Jun 8–14, 2012 • Pass it on
SK Climbers Return Home
Treacherous Conditions Hampered Bid For Summit P4
Rosie And The Riveters
Local Four-Piece Reveals Their Inspiration P12
Check Out This Indie/ Rock Extravaganza! P10
Laughs Abound In FastPaced Flick P15
JayCeeOh Turntable Whiz Talks Mixing It Up P11
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Sask. To Reshuffle Child Welfare System
Move Sparks Debate, As Opposition Says The Alternatives Are Underfunded Alex J MacPherson
whatever way that is, and supporting them and their families to help Saskatoo n , S K — The them reach that goal,” says Social provincial government has re- Services Minister June Draude. vamped its child welfare stratSaskatoon Treatment Group egy, a move that will result in the Home, Prince Albert Adolescent closure of five government-run Group Home, and Eden House in group homes across Saskatch- Regina will close within 60 days; the ewan. 12 children living T he s ys tem “It’s not the space that’s in these homes c u r r e n t l y h a s the problem; it’s the will be placed in more than 900 service and support that ones run by CBOs. spaces spread R e d W ill ow across 100 group comes with the space.” Centre in Saska-Danielle Chartier toon and Dales homes run by community-based organizations House in Regina, which currently (CBOs). The government operates house 31 youth, will remain open just 43 spaces, all of which will until sufficient space elsewhere is be shifted to CBOs in the coming created. months. Citing the benefits of groups like The shift is designed to forge Street Culture Kidz in Regina and deeper connections between chil- EGADZ in Saskatoon, Draude says dren in care and their communities, consolidating all child welfare resiaccording to the Social Services dential spaces is a sensible decision. Minister. “Community-based organiza“This is about children, this is tions [have] board members that about making sure kids can grow are living right in the community up to reach their own potential in and understand the needs in that
specific area,” she explains. “They can help them grow in a society where they understand the home life.” Danielle Chartier, opposition critic for Social Services, says the shift is an attempt to “offload services.” “It’s not the space that’s the problem; it’s the service and support that comes with the space,” she explains. “I know places like Red Willow in Saskatoon, the services they offer have been 13 years in the making and are fairly unique. If it’s not broke, why fix it?” Chartier is concerned that the move threatens to undermine established services and the “structure, stability and consistency” that children in care need. “CBOs do fabulous work, there’s no doubt about that, but the reality is that CBOs are currently underfunded and not properly resourced, which leads to recruitment and retention issues,” she continues. “The kids at places like Red Willow …
have been dealt probably the most difficult hand in life: you want to make sure they have the adequate supports in place to be successful.” Chartier says she is also concerned that the necessary CBO spaces have not yet been created. The government, which spends about $48 million on CBOs each year, has indicated that money
from its own institutions will be redirected to CBOs. Bob Bymoen, SGEU president, said in a news release: “Our members, who have dedicated their careers and their lives to helping vulnerable children, believe that government needs to rethink its plan to cut these services.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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SK Climbers Return After Bid For Summit
Treacherous Conditions Forced Team To Turn Back Within 800 Feet Of Top Alex J MacPherson
Saskatoon, SK — Unstable snow conditions, crevasse falls, avalanches, and poor weather
kept a team of Saskatchewan mountaineers from summiting one of the country’s last unclimbed peaks. On May 18th, Steve Whittington,
Jeff Dmytrowich, Wren Rabut and Sam Unger set out to conquer Mount Saskatchewan, a windswept pyramid of rock and ice protruding from the spine of the Centennial Range in Yukon’s Kluane National Park. The mountain’s steep flanks and foul weather have rebuffed
“[O]ur objective changed from trying to summit the mountain to getting down safely.”
-Steve Whittington climbers for fifty years. This year proved no different: after thirteen days and two summit attempts, the team admitted defeat. “I wouldn’t say that things necessarily went wrong,” says Whittington, who led the team, “but we tried to prepare for the worst and hope for the best — my advice to anybody going would be to prepare for the worst that can happen and expect it to be worse than that. That sums up the conditions we faced on the climb.” After establishing a camp at 7,500 feet at the bottom of the icefall — the treacherous point where the glacier tumbles off the mountainside — the team began a series of reconnaissance and loadferrying trips. On one of these trips, Dmytrowich plummeted into a crevasse, a deep chasm concealed by a slender blanket of snow. It was the first of many such falls.
Photo: courtey of Steve Whittington
The team working across the Manitoba Col toward the final ridge line. “I’ve never fallen in as many creThe team’s summit bids ended vasses as I’ve fallen in, ever in my when Unger and Dmytrowich were whole mountaineering career, as unable to establish safe anchors in I have on this trip already,” Whit- sugary snow and crumbling rock tington says. high on the mountain. They exWhen it became clear that pen- hausted two routes in a matter of etrating the icefall was impossible, hours. The group closed to within the team was forced to climb a 800 vertical feet of the summit but “very, very steep avalanche slope.” could go no higher. Whittington “A crevasse fall you can deal decided to turn around. with,” muses Whittington. “You On the way down, the team was can get seriously hurt, you can die, trapped at about 9,700 feet. The but if you travel properly, which avalanche slope was too dangerwe do, most crevasse falls aren’t ous to descend and a blizzard was that serious. An avalanche? That’s raging. Whittington chose to dig in. a game-ender.” “A number of factors were influTo minimize the risk of a big encing our decision-making,” he slide, the team climbed at night, continues. “If we stay, we lose our before the sun made the slope trail. If we stay, the avalanche slope unstable, eventually establishing gets more risky. If we stay, we have a high camp at 8,500 feet. [greater] risk of frostbite. If we go too early, we get swept away by our avalanche, but if we wait, we can’t find our way back to camp. You had to pick the right time.” They set out in the early evening, reaching their high camp safely. But the storm persisted for almost four days. Eventually, he says, “our objective changed from trying to summit the mountain to getting down safely.” Although it was a long, hard slog through waist-deep snow, Whittington, Dmytrowich, Rabut, and Unger reached their helicopter rendezvous without further incident. Asked if he would try again, Whittington replies, “it can be climbed if the snow conditions are right. In my career there have been five times where I haven’t reached the top of a mountain when I’ve tried. The other four mountains I have gone back and summited.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Therapy Heals Paralysis In Rats Adam Hawboldt
implanted in a rat’s spine could simulate the role of the brain, and Lausanne, switzerland make the rat’s legs move involun— Former welterweight boxing tarily. champ Paul Williams was recently The new research built on that told he’d never walk again after a by placing the injured animals in motorcycle accident left him para- a special harness that held them lyzed. upright; the sciNow he, along “[T]he attempts made entists then put a with ever yone … forced the rats’ brains piece of chocolate else who is para- to grow new nerve in front of the rats lyzed, have been as an incentive. given new hope. connections…” A l l t h e a t-Adam Hawboldt t e m p t s m a d e That’s because researchers at Ecole Polytechnique towards the chocolate forced the Fédérale de Lausanne have helped rats’ brains to grow new nerve conrats with severe spinal injuries re- nections to their legs and, in five gain the ability to walk. weeks, the rats could run and even Previous experiments had prov- climb stairs. en that chemicals and electrodes Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Global At A Glance nuts for hearts — Eating tree nuts
(cashews, walnuts, pistachios) may actually help fight heart disease and diabetes. In a study conducted at Louisiana State University, researchers found that
people who ate tree nuts were slimmer and had lower BMIs than people who didn’t. What’s more, tree nut eaters also had higher levels of good cholesterol. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Your Workspace Is Germy Offices Are Rife With Bacteria, Especially Men’s Adam Hawboldt
san diego, ca — Your office desk is crawling with bacteria, so think about that the next time you pause in your work day to eat your lunch. Moreover, men’s workspaces tend to be dirtier than their female peers. In a recent study, scientists examined the bacteria levels on
“Men are known to wash their hands and brush their teeth less…”
-Scott Kelley chairs, phones, desktops, computer mice and keyboards in 90 randomly selected offices in New York City, San Francisco and Tucson. Using swab tests, the researchers,
led by Scott Kelley, identified 549 different kinds of bacteria in these offices — most of which originated from human skin, noses, mouths, ears or intestinal cavities. Others stemmed from the environment, and were brought in on shoes and clothes. So why are men covered with more bacteria? “While the differences among cities do not seem interpretable, the differences between contamination in offices may be explained by differences in hygiene,” explains Kelley, a microbiologist from San
Diego State University. “Men are known to wash their hands and brush their teeth less frequently, and are commonly perceived to have a more slovenly nature.” What’s more, the average man tends to be larger than the average woman, and thus has more skin surface area on which bacteria can grow. All of this, in turn, means they are prone to shed more bacteria on their surrounding, leading to more contaminated offices. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Uneasy Girls’ Brains Work Harder Adam Hawboldt
East Lansing, MI — Anxious women work their brains harder than their male counterparts, according to new research. Michigan State University researchers had 149 male and female students identify the middle letter in a series of five-letter groups
before filling out a questionnaire about how much they worried. Females who identified themselves as “worriers” recorded higher brain activity than all other subjects. “This may help predict the development of anxiety issues … for girls,” explains researcher Jason Moser. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Odd Ice Cream Flavours Include Cactus, Shrimp Adam Hawboldt
Berkeley, CA — Chances are you’ve tasted strawberry, vanilla or chocolate ice cream. But have you ever sunk your teeth into a scoop of squid ink or charcoal ice cream? As strange as those may sound,
Colonizing Mars Reality TV Show To Fund Venture Adam Hawboldt
But those four people aren’t the only ones heading to Mars. A mster d am , n ether According to Mars One, every lands— In 1969, NASA put a two years after that the company man on the moon. will send a new team to the planet By 2023, a Dutch startup com- so that by 2033, the colony will conpany vows to not only put a person sist of at least 20 people. on Mars, but to This may sound begin colonizing “[E]very two years … the like a whole lot of the red planet. company will send a new cosmic dreaming, The company, team to the planet…” but according to which goes by the Mars One web-Adam Hawboldt site, the company the name of Mars One, says the first four-person crew will begin selecting astronauts next will embark on the seven-month year, after which those selected trip in 2022. Once landing on Mars, will undergo a decade of training. they will set up shop and live there In 2018, a rover will be sent to the — for the rest of their lives. red planet to figure out the best Naturally, such an undertaking place for a settlement. requires huge financial backing, but But is a venture of such magniMars One says in its promotional tude even possible to go through video that “creating the biggest with? media event ever” will contribute “It is technically feasible,” admits the cash. And according to the Daily Mars Society president, Dr. Robert Mail, this media event is going to Zubrin. be similar to a reality show. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Sidewalk Sitting Ban Eyed In CA Adam Hawboldt
Berkeley, CA — The mayor of Berkeley, California is eyeing a ban that would prohibit sitting on sidewalks. After seeing conflicts emerge between merchants and young people lounging around Telegraph Avenue, Mayor Tom Bates is putting his foot down. “Sometimes, there are so many people sitting on the sidewalks, you can’t even use the sidewalk or go down the sidewalk,” CBS San Francisco reports Bates saying. “It
varies from time to time but it’s a problem. It’s risen to the level of people not feeling comfortable to come to Telegraph or some parts of downtown and that’s not acceptable.” “It’s just not civil,” Bates continues. “I walk home every day and back and forth to the office and people have stopped me and said, ‘Can’t you do something about this?’ I figured this is a controversial issue and something that should be decided by the voters.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Offbeat At A Glance base jumping record — A new world
record for base jumping has been set in the Indian Himalayas by Russian Valery Rozov. Rozov leapt from the top of Shiving — a 6,543-metre mountain,
and within minutes hit speeds of 125 mph before safely landing on a glacier. It took the other members of his team three days to reach him. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
a number of Japanese companies are now producing cutting-edge flavours, including chicken wing, crab, cactus, shrimp and wasabi. High-end ice cream-makers in America are also catching onto the trend, and creating some pretty outlandish flavours themselves.
Pastry chef Danyelle Forte is looking to transform ice cream into a gourmet dessert. Take her lemon-basil-eucalyptus ice cream. Some of Forte’s other flavours include Fruit Loops and pink peppercorn. Just in time for summer. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Spicy and delicious, cinnamon is as versatile as it is tasty Sticks of cinnamon, called ■“quills, ” are dried bark of an evergreen tree
Cinnamon is mentioned in ■Chinese writings as far back as 2800 B.C.
was used on fu■neralCinnamon pyres in ancient Rome. In fact, the emperor Nero burned a year’s supply of cinnamon to show the depth of his grief after killing his second wife
In the 17th century, the high demand for cinnamon sparked a war between the Dutch and the Portuguese
Lebanese Kitchen’s Exotic Treats
Photos: Courtesy of Adam Hawboldt
Brevoort Park Restaurant Offers Authentic, Traditional Cuisine Adam Hawboldt
The key to a great chicken shawarma is the spice mix. How much cayenne should you use? Should you add cinnamon? How about cumin or tumeric — or
both? Then there’s coriander seed, Needless to say, the Lebanese paprika and cardamom to consider. Kitchen — which is tucked away My word, the list of spices to choose behind a car dealership on 8th Street from goes on and on. — is a restaurant you should defiBut if you pick the right ones and nitely try. put them together just so, chances And should you do so, here are are you’re going some things you to make a ter- “The chicken that they should know: rific chicken sha- slice off the spit in front of With only limwarma. ited seating, it’s you is incredibly moist…” probably Now, I have no best to -Adam Hawboldt order take out or idea what spices the good people at the Lebanese delivery. Kitchen use, but I can tell you this: It’s a family-owned restaurant, their chicken shawarma sandwich and the owners are remarkably is top notch. friendly and pleasant. The chicken that they slice off And finally, the chicken shathe spit in front of you is incredibly warma isn’t the only delicious dish moist, the yogurt sauce drips with they serve. garlicky goodness, the pickles are Take, for instance, the tabouli. It sliced to the ideal size (and add a was a juicy and fresh dish that treats delicious tangy quality to the meal) you to an explosion of lemon and and the spice mixture is completely garlic with every bite. and mouthwateringly delicious. And the hummus, well, it’s evThe only problem with the erything you can ask for in a humdish is this: it’s so good that once mus. Light and fluffy, smooth and you’re done, even though you’re creamy, garlicky and tart. full, you want to eat another one. Oh, and don’t forget the fatayer. Like, statim. A Middle Eastern pastry of sorts,
there are five different types of fatayer available at the Lebanese Kitchen. And being a huge fan all things pastry, naturally I ate all of them. And depending what you’re in the mood for, there is a fatayer for you. The potato fatayer had some excellent heat to it, the chicken fatayer was savoury, the beef fatayer looked like ninja stars and melted in your mouth, the spinach (or sabaneq) fatayer was full of lemony goodness, and the spinach & cheese fatayer put feta to good work in probably my favorite fatayer of the bunch. Writing about all this Lebanese goodness has gotten me hungry. Time to head back to the restaurant for the second time in two days. Seriously — I’m on my way out the door as I type this. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Address: 1206 Emerson Avenue Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11am-7pm Reservations: 242-8892
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Fetus Bullying: An Exercise In Ignorance
Canada Is Progressive When It Comes To Abortion. Wait, What Did That Guy Say? The Editors of Verb
saskatoon, SK — Absurd proposals are nothing new in politics. Case in point: former U.S. congressman Newt Gingrich once introduced a bill to colonize the moon. Or how about the time Oklahoma senator Constance Johnson, who submitted an amendment that would make ejaculating, except within the confines of a woman’s vagina, a criminal action against an unborn child. Ok, fine, Johnson’s
“Saskatchewan politician Maurice Vellacott has rolled out a rather insane proposal…”
-Verb’s editors proposal was a satirical stab, born of frustration (pardon the pun) from the never-ending debate over abortion in the United States. Sounds silly, doesn’t it. But who cares — that’s down in the States! We’re from Canada, where abortions are legal, and aren’t all of us up here just progressive as heck, and let’s just take a minute to congratulate ourselves on approaching a complex health issue with rationality. We, in Canada, are smarter than that. Well, except that Saskatchewan politician Maurice Vellacott has rolled out a rather insane proposal, going on record recently saying that he believes anti-bullying initiatives should extend to protect fetuses. Riiiiight. Now, we’re not going to get into the is-a-fetus-a-human debate. Nor do we intend to breech the ever spinning pro-life vs. pro-choice quarrel. Instead, let’s try something different. Let’s suspend reality for a moment and pretend Vellacott’s suggestion actually, you know, becomes law. Just imagine the cockamamy bills that could possibly follow: Bill C-666: The Ovary Bullying Act—Which hereby states that all birth control pills should be considered illegal on the grounds that they continuously punch a woman’s ovaries into unnatural submission. Bill C-777: The Post-Conception Intercourse Act — A bill that forbids pregnant couples from making the sweet love on the outside chance
they may bully or sexually harass their unborn child. Bill C-888: The Arizona Act — In accordance with the sensible laws of our southern friends, pregnancy will now legally begin two weeks before conception. And finally, Bill C-999: The Twins Act — Having nothing to do with the baseball team from Minnesota, this bill intendeds to protect an unborn twin from sibling abuse.
Thus, should one unborn child kick or punch the other whilst they are together in the womb, said child will be charged with assault at the exact moment of crowning. Okay, so obviously these bills are slightly out of touch with reality, but so too was Vellacott’s backdoor attempt to reopen the abortion debate on Parliament Hill — a debate that not even the Prime Minister wants to be a part of.
And to turn serious for a moment, consider the hypocrisy of Vellacott’s statement. Bullying has become a major policy issue for provinces, school boards and the federal government. And by latching onto a hot-button issue like this, spinning it on its head and using it to push his own agenda — his own beliefs — down others’ throats, well, isn’t Vellacott bullying us?
There are a lot people out there who think he is. So maybe one of the politicos on the Hill should stand up and propose an anti-bullying initiative that would protect Canadians from strong-handed political absurdity and draconian bills. Because really: what’s the point of protecting an unborn fetus is you’re just going to abuse it for the rest of its life? Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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MoSoFest: An Indie/Rock Extravaganza!
The Music Side Of A Social Media Event, MoSoFest Brings You 55 Fab Bands Sebastien Dangerfield
Saskatoon, SK — If you like discovering new music, you’re going to love this. Back for its second year, the indie/rock music festival, MoSoFest, is now bigger and hipper and better than ever. “Last year we had 15 bands play-
“The great thing about … our festival … is that it’s really a celebration of new music…”
-Rich Taylor ing four different venues,” explains festival director Rich Taylor. “This year we’ve expanded to 55 North American artists over seven venues.” Among those artists are the likes of Busdriver, Shearing Pinx, Jessica Jalbert, Snailhouse, Pirate Fridays and Moka Only. Don’t worry if those aren’t
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Bonjay, Shotgun Jimmie and Teen Daze are among the numerous acts that will be performing at this year’s MosoFest. familiar, household names to you Feist,” says Taylor. that is the basis for everything. a synth-glitch pop group from Van— they’re not supposed to be. “We don’t do that. Ours is a “A few years ago we heard there couver. “We don’t expect people to look discovery festival. The great thing was a group in town doing an inFrom there, MoSoFest takes at our poster or website and rec- about pairing our festival with this teractive conference and they were Broadway by storm. With music ognize all the names. It’ not like conference is that it’s really a cel- hoping to expand into music,” ex- acts appearing everywhere from JazzFest. They bring in some really ebration of new music, new ideas, plains Taylor. “SaskMusic put us in Amigos to Lydia’s to the The Fez, amazing headliners every year, like new technology, this young, fresh touch with them.” this isn’t your average everyday energy that’s going on in SaskaThe result of this connection festival. toon.” was the idea for a multi-industry “It’s club focused, so it’s a later The event Taylor is talking about festival along the lines of SXSW festival than most,” explains Taylor. is the MoSo Conference — the mo- or NXNE. A festival that Taylor has “You know, most outdoor festivals bile and social media conference been thinking about putting on for are done around 10 or 11 or so. quite some time. But that’s right around when our “I’ve been talking about this festival starts.” type of festival for about six years However, there’s more to Monow. I’ve met with promoters and SoFest than club acts. Two of there was always really good rea- the bigger shows at the festival sons why they didn’t want to do — Damien Jurado and Bry Webb it,” says Taylor. (former Constantines lead singer) “So for me, it’s something I’ve — will be held at Broadway Theatre. been working towards for years. It For those interested in checkfeels like we’re finally getting to do ing out all the new music about to the stuff I’ve been thinking about descend on Saskatoon, you might and planning for years. It’s a pretty want to purchase a wristband, awesome thing for everybody in- which guarantees no cover and volved.” provides priority entry. And speaking of awesome, the Wristbands are $55 and are availway MoSoFest is laid out is nothing able through the festival’s website short of bang-up. (www.mosoconf.com), where you It all starts on June 14th with a can also find all the information launch party at Louis’ — which will you’ll need to rock out at this year’s consist of a patio party, a few local MoSoFest. bands and headline act Teen Daze, Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Turntable Whiz DJ JayCeeOh Mixes It Up
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From His Bare-Bones Roots To Blowing The Roof Off Clubs, JayCeeOh Rules Alex J MacPherson
out of Northeastern and enrolled at Emerson College, a prominent Saskatoon, SK — Question: performing arts school. What can you make with a pair “At the time they had the numof stolen turntables, a cheap ber one college radio station in the RadioShack mixer, a pair of bat- country,” he recalls. “I got on-air, and tered speakers and plenty of by way of that I got really connected hard work? within the music industry, started Answer: A career. Just ask DJ working for artists and rappers, and JayCeeOh. touring. I got a taste of what it would “I started early on, in eighth be like to be a professional DJ.” grade,” JayCeeOh, Since switchwhose real name “We bought a RadioShack ing schools, Jayis Jake Osher, mixer and started trying CeeOh has slowly says. “I had a to scratch on whatever built his career. best friend who Today, he is at the was actually three records we could find.” point where, as he -JayCeeOh explains, “my DJ years older than me. The difference between eighth idols are my friends now. Literally grade and a kid in high school — the guys I watched on the tape he basically corrupted me in many before I went and stole my parents’ ways.” turntables are my friends.” JayCeeOh’s friend managed to Unlike many of his contempoget his hands on a VHS tape of a DJ raries, JayCeeOh has never let anybattle between the Executioners thing blunt his love of music. He will and the Beat Junkies, two of the play any kind of party, from grimy first prominent DJ groups. basements to high-end nightclubs. “Literally, after he got his hands This is partly because he really enon that and we saw it, we stole joys entertaining people and partly our parents’ turntables,” he laughs. because he’s desperately afraid of “We bought a RadioShack mixer getting bored. and started trying to scratch on “I like to entertain myself, so I whatever records we could find.” challenge myself within my sets,” The experience was galvanizing. he explains. “I run the gamut from From that moment, JayCeeOh, still playing almost every type of party in grade school, immersed him- imaginable. In a big top-40, bottle self in music, inhaling hip hop and service club, there are certain songs learning everything he could about you have to play. I wonder how the art of DJing. He practiced reli- am I going to do this differently? giously on an old belt-driven table. Something crazy this time.” Music became the defining force “I really enjoy doing multiple in his life, but for all its propulsive types of things,” he enthuses. power, he struggled to see it as “I come from a straight tuntablist anything bigger than a sideline: background, and when I can go to a “When I started I was like, this is a party and flex those skills, and play cool hobby,” he says. “But I was go- breaks and funk and soul, I get a ing to be a stockbroker or a business real kick from that. But I also get a guy, and make money that way.” huge rush from playing these big JayCeeOh wound up studying at clubs in Vegas and Europe. It’s all Northeastern University in Boston electronic music — that’s not where but music beckoned, so he dropped I come from, but I’ve adapted to it.”
He’s also a terrific collaborator, well-known for producing the Super 7 mixtape series, which has attracted some of the world’s best DJs. “Even when I started it five years ago, I wasn’t where I’m at today,” he says. “The international DJ scene really recognized it, and that’s kind of
what catapulted my career and got me touring Canada and Europe.” “The passion [for DJing] is still the exact same passion, but I mean, starting on those turntables, I didn’t know how to do anything,” he continues. “I knew what I wanted to do, but couldn’t do it.” “I love it,” he says. “I would be
doing it for free in my bedroom.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Where: Scratch Club When: June 15 Cost: $10
Local Four-Piece Rosie And The Riveters On Their Inspiration Alex J MacPherson
boilerplate radio hits. Named for the cultural icon Saskatoon, SK — Music is a who came to symbolize the vast powerful tool. It can entertain, but it potential of women in the workcan also unite and force, Rosie and inspire. And four “I wanted to start a group the Riveters offer young women that would do gospel a contemporary from Saskatoon music.” take on classics have seized this from the ‘40s. -Farideh Anchored by the potential, transforming gospel music into a pal- towering vocal harmonies of Fariliative for people exhausted by deh, Kiera Dall’Osto, Melissa Nygren
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and Alexis Normand, the group marries first-class musicianship to a deep passion for entertaining. “I wanted to start a group that would do gospel music,” says Farideh, seated by the window in a local coffee shop. “It’s a traditional music that isn’t being heard because most people don’t go to church. It’s a really incredible kind of music.” “I think that kind of music always spoke to me,” agrees Dell’Osto, her voice crackling with enthusiasm. “I cry onstage, music is a religious experience for me. That’s why I do it. We all get that together onstage, and we can recreate that together.” The band has run afoul of skeptics before, and will undoubtedly do so again, but it’s plain to see that their attraction to gospel is driven by a collective desire to sing upbeat songs with universal themes. The music is their message. “I think that in itself can be a
spiritual experience,” Farideh muses. “We long to see people getting along, and when you see that and hear four voices blending together without someone being less important or more important — it’s a spiritual longing all hearts have.” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
The Schomberg Fair Where: Amigos Cantina When: June 20 Cost: Tickets at the door
Rosie and the Riveters Where: The Bassment When: June 16 Cost: $15
The Hold Steady Where: Louis’ Pub When: June 21 Cost: $20.25 (Ticketmaster)
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5 Qs: The
This Ontario Thr Alex J MacPherson
When Matt Bahen was twentyfour he experienced every guitar player’s worst nightmare: a construction accident crushed his left hand, severing his fingers. Doctors were able to reattach the musician’s digits, and he was eventually able to play guitar again. Reenergized by his narrow escape, Bahen decided to start a band. That outfit, The Schomberg Fair, has developed into an outlaw act for a new genera- “We just say w tion. Casting Bahen’s rock … It’s a c blackest musings different influ against a raucous musical backdrop, The Schomberg Fair evokes everything from early American folk to swampy gospel. Verb caught up with lead singer Bahen to discuss accidental amputation, songwriting and not getting wasted — as much. Alex J MacPherson: Tell me about learning to play guitar again after your accident. Matt Bahen: It took awhile, but the handy thing was that my fingers, I knew where they were supposed to go. You remember where all the chords are. I have a few different fingerings I do now — my middle finger is pretty smashed up. But I’m a much better guitar player now
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ree-Piece Discusses Their Tunes
than I was before. I had to work so much harder. AJM: And you taught yourself how to play banjo after all of that? MB: I wanted to learn how to fingerpick. I was really into Townes Van Zandt. It’s different on an instrument you’ve already learned; you’ve developed all kinds of bad habits. Banjo is so much more right hand-oriented. The music is really defined by different patterns you’re able to do with the right hand. AJM: As for The we play roots Schomberg Fair, how confluence of would you describe your sound? uences.” MB: We just say -Matt Bahen we play roots rock. There seems to be a lot of different elements, and that’s one of the hardest questions. You could be talking to someone entrenched in jazz music: you know, it’s not really jazz … Everyone tries to put their own spin on it. It’s a confluence of different influences. AJM: Your songs seem to be about despair, self-destruction, redemption and resurrection. Where does that come from? MB: I do street outreach with the homeless. It’s constant exposure to the more negative or darker aspects of what the world can offer, and it’s difficult not to internalize that. If you do that for a little while it
The Hold Steady Explore Life’s Highs And Lows
leaves an impression on you. Music is a really good way to deal with that and tell those stories. AJM: How do those songs transfer live? MB: We’ve always had a pretty good live show. It’s pretty good for a different reason now than it was before: we’re not as wasted. It’s not as much of a drunken debacle as it was previously. That’s a very short road. It’s an awesome road, but it’s very short. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Saskatoon, SK — Craig Finn seems like a normal guy. He wears glasses, jeans, checked shirts. It’s not hard to imagine him buying groceries or changing his own oil or drinking a beer on the back deck. But Finn isn’t a teacher or an insurance salesman. He is a rock and roll musician, and one of the best songwriters working today. the high you should write about the Finn fronts The Hold Steady, a low, too,” says Finn. “Some people rock band from Brooklyn that has more than others don’t feel like spent the last eight or nine years they’re living unless they’re getting chronicling the these highs and s eamy under- “I think we make music lows.” belly of growing that I think we would Finn underup in middle - want to hear ourselves.” stands that our class America — lives are punctu-Craig Finn ated by stratothe drinking, the drug-taking and the blindingly spheric crests and abyssal troughs; self-aware kids feeling helpless and these exclamation points are the ignored. Finn croaks out his lyrics, things we remember. which feel more like razor-sharp “I still remember,” he laughs, beat poetry than singing, over top “it was pretty early on, this great of an expert guitar band. thing a fan said to me after a show. “I think there’s sort of a responsi- He came up to me and said, ‘Man, bility. If you’re going to write about I gotta talk to you ‘cause we were
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doing the same things in Pittsburgh that you were doing in Minneapolis.’ And I was like, yeah, driving around, drinking beer, getting high, listening to tunes. We all do it. But it helps people make a connection.” The band’s latest record, 2010’s Heaven is Whenever, is something of a departure from previous efforts. More expansive and relaxed, it doesn’t sacrifice the tension that shapes the band’s view of the world, but it is a different sort of beast. Ultimately, Finn explains, “I think we make music that I think we would want to hear ourselves, you know? ” Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Prometheus: Visually Stunning
Scott’s Alien Prequel Survives Despite Uneven Screenplay Prometheus
Runtime: 124 Minutes Rated: 14A Adam Hawboldt Quick, name five films directed by Ridley Scott. Finished? Good. For any self-respecting cinephile, this exercise is as easy as counting to, say, 40. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re hanging out with a serious movie fan, ask them to name a handful of Scott flicks. Regardless
of what five movies they come up with, I’m willing to wager a week’s salary they mention either Blade Runner or Alien or both. Why? Because those films are all-getout-of-here awesome benchmarks of the sci-fi genre. Blade Runner gave moviemakers a new visual vocabulary for describing the future, while Alien is, was, and may forever be, the smartest and most metaphorical monster movie ever produced. So how does Scott’s third sci-fi flick, Prometheus, stack up against his previous two efforts? Let’s put it this way: Prometheus
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is a serious, ambitious, well-acted, moon, however, they quickly realwildly terrific film — that probably ize it isn’t so barren after all. The won’t achieve the classic status of group is treated to a series of tereither Blade Runner or Alien. rifying events reminiscent of Alien And the fact that Prometheus and — if you’ve seen the trailer isn’t quite as good as his other two you’ll know this by now — what sci-fi joints, isn’t entirely Scott’s starts as a quest for knowledge fault. dissipates into a knock-em-down, The story begins, well, it be- drag-em-out struggle for survival. gins with a scene that is so damn For the most part, Prometheus cool you have to see it to believe (which, yes, is a prequel to Scott’s it. Soon we’re introduced to sci- Alien) is an intense, excellent scientists Elizabeth fi flick that is so Sh aw (N o o m i “Prometheus … is so visually stunning R a p a c e , t h e visually stunning … you’ll there will be times original Girl with have to pick your jaw up you’ll have to pick the Dragon Tatyour jaw up off too) and Charlie off the ground.” the ground. -Adam Hawboldt Holloway (Logan But all Scott’s Marshall-Green), who discover a remarkable talents as a filmmaker series of cave paintings that appear are undercut by something out of to be an interstellar map. his control — the script. Next thing you know, they’re Written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkboarding the spaceship Pro- est Hour) and Damon Lindelof (Lost), metheus and setting off on a trillion the script of Prometheus is rather dollar journey to a distant barren uneven. On one hand, thankfully, it moon in search of something damn doesn’t spoon-feed you everything. near biblical in scope — the truth But on the other, why-the-heck-didbehind humanity’s existence. you-do-that hand, it makes every They’re joined by a stellar cast, major plot point either a) predictahem, I mean crew in Captain Janek able or b) over-explained by one (Idris Elba), the brilliant android Da- of the characters. vid (Michael Fassbender), and the Yet even with a borderline insultcold-hearted rep of the corporation ing script, Prometheus is the best funding the trip, Meredith Vickers sci-fi film I’ve seen since, oh, let’s (Charlize Theron). say The Matrix. Once they land on this barren Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Laughs Abound In Witty Madagascar 3 Photo: courtesy of Paramount Pictures
The Usual Suspects Are Back Again In This Fast-Paced Flick That’s Fun For All Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Runtime: 85 Minutes Rated: G Adam Hawboldt There’s a reason the first Madagascar movie grossed over $530 million. There’s a reason the sequel grossed around $600 million. And there’s a reason the third installment of the franchise will, in all probability, pull in more than $500 million. The reason is this: all these flicks are all fun, funny and wildly entertaining — for kids and adults alike. C’mon, admit it. You know you liked the first two. And you’re probably going to like Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted too, because, well, it’s the funniest of the bunch. Not the best, but the funniest. As far as third installments in animation franchises go, it’s more Shrek the Third than, say, Toy Story 3. Which is to say that Madagascar 3 won’t be taking home any Oscars, but it sure as heck will make you chuckle. The story begins where Madagascar 2 left off. The penguins have made it to Monte Carlo, where they’ve become high rollers who trash hotel rooms and engage in pillow fights. As for Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Alex the lion
(Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada b) is thrilled at the idea of mounting Pinkett Smith) and Melman the gi- Alex’s lion head on her wall. raffe (David Schwimmer), they’re Before we go any further still in Africa but long to get back though, let me pause for a moment to their original home — the New to say two things. First, the chase York City Zoo. scene that takes They devise a “Madagascar 3: Europe’s place across the plan and set off Most Wanted is a hilarious rooftops of Monte for home. But romp through Europe Carlo is eye-popalong the way ping. And second, they decide to that is sure to be a hit…” DuBois, with her -Adam Hawboldt biting French acstop in Monte Carlo to pick up the penguins. cent and ability to follow a scent like The gang also runs into trouble a bloodhound, is an awesome new in the form of animal control of- addition to the franchise. ficer Captain Chantel DuBois (OsRight. Now back to the story. car winner Frances McDormand), With DuBois in hot pursuit, the a pointy-nosed, cannon-breasted gang blows town on a traveling cirvillain who a) will not accept wild cus train. Here they meet a host of animals running lose in her city, and new animals. Among them there’s
a sassy jaguar (Jessica Chastain), a vulnerable sea lion (Martin Short) and a Siberian tiger named Vitaly (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston). They travel from Monte Carlo to Rome to London to New York, with DuBois in hot pursuit. Shot in 3D, Madagascar 3 is the creation of not one, not two, but, yes, three directors: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, who worked on the series’ first two installments, and
Conrad Vernon (who directed Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens). As visually stunning as its predecessors, and with rapid-fire wit abounding, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a hilarious romp through Europe that is sure to be a hit. Madagascar 3 is going to do big numbers at the box office. Mark my words. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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This Week: Wall, Mulcair Feud
Last week we asked what you thought about the Brad Wall, Thomas Mulcair feud - here’s what you had to say. Next week’s topic: see page 9 — what do you think about
On Topic On the Brad Wall Mulclair feud: Brad Wall is a brainless USA puppet. All Saskparty/ BradWall PR is handled by Spotlight Media out of Calgary. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Between 1988-1992 Brad Wall’s political party bankrupted Saskatchewan. The NDP are no better. You’re asking what people would rather
Maurice Vellacott’s “fetus bullying” proposal? 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! eat - a bowl of worms or maggots … both are bad.
I agree Wall might not be my personal preference when it comes to politicians here, but I think in this particular situation he’s coming off well. Trying to spark an east/west feud seems irresponsible and not in the best interests of the majority of Canadians.
Wall might be popular now but thats because Saskatchewan is doing great and we have tons of money. Money makes people happy so of course they back him in this dont want to stop the flow of ca$h but perhaps Mulcair has something. Hes not wholly right of course, but we shouldnt right him off entirly.
Off Topic It is not safe to drive over our condemned traffic bridge but it is totally okay to have a river boat sail underneath it. Hmm... Saskatoon should invest some money in pressure washing
some of the downtown sidewalks, especially the bus depot and downtown terminal. Clean it up so people will want to ride the bus. Also ban pan handlers. They are hurting the downtown core image and may affect businesses ability to make sales because people may choose to shop elsewhere because of them. I do believe the City of Saskatoon should install street lights on Rockingham Avenue between Caen Street and Merritt Street. It is unsafe going down there at night. U of S engineering students should design a better Place Riel terminal. There should never be buses passing through both ways as well as people crossing. Terrible design! F***ing government get a student loan cant afford to live off the student loan cant work so you gotta quit school then when it comes down to it they want there money right now well when you need a helping hand do they give you the money right now no they dont even help us. Cell phone companies, credit card, student loans they make it so easy to get in debt but then a f**king b**ch to
try to get out of it ya i know i did it to myself but still its bullish*t if you ask me. Maybe if the government didnt take so much of my money im taxes i could afford to pay you fu**ers off. Shaming a woman into continuing through with a pregnancy is wrong! You have no knowledge of the circumstances of the pregnancy, or the financial or physical conditions of the pregnant woman. Women who face deadly consequences of a pregnancy deserve the CHOICE to LIVE. See the pregnancy through the eyes of the true mother, you’ll be glad you did. FYI terminating a pregnancy does not “kill an innocent victim.” You don’t have to agree but don’t push your archaeic values down my throat. For some women getting an abortion is a difficult decision, for others it’s not. But it’s a decision they make, not you. I cannot stand women who attack women who are pro-choice. It does not make you pro-abortion, it just means you support other womens right to decide what they do with their OWN uterus, not yours.
Texts To the person who texted in that abortion is always wrong: that’s the beauty of being part of the pro-choice movement. Antichoice (not pro-lifers as they would like to dress themselves) would have everyone subscribe to their dogma, regardless of any extenuating circumstances that resulted in the pregnancy in the first place. Pro-choicers, on the other hand, respect, you know, CHOICE. So a women can make the selection that is best for her. You sound woefully misinformed on the facts surrounding abortion. I suggest you educate yourself and expand your mind to empathize with what a woman may be going through when she finds out she’s become pregnant. No you can’t forget all your troubles or forget all your cares because the people DOWNTOWN keep reminding me of them. After my mom passing away on May 24th, I am going through the healing prosess, getting rid of alot of stuff that I don’t need, except for the dog whom I am keeping cuz I love him, and the house I am keeping too. I am an orphan now and I miss both my parents very much. Every child should respect and appreciate their parents before they are gone cuz once they are gone you wish you had spent alot more time with them. YB The they say-we say back and forth
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between Christians and atheists is getting outta control. What happened to respectfully disagreeing. You’re not going to see things my way and I’m not going to see things yours. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have meaningful dialogue and go about our business in our lives. So you think all Christians are racist now? That’s getting out of hand. So your saying all atheists in the world never discriminate and aren’t racist. I’m tired of people thinking Christians think they are perfect. We are the first to admit we are sinners. So swallow your pride and hate and stop pretending your perfect. Hello! Of course all other religions feel persecuted! We aren’t that dumb. Who do you think persecute them? Maybe someone that doesn’t believe in religion? Also I agree (like many Christians) that we aren’t a religion. It’s a faith. History shows all thats ever been needed for a good society where EVERYONE lives safe healthy enlightened lives is more smart people than stupid. I kinda think we’re a couple sandwiches short of that picnic! Thanks to the person who agreed on my smoking comment it’s a fighting battle agianst Big Tobacco and taking away areas to smoke will help :-) Drivers of Dodge trucks are arrogant
idiots! Poverty = More Medicare Poverty = More Police Poverty = More Jails Poverty = More Drugs Poverty = Less Grads Poverty = Less Workers Poverty = Loser Society In my mid 50s now. I’ve noticed something. Keep it all to yourself and you end up by yourself. If you don’t want to be alone in old age you need to share! Omg such beautiful tanning weather this finally friday...nice breeze hot sun couple of beer clouds floating by. I agree that places like bus stops should be smoke free not only will it clean the air but the sidewalk won’t be littered with butts. Slim chance in tight pants is what you are. We really really really need smarter cops. Minimum requirements should be at least a B.A. of some kind and
30 yrs old. Thats the world we have now. Smoking should not only be banned at bus stops but all public areas if you want to smoke and kill yourself
do it home! Sickos like Magnotta are an embarrassment to the human race! The opinions expressed on this page are not necessarily Verb’s.
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Thursday @ Bacchus Venue
Bacchus Lounge in Earls on Thursday, May 31st
Location Photos courtesy of Patrick Carley (email@example.com)
610 2nd Avenue North
Playing on Arrival “Suzie Q” by CCR
A little bit of everything
DJ Dr. J on Thursdays
Doubles for the price of a single, and $6.99 on summer cocktails
Popular Drink Caesars
Food of Choice
Bacon double cheeseburger with fries, and the Bronx burger (3 onion rings, roasted garlic aioli, onions, pickles and mustard) with fries
$6 a pound on Wednesdays; of the six available flavours, hot is the most popular
New martini lounge upstairs, open from 5pm ‘til midnight, and the Factory Tap, open from 11am ‘til midnight
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Wednesday @ Hudsons Venue
Hudsons Canadian Tap House on Wednesday, May 30th
401 21st Street East
Playing on Arrival NHL
Top 40, and a little bit of everything
Wings for 35¢ each, and $5.50 for bottles of Coors Light and Coors Light Iced T
Coors Light Iced T
Food of Choice Wings
$5 an order on Mondays or 35¢ each on Wednesdays, with the Forty Creek Whiskey BBQ wings the favourite
The patio opens June 11th, with giveaways kicking off at 6:30pm, and Riders’ prizes will be given away June 13 th during the opening game
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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.
CFCR Sled Island Send Off Party — A showcase for the local bands heading to this year’s Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, acts will include Castle River, Haunted Souls, Jeans Boots, and more. 10pm, Amigos Cantina. Cover $5.
Mr. Brownstone — In the mood for a Guns n’ Roses fix? Come check out this hard rocking GNR tribute band. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6.
House DJs — Funk, soul & lounge DJs liven up the atmosphere at 6Twelve. 9pm, 6Twelve Lounge. No cover.
(NEXT WEEK) RUSSIAN CIRCLES @ AMIGOS Cantina — Featuring Mike
Sullivan, Dave Turncrantz and Brian Cook, this instrumental trio has an experimental, indie prog-rock sound that moves from heavy metal discord to soft, delicate, thought-provoking passages. Around, in one form or another,
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since 2004, Russian Circles (who are named after a hockey drill) have toured with the likes of Tool and Boris and Isis, and festivals like SXSW and Bonnaroo. They’ll be playing Amigos on June 19th. Tickets are $20.25, available at www. ticketmaster.ca -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Piano Fridays: Maurice Drouin — 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. The Bassment Big Band — Directed by Roy Sydiaha and Sheldon Corbett, this local act will take the stage for a night of swinging big band classics. 9pm, The Bassment. Cover $10/13. Austen Roadz — With over
Sex Up Your Pride — Come join DJ Nick James as he spins the night away for this Pride party. 9pm, Diva’s Club. Cover TBD. Whiskey Songs, Sly Biz, Black Water, We Do What We Want, Rory Borealis — Come check out five talented bands for five bucks. Anyway you look at it, it’s a heckuva deal. 8pm, The Fez on Broadway. Cover $5. 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. The Nobel Thiefs — Hailing from Winnipeg, this quartet is aiming to lead the rock and soul revolution. With a fresh sound built upon the foundations of rock, soul, garage and reggae, these guys put on one heckuva energized live performance. Also appearing will be Sarah Burton. 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. Norm Walker w/special guest Paddy Tutty — Come check out this eclectic and talented acoustic singer/songwriter/story teller from Regina. 8pm, Prairie Ink. No cover. Deko-ze, The Gaff, Dr. J — Born in Saskatoon, but working out of Toronto, Deko-ze (aka Michael Babb) is making a home coming. He’ll be joined by a pair of local DJs. 10pm, Scratch. Tickets TBD. The Mullets — Not only do they have a sweet name, their sound ain’t too shabby either. Come check out The Mullets. 9pm, Somewhere Else Pub. No cover. On Rotation DJ Series: Conrad Devine — Come out and enjoy this talented local DJ as he spins late into the night. 10pm, Spadina Freehouse. No cover. Route 66 — This Regina-based band plays a smorgasbord of vintage rock and country rock. 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. Reform Party — This local band rocks hard and works hard
and, as a result, play some damn good gritty music. 10pm, Vangelis Tavern. Cover $8.
House DJs — Resident DJs spin deep and soulful tunes all night. 9pm, 6Twelve Lounge. No cover. Brasstronaut — A sextet from Vancouver, these guys have a sound that refuses to be pigeonholed. Fusing pop, indie rock, jazz and soul, Brasstronaut play a smooth style of music that’s relaxing and addictive. Also performing will be Utidur. 10pm, Amigos Cantina. Tickets TBD. The Four Trumpets — Featuring Dave Anderson, Dean McNeill, Dave Nelson and Barrie Redford, this is a jazz show for all you horn fans out there. 9pm, The Bassment. Cover $12/15. Austen Roadz — With over 25 years of DJ experience, Austen Roadz throws down a highenergy top 40 dance party along with DJ CTRL every Saturday night. Drinks & appies 4pm, Béily’s UltraLounge. $5 cover after 9pm. Whack, Bam, THUDD — Organized by session drummer Brad King, this is Saskatoon’s premiere drumming festival. Featuring internationally renowned drummer Dom Famularo. All profits go to the Saskatoon Food Bank. 1pm, Broadway Theatre. Tickets $20 at the door or $17 in advance (available by calling 341-3786 or by emailing whackbamthudd@ gmail.com Mr. Brownstone — In the mood for a Guns n’ Roses fix? Come check out this hard rocking GNR tribute band. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6. True Colours Prairie Pride Diva/Divo Contest — Come on down and check it out. 9pm, Diva’s Club. Cover TBD. Undercover Pirates — If it’s good music you’re into, come check out this act. Also appearing will be In Concrete Blood. 9pm, The Fez on Broadway. Tickets TBD. DJ Kade — Saskatoon’s own DJ
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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.
Everyone Everywhere, Greater Than Giants, Kickflip, The Quitters Club, Decisions Made, A Perfect Punchline, No Blood No Foul — Seven bands for 10 bucks? How can you go wrong? 7pm, Le Relais. Cover $10, all ages. Brian Warren Band — With a sound described as “surfgrass,” this Saskatchewan-based sextet combines surf guitar with gritty rhythms and soothing vocals for a sound all it’s own. Also appearing will be Gunner & Smith. 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. Saskatoon’s most wanted. $5 cover. Troy Hudson — Come check out the down-home folk music of this local trio. 8pm, Prairie Ink. No cover. The Mullets — Not only do they have a sweet name, their sound ain’t too shabby either.
Come check out The Mullets. 9pm, Somewhere Else Pub. No cover. F u n ktio n S atur d ay: cRiscole, Clyde, Conrad Divine — Come out and enjoy these talented local DJs as they spin the night away. 10pm, Spadina Freehouse. No cover. Route 66 — This Regina-based band plays a smorgasbord of vintage rock and country rock. 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. The Duo Grande Finale — Come see the final night of Saskatchewan’s biggest music contest. Who will win? What will they sing? The best nine duo’s will do battle one final time. 7:30pm, TCU Place. Tickets $20, available at Tusq or online at www.picatic.com
R oot S eries : K im Churchill — Take intricate fingerpicking, add two-handed tapping, beats on guitar bodies, a stomp box, sweet melodies and a soulful voice and what do you get? Australian virtuoso Kim Churchill. Opening for him will be fellow Aussie act Benjalu. 8pm, The
(NEXT WEEK) JON MCKIEL @ VANGELIS tavern — His debut album, The
Nature of Things, received rave reviews across the country, and now this singer/ songerwriter from Halifax is hitting the road with his sophomore effort, Tonka War Cloud. McKiel played multiple instruments (guitar, bass, synth,
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considerably large chains, and percussion) over his own voice, building songs in layers. The result is something that walks a fine line between feathery folk and total sludgefest dissonance. He’ll be playing Vangelis on June 19th. Cover is $5. -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
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Bassment. Cover $12/15. 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.
(Coming Soon) Slash @ TCU Place —
If you’re a fan of good ol’ rock and roll and if you haven’t heard Slash’s recent work with vocalist Myles Kennedy, do yourself a favour and get tickets for this show. Kennedy combines a high vocal range with an amazing voice. As for Slash (aka Saul Hudson), well, else can
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be said about this guy? Lead guitarist for the legendary Guns N’ Roses, lead guitarist for Velvet Revolver, ranked by Rolling Stone as the 65th best guitarist of all time. He’ll be rocking TCU Place on July 20th. Tickets $29.50–45 (tcutickets. ca) -Adam Hawboldt. Feedback? Text it to 306-881-8372.
Absolutely Fabulous: Champagne and Stoli Night — It’s an absolutely fabulous evening! 9pm, Diva’s. Cover TBD. DJ KADE — Saskatoon DJ lights it up with hot tunes. 8pm, The Hose & Hydrant. No cover. SUNDAY JAM — The Vangelis’
Sunday Jam is an institution, offering great tunes, from blues to rock and beyond. 7:30pm, Vangelis Tavern. No cover.
Papa Dog Blues Band — If you dig the blues, there’s no reason to miss this talented act. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6. Metal Mondays — If hard, heavy awesomeness is your thing, swing by. Listen to some killer music and get in on some concert giveaways. 9pm, Lydia’s Pub.
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. WILD WEST WEDNESDAY — This is Saskatoon’s top industry night, hosted by DJ Big Ayyy & DJ Henchman. 9pm, Outlaws Country Rock Bar. Saskatoon’s Most Wanted. $4 cover. No cover for industry staff. 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.
Papa Dog Blues Band — If you dig the blues, there’s no reason to miss this talented act. 10pm, Buds on Broadway. Cover $6.
Why Not Wednesdays — This week, local talent Kelly Read will be stopping by to play some tunes. 10pm, Spadina Freehouse. No cover.
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.
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.
VERB PRESENTS OPEN STAGE — The open stage at Lydia’s has 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.
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 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.
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. Want your show listed? Email email@example.com!
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This week will be a good one to get up and go, dear Pisces — no lounging around for you. Whether you realize it yet or not, you’ve got a lot on your plate in the next few days, so get moving!
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Pisces (Feb 20–Mar 20)
Dear Virgo: you may feel as though you have to do something important so people will respect you, but forget that noise. The best way to earn respect is to just be yourself.
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Virgo (Aug 23–Sept 22)
Someone this week may say or do something to irk you to the point of freaking out. Now might be the time when it’s best to keep your cards close to the vest and play the game wisely.
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Aquarius (Jan 20–Feb 19)
You may soon find yourself surrounded by naysayers, dear Leo. That’s just the kind of week it threatens to be. Do not listen to them. Your inherent faith in yourself is justified, Leo.
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Leo (Jul 23–Aug 22)
Do you find yourself, time and time again, getting in your own way? If you find it happening to you this week, try to examine your situation from a different angle. Perspective is key.
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Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 19)
You best brace yourself for some weirdness in the days ahead, dear Cancer. Your first instinct may be to rebel against it, but disregard that feeling. Flexibility is the name of the game right now.
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Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 22)
Sometimes people get hung up on regrets, dear Sagittarius. So this week, if you have something you wish you’d done differently, ask yourself: “Are these regrets holding me back?” Then act accordingly.
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Sagittarius (Nov 23–Dec 21)
Gemini, has it felt like you’re going crazy lately? If so, don’t worry about a thing. Instead of getting wound up or bent out of shape, breathe. Don’t get crazy, get certain.
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Gemini (May 21–Jun 20)
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This week, dear Scorpio, you may hear some strange things. But don’t be too quick to judge. Remember: beliefs and opinions are like bellybuttons — everybody has ‘em.
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Scorpio (Oct 24–Nov 22)
Whenever something big happens in your life, dear Taurus, it changes you. Sometimes it’s for the good, sometimes it skews towards the ill, but don’t be afraid of the change — embrace it.
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Taurus (Apr 20–May 20)
Looks like it’s going to be one of those weeks, dear Libra. One marked with uncertainty and confusion — and minor troubles. Try not to blow things out of proportion — everything will be fine!
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Libra (Sept 23–Oct 23)
You may come across a force that could impede your success this week, but don’t let it hold you back: if you have something in your sights, go for it. Don’t let anyone or anything get in your way.
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Aries (Mar 21–Apr 19)
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