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"Our concrete memory of what Edmonton is now, we're at the last vestiges of that."



"If you think Pot of Gold is as good as it gets, you're in for a real treat when you taste a truffle from one of Edmonton's local, independent chocolatiers."



"There's always been a passion gap about climate change, even for the people who care about it."





"That Ayer managed to make a film even stupider than End of Watch is some kind of achievement."

"Sometimes I feel like the little kid brother in the scene, the guy that everybody has been pulling for."

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The right to die

Twenty years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that assisted suicide would remain illegal in Canada, the issue’s returned to them for a second verdict. First, some context: in Canada, euthanasia is broken down into two categories: passive euthanasia (which involves withholding live-preserving procedures in compliance with a dying patient’s wishes; mostly known as palliative care), which is legal, and active euthanasia (actively ending someone’s life because of the pain they’re in), which is not. Since active euthanasia’s last appearance in the highest court in the country, the idea of having the right to choose to die has been coming up more frequently: former Bloc Québécois member, the late Francine Lalonde, introduced Bill C-407 in 2005, which sought to legalize assisted suicide in Canada. It didn’t pass then, but in June of this year Quebec did pass right-to-die legislation. There are expectations for the ruling to be contested, but it’s the farthest headway that the idea has managed to make in the country’s political and legal systems thus far. Wanting to end one’s life is a deeply complicated scenario. There are no black-and-white answers in its deep moral ambiguity, which is part of the problem with Canada’s current blanket-no ruling: having catch-all legislation doesn’t treat an incredibly complicated and personal issue with the gravity and nuance it deserves. There are places and countries that do allow for active euthanasia—as close as Oregon, Washington and Montana, which have certain leniencies on the matter—each with its own strict guidelines on the matter. And to anyone interested in further informing themselves on the matter, as the debate rams up in the country, would be wise to watch, John Zaritsky’s documentary The Suicide Tourists, a heartbreaking but systematic and excellent overview of process in Switzerland (the only country where non-residents can apply for assisted suicide). It may not sway your opinion one way or another, but it shows how, even when assisted suicide is legal, it’s never taken lightly by anyone involved with the process. Which seems a far more honest and caring approach than any sort of single, nation-defining answer. V



Bolivia and Brazil

Despite similar economic upswings, their newfound prosperity is far from the same To nobody's great surprise, Bolivia's President Evo Morales has won a third five-year term by a landslide majority. It's no surprise because Bolivia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has tripled since he took office in 2006. The number of people living in poverty has fallen by a quarter, even the poorest now have the right to a pension, and illiteracy has fallen to zero. Of course he won. What has happened in Bolivia seems as miraculous as what happened in Brazil, where another left-wing president, Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, took office in 2003. The economy started growing at five percent a year, unemployment fell steeply, and some 40-million Brazilians, almost a quarter of the population, were lifted out of poverty. Lula's former chief of staff and successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, is also likely to win another term in office. Is there some secret they share? Many other South American economies have been growing fast too, but without the dramatic change in the distribution of income that has happened in Brazil and Bolivia. Even the late Hugo Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution" in Venezuela, for all its anti-imperialist rhetoric and despite the country's great oil wealth, has not delivered a comparable transformation in the lives of the poor. Evo Morales has another claim to fame, too. He comes from the poorest of the poor: "Until I was 14, I had no idea there was such a thing as underwear. I slept in my clothes... (which) my mother only removed for two reasons: to look for lice or to patch an elbow or a knee," he wrote in his recent autobiography. He spent only a short time in school, and he did not become fluent in Spanish until he was a young adult. Morales grew up speaking Aymara, one of the languages spoken by Bolivia's indigenous peoples. They are a two-thirds majority of the

country's population, but in almost 200 years of independence Morales is the first indigenous Bolivian to become president (all previous presidents were drawn from the 15-percent white minority). And his government passed a new constitution in 2009 that entrenches indigenous rights in politics and in law. So should we hail the arrival of a new and better model for economic growth and social justice? Unfortunately, no. The only economic secret that Lula, Dilma and Evo all share is that if you want the economy to grow, you must not frighten the horses.

Until I was 14, I had no idea there was such a thing as underwear. I slept in my clothes. The international markets got ready for a meltdown when Lula, a self-taught former trade union leader with a penchant for radical rhetoric, became president of Brazil, but he turned out to be the very soul of fiscal responsibility. And although Morales nationalized a large part of the Bolivian economy—oil, gas, tin and zinc mining and key utilities—he negotiated deals that compensated foreign investors and kept the markets happy. All the rest of it—things like Morales calling Barack Obama "an imperialist" at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last month, and Rousseff cancelling a scheduled state visit to the United States last year after Edward Snowden revealed that the US National Security Agency had been spying on her emails—simply doesn't worry serious investors so long as the numbers come out right and the financial and fiscal environment is predictable.

So Morales has not been punished by the markets for being a "socialist," and neither has Rousseff. Both still have strong support at home, too. Unlike Morales, Rousseff didn't get enough votes in the first round of the presidential election earlier this month to avoid a run-off on 26 October, but she will probably win again even though the Brazilian economy is now teetering on the brink of a recession. Despite all the similarities, however, comparing Brazil and Bolivia is rather like comparing apples and oranges here. Brazil has a very large and diversified internal market (fourth largest car-maker in the world, for example), and has 20 times as many people as Bolivia. The latter has an economy that is almost totally dependent on the export of commodities, mainly oil, gas and minerals. Bolivia's soaring GDP of the past decade, and the modest prosperity it has brought to what was South America's poorest country, is mostly fairy gold. What goes up usually comes down again eventually, and what drove Bolivia's GDP up was almost entirely rising commodity prices. When they come down again, so will the GDP, the government's income, and its ability to support even the sketchiest outline of a welfare state. In the meantime, Morales has spent the extra money wisely, and it will be very hard for any successor to abandon this kind of "social spending." He has also made it normal for Bolivia's indigenous majority to have a big say in policy decisions at the national level, and that too will be almost impossible to roll back. He has even built up big financial reserves to cope with falling commodity prices. But he has not really transformed the economy. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


Mandel and the Miz

Hospital comments show our former-mayor's inexperience with the provincial-health portfolio Last week, in the midst of the provincial by-election in Edmonton Whitemud, by-election candidate and current provincial Health Minister Stephen Mandel responded to a rally by the New Democrats demanding a new hospital in Edmonton's Southwest to replace the ailing Misericordia by stating that a new hospital is not imminent because more research is needed first. "It's a bit irresponsible to say let's just build because something has to be built," Mandel said. Instead, Mandel is proposing that the province spend $40 million to patch up the Misericordia—plagued by floods, leaks, mould, electrical failures, fly infestations and faulty elevators—to keep it "operational" for a couple more years while research is conducted on whether a replacement hospital is needed or not.


It's an interesting position for someone who, while mayor of Edmonton, didn't seem to care about studies, costbenefit analysis or research as he tirelessly promoted the city, spending over half a billion dollars to build a new arena for his wealthy friend Daryl Katz. In that instance, in response to Mandel's insistence that the province help fund the arena, then-justice minister Jonathan Denis asserted that "tax dollars are for things like hospitals, schools, roads and police—not professional sports arenas." Mandel responded that he and Denis had "a different view of society." Given that exchange, perhaps it's not surprising at all that Mandel was so quick, loud and persistent in his insistence on public dollars to build an arena in Edmonton, and so reluctant to endorse the building of a new hos-

pital. It actually provides a pretty clear and consistent indication of his "view of society" and what he thinks is truly important. What's more, Mandel's call for more research into the need for a hospital seems to completely ignore the fact that the province has been discussing and looking at replacing the Misericordia since at least 2007. Back in July, former health minister Fred Horne asserted that a new hospital to replace the Misericordia was at the top of the priority list, as it had by far "the most serious infrastructure issues in the whole Edmonton zone." Horne was clear that, "any discussion about whether it's reached the end of its useful life is moot. It's not debatable." Apparently Mandel, who has yet to be elected and has a grand total of one month's experience in the provincial

health portfolio, knows better. Our entire provincial health-care system is bursting at the seams. Wait times in our existing emergency rooms are nowhere near the province's own guidelines. At the Misericordia in particular, a temporary intensive care unit built 13 years ago that was supposed to be replaced within 18 months is still in use, and its emergency room is handling twice the number of patients a year for which it was designed. Every time there is a flood or mechanical break-down, entire units are forced to shut down and patients relocated. It is unclear what kind of research Mandel wants to see, but all of the evidence out there seems pretty overwhelming. The Misericordia needs to be replaced and it needs to be replaced quickly. A short term $40-million band-

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aid will only exacerbate the lack of capacity in Edmonton and will put the health of Edmontonians at greater risk. Voters in Edmonton Whitemud should make this a priority in the current byelection and make sure Mandel clearly explains his priorities and intentions visa-vis health care infrastructure. Failing that, perhaps they could convince Daryl Katz to phone Mandel and propose a private hospital that he would own and taxpayers would fund—maybe then he'd give up on more research and actually move to make it happen. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a nonpartisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta. The views and opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute.


Whose space is it anyway? As downtown development ramps up around the arena, questions of the core's new identity emerge

// Curtis Hauser


ast weekend, across the street from the new arena site, a hotel that has stood through 100 years of Edmonton's downtown history opened its doors to a new crowd, bringing home the reality that change in the neighbourhood is not two years away, but happening today. Denizen Hall opened its doors briefly for the Up + Downtown Festival. Crowds packed in on Saturday night to witness the lead singer of Pup hanging from the rafters, and a dance-pit swirl of people for Naomi Punk on Sunday. It was a packed soft opening for one of downtown's newest venues, which won't be open again until later in the month. But just two weeks, before a different party had been underway in the space, formerly the Richelieu Pub. Jenni Roberts, drummer for the band Tee-Tahs—which played Up + Downtown's final night in Denizen Hall—had been working on the renovations of the space just 10 days before. She ended up attending a small gathering at the pub that she realized was a farewell to the old bar that had been in the space. "They had roses and were having a gathering for the last time here. Lots of people were in and outside all day and came in to say goodbye to the place," she says. "It is a gathering place." The Grand Hotel, which came under new ownership last year, has witnessed more than a century of changes downtown since its original construction in 1904. "It's an important piece of our his-

tory," says Ian O'Donnell, the development committee chair with the Downtown Edmonton Community League. "It's evolved into something that has become a negative impact on the downtown." The area has seen its share of crime and challenges. Currently it houses about 70 residents, some of whom have lived there for years paying the monthly rent rate set at $575 for a shared bath, $55 for the night. Most are older working men, some work in and out of town. Now under new ownership the hotel will be witness to one of the largest projects in Edmonton's history just across the street, and the fate of those residents will be up in the air. "We've heard it's going to be a boutique hotel," says O'Donnell. "Displacement is always a challenge. We want to make sure that downtown is inclusive, it would be sad to not include people who want to experience downtown in their own way." For Roberts, as she realized the Richelieu Pub meant a lot to the people in the community already, and that the closure might affect regulars and the community, she felt the need to say something about her own band's performance in the space. Not that her complaint was in any way with the festival itself. "I didn't want to protest the festival," Roberts says. The Up + Downtown Festival being its own example of Edmonton's growing artistic collaborations, it's a dynamic draw to the downtown core,

that showcases the true creative capacity of Edmonton's music scene. "We all organize shows, and we all know how difficult that is. So we wanted to make it more about awareness instead of a call out and an attack," she says. So Tee-Tahs put out a statement that circulated on Facebook throughout the weekend that they, along with another band, would be forwarding their pay from the show to folks affected by recent changes to the Grand. Those changes are just one example of how quickly everything is evolving in the core, and with it, come questions of its emerging identity. The announcements of firsts for the city and what will become the 25-acre arena entertainment district have been coming rapidly as the fall 2016 opening deadline grows closer. In August Stantec announced it will construct Edmonton's tallest high rise at 224 metres. Last week Delta Hotels announced that it will build the first new four-star hotel in Edmonton's downtown in 30 years. "Our concrete memory of what Edmonton is now, we're at the last vestiges of that," says Todd Janes, executive director at the downtown artist-run centre Latitude 53. "In a year from now or even a couple years from now it's going to be vastly different." In amidst the announcements about tall towers and corporate offices are emerging art spaces and

local businesses. This past summer saw the opening of a new grocery store with the 104th Street Earth's General. The art and independent business space the OT Collective opened, and the hospitality industry continues to grow with new restaurants, adding over 800 seats to the dining scene, many of which are local and independent efforts. But that momentum may shift with over 215 000 square feet of retail space set to open up in two years. "The arena district won't have a lot of mom and pop shops," says O'Donnell. "It will have a more corporate presence." O'Donnell says there is a need for balance between corporate and local to draw those who want to go to a familiar chain-type of restaurant. "It's a bit of a catch-22. Often times when areas gentrify and become more successful there is a turnover in businesses," he adds. O'Donnell would like to see the two develop together, independent alongside the commercial. Although rents will be market driven, he believes the two can work together. "There will be a group of developers going after brand names, and they'll market to those," he says. "And there will be developers that will renovate older spaces and may be more suitable for independent businesses." Chelsea Boos runs The Drawing Room, an artist space with a focus on the idea of a collective. Its success in the year it's

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been open is evident in the renovations to expand their space on 97 Street. She's optimistic about the progressive leadership in The Quarters development. One project the city has set aside in the area is the Artists Quarters, with 64 live/work spaces. But Boos has begun thinking about what happens after the arena opens up. "I guess I'm a bit worried about where we're going to be in five years, when our lease comes up again," she says. It has Boos thinking about issues such as rent control. "The role [rent control] has in cities like Montréal where you have a really strong community of creative people because it's an affordable place to live and the only reason for that is because of rent control," she says. O'Donnell says the community league has worked hard with the city and the Katz Group to ensure not just street-level store fronts, but also a variety of spaces, with some smaller business units that a more local business could afford. "It's about ensuring diversity of size and space and location, to ensure we don't develop areas where you just have brand names," he says. The places that make Edmonton cool, says Janes, like a Credo or Duchess, need to be considered. "If people want to live here because its desirable it's important to think about how those businesses and artists will continue to make that area desirable." With all of the project announcements taking concrete form, Janes believes now is the time for the city to start getting to the business of asking for guarantees on ensuring a diversity of space is maintained. "If a developer wants a condo there needs to be an art piece or subsidized leasing opportunities," he says. "There could be square footage available to non profits." But for Boos, it's more than a concern over maintaining arts space or places for independent businesses. "I worry about the kind of displacement that we've seen already downtown and on 118 Avenue and any of these areas that are revitalized," says Boos. "What happens to the people who were there before? Are the plans inclusive enough to give people space enough to grow along with the community or are they thinly veiled attempts at gentrifying the neighbourhood?" The city holds regular public consultations on the multiple projects happening in the core. Even so: while spaces like the Grand—serving cheap draft in old mugs—might be a dying breed, Janes, and Boos, agree that the city council, and the urban design review board understand the ideas of sustaining the arts spaces, as well as maintaining a diversity of businesses. But Janes also notes that it can always use more work. "Individuals and groups need to be vigilant about reminding people of these things," says Janes. SAMANTHA POWER




The earth is shifting under women

Journalist Sally Armstrong has long told the stories of women facing human-rights crises


ally Armstrong has been writing developing countries and are ready to about the human-rights obstacles get involved. "When I started to think that the women face for the past few decades. But there was a time when people earth was shifting under the status of didn't want to women—you hear about rape Tue, Oct 21 (7:30 pm) know for 25 years I've had and abuse—the An Evening with Sally Armstrong mainstream media The Westin, $30 Tix on the Square nothing but bad news to rewouldn't publish port—I thought her stories—but maybe it's wishful thinking on my Armstrong told them anyway. She was in Sarjevo in 1992 when part, maybe it's not really happening. she first heard about rape camps But then I did the research and I knew and realized she had stumbled upon I was right. ... Imagine those girls in a headline story. But she wrote for Afghanistan, marching on the streets magazines at the time and there was of Afghanistan and the kinds of things a three-month wait to publish new they say; that 67 percent of the population is under the age of 30. They stories. "So I collected everything I could say, 'We didn't start a war, we didn't and brought it to Toronto and hand- fight in a war. We don't like these old ed it to a major news agency. I said, customs that hurt people.' And the 'Here. Give this to one of your report- kicker being: 'We want change and we ers. This is a huge story.' ... So I gave it have the tools to make change. We're to them and they never used it. And all on Facebook.' This is unheard of. they never used it because people Malala's unheard of. When Barack weren't interested in women's sto- Obama said he was sending strateries and that's the reason I wrote for gic advisers to Nigeria to find those magazines. Women's stories played girls, he made history because no one, on page 28 of a newspaper. So I no military, no government has ever ended up going back and doing that gone anywhere to rescue girls ever." story and I'm almost embarrassed to say that I won so many awards and I For many years, research has shown got so much attention for that story. that if women are educated the econI didn't get that story because I was omy of the entire village, nation or smarter than the other journalists, I country fares better. "In 1985 The World Bank did studies got it because the others weren't inpretty much all over the developing terested in it." Today stories like how 160 Kenyan world and they found out from those girls sued their government—and studies that if the girl child had some won—for not protecting them from education, some healthcare, certain rape, of the Nigerian girls who were things would happen immediately. kidnapped by Boko Haram, and of She would marry later, she would Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzia, who have fewer children and those chilwas shot in the head for speaking out dren would be healthier. And those about her life in Pakistan, make head- three items alone are enough to turn lines. Armstrong senses a change is the economy of a village around." Keeping women subjugated through happening; that people are now ready to hear about the plight of women in a lack of formal education is not

something Armstrong is willing to accept as just a cultural thing. In fact, she doesn't accept any practice that harms women's minds or bodies as something Westerners should stay quiet about. "I used to get backlash for saying things like (cultural traditions are no excuse for criminal behaviour) especially from cultural relativists who would tell me that female genital mutilation was none of my business, it was part of somebody else's culture. That's a lot of baloney. ... In Afghanistan, the women refer to their illiteracy as being blind. I said, 'Why do you call it being blind?' And this woman said to me, 'I couldn't read, so I couldn't see what was going on.'" In Canada we are fortunate to be able to talk about these issues in public without fear of retaliation—that's not to say Canada is without its own forms of subjugation. Consider the racism often affected towards our own First Nations people—and Armstrong will be sharing her insight and experiences when she's in town on Tuesday.



Visit Vue's website to read the entire interview with Sally Armstrong.

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ocolatiers talk their trade h c e i d In

Rebecca Grant The Violet Chocolate Company 17515 - 10 Avenue SW the-violet-chocolate-company. myshopify.com

VW: How did you get into chocolate? RG: I trained at NAIT in the Culinary

Program; after I finished my Red Seal I went to the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts in Toronto. I took a job at Kerstin's Chocolates for about three and a half years before she shut down, and then I bought all her equipment. Once I started in chocolate I just liked the challenge of it, because you can do so many different things. VW: What is the mark of a true chocolatier? RG: Being able to perfectly temper the chocolate, and being able to do it without any equipment—a lot of people just use tempering machines. VW: What makes your chocolate unique? RG: Because I have a culinary back-

Drop that Hedgehog—fine chocolate isn’t even in the same category as the mass-produced commercial stuff. Chocolate comes in a vast range of quality: if you think Pot of Gold is as good as it gets, you’re in for a real treat when you taste a truffle from one of Edmonton’s local, independent chocolatiers. You can quite literally taste the quality difference between their chocolates and anything you’ll pick up at the grocery store or from one of the chain chocolate shops around town. Vue spoke with a few of the city’s chocolate indies to find out what led them down the cocoa path and what separates their chocolates from the rest of the pack.

ground, I like taking the savoury side of things and pairing it with the sweet. A lot of my chocolate bars have really odd combinations: my bestseller is salt and vinegar chips. I just did a white chocolate Mediterranean bar with candied olives, sundried tomatoes and a mix of different Italian herbs. I have a caramelized onion truffle, and a habanero bar with hibiscus flowers; I've done stuff with wasabi, avocado, Pop Rocks. I have an award-winning honey rosemary bar and I grow the rosemary right at the studio. It's also all handmade traditionally on the big marble table in small batches; I don't have any heavy equipment. I take an allergy-friendly approach to my products: everything is gluten free, I don't use any preservatives and I limit any cross-contamination with nuts. VW: What's one thing you wish everyone knew about chocolate? RG: Chocolate is like wine, so depending on which region the chocolate comes from, it has very distinct flavour profiles, and that can enhance the experience of eating it. VW: What are some recent chocolate trends? RG: The savoury thing I've found is picking up. There's really been a trend for the pretty, more decorated chocolate, as opposed to just your typical milk

chocolate or brown chocolate. I've seen some others who are getting more into the fruity side of things again. Karey Spenst Choklat 8111 - 104 Street sochoklat.com

VW: How did you get into chocolate? KS: I was actually going back and forth

between opening a pet store or opening a chocolate store. I wanted to own my own business and do something different; something that just brought joy to other people. I've known Brad Churchill, who owns the brand and the original Calgary location, for about 15 years. When I decided to take a turn in my career, we started chatting and everything fell into place. VW: What is the mark of a true chocolatier?

KS: We are a chocolate maker and a chocolatier; everybody else is just a chocolatier. We import the beans and then we go through the six stages of making chocolate; everybody else imports their chocolate as a chocolate liquor or a complete chocolate state, and then they melt it down and work with it. We believe our customers should be able to decide what their chocolates are, versus the chocolatier crafting the chocolate and hoping someone will buy it and like it; it's about what the customer wants. VW: What makes your chocolate unique? KS: Quality. Choklat practices sustainable marketing and single origin–single estate, single bean, one type of bar. Single origin chocolate is very difficult to find. VW: What's one thing you wish everyone knew about chocolate? KS: People have no idea how distinctly different one bean can be from the next, and how incredibly flavourful a cacao bean is. If everybody knew how enjoyable one type of bean is, and that if you have good quality chocolate with good content in it, i.e. cocoa butter and cacao, and no other additives, you only need a little bit to satisfy you. VW: What are some recent chocolate trends?

KS: Definitely the whole marketing bizarreness around the health benefits of chocolate—raw chocolate and that sort of thing.

Dennis Yurkiwsky Chocolate Exquisite Mother's Market, 10251 - 109 Street (Friday – Sunday) chocolateexquisite.ca

VW: How did you get into chocolate? DY: I was working in accounting in

securities clearing and operations; at 41 I took my chef's training at George Brown. My pastry instructor was from France and he was a master in pastry and chocolate, and I was the only one he allowed to work with him. I didn't have a burning desire to do chocolate, but I found out two things: one, I was very good at it, and secondly I enjoyed it. I know I should be saying chocolate is my life's passion, but passion is for the young and inexperienced. I'm an old fart. When you're standing on your feet for 14, 16 hours, passion doesn't see you CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 >>

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through. It's the love of your work and the discipline that goes with it. VW: What is the mark of a true chocolatier? DY: People who have the ability to temper the chocolate properly to get a nice finish and the snap in the chocolate. Producing quality product, and then showing some taste and creativity. VW: What makes your chocolate unique? DY: I have a collection of single origin chocolate that I make, hand wrap and hand foil here—I'm not a reseller. I work with around 30 different varieties of chocolate. I do the truffles in the French tradition, filled with the classic ganache cream and chocolate. I also do very interesting mouldings; I hand paint with coloured cocoa butter. The only criticism I get is people say it's too beautiful to eat. And I remind them that this is what it should be—we were just trained to buy inferior products. VW: What's one thing you wish everyone knew about chocolate? DY: Not all chocolate is created equally. VW: What are some recent chocolate trends? DY: Oh, I don't know—it all comes and goes. Really there's nothing new in chocolate: over the centuries, or even over the millennia, everything has always been there. It all depends on the marketing. One is the consumption of chocolate with dry wine, and that is very, very trendy but it is not recommended by knowledgeable sommeliers because of the conflicts of tannin. Another is extreme flavours—they want to do something unique and in your face and all that, but the trouble is they're going more for the shock value and uniqueness, rather than what actually goes well with the chocolate. Brett Roy Sweet Lollapalooza Lower Level Commerce Place, 10155102 Street sweetlollapalooza.com VW: How did you get into chocolate? BR: I've worked with chocolate my

whole life, off and on in my career; I've


ular little boutique-style business that's popping up around North America. First it was coffee maybe 15, 20 years ago; now it's pretty much chocolate.

trained with the very best chocolatiers in the world. I've just always had a love affair with it, and I was lucky enough to be able to pursue it. I was a chef for about 25 years and on one of my work trips to New York I'd seen all these boutique chocolate stores in Manhattan. I said to myself, "One day that's something I'd like to do full-time." VW: What is the mark of a true chocolatier? BR: Passion. VW: What makes your chocolate unique? BR: We use rare cacao. We make it in very, very small batches. We try to just use dark chocolate; we don't use a lot of milk or white. I really want the chocolate to stand out; it's very easy to make something taste a certain flavour but it always still has to taste like chocolate. VW: What's one thing you wish everyone knew about chocolate? BR: It gives you pleasure! I think some people know that and some don't. I have been to some chocolate manufacturing facilities and the first one I went to, I thought the guy that was giving [the tour] was on Prozac, because he was grinning from ear to ear and he was just too happy. You do these tours, and the environment is so rich with endorphins in the air, that by the end of that tour the muscles in my cheek were hurting so much it wasn't funny. It's a lovely chemical reaction that you get when you consume it and you're around it. It keeps you happy! VW: What are some recent chocolate trends? BR: Mainly, the public is more aware of where it comes from and that it does have a little bit of some health benefits for you. A lot of people aren't aware that it's a fruit and that's becoming more known. It's just probably the most pop-

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W VW: How did you get into chocolate? JJ: I was living in New Zealand and I've

always been an entrepreneur; after my degree I trained as a chocolatier because I think chocolate makes people happy. So I trained as a chocolatier to run a fine chocolate business on a fashion business model—I call myself a coconista. VW: What is the mark of a true chocolatier? JJ: Someone who takes their craft seriously, who uses the freshest ingredients they can find, the real ingredients. A real chocolatier uses fine chocolate and doesn't always use the same chocolate for every piece. VW: What makes your chocolate unique? JJ: Every season we have a new collection of truffles and so we'll have a different muse every season. For example in Summer 2014 we wanted to explore colour and try to gastronomically represent what colour tastes like. So that was our muse; we chose six colours and wrote recipes we think sort of taste like those colours, so it's our interpretation. For Fall/Winter 2014 we're inspired by international desserts, so we listed out six countries and their traditional desserts, and created a recipe to reflect that in chocolate. Our flavours are very contemporary, very different and they are only around seasonally. VW: What's one thing you wish everyone knew about chocolate? JJ: The difference between confectionary and fine chocolate, and where that value lies, because it is much more expensive, but why—what makes it different and better. VW: What are some recent chocolate trends? JJ: I think the blonde chocolate is really sort of catching on. Blonde chocolate is caramelized white chocolate; it's sort of a new category. We really do our own thing; we don't really look at what other chocolatiers are doing because we find it really stifles what we're doing.

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hen it comes to chocolate, raw is not better. The raw food diet is one of many recent food crazes, and it works pretty much exactly as it sounds: raw foodists eat only raw foods, foregoing anything that has been cooked or heated above a certain temperature (typically between 40C to 49C). One of the most popular iterations of raw foodism is raw veganism, though some adherents eat raw animal meats, too. Proponents argue that cooking destroys vital nutrients and enzymes in food, and that raw food is more nutritious and "natural" for humans—more akin to what our early ancestors subsisted upon. The health benefits of chocolate have been thoroughly researched and supported by numerous studies. Raw foodists argue that raw chocolate is just that much better, but others warn that raw chocolate carries a significant risk. "Ninety-nine percent of the time it's not actually raw chocolate, because if it was you'd be dead," says Karey Spenst, owner of Edmonton chocolate-making company Choklat. "There's so much E. coli and bacteria that would come through on those beans." Chocolate is made by drying, fermenting, roasting and grinding cacao beans, and then mixing the resulting "liquor" with fat and sugar to create the chocolate products we know and love. Raw chocolate producers alter this process, drying the beans in the sun and skipping the roasting step. They claim that their chocolate never reaches temperatures much higher than 40C. Yet, a crucial early step in chocolate making is fermenting, a process that produces heat. "The beans are fermented, and when foods are fermented they reach a temperature of about

50 degrees Celsius, so it's no longer raw," argues Spenst. "For the most part, people are buying cocoa nibs, not raw chocolate—unless you're down at a plantation pulling it right out of the pod." Fermented foods are allowed under a raw food diet, presumably even if they reach higher temperatures than are usually permissible, so this is the loophole under which chocolate can be included in a raw food diet. Plus, the term "raw" is completely unregulated on food labels in Canada, so pretty much anything can be labelled as such. Roasting is an integral part of why chocolate tastes like chocolate; skipping this step means that raw chocolate tastes quite a bit different than regular chocolate, and not in a good way. Raw chocolate is unpleasantly bitter, one-dimensional and lacks the signature silky mouthfeel that makes chocolate so pleasurable. Much scarier than this, though, is that roasting also destroys the mycotoxins present in raw cacao—toxic molds that are carcinogenic and immunosuppressive, and can cause birth defects, nerve and kidney damage. Finally, there are absolutely no scientific studies supporting the claim that raw chocolate is more nutritious than regular chocolate; in fact, they show just the opposite: prolonged consumption of raw cacao is deleterious to one's health, if not outright fatal. There's no question most of us aren't eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables as we should, and that a diet rich in whole foods is much healthier than one based on processed food. But when it comes to chocolate, skip the raw stuff.




FAQ: Chocolate What is chocolate? Chocolate is the processed form of the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), a tropical evergreen native to the Amazon basin. Humans have been consuming chocolate in some form (originally it was liquid) for over three millennia.

comprised of cocoa mass, vanilla and sometimes other natural or artificial flavourings. Milk chocolate contains milk in the form of powder or condensed milk. White chocolate does not have any cocoa solids and is instead comprised of cocoa butter, sugar and milk.

How is chocolate made? Cacao pods are picked when ripe and cracked open to reveal the bitter seeds surrounded by sweet pulp. These seeds are fermented to reduce their bitterness and then dried, roasted and winnowed (the outer shell is removed, leaving behind cocoa nibs). The nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is often liquefied into chocolate liquor and can be separated into its two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Different types of chocolate have different proportions of cocoa solids to butter.

Where does chocolate come from? Cacao trees originated in the Amazon basin and are now grown throughout the world, but only in regions within 20 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator. Major cacao producers include most Central American countries and those in the northern part of South America, various islands throughout the Caribbean and Indonesia, along Africa's Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

What are the ingredients of chocolate? In its purest form, fine chocolate is only comprised of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar and usually vanilla. Most mass-produced commercial chocolate contains milk and soy lecithin, an emulsifier that makes the ingredients blend together more easily and reduces the need for as much cocoa butter (which is very costly); very cheap chocolate will substitute other types of fat for cocoa butter. A vast array of additional flavour components (both real and artificial) can be added to produce chocolate of innumerable tastes. What are the main types of chocolate? Dark chocolate contains very little sugar—or none, in the case of unsweetened baking chocolate; it is

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in the product and generally indicate the intensity of the chocolate flavour and amount of sugar; higher percentages usually mean more chocolate flavour and less sugar. However, these percentages may be misleading and you must read the ingredients to determine the actual amount of cacao in the product.

Is chocolate healthy? Yes. Fine dark chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium and antioxidants, and has numerous confirmed health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health (it hasn't been proven yet that it reduces the risk of heart attacks, but we can all hope). Chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium and is anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic; it lowers the risk of Alzheimer's, reduces glaucoma symptoms, improves gastrointestinal flora and—perhaps most importantly—reduces stress hormones. However, the health benefits of mass-produced commercial chocolate, especially non-dark varieties, are limited at best and are often far outweighed by the negative impact of their high sugar content.

Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of chocolate (and virtually no mass-produced commercial chocolate) is Fairtrade.

What about European chocolate like Belgian or Swiss? These refer to different cultural expressions of processed chocolate, not the actual origin of it. Is it cocoa or cacao? Both. Cacao is the name for the tree from which we get chocolate's raw material. Cocoa is an Anglicization of cacao, and is often applied to processed cacao products (cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, cocoa powder). What does the % stand for on chocolate labels? Percentages on chocolate labels refer to the amount of cacao (cocoa mass)

Does chocolate contain caffeine? Yes, but only a little and usually not enough to give you a buzz: a typical milk chocolate bar has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf; dark chocolate bars average around the same amount of caffeine as a cup of regular coffee.

What is Fairtrade chocolate? Under Fairtrade certification, cocoa producers receive a minimum price for their product, a premium to invest in social and economic initiatives in their communities, access to lines of credit, maintenance of environmental standards and protection against forced labour of any kind. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of chocolate (and virtually no mass-produced commercial chocolate) is Fairtrade; 90 percent of the world's cocoa supply is grown and harvested on small family farms earning an annual income of less than $100 USD per household member. These farmers are often cut off

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from the market and forced to negotiate with intermediaries who pay only a fraction of the actual value of their crop. Historically, cocoa plantations were based on slave and child labour, conditions that still exist in some cocoa regions today—hence the serious need for the widespread enforcement of Fairtrade practices. Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? No, at least not officially—there aren't any medical studies supporting the widespread and enduring claim that chocolate increases the libido. But if it works for you, go for it. MEL PRIESTLEY




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An unlikely match

Chocolate beer satisfies two very different cravings

// Meaghan Baxter


Beer and chocolate are not normally viewed as a good mix. Beer is known for its graininess and hop bitterness, neither of which are particularly well-matched to chocolate—some darker beers do pair well with chocolate, but the options are quite limited. Yet, while chocolate and beer may seem destined to mismatch, this is not necessarily the case: a number of beers offer a chocolate character to a degree that might surprise you. Most don't actually use chocolate in the beer-making process, however, as chocolate's oils play havoc with beer. Instead, a number of specialty malts can replicate chocolate flavours and aromas. If the brewer kilns the malted barley in just the right away, he can draw out chocolate-like flavours, and if this malt is added to the mash, the beer gains a lovely chocolate character without the addition of actual chocolate. Some brewers may opt to add cocoa as this is less troublesome, but it must be mixed with the proper malts to create the same silky, dark sweetness. Take a stab at Young's Double

Chocolate Stout as a starting point. This English beer is a bit middling for a stout, but it has a rich, dark chocolate character that makes you feel like you are sipping on a Cadbury Burnt Almond chocolate bar. Another chocolate-forward beer is Phillips Longboat Porter, from Victoria, BC. The aroma is all about chocolate; in taste the chocolate is present immediately before a soft molasses and slight roast kicks in. The beer may finish a bit too thin, but that aroma is worth the price of admission alone. A local entry in the chocolatebeer sweepstakes is Amber's Chocolate Stout, which is brewed at Hog's Head Brewing in St Albert. It is not really noteworthy as a stout, but it has a notable dusty cocoa character that accents the dark malts and will appeal to fans of dark chocolate. Sometimes the chocolate flavour in beer is intended as a secondary characteristic, rather than the dominant one. A good example is Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero from Massachusetts, which offers

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a whole lot more than chocolate: cinnamon, vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel and, believe it or not, hot chili pepper. In this case the chocolate is both a supporting character and a saving grace that balances the spice.

The final stop in any beer and

chocolate exploration has to be Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout from New York. Clicking in at 10 percent alcohol, it is an intense experience that starts with deep coffee, molasses and burnt almond flavours, which keep evolving and bring out a dimension of bitter chocolate and dark fruit. None of these beers have any real chocolate added. The brewers manage the same flavour profile with other ingredients, demonstrating that beer is an unbelievably versatile beverage. So, got a chocolate craving? Open a good chocolate beer. V Jason Foster is the creator of onbeer.org, a website devoted to news and views on beer from the prairies and beyond.





A CALL FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE Naomi Klein parallels economy and environment in This Changes Everything


ome may shy away from the 533-pages of Naomi Klein's new book on the economy and the environment, but to do so would Mon, Oct 20 (7 pm) be to miss out on some of Naomi Klein her most personal writing. Winspear Centre, $15 – $20 "I needed to name what I was going through, bePart of Litfest cause there was this paralThu, Oct 16 – Sun, Oct 26 lel journey for me," Klein Schedule at litfestalberta.com says, a few weeks before her talk at the Winspear as part of Litfest. As she was researching This Changes Everything, touring BP spill sites, talking to chemical engineers and environmental clean-up crews, she was also struggling with lost pregnancies. "I wasn't sure I was going to include it," she says. "But I do think that the reason why I included it in the end, [climate change] is so big that we need ways to make it small." From macroeconomic decisions at an international level to debates on the floor of the UN and large-scale protests in cities around the world, we are surrounded by the climate change issue at almost every moment. "We watch viral videos of tens of thousands of walruses that are being driven onto beaches," says Klein. "This is how we're wasting time at work, and we don't have spaces to talk about how it's affecting us. There is an emotional side to it." In providing her own story of pregnancy loss, she says, mothers now want to share their stories with her. In Klein's own struggle, she removed herself from the daily madness of her life as an activist, writer and filmmaker, and took on the challenge of living small. "For the first time I let my frequent

flyer status lapse," she says. She never felt healthier. Klein's personal struggle doesn't appear until half way through the book, but the theme of connectivity, and our inability to make those connections, is found throughout. Admitting that she is late to the climate change debate, her work has focused primarily in economics, researching the connections between trade and labour and the effects of globalization. But what Klein came to realize is that that is the very connection global leaders—and even the environmental movement—has avoided making since early on in the climate change debate. Klein describes the parallel but separate movements that created the international free-trade system we know today, and the major climate negotiations of the past 20 years. In 1992, for example, governments signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which has formed the basis of future negotiations. In the same year, NAFTA was signed, and the WTO's negotiations were finalizing in 1994. The parallel processes failed to consider each other. Trade liberalization has put restrictions on buying and creating local, which is a cornerstone for creating sustainable, green industries in wind and solar. As Klein quotes of Ilanan Solomon, the trade analyst for the Sierra Club: "In order to combat climate change, there's a real need to start localizing our economies again, and thinking about how and what we're purchasing and how it's produced." Klein tells us it is time to start treating climate change as the crisis that it is, instead of dealing with the fallout

of its after-effects in billion-dollar hurricane relief efforts and insurance claims. Dramatic changes need to occur to the ways we have structured the economy around corporate freedom and trade liberalization, she writes. It's a big ask for people who still watch their politicians debate the legitimacy of climate science to begin with. But Klein is hopeful, as the climate movement begins to change, that conversations about economic justice can really start to take shape. "There's always been a passion gap about climate change even for the people who care about it," Klein says. "It's a small constituency for whom it's the most pressing issue. And that is why I think it's so critical for climate action to be tied to an economic justice agenda; the call should not be for climate action but climate justice." The movement is diversifying as well. Attending the protests outside the United Nations in New York this September, Klein was excited by the diversity in the crowd of over 310 000 people. "It was the most racially and economically diverse crowd I've been to," she says. "The streets were filled with lower class and middle class people who felt the threat directly, whether it was homes destroyed by super storm sandy, or kids with asthma." It's evidence that people are seeing the effect of climate change, and may potentially be willing to look at the real crisis that exists there. "What we call apathy is not disinterest; it's that we care so much that we can't bare to look," she says. "But if everything needs to change, we're going to have to start." SAMANTHA POWER





t's very, very valuable to have nonnormative bodies on stage," Brooke Leifso says. "It makes us realize how much we don't have that in culture, whether it be other intersections like race, or gender, or non-normative bodies, what have you. And so by actually having our bodies onstage, it's inherently a political act." Around Leifso sit Lindsay Eales, Danielle Peers and Kelsie Acton, gathered at a table in the University of Alberta's Education building, considering the statement and its implications. As members of the Mindhive Collective and CRIPSiE dance—the former a theatre company devoted to radical art that gives voice to those we don't often hear from, the later doing something similar with movement and dance—it's the sort of thing they've all been deeply aware of, and working with, for some time now. "There's bodily difference, and inher-

ent bodily difference, but that it's when we can't get up stairs, or we can't access education systems, or transportation systems, that that's the point at which bodies that are different become disabled," Eales adds. "And that there's a lot of joy and possibility in non-normative bodies. But there's a lot of oppression that comes when your body doesn't fit an idealized norm." These ideas are coalescing in (Dis) integration, a trio of movement works exploring that mix of personal and political that emerges when we see non-normative bodies on stage. "Swallowed the Fly" sees Eales exploring madness, medicalization, and "how my body moves in and through experiences of madness, but also in and through a medical system around psychiatry," she says. The second, "Unraveling the Dis/ abled," is a solo by Leifso that finds her unpacking her mild Cerebral Palsy diag-

nosis, and how it's shaped her identity and perspective. The third, bringing Acton, Peers and Eales together on stage, is "(Dis)integrated Dance," a movement piece exploring how "different combinations of tools and bodies make us move," Acton says. In presenting all of this, they're hoping to open up the broader dialogue about the narratives we cast on our own and others bodies, as well as dissolve some of the stereotypes—they're very cautious about perpetuating what's perhaps the most common disability narrative: inspiration. "I think one of the interesting things about inspiration is it always starts from a place of pity," Peers explains. "If you listen to the stories, people say, 'Oh my God you're so inspiring' … It's a compliment like, 'Oh, you don't play like a girl.' It's part of that story

which has to do with the belittling of disabled lives before you can hold up one of them. So undoing that a bit, and celebrating and exploring our lives as they are—which is difficult and beautiful and nuanced—as opposed to tragic, and then overcoming." Accessibility is part of the show's esthetic, they note, and not just in terms of content: the cost is pay what you can, with a resolute promise that nobody will be turned away for financial reasons. Close captioning and visual description are available nightly, and childcare can be provided at the theatre upon request. There's also ASL interpretation for the October 17 performance, and bus tickets available to those who require them for transport. While the focus is on representing the non-normative, both Mindhive and CRIPSiE have found their works to have deeper resonance with a wider popu-

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Thu, Oct 16 – Sat, Oct 18 (8 pm) PCL studio at ATB Financial Arts Barns, Pay what you can lation than just those who find themselves outside the norm. "It's a common saying in disability work that there's two kinds of people: there's people who experience disability, and then there are the temporary able-bodied," Acton says. "We're all going to experience difference within our body and our minds as we age. In addition, we've talked a little bit about the intersectionality of gender and sexuality. And so every single human out there experiences, or has particular narratives put on them because of their bodies. I think there's a lot of room for people to see themselves, and also to see how they might also have stories put on them, in the work." PAUL BLINOV






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ever have the lights go out on what the three-dimensional equivastage unless when they come lent of a two-dimensional cardback up, you've got an elephant or board character becomes." a dead body," David Johnston says. When it's a play about hardboiled Johnston went for a cinematic feel detectives you can bet those lights in staging the show; it was imperawill be shining on a body. Wal- tive for him to maintain the script's terdale Theatre's season-opening snappy pacing by avoiding any lags between scene show plunges changes. deep into the "I hate having seedy depths of Until Sat, Oct 25 (7:30 pm) pauses in the the noir genre Directed by David Johnston play that you with And Then, Walterdale Theatre, $12 – $18 can get bored The Lights Went in," he says. "Even Out, a play written by Edmonton-born Andy Gar- though we need to jump from Point land. The script follows a detective A to Point B, I don't want to disrupt novelist who's got a crippling case the flow. [Garland]'s writing is very of writer's block and has to finish snappy and very quick and has such a book by the morning; the other an arc to it that stopping it is really half of the story takes places inside killing, in a lot of ways." Of course, those lights do have this novel, a noir thriller full of private dicks, hulking henchmen and to go out from time to time—it's right there in the play's title, after femme fatales. "He just churns out one after all. But the script is also all about another, these thick, pulpy pa- the creative act, from multiple perperbacks full of genre tropes and spectives. "I really love genre tropes but I stereotypes," says Johnston, who first read the play when Garland also love stories that talk about finished it a couple years ago and the creative act," says Johnston. has been waiting for an opportu- "This is a dramatization of the actunity to direct it. "We sort of steer al process of creating a story from into the skid of how flat the char- the perspective of the creator, but acters are originally, but having also from the rarely-seen perspecthose baseline characters that ev- tive of the creation, because all eryone knows means that then you these characters have a direct line can start developing them in some to the master of their fate." really interesting ways—you can MEL PRIESTLEY MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM see what happens if you figure out

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Fri, Oct 17 & Sat, Oct 18 (8 pm) Sun, Oct 19 (2 pm) Directed by Kate Ryan Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, $23

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ate Ryan is trapped in the forties. The 1940s, that is, and all the dancing, swinging and show tuning immortalized by the dazzling icons of this Hollywood golden era. Ryan has worked on three previous shows set in the time period, including The Swingin' Sisters Club, which ran in 2012 at Fort Edmonton Park's Capitol Theatre. After the Capitol requested another show from this era, Ryan enlisted choreographer Jason Hardwick to create Friends

of the Forties, a celebration of one particular facet of the '40s: USO shows. "I guess as an artist, I find it really inspiring to read the stories and hear these songs that have been developed and performed by these artists that went to every corner of the world to perform for the troops," Ryan says. The United Service Organizations (USO) was founded during the Second World War to provide live entertainment to military troops

and their families; it was revived in the 1950s during the Korean War and has existed ever since. "It was almost a selfless attitude; they did anything that they could with their artistry to help the world," she says. "To lift the spirits of the world, because everyone was in such a place of fear and losing hope." Friends of the Forties follows the cabaret-style format of the original camp shows, which were performed by artists overseas on makeshift

stages in dangerous conditions near or inside combat zones. The show will feature singing, dancing and comedy sketches styled after famous USO artists like Bob Hope (who performed over 100Â 000 USO shows), Vera Lynn, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and the Andrew sisters. The aim was definitely to recapture the original spirit that infused these shows, as opposed to interpreting them for a contemporary audience. (For that, one simply needs to YouTube Katy Perry or Ste-

phen Colbert's recent USO tours.) "I was reading about Franklin Roosevelt and what his thoughts were on this, because there was a lot of money that had to make this happen, to fly these people over," Ryan says. "He was a bit leery at first because it cost so much, but later he was quoted saying, 'Entertainment is always a national asset, invaluable in times of peace, it is now indispensable in wartime.'"




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Convocation Hall, U of A • Hossam Ramzy (percussion), Serena Ramzy (dance), music with Emile Basili, El Gamal El Kordi, U of A’s Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble • Oct 24-25, 8-10pm • $25 (student)/$50 (adult)

TIBETAN PEARLS: THE PAINTED MEMORIES OF CHOEGYAL RINPOCHE: Paintings by Choegyal Rinpoche; until Nov 1 • Ageless Art: Impressions & Ink; Oct 16, 1-3pm; for mature adults; $15/$13.50 (Arts & Heritage member) • Art Ventures: Canadian Countryside; Oct 18, 1-4pm; drop-in art program for children ages 6-12; $6/$5.40 (member)

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EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave, 780.453.9100 • Hollywood Icons Fall 2014 Series • Teacher’s Pet (1958, PG); Oct 20, 8pm FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley Milner Library , 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • The Good German, 2006, 14A; Oct 17, 2pm • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008, PG; Oct 24, 2pm HOME MOVIE DAY • Provincial Archives of Alberta,

8555 Roper Rd • Sharing your home movies, meet with Conservators and Archivists • Oct 18, 12-4pm • Free

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780.425.9212 • Alberta Eugenics Awareness Week: Surviving Eugenics in the 21st Century: Our Stories Told; Canada 2014, Oct 20, 7pm • Science in the Cinema: Shake Hands with the Devil, 14A disturbing content, Oct 16, 6:30pm; free • Reel Family Cinema: School of Rock: Oct 18, 2pm, free (child 12 and under) • Dedfest Festival: Maniac Cop, Oct 21, 7pm; Bloody Knuckles, 18A, Oct 21, 9pm; Hybrid Moments, 18A, Oct 22, 7pm; Maniac Cop 2, Oct 22, 9:30pm; Killers, 18A, Oct 16, 7pm; The Drownsman, 18A, Oct 16, 9:30pm • Skiers Film Fest: Unicorn Picnic’s, and Pretty Faces, 14A, Oct 17, 7pm • PBP's Twenty, and Level I's Less, Oct 18, 8pm • Edmonton Movie Club: Apur Panchali, STC, Oct 19, 2pm



General Store–DT, 10150-104 St • Forks Over Knives; Oct 18, 7-9pm • Free; pre-register, vofa.ca


780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: FRONTIERS–CASTING THE FUTURE: Matt Heide's journey from Saskatchewan to Alberta; until Oct 18 • BUBBLE INVASION: Jie Yang's Bubble-ware Series; until Oct 18 • CAFFEINE: Robin DuPont and Sarah Pike, two BC potters, explore the theme of ‘caffeine’ and the rituals around it

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • STRANGE DREAM: Artworks by Jill Stanton; until Dec 31 • TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND LA VIE MODERNE: PARIS 1880-1910: explores life, art and culture in turn-of-the-century Paris, through the work of Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries; until Nov 16 • A MOVING IMAGE: until Jan 4 • 90 X 90: CELEBRATING ART IN ALBERTA: Part 2: Oct 24-Jan 4, 2015 • BMO World of Creativity: WORLD OF BOO: Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan; until Apr 16, 2015 • RBC New Works Gallery: AMY MALBEUF: KAYÂS-AGO: Large-scale installation; until Nov 16 • Ledcor Theatre: Contemporary Art 101: Film & Video: Loss in the Dark with Dr. William Wood; Oct 15, 7pm; $15/ $8 (member), incl gallery admission/free (Ultra/Curator’s Circle Members/Artist Patrons) • Art For Lunch : Paris and the Belle Epoque: 1880-1910, with Meaghan Froh; Oct 16 • All Day Sundays: A Beautiful Age; Oct 19, 12-4pm • Late Night Wednesdays: Every Wed, 6-9pm AGSA • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • 60


MCPAG–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain • Paintings by Donna Miller • Until Oct 29 MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • JOINING UP!: Our Men and Women in the First World War; until Nov 16 • BRIGADIERGENERAL RAYMOND BRUTINEL: And the Motor Machine Gun Brigade; until Nov 16

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave,

780.432.0240 • Main: THIS ONE GOES OUT TO THE ONE I LOVE: Works by Krista Acheson; until Nov 15 • Artisan Nook: PEN TO PAPER + + : Group exhibit; until Nov 13 • Vertical Space: WHAT COLOUR IS LOVE?: Paintings by Jude Ifesieh; until Nov 15 • Receptions: Oct 16, 6-9pm



9225-118 Ave, 780.474.7611 • A VIEW FROM INSIDE: Artists involved in Alberta Correctional Services • Until Oct 31

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • GEOMETRICS: Sheila Luck; until Oct 21


PICTURE THIS GALLERY • 959 Ordze Rd, Sherwood

Park, 780.467.3038 • Paintings by Jonn Einerssen and soapstone sculptures by Vance Theoret • Until Nov 8




WHITEMUD LIBRARY • 4211-106 St • Monthly film

series presented by the John Humphrey Centre for Human Rights and Whitemud Library • Do the Rights Thing: Standing Up for Human Rights in History. Discussion to follow • Oct 19, 2pm

LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St, 780.423.5353 • LAND

MCMULLEN • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St,


Iceland changed the way we think about the world; film director, Eileen Jerrett, will introduce the film and engage in a post-film discussion • Oct 21 • Free

LANDO • 103, 10310-124 St, 780.990.1161 • Works by

LOFT GALLERY • AJ Ottewell Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 790.449.4443 • ACACA ALBERTA WIDE ART SHOW: Presented by the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association

SUGAR FOOT SWING DANCE • Sugar Swing, 10545-81 Ave, 587.786.6554 • 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


tre, 10831 University Ave, 109 St, 78 Ave, 780.433.5807 • POTPOURRI: Works by Cliff and Rosemarie Cunningham, Peter Letendre, and Mike Yamada • Until Oct 29

OF LOVE: DEPICTION OF ORIGINAL PERSIAN ART: Local paintings and calligraphy showcasing the culture of Iran • Opening: Oct 17, 7-10pm featuring live Persian music • Oct 17-25

FRIENDS OF THE FORTIES • Fort Edmonton • Song

Horror Picture Shows (double feature): Horror of Dracula, and House of Wax • Oct 23, 7:30pm

HARCOURT HOUSE • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.426.4180 • Main Space: MAGNETIC FIELDS: Works by Brigitta Kocsis • Front Room: WHAT SECRET KNOWLEDGE LAY BENEATH YOUR SKIN: Works by Mike Binzer; until Oct 17 • Main Space: Artist in Residence Sara French explores how Visual Art is portrayed in the newspaper • Front Room: INHERITED NARRATIVES: Photo installations with performances that questions the structure of narrative • Oct 23-Nov 28

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A Halloween Improv Special October 30 8pm WWW.FORTEDMONTONPARK.CA DU CORBEAU: Works by Claude Boocock; Oct 18-Nov 23 • Boutique: Sculptures by Rénauld Lavoie

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St, 780.760.1278 • INTRODUCING....: Katerina Mertikas, Tara Higgins, Blu Smith, and Veronica Funk; until Oct 18 • TASTING WITH YOUR EYES: Works by Carmen Gonzalez; Oct 24-Nov 14

GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park,

DC3 ART PROJECTS • 10567-111 St, 780.686.4211 •

306'ERS A WAVE FROM SASKATCHEWAN: Works by Amalie Atkins, Ruth Cuthand, David Garneau, Zachari Logan, Clint Neufeld, Alison Norlen, and Laura St. Pierre • Oct 18 • Opening: Oct 18, 3-8pm

DIXON GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave, 780.200.2711 • Richard Dixon’s Studio and Gallery featuring a collection of historical Canadian artworks DOUGLAS UDELL • 10332-124 St • DOROTHY

KNOWLES: CANADIAN LANDSCAPES • Oct 25-Nov 8 • Opening: Oct 25, 2-4pm


780.410.8585 • PERCEPTUAL DISORDERS: Large scale paintings by Julian Forrest • Until Oct 26

GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St

Albert, 780.459.2525 • Watercolours by Rhea Plouffe • Until Oct 27

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main

Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • Gallery Walls: RUST WORKS: Photographs by Darrin Hagen; until Oct 31 • Display Cases: Edmonton Potters’ Guild present ceramic works • Through Oct

GALLERY WALK–Edmonton • Gallery Walk Galleries: Bugera Matheson, Daffodil, Scott, Bearclaw, Front, Udell, Lando, Peter Robertson, West End • Oct 18-19, 10-5 on Sat • 12-4 on Sun

780.453.9100 • Orientation Gallery: FINDING PLACE: EXPLORING HOME THROUGH FIELD JOURNAL ART: Dr Lyn Baldwin's work • Until Nov 30

ST, 780.863.4040 • Tue Book Talk: Oct 21, 8pm by Dion Bews, Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics by E. F. Schumacher; tuesdaynightbooktalk@gmail.com

LITFEST • Alberta Aviation Museum: Polar Winds;:

Oct 17, 6pm • ARTery: Book launch of Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story by Peter Midgley, Oct 19, 7pm • Nonfiction Story Slam; Oct 22, 7:30pm • CBC Centre Stage: Spotlight on Rudy Wiebe: Oct 17, 12pm; free • Convocation Hall Student Lounge: CLC Brown Bag Reading Series: And Then There Were Nuns with Jane Christmas; Oct 22, 12pm • Festival Place: The Great Escape: Oct 16, 7:30pm; $20 • Glasshouse Bistro, Enjoy Centre: Food Matters: Oct 18 , 5pm • Kids In The Hall Bistro, City Hall: Me, My Selfie, and I; Oct 23, 5:30pm • St Albert Library: Jane Christmas: Oct 24, 7pm • Stanley Milner Library Theatre/Centennial Rm: Savour the Words: Michele Genest, Oct 18, 9am • Conversations with a Dead Man, Oct 18, 7pm • Just Words, Oct 19, 2pm • Counting Teeth book launch, Oct 19, 7pm • NeWest Celebrates Rudy Wiebe, Oct 21, 7pm • The Social Life of Ink, book launch, Oct 22, 7pm • And Home Was Kariakoo, Oct 23, 7:30pm • Free Magic Secrets, Oct 24, 7pm • Strathcona County Library: Michele Genest; Oct 18, 1:30pm; Time Out: Oct 23, 7pm • Wildrose Rm, Lister Conference Centre: Educated Luncheon: Counting Teeth: Storytelling, Writing and Travel; Oct 22, 12pm • Winspear: This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein; Oct 20, 7pm; $25 (adult)/$10 (student)

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St, 780.902.5900 • Spoken Word Tuesdays: Weekly spoken word night presented by the Breath In Poetry Collective (BIP); info: E: breathinpoetry@gmail.com SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS BOOK CLUB • Second Cup–Oliver Sq, 11640-104 Ave • Discuss books

dealing with atheism/religion and related topics: Braintrust, What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality (Chapter 5 to the end), by Patricia S Churchland • Oct 19, 7pm

STARFEST–St Albert • St Albert Readers’ Festival; Oct

17-Nov 3 • St Albert Library, 5 St Anne St: Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee series; Oct 17, 7pm; $5 • Susanna Kearsley and Eva Stachniak read from their recent works; Oct 18, 2pml $5 • Padma Viswanathan talks with Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail; Oct 19, 2pm; $5 • Jane Christmas, author of travel memoir with host Anne Bailey; Oct 24, 7-8:30pm; $5 • Arden Theatre, 5 St Anne St: Joseph Boyden in conversation with Diana Davidson; Oct 23, 7pm; $10

STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY • 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • Time Out: Liane Shaw shares stories that will inspire teachers and parents; Oct 23, 7-8pm; $10/$5 (student) at TIX on the Square • Soiree Of Short Stories: readings by Astrid Blodgett, Audrey Whitson, and Jasmina Odor in County Council Chambers; Oct 24, 7-9pm; pre-register UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • Poets’ Haven Reading Series: Every Mon, 7pm; Stroll of Poets Society • $5 (door) WORD ON THE SQUARE • Churchill Sq • Tue at noon, Ted Bishop with Michael Hingston present local authors reading and discussing their work • Danielle MetcalfeChenail w/ host Michael Hingston on Oct 21, 12-1pm

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • Abstract works by


Gallery Walk: Oct 18, 10am-5pm; Oct 19, 12-4pm

AND THEN, THE LIGHTS WENT OUT… • Walterdale, 10322-83 Ave • By Andy Garland, directed by David Johnston • Until Oct 25

Harold Feist; Oct 17-Nov 8; opening: Oct 17, 7-9pm • Fall

SNAP • Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-

121 St, 780.423.1492 • LIFEBOATS: Works by Patrick Mahon • Artist Talk: Oct 23, 5:15pm, U of A, FAB, Rm 2-20 • Community Gallery: NOT MY CLOTHES: Works by Brittney Roy • Oct 23-Nov 22 • Opening: Oct 24, 7-9pm, artist in attendance

SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY • 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.0664 • Main Gallery: Photography Show; until Oct 25 • Fireplace Room: Malissa Lea; through Oct TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • GPS

ADVENTURES CANADA EXHIBITION: Combining technology, nature, and hidden treasure; until Jun 1, 2015 • INDIANA JONES™ AND THE ADVENTURE OF ARCHAEOLOGY: until Apr 6, 2015; $26.50 (adult)/$19.50 (child 3-12)/$23.50 (youth 13-17)/student/senior) • Dark Matters: adults only night: Oct 23, 7pm • LUMEN: Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of TELUS World of Science, a fundraising party; Oct 17, 7pm • Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre: Diggin’ Up the Past: An Archaeology Speaker Series: Gareth Spicer: Recent excavations at Walterdale Bridge; Oct 16, 7pm • Robin Woywitka presents Revealing Terrain: The Role of Outburst Floods, Wind, and Wetlands in Oil Sands Region Archaeology; Oct 24, 7pm

VAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • Gallery A:

CONTEMPORARY COWBOY: photographic investigation of “the west” by Karly Mortimer and Jeremy Pavka • Gallery B: FROM MEAT TO BROWNIES: Works by Sarah Smith • Until Oct 25

VASA • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert,

780.460.5990 • Artists with Disabilities (VASA Special Program show) • Through Oct

CADAVERET: A HALLOWEEN CABARET! • Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave • Musical theatre by the Cadaveret Company with Rob Browatzke, Shanni Pinkerton, CarrieAnn Hubbard, Amanda LeBlanc, Go 4 Broke, Chelsea Horrendous and Lourdes the Merry Virgin • Oct 17, 8:3010:30pm; no minors • $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

CHIMPROV • Citadel’s Zeidler Hall, 9828-101A Ave •

Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show • Every Sat, 10pm • $12 (door, adv at TIX on the Square) • Until Jun 13

DAISY THEATRE • The Club, Citadel Theatre • Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes; ages 16+ • Oct 16-Nov 2 DIE-NASTY • Varscona, 10329-83 Ave • Live improvised soap opera • Every Mon, 7:30pm • Oct 20-May 25


Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • Celebrating icons such as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, and more • Until Nov 2

FRIENDS OF THE FORTIES • Capitol Theatre, Fort

Edmonton Park • Legendary songs, dances and comedy routines that lifted the spirits during the war, featuring Kate Ryan • Oct 17-19 • $23

HAPPY TOES • Varscona, 10329-83 Ave • Teatro Theatre’s comedy starring Julien Arnold, Leona Brausen, Jeff Haslam, Ron Pederson, and Davina Stewart. • Until Oct 18; Tue evening: Pay What You Can

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave,

PAJAMA PARTY • Arden Theatre, St Albert • Family Series: Noisy Theatre with Mary Lambert • Oct 23, 11am • $10 (adult)/$5 (child)/free for child under 2

WORKS–Jackson Power • 10635-95 St • INSTALLATION VIEW: Works by Devon Beggs, Sydney Lancaster, Rhea Lonsdale. Ali Nickerson, curated by Stacey Cann • Oct 17-25 • Opening: Oct 17, 7-10pm

PIRATES OF THE NORTH SASKATHCHEWAN III • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, WEM, 780.484.2424 •

YMCA (Don Wheaton) • 10211-102 Ave • YMCA Community Canvas wall: Rotating year round exhibits •

PROUD • La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St • Satirical

780.488.4892 • Rod Charlesworth; until Oct 16 • Peter Shostak; Oct 18-23; preview w/ artist: Oct 16, 5-8pm

UNCANNY BREACH: Works by Lucille Frost • Until Jan 2015

LITERARY AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave • Gwen Molnar,

Old Bones: A Casey Templeton Mystery; Oct 16, 7pm • Book Launch, Gordon Self's The Necessities of Life; Oct 17, 7pm • Stroll of Poets Reading; Oct 19, 2pm


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An adventure complimented with rock hits of the ‘70s • Until Oct 26 play by Michael Healey, directed by Ian Leung, starring Brian Dooley, Melissa Thingelstad, David Horak, and Richard Lee Hsi • Until Oct 19 • $8.75-$25 at TIX on the Square

RUMPELSTILTSKIN • Arts Barns Westbury Theatre •

Alberta Opera’s musical for children 5 years+ • Oct 24-30

THEATRESPORTS • Citadel's Zeidler Hall, 9828-101A

Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm • Until Dec 12 • $12/$10 (member) at TIX on the Square




David Ayer's Fury a turgid tank drama

Fury: proving, yet again, that war is hell.


epeat after me: "War is hell." Now as prisoners of war were repeatedly keep repeating that for over two executed, as women are humiliated hours and by the time you're finished and surrender their bodies to invadyou might have some idea as to the ing soldiers because they know they have no choice. (I'll cumulative insights Opens Friday gathered in David let you decide how Directed by David Ayer Ayer's turgid tank that differs from drama set in Gersexual assault.) May hem without energy, many during the final days of the Second these dour scenes World War. It opens with US tank don't even have the crassness to be commander Sergeant Collier (Brad perverse. What it has instead and Pitt) stabbing a man in the eyeball, in droves is this appalling, pretenwhich, I suppose, is some kind of clev- tious mixture of misanthropy and er performance of the title of Ayer's sentimentality, with endless peanutpreceding directorial effort, End of brained justifications for superfluous Watch. But I had to review Fury, so raping and killing. There's a scene in I kept on watching, as bodies were which a newbie (Logan Lerman), alcrushed to pulp under tank tread, ready traumatized by having to clean as men on fire blew their brains out, up the bloody interior of the tank

and discovering a sizable chunk of someone's face, is escorted by Collier into a room littered with Nazis who suicided in anticipation of the Allies' arrival. As though speaking on our behalf, the newbie asks, "Why are you showing me this?" And Collier, as though speaking on Ayers' behalf, answers, "Ideals are peaceful. History is violent." This is the zenith of what passes for wisdom in Fury. If Ayer's aim is to remind us of the infernal horrors of what many consider a just war (something that, for the record, countless, infinitely superior films have accomplished before this), I suppose he's succeeded, but he deflates whatever value such a statement may possess by simultaneously constructing scenarios in which his

characters are made to seem heroic, striking heroic poses, saying heroic things to the strains of heroic music. Which is to say, Fury is a dunderheaded apologia for war crimes, a morally inept work of grotesque nonsense exploiting historical suffering for the sake of pulpy so-called entertainment.

with the sort of naivety that's devastating in its blind hope. Did I mention Ben is in his early 70s? Time isn't exactly on their side.

simmer throughout Love is Strange, but rarely does anything boil over; and if that sounds somewhat boring, it's not. Ira Sachs, who directed and co-wrote the script, just isn't concerned with amping up false dramas. Instead, the characters' frustrations wash over you, and draw you in; Lithgow and Molina both turn in excellent performances, the former just a little too pleasant and eager of a septuagenarian to fit well with a young family, the latter politely but increasingly fed-up with the situation at hand. Piano pieces of Chopin wash over scenes, playing into and through

Fury is a fairly appropriate title (American Tank might have served just as well), but Ayer's definition of fury has much overlap with stupidity or blunt nihilism. Collier proudly declares that he once promised to keep his crew alive, yet during a pivotal sequence, which finds his men outnumbered and outgunned by a colossal margin, Collier decides against doing

the sane thing and hiding out, choosing instead to hold his ground for no apparent reason other than to keep killing and keep getting killed, to get that body-count as high as possible even when the war's outcome is all but secured. That Ayer has managed to make a film even stupider than End of Watch is some kind of achievement. That he manages to exacerbate that stupidity with snatches of scoring from The Omen is almost, but not quite, impressive. Misguided in the extreme and weirdly boring, there is no genuine audacity here, and certainly no nobility. Of interest to tank enthusiasts and Shia LaBeouf completists only.




Love is Strange T

he first shot in Love is Strange tertain the guests George plays piano falls on a lazy domestic tangle: while Ben sings. two sets of intertwined legs, sheets It's a charming, familial platform, haphazardly strewn about them as and it's not to last: George is fired thin rectangles of light from his job teaching sneak in around closed Opens Friday music at the catholic curtains. Those limbs Directed by Ira Sachs school (the archdioturn out to belong to Princess Theatre cese saw their honBen (John Lithgow)  eymoon photos on and George (Alfred Facebook; privacy setMolina), and this turns tings, people!), and out to be their wedding day: after 39 suddenly their longtime Manhattan years of partnership in Manhattan, apartment's too expensive to afford. the two tie the knot in the coziest of The couple find themselves forced ceremonies. It's mostly a family-and- to live apart, lodging with friends or close-friends affair; the reception's family "probably just for a week or held at their apartment, and to en- two," which is something Ben says

What unfolds over the rest of Love Is Strange is a quiet, fluid drama of patience tested, of a close circle of people forced into increasingly grating circumstances upon one another: George's lodging—with two married, party-loving cops—finds him wallflowering at houseparties or D&D campaigns nightly, while Ben, staying with his nephew's family, finds himself caught in between of all sorts of little dramas. Tensions

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transitions and adding to the film's sense of time passing slowly but unreservedly. A number of dramas spring up—Ben's nephew's struggles with his teenage son, and the same nephew's new age-y sister—and go unresolved here. Sachs seems totally unconcerned with resolutions to any of the side-plots in play, which turns out just fine; instead, he lets Love is Strange focus on its initial thread, of a sunset-years couple that finds quiet bliss interrupted, and the quiet struggle to find a new balance with the time they have left.






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Does anybody remember Hal Hartley? Because it wasn't that long ago that if you were interested in smart, independent American movies you couldn't not know Hal Hartley. The whole notion of speaking of "indie" as a genre is nonsensical, pompous and stupid, an easy way to dismiss something without having to reckon with it, but I'm guessing that some of what people think of as characteristically "indie" may have been honed by Hal Hartley, the charisma of whose early films was generated by an idiosyncratic fusion of mannerism with naturalism, deadpan delivery with volcanic emotion, literary wit with the liberating powers of knuckleheadedness. Hal Hartley's never stopped working, but his films receded from the conversation sometime after Henry Fool (1997) and never really came back. Olive Films recently released Hal Hartley's feature debut The Unbelievable Truth (1989) on DVD and Blu-ray, giving those who remember the '90s a chance to get reacquainted with his work and those who were just pups then a chance to discover it. Audry (Adrienne Shelly) is about to graduate high school. Her parents want her to secure a future for herself through work and education, but Audry quits her job at Burger World and has no intention of accepting her invitation to Harvard. She can't see any future, she's too preoccupied with imminent atomic decimation,

her nose buried in a tome unambiguously entitled The End of the World. The one whose world is really ending however is Emmet (Gary Sauer), the ostensibly upwardly mobile young man in the $185 suit with whom Audry breaks up in the midst of her existential crisis. It seems there's no one in this Long Island suburb with whom Audry can connect—until she meets Josh (Robert Burke), a handsome, taciturn, older mechanic who's just come back to town after a prolonged absence. They meet in a thrift store, both dressed all in black, both declaring an interest in George Washington. Audry wants Josh, but Josh, she learns, is an ex-con, newly released from prison, the details of his crimes draped in mystery and local hagiography. Things get complicated. Deals are made, mostly between Audry and her high-strung dad, to get Josh a job, to get Audry a modeling career, to get Audry an education she can believe in, to get a sizable donation to some anti-nuclear activists. Every one of these deals gets thwarted somehow in a chain of cool, comic narrative detours, separated by intertitles comprised of words like BUT, MEANWHILE and AND. A romantic comedy of a sort almost nobody makes, The Unbelievable Truth radiates an uncanny control of tone and sense of place, an uncompromising approach to humour and style (Hal Hartley thinks nothing

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of exuding the influence of Buster Keaton and Jean-Luc Godard in the same shot) and a winsome understanding of the impulses, anxieties and absurdities of ordinary white people. An engine-side chat about thermodynamics, manslaughter and women breezes by in a beautifully composed fixed shot, yet such scenes accrue a larger sense of male fear of female sexual power, the desire to control and commodify that power, and the ultimate resistance by women to cede that power (even if the movies are often about male directors trying to harness the allure of female stars). So much of this movie's power emanates from Shelly, making her debut. In another time Shelly would have been the femme fatale, what with that pout, those doe eyes, those luxurious curls and a seemingly inherent skepticism toward just about everything. Audry is "discovered" by an enterprising photographer who says she has poise, but Shelly had much more. She had an ability to find ambivalence and complexity in every role while still getting to heart of a scene—she could project introspection. In Hal Hartley's Opera No. 1 (1994), included on Olive's disc, Shelly plays a rollerblading immortal, but of course she wasn't immortal. She was killed by some idiot piece of shit in 2006. A wonderful actress well into a promising directorial career, she was only 40 years old. V



The Judge

Dracula Untold Now playing Directed by David Dobkin 

You can count on the Count


Swearing dad in


here's little to make a multiplex jury rule in favour of The Judge, a by-the-dusty-book father-son drama about as flat as the Indiana landscape it rolls its 2:25-long story through. (Objection, on grounds of verisimilitude! The movie was shot in Massachusetts.) An almost-committed-incest! alarm nearly jolts the proceedings into a movie that's weirdly watch-able for the wrong reason. But that storyline's vying with a handful of other movies—family grief, father-son estrangement, hometown return, courtroom showdown—for top billing. Henry Palmer, as played by Robert Downey Jr, is the Tony Stark character (smooth talking, cocky ladies' man) he can, by now, sleep-act. The typecasting continues, from Robert Duvall as Henry's cranky, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps! father and town judge to a cute, precocious

child actor playing Henry's child so cutely and precociously that she's never once believable as an actual little girl. Henry's mentally slower brother, at least, is not the cringeworthy caricature he could have been. But the story, which has the divorcing hotshot LA lawyer come back to Carlinville for his beloved mom's funeral, only to stay to defend his ornery dad on a hit-and-run charge (while Henry's reconnecting with his high-school sweetheart), is so plotby-numbers that you can almost hear the screenplay pages flipping in the breeze through the cornfields. The town's a sunlit Mayberry and its lil' ol' legal drama (with gasps from the courtroom crowd and a father-son moment that should be struck from the record for cornpone corniness) always seems the stuff of a second-rate

To Kill A Mockingbird. There are few easy resolutions, though, and a brutally honest scene where the ailing Judge Palmer is helpless to prevent Henry from helping him— it's that moment when a son realizes just how sick his father is. But even then, director David Dobkin's background in shticky comedies (Wedding Crashers, The ChangeUp) oozes through—there are a few drops too much graphic-ness and puerile-ness to all the pissingabout (and other fluids) in this flick about male showdowns, from Henry peeing on an opponent's pants-leg in a washroom to his cocounsel throwing up on the lawn every morning of the trial. To sum up, at least the sum of The Judge, for all its minuses, isn't as execrable as those parts. BRIAN GIBSON



Maniac Cop M

aniac Cop came out in 1988— the same year Lou Reed recorded New York. This was a transitional period in the cine-mythology of this most-filmed metropolis, before Rudy Giuliani's transformative term as mayor, before Manhattan began to feel like a theme park, yet quite a while after such canonical New York movies as Taxi Driver (1976) and Ms 45 (1981) helped establish the city as an infernal sewer of rampant crime and near-palpable scuzz. Written and produced by the legendary Larry Cohen, who by this point had already made a few key NYC movies himself, such as Black Caesar (1973) and God Told Me To (1976), Maniac Cop opens with a waitress getting assaulted by a couple of Puerto Rican gangbangers from Central Casting before turning to a shadowy hulk in NYPD blues for help. He snaps her neck. She's but the first in a series of victims of this mysterious, indiscriminate killer in uniform. He's a maniac! He's a cop! He's ma-

niac cop! Though the police commissioner (Richard Roundtree, star of Shaft, another iconic '70s NYC movie) wants to keep the part about the killer's alleged affiliation with NYPD hush-hush. There is, of course, a backstory that I won't ruin for you. Let's just say that the ghost of brutality and corruption is made manifest in the maniac cop and it will take the heroic efforts of numerous non-maniac cops to stop him. Or not stop him, as is implied by the subsequent appearance of Maniac Cop II (1990) and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence (1993). William Lustig had already helmed the films Maniac (1980) and Vigilante (1983), so he must have been a shoo-in for Maniac Cop, which he directs with a likable flair for lowbudget mayhem, a blood-smeared windshield here, an overhead shot of a prison shower stabbing there. (He'd go on to become CEO of exploitation flick home video distributor Blue

verheard in a multiplex line-up recently: "I've seen every Dracula movie! I think the best one was [not Nosferatu]." Stoker only knows what this undiscerning fang-fan, a sucker for all box-office bloodsuckers, would think of Dracula Untold. (The title, of course, is disingenuous—there's no longer any shadowy aspect of this imaginary Count, from widow-peaked infancy to old bat-hood, that hasn't been enumerated on the big screen.) Applying a super-hero sensibility and adopting a Spartacus TV series style—dark skies, marching armies, a noble leader victimized by the dominant empire—this restart of Universal's monsters flicks, its 15th-century Carpathian setting really just a Gothic façade, also tosses in the modern trope of the father who'll do anything for his wife and son. Vlad (Luke Evans) was forcibly conscripted by the Turkish army as a boy but so respected and feared as a warrior that he's been allowed to rule over his own Transylvania territory. (Vlad's no nasty Impaler here but a concerned leader, caring husband, and kind father.) But now the Sultan demands more than tribute and Vlad, determined not to give them a thousand of his kingdom's boys, includ-

Now playing Directed by Gary Shore  ing his son, is willing to make a deal with something devilish up in them thar mountains. (This master-vampire was, in an early version of the script, meant to be Rome's notoriously sadistic tyrant Caligula, monster-mashing even more empires together.) As clichéd as incidents are, from the cave where a creature first flashes forth to a royal carriage stopped near a solitary tree out on a moor, rookie director Gary Shore manages to inject some spooky, brooding menace into some early scenes. But Vlad soon becomes a super-monster, exploding into a cloud of bats to massacre a legion of a thousand storming Turks. The plot gets jittery, bouncing from religious sanctuary to mob fury to raising an undead army in mere minutes near the end. And Vlad's relationship with his sweet, fair, lovely wife (Sarah Gadon) remains sweetly, fairly and lovingly vapid ... though it's the basis for the story's wooden-asa-stake set-up for a sequel—in the present-day, which is where the movie was really growling, slavering, and thirsting to be all along.



Tue, Oct 21 (7 pm) Directed by William Lustig Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1988 Underground.) Besides Roundtree, Lustig's cast includes Lethal Weapon's Tom Atkins, cult star Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead II) and Laurene Landon, a big, tough-looking, Toronto-born blonde who actually trained for a career in law enforcement before opting to simply play cops in the movies instead. Maniac Cop is goofy, charming and limited in what it can do. It's inventive and responsive to the culture in a comic-book sort of way. It is by no means essential viewing but it is very evocative of a certain time and place and way of thinking about genre and cities and crime and how best to capitalize on popular paranoia and social stereotypes. Metro is showing it Tuesday night as part of its laudably eclectic Crime Watch series. Could be a fun screening. JOSEF BRAUN


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Napalmpom’s PJ Lavergne on the transition from fan to centre stage


here's another universe out there a record. I guess I always had this idea where PJ Lavergne is singing mo- of the montage that you see in movrose, mid-tempo alt-country songs on ies, where you record in a studio and a couple of hundred dollars later you're an acoustic guitar. That's what the vocalist for Napalm- making cardboard cover jackets." pom figures he might be doing if he hadn't been asked by friends to front It took a little longer than Lavergne one of Calgary's prime rock 'n' roll ex- expected for his band's debut release, ports. Well, either that or continuing The Unconditional Love of Napalmto host the karaoke parties he's been pom, to come out. Oh, there were various EPs up on in charge of at BroBandcamp for fans ken City for almost Sat, Oct 18 (9 pm) With Whitey Houston, to download, but a decade now. nothing substan"I had a great con- the Archaics tial until Napalmversation with a Wunderbar pom went into friend when I first Lorrie Matheson's started playing with Napalmpom, expressing some Arch Audio some time back to record anxiousness at what I was going to a nine-track album (including the be doing," Lavergne admits. "She told single and first video, "Guided By Volme that I should treat the karaoke ume") that will also be available on as frontman bootcamp. I've done so red vinyl and limited edition cassette. The album was put on hold for a much dumb stuff on that karaoke stage, and I couldn't possibly do any- number of months while the band members cleared their individual thing dumber with the band." Lavergne is something of a newcom- schedules, but now it's finally out. It's er to the world of live music, teaming exactly the kind of blazingly unreconup with bandmates and scene veter- structed rock that you'd expect from ans Craig Evans, Ian Baker, Matthew Napalmpom, a brazen homage to the Bayliff and Shawn Petsche when he bands the group loves most, from was past 30 years of age. The move AC/DC to Thin Lizzy, Tricky Woo to from audience member to singer the Hellacopters. Lavergne is more was a strange one for Lavergne, who than proud of The Unconditional Love points out that he's been watching of Napalmpom, and more than a little the members of Napalmpom as a fan thrilled at how people have reacted for quite some time. The fact that to it and his band. "It's sort of the Rudy moment in my his first band is also one of the most well-regarded in the province is just life, where I finally get to go play in the football game," Lavergne adds. icing on the cake. "It's been a really bizarre journey," "I feel like this little kid who gets a he laughs. "Sometimes I feel like the chance to go and do dumb shit on little kid brother in the scene, the guy stage with friends that I've known for that everybody has been pulling for. years, and there's really nothing else I said 'yes' something like two years I'd rather be doing." ago, but I wasn't quite expecting the TOM MURRAY TOM@VUEWEEKLY.COM workload that came with putting out

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Brother Octopus T

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he story is not so unusual, really. Recent immigrants arrive in a new city and decide to celebrate their developing love for their adopted home with an artistic endeavour. The fact that the recent immigrants are a strange man-octopus hybrid from the Pacific Ocean and his prison escapee "Lady Friend" shouldn't affect any of this, really. Neither should we question Brother Octopus's assertion that he learned guitar after one fell into the ocean near him. Stranger things have happened, right? Like Brother Octopus's idea to record one song in every studio in Edmonton for the duo's very first album, the 17-song Sea of Champions. "We wanted to do something un-

usual," Brother Octopus says, clearly forgetting for the moment that he's a talking octopus, which is unusual in itself. "We also wanted to show just how much talent the city has, and showcase the diversity of studios. We're really proud of the album, and you can hear the different sounds that each studio has. It's like a compilation in a way." Among the different places to host this mutant cephalopod with shapechanging abilities and his lovely co-performer were CJSR ("Soul of the City"), Blackbox Studios ("Who Would Win?") and Sound Extractor ("September"). The album of electronic indie rock, now available on Bandcamp and soon to be released on CD, took two years to record and release. Not every Edmonton

studio is represented in Sea of Champions, but that's OK; Brother Octopus reckons they might be able to cobble together an EP with the remainder. "There are also the ones that are just on the outskirts of town," he says. "Studios in Beaumont and St Albert, for instance. We were very strict about making sure we stayed in the city, but things could change for the next album." There are lots of unanswered questions when it comes to Brother Octopus and his musical and personal agenda. How long can he remain in his human persona? Does he have a tank nearby for when his skin begins to dry out? Does he have the ability to shoot out an inky black cloud as

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a form of defence when cornered? He's rather mysterious about most of it, but promises tentacles, an assortment of top hats and a few other surprises to keep the night interesting at the duo's album release, including extra song downloads as part of the CD package. "We'll do what it takes to make this a memorable show," he promises. TOM MURRAY








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Mad Caddies


huck Robertson has constructed a good life for himself out in Southern California. The singer-guitarist for Solvang, California's Mad Caddies has a modest house with a nice view on his family's property, and the surf is good. Every now and again he gets the chance to head out to a local golf course, and his sister grows organic vegetables on the same property. Truth to tell, it's hard for Robertson to leave that little piece of paradise to go on tour. "Except for about two weeks after you get back from tour," he admits over the phone from his house. "After that you start to get a little itchy to play again." That shouldn't be too surprising given that Robertson and his bandmates have been road dogs since forming the ska-punk seven-piece back in 1995. Just out of high school, with a few regional tours and a record under its belt, the band hit the asphalt for long stretches, stopping for brief periods to record a series of well-received albums for Fat Wreck Chords. The pattern repeated until 2009, when the the group finally came to the realization that it had spent most of its early adult lives away from home. The wear and tear of so much gigging had caught up; after 2007's Keep It Going the Mad Caddies decided to sit back for a spell, work on a new album at a more humane pace and keep the tours to a manageable number. "We've been kind of experimenting with a new way of doing things," Robertson says. "Instead of just saying that we have to do the whole US in six weeks we now go out and do two weeks here and there, seeing how long we can go before we hate it and want to go home. It works really well for us getting along and also not becoming exhausted. I mean, day 20 on a tour when you're belting out songs for an hour and a half every day can really grind you down. When you're not doing these ridiculously long schedules you also don't find yourself forcing that fake smile out, which is good."

sing along to something on the radio that I don't know half the words to, and when I find out what they are I'm like, 'Oh, man, I don't like this song anymore.' It's becoming more important to get something cohesive on there, so I don't get caught out in something like that." Now that he's in his mid thirties and a parent to be, Robertson is revisiting the idea of being a rock star. He's still committed to music, but he's also aware Fri, Oct 17 (8 pm) that the game has With Larry and His Flask, Good changed considerably For Grapes, Worst Days Down since the Mad Caddies Union Hall, $20 to pay attention started; where there to the rhythm," were once a handful Roberston adds. "We wanted some- of punk and ska bands touring around thing that you could tap your toe to, the continent, there are now hundreds. but also be able to throw on at a party "I've got this young cousin who is an as background music, if you wanted. aspiring musician, but also a straightRhythm was the important thing on A student and an athlete. I told him our minds." 'keep the music on the side, go with Well, that and the lyrics, especially your studies and athletics, because given that Robertson is the primary it's a grind,'" he laughs. "I mean, it's fun, wordslinger in the band. don't get me wrong, but it can be a se"I feel like I've gotten better at that rious grind. If I had a chance to go back job," he admits. "That was a weak I wouldn't change a thing, but this is point on some of the earlier albums. something that you should know beDefinitely this album and the last have fore you commit." been our most mature to date. I know TOM MURRAY TOM@VUEWEEKLY.COM that there have been times when I'll

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magine that you're a new band on time we started playing," says singera tour that sees you fitting eight guitarist Craig Schramm about his shows into two weeks. band the Provincial Archive's first show in Dresden, You've never been Germany last in any of the cities that you're booked Fri, Oct 17 (7 pm) spring. "We just in, and there's little With: Doug Hoyer, Boreal Sons couldn't believe chance that anyone Royal Alberta Museum, $15 it. We were the only band on the will have a clue who you are. To top it bill and we'd nevoff, the first show is in a dilapidated er been through there before. When I neighbourhood far off the main part was at the merch table people were of town, and it doesn't look like talking about the albums, and even there's anything in the way of walk-up though they were speaking in a diftraffic. Best to just accept that you'll ferent language I could tell they were be playing to five bored patrons and saying, 'This is the old one, this is the new one.' They knew the songs. That an angry bartender, right? "It was completely packed by the was our first real tour of that country." A tour that saw the band playing to small but packed bars for its next seven shows; not a bad introduction to the big bad world of international touring, but truth be told indie-folkers the Provincial Archive is hardly a new band. The four-piece assembled in 2008 around Schramm, guitarist Nathan Burge and bassist Ryan Podlubny, with drummer Bramwell Park signing on a little while later. Three acclaimed recordings went by before the band were signed to Black Box Music, and nailed down a management deal in Europe. The jaunt to Germany was actually the group's second overseas, not counting the one-off trip to Cannes, France, back in 2012 that set the band off on its current European adventures. It's actually becoming something of a habit for the band, who will be returning for a two week tour in November, opening for one of the bands on its European label, and further pushing its fourth and latest album, It's All Shaken Wonder. "I've been releasing more and more control of the recording process,"


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Schramm says. "With the last album I was really involved in writing for everyone. It was really intense preproduction; we moved drum parts around to space things out. It's kind of a dark path, focusing on every minute detail." The collaborative process that Schramm took with It's All Shaken Wonder yielded unexpected moments, as when Bramwell Park's drum part ended up having a massive effect on the song "Common Cards." "It changed everything, from the way I played guitar to the melodic hooks. Terry (Tran, sound engineer at the Audio Department) also had a big effect. There were times when I was happy with a particular sound, and he would overrule me. We'd then spend a half an hour just getting it right."

The album release for It's All Shaken Wonder will be a bittersweet one for the band: long-time bassist Ryan Podlubny will be stepping down from his post after the gig, to be replaced by Stephen Tchir. Podlubny will be moving on to complete advanced academic studies in New Zealand after taking care of a few health concerns in Edmonton. The split is completely amicable, but Schramm is still saddened to see his friend leave. "We knew it was coming," Schramm says. "We were actually talking about it when we were driving around overseas—it was openly discussed. It still sucks to lose a member; it's like family, more like brothers than friends. It's just good that Steve has come in, because I've been playing music with him since we were kids. There's a lot of communication nuance and dynamics in any band, and he just got it from the start." TOM MURRAY






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

and open mic with Nick Samoil and guests MERCURY ROOM The Body

Politic, Quartered, Wolfrik, These Colours Don't Run, Construct The Sky NEW WEST HOTEL Hurtin Horsemen (country) O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm OMAILLES IRISH PUB

Andrew Scott and Celeigh Cardinal; no cover ON THE ROCKS Noize Boyz

with DJs OVERTIME Sherwood Park

Dueling Pianos PAWN SHOP The

Unfortunates, Death by Robot, I Am Machi, Old Jack Tap QUEEN ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY LEAGUE

Northern Lights Folk Club: Blood on the Tracks–40 years later; 7pm (door); $25 (door)/$20 (adv at TIX on the Square, Acoustic Music, Myhre's)

Sound and Light show; We are Saturdays: Kindergarten

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno MERCER TAVERN DJ Mikey

Wong every Sat 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

Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM


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

Bentley (Riser Tour), Randy Houser, Tim Hicks; 6:30pm (door), 7:30pm (show); $35.50, $49.50, $69.50

SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests

RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show


Motown, Funk, R&B

VUEWEEKLY OCT 16 - OCT 22, 2014


and more with DJs Ben and Mitch; every Sat; 9pm-2am UNION HALL Celebrity

Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Y AFTERHOURS Release





OCT/21 OCT/24


















Sun Electric Blues Jam and BBQ hosted by Marshall Lawrence and the Lazy Bastards; 4-8pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku Open mic every Sun

hosted by Tim Lovett Brunch: Jazz Passages Trio;




Lettuce Produce Beats






Main Floor: Soul Sundays:

A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus

Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am


Big Dreamer Sound jam with hosts Harry Gregg and Geoff Hamden-O'brien; this weeks guest is Justine Vandergrift; every Tue 8pm-12am




Wolfe Band; 9pm

Night Live on the South Side: live bands; all ages; 7-10:30pm

Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover


DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY Celtic Music with Duggan's House Band 5-8pm

Wolfe Band; 9pm


Music and Comedy Show; 7:30-11pm; $28-$32 HOG'S DEN PUB Rockin' the

Hog Jam: Hosted by Tony Ruffo; every Sun, 3:30-7pm


Monday open mic MERCURY ROOM Music

Edmonton Blues Society: Memphis Bound Blues Challenge Finals: Bands: Blind Dog Blues Band; Dylan Farrell Band; Solo/ Duos: Andrew and Celeigh; Two Blue (Robert Walsh, Karimah); Graham Guest; Charlie Jacobson; all ages; noon (doors), 1pm (competition); $15; special prices for minors Country Showcase and jam (country) hosted by Darren Gusnowsky Terrasson Trio; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $22 (member)/$26 (guest)


Open stage with Darrell Barr; 7-11pm

Tuesday with Kris Harvey and guests

ON THE ROCKS Moonshine Mondays: Lonesome Dove


L.B.'S PUB Tue Variety Night


Sunday Soul Service: acoustic open stage every Sun Sun; 9:30pm-1am

Stage Tue hosted by Chris Wynters: featuring this week: Danielle Deighton; 9pm

LEAF BAR AND GRILL Tue Open Jam: Trevor Mullen

Ryder (country)

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every


Magic Monday Nights: Capital City Jammers, host Blueberry Norm; seasoned musicians; 7-10pm; $4





Big Dreamer Sound jam hosted by Harry Gregg and Geoff Hamden-O'brien; this weeks guest: Bradon Gates; every Tue 8pm-12am

9am-3pm; donations



Hip hop with DJ Creeazn every Mon; 9pm-2am












OCT/16 OCT/18

Roots industrial,Classic Punk, Rock, Electronic with Hair of the Dave

bahconcerts@gmail.com, Ben & Amanda Hodgson 780.571.2286), all money goes to the artists

ARDEN Fred Penner

(children's music); 2pm


old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio 780.456.8510 ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE

Open Mic Night with Darrek Anderson from the Guaranteed; every Mon; 9pm SHERLOCK HOLMES PUB–U of A Open Mic Monday

Nights with Adam Holm; 8pm STARLITE ROOM The

Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk; 6pm (door); no minors; sold out

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy

Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ


Session: Kent Sangster; 7:30pm (door)/8pm (show); $5

DV8 T.F.W.O. Mondays:





Blue Jay

Opera Brunch: Barber of Seville; food and intimate recitals; 11am; tickets at box office at 780.429.1000



CATHEDRAL ProCoro: Garden of Bells: Michael Zaugg (conductor); 2:30pm; tickets at Winspear box office


NEW WEST HOTEL Tue Country Dance Lessons: 7-9pm; Trick Ryder (country)

Main Floor: alternative

retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: The Night with No Name featuring DJs Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests playing tasteful, eclectic selections BRIXX Metal night every

Tue DV8 Creepy Tombsday:

Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue RED STAR Experimental

Indie rock, hip hop, electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue SUITE 69 Rockstar

Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs


Open stage Wed with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12 BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES New Music Wed:

Featured band hosted by Lochlin Cross and Leigh Friesen (open stage) after the bands set BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch:

Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, guests NEW WEST HOTEL Trick

Ryder (country) OVERTIME–Sherwood Park

Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass

jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 ROSSDALE HALL Little

Flower Open Stage with Brian Gregg; 7:30pm (door); no cover ZEN LOUNGE Jazz

Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover


Music Wednesdays At Noon: The Forestier Family (Violins, Guitar and Piano); 12:10-12:50; free

DJs BILLIARD CLUB Why wait Wednesdays: Wed night party with DJ Alize every Wed; no cover

O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm

Wolfe Band; 9pm

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park

BRIXX BAR Lettuce Produce

Main Floor: RetroActive

Beats; 6pm

Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe

Open mic every Tue RED PIANO Every Tue: the

Nervous Flirts Jameoke Experience (sing-along with a live band); 7:30pm12am; no cover; relaxed dress code RICHARD'S PUB Tue Live

Music Showcase and Open Jam (blues) hosted by Mark Ammar; 7:30pm SANDS HOTEL Country music dancing every Tue, featuring Country Music Legend Bev Munro every Tue, 8-11pm STARLITE ROOM Dirty

Heads, Rome, Mitchmatic; 8pm (door); $28; Sold out

Castle; 10pm; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Todd


open mic with host Duff Robison ELEPHANT AND CASTLE– Whyte Ave Open mic every


BRIXX BAR Eats and Beats THE COMMON The Wed

Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover

Experience: Classics on Vinyl with Dane

FESTIVAL PLACE Roch Voisine (French-Canadian rocker); $60-$75 at Festival Place box office

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every



Ditch on the Left (singer songwriter, folk roots duo, Manitoba); 7:30-10:30pm; $20 (adv to reserve at



VENUEGUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave ALL SAINTS' ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL 10035-103 St APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge 24 Boudreau, St Albert ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave "B" STREET BAR 11818-111 St BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES 12402-118 Ave BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLIND PIG PUB 32 St Anne St, 780.418.6332 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BOURBON ROOM 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.425; info@thebower.ca BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 THE BUCKINGHAM 10439 82 Ave, 780.761.1002 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, cafehaven.ca CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750-124 St CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK 99,

23349 Wye Rd, Sherwood Park CARROT COFFEEHOUSE 9351118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464153 St, 780.424 9467 CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE 11113-113 St CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHICAGO JOES 9604 -111 Ave COMMON 9910-109 St DARAVARA 10713 124 St, 587.520.4980 DIVERSION LOUNGE 3414 Gateway Blvd, 780.435.1922 DUGGAN'S BOUNDARY 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8130 Gateway Blvd EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.5998 ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave ENCORE–WEM 2687, 8882170 St EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FESTIVAL PLACE 100

VUEWEEKLY OCT 16 - OCT 22, 2014

Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 HILLTOP PUB 8220 106 Ave HOGS DEN PUB Yellow Head Tr, 142 St IRISH SPORTS CLUB 12546-126 St, 780.453.2249 J+H PUB 1919-105 St J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860 KELLY'S PUB 10156-104 St L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEAF BAR AND GRILL 9016132 Ave, 780.757.2121 LEGENDS SPORTS BAR AND TAP HOUSE 9221-34 Ave, 780.988.2599 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132104 St MCDOUGALL UNITED CHURCH– Banquet Hall 101 St, Jasper Ave MERCER TAVERN 10363 104 St, 587.521.1911 MERCURY ROOM 10575-114 St NAKED CYBERCAFÉ 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE PUB 8170-50 St, 780.490.1999 NEW WEST HOTEL 15025-111 Ave

NINA HAGGERTY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 9225-118 Ave NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535109A Ave O2'S–West 11066-156 St, 780.448.2255 O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 OLD TIMER'S CABIN 9430 Scona Rd O'MAILLES IRISH PUB 104, 398 St Albert Rd, St Albert ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 OVERTIME–Sherwood Park 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 10860-57 Ave QUEEN ALEXANDRA HALL 10425 University Ave RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780.457.3118 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St ROSSDALE HALL Little Flower School, 10135-96 Ave

SANDS HOTEL 12340 Fort Rd, 780.474.5476 SIDELINERS PUB 11018127 St SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 10810-124 St, 587.521.6328 SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION 10940-166 A St SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 TAVERN ON WHYTE 10507-82 Ave, 780.521.4404 VEE LOUNGE, APEX CASINO–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours. com YARDBIRD SUITE 11 Tommy Banks Way, 780.432.0428 YEG DANCE CLUB 11845 Wayne Gretzky Dr YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St


COMEDY ARDEN • The Pretenors-an Evening Of Operatic Comedy With A Cavalcade Of Stars • Oct 18

Black Dog Freehouse • Underdog Comedy show: Alternating hosts • Every Thu, 8-11pm • No cover

BOURBON ROOM/Connie's Comedy • 205

Carnegie Drive St. Albert Shows starts at 9 pm • Silly Pints or Laughs and Lagers: with Mike Dambra as our headliner, MC TBA. • Oct 22 • Call Connie: 780.914.8966, E: conniescomedy@gmail.com to get on roster

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 • Fri-Sat: 8:30pm • Keon Polee; Oct 16-18 • Jeff Leeson; Oct 23-25

COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM •

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 • Harland Williams; Oct 16-19 • Michael Malone; Oct 22-26

DRAFT BAR/Connie's Comedy • 12912-50th

Street starting at 6:30 pm at Laughs & Lagers: with Mike Dambra as our headliner, MC TBA • Oct 22 • Call Connie: 780.914.8966, E: conniescomedy@ gmail.com to get on roster

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 •

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

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

GREEN DRINKS • greendrinksshoplocal. eventbrite.ca • Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks • Campus Meets Community • Oct 22, 7-10pm • Free GRIEF JOURNEYS 8-WEEK BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GRUP • Pilgrims Hospice, 9808-148 St

• Help, support, and resources: 8-week grief support group; every Mon evening, until Nov 24; $120 for 8-weeks (sliding scale); info/register: Jesse McElheran at 780.413.9801, ext 307 or jessem@ pilgrimshospice.com

LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu


A Social/Launch Event: We're hosting a evening of drinks, snacks, and discussion • Oct 20


St Jean, Rm 3-18 • 780.490.7332 • madeleinesanam.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

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 • Comedy Groove every Wed; 9pm


Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; 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


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

DEEPENING MEDITATION PRACTICE WEEKEND • Parkallen Community Hall, 11104-65 Ave

• With Debra Ann Robinson • Oct 17, 7-9pm; Oct 18-19, 9-4:30pm

EDMONTON NATURE CLUB • King’s University College, 9125-50 St • 780.437.4155 • Monthly meeting featuring Know thy Enemy with speaker Mike Jenkins, learn how Edmonton monitors mosquito populations, their life cycles, and when to intervene • Oct 17, 7pm (for refreshments), 7:30pm (meeting) • Admission by donation EDMONTON OUTDOOR CLUB (EOC) •

edmontonoutdoorclub.com • Offering a variety of fun activities in and around Edmonton • Free to join; info at info@edmontonoutdoorclub.com



Pilgrims Hospice, 9808-148 St • Once a month drop-in support group for young adults (18-30) who would like to connect with others who have experienced a loss. Each group will explore different aspects related to grief and how individuals are coping with their loss • Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17 • Donations • info/register: Jesse McElheran at 780.413.9801, ext 307

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS CANADIAN HEMOCHROMATOSIS SOCIETY • Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton, 17610 Stony Plain Rd • Information & Awareness Event; if you are of European or Celtic ancestry, you are at risk for Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HHC), a genetic disorder causing iron to build up in your organs and tissues • Oct 21, 7-9pm • Free

EDMONTON OPERA • Ledcor Theatre, AGA, 2

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

POOR VOTE TURNOUT • Rossdale Hall, 10135-96

Ave • Public meetings: promoting voting by the poor • Every Wed, 7-8pm



16648-109 St • Laughs & Lagers with Open Mic followed by a headliner and this show we have Mini Holmes/Matt Billon • Oct 16, 9pm • Call Connie: 780.914.8966, E: conniescomedy@gmail.com to get on roster

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


St • 780.435.0845 • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

FESTIVAL PLACE • Sherwood Park • The Lorne KRUSH ULTRALOUNGE/Connie's Comedy •

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old Strath-


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

Elliot Music and Comedy Show • Oct 19 • $28-$32 at Festival Place box office

WILD ROSE ANTIQUE COLLECTORS SOCIETY • Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Rd • 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


EMPRESS ALE HOUSE • 9912-82 Ave • Empress Comedy Night: featuring a professional headliner every week Every Sun, 9pm

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

Alberta, 5215-87 St • schizophrenia.ab.ca • The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta-Edmonton branch provides a facilitated family support group for caregivers of a loved one living with schizophrenia. Free drop-in the 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7-9pm

SEVENTIES FOREVER MUSIC SOCIETY • 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 SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50 •

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)

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 the Sugar Swing website for info • $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) 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


Tashi Ling Society, 10502-70 Ave • Tranquility and insight meditation based on Very Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche's teachings. Suitable for meditation practitioners with Buddhist leanings • Every Thu, 7-8:30pm • Donations; jamesk2004@hotmail.com


• Club Bilingue Toastmasters Meetings: Campus St; Jean: Pavillion McMahon; 780.467.6013, l.witzke@ shaw.ca; fabulousfacilitators.toastmastersclubs.org; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • Fabulous Facilitators Toastmasters Club: 2nd Fl, Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Ave; 780.467.6013, l.witzke@shaw.ca; fabulousfacilitators. toastmastersclubs.org; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • N'Orators Toastmasters Club: Lower Level, McClure United Church, 13708-74 St: meet every Thu, 6:45-8:30pm; contact bradscherger@hotmail.com, 780.863.1962, norators.com • Upward Bound Toastmaster Club: Rm 7, 6 Fl, Edmonton Public Library–DT: Meets every Wed, 7-8:45pm; Sep-May; upward.toastmastersclubs. org; reader1@shaw.ca • Y Toastmasters Club: Queen

• Free public lecture by Ann Salmonson, presented by the Fashion Culture Network • Oct 28, 7-8 pm • Free

Sir Winston Churchill Sq • edmontonopera.com/ discover/opera101 • Edmonton Opera production and creative teams, provide context and background about The Barber of Seville • Oct 25, 8-10pm • Free

INTRODUCTION TO KOMBUCHA MAKING • Rob will talk about growing, drinking, flavouring, and sharing kombucha • Oct 5, 7-9pm • $30 at EventBrite http://bit.ly/1rFTgFR NERD NITE #16 • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre,

9828-101A Ave • Featuring speakers: Chris Herd, Better than NASA: Canada’s Sample of an Asteroid; and Mark Greene, My Legal Education at Springfield U, Can a person learn the practice of law from a popular TV Show?; and a surprise third speaker • Oct 22, 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show) • $15 (adv at edmonton.nerdnite.com)/$18 (door) for 17+

SEEING IS ABOVE ALL • Acacia Hall, 10433-83 Ave, upstairs • 780.554.6133 • Free instruction in meditation on the Inner Light • Every Sun, 5pm SOLAR ENERGY • MacEwan University City

Centre Campus, CN Theatre, Rm. 5-142 • Seminar: How to Generate Your Own Power and Sell It To Alberta's Grid presented by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta - a non-profit educational society • Oct 22, 7-8:30pm • Free



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.ca; makingwavesswimclub.ca • 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


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

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transidentified 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 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

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.

Nuns Hospital, 1100 Youville Dr • Staff from the Menopause Clinic at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital will help you steer through information about menopause and hormone therapy • Oct 21, 7-9:30pm

org, womonspace@gmail.com • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured • Halloween Dance at Bellevue Hall: Oct 25


WOODYS VIDEO BAR • 11723 Jasper Ave •

• sustainability.ualberta.ca/saw • Free workshops, tours and events, it’s the seventh annual Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW) • Oct 20-24 • Kicks-off: free BBQ: Oct 20, noon in the Main Quad • Pre-register by Oct 17 at ow.ly/CoyF8


women wanting to move concerns into action, learn with each other, share creativity and start some planning • Oct 18, 12-4pm

QUEER 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


• 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

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 AMPLIFY YOUTH FESTIVAL • Enjoy Centre, Moonflower Rm, St Albert’s • Creativity, innovation, and music • Oct 17-18 CADAVERET • Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave • face-

book.com/groups/320012631500524/ • Improv by Go 4 Broke, drag performance by Chelsea Horrendous and Lourdes the Merry Virgin • $12 • Oct 17 (online)/$12 (door)

CAT FANCIERS SHOW • Ramada Conference

Centre, 11834 Kingsway Ave • Oct 25-26, 9am4pm • $8 (adult)/$5 (senior/kid)/$20 (family of 4); kids under 6 free


780.461.2003 • xmasinoctober.com • A fun family day connecting with the local crafters and artists • Oct 24, 1-8pm; Oct 25, 10am-5pm; Oct 26, 12-4pm • Support of the Christmas Bureau; $1 (door donation)

DEEPSOUL.CA • 587.520.3833; call or text for

Sunday jam locations: rare LIVE Rendevous Pub Rock Show Sat, Dec 6, 9pm • Every Sun: Sunday Jams with no Stan (CCR to Metallica), starring Chuck Prins on Les Paul Standard guitars; Pink Floydish originals plus great Covers of Classics: some FREE; Twilight Zone Lively Up Yourself Tour (with DJ Cool Breeze); all ages • Fundraising for local Canadian

VUEWEEKLY OCT 16 - OCT 22, 2014

Disaster Relief, the hungry (world-wide through the Canadian Food Grains Bank)

EDMONTON STARTUP WEEK • Various venues • A 5-day celebration of learning, discussion, and networking at community driven events focusing on speakers and sessions, adventures, and mentoring. Full schedule at edmontonstartupweek.com • Mega Meetup Night: Oct 20, 6:30-8:30pm; free • Breakfast–Building Startup Communities; Oct 21, 8:30-10am; free • NAIT Shaw Theatre, Main Campus: Startup Week Keynote: Dan Martell; Oct 22, 5pm; $20 (adult)/$10 (student) • EPCOR Tower Lobby: Launch Party 5: Oct 23, 6:45-10:30pm; $25 (adult)/ $15 (student) • How Big Companies Are Thinking Like Startups Too; Oct 24, 8:30-10am; free • Preregister for individual Edmonton Startup Week events at edmontonstartupweek.com/tickets E-VILLE ROLLER DERBY • Edmonton Sportsdome, 10104-32 Ave • Roller derby: the E-Ville Dead take on the Rage N’ Fyre. Halloween costume prizes • Oct 25, 6pm (door), 7pm • $10 (adv at brownpapertickets.com)/event/899547/$15 (door); child under 10 free FALL EDMONTON WOMAN'S SHOW • Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-118 Ave • womanshow.com • Meet Author and Happy Wife Researcher Fawn Weaver • Enjoy hot fall trends at the Londonderry Mall Fashion Shows • An Intuitive Art Workshop • Make an upcycled T-shirt dress with Sparrow Studioz • Let Elaine Charal, certified graphologist, tell you how the way you dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” says about your personality • Play “ What Percentage Diva are You?” at ECCO Theatre’s Operatic Game Show • Learn about integrative approaches for Women’s Health with Sabrina Silins • Treat yourself to a new look at the Eyebrow and Lash Bar by Indigo Lash Lounge & Spa • Oct 18-19 HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA • Palace Banquet and Conference Centre, 3223 Parsons Rd • Pets and people will be donning their best and spookiest attire for a Halloween Extravaganza in support of the Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society (ACTSS) • Oct 17, 5:30pm (door) • $75 (adult)/$25 (youth, 6-12)/free (child under 6)/$25 (pets, limited number); to support animals with cancer at actssalberta.ca, 780.732.3522 LUMEN: 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • Alan Nursall and TELUS

World of Science Edmonton as we unveil LUMEN – our inaugural twist on fundraising events • Oct 17, 7-11pm • $100

NOCTURNE–A MASQUERADE PARTY • AGA, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • A Moulin Rouge Halloween masquerade party with Cancan and burlesque performances, an absinthe bar, music by Jason Kodie, and DJs Girls Club. All exhibitons will be open for viewing • Oct 25, 8pm-1am • $150/$125 (member) incl food and host bar

OCDG ROLLER DERBY DOUBLE HEADER • Oil City Thunderdome, 10104-32 Ave • The

Dirty Harriets take on the Tarsand Betties of Fort McMurray and the Oil City All-Stars play our men's team, the River City Riot • Oct 18, 5pm (door), 6pm (first whistle)• $10 (adv at oilcityderbygirls.ca)/$15 (door)/free (kids under 10)

OPERA BRUNCH–the Barber of Seville •

Edmonton Petroleum Club, 11110-108 St • Brunch accompanied by intimate performances by the cast of The Barber of Seville • Oct 19, 11am-1pm • $85 (single tickets) at box office at 780.429.100, edmontonopera.com/events/brunch


• Southminster-Steinhauer United Church, 10740-19 Ave • Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation aka The GANG support the African grandmothers who are raising the millions of AIDs-orphaned children. Proceeds go to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign under the Stephen Lewis Foundation • Oct 18, 1:30-4pm • Cash donation at door


• Shaw Conference Centre, Halls A – C • Sample wine, scotch, premium spirits, import and microbrewed beer with gourmet culinary creations from local restaurants, hotels and food purveyors • Oct 24, 5-10pm; Oct 25, 12-4pm; Oct 25, 6-10pm • $16-$33.50

SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY: Science is Magic • Katz Group Rexall Centre for

Pharmacy and Health Research, 8601-114 St • Let's Talk Science for ages 5-1 • Oct 25, 10am-4pm • Free

SPOOKTACULAR–Magick And Mischief • Fort Edmonton • Dress-up for this carnival of soothsayers, magicians and other ghoulish characters. Back by popular demand: The Haunt • Family Friendly Nights: Oct 24-25, 6pm • Adult Only Night: Oct 31, 6pm • fortedmontonpark.ca/events/spooktacular/

STRATHCONA COUNTY MUSEUM–Spooky Saturday • 913 Ash St, Sherwood Park •

780.467.8189 • Activities and crafts • Oct 25, 6-9pm • $5; free for ages 5 and under

YOGA FESTIVAL • Providence Renewal Centre healing sanctuary, 3005-119 St • 780.439.0014 • Classes, workshops, demos, meditation, speakers, and music • Oct 17, 1:30-10pm, Oct 18, 7am10pm, Oct 19, 7am-5pm




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Coming Events

November 1st marks the start of the 23rd Annual “LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE” campaign in support of palliative/hospice and continuing care in the communities of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Wabamun, Seba Beach and Parkland County. Help us reach our $1,000,000.00 Milestone of total donations since the first campaign in 1992. All donations are receipted for taxation purposes. For Information Contact: Linda McCreath at 963-5691. Mail donations to: Light Up Your Life Society, 4405 South Park Drive, Stony Plain T7Z 2M7 or you may donate on line at: www.lightupyourlife.org

THE LOFT ART GALLERY AND GIFT SHOP Loft Gallery - AJ Ottewell Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park - Open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 pm. October showing is “The Color Purple” and the November/December showing is smaller artwork for Christmas.



Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society supports & educates families dealing with the effects of substance abuse in youth & adult children. Do you feel embarrassed, exhausted, hopeless, or alone as a result of a child struggling with substance use and/or abuse? PEP can help. Call 780.293.0737 or see www.pepsociety.ca for more information.



Gent seeks nice lady fun, friendship, love Ph. 244.6280 - Dougy



EPL Free Courses: Edmonton AB Check out the Free Online Interactive Instructor Led Courses offered through the Edmonton Public Library. Some of the courses for visual artists would include: Creating WordPress Websites, Secrets of Better Photography Beginning Writer’s Workshop many more… For a list of Free Courses visit: https://www.epl.ca/learn4life For information and instruction on how to get started https://www.epl.ca/learn4life


Volunteers Wanted

Become a Victim Services Volunteer Advocate! Work in conjunction with the RCMP to provide immediate assistance, support, information and agency referral to victims of crime and trauma in Strathcona County and provide support to victims through the criminal justice system. Please contact Jessica at 780-410-4300 or by email at jessica.hippe@strathcona.ca for more information! 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 Help someone in crisis take those first steps towards a solution. The Support Network’s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers! Interested or want to learn more? Contact Maura at 780-392-8723 or visit our website: www.TheSupportNetwork.com


Volunteers Wanted

Environmental News Radio Needs You! Want to uncover hidden stories, talk to community leaders across Canada, and harass powerful politicians with microphones? The awardwinning environmental news program Terra Informa is seeking new volunteers to join our team. You will get handson experience telling stories about science and the environment. All are welcome, from radio newbies to experienced journalists. Every week, Terra Informa delivers a half hour of environmental news, documentary and storytelling—from tips on green living, to fascinating discoveries in the natural sciences, to the politics of climate change and sustainable development. Join the team that gives Canadians in-depth news the mainstream won’t touch. The show is currently entering season twelve, and is heard on community radio from coast to coast to coast. Come out to our next meeting to see what Terra Informa is all about. Let us know you’re coming by emailing terra@cjsr.com with your completed application form from our website.

Help someone in crisis take those first steps towards a solution. The Support Network`s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers for Edmonton`s 24-Hour Distress Line. Interested or want to learn more? Contact Lindsay at 780-732-6648 or visit our website: www.TheSupportNetwork.com

Help the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation create a future without breast cancer through volunteerism. Contact 1-866-302-2223 or ivolunteer@cbcf.org for current volunteer opportunities

Volunteers Wanted

Team Edmonton is run by volunteers, and we always welcome new people to help us promote LGBT sports and recreational activities. Volunteers can assist during particular events or can take advantage of other short-term and ongoing opportunities. We are currently seeking volunteers to spearhead new activities, take over for retired activity leaders (cross country ski and snowshoe, outdoor pursuits), and to join the Team Edmonton Board. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you would like more information, please contact volunteer@teamedmonton.ca.

Want to make a difference for patients and their families at the Cross Cancer Institute? Volunteer with the Alberta Cancer Foundation today and help redefine the future of cancer in Alberta. Opportunities are available throughout the year. www.albertacancer.ca/volunteer 1.866.412.4222


Artist to Artist

ACRYLIC ARTISTS! Don’t miss GOLDEN Working Artist Samantha WilliamsChapelsky’s lecture/demo on the 1001 ways you can use GOLDEN acrylic paints, mediums, gels & pastes. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7-9PM in the Studio at The Paint Spot. Further information: 780.432.0240; accounts@paintspot.ca; www.paintspot.ca. (GOLDEN gives a very generous Just Paint goodies bag to all attending artists!)

“ART IS IN THE AIR” .. 2014 Fall Art Show and Sale, presented by the Art Society of Strathcona County, at the A. J. Ottewell Community Centre (Red Barn), October 17, 1-9 pm with Reception 7-9 ( artists in attendance), and October 18, 10-4 pm, and October 19, 12-4 pm. Silver Collection. A variety of new artwork by local artists

Art on the Patio will join art, music, and food, as artists and artisans display and sell their work during the very popular Festival Place Patio Series. This is a free opportunity that will be scheduled for four dates this coming summer. Six artists per week will be scheduled. Artists may book a maximum of two weeks. This event will occur on Wednesday evenings. Set up time will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and take down after the evenings performance concludes (approximately 9:30-10:00 pm). Interested in learning more? Email artgallery@strathcona.ca

You live and breathe DIGITAL. You’re driven, daring and dying for a career that fuels your fire AND fills your bank account. You need to go HERE: http://www.ncc.ca/careers.asp?mn=4 Digital Account Manager and Digital Content Producer – 2 exceptional opportunities await 2 exceptional people!


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: BUDAPEST The Open Call will begin on June 25, 2014, we have every months jury selection until April 15, 2015. Apply early! HMC International Artist Residency Program, a not-forprofit arts organization based in Dallas, TX / Budapest, Hungary – provides national and international artists to produce new work while engaging with the arts community in Budapest, Hungary. FOR APPLICATION FORM, questions please contact us. Email: bszechy@yahoo.com


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Artist In Residence: Coaticook, Quebec Artist in Residence program allowing multiple artists to have free access to a workshop fully equipped with a small housing. The Application period for 2015 will be held from September 2 to October 17, 2014. For additional information, contact us at (819) 849-2721 or head to: http://ville.coaticook.qc.ca/accueil .html

Call for Nominations: 2015 Outstanding Sculpture Educator Award The ISC’s Board of Trustees established the Educator Award to recognize individual artist-educators who have excelled at teaching sculpture in institutions of higher learning. An exemplary career combining personal studio practice and measurable academic performance form the evaluative basis of this award. Successful candidates for this award are masters of sculptural history, theory, processes and techniques, who have devoted a major part of their careers to the education of the next generation and to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. http://www.sculpture.org/docu ments/awards/educator/info.sh tml Call For Submission: Directory Of Ukrainian Artists in Alberta Do you weave, embroider or make pottery ? Do you write stories, pysanky or music ? Do you direct a choir, dance group or play in a band ? The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts would love to hear from you and everyone else involved in the arts. The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts is pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for our new online “Directory of Ukrainian Artists in Alberta”. Additional information and submission forms are available by contacting: Elena Scharabun Directory Coordinator, ACUA directory@acuarts.ca 780-975-3077 Call to Artists for Caprices Fine Arts Pre-Holiday Event Call to artists for Caprices Fine Arts Pre-Holiday Event Saturday Nov 15 at the Inglewood Community Hall , Calgary, 10am to 5pm. Looking for art work in all mediums ad genres. Please visit http://www.zhibit.org/capricesfi nearts/upcoming-capricesevents for more information and contact Nicole. Call to Makers, Mercer Collective: A Maker’s Market You must MAKE, BAKE or CREATE what you sell. You can not be a reseller of goods not produced by you. Costs: $60 per market December show is $200 Additional Fees Table Rental is available at $10 per show. Please specify 6 ft or 4 ft. Limited quantities available. Show Dates: March 29,April 26, Sept 27,October 25, November 22 December 13-14 – $200

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VUEWEEKLY OCT 16 - OCT 22, 2014


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Doc Ignite Submission Guidelines Applications Hot Docs is accepting applications for Doc Ignite on an ongoing basis until further notice. Please note that currently only 5 projects per year will be selected. If you are interested in having your project featured, please complete the application form http://www.hotdocs.ca/docignit e/doc_ignite_submission_guid elines/ International Call to Artists, Mexican Ceramics Special Artist Residency 2015 Arquetopia – Puebla, Southern Mexico Self-directed terms of 6 to 24 weeks during 2015 creating at a prominent ceramics factory studio in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico. Application deadline Sunday, November 2, 2014. www.arquetopia.org E-mail info@arquetopia.org for more information. Plans for International Week 2015 (Jan 26-30) are underway! This year, I-Week programming will try to make sense of the world’s most current and pressing conflicts. We will consider causes, consequences and possible solutions, and will devote special attention to the plight of refugees and displaced persons. We invite students, staff, faculty and community members to join us in this conversation! If you are interested in offering a session, hosting an event or getting involved in I-Week, please contact Lisa Lozanski at lllozans@ualberta.ca or 780-248-2040 to discuss your idea. Formal proposals must be submitted online by November 3, 2014. PREMIERE ART FAIR SEEKS ARTISTIC TALENT Art Vancouver is calling on galleries representing artists working in all mediums to enter its four-day art fair May 21 – 24, 2015. Local and international galleries, collectors, designers, architects and media expected to attend this event at Vancouver’s award winning Convention Centre. Deadline for application is November 1, 2014. For more information including booth sizing and prices go to www.artvancouver.net or contact info@artvancouver.net. Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH) Arts in Rehab Council is now accepting art submissions for the 2015 season. They are a health-care facility unique to Alberta and are devoted primarily to high-level rehabilitation care of seniors, adults and children. This facility is visited by approximately 160,000 individuals annually, including inpatients, outpatients, visitors, volunteers and staff. The Arts in Rehab Council was developed to create opportunities for patients and staff to be exposed to Alberta and Canadian art and artists. The Council focuses on exploring sources for artwork exhibition or acquisition and evaluates any and all art works for display. The Deadline is Oct. 31st, 2014. http://visualartsalberta.com/blo g/wpcontent/uploads/2014/09/2015Call-for-Artists.pdf


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St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council Presents The Country Craft Fair Call for Entries SAPVAC is pleased to invite you to apply for booth space in our annual juried craft show on November 15-16 at St Albert Place. Crafters and artists are able to present their wares in a venue which is as unique as their craft. St. Albert Place is known as a hub of the art scene and cultural activity. The sale includes free admission and free parking for your clientele. Entry fee is $300. Work for sale must be handcrafted or produced by the applicant. For show info, Email: donnahillier@gmail.com Toy Guns Dance and Art Gala: Artist Call Come support Toy Guns Dance Theatre by being a part of this artistic adventure! Toy Guns is inviting artists to create work during our Art and Dance Gala in early November. There is a small sign up fee of $20, and in return you will receive a gift basket with over a $50 value, a canvas to create your work on at the gala, as well as an opportunity to exhibit and sell your previous works to a new and diverse audience. The piece you create that evening will be auctioned off to help Toy Guns upcoming performance in April. Sign up via email: richelle@toygunstheatre.com Please send a message including your name, how to contact you, and a short message saying you would like to create art work at the gala to be auctioned Toy Guns’ Dance and Art Gala You have the opportunity to create your choice of artwork during the event, which will be auctioned off to support Toy Guns. November 15th @ St. John’s Institute For more details please head to www.toygunstheatre.com VASA, in cooperation with Beverley Bunker, is soliciting submissions for a visual art exhibition for June 2015 from professional and emerging artists in the Edmonton region of Alberta. The deadline for submissions is Dec 1, 2014. Submissions must be sent electronically to mb.constable@gmail.com. A group show to offer an opportunity for women figurative artists to showcase their expressions of women only experiencing everyday life, expressed as portraiture, female form (nude) studies, narratives, etc., in visual form. http://www.vasa.ca/


Musicians Available

Guitarist singer available Country, light rock, 50’s, 60’s 780-458-7133 Veteran blues drummer available . Influences include BB King, Freddie King, etc. 780-462-6291


Musicians Wanted

Guitarists, bassists, vocalists, pianists and drummers needed for good paying teaching jobs. Please call 780-901-7677 Looking for players for blues rock Contact Derek at 780-577-0991 Wanted: Female Singer country, light rock, 50’s & 60’s 780-458-7133



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Capital City Burlesque Open Auditions - Oct 19 @ 6:30 We Want You! Capital City Burlesque is looking for dedicated women with a passion for burlesque to join our troupe. While previous dance experience is an asset, it isn’t essential. If you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn, we want to meet you! Prepared choreography is not required. Following a warm up, we will teach you a short dance and a few classic burlesque moves. Come prepared to show us some sass! Special talents are encouraged. Please wear something you can move in (leggings, yoga pants, nothing too loose or baggy) and a pair of heels you can dance comfortably in. Hope to see you there!


Moving or just need something removed? Driver with truck available for weeknights & weekends. For inquiries call Justin at 780-257-7429 Old Appliance Removal Removal of unwanted appliances. Must be outside or in your garage. Rates start as low as $30. Call James @780.231.7511 for details

Automobile Service

RIVERCITY MOTORS LTD 20 plus years of VW Audi dealer training. Warranty approved maintenance. 8733-53 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5E9 www.rivercitymotors.ca

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Meat Cutter Full time opportunities with a long standing local company located in Salmon Arm, BC, 12345 on the beautiful Shuswap Lake. Candidates should be experienced Meat Cutters who would like to grow and advance their careers with Askew’s Foods.



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The Autoblow, an electric masturbation sleeve, blew way past its initial fundraising goal of $45 000—collecting more than $280 000. to make it to market. The Revel Body sonic vibrator came about through an Indiegogo campaign. That toy has now been taken on by major North American distributors. The Autoblow, an electric masturbation sleeve, blew way past its initial fundraising goal of $45 000—collecting more than $280 000. I found more than 10 different sex toys with current or past fundraising campaigns on my search through Indiegogo. Not all of them are winners, however. It appears makers of the Booty Glove, a masturbator that looks like a giant rubber glove, didn't raise the $35 000 they needed for inventory costs. The Handie, which looks

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