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Identity crisis This past weekend a proposal was put forward to change the identity of the New Democratic Party. In an attempt to bring in new members under a growing New Democrat tent, however, the party may be bringing about an unnecessary identity crisis. With the debate resulting in an undecided vote and a resolution for further investigation, that identity crisis will only be extended. A party-backed resolution came forward on the weekend to remove the word "socialist" from a section of the NDP's constitution. Currently, the party's constitution states that social and economic progress can only be achieved through the application of socialist principles. Many party members, including leader Jack Layton, would like to remove the word socialist and the implications it brings with it. The word socialist has been used as a taunt and in fearmongering tactics against the party, but the main motivation behind its removal is to make the party more centrist and appealing to mainstream Canadians, but with the largest number of NDP MPs ever elected to the House of Commons, now seems an interesting time to be changing the identity that brought the party to opposition status. Many have speculated Layton is at-


tempting a move similar to Tony Blair's redefinition of the British Labour Party, moving it from second place to the first choice for British voters. Layton seems to have forgotten that Blair didn't remove the word socialist—he added it to the party doctrine. In this way Layton has forgotten the importance of a strong identity, which he could easily learn from his closest contenders, the Liberal Party. While there are many issues that contributed to the Liberals' tumultuous downfall in the last election, one problem was its lack of a strong identity. Not to mention the fact that every time the Liberal Party went into an election, its strategy was to adopt principles more closely aligned with the NDP—to tout a belief in public services, health care and equality for all, rather than hype the party's right-leaning credentials. With the election results being so divisive, with a strong right-wing party, and an inherently leftist party, politics in Canada are following the international trend of becoming more schismatic and less big-tent. If the NDP wants to continue its foray into the mainstream voting patterns of Canadians, it should increase its socialist tendencies and hype its leftist credentials, rather than heading straight for an identity crisis. V Your Vue is the weekly roundup of your views about our coverage. Every week we'll be running comments from the website, feedback on our weekly web polls and letters sent to our editors.

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"Of course this is a no-brainer: ban smoking in any public area, especially anywhere near schools, playgrounds, etc. What kind of example are we setting for our youth, allowing people to smoke in what should be a clean area, free of cigarette butts? Also our governments should get serious about allowing cigarette companies to manufacture a product that is death causing and receiving income from sales of these addictive cigarettes."

It's estimated the Vancouver riots will cost millions of dollars in clean-up and insurance costs. What should the City of Vancouver be doing in the aftermath of the riots? 1. Hunt down every rioter and charge them. 2. It's not worth the effort and the charges won't stick, so just clean up the city. 3. Outlaw the Vancouver Canucks.

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For health or profit

Canada fails to support international regulation on asbestos


ll eyes were on Canada at this week's United Nation's Conference in Geneva, where the Rotterdam Convention's Chemical Review Committee again recommended that chrysotile asbestos be added to Annex III, established to regulate the global trade of potentially hazardous materials and to provide countries that import the substances with a means to give "prior informed consent" that they are aware of any hazards associated with them. After Canada successfully blocked previous recommendations in 2006 and 2008, the Official Opposition and other groups called on Prime Minister Harper to change course. They found an ally in former Conservative MP Chuck Strahl. In a carefully-worded Globe and Mail guest column published last weekend, former industry minister Strahl urged his former caucus colleagues to reconsider their position and allow asbestos to be flagged as potentially harmful. Strahl's doctors attributed his own lung cancer to his exposure to asbestos in the logging industry decades earlier. The World Health Organization (WHO) labels all types of asbestos, including chrysotile, as carcinogenic. Banned in many countries, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Australia and the entire European Union, the WHO estimates that about 125 million people are exposed to asbestos at work and at least 90 000 die each year from

An asbestos mine in Thetford Mines, Quebec asbestos-related diseases. According to the NDP, more Canadians die from asbestos than all other occupational and industrial causes combined, yet Canada continues to spend millions of dollars to promote and subsidize its production and export. All but banned from use at home, the

Canadian government remains steadfast in its insistence that chrysotile is safe for workers in overseas countries and actively promotes its use globally. For example, the Chrysotile Institute, the industry's lobby group, has enjoyed a $750 000 grant over the past three years to promote Ca-

nadian asbestos exports. Inclusion under the Rotterdam Convention list would not equate to a worldwide ban, although many would like to see just that. The International Labour Organization, the Canadian Cancer Society and the

NewsRoundup POVERTY IN CITIES A new report by Statistics Canada reveals that progress on the declining rate of those living in poverty was slowed during the recent economic downturn, especially in large cities. The rate of people living below the low-income threshold is currently 9.6 percent—up from 9.4 percent in 2008, but nowhere near the peak of 15 percent in 1996. While large cities such as Vancouver, Montréal and Toronto have poverty rates above the national average, midsized cities such as Victoria and Quebec City have seen significant declines in poverty rates, despite the recession.




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RIGHTS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE Aboriginal Canadians have gained the right to appeal human rights issues to their local governments after previously having no recourse under the Human Rights Act as Section 67 prevented Aboriginal Canadians from filing complaints against reserve governments if the complaint was related to the Indian

Quebec Institute of Public Health all agree that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Citing the health risks associated with the substance, groups including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have called for chrysotile asbestos to be banned outright. In an open letter to the Prime Minister leading up to the conference, over 200 environmental groups, labour unions and scientists from Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe chastised the government's recalcitrance. The letter called on Harper to allow the UN Rotterdam Convention to add chrysotile asbestos to its list of hazardous substances. Signed by individual medical practitioners and organizations including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Public Health Association, the authors expressed concern that Canada is "not acting as a responsible global citizen." With chrysotile asbestos considered a hazardous substance under Canadian domestic law, "It is wrong to apply a double standard of inferior protection for people in developing countries," the group wrote. Kyla Sentes is one of the founders of Ban Asbestos Canada, a coalition of labour, public health, environmental and human rights groups and

Act. Unfortunately it may not make a difference for those living under discriminatory conditions. David Langtry, acting head of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, is concerned many Canadians living on reserves may not have the financial and legal resources to bring forward complaints.

In ongoing negotiations for the Canadian-European trade agreement, European negotiators continue to push for the inclusion of cities in procurement policies. Under the proposed regulations, cities would have to open up procurement procedures to include international competitors and no local law could inhibit the inclusion of an international business or create an unfair advantage for local companies. Scott Sinclair, a researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, believes this could

prove problematic for cities. "CETA would like unconditional access to government procurement," says Sinclair. "I stress 'unconditional' rather than 'nondiscriminatory' access because the proposed restrictions on government purchasing would eliminate the flexibility for governments to use their purchasing power to enhance local benefits." The inclusion of the condition would have a major impact on a city's democratic ability to determine its own purchasing power. Currently, cities manage

public goods such as water, recycling and public transit. "European multinational companies, including some of the world’s largest private utilities, are seeking new rights of market access to provide these public utilities,” says Sinclair. He believes municipalities should lobby the federal government to be exempted from CETA and to reach out to European municipalities in common cause against the agreement. The federal government is hoping to have CETA concluded by the end of the year.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK "I've made [the riots] my number one focus. I absolutely take responsibility as mayor, along with city council and the Vancouver Police Department. We all share responsibility for what happened, including myself. What we need to do is determine what didn't work, and why." —Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on the aftermath of the Stanley Cup Game 7 riots The Globe and Mail June 20, 2011

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Lies, damned lies, and carbon capture In a story that was neither broadly reall over it, and new ones are being ported nor discussed, it was revealed drilled daily—it boggles the mind to last week that, starting in September, think how anyone could believe that the Government of Alberta will if you put CO2 underground it will spend half-a-million dollars just stay put forever. on educating Albertans. If this is the type of inforE Before you get too exmation that the governC FEREN cited, however, I should INTER ment wants to pass on to @vue ricardo clarify. They are not talking Albertans, there are some o Ricard about education in the sense good indicators that they've a ù Acu of investing money in school already got it. A good indicator boards to save teaching positions and of this is a recent CCS demonstration keep class sizes down. This $500 000 project near Calgary that had to be investment will go toward educating cancelled because the community exAlbertans about carbon capture and pressed concerns about the environsequestration (CCS) technology. mental impacts of the project. AnothMore specifically, it will "increase er good indicator is the fact that all of Albertans' knowledge about carbon the province's opposition parties, from capture and storage and its role in the NDs to the Wildrose Alliance, are addressing climate change, as well as opposed to the government's CCS foster confidence that CCS projects strategy. The NDs because they don't are being managed in a safe and rebelieve it will actually work, and the sponsible way." Wildrose because they don't believe Apparently, the government is conwe should be giving a $2 billion subcerned that there is a lack of public sidy to one of the world's most profitsupport for its decision to hitch its able industrial sectors. entire climate-change strategy on CCS technology, and its commitment Clearly the government's intent to give a $2 billion subsidy to private here is not so much to provide fair companies to set up commercialand balanced information to Alberscale CCS projects in Alberta. tans about CCS, but rather to launch The logic at play here, Alberta Enyet another public relations campaign ergy's Lisa Elliot told the Calgary designed to change public opinion. Herald last week, is that if people acIt's no coincidence that the "educatually had "a balanced view of what tion" campaign is scheduled to begin CCS is about," they would no doubt shortly before the government beget behind it and support the governgins public consultations on carbon ment wholeheartedly. capture regulations. It's not the first What the government seems to be time that this government has spent missing is that perhaps Albertans ala considerable amount of money tellready have a clear sense of what CCS ing Albertans what to think before is all about, and that's why they don't asking them what they think. support it. Despite the government's assertion Here are the basics of CCS: you that its focus on CCS is about adgrab the CO2 at the smoke stack bedressing climate change, the literafore it hits the atmosphere, you suture makes it clear that it's first and per compress it until it's a liquid, you foremost about getting more oil out build an expensive grid of pipelines of the ground, while trying to hide around the province to transport greenhouse gases instead of taking that compressed CO2 to old oil wells action to actually reduce emissions. where you inject it underground to What's especially disappointing is get more oil out. The CO2 emissions that even some of the province's enare tucked away forever and we all vironmental organizations, like the get filthy stinking rich from all the Pembina Institute, are supporting and extra oil we're getting. actively participating in this strategy. 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citizens concerned about the health effects of the deadly mineral. While she'd like to see all types of asbestos banned world-wide, Sentes and others point out the Rotterdam Convention is merely about providing prior informed consent. If included on the list, any country looking to import asbestos would have the right to be informed of all potential risks and would have to agree in advance to accept any shipments. Critics can't understand why the Harper government and the absestos industry have a problem with that. Having lost her own father to asbestosis, Sentes takes the Harper government's continued position personally. "It really shows an incredible level of callousness and disregard towards the victims of Canadian asbestos at home," she says. "Asbestos deaths continue to rise in Canada and

top the causes of industrial deaths in this country every year." This week in the House of Commons, the NDP pointed to recently released documents that showed the Conservative government blocked chrysotile asbestos from being added to the list in 2006 and 2008 against Health Canada's recommendations. Commercially mined in Quebec as far back as the late 1800s, asbestos was once called the "magic mineral." Nearly indestructible and with an incredible capacity to protect against fire, it was used in the manufacture of everything from brake pads to home insulation to oven mitts. By the late 1960s, studies started to link asbestos to a variety of voracious diseases such as lung cancer, scarred lungs (asbestosis) and mesothelioma (cancer of the stomach and chest). The latter's only known cause is exposure to asbestos. Quebec, home to most of Canada's asbestos mines, has

one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world. It can take as long as 30 to 50 years following exposure for these diseases to develop. That, and the lure of jobs, meant that it took a while for the Quebec labour movement to get on board with calls for a ban, but it did just that this spring. In March, Quebec's largest labour group, the Confederation of National Trade Unions, joined the fight to end the development of asbestos in the province. According to data from the US Geological Survey, Canada mined 150 000 tonnes of the mineral in 2009, a significant drop from the 714 000 tonnes produced in 1989. According to a CBC report, however, efforts are underway to increase production. This past spring, the Quebec government gave conditional support to the revival of the Jeffrey Mine, one of Canada's last-remaining asbestos mines. The province guaranteed a $58-million bank loan for

a consortium of investors to convert the open-pit mine to an underground operation. Production is expected to increase to 180 000 tonnes by next year. "For over 30 years the government of Canada has promoted the safe and controlled use of chrysotile both domestically and internationally. All scientific reviews clearly confirm that chrysotile fibres can be used safely under controlled conditions," Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver told the House of Commons this week. "Claims that chrysotile asbestos is harmless are entirely bogus. Industry-funded junk science doesn't stand up to the facts," said the NDP's Pat Martin in response. "Canada has dumped 750 000 tonnes of asbestos on world markets since ignoring Health Canada's advice and it's still the world's leading industrial killer, claiming over 100 000 lives every year," charged the MP for Winnipeg-

Centre, who worked as an asbestos miner prior to entering politics. Asia now accounts for 64 percent of the world's asbestos use, and deaths from asbestos-related diseases are poised to surge in Asia over the next 20 years, according to a study recently published in Respirology, the journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. As the Canadian government and the asbestos industry assure us of how safe the substance is, Dr Ken Takahashi, the report's lead author, warned Asian governments to brace themselves for an "asbestos tsunami." As of June 21, delegates at the Rotterdam Convention had failed to meet a consensus on the inclusion of asbestos into the Annex III listing. Subsequently, a committee was formed to investigate a potential listing for hazardous substances on which a consensus could not be reached. mimi williams //









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It's beyond satire. US Defence that they died defending America. and Hazaras. That's who mans the Secretary Robert Gates, telling Except, of course, that it may not "Afghan National Army" that the The New York Times what he had have been a very useful way of deWestern powers have been trying to learned during his long tenure unfending America. build up with so little success: only der Presidents Bush and Obama, three percent of its soldiers are Paexplained that "I will always be an All the al-Qaida camps were quickshtuns, although Pashtuns account advocate in terms of wars of ly smashed after 9/11, and by for 42 percent of the population. necessity. I am just much the end of 2001 Osama bin So long as the US forces remain, more cautious on wars of Laden had escaped across the Taliban can plausibly claim that choice." Gosh, Bob, does they are fighting a jihad against the om the border into Pakistan, eekly.c @vuew e n n that mean you wouldn't where he remained uny infidels, but once the Americans gw e Gwynn invade Iraq next time? til his death last month. leave the war will probably return Dyer Most of the surviving al- to its basic ethnic character. That Afghanistan, by contrast, was a "war of necessity" in Gates' Qaida cadres also fled to Pakimeans that the Pashtuns are just as terms: officially Washington bestan, and US intelligence says that unlikely to conquer the north after lieved that further bad things like there are only a couple hundred the US departure as they were be9/11 might happen to the United left in Afghanistan. fore the invasion. States if US troops didn't go to AfSo why have American troops been In the end, some deal that shares ghanistan to root out the al-Qaida in Afghanistan for almost 10 years? out the spoils among the various terrorists (mostly Arabs) who had To keep the Taliban from power, ethnic groups will be done: that been given bases there by the country's Taliban leadership. It wasn't So long as the US forces remain, the Taliban can a very subtle strategy, but it was plausibly claim that they are fighting a jihad against certainly driven by perceived US nathe infidels, but once the Americans leave the war tional interest. will probably return to its basic ethnic character. Which was the point being made by President Hamid Karzai, the man whom the United States put in power after the 2001 invasion: "[The they say, but it's unlikely that the is the Afghan political style. The Americans] are here for their own Taliban leadership ever knew about Taliban will get a big share, but purposes, for their own goals, and al-Qaida's plans for 9/11. Why would they won't sweep the board. The they’re using our soil for that." they support an action that was American interlude will gradually Well, of course. The only other bound to provoke a US invasion and fade from Afghan consciousness, possible explanation for their presdrive them from power? Why would and the Afghan experience will vanence would be that Washington had bin Laden risk letting them know ish from American memory a good sent half a million young Ameriabout the attack in advance? The deal faster. cans to Afghanistan over the past US has probably been barking up But in the meantime, President Ba10 years in some quixotic quest to the wrong tree for a long time. rack Obama has promised to start raise the Afghan standard of living Now the Taliban are back in force, withdrawing US troops from Afand the status of Afghan women. and the war is all but lost. The US ghanistan next month, and that will That's ridiculous. Obviously, the may think it is about "terrorism" and be very tricky. Few Americans know motive was perceived US national al-Qaida, but for Afghans it is just a much about Afghan realities, and interest. continuation of the civil war that they have been fed a steady diet of So how to explain the furiously had already been raging for almost patriotic misinformation about the emotional response of Karl Eikena decade before the US invasion. place for a decade. berry, the US ambassador to AfghanThe Taliban, almost entirely drawn If the US ambassador to Kabul istan? Speaking at Herat University, from the Pashtun ethnic group, can get so emotional about a plain he raged: "When Americans ... hear captured Kabul in 1996, but never statement of fact, imagine how the themselves described as occupimanaged to conquer the other, folks at home will respond when US ers, told that they are only here to smaller ethnic groups in northern troops leave Afghanistan without a advance their own interest ... they Afghanistan. "victory." Obama will be lucky to pull are filled with confusion and grow The United States stumbled into this off without a serious backlash. weary of our effort here.” this civil war under the delusion Karl, they won't be very comforted that it was fighting Islamist terrorGwynne Dyer is a London-based if you tell them that their loved ists, but in fact it has simply ended journalist. His column appears every ones died for Afghanistan. Tell them up on the side of the Tajiks, Uzbeks week in Vue Weekly.



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Behind the marks

// Denise Hawrysio

Denise Hawrysio reveals the stories of her etchings

Highlighting the stories behind the etchings

Until Jul 9 An Etching Plate Feels No Pain Works by Denise Hawrysio SNAP Gallery


ithout reading the text below each of the three prints in SNAP's gallery window, one could think you were looking at works fol-

lowing the tradition of abstraction, focused on the sanctity of the mark above all else. Abstraction made to celebrate and explore the subconscious and emotionally-created mark on the page could very well have been the art-making principle behind the print works in Denise Hawrysio's An Etching Plate Feels

No Pain. The artist works beyond this visual referent instead, letting her viewers in on the less conventional stories behind the markings on her etching plates. The text below the prints in SNAP's window reveal that the first plate's marks were created as it was released from the summit of Rundle

Mountain where it slid all the way down. Its neighbour work was placed on a speed bump, its patterns and marks the result of being run over. It is interesting how being let in on the process behind these abstractions changes the looking relationship, allows for a thoughtprovoking consideration of both the formal qualities of each work—the tonal qualities, the expressive lines, how the eye moves—and the unusual and diverse processes behind their creation. Prints in the main gallery space take this idea further, exploring the potential for storytelling and even autobiography when recording incidental and everyday markmaking. One small print reads, "latch marks from the door slamming in my face" below a mass of wide marks. This visual evidence of this brief descriptor makes the imagined emotional impact of that latch with the slamming of the door all the more potent. Suddenly, these few abstract marks are embedded with meaning that sparks imagination. The few words that accompany each image encourage careful looking, an optical search to fill in more of the story.

abstraction is a deliberate advocacy for the accessibility of art making. Hawrysio's prints are proof that markmaking of esthetic merit can come from the most unusual or banal experiences, and the accessibility of their creation is very high. The artist drives this message home in the placards that lean against the wall in the gallery which read, "EVERYBODY IS AN ARTIST." In the context of the exhibition, this idea is supported and complicated as her prints prove that people do not even require the intention to make art in order to do so. The man responsible for the marks that form the print described as "fingernail marks from the guy whose job I stole" likely has no idea he was responsible for a provocative work of art. The art of the everyday has often been explored in conceptual art through investigations of banal gestures and rituals, but it is interesting to see what happens when this tradition is married with the power of formalism. The humour of this exhibition and the curiosity it inspires makes it a joy to experience the meaning embedded in these experiments with abstraction taken out of the studio and into the everyday. Carolyn Jervis

In this process of storytelling with


the spread of Irish sentiment goes well beyond national borders these days. "Were you to pull the Irish thread out of the English-speaking idiom, it would be, well, it might not be entirely boring, but it might be twothirds of what it is," he says. "No CODCO. No Kids in the Hall. No U2. No Van Morrison ... We're largely unconscious of this, because it's the air that we breathe."

series' of monologues, and our own Jeff Page has turned Oscar Wilde's prison writings into Secrets of Immortality, while Owen McCafferty's Mojo Mickybo is a tale of two boys whose play-fighting in 1970s Belfast mimics the very real adult war they see unfolding around them. The fest itself is also framed in a pub atmosphere: in between shows at La Cité Francophone—a lovely building to spend time in, regardless of the context—are readings of Irish poetry, live performances of fiddle music and, Henderson points out with a grin, pints of Guinness. "When we think of culture, we think of something that's separate from ordinary, everyday life," he says. "But as far as I can see it, Irish culture, with respect to theatre, is simply an extension of that basic everyday activity that you might call culture."


The Irish thread

The Serca Theatre Festival unearths the Emerald Isle's influence Tue, Jun 28 – Sun, Jul 3 Serca Irish Theatre Festival La Cité Francophone, $14 – $16, or $40 – $50 for a festival pass


ension works on stage," says Mark Henderson, after a lengthy, ruminative pause. "Confusion of identity also works on stage. Irony works on stage. Violence works on stage, or offstage, implied. And poetry works on stage, contrary to what a lot of people would say. And what we call 'the Irish' have that in spades." Henderson, artistic director of both Theatre Prospero and the Serca Irish Theatre Festival, is discussing what it is about Irish theatre that seems to resonate so fully throughout the theatrical world. It's not a simple answer: denizens of the Emerald Isle just seem to have a knack for deeply affecting

Jeff Page goes Wilde in Secrets of Immortality

stagework (whether that's comedy or tragedy or, most often, both), which Henderson partly attributes

to a history akin to the darkest black comedies, "full of blood and contradictions." He also notes that

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With that in mind, the Serca festival, now entering its second year, aims to showcase that thread in a wealth of plays linked to Ireland's finest minds: from four excerpts of Surreal SoReal's December run of Beckett's Shorts to a staged reading of Maggie Now parts one through four—each part garnering massive Fringe acclaim over the past few years. There's a pair of plays by Brian Friel, Faith Healer and Molly Sweeny, each an interlocking

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La Boho La Cité Francophone 8527 Marie- Anne Gaboury St

A new company explodes Larson's pre-Rent musical

T Tickets available at T Tix on the Square or at the door

Come out and enjoy not only the shows, but the festive Irish pub between shows too! JUNE 28 - JULY 3, 2011 Full show schedule at

A musical in three

Wed, Jun 22 – Sat, Jun 25 (8 pm) Sun, Jun 26 (2 pm) Tick, Tick ... BOOM! Directed by Jenna Greig Living Room Playhouse (11315 - 106 Ave), $20


hirty years old, broke, depressed and wondering if he should get a "real job." Sound familiar? To be sure, Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical Tick, Tick ... BOOM! is a story with which many of us can relate. (Or at least those of us who attempted to make a go of it in the arts. Er-hem.) Larson is better known as the creator of Rent, the famous off- then on-

Broadway classic. Larson began performing Tick, Tick ... BOOM! in 1990, six years before his death and the premiere of Rent on broadway. "As our first production it really hit home for us," states Nicholas Mather, artistic director of brand new local theatre company Rabid Marmot Productions. "We can all relate to different aspects of the three characters. We can follow the plight of Jon." Mather recently formed Rabid Marmot along with Jenna Greig (who directs here) with the goal of showcasing works by local playwrights as well as established productions in new and innovative ways. For the company's

debut show, it focused on reworking the musical score. "All in all I think there's over 150 lighting and sound cues, which is an amazing feat to be doing behind the lighting booth," notes Mather. (All the more impressive considering that the show will be held at the tiny Living Room Play House.) "Tick, Tick ... BOOM! originally started out as a one-man rock monologue called Boho Days," explains Mather. "Shortly after [Larson] had passed away, his friend and collaborator Victoria Leacock, with the help of playwright David Auburn, agreed to revamp the piece into a three-person musical. "When Jonathan originally wrote and pitched the score to the musical, he did it all on his keyboard," Mather continues. "We've managed to reconstruct this kind of approach with the help of today's advanced musical editing, and we've managed to present produced, full-sounding orchestra tracks that create resonance to the piece while preserving the intimate feel of the production." At its core, Tick, Tick ... BOOM! is a musical about following your dreams and sticking to what you believe is true. For that reason alone it has wide appeal; it's also great to see the staging of a lesser-known work as opposed to its much more famous (and much more produced) brother. Mel Priestley //


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Sat, Jun 25 (7:30 pm) Directed by Marcie Pringle La Cité Francophone, $25.65 – $28.50


y virtue of the sheer catchiness of the musical score and campiness of the plot, Little Shop of Horrors is a show that can really stand on its own. Its status as one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, as well as its adaption into the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis, means that Little Shop is one of a handful of musicals with universal appeal. Put simply, it's a safe choice for a theatre company that's bound to be entertaining, if not inspiring. This is pretty much the case with Two ONEWAY Tickets to Broadway Productions' staging of the show: on the whole, it was a capably delivered performance. All of the actors are accomplished vocalists who succeeded in doing justice to Little Shop's collection of '60s rock and doo-wop-inspired tunes. The plant puppetry was also very well done— Audrey II evolves in four stages from a wee head-bobbing sprout to a massive, baritone-voiced fly trap. Though the score may be filled with soul music, however, soul is precisely


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This Shop lacks soul

what this particular production lacks. Most of the cast seemed more concerned with getting from scene to scene than with simply enjoying themselves and revelling in the sheer outlandishness of the story. Notable exceptions are Caitlin Tywoniuk (Audrey) and Victoria Trevoy (Ronette), whose eye-batting sauciness added much-needed vivacity. There were also some fairly big issues with sound. A live band (the "Skid Row Philharmonic") filled out the score, but also tended to drown out the vocals. As well, two of the chorus girls were much

quieter than the third, which created a definite imbalance in their many refrains. Sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (Jayson Hlus) was a riot in his prolonged deathby-nitrous-oxide-helmet, but he could do well to drop a few of the overly highpitched yelps. Nonetheless, this was still an entertaining show and most of the faults can be fairly easily overlooked. The music is great, after all, and the tunes will be bopping through your head for days to come. Mel Priestley //



// Olivia Chow, Lisa Supruniuk

along a really diverse public, I think that's the value that bringing it out of the gallery has."

Someone entering Mirage, one of the exhibitions to be set up in Churchill Square

Thu, Jun 23 – Tue, Jul 5 Schedule available at


t's hard to capture the full scope of The Works in the space of one article. In terms purely of inhabited space, The Works' offers up a full square mile of art and art-centric events, then it continues beyond Churchill Square to scatter through 26 other downtown venues, with the installations taking up

varying sizes and shapes—one particular Churchill installation this year, Ian Johnson's reinterpretation of a peach tree, Sometimes Things Are Exactly As They Appear is 1200 square feet alone. As well, there's a brand-new partnership with the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, which runs concurrently, offering a chance for different disciplines of art to cross-pollinate along their way to wandering audiences.


All of which to say, now in its 26th year, The Works' chief ability is in transforming a huge number of spaces not usually given over to artistic exposure into places that focus on exactly that. Which, co-director Amber Rooke notes, is part of the reason for taking art out of galleries and bringing it into the streets in the first place: by embracing a festival atmosphere, it frames art in a far more approachable setting for those who

might never set foot in a gallery by their own volition. "The first thing that it does for the art is it makes it a little bit more approachable, and many, many more people see it," she notes, before citing the example that on Canada Day alone some 5000 people will wander through the Churchill Square set-up. "I think just for accessibility's sake, and really sparking dialogue

Still, given its size, finding any sort of single unifying thread running through it all is the sort of thing that's near impossible, though that isn't to say that Rooke and co-director Dawn Saunders Dahl haven't found other ways of unifying its scattered segments into some sort of cohesion: the loose core theme this year is "Energy I," subtitled, "Celebrating the Power of Right-Brained Thinking." That was what they asked for when they put out the call to artists (a few specific types, Rooke notes: "energetic artistic practices, energy between people and communities, and also the industry of energy," while next year looks to be focused more specifically on collaborative energy). As a concept, it's something they've already circled on the periphery, but it looks like one they'll be exploring in richer detail over the next few festivals given that it seems to tap into what's already on artists' minds. "We've been talking about sustainability and environmentalism pretty explicitly, I suppose, since 2008, when we started with the water and heat and earth themes," Rooke says. "Energy is sort of a spinoff of that. "The core value for The Works— green, environmentalism, sustainability, and social and environmental sustainability—is a big part of what many artists are talking about right now." Paul Blinov //


city, the 2011 incarnation of feats spans multiple venues and intertwines other disciplines into its explorations on how the body can move: from a showcase for Albertan choreographers on June 24 to works-in-progress presentations of cutting edge stuff, to public dance in City Market and swing lessons at Orange Hall, there's something for anyone looking to witness some body-bending aerobics, or maybe even try a little Charleston themselves. (Various venues,, mainstage tickets $15)

Tudor Queens: A Burlesque / Sat, Jun 25 (7:30 pm) Having just had their official debut as a new company at one of Nextfest's inimitable NiteClub performances, Send in the Girls intends to blend burlesque and theatre together, with the former actually being used to forward the story of the latter. With that in mind, they couldn't have picked a better inaugural creation to be workshopping before its proper debut at this year's fringe: Tudor Queens: A Burlesque follows the six regal wives who wed Henry VIII (and mostly met grisly fates), and now find themselves together in purgatory. The fundraiser will also feature ass-shaking dance party music courtesy of one Buxom Lass. I see an evening's theme emerging. (Catalyst Theatre, Pay What You Can)

Feats Festival of Dance / Thu, Jun 23 – Fri, Jul 1 Easily one of the most expansive dance festivals in the

Edmonton Tonight / Fri, Jun 24 (10:30 pm) Edmonton Tonight, the usually-monthy/always-irreverent live talk-show comes to an end for this season: there will be appearances by hip-hop trifecta Locution Revolution, visual art by A.J.A. Louden, a rep from our local-two-wheeled compatriots Bikeology, and host Tom Bernier will cap it all off with a highlight reel from previous shows as the Metro Cinema prepares to up and depart from Ziedler Hall to take over the Garneau Theatre in the fall. (Ziedler Hall, $10)

TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in 1960 – 1985 / Sat, Jun 25 – Sun, Sep 25 This week the AGA unveils the first major exhibition in Canada to examine conceptual art's influence across the true north strong and free, from postwar unease through to modern rights movements, as well as the technological world, developing at the same time as we slowly transitioned towards the age of mass media. (The Art Gallery of Alberta)

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Dance Dancefusion • Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave • Fusion: Harmony in Motion • Jun 25, 7:30pm

dinner–Music and Dance Extravaganza • Calmar Curling Club, 5020-47 St, Calmar • 780.955.7549 • With Alex Meixner Band, The Austin Kawa Band, performances by the Zyrka Dancers, and the Polonez Polish Dancers • Jun 30, 4:30pm-12 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

Feats–Festival of Dance • Various locations • 780.422.8107 • • Catch The Current: Lyrical, Cuban Jazz, and Contemporary Ballet • Jun 23-Jul 1 • Tickets at TIX on the Square • TransAlta Arts Barns–Westbury Theatre, 10330-84 Ave: Made in Alberta: choreographers, Marc Hall, Deanne Walsh (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks), Lisa La Touche (M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada), all ages, Jun 24, 8-11pm; $15 • Live Feed: works-in-progress with new choreography and audience/artist dialogue, and post show reception, all ages, Jun 25, 8-11pm, $15 • Fresh Feets: A night of Afro jazz, Caribbean house, and tap by young performers, all ages, Jun 26, 7-10pm, $15 • City Market, 104 St, Jasper Ave: Urban Dance Encounters: free dance classes, all ages, Jun 25, 12-2pm, free • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave: Sugar feats Stomp: Hosted by Sugar Swing, Sugar feats Stomp for people with no dance experience, a beginner drop-in lesson at 8pm; a social dance: 9pm, all ages, Jun 25, 8pm-1am, $10 (dance)/$17 (dance + lesson) at door • Fort Edmonton Park: Historic Feets: Jul 1, 12-2pm, free with admission • Winspear Centre: Global Dance–Folk Dance Traditions: Dances from the Andes, Spain, India, and China, all ages, Jul 1, 4-6pm, free

Mile Zero Dance • North Saskatchewan River • 780.424.1573 • Streaming: A site-specific installation about Edmonton's river. Part of The Works Festival of Art and Design • Jun 24-26, Jul 1-3

Viter–FUSION: Harmony in Motion • Jubilee Auditorium • Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir featuring works from Viter’s repertoire and premiere of original choreography • Jun 25, 7:30pm • $35/$25 at TicketMaster,

FILM Cinema At the Centre • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • • Centre for Reading and the Arts showcases little-known films every month in the Library Theatre

Downtown Docs • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (basement level) • Documentaries with attitude

From Books to Film series • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • Screenings of films adapted from books every Friday afternoon presented by the Centre for Reading and the Arts • True Grit (14A), 2010; Jun 24, 2pm

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Art Beat Gallery • 26 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.3679 • Paintings by Randy Hayashi • Until Jul 2

ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • • Discovery Gallery: In the Red: creation from deficit: Works explore the impact of Alberta’s recent budgetary cuts on an artist’s ability to create; until Jul 5 • Discovery Gallery: Contemporary fine craft by emerging artists; until Jul 9 • generation whY: Exploring the voices of craft makers 35 & younger; Jul 16-Sep 24; opening reception: Jul 16, 2-4pm


ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • DUPES: Artworks by Wilf Kozub • Transport Tycoons: Artworks by Josh Holinaty

Works Festival; until Jul 7; opening reception: Jun 25, 4-5pm • Flowing Lines: Paintings by Trevor Sale; Jul 8-29

Art from the Streets–Red Deer •

Gallery IS–Red Deer • 5123 48 St, Alexan-

4935-51 St • Group show • Until Jun 30

der Way, Red Deer • 403.341.4641 • Thresholds of Stone: Photographs on marble tiles by Sandy Warren • Until Jul 2

Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga. ca • Sculpture Terraces: Works by Peter Hide and Ken Macklin • ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured; until Aug 21 • Sarah Fuller: My Banff: in the RBC New Works Gallery; until Aug 7 • BMO World of Creativity: Drawn Outside: especially for kids; Until Jan 29, 2012 • Lawren Harris Abstractions; until Sep 11 • TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980: Tracking the influence and diversity of Conceptual Art as it was produced in Canada during the 1960s and 1970s; Jun 25-Sep 25 • A Day of Traffic: Jun 25, 12-5pm; Curators’ Tours: 12:30pm, free with admission with Barbara Fischer, and Catherine Crowston; Performance at 2pm: Paul Woodrow’s Tadpole Quartet, free; Lecture at 2:30pm: William Wood on Warhol and Conceptualism, free; Barbecue on the Terrace, 3:30-5pm, interactive projects free with admission • Adult Drop-in: Mix: Mixed-media Painting: Jun 23, 7-9pm; $15/$12 (AGA member) • Studio Y Youth Drop-in: Still: Pop Art Still Life: Jun 24, 3:30-5:30pm; $10 • $5 Warhol Wednesdays for Creative Age Festival Seniors: Seniors who bring in an AGA issued coupon, receive $5 admission for up to two seniors on any Wed, Jun 7-Aug 17 • Warhol Sunglasses Drops: Giving away the Andy Warhol-inspired promo sunglasses at various locations and events in the city: Jun 25 at The Works Art and Design Festival; Jul 1 (Canada Day) at the Legislature Grounds; Jul 10 at SOS Fest Street Concert, Fat Franks, Whyte Ave • Soup Can Drive: collecting cans of soup throughout the duration of Andy Warhol: Manufactured, to be donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank • Lecture: Ledcor Theatre: Warhol and Conceptualism presented by William Wood; Jun 25, 2:30pm; free

Art Gallery Of St Albert (AGSA) • Profiles, 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • Field Doll: Artworks by Heather Benning; until Jul 2 • Rental & Sales Gallery: Palette of Meanings: Artworks by Métis artists, Leah Dorion, and Heather Shillinglaw in celebration of National Aboriginal Day; until Jul 9

Carrot Café • 9351-118 Ave • 780.471.1580 • Gone to the Dogs: Artworks from Father Douglas' Puppy Series • Until Jul 5

Common Sense Gallery • 10546-115 St • 780.482.2685 • • Spill: artists are invited to Avenue Theatre with a few pieces of work. Paint and easels are provided so that people can make art while listening to the live music. There will be a vote on the pieces at the theatre, the most popular pieces will be shown at one of the Common Sense Galleries; 2nd Sun each month

Crooked Pot Gallery–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • Juiced! A Tribute to Drinking and Pouring Vessels: Pottery by Tammy Parks-Legge • Jul 1-30

Douglas UDell • 10332-124 St • 780.488.4445 • New artworks by Robert Lemay • Until Jul 2

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

Front Gallery • 12312 Jasper Ave • 780.488.2952 • Paintings by Paddy Lamb • Through Jun

Harcourt House • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • Main Space: Re-Charged: artworks by members; until Jul 16 • Annex: Charges Pending–Naked: Artworks from lifedrawing sessions • Opening reception: Jun 23 at the Summer Party featuring open studios, free drawing activities, front yard BBQ • Part of the Works: Jun 23-Jul 5

Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • The Power of the Natural World: Artworks by Leah Dorion, part of The

Haggerty Centre–Stollery Gallery • Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225-118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • • The Bridge: Contemporary art for modern viewers; part of The Works Festival • Until Jul 5

Harris-Warke Gallery–Red Deer • Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • • The Jumpers: Paintings by Erin Boake • Jun 27Jul 29 • Opening reception: Jul 8, 6-8pm

Hub on Ross Art Gallery–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • • sun water and other matter: Artworks by Mauricio Iniestra • Until Jun 30

Jeff Allen Gallery • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • 780.433.5807 • Creative Age Festival Art: Senior artists share their skills and talents in a huge variety of mediums • Until Jun 29; open Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Jurassic Forest/Learning Centre • 15 mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages

Kiwanis Gallery–Red Deer • Red Deer Library • 3rd Annual IB and AP Art Show: Artworks from students at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, and Hunting Hills High School • Until Jun 30

Latin Art Gallery • Bow Room Grant MacEwan, 10910-104 Ave • 780.802.4436 • • Kurmi • Grand opening of Latin Art Gallery: Jun 24, 5-8:30pm

Latitude 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 • • Main Gallery: Spaces ¶ Places: VisioningMcLuhan@100: Artworks dedicated to the centenary of Marshall McLuhan's birth; Jun 23-Jul 23 • Rooftop Patio and Summer Incubator Series: Jun 23, 5pm; Learn How To Talk About Art: The Cedar Tavern Singers; Jun 30

Group Show • Through Jun

Sat of the month)

Peter Robertson Gallery • 12304

Dralion • Rexall Place • A fusion of ancient

Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • In the Grid: Artworks by Ken Macklin • Until Jun 25

Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil • Jul 6-10

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery • 4525-47A Ave • reddeermuseum.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

com • Farm Show: A series of exhibitions newly created to explore contemporary farming issues • Farming Out Our Future: Changes that have had an impact on rural life in Alberta, 1950 to present • From Our Collection: Objects and artifacts from Central Alberta’s history • Through Jun

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

SNAP Gallery • 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • An Etching Plate Feels No Pain: Printworks by Denise Hawrysio • Until Jul 9

Spruce Grove Art Gallery • Melcor Cultural Centre, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • NATURE ROOT FORMS: Artworks by Leona Olausen • Jun 20-Jul 9 • Opening reception: Jun 25, 1-4pm

Telus World of Science • 11211-142 St • 780.451.3344 • SESAME STREET PRESENTS: THE BODY • Until Sep 5

VAAA Gallery • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • Energize: Artworks by VAAA members in conjunction with the Works Art and Design Festival • Until Jul 16

Walterdale Theatre • 10322-83 Ave • 780.439.2845 • DemoMission: Artworks by The REArtcycle Group, Saskatchewan's Best Recycle Artist Group • Jun 23-26 • Opening reception: Jun 23, 7pm

The Works Art and Design Festival 2011 • Throughout Edmonton • • Celebrate the Power of Right Brain Thinking: Visual arts at various venues as well as in Churchill Square • Jun 23-Jul 5 • Open Night Party: Moriarty's Bistro, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Jun 23, 7:30-10:30pm; $10 at 780.426.2122 Ext 235


Alberta Legislature • 10820-98 Ave

Blue Chair Café • 9624-76 Ave •

• Small Beginnings Exhibit: Artworks by artists from Brooks and the community of Newell • Jul 1-27

Greenwoods' Bookshoppe • 7925-

Loft Gallery • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 780.922.6324 • • Memories: Artworks by artists of the Art Society of Strathcona County • Until Jun 26, Sat 10-4pm, Sun 124pm • Summer Art Show: Landscapes and florals by Gail Farewell, Penny Lamnek, Anne McCartney, Linda Nelson, Dessirrie Plewis; Jul 9-31; Opening Tea: Jul 9, 1-4pm

McMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • Size Doesn't Matter: Artworks by Spyder Yardley-Jones • Until Jul 31 • Opening reception will be during the Works Art and Design Festival

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

Mildwood Gallery • 426, 6655-178 St • Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo and Victor Harrison • Ongoing

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain • 780.963.9935 • Installation works by Sarindar Dhaliwal and Lyndal Osbourne • Jun 25-Jul 27 • Opening reception: Jun 26

Musée Héritage Museum–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • Patterns in Glass: Métis Design in Beads; until Jun • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • The Mission Makers: Celebrating the ambitions, accomplishments and friendships of Archbishop Taché, OMI, and Father Lacombe, OMI; until Nov

Naess Gallery–Paint Spot • 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • More Than a Portrait:

VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011

780.469.8755 • Story Slam: 2nd Wed each month 104 St • 780.439.2005 • Book launch, reading, and signing with author, Glen Huser, for his new book, The Runaway; Jun 25, 11am

Haven Social Club • 15120 Stony Plain Road • Edmonton Story Slam: Five random audience judges rate a maximum of 10 writers, who compete for cash. No minors • Sign up after 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm, 3rd Wed of every month

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

Rouge Lounge • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

Stanley A. Milner Library • 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • Centre for Reading: From Books to Film; every Fri, 2pm • Teen Movie Scene: movie club for teens; 1st and 3rd Thu every month • Writers’ Corner: EPL’s Writer in Residence; featuring a different author each month; last Sun each month at 1:30pm

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; $5

Wunder Bar on Whyte • 8120-101

• Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park • • 780.420.1757/780.425.8086 • • Shakespeare returns for Free Will Player's 23rd season in the Park • Othello and Twelfth Night • Jun 28-Jul 24, 8pm; matinees on Sat and Sun at 2 pm • $23 (adult)/$15 (student/senior); $35 (festival pass) available at TIX on the Square, at Park box office (opens at 7pm; 1pm for matinees)

Ganza Ganza Ganza! • Varscona Theatre, PCL Stage, TransAlta Arts Barns • Rapid Fire Theatre present the best shows, the best acts, a growing festival with stuff you never thought possible! • Until Jun 25 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

Hooked On Bardics • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Freewill Shakespeare Festival and Rapid Fire Theatre present guests Sean McCann and Alan Cox from the UK-based Shakespearian-improv troupe, The School of Night • Until Jun 25 • $25 at TIX on the Square; Hooked on Bardics plays as part of Rapid Fire Theatre’s annual Improvaganza Festival, which runs from

IMPROVAGANZA 2011 • Varscona Theatre and PCL Studio at The Transalta Arts Barns • Public workshops and touring performances • Until Jun 25 • $10-$20 at

IMPROV ON THE AVE • Avenue Theatre, 9030-118 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre kicks it northside! Improv comedy featuring your old favourites from RFT, and guests on Alberta Ave the last Thu every month

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS • La Cité, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury • Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway Productions present Menken's Little Shop of Horrors • Until Jun 25 • Tickets at

Serca Festival of Irish Theatre • La Cité francophone, 8627-91 St: Five mainstage plays with Irish poetry readings, and music in between performances. Featuring the plays Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty, Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel, Secrets of Immortality by Jeff Page inspired by the prison writings of Oscar Wilde, and Faith Healer by Brian Friel, Beckett's Shorts by Samuel Beckett • Carrot Café: Staged reading of Maggie Now, parts 1-4 by Jennifer Spencer • Jun 28-Jul 3 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

SEXY LAUNDRY • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • • Starring Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley • Jun 28-Aug 21

StageLab 2011 • The Second Playing Space, Timms Centre, U of A, 112 St, 87 Ave • • From Research to Performance–a festival of new work and innovation, presented by the U of A's Department of Drama • Until Jun 29 • The Cave Painter, by Don Hannah, directed by Kim McCaw; Jun 23-26 • A series of new play readings: Life Without Secrets: by Priscilla Yakielashek; Jun 28; Stalker: The Musical: by Andrea Boyd, lyrics and music by Paul Morgan Donald; Jun 29

STREETFEST–Edmonton International Street Performers Festival • Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.425.5162 • • Escape To Someplace Magical: Outdoor performances and Late Night Madness performances, daily Troupe du Jour group shows, artistic face-painters, colourful rovers, Be Your Own Busker workshops, and Kids’ World activities for the young and young at heart • Jul 8-17

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

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Buddy Holly Story • Century Casino, 13103 Fort Rd • Starring Zachary Stevenson • Jun 24

CHiMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Every Sat at 11pm (no show on the last

10329-83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre's 30th Anniversary Edition • Every Fri at 11pm • $10 at TIX on the Square, door • $10 at TIX on the Square, door Playhouse/Azimuth Theatre 11315-106 Ave • • Rabid Marmot productions presents Jonathan Larson's Off-Broadway high powered rock musical featuring Byron Martin, Sarah Horsman, and Steven Angove • Jun 22-26 • $20 at TIX on the Square


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11th Anniversary Season! Take in six of Edmonton’s coolest theatre offerings for only $15 each!

Northern Light Theatre

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Varscona Theatre (10329 – 83 Avenue)

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Shadow Theatre

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Varscona Theatre (10329 – 83 Avenue)

Varscona Theatre (10329 – 83 Avenue)

UofA Studio Theatre

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Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Avenue & 112 Street)


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La Cite Francophone (8627- 91 Street)

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Farther from familiar

The Tree of Life crafts a collage of memory and meaning Opening Friday Written and directed by Terrence Malick Princess Theatre



ell us a story from before we can remember." This request, posed to his mother by one of the O'Brien boys (the one, in fact, whose death years later marks our dramatic entry point into The Tree of Life), suffuses Terrence Malick's new work and its elliptical, headlong exploration of memory and meaning. It's a collage in which narrative causality bends to memory's errant patterns and the imagination's serpentine longings. Here we have the young Mr and Mrs O'Brien (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) starting a family in Waco, Texas in the 1950s; here we have their eldest son Jack (Sean Penn) as a melancholic businessman in contemporary Houston; here we have Jack as a boy (Hunter McCracken) traipsing through the Waco suburbs with his brothers, drawing comfort from his mother or wishing violence upon his frustrated, disciplinarian father ("Do you love your father?" "Yes, sir."); here we have fantasies of Mrs O'Brien defying gravity, encased in a glass coffin like Sleeping Beauty, or mingling on some faraway beach that might resemble heaven, or at least a fleeting notion of one. And here we have interstellar plumes of gas, asteroids silently crashing into planets, and life rising up from the sea. All those things "from before we can remember," our dreams of prehistory, our invented images of our parents' childhoods, merge with haunting assemblies of things recalled. Malick's approach makes no divisions between the present, the past and the deep past, between the living and the dead. You'll walk away from The Tree of Life recalling the part where Mrs O'Brien shields her son's eyes from the man having an epileptic seizure, the part where the kids enjoyed their Halloween parade, or the old man who says, "Good night. We'll see you in five years." You'll feel like there was a whole story somewhere in each of those, and then you'll go back to see The Tree of Life again and realize that each of those parts was about three seconds long. At 67, five films and 40 years into his singular career, Malick has

VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011

Stories from before we can remember

strayed farther from the familiar than ever before, giving us a (semi-autobiographical?) film made of glimpses, reveries, music and disembodied voices. It's those voices, whispered, at times cringingly earnest, that can raise objections, but there's an irreconcilable tension between voice-over and narrative in Malick's films going all the way back to Badlands (1973) that's worth keeping in mind. From The Thin Red Line (1998) on, Malick has complicated his multi-character voiceovers to the point where it's sometimes difficult to know who to even attribute them to, including characters who've died. There's a case to made for The Tree of Life being told entirely from Jack's perspective, though to make that case you need to accept that Jack's perspective envelops things "from before we can remember," even that origin-of-the-universe sequence, made in collaboration with legendary special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, and which counters the voice-overs' creationist overtones with awesome evolutionary imagery (including an exchange between dinosaurs that is for me by far the film's goofiest risk). The intimate/ specific is cast in relief against the infinite/ eternal throughout The Tree of Life, so the one-way conversations with god that pervade its soundtrack should be taken as one more source of oppositional ele-

ments. Because so much story and even character development in The Tree of Life is conveyed through the editing and Emmanuel Lubezki's energized and lyrical Steadicam work, performance is often a matter of gesture and attitude. Mrs O'Brien is idealized, so Chastain is, appropriately, a diaphanous presence. Mr O'Brien, a source of conflict and lingering resentment for Jack, has more to do, and Pitt, who also co-produced the film, is at his best here, free of the strained mannerisms that plague so many of his films. But the performance that sticks with me most is McCracken's, with his wounded eyes and quiet confusion, who in some of the most engaging sequences gets into trouble with the neighbourhood kids, torments a poor frog, and enters a stranger's house to touch foreign things and steal a woman's slip which he guiltily disposes of in a river. McCracken's Jack is a branch that extends out to become Penn and, it seems, Malick, our reclusive author, facilitator and dreamer, who's gone so far out on a limb here and yet is still able to climb down, plant his feet on solid ground and perform the cinema's oldest, most rewarding trick: transmitting a cosmos of feeling and wonder through a single, sensitive human face. JOsef Braun //

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THE GREEN LANTERN Now Playing Directed by Martin Campbell

as Avatar, while sticking tightly to a time-honoured formula of the high-incalories summer popcorn flick, Green Lantern is a proudly awful collection of noisy and showy nonexistence.


al Jordan (Ryan Reynolds)—the latest of the Green Lanterns, the first in human form—has superpowers limited only by his imagination. Once a caucus of Lanterns choose him, what he can create in his mind, he can create in reality when he wears his newly-gifted jewelry. A Hot Wheels car ramp that is efficiently built on magical powers? Yes. A machine gun of energy? Sure. So For Green Lantern to succeed, or be watchable even, all it needed to do was look at its own plot for inspiration—here's the imagination of a Hollywood machine, here's an assembly of seemingly talented people and here's a somewhat-legendary comic book plot ... make it happen.

That suit just isn't tight enough to save this movie

Yet, the people who made this movie, who presumably had access to their own summer blockbuster power ring worth hundreds of mil-

lions, don't seem to know what their own superpowers are. Trying to be as epic as Lord of the Rings, as profoundly graphic and visually impressive

The writers weren't wearing a ring when they created a miserable plot with clunky dialogue that answered few questions about the DC comic book history—and sure, don't care about the comic's mythology, because for most of the public, who cares? But try something original. Or try anything. While there is literally a plot line, it is so terribly predictable and hackneyed that it feels like the writers gave a group of six year olds a tape recorder, a colouring book and five dollars worth of candy and locked them in a room for 20 minutes. "I pledge allegiance to a lantern, given to me by a dying purple alien," certainly sounds

like a child writer on their worst day. The acting is less than exceptional; granted it's mainly Reynolds' floating head and purple Avatar rejects that get most of the airtime. Reynolds, with a notoriously chiseled frame, seems to grasp that his image was chosen to star in the movie, not him—a glib comment here and strategic smile there is all that's required. And we all know the game. This isn't a vehicle for superb acting or inspired monologues, but it's offensive to try to pull this off. It's the CGI where Green Lantern scrapes the bottom. Everything appears to be an ornament at a theatrical light show. Every graphic is particularly unremarkable—so bad that you can't wait for the story to return to Earth, because at least you can deal with that. Curtis Wright //

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THE THIRD MAN Fri, Jun 24; Sat, Jun 25; Sun, Jun 26 (7 pm) Sat, Jun 25; Sun, Jun 26; Mon, Jun 27 (9 pm) Directed by Carol Reed Metro Cinema (9828 - 101A Ave)



o you know the story of The Third Man (1949)? Because even a short synopsis can transmit something of its very special allure, its melancholy, intrigue, romance and historical richness, its elegant despair and unforgettable evocation of the postwar European city as Kafkaesque labyrinth. It's about a writer of pulp westerns who travels to a rubble-strewn Vienna, a city divided into quarters and jointly governed by uneasy allies, arriving just in time for the funeral of the old, dear friend whom he was meant to visit, whose sudden death, hit by a car on a quiet

street in broad daylight, seems suspicious, whose criminal activities just get uglier with every report, and who had a woman who loved him even though she probably knew what kind of bastard he must have been. The film's director was the very underrated Carol Reed, its screenwriter none other than novelist Graham Greene. It starred Joseph Cotton as the writer, Holly Martens, the boyish, not-so-quiet American who drinks too much and trusts too much; Alida Valli as the lover in danger of being deported; Orson Welles as the key to the titular riddle, so nefariously charismatic, one of the great supporting performances, and clearly an influence on the film's pervading noirishness and parade of wonderful details, including a biting parakeet that may be an homage to that crazy bird screech transition that occurs late in Citizen Kane (1941). It has a

An underground labyrinth

zither score by Anton Karas, among the most memorable scores in film history, for reasons that have as much to do with where it is and isn't used (cunningly, sparely, ironically) as with the music itself. It's about the sort of age-old but no less appalling corruption that seeps

into everything, even friendships, culminating in an exchange of bitter betrayals, sinking right down into the Viennese sewers, where the film's shadows and echoes finally close in on our hero and his illusions. The Third Man is beautiful, entertaining and lyrical, cynical in

a way that's tough to resist. It's a masterpiece, and whether you've seen it a half-dozen times or never, there aren't many good reasons to miss its brief run this weekend at Metro Cinema. Josef Braun //


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r Popper's Penguins—aka March of the Penguins Plus Some Puerile People—flails its wings before plopping back down on its cartoon-conceit. Little surprise there. This blockbuster summer, was anyone awaiting, with fishbaited breath, a movie where a man sits vigil with the egg of a Pygoscelis papua, desperately hoping it'll hatch, or a climax where Antarctic avians must choose between a zookeeper dangling sardines and the man who loves them? This adaptation of the 1938 kids' book unwisely makes the main character a Trump-like businessman. NYC real-estate-gobbler Popper (Jim Carrey) breezes snappily through work and life, ignoring his feelings for his exwife (Carla Gugino) and seeing his two

March of the puerile

kids on weekends at his cool, modern apartment. Carrey does get off some sharp lines and some deft physical comedy with the penguins—entranced by movies featuring Chaplin's waddling Tramp—that his late father bequeaths to him. But then the animals-cute-and-cuddlyas-a-Telus-ad schtick kicks in. The movie poops out some lazy toilet humour while straining to show that Popper's

apartment is better for the flock than the zoo. It squawks and squawwwks its message about Popper rediscovering his inner child while reuniting with his estranged family. The penguins prove to be pixellated props and puppets, a team of tuxedos there to show the semi-Scrooge property-procurer the magical meaning of hearth and home. Brrr humbug. Brian Gibson //

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FILM WEEKLY Fri, JUN 24, 2011 – Thu, Jun 30, 2011

for young children) Digital Cinema Sat 10:30; Mon 7:00

The Importance Of Being Earnest (G)


CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr, Jasper, 780.852.4749

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Daily 7:00; Sat-Sun 1:30 SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Daily 7:00, 9:00

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) Daily 9:00; Sat-Sun 1:30

CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave, 780.472.9779 PRIEST 3D (14A violence) Digital 3d Daily 1:45, 3:50, 6:50, 9:10

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

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (PG frightening scenes, not recommended

Daily 1:50, 4:20, 6:45,


HOP (PG coarse language) Daily 1:10, 3:30 Fast Five (14A violence) Daily 1:15, 4:00, 6:55, 9:40

MARS NEEDS MOMS (PG) Daily 1:35, 3:45 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG violence, not

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

PROM (PG) Daily 1:25, 4:25, 7:00, 9:20

Sat 1:00

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (STC) Ultraavx, No passes Tue 12:05; Wed-Thu 1:00, 4:30, 7:50, 11:15

National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard (Classification not available) Thu 8:00 CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7020 BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual

content) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes, Stadium Seating FriTue 12:05, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15; Wed-Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes,

violence, not recommended for young children) Dolby Stereo Digital, Child Admission Price, Digital 3d, Digital Presentation, No passes, Stadium Seating, Bargain Matinee Fri-Tue 12:35, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00; Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, Bargain Matinee Fri-Tue 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:30; Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:15, 7:30, 10:30

CARS 2 3D (G) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission

Daily 1:55, 4:50, 7:15, 10:00

THE LINCOLN LAWYER (14A) Daily 1:05, 3:40,

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Bargain Matinee,

6:55, 9:35

SOUL SURFER (PG) Daily 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15 ARTHUR (PG not recommended for young children) Daily 7:30, 9:55

Child Admission Price, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

INSIDIOUS (14A frightening scenes, not recommended for children) Daily 7:10, 9:40

sexual content) Stadium Seating, Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, DTS Digital Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35

Double Dhamaal (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. Daily

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

1:00, 4:30, 8:00

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave, 780.732.2236

CARS 2 (G) No passes Daily 11:45, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30; Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Fri-Tue 12:00, 2:20, 4:50; Wed-Thu 12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10

language, sexual content) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:40, 7:20, 10:20; Wed-Thu 12:40, 3:40, 7:20, 10:20

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)

(STC) Digital 3d, Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, No passes, Stadium Seating Tue 9:45; Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, Digital 3d, Stadium Seating, No passes Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 6:45, 10:15

violence, not recommended for young children) No passes; Ultraavx: Fri-Sun 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30; Mon 12:30, 3:20, 6:40, 9:20; Tue 12:30, 3:20; Digital 3d: Wed-Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30; Tue 6:40, 9:20


THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual

National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard (Classification not available) Stadium

content) Fri-Tue 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:45; WedThu 12:40, 3:10, 5:30, 8:10, 10:45

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) Fri-Sun, Tue 7:15, 10:15; Mon 10:15; Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Digital 3d Fri-Mon 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40; Tue 12:10, 3:30, 6:30

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) Fri-Tue 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00; WedThu 9:25

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse lan-

guage, not recommended for young children) Daily 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) No passes Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 8:00, 10:40; Wed-Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:00, 8:00, 10:40

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Daily 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

(STC) Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, DTS Digital, On 2 Screens, No passes, Stadium Seating Wed-Thu 1:00, 5:00, 8:30

Seating Thu 8:00

CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse lan-

guage, sexual content) Fri, Mon-Tue 3:45, 6:40, 9:40; Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:45, 6:40, 9:40

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

sexual content) Fri, Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:20, 10:00; SatSun, Thu 1:20, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri, MonTue 4:30, 6:50, 9:10; Sat-Sun 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse

Super 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) Fri-Tue 6:45, 9:05

Kung Fu Panda 2 (G) Presented in 3D Sat-Sun 1:45

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (STC) Presented in 3D Wed-Thu 6:45, 9:35

GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park 780416-0150 CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30; Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:30

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri 4:35,

7:10, 9:30; Sat-Sun 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:30; Mon 7:10, 9:30; Tue 6:30

GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) No passes Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:20; Sat-Sun 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20; Mon-Tue 6:30, 9:20

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d, No passes Fri 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:20, 10:10

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

sexual content) Fri 4:30, 7:25, 10:05; Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05; Mon-Thu 7:25, 10:05

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Fri 3:40, 6:50, 10:00; Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:00; Mon-Thu 6:50, 10:00

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse lan-

guage, sexual content) Fri 4:10, 7:15, 10:15; Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15; Mon-Thu 7:15, 10:15

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Fri 4:15, 6:55,

9:40; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 9:40; Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:40

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Fri, MonTue 7:00; Sat-Sun 1:05, 7:00; Wed-Thu 9:50

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (STC) Digital 3d, No passes Tue 12:01, 9:00; WedThu 6:30, 9:55

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Wed-Thu 6:40 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (STC) No passes Wed-Thu 7:00, 10:20

Garneau 8712-109 St, 780.433.0728 Midnight In Paris (PG) Fri-Sun 7:00, 9:10;

Sat-Sun 2:00; Mon-Thu movie plays at the Princess It's sad but true, the Garneau is closing on Jun 27

GRANDIN THEATRE–St Albert Grandin Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822 Date of Issue Only: Thu Jun 23

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Thu Jun 23: 1:00, 3:00, 4:50, 7:00

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) Thu Jun 23: 8:55

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

Super 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) Fri, MonWed 4:15, 7:00, 9:30; Sat-Sun, Thu 1:25, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes,



THE ART OF GETTING BY (PG coarse language)

GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence,

for young children) Sat 10:30; Mon 7:00

Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Daily 6:55 9:10;

X-Men (PG may frighten younger children) Thu Jun

violence, not recommended for young children) No passes; Digital 3d: Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:15; Sat-Sun 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:15; Mon 3:50, 6:30, 9:15; Tue 3:50, 6:30; Wed 3:50, 6:40, 9:20; Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (PG frightening scenes, not recommended

content) Daily 7:05, 9:15; Sat -Sun 2:05

language, not recommended for young children) Daily 9:00

not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema Fri-Tue 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:10; Wed-Thu 12:45, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Fri-Tue 7:20, 9:45

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual

content) No passes Fri 4:25, 7:30, 10:15; Sat-Sun 1:55, 4:25, 7:30, 10:15; Mon-Thu 7:30, 10:15


GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes,

Bikeology: The Bike Heist/Cowbell

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse

GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence,

not recommended for young children) No passes Fri-Sun, Thu 12:30, 3:20, 6:40, 9:20; Mon 1:50, 4:40, 10:45; Tue 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30; Wed 3:20, 6:40, 9:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

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

language, not recommended for young children) FriSun 4:00, 9:50; Mon-Tue 9:50

Mon 1:30, 3:50, 6:50, 9:00; Sun 3:50, 6:50, 9:00; Tue 1:30, 3:50, 6:50

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri-Sat,

4:05, 6:35; Sat-Sun, Thu 1:05, 4:05, 6:35

not recommended for young children) No passes Fri 4:20, 7:10, 9:50; Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50; MonWed 4:20, 7:10, 9:50; Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50

CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Fri, Mon-

23: 1:05, 4:00, 6:45, 9:10

not recommended for young children) No passes Thu Jun 23: 12:55 3:05 5:10 7:20 9:30

Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence,

not recommended for young children) No passes Thu Jun 23: 12:40, 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:25

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) No passes Thu Jun 23: 1:15 3:15 5:15 7:15 9:15

LEDUC CINEMAS Leduc, 780.352.3922 Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual

content) Fri 7:05, 9:25; Sat, Sun 1:05, 3:25, 7:05, 9:25; Mon, Tue 7:05, 9:25

Cars 2 (G) Fri 6:55, 9:40; Sat, Sun 12:55, 3:40, 6:55,

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Wed 4:00, 6:45, 9:25; Sat-Sun, Thu 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:25

9:40; Mon, Tue 6:55, 9:40


BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual

not recommended for young children) Thu, Fri 6:50, 9:35; Sat, Sun 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35; Mon, Tue 6:50, 9:35

CARS 2 (G) No passes Fri, Mon-Wed 4:25, 7:05,

Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Thu, Fri 7:00, 9:30;

(STC) Sun 1:00

(STC) No passes Digital 3d: Tue 10:00; Wed-Thu 11:40, 3:00, 6:15, 9:45; Ultraavx: Tue 12:01, 9:00; Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45; Thu 12:20, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45

content) No passes Fri, Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:15, 9:35; Sat-Sun, Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7:15, 9:35


9:45; Sat-Sun, Thu 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45

No passes Wed-Thu 12:50, 4:20, 7:45, 11:00

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St, 780.436.8585 CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Fri-Sun 12:00,

2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40; Mon-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 7:15, 9:45


(STC) Digital 3d, No passes Tue 9:10; Wed 6:30, 9:50; Thu 11:50, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50


(STC) No passes Wed 3:30, 6:50, 10:10; Thu 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10

Alta Brown Coats presents: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (STC) Sat 12:30 Alberta Brown Coats presents: Serenity (14A violence) Sat 2:00

Digital 3d, Digital Presentation, Stadium Seating, Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price Fri-Mon 12:20, 3:35, 6:50, 10:05; Tue 12:20, 3:35

language, not recommended for young children) Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Fri-Tue 12:25, 3:25, 6:35, 9:35; WedThu 12:25, 3:25, 6:35, 9:45

able) Fri 10:30

not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D Daily 6:50 9:20; Sat-Sun 1:50

Sat-Sun 1:55

Price, Digital 3d, No passes, Stadium Seating Fri-Tue 12:00, 3:00, 6:45, 9:30; Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:00, 7:15, 10:05

SOURCE CODE (PG violence,coarse language)

Edmonton Tonight (Classification not availDUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave, Camrose, 780.608.2144 Green Lantern (PG violence, frightening scenes,

Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence,

Sat, Sun 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:30; Mon, Tue 7:00, 9:30

METRO CINEMA 9828-101A Ave, Citadel Theatre, 780.425.9212 The Third Man (PG) Fri, Sat, Sun 7:00; SatSun Mon 9:00

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(STC) Sun 7:00

PARKLAND CINEMA 7 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove, 780.972.2332 (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain; Parkland County) Cars 2 (G) Fri-Tue 7:00, 9:00; Sat, Sun, Tue 12:55, 3:10

Bad Teacher (14A coarse language, crude sexual

content) Fri-Tue 7:15, 9:25; Sat, Sun, Tue 1:10, 3:20

Green Lantern (PG frightening scenes, violence, not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D Fri-Tue 6:45, 8:55; Sat, Sun, Tue 12:45, 3:25

Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Fri-Tue 7:05; Sat, Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:00

Super 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) Fri-Tue 6:50, 9:10; Sat, Sun & Tues 12:50, 3:05

X-Men (PG may frighten younger children) Fri-Tue 9:20

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Presented in 3D FriTue 7:10; Sat, Sun, Tue 1:05, 2:55

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) Fri-Tue 9:30

Bridesmaids (14A crude content, coarse lan-

guage, sexual content) Fri-Tue 6:50, 9:15; Sat, Sun, Tue 12:50, 3:15

PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728 The Tree Of Life (PG) Daily 6:45, 9:30; SatSun 2:00

Midnight In Paris (PG) Fri-Sun at the

Garneau; movie plays at the Princess: Mon-Thu 7:00, 9:10

Forks Over Knives (PG) Fri-Sun 7:10, 9:00;

Sat-Sun 2:30

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.444.2400 CARS 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes Daily 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Fri-Tue 11:30, 2:00, 4:30 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri-Mon,

Wed-Thu 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:15; Tue 12:40, 3:40, 6:40

GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence,

not recommended for young children) No passes FriTue 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40; Wed 3:50, 9:40; Thu 12:50, 3:50; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG frightening scenes,

violence, not recommended for young children) No passes Ultraavx: Fri-Mon 1:40, 4:40, 7:50, 10:40; Tue 12:30, 3:30, 6:30; Digital 3d: Wed-Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:50, 10:40; Tue 9:40

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) Daily 11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) Fri-Tue 7:20, 10:30; Wed-Thu 11:45, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Digital 3d Fri-Sun 11:45, 3:10, 6:30, 9:50; Mon 11:45, 3:10, 10:00; Tue 11:45, 3:10, 6:30

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; Mon 1:10, 3:50, 10:10

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG violence, coarse lan-

guage, not recommended for young children) Daily 12:20, 3:20, 6:45, 10:00

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) No passes Daily 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 8:00, 10:45 MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS (G) Daily 1:20, 4:20, 6:45, 9:20

SUPER 8 (PG coarse language, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) Fri-Mon 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45; Digital Cinema Fri, Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45; Sat 2:00, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45

The Metropolitan Opera: Capriccio Encore (Classification not available) Mon 6:30 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (STC) No passes Digital 3d: Tue 10:00; Ultraavx: Wed-Thu 12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 11:00; Tue 12:01, 9:00

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON–An Imax 3d Experience (STC) No passes Tue 8:45; Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30; Midnight: Tue 12:01

National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard (Classification not available) Thu 8:00 WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin, 780.352.3922 Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) Thu, Fri: 7:00, 9:30; Sat, Sun 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:30; Mon, Tue 7:00, 9:30

GREEN LANTERN (PG frightening scenes, violence,

not recommended for young children) Thu, Fri 6:50, 9:35; Sat, Sun 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35; Mon, Tue 6:50, 9:35

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Fri 7:05, 9:25; Sat, Sun 1:05, 3:25, 7:05, 9:25; Mon, Tue 7:05, 9:25

CARS 2 (G) Fri 6:55, 9:40; Sat, Sun 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:40; Mon, Tue 6:55, 9:40



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Shylah Kuysters and Dale Meunier The Sequel Café 10011 - 102 Ave, 780.425.9210


dmonton's downtown wends its way into many conversations, whether they're about arts, sports or food. Chatting with Shylah Kuysters and Dale Meunier, owners of The Sequel Café, downtown certainly comes up in our conversation. "We like downtown," Kuysters says. "It's a part of Edmonton, and it's thriving during the day." "When you come down here you want to feel like you're part of something, and you want to be where the people are," Meunier continues. "We get such a kick out of people—from the suits to the streets, there's always something to see downtown." Not surprisingly, the duo opened their café kitty-corner from Churchill Square, right by the Arts District. Posters of theatre and opera events decorate the front counter. Many customers in the café come over from the Citadel, the art gallery or the downtown library. Painted in red, purple and blue sections, the walls would certainly appeal to a funky, artistic eye, as do the stool-and-table combos. Downtown also fits into the philoso-


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phy behind the restaurant, with its emphasis on a fresh and fast lunch. As I sip my Americano and sample a curried red lentil soup, I can look right across to Churchill Square. Still, Meunier and Kuysters note that when they opened the café in December, the opening coincided with something Edmontonians easily remember: this winter. "Our first 50 business days, I think 80 percent of them, the daytime high was -20 or colder," Meunier recalls. On a day like that, the soup that I'm eating would have been quite welcome. Made with lentils, green cardamom, curry, cilantro, carrots, celery and red peppers, the soup tempts me with its heat and spice, and dares the sky to throw down some snow. I enjoy another spoonful along with coffee. I certainly do not feel cold. While the Sequel is not exclusively vegetarian, it does offer vegetarian specials; as well, all the soups are vegetarian and celiac-friendly. By offering vegetarian options, the Sequel has made itself a destination for a surprising demographic: a group of vegetarian bike couriers, all from the same company. "We have vegetarian bike couriers

coming in here—I thought I'd never see the day," Meunier says. "A whole raft of vegetarian bike couriers!" Kuysters adds that they come in the morning, and then again for lunch. "We're kind of known because of the bike couriers in a way, because you see them coming in and out all the time," she continues. I admire the colourful menu board where all the selections are spelled out with fridge-magnet letters. The duo has a friend, an antique collector, who spent years collecting these magnet letters; now, Meunier and Kuysters have a big box of them. After reading the colourful board, I ask how they would describe the restaurant's style. "I don't know what you'd call it— international?" Meunier says. "I like to tell people I only cook things I'm good at," he laughs. In the end, though, he observes that food can have a strong effect on a person's mood—a person can be having a bad day, but a good meal can change that completely. Meunier has seen it happen many times. "You can see a change in the expression on their face," he says. MARIA KOTOVYCH // MARIA@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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Six facts about Dr Pepper

1) Invented in the 1880s by Charles Alderton at Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. The drink was originally called a Waco, and customers used to order the drink by coming up to the soda fountain and telling the soda jerk to "Shoot me a Waco." 2) Alderton didn't want to pursue the burgeoning business so he gave the drink to Morrison and his business partner Robert Lazenby who re-christened it Dr Pepper. 3) Dr Pepper is marketed as having 23 distinct flavours: Alderton liked the way the drug store's soda fountain smelled with all of the fruit syrups mixing together and tried to mimic it in the drink. 4) Questions about the brand name's origin have created several theories. Some believe that the "pep" is from the pepsin—an enzyme that calms upset stomach—that may have been in the original recipe, while others believe that, because Dr Pepper was originally marketed as a brain tonic, the "pep" was the feeling it gave consumers. 5) In 1972, Dr Pepper sued Coca-Cola for copyright infringement after it came out with Peppo which was changed first to Dr Pibb and finally to Mr Pibb. WalMart even came out with its own Dr Pepper knock-off, originally called Southern Lightning but now marketed as Dr Thunder, which claims, "You've never been deep, until you've been Dr Thunder deep." 6) In 2009, a somewhat famous Dr Pepper marketing campaign had well-known fictional doctors claiming, "Trust me. I'm a doctor." The campaign included Dr Dre, Dr J (Julius Erving) and Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris). V

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Respect your Duchess

// Mike Siek

Flanders sour is not for everybody, but it is interesting


It pours a deep mahogany red bordering on brown, with a light tan head of middling character. The aroma first presents a clean sourness, not vinegar-y but more like sauerkraut. If I asked you to describe the taste of However, a soft malt, fruity sweetness beer you would likely come up with sweeps in to keep the tartness from some combination of these descriptrashing the joint. There is clearly a struggle going on between the tors: malty, hoppy, crisp, grainy, e e w e vu epint@ sweet, roasted, chocolaty and so toth earthy tartness and a raisin-like malt Jason on. One word I can guarantee you sweetness. Just as you capture one on r e t Fos wouldn't use is "sour." your palate, the other bursts in to comNormally sourness sets off alarm bells that a plicate the picture. The tussle continues across beer is hopelessly, palliatively infected. Howevyour tongue. Only near the end does the tarter, there are two styles in the world intentionally designed to impart a tart sourness to beer. This style of beer is aged in The first, Lambic, I spoke about last year and it oak barrels to expose it to is so out-of-the-ordinary you would be justified good bacteria in the lining in saying it is not beer at all (although it is). The of the wood that will, over second contains enough beeriness to force you a two-year aging period, to acknowledge it is beer despite its tartness. sour the beer. Yes, they do That is what makes it so special. this on purpose. I am speaking of Flanders sour—more accurately divided into Flanders red and Flanders brown. This style of beer is aged in oak barrels ness finally emerge victorious, leaving a dry, to expose it to good bacteria in the lining of the lactic acidity in the aftertaste. wood that will, over a two-year aging period, My experience is that not everyone likes this sour the beer. Yes, they do this on purpose. Usubeer, although red wine and other non-beer ally these beer are blended at bottling time— drinkers are often surprised by how much they an older, more tart version with a younger, like it. This is not a beer with which to bang sweeter vintage—to balance the sour with the back a few. It takes slow, deliberate intention. sweet, and to keep some beery character. There is no ignoring the flavour in this beer— The best example I have ever tasted was in Brusespecially since it is unlike any other you will sels. Alas, Rodenbach Grand Cru—which is not ever have. I encourage you to try it, just once. blended but instead is a pure-sour beer—is not You may not like it, and that is fair. You may available here. However, the close second place find, however, that you appreciate the clean is. Duchess de Bourgogne is a great example of sharpness of the beer and before you know it a Flanders red, and it demonstrably proves that the Duchess will have grabbed you, just like beer can be sour and remain beer. she did to me. V





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Brian Wilson returns to a musical innocence

Sun, Jun 26 (7:30 pm) Brian Wilson Jubilee Auditorium, $67 – $97


t starts with a slow, quivering scale of notes. Then, gradually, it expands, and the sounds of a sustained rushing chaos emerge, of some bustling, early-morning freeway of a 20th century city starting yet another morning of well-worn bee-like rhythms, as transmuted into tumbling piano and striking orchestration by, really, one with an unparalleled gift for jazz composition. Its composer, George Gershwin, called "Rhapsody in Blue" "a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our metropolitan madness." And in two smaller fragments of the original's nine-minute runtime, "Rhapsody" bookends Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, an album where one musical genius meets another in the posthumous realm of a studio recording, where former Beach Boy Brian Wilson channels Gershwin's jazzy, beautiful compositions through major key harmonies and that timeless, innocent sense of early rock 'n' roll. "Rhapsody in Blue"

is not a pop song by any measure, but Wilson digs for the hooks, pulls out a beautiful harmony, and turns it into one. Elsewhere on the album, Gershwin's towering tumbles of jazz become soaring, pure harmonies above sunshine instrumentals in the style of his former Beach Boys' pop, jazzy adult contemporary and shuffling doo wop. But "Rhapsody" in particular holds as somewhat of an influential honour for Wilson, who turned 69 this week while in the midst of his first Canadian tour: it's one of the first songs he can recall hearing, in his grandmother's living room when he was about two years old. "I liked the violin section a lot," Wilson says, in an even voice, about hearing "Rhapsody" for the first time. That's the extent of his response; when asked about its impact, he adds, "Well it taught me how to write harmonies." None of Wilson's answers take more than a few seconds of time, and rarely does he elaborate. He's somewhat of a notoriously difficult interview, somewhat closed-off and agreeably curt, perhaps now moreso than ever before. His publicity people had kindly

offered a warning about asking him "yes or no" questions, because, if given the chance, he would give yes or no answers. And that's exactly he did. It could possibly be a result of the years of battling mental illness that kept him off the stage and out of the studio for a decade—he became an increasingly reclusive figure from 1968 to 1988, when he finally resumed a somewhat consistent solo career—or the compounding effects that drug usage had on that fragile state of mind (today, he's pretty staunchly antidrug). Having weathered the life he did, that he managed to not only survive, but also find stability and return to crafting technicolour pop music of

quality is a true wonder. Still, Wilson's a man of few words these days. And so our interview goes in short, somewhat perplexing bursts. Wilson doesn't listen to modern pop music because "I don't like the sound of it." The Gershwin album came about when Disney approached him to do an album of Disney covers. The Disney album is in the can too, due for release, and Wilson tells me his favourite song on it is "When You Wish Upon a Star," though I've also read him say the same for "Stay Awake" (from Mary Poppins). I ask about the weather in Califonia, its balmy sun a constant source of inspiration to his music, and get a curt

reply of "about 75." Like Gershwin, whose brother Ira wrote the words to his compositions, Wilson's frequently worked with lyricists. His thoughts on the matter are simply that "I like to inspire someone with my melody so they can write good lyrics. It's a good collaboration." On Reimagines Gershwin, Wilson likes "Summertime" best. And overall, on approaching Gershwin's catalogue, Wilson "Just wanted to do him a justice, that's all. Just wanted to do him a justice." Is there more to any of those questions than that? Almost certainly. But that's all he has to say about it today. CONTINUED ON PAGE 29 >>

Six facts about Brian Wilson 1) Wilson is deaf in his right ear. The reason isn't clear: it's been attributed to being born that way or a blow to the head, which, in turn, has had blame cast on both his father and a neighbourhood bully. 2) He's covered the Barenaked Ladies' "Brian Wilson" live, and once visited the band in the studio to play them his version of their track. They called it a "surreal" experience.

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3) The Beach Boys still tour today. The only classic-era members involved are Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. 4) Wilson married Melinda Ledbetter in 2005. The couple have adopted five children, and Wilson also has a pair of daughters from his first marriage with Marilyn Rovell, who found a career in music themselves as two parts of the vocal group Wilson Philips.

5) One of the rumoured reasons Wilson shelved Smile during the '60s was Paul McCartney playing him a tape of the Beatles' "A Day In The Life" which later appeared on Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 6) The original Smile sessions, the massive collection of fragments of songs recorded in the '60s then shelved, are due for a late summer release in a box set format.




Shuyler Jansen, breaking moulds and taking names

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huyler Jansen isn't who you think he is. Both in his solo work and with his former band Old Reliable, Jansen has long been seen as a purveyor of country and western music. But this isn't everything the man is. On his latest record, Voice From the Lake, Jansen steps out of the alt-country pigeonhole into a rockier sound, looking

to cast off whatever preconceptions people had of him. "People always tend to put [my records] in some kind of specialty-folk or alt-country section in the record store and I'd rather they just put it in the pop section or the rock section, back the way record stores used to be in the early '90s when everything was just in one big section," he says. "I thought that that was such a superior way to have music sold to people."

The record itself describes the struggle he's had with performing over the past couple of years because of a panic disorder. A dark record on first listen, Jansen insists that, in the end, it's full of hope about battling through and walking away, if not totally unscathed, then at least wiser for having the scars. "I think it's a record about trying to overcome something that's inside of you and just get to the other side and it's working through a dark place back into the light or back into some place positive," he says. "Personally that was what I was going through: battling several things and trying to figure out how to deal with them and walk away from them and not get worse." One of the things Jansen points to as being the most helpful in overcoming his anxiety was working with a new band, Foam Lake. Composed of four brothers from Saskatoon, Jansen points to them as being the catalyst that got him back onstage and on tour after a couple years of only sparse playing. "It was just a real positive experience working with them and going down two or three times a week and rehearsing with them," he says. "I was still battling through some of this stuff while this was going on but they helped me overcome the fear of things and start to see the fun in it again and start to see how worthwhile it is to play live and change the songs up all the time and make noise and be psychedelic." Bryan Birtles //


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His songs, though, are a little more telling. Wilson still commands a simple but tremendously beautiful mastery of harmony and song. And while older albums like the contemplative compilation I Just Wasn't Made For These Times deal with his struggles far more explicitly, those darker years still inform his work, if only by virtue of how he's looking beyond them, reaching into nostalgia musically but lyrically concentrating on the sunnier sides of his life. His most recent original work, 2008's effervescent That Lucky Old Sun, was essentially a love letter to California weather and innocent love. It's here in the music that you get a peek into the mind of one of the founding forefathers of modern pop: Wilson's current output feels more like a return to musical innocence. He isn't interested in dwelling on the

darker days. He wants to make pop music like it used to be, and so that's what he's doing. It's really probably as simple as that. A late-career bloom was the release of Smile in 2004, the long awaited, once abandoned album he'd previously called a "teenage symphony to God." Its eventual cancellation was a contributing factor to Wilson's detachment with the world at the end of the '60s. But 30 some years after Smile was conceived, is music still comparable to spirituality for him? "Well, yeah," Wilson says. "I still feel the spirituality in music quite a bit when I make music. Yeah." Does it change when it's a cover song, like these Gershwin compositions? "Yeah. A little bit, yeah." How? "I can't explain it." Two tracks on Reimagines walk a middleground between cover and original creation: "Like I Love You" and "Nothing But Love" were both fragments of

unfinished compositions culled from the Gershwin estate archive, which Wilson and bandmember Scott Bennett, handling lyrics, took to task. "Well, I was proud to work with [Gershwin], indirectly," Wilson says, of completing the compositions. "And we wrote the melodies from his harmonies." Why these two songs, out of the hundred or so songs in the vault? "They were just nice harmonies." Inevitably, most answers to questions about music come back to either harmony or melody. "I guess It's expressive," he says, of his own unmistakable emphasis on melody in his work. "It expresses love and joy, you know?" I do. And it's there, within the melody of a song, where Brian Wilson forever remain an iconic figure, one of pop music's most compelling, if most unusual, elder statesmen. God only knows where we'd be without him. PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM




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my sound until recently." Doug Hoyer Walks' 10 songs feature rearrangements of older Hoyer songs alongside brand new slices of heartfelt pop. (At the album release party, Hoyer's first up on the bill, but will be strapping on a bass guitar to play alongside headliners Christian Hansen & the Autistics.)


iven the ubiquity of Doug Hoyer around this city's spread of stages—by himself, armed with a ukulele and armoured in a white suit or as a backing part of one of the Old Ugly label's innumerable permutations—a full-length album seems like it must be already hiding out there already, lost in the discographic shuffle of EP releases or side projects or touring. At the very least, it feels like it should have arrived long before now, and Hoyer notes it almost did, a few years ago. But Doug Hoyer Walks with the Tender and Growing Night ended up needing a little more time before Hoyer felt he'd settled into a sound he was

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Recorded with a longtime friend— Gobble Gobble's Calvin Mcelroy— without worry about how it'd translate live, the album sets ukulele-and-synthled-pop melodies atop the rhythms of rubber-elastic bass lines, swooning cellos and siren-like croons. It's a cohesive, varied wealth of melodies and gems, but, above all, it carries a genuine sincerity in its expression, something rare in a time when we seem to value ironic observation and

jaded detachment as much as actually caring about anything. "I feel like ... I don't really like irony," says Doug Hoyer, after a few moments of mulling it over. "I know sometimes sarcasm and irony can come together, and with my friends I can be sarcastic and stuff, but I feel like irony ... I feel like I'm over it," he laughs. "I feel like there needs to be a lot more sincerity in people's dialogue. "I'm not saying no humour," he continues. "I'm just saying that there's a moment for sincerity, and even though I know my music and my live show can be pretty cheesy—there's like a sixfoot-one guy playing ukulele half the time, it's kind of weird, I suppose—I feel like there's a sincerity going on that's sometimes lacking." PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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he past few years have not been easy for Florida metal band Hate Eternal and especially for the band's founder and principle songwriter, Erik Rutan. A complete lineup change—adding JJ Hrubovcak on bass and Jade Simonetto on drums—and the death of former bass player Jared Anderson made continuing on with the band difficult. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about calling it because there was a point where I just thought maybe it's time to put it down," Rutan recounts. "Once I had time to reflect on everything and talk to people that I respect and value, it just be-

How long are these guys gonna go on hating? Oh, what? Forever?

came apparent to me that this is what I do, this is what I love and the only way I'm going to give it up is when I'm ready to give it up and I

knew in my heart I wasn't." After making that decision, Rutan set about writing—his way of deal-

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ing with a close friend's death and the near-disintegration of his band. What resulted was the 2008 album Fury in Flames as well as the band's

latest, Phoenix Amongst the Ashes, released this year. On both albums, says Rutan, the rebirth of the band is reflected in the music. "With this new record I felt like it was more of a renewal of the band and certainly of my spirit," he explains. "My spirit felt renewed because I'd been through so much in the last three years. To have the band the way it is with me and JJ and Jade—the vibes have just been awesome and the music that was coming out was stuff that I always hoped I'd be able to write. I just felt that this record represented the rebirth of the band and me personally in a lot of ways. "Music's always been therapeutic for me and that was the case in this situation." Bryan Birtles //





Star gazers

Indie-gypsy-jazz band Gypsophilia releases Constellation

W W W . S O S F E S T . C A Gypsophilia brings its new record, Constellation, to Edmonton

Thu, Jun 30 (9:15 pm) Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, $15 – $25


alifax's Gypsophilia is not your typical klezmer-inspired band: having built a solid reputation in the indie scene, the instrumental band flexed its indie might on the recording of its latest record, Constellation, recording at Montréal's famed Hotel2Tango studio with Howard Bilerman, who has helmed projects by Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, the Dears and countless others. Guitarist Ross Burns talked about the new record over email.

VW: When you were writing the songs,

were the sessions like? You recorded live-off-the-floor. Why? RB: The sessions at H2T were really exciting. It was a big effort for us to get to Montréal and hook up with Howard. It is much more complicated and expensive travelling to another city to record, so all that investment and risk put a certain pressure on us. We were so intent on getting all this music recorded and of really taking advantage of the experience, but on the other hand we were confident and relaxed since we know what we are doing together and we knew what we were going for, so that balanced out the nerves. It was just exciting to go to work there every day in that beautiful room where so many other great musicians have recorded. It was amazingly fun, in the end. We always try to capture on record the energy of playing live—the spontaneous stuff that happens, the interplay, the exciting mistakes that end up being better than what you planned, that is what we love about playing music together, so we are always trying to get that happening in the studio. So we arrange ourselves in a room like we would if we were rehearsing in my kitchen and with only a few exceptions played everything together live.

did you come at them in a particular way? RB: The thing that really comes first is the emotion behind the idea. Instrumental music can be pretty abstract— you could write a tune that is just an interesting musical idea that you flesh

Tell me about using Howard Bilerman as a producer? What attracted you to him, and what did he add to the process? RB: We started out wanting to make a more ambitious album and to me that

How long did it take to make Constellation, from the initial songwriting through to the end of the recording? ROSS BURNS: We are always writing new music and that is especially true when we are on the road playing shows. So when we went across the country in 2009 releasing our last record Sa-ba-da-OW!, even on that tour we were developing new tunes that are on Constellation. But really it was July 2010 when we were in Montréal playing at their jazz festival that we first visited the studio (Hotel2Tango) and met Howard and really got excited about making this record there with him. On an even smaller scale we took the couple months before the session and really concentrated on writing and arranging tunes; and on the smallest scale we spent a week on the record— played a show in Halifax one day, got on the train the next day (played on the train!), arrived in Montréal and spent the next four days in the studio, [then] got on the train to go home. VUE WEEKLY:

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VW: What


meant that we would take more time in the studio than ever before, that we would travel outside Halifax to record it, and that we would work with someone who has made some awesome records and who could help us shape what we had, hopefully, into another awesome record. We'd never worked with someone in that producer role before so we were keen to try it. It was in a conversation with our friend Rich Aucoin that Howard's name came up as someone who would be a good fit. He has worked with an amazing cross section of bands, recorded Funeral for Arcade Fire for God's sake, so we knew that he has experience and great ears. We went to visit the studio in July when we were through Montréal and once we saw the room and met him we knew it would be perfect. So we went back in December to make the record. And it was great! Howard was fantastic to work with. On top of being able to get all the sounds we could want, he was another set of ears and an impartial voice of reason. We could bounce ideas off him and he'd help us decide if we had already got the take or whether we should try something again or whether we should try something else entirely. I loved the process. VW: If you were to trace the musical map that led you to Constellation, what would it look like? RB: It would be a map with all these different paths that are criss-crossing and weaving over and under each other. Start in Halifax and wind through France in the '30s, New York in the '50s, Jamaica in the '70s; some of the threads would connect Tasmania, Cape Breton, Vienna, Toronto, Brazil, Poland, New Orleans; a trip to outer space and then back to Earth and off to Edmonton! V


NOFX Sat, Jun 29 (8 pm) With Teenage Bottlerocket, Old Man Markley Edmonton Event Centre, sold out hen I was nine I had a reading done and she told me I was going to have a charmed life and everything's going to turn out right," says a 44-year-old Fat Mike, still somehow in disbelief about the reaches of his success. The palm-reader was certainly onto something; Fat Mike might even call it fate. From fronting a long-running punk band—28 years and counting—to running San Francisco's Fat Wreck Chords, one of the world's largest independent labels, to recently purchasing a punk-rock party pad (which anyone can rent) just because he could, it seems the prolific NOFX frontman walks a

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Still punk after 28 years

path paved in gold records, yet he can't believe the course his career has taken.

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musical training, my parent's didn't even listen to music, how the fuck did I learn how to write songs? I

have no idea," says Fat Mike. "When you get lucky over and over and over again, it just doesn't add up" After releasing the band's 11th fulllength, 2009's Coaster, and embarking on the Great White NO(FX)rth tour—the band's largest Canadian tour yet—Fat Mike has reached a particularly reflective point in his career. Continuing to count his blessings and realize his fortunes, he understands what got him here and how to embrace it. "My band isn't as popular as we are because of me; it's because of the magic the four of us have," says Fat Mike. "We actually have the best job in the world. We've never had a fight, and we have the time of our lives every time we go on tour. We'd never give that up." Curtis Wright //




Born to run: life on the road has coloured the Warped 45s latest

Tue, Jun 28 (8 pm) With the Wheat Pool Haven Social Club, $10


hile Vancouver's downtown core began its disintegration into riotous miscellany following the city's Stanley Cup loss last weekend, alt-country upstart the Warped 45s was setting up to play a gig in the city's downtown Railway Club. Though, like most in the city, the band had been watching the game, bassist Alex Needleman had gone out to dinner with a friend, guitarist/co-bandleader Ryan Wayne McEathron recalls. He found returning downtown impossible—the police had cut it off, and the rest of the band weren't allowed to leave the bar, nor were the patrons. They weren't allowed to play, lest they attract the unruly outside mass. Instead, they watched the damage as it unfolded across the city. "There was a 7-11 below us and they smashed the windows out on that, and the A&W across the street they smashed the windows out, and they dropped tear gas on the corner," says McEathron. "Me and one of the guys we were playing with


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were just standing up on the roof, looking down sort of in awe. There were two cop cars burning probably within 100 metres of the venue. Just a crazy scene." They ended up playing, sans bassist, to the other stuck patrons in the bar after the streets quieted down (and saw, the next day, those dedicated fans cleaning up the

tween more aggressive cowpuncher assaults and gentler Blue Rodeoish songs, increasingly influenced by time on the road (the title-track transforms the group's touring van into "the aluminum wings of the great rivet-speckled bird."). Collectively, the band, its producer and manager voted 20 potential songs down to the finalized 11, with

There were two cop cars burning probably within 100 metres of the venue. Just a crazy scene.

streets in the riot's aftermath). But it'll surely become a rather unique road story for a band that's accumulating a wealth of them: led by cousins Ryan and Dave McEathron, the Warped 45s has been spending increasing amounts of time travelling the Trans-Canada, currently on the band's fourth cross-country trek since the release of 2009's Ten Day Poem for Saskatchewan. That musical wanderlust has coloured the cowboy-into-the-sunset hues of the band's latest, Matador Sunset, an album that bounces be-

the primary concern being which songs worked best in the barrooms and venues, not what could be tinkered around with in the studio. "It was a collective, almost a voting, process," McEathron says. "We really just thought that we should have everyone's interests in mind, but also, do something that's road friendly. Because especially, as still a relatively new touring band in the grand scheme of things, I think it's important to have an album that translates live." Paul Blinov //


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An Horse / Fri, Jun 24 (7:30 pm) An Horse likes to play grammatical games. It's catchier that way. Normally "an" wouldn't fly, but this is a band and, well, we all know what bands get away with. While the Down Under duo is headlining this year's Sled Island Festival in Calgary, An Horse is also riding through Edmonton as part of the Works Festival while celebrating the release of its latest album, Walls, which is getting quite a critical buzz. (Churchill Square, free)

Norma MacDonald / Fri, Jun 24 (8:30 pm) Described as a creature of dichotomy—joy/sadness, city/ town, past/future, art/science, dog/ cat—New Waterford, NS native Norma MacDonald recently released her most distinct collection of folk/indie songs, calling on the inspirations of Neko Case, Bruce Springsteen and others on Morning You Wake. A dichotomy of theatrical poses and mischief sweeps across MacDonald's live performances that are best served in an intimate venue. (Wunderbar, $5)

Pascal Lecours et Les Mauvais Caracteres / Fri, Jun 24 & Sat, Jun 25 (9:30 pm) Celebrating St-Jean-Baptiste Day are some Bad Characters. Playing two shows during St-Jean-Baptiste weekend, Pascal Lecours et Les Mauvais Caracteres pays tribute to Québécois legends Les Colocs, along with Québécois music from around the world. With touches of folk, blues, funk and reggae, with French flair, it'll give citizens of Edmonton a reason to come out and celebrate francophone heritage. (LB's Pub, Hilltop Pub, Free)

Madeleine Peyroux / Sun, Jun 26 (7:30 pm) Raised on the legendary jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux began busking on the streets of Paris as a teenager. Best known for her 2004 solo album, Careless Love, Peyroux has enjoyed a jazz-fueled, genre-exploring career that has seen her open for Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan, cover legendary songs like Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight," and Tom Waits' "(Looking for) The Heart of a Saturday Night," and collaborate with kd lang and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. She'll be welcomed to Edmonton as she headlines the 2011 Edmonton International Jazz Festival. (Winspear Centre, $55.75 – $70.25)



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The Vicious Cycles / Fri, Jun 24 (9 pm) Start your weekend with an unholy mess of sweaty rock 'n' roll when Vancouver's Vicious Cycles—fresh from two warm-up gigs at Calgary's Sled Island—rolls in with its tattered and pure version of rock rowdiness. Made up of ex- and current members of Raised By Wolves, James T Kirks, BlackJacks and Les Tabernacles, the Riot City band will create a commotion in Edmonton. (Pawn Shop, $16)

Black Keys / Wed, Jun 29 (7:30 pm) The blues are back. With the Black Keys winning two Grammys—Best Rock Performance ("Tighten Up") and Best Alternative Album—2011 is proving to be the year of Brothers. The two bluesmen from Ohio, Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) and Pat Carney (drums), aren't actually siblings, but their brotherhood of blues has put them at the forefront of radio play and best-of lists throughout the world. (Rexall Place, $37 – $47)

Brahms, Bartok and Beyond / Thu, Jun 30 (8 pm) Saint Crispin's Chamber Ensemble is playing a program of classic masterworks along with some new, fresh pieces by members. Don Ross, founder and clarinetist of Saint Crispin's, will be joined by brand new Edmonton Symphony Orchestra violinist, Alissa Cheung and pianist Michelle Santiago, who is returning from doctoral studies at the University of Montréal. Featuring pieces from Johannes Brahms, William Walton and Bela Bartok, along with the premiere of Space—a new trio of musicians—the Saint Crispin's Ensemble will provide an abundant musical night. (Muttart Hall, $10 – $20)

VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011



Bon Iver Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) 

Givers In Light (Universal)  This much candy makes your stomach hurt. From the onset, In Light skips playfully in a repulsive summer wonderland awash in boy/girl double harmonies, speckled Afrobeat moments and subtle guitar screeches. Full of uninspiring fun sounds, In Light aims to be a colourful rainbow of sounds and happiness, but ends up being something you cannot escape, try as you might. Not to be a huge bummer, but the overjoy of "Up, Up, Up" will inevitably find its place on a vivid iPod ad, while "Saw You First" must have been sold to Givers from Vampire Weekend's B-side catalogue. There is so much palpable bliss on In Light that it goes all the way back around to become a miserable experience. Curtis Wright //

Cults Cults (Columbia) After hearing the emotionally heavy and purely simple acoustics on For Emma, Forever Ago, accentuated by Justin Vernon's patented falsetto—how exposed and vulnerable it all seemed—it felt like sophomore collapse was looming for Bon Iver. But rather than collapse, it changed. On Bon Iver Vernon's songwriting is more developed, the record not so much challenging a previous sound as growing on it—changing directions, although only partially—truly evolving into a more lush experience of varied instruments and sublime vocals. Gone is the truly touching pull of songs like "Skinny Love" and "Flume"—large songs with minimal structures—replaced with growth, indicated best by "Woods"—an autotuned venture—from the Blood Bank EP. Bon Iver's highlight, "Calgary," best captures the essence of the changing direction. It is relatively far from the Wisconsin cabin where For Emma was created, lingering in an organically electronic place, drowning Vernon's voice at moments with a humming synth and blipped drumming over soft strumming. Bon Iver displays a distinguishing side of Vernon—a sound built around his lush voice, decorated in lovely and bright sounds. Trying different arrangements and experiments suggests the confidence of Vernon has taken him to a different level, not necessarily an inferior one.

 New York's Cults is a difficult band to pin down. The duo's debut, selftitled album slithers like a drunk snake from art-rock soundscape to brit-pop, to lo-fi, to indie, to doo wop. The whole time it does this it sounds like a summer day, the kind of hotterthan-hell day that starts with a mushroom trip and ends with a tornado: there's something incredibly euphoric about the whole thing yet slightly ominous too, and I can't put my finger on it. Anyway, the hype holds up on this one. Bryan Birtles //

Curtis Wright //

Warped 45s Matador Sunset (Pheromone Recordings)  A folk-inspired sophomore effort, Toronto's Warped 45s moves forward from its 10 Day Poem for Saskatchewan while retaining its pure country sound. At moments Matador Sunset is a polished production that comes with more notoriety and takes away from the western simplicity the band enjoyed on 10 Day—which might be challenging to fans' more rugged expectations—but when the album is finished the creation stands tall. Matador Sunset shows itself as a wholesome highway album: a rollicking good time full of imagery and peaceful harmonies with an array of genre-swapping that will win over audiences. Curtis Wright //


VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011



Givers In Light (Glassnote) You kids are all right With your reverbs and plug-ins Now get off my lawn




Bob Marley & the Wailers Natty Dread (Island)

Michael Bolton Gems: The Duets Collection (Legacy) Cheese dick returneth If you love sweeping ballads Go get your Bolt-on

Peter Tosh


Legalize It (CBS)

Data Romance Data Romance (Street Quality) Breathy synth duo Like you're trying to make out Whilst running 10k

White Denim D (Downtown) They're quite a skilled bunch It's so musician-y and Over competent

Bayonets!!! Two Songs Regarding Faith Mtn. (Revolution Winter) Three million cool points! Short, smart and awesome like a Punch in the dinklage

François Bourassa Quartet Idiosyncrasie (Effendi) Truly moving jazz Takes Brubeck's Time Further Out Even further out

Although they both harmonized on the street corners in Trenchtown, Jamaica, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh's careers were always on different trajectories. Because of the significance of their status, they are given different values in society. Marley and Tosh, along with Bunny Wailer, started the famous Wailing Wailers which would later turn into, of course, Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Wailers would record two landmark reggae albums in 1973—Catch a Fire and Burnin'. One year later, the original Wailers broke up, and in 1975 Tosh would release his first solo album, Legalize It. Bob Marley would continue recording as Bob Marley and the Wailers, releasing Natty Dread, his first without Bunny Wailer or Peter Tosh, in 1976. Natty Dread is considered Bob Marley's greatest by many critics; it easily removed any initial worry that Tosh's guitar work and backing vocals would be sorely missed in the new Wailers. Including Marley classics like "Lively Up Yourself," and the much-adored, much covered ballad "No Woman No Cry," Natty Dread enjoys strong lyrical power and musical cheerfulness which often overshadows the evolving social message in Marley's lyrics. Partially funded by Marley himself, Tosh's Legalize It sarcastically attacked a system he was previously unable to. Unlike the Wailers' syrupy, ska-tinged sound on Natty

Dread, Tosh put his social message in the forefront. Tosh was known for a more rebellious perspective than Marley, a line in the sand that seemed to divide members of his audience and hurt his status as he became known as an inferior to Marley, when he's truly an equal. Regardless, Legalize It and Natty Dread stand amongst the most celebrated pure reggae albums in history. Legalize It takes a more sarcastic, argumentative approach to societal change, while Natty Dread drips with the feeling of unity and peaceful revolution. The purer intents of Tosh's music and personality are shown on Legalize It—a more driving, purer-sounding reggae album, touched by blues licks he was unable to explore with the Wailers. The more aggressive Tosh doesn't jive with a concentrated model of reggae that's routinely defined by Marley's Legend—a greatest hits collection coloured in sugary harmonies and polished production. But Legalize It has an undeniably laid-back, melodic vibration that sounds beautifully unprocessed and authentic beside the accomplished, too-pretty sound of Marley's Natty Dread. Legalize It is often deemed a less admired, less important album in the history of music, yet it's arguably the cultural phenomenon and the symbol of Marley which unfairly boosts a fine album like Natty Dread over it's superior, Legalize It. V

VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011




THU JUN 23 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Rend (pop), Darryl Matthews (rock); 9:30pm-11:30pm; no minors; no cover

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

AVENUE THEATRE Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk (folk/ pop), Tanner Gordon and the Unfortunates, Jordan Kaminski; $10 (door)

BLUES ON WHYTE Russell Jackson; 9pm

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

CHURCHILL SQUARE Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, Saint Crispin's Improv Collective at 12pm; Robert Mulder (pop/folk) at 2:30pm; Ky Babyn country folk/rock) at 3:45pm; The Doll Sisters (bluegrass/Celtic/folk) at 6:15pm; OKA (dance/DJ/ electronic/world)at 7:30pm; part of the Works Festival

DIESEL Beenie Man; $30 (adv)

THE DOCKS Thu night rock and metal jam DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm

DV8 TAVERN Invasives (rock); 8pm

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Excision (dance/DJ), Feed Me, Mt Eden; 9pm; $35-$40 (adv) at Foosh, Occulist (WEM), Shadified (Northgate), Restricted Elite (Londonderry), TicketMaster

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Larry Coule (alt/rock), Samantha Schultz, Tristan Stewart; 8pm; $10 (door)

THE HIDEOUT�Red Deer Mark Davis, Camp Radio; 9:30pm

J AND R Open jam rock 'n' roll; every Thu; 9pm

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Alex Goodman Trio ( jazz); 8pm; $10 (door)

L.B.’S Karl Andriuk (singersongwriter); 9pm

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

NAKED CYBER CAFÉ Open stage every Thu, 9pm; no cover

NEW CITY LEGION Fear of City, Brought to You By (metal); 8pm NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

PAWN SHOP North Country Fair Afterburner featuring Scott Cook and the Long Weekends (country, folk); 7pm; no cover

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

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Every Thu Ladies Night; Ladies free admission

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

SHERLOCK HOLMES� WEM Tony Dizon; 9:30pm; no cover

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






8:30pm; no cover

St Jean Baptiste festival: Rusty Water and the Broken Troubadours (4-piece acoustic band, folk/rock)

Scenic Route to Alaska (alt folk), Jon McKiel, Gianna Lauren, Duzheknew; 8pm; $6

Classical CATALYST THEATRE Our Proud Voices: Edmonton Vocal Minority; $15 (adult)/$12 (student/senior/low income) at TIX on the Square, Earth's General Store, EVM members

TIMMS CENTRE Marriage of Figaro: Opera NuovaChoral; 7:30pm; $34 and up (adv); part of Vocal Arts Festival


BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Swing Manouche (Gypsy swing); 8pm; $15; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival BLUES ON WHYTE Russell Jackson; 9pm


BRIXX BAR Rajas (Sled

WEM Tony Dizon; 9:30pm; no cover

Island showcase, (alt/rock), The Equation, friends; 9pm; $12 (door)

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



180 DEGREES DJ every Thu



Buddy Holly Story: Zachary Stevenson; 7pm

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

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

CHURCHILL SQUARE Works with Jazz: Marc Beaudin Trio at 12-2pm; Doug Hoyer (folk/pop) at 7:30pm; An Horse at 8:45pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival/ Works Festival

CITADEL’S MACLAB THEATRE Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop, soul); kick-off the Jazz Festival; $35 at Citadel Theatre Box Office

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

stage every Fri; 9:30pm



every Thu

vs Bitchin': with Allout DJs and others; 9pm; $5 (door)

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

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

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm

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

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

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian

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

KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays

LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow

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

RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu

SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco: Thu Retro Nights; 7-10:30pm; TAPHOUSE�St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves

UNION HALL 123 Thursdays WILD BILL’S�Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

FRI JUN 24 APEX CASINO�St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd St Albert, Dueling Pianos; 9pm

ARTERY Mark Davis (folk/ pop), Camp Radio with Jim Bryson; no minors; 9:30pm (show) ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL The Derina Harvey Band (Celtic/folk/rock)




DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Rob Taylor (pop/folk ); 9pm

DV8 TAVERN The Golers, Zuckuss, guests; 9pm EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ The Little Big Garage Band ( jazz); 7pm; $10 (door)

FRESH START BISTRO Dr Blu (blues); 7pm; $10 (door)

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

STARLITE ROOM Daisy Chain Farewell Party: Oooze, Lysergik Funeral, Through the Trenches, friends (metal); 9pm; $12 (door)

SUNNYBROOK HOTEL� Thorsby Tye Jones and Tall Dark n' Dirty (rock 'n' roll , electric blues)

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Underground house music with T Orlando

NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan OVERTIME�Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock Hip hop country, Top forty, Techno

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



SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco Fri Nights; 7-10:30pm;

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

spins every Fri


WOK BOX Breezy Brian Gregg every Fri; 3:30-5:30pm

WUNDERBAR Swear by the Moon, Caity Fisher, Norma MacDonald, Caity Fisher; 9pm; $5

YARDBIRD SUITE Curtis Macdonald Group at 7pm, $15+; Francois Bourassa at 9pm, $15+; 11:00pm Series: Francois Bourassa at 10:45pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Classical CONVOCATION HALL Edmonton Chamber Music Society: Summer Solstice Festival; Gypsy Voices; 8pm; tickets at Gramophone, door

DEVON BOTANIC GARDENS Opera al Fresco: Edmonton Opera; 6:30pm; $45 (adult)/$15 (child)

TIMMS CENTRE Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak: Opera Nuova; part of Vocal Arts Festival; 7:30pm; $38 (adv adult)/$34 (adv student/ senior)/$34 (adult)/$30 (student/senior)

SUEDE LOUNGE Juicy DJ SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

TEMPLE Options with Greg Gory and Eddie Lunchpail; every Fri

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

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Connected Las Vegas Fridays

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays: Manuel De La Mare; 11:30pm

SAT JUN 25 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Pub Songs and Sing-a-longs Britpop Night: The Lions ('90s Brit covers and originals); 9pm; $10 at 780.431.0179

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

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


The Apresnos, Silvergun and Spleen, Heaviside, The Frank; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

DJs 180 DEGREES DJ every Fri

Toll Rising (Christian/metal/ rap), Desecrate the Gods, Built on Despondency; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)




Mercury Audio (roots, rock, old country covers); 9pm

Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri

IRISH CLUB Jam session


Hair of the Dog: Jessica Jalbert (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

every Fri; 8pm; no cover

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

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Lorna Lampman; 9pm; $15 (door); part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

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



Headwind (classic pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover

DJs spin on the main floor every Fri; Underdog, Wooftop

L.B.’S Pascal Lecours

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Celcius Quartet; 8pm; $15; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Late show: Russell Jackson; 9pm BRIXX BAR Jordan Cook (rock), guests; 9pm; $12 (door)

et les Mauzeis Caractres (francophone tribute to Les Colocs); 9:30pm; no cover

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



BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser


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

every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

Stars Tonight



Fools Tongue (alt/folk/rock) at 12pm; Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, Mugbait at 5pm; The Fight at 7:30pm; Royal Canoe at 8:45pm; part of the Works Festival

Trombone Shorty Andrews, Orleans Avenue; 7:30pm; $35+ (adv); part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights


Platinum VIP every Fri

Grace?, Solipsism, Tomas Marsh, The Hidden Towers (rock); $10 (door)

OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Cabaret Series: Krystle Don Santos at 9:15pm; Jeff Hendrick at 11:15pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

O'MAILLE'S Mr Lucky (blues/roots)

ON THE ROCKS Mustard Smile (rock); 9pm; $5 (door)

PAWN SHOP Barnburner, Vicous Cycle, Randy Graves, Flint; $14 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$16 (door)

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

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

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

GAS PUMP DJ Christian;



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

THE COMMON Danksoul presents Dane DJ with Bron, Raebot, Orlesko; 9pm

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

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Rob Taylor; 9pm; no cover

DV 8 TAVERN Abigail's Cross (CD release party); 9pm EDDIE SHORTS Connie Gogo Band (rock 'n' roll)

every Fri; 9:30pm-2am



Samantha Schultz (blues/ folk ), Joe Nolan (music and songwriting workshop); 1pm; $25 (adv)/$35 (door )

Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm


FARGO'S�Capilano Chronic Rock, Whitemud, Ian McArthur; Edmonton Artists United for Slave Lake

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Rococode, Souvs; 4pm; no cover

GAS PUMP Blues jam/open stage every Sat 3:30-7pm HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Dry Land Band

THE HIDEOUT�Red Deer The Boom Chucks Boys, Norma MacDonald; 9pm

HILLTOP PUB Open stage every Sat hosted by Blue Goat, 3:30-6:30pm; Late show: Pascal Lecours et les Mauzeis Caractres (francophone tribute to Les Colocs), 9:30pm, no cover

HOOLIGANZ Görgön Hörde (Rock), Zero Cool (alt), Party Martyrs (other); no minors; 9pm (door)

HYDEAWAY�Jekyll and Hyde The Patterns, The Greys, Oceantree, Bright Suns; 7:30pm

IRON BOAR PUB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Sandy Foster, Wes Yaciuk, Glenn Durksen; 9pm; $15; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

NEW CITY LEGION New Music Michael First Birthday

Bash: Honheehonhee (alt rock), Kickupafuss, One Way State; 7pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

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

STARLITE ROOM Digable Planets (jazz/rap), U.G.O. Crew, guests; 9pm; $18 (adv)

SUNNYBROOK HOTEL� Thorsby Tye Jones and Tall Dark n' Dirty (rock 'n' roll , electric blues)

student/senior)/$34 (adult)/$30 (student/senior)

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro

DJs 180 DEGREES Street VIBS: Reggae night every Sat


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


Jack Semple Band at 9:15pm; Jack Semple Band at 11:15pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival


Sold Out Sat: with DJ Russell James, Mike Tomas; 8pm (door); no line, no cover for ladies before 11pm

O'MAILLE'S Mr Lucky (blues/roots)



WUNDERBAR C'mon, Krang, Eamon McGrath, The Wild Dogs; 9pm; $10


It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat


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


Brotzmann's Full Blast Trio at 7pm; Eivind Aarset "Sonic Codex 4tet" at 9pm; 11:00pm Series: Eivind Aarset "Sonic Codex 4tet" at 10:45pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

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


BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm


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

Smile (rock); 9pm; $5 (door)

REDNEX BEER GARDENS�Morinville St Jean Baptiste festival: Wild Honey (country)

RENDEZVOUS Armifera, Super Massive Black Holes, Dissonance; 8pm (door), 10pm (show); $10

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Johnny Tornado ST ALBERT ALLIANCE CHURCH Jon Bauer (album release, Christian pop); 7pm; $8/$25 (family) at door

SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE Earls Johnson (blues/rock); 9pm; no cover

Edmonton Chamber Music Society: Summer Solstice Festival; Liszt: Romantic Revolutionary; 8pm; tickets at Gramophone, door

Saturdays: with DJ Aiden Jamali; 8pm (door)


BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

TIMMS CENTRE Marriage of Figaro: Opera NuovaChoral; 7:30pm; $34+ (adv); part of Vocal Arts Festival


TIMMS CENTRE Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak: Opera Nuova; part of Vocal Arts Festival; 1:30pm; $38 (adv adult)/$34 (adv


Sat; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO�Spruce Grove DJ every Sat Rum Jungle Reunion Party; $7 (door)


every Sat with DJ Damian

GAS PUMP DJ Christian every Sat

HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

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

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

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

OVERTIME�Downtown Saturdays at Eleven: RNB, hip hop, reggae, Old School

PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat

PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Alt, DJ, punk-rock

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

SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco every Sat; 1pm-4:30pm and 7-10:30pm


VENUE GUIDE 180 DEGREES 10730-107 St, 780.414.0233

CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618

ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179


ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL 7704 Calgary Tr S AVENUE THEATRE 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BANK ULTRA LOUNGE 10765 Jasper Ave, 780.420.9098 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE�Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLACKSHEEP PUB 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 962476 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10575-114 St BOONSTOCK FESTIVAL� Gibbons BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 CATALYST THEATRE 8529 Gateway Blvd CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CENTURY GRILL 3975 Calgary Tr NW, 780.431.0303 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail COAST TO COAST 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 THE COMMON 10124124 St CROWN AND ANCHOR 15277 Castledowns Rd, 780.472.7696


DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DOCKS 13710 66 St, 780.476.3625 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUKE'S BAR 12650-151 Ave DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St EARLY STAGE SALOON 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain EDDIE SHORTS 10713124 St, 780.453.3663 EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ELECTRIC RODEO� Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE�Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave EMPRESS ALE HOUSE 9912 Whyte Ave EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FARGO'S�Capilano 5804 Terrace Rd FIDDLER’S ROOST 890699 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLOW LOUNGE 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604.CLUB FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 1034182 Ave, 780.433.9676 GAS PUMP 10166-114 St, 780.488.4841 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE 9942-108 St GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9907-114 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 THE HIDEOUT�Red Deer 411-37400, Hwy 2, Red Deer, 403.348.5309 HILLTOP PUB 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359

ORLANDO'S 1 15163121 St OVERTIME�Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 OVERTIME Whitemud Crossing, 4211-106 St, 780.485.1717

HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110

PAWN SHOP 1055182 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814

HYDEAWAY�JEKYLL AND HYDE 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381

PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St

IRON BOAR PUB 491151 St, Wetaskiwin


JAMMERS PUB 11948127 Ave, 780.451.8779 J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JUBILEE AUDITORIUM 11455-87 Ave KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 KELLY'S PUB 11540 Jasper Ave L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIZARD LOUNGE 13160118 Ave

REDNEX BAR�Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 REDNEX BEER GARDENS–Morinville–St Jean Baptiste festival: Park Square, by church, Main St, Morinville

RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108149 St RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203

ROSE AND CROWN 10235-101 St

NAKED CYBER CAFÉ 10354 Jasper Ave, 780.425.9730

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES 12402-118 Ave, 780.451.1390

NEWCASTLE PUB 610890 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY LEGION 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) NISKU INN 1101-4 St NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 O'MAILLE'S 398 St Albert Tr, St Albert, 780.458.5700 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767

R PUB 16753-100 St , 780.457.1266

ST ALBERT ALLIANCE CHURCH 25416 Villeneuve Rd St Albert SECOND CUP� Mountain Equipment 12336-102 Ave, 780.451.7574; Stanley Milner Library 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq; Varscona, Varscona Hotel, 106 St, Whyte Ave SECOND CUP� Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 Summerwood

Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE 9797 Jasper Ave SHERLOCK HOLMES� WEM 1650, 8882-170 St SNEAKY PETE'S 12315118 Ave SUNNYBROOK HOTEL� Thorsby 5002-52 St, Thorsby, 780.789.3614 SPORTSWORLD 13710104 St SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE� Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave SUEDE LOUNGE 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969

TAPHOUSE 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860 TIMMS CENTRE 112 St, 87 Ave, Uof A TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255 VINYL DANCE LOUNGE 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655 WHISTLE STOP PUB� Jasper 105 Miette Ave, Jasper , 780.852.3361 WILD BILL’S�Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 WILD WEST SALOON 12912-50 St, 780.476.3388 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq; 780.28.1414 WOK BOX 10119 Jasper Ave WUNDERBAR 8120-101

St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295

VUEWEEKLY MTH 00 – MTH 00, 2011 VUEWEEKLY JUN 23 – JUN 29, 2011


spins every Sat

SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

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

UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by Ryan Maier

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Signature Saturdays

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays


$119 (VIP) at boodang. com,,, Foosh

WHISTLE STOP PUB� Jasper Joshua Cockerill; 8pm

WINSPEAR Madeleine Peyroux, Sophie Hunger; 7:30pm; $55.75+ (adv); part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

WUNDERBAR Mercury Audio, Caity Fisher, Trevor Tschir; 9pm; $5 (door)

YARDBIRD SUITE Jus de Bocse: Médéric Collignon; 7pm, 9pm; $15+; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival; Cancelled

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

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

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sun Brunch: Jim Findlay Trio, 10:30am-2:30pm, donations; Evening show: The Parkers, Karen Porkka, Thom Golub; 8pm, $15 (door), part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun: Ryan Timoffee; 6pm; $25 if not dining BLUES ON WHYTE Carson Cole (country blues); 9pm

CHURCHILL SQUARE Erin Ross (country blues) at 12pm; The Joe (alt/dance/pop/ rap) at 7:30pm; The Lytics at 8:45pm; Circles at 12pm; part of the Works Festival

CROWN PUB Band War 2011/Battle of the bands, 6-10pm; Open Stage with host Better Us Than Strangers, 10pm-1am

DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

DOUBLE D'S Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm

DV8 TAVERN Blackie and the Triumphs (punk/rock); 9pm; $6 (door)

EDDIE SHORTS Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm

Classical CONVOCATION HALL Edmonton Chamber Music Society: Summer Solstice Festival; Summer Passion; 3pm; tickets at Gramophone, door

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Land of Lakes Choirboys; 7pm; donations TIMMS CENTRE Marriage of Figaro: Opera NuovaChoral; 1:30pm; $34 and up (adv); part of Vocal Arts Festival

TIMMS CENTRE Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak: Opera Nuova; part of Vocal Arts Festival; 7:30pm; $38 (adv adult)/$34 (adv student/ senior)/$34 (adult)/$30 (student/senior)

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every

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

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

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Brian Wilson; 7:30pm

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

NEW CITY LEGION PUJOL, guests; no minors; $10 (adv)

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

ON THE ROCKS Big Rock Jam: Radio for Help, Stew Kirkwood, Oldbury; no cover

ORLANDO'S 2 PUB Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm

PAWN SHOP The Sadies (rescheduled show, rock), The Sheepdogs; 9pm (door); $20 at Blackbyrd

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Salsa Sundays: featuring The Tilo Piaz Band; 2pm (door), 4-8pm (music); $5 cover



HOOLIGANZ Open stage

Jazzworks Creative Workshops; 1-3pm ; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

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

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

LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook NEW CITY LEGION Madhouse Mon: Punk/ metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex

TUE JUN 28 BLUES ON WHYTE Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards; 9pm

CHURCHILL SQUARE Works with Jazz: Marco Claveria Project at 12-2pm; James Clarke at 12pm; Dean Kheroufi at 2:30pm; Jordan Kaminski at 3:45pm; Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society with Ativan Zoloft at 5pm; Campus Thieves at 6:15pm; The Plain Janes (bluegrass/folk) at 7:30pm

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

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

BRIXX BAR Troubadour Tue: hosted by Mark Feduk; 9pm; $8

BUDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser every Tue; free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover

CHROME LOUNGE Bashment Tue: Bomb Squad, The King QB, Rocky; no cover

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

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

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music

DUKE'S BAR Emo LeBlanc

every Tue; dance lessons 8-10pm

(country); 7:30pm



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


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

L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with


Ammar; 9pm-1am


O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam


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

every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm

ACCENT Les Sons de la Rive Gauche (CD release); 9-11pm; no cover


PADMANADI Open stage

ARTERY Lindsay Ferguson

Skating Disco Sun; 1-4:30pm;

MON JUN 27 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; Joshua Cockerill; 9pm; no cover

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

CHURCHILL SQUARE Works with Jazz: Circles; 12-2pm; Marianne Trudel at 9pm; Short of Able at 8:45pm

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm

EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Warped 45s (Matador Sunset CD release tour); 8pm

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Brian Wilson (The GershwinWilson Songbook); $67.40

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

NEW CITY LEGION Blackie and the Triumphs, The Grey Kingdom, Young Wife; no minors; free

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


music every Sun; 2-4pm


minors; 7pm (door); $59-79;

Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: every Mon with DJ Blue


stage every Mon; 9pm

CENTRE David Guetta; no



Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim

SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment Co-op Live SHAW CONFERENCE


at 9pm; 11:00PM Series: Jacek Kochan Quartet with Seamus Blacke at 10:45pm; $15+ (adv); part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Warped 45s (Matador Sunset CD release tour), The Wheat Pool, Catriona Sturton, Punch Drunk Cabaret; 8pm

EMPRESS ALE HOUSE Shuyler Jansen (country rock, CD release), Foam Lake; 9pm

Marianne Trudelle at 9pm, 10:45pm; $15+; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Planes, Dragon Boats, Zoppa; 9pm; $5


VUEWEEKLY – JUN MTH29, 00, 2011 VUEWEEKLYMTH JUN 00 23 – 2011

Jones; 9pm; $15; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

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

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

(pop/rock), Trevor Tchir; 8:30pm; $7 (adv)

PAWN SHOP Origin, Hate Eternal, Vital Remains, Abysmal Dawn, Sonorous Odium (metal); 7pm; $20 (adv) at Blackbyrd


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


Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ AB Trio: Thom Bennett, (drums), Dan Davis (sax), Keith Rempel (upright bass); 8-10pm; $15 (door); part of Edmonton Jazz Festival


stage: Moses Gregg, Grant Stovel, guest

Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards; 9pm

SECOND CUP�124 Street


Open mic every Tue; 8-10pm

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

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

SIDELINERS PUB All Star Jam every Tue; with Alicia Tait and Rickey Sidecar; 8pm SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE Open stage every Tue; hosted by Paul McGowan; 9pm

WINSPEAR Jazz at Lincoln with Wynton Marsalis; 7:30pm; $75.50+; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival WUNDERBAR Ghibli CD Release with Kuhrye-oo, Philip Dickau and Martyrs; 9pm; $5

YARDBIRD SUITE Jazzworks Creative Workshops; 1-3pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

YARDBIRD SUITE Alex Pangman and her Alleycats at 7pm; Jacek Kochan Quartet with Seamus Blake

Hearts, Senorita Justice, Feast or Famine, Day One, Whos the Hero; Dance tent: Dusty Grooves, Jenn Losinski, Les DJ , DKOI, Jericho, K Dub, Benjamin Goods Jordy Callahan

CHURCHILL SQUARE Works with Jazz: James Clarke Trio at 2pm; Sister Gray at 6:15pm; part of the Works Festival

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

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE NOFX (punk rock), Teenage Bottlerocket, Old Man Markley; 8pm; sold out

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE�Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover

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

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

every Wed; 12-1pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE West Canadian Funk, Neon Steve; 9pm NISKU INN Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm PLAYBACK PUB Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6:30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm1am; $5

REXALL PLACE The Black Keys (rock), Cage the Elephant; all ages; 6:30pm; $37, $47 adv at livenation. com, TicketMaster RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Gordie Matthews Band, guest

SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment Open mic every Wed; 8-10pm

TRANSALTA ARTS BARNS� Westbury Theatre Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Rollanda Lee, Gary Guthman, Big Band: Edmonton Jazz Orchestra; 7:30pm, 9:30pm; $35 at TIX on the Square; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

YARDBIRD SUITE Jazzworks Creative Workshops; 1-3pm ; Part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival

YARDBIRD SUITE Sisters Euclid at 7pm; Atomic at 9pm; 11:00PM Series: Atomic at 10:45pm; part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival; $15+

DJs BANK ULTRA LOUNGE Rev'd Up Wed: with DJ Mike Tomas upstairs; 8pm

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

BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends

BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover THE COMMON Treehouse Wednesday's

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

LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle

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

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed

STARLITE ROOM Wild Style Wed: Hip-Hop; 9pm TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5



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


EXPRESSIONZ Café • 9938-70 Ave •

Edmonton Transit Historical Tours • Tours depart from North


780.437.3667 • Marketplace: Artisans and creative businesses; 1st Sat every month, 10-3pm • Old Time and Country Rock Jam/ Dance: 2nd Sun every month, 1-5pm

bohemia café • 10575-114 St •

Fair Vote Alberta • Strathcona Li-

780.669.5236 • Canada Day open mic comedy • Fri, Jul 1, 8:30pm

Brooklyn's Lounge • 9216-34 Ave • 780.221.5662 • Tue Night Live at Brooklyn's: Open Mic Comedy night; amateurs and pros welcome • Every Tue; 8:30pm • No cover

Ceili's • 10338-109 St • 780.426.5555 • Comedy Night: every Tue, 9:30pm • No cover

Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd •

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

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019/780.634.5526 • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm

780.481.9857 • Shows start at 8pm ThuSat and late show at 10:30pm on Fri-Sat • $12 (Thu)/$19 (Fri/Sat) • Amateur Night at Yuk Yuk's; Jun 23 • Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club presents: Bob Beddow; Jun 24-25 • Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club presents: Mike Harrison; Jul 1-2

Home–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Enter-

Jane Austen Society • Stanley

tainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu, 8:30pm; Sat, 8pm and 10pm • That's Improv; Jun 24-25 • Dave Stawnichy; Jul 1-2

Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Marc Maron; Jun 23-26 • Hit or Miss Monday: Jun 27, 8pm; $7 • Brown on Bourbon; Jun 28, 8pm; $12 • Kelly Taylor; Jun 29-30: Jul 1-3 • Hit or Miss Monday: Jul 4, 8pm; $7 • Brown on Bourbon: Jul 5, 8pm; $12

• Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun 3-5pm A. Milner Library, Centennial Rm • 780.479.1729 • Regency Food Fayre: Come and find out what food was like in the time of Jane Austen, Sample different kinds of 18th century food • Sat, Jun 25, 2-4pm • Free

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

MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331-

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119

104 St;; Drop-in every Thu 7-8:30pm; Sherwood Park Library: Drop-in every Mon, 7-8:30pm

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

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Com-

Jubilee Auditorium 11455-87 Ave •

munity Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm; through the summer

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

Laugh Shop • 4 Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park •

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

All You Can Eat Yoga • Scona

Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm

Seniors United Now Society–St Albert • St Albert Legion, 6 Tache St, St Albert • 780.460.7736 • General meeting with Brian Mason • Mon, Jun 27, 1:30pm

Singles Mixer • Overtime–Downtown,

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

10304-111 St • 780.604.5544 • All Things Single: A single group for people 35-55 yrs. Come and bring a friend • Meet the 4th Thu every month • Jun 23, 7:30-10pm; contact Lori at

Amnesty International 50th Birthday Celebration • Carrot

Society of Edmonton Atheists

Café, 9351-118 Ave • edmontonamnesty. org • Tue, Jun 28, 7-9pm • Free

THE ART OF GHOST HUNTING– Riverdale Tour • Meet at Riverdale School, 8901-101 Ave • Join paranormal investigator and tour guide Morgan Knudsen • Jun 25, 9-11:30pm • $15 at E:; T: 780.452.2692; pre-register

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

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


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

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

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

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 7103-105 St • • 1st and 3rd Tue, 7-9pm; every month

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

• 780.465.1721 • • Learn proven coaching techniques, powerful questions, whole-bodied listening • Jun 23

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

Experience the Energy Tours– Fort Mcmurray • Oil sands Discovery Centre, junction of Hwy 63 and MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray • See the inner workings of the oil sands industry • Jun 24-25

Herb Walk • John Janzen Nature Centre • 780.443.3335 • Learn about local plants and herbs, and which ones heal with Grant Wilson • Sun, Jun 26, 10am-2:30pm • $40

Warhol and Conceptualism • AGA, Ledcor Theatre, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • • Lecture presented by William Wood • Sat, Jun 25, 2:30pm • Free

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

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

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E:

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

G.L.B.T.Q. (gay) African Group Drop-In) • Pride Centre, 9540-111 Ave •

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780.488.3234 • Group for gay refugees from all around the World, friends, and families • 1st and Last Sun every month • Info: E:, jeff@

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

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group •

Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper

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

Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

Illusions Social Club • The

Youth Intervention and Outreach Worker • iSMSS, U of

Junction, 10242-106St • com/group/edmonton_illusions • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

A • 780.248.1971 • Provides support and advocacy to queer youth 12-25; you don't need to be alone

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

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Amnesty International 50th Birthday Celebration • Carrot

780.756.5667 • Open daily at 4pm, food service available from the eatery until 10pm; rotating DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm; Movie Monday; Wingy Wed 5-9, and Karaoke at 9pm; free pool Tue-Thu

Café, 9351-118 Ave • • Coffee, cake and live entertainment • Tue, Jun 28, 7-9pm

AVENUE and ALLEYS–Bowling for Bucks • Plaza Bowl, 10418-118

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

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

Pride Centre of Edmonton • 9540-111 Ave, Norwood Blvd • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; robwells780@ • HIV Support Group: for people living with HIV/AIDS; 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm; • Seniors Drop-In: Social/support group for seniors of all genders and sexualities to talk, and have tea; every Tue and Thu, 1-4pm; tuff@ • TTIQ: Education and support group for transgender, transsexual, intersexed and questioning people, their friends, families and allies; 2nd Tue each month, 7:30-9:30pm; • Community Potluck: For members of the LGBTQ community; last Tue each month, 6-9pm; tuff@ • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellorsevery Wed, 6-9pm; • STD Testing: Last Thu every month, 3-6pm; free; • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; • Prime Timers Games Night: Games night for men age 55+; 2nd and last Fri every month; 7-10pm; tuff@shaw. ca • Art Group: Drawing and sketching group for all ages and abilities; every Sat, 11am-2pm; • Suit Up and Show Up: AA Big Book Study: Discussion/ support group for those struggling with an alcohol addiction or seeking support in staying sober;; every Sat, 12-1pm • Youth Understanding Youth: LGBTQ youth under 25; Every Sat, 7-9pm;,

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

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Bikeology • • Create Your Art: Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society, 10047-80 Ave, back alley; make jewellery from bike parks; Jun 23, 7pm; free • Outdoor Ride In Movie: Victoria Cricket Pitch, 12130 River Valley Rd; Jun 25-26 • Fare Thee Well: Meet at 6:30pm at Beaver Hills House Park and ride to Shakespeare in the Park, Hawrelak Park: Thu, Jun 30, 6:30-11:15pm

KIDS WITH CANCER Society (KWCS) Fundraisers • • 780.496.2459 • Le Tour of Hope Bicycle Tour: 8-day adult cycling adventure starting in Penticton through BC and returning to Edmonton; until Jun 26 • LOOK & Stepper Homes Revving Up for Kids Motorcycle Adventure: 4-day motorcycle tour through Idaho, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Newport, Metaline Falls, and BC; Jun 23-26

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

Paddlefest • Rundle Park • mec. ca/paddlefest • Focus on fun and water safety, family-oriented event hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) • Sat, Jun 25, 11am

St Jean Bapiste Festival • Morinville • 780.939.4361 • Street dance, midway, breakfast, farmer’s market, slo pitch tournament, art walk, displays, tours, fireworks • Jun 24-26

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

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

White Night • Edmonton City Centre, bridge over 101 St (near Tim Horton’s) • Evening of music, cocktails, silent auction, and “White-hot” fashion in support of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters • Jun 23, 8pm • Free, donations for the ACWS




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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19) Golden orb spiders of

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22) "Life is like playing

Madagascar spin robust webs. Their silk is stronger than steel yet able to bend and expand when struck by insects. Each morning they eat what remains of yesterday's web and spend an hour or so weaving a fresh one. Your task in the coming weeks has some similarities: creating rugged but flexible structures to gather what you need, and being ready to continually shed what has outlived its usefulness so as to build what your changing circumstances require.

a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on," wrote author Samuel Butler. You may be practicing as diligently as you can, gradually trying to master your complex instrument, but in the meantime your lack of expertise is plainly visible to anyone who's paying close attention. Luckily, not too many people pay really close attention, which gives you a significant amount of slack. Now and then you have phases when your skills suddenly leap to a higher octave. The coming weeks should be one of these times for you, Libra.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20) The year is almost half over, Taurus. Shall we sum up the first part of 2011 and speculate about the next six months? The way I see it, you've been going through a boisterous process of purification since last January. Some of it has rattled your soul's bones, while some of it has freed you from your mind-forged manacles. In a few short months, you have overseen more climaxes and shed more emotional baggage than you had in the past three years combined. Now you're all clean and clear and fresh, and ready for a less exhausting, more cheerful kind of fun.

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15 Got the genie out of the lamp 20 "This is only a test" gp. 21 Spectra maker 22 Airline in Holland 23 Tahiti, par exemple 24 Ethnomusicologist's deg., maybe 28 Exploit 32 Aries, e.g. 34 Revenge tactic 35 Punctuation that lets you trail off 36 Gave a round of applause 37 Kind of muscle 39 ___ fly (baseball play) 40 Dublin's country, in the Olympics 41 Blood vessel imaging machine 42 ___-pah bands 43 Beetles and Rabbits, eg 45 Most vile 46 Words before "interpretation" or "the public" 47 Like batters in the on-deck circle 48 Puts forth effort 52 "One of ___ days..." 54 Trebek's "High Rollers" co-star Lee 57 Six, in Italy 58 Carson Daly's former MTV show 59 Piece 60 Start for sex or corn ©2011 Jonesin' Crosswords(

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often designed to make you feel inadequate about the life you're actually living so you will be motivated to "improve" your lot by buying what they're selling. Recently HBO unleashed an especially nefarious attack. Promoting its new streaming service, it informed us that "The story you could be watching is better than the one you're in." Fortunately, you won't be tempted to swallow that vicious propaganda. Your personal story will be profoundly more interesting and meaningful than the narratives that HBO or any other entertainment source might offer.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) A company that manufactures processed food made a promotional offer: If you purchased 10 of its products, it would give you 500 frequent flyer miles. An American man named David Philips took maximum advantage. He bought 12 150 pudding cups for $3000, earning himself more than a million frequent flyer miles— enough to fly to Europe and back 31 times. This is the kind of legal trick you're now in a good position to pull off, Cancerian. So brainstorm freely, please: How could you play the system, outwit the matrix, rage against the machine, or subvert the Man? No need to break any laws; the best gambit will be an ethical one.

LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22) While watching fast-talking politicians talk on TV, my Polish grand-uncle would sometimes mutter, Zlotem pisal, a gownem zapieczetowal. I only learned what those words meant when I turned 18 and he decided I was old enough to know the translation: "written in gold and sealed with crap." One of your interesting assignments in the coming weeks, Leo, will be to identify anything that fits that description in your own life. Once you've done that, you can get started on the next task, which should be rather fun: Expose the discrepancy, and clean up the mess.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22) Years ago I did a book tour that brought me to Eugene, Oregon, where my sister and her husband and their daughter live. They came to my reading at a bookstore. My Virgo niece Jasper was seven years old at the time. I was surprised and delighted when she heckled me during my talk, always with funny and good-natured comments that added to the conviviality of the moment and entertained everyone in attendance. Who said Virgos are well-behaved to a fault? Your assignment this week is to be inspired by my niece: With wit and compassion, disrupt the orderly flow of any events that could use some smart agitation.

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SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) In August and September, millions of seabirds known as Sooty Shearwaters leave their homes in New Zealand and travel thousands of miles to the Gulf of the Farallones, just off the coast of San Francisco. Why do they do it? The feeding is first-class; the tasty fish and squid they like are available in abundance. I suggest you consider a Sooty Shearwater-type quest in the coming weeks, Scorpio. The very best samples of the goodies you crave are located at a distance, either in a literal or metaphorical sense.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) I really thought I'd understand sex better by now. After all these years of doing it and studying it and thinking about it and talking about it, I still can't regard myself as a master of the subject. The kundalini's uncanny behavior continues to surprise me, perplex me, and thrill me with ever-new revelations. Judging by the current astrological omens, I'm guessing you're due for a round of novel revelations about the nature of eros. As long as you keep an open mind, open heart and open libido, it should all be pretty interesting.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) A few years ago, Eve Ensler took her famous play The Vagina Monologues to Pakistan. She and a group of local Muslim actresses wowed a crowd in Islamabad with discourses on vibrators, menstruation, and "triple orgasms." I invite and encourage you to try something equally brave in the coming weeks. Give your spiel to a new audience; take your shtick to a wild frontier; show who you really are to important people who don't know the truth yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) When my "macho feminist" memoir The Televisionary Oracle was published in 2000, I suffered from comical delusions about its chances for mainstream acceptance. I tried to get a review in The New York Times. As I know now, that had as much likelihood of happening as me traveling to the moon in a rainbow canoe. But in lieu of that kind of recognition, others arrived. One of my favourites: My book went with a group of goddess-worshipers on a spiritual tour to the ancient matriarchal city of Catal Huyuk in Turkey. They read my writing aloud to each other, amused and entertained. I suspect you will soon have a similar experience, Aquarius: having to "settle for" a soulful acknowledgment that's different from what your ego thought it wanted. Take it from me: that's actually better.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) My favourite plant food for my African violets is a natural fertilizer called Big Bloom. One of its key ingredients is bat guano. I'd like to suggest that you're about due to embark on the Big Blooming phase of your own cycle, Pisces. And it's more likely to reach its deserved pinnacle of fertility if you're willing to summon just a hint of bat-shit craziness from the depths of your subconscious mind. But remember: just a dollop, not a giant heap.

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Dr.’s Appointment Buddy–Accompany new refugee immigrants to their medical appointments to give support and assist with paperwork. Thu, 10:30am-2:30pm. Transportation not required. Leslie 780.432.1137, ext 357 Edmonton Immigrant Services Association: looking for volunteers to help with Youth Tutoring & Mentorship, New Neighbours, Language Bank, and Host/Mentorship programs. Contact Alexandru Caldararu 780.474.8445; W: Flower Fest 2011 Jul 15-17 werfest.html; Flower Fest volunteer performers T: 780.429.3624 for time spot in the program Mechanics needed: The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society operates a volunteer-run community bike workshop called BikeWorks, 10047-80 Ave (back alley), also accepting bicycle donations; E:; W:


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The Sexual Assault Centre: recruiting volunteers: If you're empathetic, caring, nonjudgmental, want to gain experience, for info contact Joy: 780.423.4102 or The Support Network: Volunteer today to be a Distress Line Listener. Apply on line or call 780.732.6648 University of Alberta needs volunteers with depression for a study. Please call 780-407-3906. Volunteer at ElderCare Edmonton: help out with day programs with things like crafts, card games and socializing. Call Renée for info at 780.434.4747 Ext 4 Volunteer Lunch Deliverer/Driver: If you're available Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm, 1-2 days/week, be part of the team. Mileage reimbursed for delivery routes. 780.429.2020,

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Entering public spaces can lead to redefining them Most every inch of this planet has been denied entry and expelled been demarcated, claimed, owned from spaces such as bars, churchand regulated. Spaces have been es, schools and changing rooms. designated by invisible lines, physiMoreover, our public and private cal barriers and rules which have behaviours and actions have been created divisions between what is regulated by governments and felpublic and private, accessible and low citizens. Although not illegal, inaccessible, empowering public displays of affection and imprisoning. Materibetween non-heterosexuals als, bodies and even ideas are monitored and concannot move freely from demned by fellow citizens m vuewe one space to another bethrough stares, gasps and alexa@ Alexa cause they are subject to physical violence. ne DeGag rules—be they norms or Out of fear for this conlaws—that determine who or demnation, our community has what can exist in a particular space. long sought refuge in designated The reality of space and its barriLGBTQ spaces including housing, ers is obvious when we attempt to bars, businesses, community cenenter a different country and have tres and neighbourhoods. As comto pass through body scans and forting as these queer spaces are, passport checks. Barriers determine they can also be confining and sufnot only what spaces we can inhabfocating. As such, pride marches, it but also what behaviours and acprotests and parades very much tions we can perform within those grew out of a desire to infiltrate, spaces. destabilize and redefine the terms of inclusion and exclusion for pubIn our city and country gay, lesbilic spaces. When masses of people an, bisexual, transgender and queer take over a space, their collectivity individuals have had to navigate can serve as protection against the spaces, and have had to temper or usual monitoring and regulating completely change their behaviour forces. The act of moving bodies in accordance with social and leinto heretofore forbidden spaces gal barriers and regulations. Based can also transform the space, turnsolely on our identity, we have ing a street, government building


or business into a political forum. This year, Edmonton's LGBT Pride Parade and Slut Walk both attempted to make political statements by infiltrating our city's public spaces. Both events, however, have been met with criticism. The Pride Parade may have galvanized thousands of Edmontonians to take to the streets but it seems as though Pride's political message drowned in the beer gardens. The Slut Walk brought a couple hundred people to the streets but its organizers were shy to declare its political goals much less its feminist affiliations. In contrast, when one young woman, Brigette dePape, entered the Canadian Senate and held up a political sign she transformed that space. Her presence in the Senate symbolized the juxtaposition between youth activism and the rigid, traditional and elitist nature of an institution such as the Senate. There are still many spaces that exclude our LGBTQ community. Although formal laws do not dictate our exclusion in most cases, norms certainly do. As such, it is time to move our bodies into new spaces again in an attempt to transform and redefine how our planet is cut up and how we are regulated. V


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Savage takes on porn, fisting and Rick Santorum (again) I'm a single 24-year-old gay actor/ Back to you, WTFLOL: considering singer/comedian who's going to be a the amount of time and money that doctor in a few years—I have varied you're going to invest in becoming a interests—and I think being in a porn doctor, and considering the recent flick would be really hot. I don't know moral panic about a few stray dick pics, what the ramifications of ramming on I would advise you to err on the side cam could be with regard to my future of not appearing in commercial porn, career. The field I want to go into is a which would require you to show your very specific burgeoning branch face. But go ahead and show E G of medicine generally unreeverything else on an amaA SAV lated to sex, but still involvteur porn site like XTube— ing patient care, and I want just edit out any shots that m o .c ekly vuewe to be on the cutting edge of savagelove@ show your face and don't Dan this type of medicine. I don't let the camera linger on any avage distinguishing features (a disS know how much the world of medicine pays attention to this sort tinctive tattoo that's visible when of thing when checking up on prospecyou're clothed, the parasitic twin that tive doctors. Thoughts? juts from your neck). And, hey, if you Wants To Film Lusty Orgasmic want to make porn, have it seen by Lovin' thousands of people, not have it live forever online, and maybe win a big I don't know if appearing in porn will cash prize, you can enter HUMP!, my make going into medicine more diffiannual amateur porn festival. Details cult, WTFLOL, but it sure can fuck up at a political career. Sigh. My boyfriend and I have been together You know, for a few minutes it for 10 years. A few years ago, he inlooked like Anthony Weiner was goformed me that he was molested in ing to beat this thing. But the prudes high school by a teacher and was in and hypocrites—in Congress and the a sexual relationship with this man media—carried the day. until he met me. I don't have a problem with him being bisexual, but I do have a problem with him not having a problem with his molestation. He feels it was consensual; I feel this man preyed on him. He used to drink to avoid dealing with his emotions. He stopped drinking when he met me, but this secret causes him to have panic attacks. I help heal his wounds, but what do I get in return? Not what I want. I give him love and I accept him—and he tells me that he doesn't want kids and doesn't want to marry me. He also hardly touches me. We're better friends than lovers. If I leave him, he'll have no one. If I stay, I feel alone. We have fun and make each


other laugh, so it's not all bad. But I'm pathetic, right? Midwest Mess I'm going to get slaughtered for this: there are people out there who have panic attacks and drinking problems, don't want to get married or have children, are cold, distant, withholding "lovers," etc, who weren't molested by high school teachers or anybody else. I'm not saying that your boy-

friend's history is unrelated to his other issues—I can't say that—but if he doesn't regard that relationship as the source of all his troubles, MM, you should stop insisting that he feel terrible/victimized/damaged because that's how you think he should feel. Are you pathetic? No, MM, you're not. You're in a relationship that's not living up to your expectations, and it's making you unhappy. Now you have a big choice and a smaller subchoice to make: either you can adjust your expectations and stay with this guy, MM, and try to appreciate the things he brings into your life, or you can refuse to adjust your expectations and (1) be miserable in this relationship or (2) leave this guy and get out there and find someone else or die trying. I'm a 22-year-old male with a vaginal fisting fetish. I have yet to tell my girlfriend of three years about this. First, although we're in love, no relationship is 100 percent guaranteed, and fulfilling this particular kink would result

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in drastic and permanent physical changes that could ruin her for anyone else if we don't make it. Second, I'm not sure how to ask. I can't just say, "Hey, hon? Mind if I jam my arm in there?" Third, even if she were for it, I don't know where to start! Fetishist In Serious Turmoil


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fisting to please you, as you're aware, so you're not going to "ruin her" just by broaching the subject. Second, you say something like "I think vaginal fisting is hot and I'm curious what you, the vagina-haver in this relationship, think about it." Third, I'm tempted to say, "You start by removing your watch," but no one wears a watch anymore and all wannabe vag-fisters should start by reading Deborah Addington's A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting. ("If fisting ruined one for other partners, I'd have been fucked outta luck a long time ago," Addington said when I shared your email with her. She recommends plenty of lube and lots of Kegels, if your girlfriend goes for it. "The only 'drastic and permanent' changes that occur are the changes of mind and body that come when one realizes how much pleasure one can have," Addington continued. "That's life altering. The stretched-out blackhole-of-doom is a myth. I'm 46 and can still walk up a flight of stairs with-

out dropping the Ben Wa Balls—and that after plenty of fisting, with more than one partner.") Speaking of gaping orifices: Rick Santorum told CNN's Don Lemon that he has gay friends and he loves his gay friends and they love him back. The openly gay Lemon, oddly enough, did not demand names and contact information for these gay friends. I'd like to hear directly from the gays who love Santorum despite Santorum's belief that gay people are no better than dog fuckers and child rapists, his promise to repeal the DADT repeal, his desire to write anti-gay bigotry into the US Constitution, his opposition to gay adoption and his belief that consensual gay sex should be a felony. If Santorum's gay friends love Santorum as much as Santorum loves his gay friends, I'm sure they would be only too glad to speak to the media about their love of Santorum. Santorum told Lemon that his imaginary gay friends prove that he's no homophobe. But if you believe—as Santorum has said repeatedly—that gays and lesbians are a threat to the family and a danger to the country, then you should be openly and proudly homophobic. So either Santorum is lying when he says we're a threat to the family, a danger to the country, etc, or he's lying when he says he has gay friends. Which is it, Rick? IN OTHER SANTORUM NEWS: The number-one Santorum site——is now being regularly updated by a smart group of new bloggers. For all your Santorum/santorum news, head to! V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at



I was among 400 people who learned to fly last Friday at Pecha Kucha Night 10 in Edmonton, held at the Alberta Aviation Museum on the municipal airport lands. We heard from urban planners, architects, botanical artists and commentators, including myself, speaking about Edmonton's Do It Yourself ethic and potential to become a livable, lovable city. The most illuminating, inspiring part was the interdisciplinary synchronicity that is really gaining momentum; from ad hoc groups of people getting together to make art happen in lost spaces around the city, to top-down development like the environmentally sustainable

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community planned for the City Centre Airport. It's an exciting time to be an Edmontonian. You don't have to be an architect or politician; there are myriad ways to get involved. Start with whatever you see around you and do something to make the city into the kind of place you wish you lived in. Come on, Edmonton, let go of your fears and reach for the sky! V Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and avid flaneur. Back Words is a discussion of her explorations in Edmonton and a photographic diary of the local visual culture.



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