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Pride and politics Premier Alison Redford made history this past weekend by being the first Albertan premier to deliver an address at Edmonton's Pride Week. It was as large a step for the PC party as it was a politically astute move. Shortly after Ms Redford announced she would be delivering an address at Pride, Wildrose opposition leader Danielle Smith revealed she too would be appearing at Pride, just not at the parade. Or any public event. Ms Smith attended Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht's police reception, a limited space event to which you had to RSVP. This game of optics was quickly trumped by Premier Redford when she took the opportunity to announce the reinstatement of funding for gender reassignment surgery, something Ed Stelmach's Conservatives removed in 2009. At a cost of about $1 million per year, the province will provide funding to approximately 25 people. At the time of its delisting there were an estimated 600 people on the waiting list for the procedure. Although Redford and the PCs don’t get full points, having been the party to remove the funding in the first place, reinstating the funding when she did revealed the optics game being played by both party leaders, something Ms Smith quickly proved she

could keep up with. Smith denounced the funding decision saying, "I think it's clearly elective surgery," and stated there were medically necessary procedures that were much higher priority. In the same week as these announcements the Wildrose released a statement calling for the removal of section 3 from the Alberta Human Rights Act. Section 3 defines hate speech found in telecommunications and over Internet. Removing section 3 removes the ability of human rights tribunals to rule on hate speech over the Internet. The Wildrose views this section as limiting the Charter right to free speech. It's illustrative of the balancing act Danielle Smith is attempting to play with Alan Hunsberger's online comments. Smith has stated they are not her views or reflective of the policies of her party, and that she will not apologize for those comments for that reason. What she fails to realize is that as a public leader she is no longer speaking solely for herself, but for all Albertans. There must be a view to respect all Albertans' rights to free speech and rights to feel safe to celebrate and express who they are as people. So far Ms Smith has failed to step up and understand that balance, something Premier Redford seems intent on taking advantage of. V




CLEAN JOBS A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives points to the green energy industry as a effective job creation strategy. The report titled, "A Green Industrial Revolution," states that less than one percent of Canadian workers are employed in the fossil fuel extraction and production process while accounting for 27 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. The CCPA points to the investment in rebuilding Canada's physical infrastructure as a way to build green jobs.

Funding for net-zero energy buildings, as well as developing jobs in the supply of hyper-efficient building supplies such as windows and heat pumps which are currently imported from other countries. Zero emission transportation and the expansion of transit systems could also contribute to a green job growth plan. "Canada will eventually need to shift from its policy of ignoring climate change to a commitment to significant action," says CCPA senior economist Mark Lee who was the co-author of

the report with researcher Amanda Card. "The good news is that Canada can derive substantial economic advantages—from the development of new green jobs to innovation to improved health outcomes—by embracing climate action." The CCPA states the transition away from fossil fuels and toward a zero-carbon economy will take several decades, but would be made smoother by a green industrial strategy at the centre of federal policy creation.

remains difficult to determine with current high water flows. The Farmers Advocate Office is providing advice to ranchers and farmers who may be affected. The affected section fo the pipeline, which was built in 1966, runs directly underneath the river. Estimates range from 160 000 to 480 000 litres of oil were released into the Red Deer River.

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n June 14 in 1912 the Alberta Federation of Labour held its founding convention. One hundred years later the City of Edmonton marked the contribution of the AFL to the community by proclaiming the week "Alberta Federation of Labour Centennial Celebration Week." As part of a year-long celebration of labour history, President of the AFL Gil McGowan and Mayor Mandel took the opportunity to speak publicly about not only the historical role of unions, but the importance of the labour movement in the political context of 2012. "If we think back 100 years we would be appalled by the environment in which we worked and the strides. It's a great credit to the commitment to the members who worked so hard for so many years to achieve the rights and freedoms we have today, things we take for granted," said Mandel in delivering the proclamation. When the AFL first came together, miners and tradespeople in southern Alberta campaigned first against child labour and an improvement in the coal mines which were some of the most deadly in the world. But Mandel

also looked to today's reality in the need for labour movements. "Many in Alberta are working very hard to make ends meet and so we have to work hard to make progress for those Albertans," he said. Currently, the AFL represents over 145 000 workers today and campaigns for improved working conditions for groups such as temporary foreign workers. Made up of 29 unions across the province, the AFL has won historical campaigns against provincial rightto-work legislation and participated in the coalition against private health care reforms in the mid-90s. "It is important to celebrate 100 years of contributions," said Amarjeet Sohi, city councillor for Ward 12. "The more we celebrate the more we understand the role unions play in our lives." Before becoming a councillor Sohi was a bus driver and president of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Celebrating the AFL this week means more to him than history, marking the contributions that labour groups make to the community. "It enhances community spirit and well being so it's important to recognize those contributions," says Sohi. "I see the value they bring not just to the work site but to the community in the form of better

wages and in turn people's quality of life, which helps the economy. So it's a cycle and the role labour plays in our lives is part of that interconnection." Community contributions and solidarity remained a theme on Monday as associated unions the United Nurses of Alberta, the Edmonton District Labour Council and CUPE 30, which represents city workers, looked on as McGowan brought attention to the recent challenges to labour organizing and workplace conditions.

"The struggle continues as we see moves to drive down wages under the federal government's Temporary Foreign Worker Program, to restrict Employment Insurance payments to laid-off workers and to keep people in the workplace until the age of 67 under proposed changes to Old Age Security (OAS) rules," McGowan said during his statements at City Hall. The AFL has campaigned for the rights of temporary foreign workers, as it did just one day after the proclamation when fraud charges came out against the head of a group in charge of assisting temporary foreign workers. Calgarian Melissa Homan faces five charges for fraud and five counts of theft over $5000. It points to a problem revealed by Auditor-General

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Sheila Fraser when she reported in 2009 that the temporary foreign worker program fails to secure conditions for foreign workers. Fraser stated in her report, "there has been no systematic follow-up ... to verify that employers are complying with the terms and conditions under which the Labour Mobility Opinion application was approved, such as wages to be paid and accommodations to be provided." "These workers were vulnerable before and reports of abuse are wide-

spread. It's only going to get worse," said McGowan in a statement on Tuesday. "As working conditions for TFWs deteriorate, it makes conditions for all workers worse." Celebrations continue throughout the week with a two-day-long conference "Lessons of the Past, Visions of the Future," put on by the Alberta Labour History Institute, and a public celebration at Fort Edmonton Park this Saturday.

for tens of thousands of years. But it was very gradual and the animals and plants had plenty of time to migrate to climatic zones that still suited them. (That's exactly what happened more recently in the Ice Age, as the glaciers repeatedly covered whole continents and then retreated again.) There had to be a more convincing

depths shifted so that they were bringing down oxygen-poor warm water instead, and gradually the depths of the oceans became anoxic: the deep waters no longer had any oxygen. When that happens, the sulfur bacteria that normally live in the silt (because oxygen is poison to them) come out of hiding and begin to multiply. Eventually they rise all the way to the surface over the whole ocean, killing all the oxygenbreathing life. The ocean also starts emitting enormous amounts of lethal hydrogen sulfide gas that destroy the ozone layer and directly poison landdwelling species. This has happened many times in the Earth's history. Don't let it worry you. We'll all be safely dead long before it could happen again: the earliest possible date for a mass extinction, assuming that the theory is right and that we continue down our present track with emissions, would be well into the next century. The only problem is that things like this tend to become inevitable long before they actually happen. Tick, tock. V




Ignoring the doom and gloom Warnings of climate change continue to be ignored The forthcoming United Nations Conthe Earth's land is already used for huference on Sustainable Development man needs. With the human populain Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) on 20-22 tion set to grow by a further two bilJune has brought out the usual warnlion by 2050, that figure could soon ings of environmental doom. They exceed 50 percent. have been greeted with the usual "It really will be a new world, bioindifference: after all, there are logically, at that point," said the seven billion of us now, and paper's lead author, Profeswe're all still eating. What sor Anthony Barnofsky of could possibly go wrong? the University of California, m Berkeley. But Barnofsky The UN Environment e w e u e@v gwynn Program published its fivedoesn't go into the details e Gwynn yearly Global Environmental of what kind of new world it r e y D Outlook (GEO-5) saying that might be. Scientists hardly ever significant progress has been made do in public, for fear of being seen on only four of 90 environmental as panic-mongers. Besides, it's a relagoals that were adopted at the Rio tively new hypothesis, but it's a pretty Earth Summit in 1992. "If current patconvincing one, and it should be more terns of production and consumption widely understood. Here's how bad it of natural resources prevail," warned could get. UNEP head Achim Steiner, "then govThe scientific consensus is that we ernments will preside over unprecare still on track for 3 degrees Celedented levels of damage and degrasius of warming by 2100, but that's dation." Yawn. just warming caused by human greenMeanwhile, a team of respected scihouse-gas emissions. The problem is entists warn that life on Earth may be that 3 degrees is well past the point on the way to an irreversible "tipping where the major feedbacks kick in: point." Sure. Heard that one before, too. natural phenomena triggered by our Last week one of the world's two warming, like melting permafrost and leading scientific journals, "Nature," the loss of Arctic sea-ice cover, that published a paper, "Approaching a will add to the heating and that we state shift in Earth's biosphere," pointcannot turn off. ing out that more than 40 percent of The trigger is actually around 2 de-



grees C higher average global temperature. After that we lose control of the process: ending our own carbondioxide emissions would no longer be enough to stop the warming. We may end up trapped on an escalator heading up to +6 degrees C, with no way of getting off. And +6 degrees C gives you the mass extinction.

At a time when there is almost universal consensus the need for stimulus spending, the Alberta government has chosen to cut its infrastructure budget and kill jobs rather than increase it and create jobs. There have been five mass extinctions in the past 500 million years, when 50 percent or more of the species then existing on the Earth vanished, but until recently the only people taking any interest in this were paleontologists, not climate scientists. They did wonder what had caused the extinctions, but the best answer they could come up was "climate change." It wasn't a very good answer. Why would a warmer or colder planet kill off all those species? The warming was caused by massive volcanic eruptions dumping huge quantities of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

kill mechanism than that, and the paleontologists found one when they discovered that a giant asteroid struck the planet 65 million years ago, just at the time when the dinosaurs died out in the most recent of the great extinctions. So they went looking for evidence of huge asteroid strikes at the time of the other extinction events. They found none. What they discovered was that there was indeed major warming at the time of all the other extinctions—and that the warming had radically changed the oceans. The currents that carry oxygen-rich cold water down to the


Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly.



Child soldier, terrorist, Canadian

The case of Omar Khadr is explored in new anthology Omar Khadr, Oh Canada


he anticipated return of Omar Khadr to Canada brings with it the heated debate over his innocence and treatment by the Canadian government. The case of the Canadian citizen who has been called a child soldier by the UN and a terrorist by the US military brought forward some uncomfortable questions about the Canadian government's treatment of it's own citizens—questions that remain unanswered. Omar Khadr, Oh Canada is a new anthology by University of Alberta Professor Janice Williamson that attempts to highlight the questions and impacts of the Khadr case "The portrait we have of ourselves as a nation that values democracy, that values human rights—that sense of ourselves—we really have to look in the mirror to see how we aren't living up to that promise," Williamson advises. She argues that the imprisonment of Khadr is unlawful based on his child soldier status and the torture he received at Bagram and Guantanamo. The book was born from a gathering Williamson attended a few years ago, which was hosted by King's College, the Al Rashid Mosque and Amnesty International in attempt to raise awareness about Khadr. "The combination of these three groups: human rights activists, Muslims and a Christian based

university was very moving ... and I was struck by it and realized it was an issue I had ignored for too long. "But not only that," Williamson continues, "the Government was ignoring him, and was ignoring the fact that the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Appeal Court of Canada had all indicated that Omar Khadr should be transferred to Canada and was unjustly imprisoned in Guantanamo." Khadr's detainment and trial by controversial military commissions has been challenged by human rights activists and lawyers around the country and internationally. A recent report by the UN Committee Against Torture condemned Canada's "complicity" over the handling of Afghan detainees and called for the immediate transfer of Khadr to Canada. But as the international community calls our bluff, Canadians, says Williamson, are not speaking up. "There's a terrible silence. There is something so tragic about the silence in Canada around Omar Khadr. And I think part of it is that after 9/11 people were traumatized by this idea of terrorism," she says, citing the language of terror that permeated the media after the attacks in New York. Wil-


liamson explains that there was a shift in consciousness in Canada where people turned fearful of "the stranger," skewing our thinking towards immigrants and paralyzing our ability to discuss matters like Khadr's unjust circumstance. In what Williamson deems "the fog of post 9/11," some see Khadr as deserving the treatment he has received at Guantanamo rather than an example of our government's failure to uphold justice and human rights. "Those are frightening times when that happens," she says, "because that's when a government can very easily abuse the rights of some people because people aren't alert or on guard for that sort of abuse." Calling on expertise from all disciplines, the book is a compilation of thoughts from academics, lawyers, government officials, journalists and human rights activists. Williamson felt the book would be better received using a variety of voices, drawn from a diverse set of disciplines and genres (essays, plays, poetry and art) due to the contentious subject matter. "I want it to be a book that's like a house with many rooms—in each room you find out more information, you have a different way of feeling and thinking about the Omar Khadr case," says Williamson. At the core of the book is the belief that Khadr deserves to be brought

U of A professor Janice Williamson's new book on Omar Khadr's case

back to Canada, and to be provided the fair legal process that he has yet to receive after 10 years of imprisonment—a remedy for the blemish this case has put on Canadian policy and human rights record. "It's a book that brings the reader up to the moment about the case of Omar Khadr," says Williamson. "It brings you up to the moment in terms of the legal case. Brings you up to the moment in terms of what is the social context of this and in terms of what is Omar

Khadr's relationship with other Muslims who were sent away and tortured." A plea bargain in which Khadr pled guilty to the murder of Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, was settled last October and guaranteed Khadr's repatriation to Canada to serve the rest of his sentence, but his return continues to be delayed. "He should be in Canada now," Williamson reminds us. TEJAY GARDINER



Free speech or hate speech

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The passing of Alberta MP Brian Storseth's amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act on June 6 has the Wildrose party advocating a similar move for Alberta. Bill C-304 removed section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Section 13 outlined what it is to discriminate against a specific group over the Internet or other telecommunication. The repeal leaves hate speech on the Internet in the realm of criminal law. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith believes a similar change would make sense for free speech in Alberta. "Mr Storseth's bill is a great step forward at the federal level. I hope Ms Redford can show the same kind of leadership at the provincial level," said Smith in a release this week. During the PC leadership race last fall, Redford stated in a response to a questionnaire by the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association that she would repeal Section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, a section which mirrors the recently removed section 13. Federally, Storseth argued section 13 was at odds with section 2(b) of the Charter, the right to freedom of expression. The Canadian Bar Association believes section 13 must be maintained due to its contri-

bution against the promotion of hatred beyond the reaches of the criminal code. In its 2010 report "Hate Speech under the Canada Human Rights Act" the CBA states, "The social evil of promoting hatred against identifiable groups has not diminished in the past decade. Indeed, with the emergence of the Internet, its propagation has become more widespread and more sophisticated than in the past." Storseth made clear in his introduction of the bill on May 30 that the Criminal Code maintains a defense against hate speech saying the use of the Code "would ensure that all individuals are protected from threatening, discriminatory acts while preserving the fundamental right to freedom of expression." But according to the CBA, having section 13 in legislation meant action could be taken on hate speech that falls short of the criminal definition found in the criminal code. The CBA is also concerned this is the first attack on human rights tribunals. Human rights commissions regularly rule on issues of discrimination based on gender, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. "In addition to their functions


in investigating complaints and bringing those with a credible basis before the tribunal for adjudication," reads the report. "they have 'collaborative and educational responsibilities [that] afford [them] extensive awareness of the needs of the public, and extensive knowledge of developments in anti-discrimination law at the federal and provincial levels.'" Although the Wildrose have no current plans to bring forward a similar amendment in a private members bill, there is a push by Justice minister Shane Saskiw on Redford to deliver the Justice minister's report on Section 3. The report was assigned by Redford in a mandate letter last November to Justice Minister Verlyn Olsen after Alison Redford's election as leader of the PCs. The mandate letter specifically asked to "Assess the appropriateness of amending or repealing Section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act." No similar request was in the mandate letter for the new Justice Minister Jonathan Denis. Saskiw had requested previous to the recent election that the report, if it exists, to be brought forward. SAMANTHA POWER



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

Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR • Fort Edmonton Park • 780.483.3021 • The Party of the Century: Celebrating 100 yrs, activities for adults and children • Jun 16, 10am-midnight • $5 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


• 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

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

WALK ALBERTA • Kinsmen Sport Centre, 9100

Community Hall, 9240-93 St • events • Monthly Potluck and book sale: bring a vegan dish to serve 8 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • $3 (member)/$5 (nonmember)

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

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • EFCL, 7103-105 St • Meet every Tue, 7-9pm; helps members develop confidence in public speaking and leadership • T: Antonio Balce at 780.463.5331



GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s Anglican


Café, 9938 70th Ave • 780.437.3667 • • emerging-leaders • IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training: If you're passionate about the fate of the planet and its people prepare to do more to champion sustainability in your community • Jun 21-22

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church,

8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019/780.634.5526 • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering

Bldg, Room 2-58, U of A • Lecture by Charlie Savage (Washington Correspondent for The New York Times); commentary by Joanna Harrington (Faculty of Law) • Jun 15, 5:30pm

QUEER 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

QMUNITY LEAGUE • EBC Bikeworks North,


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

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.

Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.454.6216 • 3rd Mon every month, 7:30pm

KARMA KAGYU ASSOCIATION OF CANADA • Argyll Community Centre, 6750-88 St • Jun 22-24 • Teachings by Lamas & Khenpos: Jun 22, 7-9pm • Meditation and Medicine Buddha practice: Jun 23, 10-11:30am; Medicine Buddha and Mahakala Teachings and Practice: 2:30-5pm • Medicine Buddha Practice: Jun 24, 10-11:30am; Vegetarian Lunch: 12pm; Milarepa Tsok and Lamp Offering: 2:30-5pm •

• Pride Centre of Edmonton • • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

FLASH NIGHT CLUB • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E:


Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 St • Comedy and live music benefit night for Oxfam Canada featuring comedy with Andrew Grose and music by Souljah Fyah, Our Sound Machine, the Command Sisters, and a silent auction • Jun 14, 7pm • $25 at events/6486;

GIFT OF GRACE GALA • Festival Place

Theatre, 100 Festival Way Sherwood Park • • Screening of the documentary Grace, presentation by local filmmaker Meagan Kelly, silent auction, and music performances by Martin Kerr and the Philippine Choral • Jun 22, 7pm • $29.75 (adult)/$13.50 (child 12 and under); proceeds to the Gift of Grace Foundation at TicketMaster

MAYOR'S CELEBRATION FOR THE ARTS– Strathcona County • The Agora, Strathcona

County Community Centre • Featuring The Terrell Edwards Band; presenting Strathcona County arts appreciation awards • Jun 16, 6:30pm • $75 at 780.718.0486


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

Community Hall, 11840-87 Ave • 780.436.5732, 780.434.8105 • • Hand knit sweaters, shawls, scarves made in a women’s cooperative in Bolivia; proceeds to Minkha, a knitting Cooperative • Jun 23, 9am-3pm

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

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL WEEK • Amiskwaciy Academy • Info: 780.424.1270; E: felicia. • Jun 18-21 • Focus on the Spiritual: Jun 18, 9am (pipe ceremony) • Focus on the Emotional: Jun 19, 9am (drum circle and song, living library) • Focus on the Intellect: Jun 20, 9am (drum circle and song)


BIKEOLOGY FESTIVAL • Various locations •

10047-80 Ave, back alley entrance • Art Nights • Every Wed, 6-9pm

Night: Board games and card games • Every Mon, 7pm


PRIMETIMERS/SAGE GAMES • Unitarian Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm


Society, Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St • • Saving the World One Charity Screening at a Time: charity screening event and silent auction presented by the Alberta Browncoats Society; proceeds to Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Edmonton’s Youth Empowerment and Support Services (Youth Emergency Shelter Society, YESS) • Jun 23, 12-5pm • $15 at, Happy Harbor Comics

Cha Island Tea Co • 10332-81 Ave • Games

• Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Carrot/ apple breakfast scones, coconut butter, berry coulis; Jun 24

• 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; jess@ • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors; every Wed, 6-9pm; • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm;


tennial Rm, (basement) Stanley A. Milner Library • Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month


ZEN LOUNGE • 12923-97 St • The Ca$h Prize




AIKIKAI AIKIDO CLUB • 10139-87 Ave, Old

• 780.702.6802 • • Just For Laughs comic and music by the Command Sisters and Our Sound Machine to benefit African relief • Jun 14, 7pm (door) • $25

780.481.2347 • Lessons from the Past, Visions of the Future, a conference sponsored by the Alberta Labour History Institute featuring: story circles on historical themes and events; academic work in labour history; Maria Dunn and friends performing “Troublemakers”; labour film night at the Garneau Theatre; labour history displays by organizations across Canada • Until Jun 15 • Preregister at; labourhistory. ca • Labour History Film Night: Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre, 9712-109 St: Featuring Bread & Roses (Ken Loach, 1984); Jun 14, 6:3pm; $10 • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu





in, peer counselling


9305-111 Ave • "Do It" Yourself Dance Party: debut event: a night of dancing, DIY crafting, costume sharing and critical engagement • Jun 16, 9pm • $5-10 sliding scale, no one turned away; info E:

Waterdale Hill: St Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club: walk on river valley trails through the U of A Campus; 6km or 10km; Jun 14, 6:30-9pm; Lou Arsenault, 780.249.5860, • Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, Concession area, Pigeon Lake: Wetaskiwin Volkssport Walking Club, walk on groomed lakeside and woodland trails, 5km or 10km; Jun 16, 12:30-3pm; Niels Breum, 780.984.8638, • Pigeon Lake Southeast Parking Lot: Day of walking; 5km or 10km; Jun 16, 9-11:30am; David Hall, 780.951.2882, • Emily Murphy Park: Summer Solstice Walk: St Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club in the west end of Edmonton, Old Glenora and part of the river valley, 5km, 10km; Jun 20, 6:3-9pm; Joe Sombach; 780.458.4667

WUNDERBAR • 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 • Comedy every 2nd Tue; Jun 18

$80 (entire program)/$10 (Fri)/$35 (Sat)/$35 (Sun) • Info: 780.633.6157, 780.433.8463; E: info@

11341-78 Ave • 780.431.8446 • Walk4Abilities.asp • Funds to HIA Summer Camp Bursary Fund • Jun 24, 8am (reg)

780.982.8520 • • Beaverhills House Park, 105 St, Jasper Ave: Festival Day: music, kids’ entertainment, free bike check up, pedal-yourown smoothies; Jun 16, 12-4pm • Bikey Breakfasts in cafes, Movie Mondays at Metro Cinema, Mocktails on the Bridge • Ride-In Movie (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) at Victoria Cricket Pitch, 12130 River Valley Rd; Jun 23, 8:30-11pm

G.L.B.T.Q SAGE BOWLING CLUB • 780.474.8240, E: • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm GLBT SPORTS AND RECREATION • • Co-ed Bellydancing: • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; bootcamp@ • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; bowling@ • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd

sTand ouT • Various venues downtown ed-

monton • • Edmonton Pride Festival 2012 • Features the Pride Parade and Celebration on the Square, educational sessions, family events, historical tours, art exhibits, a movie night, the annual Mayor’s Brunch in support of Camp fYrefly • Until Jun 17


12546-126 St • Fringe show fundraiser; floor show, dance party, door prizes, 50 / 50 • Jun 15, 8pm • $10 (door)

WORLD WIDE VEGAN BAKE SALE • Earth’s General Store, 9605-82 Ave • • Taste the sweet side of vegan cuisine; and rain barrel fundraiser • Jun 16, 11am-3pm

The Alberta Federation of Labour invites you to

The Party of the Century! The Alberta Federation of Labour is 100 years old – and we’re celebrating with the Party of the Century at Fort Edmonton Park on June 16. Enjoy all the regular park activities, including the midway and horse rides, as well as face-painting, games for the kids, a concert by Juno-nominated singer Maria Dunn, parades and refreshments.


Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @


• S.A.G.E Bldg, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Jun 14, 1:30-4pm • Free, donations welcome; Info: T: Jeff 780.474.8240; E: tuff@


10242-106 St • • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

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


• 780.756.5667 • • Open Tues-Sat: Community bar with seasonal patio • Beat the clock Tue • Wingsanity Wed, 5-10pm • Free pool Tue and Wed • Karaoke Wed, 9-12pm • Fri Steak Night, 5-9pm • Frequent special events: drag shows, leather nights, bear bashes, girls nights • DJs every Fri and Sat, 10pm

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • edm- • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-


For 100 years, Alberta workers have been fighting for their rights and their communities – now it’s time to party! The highlight of a year of celebrations across the province will be at Fort Edmonton Park on June 16, with a full day of activities providing fun for adults and children. Members and guests are invited to contact us for tickets at 780-483-3021 or 1-800-661-3995 or by email at

A limited number of tickets are available at a reduced rate of only $5!




The bonds that tie us

Patrick Wang on economics, the tension between theatre and cinema and In The Family's "long breaths."

Sat, Jun 16 – Sun, Jun 17; Wed, Jun 20 In the Family Directed by Patrick Wang Metro Cinema at the Garneau



nfolding as a deeply immersive slow burn, in quiet rooms warmed and lived-in and painted by soft autumnal light, In the Family leads us to a place few films do: it is at once its own very specific world and a world that almost anyone can recognize. When the film is done you feel you've lived there for a time. The quotidian calm of the opening scenes is ruptured by an ordinary tragedy, a car accident that will throw everything into disarray without ever resorting to forced theatrics, and the film goes on to tell of a somewhat unusual conflict—a custody battle between a gay man and the family of his dead partner—in terms that are both realistic and generous in sprit. It takes its time to get where it's going, and there are detours along the way, but every moment is filled with small discovery, a dialogue between memory and the present that builds steadily and complicatedly toward a powerful emotional release. In the Family is the first feature from Patrick Wang, who has a degree in economics and a long history in the theatre and is originally from Texas. In the cannon of great American debuts the film feels closest in spirit to Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me. (It's worth noting that Lonergan also has a background in theatre.) Wang worked long and arduously to get everything right, so right that he


wound up writing, producing, directing, starring in and even distributing his film himself: despite its scale, In the Family is very much an artisanal film. Wang made it in Martin, Tennessee, because it seemed like "a place where you could find anyone." Though Joey, Wang's character, isn't just anyone; he's a man of great integrity, and it's rare that protagonist so fundamentally decent can be so captivating. As is Wang himself. We spoke about his career and In the Family as the film began trickling into Canadian cinemas a couple of weeks ago. How did you move from economics to the theatre? PATRICK WANG: For many years I was doing both. My fellow economists were always fascinated by theatre, while my fellow thespians were always asking me about economics. [Laughs] I don't see them as all that different. In the sciences there's a great need for creativity, while in the arts there's a lot of room for analysis. They use different muscles in different proportions. Obviously, it's very different work. VUE WEEKLY:

Had you worked in theatre primarily as a director or actor? PW: When I started my own company my background was mostly as an actor. So I had lots of questions. I did my first directing with the company. That's where I learned. And what I learned in the theatre is what got me through this film. I learned to talk to collaborators. I didn't have a very visual background and always thought that was my weakness, so dialogue VW:

with designers was something I worked to cultivate. Theatre is pretty low-key in terms of certain barriers, such as getting people to teach you how they do their work. That inviting atmosphere was everything to me. VW: In the Family holds this nice tension between what might be regarded as theatrical and cinematic elements. So often filmmakers are taught to think of the theatrical as a bad thing. PW: All my favourite filmmakers have been people of the theatre: Tony Richardson, Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Orson Welles. Where they land is pure cinema, but there's a certain confidence, a set of priorities that includes performance and literature. They know what performance can do on its own without adding all these other elements to support it.

Was it always your intention to write, direct, produce and act in In the Family? PW: I started with the script and assumed that was the only thing I'd be doing. I thought I'd leave the rest to the professionals. I looked for producers and directors and other people to work on it. There's nothing in this project that promises to do wonders for anyone's career—you just have to love the project. I'm sure there are people out there who would have been perfect matches, but you start down this road and at some point wonder if this search is very good use of your time. You start to wonder what would happen if you tried this or that hat on. Can I do these tasks with the proper respect the roles demand? VW:

Will the project lose something because of it? Those are hard questions. The roles accumulated over time. First came writing, then producing, then directing, then acting. I was most resistant to the acting. VW:

The part seems tailor-made for

you. When I wrote the part I did not see myself in it. And we didn't rewrite him for me. I think that over time I simply moved more towards the character. You start to feel this need to defend a character or a story, a play or a film, because you worry that it can be so easily misunderstood. You want to be there to help it, to foster it.


VW: Working in theatre teaches you to take long breaths, and In the Family is a film composed of long breaths. It allows each scene the space it needs to breathe. The result is that it's 169 minutes long, which is kind of audacious for an unknown filmmaker making his feature debut, with no stars. But the film's duration is essential for it to do what it does emotionally, to tell its very particular story. PW: The running time did make me worry for the film's life. I kept thinking there's got to be some way to cut it down. But every time I tried I became only more convinced that this was the length the film needed to be. Otherwise you risk losing its uniqueness. You wind up making things more obvious. The film as is doesn't clearly signal where it's going. It takes false turns. It feels more honest. Our lives tend to favour a certain tempo. We're used to movies and TV that function


at this accelerated rhythm. But I think the reason people can roll with In the Family is because it's inviting. It doesn't tell you things; it lets you find things. It gives you the space to put your own life up there. We don't get many opportunities to really meditate on certain heavier moments in life. So perhaps it's a kind of luxury to sit and deal with these things. Physical space seems just as integral to In the Family as temporal space. The house your character lives in, this house he's helped construct, this house from which a huge part of his life has suddenly disappeared: that's one space. The house that Cody's sister inhabits is a very different space, one that says a lot about her. The most interesting contrast comes from the house that Joey's client is having renovated. So space, domestic space, is hugely important, but again, when you're working with a very limited budget it can't be easy to define such spaces so precisely. PW: A lot of our budget went to locations for exactly the reasons you're addressing. Sometimes you just need the right space. Maybe you cut a day out of your production, but it's worth the investment. The right space and right density of detail. There's something about production design that, even when on location, can feel false. Sometimes it's too neat; sometimes it's too self-consciously cluttered. I was able to work with a very talented production designer, and we spent a lot of time on density of detail, on VW:



Father's Day Fri, Jun 15 (9:30 pm) Presented by Dedfest Metro Cinema at the Garneau



ery loosely framed as a late-night television movie, complete with commercial break and faux-trailer for what's up next, Father's Day splits the difference between squirm-inducing blood 'n' guts and irreverent, blunt comedy. It takes the former to its modern extremes, but unlike many of its contemporaries to straddle the humour/horror line, it also does the latter just as well. Even better, maybe. There is an abundance of boobs and the occasional dink parading across the screen, the latter of which often becomes the target of violence—one unfortunate fellow has his genitals bitten off, among plenty of other noncrotch-damaging moments and buckets of gore, including a few scenes that actually made me cringe and look away. Whether you take that as cautionary warning or ringing endorsement is a good litmus test for how you'll enjoy the rest of the on-screen proceedings: Father's Day is a movie that revels in its excesses while maintaining a certain level self awareness about them.

The bonds that tie us


searching for that feeling of home, the way a home can change its character over the course of a day. Especially when it's empty. I think people recognize that, the feeling of an empty home on a Saturday afternoon when the neighbour's cutting the lawn. I want to ask you more about Joey. Your performance is very rigorous about not pushing the emotion. But I don't think it's correct to say that Joey's emotionally reserved; he's very unobtrusive. It's a quality that becomes apparent early in the film, in the hospital most obviously. He never makes it explicit to the hospital staff that Cody is his partner, that he should be in the room with him. PW: It's not that Joey resigns himself. He keeps trying to get what he wants, but not in a way that's abrasive. I appreciate the care you take with words when trying to describe him, because a lot of people call him passive. I don't

Ahab, protector of Dads

The plot focuses on Ahab, a revengedriven, eyepatch-clad hero out to defeat the "Fuchman," a demonic figure who's known for killing/molesting fathers around town. Ahab's rag-tag troupe of followers includes his stripper sister, a priest, another priest with psychic abilities and a street teen named Twink. In the film's latter half, it gets surprisingly epic in scope: though rooted in the grindhouse tra-

dition of grandly low-budget style, its story hits near-surreal territory when, to save Earth, everybody has to go to hell to battle Fuchman at his spawning grounds. Definite points for originality, and certainly worth a couple of questions when the filmmakers attend Dedfest's Edmonton screening on Friday. PAUL BLINOV




“EXCELLENT!” “EXCEPTIONAL!” believe that to be correct. In terms of getting things done in his life he's a very active person. But he's a peaceful person, and that's typically seen as anti-dramatic. VW: He

takes enormous risks. He places his trust in people. His risks hinge on the idea that people can change.



Which I think brings us to politics. In the Family is densely political in so many ways, not the least being the sheer fact that its protagonist is at once Asian-American, gay, Southern, and working class. But nowhere in this film will you find anyone coming out and articulating a polemic. No one's waving flags. I'm not even sure that anyone even uses the word "gay" once in the entire movie. PW: You're right. It's never used. I noticed at some point in the writing that this language of identity wasn't coming up. I thought that was interesting. You expect there will come a moment VW:

when a character will explain the conflict. But these people just don't talk that way. I think you see more of what's it's like to be of a minority race in this film than a lot of films that place race firmly in the foreground. People are more than any one thing, and in Joey's case you're never sure what part of him people are responding to. People themselves might not know what they're responding to. People are inconsistent philosophical creatures. For a film to neglect that aspect of human nature doesn't feel as interesting to me. If we talk about this film as an exercise of sympathies, then there has to be some kind of distance for us to cover. We need to stretch a little to reach out to these people. We need to make that investment in faith.

-Richard Corliss, TIME -Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES












Patrick Wang will attend the Sat, Jun 16 and Sun, Jun 17 screenings of In The Family at Metro Cinema at the Garneau.









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Prometheus Now playing Directed by Ridley Scott



wenty-five years after that most simplistically, honestly titled of sci-fi creature-features, Alien, was released, it became a bloated beast. But before and beyond 20th Century Fox's desperate, cross-breeding lab-experiment of Alien vs Predator, the Alien tetralogy (birthed by director Ridley Scott, writer Dan O'Bannon, and artist HR Giger in 1979) stood above and apart because of its auteurs' takes on sci-fi horror. Even its third and fourth entries showcased the early nihilistic vision of David Fincher and the '90s quirky-apocalyptic sensibility of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The alien itself, in its metallic look but visceral rupture

of human bodies, was both parasitic baby and sexually-violating death. Scott returns to pilot Prometheus, a quasi-prequel to Alien and a summer blockbuster that actually manages to be an event movie, with a look and ambition worth seeing on the big screen. Scott uses 21st-century digital effects to deeper-freeze the basic run-frommonsters premise. It's this inhumanity that's so strangely captivating. Showing a future stripped of feeling, this is a picture where motion replaces emotion because too-inquisitive humans are left facing the depth of their fear and rediscovering their basic instinct to ... run. The story begins with a too-cryptic prologue, though the cold, aerial sweep over a planet establishes the movie's tone and scope. There's a Kubrick-like chill, but more interestingly,

there's something frigidly unlikeable about us in the near-future. It's 2093 and a scientific team, working for Weyland Corporation, lands on a faraway planet (to which common drawings on various ancient artifacts on Earth have led them). Almost everyone on the ship, Prometheus, is stiffly dutiful, callous or self-interested. And then there's the android David (Michael Fassbender). Seemingly subservient, but coolly self-confident, he's quick to develop his own agenda, secretly running experiments of his own. From gait and syntax to his flat curiosity, hollowly imitating the foolish curiosity of head scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), Fassbender gives David a soulless magnetism—this homo simulation is more sympathetic than the real thing. Dialogue's kept minimal as the frights, horrible discoveries and physical traumas build. Still, the score's soaring refrain becomes annoyingly repetitive and the last third's almost too actionpacked: Shaw's narrow escape from a cataclysm is over-the-top and there's an

The crew of Prometheus on the run

obvious sequel set-up. Characters rashly rush along and one species is just too mysteriously murderous. But from the opening death to the closing birth, the story teeters us between crafted destruction and unplanned creation. Genetic-engineering and self-belief clash. Wan yellows, gun-metal blacks and ash greys paint a vast, near-volcanic, edge-of-hell frontier in which these tiny, misguided explorers are losing themselves. The title's Greek is echoed by massive, mysterious idols and the statue-like humanoid in the film's prologue, and it hints at the human arrogance of

the crew's mission. (Prometheus also brought fire, but fire flares up just once here, in a horribly different spirit of giving.) Slashes of classical mysticism and myth carve themselves onto the futuristic stark surfaces and space-telescope sights here. Prometheus' unsettling vision stubbornly spreads—a cold, sleek, mechanical future where feeling's tossed aside and humanity's losing out to more brutally dispassionate, self-interested species. Call it anti-social Darwinism. BRIAN GIBSON



Two-Lane Blacktop Sat, Jun 16 – Sun, Jun 17 Directed by Monte Hellman Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally Released: 1971


onte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop is among the greatest, most audacious, most truly individual studio-backed movies that could probably only have been made in the 1970s, one that feels like myth from a distance but when you're actually in it, behind the wheel of it, is really a string of loving detail with no apparent concessions to grand design. It's about a deal made at some seldompatronized country service station, a cross-country race for pink slips, with stops only for cheeseburgers, gas and small repairs. One car is a slick yellow GTO, the other a hulking old Chevy, a car that's all performance, no glamour—it doesn't even have a heater since a heater might slow it down— and Hellman's backseat camera shakes with the Chevy's surges in speed. The movie's universe is soaked in restlessness, but not the romantic sort. The purity absorbs you without explaining a thing. Metro Cinema is screening it twice this weekend in 35mm. The characters have no names. The Chevy has a Mechanic (Dennis Wilson) and a Driver (James Taylor), a Beach Boy and a famous singersongwriter, though neither talk much, much less sing—they can't afford to waste the energy. Even Taylor's leanness seems calibrated for speed. So


these stoic, long-haired hustlers, who are they? Certainly not the counterculture emblems of Easy Rider (1969). Are they young men of their generation or of something much deeper in the American mindset, or maybe that of the late 19th century European novel? The movie, scripted by Rudy Wurlitzer, opts to keep their mystery intact, while leaving much room for the actors' low-key charisma to unfurl. They're joined by a girl (Laurie Bird, who was pretty mysterious even in real life), a tousled tomboy nymphet vagabond. Her entrance is spied entirely through the window and doorway of a diner; she transfers her body and belongings from one vehicle to another—the Chevy. Driver and Mechanic get in the car as she nests in the back. They drive off without so much as a word, as though her appearance in their car was not planned per se but a perfectly ordinary occurrence. She's the first to speak. She just wants to make sure they're not the Zodiac killer. Driver and Mechanic, the two-headed lone wolf, are most often seen from the front or behind, while the pilot of the GTO (Warren Oates) is most often seen from the side, the most appropriate point-of-view for a compulsive conversationalist. Few actors in history can be so endearing while being so baldly ingratiating, and TwoLane Blacktop supplied us with one of Oates' finest performances. Oates' affectations are lovingly honed: the


stiff collar and cashmere V-necks, the driving gloves with the knuckle-holes, the scarf or ascot or whatever that is round his neck, the tape collection perfectly cued-up so that he can play, say, "Me and Bobby McGee" just as a pretty girl slides into his passenger seat. He claims he's scouting locations for a "down-home movie on fast cars," which is doubtlessly total bullshit. He tells the girl he wants to take her away, says they can go to Miami or Montréal or Mexico—he's a oneman Wild Bunch. (That Oates shares a scene with Harry Dean Stanton, the other greatest character actor of the 1970s, should constitute some special section of cinephile heaven, though the truth is that theirs isn't one of the film's best bits, with Stanton playing a hitchhiker who gets weepy when Oates won't accept his unsolicited affections. "I got no time for sidetracks," he explains apologetically.) The racing opponents are also companions, helping each other out along the way, taunting each other playfully, exchanging hard-boiled eggs and hooch or drugs as peace offerings. Like the movie itself, which was shot in sequence in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina, they're in for the long haul—there is nothing else. So it's no surprise that it all ends with the movie itself seemingly burning up on-screen. Everything is obliterated in the slipstream. JOSEF BRAUN



The Passenger Sat, Jun 16 – Mon, Jun 18 Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1975 "I used to be somebody else, but I traded him in." —The Passenger


ichelangelo Antonioni died the same day as Ingmar Bergman, a curious coincidence that seems to echo the exchange of fates in Antonioni's film The Passenger. The film marks Antonioni as a staunchly arthouse-film director of the era, drifting his camera along the lines between gazing thoughtfully and grazing superficially, between pondering and ponderousness, between stillness and stiltedness. The Passenger was the last in a three-film contract for English-language features that Antonioni signed with Carlo Ponti and MGM. Thriller Blow-Up (1966) was a massive hit with the non-cinématheque crowd, but Zabriskie Point (1970) bombed and The Passenger landed in a mist of relative obscurity. It was rereleased in 2005, in a longer director's cut. The country-jumping narrative, draped flimsily by a gun-running thriller plot, can feel hokily of its time (faintly imitative of '70s thrillers without ever being as politically engaged as, say, a Costa Gavras or Pontecorvo film). The Passenger often seems to be searching for its own identity, its own core, as it moves from the Sahara

Jack Nicholson as a reporter turned gun-runner

to England to Germany to Spain with British, American and French actors. When TV reporter David Locke (Jack Nicholson), in Chad for a story on the civil war there, discovers the body of his hotel-room neighbour, who looks like him, he decides to become him. But David Robertson, he discovers, is a gunrunner. He's soon gone from acting detached from events to being pursued and supplying weapons for one side against another, even as he hooks up with an architecture student (Maria Schneider). The first half-hour is the film's best. The sense of modern alienation—

the dominant theme in Antonioni's work—shimmers through the desert. There's the constant whirrrr of a fan, the clinging heat, the sprawling space of the dunes and Locke yelling as he kneels in the sand next to his stuck Jeep, half-supplicant and halfvictim, "All right! I don't care!" Locke's identity-exchange comes from a need to force himself out of his own predictable codes and habits. It's not places that are the same, he recalls telling Robertson earlier, but us, seeing things in the same old ways. Of course, he can't truly keep escaping himself.

Voiceovers and recordings waft through. Flashbacks are folded in beautifully—in Munich, the new David watches a wedding in an ornate cathedral and flashes back to a flare-up between the old David and his wife, Rachel (Jenny Runacre). And place— the unrelenting desert, Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, scrubland in Seville province—looms large, often either overwhelming the characters or distancing us from them. Some lines still seem a bit flat, even if purposely so: "Did he love you?" "Yes, I think so. We just didn't make

each other very happy." (Scenes with Jenny are the weakest, her character seeming limp and unrealized.) And the film can scrawl itself out in places, spooling beyond David's uneasy sense of non-identity to become a bit too much cipher-cinema itself, lacking a certain pointedness, a sharp thrust. But the penultimate, seven-minute tracking shot presses us up against the bars of David's self-negation ... and then presses ahead, looking outward at last, at the lives beyond us, going on. Brian Gibson



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tue, Jun 19 (7 pm); Sun, Jun 24 (12:30 pm) Directed by Steve Barron Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1990


irst came the duck, and then the turtles. Howard the Duck was a '70s metafictional, existential riff on comics that was turned by Lucasfilm into one yellow, fine-feathered stinker of a box-office bomb in 1986. Two years earlier, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as a parody of some of the biggest comics at the time, but was soon turned into a toy-merchandising phenomenon by a "creative team" and one of 1990's top-grossing flicks. The movie now seems like one in a long list of '80s and '90s maniamanufacturing toylines that targeted kids as the new consumers (see: Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Tamagotchis, Beanie Babies, etc). And, dude, is it bad. All the basic elements of a comicbook movie are there—origin story involving radioactive mutation, special

fighting powers, vigilante heroes living in dark spaces, a guiding moral teacher, a love interest, a super-villain nemesis—but with Renaissance-painternamed turtles that talk like California teens (including calling reporter April O'Neil a "babe"). Plus a storyline that's remarkably safe and near-farcically broad. The product-placement's all there, from a well-known pizza chain to a well-known soft drink. Ninja foes look like they were just dressed up by their moms for trick 'n' treating. Playing Casey Jones, Elias Koteas fortunately—perhaps because of the hockey mask he often wears and the long flowing mullet that makes him even more unrecognizable—managed to get such directors as Scorsese and Malick to overlook this stain on his resumé. Humour's strained and fighting scenes are lumbering. The music's a triple-mozza-cheesy synth-score. If there were any striking elements— good or bad—worth remembering or simply savouring the weirdness of, TMNT might seem like something

Turtles in the '90s

resembling a movie. The Howard the Duck movie, at least, has a top-10 list of enjoyably odd moments you

can watch online. The turtles' sensei, Master Splinter, should have told the shelled samurai: "Sometimes failing


miserably is better than succeeding with utter mediocrity." Brian Gibson




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he theatrical facet of Nextfest has always been a varied, experimental slate, and this year's no different: from apocalyptic theories to a fragile New York love story, there's a full platter to digest. And with that in mind, Vue's gone out and taken in all but one of the festival's theatre offerings. The lone exception, Mother Pisslegs (She Shall Be Praised) had its first show after our deadline, though the premise—of writer Aviva Zimmerman's work teaching drama in homeless shelters giving rise to this composite sketch character—certainly carries intrigue. The rest are documented here for your perusal. Reviews by Mel Priestley (MP) and Saliha Chattoo (SC). All shows at the Roxy Theatre. Afterlives Fri, Jun 15 (8 pm) Directed by Surreal SoReal Theatre

 An inventive and captivating piece of physical theatre, Surreal SoReal's Afterlives presents a three-part narrative that, true to the company's name, is darkly surrealist in its tone and scope. Each third is quite different from the others in mood and message, yet together they do inform and expand upon one another. Jon Lachlan Stewart and Byron Trevor Martin are very talented performers and it's worth it to attend purely to marvel at their nimble, fluidly choreographed tumbling. The show also makes excellent use of light and shadow, as well as black and white imagery in its costuming (which is impressively detailed and extensive), to paint stark portraits of some of the darkest of human emotions and circumstances. MP Double Occultation Sat, Jun 16 (9:30 pm) Sun, Jun 17 (5 pm) Directed by Jake Prins

 It's Christmas Eve and a family is sitting down for a traditional holiday dinner when Grandpa decides to announce he has cancer, and that his doctor estimated that he had three months to live ... three months ago. This story offers a patchwork of central concepts and events—everything from childhood whimsy to accidental murder to an other-worldly advice session from the dearly departed—and while the plot doesn't offer anything particularly novel, there are a few engaging personalities that maintain a degree of interest for the story's conclusion. Finally, while the sound design distracts from investing in certain scenes, the simple set is artfully played with to create attractive representations of outdoor locales. SC

Surreal SoReal Theatre's Afterlives

Hideout Directed by Matt McKinney  The zombie apocalypse story is an overused (if not clichéd) trope these days, but it does provide this one man show a clear metaphor for the real pain and fear in the daily life of protagonist Lee (Brett Dahl): a lonely high school kid who has just been dumped by his best friend and is caught in the crossfire of a bitter divorce between two highly unstable and abusive parents. Dahl does a good job conveying Lee's emotional turmoil, but at times he's tripped up by both dialogue and set; the production is a little rough around the edges and would benefit from a bit of polish. MP Manhattan Memories Fri, Jun 15 (6:30 pm) Sat, Jun 16 (6:30 pm) Directed by Joel Crichton

 Based on the trusty archetype, a couple meets, falls in love, and falls apart. Manhattan Memories, however, quickly sets itself apart from the average ailing hearts story. News broadcasts and emergency 911 calls interrupt this couple's reminiscences about their relationship as the play creates an unusual parallel between two de-

structions: the end of their love story, and the events of 9/11. The attempted comparison was uncomfortable at times, but tended to work itself out of awkward corners thanks to a biting script that offered the characters engaging conversation. The disjointed timeline falls short of effective, but once you settle into the rhythm for what it is, it's an enjoyable watch. SC Preach_2012 Thu, Jun 14 (8 pm) Sat, Jun 16 (8 pm) Sun, Jun 17 (6:30 pm) Directed by April Ashley Killins

 It's open season this year for new books, plays, songs and even news reports on the apocalyptic theories du jour, and Preach_2012 is adding its own representation to the conversation. Plagued by the mysterious symbols that are appearing on people's bodies, the characters attempt to explain away their rising fears with a variety of theories. Some genuine chuckles are had (what apocalyptic theory doesn't yield at least a few?), but more significant character development and a cleaner plot progression are needed to add innovation and substance to these recurring topics of fear, rationalization and apocalypticism. SC


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Gettin' funny all up in this // Meryl Smith Lawton

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anada's largest improv festival is back for its 12th year with an international lineup, hosted by Edmonton's comedic staple, Rapid Fire Theatre. The festival brings together a multitude of styles and performers who push the creative envelope while focusing on varieties of improvisation, though, according to artistic director Amy Shostak, in recent years Improvaganza has expanded to include sketch, stand-up and musical comedy. The festival continues to grow at a rapid pace and this year, the events have spilled over to the Garneau Theatre along with its original venues, The Varscona Theatre and the PCL Theatre in the Transalta Arts Barns. The expansion also includes hitting

the pavement with an Improvaganza street team to engage the public in new ways, like a boys in bikinis bike wash and a bike gang. "We found that handbilling only goes so far and it's only so fun," Shostak adds. As always, the festival includes a roster of top-notch side-splitters, including this year's headliner, Maria Bamford, whose praises have been sung by the likes of Judd Apatow. "For me it's like a dream come true because she is, for sure, by far, one of my favourite comedians out there," Shostak says of Bamford's unique brand of comedy, which focuses on personal storytelling coupled with crazy voices and impressions of her beloved pugs. "One of the things I love about her comedy is she's only bringing things from her own personal experience. She never talks about other groups of people she doesn't understand; she never makes fun of groups

PREVUE // PUPPET LIFE of people. She just talks about her own personal experience, and I think that's really admirable in comedy because it's kind of vulnerable." Joining Bamford on the roster are the likes of Jon Mick, Andrew Bush and Cheryl Hann of Picnicface, Dad's Garage, BA Johnston and the School of the Night from London, England, who bring an eccentric variety of literary humour to the festival. Bush is making his third appearance at Improvaganza, which he says is a highlight of his year. He'll be performing a solo set as part of the stand-up showcase along with Hann and Bamford, in which he lays it all out and entertains audiences with often embarrassing personal anecdotes. "That comes from my family. My family has always been very self-deprecating and open," Bush adds. "Sometimes I think maybe I share a little too much about my life with complete strangers ... I get up, I talk and hopefully people will laugh at what I'm saying." Making their Improvaganza debut are Sufferettes from Toronto, a duo of consisting of an old hag, also known as Becky Johnson, and a young hag, also known as Kayla Lorette. The duo focuses on the motto "life is suffering." The pair's show will include onstage makeovers that will set a theme for the performance, depending on the final results. Monday night's show, which Shostak says has become an experimental event, will this year feature Montréal's Uncalled For delving into the realm of dreams through sketch comedy. While the details are still being worked out, Shostak adds that a dream analyst will join the group onstage to analyze dreams retold by audience members for Uncalled For to perform. Edmontonians can also try their hand at improv through a variety of three-day workshops taught by instructors from Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. MEAGHAN BAXTER


Avenue Q

Welcome to the neighbourhood

// Lucy Haines

Fri, Jun 15 – Sat, Jun 30 (7:30 pm) Directed by Linette Smith La Cité Theatre, $28.50


hink of it as Sesame Street for grown ups. The furry critters of Avenue Q, along with their human castmates, tell a coming-of-age story of entering adulthood through blunt and often explicit humour, as well as a few musical numbers. The story follows recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q, a fictional borough of New York City. He settles into his shabby abode and begins to meet the other residents of Avenue Q, realizing it's clearly not any ordinary neighbourhood. "Avenue Q, as hilarious as it is, really deals with the question of adulthood head on," says director Linette Smith, citing the pressure to couple up as one of the obstacles dealt with by the cast. "The puppets create an easier 'in' to tackle this and other tricky subjects like race," she continues. "It almost seems like there is a slight buffer or excuse to say what you want when you are small with oversize eyes and a ridiculously large mouth."


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It's more forgiving to hear a cute and cuddly puppet utter a slew of profanity or a politically incorrect slur, and Smith adds that the production explores responsibility, relationships and change in a similar way to a children's show, but this time it's for adults. Lauren Kneteman, who fills multiple roles as a puppeteer and cast member, including the role of the cantankerous Mrs Thistletwat and one half of the adorable-yet-downright-evil Bad Idea Bears, says in contrast to a children's show focusing on the idea of being an individual and the excitement of growing up, Avenue Q shows what happens regarding the fear of growing up and feeling less-than-special. "The story is so honest and so human that even though they're just little characters made of foam and of felt, because the story they're telling is so relatable and so true to real life and what all of us feel ... they're puppets but they're very, very human," she adds of the range of emotions the characters experience throughout the production. Taking on challenging subject matter was only half the battle for the small cast. Seven local actors not only had to learn their character's lines, but also bring the nine puppets to life. With the help of Andrew MacDonald Smith, who was in the Broadway production of Avenue Q, the cast learned everything from blocking the scenes properly right down to mastering hand gestures. Kneteman, who had no prior puppeteering experience, describes learning to multi-task this way a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. On top of her roles as Mrs Thistletwat and one of the Bad Idea Bears, she joined a fellow cast member to man the puppets known as Nicky and Trekkie Monster. "It's knowing what your entire body is doing while you're controlling this little character's body while you're singing, remembering what you have to sing and when you have to sing it, and all of the words you have to say at the same time," she says. "It uses your entire body and your entire brain." MEAGHAN BAXTER



A Killing Winter


Duet / Mouth Until Sat, Jun 23 Works by Andrew Forster Latitude 53


Wayne Arthurson // Maki Blazevski

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publishing industry."

t isn't giving too much away to say that A Killing Winter ends in a cliffhanger moment. I won't go further than that, save that its last few pages unexpectedly upend the fate of Leo Desroches, the half French Canadian, half Cree journalist-turned-sleuth who plays the protagonist for the book. He spends its pages trying to uncover the killer of a young friend, finding the trail leading him to become increasingly immersed in the worlds of reserve poltiics and dangerously aware of the power of gangs, all while trying to get out from under his own gambling vices and navigate the somewhat splintered life he lives. But the novel's inconclusive air hangs doubly for its author, Wayne Arthurson: Winter's publication concluded Arthurson's two-book deal with his New York-based publisher Forge Books. While he has plans for a third (and possibly beyond) entry in his crime series, its continuation is now in the hands of the literary fates. "The editor wants a third one, but we have to convince the powers that be—the accountants and the marketing people and all that stuff," Arthurson explains. "So far, the sales from Fall From Grace and from Killing Winter have been pretty decent, so I've somewhat exceeded their expectations, but it's a tough time for the

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Arthurson will have to wait on the sequel for now, but he's just been handed a little bit of encouragement: the first Desroches novel, Fall From Grace, took home the Alberta Readers' Choice Award at the Alberta Books Gala this past week. Which, all prestige aside, comes saddled with a $10 000 cheque. Should the opportunity arrive for a third entry in the series, Arthurson's more than he's ready to take his character down at least a few more twists and turns. "I know Leo quite well; I spent a lot of time developing him," he says. "Once you have a really great character, you can pretty much put him anywhere and you'll figure out how he'll adjust to it. "It's just hard trying not to repeat yourself, having him doing the same things over and over again," Arthurson continues. "That's why, if I continue on this series, I don't think it's going to go past four or five books. Someone said to me at a book club, 'After a while he's going to get a little bit pathetic.' And I said I agree with that. How much more trouble can he get into? So I'm going to have to start working on something new. Unless there's huge demand or something, but I don't see there being massive demand from the general public: 'I want more Leo books!'" Not to jinx it, but that's effectively what the Albertan public just said. PAUL BLINOV


ooking at art is often used as a chance to be transported into an image or an idea. However, when an artist refuses to create an easy escape, the tables can be turned, bringing viewers into shocking awareness of their present environment and the way in which they look at artwork. At Latitude 53, Andrew Forster's two works in the main gallery space are a kind of consciousness-raising exercise for its audience, playing with relationships between those who look—the viewers—and the artworks, the subject of their looks. The video piece, "Duet," centers on a male figure in a suit whose every subtle and gross movement speaks to the power dynamic between him and the viewer, as well as him and the female figure in the video. In various moments throughout the piece, the man will continually glance towards you, sometimes with darting eyes, and others with his peripheral vision. There are consistent reminders that he is aware of being watched. Even though he is not physically there, it is remarkable how you grow self-conscious in being addressed—in being noticed as present—by a figure only present through a projected video. This theme of monitoring is also played out in the way the female figure interacts with the man. In some moments, she just observes his movement, while in others she either aids or constricts it. These can be quite violent interventions in the man's physical bursts to remove an item of his constricting business attire. These attempts to police or manipulate his movements are ones he meets passively, and unlike the audience, the woman is never met with the man's

The entrance to Mouth // Andrew Forster

gaze. This is a fascinating work to consider how power is played out through our looks and movements, and how we police those around us. The other side of the gallery is the installation "Mouth," which encloses you in thin, black fabric, a black text emerging from it when the quality of light allows. The text asks you to "imagine this room is a mouth, we are in it and of it at the same time." As the words continue in this request to both imagine and think carefully about the space you inhabit, you must also inspect the space carefully in order to read the entire text. What is challenging to figure out is how the physical

construction of the space is helping you become more aware of your physical environment. Since the fabric lines a full half of the gallery, the space does not create a sense of enclosure or containment. The bare light bulb in the center of the room seemed intentional, yet with the amount of light that filtered through the fabric from the rest of the gallery, it did not act as the primary light source it looked as though it was meant to be. An artwork that so directly asks you to think about your environment needs a distinct space that aids the imaginative process. CAROLYN JERVIS


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GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: CONFLUENCE: Robin DuPont's exploration of soda fired pottery; until Jun 16; COMING UP NEXT: ACC exhibition of contemporary fine craft by emerging artists; Jun 21-Jul 28; reception: Jun 30, 2-4pm • Feature Gallery: PULP PAPER PAGES: Featuring contemporary Albertan book + paper arts; until Jul 7 • SHIFT: a transformative state of mind: Artwork by the ACAD fourth year metal program students ART BEAT GALLERY • 26 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.3679 • Paintings by Tin Yan; through Jun ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2

Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • ALEX JANVIER: LIFE'S WORK: until Aug 19 • RBC New Works: ANTHROPOCENE, 2012: Installation by Brendan McGillicuddy; until Jul 1 • BMO Work of Creativity: METHOD AND MADNESS: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • LOUISE BOURGEOIS 1911-2010; until Sep 23 • 7 YEARS IN THE CITY: Artworks from the AGA Collection; until Sep 30 • THE AUTOMATISTE REVOLUTION: MONTREAL 1941-1960: Jun 23-Oct 14 • Curator’s Tour: The Automatiste Revolution with Roald Nasgaard; 6pm; Jun 22; $25/$20 (member) • AGA Symposium: Indigenous Aesthetics and the Remaking of Art History: Jun 24; $40/$25 (member/student/senior) incl access to the Alex Janvier exhibition • The Automatiste Refinery: Jun 23, 9pm; $35/$30 (AGA member)

ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA)• Square One: Fundraiser exhibition; until Jun 23 • ARTernative: Drawing for teens; pre-register; Jun 21, 6-8pm; $12 • Artist At Heart: Summer-scape clay tile for adults, pre-register; Jun 14, 7-9pm; $20 • Ageless Art: Mono-Prints for mature adults; pre-register; Jun 14, 1-3pm; $12 • SQUARE ONE: Fundraiser and exhibition: until Jun 23; fundraiser event: Jun 16, 7pm (door); $50

BOHEMIA • 10217-97 St • TOO HOT TO HANDLE: Curated by Philip Jagger • Through Jun

CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA • 9103-95 Ave, 780.461.3427 • E;XUBERANCE: Artworks by Sébastien Guillier, Miereille Rochon, Mireille Cloutier, Mireille Péloquin • Until Jun 18

CREATIONS GALLERY SPACE • Sawridge Inn Lobby, 4235 Gateway Blvd • A WARRIORS CRY: Artworks by Veran Pardeahtan • Until Jun

CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.9573 • NOW, FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Ceramic works by Robert Barclay; until Jun 29

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St,

to extend Paul Lavellee’s term. Visit him every Friday (12-6) and Sat (12-5); until Aug 18 • COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm • Open Door: Collective of independent comic creators meet the 2nd & 4th Thu each month, 7 am

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • SYMBIOSIS: 24th Annual Members’ Exhibition; Jun 21-Jul 21 • Annex: 20/20 VISION–Naked Exhibition: Artworks by participants in Harcourts model sessions • Opening: Open Studios, Free Model Session, Unveiling of the 2012 Annex Mural Sketch, 2011/2012 Artist in Residence; Jun 21, 6pm; part of the Works Art and Design Festival

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • MADE OBJECTS/CHOREOGRAPHED MOVEMENTS: Ceramics installation by Juliana Rempel • Until Jun 16

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • IN THE GARDEN: Artworks by members of the Red Deer Art Club • Until Jun 30

JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave, 780.433.5807 • ART THROUGH THE EYES OF SENIORS: Paintings, pottery, woodwork, fibre art, sewing and quilting • Until Jun 27

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM • 11455-87 Ave • LOVE LIES BLEEDING–THE EXHIBITION: Artworks by Alberta Society of Artists members based on or inspired by music and lyrics of Elton John • Until Jun 15

KEHRIG FINE ART • Great West Saddlery Building, 10137-104 St, 780.619.0818 • SILENT BEAUTY: sculptures by Blake Ward, Michel Anthony, paintings by Raphaël Gyllenbjörn, wall hangings by Anna Torma, and other artists • Until Jun 29 • Info T: Laurie Greenwood 780.619.0818

LATITUDE 53 • 10248-106 St, 780.423.5353 •

Jasper Ave • SAM STEELE: THE JOURNEY OF A CANADIAN HERO: The untold story of Sam Steele • Until Sep 30 • $7 (adult)/$5 (child/student/senior)/$20 (family)

Main Space: MOUTH and DUET: Installation, and performance by Andrew Forster; until Jun 23 • ProjEx Room and Main Space: MESSAGES TO: THE EDMONTON REMAND CENTRE NEWSPAPER: Photos by Lindsey Bond; until Jun 23 • Rooftop Patio Series: Art, food, sunshine; Jun 14: patio host DJ Not Very Sound • Incubator Artists: Jennie Vegt, until Jun 16; Aaron Paquette, Jun 18-24

FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and

LOFT GALLERY • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590

Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg, 780.492.2081 • Rutherford Library South Atrium: SUBLIME: Works by the 439/539 Drawing and Intermedia class • Until Jun 29

Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park, 780.922.6324 • Art Society Members artworks • Until Jun 24

780.760.1278 • DON'T LET THE FLAKES OUT: Artworks by Gerry Dotto • Until Jun 23


GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • ALTÉRITÉ: Featuring the ART 5 Group (Diane Plasse, Doris Charest, Stephen Fouquet, Shoko César and Yves Caron) • Until Jul 25 GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • CROSSING PATHS: Artworks by Aboriginal Teen Group; until Jun 19 • ABORIGINAL ART: Aboriginal artifacts in the Gallery's display cases and cubes near AV room; until Jun 8 • Items from EPL's Aboriginal collection; until Jun 30 • LETTERS TO KELSEY STEPHENSON: Inspired by text in Franz Kafka’s Letter to his Father, etchings by Kelsey Stephenson; Jun 21-Jul 3 • Edmonton Room: ELEGY: A meditation on Mortality by Sandra Vida; Jun 21-Jul 3; part of the Works HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave • Comics Artist-in-Residence program is proud


MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St, 780.407.7152 • 25: Artworks by U of A Hospital staff in celebration of the Friends of University Hospital's 25th Anniversary; until Jun 17 • NEW TERRAIN: LANDSCAPES IN PASTEL: Works by David Shkolny, Judy Martin, and Catharine Compston; Jun 23-Aug 26; reception: Jun 28, 7-9pm • Part of the Works Festival

MICHIF CULTURAL AND MÉTIS RESOURCE INSTITUTE • 9 Mission Ave, St Albert, 780.651.817∂6 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing

MILDWOOD GALLERY • 426, 6655-178 St • Artworks by various gallery artists • Ongoing MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain, 780.963.9935 • Drawings and paintings by John Zyp; until Jul 11


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• 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • IN FOCUS: Photographing the Alberta and Montana Frontier, 1870-1930; Blood, Blackfoot, Northwest Mounted Police and ranching artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum and Musée Héritage Museum will be featured with the photographs • Until Aug 19

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • June artwork by street artists DP and The Bandit, proceeds go to the Kids with Cancer Foundation • Reception: Jun 14, 5-7pm • Through Jun

NINA HAGGERTY–Stollery Gallery • 9225-118 Ave, 780.474.7611 • CELEBRATION OF ABILITIES: AABIS–Alberta Artists with Brain Injury Society, 9th annual exhibition and sale • Until Jun 16

NEXTFEST • Roxy, 10708-124 St, other Edmonton venues, 780.453.2440 • Showcase of local, national, and international emerging artists • Until Jun 17 PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • SUMMER GROUP SHOWS: New artworks by gallery artists; JunAug • Summer Group Shows: New artworks by gallery artists; Jun-Aug • THE BIG IDEA: A Visual Exploration of Contemporary Culture and Obesity, curated by Julian Forrest; Jun 21Jul 5; reception: Jun 21, 7-9pm; short presentations by Kimberly Dark at at 7:30pm

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave, 780.453.9100 • FACES OF LABOUR: until Jun 24 • WINGED TAPESTRIES: MOTHS AT LARGE: until Sep 3 • FASHIONING FEATHERS: Dead Birds, Millinery Craft and the Plumage Trade; curated by Merle Patchett and Liz Gomez, show examines the effect of fashion's demand for beautiful feathers on bird populations at the beginning of the twentieth century; until Jan 6 • WOLF TO WOOF: until Sep 16 • THE ART OF SEATING: Two Hundred Years of American Design: Jun 15-Oct 6

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St, 780.488.3619 • FUSION: LINE & LAND: Figurative and landscape works by Jacques Clément and Yuriko Kitamura • Until Jun 26

SNAP GALLERY • Society Of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • Artworks by Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore; until Jun 30 • Community Event: Energy II: Collaboration: Jun 21-Jul 3

STRATHCONA COUNTY GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, 780.410.8585 • Artworks by Ila Crawford; until Jun 24

TELUS CENTRE • U of A Museums, Gallery A, Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, 780.492.5834 • CHINA'S IMPERIAL MODERN: THE PAINTER'S CRAFT: Curated by Lisa Claypool • Until Jul 14 TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St, 780.452.9100 • IMAX: To The Arctic (G); Born to be Wild and Rescue • Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre • ROBOTS–THE INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION: Until Sep 9 • ROBOTS: THE INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION U OF A MUSEUMS–TELUS Centre • Gallery A, Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, U of A, 780.492.5834 • CHINA'S IMPERIAL MODERN: THE PAINTER'S CRAFT • Until Jul 14; Thu-Fri, 12-5pm, Sat 2-5pm

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.421.1731 • COMING OF AGE: THE GRADU-

Information Sessions: June 18 - 21, 2012 Noon - 1 pm Find out what part-time study at U of A Extension can do for you. Lunch hour sessions will be held on the second floor of Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton.

Monday, June 18: Occupational Health and Safety Government Studies Purchasing Management

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ATES: Artworks by graduating artists from five different communities in Alberta • Until Jul 14, Jun 30, 12-4pm, closed Jul 1 • Reception: Jun 21, 6:30-930pm • WATER MEDIA–THE WORKS FESTIVAL 2012: Artworks by VAAA's membership; Jun 14-Jul 21; opening: Jun 14, 7-9:30pm

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave, 780.488.4892 • New Work by Claude A. Simard WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL • Sir Winston Churchill Sq, other venues • ENERGY II: COLLABORATION • Jun 21-Jul 3 • Opening Night: Dance Celebration on Sir Winston Churchill Sq with a grand finale jam: Red Power Squad, People’s Poets and Company, Wab Kinew, and Nik 7: Jun 21, 7pm

LITERARY AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave, 780.423.3487 • Entrepreneur, speaker, financial advisor, and author Shelley Streit presents her new book, Beyond the Rear View Mirror • Jun 15, 12-1:30pm EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ • 9938 70th Ave, 780.437.3667 • Flurt! Magazine Launch Magazine Launch • Jun 23

FROM BOOKS TO FILM SERIES • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm, 780.944.5383 • The Good German (2006, 14A); Jun 15, 2pm • Ocean's Eleven (2001, PG); Jun 22, 2pm HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB • 15120 Stony Plain Rd, 780.915.8869 • Edmonton Story Slam • 3rd Wed every month: Jun 20, 7pm (sign-up); 7:30pm (show) • $5 (registration from writers to support the Society) RIVERBEND COMMUNITY HALL • 258 Rhatigan Rd E • Naomi McIlwraith launches her new collection, kiyâm • Jun 20, 7-9pm

RIVERDALE • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam • Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St, 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

THEATRE AVENUE Q • La Cité Theatre, 8627 rue MarieAnne-Gaboury, 780.242.2824 • • Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway Productions • By Lopez, Marx and Whitty’s, directed and choreographed by Linette Smith, musical and band direction by Robert Bradford • Jun 15-30 • $26 TiX on the Square CHICAGO • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • Broadway Musical • Until Jun 17

THE CHILDREN OF LIR • Winspear Centre, 780.440.2991 • A well-known Irish romantic legend, chronicles the transformation of King Lir’s four children into swans by their jealous stepmother • Jun 16, 7:00pm • $33 at Winspear box office CHIMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show • First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul • $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only)

HOOKED ON BARDICS FUNDRAISER • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Featuring Sean McCann and Adam Meggido (UK-based Shakespearean-improv troupe, The School of Night), an evening of improvised Shakespeare and other theatrical antics • Jun 17, 8pm • $25 at TIX on the Square; proceeds to the Freewill Shakespeare Festival IMPROVAGANZA • Varscona Theatre/Transalta Arts Barns • Improv festival hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre • Jun 13-23 KISS ME KATE • John L. Harr Theatre, MacEwan Centre, 10045-156 St • ELOPE Musical Theatre; music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack • Jun 22-24, 27-30 • $30/$25 (student/senior) LA CAGE AUX FOLLES • La Cité Theatre, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury, 780.242.2824 • Two ONE-WAY Tickets To Broadway Productions • Directed and choreographed by Martin Galba, musical direction by Robert Bradford • Jun 15-30

THE PARK BENCH • Arden Theatre • Musical theatre • Jun 15-17 SYLVIA • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • Starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka (from TV’s Laverne & Shirley) • Jun 22-Aug 19

THEATRESPORTS • Varscona Theatre, 1032983 Ave • Improv every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member) THE TIME OF OUR LIVES • Westbury Theatre, Transalta Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • Funfilled revue by Edmonton Musical Theatre • Jun 14-16, 19-23, 7:30pm • $25 at TIX on the Square WORKSHOP WEST SPIKE THE PUNCH! IT'S GRAD '62 • Queen Alexandra Hall, 10425 University Ave, 780.477.5955 • Workshop West Theatre’s Annual Spring Fundraiser: Thirst’n Howl plays live music with classics from the '60s and '70s. Dress in your best retro dance wear • Jun 22 • $50 (adv)


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Southeast Asian Mojitos

Velo Fare

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Syrup: 2 sticks lemongrass, smashed 10 kaffir lime leaves 1 cup sugar 1 cup water

Pedalling Edmonton's food landscape


dmonton, like many North American cities, has a car-centric environment that involves getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, all while running into frustration and equally agitated drivers. Why not take a little extra time, slow things down and enjoy the scenery by dusting off your cycling skills? You might just discover something new. That's exactly what Sarah Chan and Leanne Brown hope people will do with the help of their cookbook, Velo Fare, which is comprised of recipes the duo put together through local shoppping excursions in hidden treasures of Edmonton's food landscape beyond the big chain spots. The pair cycle year-round, and while winter cycling may not be the most appealing time to get peddling, the warm summer months give you just enough time to explore before the snow hits again. The idea began as a fun project for Chan, a music teacher who runs the blog Girls and Bicycles, and Brown, who has since relocated to New York City to get her masters degree in food studies from NYU. "It was something fun to do, but it was also a way of having something concrete to kind of pay tribute to our city, which is, you know, not one of those Top Five cities that people want to visit before they die or anything. It's Edmonton; it's home," Chan says, adding the feeling of escape and adventure people seek by going on vacation can be replicated at home, despite it seeming much less exciting. "There's a way to experience the joie de vivre that you seek when you're away everyday, even if it's just Edmonton." Brown can't remember a time when biking hasn't been part of her life, and said compiling the cookbook seemed like a natural fit for the pair's shared interest in local markets. "Alberta has historically been a farming community, and I think we're doing a better job of embracing that and starting to support it," she says of Edmonton's food scene, adding that this is aided by organizations like Live Local. "People are being

Drink: 6 – 7 thai basil leaves, well muddled 1/2 oz lime juice ice 1 oz rum 1 oz syrup sparkling water

Start by making the syrup. Only the bottom five centimetres of the lemongrass are usable. Cut off everything else and only use the white core. Smash the lemongrass with the back of your knife to release the oils. On low heat, add all the syrup ingredients to a pot. Let the syrup come to a boil. Once all the sugar has dissolved, take it off the heat. Leave it to cool on the stove for a few minutes and then transfer to the fridge for two to three hours to soak up the flavour of the lemongrass and lime leaves and cool. Before you use the syrup, strain it. To make the drink, put the thai basil leaves and the lime juice into a mortar or small bowl. Crush the leaves with the pestle or some other blunt object. Add a bit of sugar to the leaves if they are not getting crushed enough. You want to really release their oils. Once that is done, prepare a small glass with ice and add your rum and syrup to it. Add your muddled leaves and lime juice and stir it well. Top the glass up with sparkling water and some ice to serve.

Pistachio Pancakes (for 4)

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp brown sugar

Sarah Chan and Leanne Brown

brave and making new products and realizing that there actually is a market for good, hand-made food now ... I think if it's nurtured it'll only get better." This discovery means moving away from the fail safe routine and taking the time to explore areas like the south Italian Market on 34 Street, Little India or, as Chan found out, Lucky 97 Supermarket to find unique vegetables and herbs, as she did with Thai basil to replace mint leaves in mojitos. "You can find the neatest stuff and it's so inexpensive. You can also get a lot of ideas for things you otherwise wouldn't care to try," she adds. Brown suggests taking advantage of the abundance of fresh, locally grown produce available in the summer. A personal favourite for her is the H&W Produce Market. "It's readily available and makes any meal better," she says of fresh produce, which she sees as one of the best parts of summer in Edmonton. "I think our book is a celebration of summer; the short months when we really

get out and live." There's a common misconception that there isn't an opportunity to have a high-end global dining experience without buying into a brand, Chan notes, but says she's discovered the opposite through her cycling travels. She says if people are willing to look locally, they'll be amazed at the quality in terms of the product as well as service. Chan believes Edmonton's local food culture is growing and by becoming active participants in the community by getting out and supporting it, it creates a bigger sense of community and a more enjoyable experience in the city. However, ditching the car does mean a change in shopping for the week. Chan says she goes two or three times a week for smaller amounts of fresh food, rather than overbuying and throwing everything in the freezer. The payoff is that it allows people to stay active and get out and participate in the community in a new way than the solitary confinement of driving. MEAGHAN BAXTER // MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM


2 tsp cardamom powder (optional) ½ to 1 cup pistachios, crushed 2 cups milk 2 tbsp butter, melted 2 eggs

In one bowl, add all your dry ingredients (including the pistachios) and whisk together. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and the eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently stir until everything is just incorporated but still a bit lumpy. Put a nonstick pan on medium heat. Test the pan with a few drops of water. If they sizzle, it's ready. Add a ladleful of pancake batter to the pan (make the pancakes whatever size you like) and wait until it has bubbles around the edge. Flip the pancake. Wait until the bottom gets just dry. Take it out of the pan and repeat with the rest of the mixture until you're out.

Baklava Syrup (for 8) 1 cup clear honey 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 large orange, zested and juiced

3 cloves 6 green cardamom pods, crushed 1 cinnamon stick

Add all the ingredients to a pot and put it on medium heat. Bring it to a boil and then turn it down to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, leaving it undisturbed. Next, take it off the stove and leave for a few hours to let the flavours absorb into the syrup. When ready to use, pour the syrup through a mesh strainer. Don't worry about getting the orange zest out—you just want to make sure that the large spices are not in the syrup. Pour it onto hot pistachio pancakes and enjoy!


DISHWEEKLY Cally's Teas Grand Re-Opening / Sat, Jun 16 (10 am – 6 pm) After setting up shop eight years ago on 99 Street, Cally's Teas has expanded and moved down to its new location on Whyte Avenue. Owner Cally SlaterDowson was born and raised in the United Kingdom, and wanted to create a welcoming tea room that would suit a wide variety of customers. Customers new and old are invited to come check out The Great Wall, featuring more than 250 varieties of tea, most of which are loose leaf, participate in a tea sampling, specials and homemade treats from baker Laurel Ferster, formerly of Tree Stone Bakery and The Queen of Tarts. (10151 Whyte Ave)


Highlands Outdoor Farmer's Market / Thursdays (7 – 9 pm) Making its debut last Thursday, the new market joins the diverse roster of local producers in the city. Visitors can take part in an evening of shopping and entertaining in the historical Highlands area. Seasonal vendors, such as Sundog Organic Farm, Gypsy Garden, Tree Stone Bakery, Creole Envie and Sugared and Spiced will be joined by featured weekly vendors. This week includes Belle's Biscuits and Doggie Delites, Canadian Maple Shack and The Fairy Factory. Visitors can also get in on weekly deals by purchasing a Luvin' the Market button at the information table for $10. Each week, five to seven vendors will be offering Luvin' the Market deals available for button holders. (112 Ave and 65 St) V




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led Island has developed into a full fledged cultural hot spot, drawing people from the farthest reaches of Alberta, across Canada and around the world. Acts such as Calgary/Toronto's Feist and Japan's the Boredoms on the same bill as Lethbridge's Fist City, Vancouver's Korean Gut and Edmonton's Travis Bretzer shows the diversity of the program. This year, Sled Island is also featuring a full film lineup in the week leading up to the music festival and several visual art exhibitions that will run for the entirety of the festival. Drew Marshall, the Marketing and Communications Director of the Sled Island administration, is also rather excited about the "green island" initiative that will see multiple bike racks placed at venue sites and a bike rental program. Marshall initially become involved in 2007, Sled Island's inaugural year. "Part of the reason I was attracted to it, it definitely was something that didn't exist prior to Sled Island, " he recalls. "There has always been a lot of great music out of Calgary and Alberta and overall in the region, but there wasn't any big event that was bringing that whole community together."

While Sled Island was initially the brain child of Zak Pashak who was inspired by the Pop Montreal festival and is still involved as the Creative Director; the festival now is organized with the help of over 400 volunteers and, in Marshall's experience, "has always been a real collaborative effort to make this whole thing happen." "There is a community that exists in Calgary and surrounding the festival," he explains. "It might be something where not everyone is connected, or not always represented. During Sled Island you have this flourish of activity with all these great bands, performing at all these venues—small, intimate unconventional venues, large outdoor ones—and it really becomes obvious that there is this incredibly vibrant music scene going on in Calgary, in Canada, in North America." In Marshall's view, Sled Island changed things. "For the first time there were these big international acts that for the most part would never come to Calgary," he says. "The first year we had the Boredoms from Japan play, and it was one of the most mind blowing shows for anyone that was in attendance. We had Cat Power in the first show she had played at in a church in Calgary—that was just a beautiful show. Sled Island represented all these things coming together."

central member of the Lethbridge garage-rock scene and co-owner and founder of Mammoth Cave Records, Sled Island offers something different than SXSW or NXNE, which are "very industry centred." Lawton believes Sled Island has created a new kind of multi-venue festival, that is very artist focused. The industry presence has been very small for the most part. It has engendered a very DIY spirit and community". For Lawton, Sled Island not only provides the opportunity to expose hundreds of people to the bands hosted on Mammoth Cave, the label he coowns, but, as with many regional musicians, the impact of getting to meet promoters and booking agents and to play a showcase every night—especially being from a smaller city in Alberta—is worth a great deal. "There was a long time where it was hard for Alberta bands to book outside of Alberta," he explains. "It took a lot of time and work to get people from the bigger centres to care about music happening in other parts of the country. Sled Island I think is the key player in that." Aaron Levin, founder of Weird/Wyrd Canada and a former music director for Edmonton's campus-community radio station CJSR, believes Sled Island's success has everything to do with the way the festival was initially set up.

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Death By Stereo Tue, Jun 13 (8 pm) New City, $13 (advance), $15 (door)


ith the Death By Stereo's newest release, Black Sheep of the American Dream, the band revisits retro sounds by bringing in original bass player Paul Miner. “We wanted to reach back to some of our older sound, and take some aspects of that sound but try to forge a new direction at the same time because we’re all older now and we’ve all changed. Some of our ideas and opinions have changed and our playing styles have evolved,” says DBS frontman Efrem Schulz. Recording was a breeze for this album says Schulz, crediting the natural vibe with Miner. “When we’re in a room together and the ideas start flowing, it’s crazy, it just starts popping like boom, boom, boom. It just seemed to happen and the next thing we knew we had a record. Very pleasant experience.” Most of the first takes from the sessions made it onto the record, and for Schulz the writing process also seemed to coalesce from the music. “Usually everyone would write the songs, then I would take like seven months to figure out the lyrics but they just started goin’ and I was fee-

lin’ it," he recalls. "There were a couple songs where I was purposely like, ‘You know, I’m just going to try this spontaneous thing, I kinda know what I want to sing about but I’m just going to wait until I get in there to do it.’ And I did it on a couple of the songs and I think they came out pretty good.” There’s a first time for everything, even after 14 years creating hardcore punk rock, and the DBS crew certainly embraces change, using every ounce of their music to push for it—loudly. Touring over 30 countries, Schulz says the political awareness of youth in foreign countries creates a stark reality of political apathy in the United States. The lack of political will in America drives him nuts. “You go somewhere like the eastern part of Germany and you meet someone your own age that had to live through being behind the wall and they can’t comprehend how someone can’t be political.” This is what DBS works towards with this album, waking up the nation with their particular brand of “chaotic consciousness” and one hell of a party. “I’m all about the party too, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to be all preachy.” TEJAY GARDINER









The Schomberg Fair Thu, Jun 21 (8 pm) With Larry and His Flask, The Give 'Em Hell Boys, Owls By Nature, Miek Headache New City, $10


oots rockers the Schomberg Fair wasted no time pumping out a new release in the wake of its critically acclaimed Mercy EP. Providence was released just eight months after Mercy, which lead singer/ banjo/guitar player Matt Bahen says was done to keep the momentum flowing. The end result is a collection of tracks that evoke a much more gritty and visceral sound than fans may be used to. The gospel singers featured on Mercy have been replaced by heavier guitar riffs and melodies, but remains instilled with

the roots feel and banjo twangs that intially caught listeners' attention. "I don't think it was necessarily a cognitive decision," Bahen says of the sonic shift. "Art works best when you're really not thinking about it and, you know, I'm a firm believer that it's not that important to understand what you're doing while you're making it." The Schomberg Fair's sound may have branched off in a new direction, but the lyrics continue to paint a picture anchored in gospel dealing with selfdestruction, the desire to be saved and the hope for better. Bahen notes that the songs on Providence were penned out of a collaboration between the trio where he began the track with a simple folk arrangement before more layers were

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added by bassist/vocalist Nathan Sidon and drummer Peter Garthside. "Ideas become much less precious and you can really live in the song and the writing of the song," Brahen says of the writing process. "Everything's on the ta-

ble; the song has its own voice." Clearly not one to waste time, Bahen already has several new songs in the works. While a new album isn't on the immediate horizon, the band is writing a graphic novella titled The Schomberg

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"Sled Island is a very interesting case of a festival with a very large mandate and goal," says Levin. "It has both embraced the fringe DIY while managing to attract a huge massive audience. This is what separates from some of the festivals, say, I do, and some of the festivals where this doesn't happen—like the Edmonton Folk Festival, for example."

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For Levin, what is truly special about Sled Island is how it embraced the DIY culture of the local music scenes in Alberta right away. "SXSW (a festival Sled Island is oft compared to), for example, has definitely embraced that, but they didn't start embracing that. When all the showcases started there was actually a negative reaction from the leadership of SXSW. Being bold, and embracing the indie local music scene was very

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Fair Presents: Providence Beyond the Unknown in collaboration with artist Jeff Mitchell of Rednow Creative. The novella will be available on the band's current tour and tells the story of the planet Schombolon-Z, the heaviest planet made out of dark matter with the gravitational pull of 1000 suns. A tablet appears with a map of the unknown, that sends the inhabitants of Schombolon-Z, who have been living a simple life, on a quest of discovery. "I think it certainly makes things fun and I think a great deal of rock 'n' roll should be about that," Bahen explains. "When you're on the road you spend a lot of time in the van ... so it's mostly a tribute to the van, this graphic novella." MEAGHAN BAXTER


important for their success." Levin, like Lawton, recognizes the avenues Sled Island has created to connect bands to promoters to booking agents to bands. "The opportunity for having a large part of the west coast music community under one roof and talking to each other is something that doesn't happen," Levin points out. "Sled Island has really provided for that by embracing all this fringe DIY music." Levin's own music site, Weird Canada—named by CBC Radio 3 as the "Best Indie Music Website in Canada" and his travelling Wyrd festival benefited from Sled Island simply because "they were so open armed when it came to working together. (They were) incredibly encouraging for any sort of creative idea I had. That helped Weird Canada get a larger voice out of the city I was working in." Lawton and Levin, as festival attendees and programmers, clearly see Sled Island's biggest strength in its commitment to the local and regional acts. One thing they do very right in Lawton's eyes is that "every year after they do Sled Island, they send out a questionnaire to all the bands and it is very clear they have listened to the local and regional musicians who have given input. Every year gets a little better." For Marshall, that community building is what Sled Island is all about: "Bring together all these people for these four days and really create all this momentum and placing spotlights on the incredible music community that exists here. Really, in Calgary and Edmonton we are removed from so many parts of the world or even North America that sometimes we are off the radar when it comes to live music and touring bands and that kind of thing. "The resource of talent in Alberta is so vast and there is so much potential that Sled Island is essentially a small group of people that work in this office doing our best to connect these communities that already exist." JENN PROSSER





Hooded Fang rage rock band," Aliermo says, adding, "Our next record is going to sound even more different. We are going to be playing some songs from our upcoming record."

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resh off its European tour, Hooded Fang is coming home to Canada with the Pop Off! Tour, and working on its third album, which the band says has a new vibe. "I think with this record (Tosta Mista) it was our way of not being stuck in a particular genre," guitarist April Aliermo says. "And also sort of just feeling

like doing whatever we were excited by at the time. At the time we were excited by that surfy garage rock kind of feel." Changing members and changing sounds is all part of the process for the current foursome, and helps create original music while maintaining a recognizable Hooded Fang sound. "Our band has changed a lot over time. We went from being a 13-piece pop orchestra, to six-piece regular pop band to now the four-person ga-

Drawing inspiration and influence from all art forms, Hooded Fang's music is grounded in the mood of the moment. "Music shows are one little aspect of what we allow ourselves to indulge in," Aliermo says. "We're into all kinds of artwork, mixed media, massive paintings and little sculptures. We go to music shows but we also go to art shows to try to see everything that's happening around us. "Toronto has an amazing music and art scene. You can go to an amazing electronic dance show that's filled with a lot of amazing energy and sweat," she continues. "Then some nights you just want to go to the Holy Oak to see an acoustic set. Other nights you want to go to like a disgusting, sweaty DIY show, where people are wailing on their pedals and crazy electric guitars. "We're really lucky to be around such diverse artists and musicians all the time. We really strive to keep the dialogue between art forms going as much as possible." TEJAY GARDINER


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The Beach Boys That's Why God Made the Radio (Capitol) 

Fifty-one years after the Beach Boys formed comes That's Why God Made the Radio. Following a decades of tumult, solo albums and Smile's longawaited release, its 12 songs show us how the Beach Boys want to look back on its overall legacy: though the youngest of the Boys is now pushing 64, there's still a lyrical through-line of endless summers spent in pursuit of wide-eyed innocent romance. It's doubtful that Mike Love has even tried to make out with a girl in a convertible for at least a couple of decades. So in its lookback sentiment, the album has a simple, reflective and wishing heart, channeling all the basic components that defined the band's heyday

sound: light, bright vibes, rickenbacker guitar chords and innocent lyrics about the beach and girls and occasionally a splash of religion. In leaning so heavily on a time and place so far removed from here and now, its lyrical shortcomings feel particularly exposed: songs tend to lean heavily on simple dictionary rhymes, as with an early chorus on "Spring Vacation" which rhymes "Spring vay-cay-tion" with the self-referential "Good Vi-bra-tions." To be fair, some of these songs were written decades ago, but they really feel their age most in the lyric department. But also, holy hell does That's Why God Made the Radio still showcase the power of the Beach Boys vocal formula, the pure emotive strength of voices paired together in gorgeous melody. The harmonies that lace every song can raise you up or break your heart with equal prowess, and are best when going for those extremes rather than lighter fare—The title track's particularly gorgeous, as is the hymn-like opener "Think About The Days." The Beach Boys were done being sonic innovators long before most modern bands were even born, but I dare you to put an expiry date on the potency of these voices wrapping up a melody in a gorgeous hymnlike cocoon. PAUL BLINOV


The Offspring "Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)" "Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)" will make you wish bands took the elephant graveyard approach to long-standing careers, instinctively knowing when time was up and making the trek to the final, serene pasture quietly. But, instead, we get treacly filth like this, generic top-40 from a band that sounds like it's simply given up and embraced a paycheck. Sure, the Offspring could be joking, but not only does the song lack even a hint of a knowing wink, it's also just not funny. Or fun.

Passion Pit "I'll Be Alright" A carinival swirl of chopped-up digital synths and launchpad drums, "I'll Be Alright" cartwheels through well-balanced mix musical highs and lyrical lows: the song talks itself through self-loathing and bittersweet breakup, but the beat couldn't have more bounce, and even lyrics like "Go find someone new" get backed by a chipper 'whoa-oh-oh.' A compelling mix of mentalities.



Mrs Johnston Handshakes When We Win (Independent)  The Ontariobased f i v e piece's second EP is packed with upbeat indie-rock gems and radio-friendly hooks delivered in a slick, well-produced package that sounds like a group of seasoned pros, rather than an up-and-coming band. The EP kicks of with "Indifferent," an uptempo swinger which sets a mood that is anything but, and its in these types of tracks that the band's strengths lie, rather than the slowed down, subdued vibe of "So Smile Sweetheart," which is sweet and sentimental, but doesn't have the same impact as its rocking counterparts. MEAGHAN BAXTER


Liars WIXIW (Mute) 

Album number six for the wildly experimental, consistently-inconsistent Liars finds the band at its most subtle, putting an Eno-grade lean on its usually unsettling musings. WIXIW comes out sounding roughly like what Aphex Twin might create while on heavy tranquilizers: songs that quietly shift towards total chaos underneath layers of ambience and electronica. Opener "The Exact Colour of Doubt" starts with shimmering synths as vocalist Angus Andrew intones, "I'll never let you go," eventually fleshing itself out with a gently complicated handclap rhythm, single bass notes and jangles of guitars. It builds to more of a texture than a song, and that's generally par for the course here. "No 1 Against the Rush" is an exception, more of a straightforward tune that has the band channeling a lot of little things—blips, waxing/waning synths, traditional kit drum drive—into an urgent little pop hook with a Kraftwerk vibe. Everything booms and builds and busts and sinks out again, and some of WIXIW (that's pronounced 'Wish You,' by the way) holds your interest more than others. But from the mecha-punk that defined the band's debut through to 2010's jarring Sisterworld, Liars has never taken such a stilled approach to an album. In a way, it's the most jarring thing the band could've done. PAUL BLINOV



Bill Durst / Until Sat, Jun 16 (9 pm) The virtuoso guitar player, who has landed opening spots for the likes of Aeorsmith, Rush and Bob Seger as well as a place in the London Music Hall of fame, gets the spotlight all to himself for The Great Willy Mammoth CD release tour. (Blues on Whyte)

Porter Robinson / Sat, Jun 16 (9 pm) Social media's been the catalyst for numerous acts in recent years, and the method of discovery continues with Porter Robinson, who caught the eye of dubstep master Skrillex on Myspace. The 19-year-old has gone on to hit number one on iTunes dance charts and sell more than 10 000 copies of his latest single "Language." (Edmonton Event Centre, $30)

Obsessions Octet / Sun, Jun 17 (7:30 pm) This October the local octet, spearheaded by Juno Award nominated jazz saxophonist and composer Ken Sangster, will head down to the Big Apple to perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall. Catch the octet's pre-New York performance for a repetoire combining classical, tango and jazz. (Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students/seniors and $10 Father's Day special for dads)

Bryan Adams / Tue, Jun 19 (7 pm) Twenty cities, 20 shows, 20 years in the making. Bryan Adams' last cross-Canada tour was two decades ago in support of his multi-platinum album Waking up the Neighbours in 1992. This year's homecoming tour for the Canadian music icon aims to wake up not just the neighbours, but the entire city. (Rexall Place $20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $115)

Concealer/ Wed, Jun 20 Even if you can't make it to Sled Island, catch the preparty with Concealer and fellow Sled Island performers Chris Page and Jon McKiel. You just might get lucky and win yourself some Sled Island tickets, or at the very least, some Saved By Vinyl LPs. (Black Dog) V

Ancients / Thu, Jun 21 (8 pm) The metal four-piece from Vancouver is heading out in its home province and Alberta to make some serious noise in promotion of its debut full-length album, which will be released later this fall. In the meantime, catch the at Sled Island or at the show in Edmonton along with Black Wizard and Gatekeeper. (Pawn Shop, $8)

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THU JUN 14 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Melody LoveJoy (singer-songwriter) AND REND-acoustic (indie); 9:30pm-11:30pm; no minors; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Bill Durst BOHEMIA Bent: An Evening of Queer Performance: Queer entertainers (drag, spoken work, live music): Poniboi and Ben Sover/ Edward Emo, Ty Her Up, Marcus Peterson, Jenn and Kerri; 9pm (show); $5 (donation, door)




BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w djwtf–rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam BRIXX High Fidelity Thu: Open turntables; E: kevin@ to book 30-min set CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close CHROME LOUNGE 123 Ko every Thu THE COMMON Uncommon Thursday: Indie with new DJ each week with resident CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm

CAFÉ HAVEN Jenn Durrant; 7pm

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Thu

CARROT CAFÉ Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm

FILTHY MCNASTY’S Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm

FLASH NIGHT CLUB Indust:real Assembly: Goth and Industrial Night with DJ Nanuck; no minors; 10pm (door); no cover

EDDIE SHORTS NextFest: Alex Vissia; 9:30pm ELEVATION ROOM– Transcend Coffee Bry Webb (alt/rock), Zachary Lucky, Tyler Butler; all ages; 8pm; $20 (adv) FESTIVAL PLACE O'er the Sea Jr: Celtic Ceilidh; 7:30pm J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Between Brothers (acoustic, indie rock); $10 JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Beatlemania On Tour; 8pm; tickets at TicketMaster KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover

FLUID LOUNGE Take Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian HALO Fo Sho: every Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays

L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas

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

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

NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR Open stage Thu; all ages; 9pm-close; no cover NEW CITY LEGION Bingo is Back every Thu starting 9pm; followed by Behind The Red Door at 10:30pm; no minors; no cover NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; Nightwing; NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow

RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Mike Braniff TAPHOUSE–St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover


RICHARD'S PUB Thu Live R&B bands (dancing); 8pm

ARTERY NuMusic@ Nextfest: emerging composers, musicians, singer-songwriters, DJ’s, and experimental artists


APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge Dwayne Allen

AVENUE THEATRE Mars and Venus (pop/punk/rock), Dusty Tucker, Rumble Cats; 9pm; $15 (door)

STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION Odinfist, guest; 10pm-11pm

BISTRO LA PERSAUD Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music);

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

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Hot Club Edmonton (Gypsy jazz, folk); 8:30pm; $15

WUNDERBAR Ben Olson (CD releaser), Owls by Nature, Spencer Jo, the Wood Sprites


YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Comedy and live music benefit night for Oxfam Canada: Andrew Grose (comedy), Souljah Fyah,



BRITTANYS LOUNGE Kenny Hillaby hosts a jazz session night every Thu with Shadow Dancers, Maura and Jeanelle; no cover

RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec (jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm


Our Sound Machine, the Command Sisters; 7pm (door); $25 at oxfamedm@

BOHEMIA Nice to Psy You Again: A night of psy-trance; no minors; 9pm (show); $5

CASINO EDMONTON Catalyst (Caribbean) CASINO YELLOWHEAD The Al Barrett Band (classic rock) CENTURY CASINO Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer; $39.95 COAST TO COAST Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Duff Robinson DV8 Farler's Fury (Que), Royal Red Brigade, guests; 9pm ELEVATION ROOM– Transcend Coffee Scenic Route to Alaska (alt folk; CD release); Long Sharp Teeth, the Fight; all ages FRESH START BISTRO live music every Fri; 7-10pm; $10 GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Terrace (dance/electronic/ rock); $8 (adv)/$10 (door) IRISH CLUB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Althea Cunningham (R'n B singer); $10 JEKYLL AND HYDE PUB Headwind (classic pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Bollywood Live in Concert: Abhijeet; 8pm L.B'S PUB The Prairie Dawgs; 9:30pm-2am LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover NEW CITY Jenny (folk/punk), Noisy Colours, Bell Tower, Very Dangerous Animals; no minors; 8pm (door); $8 (adv)/ $10 (door) NEW WEST HOTEL Nightwing

THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FILTHY MCNASTY'S Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat 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 SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover SUEDE LOUNGE House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

ON THE ROCKS Mustard Smile

SUITE 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

TREASURY In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long

PAWN SHOP Dark Forest (CD release), Samandriel, Sonorous Odium, Armifera; 8pm; $10 at Blackbyrd

UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri

RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am ROSE AND CROWN Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Rob Taylor SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Mike Braniff URBAN LOUNGE Corrosion Of Conformity WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close WUNDERBAR B.A. Johnston (Hamilton), the Ketamines (Lethbridge), Krang

Classical ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA French Melodies: works by Chausson, Duparc, Debussy, & Fauré; 7:30pm CONVOCATION HALL Opera NUOVA: Opera Extravaganza with Improvaganza; 7:30pm

DJs BAR-B-BAR DJ James; every Fri; no cover BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels BLACKSHEEP PUB Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current BONEYARD ALE HOUSE The Rock Mash-up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

BRIXX BAR Late Show: XoXo to follow (every Fri)

BUFFALO UNDERGROUND R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

CARROT Live music every Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door)

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

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Connected Las Vegas Fridays Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT JUN 16 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 ALEYARD TAP AND GRILL Mourning Wood APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge Dwayne Allen ARTERY NextFest: White Lightning; 9:30pm; part of the Nextfest Nite Club Fairytales & Nightmares AVENUE THEATRE Slaughter Fest 2012: Display of Decay (metal), Mongol, Silent Line; all ages; 5pm (door), 5:30pm (show); $10 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$15 (door) BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose The Bailey Barbershop Bonanza: Three Plus One, the Wild Rose Harmonizers, Grove City Chorus, the Western Hospitality Singers; 7:30pm; $15/$12 (student/ senior) at Bailey box office BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Free Elliott, Josh Eygenraam (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Paul Ledding and Lindsey Nagy; $10 BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Bill Durst BO'DIDDLY'S ROADHOUSE S.I.R.E.N.S. 7th Annual Summer Splash: Gary Martin's Motown, Rusty Reed Band, Kirby Sewell Band; 5:30pm (door), 6pm (show); $30 (adv)/$35 (door) BOHEMIA Aurora Borealis Ballroom Party: Edmonton's favourite drag kings, queens,

princesses, knights and more; no minors; 9pm (show); $5 (door) BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Writers in the Round: Ariane Lemire, Sparrow Grace, Gareth Lambkin; 9pm BRIXX BAR Blunt Force Charm, Ides of Ruin, guests; 9pm CAFÉ CORAL DE CUBA Cafe Coral De Cuba Marco Claveria's open mic (music, poetry, jokes); every Sat, 6pm; $5 CARROT CAFÉ Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2 CASINO EDMONTON Catalyst (Caribbean) CASINO YELLOWHEAD The Al Barrett Band (classic rock) COAST TO COAST Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm CROWN PUB Marshall's 12 Hour Crown Crew Birthdays Open Stage DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Duff Robinson THE DISH NEK Trio (jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV8 The Tighten Up! club: night of Soul and Reggae; 9pm EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Porter Robinson, Mat 20, the Machine (dance/ electronic); 9pm; tickets at Foosh, Shadified Northgate, Restricted Elite Kingsway FILTHY MCNASTY'S Smoked Folk; no cover GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HILLTOP PUB Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat HYDEAWAY Marleigh and Mueller (classic pop/jazz/ musical theatre); 8pm; 3rd Sat each month; $10 IRON BOAR PUB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10 JEFFREY'S CAFÉ June Mann Quartet (pop, rock, jazz classics); $10 JEKYLL AND HYDEPUB Marleigh and Mueller; 8pm L.B.'S PUB Pat, Linda and Family: 25 Anniversary of L.B's: 6-8pm, BBQ, $5; live music all day and night LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 10pm-12; no cover; NEWCASTLE PUB Johnny Tornado's Stormriders, guests; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$15 (door) NEW CITY Beastie Boys Tribute and fundraiser for "Skate 4 Cancer”; 8pm (door) NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm; Evening: Nightwing O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm ON THE ROCKS Mustard Smile OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Shelbi (CD release party), Pistols at 20 Paces; 7pm (door); $10 (adv) QUEEN ALEXANDRA HALL Edmonton Blues Society: Dr Blu's show with guest horn section (last gig before summer); 7:30pm (door), 8pm (music); $5 (member)/$10 (guest) RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am RICHARDS PUB Giving Kids a Chance–Centre for Arts & music fundraiser with Carson Cole, Paula Perro, Todd James, guests; 5pm

ROSE AND CROWN Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Rob Taylor SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Mike Braniff SIDELINERS PUB Sat open stage; 3-7pm STARLITE ROOM Roots United #3 and Step'd Up: Reggae Soca Rush 2012–two room party with Digital T (Stylz FM Jamaica) and Mark Lyttle WUNDERBAR Shearing Pinx (Vancouver), Random Cutz (Vancouver), Zebra Pulse, Look Away


Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (5-8pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm)

Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover

O2'S TAPHOUSE DJs every Fri and Sat

CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm

O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat OVERTIME–Downtown Saturdays at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm)

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

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


SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

BONEYARD ALE HOUSE DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Sat FILTHY MCNASTY'S Fire up your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG FLUID LOUNGE Scene Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Rezzo, DJ Mkhai

SUEDE LOUNGE House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Signature Saturdays Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN JUN 17 BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Father's Day Brunch: Hawaiian Dreamers; 10:30am-2:30pm; donations

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun Father's day: Don Berner-(sax); 5:308:30pm; $25 if not dining



DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover DOUBLE D'S Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm EDDIE SHORTS Open stage with Dan Daniels every Sun FILTHY MCNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq HOGS DEN PUB Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm NEWCASTLE PUB Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm NEW CITY New York Night Train; Soul Clap and 12am; Dance Competition: DJ Mr Jonathan Toubin (NYC, 10pm-2am) and a panel of 5 local judges; 8pm (door); $8 (adv)/$10 (door) O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet (classical, tango, jazz); 7:30pm; $20 (adv)/$25 (door)/$15 (student/ senior)/$10 (Fathers Day special for Dads) at TIX on the Square ON THE ROCKS Seven Strings Sun: Rawlco's Showtime Concert Series: the Skinny, Get Down, Canyon Rose Outfit O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Open stage hosted by the band the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun RICHARD'S PUB Sun Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm TWO ROOMS Live Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner) WUNDERBAR Ultra Mega (Winnipeg) YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm


SABOR DIVINO L’Invitation du Voyage: Opera NUOVA (Father’s Day event) featuring artists from the Vocal Arts Festival 2012; tickets at FINE ARTS BLDG–U of A Master Class Series: Michael McMahon; 7-9pm UPPER CRUST RESTAURANT Opera NUOVA: Opera for “Newova-ites”; 2pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy FLOW LOUNGE Stylus Sun LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

MON JUN 18 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Russel Jackson DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm: Scott Cook NEW CITY Soul Clap and Dance Off: DJ Mr Jonathan Toubin, DJ Blue Jay, DJ Mighty Romeo NEW WEST HOTEL Nash Ramblers OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Monday Open Stage PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm WUNDERBAR Nu Sensae (Vancouver), The Rhubarbs, guests


Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay CROWN PUB Mixmashitup Mon Industry Night: with DJ Fuzze, J Plunder (DJs to bring their music and mix mash it up) FILTHY MCNASTY'S Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook NEW CITY LEGION Madhouse Mon: Punk/metal/ etc with DJ Smart Alex

TUE JUN 19 BLUES ON WHYTE Russel Jackson BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays guest with host Mark Feduk; guests Victoria Baldwin and Jenie Thai; $5 after 8pm DRUID IRISH PUB Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am NEW CITY Trusty Chords Tuesdays; $5 (door) NEW CITY Death by Stereo (punk rock), E-Town Beatdown, Dirtbags; no minors; 8pm (door); $13 (adv)/$15 (door) NEW WEST HOTEL Nash Ramblers O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK The Campfire Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover 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 RED PIANO All request band Tuesdays: Joint Chiefs (classic rock, soul, R&B) every Tue REXALL PLACE Bryan Adams; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $20/$49.50/$69.50/$95 SECOND CUP– Summerwood Open stage/ open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Stan Gallant

VENUE GUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092 ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave AVENUE THEATRE 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BISTRO LA PERSAUD 8617-91 St, 780.758.6686 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLACKSHEEP PUB 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BO'DIDDLY'S ROADHOUSE 11650-142 St BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BONEYARD ALE HOUSE 921634 Ave, 780.437.2663 BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ CORAL DE CUBA 10816 Whyte Ave CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523 CARROT CAFÉ 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464153 St, 780 424 9467 CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482

CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Tr COAST TO COAST 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 COMMON 9910-109 St CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE 11845 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.704. CLUB DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain EDDIE SHORTS 10713-124 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 ELEVATION ROOM–Transcend Coffee 10349 Jasper Ave EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FINE ARTS BLDG–U of A Rm 1-29 FLASH NIGHT CLUB 10018-105 St, 780.996.1778 FLOW LOUNGE 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604.CLUB FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

FUNKY BUDDHA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY 9942-108 St GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB 11824-103 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423. HALO HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HILLTOP 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 HOGS DEN 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 HYDEAWAY 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 IRON BOAR PUB 4911-51st 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 L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132104 St LIZARD LOUNGE 13160-118 Ave MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999

NEW CITY LEGION 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) NISKU INN 1101-4 St NOLA CREOLE KITCHEN & MUSIC HOUSE 11802-124 St, 780.451.1390, NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2'S ON WHYTE 780.454.0203 O2'S TAPHOUSE 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE 8426 Gateway Blvd OVERTIME–Downtown 10304111 St, 780.465.6800 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 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 10413100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780-457-3117 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235-101 St R PUB 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 SABOR DIVINO 10220-103 St SECOND CUP–89 AVE 8906149 St

SECOND CUP–Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • Summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 SIDELINERS PUB 11018-127 St, 780.453.6006 SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 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 TAPHOUSE 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860 TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, TWO ROOMS 10324 Whyte Ave, 780.439.8386 UPPER CRUST RESTAURANT 10909-86 Ave VEE LOUNGE, Apex Casino–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 VINYL DANCE LOUNGE 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655 WILD BILL’S–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256 YELLOWHEAD BREWERY 10229-105 St, 780.423.3333 YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St



SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Amy Hefferman STARLITE Movie Night: Pink Floyd...The Wall; 7pm WUNDERBAR The Ruffled Feathers (Vancouver), guests

Classical CONVOCATION HALL Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten; 7:30pm


BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: It’s One Too Many Tuesdays: Reggae, funk, soul, boogie and disco with Rootbeard BUDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser every CROWN PUB Live Hip Hop Tue: freestyle hip hop with DJ Xaolin and Mc Touch DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue 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

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RED PIANO All Request Band Tuesdays: Classic rock, soul and R&B with Joint Chiefs; 8pm; $5

FIDDLER'S ROOST Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12

SUITE 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs

GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm


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

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month

HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

BLUES ON WHYTE Russel Jackson

NEW CITY Mad Hatter Battle of the Bands

BOHEMIA Ramshackle Day Parade: Edmonton's prominent noise artists; 7pm (show); $5

NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm; Nash Ramblers

CHA ISLAND TEA CO Whyte Noise Drum Circle: a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm

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

CROWN PUB The D.A.M.M Jam: Open stage/original plugged in jam with Dan, Miguel and friends every Wed DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Duff Robinson EDDIE SHORTS Electric open jam with Steven Johnson Experience every Wed ELEPHANT AND CASTLE– Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm2am every Wed; no cover PLAYBACK PUB Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed,


6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 REXALL PLACE An Evening with Bryan Adams; all ages; 7pm (door)/8pm (show); $20, $49.50, $69.50 & $95 RICHARD'S PUB Live Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm SECOND CUP–149 St Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Stan Gallant SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Amy Hefferman WUNDERBAR Pop Halifax!!!, Cousins, Each Other, Quaker Parents, Sheer Agony, Jon McKiel ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover

Classical CONVOCATION HALL Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten; 7:30pm, 1:30pm

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: RetroActive

Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover THE COMMON Treehouse Wednesdays DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE Wind-up Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs FILTHY MCNASTY'S Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm 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 TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5


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Volunteers Wanted

Community Garden Volunteer Help maintain a small garden and landscaping outside the Meals on Wheels building. The produce and herbs from the garden will be used as part of Grow a Row for Meals on Wheels. Contact us at 780-429-2020, or sign up on our website at Environmental News Radio Needs You! Terra Informa is an environmentally themed radio news show that is syndicated across Canada. We are run by volunteers and we need more help! No experience necessary! We will provide you with all necessary training. Curious? Contact us at, or call Steve at 780-432-5566 Needed for our Seniors residence, volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details (780) 472 - 1106


Volunteers Wanted

P.A.L.S. Project Adult Literacy Society needs volunteers to work with adult students in: Literacy, English As A Second Language and Math Literacy. For more information please contact (780)424-5514 or email Three Form Theatre Volunteers are needed to run front of house and concession for I Love You Because the evenings of June 26th, 27th & 28th. We require 2 volunteers for each evening. Pro Serve is an asset, and you get to watch the show free of charge. If interested please email Volunteer this summer for The Works Art & Design Festival! Flexible scheduling & a variety of positions available to accommodate all interests! Contact Teresa at 780-426-2122 ext 230/ Celebrate Art & Design in Downtown Edmonton! Volunteer with us and gain valuable Office Administration and Data Entry Skills! Volunteer your time to a great cause with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Apply online at under Volunteers or send a resume to Volunteers needed for the 21st edition of The Great White North Triathlon, July 1st, for all positions, course marshals, lifeguards, kayakers', transition, traffic direction, parking patrol, security. Contact LeRoy, the volunteer coordinator for more info: at 780-478-1388 or email:


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Volunteers needed to "Make Fun" at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. Experience being a volunteer on the world stage! Visit our website to apply online, or call Liz Allison-Jorde at 780-425-5162 (Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age) WynterMynt Records, Edmonton's newest Indie Record Label is looking for volunteers for a couple scouting positions. These volunteers should have a love for live music, have some understanding to the Indie/Folk music scene and are willing to go out on weekends to scout new talent around the city with weekly reports back to the label on their findings Contact Stephanie Leong at

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Art Of Reuse Contest!! Do you like to make things out of stuff you can find around your house? If so, sign up for the first Art of Reuse Contest! First Prize: $1400 Second Prize: $400 gift certificate from The Paint Spot. Prizes will be awarded based on originality, design and use of materials. Winners will be announced on The Works Stage on July 1st For details please visit: garbage_recycling/reusecentre.aspx Beginning September of 2012, amiskwaciy Academy will be opening its doors to new and returning potters. Beautiful new space. Competitive guild fees. Classes to be offered. Seeking guild president. Planning meeting on June 26th at 7pm at 101 Airport Rd. Call 780-990-8487 Call for Artists: Decorate a Lampost Contest at Kaleido 2012. The 24 hour Decorate a Lampost Contest is returning to Kaleido Family Arts Festival on September 8-9, 2012! To enter, complete and sign the entry form at and send it with a short project proposal and artist bio to by July 16th, 2012 CALL FOR METAL ARTISTS The Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Westaskiwin, Alberta will be hosting it's first annual Metal Art Show and Sale on September 29 and 30, 2012. We're inviting artists who primarily work with metal to display and/or sell their work at our museum during Alberta's Culture Days weekend. For details please visit: HAPPY HARBOR -Call to Artists We are now accepting applications for our next Artist-inResidence position. Term begins September 1st. Please visit our website for full details.


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Call for Submissions 2013/14 Gallery Exhibition Programming Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012 Harcourt House Arts Centre is currently accepting submissions for our 2013/2014 gallery exhibition programming for the Main Gallery and Front Room Gallery exhibition spaces. For full submission details please visit Feats Festival A video contest for everyone, Dance Magic Dance is a chance to get moving and win some Feats Festival prizes. Go solo or gather friends and family and film your original choreography. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 11th. It's free to enter! To view contest rules and submit your video please visit or call 780-422-8107 Prairie Wood Design Awards 2012 Call for nominations! The Annual Prairie Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood construction in the Prairie Region and the Territories. Nomination forms and details are available online and are due August 17th,2012


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Request for Proposals: City of Lethbridge Community Arts Centre Public Art Project Artists are invited to participate in a three stage public art competition. The selected artist will receive a commission to design, fabricate and install a significant public art work for a new community arts centre in downtown Lethbridge. Deadline for proposals is 4pm on July 16th For information contact Suzanne at 403-320-0555 or SEARCH FOR ARTISTS: The Jeff Allen Art Gallery (JAAG) 10831 University Ave (109st & 78 Ave) The Jeff Allen Art Gallery is presently accepting applications for Exhibits in 2013 and 2014. This is a gallery interested in promoting local talent. It would be an opportunity to have public exposure with minimal costs. Interested Artists call Terrie Shaw at 780-433-5807 for more information or to obtain an application


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(Apr 20 – May 20): Some relationships that you call "friendships" may be little more than useful connections or status boosters or affiliations that enhance your power and influence. There's no shame in that. But it's also a smart idea to make sure that at least some of your alliances are rooted primarily in pure affection. You need to exchange energy with people who don't serve your ambitions so much as they feed your soul. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to cultivate friendships like that. Take good care of those you have, and be alert for the possibility of starting a new one.



GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): Do you remember what you were doing between July 2000 and June 2001? Think back. Did anything happen then that felt like a wild jumpstart, or a series of epiphanies, or a benevolent form of shock therapy? Were you forcibly dislodged from a rut by an adversary who eventually became an ally? I'm guessing that at least some of those experiences will be returning in the coming months, but on a higher octave this time. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): Author Steven Covey describes your "circle of concern" as everything you're concerned with or worried about. Your "circle of influence," on the other hand, is anything that's within your ability to change right now. For example, you may have general long-term questions or anxieties about the future of your health. That's your circle of concern. But your circle of influence contains specific actions you can take to affect your health today, like eating good food, getting enough sleep, and doing exercise. What I'm seeing for you, is that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to spend less time in your circle of concern and more in your circle of influence. Stop fantasizing about what may or may not happen, and simply take charge of the details that will make a difference. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): There's a wild zoo about two hours northwest of Seattle. After paying your fee, you can drive your car through acres of land where large animals are allowed to roam free. When I took the tour, I stopped my rented Dodge Stratus by the side of the road to get a better look at a humongous buffalo with a humped back and a long woolly beard. It lumbered over to where I was parked and for the next five minutes thoroughly licked my windshield with its enormous purple tongue. My head was just inches away from its primal power, and yet I was safe and relaxed and perfectly amused. I wouldn't be surprised if you had a comparable experience sometime soon, Leo.

(Aug 23 – Sep 22): In the Biblical book of Genesis, Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder that went up to heaven. I recommend that you try to incubate a similar dream. It would help prime your psyche for one of this week's top assignments, which is to be adaptable as you go back and forth between very high places and very low places. Heaven and earth need to be better connected. So do the faraway and the close-at-hand, as well as the ideal and the practical. And you're the right person for the job.


(Sep 23 – Oct 22): Thomas Edison said something to the effect that a person who is thoroughly satisfied is probably a failure. I guess he meant that if you're not always pushing to make your life better, you must not have very high standards or passionate goals. While I can see the large grains of truth in that theory, I don't think it applies in all cases—like for you right now, for instance. During the upcoming grace period, it will make sense for you to be perfectly content with the state of your life just as it is. To do so won't make you lazy and complacent. Just the opposite, in fact: It will charge your psychic batteries and create a reservoir of motivational energy for the second half of 2012.


SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): ): Twenty-four-year-old actress Annalynne McCord has risen up in rebellion against what she calls "Hollywood's perfection requirement." Lately she has been brazenly appearing in pub-



Origin stories

New book takes an inclusive approach to baby stories "When a Mommy and Daddy love top hats and bow ties. each other very much, the Daddy plants a special seed inside the The book asks two questions that Mommy. The seed grows in the prompt the adult reading the book Mommy’s tummy and then to tell the child about their a baby comes out." This is own story. The first question the story most of us read lets parents explain to their e in the books about how children how the sperm and e w e @vu brenda a babies are made. It seems a egg met in their case. "That d Bren er simple realization, but that's might be an adoption situab r Ke not quite how it happens for a tion or might be something like lot of children. Uncle Shawn gave us a gift and then There may not be one mommy or Mommy Susan and Mommy Joyce one daddy or there may be no momtook that gift and that's how we made my or no daddy. The person who actuyou." Silverberg says the open-ended ally gave birth may not be the child’s format of the book allows parents to mommy. So how do you teach your tell their child as much or as little as child about where babies come from they want about how they were born. when their story was not of the typiIt also allows them to come back cal mommy plus daddy makes baby to the story and tell the child more variety? Author and sex educator at another time or to read the same Corey Silverberg hopes to solve this story for another child and answer the problem. His new book What Makes questions differently. a Baby doesn't mention Moms and The second question is my favourite Dads at all, or even gender. It's meant part, asking, "Who was waiting for to include everyone, no matter what you." Here, adults can tell the child their baby story is. To me, it seemed about all of the anticipation that led like an impossible task, but Silverberg up to their arrival—whether that arexplained how he did it. "It's about rival story is a birth story or an adopboiling things down to their essence, tion story. It shows the child that no to their most simplistic form," he matter how the sperm and egg met, said, "Really these days, all you need there were people who were excited to make a baby is an egg, sperm and and happy about them being in the a uterus." The book explains what world. these things are and how they come The last part of the book talks about to make a baby, all with no reference how the baby develops and how it acto gender at all. Even the illustrations tually comes out of the uterus. Even are gender neutral—you won't see this part of the book is inclusive, takpictures of pink eggs and sperm with ing care not to mention specifically



what the baby looks like as it develops. "A lot of these books track a very specific development, like 'your arms are this long, your legs are this long and this is when your eyes start working' but that's not true for everyone," Silverberg says. "I want a story that's going to work for all everyone." Even the discussion of birth itself is inclusive: "The baby is coming out of body but it's not necessarily a woman's body. I know men who have a uterus. There are men giving birth." The description and illustrations allow people to project their own experience rather than having it defined for them. "It's a book that works for any kind of kid and any kind of family," says Silverberg. Inclusivity is not a new concept in sex education. The reality that families come in all kinds of forms is pretty widely accepted now. But for some reason, there remains a lack of sex education books that reflect that reality. What Makes a Baby seems like it will provide a great start. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-forprofits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.



lic without any make-up on. She has even encouraged paparazzi to snap photos of her in her natural state. "I'm not perfect," she says, "and that's okay with me." I nominate her to be your role model in the coming weeks. You will be able to stir up useful blessings for yourself by being loyal to the raw truth. You can gain power by not hiding anything. Here's my guarantee: It'll be fun to be free of unrealistic images and showy deceptions. (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Nineteenth-century Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev once called his fellow novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky a "pimple on the face of literature." But more than a 100 years after that crude dismissal, Dostoyevsky is a much more highly regarded and influential writer than Turgenev. Use this as inspiration if you have to deal with anyone's judgmental appraisals of you in the coming days. Their opinions will say more about them than about you. Refresh your understanding of the phenomenon of "projection," in which people superimpose their fantasies and delusions on realities they don't see clearly.


(Dec 22 – Jan 19): Take a few deep breaths. It's important not to get overly worked up about your recent diversion from the Truth and the Way. I mean it's not like you sold heroin to high school students, right? It's true that you've incurred a minor karmic debt that will ultimately have to be repaid. And yes, you've been reminded that you can't allow yourself


to lower your standards even slightly. But I doubt any of it will matter in five years—especially if you atone now. So please go ahead and give yourself a spanking, make a definitive plan to correct your error, and start cruising in the direction of the next chapter of your life story. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Have you

ever tried to drink from a fire hose? The sheer amount and force of the water shooting out the end makes it hard to actually get any moisture in your mouth, let alone enjoy the process. On the other hand, it is kind of entertaining, and it does provide a lot of material to tell funny stories about later on. But are those good enough reasons to go ahead and do it? I say no. That's why I advise you to draw your sustenance from a more contained flow in the coming week. Cultivate a relationship with a resource that gives you what you really need. (Feb 19 – Mar 20): The coming week will be an excellent time to declare your independence from anything that depresses you, obsesses you, or oppresses you. You will attract help from unexpected sources if you take that brave action. At the same time, it'll be a perfect moment to declare your interdependence with anything that fires up your imagination, stirs up smart hope, or fills you with a desire to create masterpieces. Be adventurous as you dream about blending your energies with the very best influences.





Texts and horny skunks

Breakup ettiquette has changed, but teenage boys haven't defense. You're hurt, she hurt you, and I'm a 28-year-old guy who was broyou've latched onto the dumped-byken up with via text by a girl I had text issue so you can tell yourself that been dating for two months. She is you were mistaken about her, that dealing with the loss of a family you didn't have chemistry, that member and some other perE G A V there really wasn't somesonal issues, and she sent A S thing special here. Nope, me this message while om she's a scumbag. Dumping.c out of state for a week or ly k e ewe ve@vu by-text proves it. so. Two months is a short savagelo a D n Two quick things: getting time, I realize, and we never e Savag dumped in person sucks, getdiscussed the nature of our ting dumped over the phone sucks, arrangement. But we spent a few getting dumped through snail mail nights a week together and agreed sucks, getting dumped via text sucks. that we had something special. We Getting dumped sucks. It would've had a chemistry that I haven't expehurt just as much if she had dumped rienced in my last few relationships. you via Goodyear blimp or if she had How much respect do you maintain/ shown up in person to tell you herlose based on something like this? self. And while dumping-via-text was Would you characterize this shortviewed as a cold move 10 or 15 years term-dating text-message dumping ago when texting technology was new as spineless, flaky, a reasonable reand texts were uniformly brief and inaction to the issues she's facing, or scrutable, these days, people do most what? What are the standards of a of their communicating via text. So classy exit in the digital age?



When I listen to someone complaining about how he was dumped, SMS, what I often hear is someone complaining that he was dumped. Finding fault with how—reading some previously undetected character flaw into the method your ex employed to dump you—is often the ego acting in its own self-

old notions about text-message dumpings—they're not classy!—don't apply these days. A longish, thoughtful and well-written text message is now a legit way to dump someone. Particularly someone you've been dating for only two months. Let's say your girlfriend had waited until she was back in town so she could dump you face-to-face, SMS. What if

you had met someone you liked and passed on an offer to hang out and/or hook up in the days, weeks, or months between the time your girlfriend made up her mind to dump you and her arrival back in town? Then you would be complaining about how you passed on a date with a woman who—hey, you never know—could've been your soul mate while your ex was stringing you along. Finally, SMS, the best course of action when you've been dumped by someone you really liked—someone you would still be dating if it were up to you—is to accept the bad news with as much grace as you can muster. The world is full of couples that got back together after a breakup, and your odds of being in one of those couples shrink if you act like an asshole about being dumped (which it doesn't sound like you're doing) or if you convince yourself your ex is an asshole for dumping you (which it sounds like you're doing). Good luck.

Two years ago, I fell in love with a man. (I'm a bisexual woman.) A friend decided to take that as her cue to declare her love for me. I turned her down. This same conversation had to happen repeatedly. A few weeks ago, she was having a party at her house. She got sloppy drunk and said that if she only had a penis, I'd be with her. She became touchy-feely and aggressive. At one point, she told a man there that they needed to get me drunker so that I'd have sex with her. When I confronted her later, she said that her drinking was because I had been too harsh when I turned her down. Then she said that I'm constantly cruel to her and that's why she drinks. When I suggested ending our friendship if I'm so cruel, she got apologetic and came up with all sorts of communication strategies to try to

preserve our friendship. If I am being abusive—or even if I'm not—what am I supposed to do? BITCHES BE CRAZY

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I am a 16-year-old straight male— I think. I know I'm 16 years old and I know I'm male. But I'm not totally sure about the sexuality. I'm into chicks, OK? There's nothing I love more than vagina. I have a girlfriend, and she's amazing. No argument. But recently, a gay friend told me he has a crush on me and has for a long time. He asked me to be his "friend with benefits." Plain and simple: he offered to give me head. I still haven't texted him back. I'm not totally against the idea. I've never thought about having sex with a dude, but I guess you could say I'm an open-minded person. So my question, Dan, is if I should become FWB with my friend. One of my main concerns is the fact that I'm in a relationship. So, yeah, I just don't know. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

CONFIDENTIAL Ask your girlfriend if she'd be OK with you getting head from your gay friend. If that's not a question you can bring yourself to ask your girlfriend, WSID, then don't even think about becoming FWB with your gay friend. As for your sexuality ... If there's nothing you love more than vagina—really? Not your mom? Not even oxygen?—then you're definitely not gay. You could be bisexual, I suppose, or heteroflexible. But I'm thinkin' what you are is 16 years old and horny as shit. If a talking skunk with a French accent walked into your room and of-

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fered you a blowjob, WSID, you'd probably say yes. Letting that skunk blow you wouldn't be proof that you're a zoophile—or a Francophile—just proof that you're so horny you decided to shoot (into a skunk's mouth) first and ask questions ("I let a skunk blow me—WTF?") later. A sex expert I quoted in a recent column—he was responding to a question from a straight guy who wanted other men to bust his balls—observed that a person can have a kink that overrides his "usual erotic 'target interest,' ie, women." You're not kinky, WSID, just horny. But the combination of intense adolescent horniness and a rare blowjob opportunity have overridden your usual erotic target interest, ie, women. I'm not saying you shouldn't do this. Gay/straight FWB arrangements can work. But you shouldn't do this if it means deceiving your girlfriend. If you want to take your friend up on his offer, WSID, clear it with your girlfriend first or wait until you're single. And if you're so tempted to do this that you're considering doing it behind your girlfriend's back, WSID, that's a pretty good indication that you'll be single soon.




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