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THE CURRENT AND ONGOING TOILS OF BOYLE Community League surrenders control of the Boyle Street Plaza, leaving much pondering over the facliity’s future


dmonton’s dedication to its downtown agenda causes lengthy debates that can occupy the city’s time for years. However, decisions surrounding the Boyle Street Community Plaza—a flagship hub in the area, operated by the neighbourhood’s community league—bucked this trend last week, and the facility’s future remains unsure. The plaza—co-owned by the City of Edmonton and the Northern Alberta

YMCA—will switch hands in the coming months, as the city announced the league will have to cease its operations in the facility come August. The league originally had a 25-year agreement with the city, where they would oversee and operate the facility’s programming—this quick termination came as a surprise to the league’s organizers. “It was a collegial and supposedly friendly relationship,” says Candas Jane Dorsey, the league’s vice

president.The city claims the league struggled with certain aspects of operations, and deemed them unsuitable to continue running the plaza’s operations. According to Dorsey, the league dealt with these issues promptly and internally, and the city passed this decision with little prior discussion. Regardless, the city has demanded the league hand over operations to the Northern Alberta YMCA. “In the meeting we asked if they could do that without any consent, in which they replied ‘we don’t need your consent,’” says Dorsey. According to Dorsey, the league would often request aid from the city to ensure the facility ran at capacity— requests the city often ignored. “When discussing the future of the facility, the city said they were going to fund the Y. The money that they are giving to the Y was pulled from our budget overview. In essence they took our original request,” says Dorsey. The plaza’s three controlling parties had their own goals when it originally opened, but the league was given its control as they knew the neighbourhood and its residents well. “The thing about this area is that we don’t have a single community, we have numerous overlapping communities,” Dorsey says. Now the league has concerns for its involvement in the facility’s future,

and how program operations will be handled by new parties, who may not share their passion for the community. The Northern Alberta YMCA was apparently just as sideswiped with the news. It came as a shock to the organization when the city told them in a meeting that they would be assuming control of the plaza. “We have not been aware of the challenges between the city and the league, so this is pretty new for us as well,” says Nick Parkinson, the President and CEO of the Northern Alberta YMCA. The Y is no stranger to operations in the area, as they not only have stake in the plaza but also operate numerous facilities in the surrounding neighbourhood. With their experience and relationship with the league, they aim to build on the bedrock that the league sustained over the past few years. Even with a track record like theirs, there is still concern as to how the city and the YMCA will approach community outreach. “It’s a big change, and I’m concerned. You can’t run a suburban model of a community league in the deep of downtown,” Dorsey says. This shotgun approach to dealing with the community league is curious for a municipal government—especially when it comes to downtown Edmonton, where things are often

treated at a most meticulous pace, and seldom rushed. The future for the Boyle Street Community League is still in the dark, and even with the nature of their upcoming departure from program operations there is an assurance that no one is routing against them. “We want them to be successful and we can build their capacity and work together with them and the city over a period of time. This way the community will benefit the best,” Parkinson says. Operating a facility of the plaza’s size is no easy feat, and smaller, volunteerrun groups may find it particularly difficult, says Chantile Shannon, director of neighbourhood services with the City of Edmonton. “The problems have been evident over a long period of time, we have had staff that meet with the league monthly and issues were brought to their attention,” she says. The city is also working with a consultant to facilitate conversations between the plaza’s stakeholders. Additionally, the city plans only to form a three-year contract with the YMCA, and will reassess the matter once that period ends. “It’s not our intention to just kick them out... what we hope to do is negotiate is how the league will continue to access facility space,” Shannon says. Jake Pesaruk



Last Friday, controversial but long-awaited harm reduction facility began intake at Boyle Street Community Services


fter years of discussion and and a mixture of controversy and support from community groups around the city, safe injection sites begin to open their doors. Boyle Street Community Services’ location saw its first clients last Friday, the first such harm reduction facility to open in Edmonton’s downtown, preceding the George Spady Society and the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Despite UPC leader and premier hopeful Jason Kenney and groups like the Chinese Business Association—as a political talking point and for and concern over the safety of their community, respectively—taking exception to the safe injection sites, other people and groups and the city are greeting them with enthusiasm. Boyle Street community member Helen Herbert doesn’t use the drugs the safe injection site hopes to protect against, but she believes it will be a boon to Edmonton’s homeless population, and the area at large. “I like it. I really do. It’s nice and clean,” she says last Thursday, prior to the site opening, when its organizers gave a tour to local media. Boyle Street administrators blocked the area off prior to its opening, and the event last week gave Edmonton its first few glimpses of the space. Besides the help Herbert believes will come from the site, Boyle Street’s location will also help keep the region cleaner. Prior to its opening, the streets around the agency’s building lay heavy with used needles, she says, both an eyesore and a potential health risk. “There are kids around,” she says. “This place is going to be good. I hope a lot of people use it.”

The site itself functionally is composed of three rooms. Users start in an intake area where they disclose medical concerns and the drugs they plan on taking. From there they go to a room stocked with materials used in the process of injecting intravenous drugs, like needles, vitamin C, etc. (though no actual drugs). Finally, before they are discharged, they move on to the monitoring space where staff ensure users don’t overdose, and can provide referrals to addictions counselling, etc. The first and last rooms each have space for four people, while the room where people inject the drugs under supervision has five booths. According to Erica Schoen, Boyle Street’s director of supervised consumption services, the average time between entry and injection is between five and 20 minutes, based on what other cities have seen, though this can vary. Safe injection site managers recommend users spend at least 15 minutes in the monitoring area, which also has some light activities (colouring books, for instance) and snacks. “Again, we can’t force people to stay against their will,” she says. “It’s about having these trusting relationships with the community.” The window of time in which a user is at risk for an overdose is hard to determine, Scoen says. Many factors like the substance (or substances) itself, the person, and the dosage can modify this timeline. The staff can administer naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of opiates and opioids on the brain, functionally killing an overdose in some cases), but they will also call in EMS to help monitor anyone who overdoses on site. Doug Johnson | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

Clean needles at Boyle Street Community Service’s safe injection site // Doug Johnson

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Interest in hen program strong in Edmonton, but without additional resources it’s unlikely to buck the 50 flock limit

rban hen-keeping got the green light from Edmonton’s city council nearly a year ago though, to some, the city’s cap on the number of licenses it will issue seems low, considering the enthusiasm surrounding the project.



Municipalities across Canada— Victoria, Yellowknife, and Ottawa, for instance—tout these popular poultry programs as a boon to food security among residents, and a way to access eggs produced more ethically

than those sourced from largescale farms. The City of Edmonton began its pilot in 2014, and, after it saw success among residents, city planners decided to extend it for another year, and increase the number of



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licenses it offers from 19 to 50. In April of 2017, pilot organizers reported back to city council that the program was going well enough to become a full-fledged program, but the number of licenses available stayed the same. Those interested need to apply for a license, take a city-sanctioned course, build a coup, and submit to two yearly site inspections from city officers, one in the spring/ summer and the other in the fall/ winter. When the pilot rolled over into a proper project, the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Peace Officer Unit didn’t receive additional resources to increase the number of officers necessary to expand it, said Trena MacGillivray, the department’s acting coordinator. Rather, they just absorbed it into their current operations. “It’s something we manage with the resources that we already had,” she says. It takes extra cash to train Animal Care and Control officers, though inspecting the city’s small flocks is now part of their regular duties. While the city does review the program regularly, it doesn’t have any plans to increase the number of licenses at this moment. “If it were to increase, we would need more resources to do so,” she says.



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The city’s program is still a young one, she adds, and additional resources will also depend, to some extent, on demand. For Margaret Fisher, organizer with River City Chickens—a community organization that advocated for the program in its early stages—this cap is kind of a double-edged sword. On onehand, Fisher’s glad the city is taking steps to ensure the health of its hens, and it would certainly cost more money to expand the project. On the other, different towns and cities across the country seem to be a little more lax on the number of flocks they allow. “I guess it’s all relative,” Fisher says. Red Deer handles the issue as a matter of population: one license per every 1,000 residents in the roughly 100,000-person city, compared to 50 licenses in nearly a million people. Red Deer is also mulling over the idea of treating its urban hens like cats and dogs, says Erin Stuart, inspector and licensing manager of the central Albertan city. “We’ve had very few complaints,” Stuart says. Currently, all 50 licenses in Edmonton are full. As of last week, only six people currently sit on the waitlist, but the city-mandated course each prospective poultry keeper needs to take in anticipation of receiving his or her flock routinely fill up, Fisher says. According to MacGillivray, the wait time for would-be hen keepers depends on how many current license holders keep their spots. “The ones that are part of it are happy to be a part of it … We’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” MacGillivray says. Doug Johnson



Despite ambience, quality bar food and neighbourhood popularity, Rebel Food and Drink’s entrees fall flat


ebel Food and Drink is the latest notch in the belt of Century Hospitality Group, whose other holdings in Edmonton include Parlour, Lux Steakhouse, MKT, and Hart’s Table. Located in the former premises of alleged Oilers’ fave Piccolino, Rebel joins a small but noticeable enclave of restaurant action along Crestwood, with its sister operation Delux Burger Bar—an instalment of the Allegro Italian dynasty—and Café Blackbird (more of a coffee shop, really) all stationed nearby. I’d be hard-put to describe Rebel’s interior if only because there were people all over it. A certain amount of sloganeering about discarding rules in favour of good times took place amid brick surfaces and furnishing on the order of Century’s usual sleek, modern design. A hockey game took control of my vision on three flat screens within eyeshot. If there was music playing, I couldn’t hear it over the thrum of conversation. Somehow this hubbub managed to be family-friendly, as Rebel welcomes minors until 9 p.m. And, indeed, it appeared on a Thursday evening, Crestwoodresidents had accepted Rebel into their hearts. Every table was taken and the accumulation of boisterous chatter filled the room. Not that we ever endured the inconvenience of a full house. The proprietor-looking chap who met us at the door could not quite conceal his angst at not being able to seat us instantly and he cordially squired us to the bar, where within a minute or two we had learned the bartender’s name, and had a menu and drinks. She effortlessly up-sold us from six to nine ounces of vino. Very

few minutes after that, we were led to our own table and had a new server’s name to learn. Rebel’s menu casts a wide net—sort of a greatest hits of Century Hospitality food styles from more affordable gussied-up pub fare (burgers, wings, etc.), to pizza to higher end entrees in the $23 – $44 range. My co-diner and I decided to try a little of each by starting with Rebel wings ($15), then proceeding to fancier mains—in her case the linguine and clams ($24), and avocado risotto ($23) for me. Co-diner and I didn’t agree about the kinds of wings to order, but I consented to honey truffle wings with a side of the house hot sauce. I actually tend to think of truffle oil as the aftershave of seasonings in that it’s pretty easy to use too much and spoil everything, but the Rebel kitchen totally nailed the flavour, infusing sweet-saltiness with just the right touch of fungal funk. The server laughed aloud as I splattered my glasses and dining partner as I dismantled a recalcitrant crisp, juicy wing—fair enough. It was much more difficult to appreciate the charms of our entrées, which seemed few to us. Co-diner’s linguine with clams looked competently assembled, comprising fresh al dente pasta, a dozen or so Manila clams, parsley, grilled lemon, and traces of an oil-based sauce, but the overall effect was blandly less than the sum of its parts. The avocado risotto was a bit out of character for me orderwise, but the fact is I do love risotto when it’s done well (witness, for example, Sabor/Bodega’s lobster risotto). It can

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be rich and savoury and creamy and complex, even with simple ingredients. Rebel’s was not. Rather than smotheringly dense, it was loose like hot cereal, with a few grilled peach slices, exactly four slices of radish, and a long streamer of ribboned green apple on top. Whatever seasonings had been mustered to bolster the avocado mashed into the Arborio rice weren’t enough to ob-

scure the chicken stock it was all cooked in. It occurred to me that my last visit to Parlour, another CH property, left me feeling like the words on the menu did not translate to a satisfying meal, and that I paid for a better meal than I received. For the first time in her life, co-diner uttered the words, “Let’s not have dessert.” It’s safe to say this opinion is in the minority, as Rebel is probably

rockin’ most nights of the week and during its weekend brunch, so taken is the local community with this new outpost of conviviality in the Valleyview strip mall. Our table was filled as soon as we stood up to leave and every person who seated or served us bade us a great night as we departed. Food aside, we did have a lovely time. Scott Lingley


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Printmaker Sara Norquay explores the unifying concept of global citizenship at Harcourt House


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t all began when printmaker Sara Norquay volunteered with Edmonton’s Skills Society, which supports those with disabilities, their families, and the greater community. At the time, Skills ran an initiative titled Project Citizenship, aimed at connecting and empowering those living in the margins of society. As a printmaker with over 20 years of experience in such media as monotypes, photopolymer etchings, woodcuts, linocuts, and copper etchings, Norquay gravitated toward creating art. Inspired by her group’s exploration of citizenship, she decided to create 25 linocut portraits of them, which ended up as the beginnings of her own Citizen of the World exhibition. As time went on, Norquay found resonate implications taking shape in the small cross-section of portraits, so she made more, and more. Eventually, Norquay began to clearly see what powerful messages the fast-growing collection could represent, and how important and timely those messages were. “In the end, we’re all people,” she says, “and we all have the same problems, and we all have to get along; it’s not helpful to be talking all the time about difference. I mean, of course we’re different; we’re human beings; we’re individuals.” Since 2014, Norquay has printed over 200 portraits of people she knows, meets, or simply has a conversation with. “For me personally, what I like about it is that every time I cut a plate—it takes about an hour—I think about that person, so it has this other kind of meditative aspect to it,” Norquay says. “Every

single person I at least had a conversation with—it’s a really wide range from all walks of life.” Although she’s spoken with each person represented, Norquay deliberately does not tell their stories in her exhibition in an effort to avoid privileging any or putting them into boxes, potentially changing the meaning of the work. The exhibition is a response to the artist’s concerns about our society’s obsession with celebrity and identity politics. She finds that both of these issues work against positive social progress and eradicating issues like racism and discrimination. Citizen of the World, though a small voice, aims to show the things that unite us, rather than divide.

Until Sat., May 12 Citizen of the World Art Incubator Gallery Harcourt House Opening Reception Thu., Mar. 29 (7 pm) group. The concept behind Citizen of the World is to maintain equality in the portraiture through the formatting and a degree of her own artistic abstraction. “The work is meant to give viewers the space and time to consider their status as citizens of the world,” she writes, “as well as the fact that all human beings have this inherent status, no matter their personal, social or ancestral history.”

“It’s not helpful to be talking all the time about difference. I mean, of course we’re different; we’re human beings; we’re individuals.” Norquay walks me through her process, adding my portrait to her collection as well. “I very casually ask people if they’d like to be a part of the project; I take their photograph, maybe several, they can chose the one they like … then I cut the plate and send them a print in the mail.” She then prints exhibition copies with the Vandercooke press at SNAP, all made in the same style, using blue ink so as to not single out any one portrait from the | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

Norquay plans to finish the project at the end of this year as a way to put a cap on the project. All of the roughly 200 six by six inch portraits will be on display at Harcourt House’s Art Incubator Gallery, filling the three-walled space entirely. Norquay plans to include a few more during her artist talk at Harcourt House on Thursday, March 29 for those looking to join the collective. Sierra Bilton


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Creator Jared Keeso chats about his inspirations behind Letterkenny’s townsfolk


etterkenny’s creator Jared Keeso sounds almost exactly like his character Wayne— a soft-spoken farmer, but all around tough guy with a hell of a right hook. At first, I think he’s just answering my questions in character—kind of like whenever one of the cast members from Trailer Park Boys does an interview. Then I realize he actually just talks like that and ends nearly every sentence with “y’know.” The series started off as threeminute video sketches entitled Letterkenny Problems on YouTube back in 2013. The short web series consisted of Wayne and his friend Daryl (Nathan Dales) riffing on the locals with their unique rural Ontario slang in the fictional and eponymous town of Letterkenny while they hung out near their fruit stand or farm. In 2016, Letterkenny debuted on CraveTV and has since gained tremendous popularity including a 90-minute live comedy show and a total of four seasons, with a fifth on the way. So, did Keeso always know he had a golden idea on his hands? “That’s a hard no on that one,” he says. “Dales-y and I had been making comedic sketches for YouTube for a few years before that ,and we always kinda plateaued at about (the) 10K view mark. We were working the hockey market and the NHL market and we thought we would have an instant audience, but that wasn’t really the case, y’know?” Keeso grew up in a town of 7,500 people called Listowel, Ont.—the loose inspiration for the town of Letterkenny. “I guess the thing I drew from directly was the groups in high school,” he says referring to the hicks, the skids, the hockey players, and the Christians from the show. “Save for the Christians, all the

groups were scrappin’ all the time. When I was in high school, the fights were damn near every day.” That sense of danger is a recurring theme in Letterkenny and that’s where most of the hilarity ensues. The premise of the show focuses on Wayne and his sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), who run the town fruit stand with the help of his friends Daryl and Squirrely Dan (K. Trevor Wilson). In their daily life, the group runs into other locals like the pair of hockey players Jonesy (Andrew Herr) and Reilly (Dylan Playfair), who also happen to be in a polyamorous friends-with-benefits relationship with Katy, which pisses the hell out of Wayne. “I kind of approached writing Letterkenny to going to school every day and getting your ass kicked, which was a real concern in Listowel y’ know?” Keeso says. The one aspect that sets Letterkenny apart from other sketch comedy shows is its use of contagious, small-town slang. You soon learn that phrases like “Donny Brook,” means fight, “Schmelt,” means rookie, and “10-ply” means soft. “I like to give the audience something new for their vernacular,” Keeso says. “I usually mine my brain for a pair of words and try to make up or remember a catchphrase. Everything is scripted, but the actors try to add their own button or cut point and 90 percent of the time, it’s gold.” Keeso also loosely bases episodes from past experience. Like the second episode of season one “Super Soft Birthday,” where Wayne vows to maintain his tough guy status in Letterkenny while fighting anyone who challenges him. “I had my time toward the end of high school where I attempted to join the ranks of tough guys in

Listowel, but it just didn’t go over well,” Keeso laughs. He recalls getting into a scrap at the local bar one time after someone started “pushing up on his friend’s girlfriend.” “My friends had shaved me a mullet before going out that night—so we’re already well on our way. So I give this guy the

nod across the dancefloor and when he stood up, buddy’s arms went down to his knees. He was a real monster. So I guess I didn’t pick my spot that well, but anyways, we go outside the bar to the parking lot and he rag-dolled me from behind, and when I finally pushed away he kicked and I watched the sole of his shoe in | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

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DANCE BETROFFENHEIT • Citadel Theatre in the Shoctor Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • 780.425.1820 • • Choreographer Crystal Pite and actor/playwright Jonathon Young join forces to examine, with unflinching honesty, what happens to the individual in the wake of a trauma • Mar 30-Apr 1 • Starting at $30

CAPITAL CITY BURLESQUE PRESENTS: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES • Evolution Wonderlounge, 10220-103 St • • This onenight-only event is a cheeky celebration of cinema, featuring brand-new, first-time solo performances, a teaser from our upcoming feature production and more • Apr 7, 7-10pm • Tickets start at $15 + fees and GST (available at Eventbrite)

DANCE CLASSES WITH GOOD WOMEN DANCE COLLECTIVE • Muriel Taylor Studio at Ruth Carse Centre for Dance, 11205-107 Ave • • • Every Tue, Thu, Fri; 10-11:30am • $15 (drop-in), $65 (5 class pack), $100 (10 class pack)

DIRT BUFFET CABARET• Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St • milezerodance. com • This multidisciplinary, diverse variety show allows audiences to discover Edmonton’s most unique, challenging, and wide-ranging performances, curated by an array of artists who will share different niches within the Edmonton scene • Apr 26, 8pm • $10 or best offer at the door EL LLANTO SE MUEVE - THE CRY MOVES • Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square • • • The 2018 Edmonton Flamenco Festival's mainstage event.

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MILE ZERO DANCE DROP-IN DANCE & MOVEMENT CLASSES • Spazio Performativo, 10816-95 St • 780.424.1573 • mzdsociety@ • • Mile Zero Dance holds a number of drop-in dance & movement classes for people of all experience levels & ages; Mon: Professional Technique (1011:30am), Contact Improv (7-9pm); Tue: Kids 6-10 (4:30-5:15pm), Toonie Yoga (5:30-6:45pm), Butoh (7-9pm); Wed: Noguchi Taiso (1011:30am); Thu: Preschool 3-5 (10-10:45am), Beginner Contemporary (5-6:15pm); Sat: House (7-9pm) • $15 (regular), $12 (members), 10-class cards available for $100

SACRED CIRCLE DANCE • Riverdale Community Hall, 9231-100 Ave • • Dances are taught to a variety of songs and music. No partner required • 2nd Wed of the month (beginners), 4th Wed of the month (experienced), 7-9pm • $10

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ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • albertacraft. • Process; Thinking Through: artwork by Charles Lewton-Brain; Jan 20-Apr 21 • Spirals: artwork by Dalia Saafan; Mar 3-Apr 7 ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL OF SPRUCE GROVE • Melcor Cultural Centre, 355th Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • • Figuratively Speaking: artwork by various artists; Mar 6-23 • Artwork by Stephanie Medford; Mar 6-23 • Juried Members Show; Mar 26-Apr 3; Reception: Mar 31, 1-3pm • Open Sculpture Show; Apr 16-May 4; Reception: Apr 21, 1-3pm

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga. ca • WordMark: A New Chapter Acquisition Project; Oct 28-Apr 8 • Songs for Pythagoras: artwork by Peter von Tiesenhausen; Jan 27-May 6 • Undaunted: Canadian Women Painters of the 19th Century; Dec 2-Apr 8 • Manning Hall: The Pre-History of M.N. Hutchinson: Site 24; until Dec 31 • BMO World of Creativity: Wild Wood; until Dec 31 • RBC Work Room: Metamorphosis: artwork by Gloria Mok; until Jul 1 • Painting Alberta, Details of Canada: artwork by William Townsend; until Jul 1 • WEEKLY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES: Tours for Tots, Every Wed, 10-11am • Youth Workshops, ages 13-17, Every Thu, 4-6pm • Kids’ Open Studio, Every Sat, 1-3pm • Exhibition Tours; Every Sat-Sun, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm • Art for Lunch; 3rd Thu of the month, 12-1pm • VIBE; 3rd Fri of the month, 5-9pm

ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • • Retinal Circus: artwork by the Nina Haggerty Collective; Feb 1-Mar 31 • Inside Out: artwork by Wei Li; Apr 5-28; Opening reception: Apr 7, 2:30-5pm

BEAR CLAW GALLERY • 10403-124 St • 780.482.1204 • • • Rise. Love. Heal. Celebrate!: artwork by Nathalie Bertin; Mar 31Apr 11 • Artwork by Jason Carter; Apr 14-Apr 26 • Spring Gallery Walk; Apr 14-15 BLEEDING HEART ART SPACE • 9132-118 Ave • • Regarding Mary: artwork by Marlena Wyman; Mar 10-Apr 7 BOREALIS GALLERY • 9820-107 St • • A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988); Jan 15-Apr 2 BRUCE PEEL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS • Lower level, Rutherford South, University of Alberta • • Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination; Apr 27-Aug 24

BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY • 10345-124 St • • Presence: artwork by Jim Visser; Apr 7-21

CARROT COFFEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave • • Artwork by Jill Thomson & Sara Norquay; through the month of Mar

cAVA GAllery • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • • Art & Film Installation with Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie; Jan 21-Mar 31

DC3 ART PROJECTS • 10567-111 St • 780.686.4211 • • Artwork by Aganetha Dyck; Mar 15-Apr 14 ENTERPRISE SQUARE • 10230 Jasper Ave • Rock Water Wind Exhibition; Apr 10-29; Opening reception: Apr 12, 6:30-9pm; Live music by pianist Bob Husband FAB GALLERY • Fine Arts Building Gallery,1-1 FAB (University of Alberta) • artshows • lacuna: artwork by Becky Thera; Feb 20-May 17 • BDES 2018; Mar 27-Apr 7 • BFA 2018; Apr 17-28

FRONT GALLERY • 10402-124 St • • Connectivity: artwork by Dave & Allan Thomas; Apr 26, 7-9pm

GAllery@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • • The Art of Truth and Reconciliation: artwork by George Littlechild; Mar 9-Apr 29

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • harcourthouse. • Wetlands: artwork by Florin Hategan; Mar 29-May 12; Opening reception: Mar 29, 7-10pm • Citizen of the World: artwork by Sara Norquay; Mar 29-May 12; Opening reception: Mar 29, 7-10pm JUBILEE AUDITORIUM • 11455-87 Ave • • Geometry: Reception with guest speaker Megan Dyck, MFA; Apr 7, 2-4pm

LANDO GALLERY • 103, 10310-124 St • 780.990.1161 • • March Group Exhibition; Through Mar

• • • RE: The Current Narrative of Collecting Women’s Art; Mar 8-Apr 20

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St NW • • Figures as index: artwork by Luther Konadu; Feb 23-Mar 31 • Linage: artwork by Brittany Bear Hat; Feb 23-Mar 31

LOFT GALLERY & GIFT SHOP • A.J. Ottewell Arts Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • Sat-Sun, 12-4pm (excluding long weekends) • Artwork by Desserrie Plewis, Lynda McAmmond, Lynn Sinfield, Joyce Boyer, Kay McCormick, and Terrie Shaw; Mar 3-Jul 8

LOTUS ART GALLERY • 10321-124 St • • Sexy & Wild: artwork by various artists; Jan-Mar

AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave • Timothy Taylor "The Rule of Stephens" Book Launch; Mar 29, 7-8:30pm • Blaine Greenwood "The False Mirror" Book Launch; Apr 4, 7-9pm • Jennifer Quist "The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner" Book Launch; Apr 6, 7-9pm

EDMONTON POETRY BROTHEL: ONE NIGHT STAND • Aviary, 9314-111 Ave • • One night only affair replete with intimate one-on-one readings, fortune tellings, portrait paintings, burlesque offerings, musical delicacies, and a saucy serving of sexy surprises • Mar 29, 7:30pm (doors), 8:30-11:30pm (show) • $10 (adv at YEGLive), $15 (door)

Supper x Club, 10765 Jasper Ave • Every Tue



PAINT SPOT • 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • • NAESS GALLERY: Human Soul, Human Body, Human Being: artwork by Jorge Arango, Michael Conforti, Dolly Dennis; Until Apr 7 • ARTISTAN NOOK: Powerful Words: artwork by Jennifer Valliere; Until Apr 5


• Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8600 • • Got an idea for a novel? Strathcona County Library Writer in Residence Michael Hingston will show you some tips and tricks for rolling up your sleeves and getting your idea down on paper • Apr 8, 2-4pm • Free (register online at sclibrary. ca or by calling 780.410.8600)

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave • 780.422.8174 • • The Poets’ Haven Reading Series • Most Mon (except holidays), 7pm, Sep 18-Mar; presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • $5 (door)

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12323-104 Ave • 780.455.7479 • • This Is Not A Century For Paradises: artwork by Julian Forrest; Mar 15-Apr 7



11 O'CLOCK NUMBER • Basement Theatre at

• 8555 Roper Road • • 780.427.1750 • eventsandexhibits/default.aspx • Open TueSat, 9am • 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever; Until Aug 1

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • • Spring Pop: group art show; Through Mar

SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • • Eyes Water Fire: artwork by Tomoyo Ihaya; Feb 23-Mar 31 • India Inked!: currated by Nirmal Raja and Santosh Sakhinala; Apr 27-Jun 2

STRATHCONA COUNTY MUSEUM & ARCHIVES • 913 Ash St, Sherwood Park • •Hidden Treasures: Community Service Champions; Runs until Apr 20

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • • Daily activities, demonstrations and experiments • POPnology Exhibition; Feb 9-May 6 • Terry Fox– Running to the Heart of Canada; Feb 16-Sep 16 UDELL XHIBITIONS • 10332-124 St NW • 780.488.4445 • • Open Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm • Spring Exhibition; Apr 7, 2-4pm VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • 780.460.5990 • • Uncovered and Unashamed: artwork by Andréa Schmidt; Feb 27-Mar 31

WEST END GALLERY • 10337-124 St • 780.488.4892 • • Artwork by Gerda Marschall; Mar 24-Apr 5 • Artwork by Bill Webb; Apr 7-Apr 19 WOMEN'S ART MUSEUM OF CANADA • La Cité Francophone 2nd Pavillon, #200, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St) • 780.803.2016


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LADIES FOURSOME • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • • Imagine Sex and the City on a golf course! It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honour of their recently departed fourth. They are joined at the tee by an old friend of the deceased and many surprises, secrets and confessions come to the surface • Feb 6-Apr 1 THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL • Timms Cen-

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • friendsofuah. org/mcmullen-gallery • Home Grown: artwork by Elaine Funnell & Amanda McCavour; Mar 10-Apr 22 Albert Place, 5 St Anne Street, St Albert • • 780.459.1528 • museum@ • Witness Blanket/ForgetMe-Not Métis Rose; Apr 3-Jun 3; Opening reception: Apr 4, 6-8pm

DON GIOVANNI • Jubilee Auditorium, 1145587 Ave • 780.429.1000 • • He’s sly, arrogant, and takes pride in breaking women’s hearts–opera’s most notorious bad boy Don Giovanni is back in all his seductive glory this spring • Apr 14 at 8pm, Apr 17, 20 at 7:30pm • Tickets from $40

Holy Trinity, 10037-84 Ave • grindstonetheatre. ca • This completely improvised musical comedy is based on the suggestions from the audience who will get to experience a brand new story unfold in front of them, complete with impromptu songs, dance breaks and show stopping numbers • Every Fri, Oct 13-Dec 15, 11pm

BEWITCHING ELVIS • Jubilations Dinner

tre for the Arts, 87 Ave & 112 St, University of Alberta • • Lady Sneerwell sets out to spread scandal in this quintessential Comedy of Manners. Set in the 18th century, this is a play full of wit, mistaken identities and intrigue • Mar 29-Apr 7

THE SILVER ARROW: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROBIN HOOD • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • • The world premiere of a new twist on the classic Robin Hood adventure story, featuring a female protagonist and awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics • Apr 21-May 13

SLUT • Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • 780.471.1586 • • By Brenda McFarlane. Matilda is a woman who gives of herself freely. So freely in fact, that the senior citizens from the complex next door have her arrested for running a brothel. During an endless night of bookings at the police station, Matilda runs a gamut of emotions: joy, regret, remorse, anger, despair and love • Apr 6-14 THEATRESPORTS • Citadel's Zeidler Hall, 9828-101A Ave • • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm • Sep 9-Jun 8 • $15

UNDERCOVER • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • • One grizzled cop. One audience-member-turned-rookie-detective. One unsolved case • Apr 4-29

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Betroffenheit / Fri., Mar. 30 (8 pm) – Sun., Apr. 1 (2 pm) / Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Theatre The German word “betroffenheit” has no single translation in the English language, but we can roughly understand it as the emotional condition a human is forced to experience after suffering traumatic episode. This is where Jonathan Young’s dance theatre show Betroffenheit finds its foundation—trauma. Though Young described the period after los-

ing his daughter, niece, and nephew to an accidental fire as a “looping, never-ending hell,” Betroffenheit is a rare fusion of comedy and drama. The show is also choreographed by Kidd Pivot, a Vancouver contemporary dance company known for its outlandish and stupefying dance arrangements. With a unique utilization of clowns and a precious sound score, Betroffenheit has won a 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Hold on to your hats Edmonton, it’s going to get weird.

Theatre, West Edmonton Mall, #2061 8882-170 St • 780.484.2424 • • Samantha Stephens and her husband Darren are trying to live a normal married life, but Samantha’s witch mother, Endora, doesn’t make it very easy for them. Samantha throws a party and is greeted by the real Elvis • Jan 26-Apr 1

BLUE STOCKINGS • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • • A play about four young women fighting for their right to receive an education during the era of women’s suffrage • Apr 4-14

CHIMPROV • Citadel's Zeidler Hall, 9828-101A Ave • • Rapid Fire Theatre’s long form comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • Every Sat, 10pm; Sep 10-Jun 9 • $15 (door or buy in adv at TIX on the Square) CITY OF ANGELS • Triffo Theatre in Allard Hall, 11110-104 Ave • Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40’s—the world of film studios and flimsy negligees—the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist attempting a screenplay of his bestselling novel for movie producer Buddy Fiedler • Mar 21-31, 7:30pm (2pm matinee on Mar 25) • $15-$25 via MacEwan Box Office COUGAR ANNIE TALES • The Aviary, 9314111 Ave • A one woman play about a legendary west coast pioneer settler. Cougar Annie trapped over 70 cougars, outlived four husbands, bore 11 children and carved a life out of a remote west coast rainforest bog in the early 1900s • Apr 16, 7-10pm

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • • Live improvised soap opera. Join the whole Die-Nasty family REBORN, for a whole season of great artists, earth-shaking discovery, glorious music, hilarious hi jinx...but mostly Machiavellian Intrigue • Runs every Mon, 6:30pm (doors), 7:30-9:30pm • Oct 23-May 29

The Art of Truth and Reconciliation: artwork by George Littlechild Gallery@501 Mar 9-Apr 29

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celebrating years


CITIZEN OF THE WORLD by Sara Norquay March 29 – May 12, 2018 The Art Incubator Gallery

WETLANDS by Florin Hategan March 29 – May 12, 2018 The Main Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, Mar 29, @ 7-10 pm Artist Talk by Sara Norquay @ 7:30pm Harcourt House Artist Run Centre 3rd floor, 10215 - 112 St, Edmonton 780 426 4180

2017 — 2018


Alberta Premiere





Send in the Girls burlesque bring a female side of history to the burlesque stage



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Fri., Mar. 30 (sold out) & Sat., Mar. 31 With Glowing Hearts Capitol Theatre Fort Edmonton Park $22 at:, 18+


ho doesn’t love a good burlesque show? The pasties, the boas, the glitter—it really is a spectacle to behold. There’s only one thing that could make a burlesque show better—and that’s if you learned something at the same time. Lucky for you, you can do both. This week, the Edmonton-based burlesque troupe Send in the Girls is performing their show With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue. The show takes a look at important Canadian women who were feminists, heroines, and trailblazers, but whose stories might not be well known. “It’s all about Canadian women from history that maybe didn’t get enough of the acclaim that they deserved,” says Ellen Chorley, artistic co-director for the troupe. “We discuss why they deserve to have some glory, then we do tribute acts to them to celebrate them and let the audience clap for their achievements.” As well as being artistic codirector, Chorley wrote the play and will be hosting the show as Nellie McClung.

“We’re big history geeks,” Chorley says. Sydney Parcey (or Scarlet Von Bomb on stage) is another one of the performers in the show. She plays a variety of roles throughout the performance, but for her solo act, she chose something close to home. “I chose Florence LaDue, who helped found the Calgary Stampede. Being a born and bred Calgarian I wanted to highlight a part of my hometown,” Parcey says. “It was such a huge part of my life growing up.” Send in the Girls Burlesque has been together since 2011. Their first full production, Tudor Queens: A Burlesque, premiered at the 2011 Fringe Festival, where it received a Sterling Award nomination for Outstanding Fringe Production. Since then, the troupe has performed a number of shows, including The Hollywoodland Burlesques and Shakespeare’s Sirens. Chorley also makes a note that though burlesque and stripping are quite similar, and many bur- | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

lesque performers do both, they are not the same. “I mean, we do take our clothes off, but it’s more about empowerment, it’s more about showing diverse bodies; it’s about really beautiful costumes,” she says. “All of the reveals—especially the reveals we do because we are a theater company and we do burlesque—all the reveals have meaning associated with them because we are playing these characters. Every burlesque piece is like a monologue in a play or in musical theater, a song.” The musical selection for the show includes a completely Canadian soundtrack including songs from Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne, with one exception—Barbara Streisand’s “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long.” The only performance that doesn’t feature a Canadian song, the track was chosen because it still has roots to famed Canadian burlesque performer Judith Stein, the only Canadian woman to be inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Alexander Sorochan

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THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS A breath of fresh air from an award-winning director and filmmaker


rom director Marc J. Francis (Black Gold) and filmmaker Max Pugh (The Road to Freedom Peak) comes the quiet masterpiece Walk with Me. The filmmakers take us into 91-year-old Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh’s world-famous monastery, Plum Village. A breath of fresh air from the noise of the film industry— and the world in general—the

documentary is filled with quietness and contemplation, which is its own form of action/adventure (though rather slow-paced). The film dives deep into the community at Plum Village and offers short glimpses into the lives of the monks and nuns that have given up their past selves for a life free of personal possessions, dedicating themselves to

learning the art of mindfulness. Several scenes in the film feature Benedict Cumberbatch narrating the words of Thich Nhat Hanh’s journals during the turbulent times of 1962 to 1966 (Fragrant Palm Leaves) to allow for contemplation in between moments. Forced into exile in the ‘60s during the Vietnam War as a result of his efforts to bring peace, he settled in France and established Plum Village. The monastery is known for its mindfulness teaching and host retreats for visitors from the world over. The incredible cinematography begins in winter, with passages

that read of the resilience and strength of nature and its comparison to ourselves as humans. As the film goes on, daffodils appear to show southern France in early spring, as passages echo the qualities of each season. Walk with Me also taps into our inherent curiosity to watch people: expressions of intention and peacefulness, boredom and mind-wandering dominate the faces of the students as time quietly passes at the monastery, marked by the intervaled bells that ring in Plum Village every 15 minutes to train mindfulness. If unacquainted with the con-

cept of mindfulness, I offer Thich Nhat Hanh: “The practice of mindfulness is to always arrive. Arrive in the here and the now. We have been running a lot, but we have not arrived,” he says to a group of students in once scene. “Maybe we are looking for some conditions of happiness that we believe we don’t have, and running, searching has become habit … The practice of mindfulness helps us to come home into the here and now and to learn how to live our lives deeply, that way we will not waste our lives.” Sierra Bilton



A NEW KIND OF DISASTER The filmmaking duo of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero make their triumphant return in Best F(r)iends


ow does one critique a movie involving Tommy Wiseau? It almost seems paradoxical, as the definition of the word ‘quality’ is immediately blurred when his name graces the opening credits. However, Wiseau’s new film Best F(r)iends allows for the cult star of 2003’s The Room to flex his acting prowess as he is not bogged down with the duties of writer, producer, and director —roles he played in his film debut all those years ago. Instead his creative partner Greg Sestero takes up the mantle as costar, writer, and producer and delivers something that doesn’t usually correlate with the name Wiseau —a watchable film. The story of Best F(r)iends may appear simple in its initial approach, yet that doesn’t stop it from descending into a form of lunacy that we’re all too familiar with when it comes to this filmmaking duo. The difference here is that the lunacy is on purpose, and not just a happy accident. The story follows a drifter named Jon (Sestero) after he has a chance encounter with a mortician named Harvey (Wiseau). Jon begins to work in Harvey’s morgue after

Harvey offers him a position. What follows is a collage of grandiose establishing shots of Los Angeles, a surprising amount of character development, and a story of betrayal, as it is revealed that both Jon and Harvey aren’t all what they seem. What this film shares with its predecessor The Room is the ‘Wiseau Factor.’ Dear Tommy’s screen presence hasn’t changed one bit in the last decade, and one can argue that’s a good thing. I mean would you really go see a movie with Tommy Wiseau if he didn’t bring his unique chaotic charm? What makes the tone of the film difficult to place is that Wiseau’s delivery clashes with the film’s almost professional approach to the filmmaking medium. The cinematography is half-way decent, the performances that aren’t Wiseau’s are enjoyable in the traditional sense, and the film moves at a steady clip, with no issues in continuity or plot. What Best F(r)iends comes across as is Sestero’s attempt to make a movie on his terms, with Wiseau taking the back seat. It almost mirrors The Room in every way, just with

Fri., Mar. 30 – Tue., Apr. 3 Best F(r)iends Metro Cinema $8 – $13  the roles reversed. Iit does keep some of the train wreck charm of The Room, but seems more like an evolution, moving away from the legacy that these two public figures have held for over a decade. Best F(r)iends needs to be experienced first hand, and there is no doubt there will be several interpretations of this film. Will it hold the same cult status as its predecessor? That has yet to be decided, but what Sestero has done with the help of director Justin MacGregor is evolve the brand that these two actors have maintained on the laurels of a single film. If there’s any concern about whether or not we’ll see more from the Wiseau/Sestero duo anytime soon, don’t fret, the film leaves us on quite the cliffhanger. Yet, when it comes to formally ranking this movie in a traditional sense it is incredibly difficult … one could say it’s, “tearing me apart.” Jake Pesaruk


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Ritualistics artist Lauren Baker covers up an old tattoo with a floral design / Doug Johnson


One of Edmonton’s first female body-mod artists and shop-owners discusses changes in the industry


y the time she reached it, Noni Coburn’s goal of making an entirely female-run and operated body-modification parlour ceased to seem so important. When the owner of Ritualistics Tattoo and Piercing struck out on her own 20 odd years ago, she caught “flack” from members of the tattoo community—small, at the time, and male-dominated. She recalls, at the outset, wanting to “give the finger” to nay-sayers through staffing Ritualistics only with women, and by being one of the first female shop owners, but at the time

there weren’t enough female artists around Edmonton looking to work, so it took longer to achieve this— long enough that the nature of the industry changed and enough time passed that she felt she could unflip that particular bird. There’s a quiet victory in this, but she’s long since gotten over the initial shade, now that female tattoo, piercing artists and clients are commonplace across the city. “It kind of worked out, but not when I wanted it to,” Coburn says with a laugh, “but nothing ever does.”

In the 1990s, Edmonton had far fewer tattoo parlours than it does now, and, by and large, men owned and staffed them—most of the artists and clients were also men, bikers mostly, she recalls. The community, besides being overtly masculine, was tightly-knit, and some of her early detractors may just have taken issue with her moving on from her former shop, she says. “The community today, because it’s so large, there’s not the same kind of politics there,” she says. Edmonton now boasts dozens

of tattoo parlours and, across both the city and country, body modification has moved away from some of the negative stigma that surrounded it. Coburn laughs when she says people would be surprised what politicians hide under their suits. International research agency Ipsos states that 22 percent of Canadians had tattoos in 2012, and women had slightly higher rates of being tattooed than men, a figure that Coburn agreed with anecdotally, suggesting it’s roughly 60 percent women getting work done now—in the city, not just in Ritualistics. And now more and more women train and work in the field, she says. “Back in the day, you had ‘mosttattooed man’ appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. If you had the most-tattooed woman, she’d be in a circus,” she says. “It was something very much frowned upon.” Coburn has no big plans for Ritualistics’ future. After moving three times—from Kingsway to downtown to its current location on Stony Plain Road—and having established a warm rapport among the body-mod community and its clients, she’s happy with her business. That said, as tattooing, piercing, etc., have entered ‘polite society’ there are more chances for foibles among practitioners in the industry: more work done, more chances for mistakes, and regulations surrounding it haven’t evolved in-kind, Coburn says. From the start, Coburn saw body

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modification as a quasi-medical profession, something along the lines of aesthetician work, but far more invasive, more blood. But the prestige isn’t there, nor is the training and regulations on certification or products, leaving room for abuse or error. Glow-inthe-dark tattoo ink, for instance, is growing in popularity, but the amount of time spent researching its long-term effects on the human body is negligible: not that tattoo ink in general is highly regulated. These lack government rulings, she says, are leftover from the time when tattoos were seen on bikers, criminals, and other less savoury members of society, she says. Similarly, while there are public health advertisements warning about the potential dangers of, say, alcohol, there are no such campaigns for tattoos. Likely, there won’t be any changes in the future until “something happens to someone important,” she says. Coburn believes long-standing change should be enacted to protect clients, and bring workers more in-line with other professions that work with skin, blood, and muscle. “We’re dealing with blood-borne pathogens, we’re dealing with the human body, we’re dealing with diseases, cross-contamination, contagions,” she says. “We’re dealing with an invasive procedure, and there are certain protocols we need to follow to ensure people are safe.” Doug Johnson


Russ Foxx discusses his love of suspension and various body modifications


uss Foxx has been a well-respected bodymodification artist in Canada for close to 17 years now. Over the course of his career, Foxx has never stopped researching newer body modifications that pop up every few years. With a home base in Vancouver, Foxx spends much of his time on the road, touring and performing with his RISE Suspension Crew, modifying and piercing people, teaching techniques, and learning. “Everything I do—I consider myself responsible for, whether it’s suspension, scarification, piercing, or facilitating a suspension,” Foxx says. He remembers when he got into and became a huge follower of body suspension, the art of hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body. “I went to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with some friends for the first time in Toronto during Halloween night in the early 2000s,” he says. “Then they took me to this goth club and there was this team called I Was Cured and they were doing suspension performances.” Once Foxx saw what the crew suspending, he was spellbound. He talked to no one at the club, stopped partying and just watched. “I honestly couldn’t blink,” he says. “I was so taken aback by this performance and I didn’t really know why. So I went up to the performers and said I wanted to try it and I got connected with one of the team members who hosted an event called Suscon.” A few months later, Foxx was invited to Suscon Suspension Convention in Toronto where he tried his first suspension. “It was just an eye-opening experience. It’s so empowering and it gives you tools to deal with trauma. In doing many suspensions, I can handle immense pain and am less likely to experience shock,” he says. Soon suspension became a hobby, and then, morphed into an obsession leading Foxx to create his non-profit RISE Suspension Crew. Since his first Suscon, Foxx has performed more than 200 unique suspensions. “Once you’ve done one session there are al-

ways ways to push yourself,” he says. “You can hang from your upper back, or hang horizontally like superman. They’re two completely different sensations. Hanging from your knees upside down, it’s a very different world.” he says. He continues “It’s euphoric and it can be a lot of things based on what intent you have going in. If you do it in a meditative way, it can be a very serene experience. It’s scary, painful, and it’s going to bring anxiety and spur on fear. But when you approach this voluntarily and approach it head on, you come out as a stronger person. I’d put it up there with skydiving or bungee jumping ... It will be life-changing and at least, memorable.” Foxx’s love for body mods doesn’t stop at suspension. He practices scarification (an umbrella term that covers the act of scarring the body in an artistic manner), subdermal (his implanted horns) and transdermal implants, ear pointing, and magnetic vision (magnets implanted subdermally for the ability to sense magnetic fields). “I also have an RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip in my hand that is used in key fobs or pets to hold information about your dog or something,” he says. “Mine is used for a couple different things. It starts with my motorcycle. I’ve removed the key ignition and put in an RFID trigger switch so to wake the bike up and turn it off I scan my RFID chip. I also have a gun safe in my home that can only be accessed with my RFID chip.” Foxx also has an NFC (near-field communication) chip implanted in his hand that is used to access his home door and unlock his phone. “It also stores data, so, all my business information is in this chip in my hand and if you scan it with your phone it’s like a built-in business card.” Those implants fall under the term body hacking, a relatively new movement that has humans implanting technological devices in their bodies. “Things are really starting to take off within the last five years with newer advancements in technologies. What I have is just the start.” Stephan Boissonneault

Apr., 21 & 22 (11 am – 7 pm) Russ Foxx, guest artist Crimson Empire Tattoo

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Molly Rankin forged most of Antisocialites in an abandoned classroom on Toronto Island


To find it, she spent the better part of two weeks alone on Toronto Island, a place where cars are banned. “I usually work better by myself,” she says. “Sometimes it’s good to get away from your comfort zone and be bored, and not have constant stimuli. I usually write on the shore just by humming random melodies or

olly Rankin, the lead singer and songwriter of Toronto’s dream-pop group Alvvays, decided she needed some personal island time to finish up the band’s sophomore album Antisocialites. After touring the debut album for three years with her bandmates, Rankin felt strung-out and wanted some quality alone time—her breeding ground for creative writing.

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going for long walks and basically finding places where no one is.” While on Toronto Island she sculpted the bulk of Antisocialites in an abandoned classroom. “It was perfect. Bare bones with a chalkboard and a huge drafting table where I could set all my instruments and my mixing board and some pedals,” she says. Rankin’s longing for escapism and isolation is certainly present within Antisocialites. During the opening track “In Undertow,” her high falsetto meshes with a jangly synth line and is met with shoegaze guitar chords. The song has a tendency to echo and eventually fade off in bits, giving the musical representation of isolation. Rankin sums up this feeling nicely by singing the line “there’s no turning back, no turning back, no turning back, after what’s transpired.”

“I had already escaped by this point,” she says. “I think the first record was me striving to be a part of something and I felt pretty removed from my comfort zone. This album, I tried to escape and have a little bit more distance from everyone of everything.” The one recurring theme that followed the Alvvays sound since day one has been the motif of water—Rankin usually sings metaphors about lonely streams, lakes or oceans and the guitar is dripping in an aqua phase tone. “I’m from Cape Breton and the boys are from Prince Edward Island, so growing up we were always surrounded by water,” Rankin says. “I’m sure it has a large effect on where my mind was at. Space and water to me have this endless possibility factor of wonder and I’m often intrigued by those two.”

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Thu., Mar. 29 (9 pm) and Fri., Mar. 30 (9 pm) Alvvays w/ Frankie Rose, and Labcoast Starlite Room $20 Usually, an Alvvays track’s lyrics are rooted within an imaginative story that Rankin weaves and reflects upon. Yet, she sings the lyrics in a nostalgic tone as if the story is one of her own. She’s not the kind of artist to sing about personal history, giving a modern fairytale vibe to the band’s music. “I was told that I refer to telephones quite a bit,” she laughs. “I guess people don’t use landlines anymore, but I think songs can come from any perspective; same with performance—you should be able to be somebody else on stage or when you’re making music.” Stephan Boissonneault


Thu., Mar. 29 (8 pm) Lights w/ Dear Rouge, and DCF Winspear Centre From $29 at


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Lights wrote a postapocalyptic graphic novel side by side her newest album Skin & Earth


lmost exactly a decade ago Canadian singer-songwriter Lights released her very first single, “Drive My Soul,” a soothing synth-pop song about intense feelings of connection and love. Now on her fourth album Skin & Earth, her first after becoming a mother, that impression of innocence is gone and replaced by a fierce sound full of fight. Lights has never appeared so powerful. Lights portrays the confidence of Skin & Earth through Enaia, a strong alter-ego who battles her way through a post-apocalyptic world in Lights’ fantasy comic book of the same name. Lights wrote and drew the graphic novel side by side with the album. The songs reflect Enaia’s state of mind as she searches for hope, but they also connect to the world right now. “When I first started writing the character I didn’t necessarily see her as me but as the story went on and I started to write her, and write these songs, they were all coming from my heart,” Lights says. “A lot of people associate comic book characters with being heros, untouchables, these perfect beings, but I don’t find I can relate to those kind of characters. I relate to the ones that are more realistic, the ones that make mistakes; they get angry, they have flaws.”


Lights, in all her glory / Matt Barnes

Lights created Enaia as an extension of herself for young women to look up to as they are so often heavily underrepresented in comic books. Both the music and comic industries are having to play catch up in term of gender equality, as so many technical positions are male-dominated. Now the mother of Rocket Wild (her daughter), Lights says she notices now more than ever the way gender roles are marketed to children at a young age, and how it affects the career path they choose down the road. It’s why she believes so deeply in empowering women. “Feminism, to me, is if you believe that women should get equal opportunity,” Lights says. “You believe that women are amazing individuals that deserve opportunity. I definitely consider myself a feminist like a lot of people do, and if you don’t you’re kind of an asshole. It’s kind of a basic idea.” Both mediums of Skin & Earth are fearless in bringing up the many social issues that run rampant today. From the social constructs, walled society, and class systems that she explores in the music video of the first single, “Giants,” to the running theme of mental health and growth she expressed through

“New Fears,” Lights is self-assured and not scared to open up about her insecurities. “People look back on their hard times, like, this flaw in their past,” Lights says. “Like it’s this scar they don’t want to talk about, they want to block out, but that’s just a part of our story and how we get to who we are. It’s a part of our strength.” When you listen to “We Were Here,” arguably one of the strongest songs on Skin & Earth, all you hear is the confidence and strength that Lights has grown into the past decade. While still driven with a strong electronic pop sound, the mood and lyrics are far darker than anything she’s written before. The song is clearly about making an impression and as Lights explains, “leaving a little something of yourself behind.” Whether it’s on the pages of a comic book or through albums, Lights leaves little pieces of her work and herself with audiences across Canada and beyond. In particular, she leaves a certain tenacity on the stage. She’s promises the “We Were Here” tour is grander and wilder than any in the past. “It’s like fantastastical surreal dance party meets electro campfire.” Tamanna Khurana | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018





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“I like to say it’s all of the power and emotion of an orchestra, but combined with the energy and excitement of a rock concert, and mixed together with all the cutting edge visuals and interactivity and fun that videos games provide,” Tallarico says. “I created this show for everybody. You don’t have to know anything at all about video games to come out and enjoy it.” Though, a familiarity with the music doesn’t hurt. Tallarico describes video game music as an intimate embrace of sound that’s much more personal than the scores featured in other interdisciplinary mediums. “When you play a video game, you become that character, and the music that you hear throughout the game becomes the soundtrack of your life,” he says. “It’s very different than if you watch a movie.” Tallarico arranges music from storied game franchises like Super Mario Bothers, The Legends of Zelda, Warcraft, and Mega Man, while also highlighting the music from newer games like Overwatch and Undertale. “I wanted to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic videos games have become, but the other goal was to help usher in a whole new generation of young people to appreciate the orchestra and to appreciate the arts.” Multiple successful crowd-

Fri., Mar. 30 (8 pm) Video Games Live Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium From $40 funding campaigns validate his ambitions. The current Kickstarter for Video Games Live’s latest album shot past $100,000 in just two days, and has since met its $193,000 funding goal with three weeks left in the campaign. “It really is a show by the fans for the fans. They help me decide which new songs to create and to record on the new album and to bring on the road with us,” Tallarico says. “It’s a different setlist every night. Over the last 16 years, I’ve created over 170 different segments for Video Games Live, but we can only play about 19 of them a night.” Tallarico curates the setlist from Facebook discussion threads for each city, polling attendees on what they’d like to see and hear. Their input complements fixed-attractions, like Jason Paige (singer of the original Billboard chart-topping hit from Pokémon, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”). He’ll perform at Video Games Live in Edmonton and at each stop of the tour across the rest of Canada. “It kind of gives away what the encore is going to be—but that’s OK.” Kevin Pennyfeather


Quartet; 7pm (doors), 8pm (show); $11 (members), $15 (guests)



hen veteran composer Tommy Tallarico dared in 2002 to produce Video Games Live—an audiovisual spectacle featuring symphonic music— no one in the business thought it would work. Tallarico recalls the game publishers, symphonies, and concert venues telling him “people who play video games don’t go to a symphony, and the people who do go to a symphony certainly don’t play video games. You’re crazy, kid. Get out of here.” But 11,000 people showed up to his first show in Los Angeles, silencing the doubters and starting a wave of momentum that still rolls today. Video Games Live now holds a Guinness World Records for the most concerts performed by a touring symphonic production (450, and rising), as well as the record for most concurrent live viewers at a symphony: 752,000 at a concert in Beijing, China in 2015. “No time ever in the history of music have millions of young people around the world come out to watch a symphony,” Tallarico says. “Before Video Games Live, it never happened.” The concerts feature some of the greatest video game music of all time performed by symphonies and choirs around the world with rock ‘n roll lighting, special effects, dynamic video screens, and a little stage magic to heighten the experience.

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BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BORDERLINE SPORTS PUB 322682 St, 780.462.1888 BRICK & WHISKEY PUBLIC HOUSE 8937-82 Ave CAFE BLACKBIRD 9640-142 St NW, 780.451.8890, CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK 99, 23349 Wye Rd, Sherwood Park CARROT COFFEEHOUSE 9351118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASK AND BARREL 10041104 St; 780.498.1224, CENTURY CASINO–EDMONTON 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CENTURY CASINO–ST. ALBERT 24 Boudreau Rd, St. Albert, 780.460.8092 CHVRCH OF JOHN 10260-103 St, 780.884.8994, COMMON 9910-109 St CONVOCATION HALL Old Arts Building, University of Alberta, DENIZEN HALL 10311-103 Ave, 780.424.8215, thedenizenhall. com DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB 1111387 Ave NW,

DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 EL CORTEZ MEXICAN KITCHEN + TEQUILA BAR 8230 Gateway Blvd, EMPRESS ALE HOUSE 9912-82 Ave NW ENVY NIGHT CLUB West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER'S ROOST 7308-76 Ave, 780.439.9788, THE FORGE ON WHYTE 1054982 Ave (Whyte Ave) GAS PUMP NIGHT CLUB & BAR 10166-114 St HAVE MERCY SOUTHERN TABLE + BAR 8232 Gateway Blvd, HILLTOP PUB 8220-106 Ave NW JUBILEE AUDITORIUM 1145587 Ave NW, 780.427.2760, L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEAF BAR & GRILL 9016132 Ave MKT FRESH FOOD AND BEER MARKET 8101 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.2337 MERCER TAVERN 10363 104 St, 587.521.1911 MERCURY ROOM 10575-114 St

NAKED CYBERCAFÉ 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535109A Ave ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 10860-57 Ave THE PROVINCIAL PUB 160, 4211-106 St REC ROOM–SOUTH EDMONTON COMMON 1725-99 St NW REC ROOM–WEST EDMONTON MALL 8882-170 St NW RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD’S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780.457.3117 RIVER CREE–THE VENUE 300 E Lapotac Blvd ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St SANDS INN & SUITES 12340 Fort Rd, sandshoteledmonton. com SEWING MACHINE FACTORY 9562-82 Ave SHAKERS ROADHOUSE Yellowhead Inn, 15004 Yellowhead Trail SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE 9797 Jasper Ave SHERLOCK HOLMES– DOWNTOWN 10012-101 A Ave, 780.426.7784,

SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM 8882-170 St, 780.444.1752, SIDELINERS PUB 11018-127 St SQUARE 1 COFFEE 15 Fairway Drive STARLIGHT CASINO West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 TAVERN ON WHYTE 10507-82 Ave, 780.521.4404 TEMPLE–STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St UNION HALL 6240-99 St NW, 780.702-2582, UPTOWN FOLK CLUB 11150-82 St, 780.436.1554 WILD EARTH BAKERY– MILLCREEK 8902-99 St, WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.428.1414 WOODRACK CAFE 7603-109 St, 780. 757.0380, X-WRECKS 9303-50 St Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, YARDBIRD SUITE 11 Tommy Banks Way, 780.432.0428

Some conditions may apply. Promotion subject to change without notice and AGLC approval. | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

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COMEDY BIG ROCK PRESENTS: DEVANEY’S COMEDY NIGHT • Devaney's, 11113-87 Ave • 780.433.6364 • • Weekly open-mic hosted by Stephen McGovern • Sep 6-Apr 25, Every Wed, 8:30pm • Free


Created by Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre Production A co-presentation of Brian Webb Dance Company and the Citadel Theatre

11606 Jasper Ave • Every Sun, 8pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE • 10425-82 Ave • Underdog Comedy Show • Every Thu

A rare fusion of comedy and drama, poetry, and movement, Betroffenheit has enraptured critics and audiences worldwide.

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu-Fri: 8pm; Sat: 7:30pm & 10pm (until Apr) • Chris Sadleir; Apr 12-14

This 2017 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Dance Production comes to Edmonton as part of a major international tour.

COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • T.J. Miller; Apr 5-8

“… one of the must-see events of the season.” –TORONTO STAR


EMPRESS ALE HOUSE • 9912-82 Ave • Empress Comedy Night: Highlighting the best stand-up Edmonton has to offer. New headliner every week • Every Sun, 9pm • Free LAUGH STEADY • Nook Cafe, 10153-97 St • Live stand-up comedy hosted by Kevin Cianciolo • Last Fri of the month, 7:30-9:30pm • $5 (door) GROUPS/CLUBS/MEETINGS ADULT DANCE CLASSES • Quantum Leap Dance, 11232-163 St • 780.974.0309 • MON: Adult Tap, 7-8pm; Stretch & Strength with Jazz, 8-9:15pm • Wed: Floor Barre 6:45-7:45, Adult Ballet 7:45-9:15pm • Drop in Rate $15.75 (inc. GST); 5, 10, 15 Class passes available AIKIKAI AIKIDO CLUB • 10139-87 Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue, Thu; 7-9pm AMITABHA KADAMPA BUDDHIST CENTRE • 955087 St • 780.235.8257 • • • Weekly meditation classes and events. All welcome • Every Sun, Tue, Thu

CARROT COFFEE FRIENDSHIP CLUB • Carrot Coffeehouse, 9351-118 Ave • Have a cup of coffee with 55+ individuals single, divorced, or widowed who are looking to make new friends with neighbours in our local communities of: Delton, Eastwood, Parkdale – Cromdale, Westwood, Spruce Ave, and Alberta Avenue • Every Wed, 1-2pm

COFFEE WITH COPS • Carrot Coffeehouse, 9351-118 Ave • Edmonton Police Service invites the community to an open discussion • 1st Tue of every month, 10-11am

DEEPSOUL.CA • 780.217.2464; call or text for Sunday jam locations • Most Sun: Sunday Jams with no Stan (CCR to Metallica), starring Chuck Prins and Les Paul Standard; Pink Floyd-ish originals plus great covers of classics: some free; Twilight Zone Lively Up Yourself Tour (with DJ Cool Breeze); all ages

DROP-IN D&D • Hexagon Board Game Café, 10123 Whyte Ave • 780.757.3105 • • thehexcafe. com • Each night will be a single campaign that fits in a larger story arc. For all levels of gamers and those brand new or experienced to D&D • Every Tue & Wed, 7pm • $5 (with drink purchase) DROP-IN LARP • Jackie Parker Park • westernwinds. • Battle games and fighter practice using provided safe weapon boffer. An exciting way to get exercise while meeting new people with similar passions • Every Sat, 1:15pm • Free

EDMONTON OUTDOOR CLUB (EOC) • • Offering a variety of fun activities in and around Edmonton • Free to join; info at


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FOOD ADDICTS • Alano Club (& Simply Done Cafe), 10728124 St • 780.718.7133 (or 403.506.4695 after 7pm) • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm FORT SASKATCHEWAN 45+ SINGLES COFFEE GROUP • A&W, 10101-88 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan • 780.907.0201 (Brenda) • A mixed group offering conversation and friendship • Every Sun, 2pm

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LGNYEG • Happy Harbor Comics, 10729-104 Ave NW • • Events may include guest speakers, movie nights, board game nights, video game nights and much more • 1st Thu of every month

MONDAY MINGLE • Hexagon Board Game Cafe, 10123 Whyte Ave • 780.757.3105 • • • Meet new gamers. Go to the event solo or with a group • Every Mon, 5-11pm • $5 (one drink per person)

MONTHLY MEDITATION AND VEGAN BRUNCH • Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant, 10740-101 St • info@ • • First Sat of every month, 9am12pm • Free (confirm via Facebook or email) NORTHERN ALBERTA WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

OPEN DOOR COMIC CREATOR MEETINGS • Happy Harbor Comics, 10729-104 Ave • 780.452.8211 • • Open to any skill level. Meet other artists and writers, glean tricks of the trade and gain tips to help your own work, or share what you've already done • 2nd and 4th Thu of every month, 7pm ORGANIZATION FOR BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651,; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free

PAINTING FOR PLEASURE • McDougall United Church, 10086 Macdonald Drive (south entrance) • 780.428.1818 • • • A weekly group for those who like to paint, draw or otherwise be creative on paper • Every Thu, 10am-noon SCHIZOPHRENIA SOCIETY FAMILY SUPPORT DROP-IN GROUP • Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, 5215-87 St • 780.452.4661 • • The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta offers a variety of services and support programs for those who are living with the illness, family members, caregivers, and friends • 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7-9pm • Free

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS) • Grace United Church annex, 6215-104 Ave • 780.479-8667 (Bob) • • Low-cost, fun and friendly weight loss group • Every Mon, 6:30pm

TOASTMASTERS • Club Bilingue Toastmasters Meetings: Campus

St. Jean: Pavillion McMahon; 780.667.6105 (Willard); clubbilingue.; Meet every Tue, 7pm • Fabulous Facilitators Toastmasters Club: 9888 Jasper Ave. 10th floor;; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • Foresters Toastmaster Club: SEESA, 9350-82 St; 587.596.5277; Every Tue, 7-8:30pm • N'Orators Toastmasters Club: Lower Level, McClure United Church, 13708-74 St:; meet every Thu, 7pm • Norwood Toastmasters: Norwood Legion, 11150-82 St NW;; Every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm • Y Toastmasters Club: Queen Alexandra Community League, 10425 University Ave (N door, stairs to the left);; Meet every Tue, 7-9pm

WICCAN ASSEMBLY • Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 St • • The Congregationalist Wiccan Assembly of Alberta meets the 2nd Sun each month (except Aug), 6pm

WOMEN'S CRICKET • Meyonohk Elementary School Gym • • Learn the game of cricket. The group plays for fun and no experience is necessary. Kids and men welcome • Apr 6, 6-8pm; Apr 13, 6-8pm; Apr 20, 6-8pm

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS GLASSBLOWING CLASSES WITH PIXIE GLASSWORKS • Pixie Glassworks, 9322-60 Ave • 780.436.4460 • • Offering three levels in each of: hollow body work, implosions, sculpture, pipe-making and beads. Call to book • Every Mon, Wed, Thu, 6-9pm (no classes on holidays) • $150 (plus GST)

GREAT EXPEDITIONS TRAVEL SLIDE • St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 84240-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 (Gerry Staring), 780.435.6406 (John Woollard), 780.454.6216 (Sylvia Krogh) • Tunisia (Apr 2) • First Mon of the month, 7:30pm • $3 donation (guests are asked to bring snacks to share); everyone welcome

LASERALBERTA: ART, CLIMATE, ENERGY, ACTIVISM • University of Alberta, Telus 1-50, Telus Centre, 11104-87 Ave • Featuring three globally renowned artists, designers, and scientists to cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work • Apr 3, 6-7:30pm

OPERA 101: DON GIOVANNI • CKUA Radio Network, 9804 Jasper Ave • An evening of discussion surrounding Edmonton Opera's upcoming production of Mozart's timeless masterpiece Don Giovanni. Host Stephan Bonfield will contextualize the history and music of this piece and explain what makes Don Giovanni one of the major works in the opera canon • Mar 28, 7pm • Free

PIPELINES, PROVINCES, AND THE CONSTITUTION • Telus Centre Auditorium (Room 150), University of Alberta (87 Ave & 111 St) • A discussion. Can the province of BC legally block or slow down the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline? Should the federal government step in? If so, what can they do? What about environmental and Indigenous community rights and the pipeline? What is the cost/benefit of the pipeline? • Apr 4, 7-9pm • Free

SHUMKA PRESENTS "ANCESTOR AND ELDERS: THE CREATIVE JOURNEY" • Carrot Coffeehouse, 9351-118 Ave • thecarrot. ca • Join the creative team and cast members as they provide a glimpse into the collaboration and creative process of Shumka’s world premiere production, Ancestors and Elders • Mar 29, 7-9pm • Free

QUEER G.L.B.T.Q SENIORS GROUP • S.A.G.E Bldg, main floor Cafe, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square • 780.4235510 (Sage) • tuff69@telus. net • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Tue, 1-4pm PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 2nd Floor, 10618-105 Ave • Wheelchair-accessible elevator at 10610 105 Avenue • (780) 488-3234 • • OFFICE & DROP IN HOURS: Mon-Fri 12-7pm; Closed Sat-Sun and holidays • YOGA: (all ages), 2nd and 4th Mon of every month • TTIQ: (18+ Trans Group) 2nd Mon of every month, 7-9pm • TRANS

YOGA WITH JENNIFER • 780.439.6950 • • A traditional approach with lots of individual attention. Free introductory lasses • Tue evenings & Sat mornings SPECIAL EVENTS 2018 ORCHID FAIR • Moonflower Room, Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Drive, St. Albert • • Celebrating the hobby of orchid growing with an annual show and sale • Apr 6-8 • $10 ANNEKE’S ANTIQUE SALE • Heritage Park Pavilion, 5100-41 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.699.7839 • • • Over 130 tables of Alberta’s best antiques and collectibles • Mar 30-31, 10am-4pm • $5 (adults), free (kids)

BLATCHFORD BOOGIE-WOOGIE • Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway • 780.451.1175 • • Let the C-Jam Big Band and Sugar Swing Dance Club swing you into spring • Apr 7, 7pm • $35 (TIX on the Square and in person at the venue) • 18+ only

BVILER RVVM SITUATIVN • The Bower, 10538 Jasper Ave • A night of creativity in music and art focused on artists creating in an event based setting. An exploration and showcase of diverse art musical genres and cultures • Mar 30, 8pm • $7

EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST • Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave • Covering 80,000 square feet and featuring

over 500 beers, BeerFest is bigger and better than ever • Apr 13-14 • $19 • 18+ only


E-VILLE ROLLER DERBY PRESENTS: BERZERKHERS VS LAS PISTOLITAS • Edmonton SportsDome, 10104-32 Ave • • • Apr 7, 6-9:30pm • $10 (adv at and Mars & Venus); $15 (door); kids 10 and under are free

SUGAR SHACK | TERRRASSE À SUCRE • Café Bicyclette, Patio, La Cité Francophone, 8627, Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 St) • 780.463.1144 • • • A dinner in a wood fire heated outfitter tent, this rustic fine dining dinner brings a new approach to maple harvest season • Apr 6, Apr 13-14; 6-9pm • $75 (gratuity and TPS included), alcohol not included

TRANSCEND COFFEE + ROASTERY OPEN HOUSE • Transcend Coffee + Roastery - Ritchie Market, 9570-76 ave • • Learn about coffee in an intimate way, from milk steaming and latte art workshops to home brewing workshops, and roasting demonstrations • Apr 14, 11am-2:30pm / Supplied

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TEAM EDMONTON • Locations vary • • LGBTQ2+ inclusive. Various sports and recreation activities. Events include: “Gayming”, archery, swimming, floor hockey, volleyball, yoga, and more • Events are seasonal and can change, visit website for more details


Volunteers Wanted

Become a Volunteer Advocate and provide assistance to victims of crime and trauma in Strathcona County! Please call (780) 449-0153.

Can You Read This? Help Someone Who Can’t! Volunteer 2 hours a week and help someone improve their Reading, Writing, Math or English Speaking Skills. Call Valerie at P.A.L.S. 780-424-5514 or email

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a free service for tax season that our participants can access. ‘Make Tax Time Pay’ is through our financial empowerment program alongside E4C. The opportunity is once a week on Mondays during March and April, for approx., 3.5 hours12:00pm-3:30pm. The easiest way to sign up is to email us


Sugar Shack | Terrrasse à Sucre Café Bicyclette, La Cité Francophone Mar 30-31, Apr 6, Apr 13-14 $75 (gratuity and TPS included), alcohol not included

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Are you an artist with knowledge to share? Then you’re in luck! Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival, June 2 & 3, is looking for 2-3 artists to facilitate a creative workshop. Open to innovative ideas! Contact Fay at

ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS, YOUTH, AND CHILDREN Check The Paint Spot’s website, for up-to-date information on art classes for all ages, beginner and intermediate. Register in person, by phone or online. Contact: 780.432.0240 email:


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It’s hear...I mean here! Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is searching all brands of musical genres to play on the Main Stage, June 2 & 3. Submit your information at


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I’m in a D/s relationship. I’m not submissive around the clock, but my partner owns my cock. We’ve purchased several male chastity devices, but I can pretty easily get my cock out of them. My partner did some investigating and learned that the only effective devices work with a Prince Albert piercing—a ring through the head of the penis that locks into the device, preventing the sub from pulling his cock out. My partner now wants me to get a PA. I don’t want to get my cock pierced and I’ve said so, but I haven’t safe-worded on it. I would very reluctantly do it to please her. My partner made an appointment for a piercing three months from now, on our second anniversary. She told me that we can cancel it if I can find an effective chastity device that doesn’t require a piercing. Do you or any of your contacts in the fetish world know of any devices that are inescapable? PIERCING APPENDAGE UNNECESSARILY SCARES EAGER SUB “I’ve never come across a standard male chastity device I couldn’t pull out of,” said Ruffled Sheets, “so PAUSES’s partner has obviously researched regular chastity devices well.” Sheets is an IT consultant who lives in the United Kingdom with his partner of 15 years. Male chastity devices have fascinated him for more than two decades and, as of this writing, he owns 37 different kinds of cock cages. His partner frequently keeps his cock locked up for weeks or months at a time— and if there were such a thing as a commercially available male chastity device that was inescapable, Sheets would know about it. “However, all is not lost,” said Sheets. “Piercing is one of two ways to ensure the penis cannot escape. The other is a full chastity belt. Now, full belts aren’t without their drawbacks—they are generally more expensive, are harder to conceal under clothes, and take longer to get used to, especially at night. But they are secure. I have three custom-fitted chastity belts and, once properly fitted, they’re inescapable.” Sheets’ chastity belts were made for him by Behind Barz ( and Fancy Steel ( But if most commercially available male chastity devices aren’t inescapable, what’s the point? Why would a person bother to wear one? “You can only partially escape,” said Sheets. “It’s possible to pull out the penis but not remove the

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device,” which is anchored around the balls and base of the shaft. “And a partially removed device is awkward and uncomfortable.” For many male subs and their Doms, the symbolism of a male chastity device is what matters most, not its inescapability. And as with other forms of sex play and most aspects of healthy relationships, the honour system makes it work. “As in any negotiated relationship, you can cheat,” said Sheets. “But why cheat? They’re easy to keep on if you’re genuinely interested in submitting.” Fun fact: Locking a guy’s cock in an inescapable device doesn’t prevent him from coming. “A device can be locked in place with a belt or a piercing, but orgasms are still possible,” said Sheets. “I’ve yet to discover any kind of device that can prevent the wearer from achieving orgasm if he’s holding a powerful wand massager against it, especially after weeks without coming.” So if your dominant is locking up your cock to prevent you from coming, PAUSES, she’ll also need to lock up her vibrators. There are two other things Sheets wanted you to be aware of as you begin to explore male chastity, PAUSES. “Lots of men are shy about being submissive,” said Sheets, “so they’ll say things like ‘I’m normally dominant in real life,’ kind of like PAUSES

opened his letter by saying he isn’t submissive ‘around the clock.’ I just wanted to make sure he understood that chastity is a long-term game. For most of us in chastity devices, it’s a 24/7 affair—literally around the clock.” If you said you weren’t submissive around the clock because you didn’t want to admit that you are, in fact, submissive around the clock, PAUSES, chastity play won’t be a problem. But if you meant it—if you’re not capable of remaining in a submissive headspace for more than a few hours—you’ll need to ask your partner, before the padlock clicks shut, just how long she intends to keep your cock locked up. “Being locked also has another side effect that you wouldn’t perhaps anticipate,” Sheets added. “Whenever you become turned on, you feel your cage or belt against your penis. It can be anything from a gentle reminder to a vice-like grip, depending on your arousal level. And whenever this happens, your mind automatically turns to your key holder, even if they’re not around.” Ruffled Sheets blogs at, where he reviews male chastity devices and other sex toys. Follow him on Twitter @ruffledsheets.


My girlfriend of four months has unofficially moved in with me. We began as a long-distance thing; I

live in New York City and she lived in the deep South. What began as her visiting me for the holidays ended up with her staying with me indefinitely. She comes from a very poor family, and going back home means sleeping in her grandma’s living room. Things are going well, but we are moving fast. I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I’m loving it and loving her. On the other hand, I feel like she could be using me. She has found part-time work. She hasn’t pitched in for rent—I also have a roommate—but she has pitched in for groceries. Do I ask her for rent money? Do I send her back to her grandma’s place? I don’t know what to do because I feel like I am housing a refugee. SHE’S HERE INDEFINITELY NOW Instead of ending things now to protect yourself from retroactively feeling shitty about this relationship if it ends at some point in the future, SHIN, you should have a convo with your girlfriend about rent, reality, and roommates. Tell her that it can’t go on like this indefinitely—living in your apartment rent-free—as it’s unfair to your roommate and that kind of support is too much to expect from someone she’s been seeing for only four months. Tell her you appreciate the ways she’s kicking in now—helping with groceries—but eventually she’ll need to start kicking in on rent too, and then set a realistic date for her to start | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

paying rent. You should also encourage her to think about getting her own place. Not because you want to stop seeing her—you’re loving it and loving her—but because a premature commitment (and cohabitating is a commitment) can sabotage a relationship. You also don’t want her to feel so dependent on you that she can’t end things if she needs to. You want her to be with you because she wants to be with you, not because she’s trapped.


You ran a letter from a man whose wife wouldn’t let him spank her. I’m a woman whose husband won’t spank me. I found a man like WISHOTK, and we meet up for spanking sessions. Neither of our spouses know. It’s only spanking, no sex. How bad should I feel? REALLY DALLIANCES BUT, UM, MARRIED Very bad. In fact, REDBUM, I think you should be spanked for getting spanked behind your husband’s back—then spanked again for getting spanked for getting spanked behind your husband’s back. And then spanked some more. On the Lovecast, the urologist is IN: @fakedansavage on Twitter

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few years ago, a New Zealander named Bruce Simpson announced plans to build a cruise missile at his home using parts he bought legally from eBay and other online stores. In accordance with current astrological omens, I suggest you initiate a comparable project. For example, you could arrange a do-it-yourself space flight by tying a thousand helium balloons to your lawn chair. April Fools! I lied. Please don’t try lunatic schemes like the helium balloon space flight. Here’s the truth: Now is a favourable time to initiate big, bold projects, but not foolish, big, bold projects. The point is to be both visionary and practical. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Finnish word kalsarikännit means getting drunk at home alone in your underwear and bingeing on guilty pleasures. It’s a perfect time for you to do just that. The Fates are whispering, “Chill out. Vegetate. Be ambitionless.” April Fools! I told a halftruth. In fact, now is a perfect time to excuse yourself from trying too hard and doing too much. You can accomplish wonders and marvels by staying home and bingeing on guilty pleasures in your underwear. But there’s no need to get drunk. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Actor Gary Busey is very sure there are no mirrors in heaven. He has other specific ideas about the place, as well. This became a problem when he was filming the movie Quigley, in which his character Archie visits heaven. Busey was so enraged at the director’s mistaken rendering of paradise that he got into a fist fight with another actor. I hope you will show an equally feisty fussiness in the coming weeks, Gemini. April Fools! I lied, sort of. On the one hand, I do hope you’ll be forceful as you insist on expressing your high standards. Don’t back down. But on the other hand, refrain from pummeling anyone who asks you to compromise. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the Scots language, still spoken in parts of Scotland, eedle-doddles are people who can’t summon initiative when it’s crunch time. They are so consumed in trivial or irrelevant concerns that they lose all instinct for being in the right place at the right time. I regret to inform you that you are now at risk of being an eedle-doddle. April Fools! I lied. In fact, the truth is just the opposite. I have rarely seen you so well-primed to respond vigorously and bravely to nig magic moments. For the foreseeable future, you are king or queen of Carpe Diem. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Paul McCartney likes to periodically act like a regular person who’s not a famous musician. He goes grocery

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shopping without bodyguards. He rides on public transportation and strikes up conversations with random strangers. I think you may need to engage in similar behavior yourself, Leo. You’ve become a bit too enamoured with your own beauty and magnificence. You really do need to come down to earth and hang out more with us little people. April Fools! I lied. The truth is, now is prime time to hone your power and glory; to indulge your urge to shine and dazzle; to be as conspicuously marvelous as you dare to be. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The coming days will be an excellent time to concoct an alchemical potion that will heal your oldest wounds. For best results, mix and sip a gallon of potion using the following magic ingredients: absinthe, chocolate syrup, cough medicine, dandelion tea, cobra venom, and worm’s blood. April Fools! I mixed a lie in with a truth. It is a fact that now is a fine time to seek remedies for your ancient wounds. But the potion I recommended is bogus. Go on a quest for the real cure. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I expect you will soon receive a wealth of exotic and expensive gifts. For example, a benefactor may finance your vacation to a gorgeous sacred site or give you the deed to an enchanted waterfall. I won’t be surprised if you’re blessed with a solid gold bathtub or a year’s supply of luxury cupcakes. It’s even possible that a sugar daddy or sugar momma will fork over $500,000 to rent an auditorium for a party in your honour. April Fools! I distorted the truth. I do suspect you’ll get more goodies than usual in the coming weeks, but they’re likely to come in the form of love and appreciation, not flashy material goods. (For best results, don’t just wait around for the goodies to stream in; ask for them.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There’s a narrow waterway between Asia and Europe. In the fifth century B.C., Persian King Xerxes had two bridges built across it so he could invade Greece with his army. But a great storm swept through and smashed his handiwork. Xerxes was royally peeved. He ordered his men to whip the uncooperative sea and brand it with hot irons, all the while shouting curses at it, like “You are a turbid and briny river.” I recommend that you do something similar, Scorpio. Has nature done anything to inconvenience you? Show it who’s the supreme boss! April Fools! I lied. The truth is, now is an excellent time for you to become more attuned and in love with a higher power, however you define that. What’s greater than you and bigger than your life and wilder than you can imagine? Refine your practice of the art of surrender. | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Fifteenth-century Italian painter Filippo Lippi was such a lustful womanizer that he sometimes found it tough to focus on making art. At one point, his wealthy and politically powerful patron Cosimo de’ Medici, frustrated by his extracurricular activities, imprisoned him in his studio to ensure he wouldn’t get diverted. Judging from your current astrological omens, Sagittarius, I suspect you need similar constraints. April Fools! I fibbed a little. I am indeed worried you’ll get so caught up in the pursuit of pleasure that you’ll neglect your duties. But I won’t go so far as to suggest you should be locked up for your own good. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a favourable time to slap a lawsuit on your mom in an effort to make her pay for the mistakes she made while raising you. You could also post an exposé on social media in which you reveal her shortcomings, or organize a protest rally outside her house with your friends holding signs demanding she apologize for how she messed you up. April Fools! Everything I just said was ridiculous and false. The truth is, now is a perfect moment to meditate on the gifts and blessings your mother gave you. If she is still alive, express your gratitude to her. If she has passed on, do a ritual to honour and celebrate her. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian author Alice Walker won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple. She has also published 33 other books and built a large audience. But some of her ideas are not exactly mainstream. For example, she says that one of her favourite authors is David Icke, who asserts that intelligent extraterrestrial reptiles have disguised themselves as humans and taken control of our planet’s governments. I bring this to your attention, because I think it’s time that you, too, reveal the full extent of how crazy you really are. April Fools! I halflied. While it’s true that now is a favourable time to show more of your unconventional and eccentric sides, I don’t advise you to go full-on whacko. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Warning! Danger! You are at risk of contracting a virulent case of cherophobia! And what exactly is cherophobia? It’s a fear of happiness. It’s an inclination to dodge and shun joyful experiences because of the suspicion that they will disappoint you or cause bad luck. Please do something to stop this insidious development. April Fools! I lied. The truth is that you are currently more receptive to positive emotions and delightful events than you’ve been in a long time. There’s less than a one percent chance you will fall victim to cherophobia. | MAR 29 - APR 04, 2018

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