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To tip or not to tip Tipping. It's one of those topics that continues to ignite heated debate regardless of which side you stand on. Before I go any further, let me preface this by saying that I was a server, albeit briefly, and it's a job that is often far more difficult than meets the eye—hell, we dedicated a cover story to this topic last summer. However, I entered my job with the anticipation that tipping was a perk, not a requirement, and I would have to work for better ones—and be tipped accordingly or not at all if my service was subpar. Times seem to have changed. Tipping has gone from a gratuity for a job well done and a reward for exceptional service to an expectation. In an article published on the CBC website in August, ostensible etiquette expert John Holt claimed 20 percent had become the new norm for standard tips in Calgary, which is up from the supposed standard of 15 percent—keep in mind, that's a starting point, not for exceptional service. It's likely that Edmonton will follow the same standard, too. A contributing factor to the expectation of tipping is that both the government and some restaurant owners view it as a way to supplement servers' wages. Alberta's minimum wage may have increased from $9.75 to $9.95 (we're still the only province yet to crack $10 an hour), but the wage for liquor servers remains a paltry $9.05. According to an article published by the Alberta Federation on Labour, an individual making $9.95 per hour working 35 hours a week for 52 weeks each year makes $18 109 before taxes—placing them below the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) of $23 298. Yes, we have lower taxes than many provinces with higher minimum wages, but it seems outlandish for a province with an extremely high cost of living and lucrative economy to have so many people struggling to get by. Let's face it, tips are an unpredictable income supplement. Regardless of how good one may be at their job, there are those instances where someone simply doesn't tip. Plus, the server doesn't even pocket all of the money. They are required to tip a certain percent to the rest of the house at the end of the night. Deciding how much to tip after receiving the bill at a sit-down restaurant is one thing, but tip jars are popping up all over the place at fast-food restaurants and coffee shops, too. Often they become a spare change jar, but the expectation remains—or the option comes up on the debit machine at an establishment that requires ordering from the counter before any service has been rendered. Overseas, it isn't customary to tip. On a recent trip to Australia, I was told not to tip as servers are paid a substantial wage—most receive around $15-per-hour while higher-end establishments may be more. Service often suffered as a result because servers were not expecting a gratuity at the end of your visit. In Europe, I encountered several instances where establishments add a gratuity to the bill. If the charge was not added, five to 10 percent is considered satisfactory. Again, service staff are paid higher wages. It's a different story south of the border in the US, where minimum wage for servers is a pittance even compared to Alberta— often less than five-dollars-an-hour—and a 15-percent tip is often expected, which still doesn't add up to much. It's not an issue that has a clear-cut solution. There's the argument that higher wages and no tipping would result in lacklustre service and potentially steeper food costs as restaurants cover payroll increases. Others worry the expectation to tip will continue to rise, making dining out even more expensive than it already is. Will there be a point when 30 percent becomes the norm? It's hard to say, but if one thing is certain, it's that the government, as well as restaurant owners, need to examine how their staff are being compensated and work towards a solution that allows them to live without relying solely on their customers to make ends meet. V




Science rallies refuse to be gagged Harper government vomiting resistance to evidence-based research

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ast year, Canadian scientists and their sup- last year, Gibbs says the situation has contin- government for 2013, nearly all of it was slotted for public-private partnerships, in large part porters mourned the "Death of Evidence" ued to worsen. for commercialization, wrote Findlay in the Nain Ottawa. This year, they were being asked to Restrictions on the ability of government sci- tional Poast last April. stand up and be heard. Science and technology funding is increasingly On September 16, "Stand Up for Science" rallies entists to speak publicly, for example, have conwere held in 14 cities across Canada, calling on tinued to grow, says Gibbs who points to new directed away from basic research, where ideas the federal government to better support sci- policies implemented in the federal Department are explored regardless of their profit-making potential. The government's current approach is of Fisheries and Oceans. ence done in the public interest. Last winter the DFO instituted new poli- short-sighted, Findlay says, since cutting fund"Many of the problems that were impetus of the Death of Evidence rally last year are still cies requiring scientists to obtain upper-level ing for basic research will reduce the amount there and, if anything, things have continued to bureaucratic approval before submitting re- of new ideas that could be marketable in the get worse," says Dr Katie Gibbs, one of the or- search for publication in a journal. Gibbs said long-run. While government actions are of great conganizers of both Monday's rally and last year's that this policy goes even further, requiring cern, the primary target for the Death of Evidence protest, in an interview with DeSmog. "This ral- By placing burdensome communications restric- rally is the public at large, say the organizers. ly, we're focusing more on making tions on employees, the Harper government Their hope was to draw the pubsuggestions for how the government could start to restore public has been criticized of muzzling or censoring sci- lic's attention to the importance scientific research for governscience." entists unable to openly discuss their research of ment policy-making, including the Those suggestions include: supwith the public. social sciences. porting the open communication Gibbs points to the Conservative of publicly funded science to the public; using the best available science and evi- additional approval once a journal accepts an government's decision to implement mandatory dence to make the best decisions; and funding article for publication. "It's an additional new minimum sentences in order to reduce crime scientific research from basic science through sign-off that people worry could be used to rates. Reviewing the research on the impact of stifle science that [the government doesn't] mandatory minimum sentences in other jurisdicto applied. tions, she says the clear result is that crime rates Scientists have been increasingly critical of the want released," she says. These policies counter the trend in other coun- do not drop. Adopting mandatory minimum senHarper government's stance on publicly funded tries, such as the US and the UK, where scientists tences in Canada as a way to reduce crime rates research since they came into power in 2006. By placing burdensome communications re- are allowed to speak out against government goes against evidence-based decision-making strictions on employees, the Harper government policy, so long as they preface it by saying that and demonstrates the need to pressure the govhas been criticized of muzzling or censoring sci- they are not speaking on behalf of the govern- ernment to change its approach, Gibbs says. "I think we've got to restore the health of Canaentists unable to openly discuss their research ment, Gibbs adds. The ability to speak out is crucial, Findlay told dian science and that we need to take preventawith the public. A movement away from basic forms of data collection—such as the axing of DeSmog, since scientists have a crucial role to tive measures and that will only happen if we the mandatory long-form census in 2010—has play in policy-making. "There is a real place for convince people of the importance of publicscientists increasingly concerned about Canada's scientists in political debate and in public policy interest science," Findlay says. "I would consider for the simple reason that all public policy is re- this a success even if the federal government ability to make evidence-based decisions. does nothing, if Canadians started to say, 'Oh, I The result was the "Death of Evidence" rally ally just science," he explained. Also worsening is the situation around science didn't realize that public-interest science was so that gathered 2000 scientists and supporters in Ottawa last July. Following that success, Gibbs, funding, Gibbs says. While total public funding important to me and my welfare.' "I want people to not only stand up for science, a biologist, and fellow scientist Dr Scott Findlay, for science and technology has dropped by 12 a professor at the University of Ottawa in the percent in the past four years, according to a but to actually start to take a bit of ownership of Department of Biology, established Evidence for recent Statistics Canada report, that isn't Gibbs public interest science." Democracy, a non-partisan NGO whose goal is to and Findlay's primary concern. The issue is where TIM MCSORLEY inform the population about the importance of the money is going. Of the $454 million in new research and de- This article originally appeared on The DeSmog what they call "public-interest science." Despite what was seen as a successful rally velopment funding announced by the federal Blog.

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New grading fees at University of Alberta one more thing for students to worry about

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t's not about the number at the end," so many undergraduates have been told in their first year of university. "It's about the process that got you there." But for many first-year University of Alberta students taking calculus nowadays, it is just about the number. They log onto the online service, WebAssign, and get a variety of questions from the textbook, with boxes for their answers. The marking is automatic. On top of tuition and textbooks, it can cost upwards of $75 more for these students to be allowed to do their assignments. "You're paying tuition to learn from professors," says Dustin Chelen, Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Alberta's Students' Union. "Not to learn by reading a textbook and filling out a question the textbook writers wrote for you. It's a pretty homogenized $600-tuition course experience. "In effect, they're being doublecharged to grade their work. The university already pays to access our e-learning management system called Moodle, where students can go online and access supplemental materials, post in discussion boards or fill out quizzes." It's not just math. Kat Hayes, a psychology student, recently encountered WebAssign in her French class. While she wonders why the existing e-learning interfaces were not used in this case, she also takes issue with the way the professor uses the grading.

"It involves an online course component through the Pearson textbook that we have, that you have to pay for a code for," Hayes says. "And then we're being graded on completion of the assignments she gives us within that system. Not on quality or anything like that, just completion. "As long as you have attempted to do some of the questions in the thing, then you'll get full credit for it." With the WebAssign materials filed more under participation, the course does have a variety of other graded components. But while a slew of straight zeros may prompt the professor to assume the student hasn't tried, there would seem to be little incentive to put much effort into it at all. "You're basically paying $80 for 10 percent of your course mark if you choose to do it," Hayes says. These are only two ways that WebAssign is being used. Amid the current financial realities of the university, Vincent Bouchard, an assistant professor in the Department of Math and Statistical Sciences, sees the service as a tool, opting to have his assignments for a Science 100 class half online, while half are written. "The reasons I may use WebAssign is just because there's been stupid budget cuts for the university and we don't have much money anymore," Bouchard says. "The TA budget has been cut and grading assignments is very time consum-

ing and we can't do it ourselves. At some point it's just not feasible—if you have no TAs and you can't do it yourself, it's kind of a compromise." The University of Alberta saw three consecutive years of frozen provincial funding—not even a CPI increase—followed by one year of a two-percent increase, before this year's widely discussed drastic cuts. Faculties and departments have had to face the realities of less money coming in for years and services like WebAssign are an easy way out of at least one problem. Further inconveniencing students this year is that scholarships that previously would have been disbursed during the year—when students are still planning their classes—are now being disbursed at the end of the academic year in June. The Students' Union announced the timing shift late last week, sparking immediate concerns from students. The university has since clarified the situation in a post from the Office of the Registrar. "Our goal is to get scholarship information and funds into the hands of students to make it easier for continuing students to make financial planning decisions and for prospective students to make timely, informed ac-

ceptance decisions," the note states. No funds are being withheld or pocketed by the university, but plenty of students have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability to pay tuition and other fees. And that list of fees ever-increasingly includes, of course, WebAssign. But being essentially hidden, this is one fee that prospective students may be completely unaware and unprepared for, scholarships or not. For Bouchard, the goal of assignments should be to help students master a subject. To get good at math or physics requires students do a lot of practice work on their own. Then the assignments can involve hard, advanced questions that are not necessarily directly covered in class time, the grading being important feedback. "But for first-year courses, the problem is that in most high schools this is not the way it works at all," he says. "In most high schools, your assignments are just repeating what you are told in class. Students who come to universities are not ready. If you were to do calculus and do assignments that are that type, they would just get lost." With this context, treating first-year assignments as transitional, putting all the easier questions that students

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should be doing on their own in there along with a few harder ones makes sense. Bouchard can have the WebAssign questions be relatively simple, and still give students a challenge on the written half and deliver feedback that students find critical. "In 2009 the SU held some focus groups around students' preferences in grading," Chelen says. "And they liked to be able to actively interact with a professor. "They liked when a professor gave them feedback on their essays, on their assignments and showed them what they got wrong." Few instructors would actually want to deprive students of adequate feedback. And while in some cases, like Hayes' French course where the lack of real grading makes it essentially a superfluous tax on taking the class, in others, the financial realities stemming from years of inadequate provincial funding are hitting home in real ways. There's no doubt a spectrum of good to bad implementation of services like WebAssign, but when it comes to the ubiquitous first-year calculus classes, it's not hard to see students paying more but getting less. And while the university itself can't pay for the TAs it would need to mark all their assignments, with the numbers of students in those first-year math courses typically exceeding 100, the third-party WebAssign is collecting at least $7500 per class. Students like Kat, at least, would probably want that money going elsewhere. RYAN BROMSGROVE





The rest of the iceberg

Rape statistics remain highest in African countries among developing nations Last May, with considerable trepidation, I wrote an article about what seemed to be extraordinarily high rates of rape in Africa. The original data came from a study by South Africa's Medical Research Council in 2009 which found that more than a quarter of South African men—27.6 percent—admitted they had committed rape. Almost half of those men had raped two or three women or girls. One in 13 had raped at least 10 victims. Over the next couple of years, I came across a couple of other less detailed studies suggesting the problem was not just South African. A report from the eastern Congo in 2012 said more than a third of the men interviewed—34 percent—had committed rape, and an older report from Tanzania found that 20 percent of the women interviewed said they had been raped (although only onetenth as many rapes were reported to the police). So I wrote a piece called "An African Iceberg" in which I said this was a phenomenon that needed urgent investigation continent-wide—but it did occur to me to wonder if there were similar icebergs in other devel-


oping countries. The only figures that were available for developing countries elsewhere were official ones, and those normally only record the number of women who tell the police

figures were duplicated in developing countries outside Africa. The researchers chose six countries in the Asia-Pacific region: China, Cam-

Women are reluctant to report rape in any society, and much more so in traditional societies. they have been raped. Most don't. Women are reluctant to report rape in any society, and much more so in traditional societies. The South African study was the only one that had adopted the strategy of asking men directly. Maybe if the same sort of study were done in other continents, I thought, it would return equally horrifying figures. And lo! Somebody else had the same thought and the resources to do something about it. The new report, conducted under the auspices of four United Nations agencies cooperating as "Partners for Prevention," was published last week in the online version of The Lancet Global Health, a respected British medical journal. The study was undertaken quite specifically to learn if the South African

bodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. As in the South African study, the word "rape" was not used in the questionnaire. The 10 178 men interviewed were asked if they had ever "forced a woman who was not your wife or girlfriend at the time to have sex" or "had sex with a woman who was too drunk or drugged to indicate whether she wanted it." There were further questions about forcing a wife or girlfriend to have sex (which is also rape), about gang rape and about raping males, but for simplicity's sake let us stick with the questions about what the researchers called "single perpetrator rape" of a woman who was neither wife nor girlfriend. The answers varied from

country to country, but the overall picture was clear. Africa (or at least South Africa) is all alone out there. In most of the Asian countries involved in the study, between two and four percent of the men interviewed said they had raped a "non-partner" woman. That falls into the same range that prevails, one suspects, in most developed countries (although their reported cases of rape are much lower). There were some local peculiarities, like the fact that in rural Bangladesh men are more likely to get raped than women. China came in surprisingly high, with six percent of the men interviewed admitting to rape, but that may be related to the growing surplus of males in a society where the gender ratio has become very skewed: there are 99 large Chinese cities where more than 125 boys are born for every 100 girls. But Papua New Guinea was right up there with South Africa: 26.6 percent of the men interviewed had committed "single perpetrator rape" of a nonpartner woman. And the other numbers were just as startling: 14 percent of PNG men had participated in a gang rape, and 7.7 percent had raped a man or boy. So Asia as a whole is quite dif-

ferent from Africa on this count—but PNG is practically identical. What is so special about Papua New Guinea? It is a country with an extravagantly large number of different tribes and languages. It is an extremely violent country, where most people live in extreme poverty. It is a place where the law is enforced only sporadically and often corruptly. And it is a place where traditional tribal values, patriarchal to the core, reign virtually unchallenged among a large part of the population. Remind you of anywhere? Well, you already suspected that this was at the root of it, didn't you? You just didn't want to say so, for fear of being accused of being racist, antiAfrican or something of that sort. But it does need to be said, loudly and repeatedly. Women and girls are more likely to be the victims of sexual violence in Africa than almost anywhere else, and the only way to change that is to change the behaviour of African men. By persuasion if possible, but also by enforcing the law. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


Musical deck chairs

Up in the air whether health-care governance changes will have any beneficial impact Hey, didn't these deck chairs look different yesterday? Many Albertans, especially those who work in our health system, were likely asking that very question on September 10 as, for the fourth time in 20 years, the Alberta Government announced a major restructuring of governance at Alberta Health Services. The announcement was made at a press conference by Health Minister Fred Horne, AHS CEO Chris Eagle and Janet Davidson, the consultant hired to run and review AHS governance last summer. Horne appointed Davidson in June after he followed up his very public spat with the AHS board by firing all of its members. Davidson was ultimately engaged to be the official administrator of AHS, but she was also asked to conduct a thorough review and make recommendations about governance at the arms-length health authority. Her report of the structure was quite scathing, highlighting that it was top-heavy, difficult to navigate and non-responsive to the needs of frontline staff and patients. Her recommendations, which Horne is moving on quickly, amount to a fundamental reorganization of how AHS is governed and run. The most significant of those


changes is that, effective immediately, AHS senior management will be streamlined, eliminating 70 VP positions out of the current 80. Five of those VPs have been given their walking papers already, taking with them some $2.1 million in severance.

What will the 65 reassigned VPs actually be doing? If they are not necessary at the top, why weren't they all simply let go so those funds could be used to deal with other pressure points in the system, like emergency room and nurse shortages?

Davidson's report makes clear that the decision, made by Premier Ed Stelmach in 2008, to amalgamate nine health authorities into a single superboard has been an unmitigated disaster. Most of the remaining 65 VPs will have their positions "reprofiled" to better support front-line staff. The new structure will also be divided into two administrative regions, based in Calgary and Edmonton. Overall, the recognition that the AHS structure was top-heavy and not working, and the expressed commitment to re-balance that structure in favour of front-line staff, patients and community responsiveness, is a positive step in the right direction. It's still unclear, however, how the changes to be made will actually accomplish any of that. Simply eliminating 70 VP positions will not, in and of itself, accomplish extra supports on the front-lines.

It's also still unclear from the announcement whether the savings achieved from eliminating bureaucracy will actually be redeployed within the health system, or whether they will simply be counted as savings and used to help the government balance its books. The best way to support front-line staff and service provision is to stop the budgetary cut-backs introduced in the provincial budget and reinvest on the front lines, but there was absolutely no indication from the minister this would happen. Perhaps the biggest question coming out of the announced changes is why they divided the province into only two regions. Davidson's report makes clear that the decision, made by Pre-

mier Ed Stelmach in 2008, to amalgamate nine health authorities into a single super-board has been an unmitigated disaster. She shows us a system that is completely disconnected from the needs of the communities where it operates and which is next to impossible for health-care professionals and stakeholders to navigate. One can imagine, for example, that this is especially the case in rural communities where the needs and realities are very different from those in the big cities. How will moving from one central bureaucracy in Edmonton to two central bureaucracies in Edmonton and Calgary respectively, do anything to improve responsiveness and connectedness in those small communities? If the government was serious about de-centralizing the system, why not go back to the nine-region system? Or even the 17 health authorities that existed under Ralph Klein? The implication in the new structure is that it's designed to actually increase the power and influence of the minister in the governance and running of the system. This may make sense politically in terms of the government's desire for control, but it is entirely contrary to AHS's role as an arms-length organization, and is complete anathema to the rhetoric

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of increasing responsiveness to stakeholders and patients. In the short term, the brunt of this restructuring, like the three others we've seen since 1993, will fall on front-line professionals who will have to adapt to working within the new structures, lines of authority and reporting mechanisms. Hopefully, that short-term pain will be worthwhile in the long term. We will not see that, however, until we see how the government will follow-up this initial move. If last week's announcement is followed up by a genuine reallocation of resources to the front lines, steps to legitimately include the voices of front-line workers in system design and the funding necessary to make those changes happen, then it's definitely a valuable first step. If none of that happens, then it will have been nothing more than a significant shuffling of deck chairs with no long-term benefits. The results of all the previous reorganizations in our health system suggest that this latter outcome is the more likely one, but we can always hope. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.

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t's a sweltering hot Tuesday afternoon and B's Diner owners Brenda Der and her husband Bob Ziniak are sipping bottles of water in their Whyte Avenue restaurant. The diner is closed for the day and eerily quiet aside from Molly and Penny, two pug puppies rolling around at their feet. "What you see is what you get," Der says. What you see are walls plastered in colourful posters drawn by children, an indicator of a lively restaurant and the couple's immense passion for community involvement. Co-owner and cook Der has also taken on the role of counsellor to the countless people who come to her casual diner for a hot meal, a hug or conversation. This intimate connection with customers is what separates Edmonton's familyowned restaurants from the franchises. The unassuming restaurant has been in business since 2002, switching locations once, but always remaining on the same block of 100 Street. The couple has been together since 1997 and is busy everyday, with Der cooking a variety of German, Asian, Ukrainian and Polish dishes alongside traditional diner favourites. Ziniak serves his wife's homestyle cooking, often cracking jokes with customers in his thick Eastern European accent. The pair is infectiously positive—an attitude that has gotten them through some tough times. The diner closed for a few months after Der's 20-year-old son drowned on a camping trip in 2010. Her voice catches in her throat as she recalls this event. "It was just the beginning for him," she says, staring off onto the front patio. His death was hard on the family and the restaurant, and the diner's closed doors led Der and Ziniak into a financial crisis they are still struggling

to deal with. But making money was help one another. If somebody ran out never the ultimate goal of the diner. of something they needed and came Since her son's death, Der has com- here, I would give it to them," Der says. mitted to using her restaurant to feed "We're all in the same business." and support the community—particFurther down Whyte Avenue near ularly children and the homeless. She runs a lunch program for Grade Bonnie Doon Mall, Daniel Mazzotta 5 students at St Richard Catholic is busy cooking up traditional Italian School. The children learn how to pastas and pizzas in his busy kitchen. make nutritious lunches and deliver Alongside his mother Frances and fathem to three other schools. The ther Jim, Daniel and his three brothprogram is something Der is im- ers Andre, Jason and David opened Ragazzi (Italian for "boys") Bistro Italmensely proud of. "A restaurant is a restaurant," Der iano 12 years ago. The restaurant is says, and the diner is so much more filled with pictures of the Mazzotta than an eatery—it's a way for one family in Italy, symbolizing an attachfamily to connect with others in the ment to their Italian roots and comcommunity. "[It's] because of the loss mitment to each other. Daniel always knew he had a fuof my son, I wanted to carry him on with me and have that energy to keep ture in the restaurant business. Proudly donning his clean white giving," she explains. Der says her restaurant has had "a monogrammed chef's coat, he second chance" since her son's death, fondly recalls playing "pizza shop" and she wants to extend that oppor- with his brothers as a child, and tunity to the area's homeless com- the Sunday dinners at which attenmunity as well. Der and Ziniak will dance was strictly enforced by his provide a meal or even their home Italian-born dad. It was at these dinto anyone in need. One particularly ners that the family connected, concold winter, the couple welcomed versed and also fought, but which five members of the homeless com- ultimately led Daniel to munity into their Mill Woods home. appreciate the Der gave them daily chores and, de- importance flecting the attention from herself of food as she often seems to do, said the ex- a n d perience was "really good for them." She mentions the homeless community watches out for the restaurant when it is closed and that her former house guests will often come by for breakfast when they have money saved up. Unlike many chain restaurants, the couple don't feel the need to compete for business. With customers that become family, it's no longer just a diner. // Jill Stanton "I still think that you should

family—and the families that now visit his restaurant. "People picking our place to share their most intimate moments, to us, is probably the greatest compliment," he says with a smile. "The clanging of the plates, people talking and laughing in the background ... it's like opera. It's like music to your ears, it truly is." Daniel often leaves the kitchen to chat with diners tucking into massive plates of spaghetti and tiramisu, his mom's specialty. Like Der and Ziniak, the Mazzotta family believes in making personal connections with diners that extend beyond the restaurant. This is an experience that can't come from a franchise establishment, he says, and one that proves the value of Edmonton's family-owned restaurants. "People that come here, most of them know us by name. They've seen us grow, and you can't duplicate that kind of thing," he says. "That's what people love about family restaurants, to feel like part of the family." ANDREA ROSS


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wo local entrepreneurs and three local restaurants (and counting) have teamed up to help those less fortunate, one meal at a time. Cousins Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant are business grads who were looking to make an impact beyond their day jobs, and after travelling to developing countries and volunteering in the inner city, their eyes were opened to how many people are unable to afford food. From there, Mealshare took shape. The concept is simple: buy a dish with the Mealshare symbol attached to it at one of the program's partner restaurants and


money goes to Mealshare, which then donates it to its charitable partners, including Hope Mission, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, Mission Possible in Vancouver, Victoria Cool Aid Society and its international charity, Children's Hunger Fund. The program launched in Edmonton in July, with three participating restaurants: Culina Muttart, Creole Envie and Noorish. In the near future, Bryant hopes this number can continue to grow not only in Edmonton, but across Canada. Vue spoke with Bryant over the phone to find out more about the program and its involvement in the community.


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VUE WEEKLY: What do you look for when choosing which restaurants to approach about the program? JEREMY BRYANT: We really look for restaurants that are as closely involved with our values as we can find. The three restaurants that are current partners are just all restaurants that are really involved in the community, and they're doing all these things to care about their clients and the community they work for. So, buying local ingredients when they can—fresh, organic ingredients in lots of cases—and they just genuinely seem to care about their customers, their staff and the community they work in. From there we also look for restaurants that serve great food and are quality, well-run establishments. VW: How did you become involved with the Children's Hunger Fund and what made it a good fit for the program? JB: We did a whole bunch of research on organizations and once we started sifting through them, it was figuring out who uses their funds most efficiently, who provides lasting change to the people they work with. It consistently seemed that Children's Hunger Fund came to the top, so they're just an incredibly efficient charity that worked really hard and really well to not only provide meals but

also provide involvement beyond that. They'll maybe come into a community and start providing meals to people who have a great need for them, but from there they get involved in other things, so if somebody needs education or training they're open and try to help facilitate that. VW: Aside from purchasing meals, how else can people get involved? JB: We try to have a social-media presence and we have lots of information and ways to get involved on Facebook. We have little giveaways and competitions coming up where if people help spread the word about Mealshare and its partner restaurants, we'll be giving away some meals at our partner restaurants. So we have gift cards to Culina and Noorish and Creole Envie. VW: Is there anything else people should know about Mealshare? JB: We talked about Children's Hunger Fund and feeding children primarily around the world, but we also work with Hope Mission here in Edmonton, so most of our contributions we're making to charities would be in our local community. Although we really value getting involved around the world, we also think it's really important to stay local and try to provide support in the community.

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Muscle Shoals ponders one of modern music's recording meccas


t's alchemy," declares Bono, the clearly no shortage of people willfirst of many voices and descrip- ing to praise the place—arcing out tions that seek, in Muscle Shoals, the highs and lows of the place, to summarize whatever magic it is fleshed out with a particularly imthat exists around the titular place. pressive collection of archival footHe's soon joined by Aretha Franklin, age (A very young Franklin's first session with the Keith Richards, and more to raise the house band, for praises of the tiny Thu, Sep 26 (7 pm) example). The magnetism recording studio Muscle Shoals in the air still behind far more Directed by Greg Camalier has some pull, classic cuts—  and essentially too: something Franklin's entire Part of the Edmonton Internaabout it struck career—than you tional Film Festival director Greg Camalier—whose may expect. From Thu, Sep 26 – Sat, Oct 5 film is now set to its first really cessful record, Aropen the Edmonthur Alexander's ton International "You Better Move Film Festival—as On," the place slowly but surely be- he passed through while helping a came a site of musical pilgrimage, friend move across the country. "I helped him drive his car out there a place to cut your hit: the roster of artists who recorded there in- [to New Mexico], and we took the cludes Paul Simon (parts of There back roads through the south, and Goes Rhymin' Simon), Otis Redding ended up late one night in Muscle ("Sweet Soul Music" and "You Left Shoals," Camalier says over the The Water Running") and the Roll- phone from Los Angeles. "And then ing Stones ("Wild Horses"). There the next 24 hours impacted us; we wasn't even just a single, legendary spent the day there, and in that day house band that marked the source was the genesis of the film." "Feeling it was a lot of the inspiraof the place's pull: when the original batch of musicians all took off for tion for wanting to do the film: it Nashville to become songwriters, wasn't just this cerebral thing of, the only other game in town took like, this is incredible, look at this up house-band duties, and ended up roster of music," he continues. "We really felt the place and the esarguably more successful. How so many classic records ended sence of that place, and that was up being crafted in the tiny south- a big part of the desire and the inern town—which as of the 2007 spiration to want to do the film. So census, doesn't quite have a popula- yeah, we felt it for sure." What exactly he felt, though, is a tion of 13 000—is something even the film's most embedded, saw-it-all little more opaque. "The natural beauty of the place, subjects wrestle with, though the film itself does a succinct, engross- the remoteness of the place, ing job of just letting the story un- the sense of the place it was," furl through interviews—there's Camalier ponders, "Those things

Back in the day: a photo from the Wilson Pickett Session at Muscle Shoals


really stood out. The river; we spent some time on the river in that first day. All that stuff really spoke to us really immediately." "So much surprised me," he continues. "I'm a big music fan, but I only knew a small part of that story. So the magnitude of music that came from music from there; the variety of genres; the way the place was musical for generations before; all those things were fascinating and new to me. As well as obviously learning of the individuals themselves, and their stories." For want of one of those good stories, you could easily stop at Percy Sledge for an example. His perennial hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" was developed and cut there in 1965, with a then 25-year old Sledge working with Quinn Ivy, after the latter heard Sledge perform an early version of what would became his ubiquitous hit. "[Ivy] heard me sing a song I'd made up the melody to, and he liked the way it sounded," Sledge, now 72, says from his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "He asked me what I thought about recording a record, and I told him yes, it's the only thing I'd been thinking about since I graduated from high school. He asked me what that song was I was singin' to-

night. And I said it's just one I made up, and it was. I just made it up. The melody, I had known the melody in my mind from when I was a kid growing up; the same melody stuck in my mind, for years and years. When I felt like singing a song, say what I want to say about something, that melody's what I would sing it in." The first time Sledge can recall imagining that melody is sometime in high school, 14 or 16, meaning it bounced around inside him for about a decade before being pressed to wax. But Quinn could smell the hit, and asked Sledge to write up some lyrics. "Two or three weeks later I went back over and he asked me had I got lyrics for that melody, and I told him 'no.'" Sledge recalls. "I told him, 'Well, you know how it is: when a man loves a woman, he can't think.' He said, 'let me tell you something. That would be a great title if you were to just write around 'When

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a man loves a woman.' And it all started from there. The song was called 'Why Did You Leave Me Baby' at first." Sledge hasn't actually seen the film that features him when we talk, though he's happy to reflect on the Shoals days; a few days later, he'd see it in New York. Had he never had that hit record, though, he considers what might've been instead. "I was playing great baseball around that time," Sledge says. "That's what I thought I was going to be. I used to work in a hospital, and doctors wanted me to take care of their patients. I wanted to be a doctor. There was a number of things I might've wound up being. But then came singing, and I got married, and the next thing you know, I didn't have nothing in my life but music and singing at that time. The baseball and all that stuff just completely left my mind. " PAUL BLINOV



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Trucker by day, singer by night


iven our proximity, you probably footage of the massive oil projects. have your opinions about Fort McMurray and the massive environ- VUE WEEKLY: Did you go up to Fort mental issues encircling the place. McMurray knowing the kind of docuBut those opinions probably don't ex- mentary you were looking to make? tend deep into the human element of CHARLES WILKINSON: We [Wilkinmaking a modern-day boomtown liv- son and producer Tina Schliessler] able; sure, there's money and trucks knew almost exactly what we were going to do. That and a dangerous was the concept: highway, but what Sat, Sep 21 (7 pm) karaoke contest does a resident do Directed by Charles Wilkinson in the oil sands when they aren't Metro Cinema at the Garneau [laugh]. working? How do  you find peace and a VW: How did you sense of pride when you're living in a controversial, tran- first become aware of that? What insient place where many of your peers trigued you about it? come to make a mountain of money CW: We discovered Fort McMurray, and spent some time up there in a and then leave? These questions form the heart of previous film, Peace Out. And at one Oil Sands Karaoke, Charles Wilkin- point, we went into a karaoke bar and son's documentary that focuses saw that there was something really its lens on the human element of complex and fascinating going on, and McMurray, particularly five sing- that really led to a lot of thought and ers who happen to be regulars at a study and discussion, which ended up little pub's karaoke night. They range being the decision to make the next from Massey, a young entrepreneur film about karaoke in Fort Mac. who's also one of the city's only drag queens; Brandy, who drives the VW: Your website notes you weren't world's largest truck out at site; Dan, immediately trusted up there. Why a fellow who stays and works due to do you think that was, and how did family obligations and debt; Chad, a you go about earning that trust? once-rising singer who's seen set- CW: I think that anyone who goes to backs; and Jarrod Saunders, head of Fort McMurray with a camera now, Keyano College's Students' Union. or is a reporter, is inclined to be misPoint of view is one of the film's trusted by most people there, basicalstrengths. It doesn't shy away from ly because the place has been treated the environmental issues, but Oil so harshly in the press and many peoSands Karaoke filters everything ple feel treated unfairly. People there through a social, rather than political- in general: companies, workers, kids, issue view; we see five people trying everybody. I'm sure the dogs and cats to make sense of a place that, it turns tend to distrust people with cameras. out, can be just as difficult to under- It certainly felt that way. stand from the inside. But the people we dealt with, we In advance of Global Visions' presen- made our best effort to convince tation of the film this wekeend, direc- people we weren't there for a quick tor Charles Wilkinson took a break story, for the usual, "the smell of bitufrom editing his next work—a short men and drugs and prostitution" kind about Bill Kinsella—to discuss the of thing that people often write about movie, earning trust in Fort McMur- Fort Mac. And gradually, we earned ray and finding permission to shoot people's trust, when they saw we

were there to do something a little bit more insightful and true than that. And also, we were really curious: to find out what it's like to live and work in Fort Mac, but also what it's like to live under that kind of a cloud. Because all of these people have families somewhere else and they go home for Thanksgiving, and invariably there's gonna be someone at the table who thinks they're, y'know, a horrible human being because they're destroying the earth one load of bitumen at a time. VW: What was it like getting permission to shoot out at [the tar sands] sites? CW: That was a long process. I was kind of gratified that the process was ... it was long and drawn out, but I think that the concerns that public relations reps had tended to revolve around us not getting run over by haul trucks, and by not disturbing the flow of production, than they were any political restraint. Our last film dealt with Fort McMurray and most people felt that, although it wasn't saying this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, there were also no cheap shots whatsoever in it. It was a serious discussion and a responsible discussion. So that probably helped, but I have to say, at the end of the day, the folks at both Suncore and Syncrude, they kind of bent over backwards to help us out. For a very short period of time—but you have to understand how much money's at stake. A load of bitumen's $20 000. If we delay that by one load, that's $20 000. I understand that. But they did cut Dan, the country and western guy, loose with his big haul truck, and we had him with us for a good three quarters of an hour, maybe. They did that for us. That was pretty remarkable. PAUL BLINOV


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t is Monday morning. The September sun raised itself up via a lumbering crane shot over an overexposed Toronto shivering with cinema withdrawal—a Toronto as unseasonably chilly as Donald Rumsfeld's smiling evil grandpa eyes, which twinkle eerily and often in Errol Morris' The Unknown Known. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival came to a close last night. Morris' problematic, unmissable, semantically obsessed feature-length interview with the former Secretary of Defense was just one of several new works that, like the sadistic levels of air conditioning in most TIFF venues, left my teeth chattering and my soul on ice. Sometimes in a very good way.

The best way? How about Claire Denis' Bastards? This bleak masterpiece and true contemporary noir, with elements drawn from William Faulkner's Sanctuary, follows a French naval captain as he absconds from his errant seaman's life to move into a vast Paris apartment and plot revenge on a business tycoon he blames for the

defiling of his niece, the collapse of his family's business and the suicide of his brother-in-law. Denis regulars (Vincent Lindon, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin) help seal the film's seductive doom, but it's Chiara Mastroianni's haunted, enigmatic performance as the tycoon's wife that most perfectly captures Bastards' choked air of desperation and inevitability. Nearly as good as Mastroianni—and not nearly as famous—is Leandra Leal as the femme fatale in Brazilian director Fernando Coimbra's inventively structured kidnapping drama A Wolf at the Door, one of this year's most welcome surprises. Denis' filmmaking is so sensual and intoxicating that, truthfully, Bastards didn't leave me nearly as cold as, say, the ostensibly heartwarming but catastrophically misguided You Are Here, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's blunt stab at helming a movie. This fumbling, cynically conceived bromance that turns into a rom-com stars Owen Wilson as a womanizing weatherman and Zach Galifianakis as his nutjob buddy. It is bracingly unfunny, fussed-over and

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opment wasn't so disappointingly earthbound. Yet, just when you've recovered from Cuarón's extraterrestrial traipsing, life on Earth suddenly seems exotic all over again in Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer's hypnotic science-fiction in which Scarlett Johansson's lovely body is inhabited by an ebony alien stalking horny young men in Scotland before eventually getting stalked herself. A substantial portion of the film was made without the participants' knowledge: wGlazer put Johansson in a black wig and a white van and had her drive around and try to pick up unsuspecting Glaswegians. Presumably these guys figured out they were in a movie by the time she led them into a dark house where they stripped down and slipped into some obsidian interstellar goo from which they never emerge. Anthropological and austere, Under the Skin is an intentionally alienating experience for much of the first two-thirds, before its central character goes incrementally native and places herself in danger. All dialogue is virtually incidental and much of Johansson's performance is designed to remain remote, but the film isn't anywhere near as baffling as some reports have made it out to be. It

1) Abuse of talent. There are clever shots and cuts—including the suggestive shot of parmesan cheese being grated just after hubby Giovanni (Robert DeNiro) and wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) talk about going to bed together—and the story's sharp in places (humorous

is a hugely inventive story about a stranger in a strange land and the perils of empathy. One more hostile intruder: who's that guy Jake Gyllenhaal's stalking in Enemy? Why, it's Jake Gyllenhaal! Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of José Saramago's novel The Double is perversely withholding and surprisingly effective. It makes Toronto look like nothing but high-rises and freeways, the perfect backdrop for this tale of a lonely professor who spots his doppelgänger playing a bit part in a movie and decides that there can be only one. TIFF 2013's other doppelgänger movie—double doppelgänger!—which is actually titled The Double, stars Jesse Eisenberg. I didn't see it. Figured if I was going to get stuck with two of somebody I'd rather it be Gyllenhaal. I got a good dose of Eisenberg's chronic slouching in Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning and concerns an eco-terrorist plot that goes awry. Eisenberg gets on my nerves but he fits the role. The film is very good, if not quite the revelation of Meek's Cutoff. Festivals at their best remind us that cinema is meant to be a collective experience, so let's embrace a few films about families—most of which, oddly enough, were part of Wavelengths, the experimentally

riff on the profundity of the f-word; clever "follow-that-object" sequence; smooth last-act action twists), but the movie's basically a ...

edy when an ex-mobster beats up a plumber who won't fix his pipe-problem? Not when we see the X-rays of the victim's many fractures.

2) One-schtick pony. The comic-sketch conSummary: American family, presumed ceit, dragged out for 110 minutes, is: former obnoxious by French villagers (somehow mobster's family solves all their annoyances speaking superb English), deals with probwith violence. The informant drama (Giovanni lems by being obnoxiously, smugly violent. ratted; now he's writing a memoir) and cultur- The daughter, when not beating people, is a al-collision comedy (family's latest move with moist-eyed virgin eroticized by the camera, their FBI Wit-Pro handlers all her romantic aspirais to Normandy) merely Now Playing tions cringingly mawkish. build a distracting Trojan Directed by Luc Besson Putting four blood-related Horse that lumbers and tot-  characters on the screen ters along because it has ... more than anyone else doesn't make them likeable, interesting or 3) Genre-confusion. The drama and action lifelike. And alluding openly to Goodfellas sequences have their moments, but they're in- doesn't get you off the hook for making a terspersed with bad comedy. It's as if the "Col- flip-floppy pseudo-sequel to it. lege" episode of The Sopranos were freakishly BRIAN GIBSON gene-spliced with Fawlty Towers. Black com- BRIAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM

minded and most dependable program at TIFF. A candidate for this year's single best film, Tsai Ming Liang's Stray Dogs—said to be the Malay-Taiwanese auteur's last(!)— follows a family of three scraping by on the streets of Taipei. It is another masterwork of sumptuous tableaux laden with intense, burgeoning emotion and frequently accented with quietly mischievous humour. Swiss director Ramon Zürcher's beguiling feature debut The Strange Little Cat limits its scope to the preparation and execution of a simple family dinner, yet is full of clamorous life, seemingly normal until some cryptic comment or event intrudes before slipping away again. It may be the weirdest most seemingly normal movie I've ever seen. Meanwhile, Cambodian documentarian Rithy Panh's autobiographical The Missing Picture attempts to chronicle a childhood spent pining for something the rest of us would consider normal. Panh was 11 when the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh and sent Panh's family to a work camp. Panh wanted to tell the story of his adolescence through pictures, but because the visual documents of this era are almost entirely composed of propaganda, Panh decided to render his memories through elaborate claymation sequences.

me leave you with two favourite moments at TIFF '13: 1) Toward the end of Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen's surprisingly conventional—but still totally grueling—12 Years a Slave, there is an odd scene in which the film's star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, appears on screen in close-up, very still and for a surprisingly long time. The previously rapt, reverent audience suddenly became very noisy when some asshole's cellphone went off, and looking up at Ejiofor's enormous head, I couldn't shake the feeling that he was waiting for everyone to shut up. 2) My last film of TIFF '13 was the tripartite A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, another Wavelengths title. The film begins almost documentary-like, examining life at an Estonian commune, then follows

musician Robert A.A. Lowe as he finds tranquility in the Finnish wilderness, then roams a gig in a small club performed by Lowe's heavily made-up Finnish black-metal outfit. The camera movement as sinewy and lovely as the music is crushing, harsh and, at times, a little silly. The final moments are perfect: Lowe exits the stage before the band even finishes, immediately and efficiently sets about wiping off his white makeup, puts on his coat and goes out the back door. I love this ending because. It is an eloquent reminder that this is all a show, that the darkness still looms, but that we can cast cinematic spells, use thunderous moments of art to keep it at bay, before shaking it off, going back out into the open air and getting on with the rest of it all. JOSEF BRAUN


Running out of space here, so let

VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013




Alternative routes

Slacker celebrates '88 through endless detours

Next stop: ehh, wherever, man

A man arrives in Austin, Texas. It's 1989. He took the bus here, and seems to have been travelling a great deal. He leaves the station, gets in a cab, lets loose a monologue in which he describes a dream in which he read a book about splintering realities, different dimensions, other versions of himself and of everybody else, even the possibly mute employee of Roy's Taxi currently driving him around. Soon both dream-raconteur and his stoic


audience-of-one slip into the background, making way for a guy in a BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE T-shirt watching Super-8 home movies, for a cheerful babbling conspiracy theorist, for a pedantic youth pontificating on idleness as a route to liberation, for some dude who says he can get three girls into a gig but actually can't, for a self-described "anti-artist" who claims to destroy works of art (I wonder if he went on to become a film critic), for a young

woman who claims to possess Madonna's pap smear—she knows a gynecologist in Hollywood. Who is the hero of this movie? The answer, of course, is everyone. Slacker (1991), Richard Linklater's second feature and a key work in the story of American independent cinema, is one of those rare films that succeeds at pluralizing the protagonist, at capturing a community, a spirit, a place and time—the anniversary of the moon landing,

the '88 presidential election, the leaning towers of VHS tapes and the death of L Ron Hubbard all provide Slacker with a timestamp. Employing what Linklater described as a "vertical narrative," the movie moves like a narrative relay race in which no one is in a hurry. The story, as such, goes wherever the next character takes it. The production company is titled Detour, a nod to Edgar G Ulmer's beloved poverty row noir, but also a directive for a trajectory devoted to alternate routes. The movie seems inspired by late period Luis Buñuel; it is rigorously associational. Which is not the same as random—Slacker's cast are very much all of the same world, sharing many of the same preoccupations: the unseen hands that control modern life; freedom as something inherently elusive, given our insistence of laying traps for ourselves (a theme explicitly alluded to in the title of Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty); and the potential heroism in passivity. This last theme isn't mere irony or slacker bravado. The notion of passivity as being socially useful is critiqued in Slacker's very first tran-

VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013

sition, when numerous passersby come upon the unconscious, possibly dead victim of a hit-and-run splayed out in the road and each of them passes the buck, uninterested or unwilling to get involved. There is a dark side to this seemingly mirthful, seemingly humanist, seemingly ambivalent movie whose title is totally misleading: this project was a tremendous, ambitious undertaking, and Linklater, still in his 20s at the time, was anything but lazy. He would soon after prove to be one of the contemporary cinema's most prolific directors, with an astonishing range of works under his belt, most notably Dazed and Confused (1993), School of Rock (2003), the Before ... trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013), and Waking Life (2001), which unfolds like a series of dreams and to which Slacker is most closely related—Slacker's first line: "Man, I just had the weirdest dream." Previously available only on DVD, Slacker is now available from Criterion on a lovingly packaged new Blu-ray edition. It remains striking original, frequently hilarious, at once loose and mesmerizing and an inspiration for anyone who feels cinematic form to be riddled with constraints. V



Fri, Sep 20-Thu, Sep 26, 2013

WED 1:00

THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language)

children) THU, SEP 19: 7:00, 10:00

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)


FRI-SAT 10:25; SUN 9:15; MON-THU 9:05

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

FRI 6:00, 8:30; SAT-SUN 12:45, 3:15, 6:00, 8:30; MON, WED-THU 5:10, 7:40; TUE 2:20, 5:10, 7:40

6:45, 9:00; MON-TUE, THU 2:05, 4:20, 6:40, 9:00; WED 1:00, 4:20, 6:40, 9:00

SWAN LAKE MARIINSKY LIVE 3D (Classification not available) SUN 12:55

CORALINE (PG not rec for young children, frightening scenes) SAT 11:00

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US–EXTENDED FAN CUT (G) FRI-SAT, MON-THU 1:20; 3D : FRI-WED 4:00, 6:35, 9:15; THU 4:00, 6:35

CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr Jasper, 780.852.4749

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) DAILY 7:00, 9:10

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (14A) DAILY 6:50, 9:10 DUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave Camrose, 780.608.2144

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) DAILY 7:30; SAT-SUN, THU 1:30 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) DAILY 7:10, 9:20; SAT-SUN, THU 2:10

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) DAILY 6:45, 9:05; SAT-SUN, THU 1:30

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language, sexual content) DAILY 7:00, 9:15; SAT 2:00; NO SHOW MON

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (PG sexual content) MON 7:00

ART HOUSE SERIES (STC) SUN, THU 2:00 RIDDICK (18A gory violence) DAILY 6:30; SAT-SUN, THU 1:40

THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language) DAILY 9:00

POMPEII FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM (PG not rec for young children, sexual content) WED 7:00

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) FRI-SUN 12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00; MON-THU 1:10, 4:35, 8:00; ULTRAAVX: FRI-SAT 12:40, 4:00, 7:20, 10:40; SUN 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30; MON-THU 3:25, 6:50, 10:15

ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) FRI 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; SAT 1:20, 7:10, 9:50; SUN-WED 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45; THU 1:50, 4:30, 7:05 DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) FRI-SAT 12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15; SUN 2:05, 4:35, 7:00; MON, THU 1:25, 4:00; TUE-WED 1:25, 4:00, 6:40

THE SMURFS 2 (G) FRI 2:00; SAT 11:25, 2:00; SUN 1:10, 4:20; MON-THU 1:15

BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG coarse language) THU

5074-130 Ave 780.472.9779

THE LONE RANGER (PG violence) DAILY 1:30,

SAT 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10; SUN 1:00, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40; MON-THU 6:35, 9:30; VIP 18+ : FRI 4:10, 7:20, 10:30; SAT 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30; SUN 1:40, 5:20, 9:00; MON-THU


PACIFIC RIM (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec

2 GUNS (14A violence) FRI 1:45, 4:25, 7:25, 10:05; SAT

TURBO (G) DAILY 1:45, 4:05, 6:40, 8:55

11:10, 1:45, 4:25, 7:25, 10:05; SUN 7:25, 10:05; MON-TUE 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40; WED 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:55; THU 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

GROWN UPS 2 (PG crude content, not rec for young

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language) THU, SEP 19: 6:40, 9:20

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A not rec for children, frightening scenes) THU, SEP 19: 7:25, 10:00

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) THU, SEP 19: 6:50, 9:40 PLANES (G) 3D : THU, SEP 19: 7:30, 9:45

PLANES (G) FRI 3:30; SAT 12:50, 3:10; SUN 12:50,


3:50; 3D: FRI 5:40, 7:55; SAT 5:35, 7:55; SUN 6:50; MON-THU 6:45

6:30, 9:30


THU, SEP 19: 7:15, 9:55

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)


THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) ULTRAAVX: FRI 4:40, 7:30, 10:40; SAT 12:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:40; SUN 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:30; MON-THU 7:00, 9:40

Grandin Mall Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) DAILY 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7:05, 9:20

CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7018

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:30, 3:25, 7:00, 10:05; MON, WED-THU 3:25, 7:00, 10:05

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:10, 3:45, 7:30; MON, WED-THU 3:45, 7:30 SALINGER (PG mature subject matter) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:00, 3:10, 6:45, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 3:10, 6:45, 9:50 FRI-SUN, TUE 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 9:20; MON, WED-THU 3:50,

DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) DAILY 12:50, 4:50, 6:55 PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS (PG frightening scenes) DAILY 8:55

sexual content) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:05, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30; MON 3:00, 6:30, 9:30

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:15, 3:20, 6:40, 9:45; MON, WED-THU 3:20, 6:40, 9:45 BLUE JASMINE (PG substance abuse, mature subject matter, coarse language) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:25, 3:30, 7:20, 10:00; MON, WED-THU 3:30, 7:20, 10:00

THE ART OF THE STEAL (STC) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:45, 7:15, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 3:45, 7:15, 9:40


PLANES (G) DAILY 1:20, 3:20, 5:10 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) DAILY 1:00, 3:00, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) DAILY 1:35, 4:40, 7:45 METRO CINEMA AT THE GARNEAU Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St 780.425.9212

HANNAH ARENDT (STC) Sub-titled FRI, TUE 7:00; SUN 2:15, 9:00; THU 9:30

OUR NIXON (PG coarse language) FRI 9:15; SUN 12:30, 7:00; MON, WED 9:30

BEYOND BIZARRO (18A violence, sexual content) FRI 11:00


HAANI (PG) Punjabi W/E.S.T. DAILY 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, VIYAH 70 KM (STC) Punjabi W/E.S.T. DAILY 1:35,

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) FRI-SAT 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45; SUN 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15; MON-THU 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15

5:00, 9:10

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI 1:55, 4:55, 7:40,

GRAND MASTI (14A sexual content) Hindi W/E.S.T.

10:30; SAT 11:05, 1:55, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30; SUN 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25; MON-THU 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:05

DAILY 12:55, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40

PHATA POSTER NIKLA HERO (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. DAILY 1:20, 4:50, 9:00

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young child) FRI-SAT 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30; SUN 12:30, 3:50, 7:10; MON-THU 1:10, 4:40, 8:10; FRI-SUN 9:10

ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) FRI-SUN 4:10, 7:00, 9:45; MON-THU 4:10, 6:55, 9:30

DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) DAILY 1:40 BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG coarse language) 3D : FRI-SUN 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10; MON-THU 1:50, 4:30,

7:20, 9:55

PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS (PG frightening scenes) FRI-SUN 1:10; MON-THU 1:05; 3D : FRISUN 3:55, 6:30, 9:20; MON-THU 3:40, 6:30, 9:10 THE WOLVERINE (14A violence) FRI-SUN 1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; MON-THU 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young child) FRI-SUN 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:50; MON-TUE, THU 1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45; WED 1:00, 3:50, 9:45

RUSH (STC) THU 9:30 WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language, sexual content) FRI-SUN 2:20, 5:00, 7:50, 10:25; MON-THU 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language) FRI-SAT 10:45; SUN 10:30; MON-THU 9:00

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) ULTRAAVX : FRI-SAT 2:30, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40; SUN 2:30, 5:10, 8:00, 10:30; MON-THU 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI-SUN 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20; MON-THU 2:00, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

PLANES (G) FRI-SUN 12:35, 2:45; MON-THU 1:45; 3D : FRI-SUN 4:55, 7:05; MON-THU 4:15, 6:45

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (14A) FRI-SUN 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40; MON-THU 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) FRI-SUN 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00; MON-TUE, THU 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50; WED 4:20, 7:10, 9:50; Star & Strollers:

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) FRI-WED 9:00

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (14A) FRI, MON-THU 6:30, 9:25; SAT-SUN 12:35, 3:35, 6:30, 9:25


WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) FRI-SUN 12:30, 3:50, 7:15, 10:40; MON-THU 2:30, 7:00, 10:20

TUE, THU 1:15, 3:45; WED 3:45; Star & Strollers: WED 1:00

THE SMURFS 2 (G) DAILY 1:20; 3D : FRI-WED 4:00, 7:00; THU 4:00

BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D (PG coarse language) DAILY 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS (PG frightening scenes) DAILY 1:10; 3D : FRI-TUE, THU 4:10, 7:10, 9:45; WED 4:10, 7:10 THE WOLVERINE 3D (14A violence) DAILY 6:55, 9:50 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) FRI-TUE 1:00, 9:40; WED 9:40; THU 1:00, 10:00; Star & Strollers: WED 1:00

THE CONJURING (14A frightening scenes, disturbing content) FRI-SUN 5:10, 7:55, 10:35; MON 4:20, 10:00; TUE 4:20, 7:20, 10:00; WED 4:20, 6:55; THU 4:20, 7:20; WED 10:00

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

OIL SANDS KARAOKE (STC) Global Visions Film Fest

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes,

SUN 4:30



THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language)


MON-THU 9:20



EKSTRA (PG) DAILY 1:50, 4:30, 6:55, 9:25

THE ATTACK (14A) FRI 9:20; SAT-SUN 3:15, 9:20;

sexual content) DAILY 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15



THE WAY WAY BACK (PG coarse language) FRI


4:10, 7:20, 9:55


9:30; SAT-SUN 3:30, 9:30; MON-THU 9:30

MONKEY BUSINESS (STC) SAT 2:00; kids free

Fundraiser: SAT 7:00; filmmaker and artists in attendance

1:10, 4:20, 7:40

DRINKING BUDDIES (14A coarse language) FRI

Without Borders: SAT 12:00

sexual content) FRI, MON-THU 6:40, 9:20; SAT-SUN 12:30, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20

FRI-SAT, THU 9:45; SUN 9:40; MON 9:55; TUE 9:30; WED

SAT-SUN 1:00, 6:50; MON-THU 6:50

DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) FRI-SUN 12:45, 3:45; MON-

sexual content) DAILY 7:15 9:25

THE WORLD'S END (14A crude coarse language)

THE HEAT (14A crude coarse language) DAILY 1:25,

4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728


WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

language, substance abuse) DAILY 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 9:30


ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) FRI-TUE 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25; WED 1:40, 4:15, 10:25; THU 1:00, 3:50, 6:45

sexual content) FRI 2:20, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35; SAT 11:40, 2:20, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35; SUN 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10; MON-WED 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10; THU 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

THIS IS THE END (18A gory violence, crude coarse

not rec for children) FRI 6:50, 9:20; SAT-SUN 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:20; MON, WED-THU 5:30, 8:10; TUE 2:50, 5:30, 8:10


ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 4:00, 7:25, 9:55; MON 4:00, 7:25, 9:55 WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes,

7:00; SAT-SUN 1:15, 7:00; MON-THU 7:00

9:30; SAT 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30; SUN 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:35; MON-THU 6:30, 9:25

7:10, 9:20

SUN-THU 4:00; 3D : FRI-SAT 7:35, 10:35; SUN 6:50, 9:50; MON-THU 7:00, 10:00

sexual content) THU, SEP 19: 7:10, 9:50

7:00, 10:00

PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS (PG frightening scenes) FRI-SAT 12:05; SUN-THU 1:30; 3D : FRI-SAT 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25; SUN-TUE, THU 4:05, 6:45, 9:25; WED 4:05, 6:45

4:45, 7:50

children) DAILY 1:15, 3:50, 7:30, 9:50

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI 4:20, 7:15, 10:10;

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) FRI-SAT 10:00; SUN-THU 9:35

for young children) DAILY 1:00; 3D : DAILY 3:45, 7:00, 9:45

not rec for children) FRI 5:00, 8:00, 10:30; SAT 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30; SUN 1:40, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40; MON-THU 7:20, 9:50

7:10, 9:55; 3D : FRI, SUN-WED 2:10, 40:50, 7:30, 10:10; SAT 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; THU 1:20, 4:15

THE WOLVERINE (14A violence) FRI-SAT 4:35;


INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes,

TOUCH OF EVIL (PG not suitable for younger child) FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (14A

DAILY 4:15, 7:35, 10:30

not rec for children) ULTRAAVX : FRI-SUN 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8:00, 10:45; MON-THU 2:15, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI-SUN 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 10:45; MON-THU 2:00, 5:00, 7:45, 10:35

coarse language, not suitable for preteens) CJSR Fundraiser: MON 7:00

PLANES (G) FRI-SUN 12:15, 2:35; MON-THU 1:50


DAILY 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:20



THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) THE WIZARD OF OZ: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (STC) FRI-SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00;


MON-THU 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45

6:45; SAT-SUN 12:45, 6:45; 3D : FRI, MON-THU 9:30; SATSUN 3:50, 9:30

PRAIRIE TALES 15 (STC) THU 7:00; free


MON-THU 2:25; 3D : FRI-SAT 5:15, 7:30; SUN 5:00, 7:20; MON-THU 4:45, 7:15

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) On 2 Screens FRI, MONTHU 6:30, 9:15; SAT-SUN 12:40, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15


LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (14A) FRI-SUN 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55; MON 1:00, 3:55, 6:55, 9:30; TUE, THU 1:00, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55; WED 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:40

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)


not rec for children) FRI, MON-THU 6:50, 9:25; SAT-SUN 1:05, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25

PLANES (G) FRI-SAT 12:35, 2:55; SUN 12:25, 2:45;

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)

FRI, MON-THU 6:35, 9:10; SAT-SUN 12:50, 3:30, 6:35, 9:10

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes,

Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave, 780.439.5285



BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG coarse language) FRI,

FRI-SAT 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40; SUN 2:15, 4:55, 7:50, 10:30; MON-WED 2:00, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05; THU 4:40, 7:25, 10:05; Star & Strollers: THU 1:00

MON-THU 9:05; SAT-SUN 4:00, 9:05; 3D: FRI, MON-THU 6:40; SAT-SUN 12:55, 6:40



5:30, 7:55, 10:20; Sat 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:05, 10:20; SUN 12:45, 3:10, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20; MON-WED 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 9:50; THU 5:15, 7:35, 9:50

SAT-SUN 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00; MON, WED-THU 5:00, 7:50; TUE 2:10, 5:00, 7:50

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) FRI, MON-THU 7:00, 9:00; SAT-SUN 12:30, 1:00, 3:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:00

PLANES (G) FRI 6:30; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:10, 6:30; MON, WED-THU 5:15; TUE 2:30, 5:15

SWAN LAKE MARIINSKY LIVE 3D (Classification not available) SUN 12:55

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US–EXTENDED FAN CUT (G) FRI 2:05, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15; SAT 11:20, 2:05, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15; SUN 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; MON-WED 1:40, 4:10, 6:55, 9:30; THU 1:40, 4:10, 6:55

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: OTHELLO 3D (Classification not available) THU 7:00

ANCHORMAN (14A) MON 7:00; WED 9:30 CORALINE (PG not rec for young children, frightening scenes) SAT 11:00


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THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) FRI-SUN 8:40; MON-THU 7:30

tion not available) THU 7:00

ANCHORMAN (14A) MON 7:00; WED 9:30 LEDUC CINEMAS 4702-50 St Leduc, 780.986-2728

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) DAILY 6:40, 9:35; FRI-SUN 12:40, 3:35

GETAWAY (PG coarse language) DAILY 7:10, 9:25; FRI-SUN 1:10, 3:25

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language) DAILY 7:05, 9:40; FRI-SUN 1:05, 3:40

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes, not rec for children) DAILY 7:00, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:30

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin 780.352.3922

THE BUTLER (14A) DAILY 6:50, 9:35; SAT-SUN 12:50,

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RIDDICK (18A gory violence) FRI 6:15, 9:10; SAT-SUN


12:40, 3:30, 6:15, 9:10; MON, WED 5:05, 7:45; TUE 2:15, 5:05, 7:45


PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young

DAILY 7:00, 9:35; SAT-SUN 1:05, 3:35


children) FRI 8:20; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:45, 8:20; MON, WEDTHU 7:00; TUE 2:00, 7:00

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (14A frightening scenes,

frightening scenes) THU, SEP 19: 9:15

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language,


sexual content) FRI 6:20, 8:50; SAT-SUN 12:50, 3:40, 6:20, 8:50; MON-THU 5:20, 8:00

RIDDICK (18A gory violence) DAILY 6:55, 9:40; SAT-SUN

DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) THU, SEP 19: 6:45 ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) THU, SEP 19: 7:20, 10:00

(PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young

THE FAMILY (14A brutal violence, coarse language)

not rec for children) DAILY 7:05, 9:40; SAT-SUN 1:05, 3:40 12:55, 3:40

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

PRISONERS (14A brutal violence, not rec for young children) FRI 3:40, 7:00, 10:20; SAT 12:20, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20; SUN 1:50, 5:30, 9:10; MON-THU 7:30; VIP 18+: FRI 5:00, 8:40; SAT 1:30, 5:00, 8:40; Sun 1:00, 4:30, 8:20; MON-THU 8:30 ELYSIUM (14A gory violence) FRI-SAT 3:55, 6:40, 9:20; SUN 3:40, 6:20, 9:00; MON-THU 6:30, 9:10

PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS (PG frightening scenes) SAT 1:20; SUN 1:10

WE'RE THE MILLERS (14A crude coarse language, sexual content) FRI 4:10, 7:20, 10:00; SAT 1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:00; SUN 12:40, 3:20, 6:45, 9:25; MON-THU 7:10, 9:45; VIP 18+: FRI 3:30, 6:30, 9:40; SAT-SUN 12:30, 3:20, 6:20, 9:40; MON-THU 6:30, 9:20

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Fancy a tune?


hat would you do if you won the lottery? It's the perennial question we all love to fantasize about—and while the two characters in David Greig's

Midsummer [a play with songs] didn't come into their fortune through a lottery, they nonetheless find themselves in a similar situation: with a ton of cash just waiting

to be spent. "They do everything they could possibly dream of doing with that much money," says Elena Porter, who plays Helena, the female half in this



pool (no water) M

FA director Nancy McAlear never imagined she would choose a Mark Ravenhill play for her thesis.

"I had read one of his earlier plays, Shopping and Fucking, back in the '90s because they were doing a production of it in Toronto," she explains. "I got a copy because I thought maybe I'd try to get an audition for it. And I hated it! Hated it. As a result I never read another Mark Ravenhill play until I pulled this one out of the library two years ago." The one she's referring to is pool (no water), Studio Theatre's 201314 season opener. The show explores a macabre situation in which a successful artist hosts a gathering of supposed friends one evening then suffers an accident that leaves her in a coma; her friends' subsequent exploitation of her

two-hander that opens Theatre Net"You know how everybody in Canwork's new season. "They go to a gui- ada knows who the Tragically Hip tar shop, they buy tons of wine, they is, but nobody outside of Canada go to a club, they find people along does?" Carew says. "It's a similar kind the way, they go all out for dinner— of thing with the band that wrote they just go and have a really good the music for this, Ballboy. They're time and enjoy life the best way that huge in Scotland and really not anythey know how in one weekend." where else." "To an extent I Porter and think that what Until Sun, Sep 29 (8 pm; Sun Carew also note Bob and Helena matinee at 2 pm) the show retains do with the monan indie vibe, owDirected by Bradley Moss ey is what we all ing to its origins Roxy Theatre, $16 – $26 wish we were free at the 2009 Edenough to do in a inburgh Fringe situation like that," chimes in Clin- Festival. ton Carew, who is reprising the role "It's still Fringe-y, but it feels like of the show's male half after first the Fringe show that exploded a playing it last year in a production little bit," Porter says. at Regina's Globe Theatre. "A world "It was literally built to be as small without consequences, just for a few and portable and imaginative as moments." possible," Carew adds. "The magic comes from the imagination of the The show takes audiences on a storytelling, and not from having 40 tour of Edinburgh while the script people dressed as trees coming out is fleshed out with quintessentially and dancing around." Scottish music performed live by the MEL PRIESTLEY MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM actors themselves.

condition explores a range of human them that do better." frailty and emotions which McAlear argues are common to everyone. pool (no water) is also unique for its "There's not a lot of violence, but script's format, which is a true test of there is, for me, a real rawness in the a director's mettle. "It's basically 30 pages of straight text and in the emotion of it; sort of an ugliness that text," McAis very Ravenhill, I Until Sat, Sep 28 (7:30 pm) lear notes. "You think," she explains. Directed by Nancy McAlear could cast as "It's more about the Timms Centre for the Arts, many people inner moral strug- $11 – $22 as you want to. gle, or that awful There are no feeling when you stage directions; are supposed to be close friends with it's not broken down into characters. somebody but your envy and jeal- If you were crazy you could do it as a ousy sort of overtakes you, makes monologue with one person. For myyou feel like an awful human self, as soon as I read it I just saw five being. But I think really every- people, so that's what I went with." body has those kinds of feel"We've made the base setting a bar," she continues. "The story is talking ings about people that are about very ugly, raw emotions and close to it's not the easiest thing to tell, but they need to be absolved; they need to share the story. It's easier to talk to a stranger and unload things because if they judge you it's not as big a deal as if a loved one were to judge you and think you're a horrible person." MEL PRIESTLEY


Dance for Grandma / Fri, Sep 20 – Fri, Sep 27 (7 pm Tues – Sat; 2 pm Saturday matinee) Come on, grandmas can be pretty cool— and these ladies are the focus of a the musical revue Dance for Grandma: A Tribute to Our Grandmothers and our Grandmothers ... AND YOU! Cathy Derkach and Jeff Haslam sing, dance and cover all things grandma. (Varscona Theatre, $25, $20 for students, seniors and subscribers) Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood / Fri, Sep 20 (7:30 pm) It’s no easy feat to whip up comedic gold on the fly, but somehow these two have made entire careers out of it. Now, they’re

Pooling their sight together // Meaghan Baxter


VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013



taking their skills from the small screen to a live setting. (Servus Credit Union Place, $45 – $65 regular, $80 – $100 VIP) The Get Down Showdown / Sat, Sep 21 (8 pm) Dance ability and even rhythm for that matter may escape most of us, but there are plenty of dancers in the city to show us how it’s done. Sugar Swing, Good Women Dance Collective and Grindstone Theatre are going headto-head in a dance-off covering styles including swing, break dance and contemporary, and the winner will be determined by audience vote. (Sugar Foot Ballroom, $15) V


Ramble in the Bramble M

any established galleries in Canada are in trouble. People are simply not attending in droves nor are they crying out when major institutions slash staff or reduce shows. For example, the Vancouver Art Gallery approached a one-million-dollar deficit around its 80th birthday. In 2012 the Glenbow Museum in Calgary had its fourth consecutive deficit of more than one million. In anticipation of a $2.5-million deficit, the National Gallery of Canada eliminated 29 staff positions. The Art Gallery of Alberta's financial problems are well known, too. The why's and wherefore's could fill a book, but it may be an image problem: galleries are not renowned for hospitality or community outreach skills. Whatever the cause, the results are disconcerting. Developing innovative ways to exhibit art and reach out to the broader community is vital for generating enthusiasm, and that's where the Edmonton Arts Council Public Art program has taken a significant lead. Its latest brainchild, Ramble in the Bramble, is a transitory exhibition in Whitemud Park. Seven artworks by eight local artists line a beautiful path in the river valley. (Ten artists in total are involved if you

include a musical composition by Nulle ette. In a symbolic return to the forest, Part that can be downloaded for the this palette has been refashioned back walk from the Ramble website.) Rob- into tree trunks by human hands. It's a ert Harpin, one of the organizing public conceptually witty piece that doesn't art team members strive to compete explains, "there is Until Fri, Sep 27 with the beauty nothing more ex- Whitemud Park of the forest—a citing than running battle nature is into art in a space sure to win. And where you weren't expecting to see it." this work is unimpeachably environHarpin is right. Strolling in a beautiful mentally friendly. setting and running into art concealed between trees transforms formal art- This entire show inevitably raises the viewing into a treasure hunt. It's pure broad question of environmentally fun. You have to look up to see some friendly art. The EAC considered this works; Amy Malbeuf's and Alma Viss- issue and asked for art made primarily cher's artworks hang high up in the of recycled materials, but it's not clear trees. Sherri Chaba's and Jes McCoy's how many artworks followed this diinstallations are secret forest hideouts. rective. For instance, the "Fox Farm HQ" Tiffany Shaw-Collinge's plywood con- was created out of large quantities of struction is a ziggurat-like shape in a plywood and painted bright orange. clearing that viewers climb onto. Leslie While the paint and the wood may or Sharpe's series of discreet installations may not have been recycled, the piece lie along a hidden path: for instance, seems intrusive. The large quantity of you suddenly hear the mysterious plywood and paint would not have sound of a brook beneath your feet. It been disconcerting in the city—it would have been a lovely interactive is a recording buried beneath a log. One of the least noticeable works work—but here, with the forest all in the show is, in my view, the most around, it seems like a loud, insensitive successful one. "Don't Look Now" by guest at a party. Yet, as a whole, this is a strong show Rachelle Bowen and Mackenzy Albright is made out of a recycled pal- that stretches physical, psychological

and conceptual boundaries that galleries impose. (Sadly this will also be the last event organized by the EAC. The transitory art program will go on, but on an individual-artist basis.) It does, however, bring into focus environmental art issues. None of the works approach the sensitivity of British land art. Artists such as Andy Goldsworthy worked with materials that returned into the earth without a trace. For

example, he used urine to connect his ephemeral icicle sculptures. Most of the works in Ramble in the Bramble are still heavily gallery influenced and seem conspicuously perched in the forest. Yet, for a first show to be found in such a natural setting in Edmonton, it is a trailblazer. Let's hope that it's the beginning of a new trend. AGNIESZKA MATEJKO



War Horse I

t's easy to think of puppetry as something found solely in the realm of children's entertainment—until a show like War Horse comes along. War Horse has garnered near universal praise in all of its incarnations: as the original 1982 children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, as the 2011 Steven Spielberg film, and as the 2007 stage adaptation by Nick Stafford—the current production of which is being brought to Edmonton by Broadway Across Canada. "Before War Horse I had never done any kind of puppetry specifically," notes performer Dayna Tietzen, an Edmonton native who grew up performing ballet in the Jubilee's annual production of The Nutcracker, and who already has some 300 shows of War Horse under her belt, having started with the Toronto production that ended in January. "They're very open to training people from scratch because the way that Handspring Puppet Company has developed these puppets, it's very unique and sort of different than anything else you necessarily would have done as a puppeteer."

and tail. The show also features some how I work in the show, but I find it so 20 other puppet animals including birds interesting that three people can learn and single-person horses, as well as a to breathe as one unit," Tietzen notes. host of human characters; it's not dif"The other thing that I think is quite ficult to imagine why Tietzen describes cool is they don't try to hide the pupthe show as visupeteers. You can ally engrossing. always see us, if you Until Sun, Sep 22 (8 pm; weekWar Horse tells want to, and can see end matinees at 2 pm) a story set in the how we're doing evDirected by Bijan Sheibani erything," she adds. First World War through the neu- Jubilee Auditorium, "But very quickly it becomes almost tral eyes of its $59.80 – $122.15 animal characters. impossible to focus Though there are on the puppeteers, many different facets to this story, Ti- because the horse just commands such etzen describes the stage version's use attention; we do really disappear even of puppetry as a fascinating aspect in though we're right in front of your eyes." its own right. MEL PRIESTLEY "Obviously I'm biased because this is MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

Just horsin' around with puppets // Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

War Horse features two life-size horses, Joey and Topthorn, operated by three puppeteers each who must work in tandem with one another. Tietzen's background in ballet was critical in mastering her role operating the horse's back legs

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DANCE DELILAH THE DOUCHETTES • Bunkers Bar, 615 Hermitage Rd • A Birthday Boogie: Performances by

burlesque legend, Suzzette, with Holly Von Sinn, Jade Janvier, Maila Mustang, and hypnotist, Sebastian Steel • Sep 28, 7-11pm • $15; Proceeds fund the First Annual Edmonton Burlesque Festival


Club, 10545-81 Ave • Sugar Swing, Good Women Dance Collective, and Grindstone Theatre for an evening of dancing, eating, and drinking as a fundraiser to support artistic endeavors • Sep 20, 8pm • $15 (door)

ZUMBA BASHFIERY FRIDAYS • Central Senior Lions Centre, 11113-113 St • Shake your body to the Latin beat, and freestyle dance to live DJ music. Featuring Tamico Russell, Ike Henry, DJ Rocko and Zumba instructors Dru D, Manuella F-St, Michelle M, Sabrina D. and Cuban Salsa instructor Leo Gonzales • 3rd Fri each month • Sep 20, 7pm • $20 (online)/$25 (door)

FILM CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Library Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library basement, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Centre for Reading and the Arts showcases little-known films every month • Medium Cool (STC); USA, 1969; Sep 25, 6:30pm EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL • Empire Theatres, Edmonton City Centre, 10200-102 Ave, and other locations • • Sep 27Oct 5 • free-$30 • Opening Night Gala: Muscle Shoals, with after-party at the Delta Centre Hotel's Ballroom; featuring the Lent Brothers Band; Sep 26 • Sex After Kids: premiere: Director, Jeremy LaLonde, Jennifer Liao, with Kris-Holden Ried and Zoie Palmer, and Dr Lauren Lewis for the Q&A following the screening; Sep 28, 7pm; $13 (EIFF box office, of Empire Theatres on day-of only 1 hr before show (6pm) EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave, 780.439.5285 •The Devil and Miss Jones (1941, PG); Sep 23, 8pm • How to Steal a Million (1966, colour, PG); Sep 30, 8pm • $6 (adult)/$5 (senior)/$5 (student)/$3 (child 12 and under) FAVA • Film and Video Arts Society, 9722-102 St,

780.429.1671 • FAVA Open House: Tour the facilities, take in gear demonstrations, enjoy excellent short films by Albertan filmmakers • Sep 28-29, 11am-4pm

FEATURETTE FILM FÉTE • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre • A Pop-up Picnic, 5-7pm; silent auction at Churchill Sq; At the library: Introduction to the film makers, a description of their work; presentation of Void Media’s debut concert film Ladies and Gentleman: The Frolics. Chat with the filmmakers, and free entry between 9-10pm to Improv Burlesque a la Carté at Britanny’s Lounge with the presentation of a Featurette Film Fête ticket stub • Sep 21, 7pm • $11 at TIX on the Square FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley A. Milner Library Centennial Rm, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • True Grit; Sep 20, 2pm • We Bought A Zoo: Sep 27, 2pm MOVIES AT THE CAPITOL–Fort Edmonton,

780.442.2013 • Cabaret • Sep 19 • $10

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 4CATS ARTS STUDIO • 13590 Fort Rd, 780.476.9455 • Open House: Tour of the beautiful Fort Road studio and take part in super fun 4Cats art activities including screen-printing and spinner art and enter our draw for a Paint Splatter Party for 10 • Sep 19, 6-9pm ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: TAILS FROM A REJUVENATED FOREST: A narrative installation exploring the drive of nature to revive itself by ceramic artists Lisa McGrath and Mindy Andrews; until Oct 19 • Discovery Gallery: STATIC BLOOM: Botanical polymer clay wall art by St Albert artist Kristin Anderson; until Oct 19 • Feature Gallery: HANGING BY A THREAD: Group exhibit using textiles to explore the relationship between multiple generations of women; until Sep 28 ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL OF SPRUCE GROVE •

Spruce Grove Art Gallery/Library, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.0664 • OPEN ART COMPETITION: Until Sep 28

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • Manning Hall (main level): NOW YOU SEE IT: A giant word search puzzle by Megan Morman • WATER INTO ART: British watercolours from the V&A, 1750-1950; until Nov 24 • New Acquisitions: VIEWS AND VISTAS: until Oct 6 • BMO World of Creativity: CABINETS OF CURIOSITY: Lyndal Osborne's curious collection; until Jun 30, 2014 • 19TH CENTURY BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHS: From the collection of the National Gallery of Canada; until Oct 6 • RBC New Works Gallery: ISACHSEN, 1948-1978: Works by Aaron Munson and David Hoffos; until Nov 24 • Lecture: RBC New Works Gallery: aAron munson, artist talk about Isachsen 1948-78; Sep 29, 2pm; free; part of Alberta Culture Days • ART THERAPY: The Front and WICSOE (Walk-in Counselling Society of Edmonton) at the AGA (Art Gallery of Alberta); live painting by Jennifer Poburan, David Ross MacDonald (guitar), Kira Lynn Hladun (singer-songwriter); live, silent art auction, art by Tom

Gale, Kari Duke, Doug Jamha, and others; Sep 20, 7pm (door); $50; E: • LADY SPIDER HOUSE: Until Jan 12, 2014

ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • TALL TALES: Ceramics by Alysse Bowd and mixed media works on paper by Wanda Lock; until Sep 28 • Ageless Art: Watercolours & Words: Sep 19, 1-3pm; $12/$10 (member) • Artventures: Hilarious Hats: Sep 21, 1-4pm; $5 ART IN OUR PARK • Riverbend Community League,

James Ramsay Park, Riverbend • Celebration of live music on 2 stages, art workshops, roaming performances and the Visual Art and Craft Market • Sep 21, 1-5pm


Gallery), 12310 Jasper Ave, 780.482.2854 • New work by artist Ernestine Tahedl; Sep 21-Oct 4; opening reception: Sep 21, 2-4pm; artist in attendance • MASCULINE INTUITION: Abstract art by sculptor, Morley Myers, and painter John Kingl Sep 26-Oct 10; opening: Sep 26, 6-9pm; artist in attendance: Sep 28, 1-5pm

SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print-

reception Sun, Oct 6


Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • LACE UP: CANADA’S PASSION FOR SKATING: Travelling exhibit by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec • Until Nov 3

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave,

780.432.0240 • ARRAY: Abstract paintings group show; until Sep 30 • WHAT’S YOUR HANG UP?: Craft by Edmonton Calligraphic Society Members; until Nov 15


9225-118 Ave • CELEBRATING AFRICAN GRANDMOTHERS WITH ART: Portrayal of African Grandmother story from despair to hope as they raise the millions of AIDS orphaned grandchildren • Sep 20-26

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • SHIELD: Figurative paintings by Carolyn Campbell and; BACKLIT MEMORIES: Paintings by Gordon

CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.9573 • QUEEN OF HEARTS: Wheel and slab pottery by Jeannette Wright; until Sep 28

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St, 780.760.1278 • THROUGH THE DOOR: Paintings by Catherine Marchand • Until Sep 28 DC3 ART PROJECTS • 10567-111 St • WHAT MAKES A MAN: Featuring works by Craig Le Blanc and Travis McEwen • Until Oct 5

FAB GALLERY • 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 89 Ave, 112 St,

780.492.2081 • SHOW AND DWELL: Master of Design Graduate Exhibition 2013 featuring Hussain Almossawi, Michelle Heath, Hailley Honcharik, Mahshid Karimi (Industrial Design), Adolfo Ruiz (Visual Communication Design); until Sep 21; closing reception: Sep 19, 7-10pm


501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • RULES OF PLAY: Curated by Brenda Barry Byrne Witschl’s work explores anxiety within the context of contemporary Surrealism focusing on collage and games • Until Oct 10

StRAthCONA COuNty MuSeuM ARChiveS • 913 Ash St, Sherwood Park • THE PAST SHOWS US THE WAY: Artworks by Aaron Paquette; Sep 22, 1-5pm; celebration: bannock, tea and activities in an authentic tipi. Aboriginal drummers, dancers and musicians at 4pm • MODELS OF OUR HERITAGE: Featuring historic models created by Strathcona County resident, Alfred Neuman; until Sep 30

THE STUDIO • 11739-94 St • Works by Glen Ronald,



D'INSTANTS: Works by Patricia Lortie-Sparks; until Oct 16 • ARTBEAT: Works by Danièle Petit, Suzanne Gaultier, Sylvie Pinard, Katherine Restoueix and Françoise Fiset; Sep 20-Oct 1; opening: Sep 20, 7-8:30pm • Art on the Block: Arts to try out: for adults: jewellery, marbling, quilling, cards, collective painting, sidewalk chalkpaint; child 5-11: Paint and crafts; Sep 28, 12-4pm • Jazz 'Art: École Publique Gabrielle Roy Gym, 8728-93 Ave; Concert Jazz’Art featuring 5 visual artists and 5 musicians; Sep 28, 7:30-11pm; open and silent auction; free

Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • Main Gallery: GENERATED LINE: Series of prints by Shawn Reynar • Community Gallery: SUPER SPY NARRATIVES: Paintings of drawings of prints by Jessie Thomas • Until Sep 21






LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St, 780.423.5353 • ProjEx

Room: ELSEWHERE: Paintings by Kristen Keegan; Sep 20-Nov 2; reception: Sep 20, 7-9pm • Main Space: LES CORPS: Photographic based portraits by Christophe Jivraj; Sep 27-Nov 2; opening: Sep 27, 7–9pm

LOFT GALLERY • A.J. Ottewell Arts Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park, 780.449.4443 • Artwork and gifts made by members of the Art Society of Strathcona County artists • LAYERS OF ALBERTA–UNDERNEATH THE LANDSCAPE TO ABOVE THE SURFACE: Works by Anne McCartney • Until Oct 27, Sat-Sun 12-4pm MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112

St, 780.407.7152 • PROCESSION WEST: A photographic Visual Journey from Plains to Coast by Rob Pohl and Robert Michiel • WHERE DRAGONFLIES DANCE: Watercolours and graphite botanical paintings by Elaine Funnel • Until Oct 20

MISERCORDIA HOSPITAL • North/South and East/

West Halls • Edmonton Art Club Exhibition • Until Oct 26


780.963.9935 • Paintings by Elizabeth Verhagaen; until Sep 25 • Paintings by Claudette Brown; Sep 27-Oct 24;

CHAPTERS STRATHCONA • 105 St, Whyte Ave • Meet Canadian author of South American cultural fiction, Andrea Carter, book signing • Sep 28, 12-4pm • Info: CARROT COFFEEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave • Prose Creative Writing Group • Every Tue, 7-9pm KOFFEE CAFÉ • 6120-28 Ave, 780.863.4522 • Glass

Door Coffee House Reading Series: Monthly readings with new headliner • Last Thu each month, 7-9pm • Sep 26, 7-9pm; hosted by poet, Jannie Edwards with headliners Diana Davidson (author of Pilgrimage), Susan MacGregor (author of the Tattooed Witch), Maitham Salman (Writers without Borders), Eric Papsdorf and the Wingmen (music); open mic

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St, 780.902.5900 • Spoken Word Tuesdays: Weekly spoken word night presented by the Breath In Poetry Collective (BIP) STANLEY MILNER LIBRARY • Centennial Rm, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Zen monk, author, and punk rocker, Brad Warner will discuss his new book, There Is No God And He Is Always With You • $20 T.A.L.E.S.–Strathcona • Strathcona Library, Willow

Rm, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, 780.400.3547 • Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed, 7pm, each month, Sep-Apr • Free

BEST OF FRIENDS REUNION • Jubilations Dinner

Theatre, 8882-180 St, WEM, 780.484.2424 • Friends, set to hits from the '90s, along with a few timeless classics • Until Oct 27

Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • ALBERTA FARM WOMEN: Paintings and photographs by Dawn Saunders Dahl; Display Cases: Edmonton Weavers' Guild, selected works; Display by the Edmonton Stamp Club; until Sep 30 • Display Cases: Edmonton Weavers' Guild works; until Sep 30 • Cubes: Edmonton Stamp Club display; until Sep 30

780.990.1161 • • FALL ON 124 STREET: New works by gallery artists and secondary market works • Until Oct 12

leau reads from her recent historical novel, Becoming Sand; Sep 19, 7pm • Lunch hour Book Signing: With Andrea Carter, author of South American fiction novels, Hard Bed Hotel, and South of Centre; Sep 27, 12-1:30pm; free • Book launch with Brindle Glass for Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson; Sep 25, 7-10pm

10329-83 Ave • An Improvised Musical • Sep 27, 11pm-12:30am

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library

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PHOTO OPEN DIGITAL 2013: Presented by Visual Arts Alberta–CARFAC • Until Oct 11

• WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS: Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the USA • Oct 2-14; 9am-9pm (Mon-Fri); 9am-5pm (Sat-Sun)

780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Reading Series: presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • Sep 23, 7-8:45pm • $5

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Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave, 109 St, 78 Ave, 780.433.5807 • Encaustic mixed media paintings by Brandi Hofer • Until Sep 25

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave, 780.488.4892 • COLLECTED LANDSCAPES FOR AUTUMN: Landscape paintings by Steven Armstrong • Sep 21-Oct 3

Arts, Convocation Hall Bldg • CLC Brown Bag Lunch Readings: Thomas Wharton, author of The Fathomless Fire • Sep 25, noon • Free

• Fundraiser: until Sep 30 • ART THERAPY: The Front and WICSOE (Walk-in Counselling Society of Edmonton) at the AGA (Art Gallery of Alberta); live painting by Jennifer Poburan, David Ross MacDonald (guitar), Kira Lynn Hladun (singer-songwriter); live, silent art auction, art by Tom Gale, Kari Duke, Doug Jamha, and others; Sep 20, 7pm (door); $50; E:


Albert, 780.460.5990 • RURAL ALBERTA: Marilyn Jeffrey and David Scott • Through Sep

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA • Student Lounge of the

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HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • Main Gallery: FUNCTIONAL BUILDINGS: Nancy Anne McPhee brings together the work of Andrea Carvalho, Dan Gibbons and Kip Jones; until Oct 18 • Front Room Gallery: WESTERN HORSEMEN, ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN: Works by Justin Shaw; until Sep 27

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St

CHIMPROV • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, 9828101A Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • Every Sat, 10pm, until Jul • $12 (door or buy in adv at TIX on the Square) • Until Jun, 2014 A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • Homage to Patsy Cline and her climb to stardom • Until Nov 3 DANCE FOR GRANDMA • Varscona Theatre, 10329-


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8627-91 St, 780.477.5955, ext 302 • Workshop West Theatre • A heartbreaking comedy by Brad Fraser • Until Sep 22; Tue-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm • $28 (adult)/$22 (student/senior)/$14 (Sun 2pm) at tickets@, Workshop West box office


LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT • Citadel's Shoctor Theatre, 9828-101A Ave, 780.425.1820 • Eugene O’Neill’s play, directed by Bob Baker, starring Brenda Bazinet, John Ullyatt, and Tom Wood • Sep 21-Oct 13



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Roper Rd, 780.427.1750 • VICTORY ON THE FIELD EXHIBIT: Exploring the effects of the First and Second World Wars on sports in Alberta; Sep 25-Jan 31; free • Culture Days: A HERITAGE SONG: Café concert featuring local singer-songwriters and emerging musicians; Sep 27-28; free; limited seating, tickets at E:


780.453.9100 • CHOP SUEY ON THE PRAIRIES: Until Apr 27, 2014 • THE ART OF SEATING: 200 YEARS OF AMERICAN DESIGN: until Oct 6 • MILTON AND CHEADLE PLATES: Until Dec 9 • Orientation Gallery: 20TH ANNIVERSARY–TIME TRAVELLERS EXHIBITION: Sep 21-Nov 11 • Culture Days: Sep 27-29; free admission

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • TERRAIN: Group

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TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • BODY WORLDS AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE: Revealing the Symphony Within; until Oct 14; $26.50 (adult)/$16.50 (child (3-12)/$23.50 (senior/youth/student) at door; prices incl general admission and admission for exhibit UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA MUSEUMS • Human Ecology Gallery: Main Fl, 116 St, 89 Ave: THE RE-

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MIDSUMMER [A PLAY WITH SONGS] • Roxy, 10708-124 St • Broken Toys Theatre • Alberta premiere, part of Theatre Network’s Roxy Performance Series; by David Grieg and Gordon McIntyre • Until Sep 29• $20 (adult)/$16 (student/senior); Tue: 2-for-1 POOL (NO WATER) • Timms Centre, 112 St, U of A • Studio Theatre • By Mark Ravenhill, about the fragility of friendship and the strength of resentment • Sep 19-28; no show Sep 22; Sep 26, 12:30pm • 2-for-1 Mon at door; Evening: $11 (student), $22 (adult), $20 (senior)/Mat: $11 (student); $17 (adult)/$15 (senior) at TIX on the Square SARTRE'S SHORTS • C103, 8529 Gateway Blvd •

5 Adaptations of the short stories of Jean Paul Sartre. A Surreal SoReal Theatre production featuring adaptations by Jason Chinn, Darrin Hagen, Nicole Moeller, Amber Borotsik, and Jon Lachlan Stewart • Sep 19-29

THEATRESPORTS • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm • Until June • $12/$10 (member) at TIX on the Square

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hris Hillman's setlist is 60 songs long, give or take a couple. He obviously doesn't play that full slate on any single night, nor does he run it from top to bottom. It's less a sequential document he maintains, and more one that represents the full spectrum of material the countryrock luminary might draw on while onstage—which these days happens mostly in duo configuration alongside Herb Pedersen, a veritable bluegrass legend in his own right. "I'll stay with the first four or five, always, and then I'll just call out

songs," he says, of putting that list to good use. "I have to make sure Herb hears me, but he picks up so fast—I couldn't do that with anybody, he's really a good musician. But it's almost like I'm on the football field, calling an audible, changing the play." That's one way to solve the issue of what to play when your career spans more than four decades and includes multiple keystone bands in the country-rock genre's genesis. Hillman's time in the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band, among others, has

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On the resurgence of folk and country influence in pop music: "There's two groups that we can point out that are very popular: Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers. Both are incorporating instruments—banjos, acoustic guitars and mandolins and fiddles— into what one would basically call rock, but not really. They remind me of the Band, of Robbie Robertson and the Band from the '70s, somewhat. But I love that people are incorporating those instruments into things. Why is that happening? I just think it's an evolving thing, although sometimes in the

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years—I asked them, 'What are your goals? And don't tell me you want to make a career. That's not gonna happen. You're gonna have a good time, that's what you're gonna do.'" Hillman seems to occupy a similar mindset: any shows he does with the old bands—which only seems to be the Desert Rose Band these days— aren't about anything other than enjoyment. "We're all good friends," he says, of the other members of the Desert Rose Band, who've done a scatter of shows together over the past few years. "We get together and play, and usually it's quite lucrative, we do quite well, we have a good time, and that's it. So we never ever planned to do a reunion tour, or reunite. It's

evolution, one reaches backwards and picks out things. I think the movie O, Brother, Where Art Thou?—which is an OK movie, but the music is fantastic that T-Bone Burnett had put together, his first big successful thing as a producer—that soundtrack was really good, he got the right people on that. That helped propel it and start opening up people to acoustic music. There are some incredible young bands over here. I don't keep up with all of them. Bluegrass and just string bands, acoustic bands that are doing a more pop thing with the songs. That, I love. Because it's all down to the song, and whatever treatment you give the song, whether you treat it in an electric way with drums and all that or whether

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something we do that's purely the love of the music. And at my age right now, that's what it's about." That love of music does keep him on his toes, though: while that 60-song setlist covers the bulk of major and minor hits he's had, he's still open to requests for deeper cuts. Even if he doesn't quite remember how they go. "I love tackling anything," Hillman says. "Quite frequently, I'll get somebody calling out a song—'cause we play these intimate rooms—someone will yell out a song that I wrote or played on 30 years ago. And if I remember any part of it, I'll do it. Even without Herb knowing what it is. It's interesting, it's challenging. There are no rules." PAUL BLINOV


you treat it acoustically, it's the song. And that's what I'm finding, when I am paying attention: I hear better songs now." On revisiting classic songs as a stripped-down duo: "I think it re-emphasizes how it was written. It was written in a very minimalist way. It is challenging to take a song even like "Eight Miles High"—which is probably the most rock 'n' roll song [the Byrds] ever did—but to strip that down and do it acoustically, without losing anything in the arrangement. It's the same arrangement, just a different treatment."










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omething's wrong," the man says. Seconds later, he's openeye dead on his porch, the only ostensible cause being the Lad Mags walkin' on by. The band keeps going and the bodies keep piling up until they themselves succumb, night falls, and a nightmarish resurrection/ bonfire party takes place.

A dual-song video for the Lad Mags— the pairing of "You Don't Love Me" and "Lover"—probably sets some record for the highest body count in a local music vid. It was shot by Fish Griwkowsky— who previously shot videos for the likes of Corb Lund, among other camera works—on funding through the Summer 2013 Music Video Fund from Telus and Victoria's Public Records, and came out in a tightwire turn-around, shot and edited in a three-week span. The video's premiere was this past weekend at the last Edmonton Wowie, but now it's been released to the wilds of Youtube, too—search "Lover You Don't Love Me" alongside the band name. In honour of its release, Griwkowsky answered some questions about its creation. VUE WEEKLY: For starters, tell me a little bit about the concept of Something's Wrong. Did you bring the idea to the band, or was it something specific that they wanted?  FISH GRIWKOWSKY: It's an A-side, Bside 45 video—two short songs. First half's crisp black and white, and as the band walks through a neighbourhood, citizens falls over dead. Really simple. Then the Mags collapse, and wake up in a Technicolor afterlife aftergrad, visually based on Ken Kesey's legendary party where Allen Ginsberg, Hunter Thompson and the Hell's Angels all rolled around each other. Everyone the Mags killed is there, invited to the fire. Had the idea for the first part for a

while: the irony of them crying You Don't Love Me as they murder people dressed for a funeral. VW: Was there something about these

two songs that seemed like good combination for a single film? FG: Honestly, brevity created that awesome thing in art where limitations corral and inspire. The second half is a goatee-Spock mirror image of the first, where the murdered narratives resolve: the distorted people make out, Omar finishes his book, Wilf and Daryl Kozub are reunited, everyone gets to party, including our friend [Darren] Zenko who died last year—he's the deer, also in an earlier Wet Secrets video. His mom loves that nod. Narratively, the band moves from rejection to a position of public confidence. VW: Were there any ideas you had that,

for whatever reason, didn't end up in the finished video? FG: Just a shot or two in editing, the deadline was nuts. The concepts all made it, and editor Justin LaChance even threw in a couple. Editing is the most important job on a film. We were plugging bird sounds in at 3 am the night before deadline. I had an idea of them dragging themselves down the twilight highway with dead legs for a different song as B-side, but "Lover" asked for something springier.   VW: You'd mentioned this video was the hardest thing you've ever done. What made the difficulty level so high? FG: The Corb vids were just him and reams of pretty B-roll, easy. For this, the first half was a snap, but the second, man. This was 50 extras in makeup and costumes and lighting needs with a 10 pm – 3 am window, the weather apps telling us there'd be a violent thunderstorm within an hour, literally

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the whole time. Everyone who's not in the shot was watching, makeup running, and we were still making a giant owl head. So there was some pressure, haha. My gorgeous wife [Dara Humniski], in the band, also got the Dom DeLuise outtake giggles in, like, every shot. She could not stop laughing. So it was unnerving, but also the pinnacle of rewarding rides. VW: How long did filming take? FG: Two full days for the first part, one 14-hour day for the second. After, we grabbed some extra scenes in the yard of our old city rental house, jacking  their power at night, and shot a little out at our [Golden West] music festival's 50-foot bonfire. Foom!   VW: The funding for Something's Wrong came through Telus Public Records. Did you have to pitch them on a concept, or was the application more open-air than that? FG: They wanted a 200-word synopsis and photos, so Amelia Aspen from the band and I sent them pics of The Man Who Wasn't There, Joanne from Mars + Venus in her spirit deer costume, location shots, plus of course those delicious Lad Mags songs. Politic Live got the only other local green light. One thing, a few of us making films are adding little visual winks to each other, trying to create a larger Edmonton web of stories, like the recurring Zenko deer, or the reflections between this vid and Corb's. I outro'd the sound like Trevor Anderson's The Man That Got Away on purpose, and Wilf is everywhere, like Lyle Bell and aAron Muson's Shout Out video. In 20 years, I want people to look back and see all the intentional connections, like examining roots of a tree that refused to die. PAUL BLINOV



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BOWER Thu: Back to Mine: Hip hop, funk, soul, rare groove, disco and more with Junior Brown and DJ Mumps

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w djwtf - rock ‘n’ roll, blues, indie; Wooftop:

BRITTANY’S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: Live music in the afternoons hosted by Rob Taylor and Bill Bourne; MonFri; 4:30-8pm; no cover BRIXX Hosted by Christian and Justin of the Canyon Rose Outfit: The Ultimate open stage, open jam, open turntables E: kevin@ for info CAFÉ HAVEN Music every Thu: Royce Mathew, Railtown Park; 7pm CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm COOK COUNTY Pony Up Thu: Country, Rock Anthems and Top 40 Classics with Mourning Wood DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Open Jam Nights; no cover FANDANGO’S Rock out Thu Rock Jam FESTIVAL PLACE Matt Dusk (jazz); 7:30pm; $38 (table)/$36 (box)/$34 (theatre) at Festival Place box office HORIZON STAGE Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen; 7:30pm; $40 (adult)/$35 (student/senior) at 780.962.899, horizonstage. com J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm JAVA EXPRESS–Stony Plain Acoustic/singer songwriter the 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7-10pm; no cover JEFFREY’S CAFÉ Beth Portman (folk, jazz), AND her band ; 9pm; $10 KELLY’S PUB Jameoke Night, karaoke with band the Nervous Flirts; every Thu, 8pm-12am L.B.’S PUB Thu open stage: the New Big Time with Rocko Vaugeois, friends; 8-12 LIT WINE BAR Dino Dominelli Jazz Duo with Charlie Austin; 7pm NAKED CYBERCAFÉ Thu open stage: fully equipped stage, bring your instruments and your voices; gaming everyday NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; 4’s A Crowd NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu; contact John Malka 780.447.5111 OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover RED PIANO Every Thu: Dueling pianos at 8pm RENDEZVOUS PUB SnakeBite, Lust Boys, Slim Duncan RICHARD’S PUB Mourning Wood RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec (jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm THE RIG Every Thu Jam hosted by Loren Burnstick; 8:30pm-1am SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM

7:30pm; $20 at the Festival Place box office

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook

Quartet (‘70s pop, rock, jazz); 9pm; $10

J+H PUB Early show: Acoustic Open mic every Fri, 10-15 mins to perform; 5:30-8:30pm, no cover; Late show: Every Friday: Headwind (vintage rock ‘n’ roll), friends, 9:30pm, no minors, no cover

RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri

L.B.’S Chill Factor; 9:30pm2am


L.B.’S PUB The Last Calls; 9:30; no cover

SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Amplified Fridays: Dubstep, house, trance, electro, hip hop breaks with DJ Aeiou, DJ Loose Beats, DJ Poindexter; 9:30pm (door)

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

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

NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm; Evening: 4’s A Crowd

NEWCASTLE PUB Dark Rooster (rock)

TEMPLE Rapture–Goth/Ind/alt; every Fri 9pm


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

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

JEFFREY’S CAFÉ Sketches of Eternity (jazz); 9pm; $15

NOORISH CAFÉ Bruce Ziff (banjo); 7-930pm ON THE ROCKS The Disastranauts, with DJs; 9pm

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Dueling Piano’s, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

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

PAWN SHOP The Plaid Tongued Devils (alt, big band, folk), Hot Super Hot, Kabana BIrd; 8pm; $12 (adv)

ARTERY AV ART SHOW #9: Jeffery Straker (pop, big band), Bardic Form; 7:30pm; $10 (adv)/$15 (door)

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

ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL Crazy Hat Night: The Derina Harvey Band

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Taking Back Thursdays KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Fri ON THE ROCKS Salsa Rocks: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; Cuban Salsa DJ to follow OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE Wild Life Thursdays RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

FRI Sep 20 ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL The Derina Harvey Band “B” STREET BAR The Ben Todd Band BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ The Nightkeepers featuring Dave Babcock; 8:30pm; $15 BLUES ON WHYTE Funkafeelya BRITTANY’S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: Live music in the afternoons hosted by Rob Taylor and Bill Bourne; MonFri; 4:30-8pm; no cover BRIXX Silence Be Damned: Goth/Industrial with DJs Siborg, Nightroad; 9pm CAFÉ TIRAMISU Live music every Fri CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Live music every Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door) CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE Zumba Bash Fiery Fri: Latin beat, live DJ music with Tamico Russell, Ike Henry, DJ Rocko; 7pm; 3rd Friday each month

RENDEZVOUS WarMaster, Armifera, Malice; 8pm (door); $10 ROSE AND CROWN Doug Stroud ST BASIL’S CULTURAL CENTRE Full Moon Folk Club: Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson; 7pm (door); $18 (adv at Acoustic Music Shop, TIX on the Square)/$22 (door)/halfprice (child under 12, door) SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Tony Dizon STARLITE ROOM Tattered, Joe Solo, Hearsay; 9pm STUDIO Keep 6, Alkatine, Five Years Further, Grounded Star; 7pm; $10; CJSR FunDrive concert

BAILY THEATRE–Camrose Elliot Brood; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $15 (student)/$25 (box office) BEAR’S DEN–Fort Saskatchewan Connie’s Bands/Come down Blues Jam with the Leadfoot; 3-6pm BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Tiff Hall (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Paul Ledding band; 8:30pm; $10 BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Funkafeelya BOHEMIA DARQ Saturday


BRIXX BAR Los Calaveras, the Suppliers, guests; 9pm

YARDBIRD SUITE Canadian Jazz Series: Grant Stewart, Kent Sangster Quintet; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest) at


X-WRECK’S The Honey Badgers; 9pm; no cover

CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, 2-6pm; Evening: Down to the Crown: Marshall Lawrence presents great blues with Trevor Duplessis, Mad Dog Blues Band, every Sat 10pm-2am, $5 (door)


DV8 The Belushis, Zero Cool, Down the Hatch; 9pm

CONVOCATION HALL U of A Dept of Music Mainstage Concerts: La Belle Époque; Catherine Abele, Elizabeth Turnbull (vocals), Jacques Després (piano); all ages; 8pm

DOW–SHELL THEATRE–Fort Saskatchewan The Little Ole Opry–Lisa Hewitt’s Classic Country Road Show; 7:30pm; Intermission stage: Steven Sware; prior to show, and during intermission; $25 (adult)/$22 (senior/youth) at, 780.992.6400, and at Dow

WINSPEAR CENTRE Leading Men of Broadway: Jack Everly (conductor); 8pm; $24-$89

PAWN SHOP CJSR FunDrive: the Switchmen (blues, country), the Misery Mountain Boys, the Moanin’ After, Mike McDonald; 8pm; $10 (adv) QUEEN ALEXANDRA HALL Dave Gunning; 7pm (door), 8pm (music); $25 at TIX on the Square, Acoustic music, Myhre’s Music RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am ROSE AND CROWN Doug Stroud SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– Downtown Tony Dizon

STUDIO MUSIC Janiva Magness (blues), Bill Bourne, Bodacious Burlesque; 6pm (door); $35 (adv)

YARDBIRD SUITE Canadian Jazz Series: Grant Stewart, Kent Sangster Quintet; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest) at

Classical WINSPEAR Leading Men of Broadway: Jack Everly (conductor); 8pm; $24-$89

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: The Menace Sessions:

Alt Rock/Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr Erick

BOWER For Those Who Know...: House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests COMMON Get Down It’s Saturday Night: House and disco and everything in between with resident Dane DRUID DJ every Sat; 9pm

DUGGAN’S Duff Robison

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels

DV8 The Bulushis (Vancouver Sweat Rock), Zero Cool

FANDANGO’S DJs night every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Concert Series: Ridley Bent (alt country); all ages; 6pm; $26.25 (adv)

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

DUGGAN’S Duff Robison

DRUID DJ every Fri; 9pm

DV8 Look Away, Banshee, Switches, Strange Fires: (punk, garage rock, mostly female bands) 9pm; $10

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FANDANGO’S DJs night every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri LEGENDS BAR DJ Dayna; featuring special events every Fri

FESTIVAL PLACE Eric Burdon and the Animals (pop/rock); Sold Out FILTHY MCNASTY’S Free Afternoon Concerts: Nadine Kellman Trio, Railtown Park; 4pm; no cover HOG’S DEN PUB Grand (never closed) opening: Tony Poirier (rock and roll all night); 9-1am GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HILLTOP Open Stage, Jam every Sat; 3:30-7pm
















WUNDERBAR Eternal Husbands, Catgut, Northern Hospitality


BOWER Zukunft: Indie and alternative with Dusty Grooves, Fraser Olsen, Taz, and Josh Johnson


STARLITE ROOM All Our Bass Belongs To You

ENCORE–WEM Every Sat: Sound and Light show; We are Saturdays: Kindergarten

COMMON Good Fridays: nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Justin Foosh

FESTIVAL PLACE Café Series: Mark Sterling’s Delta Blues;

“B” STREET BAR Rockin Big Blues and Roots Open Jam: Every Sat afternoon, 2-6pm; Evening: The Ben Todd Band

BRITTANY’S Burlesque A La Carte– Back to school edition; $10

DOW–SHELL THEATRE–Fort Saskatchewan Spirit of the West; 7:30pm; Intermission stage: Trevor McNeely; prior to show, and during intermission; $45 (adult)/$42 (senior/youth) at, 780.992.6400, and DOW

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Uptown Folk Club Open Stage: 7pm; 6:30pm (sign-up); $4 (performer fee, incl DVD copy of performance)

SAT Sep 21

SUBSTAGE–U of A Singer Songwriter Series: Liam Trimble; noon

WUNDERBAR Sumner Brothers, Cadence and Nathan, Tyler Butler, Jon Capus

OLD TIMERS CABIN Edmonton Blues Society: The Flying Crawdads; 7:30pm ON THE ROCKS The Disastranauts, with DJs; 9pm

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Dueling Piano’s, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests

LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover

UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri

Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam

COMMON The Common Uncommon Thursday: Rotating Guests each week!

LEAF BAR AND GRILL Sat jam with Terry Evans, and featured guests; host Mark Ammar

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm); 1st Sat each month


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



VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013




















Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M










SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests TEMPLE Step’d Up Saturdays with Lolcatz, Yaznil, Badman Crooks, Ootz UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN Sep 22 AVENUE THEATRE Young Galaxy (electronic pop), Human Human; 8pm (door); $12 (adv)/$15 (day of) BAILY THEATRE–Camrose Buckaroos Classic Country Extravaganza: Pete Hicks, Myra Marshall, Cory Vanderjagt, Rudy Famulak, Jordan Leden; 1pm (door), 2pm (show); $12 (box office, online)








RICHARD’S PUB Sun Jam hosted by Andrew White and the Joint Chiefs; 4-8pm THE RIG Every Sun Jam hosted by Better Us than Strangers; 5-9pm RITCHIE UNITED CHURCH Jazz and Reflections: Rollanda Lee and the Canadian Hot Stars; 3:30pm; donations at door ST JOHN’S INSTITUTE CJSR FunDrive: Culturally Distinct: sharing artistic traditions(Sun Brunch in Nepal, Ghasedak, Sounds Ukrainian, Agua Latina) Celeigh Cardinal; all ages; 12-4pm; $5 SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Hair of the Dog acoustic Sun Jam with Bonedog and Bearcat; every Sun; 2-6pm WINSPEAR CENTRE Iron & Wine, Widowspeak; all ages; 6:30pm (door), 7:30pm (show); $$27-$38.50

UNITED CHURCH Edmonton Opera and Vaughan Quartet; 2pm; free

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sunday Brunch: Hawaiian Dreamers; 9am-3pm; donations





REXALL PLACE Zac Brown Band; 7pm

BLACKJACK’S ROADHOUSE– Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

COOK COUNTY Jerry Sereda (hosting a Zac Brown Band afterparty); 9pm (door); $8 (concert ticket holders free, and priority entrance)


PAWN SHOP Rock For Dimes: A Hundred Years, the McGowan Family Band, Fear of City, Basier, Young Progression, Death by Metal, more




ON THE ROCKS Seven Strings Sundays: Most Non Henious, Bootleg Glory; 9pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Bring Out Your Dead! vinyl swap and music sale; 2-8pm

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



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

Sun; 9:30pm-1am

DUGGAN’S Celtic Music with Duggan’s House Band 5-8pm FANDANGO’S Sun Industry Night: House mix with DJ JEZ LF; Show and Shine/open stage every Sun: hosted by Marshal Lawrence; 6-11pm HOG’S DEN PUB Rockin’ the Hog Jam: Hosted by Tony Ruffo; every Sun, 3:30-7pm NEWCASTLE PUB Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm NOORISH CAFÉ Kirtan Songha, Kirtan Klan (singing and devotional Kirtan chants and mantras); 7-9:30pm; $15 (adv)/$20 (door) O’BYRNE’S Open mic every


LIBRARY Enterprise Quartet: Prussian Quartets I; 2-3pm; free

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through ‘60s and ‘70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am

MON Sep 23 ARTERY Ryan Davidson Trio (jazz); 8pm; $10 (adv) BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Monday Open Stage PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio 780.456.8510 ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE Open Mic Night with Darrek Anderson from the Guaranteed; every Mon; 9pm

Classical WINSPEAR CENTRE Enterprise Quartet: Prussian Quartets; 12-1pm; free;

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay CROWN PUB A Sexy Night with DJ Phoenix and MJ with Sleepless DJ, DJ Breeze and more every Mon; 9pm-2am

TUE Sep 24 BLUES ON WHYTE Big Crush BRITTANY’S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: Live music in the afternoons hosted by Rob Taylor and Bill Bourne; MonFri; 4:30-8pm; no cover BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays with host Mark Feduk; $5 after 8pm; this week guests: CHA ISLAND School of Song: N3K and Jey Whiten; 8pm; all ages; $10 DRUID IRISH PUB Jamhouse Tues hosted by Chris Wynters, guest J+H PUB Acoustic open mic night every Tue hosted by Lorin Lynne; Everyone will have 10-15 minutes to play L.B.’S PUB Tue Blues Jam with Darrell Barr; 7:3011:30pm LEAF BAR AND GRILL Tuesday Moosehead/ Barsnbands open stage hosted by Mark Ammar; every Tue; 7:30-11:30pm NEW WEST HOTEL Silverado O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm

BOHEMIA Ramshackle Day Parade

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park The Campfire Hero’s (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover

SBRITTANY’S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: Live music in the afternoons hosted by Rob Taylor and Bill Bourne; MonFri; 4:30-8pm; no cover

UNION HALL Frightened Rabbit, Augustines; 7pm (door); $25 at Unionevents. com,, Blackbyrd

DUGGAN’S Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm; host changes weekly

YARDBIRD SUITE Tue Night Sessions: Thom Bennett Group; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $5 (door)



Classical WINSPEAR CENTRE ESO Gala: Joshua Bell (violin), William Eddins (conductor); 7:30pm; $50-$150

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: The Night with No Name featuring DJs Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests playing tasteful, eclectic selections CROWN PUB Underground at the Crown Tuesday: Trueskool and live hip-hop with residents Jae Maze, Xaolin, Frank Brown; monthly appearances by guests Shawn Langley, Locution Revolution, and Northside Clan DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe’en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue RED STAR Experimental Indie rock, hip hop, electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue SUITE 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs

WED Sep 25 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage Wed with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio:

Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm

BLUES ON WHYTE Big Crush BUCKINGHAM ON WHYTE Cygnets, Red Ram; 8pm; no cover BRITTANY’S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: Live music in the afternoons hosted by Rob Taylor and Bill Bourne, Mon-Fri, 4:30-8pm, no cover Late show: Tanya Kohlmeyer Sheldon Smoke, 7:30-11pm; no cover CITY HALL Enterprise Quartet: Prussian Quartets; 7:30-8:30pm; free CROWN PUB The Dan Jam: musical styles from around the globe with Miguel and friends; musicians are invited to bring their personal touch to the mix every Wed

stage hosted by Michael Gress and Cody Noula; Original artist showcase at 9pm FILTHY MCNASTY’S Daniel and the Impending Doom; 8pm HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Michael Gress; 9pm J+H PUB Acoustic open mic night hosted by Lorin Lynne LEAF BAR AND GRILL Wed variety night: with guitarist, Gord Matthews; every Wed, 8pm MERCURY ROOM Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm; Silverado OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) RANCH Hell-Raisin’ Good Time: Tim Hicks; $15 (adv) at Ranch box office, 780.438.2582 RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 RENDEZVOUS PUB The Shrugs and Mary’s a Fox; 8pm THE RIG Open jam every Wed hosted by Will Cole; 8pm-12am WUNDERBAR Handsome Distraction, Upsidedowntown, White Pongo ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative ‘80s and ‘90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends

DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB Wed open mic with host Duff Robison

THE COMMON The Wed Experience: Classics on Vinyl with Dane

DV8 Soiled Doves, Donny Stewart, Copsickle; 9pm

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

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

RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed


TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5

VENUEGUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave AVENUE 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 "B" STREET BAR 11818-111 St BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 1042582 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.425; BRITTANY'S 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUCKINGHAM ON WHYTE 10439-82 Ave BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750-124 St CARROT COFFEEHOUSE 9351118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464153 St, 780.424 9467

CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE 11113-113 St CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE 11113 -113 St RENDEZVOUS PUB 10108-149 St CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482 COMMON 9910-109 St CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DUGGAN'S 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8130 Gateway Blvd EARLY STAGE–Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave ENCORE–WEM 2687, 8882170 St FANDANGO'S 12912-50 St, FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

HILLTOP 8220-106 Ave HOG'S DEN 14220 Yellow Head Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110, 780.452.1168 HORIZON STAGE 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove J+H PUB 1919-105 St J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 L.B.’S 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEAF BAR 9016-132 Ave, 780.757.2121 LEGENDS 9221-34 Ave, 780.988.2599 LEVEL 2 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132104 St LIZARD LOUNGE 13160-118 Ave MERCURY ROOM 10575-114 St NAKED CYBERCAFÉ 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Blvd NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper

VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013

Ave, 780.482.4767 O2'S–West 11066-156 St, 780.448.2255 OVERTIME Sherwood Park 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLEASANTVIEW HALL 1086057 Ave QUEEN ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY HALL 10425 University Ave RED PIANO 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780.457.3118 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 THE RIG 15203 Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.0869 RITCHIE UNITED CHURCH 9624-74 Ave ROBERTSON WESLEY UNITED CHURCH 10209-123 St ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235-101 St ST BASIL'S CULTURAL CENTRE 10819-71 Ave, 780.438.6410 ST JOHN’S INSTITUTE 1102482 Ave SET NIGHTCLUB Next to Bourban St, 8882-170 St, WEM, Ph III,

SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 10810-124 St, 587.521.6328 SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STUDIO 10940-116A St SUBSTAGE–U of A 8900-114 St SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 TAVERN ON WHYTE 10507-82 Ave, 587.521.4404 TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, UNION HALL 6240-99 St VEE LOUNGE, APEX CASINO–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 X-WRECK'S 9303-50 St Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, YARDBIRD SUITE 11 Tommy Banks Way, 780.432.0428 YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St


COMEDY BRIXX Comedy and Music once a month as a part of Ruby Tuesdays

CENTURY CASINO • 13103 Fort Rd •

780.481.9857 • Open Mic Night: Every Thu; 7:30-9pm

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu: 8:30pm; Fri: 8:30pm; Sat: 8pm and 10:30pm • Sean Baptiste; Sep 19-21 • Dave Tsonos; Sep 26-28

COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM •

780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Hit or Miss Mondays: Amateurs and Professionals every Mon, 7:30pm • Battle to the Funny Bone; last Tue each month, 7:30pm • Ruben Paul; until Sep 22 • Gary Gulman; Sep 25-29

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm FESTIVAL PLACE • Festival Place, 100 Festival

Way, Sherwood Park • 780.449.3378 • • CBC's The Irrelevant Show • Sep 20 • $32 (table)/$30 (box)/$28 (theatre) at the Festival Place Box Office

FILTHY MCNASTY'S • 10511-82 Ave • 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9-11pm; no cover JUBILEE AUDITORIUM • • Red Green How to do Everything Tour • Sat, Sep 28, 7pm • Tickets at TicketMaster KRUSH ULTRALOUNGE• Open mic following Singles Mixer, with co-host, Danny Martinello co-hosting; call 780.914.8966 to get on roster • Sep 19, 9pm OVERTIME PUB • 4211-106 St • Open mic comedy anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free

RIVER CREE–The Venue • Whose Live Anyway?: Improvised comedy and song • Sep 27, 6pm (door), 8pm (show) • $49.50; Sold out ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • Sterling Scott

every Wed, 9pm


Blvd • Every Thu Neon Lights and Laughter with host Sterling Scott and five comedians and live DJ TNT; 8:30pm


Campbell Rd, St Albert • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Two Man Group (Comedy and improv) • Sep 20, 7:30pm • $45-$65 at Arden box office; VIP tables sold out

VAULT PUB • 8214-175 St • Comedy with Liam Creswick and Steve Schulte • Every Thu, at 9:30pm

DOLL CLUB OF EDMONTON SHOW • Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave • Antique, collectible modern sale of dolls, teddy bears and toys • Sep 29 10am-4pm • $5 • groups/154827241250628/events/ EDMONTON NATURE CLUB • King’s University College, 9125-50 St • 780.710.6736 • Annual General Meeting: Meet the new executive, enjoy a slide presentation on the club’s activities this past year • Fri, Sep 20, 7pm; E: EDMONTON NEEDLECRAFT GUILD • Avonmore United Church Basement, 82 Ave, 79 St • • Classes/workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, stitching groups for those interested in textile arts • Meet the 2nd Tue each month, 7:30pm EDMONTON UKULELE CIRCLE • Bogani

Café, 2023-111 St • 780.440.3528 • 3rd Sun each month; 2:30-4pm • $5


Ave • 780.467.6013, • • Can you think of a career that does not require communication • Every Tue, 12:05-1pm

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

HOME–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living • 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

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


St Jean, Rm 3-18 • 780.490.7332 • • Program for HIV-AID’S prevention, treatment and harm reduction in French, English and other African languages • 3rd and 4th Sat, 9am-5pm each month • Free (member)/$10 (membership); pre-register


9351-118 Ave • 780.973.5311 • • NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) meet the 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm


106 St • 780.435.0845 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm


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

RIVER VALLEY VIXEN BOOT CAMP • Summer long drop-in, all girls boot camp • Various days and times throughout the week; info E: • $20 •!/ rvvbootcamp SAWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon, 7:30pm SEVENTIES FOREVER CLUB • Call

door, stairs to the left) • Meet every Tue, 7-9pm except last Tue each month. Help develop confidence in public speaking and leadership • Contact: Antonio Balce, 780.463.5331


Steinhauer United Church, 10740-19 Ave • What do these Offer Canada and the Environment? Presentation hosted by Edmonton-Leduc NDP with speakers Peter Julian, Mike Priaro, Roland Lefort • Sep 21, 1:3-4pm • Free

CFUW EDMONTON • Shaw Conference Centre, Riverview Rm, 9797 Jasper Ave • Fundraising Luncheon featuring guest speaker, Dr West, silen auction • Wed, Sep 25, 11:30am-1:30pm • $50 THE FACULTY OF ARTS PRESENTS: ANNA MARIA TREMONTI • Myer Horowitz Theatre,

Students' Union Bldg, U of A • 780.492.3224 • All UAlberta alumni are welcome to join this captivating speaker as she shares some of her experiences from 30 years of reporting across Canada and the world, and explains how they have helped form her world view • Sep 27, 7-8:15pm • $15 at ticketfly. com

GLUTEN FREE EXPO • EXPO Centre, 7515-116

Fl, 10440-108 Ave • Edmonton Arts Council presents A Guide to Arts Grants • Wed, Sep 25, 7-9pm • Free; pre-register: E: Jana O’Connor, joconnor@

HISTORY OF TRANSPLANT IN ALBERTA • TELUS World of Science, 11211-142 St • Fri lecture series: Norm Kneyeman • Sep 20, 7-8pm • General admission/free (member)

INTRODUCTION TO FERMENTED FOODS WORKSHOP • King Edward Community League Small Hall, 8102-80 Ave • Wed, Sep 25, 7-9pm

INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN MEDICINE • Alberta Avenue Hall, 9210-118 Ave • • Public talk by Tibetan doctor, Yangdron Kalzang • Fri, Sep 20, 7-9pm • $10 (donation, door) MAYORAL CANDIDATES' FORUM • SAGE

auditorium, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, lower level • 780.417.1705 • Forum with three candidates for mayor of Edmonton; presented by the Seniors' Action and Liaison Team (SALT) • Sep 24, 2-4pm


11211-142 St • Friday evening lecture series: Stephanie Skinner, Sajid Merchant • Sep 27, 7-8pm • Admission/free (member

SEEING IS ABOVE ALL • Acacia Hall, 10433-83

Ave, upstairs • 780.554.6133 • Free instruction into the meditation on the Inner Light • Every Sun, 5pm

THE SUN IS RISING IN CANADA • Grant MacEwan University, CN Theatre, 105 St Bldg, Rm 5-142 • The Opportunities and Challenges: Presentations by Mr Donald of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta • Sep 26 7-8:30pm • Free


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



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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EDMONTON • 8307-109 St • • Meet the 4th Tue each month, 7:30pm (no meetings in Jul, Aug) E: for more info • Free

ARGENTINE TANGO DANCE–FOOT NOTES STUDIO • Foot Notes Dance Studio (South side), 9708-45 Ave • 780.438.3207 • • Join Vincenzo and Ida Renzi every Friday at Foot Notes Dance Studio for an evening of authentic Argentine tango • Every Fri, 8pm-midnight • $15 (per person)


• Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 11533-135 St NW • • 1.800.265.5106 ext. 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Mon every month; 7-8:45pm • Free


Lutheran Church, 107 St, 99 Ave • • Meeting every 3rd Sat, 1-4pm • Injured Workers in Pursuit of Justice denied by WCB

DEATH CAFÉ • Pilgrims Hospice, 9808-148 St • 780.642.8703 • Care & Prepare: Discuss life, death and dying matters • Sun, Sep 29, 2-4pm • Free, donations


Stanley A. Milner Library, Centennial Rm (bsmt);; E:; Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month

SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM • 10545-81 Ave •

780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door)


Remedy Café, 8631-109 St • Help build a water initiative. 80% of Albertans were unaware that the province held water conversations in 2013. We're looking for dedicated individuals to reignite this conversation • Thu, Sep 19, 5:30-6:30pm • facebook. com/events/227951760693913/

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

Rd • • Collecting and researching items from various periods in the history of Edmonton. Presentations after club business. Visitors welcome • Meets the 4th Mon of every month (except Jul & Dec), 7:30pm

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old Strath-

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

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Queen Alexandra Community League, 10425 University Ave (north

9912 Whyte Ave • Meet the last Thu each month

A social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • com/group/bwedmonton

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EPLC FELLOWSHIP PAGAN STUDY GROUP • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

FLASH NIGHT CLUB • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: G.L.B.T. SPORTS AND RECREATION • • Blazin' Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary School Gym, 10925-87 Ave; Every Mon and Thu, 7pm; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: • Mindful Meditation: Pride Centre: Every Thu, 6pm; free weekly drop-in • Progressive Core Stability and Abdominal Training with Barb Turner: Parkallen Community League Hall; Every Thu, Sep-Dec 19, 6pm (beginner/intermediate), 7:15pm (advance); $50 (month), $200 (season) • Swimming–Making Waves: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; E: swimming@teamedmonton.c;


Avonmore Community Hall Playground, 7902-73 Ave • 780.465.1941 • Membership breakfast • Sep 21, 9:30-11:30am • Free

BRing out YouR deAd • Black Dog Freehouse • Vinyl swap and music sale: Record swap: an event offering the opportunity for vinyl collectors to come together as a community to peruse, trade, sell and purchase musical recordings • Sun, Sep 22, 2-8pm COMMUNITY LEAGUE MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY AND WORLD CAR FREE DAY


10608-105 Ave • 780.387.3343 • • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 7:30-9pm

DEEPSOUL.CA • 587.520.3833; text to: 780.530.1283 for location • Classic Covers Shindig Fundraiser • Every Sun: Sunday Jams with no Stan (CCR to Metallica), starring Chuck Prins on SG guitars: upcoming Century Casino show as well; GarageGigs Tour; all ages • Fundraising for local Canadian Disaster Relief, the hungry (world-wide through the Canadian Food Grains Bank)

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based

DISCOVER AFRICA • Louise McKinney Park,

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • edm-

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


• Earth’s General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Sun, Sep 22, 10am-6pm (12-4pm, barbeque)

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


BEERS FOR QUEERS • Empress Ale House,

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


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

Comedy presents Travelling Open Mic: Danny Martinello co-hosting; 780.914.8966 to get on roster • Oct 4, 8pm

• Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10-min discussion, followed by a 30 to 40-min walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta)

reception • Wed, Sep 25, 7pm • Free, pre-register at

Ave • Discover, sample, and buy gluten free products while learning from speakers and chef's • Sep 21, 10am-5pm • $12-$15 • GlutenFreeExpos

587.520.3833 for location • • Combining music, garage sales, nature, common sense, and kindred karma to revitalize the inward persona • Every Wed, 7-8:30pm

X-WRECKS LOUNGE • 9303-50 St • Connie’s • Bowling: Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes: Every Tue, 6:30pm; until Apr 1, 2014; $15/week • Volleyball: Westminster Junior High School (Garneau) every Thu, Oct 3-Nov 21, 7-9pm; St Matthew Elementary School (NE): Tue, Dec 3-Mar 11 , 8-10pm; Stratford Junior-Senior High School (west end): every Tue, Mar 18-Apr 29, 7-9pm, $65 (season), $35 (Half season), $5 (drop-in) • Badminton: Westmount Junior High Sch: Every Wed until Nov 6 , 6-7:30pm • Curling: Granite Curling Club: Every Tue, Oct 8-Mar 25, 7pm • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu;, kickboxing@, • 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


tre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • A safe, welcoming, and non-judgemental drop-in space, support programs and resources offered for members of the GLBTQ community, their families and friends • Daily: Community drop-in; support and resources. Queer library: borrowing privileges: Tue-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, closed Sun-Mon; Queer HangOUT (a.k.a. QH) youth drop-in: Tue-Fri 3-8pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, • Counselling: Free, short-term by registered counsellors every Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, info/bookings: 780.488.3234 • Knotty Knitters: Knit and socialize in safe, accepting environment, all skill levels welcome; every Wed 6-8pm • QH Game Night: Meet people through board game fun; every Thu 6-8pm • QH Craft Night: every Wed, 6-8pm • QH Anime Night: Watch anime; every Fri, 6-8pm • Movie Night: Open to everyone; 2nd and 4th Fri each month, 6-9pm • Women’s Social Circle: Social support group for female-identified persons +18 years in the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; andrea@ • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; • TTIQ: a support and information group for all those who fall under the transgender umbrella and their family/supporters; 3rd Mon, 7-9pm, each month • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month;


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


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

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace. ca, • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured WOODYS VIDEO BAR • 11723 Jasper Ave •

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

SPECIAL EVENTS 2013 Alumni Recognition AwARds •

Riverfront, 9999 Grierson Hill Rd • Alberta Culture Days: Drums, choir, performances and African dance lessons • Sep 27, 7-9pm; Sep 29, 2-6pm


• Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Dr • Alberta Culture Days introduce children to the joy of music: Musical Instrument Zoo (children try a variety of instruments), Classical Music Concerts by Conservatory youth performers (at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30pm); tours of Alberta College Conservatory of Music (2pm, 3pm) • Sep 29, 1-4pm

GRAND OPENING ITALIAN CENTRE–West End • 17010-90 Ave • Food, fun, music, entertain-

ment and more food. Lots of food • Sat, Sep 28, 11am-4pm

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS • Edmonton BMW, 7450 Roper Rd • • Edmonton Meals on Wheels' wine-tasting fundraiser, d'ouevres, wine • Sep 26, 7-10pm • $60 at 780.429.2020; HARVEST CELEBRATION • Enjoy Centre, St

Albert • Local food and social event; fundraiser for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women • Sep 21 • Tickets at

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY–EDUCATION FOR PEACE • Grant MacEwan University, Robbins Health Center Bldg 9, 109 St, 104 Ave • Indoor Celebration at Grant MacEwan University • Sat, Sep 21, 1:30-3:30pm

JLS NIGHT MARKET • 102 Ave, 106 St • • 780.901.8480 • Every Sat, 7-11pm; until Sep 28 • E: •!/events/39 8830093565798/?context=create

MOTORCYCLE POKER RALLY • 13509-127 St • 780.451.7799 • Fundraiser to support kids with cancer and incurable illnesses; 3 Amigods (band) • Sat, Sep 21, 9am (show); 11am-4pm (ride); 4-8pm (music) • $30 (full reg)/$15 (events, meals)

OPEN MINDS WALK–RUN • Rundle Park Family Centre, 2909, 113 Ave • 2.5km funwalk/5km walk/run, and 10km run. There will be food, prices, Kids Zone and entertainment. Fundraiser to support the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta • Sep 21 9am-4pm OUR ROOTS AR SHOWING • St John's Institute, 11024-82 Ave • • Public Perogy Pinching Party: Learn to stuff, pinch, and cook your own pyrohy with Edmonton personalities; Sun, Sep 29, 2-4pm • Aboriginal Youth Culture: Showcase of art, music, dance and film; Fri, Sep 27 • Front Porch Folk Fest: Cam Neufeld, the Crawdad Trio, the Shumka Ukrainian Dancers, Bollywood Beat, Booming Tree Taiko Drummers, more; Sep 28

THE PARTY IN QUAD • Tuck Shop Tent on Quad, U of A North Campus • Watch Peter Sellers in The Party in the big tent in Quad; BYO blanket • Sep 28, 7:30-11pm • Free

RATT REDUX • RATT (Room at the Top), Students'

Union Bldg, 7 Fl, U of A, 8900-114 St • Join Chris Craddock for a night of music and retro music bingo. Food and friends in the place we all remember from our time on campus • Sep 26, 7:30-11:30pm

Winspear Centre, 99 St, 102 Ave • 780.492.7723 • Celebrate the accomplishments of U of A graduates who have brought great honour to their alma mater. Meet the award recipients at a post-ceremony reception • Sep 25, 7pm

TIBETAN BAZAAR • Alberta Avenue Hall, 9210-

AIDS WALK FOR LIFE • Sir Winston Churchill Sq • • Music by Bryan Finlay • Sun, Sep 22, 11am • Register online

VEGTOBERFEST • Earth's General Store’s Park-

ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS • Various locations • 780.415.0281 • • Sep 27-29 • Free for most events

ALL THINGS WOOL • Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Dr • The history of wool in Alberta, its sources, uses and products made from wool. Visit with a local sheep farmer and his sheep, try carding and spinning wool, see the handiwork of several artisans and create your own woolly craft.Part of Alberta Culture Days • Sep 27, 12-4pm • Free ALUMNI RECOGNITION AWARDS • Winspear Centre • Ceremony followed by a champagne

VUEWEEKLY SEP 19 – SEP 25, 2013

118 Ave • 780.479.0014 • • Gaden Samten Ling–Tibetal Buddhist Meditation Society present Tibetan food, arts and crafts, various items from Tibet, Nepal and India • Sep 21-22, 10am-5pm

ing Lot, 9605-82 Ave • Displays, food sampling, food booths, Sailin’ On Vegan Food truck, information • Sun, Sep 29, 11am-3pm • Free

WESTERN CANADA FASHION WEEK • Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre • Western Canada Fashion Week • Sep 19, 8pm • $85 (week pass, Sep 19-26) at TIX on the Square YESS FUNDRAISER • Krush Ultralounge,

16648-109 Ave • 780.444.7474 • krushultralounge. com • Music video release for Kami and fundraiser for the youth empowerment and support services. The music video is being used to bring awareness to youth homelessness; Sep 13, 8pm-12; $10 • Youth Emergency Fundraiser Concert: Kami, Dirty Pool, guest band; 7pm-3am; adv tickets online, tel




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Coming Events

OIL CITY DERBY GIRLS All tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door, Kids under 10 are free! Next up: All Stars VS Pile O Bones Sept 21 @ Oil City Grindhouse 14420 112 street Doors at 6pm Visit for more information


Volunteers Wanted

Are you an animal lover? WHARF Rescue is looking for volunteers We are a nonprofit animal rescue that provides shelter to homeless,neglected animals Please check for more information

Call for Volunteers: Alberta Culture Board Development Program Alberta Culture Alberta’s Board Development Program is seeking volunteers to train as workshop instructors. Successful applicants receive specialized training in board governance and are expected to conduct 10 workshops with boards of not-for-profit organizations over a period of 2-1/2 years. Travel expenses are covered. Preferred applicants: Those who have experience in the nonprofit sector as board members or senior staff, and a background in facilitating adult groups. Application deadline: September 25, 2013 Visit: tructors.aspx

Edmonton Chante The Festival’s team is presently looking for dynamic volunteers that are available during the next edition of Edmonton chante. If you would like to get involved, contact David Letky, at Thanks for your participation!


Help Wanted

Line-X Edmonton

is in need of 3 Rubber Processing Machine Operators F/T Permanent $20.00/hr, 40 hrs/week, weekend shift work maybe required as needed; Completion of High School, Experience is an asset but willing to train. Duties: Set up & operate machinery used for mixing, moulding & curing rubber materials or products, Load or feed rubber, pigments, filler, oil & chemicals into machines, Check & monitor processing conditions & product quality, Make minor repairs & maintenance, Able to follow direction & maintain safety practices & procedures. Apply by Mail, Fax or E-mail Fax: (780) 444-2715, Phone: (780) 487-9720, Employer: 1214646 Alberta Ltd. o/a Line-X Edmonton, Business/Work Location: 17395-108 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5S 1G2



Volunteers Wanted

Fort Edmonton Park is in search of performers to terrify and delight audiences at our annual Halloween Spooktacular. Bring to life the bone chilling horror of our haunted houses as directed by Edmonton’s own theatrical legend Dana Andersen. This is a great opportunity to make connections, get experience working with professional actors, and have the kind of fun that only comes from making people wet themselves in terror. Spooktacular runs October 25th and 26th, and rehearses Wednesdays through September and October. Auditions held the last week of August. To audition, please send a recent photograph and resume to

Growing Facilitators Volunteer Opportunity Sustainable Food Edmonton offers a Little Green Thumbs indoor gardening program to schools and childcare agencies and we are looking for volunteers. A green thumb is not a pre-requisite. However, gardening experience and a passion for children and youth are an asset. For info and volunteer application form: www.sustainablefoodedmonton.o rg

Habitat For Humanity is building a pool of volunteers to help us with renovations at our newest ReStore. Flexible hours, no experience necessary If interested, please contact Evan at or call (780) 451-3416 Help someone in crisis take that first step towards a solution. The Support Network`s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers for Edmonton`s 24-Hour Distress Line. Interested or want to learn more? Contact Lindsay at 780-732-6648 or visit our website: Help someone in crisis take those first steps towards a solution. The Support Network`s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers for Edmonton`s 24-Hour Distress Line. Interested or want to learn more? Contact Lindsay at 780-732-6648 or visit our website: Help the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation create a future without breast cancer through volunteerism. Contact 1-866-302-2223 or for current volunteer opportunities Needed for our Long Term Care residence, daytime volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details (780) 472 - 1106 Room to Read is changing children’s lives in Asia and Africa through literacy programs and gender equality. Join our Edmonton team and help us plan events to support our work, and spread the word about our amazing results.


Volunteers Wanted

Support local farmers and your community. SouthWest Edmonton Farmers Market is seeking volunteers to help with set up, market activities and take down each Wednesday. This is fun, vibrant and community-oriented place and you get to be outside! For more information please contact Melissa at 780-868-9210 Volunteering - Does your employer have a Day of Caring program? We invite you to come and spend some time with us at Habitat for Humanity! It’s easy to sign up a group of volunteers to work on one of our builds. Volunteers from beginners to garage “putterers”, to trades people come out and help us to build homes for families in our community. We provide all tools, equipment, safety gear and lunch. Volunteers work in small crews under the direction of our site supervisors. Our primary focus is safety and we have a fun, welcoming environment that’s great for an employee group to experience giving back to community together. For more information, go to our website at or contact Kim at 780-451-3416 ext 232. Contact: Kim Sherwood Email: Phone: 780.451.3416 Website: Volunteering - Habitat for Humanity invites all women to build with us during Women Build Week: October 22-26 Are you a woman who has always wanted to volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity build site but were unsure if you had the necessary skills? You may be surprised how many women -- with no construction experience -- build homes with Habitat for Humanity. If you are a woman who wants to help families in our community, there is an important role for you on our build sites, whether you have no construction experience or a tool belt of skills. Your gift of time will give hard-working families an opportunity to build equity in a home and in their futures. Volunteers are trained and equipped to perform every task accurately and safely by our expert site superintendents and crew leaders and will leave our build sites with an inspiring sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. We provide all tools, equipment and lunch. All volunteers participate in onsite safety orientation/training. No minimum number of shifts required. Check our website to register as a volunteer online , contact Louise Contact: Louise Fairley Email: Phone: 780.451.3416 Website: Walking With Our Sisters Exhibit of Moccasin Tops, Edmonton 2013 Call Out for Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to support this event starting Sept. 7- Oct. 17, 2013. Please contact Co-VolunteerCoordinator, Laura Sterling at: , or you can leave her a voicemail message if you have further questions at (780) 452-6100.

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteering - Habitat for Humanity requires Landscaping Volunteers! New houses with bare yards need love and our energetic volunteers will be beautifying yards for our families by planting trees, laying sod, building fences and decks and putting the finishing touches on our completed homes. This is an active opportunity open to volunteers of all skill levels. Previous volunteers really enjoyed strengthening friendships and building new ones and knowing they had put in a good day of work. Individual and group volunteers welcome. Contact: Evan Hammer Email: Phone: 780.451.3416 Website:

Volunteering - Improve the Lives of Children in the Developing World Room to Read is changing the lives of children in Asia and Africa through literacy programs and gender equality. Join our Edmonton team and help us plan events to support our programs, and spread the word about the fantastic results we are achieving. Skills in event planning, PR, marketing, graphic design are needed, but not essential. We welcome all volunteers. If this sounds interesting, email us at Contact: Kerri Tulloch Email: Phone: 780.425.4043 Website: Edmonton


Artists Wanted

Call for Proposals: Jackson Power Gallery, Edmonton Deadline: Ongoing The Jackson Power Gallery in Edmonton is seeking submissions for future exhibitions. For further information, including photographs, gallery plan and submission requirements please contact: Paddy Lamb 780 499 7635



Artist to Artist

The 2013 Art in Transit program features 25 local and national projects on a variety of Pattison ‘urban screen’ and print media across Canada. Pattison Onestop is now accepting proposals by artists and curators for original projects to include in our 2014 Art in Transit program. For examples of past programming visit Deadline for Submissions: October 14, 2013 Instructions for proposals: Proposals must include CV/bio plus 5 – 10 examples of past work (jpgs or links). Proposals can be emailed, shared via dropbox, or sent by mail. If emailing proposal, email must not be larger than 5MB. Address your email with the subject heading: Art in Transit PROPOSAL Send to: Sharon Switzer, Arts Programmer and Curator, Pattison Onestop 266 King Street West, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5V 1H8 The Paint Spot, Edmonton would like to extend an invitation to your organization, club, society, school or association to make use of the many exhibition opportunities we offer to members of the Alberta art community. We encourage individuals and curators, particularly those who are emerging, as well as groups, to make exhibition proposals to our galleries: Naess, Gallery, Artisan Nook, and the Vertical Space. For further information on these three show spaces, please visit our website,


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Transitory Public Art Program 2014 The Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking local applications from a Lead Artist(s) and/or Curator interested in participating in the Transitory Public Art Program 2014. Budget: $30,000.00 maximum per proposal Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 PM on Friday October 25, 2013 Installation: Project Complete by December 2014 For more information, contact the Edmonton Arts Council Dawn Saunders Dahl, Public Art Program Officer phone:(780) 424–2787 ext 229 email:publicart@edmontonarts .ca


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Call for submissions: Equinox Vigil at Union Cemetery, Calgary In a nod to remembrance and reflection of the departed, Equinox Vigil invites artists to create work to be installed at Union Cemetery for the night of September 22nd. Deadline for submissions is midnight, August 23rd. http://www.calgaryartsdevelop

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My question is one of etiquette. My lesbian wife and I live in an apartment. The noise pollution between flats can be pretty bad. Anyone who lives in the building is aware of this and keeping noise down after certain hours is a common courtesy. I wouldn't play loud music after a certain hour or let doors slam or break out the drum kit. If any of these things happen after around 11:30 pm on a work night, I don't think I'd feel any qualms about going around to whoever is being inconsiderate and asking them to keep it down. But what about noisy sex? My neighbour's girlfriend is pretty loud during sex. If the racket were being made, say, before midnight, I could bear it. It would be gross, because I think he's slimy and he has a terrible hipster moustache, but I wouldn't be writing to you. I'd just cope as best I could and try to fall back asleep. But what about sex at crazy o'clock? Is it OK for us to pound on the wall and ask them to keep it down? What's your opinion? Sleepy Lesbians Next Door I happen to agree with Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, creators of the Tony Award–winning musical Avenue Q, on the subject of apartment living, thin walls and noisy sex: "You can be as loud as the hell you want when you're makin' love." Or, in this instance, your creepy neighbour with the hipster moustache and his girlfriend can be as loud as the hell they want when they're makin' love. But you and your wife—their annoyed neighbours—can be as loud as the hell you want when they're making love. You can pound on the walls, SLND, make your displeasure known, scream and yell, etc. And even if your neighbours don't take the fucking hint and quiet the fucking the fuck down, SLND, the noise you make may bring their annoyingly loud sex to a quicker end. The females of certain species—including our own—get loud during sex, ie, scream and yell, because it helps the males of their species climax more quickly. (Female copulatory vocalization: it is a real thing with its very own Wikipedia page. Look it up.) If his girlfriend's vocalizations are turning your inconsiderate moustachioed hipster neighbour on, the screams of his two lesbian neighbours could push him past the point of no return. Squicked out by the thought of giving your inconsiderate hipster neighbour an aural reach-around? Look at it this way: the quicker he comes, the quicker it's over and the sooner you can get back to sleep.




I was in a monogamous relationship with a woman for two years. We split up and remained platonic friends. Months later, on a drunken night, we had sex. At that point, neither of us had slept with anyone else. After we had sex that night, the sexual lion was out and I slept with two others (us-

ing protection, of course). Now my exgirlfriend and I may get back together, and she has asked the question: have I slept with anyone else? So far, I have managed to avoid answering and, yes, we are currently sleeping together. Do I tell her? Blowjobs And Rights Of Privacy The failure to immediately answer certain questions in the negative is equal to answering in the affirmative. Examples: "Are you gay?" "Did you fuck my sister?" "Is that your butt plug?" Any attempt to avoid answering these questions—issuing a nondenial denial ("Me? Gay? Why would you think that?"), requesting an unnecessary clarification ("You mean your sister?"), stalling for time ("Can we talk about this later?")—serves as confirmation that, yes, you are gay and/or fucking the sister and/or the owner of that butt plug. "Have you slept with anyone else?" is right up there with "Did you gayfuck my sister with that butt plug?" Your attempt to "avoid answering" the question was the answer to the question: yes, you fucked other people. So unless this woman is an idiot, BAROP, you don't need to tell her. She knows.


Straight male here. I took a writing course and some of us students created a writing group. We meet and workshop the things we've been working on. One of the guys in the group is gay and a while ago he confessed that he had very strong feelings for me. I didn't have a problem with this, but I told him that I wasn't into guys. The other day, he sent me an email telling me there was something he wanted to discuss. We met for dinner and he told me that despite the fact that I claimed to be straight, he felt like I had been sending him messages to indicate my interest in him. He said that this was cruel and that he felt like I was teasing him. When I asked him for examples, he told me that when we had originally been in class together, he noticed that I had started to dress like him and that this was sometimes a way closeted men showed interest in other men. He mentioned that one week he had worn a red sweater, and the following week I had worn a red Tshirt. He also said that he felt like the stories I had been workshopping in our group were secretly about him. I admit I'm not the stereotypical straight guy—I have good taste in shoes and I like art—but I know what I'm into and who I want to get naked with. I never showed any interest in this guy, I never led him on, this entire thing has taken place purely in his head. I told him all this and now he says he is hurt and doesn't want to see me at the group. He suggested that we share the group, alternating meetings, but I refused. We're both adults who should have the emotional maturity to handle this. Am I being too harsh? Pulled Into Drama

Look, PID, Jeffrey Dahmer—aka the Milwaukee Cannibal—ate a friend of mine. By which I mean to say: some gay people are insane. I'm not saying you're in danger of being drugged, raped, butchered and eaten by this guy from your writing group. But the guy is—if your account is accurate— more than a little unpleasant and a whole lot batshit. Confide in some friends in your writing group about what's going on and be prepared to leave the group and/or form a breakaway group if Mr Red Sweater continues to detect clues in your wardrobe. Also: do not spend any more time alone with this guy. Someone who would accuse you of making supersecret passes at him via red T-shirts is capable of making baseless accusations about much worse.

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Furries far from fringe

Dressing up like animals pretty common, sex in the suits not as much Last week, I attended Nerd Nite (motto: It's like the Discovery Channel, with beer!), where I heard a talk by local self-identified furry, Alexi the Husky. The word furry might remind you of a certain CSI episode a few years back, which depicted them as lonely losers with a bizarre sexual fetish. I found out that couldn't be further from the truth. A furry, Alexi says, is "anyone who identifies closely with some form of anthropomorphic identity that represents a second form of self, or basically a humanoid form with animal characteristics. Furries can be artists, fans of the art, mascot performers or simply people that like wearing tails or ears or hanging out with whacky/fun people." Some furries create a costume that expresses their animal persona, or as Alexi calls it, fursona (which may just be my favourite word ever). Most furries are sociable people. They love to go out to public places, goof around and interact. Dressing in an animal suit allows them to feel more free to take

Alexi says sex is a part of the furry culture because sex is a part of any culture, but it's a small part. He estimates less than 30 percent of furries join the fandom for sexual reasons. Most furries do not have sex in costume and those who do have a suit that is specifically designed and only used for that purpose. "A fursuit is not a fucksuit," he says. "They are very expensive and they are also incredibly hot." He says furries do not wear costumes that have been used for sex out in public. "That's disrespectful, so we don't do that." He adds the stereotypes about furries and sex hurt and defame people who are really just nice guys doing good things for the community. Indeed, a lot of furries do charity work and fundraising is a part of conventions. Furries are far from fringe. In fact, there is a large community in Edmonton, with the latest local convention attracting more than 270 furries. You can find out more about it at V

on that role and act out that goofy, fun character. Most people respond positively to nice people in animal suits and enjoy getting hugs and taking pictures with them. The idea behind furries dates back to ancient times. In many cultures, deities were depicted as having anthropomorphic forms. Sometimes people dressed as the animal forms of those gods. "Back then, it was more about the gods and deities having animalistic forms," Alexi says, "Now it's more about your personal self having that identity." He traces the modern origins to a comic book called Albedo Anthropomorphics, which came out in 1983. It inspired a lot of people to start making their own animal characters and costumes. The name for fans of this art and expression was eventually shortened to 'furry'. In 1987, there were enough people to create the first furry convention called Furcon. So what about all that sex stuff? Was any of that CSI episode real?

What, Me Furry?

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FREEWILLASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): "If Taylor Swift is going to have six breakups a year," observed comedian Bill Maher, "she needs to write a new song entitled 'Maybe It's Me.'" He was referring to Swift's habit of using her romantic misadventures to stimulate her lyric-writing creativity. With that as your prompt, Aries, I'll ask you to do some soulsearching about your own intimacy issues. How have you contributed to the problems you've had in getting the love and care you want? What unconscious behaviour or conditioned responses have undermined your romantic satisfaction and what could you do to transform them? The next eight weeks will be prime time to revolutionize your approach to relationships. TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): Philosopher Alan Watts used to talk about how the whole world is wiggling all the time. Clouds, trees, sky, water, human beings: everything's constantly shimmying and jiggling and waggling. One of our problems, Watts said, is that we're "always trying to straighten things out." We feel nagging urges to deny or cover up or eliminate the wiggling. "Be orderly," we command reality. "Be neat and composed and predictable." But reality never obeys. It's forever doing what it does best: flickering and fluctuating and flowing. In accordance with astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to rebel against any natural tendencies you might have to fight the eternal wiggle. Instead, celebrate it. Rejoice in it. Align yourself with it. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): Author Elaine Scarry defines "the basic im-

pulse underlying education" as follows: the "willingness to continually revise one's own location in order to place oneself in the path of beauty." Consider making this your modus operandi in the coming weeks, Gemini. Always be on the lookout for signs that beauty is near. Do research to find out where beauty might be hiding and where beauty is ripening. Learn all you can about what kinds of conditions attract beauty and then create those conditions. Finally, hang around people who are often surrounded by beauty. This approach will be an excellent way to further your education. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): "Life is either always a tight-rope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope." So declared writer Edith Wharton. But she was an Aquarius and more temperamentally suited to the tight-rope. Many of you Cancerians, on the other hand, prefer to emphasize the feather-bed mode. I suspect that in the next nine months, however, you will be willing and even eager to spend more time on the tight-rope than is customary for you. To get primed for the excitement, I suggest you revel in some intense feather-bed action in the coming weeks. Charge up your internal batteries with an extra-special deluxe regimen of sweet self-care. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): Half of a truth is better than no truth at all, right? Wrong! If you latch onto the partially accurate story, you may stop looking for the rest of the story. And then you're liable to make a premature decision based on insufficient data. The better alternative is to reject the partially accurate

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story and be willing to wait around in the dark until the complete revelation comes. That may be uncomfortable for a while. But when the full truth finally straggles in, you will be very glad you didn't jump to unripe conclusions. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): A Chinese entrepreneur named Nin Nan dreamed up a unique way to generate capital: he sold dead mosquitoes online for a dollar apiece, advertising them as useful for scientific research and decoration. Within two days, he received 10 000 orders. Let's make him your patron saint and role model for the next few weeks, Virgo. May he inspire you to come up with novel ways to stimulate your cash flow. The planetary omens suggest that your originality is more likely than usual to generate concrete rewards. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): "The most important thing is to find out what the most important thing is," wrote Shunryu Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. That's your assignment for the next three weeks. Do whatever it takes to find out beyond any doubt what the most important thing is. Meditate naked an hour a day. Go on long walks in the wildest places you know. Convene intense conversations about yourself with the people who know you best. Create and sign a contract with yourself in which you vow to identify the experience you want more than any other experience on earth. No waffling allowed, Libra. What is the single most important thing? SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Sometime in the next nine months you

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may feel moved to embark on an adventure that will transform the way you understand reality. Maybe you will choose to make a pilgrimage to a sacred sanctuary or wander further away from your familiar comforts than you ever have before. Right now is an excellent time to brainstorm about the possibilities. If you don't feel ready to actually begin your quest, at least formulate a master plan for the magic moment when you will be ripe. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): In the indigenous culture of Hawaii, "mana" refers to a spiritual power that may abide in people, objects and natural locations. You can acquire more of it by acting with integrity and excellence, but you might lose some of it if your actions are careless or unfocused. For instance, a healer who does a mediocre job of curing her patients could lose the mana that made her a healer in the first place. I believe that similar principles hold true for non-Hawaiians. All of us have an ever-shifting relationship with the primal life force. What's the current state of your own personal supply, Sagittarius? It's time to make sure you're taking full advantage of the mana you have been blessed with. Your motto: "Use it or lose it." CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Have you been getting enough? I doubt it. I think you should sneak a peek into the hiding place where your insatiable cravings are stored. If you're brave enough, also take a look at your impossible demands and your unruly obsessions and your suppressed miracles. Please note: I'm not suggesting that you immediately unleash them all. I

don't mean you should impulsively instigate an adventure that could possibly quench your ravenous yearnings. But I do believe you will benefit from becoming better acquainted with them. You could develop a more honest relationship, which would ultimately make them more trustworthy. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Don't tape your thumbs to your hands and stalk around pretending to be a dinosaur. Don't poke three holes in a large plastic garbage bag and wear it as a tunic while imagining that you are a feudal serf in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia. Don't use a felt-tip marker to draw corporate logos on your face to show everyone what brands of consumer goods you love. To be clear: I would love you to be extravagantly creative. I hope you will use your imagination in novel ways as you have fun playing with experimental scenarios. But please exercise a modicum of discernment as you wander way outside the box. Be at least 20 percent practical. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): "Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic," says the poet Marty McConnell. That's good advice, Pisces—not just in regards to your intimate relationships, but about all your other alliances, too. If you're seeking a friend or consultant or business partner or jogging companion or new pet, show a preference for those creatures who look at you like maybe you are magic. You always need to be appreciated for the sweet mystery and catalytic mojo you bring to your partnerships, but you especially need that acknowledgment now. V


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