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Go away Gateway Deciding whether or not the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project will become a reality is now up to the federal government—it has six months—after having been approved by a joint panel review. There are, however, 209 conditions that have to be met, such as developing a marine mammal protection plan, a caribou habitat restoration plan, a plan to deal with marine spills and a research program involving the cleanup of heavy oils. The decision comes as a slap in the face to the many Canadians who have been voicing concerns about the impact this project will have on the environment, the economy and to First Nations land rights. The project features two pipelines traversing 1178 kilometres from Alberta to BC—one carrying bitumen to Kitimat and the other carrying condensate from the coast to Bruderheim (condensate is used to thin the bitumen for easier pipeline transport)— as well as a marine terminal at Kitimat to ship the oil to the Asian market. Just where the bitumen will be refined hasn’t been answered and neither has

What constitutes significant seems to be a grey matter here as a billion-dollar industries don’t usually consider environmental impacts a top priority. the question of how this project will create lasting employment? Sure, Enbridge says 1850 construction jobs will be created, but by 2018, when this pipeline is supposed to be up and running, those men and women will be out of work. Only 228 permanent jobs will be created compared to the 10 times that amount that a refinery would permanently employ. From the point of view of environmentalists, this project shouldn’t happen at all. Pipelines need constant flow, which, according to Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, means a “massive expansion of the [oil sands]” to ensure the pipes are full. The oil sands are already a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the output with a pipeline project, significantly exacerbates that problem. Josha MacNab, director of the Pembina Institute, says, “Our analysis shows the greenhouse gas pollution generated by filling the Northern Gateway pipeline would be equivalent to adding more than three million cars a year to Canada’s roads.” Other environmental concerns include oil spills, both from leaks in the pipes and during ocean transportation. The tankers would be going through the Hecate Strait, which is a very difficult body of water to navigate. The pipelines themselves would cut across salmon-spawning streams and natural wildlife habitats. Even the panel admitted certain populations of woodland caribou and grizzly bear would be affected, though not significantly. What constitutes significant seems to be a grey matter here as billion-dollar industries don’t usually appear to consider environmental impacts a top priority. The panel also said the burdens of a large oil spill would be significant but unlikely. Seem like nice, pat answers to ease the concerns of Canadians. But Canadians are not at ease about this pipeline. More than 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration to ban the Northern Gateway Project cutting through their land for environmental reasons and because the project disregards aboriginal land rights. There is still time for Canadians to make noise and make it known that this pipeline is not welcome here. V

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Redford's move was no move at all No evidence the premier made any ideological shifts since entering office she vowed, she would accomplish this by limiting the amount of naturalresource revenues that go into the operating budget in any given year. In other words, her commitment from the very start was never to increase funding for public services, but rather to further limit the amount of money the government has available to fund public services. Another central plank of her platform in both the leadership race and the 2012 election was to drastically cut government expenditures through results-based budgeting audits of all departments, by conducting reviews to identify services that could be funded through outright privati-

building of pipelines that will enable continued unfettered growth of Alberta's bitumen industry.

Where in all this rhetoric, in all these promises, is the supposed Redford of the left? How can anyone look at any of the above and suggest that her trajectory as leader of the conservatives and Premier of Alberta started anywhere but on the far right? Can anyone point out one bill, one policy decision, one budget allocation, that would suggest that at any time during her time as premier she has been anything but an ideological neoliberal right-winger? Left-wing Marxist? Only according to main-stream media. // Matt Hirji Was her election as premier made possible by support from It's that time of year when Alber- servative Party. Going back now "progressive" Albertans and pubta's bloggers, columnists and me- to look at some of the Wildrose lic-sector workers? Probably. Was dia pundits embark on the long- communications and the media that support the result of anyhonoured tradition of summing commentary from that time, you thing she said, promised or did? up the year in provincial politics. would think that Redford was no Probably not. Instead, it was the As I've worked my way through less than a Marxist revolutionary result of people believing how these various offerings over the dead set on turning Alberta into a she was framed by the media and past few weeks, however, I find collectivist left-wing workers' parthe Wildrose and the misplaced myself genuinely confused as to adise. Much of this framing perbelief that she would somewhat provincial government how be different from Danithese folks have been watchTo look at some of the Wildrose communications elle Smith. ing and how they come to and the media commentary from that time, you Maya Angelou said, "The their conclusions. would think that Redford was no less than a first time someone shows you You see, it turns out that most of the pieces I've read Marxist revolutionary dead set on turning Alberta who they are, believe them." The hard truth here is that so far seem to have the same into a collectivist left-wing workers' paradise. Redford has not abandoned focus: how, over the course the progressive Albertans and of this year, Alison Redford has "abandoned the people that sisted during her first six months zation, arrangements like public- public-sector workers that ostenelected her" and "moved sharply in office and right through the private partnerships and the in- sibly elected her, because she was troduction of social impact bonds never with them. So, as we look to the right." I cannot for the life 2012 election. back on the year in Alberta poliThe problem is that this charac- for social services. of me find any evidence of any She has also vowed all along tics, let's not reinforce the myth political movement by Redford terization of Redford was never over the course of 2013. What's supported by anything she said, that she would not touch the that Redford started out progresmore, I cannot find any evidence promised or did. During her run for province's royalty regime and sive and moved to the right over of movement by Redford at any leadership and the 2012 election, that she would work hard to the course of this year. Let's be point since she was elected leader she promised "stable and predict- make the province's regulatory clear instead on the reality that in the fall of 2011. So then where able" funding for education and regime as easy as possible for the many Albertans voted for someis all of this talk of a shift in the health, but never once suggested energy industry to navigate. The one that was clearly not their ally, that she would deliver adequate day after her election, as leader and have slowly come to realize Premier's politics coming from? Most of it seems to come from or sufficient funding. She also of the Conservative Party, she their mistake. V how the Wildrose Party and Al- promised to make personal and told CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti, berta's mainstream media, whose corporate taxes the main source "I hope I will be a great champion Ricardo Acuña is the executive positions are often interchange- of revenue for the provincial gov- of the oil and gas industry, it's a director of the Parkland Institute, able these days, originally framed ernment, but asserted repeatedly very important industry in our a non-partisan, public policy reRedford while she was running that she would not raise or adjust province." This, of course, is in ad- search institute housed at the for the leadership of the Con- taxes to accomplish this. Instead, dition to her pledge to ensure the University of Alberta.

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alling offences related to prostitution unconstitutional, as the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on December 20, is not a win for everyone. MP Joy Smith, who is well known for her stance in parliament against human trafficking, said in a press release, "This ruling leaves police

without important legal tools to tackle sex trafficking and organized crime and does not reflect a 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision which stated that the elimination of prostitution through law was a valid goal." In fact, it is now illegal to arrest someone for being found in

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a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution—not exactly meeting 1990's goal. Kate Quinn of CEASE also expressed disappointment about the ruling but says there is an opportunity to create better

laws from this decision. "The Supreme Court of Canada did not appear to hear the voices of the majority of vulnerable persons, primarily girls and women, who are exploited, trafficked, assaulted, murdered and CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 >>

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FRONT NEWS // PARKLAND AIRPORT

No fly zone

Activists in Parkland resisting the development of an unwelcome new airport

An auction-bought fire truck chillin’ on the runway // Mimi Williams

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on Keltie has lived and worked on his 300-acre Parkland County potato farm for 60 years. "My whole life," says. "Just like my father before me." With the opening of the new privately owned Parkland Airport approximately 1.5 km away, Keltie and his wife Roxanne are wondering if they'll ever be able to plant their crops again. The facility, technically an aerodrome until it receives Transport Canada certification as an airport, is located on Range Road 270 (Sandhills Road), approximately an hour west of Edmonton and less than a kilometre east of the Enoch Cree Nation. Keltie fears construction of the 800-metre runway this fall has compromised the topography of the land. Located in a drainage catchment area and subject to a municipal drainage plan, there's been flooding in the area before, he says. He's one of several area farmers and acreage owners who worry the Parkland Airport Development Corporation failed to consider the effects the development would have on adjacent properties. "Will I even be able to plant in the spring?" he asks. "I guess we'll have to wait until the melt to find out." Parkland County administration shares Keltie's concerns. "There are many things that need to be considered in order for any type of development to go forward in that area and we fear the impacts of rushing this type of project without having completed all of the necessary geotechnical and engineering groundwork," said

Paul Hanlan, the Manager of Planning and Development Services in a press release in September. A public meeting that month, attended by more than 200 area residents as well as representatives from PADC, was described by local media as "volatile." Summer Ebinger was there and says that description is accurate. Along with drainage issues, questions around emergency response and the site's proximity to the Clifford E Lee bird sanctuary and the Wagner Natural Area, people are frustrated that nobody at any level of government has any control over the process. "If you build a home, you need a series of permits and inspections," she explains. "But we have learned that if you purchase a property with the intent to build an airport in the middle of an already populated area, you need nothing." In September, when the county issued a stop work order on construction because there was no development permit in place, PADC ignored it. When the county shut down the access road, the construction crews went around the barriers. In October, a Court of Queen's Bench Justice confirmed the county had no authority to deny development or haul permits because air transportation falls under federal jurisdiction. The province is similarly powerless to exert any of its usual authorities. A key problem, according to both Hanlan and Ebinger, is that the airport doesn't actually have to exist and Transport Canada gener-

ally doesn't step in to conduct the certification process until after the airport is built and operational. Given the absence of any requirement for coordinated environmental impact assessments, they both wonder if considerable damage may have already been done. "Is it possible to remove six feet of prime agricultural topsoil and replace it with gravel without causing significant impact to the ecosystem?" she asks. Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec has sent a letter to Minister of Transportation Lisa Raitt requesting that the Aeronautics Act

doors and exploring legal routes, we intend to exhaust all avenues available to us to prevent the development of the proposed aerodrome." Their efforts did not go unnoticed. On October 25, Transport Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency advised PADC they would need to seek certification and adhere to CEAA guidelines. They were ordered to submit a package containing a wildlife management and emergency response plan to Transport Canada by November 25. Although PADC did not respond to several phone calls and emails requesting an interview, Ebinger says

If you build a home, you need a series of permits and inspections. But we have learned that if you purchase a property with the intent to build an airport in the middle of an already populated area, you need nothing. be amended and the Bloc Québécois raised the matter in the House of Commons earlier this month because constituents in Neuville, Quebec are facing a similar situation. Legislative changes take time, however, and area residents have immediate concerns they fear won't wait until parliament gets around to dealing with the Act. They banded together to form the Anti-Aerodrome Cooperative and have retained legal counsel. The group's website says, "Through emails, telephone calls, banging on

a representative of Transport Canada advised her group that PADC met the deadline. With the aerodrome open for business since the end of November and no word from federal officials on what PADC's emergency response plan entails, there are immediate concerns. Paul Hanlan, the county's Planning and Development Manager, says that the municipality has a close eye on the situation. The county is currently served by a mutual aid agreement

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with the volunteer fire department out of Stony Plain. A new fire-hall opening in Acheson in 2014 will be closer but has a surface railway crossing separating it from the airport and would involve, in a best case scenario, a 25-minute response time. "The county has been perfectly clear with both Transport Canada and PADC that we do not feel in any way obligated to provide emergency response services to the aerodrome," Hanlan told us. Don Keltie and many of his neighbours have similar concerns and suggests the fact PADC bought a used fire truck and parked it at the end of the runway is "sort of like false advertising." He questions whether the truck, purchased at auction, is even operational. "And if it is, what are they going to pump?" he wonders. "All those guys have there is a water well. That's not going to help much in putting out a fire." Ebinger, media and legal liaison for the Cooperative, says this is much more than a case of NIMBYism. Transport Canada regulations prohibit potato farms within a 3.2 km radius of an airstrip because of fears that infestation increases bird populations, increasing the risk of bird strikes—a significant aeronautical safety concern. She points out there are several potato farms in the area. Don Keltie is aware of those regulations and worries what it might mean for farmers like him down the road. "It doesn't seem to matter that we were here first," he laments. To complicate matters further, on November 26, the Enoch Cree Nation filed a Statement of Claim against PADC, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Minister of Transport, and the Minister of Environment. In it they allege the project's proponents failed to consult them, as required under the Constitution. They further claim that the development, adjacent to reserve lands, has caused and continues to cause "irreparable harm, and constitute[s] an immediate, as well as an ongoing, danger or threat to the Plaintiffs' Treaty rights, Aboriginal rights, traditional way of life and Aboriginal cultural values." A date to hear the case in court has not yet been set and statements of claim contain allegations not yet proven in court. In the meantime, Ebinger and her group vow to continue fighting on all fronts. "Through all of our research and consultations, it's become very clear that there really could not be a worse place to build an airport than this site." MIMI WILLIAMS

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Nelson Mandela: peace at last

Peace from the frenzied media coverage over Mandela's death permits the chance to look at his life

Mandela understood that South Africans needed an icon, not a mere mortal man, as the founding hero of their new democracy, but he had a strong sense of irony. It would have got plenty of exercise as he watched the local politicos and the foreign dignitaries strew metaphorical flowers on his grave. The man whom they buried at Qunu on Sunday was arrested by the white minority regime in 1963, probably on a tip from the US Central Intelligence Agency. He was the head of the African National Congress' military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), at the time

and continued to back its campaign of sabotage, bombing and attacks on military and police targets throughout his 27 years in prison. If the South African Communist Party is to be believed, he was a member of its central committee at the time of his arrest. It was a different time, when US President Ronald Reagan could declare the apartheid regime was "essential to the Free World," and the ANC's main international supporters were the Soviet Union and Cuba. Mandela might have ended up as a man of violence if he had not gone to prison. Instead, in prison, he had the time to develop his ideas about reconciliation and persuade the other ANC leaders who were also confined to Robben Island of their value. By the time he came out of prison in 1990, he had become the man that everybody knew they could trust—including the whites. During the next four years, when he and F W de Klerk, the last white president, negotiated the transfer of power from the white minority to the black majority, he really was the indispensable man. His commitment to reconciliation was so visible and genuine that whites were willing to do what had once seemed inconceivable: to hand over power before they absolutely had to. If you want to know what South Africa would have looked like if the whites had clung to power down to the last ditch, look at Syria today. But

it was not only Mandela who saved the country from that fate: they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to both Mandela and de Klerk, because the miracle could not have happened if de Klerk had not had the will and the skill to lead his own Afrikaner tribe out of power. Then, after the first free election in 1994, Mandela became the president, and frankly he wasn't very good at it. He had no executive experience nor much aptitude for it. Thabo Mbeki did most of the hard administrative work behind the scenes during Mandela's presidency (1994 – 1999), while Mandela greeted visiting celebrities, hobnobbed with the rich and famous and solicited donations for various causes that included, unfortunately, his own extensive family. He was not personally corrupt, but he was involved in a few dubious deals and he tolerated corruption in others. But he did his country one last big favour: he retired at the end of his first term rather than clinging to power. He was already 81 years old at that time, but lesser men (Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, for instance) have not let that stop them. And he even had a few good years left to enjoy his family before age began to drag him down. He was not a saint; he was just a man. But he was the right man at the right time. V

left to live with the consequences of PTSD and physical health conditions," Quinn said in a press release. "The Supreme Court did not hear the realities of neighbourhood families who endure the consequences of men cruising, harassing and exploiting." Quinn says the men who come to john school say they will not buy sex again after learning of the harm it causes to their neighbourhoods, the exploited women and themselves. She adds that the opportunity now lies with politicians to champion new laws that target those who profit from prostitution and those who buy sex—also known as the Nordic Model, as it began in Scandanavia.

"Who are we making it easier for? Those who profit from the buying and selling of sex," Quinn says. "It’s time to change this and create true safety and security for our more vulnerable persons." Smith says the issue is hardly settled, despite the ruling, as it is one that affects vulnerable people. "There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and, finally, those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated." Former laws concerning prostitution may now be quashed, but the

challenge has just begun for those who wish to see prostitution wiped out completely.

The problem was that everybody in the media knew well in advance that Mandela was dying and had time to invest millions in preparing to "cover" the event. Hotel rooms and telecom facilities were booked, crews and anchors were deployed, and the expense had to be justified by round-the-clock, wall-to-wall coverage of funeral orations, vox pop interviews and talking heads. And of course all the world's politicians showed up for the greatest photo op of the decade, including many who had condemned Mandela as a terrorist before he pulled off a peaceful transition from apartheid to majority rule in South Africa. But now that the babble of rhetoric has died down and just before the myth takes over completely, let us talk honestly about who he was and what he accomplished.

Mandela in his younger days // Flickr Creative Commons

The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp and sentimentality than was lavished on Nelson Mandela during the week-long media orgy that we have just been through. We haven't seen such a ridiculous spectacle since ... oh, since the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy three weeks ago. But at least the Kennedy orgy was over a lot faster—and nobody compared

him to Gandhi or Christ. Pity the poor journalists who had to grind out endless stories about what was hardly a news event at all—95year-old man dies after lengthy illness—and inevitably ended up sounding like sycophants and fools. True, the world needed (or at least wanted) a political icon of perfect virtue, but the beatification of Nelson Mandela took much too long.

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tter the term "Canadian cuisine" and it has a tendency to conjure up thoughts of poutine, back bacon and maple everything. But the soon-to-be-open North 53 (early January) is taking a much more progressive approach to madein-Canada fare. The concept goes a step beyond the eat-local movement that has spread through the city's dining establishments. Head Chef Ben Staley and company have devised a menu for the fine-dining spot that only makes use of ingredients native to Canada—that means no chocolate, no black pepper and no olive oil, to name a few. At the heart of North 53's menu is a six-course tasting complete with wine pairing and bites in between courses. A la carte selections will also be available, and dishes will change seasonally to reflect available ingredients. Amongst creations utilizing lamb, poultry and pork from Sangudo Custom Meats and Serben Free Range Farms will be a 45- to 60day dry-aged rib eye, which will be a menu mainstay accompanied by varying side dishes. There will also be a strong focus on vegetarian dishes, and produce sourced from Alberta and British Columbia will utilize familiar ingredients as well as potentially lesserknown names like sea buckthorn and sunchokes (which were a delicious accompaniment to the lamb tartare accented by bone marrow and pickled onions I was served along with chicken liver pate spread between grilled brioche topped with pickled carrots, chanterelles, radishes and sea bean) sourced from producers such as Heritage Harvest Gardens. As for seasoning and preparation, the team will be using oils such as sunflower, camelina and hemp along with spices like caraway, fennel seeds, mustard seeds and herbs grown in an in-house Urban Cultivator. "Seasonality's a big thing for us, so in the summer we were going to a lot of the markets, grabbing things and preserving them, because winter is obviously pretty harsh here, so there's not a lot available," explains Staley, 21, who has been working in the food-service industry since he was 12, getting his start in chain restaurants like Joey's before mov-

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ing on to Da Capo and the Blue Pear. "We're trying to use a lot of items that thrive in our climate, so we're trying to stay away from greenhouses because you can grow anything in a greenhouse, and frankly, they're pretty inefficient. In the winter they take a lot of power to heat, so we're trying to use products that have adapted to this climate."

Staley and sous chef Alex Kagel, who is also 21 and has experience in the kitchen at TZiN and Blue Pear alongside Staley, spent three weeks out in British Columbia sampling hundreds of wines to accompany North 53's menu. As with all of its producers, Staley and Kagel were looking for people who shared their philosophy towards top quality and who work using responsibility, respective and sustainable methods. "We're bringing in eight specifically for us," says Kagel, who cut short a trip to Europe to come back and work with Staley, noting 75 percent of the wine list is Canadian. "One hundred percent of our beers are Canadian as well, so we're not using any big brands, so no big wines. It's amazing the quality of wines you get from BC ... most people think Canadian wine isn't that great, but there are world-class wines over there. You can get world-class product anywhere where you have somebody who cares." It's an ambitious concept for a young team— owner Kevin Cam is 24—but Staley and Kagel aren't phased. They want to offer Edmonton, and all ages of clientele, a dining experience that is interactive and offers a more casual, approachable take on fine dining "We have a new outlook on things, whereas a lot of older chefs, they stay to their classic techniques and do it the way it's always been done," Kagel notes. "There's nothing wrong with traditional food by any means," Staley adds. "Personally, I find the skeptics as motivation to prove them wrong." MEAGHAN BAXTER

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about shortbread Less is more

A traditional recipe for shortbread consists of one part white sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. However, recipes today often split the sugar into equal measures of granulated sugar and powdered sugar. Some even add salt

The way the cookie crumbles

The crumbly nature of shortbread is due to its high fat content, thanks to the butter in the recipe. An old meaning of the word short also referred to crumbly texture, hence the name.

Refined baking

Shortbread was often made during the 12th century in Scotland (known as biscuit bread at the time), but Mary, Queen of Scots is touted for the refinement of the confection in the 16th century. At the time, shortbread was considered a luxury and reserved for special occasions.

Good things come in three

Shortbread was traditionally prepared in the form of rounds, fingers (a large, rectangular slab was cut

into slices) or petticoat tails, which were triangular biscuits resembling the petticoats worn during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Brides, watch out

An old tradition in Shetland involves breaking a decorated shortbread cake over a new bride’s head at the entrance to her new home.

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January 6 is considered National Shortbread Day. V

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Sparkling wine shakedown Indulgent bubblies and budget-friendly finds If there's one time of year to drink bubbly, it's New Year's Eve. There are plenty of options available so you're only limited by your heart's desires (OK, and your wallet). Champagne True Champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France, which is the country's most northerly wine region located just 100 kilometres east of Paris. Only three grape varieties are permitted: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Champagne is the most expensive of all sparkling wine partly because the method used to produce it, called the Champagne or traditional method, is a lot more labour-intensive than other methods of making bubbly. I won't go into the details here, suffice to say the main difference is Champagne is bottled still and then undergoes a secondary fermentation in the sealed bottle, which creates the bubbles. But the main reason for Champagne's higher price is its status as a luxury product. Certain bottles (Cristal, Dom Pérignon) have been made particularly famous by celebrity endorsements and pop culture, which drives up the price for those individual bottles as well as for Champagne

as a whole: entry-level Champagne starts around $50. The best value is "grower's" Champagne made by independent producers, as opposed to the Champagne made by the bigname houses (ie Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Taittinger, Piper Heidsieck)—a well-stocked wine store will carry a good selection of both. Prosecco Prosecco is the main bubbly alternative to Champagne. This Italian sparkling wine has exploded in popularity in the past few years because it is much less expensive than Champagne—an average bottle sells for around $20. Prosecco is made from the Glera (often just called Prosecco) grape variety and most is produced in the Charmat method, which means that the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in a giant stainless steel tank and is then bottled already bubbly. This is much cheaper than the Champagne method, though it also results in bubbles and flavours that aren't quite as fine or complex as real Champagne—but it's still darn tasty. Cava Spain's sparkling wine, Cava, is gain-

ing ground as a great alternative to those who are tired of Prosecco or are seeking an even better value—an average bottle retails for less than $20. Wines labelled as Cava must be made in the same method as Champagne, though they are typically made from a blend of indigenous Spanish grape varieties: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Cava hasn't enjoyed a particularly stellar reputation in recent years, but this is changing rapidly as it grows steadily in quality and repute.

many are made in the Charmat method. The cheapest are made the same way as pop: pumping carbon dioxide into the wine. While there aren't any Canadian producers who have devoted themselves solely to sparkling wine, several have succeeded in adding lovely bubblies to their regular wine offerings: check out the ones from Henry of Pelham, Sumac Ridge and Summerhill. Elsewhere in the world, look for bubblies from cool-climate regions that make wines with high acidity. New Zealand has some great examples, as does South Africa. And if you just don't enjoy bubbly on its own, there's nothing wrong with adding some orange juice and having a mimosa instead—just please don't do that with a bottle of real Champagne. V

North American Bubblies North America has many long-time producers of sparkling wine, especially in California's Napa Valley, that have gained quite a following over the years—notably Domaine Chandon, Schramsberg and Domaine Carneros. It also has plenty of cheap everyday bubblies, so the Recommendations: quality really • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (France) runs the gamut • Flor Prosecco (Italy) from blasé to • Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava (Spain) • Sumac Ridge Steller’s Jay Brut (Canada) remarkable. • Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs (California) The best wines • Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Brut (New Zealand) will be made in • Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc Brut (South Africa) the Champagne method while

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has some commendable environmental practices. (10013 - 101A Ave) Parlour / Now open The Century Hospitality Group has added another name to its growing fleet of dining destinations. Parlour is its newest endeavour, serving up wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes like lemon prawn capellini, "twenty-layer" lasagna, lobster ravioli and rigatoni. (10334 Capital Boulevard) City Market Downtown / Sat, Dec 28 (10 am – 3 pm) Take a break from turkey leftovers—or whatever you've been snacking on since Dec 25—and see what's in store from local growers, farmers and artisans. (City Hall)

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inety-nine Christmases ago, out of the earth of northwestern France, some British, German Rasl and French soldiers emerged By Jeff Smith to sing songs, offer greetings Cartoon Books, and walk through No Man's 472 pp. Land to exchange gifts, food $39.95 and souvenirs, or even kick a

football around. This glassy snow globe of peace on the Western Front doesn't appear in Joe Sacco's foldout panorama of The Great War, which accordions out to 24 feet in its paper-tapestry of a horror that's become a grand myth and maze of militant madness. That's because Sacco is drawing, and drawing on, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916. That morning, an Allied artillery barrage ended with The Cage 224 221 shells in its last hour By Martin and an English battalion's capVaughn-James tain gave a football to each of Coach House his four platoons, pledging a Books, 188 pp. prize to whichever "first man$24.95 aged to kick a ball into the German trench." Twenty-one thousand British men then advanced to be mowed down, dead; in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, 684 of 752 men were missing, wounded or dead—the Germans they'd targeted "did not suffer a single casualty." So writes Adam Hochschild in an excellent written addendum (adapted from his book) to Sacco's visuals. Sacco's godless-eye-view surveys an assembly-line of men, moving from left to right and hour-by-hour over 24 pages (the same as a typical number of frames in a second of silent-film; there's a cameraman here, shooting passing soldiers). We're moved through a mechanized (horse carts, motorbikes, ambulance cars; bayonets, artillery guns) process of order rendered into disorder as life's shrapneled into death or near-death. Our eyes trudge along with marching soldiers to the walking wounded or the lying maimed or, finally, to those dumped in makeshift graves. It's a colourless, sprawling mass of forever-changed men, their struggles and agony soon stretching beyond the pages' edges. A stark and sober work of reconstructive war-reportage, Sacco's approach is brutally, ever-presently matterof-fact—the First World War churns up and grinds out nothing but bare survivors, chitecture, a body-less but seemingly tortured half-men or body parts. bed, and zoom-like sequences moving down Twentieth-century wastelands and concen- corridors, deeper into the rooms of abantration-camps echo through Martin Vaughan- doned buildings, then out and back in, only James' Can-cult-classic The Cage, reprinted these curious ruins of time and space have with an introduction by Seth and a preface by changed again. There's a trinity of headphones, the late author. It's a fascinating early example binoculars and a microscope. Vaughan-James' (first published in 1975) of the graphic novel, bold line drawings sharply delineate a Kafmarred by overwriting—a pseudo-intellectual kaesque inner-world crossed with a morphing prose-poem drones on below the images in art-installation. The narrative starts and ends, blockish captions. What remains enthralling though, with that chain-linked space, the cage. are the frames above the words: austere ar- Is the cage a metaphor for the constrictions

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parallel dimensions, it's scientific history that seems like a series of alternative The possibilities. Smith plays with Native Great War American motifs and concepts of By Joe Sacco w/ creation, too, but it's his fall-back on Adam Hochschild noir, sci-fi (government conspiracies Norton, 24-foot and scientists) and horror clichés foldout w/ 16-pp. (a lolling ghost-child, Frankenstein booklet $37 allusions) that let the book down. It would've been better to draw parallels between madly inspired scientific and artistic creation—between experiments with antennae and coils and experiments with paint and brush (Rasl steals a Picasso). Riffing off the golden age of newspaper strips, Cole Closser's Little Tommy Lost often finds pathos in what seems, at first, just homage and pastiche. Tommy, separated from his parents in Chicago in Little what seems to be the early 1900s, Tommy Lost: gets taken to a work home run by Book One skull-cane-holding Mr Greaves. SeBy Cole Closser pia-saturated daily installment by Koyama Press, daily installment (in six parts total, 64 pp. running over what would have been $15 12 weeks), Gothic elements creep in: a Frankenstein-ian underling, Halloween, even pirates. The timely dialogue can be too expository, but the story's oddly moving when this harsh portrait of orphanhood, in a time before children's rights, is balanced with Dickensian sentiment. The ending, after too much serial prose, is a nightmarish rush. Tommy's talks to a pet rat he calls "Kid" are particularly touching. And on every seventh day, much-needed visual splendor, in the form of Sunday spreads—full of colour, dream-logic, and flights of fancy—take us to a time when the morning of church, for many kids, meant diving devilishly into those fantastic funny pages. Sarah Burwash's The Far Woods is a wordless wash of female settler history and animal-myths, of surreal walks in strange but familiar woods. Edenic imagery— The Far snakes, women—is balled up beautiWoods fully with native legends and moBy Sarah Burwash tifs—eagles, bundles of sticks—even Conundrum Press, as Burwash paint-strokes, sometimes 114 pp. as Brueghel-like landscapes, a dream$20 like Canadian wilderness: grasses, settlers' boots, oil-lamps, log cabins, Canada geese, Anne-of-Green-Gables-like braids of red hair. There's a maze-ness to many of the frame-like pages (which could easily, of the comic-strip frame itself, or the limits of if blown up, be hung in a gallery), rewarding written language? A mysterious, mesmerizing repeated viewings. Near the end, as Burwash series of pictures; a shame about the words. offers a snapshot-like flip through settler history, materialism and technology gradually It's generic film-noir moments—a prostitute emerge: clothing's catalogued, farm tools are in a motel room, a gun-toting trenchcoat agent placed next to guns, a matrilineal clan appears pursuing our hero, blonde femme fatale in a as if in a family picture. Her book's a smoky, diner—that undermine the dimension-trav- starry tribute to the women who stitched and elling time-thief story Rasl, from Jeff Smith knitted and quilted their own art, surrounded (Bone). The story jolts to life in its flashbacks by nature's wonder. to Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) and his work on BRIAN GIBSON BRIAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM electricity. In those moments, in this tale of

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DANCE CLARA’S DREAM: A UKRAINIAN FOLK BALLET • Jubilee Auditorium • clarasdream.ca • A Ukrainian

CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-

51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • A TASTE OF HOME: Featuring the select work of gallery potters. Functional wheel thrown, altered and hand built pottery for the winter table; Jan 10-Feb 28

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St •

780.760.1278 • LIFE'S TREASURES: Works by Saeed Hojjati • Jan 9-21 • Opening: Thu, Jan 16, 5-8pm

EDMONTON GALLERY WALK • Gallery Walk

Galleries: Daffodil Gallery, Scott Gallery, Bearclaw, Bugera Matheson, Front, West End, Peter Robertson Gallery, SNAP • First Thursday Event: The art galleries will be open late after work, for an informal gathering of culture lovers the First Thursday of every month, year round • Jan 2, 5-7pm • Edmonton Gallery Walk Galleries: Daffodil Gallery 10412-124 Street, Scott Gallery, 10411-124 Street, Bearclaw Gallery, 10403-124 Street, Bugera Matheson Gallery,

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • THE TWO CONTRARY STATES OF THE HUMAN SOUL: Works by Father Douglas • Until Feb 3 GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St Albert • ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR: Paintings by Olga Duc; until Dec 27 • MY FAVOURITE PLACES: Paintings by Liz Meetsma; Dec 28-Jan 27

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library

Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • epl.ca/art-gallery • Sculptors' Association of Alberta selected works; until Dec 31 • Edmonton Calligraphic Society: Selected works from the Edmonton Calligraphic Society membership on the gallery walls and in all of the display cases; Jan 1-31

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave • happyharborcomics.com • COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month,

Folk Ballet based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, presented by Shumka, with Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Virsky, the Ukrainian State Folk Dance Company, and the Kyiv Ballet • Jan 10-11 • Tickets available at Ticketmaster reational Centre, 11113-111 Ave • 780.893.6828 • ebda.ca • Jan 4, 8pm

SUGAR FOOT SWING DANCE • Sugar Swing,

10545-81 Ave • 587.786.6554 • sugarswing.com • Swing Dance Social every Sat; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check web • $10, $2 lesson with entry 587.786.6554 • sugarswing.com • Friday Night Stomp!: Swing and party music dance social every Fri; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check web • $10, $2 (lesson with entry); first event this year is on Jan 17

PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA • 8555

Roper Rd • 780.427.1750 • culture.alberta.ca/paa • VICTORY ON THE FIELD EXHIBIT: Exploring the effects of the First and Second World Wars on sports in Alberta; until Jan 31; free

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave •

106 St • 780.488.6611 • albertacraft.ab.ca •

780.453.9100 • royalalbertamuseum.ca • CHOP SUEY ON THE PRAIRIES: Until Apr 27, 2014 • Feature Gallery: PATTERN WIZARDRY: until Mar 9 • Orientation Gallery: SPECIES AT RISK: until Mar 9 • Spotlight Gallery: SEEDS IN DISGUISE: The Biology and Lore of Ornamental Seeds; until Feb 23

Feature Gallery: PAYCE: Celebrating Greg Payce's

2013 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft ; Jan 11-Mar 29; artist reception: Sat, Mar 22, 2-4pm • Discovery Gallery: HANJI: Alberta artists creating new work with traditional Korean paper; Jan 1-Feb 8; artist reception: Jan 11, 2-4pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH Kick off the new year with a scrumptious meal

St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • artgalleryofstalbert.ca • FRUITS OFF THE LOOMS: Nina Haggerty Collective • BEYOND TRADITIONS: Hand hooked tapestries by Rachelle LeBlanc • Until Feb 1

BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY • 12310 Jasper

Ave • 780.482.2854 • bugeramathesongallery.com • HOLIDAY EXHIBTION: Works by Les Graff, Brian Batsch, Les Graff, Cyndie Lack, Casey McGlynn, Madeleine Wood. New Works By: Meghan Hildebrand, Scott Plear, Ian Rawlinson, David Wilson • Until Dec 31

CAFÉ PICHILINGUE–Red Deer • Art by Emily Thomson • Until Dec 31

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SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print-

Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • snapartists. com • Main Gallery: POMPEII MMXII: Print works by Dominique Petrin • Community Gallery: THE ASSASSINATION OF THINKITEM: By The Coward Adriean Koleric • Jan 16-Mar 1 • Opening: Jan 16, 7-9pm

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• 913 Ash St, Sherwood Park • 780.467.8189 • strathconacountymuseum.ca • DEAR SANTA...2013 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Featuring 'Dear Santa' letters from local schoolchildren • Until Jan 10 • Closed until Jan 3

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ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron

WWW.FORTEDMONTONPARK.CA 10345 – 124 Street, The Front Gallery, 12312 Jasper Avenue, West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Avenue, Peter Robertson Gallery 12304 Jasper Avenue, SNAP Gallery 10123-121 St

FAB GALLERY • 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 89 Ave, 112 St

• 780.492.2081 • ENOUGH IS AS GOOD AS A FEAST: Joe Doherty (MFA Painting); FUR STORIES [YOU ARE NOT WILD ENOUGH FOR ME]: Alexandra Emberly (MFA Printmaking) • Jan 2-11

FORT EDMONTON PARK • fortedmontonpark.ca •

New Year’s at Fort Edmonton Park: Swing back to the 1930's and join our New Year’s Swing party: Headliner: Don Berner and Little Big Band • Dec 31, 8pm

FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave • 780.488.2952 • thefrontgallery.com • Group show for gallery artists • Until end Dec

7pm • OPEN DOOR: Collective of independent comic creators meet the 2nd & 4th Thu each month; 7pm

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • Main Gallery: THE QUIET REBUILD: Alexis Marie Chute • Front Room: GEORGE BOTCHETT: CURTAIN CALL: A retrospective exhibition of the work of George Botchett; until Jan 17• Main Gallery: JILL HO-YOU: reverberation IV, graphite on mylar; until Jan 17 HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • 2nd Fl,

Sunworks, 4924 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.597.9788 • 900: DRAWING WITH THE BRAIN: Works by AmberJane Grove • Until Dec 31

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • LIFE, UP CLOSE: Art by Lydia Christensen • Until Dec 31

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WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave • 780.488.4892 • westendgalleryltd.com • ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: WINTER COLLECTION: A group exhibition from gallery artists • Until Dec 31 • Closed: Dec 25-26; Open: Fri, Dec 27-28, 105pm; Closed: Tue, Dec 31-Jan 7, 2014

LITERARY BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave • 780.989.2861 • Story Slam 2nd Wed each month @ the Chair: Share your story, sign-up at 7pm • Jan 8, 7-10pm • $5 (suggested, donations go to winners)

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave •

The Comrades: 11 new paintings by outro • Until Jan 31

ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-

VELVET OLIVE LOUNGE–Red Deer • Art by

Harvey Brink • Until Dec 31

MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony

PROPAGANDA HAIR SALON • 10808-124 St •

Spruce Grove Art Gallery, Spruce Grove Library, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • alliedartscouncil.com • MINI SHOW: Members show; through to Jan

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • 780.460.5990 • vasa.ca • WET PAINT: VASA Members Show hold over through January

BOHEMIA • 10217-97 St • edmontonstoryslam. com • Edmonton Story Slam • 3rd Wed ea month • Wed, Jan 15, 7:30pm (7pm sign-up) • $5 (donatation)

Ave • 780.455.7479 • probertsongallery.com • WINTER GROUP SHOWS: New work by gallery artists • Until Feb 8

ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL OF SPRUCE GROVE •

780.421.1731 • Gallery A: #ICONICCANUCK: Artworks by Brandy Saturley • GAllERY B: INSTITUTE OF MORPHOID RESEARCH: Works by Jennifer Akkermans • Until Jan 25

St • 780.407.7152 • HOUSES, HOMES: Drawings of housees in the Garneau neighbourhood by Wendy Gervais • Jan 11-Mar 16

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper

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VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112

9225-118 Ave • CHIMERIUM: HYBRIDS FROM NINA'S STUDIOS: Works by the NHCA Collective; curated by Sherri Chaba; until Jan 4 • FIFTY SHADES OF BROWN: A survey of the visual narratives of Leona Clawson, curated by Harold Pearse; Jan 7-30

Library Centennial Rm, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • epl.ca • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG, 2005); Dec 27, 2pm

Plaza, 9538-103A Ave • 780.422.5857 • Installation by Jill Thomson, Darcia Parada and Owen Brierley; and MOVING ON: by Allen Ball and Alysha Creighton • Dec

Main Space: WE: Laura Aldridge, Jonathan Owen, James McLardy, Rachel Duckhouse, Ciara Philips and Daisy Richardson (Glasgow), and Andrea Williamson, Hannah Doerksen, Kent Merrimen Jr, Steven Cottingham, Tyler Los Jones, and Stephen Nachtigall (Calgary); curated by Matthew Bourree & Yvonne Mullock; Jan 10-Feb 15; opening: Jan 10, 7pm • ProjEx Room: THIS IS OUR LAND: TARZAN & ARAB: Curated by Kelty Pelechytik; featuring Paul Fischer's documentary film Tarzan and Arab; Jan 10-Feb 15; opening: Jan 10, 7pm

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BOYLE STREET PROJECTIONS • Boyle Street

LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St • 780.423.5353 •

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • paintspot.ca • FOUR LAST SONGS: Paintings by Nathaniel Wong; until Dec 31 • Artisan Nook: SMALL TEMPTATIONS: Group show and sale; until Jan 15

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ROCKIES: Landscape paintings by Donna Miller • Until Jan 15

780.990.1161 • landogallery.com • IT'S WARM INSIDE!!: A selling exhibition of gallery artists and secondary market works • Jan 3-Feb 18

Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Youth Digital Photo exhibition • Until Jan 12

Lions Centre, 11113-113 St • Shake your body to the Latin beat, and freestyle dance to live DJ music. Featuring Tamico Russell, Ike Henry, DJ Rocko and Zumba instructors Dru D, Manuella F-St, Michelle M, Sabrina D. and Cuban Salsa instructor Leo Gonzales • 3rd Fri each month • 7pm • $20 (online)/$25 (door)

BLOCK 1912 10361-82 Ave • EXPLORING THE

LANDO GALLERY • 103, 10310-124 St •

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St

ZUMBA BASHFIERY FRIDAYS • Central Senior

780.482.1204 • CHRISTMAS EXHIBITIONS: Artworks by Jane Ash Poitras, Linus Woods, Aaron Paquette, Diane Meili, others • Until Dec 31

Library • Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Juried Exhibition • Until Dec 29

Plain • 780.963.9935 • multicentre.org • Drawings by Erin Schwab; until Jan 14

SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM • 10545-81 Ave •

BEARCLAW GALLERY • 10403-124 St •

KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Public

MARJORIE WOOD GALLERY–Red Deer • Kerry Wood Nature Centre • LAST CALL: Group show • Until Dec 31

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The odyssey of a folk troubadour Inside Lleywn Davis delves into a genre's early years

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ongs of farewell and songs of perdition, songs of rambling and songs of surrender. Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis is set in New York in the winter of 1961, the peak of the folk revival that bloomed in the basket houses of Greenwich Village, and the songs that river through this movie are by and large songs drawn from collective memory, songs remembered and revived for their haunting individual images yet most often credited to no one in particular. "If it was never new and never gets old then it's a folk song," our titular protagonist (Oscar Isaac) flatly declares after singing "Hang

Me, Oh Hang Me" to a small but transfixed audience at the Gaslight. From the title on down, "Hang Me" is a song that would sound like resignation were it not for the simple fact of its being sung—in this case with spectral grace. "Hang Me" is, in a sense, the movie in miniature: talented but no genius, a bold interpreter but not a songwriter, Llewyn struggles to make a name for himself but is beset by obstacles throughout this tale marked by loneliness, strange twists of fate, acid absurdist wit and a pitch-perfect sense of time and place. Llewyn possesses genuine artistic integrity, but he does

not ingratiate himself. He's not remarkably handsome or charismatic. Actually, he's kind of an asshole, or in any case tends to say the wrong thing. He also has a knack for impregnating women he probably shouldn't have slept with to begin with. He carries a deep psychic wound—stemming from the loss of his musical partner—but won't give others the benefit of discussing it, much less exploit it for the sake of honing a then-marketable lonesome traveller persona. (The dissonance between Llewyn the performer and Llewyn the ordinary ornery fuck-up is one of this story's most compelling elements.) In short,

he makes no effort to let his friends, colleagues or listeners "inside." He doesn't "connect" with audiences the way that the seemingly wholesome duo Jim & Judy (Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan) or the exceedingly earnest Troy Nelson (Stark Sands) do. What Llewyn gains in authenticity he loses in accessibility. So this is decidedly not a chronicle of musical success; Llewyn is barely successful at scoring a couch to crash on, a ride or a meal. He can't even take care of a benefactor's cat—and let me add that Inside Llewyn Davis features what must be the most im-

pressive cat performance(s) in the history of cinema. Llewyn falls into a gig playing backup on a potentially lucrative novelty tune (featuring vocals by a brilliantly ridiculous Adam Driver) but signs himself out of royalties. At one point Llewyn joins in on an ill-fated road trip to the Midwest—maybe things will be better in Chicago—accompanied by a Santería-practicing junky jazzman (John Goodman, with an excellent haircut) and a taciturn valet named Johnny Five (Garrett Hedlund, hilariously revising and reversing his garrulous Dean Moriarty from On The Road). Later he'll consider abandoning music and returning to the merchant marine, but even giving up art for commerce proves problematic. Initially inspired by the life of the late folkie Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis follows one of these figures for whom fame and fortune will always remain elusive—which is a whole other kind of mystique: the romance of the under-recognized. Riddled with dead ends and fraught affairs, impromptu travels and roads not taken, unsupportive agents and the world's narrowest hallways, Llewyn's shaggy odyssey is closer to the stuff of folk songs than those of other singers famous for singing folk songs. If I haven't made this clear yet, the movie is beautifully acted, photographed and edited; it's poetic, funny, sad and fascinating; it's a mature, surprisingly soulful work from these forever fraternal filmmakers, lifelong collaborators who can surely relate to the idea of not knowing how to go on as an artist without your creative partner by your side.

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Oscar Isaac on Inside Llewyn Davis O

scar Isaac was born in Guatemala and raised in Florida. Aside from his acting career, he's also played music since he was a kid, slipping from one genre to another, driven by innate curiosity. He's already amassed numerous credits but his role as the eponymous struggling folk singer in Inside Llewyn Davis marks a major breakthrough, both in terms of creative challenges and visibility. Isaac's had a busy year promoting the film since its Cannes première, but he managed to spare some time to speak to Vue via phone last week.

VUE WEEKLY: Did the folk revival

of the early '60s hold any special meaning for you? OSCAR ISAAC: I grew up listening to Dylan, but I wasn't terribly aware of

the pre-Dylan folk scene. The repertoire was unknown to me, but since getting involved in this project I've become hugely affected by it. VW: Dave Van Ronk was a key inspi-

ration for Inside Llewyn Davis, but I don't know whether his life or music was something you turned to when preparing. OI: When you're starting out you grab onto anything that might help, so I did spend a lot of time with his legacy. I found everything he recorded and really latched onto his style of playing. VW: Something I find fascinating about the film is the dissonance between Llewyn Davis the bewitching performer and Llewyn Davis the guy just trying to find a decent winter coat. Did you sense that dissonance while singing those songs? Did it re-

quire you to go to a different place than the one you inhabit in the rest of the film? OI: Yeah. It's incredibly intimate— just one dude and a guitar in front of people, playing these songs. He's generally disconnected, an island unto himself, so when he plays these songs they become windows into his soul. It was very important that these musical performances were not expressive so much as revealing. The key to doing that was to play as though I was just playing for myself, like I was just sitting on my couch, alone. Don't put anything on them. Don't try to squeeze anything out. VW: We really come to know Llewyn in some substantial way, yet the character so often avoids sharing anything, even when confronted with what we gradually learn was a

recent and devastating loss. OI: When you're going through hardship you do everything to avoid it. He's no different. If you think of this as a story of grief you can kind of track the stages. You hear him play this record from his past in solitude, then he plays the same song at the midpoint and it makes him angry, then he plays it again at the end as a dirge. There's a process in there of letting go. VW: There's also something about a guy channelling grief through songs that aren't his. They can engage his emotions without being his own words, without sounding like overt confessions. OI: The preservationist in him looks to the past for songs that seem relevant in the now. They speak to his personal experience but also to something bigger, something in the air.

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VW: A continual source of dark humour in the film is Llewyn's inability to move his career forward. You've obviously had more luck in that department, but I wonder if you can relate to his frustrations. OI: Definitely. I constantly ask myself why I'm doing what I'm doing. The reason is usually to get back to initial impulse that made me want to do it in the first place, that search for creative joy. But you get old and further along and that search slaps up against the ordinary bullshit of existence. That's when you can lose your way. There's also the frustration of having something to express but not having the platform to express it through. No one's willing to listen. It takes perseverance. But, if you consider everything that happens to him, that's one thing that Llewyn is arguably not lacking. V

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white-collar criminal from a ent chronology and intermittently blue-collar background with oblivious as to what constitutes the a monstrous appetite for red light heart of a scene, Wolf is one of the generally meticucommodities, brolous Scorsese's ker/entrepreneur- Now Playing sloppiest works. turned-ex-con/mo- Directed by Martin Scorsese Maybe he was tivational speaker  having too much Jordan Belfort is fun. The upshot is nothing if not colourful—he's positively gaudy. Had that the fun is on screen, pulsing, like he not authored two memoirs, his a raw nerve jacked up. tabloid-epic life story would surely seem too preposterous/libellous to Anyone familiar with Scorsese's translate into credible based-on-a- large canvas rise-and-fall epics of true-story cinema. It's only sensible rabid American ambition will feel that The Wolf of Wall Street opens perfectly oriented within Wolf's adwith teasers of high-stakes dwarf renalized storytelling strategies. The tossing and an inebriated helicopter disaffected voice-over, equal parts ride; we need a taste of what high-fly- confession and braggadocio; the ing lowbrow transgressions the next rock connoisseur's soundtrack; the injection of freeze-frames or slowthree hours have in store. Scripted by Boardwalk Empire cre- motion into frenetic montages offerator Terence Winter, directed by Mar- ing guided tours of the given milieu: tin Scorsese and featuring a name we've been here before. But a pleasensemble cast fronted by Leonardo ing thing about Wolf is that its tone DiCaprio, it's difficult to think of an- echoes The King of Comedy almost as other film combining such appalling much as Goodfellas or Casino. What behaviour with such A-list pedigree drives Belfort isn't just greed, hubris that's played, above all, for grotesque, or spite—he's a showman! (Again, balls-out, amoral entertainment. That Belfort's already written two memso much of The Wolf of Wall Street oirs—he's only 51.) Wolf is about peris actually entertaining is some kind formance, incorporating hi-jinx with of feat: its characters are hard to care slapstick, mirth with mayhem. Once about, its narrative is baggy, its star his brokerage/penny stock boiler can be as tedious as he is admirably room, Stratton Oakmont, is rocketshameless, and its septuagenarian ing toward millionaire mega-success director seems both on his game and (and multiple counts of fraud), Beloff his rocker. Riddled with continuity fort gives daily, drug-addled pep talks errors, lacking a consistently coher- to his colleagues—mostly thugs he grey 50%, white backgound

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came up with in Queens—rocking the mic like a rowdy wrestler or stand-up comic. He hires show-hookers, marching bands and, as promised, tossable dwarves. One of Wolf's most absurd sequences finds Belfort and his business partner Donnie (Jonah Hill) ODing on Quaaludes to the point of near-catatonia and getting into a wrestling match involving a phone chord that needs to be seen to be believed. Stratton Oakmont was too much an outlier to serve as a stand-in for finance sector fraudulence in general, so don't think of Wolf as social commentary except in the broadest sense. This is, above all, busy, teethgrindingly giddy high-wire comedy. On that note, I have to single out Hill, Wolf's own king of comedy. A paragon of the supporting actor, Hill deftly gauges DiCaprio's gradations of hysteria at every turn and devises the best possible manner of matching it. There's a brilliant early scene where he explains how he came to marry his cousin, and another where he introduces Belfort to crack cocaine. Not yet 30, Hill is only gradually revealing his range and abilities. Between this and Moneyball, you start to wonder if the kid can do anything. Of course, over the course of Wolf's taboothrashing carnival show, you'll see him and DiCaprio do just about everything. That might be worth the ticket price and protracted run-time alone. JOSEF BRAUN

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ake the lead stars of the most scored a legendary defeat against the popular and enduring boxing other. When the time came to settle films of all time—Robert DeNiro the score in the titular tiebreaker, (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone Sharp suddenly retired, igniting Mc(Rocky)—and cast them as unflat- Donnen’s decades-long obsession tering caricatures of themselves in to prove himself the undisputed a movie by the director of Tommy champion. Of course, at the center Boy and 50 First of the feud is the one-night stand Dates. Does this between Sharp’s even sound good Now playing romantic interest on paper? Ap- Director Peter Segal (Kim Basinger) and parently there  were some in McDonnen. Hollywood who thought that Grudge Match would At its core, the film is about healing somehow turn into an entertaining old wounds, as Sharp comes to terms night at the movies, something to with his old flame, and McDonnen is give you a few chuckles and tug at confronted by his estranged son who your heartstrings. They were dread- now wants know him. The dramatic structure might actually have worked fully mistaken. Thirty years ago, archrivals Henry if it weren’t inexplicably distorted to “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy fit the shape of a broad comedy. As “The Kid” McDonnen (DeNiro) each a drama, this might have been a tol-

erable, slightly bizarre version of a David O Russell human-interest story. Instead, this is a film trying to straddle drama and comedy, but the drama is plagued with lifeless, sub-dimensional characters, and the comedy fails because the script just isn’t funny. One of the recurring jokes involves riffing on the fact that the estranged son’s name is B.J. (a creative choice made solely to produce this “comic material”) and the child-friendly explanation—“butterscotch jellybeans”—given to B.J.’s young son. That’s about as funny as this movie gets. This is definitely an unordinary film because of how poorly it functions, but the sense of humour saturating it is so clumsy and immature that it will make you long for the robust subtlety and dry wit of a Red Green re-run. JAMES CUMING

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here are movies that are fasci- from the 1800s.” It’s Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) nating messes, and then there are hulking, Rob Ford-like movies, spouting that misogyny in a movie like Anchorman 2, that are lazy, that often seems, like him, to have sloppy, drunken-stupor messes. bigotry-Tourette’s ... when it’s not Here’s a script that checks off plot being scripted by a short-circuiting points like boxes Random Scene on a list: bud- Now playing Generator rundies regroup; Directed by Adam McKay ning a logarithm main guy makes  based on slushcomeback; wins pile SNL subbet with smarmy missions: an RV enemy; must decide between work containing bowling balls and scorand finally being a good dad; battle- pions crashes; a blind man nurses scene thrown in just because. Amid a baby shark; there’s an open-field all that is character non-comedy: a battle between news-teams with weatherman who’s The Simpsons’ cheque-cashing cameos from Tina Ralph Wiggum grown up, eating lip- Fey, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, stick or a stick of butter or saying, Marion Cotillard, Kirsten Dunst and “I’m wearing two pairs of pants;" a Kanye West. Move aside, anarchic boss who’s the scrawled stereotype or screwball comedy—make way of an uppity black woman yet dates for infantile, moronic, cardboard a white man who hurls black slang clowning-around. (Speaking of oneand racist caricatures at her family dimensional, the child-acting here’s and tells his ex-wife, “You were like so wooden that the boy may as well a mentally ill whore having PMS be Pinocchio.) And, though set in

1979, there are allusions to pop-culture hits—Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ghostbusters—that make no sense because they didn’t yet exist. This sequel’s so slapdash, flat, bloated (119 minutes) and gratingly full of its own white-power bullshitjokes that memories of comedies past and present, which did or are doing all this so much better, rush in to fill the soul-sucking void: actual mockeries of newscasters (Monty Python, Stephen Colbert) or arrogant, white media personalities (Larry Sanders, Alan Partridge), satirical criticism of 24-hour infotainment news (The Daily Show), even amusing parodies of Rupert Murdoch-like news moguls (Fierce Creatures). Instead, lazy non-comedy like Anchorman 2 is exactly like how it makes life feel while watching it— nasty, brutish and loooooooooong. BRIAN GIBSON

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hether you're willing to admit sential role for a rugged-looking Sean it or not, you've daydreamed at Penn) for Life's final cover. Mitty can't some point in your life, or even some find the negative, and his search for it point today. It's a way to escape the takes him on a journey that melds his routine of everyday routine and live daydreams with reality as he braves the frigid seas of out the adventures Greenland, the you may be too turbulent volcanic hesitant to pursue Directed by Ben Stiller Now playing terrain of Iceland in reality. and finally the HiWalter Mitty is  malayas in pursuit one such dreamer. of a photograph He works in negative asset management—essentially and, in the process, finds himself the photo department—at Life maga- proving his own tenacity and ability zine, which hits the chopping block in to take on adventure. The story is rather loosely adapted favour of the digital realm, resonating the fate of many other once promi- from James Thurber's short story of nent print publications despite Life the same name, published in 1939. ditching its hard copies more than a Stiller's remake grabs hold of the decade ago. The change is spearhead- basic plot of Thurber's story—a ed by the egotistical, condescending man wanting more from a mundane Ted Hendricks (an awkwardly beard- life, escaping his bleak reality for the ed Adam Scott), who wants the mild- depths of his own imagination—while mannered Mitty (Ben Stiller, doing adding contemporary touches, such double duty as director and star) to as frequent comical phone conversaprepare a requested photo negative tions with an eHarmony consultant from elusive and enigmatic photogra- (Patton Oswalt) as he pursues his copher Sean O'Connell (a small but es- worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) through

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the website. Isn't that the way we do things these days? Forgo face-to-face conversation in favour or a screen? Stiller is likable enough as Mitty, avoiding the tropes of the standard guy-who's-dissatisfied-with-life character. He values his family and actually likes his job, but it's only after realizing—thanks to his unexciting eHarmony profile—that he really hasn't done much other than work that his desire to change settles in. It's a more in-depth character than we've seen from Stiller in some time, and he evokes sincerity as he weathers Mitty's transformation. The humour has clever moments, but slips into immaturity at times, and Wiig's comedic chops feel underused in her character, who is too often relegated to the other end of a telephone rather than playing any kind of pivotal role in Mitty's journey other than his love interest. While the film is visually stunning with sweeping shots of rugged landscape, the portrayal of the people within those countries comes off as stereotypical and slightly insulting, particularly a pilot in Greenland who has no qualms about flying his plane after polishing off a large boot of beer. Walter Mitty fits the bill for a family-friendly (save for a couple of sex jokes), feel-good holiday film oozing earnestness and positivity, but the film itself feels as though it tried to take on too much, diluting the original story and its themes with grandeur and spectacle that, as visually sumptuous as it is, does not make for a compelling plot. MEAGHAN BAXTER

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The shifting Gardens of time Documentary on reclusive socialites changes with each viewing "Come on in. We're not ready." This is maybe an hour into the movie. Little Edie Beale appears at the front door in one among a remarkable parade of inventive, makeshift outfits she

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dons over the course of Grey Gardens (1976), the documentary masterpiece from the Maysles Brothers. It's not a huge stretch to say that Little Edie's ensembles—their one constant being a headscarf of some sort—are postmodern collages, the playful fusion of bits and pieces of objects and fabrics pulled from musty wardrobes and linen closets and kitchen drawers, items whose origins span decades, repurposed to keep their wearer, a 56-year-old woman who never leaves the 28-room Hamptons house and surrounding gardens she shares with her mother, feeling refreshed and renewed. When Little Edie says they're not ready, you can't help but laugh. The house seems to be slowly collapsing.

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There is no running water. Little Edie and her mother, Big Edie, shut-ins both, share their home with a menagerie of wildlife who defecate everywhere and at their leisure. There are enormous holes in the walls. The local authorities have ordered the Bealeses to clean up or vacate the premises. But come on in! Albert and David Maysles, who jokingly refer to themselves as "gentlemen callers," are always welcome, along with their camera and tape recorder and collaborators, because Big Edie and Little Edie rather enjoy their company and attention, because they trust the Maysles, because, despite accusations of exploitation, the Maysles clearly feel genuine affection for their batty, fascinating, goodnatured subjects. Part of this film's


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Mandela driven by reverence but devoid of artistry or deeper curiosity, almost never work.

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rriving in theatres so swiftly work as an activist—some say terafter the death of its subject, rorist—with the African National Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Congress; his ideologically fraught plays less like an elegy for the South second marriage to Winnie MadikiAfrican leader than a case study in zela, who would also become an how to produce activist of more Now Playing the blandest and radical views Directed by Justin Chadwick most superfluand strategies;  his nearly three ous sort of bio-pic imaginable. Adaptdecades spent ed by William Nicholson (Gladia- in prison; his ascent to presidency tor, Sarafina!) from Mandela's own and the gnarly negotiations to bring sprawling memoir, the film slavishly an end to apartheid. The result is attempts to cram in every major bullet-point biography, a protracted event in Mandela's long and fascinat- suite of the great man's greatest ing life into 146 minutes of bit-scenes hits, in which every event is so comand trumpets: the development of pressed as to resemble a Wikipedia his political consciousness; his failed page more than a narrative film. How first marriage; his law career; his could it be otherwise? Such projects,

genius is that it's sense of intimacy is fully earned—decades before this thing we stupidly refer to as reality TV existed, these filmmakers ventured to craft a portrait of real people in all their abundant eccentricities, and they did so with unmatched rigour. That's why Grey Gardens, named after the Bealses' property, still feels singular, why it still fascinates us even when most of us have little special interest in the weird destinies of forgotten American aristocrats (the Bealeses are relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis). You can now revisit Grey Gardens on an excellent new Blu-ray release from Criterion. "It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present." That's the ever-quotable Little Edie again,

closer to the start of Grey Gardens. It's a phrase that reverberates throughout the picture. The past is always present here, especially for Big Edie, who celebrates her 79th birthday during the filming, whose diet seems to consist of ice cream and pate, and who spends much of her time sitting up in bed near a huge oil painting portrait of herself when she was young, beautiful and glamorous. And the future is always just around the corner for Little Edie, who tells the Maysles over and over how she needs to get out of this place, to leave the country, go back to New York and start fresh—she always reminds me of Irena in Three Sisters sighing, "Moscow, Moscow, Moscow  ...  " We know that time has not stood still in this place because signs of decay

It's a shame, not the least reason being that the film's star, Idris Elba (The Wire), is a talented, extremely compelling actor. Elba looks almost nothing like Mandela, has to eventually wear some awful-looking age make-up, and his Tyson-like build makes it seem like he fought apartheid not with his wits but his bare hands. He also has to utter a lot of banal dialogue ("Something's got to change!"), though there is little dialogue of any other sort in Long Walk to Freedom, which actually resorts to exchanges like "You are Nelson Mandela" and "You are Winnie Madikizela" to keep us oriented. It should be noted, however, that the Mandela-Madikizela union is the one element in the film that comes closest to offering something beyond the sort of Coles Notes take on Mandela's life. As portrayed by Naomie Harris, Madikizela, over time, at least offers some contrast to her husband's steadfast non-violence, which otherwise goes unquestioned. So much else here is sketchy at best. You certainly won't walk away from Long Walk with any real sense of what prompted the chaos of apartheid's final years. The film is a series of heroic poses—iconography over insight. This hugely complex and important figure deserves so much more. Or maybe less—you always have to wonder if the movies shouldn't just let certain people be. There are other, often much better, ways to consider a life. JOSEF BRAUN

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are everywhere, but these women have escaped the current of time in their own way, nestled in this place apart from the world, taking refuge in memories and in books. (In one scene Little Edie reads about astrology and becomes convinced she needs to meet a Libra man. Does she know that Lee Harvey Oswald was a Libra?) Funny thing is that as time goes by Grey Gardens itself changes for the viewer. I've seen the film several times over the years and each time I do the domestic ruin and bizarre clothes and aging bodies shock me less and less. Maybe it inevitably gets easier to relate to the strange paths life can take. Maybe shadenfreude is only for the young or arrogant. Maybe we are all headed to our own Grey Gardens. V

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his good-natured punk rock 'n' re- Hooley off as some kind of visionary. tail chronicle drags Irish impresario He knew a good time when he heard it, Terri Hooley from the margins of music amassed one hell of a record collection, history and onto centre stage—where, had a knack for getting close to famous it would seem, he always wanted to people and certainly gets points for perseverance— be. Good Vibrations underlines Hooley's Fri, Dec 27 – Thu, Jan2 his store filed for hubris as the source Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa, bankruptcy and of both his success Glenn Leyburn closed and reopened several and his shortcom- Metro Cinema at the Garneau ings, though the times over the  film's wedging of obpast four decades. stacles and triumphs into its narrative strictly adheres to the Written by Colin Carberry and routine mechanics of bio-pics. The film- Glenn Patterson and directed by making is nowhere as edgy as the scene Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, it attempts to invoke, but, as the title Good Vibrations moves through Terri's decision to ditch dead-end DJ assures, it's perfectly pleasant. Most of our story unfolds in the mid- gigs and go into business—despite '70s. Deep in the darkest days of the having virtually no business sense. Troubles, Hooley (Richard Dormer), It follows his mixed fortunes taking oblivious to economic obstacles and un- his bands on tour and trying to genwilling to bend to local gangsterism, had erate major label attention, all the the gall to open a record shop named while placating his perpetually panafter a trippy Beach Boys tune and start icked business partner and endlessly up a label to go along with it, one de- patient life partner, who bears him a voted to delivering the pogo-ready an- child somewhere in all the hubbub. thems of Belfast's nascent punk scene He seems not the best dad, but hey, to kids hungry for release from vio- everything works out! Dormer brings lence, dwindling opportunities and gen- a lot of spunk to Terri, but the superal dreariness. Violence seems to have porting cast has little to do—it really never been a deterrent for Hooley: in is a one-man show. The directorial the opening scenes of Good Vibrations approach is serviceable and largely the tyke Terri loses an eye to bullies uncluttered, though Barros D'Sa and but keeps his ears wide open; later on Layburn seem to have had problems he'll recklessly stand up to thugs both accumulating decent coverage of the Catholic and Protestant, championing bands in concert; most of the gigs are punk as an antidote to his country's reduced to fragmented bits of slowseemingly endless civil war. He'd even- motion close-ups—weird for a movie tually be dubbed "the godfather of Bel- driven by the thrill of ostensibly fast, fast punk," but really, prophet-like visual dirty, teenaged rock 'n' roll. impairments aside, I don't think anyone JOSEF BRAUN JOSEF@VUEWEEKLY.COM behind Good Vibrations is trying to pass

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Fri, Dec 27, 2013-Thu, Jan 2, 2014 CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr Jasper, 780.852.4749 • Date of issue only: thu, Dec 26 • closeD Dec. 24-25

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) thu, Dec 26: 8:00; matinee: Dec 26

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:45, 2:30, 5:25, 8:10, 11:00 the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG not rec for young children, violence) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 1:00, 4:20, 7:40, 11:00

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 1:45, 5:15, 8:40; high fRame Rate ultRaavx: thu Dec 26: 12:15, 3:45, 7:20, 10:55; 3D: thu Dec 26: 11:40, 3:10, 6:40, 10:15

saving mR. banks (PG mature subject matter)

matinees: Dec 26

DUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave Camrose, 780.608.2144 • Dec 26: matinee anD evening shows • Dec 31: matinee anD eaRly evening shows only • Jan 1-2: matinee anD evening shows

walking with DinosauRs (PG) fRi-mon 7:00, 9:00; sat-sun 2:00; tue 2:00, 7:00; weD-thu 2:00, 7:00, 9:00

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes fRi-thu 7:30; satsun, tue, weD, thu 1:00

the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG violence, not rec for young children) fRi-mon 9:15; tue no show; weD-thu 9:15

47 Ronin (PG violence, frightening scenes) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo 7:00, 10:00; Digital 3d, DTS Stereo

Daily 12:25, Daily 3:20

LANDMARK CINEMAS 10 CLAREVIEW 4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG not rec for young children, violence) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Daily 9:45

Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:00, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

fRoZen 3D (G) Closed Captioned, Digital 3d,

gRuDge match (14A) Closed Captioned, No

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

Dolby Stereo Daily 12:55, 6:45

Passes thu Dec 26: 11:15, 2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:25

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance

fRoZen: Real D–3D (G) thu, Dec 26: 8:00;

Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

abuse, sexual content) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:10, 12:20, 3:00, 4:20, 6:50, 8:20, 10:40

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues (14A language may offend, crude content) no passes thu Dec 26: 11:25, 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:55, 7:55, 9:50, 10:45

ameRican hustle (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:50, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) 3D: No passes, Closed Captioned, Digital 3d, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 4:10, 7:50

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues (14A language may offend, crude content) No passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:10

ameRican hustle (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:15, 3:25, 6:35, 9:50 saving mR. banks (PG mature subject matter) No passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Daily 12:25, 3:20, 6:30, 9:30

Justin biebeR's believe (G) thu Dec 26: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Digital Pre-

CINEPLEX ODEON WINDERMERE CINEMAS Cineplex Odeon Windermere, Vip Cinemas, 6151 Currents Dr, 780.822.4250 Date of issue only: thu Dec 26

sentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 1:10, 6:40

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:30, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35

the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG violence, not rec for young children) No show Dec 31; thu-mon, Dec 26-30, weD-thu, Jan 1-2: 8:45

gRuDge match (14A) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:15, 2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:25

fRoZen (G) thu-mon, Dec 26-30, weD-thu, Jan 1-2:

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

1:00, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25; tue, Dec 31: 1:00, 3:10

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes thu Dec 26: 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes thu-mon, Dec 26-30, weD-thu, Jan 1-2: 1:15, 4:25, 7:55; tue, Dec 31: 1:15

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance abuse, sexual content) Ultraavx, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:10, 3:00, 6:50, 10:40

(14A language may offend, crude content) No passes thu-mon, Dec 26-30, weD-thu, Jan 1-2: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:20; tue, Dec 31: 1:45

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) No passes thu-mon, Dec 26-30, weD-thu, Jan 1-2: 1:30, 3:55, 6:55, 9:15; tue, Dec 31: 1:30, 3:55

ameRican hustle (14A coarse language)

METRO CINEMA AT THE GARNEAU Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St 780.425.9212 • closeD Dec 25; closeD - new yeaR's eve: Dec 31 at 7Pm

gooD vibRations (STC) fRi, sun 2:00; fRi, sun,

(14A language may offend, crude content) No passes thu Dec 26: 11:20, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:55 Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Justin biebeR's believe (G) thu Dec 26: 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50

NEW FORT CINEMA 9922-100 St, Fort Saskatchewan, 780.992.1707; Office: 780.992.1878

thu 7:00; sat 4:00; mon 9:15

• Date of issue only: thu Dec 26 • closed christmas Day

wateRmaRk (STC) fRi, sun 4:15; sat 7:00;

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

thu, Jan 2 :

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) thu Dec 26: 7:30

9:15

all is lost (STC) thu, sun 9:15; sat 2:00 back to the futuRe (STC) weD, Jan 1: 2:30 back to the futuRe ii (STC) weD, Jan 1: 4:45 back to the futuRe iii (STC) weD, Jan 1: 7:00 LANDMARK 7–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove 780.962.2332

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG)

gRuDge match (14A) Closed Captioned, Digital

Digital Daily 12:15, 3:45, 6:40, 9:40

4:50, 7:40, 10:20

Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:10, 3:15, 7:00, 9:55

Justin biebeR's believe (G) Digital Daily

the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG

47 Ronin (PG violence, frightening scenes) No

walking with DinosauRs (PG) thu Dec 26: 7:15, 9:15

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues (14A language may offend, crude content) thu Dec 9:20

26: 7:00,

LEDUC CINEMAS 4702-50 St Leduc, 780.986-2728 • Dec 25 oPen-Jan 2 • Dec 31: oPen excePt foR the 9:30, 9:35, anD 9:40 shows

anchoRman 2 (14A language may offend, crude content) No passes fRi-mon 6:30PM 9:05; sat-sun 1:45; tue 1:45, 6:30; weD-thu 1:45, 6:30, 9:05

fRoZen (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video

fRoZen (G) Daily 6:45; sat-sun, tue-thu 1:30PM

not rec for young children, violence) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 11:40, 3:00, 6:30, 9:50;

passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Daily 4:15

47 Ronin (PG violence, frightening scenes) Digital Daily 3:15; 3D : RealD 3D Daily 11:45, 6:20, 9:10

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

(14A language may offend, crude content) Daily 1:00, 3:40, 7:00, 9:40

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) No passes fRi-mon 7:15, 9:35; sat-sun 1:15; tue 1:15PM 7:15; weD-thu 1:15, 7:15, 9:35

CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave 780.472.9779 Date of issue only: thu Dec 26

PRisoneRs (14A not rec for children, brutal violence) thu Dec 26: 1:20, 4:45, 8:10

DesPicable me 2 (G) thu Dec 26: 1:25; 3D: thu 3:50, 7:15

enDeR's game (PG Violence, Not Rec For Young Children) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30

caPtain PhilliPs (PG violence) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50

clouDy with a chance of meatballs 2 (G) thu Dec 26: 1:45 ; 3D: 4:15, 6:55

caRRie (14A gory violence, disturbing content) thu Dec 26: 9:10

about time (14A coarse language) thu Dec 26: 9:55

Rush (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 4:00,

9:45

last vegas (PG coarse language, sexual content) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 1:35, 4:25, 7:00, 9:15

fRee biRDs (G) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26 1:40; 3D: thu 3:55, 7:40, 9:40

the book thief (PG) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 1:05,

3:45, 6:40, 9:25

Jackass PResents: baD gRanDPa (14A coarse language, crude content, not recommended for children) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 2:00, 4:40, 7:30, 10:00

Dhoom 3 (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. thu Dec 26: 1:00, 1:30, 4:30, 5:00, 8:00, 9:00

all is lost (PG coarse language) thu Dec 26: 1:10, 7:10

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236 Please check vue's website foR uPDateD listings

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585 Date of issue only: thu Dec 26

fRoZen 2D (G) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:00; 11:05; 3D: thu Dec 26: 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35

47 Ronin 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:15, 2:05, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 11:00, 1:20; 3D: thu Dec 26: 3:40, 6:05, 8:30, 10:50

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thu Dec 26: 11:10; 3D: thu Dec 26: 2:00; thu Dec 26:

3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, No Passes viP 18+: thu Dec 26: 12:30, 4:15, 8:15; ultRaavx: thu Dec 26: 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:30, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, no passes thu Dec 26: 10:45 saving mR. banks (PG mature subject matter) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 12:40, 3:50, 7:15, 10:10

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues (14A language may offend, crude content) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 11:00, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:40; viP 18+: thu Dec 26: 11:45, 3:00, 6:40, 10:15

ameRican hustle (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:50, 4:00, 7:20, 10:35

abuse, sexual content) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Daily 12:00, 3:50, 7:40

fRoZen (G) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Daily 3:55

10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7018

(14A language may offend, crude content) No Passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:15, 3:15, 7:15, 10:15

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No Passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:10

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No Passes, Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital: Daily 3:45, 7:45

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance abuse, sexual content) Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:00, 4:00, 8:00

insiDe llewyn Davis (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:50, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10

ameRican hustle (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 12:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50

saving mR. banks (PG mature subject matter)

fRoZen (G) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35 the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug

fRoZen (G) Digital Daily 3:30, 8:30

31: 7:30; 3D: Daily 7:30

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Closed

(14A language may offend, crude content) Digital Daily 12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:20

Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 3:30

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:40

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

fRoZen 3D (G) Reald 3d Daily 12:30, 6:45 walking with DinosauRs 3D (PG) Reald 3d Daily 4:00,

tation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 9:00

GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr Sherwood Park 780.416.0150

47 Ronin 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)

9:45

PRINCESS

believe (STC) Closed Captioned, Digital Presen-

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

manDela: long walk to fReeDom (PG violence, mature subject matter) fRi-mon 2:00, 6:45 & 9:30; tue 2:00, 6:45; weD 2:00, 6:45 & 9:30; thu 6:46, 9:30

Philomena (PG language may offend) fRi-weD 1:00, 7:00; thu 7:00

No passes thu Dec 26: 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Dallas buyeRs club (18A) fRi-mon 3:00, 9:00; tue 3:00; weD 3:00, 9:00; thu 9:00

fRoZen 3D (G) thu Dec 26: 2:20, 5:00, 7:40,

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM

10:20

WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:00, 2:30; 3D : Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 4:55, 7:20, 9:45

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Captioned, No passes thu Dec 26: 11:30, 2:15, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG not rec for young children, violence) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10 the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 2:45, 6:20, 9:55; 3D : thu 11:50, 3:25, 7:00, 10:30

gRuDge match (14A) Closed Captioned, no

Date of issue only: thu Dec 26

fRoZen (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video thu Dec 26: 12:00

47 Ronin 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) No passes thu Dec 26: 11:15, 2:05, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

fRoZen 3D (G) thu Dec 26: 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 thoR: the DaRk woRlD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video 3D : thu Dec 26: 10:30 walking with DinosauRs (PG) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 11:00, 1:20

walking with DinosauRs 3D (PG) Closed

passes thu Dec 26: 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Captioned thu Dec 26: 3:40, 6:05, 8:30, 10:50

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

the hungeR games: catching fiRe (PG not rec for young children, violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video thu Dec 26: 1:00, 4:20, 7:40, 11:00

(14A language may offend, crude content) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance abuse, sexual content) Closed Captioned, no passes thu Dec 26: 12:30, 4:25, 8:20

gRuDge match (14A) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, DTS Stereo Daily 1:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

3:30, 6:55, 9:30

Closed Captioned, Digital 3d Daily 12:45, 7:10, 10:05

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Closed

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Digital Daily

Daily 12:55,

3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recom-

fRoZen (G) Closed Captioned thu Dec 26: 11:40

LANDMARK CINEMAS 9 CITY CENTRE

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Daily 11:30; 3D: RealD 3D 2:45, 6:10, 9:30

Daily

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG)

1:00, 6:00

47 Ronin 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)

Date of issue only: thu Dec 26

the wolf of wall stReet (18A substance abuse, sexual content) thu Dec 26: 11:20, 3:10, 7:05, 10:50; viP 18+ : thu Dec 26: 1:00, 5:15, 9:30

12:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15

GRANDIN THEATRE–ST ALBERT Grandin Mall Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822

walking with DinosauRs (PG) Dec 26-30, Jan 1-2: thu-mon, weD-thu 12:55, tue, Dec 31: 12:55, 2:55

2:55, 4:50, 6:45;

the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, No passes thu Dec 26: 11:30, 3:10, 6:40, 10:10

the secRet life of walteR mitty (PG) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, No Passes thu 11:45, 2:30, 5:25, 8:10, 11:00 saving mR. banks (PG mature subject matter) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, no passes thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Dec 26: 11:00,

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mended for young children) 2D: Daily 1:30; tue, Dec (except tue, Dec 31 in 2D)

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin 780.352.3922 • Dec 25 oPen-Jan 2 • Dec 31: oPen excePt foR the 9:30, 9:35, anD 9:40 shows

47 Ronin (PG violence, frightening scenes) Daily 12:45, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30

anchoRman 2: the legenD continues (14A language may offend, crude content) Daily 1:00, 3:40, 7:00, 9:40

fRoZen 2D (G) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35 the hobbit: the Desolation of smaug 2D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) 2D: Daily 1:30; tue, Dec (except tue, Dec 31 in 2D)

31: 7:30; 3D: Daily 7:30


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Gone to the dogs Skijoring combines cross-country skiing and dog sledding

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icture this: you've got a pair of skis strapped to your feet and a harness around your waist, which is subsequently attached to one or more dogs that are going to pull you through the wilderness—all that's used to control them is your voice. Skijoring, a term derived from the Norwegian sport skikjøring (ski driving), cannot be claimed by any one country when it comes to origin, as dogs have a penchant for pulling when leashed and they tend to do it without regard to homeland. However, competitive skijoring is believed to have originated in Scandanavia as a contemporary twist to the more traditional sport known as Pulka. The sport has steadily gained popularity in North America using dogs as well as horses or even motorized vehicles. Mad Dogs and Englishmen Expeditions in Canmore offers regular skijoring clinics (plus dog sledding excursions) throughout the season. "Skijoring offers visitors a chance to take part in a unique winter activity. Mad Dogs and Englishmen offer private lessons and two-day comprehensive clinics that give visitors a chance to safely try something new and ex-

citing," says Tulene Steistol, director, marketing and communications for Canmore Kananaskis. "We have had a lot of interest in the sport and as the winter season ramps up, we are sure we will see more visitors, locals and media wanting to experience it. We are lucky to have this great activity in our backyard and also a local business that can teach people the fundamentals in a safe way." While sports such as dog sledding favour breeds like huskies, Mad Dogs owner and founder Russell Donald, notes skijoring can be done with nearly any household breed (within reason—obviously hooking a toy poodle up to a harness isn't going to work) that is willing to run. "It's very much a relationship that you develop with the dogs," says Donald, who has been skijoring since 1992 and competed regularly—including a World Championship in 2001, before the birth of his two daughters. "When you first get involved with skijoring, the dogs are trying to learn you as much as you're trying to learn the dogs." The key is patience and perseverance, Donald notes, explaining not

all dogs will take to skijoring due to the skiers close proximity behind them. The dogs will also try to read a skiers's ability and confidence level. When Donald teaches newcomers to the sport, he assesses their skiing ability and assigns dogs accordingly. What that means is less confident dogs will be paired with more confident skiiers who will be able to guide them, while more confident dogs are paired with less confident skiers, as they'll tolerate them falling down and getting the hang of the sport for much longer. "You do sometimes find that the domestic dogs, the house pets, they will take to the skijoring a little quicker just because they're that much more used to the distractions you might get on the trail, whether it's birds flying over the trail or whether it's cross-country skiers on the trail," Donald says, noting skijoring is a beneficial form of exercise for pet owners and their dogs during the winter months. "They're used to those distractions because they've been socialized that much more, but the kennel dogs, they're not in the public eye as much, or as much on

a regular basis, so they're a little bit more aware, a little bit more curious of any other distraction." The sport is also cost-effective, Donald adds. Minimal equipment is required—just skis, poles and a harness, which attaches around the skier's waste and is linked up to one on the dog's back. Of course, there's the matter of nothing to steer with but voice commands. Donald says it doesn't take long for dogs to catch on, particularly kennel dogs used on Mad Dog excursions, as they're already welltrained to follow commands. "The dogs learn by association with an action, so anything you're doing with the dogs you try to harness natural abilities and natural instincts," Donald says, using slowing down as an example. "The action to slow down is to really create some resistance, so you'll shout your command and you'll reinforce that command with an associated action, and that associated action will be a snowplow." In Donald's experience, the majority of people getting into skijoring are in their late 20s to early 30s, but he encourages adults of all ages to give it

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a try. It helps to have some skiing experience in order to spend more time actually skijoring rather than practising ski drills, too. If you're unable to make the trip out to Canmore, but are looking to get started in the sport, Donald recommends asking around at local sled dog clubs, as many of the members will often skijor as well. Sled-equipment suppliers will also be of service when it comes to finding harnesses and proper skis. If you're going to go it alone, Donald advises checking local trail regulations to ensure dogs are allowed. "Various ski areas, especially those with ski tracks and grooming on the trails, obviously there's a consideration that they are first and foremost cross-country ski trails and it's worth checking with any specific authority there that you are OK taking your dog out, and that's just respect," he says. "Be responsible for your own dogs. Certainly when your dogs are running on the trail, clean up after yourself. There is a code of etiquette there to look at and it really is based on common sense."

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From zero to skiing A ski newbie tests out Edmonton Ski Club

Lorne, behind me. We took a moment to talk about what was going to happen, and then he positioned himself down-slope facing me and told me to take his hands. I did, and he began guiding me down the slope. "Push me away!" he ordered as I unconsciously started bending my arms, risking a crash. I kept my skis pointed at where he was going as we turned this way and that, and finally bent the skis out to come to a stop. A couple more of these, going higher up, and then he let me loose, shouting what I should be doing.

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y usual idea of a good way to spend a winter night is playing video games. As that's also my idea of a good way to spend a summer night, it should come as no surprise that the closest I ever got to squeezing my feet into ski boots before hitting up the Edmonton Ski Club slopes was a couple of rounds of the 2001 Playstation 2 snowboarding game, SSX Tricky. I mention this to emphasize that if I can go from zero to skiing in under two hours without getting a face full of snow, you can too.

"[You] just need warm winter clothes," is all Edmonton Ski Club general manager Lorne Haveruk said regarding what to bring. The club's rental service has everything you need, whether you're looking to ski or snowboard. There's also a big space inside to sit around and warm up, with food and beer available. That would come later. The first step in my lesson—after a few painful minutes in too-tight boots—was sliding around with one ski on. Once I mastered that— or at least propelled myself awk-

wardly around the snow for a few minutes—we tried the other foot. Then both skis at once. There are five runs here, open Tuesday to Friday evenings and most of the day on the weekend, tailored for various levels of difficulty—beginner to black diamond. And there's an unbeatable view. Edmonton's downtown night skyline is visible, twinkling across the river. I would ski down the bunny hill alone today, I told myself, and not lose control and crash into the nearby lit-up Muttart pyramids.

They're too pretty for that. So I had to learn how to walk, plodding forward over flat ground. Getting used to angling the skis to prevent myself sliding around. Walking sideways and finding out how to bend and apply pressure to the snow to get myself up mild slopes. And then how to stop by rotating my feet outwards. Twenty minutes or so of this and I had enough control of my movements that we headed halfway up the slope. I made it up the rope tow without crashing into my instructor,

I wasn't the best at following those instructions, which resulted in going faster than planned, but I did make it down alone without falling. Regardless of slowly drifting into the snow piled up along the path, I felt why people suffer through uncomfortable boots and awkward, tiring walking along snow in the bitter cold: it was awesome. "That's skiing," he said. From here, I'm good to practise in my own time. One lesson, three sessions of solo practice and then another lesson was Lorne's advice. The Edmonton Ski Club has everything any beginner would need to keep going: knowledgeable and helpful staff and instructors, and plenty to keep anyone who's looking for a little more challenge interested. My legs were exhausted when I took the boots off, but this wasn't a bad way to spend a winter night.

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Terrain parks are works in progress Every winter, ski-resort operators exhaust their resources trying to create terrain parks. Once called snowboard parks, these slope-side, multi-feature playgrounds attract and entertain snowboarders and skiers alike. Most parks require massive amounts of snow for completion and are a work in progress the entire season. Operators are strategically locating parks in various locations to attract different levels of users and to provide some sort of protection from the elements on the colder snowy days. Sunshine Village currently has Strawberry Terrain Park, Wolverine Terrain Park and Spring Hill Park. The much larger Rogers Terrain Park was expected to open shortly before Christmas. Wolverine Park is in an area sheltered by trees, and the boxtype features are low to the ground so beginners can practise their ma-

neuvers without fear of major vertical falls. And just to make sure they stayed really busy, and in recognition of World Snowboard Day, a temporary park was erected smack dab in the Village on December 22. Sunshine Village's Terrain Park Supervisor Ben Surralik has been a busy guy lately. Currently at Nakiska there's a smaller box and rail park that's expected to change very soon with the opening of Najibska, Alberta's longest rail and box park. Here you can grind those edges for miles and miles. Najibska is easily accessed from the Silver Chair Express. Lake Louise just finished hosting two World Cup ski events, building a World Cup Snowboard Cross park and hosting a race. Now staff are quickly transitioning the resort's resources to the development of its Showtime Terrain Park. This and the Rogers Terrain Park at Sunshine

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are probably amongst the largest in Western Canada. Typically at Marmot Basin there's a small rail and box mini-park near the Eagle Ridge Quad Chair loading area and the much larger Rogers Terrain Park near the base is well underway. I remember years ago when staff first tried building a terrain park near Basin Run. The location was just not suited for the boarder crowd and moving down to the base area has been quite a success. At Whitefish Resort in Montana, the demand for terrain park space has driven staff to build five this year. Each park has multiple features aimed at varying levels of ability. As well, a cross course called Goat Haunt is available for a little racing action between friends. The Magic Park is unique because it truly is aimed for the beginner and is located next to their Big Easy Carpet Ride.


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COVER // FUZZY GARAGE PUNK

L A M I R P BEAT The Betrayers renege on Let the Good Times Die

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t's such a lie. A damn dirty lie. In It's not. Plenty of bands out there fact, there's absolutely nothing don't hang out with each other in to quell good times from breaking between shows and records. There out within 50 feet of the Betrayers, are some who don't even like each much less anywhere on its debut other much. full-length, Let The Good Times Die. The Betrayers are horrified and What you will find on the disc confused when this is put to them, (vinyl-only with a digital download) and for a moment no one says anyis a breed of rock 'n' roll that is at thing at all. once muscular "That's sad," and melodic, driv- Fri, Dec 27 (9 pm) Stagliano offers, shaking his toqueing (thanks to the With Jessica Jalbert, Concealer, holy rhythmic trin- DJ Action Jackson, Carl Cassidy topped head. ity of two sets of Barber Ha "That's messed drums plus predup," Zawada adds. atory-sounding "This is less like a bass) and trance-inducing (thanks to job, more like ... " a psych-tinged Farfisa). The songs are " ... Hanging out with your friends," pungent combinations of hallowed Stagliano finishes his sentence. rock influences—Wall Of Sound "When it stops being fun, there's just girl groups, the Zombies, New York no point. I think, anyway. If you don't scenes from the Factory to CBGBs' want to be there, you're not going to heydey, the Jesus and Mary Train, perform." the Warlocks—rigged with funhouse "All of us work hard or are in school flourishes. In places, the record sug- and have a million things going on, gests a collision between beach-film and you devote so much of your free music and B-horror soundtracks. Or, time to this one thing [music]," Sarlike the music in movies or PSAs, gent says. "And if you're not enjoythose montages or flashbacks where ing the people you're doing it with, kids are doing drugs in some skeevy/ there's just no point. It's just a job. groovy underground club. I've never been in a band where it's Now, doesn't that sound like romp- been 100-percent good times, like ing good times? with this one. Ninety percent of the The bandmates are, likewise, time we're together, we're busting romping good times. They roll in someone's balls and the other 10 on a breeze of warmth and affabil- percent we're playing music." ity, three-fifths of the band: singer/ songwriter/guitarist Travis Sargent, But before the band existed, there drummer Joe Stagliano and bassist were songs. and "musical glue of the band" Justin "I'd done some dopey apartment/ Zawada. (Not accounted for: Farfisa- bedroom recordings, and Terry heard wrangler Terry Fairfield and drum- them, and sent me a message saying, 'if mer Scarlet Welling-Yiannakoulias.) you ever want to do this as a band, you Sargent's been writing songs and should let me know'," Sargent says. playing music for nearly a decade, but Sargent and Zawada were already has never really struck out as a solo close friends wanting to be in a band player—other than on demos—pre- together—an ambition that predatferring the company of colleagues. ed Zawada even picking up a bass, "It's no fun if you don't have your although he was learning the drums gang with you," he ticks off the rea- at the time. sons while his bandmates look on, "So it was me and Justin and Terry amused and curious. "It would just jamming in Terry's basement for a be dull to do it on your own. I'd get few months," Sargent notes. lonesome, I think, without these Another mutual friend had a girlguys. And I'm not a good enough gui- friend who was a solid drummer tar player—I'm no Billy Bragg. And and whose style the trio liked, so I think the world has enough boring even though Welling-Yiannakoulias singer-songwriters, too. I don't need was trekking in the Southern Hemito be another one, playing in a coffee sphere, sporadic and glitchy emails shop somewhere." as their only communication, they Zawada jumps in to tease him and recruited her. singer-songwriters of the world: "We wanted to play with our "Making mope music." friends, so we were, like: we should They all laugh. probably get her," Zawada says. "We One suspects this is how lots of knew she would like what we were people think bands interact every doing for sure. She was travelling, so day, at least until they blow up and we sent her songs, but she couldn't get Lear jet-rich and tabloid-stalker- get them, or make them play, but she famous and turn to booze and coke was in anyways." and sleeping around to ease their The band started in earnest pretty mo' money-related problems, and quickly after Welling-Yiannakoulias wind up screaming and throwing co- returned home, in late spring of gnac at each other in some bajillion- 2012, playing plenty of shows and dollar-a-day studio in, like, Panama releasing an EP, Treat Me Mean, later or whatever, over whether or not to that year. put in more high hat. Around eight months ago, they

lured another drummer, Stagliano, into the Betrayers. Two weeks later they were making Let The Good Times Die. "So he had to learn the songs pretty quickly," Sargent quips. "Joe brings a real swing to the band, I think. He's got a total ... " "Garbageman flavour," Zawada suggests, riffing on the oft-bio quoted tidbit that Stagliano makes a living as a bona fide garbageman, an improbably grown-up career. "Yeah, the garbageman swing," Sargent agrees. "Joe just has a really distinct way of playing, I guess, and you can definitely hear it in the record." You can also hear it in the songs of the Lad Mags, the Betrayers' "sister'' group, in many ways. Stagliano also drums with them, and both bands have toured together and hope to record a split seven-inch soon. They are currently working on booking a jaunt to Europe, co-touring and representing for Edmonton's ball-grabbing, subterranean rock scene. "When I first started with the band, I just wanted to keep it simple and not complicate things too much," Stagliano explains. "You know, keep it minimal, try to make that drum sound as big as possible." "You both locked in really quickly," Sargent observes, turning toward Stagliano. "I think you and Scarlet had the same sort of way of playing, like 'less is more.'" "I think it was the best fit, too," Zawada concurs. "We tried to play with some guitar players." Sargent nods. "Yeah, we practiced with some guitar players, but it would never really work out. Tara from the Switches played with us for a while, but she was trying to start her own thing, and good for her. Joe was just a natural fit. I think if you're adding people to your band, it's more about being able to hang out than it is being able to play." "If you can't sit around and talk to them, you can't be in a van with them for a month," Zawada concludes. Or a studio. Recording over a weekend with Patrick Michalak at Riverdale Recorders proved to be a pleasant way to craft an album, especially when peppered with Tony's Pizza. "He's just a good dude. We were looking for someone good to do it— in a cheap and cheerful way—and we kind of knew him and Terry thought we should ask him," Sargent shrugs. "He took us down to Riverdale to show us the room, and the vibe was right. It was the right neighbourhood to do it in, and the right guy, and it was a really relaxed time. We did it almost all live off the floor, so there wasn't a lot of fucking around. He worked really hard on it—harder than any of us did. But he knew what we wanted. He's a smart guy and he knows a lot about music, so it seemed like an obvious choice to go with him."

Everything the band had went into Let The Good Times Die. Literally. "We recorded everything we had for this record, pretty much," Zawada admits. "I think we used every song, yeah," Sargent acknowledges. Our idea was to probably trim a couple of songs we weren't happy with, but we wound up being happy with all of them, so we used all 13 of them." Sargent laughs when asked if there is an over-arching theme for the record. "I dunno; I guess desperation," he laughs harder, ruefully, and then emits a groan. "A lot of the songs were written when I was living in London and I just didn't want to be there anymore. I just wanted to come back to Edmonton: my home is here. My friends are here. A lot of the songs are about that—the struggle of living in this big city where you don't really know anyone and you feel totally isolated." Not wanting to appear sadsack-ish, he quickly adds, "Other songs are about my girlfriend, and my boss, who is one of my best friends. I write a song about whatever; every song that's on there isn't necessarily about something that happened to me." And he doesn't just mean the album's cover of "White Horse," which is about precisely nothing that happened to him. Sargent groans. "You caught that. I'm worried that Laid Back are going to sue us because we forgot to give them credit. I hope Seymour Stein doesn't come after us and sue us for doing their tune." Fretting aside, he continues, "We did another cover; it's going to be part of the digital download – we recorded 'I Wanna Be Your Dog,' by the Stooges." (Hopefully, credited.) "You can't get blood from a stone, Sargent laughs. "What are you going to do—sue us for the $5000 debt this band has? Go ahead." Songwriting muse-jizz also came from other sources. "You just get inspired by people you meet or books you read," Sargent ventures. "I was reading this book, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. A lot of the songs are about that. It's about this kid who lives in this Northern town in England and works in a factory, and he's just kind of living for the weekend, I guess, just working hard for that relief." Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is a groundbreaking modern classic by Alan Sillitoe that critics regard as a moment of departure for literature and culture: the arrival of a certain kind of modern, disaffected young man in the UK in the late '50s and early '60s, the same as there was the western world over, each burning with locally conditioned rage, along with the more general inter-

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national malaise. (Fun Fact: Morrissey was influenced by the same book.) "It just sort of crept in," Sargent shrugs. "I was reading it when I was writing the songs and I loved it, and I think it was almost a subconscious thing. I didn't write the songs to be ... " "A concept album?" Zawada interjects helpfully. "No," Sargent says. "You can't help but be inspired if you're reading something great while you're writing. From the sounds of it, the Betrayers' release show will also show the album's title to be one big fat lie. "We're hoping lots of people who moved away are back for Christmas," Sargent says. "Who maybe haven't had the chance to see us yet," Stagliano adds. "And we want to throw a nice Christmas party for the Edmonton rock 'n' roll community," Sargent continues. "Yeah, right, when you get sick of family shit and need a drink!" Zawada posits. "I want it to have a real party vibe and not just have it be any old show that's forgettable," Sargent says. "There will be some surprises, some guests. All of our friends play music and some are joining us, so that will make it more special." Dancing will not be mandatory, but the Betrayers hope it will break out nonetheless. "It's hard to move people's feet in Edmonton," Zawada laments. "It's a no-dancing city. Just bobbleheads." Oh, times have changed. For a few years there, you couldn't prevent Edmontonians from dancing, given that there was a good beat, alcohol, and some space on the floor. What gives? "I think cellphones in general," Stagliano conjectures. "Everyone's too busy checking their shit to get into it." "Or making videos," Zawada reckons. "It seems like it's harder to keep people's attention nowadays," Sargent concedes. "Everyone's fucking around on their Instagram or whatever when they should be with the show. We try not to fuck around too much on stage. I don't like it when I go see a band, and for every minute of music there's three minutes of them tuning guitars or screwing around. Zawada can't resist. "That's not you," he says to Sargent, grinning wickedly. Sargent gets the joke immediately, and laughs. "Yeah, I'll play an out of tune guitar for an entire set, and I almost always do." He turns serious again. "Money's not easy to come by, especially in this time we're living in, so if someone's going to pay 10 bucks to get into your show, you'd better entertain them. You'd better do a good job. So the whole thing is just—try hard. Like, that whole slacker band etiquette, I don't get it at all."

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Answered by: Raymond Biesinger Hometown: Edmonton, now located in Montréal Genre: Rock Last album: The Complete Collected Singles 2008 – 2011 Fun fact: The Famines is a duo rounded out by Garrett Kruger, who is one of the co-founders of the

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First album

Destroyer by Kiss. At the time I thought Kiss invented rock 'n' roll and Ike Turner and Chuck Berry and everyone else just weren't around to correct my misunderstanding. Too bad.

First concert

This might sound strange, but I grew up completely disconnected from live music and concerts. The first live show I ever saw was in my living room in Grade 10, and during it I spent half the time nervously staring at the band and the other half singing and pretending to play bass. The

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audience included a dozen or so classmates with nothing better to do.

get, though I've heard people say their records are mandatory listening.

Last album

Favourite album

Last concert

Favourite pleasure

Strange Attractor's Back to the Cruel World LP on Mammoth Cave.

Wooden Shjips and CAVE at Casa Del Popolo, Montréal, on Remembrance Day—if you don't count being serenaded by Peterorough's Nick Ferrio while having a meal at that restaurant next to the Great Hall in Toronto this weekend. CAVE was hypnotising and great, Nick was charming and real. Wooden Shjips I didn't

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The Kinks' first [self-titled] LP. But that might be changing.

musical

guilty

Listening to CBC Radio 3's Jukebox Favourites stream in the studio eight hours a day, five days a week. It's to the point that every song is a repeat. I've sent them a few letters wondering why they play the 1987 version of Cher's "Bang Bang" instead of the classic 1966 version. V


MUSIC PREVUE // CLASSICAL

Opus 34

A Christmas fundraising concert

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e has studied at Juilliard, cultural icons in the West and earned Juno Award nomina- are incredibly well-respected all tions for his work with New Or- around North America. I am happy ford Quartet and the Metropolis to see that organizations such as the Alberta BaEnsemble and roque Ensemble, is currently the the Edmonton c o n c e r t m a s te r Fri, Dec 27 (7 pm – 9 pm) Recital Society, with Orchestre Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and Edmonton Symphonique de $25 Chamber Music Montréal, but Society are thrivviolinist Andrew Wan got his start in Edmonton. ing as well. He, along with a roster of other classical musicians who credit VW: What's in store for audiences their beginnings to the city, have at the show? come together for an eclectic AW: This annual show is always program to raise funds for the an eclectic mix, even though it's Anne Burrows Music Founda- largely classical in nature. Not only tion. Prior to the show, Wan an- does the audience get treated to swered some questions for Vue performances by well-established professionals, it gets to experivia email. VUE WEEKLY: The

concert is a gathering of musicians who credit Edmonton as a place where their musical skills were nurtured. How did the city play a role in your own music career? ANDREW WAN: Edmonton, importantly, was very much a city for many of my "firsts." My first violin teacher (of 12 years), Yoko OikeWong, still lives in Edmonton. She was actually the one who brought the famed Suzuki Method to North America. My first orchestral experience was with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, conducted by Michael Massey, and before I left for Juilliard in 2003, I studied a bit with Martin Riseley, former concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony. I very much credit these three individuals—legendary in Edmonton and beyond—for being incredible mentors for myself and countless musicians.

ence the excitement of discovering new up-and-coming talent. My performance of two movements of Beethoven's dark and mercurial 7th Sonata with the University of Alberta's Professor of Piano Jacques Després also happens to preview our full-length recital on January 24 at Convocation Hall.

VW: What stands out to you about

up-and-coming artists from Edmonton? AW: Edmonton will always produce strong and interesting artists. Maybe it's because of the inordinately high ratio of fantastic educators to music students, or perhaps it's the weather that encourages every kid stay inside to practise during the 10-month winter. VW: The concert is also meant to honour the work of Dr Anne Burrows. How has she influenced you and your music? AW: I'll always be grateful for the incredible support I received as a student from organizations such as the Anne Burrows Foundation, the Winspear Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist award. Anne Burrows' dream was to help us get through our schooling without worrying about debilitating student debt, and as a result, I was able to fully focus on my craft. She was an absolute gem. MEAGHAN BAXTER

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VW: What drew you to Montréal

following your time in Edmonton?

AW: I won the Orchestre Sympho-

nique de Montréal competition in 2007 when I was just completing my Master of Music Degree at Juilliard. They called me a few months later to ask if I would be interested in sitting guest concertmaster for the OSM for a couple of weeks. I was elated and petrified. A few months later, and after a formal audition, they hired me. I'm in the middle of my sixth season with the orchestra and it's been a fantastic match, despite my pathetic French skills. VW: How does Edmonton stand up in the world of classical music? AW: Edmonton has a long history of importance in this field. It has produced, to name only a few, the likes of Angela Cheng, Jessica Linnebach, Jens Lindemann, Juliette Kang—all preeminent artists. The Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Symphony remain premiere

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HIP HOP ON THE AVE 6 / FRI, DEC 27 (NOON – 7 PM)

Defstar and Brothers Grim have teamed up with a packed roster of local hip-hop talent featuring the likes of Rellik, Jaide, the Untouchables, Too Whyz and Collective Conscience in support of 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous. The event is all ages and they even say you can bring your grandma—if she’s into this kind of thing. Oh, and no toy donation, no admission, so don’t be a Grinch. (Avenue Theatre, free with a toy for Santa’s Anonymous) EPIPHANY IN BRASS / SUN, DEC 29 (7:30 PM) Christmas is a season, not just one day. The celebration continues with classical arrangements of Christmas Vespers, carols and sing-alongs in a narrated story of the journey of the three wise men. (All Saints’ Cathedral, admission by donation)

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SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT / TUE, DEC 31 (8 PM) New Year’s Eve, huh? What to do, what to do. Well, there’s a multi-room dance party happening at the Starlite Room with Shout Out Out Out Out, who seem to be on the verge of their own New Year’s tradition, along with the Wet Secrets, Mitchmatic, Love Electric, Physical Copies and DJ sets by Cadence Weapon and Khotin. (Starlite Room, $20)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL THE STAFF AT BLACKBYRD! SEE YOU IN 2014!

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AN ELYSIUM OPERA / TUE, DEC 31 (8 PM)

Myths, monsters, deities, it’s all par for the course in the world premiere of a new electronic music production by Keith Wyatt.(Avenue Theatre, $50 – $60)

FRI DEC 27

L.A.M.S W/ SECRET RIVALS, DEMISE

LATIN NEW YEAR’S EVE / TUE, DEC 31 (5:30 PM – 2:30 AM) Ring in the new year with dinner, dancing, DJ

sets and some live entertainment from Edgar Joel and Jeyro, who are performing in Canada for the first time. (Delta Edmonton South, $60 dance only in advance; $75 dance only at the door; $99 dinner and dance)

& RECKLESS REBELS SAT DEC 28

I LOVE 80’S XMAS PARTY

Four IN 140

HOSTED BY DJ’S NAZZ NOMAD & BLUE JAY ***NEW YEARS EVE ***

Glen Hansard, Drive All Night EP (Anti) @VueWeekly: Even if it is a cover, one song on this EP alone is better than most albums in general. Enjoy this thing immediately.

WED DEC 31

THE MENZINGERS (ONLY CANADIAN DATE)

W/AUDIO ROCKETRY, ON THE BRINK (REUNION) & ELDER ABUSE

SAT JAN 4

TRANSMISSION

F@$% NEW YEARS - CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY & MONTHLY ALTERNATIVE DANCE PARTY

FRI JAN 10

GIBSON BLOCK EP RELEASE

W/ CANYON ROSE OUTFIT, DEATH BY ROBOT & THE NULLS FOR TICKETS- PLEASE VISIT WWW.YEGLIVE.CA

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Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Sony) @VueWeekly: Unconventional marketing & an astonishingly good (& pretty darkly mellow) R&B album make Beyoncé a bigger hit than St Nick this Christmas. Toy, Join the Dots (Heavenly) @VueWeekly: Somewhere between ‘60s psychedelic matter & indie of today, here’s something that, if not your thing, an interesting thing. Talib Kweli, Gravtias (Javotti Media) @VueWeekly: A pioneer of an artist, Talib Kweli sometimes has a knack for letting too many words get in the way. PS We’re still waiting on another Black Star album.

VUEWEEKLY DEC 26, 2013 – JAN 1, 2014


Christmas edition; 9:30pm LIZARD LOUNGE Rock ‘n’ roll

open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover ON THE ROCKS Love Junk

with DJs

OVERTIME Sherwood Park

Dueling Pianos, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PALACE CASINO–WEM

THU Dec 26 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Live Music every

Thu; no music this week

THE BOWER Thu: Back to

Mine: Hip hop, funk, soul, rare groove, disco and more with Junior Brown and DJ Mumps

DJs

The Nervous Flirts; 9pm start; no cover

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

PAWN SHOP L.A.M.S. (alt

Main Floor: wtft w djwtf–rock ‘n’ roll, blues, indie; Wooftop: Dig It! Thursdays. Electronic, roots and rare groove with DJ’s Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests

CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7:

metal), Secret Rivals, Demise, Reckless Rebels; 8pm; $10 (adv)

RED PIANO BAR Hottest

dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am

BLUES ON WHYTE Sonny

Rhodes

Retro ‘80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close

THE RIG Danger Pay

BRIXX Hosted by Christian

THE COMMON The Common

ROSE AND CROWN PUB The

and Justin of the Canyon Rose Outfit: The Ultimate open stage, open jam, open turntables E: kevin@starliteroom.ca for info CAFÉ HAVEN Music every

Thu; 7pm

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE

Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm CHA ISLAND TEA CO Bring

Your Own Vinyl Night: Every Thu; 8pm-late; Edmonton Couchsurfing Meetup: Every Thu; 8pm

COOK COUNTY Pony Up Thu:

Country, Rock Anthems and Top 40 Classics with Mourning Wood DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every

Thu at 9pm

EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Open Jam

Nights; no cover

FANDANGO’S Rock out Thu

Rock Jam

FIDDLER’S ROOST Thursday

Nights acoustic circle jam; only acoustic instruments; 7:30pm; $3 cover

J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam

Thu; 9pm

JAVA EXPRESS–Stony Plain

Acoustic/singer songwriter the 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7-10pm; no cover

Uncommon Thursday: Rotating Guests each week!

Derina Harvey Band

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Thu

Skrillex, 12th Planet, Brodinski, Cashmere Cat, opening set Wright and Wong; 8pm (door); $49/$59/$69 (general)/$89 (VIP) at Ticketfly.com

FILTHY MCNASTY’S Taking

YELLOWHEAD BREWERY

Thu; 9pm

Back Thursdays

KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE

Open stage; 7pm; no cover LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk

Bunker Thursdays

LUCKY 13 Industry Night

every Fri

ON THE ROCKS Salsa Rocks:

every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; Cuban Salsa DJ to follow

OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE

Wild Life Thursdays

RENDEZVOUS Metal night

every Thu

UNION HALL 3 Four All

Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

FRI Dec 27 ARTERY Canyon Rose Outfit,

Picture the Ocean, Joe Nolan; 8pm (door); $8 (adv)

ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL PUB Duff Robison AVENUE THEATRE

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SHAW CONFERENCE HALL

Scenic Route to Alaska (alt folk), 100 Mile House, Cayley Thomas; all ages; 8pm (door); $15 (adv)

Classical HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Opus 34–Christmas

Fund Raising Concert: Andrew Wan, Ewald Chung (violins), Kathleen de Caen (cello), Eric Meier, Trevor Cooper (classical guitars), Justin Massey (sax); 7pm; fundraiser for the Anne Burrows Music Foundation; $25 (door)

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Every Friday DJs on all three levels THE BOWER Zukunft: Indie

and alternative with Dusty Grooves, Fraser Olsen, Taz, and Josh Johnson

CHICAGO JOES Colossal

Flows: Live Hip Hop and open mic every Fri with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, guests; 8:30pm2am; no cover

with the Nervous Flirts; every Thu, 9pm-1am; no cover

BLUES ON WHYTE Sonny

L.B.’S PUB Thu open stage:

BRIXX The Threads (rock), Atomik Alice; 9pm; $10 (door)

THE COMMON Good Fridays: nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Justin Foosh

CAFÉ TIRAMISU Live music

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every

every Fri

Fri; 9pm

CAFFREY’S IN THE PARK

Miss Understood

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Fri

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE

FANDANGO’S DJs night

KELLY’S PUB Jameoke Night

the New Big Time with Rocko Vaugeois, friends; 8-12

NAKED CYBERCAFÉ Thu open

stage; 8pm; all ages (15+)

NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian

Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro NORTH GLENORA HALL

Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu; contact John Malka 780.447.5111 OVERTIME Sherwood Park

Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover RED PIANO Every Thu: Dueling

pianos at 8pm

RICHARDS PUB Vent RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec (jazz);

most Thursdays; 7-10pm

THE RIG Every Thu Jam

hosted by Lorne Burnstick; 8pm-12am SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Live Blues every Thur: rotating guests; 7-11pm TAVERN ON WHYTE Open

stage with Micheal Gress (fr Self Evolution); every Thu; 9pm-2am

Rhodes

Live music every Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door); Closed for the holidays

UNION HALL Ladies Night

every Fri

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation

Fridays

SAT Dec 28 ARTERY Jeff Stuart and the

Hearts (pop rock), the Fortrelles, Ben Disaster; 8pm (door); $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL PUB Duff Robison BIG AL’S HOUSE OF BLUES

Secret Opening Featuring Bill Bourne and Moses Gregg; 7pm; no cover BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Hair of the Dog: Chad Kichula (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat

afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Sonny Rhodes

“B” STREET BAR Rockin Big

Blues and Roots Open Jam: Every Sat afternoon, 2-6pm

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/Electro/ Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr Erick

THE BOWER For Those Who

Know...: House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests

Sat; 9pm

ENCORE–WEM Every Sat:

Miss Understood

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Sat

Open mic; 7pm; $2

Sound and Light show; We are Saturdays: Kindergarten

FANDANGO’S DJs night

CASINO EDMONTON

every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer

CASINO YELLOWHEAD

Suite 33

FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Sat

DV8 Doobyis, the Liberators,

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective

Whiskey Boyz (country)

Kaz Mega (Triple album release) with DJ Touch

EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE–NorthlandS

Kocheda Winter Music Festival: Deadmau5, 2 Chainz, Nervo, DJs; 8pm; tickets at northlands.com/kochedawinter-music-festival FILTHY MCNASTY’S Free Afternoon Concerts; 4pm; this week: Marshall Lawrence with Darryl Matthews; no cover FUSIA CORAL CUBA RESTAURANT Moreno

Chembele; 8pm-2am

GAS PUMP Saturday

Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth

HILLTOP PUB Open Stage,

Saturdays underground: House and Techno

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat

with resident DJ Chad Cook

PAWN SHOP Transmission

Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm); 1st Sat each month

RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge

Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai

SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE

Jam every Sat; 3:30-7pm

Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

JEFFREY’S CAFÉ The Writers’

SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM

Guild (jazz); 8:30pm; $10 (door)

LEAF BAR AND GRILL Sat jam with Terry Evans, and featured guests; host Mark Ammar; Tall Dark ‘n’ Dirty, Rose Marie C, 8pm

Swing Dance Party: Sugar Swing Dance Club every Sat, 8-12; no experience or partner needed, beginner lesson followed by social dance; sugarswing.com SUITE 69 Stella Saturday:

retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests

every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer

LB’S PUB The Red Hotz; 9pm

FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop

Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover

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

NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm

TEMPLE Step’d Up Saturdays with Lolcatz, Yaznil, Badman Crooks, Ootz UNION HALL Celebrity

LOUISIANA PURCHASE

with resident DJ Chad Cook

DV8 Holiday Horror: Death

RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri

O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

STARLITE ROOM KLUB

ON THE ROCKS Love Junk

OMFG

with DJs

SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE

OVERTIME Sherwood Park

Amplified Fridays: Dubstep, house, trance, electro, hip hop breaks with DJ Aeiou, DJ Loose Beats, DJ Poindexter; 9:30pm (door) SUITE 69 Release Your Inner

LB’S PUB The Cool Dads

Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri

LEVEL 2 Synesthesia

TEMPLE Rapture–Goth/Ind/alt; every Fri 9pm

(rock); 9:30pm-2am

(rock), Soulicitors; 9pm; $20 (adv)

CAFFREY’S IN THE PARK

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat

Open mic every Fri, 10-15 mins to perform; 5:30-8:30pm, no cover; Late show: Every Friday: Headwind (vintage rock ‘n’ roll), friends, 9:30pm, no minors, no cover

UNION HALL ill Scarlett

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every

Suite 33

J+H PUB Early show: Acoustic

S&M–THE STUDIO & MEAD HALL Pillars Of Gravity; 8pm

Able Kind; 9pm

CASINO YELLOWHEAD

7pm; no cover

ROSE AND CROWN PUB The

Derina Harvey Band

BRIXX BAR Bootleg Saint, the

Whiskey Boyz (country)

SPORTS PUB Andrew Scott;

THE RIG Lyle Hobbs

every Saturday Night: The Dryland Band Live; 8pm

CASINO EDMONTON

HIGHRUN CLUB–MCNALLY’S

dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am

THE COMMON Get Down It’s Saturday Night: House and disco and everything in between with resident Dane

BOURBON ROOM Live Music

and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri

Assembly, Malice, Santa Blëed; 8pm

RED PIANO BAR Hottest

Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous

Y AFTERHOURS Release

Saturdays

Dueling Pianos, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

SUN Dec 29

PALACE CASINO–WEM

hosted by Tim Lovett

The Nervous Flirts; 9pm start; no cover PAWN SHOP I Love 80’s

Dance Party: Nazz Nomad with Blue Jay; 9pm; $5 (door)

BLACKJACK’S ROADHOUSE– Nisku Open mic every Sun BLUES ON WHYTE Cassie

Taylor

CAFFREY’S IN THE PARK

Customer Appreciation and Staff Holiday Party; 8pm-2am

VUEWEEKLY DEC 26, 2013 – JAN 1, 2014

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CHA ISLAND TEA CO Open mic with March Music Inc; Every Sun 7pm

DEC/31

NYE FEATURING

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT WET SECRETS, CADENCE WEAPON (DJ SET), MITCHMATIC, LOVE ELECTRIC AND KHOTIN (DJ SET)

JAN/24 METZ JAN/26 KASTLE

MRG PROSUCTIONS PRESENTS

UBK AND NIGHT VISION PRESENT

FEB/1

UBK PRESENTS

LOVE AND LIGHT

FEB/15 SEPTEMBER STONE, ELECTRIC RELIGIOUS AND GUESTS

MAR/7 WAKE OWL W/ LYON MAR/15 ELECTRIC SIX THE UNION PRESENTS

AND THE MOHRS AND GUESTS

MAR/17 THE WONDER YEARS THE UNION PRESENTS

W/ DEFEATER, REAL FRIENDS, CITIZEN & MODERN BASEBALL

MAR/27 THE MOUNTIES THE UNION PRESENTS

MAR/29 ACT A FOOL APR/4 BOY AND BEAR

W/ GUESTS

UBK PRESENTS

THE UNION PRESENTS

AND GUESTS

APR/8 STEVEN J MASKUS APR/28 THE 1975 MRG PROSUCTIONS PRESENTS

THE UNION PRESENTS

DEC/27 DEC/28

THE THREADS ATOMIC ALICE AND GUESTS

BOOTLEG SAINT W/ THE ABLE KIND GUESTS

JAN 1 - 14 JAN/17 JAN/24 JAN/25 JAN/31

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WE’LL SEE YOU SOON...

POLYESTER SUICIDE, DELEITE, DEREK LONDON, PAMELA DROVER AND KEVIN FREY

MAKE OUT CITY, INNERTWINE,

DESOUSA DRIVE AND JESSICA DENISE

MONARCH SKY

JOE SOLO AND FICTION OF FATE

UNBALANCED W/ GUESTS TBA

EVERY RUBY TUESDAY TUESDAY LIKE RUBY TUESDAY ON FACEBOOK FOR DETAILS

EVERY EATS AND BEATS WEDNESDAY EVERY WEDNESDAY, $0.35 WINGS

EVERY THE ULTIMATE OPEN STAGE THURSDAY EVERY THURSDAY, OPEN TURNTABLES, OPEN STAGE

NOW HIRING PORTERS, BUSSERS AND SECURITY

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CROWN AND ANCHOR PUB NYE: Brian Gregg, Dana Wylie, the Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests Stonehedge (rock); 9pm; no minors Two Bob Orchestra, Jay Gilday, playing tasteful, eclectic selections Cam Neufeld, the Road to Django rock), Cantoo; 8:30pm (door); $20 DOWNTOWN–CHURCHILL Collective; 6:30pm (door), 7:30- DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, SQUARE New Year’s Eve DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB Celtic (adv)/$25 (door) 10:03pm; donation, fundraiser Hallowe’en horrorpunk, deathrock Downtown Festival: City Hall: Music with Duggan’s House Band for Edmonton Food Bank; info: with Abigail Asphixia and Mr ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA NYE crafts, activities, Olivia Wik (music); 5-8pm Cadaver; every Tue Gala; AfroQuiz: DJ DiamondDJPart, 7-11:30pm; The Square: street 780.428.1818 FANDANGO’S Sun Industry Night: Mbira Renaissance; $100 (adv) dance, fire twirlers, stilt-walkers, NEW WEST HOTEL Boots and RED STAR Experimental Indie rock, House mix with DJ JEZ LF; Show hip hop, electro with DJ Hot Philly; horse and wagon rides, skating; Boogie (rock); 9pm and Shine/open stage every Sun: ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL every Tue 9pm; Main Stage: music by Bryan PUB NYE: Duff Robison; $50 (with hosted by Marshall Lawrence; O’MAILLES IRISH PUB AND Finlay, Grandtheft, Kay, 10pm; dinner)/$25 (no dinner) SUITE 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash 6-11pm EATERY NYE: AJ; 6:30pm leading up to a spectacular up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ 10-minute fireworks show at AVENUE THEATRE Astral Harvest, HOG’S DEN PUB Rockin’ the Hog Omes with weekly guest DJs ON THE ROCKS Oil City Sound midnight; free; all ages • Free New Jam: Hosted by Tony Ruffo; every Zodiac Series: An Elysium Opera, Machine (dance, pop, R & B); 9pm; Year’s Eve Public Transit Service longwalkshortdock, (electronic), Tim Sun, 3:30-7pm $25 (adv) WED Jan 1, 2014 Wisdom, Drumspyder, guests; 8pm; from 6pm-3:30am O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; $50+ (adv) PALACE CASINO–WEM NYE: ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open DRAKE HOTEL NYE: Doug Bishop 9:30pm-1am With Gino Monopoli’s tribute to stage Wed with Trace Jordan; B STREET BAR NYE: Joe Piccolo and the Hurtin’ Horsemen; 8pm; Elvis; 9pm 8pm-12 ON THE ROCKS Ruben Flex with and Swing the Cat (9-piece band); no cover whiskey wagon guest Tiff Hall $50 (incl 3-course meal) PALACE CASINO–WEM NYE: Ring DRUID IRISH PUB NYE Party: in the New Year with Gino Monopoli BIG AL’S HOUSE OF BLUES New dance, DJ, pop; 9pm (door); RICHARD’S PUB Sun Jam hosted BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose (Elvis tribute); 9pm Year’s Day: Whiskey Wagon (folk by Andrew White and the Joint Burlesque-a-billy NYE Masquerade $10 (adv) punk rock); 7pm; no cover Chiefs; 4-8pm Ball: Punch Drunk Cabaret (rock ‘n’ PAWN SHOP The Menzingers DUGGAN’S Stan Gallant roll), River City Revue Burlesque; (punk rock), audio/rocketry, On the BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main THE RIG Every Sun Jam hosted by 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $29 at the Brink, Elder Abuse; 8pm; $25 (adv) Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music DUKE OF ARGYLL PUB NYE: Steve and Bob; 5-9pm Bailey box office Big Hank and a Fist Full of once a month; On the Patio: Funk RED PIANO BAR Paris and Pianos Blues; 9pm; $20 at the pub, call and Soul with Doktor Erick every SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Hair of 21 years or older; semi-formal BEER HUNTER BAR & GRILL–St NYE; Wed; 9pm the Dog acoustic Sun Jam with Albert NYE: Top 40. House. Electro 780.468.6717)/$30 (door) (no jeans); $50 (show only, 9pm ); Bonedog and Bearcat; every Sun; with Live DJ; 7pm; no cover $150 (dinner and show, 6:15pm); EARLY STAGE SALOON–Stony BLUES ON WHYTE Cassie Taylor 2-6pm Plain NYE: The Saloon Boys: Berniereserve at 780.486.7722 BEER HUNTER BAR & GRILL– BRITTANY’S LOUNGE PJ Perry and Gary, and other musicians WUNDERBAR Jung PeopleRock RENDEZVOUS PUB Armifera, every Wed; 8-11pm; $10 (rock); $20 at 780.963.5998 (album R\release), Boosh, Ghost Spruce Grove NYE: The Mandy Valaryia, Meridian; 8pm Cousin, Pigeon Breeders, Will Scott,Mcmillan Band (country); 10pm DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB Wed open ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove Look Away; 9pm; $10 (door) (party and band); $10 (party at RICHARDS PUB Spanish Night: mic with host Duff Robison New Year’s Eve: Red Cannons 10pm) with Marco Claviria (Latin solo) live, and DJ Clint; 8pm (door); $10 Classical ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte (adv)/$15 (door) BEER HUNTER BAR & GRILL– THE RIG Blues NYE with the Ave Open mic every Wed (unless ALL SAINTS’ ANGLICAN Marshall Lawrence Band; WEM NYE: Vinyl Frontier band EMPRESS ALE HOUSE NYE: there’s an Oilers game); no cover CATHEDRAL Epiphany in Brass: (classic rock); 10pm (party & band); Amy van Keeken’s Rock and Roll 6pm-3am (dinner), 9pm-1:30am Brian Sand and Russell Whitehead • $30 (dinner tickets); $10 (10pm, Sing-a-Long; 9pm; $20 at the FANDANGO’S Wed open stage (band); $25 (trumpets), Mary Fearon (horn), party) hosted by Michael Gress and Cody Empress ROSE AND CROWN PUB The Kathryn Macintosh (trombone), Noula; Original artist showcase Derina Harvey Band BIG AL’S HOUSE OF BLUES NYE: FACULTY CLUB–U OF A NYE: Scott Whetham (tuba) play at 9pm The Edmonton Swing Band with seasonal music–a celebration of The Rusty Reed Band; Mosses SAWMILL BANQUET AND Charlie Austin; 6pm FIDDLER’S ROOST Wednesday the journey of the three wise men; Greg; 7pm; $50, reserve at CATERING CENTRE NYE: Nights Folk and Roots Open 780.482.0202 7:30pm; donation at the door FANDANGO’S SALOON NYE: Blackboard Jungle (gala dinner/ Stage: amateur and professional BILLIARD/SQUIRES PUB Black Dirt Road Angels; $25 (dance, after dance); $83.90 (adv) musicians welcome; 7:30pm; $3 DJs and Whyte: Party: DJ’s; 8pm (door); 9pm)/$50 (buffet dinner/dance) SAWMILL–Gateway blvd NYE: J+H PUB Acoustic open mic night BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main tickets at thebilliardclub.com, FIDDLER’S ROOST Tuesday Darrell Barr, Don Marcotte, William hosted by Lorin Lynne squirespub.ca Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic Nights fiddle circle jam; all levels James Engel; $25 voyage through ‘60s and ‘70s funk, of musicians welcome; 7:30pm; LEAF BAR AND GRILL Wed variety BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE NYE: soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy $3 cover SHERLOCK HOLMES PUB– night: with guitarist, Gord Matthews; Jr Gone Wild; $25 at Black Dog; Downtown Joanne Janzen every Wed, 8pm LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Woof Top: NYE Edition: Sound It Up FILTHY MCNASTY’S NYE: free live Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, with DJ Sonny Grimez; $25 (adv at music; no cover SHERLOCK HOLMES PUB– MERCURY ROOM Little Flower Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest Black Dog) WEM Mike Letto Open Stage every Wed with Brian FORT EDMONTON–Blatchford DJs; 9pm-3am Gregg; 8pm-12 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ NYE: Lionel Hangar NYE 1930’s Swing party: SHERLOCK HOLMES PUB– Rault; Sold Out Don Berner and Little Big Band, theCampus Amy Weymes NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic MON Dec 30 Sugar Swing dancers; $150 country dance lessons every BLUES ON WHYTE NYE: Cassie SIDELINERS PUB NYE Party: BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Wed, 7-9pm; Boots and Boogie Taylor; $25 (adv)/$30 (door) FUSIA CORAL CUBA Andrew Scott and Celeigh Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; (rock); 9pm RESTAURANT NYE: Moreno Cardinal (folk, country rock and BOHEMIA NYE: Catgut, Gary no cover Chembele; $10 cover blues); 9pm; no cover OVERTIME Sherwood Park Jason Debussy, Flint, Rude Geeks, BLUES ON WHYTE Cassie Taylor; Scrapbooker, Cryptic, Black Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top GIBBONS CULTURAL CENTRE SMOKEHOUSE BBQ NYE: 9pm 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover Dracula, the Amazingly Possibles, NYE: Gord Bamford, Lisa Hewitt, Graham Guest Borrachera, Busted Femur, the 6:3pm DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB Singer/ PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY STARLITE ROOM NYE party: songwriter open stage every Mon; Lamas, Your Mom’s a Prostitute; HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam THE GLENS–Wetaskiwin NYE 5pm; no minors; $10 (adv)/$15 Shout Out Out Out Out, The Wet 8pm; host changes weekly Gala: Dine and Dance with piano Secrets and Cadence Weapon and presented by the Northern (door) Bluegrass Circle Music Society; man Don Johnston; $55 MitchMatic, Love Electric, Physical FIDDLER’S ROOST Monday every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 Copies, and more; 8pm; $20 at Nights Open stage hosted by Norm BOURBON ROOM NYE: Duelling IRISH CLUB NYE: Mark (member)/$4 (non-member) ticketfly, blackbyrd, Brixx Sliter’s Capital City Jammers; all Piano’s and DJ Paully; 6pm; $20 McGarrigle, dinner and reserve at 587.290.0071 styles and skill levels welcome; RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: champagne toast; 7-11:30pm STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION 7:30pm; $3 cover hosted by dueling piano players; THE BOWER NYE Party: For Those NYE: A local rock ‘n’ roll Gala: 8pm-1am; $5 Who Know residents Junior Brown ISBE EDMONTON The Midnight Featuring Alterra, Wheelhouse, NEW WEST HOTEL Boots and and David Stone; 8pm (door); $10 Beat: Glass Buffalo, Prairie Seen, the Campus Thieves, guests; Boogie (rock); 9pm THE RIG Open jam every Wed featuring Lucas Chaisson, Matt (adv at the Bower), door no minors; 8:30pm (door); $15 hosted by Will Cole; 8pm-12am Machete, installation by Guilliano OVERTIME–Sherwood Park (adv at Blackbyrd, the Studio CAFFREY’S IN THE PARK Rockin’ Palladino, more; no minors; Monday Open Stage WUNDERBAR Hank Williams Music Foundation, Raised Fist NYE Party: Chill Factor; 7pm members, invited guests only; tribute show: Townes Van Zandt, Productions)/$20 (door) PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY (dinner), 9pm (party); $30 (dinner 8pm (door), 9pm (bands); $20 Joe Nolan, Alex Vissia; 9pm; $5 and party), $15 (party only); tickets (incl entrance and ISBE year HALL Acoustic instrumental old TOFIELD HOTEL Basler; 8pm (door) time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted at 780.449.7468 membership) WUNDERBAR NYE Party: the by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: CASINO EDMONTON Catalyst J & R GRILL AND BAR NYE: Wicked Awesomes, the Famines, Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio Fearless Frank and Friends; 9pmFist City; 9pm; $15 780.456.8510 Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover CASINO YELLOWHEAD Lean 1am; no cover Machine Y AFTERHOURS NYE: DJs: The DJs ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE Open Mic Night with Darrek Anderson CENTURY CASINO NYE: Kenny J+H PUB Acoustic open mic night Bedroom: Care Bear, Christian J, every Tue hosted by Lorin Lynne; Anthony Donohue, David Stone, BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main from the Guaranteed; every Mon; Shields and Streetheart; 7pm; Everyone will have 10-15 minutes Seelo Mondo, Peep This, Chad Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative 9pm $69.95-$81.70 at Century Casino, to play Cook; Upper Heaven: DJ Wadjit, ‘80s and ‘90s, post punk, new Ticketmaster DJs Van Damage, D3viant, FireSale; wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and KELLY’S PUB ‘80s Dress and COAST TERRACE INN–Edmonton Bassment: DJ Nattikk, Jermaine roll with LL Cool Joe Theme night: Matt Robertson hosts BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main South 14th Annual Latin New Still, Ju!cebox, DJ Dezire; New Years Celebration and SingFloor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, Years; 5:30pm Underground: BLK, Tianna J; 10pm;BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Along; 9pm-1am brit pop, new wave, British rock with Tier 1 (sold out)/Tier 2: $25/Tier 3: Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree DJ Blue Jay COAST TERRACE INN–Edmonton $30 at viptkts.com/yafterhours- and Friends L.B.’S PUB NYE: The Jaks South–Top of the Inn: jazz NYE: nye, Foosh, Y Afterhours DV8 T.F.W.O. Mondays: Roots THE COMMON The Wed SandroDominelli, Shelley Jones; LEVEL 2 LOUNGE NYE: Breakfast industrial,Classic Punk, Rock, 5:30pm (door)-1:30am; reservation/Club with Simon Doty (Toolroom, YEG DANCE CLUB NYE Party: Eric Experience: Classics on Vinyl with Electronic with Hair of the Dave Dane info at 780.431.3457; no minors Definitive, 1605, 303lovers); $10 Cubeechee; 8pm TAVERN ON WHYTE Classic Hip COOK COUNTY SALOON NYE: (adv at Foosh, Level, level2nye. NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s DJs zoobis.com)/$15 (door) hop with DJ Creeazn every Mon; Hey Romeo; 7:30pm; $20 metal every Wed 9pm-2am MCDOUGALL CHURCH NYE all BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed THE COMMON NYE House Party: ages Party: Festival City Fiddlers, Main Floor: alternative retro and House, disco, rap, electro, funk, TUE Dec 31 not-so-retro, electronic and Euro TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip Back Porch Swing, Cam and Reggae with DJs Allout, Dane, Caitlyn Boyce, Dale Ladouceur, with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: The hop open mic hosted by Kaz and APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge NYE: Girls Club playing everything; 5pm Night with No Name featuring DJs Orv; $5 the Broke Ensemble, Breezy (open), 8pm (door); $20 (door)

Jukebox Leigh; 9pm-1am; $65

ARTERY NYE: Michael Rault (blues

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COMEDY Black Dog Freehouse • Underdog

Comedy show: Alternating hosts • Every Thu, 8-11pm • No cover CENTURY CASINO • 13103 Fort Rd •

780.481.9857 • Open Mic Night: Every Thu; 7:30-9pm COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu: 8:30pm; Fri: 8:30pm; Sat: 8pm and 10:30pm • Bob Angeli; Dec 27-28 COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM •

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE •

Meet the 2nd Tue each month, 7:30pm EDMONTON UKULELE CIRCLE • Bogani

Café, 2023-111 St • 780.440.3528 • 3rd Sun each month; 2:30-4pm • $5 FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019, 780.634.5526 • 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 LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu MADELEINE SANAM FOUNDATION •

Faculté St Jean, Rm 3-18 • 780.490.7332 • madeleine-sanam.org/en • Program for HIV-AID’S prevention, treatment and harm reduction in French, English and other African languages • 3rd and 4th Sat, 9am-5pm each month • Free (member)/$10 (membership); pre-register

SONGWRITERS GROUP • The Carrot, 9351118 Ave • 780.973.5311 • nashvillesongwriters.com • NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) meet the 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm

780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Hit or Miss Mondays: Amateurs and Professionals every Mon, 7:30pm • Battle to the Funny Bone; last Tue each month, 7:30pm • JR Brow; Dec 26-29 • New Years Eve: Bring the New Year in laughing at the Comic Strip's New Years Eve special presentation with Craig Ferguson; Dec 31; 2 shows; Package one: $32 (7:30pm show only), Package two: $56 (7:30pm show and buffet) Package three: 10pm show and midnight appetizer buffet; incl party favours and a glass of champagne to bring the new year • Ralph Harris; Jan 2-5 • Jay Pharoah Soecial Presentation; Jan 9-11

Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon, 7:30pm

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119

SEVENTIES FOREVER MUSIC SOCIETY •

• Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm

FILTHY MCNASTY'S • 10511-82 Ave • 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9-11pm; no cover OVERTIME PUB • 4211-106 St • Open mic

comedy anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • Sterling

Scott every Wed, 9pm

RUMORS ULTRA LOUNGE • 8230 Gateway

Blvd • Every Thu Neon Lights and Laughter with host Sterling Scott and five comedians and live DJ TNT; 8:30pm

VAULT PUB • 8214-175 St • Comedy with

Liam Creswick and Steve Schulte • Every Thu, at 9:30pm

ZEN LOUNGE • 12923-97 St • The Ca$h

Prize comedy contest hosted by Matt Alaeddine and Andrew Iwanyk • Every Tue, 8pm • No cover

GROUPS/CLUBS/MEETINGS AIKIKAI AIKIDO CLUB • 10139-87 Ave, Old

Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:309:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EDMONTON •

8307-109 St • edmontonamnesty.org • Meet the 4th Tue each month, 7:30pm (no meetings in Jul, Aug) E: amnesty@edmontonamnesty.org for more info • Free

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 BRAIN TUMOUR PEER SUPPORT GROUP

• Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 11533-135 St NW • braintumour.ca • 1.800.265.5106 ext. 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Mon every month; 7-8:45pm • Free CANADIAN INJURED WORKERS ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (CIWAA) • Augustana

Lutheran Church, 107 St, 99 Ave • canadianinjuredworkers.com • Meeting every 3rd Sat, 1-4pm • Injured Workers in Pursuit of Justice denied by WCB EDMONTON NEEDLECRAFT GUILD • Avon-

more United Church Basement, 82 Ave, 79 St • edmNeedlecraftGuild.org • Classes/workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, stitching groups for those interested in textile arts •

NORTHERN ALBERTA WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION • Duggan Community Hall,

waskahegantrail.ca • Meet: McDonalds, 14920-87 Ave • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike from Laurier Park to Government House with hike leader Helen 780.468.4331 • Jan 19, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE •

waskahegantrail.ca • Meet: McDonalds, Argyll Rd, 81 St • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike the Fort Sakatchewan city trails with hike leader Bev 780 469-7948 • Jan 26, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WILD ROSE ANTIQUE COLLECTORS SOCIETY

• Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Rd • wildroseantiquecollectors.ca • Collecting and researching items from various periods in the history of Edmonton. Presentations after club business. Visitors welcome • Meets the 4th Mon of every month (except Jul & Dec), 7:30pm

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old

Strathcona Farmers' Market • Silent vigil the 1st and 3rd Sat, 10-11am, each month, stand in silence for a world without violence

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

3728-106 St • 780.435.0845 • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm ORGANIZATION FOR BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm

0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free

SAWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside

GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month, • Christmas In Hawaii (2012) presented by Al Cosh • Jan 6, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $2 SEEING IS ABOVE ALL • Acacia Hall, 1043383 Ave, upstairs • 780.554.6133 • Free instruction into the meditation on the Inner Light • Every Sun, 5pm

QUEER

Call 587.520.3833 for location • deepsoul. ca • Combining music, garage sales, nature, common sense, and kindred karma to revitalize the inward persona • Every Wed, 7-8:30pm

AFFIRM SUNNYBROOK–red Deer • Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer • 403.347.6073 • Affirm welcome LGBTQ people and their friends, family, and allies meet the 2nd Tue, 7pm, each month

SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50

BEERS FOR QUEERS • Empress Ale House,

• Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10-min discussion, followed by a 30 to 40-min walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/ session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta) SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS • Stanley A. Milner Library, Centennial Rm (bsmt); edmontonatheists.ca; E: info@edmontonatheists.ca; Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month SUGAR FOOT SWING DANCE • Sugar Swing,

10545-81 Ave • 587.786.6554 • sugarswing. com • Swing Dance Social every Sat; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check web • $10, $2 lesson with entry

SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM • 10545-81 Ave

• 587.786.6554 • sugarswing.com • Friday Night Stomp!: Swing and party music dance social every Fri; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check web • $10, $2 (lesson with entry); first event this year is on Jan 17

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS) •

Grace United Church annex, 6215-104 Ave

• Low-cost, fun and friendly weight loss

group • Every Mon, 6:30pm • Info: call Bob 780.479.5519 TOASTMASTERS • Fabulous Facilitators

2nd Fl, Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Ave; 780.467.6013, l.witzke@shaw. ca; fabulousfacilitators.toastmastersclubs.org; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • Y Toastmasters club: Queen Alexandra Community League, 10425 University Ave (N door, stairs to the left); Meet every Tue, 7-9pm except last Tue ea month; Contact: Antonio Balce, 780.463.5331 Toastmasters club:

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE •

waskahegantrail.ca • Meet: McDonald's Capilano • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; in the Sherwood Park area with hike leader Michele 780.417.6928 • Jan 5, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE •

waskahegantrail.ca • Meet: Capilano McDonalds, 9857-50 St • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike through the Kennedale Ravine to Sunridge with hike leader Sandra 780.467.9572 • Jan 12, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

9912 Whyte Ave • Meet the last Thu each month

BISEXUAL WOMEN'S COFFEE GROUP • A so-

cial group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • groups. yahoo.com/group/bwedmonton BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725 Jasper Ave •

780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

EPLC FELLOWSHIP PAGAN STUDY GROUP

• Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • eplc.webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome EVOLUTION WONDERLOUNGE • 10220-103

St • 780.424.0077 • yourgaybar.com • Community Tue: partner with various local GLBT groups for different events; see online for details • Happy Hour Wed-Fri: 4-8pm • Wed Karaoke: with the Mystery Song Contest; 7pm-2am • Fri: DJ Evictor • Sat: DJ Jazzy • Sun: Beer Bash

G.L.B.T. SPORTS AND RECREATION • teamedmonton.ca • Blazin' Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary School Gym, 10925-87 Ave; Every Mon and Thu, 7pm; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: bootcamp@teamedmonton. ca • Mindful Meditation: Pride Centre: Every Thu, 6pm; free weekly drop-in • Swimming– Making Waves: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; E: swimming@teamedmonton.c; makingwavesswimclub.ca • Bowling: Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes: Every Tue, 6:30pm; until Apr 1, 2014; $15/week • Volleyball: St Matthew Elementary School (NE): Tue, until Mar 11, 8-10pm; Stratford Junior-Senior High School (west end): every Tue, Mar 18-Apr 29, 7-9pm, $65 (season), $35 (Half season), $5 (drop-in) • Curling: Granite Curling Club: Every Tue, until Mar 25, 7pm • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu; kungfu@teamedmonton.ca, kickboxing@ teamedmonton.ca, sillum.ca G.L.B.T.Q SENIORS GROUP • S.A.G.E Bldg,

Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu,

1-4pm • Info: E: tuff @shaw.ca ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • Pride Centre,

10608-105 Ave • 780.387.3343 • edmontonillusions.ca • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 7:30-9pm INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-

based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/ winter terms): Speakers Series. E: kwells@ ualberta.ca

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-

124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • A safe, welcoming, and non-judgemental drop-in space, support programs and resources offered for members of the GLBTQ community, their families and friends • Daily: Community drop-in; support and resources. Queer library: borrowing privileges: Tue-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, closed Sun-Mon; Queer HangOUT (a.k.a. QH) youth drop-in: Tue-Fri 3-8pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, youth@ pridecentreofedmonton.org • Counselling: Free, short-term by registered counsellors every Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, info/bookings: 780.488.3234 • Knotty Knitters: Knit and socialize in safe, accepting environment, all skill levels welcome; every Wed 6-8pm • QH Game Night: Meet people through board game fun; every Thu 6-8pm • QH Craft Night: every Wed, 6-8pm • QH Anime Night: Watch anime; every Fri, 6-8pm • Movie Night: Open to everyone; 2nd and 4th Fri each month, 6-9pm • Women’s Social Circle: Social support group for female-identified persons +18 years in the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; andrea@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; robwells780@ hotmail.com • TTIQ: a support and information group for all those who fall under the transgender umbrella and their family/supporters; 3rd Mon, 7-9pm, each month • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month; huges@ shaw.ca PRIMETIMERS/SAGE GAMES • Unitarian Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm ST PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH • 11526-76

Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.ca, womonspace@gmail.com • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured

display (midnight); Public skating all evening • Dec 31, 7pm • Free • ETS will be operating extended hours from Dec, 31, 6pm until Jan 1, 3am; ETS fare will be free from 6pm-3am NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MUTTART • Muttart Conservatory, 9626-96A St • edmonton.ca/ attractions_recreation/attractions/muttart_ conservatory/event-days.aspx • The Mad Hatter is throwing a family friendly tea party celebration for the New Year and everyone is invited. Join Alice and the March Hare for a morning of celebration and merriment to help say goodbye to 2013. Come dressed up and take in one of the hourly New Year countdowns to usher in the New Year • Dec 31, 10am-2pm NEW YEAR'S EVE ALL AGES PARTY

• McDougall Church , 10025-101 St • 780.428.1818 • Party, concert and fundraiser for Edmonton Food Bank: With entertainment provided by the Festival City Fiddlers; free face painting and crafts, clowning with Netti Spagehetti; music by Back Porch Swing, Cam and Caitlin Boyce, Dale Ladouceur and the Broke Ensemble, Breezy Brian Gregg, Dana Wylie and the Two Bob Orchestra, Jay Gilday, Cam Neufeld and the Road to Django Collective • Dec 31, 6:45pm (door), 7:30-10:30pm (show) • Admission: donation to the Edmonton Food Bank NEW YEAR’S SWING PARTY • Fort Edmonton, 7000-143 St • 780.442.5311 • fortedmontonpark.ca • Swing back to the 1930's and join our Time travel to a post-prohibition time of celebration and ring in the New Year at the Blatchford Hangar. An evening full of live performances, with Don Berner Don Berner and Little Big Band, the Sugar Swing dancers will show you dance steps; and a gourmet buffet dinner • Dec 31, 8pm-10pm (dinner, opening act: Ac-Dixie), 8pm-11pm (swing dance lessons by Sugar Swing); 10pm-1am (headliner: Don Berner and Little Big Band); bar closes at 1am • $150/$1,080 (table of 8) • New Year’s Eve Package: $455 (taxes included; includes: 2 tickets to the 1930's Swing party; one night, double occupancy, at the Hotel Selkirk; New Year’s Day brunch at the Johnson’s Café) #NXTFST NEW YEARS EVE PARTY AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST • Featuring #nxtfst

• Roxy Theatre, 10708-124 St • A good ol' house party at the Roxy to celebrare. Don't want to worry about cabs? You can sleep over! Bring a sleeping bag. There will be pancakes in the morning • No Minors • Dec 31, 9:30pm (door) • Tickets: $20 (adv)

STRATHCONA COUNTY NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVAL • Broadmoor Lake Park, Community

Centre, and Festival Place • strathcona.ca/ departments/recreation-parks-and-culture/ special-events/new-years-eve-festival • Ring in 2014 with a night of western-themed family fun and entertainment for the whole family. Including an ice playground, community shinny hockey, blacklight activities, aerial artists, sleigh rides, fire performer and more • Dec 31, 4-8pm • $4 (adult), $2 (child), free (age 3 & under), $10 (family of 4) • Free

WOODYS VIDEO BAR • 11723 Jasper Ave •

780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

SPECIAL EVENTS DEEPSOUL.CA • 587.520.3833; text to: 780.530.1283 for location • Classic Covers Shindig Fundraiser • Every Sun: Sunday Jams with no Stan (CCR to Metallica), starring Chuck Prins on Les Paul Standard guitars: upcoming Century Casino show as well; Twilight Zone Razamanaz Tour; all ages • Fundraising for local Canadian Disaster Relief, the hungry (world-wide through the Canadian Food Grains Bank) DEEP FREEZE FESTIVAL • Alberta Avenue

Area, along 118 Ave, 90 St to 94 St • deepfreezefest.ca • The Vikings are coming: free activities, including live music, cuisine, dance, wagon rides, ice skating, storytelling, fireworks, an artisan market and gallery sale, and much more • Jan 11-12 • Free family event

NEW YEAR'S EVE DOWNTOWN • City Hall, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • eventsedmonton. ca • Bring in the New Year at this event featuring fun for the whole family in City Hall (7pm); acts on the outdoor Main Stage (10pm). Ending in the City of Edmonton's fireworks

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Are You Looking for a Great Volunteer Experience? Habitat for Humanity’s On-Tap volunteer program allows busy people to get out and volunteer when they can ON-TAP VOLUNTEERS This is a new volunteer program designed for busy volunteers who need to schedule shifts with very short notice. If you would like to volunteer but struggle to commit to a shift until the last minute because your schedule is so hectic, contact us to get more information about the On-Tap program. angela@hfh.org or 780-451-3416 ext 223. HFH.org Are You Looking for a Great Volunteer Experience? Habitat for Humanity’s On-Tap volunteer program allows busy people to get out and volunteer when they can This is a new volunteer program designed for busy volunteers who need to schedule shifts with very short notice. If you would like to volunteer but struggle to commit to a shift until the last minute because your schedule is so hectic, contact us to get more information about the On-Tap program. angela@hfh.org or 780-451-3416 ext 223. HFH.org Become a Master Composter Recycler Master Composter Recyclers are Edmonton’s community leaders in waste reduction. -complete a free, 40-hour course -learn about garbage, composting, recycling -volunteer at least 35 hours -teach friends what you learned -share your passion for sustainability Apply online. Visit edmonton.ca/mcrp Application deadline: February 20, 2013 Can You Read This? Help someone Who can’t! Volunteer 2 hours a week and help someone improve their Reading, Writing, Math or English Speaking Skills. Call Valerie at P.A.L.S 780-424-5514 or email palsvol@shaw.ca Growing Facilitators Volunteer Opportunity Sustainable Food Edmonton offers a Little Green Thumbs indoor gardening program to schools and childcare agencies and we are looking for volunteers. A green thumb is not a pre-requisite. However, gardening experience and a passion for children and youth are an asset. For info and volunteer application form: www.sustainablefoodedmonton.o rg

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Needed for our Long Term Care residence, daytime volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details jgraff@extendicare.com (780) 472 - 1106 Room to Read is changing children’s lives in Asia and Africa through literacy programs and gender equality. Join our Edmonton team and help us plan events to support our work, and spread the word about our amazing results. Edmonton@roomtoread.org www.roomtoread.org

Volunteering - Improve the Lives of Children in the Developing World Room to Read is changing the lives of children in Asia and Africa through literacy programs and gender equality. Join our Edmonton team and help us plan events to support our programs, and spread the word about the fantastic results we are achieving. Skills in event planning, PR, marketing, graphic design are needed, but not essential. We welcome all volunteers. If this sounds interesting, email us at Edmonton@roomtoread.org

Strathcona County Victim Services Unit Become a Volunteer Advocate and work in conjunction with the RCMP to provide assistance, support, information and referrals to victims of crime and trauma in Strathcona County Advocates must live in the area, complete an RCMP Security Clearance and Alberta Solicitor General Training prior to volunteering. On-going professional development and training sessions are available and are provided at no cost to volunteers. The opportunity to attend conferences, seminars and workshops are also available. If you have an interest in helping people within your community, and want to engage in challenging work in a team environment.......contact Stacey @ 780-410-4331 or stacey.grilo@strathcona.ca for more information. Volunteer for I-Week 2014 (January 27 - February 1, 2014) Many volunteers are needed to help make International Week possible. We always have a need for people to help with our publicity campaigns on and off campus during January, plus introduce guest speakers, and make sure the I-Week events run smoothly. We also look for good writers who are interested in global issues to contribute to the I-Week blog.

Volunteers Needed for 114th Christmas Bird Count Between December 14, 2013 and January 4, 2014, hawkeyed volunteers across the continent will brave various weather conditions to count birds during the annual Christmas Bird Count. On Sunday, December 15 birders and nature enthusiasts in Edmonton will take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Other regional counts include: December 14 Fort Saskatchewan & Lac La Biche; December 15 Stony Plain & Tofield; December 21 Devon; December 26 Elk Island; December 28 St. Albert & Strathcona County; January 4 Wabamun Lake & Camrose. For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, visit Bird Studies Canada’s website at http://www.bsceoc.org/volunteer/cbc or visit www.christmasbirdcount.org

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2013 Palaeo Arts Contest at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, AB. This year, our scientists have selected a Stygimoloch skull to discover and interpret through art. Our annual Palaeo Arts Contest is open to all grade levels, has prizes for every winner, including two $500 draw prizes that are awarded to schools, and offers the chance to have students’ winning artwork displayed at the Museum. For more information, including topics for each grade level, visit: http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/ Palaeo_Arts_Contest.htm. Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks submissions from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2015 calendar year. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals who represent a spectrum of expertise in the visual arts. The artists chosen to exhibit receive CARFAC fees.

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On behalf of the Enterprise Square Galleries, the University of Alberta Museums is currently inviting proposals from Edmonton visual artists, collectives, curators, and local arts organizations to produce an immediate exhibition or project in our West Galleries for early 2014.

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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): Edmund Kean (1789 – 1833) was one of the most famous British actors of his time. But a contemporary, the poet Samuel Coleridge, was frustrated by Kean's inconsistency, regarding him as a great artist who, on occasion, lapsed into histrionics. "To see him act," said Coleridge, "is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning." Now and then I get that feeling about you, Aries. You have bursts of brilliance that you sometimes don't follow up on. You're like a superstar who loses your concentration. But I've got a strong feeling that in 2014 you will at least partially overcome this tendency. Your word of power will be consistency.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): Ernest Rutherford (1871 – 1937) is known as the father of nuclear physics not just because he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He was also a superb teacher. Eleven of his students won Nobel Prizes. That's the kind of teacher or mentor or guide I urge you to connect with in 2014, Taurus. The coming months will potentially be an optimum time for you to learn deeply and at a rapid rate. One of the best ways to fulfill that promise will be to apprentice yourself to adepts who have mastered the skills and savvy you want to acquire. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): Your last best hope to get rich was back in the latter half of 2001 and the first six months of 2002. From July 2025 to June 2026, the cosmos will again conspire to give you a big fat chance to expedite your cash flow to the max. But why get bogged down dreaming of the past or fantasizing about the future when fertile opportunities to boost your prosperity are in front of you right now? Financial luck is flowing your way. Viable ideas for making money are materializing in your subconscious treasure house. The contacts that could help you build your wealth are ready to play with you. (This offer is good until July 2014.)

you will exit a confined place or shed cramped expectations or break off your commitment to a compromise that has drained you. It may happen suddenly or it could take a while to complete. How the escape unfolds will have to do with how thoroughly you extract the lessons that your "incarceration" has made available. Here's a ritual that might also expedite the process: give a gift to the people you're leaving behind, or offer a blessing in the spot where your difficult teachings have taken place. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): "Now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good," says a character in John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden. I suggest that you make this your rallying cry in 2014, Virgo. In fact, why not begin right now, wherever you are? Say "Now that I don't have to be perfect, I can be good." Free yourself of the pressure to be the polished, ultimate embodiment of everything you'd ever hoped you would be. That will allow you to relax into being more content with the intriguing creation you have already become. You may be surprised by how much mojo this affords you. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): In 1972, English folk musician Nick Drake recorded his album Pink Moon. He finished it in a mere four hours, singing all 11 songs and playing every instrumental track himself. It took years for anyone to appreciate his artistry, but eventually the magazine Melody Maker selected Pink Moon as number 48 on its list of the "All Time Top 100 Albums." Here's one way I suspect your efforts will be similar to Drake's in 2014, Libra: you will have the ability to get a lot done in a short time. Here are two ways your fate will be different from Drake's: first, you will have a big pool of trustworthy allies to call on for help. Second, what you produce won't take nearly as long to get the appreciation it warrants.

CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): French poet Edmond Jabès had this to say about the birth of big creative ideas that dramatically transform one's life: "For the writer, discovering the work he will write is both like a miracle and a wound, like the miracle of the wound." Regardless of whether or not you're an artist, Cancerian, I expect that you will experience a wrenching and amazing awakening like this in 2014. The opening you've been hoping and working for will finally crack its way into your destiny. It may be one of the most pleasurable disruptions you've ever had.

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DEAR READERS: Sophia Wallace, the NYC-based conceptual artist behind the amazing Cliteracy project, was a guest on my podcast recently. (To hear our conversation, go to savagelovecast.com and look up episode 371.) During our chat, Wallace told me that a column I wrote years ago about the importance of the clit had a big impact on her as a teenager—in fact, she still had the copy of the column that she had clipped out of the newspaper. I'm reprinting that column this week for three solid reasons: ignorance about the clit is still rampant (hence the importance of Wallace's work), reprinting the column allows me to plug Wallace's work (check it out at sophiawallace.com), and it's Christmas and I'm taking the week off. For newer readers: letter writers addressed me as "Hey, Faggot" for the first few years. These days, of course, only my husband talks to me that way. Happy New Year!

or how far you manage to get it in (OK, those things do matter, but not for the sake of this argument): the clit's the thing! While some women's clits are angled in such a way that bumping and grinding provides enough direct clitoral stimulation to get them off, most are not so conveniently angled, and you actually have to go out of your way to make her orgasms happen. It never

puff; other women fake orgasms for fear that their boyfriends will think they're damaged goods if they can't come from intercourse alone. Since inexperienced young women tend to have sex with inexperienced young men, these psyched/ faked orgasms can leave young men with a false impression of the way women's bodies work and, sadly, of their own sexual abilities. Bad-in-bed boys bop through their sex lives until the earth-shattering moment when they find themselves in bed with a woman who insists on a little hand action or a lot of oral sex. When a boy finds himself in bed with a woman who demands that her orgasm (and her clit) play as central a role in the sex act as his orgasm (and the head of his dick), these boys—these dear, sweet, darling breeder boys—freak the fuck out. They think the new girlfriend is some sort of psychotic nympho or, like you, they think their lovemaking skills have deteriorated or their cocks suddenly aren't big enough. But the new girlfriend isn't a psychotic nympho. She's just not a doormat. And the boy's lovemaking skills haven't deteriorated— they never developed in the first place. And as for your particular cock, Brooklyn, it may be too big, too small or just right, but almost all women need stimulation in addition to fucking to achieve orgasm, regardless of their manfriend's cock size. So the size of your pee-pee doesn't matter all that friggin' much, except, perhaps, aesthetically. You fear the girlfriend "will never enjoy [intercourse] as much as I do," Brooklyn, and that fear sometimes causes you to go soft. Fear not: she'll enjoy the fucking just as much as you do, so long as you remember to pay attention to her clit while you're fucking her. If your arms aren't broken or bound, reach down or around and finger her clit while you bang away; encourage her to play with herself when you're fucking; try different positions to see if different angles of penetration might provide more direct stimulation to her clit, and then let her control the speed and pace of the grind; get her off with your mouth or your hand before you fuck; buy some "clit grapes" at a sex-toy store—the possibilities are endless. Learn more about women's bodies, listen to your partner's verbal cues, watch for her physical ones and make her pleasure a priority—that's how you avoid being one of those men women complain about all the time. Good luck.

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MATT JONES JONESINCROSSWORDS@VUEWEEKLY.COM

“Full Houses”- a pair plus three of a kind, and no Uncle Jesse.

News flash: most women are unable to "have an orgasm via intercourse alone."

THE CLIT'S THE THING!

Hey, Faggot: My question involves my present girlfriend and ex-girlfriend, as I've had the same problem with both. Both say I am a good lover. Lovemaking sessions have lasted hours. However, neither could have an orgasm via intercourse alone. They can each come in a second by masturbation, and in minutes from oral sex. They say they've come very close during intercourse with me. They also say I shouldn't worry. But if I didn't worry about it, wouldn't I be one of those guys women complain about all the time? I'm beginning to get a complex. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. I wonder if they would be more satisfied if they were with someone better endowed. During intercourse, I feel myself becoming discouraged: I think that she will never enjoy this as much as I do, and sometimes these thoughts have caused me to go soft in the middle of the act. Please tell me what to do. Brooklyn Hey, Brooklyn: Your desire not to be "one of those guys women complain about all the time" is commendable, but it would be more so if you'd bothered to educate yourself about women's bodies and women's orgasms before you started fucking women. News flash: most women are unable to "have an orgasm via intercourse alone." Why is this? Because the business end of the clitoris—which plays as central a role in her sexual pleasure as the head of your cock plays in yours— is located outside and above the vagina, not inside and up it. Are you with me? The clitoris is not a joy buzzer at the top of the vaginal canal. It doesn't matter how big your dick is, how hard your dick is,

ceases to amaze me just how many heterosexual men don't know these basic vagifacts. But you needn't take my word for it. According to Cosmo—my reference for all questions regarding female anatomy, sexual response and makeup—fully 70 percent of women need stimulation above and beyond vaginal intercourse in order to achieve orgasm. Imagine the flip side, Brooklyn: your new girlfriend pays no attention to the head of your cock during sex; the most she can be bothered to do is provide you with a little "indirect stimulation." Maybe she nudges the side of your dick with her foot while you eat her to orgasm after orgasm. While you might enjoy this activity (especially if you're a foot fetishist), it probably won't get you off. You're having fun, you're enjoying yourself, but you're not having orgasms. Eventually, you pull your slimy face out of her crotch and ask for some direct cock-head stimulation. Your girlfriend recoils in horror. She insists that ALL her previous boyfriends could climax from indirect cocknudging alone. "What is wrong with you?" she asks. How would you react to that, Brooklyn? Probably like this: you would get up, get dressed, tell her she's full of shit—delusional—and inform her on your way out the door that all of her previous boyfriends were liars. You wouldn't settle for indirect stimulation—so why should your girlfriends have to settle for indirect stimulation? I'm going to let you off the hook just a bit: you most likely aren't entirely responsible for your ignorance or your predicament. The women you've slept with up to this point may have contributed to your ignorance. A lot of women, when they first start having sex, believe they should be able to have orgasms from intercourse alone— because that's the way women's orgasms seem to work in movies, porn and romance novels and, funnily enough, it's the way their illinformed young boyfriends insist women's orgasms work. Consequently, some young women psych themselves out, convincing themselves that they're having orgasms while their boyfriends huff and

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