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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Tiffany Jarva: Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski

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A “Karaoke Idol” contestant performs in front of the judges at the Hodder

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Flu Shot “When I get the flu shot, I know I’m doing my part to protect my father from the flu. It is a simple way to help prevent a serious illness.”

Photo by Gregg Johns Model: Amy Jones, make-up: Rebekah Skochinski, props: Larry Hogard, art direction: Dave Koski

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In error: In the story “Public Paths + Recreational Trails” photo credit should have gone to Pat Pugh for Con College campus, railway tracks and McIntyre River photos.

I have always dreamt of being able to sing. I admire those who can simply carry a tune, and thus I am in complete awe of those who can sing in public and entertain a crowd-be it around a fire strumming a guitar, or up on stage front and centre. In this issue, we take a peek at those performers front and centre in the local karaoke scene-from the long-term musicians who rely on karaoke to help pay the bills, to the young talented singers that use karaoke to hone their singing skills and pump up their stage presence. Writer Mark Piovesana catches up with longtime musician and producer Tommy Horricks and singer Peter Novak to ask about the appeal of karaoke. In “Escape to Karaoke” writer Tanya Gouthro shares how she occasionally shrugs off all daily responsibilities and roles, hops into her car, and drives four hours to sing karaoke all weekend with a lifelong friend. If you have a hankering to check out the local karaoke talent, contestants are currently competing for cash prizes in this year’s Karaoke Idol every Thursday night at The Hodder, until December 8th. Many of the venues that offer karaoke also happen to be vintage hotel bars. In this issue, photographer Storm Carroll travels the city to capture the unique details and ambiance of historical watering holes. “It was really cool going to some of these places that I’ve never been to before – you should check out the pool tables and black and white checkered floors at the Adanac.” Yes November can seem grey and bleak, but there’s much you can do to avoid feeling like a Tom Waits song: November has tied me to an old dead tree/get word to April to rescue me. Instead, be inspired by art. We profile potter Crystal Sohlman and get a behind the scenes tour of the annual TBAG Christmas House Tour. Writer Amy Vervoort was super impressed with the hard work and art programs that Willow Springs is implementing in the community, and in “Art for All,” contributing editor Rebekah Skochinski captures artist Crystal Nielsen’s spirit and passion for the north. And let’s not forget to pause for a moment or two this Remembrance Day, as the trumpet exhales the familiar notes of the annual November song we have come to know so well. -TJ

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■ 15 The Great Gingerbread


6 CoverStory: Tommy Does Karaoke

■ 7 Karaoke City ■ 8 Peter Novak/ Karaoke Enthusiast

■ 9 Karaoke Katering ■ 10 Escape to Karaoke ■ 11 Karaoke Idol FOOD

■ 12 Curry some favour ■ 12 Shikha’s Kitchen ■ 13 Bringing Back the Peace ■ 13 Pitch Forks and Wine Corks ■ 14 Ruby Moon Restaurant ■ 15 Oktober Beer Tasting at Lot 66

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■ 16 Q&A with Mayor Keith Hobbs

■ 17 Blue Spruce Award Nomination for Heather McLeod

■ 17 TBAG Christmas House Tour Music

■ 18 The Weber Brothers ■ 18 We are the City ■ 19 Big Sugar ■ 19 Matthew Good ■ 20 Jeff Beck ■ 21 David Simard

■ 22 TBSO Fast Forward ■ 23 Rodney Brown ■ 23 Alyssa Reid + Neverest ■ 24 Brock Zeman ■ 24 Oh Susanna and the Abrams Brothers

■ 25 Burnin’ to the Sky ■ 28 Candace Twance/Sea Ballast ■ 29 Traveller’s Return ■ 29 Crystal Nielson THE ARTS

■ 30 Sparks Pottery ■ 31 Willow Springs ■ 31 ■ 30 Sparks Pottery


■ 32 Winterer’s Gathering 2011 ■ 33 Indoor Air FILM&THEATRE

■ 34 Frankly Scarlet’s Cuckoo’s Nest ■ 35 Bay Street Film Festival ■ 35 Bay Street Film Festival - En français

■ 35 Under the Pearl Moon ■ 14 Drink of the Month ■ 37 ZYGOTE bop ■ 26 Off the Wall Reviews ■ 38 November EVENTS ■ 41 The Wall ■ 42 The EYE

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40 Wes & Anne Roney

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This show is part of the band’s North American tour to promote their May 2011 release, Collider—their fourth studio album. The album was produced by Brian Deck, best-known for his work with Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine, and injects some funky rhythms and brass into the band’s more traditional rock sound. If you haven’t heard Collider, you can download the track “The Last Crusade” for free at Tickets are $30 a piece.

For 18 years, the Raag-Rung Music Circle has presented an annual dinner concert as a fund-raiser for the student bursary at Confederation College. The event combines music and dance with authentic East Indian cuisine, prepared by master chefs from Winnipeg. Dinner will feature chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes including samosa, lamb masala and gulab jamun (a deliciously sweet dessert). Entertainment will feature Peace Mission—a fusion group from Toronto consisting of sitar, tabla, guitar, bass and drums--and Sonay Gabroo Punjab De, an award-winning Bhangra dance group. Bhangra originated in Punjab, India as a celebration of the harvest and has become popular worldwide through competitions. The evening will also include gift draws for each table. Tickets are $60 per person, $55 for seniors and students and $550 for a table of ten. www.


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In 1918 World War I came to an end “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” with the signing of the armistice— an agreement between the allied forces and Germany. On Remembrance Day, take a moment to think about the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country and those who serve our country today. Ceremonies will be held at Fort William Gardens, the Waverley Park Cenotaph and the Mount McKay Scenic Lookout.

Raag-Rung Music Circle November 5 Italian Cultural Centre

Remembrance Day


Artisans Northwest & Potters’ Guild Show and Sale November 19-20 Valhalla Inn

This is Thunder Bay’s premiere arts and craft show and is a perfect opportunity to kick-off (or wrap-up!) your holiday shopping. After 36 years, it’s safe to say that Artisans Northwest has perfected the “art” of selecting high-quality arts and crafts from talented artisans. Items for sale range from being functional to decorative, but all are unique and, best of all, hand-made. Hours for the show are 10 am-6 pm on the 19th, and 10 am-4 pm on the 20th. Concurrent to this show is the Potters’ Guild’s 33rd Annual Christmas Pottery Show and Sale. They will be open from 10 am-5 pm on the 19th and 11 am-4 pm on the 20th. Admission to both shows is free.

The Importance of Being Earnest November 10-12, 16-19 Paramount Theatre

Cambrian Players brings to life Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Although the play was first performed in 1895, its witty dialogue is considered timeless with its critique of the upper echelon of Victorian society. The play is peppered with famous one-liners, such as, “When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people.” Tickets are available at Steepers and Fireweed and regular prices are $20 and $15 for seniors and students; deals include $10 tickets on opening night, and two tickets for $20 on the 16th (door only).

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Tommy Does Karaoke By Mark Piovesana

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In an attempt to delve into the world of local karaoke, I spoke with an icon of the Thunder Bay music scene: Tommy Horricks. Tommy has dedicated his life to professional music since the early 1960’s, performing with musical greats including Neil Young and Bobby Curtola. These days he can be heard performing with the 1950’s style band The Sensational Hot Rods.

WHERE TO KARAOKE IN THE CITY The Fastlane: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, usually kicking off at 9:45 pm Thursday is singers’ night; Friday is usually around 40% karaoke and 60% dance music, and Saturdays are usually dictated by the vibe of the night.

The Hodder: Friday and Saturday at 10 pm; Karaoke Idol, Thursday until December 8th

Westfort Tavern: Gregg Johns

Thursday night

Pier 61: Tuesday night

Jacks (Live Band Karaoke): Monday (at the time of print). May be discontinued for a while. Check out Marc Goyan on Facebook for more info.

ITAI: Tuesday and Friday, kicking off around 9:30 pm

Daytona’s: Friday and Saturday (except once a month when there is a live band playing) Sunday family karaoke is done for the season.

Newfie’s Pub: Every night (Monday-Sunday)

The Wayland: Every Wednesday and Thursday (Wednesday night 10-week Karaoke competion ending December 21st $1,000 prize)


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The professional music scene has evolved significantly over the years, as technology has offered the listening public many new alternatives. At the start of Tommy’s career, a live band was all that was available for dances and entertainment. The evolution of the DJ and more recently the karaoke experience has changed the way the average person has come to enjoy music: “You have to adapt or die,” says Tommy. Following the trend—if not for fun but perhaps for survival—Tommy has embraced the karaoke scene and is now arguably one of the best karaoke hosts in Thunder Bay, hosting at venues such as the Wayland Hotel, The Hodder and the Polish Legion on Simpson Street. Karaoke is a different entertainment experience, explains Tommy. It used to be that you would need to devote your entire life to a musical career in order to have the privilege of entertaining people and, ideally, getting paid for it. Thanks to karaoke, aspiring singers can now have their moment in the spotlight and entertain a crowd, then go back to their everyday lives. They don’t have to go through the endless hours of rehearsal, the problems of putting a band together, and of course the frustration of getting gigs. They don’t have to perform night after night, ensuring their vocal “chops” are up for every gig. They are not endurance musicians. Tommy notes that there are two distinct categories of karaoke performers. The first he describes as “purists”—the ones with talent who can really entertain a crowd at a professional level. The second category includes the ones with limited talent but the ability or charisma to entertain. In his experience, a typical audience cannot distinguish between the two. He has seen incredible singers do a great job to limited audience appeal, and a lesser singer become a crowd favourite because of his/her support group in the audience and/or stage presence. That is the beauty of karaoke, says Tommy. “It is all about the moment you are on stage.” If you nail your song, the crowd will love you, and if you don’t, it’s okay because they didn’t expect much anyway. When asked about the rewards in hosting karaoke, Tommy’s answer was surprising yet obvious in a way. He told me that once in a while, a performer will come on stage with a high level of talent. “I try to encourage these individuals and even help them connect with the right people so they can perhaps pursue a professional musical career.” Karaoke is here to stay and Tommy has embraced it to the point of travelling to Las Vegas—where karaoke is performed on a professional and competitive level—to both observe and participate.. Karaoke means different things to different people at different times. It is, as Tommy says, “sometimes to laugh at, sometimes to laugh with, and on certain special occasions, sometimes to admire.” In addition to hosting karaoke, Tommy has a studio and records souvenir CDs for local karaoke singers. To find out more email Tommy at


Popular TBay Karaoke Requests

According to longtime karaoke host Marc Goyan, the most popular karaoke requests in Thunder Bay are:

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash “Goodbye Earl” by Dixie Chicks “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden “Don’t Stop Believing’” by Journey “Thunderstruck” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

Karaoke City I n Thunder Bay, if you should so desire, you could perform karaoke any night of the week. And although in larger urban areas, karaoke may be considered passé, here it’s still very much alive and well. By Tiffany Jarva

It’s Friday night and the ITAI is hopping. Bartenders can barely keep up with the line of people ordering drinks. Guys with baseball caps on backwards linger by the pool tables. A few older patrons dot the tables, but for the most part this is a young twenty-something crowd. Singer Jess Nunes and karaoke host Amanda Mihalus are gleefully belting out the lyrics “Ain’t no doubt about it” from Meatloaf ’s late-night anthem “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Earlier in the evening, Nunes, a contestant in this year’s Karaoke Idol at the Hodder, takes on a Tracy Chapman song with gusto, prompting an audience member to whistle and yell, “You made that song yours.” The place gets more packed as the hours float by, including the arrival of hip punk-rockers and young men in black pea coats, felt hats and retro toques. Some of the female singers are decked

out in high heels, red lipstick and throwback 80s attire: leggings, big belts and even some big hair. Mihalus, who is also the coordinator of Karaoke Idol (see sidebar), facilitates a relaxed, encouraging and fun atmosphere. Singers of all levels take to the stage and no one seems to mind if they sound good or not—tonight is all about having a good time. “Karaoke has a wide appeal,” says longtime karaoke host Marc Goyan, “whether it’s a professional musician or a drunk guy who can’t play any instruments on stage, you usually can sit back and be entertained on some level.” It’s a cold Monday October night at Jacks. A handful of people, mostly singers and musicians, are here to make use of guitars, mics and backup musicians. Goyan, clad in a black Iron Maiden hoodie, is hosting live band karaoke—a niche event where a singer chooses a song but instead of being

backed by a pre-recorded background track, they play with a live band. Goyan has been part of the city’s karaoke scene since 1997 when he made a decision to pursue a music career after losing his job of 13 years at the mill. He fell into karaoke while trying to get a DJ business up and running, and has been doing it ever since. During the 90s karaoke heyday, Goyan hosted karaoke all over town and many of today’s younger karaoke hosts originally worked with him. Today, in addition to Jacks, Goyan hosts karaoke at both Pier 61 and the Fastlane. “My mom would often ask, ‘Why don’t you get a real job?’ and I would just tell her this is what I was meant to do.” “Marc is a fabulous singer,” says wellknown local rock singer and musician Christine Oram, who has ventured out tonight to sing with other musicians. “Plus,” she says grinning, “I can’t play loud where I live.” At the end of the night, Goyan rambles up on stage, grabs a guitar and as soon as he starts singing and strumming it becomes obvious that he is in his element, rolling easily into The Beatles “Tax Man,” hamming it up with the Irish Rovers “Wasn’t that a Party?” and then belting it out, proving he’s still got the chops, while singing his signature karaoke tune AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” When asked about

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“And lots of people in Thunder Bay really like to sing anything by Garth Brooks,” says Goyan, “and Sublime songs are really popular with the students.” When asked about karaoke tips for the newbies, Goyan says it’s “mostly about getting used to the mic – try to keep it one inch from your mouth and visualize singing to the back of the room.”

karaoke tips Goyan says it’s “mostly about getting used to the mic—try to keep it one-inch from your mouth and visualize singing to the back of the room.” There is no doubt that Goyan loves to perform but ultimately he says there is nothing quite like, “watching someone get better and blossom into their own.” Singer Kerry Thom knows what this is like. When Thom first started touring the local circuit, she began to consistently place first or second. “I like singing, period,” she says. In order to help with a speech impediment when she was three years old, Thom started singing her words. “I was literally singing my way through life,” she laughs. Known by many as “Kerri-oke,” the first time Thom sang karaoke live, she received a standing ovation. She has performed on the CF Telethon and was invited to audition for CMT Karoake Star in 2007. She is best known for singing Alanis Morissette’s “Mary Jane” and Pat Benatar’s “All Fired Up.” Thom doesn’t do karaoke as much as she used to but she did recently finish recording a souvenir CD with musician and producer Tommy Horricks, who describes her as a singer with talent. “She sounds good doesn’t’ she?” he says.

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A True Karaoke Enthusiast By Mark Piovesana

One of Novak’s greatest strengths as a vocalist is his ability to sing falsetto—those really high notes that very few males can sing in tune. “One of my favourites is Robert Plant,” says Peter, as he demonstrates to me how the lead singer of Led Zeppelin is able to use his voice as an instrument, modifying the amplification of his vocal chords to achieve the desired sound. It is not easy, and in fact even Robert Plant can sometimes be heard in concert “cheating” by singing the notes a third, fifth or even an octave lower than originally recorded. “When I am up on stage, I really have to concentrate; it can be a lot of work,” says Novak. “When I first arrived in Canada, my music had to be put on hold,” says Novak. He put in a lot of time establishing himself financially through his hard work, first as a bus boy and now as a waiter at the Valhalla Inn. As karaoke became popular in Thunder Bay, he found himself in a position to flourish as a singer. “Karaoke allowed me to be able to perform as a musician without needing a band,” explains Novak. “What I love is the ability to create an instant connection with the audience. You can feed off their energy and see how they are uplifted by the music. It is intoxicating in a way.” Strangers will often approach Novak after a song, giving him a “sense of empowerment.” One of the difficulties faced by Novak—and perhaps many other karaoke performers—is managing the flow of a musical program. Professional bands can build excitement through their choice of songs, eventually building to a climax. You can’t do that with karaoke because you have very little control over what songs are performed by the artists on stage before you. “I will often change the song I had planned to sing to fit in with the mood of the evening,” says Novak. “Tommy Horricks as a host is especially good at recognizing that and adapting to it.”


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Novak can be heard at many of the local karaoke events singing some of his favourites, including Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, and the popular karaoke mainstay “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. “One day, I would like to run my own karaoke show,” says Novak. “Perhaps when I retire?”

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If you are familiar with the Thunder Bay karaoke scene, you will almost certainly have heard Peter Novak perform. Novak was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Thunder Bay to follow his brother, who moved here after the Prague Spring political uprising in 1968. Life was difficult, thanks in part to the language barrier, problems getting established financially, and trouble making musical friends. What Novak did share with his new countrymen was a love of music. In his homeland, Novak and his university colleagues would listen to radio stations like Radio Luxembourg, broadcast out of London. It was during those days that he came to develop an enthusiasm for musicians such as Brian Johnson, who was a founder of the band Geordie and later became the lead singer for AC/DC. Cream, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago and Led Zeppelin are bands that Peter spent a lot of time listening to and trying to emulate vocally. Not fully understanding the English language in his early days as a Canadian, he now makes it very clear that he does not always agree with all the lyrics and innuendo. “I just liked the sound of the vocals and the way the bands of the early 70’s performed them.”

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Karaoke Katering Get out the props (Elton John boa and sunglasses anyone?), sushi, music note-shaped crackers and other non-greasy finger foods and dips. Insert tongue in cheek and have some cheesy fun naming your dishes (i.e. Red Hot Chili Pepper dip), and you’re ready to serve it up karaoke style. By Jennifer Buchik and Mark Piovesana

Most memorable parties have a theme, so why not make karaoke the theme of your next party? Karaoke can be fun for all ages, and with karaoke music readily available on cable and satellite television, it is very easy to do. All you need is a microphone that can plug into a small amp or your home stereo system, a television screen, a few drinks and some fun karaoke-style food. The first thing is to keep it simple. Stick with basic appetizers that you can pick up with a toothpick or fork and can be kept at room temperature for the evening. Avoid garlic as your guests may plan on singing a duet using just one microphone. Stay away from greasy food so you don’t have everyone handling the equipment with messy hands. Karaoke stems from the Japanese words “kara” meaning “empty” and “okesutra” as in “orchestra.” Sushi is an appetizer that fits the theme well, not only for its Japanese origin, but also for its easy to serve, colourful and non-greasy characteristics. The right wasabi can give it that “Burn Baby Burn” excitement. Try serving a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” vegetable platter using red peppers, carrots, broccoli, pickled beets and yellow zucchini. Serve that with a “Red Hot Chili Pepper” dip. For the carnivores in the crowd, serve “Bat out of Hell” meatballs on a platter. Cookie cutters in the form of musical notes or instruments can be used to make incredible homemade crackers. Use tortilla shells brushed with an egg and olive oil mixture, and sprinkled with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Cut the shapes and bake on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes or until done. For those

that have several fresh walleye in the freezer after a productive summer of fishing, fish “Styx” will hit the top of the charts. Use your favourite fish batter and be sure to dry with paper towels so they are not greasy. They can be tasty hot or cold. As for beverages, be sure to serve vocal-chord-pleasing drinks like water, “Green Day” tea and perhaps some mulled cider spiked with “Calypso” dark rum. Keep in mind there may be a lot of movement as people jostle for position at the mic. Stick to bottles and cans that do not easily spill; they also make clean up easier. Call your drink station “Margaritaville” and serve “B52’s” as shooters. Props are key to help set the mood: a guitar or two (strings not required), a boa and glasses representing Elton John’s 1970’s stage persona, a cowboy hat for the country music lovers, and if you are really ambitious, some makeup for the Kiss enthusiasts. After all, karaoke is really about stepping up to the mic, in someone else’s shoes.

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Escape to Karaoke I want to sing. A couple of times a year I make the four-hour drive to a quiet little town west of here and grant myself permission to be completely shameless. By Tanya Gouthro

Friday after work I race to my car, which is already lovingly pre-packed with roadtrip necessities: good music, snacks, and a full tank. Life has been stressful lately, and I’ve been granted a weekend to myself. I probably should be addressing the ”To Do” list that’s been residing hopefully under a fridge magnet for months. I should likely behave like most responsible adults do in the fall, and do yard work, clean out closets, and make sure my furnace is in good working order for the upcoming winter. I should probably take advantage of one of the last weekends of good outdoor adventure weather and tick one of those ‘must-explore’ venues off of my ever-growing list. But what I really want to do is spend a couple of nights being a basement superstar with one of my friends, and get acquainted with one of the new CDs she has purchased in anticipation of my visit. I want to sing. The evening always starts with a few glasses of wine on my friend’s back deck,and great catch-up conversation that only friends of almost 20 years can make. Sometimes we even make it to dinner without one of us breaking down with, “Is it TIME yet?!“ At this point, we race downstairs and pretend to be gracious about who’s going to get the mic first as we settle in for an evening of indulging each other in our inner divas. We have learned our guilty favourites—hers including Cher and mine including Lauryn Hill’s rendition of “Killing Me Softly.” Once we hit the Dixie Chicks version of “Landslide,” all is right in the world, everybody loves everybody and the room is full of laughter and song. The night is drenched in wine, hazy with cigarette smoke, and peppered with praise for each other, because in this little Karaoke world, we sound fabulous. It’s a night to be longed for, and being gifted this night out in the basement is a guilty pleasure. On the drive home Sunday afternoon, throat hoarse, sleep-deprived and happy, I return to my former identity as car-singer, mom, daughter, and teacher—and grin ear-to-ear the entire drive back to real life, where I will address those lists with renewed energy and full of thanks.


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Singing along to music has been around forever, and karaoke is only slightly more recent. The first actual karaoke machine reportedly appeared in Japan in 1971, though the first patent was awarded in the 1980s to a Filipino inventor. Karaoke, which translates to “empty orchestra” in English, has come a long way. Early Karaoke machines played cassette tapes, and varied the pitch to meet the singer by changing playback speed. Current incarnations accommodate pitch changes electronically, and play CDs or DVDs. Karaoke has become a well-established format of personal expression, as well as a form of entertainment. If you’re not so lucky to have a karaoke bar in your neighbourhood, have no fear: karaoke is available not only on mobile devices, but also in cars. A cab ride in London (England) might just land you in a “Kabeoke.” And for those with musical aspirations beyond the pop arena, Cantonese opera karaoke is on the horizon.

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Karaoke Idol Thursdays at the Hodder until December By Tracy Sadgrove

Looking for some great entertainment and a chance to do something good for your community? Head over to the Hodder Tavern Thursday evenings at 9 pm, where some of the Bay’s finest karaoke singers battle it out for a chance to be Thunder Bay’s Karaoke Idol, now in its fourth year. The elimination competition began October 6th with 27 performers, and will run through December 8th. Contestants are vying for cash prizes: $2500 for first place, $1000 for second and $500 for third. Each performance is critiqued by a panel of three judges: Cody V, lead singer from local band Love Candy; singer Raechel Reed; and Amanda Mihalus, karaoke host from City Wide Sound. “Our goal is to critique in a way that performers can grow as vocalists,” explains Mihalus. A contestant’s fate, however, is not solely based on the judges. Each audience member also casts a vote for his or her favourite performer, and if you bring a non-perishable food item you get an extra ticket to vote—in case you have more than one fave. This year’s Karaoke Idol charity recipient is the Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA). Watch for special theme nights (80s, Broadway tunes, etc.), when singers are encouraged to wear great costumes and really let their inner divas free. For more details check out North of Superior Karaoke Idol on Facebook.

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Savoury and spicy dishes with warm and mouth-watering curry are on the menu this fall, especially with the opening of a new Indian restaurant in our neck of the woods. Whether you’re dining in, scoring some take-away, or cooking up your own homemade curry, no matter how mild or manic you are with the seasoning, these dishes crave cool, crisp pairings. If it’s time for wine with your samosas and korma, white works best, particularly a fresh, fruity variety with a hint of sweetness and palate-cleansing acidity.

Think: Urban Riesling – LCBO 184051 - $14.95 However, if red is your cup of tea, stay with a low-tannin wine that has plump, fruit character to beat the heat of your dishes.

Think: Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages – LCBO 365924 - $15.95 Feeling more like a brew with those pakoras and tikka? Beer pairs perfectly with curry and crisp, clean lagers are your best bet.

Think: Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Beer Store – 9 x 473ml cans - $19.95 Look for beers high in the hops and bubbles department, particularly pilsners, to quench the fire. And keep noshing on that naan—it helps keep the flames to a minimum as well! Think:

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Shikha’s Kitchen 345 Harold Street North (807) 630-6600 By Darren Foulds

My first taste of Shikha’s Kitchen involved picking up lunch from a two-storey home on Harold Street. There I was met by Shikha, who was holding my meal and waving to me from the front door. Her uncle Hasan is the cook. They’re bringing a new style of Indian take-away to Thunder Bay. Shikha’s lunch special is Butter Chicken, the benchmark of English curry houses. Roasted chicken swimming in a creamy, bright orange butter sauce, it is served with spiced basmati rice and a simple tomato and lettuce salad. The ten dollar lunch special left me with a warm, satisfied tummy–so much so that I returned for dinner. The Chana Masala was moderately spicy. The chickpeas were firm and the sauce had lots of onion and tomato, but was thinner than expected. Shikha’s Lamb Vindaloo tasted wonderful. The curry was sweet and vinegary and the lamb was incredibly tender. The gravy of the Shrimp Madras was roasty, toasty and full of coconut goodness. Unfortunately, the Naan wasn’t fluffy enough to sop up the leftover sauces. Hasan’s curries are not too hot. He offered to make them as spicy or mild as desired. My only complaints were the pieces of bone in both the chicken and lamb dishes and the unpeeled shrimp. Shikha’s Kitchen serves enough food that three entrees feed three adults with leftovers for lunch–-at fifty-three dollars, it’s not inexpensive but a reasonable value for a specialty menu. Hasan and Shikha are working to tailor their dishes to the tastes of Thunder Bay, serving delicious Indian cuisine. I look forward to enjoying more of Shikha’s Kitchen soon. Shikha’s Kitchen only does take-out, delivery and catering right now. There is no dining room. Their menu is on their Facebook page: Shikhas-Kitchen/159711107449069?sk=info You can also check them out Saturdays at the Thunder Bay Country Market.


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Bringing Back the Peace Ethnic Dinner and Live Auction

Bringing Back the Peace proceeds will go towards helping war torn countries like Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Auction items include an Ottawabound package with Bruce Heyer, Eric Staal’s NHL All-Star jersey signed by the All-Star team, interior decorating packages and more. Entertainment includes an Egyptian belly dancing performance by Dahab and magic by Mackinley. Dinner and auction are at the Valhalla Inn, November 11 at 6pm. Tickets are $55. Call 807-933-4220 for more info or visit

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This Remembrance Day Thunder Bay’s World Vision volunteer group will once again be hosting an ethnic dinner and auction at the Valhalla Inn. Menu items include North African roasted red pepper soup, Uganda pineapple and cabbage salad, and Afghanistan murgh, butter chicken with a curry tomato sauce, tamarind potatoes and lentil stuffed peppers.

Pitch Forks and Wine Corks By Rebekah Skochinski

There was an extra skip in my step as the sun began its descent on the final day of September; I had a date in the country. And not just any date, either. I was attending the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s inaugural wine tasting event. Hosted at Belluz Farm, this harvestthemed fundraiser featured Ontario VQA wines selected by Certified Sommelier Jeannie Dubois, and delectable food prepared by Chef Fern Vezeau of Good News. The evening was set to be enchanting with plump pumpkins piled in glorious orange mounds, cornstalk sheaves standing tall like textured walls, and long tables dressed elegantly in white. Our taste buds were courted by two courses—one as we arrived, the other after our first tasting—with a focus on refined, rustic selections like potato corn fritters, and savoury samplings like volau-vent with brown butter beet relish and white wine cream.

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Jeannie walked us through the tastings of four whites and four reds, sharing anecdotes and her knowledge about each represented winery and varietal. She managed the large crowd with ease, her infectious energy adding to the merriment. After all, as she noted, wine tasting should be fun. But of course! She further advised us that, “you enjoy what you enjoy,” and to let that be our guide. Indeed, it was. As a self-professed lover of red, I was swayed to the white side by a lovely 2010 Angels Gate Gewurtztraminer and a 2010 Featherstone Estate Winery Black Sheep Riesling. The evening was perfectly capped with a cup of coffee from The Great Northwest Coffee Company and a citrus semifreddo with rhubarb ripple sorbet. After a few parting words to my table mates, I was whisked back to town (via the courtesy bus), arriving home before the clock struck twelve. The proceeds from this event benefit the Exhibition and Education program for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. www.

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Drink of the Month S’more Latte

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Ruby Moon Restaurant Country Hospitality in the City By Rebekah Skochinski

If you’re a regular visitor to the Moon, you may have noticed their five-week hiatus this past summer. Officially re-opened in early September, owner Lori Paras said the break allowed her to reflect, regroup and return to her roots. “I’m basically an antique dealer at heart who just loves to cook,” she says. Describing herself as a wholesome gal, Paras says she wanted to marry the country mercantile business of her past with the city restaurant vision of the present. The result? Ruby Moon has been rearranged and redecorated to incorporate more of a marketplace feel. So, along with the wholesome tasty eats and live music that patrons have come to enjoy, one can also shop for antiques, collectibles, fun thrift and fresh baking. “If it’s on the menu, you can buy it,” she says. Bigger antique pieces will be stored offsite, and a new website will allow for online shopping and reservations. There have been some menu changes as well. “We have expanded on our popular Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich by adding three more gourmet grilled cheese options; we also have my mother’s burger recipe, a veggie burger and a bannock burger; we’re open earlier on weekends and we have added a children’s menu.” Paras says she has kept the prices friendly to match the service. “Everyone says it’s still their Ruby Moon, but even better.”

With campfire season surely behind us (save for some brave and warmblooded souls), we can still savour the best it has to offer—the s’more— without having any smoke wafting in our faces. The Great Northwest Coffee Company’s S’more Latte consists of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate sauce and toasted marshmallow syrup, crowned with whipped cream and a graham cracker. Naturally, half the fun is scooping up the whipped cream with the cracker before it melts. The mix of flavours is just right, not nearly as sweet or gooey as its namesake, and is something that from the first taste onward will have you wanting s’more.

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The Great Northwest Coffee Company is tucked inside Mentor Computers at 250 South Algoma. They are open Monday to Friday 7-6; Saturday 8-5. You can also find them at the Thunder Bay Country Market.

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The Great Gingerbread House Build Construction in Candyland for a Great Cause By Michelle McChristie

On November 20, Habitat for Humanity will host its first annual Great Gingerbread House Build at the Valhalla Inn. Habitat for Humanity will supply the building materials (gingerbread, icing and some candy) and then challenge the teams to build and decorate a gingerbread house. Teams must raise $500 to obtain a building permit; participation will be capped at five teams for the inaugural event. But, there’s a catch: the building inspector. It seems not even Candyland can escape red tape. Members of the public can pay off the building inspector and slow down a team’s build, or buy extra candy for their favourite team.

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During the week of November 20-27, the completed houses will be displayed in the lobby of the Valhalla Inn—votes for People’s Choice Awards and silent auction bids will be accepted during this time. On November 27 from 2-4 pm, Habitat for Humanity will host an afternoon gingerbread man decorating event, close the silent auction and present awards to construction teams. Show your support for Habitat for Humanity through this fun and delicious event! For more information call 345-5520 or email

Oktober Beer Tasting at Lot 66 By Amy Jones Although I have certainly imbibed my share of beer over the years, until I attended the Oktober Beer Tasting event at Lot 66, I don’t think I ever actually tasted it. We are generally accustomed to beer being somewhat of a background beverage—something to help cool us off at camp, or to wash down those pizza and wings while we’re watching the hockey game. But on this evening—with the expert guidance of Certified Sommelier Jeannie Dubois, and paired with beautifully complementary dishes created by the chefs at Lot 66—beer took its rightful place front and centre, revealing its complexities, diverse flavours, and rich history. Among the four of us at my table, we all had our favourite food and beer pairings—although indeed it did seem that all memory of each delectable course was erased with the presentation of the following course, until all of us proclaimed that the dessert course, a fruity Black Cherry Lambic brewed by Lindemans Kriek paired with an impossibly rich black forest terrine with almond ganache, was the best one of the night. Other standouts included the almost wine-like Bacchus Flemish Old Brown paired with an incredible house-made veal sausage with aged local Gouda, and the intriguing Box Steam Brewery Funnel Blower Porter, which we all agreed tasted like chocolate and made a perfect accompaniment to the vanilla-butter-soaked rib-eye with which it was paired. Now in its second year, beer tasting at Lot 66 has become somewhat of an annual event, and I highly recommend trying it. Even if you think you’re not a beer lover, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised—and if you are a beer drinker like me, you just might start to see it as more than just something to fill the cooler at a baseball game. The Walleye


Food CityScene Q&A with Mayor Keith Hobbs

One Year Later

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Q. In our last interview, you told readers where you went to enjoy a sauna or a coffee. Has becoming Mayor had an impact on where you go, now that everyone recognizes you?

A. I can’t go anywhere without somebody shaking my

hand or talking to me. I still do the pub scene. I’m working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, but I still go to those places. I went to Jack’s the other night to listen to the former lead singer from Mötley Crüe. I don’t get any time to watch my beloved Bruins. That’s something I miss. I watched one period of hockey with the Bruins this year. But they did win the cup this year.

Q. What have been some of the highlights from your

I’m feeling very helpless sitting on the sidelines. We did have a strategic meeting with the Police Services Board and I went there as Mayor so I did get some input. But that’s been my biggest disappointment in the job so far. I have a 34-year background so I do know what I’m talking about. I’m not always right obviously.

Q. As Mayor, what influence have you had on making the city a safer community?

A. I met with the new chief and he’s talking about zone

policing, so getting back to a more community-based style of policing. I was happy to hear that. I want to see officers out of their cars and walking around the neighbourhoods.

first year as Mayor?

A. The people that I’ve met in the city. I went to the

Meals on Wheels appreciation luncheon at the Italian Hall and I thought it was going to be in the small hall, because volunteer groups like that are usually 20 to 30 people. But the big hall was packed. Some of them had been volunteering for 40 years. My best moment as Mayor was the Special Olympics. I walked onto the ice at the curling venue and they were all chanting “Go, Hobbs, go!” I had tears running down my face. And to see their faces—they have such heart and courage. It’s going to be hard to top that one.

Q. Have there been any disappointments? A. I guess my biggest disappointment is being removed

from the Police Services Board in March. And I’m still fighting to get back on that because my campaign platform was community safety. And it’s really thwarted me and a lot has happened since I’ve been off that board. I missed out on the selection of the new chief, the new deputy chief. Strategic planning is ongoing. All those things I missed and maybe could have had some input. We have a rash of robberies going on right now, and beatings and drugs and


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What about your proposal for a curfew for youth 16 and under?

A. That was another disappointment. It was defeated at

City Council. Actually the Crime Prevention Council spoke against it. But I’ve heard a lot of people saying that we need a curfew and I don’t think the right decision was made. I still believe that would help. Every little bit helps.

Q. One of your campaign platforms was to create a more inclusive city, especially for aboriginal residents. Has there been any progress on that issue?

A. That’s something I’m really proud of. Two weeks ago

we had a welcoming reception for students coming down to Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and other schools from northern communities. Last week we signed a historic declaration between the Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay. It was the first time our Council and their Chief and Council got together. It was a commitment to work together on economic development and social pieces, on becoming better neighbours. I think that’s what I’m most proud of so far in my tenure, what we’ve done with the aboriginal community.

Q. As Mayor, do you feel that you need to be careful

with what you say and how your comments may be viewed, in particular, comments about legalizing marijuana in your meeting with Hollerado?

A. I don’t regret saying it. I thought it was just hav-

ing a beer with Hollerado and then it hit the news in Edmonton and then CBC approached me and two radio talk shows in Toronto. It was picked up on the news in Scotland and BBC picked it up. There was no controversy. Actually, I had more support, and I’ve had calls from California, Ottawa. I stand by my comments. For the 34 years that I was a police officer, we combated marijuana and we never won the war. We won the odd battle but the war is lost. I think what we have to do is legalize it, tax it. They say the revenues in British Columbia alone would be about six billion dollars. So country-wide, if you took the revenues and put them into programs to fight alcohol addiction and the hard drugs, and build some transition housing, we could really make some dents. In my career, probably ninety-eight percent of the violent calls—somebody got stabbed or beaten or murdered—were alcohol related. I never went to one that was pot related. A bunch of Doritos lying around the couch, but never a stabbing or a beating. The Prime Minister and I are both Conservatives, but he is totally wrong on that.

Q. What’s going to be your focus in the next three years?

A. Economic development. We’re really moving for-

ward. Businesses want to move into Innova Park now. Banks and financial institutions, like Investors Group and RBC opened a new office. When financial institutions start investing in a community you know we’re moving ahead. Housing starts are going strong. Our vision is to see Thunder Bay grow to 150,000 people. I’m very optimistic about this city.

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11th Annual TBAG Christmas House Tour

Local businesses are letting their creativity shine again this year, coming together to deck the halls of Thunder Bay homes for the Art Gallery’s 11th Annual Christmas House Tour. Countless volunteers with holiday spirit bring this festive fundraiser to life, decorating our city and celebrating neighbours. Story + Photos by Amy Vervoort

Blue Spruce Award Nomination for Heather McLeod’s, Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!) By Duncan Weller

Heather McLeod is delighted, and surprised; her first published work of children’s fiction fell into the category of feminist literature recently with a nod from a feminist blog, and was nominated for the Blue Spruce Award. Heather explains that Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!) is based on a light joke about a princess who refuses to kiss a frog because she would prefer to have a talking frog as a friend than have to marry a prince. Inspired by this, Heather fleshed out an idea that makes for a remarkable modern twist on a classic story. The publisher thought so too, and just as remarkable, Heather’s story was accepted for publication within ten days of her mailing her submission. “It’s unheard of and will never happen again,” remarks Heather. “Now it takes months to hear back after a mailing.” It’s especially noteworthy—and says something about the appeal of Heather’s story—that a publisher was so keen after having laid off 70% of their staff two years earlier, and dropping the number of their children’s books titles from twenty a year to two. It was a virtual gutting of Fitzhenry & Whiteside’s children’s book publishing department. Heather’s book succeeded above twenty other regulars with the publishing company. Brooke Kerrigan (, also a newcomer to the children’s book scene, beautifully illustrates the story. Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!) is a universal story with immense appeal. The Ontario Library Association thought so too, and it was selected as one of ten books in the running for the Blue Spruce Award. From the ten books, children across Ontario will select their favourite. 250,000 kids voted last year. This year, the winner will be announced on May 15 in front of 8,000 kids in Toronto’s Harbourfront.

It was just after Thanksgiving; I was still full when I tagged along with organizers from the Art Gallery and artists from Willow Springs Creative Centre as they visited the home of Ann and Daniel McGoey. I left wanting to bake gingerbread men in a woodfired oven, hand-craft my own wreaths, and drape twinkling lights through my trees. Ann held a grandchild’s hand-turkey card as she discussed multiple Christmas trees in her house and went over traffic logistics with Gallery organizers. It’s not every day you invite more than 600 guests into your home, but that is exactly what the McGoeys will be doing when their home is on display for the Art Gallery’s Christmas House Tour. Harvest decorations draped the entrance of the modern home, nestled into its landscape like one of the trees surrounding the home along the Kaministiqua River. Environmental Artist Judi Vinni, founder of Willow Springs, felt right at home as she and collaborators explored their canvas. The natural construction of the home was inspirational to the talented nature-based artisans as they brainstormed a luxurious bohemian winter solstice scene. This year, magic will fill the foyer of our Art Gallery as the enchanting characters from Vintage Pixie Studio (Twas the Night Before Christmas) play with the imaginations of the light hearted. The fundraiser is fuelled the enthusiasm of Gallery organizers— who are grateful to their sponsors, Grant Thornton and Generator—and all who lend their talent. All money raised goes toward the Gallery’s exhibition programming, a service that is invaluable in our community. Five area residents have opened their doors in support, and will be visited by professionals and local artisans to have their homes transformed into holiday wonderlands.

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Transforming Homes into Holiday Wonderlands

Christmas creativity is on the minds of the decorators as they prepare for the mid-November events. With urban-farm-chic style, Moss Cottage evokes thoughts of holiday baking and Christmas crafts, while Elegant Impressions turns to tradition as they dream together a personalized family Christmas. Antique and contemporary ornaments from Victoria’s Cupboard promise to delight even Scrooge himself. This year Celebrations by George joins the fun with their festive and cozy family style, and again Willow Springs Creative Centre will bring community workshop art to life with the holiday spirit— this time at the McGoey house. Across town, a group gathered at the Ontario March of Dimes as part of a Willow Springs workshop; together they created a multi-media canvas celebrating the season, which will be part of what transforms the McGoey’s home into a colourful winter solstice dreamland. Also turning holiday dreams into decorations were students from Agnew H. Johnson with paint, buttons and combined imagination. Willow Springs’ workshops with Recreation Therapy students at Confederation College, as well as the Painted Turtle, are producing trimmings for the McGoey home. All this community creativity coming together makes it hard not to feel a little fa la la in your step. A dazzling Candlelight Tour of the homes takes place on Saturday, November 12. This evening tour includes music, wine and appetizers at the Gallery to wrap up the night. Tickets are limited, and are $30. The follow all-day affair on Sunday, November 13th takes friends and families through the decked out homes. This is a chance to be enchanted, to be inspired, and feel the spirit of the season. Tickets for the Christmas House Tour are $20.

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The Weber Brothers Pack the House at the Apollo By Greg Carveth

Ryan Weber, Sam Weber, Shai Peters, and Emmett Van Etten comprise the Weber Brothers—a band of musicians who have toured relentlessly for the past decade, playing venues all over Canada, the United States and Europe and carving out a reputation as one of the best live acts on the continent. They made this abundantly clear Saturday, October 15th in front of a packed house at the Apollo bar in downtown Thunder Bay. Their first set was a formidable collection of songs from their seventh and latest album Baddest Band in the Land. With the audience warmed up and the dance floor primed, The Weber Brothers unleashed a powerhouse second set that was laced with their strongest originals and covers by The Band, Bob Dylan and an encore medley that began with “Wanna be Starting Something” from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album and wandered into “The Crunge” by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and finished with half of the B-side to Abbey Road.It was an extraordinary finale to an evening that left the crowd sweating and cheering for more.

We Are The City We Are the City came back to Thunder Bay on October 6th, after a short break from their last tour earlier this year. Not that it was much of a break - over the past few months they released a new 7th album and a half hour video to go with their High School EP. With a slew of new material, they filled half their set with new songs, three of which are unreleased, and played to a larger fan base. As always, We Are The City played a captivating show. So much happens between the three guys you don’t know where to look. This show was especially interesting because the original guitarist, David Menzel, returned for the tour and to record their second full length this fall. They played one of the most energetic shows this year and having David back in the line-up definitely facilitated a more comfortable show and, as always, some of the most entertaining drumming I have seen.

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Matthew Good Playing Outpost in November By Greg Carveth

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Established Canadian musician Matthew Good is coming to the Outpost on Sunday, November 6th. Good has been a part of the Canadian music landscape since the grunge days of the early 90’s, when the Matthew Good Band rose out of the British Columbia music scene to worldwide fame. Good will be at the Outpost in support of his fifth solo album, Lights of Endangered Species. Tickets are $34.95 in advance, $39.95 at the door; advance tickets available at

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Bringing some Thunder to the Bay By Tracy Sadgrove

Big Sugar, one of most prolific bands in Canada, is currently on tour promoting Revolution Per Minute, their 6th album to date and first collaboration as a collective in 10 years. Multi-Juno nominees Wide Mouth Mason will open the show, making it a busy night for Mr. Gordie Johnson, who not only fronts Big Sugar, but is the bass player for Wide Mouth Mason. Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason play Novembe r 12 at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Tickets are $31and available at the box office or online at

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Food Music 20 year-old guitar phenom Tyler Bryant opened up for Jeff Beck with an electified-acoustic set

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Multiple Standing Ovations By Tracy Sadgrove

A chill was in the air but the scene was hot at Thunder Bay’s Community Auditorium as legendary guitarist Jeff Beck (accompanied by opener Tyler Byrant—a must-see up-and-comer) played to a nearcapacity crowd on Friday October 21. Beck, currently on the Canadian leg of his North American tour, wowed the audience with an impressive two-hour set resulting in multiple standing ovations throughout the evening. A well-blended mixture of past favourites like “People Get Ready” and “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” along with covers of Hendrix ‘s “Little Wing,” and an unparalleled version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” showed Beck’s diversity and musicianship. The almost entirely instrumental show was a melodic blending of Beck’s superior skill. His guitar was the lead vocalist—a wailing wah-wah—and his licks were laced with his definitive boogie-woogie groove—all without the use of any pedals or other apparatus. Beck ended his set with a unique adaptation of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” then bid farewell. But the crowd wanted more. After thunderous stomps and chants, Beck promptly returned to the stage and gladly reciprocated. “How High the Moon,” a tribute to Les Paul, was the first of four encores. Beck concluded the performance with an amazing rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”


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David Simard with Clay Breiland One-Two Punch By Peter Jabs

Longtime friends Clay Breiland and David Simard delivered a one-two punch of a show. Once more the gorgeous sound at the Apollo helped convert the venue into a cozy den, where Clay warmed up the audience with his rootsy, country-folk, and David knocked them over with stark arrangements of his original material. When the pals played together on stage they tastefully dovetailed their sounds to fit without stepping on toes.

Well-received at his Thunder Bay Blues Fest gig, Clay is a protégé of local music scene veterans Wayne Breiland, his father, and Tom Simkins, a custodian at Clay’s former school. He soulfully performed a wideranging repertoire, including Doc Watson, which served to mellow out the crowd. Even the spontaneous riffs rolling off his fingertips between songs were working for him.

David Simard, presently based in Montreal, continued the mood with earnestly and artistically sung songs accompanied by his hollow-bodied electric guitar, bringing to mind Jeff Buckley. You can hear many of David’s, CDs—including his latest effort with the band Slower, Lower—on his website, .

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TBSO Fast Forward

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The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 51st season opened on October 13th with an auspicious announcement: the TBSO is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Art Council’s Vida Peene award. The jury recognized the orchestra as a “vital organization in this northern city” and noted the “excellent commitment to Canadian composers and soloists.”

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Fast Forward delivered on the promises of the award. An appreciative crowd enjoyed the rapidfire overture On the Double from young Toronto composer Jordan Pal, quickly followed by Air by Philadelphia composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Kernis describes Air as “a love letter to the violin,” and clearly he is fond of the flute, oboe and clarinet as well. Air brought Canadian violinist and soloMEDITERRANEAN CUISINE ist Mark Fewer to the stage. Fewer articulated yearning and fire from his instrument as he brought Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) to life. The audience was shaken from the gypsy spell cast by the crimson-spectacled violinist with a selection he had himself arranged from the Miles Davis Suite – Nardis. Arthur Post, freed from his podium, sauntered out with a bass in tow and joined the violinist in an inspired and entertaining finish to the first half.

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Schuman’s Symphony No. 2, Op.61 made up the second half of the evening. The notes about the work in the program provide insight into and empathy for the life and work of the composer. This symphony was achieved in the space of three weeks in 1845, not long after the composer had written to a fellow composer: “Drums and trumpets in C have been blaring in my head. I have no idea what will come of it.” What came of it is still being brought to life by musicians, 165 years later.

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Rodney Brown and his Northern Roots Band Launching of the William McGillivray Memorial Plaque Project By Peter Jabs

As most of you know, our Rodney is perhaps the most renowned musician northwestern Ontario has to its credit. One of his latest endeavours is to explore our early history in song: the result being the 2004 Ian Tamblyn produced album The Big Lonely and 2009’s North Land. In his work are sketches of people famous and humble who were important to our early days as a fur trade outpost. These include traders, voyageurs and Anishinabe women who became “summer wives” to men such as William McGillivray, Fort William’s namesake. The William McGillivray Memorial Plaque Project was launched at the performance of Rodney Brown and band October 8th at the Apollo. The Chief Director of the North West Company was buried in London’s St. James Piccadilly Church in 1825. During the Blitz of World War Two his grave was destroyed, and since 2007 Rodney has been working for a restoration. A John Mackett designed t-shirt is being offered for sale--the proceeds of which “will help fulfill my quest to someday return to the church to sing ‘The Big Lonely.’” Mackett’s silk-screened art on the shirt includes a rendering of the canoe from the McGillivray’s Coat of Arms, which will be engraved on McGillivray’s new burial stone. Visit for more details.

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The sound was great, the band was swingin’ and people were drinking, laughing and dancing. More importantly, a Rodney Brown show prompts us to think about who we are. What will our character be as we mature as a city? As we become more aware of and celebrate our history, we become more rooted and thus more able to understand and deal with challenges and conflicts that arise. We come to know ourselves better.

Alyssa Reid + Neverest Very Young Pop Appeal By Greg Carveth

On October 12th the Outpost played host to pop acts Neverest and Alyssa Reid. The all- ages event was abuzz for rising stars Neverest, who, fresh off of a tour opening for every little girl’s dream—the New Kids on the Block—were out to please the small but very vocal crowd. The four-piece pop act carried the crowd away with thick harmonies and loud, sometimes undecipherable instrumentation, finishing up the set with their ubiquitous radio hit “Everything,” which was sung clearly and powerfully without the auto- tuners that are so obvious on the studio version. Next up was 18 year old Canadian pop star Alyssa Reid. Reid shared the stage with a guitar player, a bass player and a drummer, who were clearly solid musicians, yet after the introduction of each song when the beat inevitably dropped, there was a phantom synthesizer that completely dominated everything in the mix, including the vocals, but was nowhere to be found on stage. This discrepancy did not dampen the spirits of the young fans who were front and center, screaming adoration after every song. The massive merchandise table, the phantom instruments, the house music laced with the promoter’s ads, and the performers pausing between every song to push their fans to buy the album all gave the evening a feeling of insincerity. It was a carnival-like atmosphere that distracted the show from the music and focused on making money and getting Facebook hits from the most valuable demographic in pop music—the adoring young fans. The Walleye


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Oh Susanna and The Abrams Brothers

A master songwriter By Tiffany Jarva

By Larry Hogard

A pleasant and exhilarating evening of music was hosted by the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, featuring Oh Susanna and The Abrams Brothers. Oh Susanna is a seasoned singer/songwriter, who sings bittersweet songs of desperation and hope with a voice more sweet than bitter. She opened the evening with her acoustic guitar and a handful of songs and stories of love, loss and redemption that drew in the audience’s attention. . The Abrams Brothers joined Oh Susanna for a few songs, which made for an easier musical transition, from soft and supple to a heavier country backbeat. The Abrams Brothers (John, James and cousin Elijah) are a band of young musicians who command a bluegrass style with conviction. They are musically mature beyond their years and they have a confident stage presence that allows them to perform flawlessly. Their set included originals as well as covers of Steve Goodman’s train song “City of New Orleans” and an instrumental of the standard “Lady Be Good.” Oh Susanna joined The Abrams Brothers for a few numbers before the brothers closed off the show with some high-octane tunes that left the audience dazed and satisfied.

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In its eleventh season of presenting live, professional folk music, The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society welcomes Brock Zeman to their November line-up. Known for his sense of humour and great melodies, Zeman has been described as a “master songwriter” and “emerging Canadian powerhouse,” drawing comparisons to muchloved Canadian performer Fred Eaglesmith. Zeman will take the stage, following up his latest release, a largely acoustic album titled Ya Ain’t Crazy Henny Penny, at the Finn Hall on November 5 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for non-members, available at the Hoito, Fireweed and Chalek/Ostrom Outdoors.

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Oh Susanna is promoting her latest CD, called Soon the Birds, and The Abrams Brothers latest release is Northern Redemption.

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Music 5. The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Why?

Burnin’ to the Sky By Gord Ellis

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Thunder Bay musician Olivia Korkola is just barely out of high school, and yet she has already had an amazing musical career. She’s recorded her own CD, jammed with Ashley MacIssac, and is now tackling the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Impressive for sure, but let’s see how she does when faced with the Burnin’ to the Sky bakers dozen. 1. What’s the cool/nerd ratio of Berklee musicians?

I’ve come across all kinds at Berklee, ranging from total World of Warcraft guitar playing guys from France, to a trumpet major who is planning on having his own magic show in Vegas doing card tricks. 2. What has been your most awkward Berklee moment so far?

Without a doubt, it was when I went for my entrance audition last March. I didn’t realize that it was THE Mark O’Connor who was my juror until the assistant in the hallway asked how “Mark” was, during my audition process. Right then, I knew it was THE Mark. In the fiddle world, there is only one Mark. 3. Describe the coolest thing you’ve experienced so far?

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Being able to have Darol Anger as my private teacher. But one thing I’m looking forward to, and possibly the coolest thing, is yet to come this February—having a clinic with Paul Simon!!! 4. Ashley MacIsaac is on your album. Any stories to share?

I was 12 when I first met Ashley. I was in a week-long fiddle workshop in Cape Breton, where on the final day the students performed at a local pub for anyone who wanted to listen. While leaving the stage, this guy got up and walked over to me and said, “Really nice, you’re a great player.” I wondered which one of my classmates’ father this was. When I got back to my seat my mom said, “You know who that is, don’t you? That’s Ashley MacIsaac!” Later that year he learned I had started the CD project and sent a message saying he’d love to record a tune with me. Needless to say, I was extremely happy!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my parents debate about this exact question. The ROLLING STONES!!! They were the bad boys. The Beatles seemed too clean cut and happy (even if they weren’t). The Rolling Stones were about breaking the rules and causing excitement. I’m not sure if the Beatles ever got banned from playing on television, but everybody knows that the Stones did. They named themselves after a blues song, they sang blues songs, and loved the blues. The Stones have a heavier sound, which defines rock and roll. They were basically the precursor to metal. 6. What would you ask John Mayer?

What kind of gigs he started off doing and where, what teachers he had here at Berklee, and what it was like collaborating with Tony Bennett. 7. Who has the better music collection: your Mom or Dad? Why?

Both have great taste, and both have influenced me in many ways! My dad showed me heavier rock, bluegrass, funk and jazz, while my mom introduced me to the Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Celtic music. 8. What’s your biggest temptation?

I’d love to go to one of the private Stradivarius auctions in England and drop $4,000,000 on a violin. 9. If Prince called and wanted you to go to Paisley Park would you go? Discuss.

YES, in a heartbeat! Aside from the history there, I’d go just to say I went. I would like to lay a violin track down to some of his tunes. I’ve had some ideas for a while. 10. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Why?

I would be a maple. They look beautiful in the fall, and they sound great when used for tonewood. I’d love to be made into an instrument...haha. 11. If there’s a rock n roll heaven...who should be playing drums?

My dad. 12. The best band I ever saw live was...?

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. 13. What’s the thing you most miss about Thunder Bay?

The silence at night, my family and friends, sauna and lakes, and of course, the Persians! Note: Right before going to print, Olivia was nominated for the “Young Performer of the Year” Award at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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OfftheWall The Cellist of Sarajevo

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Red Hot Chili Peppers It has been 28 years since The Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first show, under the name Tony Flow and the Miraculous Masters of Mayhem, opening for a friend’s band. Soon after that gig, they landed their first record deal. Nine albums later and countless line-up changes, and after a five-year hiatus, the RHCP are back. On their new album, I’m With You Now, they’ve almost completely dropped their high energy rap-rock style, contributing to a more melodic rock band sound. They have kept elements of their past and Anthony Kiedis’ jazz background is still present. Over all, I’m With You Now has all the things that the past few albums had with slightly less funk, and without long time guitarist John Frusciante, who left the band after their world tour for Stadium Arcadium.

Victor Hugo once remarked, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Vedran Smailović, the title character in Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo, embodies this sentiment precisely. In the spring of 1992, at the beginning of the fouryear siege of the city, he witnessed 22 people die as they waited to buy bread. For 22 consecutive days after this, he played Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor in their honour, surrounded by the rubble of destroyed buildings. Word of his playing quickly spread, and a city torn apart by war was momentarily united through music. Smailović is the only historical figure in this novel. Three other characters, entirely fictional, illustrate the unimaginable day-to-day reality of death and desolation that brought the cellist to his mission: Arrow, a female sniper; Kenan, a father collecting water for his family and neighbour; and Dragan, a man simply trying to cross a street on his way to work. All are ordinary people, attempting ordinary things, in a world where ordinary has been blown to pieces. -Rosemary Melville

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Adam and the Amethysts Flickering Flashlight, the sophomore release by Adam and the Amethysts, is an album of reminiscence. Adam Waito has returned to his signature Canadiana-balladeering style of lyrical storytelling with his stunningly understated voice, accompanied by the tender harmonies of the Amethysts. The sound is a Montreal take on lo-fi 60’s pop, supported by finger-picked melodies, fuzz guitar, brushed-snare rhythms and some piano, organ, and cello thrown in for good measure. The result is greater than a just a collection of songs; Waito creates the feeling of hopefulness in uncertainty, conjuring comfort in longing. The Amethysts evoke an emotional journey for the listener, while still managing to be playful in Waito’s examination of breath-holding and finger-crossing. The album itself, available on CD, MP3 and a beautiful LP, is a delicate visual Thunder Bay production: the cover is a painting by ceramic artist and painter Carly Waito, who is also Adam’s sister; on the sleeve is a photo by photographer and visual artist Keith Catton, and the back cover shot is snapped by Waito himself—all of whom are sometimes-Thunder Bay kids. Please check out their latest video online, “Dreaming.” They are playing a series of live shows across Eastern Canada in the coming months, and we can only hope that includes a trip to Adam’s hometown, Thunder Bay. -Julia MacArthur

Eye Lake

Tristan Hughes At the Thunder Bay launch of his latest novel, Eye Lake (Coach House Books, 2011), Atikokan-born author Tristan Hughes talked at length about how an important part of his writing process is finding his narrator’s voice. And certainly, Eye Lake is a novel about voices: not just the compelling voice of Eli O’Callaghan, the narrator—who despite being described as less than intelligent by his peers, has a keen eye for social observation and an inherent story-telling ability—but also voices from the past, whose haunting echoes reverberate throughout the book. Although he has been living in Wales for most of his life, Hughes is able to capture the essence of Northwestern Ontario through his careful attention to historical details, as well as through his obvious love of the landscape and sensitivity to northern themes. Loosely based on real historical events, Eye Lake is a provocative read for anyone interested in the intersection between the past and the present, as well as between fact and fiction. -Amy Jones The Walleye


Food Music Candace Twance/Sea Ballast Multitalented By Kathryn Lyzun

Candace Twance is a gifted, multitalented artist. Her songs are poignant and beautiful, her voice sweet and pretty. Her paintings are gorgeous—full of colour, life and meaning, and reflecting passion for her culture and deep respect for her ancestors. As an actress, she has had roles in the acclaimed locally-produced films Seeking Bimaadiziiwin and The Healing Lens. This young Ojibwe woman doesn’t dabble in art; she works at it. Right before we spoke, she competed in her first powwow dance at the Animikii Festival. A few weeks earlier, she was in the thick of the Biindigaate Film Festival, of which she’s a founding member. She’s painting, and completing her first solo album. And on top of it all, she’s a new mom. She’s incredibly busy, and loves it all. Shy and soft-spoken, you can hear her smile when talking about her work. She credits her parents for encouraging her to express herself through art and embrace her cultural heritage. “(My father) would say we are all given gifts from the Creator. If you take care of your gifts, they will take care of you,” she says. Demonstrating the strength and resiliency of First Nations people is important to Twance, and she uses traditional designs passed down through her family in her paintings. Vivid colours and fluid images tell stories both modern and ancient. Her piece titled “Urban Indian” received the Lakehead University Student Union’s Purchase Prize in 2006, while her beautiful acrylic on canvas titled “Loon Women” earned the Alumni Association Purchase Prize in 2008. Twance is from Pic Mobert First Nation, but grew up in Thunder Bay. She found her artistic voice in her teens, a tumultuous time. Music and art helped her cope. She taught herself to play guitar at 16, and her early songs reflected issues she faced. “I experienced racism in high school,” she says. “My song ‘Habits’ is about (that). Not about being bitter, though. The people who were doing it didn’t know any better. It’s about how we’re all just doing the best with what we have; what we’ve been taught.” Twance performs her acoustic folk-style music under the name Sea Ballast. Her songs are beautiful and sometimes haunting; her voice sweet like a child’s but singing powerful words. Sarah Harmer, Ani DiFranco and the Weakerthans are among her musical influences. She hopes to have her first album done by Christmas. After we spoke, what stuck with me was her answer to a question I didn’t even ask— what the name Sea Ballast meant to her. “In the Ojibwe culture, women are the keepers of water, and I feel really connected to this big body of water we live next to, and I will probably never leave,” she says. “And ballast is a heavy load carried by ships for stability on the water - essentially a burden that is carried for a purpose. I love that.”

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Andy Davies. Recently, Davies travelled from his hometown Lethbridge, Alberta to install Traveller’s Return—a commissioned public piece at Prince Arthur’s Landing. “The sculpture is based on a water droplet—a reference to the commanding waters of Lake Superior,” explains Davies. “It functions as a dialogue between the triple and the solitary- the community and the individual.”

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Davies is a firm believer that public art is one of the best ways to build community and activate a shared space. He hopes that Traveller’s Return will encourage the young and old to move around the art and see themselves along with the series of reflections within reflections in the mirror-finished surface.

Traveller’s Return New Public Art by Andy Davies Installed on Prince Arthur’s Landing By Tiffany Jarva

The skies, clouds and concrete reflect, fold and float across three large mirrored water droplets. “I wanted to create a piece based on the theme of Thunder Bay as a weigh station and crossroads for all the travellers that have come and gone over the years,” says artist

“When I first looked at Thunder Bay and saw all the other public art I realized that the city’s commitment to public art was quite ambitious for a city this size,” says Davies, who has been commissioned for public art projects in other cities such as Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge. Davies also says it’s an honour to have his piece installed here. “I personally think Thunder Bay is among the frontrunners in Canada in public art and creating an art community.” To see more photos and details about Traveller’s Return, check out

When you meet someone who has funneled so much of their energy into creating art and integrating it into their life, and who wholeheartedly loves the north—yes, every isolated and bitter cold moment—you can’t help but have some of that rub off on you. That’s what happens when you meet artist Crystal Nielsen. You find yourself looking differently at the way you chop carrots for dinner, or how you choose to rake the leaves in your yard, because, as she puts it, “we as humans are always balancing the function with the aesthetic. We perform a function, but we also have our own unique touch.” Further to that, she believes that everyone is naturally an artist. “The arts are our language. Before we learned to read and write, we drew, we danced. There has always been a desire for humans to make a mark,” she says. Nielsen has sculpted glass, created silver jewellery, and tackled large projects like designing and painting the mural on the Fireweed building. “When I paint, I like to be able to touch, and sculpt with the brush and the paint. Sometimes I use crow feathers,” she says. Texture, bold colour and a sense of humour or whimsy flavour Nielsen’s art. There is a hint, too, of an Expressionism influence—albeit one that is derived from a distinctly northern inspired aesthetic. “Nature is my muse,” she says. “I believe that isolation fuels creativity and there is so much inspiration that we can take from the lake, the mountains, and the rocks that we have here.” In her role as Regional Manager of Learning Through the Arts for Ontario North, Nielsen uses the arts to teach non-arts curriculum. “We do things like use visual arts to teach math and dance to learn science. It really enhances what they are doing in the schools and engages everybody,” she explains. Another way that Nielsen is engaging people through the arts is as the current artist in residence at Painted Turtle Art Shop. She is offering a variety of workshops that have been designed to appeal to every level, with a focus on teaching the tools and techniques. “I provide the skeleton, and you add the flesh,” says Nielsen with a mischievous glint in her eyes. And you know, she kind of has a point. At a time when the landscape is barren, introducing (or reintroducing) yourself to art through the eyes of an artist seems like a good first step towards embracing the season with a little more warmth and colour. Visit for detailed workshop information. Crystal Nielsen’s work can be seen at both Painted Turtle Art Shop and at Fireweed. The Walleye


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On an uncharacteristically hot October afternoon, potter Crystal Sohlman has rolled her wheel outside, throwing clay while flaming fall leaves dance in the breeze behind her. By Tiffany Jarva

Crystal Sohlman of Sparks Pottery admits she is considered a “young” potter in this area. She started dabbling in pottery just over five years ago and began pursuing as a business opportunity about three years ago, when she moved to Murillo from Edmonton. Now the Chairman of Thunder Bay’s Potters Guild, Sohlman sees creating pottery as an ideal way to still work and stay at home with the kids. “I like to be my own boss,” she laughs. “I’ve always been creative and like taking this [holds up a lump of clay] and making something out of it. I am also very practical.” Recently, Sohlman’s low-fired horsehair “Acceptance” pieces were selected for CraftCurrents: Contemporary Craft in Northern Ontario (the Ontario Crafts Council’s 2011-2012 tour is on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery


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until October 30th before heading to Sault Ste. Marie). In designing the tiny and intricately detailed pieces, Sohlman used burnt horsehair which “dances on the pot” and “chooses” its own path, essentially creating a design that is out of the potter’s control - sort of like life Sohlman muses. “For me,” she says, “it’s more of a process of learning by doing and jumping in with both feet.” That said, Sohlman admits that it’s tough for her to create anything purposeful if she doesn’t have a plan in place. “I like to sit down at the wheel with a focus in order to have something turn out.” She also explains that after throwing multiples, it can be very difficult to “mentally switch over” to create other pieces. Currently, Sohlman is prepping teapots, stemless wine glasses, and more for this year’s Christmas pottery show, “You can’t do this overnight,” she smiles. For each piece the entire process (create, fire, cool) takes about five to six days. “It takes a few weeks to get ready for a show,” she says. Most of Sohlman’s work is through commissioned pieces. “I especially like knowing who I’m creating a piece for and then I can try to make it fit with their personality.” Sohlman’s Sparks Pottery is available at this year’s 33rd Annual Christmas Pottery Show and Sale at the Valhalla, Nov 19-20th and at the December Dreams Show at the CLE, Dec 5-6.



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Willow Springs Creative Centre Using Creativity to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others Story + Photos by Amy Vervoort

At the heart of Willow Springs Creative Centre is an incredible love of creativity, respect for nature, and a desire to share. Genuine passion from Judi Vinni, Environmental Artist and founder of Willow Springs Creative Centre along with Liisa Leskowski, Kathy Toivonen, and Lea Hayes, joins resourceful forces with local artists to make a difference in the lives of others. For Willow Creek, enjoyment of the journey through creative expression is significant, and the personal development that comes from the process is what matters most. Their programs, inspired by nature and the people of Thunder Bay, reach out to the community through workshops and special events. Together, sixteen in-house

artists from the Thunder Bay area share their skills and passion for creativity with community living partners, schools and youth groups, social service clients, and the general public. Training programs and thoughtfullycrafted kits provide limitless possibilities, imaginable with a little creativity.

Therapeutic gardening programs and a beekeeping project unite agriculture with the arts. At Willow Springs Creative Centre bread is baked outdoors, in a wood-fired oven—in use, but currently under “artistic construction” as a tile mosaic begins to tendril around the bricks.

Time spent to broaden the imagination is valuable, and often taken for granted. At the old Koski’s Store in Lappe, where Willow Springs has grown since 2002 as an Artisan Gift Store and Studio, faeries have been known to play in the forest, and Mad Hatter tea parties take place in summer. Accessible vegetable beds and butterfly gardens surround the shop, filled with arts and crafts touches, personalized and human.

Willow Springs is a non-profit organization. For more on the many ways they touch our community visit their website, , or ask about them at The Painted Turtle Art Shop. For more information call 768-1336, or by email, Definitely Superior’s Publishing House By Katie Zugic

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This November, Definitely Superior will be releasing their 3rd annual Zine, a compilation of work from local artists spanning disciplines from painting to writing. The Zine encourages the development of multi-disciplinary artists in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. According to managing editor Renée Terpstra, the intent is that the Zine “will focus on publishing inspiring contemporary-traditional to experimental writing, as well as visual art, spoken word and music (in the form of audio CDs included in our publications) that constitutes, like a force of nature in power and effect, that which excites, illuminates and transforms, thus making an elemental expression upon the reader, viewer and listener.” DefSup only recently started their new publishing house, burning.books. press, although their first publication as a gallery was back in 1988, called Remote Control—Thunder Bay’s Magazine for the Arts. Another anthology, entitled Fuel, will be coming your way in the next few months—a similar concept to the Zine, but slightly more selective, with the ultimate goal of enabling regional authors to be eligible for professional writing creation grants. The publications will be launched and sold locally at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, and made available at local retail outlets, Library and Archives Canada, and at national publishing festivals. The magazine is available for $5 at Definitely Superior Art Gallery. For any questions involving or submissions to one of the compilations, please contact Renée Terpstra, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 807-344-3814 or e-mail her at burningbookspress@

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Winterer’s Gathering 2011 Tents, Tales and Traditions By Michelle McChristie

When the last few leaves disappear from the trees, and the air has an undeniable chill, some people long for a warm vacation while others eagerly await snow and the deep freeze of winter. The Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival at Grand Marais’ North House Folk School is a celebration of all things winter, centered around the crafts, pastimes and skills that make winter in the north enjoyable. The event, scheduled for November 17-20, will feature speakers, such as Isle Royale wildlife biologist Rolf Peterson, filmmaker George Desort and Canadian polar explorer Mark Terry. Terry, a dedicated environmentalist and a Community Leader with the David Suzuki Foundation, won the 2011 Gemini Humanitarian Award for his film The Polar Explorer. The film looks at the latest research about climate change in the Arctic and Antarctica—catch Terry’s talk and his film on Friday night. The film is part of the Arctic Film Festival that includes ethno-historic, documentary and winter travel-related films. Films are free, but donations are accepted to support the festival.

This year’s featured instructor is winter camping legend Garrett Conover. He will offer four courses ranging in length from a half day to an overnight excursion. If winter camping is not your thing, there are 22 inspiring courses scheduled, including yurt building, blacksmithing, snowshoe-making, cooking and film-making (led by Desort). Other highlights of the event include a gear swap, contra dance, winter tent camp (ideal if you are looking to buy or make a yurt or a canvas tent) and several hour-long, drop-in seminars and demos focusing on everything from winter expeditions to living off the grid. Cost for seminars is $5 each, or buy a weekend pass for $25 and become a North House member. Don’t miss the BYOB (that’s bring your own bowl) chili feed on Saturday. The smell of chili simmering on the outdoor kettle and bread baking in the wood-fired oven is sure to tempt you to partake in this community feast. The cost is $10 at the door, chili is vegetarian with meat as an option. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit or call 888-387-9762.

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Think about it—if someone left a bottle of clear, unidentified substance in your home, would you pick it up and have a drink? Would you spray it all over your bathroom, or pour it on the floor? Because of advertising and strong brand recognition, we have been convinced that it’s okay to do just that. Something with “scrubbing bubbles” must be great, right?

Winter is in the air, amongst other things. As we batten down the hatches for a season spent mostly indoors, we can take a few steps to improve our indoor air quality. We cannot control everything found within our environment, but we can easily eliminate some toxins through simple lifestyle changes.

Marketers have lulled us into believing that we don’t need to know what it is, as long it works. But the fact is, a product that removes soap scum from the tub may also burn your skin, cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks or even cause hormonal changes over time. Some products contain some very powerful chemicals, including known carcinogens.

Skip the Pine-Scented Candles

Toxins are absorbed through our lungs and skin, and can lead to impacts ranging from headaches and asthma to effects on developmental and reproductive health. The synergistic effects of cumulative exposure are unknown. Scented products, such as air fresheners, candles, personal care products, cleaners, laundry detergents and fabric softeners contain a variety of chemicals used to create a scent. Listed as “fragrance” or “parfum,” this one ingredient can include hundreds of others, such as phthalates, a family of petroleum-derived plastic softeners used to make the scent last longer. Classified in the U.S. as a skin sensitizer and reproductive toxin, Health Canada has recently announced it will regulate it in the soft vinyl of children’s toys. This winter, stop using room deodorizers, air fresheners and scented candles. Instead, try some of the following to reduce toxins in your environment:

Simmer a cinnamon stick and some cloves in water

A simple rule of thumb is that if the ingredients are not listed on the bottle, then don’t use that product. Before WW II, most cleansers were made from common household products such as vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon juice, vegetable oil, pure soap and borax. Those products are still effective cleaners today, and in most cases, a lot cheaper than brand name alternatives. Visit EcoSuperior’s website and click on “Chemicals and Health” to learn more, and to find recipes for making your own cleaning products. Many retailers are also carrying pre-made product lines with safe formulations and listed ingredients. Be aware that the words “green” and “all-natural” are meaningless without a list of non-toxic ingredients. -Ellen Mortfield

Hand hewn fine silver jewellery, holloware and Fine Art

Northern Lights Gallery

Use pure essential oils in a tea-light diffuser

Linda L. Brown - Silversmith

Add a dab of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it in your vacuum bag

Marianne Brown ~ Goldsmith Lorna Anderson ~ Fallen Forge Alex Christian ~ Silver Jewellery Patrick Doyle ~ Paintings

Also try the following: Use low- or no-VOC paint Buy vinylfree shower curtains and avoid vinyl toys Pick up a home environment checklist from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit or download it from their website

Jean Paul

Ask smokers to smoke outside

Linda Brown

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Kyle Poluyko

society for not conforming to accepted “norms.”

“If the Night Ain’t Long Enough, They’ll Slow It Down”

Frankly Scarlet Productions Takes Us Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By Kyle Poluyko

The stereotypical image of a mental institution common room, with a diverse group of troubled patients mulling about or circled around a games table, is enough to unnerve most people. Frankly Scarlet Production’s presentation of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest does its best to bring the audience to that table. The play is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, whose own interactions with patients in a similar hospital ward formed his belief that these disturbed individuals were, in reality, simply shoved out of

The story revolves around such a group of patients, who have accepted the daily mundane routines that their confinement has brought, and struggle through the long, lonely nights of individual detention. The arrival of the dangerously outspoken Randall McMurphy (played by Steven Gothard), a drifter who may be representing himself as disturbed to avoid imprisonment for felony crimes, challenges the patients to think for themselves. He also ignites a battle of wits between himself and the domineering Nurse Ratched (Cynthia Olsen), who instills fear throughout the ward with subtle threats and belittling. The rigid Ratchet is determined to maintain her stronghold over the ward as McMurphy tries desperately to break her will. Director Jesica Bouvier certainly succeeds in bringing together a diverse ensemble, establishing a believable group of truly interesting patients who evoke the most interest, sympathy and understanding from the audience. Cynthia Olsen, in her first speaking theatrical part as Nurse Ratched, is to be commended for her handling of extensive dialogue. Gothard as McMurphy dominates the stage—sometimes too much—but yet allows us to get closer to the supporting players who may be more like us than we wish to believe. After all, peering in on the uncomfortable places of the human experience often invoke an empathy and understanding for which we rarely think we have the capacity. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ran October 19 through 22.

Bay Street Film Festival Another Successful Year By Tracy Sadgrove

Once again, this year’s Bay Street Film Festival was a great success. Thursday evening’s opening film Under the Red Star by local director Kelly Saxberg proved to be a thought-provoking and realistic portrayal of the historic labour movement in Thunder Bay at the turn of the century. On the light and airy side of things, noteworthy mentions include the comedic shorts : the Spanish film Rascacielos (Spain) by Mariana Torres, and Chopsticks by local filmmakers Ryan La Vi a and Diane Brothers. Two very poignant documentaries topped my personal picks, and although based on very different subject matter, both left me with the same overall feeling of how very lucky we are as Canadians. The U.S film At the End of Slavery is a disturbing— and sometimes graphic— look at present day slavery, from the underage sex trade in the Philippines to the child labourers in the brick factories of India. The film I Am (USA, India) is the intimate journey of lesbian Indian filmmaker Sonali Gulati, documenting her struggles and subsequent inability to come out before her mother’s death.


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Bay Street Film Festival En français By Tanya Gouthro

There was a Francophone presence at the Bay Street Film Festival this year, kicked off with some Random Acts of Poetry—some of which were en français! One of the films en français, Memoirs d’un magasin général, par Jocelyn Forgues, takes place in Moose Creek, Ontario. It is a touching story of a young girl learning the value of her community through her exploration of its history, and the new relationships she forges with some of its characters, all real members of the community of Moose Creek. In particular, Monsieur Provost, who owns the general store and is 91 years old, touches everyone’s heart with his story telling about his experiences in World War II and his return to his family’s store, where he continues to work 6 days a week, mais “pas le dimanche parce qu’il doit faire sa comptabilité”.


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Another film, Un fils, was inspired by the director André Gaumond and his personal experiences. Opening in the office of a psychiatrist in the midst of a very difficult session with an adolescent boy, this film explores with courage some very painful topics. Produced in conjunction with the Association québécoise de la prévention de la suicide, Un fils is provocative, enraging and full of hope. The purpose is to raise awareness in the hope of preventing victims of abuse from resorting to suicide, and to let them know that there is help available.

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Don’t forget us for holiday shopping! We have a wide range of art and crafts produced by local crafters and artists True North Community Co-operative 279 Bay Street (inside The Green House) 807-285-4294

Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-5

Under the Pearl Moon Connecting to the Natural World

Inspired by the story about a woman trying to live her life without garbage, well-known, award-winning local playwright Eleanor Albanese forays into the world of film as a means to address the “nature deficit” experienced by many, especially children, in today’s world. By Tiffany Jarva

Eleanor Albanese is pixie-like in her white blouse and dangling earrings, especially seated across the big table at Calico Coffeehouse. Her words, animated and thoughtful, tumble effortlessly and passionately when discussing her latest project, the film Under the Pearl Moon. “We have a natural longing to be connected with the natural world. If we’re cut off there is a true sense of loss,” explains Albanese. And as “brilliant and exciting” new technology is in terms of learning about many things, including the natural world, it is still on some level “kind of counterfeit,” when compared to the real experience, she says, “Children, I fear, are not always encouraged or given opportunities to develop connections with the natural world. Only then will any of us have the passion and desire to truly become responsible stewards of our earth.” In Under the Pearl Moon, an 11-year old urban girl, Pearl, spends time with an older aunt—an environmental activist in a remote cabin with no access to technology. Out of loneliness, Pearl is forced to explore the natural world around her, eventually establishing her own community and finding her “enchanted place.” In the end, says Albanese, “it is Pearl who discovers a sense of wonder and awe in nature, thus teaching her aunt how to return to that place of connection with the natural world.” Many years ago, inspired by a friend who reduced her garbage to a very small plastic bag per month, Albanese, along with composer Lise Vaugeois, wrote and toured a theatre piece, then titled Under the Moon with Aunt Birdie. This season the chamber orchestra version of the story will be produced by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. It was Under the Pearl Moon’s co-producer, Sonja Obljubek, who originally suggested that the play be adapted for film, and after many years of this suggestion percolating, Albanese (best-known as a playwright) decided to try her hand at writing a screenplay. Albanese says that the ultimate goal of the film is to connect to arts-based and hands-on environmental lesson plans for elementary school students. She hopes that beautiful and authentic art created by the students will spark interest and connections with the natural world, carrying forward the seed of the project. Visit to learn more.


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NSMA’s 21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend Nov. 4-6, 2011 Lutsen Resort, Lutsen, MN

Jamming/Workshops/Performance Featured Instrument: Guitar Instructor/Performers: Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley Details: Lodging: 1-800-258-8736 • Tickets sold at event

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery LET ME DRAW YOU!

All Ages -bring a friend and experience creative methods of painting & drawing each other Nov Thurs24 &Fri 25, 5-8pm Cost $30/pair all materials included

THE SHIRT OFF MY BACK! 14 to Adult –Seasonally inspired! Fri, Dec 2nd, 4pm-8pm, Cost $25 Bring a long sleeve cotton shirt

Creating an Appreciation and Awareness of Native Culture through Art


All Ages - recycled materials! Sat, Dec 3rd 11am-3pm Cost $15 materials included

7-1500 James St. S Thunder Bay, ON 807-577-2656

Haven’t We Met Before?

When Raphael painted you

Holding a baby unicorn

I was the boy who made the frame

And spent the day staring at you

And thinking, Haven’t we met before?

The first time was ten thousand B.C. Before we knew there was a C to be I wove my lamb’s wool to make a cloak To keep you warm in Galilee And I said, Haven’t we met before? Or perhaps it was the time before that Two bears curled in our den I stroked your fur with my great paw You licked it once, you thrilled my heart And I growled, Haven’t we met before?

Jumping forward many centuries You were Zelda, I was Scott S & Z Furnishings You’re Credit’s Good! When we heard of writers with our names It made us laugh in our white wood frame And we wondered, Haven’t we met before? I have cherished every day That I’ve known you in every way You are at once the lion and the lamb As for me I’m Thurber’s unicorn

Who blinks his eyelids and says ‘Hi Love’

And thinks how many times we’ll meet...


-Hubert O’Hearn The Walleye


NovemberEventsGuide theArts Food November 3, 7pm

November 6, 11:30am-4:30pm

November 11, 6-11pm

November 12 and 13

November 19, 10am

Thunder Bay Lions Club Two Bit (Chinese) Auction

Wedding Wishes Formal Fair

World Vision Ethnic Dinner and Entertaining Auction

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Christmas House Tour

21st Annual Christmas Parade

Oliver Road Community Center This auction will help raise funds to help support the puchase of a new digital ophthalmology camera for the Lions Vision Care Center at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. Admission is $4 and there will be cake, coffee and prizes. November 3

Art Classes & Workshops

The Painted Turtle Have you always wanted to paint or draw? Starting November 3, there will be several workshops offered at the art shop for all ages and interests.  November 4, 8pm

Wine, Conversation & Song with Jim Cuddy

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo returns for a very special stage door evening. He will play songs and answer questions about his music, his life and his experiences.  November 4-6

21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

Lutsen Resort Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a great weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans, with a focus on a specific bluegrass instrument. It’s a three-day jamming/ workshop/concert event in a relaxed setting, and a wonderful opportunity to connect with bluegrass friends. This year’s featured instrument is the guitar, and instructor/performers are Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley.  www. November 5, 6pm

An Evening of Fabulous Food, Marvelous Music of India & Dynamic Bhangra Dance

Italian Cultural Centre Raag-Rung Music circle presents an evening that promises to nourish mind, body and soul. Tickets are $60 per person ($5 off when buying a full table of 10 and for seniors/students).  Raag-RungMusicCircle@Shaw. ca  577-5641 November 5, 5pm

A Wine Affair

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Enjoy food and wine from around the world and bid on silent and live auction items. 

Valhalla Inn - Ballroom and Scandia Rooms This show offers one-stop shopping for brides and grooms to-be. See over 85 wedding specialists and fashion shows.  November 8, 7pm

The Art and Craft of Story

Valhalla Inn An evening full of great food and unique packages up for bid including art work from around the world. All proceeds to help war-torn countries.  November 11-12, 7:30pm

Waverley Library Auditorium Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop presents The Art and Craft of Story, a workshop with Thunder Bay writer Amy Jones, author of the award-winning short fiction collection What Boys Like (Biblioasis, 2009). The workshop is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Lakehead Thunderwolves vs. Guelph Gryphons

November 9, 9am-3:30pm

November 11 & 12

Aboriginal Workforce Resource Conference

Victoria Inn A one-day event providing information on employment, education, and training for aboriginals within Thunder Bay and the region. Go online for more information and to register.  November 10, 7pm & 9:10pm

NOSFA Film: Beginners

Silvercity Theatre This film was an audience favourite at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and is a moving and at times hilarious portrait of family, love, loss, and self-discovery. 

Fort William Gardens Purchase tickets at the Fort William Gardens for season and nonconference games.  625-2929.  www.thunderwolveshockey. com/schedule.asp

Confederation College Cabaret Series: Shining Moments

Italian Cultural Centre Featuring Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor and Kim Erickson, mezzosoprano. Cost: $35 General, $15 Student November 12, 11am-4pm

Small Works “Holiday” Fine Art Show & Sale

Local Colour Art Gallery There will be artists in attendance and plenty of local art for sale.  November 12, 8pm

Sweet Charity Coffeehouse

Valhalla Inn Work as a team to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay. The first 5 teams to raise $500 will get to build their Gingerbread House for the auction event on the following Sunday. 

Finn Hall Former Diamond in the Rough, Gary Phillips and friends return to the music scene with Sean Mundy, Cheryl Grand, Kevin O’Neil and guests to offer new original music as well as covers. Come out for a libation, some home-grown music and support those who sacrifice on our behalf. Proceeds to support Wounded Warriors Canada. Doors open at 7pm. $20 at the door, first come first served seating.

November 10-12, 16-19, 8pm

November 12, 10am-3pm

November 10, 1-5pm

The Great Gingerbread House Build

The Importance of Being Earnest

Paramount Theatre Cambrian Players present this Oscar Wilde play - one that some consider to be the greatest farce ever written. Tickets are $20 available at the door or in advance at Steepers and Fireweed. Preview Night is November 10: $10 at the door and November 16 is Two-for$20-Wednesday, November 16 (door price only). 

Just in the Nick of Time: Arts and Crafts Fair

Nolalu Community Centre (at 2266 Highway 588) This show features many talented exhibitors - including arts and watercolour - gift wrapping provided and food and refreshments will be offered.  www.nolalucommunitycentre. com/2010ncc.006.htm

The perfect warm-up for the holiday season. The tour features four executive homes and gives the public a chance to take a self-guided tour to discover the latest decorating trends. The candlelight tour takes place on November 12 (6-9pm) with a reception at the Art Gallery from 8-10pm. The house tour is on November 13 (10am-4pm). Tickets can be purchased at Victoria’s Cupboard or the Art Gallery.  Until November 12


Magnus Theatre In this warm-hearted comedy, after pressure from his wife and her mother, Paul, aged 34, has agreed to drive his Grandfather-in-law, a 93 year old elderly snowbird, from Calgary to his winter home in Arizona.  November 17

Tbaytel Masterworks Series: At Home and Abroad

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Featuring Zenaida Romeu, conductor, Thomas Cosbey, violin and Marc Palmquist, cello. Cost: $45 General, $20 Balcony, $15 Student November 17-20

Winterer’s Gathering X & Arctic Film Festival

Grand Marais Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North. Coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, gear swap, community dancing, evening films, featured speakers and more.  events/winterer’sgathering.htm November 18-20, 25 & 26

Let’s Murder Marsha

Gilles Community Centre Mile Hill Melodrama presents this comedy about what happens when the tables turn on a happy housewife named Marsha after she mistakenly thinks she is going to be murdered at her upcoming birthday party. All performances are at 8pm, except for the show on the 20th which is at 2pm.  577-1091 November 19 (10am-5pm), 20 (11am-4pm)

33rd Annual Christmas Pottery Show & Sale

Valhalla Inn - Scandia Room 1 & 2 A not-to-be missed event. Free admission and a draw for a basket of pottery.  index.html November 19, 8pm

Yuk Yuk’s On Tour



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Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Featuring: Derek Seguin, Trevor Boris, and John Hastings 

Various Locations The parade starts at The Community Auditorium and stops at the CLE grounds. There will be collections of non-perishable food items and Canada Post will be picking up letters to Santa from the crowd. A good time to get into the Christmas spirit! November 19, 12-2pm


Ogden Community Centre Goalball is a sport for people of all ages and abilities. Two teams are blindfolded and must move the ball across the court past the other teams’ end line to score. Equipment is provided and it’s free.  625-3320 November 19 (10am-6pm) & 20 (10am-4pm)

Artisans Northwest Christmas Art and Fine Craft Show

Valhalla Inn This artist extravaganza is a must for everything from pottery to paintings.  index.html Until November 19

Faking It: Recent PaintingsJohn Kissick

Definitely Superior Art Gallery A critically acclaimed, internationally known, multi-award winning abstract painter, educator and writer, Kissick has been featured in major galleries/ magazines worldwide and is an award winning art critic/contributor for Canadian Art Magazine; Gallery 1.  Until November 19

Living With Ourselves-Ray Atwood

Definitely Superior Art Gallery See new contemporary painting assemblage artworks by Atwood, one of the premiere painters in Thunder Bay/Northwestern Ontario, in his first solo exhibition; Gallery 2.  Until November 19

Phillip Barker-4 Short Films

Definitely Superior Art Gallery A critically acclaimed, award winning, international, avante garde filmmaker and installation artist from Toronto, Barker has worked with Atom Egoyan and collaborated recently at Nuit Blanche utilizing film projection/ installation; Gallery 3.  November 22, 7:30pm

Lecture: History of Mining

Thunder Bay Museum Mark Smyk will present “Silver Threads and Golden Needles: A History of Mining in the Region.” 

NovemberEventsGuide November 25-26, 7:30pm

November 30

November 6

November 13

November 24

Lakehead Thunderwolves vs. Laurier Golden Hawks

City of Thunder Bay Public Art Program Call to Artists

Matthew Good

Larry and His Flask

Benefit - Evening in Support of Dominic Ziegler

Fort William Gardens Purchase tickets at the Fort William and non-conference games.  625-2929  www.thunderwolveshockey. com/schedule.asp November 26, 8pm

Music From the Big House

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium This interactive multimedia evening will feature a performance by Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli as well as clips from the movie “Music From the Big House.”  November 27, 1-4pm

Thunder Bay Museum Victorian Tea

Join local dignitaries and Royalty for this annual tea. Baked goods available for sale. Cost: $5.  November 27, 3pm-7pm

Thunder Bay Roller Derby League Spaghetti Dinner

Paulucci’s Wayland Bar & Grill Sit-down dinners cost $12/adult and $7/child or bring a take-out container and fill it for $10 ($6 more and you get an additional 5 meatballs). November 27, 8-10pm

Dave Curran Hypnotic Comedy Show Royal Canadian Legion Dave Curran’s show will be a blend of hypnotism and improv comedy. Presented in support of Easter Seals Ontario. Tickets: $25.  1-877-609-5439 Until November 27

Arthur Shilling

Thunder Bay Art Gallery The permanent collection spotlight showcases five paintings and one pastel drawing by Arthur Shilling.  November 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Chapters FUNdraiser

Chapters Bookstore Chapters Thunder Bay and the staff of the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) cordially invite you to a fundraiser. With every purchase made at Chapters in Thunder Bay, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated directly back to the LRCA (applicable to regular priced items only). Choose from a wide selection of books, candles, chocolates, decorating ideas, and much more! 

EMS Headquarters Sculpture Thunder Bay and District’s Superior North Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters is moving to a new, purpose-built facility. Canadian Artists and Artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to create site specific artwork for an area in front of the new building entrance. Guiding theme: The importance and relationship of time to human life and health.  calltoartists Until November 30


Men are encouraged to grow mustaches for the month of November to raise awareness and funds for cancers affecting men. 

Music Events November 2

Sam Roberts

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $30, All Ages, 8pm November 4

The Outpost $34.95 Advance/$39.95 Door, All Ages, 8:30pm November 10

Thunder Bay in Concert Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $TBA, All Ages, 7:30pm November 11


The Apollo $12 Advance/$15 Door, 19+, 8pm


[cks $5, 19+, 9pm November 12

Sunday Wilde Ruby Moon

Black Pirates Pub $/Time TBA November 14

Keep of Kalessin

Crocks $TBA, All Ages, 6pm November 15

Abigail Williams Crocks $TBA, 8pm

November 18

Jean-Paul De Roover The L.U. Study $5, All Ages, 7pm

Chantal Kreviazuk with TBSO Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $50, All Ages, 8pm


November 19

Big Sugar


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $31, All Ages, 8pm

Tonic Night Club $3, 19+, 9pm

Cheap and Easy

The Tea Party

Tonic Night Club $3, 19+, 9pm

Crocks $3 Advance, 19+, 8pm November 25

Greg Rekus

Black Pirates Pub $TBA, 10pm November 26

Empire Lies CD Release Party Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 9pm

Tea Time Drive Tonic Night Club $3, 19+, 9pm November 30

Building 429 - Peter Furler

Hope Christian Reformed Church $20, All Ages, 6pm

November 24 Roxy’s Nightclub $38, 19+, 7pm

Daft Punk Tribute Crocks $5, 19+, 9pm November 4

Monster Truck

Black Pirates Pub $7, 19+, 9pm November 5


The Outpost $18 General/$20 Door + Student Pricing, 19+, 8pm

Brock Zeman

Finlandia Club $20-25, All Ages, 8pm

Robert Lem & The Westfort Wedding Crashers Royal Canadian Legion $TBA, 9:30pm

Yukon Blonde Crocks $8, 19+, 9pm

Skull Fist

Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 9pm


Tonic Night Club $3, 19+, 9pm

After Party with DJ Elaty Crocks $5, 19+, 11:20pm

The Walleye



Vintage Hotel Bars


The Adanac

Storm Carroll

Sip a gin and tonic or slug back a beer: enjoying a few drinks in a place with history and character is sometimes half the fun.

The Wayland

The Royalton

By Tanya Gouthro The Hodder On Deck

Originally a hotel saloon built in 1887, On Deck is housed in one of the community’s oldest buildings - a building also known to have housed many types of entertainment, with some of it specifically adult in nature. Established in 1992 after the closing of the Waverley in 1991, today On Deck is often a gathering place for tree planters and university students. Their menu features a good selection of pub food, and they boast four pool tables, a jukebox, and free popcorn.

The Royalton

Built in the 30s, the owners of The Royalton think it might have once been a corner store. In the 1950s, it was renovated and extended into a hotel, and is presently still licensed as one. The Royalton is known for its iconic sign outside and the trap door in the sidewalk that is opened for beer deliveries (a second trap door, used for grocery drop-offs during its prime, has been closed for years due to an incident with a snowplow), The Royalton may be equally well known for its No Dancing policy.

The Wayland

Originally built in 1937, The Wayland will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012. Popular legend has The Wayland originally located on Bailey Ave. until it was dragged to its current location by the owner, Mr. Bernard—with his wife and two children still in the house—to serve as lodging for bushworkers, miners, and labourers. It is now a bar/restaurant and apartments. Known as a neighbourhood bar in Westfort, you can always count on being well looked after at The Wayland.


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The Adanac

Owned by Dave Popethanski and managed by a dedicated staff member who’s been there for 32 years and counting, The Adanac has a few claims to fame, one of which is the fact that they were the first hotel in the area to have a swimming pool. Another is that the restaurant has maintained a home-cooked standard since its beginnings. Deep in the Simpson St district,The Adanac was a hubbub of activity in this district’s prime. The hotel has two bar areas, one originally the parlour area reserved for gentlemen and their escorts, and the other lounge area functioning as sort of a ‘holding tank’ for those who wanted to wait out the supper hour in the bar. It doesn’t seem long ago that beer was 75 cents and drinks were 85 cents. The prices haven’t gone up as much as some; beer is now $2.85 and drinks are $3. The lounge area in particular is a well-maintained secret, well-kept and welcoming, where one can go if a quiet meeting place is sought, along with a quiet place to watch the game.

The Hodder

Most likely built in the 50s, The Hodder accommodated overnighters upstairs and served food and beverages downstairs. Rumour has it that at one point, women were only allowed in if they were accompanied by a man; the rooms have now been transformed into10 apartments (for men and women alike). The Hodder is now known as a neighbourhood bar, popular for karaoke, gathering, and general carousing.

The Westfort Tavern

The Westfort Tavern, also affectionately known as the Brown Street Station, is named after its original home, a fire station. Few who spend their weekends dancing away at this venue know that at one point in time horses employed to get water to fires were housed in its basement. Over the years, the Brown Street Station has changed hands a few times, but has been a tavern or bar for at least 40 years. Although it is no longer a hotel, there are apartments for rent in the building. One of the biggest nightclubs in the city, it has the potential to hold 700 people, and Allan Oger has high hopes and ambitious plans for its resuscitation. Stay tuned…there are different plans for almost every night of the week, a highlight being Birthday Fridays - where if you are celebrating a birthday and give appropriate notice, there will be endless perks which will make it more than worth the trip to Westfort.



A Month of Wane

By Marlene Wandel

It’s November. No one ever waxes philosophic about November; it is much more a month of wane than wax on all counts. This is the month of commemorating what is no longer here. November is the epilogue to the seasons of warmth and growth, the epitaph on summer’s gravestone, practically an epithet; November. Nothing bursts forth in November. This is a time of retreat, when the geese have gone south and many of our remaining flora and fauna have gone underground, dormant under the blanket of leaves that so recently decorated the woodland corridors. November is the monthin-between, having come too late for October’s colourful foliage, now lying limp, brown and sodden, and too early for December’s white and fluffy snow that magically renews landscape. Sometimes there is a leafy imprint on the sidewalk in November, a shadowy reminder of more well-endowed months. November comes on the heels of Hallowe’en, dragging itself into our collective consciousness with an undeniable tang of morning-after. Sugar hangovers, candy wrappers, and sticky costumes greet us on November 1st, and if that isn’t quite enough, don’t forget it’s the Day of the Dead. The dynamic duo of All Saints Day and All Souls Day also fall at the beginning of November, and for the secular rest of us, there is still

Remembrance Day. November is when the Edmund Fitzgerald mysteriously dove to her watery grave. There is a magic and meaning to celebrating and remembering those who have gone to the mystery beyond before us, and it is appropriate to do it in a month of cold fog and dark mornings. It does nothing however, to brighten the veil of grey that surrounds November. Thanks to the idiosyncrasies of international politics, we do have the lifting of the tyranny of daylight savings time to look forward to in November; at least in November we get to fall back into the pillows for one more blessed hour of sleep, or at least one more cup of tea. The inauspiciously named Black Friday falls in November; in financial terms, black might be the colour you want on the horizon, but as a descriptor for a pseudo-holiday, it sounds mighty bleak. Crushing mobs desperate to spend money in order to save money are not necessarily the recipe for good cheer, unless you’re the one counting the receipts at the end of the day. Reaching deep into the barrel, there is one more redeeming feature to November: Movember, a mustache-growing charity event that raises funds awareness for men’s health. Movember, for the most part, just makes December and its attendant razors more appealing, but does have charitable roots. Surprisingly, there is also a clearly defined, albeit short, set of rules, which curiously includes the formally worded Rule 3 “There is to be no joining of the moustache to the sideburns.” Thankfully, 30 days has September, April, June and November. It will be over soon, and it won’t be back for 11 months. It’s a good time to revisit indoor projects, to organize the basement, wax skis, make Christmas lists, and bake. Unless, of course, you’re a bear or a snake. Then it’s a good time to hibernate.

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345-9989 • 622-9999 The Walleye


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Ski-in/ski-out to the slopes at Lutsen Mountains. Eagle Ridge puts you right in the middle of it all. With amenities like fireplaces, Jacuzzis, an indoor /outdoor pool, and stunning mountain views, Base Camp is now redefined. or 800.360.7666



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Nov. 23-Dec. 25

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Serving Thunder Bay & Northwestern Ontario since 2008





2012 HONDA CIVIC LX Power windows & heated power side mirrors • AC with air-filtration system • Keyless entry • Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface • And much more!




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361 Memorial Avenue 807-345-0902 • 1-800-486-2144 *Limited time lease offer on any new 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan with Manual Transmission (Model FB2E4CEX) available through Honda Financial Services Inc., on approved credit. Representative lease example: 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan with Manual Transmission (Model FB2E4CEX) on a 48 month term at 1.99% lease APR, the monthly payment is $178 [includes $1,395 freight and PDI, EHF tires ($29), EHF filters ($1), A/C tax ($100), and OMVIC fee ($5)] with $2,240 down payment or equivalent trade-in, $0 security deposit and first monthly payment due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $8,543. 96,000-kilometre allowance; charge of $0.12/km for excess kilometres. **Receive 1.99% purchase financing on any new 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan (Model FB2E4CEX) for a maximum of 60 months available through Honda Financial Services Inc., on approved credit. Example: based on a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan (Model FB2E4CEX) on a 60 month term at 1.99% APR, complete price of $19,020 [includes $1,395 freight and PDI, EHF tires ($29), EHF filters ($1), A/C tax ($100), and OMVIC fee ($5). Excludes taxes, license, insurance, and registration], and 130 bi-weekly payments of $154. Cost of borrowing is $977 for a total finance obligation of $21,797. Down payment or equivalent trade-in on purchase financing offers may be required based on approved credit from Honda Financial Services Inc. ‡$1,000 Gas Card offer applies only to retail customer purchase, lease or finance agreements for new 2012 Civic models concluded between September 1, 2011 and September 30, 2011 at participating Ontario Honda retailers. $1,000 Gas Card offer includes GST, PST, HST, QST where applicable. For all offers: license, insurance, registration, PPSA, and other taxes (including HST and tax for fuel conservation, if applicable) are extra. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price. Offers only valid for Ontario residents at Ontario Honda Dealers. Dealer may sell/lease for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Vehicles and accessories are for illustration purposes only. Offers subject to change without notice. See your Ontario Honda Dealer or visit for full details. †Honda Civic received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact cars in a tie in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Initial Quality StudySM in the U.S. Study based on responses from 73,790 new-vehicle owners, measuring 234 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed in February-May 2011. Your experiences may vary. Visit ◊Based on Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) data reflecting sales between October 1997 and August 2010. ∆Based on Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) data reflecting sales between October 1973 and August 2010. ^Motor Trend Magazine, April 20, 2011; author: Ron Kiino ( MSN Autos; author: James Tate ( National Post, Apr. 20, 2011, author: Graeme Fletcher (

November 2011  
November 2011  

The November issue of The Walleye featuring: Karaoke in the City, Mayor Hobbs Interview, Big Sugar, Mathew Good, Olivia Korkola, Beer Tastin...