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Teaching an Old Dog Some New (Skateboarding) Tricks

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I come to the sport of skateboarding as an outsider. I grew up in the country, surrounded by sand, patches of grass, and fields strewn with cow patties. There wasn’t a lot of concrete, even at my school. In fact, I don’t remember anyone even owning a skateboard. To me, the sport—and the people drawn to it—has always been a little mysterious. To others, it is maybe even a bit misunderstood.

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Editor-in-chief Darren McChristie Editor Rebekah Skochinski Photographers Darren McChristie, John-Paul Marion, Storm Carroll, Chris Merkley, Dave Koski, Tara George, Amy Vervoort, Uriel Lubuk, Tyler Sklazeski Copy Editors Amy Jones, Nancy Saunders Art Director Dave Koski, R.G.D.: production@thewalleye.ca Business Manager Doug McChristie Sales Manager: sales@thewalleye.ca 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 © 2012 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: info@superioroutdoors.ca Printed in Canada Superior Outdoors Inc donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet



On the Cover Skater Adam Hopkins performs an invert. Photo by D-man​

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One benefit of being an adult (aka an “old dog”) is that you get to try the things that you missed out on when growing up. So, on one sunny Saturday afternoon, I tucked my new board under my arm, and split for the nearest school, ready to amaze any passersby with my sweet jumps and slick moves. Did that happen? Fat chance. Instead, I spent the first awkward moments trying to decide which foot to push off with. Once I actually got things rolling, I found it nearly impossible to steer (except right towards the grass) and keeping my balance was hard enough, never mind trying anything fancy. So what did I learn? I learned that trying something new makes you feel like a kid again. Like you still have an entire world of choices before you. As though there is still a strange and unfamiliar language that you need to shape. And that brings me to my new position of editor. It’s a bit like stepping on that skateboard. I’m excited, a bit nervous, and still trying to figure out which foot to push off with to move forward. But first, I have a dear friend to thank. Tiffany Jarva played such an integral role in the inception of this magazine, and has been infinitely instrumental in its success. We dedicate this issue to you, Tiffany. For your talent, for your heart, and for your sisu. Luckily for us, Tiffany hasn’t gone far. In this issue, she reviews Dogtown and the Z-boys, a documentary about skateboarding, and you can watch for more exciting adventures from her in the future. Speaking of exciting, there is always plenty to talk about in our city. Amy Jones hunts down some pho, Henry Rollins is coming to town (Tracy Sadgrove gives us the 411), and Jeannie Dubois shares some spring-minded food and wine pairings. Plus you can flip to our art section to see what some kids have created at their school, and learn about Community Supported Agriculture with Amy Vervoort. AND, there’s a whole heck of a lot more packed between the pages, too. Promise me you’ll read every bit. Now if you don’t mind, I have a second date with my skateboard. ~RS

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6 CoverStory: How I’ve Rolled

■ 7 Sk8ting 101 ■ 7 The Long and the Short of It ■ 8 Skateboard Parks


■ 14 The Lyceum FOOD

■ 16 Finding Pho ■ 17 Budding Wine Ideas for Spring

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■ 9 From Bored to Board ■ 11 John Kelly: A Skateboarding Advocate


■ 12 An Evening with Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen

■ 12 Kiting as a Verb ■ 13 Vive la franophonie! ■ 13 Silver Mountain Food Group



■ 19 Sunday Wilde ■ 20 Stars of the Orchestra ■ 20 Levon Helm ■ 21 Garnet Rogers ■ 22 Our Lady Peace ■ 23 Henry Rollins


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Folklore Festival May 5–6 Fort William Gardens

Since 1972, the Folklore Festival has provided an opportunity for ethnocultural groups and organizations to celebrate their heritage. The festival is like a mini-tour of the world with cultural displays, art, dancing, music, and food. The food court is always packed, but the selection and quality of food is amazing. Take some time to watch the entertainment and show your support for the cultural diversity of our city. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $1 for children (ages 4–12).



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With delectable treats by Salt & Pepper catering, a cash bar, great music, and a slew of prizes up for grabs, it’s sure to be a hoot! All proceeds from this event will support the gallery’s exhibition and education programs. Tickets are available at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and are $40 for gallery members, $50 for non-members. www.theag.ca

Unashamedly proud, fiercely skeptical, sarcastic, and hilarious—Rick Mercer’s insights into Canadian culture and politics are a perfect balance of thought-provoking commentary and comedic genius. In this new keynote, “A Nation Worth Ranting About,” Mercer illuminates everything that’s great and irreverent about Canada and draws our attention to hardworking, unsung heroes. A limited number of meet & greet VIP reception tickets are available. Tickets are $55–$75.

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Performances by dancers, vocalists, The Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts has pianists created a stage& for violinists. young performers to showcase their abilities in the areas of music and dance for 84 years. The gala performance is a new addition to the festival that will feature pianists, violinists, vocalists, and dancers. The evening will also include the presentation of awards and scholarships from the 2012 festival. Tickets are $10 and available at the TBCA. For more information call 577-0060 or visit www.tbmusicfestival.com.

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Toronto Kite Fliers, and the New York Kite Enthusiasts will be participating—these clubs travel the world entertaining crowds with their unique, colourful, and spectacular kite demonstrations. Chippewa Park is accessible by public transit and there is plenty of parking. The event will take place between 12 noon and 4:00 pm, and admission is free. www.thunderbay.ca The Walleye



How I’ve Rolled By Michael Christie

“Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential, but it was the minds of elevenyear-olds that could see that potential.” - Craig Stecyk

I’ve been skateboarding for 25 years. Wow. That’s an enormous number. I started skateboarding when I saw an older kid from my street roll past my driveway. It was like bearing witness to a miracle. Though I wouldn’t step on one until a month later, I can honestly say that this was the precise moment I became a skateboarder. It was almost as though a contagious disease had infected me. Something about how skateboarding looked entered my little mind and seized it completely—a grip that’s held until this day. Basically, I always sucked at sports. And I never felt very motivated to improve. I suppose that I was put off early by a coach I had who’d yelled at me. And plus I hated scores and penalties and the shame of letting teammates down when you missed an empty net, or when you didn’t want to show up for a game because you were tired or you just wanted to read comic books. So skateboarding was a revelation. It was just you. No coaches. No teams. No score. No stats. No clock. And there were no rules. Just you and your friends, doing the most creative skateboard tricks you could come up with, using the city’s normally overlooked topography as your canvas. Best of all, there was no competition. It was only about doing it and having fun and mastering an array of complex tricks that could be combined endlessly. Throughout high school I skateboarded with every morsel of my energy. To my parents’ horror, I constructed a skate-able area in my basement so I could still do it during Thunder Bay’s grueling winters. Through skateboarding, I assembled a family of friends from all over the city—kids who were creative and free-spirited and as enthusiastic about skateboarding as I was. Then after high school I moved to Vancouver, and after some time there I got sponsored by a few companies, which allowed me to go on plenty of trips all over the place—yes, for the sole purpose of going skateboarding. During this time I also ended up writing for skateboard magazines, which were the first pieces of writing that I’d ever published. Skateboarding has been such an integral part of my life it’s nearly impossible to contemplate—almost like trying to remember all of the glasses of water that you’ve drank in your life. But let’s just say that, also like water, it has sustained me on a very fundamental level. I shudder to think of what I would’ve done without it. Now that I’m old and somewhat decrepit, I still go for the occasional roll down at the Marina Plaza. There is just no way that I can’t. I also love to watch the hordes of kids down there, kids from all walks of life, with that same possessed gleam in their eye that I’m sure I had. If skateboarding had coaches, I guess I could’ve been one. But it doesn’t, and regardless, I’m happy just to watch. They’re the kind of kids wouldn’t listen to me anyway. And that’s just the way I like it. I’d rather they taught me something. Michael Christie is the author of The Beggar’s Garden, a linked collection of stories that won the Vancouver Book Award, was a finalist for both the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and the BC Book Prize for Fiction, and was long-listed for the Giller Prize. He currently lives in his hometown of Thunder Bay, where he teaches creative writing at Lakehead University and is at work on a novel. His favourite trick is still the kickflip.


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The Long and Short of It

Skateboarding is one of the most technical sports around. There are over 300 different tricks that can be done, and those can be combined to make thousands of variations. There are two basic stances: regular, which is your left foot forward, and goofy, which is your right foot forward. No matter which way you ride, riding in the opposite stance is called switch. Basically, every trick can be performed switch from regular stance.

By Logan Wright

You may have noticed an influx of four-wheeled vehicles on the roads lately. However, these vehicles are not automobiles, and they are powered simply by pushing—and a little help from gravity. In recent years, the popularity of longboarding has reached record heights. A longboard is hybrid between a skateboard (sometimes referred to as a “short board”) and a surfboard. While skateboards are designed to be compact and perform aerial maneuvers utilizing spins and flips, longboards are designed for transportation and eye-watering speeds.

The Ollie The ollie is the most important trick in skateboarding. You need to know how to ollie before you can attempt a gap, grind, or slide. To ollie, you snap the tail of the skateboard down while sliding the front foot up along the skateboard and jumping. There are various tricks that you can add to the ollie once you’ve mastered it.

Kickflip (sequence at left)

Chris Ivancic​

The kickflip is one of the more common tricks done on the skateboard. It is similar to an ollie, but you flick the board with your front foot, making it flip. More skilled riders will replace the ollie with a kickflip to make more of a technical sequence.

Board Slide The board slide is the first slide you will learn. In the photo shown, the rider is attempting a front side board slide. The skater ollies and turns 90 degrees, landing by evenly dispersing his weight on the board. When you do a frontside boardslide, you end up sliding backwards. When you do a backside boardslide, you end up facing the direction you are sliding. Story and Photos by D-Man

When it comes to longboarding, everything is bigger. The board itself can range anywhere from 3 to 6 feet in length, and 8 to 12 inches in width. The wheels must also be larger to accommodate the bigger base. Typical skateboard wheels vary from 48 to 56 millimetres, whereas longboard wheels are typically between 65 to 100 millimetres. The larger the wheel is, the less friction that is created, since smaller wheels have to rotate faster to maintain speed. Larger wheels are able to handle sidewalk cracks, pebbles and sticks much easier. This is especially ideal for the rugged streets of Thunder Bay. College and university students all over have notably taken an interest in the fast-growing subculture. Compared to the alternative forms of transportation, longboarding is eco-friendly, inexpensive, and incredibly convenient. Unlike cars, which require parking, and bicycles, which need to be locked up, a longboard can be brought almost anywhere—perfect for navigating through campus. Other local longboarding hot spots include: Dufferin St, Red River Rd, Marlborough St, Pearl St, Bay St, and Boulevard Lake. There are also regular meetups for longboard enthusiasts, and racing events are being planned for the future. Be on the lookout this summer for longboarders coasting through the city. The Walleye




Skateboard Parks in Thunder Bay By Bonnie Schiedel

With spring comes the rumble of skateboard wheels against concrete. There’s more activity at Thunder Bay’s eight skateboard and BMX parks than ever before, according to Myles Cizmar, Supervisor of Community Programs (Children and Youth) for the city of Thunder Bay. “The skateboard/BMX plaza at Marina Park is very busy. We don’t have exact counts but there are 25 to 30 skateboarders and BMX riders there daily, with highs of up to 50 or 60,” he says. “It’s sparked new interest in some of the smaller parks and they are getting more use now too.” The skate plaza at Prince Arthur’s Landing (which won a 2010 Parks and Recreation in Ontario Excellence in Design award) wasn’t always a done deal. Some critics had preconceived notions of skateboarders: lots of young people with body art and hoodies hanging out, causing trouble and interfering with other residents’ use of the park, notes Cizmar. He adds that some veterans were not happy with the location of the plaza, near The Anchorage naval memorial, which honours navy and merchant navy sailors who died during World War II. “We met with them, and the skateboarders agreed to be respectful and not skateboard during memorials and other events, and that agreement has worked. There is a sense of respect and cooperation,” he says. Other opponents have shifted their thinking too. “Some have totally turned around. They’ve told me they’ve spent time watching and being entertained by the skateboarders, and they feel it’s a positive addition to the park. The kids can be part of the waterfront and be active too.” Skateboarders have stepped up as well. For example, Cizmar says, skateboarders from the Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition (TBSC) shoveled snow from the plaza in March so it could get use during those first warm spring days. “The plaza is successful because we worked with the skateboarders and incorporated the elements they wanted. They feel pride of ownership; they feel like they have their space.” Similarly, when asked during the consultation process if they wanted a graffiti wall, the TBSC were adamantly against it, feeling that it would encourage unwanted graffiti elsewhere. Next up: giving the West Thunder Community Centre skate park site a new concrete pad, two new ramps, and other elements like boxes and grind bars, which can accommodate both beginner and advanced skateboarders, and potentially moving Rolling Thunder, behind Delaney Arena, to a more visible location in the neighbourhood. “Long term, we want to work with the people who use skateboard and BMX parks to make small changes and adjustments every year,” says Cizmar.


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Youth Initiative: From Bored to Board Story and Photos by Tara George

The culture that defines skateboarding extends well beyond the skate parks. For some, skateboarding provides a sense of community and belonging, and for others, an outlet to express themselves or burn off some extra energy. For Logan Wright and Josh Griffin, skateboarding has provided them with the inspiration to give back to the community that helped shape them. Both graduates of the Marketing program at Confederation College, the pair have exemplified how something as simple as hanging out with some friends and working on a couple of tricks can transform into an initiative that could potentially change young lives.

Working as partners on a class assignment for school, Wright and Griffin drew from what they knew, and conceived the idea of Boards 4 Kids. The concept behind this initiative was to provide refurbished or donated skateboards and boarding equipment to kids who might not otherwise have access. Their idea was very well received by the academic community, and now the pair are working on taking it from a concept to reality— something that is easier said than done. However, Wright and Griffin are persisting (another skill, no doubt, acquired through skateboarding) and currently looking for support to launch their initiative. Another youth initiative that recognizes the importance of engaging with the skateboarding community is the Youth Zone, a program coordinated by the City of Thunder Bay’s Recreation and Culture Division. The program offers two drop-in sites, as well as registered activities for youth between ages 12 and 17. Griffin, who works at the Youth Zone, is currently organizing an event called the Swagga Showdown—a free event that will include a road hockey tournament, open skateboarding competition, and a BBQ on May 4 from 4:30–7:30 pm at Marina Park. While the event is targeted to young people, Griffin stresses that it is an inclusive event, and family and friends are welcome to enjoy the day as well. For more information on Youth Zone activities visit www.thunderbay.ca/youthzone. Wright and Griffin can be contacted at boards4kidz@gmail.com.

(l to r) Josh Griffin & Logan Wright

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Sunday, May 27, 12 noon to 4pm at Chippewa Park The kites are flying and it's a great day on the lakeshore! Enjoy an active afternoon with your family, along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities. Special Guests: Toronto Kitefliers, Kitchener Windclimbers & the New York Kite Enthusiasts.

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John Kelly: A Skateboarding Advocate By Darren McChristie

After years of promoting safe, responsible skateboarding in Thunder Bay, 30-year-old John Kelly is still smiling. Perhaps it’s because the Marina Park Skate Plaza that he played a vital role in establishing has proven to be a huge success. But the path to the Skate Plaza was a bumpy one, and an uphill battle that was fought through public consultation and countless meetings—an unlikely place for most skateboarders to find themselves. Kelly’s passion for skateboarding began in early high school. “I quit playing hockey and organized sports to take up skateboarding—it offers more freedom and self-expression. The only pressure comes from yourself,” says Kelly. His passion for improving local skateparks started around the same time, with Kelly raising money by placing a margarine container affixed with a skateboarding picture in a local convenience store to raise money. “Even $50 would be enough to build a wooden ramp,” he says.

John Kelly with his daughter Claire

Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Gala Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium tickets: $10.00 Performances by dancers, vocalists, pianists & violinists. Scholarships will be presented at the end of the performances.

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In the late 90s there were already a few skateparks in Thunder Bay. One of the first was at the corner of Third and High Streets. The parks were mainly constructed from wood and asphalt—less than ideal, according to Kelly. “Asphalt is more dangerous [than concrete] and gives nasty road rash when you crash,” he says. By 2005, the city had seven skateparks, but they were mostly suitable for beginners and quickly becoming outdated as the sport continued to grow—local skaters were becoming more proficient and needed something more challenging. As well, according to Kelly, “Kenora and Dryden already had world-class skateparks and Winnipeg had one of the best in the world.” Kelly got involved in 2005 when the city began working with a group of youth interested in improving neighbourhood skateparks. With the city’s support, the skateboarders formed a board called the Superior Skateboard Coalition, now known as the Thunder Bay Skateboarding Coalition, and spearheaded the construction of a new, larger and safer park with elements for skateboarders, BMXers and inline skaters of all levels of abilities. Many locations were discussed and, according to Kelly, it was the city that first suggested the Marina as the preferred location. What followed was several months of hostile opposition—most notably from the Naval Veterans, as the Anchorage naval memorial is directly across from the park. There were others as well: boaters were concerned about theft, and local residents were concerned about noise. All of this, explains Kelly, was fueled by the local media: “Some of the hostility had subsided after we met with the navel vets—they even invited me for perogies the next day. But, despite this, local papers published cover stories with headlines, such as ‘Keep Skatepark Away.’” Kelly recalls one story that quoted a resident that lived across the train tracks, on the other side of Water Street, complaining about the noise the skateboard wheels would make. In 2007, construction began on the Marina Park Skate Plaza, designed by BC’s van der Zalm + Associates and New Line SkateParks, world leaders in skatepark design and construction. The park officially opened on June 27, 2009, with a total cost of under one million dollars—not bad for a worldclass and attractive skatepark that includes three public art pieces. Today, Kelly is still involved in the coalition, as co-chair with Jeff Hunnakko. His motivation has shifted a bit, as his four-year-old daughter begins to show an interest in skateboarding. With a father who is so dedicated to the sport, this comes as no surprise, but as well, her birthday is on June 21—Go Skateboard Day, an international celebration of the creativity and spirit of skateboarding. “Her birthday is the only Go Skateboard Day that I’ve missed,” says Kelly. As a natural leader with an ability to motivate others, Kelly bridged the gap between skateboarders and their opponents. He is quick to point out that many others were involved in the success of the skatepark—a centerpiece of the revitalized waterfront that is inclusive of all members of the community, be they spectators or participants. **John Kelly has recently been asked to speak on the topic of getting teenagers motivated at the next local Tedx event.

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An Evening with Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen By Amy Jones

This month, two exciting new voices in Canadian literature will be making a stop in Thunder Bay on their cross-Canada tour. Hosted by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop in conjunction with Biblioasis and Nightwood Editions, authors Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen will bring poetry and prose together in an evening of readings from their debut collections on Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm at Outlet, 40 South Cumberland St (in the former Ottawa House location). Claire Tacon is the author of the Metcalf-Rooke award-winning novel In the Field, and her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Literary Awards. Jamella Hagen’s work has won The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and her collection, Kerosene, was published in fall 2011 to critical acclaim. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.nowwwriters.org. Jamella Hagen

Kiting as a Verb By Marlene Wandel

Being told to “go fly a kite” might not actually be such a bad thing. Generations of children have struggled to harness the wind with a scrap of nylon, a couple of sticks, and a lot of string. Growing up on acreage, we flew our plastic kites like they were tickets to the moon. Chasing kite shadows, moonlight kite flights, scavenging extra string from kites that crashed into trees, tying two kites together, the sound of the fabric fluttering in the wind—this is the stuff of childhood memories. For adults, kiting can be a whole different story. With 17 foot kites—or “foils”— not unheard of, kiteboarders take to the water, snow, and ice to let the kite’s tug on the tether carry them away. Considered an extreme sport, kiteboarders are well-advised to get training before leashing themselves to what is technically an aircraft. Here on the shores of the inland sea, a warm spring day bodes well for an afternoon onshore breeze—except, of course, for the day that I met with Darren of Superior Kiteboarding at Marina Park. No hint of a breeze stirred Superior’s surface; even the lighthouse had a reflection, languishing on that smooth water. Nature had spoken: that day, my kiteboarding experience was not to be. So go fly a kite, and experience the view, the vagaries of wind—and, if you’re lucky, you might feel tension on the string as your kite dances on the breeze.


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Claire Tacon​


Vive la francophonie! By Donna Faye

This year’s music lineup has something for everyone, introducing Thunder Bay audiences to children’s songwriter and entertainer, Jojo, Quebecois folk music group Mauvais Sort, and BAM, an all-male trio that combines physical comedy and percussion. “We want to promote the event to the Francophile as well as the francophone community,” says Claudette Gleeson, Festival Chair. Since its inception in 2007, the Franco Festival has been shining a longoverdue spotlight on the local francophone community, which had previously existed under the radar despite its significant role in the history of Northwestern Ontario—French fur traders and missionaries were, after all, the first Europeans to settle in and around Thunder Bay. Gleeson says the Festival provides a chance for francophones to show off, or “se péter les bretelles” (literally “to snap one’s suspenders”), as well as an opportunity for non-French speakers to appreciate francophone culture. With more than two thousand people expected, organizers are working together with the City of Thunder Bay and EcoSuperior to ensure that this will be a green event. Visitors will be able to refill bottles at water fountains on-site, and buses are being chartered to transport visitors within the region, to name just a few of the green initiatives. Tickets are available at the Centre des Francophones, 292 Court St. South, École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye, 175 High St. North and École catholique Franco-Supérieur, 220 Elgin St. For more information, visit www.francofestival.com.

Nolalu Home to Ontario’s largest Food-Buying Club

Darren McChristie

Photos: Mario Hinse​

The third Franco Festival, celebrating francophone culture, music, art, and, of course, poutine, is back on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Sports Dome. Once again, the festival will be offering activities for the whole family including games, children’s face painting, crafts, and an art exhibition featuring the works of local artists Derek Khani and Murielle Horsman.

By Sarah Kerton

Apparently, one pound of bay leaves is enough to last an entire lifetime. As Silver Mountain Food Group neophytes, we didn’t know this until we excitedly picked up our first order, which included hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of bay leaves. That was more than 15 years ago, and despite some similar blunders, I now know exactly how many kilograms of peanut butter or how many packages of cheese it will take to sustain my family until the next order. The Silver Mountain Food Group is Ontario’s largest food-buying club, and one of its oldest, with 2012 marking its 30th Anniversary. In 1982, a dozen country folk got together to buy good quality food (and jujubes) in bulk. The very first order by 53 members totaled $5,864.05. Today the order is over $80,000. In the beginning, food was divided in member’s homes. Today, the main order is divided at the Conmee Community Centre. There are currently 358 member families from across the region. Coordinator Diana Bockus will tell you volunteers are what have kept this cooperative going. While this may be true, anyone who has seen Diana in action knows that she is the linchpin. There is a spring and fall order that offer hundreds of items, including organic and local products. Because of the size of the orders, each requires a weekend to divide. With Diana at the helm—along with her team of core volunteers known as “blue shirts”—member groups take turns (approximately every three years) providing the muscle to unload the truck, stack the food, and then divide and distribute it to the various groups. Despite the long day, hard work, and consequent sore muscles of a dividing day, the tasty snacks and camaraderie make it something I look forward to. The Silver Mountain Food Group provides convenience, reduced waste and packaging, and an opportunity to meet lots of other like-minded folks who care about quality food. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Diana Bockus by email at silvermountainfoodgroup@tbaytel.net or call 475-5317. The Walleye




The Lyceum 22 Cumberland Street North Built: 1909 Architect: H. Russel Halton and Thomas Hanley Contractor: J.L. McRae and Oliver

On October 18, 1909, the Lyceum Theatre opened its doors to the residents of Port Arthur. The opening was a highly anticipated event for the community, as evidenced by the detailed updates on construction published in the Port Arthur Times. The theatre was considered to be a handsome addition to the city blocks. It was owned by J.A. Whalen—the businessman who put the “port” in Port Arthur and spearheaded several local enterprises, such as the shipyards, construction of the Whalen (Thunder Bay Hydro) building and the tug/icebreaker. Whalen saw no limit to the potential of the Lakehead and wanted a state-of-the-art theatre that could accommodate traveling shows. According to the Port Arthur Times, the Lyceum included ample stage room, a commodious orchestra pit, a large storage space for props behind the theatre proper, galleries (then called “the gods”) on both sides of the theatre as well as the back wall, and seating for 1000. The theatre also had an adjoining cafe, which the Times called “modern in every respect.” In its early days, a ticket for a vaudeville act cost 25 cents, 15 cents in the gallery. The building is framed with steel from Hamilton, with brick facing and stone trim. The third story features five brick arches, each with a stone mask which indicates the building’s original use as a theatre. The masks depict bearded faces, and the central one is elongated. The central arch is flanked by two buttresses, which act as pilasters, with small stone panels featuring a textured crisscross pattern at the top. All five arches originally enclosed large windows, but only one remains. Stone panels separate the second and third floor windows. Below the building’s projecting cornice, the facade is divided into three bays. The centre bay features a large stone panel with the name Lyceum carved in large letters. On either side, there are two small windows with stone label surrounds. A wide stringcourse of stone with a moulded projection serves as a continuous sill for the windows. The ground level of the building has been extensively renovated with changes in ownership and usage. The original entrance was recessed and a covered roof was supported by columns extending along the facade. The Lyceum was remodeled to accommodate “modern talking pictures” in 1932 (at which time the owner was in arrears for property taxes) and permanently closed as a theatre in 1955. At this time, Famous Players sold the building to local contractor T.A. Jones, who renovated the building to house offices and retail space.

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Thunder Bay’s vibrant food culture constantly surprises me. A gorgeous, bustling farmer’s market? Check. Innovative fine dining restaurants? Check. The only gouda farm in Ontario? Check. While my friends down south imagine me eating Finn pancakes three meals a day, in reality I am chowing down on everything from sushi to samosas to souvlaki, and learning a few things along the way (the first time I was at a bonfire and someone said they were going to “pass around some koobah-SAH,” I had no idea what was about to happen). Who knew? Well, Thunder Bayers knew. Of course. So I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover Golden Wok. I had been craving pho—the Vietnamese beef noodle soup that has become the trendy late-night comfort food of foodies around the world. I had my first bowl of pho in Halifax, from a tiny restaurant run by a small Vietnamese man who spoke no English. Since then, I’ve tried pho in several different cities, and it has become a regular in my rotation of random food cravings. I thought my pho days were over when I moved to Thunder Bay—until a friend raved about a little Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant on May Street. At Golden Wok, the decor is eclectic, the clientele varied, the staff friendly. It is the kind of gem you could discover in an unassuming corner of a larger city—one that a friend of a friend takes you to, a closely-guarded neighbourhood secret. Everyone has their own expectations of how a good pho should taste. I like mine with deeply flavourful broth, tender, rare beef, and lots of noodles, and this is exactly what I found at Golden Wok. And the portions were enormous. With side orders of pork and crab wontons, I was still full by suppertime. I’m already planning my next visit to Golden Wok. This is one random food craving that is not going to go without a fight— and now I don’t have to get on a plane to satisfy it. Satisfy your pho craving at Golden Wok, 100 May St North, 623-4291.


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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m good and ready for spring to shift to summer. If you’re with me on that, you’ll want to try this inspired concoction from The Bean Fiend. Spicy chai tea meets tropical coconut in a tall glass with some creamy milk and ice. Top it off with whipped cream and flecks of spicy cinnamon and you have a drink that tastes just as good as it sounds. The texture is silky smooth, and it’s surprisingly not too sweet. Consider taking things outside—either to the tables that face Algoma, or to the lovely patio out back. If time is on your side, stop by their sister shop, Red Earth Imports, where, combined with this latte, you’ll get a double hit of the exotic without ever having to leave the city.

Tender green buds are hanging tenuously on the lilac tree in my front yard, and through the greybrown sward extending over my lawn I can spot the odd blade of fresh grass fighting its way into the still-cool air of our Thunder Bay spring. These fragile advances into the long-awaited warm weather and sweet reprieve of spring and summer already have my nose turned away from the heady winter reds that kept me warm during the cold winter months. Sunshine and sundresses are on the horizon and my palate has already switched gears into fresh, bright white and rosé wines that complement the muchanticipated crisp and refreshing spring produce that will be making its way into our markets shortly. My favourite summer recipes have been pulled from the checkered box where they slumber the winter months away in favour of questionable crock pot creations, and the LCBO is full of perfect pairing options for my new found cooking enthusiasm.


A zingy cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc such as New Zealand’s Oyster Bay (LCBO No. 316570 - $16.95) paired with a flaky asparagus parmesan tart. A fruit forward rosé like Ontario’s own Malivoire Lady Bug (LCBO No. 559088 - $13.95) with candied garlic on thymeroasted tomatoes served with chevre on crostini. A sweet white Moscato D’Asti such as Italy’s Abbazia (LCBO No. 265397 - $13.95) with fresh shrimp and pea sprout spring rolls or a sparkling rosé Moscato D’Asti from Australia like Emeri’s (LCBO No. 22190 - $13.95) with fragrant spiced chicken and rhubarb chutney. For wine or recipe details drop me a line at jeannie.unbottled@gmail.com. Cheers!

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Steeped Tea – A Place – A Spectrum By Robert Matejk

I inhale that array of sensory cornucopia, sweet impressions sensate of chai flavor from mysterious lands, tart smell of teas from lands of oriental persuasion, an array of mason jars with leaves of the entire spectrum of daintiflul colors, and I take in that en tire spectrum of taste in color, Indian opulence of teas headiness enhanced by the sweetness of honey, the smoothness of cream. steeping accessories & My senses reel in the feeling of it, unique gifts the sophistication of English breakfast, the exotic fare of East Indian wares, and the dignified ceremony of teas oriental, an entire spectrum of culture represented in a wall of mason jars, mason jars that contain the leaves of a dizzying variety of teas. www.steeperstea.com The deliciousness of savor of sweet desserts, they present themselves too, as I see presented before me temptations of candy cane flavor, the savor of amaretto, and the spectrum of all sweetest treats between. I experience it all in the sensory vertigo of a single wisp of steam that comes from my cup, as I partake of chais sweet essence, its flavor and savor partaken of as I smell its flavor waft into my nose, and I close my eyes to see the sophistication of English Breakfast, the exotic fare of Indian chais flavor, and the sophistication of tea ceremonies of far cast oriental lands, all this in a store house of mason jars, where leaves raw and grounded of an entire spectrum of tea, they present themselves delightfully to me. Steeper’s- the tea people appriciates Robert Matejk for the quiet gift of a poem. It is cherished and accepted with thanks…

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Sunday Wilde By Kathryn Lyzun

Last time we checked in with Sunday Wilde, the throaty, brash blues singer from the wilds of Atikokan was storming across blues and roots charts worldwide. Her angsty, steamy single “That Man Drives Me Mad” won a Voter’s Choice Independent Music Award for best blues song, and her third album, What Man?!! Oh THAT Man!! hit number one on the Global Blues Chart on Airplay Direct. Less than a year later, the accolades keep rolling in. What Man!!? Oh THAT Man!! won Best International Release by Chicago’s Blues411, was named runner up for best acoustic blues album of the year in Germany’s Wasser Prawda magazine, and continues to chart high on Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Blues Albums. And at the end of April, Wilde was on the road to perform at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in Sudbury, where she was one of three women nominated for Album of the Year by a Solo Artist. “What’s incredible about it is that it’s not even a blues category—this is all genres,” Wilde says. “Pretty amazing for a little girl from Atikokan!” Everything about Sunday Wilde is kind of amazing. After being dealt some serious tragedies, Wilde embraced music as a form of therapy. Up until five years ago, she had no musical experience. She started singing and writing music, and eventually taught herself to play the piano. “It was easier to learn than to find someone to play with [regularly] in Atikokan,” she laughs. In fact, Wilde does it all from her home in Atikokan—writing, producing, playing, and promoting. She doesn’t do much touring at the moment, so her escalating international presence is quite remarkable. “I just send my albums out everywhere,” she says. Clearly, it’s working. “The accolades are nice. Makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something a little different, worth noticing. “ Wilde recently received two Ontario Arts Council grants to go off “woodshedding” and write some new material, which she’s been doing all winter—holing herself up away from the rest of the world and letting the creativity flow for a fourth album that she predicts will be even more raw that her last. She has reemerged for the spring, though, and you can experience her self-described “tormented, dirty, joyful, sexy, and sad” barrelhouse blues sound at the Thunder Bay Blues Society Blues Challenge at the Apollo on May 25 and at Ruby Moon on May 26. Check out www.sundaywilde.com for a taste of what to expect. The Walleye



Levon Helm - Ode to a Legend By Tracy Sadgrove

In the early hours of April 17, 2012, the family of Levon Helm announced he was in the final stages of his battle with cancer. A former member of The Band, Helm was best known for his soulful, southern-licked vocals and his blues-infused drum beats.

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In the last three years of his life, Helm recorded two new albums, resulting in two Grammy wins for Best Americana Album. His final studio album, 2009’s Electric Dirt—produced by Larry Campbell and featuring Helm’s daughter Amy on harmonizing vocals—is a blend of blues and folk with down-home flavour. His cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Tenessee Jed,” and the eerily prophetic “When I Go Away” are two noteworthy mentions on an album that is notable from start to finish.

Stars of the Orchestra -A Superb Success By Meghan Jewell

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, wowed the audience at the Italian Cultural Center on Friday April 13. Several musicians from the TBSO were given the opportunity to choose a piece that either provoked a fond memory, created a emotional reaction, or was otherwise important to their musical journey.

Featuring an impressive lineup of guest musicians, 2011’s live album, Ramble at the Ryman, was recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when Helm took to the road with his famous “Midnight Ramble” jam sessions. On an album that Includes classics from The Band as well as newer solo material, “Chest Fever,” “Rag Mama Rag,” and the iconic “Ophelia” are just a few of the standouts. Two days after his family’s announcement, Levon Helm was gone. While we bid farewell to a legend, we know that his musical influence will live on forever.


The concert kicked off with the entire orchestra performing Hungarian Dance #5 by Johannes Brahms. This was a wonderful welcome, with its liveliness and energy. The talented Penelope Clarke, on the flute, performed the first solo—Cecile Chaminade’s Flute Concertino. This piece had many memories for Clarke, as it was the very first piece she performed with her father as her conductor.

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A highlight of the solos was performed by violinist Kathlyn Stevens, who led the audience on a journey through time in Ireland with her outstanding interpretation of Strings and Threads Suite by Mark O’Connor, displaying brilliant technique within the framework of authentic folk passion. Stevens’ fiddling was effortless, and certainly made the audience want to get up and dance a jig. Other notable performances included Colleen Kennedy’s chosen piece, “Gabriel’s Oboe” (from the 1986 movie, The Mission), and the ensemble Brass North West performing the humorous, toe-tapping “Tuba Tiger Rag” by Harry deCosta, featuring Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser on the tuba. The second half of the evening’s performance included the TBSO Jazz Trio. World-class musicians, their sound was tightly knit, and hearing the double bass amped and filling the entire Italian Hall was something the audience will surely remember for a long time. And certainly by the end of the evening, many of these pieces that had such a special place in the performers’ hearts had earned a special place in the audience’s hearts as well.


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Garnet Rogers: Talent and Heart By Elly Tose

Like many performers, Garnet Rogers’ love of music was cultivated by listening to the country greats that came across the airwaves from the Grand Ol’ Opry. Unlike many, this cultivation took place at a fairly early age, in the darkness of a bedroom, when he should have been asleep. In fact, at the young age of six, Rogers remembers lying in bed practicing harmonies with his twelve-year-old brother Stan. At eight he was playing his own versions of country tunes on his ukulele and shortly thereafter he began teaching himself how to play flute, violin, and guitar. By the time he graduated from high school, he was a full-time working musician who took to the road with Stan to become one of the most influential folk music acts in North America in an incredibly short span of time. After the tragic death of his brother in 1983, Rogers carried on as a solo performer, establishing himself, in his own right, as a major talent. Blessed with a beautiful baritone voice, Rogers has mastered an extensive range, not only in pitch, but also in emotion and storytelling. He is widely considered one of the finest singers in folk music today. This musical talent, paired with quick wit and a razor sharp sense of humour, makes for a very charismatic performer. Rogers is also known for his talent as a songwriter. With a catalogue of extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes, and an ability to describe the small victories of everyday life, Rogers can remind audiences of their deepest emotions and motivations. Examples of this include the seemingly defeated country singer whose songs “stretch out on the prairie wind” in “Empty Glass,” or the comparison of melting bitterness and forgiveness to “dark ice beneath the sun” and telling “gold from dross” from “Who Could Have Known.” Besides music, Rogers has two other passions: Volvo cars, which he says might have taken him “several times around the planet if Volvos were more waterproof,” and ending hunger in Canada and around the world. To this end, Rogers requests that a donation area be set up at all of his concerts for audience members to make donations to their local food bank. He also has links on his website to the Canadian Association of Food Banks, America’s Second Harvest and The Hunger Site. The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society presents Garnet Rogers in concert 8:00 pm Friday, May 25 at the Finlandia Hall. Advance tickets are $20, available at Hoito, Fireweed, Chaltrek, P.C. Medic and Ostrom Outdoors’ new location at 313 Victoria Ave. E.; at the door non-members pay $25. Donations to the local food bank will be collected.

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Our Lady Peace Delivers a quieter kind of rock After The Pack A.D. played a hard and fast but overall great opening, headliners Our Lady Peace played a fairly good set. Although it was difficult to hear the vocals most of the night, the band played most of their hits, like “Innocent,” “4am,” and “Starseed,” along with songs from their new album, Curve. With a large projection backdrop and a stage full of lights, they had the crowd on their feet two songs in. Halfway into the set, lead singer Raine Maida dedicated a song to a young girl who had died of cancer, and this energized the crowd even more. The band puts on a quieter kind of rock concert, which brings out a wide range of audience members—but we were all there for the same thing, and the band mostly delivered. Overall it was a mediocre concert with a great light show and a great opening band. Travis Setala

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Ask a hundred people who Henry Rollins is and you will probably get a hundred different responses. Singer, writer, actor, human rights activist—the list of accomplishments is seemingly never ending. The artist who is forever re-inventing himself will surely never be pigeonholed to one vocation. Currently touring the world on his spoken word tour, The Long March, the great Mr. Rollins will be bringing his very unique perspective to The Bay on June 9 at Crocks. The evening is sure to be a mixed bag of samplings, which can range from introspective commentaries on day-to-day life, stand-up comedy, or just his personal viewpoint on any given topic. Sometimes intense or a bit bawdy at times, Rollins always captivates the crowd with his frankness and as a straight-shooter.

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It was a Wednesday evening, and music fans slowly filed through the door of Crocks, escaping from the wind and rain. Thunder Bay’s Greenbank Trio was the first band in this “quadruple threat,” led by Jimmy Breslin on vocals and guitar. After a couple of mellow songs, they launched into a cover of The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” as a tribute to Levon Helm. Craig Smyth’s piano riff was authentic and the song was a perfect segue to the next band, Toronto’s Great Bloomers. From the first drumbeat and guitar riff, it was clear these guys were going to pour every ounce of energy they had into their performance. Their sound is a blend of indie folk and roots rock, led by Lowell Sostomi on vocals and guitar. Bassist Antony McKnight gave a kinetic performance on every song and towards the end of their set, Tim Moxam swapped his guitar for a trumpet. The horn added a somber melody to “Sunday.” For their closer, they resumed their feverish pace and left the audience—that had grown to fill the room—wanting more. Watch for their new album later this year. Next up was the seven-piece Library Voices from Regina. Lead singer Carl Johnson spoke of the harrowing drive along the north shore of Superior (nine hours to drive 500 km!), but didn’t gain much sympathy from the hearty crowd. Their songs, mostly from their 2011 release Summer of Lust, had the crowd dancing, and the spacey sounds of Michael Dawson’s keyboards complimented Crocks’ dancing lasers. It seemed this was to be the night of the bass player as Eoin Hickey-Cameron kept pace with McKnight’s earlier performance, taking full advantage of the fact that he had the most space on the crowded stage. Yukon Blonde hit the stage well past midnight and front man Jeff Innes exclaimed, “this is the best Thunder Bay crowd ever!” With that he launched into “Iron Fist” and a string of songs from their new album, Tiger Talk. Innes’ band mates shared his enthusiasm for the size of the crowd, although bassplayer John Jeffrey had a tendency to hide behind his hair. But what’s a great band without great hair? Fans drank up the new tracks, so it’s safe to say these guys will be back—hopefully they will bring their friends along for another quadruple threat.

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Dogtown and Z-Boys

The Skateboarding Field Manual

Directed by Stacy Peralta and narrated by Sean Penn In Dogtown and Z-Boys, we meet the California surfers who revolutionized skateboarding in the mid-70s: a team of 12 teenagers called the Z-Boys. Sponsored by Zephyr Productions Surf Shop, an anti-mainstream surf shop, most of the original Zephyr skating team grew up in broken homes in decaying Dogtown, an area described as the “last great seaside slum,” including South Santa Monica, Venice, and Ocean Park. Evolving as an extension of extreme surfing amongst the derelict piers, debris, rubble and rebar, these adrenalineseekers transformed the upright, stiff style of 60s skateboarding into a more fluid, down-to-the-ground type of skating. Emulating surfing moves, these teens built their own boards and rode hills and the “black asphalt waves” in schoolyards. And then, thanks to water restrictions during a California drought, these “surfing” skaters started to ride in empty outdoor pools. Through pool riding it becomes quickly apparent that the Z-Boys had, as narrator Sean Penn puts it, “destroyed the status quo and challenged the idea of what was possible,” creating a new path for modern skateboarding as we know it. The film also showcases the new design aesthetic captured by photojournalist Craig Stecyk when, in 1975, he started chronicling the skating lifestyle in Skateboarder magazine. Stecyk caught the risky moves and individual style of each skater, but also presented skateboarding as a distinct culture, an art form, and essentially as an extension of society. Using original 70s film footage, combined with Stecyk’s high-energy photos, a kick-ass soundtrack (Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Bowie, and more), and recent interviews with the original Z-Boys, director Stacy Peralta (also an original ZBoy) has created an energetic and engaging award-winning film—a must-see for anyone interested in the history of skateboarding. -Tiffany Jarva

Ryan Stutt

The Skateboarding Field Manual by Toronto skateboarder Ryan Stutt covers everything a beginner might want to know about skateboarding. The manual not only includes information (and pictures) on how to skateboard successfully, but also how to fall without hurting yourself. There are over 350 photographs in the manual to aid you in the execution of the 33 tricks and manoeuvres described. You will also find a guide to parts, safety equipment, and an introduction to skate culture. Finally, Stutt provides advice on flips, grinds, and slides on rails, ramps, and ledges, including the varial flip, the nose grind, and the board slide. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is shelved in the Children’s Department—this book is accessible and useful to all. -Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

Blues Funeral

Mark Lanegan Band The highly anticipated album Blues Funeral by the Mark Lanegan Band is the first new material to be released by the by former Screaming Trees front man in eight years. The collection of gritty, uncompromising works has been met with mixed reviews. Blues Funeral is an album that fans of Lanegan will be able to appreciate: mournful guitars, a steady backbeat and, of course, Lanegan’s trademark gravelly growl—all with a distinctive sound that should be able to recruit a new following. The album is produced by band mate Alain Johannes, with whom Lanegan has worked on many projects, and includes performances from a collective of guest musicians, including former band mate Josh Homme and collaborator Chris Goss. Their contributions result in a familiarity that adds to the ebb and flow of the album. My picks include the tracks “St. Louis Elegy,” and the buoyant “Ode to Sad Disco.” The album is seemingly timeless and not defined by one genre—Blues Funeral is certainly worth a listen. -Tracy Sadgrove


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Jordana Divinorum

The End of Entertainment Jordana Divinorum is a hard rock band based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario known for their controversial live performances. The End of Entertainment is their debut album, which was six years in the making. The album has a hard rock/punk sound with some pop hooks built in. On this album you can hear the influences of Marilyn Manson and Nirvana in their 90s alternative rock sound. Stay tuned for more to come from this group and their new line up. D-Man

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Chances are that lately, you’ve been hearing a lot of the song “Somebody That I Used to Know”—perhaps a little too much. But the catchy melody, complemented by an xylophone, and the combination of Gotye— whose real name is Wally De Backer—and New Zealand artist Kimbra’s voices have made this song a hit. The video is equally appealing, or so 1.8 million YouTube viewers believe (it’s worth all four minutes). The question is whether or not Gotye is a one hit wonder. Truth be told, “Somebody That I Used to Know” is the best song on the album. But Gotye’s vocals and fascination with bending sounds with vintage instruments, such as Turkish drums and African thumb pianos, make this album a keeper. The track “Bronte” features steel drums and sleepy vocals while “Eyes Wide Open” features subtle slide guitar, keyboards and a danceable beat. -Michelle McChristie

Thunder Bay is a city that’s evolving from its bluecollar roots. The evidence is all around us. However, when it comes to music, we still like acts that are working class, grinding it on the road, giving the people what they want year after year. Alice Cooper fits this bill, as does Trooper. Both have been frequent visitors to the city over the past decade and always pull in a big crowd. Another Thunder Bay favourite—and true road warrior—is George Thorogood. Since the late 1970s, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have been crisscrossing the world, playing electric twelve-bar blues to audiences that simple can’t get enough of it. Thorogood is the classic middle class, middle child from middle America. His family grew up in Delaware and his Dad worked for Dupont. Thorogood was a great baseball player and apparently had the skills to go pro. Yet he also played a mean slide, and made a name for himself on the bar circuit sweating out loud, aggressive covers of songs by John Lee Hooker and Elmore James. In 1978, he and the Destroyers released their first album and had a hit with a raucous cover of Hank Williams’ “Move it On Over.” The gritty, testosterone-charged take on that classic country song would later be displayed on their Bo Diddley cover “Who Do You Love“. Thorogood worked hard to get the music out, and in 1980, he did the 50/50 tour, playing 50 shows in a row in 50 different US states. In 1981, he was chosen as an opening act for the Rolling Stones and played his hopped up, good time blues in front of enormous crowds. So impressed was Keith Richards that Thorogood was briefly considered as a replacement for the frequently drug-addled

Ronnie Wood. It didn’t happen, but Thorogood has remained on the road, delivering crowd pleasers like “Bad to the Bone“ night after night. In the mid 1970s, while Thorogood was bashing out the blues in Delaware, a young singer in Seymour, Indiana was contemplating a career in rock music. John Mellencamp was actually installing phones for a living when fate came calling. In 1976, Mellencamp got the opportunity to record an album on a major label, but his management insisted he take the stage name Cougar. So John Cougar was born. In 1980, he hit it big with Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did, and from there his career exploded. Throughout the 80s, John Cougar (he would later be Cougar-Mellencamp then just Mellencamp) expressed the joy and hurt of living in carefully crafted rock songs that reached millions of people. Tunes like “Jack and Diane,“ “Little Pink Houses,“ and “Authority Song“ mixed classic Stones/Animals rock with the lyrical heft of a protest singer. No easy task that, and the songs could have been thick with pretension in the hands of a less capable artist. It’s no wonder that in the late 1980s, when Bob Dylan was suffering a major bout of writer’s block, he would phone Mellencamp and ask for his opinions on both words and music. Mellencamp has also managed to do much good in the world by using his success as an artist. The now-venerable Farm Aid concerts would not have come about without the support and investment of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp. Now into his fifth decade as a recording artist, John Mellencamp shows no signs of slowing down. He has recorded a series of acoustic and roots albums, produced with the legendary T Bone Burnett. He also continues to tour, playing stadiums, soft-seat theatres, and ball diamonds throughout the world. His visit to Thunder Bay is creating major buzz, and you can expect the roof of the Gardens to be lifted just a bit by this creative spark plug from Indiana. We love our working class heroes. George Thorogood plays the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on May 24. John Mellencamp plays Fort William Gardens on June 26. The Walleye



Barefoot Running or Barefoot Movement? By Paul Hemsworth

In case you haven’t noticed, we are an extreme society. We like to have all or nothing, go big or go home. Recently, there has been a lot of attention paid to the notion of barefoot running. Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run has propelled this previously extreme idea into mainstream conversation, and has gained huge support in the running community.

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Barefoot running is not new. There are many tribes who have run for centuries either barefoot, or with minimal material between their feet and the ground. They did not have motion-control, stability, or cushioned shoes with orthotics to keep them “aligned” properly. After all, the anatomy of the foot is such that the two major arches are designed to be compressed in an elastic-type manor to store and release energy on each step. In other words, the foot is meant to work. The problem with modern-day running shoes is that, for the most part, they act as a “cast” that essentially pushes up against the arch and does not allow for the intrinsic foot muscles to get strong.

So, if our ancestors ran barefoot and our current shoes are causing us more injuries than we’ve ever had, we should all run barefoot, right? Not so fast, Barefoot Bob. There are many roadblocks we face today that our hunter and gatherer ancestors didn’t. First of all, they didn’t have to run on pavement, which increases the ground reaction force in our joints. They were also born into this way of running, and used running as a means of transportation and hunting. This is a huge contrast to our current lifestyle, in which we are essentially in shoes before we can even walk, allowing no time for our foot muscles to adapt to being barefoot. In my mind, it’s a bit premature to suggest that most people should run barefoot. I would prefer “moving” barefoot in activities such as walking, cleaning, weightlifting, and playing. The barefoot running notion is still very much in its infancy, and even though there are many benefits, we still need to understand the mechanics better in order to make the switch from our pricey clunkers. Paul Hemsworth is a strength & wellness coach and owns Hemsworth Strength & Wellness. You can contact Paul at 777-1717 or paul.hemsworth83@gmail.com. For more info, go to www.hemsworthstrength.com.

May 5th to 12th is Naturopathic Medicine Awareness Week! Please join us for these free information sessions Get the Scoop on Food Sensitivities with Dr. Tracy Cook, ND Saturday May 5th at 2pm Bonobo’s Foods, 493 Oliver Rd. Women’s Health: Naturopathic Solutions with Dr. Jessica Carfagnini, ND Thursday May 10th 7:30pm Northern Woman’s Bookstore, 65 South Court St. 683-7287 www.tbaynaturopathic.ca for more info!

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You Know Me Written by Marita Campbell Thunder Bay District Health Unit Safe Cycling Thunder Bay Photos by Alan Dickson

Meet Dave. He was born and raised in Thunder Bay and now works as an estimator for a construction company. He loves a good steak, drives a black 4X4, and loves to spend Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR. You might not guess that he’s also an avid cyclist who clocks over 10,000 km a year. In 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and he turned to cycling to lose weight and control his blood sugar. He helped start the Caribou Charity Ride and had a part in raising over $75,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund over the last three years. Today, with stable blood sugars, you may see Dave riding on the streets, highways or rural roads around Thunder Bay. Dave


Meet Lucas. He’s a 25-year-old engineer who works at Bombardier. He lives in Thunder Bay with his girlfriend, Krista. Like many of us, Lucas has a hard time waking up in the morning. He goes through the same motions every day—shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, and meander out the front door. Within minutes, Lucas is enjoying a peaceful ride to work. Commuting by bike every day, Lucas passes the same people every morning. He gives a gentle nod and smile to the guy in the blue jacket walking his dog and the doting mother zipping up her son’s jacket as they wait for the school bus. By the time he gets to work, Lucas is alert and ready to put in a full day.


Meet Judy. At the age of 68, she enjoys her part-time job at Victoriaville Centre. She’s a proud cancer survivor who credits cycling with helping her get though tough times. You’ll find Judy riding her bike almost every day, often with her grandson, or fellow members of the cycling club who affectionately call her “Gram.” Cycling gives her great joy and allows her to stay active and healthy. These are three ordinary people; each with a story. They have families and people who count on them every day. They enjoy riding their bike in Thunder Bay and sharing the road with motorists. They’re out there. Watch for them and other cyclists. Drive with care. After all, no matter how we move we’re all just trying to get somewhere.

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Tattoo Artist:

Meghan Niittynen By Rebekah Skochinski

She’s a tattoo artist, she’s a Pisces, and she’s somewhat rebellious. Meghan Niittynen graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University in 2006 and began an apprenticeship with Fenton Gilbert at Underground Ink Studio a few years later. She is the only female tattoo artist at the studio and was one of the first ever in the city. Not one to shy away from a mostly male-dominated subculture, and true to her astrological sign, Niittynen also loves to fish. In addition to tattooing and drawing, she also makes jewellery and co-runs a photography company. Her coloured pencil drawings reveal a style that is decidedly feminine, but with an edge. “I like my work to be just like my drawing—realistic, but also very soft. And I pride myself on my work being very bright,” she says. “Tattooing is a lot like my drawings. The only difference is that my canvas is not flat and hard. I have my machines set up to replicate the way I draw to get the same effect.” Working primarily in an art form that is portable is appealing to Niitynen. “It’s one thing to purchase a drawing from me, I never see it again. With tattoos, my art can been seen everywhere.” You can see more of Meghan’s work online at www.undergroundinkstudio.com, on display at Gargoyles Grille & Ale and Lot 66, and her jewellery is available at Imerly Boutique and Modern Twist Hair Salon.


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theArts Students and Stairwells:

John Mackett’s Little Artists By Allison Berringer

Children and youth can create the most amazing works of art. The world as seen through their still-innocent eyes can open the hearts of even the most jaded adults, and during tough times, viewing art created by children can be a truly transformative experience. Nothing beats a crayon drawing of a head with arms and legs coming out of it and a great big red crayon smile! Nowhere is this more apparent than at McKellar Park Central Public School, where students have showcased their creativity on the stairwell and the walls. After a successful art project with the school last winter, John Mackett, an arts educator with the Learning Through the Arts Program, returned to McKellar Park to guide the workshop. With a focus on traditional and modern styles of First Nation art, the students worked with Mackett to develop templates, discuss colour theory, apply new skills and of course, to paint. “Pre-teens seem to have so many communication choices available to them,” says Mackett. “The question was: could they express themselves with a brush to tell a story? They did. I was impressed with how well they worked together. For two weeks we primed, painted, sweated, laughed, and cried.” Mackett says the only thing that stopped them was that they simply ran out of space. “McKellar Park houses students I feel destined for the Fine Arts departments available in their future.” For now, the bright colours, interesting lines, beautiful woodland images of animals and nature that these students produced have given them something to be proud of, and something bright and optimistic for all of us to enjoy.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Birdhouse Auction By Ally Arnone

Spring is in the air, and there is no better way to celebrate the new garden season than to attend the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s annual Birdhouse Auction. Of course, for many, the most important reason to attend will be to bid on houses for your seasonal feathered visitors, but there is more to this event than birdhouses. Local and regional artists not only create functional and decorative bird houses for the auction, they also contribute other garden-themed, unique and beautiful works of art.

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Bidding for birdhouses is fun and relaxed, so if you have never been to a live auction, this is an ideal opportunity. Socorro Woodman, Development Officer and Volunteer Coordinator for the Art Gallery, says “last year our Birdhouse Auction was postponed to host an equally as entertaining paddle auction. This year we’re back to the birdhouses, but we are considering alternating themes every other year. In any case, this event appeals to a fun-loving audience who enjoy the outdoors, garden art, and birds.” It promises to be a laid-back night of good food, entertainment, and prizes—and, of course, the live auction, with the always fabulous Dave Shaw as auctioneer. Tickets are $40 for Gallery Members, $50 for non-Members. Contact the Gallery 577 6427 or visit the website for more information www.theag.ca The Walleye




Q – How can I convince my friends to do something about climate change when they all seem to think “global warming” sounds like a good thing? A—It’s true that for most people living in Northern Ontario, a few degrees of warmth sounds like a move in a positive direction, given our typical climate. That’s one reason why many people feel that using the term “global climate destabilization” is more accurate. It’s the impacts of those few degrees that people need to worry about.

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While Thunder Bay residents might welcome some warmer days, so will a few other species’ some of whom will be unwelcome guests. For example, there are many types of disease-causing bacteria and spores that cannot survive in regions with severe winters, but are gaining a foothold here as average temperatures rise. These changes are becoming more evident south of us, but are heading our way. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just updated its Plant Hardiness zone map for the first time in many years. In the 1980s, Kentucky was a Zone 6; now it’s mostly Zone 7. Gardeners might like to see our area move from a Zone 3 to 4 or higher, but along with new plant species, the change will bring in pests that we’ve never had to deal with before. Locally, experts are gearing up to counter the eventual attack of the Emerald Ash borer, but that is just one threat to our boreal forest. Some studies indicate that as many as 2000 species are moving north at a rate of several kilometers a year. Could a few poisonous snakes be in our backyard someday? Ten years ago, Lyme disease and deer ticks were unheard of here—now there are people who have contracted the disease locally, and the ticks are a huge nuisance to anyone spending time in the bush. Periods of drought or unusually high rainfall can cause a population explosion in certain disease-causing micro-organisms, so outbreaks of previously uncommon diseases are now being seen. One such disease is leptospirosis, which affects dogs and horses and is also transmissible to humans. Between 1998 and 2005, the number of canine blood samples submitted to the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph for leptospirosis testing increased from 42 to 1136. Anyone who watches North American news can see that the number of devastating storms and weather events is on the rise. Damage caused by severe wind and rain events is driving the cost of insurance higher and higher, and we will all be impacted by those rising rates. If disease, nasty bugs and extreme weather aren’t enough to convince your friends to walk to the corner store instead of driving, maybe those growing insurance bills will! In the meantime, let’s talk more about “climate change” and less about “global warming.” - Ellen Mortfield

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Lars on Homes -W  ater Problems in Basements By Larry Hogard

Water is a home’s worst enemy and water damage is usually very expensive to repair. Preventing a problem before it occurs is the best solution for you and your home.

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Almost all basements experience a water problem at one time or another. It can be the result of heavy rain, a high water table, a plumbing leak, or sewer backup, causing damage to walls, insulation, interior finishCUISINE es, and personalMEDITERRANEAN items. Cracks in basement walls can also cause water to enter into the home and, in extreme cases, affect the foundation structure. Signs of moisture in basements include staining, dampness, peeling paint, odour, mould, loose tiles, or efflorescence (a white, powdery salt deposit from concrete). To help prevent water from collecting around the exterior of your home, all downspouts from eavestroughs should discharge water at least six feet away from the foundation. As well, the ground should slope away from

the perimeter of the home at one inch per foot, for at least six feet. This will help direct surface water away from the building. Basement window wells should have drains or gravel filled columns that carry water to the drainage tile, or plastic covers that prevent rain from collecting in the well. Protecting foundation walls below grade with an exterior, damp-proof membrane is highly recommended where ground water is frequently present.

Larry Hogard is a Certified Home Inspector and Energy Advisor with Superior Inspections Inc. He can be contacted at larry@superiorinspections.ca.

To protect the interior of your home, inspect all plumbing pipes and fixtures for leaks, rust, corrosion, or damage. Sump pumps and pits should be tested and inspected regularly to ensure ground water is redirected outdoors, away from the home. A battery-powered backup sump pump system can save you thousands of dollars in potential water damage during a power outage, or if the main pump fails. Hot water tanks commonly leak. A floor drain should be located nearby, or else a drain pan is recommended under the tank. The pan volume should be larger than the tank. Backwater valves are designed to protect basements against storm sewer back-ups. These are a type of one-way check valve installed downstream of the floor drain trap.

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Be sure to ask your insurance agent to clarify the types of water damage losses that will or will not be covered under your home policy. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to saving your home from water damage. Back-up sump pump monitor

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Belluz Farms

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CSA Farms in Thunder Bay By Amy Vervoort

The idea behind CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is that by supporting local farms at the beginning of the season when their costs are high, members are able to reap the rewards for months to come. These shares help keep the farms viable for the families who run them, providing fresh, organic food and local employment—all while creating a sustainable, healthy community, together.


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Sleepy G Farm

Brendan Grant & Marcelle Paulin RR1 Pass Lake, ON, P0T 2M0 807.977.1631 sleepygfarm.nfshost.com sleepygfarm@gmail.com

Located at the base of the Sibley peninsula in Pass Lake, Sleepy G Farm takes a traditional approach to farming, returning to small farming practices. And for the past three years, Sleepy G Farm has been providing vegetables to 60 local families through their CSA program. Members are also given first opportunity to purchase pasteurised lamb and beef, as well as storing and preserving crops. Brendan and Marcelle keep an updated blog on their website, where you can see incredible photos of oxen cultivating the gardens, cattle grazing, and their farming life. Each Sleepy G farm share includes seasonal herbs, vegetables, and lettuces, along with a weekly edition of their CSA newsletter, Well Vittled, which includes recipes, updates on the farm, and agricultural articles of interest. Shares are sold for the entire season on a firstcome, first-served basis. The first box is provided at the end of June, the last box at the end of September. Pickup is on Wednesday evenings in Thunder Bay, or at the farm. Spring shares include such produce as bok choy, mustard greens, red kale, lettuce mix, and scallions; while in autumn a family could expect pie pumpkins, buttercup squash, tomatoes, fennel, and cabbage.

Boreal Edge Farm

Matt Baughman & Leigh Potvin RR1 Marttinen Lane Nolalu, Ontario P0T 2K0 807.475.8835 borealedgefarm.blogspot.ca borealedgefarm@gmail.com

Covering 80 acres in Nolalu, Boreal Edge Farm dedicates 5 acres to vegetable production and 27 to pasture, maintaining respect for the surrounding natural woodland, creeks, and springs. As one of two local non-dairy farms (along with Belluz Farms) providing full-time work, Boreal Edge Farm truly thrives on the dedication of its farmers. And with a new greenhouse and a hundred laying hens, Boreal Edge Farm is expanding its diversity and trying new things each year. This year, for instance, pasteurized chickens now roam through the fields in the proudly named “Eggmobile,” producing “awesome eggs from happy chickens.” Local doesn’t get better than that. The Boreal Edge Farm CSA program provides over 40 types of fresh, organic vegetables from late June until mid September. Together with local business partners, Boreal Edge farm shares often include local honey and other area artisan products. Produce shares, storage shares (storage crops to be put away for the winter), and egg shares are available, as well as a work share program for those willing to help with the harvest.

Belluz Farm

Don, Claire, Kevin, Jodi and the kids RR6 752 Candy Mountain Drive Slate River, Ontario P7J 0C2 Farm: 807.475.5181 Greenhouse: 866.200.1011 ph/fax www.belluzfarms.on.ca info@belluzfarms.on.ca

With a slightly different way for people to support local farms, the Belluz family offers a flexible share option called a Community Supported Bushel, which allows people to plan ahead and choose which fruits and vegetables fit their needs. Similar to a redeemable certificate, each share is worth 15% more than its purchased price. This practical approach to providing a family of four with in-season produce extends the way this well-established family farm connects with our community. Belluz Farm maintains a thorough website, with crop calendars and farm updates, as well as vibrant photos of what’s happening on the farm. Those purchasing a Community Supported Bushel will receive their bushel (2 different fruits or vegetables per share) the first Wednesday of every month starting in July and ending in October. Bushels are picked up in town at Belluz Farms’ Little Red Barn on Memorial Ave, Wednesdays from noon–6 pm.

FILMTheatre Arts Documentary Film:

Opening the Door By Rebekah Skochinski

In April 2010, with assistance from an Ontario Arts Council grant, the Canadian Mental Health Association began integrating art workshops into their skills development program. The project was so successful that the CMHA secured additional funding to document the profound effect that arts programming had in a mental health care setting. Opening the Door features interviews with the professional local artists, as well as some of the 18 participants who engaged in 28 weeks of creative writing, story telling, dance, and visual arts sessions.

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“They loved exploring all the art forms,” says JoAnne Books, an artist and educator with CMHA. “The process was amazing and the results were beyond our expectations.” She adds, “[The film] demonstrates and promotes the powerful role of creative expression in healing and recovery. I know this film will inspire more Thunder Bay artists and health care agencies to collaborate together to make recovery and wellness a possibility for those dealing with any illness. Opening the Door opens our our eyes, it widens the lens we look through, showing us that people are more than their illness. It celebrates artists and mentors who inspire us to tap into our intuitive, creative selves.” Opening the Door was directed by local filmmaker Donald Delorme, and will be screened on May 24, 7:30 pm at the Finlandia Hall.

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Sweet Pea’s Restaurant 252 Algoma St. South

Mothers Day Brunch at Sweet Pea’s! We will be offering brunch on Sunday May 13th from 11:00am-2:30pm.

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FILMTheatre Theatre Preview:

I Hate Hamlet By Kyle Poluyko

Lawrence Badani

Cambrian Players once again take to the stage of the Paramount Theatre with their production of I Hate Hamlet, directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod. This dramatic comedy by Paul Rudnick follows actor Andrew Rally (played by Jay Stapleton), an agreeably lightweight television actor struggling between West Coast success and playing Hamlet for a Shakespeare in the Park production. Andrew is also playing host to the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore (played by Gabe Ferrazzo) who, dressed as Hamlet, is out to convince Andrew to play the part. When a Hollywood friend shows up, offering a role in a television pilot—complete with a potentially large salary and a promise of fame—Andrew is forced to choose between Shakespeare or television, where he is about to be loved by millions. I Hate Hamlet is on stage at the Paramount Theatre May 17–19 and 23–26, 2012. Tickets are available Fireweed, Steepers and at the door. For more information visit www.cambrianplayers.ca.

Calling All Mimes By Ron Harpelle

Focused on Food Featuring fresh & locally produced food

Flash Frame Film and Video Network, Thunder Bay’s local film collective, was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to shoot a short comedy about a town that battles an invasion of mimes. Silent Invaders will be shot on the weekend of May 26 and 27 in and around Thunder Bay. Because it is not easy to find mimes, the producers will be holding a workshop/audition, “Calling all Mimes,” to give people a chance to learn the skills necessary to play a mime in the film. To create a realistic threat, as many mimes as possible will be trained and invited to participate in the production. “The more mimes the better,” according to the director, Dianne Brothers—although in the offchance that life begins to imitate art, filmmaker Kelly Saxberg advises residents to contact the authorities if they notice any suspicious or unusual mime activity in the days and weeks after the workshop is held.

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“Calling all Mimes” will be held in the rehearsal room (2nd Floor) at Magnus Theatre on Wednesday, May 9 from 7 to 9 pm. The workshop is free and open to anyone who wants to pretend to pull a rope, lift boxes, or be trapped in a box. Mimes must be 12 years old and older. This is an opportunity for people in the community to participate in a film production with some of Thunder Bay’s most talented local filmmakers. For more information, visit www.flashframe.ca.

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MayEventsGuide May 3, 7 pm

May 5 & 6

Fri. May 11, 7–10pm:

May 12, 7 pm

May 19, 7 pm

Film Screening

Folklore Festival

Gala Opening Reception: LU Retrograduate Show & Superior Art - E-Book Launch

Thunder Bay Roller Derby League presents: Momma Said Knock You Out

North Shore Music Association presents Titambe West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Paramount Theatre A screening of the feature film Six Miles Deep, directed by Sara Roque, along with the short films Writing the Land, directed by Kevin Lee Burton, and Eagle vs. Sparrow, directed by Michelle Derosier. Doors open at 6:30 pm, admission is by donation.  www.theag.ca May 4, 4:30–7:30

Swagga Showdown

Marina Park Skate Plaza Organized by Youth Zone, this is a free event that will include a road hockey tournament, open skateboarding competition, and a BBQ.  www.thunderbay.ca/youthzone

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their environment and with each other. Join in neighbourhood walks in Thunder Bay, or volunteer to lead a walk in your neighbourhood.  janeswalk.net May 6–24

Spring Workshops

May 4, 7 pm

Enchanted: A Night of Fashion and Fantasy

Slovak Legion This event features fashions from LUX Boutique in two fantasy-themed shows. There will be entertainment, a cash and carry shopping lounge, and the chance to win prizes. Proceeds support Thunder Bay Military Family Resources. Tickets: $15. ) 577-3066 May 4, 7:30 pm

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Thunder Bay Community Auditorium A six-time Just For Laughs veteran, John Pinette has been making audiences laugh for over twenty years.  www.tbca.com Until May 5, 7 pm


St. Patrick High School/Selkirk Auditorium Those who love the 1971 musical are sure to love this high school production. Tickets are $15 and are available in the main office. ) 623-5218 May 5, 10 am–5 pm

Spring Hat Tournament

TBA Thunder Bay Ultimate’s second annual season-opening Hat Tournament. Help kick off TBU’s summer league with a fun day of ultimate, food and prizes. No previous playing experience necessary; new players welcome. Cost is $20.  www.thunderbayultimate.com May 5, 12 noon–4 pm

2012 Green Tradeshow

Terrace Bay Arena The Green Tradeshow brings together exhibitors that help to educate and empower attendees to live a healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyle.  www.greentradeshow.ca May 5, 5 pm

Paint Bomb the Mac’s

Mac’s Convenience Store, 708 May St. N. DefSup’s youth art collective, “Die Active,” will be taking on a large public painting project in partnership with Mac’s Convenience stores and City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council. All are welcome to the BIG REVEAL/BAcKAlleY Party, featuring break dancing/DJ performances, pizza deliveries, film crews, and more! Stop by Mac’s May 1–5 for a peak at progress on the wall. Part of National Youth Arts Week.  www.definitelysuperior.com


Fort William Gardens This family-oriented festival showcases live music, entertainment and music from all over the world. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $1 for children (ages 4-12).  www.thunderbay.ca/fwgardens May 5 & 6

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Vintage Pixie Studios Learn to make mosaic toadstools and gazing balls, friendly dragonflies, a cobblestone faerie cottage, and more. All workshops are for ages 16 and up.  vintagepixiestudio.blogspot.com May 6

Hike for Hospice

Boulevard Lake This national hike is meant to advance hospice palliative care. It directly benefits individuals and their families living with terminal illness in Thunder Bay.  www.hospicenorthwest.ca May 6, 6 pm

Out of the Darkness Memorial Walk

Confederation College An evening of remembrance and celebration of the lives that have been lost to suicide. ) 577-0824 May 9 & 10, 7 pm

Fay Gleeson Dance Centre

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Fay Gleeson Dance Centre returns for their 54th Annual Recital. Tickets $9–$18.  www.tbca.com May 10, 7 pm

An evening with Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen

Outlet, 40 S. Cumberland St. Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop presents an evening with authors Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen. The authors will read from their recently-published collections and participate in an audience Q&A.  nowwwriters.org May 10, 7 pm

Power of the Purse

Dominion Motors An evening of fun, food, and networking, with an opportunity to walk away with a fabulous accessory through a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $75, with proceeds going to the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club. ) 343-2277

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Enjoy an exciting multi-arts convergence at the opening with art, e-book launch, music by Rory Bohler, featured artists in attendance, refreshments by Sweet Pea Home Catering & Restaurant, and the launch of DefSup’s new website. All ages/ by donation.

LU Retrograduate Show-2012:

See student art from their 4-year program and new works. Congratulations: Ashley Walter, Sarah Anne Eby, Aaron Veldstra, Ella Grace Bell, Elizabeth Hoskin, Brittney Dupuis, Hannah Johnson, Kathleen Twomey, Jessica Buzanko, Leanna Resengren, Breanna Bakkelund, Christina Kehler, Cindy Arpin & Ginnie Culver Anatoniazzi ~Support the artists of the future! Gallery 1 & 2.

Superior Art; Local Art in a Global Context - E-Book Launch:

The Advanced Institute for Globalization & Culture (aig+c) and DefSup are hosting an E-Book Launch for Superior Art, edited by Clara Sacchetti, Kezia Picard, Mark Nisenholt & Todd Dufresne. The e-book recognizes that there is excellent art made within, and about, Thunder Bay, and showcases 21 diverse/accomplished artists. Gallery 3.  www.definitelysuperior.com May 11, 7 pm

The Happy Camper’s Wilderness Quest

Finlandia Hall Join renowned author and paddler Kevin Callan, a.k.a. the Happy Camper, as he launches his new film about a canoe journey through Quetico in search of wilderness. Advance tickets are $12 (Wilderness Supply, Gear Up, Take a Hike, and Ostrom Outdoors), $14 at the door. Proceeds from the event will support the Friends of Quetico Provincial Park.  www.kevincallan.com May 12, 9:30 am

Royal Lepage Women’s United Run, Stroll, or Roll

Boulevard Lake There are many new and exciting activities leading up to this 33rd annual event, including Boulevard training, a Zumba Night, and more. For the men, there will be a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise funds for local women’s shelters.  www.royallepagethunderbay.com May 12, 1–4 pm

Arbor Day

Birch Point - Boulevard Lake Plan a tree for the future! Join the City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council to help green our community. There will be some tools, but bring a shovel and a wheelbarrow if you have them. There will also be live music and prizes.

 www.thunderbay.ca/urbanforestry


Delaney Arena Join the Babes of Thunder as they take on the Minneapolis Northern Lights. This is the first of five games being held at Delaney this summer. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  tbayrollergirls.com May 12, 7 pm

NOWW presents: Literary Awards Party

Current River Community Centre Join the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop as they celebrate writers and writing in our community. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  nowwwriters.org May 12, 7 pm

Zorya Ukrainian Dancers

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium A wonderful evening of Ukrainian music, folklore and dance with the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association. Tickets are $15–$20.  www.zorya.ca May 17–end of August

Ultimate Summer League 2012

LU Fields and the Fort William Stadium (by Friendship Gardens) Thunder Bay Ultimate’s summer season runs Thursday nights throughout the summer. No previous playing experience necessary, new players welcome.  www.thunderbayultimate.com May 17, 7 pm

Rick Mercer

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Canada’s favourite comic television personality Rick Mercer returns to your Community Auditorium with “A Nation Worth Ranting About.” Tickets are $55–$75.  www.tbca.com May 17–19 & 23–26, 8 pm

Cambrian Players presents: I Hate Hamlet

Paramount Theatre In this Paul Rudnick comedy, an outof-work Hollywood actor moves to New York and takes to the stage in a production of the greatest play in the English language.  www.cambrianplayers.ca May 18, 10am–2pm

Festival of Trees

CLE Thirty projects from classes from the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board will be presented at this celebration of the Forest of Reading at the CLE. Author visits and activities sponsored by the Ontario Library Association. Tickets are $10.  www.accessola.org May 19, 7 pm

Milonga Argentine Tango Social Dance

Lakehead Unitarian Church An evening of Argentine Tango, with music from the golden age of the 30s and 40s to present day. 624-0022

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais Titambe is a unique, world-class ensemble based in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to the evening concert, there will be an all-ages West African dance class, and a free drumming and dance workshop for kids.

 www.northshoremusicassociation.com.

Until May 20

Harvest Pilgrims: Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Gallery III An exhibition organized and circulated by The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton, with a talk with photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo on May 10 at 7:30 pm.  www.theag.ca May 21, 9 am

Fire Fighters 10 Mile Road Race

This will be the 79th running of this popular race that is a community celebration for runners of all levels.  www.10mileroadrace.org May 24, 7 pm

Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts Gala

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium This evening will feature musicians, singers and dancers along with the presentation of awards and scholarships.  www.tbmusicfestival.com May 24, 7:30 pm

Documentary Screening: Opening the Door

Finlandia Hall Local filmmaker Donald Delorme directs this powerful documentary about the power of arts education in the lives of those living with mental health issues.  www.cmha.ca May 25

Birdhouse Auction

Thunder Bay Art Gallery This slightly less formal, nature-inspired art auction includes one-of-a-kind functional and/or decorative birdhouses and other nature-centered works. Appetizers, a cash bar, and entertainment round out what promises to be a lively evening. All proceeds from this event go toward exhibition and education programs for the gallery.  www.theag.ca Sat May 26, 7 pm–9 pm

A Little Bit Zombie

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Infected by a virus during his bachelor party, a mild mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains and avoid Max, the obsessed Zombie Hunter hot on his trail. The director and cast of the film will be in attendance at this special screening.  www.tbca.com May 26, 8 am–5 pm

Youth Dragon Boat Festival

Boulevard Lake Young paddlers compete in races at the junior, intermediate, and senior level, along with special challenge divisions.  www.paddlesport.org

theWall May 26, 12:30 pm–5 pm

May 30, 7:30

Annual Thunder Bay Horticultural Society Plant Auction and Sale

Environmental Film Network presents To Make a Farm

Oliver Road Community Centre Perennials, annuals, herbs, roses, shrubs, trees and houseplants for sale. Viewing and pre-priced items available prior to auction. BBQ and refreshments also for sale. ) 768-0548 May 26, 11 am

20th Annual Mini Go Ride

Neebing Roadhouse Come for a scenic, fun, non-competitive bicycle ride that is also a fundraiser for Camp Quality and Bicycles for Humanity. Refreshments will be available on the route. After the ride, feel free to stick around the Neebing Roadhouse for live blues music and prizes.  www.minigoride.com May 26

Franco Festival

The Sports Dome A festival celebrating francophone culture, music, art, and food, with activities for the whole family including games, children’s face painting, crafts, and an art exhibition.  francofestival.com May 26, 12 pm–2pm

Peace of Minds Walk for Schizophrenia

Masonic Temple The 19th annual walk hosted by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to help raise awareness and funds. Local registration begins at noon and the walk starts at 1 pm. Refreshments will be served after the walk.  www.peaceofminds.ca Until May 27

Setting: land

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Gallery I This exhibition brings together works by four artists - Kevin Lee Burton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kaoru Ryan Klatt (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kade Twist (Phoenix, Arizona), and Anna Tsouhlarakis (Washington, DC).  www.theag.ca May 27

MS Walk

CLE Heritage Building Proceeds raised in this walk will fund innovative programs and services in our community. Every step matters in the fight to end MS. Pets are welcome.  www.mswalks.ca May 27

Kite Festival

Paramount Theatre To Make a Farm is a documentary which follows five young people who have decided to take the plunge and become small-scale farmers. Both beautiful and hopeful, it will be a great way to get some inspiration for your summer garden plans or maybe for starting up your own dream farm! Screening is being sponsored by the True North Community Co-operative.  efilmnetwork.wordpress.com May 31–June 3

Boreal Birding & Northern Landscapes Festival

North House Folk School, Grand Marais A series of inter-related, field-focused courses (1-3 days in length) focusing on discovering the birds, wildflowers, geology and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape.  www.northhouse.org

Music Events

Statik Selektah, Termanology & Reks Crocks $10, 19+, 9 pm May 9

Dan Walsh

Apollo Bar $TBA, 19+, 9 pm

Bryan Adams

Fort William Gardens $20 and up, All Ages, 8 pm

Scott Woods Band

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church $20 Adults/$10 ages 5-12/ages 5 and under free, All Ages, 7 pm

Philthy Pro Presents: Philthy Fam Vol 3

Poor Young Things & The Dudes

May 11

Crocks $10, 19+, 9 pm May 3

Advina “Fortune Teller” EP Release Show Black Pirates Pub $5, All Ages, 9 pm May 4

High Tide Tattoo Parlour’s One Year Anniversary featuring Bottom Rockers Crocks $Free before midnight, 19+, 8 pm

Jordana Divinorum and the Bastard Hammers Reunion Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 10 pm May 5

Webster Death Video Release Party – with Webster Death and Grimmace the Butler Crocks $5, 19+, 9 pm

Reverb Bomb Album Release Party featuring Uhussie, The Fin’r Things and Hey You Millionaires Black Pirates Pub $5, 19+, 9 pm

May 28, 6–7:30 pm

Reverend Horton Heat with Real Mckenzies

 www.radiantyogawithcolleensadler.com

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $85 –$115, All Ages, 8 pm

Crocks $5, 19+, 9 pm

May 5

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Radiant Yoga with Colleen Sadler is offering a free yoga class in support of the Underground Gym. Bring a kid-friendly, non-perishable good or donation. No experience necessary.

k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

May 2

Chippewa Park Along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, the festival will feature the Kitchener-Waterloo Windclimbers, Toronto Kite Fliers and the New York Kite Enthusiasts. ) 625-2487

Yoga for Food

May 8

The Best of Broadway – A Gershwin Celebration

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $49, All Ages, 8 pm May 7

Crocks $20, 19+, 8 pm

Mares of Thrace

Black Pirates Pub $TBA, All Ages, 8 pm

Die Mannequin Crocks $10, 19+, 8 pm May 12

The Hangers

Crocks $TBA, 19+, 9 pm May 17

Victory Records’ Counterparts with Your Demise & Hundredth & Gideon Black Pirates Pub $10, All Ages, 7 pm May 22

The Black Dahlia Murder, Exhumed, Fuck the Facts Crocks $18, All Ages, 8 pm May 25

Sunday Wilde Apollo Bar $TBA, 6:30 pm May 26

Sunday Wilde

Ruby Moon $Donation, 9:30 pm May 28

Dr. Acula, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Bermuda

Kilroy’s $10 advance/$15 door, All Ages, 8 pm May 29

George Thorogood and the Destroyers Thunder Bay Community Auditorium $49, All Ages, 8 pm

Forty-Two Inches: The Ticket to Fun By Michelle McChristie

After 45 years of operation, the City of Thunder Bay announced they would be dismantling the roller coaster at Chippewa Park. The ride is being closed for safety issues—continued operation would require recertification and extensive (and expensive) upgrades. There comes a time for most structures when retrofits and repairs are no longer feasible, and as much as I love the roller coaster at Chippewa, I know that all good things must come to an end. The roller coaster was purchased by the city in 1967 and, in addition to being one of the oldest operating roller coasters in Canada, was the longest-running steel coaster at one location in Canada. While the coaster did not measure up to modern supercoasters with their heart-stopping drops and inversions, it was a lot of fun for amateur riders. According to the Coaster Enthusiasts of Canada, the Chippewa coaster had a height of 6.4 m, drop of 5 m, length of 230 m, and top speed of 40 km/h—puny when compared to the likes of the Leviathan, the newest coaster at Canada’s Wonderland which has a height of 93.3 m, length of 1672 m and top speed of 148 km/h (Wonderland’s website does not include the drop but includes the angle of descent—approximately 80 degrees!). When I was a little girl, I found it agonizing that I had to grow to 42 inches before I was allowed on the roller coaster at Chippewa. My older sister seemed to take pleasure in the fact that she was tall enough long before I was even close. Denied access, I waited on the bench and made faces at her as she whizzed by with her arms in the air. The only consolation was that I could get two little kid rides to every one of her big kid rides. In high school, I landed a summer job at Chippewa and for two years, I watched this scene unfold with other siblings. Fiftytwo inches was the threshold that divided the little kids from the big kids and could be downright humiliating for short kids. Let’s face it: the tanks, boats, and airplanes become a bore after a couple of years, and Chippewa’s small but fun roller coaster was like a training ground for future adrenaline junkies. I felt empathy for the little kids that did not measure up to the coaster’s cut off. As the “small ride operator” I was relegated to the tanks, boats, and airplanes, so I always gave the roller coaster rejects an extra long ride. As they rotated, I could see their sad eyes fixed on the coaster, watching as the cars rattled by, full of screaming kids with their arms in the air. It must have felt like salt in a wound for the rejects. Better luck next year... only an inch to go. I have yet to share the news of the roller coaster’s demise with my own children. They will be disappointed—this might have been the year they reached 42 inches. Their memory will be of falling short of the line and having to watch other kids as the “click, click, click” of the chain lift pulled the cars up the hill and released them at the top for the coast to the platform. I was looking forward to sharing the experience with them—their first-ever ride on a roller coaster. Maybe I can score them an extra long ride on the tanks. The Walleye


Shannon Lepere

TheEYE - Our Lady Peace


The Walleye

WE’VE GOT ENTERTAINMENT DOWN TO AN ART FORM With a year-round schedule of unmissable events and festivals, we know what it takes to transform an event into an experience.

Always something to celebrate – It’s in our nature.

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Profile for The Walleye Magazine

May 2012  

The May 2012 Issue Featuring: Boarding by the Bay, The Lyceum, Finding Pho, Our Lady Peace, CSA Farms, and much more!

May 2012  

The May 2012 Issue Featuring: Boarding by the Bay, The Lyceum, Finding Pho, Our Lady Peace, CSA Farms, and much more!