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Rock or the hard place The city is set to sign on for its first public private partnership in order to build the southeast line of the LRT. The decision to pursue a public private partnership, or P3, was made behind closed doors. The reasoning for the private meeting was that the financial details were too sensitive to be made public. While there are justifiable reasons for keeping financial matters private, there should be some mechanism for a public meeting to occur in order to debate the very issue of pursuing a P3 model of funding or, really, any major financing decision. It is the public's right to know how tax dollars are being spent, and to be allowed to voice opinion on the subject before the deal is done. In this case P3s are a complex method of financing a project that often leads to governments paying more than if it had just financed the project itself. Public private partnerships are a form of contracting out where a private company secures financing of a public project, but the government is ultimately responsible for paying the cost of the entire project to the private partner over the life of the contract. The Columbia Institute's Centre for Civic Governance has stated that even when a P3 project has a chance at success, the costly and extended procurement process is itself a deterrent to taking on the process. The Centre also warns of the

substantial loss to transparency and government oversight—the loss of a government’s control over the project—in this case a public project of great societal need. The LRT isn’t a frivolous undertaking. It’s not an extra to a city, but a fundamental aspect of providing good urban infrastructure that is safe, efficient, environmentally responsible and key to providing a good urban environment. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a 2003 Urban Transportation Task Force by the federal and provincial ministers of transportation found that there's a need to invest in public transportation in order to address a loss in productivity due to traffic congestion, and that cities were not able to take on the cost of improving transit infrastructure without federal government support. Despite these assertions and the work of the New Deal for Cities in 2005 and subsequent federal infrastructure plans, there remain deficits in infrastructure spending that is leading to P3 considerations. In an Edmonton Journal article on the issue, Councillor Don Iveson was quoted as saying that this may be the only way to secure federal funding, as the city is applying to a federal P3 fund. And that is the core of the problem. Cities are reliant on external funding from the province and the federal government. It puts municipalities in a difficult situation where the option is a P3 or no federal funding for a necessary project.. V



PAYING FOR A CITY Cities are on unstable financial ground according to a new report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2012 states that local governments are losing out on a fair share of tax revenue. The report states that of every new dollar in taxes Canadians have paid in the last 50 years, 95 cents goes to the federal and provincial government. Recently the federal government increased spending to help municipalities, but one third of the core funds are set to expire in the next two years. The federal government created the

Building Canada Plan, which expires in 2014, in order to create investment in municipal infrastructure. In November of last year, the government announced the creation of a long-term strategy to build on that project and create long-term infrastructure investments. "The federal government must protect and build on recent gains in our cities and communities, and expand its partnership with local governments to meet Canada's social, economic and environmental challenges," said Berry Vrbanovic, FCM President. "We have finally started rebuilding the cit

ies and communities that support our economy and quality of life—we can't afford to go back." The report states the largest increases have come in the form of affordable housing, health and social services, areas the report states the other orders of government have offloaded costs onto the municipal tax base. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference happens June 1 – 4 where 1600 municipal leaders will be discussing the report as well as issues of infrastructure, public safety and housing.

reports the meeting was in addition to over eight hours of talks with government representatives. The details of the discussion have not yet been released. This is not the first attempt at negotiating a deal. Students rejected a proposal from government earlier

this month, which would have spread proposed tuition hikes out over seven years, but ignored the primary demand of students that fees remain at current levels. Nightly demonstrations continue, while protests spread to Ottawa and other Canadian cities in solidarity with Quebec students.

THE PROTEST CONTINUES Premier Jean Charest has finally met with student protesters in Quebec. After 107 days, thousands of students and Quebecers continue to protest in the streets against tuition hikes and the restrictive Bill 78. On Monday, Charest met with student leaders for over 50 minutes. The Canadian Press


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Edmontonians gathered in Churchill Square Sunday, May 24 to protest Quebec's Bill 78 and to show solidarity with Quebec student protests.

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Stories remain unheard

Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools an important conversation going unnoticed The national Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, which started over two years ago, has been largely ignored by the Canadian public, despite the participation of thousands of residential school survivors and countless others, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

For many Canadians, the first and only history lesson ever received about residential schools was through the Prime Minister of Canada's "Statement of Apology to Former Students of Indian Residential Schools," issued in June 2008 and broadcast from coast to coast. The commission is now over halfway through its five-year mandate. Although the government established the commission in 2008, it took until July 2009 before Head Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner Marie Wilson and a 10 member Indian Residential School Survivor Committee began gathering statements and documents. The core of the commission's mandate is to establish the truth about the schools, educate all Canadians about that history and begin a dialogue about reconciliation. "Residential schools were part of an overall approach toward Aboriginal people in this country," Head Commissioner Justice Sinclair told reporters in Vancouver at a press conference in February, when the commission issued an interim update on its activities and released several preliminary recommendations. "It is commonly said that it takes a village to raise a child. The Government of Canada took Indian children away from their villages and placed them into institutions that were the furthest thing away from a village that you could expect," he continued. "Then on top of that, the Government of Canada set out to destroy their villages, so when they got out of those institutions, they didn't have a village to go back to." Thus far, the commission has held statement-gathering and outreach events in over 500 communities across Canada—including a prison in the Northwest Territories—and national events in Winnipeg and Inuvik. Despite this, it has not been easy for survivors to get to a microphone and relive their experiences at these events. But the commission has helped them realize what they’ve overcome. "I think if you document something, you can't say it didn't happen,” said Kecia Larkin, interviewed by The Dominion, after speaking at the commission's regional event in Victoria in April. "And if people who have spoken find some pride in themselves, in the courage to speak out, then that's something that has been accomplished." At the regional event in Victoria, 158 residential school survivors and other affected people shared their experi-

Painting by 12-year-old Geary while attending Port Alberni Residential School, on display at the TRC regional event in Victoria. Much of the students' artwork was saved and the work to unite students with art is underway. // Supplied

ences. More than 2000 people attended the event and another 3300 people from 16 countries tuned in to the live webcast. The commission is not only examining the history of residential schools, but also their ongoing impact on communities as a whole, and on intergenerational survivors like Larkin—the residential school students' children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so forth. "I've seen a lot of pride there," said Larkin. "But it was very painful for a lot of people. It was very heart wrenching. It made people cry out loud."

enced the legacy of the schools. After being caught for years in cycles of familial violence and abuse, amidst a community dealing with youth drug use, suicides and sexual abuse by the local school principal, she left her home at the age of 15. Larkin moved to Vancouver and wound up in the child welfare system, which she considers a modern-day extension of residential schools, and on the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. After experiencing multiple traumas, she became a heavy drug user and later tested positive for HIV. Months after discovering her HIV-status, Larkin

If you document something, you can't say it didn't happen. And if people who have spoken find some pride in themselves, in the courage to speak out, then that's something that has been accomplished.

From the 1860s up until the 1990s, more than 150 000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended residential schools. Some schools were operated directly by the Canadian government and some through partnerships with church organizations. Cut off from their families and communities, students were forbidden to speak their own language or engage in their own cultural and spiritual practices. Many children experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Larkin’s mother and grandmother attended residential schools, and her father attended a boarding school. As a young child, she travelled around North America with her mother, who was involved with the Red Power movement in the early 1970s, which came out of the American Indian Movement and a growing sense of pan-Indian identity. It was not until they moved to Alert Bay when Larkin was four years old that she experi-

was able to leave the streets and settled in Victoria, on unceded Coast Salish territory. Over the past decade she has spent much of her time doing advocacy work in the medical system and is cochair of a group of women that created the first Aboriginal Women's HIV and AIDS Strategy in Canada. "Because of colonialism, our experience is very different, which is tied to not just violence, but also residential school, and it's intergenerational," Larkin said. She now has two children of her own and has made a conscious effort to give them a better environment to grow up in than the one she had. "I don't have a lot of connection with my community and culture, and I think that's how it's impacted me directly, and my children, and my family," she said. "I tell my children what I can, what I know." The idea that Canadians need to change the way they think about Aboriginal people's history and experi-

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ence is one that the commission emphasizes. "In talking about residential schools and their legacy, we are not talking about an Aboriginal problem, but a Canadian problem," reads the commission's 2012 report. "It is not simply a dark chapter from our past. It was integral to the making of Canada. Although the schools are no longer in operation, the last ones did not close until the 1990s. The colonial framework of which they were a central element has not been dismantled." The commission was created through the ratification of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement in 2007. It was a result of residential school survivors launching the largest class-action lawsuit in Canadian history against the government, churches and individual school staff for the abuses they endured.

The agreement also established a nominal "common experience payment" for all students who attended the 134 schools and residences identified in the deal, as basic compensation for the people's sufferings under the residential school system. But there are many survivors who feel dissatisfied by the compensation offered. Perry Omeasoo, a Cree residential school survivor, told the commission that he was raised by his grandparents as a young child. After his mother's prior residential school experience, she was unable to parent him and was mostly absent throughout his life. "It was almost nothing," Omeasoo said of the compensation payment at a Commissioner Sharing Panel. "I would have rather had my mother. And for that, I will always be resentful." Not only do some survivors not find the payment healing, but the forms that survivors had to fill out to qualify for payment triggered mental breakdowns in some. "Amazing how sheets of paper can be so re-traumatizing," said Kat Norris, a Salish residential school survivor and the spokesper-

son for Indigenous Action Movement. "I had previously gone through years of counselling, so I assumed I was going to be fine. Instead, I totally backtracked, put it on the shelf, and went into a depression." Norris is a survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School, which she calls the "Alcatraz of residential schools." She was sent to the school with her two younger brothers and her sister, as young children. When they arrived at the school in the evening, her brothers were taken away from her, straight out of her hands, because of the strict gender segregation. "The common thread we survivors share is sibling separation," she said. "It's one of the biggest painful memories of my whole life, seeing them both walking down the hall, looking back at me, not knowing where they were going and I couldn’t do anything," continued Norris. "We only learned, as adults, about how much we all suffered at that school." There are diverse opinions about the 2008 statement of apology among residential school survivors and other Indigenous people, Norris said. She herself expresses mixed reactions. "For me, it acknowledged our Indigenous Holocaust," Norris said. "Immediately, I felt I could breathe, I felt free. And it's because our experience was acknowledged." At the same time, she explained, "it isn't enough. It is a token apology, trinkets, again, from a government that continues to barrage our people with ingenious legislation bent on keeping our land and destroying it forever. It is felt that we can simply be paid off and silenced forever. Realistically, our pain carries on throughout our lives, as shown by intergenerational impact." Norris is planning to give a statement of her own experiences at the commission's national event in Vancouver next year. While statement-gathering and outreach activities are ongoing across the country, the commission also has several national events left in its mandate: June 21 to 24, 2012, in Saskatoon; September 18 to 21, 2013, in Vancouver; yet-to-be-determined dates and locations in Quebec and Alberta; and a closing ceremony in Ottawa. "We know that the damage continues," Commissioner Justice Sinclair told those gathered at the event in Victoria. "In two years this commission will no longer be around, but this conversation must continue." Sandra Cuffe //

Sandra Cuffe is a freelance journalist and researcher currently based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territory. She hopes to make it to Saskatoon in June. This article originally appeared in The Dominion, a national independent media co-operative found at



One man's legacy

Captain Amadou Sanogo has dramatically changed Mali Imagine that you are a junior officer unhappy about the civilian governin a West African army. You joined ment before they'll back a coup. Hapthe army at 18, you worked hard, you pily for Captain Sanogo, they were managed to get sent to the United quite cross at President Amadou States four times for various Toure. training courses, but someYet another revolt among how the promotions never the Tuareg ethnic group in came. You have just turned Mali's desert north broke .com weekly e@vue 40, and in 10 or 15 years out last January, the fourth gwynn e Gwynn you will have to retire on a since 1960. President Toure's Dyer government was not giving captain’s pension. What to do? That is Captain Amadou Sanogo, the army adequate weapons and and in March he finally figured out supplies to deal with it (or at least what to do. He launched a military that was the army's excuse). The rebcoup and declared himself president of els had only seized a couple of small Mali. Nice work, if you can get it—but towns on the far-distant Algerian borthen the roof fell in on his empty head. der, but Malian soldiers were feeling A military coup against an elected humiliated and neglected. government rarely lasts long if the But while the soldiers were very general population is willing to deangry at Toure's government by this fend it: the soldiers can usually be March, there was no need for a milidriven from power by a general strike. tary coup to change it. National elecHowever, Sanogo had some grievtions were already scheduled for ances to work with. Mali was extolled April, and Toure, having completed elsewhere as a beacon of democracy, two terms in office, could not run but the government was actually again. How can you justify using miliboth corrupt and incompetent. tary force to remove a president who The main thing you need for a junior is leaving office next month anyway? officers' coup is the support of the You can't, but then nothing's perfect. ordinary soldiers. There's not really At least the ordinary soldiers at the much in it for the men in the ranks, base Capt Sanogo commanded just apart from the opportunity to loot: outside the capital, Bamako, were they're never going to sit in the presiready to follow his lead. So on March dent's chair, so they have to be deeply 22 he moved his troops into Bamako




and declared that he was taking power because the elected government was not doing enough to halt the rebellion in the north. President Toure went into hiding, and suddenly Capt Sanogo was the most powerful man in Mali—but within a week two things went badly wrong for him. Sanogo seems not to have realised that ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, strongly disapproves of military coups in its

the Tuareg rebels took advantage of the turmoil in Bamako to overrun the entire north of Mali, an area bigger than France, in only one week. There was little fighting: the Malian army units just fled, as did tens of thousands of black African refugees. Paleskinned Tuaregs living in the south also became targets for violence. Sanogo's coup brought about exactly what it was meant to prevent. These events, plus the growing shortage of fuel for transport and electricity (Mali imports all its oil),

A military coup against an elected government rarely lasts long if the general population is willing to defend it: the soldiers can usually be driven from power by a general strike.

members (since each member government fears such a fate itself). He was therefore surprised when ECOWAS banned all trade across landlocked Mali's borders and froze Mali's accounts at BCEAO, the central bank for all the West African countries that use the CFA franc. He was even more surprised when

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forced Sanogo to talk to ECOWAS. On April 12, after only three weeks in power, Sanogo agreed that the speaker of parliament, Dioncounda Traore, would become the country's interim leader until new elections could be held. Sanogo was paid off with a mansion and a pension suitable for "a former head of state."

Only a week later, however, Traore was severely injured by a mob that invaded his residence while Sanogo's troops stood by and did nothing. Sanogo is still running things from behind the scenes, while Traore is now in France undergoing medical treatment. And last Saturday the two rival Tuareg rebel groups that now control the north managed to settle their differences and declared the independence of the Islamic Republic of Azawad. For a man whose ambition outran his understanding, Sanogo has accomplished a lot. In just a month he has ruined an imperfect but serviceable democracy and divided it into two hostile states: it will take years for Mali to recapture the north, if it ever can. And in "Azawad" the fighting will continue, because the black Africans living along the big bend of the Niger river in the south of that territory do not accept Tuareg rule. Those who doubt the ability of mere individuals to change the course of history should contemplate Captain Amadou Sanogo. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly.


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RIVER VALLEY VIXEN • Glenora stairs • All girls outdoor bootcamp every Mon, and Wed: 6:30pm • Until end Jul • Info: E: SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT 13 • Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park. PKN13 • edmonton. ca/attractions_recreation/documents/10335.jpg • Presentations on local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides x 20 second per slide presented by Edmonton’s NextGen • Jun 6, 6:30pm • $10 (student)/$12 (adult) at TIX on the Square PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION • Stanley Milner Library theatre (basement), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 100 St, 102 Ave • It's Time for Electoral Reform: Alberta with Proportional Representation: with panelists Gil McGowan, Ricardo Acuña, Samantha Power and Steve Patten; discussion to follow • Thu, Jun 7, 7-9pm • Free

SCANDAL, TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY IN POLITICS • Riverbend Public Library • 780.421.4821 • Discussion • Jun 2, 1:30-4pm

QUEER BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm FLASH NIGHT CLUB • 10018-105 St •

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

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:



Centennial Rm, (basement) Stanley A. Milner Library • Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month • What Atheists Can Learn From Religion: Jun 5 •; E:

SUGARSWING DANCE CLUB • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860-57 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall WALK ALBERTA • William Lutsky South YMCA, 1975-111 St: St Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club walking trails and sidewalks around Twin Brooks and Blackmud Creek; 5, 10km; May 31, 6:30-9pm • Info: David Hall, 780.464.6932, • Rundle Park, 2909-113 Ave: St Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club on paved and dirt trails through Hermitage Park; 5k and 10km walks; Jun 5, 6:30pm; info: Joe Sombach 780.458.4667, VEGETARIANS OF ALBERTA • Bonnie Doon Community Hall, 9240-93 St • category/events • Monthly Potluck and book sale: bring a vegan dish to serve 8 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • $3 (member)/$5 (non-member)

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


780.474.8240, E: • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm

GLBT SPORTS AND RECREATION • • Co-ed Bellydancing • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:309:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd

G.L.B.T.Q SENIORS GROUP • S.A.G.E 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, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • The Junction, 10242-106 St • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Open Tues-Sat: Community bar with seasonal patio • Beat the clock Tue • WINGSANITY Wed, 5-10pm • Free pool Tue and Wed • Karaoke Wed, 9-12pm • Fri Steak Night, 5-9pm • Frequent special events: drag shows, leather nights, bear bashes, girls nights • DJs every Fri and Sat, 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Moving • 780.488.3234 • E: • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors; every Wed, 6-9pm; • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm

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

ST PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship) WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 •, • A Nonprofit 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 BIG WHEELS DELIVER MEALS • 103 Ave, betw 111 St and 112 St • Edmonton Meals on Wheels street party fundraiser and barbeque • Fri, Jun 8, 11am-2pm BIKEOLOGY FESTIVAL • Various locations • 780.982.8520 • • Festival Day: music, kids’ entertainment, free bike check up, pedal-your-own smoothies, trials riders at Beaver Hills Park, 105 St, Jasper Ave: Sat, Jun 16, 12-4pm • Bikey Breakfasts in cafes, Movie Mondays at Metro Cinema, Mocktails on the Bridge and a Ride-In Movie (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) in the river valley under the stars. We have a DIY spirit, with Bike-jewelry Workshops, Salons and other learning opportunities BIKE DAY–CALLINGWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET • Callingwood Farmers' Market • • June is Bike Month in Edmonton: Get a free tune-up for summer! Mechanics from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society to tune-up bikes and answer any questions (10am-3pm) • Sun, Jun 10

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH • Old Strathcona Antique Mall, 10323-78 Ave • GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) Fundraiser, antique appraisals • Jun 9, 1-4pm • Proceeds to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

HEART OF THE CITY • Giovannin Caboto Park, 10878-95 St • • Live music, workshops, Art Start Tent, vendors • Jun 2-3, Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm • Free

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL • 88 shows from eight main stage acts representing six countries (Australia, Iceland, Russia, Ukraine, United States and Canada), more than 20 site activities and an assortment of roving artists • Until Jun 2, Tue-Wed 9:30am-3:30pm, Thu 9:30 a.m. to 7pm, Fri 9:30am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm • Main Stage: $10.50 (adult)/$9 (child); Grandparents/seniors 2-for-1 tickets for May 29 only; Telus Toddler Town: $5 (child up to 4); Fun Friday/Super Saturday Wristbands: $15 (adult)/$10 (child) at the Arden box office; Site Activity: $3 each

MS BIKE TOUR–LEDUC TO CAMROSE • Starts in Nisku, overnight in Camrose, back to Nisku • A weekend of riding, fun and adventure to help end MS • Jun 9, 7:30am • Natasha Birchall, 780.463.1190; natasha.birchall@ SENIORS SENSATION • Capilano Conference Centre, 4960-93 Ave • Fundraiser for the new Seniors Centre in Mill Woods featuring western and Indian cuisine, comedy (Uncle Nacho and other) Indian dance performances and drummers; dressy casual, or ethnic dress • Fri, Jun 8, 6:30-10pm • $50 at TIX on the Square

SPERO GALA • TransAlta Arts Barn, 1033084 Ave • • Fundraiser to raise awareness of human trafficking in Canada. Music by Yes Nice • Jun 2, 7:30pm; cocktail dress code • $40, Profits to ACT Alberta (Action Coalition on Human Trafficking STAND OUT • Various venues downtown edmonton • • Edmonton Pride Festival 2012 • Features the Pride Parade and Celebration on the Square, educational sessions, family events, historical tours, art exhibits, a movie night, the annual Mayor’s Brunch in support of Camp fYrefly • Jun 8-17 • City Hall: Pride Festival Kick-off: Fri, Jun 8, 7pm STAMP SHOW ROYAL *2012* ROYALE • WEM, above Europa Blvd, Entrance 1, 178 St, 90 Ave, 3rd Flr Conference Centre • • Lieutenant Governor giving awards to winners of Alberta2012 Youth Stamp Design Contest winners. Special exhibit of Sir Sam Steele of the NW Mounted Police. National Level competitive Exhibits, 24 Dealers from across Canada, selling stamps from all over the world, junior table, stamps 2 for 1c • Jun 1-3

SUIT YOURSELF • Delta Edmonton South Hotel • 4th Annual Afternoon Tea in support of disadvantaged women who are searching for jobs or starting out in the workforce • Jun 10, 12:30-3:30pm • $45 at 780.488.9930 or VIRGINIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FINE ARTS NIGHT • Concordia University College of Alberta • Fundraiser to support the school’s Arts Core theme focused learning activities (artist-in-residence, music, art, dance, drama); silent and live auction, Capoeira Academy (dance), Sebastian Barrera (music), Jayna Simpson (live airbrush art) • Fri, Jun 1, 6:30pm • $15 at, Virginia Park School, Mandolin Books

3 SERIES–ILLUSTRATORS • John L. Haar Theatre, MacEwan University's Centre for the Arts, 10045-156 St • 780.497.4340 • macewan. ca/wcm/CampusServices/JohnLHaarTheatre/ index.htm • Featuring talks from people in the creative industry featuring three local illustrators (Dwight Allott, Amanda Schutz, Jeff Sylvester) • Thu, May 31, 7pm • Tickets at gdc. net/chapters/alberta_north.htm

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION • Habitat for Humanity PreFab Shop, 13044 Yellowhead Tr • 780.887.1794 • Every 2nd Sat each month • Jun 9, 11am • Free



Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 100 St, 102 Ave • Evening of panelists and open mic discussion about Proportional Representation in Alberta • Thu, Jun 7, 7-9pm



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LIVING FOODS SUNDAY SUMMER SERIES • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Pizza crusts, cashew chili cheese, marinated veggies, living pizzas; Jun 3 • Falafels, tahini drizzle, marinated kale kelp noodle salad; Jun 10

OIL AND DEMOCRACY SPEAKER SERIES • NRE Bldg, 1 001, 9105-116 St, U of A • Until Jun 7, every Thu, 7pm • Issues of Equity, Aboriginal Rights: by Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations); May 31 • Environmentalism and International Activism: with Mike Hudema (Greenpeace), Chelsea Flook (Sierra Club Prairie); Jun 7

the curb and the bike lane.

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Sympathy for the Devil Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally Released: 1968


y 1968 Jean-Luc Godard had abandoned the commercial film industry completely, despite international notoriety and success making films that already pushed fiercely against the boundaries of what a commercial film could be. His last such film was the magnificently apocalyptic Weekend (1967), which Metro Cinema screened last week. Sympathy for the Devil, also known as One Plus One (Godard's preferred title), screening Tuesday as part of Metro's "Sonic Cinema" series, is probably Godard's most famous work from this radicalized, little-seen period. The reason for this being that the Rolling Stones appear in roughly half the film, though they are not there to provide excitement in any conventional sense. Godard documented the Stones in the studio in long, uninterrupted, ominously slow tracking shots. They were working on an especially difficult to apprehend new song. "Sympathy for the Devil" chronicles the eponymous narrator's diabolical accomplishments across two millennia, wearing many guises: "I stole many a man's soul and face," Mick Jagger sings. Jagger came in with lyrics and chords, but the band had yet to summon the right groove.

When they find it, turns out it's samba, with Keith Richards on bass, Bill Wyman shaking maracas and, later, in the film's best documentary moment, the whole band, sans Jagger, huddled around a microphone singing the woo woos, along with a thin woman in huge hat and huge pants, who I presume to be Anita Pallenberg. Decades of domestication makes it easy to forget that there was a time when some really believed the Stones were in league with Mephistopheles. (For more on this moment in Stonesology see Zachary Lazar's excellent 2008 novel Sway.) But the cultivation of rock mythology was very far from Godard's agenda, as is evident in cutaways to people spraypainting slogans like SOVIETCONG and FREUDEMOCRACY on London's walls, cars, sidewalks and bridges, and in the film's many elaborate staged sequences. In the first such sequence a black man reclines in a wheelbarrow, under a bridge, surrounded by piles of wrecked cars—just one year after Weekend and it's the end of civilization all over!—reading aloud from a book about musical appropriation and the roots of blues. Another man enters the frame to hand the reader a rifle; the camera then follows him back into the labyrinth of this Batter-

Godard on Jagger on "Devil"

sea scrapyard, where still more men, all of them pretend Black Panthers, read from other texts into recording devices, texts about race war and black unity. Soon a red Mini arrives with captive white girls wearing white shirts. One of their captors reads from an ode to white women, how he loves to smell their drawers, and so on. Later a camera crew follows a pretty young woman through a wood, posing questions about drugs, culture,


politics and Vietnam, to which she answers only "yes" or "no." Later still there's a bookstore crammed with pulp and girly mags, where another man reads aloud and captive Maoists sits miserably in one corner. So what's it all about? The film's too cryptic to be didactic, too detached and adrift to be agitprop. Something forming in the studio, something forming in the streets. Something about rising up, violence, overturn-

ing order, but always with posterity in mind. In every scene something's being enacted, recited and, above all, recorded. The revolution will not be televised but it will be spoken into machines for future reference. Somewhere in all this, between takes, Jagger sings the title verse of "No Expectations." Sound advice for prospective viewers of this film. Josef Braun




Chernobyl Diaries

Opens Friday Directed by Tanya Wexler 


iven its ostensibly titillating, ostensibly feminist subject matter, you may have heard a certain buzz around Hysteria, the new film, directed by Tanya Wexler, that chronicles the birth of a certain beloved piece of machinery that has ministered many a horny human toward sexual completion, whether alone or in sympathetic company. But the vibrations emanating from this facile, half-farcical period exercise in patting viewers on the back for being more enlightened than the average Victorian tight-ass are not the good kind. The novelty of the premise and the accompanying tired plot mechanics wear off faster than the glow of a purely utilitarian, too-hurried selfserve orgasm, and the Merchant-Ivory meets Benny Hill humour is limper than a dirty sock. The film, scripted by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, is loosely based


A different kind of Hysteria

on the true story of one Mortimer Granville, played here by Hugh Dancy. Granville was a doctor and an idealist who lands a gig helping a fellow physician perform vulvar massages on patients suffering from hysteria. Apparently it was presumed that an overactive uterus was the most common cause of that demeaning and widely diagnosed (to women almost exclusively) malady that plagued London back in the day. The big repeated gag is that these guys somehow don't understand that they're essentially handing out handjobs to sexually frustrated society ladies, not even when these ladies are furiously writhing and moaning as they reach "satisfactory paroxysm." Ha ha.

Predicably spooky!

Gyllenhaal), a suffragette who works with the city's downtrodden. Charlotte and Mortimer initially get off on the wrong foot, which means we'll have to wait a while for the movie to force them into each other's orbit of endearment as it awkwardly applies a few screwball tropes. But the romance is just the sideshow to the main attraction: the rise of the vibrator, something that may never have occurred if Mortimer and his fingerpopping colleagues didn't suffer such debilitating hand cramps. By the finale even Queen Victoria gets her kicks courtesy of the little love machine. A pretty lame movie, but it certainly has a happy ending. Josef Braun

Meanwhile, there's Charlotte (Maggie


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Now playing Directed by Brad Parker 


orror-tourism that uncreeps exactly as you'd expect, Chernobyl Diaries registers the crackling low point on the Geiger counter of Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli's ideas. Shuttle off some utterly bland young Americans (plus a Norwegian blonde and bearded Australian) to see Pripyat, the long-abandoned town closest to Chernobyl, and let the scares begin ... only the scares are pretty much some feral animals and then, of course, once the dark arrives and people are stupid enough to enter cavernous buildings, the nuked ghouls come out to play murder-games.

Dialogue is banal, the camerawork's predictable, and any subtext's missing in all the action. The flick's irradiated with a general insensitivity to human tragedy. The place, though, is everything—the impassive concrete tenements and industrial scrubland of a corner of the former Soviet Union, this ghostly shell of industrial might, is deeply eerie on its own. If the camera had just silently strung us along for 90 minutes, drawing us through the nooks and crannies of one of the haunting graveyards of 20th-century technology, that would have been a hell of a lot more frightening than this cheap, barely scripted attempt at "tag, you're dead." Brian Gibson



Headhunters Opens Friday Directed by Morten Tyldum 


hough much of Headhunters' runtime is spent in hot pursuit of its protagonist—Roger Brown's (Aksel Hennie) on the lam, trying to figure out who, if anyone, he can trust—the title refers just as much to Brown's day job: he's the guy who poaches the best corporate employees for other companies, and makes a pretty penny doing it. Not quite pretty enough, though: self-conscious about his height (he's just a little under average) and fretting over his art dealer/blonde bombshell wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) he spends much more than he makes to lavish her with luxury while secretly drowning in debt, and supplements his excesses by stealing expensive works of art. The proverbial last job comes when he breaks into a client's house—an ex-mercenary who reportedly owns a painting worth a cool hundred million—and it goes all goes wrong. Not when he gets busted, but when he finds his wife's cellphone next to the bed.

Another day, another priceless work of art

To say the situation gets out of hand quickly would be underselling it: pretty soon Brown's running for his life, taking bullets and sinking into an outhouse shit-pit to evade his pursuers while trying to piece together how he can possibly survive this, and exactly how many people have betrayed him, and why. Recounting all the little twists and revelations would be tiresome, but only on paper: director Morten Tyldum delivers a well-paced, exciting

thriller here, even if it needs a lengthy flashback explanation near the end to round out some of its finer points, and feels just a little too tidy in its closing wrap up. For the bulk of the movie, Roger's forced progression towards greater and greater extremes to survive is enthralling to watch play out. Headhunters is violent and jarring and isn't afraid of getting its hands dirty in the name of a good thrill. Paul Blinov



Jiro Dreams of Sushi Sun, Jun 3 – Thu, Jun 7 Directed by David Gelb Metro Cinema at the Garneau 


ukiyabashi Jiro's a subterranean restaurant near Tokyo's Ginza Station; it serves only sushi, has only 10 seats, and the toilet's down the hall. It's also the only restaurant of its kind to snag Michelin's full three stars. (A 20-piece meal starts around $300!) Proprietor Jiro Ono, 85, has been making sushi for 75 years and has no retirement plan—

despite the fact that his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has been his faithful apprentice for 30 years. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a high-protein foodie doc about rarified dining and an unobtrusive study of Japanese family dynamics. Jiro grew up with nothing, but was preternaturally ambitious; he left home to start his career at the age of nine. Yoshikazu grew up in the shadow of his globally revered father and, as the charismatic food critic who provides the film's best commentary puts it, he'd have to make sushi twice as good as

dad's just to convince anyone he was his equal. Both men retain a stoic, dryly humorous air, so whatever unspoken tensions linger can only be inferred. Director David Gelb offers handsomely diffused images of food, faces and urban spaces, impressively fluid travelling shots, lots of slow-motion and the celestial strains of Phillip Glass—for a film about austerity Jiro Dreams of Sushi is pretty baroque. Yet, it mostly works wonderfully. Josef Braun



The Raid: Redemption Sun, Jun 3 – Thu, Jun 7 Directed by Gareth Evans Metro Cinema at the Garneau 


he Jakarta derelict monolith that serves as the sole location for The Raid: Redemption is a high-rise safe house for countless criminal scumbags, many of them such world-class ass-whoopers that local authorities have been disinclined to lay siege. Until the morning our story begins, with a SWAT team sneaking in and attempting to take control of the building; a strategy that swiftly falls apart. Writer/director Gareth Evans has built his sophomore film around familiar tropes: some obligatory police corruption, showy drug lord sadism and an archetypical brother-against-brother

Quite the Raid

conflict. But there's nothing cozy and familiar about what Evans and his collaborators do with these tropes once the fighting starts. A guy tries to crawl out a window and the camera somehow follows him with absolute fluidity as he's pulled out of the window, thrown onto a table and backwards-somersaults onto the floor. A quick-thinking cop yanks a gas tank out from under a stove, stuffs it into a refrigerator, lights a match and rolls the fridge to a door,

where it greets those attempting to bust in with an explosion. There are extended, mercilessly punishing melees involving a martial art known as Pencak Silat, which Evans has previously profiled in a documentary. Sequences captured with such breathless immediacy and bracing sense of orientation are rare in contemporary action thrillers. The sequel is already in the works. Josef Braun


VUEWEEKLY MAY 31 – JUN 6, 2012




Picking up the stick

Brandon Routh talks lacrosse and a certain local cinnamon roll

Men in Black 3


t's kind of like soccer 20 years ago: people thought that was a weird thing, but now it's huge in the States. That's where lacrosse is at," says Brandon Routh. "It's right at the tipping point." Still, in prepping to play a fadedlacrosse-star-turned-bitter-coach in Crooked Arrows, Routh had a mild familiarity with the sport, but only that. Fond memories of a unit on it in Grade 8 gym class, and some exposure on television were what he had to start with. "It stuck with me, and as the years passed [and] lacrosse started to show up on ESPN, I'd find myself watching it, trying to learn what was going on." Routh notes that the sport's popularity is climbing in the US, as it emerges from prep schools and spreads farther from its east coast roots, shaking a few stigmas along its rise. "In the States, anyways, it's seen as a high-brow sport, because it's largely played in prep schools and private schools. It's not gotten as much exposure, and it's stayed on the east coast. We've started to see it spread out to places like Denver and Texas and I'm thinking of some places in California, Arizona ... There's all these little places where lacrosse fanatics are moving [laugh], they're wanting their kids to play. So it's finally starting to expand." Routh has a friendly presence about him, even over the phone. He's faintly familiar with Edmonton, having been out this way a few times before— though he doesn't quite recall the res-

Black suits comin' ... again

Now playing Directed by Brad Parker 


Routh as a reluctant coach in Crooked Arrows

taurant name on his own, he's familiar with Sugarbowl's famous rolls from previous visits. "I think about those cinnamon rolls from time to time," he says. Raised in Iowa, he had his big in Superman Returns, and really does bear an uncanny likeness to Christopher Reeves. He's seen steady work since, however, popping up in television (Chuck) and other cult-y films (Scott Pilgrim, Dylan Dog). He notes that the script for Crooked Arrows began about a decade back, surviving development hell, a couple

rewrites and a number of producers before finally settling into production that wrapped up in September. It took a long time to get started, but once it did, the production went faster than expected. "It's unique to have to come out so quickly," Routh says. "Usually it takes a little bit longer than this. So, the lacrosse fans here on the east coast are pretty rabid for it already. I'm eager to see how they respond to it." Paul Blinov



Crooked Arrows Opens Friday Directed by Steve Rash 


here is some heart beating within Crooked Arrows. There really is. In following a rag-tag Native American lacrosse team and their former-sports-glory coach along the path from hapless ragamuffins to disciplined title challengers, it really puts a lot into the transcendental power of group sports, circles some modern Caucasian/First Nations re-


lations, reserve life and, hey, manages to capture some pretty good lacrosse action on camera. But if that plotting sounds familiar to you, that's because it really, really is. Crooked Arrows doesn't stray far from the long established Bad News Bears/Mighty Ducks' playbook and you can really feel the underdog formula at play: swap out, say, Emilio Estevez for Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) struggling with his bruised-yet-inflated ego—admirably playing the coach

en in Black 3 isn't a reboot, but a rewind, jumping back in time for an origin story. There's a new head of the secret agency in charge of controlling aliens on earth—Agent O (Emma Thompson). Agent J (Will Smith) is finding it tougher and tougher to talk to Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Meanwhile, killer-alien Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) escapes from a lunar prison, determined to go back to 1969 and kill K before he can shoot off Boris' arm and establish the Arcnet, a space-shield that protects our planet from extraterrestrial invaders. So J has to time-jump, too, to keep the past K (Josh Brolin) alive as his future partner. If all that sounds rather out-there, well, that's the franchise (based on the 1990 comic-book series). But MiB3 mainly rollicks along, keeping a nice balance between grotesque-alien playfulness and badass secret-agent seriousness. There's a certain bouncy, light tone to the material that's a nice change from a lot of grimly serious comic-book adaptations these days. J's wisecracking schtick can get a bit

annoying, the 3D's unremarkable and the story can be too talky at times, but two character actors step in to save much of the way to the inventive ending. Clement's a deep-throated, snarling delight as the murderous Boglodite and Michael Stuhlbarg wrenches his nebbishy, fretful persona in a lightly comic direction as Griffin, an alien who can see thousands of possible futures at once. The agency's British chief, the car chases, and a space-launch are all James Bond-boilerplate, though there's an inventive shootout with unappetizing critters at a Chinese restaurant early on. The story doesn't have as much fun with the near-alien weirdnesses of 1969 as it could have (other than a clever sequence at The Factory with Andy Warhol, who isn't what he seems). The ending, though, comes with a nice twist on time-travel and a sharp, stinging revelation that explains a lot—why K's so taciturn and untalkative, how J's happiness came from blissful ignorance—even as it tightens the bond between the blacksuited partners in fighting-ET-crime. Brian Gibson



caught between traditional and modern lives, and forced into the leadership role in order to fulfil a more business-minded goal—and replace that ragtag batch of kids for these ones, and you know more or less how this all plays out. Director Steve Rash isn't quite capable of elevating the script, either, just running through a paint-by-numbers plot line and letting it coming out as predictably as you would expect. Paul Blinov


VUEWEEKLY MAY 31 – JUN 6, 2012

Piranha 3DD Opens Friday Directed by John Gulager 


here's one slo-motion shot in Piranaha 3DD, taken as carnivorousfish-fuelled chaos descends upon the unsuspecting patrons of a waterpark, that traces a bikini-clad woman screaming, drenched in blood. Her crimson boobs jiggling in slow-mo, and I guess that's supposed to be funny, but it's mostly just uncomfortable to watch, going for both horror and comedy but achieving neither. Which brings us to most of the rest of Piranha 3DD. The hehe-boobs joke of the title suggests some silly self-awareness, but the movie's only fun in the same way the concept of a rollercoaster is, in theory, fun: you ride the rails, go up and down for a while and walk away thrilled with yourself. But this ride's a rickety letdown: director John Gulager—whose other credits are for a direct-to-DVD horror series called Feast—can't quite tease out either

the comedy or horror of the scenario, instead letting the two wash over each other until they make one indistinguishable muddle. The threadbare plot is that Maddy (Danielle Panabaker) comes home from school for the summer to find that her stepdad's staffed the family waterpark with strippers, then piranhas show up. During the film's play out, a who's who of has-beens parade across the screen as distractions, making reference to their former selves: Christopher Lloyd plays the crazy old scientist whose theories are right, David Hasslehoff plays himself as a celebrity lifeguard. The 'Hoff has the best line in the entire film, actually: standing before the park's gates in a suit, face like a blank canvas, he says to himself: "Welcome to rock bottom." It's supposed to be a self-aware dig at his own career, surely, but it rings just as true for just about everybody involved in this movie. Paul Blinov



The Cannes goods

A recap of the highs and lows of Cannes

Beyond the Hills


very year, the red-carpet caterpillar that is the Cannes Film Festival metamorphoses into not so much a butterfly- as a moth-effect. The arthouse premières there soon flit to the bright lights of festivals and cinématheques over here. Last year alone, there was director Lars von Trier's expulsion after his inane press-conference comments about Nazis, The Tree of Life nabbed top prize and went on to become grand-auteur Terrence Malick's most critically acclaimed film, and The Artist had its golden gestation—from its debut on the French Riviera to Best Picture triumph on Hollywood Boulevard nine months later. So, this year, what happened at the fest that's worth keeping away from (the human centipedes you want to detach yourself from immediately) or watching out for in the comingsoon film-future? The miss came from a surprising place. Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami, relocating to Japan after his Italian trip with the wonderful Certified Copy, produced what most critics felt was a drag-on, abrupt-ending stumper, Like Someone in Love. But another film about love, from another acclaimed veteran, Michael Haneke, found near-total praise from the unofficial judges. Amour is the tale of an elderly couple whose closeness crumbles after she (Emmanuelle Riva) suffers a stroke. Punctuated by a few surreal scenes and a non-clichéd encounter with a pigeon, and beyond the un-Haneke-an tinge of hope at the end, noted critic Raffi Asdourian, there "is the detached rawness of each painful decision [Haneke] puts his characters in." Sure enough, come closing night, the festival jury awarded Haneke his second Palme d'Or in four years, gilding his stature as one of cinema's great directors. Cristian Mungiu made one of the best films of the last decade, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Palme d'Or winner in 2007). So his new one, Beyond the Hills, also focusing on the friendship between two women, had a steep climb ahead of it. But its two stars shared the Best Actress prize at festival's end and most critics found this tale of religious devotion and exorcism deeply compelling. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw saw it as a "captivating tragi-comedy of sexual hysteria

and material want. This long movie is played out in a kind of real time, a mysterious secular passion play." Jacques Audiard, too, had raised the bar Mediterranean sky-high with his 2009 Cannes entry, A Prophet. His latest, Rust and Bone, starring Marion Cotillard and loosely based on Canadian Craig Davidson's story collection, was also well-received. Critic Guy Lodge called it "a remarkable exercise in brute sentimentality and unwashed romance."

comedy (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) about the 1988 referendum in Chile that decided if the near-genocidal general would stay in power. Michel Franco's Mexican drama about a teen

who stays quiet about being bullied to protect her father, Después de Lucia, took top prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. And Sundance favourite Beasts of the Southern Wild was re-

confirmed as one of 2012's must-sees after it garnered the Camera d'Or. But it was Leos Carax's Holy Motors that roared through the festival. Critics either found the tale—of a man in a limo who changes into different roles (assassin; beggar woman; kidnapper of a model and eater of her hair) at every stop on his route—bat-shit crazy but beautiful and terrific or bat-shit crazy and immensely avoidable. Carax remained tight-lipped about the film's meaning and said of general opinion: "I don't know who the public is, except a bunch of people who will soon be dead." Critic Mike d'Angelo called it a "bugfuck masterpiece" that reminds one of the festival's raison d'être: "Cannes exists to showcase such unexpected cliff-dives." Get ready for ripples from May's splashes on the French Riviera at EIFF and Metro in the fall. BRIAN GIBSON


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CHABA THEATRE–JASPER Men In Black 3 3d (PG violence) Real D Daily 7:00, 9:10

THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned Daily 12:10, 3:20, 6:40, 9:50; 3D: Daily 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG coarse language) Daily 6:50, 9:10

BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned Daily 1:10, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25

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Snow White And The Huntsman (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Daily 6:40 9:20; Sat-Sun 1:50 Safe (14A brutal violence) Daily 7:10; Sat-Sun 2:20 Men In Black 3 (PG violence) Daily 6:50, 9:05; Sat Sun 2:00 THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Daily 9:10 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Daily 7:00 9:15; Sat Sun, Mon 2:10 THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 7:30; Sat Sun, Mon 1:40

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THE THREE STOOGES (PG) Daily 1:05, 6:35 DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX (G) Daily 1:00; 3d: Daily 3:00, 5:00, 7:05, 9:10 21 Jump Street (14A crude language, coarse language, substance abuse, violence) Daily 1:40, 4:30, 7:25, 9:55 Safe House (14A brutal violence) Daily 1:35, 4:20, 6:45, 9:25 WRATH OF THE TITANS (14A) DVS Daily 1:25; 3d: Daily 3:50, 7:10, 9:35 Lockout (14A violence) Daily 3:30, 9:00 This Means War (PG language may offend, violence) Daily 1:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15 Think Like A Man (PG not recommended for young children, language may offend) Daily 1:20, 3:55, 6:40, 9:30 American Reunion (18A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 9:50 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Digital Daily 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 8:50 The Lucky One (PG sexual content) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 Rowdy Rathore (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. Fri-Sat 1:05, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00; Sun-Thu 1:05, 4:00, 7:30

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, No passes Fri 12:30, 1:50, 3:30, 4:45, 7:00, 7:50, 9:10, 10:00, 10:45; Sat 11:00, 12:30, 1:50, 3:30, 4:45, 7:00, 7:50, 9:10, 10:00, 10:45; Sun-Tue, Thu 12:30, 1:50, 3:30, 4:45, 6:30, 7:40, 9:30, 10:40; Wed 1:50, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:40, 9:45, 10:40; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00 THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Closed Captioned Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:00, 5:10, 7:30, 10:35; Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:05 Prometheus 3D (14A gory scenes, disturbing content) Ultraavx, No passes Thu 12:01 DARK SHADOWS (14A) Closed Captioned Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned Fri-Tue, Thu 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:20; Wed 4:00, 6:45, 9:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00 MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) Closed Captioned, No passes Fri, Sun-Thu 2:00, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45; Sat 11:30, 2:00, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 MEN IN BLACK 3 3D (PG violence) Closed Captioned, No passes Fri-Sat 1:10, 3:40, 6:15, 8:50; Sun-Wed 1:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9:00; Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40; Ultraavx: FriWed 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40; Thu 1:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9:00 THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG coarse language) Closed Captioned Daily 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Closed Captioned Fri-Sat 1:40, 3:45, 6:10, 8:20, 11:00; Sun-Thu 1:40, 3:45, 6:20, 8:30, 10:35 Crooked Arrows (PG) Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30; Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 Bee Movie (G) Sat 11:00

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THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri-Sat 12:00, 3:15, 6:45, 10:15; Sun 12:00, 3:15, 6:45, 10:00; Mon-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 6:50, 10:00; Thu 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 10:00 THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Ultraavx Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45; Mon-Wed 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30; Thu 12:45, 3:55


THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Thu 7:15, 10:30 BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:50 THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (G) Fri-Sun 12:15; Mon-Thu 12:30; 3D: Fri-Sun 2:40, 5:00; Mon-Wed 2:50, 5:10; Thu 2:45, 5:00 SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes Fri 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Sat 1:10, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Sun 1:00, 1:30, 3:50, 4:30, 6:50, 7:30, 9:50, 10:30; Mon-Wed 1:00, 1:35, 3:55, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:55, 10:25; Thu 1:35, 3:55, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:55, 10:25; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00

BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation Fri 6:30, 9:25; Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:25; Mon-Thu 4:35, 7:40

DARK SHADOWS (14A) Fri, Sun 12:50, 3:50, 7:05, 9:45; Sat 7:05, 9:45; Mon-Wed 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35; Thu 1:15, 4:05, 10:20 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Fri-Sun 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:35; MonWed 1:55, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30; Thu 1:55, 4:30, 7:40, 10:30 The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata Encore (Classification not available) Tue 1:05 FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (14A coarse language, sexual content) Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05; Mon-Thu 12:35, 3:30, 6:40, 9:40 MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) No passes Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30; Mon-Wed 12:55, 3:35, 6:30, 9:05; Thu 12:55, 3:35, 9:25, 10:20; 3D: No passes Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:25, 8:00, 10:20, 10:40; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 8:00, 10:05, 10:35; Thu 1:40, 4:35, 8:00, 10:35; Ultraavx: Thu 7:00, 9:25 THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG coarse language) Fri 12:05, 3:35, 6:35, 9:35; Sat-Sun 12:05, 3:25, 6:35, 9:35; Mon-Wed 12:40, 3:45, 6:35, 9:30; Thu 3:45, 6:35, 9:30; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00 CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Fri-Sun 12:25, 3:00, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:25, 5:45, 8:05, 10:20 Barrymore (PG coarse language, language may offend, not recommended for young children) Sat 12:55; Thu 7:00 Bee Movie (G) Sat 11:00

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THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 6:30, 9:50; Sat-Sun 2:00, 6:30, 9:50; Mon-Thu 8:00; 3D: Fri-Sat 6:50, 10:30; Sun 3:15, 6:50, 10:30; Mon-Thu 7:30; Fri 3:40, 7:10, 10:20; Sat-Sun 12:20, 3:40, 7:10, 10:20; Mon-Thu 6:50, 10:00 BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 3:50, 7:00, 10:00; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:50, 7:00, 10:00; Mon-Thu 6:40, 9:35; Vip 18+, No passes Fri 5:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun 2:00, 5:45, 9:30; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:50

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THE SWAN (PG) Mon 8:00

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THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 3:30, 6:40, 10:00; Sat-Sun 12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00; Mon-Thu 6:40, 9:50; 3D: Fri 3:50, 7:10, 10:30; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30; Mon-Thu 7:00, 10:10 BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 3:40, 6:45, 9:50; Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50; Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:45 THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (G) Fri 4:55; Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:55 SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes Fri 4:20, 7:20, 10:20; Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20; Mon-Thu 7:15, 10:10

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SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (14A) (1968 The Rolling Stones) Tue 9:00

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THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Digital Fri, Mon, WedThu 7:15, 9:20; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:40, 3:40, 7:15, 9:20 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Digital Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 7:10, 9:45; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:20, 3:00, 7:10, 9:45 BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 6:40, 9:50; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:10, 3:20, 6:40, 9:50 MEN IN BLACK 3 3D (PG violence) Reald 3d Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 6:50, 9:30; Sat-Sun, Tue 3:30, 6:50, 9:30 MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) Digital Sat-Sun, Tue 12:30 CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Digital Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 7:20, 10:05; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:50, 3:50, 7:20, 10:05 Snow White And The Huntsman (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 7:00, 10:00; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Reald 3d Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu 6:30, 9:40; Sat-Sun, Tue 3:10, 6:30, 9:40 THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Sat-Sun, Tue 12:00

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG coarse language) Fri 6:50, 9:10; Sat-SUn 2:00, 6:50, 9:10; MONThu 6:50, 9:10 Headhunters (14A sexual content, violence, gory scenes) Fri 7:00, 9:00; Sat-Sun 2:30, 7:00, 9:00; Mon-Thu 7:00, 9:00

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THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned Daily 12:15, 3:30, 6:50, 10:15 THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 12:45, 4:00, 7:30, 10:45

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, No passes Fri-Tue, Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; Wed 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Fri 4:15, 7:00, 9:40; Sat 11:05, 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40; Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40; Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:35 MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) No passes Fri 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Sat 11:00, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Sun 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30; 3D: Fri 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Sun 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:20, 10:00 CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Fri 5:20, 7:40, 9:55; Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:00, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55; Mon-Thu 7:30, 9:40 Bee Movie (G) Sat 11:00

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The Dictator (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Thu, May 31: 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 7:30, 9:20 DARK SHADOWS (14A) Thu, May 31: 7:00, 9:10

MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) No passes Thu, May 31: 1:05, 3:10, 5:15, 7:25, 9:30

THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend,

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DARK SHADOWS (14A) Fri-Sun 7:15, 10:05; Mon-Thu 7:10, 9:55

Hysteria (14A) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 1:00, 4:00, 7:20, 10:00

THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital, Daily 12:35; 3D: Digital 3d, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital, Closed Captioned, On 2 Screens Daily 3:50, 7:05, 10:20

THE RAID: REDEMPTION (18A gory, brutal violence) Subtitled Sun 4:30, 9:00; Mon 9:30; Wed, Thu 9:00

BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20; Mon, Thu 12:30, 3:30, 10:20

Battleship (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Daily 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:15

CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes Fri-Tue, Thu 1:20, 4:20, 6:50, 10:25; Wed 1:20, 4:20, 10:25

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (G) Sun 1:00; Tue, Thu 7:00 SISTERS and BROTHERS (STC) Sun 2:45, 7:00; Wed 7:00

THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Fri 5:30, 7:50, 10:15; SatSun 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:15; Mon-Thu 7:40, 10:05

MEN IN BLACK 3 3D (PG violence) Digital 3d, Closed Captioned, No passes, Dolby Stereo Digital, On 2 Screens Fri-Wed 12:45, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:45; Thu 12:45, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:30

BATTLESHIP (14A violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes Daily 10:05


CHERNOBYL DIARIES (14A gory scenes, frightening scenes) Digital Presentation Fri 7:10, 9:20; Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:00, 7:10, 9:20; Mon-Thu 5:20, 7:45

Mirror Mirror (G) Thu, May 31: 2:45

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital, Closed Captioned, Daily 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40


MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) Digital Presentation, No passes Sat-Sun 1:40' 3D: Digital 3d Fri 7:00, 8:00, 9:35; No passes Sat-Sun 1:00, 3:30, 4:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:35; Mon-Thu 4:40, 5:10, 7:25, 7:50

Snow White And The Huntsman (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital, No passes Daily 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:10

DARK SHADOWS (14A) Digital Presentation, Closed Captioned, DTS Digital Daily 1:45, 4:35, 7:25


DARK SHADOWS (14A) Digital Presentation Fri-Sun 9:25; Mon-Thu 8:05

HUNGER GAMES (14A violence) Fri-Sun 12:10, 3:35, 7:05, 10:10; Mon-Wed 2:15, 5:50, 9:25; Thu 2:15, 5:50

Barrymore (PG coarse language, language may offend, not recommended for young children) Vip 18+ Sat 12:55


THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation Fri 7:30; Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:20, 7:30; Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:55; 3D: Digital 3d Fri 8:30; Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:55, 8:30; Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:35

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Digital Presentation Fri 6:50; Sat-Sun 1:00, 4:00, 6:50; Mon-Thu 5:00

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG coarse language) Fri 3:30, 6:40, 9:30; Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:30; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:20


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THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Fri-Sun 12:35, 2:50, 5:10, 7:20, 9:45; Mon-Thu 1:05, 3:20, 5:40, 7:55, 10:10

MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG violence) Vip 18+, No passes Fri 4:30, 8:15; Sat 12:30, 4:30, 8:15; Sun 1:00, 4:30, 8:15; MonThu 8:15; 3D: Ultraavx Fri 5:10, 8:00, 10:40; Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40; Mon-Thu 7:30, 10:05



THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Digital Presentation Fri 7:20, 9:40; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:10, 7:20, 9:40; Mon-Thu 5:30, 8:10

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (PG language may offend) Fri 4:00, 6:50, 10:10; Sat-Sun 12:50, 4:00, 6:50, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:00, 9:40


Prometheus (14A gory scenes, disturbing content) Closed Captioned, Digital 3d, Dolby Stereo Digital, Midnight, No passes, Thu 11:59

Piranha 3d (18A gory scenes, brutal violence, nudity) Fri-Sun 12:55, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:50; Mon-Thu 2:05, 4:25, 7:50, 10:15

THE DICTATOR (14A crude content, language may offend, not recommended for children) Fri 4:40, 7:30, 9:40; SatSun 12:10, 2:20, 4:40, 7:30, 9:40; Mon-Thu 7:20, 9:30


not recommended for children) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:15

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS 3D (G) Thu, May 31: 1:00, 4:55

THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Thu, May 31: 12:55, 3:40, 6:25, 9:05

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MEN IN BLACK 3 3D (PG violence) Daily 7:10, 9:40; Sat-Sun 1:10, 3:40

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What comes Next Two of Nextfest's directors look back on 17 years of giving artists somewhere to meet and experiment

Thu, Jun 7 – Sun, Jun 17 Nextfest Various locations, schedule available at


he simplest definition of emergence is probably this: it's the way in which something complicated comes to be, drawn out of and honed by relatively simpler interactions that build on themselves over time. And in terms of arts in the city, emergence is what happens at Nextfest. Edmonton's declared emerging artist festival now stands at its 17th incarnation as our city's finest chance for young artists of any stripe to find their footing. Its essential components remain mostly unchanged from its early years: young artists are allowed to develop and perform on their own material. They get paid to do so. They get to meet other artists from across the city—not just from their discipline—and start budding those artistic relationships early. It's not, current festival director Steve Pirot notes, a theatre festival with multidisciplinary elements. Every discipline gets emphasized. And there isn't any element of competition: artists get passses to everything else at the festival. Nextfest first appeared in 1996. The University of Alberta had just cut its MFA playwriting program, and the Citadel had recently eliminated Teen Fest. And Bradley Moss, then an emerging artist himself, was dealing with what looked like a damaging setback: fresh out of theatre school, he'd lined up a pair of Fringe produc-

tions, but quit one and got fired from another. "I thought it was a personal disaster for myself, starting out in this town: I was like, 'I haven't started [and] I'm done.'" Moss recalls. "But then I was turned around by the artistic director [at Theatre Network] at the time, Ben Henderson. Henderson, now a city councillor, proposed a young writer festival, which Moss considered before coming back with a broader offer. "I said, 'I think just reading more work is not enough. You've gotta do [it].' If you really want to get the young artists' attention, do it," he recalls. "And why don't you also make it a celebration and invite the other mediums, and make it a meeting place, I guess, was my language at that time, before I understood about community building and all that stuff. Just a meeting place for artists." Nextfest's genesis came at the same time as Moss was handed the reins of a show entitled Tony and Tina's Wedding, first developed in a Grant MacEwan class, but into which he added a mix of U of A performers for an independent run. That blend of the city's two educational streams got Moss thinking about the best use for his fledging festival. "What I understood through that project was, 'Oh, we've got to get Grant MacEwan and U of A kids meeting early," he says. "Get them doing projects. Get a community." Community




formed around the festival since that first edition brought some 100 artists together for six days. Beside Moss, in a café just down the street from the Roxy Theatre, sits Pirot, Nextfest's current festival director. Between them is a tidy stack of old programs and the festival's two published play anthologies. They point to scripts that have gone on from the festival (Tuesdays and Sundays has toured the world since its Nextfest premiere), and to artists working prominently today who got an early start at Nextfest, or who met their future collaborators there, or took the first artistic steps towards what they're now confidently creating of their own accord. "It's not the projects, it's not these plays, it's these people who you're supporting," Moss says. "And they go on, and they then have the ability to give back, and they're going to give back ... and they do. People come back all the time, and do things; they're a part of something—it's theirs. It's not someone telling them what or how to do. They're just being supported to do it." After a few years as festival director Moss handed the job off to Glenda Sterling, who introduced a dramaturgical element into the proceedings. She was in charge for two years, then passed the reins along to Pirot for the 2002 festival. When Pirot took over, the festival also jumped from six to 10 days, though pure quantitative growth was never his intention, he notes. Still it's what's happened: now some 400-plus artists are involved on

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a yearly basis, with venues scattered across the city, and thousands of audience members that anticipate the festival, which now runs 11 days. There's a high school component now, allowing even earlier exposure. Pirot and Moss and the staff are there to act as mentors, but only if need be. They're just as happy to let artists capable of developing on their own do so, simply giving them the place to do it. In its early years, Nextfest events had little overlap—Pirot notes how much easier it was to shepherd audiences from place to place. Now, Moss notes, they're occasionally "competing against ourselves" with two to three events happening concurrently in different spots in the city. And moreso now than ever they're seeing the crossartistic collaborations increasing: as an example, Pirot and Moss both point to the Nextfest Niteclubs as the festival's modern melting pot. Having emerged as regular programming in the past few years, the Niteclubs are the festival's true anything-goes programming—while the theatre, dance, music and visual art components of that festival are all part of the festival, they're compartmentalized into their respective disciplines on the bill, whereas the Niteclubs pair anything with anything: a band might follow a monologue, which followed a dancemusic collaboration. And so on. After 17 years, the festival's influence in the arts scene is clear to Pirot and Moss. "Being able to look at the creative

culture of the city as a whole, and see the connections that have happened, that you could argue wouldn't have happened without Nextfest," Pirot explains. "Just within theatre, that the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan students meet each other earlier than they would have, maybe 10 years earlier than they would have. Artists from different disciplines meeting and influencing each other, especially when you have musicians who create and rehearse in a completely different way than theatre artists create and rehearse. They're not going to get to experience each other in performance, but in Nextfest, while they're young, they get to meet each other. "The different disciplines don't feel as isolated," Moss adds. "Dancers get an opportunity to act; musicians get a chance to go play with a show, and so they get to try something. And that influences the art form of each other." And beyond the festival, having had years to develop and collaborate and tinker, Nextfest artists emerge, but just as importantly, they get to emerge into something: a scene that's watched them grow, and experiment, and wants to embrace what they have to offer. "When I see the festival now, for me it's inspiration back," Moss says. "That's what I get back now. I have played with lots of these people later on. That's super inspiring to me, to see their energy. It's addictive, I have to say. Every year." Paul Blinov //

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Until Sun, Jun 10 (7:30 pm; 2pm matinees Sat & Sun) Written by Belinda Cornish Directed by John Hudson Varscona Theatre, $15 – $26

Fri, Jun 1 – Sun, Jun 3 Curiosities Curated by the fast & dirty collective Various locations

Little Elephants

Curiosities I


ettling down in the audience of Little Elephants, the final play of Shadow Theatre's 20th anniversary season, feels a bit like hunkering down in the family kitchen. Well, maybe not exactly like your own family's kitchen, but there's a certain timelessness about this domestic, homey set with its slightly dated furniture and subtle personal touches, like the succession of kids' height marks on the door frame. But there's also something decidedly unique about the quartet of eccentrics who occupy this particular kitchen. Little Elephants takes place on the last weekend the Ashford family will ever spend in their childhood home— grown-up daughters Tash (Kristi Hansen) and Vanessa (Nicola Elbro) have come home to help their mother Marion (Valerie Planche) and father Alf (Glenn Nelson) pack everything up and move to a cottage in the country. This is a family that hasn't been particularly good at telling each other things, at least not the important stuff. A phone call to Marion at the beginning of the weekend spurs a parade of secrets that are revealed as the weekend progresses. Though these are weighty issues that carry no small degree of emotional baggage, Little Elephants nonetheless remains bright and funny throughout. These are kindhearted people who kept their secrets not out of cruelty, but rather out of misguided attempts to keep the peace. But, oh, is it frustrating to watch them studiously dancing around the real problems. The play's action is driven by younger daughter Vanessa,


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who has always been prim, organized and a little bit pointy. While she might not come across as a particularly sympathetic character on paper, Elbro does a remarkable job garnering the audience's sympathies for Vanessa's growing exasperation with her tightlipped sister and mother, not to mention navigating the physical task of boxing up the entire kitchen around the others. This abundance of physical business on stage neatly dovetails with the characters' emotional upheavals, as well as providing a clear physical metaphor for the family's labyrinthine history; the kitchen is full of all sorts of little material oddities that have built up over the years: shoes in the cupboard, ancient candy in the fish kettle, trousers in the freezer, piles of expired food in the larder.

tidiness is haphazard, drunken Tash, whom Hansen plays with swaggering panache. Rounding out the great stage chemistry is Planche as their hilariously absent-minded, quintessentially English mum, and puttering, oblivious Alf who makes the very most of his limited stage time. There's something uniquely English about the comedy in this play; it's a subtle, cerebral form of humour that doesn't whack you upside the head, but rather sneaks up and tickles you when you're looking the other way. Belinda Cornish's script is wonderfully clever and witty, clipping along at a quick pace that prevents the mind from wandering for even a moment. While it is an ideal finale to Shadow Theatre's season, this is also a play with the legs for long-term mileage. MEL PRIESTLEY

Directly in opposition to Vanessa's


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t's fair to say that art galleries attract a certain type of built-in crowd: those actively looking for the types of culture they want to take in, which, in the case of visual art, means those who willingly seek out and enter the galleries and artist-run centres and other clearly defined visual spaces that offer up their walls for artists to make full use of. Then there are those who don't have the same drive to discover. Maybe they aren't actively avoiding anything, but they aren't going out of their way, either. So when Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Rae Forsyth created the fast & dirty collective, it was with the intent of bringing art out of the defined spaces it usually resides within— which also happen to be limited in supply to begin with. "One of the things when Kristen and I came together to form fast & dirty, we were looking at how Edmonton artists have a lack of spaces to exhibit," Forsyth explains. "And how it's difficult to find spaces outside of the very few artist-run centres and galleries that will take emerging or mid-career artists in the city." With that in mind, fast & dirty has pushed its intent of taking art off of gallery walls and out into the word at large; for four previous shows they've put art in places it's meant to be stumbled upon and examined by those who might not enter a traditional artist space of their own accord. There was a show in two curated garages last year, for example, or, in the case of the new one, Curiosities, the de facto showcase space is a moving van, set to be stationed in three different

places in three days—on Friday from three until seven pm on the west side of 124 Street between 105 and 106 Avenue; on Saturday, late morning and early afternoon between Jasper and 100 Avenue on the west side of 104 Street; and Sunday from noon until 5 pm on the north side of Whyte Avenue, between 104 and 105 Street. "We were also thinking about potentially having them in a storefront that wasn't being used, that we were going to rent out," Forsyth notes, "And then we decided that a moving van would work best, because it allows us to be in three different locations, so we're able to access different parts of the city and increase accessibility to the show. " The art that's being displayed is as likely to pique your interests as its mobile installment: five Edmonton visual arts curators were given charge of a dresser, and each hand-picked artists to take a drawer and install their work within it. Going through each is, in a way, like peeping through the drawers of a stranger's house—a glimpse into someone else's world through what they display, and what they hide. "We were very interested in the idea of a cabinet of curiosities. So the doors are closed, and you have to open them up and look inside, and explore," Forsyth explains. Some of the curators go a little bit further with a different theme. So every dresser is themed in a slightly different way. "Going back to that cabinet of curiosities idea," Hutchinson adds, "the cabinet of curiosities in the 18th century, what was like a small private museum—I was strictly thinking about how each dresser itself becomes like a modernday cabinet of curiosities, and the kinds of things people might hide within a dresser, making that process public." PAUL BLINOV



Damsels of the Night Sat, Jun 2 (2:30 pm & 7:30 pm) Presented by Citie Ballet Timms Centre for the Arts, $20 – $35


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hough most dog people loathe to admit it, cats have been one of the most frequently studied—and successfully realized—animal characters portrayed by humans on stages of the last century. Andrew Lloyd Webber may be the first producer that comes to mind whenever a feline-inspired body enters a theatre, but Jean Anouilh's 1948 Les Demoiselles de la Nuit came far before CATS snared Broadway in its irresistibly cheesy claws. Composed by Jean Françaix, the original score to Anouilh's story follows a group of alley cats living on the rooftops of Paris. The score inspired Citie Ballet's artistic director, François Chevennement, to revisit the popular zoomorphic trend with his own company. His resulting neoclassical ballet is based on the 1948 production, says Chevennement, with some upbeat narrative additions for "spice." "The original story was really sad. It's roughly the story of a cat that falls in love with a musician, and the musician falls in love with the cat," he explains. "They separate for a while, and when the cat comes back the musician has jumped off the roof, and the cat follows him into death, but I didn't want to do a sad ballet to finish the season.'" Thus he tweaked the story to a more lighthearted version where a lovely white cat and a preoccupied musician, Léon, do indeed fall in love—but instead this cat has a goal of becoming domesticated, and Léon falls for both the cat and a sassy Parisian seamstress, Mimi. We won't give away the ending, but there's no angsty rooftop-jumping involved. Adding to the frame story are the damsels of the night (aka the mischievous alley cat corps and their Queen), who attempt to keep the white cat from abandoning them and adopting the posh indoor life. The damsels' bit adds comedy to the whole, says Chevennement. Along with Citie's Ballet mistress, Laurence Menotti (who so happens to be Chevennement's wife of 10 years), did a fair amount of YouTube homework to nail down an authentic cat-like

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movement vocabulary for the ballet. "I didn't want to go into pantomime, and I didn't want to go with the musical theatre-style cats. I wanted the movement to translate the story," he says. "It was challenging for me because I don't have a cat, but I've been looking at cats and the way they move, and taking from prior experience what I think a cat would usually do. A cat can suddenly, for no reason, scratch your legs. There's a lot of hip movement, and of course shoulders and hands. They won't have any tails, they'll be [illustrating] those with their hands.

ARTIFACTS The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare / Until Sat, Jun 2 Lightwire Theatre and Corbian Visual Arts and Dance combine efforts to illuminate the stage as part of the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival. Allow yourself to be mesmerized as performers dance these classic fables aglow using electroluminescent wire. Even Howard Stern was moved

Do you want to help the world and, at the same time, build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both. But if the audience doesn't get it that's fine, because it's still a cat movement." Though he's admittedly more of a dog-lover, Chevennement says that the score is undeniably written with cats in mind. "You can hear the meowing in the music," he says, also noting that though working on the ballet did further his understanding of the feline form, he still wouldn't adopt one for his own. "I'm allergic to cats," he says. FAWNDA MITHRUSH



to gush praise for Lightwire Theatre during a performance on America's Got Talent. Don't let the kids have all the fun. (St Albert Curling Club, $10.50 Adults, $9 Children)

Corinne Jeffery Book Signing and Reading / Tue, Jun 5 (2 pm) and Thur Jun 7 (2 pm) The St Albert author debuts her first novel, Arriving 1909-

It is a simple group service activity which ‘steps down’ the great spiritual energies that continually stream into our planet. It is safe, scientific, non-denominational, and extremely potent. It will not interfere with any other religious or spiritual practice and will, in fact, enhance your personal meditation and any other service activities in which you may be engaged.

1919. The story explores Canadian history through the eyes of a family of German pioneers, who settle on the Saskatchewan prairie. This first novel is part of the trilogy Understanding Ursula. As a former nurse and educator, Jeffrey says writing a novel has been a lifelong dream, and is described as a natural storyteller. (Spruce Grove Public Library and St Albert Public Library) V

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Monday June 4th

Please attend our free presentation and participate in a Transmission Meditation and experience the Aquarian energies of synthesis which are slowly beginning to influence and transform our lives.

7 pm the Four Points by Sheraton 7230 Argyll Road Edmonton

Admission free For more information call: 780-433-3342

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NEXTFEST 2012 • Roxy, 10708-124 St, and vari-

ous other venues throughout Edmonton, 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network, presented by the Nextfest Arts Company • Showcase of local, national, and international emerging artists–the artistic voice of the next generation. Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual art, film and multidisciplinary collaboration • Jun 7-17

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS Agnes Bugera Gallery • 12310 Jasper


Ave, 780.482.2854 • Paintings by Scott Pattinson; until Jun 8

CITIE BALLET • Timms Centre for the Arts, U of A Damsels of the Night (Les Demoiselles de la Nuit), inspired by the Jean Anouilh story. Comedy adaptation by François Chevènement (artistic director), Laurence Menotti (ballet mistress), Katherine Koller (librettist) • Jun 2, 2:30 and 7:30pm

ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • • Discovery Gallery: Confluence: Robin DuPont's exploration of soda fired pottery; until Jun 16 • Feature Gallery: PULP PAPER PAGES: Featuring contemporary Albertan book + paper arts; until Jul 7

Edmonton School of Ukrainian Dance • Festival Place, Sherwood Park • Visions

2012: Vohon and Vatra • Jun 3

Flamenco En Vivo • Timms Centre, 87

Ave, 112 St, 780.349.4843 • Flamenco guitarists, singers, dancers, and guests; Judith Garcia (director), Oscar-Jose Garcia (Flamenco guitar) • Jun 3, 7:30pm

Good Women Dance Collective

• Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre • • Pod: Collaboration between Good Women and composer Piotr Grella-Mozejko; choreography by Alida Nyquist Schultz performance by Raena Waddell and Ainsley Hillyard, music by Piotr Grella-Mozejko • Jun 9-10, 8pm • $15 (student/senior)/$20 (adult)

NEXTFEST 2012 • Roxy, 10708-124 St, and

various other venues throughout Edmonton, 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network, presented by the Nextfest Arts Company • Showcase of local, national, and international emerging artists–the artistic voice of the next generation. Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual art, film and multidisciplinary collaboration • Jun 7-17

FILM Bailey Theatre–Camrose • The Bailey

Theatre Classic Movie Series: King Kong (1933) • Jun 4, 7pm • $5 (door)

Dreamspeakers Film FestivaL • Vari-

ous venues throughout Edmonton, 780.378.9609 • • Featuring Aboriginal talent–a rich and diverse body of artistic creations in all aspects of the arts locally, nationally, and internationally. Screenings are held throughout the festival • Until Jun 2 • $20 (opening night); $7 (each screening)

From Books to Film series • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm, 780.944.5383 • Screenings of films adapted from books, presented by the Centre for Reading and the Arts • Up in the Air (2009, 14A); Jun 1, 2pm • Up in the Air (2009, 14A); Jun 1, 2pm • The Ides of March (14A); Jun 8, 2pm

Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) • 2

Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • • ALEX JANVIER: Life's Work: until Aug 19 • RBC New Works: Anthropocene, 2012: Installation by Brendan McGillicuddy; until Jul 1 • BMO Work of Creativity: Method and Madness: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • RBC New Works Gallery: • Art School: Banff 1947: until Jun 3 • Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 • Art School: Banff 1947: Until Jun 3 • Alberta Process Painting: until Jun 3 • Open Studio: Adult Drop-In: Scape: Familiar Landscapes: May 31, 7-9pm; $15/$12 (AGA member); $15/$12 AGA members • Louise Bourgeois 1911-2010: Jun 2-Sep 23

Art Gallery Of St Albert (AGSA)• Square One: Fundraiser and exhibition; Jun 7-23 • Artventures: Easy-Peasy Photo Transfer– drop-in art for children aged 6-12; Jun 9, 1-4pm; $5

Art from the Streets–Red Deer •

4935-51 St, Red Deer • New Work, New Artists • Reception: Jun 1, 6-8pm

ArtWalk–St Albert • Perron District, downtown St Albert • The 1st Thu each month, exhibits run all month • Venues: WARES (Hosting SAPVAC), Musée Héritage Museum, St Albert Library, Gemport, Art Beat Gallery, Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA) and Rental & Sales Gallery (AGSA), Satellite Studio (AGSA), Bookstore on Perron, Crimson Quill, St Albert Constituency, Concept Jewellery, VASA • Thu, Jun 7 Creations Gallery Space • Sawridge Inn Lobby, 4235 Gateway Blvd • A Warriors Cry: Artworks by Veran Pardeahtan • Until Jun Crooked Pot Gallery–Stony Plain

• 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.9573 • Annual Spring Garden Show: pottery for the garden by Marion Majeau, Robert Ford, and friends; until May 31 • Now, for Something Different: Ceramic works by Robert Barclay; Jun 1-29; opening: Jun 2, 11am-3pm

Curiosities: a fast and dirty project • Curiosities will be exhibited in

a moving van in three different locations in Edmonton • 5 Curators, 5 Dressers, 20 Artists, 1 Moving Van; a fast and dirty project is an exhibition about the politics of furniture • Hours and Locations • 124 St Jun 1, 3-7pm • 104 St, near city market downtown: Jun 2, 9am-3pm • Near Strathcona Market: Jun 3, 12-5pm

Daffodil Gallery • 10412-124 St, 780.760.1278 • • Don't let the Flakes Out: Artworks by Gerry Dotto • Jun 5-23 • Reception: Jun 9, 2-4pm Douglas UDell • 10332-124 St, 780.488.4445

• Bronx • Brooklyn • Queens in Edmonton: Artworks by Tim Okamura • Until Jun 2

FAB Gallery • Department of Art and Design,

U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg, 780.492.2081 • Super-Vision! Michael Eubank's exhibition, the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Painting • Insight: Visualizing Heath Humanities: To broaden our understanding of the emerging field of health humanities through visual, sound and performance explorations • Until Jun 9

Gallerie Pava • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 •

Artworks by Jerry Berthelette, Léonie Poole, Jean Francis Yappi, Rhéa Plouffe, Monique Beland and Alain Favre; until Jun 5 • Artworks by Sébastien Guillier, Mireille Peloquin, Mireille Rochon and Mireille Cloutier; Jun 8-20

Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • Crossing Paths: Artworks by Aboriginal Teen Group; until Jun 19; opening: Jun 1, 5-7pm; 6pm opens with an honour song by an Elder • Aboriginal Art: Aboriginal artifacts including clothing, tools and medicinal plants in the Gallery's display cases and cubes near AV room; Jun 1-8 • Selected items from EPL's Aboriginal collection Jun 9-30 • The Works Festival: Jun 20-Jul 5 HAPPY HARBOR COMICS v1 • 10729-104 Ave • Comics Artist-in-Residence program is proud to extend Paul Lavellee’s term. Visit him every Friday (12-6) and Sat (12-5); until Aug 18 • COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm Harcourt House • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St,

780.426.4180 • • Main Space: SOUNDBURSTINGS NO.1: Gary James Joynes installation of several video projections that create a sequence of SoundBursts

Harris-Warke Gallery–Red Deer •

Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • Made Objects/Choreographed Movements: Ceramics installation by Juliana Rempel • Until Jun 16 • Reception: Jun 1, 6-8pm; part of Red Deer’s First Fridays

Hub on Ross–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St,

Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • With Spirit and Soul: Artworks by students from Notre Dame High School; until May 31 • In the Garden: Artworks by members of the Red Deer Art Club; Jun 1-30; reception: Jun 1, 4:30-6:30pm, concert: 7pm

Jeff Allen Art Gallery • Strath-

cona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave, 780.433.5807 • Art Through The Eyes of Seniors: Paintings, be pottery, woodwork, fibre art, sewing and quilting; Jun 1-27; Reception: Jun 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Jubilee Auditorium • 11455-87 Ave • Love Lies Bleeding–The Exhibition: Artworks by Alberta Society of Artists members based on or inspired by music and lyrics of Elton John • Until Jun 15 Kehrig Fine Art • Great West Saddlery

Building, 10137-104 St, 780.619.0818 • Silent Beauty: sculptures by Blake Ward, Michel Anthony, paintings by Raphaël Gyllenbjörn, wall hangings by Anna Torma, and other artists • Until Jun 29 • Wine and cheese reception: May 31, 7-9pm, many of the artists in attendance. Info T: Laurie Greenwood 780.619.0818

Kiwanis Gallery–Red Deer • Red Deer Library • One: a film by Bryce Evans • Reception: Jun 1, 6:30-8:30pm Latitude 53 • 10248-106 St, 780.423.5353 • • Main Space: Mouth and Duet: Installation, and performance by Andrew Forster; until Jun 23 • ProjEx Room and Main Space: Messages to: The Edmonton remand centre newspaper: Photos by Lindsey Bond; until Jun 23 • Main Space: New work by Montreal artist Andrew Forster • Until Jun 23 Loft Gallery • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590

Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park, 780.922.6324 • Art Society Members artworks • Jun 2-24

McMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-

West End Gallery • 12308 Jasper Ave, 780.488.4892 • Memories of Europe: Artworks by Michael Rozenvain • Until Jun 7

LITERARY From Books to Film series • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm, 780.944.5383 • Screenings of films adapted from books, presented by the Centre for Reading and

the Arts • Up in the Air (2009, 14A); Jun 1, 2pm • The Ides of March (14A); Jun 8, 2pm

Rouge Lounge • 10111-117 St,

Michif Cultural and Métis Resource Institute • 9 Mission Ave, St


Albert, 780.651.817∂6 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing

Bar, 10475-80 Ave, 780.932.4409 • 1st Thu each month, open mic opportunity • Liar’s Contest, open mic opportunity • Jun 7, 7-9pm • $6 minimum cover

Mildwood Gallery • 426, 6655-178 St •

WunderBar on Whyte • 8120-101 St,

Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo and Victor Harrison • Ongoing

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51

St, Stony Plain, 780.963.9935 • High Art 2012 • Until Jun 7 • Drawings and paintings by John Zyp; Jun 9-Jul 11; opening reception: Jun 10

Musée Héritage Museum–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • In Focus: Photographing the Alberta and Montana Frontier, 1870-1930; Blood, Blackfoot, Northwest Mounted Police and ranching artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum and Musée Héritage Museum will be featured with the photographs • Until Aug 19 Naess Gallery • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • • June Art Work by DP Nina Haggerty–Stollery Gallery • 9225118 Ave, 780.474.7611 • • HERE WE ARE: Works by students of Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit School, Montana First Nation • Until May 31

Ave, 780.455.7479 • Summer Group Shows: New artworks by gallery artists; Jun-Aug

Propaganda Hair Salon • 10808-124 St

• Pieces of outro: Artworks by Outro • Through May

Royal Alberta Museum • 12845-102 Ave,

780.453.9100 • Faces of Labour: until Jun 24 • Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large: until Sep 3 • Fashioning Feathers: Dead Birds, Millinery Craft and the Plumage Trade; curated by Merle Patchett and Liz Gomez, show examines the effect of fashion's demand for beautiful feathers on bird populations at the beginning of the twentieth century; until Jan 6 • Wolf to Woof: Jun 9-Sep 16

Scott Gallery • 10411-124 St, 780.488.3619

• Fusion: Line & Land: Figurative and landscape works by Jacques Clément and Yuriko Kitamura; Jun 2-26; opening: Jun 2, 2-4pm; artists in attendance

SNAP Gallery • Society Of Northern Alberta

Print­-Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • Artworks by Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore • Until Jun 30

Strathcona County Gallery@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, 780.410.8585 • • Artworks by Ila Crawford; until Jun 24

Sugar Bowl • 10922-88 Ave • •

Acrylic on canvas paintings by Cuban artist Anabel Quan • Through May

TELUS Centre • U of A Museums, Gallery A,

Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, 780.492.5834 • Open: Thu-Fri 12-5pm; Sat 2-5pm • China's Imperial Modern: The Painter's Craft: Curated by Lisa Claypool • Until Jul 14

TELUS World of Science • 11211-142 St,

780.452.9100 • IMAX: To The Arctic (G); Born to be Wild and Rescue • Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre: When Venus Transits the Sun; until Jun 5 • Robots–The Interactive Exhibition: Until Sep 9 • ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition • Astronomical Events: Observatory: Safely watch Venus as it transits the Sun; Jun 5, 3:30pm • IMAX: Hubble: Opens June 30 • Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre: Experience the Aurora; opens Jun 30 • Transit of Venus: viewing party at the Observatory; Jun 5, 3:30-10pm (will be cancelled if there is substantial cloud cover)

U of A Devovnian Botanic Garden

• Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival: Jun 3, 11am-4pm

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VAAA Gallery • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.421.1731 • Coming of Age: The Graduates: Artworks by 10 graduating artists from five different communities in Alberta. 2D, 3D and video/installation works by: Derrick Hoekstra and Nicole Lalonde (Lethbridge), Jean Day and Gillian Mitchell (Calgary), Thomas Sidwell and Joseph P. LaGrange (Red Deer), Lucille Frost and Megan Warkentin (Edmonton) and Naomi Deutekom & Callista MacLennan (Grand Prairie) during Nextfest and the Works Festival • Jun 7-Jul 14, Jun 3o, 12-4pm, closed Jul 1 • Reception: Thu, Jun 21, 6:30-930pm

112 St, 780.407.7152 • 25: Artworks by U of A Hospital staff in celebration of the Friends of University Hospital's 25th Anniversary; until Jun 17

Peter Robertson Gallery • 12304 Jasper


U of A Museums–TELUS Centre • Gallery A, Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, U of A, 780.492.5834 • • China's Imperial Modern: The Painter's Craft: How did modern ways of making paintings and prints emerge from the ink painter’s studio, enter the public sphere, and help shape people’s lives in China during the late imperial era? • Until Jul 14; Thu-Fri, 12-5pm, Sat 2-5pm

780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

THEATRE The Ash Girl • Festival Place, Sherwood Park • Presented by Archbishop Jordan Theatre • Until May 31

CHARLEY’S AUNT • Knox-Metropolitan United Church, 8307-109 St, 780.454.8606 • The 9th Street Players and Knox-Metropolitan United Church • By Brandon Thomas, directed by Elizabeth Johannson, set design by Warren Mack • Jun 1-2, 8pm; Jun 3, 1:30pm • $15 (adult)/$10 (student/senior) at door CHICAGO • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615109 Ave • Tickets: 780.483.4051, Toll free: 1.877.529.7829 • • Broadway Musical • Until Jun 17 Chimprov • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul • $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only) Creative Age Festival • Timms Centre

for the Arts • • Celebrating the power of the arts to transform older adults, enabling them to express their identity, concerns and aspirations through drama, music, visual arts and dance • Jun 8-10 • $10 (each event); pre-register at TIX on the Square

Let There Be Height • La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St, 780.758.9999 • Firefly’s Aerial Cabaret Fundraiser features professional and upcoming aerialists, special guest artists, and a silent auction • Jun 8-9, 7pm (door), 8pm (show) • $28 at TIX on the Square, 780.420.1757 Little Elephants • Varscona Theatre,

10329-83 Ave, 780.434.5564 • • Shadow Theatre • Domestic comedy by Belinda Cornish featuring Belinda Cornish, Nicola Elbro, Glenn Nelson, Davina Stewart, directed by John Hudson. Marion and Alf are moving from their long time family home with the help of their two adult daughters. But when an unexpected phone call exposes an unrevealed family fact, it unleashes a comedic torrent of revelations • Until Jun 10; Tue-Sat 7:30pm; Sat-Sun 2pm • $15 (preview); Fri-Sat night: $26/$23 (student/senior); Tue-Thu, Sun mat: $22/$20 (student/senior)

Murderous Mayhem at the Metropolitan Melodrama • Capitol

Theatre, Fort Edmonton • A troupe of local actors make the final preparations for their live performance of a Victorian Melodrama. Despite the petty rivalries, the show must go on. Cheer the hero; Boo the villain • Jun 2 • $89 (Incl 3-course dinner, and entertainment)

NEXTFEST 2012 • Roxy, 10708-124 St, other

Edmonton venues, 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network, presented by the Nextfest Arts Company • Showcase of local, national, and international emerging artists–the artistic voice of the next generation. Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual art, film and multidisciplinary collaboration • Jun 7-17

Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7

Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780.439.3905 • • Concrete Theatre • Public performances: Jun 9-10 • $5 at TIX on the Square

TheatreSports • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Improv runs every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member)



Fresh face

TZiN welcomes a new executive chef

Executive dancing chef Corey McGuire // Meaghan Baxter

TZiN Wine & Tapas 10115 104 St 780.428.8946


here's a new face amongst the team at the tiny, yet welcomingly cozy TZiN Wine & Tapas. New executive chef Corey McGuire has taken over the bustling open kitchen to serve up the unique, flavourful creations TZiN has become known for since opening its doors five years ago. Cooking has always been a passion for McGuire, a graduate of the culinary arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). His professional culinary exploits began 14 years ago with chains such as Joey's and Earl's before he moved on to Madison's Grill, where he worked for seven years before making the move to TZiN. "You get more interaction, you get to see people, see the smiles on their faces while they're eating and having a good time," McGuire says of TZiN's wide-open kitchen, which is impossible to miss from its position beside the front door. McGuire had frequented TZiN as a customer over the last number of years and got to know the owners

Kelsey Danyluk and Glen Haugh quite well. He always enjoyed the vibe, and of course, the food. "It's been fantastic and our best gauge is our customers, as well as the feedback that we get," Danyluk says of hiring McGuire. "We're excited to have him onboard. We're a small, but dedicated team and he fits that culture beautifully." The energy of the dining space is what attracted McGuire to TZiN. Between the interaction with the kitchen, the close proximity customers have to each other and the tapasstyle dining, he says it makes it easy to socialize and enjoy an evening, rather than each diner sitting with their heads down, concentrating on their own food. "In a place like this, everyone's interacting," he says. "There's a nice buzz. You can't leave here and not have had a good time." Thanks to a window positioned at the front of the restaurant, McGuire also has the opportunity to interact with passersby, who stop to watch him prepare food in the afternoons. Pedestrians and customers might even catch him dancing, which he admits is a common occurrence in his

kitchens. "I like to have a lot of fun when I cook ... whether it's a closed kitchen or an open kitchen," he adds. "It's nice to have an audience to see it now." Aside from having a lot of fun and ensuring customers enjoy themselves just as much, McGuire plans to incorporate fresh ingredients from the City Market Downtown and add a chef's choice dish on Saturdays to incorporate the fare he gathers from its vendors. He'll also be rolling out new dishes over the coming weeks that make use of locally produced ingredients. "It's nice to know where your food comes from. If you know the person who's raised the cow from the time it was born to the time it was slaughtered, you just see the passion in their eyes," he notes. "It comes through with the products and that inspires me to do something great with it." McGuire's skills in the kitchen are evident when he whips up a few of TZiN's signatures following our interview. First up was the warm mushroom and spinach tart with gruyere cheese and merlot truffle vinaigrette. The pastry, which is house-made and takes a day and a half to complete, is light

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and fluffy, creating the perfect accompaniment for the filling, loaded with cheese and fresh mushrooms. Next up came crab-stuffed prawns, which McGuire says is the opposite of what people usually expect. Opposite or not, the giant, juicy prawns, which are butterflied to accommodate the crab-meat filling, are delicious. The crab is clearly the real deal and the creation is complimented by a spicyyet-tart lemon chili aioli, which adds some bite, but allows the natural flavours to come through. Next came the grilled Alberta beef tenderloin with rosemary potato confit, carmelized onion and fig coulis. The tender beef was just slightly pink and very flavourful. The potatoes, onions and coulis were all a great sweet meets savoury compliment to the flavours the beef. To cap it all off, McGuire sent out a slice of flourless Grand Marnier chocolate torte with raspberry Cointreau sorbet. The torte was just the right amount of sweet paired with the tartness of the sorbet. If he's already mastered TZiN's classics, his own creations promise to be nothing short of delectable. meaghan baxter




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To Stem or Not to Stem A few years ago stemless wine glasses hit the market in a big way and are now quite commonplace. Manufacturers recognized that a towering wine glass is not always practical or desirable at every event—especially casual summer affairs like barbecues, backyard parties and camping trips. While purists will insist on a wine glass with a nice long stem, rest assured that as long as the bowl is well designed, wine tastes just fine out of a stemless glass. However, try to avoid hanging on to a stemless glass the whole time you're drinking it, as your hands will warm up the liquid and make it taste dull and boozy—this is the main reason why stems exist in the first place. Rim Shot An oft-overlooked feature of a good wine glass is the rim: the thinner the rim, the better. Believe it or not, thick rims act like speed bumps and prevent the wine from hitting your tongue evenly, disrupting the detection of subtle characteristics in the wine and making it feel rough and uneven on the palate. A thin highball glass makes wine taste better than one of those heavy-cut glass goblets your mom whips out at Christmas—trust me. A final word of advice Only drink from glasses you can afford to break. Accidents happen. V


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Not just for late-night takeout Café Beirut serves up upscale Lebanese fare Café Beirut 10058 - 112 St 780.988.8821


he new Café Beirut on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 112 St is a fine-dining endeavour of Sam Tabet, the man behind the Whyte Avenue location. The flavours may be similar, but the casual takeout-friendly affair south of the river has been replaced with a more sophisticated authentic Middle Eastern menu and decor in a more intimate setting. I brought along my friend Kathy for my first Lebanese fine-dining experience, and we instantly agreed on the warmth and coziness of the traditional design of the ten-table restaurant. Worried that I may have issues order-

ing something gluten free, Sam went through the entire menu for us, offering elaborate descriptions of dishes that were new to me. Excited to hear that they had a calamari dish that was baked instead deep fried, I convinced a leery Kathy to give it a try. Even though a few people had come in to pick up takeout, we couldn't help but notice it was taking a while for our order to arrive. We were both used to the quick takeout/ late-night version of Lebanese food; we had no idea of what we were in for. When our first plate arrived we were treated to a lovely display of three large portions of calamari stuffed with feta cheese, onion, chilli pepper and olive oil ($14.95). One bite and I felt that this unique treat had been

handmade with attention, detail and love. With a slight kick to it, the dish was full of flavour and a delightful difference from the usual battered calamari. We ordered the Moushakal Kabob ($44.95) which serves two and comes with five different kebabs, vegetables, dips, rice and salad. The giant bowl of Fatoush—romaine lettuce, parsley, radishes, onion, green peppers and tomatoes, tossed with dry mint, Sumac spice, olive oil and fresh lemon—had Kathy instantly smiling. The platter that graced the table was a beautiful presentation of colours and textures. In one corner was a generous serving of hummus that tasted as good as any I had sampled on my travels through the Middle East. In the opposite corner was Baba Ghanouj. While Kathy isn't a fan of this roasted eggplant dip, I had no problem devouring her portion. Of the four beef skewers, Kathy was taken with the subtle heat of the Halabi Kabob made from lean ground beef mixed with jalapeno jam, while my favourite was the Jalabi Kabob, made with cashews, pistachios and pine nuts. We both loved the barbecued cubed chicken-breast kebab which was ten-

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der and served with a mystery white sauce. Sam explained that he crushes the garlic, slowly adds olive oil and from the addition of vinegar, a delicious garlic sauce with a smooth texture is created. The rice was surprisingly full of flavour. Sam shared that he first boils raisins, and then used the raisin water to cook the rice. Topped with pistachios, almonds and juicy raisins, and accented with what tasted like saffron, it was a wonderful accompaniment to the meal. Not surprisingly, we couldn't finish the platter; the copious serving had us stuffed. I had Kathy in stitches when I gave her a toothy smile to check if

there was anything in my teeth. You have to feel pretty comfortable with your dining companion if you're going to embark on an evening of authentic Lebanese food packed with garlic and parsley, but my taste buds sure thought it was worth it. Sam shook our hands on the way out and as he gave his farewell and said, "Tell your friends." I smiled because we were both excited to share this place with others. Only months into operation, I believe that this intimate setting and flavourful menu will attract more than just the takeout crowd. Sharman Hnatiuk



What the Truck?! Sat, Jun 9 (5 pm - 11 pm, or until the food runs out) 104 St, north of 102 Ave

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t's a little early, but just a heads up that What the Truck?!, Edmonton's food-truck extravaganza, is coming back for round two. Ten food trucks serving up delectable sweet and savoury fare that's far from ordinary street food will gather once a month in June, July, August and September. The event was immensely popular last year, and the smaller scale Truck Stop events held throughout May proved time and time again that the food truck scene in Edmonton is beginning to take off, so be sure to get there early to avoid missing out. Mack D Male, one of the event coordinators, says on the sweet side people can enjoy some old favourites like Carnival Cravings, which will be serving mini donuts and festival fare, while Eva Sweet will be cooking up an enticing variety of waffles.

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expect the likes of Nomad, Next Act, Filistix and Smokehouse BBQ. The lineups for the other What the Truck?! events are not posted just yet, but Male advises checking the website regularly or following the event on Twitter (@whatthetruckyeg) to keep up to date. "I think they're interesting for a bunch of reasons. Number one they do some really good food. Most of the guys and girls who run these trucks are chefs and they're not doing burgers and hot dogs," Male says of the trucks. "Not that there's anything wrong with that, but they're doing more gourmet kind of food. It's kind of like a bit of a restaurant experience, but outside." Male adds that taking gourmet dining experiences outdoors allows the public to interact more than in typical restaurant settings where everyone keeps to themselves. The June What the Truck?! event will be running in conjunction with the Al Fresco 104 St Block Party.

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Deer Tick Sat, Jun 2 (8 pm) With Turbo Fruits, the Novaks Starlite Room, $27.75



hen guitarist Ian O'Neill joined Deer Tick in 2009, the band was already two albums into defining its particular take on the barroom rock band. "Mostly my impressions were live, because I hadn't really been listening to their records," he admits. "I don't know why. I'm kind of late to most things. My brother was a big advocate of them to me when I was younger. ... And then I ended up playing a solo show and opened up for them once as well. So my impressions were what they actually were, not what their record sounded like—What they were like in person. "I had good impressions," he specifies with a laugh. Previously, O'Neill was a six-stringer for Titus Andronicus, but seems to have integrated himself nicely into Deer Tick's particular brand of brashness: though capable of more restrained takes on folk and blues, the Providence, Rhode Island five-piece are at their best when found pumping out mischevious rock 'n' roll, the sort of stomp-alongs you'd chant for as last call comes and goes. (They've also performed entire sets as a Nir-

Rather unusual suspects // Scott Alario

vana tribute act dubbed "Deervana." Go figure.) Witness the call and response of "Let's All Go To The Bar", or the fuzz-infused bounce of "The Bump," offering lines like, "We're fullgrown men/ but we act like kids." Divine Providence, the band's fourth album, best displays the band's full range from scuzzy riffs to piano balladeering, though the album's hardly a strictly-adhered-to blueprint: live touring has warped the songs in that setting, instrumental parts morphing into new shapes, or get cut out entirely to arrive at whatever fits the energy of the performance. "If we happen to hear one of our records, it's kind of just bizarre: we're like, 'oh shit, so that's what it was supposed to sound like?'" O'Neil notes. "It happens naturally, and it also happens sometimes consciously. We have an

energy live where it's kind of irresistible to do anything live, but make the songs seem to fit the situation."


O'Neill points out a similar energy found when the band's recording. No matter who starts a song, the band finishes it together, and while he notes that the songwriter usually has the final say in its outcome, the finished tune bears the hints and markings of all five of them, and the collective twist they put on a song when approaching it together. "Which I think is always a good thing, he says. "It gives all the songs more of an appeal, too, just to have five different brains working in five different directions. It usually ends up working a lot better than you'd expect." PAUL BLINOV



Heart of the City Festival Sat, Jun 2 & Sun, Jun 3 (11 am - 9 pm, Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm, Sunday) Giovanni Caboto Park, Free


dmonton's inner city often gets pegged with a bad reputation, but the ninth annual Heart of the City Festival aims to showcase its vibrant arts and music scene. The strong sense of community spirit amongst the volunteers, artists and musicians is what festival chair David Prodan believes has made it success. The festival has continued to grow each year and offers a venue for budding talent to get some much-needed exposure. The artistic and musical lineup, which spans a multitude of genres, is strictly local and focuses on those who have a connection to the city's downtown urban centre. Heart of the City is family oriented and has numerous activities to keep the kids entertained as well. "We really wanted to make it an inclusive event. Part of our philosophy is we wanted everyone to feel welcome in the park, no matter how old they are, no matter what background they have," Prodan notes. Having the opportunity to play in front of a large audience in an area of

town that's low of venues has opened the door to other opportunities for many of the artists. Many of the artists perform for the first time at Heart of the City and Prodan says he's enjoyed seeing artists develop over the years, including acoustic-folk group Painting With Ella, one of this year's headliners The trio, comprised of Emily Guthrie, Robyn Newman-Wilson and Jaclyn Turville, had its first professional gig at Heart of the City five years ago and since then, they've gone on to play at events like the Calgary Folk Festival, steadily rack up songwriting accolades and release a debut full-length album called One Lost Kite. "It's a festival that's always been really near and dear to our hearts, especially since we all have, at some point, gone to school, lived or worked in the downtown area," Turville says. The festival has also opened the trio up to the Edmonton music community and introduced them to valuable mentors who have helped them develop as musicians, as well as a presence in the scene. "There's people who have been in the music business for awhile and people

who are just starting out like we were, and I think this is really bringing that positive energy of the downtown community and central edmonton community together," Guthrie adds of the festival's diversity. Returning for a second time is fellow headliner Andrew Scott, who recently returned from a country showcase in Nashville and has a new album in the works. His goal this year is to maintain the uplifting vibe of the festival through his music, which he says is never too serious and is laced with humour. Since moving to Edmonton just over a year ago, Scott has noticed the growing sense of camaraderie among the downtown arts community. "It's low key; it's in a really unique neighbourhood in the city," Scott notes of the location, which he says has shown him a completely different side to Edmonton than Jasper Ave or Whyte Ave. "You're seeing direct talent and and a lot of it is like this really funny, sort of quirky stuff that you wouldn't necessarily see somewhere else, and people that are on their way up into bigger festivals." MEAGHAN BAXTER


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eavy dad-blues, stoner rock, shakra rock, psychedelic, whatever you want to call it, Krang has teamed up with Shooting Guns from Saskatoon and Dead Horse from Calgary to take over the Prairies and unleash its bombastic sonic arsenal on the masses. "I think in Edmonton there's a lot of hard rock and there's a lot of folk, kind of singer-songwriter stuff, but there's the in-between stage that's missing," says drummer and vocalist Jared Majeski, adding that Krang is by no means hard-rock-meets-singer-songwriter, but rather a mix of melodic and heavy melodies that fills the void. "It's almost to show that there's kind of this movement of like-minded musicians who harken back to the days of summer festivals like Woodstock and such," adds bass player Owen Strasky. "I think Krang has kind of a wet dream of touring with these bands as some kind of bigger festival." In the meantime, Krang is collaborating on a split seven-inch with Dead Horse, promoting the release of its latest cassette Sonic Portage and working its way towards a full-length album. Krang has chosen to forgo a full-length in the past in favour of releasing shorter offerings when the opportunity arises.

The four have their fingers in numerous artistic pies, which Majeski says allows them to hone a diverse range of influences and come up with creative music. This creativity has resulted in a great deal of improvisation when it comes to shows and even recordings, particularly in the case of Sonic Portage. The two-song cassette, which is limited to 10 copies, tells the aural tale of the High Level Bridge and the unique soundscape that can be experienced crossing the structure. "There's the lighter side of the High Level and the heavier side," multi-instrumentalist Parker Thiessen says of the limited edition tape. "We wanted something for the friends that always come out to shows and support us." Stories from their surroundings have become inspiration for Krang's fulllength album as well. Most of the band members, with the exception of Strasky, are born and raised Albertans, and proud of the stories that come from the province. Of course, Krang's stories aren't the typical tales of cowboys and pick-up trucks that have become synonymous with Alberta. Instead, they focus on the uniqueness of the province and its rich history. "Just because we don't play a genre of music that is conventionally popular doesn't mean what we think of the province is invalid," Majeski says. MEAGHAN BAXTER


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Fish & Bird Wed, Jun 6 (8 pm) With guests Artery, $12 – $15


uman communication is fallible, and even the most intimate moments with those we hold dearest can be plagued by misunderstanding and miscommunication, according to Fish & Bird co-founder Taylor Ashton. The notion has been the driving force behind the group's third full-length album Every Whisper Is a Shout Across the Void, which was nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award. It's a mouthful, but behind the name is a thought-provoking look at how people interact, including the band members themselves. Fish & Bird got its start as an acoustic duo featuring Ashton and Adam Iredale-Gray before branching into an alt-folk five-piece, with its band members scattered across the country. Ashton admits the separation is difficult at times, but in the age of the Internet and instant communication, it makes the miles between them feel more manageable. While the distance has made getting together difficult at times, adding to the band's lineup has allowed it to expand its sonic horizons. Ashton says he and Iredale-Gray would often come up with complex instrumental ideas that ultimatley went unformed due to lack of musicians. Now, Fish & Bird is able to tackle much more intricate arrangements and perform them live, which posed a challenge when Ashton and Iredale-Gray were having to

Fish & Bird, sans fish and birds

record insturmental parts separately in order to get the end result they wanted. "It's a good size because it's still pretty sparse, but it can be as full as it needs to be for us," Ashton notes, adding the band has become much more cohesive in its sound than it had on past releases, where random instrumentation would be added to the mix for experimentation's sake, without a clear sonic palette, which became more defined on the last album. "It forced us to find different things to do with this sort of more constrained musical lineup, just with the ensemble." Every Whisper stays true to Fish

& Bird's live sound through soulful, emotion-driven tracks set to odd time signatures like 11/8. Little touches like that provide a new approach to traditional folk sounds, which continue to evolve as the band preps for production of a new album. No release date is set, but Ashton says the goal is fall 2013. "We're trying to take this one nice and slow," he says, adding some new material will be showcased on the road. "We've done everything ourselves up until now and we're kind of opening up to the idea of working with a producer to mix it up creatively." MEAGHAN BAXTER



Mushy Callahan Sun, Jun 3 (7 pm) New City, free


ollowing a year of false starts, the brothers that make up Mushy Callahan have pulled together their debut EP, Man on the Run, and garnered attention in their new hometown of Toronto. "This year's been a big year for us: we put out our EP, which took longer than it should have," drummer Joel McCann explains. He says the band deliberated about whether to hire a producer or complete the album themselves, which stalled the process. But once they started working with producer Michael Sonier (Jully Black, Liz Coyles), who found the group online and pushed them into the studio, things really started to roll. Now the band has a set of tour wheels and a busy summer schedule, which will bring it home to Alberta. Forming a band was always a possibility for the brothers, who grew up

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making music together and only recently regrouped in Toronto. "We've talked about it for a long time," says McCann. "We've played in projects when we were kids, but all went our separate ways as teenagers. We always joked about it, but it never seemed like it would really be something that happened. Then when Noah and Jacob moved down, Lucas realized it was actually going to happen, and he didn't want to miss out on it." The group's stayed true to its rock roots, a taste each of the four brothers share from their childhood, although Lucas chose to shift gears for a time. "Lucas, went on his own path—he actually played in a metal band once, that was quite successful. He's got a wide range of music tastes that he likes. I think it's just the rest of us that are snobs when it comes to music," McCann says. Beginning next month, Mushy Cal-

lahan will be working on the video for the single "Shot Down." The foursome is excited about the anticipated appearance of a local celebrity who McCann cautiously left unnamed, saying he didn't want to jinx anything preproduction. "We ran into the star of the video, through a couple of friends and he liked the song," McCann explains. "And we joked around, 'Why don't you star in the video, because you're a pretty big name around here,' and we thought he was just going to laugh it off, but he agreed to because he really enjoyed the song." Though the band is often compared to the Replacements and the Strokes, one comparison the McCann brothers tire of are the inevitable references to pop bro sensations the Jonas Brothers and Hanson Brothers. "Not quite our music," says the rockbred drummer. TEJAY GARDINER



Meet Oak Apple Showcase Sat, Jun 2 (6 pm) Hydeaway, $10


ak Apple Records, a small indie label with big intentions, is giving the music-loving public a taste of what its roster has to offer. Label founder Nathaniel Sutton began the project in March 2009 and since then, Oak Apple has expanded to 12 artists ranging from singersongwriter Colin Close to indie rockers Zero Something to the old-school rock vibe of The Red Cannons. Sutton, who is a born and raised Edmontonian, is a fan of all genres, and says he wouldn't mind even adding a rap act to the Oak Apple family. "I'd say we're like brothers and sisters," he says, adding that's actually true in the case of Bailey Sutton, also

signed to the label. "We're closely connected where we can promote each other's events. It's like a family tree. We're all in there connected."

You could be the biggest band in Edmonton and have a crappy attitude. I don't want that.

Sutton began his investigation into record labels during his teen years. When he'd find new acts he enjoyed, he'd look up its label which snow-

balled into finding more great new music. He aspires for this to be the case with Oak Apple, and is constantly on the lookout for new and diverse talent. "I look for energy, and you have to be down-to-earth," Sutton says of prospective artists. "What I look for is people that can connect with the family of Oak Apple Records so we can move along. I try to get easy going people; you could be the biggest band in Edmonton and have a crappy attitude. I don't want that." Performing at the showcase will be six of Oak Apple's active artists, including Bailey Sutton, Zero Something, Colin Close, Blunt Force Charm and Making a Monster.

The Oak Apple bunch // Meaghan Baxter



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Hey Ocean! can't be accused of being boring or repetitive with its new album IS, a 16song collection of tracks rich with radio-friendly melodies, with folk, rock and a little jazz thrown into the mix. The group's Vancouver roots are evident in the West Coast vibe and ocean imagery woven throughout the lyrics, which sets the tone for metaphors of love lost, love found and other matters of the heart. The range of Ashleigh Ball's voice is put to effective use from its softest point to showing off its full power on "Change." Throughout IS, David Beckingham and Dave Vertesi join her with complimenting harmonies, even taking over the lead at times to give the album a nice change of pace and tone. The only criticism of the album is that some of the tracks, like "Make a New Dance Up," feel over-produced in comparison to the more organic sounds of stand-outs like "Last Mistake," "Bicycle" and "Steady," which showcase the harmonies and musicianship that caught fans' attention.

Paul Blinov

British doom metallers Conan offer up the band's first LP on a bed of heavy, full-bodied drone. The monotonous beat on the opening "Hawk as Weapon" sets a perfect head-nodding tone, while vocals from new bassist Phil Coloumbe cry an epic, uplifting battle hymn in the background. Monnos embodies a resounding heavy atmosphere powered by the clear, fastidious beats of drummer Paul O'Neil. Combined with the call-andanswer effect of Coloumbe's vocals mixed with guitarist Jon Davis' growls, the album has both momentum and depth. Conan is able to move from the rumbling heaviness of "Grim Tormentor" into the slow and spare track "Golden Axe," which creates an atmosphere reminiscent of Pelican or Earth. And then, just when you think the band can't get any lower on the register, the depth of Coloumbe and O'Neil's vocals together on "Headless Hunter" takes it to another level of heavy. It's no surprise the band has been asked to open for doom demi-gods Sleep.

With the release of her debut fulllength album, Here on a Wire, it's clear Jenny Berkel is determined to make a lasting impression. Nothing about the album gives away Berkel's newcomer status. Self-described as "haunt folk," the music, although ghostly, is not unfriendly, with poetic and thoughtful lyrics carrying themes of time, loss and city landscapes. Plenty of emotion permeates Berkel's songs, but the only drama comes from brilliant use of percussion at key moments and a somewhat jarring and grave poem recital near the end of the album. Particular standouts are "All is Undone" and "Come a Long Way."

Samantha Power

Tejay Gardiner












Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City (Upper Class)  Roland Pemberton has come a long way since "Oliver Square," but Hope in Dirt City is, at heart, imbued with just as much Edmonton as that first song. He now calls Montréal home, but the City of Champs still pops up lyrically on Dirt City, and he's noted in pre-release interviews that the album is partly his way of working through moving out of the city that crowned him Poet Laureate for a few years. (And, for full disclosure's sake, Pemberton used to file articles for Vue). Hell, the Dirt City of the title is our own. So, in a way, his mind still dwells here, drifting through his old hometown. But the real trek for Pemberton has been in terms of his skill, both as rapper and producer, and the diversified wealth it's given to his creative output: Hope in Dirty City, four years in the making, is Roland Pemberton's finest album, a shifting vortex of lively beats and rubbery rhymes.


Conan Monnos (Burning World) 



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The samples that back his raps are lively and smooth—Pemberton reportedly constructed the beats, had them re-recorded with a live band including keyboards from fellow Edmonton expat DVAS Jered Stuffco, and his own uncle Brett Miles on sax, and then sampled those live band takes for the finished product. His rap delivery has its own indelible bounce, but he expands what he does with it. Lead single "Conditioning" finds him singing, tackling the choral hook in a killer rocker-yelp as the satisfying climax to its slow-burn build. "Small Death" pairs reggae groove and a sax-line while he slows his delivery. Variety seems to have rubbed up on his collaborators, too: Buck 65 has a guest verse on "(You Can't Stop) The Machine" but raps in a higher register than his usually gruff Waitsy tone. The title track, which closes the album, breaks down from a gritty '80s riff as Pemberton pleads to an ex over wavering synth lines. It's all compelling, but "Crash Course for the Ravers" might be Pemberton's finest track to date. It anchors a spastic energy with a driven, focused bassline while Pemberton picks apart the party scene with deft, blasting lyricism and a sax solo to boot. Quite simply, it's hard to imagine this album not being everywhere in the next couple of months. Pemberton may not live here anymore, but he's still putting out music that's very worthy of hometown pride.



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Jenny Berkel Here on a Wire (Independent) 





Lindsay Woolgar / Sun, Jun 3 (7:30 pm) Help the soughtafter local jazz bassist raise much-needed funds to cover her tuition at the University of Manitoba, where she'll study with bassist Steve Kirby to achieve her Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree. The concert features a performance with Tommy Banks and a host of musicians from a multitude of genres, showcasing the diversity of Woolgar's work. (Yardbird Suite, suggested $20 donation)

Falklands / Fri, Jun 1 Watch video of Falklands at, and then go see the real deal for one of the band's last shows before releasing a new album in the fall. (New City, $10)

Old Man Leudecke / Fri, Jun 1 (8 pm) The Canadian original, known for his memorable melodies and charisma, is giving audiences a sneak peak at what's to come on this next album, due out this fall, as part of his cross-Canada tour. (Artery, $15 in advance, $20 at the door) A Hard Day's Night: A Sing-Along Cabaret / Sat, Jun 2 (7:30 pm) & Sun, Jun 3 (2:30 pm) The music of the Beatles gets an additional 100 voices in a tribute presented by the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus. In the spirit of the fab four, guests are encouraged to dust of their favourite retro getup from the '60s. (Al Shamal Shrine Centre, $25 adults, $15 children 12 and under, advance only)

Doug Hoyer and Jessica Jalbert / Sat, Jun 2 (8 pm) An Edmonton music industry veteran teamed up with a local up-and-comer to take on the country. Now, they're back for a hometown encore. (Elevation Room, $7)

The Strumbellas / Wed, Jun 6 (9 pm) Small town meets big city as the Strumbellas strum, stomp and holler a route across Western Canada with an alt-country dynamic that's far from the usual. (Wunderbar)

Wintersleep / Wed, Jun 6 (9 pm) It all started with humble beginnings 10 years ago when the band was writing songs in an apartment building so poorly designed that if the rooftop pool was ever filled, the building would tip over. Over the years, Wintersleep has moved on to worldwide touring, become a Juno Award winner and is now touring in support of its new album Hello Hum. (Pawn Shop, $25)

10442 whyte ave 439.1273 Cat Jahnke / Sat, Jun 2 (7 pm) Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter Cat Jahnke has performed everywhere from the flat landscapes of the Saskatchewan prairies to Paris and Los Angeles. If that wasn't enough, she's about to achieve every nerd's fantasy as a videogame character is being modelled after her by award-winning designer Mateusz Skutnik of Pastel Games, and Jahnke is also composing the soundtrack. (Westwood Unitarian Congregation, $15 in advance, $20 at the door)

Classical Mystery Tour / Tue, Jun 5 (8 pm) If you didn't get your Beatles fill on the weekend, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra puts its own spin on Beatlemania, joined by the four members of the travelling Classical Mystery Tour on a musical journey through the fab four's early days to worldwide fame. (Winspear Centre, $39 – $69)










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THU MAY 31 Accent European Lounge Seven Suns

Acoustic (Pop) and Lesley Pelletier (Singer-Songwriter); 9:30pm-11:30pm; no minors; no cover Blue Chair Café

Eye on Music: final showcase for the season: showcasing Mieke Maligne, Jordan Rody, Daylin Jorgensen, and Miranda Stewart; a song from prior participants (sign-up); 7pm (show) Blues on Whyte Ross


bohemia Raindance

meeting (filmmakers meeting); for info; no minors; 8pm; $5 (door)

Union Hall 3 Four All

Richard's PUB

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Thu at 9pm

Eddie Shorts Good

Time Jambouree with Charlie Scream every Thu


Belec ( jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Quentin


Sherlock Holmes– WEM Doug Stroud Wild Bill’s–Red Deer

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

Festival Fundraiser: Loom, Distance Bullock, James Renton, More; 8:30pm

Classical Winspear lobby

Music at Noon: Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival; noon; free

DJs Black dog Freehouse Main

Thu: Open turntables; E: kevin@starliteroom. ca to book 30-min set

Century Room Lucky

Artery Old Man

Luedecke (folk), Del Barber, 100 Mile House; 8pm; $15 (adv)/$20 (door)

Avenue Theatre Fall

City Fall, Slumlord, Take the Earth Beneath Us; 6-11:30pm; $8 (adv at Avenue Theatre, Gateway Screen & Press, incl a copy of Fall City Fall's new EP)/$12 (door)

Bistro La Persaud

Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music); Blue Chair Café The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio; 8:30pm; $20 Blues on Whyte Ross


Brixx bar Early Show:

Acheson (formerly Southroot), Dusty Tucker Band, 7pm; Late Show: XoXo to follow (every Fri)

Devaney's Irish Pub

Stan Gallant

Open stage; 7pm; no cover L.B.'s Pub Open jam

Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill

Lit Italian Wine Bar,

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

with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

Karen Porrka, Jamie Philp; 8pm; no cover

Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont

Open mic every Thu; 7pm Myer Horowitz Theatre–U of A HMP

FLASH Night Club


Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Requests every Thu

with DJ Damian

HALO Fo Sho: every

Music Showcase; 7pm

Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown

Naked Cybercafe & Espresso Bar Open


stage Thu; all ages; 9pm-close; no cover

Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close

New City Legion

KAS BAR Urban House:

Booze Cruise (Yellowknife), Anatomy Cats, Better Than Heroes; 7pm (door), 9pm (show) New City Booze

Cruise, Anatomy Cats, Better Than Heroes

New West Hotel

Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; Jess Lee NORTH GLENORA HALL

Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

Overtime Sherwood Park Jesse Peters

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

every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

Level 2 lounge Funk

Bunker Thursdays

Empire Ballroom


music every Fri; 7-10pm; $10

Good Neighbor Pub

T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover Irish Club Jam session

every Fri; 8pm; no cover Jeffrey's Café Dr Blu

(rockin' blues); $15

Jekyll and Hyde Pub

Headwind (classic pop/ rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover l.b.'s pub Jared Scwan

and Hippie Junktion; $5 The Legion–Leduc Last

Chance Hollywood's Homecoming Show: Smile For The Bullet, Freshman Years, The Weekend Kids, Last Chance Hollywood;$5 at Rumor Skate and Snow (Leduc), Blackbyrd

Lizard Lounge Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover New City Falklands,

Whiskeyface, the Rhubarbs ; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $10 (door)

New West Hotel Jess


On the Rocks Huge

Lucky 13 Sin Thu with


On The Rocks

Overtime Sherwood Park Dueling Piano's, all

DJ Mike Tomas

Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow Overtime–Downtown

Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step rendezvous Metal

night every Thu

Taphouse–St Albert

Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves

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Convocation Hall

Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival: Classic Broadway: Opera Nuova's elite emerging artists; 7:30pm Winspear Centre


every Fri; no cover


Blacksheep Pub Bash:

Jubilee Auditorium



Eddie Shorts The

every Thu; 9pm

Krush Ultra Lounge

Graham Guest and Band (CD release Relief); 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $14 (member)/$18 (guest) adv tickets at TicketMaster


J R Bar and Grill


Yardbird Suite

Every Friday DJs on all three levels

Shogun, Alex M.O.R.P.H.; 9pm; $25

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Rocktimus Crime, Calvin Love; 9pm

Rednex–Morinville DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Fuzzion Friday:

with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover

Suede Lounge House,

electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

Suite 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri Treasury In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long Union Hall Ladies Night every Fri

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

The X-Band (Latin)

DV 8 The Benders,

Charley Pride; 7:30pm; tickets at Ticketmaster

WUNDERBAR Concealer,

Fridays at Eleven: Rock hip hop, country, top forty, techno


Mojave Iguanas (variety)

Chrome Lounge 123

Druid Irish Pub DJ

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

every Fri and Sat


Coast to Coast Open


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

Live Jam Thu; 9pm

Xhaust; 9pm; no cover

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer

O2's on whyte DJ Jay


every Fri; Slack Key Slim; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door)

stage every Fri; 9:30pm

THE Common

Sideliners Pub Dual

and Sat

Vinyl Dance Lounge

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

Ko every Thu

Bermuda, the Last Ten Seconds of Life, Eye of Horus, Stallord, Silent Line; all ages; 6-11pm

O2's Taphouse and Grill DJs every Fri

ESO: A Tribute to Ray Charles, William Eddins (conductor), Ellis Hall (vocals, piano), Sandy Simmons, Wendisue Hall-Middle, Cristi Black-Low (vocals); 8pm; $24-$85

CARROT Live music


Things We've Said (EP release), Daniela Andrade, guests; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)


studio music foundation Dr Acula,

Uncommon Thursday: DJ

Haven Social Club

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Quentin

Ric’s Grill Peter

Brixx High Fidelity

Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm

Mark McGarrigle

Sherlock Holmes– WEM Doug Stroud

Café Haven Marlaena CARROT Café

Rose and Crown

the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Kenny Hillaby hosts a jazz session night every Thu with Shadow Dancers, Maura and Jeanelle; no cover Moore; 7pm

Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

Canyon Rose Outfit (R&B); 8pm

Floor: wtft w djwtf– rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/ nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam

Brittanys Lounge


Pawn Shop Zeus (rock), The Darcys, Long Sharp Teeth; 9pm; : $15 (adv)

request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Scenic

Route to Alaska (alt folk), Mass Choir, the Marquee, Desiderata; 8pm; $10 (adv)

Red Piano Bar Hottest

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

DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

bohemia Heart On

Collective: with PsyTrance DJs; no minors 9pm; $5 (door)

Connected Las Vegas Fridays Y AFTERHOURS

Foundation Fridays


Aleyard Tap River

Valley Search Party

Al Shamal Shrine Centre Ed Metro

Chorus–the Beatles Tribute Band, featuring Kevin Smith; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $25/$15 (child 12 and under)

Boneyard Ale House

Artery Amy van Keeken's Rock and Roll Sing-A-Long; 9pm; $10 (adv)

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


The Rock Mash-up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover

Buffalo Underground R U

Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

This Is War, No Heat Tomorrow, Bring Us Your Dead, Autopsy of an Icon (metal); all ages; 8pm; $8 Black Dog Freehouse


Platinum VIP every Fri

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

Common Good Fridays:

Blue Chair Café The

The Druid Irish Pub

Blues on Whyte Every

The Gaff and Vinyl Ritchie; $7

DJ every Fri; 9pm

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every


Amos Garrett Jazz Trio; 8.30pm; $20

Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Ross Neilsen

bohemia The Spartans,


guests; no minors; 8pm; $5 (door)


Brixx Bar Early show: Radioflyer, guests Alterra; 7pm

Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG and dancehall; every Fri Funky Buddha–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock,

retro with DJ Damian; every Fri

HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close junction bar and eatery LGBT Community:

Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

Level 2 Lounge Future

Bass, Deep House, Tech House, UK Garage with DJs NVS, Colin Spence; 9:30pm (door); $5 (incl CD and $5 donation to United Way)

Newcastle Pub

House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan

Café Coral De Cuba

Cafe Coral De Cuba Marco Claveria's open mic (music, poetry, jokes); every Sat, 6pm; $5 Carrot Café Sat Open

mic; 7pm; $2


Mojave Iguanas (variety) CASINO YELLOWHEAD

The X-Band (Latin) Century Casino

Restless Heart; 8pm; $39.95 Coast to Coast Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm Crown Pub Acoustic

blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am

Devaney's Irish Pub

Stan Gallant


(jazz); every Sat, 6pm

DV 8 Messiahlator,

Rapid Loss, Bat Leth; ATH memorial fundraiser; 9pm-2am

Eddie Shorts Odd Ball Bday Party, Burnin' Sands Filthy McNasty's

Cygnets, Doug Hoyer; 4pm; free Gas Pump Saturday

Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth

Giovanni Caboto Park Stage 1: Inner City Fiddlers Micah, Rebecca Lappa Serious M.F, G.B.M, Mandy Faye, Görgön Hörde, Very Dangerous Animals, Big Sky Gliders; Stage 2: Song Circle: 11:20am-noon; Whisper Holler , Colin Close, New Youth Edmonton, Sara Isabel, Debbie Spence, The Skips, Mary Rankin, Capoeira Academy, Steven Johnson Locution Revolution, Kemo Treats, Trent Haliwell Laurel Maclure, free HillTop Pub Sat

afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening

Hooliganz Whiskey

Wagon, Sermon on the Mountain, The Living Daylights; 9pm; $5

Hydeaway Meet Oak Apple Showcase: Colin Close, Bailey Sutton, Making a Monster, Zero Something, Blunt Force Charm, the Red Cannons, Brother Octopus; 7pm (door); $10 Iron Boar Pub Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10 Jeffrey's Café Jeff

Hendrick (R'n'B sax and vocals); $10

l.b.'s pub Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm; Evening: Darlene Olson, Randy Smith, 9:30pm Louise McKinney Riverfront Park – Shumka Stage T.I.M.E.

(Todays Innovative Music Edmonton) presents: TIME's final concert of the season; free

Louisiana Purchase

Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 10pm-12; no cover New City 20th Anniversary Tour: Chixdiggit (punk rock), Old Wives, the Deliberators; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $15 (adv)/$17 (door) New West Hotel

Country jam every Sat, 3-6pm; Evening: Jess Lee O’byrne’s Live band

every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

Oliver Community Festival Nova Bells

Hand Choir, Choir of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Choral Morphosis, Edmonton Musical Theatre, Edmonton Police Pipe and Drum Band; 10am-3pm; free

Rose and Crown


Royal Alberta Museum Raga-Mala


Music Society: Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (Indian classical vocalist), Sandip Ghosh (tabla), Gourab Chatterjee (harmonium), Ananjan Chakrabarty (surmandal); 7:30pm; $20 /$15 (student/ senior/free (Raga-Mala patrons)

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Quentin


Sherlock Holmes– WEM Doug Stroud Sideliners Pub Sat

open stage; 3-7pm

Starlite Room

Deertick, Turbo Fruits, The Novaks; 8pm

Red Piano Bar Hottest

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

rendezvous pub

Shocker, Surviving Suzanne, Alien Shape Shifter


every Sat

Boneyard Ale House

DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm

BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm Buffalo Underground Head

Palace Casino Show

Lounge DJ every Sat

Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm) RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests

Winspear Centre

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Sat; 9pm

WUNDERBAR Bike Tour Fundraiser: Feast or Famine, Weekend Kids, Noisy Colours, more; 9pm

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Your Famous


Tribute To Ray Charles

Yardbird Suite

Graham Guest and Band; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $14 (member)/$18 (guest)

Classical Royal Alberta Museum Edmonton

St Timothy’s Anglican Church

Murray (Reggae/Ska), The Fundamentals, Our Sound Machine; 7pm; $10 (adv)

Blacksheep Pub DJ


Saturdays at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School

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

Pawn Shop Chris

all request live; 9pm2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

O2's on whyte DJ Jay every Fri and Sat

Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

Overtime Sherwood Park Dueling Piano's,


and Sat

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

Urban Lounge Bob

Raga-Mala Music Society: Jayateertha Mevundi (vocal, Kirana Gharana), Sudhanshu Kulkarni (harmonium), Keshav Joshi (tabla); 7:30pm

On the Rocks Huge

O2's Taphouse and Grill DJs every Fri

Mark McGarrigle

Edmonton Youth Choir Year End Concert; 7:30pm; admission at door Winspear Centre



up your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG

Fluid Lounge Scene

Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock,

retro every Sat with DJ Damian

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

Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm Newcastle Pub Top 40

requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

ESO: A Tribute to Ray Charles: William Eddins (conductor), Ellis Hall (vocals, piano), Sandy Simmons, Wendisue Hall-Middle & Cristi Black-Low (vocals); 8pm; $24-$85

New City Legion

Good Neighbor Pub 11824-103 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO haven social club 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HillTop Pub 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 Hogs Den Pub 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 Hydeaway 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 Iron Boar Pub 4911-51st St, Wetaskiwin jeffrey’s café 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JEKYLL AND HYDE 10209100 Ave, 780.426.5381 junction bar and eatery 10242-106 St, 780.756.5667 KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 L.B.’s Pub 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 The Legion–Leduc 5210 50 Ave, Leduc Lit Italian Wine Bar 10132-104 St Lizard Lounge 13160-118 Ave Louise McKinney Riverfront Park– Shumka Stage 9529 Grierson St Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 Naked Cybercafe & Espresso Bar 10303108 St, 780.425.9730 Newcastle PuB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 New City Legion 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door)

Nisku Inn 1101-4 St NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House 11802-124 St, 780.451.1390, experiencenola. com NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2's on Whyte 780.454.0203 O2's Taphouse and Grill 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 Oliver Community Festival 102 Ave; between 121-123 St Overtime–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 Overtime Sherwood Park 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 Playback Pub 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St Pleasantview Community Hall 1086057 Ave REDNEX BAR–Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 Red Piano Bar 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 Rendezvous 10108-149 St Richard's PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780-457-3117 Ric’s Grill 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 Rose and Crown 10235101 St R Pub 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 Royal Alberta MuseUm 12845-102 Ave St Timothy’s Anglican

Polished Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (58pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm)

Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M Suede Lounge House,

electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

Suite 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh

Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm

Union Hall Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Vinyl Dance Lounge

Signature Saturdays



SUN JUN 3 Al Shamal Shrine Centre Edmonton

Metro Chorus–the Beatles Tribute Band, featuring Kevin Smith; 2:30pm (door), 3pm (show); $25/$15 (child 12 and under)

VENUE GUIDE Accent European Lounge 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 Alberta Legislature Grounds North Amphitheatre, 10800-97 Ave ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave Al Shamal Shrine Centre 14510-142 St ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue Theatre 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 Bistro La Persaud 861791 St, 780.758.6686 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 Blackjack's Roadhouse–Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 Blacksheep Pub 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 Blue Pear Restaurant 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 1032982 Ave, 780.439.3981 Bohemia 10217-97 St Boneyard Ale House 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 Brittanys Lounge 10225-97 St Brixx Bar 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 Café Coral De Cuba 10816 Whyte Ave Café Haven 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CARROT Café 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580 Casino Edmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 Casino Yellowhead 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 Century Casino 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 Cha Island Tea Co 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482

CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail Coast to Coast 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 Common 9910-109 St Crown Pub 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 Diesel Ultra Lounge 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB Devaney’s Irish Pub 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DV8 8307-99 St Early Stage Saloon– Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain Eddie Shorts 10713-124 St, 780.453.3663 EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ‎ Electric Rodeo–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 Elephant and Castle– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 890699 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLASH Night Club 10018105 St, 780.996.1778 FLOW Lounge 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604. CLUB Fluid Lounge 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 Giovanni Caboto Park 10878-95 St; heartcityfest.


Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery 9942-108 St

Church 8420-145 St Second Cup–89 Ave 8906-149 St Second Cup–Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • Summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 Sideliners Pub 11018-127 St, 780.453.6006 Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 Sportsman's Lounge 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave Suede Lounge 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 Suite 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 Taphouse 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860 Treasury 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, TWO ROOMS 10324 Whyte Ave, 780.439.8386 U of A–Fine Arts Building Room 1-29 Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 Vinyl Dance Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, Wild Bill’s–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 Winspear Centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, Yellowhead Brewery 10229-105 St, 780.423.3333

VUEWEEKLY MAY 31 – JUN 6, 2012


Beer Hunter–St Albert

Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm Blackjack's Roadhouse–Nisku

Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett Blue Chair Café Brunch: Jim

Findlay ( jazz); 10am-2pm; donations

Blue Pear Restaurant Jazz on

Lindsay Woolgar, Carrie Day, James Clarke, Bryan Qu, Efa Etoroma, Tommy Banks joins with Lindsay in a trio set with drummer Tom Doran; $20 (donation), proceeds to Lindsay Woolgar's tuition and expenses for University; info/ tickets E: lindsay@

the Side Sun: Audrey Ochoa; 5:30-8:30pm; $25 if not dining

Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage:

Caffrey's–Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues


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

Cha Island Tea Co Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open

stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover Double D's Open jam

every Sun; 3-8pm DV 8 Tavern

Hennessy, Farler's Fury, Royal Red Brigade; 9pm Eddie Shorts Open

stage with Dan Daniels every Sun


Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq

Giovanni Caboto Park Stage 1: Smoked

Folk, Seven Suns, Urban Coyotes, Surviving Suzanne, Andrew Scott, Paula Eve Kirman; Stage 2: Theresa Lightfoot, Dylan Daniels, Crittergrom Erasmo Coco, Jessica Denise, Spirit Women Singers & Lady Eloquence, Painting With Ella, Must Be Tuesday, Marlaena Moore, Angie Klein; free

Rawlco's Showtime Concert Series: Red Ram and Random Falter, Souljah Fyah Sundays O2's tap house and grill Open

stage hosted by the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun Richard's PUB Sun

Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm TWO ROOMS Live

Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner)


Up Radio Sessions, guests; 9pm Yardbird Suite

34 - MUSIC

Madhouse Mon: Punk/metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex

TUE JUN 5 Blues on Whyte

Debbie Davies

Brixx Bar Ruby Tuesdays: John Kinniburgh, Steve Kennedy, Brendon Byer; $5 after 8pm Druid Irish Pub

Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm

Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples Colours

DV 8 Tavern The

Gentleman Thieves, Cheap Date, Miek Headache; 9pm

of Sping Encore: Kokopelli Choirs, the Brail Tones; 4pm; $16/$13 (student) at the door

L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm1am

U of A–Fine Arts Building Master Class

New City Trusty

Chords Tuesdays; Austin Lucas, PJ Bond, The Kurt West Express, Joe Vickers (of Audio/Rocketry); 6pm (door), 9pm (show); $5 (door)

Series: Opera Nuova featuring J. Patrick Raftery; 7-9pm Winspear Centre

Cosmopolitan Music Society: All Bands and Chorus Season Finale; 7:30pm; $12 (adv adult)/$15 (door adult)/$10 (adv student/senior)/$12 (door student/Senior)/ free (child under 5)

New West Hotel

Ghost Rider

O’BYRNE’S Celtic

jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm Overtime Sherwood Park The Campfire


Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm2am every Tue; no cover

every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim

Padmanadi Open


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

R Pub Open stage

jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm Red Piano All request



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


On the Rocks


in Spring: Edmonton Endpins (cellists ages 5-18); 3pm; free


every Sun; 9:30pm1am

Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook

Alberta Legislature Grounds–North Amphitheatre Cellos


O’BYRNE’S Open mic

Lucky 13 Industry

Afternoon of Sacred Music: Opera Nuova; 4:30pm

New City Sunday

Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm , 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands)

Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson

Holy Trinity Anglican Church An

FLOW Lounge Stylus



in Spring: The Edmonton Endpins; 3pm; free

Hogs Den Pub Open

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

Mixmashitup Mon Industry Night: with DJ Fuzze, J Plunder (DJs to bring their music and mix mash it up)

Alberta Legislature Grounds Cellos

Craig Cardiff (folk rock), guests; 8pm; $15 (adv)

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

Crown Pub

Every Sun, 8pm

Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy

Haven Social Club

Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay

band Tuesdays: Joint Chiefs (classic rock, soul, R&B) every Tue

Second Cup– Summerwood Open

stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Derina

Mon: live music monthly; no cover

Blues on Whyte

Debbie Davies

Devaney's Irish Pub

Jesse Dymianiw; 8pm Festival Place Soul

Train; 7:30pm

Overtime Sherwood Park Monday Open



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

open stage every Mon; 9pm


Floor: Blue Jay’s


Sherlock Holmes– WEM Andrew Scott Starlite Room The

Used, Stars in Stereo, Dead Sara; all ages; 7pm

Yardbird Suite

Tue Night Sessions: Eva van Gunsteren Quartet; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $5

Classical Art Gallery of Alberta–Ledcor Theatre Opera Nuova:

Song Soirees: German Lieder: Art for the Ears and Art for the Eyes; 7:30pm Winspear Centre

Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles: Martin Herman, (conductor), Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, David John, Chris Camilleri; 8pm; $39$69

host Cody Nouta; 9pm


Floor: alternative retro and not-soretro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: It’s One Too Many Tuesdays: Reggae, funk, soul, boogie and disco with Rootbeard

Buddys DJ Arrow Chaser every CRown Pub Live Hip

Hop Tue: freestyle hip hop with DJ Xaolin and Mc Touch

DV 8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue NEW CITY LEGION

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

Myer Horowitz Theatre Henry

classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm

Overtime Sherwood Park Jason Greeley

(acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover


Wintersleep (pop); 8pm; $25 (adv) Playback Pub Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm1am PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (nonmember)

Red Piano All

Richard's PUB Live

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

WED JUN 6 ARTery Fish and Bird

(folk), Bramwell Park, James (of Darkwood); 8pm; $12 (adv)/$15 (door)


Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month: From Quebec–Two Green Cats; 10pm

Blues on Whyte

Debbie Davies

Brittany's Lounge

Aroot's Bazaar (Gypsy Latin band) every Wed Through May and June Cha Island Tea Co

Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm Crown Pub The

D.A.M.M Jam: Open stage/original plugged in jam with Dan, Miguel and friends every Wed

Devaney's Irish Pub

Duff Robinson

Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm

Second Cup–149 St

Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Derina


Sherlock Holmes– WEM Andrew Scott Wunderbar The Strumbellas (Toronto), J. Eygenraam, guests; 9pm

Classical Arden Theatre St Albert Community Band Spring Concert; 7pm


Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe Brixx Bar Really

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

BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n'

Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover

The Common

Treehouse Wednesdays

Diesel Ultra Lounge

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

eddie shorts Electric open jam with Steven Johnson Experience every Wed


Elephant and Castle–Whyte Ave

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa

Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover Fiddler's Roost

Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery

Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm HAVEN SOCIAL Club

“Metal on Metal”--what’s that sound?

Nisku Inn

Red Piano Bar Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5

Suite 69 Rockstar


New West Hotel Free

Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue Request Band Tuesdays: Classic rock, soul and R&B with Joint Chiefs; 8pm; $5



Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle NEW CITY LEGION Wed

Pints 4 Punks: with DJ Nick; no minors; 4pm3am; no cover


and ‘80s metal every Wed

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


HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with

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

every Wed

TEMPLE Wild Style

VUEWEEKLY MAY 31 – JUN 6, 2012

Across 1 Scrooge McDuck’s is great 7 Big ___, Calif. 10 Boss Hogg’s deputy 14 Full 15 Prefix for terrorism or tourism 16 542-year-old Smurf 17 Does some comic book work 18 With 61-across, baking item 20 Court figure? 21 Stumped 22 Peccadillo 23 Talk incessantly 26 Words exchanged at the altar 27 Classic Christmas song sung by Burl Ives 34 Drink of choice for Chelsea Handler 36 Lymph ___ 37 Go out with 38 Steinbeck extras 39 Stat in an airport terminal 40 Parrot’s relative 42 Green Day drummer ___ Cool 43 Goes quickly, old-school 44 Egg producer 45 Typical line from a gangster movie bad guy 49 “___ was saying...” 50 It goes boom 51 Calendar pgs. 54 Lines on a weather map 58 Woolly beast 61 See 18-across 64 “I just remembered...” 65 “That’s ___ and you know it!” 66 Slippery and snaky 67 Nobel Prize-winning physicist Bohr 68 Precious 69 Way too precious 70 George and Jane’s son

Down 1 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” character Janet ___ 2 Boredom, to Beaumarchais 3 Plan to lose 4 It may be a big to-do 5 Small jazz combo 6 Shakespearean play with the phrase “The game’s afoot” 7 Irish or North 8 College home to Joe Bruin

9 Well-worn comedy bit 10 Postscript 11 iPod variety 12 ___ Dei (“The Da Vinci Code” group) 13 ___ Club 19 Anti-drunk driving org. 24 Epic that tells of the Trojan Horse 25 Shield 28 “South Park” kid 29 “Viva ___ Vegas” 30 Includes 31 Brand known for its first and second name 32 Goneril’s father 33 Like morning grass 34 Take to the polls 35 Gumbo ingredient 40 Custodian’s tool 41 5th or Madison 43 Required wear for some food servers 46 Chemistry class payment 47 Morales of “NYPD Blue” 48 Bake sale organizer, maybe 52 Sponge by 3M 53 Full of lip 54 Computer debut of 1998 55 George Takei character 56 “What ___?” 57 Dish that simmers 59 Like some wolves or gunmen 60 “The Amazing Race” host Keoghan 62 ___-de-France 63 “Science Guy” Bill ©2011 Jonesin' Crosswords


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Coming Events

Come to Edmonton Meals on Wheels' annual street party fundraiser, Big Wheels Deliver Meals, on Friday, June 8th from 11am - 2 pm. Classic coupes and sizzling barbeque will be available on 103 Ave. between 111 St. and 112 St.


Announcements AMAZING RACE: Your Next Clue Amber's Brewing 9926 78th Ave



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Health Services

Holistic Healing/Spiritual Readings Herbal, Homeopathy, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation & Hypnosis. Help in Chronic Pains, Weight Loss, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Depression, and Sexual Vitality. For Appt Call Rishi 780-710-7097


Volunteers Wanted

Community Garden Volunteer Help maintain a small garden and landscaping outside the Meals on Wheels building. The produce and herbs from the garden will be used as part of Grow a Row for Meals on Wheels. Contact us at 780-429-2020, or sign up on our website at Environmental News Radio Needs You! Terra Informa is an environmentally themed radio news show that is syndicated across Canada. We are run by volunteers and we need more help! No experience necessary! We will provide you with all necessary training. Curious? Contact us at, or call Steve at 780-432-5566 Experience Community Hand's On! Habitat for Humanity requires volunteers for various builds in Edmonton and Surrounding Areas! Beginners to trades people welcome! We provide everything you need to work, including lunch! You provide your time, energy and heart. No minimum number of shifts. Visit & contact Kim at 780-451-3416 ext 223 or


Volunteers Wanted

Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Info Session Have you often considered volunteering for Habitat For Humanity, but just need information on how it works? We have an upcoming Saturday session and space is limited, so register soon! June 9th at 11 am at the Habitat For Humanity PreFab Shop, 13044 Yellowhead Tr 780-887-1794 For additional info please email Wes at Needed for our Seniors residence, volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details (780) 472 - 1106 P.A.L.S. Project Adult Literacy Society needs volunteers to work with adult students in: Literacy, English As A Second Language and Math Literacy. For more information please contact (780)424-5514 or email The Friends of Rutherford House seek volunteers to operate their museum gift shop. Call 780-427-4033 for details. Three Form Theatre Volunteers are needed to run front of house and concession for I Love You Because the evenings of June 26th, 27th & 28th. We require 2 volunteers for each evening. Pro Serve is an asset, and you get to watch the show free of charge. If interested please email Volunteer Driver Deliver smiles and meals to people throughout the city. As a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, you have the power to brighten someone's day with just a smile and a nutritious meal. Help us get our meals to homes by becoming a volunteer driver today! Contact us at 780-429-2020 or sign up on our website

Volunteer facilitators needed to lead programs for people with arthritis. Call The Arthritis Society 1-800-321-1433

Volunteers Wanted Walk to Fight Arthritis is looking for event day volunteers for June 10th at Laurier Park. To register please visit:


Volunteers Wanted

Volunteer Kitchen Helper When you prepare meals in our kitchen, you help make it possible for Meals on Wheels to create 250-500 meals a day. We rely on volunteers to help us serve the people in our city. Contact us at 780-429-2020 or sign up on our website Volunteer this summer for The Works Art & Design Festival! Flexible scheduling & a variety of positions available to accommodate all interests! Contact Teresa at 780-426-2122 ext 230/ Celebrate Art & Design in Downtown Edmonton! Volunteer with us and gain valuable Office Administration and Data Entry Skills! Volunteer your time to a great cause with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Apply online at under Volunteers or send a resume to Volunteers needed for Box Office and concession. Are you interested in seeing AVENUE Q, presented by Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway Productions for FREE? Three volunteers are required per show for the following dates: June 15 & 16, 20-23, 27-30th Shift starts at 6:30 pm Show plays at La Cite 8627 91 st If interested please send an email to with the showdates you are able to volunteer Volunteers needed for the 21st edition of The Great White North Triathlon, July 1st, for all positions, course marshals, lifeguards, kayakers', transition, traffic direction, parking patrol, security. Contact LeRoy, the volunteer coordinator for more info: at 780-478-1388 or email:

Volunteers needed to "Make Fun" at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. Experience being a volunteer on the world stage! Visit our website to apply online, or call Liz Allison-Jorde at 780-425-5162 (Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age)


Volunteers Wanted

WynterMynt Records, Edmonton's newest Indie Record Label is looking for volunteers for a couple scouting positions. These volunteers should have a love for live music, have some understanding to the Indie/Folk music scene and are willing to go out on weekends to scout new talent around the city with weekly reports back to the label on their findings Contact Stephanie Leong at

for more details YOU WILL JOIN US..... The 2012 Edmonton International Fringe Festival seeks volunteers to fill positions on a variety of teams. A minimum of four shifts gets you a t-shirt, loot bag, program guide, invite to the Wrap Party and more! To apply online visit or call the volunteer hotline at 780-409-1923


Acting Classes

FILM AND TV ACTING Learn from the pros how to act in Film and TV Full Time Training 1-866-231-8232


Artist to Artist

Art Of Reuse Contest!! Do you like to make things out of stuff you can find around your house? If so, sign up for the first Art of Reuse Contest! First Prize: $1400 Second Prize: $400 gift certificate from The Paint Spot. Prizes will be awarded based on originality, design and use of materials. Winners will be announced on The Works Stage on July 1st For details please visit: garbage_recycling/reusecentre.aspx Call for Artists: Decorate a Lampost Contest at Kaleido 2012. The 24 hour Decorate a Lampost Contest is returning to Kaleido Family Arts Festival on September 8-9, 2012! To enter, complete and sign the entry form at and send it with a short project proposal and artist bio to by July 16th, 2012

HAPPY HARBOR -Call to Artists We are now accepting applications for our next Artist-inResidence position. Term begins September 1st. Please visit our website for full details.


Artist to Artist

CALL FOR METAL ARTISTS The Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Westaskiwin, Alberta will be hosting it's first annual Metal Art Show and Sale on September 29 and 30, 2012. We're inviting artists who primarily work with metal to display and/or sell their work at our museum during Alberta's Culture Days weekend. For details please visit: Call for Submissions 2013/14 Gallery Exhibition Programming Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012 Harcourt House Arts Centre is currently accepting submissions for our 2013/2014 gallery exhibition programming for the Main Gallery and Front Room Gallery exhibition spaces. For full submission details please visit

Expressions of Interest 2012 has been recognized as the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. This is an open competition for the creation of a mural in recognition of the importance of cooperatives in the community of Stony Plain. A letter of interest is required by Tuesday, June 5th. For info please contact Annlisa at 780-963-8592 or email Highlands Street Festival - Call for Vendors Highlands Street Festival is looking for artists to show their work at this year's festival, Sunday June 3rd from 10am 5pm. Showing table - $20 Selling table - $40 *Electricity not available, vendors must provide their own table,chairs and canopy For more info please visit:


Artist to Artist

Prairie Wood Design Awards 2012 Call for nominations! The Annual Prairie Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood construction in the Prairie Region and the Territories. Nomination forms and details are available online and are due August 17th,2012 Request for Proposals: City of Lethbridge Community Arts Centre Public Art Project Artists are invited to participate in a three stage public art competition. The selected artist will receive a commission to design, fabricate and install a significant public art work for a new community arts centre in downtown Lethbridge. Deadline for proposals is 4pm on July 16th For information contact Suzanne at 403-320-0555 or SEARCH FOR ARTISTS: The Jeff Allen Art Gallery (JAAG) 10831 University Ave (109st & 78 Ave) The Jeff Allen Art Gallery is presently accepting applications for Exhibits in 2013 and 2014. This is a gallery interested in promoting local talent. It would be an opportunity to have public exposure with minimal costs. Interested Artists call Terrie Shaw at 780-433-5807 for more information or to obtain an application


Musicians Available

Drummer looking to join metal or hard rock band. Double kick, 12 yrs exp, 8 yrs in Edmt indie band, 7 albums, 250 live shows, good stage presence, dedicated, catch on quick, no kids, hard drug free. 780.916.2155 Experienced bass player looking to play with established band. Between the ages of 35 and 55. No heavy metal or punk but willing play 80's power metal Call Tony 780-484-6806.

(Apr 20 – May 20): Have you been feeling a warm fuzzy feeling in your money chakra? I hope so. The cosmos recently authorized you to receive a fresh flow of what we might call financial kundalini. Your insight into money matters should be increasing, as well as your ability to attract


the information and influences you need to refine your relationship with prosperity. It may even be the case that higher levels of economic luck are operating in your vicinity. I'm not saying you will strike it rich, but you could definitely strike it richer. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): Your core meditation this week is Oscar Wilde's belief that disobedience is a primal virtue. Be ingeniously, pragmatically and cheerfully disobedient! Harness your disobedience so that it generates outbreaks of creative transformation that improve your life. For inspiration, read this passage by Robert Anton Wilson: "Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Ev-

Musicians Wanted

Auditions for Alberta Opera June 11, 2012 10 am to 5 pm at the Citadel Theatre, 2nd floor, Classroom B 9828-101A Avenue For trained non-equity Actors & Pianists for the Opera's upcoming production of Sleeping Beauty To book your audition please email Farren Timoteo at with all your contact details

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): "Let's waltz the rumba," said jazz musician Fats Waller, suggesting the seemingly impossible mix of two very different types of dancing. That's an excellent clue for you to follow up on. I suspect that in the coming week you will have an unusual aptitude for hybridization. You'll have a knack for bringing the spirit of belly dance into the tango, and for breakdancing while you do the hokey-pokey.



ery artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and progress, everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of someone's refusal to bow to Authority. We would be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent." (Jun 21 – Jul 22): "Some people tell me I'd invented the sounds they called soul," said musician Ray Charles, "but I can't take any credit. Soul is just the way black folk sing when they leave themselves alone." I urge you to experiment with this idea. You need to whip up a fresh, hot delivery of raw soul. One of the best ways to do that might be to leave yourself alone. In other


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music of the heavenly spheres, but I don't write the music myself. Still, I sort of admire this woman's feisty resolve to manipulate the fates, and I urge you to borrow some of her ferocity in the coming week. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): A solar eclipse happens when

the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks much of its light from reaching our eyes. On a personal level, the metaphorical equivalent is when something obstructs our ability to see what nourishes us. For example, let's say you're in the habit of enviously comparing your own situation to that of a person you imagine is better off than you. This may blind you to some of your actual blessings, and diminish your ability to take full advantage of your own talents. I bring this up, because you're in an especially favorable time to detect any way you might be under the spell of an eclipse—and then take dramatic steps to get out from under it. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Some secrets will dribble out. Other secrets will spill forth. Still others may shoot out and explode like fireworks. People's camouflage may be exposed, hidden agendas could be revealed, and not-quite-innocent deceits might be uncovered. So that's the weird news. Here's the good news: If you maintain a high level of integrity and treat the brouhaha as good entertainment, you're likely to capitalize on the uproar. And that's your specialty, right? SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): If you go to a psychotherapist, she may coax you to tell stories about what went wrong in your childhood. Seek a chiropractor's opinion and he might inform you that most of your problems have to do with your spine. Consult a psychic and chances are she will tell you that you messed up in your past lives and need a karmic cleansing. And if you ask me about what you most need to know, I might slip you some advice about how to access your untapped reserves of beauty and intelligence. Here's the moral of the story: Be discerning as you ask for feedback and mirroring. The information you receive will always be skewed.

(Dec 22 – Jan 19): The state of Kansas has a law that seems more confusing than helpful. It says the following: "When two trains approach each other at a crossing, both shall come to a full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone." From what I can tell, a similar situation has cropped up in your life. Two parties are in a stalemate, each waiting for the other to make the first move. At this rate, nothing will ever happen. May I suggest that you take the initiative?


(Jan 20 – Feb 18): Should you get down on your knees and beg for love and recognition? No! Should you give yourself away without seeking much in return? Don't do that, either. Should you try to please everyone in an attempt to be popular? Definitely not. Should you dilute your truth so as not to cause a ruckus? I hope not. So then what am I suggesting you should do? Ask the following question about every possibility that comes before you: "Will this help me to master myself, deepen my commitment to what I want most, and gain more freedom?"


PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): Do you know why flamingos have their distinctive orange-pink color? It's because of the carotene in the shrimp and other food they consume. If they change their diet, their feathers turn dull grey. That's a dramatic example of the adage, "You are what you eat." Let's use it as a prompt to contemplate all the stuff you take into the holy temple of your body, Pisces. Not just the sandwiches and chocolate bars and alcohol, but also the images, sounds, ideas, emotions, and energy you get from other people. Is the cumulative effect of all those things giving you the shape and color and texture you want to have? If not, this would be a good time to adjust your intake.


Relieving hysteria

A new movie examines the history of the vibrator Last week I finally got the chance to people understood the basics of resee the movie Hysteria at an advance production and sexual pleasure. Even screening. The movie is about the inin sexually repressive cultures women vention of the vibrator, so naturally, have always bonded around the expeI've been eagerly awaiting it. I riences of pregnancy and childwas not disappointed. It's a birth, which is closely tied to nicely done movie—funny, sexuality. interesting, well-crafted Women have always om eekly.c w e and light-hearted. Is it hisknown and taught each u v @ brenda a d torically accurate? Not reother much more about sex n e Br er ally, no. and reproduction than they Kerb The history of the vibrator, as have talked about openly. I don't told in the movie, has become somethink we can believe that they were so what of a folk tale. As the story goes, naïve as to not know that this "treatfor centuries it was thought that many ment" was sexually pleasurable. What women suffered from a condition that seems more likely is that they knew caused them to become nervous, disexactly what they were doing but satisfied and sometimes even volatile. because of the taboos regarding feThe condition was known as hysteria. male sexual pleasure at the time and The treatment was vulvar massage the extreme restrictions on women's leading to a paroxysm. Yes, that is behavior, this veneer of medical treatwhat you think it is. Doctors manually ment provided a socially acceptable masturbated their patients to orgasm. sexual outlet. According to legend, and to this new movie, the vibrator was invented by There is also little evidence to supDr Mortimer Granville as a way to port the idea that vulvar massage reduce the time and physical strain it was a widespread common practice took to deliver this treatment. that was handed down from classiRecently, I've started to wonder cal times as some historians claim. It's about how plausible the story actuclear that it did happen in Victorian ally is. This telling of it leads us to times, but it's more likely that it was a believe that neither the doctors despecialized practice by a small number livering the treatment nor the women of physicians who catered mainly to receiving it knew that it had anything upper class women who could afford to do with sexual pleasure. Victorians, the treatment. supposedly, did not believe that It is true that Dr Mortimer Granwomen were capable of ville invented the vibrator, sexual pleasure but not as we know it and orgasm so today. He invented they didn't a vibration mathink the chine for treattreatment ing muscle was sexual aches. Some at all. It's a doctors who quaint idea practised but rather "vulvar masunlikely. Long sage" saw the before we had obvious offa detailed unlabel use and derstanding of began using the actual anatomy machine to treat and physiology, their female patients,



producing "hysterical paroxysms" much more quickly than they ever could with their hands. But Dr Granville did not approve. He wrote that he would never use his invention on women because he did not want to mislead them with the vague diagnosis of hysteria. Hamilton Beach, not Mortimer Granville, patented the first electric vibrator in 1902. It was the fifth electric appliance to be patented for home use, just behind the toaster. If you look at Sears catalogues from the 1920's, you'll see ads for the devices right alongside the toasters. They were promoted as aids to improve general health, but I'm sure it didn't take women long to figure out exactly how vibrators would improve their health. The story of the vibrator as told in Hysteria, the movie, may not be exactly accurate but the movie brings up important themes and questions about our treatment of sexuality even as it manages to stay amusing and engaging. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-forprofits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

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Just a gigolo

Male escort jobs abound, but not exclusively straight ones I'm a straight male from Southern fornia—or anywhere else—that book male escorts to see female clients, just California and I really want to be a as there are no websites like Rentstraight male escort. The problem is the industry is shroudE for straight male esSAVAG corts. "The fact of the matter is, ed with deceptive "agenalmost all clients for escorts cies" that take advantage om eekly.c w e are male—whether they're of the situation. Also, it's u v love@ savage looking for male, female or not like there's a Male n a D transgender escorts." Escort 101 course that I can Savage Dominick speaks from experience: take to learn how to avoid these When he was working as an escort in traps. I don't know if you can help, but New York City, his ads stated that he I really want to get into this industry, was available for male or female clients. hopefully through a reputable agency. "Over three years, I went on exactly one Do you have any advice, can you put call with a female client, an attractive me in touch with any male escorts older woman who seemed to be work(preferably straight ones) so I can pick ing through some intimacy issues," says their brains, and do you know of a Dominick, "and one call with a married reputable agency in my area?



"There is no gigolo industry," says Dominick, the former escort who writes Ask Dominick, an advice column for male escorts and male escort wannabes at, a gay escort listings site. While Dominick's column focuses on issues that gay escorts confront, STUD, it's the "Male Escort 101" course you've been looking for. "What STUD is seeking is a fantasy— one that has been fueled by cultural products like American Gigolo and HBO's Hung," says Dominick. There are no reputable agencies in Southern Cali-

couple for a cuckolding scene, which was initiated by the husband. During that same period, I averaged about 5.5 calls per week with men. That gives you a measure of the demand from female clients." And no demand from female clients means no escort agencies and no websites—at least no legit ones—for straight male escorts. "Because there are many more men clamoring to be gigolos than there is actual demand for gigolos," adds Dominick, "shadowy scam agencies come and go, 'guaranteeing' bookings with female clients to gullible young bucks—in ex-

change for monthly listing fees. That said, if there are any legitimate agencies out there, they are likely to be in New York or Los Angeles. A quick Google search produced two agencies in LA: one had dozens of females and just two men, the other had a stable of six straight male escorts, charging posted rates of $200 –  $300 per hour. I won't provide the links, since I have no idea how reputable these agencies are, but you can find them yourself in .25 seconds on Google." Another option, STUD: listing yourself as a "sexual healer" at a new-age site like "That site lists male and female sexual healers, for male and female clients, for such services as coaching, tantric awakening and sensual massage. If this is a direction you are thinking about, have at it," says Dominick. "Otherwise, my advice to you is to pursue a profession with the potential to bring you into contact with a wealthy female clientele—business consultant, art handler—and be exceptionally good and loving to all the women in your life." You can read Dominick's column at Dominick has also written for the Red Umbrella Diaries, a sex workers' reading series in New York City. It takes place on the first Thursday of every month at Happy Ending. Dominick is curating the October Red Umbrella Diaries, and sex workers—escort, massage, porn, phone, stripper—with stories to tell can email him at askdominick@

I'm a 22-year-old female and I lost my virginity in September 2011, but I had experienced everything else before that. My question is about when a guy goes down on me: how come I can never fully enjoy it? How come I find it hard to enjoy any aspect of it? Is the problem that I've never experienced oral with someone who knows what he's doing?

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Or is it my own mental block? What I mean by "mental block" is this: I personally think it's gross and I can't imagine why a guy would want to do that to me. So the entire time he's down there, I'm stressing out about whether he really likes it. I try to focus on relaxing and blocking those thoughts out, but in the end, I always end up pulling his head back up, since I don't see myself ever experiencing an orgasm during it and, frankly, I get bored. Is it my mental block that's stopping me from enjoying oral? Or am I just having bad luck with guys in that area?

ity. It's driving me crazy! All I want is a safe, anonymous one-time thing so I can move on, and I'm not outgoing/ flirtatious/pretty enough to meet men at bars. My question: straight male escorts—do they exist? How would I find one? Some people were talking about escorts as an option in a recent column, and being with someone understanding, experienced and professional sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. Honestly, I've thought about this for a while. I don't think people who develop normally can really understand the sort of desperation I feel.



The only way to determine what exactly your problem is—your pussy-paralyzing insecurities? Their pussy-disabling ineptitude?—is to work on conquering your insecurities while at the same time allowing the guy(s) you're seeing to go down on you once in a while. If you get over your insecurities about your genitals, and then oral—even inept oral—is suddenly awesome, well, then the problem was your insecurities. If you don't get over your insecurities but find yourself coming like crazy with a new boy between your legs, well, then they—all the other boys who ever ate your pussy—were the problem. And it's fine for you to think eating pussy is gross—you're a straight girl, after all, and you're not attracted to women. But guys who dig women, dig pussy, EAT, and you don't have to like the idea of eating pussy to enjoy having yours eaten.

Wannabe straight male escorts exist, VCARD, as STUD's letter proves. But there aren't enough straight female wannabe clients out there to support a straight-female-specific website or agency for straight male escorts, as Dominick's response to STUD proves. However, a lot of the male escorts on gay-specific escort websites are bisexual; some are even highly heteroflexible gay-for-pay straight guys. Spend some time dinking around on a gay escort site, VCARD, and it won't be long before you run across an ad posted by a male escort who identifies as bi. The guy could be lying—some gay escorts will claim to be straight or bi to attract gay male clients who get off on sleeping with straight guys—so you may not hear back from the first bi or straight escort you send an email to. But keep looking, email any guy who strikes your fancy and be up front about who you are and what you're looking for. V

I am a 26-year-old straight girl and a virgin. I could delve into the reasons why (shy, late bloomer, averagelooking, conservative family), but I will spare you and cut to the chase: I really, really want to lose my virgin-


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