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Giving the union its dues CUPW is known as a union that gets things done. It was the first national union to win the right to maternity leave, a battle won 30 years ago. Then, 1995 saw the negotiation of a $2 million childcare fund to help workers who could not afford childcare. So the recent use of back-to-work legislation against the union comes as a blow to one of the strongest unions in the country and subsequently puts all workers' right to strike under threat. Unfortunately, most Canadians haven't noticed. Most comments on Twitter, on news sites and in conversation spheres poked fun at mailboxes empty of pamphlets and flyers, failing to consider those who might be dependent on the mail for income, support or business. More time was spent chiding postal workers for thinking their service was necessary than any consideration given to what they might be fighting for. When Canadians did think of postal workers, it was more to chastise them for thinking that a job requiring merely a Grade 12 education could possibly fight for higher pay or better working conditions. This was a battle about more than just the wages of high school graduates. Canadian postal workers are concerned about the dire situation their public pen-


sion plans currently occupy (something all public sector workers should be worried about the management of), as well as unsafe working conditions and forced overtime. Instead of using forced overtime for situations of exceptional circumstance, workers noticed an increase in its everyday use as a management tool rather than bringing on temporary workers to help ease a backlog. These are circumstances any worker should be concerned about, but while the NDP held down the fort with a 58-hour filibuster, the rest of Canada made fun of junk mail and high school graduates. This lack of support for people who were standing up for their rights as workers and attempting change in their work environments is an indicator of a dangerous apathy and lack of consideration for other people's position in life. Now, due to this lack of support amongst all workers, back to work legislation has been used against one of the most influential unions in the country. Instead of complaining that postal workers were asking for too much or that the service was archaic, we should be considering our own ability to change our environments and considering who exactly is going to help us out when we need to create some change. V

Your Vue is the weekly roundup of all your comments and views of our coverage. Every week we'll be running your comments from the website, feedback on our weekly web polls and any letters you send our editors.

WEBPOLL RESULTS (from last week's poll)* It's estimated that the Vancouver riots will cost millions of dollars in clean-up and insurance costs. What should the City of Vancouver be doing in the aftermath of the riots?

COMMENTS FROM POLL Send the damages to NHL because they are responsible for attracting the hooligans.

Unfortunately the second option


The City of Edmonton planning department has issued a demolition permit for the old Bank of Montreal building downtown. A citizenled campaign has formed to advocate its historical importance and prevent the building's destruction.

What should Edmonton do to prevent the destruction of historical buildings?

may actually make sense! But charge all the ones you can!!! I would outlaw the Canucks (or Luongo ... ) but I feel really bad for them.

The guilty should be forced to pay restitution for damages to businesses.

During the riot, they should have police snipers using rubber bullets. When they start flipping a car, or jumping on it, or busting a window, shoot em' in the arse and watch em' clear out then.

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1. Call in the wrecking ball and build towards the future. 2. Knock 'em down and rebuild from the same design. 3. Don't forget where we came from. Save the old, no matter the cost.

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NEWS ROUNDUP MONEY IN THE HOLE This past week the provincial government approved funding for Shell Canada Energy to create the Quest carbon capture and storage project. The provincial government will dedicate $745 million to the project over 15 years and the federal government $120 million. While the provincial government has stated this project demonstrates a dedication to clean energy, environmental advocates such as the Pembina Institute believe this introduction has actually reduced effective clean energy policy. "Alberta's government significantly weakened its regulations with today's announcement of bonus offset credits for some CCS projects," says Pembina Institute's Chris SeversonBaker. "Today's announcement seriously undermines Alberta's offset system by creating a class of credits that is not based on real emission reductions." The project is part of the Alberta government's $2 billion plan to create carbon capture sequestration projects.


China goes after the euro

Greek debt indicates future problems for European markets The deadline is now July 3. That's trillion of US treasury bills—but as of when the European Union's finance late last year, it has stopped expandministers meet again, and by then the ing its US dollar holdings. Greek parliament should have This makes sense, given that passed legislation mandating the US budget deficit is 11 28 billion euros of spending percent of GDP. The US is cuts and tax rises over the so deeply indebted that .com weekly e@vue n n next five years. If it goes it might be tempted to y w g e Gwynn through, each of the 10 milinflate its way out of its Dyer problem, and nobody wants lion Greeks will ultimately be about 2800 euros poorer. to be sitting on a pile of a trilThat's why they're rioting in the lion US dollars when the value of street these days in Athens. But unthe currency collapses. What is asless the European finance ministers tonishing is that China is now buying approve the plan, Greece will not large amounts of euros instead. So get the next 12-billion-euro instalwhat do the Chinese know that the ment of the current EU-IMF bail-out pundits don't? package in July, and it will default on They know that there is nowhere to its gigantic debt. hide. Holding euros is risky, but holdAs the IMF recently warned, "A ing US dollars is riskier, and the pound disorderly outcome cannot be exand the yen are only marginally safer. cluded." It was hinting that the euro China has to put its money someitself might crash, taking the Eurowhere, and it calculates that the euro pean or even the global economy is not quite as bad a bet as it seems. down with it—and yet China seems Even though Greece certainly will strangely unworried. default at some point, and probably Used-car salesmen know that if you quite soon. don't give the customers credit, they Greece can never repay the 300 won't buy your cars. For the past debillion euros it owes, no matter how cade, China has operated on the same harsh the austerity measures that it principle, lending the US government forces on its own population. If it still money in order to keep the American had its old currency, it could make the dollar high and the orders for Chinese debt shrink by printing more drachgoods flowing. Beijing now holds $1.15 mas and inflating the currency, but it's



stuck with the euro. Like other Mediterranean countries that joined the euro, it has a less efficient economy than the big northern European countries that dominate the currency. It used to stay competitive by letting inflation rip, thus making its exports cheaper in foreign markets. But the European Central Bank keeps the euro's inflation rate low, so now it can't do that. It's a trap. The euro's low inflation rate meant a low interest rate, so although Greece could not keep its economy competitive, it could borrow money very cheaply. And since the euro's value is backed by much stronger economies, the banks were willing to lend Greece large sums. Ridiculously large sums, in fact. So large that Greece could never pay them back. Didn't the banks realize this? Of course they did, but they reckoned that the richer countries in the euro zone would cover Greece's debts in order to preserve the integrity of the currency. That is what is happening now. The banks stopped lending Greece money after 2008, and the European Union stepped in to prevent a default. The enormous sums that it and the IMF are now lending Greece (at a high interest rate) are immediately handed

over to the foreign banks that let the situation get so far out of hand in the first place. But the political price extracted from Greece for this bail out is savage cuts in the country's budget and a soaring unemployment rate. A lot of Greeks don't see why they should pay such a high price for this charade. They are far from blameless—they cynically milked the EU system for a long time—but their rage is entirely understandable. So at some point Greece will decide to default on its debt. The money that the EU and the IMF are currently giving to the banks by laundering it through Greece will then have to be shovelled directly into their coffers by the financial authorities, embarrassing though that is. And Greece, using heavily devalued drachmas, will still face a long period of austerity and falling living standards, but at least it will be in charge of its own fate. The euro will survive all this because everybody knows that the default is coming, and is quietly making arrangements to contain the damage. China is putting its money in the right place. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His column appears every week in Vue Weekly.

SHELTER FROM ABUSE Statistics Canada reports the availability of women's shelters is up marginally since 2008. Monitored over a day, the survey measured 4645 women living in 593 shelters across the country. Eighty percent of women reported having been abused by their partner with 66 percent listing emotional abuse and 53 percent reporting physical abuse as the reasons for seeking out a shelter, but six out of 10 women did not report the most recent abuse to police. Affordable housing was listed as the third most common reason. Overall the number of shelters was up marginally from 2008 when 569 shelters offered assistance.

LOCAL WINNERS Local independent news program Terra Informa recently won two national awards for investigative work. The National Campus and Community Radio Association presented the awards for best documentary piece, an investigative piece into air pollution in Peace River, and for best current affairs program. SAMANTHA POWER //

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Edmonton comes of age

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Age-friendly declaration is about more than terminology dmonton, you're getting old. We're not talking about the city, which at 107 years of age, is a mere babe compared to the likes of 400year-old Quebec City. We're talking about the population of Edmonton getting old. And fast. According to "Edmonton Seniors: a Portrait," published last year by the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, the report projects that by 2041, one in three city residents will be a senior, a dramatic increase over the one in five identified in the 2006 census. The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies a worldwide aging trend. In 2000, the global population of people aged 60 and over was 600 million; by 2025 there will be 1.2 billion and, by 2050, almost 2 billion. The proportion of people over the age of 60 is set to double from 11 percent in 2006 to 22 percent by 2050. To address the many challenges that will accompany this changing demographic, the international organization launched the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities initiative. The Network, as conceived by WHO, ensures age-friendly cities have services, policies, structures and environments that enhance the quality of life for people as they age by going beyond addressing their needs. An age-friendly city ensures its older citizens remain engaged in every aspect of civic life. Designated cities commit to continually assessing and improving their age-friendliness and must involve older residents in meaningful ways throughout the process. Last week, Edmonton became the fourth Canadian city to be formally accepted as a member. The designation serves as a mecha-

nism to link cities and offer a common global understanding about what it means to be "age friendly." Brenda Wong, the Seniors Coordinator in the city's Community Services Department, says Edmonton's membership provides city staff with ready access to technical support and training, along with information about international best practices. This will help ensure efforts taken to improve the lives of older citizens are appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective. As our population ages, demand on services from all levels of government increases, going well beyond the obvious things like health care

"For example, all new neighbourhood designs incorporate curb cuts as a priority," she explains. "All buses now purchased by Edmonton Transit are low-floor and all transit staff receive senior-friendly training." ETS has designated staff to perform outreach to seniors and seniors' groups to tell them about things like stopon-request being available for bus riders. "Obviously, the benefit of a lot of these initiatives extends beyond seniors," Wong points out. "The mother with the stroller appreciates these things, too." Last year, city council approved the Edmonton Seniors Declaration,

Obviously, the benefit of a lot of these initiatives extends beyond seniors. The mother with the stroller appreciates these things, too.

and pensions. This spring, the city adopted a five-year age-friendly action plan that identifies nine key areas, including things like transportation, respect, and social inclusion. The city knows it faces challenges. In 2009, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) used the WHO guidelines to rank 17 Canadian cities' age-friendliness through a poll amongst its members. Edmonton didn't fare well, rounding out the bottom 3 with Kelowna and Calgary. CARP attributed the low ranking in all three cities to poor-quality public transit and lack of pedestrian-friendly amenities. Wong suggests that a lot has changed in two years and with several new initiatives being introduced across departments, improvements are being made constantly.

becoming the first municipality in Canada to have one. Councillor Linda Sloan, who leads city council's seniors portfolio, cites the city's membership in the WHO Network as further evidence of the city's commitment to seniors. "We are dedicated to making Edmonton a city where seniors are connected to communities, respected and valued," she said. Edmonton can remain a member of the Network as long as it demonstrates continual progress against its plan of action. With just four Canadian cities accepted as members of the Network to date, Edmonton joins an exclusive group which includes Saanich, BC, along with Welland and London in Ontario. mimi williams //

Taking on the dominance of automobiles uthor Yves Engler didn't get very far when he attempted to travel across the US. The problem: he was travelling without a car. In an attempt to demonstrate how significantly car culture has impacted transit development, Engler and co-author Bianca Mugyenyi set out to traverse the US vehicle-free. "We were defeated to cross almost immediately," says Engler, who will be speaking about the experience this Sunday as part of the book launch for Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay. After arriving at the Fort Lauderdale Greyhound station Engler and Mugyenyi had to take a taxi when they quickly discovered public transit was done for the day and that walking to their next destination would take over a day. "The most common theme was that it was very difficult to get around. People looked at us like we were crazy for trying to walk." The two Canadians chose to travel to the ancestral homeland of the car, the US, because of the historical significance it has had on the identity of the country. The right of passage of your first car means a highway drive to freedom, independence and eternal coolness. But what Engler and Mugyenyi discovered is actually the opposite. Due to the dependence on the car, freedom of movement is actually restricted if you don't happen to own one. "For those who don't have a vehicle, the ability to access necessities is difficult and their freedom is impinged upon," says Engler. "If you look at that, the people most hurt by that are children, elderly and disabled who may not be able to drive." And it's not just a matter of access. For those who do have cars, Engler emphasizes that a large part of people's income is dedicated to paying for a car. "April 1 is car freedom day. The first

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three months of the year is working to pay for your vehicle." This lack of freedom is directly associated with a failure to create transit policy for alternative means of transit. Bike paths, sidewalks and busses become secondary considerations when municipalities consider transit. Engler believes it's largely due to the profit motive. "Auto interests, oil companies, have all used their immense economic clout to influence all aspects of society to advance their interests," he says. There are also subsidiary economic benefits. Fast food chains, big-box stores and warehouse outlets all exist because of the car. "It's more difficult for small businesses to get going in an suburban car landscape than in an urban area where people walk," says Engler. "For a whole series of reasons, the investment needed for a mom-and-pop store is much more in a suburban area than an urban area." In order to overcome car culture, Engler believes alliances need to be made with small businesses who stand to benefit from walkable urban spaces. In many cities that's beginning to happen. Transit-oriented development and walkable urban planning has started to develop in cities across Canada. Engler points to his home city MontrĂŠal and its developing bike policy, the BIXI bike exchange program. "MontrĂŠal is putting $20 million into bike paths, but at the same time the Quebec government is putting $5 billion into growing roadways over the next 10 years," says Engler. "If you take a look at a more macro level it's still negative. There is an incongruence between a growing understanding of the downsides and what's actually happening on a macro level." Samantha Power


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Not so black and white

Freewill's Othello focuses beneath its characters' skin

Steampunk switch-up Twelfth Night gets a face lift

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Othello broods


he end of June heralds the arrival of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Hawrelak Park, an annual event featuring two of the Bard's works, one tragedy and one comedy. The productions usually incorporate some kind of spin on the classic; this year's tragedy is Othello, and the spin?—Othello isn't black. "In the past century lots of productions have been done, and focused on the colour of Othello's skin and the interracial love affair with Desdemona, and it had a huge role in interpreting the play," explains Marianne Copithorne, artistic director of the festival. In this staging of Othello, Copithorne chose to move the main conflict of the play away from racial differences and towards other motives for Iago's revenge, specifically his anger at being overlooked for a promotion in Othello's army and his suspicion that his wife may have had an affair with Othello. "This production is focused on the emotional colours that the characters go through, and less on the colour of the skin of Othello," states Copithorne. "We've kind of moved on in the world as we live in it now. The United States has its first African-American president and the ethnic makeup of the world is totally changing; clinical attitudes are so different concerning racial issues. "So in the last while, the role of Othello has been performed by actors of many colours; everybody's had their take on it," she continues. "For me in this production, Othello is just from a different culture, strong and confident when the play begins, and then as the play unravels we see basically what Shakespeare was talking


welfth Night, or What You Will is, perhaps Shakespeare's most enduringly punchy comedy, one with particular pull in Edmonton: both the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan offered up productions of it this year, and this about as far as the plot was concerned." marks the Freewill Fest's fourth take on the The character of Iago has been extensively comedy. But within this production, backed by studied by literary scholars. He has been the guiding hand of Theatre Network artistic dubbed the most evil of all Shakespeare's vildirector Bradley Moss, there are some firsts at lains, yet John Ullyat, who is playing Iago in play: it's Moss's directorial debut for Freewill the Freewill Festival, doesn't regard Iago as a Festival, but perhaps more significantly, his first wholly evil guy. time ever directing a Shakespeare work. "A lot of the time, the take on Iago is that he's "I think, lucky for me, It's Twelfth Night, and a sociopath and he's irrational in his motives— Twelfth Night is, I feel, really one of Shakebut I think his motives are very clear," says Ulspeare's most modern, situational, modern dralyat. "My take on it is that Iago sets out to get matic plays that we know today. So I feel pretty revenge, but I don't think he sets out to have blessed that i'm doing that one. ... So to come people killed. Along the way it kind of gets into this one, and away from him, in not have a lot of the sense that he Thu, Jun 30 – Sun, Jul 24 experience—well, ends up following Freewill Shakespeare Festival with Shakespeare, it through to this Othello (even dates, 8 pm) but experience dotragic end. Twelfth Night (odd dates, 8 pm; weekend matinees, 2 pm) ing contemporary "I kind of find myHeritage Amphitheatre (Hawrelak Park), $16.75 – $24.50 drama, that really self getting giddy (festival passes $37) was my angle: it's about how easy it Schedule at just like doing any is to control peoplay. Let's just figple," he continues. ure out how to do this play. "To me that's a richer journey for a man who "When you crack it," he continues, "when you crack doesn't set out to be evil, 'cause I don't think the code of Shakespeare, it's very rewarding." anybody sets out to be evil. But ultimately he's Moss is grounding its mistaken-identity plot a complete bastard about it." line—shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian, "The journey for [Iago] is fed with a fascinateach thinking the other dead, get taken for one ing, justifying thought that what he is doing is another while traversing the island of Illyria, right," adds Copithorne. "I don't think that he all while some cross dressing/interlocking love ever thinks for a moment that he is evil, or that triangles complicate things and a sinister prank he is diabolical, like some kind of comic book gets set—in a world that, by virtue of its very character. He's a human being who has been nature, matches that just-over-the-top set-up. hurt and who has had some things happen in "What I kind of felt like with the play, [was that] his life to fuel him to do this." Mel Priestley the land of Illyria was a place where things were // a little extraordinary," Moss explains. "Viola's

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chosen to grieve for seven years, and the Duke is thickly in love with her, and that's all he can see, and I feel like this place, this magical island of Illyria, is a place where people perhaps feel a little bit much. "That's where the second title kind of comes into play for me: What You Will," he continues. "I think [Shakespeare] was trying to suggest that we have a hand in what we want to experience: if we want to choose to be madly in love with just one person, then that's our choice, if we want to grieve, and maybe perhaps that's a bit much. It's a sense, as the play goes on, that people have kind of come to their sense, wake up a bit, and then things work out." Still, Moss is quick to note there's a lot more going on than wacky comic romping: from some stylized music (Matthew Skopyk's reworked some modern Beatles classics to fit the world), and some genuine melancholy sentiments help ground the story's more saccharine plot points. "I guess that's why it's modern and it's beautiful," he says, "because there's a bittersweetness to it." In stylizing the Bard within that world, Moss has done what's quite possibly a true first: he and costume designer Narda McCarroll are giving Twelfth Night a Steampunk sheen. The original idea had been a sort of post-Civil War one, but when their Googling kept returning to the proto-fantasy take on the victorian era–think Sherlock Holmes meets HG Wells—Moss decided to follow that thread. "Narda started to get excited as we were talking, and I started to go, 'This makes sense to me,'" he says. "Because I think the interpretation for me then is not so much a period, but more a place. " Paul Blinov //





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tep by quickened step, technology sneaks out from backstage, slips between the curtains, through the wings and out into the limelight of the theatre world. It's not so much a way of updating the older form—pitting theatre's inherent liveness against a computer or television's very literal fourth wall— as it is incorporating the new, grafting the versatility of modern techniques of presentation onto stage-based entertainment. It's showing up in more daring ways these days, but the Monologue-AThon is, even within that mostly uncharted territory, a pretty as-of-yet unapproached use of technology: two venues, half a country apart from each other, linked by the Internet. "I've always been interested in trying to do something that would use new technologies to connect two different theatre spaces simultaneously," explains Mitchell Cushman, a MonologueA-Thon organizer, from a rehearsal retreat in the Okanagan Valley. "Myself and another person I know and work with have been talking about trying to write a show about a long-distance relationship that would play out of two theatres with a webcam. It's something I've been interested in for a while."

A script-based knuckle dust-up

While the Monologue-A-Thon is more an onstage sparring session than a relationship exploration, it is certainly long distance: the MonologueA-Thon sets up its 24 performers—12 in Toronto, 12 here in Edmonton—to prepare scenes and monologues either contemporary, self-penned, or classic, then lets them square off, delivering their lines before live audiences in their respective cities. There are celebrity judges (Steve Pirot and Laura Raboud here), to give American Idol-style feedback that will whittle their numbers down. After the dust settles from the initial skirmishes, the final few monologues—given to the actors, so they have mere minutes

to prepare—will be watched by both crowds via Skype and a webcam. One final champion will take the crown. It's a fundraiser for Cushman—who, most recently directed Studio Theatre's bitter comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan—for a show he's crafting with a Toronto artist, called Mister Marmalade, for that city's SummerWorks festival. And though it is a civic dust-up of sorts, he seems unconcerned about a city versus city bias. "We've been trying to play up the rivalry in the Facebook group, but actually something else we were trying to do was attract some contestants who have ties to both cities." Paul Blinov //


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hough it's known as the spectacle du jour—a rep well-earned as a dazzling circus of invention and topnotch talent—Cirque du Soleil has always carried a particularly welcoming policy for bringing new faces into the creative fold. Each production the company revamps or crafts anew has veteran artists meshing with greener ones and a constant sense of challenging the company's status quo—in short, Cirque is constantly looking to change how it does what it does, and for new people to help do it. Which is how James Santos came into the fold. His first application to Cirque du Soleil was for the position of dance master; previously, he'd been the artistic director of The Dance Project, a small but ambitious company of Redding, CA, running a pair of yearly productions with an extended program for outreach and education. When he found himself at what he felt was a transition period for his career with that company, he sought out Cirque to bridge the gap.

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The dance master position didn't work out, but something about the warmth of the audition process inspired Santos to pursue the company in other directions. "Through that process, I really learned about the ethics and what it was about: they'd always ask me, 'How do you feel?' at the end of an interview, and I'd be like, 'What? You ask me how I feel?'" he recalls, grinning, sitting in the Westin Hotel's lounge. "So I love that. That's really special. That's what we should do as humans, is take care of each other. I felt like even though they didn't know me, they were taking care of me already. So with that, I was really driven to pursue other jobs, and that's how I got here." Now he's an artistic associate working on Dralion, a position that's essentially grooming Stanton for bigger and better things as he tours the show across North America. The run's spending just four days in Edmonton—doing eight performances in that time—but its full itinerary is a multi-year trek across the continent, and adjusting to the touring lifestyle, Santon notes, has been a bit of a trick. "Each one of us—there's about 100 of us on the road—have a different scenario or different story. The job is beautiful: being able to work with these performers every day and get up with

the attitude of doing what you love, and being challenged, and watching the artists grow—that stuff is beautiful," he says. "Being away from your family, all that sort of stuff, can be a challenge, and changing hotels each week, is always a challenge too. You go into cities where you don't know anything, and you have to figure it out, quick." This North American tour of Dralion—a revamped version of a big-top show, as most of Cirque's touring shows are—is a meld of Eastern acrobatics and Western circus arts, fusing both spectacle and culture. Chinese acrobatics, in particular, are showcased alongside a hodge-podge of other theatrical delights, divided into four element-themed acts. Santos notes the massive set—60 feet long, 26 feet wide, which "all clicks together like a puzzle"—represents a chinese temple, and that the mixture of circus cultures only serves to heighten both. "Is there really a dance step or style that's unique anymore? I don't know," he says. "I think it's about sharing, and that's one thing that we do is, we share amongst ourselves to help each other grow and find those visions, how to tweak them a little bit and make them new and fresh." Paul Blinov //


sion for up to two seniors on any Wed, until Aug 17 • Warhol Sunglasses Drops: Giving away the Andy Warhol-inspired promo sunglasses at various locations and events in the city: Jul 1 (Canada Day) at the Legislature Grounds; Jul 10 at SOS Fest Street Concert, Fat Franks, Whyte Ave • Soup Can Drive: collecting cans of soup throughout the duration of Andy Warhol: Manufactured, to be donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank

Dance 3rd Street Beat: Hip Hop for Hope • Winspear Centre • At the Movies: 8th Annual Benefit

Art Gallery Of St Albert (AGSA) • Profiles, 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • Field Doll: Artworks by Heather Benning; until Jul 2 • The Monster in your closet: Mark

tion: Jul 8, 6-8pm

artists Bruce Allen, Miles Constable, Douglas

Park box office (opens at 7pm; 1pm for matinees)

Hub on Ross Art Gallery–Red Deer •

Fraser, Monk, BruceThompson, Frank van Veen, Pat

Hard Day's Knights • Jubilations Dinner

4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • Take Flight: Group show • First Friday/opening

Velvet Olive Lounge–Red Deer • 4924-50

Jeff Allen Art Gallery • Strathcona Seniors

St • 403.340.8288 • Grilled: Paintings by Paul

Centre, 10831 University Ave • 780.433.5807 • Landscapes, flowers, buildings and abstracts by Liz

Jurassic Forest/Learning Centre • 15

• Throughout Edmonton • •

mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility

Kiwanis Gallery–Red Deer • Red Deer

& Christopher Zaytsoff (C. Robot & T. McClelland)

Library • Twisted: Pottery and digital art by Issy

Jul 7-30; opening reception with the St Albert

780.422.8107 • • Catch The Cur-

Covey • Through Jul • First Friday/Opening recep-

ArtWalk: Jul 7, 6-9pm • Rental & Sales Gallery:

rent: Lyrical, Cuban Jazz, and Contemporary Ballet •

tion: Jul 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Palette of Meanings: Artworks by Métis

Until Jul 1 • Tickets at TIX on the Square • Historic

artists, Leah Dorion, and Heather Shillinglaw in

Latitude 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 •

Feets: Fort Edmonton Park: Jul 1, 12-2pm, free with

celebration of National Aboriginal Day; until Jul 9 •

admission • KO Dance Project: Human gardens and

Artist at Heart: Jul 9, 10am-12pm

untamed minds: Corner of Sobey’s, 104 St, Jasper Ave; Site-specific performance, premiere dance piece; Jul 1-2, 5:30pm and 8:30pm; Jul 3, 5:30pm

Mile Zero Dance • Louise McKinney Park. • 780.424.1573 • Streaming: A site-specific installation about Edmonton's river. Part of the Works Festival • Jul 1-3, 4:30pm

Movements Dance • Con Boland Gardens, 10107-89 St • Affair, A Jazz Soiree • Jul 17, 4:30pm • $35 at T: 780.415.5211, TIX on the Square; dress to impress, wear white

Vinok Dance • Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway • Klondyke Kapers: Music, songs, dance and verve of the Gold Rush Era, evoking the atmosphere of a Klondike Saloon featuring a BBQ, a floor show, and Klond-

Main Gallery: Spaces&Places:VisioningMcL uhan@100: Artworks dedicated to the centenary of Marshall McLuhan's birth; until Jul 23 • ProjEx

Arts Habitat Studio Gallery • 10217-106

Room: VITULAZIO: Works by Barbara Prokop; until

St, 3rd Fl • ArtsHab Chill: Art works by the resi-

Jul 23 • Rooftop Patio and Summer Incubator Se-

by Donna Miller • Opening reception/free preview

ney, Linda Nelson, Dessirrie Plewis • Jul 9-31 • Opening Tea: Jul 9, 1-4pm

of Village of Idiots: Jul 5, 7pm (door) • Jul 9-16

McMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital,

Café Pichilingue–Red Deer • 4928-50 St •

8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • Size Doesn't

403.346.0812 • Artworks by Jodi Benson • Through Jul • First Friday/opening reception: Jul 8

• 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • Artrageous:

• 780.482.2854 • SUMMER SHOW: Artworks by

Matter: Artworks by Spyder Yardley-Jones • Until Jul 31 • Opening reception will be during the Works Art and Design Festival

Michif Cultural and Métis Resource Institute • 9 Mission Ave, St Albert • 780.651.8176 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing

Mildwood Gallery • 426, 6655-178 St •

Canada 1965-1980: Tracking the influence and diversity of Conceptual Art as it was produced in

plays with Irish poetry readings, and music in

ism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological

between performances. Featuring the plays Mojo

Decay, book launch with co-author Yves Engler • Jul

Mickybo by Owen McCafferty, Molly Sweeney by

3, 7pm • Free, an Edmonton Bike Month event

Brian Friel, Secrets of Immortality by Jeff Page

Upper Crust Café • 10909-86 Ave •

inspired by the prison writings of Oscar Wilde,

780.422.8174 • • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm presented by the Stroll of Poets Society; $5

WunderBar on Whyte • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • Bi-weekly poetry reading presented by Nothing, For Now; all poets are welcome • Every 2nd Tue, 7pm (sign-up), 8pm (readings)

THEATRE CHiMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave

and Faith Healer by Brian Friel, Beckett's Shorts by Samuel Beckett • Carrot Café: Staged reading of Maggie Now, parts 1-4 by Jennifer Spencer • Until Jul 3 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

SEXY LAUNDRY • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • By Michele Riml, starring Eddie Mekka • Until Jul 24

STREETFEST–Edmonton International Street Performers Festival • Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.425.5162 • edmontonstreetfest. com • Escape To Someplace Magical: Outdoor

Musée Héritage Museum–St Albert • 5 St

ers, Be Your Own Busker workshops, Kids’ World

Douglas UDell • 10332-124 St • 780.488.4445 •

Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • St Albert History

Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde

activities • Jul 8-17

Gallery: Featuring artifacts dating back 5,000 years •

style of Cirque du Soleil • Jul 6-10

Theatresports • Varscona Theatre, 10329-

The Mission Makers: Celebrating the ambitions,

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre's 30th Anniversary

New artworks by Robert Lemay • Until Jul 2

Expressionz Café • 9938-70 Ave• 780.437.3667 • Night of Artists–Fab Four: Magazine launch, art exhibit and live entertainment: Featured performers: Tiff Hall and Pulse; featured visual artists at • Until Jul 30

Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • The Power of the Natural World: Artworks by Leah Dorion, part of the Works Festival; until Jul 7 • Flowing Lines:

accomplishments and friendships of Archbishop

Square, door • $10 at TIX on the Square, door

Naess Gallery–Paint Spot • 10032-81 Ave

Village of Idiots • Walterdale Theatre,

• The Silence of Birds: Sculptures by Mag-

23rd season in the Park • Othello and Twelfth

10322-83 Ave • 780.439.2845 • By Canadian play-

gie Morris • Jul 4-30

Night • Jun 30-Jul 24, 8pm; matinees on Sat and

wright John Lazarus, directed by Linette Smith •

Sun at 2pm • $23 (adult)/$15 (student/senior); $35

Jul 6-16 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

Peter Robertson Gallery • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • In the Studio: reception: Jul 9, 2-4pm

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery • 4525-47A Ave • Farm Show: A series of exhibitions

Stone: Photographs on marble tiles by Sandy Group show; First Friday: Jul 8, 11am-9pm

Gallerie Pava • Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta, 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • RêVES, Réalisation et acceptation de soi: Artworks by Sylvie Nadeau • Until Jul 20

G. Michael's Hair–Red Deer • 4702 Ross St, Downtown Co-op Plaza • We're Still Here:

Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225-118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • PROGRESS: Artworks by Pam Baergen, Benjamin Lemphers, and TJ

newly created to explore contemporary farming issues; until Nov 13 • Farming Out Our Future: Changes that have had an impact on rural life in Alberta, 1950 to present; until Nov 13 • From Our Collection: Objects and artifacts from Central Alberta’s history; until Jul 30 • Alberta Wide 2011–Spirit of Alberta: Art show; until Aug 7

Royal Alberta Museum • 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • Wild Alberta Gallery: Wild by Nature: Every Sat and Sun, 11am and 2pm

SNAP Gallery • 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 •

Be informed about the proposed downtown arena.

An Etching Plate Feels No Pain: Printworks by Denise Hawrysio • Until Jul 9

Spruce Grove Art Gallery • Melcor Cultural Centre, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • NATURE ROOT FORMS: Artworks

McLachlan • Until Jul 5 • Closing reception: Jul

by Leona Olausen • Until Jul 9

5, 7pm; part of the Works Festival

Telus World of Science • 11211-142 St •

Harcourt House • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •


780.426.4180 • Main Space: Re-Charged: art-

(festival pass) available at TIX on the Square, at

Artworks by Violet Owen • Jul 9-26 • Opening

Paintings by Trevor Sale; Jul 8-29

Warren; until Jul 2 • Weekend Art Market:

Edition • Every Fri at 11pm • $10 at TIX on the

com • Shakespeare returns for Free Will Player's

Gallery IS–Red Deer • 5123 48 St, Alexander Way, Red Deer • 403.341.4641 • Thresholds of

• Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park • 780.420.1757/780.425.8086 • freewillshakespeare.

Taché, OMI, and Father Lacombe, OMI; until Nov

BODY • Until Sep 5

VAAA Gallery • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • Energize: Artworks by VAAA

about her curatorial practice; Jul 7, 6pm; free •

sessions • Part of the Works: until Jul 5

members in conjunction with the Works Art and

Adult Drop-in: Still: Pop Art Still Life: Jun 30, 7-9pm;

Harris-Warke Gallery–Red Deer • Sun-

Design Festival • Until Jul 9

$15/$12 (AGA member) • $5 Warhol Wednesdays

works Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer

VASA Gallery • (Studio Gallery) 11 Perron St,

for Creative Age Festival Seniors: Seniors who

• 403.346.8937 • The Jumpers: Paintings by Erin

St Albert • 780.460.5993 • Rendevous with

bring in an AGA issued coupon, receive $5 admis-

Boake • Until Jul 29 • First Friday/opening recep-

Art: VASA Artist Run Centre featuring studio

201A, 111 St, 89 Ave • Stop Signs: Cars and Capital-

Pottery by Tammy Parks-Legge • Jul 1-30

Pending–Naked: Artworks from lifedrawing

• Visiting Curator Lecture: Anja Casser will speak

Cité francophone, 8627-91 St: Five mainstage

Troupe du Jour group shows, face-painters, rov-

works by members; until Jul 16 • Annex: Charges

Canada during the 1960s and 1970s; until Sep 25

Serca Festival of Irish Theatre • La

University of Alberta • Law Centre Room

Dralion • Rexall Place • A fusion of ancient

Haggerty Centre–Stollery Gallery •

until Sep 11 • TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in

each month; last Sun each month at 1:30pm

performances and Late Night Madness, daily

Terraces: Works by Peter Hide and Ken Macklin

Jan 29, 2012 • Lawren Harris Abstractions;

• Wed-Sat 7:30pm: $27 (adult)/$22 (student/

the month)

Opening reception: Jul 8, 5-7pm

ativity: Drawn Outside: especially for kids; Until

Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo

mier: Jul 7 • Jul 7-23 at 7:30pm; Sat mat at 2pm

Dhaliwal and Lyndal Osbourne • Until Jul 27

51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • Juiced! A

Artworks by Jessie Pettit, and Paul Boultbee •

Works Gallery; until Aug 7 • BMO World of Cre-

Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy

Kristen Padayas, and Amber Bissonnette • Pre-

• Every Sat at 11pm (no show on the last Sat of

Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) • 2 Sir

21 • Sarah Fuller: My Banff: in the RBC New

Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine

Kristi Hansen, Andrew MacDonald-Smith,

• 780.963.9935 • Installation works by Sarindar

Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • Sculpture • ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured; until Aug

Julien Arnold, Vincent Forcier, Farren Timoteo,

tickets at TIX on the Square

Ave • 780.426.0072 • Art in the Lobby: Recent works

Tribute to Drinking and Pouring Vessels:

Friday/opening reception: Jul 8, 6-8pm

Lemoine, stars Davina Stewart, Jeff Haslam,

noons: $15; Tue 7:30pm: pay-what-you-can;

Agnes Bugera Gallery • 12310 Jasper Ave

Art from the Streets–Red Deer •

starts at 7:30pm, 3rd Wed of every month

Writer in Residence; featuring a different author


4935-51 St • Group show • Until Jul 30 • First

Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • By Stewart

by Gail Farewell, Penny Lamnek, Anne McCart-

Crooked Pot Gallery–Stony Plain • 4912-

Artworks by Josh Holinaty

The Scent of Compulsion • Varscona

for cash. No minors • Sign up after 7pm. Show

ASA Gallery • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83

and Victor Harrison • Ongoing

by Wilf Kozub • Transport Tycoons:

(door), 7pm (show); no minors • $10 (door)

judges rate a maximum of 10 writers, who compete

senior); Jul 8, 7:30pm: 2-for1 night; Sat after-

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain

ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • DUPES: Artworks

• Edmonton Story Slam: Five random audience

Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • Writers’ Corner: EPL’s

reception: Jul 8, 7-8:30pm

Until Jul 2

named the ultimate champion • Jun 30, 6:30pm

• Summer Art Show: Landscapes and florals

Greg Lewis, and Claire Chauvet; Jul 8-26; opening

• 780.459.3679 • Paintings by Randy Hayashi •

the end only one performer, and one city, will be

Haven Social Club • 15120 Stony Plain Road

month (Apr-Sep), exhibits run all month • Jul 7

the Arts • Young Frankenstein (1974) (PG) • Jul 8, 2pm

Art Beat Gallery • 26 St Anne St, St Albert

Story Slam: 2nd Wed each month

Stanley A. Milner Library • 7 Sir Winston

Artworks by Father Douglas, Madeleine Bellmond,

Brooks and the community of Newell • Jul 1-27

real time, allowing the performers to face-off. In

ence. The two events will be linked via webcam in

Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 780.922.6324

afternoon presented by the Centre for Reading and

Beginnings Exhibit: Artworks by artists from

Blue Chair Café • 9624-76 Ave • 780.469.8755 •

St Albert • • The 1st Thu each

ings of films adapted from books every Friday

Alberta Legislature • 10820-98 Ave • Small

in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audi-

Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

Jul 5; part of the Works Festival • Multimedia:

opening reception: Jul 16, 2-4pm


Loft Gallery • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590

Williams, Sarah Michaud, Nicole Bugeaud; until

of craft makers 35 and younger; Jul 16-Sep 24;

series of short monologues and dramatic scenes,

ArtWalk–St Albert • Perron District, downtown

Artworks by Frankie, Monica Dery, Sharon Lynn

9 • generation whY: Exploring the voices

actors in each city will compete by performing a

Rouge Lounge • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 •

From Books to Film series • Stanley A.

porary fine craft by emerging artists; until Jul

simultaneously in Edmonton and Toronto, twelve

7pm: Aryen Hoekstra; until Jul 2

Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • Screen-

artist’s ability to create; until Jul 5 • Contem-

The Monologueathon • Bohemia, 10575114 St • Edmonton vs. Toronto: Happening

tion: Jul 5, 7-11pm • Part of the Works Festival

Centre d'arts visuels de l'alberta

impact of Alberta’s recent budgetary cuts on an

every month • Jun 30, 7pm

Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm


creation from deficit: Works explore the

from RFT, and guests on Alberta Ave the last Thu

Openings every Thu, 5-9pm/artist talks every Thu,

Puppy Series • Until Jul 5

10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • In the Red:

Improv comedy featuring your old favourites

ries: Intervivos; Jul 7 • Summer Incubator Series:

Gone to the Dogs: Artworks from Father Douglas'


IMPROV ON THE AVE • Avenue Theatre, 9030118 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre kicks it northside!

Projects • Until Jul 5, 11am-6pm • Closing recep-

artistic and educational programming

9-23 • Opening reception: Jul 9, 2-4pm

Thinking: Visual arts at various venues as well as in Churchill Square • Until Jul 5

of the Beatles • Until Aug 21

Riverdale • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam •

Carrot Café • 9351-118 Ave • 780.471.1580 •

Brookes, Luc Bernard, Hashim Hannoon • Jul

Celebrate the Power of Right Brain

Theatre, WEM • 780.484.2424 • Featuring songs

dents of Edmonton’s two Arts Habitat Association

ike Liz • Jul 20, 5pm • $75, proceeds to Vinok's

Tanya Kirouac, Scott Plear, Scott Pattinson, Jane

• First Friday/opening reception: Jul 8, 7-9pm

The Works Art and Design Festival

Psychotic robotic art collective: Tristan McClelland

Feats–Festival of Dance • Various locations •

Boultbee and Glynis Wilson Boultbee • Through Jul

Andrusiak • Jul 5-27 • Opening reception: Jul 13

for all ages

Society • Jul 9, 7pm • $46/$60 (dress circle)/$25 (child)

reception: Jul 7, 6-9pm during St Albert Art Walk

reception: Jul 8, 5-7pm

Goodchild, Chung Cheuk Hung, Laura O’Connor,

Concert in Support of the Youth Emergency Shelter

Wagensveld, and Diane Way • Jul 5-30 • Opening

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Hanks scoots back to college

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om Hanks' second outing as director (following 1996's likable That Thing You Do!) bafflingly attempts to balance a thoughtful response to the tough realities of American life in the wake of the financial crisis with a selfconsciously-quirky-yet-deeply-conservative rom-com yarn about an unemployed middle-aged divorcĂŠ heading off to college to receive instruction in the basics of economic theory and "the art of informal remarks," as well as join an unlikely scooter club populated by cheerful young yard-sale fanatics who, after surveying his beige house, beige SUV and beige pants, provide him a free makeover. Co-written by Hanks and My Big Fat Greek Wedding writer Nia Vardalos, Larry Crowne is ostensibly about ren-

ovating your life when you lose your source of income and self-worth, but it feels very much the product of wellfed famous people who for all their good intentions haven't clipped a coupon since before Bosom Buddies. The film never delivers a coherent character nor manages to settle on a tone nor offers a single moment that challenges your assumptions about anything. The characters never have to work very hard to achieve their goals, even when the goal in question is, say, overcoming alcoholism. There's a gag about Facebook and Twitter eroding the attention span of young people that sounds like something your ornery bachelor hermit uncle would come up with and present in public as though it were a great insight. The film's a tasteful, risk-averse, not very funny mess made by nice people.

a dissatisfied college instructor and even more dissatisfied wife of some lazy douchebag who claims to be "a guy who's a guy being a guy," which means he looks at swimsuit pics that the characters perplexingly refer to as porn. Writer/director/producer/ star Hanks gives what is a perhaps inevitably overworked performance. He should get a special Oscar for Most Acting in an Opening Credit Sequence. It doesn't help that director-Hanks feels compelled to constantly weave in frictionless cutaways to draggy, pointless reaction shots, many of which are of actor-Hanks making that "I'm confused" face from Forrest Gump. If you cut out all those reaction shots you might be able to shave off about 20 percent of the movie, but that would still leave you with the other 80 percent. Josef Braun

Julia Roberts plays the love interest,



Onscreen song and dance The Edmonton Film Society trots out some toe-tappers Mondays at 8 pm Edmonton Film Society Summer Series, "Music Is In The Air" Royal Alberta Museum, $5 For a full schedule go to


ow the most acquired taste of all cinema's genres, the musical used to be a staple food dished out by Hollywood studios. The introduction of sound meant musicals could be spun off from their Broadway song-and-dance onto the big screen by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and others. Even in the '60s, as TV ate away at cinema's popularity and profits, studios "roadshowed" musicals—running them at one moviehouse in each market, as though they were a live show playing at one theatre in town for a limited run. The Sound of Music


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warbled on for 20 months on some screens that way. The first picture in Edmonton Film Society's summer series "Music Is In The Air," Grease (July 4; all screenings are Mondays at 8 pm), came out 20 years after the musical's heyday. A riff on both the genre and its last great decade, the '50s, the John Travolta and Olivia NewtonJohn vehicle—based on the grittier 1971 stage musical—comes across as a bit quaint and over-the-top in places now. But it was a smash in 1978 and the soundtrack album was only outsold that year by Saturday Night Fever, Travolta's musical of 1977. Before it all ends on a note of rosy nostalgia ("We'll Always Be Together"), the movie offers some pleasantly sunny, young-love tunes like "Summer Nights" or "You're The One That I Want."

Guys and Dolls (July 11), released in 1955, juxtaposes the snappy patter of petty hoods and slick gamblers—out of Damon Runyon's 1930s New York stories, the basis for the 1950 Broadway show—with playfully metaphorical songs like "Luck Be A Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat." Marlon Brando acquits himself well enough beside Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine; the film was adapted and directed for MGM by Joseph L Mankiewicz (best known for All About Eve). Some of the others in the series? Astaire and Rogers' 1936 film Swing Time, featuring some of the pair's finest dance sequences on film, hits the boards July 25. And Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous Oklahoma! whirls out on August 22. Brian Gibson //


POISON Now available on DVD Directed by Todd Haynes


boy flies away from his Long Island home after killing his father; a scientist isolates the human sex drive in liquid form, accidentally ingests some and thereby transforms himself into a leper sex killer; a thief is sent to prison and its isolated world of erotic hierarchies: each of the disparate threads of Poison (1991), titled "Hero," "Horror" and "Homo," are delivered in radically different, easily distinguishable forms (the investigative report-style documentary, the low-budget drive-in 1950s sci-fi melodrama and the lyrical memoir, respectively), yet are linked by themes of ostracization and longing and interwoven in such a way that each thread reappears with cyclical regularity, loping and looping, creating a kind of narrative vertigo symbolized

Todd Haynes' Poison

in the flashing spiral motif of "Horror." Todd Haynes' resourceful and inventive feature debut was derived in part from the novels of Jean Genet and became a landmark for the New Queer Cinema, taking a top prize at Sundance and sparking an unusual career, one that's allowed Haynes to bring his seemingly anti-pop-

ulist sensibility to a number of surprisingly commercial, studio-backed products, such as the Douglas Sirk-homage/ critique Far From Heaven (2002), the Bob Dylan biographical essay-drama I'm Not There (2007), and HBO's mini-series adaptation of James M Cain's Mildred Pierce (2011).

has a heart that's nowhere near gold. Kicked out of a relationship for her gold digging methods, Halsey plans— via breast implants and wickedly devilish/sexy suggestion—to score her a sugar daddy to rescue her from a selfmade grade-school hell, highlighted by a boring faculty, wild essay-grading schemes and unholy hangovers.

Bad Teacher requires that Diaz's comic delivery—which hasn't been seen since There's Something About Mary—carry a predictable, choppy script. The demonic, perfectly cast Amy Squirrel is the educational ying to Halsey's yang. Squirrel is frighteningly dedicated to her job and her students. A massive success in the eyes of the school district and the wealthy Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), Squirrel is the perfect realization of an outrageously exaggerated teacher hellbent on making the grade.

Now available from Zeitgeist in a handsome 20th Anniversary Edition DVD, Poison already conveys much of what would come to mark Haynes' approach, such as a fascination with ornate structural devices as vehicles for multi-tiered storytelling and the postmodern incorporation of popular cultural iconography

(a characteristic that some might argue justifies footnotes). I've heard Haynes referred to as an academic or cerebral filmmaker, which strikes me as unfair, though his affection for mannered or even kitschy performances and his brazenly imitative stylistics no doubt encourages such derision. What such comments fail to account for are the spikes of genuine emotional engagement that make key scenes in his movies transcend their selfreflexive strategies: the heartbreaking end of Far From Heaven, the Heath Ledger sections of I'm Not There, the sleepy hand-job or sexy scar display scenes in Poison (displays of outright homoeroticism that many admirers no doubt wish Haynes would return to). Haynes films can feel calculated, but I don't think they're cold. Poison reminds us of how far Haynes has come, and just how deliciously unlikely his journey has been. Josef Braun //



Cameron Diaz is a bad teacher

Now playing Directed by Jake Kasdan



he raunchy side of grade school has cinematic premium. It could be the documentary masterpiece Waiting for Superman, which trials the concept that funding in American schools is leaving every child behind. Or it could be Bad Teacher, the ostensible contradiction of everything wholesome about the schoolteacher archetype. Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a vile, manipulative anti-role model who

Built on the overlapping concepts of Halsey's sultry attempts to acquire enough hardly-earned money to procure said implants, and her hateful competition with Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch),

Curtis Wright //

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ixar's first film starring race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and hunk-a-junk tow truck Tow Mater (Larry The Cable Guy) had a gentle heart that allowed for McQueen's journey of self-discovery in the same sort of bigcity-fish-in-small-town-water tale that Michael J Fox once indulged in with the "classic" Doc Hollywood. Cars 2, though,

is all frantic, all the time. With guns. Lots and lots of guns, along with constant reminders that the big-oil heavies want to kill, well, pretty much everyone. When all is said and done and the credits have rolled, Cars 2 looks pretty good, and there are a few scattered laughs, but the sentimentality that worked previously is steam-rolled over in a wave of violence that seems a touch out of place in a film that appeals primarily to little kids. Eden Munro //

FILM WEEKLY Fri, JUL 1, 2011 – Thu, JuL 7, 2011


CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr, Jasper, 780.852.4749

CARS 2 (G) Daily 1:30 , 6:55 , 9:05 GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 1:30, 6:55, 9:05 CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave, 780.472.9779

PRIEST 3D (14A violence) Digital 3d Daily 1:45, 3:50, 6:50, 9:10

RANGO (PG) Daily 1:20, 4:05, 7:20, 9:45 RIO 3D (G) Digital 3d Daily 1:50, 4:20, 6:45, 9:00

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Daily 12:20, 3:10, 5:50, 8:30, 11:10


(PG violence, coarse language) No passes Fri-Sun, Tue 12:30, 4:00, 6:15, 7:20, 9:40, 10:45; Mon, Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:15, 7:20, 9:40, 10:45

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 12:00, 3:30, 6:50, 10:15; Ultraavx: Daily 1:00, 4:30, 7:50, 11:15

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse language, not recommended for young children) Daily 12:45, 4:15, 7:40, 10:40

tent, coarse language) Daily 1:35, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30

MONTE CARLO (G) No passes Daily 11:50,


2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

recommended for young children) Daily 1:30, 4:30, 7:05, 9:50

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual

PROM (PG) Daily 1:25, 4:25

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Fri 11:25, 1:45,

content) Daily 11:30, 1:50, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:10

SOURCE CODE (PG violence,coarse language)

4:00; Sat-Wed 11:30, 1:45, 4:00; Thu 3:40; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00

THE LINCOLN LAWYER (14A) Daily 6:40,

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening


SOUL SURFER (PG) Daily 1:40, 4:10, 6:30, 9:15 The Beginning Of The Great Revival

scenes, not recommended for young children) Fri 12:25, 3:05, 5:40, 8:20; Digital Cinema: Sat 3:05, 5:40, 8:20, 10:55; Sun-Thu 12:25, 3:05, 5:40, 8:20, 10:55

(14A) Digital Cinema Daily 1:05, 3:40, 6:35, 9:20

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening

Double Dhamaal (PG) Hindi W/E.S.T.

scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema Fri 10:55

Daily 1:00, 4:35, 7:45

Delhi Belly (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. Daily

LARRY CROWNE (PG) Daily 1:00, 3:30, 6:00,

1:55, 4:40, 7:10, 9:55

8:30, 11:00


Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (PG frightening scenes, violence) Digital

14231-137 Ave, 780.732.2236

CARS 2 (G) No passes Fri-Tue, Thu 11:50, 2:30,

5:10, 7:50, 10:20; Wed 5:10, 7:50, 10:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 1:00, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Daily 1:30

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Daily 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30


(PG violence, coarse language) No passes Fri-Sun 12:50, 4:20, 7:45, 11:00; Mon-Thu 12:50, 4:20, 7:45

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 11:40, 3:00, 6:15, 9:45

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Ultraavx, No passes Daily 12:20, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

sexual content) Daily 12:40, 3:10, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) Daily 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

language, sexual content) Daily 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse language, not recommended for young children) Fri-Sun, Tue -Thu 9:15; Mon 10:15

Cinema: Sat 10:30; Mon 7:00

Wimbledon Live In 3d: Women's Finals (Classification not available) Sat 7:00 Wimbledon Live In 3d: Men's Finals (Classification not available) Sun 7:00

Conan O'brien Can't Stop (14A coarse

language) Thu 7:00

CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7020

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, No Passes, Stadium Seating Daily 12:05, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Child Admis-

CARS 2 (G) No passes Daily 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20

sion Price, Digital 3d, No Passes, Stadium Seating Daily 12:10, 3:00, 7:15, 10:05

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, Bargain Matinee Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:15, 7:30, 10:30; Thu 12:20, 4:20, 10:30

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse

violence, not recommended for young children) Dolby Stereo Digital, Child Admission Price, Digital 3d, Digital Presentation, No passes, Stadium Seating, Bargain Matinee Daily 12:30, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00

LARRY CROWNE (PG) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35

CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) Daily 1:00, 3:40, 6:35

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Fri-Tue, Thu 11:40,

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Daily 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20

(PG violence, coarse language) Presented in 3D Fri, Mon, Wed 6:30, 9:30; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

LARRY CROWNE (PG) Daily 1:25, 4:15,

Cars 2 (G) Fri, Mon, Wed 7:00, 9:25; Sat,

7:20, 10:00

Monte Carlo (G) Daily 12:30, 3:20, 7:00, 9:40

DUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave, Camrose, 780.608.2144

Sun, Tue, Thu 1:00, 3:25, 7:00, 9:25; Movies for Mommies: Tue, Jul 5: 1:00

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Fri, Mon, Wed 7:15pm 9:20; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:10, 3:35, 7:15, 9:20 Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes,

(PG violence, coarse language) Presented in 3D Daily 6:45, 9:55; Fri, Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:45

violence, not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D Fri, Mon, Wed 6:45, 9:10; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:45, 3:20, 6:45, 9:10

Cars 2 (G) Daily 7:00, 9:25; Fri, Sat, Sun, Tue,

Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Fri, Mon,

Thu 2:00

Wed 7:05; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:00, 3:05, 7:05

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 7:05, 9:15; Fri, Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 2:05

X-Men (PG may frighten younger children)

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Daily 6:55

9:10; Fri, Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:55

Green Lantern (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D Daily 6:50 9:20; Fri, Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:50

Daily 9:15

Bridesmaids (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) Fri, Mon, Wed 6:50, 9:15; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:50, 3:15, 6:50, 9:15 PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

The Tree Of Life (PG) Daily 6:45, 9:30; GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park 780-4160150 CARS 2 (G) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 12:50, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Daily 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10


Sat-Sun 2:00

Midnight In Paris (PG) Daily 7:00, 9:10; Sat-Sun 2:30

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.444.2400

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10

(PG violence, coarse language) No passes Daily 12:30, 3:50, 7:05, 10:30

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Daily

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Digital 3d, No

passes Daily 11:35, 3:00, 6:30, 9:55

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Daily 1:30, 4:30, 7:40, 10:40

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude


sexual content) Daily 10:05


scenes) Daily 3:40, 10:00

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

11:40, 2:00

(PG violence, coarse language) Digital Cinema, No passes Daily 11:30, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) Ultraavx, No

passes Daily 12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 11:00

4:15, 6:55

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Fri 11:25, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30; Sat-Thu 11:30, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45; Wed 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 10:40

language, sexual content) Daily 12:45, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55

CARS 2 3D (G) Bargain Matinee, Child Admis-

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes,

1525-99 St, 780.436.8585

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10:20

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening


Larry Crowne (PG) Fri, Mon, Wed 7:10, 9:35; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:05, 3:30, 7:10, 9:35

(PG violence, coarse language) Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, DTS Digital, On 2 Screens, No Passes, Stadium Seating Daily 1:00, 5:00, 8:30

Thu 11:45, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00; Mon 11:45, 2:10, 4:30

10:30; Mon 7:00

130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove, 780.972.2332 (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain; Parkland County)


language, sexual content) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 12:40, 3:40, 7:20, 10:20

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (PG frightening scenes, violence) Sat

(PG violence, coarse language) No passes Daily 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10


MONTE CARLO (G) No passes Daily 12:45,


7:30, 10:00

(PG violence, coarse language) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 11:50, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50


BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

LARRY CROWNE (PG) Daily 12:00, 2:20, 4:50,


THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) Daily 5:00, 7:50, 10:50

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude

scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema Daily 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Cars 2 (G) Daily 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:40

language, sexual content) Daily 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15

3:20, 6:40, 9:20 sexual content) Daily 12:15, 2:40, 5:00, 8:00, 10:40

CARS 2 (G) No Passes Daily 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45

content) Daily 1:05, 3:25, 7:05, 9:25

sion Price, Bargain Matinee, Digital 3d, Stadium Seating, No Passes Daily 12:00, 3:30, 6:45, 10:15

language, not recommended for young children) Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, Dts Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 12:25, 3:25, 6:35, 9:45

MONTE CARLO (G) No passes Daily 12:30,

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

scenes) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:20, 7:35, 10:50; Thu 1:00, 4:00, 10:50

Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35

sexual content) No passes Daily 1:30, 4:00, 7:10, 9:30


FAST FIVE (14A violence) Daily 1:15, 4:00,

Daily 7:15, 10:00

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude


sexual content) Fri-Sun, Tue -Thu 1:20, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45, 11:15; Mon 12:40, 4:25, 11:15

HOP (PG coarse language) Daily 1:10, 3:30

Something Borrowed (PG sexual con-

12:50, 3:45, 6:45, 9:25

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

language, sexual content) Daily 11:35, 2:35, 5:20, 8:15, 11:00

6:55, 9:40

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No Passes Daily

scenes, not recommended for young children) Daily 9:10

4:00, 6:35, 9:15

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Daily 1:30, SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Daily 1:00, 7:00

LARRY CROWNE (PG) Daily 1:15, 3:55, 7:30, 9:45

scenes) Fri-Wed 12:10, 3:20, 6:45, 10:15; Thu 12:10, 3:20, 10:15

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) Fri-Tue, Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40; Wed 12:50, 3:50, 9:40 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse language, not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema Daily 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

MONTE CARLO (G) No passes Daily 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:20

Garneau 8712-109 St, 780.433.0728

Closed R.I.P. We will miss you Edmonton…

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

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude

sexual content) No passes Daily 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Daily 1:15 3:15 5:10

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Fri-Tue, Thu 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 8:00, 10:45; Wed 5:10, 8:00, 10:45; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00 MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Daily 11:45, 2:20

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Daily 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Daily 1:20, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG violence, coarse language) An Imax 3d

Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 7:00, 9:15

Experience No passes Daily 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30

MONTE CARLO (G) No passes Daily 1:05 3:20

language) Thu 7:00

5:20 7:25 9:25

Cars 2 (G) Daily 12:55, 3:00, 5:05, 7:20, 9:25 Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

(PG violence, coarse language) No passes Daily 12:35, 3:25, 6:15, 9:10

LEDUC CINEMAS Leduc, 780.352.3922

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

(PG violence, coarse language) Daily 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:45

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Conan O'brien Can't Stop (14A coarse WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin, 780.352.3922

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

(PG violence, coarse language) Daily 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:45 Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35 Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 1:05, 3:25, 7:05, 9:25 Cars 2 (G) Daily 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:40



Find a restaurant


Sandwich champ

// Eden Munro

Local Public Eatery excels at putting meat between bread

Local Public Eatery in the former OPM space

Mon – Thu (11 am – 1 am); Fri (11 am – 2 am); Sat (10 am – 2 am); Sun (10 am – 12 am) Local Public Eatery 1820 - 99 St, South Edmonton Common, 780.989.5898


f Edmonton had a competition for the best sandwich in town, Local would have a contender—and it might even win. Local Public Eatery is a Vancouver favourite, located right across from the beach in Kits. These days Edmonton has a location to call its very own, which opened recently in South Edmonton Common (taking over from OPM). The location has been opened up, offering a large, spacious room which is very dim, hip and beautiful. I especially loved the industrial light fixtures and décor that create an edgy warehouse feel. But let's face it—it's kind of a sports bar. Normally this wouldn't be my scene ... if it wasn't for the food. Being a sports bar and being that it's such a large and open room, the volume is quite high—the place's only real fault, I think. However, if you can look past that, you'll notice that the restaurant plays good music. We showed up on a Monday night


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and were allowed to seat ourselves. The service was extremely pleasant, friendly and personable. I'd heard the restaurant serves its drinks in a boot, so naturally I had to try it. There are four different booted ones and I chose the Kung Fu Punch ($8) to kick things off. Heralded as the "Chuck Norris of cocktails," this drink was fun and tasty. It made me feel like a kid again drinking fruit punch and it's hard not to love the boot-shaped glass. The menu itself was a pleasant surprise: I wasn't sure what to expect from the food, but found the choices inspired. We decided to start with the spicy edamame ($8), a nice light start but much different then the salty edamame that I've grown accustomed to. The pods were bathed in a savoury and spicy sauce accented with chilis, garlic and sesame. It was so good, I found myself mopping up the last of the sauce from the bottom of the dish with my last few beans. For those mourning the loss of OPM, there are a few items on the menu which have been "borrowed" from the OPM menu, such as the sevenflavoured beef. I decided to try a Local original, the tuna club sandwich for

$16. The sandwich arrived promptly in two stacked halves, each skewered as a good club sandwich should be. The tuna was perfectly seared, with an optimal rare center and tasted like it came fresh off the grill. I can't say enough about the harmony of flavours and textures. The bread was toasted and satisfyingly crunchy, the cheddar was melty, the bacon was smoky, and anything with avocado on it has to be good. You can opt for a side of yam fries and it'll be the truffle lemon mayonnaise dip that will sell you. Most places serve yam fries with some rendition of mayo, but this one stands out, bursting with the unmistakable flavour of truffle. The fries themselves were piping hot and cooked just right. I would try to downplay how I felt about this meal if I could, but it deserves every good thing that I can say about it. To me, the cuisine embodied the perfect combination of a casual meal with excellent food and great service. I can certainly put up with some noise and some TV screens airing sports—in fact I relish the fact there's a place where sports fans with a discerning palate can go to enjoy a great meal. Erika Domanski //


Heat wave

Summer brings with it a need for cool, refreshing sippers

A summer sipper for a summer's day Often known as "Summer Sippers," refreshing naturally high acidity in the wine. With aging, white wines are in high demand in the sumGrüner can exhibit secondary and tertiary aromer season as Albertans flock to a nearby mas and flavours while becoming more elegant patio for some sun and socialization. Along and refined. with the usual suspects—Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc—there A short flight from Austria to Spain VIDI VENI, are some relatively unknown white brings us to Galicia and the Rias Bigrape varietals not to be missed out axas DO in the northwest part of om eekly.c w e u v on this summer: Grüner Veltliner Spain where its native grape Albarijenn@ and Albariño. ño grows aplenty. Known as the RiesJenn Grüner Veltliner literally means Fulford ling of Spain, Albariño is thought to be "Green grape from the village of Veltlin a clone of the Alsace Riesling grape—in in the Tirol" and is simply known as Gru Vee fact, its name means "the white wine from the to those with trouble pronouncing the name. Rhine." With a crisp and fresh style, the aromatNative to Austria, where it is the most planted ics and flavours are a luscious combination of grape varietal, it has also found a home in variwhite peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, mango ous California regions and more experimentally and honeysuckle. Natural acidity and Rieslingin New Zealand. This grape has increased its like mineral overtones add a touch more compopularity amongst oenophiles for close to a plexity and wow factor to the wine. decade and—with its food-friendly flexibility, The crisp, fruit-driven style of the Albariño is its citrus and peach fruit, complex spice and made to go with local fare. Rich, oily and salty mineral qualities—is on the very cusp of comSpanish tapas, seafood, oysters or any type of mercial popularity. fish dish will pair like a dream. Or if money is The versatility of Grüner is one of the qualino object, why not just fly over to Spain and ties that make it so interesting. The Grüner that taste some Albariño on its native soil, with the grows alongside Riesling on the banks of the Atlantic ocean waves rolling in the fish used to Danube produces a mineral-style wine made to make the tapas you are about to eat? age. These wines have rated amongst the top Portugal and California are also growing and wines of the world. There is also the flatland loving Albariño. Known as Alvarinho in PortuGrüner plantings that offer a more fruit-driven gal, the grapes are used in making Vinho Verde, wine, with pepper and floral notes that is ready which translates into green wine and produces to drink now. a lean wine to match its name. California's verGrüner not only shares space with Riesling, sion is rich and fruity, crisp and refreshing and but the two grapes share common characterismade to drink now. tics. First, Grüner and Riesling are very adaptSo step out of that dreary same-old sameable to soil types, meaning both can grow old and experiment with some of the world's anywhere. Second, Grüner and Riesling both most interesting, unique and yummy grape have the ability to age well because of the varietals. V


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METALLIC WIZARDS BLEND THEIR MAIDEN WITH BRITNEY Sat, Jul 2 (7 pm) Children of Bodom With Devin Townsend, Septicflesh & Obscura Edmonton Event Centre, $43.75


odern metal music is pretty earnest in how it approaches its ambitions. It's an umbrella-genre forged and refined in what's usually humourless purity, and the sub-genres that branch out from under its cover—of which there are many, very specific ones—are explicitly divided and routinely argued over, splitting hairs over whether band is melodic death metal or progressive black metal. These arguments happen with straight faces. Some probably like it that way. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The worry, though, is that in trying to fit within a genre or sub-genre's rigid borders means more restrictions than explorations, more deadpan battles of one-up riffing in an established style than anything resembling advancement of a genre in any meaningful way. The metal wizards in Finland's Children of Bodom do, at the very least, express a fairly wicked sense of humour about it all. Their music is above-par for the usual metal benchmarks: technically dazzling guitar riffs—with Alcatrazz levels of urgency or harder, guttural riffs backed by crystaline synths—forging the path for lyrics delivered in a barbwire voice, rumbling bass and one very pummelled set of drums. The metal sub-genre they inhabit is


subject to debate: neo-classical metal, thrash metal, melodic death, but the debate is ultimately pretty irrelevant: Bodom tends to ignore genres and pull whatever loose strands of metal the members feel the whim to grab onto, bringing disparate sounds of the genre's farthest reaches into something they genuinely make their own in a style known more for minor tweaks than major revisions. But, beside that, there's the humour: Bodom drops cover songs that would seem like total parody if they weren't so immaculately crafted. The band's version of Britney Spears' "Oops ... I Did It Again" slays just as hard as it skewers, and the band went so far as to recruit Finnish pop star Jonna Kosonen to add harmony—or, most peculiarly, the band spat out a groovier, edgier take on Eddie Murphy's "(I Just Want to) Party All the Time." "That one was pretty good sounding," chuckles Roope Latvala over a crackling cellphoneto-cellphone call. Bodom—consisting of Latvala, composer-guitarist Alexi Laiho, keyboardist Janne Wirman, bassist Henkka Seppälä and drummer Jaska Raatikainen—put out 2009's Skeletons in the Closet, an entire album of covers featuring cuts from artists as diverse as Andrew WK, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Iron Maiden and Slayer. While Latvala notes their fairly extensive list of covers, pulling from both modern pop songs and other metal bands, is more about having some fun in the studio—"I don't think we've ever played them live," he notes—it still shows a band

aware of how metal can be used for impact without resolutely maintaining the stonefaced façade. "Whatever we play, we sound like ourselves anyways," Latvala audibly shrugs, but that seems like underselling it. Later, he adds, "To sound original; that's the whole point," which is something his band does well. They don't play to a particular sub-genre, or try to fit in. There are goofy covers afoot, but also more serious metal ones, and that, in a genre defined by rigidity, helps set Bodom apart. On Skeletons, perhaps "No Command" best fits the band's normal sound; it's a cover of Latvala's old band, Stone. He joined Children of Bodom in the middle of a world tour; in a few short weeks he learned a technically taxing setlist and took Alexander Kuoppala's place on rhythm guitar. It was a temporary fillin gig that became his permanent residence. His guitar work helps ground the band's latest, Relentless, Reckless Forever. It's atmospheric metal with shreds of plenty of subgenre's influence—piano-like guitar workouts, or straightahead shredding—which was just what came out of the band, he notes, when the group went to work in the studio. "It all came pretty naturally," Latvala says of the writing process. And that, it seems, regardless of genre temptations, is the band's whole modus operandi. PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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COVER SONGS Given the sheer abundance of Children of Bodom's cover catalogue, here's a breakdown of some of the band's finest and strangest: 1) Eddie Murphy, "Party All the Time" The original is a sort of desperately indulgent cry for more indulgence. Bodom turns it into a shredder with squalling guitars, thick digi-bass and raw throat screaming, which, when it hits that ineffably pop chorus, makes for a surprisingly digestible version. It's not on Skeletons in the Closet, but it's a quick google away. 2) Andrew WK, "She is Beautiful" A party anthem turned even more headbanger than it had been. Which says a lot, because WK's known for being all about headbanger anthems. More punk than metal. 3) Billy Idol, "Rebel Yell" Urgent synths and chugging six-strings power this one. That chorus sounds good with extra grit—which was sort of Idol's whole deal, anyways. A metal take is just the next logical step forward. 4) Iron Maiden, "Aces High" This one isn't parodic. It's a pretty noteworthy take on a band known for massive anthems: lightning fret-riffing gives it some air, and Laiho makes a solid effort to turn Bruce Dickinson's soaring vocals into a tuneful scream. 5) Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" A hillbilly anthem from hell. A relentless hambone drumbeat— done with full kit, of course—propels this one. There's even some banjo noodling for kicks.


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hen Eamon McGrath moved from Edmonton to Toronto, he consciously decided to change the way he wrote music. As a singer-songwriter, McGrath is known for his prolific output of punk-fueled, bluestinged rock 'n' roll. And when I say prolific, I mean releasing three or four albums a year of material he mostly recorded on his own, totaling over 25 titles in his 22 years. With a new city, however, came a new way of thinking about the nature of his art. "I feel like I've done that punk thing—the urgency and, you know, the 'just get the music out there' attitude," he says. Whereas before he wanted to start what he calls an "artistic flood," McGrath is now being more selective about what he puts out into the world, even using the word polished to describe his as-yet-incomplete, upcoming studio effort, Young Canadians. "Young Canadians is going to be a very weird, noisy folk album," he teases. Don't expect things to sound too refined, however: even with the help of a studio setting, you can't buff the grit out of his rough and ramshackle voice. "It was a matter of a couple things I guess," explains McGrath of the round but wounded


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sound of his vocals. "Screaming in a punk band when your voice is changing, and I used to have just this incredible case of stage fright so I'd throw up before every show. That probably didn't help. You know, drinking isn't exactly something that's soft on the throat, so I guess there's that." His voice will get a break on this leg of his cross-Canada tour, as the show at the Empress will be stripped of the standard rock band, leaving only McGrath with his guitar

I used to have just this incredible case of stage fright so I'd throw up before every show. That probably didn't help. and a tambourine rigged to a high-hat stand, while multi-instrumentalist, Peter Dreimanis, plays lapsteel and keys at his side. According to McGrath, that decision came down to finances: he simply couldn't afford to tour with the full rock ensemble and the equipment that entails. Sometimes you strive to change, sometimes you're forced to change, but there really is no staying the same. Kathleen Bell //

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R Shore's 2004 trip to Nashville was a vocal pursuit—a two-pronged attack, as he likes to call it. His musical self led him to Music City USA to "soak in the South"—the music, the culture—while his professional self wanted to complete his master's degree in speech pathology. He completed both in two years, evidenced by his several songwriting competitions at the Calgary Folk Fest, and the buzz for both of his folksyroot albums. His master's degree has put Shore into a position to significantly aid young children—most who suffer motor debilitation caused by cerebral palsy. These experiences have changed his perspective on life. "There are days when I'm like, 'You know what? Go for it,'" says Shore. "These kids don't have that opportunity—I'm trying to give them that opportunity—why would I not appreciate or use all that I've got?" That southern exposure, coupled with the intensity of his day job, has given Shore this newfound lease on life. He shows an admirable calmness in voice, even though the lease wasn't required or even expected. "The whole thing was about taking it all in," Shore says. "It wasn't about getting a record deal to sell my songs—certainly I would have done either of those things—but that's not why I went." But it did lead to great things, both on and off the stage. Musically, his latest album, Talkin' On a Bus, is getting rave reviews for it's country qualities, as well as its musical diversity—more evidence of the legacy the South left on him. More notably is the influence and perspective his professional life has given him. "When the chips are down, I always look at my kids as a great inspiration," says Shore. "Seize it. Make the most of your opportunities." CURTIS WRIGHT // CWRIGHT@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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Alison Krauss & Union Station / Tue, Jul 5 (7:30 pm) Having worked with James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo Yo Ma and Bonnie Raitt is one thing. Creating an entire album with Robert Plant is another. Alison Krauss can knock all of these off of her bucket list. She can also proudly say that she's heard her name announced at the Grammy Awards 26 times, which, for those keeping track at home, is more than any other singer, more than any other female and third amongst everyone. So, if artists who enjoy working with a multitude of international recording stars, singers who love creating albums with legends, and those who have won an alphabet's worth of Grammy awards is your thing, Alison Krauss & Union Station are probably your thing too. (Jubilee Auditorium, $49.50 & $59.50)

Without Mercy / Mon, Jul 4 (8 pm) Death thrash is just another one of those metal sub-genres that almost seem unknowable. Death metal features growling vocals and insanely distorted guitars. Thrash metal employs an insanely fast metal tempo. Somewhere in the middle, these two meet with a genuinely powerful frontwoman—Without Mercy call that intersection home. For this night they call Edmonton home. (Filthy McNastys)




Lucinda Williams / Wed, Jul 6 (8 pm) Boonstock / Jun 29 – Jul 2 Celebrating its sixth year, Boonstock has become one of Western Canada's largest music festivals bringing in the Offspring and Matthew Good last year. This year, Boonstock fans can enjoy headlining artists A Perfect Circle, the famed Maynard James Keenan's side project, Sublime with Rome—which, blasphemy or not, should fit the summer bill well—along with local radio favourites Seether and Three Days Grace. Regardless of your tastes in music, people will flock to Gibbons to enjoy suds in the sun. Safety First. Complete info at (Gibbons)

Lucinda Williams is the type of artist other artists are dying to hear, while fans long for her to release more material. Notorious for large breaks between albums, Williams' list of admirers includes Tom Petty, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle, the late Vic Chesnutt, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and more. While that list was short, the real list is undeniably long. Touring in support of her 2010 release, Blessed, Williams is presented by the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. (Winspear Centre, $41.50 & $51.50)

Prism / Sat, Jul 2 (7 pm) Have you ever listened to a live album and thought you'd like to hear yourself "woo" really weird in the background? Now's your chance (though it'll probably get edited out). Prism won a Juno in 1981 for Group of the Year, and although that was a few years ago, the band likely still knows how to lay it down. And you already know that Prism's bringing the thunder to a live recording. Now is the time to shine. (Century Casino, $29.95)

Shotgun Jimmie / Sat, Jul 2 (8:30 pm) Armed with honesty and a new 16-track, 30-minute album of distorted guitar and high energy called Transistor Sister, Shotgun Jimmie drives across Canada this summer, stopping at the Dawson City Music Festival and the Regina Folk Festival, among many, many others. Luckily Edmonton gets to watch the energy in a small venue. This is when the magic happens. (Wunderbar, $10)

Edmonton International Jazz Festival / Through Jul 3 Rounding out this year's EIJF, Edmonton is treated to the bebop stylings of the Don Berner Jazz Sextet at Churchill Square on Canada Day, but if swing is more your thing, Gerry Guthman is helping celebrate Canada's birthday at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre. An eclectic range of jazzinspired acts plays throughout the weekend, confirming Edmonton's status as an important jazz centre. Check out for a schedule. (Various locations)

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The Works Festival / Through Jul 5 Heading into its final weekend, the Works Festival has become a noted staple in our fair city. Featuring art, performance art and music throughout Edmonton, the Works promises something for everyone. Especially noted for the accessibility to all, the fest caters to those who generally feel they "won't get it." But you will get the art and even have a chance to make your own. Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy the art while being entertained by a massive array of music. Check out for a schedule. It's worth it. (Various Locations)

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Doomeastvan Songs in the Key of Death (Independent) 

Bands have always been interested in releasing albums in interesting formats: digital, vinyl with a download, flexi, the classic cassette tape. But experimental doom metal band Doomeastvan decided to go with a new format: backwards. Songs in the Key of Death has been released on two CDs, one of which is the entire album backwards. But it isn't the only new technique the band tries out. While Doomeastvan's 2007 EP You Will Die stayed primarily in the sombre tract of doom metal, Songs in the Key of Death tries out some faster drum work closer to thrash or grindcore, while vocals on tracks such as the opening "Book of Life" integrate a more operatic approach in the vein of Opeth. But ultimately the album is grounded in the band's dedication to thrumming bass lines, growly experimental noise and some severely dire lyrics. Listening to the album backwards only highlights Doomeastvan's particularly sombre view with the incomprehensibility of the lyrics only adding to their demonic quality. samantha power


Various Artists Rave On Buddy Holly (Hear Music)  If you search "Bad Tribute Albums," you'll quickly come across some heinous string quartet ode to rap-rockers Limp Bizkit and Beatle Barker, a tribute to the Liverpool legends where dogs have all the fun, replacing McCartney and Lennon. Those unthinkable atrocities come around, but so do tributes like Rave On Buddy Holly. Fully convincing as deep admirers of the hornrimmed hero of rock 'n' roll, the Black Keys start the tribute with an extremely minimal, drum soaked version of "Dearest," while Paul McCartney retreats far from adultcontemporary with a very rugged take on "It's So Easy." Seeming like an ideal marriage, Julian Casablancas' cigarette-soaked voice warbles perfectly over a crunchy synth on "Rave On," proving contemporary garage rock's origin was in the '50s. Unique highlight "Not Fade Away" interprets Buddy Holly in the steamiest imaginable way, as Florence Welch and her Machine soulfully re-introduce the often-covered gem. Full of amazing artists ranging from Cee Lo Green to Lou Reed, Rave On is jammed full of pure-but-wonderfully-fresh takes on legendary songs that attest to Holly's momentous status. curtis wright


Pitbull Planet Pit (Sony)  Pitbull has a relatively undemanding idea for unbelievable success, and Planet Pit is its embodiment. Full of shameless self-promotion of his own identity and brand, amateur sexual suggestions that we've already heard ("I'mma make sure that your peach feels peachy, baby"), and a boatload of very special guests, Pitbull's sixth disappoints with gloriously produced enthusiasm. Pitbull, who might be the trendiest representation of today's Top 40, aligns himself well with the formula that less is more, popping up more or less like he already does on nearly every artist's hit single. With less Pitbull and more popular guests— Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, T-Pain, Sean Paul fill the tracks—and less creation of inspired beats and hooks, more lifting of modern heat—"Castle Made of Sand," trades Eminem for an MC who wanders from Spanish to English, and Rihanna for Kelly Rowland in a familiar soon-to-be hit—draining inspiration floods the dancefloor with at least a year full of new, lukewarm cuts. curtis wright


Architecture in Helsinki Moment Bends (Modular)  Australia's fine purveyors of flexible oddball pop find an unusually straightforward route to follow on Moment Bends. Aside from a pair of standout moments—the irrepressible bounce of "Contact High" and heartstring tugs of "W.O.W."—Architecture in Helsinki's newly placed emphasis on simpler synth-bop and crystalline melody is less interesting than its less rigid but more expansive previous endeavours. It's not bad, but blander, pulling from a smaller palette of sounds. This is a purer strand of pop than Helsinki usually taps into, but something's been lost in the distillation. paul blinov


Emancipator Remixes (Independent)  Electro producers Blockhead, Nym, Ooah and a great list of relatively unknowns contribute eclectic remixes of Emancipator's wonderfully diverse, rich and full trip-hop work from Soon It Will Be Cold Enough and Safe in the Steep Cliffs. Check out Emancipator now. curtis wright



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Some dreamy synth pop The Ego has landed like Punch in the Dinklage

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Cat's Eyes Cat's Eyes (COOP)

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Sweet angelic pop With a squeeze of Orange Juice Like Pitchfork smoothie

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Shabazz Palaces Black Up (Sub Pop) Progressive hip hop? Oxymoron usually This raises the bar

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CROWN PUB Bass Head Thursdays: Drum and Bass DJ night, 9pm

DV8 Canada Day: Deathspot

Gypsophilia; 9:15pm and 11:15pm; $15 (per set)/$25 (two sets) at door, TIX on the Square


Day open stage with Will Belcourt Band

PAWN SHOP Red on Whyte Party: Christian Hansen and the Autistics, Mass Choir, Doug Hoyer, Red Ram; 8pm (door); sold out

RED PIANO Canada Day

(folk) and Jason and The Diatonics (indie); 9:30pm11:30pm; no minors; no cover

celebration featuring piano players playing Canadian classics

ARTERY Kay There House

RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec

Builder (R & B), The Left Behinds, Action News Team, The Greys; 8pm; $10

ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL The Derina Harvey Band (Celtic/folk/rock)


(jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Every Thu Ladies Night; Ladies free admission; Joe Piccolo and the Swing Cat; $5

every Thu; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO�Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Punk Rock Bingo every Thu with DJ S.W.A.G.

FLUID LOUNGE Thirsty Thursdays: Electro breaks Cup; no cover all night

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian

HALO Fo Sho: every Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown

KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays

Nathan Ouelette Quartet; part of Jazz Festival; 8pm; $15 (door)

SECOND CUP�Varscona Live music every Thu night; 7-9pm

LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ


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ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic:

Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards; 9pm

BOONSTOCK�Gibbons Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Trooper, Looking East, Kickupafuss, The Dryland Band, Tyrant, DRT, Kryptic Mindz, Raptors, Gutta Muzik; Dance Tent: Ferry Corsten, Calvin Harris, Gabriel and Dresden, Nestor Delano, Jay Klos, DBZ, KGZ, Daphutur, Soundslike, Andy Eff, Van Damage, Doug Ellis, DJ Chad, Random Hero, FEZ

BRIXX BAR Cygnets, Call Before You Dig, Cockatoo, Secret Square; no minors; 9pm; $12 (door)

Alberia Playboys (blues roots)

SHERLOCK HOLMES� Downtown Lyle Hobbs SHERLOCK HOLMES� WEM Stan Gallant SUTTON PLACE HOTEL Jazz and Chocolate Featuring Charlie Austin Trio; 5pm

THAT'S AROMA Open stage hosted by Carrie Day, Kyler Schogen; 7-9pm TRANSALTA ARTS BARNS�Westbury Theatre An Edmonton


Retrospective Concert: Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Gary Guthman, Rollanda Lee, Edmonton Jazz Orchestra


WEM New Cap Stage:

CAFÉ HAVEN Jenn Durrant;

Mike Tomas every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow

OVERTIME�Downtown Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step

RENDEZVOUS Metal night


DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm

DV8 Kroovy Rookers, Slippyfist, Swamp Monsters, Crabs Ain't Cool; 9pm

EDDIE SHORTS Charlie Scream Goodtime Jamboree

ELECTRIC RODEO Jaydee Bixby; 9:30pm


Bartok and Beyond: Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, Alissa Cheung; 8pm; $20 (adult)/$10 (senior/student/ underemployed) at TIX on the Square, door

DJs 180 DEGREES DJ every Thu ASTRAL HARVEST� Driftpile Electronic music

Georges Hill Arts Collective (tribute to Bob Dylan) featuring Garry Claypool and the Faithful Slaves, The Burning Streets; 8pm; $10 at Blackbyrd

festival: $89 (Sat only)/$129 (weekend); Main Stage: Beat Burglar at 4:20pm; Opaque at 5:30pm; Soulus at 6:45pm; Remo at 8pm; Wadjit at 9:15pm; DJ Myo at 10:30pm; Joy One at 11:45pm; Smokey Bandits at 1am; WAV Occupation at 2:15am; Tristan vs Cruz-AE at 3:30am

J AND R Open jam rock 'n'


Barnabas Siwila (CD release party); 8-10pm; $6 (door)


roll; every Thu; 9pm

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Anna Beaumont, Andrew Glover, Thom Golub; 8pm; $15 (door); part of Jazz Festival

LATITUDE 53 Rooftop Patio Series: The Cedar Tavern Singers; 7pm (patio 5-11pm) L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred Larose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE�Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm


Main Floor: Tight Jams: every Thu with Mike B and Brosnake; Wooftop Lounge: various musical flavas including Funk, Indie Dance/ Nu Disco, Breaks, Drum and Bass, House with DJ Gundam; Underdog: Dub, Reggae, Dancehall, Ska, Calypso, and Soca with Topwise Soundsystem

BRIXX Radio Brixx with Tommy Grimes spinning Rock n Roll; 8pm (door); no cover

CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close CHROME LOUNGE 123 Ko

Open stage every Thu, 9pm; no cover

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Darkslide, Zebra Pulse; no minor

NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

Necessary: Hip hop, classic hip hop, funk, soul, r&b, '80s, oldies and everything in between with Sonny Grimezz, Shortround, Twist every Thu

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UNION HALL 123 Thursdays

FRI JUL 1 ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL The Derina Harvey Band (Celtic/folk/rock)

BLUES ON WHYTE Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards; 9pm BOONSTOCK�Gibbons

every Fri; 8pm; no cover

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Rollanda Lee and Her Gentlemen of Jazz; 9pm; $15

JEKYLL AND HYDE PUB Headwind (classic pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover

LEDUC PARK Canada Day Stage: Pure Artists 3:30-5:15pm; Lethal Dose 5:30-6:30pm; Derina Harvey Band 7-8:30pm; Michelle Wright 9-10:30pm; outdoor movie 10:30pm-12:30am; fireworks 11pm

LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

Gary Guthman; 9:15pm and 11:15pm; $15 (per set)/$25 (two sets) at door, TIX on the Square

ON THE ROCKS Ratt Poison PAWN SHOP Savannah, Secret Rivals, This is War, Forester, Canada Day Thrash BBQ (metal0; 7pm; $10

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


BRIXX BAR Alix Perez,

Gregg every Fri; 3:30-5:30pm

CARROT Closed for Canada CASINO EDMONTON Colleen Rae and Cornerstone

SHERLOCK HOLMES� Downtown Lyle Hobbs SHERLOCK HOLMES� WEM Stan Gallant STARLITE ROOM Catalyst Imprint, Zero Cool, National Security Council, From the Fringes; no minors; 9pm; $12

UNION HALL Canada Day: Mia Martina

WILD BILL’S�Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

WOK BOX Breezy Brian YARDBIRD SUITE Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band at 7pm; Robert Glasper (piano) and his Trio featuring Derrick Hodge at 9pm and 10:45pm; Jazzworks Creative workshop, 1-3pm; part of Jazz Fest




180 DEGREES DJ every Fri

CHURCHILL SQUARE The Works with Jazz Project/Jazz performances: Don Berner Sextet; 12-2pm; Gateway Big Band (youth) at 2:30pm; The Awesome Hots (avantgarde); enSures Band (folk) at 6:15pm; Michael Rault (rock) at 7:30pm; Colleen Borwn (folk) at 8:45pm COAST TO COAST Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm

THE COMMON Step in the Name of Love: The OL 'Skool R&B Jam...Canada Day Edition; 9pm

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Jeremy Borshna; 9pm; no cover

BANK ULTRA LOUNGE Connected Fri: 91.7 The Bounce, Nestor Delano, Luke Morrison every Fri

BAR�B�BAR DJ James; every Fri; no cover


IRISH CLUB Jam session

the Swing Cat; $10


Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri

GAS PUMP The Uptown Jammers (house band); every Fri; 5:30-9pm

Canada Day: Three Days Grace, Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, My Darkest Days, JOnas and the Massive Attraction, Like a Storm, Hollywood Assassyn, All Else Fails, Bleeker Ridge, Night at the Chelsea, Silo, Stand Down, GZus Murphy, Keep 6; Dance Tent: Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, Shout out out out out, Small Town DJs, Allout DJs, J Roc, Junior Brown, K Dub vs. Dusty Grooves, Mikey Wong, Ryan Wade, Girls Club, Jenn Losinski, Mazik Shogun Audio UK and your DnB Lives Here Crew; no minors; 9pm; $20 at Foosh




Canada Day Weekend: DJ Polyesterday spinning live on the patio

8:15pm; Shamik at 9:45pm; Knight Riderz at 10:15pm; Ill Gates at 11:45pm; Stagga at 1:15am; Freaky Flow at 2:45pm; Blue Lunar Monkey at 4:15am; $129 (weekend)

Closed for Canada Day


TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

rock and metal jam

King's Men, Nadine Kellman, Noisy Colours, The McGowan Family Band; no cover

NEW CITY LEGION Canada Day Party: Blunt Force Charm, Fire For Effect, The Accident Will; no minors; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

The Stampeders; 9:30pm



Canada Party: Degree, Phatcat, Warrior Music, Cobra Commandor, All Out DJs, David Stone; no minors; 9pm; $10 (door)



Ridley Bent (singersongwriter); 7:30pm; celebration of Canada Day; $8 at Festival Place box office

White Party–Canada Day; 9:30pm

Skating Disco: Thu Retro Nights; 7-10:30pm;


THE DOCKS Thu night




Head; 7pm; Kellylee Evans Nina Simone Project at 9pm and 10:45pm; Jazzworks Creative workshop, 1-3pm; part of Jazz Festival



Greg Wood; 2pm; all ages; followed by meet and greet


Radio, Berserker; 9pm

every Thu

Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm Works with Jazz: Dave Babcock's Jump Trio (jazz) at 12pm; Rebecca Lappa (folk/pop) at 2:30pm; James Clarke (youth) at 3:45pm; Kemo Treats (avant-garde) at 5pm; Scenic Route to Alaska (youth) at 6:15pm; Cockatoo at 7:30pm



ARTERY Canada Day Dance Party: DJ Power Slav (Fish Griwkowsky), DJ Tibs (Curtis Ross), small caps (Sarah Patterson), and Sloop Sean B (Sean 'Birch Heart" Borchert); 9pm (door); donation, proceeds to help the Artery continue support Edmonton's Arts Community

ASTRAL HARVEST� Driftpile Electronic music festival Main Stage: Kiddie Ho Down at 11am; Beat Burglar at 12pm; Mr. Prezident at 1:30pm; Jord at 2:45pm; Jay Michael at 4pm; Space Age at 5:30pm; All Out DJs at 7pm; Neighbour at

DJs spin on the main floor every Fri; Underdog, Wooftop DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

BUFFALO UNDERGROUND R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

CHROME LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri

THE COMMON Boom The Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO�Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FLUID LOUNGE Canada Day Bash: Hip hop and dancehall FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri

GAS PUMP DJ Christian; every Fri; 9:30pm-2am JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan OVERTIME�Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock Hip hop country, Top forty, Techno

REDNEX�Morinville DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri

ROUGE LOUNGE Solice Fri SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco Fri Nights; 7-10:30pm; SUEDE LOUNGE Juicy DJ spins every Fri

SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

TEMPLE Options with Greg Gory and Eddie Lunchpail; every Fri

TREASURY In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Connected Las Vegas Fridays

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT JUL 2 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12

ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL The Derina Harvey Band (Celtic/folk/rock)

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Danielle French (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Harpe Jazz Quintet with Terry McDade; 8pm; $15; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back

Door Dan; Evening: Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards; 9pm

Jeremy Borshna; 9pm; no cover

BOHEMIA Smalltown Knife

Nowhere, Miek Headache at 9pm

Fight, Jeremy Pudlowski, The Moon Gypsies, Ryon Hommy; 8:30pm (door), 9pm (music); $7 (member)

BOONSTOCK�Gibbons A Perfect Circle, Sublime with Rome, USS< Cras, The Dirty Heads, The Reason, No Heat Tomorrow, Dani Jean, Self Evolution, Gunshy, Greg Wood, Oldbury, Call Before You Dig, The Order of Chaos, Seven Straight, The Red Threat, Red Bacteria Vacuum; Dance Tent: John OO Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Wright and Wong, Team Canada DJs, Luke Morrison, Seelo Mondo, Mikey Da Roza, Nestor Delano and Jay Klos, Axe and Smash, PhatCat, Les DJ, P Rex, Daphutur, DKOI

BRIXX BAR Twisted Eclipse: In Limbo, Dead Cat Bounce, Oceantree; 9pm

CASINO EDMONTON Colleen Rae and Cornerstone


CHURCHILL SQUARE The Works Stage: Al Brant (folk) at 12pm; Folk Thief (folk) at 1:15pm; 100 Miles House (folk at 2:30pm; Jesse D and Jacquie B (avant-garde) at 3:45pm; BEAMS, Scott Smallwood, Wayne DeFehr (avant-garde) at 5pm; Owls by Natue (folk) at 6:15pm; Erica Viegas (rock) at 7:30pm; James Murdoch (folk) at 8:45pm) CENTURY CASINO Prism; 8pm

COAST TO COAST Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm

THE COMMON Let's Get Deep, The Believe Crew; 8pm

CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; Laid Back Saturday African Dance Party with Dj Collio, every Sat, 12-2am


DV8 Swamp Monsters, Jim

EDDIE SHORTS Saucy Wenches every Sat

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend, Obscura, Septic Flesh; all ages; 7pm (door); $35 at TicketMaster, Blackbyrd,

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Rebecca Lappal: 12-2pm; Open Stage: 2-5pm; Year End Wrap Up Concert: 7-11pm

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Tatam Reeves, Douglas Mitchell; 4pm; no cover

RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Joe Piccolo and the Swing Cat; $10

SHERLOCK HOLMES� Downtown Lyle Hobbs SHERLOCK HOLMES� WEM Stan Gallant STARLITE ROOM Ides of Ruin, Abigails Cross, Van Funk and the Lebarons; 9pm

WEST SIDE PUB West Side Pub Sat Afternoon: Dirty Jam: Tye Jones (host), all styles, 3-7pm WUNDERBAR Shotgun

stage every Sat 3:30-7pm

Jimmie, Liam Trimble, The Orangutans, Dylan Howard; 9pm

HIDEOUT�Red Deer Leroy


GAS PUMP Blues jam/open

Stagger (folk); 9pm

ladies before 11pm

Saturdays: Alt, DJ, punk-rock


RED STAR Indie rock, hip

DJs on three levels every Sat: Main Floor: Menace Sessions: alt rock/electro/trash with Miss Mannered; Underdog: DJ Brand-dee; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic Hip-Hop and Reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz

hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests

SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco every Sat; 1pm4:30pm and 7-10:30pm


SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm

TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh

every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

Snap with Degree, Cobra Commander, Battery, Jake Roberts, Ten-O, Cool Beans, Hotspur Pop and P-Rex; every Sat

BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO�Spruce Grove DJ every Sat FLUID LOUNGE Intimate Saturdays: with DJ Aiden Jamali; 8pm (door)



every Sat with DJ Damian

Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

180 DEGREES Street VIBS: Reggae night every Sat

every Sat

every Sat hosted by Blue Goat, 3:30-6:30pm

HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Helena Magerowski; 9pm; $15

NEW CITY LEGION Early Show: Mayhem with Ryan Stock and Amberlynn (Guinea Pig) vs. The Monsters of Schlock (Burnaby Q. Orbax and Sweet Pepper Klopek); no minors; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $12 (adv)

O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Cabaret Series:

ASTRAL HARVEST� Driftpile Electronic music festival Main Stage: Mr. Prezident at 11am; IIllumiNate at 12:15pm; Kinsella at 1:30pm; Kevin Partridge at 2:45pm; Shamik w/ Laura West at 4pm; CanaJah Roots Jam at 4:20pm; Adham Shaikh at 6:15pm; Spoonbill at 7:45pm; JPod (The Beat Chef ) at 9:15pm; Curtis B at 10:45pm; Vibe Tribe Gypsy Circus at 12:15am; Calvertron at 12:30; Longwalkshortdock at 2am; Tristan at 3:30am; Jay Michael at 5am; Opaque vs Wild Bill Wyld vs Mistress Mangladesh at 6:15am

spins every Sat

every Sat

Perry at 7pm; Closing Night Special Event: Christian McBride, Inside Straight at 9pm and 10:45pm; $40; Jazzworks Collective: free concert

HILLTOP PUB Open stage


FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro GAS PUMP DJ Christian HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri NEW CITY LEGION Polished Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (5-8pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm)

Mark McLean's Playground; 9:15pm and 11:15pm; $15 (per set)/$25 (two sets) at door, TIX on the Square

AZUCAR PICANTE DJ Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat

Saturdays at Eleven: RNB, hip hop, reggae, Old School

ON THE ROCKS Ratt Poison



PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat

Go Go Band

Sold Out Sat: with DJ Russell James, Mike Tomas; 8pm (door); no line, no cover for

St, 780.428.5618 DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DOCKS 13710 66 St, 780.476.3625 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUKE'S BAR 12650-151 Ave DV8 8307-99 St EDDIE SHORTS 10713124 St, 780.453.3663 EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ELECTRIC RODEO� Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE�Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLOW LOUNGE 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604.CLUB FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 1034182 Ave, 780.433.9676 GAS PUMP 10166-114 St, 780.488.4841 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE 9942-108 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HIDEOUT�Red Deer 411, 37400, Hwy 2, Red Deer,

403.348.5309 HILLTOP PUB 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 IRON BOAR PUB 491151st St, Wetaskiwin J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JEKYLL AND HYDE 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY 10242-106 St, 780.756.5667 KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 KELLY'S PUB 11540 Jasper Ave L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEDUC PARK Wm. F. Lede Park, 780.980.7177, Leduc. ca/events LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIZARD LOUNGE 13160118 Ave MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 MUTTART HALL Alberta College, 10050 Macdonald Dr NAKED CYBER CAFÉ 10354 Jasper Ave, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE PUB 610890 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY LEGION 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) NISKU INN 1101-4 St


PAWN SHOP Transmission

UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by Ryan Maier

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Signature Saturdays

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN JUL 3 BEER HUNTER�St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm

BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE�Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sun Brunch: Sons de la Rive Gauche; 10:30am-2:30pm; donations

BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun: Don Ross; 6pm; $25 if not dining

CHURCHILL SQUARE The Works Stage: Jim Findlay Trio (jazz at 12pm; Mae Anderson (folk) at 2:30pm; Uss presents at 3:45pm; BEAMS, Philip Jagger, Bill Damur and friends (avant-garde) at 5pm; Danielle French (folk) at 6:15pm; F&M at 7:30pm; Leeroy Stagger (folk) at 8:45pm CROWN PUB Band War 2011/Battle of the bands, 6-10pm; Open Stage with host Better Us Than Strangers, 10pm-1am DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB

VENUE GUIDE 180 DEGREES 10730-107 St, 780.414.0233 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL 7704 Calgary Tr S AVENUE THEATRE 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BANK ULTRA LOUNGE 10765 Jasper Ave, 780.420.9098 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE�Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLACKSHEEP PUB 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 962476 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10575-114 St BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail COAST TO COAST 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 COMMON LOUNGE 10124-124 St CROWN PUB 10709-109

NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 OVERTIME�Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 10860-57 Ave REDNEX BAR�Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108149 St RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 R PUB 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266

ROSSDALE COMMUNITY HALL Little Flower School, 10135-96 Ave RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES 12402-118 Ave, 780.451.1390 SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment 12336-102 Ave, 780.451.7574; Stanley Milner Library 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq; Varscona, Varscona Hotel, 106 St, Whyte Ave SECOND CUP� Sherwood Park 4005

Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 œSummerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 SIDELINERS PUB 11018127 St, 780.453.6006 SPORTSWORLD 13710104 St SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE� Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave SUEDE LOUNGE 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969

SUTTON PLACE HOTEL 10235-101 St TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, VINYL DANCE LOUNGE 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, WEST SIDE PUB 15135 Stony Plain Rd WILD BILL’S�Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WOK BOX 10119 Jasper Ave WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295

VUEWEEKLY JUN 30 – JUL 6, 2011


Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

DOUBLE D'S Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm EDDIE SHORTS Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ YEG live Sunday Night Songwriters Stage; 7-10pm every Sunday

J AND R BAR Open jam/ stage every Sun hosted by Me Next and the Have-Nots; 3-7pm

NEWCASTLE PUB Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm NEW CITY LEGION DIY Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands)

ON THE ROCKS Big Rock Jam: 2-8pm; Late show: The Soulicitors, Dani Jean and the Flash Jam, 9pm; $5

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am


Children My Bride, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, The Crimson Armada, Becoming the Archetype, Inhale Exhale, And To Speak of Wolves; 5pm; all ages; $15 (door)

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover


CHURCHILL SQUARE The Works Stage: Braden Gates at 12pm; Jesse D and Jacuie B (avant-garde) at 1:15pm; Marshall Lawrence, Doctor of the Blues at 2:30pm; Moonshine Ramblers (avantgarde) at 5pm; Paperplanes and Dragonboats (avantgarde) at 6:15pm; Happy (rock) at 7:30pm; White Lightning (rock) at 8:45pm DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm; Jesse D

KELLY'S PUB Open stage every Mon; hosted by Clemcat Hughes; 9pm PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

stage jam every Sun; 4pm

Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm



Little Flower Open Stage: Anniversary Party' 3-11pm; no cover/donations

Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6.30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

Strings Sun


SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment Co-op Live music every Sun; 2-4pm

YARDBIRD SUITE Rollanda Lee and the Canadian Hot Stars Jazz Band 2pm and 3:30pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sunday Funday: with Phil, 2-7pm; Sunday Night: Soul Sundays: '60s and '70s funk, soul, R&B with DJ Zyppy

REDNEX�Morinville Open Monday Jamz: The Connie Go Go Band; 8pm-1am

ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm


DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: every Mon with DJ Blue


CROWN PUB Minefield


Mondays/House/Breaks/ Trance and more with host DJ Pheonix, 9pm

Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover


FILTHY MCNASTY'S Metal Mon: with DJ S.W.A.G.

Skating Disco Sun; 1-4:30pm;

LUCKY 13 Industry Night




every Mon with DJ Chad Cook Madhouse Mon: Punk/metal/ etc with DJ Smart Alex

Impending Doom, My


CHURCHILL SQUARE The Works Stage:BEAMS: All Stars with Windrow Performance (avant-garde) at 12pm; Kayla Patrick at 2:30pm; Trevor McNeely Band at 3:45pm; Moonshine Ramblers (avant-garde) at 5pm; Ballgag 'n' Chain (avant-garde) at 6:15pm; Jasper Sloan, Yip (folk) at 7:30pm; Behind Sapphire (rock) at 8:45pm

DRUID IRISH PUB Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm

DUKE'S BAR Emo LeBlanc (country); 7:30pm

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Good Old War; 6:30pm (door), 7:30pm (show); $49.50 and $69.50

L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am

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

PADMANADI Open stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:30-10:30pm

R PUB Open stage jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Big Rock open stage: Moses Gregg, Grant Stovel, guest

SECOND CUP�124 Street Open mic every Tue; 8-10pm

SECOND CUP�Stanley Milner Library Open mic every Tue; 7-9pm

SECOND CUP� Summerwood Open stage/ open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover



VUEWEEKLY JUN 30 – JUL 6, 2011

JTB; 9pm-1am

BUDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser



CROWN PUB Live hip hop and open mic with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, Frank Brown, and guests; no cover

DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Tue; dance lessons 8-10pm

NEW CITY LEGION High Anxiety Variety Society Bingo vs. karaoke with Ben Disaster, Anonymouse every Tue; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover

RED STAR Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue

SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment Open mic every Wed; 8-10pm SHERLOCK HOLMES� Downtown Derina Harvey WINSPEAR CENTRE


Tom Fun Orchestra, Fire Next Time, Rusty; 9pm-2am





Duff Robinson

EDDIE SHORTS Acoustic jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover

Rev'd Up Wed: with DJ Mike Tomas upstairs; 8pm


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

Main Floor: RetroActive Radio Wed: alt '80s and '90s, Post Punk, New Wave, Garage, Brit, Mod, Rock and Roll with LL Cool Joe; Wooftop: Soul/ breaks with Dr Erick


BRIXX BAR Really Good...

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE� Whyte Ave Open mic every

Open stage with Randall Walsh; every Wed; 7-11pm; admission by donation


Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends

BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover

Patio Series: J.R. Shore, Marshall Lawrence; 7:30pm; $8; if it rains the event moves to the banquet room




Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12


Open stage every Tue; hosted by Paul McGowan; 9pm

Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free


HOOLIGANZ Jeremy Pudlowski; 9pm

Tue: with Swear by the Moon

Matthews Band, guest


Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month


BRIXX BAR Troubadour




Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro every Tue; with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: From dub to disco: One Too Many Tuesdays with Rootbeard

RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5


every Wed; 12-1pm


Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6.30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

Lucinda Williams (rock, blues, country); 8pm; $41.50 and $51.50 at Winspear box office

Jam every Tue; with Alicia Tait and Rickey Sidecar; 8pm

Michael Rault Fri, Jul 1 (7:30 pm) / Churchill Square (free)

Mark Feduk; 9pm; $8

MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE Tegan and Sara; 8pm; sold out

NISKU INN Troubadours and

THE COMMON Treehouse

Wind-up Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs

LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle

NEW CITY LEGION Wed Pints 4 Punks: with DJ Nick; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed

Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm


PLAYBACK PUB Open Stage every Wed hosted by

Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5

Style Wed: Hip-Hop; 9pm

TEMPLE Wild Style Wed:


COMEDY bohemia café • 10575-114 St • 780.669.5236 • Canada Day open mic comedy hosted by Rose Yewchuk • Fri, Jul 1, 8:30pm (door), 9pm (show) • $5 (door)

Brooklyn's Lounge • 9216-34 Ave •

10-3pm • Old Time and Country Rock Jam/ Dance: 2nd Sun every month, 1-5pm

Experience the Energy Tours– Fort Mcmurray • Oil sands Discovery Cen-

Fair Vote Alberta • Strathcona Li-

tre, junction of Hwy 63 and MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray • See the inner workings of the oil sands industry • Fri, Sat, Sun Jul 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31

brary, Community Rm (upstairs), 104 St, 84 Ave • • Monthly meeting • 2nd Thu each month; 7pm

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's An-


glican 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


Home–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living •

Ceili's • 10338-109 St • 780.426.5555 •

Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun 3-5pm

Comedy Night: every Tue, 9:30pm • No cover

The Legislature Presents • Alberta

Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd •

Legislature, 10820-98 Ave • Doors Open Edmonton: Gain in-depth knowledge about how the Legislature was built • Jul 8-10

780.221.5662 • Tue Night Live at Brooklyn's: Open Mic Comedy night; amateurs and pros welcome • Every Tue; 8:30pm • No cover

780.481.9857 • Shows start at 8pm Thu-Sat and late show at 10:30pm on Fri-Sat • $12 (Thu)/$19 (Fri/Sat) • Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club presents: Mike Harrison; Jul 1-2 • Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club presents: Stan Thomson; Jul 8-9

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu, 8:30pm; Sat, 8pm and 10pm • Sean Baptiste; Jul 1-2 • Dave Stawnichy; Jul 8-9

Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Kelly Taylor; until Jun 30: Jul 1-3 • Hit or Miss Monday: Jul 4, 8pm; $7 • Brown on Bourbon: Jul 5, 8pm; $12 • Felicia Michaels; Jul 6-10

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119

Lotus Qigong • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Wed

MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331104 St;; Drop-in every Thu 7-8:30pm; Sherwood Park Library: Drop-in every Mon, 7-8:30pm

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm; through the summer

Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD) • Grey

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

Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm • FREE outdoor movement!

Jubilee Auditorium 11455-87 Ave •


Just for Laughs Presents Jerry Seinfeld • Jul 8-9 • $90-$140 at TicketMaster

Laugh Shop • 4 Blackfoot Road, Sher-

• Hawrelak Park, near Woman And Infant statue • Jul 1, 12pm • Pre-register at E:, T: 780.760.7863

wood Park •

Society of Edmonton Atheists •

Groups/CLUBS/meetings Aikikai Aikido Club • 10139-87 Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

All You Can Eat Yoga • Scona Pool Deck, 10450-72 Ave • 780.909.9355 • Yoga Flow and Meditation • Mon and Fri 9:30am-11am; or Mon and Fri 11:30am12:30 • $11 drop-in • Until Jun 30

AWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, Bishop St, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon 7:30pm

Brain Tumour Peer Support Group • Woodcroft Branch Library, 13420-114 Ave • • 1.800.265.5106 ext 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Tue every month; 7-8:45pm • Free

CHESS FOR STUDENTS • Roving ChessNuts Training Facility, 203, 12013-76 St • 780.474.2318 • Learning and playing opportunities for students Kindergarten through Grade 12; tournaments, including team matches for elementary schools. All levels; E:

Devonian Botanical Gardens– Tea events • Devonian Botanical Gardens, Parkland County, 5kms north of Devon, Hwy 60 • Japanese Tea Ceremony: Jul 10 • High Tea at the Garden: High Tea served in the Pine Pavilion overlooking the Grebe Pond: Jul 10

EXPRESSIONZ Café • 9938-70 Ave • 780.437.3667 • Marketplace: Artisans and creative businesses; 1st Sat every month,

Stanley Milner Library, Rm 6-7 • Meet the 1st Tue every month, 7:15pm

Sugarswing Dance Club • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860-57 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall

Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta • Kinsmen Park • Potluck picnic, bring a homemade vegetarian, vegan or raw vegan dish for 6 people, serving spoon, plate, utensils • Sun, Jul 10, 5:15-7pm • Free through the summer

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

Yoga in the Park • St Albert’s Kingswood Park • Sat, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sep 10, 1-2:30pm • $20; register at 780.454.0701 ext 221; e: (drop-ins are welcome)

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 7103105 St • • 1st and 3rd Tue, 7-9pm; every month

LECTURES/Presentations Caravan to Cuba • Queen Alexandra Hall, 10425 University Ave • 780.920.8658 • Discussion of caravan goals and history, Q & A, pot-luck dinner • Jul 2, 6-9pm

Edmonton Transit Historical Tours • Tours depart from North Entrance of City Hall, 9920-103A Ave • • Board one of the historical fleet buses and be entertained with stories of Edmonton’s birth and development, listen to the the stories behind the areas we pass everyday • Jul 5-Aug 6

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

Bisexual Women's Coffee Group • A social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm •

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B 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

EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E:

G.L.B.T.Q. (gay) African Group Drop-In) • Pride Centre, 9540-111 Ave • 780.488.3234 • Group for gay refugees from all around the World, friends, and families • 1st and Last Sun every month • Info: E:, jeff@

GLBT sports and recreation • • Badminton, Co-ed: St. Thomas Moore School, 9610-165 St, • Badminton, Women's Drop-In Recreational: Oliver School Gym, 10227-118 St; badminton@ • Co-ed Bellydancing: • Bootcamp: Lynnwood Elementary School at 15451-84 Ave; Mon, 7-8pm; • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Every Sun morning; • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@teamedmonton. ca • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; • Volleyball: Mother Teresa Elementary School at 9008-105A; Amiskiwaciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd; recvolleyball@teamedmonton. ca; • YOGA (Hatha): Free Yoga every Sun, 2-3:30pm; Korezone Fitness, 203, 10575-115 St, yoga@

rotating DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm; Movie Monday; Wingy Wed 5-9, and Karaoke at 9pm; free pool Tue-Thu

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408124 St • • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu

Pride Centre of Edmonton • 9540-111 Ave, Norwood Blvd • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; • HIV Support Group: for people living with HIV/AIDS; 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm; • Seniors Drop-In: Social/ support group for seniors of all genders and sexualities to talk, and have tea; every Tue and Thu, 1-4pm; • TTIQ: Education and support group for transgender, transsexual, intersexed and questioning people, their friends, families and allies; 2nd Tue each month, 7:30-9:30pm; admin@ • Community Potluck: For members of the LGBTQ community; last Tue each month, 6-9pm; tuff@ • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellorsevery Wed, 6-9pm; • STD Testing: Last Thu every month, 3-6pm; free; • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; jess@ • Prime Timers Games Night: Games night for men age 55+; 2nd and last Fri every month; 7-10pm; tuff@ • Art Group: Drawing and sketching group for all ages and abilities; every Sat, 11am-2pm; • Suit Up and Show Up: AA Big Book Study: Discussion/ support group for those struggling with an alcohol addiction or seeking support in staying sober; admin@pridecentreofedmonton. org; every Sat, 12-1pm • Youth Understanding Youth: LGBTQ youth under 25; Every Sat, 7-9pm;,

St Paul's United Church • 1152676 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 •, • A

Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured

Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

Youth Intervention and Outreach Worker • iSMSS, U of A • 780.248.1971 • Provides support and advocacy to queer youth 12-25; you don't need to be alone

Youth Understanding Youth • • Meets every Sat, 7-9pm • E:, T: 780.248.1971

SPECIAL EVENTS Alberta Historic Festival • Alberta Legislature, 10820-98 Ave, and various venues • Step back in time with a free guided tour led by a costumed tour guide • Jul 8-17

Bikeology • • Fare Thee Well: Meet at 6:30pm at Beaver Hills House Park and ride to Shakespeare in the Park, Hawrelak Park • Thu, Jun 30, 6:30-11:15pm

Doors Open Edmonton • • Free tours of architecturally significant buildings in and around Edmonton • Jul 8-10

Historic Festival • Festival features special events and activities at Museums and Historic sites in Edmonton and across Northern Alberta • Jul 8-17

International Street Performers Festival • Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 100 St, 102 Ave • Jul 8-17

Summerfest and Auction • Millennium Place, Sherwood Park • mccreliefsale. com • 1.888.622,6337 • Bike-a-thon, beef supper, live and silent auction, food booths, children's entertainment Wall-E, musicians, fiddlers and bands on Fri. Auctions, food booths, antique car show on Sat • Jul 8-9, 8am; supper at 4:30-7pm • Fundraiser for International, National and Local relief

Vegrevile Ukranian Psanka Festival • Vegreville Alberta • A unique cultural event displaying the best of Ukranian culture • Jul 1-3

walk for animals • Meeting at Earth's General Store, 96 St, Whyte Ave • • A 5km walk through Mill Creek Ravine • Sat, Jul 23, 12-3pm s

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors that have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Wed, 1-3pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff

Illusions Social Club • The Junction, 10242-106St • edmonton_illusions • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E:

the junction bar • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Open daily at 4pm, food service available from the eatery until 10pm;

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JONESIN'CROSSWORD FREEWILLASTROLOGY "Set Us Free"—a freestyle vocabulary mix ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19) When astronaut Buzz done in the past, I bet you'll be on the move in MATT JONES //


Aldrin flew to the moon and back on Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labour ever. I suggest you keep Aldrin's story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully it will help keep you in an amused and philosophical frame of mind, which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead. TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) I've picked out the guiding words that best suit your needs for the rest of 2011. Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path." Now here's a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: "Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road—you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again."

Across 1 Convoluted beyond common sense 13 Former member of Congress 14 They fly throughout the UK (not to be confused with the American carrier) 15 Govt program that backs school grants 16 ___ Solo 17 Mauna ___ Observatory 18 Bierce who wrote "The Devil's Dictionary" 20 Louvre Pyramid architect IM 21 Zero, on some scorecards 24 Line up the crosshairs again 25 "Shoot!" 26 First name in "The Last King of Scotland" 27 Amphibian who used to have a "Wild Ride" at Disneyland 29 Olympics chant 30 ___-Xers 31 Corked item, maybe 32 It may range from beach castles to Buddhist mandalas 35 "Ni ___!" (Hello, in China) 36 French vacation spot, maybe 37 TV "Science Guy" Bill 38 "___ never work" 40 CEO, in general: abbr. 41 Console that included Super Mario World, for short 42 Borden's spokescow 43 Make eggs 44 Abbreviated single on Michael Jackson's Thriller album 45 It's mainly done with the fingers 47 Rubbery Nickelodeon toy substance of the 1990s 48 Sparks of Queer As Folk 49 Cash dispenser 50 Cameroon, Mozambique, et al 56 Teacher's request to prevent blurting out 57 Items that line baby's crib

Down 1 2 3 4 5 6

Short reply? One of the US Virgin Islands Some butters in lotions Carried Gothic novelist Radcliffe "Later," in some text messages


7 Place to get Squishees 8 "___ the Money" 9 Former sound system company 10 Genetic messenger material 11 Susan of The Partridge Family 12 Sophs, two years later 13 It's got a little charge in it 14 The Hunchback of Notre Dame character 15 Government policy tool for agriculture 19 Duran Duran album of 1982 20 "El Condor ___" 21 Alarm clock setting 22 Pie-in-the-sky types 23 Tile alternative 25 Surfer guys 28 He played Hans Christian Andersen 33 No, to Nikita 34 It starts during the Trojan War 39 ___ carte 41 Rubber band for braces adjustment 45 Like some cheddar 46 Yoga variety 47 Crux 50 Pitcher's asset 51 Gp with plane dealings? 52 Dye brand in the drug store 53 PO boxes, eg 54 Sorority letters 55 Turn-___ (centerfold's likes) ©2011 Jonesin' Crosswords


GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20) Emma Goldman (1869 – 1940) was a charismatic activist whose writing and speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travellers, she wasn't a dour, dogmatic proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation that celebrated beauty and joy. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution," she is alleged to have told a sourpuss colleague. As you contemplate the radical transformations you might like to cultivate, I suggest you adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, even humorous elements. Have some fun with your metamorphoses. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22) A while back I asked my readers to propose a new name for your astrological sign. "Cancer" has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many people suggested "Dolphin" as a replacement, which I like. But the two ideas that most captivated my imagination were "Gateway" and "Fount." I encourage you to try out them out to see how they feel. This is a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you will have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of both "Gateway" and "Fount." LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22) The year's half over, Leo. Let's talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. It's an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline in detail what you will need to carry it out. For inspiration, read this pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: "An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, 'Will I remember this well on my death bed?' If you have a big dream, you will probably find that to accomplish it will require a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day." VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) "The passion to explore is at the heart of being human," said Carl Sagan. "This impulse—to go, to see, to know—has found expression in every culture." But Steven Dutch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, disagrees. He says there've been lots of societies that have had little interest in exploration. Africans never discovered Madagascar or the Cape Verde archipelago, for example. During a thousand years of history, ancient Romans ignored Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic. Regardless of what you've

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the coming months. Your hunger for novelty and unfamiliarity should be waxing.

LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) In the coming months, it's likely you will experience more action than usual—some of it quite expansive—in your astrological eighth house. Traditional astrologers call this the sphere of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but I refer to it as the realm of deep connection, altered states of awareness, and lyrical interludes that educate and enrich your emotional intelligence. Are you ready to have your habit mind rewired, your certainties reworked and your pleasures reconfigured? SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) I hope that in the first half of 2011 you have been doing some devoted work on tidying up the messy old karma that had been interfering with the free flow of grace into your intimate relationships. If there's still work to be done on that noble task, throw yourself into it now. The renaissance of togetherness is due to begin soon and last for many months. You don't want any lingering ignorance, self-deceit, or lack of compassion to gum it up. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) In 1498, Leonardo da Vinci completed one of his masterworks, the mural known as "The Last Supper." Nineteen years later, the paint had begun to flake off, and by 1556 Leonardo's biographer considered the whole thing to be "ruined." Over the centuries, further deterioration occurred, even as many experts tried to restore and repair it. The most recent reclamation project, finished in 1999, lasted more than two decades. I hope that in the coming months, Sagittarius, you will show a similar dedication to the high art of regeneration. Please work long and hard on bringing vitality back into what has fallen into decay or stagnancy. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) In a horoscope last year, I asked you Capricorns whether you ever obsessed on your longing to such a degree that you missed opportunities to satisfy your longing. In response, a reader named John G sent me the following corrective message: "We Capricorns comprehend the futility of too much longing. We understand it can be a phantasm that gets in the way of real accomplishment. It's like a telephone that keeps ringing somewhere but can't be found. We don't waste energy on dreamy feelings that may or may not be satisfied, since that energy is so much better funneled into mastering the details that will bring us useful rewards." The coming months will be an excellent time to make use of the Capricornian capacities John G describes. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) "Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you," sang Bob Marley. "You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for." How are you doing on that score? Have you created a family and community that bless you far more than they drain you? The next 10 months will be an excellent time to concentrate on refining this part of your life. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Any minute now, you might start learning at a faster rate than you have since 2000. Any day now, you will be less bored than you have been since 2006, and any week now you will be expressing more spontaneity than you have since early 2010. What does it all mean? You may not feel an amazing, spectacular, extraordinary degree of personal unity tomorrow, but you will soon begin building toward that happy state. By December I bet you'll be enjoying an unprecedented amount of it. V

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Are you good with numbers? Would you like to be? Sage is looking for volunteers to file simple income tax for seniors. One day a week for 8 wks. Full training offered. Previous experience with income filing is an asset. Call Christine at 780.701.9015 Arts On The Ave is having a fundraising casino on July 28 & 29 and needs volunteers to make it happen. For more info check out: AOTA_Cassino_Volunteer_Form.pdf

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Dr.’s Appointment Buddy–Accompany new refugee immigrants to their medical appointments to give support and assist with paperwork. Thu, 10:30am-2:30pm. Transportation not required. Leslie 780.432.1137, ext 357 Edmonton Immigrant Services Association: looking for volunteers to help with Youth Tutoring & Mentorship, New Neighbours, Language Bank, and Host/Mentorship programs. Contact Alexandru Caldararu 780.474.8445; W: Flower Fest 2011 Jul 15-17 werfest.html; Flower Fest volunteer performers T: 780.429.3624 for time spot in the program Free Hugs Edmonton seeks an enthusiastic Coordinator to plan events and coordinate v o l u n t e e r s : Free Hugs Edmonton seeks volunteer huggers for summer festivals and events. Join today: Mechanics needed: The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society operates a volunteer-run community bike workshop called BikeWorks, 10047-80 Ave (back alley), also accepting bicycle donations; E:; W: P.A.L.S. Project Adult Literacy Society needs volunteers to work with adult students in the ESL English as a Second Language Program. Call 780.424.5514; training and materials are provided Taste of Edmonton currently accepting volunteers. Great Opportunity. Apply at University of Alberta needs volunteers with depression for a study. Please call 780-407-3906.


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The Heart and Stroke Foundation: looking for Volunteers With Heart; W: The Learning Centre Literacy Association: Seeking volunteer tutors to help adults develop reading, writing, math skills. Two locations: Boyle Street Community Services and Abbottsfield Mall. Contact: Denis Lapierre, Downtown Centre, 780.429.0675; Susan Skaret, Abbottsfield Mall Centre, 780.471.2598 The Sexual Assault Centre: recruiting volunteers: If you're empathetic, caring, nonjudgmental, want to gain experience, for info contact Joy: 780.423.4102 or The Support Network: Volunteer today to be a Distress Line Listener. Apply on line or call 780.732.6648 Volunteer at ElderCare Edmonton: help out with day programs with things like crafts, card games and socializing. Call Renée for info at 780.434.4747 Ext 4 Volunteer Lunch Deliverer/Driver: If you're available Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm, 1-2 days/week, be part of the team. Mileage reimbursed for delivery routes. 780.429.2020,

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Plenty of hype

Syphilis campaign draws attention, but will it help? In your recent web surfing you may have "meet up at da club with your fly ass." come across a video featuring a sexy Micky Elabdi, acting assistant direcblonde inviting you to visit a hot new tor of corporate communications with personals site to view profiles, chat with Alberta Health and Wellness, acknowlsingles and share chest rashes. "Plenty edges that there has been some negaof Syph," is a new campaign tive criticism, but says they were launched by Alberta Health expecting the controversy. and Wellness in an effort to "It's a parody of any other site. raise public awareness about It's not condoning that unsafe m o .c eekly @vuew brenda the rising incidence of syphisex is desirable," she says. "It's Brendear kind of a twisted humour that's lis in our province. This secKerb tion of the campaign includes intended to make people ask, 'Is web videos, print advertising and a this for real?' I think when you do satire, Twitter account which direct people you are taking broad brush strokes while to a website that, at first glance, looks trying to paint a picture of what's famillike a dating site. The site contains mock iar and what you could see on any site profiles of people with syphilis, offering on the Internet in terms of how people to share their infections and symptoms describe themselves, especially when it with other hot singles. It's an innovative comes to people wanting to connect in and edgy campaign that has certainly an intimate way." attracted a lot of attention. But is it the right kind of attention? Love it or hate it, people are definitely It's innovative and provocative, but noticing it. Since its launch on June 6, the when you read through the site, particuPlenty of Syph site has received more than 50Â 000 hits. Elabdi believes the larly the mock profiles, a darker side to message is getting through. the campaign emerges. The characters in "We've had a noticeable increase in the profiles seem to enjoy the fact that people coming in for testing," she says. they have syphilis and are more than "Without being asked, people are menhappy to share. Even more disconcerting tioning the campaign as a motivation to is the gender and ethnic stereotyping in come in." some of the profiles. Examples include a Awareness of the campaign certainly lesbian character who loves wheatgrass seems to be widespread. Last week I and hairy armpits and hates penises, and was at a party with a group of women a black man who was educated in the who started talking about the Plenty of "school of hard knocks" and wants to

Syph ads telling everyone else to check it out. These are women who probably never gave syphilis a second thought and now they are at least aware that people still do get syphilis. Creating that kind of broad public awareness is not an easy thing to do. Doing it in such a short amount of time is remarkable. But, let's be honest, these thirtysomething married women are not exactly at the highest risk for getting syphilis and they thought the campaign was funny. What message does the campaign send to people who are at high risk or who already have syphilis? Do they think that people think they are callous jerks that enjoy spreading infections, just like the characters on the site? If so, does this campaign make them want to seek help or does it shame them into keeping quiet? Will they expect good care and respect from health services that portray them this way? Will people from groups who see stereotypes about their cultures feel safe seeking help from Alberta Health Services? There is no doubt that some people are getting the message, the increase in testing proves it, but only time will tell if the people who are getting tested are the ones who really need to be tested. An increase in awareness, isn't the final measure of success. The real proof will be if and when we lose our first place standing as STI leader of the country. V

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Dan helps to work the kinks into the relationship In response to a wannabe fister side to visit a dominatrix ("outside" who hadn't told his girlfriend about means Lower 48 in Alaska slang). his kink, you wrote, "At three I can't imagine scheduling E years, all your kink cards something like that when SAVAG should be lying faceup on we're on vacation visiting the table." Really? Then kids, family, and friends. .com weekly my husband and I screwed savagelove@vue Any suggestions? Dan Not Into Spanking up. We've been married for Savage 19 years, and he told me only You didn't screw up, NIS, your five years ago that he wanted to husband didâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he's the one who didn't be spanked. Less than two years ago, lay down his kink cards. he mentioned that he had been to a I find this bit absolutely astounding: dominatrix before we met. I thought you gave your husband permission to we had talked about everything see a professional dominatrixâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a perwhen it came to sex and fantasies. I mission slip that countless submiswas wrong. sive married men would be thrilled to While I have your attention: I'm havhaveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he responded by placing ing a problem with the spanking. It conditions on you? His desire to injust isn't my thing. I told my husband clude you is a good sign (he's just that he could go to a dominatrix if that into you), but he's either an ingrate or would satisfy his needs. He agreed to a bossy, passive-aggressive, domineergo if I watched the session. I'm not ing douchesub for responding like that. sure I can do that, either. Well, guess You're in a better position to judge what? We can't even find one in our which one he is. part of the country. I hate to think My advice: stand your ground. He has we need to plan a special trip out-


your blessing to go get his spank onâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; on his own. The accommodation you've proposed is reasonable and generous, and he should be grateful. He doesn't have to travel to the big city to see a pro with a fully tricked-out dungeon: most sex workers are happy to indulge their clients' milder kinks, and spankingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as opposed to flogging, caning, sandblasting, etcâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;definitely qualifies as mild. If you do find yourself in the Lower 48 and he wants to make an appointment with a pro, just tell your kids, family and friends that you're slipping out for a romantic meal. Accompany your husband to the studio, say hello to the nice dominatrix, and hand your husband over for punishment. Then you can retire to a nice restaurant and have the cocktail you deserve while your husband gets the spanking he de-

serves. And once your husband arrives, have that romantic meal.

I've been in a BDSM relationship for two years with an awesome top who respects my limits. Like most GGG lovers, there are things I hate and won't do, and there's stuff I don't like much but I know he loves and I can put up with. One of these things is having his dick hit my cervix when we're fucking: He loves it because it hurts, but it freaks me out because I've heard stories of women having their cervixes ruptured during sex. He assures me that won't happen, but on at least two occasions I've bled so much that I thought my period had started. Am I right to be freaked for my cervix or is this okay? Freaked By Bloody Sex

"Worrisome cervical damage, including cervical rupture during sexual intercourse between two healthy adults, is extremely unlikely," said Nassim Assefi, an internist specializing in women's healthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as a writer, activist, and humanitarian aid worker. (Learn more about her superhuman kickassery at "Some caveats: this assumes no piercings of the penis (no spiky jewelry hitting the cervix), and this does not include rape of young girls, large-animal penis penetration of women and use of foreign bodies (dildos and other objects much larger than human penises)." Assefi adds that it's not uncommon to have a little cervical bleeding after vigorous vaginal intercourse, FBBS, and I'll add that a little bleedingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on occasion (birthdays, holidays, anniversaries)â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can be normal after anal, too. "However, bleedingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially heavy bleeding like a periodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;may be a sign of a cervix made fragile by STIs, benign growths (polyps), precancerous condi-

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tions or cancer, not to mention bleeding disorders. It's worth getting a pelvic exam and talking to a health provider about the bleeding if you're worried or the bleeding is heavy." Assefi sums it up: "Bonk the cervix if you and your partner get off on it. Just make sure you're bonking a healthy cervix."

I'm a 28-year-old gay man, living with my partner for two years. I've

kinks less stressful for your boyfriend: outsource 'em. Unlike straight married men who want to be tied up and spanked, BINDME, you wouldn't have to pay (or travel) for it. The supply-and-demand problem that complicates the lives of so many kinky straight menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are too many kinky men out there chasing too few kinky womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;isn't an issue for kinky gay men. Kinky gay men with vanilla partners have the option of

Accompany your husband to the studio, say hello to the nice dominatrix, and hand your husband over for punishment. always been open about wanting to be tied up, spanked, maybe trussed up in leather bondage gear. He's always been open about his reluctance to indulge me, saying he needs time to get used to it. I'm inclined to believe him, because it took him quite a while to get to the point of just being willing to strap me to the bed and jerk me. I'd like to explore some other aspects of my fetishes. He says we will but thinking about me in kinky gear makes him anxious. We had a bit of an argument about this, and I've agreed to drop the subject of my kinks while we're on vacation. He's worth waiting for: we click emotionally, he's sexy, I love his smell, we enjoy spending time together, I love the cuddles, we love each other madly and the vanilla sex we have is great. So if he never got past this at all, it might not be a deal breaker, but I'm hoping you have some ideas about how to make it more fun and less stressful or off-putting for him.

jumping on or other kink sites and finding a few bondage buddies, ie, guys they get together with for free sex-free bondage sessions. If your boyfriend doesn't want to sign off on that, and you're willing to hang in there, you should. A vanilla guy who's strapping you to the bed at two years could be helping you pick out hardcore bondage gear for your wedding registry at four. It sounds like this relationship has a lot going for it, BINDME, so you might want to take his word for it when he says that he'll get there for you. It certainly won't hurt to give the subject a rest over your vacation, particularly if you've been plaguing him about it recently. But let him know, post-vacation, that while you're willing to be patient (you are being patient), you're ultimately going to explore your kinks with himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your preferred optionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or you're going to need his permission to explore your kinks without him. But you're not going to not explore your kinks. V

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What do you get when you cross Buffalo Bill with a Blackfoot burlesque dancer? The answer might be Buffalo Boy, the gender-bending persona created by Adrian Stimson, one of the artists featured in the Works Canadian Aboriginal Artist Program exhibited in the Works Big Tent on Churchill Square. His interactive installation and performance, called The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy, is framed as the imagined museum collection of the fictional character's material culture. The Works Art and Design Festival has delivered innovative work like Stimson's to unconventional venues every year for the past 26 years. Stimson's work reflects upon colonial stereotypes and identityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not only identity as an Aboriginal in Canada, but also gender identity. Buffalo Boy, a mixture of human and buffalo, as well as man and woman, is the epitome of Stimson's identityquestioning work. Inspired by the Wild West's Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Boy is a trickster figure who ex-

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poses and re-signifies colonial stereotypes through humour and satire. The performance has gained huge popularity across North America, becoming a regular occurrence at Nevada's yearly Burning Man Festival, and can now be seen here in Edmonton. Stimson has received the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights activism. As well, Stimson has recently returned from a tour as an embedded artist with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Adrian Stimson was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and in 1975 his family moved back to Alberta to live on the Siksika Reserve, east of Calgary. He acted as a tribal councillor for the Siksika Nation before entering the arts. In 1999, Stimson left politics to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design, then went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. V


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