This is the second annual show in Regina by this comedy/improv troupe that blends film, performance and live music. Tonight they have a show at Creative City Centre that will involve the screening of 10 original shorts, some sketch comedy and music. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. You can find out more about the troupe here, and here’s a trailer to give you a sense of what to expect with their 2013 Spectacular:
Carl Johnson has a long musical resume around this town. He’s currently a part of Library Voices, Coldest Night of the Year and the Florals and has a long list really good former bands, too.
Now, Johnson’s taking his Dude From Around credentials and using them to document the scene. Prairie Shag is a 16-track mixtape of Regina bands (and one Saskatoon act, too). It looks and sounds pretty cool.
Side one features the Extroverts, Robin and the Hairy Bats, Black Thunder, the Lazy MKs, Lambta Das, the Weird Years, Snake River, Kitchen Party and Andy Shauf. Side two has the Spoils, the Florals, Herb Exner, the Peanut Butter Genocide, These Estates, Wizards, and Jeff Morton.
You can get actual cassette copies of the mixtape at the Prairie Shag Tumblr. (Or just download it for free, if you don’t have much use for cassettes.) While there:
- marvel at Orion Paradis’ mastering;
- fawn over the rad accompanying art by Phomohobes; and
- follow the Tumblr, since Johnson promises more from Prairie Shag in the future.
Johnson answered a few questions about the mix via email today, which you’ll find lightly edited below.
When and where did you get the idea for a mixtape of mostly Regina musicians?
After a show in town this summer the drummer for Ketamines was asking about the local music scene. I blabbed a bunch of names at him until he asked me to just make a mixtape.
How did you decide on which artists to feature?
There are a lot of artists in town who are making art and music that’s thoughtful and spirited and unconcerned with following the chongo line. Maybe there always have been. I wanted a sample of artists I enjoyed and admired. There’s many more I would have liked to have involved with the mix.
Why the name “Prairie Shag”?
There’s a mysterious loner-type living in Regina’s northwest who’s candor and musical taste I appreciate. The name sort of evokes them.
How did a single Saskatoon band sneak on there?
Why wouldn’t you put one on? I’d be excited to see a Regina band on a Saskatoon mix. Plus, Wizards rule.
In a 16-13 vote today legislators in the South American country of Uruguay voted to legalize the production, sale and use marijuana. The vote is being hailed as historic as Uruguay is the first country to enact such a measure. The move has drawn the ire of the International Narcotics Control Board, but the government justifies its decision by saying that eliminating the black market for marijuana will end violence associated with the illegal drug trade.
Once the law is implemented in 120 days Uruguayans over the age of 18 will be able to purchase up to 1.4 ounces of marijuana a month from a licensed dispensary, or grow up to six plants a year in their home. If Uruguayans wish they can form a smoking club of between 15 and 45 members and grow up to 99 plants to cut down on the logistics of having a lot of small grow-ops. People who are visiting Uruguay from other countries will not be covered by the law to discourage so-called “pot tourism”.
Other countries in the region, and around the world, are expected to watch the experiment closely; and if Uruguay doesn’t descend into drug-crazed madness and debauchery many could well follow suit and end their own “War On Drugs” as it pertains to marijuana.
Here’s the CBC report.
We received this book in the mail yesterday from University of Regina Press. Its official title is The Vaults: Art From the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the University of Regina Collections. Co-edited by MacKenzie head curator Timothy Long and University of Regina researcher Stephen King, and including a foreword by University of Regina president Vianne Timmons, The Vaults showcases some of the art that the MacKenzie has accumulated in its permanent collection since the gallery was founded in 1953.
If you do the math, you’ll realize that the MacKenzie celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. To mark the occasion, the gallery had a retrospective exhibition of work from the permanent collection called How We Filled The Vault that readers voted Best Art Exhibit in our 2013 Best of Regina poll. That exhibition featured a mix of art and antiquities from the original bequest of Regina lawyer Norman Mackenzie (1869-1936), along with dozens of more contemporary works that the gallery has added to its collection since 1953.
This 100-page book includes many of the works that were displayed in that show, along with other pieces that hold a prominent place in the gallery’s permanent collection. It also features numerous colour photographs by Don Hall, some of which show art that’s installed on the MacKenzie grounds and at the University of Regina.
You can find out more about The Vaults on the University of Regina Press website.
Providing postal service in a country as sprawling as Canada has always been a challenging proposition. We’re used to incremental increases in postal rates to cover inflation and whatnot. At a news conference today, Canada Post said that the next price increase would come into effect in March. It will see the price of a stamp rise from 63 cents to 85 cents (if the stamps are bought in a pack). If stamps are bought separately, the price jumps to a dollar.
Oh yeah, and Canada Post has plans over the next five years to phase out home delivery of mail in all urban centres. Instead, urban Canadians will get their mail at group mail boxes and other centralized mail points.
The moves are being made to try to staunch the flow of red ink at the corporation (which lost $104 million in the second quarter of 2013 alone), and is expected to result in the elimination of between 6000-8000 jobs. You can read more in this CBC report.
Born Joseph Laplante, Stylez is a member of the Moosomin First Nation located near North Battleford. For the last few years he’s been living in Los Angeles where he’s active in the hip hop community. He’s got a Juno nomination to his credit for his debut album The Blackstar (2009), and released his second full-length Feather and Rosary last May.
Thursday, he’s in town to play a show at the Exchange. Joining him on the bill are Pimpton, DJ Elmo and Brock Prentice. To give you a taste of what Stylez’ music is like here’s the video for “Indian Outlaw” off The Blackstar:
Leader Post writer, Terrence McEachern, published a piece today about a coroner’s report on the death of Barbara Supynuk. Here’s a link to his article and link to a page on the L-P site that includes the full coroner report. They’re an important read. And the coroner’s findings are extremely disturbing.
In short, the left rear brake failed on city bus #548 on Feb. 15, causing it to veer to the right and hit a sign which struck and killed Supynuk. This coroner notes that all four brake drums on the bus were “worn beyond the maximum permissible limit which could impact the overall braking ability.”
And the brakes on bus #548 reached this state of disrepair despite transit drivers filling out five Vehicle Defect Reports between Jan 1 and Feb 17, 2013 identifying the brakes on that bus as being a problem.
Also alarming is the fact that, during the accident investigation, the failure of the left rear brake was replicated repeatedly in tests of the bus on Feb. 19. Despite this, according to MacEachern’s piece, deputy city manager Brent Sjoberg told the media on Sept. 9 that “the brakes ‘didn’t fail’ and were not the cause or a contributing factor in the accident.”
UPDATE 5pm, Dec 10: Pat Book is also covering this story over on the CJME website and he attended a 3pm press conference at city hall. (I couldn’t go… had to get my kid from school.) Deputy city manager, Brent Sjoberg, was on point for city hall, taking questions from the press, and from Book’s coverage, his answers sound kind of maddening. Glad I didn’t go. Here’s a bit from the CJME story…
Sjoberg dodged any suggestion that the brakes may have failed, even under direct questioning.
“Do you deny that the brakes failed,” he was asked at one point.
“As I said, the report speaks to evidence that was considered but the conclusion was the incident was accidental,” Sjoberg asserted.
Go read the rest.
After the jump, I’m going to attach some key passages from the report in the hopes that some mindless retyping will help dull my fury.
I’m not sure about the status of tickets for this performance of Handel’s ode to the life of Christ that the Regina Symphony Orchestra presents annually in cooperation with the Halcyon Chamber Choir and Regina Philharmonic Chorus. But it’s usually pretty popular, and it’s being performed in the relatively snug confines (compared to Conexus Arts Centre, anyway) of Knox-Metropolitan Church in downtown Regina. You can find out about the availability of tickets by calling 1-866-973-9614.
The performance goes Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and guest soloists are Leora Joy Godden (alto), Chelsea Mahan (soprano), Floyd Gadd (tenor) and Dominic Gregario (baritone).
To give you a taste of Handel’s work, here’s a short excerpt from a performance of Messiah in Vienna:
Started by First Nations actor and entertainer Tom Jackson in the late 1980s, this concert has grown into a holiday tradition in many communities across Canada. In addition to celebrating the seasonal spirit, the show also serves as a vehicle for raising money for food banks in the communities where Jackson and his troupe entertain.
Guest artists for this year’s Huron Carole are George Canyon, Beverley Mahood, One More Girl and Shannon Gaye. The concert goes tonight at Conexus Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $42-$92. Again, proceeds go to support local food banks. And to give you a taste of the talent that will be on display here’s the video for the song “Maybe” by One More Girl (a B.C. duo composed of sisters Britt and Carly McKillop):
The genre really took off after WWII when the films became more action orientated and less drama orientated. I have written before about some of the classics, The Samurai Trilogy and more recently Zatoichi but I have missed some of the more popular and brilliant movies.
Akira Kurosawa was a master filmmaker. Over the years he made many types of films from dramas to adapting Shakespeare to dabbling in the samurai genre. Toshirô Mifune starred in many of Kurosawa’s movies but one of their best collaborations was this 1961 samurai film Yojimbo.
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1. ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-THREE WORDS. That’s how many words the Leader-Post’s Andrew Matte needs to tell you that mayor Michael Fougere is low-key, ambitious and from Nova Scotia. Also that he “even quit smoking because running with a smoker’s lungs became problematic.” Come on, mayor: you just drape the smoker’s lungs around your neck and bring them together over your chest with a clip or something. Otherwise it’s smoky lungs flopping everywhere.
2. BRAD WALL VS. BILL DOYLE. The titans have clashed! Stern words have been exchanged! Meanwhile, 440 Saskatchewanians are out of a job. Where does L-P business columnist Bruce Johnstone land in the battle between Big Potash and Big Rest Of Us? The answer may surprise you! No it won’t.
3. NEW ADJECTIVE HORRIBLE, SEASONAL. Here is a gallery of the most mistletoe-able women in 2013. Nine clicks to reach Jennifer Lawrence? Come on.
4. AND I WAS JUST ABOUT TO RECORD MY POLITICAL COMEDY NOVELTY SINGLE “YOU DON’T TOPPLE STATUES ANYMORE.” Over in Ukraine, where citizens are agitating for the closer integration of Ukraine into the European Union, protesters toppled a statue of Lenin in Kiev. I’m happy to see that central Europe is still cultivating its statue-toppling skills. They even beat that thing with a sledgehammer.
5. “THE WOOL IS WET AND YOU HAVE TO KINDA YANK AT IT.” How are you spending your weekend? Whatever you’re up to, it’s probably not knitting from your vagina.
This documentary by Greg Camalier that explores the famed history of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Located in Sheffield, Alabama on the shores of the Tennessee River, the studio opened in 1969, and has hosted such legendary recording artists as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff and more.
Muscle Shoals screens at the RPL tonight at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer:
A few week ago PostMedia columnist Andrew Coyne wrote an article excoriating the simplistic and mean-spirited politics underpinning the type of conservatism championed by Toronto mayor Rob Ford. While catching up on my reading last night, I found an editorial in the Focus section of the Nov. 23 Globe & Mail that articulated pretty much the same thesis.
Titled “Rob Ford, non-conservative”, the editorial opens with this paragraph:
Rob Ford has been stripped of much of his power and, according to the latest polls, he’s likely to lose next year’s mayoral election. Rob Ford the man is much diminished. But Rob Fordism, the idea, endures. It’s an ideology of resentment, bitterness and negativity. It is politics by dumb slogans rather than considered principles. It is the conservatism of “No.” If Canadian conservative parties, and Canada, are to prosper, they – and we – have to rise above it.
The Globe & Mail goes on the lament how politicians like Ford delight in demonizing their opponents and branding them as enemies, asking at one point “Is the future of conservatism government by enemies list?” . The term “enemies list”, of course, recalls the revelation last summer of a PMO initiative to draft enemies lists for incoming cabinet ministers in the Harper government.
For a certain type of politician, or brand of corrupted conservative ideology like the Tea Party in the United States, such an strategy might pay short-term political dividends. But at what cost to the long-term well-being of our society? As the Globe & Mail observed, ”[Ford] and his advisors have sought to channel and inflame a certain group of angry voters. Seeking to address voter rage is one thing; aiming to embody and feed it is another.”
Every year around this time the Regina Symphony Orchestra presents a holiday-themed performance designed to appeal to a younger crowd than that which typically goes to symphony performances. This year’s offering is A Flicker Of Light On a Christmas Night. It’s about a mysterious stranger who helps three down-in-the-dumps kids rediscover the meaning of the holidays through an exploration of various Yuletide traditions.
The performance is guest conducted by Alan Denike and goes at Conexus Arts Centre this afternoon at 3 p.m. For ticket info call 1-866-973-9614. To give you a taste, here’s a snippet of a recent performance by Ottawa’s Platypus Theatre:
We’re still six months away from the first ball being footed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the draw was held today in Brazil to determine the match-ups in the first round of the 32-team tournament. In the first round, the teams are divided into eight groups of four teams each. Here’s a TSN graphic that shows the groupings. A seeding process is used to ensure you don’t get four top-tier teams playing each other in the opening round, but the vagaries of the draw typically result in a so-called “Group of Death” that boasts three solid contenders and a not half-bad fourth team.
This tourney’s two candidates for the not so coveted designation are Group D which features England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and Group G which features Germany, Portugal, the United States and Ghana. From its base in Sao Paulo, the U.S. will also be required to do a fair bit of travelling (14,000 km in total) to play its three round robin games. Brazil’s humid tropical climate is expected to exact a toll on some teams too — especially when games are scheduled for day-time. Argentina, meanwhile, is regarded as having got the best opening draw of the top contenders through its placement in Group F with Nigeria, Iran and newcomer Bosnia & Herzegovina.
You can read more on the match-ups here. But one first-round highlight promises to be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final — a penalty-filled affair in South Africa that saw Spain claim the title with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. Host Brazil and rival Mexico are also scheduled to meet in the first round.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup goes June 12-July 13, 2014 in Brazil.
Story here. Have a great weekend!
I’m sure Sky meant well, and it’s clear from the feature that they admire football legend George Reed. And it’s certainly acceptable to write about colour in a fashion magazine and, I guess, have an annual white issue in winter.
But you can’t put a black couple on the cover of your “white issue” and think it means nothing.** There’s still racism and xenophobia in our culture, and not being aware of it is not the same as being unaffected by it. Did Sky approach Reed and his wife, Angie, and announce they’re going to be the white issue’s cover stars? I’m guessing they didn’t.
Then again, Reed’s lived in Saskatchewan a long time. Maybe nothing surprises him anymore.
I mean, even the publisher’s note is titled, “The Colour Of The Sky In My World”.
That colour is really, reeeeally white.
*It’s not just me. **Unless you’re a lot smarter. Vice could probably pull off something interesting.
1 THE WORLD MOURNS MANDELA Read about a great individual here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. (as always, you can mouse over the hyperlinks to see where they lead. Well, not if you’re reading on your phone I suppose.) Or maybe you should skip all that and go straight to this remembrance by Desmond Tutu. And you should probably read this June article on Mandela’s legacy by Gwynne Dyer.
2 KICKING PEOPLE OUT OF APARTMENTS INTO WINTER Bad. What’s City Council going to do? Oh yeah, nothing, like always. Can’t interfere with the marketplace, right? Nelson Mandela would’ve done something about this if he was a Regina politician.
3 GRIM ANNIVERSARY It’s been 24 years since the Montreal massacre. Nelson Mandela would probably have supported gun registration.
4 A STERN LETTER Premier Brad Wall expresses his displeasure with PotashCorp layoffs. Yes, it’s just a letter. It’s not concrete action, like, say, a threat to hike royalty rates on a very wealthy company that just fired a pile of Saskatchewanians. But it’s something.
5 ALBERTA WILL VACCINATE BOYS FOR HPV Well, that’s excellent. I have friends who were damned near having seizures over the fact that HPV vaccine has viewed as something that’s girls-only, when the virus is spread by hetero humping. Alberta is the second province to do this — P.E.I. was the first.
6 DON’T PANIC OR ANYTHING BUT WE’RE WIPING OUT THE BASE OF THE FOOD CHAIN Ocean acidification caused by greenhouse gasses is like to hurt Arctic crustaceans which is BAAAAAAD
MANDELA’S INAUGURATION SPEECH This is from 1994. Nicked from Rabble.
As regular Prairie Dog readers know, Dakota is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator whose work is regularly featured in our magazine. He was born and raised in Regina, and lived here most of his life before heading stateside a few years ago to obtain his MFA from the Center For Cartoon Studies in Vermont. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Laura who is a co-founder of the Regina Urban Ecology blog and is big into progressive urban planning.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, Dakota will be in town to launch his new book Other Stories and the Horse You Rode In On at Central Library. The launch, which includes an artist talk, is at 1 p.m., and that will be followed by a cartoon workshop that’s geared toward kids that will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To find out more about Dakota and his work visit his blog. And here’s a link to the interview Emmet Matheson did with Dakota in our Nov. 28 issue.
The death of Mandela will send South Africa deep into mourning and self-reflection 18 years after he led the country from racial apartheid to inclusive democracy. But his passing will also be keenly felt by people around the world who revered Mandela as one of history’s last great statesmen, and a moral paragon comparable with Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
I wonder how different I’d be if I hadn’t become an adult in the 1980s, when the tide truly began to turn in South Africa. Nelson Mandela might be the greatest political figure who lived during my life. Rest in peace.
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