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Freedom of the press Last year was the deadliest year to be a journalist since Reporters Without Borders began keeping watch in 1995, as there was a 33-percent increase in the death of journalists on the job from 2011. In fact, RWB's "Press Freedom Barometer 2012" states: 88 journalists killed; 47 netizens and citizen journalists killed; six media assistants killed; 193 journalists imprisoned; 131 netizens imprisoned; 879 journalists arrested; 144 bloggers and netizens arrested; 1993 journalists threatened or physically attacked; 38 journalists kidnapped; 73 journalists fled their country. What does this mean to us as Canadians, living in a "safe" country? When the freedom to expose government corruption is silenced anywhere, we should be concerned for the people in that country. Censorship is a human rights issue, and although there have been no journalists killed or arrested in Canada this year, we still only scrape in at number 10 (out of 179 countries) on the RWB's ranking of freedom of the press. According to Canadian Journalists For Free Expression, since Stephen Harper became prime minister, it has been harder to access offical data. Thirty days is the required waiting period for accessing government information, but 44 percent of requests are not answered in this timeframe. On average, it's a 395-day wait. That's unacceptable. Canada has also been in the hot seat for prosecuting journalists who don't reveal their sources. Overall, the number of arrests and kidnappings

decreased—except in Asia and the Americas— from 1044 arrested and 71 kidnapped in 2011 to 879 and 38 in 2012. The five worst offenders for killing journalists were Syria (65 deaths), Somalia (18 deaths), Pakistan (11 deaths), Mexico (six deaths) and Brazil (five deaths). RWB secretarygeneral Christophe Deloire said, "The reason for the unprecedented number of journalists killed in 2012 is mainly the war in Syria, the chaos in Somalia and Taliban violence in Pakistan." The Internet and other social media platforms like Twitter are used quite often when government controls traditional forms of media, but those netizens are still monitored and at risk. Only five netizens and citizen journalists were killed in 2011, but that number jumped to 47 in 2012. This is happening mainly in Syria, where men and women are risking their lives to expose how the government is treating their people. And the worst offenders for imprisoning journalists? China (99 imprisoned), Turkey (46 imprisoned), Iran (43 imprisoned), Syria (39 imprisoned) and Eritrea (28 imprisoned). There is some improvement in Libya and Egypt since Muammar Qadhafi and Hosni Mubarak are no longer in power, with arrests falling from 28 in 2011 in Libya to seven in 2012 and Egypt falling from 116 arrests in 2011 to 33 in 2012. The freedom to question authority, without the government dictating the terms under which that can be done, should not be optional. V



HUNGER CONTINUES With still no word from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General as to whether or not they'll meet with First Nations leaders to discuss treaty rights and Bill C-45, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was on day 20 of her hunger strike on New Year's Day. Spence has considerable support across Canada from the Idle No More movement and was joined in Ottawa by elder Raymond Robinson of the Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba, who has been on a hunger strike for the same amount of time, and a busload of 50 supporters from the Martimes who joined Spence on New Year's Eve at her teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa.


NO MORE IDLING IN 2013 Five minutes tops. That's how long vehicles are now allowed to idle in front of Edmonton schools and hospitals when the temperature is above zero degrees. The new bylaw is an effort to try and limit the amount of exhaust that comes into contact with the more vulnerable parts of the population—children, elderly and the sick. Vehicle exhaust has been linked to asthma and other breathing difficulties. A study done in Hamilton, ON, in 2006 found that pollution levels increased when idling cars were present around a school. However, there will be exceptions for buses and ambulances.


New Year's Day didn't ring in so well for beer drinkers in Russia. The country has banned the sale of beer on the street in kiosks and food stands, and shops are not allowed to sell it in the late night/ early morning hours (11 pm – 8 am). In order for a shop or restaurant to qualify for selling beer, it has to be at least 500 square feet. It is also now illegal to drink beer in public as Russia deals with the country's alcohol problem, and the beverage is now listed as an alcohol rather than a food product. In a 2011 study, the World Health Organization found that one-fifth of the deaths of Russian men were related to alcohol.



2012 year-ender

Looking at recent global events as a window into the future To begin on a happy note, the world didn't end this year. December 21 came and went without a sign of the Four Horsemen, leaving the Mayans (or rather their ancestors) with egg all over their faces. It just goes to show the perils of prediction—but why would we let that deter us? Nobody is keeping score. So, instead of the usual trek through the events of the past year, why don't we use this year-ender to examine the entrails of recent events for portents of the future? Like, for example, the vicissitudes of the Arab revolutions in the past 12 months. On one hand, there were the first truly free elections in modern Egyptian history. On the other hand, judges inherited from the old regime dismissed the lower house of parliament on a flimsy pretext, and then the Islamist president retaliated by ramming through a new constitution that entrenched conservative "Islamic" values against the will of more than a third of the population. Is this glass half full or half empty? On one hand, Libyans managed to hold a free election even though the country is still overrun by various militias, and Yemen finally bid farewell to its dictator of 30-odd years. On the other hand, Syria has fallen into a full-scale civil war, with government planes bombing city centres and 40 000 dead. Did the "Arab spring" succeed, or did it fail? Well, both, of course. How could it have been otherwise, in a world of fallible human beings? But the mould has been broken, and already half of the world's Arabs live in countries that are basically democratic. The political game is being played pretty roughly in some Arab countries, but that's quite normal in new democracies—and in some older ones, too. In the years to come the transformation will deepen, amidst much further turbulence, and most Arab countries will emerge from it as normal, highly imperfect democracies. Just like most of the world's other countries.

be held on Scottish independence in 2014. And in Belgium, Flemish threats to secede seemed more plausible than usual. It's a mess, in other words, and Europe certainly faces years of very low economic growth. But the EU was always mainly a political project, intended to end centuries of devastating wars in Europe, and the euro was invented to reinforce that political union. That project still has the firm support of the political elites in almost all EU countries, and they will pay whatever price is necessary to save it. Even in the regions considering secession from their current countries, there is no ap-

The European Union staggered through a year during which the common currency of the majority of its members, the euro, tottered permanently on the brink of collapse. The financial markets have been talking all year about "Grexit", the expected, almost inevitable withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone, and speculating on which country would leave next. They thought it would be Spain for most of the year, but Silvio Berlusconi's decision to run for office again—"The Return of the Undead", one European paper called it—switched the spotlight to Italy in November. The possibility that the common currency might simply fall apart, and take the political unity of the European Union with it, could no longer be dismissed. Meanwhile, secessionist movements flourished in major EU states. In Spain, both Catalonia and the Basque region elected provincial governments committed to holding referendums on independence. The United Kingdom and the recently devolved Scottish government agreed on the terms of a referendum to

e petite for leaving the EU. gion's resources may be wastgwynn e Gwynn Indeed, the strongest argued on military spending. And Dyer if there ever were a real war, the ment of the anti-secessionists is to say that those regions would have destruction would be so great, given to re-apply for EU membership if they current weapons technologies, that the got their independence, rather than just region could lose several decades' worth inheriting it automatically. of growth. But it will be some years yet beSo the European Union will survive, and fore we know if the region is really drifting will even recover its financial stability evenin that direction. tually. It will also remain a major economic player in the world, although the centre The world's drift towards global catasof gravity of the global economy will controphe due to climate change is becoming tinue to shift towards Asia. There is even impossible to deny. This northern summer reason to think that Asia's triumph will arsaw prolonged droughts and heat waves rive somewhat later, and in a rather more ravage crops from the US Midwest to the muted fashion, than the enthusiasts have plains of Russia, and soaring food prices been predicting in recent years. as the markets responded to shortages in food supply. In the last months of 2012 China went This September saw Arctic sea ice cover through the 10-yearly ritual in which fall to its lowest ever level: only half of power is handed on to a new generation the total area covered by ice in Septemof leaders, and both Japan and South Kober 10 years ago. And October saw Hurrea elected new right-wing governments. ricane Sandy devastate much of the US North Korea, the nuclear-armed rogue east coast, causing a hundred deaths and state that lies between them, put its first over $30 billion in damage. It was the satellite into orbit, thus demonstrating its second-costliest tropical storm in Ameri-

ability to build long-range ballistic missiles. And China was almost continuously embroiled in border disputes with its neighbours (Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia) in the South China Sea. The cloud on the horizon is still "no bigger than a man's hand," but it is definitely there. We can hope that the world works differently nowadays, and in some ways it really does, but the fears, the nationalist passions, and even the strategic relationships in Asia are coming to resemble those in Europe a century ago, on the eve of the First World War. Even if an equivalent war never actually happens in Asia, a growing share of the re-

can history (after Katrina, in New Orleans, seven years ago). Yet the global response is as feeble as ever. The annual round of global negotiations on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, held this December in Qatar, merely agreed that they would try to get some sort of deal by 2015. Even if they do, however, it won't go into effect until 2020. So for the next eight years the only legal constraint on warming will be the modest cuts in emissions agreed at Kyoto 15 years ago. Moreover, those limits only apply to the old industrial powers. There are no limits whatever on the rise of emissions by the fast-growing economies of the emerging


industrial powers in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even lemmings usually act more wisely than this. November brought a week of massive Israeli air and missile strikes against the Gaza Strip, allegedly in retaliation for Palestinian missile attacks against Israel, but the tit-for-tat has been going on for so long that it's pointless to discuss who started it. And nothing Israel does can stop the growing support for a Palestinian state: in late November the United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine non-voting observer state status by a vote of 138-9. More worrisome was the threat of Israeli air strikes on Iran, supposedly to stop it from getting nuclear weapons. That would be a very big war if it started: the United States would almost inevitably get dragged in, the flow of oil from the Gulf states would stop, and the world economy would do a nosedive. But there is no proof that Iran is currently working on nuclear weapons (the US and Israeli intelligence services both say no),


and mere air strikes would not cripple Iran's nuclear industry for long. So the whole issue is probably an Israeli bluff. A bluff to what end? To get the rest of the world to impose severe economic sanctions against Iran, in the hope that they will cause enough pain to get Iranians to overthrow the present regime. The damage is certainly being done—the value of the Iranian rial collapsed this year—but the power of the ayatollahs is unshaken. They will not be overthrown, and there will not be a war. I think. And then there's the United States, where Barack Obama, having accomplished little except health care reform in his first presidential term, was re-elected anyway. The Republican candidate concentrated his campaign on Obama's slow progress in overcoming the deepest recession in 70 years (which had been caused by the previous Republican administration), but just in time the numbers started to turn upward for Obama. The economic recovery will probably strengthen in the coming year (unless the United States falls off the "fiscal cliff" in the next week or so), and strong growth will give Obama enough political capital to undertake on at least one big reform project. The highest priority is obviously global warming, but there is a danger that he will fritter his resources away on hotbutton issues like gun control. So much for the big themes of the year. There was also the usual scatter of promising changes like Burma's gradual return to democracy, the start of peace talks that may bring an end to the 60-year-old war between government and guerillas in Colombia, and the return to the rule of law in growing areas of anarchic Somalia. Similarly, there was a steady drizzle of bad news: the revolt by Islamist extremists that tore the African state of Mali in half in April, the pogrom against Burmese Muslims in July, and the police massacre of striking miners in South Africa in August. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is probably dying of cancer, and the rules for choosing his successor are in dispute. Russia's President Vladimir Putin faced unprecedented public protests after the elections last March, but his power still seems secure. The Mars rover landed successfully in August, and is now busily trundling across the Martian landscape. The existence of the Higgs boson was confirmed (or at least tentatively confirmed). Business as usual, in other words. 2012 wasn't a particularly bad year; if you think it was, you've been reading too many newspapers and watching too much CNN. Their stock-in-trade is crisis and tragedy, so you can always count on them to give you the worst news possible. It wasn't all that great a year either, but never mind. There'll be another one along shortly. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.



Faffs, gaffes and laughs Politcal tongue trip-ups of 2o12 WILDROSE PRICKS ITSELF

During the spring election campaign, the party proved that a rose by any other name would smell a lot sweeter than the stink bombs and mind-grenades they dropped. First came the bust that was the Wildrose campaign bus, the image worth a thousand laughs. When first rolled out in Edmonton in mid-March, its poorly placed picture of Danielle Smith had the leader with a set of back wheels right where her chest would be. A photo went viral on Twitter. Soon, even Jay Leno was tittering at the goof on air. The boobs kept coming. In mid-April, a 2011 blog post from candidate Allan Hunsperger, a minister in Tofield, AB spread via Twitter. Hunsperger had written that gays and lesbians "can live the way you were born, and if you die the way you were born then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering." Hunsperger removed the post, while Smith lamely said the candidate would keep his religious views personal. Hunsperger, running

in Edmonton South, lost. Soon after, at an April 19 debate, Smith declared, to some boos and catcalls, that, "There is still a debate in the scientific community" over global warming, though only about 97 percent of climate researchers disagree with her. Then Calgary-Greenway candidate Ron Leech, a retired pastor, told a multicultural radio station, "I think, as a Caucasian, I have an advantage. When different community leaders, such as a Sikh leader or a Muslim leader, speaks, they really speak to their own people in many ways. As a Caucasian, I believe that I can speak to all the community," Leech said. Smith refused to censure or drop the candidate, even as Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who lives in the riding, criticized the comments. Leech lost to PC candidate Manmeet Bhullar.


n 2012, from sea to sea to sea, we had our rolling waves of politicians' soundbats, vocalized brain-farts and verbal dire-ness. So, sit back, relax, but don't put up your feet up—you could tip over backwards because some of these tongue trip-ups will make you lol.

about the Wildrose leader, "If @ ElectDanielle likes young and growing families so much, why doesn't she have children of her own?" In July, deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk posted a "joke" caption beneath a photo of the Fairmont Hot Springs mudslide (stranding about 600 tourists, some of them Albertans) on his Facebook page: "Fairmont in Hot Springs has a good deal on rooms today. If a little bit of mud doesn't bother you, book now!!!" He soon removed the post and apologized.



Alison Redford's PCs made some blueboos of their own. During the campaign, staffer Amanda Wilkie stepped down after thoughtlessly tweeting

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, so pig-headed about repaying $3150 to the public trough for inappropriate use of council resources in 2010 that it could cost him his position, remained infected with hoof-in-mouth disease. The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act dictated his repayment, but in September Ford noted, "I've never read that before." In March, expressing his vision for Toronto's transit system, he declared, "People want subways, folks ... sub-

ways, subways. They don't want these damn streetcars blocking up our city!" Come July, while discussing TTC expansion, he remarked, "I cannot support taxing the taxpayer." After the legal decision went against him in November, Ford contended, "The people are going to speak. I'm not going to have people who say, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' I'm going to fight for the taxpayers like I always have." But back in June, Ford had blamed everyday folk for a plasticbag ban proposed by a member of his own executive: "It's the people's fault. Honestly, sometimes I get so frustrated because the people are just sitting back listening. They don't pick up the phone, they don't go down to city hall, they don't ask questions, they just ... it's frustrating." One of the "people," though, protester Ken Garnum, observed of Ford, "I don't think he's evil. He just can't tell the difference between right and wrong."


At the federal level, Stephen Harper's crew took their share of time off from common sense. In February, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told Liberal critic Francis Scarpaleggia that, if he opposed Toews' bill granting police more surveillance powers, "He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers." In July, soon after minister Bev Oda, already caught for upgrading her room while in London's five-star Savoy Hotel and spending taxpayer money on a luxury car, announced that she was stepping down, aide Justin Broekema admitted that she had smoked in her office and paid for two air-purifiers with taxpayer money. "To my knowledge, she never paid fines," he said about her illegal indoor smoking; as for the purifiers, "We put [them] in the expense column," Broekema said. During the Prime Minister's November visit to India, Harper travelled in two armoured cars flown in from Canada. Toews cited "operational consideration," but NDP MP Peggy Nash wasn't buying it, since Canadians were paying for it. "This is not about security," Nash said. "Can we please get a straight answer to this simple question—how much is it costing to send the prime minister's personal limos to the Taj Mahal?" BRIAN GIBSON



Did anything really change?

Predictions of Alberta politics one year ago look nothing like today 2012 was supposed to be a transformaAlberta's broken revenue stream and a tive year for Alberta politics. Twelve provincial budget that is in serious troumonths ago, many would have told you ble as a result of low oil and gas prices. that 2012 would be the year that the Yes, the Wildrose Party is now the OfConservatives finally got booted from ficial Opposition and the total number power and that Danielle Smith and the of opposition members increased from Wildrose Party would take over 15 before the election to 26 after, the government offices at the but those numbers still pale in legislature. Others would comparison to the 61 MLAs NCE on the government benches. E have highlighted that the R E F TER om Orange Crush that carried IN o@vueweekly.c It's also important to keep in ricard o federal New Democrats to mind that the extreme rightRicard the benches of the Official Opwing viewpoints represented Acuña position would have a significant by the Wildrose are not new to the impact in Alberta and result in a surge legislature: they've always been there. of NDP MLAs, and ultimately, in the deThe only difference is that instead of mise of the Alberta Liberal Party. being aired behind the closed doors of At the end of it all, however, none the Conservative caucus room, they're of those things came to pass. In fact, now being aired from the opposition despite all of the hype and talk about benches. In terms of the core ideology flux and change, what we have, as 2012 guiding the province, the net impact of comes to a close, does not look all that this shuffling of chairs in the legislature different in most ways from what we has been absolutely nothing. had as the year began. We have a ConDespite the general direction of govservative government with a more than ernment policy not having changed, comfortable majority in the legislature, however, there was one notable transa premier who refuses to talk about formation that came out of the Wil-



drose Party's ascension to the role of Official Opposition. The level and tone of debate and dialogue in the legislative assembly, which was not stellar to start with, has deteriorated substantially since last spring's election. The Wildrose party set the tone for the session that was to follow during the 2012 provincial election. Much of their campaign revolved around heavyhanded attacks against Alison Redford and her key candidates, focusing on their trustworthiness and ethics rather than on policy in any substantive way. They have now turned this tactic into standard operating procedure for Wildrose MLAs in question period. Instead of nuanced questions about policy and government decisions, the Wildrose has chosen instead to use question period as a venue for strongly worded partisan attacks against the premier and her cabinet ministers. These aggressive attacks have, for the most part, focused on allegations of corruption, expenditures by ministers and senior public servants, and

the accusation that they are not 'true conservatives'. The media loves a hint of corruption and a good scandal, and the Wildrose communications team has ensured that there has been no shortage of both for them to glom on to. In many ways, through this line of attack, Smith and her team have been able to set the agenda for the legislature. The other opposition parties have felt compelled to follow up on the exact same issues in hopes of being able to get any media coverage and these tactics have forced Redford into a place where all she seems to be doing is defensively reacting and responding. Rather than deal with the barrage of attacks, and in an attempt to look effective and proactive, the government has responded by ramming through poorly conceived and poorly written legislation without any thought to larger dialogue with, or amendments from, the opposition. The damage that the current state of affairs will ultimately cause to democracy and the public interest in Alberta remains to be seen, but from this per-


spective it promises to be substantial. As we head into 2013, there is no shortage of serious issues which should be given thoughtful and thorough consideration in the legislature and in the public realm: our province is in a crisis of financial solvency and sustainability; contract negotiations with teachers, doctors and other public servants are in serious trouble; the health-care system and long-term care remain in crisis; and serious action is urgently needed to address the environmental impacts of the province's oil, gas and coal developments. The hope for the new year is that our elected representatives will be able to have these conversations in an informed and positive manner. The fear is that they will opt to continue focusing on scandals and ministerial expenses and once again let the public interest take a back seat. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.


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LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s AnglicanChurch, 8424-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $3 THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY–THE GROWING EDGE • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Screening of the documentary, Permaculture: The Growing Edge, an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future; followed by a discussion; Jan 8, 7-9pm; free • Screening of the documentary, FORKS OVER KNIVES; followed by a discussion; Jan 15, 7-9pm; free

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REVUE // FILM 2012

Rounding the lens A rundown of 2012's finest films


detail-saturated 65-mm epic composed most memorably of close-ups, a chronologically vast historical chamber drama, a harrowing portrait of a damage-case stumbling into an immensely peculiar found family, an essay about the persistent desire for self-made religion in the postwar American landscape: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, about an uneasy alliance between an alcoholic veteran and a new age guru, is haunting. Along with the next few titles it was one of the films that instantly sprang to mind when asked to consider the cinematic highlights of 2012. It's difficult, at times unspeakably painful. It's also a masterwork in which every contribution, the photography, the scoring, the writing and acting (from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman most especially), feels at once maverick and rigorously devoted to a collective vision. Tabu, Portuguese writer/director Miguel Gomes' inventive diptych slips from drab, ineffective current-day Lisbon to dangerous, decadent and dizzily romantic colonial Africa, from starkly composed scenes of deadpan realism to fluid, florid scenes of semi-silent melodrama, from the lonesome battiness of age to the recklessness and beauty of youth. We meet an elderly woman slowly fading into dementia and then meet that same woman 50 years earlier, precariously bored, pregnant, roped into an affair with a drummer and handy with firearms. Tabu is formally daring, intelligent and lyrical. (Its title is also a reminder for me to spread a little love onto the greatly undervalued A Dangerous Method, a 2011 film, strictly speaking, though it only hit Edmonton in early 2012. Besides sharing with Gomes' film some heated adultery, David Cronenberg's historical picture about the meeting of Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein also happens to be all about taboos). Writer, director, producer and star Patrick Wang's quietly audacious In the Family follows Joey, a decent, hardworking and very suddenly widowed father accustomed to accommodating others and keeping his frustrations to himself. The grieving family of his deceased partner attempts to gain custody of Joey's little boy with the


utmost passive-aggressiveness, and Joey's forced to find the resources to fight back. Did I forget to mention that Joey's partner was a man? In the Family manages to be fiercely politicized while never even uttering the word "gay." It is the most startlingly accomplished, tremendously moving American independent debut since Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me (2000). Let's hope Wang doesn't have to wait as long as Lonergan to offer a followup—Lonergan's cursed but exquisite character/moral study Margaret (2011) never screened anywhere in Canada to my knowledge, but you can find it now on DVD. I strongly recommend the longer director's cut. Speaking of follow-ups: Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, based on Terrence Rattigan's play, seems to begin where Davies' 2000 adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth left off: with a woman alone in a room with suicide. The trajectory is not quite a s

Holy Motors dire, but the desperation and longing are thick as London fog in this story of reckless transgres-

sion: Hester (a particularly brilliant, courageous, and sexy Rachel Weisz) is married to William (Simon Russell Beale), a judge, a mama's boy and tender-loving in a way that has nothing to do with passion. Hester leaves William for Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), a former RAF pilot who happens to be a war hero and, it turns out, a real cad. The film is at once raw and elegant, generous and merciless: people have their reasons, and Davies finds reasons to sympathize with everyone. Which is a feat that Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo also somehow manages to pull off in Miss Bala, his eerily first-person, claustrophobic, nerve-rattling chronicle of a young woman (a convincingly traumatized Stephanie Sigman) who haphazardly decides to enter the Miss Baja Cali-

fornia competition and winds up becoming the pretty pawn for a gang of violent drug traffickers led by the inscrutable yet magnetic Noé Hernández, an actor who, like Sigman, we'll hopefully be seeing more of soon. Miss Bala was only one of a trio of inspired, eccentric crime stories to grace screens in 2012: Turkey's acclaimed atmospherist Nuri Bilge Ceylan's philosophical police procedural Once Upon a Time in Anatolia begins with a long, maddening search for the scene of a crime, while Winnipeg master-fabulist Guy Maddin's mythical gangster ghost story Keyhole begins at its familial hearth-crime scene and never leaves. Wildly different in tone and technique as these films are—Anatolia is mostly outdoors, earth-toned, frequently very still and meditative; Keyhole is black and white, gauzy, a happy clutter of objects and encounters bordering on weirdo-farce—I like how both elide the generic resolutions they initially seem

geared toward and how they turn meandering into a kind of beguiling form of narrative motion.


Still, no crime story generated more astonishment and post-screening conversation in my house than The Imposter, Bart Layton's documentary thriller about the very strange case of Frédéric Bourdin, the Franco-Algerian who could barely speak English yet, at the age of 23, convinced a white rural Texan family he was their longmissing 15-year-old boy—or did he? I've never seen a film so fully investigate the notion of identity theft as a collective agreement or act of tacit consent. Which is to say that The Imposter is a movie about playing roles and telling stories as a group activity, which leads us directly to Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, a sort of memoir about Polley's attempts to uncover the true story behind old family rumours about her dead mother's secret life and the possibility that her father might not be her father. Both The Imposter and Stories We Tell are addressed further in our feature on the year's best documentaries (see our list online at docs2012), but I mention them here because no review of the year's best films would seem complete without them—and also because their theme of role-play gives me the perfect segue into mentioning the year's most blessedly batshit magnum opus, Leos Carax's unholy Holy Motors, in which Denis Levant, surely one of the greatest mutant-level all-round acting wizards in world cinema, is driven to one strange fantasy setting after another, where he transforms himself into one character after another. All in a day's work, apparently. His job seems to involve nothing so much as merging his able body with the musings of his director's ferociously fertile imagination. Holy Motors, like Tabu, is unapologetically a movie very much in love with the movies. But really, what could possibly inspire more movie love than Mark Cousins' hugely ambitious, iconoclastic yet authoritative 15-part documentary The Story of Film? Its understanding of the true scope of cinema's world history—not just the history of the world's wealthiest, most stable and shrewdest exporters—is breathtaking. And it makes peering into cinema's future feel that much more enticing. JOSEF BRAUN




Alien / Aliens

Promised Land

Chills! Thrills! Xenomorphs!

Sun, Jan 6 (2 pm) Metro Cinema at the Garneau Alien Directed by Ridley Scott Originally released: 1979 Aliens Directed by James Cameron Originally released: 1986


cursory glance at the personnel involved in Alien serves to remind us just how remarkable this movie—at once science fiction, body horror, slasher flick and chamber drama—truly was. The cast included John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto and Ian Holm, while the director came fresh from his superb debut The Duelists ('77), and would thereafter make a little futuristic detective yarn called Blade Runner ('82). His name was Ridley Scott, and while time hasn't proved him the world's deepest director, the guy had style to spare and a cunning, merciless sense of economy. (For those with a weak stomach for busting stomachs, Alien is simply merciless, period.) The strength of the ensemble cast is emphasized early on, their first scenes being group ones, relaxed portraits of seemingly regular folks amiably bitching about their jobs. The film's hero only establishes

Trust in me, Matt Damon, dear small town folk. Trust only in me

herself roughly halfway through. We only really start to notice—if not entirely trust—Ripley (a long, tall and very cool Sigourney Weaver) after we see just how badly things go with the unidentified creature she alone insisted not be let aboard the spacecraft, the first major spasm of mayhem occurring in that still traumatizing "birth" scene where the only overtly sympathetic character dies writhing in his own blood. A showdown of intergalactic Darwinism locks the movie between its teeth, playing out on a brilliantly claustrophobic set from one of the great periods in sci-fi design, very tactile and unruly, with gear made of industrial strength material, stuff with actual weight, stuff you want to wrap your knuckles on. For so many reasons there is in Alien a sense of the real that's absent from virtually all contemporary digital effects-laden films of its ilk. In what seems to be turning into an annual event, Metro Cinema is offering a holiday screening of Alien in a double feature with Aliens. There are camps that claim the sequel superior, yet to my eye the relationship between the two is nearly identical to that between The Terminator ('84) and Terminator 2 ('91), which were both directed, like Aliens, by James Cameron. Aliens indeed establishes

its themes of ruthless maternal instincts more emphatically, and develops Ripley, awakened after a 57-year sleep to help fight an entire colony of aliens, into a fully fleshed out character. Yet after Scott's style and economy we go straight to Cameron's workmanlike, more genre-bound flabbiness—like T2, another two-anda-half-hour mega-budgeted movie full of over-cooked sequences and abundant redundancies. (Something about the lower stakes of the original Terminator production lent that movie a charm that Cameron's never been able to recapture.) The climactic scene where Ripley escapes from the queen mother's lair is masterfully handled—too bad we're then forced to sit through a "surprise" second ending that's not half as thrilling and just takes forever to wind down. There are concessions, like a sinister Paul Reiser as the corporate weasel, Bill Paxton, fresh from playing Chet in Weird Science ('85) and reveling in portraying a babbling human Nerf ball, and Lance Henriksen, proving robot scientists can actually be nice guys. For better or for worse, there's more of everything in Aliens, though I'd pick its predecessor for the stronger, meaner chills and thrills any day of the week. JOSEF BRAUN


Opens Friday Directed by Gus Van Sant



nvironmentalist ideals and capital greed collide in Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, as big-city salespeople Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) arrive in a small rural town, quickly setting to work promising lucrative deals to the townspeople in exchange for drilling rights on their land. Eager for any monetary gain to soothe the impact of steady economic decline, many residents are quick to sign the contracts without being provided all of the facts, the implications of this decision glossed over by Butler and Thomason with the promise of a profitable future. At the film's opening, Damon comes across as a fast-talking, charismatic businessman chasing a hefty paycheque, as he attempts to pay off the mayor to allow the deal to pass. However, the pair's progress is halted following a town meeting when a high school science teacher and retired Boeing engineer Frank (Hal Holbrook) pipes up regarding his disdain for fracking and the potentially dire consequences it has on the town's land. Further complicating matters is the arrival of a pesky and all-too-chipper environmentalist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), bringing with him heartstring-tugging stories of farms, cattle and livelihoods lost at the hands of fracking companies he feels preys on blue collar communities.


Once Promised Land's conflict gets established, the steady pace of the first half feels as though it stagnates as Butler and Thomason try to sort out their next move. Added to the mix is a gratuitous and lackluster love interest between Butler and an elementary school teacher, Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). The pair's chemistry is tedious and does little to advance the plot aside from Butler trying to convince Alice that he's really not the bad guy, while Noble attempts to swoop in and steal her away—although Butler doesn't put up much of a fight on that front. It's entertaining to watch Butler and Thomason flounder as they go headto-head against Noble, with small amounts of humour injected into a dialogue and ideological heavy script, particularly when it comes to the beatup old truck they cruise around in that refuses to start each morning, coupled with the swift banter exchanged between the colleagues. Despite his lack of romantic flair with DeWitt, Damon—who assisted in writing the script along with Krasinski and Dave Eggers—does a noteworthy job at providing a friendly face to a character who could have easily become a clichéd money-hungry villain. His moral conscience begins to get the better of him, boiling down to a predictable change in heart, complete with a heartfelt speech and numerous emotional close ups to drive the point home. MEAGHAN BAXTER




Twelve for '12 More of the year's best films


he best of the year ran from Asghar to Zeitlein, from fissuring families and homoerotic mentorship to a Parisian rumination on what fuels film and a brutally honest look at dying. Canada's Kim Nguyen made an almost unwatchably great film about African child soldiers, a Japanese studio seamlessly translated a British kids' book and a New Yorker made the most rapturous film about downand-never-out Louisiana (and a little girl) imaginable. 2012 was a strange, wondrous brew of surreal odysseys, wry little adventures, and claustrophobic chamber-dramas. But there were just so many films to pick from. In our supersaturated hyper-info-age, it's getting harder to filter the best from the rest (these are only fiction-features—we had to put the year's best docs on another list). So here are my 12 for '12, plus a few extras, all squeezed in for today's >140-characters, soundbite-driven social-media and our nutrition-deficient attention-spans. The system? RT: Rotten-Tomatolike Review, tweet-length; EEG: Eerie Echo of Greatness

(great literature/cinema it's reminiscent of or outdoes; aka name-dropping for cinephiles and film-studies grads); HACC: Hyperbolic Adjectival phrase that's a Critic's Cliché; PQ: Pitchy-Quote (part-pitch to Hollywood execs interested in a remake, part-critic's quote for the flick's marketers); PMS: PitchforkMean-Score (percent grade).

complexities of a Tehran torn by social and legal codes; crafty camerawork and desperate dialogue. EEG: Raymond Carver's story "Little Things," only more drawn out and less-literal. HACC: throat-gripping domestic drama. PQ: imagine Kramer versus Kramer, in Iran ... aw, forget it. PMS: 99.

A Separation (directed by Asghar Farhadi) RT: best opening scene/argument in film; a family's gradual dissolution the

Beasts of the Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlein) RT: joyous apocalyptic folktale about a defiant salvage culture; blasts apart today's innocent-izing and cute-ification of kids; gritty visual poetry for our global-warming age. EEG: novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Oryx and Crake. HACC: sublimely strange. PQ: imagine Waterworld meets Days of Heaven meets Where The Wild Things Are meets The Gleaners and I ... only better. PMS: 97. Holy Motors (directed by Leo Carax) RT: operatic dream of ennui à Paris passionate truth of performance; life as commitment to one's role profane, profound, protean cinema; film redying and re-born. EEG: TS Eliot's lines "To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; / There will be time to murder and create"; Plath's lines "Dying / Is an art ...

It's the theatrical / Comeback in broad day ... That knocks me out." HACC: wistfully weird. PQ: surreal cinema at its holy-rolling best. PMS: 96. Amour (directed by Michael Haneke) RT: long, longing look at husband caring for stroke-crippled wife; harrowing to the point of tender concern for our dying days. EEG: Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"; Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (if all its sex scenes were replaced by scenes of steadily declining health). HACC: unflinching. PQ: mustsee for anyone who plans on getting old with dignity. PMS: 96. Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan) RT: nocturnal odyssey and meditative mystery; shrewdly framed shots and cannily composed soundscapes; rural noir. EEG: the candlelit scenes in Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. HACC: lingers soulfully. PQ: Chekhov waiting for Godot out on the steppe. PMS: 95 Rebelle (directed by Kim Nguyen) RT: journey through the heart of a childsoldier's darkness. EEG: young girls' POVs in the Dardennes' Rosetta and Moodysson's Lilya 4-Ever; the horrible war-lyricism of Malick's The Thin Red Line made more personal. HACC: gutwrenchingly unforgettable. PQ: see the brutal, bloody truth behind the coltan in your electronics. PMS: 95. Rebelle plays Fri, Jan 4 – Wed, Jan 9 at Metro Cinema at the Garneau. The Kid with a Bike (directed by JeanPierre and Luc Dardenne) RT: a (only slightly) sunnier, more hopeful trip with the Dardennes into the fierce dignity of the underclass. EEG: De Sica's The Bicycle Thieves; Lamorisse's The Red Balloon. HACC: pulse-pounding social-realism. PQ: takes you for a handlebar-gripping ride with a boy easy to like but hard to love. PMS: 94. The Master (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) RT: sex meets sect in disturbing, puzzling new ways; unsettling close-ups and stare-downs; more about the director's mastery than the film's. EEG: The Great Gatsby; Citizen Kane. HACC: grandly discordant & discom-




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fiting. PQ: Freud meets fraud in a Great American cult classic. PMS: 93. The Deep Blue Sea (directed by Terence Davies) RT: elegantly poised study of heartbreak; spirals us into post-Blitz London; spellbinding turn by Rachel Weisz; romance as shell-shock. EEG: Brief Encounter. HACC: wrenchingly wistful. PQ: a very British passion play. PMS: 92. In Darkness (directed by Agnieszka Holland) RT: one of tensest, most morally doubtful Second World War dramas; variously self-interested Jews hide from Nazis with Pole in it only for $ at first, then possessive solicitude. EEG: the ethical dilemma in Kieslowski's Decalogue Part VIII; the collaboration scenes in The Pianist. HACC: stark, riveting. PQ: the Nazis' greatest crime? Making no one good in their desperation to survive. PMS: 92. Le Havre (directed by Aki Kaurismaki) RT: lovely little Chaplinesque community comes together to help illegal immigrant; weathered look of a Kaurismaki film paired perfectly with old-time cooperation and care. EEG: Chaplin's The Kid; the collectives and friendships in JeanPierre Jeunet's films. HACC: quaintly, quietly delightful. PQ: shoeshiner rallies the neighbourhood to take on the cold climate of a xenophobic EU. PMS: 90. The Secret World of Arrietty (directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi) RT: classic British children's story transported to Japan w/ all the care and detail one expects from Studio Ghibli; sharp little gusts of envirofeminism. EEG: Microcosmos [Le peuple de l'herbe]. HACC: fantastic flight-of-fancy. PQ: heist flick meets eco-fable in the lushest animation imaginable. PMS: 90. The next best: the French New Wave gently lapping onto the island-untothemselves romance of Moonrise Kingdom (89); the narco-war-trance of Miss Bala (87); bottomline accounting in the criminal economy of Killing Them Softly (85); one man's chilly disconnectedness in Shame (85); clutching for control and ritual in Alps (84). BRIAN GIBSON



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WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 11:45; MON-THU 11:50

PROMISED LAND (14A coarse language) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10; MON, WED-THU 4:15, 7:15, 10:10

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (PG violence, disturbing content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 8:10, 10:55; SUN 7:45, 10:40; MON-THU 6:40, 9:35 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) FRI 12:40, 4:25, 7:40, 10:40; SAT 12:40, 4:25, 7:45, 10:50; SUN 12:40, 4:25, 7:40, 10:50; MON-WED 12:10, 3:25, 6:45, 9:45; THU 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 12:20, 3:45, 7:25, 10:25; SUN 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:05; MON-THU 1:20, 4:25, 7:15, 10:15 SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 12:35, 3:50, 7:20, 10:35; SUN 12:55, 4:15, 7:25, 10:35; MON-THU 11:50, 3:35, 6:50, 10:05 THE GUILT TRIP (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned FRI 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05; SAT 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:40; SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00; MON-WED 1:10, 4:15, 6:55, 9:50; THU 1:00, 4:15, 6:55, 9:50 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 2:20, 6:00, 9:45; MON-THU 2:25, 6:05, 10:00; 3D: HIGH FRAME RATE ULTRAAVX: FRI-SUN 11:00, 2:45, 6:30, 10:15; MON-THU 12:15, 4:00, 8:00; 3D: FRI-SAT 11:30, 3:15, 7:00, 10:45; SUN 11:30, 3:15, 7:00, 10:40; MON-THU 1:00, 5:00, 9:00 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI 11:50, 3:25, 7:15, 10:50; SAT 11:50, 4:10, 7:40, 11:10; SUN 11:40, 3:25, 7:15, 10:45; MON-THU 11:45, 3:30, 7:30

5074-130 Ave 780.472.9779

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (18A gory brutal violence) FRI 12:45, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15, 11:00; SAT 12:45, 3:10, 5:50, 8:15, 11:00; SUN 12:45, 3:10, 5:25, 7:55, 10:10; MON-THU 11:55, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15


JACK REACHER (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI 1:25, 4:20, 8:00, 11:00; SAT 1:25, 4:20, 7:55, 11:05; SUN 1:25, 4:20, 7:35, 10:30; MON-THU 12:25, 3:20, 6:30, 9:55 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 11:05, 2:40, 6:15, 9:40; MON-THU 12:00, 3:45, 7:45

HERE COMES THE BOOM (PG violence) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:35, 4:05, 6:50, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 4:05, 6:50, 9:50 PLAYING FOR KEEPS (PG sexually suggestive scenes)

FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25; MON, WED-THU 4:00,

6:40, 9:25

LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55; MON, WED-THU 4:35, 7:15, 9:55

GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) THU 10:00 MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:15, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10; MON-THU 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Closed Captioned FRI 11:20, 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50; SAT 11:20, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50; SUN 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:55, 9:50; MON-WED 1:35, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40; THU 1:35, 4:20, 7:00

ARGO (14A) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 10:00; MON, WEDTHU 4:10, 7:05, 10:00 TAKEN 2 (14A violence) FRI-SUN, TUE 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50; MON,WED-THU 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 KILLING THEM SOFTLY (14A course language, brutal violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:55, 4:30, 7:25, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 4:30, 7:25, 9:40

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) SAT 1:40, 4:40, 7:35, 10:30; SUN 12:50, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20; MON-THU 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10; Star & Strollers Screening: FRI 1:40, 4:30, 7:35, 10:30

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (18A language may offend, gory violence) DAILY 7:00, 9:30

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY (G) FRI-SAT 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55; SUN 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25; MONTHU 12:40, 3:40, 6:35, 9:10

FLIGHT (18A substance abuse) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45; MON, WED-THU 3:55, 6:50, 9:45

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES TROYENS LIVE (Classification not available) SAT 10:00

CLOUD ATLAS (14A sexual content, violence, coarse language) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:50, 4:25, 8:00; MON, WED-THU 4:25, 8:00


CINEPLEX ODEON WINDERMERE CINEMAS Cineplex Odeon Windermere & Vip Cinemas, 6151 Currents Dr, 780.822.4250

DABANGG 2 (14A violence) Hindi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 1:50, 4:45, 7:50; MON, WED-THU 4:45, 7:50

THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 12:50, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10; MON-THU 6:40, 9:40

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN 11:40; SAT 10:30; 3D: Closed Captioned DAILY 12:05, 2:30, 5:00 WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN 11:50; SAT 11:15; MON-THU 12:00 TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (PG violence, disturbing content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI 2:00, 4:40, 7:15, 10:45; SAT 4:40, 7:15, 10:45; SUN 2:00, 4:40, 7:15, 10:30; MON-WED 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:30; THU 1:40, 4:15, 10:30 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN-THU 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40; SAT 1:40, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40 LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned DAILY 7:25, 10:25

SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 9:50; MON-THU 6:30, 9:45

THE GUILT TRIP (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 11:35, 1:45, 4:05, 6:30, 8:50; MON-TUE, THU 1:45, 4:05, 6:30, 8:50; WED 1:00, 4:05, 6:30, 8:50 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 2:20, 6:10, 9:45; MON-THU 2:30, 6:10, 9:45: 3D: HIGH FRAME RATE ULTRAAVX: FRI-SUN 11:30, 3:10, 6:50, 10:30; MON-THU 12:50, 4:30, 8:15 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-SUN 12:00, 3:50, 7:30, 10:15; MON-THU 12:15, 3:50, 7:30, 9:30

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-SUN 1:40, 5:20, 9:00; MON-THU 8:00; VIP 18+: FRI, SUN 2:00, 6:15, 10:20; SAT 2:00, 6:30, 10:30; MON-THU 9:20 JACK REACHER (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 6:55, 10:20; MON-THU 6:35, 9:35

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35 JACK REACHER (14A violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SAT 11:45, 3:15, 6:40; SUN 11:45, 3:15, 6:40, 10:00; MON-WED 12:00, 3:30, 7:00; THU 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:00; Closed Captioned: FRI-SAT, MON-WED 10:00 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) THU 10:00 MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 11:30, 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00; MON-WED 1:15, 3:45, 6:45, 9:00; THU 1:15, 3:45, 6:45 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; MON-TUE, THU 1:30, 4:15, 6:50; Wed 1:00, 4:15, 6:50 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) MON-THU 10:15 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES TROYENS LIVE (Classification not available) SAT 10:00 LINCOLN (PG violence, language may offend, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN 12:45, 4:00, 7:20; SAT 10:00, 12:45, 4:00, 7:20; MON-THU 12:45, 4:00, 7:15 CHARLOTTE'S WEB (G) SAT 11:00

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585


LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) VIP 18+: FRI, SUN 1:00, 5:15, 9:20; SAT 1:00, 5:30, 9:30; MON-THU 7:00; ULTRAAVX: FRI, SUN 2:00, 6:10, 9:40; SAT 11:05, 2:40, 6:10, 9:40; MON-THU 7:30 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SAT 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; SUN 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20; MON-THU 6:50, 9:20


THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES TROYENS LIVE (Classification not available) VIP 18+ SAT 10:00

SKYFALL (14A violence) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 6:25, 9:25; MON-THU 7:30 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 12:50, 4:25, 8:00; MON-THU 5:00; 3D: Digital 3D FRI-SUN 1:20, 5:00, 8:50; MON-THU 7:00

FRI 6:10, 8:50; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:00, 2:50, 6:10, 8:50; MON, WED-THU 5:00, 8:30

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) Digital

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) ULTRAAVX: FRI-SUN 11:40, 3:15, 6:50, 10:30; MON-THU 3:00, 6:50, 10:20

PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Digital FRI 6:20, 9:50; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:15, 3:40, 6:20, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 5:40, 8:10

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 12:40, 3:10, 5:30, 8:00, 10:45

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Reald 3D

JACK REACHER (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI, SUN-THU 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45; SAT 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

FRI 6:10, 9:00; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:45, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00; MON, WED-THU 6:00, 8:40

PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave 780.433.0728

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 1:10, 3:40

HITCHCOCK (PG not recommended for young children) FRI 7:00, 9:00; SAT-SUN 2:30, 7:00, 9:00; MON-THU 7:00, 9:00

THE GUILT TRIP (PG language may offend) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 6:55, 9:20; MON-THU 4:50, 8:15

ANNA KARENINA (PG mature subject matter) FRI 6:45, 9:15; SAT-SUN 2:00, 6:45, 9:15; MON-THU 6:45, 9:15

MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) Digital 3D FRI-SUN 1:40, 4:10 JACK REACHER (14A violence) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:25; MON-THU 4:45, 7:40 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation FRISUN 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35; MON-THU 4:35, 7:45 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 1:00, 4:30, 8:20; MON-THU 4:30, 7:15 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30; MON-THU 4:55, 8:10 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 1:15, 4:40, 8:30; MON-THU 4:40, 7:25 TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Digital 3D FRI-SUN 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15; MON-THU 5:15, 7:55

GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr Sherwood Park 780.416.0150

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) FRI-SUN 2:10; Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 11:40; 3D: Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 4:40, 7:15; MON-THU 7:20 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25; MON-THU 6:50, 9:55

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 11:50, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10; MON, WED-THU 1:30, 4:10; TUE 1:30, 4:10, 7:10 WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 1:10, 4:00 TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (PG violence, disturbing content, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 9:50 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-TUE, THU 1:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40; WED 4:20, 7:30, 10:40; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) FRI-SUN 12:30, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; MONTHU 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 7:20, 10:35 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 12:15, 4:15,

LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRISUN 11:30, 3:00, 6:40, 10:10; MON-THU 2:30, 6:40, 10:10 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) THU 10:00 MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) DAILY 12:50, 3:30, 7:00, 9:30 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; MON-TUE 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00; WED 4:30, 7:15, 10:00; THU 1:40, 4:30, 7:15; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY–AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 11:20, 2:50, 6:30, 10:15; MON-THU 12:30, 4:15, 8:00 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES TROYENS LIVE (Classification not available) SAT 10:00

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin 780.352.3922

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) 2D: FRI-SUN 12:30; 3D: DAILY 8:30; FRI-SUN 4:30 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) DAILY 6:50, 9:35; FRI 12:50, 3:35 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 1:30; FRI-SAT 6:40, 10:00; SUN-THU 7:30 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) DAILY 7:05, 9:40; FRI-SUN 1:05, 3:40

LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 9:40; MONTHU 9:45 SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:20, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20; MON-THU 6:40, 10:00 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:30, 4:10, 7:50; MON-THU 7:50; 3D: Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 11:30, 3:05, 6:50, 10:30; MON-THU 6:55 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-SUN 11:25, 2:55, 6:30, 10:10; MON-THU 7:40 JACK REACHER (14A violence) FRI-SUN 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15; MON-THU 7:00, 10:00 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 11:30, 3:00, 6:35, 10:05; MON-THU 7:30 MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00; MON-THU 7:10, 9:35 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) FRI-SUN 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50;

MON-THU 7:05, 9:50


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

WRECK-IT RALPH (G) DAILY 4:55 RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) DAILY 1:05, 3:00 THE GUILT TRIP (PG language may offend) DAILY 7:10, 9:10 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes DAILY 12:45, 4:25, 7:45 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) DAILY 1:10, 4:15, 6:55, 9:20 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) DAILY 1:00, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:15


LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN 1:30; FRI-SAT 6:40, 10:00; SUN-THU 7:30 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) 2D: FRI-SUN 12:30; 3D: DAILY 8:30; FRI-SUN 4:30 JACK REACHER (14A violence) DAILY 9:00


MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) FRI-SUN 1:10, 3:35; DAILY 7:00

10200-102 Ave 780.421.7020

LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 4:30, 8:00; MON, WED-THU 4:30, 8:00 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital 3D, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes, On 2 Screens FRI-SUN, TUE 12:00, 4:00, 7:45; MON, WED-THU 4:00, 7:45 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:10, 6:00, 9:00; MON, WED-THU 6:00, 9:00 JACK REACHER (14A violence) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital No passes FRI-SUN, TUE 12:30, 3:45, 6:50, 10:00; MON, WEDTHU 3:45, 6:50, 10:00 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes FRI-SUN, TUE 12:15, 3:30, 7:00, 10:05; MON, WED-THU 3:30, 7:00, 10:05 LIFE OF PI (PG) Closed Captioned, DTS Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:15; 3D: Digital 3D, DTS Digital DAILY 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:45, 3:20, 6:40, 9:30; MON 3:20, 6:40, 9:30; WED 3:20, 9:30; THU 3:20, 6:40 NOT FADE AWAY (14A crude coarse language, sexual con-

tent, substance abuse) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:15; MON, WED-THU 4:25, 7:30, 10:15 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Digital,

4211-139 Ave 780.472.7600

8:15; MON-THU 1:15, 5:15, 9:00; 3D: HIGH FRAME RATE: FRISUN 1:15, 5:15, 9:15; MON-THU 2:00, 6:15, 10:00

JACK REACHER (14A violence) DAILY 1:20 4:00 6:50 9:25

THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 2:00, 5:50, 10:00; MON-THU 8:40; 3D: Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:20, 4:30, 8:15; MON-THU 7:00; 3D: VIP 18+ FRI, SUN 12:00, 4:15, 8:20; SAT 4:30, 8:30; MON-THU 8:10

SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:30, 3:40, 6:55, 10:05


JACK REACHER (14A violence) Digital FRI 6:40, 9:40; SATSUN, TUE 11:50, 3:45, 6:40, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 5:15, 8:20

PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) FRI-SUN 1:05, 3:40; DAILY 7:05, 9:40

METRO CINEMA AT THE GARNEAU Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St 780.425.9212

REBELLE (STC) Sub-titled FRI, SUN 7:00; SAT 2:00, 7:00; MON-WED 9:30 CLOUD ATLAS (14A sexual content, violence, coarse language) FRI, SUN 8:45; SAT 3:45, 8:45; MON 6:30 THE ROOM (14A nudity, sexual content) FRI 11:30 DOUBLE FEATURE (14A gory scenes) ALIEN-DIRECTOR'S

CUT: SUN 2:00; ALIEN: SUN 4:15


EMPIRE THEATRES–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing Spruce Grove 780.962.2332

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Reald 3d FRI 5:30, 8:30; SAT-SUN, TUE 2:30, 5:30, 8:30; MON, WED-THU 5:20, 8:50 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Digital FRI 6:30, 9:30; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30; MON, WED-THU 5:10, 8:15





'Know your level' Youth safety campaign launches at Snow Valley


our first few adventures on a ski hill, whether you're sporting a board or skis, can be scary. You reach the top of the lift, look down and think, "Hell no. I can't do that." Or, if you're really brave and—if we're being honest—kind of stupid, you might think, "Oh yeah! I'm all over this." And then, being the newb that you are, you fumble, flail and fall, ending up in a pile of gear and awkwardly bent limbs in the middle of the run. We've all been there, whether we first hit the slopes when we were three years old or 20 years old. We all had to learn sometime. But, during all of your erratic flailing—the kind only produced by a beginner—was there ever a moment where you thought, "I might just need to head back to a green run, or even the bunny hill for some more practice"?

I can clearly remember that moment in my own life. I was 15 years old and I was sliding down an icy double black diamond run on my face. By the time I came to a stop, I had lost my mitts, polls, skis and toque all over the ski hill. So, I climbed all the way back up to collect my gear, and by the end, I was both furious and exhausted. I didn't clip back in that day, and the following day I was back on the bunny hill getting my confidence back while I relearned the basics. It's that experience—one that I look back on frequently—that taught me to always ski within my abilities. In my day, that was a lesson I had to learn on my own. But today there is a new campaign called Snow Smart teaching youth to do just that, saving them the frustration and embarrassment of learning

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it on their own. The pilot campaign launched at five ski hills across Canada—including Edmonton's Snow Valley—on December 27. The campaign tells kids to "Know your level" and to "Get air, but ski with care." Valerie Smith, youth programs manager for Parachute Canada, the national charity behind the new safety program, said it's all about teaching kids how to prevent unnecessary injuries. "We're not telling young people not to take risks. We're not saying don't go over that ski jump. We're not saying don't get some air over that mogul or over that jump. We're saying just be aware of your own level and the variables around you," she says. "The main issues that we're trying to address are excessive speed and collision with people or objects. So, a general loss of control." The campaign is targeted at children and youth because they have the highest rates of injuries on ski hills in Canada. According to the Canadian Ski Council, 55 percent of ski hill injuries are sustained by skiers and boarders between the ages of 10 and 19 years of age. And, most of those injuries are caused by one or more of the three risk factors Snow Smart is trying to address: excessive speed, loss of control and collisions with people or objects. So, in hopes of putting a stop to those risks, volunteers from Canadian Ski Patrol hit ski hills across the country December 27 to hand out information, talk to skiers and boarders, and to give positive reinforcement to youth practising safe

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Lindsay Toth, youth programs assistant for Parachute Canada, stands next to a Snow Smart poster displayed at Snow Valley. Snow Smart is a new safety campaign that launched at ski hills across the country December 27.

skiing or boarding. "So instead of ski patrol pulling kids over and talking to them about what a stupid thing they just did, it's about rewarding good behaviour," says Smith of Snow Smart's "Get Caught" initiative. "So, they're saying, 'Hey, we saw when you were coming down that hill, you looked over your shoulder and you stopped and didn't just come flying out from those trees, and you slowed down when you were coming


under the lift line. Good job.'" Lindsay Toth, youth programs assistant for Parachute, was at Snow Valley for the launch of Snow Smart. In total, she says, ski patrollers talked to and rewarded more than 600 children and youth that day. The rewards were branded tissue packets and candies that direct youth to the Snow Smart website, where they can learn more about CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 >>





Deep in Kananaskis Country, on the slopes of the old Fortress Mountain Resort, a start-up cat-skiing operation is rapidly becoming very popular. KPOW president Joey O'Brian has surrounded himself with seasoned ski and operations veterans, and together they have found what appears to be a niche market for the area. Cat-Skiing for $375 per day, only an hour's drive from Calgary, is going over very well. So good, in fact, that except for a couple of openings, the cat is otherwise solidly booked for the next few months. Not bad considering this is only their second season getting the Fortress area back in the game. And, a picture on the front page of Ski Canada Magazine doesn't hurt. But on top that exposure, you have to deliver, and between

operations and mother-nature, KPOW has done that and more. If you are fortunate enough to head up for a ride this year, you're in for a treat. Usually a day consists of 10-14 runs and so far all of them have been in virgin powder. For powder stashes like this, there's a suggested minimum width for skis (fat skis), just in case yours don't match the criteria, a dozen pairs of demos await you. I have fond memories of blazing trails in the Fortress area, but that was years ago when the ski resort was fully operating. It sounds like the new KPOW team is not only running the cat, but actively working to bring the entire resort back to full operation. Considering Fortress is located right in a powder belt, that's the best news I've heard this winter.


ski hill safety. For Toth, the most powerful part of the day was talking to parents about their role in mitigating the unnecessary risks their children take. "I had parents, immigrant parents, who never skied or snowboarded, but they wanted their kids to learn—it's a very Canadian thing— and they said they didn't even know how to have the discussion about ski safety with their kids. "And they were really shocked when they learned the influence parents have on their child's risk taking," Toth continues, noting that parents have a greater influence than a child's peers when it comes to risky behaviour. "We also try to address parents in this campaign," says Smith. "We're basically saying to parents that they are a big influence on their kids' risk-taking behav-


Cat skiing company KPOW has put the Fortress Mountain area in Kananaskis Country back in the game, providing skiers with nothing but fresh powder runs.

Silver Star Resort near Vernon, BC recently added a new attraction to keep their guests entertained: a fourlane ten-pin bowling alley with state of the art computerized scoring. The alley is now open during the day for

skiers and snowboarders and in the evening for their onmountain resort guests. Unless it's raining or 30 below, I don't think you'll ever find me there but I'm sure their guests will make good use of the new attraction. V









iour and so they need to be aware of their own behaviours on the ski hill. "So are they ripping down the ski hill not really aware of anyone else and doing that with their children, or are they talking to their children about 'Hey, you know what, you've got to be careful of other children on the ski hill. You've got to be careful of new skiers. You have to be careful of yourself.'" To keep these messages at the forefront of people's minds, there are posters and chairlift advertising in place at the five participating ski hills. A second Snow Smart day will take place in March, and in the meantime, Canadians of all ages are encouraged to visit the campaign website to learn how you can impact ski hill safety by entering the Snow Smart video competition. To find the competition rules and guidelines, visit






Finding footwork

A year in dance saw touring highs and lows around a galvanizing local scene


rom seats soft and otherwise, the view of the happenings in Edmonton's dance scene over the past 12 months has been interesting, to say the least. Though 2012 looked to start out on a high note with La La La Human Steps taking the Jubilee stage for the first time in over a decade last January, the first major dance show of the year turned out a resounding flop. Poor lighting, lacklustre presentation, I can't say what it was exactly, but considering it was one of the most anticipated dance performances of this writer's lifetime, La La La's Untitled was spectacularly unmemorable. What was memorable was the preview interview with La La La's artistic director, Édouard Lock. He had some stark, surprising things to say about producing dance for the past 30-some years, notably this: "You can never coast on a reputation for more than one piece. People will give you a one-piece pass. 'OK, maybe the last one was good, but you might have screwed up on this one—try it again next time.' Really you're always in a fragile state; there is no stability that is not earned without having to be re-earned constantly." Tough love, from a man who's seen his fair share of reviews, nasty and otherwise. The year chugged on, with advertisements and images for Swan Lake being plastered everywhere throughout

March. Alberta Ballet's production was great, the music—as always— greater. The truly great Kidd Pivot closed out the year in November with her stunning The Tempest Replica, proving once again that dance and well-produced theatre can make the best of friends. Among the season's regular offerings, a letter arrived at Vue's offices this Spring, copied to all major print outlets in Edmonton. It was from a group of local dancers, choreographers and collectives, and it pleaded the case for increasing dance coverage, going beyond the preview format and running reviews of dance despite its short one-to-two show runs. "Previews do not do enough to edu-

cate our community, increase audiences, or bring dance discourse to the public. We see this as the role of print media," the letter stated. Among other things, this highlighted how the dance scene has galvanized in recent years, with more dancers calling Edmonton home—and their voices are increasingly being heard, onstage and off. Our city now boasts a handful of contemporary co-ops and talented choreographers, an up-and-coming neo-classical ballet company, a festival

dedicated to movement arts, worldclass East Indian dancers, groups of B-boys and B-girls, a groundswell of Burlesque troupes and what is likely the world's largest and most prolific Ukrainian dance community outside of Ukraine itself. Still, the dance organizations that most in Edmonton are aware of are Alberta Ballet (based in Calgary) and the Brian Webb Dance Company (which usually programs artists from elsewhere). If anything, you've got to admire the

tenacity of any artist that produces here. As an audience member, I appreciate the risks and vulnerability shown on stages year-round, and can only hope that Edmonton's artists continue to surprise me—just as Noam Gagnon did at the Expanse Movement Arts Festival in March (no, he's not from 'round here either). In his crumply fairy tale-style paper dress and strikingly honest storytelling in Thank You, You're Not Welcome, Gagnon's was the keynote piece of the year for me. He was also the only interviewee that (playfully) threatened my life in the past cycle: "I would have to kill you if I told you," he says in response to a question about the autobiographical contents in his work. "I know where you live, too. I'll find you. You have no idea." FAWNDA MITHRUSH


The Tempest Replica, one of the year's dance stunners // Jorg Baumann


The highs and lows of theatre in 2012 I

t was a sort of doomy year of flux for theatre (and, more widely, the arts) in Canada: the "This couldn't happen to us" bubble of denial burst as wellestablished institutions fell outside the city—The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Vancouver Playhouse—but that isn't to say the silver linings aren't there, especially in Edmonton. So to dig into the year that was, a pair of Vue's resident theatre critics pick their highs and lows of the year in theatre. Compiled by Paul Blinov (PB) and Mel Priestley (MP). High: A behind-the-scenes shuffle The year has been a sea change for the theatre community's behind-thescenes powers that be: one of the last big announcements of 2012 was that Murray Utas, of the very indie Azimuth Theatre, was moving into the position of programming director of Fringe Theatre Adventures—taking over North America's biggest fringe fest—joining


fellow 2012 hire executive director Jill Rozell, who took over her position in June. Meanwhile, former FTA programming director Thomas Scott joined up in the Citadel's barracks as part of a newly created Audience Development team. There are more, too, but the overall point is this: the dangers of a well-established community include stagnancy, so a significant behind-the-scenes shake up bodes well for some fresh approaches in the year to come. PB High: conversations are actually happening Over the years I've had plenty of artists express a frustration with the theatre scene's unwillingness to open up and have an honest discussion about itself, so to see an actual dialogue starting to open—between long-established institutions and emerging artists alike— bodes pretty well for the future: from the Theatre Edmonton Project, which launched back in September, to the

likeminded Collective Artist WorkShare (CAWS) program, the community is giving itself an honest eye and trying to start work as a unit. Right now the main clip seems to be workshops and lots of discussions, but those are the first step of any significant change. PB Low: an endless spread of festivals While Edmonton is a self-proclaimed festival city, there are only a handful of widely recognized theatre festivals—namely the Fringe, Free Willl, NextFest and Street Performers (if you consider this to be theatre). Yet there are dozens of smaller theatre festivals, many of which have sprung up only within the last couple years: Bonfire, Found, Thousand Faces, Rubaboo and Snow Globe. Now, obviously there's nothing wrong with having so many festivals, but aside from the convenience of describing a run of plays under a single name versus each individual one, I'm uncertain over the

true merit of the festival title—it's too easy for attention to be transferred away from the actual shows, causing people to gloss over (or miss entirely) the individual entrants. MP Low: still playing it safe This is a trend that has persisted for a few years now and seems to show no sign of waning: Edmonton's theatre circuit has been fairly conservative, at least as far as the big theatre companies are concerned. Perhaps the year's biggest example of this was the Citadel Theatre's cancellation of their Rice Theatre series, which featured the company's more progressive shows. Other theatre companies have also been relying on pieces with mass appeal in terms of theme, and/or featuring big name playwrights or titles. While it's certainly a way of hedging their bets on drawing an audience, the risk of stagnation is real and imminent—and, in some cases, already at hand. MP


High: Embracing avant-garde Flying directly in the face of my previous point about conservatism in Edmonton's theatre circuit are the few companies taking chances on staging plays that are edgy, new and/or innovative. Theatre Yes routinely presents challenging and subversive pieces (recently The List and earlier in the year, Race). Studio Theatre opened its season with The Ghost Sonata, an experimental and modernist (and therefore downright bizarre) play by August Strindberg. And in April, Cowardly Kiss Theatre staged a new production of Jean Genet's absurdist and similarly experimental The Maids. So, while there may not be an overly wide variety of shows in Edmonton's theatre community at any one time, more alternative pieces do come through fairly regularly; hopefully this trend will continue into 2013. MP


A year of interesting reads A

Case Gone Wrong (Knopf), which chronicles the case of Edward Lee Elmore, falsely convicted in 1982 of murder. Bonner's both a gifted storyteller and former prosecutor, and his examination of three decades of struggle to get a vigorous judicial system to overcome its most tragic flaws is wellinformed, highly readable and visionary. But what about novels, JB? I got novels—four of them. I got Hari Kunzru's Gods Without Men (Knopf), a sort of network narrative in which all roads lead to a creepy triptych of stone formations reaching up out of a dry lakebed somewhere in the Mojave Desert. I got Emily Schultz's The Blondes (Doubleday), an apocalyptic tale of hair and widespread madness, and a wry study of how women study other women. I got the late, great Mexican novelist Daniel Sada's Almost Never (Greywolf), a rambling postwar comedy in which a young agronomist gradually shapes his life around the hapless pursuit of sexual ecstasy. And, most especially, I got All Men Are Liars (Penguin), Alberto Manguel's exquisite investigation, via varied and conflicting testimonies, into whatever happened to Alejandro Bevilacqua, a mysterious Argentine who met a strange fate in Spain. Lastly, in the depths of winter, can I mention Winter Journal (M&S), a non-novel from novelist Paul Auster? A memoir, to be more precise, or a history of Auster's body, to borrow the author's MO. It describes a life as lived through scars and ailments, sex and travel, ships and houses, and it is finally one of the most peculiar and moving things Auster's ever written.


Jacques Offenb ach

The Tales of H offmann



s a film critic I see nearly everything given a major release and an awful lot given no release at all. What I encounter as a book critic is more selective, while as a book lover what I read is dictated by completely idiosyncratic criteria. Which is to say that what follows isn't an attempt at an authoritative "best books" of 2012; rather, it's the most interesting new books I came across last year. I do indeed think and write a great deal about cinema, but my main reason for reading Geoff Dyer's Zona (Canongate) wasn't because it was to do with cinema, specifically, with Dyer's long-term relationship with Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, Dyer's favourite film ever, and one of mine. My main reason was Dyer, whose somewhat cranky, yet endlessly curious and witty prose is as beloved and singular to me as that of any living novelist. Ditto that of historian and critic—and occasional novelist—David Thomson, who added The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies (FS&G), to his hefty catalogue of insightful and opinionated volumes on the seventh art. Cinema history too broad and unruly a subject, you say? How about pencil sharpening? That's right, I'm talking about How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening (Melville House), David Rees' alternately obsessive and meditative, handsomely illustrated and often knee-slappingly funny entry into the instruction manual-as-memoir genre. Maybe you've got a hankering for Hallucinations (Knopf), in which esteemed neurologist Oliver Sacks explores the role of seeing things in the development of the modern consciousness—and doing loads of drugs—with characteristic sensitivity and empathy. I would also heartily recommend Raymond Bonner's Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder




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CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 491251 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • Winter warmingcasseroles, tea pots, mugs and more: a variety of slab, wheel thrown, decorated work selected for display by gallery members • Jan-Feb EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ • 9938-70 Ave • Olive Tree Project, Peg Barcelo-Jackson, Ginette D'Silva, Alice Dolphin, Dara Loewen • Ongoing FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • EmErGENCE: Works by Nika Blasser, the final visual presentation for the degree of master of fine arts in Drawing and Intermedia; until Jan 12 • stroKEr: Mackenzy Albright: Final visual presentation for Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Intermedia; until Jan 12

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • Artworks by Michel Allen • Until Jan 16 GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St. Albert • 780.459.2525 • NaturEs obsErvaNCE: Graphite and pastel artworks by Carroll

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St • Main Gallery: iN matErial: Works by Marie de Sousa • Front Room Gallery: rootEd: Works by Corey Hardeman • Until Jan 18

8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • rEFuGE: priNtEd imprEssioNs: Group exhibition of graduate Printmaking students and staff from the U of A Printmaking Department • Until Jan 13

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Deer • 403.340.4869 • • albErta roots: Works by Christina Drader • Until Jan 31 • Reception: Fri, Jan 4, 4-6pm; Concert: The Original Caste, 7pm

Main Floor halls, 16940-87 Ave • 780.432.6678; • Edmonton Art Club Show and Sale • Until Jan 26



cona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • HarmoNy iN Colours: Paintings by Fatima Khair • Jan 4-30 • Reception: Jan 9, 6:30-8:30pm

5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • wiNd worK, wiNd play: wEatHErvaNEs aNd wHirliGiGs: Wind-powered folk art from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization • Until Jan 13

JOHNSON GALLERY • 7711-85 St • 780.465.6171 • New works by Ada Wong, Yardley Jones, George Weber, Illingworth Kerr, Alex Halliburtron and Noboru Kubo (pottery) • Through Jan JURASSIC FOREST/ LEARNING CENTRE •

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NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • • Works by Byron McBride • Jan 7-Feb 15 • Reception: Thu, Jan 10, 5-7pm

NINA HAGGERTY–Stollery Gallery • 9225118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • • bouNd For Glory: Handmade, altered, and transformed books • Until Jan 6


ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.441.6966 • Lit-

AUDREYS BOOKS • 107 St, Jasper Ave • • Stroll of Poets: Poets' Haven Weekly Series • Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave • 780.989.2861 • Slam at the Chair: Story slam • Jan 9, 7-10pm (7pm sign-up) • $5 (donation) CARROT COMMUNITY ARTS COFFEEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave • • Prose Creative Writing Group • Every Tue, 7-9pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB • 15120 Stony Plain Rd • 780.915.8869 • Edmonton Story Slam: writers share their original, 5-minute stories; followed by a music jam • 3rd Wed every month, 7pm (sign-up); 7:30pm (show) • $5

RIVERDALE • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam • Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm • E: ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

T.A.L.E.S.–STRATHCONA • New Strathcona

8712-109 St • 780.392.7832 • • Edmonton Opera presents a film series that explores and relates thematically to its 2012/13 season of productions • Jan 9, 7pm • $10 (adult)/$8 (student/senior/Explorers Encore member)

Ave • 780.455.7479 • • Group exhibitions: Artworks by gallery artists • Until Mar 23

Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.400.3547 • Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed each month 7pm • Free

PROPAGANDA HAIR SALON • 10808-124 St • tHE modEl, tHE mystiC aNd tHE musClE: 11 new paintings by outro • Until Jan 12

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Stanley Milner Library Theatre (basement), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • Screening the local film Broke; the director, Rosie Dransfeld, will be available for a Q & A after the film • Thu, Jan 10, 6:30-9pm • Free

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FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley A. Milner Library Audio Visual Room (main floor), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • • Films adapted from books every Friday afternoon at 2pm • Rio Bravo; Fri, Jan 4, 2pm • High Noon; Fri, Jan 11, 2pm


VIDEO KITCHEN SCREENING • Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St • Presented by Film and Video Arts Society–Alberta (FAVA): new works from the introductory digital film course, Video Kitchen • Thu, Jan 10, 7pm • Admission by donation

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10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • • Discovery Gallery: EartHly ElEmENts: Charles Lewton-Brain and Les Manning in recognition of contributions and work; Jan 12-Feb 16; opening: Sat, Jan 12, 2-4pm • Feature Gallery: GoldEN EdGE: Artworks by 16 craft artists; Jan 12-Mar 30; opening: Sat, Jan 12, 2-4pm

SNAP GALLERY • Society Of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • • Main Gallery: bimpE (Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition): Prints measuring no more than 15cm x 10cm • Jan 5-31 • Opening reception: Jan 5, 2-5pm


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Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • • GamE piECEs: Paintings by Margaret Witschl • Until Feb 2

BRINSMEAD KENNEDY GALLERY • 10434122 St • Naturally Abstract: artwork by David Blaine, featuring abstract images discovered in natural environments • Until Feb 28

CAFÉ HAVEN–Sherwood Park • 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park • NVSart is featured • Sep-Jan

CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA (CAVA) • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • Artworks by members • Jan 7-Feb 26


St • • STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition: explores the amazing nature of human identity through the magic of the Star Wars universe and its legendary characters; until Apr 1




Ave • 780.453.9100 • 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 • quEEN ElizabEtH ii's diamoNd JubilEE: until Jan 13 • rivEr's EdGE: Until Apr 10 • iNuuJaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic; Until Apr 28 prairiE drEamsCapEs: rEimaGiNiNG our roots: Alberta launch of art exhibit by the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts • Until Jan 19


• Loft Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • Artwork by society members, and a gift shop of artist made items; open Feb-Jul


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Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga. ca • mislEd by NaturE: CoNtEmporary art aNd tHE baroquE: Key artists include David Altmejd, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Tricia Middleton, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze; until Jan 6 • bEautiFul moNstErs: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints; until Mar 3 • impriNt: A selection of printmaking artists, whose work reveals an attention to different print-making technique, as well as an interrelationship; until Jan 6 • Edo: arts of Japan’s last shogun age: a wide variety of Edo period art forms with focus on prints known as ‘ukiyo-e’; until Feb 10 • paul FrEEmaN: feature two life-size casts of stags whose antlers seem to have turned against them; until Feb 10 • Adult Drop-in: Litho: Experimental Printmaking on Jan 3; Texture: Surface Painting on Jan 10 • All Day Sunday: Art activities for all ages 3rd Sun every month, 12-4pm; free with admission • Art for Lunch: theatre Foyer: Casual and informative discussions about AGA exhibitions, held during the lunch hour, 3rd Thu every month

Gallery: tHE importaNCE oF liNE: Artworks by Elena Rousseau; until Jan 9 • PortHole Gallery: small sCalE worK: Past Artists in Residence: Until Jan 11 • The Panels: portraiturE: Alberta Society of Artists; until Jan 21 Charest • Until Jan 28

KING’S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE • 9125-50 St • immiGraNt: Paintings and installation piece by Rosemary Sloot • Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm; until Jan 15

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • • GALLERY: outEr aNd iNNEr laNdsCapEs: Calligraphy work by Erik Cheung; reception: Thu, Jan 10, 10am-noon • DISPLAY CASES: spaCEs aNd plaCEs: Works by the Focus on Fibre Arts Association of Edmonton • Until Jan 31


terprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave • 780.492.5834 • • pErCEptioNs oF promisE: biotECHNoloGy, soCiEty aNd art: until Jan 5 • passioN proJECt: 75 works from the U of A art collection, until Jan 26; passion project–Curator's Talk with Jim Corrigan, Fri, Jan 25, 12:15-1pm • immortal bEauty: The work of 84-year-old master calligrapher Shiko Kataoka, until Jan 26; immortal beauty: Curator's Talk with Jim Corrigan; Fri, Jan 18, 12:15-1pm • pErCEptioNs oF promisE: biotECHNoloGy, soCiEty aNd art: challenging viewers to consider the positive and negative possibilities of biotechnology in general and stem cell research in particular; until Jan 5 • the biomedicalized Body: Curator's Talk with Lianne McTavish, discussing how conceptions of the human body have changed since the Renaissance; noon-hour talk for the exhibition perceptions of promise: biotechnology, society and art • Conservation: With U of A Museums conservator Carmen Li in conjunction with passion project; Sat, Jan 19, 2-4pm

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •

Public Library • borrowiNG art: The Red Deer Public Library Art Lending Program • Jan 3-Feb 19 • Reception: Fri, Jan 4, 6:30-8:30pm

780.421.1731 • urbaN aNimals: Works by Jason Carter: Paintings exploring urban vs. natural environment • Until Jan 19 (Closed: until Jan 9)

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave

MANDOLIN BOOKS • 6419-112 Ave • •

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill

• COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm • OPEN DOOR: Collective of independent comic creators meet the


Nvsart: Textured abstract art • Until Jan

Ave, St. Albert • 780.460.5990 • • WET paiNt: Small artworks by VASA artists • Until Feb 2


munity Hall, 6510-111 St • 780.667.8253 • • Come One–Come All...: Hear what storytelling is all about in a comfortable, casual atmosphere; share a story or just listen • 2nd Mon each month until Jun, 7-9pm • Free • Mon, Jan 14 • Bring inside shoes and your own mug

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave • 780.422.8174 • • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm; Presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • Jan 14 • $5 WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

THEATRE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST • Bailey Theatre, Camrose • • Presented by Bashaw Community Theatre Group • Jan 4, 7pm; Jan 5, 2pm, 7pm; Jan 6, 2pm • Tickets at the Bailey Box Office or online BUDDY HOLLY STORY • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • • By Alan Janes wsith Jeff Giles as Buddy • Until Feb 3 • New Year's Eve: $165 each (incl dinner buffet and table-served appetisers, performance) CHIMPROV • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101 A Ave • • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • First three Sat every month, 10pm, until Jul • $12 (door or buy in adv at Tix on the Square)

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One card to rule them all?

Rumours of one centralized student card merely codswallop


hree years after he realized that Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End had made off with his "precious"—in J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel—Gollum overcame his fear of the sun and emerged from his cave under the Misty Mountains to go after him. The hobbit's trail had long grown cold and what was worse, while Gollum knew Baggins lived in the Shire, he had no idea where in Middle Earth to find it. My own search—in this instance to find out the truth behind rumours of one student card for all Edmonton post-secondary students—started simply enough, as these things often do. My editor for-

warded me a copy of a news article that appeared in the Edmonton Journal in November about the opening of the new NAIT LRT line, but it was a comment made by deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk at the end of the article that caught her attention. "For the first time in the history of this city, four major post-secondary institutions will be connected by LRT," said Lukaszuk in the article. He was referring to NAIT, the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and Norquest College. "It will allow (students) to take courses in different institutions and utilize different institutions using one line of LRT," he continued.

The schools are now looking at creating a single student card so they can share libraries and other resources, reducing duplication, Lukaszuk told the Journal. And so began my own journey, trying to find about this one card to rule them all (OCTRTA). How would it work? How could students take a course at one school and get credit for it at another? To whom would they pay their tuition? I've seen students try to get credits transferred between academic institutions. It's rarely pretty. What kind of administrative nightmare could this create? I started at NAIT. Their spokesperson, Frank Landry, told me he hadn't heard about these specific plans, but very generously offered to ask around and get back to me. He later sent me an email advising that there are no immediate plans for a single student card, but they are open to exploring the idea. He added, "NAIT is interested in working with the provincial government in any way that helps enhance the student experience."

A call to the University of Alberta brought me no closer to finding out about OCTRTA. Media associate Jamie Hanlon pointed out that co-operation and sharing of resources is already underway among Edmonton's post-secondary institutions through such initiatives as the transit U-Pass and through the NEOS Library Consortium. NEOS is a consortium of government, health, college and university libraries that co-operate to share library resources, technology, collections and people—which Norquest recently joined. The University of Alberta and MacEwan are also members of the consortium. But what could he tell us about OCTRTA? Not much, it turned out. "The University of Alberta is unaware or unable to confirm at this time any move towards a single student card that would  extensively encompass courses or other resources is underway," Hanlon said. Off to Norquest College, where media relations and communications advisor Yuri Wuensch told me that they had seen that quote of Lukaszuk's and were somewhat in the dark about what it meant. He consulted with the chief of staff in Norquest's executive office, but he, too, was unaware of any immediate plans to develop OCTRTA. He reported that the schools were in very preliminary discussions about collaboration, with a heavy emphasis on very. "They have only met once and agreed in principle to strengthen cooperation," he wrote in an email.

Both Wuensch and Hanlon directed me to a joint communiqué that was issued following this initial meeting. "We agree that there are practical and mutually beneficial ways in which we can collaborate as institutions to take advantage of our individual strengths. These opportunities can range from administrative and support services to risk management and crisis communications. We look forward to identifying and exploring those opportunities," said the presidents of all four post-secondary institutions. There was no mention here of OCTRTA, so, what on Middle Earth was Lukaszuk talking about? After several calls to his office, and despite assurances from one spokesperson that another spokesperson would get back to me, that didn't happen. A phone call was made to Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education. If anyone knew what the deputy premier was talking about, they would. Suzana Krpan, spokesperson for that ministry, put an end to the quest in a one-sentence email. "There are no plans, within our ministry, to create a single ID card for all Edmonton postsecondary institutions (including NorQuest, U of A, MacEwan and NAIT)," she wrote. But what about One Card To Rule Them All? I grew to view it as a Gollum-like riddle. And the answer appears to be that OCTRTA exists only in the mind of the deputy premier and, perhaps, somewhere in Middle Earth. MIMI WILLIAMS




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oday is going to be a messy class," laughs Jennifer Poburan, the instructor of the adult drop-in workshops at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Today, we are working with plaster, and I'm among a dozen students who Poburan will teach to make a sculpture project. Poburan explains that the


class is different each week and ties into the AGA's exhibits. "Generally, the projects revolve around the different exhibits that we have here. So there are themes around different major ideas that the gallery's housing," she adds. On the AGA's third floor is the Misled by Nature exhibit, one in which contemporary artists revisit themes from the baroque period. Reacting against the classicism of the Renaissance, Baroque art celebrated excess, opulence and ornamentation. To begin class, Poburan provides a brief background of the Baroque and shows a few photographs of the works in the gallery. Borrowing baroque themes, these contemporary artists have created large, opulent sculptures that overwhelm the senses, but that also employ everyday objects. These household objects will be used within our plaster sculptures. Poburan demonstrates how to use wires, nylon stockings, paper and even old sports trophies to create our own baroque-inspired works. For student Christina McPhee, the ability to meet interesting people is one reason that she attends these classes. She also enjoys the opportunity to explore different mediums. "I like to have two hours where I can

just play around and just to have fun and be creative, and if comes out, great," McPhee says. Plaster is new to her, but McPhee knows that with time, she will revisit all the mediums again to improve and gain new skills. "You get a sense of what you like and what you gravitate towards and what you're good at," she says. At home, McPhee likes to draw, paint and use clay. By taking these evening classes, she has also explored several mediums that she'd never used before, including wires, gel transfers and printmaking. In addition, these classes have allowed her to explore new styles, such as abstract art. "I certainly recommend it to anybody who just wants to go somewhere and just explore that [creative] part of themselves," she says. Those interested in flexing their creativity can visit the AGA's website for each week's theme if they want to focus on something particular, the more adventurous folks can just drop in. "It's an adventure every time you come in," McPhee says. Today is Blaine Milne's first class and his current project involves creating a in the shape of a hand. Using plasticine, Milne forms "fingers" that he puts into a latex glove. Once this plasticine-filled glove resembles a hand,

Milne carefully mounts it onto a wooden block. Then, he begins to plaster his sculpture, one plaster strip at a time. At another table, Carol Sullivan is making an angel. The body is plaster, the wings are wire and a pipecleaner forms the halo. Sullivan, much like McPhee, used to come to the classes a few years ago. Both are now coming back after having taken a break. Sullivan enjoys the classes for the professional direction and guidance they offer. Outside of class, she's always engaged in artistic pursuits. "I consider everything art," she says. "Even working on my house." Much like Sullivan, Milne and McPhee frequently create art outside of class. Milne has taken an introductory drawing class and he does photography. McPhee likes to write poetry and song lyrics. With all her art, McPhee likes to provoke a bit and to make people think. "I do like to be edgy at times. I like to push the limits," she says. "A lot of artists that I talk to, there's that element where they want to say something or get something across. Whether it's edgy or not, that's not the point, it's just that wanting to say something; to make a statement." Poburan's classes seem like the perfect place for self-expression, as she encourages different creative approaches. Some students might have an idea of what they want to make when they begin; others

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might just work and see how the piece develops. Poburan encourages students to use the best process for them. "I try to keep this atmosphere pretty casual and I'm very flexible and open to pursuing a number of different ideas," Poburan says. "This is a very experimental-driven class. We are always experimenting with new ideas. It's not always about the end result; often the process is important. We explore new ideas about art and about life." MARIA KOTOVYCH


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The goal is to ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training builds confidence


ick, are you thinking of killing yourself? Nick, are you thinking of suicide?" No one wants to ever have to ask someone these questions seriously. But if "yes" is the answer to both, how confident are you in carrying on this conversation, let alone inquiring in the first place? Nick is one of three fictitious characters in a video shown at the beginning of

on-one intervention with a suicidal person, which includes asking the above questions out loud in a group setting. ASIST is one of a number of courses that has been developed by the Centre for Suicide Prevention, based in Calgary. CSP was developed by practitioners in the early '80s and has continued to evolve through years of scientific research in the field of mental illness. Today, ASIST is the world-wide front-runner for suicide intervention training.

as a society, we are more comfortable than ever before in discussing depression and anxiety, but suicide is still very much stigmatized. We can reach out and help people at work or school, but in doing so we have to be able to talk about it." Describing the purpose of the course, one instructor uses the analogy of encountering someone having a heart attack. As the average person in this situation is not a cardiologist, even the most basic first-aid skills are

desperately needed in this moment of crisis, up until that person can get the professional care they need. Long-term therapy, counselling, support groups and medication, among other resources, may be needed for a suicidal person's recovery and continued well being. But when faced with someone's uncertainty for their life, proper initial response is critical. Dixie Estrin has been teaching the ASIST workshop for several years and has observed its direct success in saving peoples' lives. No greater is the efCONTINUED ON PAGE 23 >>

As a society, we are more comfortable than ever before in discussing depression and anxiety, but suicide is still very much stigmatized.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day workshop offered through the Canadian Mental Health Association. This isn't your decadesold health-class video; it is remade on an ongoing basis, with feedback from health-care professionals to ensure the most authentic examples of individuals in distress are being shown. The course strives to be as realistic as possible in teaching the process of holding a one-

"We need to look at it as first aid, as a life skill," explains Mara Grunau, education director for CSP. "Seeing as how one in five people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime, it affects a lot of people, and we need to start looking at it differently. Mental illness is still a highly stigmatized subject;

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fect than on Alberta's reserve lands, as the aboriginal suicide rate in Canada is reportedly seven times higher than the national average. "They're heavy workshops, because we're dealing with heavy loss," says Estrin of her time spent teaching ASIST at schools in northern Alberta reserves. "It's tough for staff and resource people in the community to begin with ... the principal of the school at the time called me shortly after we were there to let me know that the model we had shown did in fact come into play, and it did save lives." Formal resources in all parts of the province do exist for those in distress, she says, but cautions that it can be a challenge to access them— especially with hospital wait times what they are—making ASIST all the more relevant. "The more people who can do interventions, the better. The key is the value of relationship, and to be able to make that relationship," Estrin says. "Many people tend to think that by ignoring grief, it'll go away. This method of pushing away these feelings is not effective. Go through the pain, not around it." The course, which is kept to a maximum of 30 students, is intensive, challenging and not for the faint of heart. On the second day, one of the interactive scenarios takes place on the railing of a bridge—and the person in distress is not coming down easily. Though open to the public, the majority of attendants are post-secondary

students in the field of social work, or working in group homes, and for them ASIST is mandated. An alternative is safeTALK, a half-day workshop also offered through the CMHA, which teaches how to recognize the invitations and warning signs from youths aged 12 – 24 who are seriously contemplating suicide; it too is open to the public and can be taken for credit. The model of assessing high, medium and low-risk individuals for suicide is outdated: professionals in the field today recognize that "at risk means at risk," period. When someone is in emotional pain, they often forget who they can reach out to, therefore it never hurts to ask a seemingly distressed friend, colleague, loved one or stranger where they're at, and remind them that help is always available. Most people at risk of suicide do not want to die. This is an opportunity to gain the confidence to intervene when necessary and potentially save someone's life. "Attitudes have changed in last few years," Grunau adds. "With the two NHL players who died by suicide, and the Amanda Todd case, people are talking more—and that's good—but we do need to continue teaching more as well. We need to slow down and look at the people around us. Really look at them and ask ourselves, 'How do we engage these people?'" For more information on the course and suicide prevention, visit edmonton. and MICHAEL GARTH



Turning passions into professions Calgary’s Caitlin Power began her road the runway at Lethbridge College when she came to school to study Fashion Design and Marketing. After graduation, she established her own fashion line – Caitlin Power – and has shown her designs on during Toronto’s Fashion Week. Her futuristic clothing received rave reviews, and with the skills she learned in the classrooms of Lethbridge College, she is now considered a rising star in the Canadian fashion industry. Jeff Heggie started post-secondary schooling, took time off to go to Texas and become a steer wrestling champion, got married and then decided he needed to return to school to support his future family. He enrolled in Business at Lethbridge College while working part time at a bank. After working his way up to bank manager, he responded to the call of his entrepreneurial spirit and started Kodiak Mountain Stone. His cultured stone company grew until he was shipping product across North America to international ports. Today, he continues to mold and shape his business with the knowledge he gained in his hands-on classes. Shane Hoiland now lives in a world of gangs, addiction and repeat offenders. He came to Lethbridge College to study Corrections in the School of Justice Studies and has spent his time since graduation

in that field. Running into “former offenders” who have turned their lives around is one of the best parts of his job. “Sometimes I’m at the mail and see someone, usually from my time working with young offenders, and he looks good, and says he’s got a good job, and he thanks you and gets into a car with his wife and kids,” says Hoiland. Turning passions into professions is what Lethbridge College does best. Students are fully immersed in one of more than 50 career-training programs from their first day on campus. With hands-on, high-tech training, students are usually in, out and working in their chosen fields in less than two years. Lethbridge College excels at preparing people for careers in criminal justice, design, environmental science and engineering. The college is the first in North America to offer BZEE training for wind turbine technicians. Its Therapeutic Recreation program focusing on Gerontology is the only of its kind in Canada. Health, human services, trades, agriculture, liberal arts – the list is long and the options are limitless for work or further studies after receiving a Lethbridge College education. Look to Lethbridge College and discover what the future holds for you. Welcome to your future.

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doubtless speak for many when I say the day Noodle Maker closed its doors was a sad one. The eccentric eatery on the edge of the downtown Arts District offered a selection in line with owner Siu To's wide-ranging, multi-culti culinary enthusiasms, from the virtuously vegan—oh, what I wouldn't give for another plate of Flying Buddha Nun Noodles or smelly tofu—to the sleazily meaty (sliced pork belly) to the utterly anomalous (fresh-baked Montréal-style bagels). But this particular inspired and erratic noodle house was like a shooting star flashing across the horizon and, scant months after I learned of his establishment, the avuncular Mr Noodle Maker took down his shingle, perhaps for a well-earned rest after four decades of feeding Edmontonians. If there's any consolation to be taken, it might be in the advent of the Panciteria

de Manila in the former Noodle Maker location. If not as ambitious as its predecessor, Panciteria is a friendly, family-run operation where you can grab a quick, nourishing, fresh-made bite at fast-food prices. Downtown lunch-baggers take heed. The Alcantara family has certainly improved on NM's haphazard ambiance with bright yellow and orange paint, lively travel posters of the homeland and the application of Panciteria decals on the backs of the chairs to partially obscure their provenance at a nowdefunct donut chain —not to mention a taste in seasonal ornamentation that runs toward the psychedelic. (You can also sample Filipino TV while you wait for your food to cook, thanks to the requisite diningroom flat-screen. Unfortunately, my favourite variety show, the surreal and motley Eat Bulaga!, was pre-empted for the holidays by alleged Pinoy blockbuster Iputok mo… Dadapa ako! (aka Hard to Die), which looked more like a cheap, shabby comedy set at a

beauty pageant in a motel conference room. Judging from the guffaws issuing from an adjacent table, and contrary to the evidence of my own eyes, it was very funny.) The restaurant's eponym is, you guessed it, pancit, a dish made with thin rice noodles and various meaty and vegetable-y morsels that can be served as a stir-fry or a soup. Like most of the items on the menu, the bihon pancit costs around $7, and is commensurate to the average lunchtime appetite, though you can always arrange for a side of skinny Filipino spring rolls (lumpia) to round things out. The noodles are stirfried with soy sauce, then tossed with small shrimp, slices of chicken and pork, and topped with just-cooked bits of cabbage, carrot and broccoli. I added seasoned vinegar and hot sauce to liven things up, but I think it was the considerable thermal heat of the dish that filled my eyebrows with condensation. If it were up to me, the restaurant would be called the Silogeteria, because the -silog portion of the menu is by far my favourite. A friend of mine who is of Philippine descent avers that this variety of dish makes the best breakfast ever, a view I respect but don't espouse owing to the existence of pho, which is the best breakfast ever. That said, I'm prepared to endorse tapsilog and longsilog based on their own merits. What the -silogs have in common is a big heap of garlicky rice with a fried egg glistening and jiggling provocatively on top. The difference is in the choice

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of meats and/or fish you can enjoy with alongside your heap; tapsilog, for instance, features thinsliced beef marinated in soy and oyster sauce and grilled so that it develops a crispy crust, while longsilog comes with spicy-sweet pork sausage. I

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A year through the bottom of a beer glass

comes with the dish, then shovel in whichever sorts of savourysweet meat appear alongside. It ain't fancy, but man, is it delicious, and the provided slices of tomato and cucumber comprise a simple, mouth-refreshing salad. My one wish to improve the experience of tapsilog is that the Panciteria would abandon those little plastic en-

The top five reasons it's been a beer-y good year As I sit amidst the torn wrapping have a regular seasonal line, the paper and discarded New Year's Big Bottle series of one-off beer, noise makers, sipping on my first the Dragon Series of single-hop beer of 2013, I find myself Imperial IPAs and unexpected in a contemplative mood, one-time releases. They thinking back on the are playing with oak-agyear that has just run ing, sour beer and unusum eweek int@vu p its course. al ingredients. It is great e th to Jason All in all, I have to say to see—and drink. And Foster they are not alone as Cal2012 was a pretty damn good year for beer in Edmongary's Wild Rose also seems to ton. We have lots to be thankful be experimenting a bit more as for and much to look forward well. to in the new year. The last 12 We s t v l e te r e n months have treated us relaand beyond: 2012 tively well. So, here are my top was the year Edmonfive reasons why 2012 was a very tonians got their good year for beer in E-town, hands on one of the world's rarest done countdown style à la Mr beer, Westvleteren 12, brewed by Letterman. reclusive Belgian monks and norThe quiet creep mally only sold out of the abbey of craft: I was gate. A single, one-time shipment struck this year how made it to Canada, and Edmonton the selection of beer got a huge portion of the stuff. A at liquor stores, corner pubs and once in a lifetime treat, but that is other retailers quietly improved. not all. The range of world-class Two years ago, I would go into an breweries available within our boraverage liquor store and find scant ders keeps growing every year. offerings, but this year would disThis past year we saw Green Flash, cover a couple dozen beer I would Courage, Flying Monkeys, De Mobe happy to purchase. In a local len, Jolly Pumpkin and many more pub where Rickard's Red used to arrive in our burg. I keep expecting be the highlight, this year a legitia fall back as supply over-strips demate craft beer, like Sam Adams or mand, but it never seems to hapYellowhead, would have quietly pen. Which means more beer compopped up on tap, providing a real ing our way next year. option for once. What is particuNew, new, new: larly intriguing is that it seems to 2012 was the year of have occurred without fanfare. the new. The capital Just a quiet response to customer region saw its first demand. new microbrewery in Upping their a while with Hog's Head Brewing game: Number four opening its doors in the fall (more was something I on them in my next column). But started noticing in we also saw an influx of new beer 2011, but it really took hold in locations, including a couple of 2012. Our local breweries seem to beer-focused pubs like Underbe upping their game—experiground Tap and Grill (with 72 taps, menting more and offering bolder mostly quality craft) and MKT options. The folks at Alley Kat ap(with a decent list of good beer), pear to have a new spirit of advenplus a couple more to come in earture in particular. In addition to ly 2013. We are even seeing some their mainstay product, they now new serious contenders for the




velopes of hot sauce—you know, the kind that fire their livid contents in unexpected directions when squeezed— and step up to bottles of the beloved sriracha (aka Rooster Sauce) that is the spicy standard at so many noodle houses. All the same, I will make a resolution to visit the Panciteria more often in 2013 that they may stick around and provide us all with tapsilog for many new years to come. SCOTT LINGLEY


beer store market with Co-op Liquor in the southwest and Wine and Beyond in the southwest and in Sherwood Park. Neither yet rivals reigning champ Sherbrooke Liquor, which has the largest beer selection in Canada, but beer options got a whole lot better in the last 12 months.

The tap explosion: My number one reason for feeling like it was a great beer year is the explosion in tap options in Edmonton. Let me be more specific. I am not talking about the sheer number of taps in various locations, which is only one measure of good beer. I am talking about the number of rotational, one-time, specialty and exclusive beer on tap you can now find in a handful of places in town, including Sugar Bowl, Accent, Wunderbar and the newbies mentioned in point number two. In the industry, taps that are not committed to a specific beer are called rotational, and it is that phenomenon of which I speak. This year I have found more than ever before that I can find a couple of beer on tap that were not available the week before and won't be next week. It creates an atmosphere of constant exploration, and it is a hallmark of a maturing beer scene. Edmonton had a good beer year, but the thing that has me most pumped is the knowledge that this is only the beginning. I trust that in a few years I will be writing a top five list that will make this one look anemic. Hold on to your beer mugs, Edmonton, we are in for a fun ride! V Jason Foster is the creator of, a website devoted to news and views on beer from the prairies and beyond.




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Unsung, unplayed, undone Mourning this year in music


s I grow older, having yet another year slope towards its extinguishment has shifted from occasion to recall enthralling new albums that crowned during the previous dozen months into a solemn compulsion to mark those whose music-making ceased—here, now, forever; arrested in whatever state it was in when they left the realm of the living, along with the rest of their personal affairs. I'm not sure whether (or how much of) this is an actual byproduct of aging rather than an occupational hazard, as any serious musiclover sooner or later takes an interest in history and creative lineages, which only deepens with experience, and you

become keenly aware of what the loss of one artist can actually mean, in terms of irreplaceable knowledge and creative singularity, to a field, an art, a genre, an industry, a scene, a world. What strikes me these past few years is the sadness of the messy unfinishedness of it all. When you're in your twenties and someone your age dies, it seems a freak thing; an improbable calling in of the odds. Moving into middle age and beyond, it's more and more often biological failure: runaway cells evading apoptosis, immune system misfirings, dumb arrhythmic or pulmonary or neurological wavering at a critical juncture. My early intimations of how vulnerable the musicians who resonated powerfully with me could be came with Victoria Williams' diagnosis of MS in 1993 (thankfully, she's still here), then Left Eye Lopes' fatal accident in 2002, followed by Elliott Smith's awful 2003 suicide. Then came Vic Chesnutt's death on Christmas Day 2009, and Mark Linkous in 2010, and Trish Keenan in 2011— of fucking pneumonia, of all things!— and, well, how could I not think of what

we've lost at the close of every year since? (Chesnutt's death has been felt particularly acutely by his peers, with Lambchop's Mr. M, released this past February, dedicated to him, while the Cowboy Junkies created an album of covers of his songs.) This seemed a tough year for music. So many gone, so much gone with them. (And they keep dying; as of this writing, there went Fontella Bass). What loss, for those who created alongside them or

and genius perished with Dave Brubeck (at 91), Kitty Wells (92), Earl Scruggs, (88), Doc Watson (89), or Ravi Shankar (92)? How weird is it that Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, died within months American Bandstand's Dick Clark, as if their competing visions of teenhood were spookily codependent? And how unlucky were Jamaicans, losing artists and music entrepre-

Etta James and Levon Helm ever be possible again? See? It's been a hell of a year. And we haven't even mentioned Robin Gibb, Davy Jones, Jenni Rivera, or Terry Callier ( terry-callier-the-windmill). The deaths that personally resonated the most, though, were of people within a decade of me, artists on the vanguard of the culture I was enthralled with as I grew up. Like Cynthia Dall, who is, unfairly, best known for her work with Bill Callahan in the '90s, despite being a visual artist and on Drag City under her own steam, as thorny and potent and transgressive and exploratory in her representation of womanhood at the turn of the millennium as Callahan was with his masculinity. Bill Doss was a founder of the legendary Elephant 6 Recording Company and part of Olivia Tremor Control, whose Dusk At Cubist Castle is still one of my favourite records. She was 41, he was 43,

ten and loudly. Blogger Jessica Valenti wrote movingly about what this meant to her, and I concur ( blog/167768/mcas-feminist-legacy#). My reaction to Whitney Houston's death took me entirely by surprise. When she was wildly popular, I loathed her. I hated her showy octave-spanning trills, canned sentimentalism, tedious crowd-pleasing, content-free omnipresence. I went out of my way to not hear her. Later, I also managed to completely miss her life as a reality show star. But I thought about her a lot after she died, about what it cost her to be perennially available to feed our collective delusions of romance and glamour. She never really grew as an artist, and became misshapen in her gilded cage. And a great many people seemed to delight in laying the blame for that at her grave, without a second thought as to whether they were complicit. I couldn't shake the only lyrics I remembered of hers—"I want to dance with somebody / I want to feel the heat with somebody"—recalling the

Clockwise from the top: Cynthia Dall, Chris Reimer (left) with Women // Nick Heiderman , Levon

were touched by their creations, as well as for those who knew them beyond their art. I am not, and never will be, at peace with death—the idea of accumulating personhood (and creative force) through the hard choices and acts of living, only to forfeit all of it through some lousy entropic principle. Who knows what Chris Reimer (Women) would have continued to contribute to his Calgary community, and beyond, had he not died at 26 ( Or how much history, technique,

neurs—the roles are often symbiotic, if not simultaneous, on the island— across generations, from dancehall practitioners like Ranking Trevor and Sluggy Ranks to ska and reggae masters such as Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Charmers, and Bertram McLean, to soundsystem pioneer Duke Vin? Shouldn't all his namesake amps across the planet go silent for a minute to mourn Jim Marshall? And clubgoers the world over move in thankful rapture to Donna Summer's "I Feel Love"? Will gloriously genre-churning careers like those of

and no cause of death was given in either case. Their passing leaves me with a pervasive sense of foreboding that compounds the already wearying struggle of pursuing an altogether marginal life of creation. As an adolescent, I was fascinated by rap, but found it alienating as nihilistic and sexist tropes came to dominate the genre. Female rappers sometimes provided safe listening space, and Ms Melodie's death provoked vague memories of her only release, 1989's Diva. Listening again, it's an odd gem—sassy, flamboyant and breezily sonically pick'n'mix. The loss of Adam "MCA" Yauch rivaled that of Levon Helm in the sheer universal despondence it triggered, but pop culture-loving feminists mourned him as a fellow traveler as well as an artist. After a shaky start, Yauch and his fellow Beastie Boys broke with their early sexism and supported women of-


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melody but not being able to summon the plasticky production. Sung slowly, depending on how you weighted it, the lines seemed by turns shy, melancholy and plangently self-affirming. The truth is, you'll always leave something unfinished, no matter what, if you're creating. But I can't help but wonder if these artists had just one more thing they wanted to leave in the world, before they left it. (And: what of our own precarious, messy, unfinished lives?) MARY CHRISTA O'KEEFE




Best of the Best of the Best 2012's finest albums, as listed in a list of lists SCOTT LINGLEY


Black Mastiff, Pyramids (Independent) Edmonton's premier power trio demonstrates that it's more than a kick-ass live act with a nigh-perfect album of catchy, sludgy, sexy rock that deserves to be more than a local treasure. The Coup, Sorry to Bother You (Anti-) Boots Riley and co. already make the most politically righteous hip hop on the planet, but the new album decimates former musical boundaries. Torching the established order never sounded so fun, and Boots mints a memorable kiss-off to capitalism on "You Are Not a Riot" in the line "I got the invite to your party and I threw it away!"


Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) David Longstreth's adenoidal vocal affectations still get on my nerves a bit, but there's no denying he's reinventing the pop song in his own egg-headed image, with hooks so sharp they draw blood, eccentric arrangements and an angel's choir of co-vocalists to sweeten the brew.

Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes (Warp) Much less glitchy, much more refined than any of the predecessors, Flying Lotus subtly comes out of the gates on Until the Quiet Comes. As nuanced as a Massive Attack 3-am mindmelter, this thing will play over and over.

Michael Gira's two-hour symphony of dread is the only mindblowing work of art on this list. Mesmerizing, unsettling and impossible to categorize, it pulled me back to contend with its jagged edges and deathly lulls repeatedly even when my better judgment commanded me to run the other way.

Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop) Ex-Fleet Fox Josh Tillman wins the prize for penning the most persistent earworms of 2012 in songs like "Funtimes in Babylon" and "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," while the soaring, psych-tinged folk provides cover for lyrics that mordantly crystallize post-millennial American delusionalism.

Five more: Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself (Bella Union); Debo Band, Debo Band (Sub Pop); Meshuggah, Koloss (Nuclear Blast); Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction (Profound Lore); Pig Destroyer, Book Burner (Relapse)

Bahamas, Barchords (Universal) Bluesy riffs with splashes of doo-wop and breeziness, Barchords doesn't attack as an album as much as it tenderly takes the listener to a lo-fi paradise.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is an intensive therapy in "what it is to be opposite of the pop single." Expansive, heavy handed and outwardly pomp stuff, in the vein of wherever your imagination takes you. Godspeed returns more advanced and melodic 10 years later.

Lee Fields & the Expressions, Faithful Man (Truth & Soul) Soul might be witnessing a revival, but Lee Fields has always been around. Powerful horns, thorough arrangements and an authenticity built on years in the game.


Grimes, Visions (4AD) With the price of oil slipping, Grimes is now Canada's most lucrative export. Her breathy voice feels like a secret in your ear, while the fat-bottomed urgency of the music feels like a head butt to the nose. Renny Wilson, Sugarglider (Independent) This sounds like a cross between the slow, emotional talking parts of Michael Jackson songs, '70s porno soundtracks and that YouTube video of the mulleted saxophone guy who keeps rocking out so hard he gets kicked out of the mall.


Peace, The World is Too Much With Us (Suicide Squeeze) The World is Too Much With Us represents a huge step for the Vancouver foursome: already an absolutely magnetic band, Peace blew up its whole "deal" and came out with a risky, subtle soundtrack to a hangover that stretches from late morning until the next day. Sea Pinks, Freak Waves (Independent) If surfers got the blues—and were more thoughtful and articulate than crude stereotypes give them credit for—Sea Pinks would be the music that happens in their heads. Freak

Waves floats melancholy images overtop of upbeat, jangly pop music. Like the Archies if they were fronted by the guy in your high school who sat in the back carving into the desk. Tanlines, Mixed Emotions (True Panther Sounds) A pop-duo from Brooklyn, Tanlines takes super conventional sounds—there's no heavily filtered Moogs here, no overabundance of processors—and puts them together in a way you could sit and chill to, or even do a funny dance that makes your sister laugh.


Mares of Thrace, Pilgrimage (Sonic Unyon) An evolution from The Moulting, Pilgrimage has a cohesion and momentum that compels the listener into the meticulous, heavy world of the Mares of Diomedes. It's unfortunate Mares of Thrace will not be continuing, but thankfully this album will stand as a testament to the truly heavy and intricately crafted work the duo could produce.

Bison BC, Lovelessness (Metal Blade) Bison is well known as a band that can create resonating hooks and thunderous atmosphere. For Lovelessness, guitarist and writer James Farwell constructs an album that shouts up from a pit of emotional frustration and harnesses an unrelenting assault of heaviness. It's nothing short of astounding. Just put the track "Blood Music" on repeat. For days.

Eluveitie, Helvetios (Nuclear Blast) Eluveitie excels at conveying, with genuine intensity, the meaning and importance in their Gaulish history. Using the Gallic Wars as a concept, the album is a forceful and fascinating tribute to the band's Gaulish roots and an ideal to which folk metal should aspire.

Melvins, Freak Puke (Ipecac) No strangers to the bizarre, Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover work with avant-garde jazz bassist Trevor Dunn to create an album that's weird—but entirely listenable—heavy, and leaves you


Swans, The Seer (Young Gods)


Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam) An all-access pass of alt-R&B and soul shudder, Channel Orange starts in awe of itself, meddles in an ultramodern Marvin Gaye universe and finishes in brilliance. There's a courageous charm to this album that escapes words.


As 2013 dawns a selection of Vue's writers have offered up their lists of favourite records from the past year. There are plenty of gems to be found here, so if there's something you haven't heard—or even something that you have but haven't given a spin for some time—use these lists as reasons to discover and rediscover something new.


wanting to just start all over again from track one. Weapon, Embers and Revelations (Relapse) Weapon avoids the repetitive, staid crutches black metal can sometimes rely on. Instead, the band advances the genre with a precise, growly and unwavering tribute to Satan. Also: a big 2012 shout out to Southern Lord for finally re-issuing Sleep's Dopesmoker and a hearty "get well soon" to John Baizley and the rest of Baroness. Although I personally don't consider Green and Yellow a metal album, it is a triumph of creativity.



Grimes, Visions (4AD) Sometimes you've got to believe the hype. Grimes' breakthrough album, Visions, is quite accurately titled, like an ethereal dream. "Be a Body," "Genesis" and album stand-out "Oblivion" all let the pulsing synths and reverbs take centre stage, while Claire Boucher's vocals are often indecipherable in a perfectly mysterious way. Ghibli, Rare Pleasures (Old Ugly) With classical samples co-opted by a house esthetic, Ghibli once again provides the perfect soundtrack to bring poignancy to the loneliest bus rides overlooking our city of forgotten champions. Chairlift, Something (Columbia) Simply great synth-pop songs. Caroline Polachek and her band took a glimpse at the '80s for some sonic suggestions, but never let the album become a genre exercise in nostalgia. Fresh, relevant, well written and sincere, Something is a highly recommended pop album.


Travis Bretzer, "Making Love" (Old Ugly) "Making Love" didn't leave my car's stereo for about three months this summer. Granted, the cd was literally stuck in the player, but I doubt that I would have taken Travis Bretzer's latest album out willingly. A fantastic journey through slackerdom and friendship, "Making Love" goofs around without being goofy, and stands as a reminder that fun is an oft-forgotten ingredient in many rock 'n' roll records. [Note: a similar review could stand beside either of Mac DeMarco's releases this year.] Antibalas, Antibalas (Daptone) Members of Antibalas were involved with arranging afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's music for the Broadway stage, and it obviously left a strong impact on the group. Recording the bulk of their latest record live off the floor to tape, under the supervision of Daptone founder/producer Bosco Mann, kept the album vivid and vibrant. The political undertones of songs like "Dirty Money" won't be lost on anyone, but never come across as preachy enough to take away from the joy of the jams.


Anberlin, Vital (Universal Republic) Until Vital came along, Cities, released in 2007, was regarded by many as the gold standard of Anberlin records, with the band's last two albums achieving commercial success, but leaving something to be desired in terms of sound and content. Vital shoved aside the pop-driven sound of New Surrender and Dark Is The Way for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred rockers like stand out tracks "Desires" and "Little Tyrants." Grizzly Bear, Shields (Warp) Taking a more adventurous approach than 2009's Veckatimest, Grizzly Bear has released an album that is detail-rich, full of emotion and sonically captivating. It's an enjoyable listen from start to finish, weaving together well-crafted lyrics with diverse and intricate instrumentation. Stand outs are the album's opener "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again." Metric, Synthetica (Mom & Pop) The fifth studio effort from the Canadian indie rockers melds '80s vintage electronica and dreamlike soundscapes with heavier industrial beats to back Emily Haines' philosophical lyrics, which are both thought-provoking and uplifting. From




the title track—an exploration into resisting the pressures of society—to the catchy beats of "Speed the Collapse," it's as enjoyable to listen to for its lyrics as its instrumentation. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) Let's just say it's a good thing the Vancouver twosome decided to ditch talks of disbanding prior to releasing this album. It would have been a disservice to the pair as a band, and for us as listeners. This riotous, chaotic fist-pumper is the ideal soundtrack for those legendary nights you may or may not remember, with "The House That Heaven Built" and "Younger Us" being stand outs on this raw, full-throttle disc.


Aesop Rock, Skelethon (Rhymesayers Entertainment) A rap werido—a sorta slacker-James Joyce type—returns after a five-year absence with his best, most fully envisioned album: stories of rebels and mystics, homemade mummies, hero dogs and tense dinnertable stand-offs spool out in dense lyrical blasts, with details that seem impossible to motor through the way that Aesop Rock does. But for all its complexities, the sheer listenability is what keeps Skelethon moving along: the production and his flow carry the lyrical weight with ease. There is nothing I listened to more this year. White Lung, Sorry (Deranged) The album title's misleading: Sorry is pulverizing, spirited punk rock from Vancouver that apologizes to nobody for nothing. A vortex of frantic guitar riffs and riptide drumming that crashes through 10 songs in 20 minutes, White Lung manage to set most kinetic, frothy elements of the genre to record without letting any of the intensity cool.

Help, A Viper in the Mind (Old Ugly) A Viper in the Mind is rap as a bleak monologue about God, life and the inevitable entropy of everything, as delivered by an unreliable, balaclava-clad narrator with a shattering psychosis and a growing death obsession, backed by stolen samples that waver almost as much as he does. This is what the eventual heat death of the soul sounds like. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball (Columbia) Yep: he's still The Boss, everyone. Wrecking Ball's portraits of the downand-out in modern America are as relevant and scathing as any Springsteen's done. One of his best ever. Chairlift, Something (Columbia) Brooklyn hipsters find an '80s sound all their own: Something's not reductive or a retread, just thrilling and romantic in its own terms. Honourable mentions: David Byrne & St Vincent, Love this Giant; Renny Wilson, Sugarglider; Eamon McGrath, Young Canadians; Jay Sparrow, White; Mitchmatic, It's Always Raining; Japandroids, Celebration Rock.

Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic) The title's a mouthful and a half, but past the wordy name is a testament to Apple's staying power in music. It's her first studio album in seven years, but it was well worth the wait. The evocative tracks are filled with vivid imagery and craftsmanship, effortlessly incorporating elements of jazz, blues and folk from the smoky, introspective melody of "Valentine," to the piano-driven, pared-down simplicity of "Werewolf."


Various artists, Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music (VP Records) Few reggae retrospective compilations receive an official endorsement from the Jamaican government. Featuring extensive liner notes and tunes handpicked by former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga, the Reggae Golden Jubilee four-CD set is impressively comprehensive and essential for aficionados and would-be Rastas alike. Enei, Machines (Critical Music) Mirroring Mother Russia's sometimes bleak, cold landscape and harkening to its Industrial Revolution roots, Enei's Machines was one the best and most hotly anticipated drum-and-bass albums of 2012. The Russian DJ and producer's debut is dark, futuristic and densely technical, particularly in terms of drum programming. Machines more than lived up to the hype. Selah Sue, Rarities (Because Music) Selah Sue's Rarities nicely complements her self-titled de-

but, which would have likely made my top 10 for 2011 were I not late to the party. With a range of influences—including reggae, soul and funk woven together with a pop sensibility—the Belgian songstress will hopefully find greater and deserved fame in 2013. Prins Thomas, Prins Thomas 2 (Full Pupp) Building on his reputation for spacey, loop-heavy, instrumental disco, Norwegian Thomas Moen Hermansen once again delivered the goods with the doubly eponymous Prins Thomas 2. The beauty of Thomas's productions is their versatility: they are right at home in a chillout, house or techno set, in a lounge or club setting, or curled up at home during mercilessly long Canadian winters. Various artists, The Reverb Conspiracy Vol. 1 (Fuzz Club) Now entering its sixth year, Austin's Psych Fest has become a globally recognized destination for psychedelic rock's droning guitars and permeating reverb. Curated by fest founders the Reverberation Appreciation Society (see also the Black Angels), The Reverb Conspiracy Vol. 1 features 19 tracks from acts in Europe's psych scene. The double-LP compilation is available in a limited, hand-numbered edition of 1000.



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CAFÉ HAVEN Ben Disaster, Jessica J'albert; 7pm

Blue Rodeo Tue, Jan 8 and Wed, Jan 9 (7 pm) A quarter century after the release of its debut album Outskirts, Blue Rodeo is kicking off the new year by hitting the road across the country to celebrate 25 years of a country rock legacy. (Northern Jubilee Auditorium, $25 – $65)

BLUES ON WHYTE Lucky Peterson CAFÉ HAVEN Music every Thu; 7pm CARROT CAFÉ Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm COOK COUNTY Open stage/jamaoke with Mourning Wood DEVANEY''S IRISH PUB Derina Harvey DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm EARLY STAGE SALOON–Stony Plain Open Jam Nights: Musicians are invited to come and join Jammin' Jeff Millar and Trish Jameson (alternating hosts); $5 EDDIE SHORTS Good Time Jamboree with Charlie Scream every Thu J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm1am

Folk vs Rock CD Release Sat, Jan 5 (8 pm) Folk and rock face off on the same stage as local singersongwriter Brittney Grabill and rocker Kami celebrate the release of their new respective recordings. (Avenue Theatre, $20 in advance and includes two CDs, $25 at the door)

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; 4'S a Crowd (country); 9pm NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover PUB 1824 Sinder Sparks Show; 8-12pm RICHARD'S PUB Live R&B bands (dancing); 8pm RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec ( jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown AJ Goodvin SHERLOCK HOLMES– WEM Doug Stroud

Secret Rivals Sat, Jan 5 (8 pm) Local hardcore vets, including John Kennedy of E-Town Beatdown and Ryan "Junior" Kittlitz of Savannah, came together to create one of the city's newest rock outfits, and it's time to party as the band releases its brand new album. (Pawn Shop, $10)



STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION Back to the Futour: Halfway to Hollywood (pop rock), A Perfect Punchline, Luna, Meet Terra, Smile for the Bullet; all ages; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$15 (door)

UNION HALL Buckcherry; 8pm WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close WUNDERBAR Unwed Mothers, the Good Goddamns, the Young Albertans; 9pm

DJs 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 Hosted by Christian and Justin of Canyon Rose Outfit: Open turntables; E: to book 30-min set CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close 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 ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill FLASH NIGHT CLUB Indust:real Assembly: Goth and Industrial Night with DJ Nanuck; no minors; 10pm (door); no cover FLUID LOUNGE Take Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Fri ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE Wild Life Thursdays RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu 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

FRI JAN 4 BISTRO LA PERSAUD Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music); BLUES ON WHYTE Lucky Peterson BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 200200cut; 8:30pm; $10 BRIXX BAR Early Show: A Hundred Years

CAFÉ TIRAMISU John Calverley; 7:00; no cover CARROT Live music every Fri: Rebecca Lappa (folk pop); all ages; 7:30pm; $5 (door) COAST TO COAST Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm DEVANEY''S IRISH PUB Derina Harvey

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

PUB Dead Stringers

The Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround

SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown AJ Goodvin



ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Fri


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

DEVON HOTEL PALS Acoustic Open mic: Tim Harwill (country, rock)


DV8 Snakebite, Cheap Date

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

ELEVATION ROOM Billie Zizi, Emma Perri, Paul Cournoyer; 8pm; $7

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels

GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover

BLACKSHEEP PUB Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

HIGH RUN CLUB Silver Bird IRISH CLUB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover NEW WEST HOTEL 4'S a Crowd (country); 9pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

BONEYARD ALE HOUSE The Rock Mashup: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover BRIXX BAR Early Show: A Hundred

Years; Late show: Silence be Damned: DJs Gotthavok, Siborg, Nightroad BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

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 LUCKY 13 Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook; Glow with the Flow: glow party with paint NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat 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 STARLITE ROOM KLUB OMFG

Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri TEMPLE Silence be Damned: with DJs Gotthavok, Siborg, Nightroad; 9pm THIRSTY CAMEL The Sinder Sparks Show with Stratosphere; 10pm-2am TREASURY In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT JAN 5 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 AVENUE THEATRE Folk vs. Rock (CD release): Brittney Grabill, Kami, guests; 8pm; $20 (adv at Blackbyrd, incl 2 CDs)/$25 (door) BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Scotty Hills and Amber Suchy; 8:30pm; $15 BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Lucky Peterson

COAST TO COAST Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am DEVANEY''S IRISH PUB Derina Harvey DEVON HOTEL PALS Acoustic Open Mic with Tim Harwill; Every Sat 4-6:30pm THE DISH NEK Trio ( jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV8 The Greys with the Patterns, Nolan Bossert and Jay Shitshow ELEVATION ROOM The Archaics, Diehatzu Hijets, the Dizzies; 8pm; $7 FILTHY MCNASTY'S Seven Suns, Strange Planes (rock); 4pm GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB The Old World Record (rock), Colin Close; 8pm; $7 (adv)/$10 (door) HIGH RUN CLUB Silver Bird, Neil MacDonald HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat IRON BOAR PUB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

PAWN SHOP Keys to the Cash; 9pm; $5 (adv)

BUFFALO UNDERGROUND R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

PUB 1824 Every Fri & Sat; $5

CHROME LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri

LOUNGE Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover



SUITE 69 Release Your

CARROT CAFÉ Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2

CARROT CAFÉ 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580

FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557

NEW WEST HOTEL 15025-111 Ave, 780-4892511

SIDELINERS PUB 11018127 St, 780.453.6006

FLASH NIGHT CLUB 10018-105 St, 780.996.1778

NISKU INN 1101-4 St

LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924


BOHEMIA Valiska: presented by Ramshackle Day Parade

L.B.'S PUB Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends, 5-9pm LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or

VENUE GUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave APEX CASINO 24 Boudreau Rd, Saint Albert , 780.460.8092 ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL 7704-104 St AVENUE THEATRE 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BILLY BUDD'S 9839-63 Ave BISTRO LA PERSAUD 8617-91 St, 780.758.6686 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLACKSHEEP PUB 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 962476 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BONEYARD ALE HOUSE 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave 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 HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750124 St CAMROSE RESORT CASINO 3201-48 Ave, Camrose, 780.679.0904

CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482

FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 1034182 Ave, 780.433.9676 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY 9942-108 St GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB 11824-103 St

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 AND GRILL 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203


SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave THE STUDIO 10940-

O2'S WEST 11062-156 St, 780.448.2255

166A St

BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave

HIGH RUN CLUB 4926-98 Ave, 780.440.2233

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588

COOK COUNTY SALOON 8010-103 St, 780.432.2665 ;

HOGS DEN PUB 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr

PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814

HOOLIGANZ 10704-124

CROWN AND ANCHOR PUB 15277 Castledowns Rd, 780.472.7696

St, 780.995.7110

PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St

TAPHOUSE 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860

CHROME LOUNGE 104, 550 Clareview Rd, 780.937.8810 COAST TO COAST 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 COMMON 9910-109 St

CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 DEVON HOTEL 1 Huron St, Devon 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 10713124 St, 780.453.3663 ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010

IRON BOAR PUB 491151st St, Wetaskiwin J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JR BAR AND GRILL 4003106 St, 780.436.4403 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 10132-104 St LIZARD LOUNGE 13160118 Ave MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 NEWCASTLE PUB 610890 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Boulevard

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 10860-57 Ave PUB 1824 12402-118 Ave, 587.521.1824 REDNEX BAR–Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150161 Ave, 780-457-3117 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron St, 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 SANDS HOTEL 12340 Fort Rd, 780.474.5476

SUGAR FOOT SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969

TILTED KILT 10401-82 Ave, 780.756.5455 TIRAMISU URBAN BISTRO 10750-124 St, 780.452.3393 TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, VEE LOUNGE–Apex Casino 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WILD BILL’S–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 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



Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover

Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno

NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat, 3-6pm; 4'S a Crowd (country), 9pm

LUCKY 13 Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook; Lucky 13's Last dance, no cover and Lucky13 memorabilia

O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Secret Rivals, Mars And Venus, Better Than Heroes (CD release), This Is War, Thoroughbred Racing Pigeon; 8pm (door); $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd PUB 1824 Every Fri & Sat; $5 PAWN SHOP Bomb Squad Rookie (CD release), Mars and Venus, From the Ground Up, Step Mothers; 8pm; $10 (adv) RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am REXALL PLACE Brendan Kelly and the Pick Ups (rock); 6:30pm ROSE AND CROWN PUB Dead Stringers SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown AJ Goodvin SHERLOCK HOLMES– WEM Doug Stroud SIDELINERS PUB Sat open stage; 3-7pm

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/ Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr. Erick BLACKSHEEP PUB DJ every Sat BONEYARD ALE HOUSE DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm BRIXX BAR Transista 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 THE COMMON Get Down Saturday Night: All Out Dj's, Chris Goza; 9pm 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 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE


NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat

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 FANDANGO'S Singer songwriter open Stage every Sun

PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq

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

HOGS DEN PUB Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm

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

NEWCASTLE PUB Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm

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

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

STARLITE ROOM Dead in Memphis with Vixenesque (Burlesque troop), Dahlmers Realm; $10 (adv fr bands)/$12 (door) SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM Swing Dance Party: Sugar Swing Dance Club every Sat, 8-12; no experience or partner needed, beginner lesson followed by social dance; 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 Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN JAN 6 BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sunday brunch: Jim Findlay Trio; 10am2:30pm; donations BOGANI CAFÉ Edmonton Ukulele Circle; 3rd Sun of each month; 3:30-5pm; $5 fee BOHEMIA Valiska: presented by Ramshackle Day Parade CAFFREY'S–Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm CITY HALL Swing 'n' Skate: Skate to live swing band; 12-3pm; free

O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Live rock band every Sun with Joint Chiefs PUB 1824 Every Fri & Sat; $5 RICHARD'S PUB Sun Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm RIG Better us Than Strangers Sunday Jam (rock); 3:30pm YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

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 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

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ancestor. Seventy million years ago, they were both archosaurs. That's why chickens possess a gene that has the ability to grow teeth. A few years ago, a biological researcher at the University of Wisconsin managed to activate this capacity, inducing a few mutant chickens to sprout alligator teeth. I predict there will be a metaphorically comparable event happening for you in 2013, Taurus. The "chicken" part of you will acquire some of the gravitas of an alligator. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): "People wish to learn to swim, and at the same time, to keep one foot on the ground,"

said French novelist Marcel Proust. An attitude like that is always a barrier to growth, of course, but in 2013 it would be especially ill-advised for you Geminis. In order to win full possession of the many blessings that will be offering themselves to you, you will have to give up your solid footing and dive into the depths over and over again. That may sometimes be a bit nerve-wracking. But it should also generate the most fun you've had in years. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): Here's the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: you escaped the chains that kept you enslaved to your

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Canadian human rights The 'privileged' often experience them the most I was invited to speak on the the dominance of rights as a social panel "Queer Inclusion: Sexual justice strategy in LGBTQ politics. Orientation Rights," for the John Peers argued that it is actually Humphrey Centre's The Gall Convery difficult for citizens to exerference: The State of Human cise their rights because rights Rights in Alberta. My coare vaguely written and panelists were Ed Lavaltoo complicated for most lee, Kristopher Wells, people to understand. e Michael Phair and DaniMoreover, when rights e w e vu alexa@ elle Peers. Suffice it to are violated, it is difficult a x Ale e n say, I was both intimidated to prove that the violation g a DeG and excited to be participatoccurred. As Peers explained: ing in the panel. "People don't normally, explicitly We were asked to discuss the tell you that they fired you bemost pressing human rights iscause you're gay or because you're sues for LGBTQ Albertans. We disabled." Rights are reactive and also addressed a wide variety of costly. Substantial funds are reissues, including the need to build quired to pursue legal recourse to solidarities between two-spirit and attain justice after your rights have LGBTQ communities, the continbeen compromised. ued prevalence of bullying against According to Peers, pursuing huLGBTQ students in the province, man rights as a social justice strathomophobia and transphobia in egy can do more harm than good sports, the benefits and problems to the most vulnerable in our comof using "coming out" as a political munities. She added that human tool, current political and activrights "tend to focus on the identiist strategies for Alberta's LGBTQ ty of the rights bearer ... instead of communities and the usefulness shared systems of oppressions. It and effectiveness of the human divides instead of unites us in our rights model for attaining social social struggles. Those who expejustice. rience the most violence and vulOn the latter point, Peers prenerability often identify with more sented several problems with our than one oppressed group, but current human rights model, and rights do a really bad job of dealing



with those kinds of intersections. Thus rights tend to be most useful for queers with the most privilege."

and the Criminal Code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expres-

tive government is exercising their political agenda at the expense of citizens' human rights needs. In an effort to gain Conservative votes, it has been suggested that gender expression be removed from the legislation. Apparently, gender expression is a term that is too complicated, difficult and politically volatile for the Conservative government. But there are important differences between gender identity and expression—the former is more of a legal designation, while the latter refers to how one actually presents themselves. Many trans people prefer not to change their legal identity, but wish to still express their gender as they choose. Removing gender expression substantially weakens the bill and fails to protect those who truly need support. The attainment of the rights is an important goal to some members of Canada's trans communities, but trans people and communities deserve—and need—far better than watered down and ineffective political appeasement. V

People don't normally, explicitly tell you that they fired you because you're gay or because you're disabled.

Peers highlighted many important criticisms of our human rights model, and I'd like to add two more: first, human rights are only dolled out on the terms of those in power; second, there is a substantial amount of compromise needed to add a group to the Human Rights Act, often resulting in the watering down of the terms and conditions. These problems, along with those Peers mentioned, are present in the latest battle to add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Randall Garrison, an NDP MP, tabled a bill this year to change the Canadian Human Rights Act

sion. Parliament has rejected many iterations of this bill over the past few years and, despite the Conservative majority, the bill seemed to be gaining traction. The bill has now come to a near halt, however, as Conservative MPs are intentionally prolonging debate, and most egregiously, they have argued that allocating rights and protections to trans people will somehow give men license to enter women's washrooms and assault women and children. This "bathroom argument" is nothing more than tired and disgusting fear mongering. Trans Canadians are subject to disproportionate levels of daily violence, discrimination, incarceration and poverty, and yet the Conserva-

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Dan gets to some unanswered student questions More than a thousand people Savage Love got its start in Madishowed up for a recent Savage son: I wrote my first columns on Love Live event at the University of a computer in the back office of Wisconsin-Madison. It goes without Four Star Fiction and Video, where saying that the students at UW I worked as a night manager/ submitted more questions E VHS-tape-slingin' clerk. I SAVAG than I could answer in 90 did other things—afterminutes. As promised, hours things—in the om eekly.c w Madison, here are some storeroom of Four Star. e u v ve@ vagelo bonus answers to ques- sa Those things are known n a D e g a tions that I didn't get to duronly to me, an insanely v a S ing our time together. sexy guy named Roger and one of the bartenders at the Plaza Can an open relationship work if it's who one night overheard us talking this type: dating two people, sepaabout the things we'd just done to rately, both serious, neither relaeach other in that storeroom. tionship is the "primary" one? What would you say to Ann CoulDefine "work." ter, who said that if her son told her Most people define "work"—in he was gay, she'd "tell him he was the context of a relationship—as "a adopted"? loving, lasting, long-term relationship that ends only with the death Parental rejection of a gay child of one or both parties." But I de(which doubles a gay kid's already fine "work" as "a loving relationship quadrupled risk for suicide), the imthat makes the people in it happy, plication that adopted parents are whether that relationship lasts for less emotionally invested in their the rest of their lives or whether children and that adopted children both parties—or all parties, if we're are loved conditionally—only Ann talking about a poly or open sceCoulter could pack so much hatred, nario—decide at some point to end malice and emotional violence into the relationship amicably." So, yes, I a single "quip." I'm not sure what I do think the relationship you've dewould say to Coulter—I've never scribed can work. Whether you'll be had the pleasure of meeting her— in this relationship—or these relabut I can't imagine that any child tionships—for the rest of your life of Coulter's, gay or straight, would remains to be seen. You may wind be on speaking terms with her anyup getting more serious about one way, so I'd probably tell her that person, or you may move on from her feelings about her hypothetical both and find someone else—or children are irrelevant. a couple of someone elses—but if you're happy right now, and if I have been treated badly in several they're happy right now, then your past relationships. I am now in a relationship is working. great one, but I have a hard time believing/trusting that nothing bad I know you lived in Madison for a will happen. How can I get over this while. Got any great Mad Town stodread? ries?



Something bad is going to happen—believe it. Sooner or later, your new squeeze will do something bad and you'll get hurt. Hopefully the bad that happens won't be as bad as the bad you experienced in the past relationships—no physical or emotional violence, no unforgivable betrayals, nothing that requires you to end this relationship—but your new partner will behave badly toward you at some point. And you will behave badly toward your new partner. There's some bad even in the best relationships. You'll experience less dread if you can accept that. Can a successful long-term relationship form if the other person can never admit that they're wrong? Anyone who's ever been in a successful long-term relationship knows that both parties have to be able to admit that they're wrong— sometimes you have to admit you're wrong even when you know you're not. So the answer is "no." How and when is it good/best to use whipped cream? We've covered this before: Whipped cream is NOT A SEX TOY. Two minutes after you put it on your nipples—or two minutes after you fill your belly button or ass crack or armpits with it—you begin to smell like baby puke. It's not sexy. And it's not like you're not getting enough dairy in your diets, Wisconsinites. Save the whipped cream for your ice cream, and if you want to lick something off your partner, work up a sweat and

lick that off 'em. My friends and I have a weekly tradition where we read your column aloud, wear bathrobes and drink whisky. What would you add to this already awesome ritual? Remote-control vibrating butt plugs, of course, each one set to go off at a different time. Facials: degrading or sexy? Yes. Sometimes both at once! Do you have any bisexual friends? "Dan has bisexual friends, and I am one of them," says Eric Olalde, a yogi, a hottie and a close friend who happens to be bisexual. "He has seen me shift between male and female partners at different stages of my life and has even made brunch for me and my exgirlfriend. Dan has never shown me anything but support and true friendship." My partner lives far away, and we can't live together for at least two years. He says I can sleep with whomever I like. I want to tell him the same thing, but I am kinda jealous and insecure. I told him to just not tell me, but he doesn't want to lie. What to do? Withholding information at your request—holding that info back until you're ready for it—doesn't make your partner a liar. It makes him a considerate partner. Tell him to do what he needs to do, but to spare you the details. OK! Thanks for a great event,


Madison, and I hope to come back soon. We have one more letter this week. It wasn't a question asked at the talk I gave in Madison, but it does have a Madison connection ... I met you briefly in Madison, Wisconsin, a long time ago. As a physician, I'm usually impressed with your savvy advice and medical accuracy. And your It Gets Better Project is a major contribution to the mental and physical health of adolescents and young adults. Now for a quick medical comment: I agree with your suggestion that doctors give "flared-base" advice to patients who use anal toys. But there's a simple way for a person who didn't get that advice to remove an object that is stuck in the rectum. They should squat—do a deep knee bend—stay still, relax, breath, and voila! The item will pop out onto the floor. No probing or uncomfortable procedure necessary. After learning about this technique from a very wise woman physician (who recalled the history of women giving birth in that position and applied the same principle to relaxing the rectal muscles), I used this with young adult patients who would come to my clinic in an embarrassing predicament. The result was simple and comfortable for both patient and physician. Feel free to pass this advice on to others who might benefit! Best Advice Simplifies Exit Thanks for sharing, BASE! V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at @fakedansavage on Twitter





Vue Weekly 898 jan 3-9 2013  

vue weekly 898 jan 3-9 2013