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On the Cover Multi-talented members of Cambrian Players at the Thunder Bay Museum’s historic streetscape. Pictured from left to right are: Beverly Gravelle MacLeod (director, actress and board member), Eva Burkowski (costume designer, director, actress and past president) and Richard Pepper (sound technician, composer, actor, and current president). All are wearing costumes from past Cambrian productions. Photo by Shannon Lepere

Amy joined The Walleye in 2010 as a writer and editor and has become a key member of our editorial team. She is an award-winning writer of short stories whose accolades include a CBC Literary Award, Metcalf-Rooke Award and publication in The Journey Prize anthology (2013). A self-described “displaced Haligonian,” Amy has embraced all things TBay (okay most—she doesn’t like camping) and is among our best tweeters. Follow her @amylaurajones.


ince we started The Walleye in the summer of 2010, we’ve been challenged to cover the breadth of theatrical experiences that are offered in Thunder Bay. And just when we think we have a handle on all of the local theatre groups, another one pops up, and then another. It’s a dynamic and evolving scene and the amount of talent involved is staggering. In leafing through Brodie Street Library’s local theatre files in search of information and ideas for this issue, I quickly realized the challenge before us: theatre is a huge part of our city’s history and it would be difficult to do it justice. Looking through the file filled me with excitement and, with the help of theatre professionals like Lawrence Badanai, Kyle Poluyko, and Eleanor Albanese, we’ve pulled together a timeline and scrapbook of local theatre, a look at what it takes to bring a script to life on stage, and a trip down memory lane to a 1970s Kam Lab performance at the Little Finn Hall. If you are a fan of theatre, this issue will hopefully make you nostalgic for the groups of the past and excited about those of the present and future. If you’re not, we hope reading this will pique your interest enough that you will check out an upcoming show. Also in this issue, we look at Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s massive and awesome Halloween party,The Hunger 8, TBSO’s family concert (Count Blacula is back), and we pay tribute to women’s history month by showcasing the city’s new online exhibit of women who have contributed to the history of Thunder Bay and the woman behind a Facebook group to discuss feminism. Plus, Chef Rachel Globensky shares her recipe for mulligatawny soup (one of two articles inspired by Seinfeld!), Bobbi Henderson tells about Thunder Oak Cheese Farm’s new location, and sommelier Jeannie Dubois gives us a crash course on wine (put those three together, and voila!). Finally, the Readers’ Survey is back with more categories and top notch prizes. Since we spend all year sharing what we love about Thunder Bay with you, we can’t wait to see how the votes stack up.

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6 CoverStory: Thunder Bay’s Evolving Theatre Scene ■ 10 Builders of Local Theatre ■ 11 Ghosts of the Little Finn Hall ■ 12 The Producers ■ 13 Spencer Hari ■ 13 Andrew Paulsen


■ 14 Mulligatawny Soup ■ 16 Food Truckin’

Until the Snow Flies ■ 17 Wine Styles 101 ■ 18 Gouda Going, Thunder Oak!


■ 22 Evelyn Konrad ■ 23 Gorelesque ■ 24 Lakehead Visual Arts

■ 34 The Who’s Tommy ■ 35 Hollerado ■ 35 Consortium Aurora Borealis Celebrates 35 Years


■ 26 The Hunger ■ 27 Yoga for Food ■ 27 Feminism on Facebook ■ 28 Hipster Doofus Halloween ■ 29 Thunder Bay Women

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Celebrated During Women’s History Month ■ 30 Bare Organics ■ 31 Hucked ■ 32 Retirement is not in its Future


■ 42 From Challenging Spaces to State-Of-The-Art Theatre


■ 20 NTLive ■ 21 The City Dark



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You might not be able to make it to Munich this year to celebrate the world’s largest fair, but luckily we have the next best thing right here in Thunder Bay: get out your tirolerhüte and lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest with the Port Arthur Rotary Club. Sponsored by Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. Your $25 ticket gets you admission, food, live entertainment from the Polka Pirates, and a commemorative beer stein. Beer will be on tap from Sleeping Giant Brewery (including an exclusive new brew just for this event!), Brent Park Store will be cooking up authentic German food, and the “Pretzel Mädchen” of The Sweet North Bakery will be in attendance with warm pretzels.


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Natalie MacMaster with the TBSO October 19 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Get ready for a Ceilidh! Cape Breton’s superstar fiddler Natalie MacMaster has performed with The Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana, Alison Krauss, and Yo-Yo Ma, and now the Juno Award-winning musician will be adding the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra to that list. This month, MacMaster will open the TBSO Pops series with an electrifying Celtic celebration conducted by Arthur Post that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your toes. Kilts are not required, but highly recommended—and if you’re going traditional, just remember that October can get cold in TBay.


The Hunger 8 October 26 Crocks, Black Pirates Pub, The Foundry, The Sovereign Room, Gargoyles, A Little to the Left, and Hell

The Hunger is more than a concert, more than a multi-disciplinary art event, more than a Halloween party, and more than a fundraiser. Now in its eighth year, The Hunger is DefSup’s biggest event, with 52 performance acts, 42 bands and DJs of all genres, and thousands in costume prizes at each venue. In true cabaret style, The Hunger features a heady mix of burlesque, drag queens, fire performers, jugglers, fringe theatre, belly dancers, film, roller derby girls, and more. Over 3,650 people attended last year, and even more are expected this year. $10 buys admission into all seven venues from 8 pm–2 am.

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Thunder Bay’s Evolving Theatre Scene

Enriching our Community, One Performance at a Time By Lawrence Badanai​


s a producer, director, writer, and performer, I have always believed in the transformative power of performing arts, and that power is apparent in our continually evolving Thunder Bay theatre community. As a theatre history junkie, even I was amazed when I sat down to collect all the beloved stories that I had been told by actors, directors, and many long-departed friends. I never knew how many there actually were until The Walleye asked me to start writing them down. As it is, I feel I’ve only graced one side of the stage, as there are still many more stories hiding in the wings. Theatre in Thunder Bay enriches both our community and everyone who takes an active part in it, onstage or in the audience. On either side of the footlights, the people involved represent a diversity of demographics, culture, life experience, but all have one thing in common—an appreciation of the arts. Theatre companies and their members sacrifice time and money, invite friends to join them, celebrate in the successes of their shows and bemoan missed opportunities. They aspire to create meaningful experiences for all participants on both sides of the stage, often overcoming huge challenges from budget restraints, artistic merit, and performance space availability. This is a community of theatre professionals who make theatre for the love of it, and the ideal of excellence is contagious. One theatre company’s triumph is what the next company learns from while


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Thunder Bay’s first dramatic society is organized at Prince Arthur’s Landing.


The Theatorium opens as the first theatre in Fort William.


Lyceum, a vaudeville theatre, opens in Port Arthur.


The Finnish Labour Temple opens and in years following hosts a series of live theatre performances organized by their full-time artistic director.


Orpheum Theatre opens in Fort William, the last of the vaudeville theatres to be constructed.


Fort William Little Theatre is founded.


Lakehead Little Theatre Community Players is founded.

Eleanor Drury, Harvey Bradley, and Eileen Williams create the Community Players of Port Arthur.




Masquers Dramatic Guild of Port Arthur is founded.


Paramount Theatre, a cinema, opens in Port Arthur

Community Players of Port Arthur moves into an old church on Red River Road and transforms it into their performance venue. They are only able to remain in the theatre for a year before it is demolished to create a parking lot.

developing their own craft. The joy of making theatre comes from the power of creation, the rush of endorphins after a performance, and the pleasure of artistic freedom, no matter the genre or role: onstage or backstage, a splendidly silly comedy or a deeply moving tragedy. To achieve all of this, theatre companies must have courage. I know personally that courage exists in community theatres here in Thunder Bay, as I have witnessed it: the courage to bankroll the next production, take a risk on a alternative production, to step onstage. This courage is evident not just in the actors, but all the artists behind the scenes, from those who paint, decorate, and craft a set, to those who run the lights and call the cues. If theatre is the coming together of all the arts, I thank all live theatre practitioners in Thunder Bay for bringing all those arts to life for our mutual enjoyment. In the words of the late Dusty Miller, “Community theatre groups are, fortunately, not static things. People come and go and so do ideas and attitudes about theatrical styles and goals. What remains constant is the challenge, the joy of the work, and the opportunity of coming to know well and love some wonderful people.” She couldn’t have been more right when she wrote that in 1974. And her sentiments continue to ring true today. Here’s to the next audition, rehearsal, and opening night of another community theatre production! May you all break a leg.

Orpheum and Lyceum - Both the Orpheum and Lyceum were built for stage productions and even had box (loge) seats for audience members. The Orpheum was the more luxurious of the two theatres and was destroyed by a fire. The Lyceum still stands on Cumberland Street; however, the interior was gutted and converted into office space in the 1970s.


The Kaministiquia Theatre Laboratory (Kam Lab) is formed by John Brookes, William Roberts, and Michael Sobota. Their first performance is a commedia dell’arte (Italian mask style) production staged outdoors (“Hippies!” as William Roberts would say).


Cambrian Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with a remount of Arsenic and Old Lace, where actor Jim Main achieves the distinction of acting in the original production and the remount. Then-president Ken Allen says “statistics show that Thunder Bay is a theatre conscious city with way too many theatre choices per capita—even more than Toronto! We are short about 100,000 people.”


The Gay Nineties Theatre is ruined by fire, leaving Moonlight Melodrama without a home. In the following years Moonlight Melodrama will perform at numerous theatre locations, including Chippewa Park, Little Finn Hall, Prince Arthur Hotel, and the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

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Don Jamieson leaves the Community Players of Port Arthur, which he finds to be too structured, and forms the Port Arthur Mummers. The Port Arthur Mummers go on to mount shows such as Miss Julie, which they also take to the Dominion Drama Festival—an event held in a different city each year from 1932–1978 as a way to promote Canadian theatre.


Fort William Little Theatre members merge with Community Players of Port Arthur to form Cambrian Players of the Lakehead. They become the house theatre troupe of Lakehead University for its new University Centre Theatre. In their honour, Mayor E.H. Reed declares the week of January 19, 1964 as Theatre Week.


Lakehead Amateur Music Productions brings Brigadoon to the stage with a cast of 125 people, thanks to the four courageous women who conceived the group: Jean Crittal of the Lakehead Music Festival, Dusty Miller of Cambrian Players, Betty Goodings of the Lakehead Ballet Guild, and Barbara Kirkup of the Lakehead Choral Group. They later produce other successful musicals, such as My Fair Lady and Guys & Dolls.


Lakehead Council of the Arts is formed to discuss issues such as sharing resources between theatre groups and scheduling events to avoid conflicts.


Thunder Bay Arts Complex is founded. The group initiates planning and feasibility studies for a new community auditorium—it will take 14 years for this building to become a reality.


Captain Mystikals Botzo Band is formed. This theatre troupe later becomes Magnus Theatre North West with the help of Dusty Miller, Carol Bell, and Burton Lancaster.


Burton Lancaster obtains the Slovensky Dom (aka Old Slovak Home) in the east end for Theatre North West and stages The Resounding Tinkle. The group hires Dusty Miller for public relations and relies heavily on the support of the Cambrian Players.


Moonlight Melodrama, Thunder Bay’s first professional theatre company, is formed by a group of theatre students from Confederation College. The company renovates an old building, formerly O.K. Rooms/ LaPrade Hotel, at the corner of Water and Pearl, renaming it the Gay Nineties Theatre. They mount eight shows during their initial summer season, including the melodrama staple Dirty Work at the Crossroads.

Cambrian Players - Over the years Cambrian Players has been led by notable people such as Marion Bell, Christena Wright, Eleanor Drury, Dusty Miller, and Don Jamieson—they not only created live theatre but taught actors the craft and how to do theatre for the love of it. "The Cambrian Players exists to present plays, conduct theatrical workshops, study groups, reading groups, and special courses for its members, and in general to promote theatre and cooperate with other theatrical groups in the Lakehead and Northwestern Ontario,” states an early club document.


The Kaministiquia Theatre Laboratory officially begins in a communal house on Pacific Avenue with John Books, William Roberts, Dianna Semeniuk, Michael Sobota, Pierre Beaupre, and Keith Anderson. They perform in Thunder Bay and throughout Northern Ontario.


Satisfied that his dream of a theatre in the Lakehead was fulfilled, Burton Lancaster resigns from Magnus Theatre.

1980 The Kam Lab hosts the CrossCanada Bread and Circuses Theatre Festival on Bay Street.


The Prince Arthur Hotel & Suites’ Dawson Room is renovated to accommodate dinner theatre. The first performance is by an acting troupe from Toronto and is well-received.


Eleanor Drury’s Children Theatre is established out of Cambrian Players through the efforts of playwright Laurent Goulet. The group is named after Eleanor Drury in recognition of her contribution to community theatre.


Brian Richmond is appointed as artistic director at Magnus Theatre. During his tenure, he establishes a national profile for Magnus by producing new Canadian plays.


The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium opens as a state-ofthe art entertainment venue.


Michael McLaughlin is appointed artistic director at Magnus Theatre. He shifts the focus back to the community with the successful Theatre in Education program.


The Kam Lab disbands. The Walleye


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Kim Hansen Masterfeast Dinner Theatre begins offering dinner theatre at the Nor’Wester Hotel and the Prince Arthur Hotel & Suites. Popular shows include Mash, The Honeymooners, and The Odd Couple.


Mile Hill Melodrama, a community theatre group in South Gillies, is created by Thelma Molkoski.


Mario Crudo joins Magnus Theatre as the artistic director; he remains in this position today.


Actors Repertory Theatre is founded and turns the Ukrainian Labour Temple into a teaching theatre. Founder Hubert O’Hearn says they had “a set troupe of around 20 who would be cast and crew of a three-show season.” In later years the troupe would replace Moonlight Melodrama’s summer theatre offerings at the Auditorium, where they developed the “Moon Over…” series of shows.


Four friends—Jim Hobson, Greg Bishop, Alex Jecchinis, and Cheryle DeHoop—launch Way Way Off Broadway Players to bring challenging theatre to Thunder Bay with productions such as The Zoo Story and Lion in the Street.


Moonlight Melodrama and Magnus Theatre celebrate their 25th anniversary seasons. Moonlight Melodrama moves to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium for its summer season.


Magnus Theatre debuts JoAnn Waytowich’s I Can Sing! (Can't I?).The musical, which began as an honours project for Waytowich, breaks all box office records. Waytowich follows up with another four original scripts, which are produced on the Magnus stage and others across the country.


Cambrian Players launch the One Act Play Festival and attract other troupes and high schools to an adjudicated competition. The festival is conceived by Hans Warmenhoven, who says “the festival is a venue to encourage new and young talent to participate in theatre in Thunder Bay.”


Moonlight Melodrama performs their final summer shows at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, after a 26-year run.

Cambrian Players - Over the years Cambrian Players has been led by notable people such as Marion Bell, Christena Wright, Eleanor Drury, Dusty Miller, and Don Jamieson—they not only created live theatre but taught actors the craft and how to do theatre for the love of it. "The Cambrian Players exists to present plays, conduct theatrical workshops, study groups, reading groups, and special courses for its members, and in general to promote theatre and cooperate with other theatrical groups in the Lakehead and Northwestern Ontario,” states an early club document.





After a three-year run, Rob MacLeod’s Northern Knights Feast closes. It remains Thunder Bay’s longest running theatre production. Janis “Swanny” Swanson and Colin Stewart, along with several former cast members of the Northern Knights Feast, create the Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players. The company is formed to carry on the vision of their namesake, Rob MacLeod.


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Lucky number seven is the last year for the Thunder Bay Fringe Festival. This year’s festival moved from the downtown north core to Victoriaville. Actors Repertory Theatre mounts their final season.


Cambrian Players stages a 50th anniversary remount of the show Arsenic & Old Lace, directed by Don Jamieson, who acted in the original 1949 production.


Heather Esdon launches the Thunder Bay Fringe with 22 shows in five venues, street performers and vendors that take over the downtown north core for four days.

Moonlight Melodrama - “Moonlight Melodrama brought together a fine mix of professional and local talent,” according to Robert Perrier, a young actor who performed with the group. “[It involved] many seasoned veterans of the stage and others, like me at the time, fresh and ready to cut their teeth in a professional production.” Moonlight Melodrama performed two productions each summer; while one show was rehearsed during the day, the next was performed at night. As part of the final two productions, Perrier had the opportunity to work with Heather Esdon and Olga Landiak, “both incredibly talented actresses who became powerful mentors and taught me the ropes.”


Frankly Scarlet, under the direction of Alison Miecznikowski and Jesica Bouvier, establish a communitybased theatre company through special performances and events.


Paramount LIVE opens at the Paramount Theatre on Court Street with a mission to foster the growth of theatre for youth and give children an inspirational performance experience with theatrical arts.


Cambrian Players takes to the newly developed upstairs stage at the Paramount Theatre.


The Cambrian Players Improv Club forms under the guidance of Bryan MacLeod, whose desire to provide an alternative side to theatre has since been met with great enthusiasm.


Applauze Productions mounts their first summer musical, RENT, at the Paramount Theatre.


Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players brings melodrama back to Chippewa Park in the tradition of Moonlight Melodrama.

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Community Arts & Heritage Education Project is formed.

2001 Rob MacLeod’s Holdfast Productions renovates the Capitol Theatre on Brodie Street from a movie theatre to a dinner theatre and opens the Northern Knights Feast, an interactive medieval dinner theatre.


Signature Productions mounts Grease for the summer on the second stage of the Capitol Theatre. Later that summer Lawrence Badanai takes his production on tour in Northwestern Ontario, returning the following summer to Fort William Historical Park.


Magnus Theatre opens the Dr. S. Penny Petrone Centre for the Performing Arts during their 30th anniversary season.


The Wayward Clams troupe forms and performs variety sketch comedy, bringing stage improv to Thunder Bay audiences.


Hanna Laaksonen and friends found Sugar Packet Players. Growing out of Cambrian’s One Act Play Festival, the group offers independent productions such as Zastrozzi: Master of Discipline. They are currently re-forming their troupe.


Jason Boeche’s company Rogue Productions begins presenting historical productions such as A Tale of Two Cities at the Capitol Theatre, as well as Dracula, and an annual staging of A Christmas Carol at Fort William Historical Park.


Lawrence Badanai reopens the dinner theatre at the Prince Arthur Hotel & Suites, producing popular comedies such as Are You Being Served?, and an original Capone’s Dinner and Show.


Lawrence and Candi Badanai open Majestic Theatricals—a new dinner theatre on Brodie Street, just down from the Capitol. Their initial offering is an interactive show My Big Fat Italian Wedding followed by productions of The Odd Couple and Godspell. Later that year both dinner theatre companies close.

10by10 - “10by10 has, in its first year, shown the potential to develop and promote the craft of playwriting while at the same time bringing the theatre community together to network and work as one,” says co-founder Colin Stewart, who looks forward to developing this showcase further in the years to come with production team members Janis “Swanny” Swanson, Sheena Albanese, and Lawrence Badanai.


New Noise Productions, led by Andrew Paulsen, begins to stage alternative and diverse theatre productions during the summer at the Paramount Theatre. Productions include True Directions, Melvin Goes to Dinner, and this summer’s production of TAPE. He says his theatre “is for those who think they hate theatre, and even BETTER for those who love it."


For the first time in thirty years, Eleanor Drury’s Children’s Theatre is unable to mount a children’s production due to lack of volunteer support.


807 Improv group forms and builds on the expanding interest in improv theatre in Thunder Bay, with the help of Paul Saxberg. “For many of us,” says group member Sean Jesseau, “improv really fits well into our lives because there is not an intense rehearsal schedule or the same kind of time commitments as when doing regular theatre.”


Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players launches the inaugural 10 by ten event—a showcase of 10-minute plays chosen from original submissions from regional playwrights and presented by local directors/actors/tech crew.


Migliazza Productions mounts a summer production of Jesus Christ Superstar with a cast of over 50 and a mission to put on the best Broadway production possible. Headed by a family full of talent and passion, they filled all the seats in the Redwood Park Church for three productions.


Eleanor Drury’s Children’s Theatre regroups and gains support to bring back their children’s theatre. They will present The Wizard of Oz this year.


Magnus Theatre launches their 42nd full performance season with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Cambrian Players begins their 64th season with Norm Foster’s Jenny’s House of Joy. The Walleye



A Tip of the Hat

Builders of Local

By Kim Latimer

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From actors and directors to costumes, sets, promotion and ticket sales, a devoted team is key to any given performance. In the Thunder Bay area, there are many who dedicate themselves to creating and sustaining a healthy, vibrant theatre community. We call these people “builders” and admit that it’s impossible to name them all. However, here are a few in particular who we believe deserve a standing ovation.

Applauze Productions

Denise Kurceba-Krawczuk has been involved in music production for well over 13 years. She is the woman behind Applauze Productions, which got its start as a vocal studio with the hopes of doing licensed productions. Their first licensed production was Rent in 2010 and they’ve complete four more since then. Kurceba-Krawczuk says, “It is really hard to put into words how rewarding this process is, and it’s amazing to see their passion come alive on stage.”

Cambrian Players

Cambrian Players’ past president Gabe Ferrazzo is a theatre jack-ofall-trades. He acts, directs, builds sets, and remains very active in the ongoing success of the company. Another crucial team member is Eva Burkowski, who puts in tireless hours directing and costuming. Another key player and longtime supporter, Richard Pepper, is the current president of the Cambrian board. He is also an actor, a key figure in their improv troupe, and frequently designs the sound.


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Migliazza Productions

Sam Migliazza and family put together this past summer’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s been involved with theatre for over ten years in Thunder Bay and is in his fourth year of Humber College’s contemporary music and production program. Migliazza says he hopes to push people to “see their full potential and inspire them to realize that they have everything right where they are, they just need to believe in it.”

Mile Hill Melodrama (South Gillies)

The notable people who pull this community theatre together include Shelley Isleifson, Tracy Morgan, Sylvia Smith, and Glenn and Sandy Graham— many are founding members and are involved on stage, backstage and in direction.

New Noise Productions Andrew Paulsen is the talented founder of New Noise Productions. He also performs, acts, and is involved in the details of the theatre. He describes New Noise as an alternative to what is normally offered by the local theatre scene. He says New Noise “brings a new brand of edgy, polished staging. We strive for realism—it is the be-all, endall for us. It feels right, there’s no other way to explain it.”

Paramount Live (Children’s Theatre)

Rosa Cupello is one of the founding creators of Paramount Live, which began in 2009. She’s now president of the board of directors. Cupello says “We’ve had so many volunteer parents and children who help with the theatre.” She adds, “Everyone deserves their time in the spotlight.” Marcia Arpin is the studio manager who is proud to assist in “empowering children to have the confidence and self-worth to do and try new things, giving them exposure to performance through theatre, dance, and song.”

Rob MacLeod’s Capitol Players

The late Rob MacLeod created Capitol Players, which got its start as a popular interactive medieval dinner theatre called Northern Knights Feast. With the help of wife Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod, Lawrence Badanai, Janis Swanson, and Colin Stewart, this community theatre group continues to entertain audiences.

Independent Theatre Supporters Michael Sobota is well known in community theatre circles. He’s been involved with local theatre since the early 1970s in many different aspects. He has directed high school theatre and Magnus' very first summer youth theatre; he’s also been a designer for main stage productions at Magnus. As well, he’s an actor, director, playwright, and has even done bookkeeping.

Lawrence Badanai is an impresario of sorts. He works between companies in various acting roles. When not acting he can be found directing, producing, and promoting upcoming shows. Jessica Falcioni has volunteered with Magnus, Applauze Productions and Paramount Live. She’s directed, stage-managed, crewed, and acted. “I've gained truly wonderful and life changing friendships that I'll have forever,” she says. Robert Perrier has been a major performer in the recent revivals of summer theatre and musicals, such as Jesus Christ Superstar. Perrier has opted to remain a 'free agent'—not associating with any one particular company. He says, “It's one of the best models to give artists,to best diversify their experiences and maximize their opportunities.”


Ghosts of the Little Finn Hall By Eleanor Albanese

It is 1978 and Kaministiquia Theatre Lab of Thunder Bay have taken up lodgings at the Little Finn Hall, next door to the Finlandia Club. Eleanor Albanese recalls her experience acting in one of the plays that inspired her to become a playwright.



pening night has finally arrived. Norah Campbell and I sit nervously in the dressing room, gazing into the cracked and wobbly mirrors in front of us. As we apply our makeup, Norah cheerfully prattles on, crinkling up tissues and absentmindedly dropping them here and there. Our change room is now littered with white tufts of Kleenex, much like wilted paper flowers on a wedding car long after the wedding. She and I wear the same basic costume with slight variations in pattern and, given that she is twice my size, less-slight variations in size. When I look over at her dress, I see a living quilt: muted patterns of browns and reds. Are we ready to embody the myriad of characters from the outposts of Newfoundland in Stars in the Sky Morning? Throughout rehearsal, our director Jan Selman has pulled and tugged and prodded us to achieve polished performances. She has mined for gold from us, but I feel all I have to offer is aluminum or tin, crashing from hunger and struggling to concentrate. Sadly, I'm hell bent on a diet and thinness has become my misguided goal.

When Norah steps outside for one last cigarette, I take in my surroundings. Relics of theatre imbue the tiny change room: ashtrays overflowing with cigarette butts, empty wine bottles, tubes of makeup, and lamps without shades. Above the mirrors dangle two oversized character masks. In the distance below, I hear Jann Michaels, a talented Métis woman, gently tuning her mandolin. Norah returns, bringing with her the familiar waft of cigarette smoke just in the nick of time. The stage manager calls "places!" and we walk down the narrow steps and into the darkness of backstage.

While we wait, the theatre seems to vibrate with history. The ghosts of the Finnish immigrants who first built the labour temple seem to speak to me; their breath is laced with salt fish, sour rye bread, and karjalanpiirakka, food that sustained them through many a cold winter. If only tonight I could call upon their spirits for strength—the strong arms of those young men who came to Canada to work the timber camps and risk their lives to fight in the labour movement. I wonder, how often did this hall hold rallies and secret meetings? And how often did the women meet, their political meetings disguised as sewing bees? What was it like to attend the joyful occasions: the weddings, dances, and live theatre? Legend has it that the Finnish operas lasted for five or six hours on this very stage. Mothers would have sat snugly in the diminutive balcony, breastfeeding their babies while the opera played on below. The “Little Finn Hall,” as we fondly refer to it, is indeed little in size, but epic in history. As quickly as the ghosts come to mind, they disappear again.The lights fade to black and we step downstage, where a row of blue light bulbs on the floor guide us to our places. For ninety minutes, without intermission, Norah and I are conduits for the misadventures and everyday lives of Newfoundland women. Hours later, as I stand alone in the empty theatre, the air around me seems to resonate with the sounds of Norah’s warm deep voice, spilling out her childhood secrets like drops of tepid rain. And the ghostly voices of the women who met years ago in this same hall, I wonder, are they also here with me? And if they are, what wise words would they say to me on this night?

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Perspectives on Local Theatre By Kyle Poluyko

In deciding what to produce, both Badanai and Paulsen give serious consideration to the audiences. Is this something people will enjoy? Will it motivate or move an audience? These questions are paramount in deciding if material is appropriate and attractive. Badanai also contemplates whether the play is something he himself would like to see. For Paulsen, it simply has to be a good piece of material. "A show stands on its own if it's good. An audience will find it and others will find it too." For Paulsen, a big motivator is staging something an audience won't see anywhere else. With a theatre production being such

a vast undertaking, collaboration is key to creation. Badanai and Paulsen both say they rely on past working relationships to establish their creative teams. Specifically, Paulsen says that his activity in the theatre community has helped him develop relationships across productions. Set designers, carpenters, painters, stagehands—many, if not all, come from previous collaborations. Perhaps the biggest hurdle facing local productions is funding. Paulsen, an independent producer and founder of New Noise Productions, remains optimistic that a grant will one day come through, but often turns to credit cards and loans to fund his endeavours. "It's rooted in passion, and a bit of insanity," he says. "If we want to do it we should do it no matter what the cost." That is rarely an option for other producers, and Badanai says funding is also dependent on the company and the show. "Not-for-profit companies like Cambrian Players have a budget set aside and one production usually floats another." Both Badanai and Paulsen agree that producing is a gamble. Paulsen recently lost money on his summer production of TAPE. Badanai likens

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hunder Bay has a long history of community groups coming together to present everything from revered classics to new works. Bringing each new show to an audience takes a collection of dedicated people who find ingenious ways to navigate the production process, bringing a story to life. Lawrence Badanai and Andrew Paulsen are two active figures in the theatre scene who offer their insights into the journey to the stage.

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producing to putting one's money on a horse and just letting it ride. The crucial element is the audience. Getting bums in seats is itself a vast undertaking and no strategy can be discounted. Paulsen uses every opportunity for press and media coverage. He produces eye-catching quality print materials and takes them door to door, across the region, and even across the border. Badanai embraces the vast exposure social

media gives. Facebook pages, online invites, Twitter mentions, and short trailers on YouTube are the new and innovative ways of getting exposure. There is no shortage of locally produced theatre in Thunder Bay. Lawrence Badanai and Andrew Paulsen are just two of many local figures bringing a variety of stories to a diverse selection of stages. Great and wonderful surprises are waiting in the wings.


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n the last four years, Spencer Hari has cemented himself as a notable fixture in the Thunder Bay theatre scene. Those who know “Spence” have been witness to his boundless energy, his passion and ingenuity, and his remarkably eclectic creativity. The accolades he earns speak volumes to his endeavours. “Simply put, Spencer is a genius,” says Jill Kivari, former president of Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre. “He creates amazing things and people want to work with him.”

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ndrew Paulsen is outspoken about theatre in Thunder Bay. Some people, he acknowledges, haven't liked that. "I've definitely pissed some people off," Paulsen acknowledges. But he is adamant that his critiques are never out of malice. An ardent supporter of local theatre, Paulsen is constantly involved in numerous groups and productions, from backstage to centre stage. But it was because he perceived a gap in the content of the local theatre scene that Paulsen was prompted to form New Noise Productions. Paulsen and New Noise aim to serve an alternative to what is available to local audiences. "It provides an opportunity to give theatre-goers something in a show that you won't see anywhere else," he says. Material for adults is the focus for New Noise. Paulsen wants to fill a gap, which means presenting the edgy drama many theatre-goers may have only experienced while watching on television at home. "The language, drug use, homosexuality, even nudity—people aren't used to it in the live realm. Why aren't we seeing that on stage in Thunder Bay?" Paulsen asks, adding, "There are great, important stories to tell and one can't fear that one negative response—the walkout.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Hari studied in the demanding music theatre performance program at Sheridan College. While many of his classmates likely had eyes on the Toronto or New York City theatre scenes, Hari headed north. “Theatre is my religion and Thunder Bay is my home,” he states assuredly. “There are no better audiences as warm and supportive as Thunder Bay audiences.” That boundless creative energy has led Hari to the position of artistic director for both Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre and Paramount Live!, as well as lending his acting talents to many local productions. Hari has staged numerous solo shows, including The Spence Show and The Shower Sessions to great acclaim, but most notably in these last four

Paulsen's New Noise began producing summer theatre in 2011, beginning with True Directions, a story about a rehab for homosexuals to push them onto the “straight” path. Melvin Goes to Dinner followed in 2012 and, most recently, TAPE this past summer. All explored the darker side of human experience, emotions, and relationships, and were productions that informed, challenged, and elicited an immediate reaction.

years he has partnered with Denise Krawczuk as producer to stage summer musicals, including RENT, Cabaret and The Drowsy Chaperone, all of which bewitched local audiences and set a new standard for summer theatre in Thunder Bay. Hari is modest about his own contributions, however. “I have been lucky and privileged to meet and pull together an amazing team of people who all have a common love of the theatre,” he says. “The theatre community in Thunder Bay is like one big, crazy family of lunatics that love being on stage and entertaining an audience. The shows stand out because everyone involved in the process is so passionate about the work they're doing. For me personally, a night in the theatre should be a magical, transformative experience for both performers and audiences.” Perhaps, most importantly, it is his respect for Thunder Bay and his audiences that has made Hari an enduring presence. “I want to challenge an audience but I also want to be accessible to them. Story and character are the engines that drive any production I touch, and I want an audience to think just as much as they feel.”

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For his part in “community theatre”—a term he loathes—Paulsen strives for excellence and never wants the idea of “community theatre” to serve as scapegoat for something not done well or not reaching great potential. As a critic himself, Paulsen doesn’t fear criticism of his own work. “We want to be good and keep getting better. How can something improve if it is never criticized?” Paulsen and New Noise Productions are about the different and the alternative, exploring new material through play readings and finding new problems to address theatrically. “Maybe the audience hasn’t seen this before,” is a definitive motivator for Paulsen and local theatre. “As long as my passion gets across, the piece will find an audience.” New material, new surprises—New Noise. The Walleye



Mulligatawny Soup Makes a big ol’ pot of mulligatawny. Can easily be halved, but it takes just as much time to make the full recipe, and then you can freeze the leftovers.

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ulligiwhat-now? Translated from Tamil, milagu thanni literally means “pepper water”—and, if you make this dish of goodness with all the extra spices added, you’ll see why. I first heard of this stew in the Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode—it was one of the hard-nosed chef ’s signature items, but I didn’t get to taste it until I moved out west. In Fernie, I worked in a little café/bistro owned by a lovely woman and her cantankerous husband. He was well-known around town, and aside from being an excellent mulligatawny-maker, he had a mountain bike trail named after him. “The Old Goat” was a steep and technically tricky affair, and if you

didn’t negotiate your fat tires just right, you’d end up arse over teakettle in the bush, nursing a bruised ego. The same life lessons applied to dealing with the coffee shop owner; we got along just fine as long as I stayed out of his way. He was very secretive about the spices that went into this soup, so much so that he actually asked me to turn away while he was measuring them out! When I figured out how to replicate his formula, I felt the way Elaine must have when she came across the Soup Nazi’s prize pack of recipes. “No soup for you—NEXT!” Lucky for you, I’m not so curmudgeonly—just don’t complain about not getting any bread.

2 Tablespoon vegetable oil 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, chopped

In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, sauté over medium heat a few minutes, until veggies are soft and onions are translucent.

3 cloves garlic (or more if you want) 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger (1 teaspoon dried) 1 teaspoon (or more) red chili flakes

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Check to see if anyone’s looking, then measure out your spices (kidding!) Add these to the pot, stir, and take a deep breath. Mmmmmmm.

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Add and stir (see a pattern here?). If you don’t have readymade chicken stock on hand, try those little bouillon gel cubes—I’ve had good results with them. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes and apples are tender.

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Food Truckin’ T Until the Snow Flies By Kim Latimer

his summer, three food trucks made their debut in Thunder Bay: Churrasqueira Galo Portuguese, Cindy Loohoo’s Gourmet Eats on the Streets, and Local Motion by Pinetree Catering. As well, a food trailer named Going Dutch popped up at Prince Arthur’s Landing, just a stone’s throw from the splash pad.

In contrast, the food at Cindy Loohoo’s is indulgent and comforting. They offer a pulled pork bun with creamy garlic mayo slaw, deep fried perogies on a stick, and homemade stuffed burgers. Tuomisto is also more than willing to accommodate gluten-free requests, with items like a decadently creamy Caesar salad with warm pulled chicken.

The trucks have had no lack of hungry mouths to feed this summer, and they all anticipate a good crowd this fall. “I have been able to connect with so many great people over good food,” says Chef Nikos Mantis of Local Motion. “It’s been a humbling experience.” Shawndra Tuomisto of Cindy Loohoo agrees. “I knew this concept would go over very well,” she says. “It’s been awesome, the response and positive feedback from the community.”

Local Motion has a unique approach to food as well. Chef Mantis focuses on fresh and seasonally available local products. A must-try is the beef and blue burger made of local Tarrymore Farms beef served on a whole grain bun with blue cheese mayo. For the non-carnivorous, there’s the Mad-Delicious Veggie Burger made of black beans, almonds, oats, and seeds.

The trucks’ radically different menus ensure that there is plenty of room for all four on the same street. For example, Galo’s Portuguese cuisine includes octopus stew (yes, I said octopus!) and Clara cod—a gorgeous, rich autumn stew of fresh cod, potatoes and winter root vegetables. And you cannot leave this truck without tasting their pasteis de natas (killer custard tarts).

Going Dutch offers many authentic treats with its poffertjes—yummy little pancakes with butter and icing sugar, topped with whip cream and berries, and skewered with toothpicks. Or if you’re craving more, they have rookworst—a traditional Dutch smoked sausage on a bun. These trucks and trailers are redefining the meaning of “fast food.” In terms of foodie trends, this one is going places.

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Wine Styles 101 By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Sommelier


et the kids keep their textbooks窶馬ow you can skip school when it comes to learning a thing or two about wine. Here is a crash course on the big three wine styles for both white and red varieties, so you won't have to sit through another detention ever again.

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With its fresh, easy drinking quality and consistent production from nearly every wine region, pinot grigio has fairly low acidity and exhibits mild tree fruit characteristics, making it the perfect partner for plenty of food fare. Cabernet sauvignon grapes, Henry of Pelham Family Estate, Ontario

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Sauvignon Blanc Bright acidity and voluminous aromatics are the selling point for this crisp white wine. Bringing a range of flavours from ripe kiwi fruit to green grass clippings, stony minerality to zesty lime, sauvignon blanc never fails to be fragrant and fresh.

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The allure of this smooth and voluptuous white wine is hard to miss as its creamy texture and round mouth-feel compete only with its flavourful notes of rich butterscotch and sweet lemon, fresh brioche, and ripe pineapple.

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A beautifully balanced red wine, pinot noir delivers clean acidity and fresh fruit, making it food friendly and refreshing while showcasing a wide range of characteristics from summer strawberry to sweet baking spices, ripe black cherries to warm oiled leather.

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Whether you enjoy an old world (European) syrah or new world (anywhere else!) shiraz, this red wine packs a punch with an enticing nose that always carries bright aromas of juicy black currants, crushed peppercorns, brambly raspberries, and purple violet petals.

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Called the king of grapes for a good reason, cabernet sauvignon is the whole package in a glass with tannin for structure, acidity for brightness, substantial weight on the palate, and generous aromatics such as rich damson plum, exotic cedar, jammy blackberry, and enticing cigar box.

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egular customers of Thunder Oak Cheese Farm watched with interest and anticipation as the new location was being built on Boundary Drive during the summer months. The Cheese Farm, as it is commonly known, opened in 1995 and the new location, which opened in midSeptember, is a testament to the farm’s growth.

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“We needed more space to meet our demands," says sixth-generation cheese-maker extraordinaire Walter Schep. Demand for their gouda cheese continues to grow as customers become addicted. Their list of retail locations expands, and local restaurants rely on the cheese as a staple ingredient in their fare. All of this has caused a decline in supply for out-of-town distributors who have high demands for the award-winning cheese—a problem the new building will remedy by having the potential to triple production (the farm currently ages a whopping three tonnes at a time!).

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The new location is complete with a charming café that seats 15, with plans to be in full operation next spring offering soups, sandwiches, and more. To add to your shopping experience, they also sell a variety of Dutch imports and local products, such as Brule Creek flour and goods, fresh honey, and delectable treats from The Chocolate Cow. "We'd like to increase the amount of local goods we carry in the future as well," says Schep. Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is located on Boundary Drive, just west of Highway 61. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 am–5 pm. Visit for more info.

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he National Theatre in London, England is arguably the finest English language theatre in the world. Yes, better than our Stratford and that other Stratford. Beginning in 2009, the National Theatre began “live” telecasts of some of their productions to cinemas in the U.K., Europe, and North America. That summer, I remember experiencing their first broadcast—a production of Racine’s Phèdre, starring Helen Mirren. I saw it here at our SilverCity complex. I was stunned. What a gift this was, to see in Thunder Bay. While the telecast is of a stage production, we experience it as a movie on a big screen with big sound. Sitting in the dark at SilverCity, we don’t get to experience the play as you would in a local production, where our eyes can watch whatever we want. A camera director makes those choices for us, just as a cameraperson and editor do for films. And because of the six-hour time difference, we are watching a rebroadcast, taped version of a live performance. Yet we are watching a real, staged play. And, what plays! The productions I’ve seen range from the classics— like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, and Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen—to new interpretations of classic writing, like Danny Boyle’s remarkable staging of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as well as exciting premiers of new plays like Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, Stephen Beresford’s The Last of the Haussmans, and Simon Stephen’s adaption of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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ocal watercolour artist Evelyn Konrad captures the beauty of the north and beyond through her paintings, which are rich in colour yet soft in detail. Her art portrays a clear respect for and bond with nature. "I like to do a lot of local work,” Konrad says. “There is so much to paint around the area—it doesn't matter where you go. I think we are really fortunate." She operates her own studio, Mystique of the North, which pays tribute to the wonder and beauty to be found here. "Water is my forte," she says. "I love to watch the surf, the rocks on the north shore of Superior. It is so powerful. It's soul searching. It makes you wonder how it all came to be."

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Konrad's award-winning paintings have been exhibited internationally, including a six-week show at the John James Audubon Museum in Kentucky. Her accomplishments have allowed her the opportunity to learn from several fantastic teachers through her many travels to remote and exotic locations. "Some of my best work happens right on site" she says. She explains the spontaneity with which her work needs to occur, due to drying times with the outdoor air,

as well as the presence and movement of shadows and light. She holds up one such delightful piece: a charming little boy in Mexico, wearing an oversized shirt, gorging on a huge slice of watermelon held between his hands. From the glimmering gold light of the Mediterranean shore to a glistening cobweb spun between the rocks of our own Superior shore, Konrad aims to express her heart and soul on paper. "It is a transfer of a feeling, giving a part of your soul away to someone else, which is often difficult but really gratifying to me,” she says. "When you put water on paper you literally have to 'go with the flow.' I see things differently as the water takes over. It helps me to live in the present, and be who I really am." Compelled to share her passion and skills, teaching has become a joy for Konrad. Offering private lessons, or for groups up to 10, the goal of each session is to have participants take home two completed works of which they are proud. Evelyn Konrad's work is available at her studio at 429 Pineview Bay. Save the date for her open house on December 13–14 or visit


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Burlesque Meets Horror and the Bizarre By Tiffany Jarva


ult-like and B-movie-ish, Thunder Bay’s gorelesque (think: burlesque meets blood and guts) group The Necromancers performed two creepy pieces based on popular horror movies before the screening of the sci-fi thriller Beyond the Black Rainbow at the Bay Street Film Festival. “I was inspired by Vesper White— creator of Gorelesque, Australia. I have a very vivid imagination and always wished I could see this style on a stage here,” says group leader Stephanie Wells Raymer, aka Black Orchid. “Thunder Bay's isolation creates the perfect location for a classic horror film.” Rising in popularity from Australia to Japan, and possibly riding on the coattails of a boom in burlesque groups across North America, gorelesque is essentially grotesque burlesque—a much

darker-themed variety show which tends to be appealing to non-conformist, nonstereotypical performers and audiences. During a piece inspired by the cult horror film A Clockwork Orange, ballettrained Frankie Fatal danced eerily in suspenders as the ever-disturbing and shocking Alex DeLarge. The group hopes to add dancers in the new year and is planning to launch a horror festival in Thunder Bay—a potential hot spot on the horror lover’s to do list. The Necromancers will turn to their darker sides (“Expect blood, sexy dancing, and bone chilling music,” says Wells Raymer) at DefSup’s The Hunger and then perform a milder and tamer form of gorelesque on Halloween at Naxos Grill & Bar. Find them on Facebook for more info.

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In the early 1950s in Port Arthur, a group of painters called The Society of Fine Arts congregated in their homes over pots of tea to plan public showings and sales of their work, swap painter know-how and gather to paint en plein air at locations such as Chippewa Park, Boulevard Lake, and Silver Islet. The group found beauty in everything. “Even a garbage can in

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By Michelle Kolobutin nation without arts would be a nation that had stopped talking to itself, stopped dreaming, and had lost interest in the past and lacked curiosity about the future," said British journalist Sir John Tusa. Thunder Bay has little to worry about in this respect thanks to the talents and dedication of the members of Lakehead Visual Arts. The group is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and remains true to their original mission: to encourage and stimulate interest, awareness, and understanding of visual arts, and encourage the endeavors of other artists.

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winter has its artistic moments when strong light and deep shadows vie with each other on the undisturbed snow which often covers the round lid of the can,” wrote Ethel McLennan, one of the group’s members. In 1960, the Port Arthur Department of Recreation offered the group space in the basement of Balsam Street School, where they would continue to gather for 14 years. Following the amalgamation of this group with one in Fort William in 1964, the group was renamed Lakehead Visual Arts. Five years later, the CPR freight shed (baggage building) became a base for the group, where members voluntarily staffed the gallery, sold their art, and extended their knowledge to tourists about local art and city attractions. Known to many as the Summer Gallery, this showcase of local talent was a popular destination for visitors. Lakehead Visual Arts lost this space in 2009 when construction began at Prince Arthur’s Landing, but

have since resurfaced at the Baggage Building Arts Centre and, most recently, Gallery 33. In addition to sharing their art with our community, many members provide demonstrations, offer workshops, and teach classes. Lakehead Visual Arts’ anniversary celebrations are highlighted by two major events—a month-long showcase featuring classes, skills demonstrations, and sales that was held in April, and an exhibition of their work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The latter, a month-long show called Celebrating 60 Years, is in partnership with the gallery and is not to be missed. The club’s president, Kathleen Anderson, says, “It’s an extensive display featuring local artists, using a variety of mediums—there is something for everyone.” The Celebrating 60 Years exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery runs until October 27; everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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The Hunger

A Sensual Feast of Poise and Attitude By K-L Durant


isiting Definitely Superior Art Gallery is a trip into promise. From the outset, the space, the vibe, and the potential for something artistic to occur is palpable, and David Karasiewicz and Renée Terpstra are more than keen tour guides. Karasiewicz, gallery director, and Terpstra, development/administrator, speak proudly of the gallery’s cultural achievements to date, including the recently won prestigious Ontario Premier’s Award, and it is evident that their dedication to both art for art’s sake and art for so many other reasons lives and breathes within these walls.

But their commitment to the city’s art and cultural scene spills out of those physical boundaries, too—one of the most successful examples being the Halloween-oriented event known as The Hunger. Voted Best Fundraiser in the 2012 The Walleye Readers’ Survey, The Hunger is an eclectic cultural smorgasbord to serve myriad tastes, and this year’s experience comes on the heels of over 65 cabaret-esque events Definitely Superior has unleashed on Thunder Bay’s artistic scene since 1998. Karasiewicz refers to this as a cross-pollination of art and music that culminates in an evening of diverse artistic expression,

and he suggests that there is something for everyone. It is accessible high art, as the participant takes an active role in all that goes on. He believes this “surreal en masse” speaks to the willingness of Thunder Bayers to take a creative risk and push personal understandings of what this kind of experience can afford; both he and Terpstra encourage patrons to take a chance and find the art that appeals to them. Because of the fluid nature of the event, this could even involve a moveable feast.

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On October 26, The Hunger 8 will offer seven participating venues, with an extensive musical lineup at each. There are over 50 performance acts, including 40 bands and DJs, and over 200 artists. And, because it’s Halloween, those in costume stand to win thousands in amazing prizes—again, an opportunity to become engaged in the performativity aspects of the evening. The event has been described as a fusion of a multitude of genres and artistic expressions, and one during which the whole city is turned into artists, on whatever terms they wish. This kind of experience

not only feeds us in terms of stimulating cultural ideas, but also is in turn responsive to our needs as we progress. The Hunger 8 also embodies the socio-economic component necessary for these kinds of events, and many of Thunder Bay’s businesses provide vital support. As with any major cultural event, Karasiewicz and Terpstra stress how seamlessly the evening must run, and that is down to a highly organized staff and motivated participants. With more than 3,650 people in attendance in 2012, it is expected that The Hunger 8 will top those numbers; in order to ensure access to the desired venues, the staff suggest arriving early and with appropriate ID, as this is a licensed event. The cost is $10, payable at the site, and there is no advance ticket purchase. Terpstra reinforces the need to arrive early—doors open at 8pm. So put down this paper (when you’ve finished reading it, of course!) and sort out a costume for this multiverse tribute to progressive and inclusive arts and culture community in our city.

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Yoga for Food

Colleen Dolce’s Radiant Yoga By Pat Forrest


hunder Bay yoga teacher Colleen Dolce is one lucky lady—and she knows it. “I love my work and I love my life,” she says. “I know how fortunate I am and I’m grateful for all the gifts that have come my way.” That gratitude extends back to when she was a stayat-home mother who had both the time and resources to expose her four children to a great variety of recreational and learning experiences, from piano and cross country skiing lessons to camping outings and soccer games. “I was luckier than many in that I was able to be at home for my kids and that I was able to provide them with access to just about anything they were interested in,” she says. Dolce says the desire to give other children at least some of the opportunities that hers had was her motivation to begin a drive about five years ago to assist the Underground Gym. Founded by Peter Panetta in 1999, the Underground Gym provides free access to a wide range of activities for young people in need and is dedicated to promoting and teaching fitness, healthy lifestyles, self-confidence, and self-respect. Dolce saw the program as not only a way to give back to the community and to children, but also as a good fit with her philosophy. “My goal is to empower my students—no matter what their age—to realize their full potential. My intention is to create a safe and sacred space for people to explore and delve deep into their true self. That’s a lot like what Peter is doing for the children,” she says.

In support of Panetta’s program, Dolce waives her fee to classes at St. Paul’s Anglican Church several times a year and instead asks students to either donate money or “kid-friendly” food. The next Yoga for Food sessions are scheduled for October 5 and November 2, both from 10–11:30 am at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (808 Ridgeway Street). Dolce’s husband, John, will provide musical accompaniment on the guitar. Classes are open to everyone, even those with no yoga experience. Visit for more information.

Feminism on Facebook By Shannon King


ith October being Women’s History Month in Canada, there is a heightened awareness of the colossal strides made by Canadian women during the last nine decades, from gaining the vote to enjoying some of the highest standards of living and human rights laws in the world. Although some might feel that this makes feminism an old-fashioned and misguided idea, many others believe there are still reasons to identify as a feminist and revisit what feminism means. To that end, a local Thunder Bay woman has taken steps to ensure there is a place for open dialogue. Judy Roche is an entrepreneur, a former roller derby co-ordinator, and a proud parent of two sons who she wants to see become “exceptional men.” It was this desire that was her impetus for creating the Facebook page Thunder Bay Needs Feminism. Roche established the group after noticing that a local forum for people to share experiences and ideas was lacking. “Thunder Bay has unique needs due to the different cultural groups we have living in the district,” she says. “There are some very progressive-thinking people in our city, but there are still many who are stuck in unhappy and old-fashioned gender roles.” The image of feminism Roche wants to bring to our community is one that will “communicate a message of fairness and equality for men and women, young and old, no matter what their cultural background is.” To Roche, feminism encompasses many social issues such as body image, media, sexuality, and self-expression rooted in freedom from gendered thinking. She stresses that while it is a hate-free page, she will not censor criticism or anything anyone feels they need to share. The Thunder Bay Needs Feminism page includes open discussion and humour while tackling tough, sensitive issues. During this month of women’s history, consider the question: why do you need feminism? Visit to take part in the conversation. The Walleye



Hipster Doofus Halloween By Justyna Kondakow


y favourite Halloween costume was Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld when I was in grade nine. I knew I could do the character justice on account of my sister and I having played in our parents’ closet as children. Like most of us, I have always had a fascination with the unknown. I am particularly fascinated by the mystery of masculinity and my fascination piqued when Seinfeld became one of the most popular sitcoms in the 90s. When I saw Kramer speedily swivel out from Jerry’s apartment door in his hiked up flood pants, it was sartorial love at first sight. My interest in this peculiar fictional specimen of the opposite gender opened up the floodgates in me, making me ponder the difference between men and women. The fact that many men always wear the standard T-shirt, hoodie, and pants combination—summer or winter— has always amused and confused me. The oftenpredictable male uniform demonstrates an effort to look understated, and to show clothing and fashion for what it is: nothing more than a material possession. On the other side of the debit card, women are typically driven by their intuition. They dress based on how they feel— physically and emotionally. I think of myself as a mixture of the two, namely because the masculine influence in my daily style displays ease,

while still making me feel like a (sometimes) sexy woman (although I dare you to find the sex appeal in these pictures!). Stereotypical gender differences have always piqued my interest, and influenced my daily mentality and style. Upon walking down to the Multicultural Centre to meet up with photographer Shannon Lepere, I bowed my head away from the prying eyes of passing pedestrians. Walking with the breeze blowing through my perfectly coiffed ‘do, I was momentarily embarrassed of my Kramer manifestation. Then I thought how lame I was to be ashamed. Just because it was not Halloween didn’t mean that I shouldn’t dress like a hipster doofus on a casual Monday afternoon if I wanted, because I can, and I did. This time of year always gets me jittery as I begin to rack my brain for this year’s costume. Since I am past trick-or-treating age, I look forward to dressing up for The Hunger Cabaret. Last year gave me an excuse to visit Changes Consignment Boutique (South May Street) to conjure Liza Minnelli. And even though no one of my generation knew who I was dressed as (fools), I felt fabulous nonetheless. But seeing as though I have baritone tendencies, the height of the average male, and the rhythm of an illhipped outsider, this Halloween will be the year of “Kramerica.” See you at The Hunger, creeps!

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Thunder Bay Women Celebrated During Women’s History Month By Pamela Cain


n October, Status of Women Canada celebrates Women’s History Month. The City of Thunder Bay Archives is launching an online web exhibit that recognizes women who have contributed to the history of Thunder Bay.

With the support of members of the city’s Arts and Heritage Alliance, six women were chosen for the inaugural exhibit. The women have influenced sports, libraries, and business and represent early pioneers and politicians. Their contributions span the decades from fur trade and settlement to early community development to present day.

Profiled in this year’s launch are: ■ Mary Joanna Louise Black, 1879– 1939, recognized as the first librarian in Fort William ■ Hilda Donati (née Fiori), 1910–1956, a Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame inductee ■ Marguerite McLoughlin, 1775–1860, the matriarch of one of the most prominent fur trade families at Fort William ■ Dusty Miller, 1929–2012, an advocate for the arts and Thunder Bay’s first female mayor ■ Margaret Phillips, a builder and promoter of the Northwestern Ontario women’s writing community ■ Catherine Mary Moodie Vickers, 1832– 1904, a recognized name in Thunder Bay streets and parks

This is an ongoing, annual project, with new women being profiled every October. Submissions from the community are invited. For more information, check out the exhibit at The Walleye



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Bare Organics By Rebekah Skochinski


rom the name to the ingredients, everything about Bare Organics is reassuringly straightforward and simple. “We use food-grade ingredients because if you wouldn’t think about eating it, it shouldn’t go on your skin,” says founder Karen Kerk about the skincare line inspired by the birth of her first son. Unsatisfied with what she found on store shelves, she set out to find a more natural solution for her newborn, which led to research and experimenting in her own kitchen. Since then, Bare Organics has branched out from products for babies to include facial serums, herbal bath salts, soap bars, balms, shampoo, and their much-loved Canadian Shield Natural Deodorant. “We started with a recipe from a friend and tweaked it and tested it and now it’s our bestselling product. People really appreciate having a natural deodorant that works!” The balms are another favourite.


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“They are super moisturizing and heal almost anything that hurts,” she says. Everything is made by hand, and the products are well concentrated and multi-purpose. Bare Organics also creates beautiful gift baskets and offers a refill discount program. And Kerk is still keeping it simple. “I love helping people solve their skin-related issues, whether it’s helping a mother find a balm to soothe her baby’s fiery red diaper rash, or helping someone eliminate adult acne or helping someone find a deodorant that gets them through their long work day. And I love being the boss of me, and being able to support my family and spend lots of quality time with my growing boys.” Looking for a natural approach to your skin care? Visit Bare Organics at the market every Sunday, or learn more at


Disc Golf Speak

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Birch Point Disc Golf By Tiffany Jarva

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etro shirts. Funky sunglasses. Shoulder bags filled with multicoloured discs. And lots of facial hair. Spangled evening sun dances through the tall spruce and pine. It’s a beautiful Friday in early September and I am people-watching while I wait to tee-off, in a woodsy part of the Birch Point disc golf course tucked into Birch Point Park beside Boulevard Lake. This evening, along with a couple of other “nubies,” I get to check out the course with Birch Point Disc Golf Association members Doug Reid, Karen Saunders, and Kevin Element, who are gearing up for the 2nd Annual RIGHT DEADLY Open Disc Golf Tournament in a couple of weeks. Birch Point is a par 3, 18-hole public course that was created in 2010. There are beginner and experienced tee pads, fairways, unique challenges—including drop zones with water hazards and crazy tree obstacles—lake views, and, thanks to help from the city, metal disc catchers. And it’s free.

The discs themselves vary in weight, and have different purposes. Reid explains that you typically want to start with three discs: driver, mid-range, and putter. When driving, I try and try again. “I think it’s about finding whatever is comfortable for you,” says Saunders. I guess it should be encouraging that I can throw somewhat straight, but I have to laugh because my distance is, um, lacking. I am told that I am on the fairway at least, which is a good thing. And so I continue to move from hole to hole, my throws getting a little bit further each time, until a tree psyches me out and I hit it dead-on. There definitely is a laid-back vibe. And it is a lovely place to be. Hole 12 has a great view of the lake—the sunset hole according to Element, who also mentions that the hole is optimally set up for the way discs are designed. At one point Reid stops

“This is a great course,” says Brian Cyba, a local disc golf enthusiast and recent winner of the MODS Open in Winnipeg. “I like everything: the open holes; the bush holes. From hole to tee-off, it’s a quick jaunt.” Cyba, who competed nationally in the 80s, is considered one of the region’s top players. He points out that disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports, and how lucky we are to have access to such a great course. “A lot of thought was put into the design,” he says.

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suddenly. “Look,” he says, pointing up. “It’s so beautiful: the sun shining through the trees.” We pause and simply watch the dappled forest light for a moment. Another nubie makes par and jumps up and down in excitement when the disc hits the basket. “I do like the sound of the chains!” he exclaims. And although I don’t make par at all, I see how the game can be addictive. Like traditional golf, it’s a game against yourself: always wanting to improve, and wanting so badly to hit the target, and hear those chains rattle. “It can be a love-hate relationship,” says Element. “There is no better sound than hitting the chains.” And that, I suppose, is how a nubie gets hucked. To learn more about disc golf in Thunder Bay, find Birch Point Disc Golf on Facebook.

■ Ace: A hole-in-one ■ Anhyzer: A backhand throw that falls in the same direction of the throwing arm. For a right-handed player, a backhand anhyzer shot fades to the right ■ Casual: An unintended, non-permanent hazard, such as a pile of cleared brush ■ Hucking: The act of throwing a disc while playing disc golf ■ Hyzer: A backhand throw when a disc’s flight falls in the direction opposite of the throwing arm. For a right-handed player, a backhand hyzer shot fades to the left ■ Nubie: Beginner player ■ Pancake: An overhand shot thrown with less power, resulting in a 90-degree rotation from vertical. The disc generally lands face down ■ Roller: Advancing the disc by causing it to roll along the ground ■ Safari Golf : Making up different holes on an existing course i.e. from hole 3’s tee pad to hole 5’s basket ■ Sandbagger: A tournament player who competes in a division below their skill level ■ Scooby: A disc thrown upside down that slides along the ground on its top, usually used to get under an obstacle ■ Taco: A warped disc that has hit a tree or other object at high speed ■ Thumber: Overhand throw where there is only a thumb on the inner lip of the disc ■ Tomahawk/Hammer: Overhand throw similar to a baseball pitch, released at a vertical angle ■ Worm Burner: Throw released lower than intended and/ or at a downward angle, resulting in a premature landing The Walleye



Retirement is not in its Future

The Paramount Theatre Turns 65 By Nancy Saunders


’ve had a soft spot for old cinemas (and popcorn) since working at one in high school, and recently got to go behind the scenes at the Paramount Theatre with facility manager Marcia Arpin.

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At the corner of Court Street and Park Avenue, the Paramount Theatre is Thunder Bay’s last operating classic movie theatre. Arpin is optimistic that as the downtown corridor continues to develop, so will the Paramount. Its entertainment offerings have become more varied over its 65-year history. One can enjoy a growing variety of cinematic and live programming in its upstairs auditorium: in addition to monthly revival screenings, the theatre is home to Paramount Live, a local nonprofit youth theatre company that puts on five productions each year and runs theatre camps during school breaks. The Cambrian Players put on at least three productions each year, and the Superior Comedy Festival plans to continue hosting regular events. The Environmental Film Network plays one film per month, and the annual Biindigaate Film Festival took place there at the end of September. The intimate 230-seat auditorium was built in 1948. Thanks to Rose and Mike

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Cupello, who have owned the theatre for 25 years, it retains a lot of its original art deco charm, including the original seats covered in signature “Paramount purple” vinyl. I wonder how many first dates and first kisses happened in those reclining (yes, reclining!) seats? How many people “accidentally” grazed hands in a shared bag of popcorn, or coordinated the surreptitious “yawn and stretch” to rest an arm around their date’s shoulders? Other original features like the ticket booth, heavy glass doors and curved walls evoke feelings of nostalgia for the days before you could watch movies on a big screen at home, or a small screen in your hand. Even in the main floor play place, Wiggles and Giggles, the walls are adorned with the original plaster castings that depict musical instruments, dancers, and dramatic masks. It’s clearly a positive sign for the neighbourhood that things are thriving inside this old cinema. The growing number of restaurants and businesses can count on increased pedestrian traffic on event nights. The lone survivor of a bygone era, the Paramount Theatre is playing an important role in the development of Thunder Bay’s modern entertainment district.


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The Who’s Tommy By Gord Ellis


here is something about the music of The Who that spoke very loudly to the teenage version of this columnist. The music was loud, yet intricate. Thoughtful, but also brash and horny. Mostly, it was music for people who were looking for something. And who among us—teenager or otherwise—is not a seeker?

Pete Townshend is the man largely responsible for The Who. Yes, The Who was a band, with incredibly unique players. John Entwhistle and the late Keith Moon made up the rhythm section, as often as not fighting each other for time and space, yet incredibly in sync. Lead singer Roger Daltrey was the braying, blond Adonis front man. Townshend was the writer, guitarist, and odd man out in many ways. Long and lanky, with a huge nose and sad eyes, he did not look like a rock star. Yet behind blue

eyes was an imagination that would forever change rock and roll. The Who have many master strokes to their credit, including Quadrophenia, Live at Leeds and Who’s Next. These are classic albums worthy of a place in all music libraries. But the greatness of the band, and its most influential work, Tommy, marks the very first time a rock and roll band stepped into an area known as opera. It was also a sea change for The Who, a band that until that point had been known for its powerful singles. These days, the term “rock opera” does not sound so weird—think Green Day— but in the late 1960s, rock and roll was all about not being opera, classical, or anything else considered passé or boring. Yet Townshend, a musician in his twenties at the time, had a strange story in his head that he needed to tell. It was about a young man who was blind, deaf,

and dumb and could communicate only through pinball. This unusual ability would lead others to follow him. Sounds ridiculous explained that simply, and in many ways, Tommy is a mess. Yet the undercurrents that run through this rock opera, including infidelity, child abuse, and even faith healing, somehow make the story of Tommy hang together and feel like truth. Years later, Townshend would write in his autobiography, Who I Am, that much of Tommy sprang from things he’d seen and experienced in his childhood, but had suppressed. The dark corners flowed out as art. This darkness is played up more strongly in the bizarre and cartoonish movie Ken Russell based on Tommy. This cult flick is worth seeing, but Tommy is really all about the original music. Although Tommy has gone on to be a Broadway show, the album stands alone

as a brilliant and fully realized rock record. The music is done on a grand scale, with radio-ready pieces like “Pinball Wizard” and the anthemic “Listening to You.” The music on the album is played by The Who, but we also now know that each song was originally recorded and demoed with Townshend singing all parts and playing every instrument. It is truly amazing. Many of those demos, along with an incredible live performance of Tommy from 1969, are now available on new deluxe and super deluxe versions of the album. There is much here for the longtime fan, but even more for the music lover who has never heard Tommy. If you are one of those people, I am envious of your chance to hear it for the first time. Pete Townshend tapped into something that has stood the test of time. There really is a little Tommy in all of us.

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So it Goes Tour to Stop at Crocks By Michelle McChristie


ollerado is one of those bands that are guaranteed to have more people on the dancefloor than sitting in chairs; they once likened their shows to “elementary school recess with beer.” The band is currently touring Canada to promote their latest release, White Paint—an 11-track collection of tunes that are lyrically and musically interesting with driving beats, rhythmic swings, and guitar hooks. Originally from Manotick, just outside Ottawa, Hollerado burst onto the world stage in 2010 with their debut Record In A Bag (released as a free

Consortium Aurora Borealis Celebrates 35 Years By Amy Jones

digital download). The LP introduced music fans to Hollerado's irresistible guitar-pop and earned them a 2011 Juno nomination for Best New Artist. The band has gained international attention in relatively short order thanks to their savvy DIY approach, talent, and tenacity. Hollerado’s penchant for making super creative and share-worthy music videos like “Americanarama,” which has over 1.2 million YouTube views, has helped solidify the band’s popularity. You can catch Hollerado at Crocks on November 2.


onsortium Aurora Borealis have been presenting high-calibre concerts of chamber music in Thunder Bay for 35 years. Founded in 1979 by artistic director Elizabeth Ganiatsos, they perform repertoire primarily from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with occasional forays into the Medieval, Classical and Early Romantic periods. For their performances, they draw on Thunder Bay’s pool of talented professional local musicians—mainly players from the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra—as well as occasional distinguished guest artists. For their 35th anniversary season, which began in September, Consortium Aurora Borealis have increased the number of shows in their season from six to eight. Upcoming shows in October include Music for Flute, Harp, and Strings featuring Philadelphia harpist Cheryl Dungan Cunningham playing with her sister, TBSO flautist Doris Dungan, and The Glory of Trumpet and Organ: Music from Renaissance to Baroque, featuring Merrie Klazek and Elizabeth Ganiatsos. All shows take place at St. Paul’s United Church, a venue well-known for its acoustical excellence. If you haven’t heard this group perform before, this is the season to do it. “The atmosphere at our concerts is casual and friendly, but the music is top notch in quality,” says Ganiatsos. “One gets to hear wonderful musicians in an intimate setting, with great acoustics.” Sounds like the perfect way to spend a cool fall evening.


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The Revenge of Count Blacula A Halloween-Inspired Family Concert By Meghan Jewell


n October 27, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage for their Halloween concert The Revenge of Count Blacula. The show is the first in their family series and is sure to bring out ghostly sounds, frightening creatures, and haunting laughs. Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will be taking the audience on an unforgettable journey through the Halloween season’s most frightful music. The TBSO invites all who dare to come to disguise themselves in their Halloween costume. The Revenge of Count Blacula is the final movement in the Count Blacula Trilogy. Pieces that will be performed include "Pirates of the Caribbean," Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1” and excerpts from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Upon contacting Count Blacula's agent, we received the following message: "Count Blacula will be bacula in a few minutes. He has just stepped out for a bite, but is hungrily anticipating his ‘neckst veektim’ and concert in Thunder Bay.” The Revenge of Count Blacula will be performed at Grassroots Church, 1250 Balmoral Avenue, on October 27 at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and $35 for a family. Last year’s concert sold out, so buy your tickets early. The Walleye is proud to sponsor the TBSO’s Family Series


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Mindil Beach Markets A Kaleidoscope of Musical Genres By Laura Pudas


unk, blues, pop, hip hop, reggae, and rock are not genres one might expect a single band to be able to perform, but somehow Mindil Beach Markets pull it off seamlessly. Hailing from Victoria, B.C., the multi-faceted band rocked Thunder Bay for the first time on September 13. The Foundry was bustling with the usual diverse audience, including students looking to cure the backto-school blues. Undeniably, one of the unique qualities of this band is the wide range of genres and different stylistic elements they incorporate into their live show. While some tunes had a heavy reggae influence, others were an infectious combination of hip hop and funk, and then some. A catchy funk riff would start, and just as you would be expecting a certain kind of tune, the keyboardist would begin spitting rhymes. The diversity of and chemistry between the band members was amazing. People spilled onto the dance floor as the tables were pushed aside partway into the first set. In between songs, the band took some time to discuss something that is very important to the group—the environment—which they describe as "the biggest issue of our time." The band is so passionate about their environmental concerns that they

began the Jellyfish Project in 2011 after the success of their album It Might Take Long. The goal of the Jellyfish Project is to support and raise awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and ocean sustainability, particularly among youth, and encourage active thinking. Mindil Beach Markets is currently on a cross-Canada tour, playing gigs and travelling to over 40 schools to share their music and their environmental message. If you missed them this time around, they announced a plan to return to Thunder Bay when they head back home. With catchy beats and a good cause, what's not to like?

The Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship is offering the 4 part course “Parents as Resident Theologians”. The course is designed to help parents answer their children’s religious questions.

When: Thursdays (Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21 and Nov 28), 7-8:30pm. Where: Unitarian House (129 S. Algoma Street)

Cost: $20.00 (bursaries available) To register, contact Director of Religious Exploration, Katie Hughdie at the Unitarian House (344-5980).

Music The Roy Coran Show at the Odeon Theatre, circa 1950 (Coran is the saxophone player behind the music stand)

Roy Coran

A Musical Life By Rebekah Skochinski


rom the time Thunder Bay’s Roy Coran picked up a saxophone in the early 1940s until his passing, at 83 years old this past March, he lived a life of music. He was a master of the tenor sax, and also played the alto sax, flute, and clarinet and wrote, arranged, and taught music. During his teenage years he played with local bands Joe Deleo and the Teenagers and Joe Turner’s Orchestra before starting his own jazz band, The Roy Coran Big Band. Of that era, his daughter Debbie says, “Every Saturday night at the CLE Auditorium the band played to huge crowds of young enthusiastic dancers. Ask

anyone in their 70s and 80s and they will tell you of the memories they have of those Saturday nights.” It was at this time that Coran opened a music shop on Simpson Street, and after a brief stint in California (where he marched with the band The Top Hatters in the Rose Parade), he returned in 1959 and built Coran’s in front of the family home on Victoria Avenue. Debbie bought Coran’s from her parents in 1995 and closed its doors in 2012. “He touched a lot of people with his music,” says Debbie. “Couples met at the dances and married. He played at the

weddings of their children. And he taught music to many students and ran a music store that was an open place for musicians to come and talk about music as well as get the gear they needed.” Coran was also president of the Musicians Local for many years, making sure live music was at the forefront. “He was so proud of this city. He wrote many tunes named after various locations in town and he loved the people here. It was evident to both my sister Dena and myself that after my dad passed away that he made a huge impact on the music community and the community in general.”

Debbie and Dena have started the Roy Coran Scholarship Fund for the Lakehead University Music Department and are spearheading What A Musical Life-A Tribute Concert to Roy Coran on October 20 to raise funds for the scholarship. Danny Johnson is directing the show, while Ted Vaillant will conduct The Roy Coran Big Band, which will feature vocalist Hedi Beale and see several special guests and local dancers taking to the stage. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium; the show starts at 7 pm.

Mood Indigo at Cheer’s Darren McChristie

Jazz Club Sound in The Village Pub By Daniel Klein


heer’s The Village Pub is somewhat incongruous for a jazz show, being parked at the far end of a mini-mall. It has neither the dark ceilings or sound-absorbing decor to give it a club feel. Beside me are a couple of hipsters who I think might be pre-gaming, but it becomes clear after a few others join them that I and the older fellow in a pink golf shirt are the outliers. In a corner, Mark Thibert and Glenn Jennings of Mood Indigo—in their tastefully subdued Hawaiian shirts—are spinning out tunes from the Great American Songbook. Mood Indigo formed in 1997, and has been playing almost continuously since, along with

the best jazz personnel around the city. It shows: it's just the two of them tonight, but they achieve a trio sound. Usually, jazz pianists without a bassist compensate by emphasizing the beat with their left hand, but Jennings has a foot organ he uses as a string bass instead. It's not the easier road, especially in improvisatory sections. What I like about Thibert's saxophone is that he's able to play around tunes, and not just through them. Jennings is a bit more four-on-the-floor; Thibert has a lighter touch. It's a contrast that works and lends a conversational feel. Also, it means that when they're a dance band, folks are able to keep step.

Jennings, on piano, starts off their second set with a Vince Guaraldi tune—an odd choice, but it's one of those flowing numbers that I can see being a good warm-up. Throughout the set, Thibert tends to quote tunes; it's fun. They play a Charlie Parker number in the first set and he drops in a chorus of “Salt Peanuts” and some bars of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” Hearing them at Cheer’s, I don't get the sense that they're just going through the motions, but that they're playing familiar tunes and taking pleasure in them. In my head, I hear the voice of my old sax teacher—"Tell us a story, Glenn; tell us a story." The Walleye



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Electric Lady

Janelle Monae

Any album that samples the Pixies is a shade cooler than others in my mind, and that is no easy feat with a cat like Janelle Monae who is already as cool as can be. You can’t help but know this is her album: from the sumptuously recorded studio orchestra tossing off flourishes with abandon that start this album, to

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Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five

small knockout details that make a song (rusty poking bedspring guitar comes to mind on "Q.U.E.E.N."), to strikingly bare emotional output on ballads like "Can't Live Without Your Love." The famously obsessive star has made a convincing argument for micromanaged attention to detail. You will most likely find



When I listen to Little Miss Higgins, I'm transported to a smoky speakeasy or dancehall during the 1920s or 30s. Her music is an eclectic mix of old blues, country, Dixieland, and jazz, and her latest album carries on in that tradition with a more country feel. Backed by the tight and talented Winnipeg Five (aka the F-Holes), the CD was recorded live off the floor in an old barn. The songs feature a mix of instruments including trumpet, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, stand-up bass, and drums, and the Winnipeg Five provide some great backing harmonies on a number of tunes. Stand out tracks include the bouncy Dixielandinspired "Keep a Song in Your Soul" and the country blues of "Blue Moon Behind Me." There are no surprises here and fans won't be disappointed with this CD; however, I'd like to see Little Miss Higgins stretch herself a little more in upcoming CDs.

After having their first release shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Prize, Toronto’s Austra have risen out of ethereal arcane depths to more atmospheric, rhythmic heights. Lead singer, keyboardist, and writer Katie Stelmanis says she wrote these songs from a more secure place in herself, and made this work a more collaborative effort between her and her bandmates. Also different is that all the parts are played free of programming and loops, and the richer sound from going analog is prominent. Truthfully, although this album is getting accolades as surpassing their first effort, I have to say that it is not as monumental, and although there are some great tracks, you have to wait for them. Sadly, the most interesting song, “I Don’t Care (I’m a Man),” is just over a minute long. As a live act they are more impressive. Stelmanis’ operatic vibrato is deliciously underlaid by right-on beats and real drumming, and rich analog keyboards, all right before you.

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yourself bouncing along to "Dance Apocalyptic," but don't lose sight of the rest of the album. With 19 tracks spanning two discs, it is a work that truly strives to connect Monae’s inner self to the outside world. - Patrick Thompson

Innocents Moby

What is there to say about Moby that you don't already know? If you're a fan, you will like the album (which is his 11th studio recording). If you are not a fan, you won't like it. He offers us the same sound we have always either craved or hated—a lot of tone with melancholy that finds a way to inspire or bore you. Although overshadowed by familiarity, the album is a record of firsts for Moby. He worked with a co-producer for the first time (Mark “Spike” Stent) and collaborated with an eclectic assortment of musicians. The sultry, seductive, and satiny voice of Skylar Grey on “The Last Day,” and the fun chorals of Wayne Coyne on “The Perfect Life” add to the album's allure, but as with most Moby outings, you always seem to be waiting for the climax that will never come. - Patrick Thompson


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The harvest is in and the long hours of cold, wet gloom are settling down on the land. Time to listen to Deep Dark Woods’ Jubilee. The CD starts off with what The Basement Tapes would have sounded like had On the Beach Neil Young subbed in for Dylan with The Band. But then lead singer Ryan Boldt steps in with the softmouthed, slow delivery of his lyrics detailing themes of loneliness at the bottom, Weltschmerz, and longing for sanctuary. Aided by jangly Byrd-like guitar and underwater moonlight keyboards, this induces the requisite achingly sweet state of melancholia. Deep Dark Woods’ sound has incubated in Saskatchewan over five albums and has distilled into a tincture of rootsy Ameri/ Canadiana. While sequestered at a mountain cabin for two weeks, producer Jonathan Wilson and the band— not unlike The Band at Big Pink—came up with this languid dreamscape to help you through your sadness until the first snowfall.

When Piper Kerman graduated from college, she didn’t feel ready to settle into a career so she opted to pursue her thirst for adventure and bohemian counterculture. Months later, she found herself hobnobbing and travelling the world with drug dealers, delivering suitcases full of cash in exchange for a taste of the kingpin lifestyle. Eventually the law caught up with her, and more than a decade after committing the crimes of drug smuggling and money laundering, she was sentenced to a 15-month prison term. Although Kerman has great fodder for her memoir, her writing falls short of being interesting and I found myself, at times, surprisingly unsympathetic to her cause. However, Kerman offers a lighthearted and humorous look at the U.S. penal system and the relationships between women inmates.

Marina Endicott's novel, The Little Shadows, tells the story of The Belle Auroras, a vaudeville sister act. The three girls grow into women on stage and off as their ambitious, widowed mother works hard to steer the family ship in the right direction. Their mother herself was on the circuit before she married and settled down to raise her family. She naturally turns to the stage when her comfortable yet confining new life turns upside down. I especially enjoyed the backstage shenanigans and revealed performance secrets. Adding authenticity to the story are snippets from Frederick La Delle's How to Enter Vaudeville. Advice like "Never carry more baggage than absolutely necessary. Excess baggage rates are exorbitant on the majority of railroads since the two cent a mile passenger rate has gone into effect" may be applied today!

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Orange is the New Black

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Michael Paul Stephenson

For some families Halloween is as important, if not more important, than Christmas— at least in terms of decorating. The American Scream presents and in-depth look at three Halloween-obsessed families in small town Massachusetts that go to great lengths to scare and entertain visitors. The amount of planning, creativity, money, and time they put into their haunted houses is amazing—who knew there are conventions for “home haunters” to buy props, learn tricks of the trade, and share ideas? In one family, the oldest daughter scours garage sales for dolls and then creates Barbie zombies, and the father appears to prioritize the annual haunted house over other necessities—when the kids ask for a swing set he says, “No, you can’t. Where am I going to put the cemetery?” This film presents a heartfelt and intriguing look at what motivates people to go all out on Halloween.




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Architecture Food

From Challenging Spaces to State-Of-TheArt Theatre Darren McChristie

Magnus Theatre’s Search for a Stage By Pamela Cain


ince the early 1970s, Magnus Theatre has developed theatre in Thunder Bay in facilities that have ranged from challenging to condemned. Established by Burton Lancaster in 1971, the early days of Magnus saw the theatre company sharing “The Spike”—a two-storey east end hovel with a brick façade—with local amateur group Cambrian Players. Working from what has been described as not much more than a storage and rehearsal room and small stage, the group was on stage and on the road touring as Magnus Theatre North West. In the early 1970s, Lancaster discovered the Slovensky Dom (aka Old Slovak Home), an ethnic community hall constructed in

the early 1900s in Thunder Bay’s east end. The two-storey building was of unremarkable architecture but the swelling roof in the rear inspired Lancaster, who set out to develop a theatre there, transforming the meeting hall and raising the flat floor. By the mid 1980s, the shoebox Old Slovak Home was bursting at the seams, and Port Arthur Central School offered possibilities. Sitting atop the hill overseeing the harbour below, the Central School was designed by architect Robert J. Edwards as the first permanent school, and has stood since 1884 as a landmark on Algoma Street in the Waverley Park District. A 1901 addition was blended into the original structure, featuring a brick façade dominated by a

central tower with a large wheel window. Functioning as a school until 1965, the building was later used by the Board of Education and the City of Thunder Bay. Designated in 1983 as a heritage building, by 1992 discussions arose concerning the reuse of the building and the fear that aging and neglect might lead it to be condemned. The Central School stakeholders considered the proposal by Magnus, as well as a condominium proposition. After what is described as a two-year battle, Magnus’ plan was approved. The original Central School was renovated to be used as offices and administrative space and a theatre room was added to the back of the 1901 addition. In 2001, Magnus opened its “Theatre in the

Park” for the 30th anniversary season in the transformed building. Magnus finally had a state of the art facility: The Dr. S. Penny Petrone Centre for the Performing Arts. The new theatre was described as “a combination of art, culture and heritage brought together by past, present and future commitments to the performing arts” by contractors Dominion Construction. The opening was marked by a reunion of former Central School students, who handed over the building in an official ceremony. Pamela Cain is the heritage researcher for the Heritage Advisory Committee; for more information on the city’s heritage resources, visit




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Age-Related Health or Age-Old Myth?

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But, if we look at other “age-related” health declines across other cultures, we start to get a different story. Take mobility for example. When I went to Vietnam I noticed how common it was to see an elderly woman well into her 80s or 90s in a full squat on the side of the road cooking or just hanging out. Similarly, when I was


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trekking in the Sapa Valley, I would also see elderly Vietnamese men trekking from one village to the other. It seems as though someone forgot to tell these people that they are 90 and that they shouldn’t do that anymore. Isn’t it interesting what happens when you use your body the way it is supposed to be used? Let’s get back to the body fat topic. If we look at what happens when elderly people maintain muscles mass as they age, we see an alternative theory as to why we might gain more body fat the older we get. When muscle mass decreases, resting metabolic rate (RMR—the level of energy required to sustain the body’s vital functions at rest) simultaneously decreases. Thus, if there is no shift in nutritional intake, the body will ultimately store more body fat due to the decrease in expenditure. Of course, the opposite is also

true: If you maintain muscle mass, you avoid the decrease in RMR as well as the subsequent increase in body fat. In the western world, many elderly people become inactive as they age and subsequently lose muscle mass— perhaps a big reason for the weight gain?! Often, individuals who change their mindset ultimately take control over their health and begin to thrive. Learn from our Vietnamese friends and use your body the way nature intended— well into your senior years. Learn from science and question these common beliefs of health. If you do, you will be the exception rather than the rule—a distinction you will be happy to hold! Paul Hemsworth is a strength & wellness coach and owns Hemsworth Strength & Wellness. You can contact Paul at 7771717 or


Ignorance is bliss. I’m talking about the concept of “age-related” declines in health. The common belief in the western world is that increases in body fat occur incrementally with each passing decade. In fact, if we look at the research it clearly shows that after about age 20 or 30, we put on about 1% body fat every 10 years. Seems pretty logical then to attribute this extra jean size to getting older and chalk it up alongside grey hair and wrinkles as things we just need to “accept.”

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By Marita Campbell, Public Health Nurse at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit


he change of seasons, along with the change from daylight saving time, may have you walking in the dark—literally. With 60% percent of pedestrian deaths in Ontario occurring at night or during dim light conditions, it’s important to make sure you are visible to motorists when walking, cycling, and especially while trick-or-treating with children. Here are some things you can do to stay seen: • When you’re out at night, wear bright and reflective clothing • Flashlights, flashing red lights, and bicycle headlights will lessen your risk and increase visibility • Follow the rules of the road, and be where you’re expected to be: pedestrians on sidewalks and cyclists on the street

• Most (60%) of pedestrian fatalities occur when crossing the road, so cross only at intersections and make eye contact with motorists when possible • Just because you can see the car, doesn’t mean the driver can see you

It’s especially important to be seen at Halloween, when dark costumes can blend with shadows in dim light, and masks can impair a child’s ability to see traffic clearly. To keep safe, follow these tips when making or purchasing your child’s Halloween costume.


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• Cross streets only at intersections, making eye contact with motorists to ensure they see you • Follow traffic signals

Many of these tips for our little goblins on Halloween are also relevant to pedestrians and cyclists at any time of the year. Enjoy the fall weather and keep active! Have a great time and a great Halloween. Be Safe. Be Seen. The Walleye



Gardening 411

A Gardener’s Work is Never Done

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Celebrating Our 38th Annual

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ack in my rookie Gardening 101 days, my end-of-season strategy was simple: harvest, remove the easy-to-pull weeds from my plot, and enjoy my rewards. Now that I have three years’ experience under my gardening belt (I’m laughing here)—and perhaps more importantly, a season’s worth of talking all things gardening with my mentor, Kevin Belluz—I realize that autumn is just as important as the rest of the growing season. Of course it’s a time to appreciate the fruits of our labour, share and swap produce and recipes with friends and family, and feel good that you’ve fed your minds and your bodies over the last few months, but it’s also about cleaning up your garden, amending your soil, planting (e.g. garlic), saving seeds, and planning for next year.

you took the nutrients out (via vegetables), you have to put them back in (via compost, manure, etc.). Whereas I had my soil tested this summer to assess and address deficiencies (see August column), Kevin gets his tested in the fall to prepare his fields for the following spring.

Kevin has reiterated the importance of amending soil throughout the gardening season, and I am passing on the message:

Thanks to Kevin Belluz from Belluz Farms for sharing his expertise.


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I had good intentions of writing detailed notes about my garden as it progressed through the season, but summertime fun commenced and, well, you know. However, I did take mental notes of what did well this year so that I could take a stab at seed saving, and purchase and replant the same varieties next year. Kevin warned that seed saving does have its issues—namely cross-pollination— but that it helps to preserve varieties that you enjoy. I figure if it works, great, and if not, my gardening mentor has taught me that there’s always next year!

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very day, Canadians throw out an estimated 50 million diapers. In addition to taking up space in landfill sites and using vast amounts of energy through manufacturing and shipping, disposable diapers contain synthetic chemicals that may have an impact on a baby’s health as well as the environment. When I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted to find the best alternative to disposable diapers, so I spent hours online researching cloth diapers and sought out local cloth-diapering parents for recommendations. New parents have it a little easier—they can stop by Heaven Sent Nursery Services’ booth at the Thunder Bay Country Market or visit their website to get the lowdown on everything from wet bags to laundry soap. After using cloth diapers for her son, owner Karen Allam was inspired to share the ease and convenience with others. Gone are the flannels and stick pins of past generations: today’s diapers are literally a snap to use and are available in all kinds of funky patterns. She says that a complete set of diapers can be purchased for as little as $200—an investment that is cheaper than disposables over the long term, especially if you put them to work on a second child. Allam also provides free home consultation and personal learning sessions to groups and families regardless of the brand of cloth diaper they are using. Visit for more information.

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ith all the ghosts and goblins, Halloween is a pretty spooky event. It can bring on nightmares not only for those afraid of the dark, but for the environment too. All those candy wrappers, plastic decorations, and costumes create excessive waste that can have ghoulish impacts. But celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to make the environmentally conscious tremble with fear. There are lots of simple ways to add a little green to Halloween without reducing the fun. Here are a few ideas:

Create costumes by reusing and recycling materials

Orange and Black Meets Green An Eco-Friendly Halloween By Shannon Costigan

Although ready-made costumes are convenient, they are often worn once and then thrown away. They also lack the originality that most of us desire. Try digging through your closets or roaming vintage clothing stores, resale shops, and yard sales for costume elements. Be imaginative and make a custom creation out of recycled materials. If you don’t have time to make your own, consider hosting a costume swap with friends.

Use natural ingredients for face paint Makeup and face paints contain lots of different ingredients that are absorbed through your skin. If you want to be sure that the makeup you put on your face is good for your health and for the environment, make it yourself from food-grade products. Face paint can be made from corn starch and

natural colouring from beets and berries. If you want to get gruesome with makeup and decorating, fake blood can be made with corn syrup and liquid soap. Scabs and warts can be constructed from gelatin. Check out for recipes for a variety of non-toxic options. If brewing your own cosmetics is not an option, try making your own mask instead.

Decorate with natural and reusable materials Instead of plastic spiders and polystyrene pumpkins that are made of non-renewable petroleum (possibly contaminated with lead paint), create your Halloween scene using recycled and eco-friendly materials. Spooky lanterns can be created from glass bottles, or create a makeshift graveyard using scrap wood for tombstones. Go for rustic instead of scary and decorate with nature: cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds, and leaves, along with some reusable ribbon. Instead of being left with something that will spend hundreds of years in the landfill, you'll end up with material that can be easily composted in your own yard or as part of the City of Thunder Bay and EcoSuperior’s Great Pumpkin Compost collection. Collection bins will be in place the day after Halloween to take all your compostables. Just remember no plastic or candles in the bins!










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OctoberEventsGuide October 1 – 5 Random Acts of Poetry Various Locations Definitely Superior Art Gallery presents the ninth annual Random Acts of Poetry performance project. Featuring 30 urban intervention performances throughout Thunder Bay by 24+ spoken word performers and singer-songwriters, wearing their iconic orange poetry construction crew coveralls, to promote literacy, art, and poetry in places where people live their everyday lives. Performance schedules available at the gallery and online.  October 1 – 12 Biindigaate Film FestivalContemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition Definitely Superior Art Gallery In association with the fifth annual Biindigaate Film Festival, Definitely Superior presents two coinciding art exhibitions curated by Jean Marshall. Featuring two new media works by nationally recognized multi-media aboriginal artist, Lisa Meyers [Toronto/ AGO], as well as a fabulous selection of works by aboriginal artists from the international collection of Louise Thomas and the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery.  Until October 5 Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Magnus Theatre A remarkable, vibrant, and celebratory musical that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s biggest hits.  October 5 Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge CLE Heritage Building The Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, started in 2001 to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, sets the record for the most women breastfeeding at one time in a set geographic location as a percentage of the birth rate. 




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October 5, 11 am Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame Induction Lakehead University Hangar Inductee honours this year will be presented to former athletics director Stu Julius, the women’s 1973– 1976 field hockey team, basketball player Katya Masun, and wrestler Mark Jodoin. Symposium begins at 11 am, with the ceremony taking place at 11:15 am.  October 5, 11 am Walk with Me for Autism Awareness Boulevard Lake The second annual Walk With Me for Autism Awareness will be offering many new fun features, including treats from Tim Hortons, kettle corn stand, Lulu the clown, and an on-site photographer.  October 5, noon – 3 pm 25th Annual Harvest Festival Hilldale Lutheran Church Enjoy a delicious slice of pie with ice cream, check out the craft and white elephant tables, and enjoy the barbecue. ) 345-6062 October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 19th Annual Pumpkinfest Gammondale Farm More than 20 attractions are included in $10 admission, including Canada’s largest pumpkin-chucking catapult. Visit the pumpkin bakery in the Gammondale Homestead for pumpkin and apple pies, cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate candies.  October 5, 3 pm and 7 pm Hotel for Dogs Paramount Theatre Come check out this charming 2009 flick starring Emma Roberts and Lisa Kudrow. Tickets are $8, and proceeds go to New Hope Dog Rescue. * October 6, 9:30 am – noon CIBC Run for the Cure Legion Track, Fort William Stadium Be part of Canada’s largest single-day event supporting breast cancer research, education, and awareness. The walk/run is 5 km in length with an optional 1 km route for all participants, and all family members are encouraged to participate. 




October 6, 10 am – 4 pm The Wicked Hag Workshop Vintage Pixie Studio Make one of these “horrific hags” just in time for Halloween. No previous experience necessary. Cost is $55; all materials supplied including a light lunch. 

October 6, 10am – 5 pm Vintage Fashion Show & Pop-Up Store Red Rock Legion Presented by Mustang Sally Vintage as part of the Red Rock Historical Society’s “Trinkets & Treasures Road Show.”  October 6, 7 pm Red Green Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Red Green, Canada’s foremost handyman shares his thoughts on “How to do everything.”  October 10, 7 pm Poetic License Coffee House The Study An evening of arts and inspiration, celebrating the creative energy of musicians, storytellers, poets, and visual artists, in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week.  October 11 Coraline Paramount Live If you’re unsure what to do with the kids this PD day, the Paramount Theatre has an answer for you: the spooky and adorable 2009 stop-motion fantasy film Coraline. Tickets are $3.  October 11 Oktoberfest Thunder Bay CLE Eat, drink, and be merry at Oktoberfest 2013. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets include admission, food, live entertainment, and a commemorative beer stein. 

October 12, 10am – 5 pm Smart Phone-ography Workshop Shine Photo Studio Learn all the little bells and whistles of the world’s most popular cameras, including the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, Samsung Galaxy phones and more. Cost is $85; lunch is provided.  October 12 and 19, 11 am – 4:30 pm North Light Media Collective 3D Projecting Mapping Workshop Mary JL Black Library Learn the process of 3D projection mapping by taking part in a fun, free, collaborative video project. Many disciplines will be covered such as installation, production design, camera, audio recording, computer programming. Lunch and refreshments will be served.  October 16, 7 pm Workshop: Small Press Publishing Brodie Library Fireside Room Join Emmerson Street Press’ Vincent Ponka and Split Tree Publishing’s Stacey Voss as they talk about the ins and outs of running a small press. Presented by Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop. Admission is free.  October 16, 7:30 pm The City Dark Paramount Theatre Presented by the Environmental Film Network, this award-winning documentary sheds some light on the science of the dark. Admission is free, but donations to EFN are welcome.  October 16 and 23 Fibre Canvas Workshop Vintage Pixie Studio In this workshop you will be working with fibres to create a gorgeous work of art. Students are required to bring felting needles (available for sale at the studio) and a sewing machine (on the second Wednesday) that is able to drop feed dog. Cost is $68.  October 17, 7:30 pm Thunder Bay in Concert Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Join The Smith Family Singers, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, Mood Indigo, Pierre Schryer, and Flamenco Caravan for this annual fundraising concert. 

October 18, 6 pm Chocolate and Wine Fundraising Gala Thunder Bay Museum This fundraising gala features hors d’oeuvres by Ambiance, cash bar, entertainment, and, of course, a variety of sweet treats from Chocolate Cow. Tickets are $75.  October 18, 8 pm NOSM MASH Bash CLE Come out and support the students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for a great evening in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Live entertainment with the Hoolies. Mess hall will be open. Your favorite characters will be there. Tickets are $75. ) 766-7424 October 19, 10 am – 1 pm Mothers Yard Sale Moose Hall The Mothers Yard Sale provides a safe place for parents to buy and sell excellent quality new and pre-owned mother, baby, and toddler goods. Admission is $2, with proceeds going to local charity.  October 20, 2 – 3 pm The Trumpet Family with Merrie Klazek Thunder Bay Art Gallery This youth-oriented lively showand-tell educational demonstration/ presentation, presented by Consortium Aurora Borealis, features trumpeter Merrie Klazek demonstrating the instruments of the trumpet family. Free with gallery admission.  October 20, 6 pm Empty Bowls, Caring Hearts Dinner Moose Hall A project in support of the Thunder Bay Food Bank and Shelter House. Your $30.00 admission includes a handcrafted pottery bowl or a quilted placemat. There will also be a silent auction of celebrity bowls and local art, a draw of raffle prizes, and entertainment by The Good News Jazz Band. 

October 20 and 22 Mosaic Window Workshop Vintage Pixie Studio Create a stunning picture to hang in a window and have light shine through. All materials supplied, including a light lunch. Students are required to have wheeled glass nippers (available for purchase at the studio). Cost is $95.  October 24 – November 9 MacHomer Magnus Theatre The Simpsons do Shakespeare in this one-man tour-de-force.  October 25, 8 pm The Knackers CD Release Party The Apollo Come out and help local Celtic folk/rock group The Knackers celebrate the release of their second CD.  October 25, 7 pm Stories About Storytellers: An Evening with Douglas Gibson Valhalla Inn Writer and editor Douglas Gibson’s unique one-man show draws on stories from his book, Stories About Storytellers. Tickets are $15. Presented by Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop and Sleeping Giant Writers Festival.  October 25, 7:30 pm The Shining Paramount Theatre Get psyched up for Halloween with this classic horror film starring Jack Nicholson for just $5. Redrum, redrum! * October 25–27 Studio Walkabout Various Locations Vist the studios of local artists, including James Woodbeck, Tim Alexander, Alison Kendall, Duncan Weller, Sarah Link, Peter Powlowski, Liz Powlowski, and John Books.  October 26, 6:30 pm Balmoral Park Acura Save a Heart Ball Victoria Inn Come out to the premiere gala event of the year, featuring champagne symposium, gourmet meal, spectacular live and silent auction, and sensational music from local band, Viva, with all proceeds supporting the Northern Cardiac Fund. ) 684-7113 October 26, 8 pm – 2 am The Hunger 8 Enter the multi-verse, the largest music/ performance spectacle you’ll ever experience! One night, one massive Halloween event at seven venues, with 52 performance acts, 42 bands/DJs of all genres, and thousands in costume prizes. 3,650 attended last year! One cover of $10 at the door gets you into all seven venues (Crocks, Black Pirates Pub, The Foundry, The Sovereign Room, Gargoyles, A Little to the Left, and Hell). 

October 26 – 27 Sculpting the Fairy Workshop Vintage Pixie Studio In this two-day workshop you will learn step by step techniques to sculpt a pretty fairy in polymer clay. Students are required to have a basic tool kit for sculpting (available for purchase). A light lunch will be provided both days. This workshop is for all skill levels. Cost is $225.  Until October 27, noon – 5 pm Kids’ Halloween Hoot Fort William Historical Park Fun for the whole family, including spooky crafts, trick-or-treating, a haunted maze, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $10 for youth 6–12, and kids 5 and under get in free.  Until October 27, 7 – 10:30 pm Haunted Fort Night Fort William Historical Park Enter a place of monsters and madness every Thursday to Sunday in October at Fort William Historical Park. Tickets are $15. Recommended for children 12 years of age and up.  Until October 27 Lakehead Visual Arts 60th Anniversary Exhibition Thunder Bay Art Gallery This is a juried exhibition of the work of current LVA members and features a range of works, from painting and drawing to print work and sculpture.  Until October 27 Works from the Permanent Collection: Recent Acquisitions Thunder Bay Art Gallery This exhibition highlights works acquired by the gallery during the last three years, including those by regional artists Ruth Tye McKenzie, Cathy Kozra, Mike Peters, John Books, Martin Panamick, and Susan Ross.  October 28, 8 pm Cheech and Chong Thunder Bay Community Auditorium While their herbal remedies may colour a bit too far outside the lines for some, the comedy of Cheech and Chong is just the right amount of risqué.  October 29, 7 pm NOWW Reading Brodie Library Fireside Room Come out and support local writers as they read from recent work. Admission is free.  October 30, 3:30 pm Dora the Explorer Live! Thunder Bay Community Auditorium In this interactive live show Dora welcomes families to communicate, overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and discover a diverse an exciting world through an incredible adventure. 

Music Events OCT 3 Get Your GoGo On - Clothing Assistance Mission Fundraiser Cirque Du Manger $FREE ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

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Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7:30 pm

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David Francey

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

Murillo Community Centre $25 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

OCT 4 Bruce Cockburn Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $45 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Southern Comfort Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7:30 pm

OCT 12 Bluegrass Guild The Study $TBA ∙ Noon ∙ AA

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ROKTOBER featuring Greenbank Trio, Don’t You(,) Mean People? and more Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

The Shoes with Sarah Dixon The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 5 Bluegrass Guild The Study $TBA ∙ Noon ∙ AA

David Smyth with Michael Abraham Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Consortium Aurora Borealis Presents Music for Flute, Harp and Strings: From Classicism to Impressionism St. Paul’s United Church $10–15 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

The Eagles Tribute The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 10 Women in Black Trio Thunder Bay Chamber Music Lake Superior Art Gallery $TBA ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $45 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Scott Kyle

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 11 Brother John Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA

Cancer Bats and Bat Sabbath with Tapout Black Pirates Pub $10 ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

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OCT 16 Clint Black Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $49 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

TBSO Concert

Confederation College $FREE ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ AA

OCT 17 TBSO Season Preview Concert Grassroots Church $FREE ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Terror, Counterparts, Power Trip, and Code Orange with The Unbalanced Black Pirates Pub $15-20 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Crash Karma with One Bad Son Crocks $15 ∙ 8 pm

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OCT 18 James Boraski Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7:15 pm ∙ AA

Bottom Rockers, Forever Dead, Camden Blues, and The Straight And Narrow Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+


Crocks $10 ∙ 10 pm

OCT 23 Snak The Ripper Crocks $8 ∙ 8:30 pm

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OCT 24 Thomas James Music, The Hauth System, and More Black Pirates Pub $6 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ 19+

TBSO Masterworks – All Beethoven

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20–45 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Mood Indigo

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 25 Robin Ranger

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The Knackers The Apollo $TBA ∙ 8 pm

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October Sky with Android 16 The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 26 Bluegrass Guild The Study $TBA ∙ Noon

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Phil Heywood and Gordon Thorne Arrowhead Center for the Arts $TBA ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA

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OCT 19 Rose Cousins Finlandia Club $25–30 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

Bluegrass Guild The Study $TBA ∙ Noon

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TBSO Pops - Natalie MacMaster

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20–45 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Married Singlemen and More Black Pirates Pub $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

GrandTheft Crocks $5 ∙ 10 pm

OCT 20 A Musical Life - A Tribute Concert for Roy Coran Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $20 ∙ 7 pm ∙ AA

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Uilleann Pipes Concert

Baggage Building Arts Centre $TBA ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA

Beaux Daddy’s $FREE ∙ 7:45 pm

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Consortium Aurora Borealis Presents The Glory of Trumpet and Brass St Paul’s United Church $10–15 ∙ 8 pm ∙ AA

Flipper Flanagan Cheer’s The Village Pub $FREE ∙ 9 pm ∙ 19+

OCT 27 TBSO Family - The Revenge of Count Blacula Grassroots Church $7–35 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ AA

OCT 29 The Jimmy Wiggins Picture Show (metal show) Black Pirates Pub $6 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ AA

OCT 31 KEN Mode and Full of Hell Crocks $8 ∙ 9 pm

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The Chain

The Foundry $5 ∙ 10 pm ∙ 19+

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Halloween? Bah, Humbug! Story and Photo by Marlene Wandel


can be a bit of a Halloween humbug. It is a baffling celebration. Part harvest festival, part festival of the dead, it amazes me that Halloween continues to exist in its current guise. Trick-or-treating seems a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, now that costuming can be as simple as finding the right size on one of the ubiquitous racks of costumes that show up as soon as school starts. In the past, there was always a level of anxiety about costume planning, to make something cool or weird enough from the stash of stuff in our house to justify the large-scale sugar heist. It seemed a fair exchange: to work for a costume which in turn opened the doors to the candy vault. As new immigrants to Canada in 1980, my siblings and I were truly incredulous when our neighbours showed up at our door on October 31, commanded us to go “put on something weird,” and proceeded to take us out to demand treats from our neighbours. It was even more puzzling that this worked; our own notyet-indoctrinated parents aside, the adults seemed to condone and reward this sort of uncouth behaviour. Sadly, our efforts were not as successful the following night. Being introduced to the northern Ontario version of Halloween made it extra special; our costume planning in future years generally leaned toward something rotund, to accommodate the parka we wore under our costumes. There is nothing less spooky than a wellrounded skeleton.

Essentially, not that much has changed in 33 years. As the end of October nears, we make plans to eviscerate a gourd in the name of Jack O’Lantern, and buy ridiculous amounts of tiny candy to give to ridiculously dressed tiny people. The next day, we eat our own leftover candy, or engage in protracted negotiations with our resident tiny people over the very candy we encouraged them to go out and extract from the neighbourhood. As a parent, I wonder why we do it; the weeks before are a teeth-gnashing litany of changed minds and impossible costume requests, including, but not limited to: the Edmund Fitzgerald, a pile of leaves, an ambulance, a tornado (my personal favourite), a lanternfish, and a lamp post. The days after Halloween are another hell altogether, of either over-sugared kids or a steady mosquito-frequency whine of “can I have some more candy?” But for a few hours, on Halloween night, I take off my humbug costume. The roving street party of cheerful kids, that twilight parade of weird and wonderful, is fun after all. The lurching mad scientist on Prospect St. that terrifies my kids fills me with glee; the price of candy should be terror. If I had it my way, Halloween would always fall on a full moon, and there would be no school or work the next day. In the meantime, I’ll be that parent who puts out a bowl of candy so I can join the street party.

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


March 21–April 19 Courageous action is your claim to fame, and no doubt you’re famous around Thunder Bay for something. October will not your best month, however. Did you really think nothing could go wrong? Stuff your quarrelsomeness, nip your pride in the bud and move all that energy you’re blessed with. Work harder. Focus. Just move! Your emotions need motion.


April 20–May 20 Feeling pudgy? That’s sexy fat! You can be a little lazy but now’s the time to clean house. You’re molting; it’s time to shed your pudge. It’s also time to publicize, advertise, and get yourself introduced around Thunder Bay. You must seize the day and seize the night— what you seize is what you get. Live now, procrastinate later.


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May 21–June 20 October brings extra resourcefulness, equilibrium, zest, and energy. When you thought all was lost, new understandings and opportunities give you a feeling that life still has excitement. Your restless impulsiveness has room for selfexpression. What Thunder Bay needs is your breadth of vision, but first in order to see it you must figure out what’s holding you back.


June 21–July 22 You’re crabby because your kind, patient, adaptive nature is being tested. Good thing you’re tenacious. Keep up the fight, and become empowered. Accept losses, let go, flow steady like the Kam River through the changes. If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, then you’ll keep getting what you’ve always been getting.


July 23–August 22 You feel creative and exciting! Now’s the time to move to centre stage—whether literally or figuratively. Break out of your old bad habits, like smoking or your irritating dictatorial manner. Slow down and be here in the moment, not in the past or in the future with your great expectations.


August 23–September 22 Hypochondriac! Enjoy your increased willpower, resourcefulness, and efforts at spiritual, mental, and physical selfimprovement. This is a period of inner growth—social popularity is promised this month for you, oh timid one. Take your act on the road and get out, no matter if it’s to a swanky party or just to the drug store.


September 23–October 22 You have foresight, yet you’re undecided. It’s time to make decisions. Break away from restrictions that are preventing you from being free. You’ll see yourself in a whole new way, and yes, that’s scary, exciting, terrifying, and wonderfully invigorating. Happy birthday, by the way! It might be a cycle of new beginnings for you, but there’s still nothing like a birthday brownie.


October 23–November 21 The theme is reality. Wake up and smell the coffee. Don’t start out on a new course until you have cleared up whatever has not worked out. You can totally rebuild whatever needs rebuilding—no one else has your passion, energy, and fearlessness. Hiking is beneficial at this time, and there is plenty of natural beauty around you to ground you.


November 22–December 21 You may not have to look for fun this month, as it is likely to come looking for you. You’re charming, suave and appealing to others now, which could correspond with the start of a relationship. The tempo of daily affairs might become too fast, which could make you nervous. You need balance! It’s called the weekend not the “weakened.”


December 22–January 19 Many of the old lies or half-truths you’ve been living will pass away. You’re getting to know yourself. Concentrate on your own life and try not to dominate others. Offer your enormous creativity and organizational skills at a local charity or fundraising event.


January 20–February 18 You enjoy shocking people. You are different, and different is good. Luckily, this is a good time for inspired original ideas. Unusual opportunities come through groups, friendships, or organizations. Experience different forms of music from indigenous tribes, or maybe visit an observatory—science is right up your alley.


February 19–March 20 You and all those you’ve befriended/ worked with/slept with have your own “human nature.” You’re a thing of nature like a plant, governed by the same laws of nature, such as “as you sow, so shall you reap.” You’re likely to reap the rewards of previous good deeds now. Bond with nature more often and count your blessings—you have so many.

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ONLY $18300 b/w# or $23,913* taxes included


taxes included


carbon black, 3.6L V6, automatic, pw, pb, p/seats, tilt/tel, dual zone a/c, alloys, remote entry/start, OnStar, cruise, Bluetooth, fog lamps, 32,365km, stk 21892Z

ONLY $17500 b/w# or $22,913* taxes included


AWD 3.9l V6, automatic, am/fm/cd,/xm satellite radio, p/ seats, dual zone air, console, OnStar, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, alloys, block heater, remote start, heated front seats, 61,934km, stk 21597Z

ONLY $19300 b/w# or $21,913* taxes included

silver, 2.4L 4cyl, auto, steering wheel radio controls, am/fm/cd, ps, pb, pw, pdl, tilt, air, alloys, cruise, OnStar, 30,619km, stk 21825Z, daily rental ONLY $15500 b/w# or $19,900* taxes included

white, 3.0L V6, 5spd auto, traction control, am/fm/ cd, steering wheel radio controls, alloys, fog lamps, driver information centre, p/driver seat, back up alarm, keyless entry, 112,785km, stk 21675A

ONLY $12500 b/w# or $11,913* taxes included

black, 2.5L 4cyl, 5spd auto, traction control, steering wheel radio controls, pw, pdl, tilt, alloys, p/sunroof, Bluetooth, p/seat, tint, fog lamps, back up alarm, 46,229km, stk 21880a ONLY $11600 b/w# or $12,913* taxes included

The Walleye


October 2013  

Our October 2013 Issue Featuring: Thunder Bay's Theatre Scene, Food Truckin' Until The Snow Flies, The Paramount Theatre Turns 65, Mindil Be...