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Cool Show Alert: Beat Cops + Black Thunder + Herb And The Humans


So, just following up with my strong suggestion in (newly resuscitated? occasional?) Sound Check column to go see some excellent psychedelic garage rock tonight at The German Club. Montreal’s Beat Cops (members of Priestess, UBT, Trigger Effect and The Stills) are rolling through and local bands Black Thunder and Herb and The Humans will also be on hand to provide some rock and roll. Show up before 9pm and pay $5, show up after and it hikes up to $10. Yeah!

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For nearly two decades now, since a peace agreement was signed in 1998, Ireland has enjoyed relative tranquility and, until recently anyway, prosperity. Prior to that, though, the country was racked by sectarian violence related to British/Protestant control in Northern Ireland and Nationalist/Catholic forces based in the Republic of Ireland.

This American film, directed by Yann Demange, is set during the height of “the Troubles” in 1971. It takes place in a single night, and concerns a British soldier cut off from his unit after a street riot in Belfast who must survive until he is rescued.

’71 screens at the RPL Film Theatre Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21 at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer

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Tonight: SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart at The Artful Dodger


The title says it all: don’t let hail storms, Friday night programming at MoSoFest, the Agribition, O’Hanlon’s (ahem, Steve) or anything else distract you from what YOU REALLY SHOULD BE DOING TONIGHT, which is going to see two fucking excellent bands tear it up at The Artful Dodger.

SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart have released a self-titled album together and they’re on tour to support it. Both bands have monstrously cool sounds and deliver unforgettable live performances.

So. Tonight. At The Artful Dodger. 8pm. Not. To. Miss.

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Riders Vs Calgary Stampeders

Game action from Oct. 3 when the Stamps best the Riders 31-24

Game action from Oct. 3 when the Stamps beat the Riders 31-24

This pre-season game goes tonight at Mosaic Stadium at 7:30 p.m. It features the last two Grey Cup champions. The Riders, of course, won on home turf against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 2013 while Calgary claimed its title with a victory over the same Tabbies last November in Vancouver.

The Stampeders had a solid 2014 campaign and were full marks for their Grey Cup run. Looming in the background, though, at least for Rider fans, is a big “What if” as in “What if Rider QB Darian Durant hadn’t suffered a season-ending elbow injury in the Banjo Bowl?”

When he was shelved for the season the Riders had an 8W-2L record and were one game back of the 9W-1L Stamps for first place in the CFL West. True, the Riders hadn’t played especially well up till then, especially on offense. But just prior to Durant’s  injury Weston Dressler had returned to the team, so who knows how the Green & White would have fared in the last half of the season — which included their only two games against the Stamps in 2014, along with a trio of tilts against the Edmonton Eskimos before their West semi-final match-up where the Green & Gold capitalized on five Kerry Joseph interceptions to bounce the Riders from the playoffs with an 18-10 win at Commonwealth Stadium.

Injuries are part of the game, of course. And there’s no guarantee that even with a healthy Durant at the controls the Riders would have been able to beat a formidable Calgary team. But the games the teams played against each other definitely would’ve highlights of what turned out to be a pretty lacklustre CFL season.

Tonight, both the Riders and Stamps are playing their last pre-season games. Last Friday, Calgary defeated the Lions 20-6 at McMahon Stadium. The Riders, meanwhile, gave up a late TD and lost 31-24 to Edmonton in Fort McMurrary.

Like last season, the Riders and Stamps only meet twice in 2015. On Aug. 22, the teams will clash at Mosaic Stadium. Then on Halloween afternoon they’ll meet at McMahon.

Following tonight’s game head coach Corey Chamblin and the Rider staff will make their final roster moves in preparation for the team’s home-opener which goes June 27 at 6 p.m. against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In the June 25 Prairie Dog we’ll have our first edition of Rider Fan Forum. Ron Mexico, Earl Camembert and Cal Corduroy are all back for another year, and they’ll be joined by John’s Chick — a long-time Rider football fan who lives in Saskatoon.

For more on tonight’s game, visit the Riderville website.

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Susan Aglukark

One of the hottest musical acts going these days is Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, who scooped the 2014 Polaris Prize last September for her album Animism. With her experimental, performative style Tagaq is a trailblazer in her own right, but before she came to national prominence Susan Aglukark carved a place for herself on the Canadian music scene with her blend of Inuit folk and country/pop music.

Born in Churchill, MB in 1967, Aglukark was raised in Arviat which was formerly part of the Northwest Territories and which is now Nunavut. In 1995 she grabbed two Junos for Best New Solo Artist and Best Aboriginal recording for her album Arctic Rose, and has continued to work as a recording and performing artist since then

On Saturday June 20 Aglukark is in town to play a show at Casino Regina. Tickets are $25/$30. To close, here’s a pow wow-themed video that uses Aglukark’s 1995 song “Hina Na Ho” as a score

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Art Conversation Series

amanda CachiaThe MacKenzie Art Gallery holds these events periodically. Typically, they involve a guest speaker discussing some aspect of contemporary art practice. There’s one tonight, in fact, that features Amanda Cachia (pictured).

Cachia was in Regina for a short time around 2010, when she served as director/curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery. Born in Australia, she’s studied in Europe and the United States. Currently, she lives in San Diego, where she’s carving out quite a career for herself as a curator with a special focus on artists and work that address themes of disability.

Cachia has dwarfism in her background, and her status as a little person does help inform her curatorial projects. The title of her talk tonight is: Curating Disability and Access: Ethics, Pragmatics, Effects. The talk will be held tonight at the MacKenzie at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free.

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Regina JazzFest 2015

This festival has been around for a few years now. It offers a range of free and ticketed shows at a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. You can check for more details on the JazzFest website, but here are some of the highlights.

Wednesday 17

Ester Rada and Gypsophilia at Darke Hall. $30 advance, $35 door.

Free shows at City Square Plaza, F.W. Hill Mall, Southland Mall and Wascana Bandshell at different times from June 17-21.

Thursday 18

The Heavyweights Brass Band at Bushwakker, 7 p.m. $15.

CLASSIC JAZZ STYLINGS with Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats discussing vocal and performance techniques at Creative City Centre, 6-7:30 p.m. Presented by JazzFest Regina and SaskMusic. Free.

Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats at Crave, 9 p.m.

Friday 19

Christine Jensen Big Band at Darke Hall, $20.

Saturday 20

Little Miss Higgins at Ramada Hotel. $20.

Sunday 21

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH with Jodi Scott and the Regina Jazz Orchestra at Ramada Hotel. $30 adults, $15 for children 7-11, six and under free.

Joyce Moreno at Ramada Hotel on Sunday afternoon. Free.

The Dead South at Ramada Hotel. $15.

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Regina’s Best Sushi Restaurant Has Closed

We’ve lost Michi. From Facebook:

To Our Valued Patrons,

Due to a decrease in sales over the past few years, we have decided to close our doors as of June 13th, 2015. We want to thank you for your years of loyalty and patronage, as we have enjoyed being a part of the community for the last 12 years. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Michi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar.

Well this sucks. I’ve never had sushi in Regina that touched Michi’s. Nothing’s even close. And Mich just won Best Sushi again, too (deservedly). If I’d known Michi was in danger of closing I’d have mobilized support. Hordes of sushi-fanatics would’ve been rallied. Shit. Shit. Shit. Now what? Anyone?

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Raising The Pride Flag

Pride (flag raising)The Pride flag went up at City Hall this morning and I was honoured to be asked to give a short speech. I don’t do a lot of speeches and when I do I usually just make shit up in front of the microphone. This time, though, I wrote the speech in advance. I think it came out all right. I even managed to work in this year’s slogan: “Be You”.

Figured I’d share it here. You can read it after the jump!

Oh! And for information on Pride Week Events, look for a promotional supplement in the current Prairie Dog, or the Pride pocket guide, or visit Queen City Pride online.

Happy Pride Week! Continue Reading →

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I wouldn’t bother checking the long-range forecast for another day or two, but hopefully Saturday June 20 dawns sunny and warm without much wind. Not that the people organizing and participating in this juried craft sale can’t handle a little adverse weather conditions. But for the 6000 or so people who attend Bazaart each year, the event is always a little more pleasant when the weather cooperates.

The 42nd annual Bazaart runs at the MacKenzie Gallery grounds on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Around 120 artisans will have booths set up, and there will also be all sorts of arts and entertainment options both outdoors and inside the gallery. In the latter category is the David Thauberger retrospective which is on display until Sept. 6.

Admission is $5, while children 12 and under are admitted free.

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Best Of Food Secrets, Revealed!

On Friday, a reader seemingly unfamiliar with Prairie Dog’s Best-Of reader polls e-mailed us a bunch of questions about the recent Best Of Food & Drink issue. I thought some Dog Blog readers might have similar questions so I’m sharing his letter, along with my attempt to address his concerns. Here it is!

The best of Regina issue has to be one of the best hoots of the year. Do you actually expect anyone to take this nonsense seriously. Why don’t you state how many people voted for each of the so called best. I’m guessing no way since you don’t want anyone to know for example the best Beer Menu, whatever the hell that is and who cares, was named the best based on 2 votes. Both from people who work there.

The best server selected by chickens in the parking lot. How the hell could anyone know the best server in the whole frickin city unless they went to each place. I know and you nobody did this.

How are votes tabulated? Vote online as many times as you want?

C’mon Prairie Dog. Show us the numbers voted on for each best of category Or have you something to hide. Why not, most know it’s a farce already.

Unsigned Reader

Hey Unsigned, thanks for writing! I’m glad you enjoyed Best of Food & Drink 2015! That’s a lot of questions but I’ll try to answer them. Let me know if I miss anything!

1.) “Do you actually expect anyone to take this nonsense seriously.”

Readers can take Best Of Food & Drink any way they want. If they don’t want to take it seriously, that’s fine — it’s a public popularity contest narrated by an obnoxious fictional character. It is a little silly. But a lot of people enjoy it and that’s good enough for us. Besides, the results are useful — they give a valuable, if imperfect, snapshot of Regina’s dining scene. For example, Best Restaurant winner Flip is a great place to eat, but the odds are many Reginans still don’t know about it. Best Of Regina gives Flip, and the entire restaurant scene, more exposure. As a supporter of local businesses, I think that’s worthwhile! Continue Reading →

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Sunday Matinee: Willis O’Brien

Jurassic ParkThe fourth sequel to Jurassic Park opened this weekend and I figured that today’s Sunday Matinee should look at the career of Willis H. O’Brien.

Willis O’Brien was a stop motion animator who is mostly know for his brilliant work on movies creating dinosaurs in films like 1925’s The Lost World and of course 1933’s King Kong.

O’Brien’s first work was a short animated film he wrote, directed and animated 1915’s The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy. He would go on to make several more prehistoric themed shorts leading to 1918’s The Ghost of Slumber Mountain where he had refined his animation techniques. O’Brien fought with the film’s producer Herbert M. Dawley. Dawley cut the film from 45 or 30 minutes (depending on the source) to 11 minutes. Some of the footage has been found and restored to the current 19 minutes but the dinosaur footage is excellent and would lead O’Brien to working on The Lost World.
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Not So Exciting Goings On In Victoria Park

VictoriaPark(BBQ Festival)I don’t want to slag anyone involved in the BBQ event that’s been going on since Friday night in City Square Plaza and Victoria Park. But somebody somewhere is dropping the ball here. Whether it’s the festival organizers or the city, when you have a special event on involving food you have to make arrangements to ensure that the residue of said event doesn’t get out of hand.

This photo was taken around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, but even in the afternoon the garbage can was overflowing. And as might be expected, with the wind we had yesterday the mess wasn’t confined to this particular spot.

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Barnstorming Baseball On The Prairies

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame’s current exhibition is Chalk, Wheat & Diamonds: Saskatchewan ‘Ball. It’s on until Sept. 11, and it celebrates the sports of baseball, fastball and softball.

On Thursday June 18 the SSHF, in conjunction with Regina Public Library, is hosting an illustrated talk by Phil Dixon called Barnstorming Baseball on the Prairies. Dixon is a baseball historian, and a founding member of  the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum which is located in Kansas City.

Prior to 1947, African-American baseball players were denied the opportunity to play major league baseball. Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier that year when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. For two years before that, following his discharge from the U.S. Army at the end of WWII, Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Baseball League.

Virtually from the time the Civil War ended in 1865, African-Americans had played baseball either on stand-alone teams that used to barnstorm across the United States and Canada to play exhibition games or in organized leagues such as the NBL. As you can learn by clicking on the above link, Dixon’s talk will address barnstorming tours that the Monarchs conducted in Saskatchewan and the rest of Western Canada in the 1930s and ’40s.

In addition to Robinson, Satchel Paige and Ernie Banks (who later played for the Chicago Cubs from 1953-71) were other notables who played for the Monarchs. Dixon’s talk is on Thursday at RPL Film Theatre at 3 p.m.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In April, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Regina-based Baroque-period ensemble Per Sonatori both presented performances inspired by this popular romantic comedy by Shakespeare.

On Sunday June 14, the RPL Theatre will be presenting a performance of its own via a film shot at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. Short of travelling back in time to the 16th century, that’s as close to an original production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Shakespeare’s day as it’s possible to imagine.

Curtain on Sunday is at 2 p.m., and tickets are Adults $15, Seniors $12 and Students $10. To give you a taste here’s the trailer


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REVIEW: Jurassic World, Or Capitalism At Its Wildest

Guys, guys, GUYS! Be cool.

Guys, guys, GUYS! Be cool.

Jurassic World’s intention to be more like the original wasn’t just words thrown lightly in the heat of promotion. There  are Spielbergian overtones all over this film, not to mention a pro-science agenda and certain contempt for corporations.

Indeed, Jurassic World easily stands above the third movie and gives The Lost World a run for its money, at least in subtext (a below-average Spielberg movie is still a Spielberg movie). But among the achievements there are a number of shortcomings that make the outcome somewhat uneven.

Built over the remains of John Hammond’s original vision, Jurassic World is very much like Disneyland, including insanely long lines, extreme merchandising and teens more interested in their smartphones than in dinosaurs walking the Earth for the first time in 65 million years.

With revenues dwindling and the wonder fading, InGen powers-to-be come up with an insanely short-sighted strategy: Create a new dinosaur with DNA of different species. The outcome –Indominus rex- is different all right: A creature capable of outsmarting its handlers and anxious to find its place in the pecking order. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty high. Continue Reading →

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Queen City Pride

This annual celebration of the LGBTQ community in Regina runs from June 15-21. You can find out more about all the events that will be happening by visiting the Queen City Pride website.

Some of the highlights include a kick off Pride Unleashed party at the Mercury Café in the Cathedral District on June 15 at 9:30 p.m., along with a Pride Awards gala at the Executive Royal Hotel (4025 Albert St.) on June 17 at 8 p.m., and the annual Pride Parade through downtown Regina on June 20 at noon.

There’s also a Queen City Pride art exhibition reception at Central Library on June 15 at 7 p.m., a presentation on Regina’s hidden LGBTQ history at Central Library on June 18 at 7 p.m., plus a talk on June 20 at 3 p.m. at the RPL Film Theatre called Cyborg Sashay! that explores different technologies that performers can use to take  burlesque and drag to a whole new level.

That’s only scratching the surface, of course. So check out the above-linked website for all the details.

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Supreme Court Rules Again

CannabisIIAnother defeat for the Harper Conservatives at the Supreme Court today. This time, it was the regulations that Health Canada has set up to govern medical marijuana that the court determined were an undue infringement on the constitutional rights of Canadians to liberty and security.

The regulatory regime restricted patients to smoking dried cannabis only. Through research, though, the medical marijuana community has developed a number of different products such as edibles, ointments, salves, teas and tinctures to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

By restricting patients to dried cannabis, medical marijuana advocates argued, Health Canada was limiting the right of Canadians to access effective medical treatment. As well, anyone caught distributing or possessing these products could be charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with trafficking and illegal possession.

Health Canada’s position wasn’t surprising. In its literature around medical marijuana, it’s very upfront about the fact it doesn’t believe marijuana offers legitimate medical benefits and that it only permits licensed use because it’s been mandated by previous court rulings. So it was more or less indifferent to the health concerns of Canadians who had found relief by using different cannabis products.

Today, in a case related to a Victoria man arrested for baking marijuana cookies in 2009, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld an earlier B.C. Supreme Court ruling that Health Canada’s regulations on dried cannabis were unconstitutional and that if Canadians have obtained medical clearance from their doctors to use cannabis they should be able to use it in the form that provides the most effective treatment for their condition.

You can read more in this CBC report.

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Pile O Bones BBQ Championship

In recent years, a number restaurants have opened up in town (Smokin’ Okies, Jack Keaton’s, Prairie Smoke & Spice) that are dedicated to the old school idea of barbecuing that goes beyond the type of grilling that most people in this area are familiar with. Instead of just firing up the barbecue and slapping on some meat, traditional barbecuing involves a ton more time and energy, both in preparing the meat of choice and in slow-cooking it to allow the magic to happen.

This weekend, there’s a whole festival happening that’s devoted to celebrating the art of fine BBQ. Everything will be going down on City Square Plaza, and in addition to all the food on offer, there will be a family fun area, a beer garden, a roadhouse and plenty of live music. Admission is free, and the festival runs Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday noon-11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

You can find out all the details on the Pile O Bones BBQ website. And here’s the schedule of bands:

Friday 12

Alley Dawgs (5 p.m.), Brian Templeton Trio (6 p.m.), Coldest Night of the Year (7 p.m.), the Pistolwhips (8:15 p.m.) and One Bad Son (9:30 p.m.).

Saturday 13

Amy Nelson (noon), the Alley Dawgs (1 p.m.), Scott Richmond (2 p.m.), Mother Night (3 p.m.), Bad Comrade (5 p.m.), Brian Templeton Trio (6 p.m.), Dagan Harding (7 p.m.), Coldest Night of the Year (8:15 p.m.) and the New Meanies (9:30 p.m.).

Sunday 14

Brian Templeton Trio (noon), the Alley Dawgs (1 p.m.), Johnny 2 Fingers (2 p.m.), Dagan Harding (3 p.m.) and Coldest Night of the Year (4 p.m.).

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Queen City Catch Up: The Special Two-Part Finale!

This is it! The eighth and final instalment of Queen City Catch Up! And it’s a special double episode. I ended up with two interviews recorded so instead of using one and tossing the other I mashed them together.

In the first half, I interview Dr Sharon Acoose from First Nations University. We talk about the Truth And Reconciliation Commission and about her book, An Arrow In My Heart: A First Nation Woman’s Account of Survival from the Streets to the Height of Academia.

Then, in the second half, I talk to Adam Martin, the director of the Sakewewak Artists’ Collective. We talk about the Storyteller’s Festival and some of the other projects they have on the go.

And with that, I’m done. I’m totally caught on absolutely everything of substance that happened in Regina over the last nine or ten months or so. I can now get back to the business of whatever it is I do in this city. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the podcast. I enjoyed all these conversations.

You can find all the earlier episodes on the Queen City Catch Up archive page.

Music for this podcast is from the album Malta’s Lost Voices — which I love! — and it’s all used with permission. Many thanks to Filfla Records for letting us use these tracks. You can get your own copy of the album and check out their other projects at their website.

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