the others on the album, is both lyrically and musically interesting with its driving beat, rhythmic swings, and guitar hooks. While most of the songs have a frenetic pace, Hollerado shifts gears for songs like “Lonesome George”—a sweet tune that was inspired by the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, and “I Want My Medicine”—a Green Day-esque song about a man who is forced to sell his record collection to pay his medical bills. Other standout tracks include “So it Goes,” and “Pick Me Up.” Although some songs would be better without the drawn-out endings, each song on White Paint is musically diverse, yet distinctively Hollerado.

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My Brother the Devil

Directed by Sally El Hasaini

My Brother the Devil is the debut film by Welsh-Egyptian writer-director Sally El Hosaini. The film tells the story of two British-born Egyptian brothers struggling to make their way in a rough, ethnically diverse London neighbourhood. The brothers come from a close-knit family and their respect for their parents and their culture is evident throughout the film. While the younger brother, Mo (Fady Elsayed), has aspirations of higher education, his older brother, Rashid (James Floyd), is embroiled in a street gang with ambitions to support his family in this way. El Hosaini weaves in elements of faith, politics, and sexuality to complicate the plot— just when the story seems predictable, El Hosaini throws in a twist. With believable characters played by convincing actors, the film is a unique take on an inner-city gang story that will leave you wondering which brother is the devil. -Michelle McChristie


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urrently the home of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA), 17 Court Street North was once known as the Central Fire Station and originally housed nine firefighters, six horses, and a steamer pump. The Port Arthur fire station saw many changes over its 79 years of operation from its start in 1906. Technological advances began in 1913 with the procurement of a pumper/hose truck, although it still had to be horsedrawn to the station as no one knew how to operate the machine. The four large arched doors originally designed to provide access for the horse-drawn fire wagons were eventually replaced to accommodate a modern fleet of fire trucks. The two-story brick structure was designed by architect Thomas Hanley of Port Arthur and built by contractor W.E. White. Central elements included a hose drying tower rising five stories and a one-story fire tower that originally housed the fire bell. The first fire bell is now on display at Hillcrest Park.

In 1986, the construction of the 9th Fire Hall in Thunder Bay (the North Central Fire Station) saw the Court Street Station retire as the last of the


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horse stable stations. The TBMA, seeking to move from its crowded Bay street offices, submitted a bid to purchase the building. Proposals for a restaurant, office equipment store, and a parking lot were also received. City council debated over the proposals with questions about whether the building held any historic value, and conflict arose between supporters of urban renewal and redevelopment and those for historical renovation. The TBMA won the bid for the Court Street building based primarily on their plan to restore the site to its turn-ofthe-century appearance. Restoration of the fire hall fit well with other initiatives in Thunder Bay’s north side, such as a restoration project by the owners of Ottawa House and streetscaping by the local BIA in place. Architect George Venczek saw that renovations to the site included the removal of existing modern facing and the installation of arches recalling the four arched wooden doors. Although the original bell tower was gone, the hose tower remained intact and was restored. With the Cooke Street façade intact and the careful Court Street renovation (not restoration) recalling the original

appearance of the fire hall, the building was designated as a heritage property in 1994. This project represents a successful adaptive reuse of an historic building. Pamela Cain is the Heritage Researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee, which advises city council on the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources, and their integration into development. For more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit thunderbay. ca/living/culture_and_heritage.

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Sunday, May 26

12noon - 4pm

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The kites are flying and it's a great day on the lakeshore! Join everyone at beautiful Chippewa Park for Thunder Bay's famous Kite Festival. Along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, we'll be joined by our friends from the Toronto Kitefliers, Kitchener Windclimbers & New York Kite Enthusiasts!

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Come down to Prince Arthur’s Landing, set up your chair or blanket, and enjoy a late night movie on a big screen overlooking beautiful Lake Superior. • Bring a lawnchair

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The Power of Influence By Paul Hemsworth, Strength and Wellness Coach

Dr. Gabor Maté

Living Well in a Toxic Society By Joanne Books


nfluence. It’s a funny, yet powerful phenomenon. We don’t necessarily think about how often we are influenced to behave a certain way, but we should. How about a little exercise to demonstrate. Write down your top three priorities in your life. Let’s say you choose health, relationships, and happiness. Now, write down the five people you spend the most time with. Are the wheels spinning yet? Now look at those five people and ask yourself how many of them exemplify health, have great relationships, or are happy people? Now, these examples are by no means what I feel everyone should strive for, but they do serve the purpose. You see, we are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with. It is no accident that we are who we surround ourselves with. Success breeds success, just as negativity breeds negativity. So, the very first thing that I look at when people come to me looking for a transformation (weight loss, muscle gain, self-confidence, etc.) is the support that they have around them. Almost nobody can lose a significant


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amount of weight and keep it off by themselves. So what can we do about this? Well for starters we can tell as many people as possible that we are trying to make a change. This is called accountability and we are more likely to do something if we tell others. Secondly, we can do a cleanse of the people we hang out with. Ask yourself, “is this person really serving me in my quest towards my goals?” If the honest answer is no, you have to make the tough decision to see that person less. This is a very difficult thing to do, but in order to be extraordinary in areas of your life, you have to make extraordinarily difficult decisions. In the end, this will pay off for you and others, as you will be able to serve them due to your reclaimed energy and clear mind. This will get the ball rolling for you and when the going gets tough—and it most certainly will— you’ll have the support to help you hurdle over those barriers. Contact Paul at 777-1717 or paul.hemsworth83@


e often hear about how we live in a highly stressed society. Dr. Gabor Maté knows a lot about this topic. He ran a popular family practice in East Vancouver for two decades. For seven years he also served as medical coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. More recently, he worked for 12 years in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside neighbourhood with patients suffering from hardcore drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV. Maté will be in Thunder Bay to speak on the topic of how to live well in this highly stressed society, or what he calls “toxic culture.” Based on a new book he is currently working on, Maté will discuss how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development, and can be directly linked to chronic diseases, including cancer. An expert on the mind/body connection, Maté helps audiences learn how to improve their physical and emotional self-awareness, contributing to their improved health, healing, and productivity. He provides a perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing, and that of those around them. Dr. Maté will speak at the Victoria Inn on May 9 at 7 pm. This event will be held in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay Branch. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the CMHA office.


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espect. It’s treating other people the way that you’d like to be treated. That is the message behind the City of Thunder Bay’s respect campaign. The campaign, which started as a grassroots movement at Confederation College, has now been embraced by thousands of people who are sharing the message. The respect campaign is now partnering with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s For Youth Team to bring a new focus to the message of the campaign: youth. We sometimes forget that most youth are just as worthy of respect as older people, and assume that young people are less valuable than adults and therefore have less to offer to society. And many of us are unaware of the effect this can have on young people. The TBDHU’s For Youth Team began by speaking to youth about what respect

means to them and when they felt they were not given the respect they deserved. From those conversations, some specific themes arose which were translated to several images and messages that will appear in a multi-media campaign to be launched this spring. The youth also shared some simple ways that adults can show respect to youth: Supporting me and spending time with them. Talking and listening to them. Treating them as an equal. Not making assumptions about them. Smiling at them and being polite. These things are simple enough to do, and can make a world of difference to a young person. And isn’t that what respect is all about?

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Rain Gardens By Ellen Mortfield a low, wet place in our yard Q There’s where the water always puddles after a storm. Is that a good spot for a rain garden?

rain garden is a garden with a purA Apose—its function is to collect and


from a sloped area above, or a sloped area of paving. It should be at least 10 feet from the house, so as not to drain water toward the foundation. Most typically, you will want a rain garden in the area below your downspout.

drain away rainwater in order to reduce the amount of run-off heading down the street drains. Run-off picks up all the automotive fluids, pesticides, pet waste, and other nasty stuff, and those street drains lead straight into our streams and rivers, taking all those contaminants into Lake Superior. A rain garden collects and filters the rainwater, and the plants and soil help remove contaminants as groundwater is replenished. Think of it as an in-ground rain barrel!

In order to determine if you have a good spot for a rain garden, dig a hole about 6–8 inches deep and pour in a bucket of water. The water should drain away within 4 hours or less. If your site passes the percolation test, the next step is to determine how large the rain garden needs to be, based on the square footage of the area draining into it. Construction of a rain garden might start to sound complex, but it is a relatively simple process.

However, in order to function properly, a rain garden must be carefully sited. An area in your yard that is constantly wet indicates the spot has poor drainage, just the opposite of what you’re looking for in a rain garden site. A rain garden should be situated where it can capture the run-off from your house,

Rain gardens are an important stormwater retention measure for our community and EcoSuperior will be providing how-to workshops later this spring to help you get it right. Installed properly, a rain garden not only prevents pollution, but also protects our neighbourhoods against flooding.

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espite the seemingly neverending winter weather, gardening has been on my mind. As a third year community garden participant, I’ve decided to take my garden to the next level by applying a more scientific approach, and incorporating expert advice from Kevin Belluz, of Belluz Farms. Given the season, seed germination and planting seemed like a natural place to start. There is a plethora of information online on this topic, but Kevin provided me with the Coles notes, northern version.

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I admit that I was a little late starting my seeds indoors, but have planted tomato and jalapeno pepper seeds (I saved the pepper seeds from last year’s crop, so we’ll see how that experiment goes—I may be purchasing seedlings!). Kevin advised that during seed germination, soil should be kept moist, whereas indoor seedlings should be kept on the dry side and only given a heavy watering when the plants look like they are just about to wilt. That way, instead of having wispy tomato and pepper plants,

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they will be sturdy and strong enough to withstand outdoor conditions when it comes time to plant them in June. Kevin warned that “often people overwater and kill by kindness.” For seeds that can be planted directly into the soil, Kevin suggested I consider cycle planting. This involves planting a fraction of the plot initially, and staggering the rest in approximately two week intervals. This strategy works especially well for cold tolerant crops, such as carrots, radishes, beets, onions, peas, and lettuce, which can be planted early, around the third week of May. In the past I’ve planted one mass crop of beets and carrots, but this year I will certainly be cycling them to ensure a continuous supply of fresh produce through the summer. Remember, a scientific approach means that there will be failures and successes. Have fun, and if your experiment fails, you can always plant another seed! For more information on seed starting visit The Walleye

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MayEventsGuide May 2, 7:30 pm

May 4, 9:30 am–2: 30 pm

May 4–5

May 9, 7–9 pm

May 11, 7:30 pm

Waldorf School Community Meeting

Antique Fair

Folklore Festival

Dr. Gabor Maté: Living Well in a Toxic Culture

Babes of Thunder vs. Bemidji

Baggage Building Arts Centre Explore with the Northern Lights Education Initiative why they see a Waldorf inspired school as the way forward. See student work, media presentations and hear from a Waldorf alumna.  May 2–5

First Baptist of Ivy Gap

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais A poignant comedy by Ron Osborne. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  May 2–4, 8–10


Paramount Theatre Cambrian Players presents this Norm Foster play. Tickets available at Fireweed, Steepers, Calico, and at the door.  May 3, 10:30 am

Trinity United Church Featuring antiques, collectibles, and gently used good clothing. Admission is $1. A light lunch available all day, including salads, hot dogs, homemade pies, and beverages. 10% of net proceeds go to Trinity outreach partners: Habitat for Humanity, United Church Milk Fund and Hospice Northwest.  May 4, 1:30 pm

Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse Meeting

Prince Arthur Hotel The Friends of Trowbridge Lighthouse will be hosting a community consultation following the first Lake Superior Symposium. Find out how you can get involved in helping to save 10 of our region’s lighthouses. All welcome. ) 472-2124 May 4, 6 pm

Fans Lending Hands

Boulevard Lake This hike is for all ages and abilities with both three and five kilometre routes. All the funds raised go directly to helping Hospice Northwest continue to provide compassionate companionship and services in the community. ) 626-5573

Victoria Inn A night of music, prizes, a silent auction and dinner in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Tickets are $80 (with a $50 tax receipt) and are available at Sasi Spring Water, Fountain Tire, Jones & Associates Insurance and The Canadian Diabetes Association Office. ) 577-4232 ext. 225

May 3

May 4, 6–9 pm

Hike for Hospice

Le Stelle Alpine Italian Performing Arts Association Recital

St. Patrick High School This event features performances by dancers representing various regions of Italy, with unique styles and costumes. An evening of fun for the whole family, with coffee, cake, and a raffle. Tickets are $10. * May 4, 9 am–1 pm

A Superior Symposium

Prince Arthur Hotel This half-day event will bring together regional communities to focus on new and upcoming trends in commerce, tourism, and ecology. Tickets are $20 (includes a hot lunch), available at FORM Architecture Engineering, EcoSuperior, and Prince Arthur Hotel. 

VIP Evening with The Thirsty Traveler

Lowery’s Sports Dome During this exclusive evening with Food Network Star Kevin Brauch, you can expect to be entertained at various stage areas throughout the expo. Hear Brauch’s Thirsty Traveler stories while making and sampling signature cocktails, participating in cooking demos, and more.  May 4–5, 10 am–4 pm


Lowery’s Sports Dome Lifefest is a two-day expo designed to entertain, inform and improve the lifestyle of those in our community. 

Fort William Gardens Take a trip around the world in 48 hours at the 40th anniversary of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association’s Folklore Festival. Featuring food, performances and displays, a children’s area, and music from reggae band The Sattalites.  May 4 & 6

Glass Mosaic Vase Workshop

Vintage Pixie Studio You will learn the basics of creating a mosaic on the Sunday and then on Tuesday evening the piece will be grouted. All materials are supplied, including a light lunch. Cost is $69.  May 5, 10 am–4 pm

Fibre Art Journal Cover Workshop

Vintage Pixie Studio In this delightful workshop you will create a removable journal cover utilizing numerous techniques. A light lunch will be provided. Cost is $59.  May 5, 6 pm

Out of the Darkness Walk

Confederation College Cafeteria Join others to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to suicide, and raise awareness about depression and suicide and decrease stigma surrounding it. A Memorial Wall will be available to place a photo of your loved one. ) 577-0824 May 5, 6 pm

Paint Bomb The Mac’s Big Reveal and Back Alley Party

Mac’s Convenience, 745 Simpson St. Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s Die Active youth art collective is paintbombing their second Mac’s for National Youth Arts Week. This large public painting celebrating youth, community, and arts is a pilot project partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores and the city’s Crime Prevention Council. Swing by Mac’s May 1–5, 12–5 pm to see them paint live! It all culminates May 5 at 6 pm with a free community launch party, featuring performances, car stereos, youth artists, film crews, media, and supporters!  May 7, 7 pm



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Choose Cycling

Mary J.L. Black Library Learn how to negotiate bike lanes, how to cycle safely, and get great tips on commuting to all of your destinations. 

Victoria Inn This fundraiser for CMHA Thunder Bay features guest speaker Dr. Gabor Maté, who will use a holistic approach to provide a perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing. Tickets are $25.  May 10–June 1

LU Retrograd Show & The Creator’s Project 2 Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Lakehead University Retrograduate Show2013: See student art from their four-year program and new works. Congrats Jordan Allen, Mackenzie Tout, Kayla Stewart, Kristen Wall, Brittany Zeigler, Brittany Kennedy, and Jen Lafrance ~ Support artists of the future! (Gallery 1 and 2) The Creator’s Project 2 - International: Educational videos about four major artists, with juxtaposed methodologies that push the limits of art, culture, and interaction. U-Ram Choe: “Cyber Dreams” - kinetic sculpture; Sticky Monster Lab: animation/toys; United Visual Artists: “Origin” - massive light sculpture; Yang Yongliang: Chinese art - fantastical multimedia (Gallery 3). Gala opening reception Friday, May 10 from 7–10 pm. Enjoy a ferocity of art, music, and refreshments; all ages/by donation. 

May 11, 10 am

Thunder Bay Ultimate Hat Tourney

Bora Laskin Field Thunder Bay Ultimate’s first Hat Tournament of the year is a great chance to socialize and have fun with other ultimate players. Food and prizes will be available. Teams will be created based on skill and experience.  May 11, 7 pm

Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium The Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association of Thunder Bay presents their 15th Anniversary Concert, “Spirit of Ukraine.” With almost 100 dancers on stage, this will be a wonderful evening of Ukrainian music, folklore, and dance.  May 11, 7 pm

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Literary Awards Party

Current River Community Centre Join NOWW in this celebration of writers and writing in the region. 

Delaney Arena Thunder Bay Roller Derby League’s all-star team, The Babes of Thunder, take on Bemidji’s all-star team in the first bout of the year.  May 11 & 13

Mosaic Window Workshop

Vintage Pixie Studio In this workshop you will learn to create and mosaic a basic design to hang in a window. Sunday will be spent designing and then creating your piece. A light lunch will be provided on the Sunday. You will return Monday evening to grout and polish your design. Cost is $95.  May 12

Mother’s Day Brunch

Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre Enjoy a fantastic meal surrounded by the beauty of Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area at this brunch sponsored by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.  May 14, 7 pm

Rate Our City Streets

Waverley Resource Library See how walkable cities are the best places to live, work, play and do business! Learn what makes a more walkable city and take a checklist home to rate your own street and neighbourhood.  May 14, 20–24

Registration for Northwest Senior Summer Games

West Thunder Community Centre/ Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre/Herb Carroll 55 Plus Centre Registration for the Northwest Senior Summer Games, held the second week in June, will take place at the West Thunder Community Centre on May 14 from 11 am–1 pm, at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre on May 20–24 from 9 am-4 pm, and at the Herb Carroll 55 Plus Centre on May 21–24 from 9 am–3 pm. ) 625-2316 May 15, 8:30 am–6 pm

LSPC 50th Anniversary Celebration and AGM

Victoria Inn Join the LSPC in celebration of their 50th Anniversary as Liz Weaver leads a two-part workshop on “Community Engagement and Collective Impact.” Registration is required; cost is $125 for the full day, $25 for lunch and keynote only. 

May 15–16, 6–9:30 pm

May 25, 8 am

Just Winging It!

Youth Dragon Boat Festival

Vintage Pixie Studio In this two-evening workshop, you will explore various mediums to create four unique pairs of beautiful fairy or angel wings. All materials are supplied, including a light lunch. Cost is $74.  Until May 19

Something about Encounter

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Something About Encounter is a solo exhibition of videos by artist Duane Linklater that depict encounters between the artist and various non-domesticated animals in urban locations. The videos, recorded on Linklater’s iPhone, are presented together on a singlechannel video projection in the gallery.  May 19

Waldorf School Parent Meeting

Little Lions Waldorf Nursery and Daycare, 211 Clarke St. Parents and community members who want to support a Waldorf-inspired school within the Lakehead Board of Education are invited to a meeting. We are envisioning that the school will open with classes from kindergarten to Grade 3.  May 23, 7 pm

Power of the Purse

Dominion Motors Enjoy an evening of fun and networking, delicious food, wine, dessert, and an opportunity to walk away with a fabulous accessory through a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $50, and all proceeds go towards Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay. ) 343-2277 May 23, 7 pm

Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Gala and Scholarship Presentations

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Come on out to the Auditorium to enjoy performance from the Lakehead Festival of Music and Arts vocalists, dancers, and musicians. Tickets are $10. 

Boulevard Lake Between 500 to 700 young paddlers from local and regional schools, youth groups, clubs, and sports teams, ranging in ages 12 through 17, will compete in three races to earn honours in either the junior, intermediate, or senior level, along with special challenge divisions.  May 25, 11 am

Mini Go Ride

Neebing Roadhouse This fundraiser for Shelter House Thunder Bay, Community Education Services, and Bicycles for Humanity is a non-competitive bike ride for all ages, with distances from 10 km to 47 km. Refreshments, snacks, and support along the routes, as well as live blues music and tons of free attendance prizes.  May 25, noon–1 pm

Peace of Minds Walk

Masonic Temple Take a walk to help give peace of mind to the over 130,000 Ontarians who are living with schizophrenia and psychosis. ) 767-1640 May 25, 1–3:30 pm

Arbor Day 2013

High and Memorial At this family event, there will be various educational components, including tree planting demonstrations and a soils/rain garden presentation. 

May 25

The Amazing Raising Cash for Kids Race

Harbour Youth Services Loosely modelled after the well-known reality TV show The Amazing Race, this fundraising event will involve teams of four adults deciphering clues, solving puzzles and completing challenges, all in support of Harbour Youth Services’ after school programs. ) 345-118

Wax Philosophic presents Cinco De Mayo Slam Crocks $7 ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

Black Pirates Pub 5th Anniversary Weekend Bash (Night 1) Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Us as Them: Woodstock Edition The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+ May 4

John Booth

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Rafiki Youth Choir’s Eh! Concert

Rockin Harmonica Blues

May 11

Black Pirates Pub $10 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA

David Smyth and Michael Abraham Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Divas of the Damned Drag Show Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

The Weber Brothers The Apollo $TBA ∙ 8 pm ∙ 19+ May 12

Dance Experience

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20-14 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Structures, Texas in July, Northlane, Intervals, and locals

May 17

May 26, 10 am–2 pm

Black Pirates Pub $12 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Outdoor Acrylic Painting Workshop

May 10

Thunder Bay Room Fundraiser

Prince Arthur Hotel – Dawson Room By Donation ∙ 5:30 pm ∙ AA

Erin Junkala

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Romance in the Bag

Vintage Pixie Studio In this workshop you will create a bag that can have many uses, whether an evening bag, glasses, cell phone bag, or for display. All materials are supplied, including a light lunch. Cost is $89.  May 26, noon–4 pm

Kite Festival

Chippewa Park Don’t miss this award-winning day of kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, and kite experts from renowned Kite Clubs. 


Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

The Goods

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+ May 18

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Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7:30 ∙ AA

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The Apollo By Donation ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

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May 31

Spaghetti Dinner

Spring Birdhouse Auction

Italian Cultural Centre The Italian Society of Port Arthur is holding a spaghetti dinner in support of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children, and include a meal of spaghetti and meatballs. 

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Cover Show Encore III Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+


The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Sugar High

Veil of Maya, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, and locals

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May 16

May 6

May 24

May 25

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $59–$79 ∙ 3 pm ∙ AA

Steve Brockley

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Lions Lions and The Maddigans with MacKenzie Heights

Engelbert Humperdinck

The Foundry FREE ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Black Pirates Pub 5th Anniversary Weekend Bash (Night 2)

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+ May 22

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church $5–$8 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA The Apollo $7 ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

Raleigh with Nick Sherman & The Winterdark

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Tom Benner’s Call of the Wild features a selection of works that explore our relationship to the natural world, and that span the breadth of the London, Ontario artist’s long career. 

Call of the Wild

May 26, 10 am–4 pm

Canada Games Complex Swimmers from the region and northern USA come together to race. The swim event attracts a lot of fast athletes—come out to see some great swimming. 

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Black Pirates Pub $12 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

May 24–26

May International Swim Meet

Mood Indigo

Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10pm ∙ 19+

Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Join spiritual medium James VanPraagh for a special evening of connecting to the spiritual realm. 

An Evening with James VanPraagh

May 3

Teethmarks (from Toronto)

Until May 26

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Instructor Luke Nicol has worked through the intricacies of painting water, and will share these skills and give one on one instruction on site. Cost is $35 for gallery members, and $36 for non-members. 

May 24, 8 pm

Music Events

David Smyth and Michael Abraham

The Auditor General The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+ May 26

The Brains

Black Pirates Pub $TBA ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+ May 28

Paul Brandt

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $150-32 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA May 30

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $25 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA May 31

Mood Indigo

Beaux Daddy’s No Cover ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Eagle Lake Owls The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Endast (metal from Montreal) and locals Black Pirates Pub $7 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Thunder Bay Art Gallery The gallery will auction off some great birdhouses, as well as some artistic garden furniture and ornaments and art for the wall. The event will also feature a barbecue in front of the gallery and Sleeping Giant Brewery will be on-hand with their locally brewed beer. 

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Luck and Friendship By Amy Jones


wouldn’t exactly say that I’ve had good luck at the Friendship Gardens.

The first time I visited, only a few weeks after I moved to the city, we caught a young couple having sex behind the Italian monument. The second time I visited, my dog ate a giant pile of Canada goose droppings and vomited in my car on the way home. And on my most recent visit, I lost my phone there. I did eventually find it, lying on the grass somewhere between Croatia and Portugal, but anyone who knows me and how attached I am to my phone knows what a harrowing few hours I experienced, retracing my steps past Germany, Italy, and Holland, then over to China, where I momentarily contemplated throwing myself into Confucious’ arms and sobbing.

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The International Friendship Garden was established in 1967, a centennial gift to the city of Thunder Bay by the Soroptimist Club of Fort William-Port Arthur. It features monuments representing eighteen ethnic groups in the Thunder Bay area, as well as floral displays, man-made ponds, walking trails, and many happy (and occasionally territorial) ducks. It is popular with dog walkers and migrating Canada geese, and a common site for wedding photographs. Everyone has their

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favourite monument (mine is Lithuania) and their favourite bench. They also have a story or two to tell about something that happened to them there—and for some reason, it’s usually something bad. I’m not saying that the Friendship Gardens is an unlucky place, but I’m certainly not the only one to have bad luck there. There was that YouTube video of the groomsman being knocked off Holland’s windmill that briefly went viral on the Internet. And there was the mysterious case of the Capitoline sculpture, donated to the Italian monument from Rome, which, according to Thunder Bay legend, was allegedly stolen or possibly vandalized many years ago. And when I mention my own string of bad luck to a friend, she immediately tells me about how a few years ago, her daughter sprained her ankle there. But despite all this, it hasn’t stopped me from visiting the Friendship Gardens. And maybe this is actually a testimony to how well-loved and often-used the gardens really are: after all, if no one ever went there, there would be no stories like these. Or I suppose it could also be just me. I mean, there was also that time I fell off the turtle sculpture in the playground at Vickers Park…

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the perfect getaway - it’s in our nature

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May 2013  

Our May 2013 issue featuring: Multicultural Thunder Bay, Folklore Festival, Sushi For Beginner and much more!

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