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These Futuristic Soul Music-Makers Rock Our World P11
Legislative Artists Selected Brasstronaut Creators To Mark Building’s 100 Years P2
Vancouver Six-Piece Talks Latest Album P12
We Have A Pope
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Italian Flick Charming, Endearing P14
Clothes May One Day Power Electronics P7 Photo: courtesy of Laurie Kang
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Artists Revealed For Legislative Residency Provincial Creators Selected For Program Celebrating Building’s 100 Years Alex J MacPherson
proposal and each artist had to respond to the same starting point SASK ATOON, SK — Dark- or inspiration, which was this buildsuited politicians and civil ser- ing and what it represented,” Hale vants working in the Legislative explains. Building will soon have some new “It represents the spirit of the colleagues, though perhaps not people of Saskatchewan, and their the sort to which they’re accus- ambitions and their thoughts for tomed. the future,” she The Saskatch- “[T]he program will … continues. ewan Legislative increase the visibility “The spirit of Building will be of the provincial arts the installations, home to eight the artwork and artists over the community.” the community-Alex J. MacPherson based projects coming year. The artist-in-residence program, part are focused on people of Saskatchof the province’s year-long cele- ewan and celebrating this building bration of the massive building’s through art and artists.” hundredth anniversary, includes The artists were chosen by artists from Saskatoon and Regina, a steering committee. Hale says each of whom will contribute to an the committee received about 30 exhibition in the rotunda. proposals, seven of which were Led by residency coordinator selected. Laura Hale, the program will make The participating artists are: local art more accessible and in- Robert Assie, Heather Cline, Alcrease the visibility of the provincial lan Dotson, Terri Fidelak, Miranda arts community. Jones, Sandra Ledingham, and Ani“It started with requests for ta Smith. Hale, a multidisciplinary
Seven of the eight artists chosen for the Legislative Building Artist in Residence Program
artist, rounds out the group. Those selected have diverse backgrounds and a wide range of skills. Cline and Jones are painters, Assie and Fidelak sculptors. Dotson works in comics, Ledingham is a ceramicist, and Smith is a performance artist. Hale says the artists will work in the Legislative Building and in the community. Outreach is an integral part of the program, and the chosen artists are already committing to
work with various groups, including seniors, young children and women’s groups. “They will be the stewards that lead us through artistic exploration and interpretation of what is, without a doubt, the most significant historical building in our province’s capital,” Kevin Doherty, minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, said in a news release. Under Hale’s guidance, the artists will use their skills to develop a
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piece of work that explores the history and significance of the building as well as the future of the province. Each artist will host a community project and contribute a work of art that will be displayed in the rotunda. These works will be unveiled on December 5th. “It’s kind of like curating a show,” Hale says. “Which pieces would work well in which areas.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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SK Bucks National Trend By Going Younger
Healthy Economy, Fewer Seniors Helps Our Province Reverse 90-Year Tradition ALEX J MACPHERSON
median age fell from 38.7 to 38.2 years, positioning Saskatchewan saskatoon, SK — As talk of as the second-youngest province a slow decline into old age filters (behind Alberta), and well below through Canada’s national press, the national median of 40.6 years. new data shows that Saskatch“We have been working hard ewan is getting at making Sasyounge r, not “[A] big part of it is … katchewan the older. huge demand for young best place to live, Statistics Cana- people here.” work, do business da has published and raise a fam-Paul Hackett il y,” Eco n o my information from the 2011 census showing that, over Minister Bill Boyd said in a news the last five years, Saskatchewan release. “[These] results show that has bucked the national trend and we are doing the right thing, as experienced a decrease in its me- more young people are choosing dian age. to stay in Saskatchewan and movBetween 2006 and 2011 the ing to Saskatchewan to find work.”
The latest data suggests that the province is going against a ninetyyear trend. In 1921 the median age was just 21.2 years. It rose to 27.4 in 1951, 28.7 in 1981, and 36.7 in 2001. Randy Widdis, a professor of geography at the University of Regina, agrees with Boyd, and thinks the economy is responsible for the turnaround. “That’s what history shows: when provinces do well, then they attract in-migrants. When they don’t do well, people leave … People will go where there are opportunities.” Paul Hackett, who is part of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, and a professor of geography at the University of Saskatchewan, agrees. “Part of it is decreased demand [for jobs] elsewhere … and a big part of it is the opposite — huge demand for young people here,” he says. “I moved here in 2006 from Manitoba,” he explains. “Since then, the labour market has been through
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the roof. As has the economy, as has population growth in general. You’re looking at a fortunate period for the province right now.” Widdis says Saskatchewan’s
booming economy will spawn a younger population because it is a magnet for immigrants and people from other provinces. Economic strength also plugs the leak of young people looking for work in other provinces. “With Saskatchewan in particular there’s always been a large outmigration,” he says. “And who’s moving out? The young [people]. The combination of declining birth rates plus a fairly significant out-migration of the young and an aging population, that’s the reason why. It’s turned around in the last five years [because] the economy has picked up.” Hackett thinks the resource- and energy-heavy economy, which requires plenty of physical work, is responsible for the gap between men and women. The median age of men in the province is 37.0 years, while women clock in at 39.2 years. The 2011 census also shows that over the last five years, Saskatchewan was the only province to experience a decline in its proportion of seniors. People aged 65 and over now account for 14.9 percent of the provincial population, down from 15.4 percent in 2006. The national figure is 14.8 percent and rising. Saskatchewan is older than the national average but getting younger. Canada, on the other hand, is aging rapidly. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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‘Snakebots’ Help With Surgery Adam Hawboldt
Center in New York. How these machines work is new york, ny— Next time you simple: the snakebots carry tiny go for surgery, a small snake robot cameras, scissors and forceps, then may be inserted in your body. “slither” through your body to loThat’s because doctors are now cate the problem area. Then, under using creeping metal “snakebots” the control of a doctor, perform the to help them operate on hearts, necessary surgery on the patient. prostates and Argenziano other organs. “It’s like the ability to says using the “It’s like the have little hands inside snakebots gives ability to have the patients…” surgeons a whole little hands inside new perspective. -Michael Argenziano the patients, as if “It won’t be the surgeon had been shrunken, very long before we have robots and was working on the heart that are nanobots, meaning they valve,” says Michael Argenziano, will actually be inside the body the chief of adult cardiac surgery without tethers,” explains Argenat New York Presbyterian Hospital ziano. and Columbia University Medical Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Global At A Glance earliest flutes — Researchers have
discovered flutes dating back 45,000 years in a human cave settlement along the Danube River in Germany. According to radiocarbon dating, these rank
among some of the oldest instruments known to people. They were created from mammoth ivory and what appears to be the bones of a bird. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
‘Dumb’ Ladies Preferable
Men ‘Programmed’ To Like Unintelligent Women Adam Hawboldt
Austin, tx — Men are apparently programmed to seek out women who act dumb, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin claim this is because women who appear to be intellectually inferior are perceived to be easier conquests. American scientists had participants — a sample of men and women — create a list of 88 factors that made women more exploitable or suggested they were attention seekers. The researchers then showed photos of women exhibiting these factors to 76 other men, asking them to rate how desirable they found the subjects. As it turns out, psychological
vulnerability — such as being on the low side of the intelligence or immaturity scale — was a turn-on for men, who tended to rate these women higher than the subjects’ peers, who were portrayed as being smart or brainy. However, the participants were decidedly less interested in
pursuing long-term relationships with the allegedly “dumb” women. “The assessment of a woman’s immediate vulnerability may be central to the activation of psychological mechanisms related to sexual exploitation,” concludes the study. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Crotchety Elders A Myth: Study Adam Hawboldt
they are doing pretty well.” Kirkwood’s research is the largnewcastle upon tyne, eng- est of its kind ever undertaken. land — We all know the stereoKnown as the Newcastle 85+ type of the old curmudgeon, or the Study, Kirkwood’s research began cranky octogenarian who hates life in 2006 when more than 1,000 and everyone in it. 85-year-olds from different social The problem with that stereo- classes and backgrounds were caretype is — it’s not fully selected to true. “It’s a myth that they are undergo “mulIn fact, Tom bowls of misery, unhappy t i d i m e n s i o n a l K i r k w o o d , a n with their lot…” a s s e s s m e n t s ,” expert on aging which measured -Tom Kirkwood cognitive abilities from Newcastle University, suggests the 85-plus and more, by a research team. generation is much happier than Kirkwood’s findings reveal that you would expect. 80 percent of the group he selected “It’s a myth that they are bowls of need little care. misery, unhappy with their lot, and And about the same percentage always going on about ailments,” rate the quality of their life either Kirkwood tells the Guardian. “Four good or excellent. out of five of them actually think Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Self-Driving Cars Complete 200-Km Journey Adam Hawboldt
Clothes Could Power Electronics Adam Hawboldt
on it. First they put the shirt in a socolumbia, sc — Some day dium fluoride solution for an hour soon your shirt may be able to before taking the wet material and charge your cell phone. drying it in a preheated oven for Engineers at the University of three hours, then tossing it into an South Carolina even hotter furhave found a way “This is a very simple, nace for an hour. to transform cot- low-cost process.” Soon the tee ton into a flexible changed into ac-Xiaodong Li tivated carbon, so conductor, meaning that it could one day be used the researchers coated it with a to help power all of your electronic nano-layer of a conductive metal devices. and, tada!, they had an energy storXiaodong Li, a mechanical engi- age device. neer at USC who led the develop“This is a very simple, low-cost ment, took a $5 cotton T-shirt from process,” says Li. “And it’s green.” Walmart and tried several “recipes” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Beer-Seeking Cows Crash Party Adam Hawboldt
Boxford, MA — Talk about a bunch of party animals. In Boxford, Massachusetts, a gang of cows crashed a backyard party recently, and instead of just milling about, these badass bovines went straight for the beer. After escaping from their pasture, the herd of five or six made their way to a local home, crashed
an outdoor party and drove off the partygoers. “They got up as the cows went toward the table,” Boxford police lieutenant James Riter told NBC. “They stepped back and the cows took over the table, knocking over the beers with their noses, drinking the beer off the table. They went to the recycling bin to find any leftovers.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Offbeat At A Glance Frankenfish — Mark Sawyer in England has caught a rare “Frankenstein fish,” which appears to be made up of three different species. Sawyer believes the creature is comprised of the head of a roach fish, the body of a brown
goldfish and the fin of a bream. “I have caught thousands and thousands of fish, but have never seen anything like it before,” says the fisherman. “It’s a proper oddity. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
gothenburg, sweden — Driving is about to get a whole lot easier. That’s because Volvo has put on the first public test of cars that drive themselves, with a convoy of the autos completing a 200-kilometre
journey in Spain. The cars, which were outfitted with cameras, radar, laser sensors and more, were wirelessly connected and mimicked the movements of a lead vehicle, which was driven by a professional driver. The vehicles drove at 85 km/h, while maintaining a gap of just six
metres between them. “People think that autonomous driving is science fiction, but the fact is that the technology is already there,” says Volvo Car Corporation’s project manager, Linda Wahlstroem. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, dill has been a staple in dishes for quite some time. Dill is a member of the ■parsley family Many sour dishes, like sau■erkraut, call for the inclusion of dill
of its delicate na■ture,Because many chefs will add dill
to spicy dishes to remove the heat source
In olden days, people be■lieved that boiling dill in wine,
then inhaling the fumes would cure chronic hiccups
Dill water was given to ■babies as a digestive aid
Greek Villa’s Got What You Need Photos: Courtesy of Adam Hawboldt
Martensville Restaurant Offers Great Food, Friendly Service Adam Hawboldt
I’d heard of a tasty little restaurant north of the city, so when I was up that way recently, I dropped by the Greek
Villa Family Restaurant in Martensville. Walking through the front doors I noticed a lot of hustle and bustle off to the right, and workers moving everywhere. Being inquisitive by nature, I followed a guy wheeling in a VLT and stumbled upon the new Villa Lounge Tap & Grill. It looked like a pretty cool little watering hole which, apparently, just had its grand opening. But since I was driving drinks weren’t on the menu, so I went back into the Greek Villa and ordered some grub. For starters I had the soup — cream of potato with dill. And man was it good: salty, creamy and hearty, though the dill was
the star of the dish. huge. Served on a bed of rice with For the main I was torn between a heaping portion of fries, a Greek the chicken souvlaki and a monte salad and a piece of garlic toast, the cristo sandwich. chicken souvlaki On one hand, this “[T]he [chicken] was was more than was a Greek fam- tender, and perfectly enough to eat in ily restaurant so it seasoned with garlic and one sitting. only made sense But it was delito order the sou- oregano.” cious — the meat -Adam Hawboldt was tender, and vlaki. On the other hand, it dawned perfectly seasoned with garlic and on me that I hadn’t eaten a monte oregano. A squirt of fresh lemon, cristo since I was a teenager. and it was ready to go. After much hemming and hawAs for the rest of the meal, it ing, I did the only thing I could do was pretty good too. Especially — I ordered the souvlaki to eat in the Greek salad, which was full of and got the monte cristo to go. fresh veggies and, more imporAnd when the chicken souvlaki tantly, had the perfect cheese-toarrived, I was glad I made the de- dressing ratio. cision I did because the dish was Plate cleared and stomach full, I waddled out to my car and drove home. A few hours later I sank my teeth into the monte cristo sandwich and had to question my sanity for having avoided it for so long. The turkey was thick (no processed stuff here), the bacon was crispy, and with the ham and the gooey cheese and the … man oh man, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. So if you ever find yourself in Martensville, stop by the Greek Villa for a bite or the Villa Lounge Tap and Grill for a drink. They’ve got a little something for everyone. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Address: 101 Centennial Drive (Martensville)
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am8:30pm
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Wall Has Handled The Mulcair Tussle Well
Our Premier Isn’t Perfect, But He’s Right In Standing Up To NDP Leader’s Claims The Editors of Verb
industry, especially in Ontario — Mulcair is essentially drawing a line saskatoon, SK — “Canada in the sand. will be a strong country when He is pitting east against west, Canadians of all provinces feel makers against takers, in his quest at home in all parts of the coun- to become Prime Minister, and we try, and when they feel that all think that’s ridiculous. Canada belongs to them.” We don’t believe that a poliPierre Elliott Trudeau said that, tician should seek to divide the and whether you love the former country for personal gain, and poPrime Minister or litical expedience loathe him (the “We don’t believe that a should never be latter being more politician should seek to placed ahead of l i k e l y a r o u n d divide the country…” the good of our t h e s e p a r t s) , nation as a whole. -Verb’s editors Trudeau was a You know it, staunch proponent of federalism. we know it, heck, even former LibAnd so too, it turns out, is Brad eral leader Stephane Dion knows it. Wall. Remember back when Dion was We commend Saskatchewan’s gunning for 24 Sussex? Well, he current premier for standing up to rejected advice to adopt a similar federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair strategy in regards to the oilsands over the past couple of weeks and, on the grounds it was divisive and in doing so, promoting a renewed bad for the country. federalist sense in our country. Bad indeed. But good for PreDon’t get us wrong: we’re not of mier Wall, for pointing out the error the opinion that Wall is infallible. in Mulcair’s thinking. Not only does In fact, far from it — whether it show that Wall is trying to operate it was overestimating potash rev- with Saskatchewan’s best interests enues by a mere $2 billion (which in mind, but also with our country’s Wall has admitted is his biggest interests in mind, too. mistake) or increasing public sector Wall recognizes that the resource spending rather than reigning it in strength of the West is a strength (as is more typical of Conservative for the country as a whole. governments) to highlight just a few examples, Premier Wall has definitely put his foot in it on more than one occasion. But this time around, though, by going toe-to-toe with Mulcair, we believe that the premier is doing the right thing — both ethically and politically. Wall was in the right when he took to Twitter to question Mulcair for calling the West’s resource sector a disease. And he was in the right once again when, a week or so later, he tweeted: “Req’d reading for NDP,Mulcair. Stats Can report today, manufacturing up in Canada boosted by resources. Pesky facts [sic].” No matter which angle you approach it from, it’s good that Wall is taking Mulcair to task because anyone with even an iota of political acumen understands what the NDP leader is up to. By claiming Canada is suffering from so-called “Dutch disease” — blaming energy exports from the Alberta oilsands for artificially raising the Canadian dollar and hollowing out the manufacturing
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He realizes that “when you attack this resource wealth, you are in many ways attacking the formula, the fiscal federalism we have, that helps the different regions of the country when they’re going through difficult times.” What’s more, Wall also understands just how recklessly unCanadian Mulcair is being at the moment, and how his policies (should he ascend to power) would alienate
the West worse than any other measure since, well, Trudeau’s National Energy Plan. Wall sees all of this and is willing to stand up and fight for what he
believes in. And for that we should thank him. He’s not perfect, far from it, in fact. But he’s playing this one right. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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‘Out Is In’ At Saskatoon’s Pride Festival Parade, Pub Crawl, Films, BBQ And More Mark 20th Year Of Festivities In City Sebastien Dangerfield
Saskatoon, SK — Brice Field knows a thing or two about change. Since joining the Saskatoon Diversity Network back in 2008, Field has seen their pet project — the Saskatoon Pride Festival —undergo quite a transformation. “My first Pride festival, there were only about 500 people,” says Field, who is now chair of the SDN. “We were a small niche fringe festival. The only people who really knew it was going on were people in the community.” Fast forward five years and
things look a lot different. some room for us to grow in the “Last year we broke the 2,500 upcoming years.” person mark,” says Field. “The They also needed to do somegrowth has been quite rapid.” thing about the festival dates. So rapid, in “There’s a lot fact, the SDN had “On that day when the of traveling beto make some parade launches and you tween festivals f u n d a m e n t a l see it getting bigger … in Edmonton and changes to the Calgary and Winthat’s the reward.” 2012 festival. nipeg and Saska-Brice Field toon,” explains Af te r m a ny years of using the City Hall Civic Field. “Where we were on the old Square, the festival’s main site — timeline, we overlapped with some the Community Fair/Community of the other big festivals. So we Stage — has been moved to a new moved it back a week.” location. Running from June 9th until the th “It’s in Victoria Park this year,” 16 , this year’s festival — marking says Field. “We needed a place with the 20th year of Pride festivities being celebrated in Saskatoon — is chock-full of events. There’s a picnic, movies, a pub crawl, a barbecue, a dance, and much, much more. It all leads up to the grand finale — the community fair and Pride parade. “That’s the reason I do this,” admits Field. “On that day when the parade launches and you see it getting bigger and bigger and bigger, that’s the reward. Now the parade is six or seven blocks long and there’s thousands of people out. The age range is from six months to 80 years old and everything in between. That makes all the work we put in worth it.” As for the work, well, there’s a lot of it. A festival of this scale isn’t simply thrown together in a week.
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In fact, the parade from this year will barely be over before the board of directors begins planning the next one. And while the hours put in are substantial, over the years things have become easier for the folks at SDN. “Five years ago we were begging for exposure and media partnership,” says Field. “But the last few years, they’ve been coming to us.
The same holds true for local businesses. “There’s been a gradual change over the past five or 10 years within the business community in Saskatoon,” explains Fields. “Now businesses are more willing to show support and to partner with a gay and lesbian organization.” And it’s because of all this support — from media, businesses and the community as a whole — that the motto for this year’s festival is “Out is in.” “The reason we picked that is we felt the theme encapsulates the feeling Saskatoon has and the growth towards the Pride festival in general,” says Field. For more information about the 2012 Saskatoon Pride Festival, visit www.saskatoonpride.ca Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Bonjay On Making Futuristic Soul Music
Photo: courtesy of the artist and Laurie Kang
Alanna Stuart And Ian Swain Talk Melding Genres And Hitting Their Stride Alex J MacPherson
the crux of Bonjay’s sound. Stuart is the traditionalist, Swain the proSaskatoon, SK — Conceived gressive. Great music stems from in a succession of dank Toronto creative tension, and together this basements before exploding duo creates music that would elude onto stages across the country, anyone working alone. the duo known as Bonjay marries Bonjay captures this tension uplifting soul music to progres- — and the deep bond linking its sive electronic creators. sounds. “We want something that “We have reAlanna Stuart is pushing the envelope ally dif ferent and Ian Swain … but is also fairly backgrounds, but are unlikely colI think our worklaborators: Stuart accessible and universal.” ing style and our -Ian Swain working method grew up singing gospel music in a church choir and our respect for each other, and dabbling in soul, while Swain that collaboration blends those immersed himself in electronics, sounds into something unique,” building dance and hip hop tracks Stuart explains. from the ground up before spinning “And when we both love dancethem at house parties and night- hall, which is based on [doing] whatclubs. They are linked together by a ever feels good and be confident, it shared love of dancehall, percussive lends itself to creating something Jamaican party music powered by unique. That’s what makes Bonjay sparse yet infections rhythms. what it is.” “A lot of artists categorize,” To Swain, Bonjay is synonymous Swain muses, hinting that he wants with the tenuous balance of explodesperately to avoid being catego- ration and accessibility. rized, “because you don’t want to “We want something that is be slotted in or defined by some- pushing the envelope, that feels thing else, but I think whether it’s fresh, but is also fairly accessible a guy on the subway or my friend’s and universal,” he says. “My famom, the one that I use these days vourite music is the golden age of is futuristic soul music. We’re go- Timbaland in the ‘90s or the last ing for something that is universal couple Feist albums. I think those like soul music, but the tools and are records that do just that.” the sonics we’re using to get there Stuart simplifies the point. are a bit fresher and more forward “I think it’s important to point thinking.” out that it’s less thinking and more This intersection of influences is something that just feels good,”
she says. “That surge is part of the fun in music, that exploration of it … I don’t think we’ll ever stop striving. I think we’ll always be willing to struggle to come up with something that feels good to us, but I think the goals will change as we learn to realize our vision.” “I’m just hitting my stride,” Swain adds, “as far as being able to marshal all these resources and ideas and turn them into something that realizes my part of the vision.” The easy rapport between Stuart
and Swain, immediately evident on the telephone, is the driving force behind Bonjay. Their relationship is not tumultuous, but like any bond it experiences moments of friction. And friction produces sparks. Ever modest, Swain and Stuart look elsewhere for that spark; in this case, Toronto. “You don’t really know where you’re from until you’ve left and seen what things are like elsewhere,” Swain muses. “One of the things I realized that
if there’s anything that’s globally unique about Toronto is that it’s maybe the best place to create your identity out of all the things that are out there. In a large part because it’s sort of undefined.” Sort of like Bonjay. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Gatekeepers Meditates On Art World Rejection Alex J Macpherson
Saskatoon, SK — Artists lead two lives. In public, they are creative and glamorous intellectuals; in private, however, they are slaves to the keyboard. This is because writing query letters and grant applications is a fundamental component of Canadian art. So, too, is rejection. “I hope it makes people feel better about rejection,” says Heather
Passmore, whose new exhibition, Gatekeepers came about beGatekeepers, transforms bitter cause Passmore hadn’t moved rejection into a in eleven years; meditation on the “A lot of my interests have she still had a roadblocks to suc- been in non-legitimate box overflowing cess. “It’s really a criticisms of the art with failed applirepresentation of cations. Short of the way our situ- world.” cash, she started -Heather Passmore drawing on them ation as an artist has to conflate the creative with and selling them to friends and the officious structure, being the acquaintances. text of the letter.” “There are some misconceptions, I’m sure, floating around about what an artist does,” Passmore muses. “Grant writing and looking for exhibition space are not the first things that pop into a lot of people’s heads, I think.” Passmore, whose practice is purposely open and accessible, says the show developed from a desire to see more interest in art and aesthetics. And while the works in Gatekeepers can be viewed through the lens of reclaimed failure, the exhibition raises questions about the way galleries and governments operate. This gap widens for artists who work in unconventional ways. “A lot of my interests have been in non-legitimate criticisms of the art world,” she says. Gatekeepers will be exhibited at AKA Gallery until June 15th Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Five Qs With Brass
Vancouver Six-Piece Talks Latest R would you describe it? Edo Van Breemen: I usually Brasstronaut’s latest album, just start by stating what the inMean Sun, marries synthesizers and struments are in the band. I think horns to more people can get a conventional rock “[T]his record … basic idea of what instruments, and was much more of a those individually is one of the most collaborative effort” sound like. It’s not ambitious Canareally a big deal -Edo Van Breemen for me; I just think dian albums of the year. To find out more, I caught we’re kind of the sum of our influup with Edo Van Breemen to chat ences, and whatever our style is about making a great record. that we’re developing, it seems to Alex J MacPherson: Your mu- be becoming more cohesive. I don’t sic really resists classification. How really have any way of defining it. AJM: Mean Sun is profound and sophisticated; how has the band evolved? EVB: I think this record represents a band of six individuals who have been playing together on the road for the last two years, since we released Mt. Chimaera, and it was much more of a collaborative effort. We understand the textures that we’re able to create onstage with the six of us, and we wanted to bring that potential into the studio … on this record layering was really important, to see what sort of unique feelings we could evoke from using the slide guitar, the clarinet, the trumpet. AJM: Tell me about making this album. EVB: For this record it was actually a really fun process. We were touring a lot in Europe last year Alex J MacPherson
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The Duo Contestants Family Affair Reflect On Competition Alex J MacPherson
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Record, Mean Sun and we booked time in the studio at the end of August. By July we only really had two songs arranged and tried out. We got this really nice rehearsal space, an abandoned building in East Vancouver, the top floor overlooking this old sugar factory and the railway. We just went up there for a month and tried any and all ideas that we had been creating. AJM: You’ve spoken in the past about transporting the listener — where to? EVB: For me, making music is a very visual thing. It’s all image based — that’s how I learned how to compose. I feel like chords and tones all have colours and moods … I just want to take the listener to a reference point in their memory or imagination. AJM: You’re planning on releasing an album a year. Will that be hard given the state of the record industry? EVB: We’re not trying to write a hit pop song; we’re just trying to challenge ourselves as much as possible making the style of music we’ve somehow developed. The state of the music industry makes it possible to release records more quickly because you can do direct releases online, and we self-release in Canada — I own the label … [i]t’s a privilege. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
tie loosened and his hair tousled. “Instead of saying, ‘oh, we’re the Saskatoon, SK — “I didn’t eat Police and we’re going to play “Roxsupper,” laughs Chloe Berg as she anne” for you,’ we say we’re the slides into a booth in a local cof- Family Affair.” fee shop. The clock is sweeping “We listen to it a couple of times toward midnight and then we turn as Nik Winnitowy “You have to think out it off, and just try slumps beside of the box, and make it and make it differher, his long legs sound like more than two ent right off the folded awkwardly bat,” Berg chimes under the table. people.” in. “We don’t want -Chloe Berg to imitate.” They’re still wearing their stage clothes, the only The musical landscape is popuindication that Berg and Winnitowy lated by countless acoustic duos blew the roof off the Broadway churning out boilerplate covers Theatre a few hours earlier. — feeble attempts to replicate Berg and Winnitowy are Family originals. Most are just boring. The Affair, a pair of cousins competing Duo, on the other hand, rewards in The Duo, the Saskatoon-based music competition now in its third season. The Duo features Saskatchewan musical pairs competing in a multi-week event for the first place- The Duo TCU Place prize, of about $15,000. The grand Where: June 9 finale, held at TCU Place on June When: Cost: $20 at picatic.com 9th, is up next. Berg and Winnitowy played a Brasstronaut Amigos Cantina cover of “Roxanne” in the semifinal, Where: When: June 9 transforming the Police’s smash Cost: Tickets available at the door pop song into a delicate acoustic ballad — a showcase for Berg’s Heather Passmore AKA Gallery towering soprano and Winnitowy’s Where: When: Now ‘til June 15 wavering tenor. Cost: Free! “I think we really try and make Want some coverage for your upcoming songs our own,” says Winnitowy, his event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
creativity and ingenuity. And the Family Affair has both. “I feel like we’re not a band that’s been stripped down to a duo,” Winnitowy muses. “Our thing is a duo.” “We’ve always been a duo, it’s never been us plus other people,” Berg adds. “You have to think out of the box, and make it sound like more than two people. Not necessarily because it sounds bigger or louder, but because it has the element of really, you decided to do that song. You made it sound that different.” This is why the Family Affair has cleaned house for the past three weeks. They finished second in the semifinal, behind Kirby Criddle and Josh Palmer, professional musicians who cut loose with a masterful cover of Gotye’s omnipresent
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Duo Contestants Family Affair “Somebody That I Used to Know.” “If we win, if we lose, if we get up there and people start throwing tomatoes, it doesn’t matter,” Berg says. “We’re still going to keep doing it.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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We Have A Pope Endearing, Funny
Director, Lead Actor Shine In Charming Look At The Papacy
responsibility, less privacy and more scandals to deal with, can you really blame them? Nevertheless, the church needs Runtime: 104 Minutes a leader, so after a few days of balRated: G loting a dark horse is chosen — Cardinal Melville (Michel Piccoli). Adam Hawboldt To say he is a reluctant pope would be an understatement. As There’s no shortage of mov- Melville is sitting there waiting ies that take aim at the Roman to walk out on the balcony and Catholic Church. greet the world, he lets loose what From big-budget blockbusters sounds like the howl of a wounded (Angels & Demons) to finely act- animal and promptly tells the other ed dramas (Doubt, The Boys of St. cardinals, “I can’t do this.” Vincent) to kick-you-in-the-junkNo matter what his colleagues then-step-on-your-neck powerful say to him, Melville won’t budge. documentaries He just isn’t up to (Deliver Us From “[Piccoli] plays the part of the task. Evil), moviemak- Melville with warmth and They bring in ers certainly aren’t a profound humanity…” a psychiatrist, no shy about putting luck. -Adam Hawboldt the church and all They tr y to of its, ahem, scandals between their convince him again, no luck. crosshairs. They bring him to a therapist And if those are the types of who doesn’t know his true identity “church” movies you dig — those and … Melville runs away, vanishing of the not-so-subtle, go-for-the- into the heart of Rome. He wanjugular variety — then you might ders the streets, chats with people, not like We Have a Pope. gets a hotel room, meets a theatre But if you’re into subtly subver- troupe that’s putting on a producsive films with heart and wit and a tion of Chekhov’s The Seagull. laugh or two, then you might want What happens after that, I can’t to check out this new Italian flick. justifiably tell you. But I can tell you Directed by Palme d’Or winner this: We Have a Pope is pretty darn Nanni Moretti, We Have a Pope good dramedy. opens at the Sistine Chapel with You’ll laugh as Moretti gently a papal conclave. The old pope is mocks the process of selecting a dead, a new pope must be selected new pope. You’ll chuckle watching from the cardinals who have gath- the cardinals, robes and all, taking ered. Thing is, nobody wants to be part in an impromptu volleyball the Vicar of Christ. Seriously — it game. seems as though the same prayer But more than anything, you’ll rests on nearly every candidate’s get sucked in by Piccoli’s perforlips: “Please Lord, in the name of all mance. He plays the part of Melthings holy, don’t let them pick me!” ville with warmth and a profound And, as being pope means more humanity that allows for a deep
We Have A Pope
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and serious exploration of doubt and faith, weakness and strength. Basically, We Have a Pope is a sometimes serious, sometimes funny psychological study of a man thrust into a glaring spotlight he isn’t ready to face.
Is it an excellent film? No. But it is well-acted, well-intentioned and well worth watching. We Have A Pope is currently being screened at the Roxy Theatre; it is in Italian with English subtitles. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Theron Captivating As Evil Queen In Violent, Visually Spectacular Remake Snow White and the Huntsman
Runtime: 127 Minutes Rated: PG Adam Hawboldt Once upon a time ago, in Germany, two workaholic brothers were busy writing stories about Germanic folklore. Stories chock full of incest and cruelty and barbaric violence. Their names were Jacob and Wilhelm, and they came to be known in later times as the Brothers Grimm. Yes, those Brothers Grimm — the guys responsible for Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. See, back in the day when Jake and Willy started out, the brothers held true to the brutal, medieval nature of their tales. For example, in the original version of The Goose Maid, a servant was stripped naked, thrown into a barrel studded with sharp nails and hauled screaming through the streets. And then there’s the original version of Snow White, the one where the evil queen is, in the end, forced to dance to her death
in white-hot iron shoes. similarities with the Disney version The only reason I mention any of Snow White end. of this — the reason I bring up the This action fantasy film opens nightmarish brutality of the original like a full-scale broad sword atGrimm stories — is because I have a tack. There’s an epic battle, the king sneaking suspicion the good broth- (Noah Huntley) meets a beautiful ers would really creature named dig how visceral “Snow White … is an epic Ravenna (Charlize Snow White and spectacle full of dazzling Theron), brings the Huntsman is. visuals…” her home, makes Directed by her queen, then -Adam Hawboldt finds himself with Rupert Sanders, the latest take on the Snow White a dagger driven up to the hilt in saga is, if nothing else, violent, his chest. bleak and revisionist. Sure there’s From there, Snow White and a romance, a poisoned apple, an the Huntsman wades deeper and eye-opening smooch and a maiden deeper into the dark, haunted forwith a coal-black heart. est of despair — and that’s not a But that’s basically where the metaphor, either.
After Ravenna takes control of the kingdom the former king’s daughter, Snow White, escapes into an actual haunted forest where rocks turn into trolls and tree branches sense human weakness. Not to spoil too much, she’s pursued by the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and her childhood friend Prince William (Sam Claflin). Things happen. The dwarves appear (there are eight of them and they don’t sing!). Snow White eats the apple. Someone kisses her back to life and Snow proceeds to go all Joan of Arc on the evil queen’s ass. This film was terrific, and visually exhilarating. Set against wintry landscapes and medieval fortresses,
Snow White and the Huntsman is an epic spectacle full of dazzling visuals and state-of-the-art CGI effects. What’s more, the acting was pretty good (especially Theron as the evil queen), and the revisionist tone of the story is more than enough to hold your interest until the final credits roll. Too bad the narrative is so weak. Too bad writer Evan Daugherty felt the need to over-explain every last damn thing and psychoanalyze the heck out of the characters. With a bit of streamlining, this could’ve been a fantastic flick. As is stands, though, it’s still pretty good. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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This Week: War On Drugs Part 3 Last week we asked what you thought about Canada one day legalizing all drugs, and here’s what you had to say. Next week’s topic: see page 9 — what do you think about the
On Topic Legalizing all drugs is the worst of all ideas, you’ll have people on every street corner going crazy and it would cause more safety issues for the public. Safe houses or not. Organized crime may go down but
Brad Wall, Thomas Mulcair feud? Text FEEDBACK and your thoughts about the topic (or anything else) to 306–881-VERB (8372) and you could see your text printed in next week’s issue! random deaths/killings and muggings will go up. What people dont seem to realize about the war on drugs is that the drug addicts do not want to quit, offering a place to do these drugs safely prevents a need to steal and hurt people and the option is always there to just not go. This will prevent not only crimes with drugs but crimes in general! this idea is genius and action should be taken ASAP! You’re messed up if you think it’s not a
good thing. Should a guy get mandatory time for havin a bit of pot on him? I dont think so, doesnt make sence economically. Their r better ways 2 spend tax dollars. PM Harper is on “Bad Medicine” If drugs were legalized and controled in canada. The government could make a huge amount of money. But I think that it would have to be controled in a way that makes sure people are not getting an amount that could kill them. As long as the government had certain places to supply and use the drugs. A controlled environment would be the best thing. There is money to be made by the government
and I believe this will happen in my lifetime. At least with weed Time To Leaglize pot But I Wonder How The Cost Of Alcohol abuse Compares I agree with legalizing and taxing drugs it will eliminate the black market drug rings and make people feel at ease to smoke a joint. Only pot should be legal and taxed keep jails for people who commit harsher crimes and save tax payers billions of dollers in the long run. I’m shocked and saddened to see how many conservative, close-minded people are living in Saskatoon. The people to make these ignorant judgements need to quit pointing the finger at recreational drug users and take a look at what the pharma industry is doing to our children and society. People seem to be occupied with fear and unwilling to accept or consider
scientific research. All because you’ve never tried drugs, or alternatively had addiction issues in the past - what works for some doesn’t work for others - that’s the great thing about individualism and freedom of speech. I can’t expect somebody who has never experienced the glory of psychedelics or ego death to understand but maybe one day...
Off Topic Re: “Five Qs With Randy Travis,” Arts & Culture spread, May 25th issue
I love randy Travis ever since I was a kid and also wrote to him he sent me back a letter a photo of himself like what kind of musicians these days will actually take the time to write a letter take a photo then mail it with emails, facebook and all the new age a good old fashioned letter but he totally rocks and I can’t wait to see him finally live yay :-D I agree! The downtown terminal should be smoke free too! Why should I have to get cancer from 2nd
Texts hand smoke? Non smokers ride the bus and should not be subjected to that smoke!
It seems to me that atheists are so sensitive. It’s difficult not to offend them. I hold Christian beliefs but don’t label myself as Christian. We don’t want to offend you unlike your comment “I don’t care if you’re offended”. We want everyone to experience joy in the Christian faith (not a religion I might add). I respect atheists but why can’t they do the same in return? Feedback christians complaining of feeling persecuted for the beliefs is kind of hypocritical as they scratch their heads why the hindi and muslims feel persecuted… Its because the damn christians are racist and discriminate with hateful joke… I love atheists in spite of the hate they have toward Christians. To
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all of you atheists I dare you to say you love us Christians. You can’t do it can you? Why in the world should an abandoned vandalized house be allowed to disgrace the neighbourhood at 6th St. W and Coy Ave. Do something to clean it up or tear it down! There is no reason for the neighbors to have to look at something so disgusting! The McDonalds downtown needs to be demolished and replaced with something that reflects the city’s downtown in a positive manner. Drive listen to bangs & rattles complaining whining repetitive questions get cut
off all day and try to adhere to an almost impossible Schedule oh yeah and be pleasant to everybody while being proffesional for 8 hrs + a day now ur a bus driver.. Get a clue its not easy FYI Christians don’t use magic pixie dust so get your facts straight before you start accusing please. Abortion at any stage is wrong! Pro choice women like to say it’s their right to choose. Well, someone chose to have you didn’t they? Why don’t you give your unborn baby the right to live? People are wanting to adopt. If you say the mother’s life is at risk, that is the chance you
take. You don’t kill an innocent victim. See the pregnancy through to the end. You’ll be glad you did.
can kiss reelection goodbye”. WHAT! People underestimate how strong the LGBT community is.
“Obama came out pro gay marriage” and “he
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Saturday @ Dino’s Venue
Dino’s Bar & Grill Bar on Saturday, May 26th
906 Central Avenue
Playing on Arrival UFC
A little bit of everything
Dry ribs for $4.98, and vodka highballs for $3.75
Schooners of Great Western Original 16
Food of Choice Ribs
$3.50 a pound on Mondays and Wednesdays; of the 10 available flavours, Buffalo is the favourite
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Wednesday @ The Odeon Venue
The Odeon Events Centre on Wednesday, May 23rd
241 2nd Avenue South
Playing on Arrival
A live performance by show opener Flatline
Changes all the time, depending on the event
Feature Deal $8 doubles
The dance floor up and down has been renovated, and a new VIP section has been added on the second floor
House of Life on June 1st, Mazz Fest on June 2nd, Dragonette with the Young Benjamins on June 22nd, and Puddle of Mudd on June 29th
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House DJs — Funk, soul & lounge DJs liven up the atmosphere at 6Twelve. 9pm, 6Twelve Lounge. No cover. Zeus — Comprised of four indierock veterans, this Toronto act has tons of talent. Also appearing will be The Darcys and Castle River. 10pm, Amigos Cantina. Tickets $13, available at www.ticketedge. ca (Next Week) MANAFEST @ AMIGOS cantina — Think Limp Bizkit, think
P.O.D., think Linkin Park. Think about those acts and you’ll get an idea of what Manafest (aka Chris Greenwood) is all about. With six studio albums under his belt, this rapcore artist from Pickering, Ontario, has done quite well for
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himself. Two of his albums — ‘07s Glory and ‘11s The Chase — were nominated for Juno awards. A compelling stage performer, Manafest will be in town on June 14th. He’ll be doing his thing at Amigos. Tickets $18 (Ticketmaster). -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Piano Fridays: Jesse Brown — Feel like taking in some smooth jazz stylings? Come check out this talented musician tickle the ivories of the Kinsman Yamaha S6 grand piano. 4:30pm, The Bassment. No cover. Roots/Piano Series: Julian Fauth — If it’s a solo blues piano performance you’ve been craving, you’re in luck. With a Juno for Blues Album of the Year on the mantle, this Toronto-based musician is one of the top bluesmen in North America. 9pm, The Bassment. Cover $14/18. Austen Roadz — With over 25 years of DJ experience, Austen Roadz throws down a highenergy top 40 dance party along with DJ Ash Money every Friday night. Happy hour 4pm, Béily’s UltraLounge. $5 cover after 9pm.
Half Hour Shower — If it’s hard rock you want, come and get it from this local band. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. $6 cover.
jazz ensemble, featuring Don Sawhchuk, Todd Gursky and Matt Gruza, are all kinds of good. 8pm, Prairie Ink. No cover.
Feeding Fiction — A local quartet with its own progressive and aggressive hard rock/ metal vibe. Also appearing will be Sentry. 9pm, The Fez on Broadway. Tickets TBD.
Rick Sona — Come check out this talented local act this weekend. 9pm, Somewhere Else Pub. No cover.
DJ Eclectic — Local turntable whiz DJ Eclectic pumps snappy electronic beats. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. DJ Sugar Daddy & DJ J-Mats — Able to rock any party, these local crowd favourites have always been known to break the latest and greatest tracks in multiple genres. They are sure to have you on the dance floor in no time! 9pm, Jax Niteclub. $5 cover. Misterfire — Playing a unique blend of ska, rock, reggae and funk, this local five-piece puts on a high-energy show you won’t want to miss. Also appearing will be The Wind Up Radio Station. 10pm, Lydia’s Pub. Cover $5. DJ Big Ayyy & dj HENCHMAN — Round up your friends ‘cause there’s no better country rock party around! 8pm, Outlaws Country Rock Bar. $5 cover; ladies in free before 11pm. The Standards Trio — This
On Rotation DJ Series: DJ Albert — Come out and enjoy this hip local DJ as he hops and spins late into the night. 10pm, Spadina Freehouse. No cover. Red Blaze — This Saskatchewan band brings their awardnominated Canadian aboriginal music to the stage. Be sure to get there early, when Red Blaze plays at Stan’s seats tend to go quickly. 9pm, Stan’s Place. No cover. Dueling Pianos — Terry Hoknes, Neil Currie and Brad King belt out classic tunes and audience requests,from Sinatra to Lady Gaga. 10pm, Staqatto Piano Lounge. No cover until 8pm, $5 th ereafter. Crestwood — Playing a smooth brand of adult contemporary, this local trio has honed their heartfelt sound on the road. 9pm, Vangelis Tavern. Cover $5.
House DJs — Resident DJs spin
deep and soulful tunes all night. 9pm, 6Twelve Lounge. No cover. The Brett Balon Quintet — This talented young quartet will be playing a tribute to the legendary Brecker Brothers, and you just know their epic tune Some Skunk Funk is going to pop up. 9pm, The Bassment. Tickets$10/13. Austen Roadz — With over 25 years of DJ experience, Austen Roadz throws down a high-energy top 40 dance party along with DJ CTRL every Saturday night. Drinks & appies 4pm, Béily’s UltraLounge. $5 cover after 9pm. Eclipse Chorus — With 46 voices in total, this local chorus fills every room they play with joy, talent and musical awesomeness. Broadway Theatre. Tickets $22. Riff Raff — With a set full of ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s classic hardrock hits, this local band knows how to get the party started. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. $6 cover. DJ Kade — Saskatoon’s own DJ lights it up with hot tunes. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. DJ J-Mats & DJ Sugar Daddy — Able to rock any party, these local crowd favourites have always been known to break the latest and greatest tracks in multiple genres. They are sure to have you on the dance floor in no time! 9pm, Jax Niteclub. $5 cover. The Strumbellas — A sixpiece indie/rock/alt-country band from Ontario, The Strumbellas play a self-described brand of “folk popgrass.” Also appearing will be Solid College. 10pm, Lydia’s Pub. $5 cover. Mazzfest — This growing annual hardcore festival highlights the young music scene that’s slowly overthrowing mainstream. 8pm, The Odeon Events Centre. Tickets $25 ($40 VIP), available at www. theodeon.ca DJ Big Ayyy & DJ Henchman — Round up your friends ‘cause there’s no better country rock party around! 8pm, Outlaws Country Rock Bar. Saskatoon’s most wanted. $5 cover. Jon Bailey — Come out for an evening of jazz with this local talent 8pm, Prairie Ink. No cover. A Few Good Men — The first part of a three-part series, Scratch is bringing together four awesome DJs to spin the night
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away. This time around it’s Mat the Alien, Skratch Bastid, Vinyl Ritchie and The Gaff. 9pm, Scratch. Tickets $20, available at Momentum, Scratch and Vinyl Exchange. Rick Sona — Come check out this talented local act this weekend. 9pm, Somewhere Else Pub. No cover. Red Blaze — This Saskatchewan band brings their awardnominated Canadian aboriginal music to the stage. Be sure to get there early, when Red Blaze plays at Stan’s seats tend to go quickly. 9pm, Stan’s Place. No cover. Dueling Pianos — Terry Hoknes, Neil Currie and Brad King belt out classic tunes and audience requests, from Sinatra to Lady Gaga. 10pm, Staqatto Piano Lounge. No cover until 8pm, $5 thereafter. Fountains of Youth — A local four-piece, these guys mesh blues, rock and psychedelic into a ball of musical goodness. 8pm, Vangelis Tavern. Cover $5.
saskatoon’s original industry night — Hosted by DJ Sugar Daddy; this crowd favourite has always been known to break the latest and greatest tracks in multiple genres. Drinks & appies 4pm, Béily’s UltraLounge. $4 cover after 9pm; no cover for industry staff.
The Sunday Glow — Don’t miss this indie alt-rock band from
Toronto as they swing through Toon Town. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6. DJ KADE — Saskatoon DJ lights it up with hot tunes. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. DJ Heywood and Scott Turner — Come down and check out two wildly talented locals as they spin the night away. 10pm, Scratch. SUNDAY JAM — The Vangelis Sunday Jam is an institution, offering great tunes from blues to rock and beyond. 7:30pm, Vangelis Tavern. No cover.
Metal Mondays — If hard, heavy awesomeness is your thing, swing buy. Listen to some killer music and get in on some concert giveaways. 9pm, Lydia’s Pub.
Randy Travis — A legend of the country music scene, Travis is celebrating his 25th year in the business with a set of shows. Don’t miss this seven-time Grammy winner when he hits the stage in Saskatoon. 8pm, Dakota Dunes Casino. SOLD OUT. DJ SUGAR DADDY — Able to rock any party, this crowd favourite has always been known to break the latest and greatest tracks in multiple genres. 9:30pm, The Double Deuce. $4 cover. VERB PRESENTS OPEN STAGE
(Next Week) MISS QUINCY AND THE SHOWDOWN @ GILLIAN SNIDER HOUSE
— This Vancouver musician is a rising star on the Canadian music seen. Her music is a study in contrasts: deep lyrics with dirty guitar licks, sweet harmonies with swampy grooves. She’ll be coming back to Saskatoon with her new band,
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The Showdown. With an upright bass and drums, this all-girl act is definitely talented, so if you like raunchy electric roots & blues, then you should probably stop by Gillian Snider’s house on June 10 th. Email email@example.com for tickets. -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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hosted many of Saskatoon’s finest performers, and is a chance for bands, solo artists and even comedians to showcase original material. 9pm, Lydia’s Pub. No cover. Open Mic — Come out to show your talent. 7pm, The Somewhere Else Pub. No cover.
(Coming Up) MARIANAS TRENCH @ PRAIRIELAND PARK — Since forming
in 2001, this Vancouver-based fourpiece has garnered critical acclaim and a rabid following for their pop/punk sensibilities and top-notch musicianship. Consisting of Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley and Ian Casselman,
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Marianas Trench make well-crafted pop music that stands out. Oh, and their lives shows are pretty darn good too, full of energy and charisma. Mariana’s Trench will be playing Prairieland Park on August 8th. Free with Ex admission. -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
— The open stage at Lydia’s has
HUMP WEDNESDAYS — Resident DJ Chris Knorr will be spinning all of your favourite songs and requests, every Wednesday night! Doors at 7pm, DJ takes requests at 9pm, 302 Lounge & Discotheque. No cover until 10pm, $3 thereafter. The Gutterdogs — These local, no-nonsense rock and rollers
bring you down low and dirty guitar licks, rolling rhythm and a kickass live show. Come check ‘em out. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6. The Avenue Recording Company presents Open Mic — Hosted by Chad Reynolds. Sign up and play at this weekly event. 10pm, The Fez on Broadway. No cover. DJ Kade — Saskatoon DJ lights it up with hot tunes. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. Dr. J ‘Souled Out’ — Dr. J spins hot funk and soul every Wednesday night. Doors 9pm, Lydia’s Pub. No cover. WHINE UP WEDNESDAYS — A night dedicated to promoting the best in reggae, roots, dancehall, African beats, Kwaito & hip hop. Hosted by Scott Turner & DJ Heywood. 10pm, Scratch. $5 cover. Tim Vaughn — With a soulful voice and clean, sharp guitar playing, this local blues/pop/acoustic entertainer is sure not to disappoint. 9pm, Spadina Freehouse. No cover. Dueling Pianos — Terry Hoknes, Neil Currie and Brad King belt out classic tunes and audience requests, from Sinatra to Lady Gaga. 10pm, Staqatto Piano Lounge. No cover.
Wintersleep — This Juno Award-winning five-piece from Halifax play indie rock the way
it’s supposed to be played. 10pm, Amigos Cantina. Tickets $25, available at www.ticketweb.ca The Gutterdogs — These local, no-nonsense rock and rollers bring you down low and dirty guitar licks, rolling rhythm and a kickass live show. Come check ‘em out. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6. Throwback Thursdays — Come experience the best in retro funk, soul, reggae and rock provided by Dr. J. 8pm, Earls. No cover. Hip Hop Night — Hosted by Ease, this is a night of live performances, rap battles and DJs, with $150 in prizes to be won. Don’t miss it. 9pm, The Fez on Broadway. No cover. DJ Kade — Saskatoon DJ lights it up with hot tunes. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. DJ Sugar Daddy & DJ JMats — Local DJs J-Mats and Sugar Daddy will be rocking the turntables to get you dancing on the dance floor! Every Thursday night will be filled with passion parties, pole dancing, shadow dancers and much more! 8pm, Jax Niteclub. $5 cover, free cover with student ID before 11pm. Kate Reid — With a sharp, edgy sound and cut-to-the-marrow lyrics, this folk singer from Vancouver puts on a show that will captivate you. 9pm, Lydia’s Pub. Cover $5. Want your show listed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Pisces (Feb 20–Mar 20)
You might be faced with blatant truths this week. Even if they are unsettling, they are much better than veiled ones. At least you know where you stand with them. Think of yourself as the captain of a ship this week, dear Virgo. Your job is to keep the vessel on an even keel. No matter what, maintain a level head. Think fast and adjust to whatever happens.
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes dumb luck just shines on you. And good news, dear Aquarius — it appears you may stumble knee-deep into dumb luck pretty darn soon. Enjoy it. There’s good and bad news this week, dear Pisces. The bad: someone may be in the mood for a fight. The good news: if you don’t engage, if you don’t provoke, then this will all blow over.
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This week might be a good time to start planning ways to achieve your goals. Remember: fools rush in. A plan, no matter how large or small, is often just a wish if you don’t have a strategy.
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This may be one of those weeks when you have to put your foot down, dear Sagittarius. Your time is too precious and important to waste on those trying to break and take you down.
They say we should make hay while the sun is shining. Words to live by, dear Gemini. If something good comes up, take full advantage of it. You’ll be able to find an inner sort of peace.
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Sagittarius (Nov 23–Dec 21)
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Gemini (May 21–Jun 20)
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You were put on this earth to have fun, dear Scorpio: never forget that. Forces may conspire against you to keep fun out of your reach, but don’t let that happen.
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Scorpio (Oct 24–Nov 22)
Just when you thought you had it all figured out, along comes something that puts a kink in your plans. Don’t worry though, dear Taurus. Whatever it is will be nothing more than a minor speed bump.
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Taurus (Apr 20–May 20)
If, over the course of the next week or so you feel the urge to blow town, don’t hesitate. New things will have a way of stimulating your creativity and levels of awareness this week, so seek them out.
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Libra (Sept 23–Oct 23)
Have you noticed that things seem to be speeding up lately? For some, this is the pace you excel at, so enjoy. For others, if you feel overwhelmed here’s what to do: put life on pause. You’ll make it.
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Aries (Mar 21–Apr 19)
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