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lbertan quad drivers who go for a rip in the brush play fast and loose with some unofficial, but potentially life-saving, recommendations, a study says. Research out of the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) sourced from 2002 to 2013 outlines sketchy practices and fatality numbers related to the offroad motorists, and makes some suggestions on how the province can curb these potentially lifethreatening accidents. Per capita, the province’s residents love quads, or ATVs, more than anywhere else in the country. Kathy Belton, associate director of the IPC, speculates this has something to do with the province’s green spaces, and the ease with which a person can reach rustic and obscure places in the wilderness using the specialized motor vehicles. That said: quads come with their fair share of dangers.

For instance, they tend to have high centres of gravity to aid them as they traverse rough terrain— but this also makes them susceptible to roll-overs (the study, however, does not include sideby-side, or multi-seat, quads in its purview, as they’re more stable and often have seat belts). On average, 14 people died from quad-related accidents each year of the study. Forty-one percent of the casualties in those years died from head injuries, and 80 percent of those people were not wearing helmets. In 2017, the province enacted a law mandating helmets for anyone driving an off-highway vehicle on public land, though not private property. There’s a bit of lag in hospital data, so the 2017 stats are unavailable, but Belton hopes the law will cause injuries and deaths to decrease going forward. “We would also like to see other safety equipment worn like

boots, and gloves, and protective padding,” she says. “An individual stands a higher chance of surviving a roll-over.” Another unfortunate statistic: more than half of people who died in the studied years had alcohol in their systems. Currently, most ATVs, and similar vehicles, carry a manufacturer warning label saying the machines are not intended for people under 16. However, according to the IPC’s study, youth under 16 are four times as likely to injure themselves on one of the vehicles compared to older people, and 12 times as likely compared to those aged 45 and over. “We would like to see legislation that bans children under the age of 14 from riding [quads]. Children under the age of 14 don’t have the mental skills or body structure to ride these machines safely, especially the adult machines, be-

cause they weigh more than 400 pounds,” Belton says. According to Belton, the IPC chose 14 because it is the age when a person in Alberta can obtain a learner’s permit. “Parents buy these things thinking they’re toys that their kids can have fun on, and yes they can, but it takes some skill, and it takes some knowledge about what these machines can and can’t do,” she says. The Canadian Pediatric Society has also released a statement saying that no one under the age of 16 should be on a quad. That said, some manufacturers offer 50cc quads that would be far too small for the average adult or teenager—but not for kids—says Mike Parton, a manager with Recreational Power Sports, located in the west side of Edmonton. “That’s great. They don’t go super fast, but you can tip one of those just as easy as you can a

1,000cc quad,” he says. A representative at Honda Extreme, who wanted to remain nameless, says that many businesses will not rent quads to people under the age of 18. Both Belton and Parton say they could see some value in the creation of a quad-driving certification program, though the latter suggests it as a national standard as these kinds of accidents happen everywhere across Canada. He also says that, as boats require specialized licenses, a similar kind of framework should be in-place for quads. “It takes two seconds for something to go wrong, and they have no idea how to correct it,” he says. “Personally, I think 14 is still a little young, but at that point they’re old enough to be taught ... I’ve seen the ugly side of it, and I’ve seen the best side.” Doug Johnson doug@vueweekly.com

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haddeus Archer III lives and breathes local wrestling. Acting as creative director for Real Canadian Wrestling (RCW), a growing, independent wrestling association, Archer has gone through great lengths to get his company and brand noticed. With his weekly YouTube show The Archer Report— and regular forays into local radio and news-broadcast—one might recognize the fiery fight promoter, clad in his trademark eccentric suits and ties. The Don Cherry, or David Byrne, of the local wrestling world, Archer hopes to “break through the dated and stale concept of the indie wrestling show” by adding some much needed humour, and lividity to the industry. “You need humour. What films have been more successful: Marvel or DC? Humour might not always carry over to the ring action, but it’s like the wild west; we’re not afraid to try new things. Indie companies in Canada don’t have TV support,” Archer says. “It’s hard to keep people engaged, and stand apart when they’re so absorbed with Netflix

and YouTube. So I’ve been branching out our brand with The Archer Report into the online frays.” Archer finds himself at home with flamboyant and super-heroic personas daily—brawlers who have been fixtures in Alberta’s wrestling scene for years, like “The Original Marky,” and Andrew “the Saltwater Savage.” His show and efforts aim to shed light on much of the local wrestling talent, with 300-pound behemoths; Vikings from Newfoundland; and a wisecracking and familiar looking wrestler named “Deadzone,” to name a few. “There’s a lot of goofy comedy in the process of using YouTube as a platform, and creating a show to tie it all together,” Archer says. “But it takes the edge off a bunch of guys screaming promos at each other and The Archer Report helps to really pack a punch when we’ve got something serious to say.” Carving out a name in the indie wrestling business can prove difficult, especially since Edmonton survived such a tumultuous year in

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his field. Weathering the now lifted moratorium on all combat sports in the city was only one hurdle in the road to local wrestling stardom, but Archer is still setting his sights high. “The brief wrestling ban didn’t hurt us. If anything it brought people’s eyes to the product, and showed there was a genuine interest. It was really a good starting over point for us,” he says. Bringing attention to independent wrestling is more than a passion for Archer. From numerous contributions and brand plugs with 100.3 The Bear, to publicity acts like participating in the Northern Chicken Spicy Chicken Sandwich Challenge, Archer will do anything to promote local wrestling. “That sandwich with the hottest peppers in the world … it ruined me for a couple of days, but it got me content, and I advertised to the fans. I’d do more if the opportunities were there. I’d love to be a quasi celebrity judge for food or talent; I’d love that—all the while promoting wrestling of course.” Levi Gogerla

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ast year’s American Cheese Society competition was a kind of testing ground for Ian Treuer, owner of Winding Road Artisan Cheese. The local purveyor of fancy fromage entered some of his business’ offerings without any expectation of winning; rather, he recalls hoping to learn a thing or two from the contest’s panel of judges—almost like free workshopping. It came as a surprise, then, when Treuer’s RDB—a French reblochon named for his FrenchCanadian grand pappy, Raymond Denzel Benoit—came in second place in the contest’s “Soft-Ripened Washed Rind – High Moisture over 42% – All Milks” (sic) category. The laurel’s name, much like Treurer’s RDB, is a mouthful, but the cheese maker touts both of them with pride. “We missed first place by half a point last year ... I’m still surprised because we’d only been making cheese for half a year by then,” Treuer says. “I’m still in shock that we actually placed. Most people enter these competitions just for feedback on how to improve their cheese.” Treuer plans on competing again this year, but now he has his eyes on the gold. This year’s American Cheese Society competition takes place from July 25-28 in Pittsburgh, Penn. Winding Road is working on four entries for 2018’s competition: the RDB, again; their Highland Hall, a pyramid-shaped Camembert with a layer of vegetable ash on the outside; a German butter cheese, a “lovechild” of Havarti and Mozzarella; and, finally, a Greek yoghurt.

The contest has a startling number of categories—cheeses, butters, yoghurts, etc.—and Treuer notes that, even within the washed rind segment, several distinct subcategories exist. The business is still a new one in Edmonton—Treuer took over an older, existing business out near Smoky Lake—but it already has some elements that make it stand out among cheese makers, both locally and across North America. “I wanted to make cheeses that really interested me, and that would stand out. We were looking at our product line and we were looking at who else made cheese in the province ... It was this or make beer, and I don’t really drink.” Treuer runs a blog called Much to Do about Cheese, part of a larger cheese blogging platform called Cheeseapalooza. As a hobby cheese maker, Treuer experimented here and there with less-common methods of quesocrafting, a naturally-occurring enzyme found in the artichoke thistle. This ingredient—which Treuer imports from America’s Enzyme Development Corporation in liquid or “tea” form—is more commonly found in Spanish and Portuguese cheeses. While some rennets, or coagulants, used in the industry come from animals, cardoon is entirely plant-based. “They’ve been using it for centuries. It’s not really found all that much in North America ... I’ve also tried to help the company that manufactures it to export it to U.S. cheese makers,” he says. “ Doug Johnson doug@vueweekly.com VUEWEEKLY.com | JUL 12 - JUL 18, 2018

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Formerly plant-based venue sees some criticism, but its owner says adding meat to the menu fits more people’s tastes

he normal order of operations goes like this: some restaurant with a meat-heavy menu starts to tout new plant-based options to make it a viable spot for people with vegan and vegetarian friends. Local venue and eatery Arcadia did this whole thing backwards. What started as a venture to offer local tunes and brews, and meatless eats has, as of last week, started offering omnivorous options—the phrase itself something of a contextual idiosyncrasy. Specifically: Arcadia added a Reuben sandwich, and a series of hot dogs, whose animal aspect comes from newly-opened artisan shop Meuwly’s, located a few blocks to Arcadia’s south on the stretch of road. “We sell a lot of beer, and just talking to a lot of people who come in here, they’re like ‘We love coming here; your pizzas are great, but it would be nice if we had more options,’” Darren McGeown, the venue’s owner—and vegetarian—says. “It was more or less the general consensus, that it was something people would like to see here. Arcadia will still offer its vegetarian pizzas—all but one of which can be made vegan with dairy-free cheese and faux meat—and McGeown also added some other meatless entries onto the menu like mushroom caps. McGeown also says he’s prepared

to ensure there’s no cross-contamination between the meat and nonmeat foods on his menu. All told, Arcadia doesn’t make much from food sales. It’s beer, rather, that pays the bills. The business opened its doors promising brews from small operations from its home province—British Columbian beers were the mainstay of Arcadia at first, but shortly after it opened, Alberta’s craft beer boom hit, fulfilling one part of the venue’s mandate. As Arcadia started with a vegan/ vegetarian-only kitchen, some of the response to adding meat to the menu has been on the negative side. A post on the Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta Facebook page garnered a few comments, some of which expressed disappointment in the decision. According to McGeown, he’s also heard some of these concerns directly. “It was more positive than negative. I understand why people are mad, but I also don’t know how often they came here, or if they’ve ever been here,” he says. “I understand where they’re coming from, and you can’t change everyone’s mind. If they don’t want to come here because we have meat, I understand that, and I’m not upset about it.” Doug Johnson doug@vueweekly.com

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MENU ITEMS • The Real Reuben Sandwich: corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo, and pickles on marble rye • Drop that Sick Beet: beets, greens, mascarpone cheese, vinaigrette in a sourdough bun (V) • Turkish Dog Blues: hot dog topped with donair sauce, tomatoes, and Sailin’ On coconut bacon • German Dog Blues: hot dog topped with sauerkraut, and Dijon mustard • Italian Dog Blues: hot dog topped with bruschetta • Not a Dodger Dog: regular ol’ ballpark dog with ketchup and/ or mustard • The Beet Sandwich can be made vegan as can all of the hot dogs. The meat hot dogs are from free range pork wieners from Meuwlys.


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PAINTING COMPETITION “Hiding Place” by Emmanuel Osahor. / Supplied

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Ally McIntyre and Emmanuel Osahor are finalists in a Canada-wide painting competition

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dmonton artists Ally McIntyre and Emmanuel Osahor have a number of things in common—they both graduated from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, they both use plants as subjects in their artwork, and they are both finalists in the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. McIntyre and Osahor are among 15 finalists from across the country, whose work was selected from over 500 submissions. The competition is open to emerging artists in Canada within the first five years, following their first professionally-curated exhibition. Each of them sent in up to a maximum of three paintings created within the last year, as well as supporting images, and had one selected as a finalist by the jury. McIntyre’s painting, “Coyote,” is part of a series called Decaf Honey. “The whole series is about growth and resiliency, and I used the subject matter of plants because they’re a strong metaphor for that concept,” she says. McIntyre explains that she painted the series during a turbulent time in her life when she needed to find hope again. She was happy the jury chose “Coyote.” “I sort of always refer to that one as like a self-portrait.” Following the nomination announcement, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre—where McIntyre has a studio in the Annex—sent out

a press release congratulating both Edmonton artists, and described McIntyre’s “rebellion against the limitations typically imposed or expected of a painting.” “I always say that [my work is] like taking multiple genres and putting [them] through a meat grinder, and what I get out of that is sort of it’s own thing,” she says. “But I do reference different moments in art history—so like modernism or Neo-expressionism, impressionism, what-have-you, they will make

Osahor, on the other hand, got more into photography after graduating and has incorporated it into his artistic practice. Looking for a break from his painting studio in Hub Mall while he was in school, Osahor started taking walks in the River Valley, where he discovered the homes that people had constructed. Eventually he started documenting abandoned shelters with his camera. “I did a series called The Valley, where I basically documented

“As I was documenting the structures in the river valley, I started thinking about how humans sort of use nature to create safe spaces,” he says. Osahor saw a relationship between the desire to create a serene or even utopic space using nature, either by bringing it closer to home or by building homes in nature. “I read this essay, when I was thinking about the work, that sort of talked about how it is intrinsic in the human condition to want to be

“...The prize itself isn’t the biggest benefit. It’s that it connects these young artists with a group of their peers from across Canada...” an appearance—but I like to have some freedom with that and add some garish colours or marks to … make it my own.” McIntyre and Osahor finished the U of A’s BFA program a year apart—McIntyre in 2013 and Osahor in 2014. “We often brushed shoulders in the painting studio,” McIntyre says. She then went to Goldsmith College in London, England were she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2015, and her work has returned to London for an exhibit at the Palm Tree Gallery this month.

signs of life and structures in the Edmonton River Valley for about a year and a half,” he says. “And that series of photographs has been the catalyst for a lot of my work lately.” “Hiding Place”—the painting of Osahor’s that was selected as a finalist in the competition—ultimately came about from that series. Interested in the idea of utopic spaces—both their impossibility and the way we construct them— Osahor captured not only the River Valley structures erected by the homeless, but front gardens in the area where he lived.

amongst or in nature, and there’s something about that, that kind of intrinsically brings about a sense of peace or well being,” he says. “And so in a sense, most visions of utopia have to do with nature.” Osahor’s River Valley photos were on display in his installation In Search of Eden during the Works Festival and his paintings will be on display at Harcourt House in December. The winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and honourable mentions will be announced on

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September 18 at a gala in Toronto. The winner will receive $25,000 and a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each and the other finalists will receive $2,500 each. The winner and honourable mentions will also have their paintings join the RBC Art Collection. “The collection is actually in offices across Canada. It’s in mostly client-facing spaces and conference floors,” explains Corrie Jackson, senior curator in the RBC curatorial department. “The collection is made of over 5,000 pieces.” The collection was started in 1929 and Jackson says it focuses on emerging Canadian artists. She adds that the competition gives those artists listed as finalist the opportunity to build connections. “It’s difficult as an artist to get a sense of community, especially internationally, so the prize itself isn’t the biggest benefit. It’s that it connects these young artists with a group of their peers from across Canada, and hopefully gives them a bit of a support structure,” Jackson says. “Also there’s a lot of time that participants spend with jurors who can give them some feedback on their work, but also become a part of their network.”

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BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ART AND CULTURE Poet Laureate brings poetry to Africanival

Fri., Jul. 13 (7 pm) Orality – Africanival Betty Andrews Recital Hall $26.74 Sat., Jul. 14-Sun., Jul. 15 Africanival Festival Behind MacEwan University Downtown Campus, 10581 107 St. Free

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his year, Edmonton’s celebration of African arts and culture is adding an event to highlight oral traditions. Emceed by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, Orality is a celebration of oral tradition with artists from the “Nation of Poets” (Somalia) that opens the three-day Africanival festival, in the heart of downtown Edmonton. The evening of spoken word poetry and music celebrates Edmonton’s passion for diversity and features award-winning African and Canadian poets such as Ifrah Hussein, Omar Farah, and Nasra Adem, and the music of MelAfrique. Ali says Orality seeks to bring awareness to the colourful, rich, inviting, and diverse cultures of peoples of African descent, while contributing to Edmonton’s growth, participation, and enjoyment of sharing Africa’s cultures and traditions. In many African countries, oral traditions superseded literary tradition. “Especially in East Africa,” Ali

says. ”We have many proverbs and folk tales; sometimes it cannot be translated onto paper. Orality covers those aspects of culture, economics, institutional development and the development of oral societies. The older generations pass on their language through storytelling; Orality is continuing the African legacy and making sure poetry is a foundation of it.” Africanival—a free festival in its second year—hopes to help bring Edmonton’s diverse communities together through shared knowledge, cultural storytelling and entertainment. “In the African community, in minorities and newcomers to Canada, there are people who are thriving, and people who are surviving. Africanival can help provide a platform and bring communities of all backgrounds together,” Ali says. He believes poetry and storytelling are some of the best ways to bring a younger generation of people into the fold. “Indigenous elders often say you don’t inherit anything, they are borrowed for your children and grandchildren’s sake,” Ali says. “We all come from somewhere else; we all have different identities and beliefs. When you tell your stories you realize you’re not so different from one another. Orality can help us navigate between the new and the old, Somalian and Canadian, the culture and the struggles.” Ali hopes Orality will become a

ARTIFACTS Unnatural Mirka Andolfo Image Comics Translated from Italian, Unnatural is the story of Leslie, a simple pig girl, whose erotic dreams involving a wolfman are forbidden by the totalitarian government she lives under. She also hates her job, and loves sushi, CDs, and her pet lizard Pif—and rides a moped. While pig-wolf love may not be for everyone, Mirka Andolfo’s artwork alone is a treat, with the level of background detail that I usually associate with European comic books. Issue #1 was released last week and can be found at your local comic shop.

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permanent part of the festival. “The traffic that Africanival is going to bring might not necessarily be the same people who come to Orality, or vise versa but it’s still good for the community,” he says. “I hope in the future Orality becomes a huge component of Africanival. Edmonton is a thriving community; it believes in collaboration and collective growth. Art is paramount to that.“ For those born in Canada, or of second generation African descent, Africanival can help not only connect them with their

culture, but also its art, history, and artifacts. Africanival prides itself on its cultural activities planned throughout the weekend. The festival boasts a fashion show, visual artists, live performers, traditional dances, storytellers, African film, hair extensions, marketplace, and cuisine to bring together community. Africanival encourages individuals of all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate diversity, culminating in a parade. “The parade itself is such a powerful statement. Seeing the com-

Chelsea Novak Forbidden Love Edition Mon., July 16 (9:15 pm) Tue., Jul. 17 and Thu., Jul. 19 (9:30 pm) Disobedience Metro Cinema Sebastián Lelio After the death of her father, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that exiled her for her attraction to her childhood friend Esti (Rachel McAdams), who is now married. The two women reignite their relationship and tensions build as they try to keep it a secret. So far the film has received solid scores on Rotten Tomatoes from both audience members and critics, and the performances by Weisz, McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola—who plays Esti’s husband Dovid—were praised by the New York Times.

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munity as one, seeing all the flags marching together,” Claire Okeke, a collaborator with the Africanival board, says. “Africanival is for everyone. People of non-African decent come too. We’re demonstrating who we are for you,” Ali says. “Knowledge is around us everywhere we look, and we can build a better Edmonton through art and community. Community collaboration influences a more positive outlook, it’s one of the best ways to curb racism and ignorance.” Levi Gogerla


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19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • artgalleryofstalbert.ca • Birds, Bees, and Ambergris: artwork by Gerri Harden; Jun 7-Jul 28 • Changing the Landscape: artwork by Viktor Brim, Matthew Allan Clarke, Jeff Wilson; Aug 2-Sep 8

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TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • telusworldofscienceedmonton.com • Daily activities, demonstrations and experiments • Terry Fox–Running to the Heart of Canada; Feb 16-Sep 16 • Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone; Opens Jun 1

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GLASS BUFFALO SUMMER 2018 LAUNCH PARTY • Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 St • glassbuffalosummer2018launch.eventbrite. com • Celebrate Glass Buffalo's extra-thick summer issue and mingle over libations as you listen to engaging stories and poems from the magazine’s contributors • Jul 25, 6:30-10:30pm

CAVA GALLERY • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • galeriecava.com • BIVOUAC: artwork by Isabelle Demers, Anouk Desloges, Emilie Proulx; Jun 29-Aug 3

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Park • 780.410.8585 • strathcona.ca/artgallery • Passages: artwork by Vincent Roper; Until Aug 26 • Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp: artwork by youth photographers; Until Jul 30

RUPAUL POETRY CHAPBOOK LAUNCH • Evolution Wonder Lounge, 10220 -103 St • glassbuffalo.com/events • Hear gag-worthy poems inspired by the season 10 queens of RuPaul's Drag Race at Matthew Stepanic's chapbook launch • Jul 20, 7-9pm

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215112 St • 780.426.4180 • harcourthouse.ab.ca • Human Essence: Humankind at the Beginning of the 21st Century: 30th Annual Harcourt House Members’ Exhibition and Art Sale; Jun 2-Jul 14

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THEATRE BUT HARK, A VOICE! • Heritage Amphitheatre, William Hawrelak Park • thouartheretheatre.com • A roving rehearsal of repertory rejects! Shakespeare's Mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream are rehearsing their new play premiering at this year's Shakespeare festival • Jun 19-Jul 15

LATITUDE 53 • Latitude 53, 10242-106 St NW • latitude53.org • Typical Space: artwork by Sora Park; Jun 8-Jul 21 • The Skin Machine: artwork by Rachel Thomas; Jun 8-Jul 21

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MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • friendsofuah. org/mcmullen-gallery • The Well Tended Garden: artwork by Gillian Willans; Jun 30-Aug 19 Albert Place, 5 St Anne Street, St Albert • MuseeHeritage.ca • 780.459.1528 • museum@ artsandheritage.ca • Birds, Bees and Ambergris:

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Venus is written and directed by Montreal filmmaker Eisha Marjara. // Supplied

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Indian Film Festival of Alberta encourages collaboration across borders

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ncouraging collaboration between filmmakers is part of the Indian Film Festival of Alberta’s mandate, and this year will see both the release of one collaborative film and the start of filming for another. Both are being produced by Sajai Sebastian, who moved to Edmonton in 2005. The first, Uncle, was shot in India and made in Malayalam—a Dravidian language spoken across the Indian province of Kerala. Sebastian says he has known screenwriter Joy Mathew since around the time the latter made his directorial debut with Shutter (2012), and the two agreed to collaborate on Uncle, which they released in April. Written by Mathew and directed by Gireesh Damodar, Uncle stars Mammootty, who’s a pretty big deal in Malayalam cinema— superstar big. The movie focuses on the relationship between Krishna Kumar (Mammootty) and his friends’ daughter Shruti Vijayan (Karthika

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Muraleedharan). Besides that, it’s hard to say what it’s about since Mathew has been pretty evasive about the plot in English interviews—he’s especially unforthcoming as to whether Krishna is a hero or a villain—and a sub-titled version of the trailer is nowhere to be found. Sebastian says he and Mathew are also collaborating on a project to be shot in Edmonton. “The story is almost done,” he says. In the meantime, Sebastian will also be producing Indian director Salim Ahamed’s latest film—And the Oscar Goes To—which will begin shooting in Edmonton in September. Ahamed says that almost 50 percent of the film will be shot in the area. “We are planning to complete the first schedule of the movie in Canada in three weeks,” Ahamed wrote in an email. “The initial support from the local authorities and the expatriate community in Canada are overwhelming. We are

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anticipating the continued support and patronage from all the associates and Canadian crew.” Ahamed—who lives in Kerala— says that when he was deciding to film in Edmonton, “The film friendly approach/response of the state and the available infrastructures encouraged me a lot.” Indian actors Tovino Thomas and Anu Sithara will star as the male lead and first female lead respectively, and a newcomer from Canada will play the second female lead. Ahamed came to Edmonton for IFFA in 2016 to show Pathemari, which narrowly missed out on an Oscar nomination. “He came for the screening and another time we took him out for more like a scouting tour in Alberta,” Madhan Selvaraj, IFFA’s executive director, says. “And he was mightily impressed with the terrain and landscape.” By making connections with filmmakers, Selvaraj hopes IFFA can create more opportunities for Alberta’s film industry. Selvaraj says that a key to IFFA’s

approach is that they are not targeting Bollywood filmmakers. “They have 29 states in India, almost every state has their own industry … I just don’t think Canada … is doing enough to tap into that industry,” he says. This year’s IFFA includes 15 films in nine languages—Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, and English. One of the latter is from Montreal director Eisha Marjara—most famous for her feature-length documentary Desperately Seeking Helen (2000), where she addresses the loss of her mother and sister in the 1985 Air India bombing. In 2012, she wrote and directed the short film House for Sale, which ultimately led her to her latest fulllength feature—Venus—released in 2017. “I wanted to produce a feature film from that short film, and the short film had a transgender lead protagonist and so that sort of got me curious and excited about the ‘trans experience’—there’s not just one

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experience … There’s a spectrum of experiences,” Marjara says. She adds that she’s also always been passionate about telling stories about women and gender. Venus is the story of Sid (Debargo Sanyal), who comes out as transgender after her 33rd birthday and then discovers she has a 14-year-old son, Ralph (Jamie Myers). The film is about Sid’s relationship with her son, but also with her parents and her boyfriend. Though Sid transitions in the film, Marjara says that Venus is not a transition story. “I wanted to make this a film about a woman who just happens to be trans and to just humanize her, make her into a three dimensional person and not focus on her identity struggles,” she says. “I mean it’s a part of the film because that’s who she is and that’s what she’s going through, but that wasn’t going to be the focus.” Marjara says that while she can never experience the same things that trans people do, she empathizes with them as a result of her own issues with body dysmorphia. “As a young girl growing up and watching my body change so rapidly and so early—because I hit puberty when I was 11 and that was just way too early—I found it just very difficult to accept these changes in my body and I felt like I wasn’t in my rightful body,” she says. Marjara says she rejected any part of her body that identified her as a grown woman, to the point that she was eventually hospitalized for anorexia—a part of her life that she’s also addressed in her documentary filmmaking. Marjara spoke to VUE from the London Indian Film Festival, where Venus was the closing night film. She has been touring Venus at film festivals across the world and so far it has collected multiple awards, including two from the Transgender Film Festival in Kiel, Germany—Myers won Best Actor and Sanyal won Best Trans Performance. Venus’ IFFA showing will be July 15 at the Garneau Theatre. Chelsea Novak chelsea@vueweekly.com


Mount Yamnuska is located near Canmore, Alta. / Will Jackson

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CLIMBING WHERE

IT ALL BEGAN Mount Yamnuska is home to the oldest technical climbing route in the Rockies

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ocated just north of Highway 1 where it enters the mountains west of Calgary, Mount Yamnuska holds the distinction of being ground zero for technical rock climbing in the Rockies. On Nov. 23, 1952, Leo Grillmaire—an Austrian immigrant— led the first free climb up a route that would come to be named Grillmaire Chimneys. He was accompanied by Hans Gmoser—a childhood friend who arrived in Canada shortly after Grillmaire— and Isabel Spreat—an English woman and member of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC). “A bunch from the Alpine Club wanted to climb behind us, up there, and Isabel was with us on the rope—we put her in the middle of our rope—and the others turned around again right away,” Grillmaire says. “They realized this was crazy.” He was still recovering from a broken leg at the time and climbed the first pitch—a section of a climb between belay points— without a rope. The rope they used the rest of the climb was nylon with no give and Grillmaire was only wearing street shoes. As the trio neared the top a snow storm began. They walked down the backside of the mountain in the snow and by the time they reached the base, the soles had fallen off Grillmaire’s shoes. But in hindsight, he doesn’t consider it that hard of a route. “Technically it was not that difficult a climb,” Grillmaire says. But Will Jackson—a local climber who started doing traditional

climbs about four years ago—says Grillmaire is being modest. “At the time he did that, that was one of the hardest routes in the Rockies,” Jackson says. “People weren’t doing it back then.” Grillmaire Chimneys is graded 5.6 on the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) and Jackson explains that for a long time, 5.9 was about as high as the scale went. “But there’s guys now doing 5.14s and stuff like that, which is bonkers—they’re holding onto tiny flakes of nothing,” he says. The YDS now ranges from 5.0 to 5.15 for technical rock climbing— the kind of rock climbing where sane people equip themselves with safety gear to prevent a lethal fall. Scaling a mountain side with the use of safety equipment is known as free climbing—as opposed to aid climbing, where your gear actually helps propel you up the mountain. For the death-defying, there’s solo climbing—sans safety equipment. Jackson says there are over 100 routes on Mount Yamnuska— also known as Mount John Laurie—and they range from a rating of 5.6 to 5.11. He adds that while many routes on Yam offer easier climbing, he doesn’t really recommend it for beginners. Most of the routes on Yam are traditional (trad), which means that climbers are required to secure their own anchors—creating a sturdy point from which to belay their climbing partners. “You have to have a huge understanding of protection … how that works, because if … you fall—believe it or not falls generate huge

amounts of force—and if you place it wrong they’ll pop,” Jackson says. Sports routes, on the other hand, offer anchors that are already bolted into the mountain—making an easier climb for someone new to the sport. But for those looking to put their trad skills to use on easier climbs, Jackson says Yam offers a good place to start. For those not about to trust life and limb to any amount of equipment, there’s also the hike up Mount Yamnuska’s back side. Though hikers should be warned, it’s not exactly an easy hike. The YDS would likely rate the Yam hike at four-point-something. “I would say there are parts that are like a fourth grade because when you get towards the top on the hike, there’s actually a narrow ledge, which is exposed,” Jackson says. Exposed meaning that there’s a chance of a potentially fatal fall. There’s a chain bolted into the mountain for people to hold onto, but it’s still not for the faint of heart. The hike is also referred to as a scramble, because there are parts that will have you down on your hands and knees. There’s also a lot of scree, or loose rock. Hiking along the bottom of the cliff face before looping around back is said to offer an easier route because you get to skip the chain, but there’s still a lot of scree to contend with. “I’ve never gone that way up, only down, but it’s steep,” Jackson says. Chelsea Novak chelsea@vueweekly.com

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GHOSTS

Inside an abandoned house in Burmis, Alta. / Jason Ferris

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University of Calgary student Aaron Lang documents the province’s fallen townsites

f the cheeriness typically associated with summer fun and road trips just isn’t your speed right now—or ever—then happily for you Alberta offers a swath of destinations to reinforce the fragility of our resourcedbased economy, and how quickly time and nature can erode our labours. In 1976, writer Harold Fryer published Ghost Towns of Alberta, which included 80 townsites. In the introduction he notes, “I also know that even as I wrote this, there were hamlets that were dying, their shops closing for the last time, and their elevators being torn down or hauled away.” (Of course Fryer also included Fort McMurray—which had a growing population of 14,000 at the time—on the grounds that it had taken the town so long to boom.) Then in 2015, Aaron Lang—a University of Calgary student doing a combined degree in geophysics and petroleum land management—picked up where Fryer left off, writing updated descriptions of 25 Alberta ghost towns on his website ghostownsofcanada.com. Lang started visiting ghost towns with friends just as a hobby, but it turned into a project when he shared his interest with a history professor, who suggested he apply for a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award. He received $3,000 for the project and set out to document the townsites, armed with a clear understanding of what would qualify as a ghost town. Lang looked for towns that were once economic centres with thriving populations, but then got hit by some kind of an event

that crippled the economy. “Something affects [the economy] adversely that causes a great exodus out of the townsite,” he explains. “So basically you’d see an 80 or 90 percent drop in population.” Not all of Lang’s ghost towns are empty. Some, like Mercoal—located southwest of Edson on Highway 40—seem to only have seasonal populations, while others have year-round populations. “A lot of people think of a ghost town as an empty, stand-still place where there’s really no one there and you’ve got all these buildings still standing,” Lang says. But he points out that Alberta has very few examples of that. Even, Rowley—a ghost town just north of Drumheller known to attract tourists—has a small population that actively maintains the townsite’s buildings. Lang hasn’t had much time to work on the project since 2015. He says he’s been kept busy with school and working in the oil and gas industry, but he plans to visit more ghost towns over the summer with his friend, photographer Jason Ferris, and add new towns and updates to his website in the fall. He also hopes to up his ghost town game and visit Uranium City in northern Saskatchewan, which will require him to fly in. Even more intense, he wants to scuba dive in Lake Minnewanka in Banff so he can see the sunken town of Minnewanka Landing with his own eyes. Chelsea Novak chelsea@vueweekly.com

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DRUMS IN THE DEEP

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Atlas Coal Mine offers a window into Alberta’s past

They call it a mine ... a mine! (in Gimli’s voice) / Supplied

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here is far more to Drumheller than just Jurassic attractions. For those looking for a view into history that isn’t from millennia ago there is the Atlas Coal Mine, a national historic site and time capsule of an era where coal was king and Alberta was frontier. Atlas Mines came into existence in 1911, with this particular location having opened in the 1930s. The mine offers far more than just the winding, tight confinement that one would expect from a mine, and provides an educational glance at just how these facilities operated and their impact on how the province functioned at the time.

“Drumheller was Alberta’s wild child. It had all the growing pains of the sudden and mass influx of people and the infrastructure that came with it,” Jay Russell, the curator of the facility says. The mine offers visitors a chance to either play pioneer and traverse the facility on their own, or have a guided tour, and get a more personal and detailed history of the mine. What the guided tours offer is a more microscopic approach to the lives of the workers and what their day-to-day experience was like. This may not sound like the most adrenaline-infused activity to the summer thrill seeker, but one

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Atlas Coal Mine 110 Century Drive NW East Coulee may be surprised by just what is gleamed from these escapades. “Like pirates or cowboys, everyone has an idea of what a coal miner is in their head. “While some of that may be true, not all of it is, where in reality the truth is more gob-smacking than the perception,” Russell says. The facility harnesses this mentality by putting you in the boots of the miners. Visitors are strapped into a helmet and headlamp, and tasked with retracing the steps of a day in the life of workers. “We try not to point and shout; we really want people to explore and reach their own conclusions,” Russell says. Apart from delving underground the Atlas Coal Mine provides a tour of Canada’s last wooden tipple, a giant facility that stands a staggering 125 feet. Guests have an inside look at how the coal was processed and the harsh realities and dangers of operating in such a harsh environment. This, coupled with rides on the train carts and other activities, shows how a long since defunct facility seems more alive than ever. Those in search of scandal should look into the Unmentionables Tour, where guides delve into the history of life outside of the mine and the infamous nature of Drumheller’s past. For those who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, the Atlas Coal Mine has something for everyone, or as Russell puts it: “It’s a beautiful rustic decay, and at the end of the day what brings it all in for me is the stories of these men, and the lives that they’ve lived.” Jake Pesaruk


BRASS HOUSE

Too Many Zooz dress to impress. / Justin Borucki

New York City subway group Too Many Zooz talks roots and touring their iconic acoustic busk sound

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hen a passerby at Union Square Station took a video of a jazz trio on his phone and posted it on YouTube, the rest was history. The video went viral, and along with it Too Many Zooz’s iconic style and jive, bringing them from subway busking to international stardom. Known for their high-octane viral videos of busking in the New York subway and for collaborating on Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” acoustic jazz trio Too Many Zooz will bring their unique form of “brass house” to Edmonton for the first time next week. What began as three separate New York City subway buskers, turned into the dynamastic trio. The band’s percussionist, who pre-

heavy build ups to keep you on your toes. Their influences range from “everything except for maybe country,” Sludge says, which is ironic considering their 2016 performance backing Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks for “Daddy Lessons” at the 50th Country Music Awards, receiving rave reviews for their backup instrumentals. In reality though, they all agree on taking inspiration from electronic house and hip-hop, with a few wild cards thrown in for good measure. Sludge has a history studying traditional African and Cuban drumming and drums, which is where the various additions to his bass drum (blocks, tambourine, cow bells, etc.) come into play in his incredible one-man percussion roster. Pel-

Fri., Jul. 13 (8 pm) Too Many Zooz w/ Tzadeka Starlite Room $22 general admission happens live. All three of the musicians take pride in pushing themselves to be constantly creating, even in moments of rehearsing and performance. “The best thing about this band is that we do new stuff, old stuff, and stuff we’ve never even heard,” Sludge says, adding that their music has never stopped evolving, even if it’s not always them that are pushing the barriers of their music. Their original track from Subway Gawdz “Warriors” was recently remixed by Europe’s DJ KDA. It

“Our music was created to get the attention of the commuters in the subway,” Sludge says. fers to go by “King of Sludge,” met saxophone wizard Leo Pellegrino (“Leo P”) in 2013 while playing together in a previous NYC subway group. Pellegrino then brought master trumpeter Matt Doe—who he knew from jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music—to join their busking sessions. “We really had no thoughts of starting a band together at first,” Sludge says, “but a lot of people started asking us what we were called and stuff, so we started a band.” From there, the three knew there was something to be harnessed, a sound like no other. Too Many Zooz uses acoustic instruments to fill their giant electric dance hall sound, full of drops and

legrino and Doe both wrangle their jazz backgrounds with modern rap influences as well. “Our music was created to get the attention of the commuters in the subway,” Sludge says. “We decided that we all liked electronic music and that was sort of the music we were trying to emulate acoustically.” Too Many Zooz’s debut album, Subway Gawdz (2016), has garnered impressive support, giving them the chance to tour Europe, the U.K., the United States, and Canada this summer. Something special about a Too Many Zooz performance is the incredible amount of improvisation, both musical and dance, that

was released under the title “Too Many Zooz vs. KDA Warriors.” The transatlantic collaboration has already received high praise across the continent and gained traction, being picked up by legendary U.K. electronic house label Ministry of Sound and named as DJ Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record in the World.” On the home front, while Sludge can neither confirm nor deny what the band is up to at the moment beyond touring, the scales seem to tip in the direction of writing some new music. This will allow the trio to hit a recording studio soon, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, catch them at The Starlite Room next Friday with Edmonton’s spicy hip-hop artist Tzadeka. Sierra Jade

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EQUALITY

Cat and Leisha may be a duo, but they’re louder than a 12-piece band. / Nat Ord

IT’S TIME TO SASS THE PATRIARCHY

Leisha Jungalwalla of This Way North talks about the roots of the female, nonbinary-led Sass The Patriarchy show

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fter attending quite a few music conferences in Australia about gender equality in the music scene, guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla and drummer Cat Leahy—who make up the indie-blues duo This Way North—had hope. Hope for a change that shatters the sexist decisions of many promoters, festivals, and venues. “All the talk was there, but when all the festivals announced their summer lineups it was still really male-dominated,” Jungalwalla says. “We were looking to do something about it, and Cat came up with the idea of having a residency show of female, gender-diverse bands playing, and visual artists exhibiting their works, and then quick, 20-minute discussions on specific strategies we can use to improve the industry rather than looking at how crappy the industry is.” Together, they hosted a show in Melbourne and called it Sass The Patriarchy—an ongoing series that supports female and non-binary

musicians while looking at strategies to improve equality in various music scenes. Since the show’s beginnings early last year, Jungalwalla and Leahy have toured it in various parts of Austrailia and New Zealand. “I think people have walked away with a little bit of a clearer idea of how they can support a more gender-diverse music industry,” Jungalwalla says. The Edmonton performance will feature music from This Way North, Kimberley McGregor, and Dana Wylie, while other artistic displays will be held by mixedmedia artists Lana Whiskeyjack, Amy Sallenbach, and poet Shima Aisha Robinson who goes by the stage name Dwennimmen. “We know the music and arts community in Edmonton pretty well,” Jungalwalla says. “We knew we would be able to get great lineups and have that support to throw on a show like this. We wanted to make sure there’s a diverse lineup with different cul-

tural backgrounds, and different genders.” The problem of gender equality in music has always been an issue, especially with rock and blues. In the late 1950s,—a time when guys like Les Paul, Bob Dylan or T-Bone Walker (keyword is “guys”) were experimenting with guitar amplifier effects that would eventually lead to distortion—men dominated music lineups, both in and out of the studio. And this wasn’t to say that there weren’t many female artists—they just weren’t really

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given the time of day. It didn’t get much better as years went on. Bands like Heart, Blondie, and to an extent Fleetwood Mac, became female-fronted token bands. Just watch the series Behind The Music. The amount of times the musicians say people went to their shows and said things like “Oh women can’t play rock” or ‘“Wow, they can actually play” is appalling. Fast forward to now, and it’s not that much better. Men are still in the power positions as producers, record company owners, and promoters. “People still assume we don’t know what we’re doing with our instruments or our setup,” Jungalwalla says. “Like this drummer was watching Cat at a festival in Australia earlier this year and he was like ‘Oh you didn’t even drop a beat or make a mistake.’ Like, is that why you’re watching? To see if this woman will make a mistake. Like you would never say that if she was a man.” It’s still a problem. Look at a fewfestival lineups and it can be guaranteed that almost 70 percent of the lineup is usually taken by males. Also in Australia alone, the gender pay gap in the entertainment industry is the largest. “Being a woman or somebody

Wed., Jul. 18 (7:30 pm) Sass The Patriarchy The Aviary $12 at doors gender diverse is a category festivals and venues can fill,” Jungalwalla says. “The mindset is like ‘Oh we got a woman on the bill. Great.’ That misses the point. I’m sure because people see there are so many great women artists that everybody thinks they’re getting a great go, but if you look at the hard stats like average lineups are 80 percent male. And those statistics have changed only mildly, which is a problem.” Simply, there need to be more shows like Sass The Patriarchy. Men are obviously part of the problem, but they can also be part of the solution, which is why Jungalwalla and Leahy invite anyone interested to the show. “We don’t want it to be a man bashing sort of thing—it’s really not. It’s just looking at how we can make it more equal,” she says. “We want males playing the music and being there, but y’now female, gender diverse led rather than maleled. ” Stephan Boissonneault stephan@vueweekly.com

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8-10:30pm BLUES ON WHYTE The Dany Franchi

Band; 9pm BLVD SUPPER X CLUB B**ch A Little,

Wine Alot (house, hip-hop and reggae music); Every Thu; No cover BRICK & WHISKEY PUBLIC HOUSE Big

Rockin' Thursday Jam & Open Mic; Every Thu, 8pm THE BUCKINGHAM Woolworm with

Feed Dogs and Slow Girl Walking; 8pm; $10 (adv), $15 (door) CAFE BLACKBIRD YEG Music Presents:

Rage Radtke, Indie Davis, Kaylin Kowalyshyn, and Paula Kirman; 7pm; $10 COOK COUNTY SALOON LANCO; 6:30pm;

$25 FIONN MACCOOL’S–GATEWAY Michael

Chenoweth; 7-10pm; Free HAVE MERCY Thigh Thursdays with El

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Johnston LEAF BAR AND GRILL Karoake at the Leaf; Every Thu, 9pm; Free NAKED CYBERCAFÉ Thu open stage;

7pm NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild

CASINO EDMONTON Whyte Bronco; 9pm CASINO YELLOWHEAD The Rat Pack

Tribute; 7pm; Tickets start at $39 CENTURY CASINO–ST. ALBERT Amie Weymes & The Atta Boys; 9pm; Free CHVRCH OF JOHN Michael White; 9pm; $10-$20; 18+ only DENIZEN HALL Champ City Soundtrack;

Every Fri-Sat DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY Mike Dominey;

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DENIZEN HALL Champ City Soundtrack;

STUDIO 96 Cmon Festival 2018:

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Musical Roots; 3-5pm; Pay what you can

DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY Mike Dominey;

9pm Empress; Every Sat, 4-6pm; Free; 18+ only HERITAGE PAVILION PARK Alberta Grown Music Festival 2018 featuring The Dungarees, Letters From Pluto, Nathan Cunningham and more; 11am; $99 (weekend), $49-$59 (day passes) HILLTOP PUB Open stage hosted by Simon, Dan and Pascal; Every Sat, 4-7pm; Free

Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Acoustic Music Jam & Dancing; 7-10pm

WEST EDMONTON MALL

7pm; $15 (adv), $20 (show)

RICHARD'S PUB KWC Karaoke

SIDELINER’S PUB Singer/Songwriter

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Monday Night Open Stage; Hosted by Celeigh Cardinal; Every Mon (except long weekends), 8:30pm

FRIDAY THE 13TH W/ BLACKWATER CRUDE

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JUL 19

THROWBACK THURSDAY W/ THE SISSY FITS

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JUL 20

SAM SPADES

Evrey Fri-Sat, 9pm

RIVER CREE–The Venue Buckcherry; 7pm (doors), 9pm (show); Tickets staring at $39.99

RIVER CREE–The Venue Roots & Boots

ROSE & CROWN PUB Sean Sonego; 9pm

REC ROOM–WEST EDMONTON MALL

Friday the 13th with Blackwater Crude; 9:30pm; Free RICHARD'S PUB DJ Brad House Party;

90’s Electric Throwdown featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw & Collin Raye; 7pm (doors), 9pm (show); Tickets starting at $49.99 ROCKY MOUNTAIN ICEHOUSE Derina Harvey Band and East Coast Kitchen Party; 8pm; $15 (adv), $20 (door) ROSE & CROWN PUB Sean Sonego; 9pm SHAKERS ROADHOUSE ROR; 9pm; No

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Robison; 9pm

SANDS INN & SUITES Karaoke Thursdays with JR; Every Thu, 9pm-1am

STUDIO 96 Cmon Festival 2018:

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Mirror, Dead Fibres, Incredible Woman with DJ Gulzar; 8pm; $10; 18+ only

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Musical Roots; 3-5pm; Pay what you can

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: DJ Late Fee; Every Fri; Wooftop: Selection

Fridays with Remo, Noosh, Fingertips & guests; Underdog: Rap, House, Hip-Hop with DJ Teddy Plenti; every Fri THE COMMON Quality Control Fridays

with DJ Echo & Freshlan

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Galacticas, The Slight Brains, Laundry Week, Dual Nature; 8pm; $10; 18+ only SHAKERS ROADHOUSE Mark Ammar’s Saturday Sessions Jam; Every Sat, 4-8pm SHERLOCK HOLMES–DOWNTOWN Duff

Robison; 9pm SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM The Rural

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Band; 9pm BOHEMIA Sun Of Man with guests Geoff

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Every Thu-Sat, 9pm CAPITAL PLAZA Fridays @ the

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DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: DJ Chris Bruce spins britpop/punk/garage/ indie; Every Sat; Wooftop: Sound It Up! with DJ Instigate spinning classic hiphop and reggae; Underdog: hip-hop open Mic followed by DJ Marack THE COMMON Get Down It's Saturday

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BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor:

Substance with Eddie Lunchpail TAVERN ON WHYTE Classic hip-hop with DJ Creeazn every Mon; 9pm-2am

Tempation Tuesdays with DJ Teddy Plenti; Every Tue BLUES ON WHYTE Charlie Jacobson

Band; 9pm FIDDLER'S ROOST Fiddle Jam Circle;

7:30-11:30pm GAS PUMP Karaoke; 9:30pm HAVE MERCY Outlaw Country Vinyl

Night with Sheriff Taylor; Every 3rd Tue of the month • To-Do Tuesday: open mic night hosted by Justin Perkins LB'S PUB Tuesday Night Open Jam Hosted by Darrell Barr; 7-11pm; No charge SHAKERS ROADHOUSE Rusty Reed Band;

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DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Chris Bruce spins britpop/punk/garage/indie; Every Tue EL CORTEZ MEXICAN KITCHEN + TEQUILA BAR Taco Tuesday with

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THE PROVINCIAL PUB Video Music DJ;

BLUES ON WHYTE The Good The Bad &

THE PROVINCIAL PUB Saturday Nights:

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Indie rock and dance with DJ Maurice; 9pm-2am

SAT JUL 14

TAVERN ON WHYTE Soul, motown, funk, R&B and more with DJs Ben and Mitch; every Sat; 9pm-2am

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Hip Hop Showcase featuring Locution Revolution; 7:30pm; Free

ALIBI PUB & EATERY Rising Star

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DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY Wed open mic with host Duff Robison; 8pm FESTIVAL PLACE Qualico Patio Series:

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B-STREET BAR Karaoke; Every Fri-Sat,

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BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Winnie Brave; 4-6pm; No coverBLIND PIG PUB Saturday afternoon live music

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CAFE BLACKBIRD Krista Hartman with

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CASINO EDMONTON Whyte Bronco; 9pm

RICHARD’S PUB Live musician jam with

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CENTURY CASINO–ST. ALBERT Amie Weymes & The Atta Boys; 9pm; Free

STARLITE ROOM Lagwagonw with

Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door)

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Kimberley Macgregor, with This Way North, Dana Wylie and Dwennimmen; 7:30pm; $10 (adv), $12 (door)

EL CORTEZ MEXICAN KITCHEN + TEQUILA BAR Resident DJs playing the

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REC ROOM–SOUTH EDMONTON COMMON Lia Cole with Josh Sahunta;

Throwback Thursday with The Sissy Fits; Every Thu, 8:30pm; Free

DJs

AFTER FUNK

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JUL 18

ON THE ROCKS The Vinyl Countdown;

STARLITE ROOM Too Many Zooz with

WOODRACK CAFÉ Birdie on a Branch;

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Nervous Flirts; Every other Thu, 7pm

The Rock Show; 7:30pm; $48.50 and up

JUL 13

9pm

REC ROOM–WEST EDMONTON MALL

WINSPEAR CENTRE Melissa Etheridge -

BLUES ON WHYTE Charlie Jacobson

FIDDLER'S ROOST Open Stage; 7-11pm

TEMPLE–STARLITE ROOM Archspire,

Michael Gress (fr Self Evolution); every Thu; 9pm-2am

SOUTH EDMONTON COMMON

Mondays with DJ Modest Mike

Live Local Bands every Sat

SIDELINER’S PUB Friday Night Bands:

TAVERN ON WHYTE Open stage with

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Wooftop: Mod

MKT FRESH FOOD AND BEER MARKET

Routes; 9pm

Chenoweth; 5-6pm; Free

MON JUL 16

LB'S PUB 69 Ave; 9pm; No minors

REC ROOM–SOUTH EDMONTON COMMON Karaoke with live band, The

STATION ON JASPER Michael

GAS PUMP Kizomba-DJ; 8pm

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Karaoke night;

Musical Roots; 3-5pm; Pay what you can

Open Mic Hosted by Tommy Barker; Every Thu, 7-9:30pm

Late Fee; Every Sun

LEAF BAR AND GRILL Homemade Jam; 3-7pm; Free • Rusty Reed; 9pm

SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM The Rural

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EVENTS

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: DJ

HERITAGE PAVILION PARK Alberta Grown Music Festival 2018 featuring The Static Shift with Tacoy Ryde, Stephanie Harpe Experience and more; 3pm; $99 (weekend), $49-$59 (day passes)

Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers every Thu; 7pm

SHAKERS ROADHOUSE The Katz N Jammers Thursday Night Wail; Every Thu, 7:30-11pm

UPCOMING

DJs

EMPRESS ALE HOUSE Bands at the

guests, The Old Wives, Belvedere; 8pm; $30; No minors

Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Guests and newcomers always welcome; every Wed, 7pm; $2 (donation, per person), free coffee available THE PROVINCIAL PUB Karaoke

Wednesday SHAKERS ROADHOUSE Lady Lynne and

The Grinders; Every Wed, 7:30-11pm

Some conditions may apply. Promotion subject to change without notice and AGLC approval.

STARLITE ROOM Teenage Bottlerocket,

cnty.com/edmonton

Chixdiggit, Grizzly Trail, A Gentleman's Pact; 8pm; $20; No minors TAVERN ON WHYTE Karaoke; 9pm

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: DJ

Late Fee; Every Wed

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CELESTIAL POP

LETTERS FROM PLUTO IS HEATING UP

Under the moniker Letters From Pluto, local artist Kristy Torrieli is making her mark on the pop industry What do Pluto and Kristy Torrieli have in common? Answer below. / Supplied

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he loneliness that an isolated, far-off planet might feel isn’t something most of us spend our free time thinking about, but it’s exactly what local pop singer-songwriter Letters From Pluto (Kristy Torrieli) was doing when she found her unique musical persona. Torrieli—a relative newcomer to the pop scene, was going through pages of stage name ideas a few years ago when inspiration struck. “I was thinking about Pluto, about how this poor planet has been now demoted, and how it’s kind of on the edge of our solar system, and it just wants to be loved,” she says. “I had this very vivid mental image of it trying to reach out to the rest of the solar system, and sending love and letters. I thought Letters to Pluto—no, then maybe, Letters From Pluto. The moment it came out of my mouth, I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s my name.’” Since 2016, Torrieli has been performing and writing her own music. Before she was Letters From Pluto, Torrieli had been building up to life as a pop singer both with her life-long love of music (she plays various instruments) and her education. “When I attended university, I got a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music, and I knew I wanted to do music in one form or another,” Torrieli says. “At first, I thought I wanted to be a music teacher, and then when I was going to receive

an after degree in education; I decided instead that I really wanted to try to pursue being an artist and making that work.” Her self-titled EP came out in 2016, which is Torrieli’s only album release so far, but she hopes to have more singles and another EP out in the near future. Inspired by artists like Coldplay and Muse, Letters From Pluto’s sound can be described as classic pop with some elements of rock and electronic, two genres that Torrieli says she loves to fuse. “It’s quite interesting, because pop can be such a general term,” she says. “I feel like it’s constantly changing, which is what I like as well because it gives me the ability to change it up when I want to.” Pursuing music more seriously has so far paid off for Torrieli, as she has already gained notoriety both locally and internationally. Her first single, “Cold Right Now,” was nominated last month at the Edmonton Music Awards for Video of the Year, and was also nominated south of the border last year at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Pop Song. Torrieli has also been seeing success lately. She won the Hot Factor contest put on by HOT 107 Edmonton in 2016, as well as the iHeart Radio Canada’s Future Star competition for the month of May last year, the latter of which

provided her song “Cold Right Now” with national radio play. “It was amazing knowing people were hearing it and relating to it. As an artist, we just want people to listen to our music. The fear is that no one will ever hear it, and knowing that it was being played coast to coast was really great,” Torrieli says. Since she has already performed at events like Canadian Music Week as well as some smaller local shows, Torrieli is prepared and excited for her upcoming gig at the Alberta Grown Music Festival. “When I perform, I try to have fun because I want the audience to have fun. When I perform I don’t have an instrument in front of me because I’m always moving around,” Torrieli says. Torrieli is optimistic about making a mark in the industry. Her most recent single, “Stop and Stare,” is an edgier sound compared to her older material, but one that she wants to run with as she continues to make music and produce new ideas. “I think with the new music I’ve written and the upcoming singles, I’ve found out more of who I am as a person and who I am as an artist,” Torrieli says. “I’ve definitely grown and evolved, as we all do over the course of our lives, so I’m going a little bit more towards an edgier sound while still trying to remain in the pop realm.” Heather Gunn

ARGENTINE TANGO DANCE AT FOOT NOTES STUDIO • Foot Notes Dance Studio (South side), 9708-45 Ave • 780.438.3207 • virenzi@shaw.ca • Argentine Tango with Tango Divino: beginners: 7-8pm; intermediate: 8-9pm; Tango Social Dance (Milonga): 9pm-12 • Every Fri, 7pm-midnight • $15

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga.ca • 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

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

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

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 Floydish originals plus great covers of classics: some free; Twilight Zone Lively Up Yourself Tour (with DJ Cool Breeze); all ages DOWNTOWN EDMONTON BOOK CLUB • Downtown Edmonton Community League, 10042103 St • facebook.com/declorg • Open to anyone who lives, works, or plays downtown and wants to meet new people, have great conversations, and read cool stuff • Every 2nd Wed, 7-8:30pm

DROP-IN D&D • Hexagon Board Game Café, 10750-82 Ave • 780.757.3105 • info@thehexcafe.com • 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.summerfrost.ca • 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

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FERTILITY AWARENESS CHARTING CIRCLE • Remedy Cafe, 8631-109 St • faccedmonton@gmail.com • fertilityawarenesschartingcircle.org • Talk about fertility awareness, including how it can be used for conscious conception, a highly effective natural birth control, or insight into your health • Jul 30, Aug 27; 6:30-8:30pm • Suggested donation of $10

FOOD ADDICTS • Alano Club (& Simply Done Cafe), 10728-124 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

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AMITABHA KADAMPA BUDDHIST CENTRE • 9550-87 St • 780.235.8257

Sat., Jul. 14 (2:50 pm) Letters From Pluto Alberta Grown Music Festival Set Stony Plain Heritage Park Tickets available at albertagrownmusic.org

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MILE ZERO DANCE DROP-IN DANCE & MOVEMENT CLASSES • Spazio Performativo, 10816-95 St • 780.424.1573 • mzdsociety@ gmail.com • milezerodance.com/classes • Mile Zero Dance holds a number of drop-in dance & movement classes for people of all experience levels & ages; Mon: Contact Improv (7-9pm); Tue: House/Hip Hop with Sekou (6-7pm), Butoh with Sonja Myllymaki (7-9pm); Wed: Noguchi Taiso (1011:30am), Beginner Modern with Kathleen Hughes (6-7pm); Thu: Authentic Movement with Isabelle Rousseau (*Must pre-register*) (10am-12pm), Kids’ Dance with Jeannie Vandekerkhove (ages 3–5) (1-1:45pm) • $15 (regular drop-in), $12 (members drop-in), $15 (annual memberships), $100 (10-Class Card, which can be used for various classes. Purchase it at Eventbrite)

MONDAY MEET-UP • Hexagon Board Game Café, 10750-82 Ave • 780.757.3105 • info@ thehexcafe.com • thehexcafe.com • Meet new gamers. Go to the event solo or with a group • Every Mon, 5-11pm • $5 (one drink per person)

NORTHERN ALBERTA WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

OPEN DOOR COMIC CREATOR MEETINGS • Happy Harbor Comics, 10729-104 Ave • 780.452.8211 • happyharborcomics.com • 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, obad@shaw.ca; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free

PAINTING FOR PLEASURE • McDougall United Church, 10086 Macdonald Drive (south entrance) • 780.428.1818 • karenbishopartist@ gmail.com • mcdougallunited.com • 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 • schizophrenia.ab.ca • 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

SUGAR FOOT STOMP! • Sugar Swing Ballroom, 10019-80 Ave NW • 587.786.6554 • dance@sugarswing.com • sugarswing.com

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TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS) • Grace United Church annex, 6215-104 Ave • 780.479.8667 (Bob) • bobmurra@telus.net • Low-cost, fun and friendly weight loss group • Every Mon, 6:30pm

TEAM EDMONTON • Locations vary • teamedmonton.ca • 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

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YOGA WITH JENNIFER • 780.439.6950 • ThreeBattles.com • A traditional approach with lots of individual attention. Free introductory classes • Tue evenings & Sat mornings

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

WOMEN'S CRICKET • Coronation Park Cricket pitch (north part of park) • incogswomens@gmail.com • Learn the game of cricket. The group plays for fun and no experience is necessary. Kids and men welcome • Every Sat, 6pm • $5 (drop-in fee, adult), free (kids) LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BASIC TOOL TRAINING WORKSHOP • Location details

provided when individual registers for shift • 780.451.3416 ext. 237 • volunteer@hfh.org • Providing volunteers a better understanding of how to use and stay safe with various tools while meeting others • Jul 13, Jul 21, Jul 28, Aug 10, Aug 17, Aug 18, Aug 25; 8:30am4:15pm • $20 (register at bit.ly/2k8tBYh)

PINTS & POLITICS WITH THE ALBERTA PARTY • Hudsons Canada's Pub, 10307-82 Ave • Discussing the issues facing Albertans today • Jul 19, 7-9pm

QUEER EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE GLBTQ • Edmonton General Hospital - Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave • office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca • edmontonseniorscentre. ca/lgbtq-support.html • A safe environment to share: education, stories, and activities • 1st and 3rd Mon of the month, 10:30am-12pm (in the boardroom) • Free

EVOLAUGHS • Evolution Wonderlounge, 10220-103 St • 780.420.0077 • LGBTQ-friendly comedy show hosted by Nadine Hunt and Leif Oleson-Cormack • Jul 13, 9-10:30pm • Free 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 Ave • (780) 488-3234 • pridecentreofedmonton. org/calendar.html • 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 YOUTH GROUP & PARENTS/CAREGIVERS SUPPORT: (24 and under) 3rd Mon of every month, 7-9pm • FIERCE FUN: (24 and under) Biweekly Tue, 7-9pm, games and activities for youth • JAMOUT: (12-24) Biweekly Tue, 7-8:30pm, music mentorship and instruction for youth • TWO SPIRIT GATHERING: 4th Wed of every month, 6-8pm, gathering for First Nations Two Spirit people • MEN’S SOCIAL CIRCLE: (18+) 1st and 3rd Thu, 7-9pm, for anyone masculine-identified • WOMEN’S SOCIAL CIRCLE: (18+) 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm, for anyone feminine-identified • MOVIES & GAMES NIGHT: Biweekly Fri, 6-8:30pm • ARTS & IDENTITY: Biweekly Fri, 6-8:30pm • CREATING SAFER SPACES TRAINING: Interactive professional

AFROFEST 2018 • Grant MacEwan University, 106 ave from 105 St to 107 St • Live music, African and Caribbean cuisine, a fashion show, poetry, dance performances and to kick it all off, a parade • Jul 14-15

ARCTIC SEA ICE DAY • Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd • Join in on arctic crafts, science experiments, and other fun activities and learn how you, too, can be an ambassador for our arctic sea ice • Jul 15, 12-4pm

BUTTERFLY DAY • University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County • botanicgarden.ualberta.ca • Meet beautiful butterflies from around the world in the tropical showhouse. Make bug and butterfly crafts and catch some interesting creatures • Jul 22, 12pm

DATE NIGHT–AN EVENING OF PAINT • University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB60, Parkland County • botanicgarden.ualberta.ca • Create your own masterpiece with inspiration all around you and guidance from an expert. No experience required. Please register in advance • Jul 26, 6pm EDMONTON CARNAVAL • 8303-104 St • edmontoncarnaval.com • A three day multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture • Jul 20-22 • Free

FARM PARTY AND LONG TABLE DINNER • Prairie Gardens, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord • getcookingedmonton.com • Celebrate the taste of local with a five course menu served in the field • Jul 21, 5-10pm

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PARKLAND COUNTY ART SHOW • University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County • botanicgarden.ualberta.ca • An annual exhibition and sale by members of the Parkland Art Club. Come and meet the artists • Jul 27, 6pm RGE RD FARM DINNER • Prairie Gardens, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord • An evening that features hors d’oeuvres, a tour of the farm, and a five-course meal using ingredients grown on site • Jul 22, 4:30pm

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• 780.471.7210 • k-days.com • Experience the sights and sounds of K-Days with the rides, midway, food, music, and other fair activities. Coming back this year is the K-Days rodeo. Lineup includes The Beach Boys, Billy Talent, and more • Jul 20-29

Centre, 7515-118 Ave • 780.471.7300 • agriculture@northlands.com • Showcasing and celebrating handmade or homegrown items • Jul 20-29, 12-9pm

The inaugural festival that will feature the best in ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and also beer • Jul 13-15

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K-DAYS • Northlands Park, 73 St and 116 Ave

MAKERS EXHIBITION • Edmonton EXPO

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FOODIE BIKE TOUR • Various locations–visit

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON • Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd • edmonton.triathlon.org • Triathletes of all ages and abilities gather to participate in a variety of triathlon competitions • Jul 27-28

Wetaskiwin, 244047A Township Road 464, Wetaskiwin • edmontonraceway.com • Find NASCAR super stocks, baby grands, nascar thunder cars, nascar feature stocks & evolution racing mini cups all speeding around the track • Jul 27-28

McIntyre Park, 8331-104 St • 780.425. 5162 • edmontonstreetfest.com • The 34th annual street performers festival is home to more than 1000 performances by acrobats, jugglers, musicians, unicyclists, and more • Jul 10-15

McKinney River Front Park, 9999 Grierson Hill Rd • fiseworldedmonton.com • Featuring BMX freestyle, BMX flat and skateboard competitions • Jul 13-15

HASKIN CANOE SUNSET TOUR • Laurier to Capilano Park • 780.922.4324 • info@haskincanoe.ca • View the orange and red glow of the sun setting as you paddle on the still waters of the North Saskatchewan • Jul 13, Jul 18, Jul 21, Jul 27, Aug 1, Aug 10, Aug 15, Aug 24, Sep 14, Sep 19, Sep 28 • $50 (per person plus GST), $25 (youth 17 and under)

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• JACEK Chocolate Studio, 406 Kaska Road, Sherwood Park • jacekchocolate.com • A walk through the chocolate making processes, learning the regional difference in flavour, and more • Jul 20, 6:30-8pm • $42

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Longtime Savage Love fanboy with a bit of a conundrum—and it’s your fault! I’m a bi man in my 30s. To use Charles M. Blow’s word, my bisexuality is “lopsided.” This means that I fall in love with women exclusively, but I love to have sex with men occasionally. My current girlfriend not only approves, she likes to join in. We have a great kinky sex life, and at times we invite a hot bi dude to join us. You keep saying that to counter bisexual erasure, it is the duty of every bisexual to come out of the closet. If I were a “proper” bisexual, i.e., romantically interested in men also, that would be no problem—my family and work and social circles are extremely liberal. However, your advice to us kinksters and people in open relationships is that we probably shouldn’t come out to our parents or colleagues, since when it comes to sex, it’s advisable to operate on a need-to-know basis. While I agree with this completely—my mother doesn’t need to know my girlfriend pegs me— the rule keeps me in the closet as well. Since I’m only sexually interested in men, wouldn’t I be revealing facts about my sex life if I came out as bi? I also wouldn’t want to mislead gay men into thinking that I’m available for romantic relationships with them. So which rule is more important: the duty to come out as a bisexual or the advice to operate on a need-to-know basis when it comes to your sex life? BISEXUAL LEANING OUT WARILY There’s nothing improper about your bisexuality, BLOW—or Charles M. Blow’s bisexuality, or the bisexuality of other “lopsided” bisexuals. While the idea that bisexuals are equally attracted

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to men and women sexually and romantically used to be pushed by a lot of bi activists (“I fall in love with people, not genitals!”), it didn’t reflect the lived/fucked/ sucked experience of most bisexuals. Like you and Blow (hetero-romantic bisexuals), many bisexuals have a strong preference for either women or men as romantic partners. My recently “gay married” bisexual friend Eric, however, is one of those biromantic bisexuals. This popular misconception— that bisexuals are indifferent to gender (and more highly evolved than all those genital-obsessed monosexuals)—left many people who were having sex with men and women feeling as if they didn’t have an identity. Not straight, not gay, and disqualified from bi. But thanks to bisexuals like Blow coming out and owning their bisexuality and their lopsidedness, a more nuanced and inclusive understanding of bisexuality has taken root. That nuance is reflected in bisexual activist Robyn Ochs’s definition of bisexuality: “I call myself bisexual,” Ochs says, “because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted— romantically and/or sexually— to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” Lopsided or not, BLOW, you’re a proper bisexual, and if you’re in a position to come out to your family and friends, you should. And rest assured, telling people you’re bi doesn’t mean you’re divulging details about your sex life. You’re disclosing your sexual orientation, not detailing your sexual practices. You can tell someone you’re attracted to men and women—at the same time, in your case, if not in the same way—without telling them

about the hot bi dudes you and the girlfriend bed together. And if you and the girlfriend are perceived to be monogamous, and you want to keep it that way, you can allow people to continue to make that assumption. Finally, BLOW, most gay men are aware that bi guys usually aren’t romantically interested in other men. And that’s fine—so long as hetero-romantic bi guys don’t mislead us, most gay men are down to fuck. (And gay men who won’t date homo-romantic or bi-romantic men? You guys are missing out. My friend Eric was a hot, hung, adventurous catch. Congrats, Christian!) And since you’re partnered and presumed to be monogamous, you’re also presumed to be unavailable. But if you’re worried a gay friend might hire a hit man to off the girlfriend so he can have a shot at your heart, come out to him as hetero-romantic at the same time you come out to him as bi.

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Bi married man here. I was always out to my wife, but two months ago, I came out to our tight circle of friends. Everyone has been supportive, and I’m glad I took this step. But on three different occasions, my wife’s best friend has loudly asked me whose cock I would most like to suck out of all the other guys at the party. My birthday is coming up, and I don’t want her there. My wife doesn’t want to offend her oldest friend, and she makes excuses like “She was drunk” or “She was only joking.” I told my wife that I wouldn’t be coming to my own birthday party if her friend was invited, but she invited her anyway “by accident.” (She sent the invite via group text.) She doesn’t want to confront or disinvite her friend because that would be awkward.

What do we do? HER UNTHINKING BUDDY BAD YUCKS Here’s what you’re going to do, HUBBY: You’re going to ask your wife how she would feel if a friend of yours was sexually harassing her and you made excuses for that friend (“He was drunk!”) and then “accidentally” invited that asshole to her birthday party. Then if she won’t call her friend and retract the invitation, you do it. It will be awkward, that’s for sure, but your wife’s friend shouldn’t be spared that awkwardness. Lord knows she made things awkward for you—don’t hesitate to return the favour.

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I am a 23-year-old bisexual woman and I have two questions for you: (1) Is it possible to fall in love differently with women than with men? I think I am bisexual because I have been in love with some women, despite never getting past a kiss. What I find strange is that whereas with men I feel immediate attraction, with women the attraction rises after a deep friendship is formed. (2) Is it possible that I was in love with two different people at the same time? I always thought that I could be in love with only one person at a time, but during that short span, I was in love with both a guy who made me suffer and my best friend, a woman, who helped me with that guy. After I found a new boyfriend, I stopped thinking about anyone else because our relationship is closed. But I don’t know if that’s just because I avoid thinking about others or because I wasn’t really in love with the two people (despite my surprisingly real heartbreak). BISEXUAL IN NEED AND INQUIRING FINALLY

1. See my response to BLOW, above. 2. A person can love more than one parent, more than one child, more than one sibling, more than one set of tit clamps, and more than one romantic partner. Telling people they can feel romantic love for only one person at a time isn’t just stupid, it’s harmful. Let’s say Bill is partnered with Ted, and Bill believes romantic attraction/love is a one-at-atime phenomenon because that’s what he was told. Now let’s say Bill develops a crush on Sandra. If Bill doesn’t question the oneat-a-time bullshit he was taught to believe about romantic love, Bill is highly likely to think, “Well, I must not be in love with Ted anymore, otherwise I couldn’t feel this way about Sandra,” and then he may dump tried-and-true Ted for shiny-and-new Sandra. I’m not arguing that everyone should be poly—most people want only one partner at a time, and that’s fine. But telling people they can’t experience romantic attraction or romantic love for more than one person at a time sets long-term relationships up for failure. Because while stable, lasting love feels amazing, it’s less intoxicating than shiny, new, cum-drunk love. And while almost all stable, lasting loves were shiny, new, cumdrunk loves early on, very few new loves become lasting loves. If we don’t want people tossing lasting love overboard every time they develop feelings for someone new, people need to know that, yes, you can be in love with two different people at the same time. On the Lovecast, the author of Many Love, Sophie Lucido Johnson: savagelovecast.com. mail@savagelove.net @fakedansavage on Twitter ITMFA.org

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FREEWILLASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your key theme right now is growth. Let’s dig in and analyze its nuances. 1. Not all growth is good for you. It may stretch you too far too fast—beyond your capacity to integrate and use it. 2. Some growth that is good for you doesn’t feel good to you. It might force you to transcend comforts that are making you stagnant, and that can be painful. 3. Some growth that’s good for you may meet resistance from people close to you; they might prefer you to remain just as you are, and may even experience your growth as a problem. 4. Some growth that isn’t particularly good for you may feel pretty good. For instance, you could enjoy working to improve a capacity or skill that is irrelevant to your long-term goals. 5. Some growth is good for you in some ways, and not so good in other ways. You have to decide if the trade-off is worth it. 6. Some growth is utterly healthy for you, feels pleasurable, and inspires other people. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You can’t sing with someone else’s mouth, Taurus. You can’t sit down and settle into a commanding new power spot with someone else’s butt. Capiche? I also want to tell you that it’s best if you don’t try to dream with someone else’s heart, nor should you imagine you can fine-tune your relationship with yourself by pushing someone else to change. But here’s an odd fact: You can enhance your possibility for success by harnessing or borrowing or basking in other people’s luck. Especially in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You wouldn’t attempt to cure a case of hiccups by repeatedly smacking your head against a wall, right? You wouldn’t use an anti-tank rocket launcher to eliminate the mosquito buzzing around your room, and you wouldn’t set your friend’s hair on fire as a punishment for arriving late to your rendezvous at the café. So don’t overreact to minor tweaks of fate, my dear Gemini. Don’t over-medicate tiny disturbances. Instead, regard the glitches as learning opportunities. Use them to cultivate more patience, expand your tolerance, and strengthen your character. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I pay tribute to your dizzying courage, you wise fool. I stage-whisper “Congratulations!” as you slip away from your hypnotic routine and wander out to the edge of mysterious joy. With a crazy grin of encouragement and my fi st pressed against my chest, I salute your efforts to transcend your past. I praise and exalt you for demonstrating that freedom is never permanent but must be reclaimed and reinvented on a regular basis. I cheer you on as you avoid every temptation to repeat yourself, demean yourself, and chain yourself.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I’m feeling a bit helpless as I watch you messing with that bad but good stuff that is so wrong but right for you. I am rendered equally inert as I observe you playing with the strong but weak stuff that’s interesting but probably irrelevant. I fidget and sigh as I monitor the classy but trashy influence that’s angling for your attention; and the supposedly fast-moving process that’s creeping along so slowly; and the seemingly obvious truth that would offer you a much better lesson if only you would see it for the chewy riddle that it is. What should I do about my predicament? Is there any way I can give you a boost? Maybe the best assistance I can offer is to describe to you what I see. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psychologist Paul Ekman has compiled an extensive atlas of how emotions are revealed in our faces. “Smiles are probably the most underrated facial expressions,” he has written, “much more complicated than most people realize. There are dozens of smiles, each differing in appearance and in the message expressed.” I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because your assignment in the coming weeks—should you choose to accept it—is to explore and experiment with your entire repertoire of smiles. I’m confident that life will conspire to help you carry out this task. More than at any time since your birthday in 2015, this is the season for unleashing your smiles. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Lucky vibes are coalescing in your vicinity. Scouts and recruiters are hovering. Helpers, fairy godmothers, and future playmates are growing restless waiting for you to ask them for favours. Therefore, I hereby authorize you to be imperious, regal, and overflowing with self-respect. I encourage you to seize exactly what you want, not what you’re “supposed” to want. Or else be considerate, appropriate, modest, and full of harmonious caution. CUT! CUT! Delete that “be considerate” sentence. The Libra part of me tricked me into saying it. And this is one time when people of the Libra persuasion are allowed to be free from the compulsion to balance and moderate. You have a mandate to be the show, not watch the show. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Emily Dickinson wrote 1,775 poems— an average of one every week for 34 years. I’d love to see you launch an enduring, deep-rooted project that will require similar amounts of stamina, persistence, and dedication. Are you ready to expand your vision of what’s possible for you to accomplish? The current astrological omens suggest that the next two months will be an excellent time to commit yourself to a great work that you will give your best to for the

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rest of your long life! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What’s the biggest lie in my life? There are several candidates. Here’s one: I pretend I’m nonchalant about one of my greatest failures; I act as if I’m not distressed by the fact that the music I’ve created has never received the listenership it should have. How about you, Sagittarius? What’s the biggest lie in your life? What’s most false or dishonest or evasive about you? Whatever it is, the immediate future will be a favourable time to transform your relationship with it. You now have extraordinary power to tell yourself liberating truths. Three weeks from now, you could be a more authentic version of yourself than you’ve ever been. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now and then you go through phases when you don’t know what you need until you stumble upon it. At times like those, you’re wise not to harbor fixed ideas about what you need or where to hunt for what you need. Metaphorically speaking, a holy grail might show up in a thrift store. An eccentric stranger may provide you with an accidental epiphany at a bus stop or a convenience store. Who knows? A crucial clue may even jump out at you from a spam email or a reality TV show. I suspect that the next two weeks might be one of those odd grace periods for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Reverse psychology” is when you convince people to do what you wish they would do by shrewdly suggesting that they do the opposite of what you wish they would do. “Reverse censorship” is when you write or speak the very words or ideas that you have been forbidden to express. “Reverse cynicism” is acting like it’s chic to express glee, positivity, and enthusiasm. “Reverse egotism” is bragging about what you don’t have and can’t do. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to carry out all these reversals, as well as any other constructive or amusing reversals you can dream up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Poet Emily Dickinson once revealed to a friend that there was only one commandment she ever obeyed: “Consider the Lilies.” Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki told his English-speaking students that the proper Japanese translation for “I love you” is “Tsuki ga tottemo aoi naa,” which literally means “The moon is so blue tonight.” In accordance with current astrological omens, Pisces, I’m advising you to be inspired by Dickinson and Sōseki. More than any other time in 2018, your duty in the coming weeks is to be lyrical, sensual, aesthetic, imaginative, and festively non-literal.


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