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Art Garfunkel

It’s probably fair to say that once the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel parted ways following the release of Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970 that Paul Simon enjoyed the higher profile solo career, topped by the Grammy award-winning Graceland in 1986. But Garfunkel had a solid solo career too, with 10 albums, some published poetry, and a bit of stage and film acting, to his credit.

And, of course, there’s been periodic reunions with his former musical partner, including a famous 1979 free show in Central Park in New York that drew over 500,000 people.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, Garfunkel will be in town to play a show at Casino Regina. Doors are at 7:15 p.m., and tickets are $60/$68. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s video from a few years ago of him performing his 1979 solo hit “Bright Eyes”:

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Daily Aggregation: Big Eyes

daily-aggregation-21. WORLD DEMANDS ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE Yesterday was a rallypalooza. Locally, 150 people with informed concerns about humanity’s future rallied in the Queen City. Ahead of the U.N. climate summit (which starts tomorrow), the Rockefeller family says it’s disinvesting from fossil fuels. Also: The Wall Street Journal sucks.

2. “A TORRENT OF UGLY WORDS AND HATRED” Vicious online comments by Ragged Ass Barbers supporters land Regina in the national radio spotlight.

3. WILL COUNCIL RAISE TRANSIT FARES? Story here. Seems to me that if we want to encourage people to use more sustainable transportation (and we should),  we should be careful about harsh prices. Meanwhile in Saskatoon, a transit lockout gets real.

4. QUEBEC, BIG TOBACCO AND  A $17 BILLION LAWSUIT Final arguments have begun in Quebec superior court.

5. U.S.A. TO SPEND A TRILLION BUCKS ON NUKES OVER THREE DECADES Well, I guess $30 billion a year isn’t so bad OH WAIT, YES IT IS. I expected Obama to be a better president — and I don’t just mean “better than a Republican stooge”.

6. ISIS THREATENS CANADA Evil shitheads.

7. NEW BRUNSWICK GETS ALL ELECTIONEY The province hits the polls.

8. TORONTO MAYORAL CANDIDATE THREATENS TO DE-FUND PRIDE EVENTS BECAUSE SOMETIMES PEOPLE EXPRESS DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT THINGS What an assholish, anti-freedom-of-speech thing to say.

9. AIRSHIPS ARE COOL And there’s a new one. Wet blanket caveat: helium is not a sustainable resource.

KEANE EYES There’s finally a trailer for Tim Burton’s upcoming Margaret Keane biopic. Looks somewhat interesting.

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The Wooden Sky

Based in Toronto, the Wooden Sky are an indie country-rock band with a fondness, it seems, for wordy album titles. They first made their mark in 2009 with the release of If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone and followed that up in February 2012 with Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. That album was nominated for a Juno in the Roots & Traditional category in 2013.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23 the quintet, which is fronted by Gavin Gardiner, is in town to play a gig at the Artesian. They’re touring in support of their third full-length with the much more concise title Let’s Be Ready that was released on Sept. 2.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets (assuming they’re still available) are $15. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s video from 2012 of the band performing their song “Something Hiding For Us In The Night”:

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More Shrooms

More ShroomsI spotted this mass of of fungi (and moss) when I was in Victoria Park tonight. It’s the remnants of the dead tree that used to host Kim Morgan’s Antsee sculpture southeast of the Cenotaph until it was cut down after being deemed a safety hazard.

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Sunday Matinee: Goldfinger

goldfinger50 years ago this week, the third James Bond movie, Goldfinger, was released into theatres in the U.K. The Bond films had been extremely popular but with this film, the series became a box office blockbuster. Based on the seventh novel in the Bond series, the film would break records and set the tone for future Bond films for decades to come.

Sean Connery reprises his role as James Bond. After completing his latest mission, destroying a drug lab, Bond ends up in Miami where is ordered by his boss to keep an eye on the aptly named gold dealer Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe). Bond being Bond can’t just sit on stake-out and watch. He notices that Goldfinger has been cheating at gin rummy and that a girl named Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) is spying on Goldfinger’s opponent and informing Goldfinger of what cards he has. Bond seduces Materson and humiliates Goldfinger into losing some money. Goldfinger responds by knocking Bond out later and killing Materson in a classic scene.
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Weekly Reckoning: Turn, Turn, Turn Edition

weekly-reckoningHappy mid-September everyone! The leaves are turning, the weather is turning, and generally everything is spinning right round like a record, baby. In honour of September’s revolutionary axis, let’s read some stuff and let our minds slowly rotate over the burning issues of the day.

1. LET’S iOS. Good day, Apple owners. iOS 8 is out and haunting your devices already. What amazing/irritating features does Apple’s latest ghost in the machine have? Here’s a resource.

2. SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT OMAR GONZALEZ, THE MAN WITH THE KNIFE WHO BROKE INTO THE WHITE HOUSE ON FRIDAY NIGHT Apparently the 18-year military vet was just trying to warn Obama that “the atmosphere was collapsing and [he] needed to get the information to the president of the United States.” Good thing he wasn’t, say, someone from ISIS coming to warn Obama about the atmosphere.

3. THIS ISN’T TERRIFYING AT ALL Josh Barro wonders why American conservatives seem so enamoured of Canada lately. The most obvious answer – that our country is currently run by a reptile wearing an ill-fitting suit of human skin and hair – isn’t addressed. Seriously, conservative voters in Canada must have said, “Well, he’s not human and possibly not even terrestrial, but I respond to his fiscal policy/ revulsion to science/ diet of human orphans” before marking their ballots.

4. WHO’S GOT A GENOCIDE? According to PostMedia columnist Stephen Maher, Canada’s got a genocide, even if we don’t want to acknowledge it. Article accompanied by a profoundly strange photo of A Tribe Called Red.

5. SASKATOON TRANSIT IS A TOTAL MESS Feel like taking a bus in Saskatoon? Good luck with that; city bus services braked to a halt last night. Meanwhile, people who can’t afford cars are out of luck.

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Riders Vs. Ottawa Redblacks

RidersvsRedblacksMan, Rider fans are fickle. Heading into the Hamilton game last Sunday hopes were high that Tino Sunseri, elevated from back-up to starter with the season-ending elbow injury to QB/team leader Darian Durant, would be able to manage the offence well enough to beat Hamilton.

That hope wasn’t entirely misguided. In two relief appearances this year, both on the road too, Sunseri has led the team to victory — overcoming a deficit against B.C. in August, and protecting a lead in the Banjo Bowl against Winnipeg. Against Hamilton, though, things did not go well. And the Riders fell 28-3.

Much gnashing of teeth ensued about Sunseri’s failure to live up to expectations. Yes, his stats were dismal. But the Riders were only down 13-3 until they gave up a punt return for a TD mid-way through the third quarter. And to recap. It was Sunseri’s first start, the game was on the road, against a team that is better than its now 4W-7L record would indicate. After being away from Hamilton for the last season and a third, the Ti-Cats are finally playing actual home games in their new stadium. That’s got to be a big morale boost. And Hamilton was the East representative in the Grey Cup last year.

On the Rider side, Will Ford (pictured in the team’s 38-14 win over the Redblacks in Ottawa Aug. 2), who is one-third of the three-headed monster the Riders typically deploy at running back, didn’t dress. Slotback Chris Getzlaf is battling an injury that’s kept him out of the line-up for stretches. Guard Chris Best is out too. And when he was hurt for most of the second half last season the Riders struggled on offence.

All I’m saying is that Rider Nation needs to put the loss in perspective. This game versus Ottawa, though, is a different matter. It’s at home, against a team that arguably isn’t better than its 1W-9L record would indicate — which I don’t mean as an insult to the Redblacks, it’s just the reality of being a CFL expansion club. And the fact is, the Riders need this game to reach 9W-3L. That’s because in the final six games they play the 8W-4L Eskimos three times (twice at home, once in Edmonton) and have a home-and-home with the 10W-1L Calgary Stampeders. Sandwiched in with the Battle Against Alberta is a Thanksgiving weekend tilt in Montreal against the improving Alouettes.

If the Riders win today, they’ll be two points up on Edmonton (who lost in Hamilton yesterday) and four points up on the Lions (who lost at home to the Argonauts on Friday). With three games upcoming against Edmonton, and B.C. holding the tie-breaker because they outpointed the Riders in the two games they played this year, that cushion will come in handy in the race for second and third in the CFL West and give them a big leg up over those two teams and 6W-6L Winnipeg for a likely crossover spot in the East semi-final.

For Sunseri, the pressure is definitely on for him to upgrade his performance. He doesn’t have to compete at the Calgary/Edmonton level yet, but he’s got to do better. And so do the rest of the Riders — especially the special teams, which have now surrendered kick returns for TDs in four out of the last five games.

Game time is 2 p.m. TSN has the broadcast from Mosaic Stadium, and you can find out more at the Riderville website.

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Fucked Up

In May, this Polaris Prize-winning Toronto punk/hardcore band released their fourth full-length. In his review in the May 29 issue (scroll down to read), Mason Pitzel noted that Glass Boys was a marked departure from the band’s last release in 2011.

That album, which was titled David Comes To Life, was a concept album that told the story, in rock opera form, of a romance between an English labourer named David and a radical activist named Veronica. As the song cycle progresses, a meta-narrator is introduced which causes David (and the listener) to question the notion of truth and his (their) perception of events.

Glass Boys, Pitzel noted, had none of those narrative trappings. But he still found it to be a damn fine album and gave it four out of five dogs. Having given the office copy a few spins myself, I have to agree that there’s plenty of high energy rock on it.

Anyway, on Monday Sept. 22 Fucked Up are in town to play a show at the Exchange. Back-up acts are Alvvays and Failed States. To give you a sense of what they’ve been up to lately, here’s the video for “Sun Glass” off Glass Boys:

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Daily Aggregation: Speedrun

daily-aggregation1. NDP FORCES DEBATE ON MISSING ABORIGINAL WOMEN Finally! Looks like the opposition took advantage of people going home for the weekend early.

2. EMPTY CHAIRS IN THE HOUSE Apparently, MPs droning on in a deserted House of Commons is a typical thing, not an exception. No wonder the NDP took advantage!

3. OBSESSION WITH TRUDEAU’S LOOKS A Globe and Mail reporter says concentrating on the Liberal party leader’s looks instead of his policies is distracting us from what really matters in our politicians.

4. HOUSING MORE EXPENSIVE THAN PEOPLE THINK A report by BMO is showing home prices and new homeowner’s expectations aren’t matching up.

5. TORONTO MAYOR CANDIDATE WANTS PRIDE PARADE FUNDING CUT Good news! It’s not a Ford related story for once – it’s John Tory, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. The reason? “Queers against Israeli Apartheid” is taking part again this year. Tory is arguing the advocacy group goes against the city’s human rights policy, yet the claim’s been debunked by the city multiple times. A protest against abuses of human rights is being accused of being against human rights – wonder if Tory sees the irony?

6. JAPAN STILL WHALING The country continues to ignore the IWC and kill whales for food under the guise of “research”. I wonder what scientific question needs the sacrifice hundreds of whales year after year…

7. SCOTLAND VOTES ‘NO’ They aren’t separating. So, what’s next?

8. HARASSED WOMAN GAME DEVELOPER SPEAKS OUT Zoe Quinn, target of abuse for allegations made by a jilted ex-boyfriend, writes about her experiences dealing with the onslaught of death threats, slurs, doxing and more.

After playing Super Mario Galaxy, I felt Super Mario 64 was starting to show its age with clunky, imprecise controls. I guess I was doing it wrong:

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Friday Afternoon Kitty: This One’s For Scotland

Hey Scotland, I guess you had a pretty stressful few weeks there, eh? Well, here: have a Scottish Fold kitten. It’ll make everything better.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Slackers

Based in the Big Apple, the Slackers have been around since 1991. “Ska”, “rocksteady”, dub”, soul” and “reggae” are some of the genre tags that have been applied to their sound. On Sunday, Sept. 21 the sextet is in town to play a show at the University of Regina Theatre. Sharing the bill are the Winnipeg rock/soul band Noble Thiefs and a third band t.b.a.

The show is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.,  and tickets are $20. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s the video for “My Bed Is A Boat” off an EP released by the Slackers last January:

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REVIEW: Liam Neeson Is Taken… for Walk Among the Tombstones

If you feared well-groomed Liam Neeson...

If you feared well-groomed Liam Neeson…

Before you start complaining about yet another movie about Liam Neeson’s “particular set of skills”, know that A Walk Among the Tombstones is a couple of notches above his recent output. Tombstones is a little darker, a bit more mean spirited, and a lot more entertaining.

Oddly enough, Neeson himself seems lighter on his feet, as opposed to the grim, preternaturally obfuscated Neeson from The Grey, Taken and Non-Stop. The most unexpected action hero of the decade is Scudder, a former NYPD officer turned underworld detective. Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) to find the guys who murdered his wife, a particularly vicious couple of psychopaths. Turns out the victim is just the tip of the iceberg, and the more the detective finds out, the nastier the investigation becomes.

Director Steve Frank, responsible for the very good (if little seen) The Lookout sets the film in a pre-9/11 New York, which gives the movie an extra layer of tension. A Walk Among the Tombstones is not as grimy as the 70’s crime thrillers, but it’s obviously inspired by them. The identity of the killers is never an issue. The question is if Scudder will be able to outwit the pervs, a force of evil to reckon.

A potentially problematic decision, the idea of giving Liam Neeson a sassy sidekick (a homeless 12-year old boy), provides the film with some fresh air. There is nothing really new with A Walk Among the Tombstones, but it’s well put together. These days, it’s not a small feat. Three prairie dogs.

It occurred to me that…

…Dan Stevens is making very interesting choices after quitting Abbey. Besides his strong turn here, his upcoming role in The Guest should turn him into a household name.

…the Y2K references fall very flat.

…give Liam Neeson a phone and you have a movie.

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Daily Aggregation: Cobra In The Sink

daily-aggregation-2Hey, look! It’s a 7:00 8:00 p.m. aggregation blog post! Who expected that? Daily Aggregation: just like the Spanish Inquisition!

Moving on…

1. SCOTTISH REFERENDUM! Votes are being counted. Exciting! Read more from The Guardian, The Guardian, BBC, The Washington Post, Slate, Rabble, The TyeeThe New York Times, The Globe And Mail, The Canadian Press and The Guardian again.

2. IT WAS THE THE HOTTEST AUGUST IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF THE PLANET Not good. More here, here, here, here and here. And if you don’t believe in global warming at this point, you might actually be a terrible human being. It’s true. Just saying.

3. SASK POLITICIAN QUITS TO LOBBY FOR BIG OIL This shit shouldn’t happen. I don’t care if it’s the Sask. Party or the NDP. Oil and politics don’t goddamn mix.

4. UNIVERSITY OF REGINA JOURNALISM SCHOOL LAUNCHES MASTER’S PROGRAM Fantastic! Hey, I know those guys! Awesome work Mitch, Trish and rest.

5. STADIUM UPDATE Want one? Here ya go.

6. GUN-LOVING PRIME MINISTER SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT IS THE WORLD’S BEST What a fucking egomaniac.

7. NHL TRAINING CAMPS OPEN Hooray! Here’s your Columbus Blue Jackets news.

8. IN OTHER HOCKEY NEWS: TEEMU HAZ A MAD, BRUCE BOUDREAU HAZ A SAD A retired hockey player who scored nine goals total last season trashes his old coach for only playing him 14 minutes a night. In 1993, I saw the NHL’s 11th all-time leading goal scorer score seven goals in two games (Feb. 28 against Minnesota and March 2 against Quebec, hmm, just noticed that all three teams involved in those games moved during the ’90s). Anyway, I still lurve Teemu. Lurrrrve him, and have since the day he was drafted 10th overall (which, yes, I watched live, and yes, I was rooting for the Jets to draft Selanne after reading the Hockey News scouting report on him. I was a nerd, okay?).

9. OMG OMG OMG PRINCE EDWARD IS IN REGINA Don’t care, maybe you do?

THISSS SSSINK ISSS MINE It’s all yours, buddy! Looks better on you, anyway. Via LiveLeak. You can see how it turned out (spoiler alert: everything was okay) here.

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Tiny Magic

DeadMeat_ClarkFerguson (1)In addition to the artist talk and reception at the Dunlop Gallery Friday night for the exhibition From What Remainsthere’s a screening of 10 short films and videos by Saskatchewan artists at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (301-1822 Scarth).

The program is called Tiny Magic, and it’s curated by Amber Christensen, a former Saskatchewan resident now doing grad studies in cinema and media at York University in Toronto.

While the films/videos range in style from narrative to cinéma vérité to experimental, they do have common threads, Christensen said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “Landscape is certainly there because it’s so available to filmmakers to utilize — and now that I live in Toronto I realize how rare that is. But when I pitched the idea it was more related to the theme of magic realism and surrealism.

Amalie Atkins is one example of someone who makes these wonderfully whimsical films,” she adds. “And maybe that does tie into the landscape because it’s almost oppressively expansive and horizontal. Then I started to think about magic realism as a way of building upwards like with tall tales.”

Lesbian vampires (Thirza Cuthand), twin priestesses (Ian Campbell), Greek nymphs (Allysha Larsen), a blindfolded woman wandering in a fog-shrouded forest (Amber Goodwyn), and a near-death experience involving bees (Sarah Abbott) are some of the characters and premises in the films. Oh… and Ronald McDonald’s son makes an appearance too, in David LaRiviere’s Son of Ronald where an actor dresses up like the famous pitchman’s offspring and hits Mickey Ds.

“One class I’ve taken here with Allyson Mitchell dove into ‘affect’ theory,” says Christensen. “Really, it’s just returning to the idea of honouring feelings and emotions. And the films I picked resonate like that for me. They’re small stories and personal narratives. I don’t mean that in a diminished way, I think of them as being very powerful and interesting.”

Doors at the Filmpool are at 8 p.m., and the screening will start at 8:30 p.m. It will be followed by an after-party with local DJ Pulsewidth providing the music. Admission is $5, or pay what you can. And pictured above, by the way, is a still from Clark Ferguson’s film Dead Meat.

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Luther Lecture

Luther Lecture (Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia)Now that the academic year is in full swing at the University of Regina there’s a regular diet of lectures and other special events to look forward to. Luther College has been hosting this lecture since 1977. Some of the speakers who have graced the podium in that time include Northrop Frye, Helen Caldicott and John Ralston Saul.

On Monday, Sept. 22 Seattle University professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (pictured) will add her name to the Luther Lecture roster. According to her bio, Moe-Lobeda has lectured/consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America on such topics as theology, ethics, climate justice, environmental racism, globalization, moral agency, and eco-feminist theology.

The title of her talk in Regina is “Climate Justice: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation”. Again, the lecture goes Monday at Luther College Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 306-585-5034.

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From What Remains

FromWhatRemains(Kerri Reid Souveniers)As a I noted a week or so ago, there’s no shortage of sculpture on display in Regina over the next few weeks/months. You can add this exhibition, which opens at the Dunlop Gallery’s Central location on Friday, Sept. 19, to the list.

The exhibition showcases work by three artists: Jason de Haan, Kerri Reid and Kara Uzelman. Gallery publicity does make mention of drawing, photography and video as other media that are included in the show, but found domestic and natural objects are the primary component.

The artists aren’t working as a group, so their treatment of these objects varies, but generally they are into altering and repurposing them to inspire new poetic and speculative meanings. All this, of course, takes place within the broader reality of our material culture where objects serve all sorts purposes from the strictly utilitarian to expressions of status, nostalgia, personality and more.

From What Remains will open with an artist talk on Friday at 6 p.m. There will be a reception afterward, and the exhibition will run at the Dunlop until Nov. 13. Pictured above, by the way, is a work by Kerri Reid called Souvenirs (California) [2012]. It consists of found rocks along with matching ceramic copies. I’ll leave it to you to puzzle over which might be which.

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War On Cars Escalates

VictoriaPark(Crosswalk)It looks like the city is in the process of installing some sort of pedestrian signal/walk light at the Cornwall and Victoria Ave. intersection on the south side of Victoria Park. It’s much-needed to promote walking in the downtown, I think, as with its angled crosswalks that’s a tough intersection to navigate as a pedestrian in what’s usually pretty heavy traffic.

I see they’ve also installed a new stretch of sidewalk there.

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Conway Responds To Rosie And Yossarian

Stephen LaRose doesn’t think much of John Conway’s latest column. In his Sept. 12 blog post “Have Some More Haggis, John Conway”, Rosie writes:

John Conway’s analysis of the Scottish independence referendum, philosophically, reads about the same as my attempt to review records by new Canadian bands or artists. Just as every group with two guitarists makes me think of either The Tragically Hip or The Rheostatics, never thinking that newer contemporaries may be a bigger influences, Conway tries to shoehorn his comparing of next week’s groundbreaking vote with the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum.

And then there was this comment from Dog Blog reader Yossarian:

Conway never fails to make an overly simplistic argument. This piece was no exception. Stephen is quite correct in his criticism. There are very few similarities between Scotland and Quebec. Quebec is of course a nation within a nation – but a nation that resulted from settling on indigenous land. Quebec has never been an independent polity – as Scotland was for over 300 years.

There was more validity in Stephen’s brief synopsis than there has been in a Conway piece over the last decade.

I still chuckle at his 2011 election piece where he was predicting a Michael Ignatieff majority government.

John offered to write a response, which I said I’d be happy to put on the blog. Here it is.


I enjoyed reading Stephen LaRose’s piece responding to my Scottish referendum article. He focuses on the many differences between Scotland and Quebec, while I focussed on the similarities. LaRose missed one key and fundamental difference of a boring constitutional sort, but that’s for another column.

A big difference LaRose focussed on is the ethnic issue. He presents a picture of Scottish nationalism unblemished by negative ethnic tensions, while he pans the Quebecois sovereigntists’ repeated failures to deal with “the ethnic question” with sensitivity and political effectiveness. True, and many among the sovereigntist popular base are out-and-out xenophobic national chauvinists. But is Scotland a wonderland of ethnic harmony and tolerance? There certainly is no ethnic issue in the current referendum campaign. There is a reason for this, and forgive me for being sociological. Scottish nationalism has no ethnic tensions because Scotland has very little ethnic diversity — 93 per cent of the population is lily white (83 per cent Scottish, the rest Brits and Irish). Most of the other seven per cent come from EU countries. About three or four per cent are non-white.

One thing LaRose is dead on about — the referendum has become a poll on neoliberalism and the dictatorship of business.

I did not enjoy Yossarian’s comments on my “overly simplistic argument.” My argument may be wrong, but it is not simplistic. But what really hurt was the comment, “I still chuckle at his 2011 election piece where he was predicting a Michael Ignatieff majority government.” I was aghast. How could I have been so stupid? I couldn’t remember making the prediction, but if Yossarian said I did, it must be so. Surely Yossarian wouldn’t deliberately misrepresent what I said.

I dug out the offending article and breathed a sigh of relief. I made no such prediction. The title says it all: “Why He’ll Lose: The case against a Harper win: part logic, part wishful thinking”. It was a cri de coeur. My actual prediction? “…another Harper minority government.” I got it wrong, he won a majority, which I lamented in my next column. What in fact did I say about Ignatieff? Commenting on the TV debate I said, “Michael Ignatieff held his own, even looked good a few times, but was so focussed on Harper he neglected to spell out his vision for Canada in captivating terms (of course, the sad fact is he doesn’t have one).”

My advice to Yossarian? Criticize what I actually write, not a fantasy of my words which you concoct.

LaRose sets me up as a straw man and then knocks me down. Fair game in the realm of political commentary and debate. Yossarian invents words that I write and then attacks me for writing the words he has invented. Not fair game.

John Conway

 

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Sonata Arctica

It probably has something to do with their location in the northern latitudes which results in plenty of frigid winter weather and a grievous shortage of daylight during certain times of the year, but Scandinavia is a real heavy metal hotbed. The preponderance of Norse legends and other myths and stories probably has something to do with it too. But Sweden, Finland and Norway have produced a lot of metal bands over the years.

As it happens, Regina is a bit of a metal hotbed too. And on Saturday Sept. 20 we’re playing host to a band from Finland called Sonata Arctica. The band’s been around since the mid-1990s, and in March they released their eighth studio album called Pariah’s Child.

The concert goes at the Exchange on Saturday. Sharing the bill are two other metal acts Delain (from the Netherlands) and Xandria (Germany). To get the blood flowing here’s the video for Sonata Arctica’s first single off Pariah’s Child called “”The Wolves Die Young”:

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The Sweet Lowdown

Based in Victoria, the Sweet Lowdown are composed of Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo) and Mirian Sonstenes (fiddle). As you can probably guess from their instruments, their passion as musicians is for old-time folk and bluegrass music.

They’ve got a couple of albums to their credit, and have garnered some nomination nods for various awards including Vocal Group of the Year at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. I’m not sure of the exact release date, but I believe a third album is in the works. And Wednesday Sept. 17 the group is in town to play a show presented by Grassroots Regina.

The gig’s at the SCES Club, and doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. To give you a sense of what to expect, there’s video from 2013 of the Sweet Lowdown performing an instrumental tune:

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