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I have to admit that I’m a little bit giddy about our 2nd annual film issue for a number of reasons. A publication’s annual issue, regardless of topic, seems to firmly state that: “We’re here and we’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.” It also validates what we reported in our first film issue: there is an active, vibrant, diverse and growing film industry in our city. Finally, for purely personal reasons, the fact that it’s an issue about film makes me even more giddy because I love escaping into the world of film.

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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Tiffany Jarva Contributing Editor Rebekah Skochinski Photographers Darren McChristie, John-Paul Marion, Storm Carroll, Chris Merkley, Dave Koski, Tara George, Cole Breiland, Amy Vervoort Art Director Dave Koski, R.G.D. Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders, Diane Piovesana Business Manager Doug McChristie Sales Manager Heather McLeod Advertising Sales Tracy Sadgrove The Walleye is a free monthly publication distributed on racks throughout Thunder Bay and region. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission is strictly forbidden. Views expressed herein are those of the author exclusively. Copyright © 2011 by Superior Outdoors Inc. All Rights Reserved. Editorial and Advertising: Submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Superior Outdoors cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. Superior Outdoors Inc. Suite 242, 1100 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3 Telephone (807) 624-1215 ; Fax (807) 623-5122 E-mail: Printed in Canada Superior Outdoors Inc donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet

Walleye Staffers Rebekah Skochinski and Dave Koski at Fort William Historical Park

On the Cover Photo by Dave Koski Piotr & Milosz Skowronski of Imaginarium Studio Inc. at Fort William Historical Park.

For those of us who delight in munching on popcorn in the dark while immersing ourselves in unique and independent stories on the screen (be it thought-provoking, quirky and unusual, or informative and gripping), we are lucky in Thunder Bay because in September there are two film festivals: Bay Street and Biindigaate -- both featuring local, national and international gems. And interesting to note, both festivals are opening with local films created by women: Return to Manomin by Michelle DeRosier and Under the Red Star by Kelly Saxberg. Inside, we look at these female filmmakers and their films in more detail. Also, in our cover story, we review the success of Imaginarium Studios Inc., catching up with filmmaking brothers Piotr and Milosz Skowronski as they shoot on-location at Fort William Historical Park. Other film stories include a piece on the young and talented French-language filmmaker Gabriel Harpelle, and a sneak peek at a new documentary film, Save the Drama by Team Kosloski, that follows the students of a high school drama club over a period of six months. As we roll into September, and days become shorter, evenings more chilly and the leaves start to change colour, we thought it fitting to focus on some of our favourite trees in the city. Be it a majestic Cottonwood, a resilient elm or a rare Ginkgo biloba, Urban Forest Program Specialist highlights some exceptional urban trees, and a few of our regular contributors share stories about their own personal favorites. When the temperatures cool, and the sweaters come out, our eating and drinking habits change. Sommelier Jeannie Dubois offers some fall-time pairings with port; Amy Jones reviews Runway 25, Valhalla’s new steakhouse restaurant; and food writer Tanya Gouthro shares mouthwatering details from her pig roast experience at Belluz Farms, as part of a Slow Food Superior fundraising effort. With a glass of recommended port in one hand, and a red pen circling the festival films I want to check out this year in another, there is no reason, in my mind anyway, not to be giddy this September. -TJ

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■ 7 Bay Street Film Festival ■ 8 Kelly Saxberg ■ 8 Return to Manomin ■ 8 Biindigaate Film Festival ■ 9 Une Caf Santé ■ 9 Save the Drama ■ 10 Chopsticks ■ 10 Biindigaate Gala & Art Exhibition ■ 11 Bay of Thunder


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It’s hard to nail down why the Hymers Fall Fair is such a popular event. It could be the food, the livestock shows, daily contests, such as the person traveling the greatest distance, most recently married couple, or the nail driving contest. Be sure to bring cash for hand-crafted goods, preserves, a meal and some treats. To avoid traffic congestion in Hymers and save gas, take the Fair Bus from either County Fair Plaza, Thunder Bay Mall or the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.


Paramount Theatre / Finlandia Hall September 23-25 / September 29-October 2

The Bay Street Film Festival showcases the work of international, Canadian and local independent filmmakers. The festival’s theme “Films for the People” guides the selection committee in choosing stories that are relevant to our community. Through exhibits, presentations and panel discussions, the festival connects representatives of various aspects of the film industry with film affectionados. www.


Kaministiquia River Heritage Park September 10

The Kam River Heritage Park is one of the most overlooked parks in the city, likely because of the park’s unassuming location tucked behind the train tracks. The park is accessible by one of two underpasses (Donald Street and Ridgeway Street) and features Animikii or “Flies the Thunder”—a 22-foot tall, stainless steel, winged sculpture by artist Anne Allardyce. Riverfest features a youth fishing derby, tours of the James Whalen Tug Boat, live music and a crafters area. Admission is free.

Biindigaate and Bay Street Film Festivals

September is our film month and it starts with the Biindigaate Film Festival—a celebration of indigenous films and filmmakers. The name Biindigaate (pronounced been-dega-tay) means the light shining in or a revelation leading to understanding. Last year marked the third year for the festival and, by all accounts, it gets bigger and better each year.

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Pitch Forks and Wine Corks Belluz Farms September 30

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North House Folk School, Grand Marais September 16

For the 10th Anniversary of their Unplugged event, which takes place from September 15-18, North House presents a rich array of music under the big tent. Friday night’s show will feature Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers, known for their haunting, heartfelt folk-pop sound and skillful instrumental interplay. Their most recent album, The Legion Sessions, is a follow up to their 2009 Juno and Polaris nominated album Lost Channels. Word is that a new album is in the works, so fans might be treated to a sneak preview at the North House. A testament to the success of the Unplugged event, National Public Radio’s featured show, Mountain Stage, will be recording the concerts for future broadcast.

A new fundraiser for the Art Gallery, Pitch Forks and Wine Corks will be an evening of wine tasting featuring Ontario VQA wine and local food prepared by Chef Fernande Vezeau from Good News. The event will be hosted by Sommelier Jeannie Dubois, well-known to readers of The Walleye for her expert advice on wine, beer and spirits. Tickets are $75 per person. For an extra $5 you can catch a bus from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery to and from the farm.

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Powered by Collaboration, Creativity, Passion + Imagination

By Tiffany Jarva

It’s the perfect August morning. White puffy clouds sail in the sky. Now and again, period actors in sashes and kerchiefs nod hello while passing through the courtyard edged with rustic and whitewashed buildings. The crew of Imaginarium Studio has just finished shooting a canon sequence by the river at Fort William Historical Park. Now they prep for their next sequence of shots in the blacksmith building. Today’s shoot is part of a larger Thunder Bay Tourism cinema and television commercial project, headed by Generator Strategy Advertising, that includes 17 locations throughout the region and over 110 actors and extras. The music is produced locally by Dave Angell of Dining Room Studios and features homegrown musicians like Paul De Roover and Rob Benvegnu. “It was a very active choice to pursue a career in Thunder Bay,” says filmmaker Piotr Skowronski, who leads Imaginarium’s creative team. “For me, it wasn’t satisfying working on larger productions in places like Toronto.” Piotr’s brother Milosz, the operations manager, smiles and says he thinks that they have assembled one of the hardest working teams in the city. “We believe in Thunder Bay talent and the ability of our creative community.” Originally from Poland, Piotr and Milosz Skowronski grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 2002, Piotr moved to Thunder Bay to study film at the Confederation College. “Piotr’s intention was to make film and in Thunder Bay it’s not always easy to make a living in this industry,” explains Milosz, the “business brains” with a background working in Vancouver and Toronto, who was asked by Piotr to come to Thunder Bay for a three-month deal while filming the awardwinning dramatic short Undertow. Three months came and went and Milosz never left. “From my standpoint we can create world-class products in Thunder Bay but it’s important to understand the challenges of creating


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Team Imaginarium from left to right: Piotr Skowronski, Allen Rahmer, Jessica Graham, Sarah Furlotte and Milosz Skowronski. infrastructure, retaining grads and sticking to a business path quite seriously,” he says. Adds Piotr, “The inspiration is obviously to make a living loving what you do.” Piotr has already received a rare nod from the prestigious Canadian Society of Cinematographers, nominated for his cinematography in the 2005 mini war film The Sirens of Bastogne, shot in the forests of Thunder Bay.

Piotr Skowronski and Jessica Graham set up for a low-angle shot of a canon firing at Fort William Historical Park

In less than a year, Imaginarium is proving that you can make a living loving what you do. With a total of three full-time positions, Piotr, Milosz and recent film grad Jessica Graham (Camera Assistant/Editor/CoProducer), the goal is to try to retain young talent whenever possible. Sarah Furlotte and recent animation grad Allen Rahmer also work for Imaginarium regularly as

independent contractors. Milosz says that retaining film grads like Rahmer and Graham is extremely important and a crucial part of creating a viable local film infrastructure. “For over 40 years, the Confederation College Film Production Program has annually graduated from 15 to 40 skilled and talented young people,” explains Milosz. “The business community has been unsuccessful in creating opportunities for them resulting in an annual exodus and loss of very talented young people.” Both Graham and Rahmer had planned on moving to larger centres to find work in film and now, thanks to Imaginarium, they can both stay--each confirming that pursuing a career in Thunder Bay was always the preferred goal. And because of commercially viable, collaborative video projects like today’s tourism shoot and the well-received TBay Tel Bundle commercial (see below), Imaginarium is now in a position where they can fund their first passion project: the short film Love & Hate, which will be shot September 2-4th. “Our commitment to our employees and partners is to make whatever equipment and facilities the company owns available to them for future passion projects,” explains Milosz. And this is what it’s all about. When searching for a name, Milosz looked far and wide and then it hit him. “It’s about creativity and passion and letting your imagination take you to new places.” Piotr agrees. “Let’s go to this place of imagination together. We hope through a respect-based approach that we can empower our team to go there with us.” It’s well worth taking a moment to peek behind the scenes of the recent TBay Tel Bundle shoot at http://vimeo. com/24190808, originally presented at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this past May. Or check out for more info.

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Filmmaking brothers Piotr and Milosz Skowronski are not originally from Thunder Bay. They are here by choice, have assembled a hardworking, talented local filmmaking team and are dedicated to creating world-class products. Our editor catches up with the brothers while filming on location at Fort William Historical Park.

CoverStory A short animated tale by Vojin Vasovic about those crazy five minutes of fame: the upswing, climax, downfall and, of course, the unexpected.

Director/writer Thomas Wallner’s critically acclaimed documentary The Guantanamo Trap examines four very different people and how the detention centre has had an impact on their lives.

A unique and laugh-out-loud comedic short film by Sergi Portabella, The Astronaut on the Roof is part road-movie, part surrealistic journey and part damn funny. This entertaining gem of a film from Germany is so worth checking out.

Kelly Saxberg 16 Years of Pushing the Boundaries of Film in Thunder Bay By Tiffany Jarva

Local filmmaker Kelly Saxberg has recently returned from screening the feature length docu-drama Under the Red Star in northern Finland, and she shares her thoughts with me about the experience. “We showed the film above the arctic circle in Kemijarvi to Finns, Canadians and a Uruguayan who are part of a research team studying resource dependent communities,” she says. “Their reaction was great - they really loved seeing Finnish immigrant history brought to life.” Saxberg says the screening provided some constructive feedback that will help to improve the film when it premieres at this year’s Bay Street Film Festival. “This film combined two things I love: history and politics,” she says. “Because it is a docu-drama, it also let me hone my skills at directing actors.” Under the Red Star uses dramatizations and archival footage in both English and Finnish to tell the story about the dramatic politics of the local Finnish labour movement circa 1915, all centering around the Finnish Labour Temple (today’s Finlandia Club on Bay Street). “This film is my tribute to Varpu Lindström who, from my earliest interest in Finnish immigrant stories, has inspired my desire to put these stories on film.” Lindström introduced Saxberg to the very

Bay Street Film Festival Continuing to Screen the Films We Want to See By Tiffany Jarva

It’s year seven and the Bay Street Film Festival continues to pull through on its dedication to screening intelligent, amusing and awe-inspiring films from the region and beyond, including India, Germany and Spain. This year’s lineup of films is no exception. The Guantanamo Trap by Thomas Wallner is a gripping documentary that tells the stories about the lives of four people that have been changed dramatically by the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre. On the other end of the spectrum, The Astronaut on the Roof is pure blissful fun – a hilarious romp about two screenwriters who, well, write a film about two screenwriters writing a road movie about a teenage couple who become bank robbers –delightful.

Supporting the efforts of young filmmakers, the screening of short films by local film students include Arthur Fielder’s A Finn’s Sauna and Leon Hagarty’s Hairy Harry. 5 Minutes Each, a Serbian/Montenegro/ Canadian production by Vojin Vasovic, is a short animated film that you may want to watch again once you see the ending. The docu-drama Under the Red Star, the latest large-scale undertaking by local filmmaker Kelly Saxberg, recounts the dramatic and political story (compete with union organizers, strong-minded women and more) of the early years of Finnish immigration, and will open the festival. The Bay Street Film Festival takes place over four days at the Finn Hall from Sept.29-Oct.1. www.

The Canadian full-feature documentary The Experimental Eskimos by Barry Greenwald examines the emotional impacts of social engineering on three 12-year-old Inuit boys who were removed from their families and sent to Ottawa to live with white families.

strong-minded Sanna Kannasto (played by Finnish Elena Leeve), who also translated her letters, and shared years of research. “Michel Beaulieu’s book Labour at the Lakehead provided the historical context,” explains Saxberg, who relied on his “five boxes of research documents to write the dialogue and select the events to dramatize.” Filming at the Finn Hall played a big part in capturing the authenticity of the time. The hall was an amazing place to shoot - most days it really felt like we were stepping back into time,” says Saxberg. “The props, 80-year-old costumes, original sets and the old stage were priceless resources that allowed us to make a historically accurate period piece. The Finnish community’s active participation as actors and crew members made it even more authentic.” “This is likely one of the biggest film projects in Thunder Bay’s history,” says producer and partner Ron Harpelle. Harpelle notes that when Saxberg moved to Thunder Bay from Winnipeg 16 years ago, she had to reinvent herself as a director if she wanted to continue in film. Saxberg must be doing something right because she’s been working consistently ever since. Now a multiple award-winning filmmaker, she is also the founding member of local film co-operative Flash Frame. She has been heavily involved in mentoring young filmmakers in the community, and has had a hand in writing, editing, directing and producing dozens of films, including her

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debut as a director of the award-winning fictional drama Seeking Bimaadiziiwin -- a sobering film about depression and suicide among First Nations youth. Other notable projects include the documentary short Life is but a Dream, about local author Charlie Wilkins rowing across the Atlantic, Letters from Karelia, a documentary about Canadians who moved to the Soviet Union in the 30s and Citoyens du Monde/Citizens of the World, a six-part series on research for development, shot in 16 different countries. Saxberg and Harpelle’s production company ShebaFilms (originally Shebandowan Films; creates work that has been viewed across Canada and the world, ranging from film to video in multiple languages (English, Spanish and French). Saxberg’s Under the Red Star is the opening film at this year’s Bay Street Film Festival, Sept.29-Oct.2

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Return to Manomin A Personal Journey

By Tiffany Jarva

During this year’s Biindigaate Film Festival, watch for local filmmaker Michelle DeRosier’s film Return to Manomin--a personal journey that unearths the universal value of remembering where we have come from and the importance of passing on traditions to the next generation. Local filmmaker Michelle DeRosier has just completed her second full-length film, Return to Manomin--a documentary chronicling her return to harvesting wild rice on her family’s traditional lands after a 25-year absence, and realizing that they are only a few years away from the complete loss of an ancient tradition. “This was about a lot more than making a film,” says DeRosier. “It was about starting an active process of remembering not only who we are as a family but who we are as a people.” Because much of the story unfolds in canoes on water or deep in the woods, DeRosier says filming was a real challenge. “I was really grateful for having a crew from Northwestern Ontario who not only appreciated the landscape, but could cope with the unique challenges it presented.” Probably best-known for writing and acting in the award-winning dramatic film Seeking Bimaadiziiwin, DeRosier’s directorial debut was The Healing Lens--a documentary about the power of art and culture in healing First Nations youth, which recently won Best Public Service Film at the 35th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Originally from Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation, just outside of Dryden), DeRosier is co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures and has lived in Thunder Bay for the past 23 years. Prior to her career in film, DeRosier spent twelve years as a social worker, working in mental health with First Nations people. Over the past few years, DeRosier’s focus has been to use film as a vehicle for healing and empowerment. Such is the case with her latest film Return to Manomin. “The more we live away from the land, the more we forget that it helps us to be better humans,” she says. “This film could be about any Anishinabek family. We belong to these quiet little places tucked away all over the Boreal forest. This is where our ancestors are, this is where our own spirits find what they need to heal from the effects of a historical legacy of being torn away from family, from tradition, from culture, and from the places that bound all these things together.” Watch for the world premiere of Return to Manomin, September 23rd at 6:45 pm, at this year’s Biindigaate Film Festival. DeRosier also has two other films, Eagle vs. Sparrow and The Life You Want, screening at the 2011 ImagineNative Film Festival in Toronto this October.


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Starring newcomer 11-year old James Rolleston, BOY is New Zealand’s top-grossing film ever. This heartwarming and hilarious film by Taika Watiti (Eagle vs. Shark) headlines Saturday night at this year’s Biindigaate Film Festival.

Biindigaate Film Festival Three days of celebrating indigenous films and filmmakers

It’s year three and the Biindigaate Film Festival shows no sign of slowing down. Watch for thoughtprovoking, entertaining and emotional films by local, regional, and international indigenous artists. The festival will feature critically acclaimed films like the heartfelt and whimsical BOY--the latest film from Maori filmmaker Taika Watiti (Eagle vs. Shark)-which will be the Saturday night headliner. BOY, “a coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson,”premiered at Sundance, won top feature in Berlin and is New Zealand’s top grossing film ever. The stop-motion animated short Choke by filmmaker Michelle Latimer has an emotional local connection because it was inspired by the tragic death of youth artist Kyle Morriseau, who passed away while in Thunder Bay to attend high school. Other notable films include El Perro del Hortelano (Dog in the Manger) by Renzo Zanelli Barreto, a feature film set in the Peruvian jungle that chronicles Brus, an indigenous artist, and his community as they attempt to resist an American oil company, and Two Indians Talking by Sara McIntyre, a gem of a comedic drama from Western Canada about conflicting opinions of two cousins dealing with fears and expectations before they prepare to set up a blockade of a major road through their community. And of course, local filmmaker Michelle DeRosier’s very personal journey in the documentary Return to Manomin, about trying to reconnect with her ancestors’ land, will premiere as the festival’s opening film. The Biindigaate Film Festival screens films at the Paramount Theatre and runs September 23-25. For film schedule and details visit

Justin Rain and Nathaniel Arcand star in Two Indians Talking – a feature comedy about two cousins dealing with their fears and expectations before participating in a blockade of a major road in their community.

El Perro del Hortelano (Dog in the Manger) is a feature film set in the Peruvian jungle about a community trying to find ways to resist an American oil company.

CoverStory “One of the ‘Slightly Off Shakespeare Players,’ Alex discusses playing the part of Hamlet with a Star Wars twist.”

Une Caf Santé A young local filmmaker creates much-needed French language documentaries By Tanya Gouthro

The North is taking part in a very important series of documentaries highlighting issues surrounding teen health. Gabriel Harpelle, a talented young film director from Thunder Bay, is making six web-documentaries for the website, a francophone site that is supported by the National Film Board of Canada. He is one of four directors from across Ontario who is focusing on health issues that are pertinent to their regions.

Gabriel’s first documentary, Une Caf Santé, reveals some incredible work being done right here in our city, at L’École LaVérendrye. Here, students not only learn about healthy eating, but they have the opportunity to eat well while at school--because they cook the food themselves as part of their course work. In documenting this important work, Gabriel is also doing his part to fill a void in the Canadian film industry. “Rarely do francophone films or television show people outside of Québec,” he says. This is an issue that adds to the feeling of isolation experienced by many Francophones living in predominantly Englishspeaking regions. Gabriel is currently completing his third documentary, which will address teen drinking--en français. Moi, j’ai hâte de le voir. Visitez pour en savoir plus.

Save the Drama A documentary about a local high school drama club By Tiffany Jarva

The inspiration for Save the Drama, a local documentary about Sir Winston Churchill’s student-run drama club, was the result of a mutual dare between husband and wife filmmakers. Kirsten and Chris Kosloski (Team Kosloski) wondered what would happen if they went back to high school. Would things be any different 20 years later? Would being a teenager now be any different from how they remembered it? “We wanted to make a movie about the transformative power of the arts and youth culture,” explains Kirsten. “My husband and I were those arty, Joy Division T-shirtwearing kids in high school—angsty, dramatic and completely off-the-charts hormonal. We hope the film is an honest and intimate look at modern teenage life and how important the arts are to a young person just starting to figure out who they are.”

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Chris graduated from the Confederation College film program and now works there as a part-time instructor. He has a wide-range of experience in film, including work as an editor and technician on major motion pictures like Brokeback Mountain and television shows like North of 60. Kirsten has created a career as a freelance writer and editor, contributing to many publications such as Eye Weekly and Filter magazine. This is Chris and Kirsten’s first feature-length documentary--a follow-up to their 2005 short film This Could Be You. The documentary was shot in cinéma vérité style, following the students over a six-month period in 2009. “The kids really let us into their lives and were brave enough to let a camera crew follow them around. They were candid, honest and hilarious about what high school is like for them,” says Kirsten. “The film is funny, sweet and raw--just like high school.”

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A 48 Hour Film Challenge By Ryan LaVia

Chopsticks, produced by Thunder Bay’s Flash Frame Film Network as part of the 48 Hour Film Challenge, unites a range of artists in the community with a common goal: creating a short film in less than two days. Chopsticks is a comedy about a wealthy motivational speaker named Morgan Wunderlich, who realizes, after meeting a middle class man named Joe, that being financially successful does not equal true happiness. Flash Frame is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of film and video production in Northwestern Ontario. It provides a resource of talent, industry knowledge, and equipment for the creative and artistic endeavours of its members, and will assist producers who wish to produce locally.

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Chopsticks premieres at the Bay Street Film Festival, September 29th through October 2nd at the Finlandia Hall.

Biindigaate Film Festival Gala & Art Exhibition A Trio of Voices By Rebekah Skochinski

In conjunction with the remarkable range of indigenous films showing during the Biindigaate Festival, Definitely Superior Art Gallery is dedicating all three of its galleries to a selection of regional and national Aboriginal multi-disciplinary art. Gallery 1 will host contemporary Aboriginal artists such as Danny Cutfeet, Christian Chapman, Candace Twance and Jean Marshall. Gallery 2 will display a borrowed collection from Louise Thomas of the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, featuring the art of Roy Thomas and other national Aboriginal artists from the collection. Gallery 3 will offer selected films from the festival. Exhibitions at the gallery run until October 4 (Tuesday to Saturday, 12-6pm). For more information visit or


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OAC’s Northwestern Consultant, Marilyn McIntosh, is based in Thunder Bay and can provide information about the more than 60 programs for artists and arts organizations, including the Northern Arts program, deadline February 1, 2012. Call Marilyn at 807-622-4279 or e-mail to get advice on how to apply for grants that support your art practice and career development.

Bay of Thunder New Local Variety Show on SHAW TV

Skateboarding footage. Short films. Jackass-esque moments. Candid interviews. And more… Hosted by Danny Axent and produced by local filmmaker Damien Gilbert, the new local variety show Bay of Thunder on SHAW TV features the work of Gilbert and others in the area. Gilbert recently traveled to Harrisburg, PA to work with Zac “The Horse” Gordon-an Internet sensation who has an MTV show coming out soon. Gordon and Gilbert filmed some stunts for an upcoming production called NASTY 2. They also traveled to New Jersey and filmed the Bikes and Babes BBQ stunt show. Catch some of this material on an up-andcoming episode of Bay of Thunder. The show airs at 10:30pm on SHAW TV, Channel 10. Stay tuned…

The Art of Sustainable Living Series Join us to learn practical skills for living more sustainably. A dessert and refreshment will be provided at each session. Sessions run from 7pm-10pm. Willow Springs Creative Centre is a local non-for profit organization offering art programming and horticulture therapy to groups and organizations through-out Thunder Bay as well as at the centre located in Lappe. For more information check out our web site at Let the artists in you be free

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Trees in the City A rare Gingko biloba. Majestic Cottonwood poplars. Aging Basswoods. A resilient Elm. Rena Viehbeck, Urban Forest Program Specialist with the City of Thunder Bay, highlights some of our city’s exceptional urban trees. By Rena Viehbeck

Don’t wait until you are out of town to take notice of amazing trees. Thunder Bay has our very own notable trees to be proud of that are very large, very old, rare for our climate, or of historical significance. Start looking and you too will enjoy Thunder Bay’s exceptional trees that can be shared and celebrated. Perhaps the best known examples of very large trees in Thunder Bay are the Cottonwood poplars found in Waverly Park. These majestic trees are in a public City park for all to enjoy. But don’t stop there! There are many more trees in Thunder Bay to appreciate. Take a stroll past the amazing Elm tree located just south of the Simpson Street Bridge. There are few remaining elm trees in Thunder Bay due to Dutch elm disease, and this healthy specimen still stands thanks to years of care and protection. During the reconstruction of the bridge, this tree became a symbol of the importance of Thunder Bay’s urban forest and the need to protect it. One tree that really sticks out, literally above the rest, is the tall Cottonwood poplar on the corner of North Cumberland and Munro. Once you see it you won’t know how you ever missed it! Visit the Ginkgo biloba at Lakehead University’s Ryan Building next time you’re in the area. The Ginkgo is a living fossil, dating back 270 million years. This tree is able to grow outside of its normal climate zone because of a small micro-climate against the building’s southeast-facing wall. Take notice of the beautiful large Willow overhanging the corner of Kingsway Avenue and Christina Street. This is the last remaining tree that was planted by the Fort William Young Men’s Board of Trade in 1926. The Mountain View Cemetery and Riverside Cemetery are open to everyone and have beautiful walking paths surrounded by a wide variety of trees, including two of Thunder Bay’s largest and oldest basswoods.

Jay Dampier

To find out more about Thunder Bay’s Notable Trees visit and click on the Notable Tree link, where you can see a map of all the notable trees nominated so far, and even nominate one yourself.


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Marlene Wandel

Favourite Urban Trees

A sentimental school yard favourite. A strong Simpson Street elm. Gnarled crabapple trees with a coveted view of the city. A few of our contributors weigh in on their favourite urban trees.

The crabapple trees in Hillcrest Park, with their gnarled branches and colourful offerings throughout the season form a welcoming avenue; a receiving line en route to the glory of the sweeping view. Approaching Hillcrest from the other direction, a lovely oak, nestled against the stone wall at the top of the Bay St. stairs frames the Sleeping Giant with its glossy leaves.

-Marlene Wandel

Red Pine in Claude Garton School Yard

I didn’t grow up in Thunder Bay, so I don’t have a long history with the *big old red pine in Claude Garton school yard, but the few years I’ve had, have been good ones. When I walk my boys to school in the morning, we always say, “Good morning red pine”, and then hug it. We either hug it individually, or do a group hug and hold hands around the tree. I have a particular fondness for red pines, as I grew up in Timmins and we have a camp that has been in our family for four generations at a place called “Red Pine Point.” It is really remote (water access only, no running water or electricity). It is my favourite place in the world. There is a big old red pine that I have been hugging since I was little and it has grown a lot over the last 41 years. I still hug it, and take a picture of me hugging it, every year.

American Elm on Simpson Street

I think my favourite tree is the elm on Simpson Street. American elms are susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease which can outright kill a tree a few years after infection. This very large elm is a survivor, and the last time I looked, still going strong.

-Jay Dampier

-Lee-Ann Chevrette *To make this tree even more special, I met someone who grew up in Current River whose uncle planted the tree (and all of the others near it) with some fellow students when they were in elementary school at Claude Garton over 65 years ago. This person remembers when the trees were little and now those trees tower over the playground and the kids play under them.

Darren McChristie

Crabapple Trees at Hillcrest Park

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Superior Morning Local CBC Radio Show Changes Name

The Superior Morning team consists of (from right to left) Lisa Laco (on-air host), Mary-Jean Cormier (news), Elliott Doxtater-Wynn (morning show technician), Amy Hadley (assistant producer) and Ron Desmoulin (producer).

By Tiffany Jarva

This Labour Day weekend on September 5th, earlymorning CBC radio listeners might be a little bit surprised when a new theme song hits the airwaves, unveiling the show’s new name, Superior Morning, and pushing the show’s old name, The Great Northwest into retirement. “It’s unusual to change a show name,” explains CBC Thunder Bay program manager Susan Rogers, “but we think that The Great Northwest is a little bit dated and evocative of older times. Superior Morning rolls off the tongue easier, sounds good and reflects that great lake out there and how it’s central to the region. We’re really looking forward to see what people think of the new name.” In addition to the name change and new theme song, all listeners are invited to participate in a logo design contest that will be juried on-air. Rogers assures the public that the content and programming format won’t change much. “We have a great product,” says Rogers. “We will continue to deliver original journalism: tell the stories of the day, be connected to the community, find the story behind the story, provide context and get listener feedback.” Rogers does comment that in general there will be more of a local and regional web presence, along with more locally-produced audio, video, twitter and social media updates. “In this day and age we have to be tri-media.” In celebration of the CBC’s 75th anniversary year, studios across the country will be opening up their doors to the public on October 1st and inviting people to come visit, also timed to coincide with Culture Days. “It’s a time of renewal in general,” says Rogers. “We went through a tough period with some cutbacks and now we’re coming out of that, continuing to do the best we can.” To find out more about the early show’s makeover, the upcoming open-house in October, or logo design details, keep referring to

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Fire Tower Fever Treasure Hunt

Photos & Story By Susan Arbouw

I definitely have “fire tower fever.” I think it’s because finding a fire tower feels like a treasure hunt, and the idea that for years fire spotters worked at the top of these 80-foot and 100-foot towers just adds to the fever. Now I can’t help myself—I never pass up the opportunity to visit a fire tower. Most fire towers were built between the 1920s and the 1950s, when forest fire protection was in its heyday. During World War II in the United States, the fire tower lookouts also acted as Enemy Aircraft Spotters, especially on the West Coast. Because of technological improvements in radio communications and aircraft, most fire lookout towers were put out of service in the 1970s. More recently, satellite fire detection and cell phones have further reduced the need for fire lookout towers. But these new technologies are not perfect, and it was found that fires detected by satellite were already too large to bring under control. The lack of cell phone signals in some wilderness areas was also a problem. So there are still a few fire lookout towers in service in some areas of the country. When the fire towers were decommissioned there were concerns that people might get injured trying to climb the unmanned towers so most of them were either destroyed or had the bottom 20 feet of the ladders removed. Fire towers are best visited in the fall, since they are located in high places where you can get great views of the fall colours. In the Thunder Bay area Sistonen’s Fire Tower, Aldina Fire Tower, and Hazelwood Fire Tower are still standing. Just across the border in Minnesota you can easily visit the Mt. Sophie Fire Tower, Mt. Maud Fire Tower, and Hovland Fire Tower. If you have seen others, please send me the directions! For more info on specific hikes in the area, check out

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Ellen Chambers

Local educator and social justice advocate recognized

Ellen Chambers (r) with ETFO President Sam Hammond

By Donna Faye

In addition to her work as President of the Lakehead Elementary Teachers’ Federation, Chambers also serves on the education committee of EGALE Canada, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) human rights organization behind the “It Gets Better” campaign. In 2010, she served as a project advisor for The First National Climate Survey on Homophobia in Canadian Schools conducted by that organization and the University of Winnipeg. According to one of the survey’s key findings, more than one in five (21%) LGBTQ students reported being physically harassed or assaulted due to their sexual orientation. Always interested in social issues, Chambers says the real eye-opener for her was her son Gabe’s experience with anti-gay bullying at his high school. She stood by him as he filed an Ontario Human Rights complaint against the Lakehead Public School Board, Chambers’ employer. “He was 18, so I was the voice and I had the advantage of knowing the system,” she says. Although she and her son had the support of co-workers and family, Chambers says the fight took its toll. Her fight came to be referred to by family members as “the Complaint.” After the settlement in 2005, Chambers says she kept pushing and got onto the right committees to effect change. “We continued until the Board got the picture.” Chambers knew changes would come too late for her own son, who had only two months of high school left when they began their fight. The goal was to make sure the Board implemented changes to ensure other students would not have to experience the same discrimination that he had faced. Today, each of the Board’s four high schools has a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), a student organization intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens and their straight allies. The Board has also implemented anti-homophobia training for its teachers and staff. “As teachers, we have a responsibility to understand the issues going on around us,” says Chambers. “The key is always education.” Not only have the Lakehead public schools become safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, but this past June, Thunder Bay celebrated the first annual Thunder Pride, co-chaired by Chambers. “We had nothing but support,” she says. “Thunder Bay has come around.” She is also a member of local diversity groups including Diversity Thunder Bay, and Sexuality and Gender Equity Working Group (SAGE). Chambers has served as president of the Lakehead Teacher local since 2007 and was elected in August 2011 to the ETFO provincial Executive.


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Local teacher and social justice advocate Ellen Chambers received the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) 2011 President’s Award at the Federation’s 2011 Annual Meeting in August. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the ETFO and advanced public education and the needs of elementary students.

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Tyler Gilbert Musical Voyage By Susan Hagens

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Tyler Gilbert’s new single “Break Free” is about standing up for what you believe in. “This song is from the point of view of a musician,” Gilbert said. “Being pressured to get a real job, but sticking to your guns and doing what you want to do.” Gilbert has recently signed his first big distribution deal with HMV for his CD “Tyler’s World.” When asked who he likens himself to, his reply was Dallas Green from the band City and Colour. If you’d like to help Gilbert on his way to musical success, he returns to Thunder Bay and plays September 8th at Black Pirates Pub.

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The music of Tyler Gilbert could be heard coming from Calico Coffee House on Tuesday August 9th. The clear crisp cords, combined with thoughtful lyrics, created a relaxing folk/ rock mix. The harmonica was pulled out for “To My Roots” and it spoke of a grand voyage, similar to the voyage that Gilbert has taken on this tour, going all the way from Regina to Montreal with fellow musician TB Judd.

Radio Waves Music Festival Sweet Sounds at Sweetheart’s Bluff By Rebekah Skochinski

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Experiencing live music in an outdoor setting is one of those good things of which you can never get too much. On September 10 and 11, you can bid farewell to summer (or celebrate its final days) with a two-day, jam-packed musical festival just south of the border. The Radio Waves Music Festival in Grand Marais features a line-up of North Shore musicians that stretches its musical fingers to cover every genre from rock, folk, jazz, swing, and country. In addition to the non-stop music, there is an open-mic for musicians to take the stage and a dance floor for when the music moves you. Drive down for the day, or take advantage of the on-site camping and make it a full weekend.

Women in Music Summer in the Parks By Susan Hagens

A lone kite flew high overhead the musicians at Marina Park for the Women in Music night, sponsored by OLG. A crowd of 500 quickly grew to a crowd of what seemed near 1000 people. Ti Amo started off the night with a nice blend of upbeat covers, and a small crowd of dancers showed their appreciation for their songs. During intermission, brought by The World Dance Centre, Dahab wowed the crowd with her fast rhythmic dance moves. Her bright costume and belly dancing moves can be seen again on September 27th at the Finlandia Club. Outside the Lines took the stage next and “won an award” for being the first musicians to play with a washboard. They had a nice combination of guitar, vocals and drums, singing mainly originals. The last band to play was the blues band The Chain, providing toetapping rhythms and some great keyboard solos, the powerful voice of singer Chrissy Ewacha Klaas leaving us wanting more. From kids, to teenagers, to parents, to seniors, everyone enjoyed the musical stylings of the three great bands that took the stage for this Wednesday night tradition that so many families call their own.

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Music for the Masses IV 35 Performers + Five Venues By Tracy Sadgrove

Since its inception in 2008, Music for the Masses has been a staple in the local music lover’s diet. The festival was the brainchild of Franz Masini, who still organizes and manages the event. The concept was to have one festival that catered to all genres and would provide something for everyone. In the last four years, MFTM has grown so much in popularity that it can no longer be a one-venue show. This year promises to be the biggest yet, boasting 35 performers at five different venues. Catch diverse acts like Sunday Wilde (blues), Trevor Potts (folk), Norris (metal), Robin Ranger (jazz), The Married Singlemen (funk/rock/ska), DJ Love, Dirtnap (hip hop), and more. Sponsored by LUSU, TBShows, and L.U. Radio, shows are 19+ and take place Friday Sept. 23, 8:45 pm – 2:00 am. $10 admission gets you into all five venues at Black Pirates Pub, Crocks, Kilroys, Sovereign Room and Jacks. The Walleye



Bachman & Turner Takin’ Care of Business By Tracy Sadgrove

Thunder Bay’s Community Auditorium is sure to be reverberating when three-time Juno Award-winning Bachman & Turner (former founding members Randy Bachman and Fred Turner of BTO) take to the stage. Bachman & Turner, originally from Winnipeg, have been rocking the masses for 40+ years. They have a penchant for producing what some may contend to be the finest in Canadian classic rock, and boast an impressive fan base of young, old, and in-between that is testimony to their longevity. In 2010, after a five-year hiatus, the bandmates rejoined forces--resulting in new material, a new tour, and an appearance at the half-time show for the Grey Cup in Edmonton. Bachman & Turner play at 8pm, Thursday Sept. 22nd. Tickets are $59 for all seats.

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Music Q&A Where did the Sheepdogs name come from? It’s actually not that great of a story. We started off as the Bricks, but there were too many bands with that name so we had to change it. We had a side project called the Sheepdogs so we just went with that. Do you plan on staying in Saskatoon or moving to Toronto or Vancouver like so many other bands? Right now we plan on staying here; it’s nice to come home and relax downtown. It’s a lot less hectic there and we can still go to Toronto and New York to work for a bit. Darren McChristie

After the Rolling Stone article was published a lot of people seemed upset about how Saskatoon was portrayed, do you think it was poorly described?

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First Unsigned Band to Appear on the Cover of Rolling Stone By Travis Setala

One of 16 handpicked bands invited to compete in a North American battle of the bands, the Sheepdogs, a Canadian boogie-rock band from Saskatoon, beat the U.S. and won the intense contest, landing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Lucky for Thunder Bay music fans, in August the Sheepdogs headlined this year’s Superior Youth Festival at Marina Park, followed by a show at the Black Pirates Pub. Writer Travis Setala caught up with bassist Ryan Gullen over the phone the day before they arrived.

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Well it would be hard for someone in like New York or Nashville to describe a place like Saskatoon properly. What those people who are upset with us don’t understand, is that it is up to the writer to decide what gets printed… also it’s an entertainment magazine so they have to make an entertaining article. Have your shows and touring changed since you won the cover of Rolling Stone? We have been touring non-stop for a few months now and we will keep that up until Christmas when we start on our next record. As for our audience, it’s been nice to have more people come out to our shows, and now we walk down the street and people recognize us.


Doug Gorrie Madhouse Regular By Judy Roche

With musician and Madhouse regular Doug Gorrie based in Toronto, and me firmly planted in Thunder Bay, we used the power of email to chat about his music, future plans and what keeps him coming back to the Bay.

Q: Where else do you regularly play? You’re based in Toronto but how often do you go out on tour? A: I usually tour once a year in the fall, but not this year. I play regularly in Toronto but I do have some favourite spots I frequent on tour that have been good to me. One of my favourites is the Townhouse in Sudbury.

Q: Tell me a bit about your music genre. A: These days I find the whole “music genre” thing is getting out of hand. When I picture what [people] would say about it...maybe indie folk? [With] my luck I would get something stupid like lo-fi naturalism. Q: Did you experiment with any other genres or styles before settling on your current sound?

Q: What are your future plans? Any upcoming tours we should know about? A: [I’m] just focusing on the new record and getting it out for the spring. I will tour for the record but not until the fall. Doug Gorrie played at the Madhouse last month and if you missed it, you can find more about him and his music on Facebook and MySpace.

A: Old school punk [and] mixing in with some early 90’s grunge was my first love. Q: Please share your thoughts about playing in Thunder Bay. You are a regular visitor and performer in the city so what keeps you coming back? A: Playing in your town is always amazing. The musicians in TBay are some of the best in the country and the vibe is always great. What keeps me coming back? The Madhouse. Q: You seem to have a following in Thunder Bay. Tell me about your fans here.

Dave Koski

A: It’s a following of good friends and some people I have met along the way. But, for the most part, there are mostly familiar faces in the crowd, which is refreshing and they sing along. I miss that sometimes.

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5th Annual Pig Roast at Belluz Farms By Tanya Gouthro

“You Can Call Me Anything, But Don’t Call Me Late For Dinner,” reads my nameplate. Walking toward a long, simply adorned, breezy-white table to choose my spot at Slow Food Superior’s 5th Annual Pig Roast, fork and nameplate in hand, the mood is set. I am very much enamoured with good cuisine and don’t often pass up an opportunity to meet new people, so this is the perfect place to have dinner. The crowd is varied, and everyone’s reasons for attending are as well. Gene, a gentleman with whom I speak briefly, has come “to appease a curiosity” and adds that “the time is going to come when we won’t be able to enjoy tropical fruit in the winter. And so we must learn to eat more sensibly and sustainably.” Robin and Sherri Bureyko, who have recently moved here from Calgary, are opening up a restaurant called madeFRESH. They are here to network and meet people who share the same passion for food. The event is full of people who share this passion, and I dare say none are disappointed. The Pig Roast is a fundraising event to send producers, chefs and food activists from our region to a bi-annual Slow Food conference called Terra Madre in Torino, Italy. Over the course of five days, 8000 people hailing from 180 countries meet to discuss international food issues. Slow Food Superior also raises money for other initiatives such as Slow Food Schools. Different local organizations are making this magic happen. The food magicians hail from Sweet Pea catering, Slow Food Convivum, Rose Valley Lodge, Good News Café and Caribou Restaurant and Wine Bar , and the results are mouth-watering. All of the dishes served are concocted with local ingredients. The Red Fife heritage wheat variety (grown by Belluz Farms and stone milled and sold by Brule Creek Farms) was used in the flatbread, which is baked on site in an outdoor oven. The “Pig of Honour” was raised by our very own Squash Queen, and prepared using a traditional Italian method called porchetta, where the entire animal is used--very much in line with the sustainable approach favoured by the Slow Food movement. Served alongside the porchetta is an entrancing concoction of rhubarb and spice that has me searching my plate for something else to drench with it. Absolute heaven. All produce used in the dishes comes from local greenhouses and gardens. The quark used in one of the desserts comes from Thunder Oak Cheese farm. Impressive, and somehow prideinspiring to know that an absolutely delectable four-course, nine dish meal is created entirely by local ingredients. As we sit chatting with our tablemates, sighing with satisfaction after the last crumb of both desserts disappear from our plates, Jodi Belluz from Slow Food Superior addresses the crowd: “We’re activists, but we’re totally not about the deprivation. It’s about pleasure.”


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By Amy Jones

Runway 25 is situated in the lobby of the Valhalla Inn, where, if you’re lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of a wedding or two. Our Saturday night visit started out with just that, and the rest of the evening got even better from there. The menu was explained to us by our excellent server, Shannon, who brought us warm olive bread, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to enjoy while we made our decision. The menu is, as one might imagine, primarily focused on steak. Each cut is available in five different sizes; the cuts range from the standard New York to the unusual elk steak. Each steak can be further customized with a selection of sauces, and although every entrée comes with a loaded baked potato, upgraded sides are available at a surcharge. It is in the steak where you expect Runway 25 to shine, and shine it did. My filet was meltingly tender and cooked perfectly medium rare, and, when combined with the accompanying Béarnaise sauce, turned into something that I will likely dream about until I am able to taste it again. My companion had a similarly transcendent experience with his prime rib and roasted garlic sauce. As delicious as our desert of hand-churned ice cream was, next time I think I’ll forgo dessert altogether and just order a bigger steak. It is, after all, what Runway 25 does—and should do—best. Runway 25 will be celebrating its grand opening on September 15th, 16th and 17th. Open Monday-Saturday from 5:30pm-9:30pm, with a Sunday brunch running from 10:30am-2:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended.


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Frost has begun to paint the grass tips silver in the brisk morning air, and a chill is creeping into the evenings that says that fall is on the way. With autumn approaching, richer wines begin to appeal again, and none can better bring heat back into your heart than the classic fortified wine, Port. Hailing from the sun baked slopes of Portugal, this traditional after dinner drink is actually the perfect pair for salty and savoury food. With a hefty fruit profile and hearty sweetness, Port can still be a definitive dessert; however, it can be a real knock-out with your next dinner.

Gargoyles Grille & Ale

With a playful name (coined by the bartender who created it) and colourful layers that look a bit like an Astro Pop, it’s a drink that has carefree stamped all over it. The top of the glass starts with pineapple, peach schnapps and Malibu Rum. It’s full-on blue curacao for a citrus centre, and just when you think you’re done... oh, what’s that? It’s a grenadine send-off that will have you tilting the glass several times to get every last syrupy sweet, lip-smacking drop. Gargoyles Grille & Ale is located at 11 North Cumberland, open Monday through Saturday.

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Most of us get into a serious state of mind when the calendar flips over to September, even though it’s technically still summer until the 23rd. We need to stop that. And I know just the thing to help us: a happy-golucky martini.

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By Rebekah Skochinski

Try a new spin on an old classic with these pairings! Classic Pairing: Quinta Da Pedra Alta Fine Tawny Port – Vintages No. 225144 $14.95 with blue cheese and salted almonds at the end of a meal. Contemporary Pairing: Quinta Do Castelinho Ruby Port – Vintages No. 19895 - $12.95 with venison medallions in a cranberry reduction sauce as an entree. Wild Card Pairing: Calem Fine White Port – Vintages No. 224568 - $13.95 with cantaloupe spears wrapped in prosciutto as an appetizer. The Walleye


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The Beardmore Relics

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In The Beardmore Relics, first-time novelist E.J. Lavoie takes his readers deep into the heart of the landscape and lore of Northwestern Ontario as his protagonist—the likeable newsman-turnedprofessor Kennet Forbes—returns to his hometown to help unravel the mystery of a colleague who has gone missing in search of the fabled Beardmore Relics. Lavoie vividly captures not only the landscape of the wilds north of Lake Superior, but also the personality and spirit of a small Northwestern Ontario mining town that has fallen on hard times, with a supporting cast of colourful characters so realistically portrayed that anyone native to the area might recognize them. Although at times the intricately woven plot of this historical mystery becomes hampered by the somewhat clunky exposition, Lavoie has enough technical skill to keep the suspense building and the pages turning until the ultimately satisfying ending.

Hooded Fang Hooded Fang is proving that this six-piece band from Toronto has staying power –their 2010 Album was nominated for this year’s Polaris Prize and now their second album Tosta Mista is also getting noticed by critics. Shorter but still well-crafted with melodious songs and interesting orchestration, Tosta Mista features a breezy and very danceable surf rock vibe that at times sounds a little bit like groovy 60s game show pop, early new wave and sock-hop 50s. -TJ

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by David Gilmour Struggling at school and dealing with behavioural problems, Jesse Gilmour is given the option by his father, David, to take the year off. In exchange, he is required to watch three films a week with his father. During this time off, the pair works from an uneasy alliance to a close relationship, learning about themselves and about life through the power of film. Jesse’s fresh approach to films such as Chinatown or Citizen Kane helps David rediscover his love of the movies and become a better film critic, and seeing the films his father loves helps Jesse actually understand the man he calls Dad. -Lori Kauzlarick, Public Services Assistant

Award Winning Album (out September 20) is the latest offering from the charming foursome The DoneFors, and the highly anticipated follow-up to their cheekily titled 2009 debut, How to Have Sex with Canadians. After the success of How to Have Sex, the band was able to move out of drummer Brian Lahaie’s basement into a proper studio to produce their sophomore effort, recording with Jeremy Darby (U2, David Bowie, Lou Reed) and Michael Philip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, Luke Doucet). On this album, the Toronto group continues to blend genres, mashing the sounds of indie rock, pop, progressive folk, country and jazz to create a sound that is all their own. In the song “Mercator Map,” singer-songwriter Janine Stoll’s floaty vocals are backed by the toe-tapping multi-phonic sounds of Paul MacDougall, Brian Lahaie, and Liam Smith. Her fun, catchy, image-based lyrics about wishes, love and European travel (antique warehouses, tripping on cobblestones, crème brûlée) are not without a pinch of irony: “I had a dream to drink champagne in a cemetery perched on a hillside in the rain above a burning city.” If you haven’t heard of The DoneFors before now, chances are you’ll be hearing about them very soon. -T.Jarva

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Die Active Art Collective A Haven for Young Artists By Katie Zugic

The Die Active Art Collective is a haven for young artists looking to emerge from their underground sanctuaries and delve into the world of established artists. Die Active is a programming initiative developed by Definitely Superior Art Gallery with a focus on youth art education/mentoring and community involvement. It directs its outreach towards artists both young and old, encouraging them to experiment with different conceptual mediums and enabling Thunder Bay’s youth to broaden their artistic horizons and experience a diverse environment that they would not otherwise encounter. Die Active is organized and co-coordinated by Lora Northway, Youth Community Outreach Administrator at the gallery. The gallery felt that Thunder Bay’s youth did not have as many opportunities in the world of the arts as they could, and so Die Active was born. Initially the meetings were small, but as the weeks passed and word got out, much of Thunder Bay’s art community began to show up. Hosting a diverse mix of artists aged 14-30, valuable insight is shared over various snacks and creativity enhancing activities every Thursday evening at Definitely Superior Art Gallery. If the workshops weren’t enough for the opportunistic artist, various other events fill up the calendar, such as Y-Art Sales, concerts, showcases, and the Derelicte Fashion Show. And thanks to Die Active’s Wall Bombings (artists decorating the exterior walls of local businesses with conceptual designs), art now covers the walls of downtown Port Arthur, where Die Active’s brushes have melded into a harmonious montage of our local talent. On the bustling street of Algoma, many Wall Bombings are dabbled on the walls of The Loop, The Growing Season and Colosimo’s Music, adding a splash of colour to Thunder Bay’s cityscape. Situated on the edge of Comics Plus is a monster, its tentacles grasping the air, dancing along the bricks and provoking smiles from passers-by. Whether these pieces invoke a vague recollection of a former time, an epiphany, or perhaps just a glimmer of a smile at the edge of your lips, Die Active is taking Thunder Bay by storm. Die Active now represents over 300 youth artists--the largest youth collective of its kind in Northwestern Ontario. Young and old congregate in this artists’ haven, overflowing with new ideas, new dreams and new people. Frequent attendee or drop-in, both are embraced with open arms into this lively collaboration, and at the end of the day it has become a sanctuary for those who find solace in the arts.

Suzanne Morrissette New Curatorial Resident Excited by TBAG’s Permanent Collection

By Ally Arnone

Welcome to Suzanne Morrissette, the newest addition to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Suzanne was appointed this summer as Curatorial Resident, a new two-year position funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection is one of the features that first attracted Suzanne to apply for the position. “The permanent collection is really amazing! I saw a lot of curatorial possibilities for exhibitions and found that very exciting,” she says. Suzanne is a curator, artist and writer who originally hails from Winnipeg, and who received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design University in Vancouver in 2009. She earned her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto this June, just before joining the TBAG in July. Suzanne brings experience from a variety of contexts, such as internships in artist-run centres and curatorial work for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her thesis, titled Stories of place, location, and knowledge, is a compilation of critical essays considering the significance of place and land--themes that she hopes will be the focus of future exhibits with selected works of the permanent collection. “I want to explore the idea of land, landscapes, space, place and how people see themselves within them,” she says. She is also looking at the possibility of working with video installations by Aboriginal artists from outside the region. Suzanne will soon be presenting some interesting research she started at the TBAG, based on a project published by the gallery in 1994 called The Mandate Study. “This collection of critical essays by influential writers and organizers stems from a time when museums began to redefine the way that Aboriginal art is discussed, defined, and exhibited in museum or gallery setting,” Suzanne explains. Given her experience and interest in contemporary Aboriginal art, she is very enthusiastic about the discovery of the document and how it can be applied. Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming events at the gallery, and be sure to check out their website:


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Scott Bond Stylized Realism

By Rebekah Skochinski

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With many artists replacing their brushes and pencils with needles and ink, the personal and portable art of tattooing is being pushed to new aesthetic levels. Scott Bond of Underground Ink Studio is one of those artists. Armed with a Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University, he sifted through what he calls “regular jobs” and tried to keep up with his sketching at night before starting to burn out. Three years ago, Bond began apprenticing with Fenton Gilbert at Underground Ink and feels incredibly lucky to be in a job that allows him to sketch and create for a living. His influences include Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, as well as Brian Bolland--a British comics artist known for his detailed line work. Bond says the crossover from comics to tattoos is natural, at least for his style. “What I do is a stylized realism, using light and shadow to give dimension but with a lot of line. There’s no line in reality. If you want to make something look real, you take the lines out and use shadow. I like dynamic line, going from big to small, not always using the same thickness,” he says. When choosing a tattoo artist, Bond says it is important to do some research because every artist has their own style. “If you give the same picture to six different artists, you will get six different tattoos.” And unlike other pieces of art, this one is a little harder to get rid of if your tastes change. To see more of Scott Bond’s work, visit

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Gardening 101 By Tara George

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about my gardening is solitude--my hours in the community garden have become a time to unwind and relax. However, there is the odd time when I will find myself working side-by-side with a fellow gardener, and it’s this aspect of the community garden that I enjoy the most. As a firsttime gardener, it’s fun to compare progress, pick up a few tips (usually something passed down through generations), and if I’m really lucky, be on the receiving end of some freshly harvested produce. I also appreciate the opportunity to be part of a new community, and to meet interesting people who I might not otherwise encounter in my regular day-to-day routine. An impressive example of “community” was demonstrated at our garden after the suspicion, and subsequent proof, that deer had discovered and began to graze on our young plants. Our garden leader, Juliet Johnson, organized the troops and secured the supplies to erect a seven foot fence around our garden. Despite the fact it was during the two coldest days in August, with gusting winds and a continual looming threat of a torrential downpour, we came together and assembled the fence in two nights. The community that contributed to our fence was not limited to the gardeners with a vested interest, but also included those who graciously contributed supplies. Northwest Fencing provided supplies within our budget, and Harris Rebar supplied rebar free of charge. In addition to a new fence, our garden shed also received a make-over. Wanson Lumber donated the shingles so that fellow gardener Allan Norris could revamp our garden shed roof into the workings of a rainwater collection system. My feeling of community, as a result of my garden, has also and expanded to include The Walleye readers. Rarely does a day go by without someone asking me how my garden is coming along, or offering me some reassurance by admitting that their carrots aren’t growing well either. For those wondering, my garden continues to grow and I’m finally seeing some fruits (and veggies) of my labour, although minimal in some regards. However, this month I feel that the fruits of our labour extend beyond the soil, and are reflected in our new fence and the hard work of all the volunteers and gardeners. Well done team!


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Go Green Expo By Larry Hogard

The 2nd annual Go Green Expo will be held on Saturday October 1, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at the CLE Coliseum. The Expo will feature 40+ exhibitors from businesses, agencies, individuals and government bodies—all displaying and promoting sustainability. This is an opportunity to learn new ways to make your home and business more eco-friendly. There will also be workshops focusing on self-sufficiency, with an emphasis on food and energy. Some workshops include: Time of Use – Smart Meters with the ON Power Authority; Preserving the Harvest everything you wanted to know about preserving foods for your own use: canning, drying, freezing, and winter storage with Jodi Belluz; and Putting the Garden to Bed – how to prepare your gardens for the winter months with Graham Saunders. As well, a local foods lunch will be offered, along with a talk on self-sufficiency for our community. The Go Green Expo exhibits are free of charge and there will be a small fee to attend the workshops and lunch. Participants are required to pre-register. There will be a free bus organized for students at Lakehead University for transportation to the Country Market and the Go Green Expo. Contact the Sustainability Initiative for more information at or 343-8598. For more info on the Expo contact Kelsey Johansen at 625-2411 or go to www.EarthWisethunderbay/ The Go Green Expo is a project of the Education/ Communication Working Group of Earthwise Thunder Bay.

LIVINGGREEN Q - With this summer’s wedding season winding down, it’s time to start planning my own for next year. My fiancé and I want an elegant celebration that won’t take a heavy toll on the environment. How can we plan to keep the glitz, reduce our carbon footprint, and stay within our budget? With so many other details to think about when planning your nuptials, it may be daunting to add “eco-friendly” to your to-do list, but here are some tips.

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When it comes to décor, rent items from decorators rather than buy new. Potted centrepieces are an eco-friendly alternative to cut flowers, and guests can take them home as a wedding favour. Donate flowers to hospitals and care facilities after the wedding. An outdoor wedding at a beautiful location can save time and money on decorations, conserve energy by taking advantage of natural light, and impress guests. Hosting the wedding and reception at the same site, within walking distance, or arranging a shuttle service will significantly reduce emissions from guests’ travel between locations. For your meal and cake, stick to in-season, organic, and locally-grown ingredients. If you plan to serve beer, wine, or coffee, try to include organic, locally-produced, or fair trade options. Limit waste and choose reusable dishes rather than disposables. Applying a few of these tips will make for an eco-chic celebration that won’t break the bank. For more ideas about “greening” your wedding, check out,, or www.recycledbride. com. Regardless of your wedding colour theme, it’s easy and affordable to add touches of green to your special day! by Jessica Backen, Green Events Coordinator

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“Perfectly Marvelous” A Song From the Musical Cabaret Says It All

By Kyle Poluyko

The Bora Laskin Theatre was transformed into 1930’s Berlin in the Applauze Productions, Spencer Hari directed, theatrical presentation of Cabaret. The classic musical revolves around the English performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. A subplot involves a doomed romance between German Fräulein Schneider and her elderly Jewish suitor. Overseeing the drama is the Emcee at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret celebrating decadence against growing dread of Nazi uprising. Levan Sonego as Bradshaw delivered his conflicted character’s story with heart-breaking believability and remarkable command of his dialogue. Paula DiGuiseppe as Bowles was fearless in her moments of both sweetness and fiery attitude, bringing down the house with her powerful Act Two performance of “Maybe This Time/Cabaret.” Director Hari, serving also as the show’s emcee, was dynamic with true and unsurpassed showmanship. The Kit Kat Klub girls were picturesque in their dancing and posing, whether front and centre or establishing the background. Gabriel Vaillant as Bobby must be singled out for delivering a haunting yet angelic rendition of “Tomorrow Belongs To Me.” A tremendous ensemble cast, flawless orchestra, stunning period costumes, and a simple yet effectual set design made for a distinctive theatrical experience, the kind Thunder Bay should be clamoring for more often from its community players. As Hari put it, “The talent in Thunder Bay is strong and natural.” Cabaret ran August 9 – 12.


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Entreaty to the Urban Tree Goddess Supreme Arboreal Presence I beseech Thee, If Thy Leafiness would lend me some of Thy foresty goodness, I swear evermore to be Thy main shaded squeeze. Thy budding artistry inspires me to write on paper. (And let’s face it - Thou art the paper I write on and the reason for my writing.) My heart turns to pulp at the very sight of Thee. Naturally infuse my city-scape in the way only Thou knowest how: Rooted at urban intersections of truth and beauty – the crossroads of my chloro-filled heart. Scatter thy chromatic tears when the season suggests – Surrendering to the lawns, gardens, streets, and sidewalks In Thy deciduously decadent manner. Concoct a shady plan in which I fall victim, Head-first from Thy towering midst, Suffering from … Amnesia for a lifetime of … Wooded bliss. More simply put, Goddess, send me some trees to love.

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Mary J.L Black Library Design Mixing the Aesthetic + Practical By Tiffany Jarva

On May 9th, the newly-constructed Mary J.L. Black Library officially opened its doors in the community of Westfort. The Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay kicked off the grand opening. Aboriginal singers sang “Calling of the Thunderbird,” a fitting connection to the restored 1965 Thunderbird mosaic mural by Fort William artist Ruby Owen that overlooks the new foyer—a timeless and stunning piece, based on one of Norval Morriseau’s paintings. From a distance, with its tall, rounded windows, B.C. fir beams, galvanized decking, concrete, aluminum, and authentic-looking manufactured stone walls, the new Mary J.L Black Library has a small-scale Arthur Erickson feel to it (more reminiscent of his warmer residential designs than the concrete-ness of, say, Simon Fraser University). Inside, oak adorns the walls and ceilings. Blonde maple shelves support rows of books. A silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating has been granted and being “only a point shy from gold,” according to project manager Ed Cameron of SNC-Lavalin, the library is already looking at how they can bump up their rating. Natural light streams in through the large windows. A fireplace, cozy furniture, reading pods and art invite patrons to linger. There is a floaty, whimsical metal sculpture, Cascade by Karen Kazmer that hangs above the fireplace area. There is also a state-of-the-art computer lab that can be booked. And everything is on one level. “The old library was multi-leveled and not accessibility-friendly,” says Cameron. “Now we are on one level and have 9400 square feet accessible to everyone.” In addition to one level, most of the shelves are constructed low enough for easy accessibility as well, which also lends to a more airy aesthetic and open vibe. Another design priority was to create stimulating and welcoming areas for children. Big stuffed tigers, alligators, and bears lounge on top of shelves in the children’s section. There’s an outdoor children’s reading garden, a reading room, and a multipurpose area with a puppet theatre. Cameron says that the library was built in record time, “about nine months from start to finish,” using local suppliers and installers, and under budget (4.7 million, less than the budgeted 5.1 million). All fundraising goals have been met. “There’s a warm feeling when you walk through this space,” says Cameron. “Nice textures. Great morning light streams in through the windows. We were able to adjust the existing bike path and have integrated well with the West Thunder Community Centre. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

According to Tina Tucker, Director of Community Development, MJLB usage is on the rise. “Since our opening day we have had close to double the visitors each month.” MJLB has also experienced a 14% increase in circulation and a 125% increase in number of library card registrations. Want to see the building for yourself? The new MJLB is located at 901 South Edward Street.


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Led by architect John Knox at the Burlington-based firm Chamberlain (who specialize in library design, including recent libraries in Fort Frances and Niagara-on-the-Lake), the library has minimal energy costs as a result of innovations such as low-voltage lighting, state-of-the-art boiler system, spray-on insulation, and reflective roof materials. Even the landscaping design (i.e. using drought resistant plantings) is LEED compliant, explains Cameron.


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SeptemberEventsGuide theArts Food September 1 & 8 (7-9pm); September 3 & 10 (12-2pm)

September 10, 10:30am-4:30pm

September 21

September 29 - October 2

September 15

Cambrian Players Auditions

Fort William Fall Street Festival

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The Bay Street Film Festival

Deepcave Records (The Full Crew Family Reunion Show)

Cambrian Studio (210 E. Victoria Avenue) Auditions for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest.” Looking to cast five men and four women aged from 18 to senior. No appointment required, you will be asked to fill out an audition form and read a short scene from the play. Performance dates are November 10-19.  September 3, 6:30pm

Tenku Taiko Team

West Thunder Community Centre Direct from Seto City, Japan, the Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association presents a concert in support of Tsunami relief efforts. Tickets are $30 with $15 from every ticket sold to be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Tickets available at: Comix Plus, Red Cross, West Thunder Community Center, Kent Signs, Hometown Dollarw Plus, CAM Clothing Assistance. September 3-25

Grand Marais Art Colony Workshops

Grand Marais Learn how to create wearable art in the style of Japanese Shibori, how to fashion a stained glass panel, or the fine details of encaustic painting and collage, to name a few. Visit the website for detailed workshop information.  workshops Until September 4

Gas & Candles

Grand Marais Playhouse First produced at the Haymarket in London, this humorous and yet poignant play concerns an old couple’s attempt to attract a little attention to themselves and thus avoid starvation. Shows run Thursday to Saturday, 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets: $12; Students 17 and under pay $7.  September 8, 7am

United Way 2011 Campaign Breakfast

Valhalla Ballroom Contact the United Way if interested in attending. Tickets are $25/person  September 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7-10pm

The Art of Sustainable Living Series

Willow Springs Creative Centre Register for a variety of artist-led workshops that teach practical skills for living more sustainably. Choose from a preserving sampler, an introduction to bread-making in an outdoor oven, an introduction to basket weaving and felt making. A dessert and refreshment will be provided at each session.   768-1336 September 9-October 30

The Last Personas

Thunder Bay Art Gallery See the work of David Shaw and join the artist for an exhibition tour on September 17, 2pm.  September 9-October 30

The Living Landscape: The Art of George McLean

Thunder Bay Art Gallery This exhibition features paintings of wildlife in the natural world in the realist school. Artist Talk: Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm.  September 10-11

Radio Waves Music Festival

Grand Marais (at Sweetheart’s Bluff) The festival features a full line-up of musicians offering a variety of genres from rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country. In addition to the non-stop music, there is a dance floor, an openmic, a kid area, and on-site food and camping. 

September 10, 12pm-5pm


Reconnect, discover and celebrate the Kaministiquia River. Featuring the Kam River Reel In Youth Fishing Derby III, live entertainment, local artisans, tours of the historic James Whalen Tug Boat, exploration of a 1960s era Via Rail Train, face painting and crafts for the kids and concessions on site. Enter the Park from Syndicate Avenue through the north entrance underpass near Donald Street or the south entrance underpass near Ridgeway Street. Free admission. 

Valhalla Inn - Ballroom A forum to energize the business community with emerging opportunities, enhanced contacts and enriched sector intelligence. A full day of networking with breakfast and luncheon keynotes, exhibits and seminars.  September 23, 8:30pm

2011 Biindigaate Film Festival Gala & Art Exhibition

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(+art exhibit continues until Oct.4, TuesSat/12-6pm) Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave.) The Biindigaate Film Festival is back. 31 Great Indigenous Films, Sept. 23-25 @ Paramount Theatre. Attend Biindigaate’s Gala celebration, Fri. Sept. 23 (8:30pm start) @ Definitely Superior Art Gallery with films & visual art by contemporary regional aboriginal artists-including a borrowed collection from Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, music & refreshments. Exhibitions at the gallery run until Oct.4 (Tues-Sat/12-6pm). Stop in before or after the films and take in amazing art! 

September 11, 1pm or 3pm

September 23 & 24, 7pm

September 11

Caribou Charity Ride

Fall Mushroom Hike

Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area and Centre Join Dr. Leonard Hutchison from Lakehead University on a guided hike through the Hazelwood Lake hiking trails to open your eyes to the world of marvelous mushrooms.   344-5857 September 15-18

Unplugged X - The Northern Harvest

North House Folk School, Grand Marais Unplugged features three nights of live music, a variety of workshops and a Folk Artisan and Northern Hospitality Auction at the North House.  September 16-October 30

CraftCurrents: Contemporary Craft in Northern Ontario Thunder Bay Art Gallery

A juried travelling exhibition of contemporary craft.  September 18, 2pm

Terry Fox 5km Run/Walk

Boulevard Lake A 5km run or walk around Boulevard lake honouring Terry Fox’s memory. It has become a tradition to gather your friends and family, lace up your shoes, bring your pledge sheets and attend this run for a cause.  623-8338 September 18, 8am

Thunder Bay Marathon - Miles with the Giant

This 13.1 mile course blends points of interest within the City of Thunder Bay and with the natural beauty of Lake Superior. Choose from the 10km, Half Marathon, and the Full Marathon.  September 20-22

Lakehead Children’s Water Festival

C.L.E. Heritage Building The Lakehead Children’s Water Festival provides hands-on activities, discussions, demonstrations, displays and exhibits that challenge students to consider the importance of groundwater and surface water.   344-5857

Mellisa Veillasenor from America’s Got Talent

Da Vinci Centre It’s an evening with a young and talented comedian as part of Kris Labelle’s Full House Comedy Special. Tickets: $30.  September 24, 9am-1pm

Thunder Bay Walk for ALS

Masonic Hall (1660 Dease Street) This annual walk makes up the primary source of funding for ALS Ontario.  September 24 - October 31, 11am-5pm


Gammondale Farm The 17th Annual festival includes wagon rides to the mazes, horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making to name a few. Also visit the Pumpkin Bakery for pie or a caramel apple sundae.  fest.htm September 25 (10am-3pm) & 27 (6-7pm)

Mosaic Window Workshop

Vintage Pixie Studio This two-day workshop teaches you how to create and mosaic a basic design to hang in a window. The frame, glass, and adhesive will be supplied. Students are required to bring glass nippers and safety glasses (wheeled glass nippers available at the studio). A light lunch will be provided on the Sunday. Cost: $85.  September 27, 7:30pm

Club Bellydance with Bellydance Superstars

Finlandia Club Bellydance Superstars (BDSS) is a professional bellydance company that has performed in over 23 countries, revolutionizing the way that bellydance is presented.  September 29, 7pm

Red Green: Wit & Wisdom Tour

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Join the king of duct tape live on stage for a hillarious evening of Red Green’s unique brand of comedy. 

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September 30, 7pm

Pitch Forks & Wine Corks

Belluz Farms Enjoy an evening of farm-to-table appetizers, a tasting of Ontario VQA wine, live music, a raffle and dessert. Featuring local sommelier, Jeannie Dubois. Tickets: $75 per person. Proceeds to support the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s exhibition and education programs.  September 30-October 2

Giant Digital Photo Workshop: Fall Colours

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park This workshop runs from 7pm Friday until 4pm on Sunday for a cost of $429 (plus HST). Included in the fee is a stay in a park cabin or conference centre. Register online.  October 14 (register by end of September)

Pot, Pills & Parties: Thunder Bay’s Youth for Drug Policy Reform

Lakehead Labour Centre A youth (ages 16-30) conference to learn about the effect of drug policy on our youth and community. With featured guest speaker Judge Marvin Morten from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).  potpillsandparties/

Music Events September 3

The Auditor General + Bottom Rockers Crocks $5, 19+, 9pm


Black Pirates Pub $10, 19+, 9:30pm September 8

T.B. Judd - Tyler Gilbert Black Pirates Pub $5, All Ages, 8pm

Summer Shakedown 2011

Rockhouse $5 in advance/$10 at the door, 19+, 9pm September 9


Crocks $8, 19+, 9pm

Juliann Robbins Jacks $TBA, 19+, 9pm September 10

Downtown Beatdown: Propatingz Crocks $10, 19+, 7pm

September 10

Crocks $5, 19+, 9pm

September 16

Young Rival Crocks $TBA

Jaydee Bixby and Stacey McKitrick

The Outpost $12 Advance/$15 at the door, All Ages, 7pm


Crocks $10, 19+, 9pm September 17

Prism with One Night Stand

Thunder Bay Charity Casino Parking Lot $Food Donation, All Ages, 6:30pm

Outpost Charity Bash featuring Said the Whale and Rah Rah

The Outpost $13 in advance/$15 at the door, All Ages, 9pm

Back to School Bash - DJ Elaty & Riddim Rider Crocks $5, 19+, 9pm

September 19

Slick Idiot - Ex Kmfdm Members with Mona Mur Crocks $8, 19+, 9:30pm September 22

Sean Burns The Apollo $TBA, 9pm

Faye Blais with Jean-Paul De Roover Black Pirates Pub $10, 19+, 9pm

Bachman & Turner

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $TBA, 8pm September 23

Music for the Masses IV

Kilroys, Crocks, Jacks, Black Pirates Pub, The Sovereign Room $10, 19+, 8pm September 26

Rude City Riot Crocks $7, 19+, 9pm

September 26


Black Pirates Pub $10, 19+, 6:30pm September 27

Karl Wolf - Ghetto Love Fan Tour Crocks $15, 19+, 9pm

September 28

The Moody Blues

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $TBA, 8pm

Fall in Archea, Beheading of a King, A Sight for Sewn Eyes Kilroys $8 Advance/$10 at the Door, All Ages, 8pm September 11

Handsome and Gretyl - Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk

September 20-October 29

The Apollo $5, All Ages, 8pm

Art Classes

Thunder Bay Art Gallery A variety of classes for all ages and all interests with skilled instructors and quality materials. 



Finlandia Club There are films from Germany, Spain, India, France, the United Kingdom as well as some great local films. Tickets are $5 a session and $20 for a weekend pass. Available at the door. Students, and the unemployed, can pay what they can to gain admittance. 


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Marlene Wandel

This warm and ripe summer is drifting to a close, and soon the trees will start littering their spent leaves all over the sidewalks in a last fling of beauty. On the other hand, it’s amazing how the litter that emerged from the snowbanks in the spring vanished over the course of the summer. Where did it go? Some would argue that it went to the Cascades, where the detritus of the early summer celebrations were simply too much for the beauty of that shared space. Some would argue that it didn’t disappear--that the distractions of summer kept our eyes off the ground. Some might have noticed that curious and entertaining MadVac that zips around the streets sucking the litter into its nimble, motorized snout. Some might just have picked up the trash as they came across it, quietly deposited it into an appropriate receptacle, and carried on.

The Silver Lining of Small-Scale Activists Good Bye Broken Glass, Litter & Abandoned Shopping Carts By Marlene Wandel

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Littering seems so deplorable, and so pointless. I want to rant and rave about it: What’s with the shopping carts piled up at the bus stops and gathering slime in the river? How many bottles is it really necessary to break in the middle of the sidewalk? Does a cigarette butt simply cease to exist if you hide it under something, or bury it in the sand? None of this stuff goes anywhere unless someone else picks it up. And there is the silver lining. As long as there is fast food, there will probably be litter; as long as there are people who need to get their groceries home, there will be shopping carts abandoned on the sidewalk and at the bus stop. This is an endlessly renewable resource. In the meantime, there will always be people that care enough to pick it up. It’s not right that there’s broken glass on the sidewalk in the first place, but as the saying goes, “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” I don’t like the shopping carts at the bottom of the hill on a Sunday morning, but I like seeing them picked up every now and then by someone from my favourite small grocery store, and it makes me that much more likely to shop there. Picking up a bit of litter is a tangible act of stewardship; it feels good, and it models good citizenship without taking a lot of effort. There’s nothing worse than altruism all dressed up with no place to go, and cleaning up our neighbourhoods--even if we’re not necessarily cleaning up after ourselves--is a small thing we can all do. It doesn’t cost much, or take much skill, and how often do we get the chance to be the silver lining on an otherwise dark cloud? Magically, over the course of these warm months, all that dirty garbage that emerged from winter’s forgiving snowbanks disappeared, as step by step, small-scale activists in the guise of pedestrians picked it up, and put it away.

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