BeatRoute Magazine AB Edition April 2019

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APRIL 2019 • FREE

Calgary

Underground

Film Fest

Special

ELISABETH MOSS

GOES FULL ON

PUNK

ROCK

IN ALEX ROSS PERRY’S

FILM HER SMELL

ALBERTA EDITION

PLUS!

THE SHIVERETTES

JD McPHERSON

GONE COSMIC

FUTURE WOMB

420 FEST

DJ MADD

AND MORE!

BILLIE

EILISH

TAKES A BIG STEP

FORWARD

+

OUR PICKS

FOR THE BEST

OF THE FEST


PALOMINO EVENTS FOR APRIL

Friday April 5th

Miesha & The Spanks

Silence Kit (Winnipeg)

Glam Garage

Saturday April 6th

Counterfeit Jeans (Edmonton)

Erector Set

Hex Beat (Edmonton)

HARSH

Arson Cult (Saskatoon)

Tuesday April 9th

DRI HIEV

Blessed

Slut Prophet

Friday April 12th

Gone Cosmic (LP Release)

All Hands on Jane

The Ashley Hundred

Saturday April 13th

Whitney Rose

Shaela Miller

Amy Nelson

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Thursday April 18th

Riot City

Roadrash (Vancouver)

Time Rift (Portland)

Villain (Toronto)

Friday April 19th

Future Womb (Album Release)

Peach Pyramid (Victoria)

Pancake

Saturday April 20th

Fake James

Hayden McHugh

and guests

Wednesday April 24th

Alberta Music presents:

Vocal/Performance Workshop

with Tamara Beatty

Friday April 26th

Thomas Thomas (EP Release)

Windigo

The Conversation Killers

*Advance tickets at Sloth Records or myshowpass.com

Saturday April 27th

Steamwhistle Spring Thaw with:

Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Sandstorm,

Henchmen, Calisthenics, Witch

Victim, Funky Voltron and more!

Tuesday April 30th

I am the Mountain

Gleneagle (Vancouver)

King Bull

Friday May 3rd

Body Lens

Hairnets

Co-Op (Vancouver)

Purlicue

Saturday May 4th

Harrington Saints (Bay Area)

Reckless Upstarts (Windsor)

Pagans of Northumberland

Streetlight Saints

OFFICIAL SLED ISLAND VENUE!

COMING SOON

WEDNESDAY MAY 8TH

Dead Quiet (Vancouver), Denimachine

and Crystal Mess

FRIDAY MAY 10TH

Sled Island Presents: McKinley Dixon

(Richmond), A.Y.E & The Extraordinary

Gentlemen and Sinzere

SATURDAY MAY 11TH

The Supersuckers “Evil Powers of Rock &

Roll” 20th Anniversary Tour with

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors

WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH

The Crawl with Sigil, DFH, Deathbreather

SATURDAY MAY 18TH

Hot Little Rocket with Sunclaciers,

NEEDS (Vancouver), Dark Time, Strip Mall,

Old Apartments, Mom Bod and more!

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Contents

Up Front

Music

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7

8

9

The Guide

Morissey seals the deal

with his return to Canada

The Agenda

That’s Dope

4/20 gift guide that won’t

get you high

Record Store Day

The Inside Scoop

from the pros

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30

30

Concert Previews

The Shiverettes, JD

McPherson, Gone Cosmic,

Future Womb, Amy

Nelson, Whitney Rose,

Graham Nicholas, Bort,

DJ Madd and more!

Album Reviews

Billie Eilish, The Cranberries,

Foxygen, Blessed,

The Mountain Goats,

Priests, Weyes Blood and

more!

Live Reviews

Treefort Music Festival

APRIL 2019 • FREE

Calgary

Underground

Film Fest

Special

ELISABETH MOSS

GOES FULL

PUNK

ROCK

IN ALEX ROSS

PERRY’S

HER SMELL

Cover Story

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Her Smell

Elisabeth Moss brings

chaos to centre stage

in Alex Ross Perry’s

experimental punk

rock drama Her Smell

Cover photo by:

FilmMagic

ALBERTA EDITION

PLUS!

SHIVERETTES’

FEMINIST MUSIC

MOVEMENT

MORRISSEY’S

CANADIAN RETURN

BILLIE EILISH

DROPS NEW

ALBUM

Movies|TV

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39

Calgary Underground Film

Fest picks

CUFF: Calgary Underground

Film Festival returns for its 16th

year

This Month In Film and

BingeWorthy streams

Calgary

Comics &

Entertainment

Expo

breaks out

the cosplay •

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The Arts

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43

44

46

Dance DJD plays cupid in

Magnetikae and Lovestruck

Theatre Wolf On The

Ringstrasse follows the life of

composer Hugo Wolf

Dance The Fiddle & The Drum

Alberta Ballet go toe to toe in

Joni Mitchell’s storied collaboration

Savage Love

Horoscope

47

Mariel Buckley plays the

Rhinestones In The Rough

Denim Social at the #1 Royal

Canadian Legion, March 23.

Dan Savage talks sad boys,

anal play and getting over it

No matter your sign, there’s

always a song for you here

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The Guide

Publisher/Editor

Brad Simm

Marketing Manager

Glenn Alderson

Event Coordinator

Colin Gallant

Production Coordinator

Hayley Muir

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Web Producer

Masha Scheele

Social Media Coordinator

Miguel Morales

Morrissey:

Seals the

deal with

Canadian

tour

Wednesday, April 17

Jubilee Auditorium

With the city collectively recovering

from seasonal depression, spring

seems like the appropriate time for

Morrissey to come to Canada. Moz

fans all over the country are rejoicing

that the sardonic musician can’t keep

his promises. Fifteen years ago, the

boy with the thorn in his side vowed

never to set foot on Canadian soil

until the annual seal hunt was abolished.

Luckily he has come to terms

with the fact that Inuit are not going

to give up an important part of their

struggling economy. Instead Morrissey

will be touring across Canada

performing in six major cities with

part of the profits going to support

several animal charities.

Morrissey is touring his 2017 album

Low in High School, and getting

some hype before the release of his

California Sun album, which covers

artists like Buffy Sainte Marie, Bob

Dylan and Joni Mitchell. But nobody

needs a reason to go see the former

Smiths member, it’s fucking Morrissey.

He’s one of the best songwriters

of all time. This is a show you

don’t want to miss, because who

knows what his next beef with Canada

will be.

Randee Neumeyer

On my return to

Canada I feel that

I can be of more use

by making sizeable

donations to animal

protection groups in

each city that

I play.

SECTION EDITORS

Music

Paul Rodgers, Trevor Morelli

Christine Leonard, Glenn Alderson

Arts/Film / Brad Simm

Edmonton Extra / Mike Dunn

Contributing Writers

Sarah Bauer • Leyland Bradley

Sebastian Buzzalino • Morgan Cairns

Brent Cooper • Mike Dunn

Tim Ford • Rachel Fox

Colin Gallant • Joe Hartfeil

Willow Herzog • Robann Kerr

Brendan Lee • Christine Leonard

Randee Neumeyer • Sean Orr

Jennie Orton • Jamila Pomeroy

Paul Rodgers • Tory Rosso

Josh Shepherd • Graeme Wiggins

Josh Wood • Jordan Yeager

Contributing Photographers

Zoltan Biro • Xavier Cattarinich

Darrin Richard Curry • Andree Foglio

Jamie McNamara • Mario Montes

Dustin Rabin

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TCHAIKOVSKY. FRANK ZAPPA. TANYA TAGAQ. JOHN CORIGLIANO.

In the CPO’s most boundary-pushing festival, we explore the powerful influences and inspirations

behind these great artists. This raucous and unforgettable musical journey shines a light on the

iconoclasts — genre-defying musicians and composers — whose creativity has led to profound

artistic upheaval.

Provocative:

Percussion + Tchaikovsky

25 April 2019 / 7:30PM

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Come hear what

Tchaikovsky,

Frank Zappa, and a

Farr percussion concerto have

in common.

Late Night:

Sensory Overload

27 April 2019 / 9PM

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Be transported by the haunting

Dead City Radio, Barber

Symphony No. 1, and the

legendary Canadian throat

singer Tanya Tagaq.

Controversial Classics:

The Rite of Spring + Red Violin

3 + 4 May 2019 / 7:30PM

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Explore the edges of

‘acceptable’ music with works

by Stravinsky and

John Corigliano (who will be

in attendance!)

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The

APRIL

Agenda

1Nine Lives: Changing Notions

of Femininity Through Time.

March 28 – April 28

This exhibit at Lougheed House is comprised of 12

photographic portraits of artists, six from Big Kitty

Crew, Canada’s largest all-female urban arts

collective, and six from Calgary drag performers in

whose work femininity plays a central role.

CFMF’s 40th Year

April 11

In addition to announcing

their summer lineup on

April 11, the Calgary Folk

Music Festival is also

pleased to extend its photo

11

exhibit at Studio Bell, the

compelling 40 Years Of

Forward Thinking, and has

plans to release a compilation

LP for their 40th

Anniversary.

Iskwé

20

Taste of Jamaica 2019

April 20

On Saturday, April 20 from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. join the Jamaican

Canadian Association at Thorncliffe Greenview Community

Association for Taste of Jamaica. This event showcases Jamaican

culture through music, arts, dance, language and food.

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Kusama: Infinity

April 28

Celebrate the world of art, style, and fashion on

the big screen hosted at the Glenbow Museum

with Kusama: Infinity a documentary that

explores contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s

journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan

to her brush with fame in America during the

60s when she rivalled Andy Warhol.

The Great Russian Ballet - Giselle

April 11

First created in 1884 for the Imperial Russian Ballet, Giselle is one of the

most breathtaking ballet productions of all time — a death-defying love

story that demands both technical perfection and outstanding grace

playing at the Jack Singer Hall at Arts Commons.

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Calgary Expo April 25-28

This annual four-day celebration of all things pop culture that ranges

from obsessions and fascinations with comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and

gaming just gets bigger and better each year. Celebrity attractions for

2019 include Michael J. Fox, Linda Carter (Wonder Woman), Christopher

Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Pamela Anderson!

Read the

feature,

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That's Dope

THIS

4/20

GIFT

GUIDE

MONTH

IN CANNABIS NEWS

AND VIEWS

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RECORD

STORE DAY:

THE INSIDE

SCOOP

Vinyl fans rejoice! On

April 13, the twelfth

annual Record Store

Day takes place where a

bonanza of new singles,

LPs and rare reissues

by hundreds of different

artists flood into record

stores around the world.

Because the list is long,

very long, we got in touch

with local shops asking

their resident expert

what they think some of

the real gems are that

you want to get your

hands on.

By PATRICK SAULNIER

Jeff from Blackbyrd

Myoozik

HOT FIND: Fela Kuti and

Roy Ayers - Music Of Many

Colours

Original Release: 1980

Label: Knitting Factory

This limited-edition rainbow

starburst vinyl is exclusive

to Record Store Day as

is the first pressing of the

album since the late ‘80s.

A top-notch jazz, funk and

soul collaboration from two

amazing artists, Jeff claims

it’s “the funkiest release this

time around!”

Leasa from Turn it Up!

Records & Hi-Fi

HOT FIND: Basketball Diaries

Original Motion Picture

Soundtrack

Original Release: 1995

Label: Real Gone Music

Appearing on wax for the

first time, and in epic looking

“Basketball Orange,” this

two-LP soundtrack is limited

to 2000 copies, exclusive

for Record Store Day. The

film based on the memoirs

of Jim Carrol Includes

tunes from a stacked batch

of rock titans like Soundgarden,

The Cult, Pearl Jam

and The Doors!

1 2 3 5

Five new cannabis products (that don’t get you high) By Jamila Pomeroy

1

FeelCBD

As an elevated vape pen experience,

FeelCBD combines

non-psychoactive full-spectrum

CBD with organic essential

oils. The companies “Calm” pen,

features the relaxing and delicious

essence of vanilla, lavender and

mint. The pens sleek design, which

is no bigger than the width of an

iPhone, fits conveniently in your

pocket making transport for public

use hassle-free. While CBD on

its own is known for its calming,

anti-anxiety properties, the addition

of carefully curated essential oils

sets a new precedent for holistic

health these calming oils, known

to carry similar properties to CBD,

add depth to the experience,

eliminating the often talked about,

“metallic,” aftertaste CBD can

carry, while expanding further into

the realm of holistic health.

2

Fluers

“I used the ‘WOKE’ blend

throughout college to help

with studying. I lose focus really

easily and it completely helped

me with retention and focus,” says

Tee Krispil about her company Fluers.

Integrating herbs and tea into

the cannabis experience, Fluers,

the CBD tea company, delivers a

high-end product with real results.

The “Woke” tea features spearmint,

lemongrass, ginkgo biloba,

horsetail, and CBD (among many

other beneficial herbs;) leaving tea

drinkers refreshed, focused and

sharp, while providing a boost without

a burn-out, like coffee. Fluers

also carries “DOZE,” as a sleep aid;

“CHILL,” to help lessen anxiety;

and “CLEAN,” as a detox tea.

3

Delush

While it may be easy to fall

in love with the companies

wide-range of beauty

products, which boasts heavenly

scented bath bombs, creams and

body scrubs, the Delush “Liger

Balm” is the sure cure to your

aches and pains. Whether you are

in recovery-mode post-workout,

our battling chronic pain, this is

your new BFF. This magic stick

contains 300mg of CBD, a potent

blend of active natural herbs, and

velvety smooth butters. While there

are a few “magic sticks” on the

market, the Liger Balm takes the

cake. Combining the effects of the

well-known Tiger Balm, with cannabis,

the stick is ideal for immediate

pain-relief-- perhaps after a bath

with their Blue Raspberry scented

bath bomb.

4

ICaria

With so many CBD tincture

brands to choose

from, it’s easy to become

overwhelmed and unsure. Icaria,

is the holistic supplement brand

that helps busy professionals

reduce stress and anxiety so they

are free to enjoy their life. “I am a

nutritionist, so you can imagine I’m

very particular about what goes

into my body,” says owner Nadya

Pecherskaya. ICaria CBD tinctures

includes hemp seed oil, organic

MCT coconut oil, cannabidiol

extract; offering an aftertaste-free

experience, in a convenient easyto-use

eyedropper.

5

Fashionably High

While their products may not

contain cannabis, Fashionably

High aims to elevate

the cannabis experience and help

end the stigma around cannabis

culture. With the pursuit of creating

a product that could be marketed

to mature women, not fitting in with

the “babes and bongs” culture,

the tea cup was born. Featuring a

wide-range of designs, the cups

are helping empower women to

not be ashamed of consuming

cannabis, in the boys club that is

the cannabis industry. In complementary

fashion, the company

has expanded into other lifestyle

products such as stash boxes, tote

bags, pillows and leggings.

Dan Jones from Hot

Wax

HOT FIND: Alexander “Skip”

Spence - AndOarAgain

Original Release: 1969

Label: Modern Harmonic

This three-LP set includes

the original album, 1999

bonus cuts, and almost

two hours of unheard jams

from Canadian psychedelic

legend Alexander “Skip”

Spence. The Moby Grape

co-founder’s only solo release

(and ultimately his last

musical contribution) takes

you on a country-blues trip

through chaos and melancholy

filled haze.

Eddie from Melodyia

Records

HOT FIND: Sunn O)) -

Life Metal

Label: Southern Lord

Recordings

Release: 2019

It’s the first studio album in

four years for these droning

noise metalists from Seattle.

Setting the palate for a

second more “meditative”

release later in the year, Life

Metal delivers something

that’s a beast all its own. Eddie

says it best: “No drums,

giant amps! Massive sound!”

Let there be drone!

Dave from Sloth

Records

HOT FIND: Devo/

This Is Devo

Original Release: 1978-1984

Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.

Store owner Dave Muir

says, “There are a few releases

we are pretty excited

about. One in particular is

Devo’s This is Devo six-LP

box set. It’s not often you

can get every album from

the most essential period of

a band in one easy set, at a

decent price no less.”

Record Land

HOT FIND: Crosley Miniature 3-inch Record Player

The Inglewood boys anticipate these novelty threeinch

portable record players will be flying out like

hot cakes! Crosley’s cute little needles are made

specialized for singles and Jack White’s record

label, Third Man as well as Epitaph Records will be

pressing special one-track discs specifically for the

launch!

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MUSiC

Concert Preview

REAL

SHRILL

BITCHES

The Shiverettes shake

things up

By SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

T

he Shiverettes’ sophomore

album, Real Shrill

ole days where everyone knew

SHIVERETTES

their place. But to them and

Bitches, takes cues Thursday, April 18 all their fans, they’re taking

with Wares and

from its mostly tonguein-cheek

title and

being a band and using it to

Mademoiselle

the soapbox that comes with

King Eddy (Calgary) $15

bellows its message from the

bring attention to a whole host

rooftops, loud, proud and full Thursday, April 25 of lived experiences that point

with Dead Fibres

of unremitting courage.

towards how much problematic

The Calgary garage punk

quartet has already made a

The Aviary (Edmonton) $10

culture is still left to undo.

“We went into this, and I said

name for themselves with scathing singles,

like “Stephen Harper Suck My Dick,”

and by taking a stand locally to call out

bigots and questionable behaviour that

normalizes, sexism, racism and ableism.

To their detractors, The Shiverettes are

obsessed with political correctness having

lost the fun-loving times of the good

these exact words, not wanting to write

a political record,” says Hayley Muir, who

fronts the band. “Listening to it, it’s like,

oops, we did. On the last album we did,

Kaely (Cormack, guitar and vocals) had

this great line in an interview, she said the

mere act of us being the women that we

are and being in the band we’re in, saying

the things we say, that is inherently political.

So it doesn’t really matter what we

try, it’s still going to be political.”

“I don’t think there were specific issues

we were going to tackle,” agrees Cormack,

“but issues in our lived experiences

that we wanted to get off our chests

happened to be political.”

The personal is political on Real Shrill

Bitches and the Shiverettes wrap it all

up in a healthy dose of ‘90s riot grrrl vitality

and urgency. Cormack’s menacing,

barbed wire riffs stab forward and snake

around Muir’s call-to-action vocals, while

the rhythm section marches to the unwavering

sound of a thousand stomping

boots. They lead with a hardened, streetready

howl caught between Bikini Kill and

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REAL SHRILL

BITCHES

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the Coathangers, aiming straight for

the jugular.

Sitting on my porch overlooking

Calgary’s downtown, however,

enjoying the first warm evening of

the year and heralding the spring

equinox, The Shiverettes’ cool and

measured confidence belies the

raucous, in-your-face energy on record

and in their live performances.

Rounded out by Cecilia Schlemm on

bass and Steve Richter on drums,

they talk about the growth they all

experienced throughout the whole

process of making the new album.

“There’s a little bit of satisfaction

that comes with the album, too,”

says Richter. “After the first one,

Dead Men Can’t Call (2017), you go

back and listen and you’re like, ‘I

wish I could have done that better.’

But with this one, we went in pretty

rehearsed and tried to figure it out.”

“We all pushed ourselves and

got pushed by the dudes that we

NMC presents

ALBERTA

SPOTLIGHT

SERIES

were working with. And to push

and do well when you push, that’s

really cool,” confirms Muir. “I think

it sounds so full and confident, I’m

impressed we did that.”

Real Shrill Bitches is a punk

album all grown up, The Shiverettes

along with it. They maintain

their trademark piss and vinegar,

but with the measured experience

to be able to focus that intensity

into razor-sharp cuts aimed at the

patriarchy. Whether it’s calling out

shitty dudes with their shitty rape

jokes on “Very Cool Dude,” or the

growing trend of so-called “involuntary

celibates” online on “Incel,”

The Shiverettes don’t mince their

words or feelings standing up to

the breadth and depth of garbage

behaviour they experience as women.

And in a scene like Calgary,

where bands often form for a good

time but maybe not a long time,

The Shiverettes continue to grow

as leaders, putting themselves out

there to speak out for those who

might not be able to.

“I feel like there’s a lot of

fence-sitters in the scene.,” says

Cormack. “There are people that

don’t want to ruffle any feathers,

which is fine. We have people that

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don’t like us, venues that don’t want

to book us…“

“Or book us and call us cunts

afterwards,” interjects Muir.

“There aren’t a ton of people that

want to be put out there,” adds Cormack.

“But the feminist movement

is happening everywhere and we’ve

made good connections across

Western Canada. A lot of that is

also through FemmeWave (the

multi-disciplinary arts festival Muir

and Cormack founded in Calgary

that runs in November happens

where and when?), meeting bands

that come and play the festival that

have the same values and political

alignment as us.

“It’s cool, I always talk about this

Western Canadian feminist army

that we have because we know who

to talk to and who is shaking things

up in each city. It’s really cool to feel

that connection across the cities.

We know who is fighting the same

fight as us.”’

“I didn’t go into it with the intention

of writing a political record, but

that happens anyway. At the end

of the day, it’s us talking about our

lived experiences as women, so

boom, that’s going to be political,”

says Muir. ,

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SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

JOSHUA BLACK WILKINS

JD McPHERSON

JD McPherson grew up on a

cattle ranch in the outback of

the Oklahoma, so far isolated

the nearest supermarket was an

hour away. Within that seclusion,

he played a lot of guitar,

Tix: $20

listened to a lot of music, and

read about a lot of music eventually taking

a MFA at the University of Tulsa. While

labelled a retro roots-rocker, McPherson

is much more — for sure he’s got a renaissance

heart, but also a modern mind.

JD McPHERSON

Who is your favourite Ramone?

JD McPherson: My favourite Ramone in

terms of ‘aura’ would be DeeDee. CJ is

really my favourite Ramone because I know

him and he’s a wonderful guy, but if I had

to pick one Ramone to send into space to

spread the word, I would pick DeeDee.

Pitchfork pegged like-minded musician

Nick Waterhouse and yourself as a “revivalist

who insists he’s not a revivalist.”

How does that sit with you?

JDM: I get that, it’s because it’s rock and

roll. The culture at large isn’t really comfortable

with that. I can say all day that I

see myself more as David Byrne than Brian

Setzer, and nobody’s going go along with

that. At some point, I have to not care. As

far as people branding me a retro-revivalist,

absolutely! I wish people would listen

to more Bo Diddley, I wish people would

listen to more Sonics, I wish people would

listen to more Link Wray. I mean we’re

talking about the most exciting aspect of

American culture. It’s exciting to me, and I

Thursday, April 11

Commonwealth (Calgary)

think that’s a pretty easy spark

to catch fire.

You’re a literate songwriter

conversant in punk, blues,

rock, whatever. How does this

affect your writing, delivery

and performance?

JDM: As miserable as I was growing

up where I was, as a music lover I was

experiencing a lot of different things all

at once. Mixing it all up and taking bites

instead of moving around the plate like

you’re supposed to do. Hearing pop music

next to Dinosaur Jr. and metal and hip-hop,

there wasn’t anybody around to tell me

what not to listen to. If you’re hanging

around a bunch punk rockers they might

get bummed out by ZZ Top, Grateful Dead

or whatever. That wasn’t happening for me.

I was like a sponge listening to everything.

When I was writing songs in high school

they were hard to pin down. I had broadview

perspective for a good, long while.

Live, we try to keep the energy up,

at a high level for the whole thing, even

on slower material. We try to have very

little or no dead air, there’s some form of

music happening all the time. It really feels

uncomfortable to me when I go see a

band and there’s 25, 30 seconds, a minute

between songs when they’re tuning up or

changing guitars. We try to keep that to as

much of a minimum as we can. We’ve got a

band full of hungry performers, a band full

of people who love being there, it is a really

fun time. We just want to make sure people

get their money’s worth!


By Brent Cooper

Music by Veronika Krausas

Libretto by Andre Alexis

Designed and directed by

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

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SPACE INVADERS

Amassed by the collision of

GONE COSMIC

veteran Calgary players, guitarist with All Hands on Jane

Devin “Darty” Purdy and bassist & guests

Brett Whittingham of Chron Goblin

along with drummer Marcello

Friday, April 12

Palomino (Calgary)

Friday, April 13

Castronuovo of Witchstone. the Bohemia (Edmonton)

lysergic catalogue of Gone Cosmic Friday, April 14

Bo’s Bar & Stage (Red Deer)

crosses the interstellar abyss ranging

from freeform metal to heavy

Tix: $10 Showpass

jazz.

Gone Cosmic embrace changes

and tap into their supersonic

psych rock synergy

By CHRISTINE LEONARD

C

oming of age in an erratic era, vocalist

Abbie Thurgood, lead singer

of the breakout band Gone Cosmic,

found herself grappling with issues

that confront other mid-20s millennials.

Already an accomplished

songwriter and recording artist by her teens,

she spent time honing her style moving to

Nashville then singing with the local R and

B, sister-soul group, The Torchettes. Still, she

was restless.

“I was going through a lot of changes during

that time,” Thurgood confides. “My life completely

shifted in every direction. My work, my

love life, my band life, everything did a 180. I

was going through this process of wondering

why my brain was reacting to things and certain

situations, why I was making the choices

I was making and what’s bringing me to the

point I’m at now.”

The stars aligned and Thurgood found herself

in the enviable position of being presented

with a body of deep-groove instrumental

compositions that were begging for her vocal

enhancements. The catch? These were norun-of-the-mill

verse and chorus rock songs.

“It’s insane. I remember the first time I

heard the basement demos. I ended up sitting

there for five hours and breaking it all down

song by song and making notes on where the

deadlocks went into cool stargazy bridges,”

she recounts in vivid detail.

“All of the songs were a challenge. I love

this style of music and I love the heavier stuff,

but I’ve never written to it. I was like, ‘Okay,

how do I completely step out of my element

and throw myself into this?’ It was a matter of

finding and placing the melodies, which came

rather naturally despite the fact that it was all

chaos!”

Taming the turmoil that boils beneath the

surface, Thurgood’s agency over Gone Cosmic’s

volatile atoms has resulted in a supersonic,

psych-rock synergy of controlled detonations

and harrowing lyrical odysseys.

“I think the intimidation factor for me was

that these are heavy, punchy, crazy tracks and

coming from a doo wop, soul and a little bit of

rock background ultimately my

voice wasn’t pushed to what it is

now,” Thurgood says.

“It would be easy to get lost

within what the instruments are

doing, so it needed to have that

powerful grasp. I started to do

my best to go bigger and bring

the power through the vocals

and actually getting that attention,

because even though I was comfy, I

know I have this growl and I have this intensity.”

Bottling that rocket-fueled energy, Gone

Cosmic ventured to OCL Studios in September

of 2018, when the golden wheat of Earth

was at its highest. There the quartet captured

the eight complex and compelling tracks that

make up their forthcoming full-length debut,

Sideways in Time with the oversight of engineer/producer

Josh Rob Gwilliam.

“It was the madness of the songs. It wasn’t

formulaic. It may never be. It completely

came down to the art of what we wanted to

create. And it came through beautifully,” reflects

Thurgood. “I was thinking ‘Okay. This

is my genre!’ Even as a singer-songwriter

back in the day when I went down to Nashville.

People were asking ‘What’s your genre?’

I had no idea. ‘I’m not country. I’m not blues.

I don’t know.’ So, this is the first time it

works!” ,

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ON TOUR

22/4 – Kamloops, BC

23/4 – Kelowna, BC

25/4 – Vancouver, BC

26/4 – Calgary, AB

27/4 – Edmonton, AB

tickets: stubbyfingers.ca/tour

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“Canadian Matt Andersen

has an early entry for

soul-blues Album of the

Year with Halfway Home

By Morning…Andersen’s

commanding voice and

sturdy songwriting, teamed

with Dawson, make for an

album that is practically

flawless.”

—Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

“…one of the most soulful

singers, anywhere… many of

the songs seem torn from the

depths of feeling….”

– Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

truenorthrecords.com

IMMEDIATE

GRATIFICATION

Future Womb, the brainchild of Calgary’s

Mikaela Cochrane, is where the dream

pop innovator channels her background

in theatre, film and burlesque into the

spontaneity of creating songs and live

performance.

“Music is so much more immediate,”

confirms Cochrane. “You can write a song

and release it on the same day.”

Joined by local musicians Jordan Moe

(guitar), Michael De Souza (bass) and

Andrew Ellergodt (drums) from local luminaries

The Ashley Hundred and Andrew’s

Pale Horses, they provide a canvas for

Cochrane’s darkwave artistry and blend

their colours.

“Mikaela brings a well-thought-out

WHEN WORLDS

COLLIDE

Adverse to high

school, Billie ZiZi’s

dad made her early

morning cappuccinos

and often let her stay

home playing guitar.

On Fridays he pulled

BILLIE ZIZI

Thursday, April 4

The Aviary

(Edmonton)

Tix: $10

her out of class on a regular basis and they

would head up to the hills soaking in some

day treatment with “Dr. Snowboard.”

Feeling “lucky and supported,” ZiZi enrolled

in the guitar program at Edmonton’s

Grant McEwan University until her free

spirit took hold when she realized “school

wasn’t for me so much.” For the past five

years she’s led a “jazz-influenced rock and

roll” power-trio as the singer-songwriter

guitarist drawing from Cat Power, Begonia,

Django Reinhardt and Leonard Cohen.

“It’s a collision,” says Zizi, “of a lot of different

worlds and certainly not an exacted,

artistic process. Whatever visits me, just

comes out.” What came out on her Moon

Of Honey EP (2016) is a melodic, starry-glow

waltz that blends a touch of twang

melody, chord progression

to the table. She

communicates that to

us and we all create

our parts together. It’s

a collective process,”

says De Souza.

FUTURE WOMB

with Peach Pyramid

& guests

Friday, April 19

Palomino(Calgary)

Tix: $10

Due to drop in April, their full-length debut,

BABYGIRLGALACTIC, reveals a crisp,

unyielding rhythm section laying down the

foundation for opulent, synth-lines and

chorus-ringing staccato guitars under Cochrane’s

overflowing, operatic soprano. It’s

all been something of a cathartic release

for her.

“Every song I wrote, I wrote to help get

me through something. Each stage of making

this record was a process of meditation

for me. Every time we perform, I get more

and more excited. When you’re all locked in

with the band, it feels like its own high.


By TORY ROSSO

with her soul-caressing, seductive sway.

Lately she’s discovered that the pentatonic

scale on the fretboard is her “best friend”

and is moving towards writing “lyrically

dense songs that rock out hard.”

Strong, reflective storytelling, full of

life is definitely her strength. In 2017 she

completed a month-long residency at the

Fish Factory Creative Centre located in a

remote fishing village along the east fjords

of Iceland. Working all day in the studio

switching between writing, playing guitar

and painting with the same conviction,

ZiZi says the isolation was a big dose of

awareness. “It reminds you of the vastness

of reality, whereas we tend to think that the

only thing that is happening is our lives. We

get way, too hyper-focused.”

By BRAD SIMM

DARRIN RICHARD CURRY

RETOOLING

OLD-TIME FOLK

There was always music in Amy Nelson’s

house growing up, but she didn’t intend

on becoming a musician until the haunting

sounds of early American folk caught her

ear and she was entranced.

“One day this banjo song came on, and

I was taken with it immediately. It was

something raw, something I’d never heard

before, and right away I decided I wanted

to play the banjo,” she says.

But she didn’t jump in, just wanted to

learn about the music. “I started

down the rabbit hole as a listener,

A ROSE GROWS

IN AUSTIN

It didn’t take the PEI-born

classic-crooning country

artist, Whitney Rose, long

to regard Austin, Texas

as home. What was “supposed

to be a temporary

move” to capitalize on her

newfound success in the

U.S. turned permanent

when she realized it “wasn’t

right to leave.”

Rose has had three

releases since 2015, two

produced by Paul Malo of

the Mavericks and all received

critical praise for her captivating,

country soul. Rose says

each new offering is, “Not all

that different, just better. Just a

little better every time.”

When instruments outside

Rose’s touring lineup of two

WHITNEY

ROSE

Friday, April 12

Polar Park Brewing

(Edmonton)

Saturday, April 13

Palomino (Calgary)

finding things that

AMY NELSON

made me feel the

same as that first Friday, April 12

song did, and I was Ironwood (Calgary)

still too shy to actually

get up and play in front of anyone.”

Her partner, Calgary singer-songwriter,

Carter Felker, eventually pushed Nelson

into playing live. “Carter was playing a

lot, and I knew what it was like to sit in

the audience and feel the impact of the

music on people. And that all those hours

of practice went into something that was

being shared.”

Nelson’s full-length debut, Educated

Woman, recorded live off the floor, finds

her taking the old-time feel of early folk,

adding different strands of atmospherics

provided by local pros including Matt

Coldwell (bass), Mike Watson (lap steel)

and Erik Allen (drums). Those sonic

touches and the rawness of recording live

lend a contemporary Appalchia Gothic

sound that stands out.

“The banjo shaped the way I play

music, but there’s a more psychedelic

feel in the sound of the record. Maybe

more instrumental ambience than people

might expect. There are the droning parts,

repetitive parts that feel hypnotic to me.

I haven’t played a lot in the city with the

band, so I think people will hear something

that surprises them.”

By MIKE DUNN

guitars, bass and drums enter

her recordings, the economy

is consistent with the lack

of pretense at the heart of

her music. Witness the

tasty. swinging 60s organ

on “Can’t Stop Shakin’”,

and the lonesome Tex-

Mex accordion on “Tied to

the Wheel”.

Then there’s the cleverness

of “Looking Back on

Luckenbach,” a worthy entry in

the long-established tradition of

outlaw songs about the central

Texan musical hotspot which

currently houses a single-digit

number of permanent

inhabitants. Like so many

strange spots in Texas,

Atlantic Canada and the

Prairies, Luckenbach is

equally lonesome and

happening. A good metaphor

as any for Rose’s

gorgeous music.

By JOE HARTFEIL

FOR THE

LOVE OF

TRADITION

Graham Nicholas takes

down the speculators

By BRAD SIMM

A

wall-mounted jukebox, the

vintage quality found in

a restaurant booth, dons

the cover art of Graham

Nicholas’ latest release. On

the table there’s a menu, a bottle

of ketchup, hot sauce, glass salt

and pepper shakers, and a bowl full

of coffee creamers — the typical

set up found at a roadside diner or

downtown café all through the 50s,

60s and well into the 1970s. Nicholas says

the jukebox is actually from a diner down the

street in Toronto where lives.

“I find a lot of them around. But every time

I see one, none work,” laughs Nicholas.

“I think that as the world gets more

streamlined and synthesized onto your

phone, or whatever, it’s just one medium and

everything is becoming more alike. Whereas

art used to be split into all these different

mediums — books, records, photographs,

movies — that you could smell, touch and

have an aesthetic experience with. What’s

being lost, as you widdle away at all these

mediums and aesthetics, is that art is becoming

less appealing.”

Chuckling once again, Nicholas urges,

“People should fill up their space, their lives,

with stuff.”

Given that he called the album Dial Tones

GRAHAM

NICHOLAS

Friday, May 3

Mikey’s (Calgary)

Sat-Sun, May 4,5

The Station

(Edmonton))

Wed, May 8

Gravity (Calgary)

And Pretty Notes, nostalgia rings out

loud and clear as to where his music and

artistic style is likely rooted. Growing up,

Nicholas had ambitions to be a writer but

gravitated to country and folk when he

realized “all that kind of songwriting was

so rich and focused on storytelling,

lyrical play and had a huge

weight of tradition behind it.”

When making Dial Tones, he

also became “fascinated and obsessed”

with a Vancouver-based,

alt-country band from the 1990s

called The Blue Shadows which

featured the tremendous talents

of Billy Cowsill. “They were a really

great blend of Hank Williams,

The Everly Brothers and early

Beatles. A killer combo,” raves Nicholas.

On the track “Ghost Town” off Dial

Tones, he gets deep into signaling his

love for tradition and contempt for gentrification.

It’s a song that tears away at the

disappearance of local watering holes

where “they scratched their name on the

barroom wall, after making love in that

bathroom stall.”

“It’s about those places where my

grandfather would hang out, have a good

time and tell stories about,’ explains

Nicholas. “It’s about these old haunts that

are the actual soul of the city that get the

rug pulled out from under them. It’s sad

to see them go. People build communities

over the course of 60 or 100 years,

and it takes a couple of investors with a

ton of money to change it overnight.”

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THIS

MONTH

IN METAL

By JOSH WOOD

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Set your atomic clocks, German

guitar-god Uli Jon Roth’s Electric

Sun World tour hits Calgary on

April 3 at the County Line Saloon,

Edmonton April 4 at The Starlite

Room, The Exchange in Regina

on April 5 and The Park Theater in

Winnipeg on April 6.

Traveler will be hosting their CD

release party on April 5 at Dickens

Pub supported by Hazzerd, Cadavor

Dog and Glare and at

Starlite Room in Edmonton the

following evening on April 6.

April 6 also finds Meggido,

False Flag, Truck and Krepitus

blasting their best at The King

Eddy in Calgary.

Spring is in the air and Death…

Is Just the Beginning. This heavy

tour featuring Hypocrisy, Fleshgod

Apocalypse and Aenimus hits

western Canada sacking the Park

Theater in Winnipeg on April 7, The

Exchange in Regina on April 8, the

Starlite Room in Edmonton on April

9, Dickens Pub in Calgary on April

10 and The Rickshaw in Vancouver

on April 12.

The Invisible Orange is hosting

their 10 t Anniversary Party at The

Venue in Vancouver on April 13.

Acts celebrating the metal-focused

production and promotion company’s

big day include Archspire,

Gross Misconduct, Dead Asylum,

Pyramidion and Torrefy.

It is time to get your groove

on with the annual 420 Music

And Arts Festival which runs

from April 18 to 20. This year the

popular festival is hosted by County

Line Saloon and features over two

dozen musical acts including Crobot,

Valley of The Sun and Great

Electric Quest. The multi-day

cannabis-themed event will also

feature vendors, exhibitors, pinball,

food trucks and much more!

Brace yourself for an Epic Night

of Metal at Verns! in Calgary on

April 20 hosted Dead Asylum with

guests Burning Effigy and Hammerdrone.

West of Hell’s extensive western

Canadian Infidel Tour with Expain

and local openers will be at

Burgundy’s in Red Deer on the 4th,

at Temple in Edmonton on April

5, and at The Windsor Hotel in

Winnipeg on April 6. After a swing

out east the tour returns to the

west on April 20 at The Exchange

in Regina, the 21 st at Dickens in

Calgary, at Neighbour’s Corner Pub

in Drumheller on the 22 nd , at Bruno’s

Bar & Grill in Banff on the 23 rd ,

at Munnin’s Post in Kelowna on the

24 th , at The Rickshaw Theatre in

Vancouver on the 26 th and winding

up in Victoria at V-Lounge on the

27 th .

In an odd coincidence, another

German guitar-god Michael

Schenker (UFO), like Uli Jon Roth

a former member of Scorpions,

is also touring western Canada

in April. Schenker will be at The

Skelator play

The Power Metal Fest

Vogue Theater in Vancouver on

April 22 and in Calgary at The

Palace on April 24.

Canada’s preeminent Power

Metal Fest is now in its second

year. Hyperspace II will be held

from April 26-27 in Vancouver at

The Rickshaw Theater. Headliners

include West of Hell on the 26 th

and Crimson Shadows on the

27 th . Other acts include Judicator,

Ravenous E.H., Skelator, Odinfist,

Omegacrom, The Order of

Chaos, Gatekeeper, Red Cain and

more. ,

ANDREE FOGLIO

DEEP & DARK

Bort roll out their big top on this tour with tough, bold, brassy

downunder funk By CHRISTINE LEONARD

T

he prospect of cultivating

a thriving desert rock BORT

band on the wet coast

seems just as likely as

finding the pinnacle of

sushi joints in the middle

of the landlocked prairies, but

that’s exactly what Vancouver-based

doom rockers BORT have achieved since their

inception in 2015.

The thundering heat of the band’s 2018 LP,

Crossing the Desert, put the alt-metal scene

on notice as they picked up bills with the likes

of Yawning Man and Acid King. Slated to bring

their gruff but melodic sound to the Western

Canadian Decibel Worship Festival and 420

Music & Arts Festival this spring, BORT has

armed themselves with a definitive new album

that’s set to arrive April 12.

“I feel like the new album is such a departure

from the last,” drummer/vocalist Ian

Alvarez reports. “I think we always liked the

more ambient style, but didn’t know how

to incorporate it into the first album, so the

obvious thing to do would be to make a new

album.”

Offering a fresh outlook on BORT’s The

Unblinking Eye sees the band engaging in battle

with an epic five-track EP that is built for

power not speed. Forged by blacksmith/engineer

Matt Di Pomponio and mastered by Stuart

McKillop, The Unblinking Eye represents

the next phase in BORT’s evolution, a step up

Saturday, April 20

420 Music & Arts Fest

(Calgary)

Monday, April 22

Buckingham

(Edmonton)

that the foursome was more than

ready to take.

“The recording process was really

quick; it was about six weeks from

the start of recording to the final

product,” says guitarist/vocalist/

synth player Brandon Corness. Adding

that BORT’s pursuing creative

tangents in the studio has lead to the accumulation

of some pretty fancy equipment over

the years.

“There is always experimentation on our

records that ends up with me buying new

pedals or amps to really nail down the most

accurate representation of the recordings.

Another element is the fact that all four of us

sing, so if there’s a part that feels like it needs

a ton of layered vocals, we’ll be able to replicate

that on stage.”

Beyond technical prowess, BORT’s growth

as musicians and songwriters has pushed

them to delve deeper into the subterranean

caverns of their own psyches. It’s a maturation

that is reflected in the progressive song

structures, strident lyrics and overall presentation

of the ominous tracks behind The Unblinking

Eye.

“We wanted to get as deep and dark as possible,

so we recorded it blindfolded at the bottom

of a well,” jokes bassist/vocalist Crouton

McGinn. “Unfortunately, that led to all kinds

of issues with equipment getting wet, so we

settled on a basement with the blinds closed.“

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The funny thing about

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you keep forgetting it

is now legal! Reminding

us all where we came

from and how to get home

again, Calgary’s annual 420

Music and Arts Festival is once again

taking centre stage in April This time it’s

without the stigma of contravening the

law of the land. On the third anniversary

of this three-day event that includes the

beautiful noise of 20 plus bands, vendors

displaying innovative art and design, food

truck delicacies and several 4/20-related

educators, the founders Celestia and

CC Getty claim organizing the latest

incarnation has been a pleasure entirely

devoid of guilt.

“From the beginning, the festival was

really about our love for stoner rock

and doom music in combination with

providing information and education and

changing perceptions about cannabis.

As always, we are focusing on great

music and branching out to bring in acts

from all over the world.”

2019’s line-up reads like a laundry list

of the exotic and enticing strains that

one might find behind the counter at

their local dispensary: Valley of the Sun,

Brown Dwarf, Disenchanter, Bellringer,

Mammoth Grove, Buffalo Bud Buster,

Wabanaki… wait, that last one is an

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April 18-20

County Line Saloon

(Calgary)

Tix: $31-$63

“Biggest acts this year

include our headliner Crobot

from Pottsville, Pennsylvania,

The Grudge from the

UK, and Great Electric Quest

from San Diego is returning, as

is Vancouver’s La Chinga. We

are also super stoked to have

Calgary’s Woodhawk along for the first

time along, as well as a couple of great

bands from BC – Heron and BORT.”

Keeping it fresh, the Festival has found

a new venue for music and marketplace

alike in the vintage County Line Saloon

on 52 St. SE. Additionally, 420Fest has

partnered with New Level Brewing Company

to create an official ‘Festival Beer’

that will be available for the quaffing.

The brewery is offering an opportunity

to tour their facility and sample unique

craft beers on Friday April 19, while 17th

Avenue’s popular Pin-Bar will play host to

the fest’s pinball tournament taking place

on 4/20 proper.

“People still want to gather together on

that date and be with other like-minded

people,” says Getty. “The festival is a

place for people to experience worldclass

music and the culture of stoner

rock in a cannabis-friendly festival environment

where they can ask questions

and talk about the benefits of the plant.

While the laws have changed, many people’s

perceptions still haven’t.”

By CHRISTINE LEONARD

XAVIER CATTARINICH

ZOLTAN BIRO

MADD AS HELL

Globetrotter DJ MADD keeps pushes the bass boundaries

By PAUL RODGERS

L

ocation, location, location.

A common real estate trope, DJ MADD

with Handsome Tiger

but when it comes to musicians,

geography can real-

Saturday, April 13

The Junction

ly make a big impact. Take (Calgary)

long-time dubstep, and more recently

halftime and jungle producer

Tix: $20 Showpass

DJ Madd, a.k.a. Peter Simon. Originally from

Hungary, he has lived in Japan, the U.K. and

now in a tiny area of Pennsylvania.

“We had to move here due to my girlfriend’s

job,” explains Simon. “There isn’t

much going on here in terms of music scenes,

but we live in a house and I have my first dedicated

studio room. So that’s exciting enough

for me. We are here temporarily and not sure

yet where we are heading next. The end goal

is most likely Canada, but that is still a while

away.”

The upswing is that his new location has

given him some good grounding.

“If nothing else, the constant changing of

studios has been a wild ride to say the least.

This is actually the first time I don’t have

to worry about neighbours and

landlords.”

As for Canada, Simon’s

experience in the

Great White North has

been “nothing but positive.”

He says that

while he’s spent more

time in the area around

Toronto, he hopes to

visit the west more often.

His performance at

Shambhala in 2016 was his first real

introduction into the “actual, giant”

festival world.

“I had an amazing time there,

and it was great to see how people

are constantly looking out for each

other. That seems to be a Canadian

thing as much as a Shambhala thing.”

Simon quickly rose to prominence in the

bass music scene in around 2008, with releases

on labels such as Wheel and Deal and Black

Box. Since then, much of his music features

a strong reggae influence, and while a good

portion of his back catalogue is in the 140

BPM range, he’s also deft at bumping up the

tempo to the blistering 160 footwork sounds,

or the 85 BPM half-time D’n’B realm.

He says that his favourite zone to produce

in is always changing and lately house and

techno music have had the biggest influence.

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Calgary

Underground

Film Fest

Special

The 16th Annual

Calgary Underground

Film Festival runs from

April 22-28 featuring

30 compelling and

provocative films that

includes six documentaries

and one animated

screening. Along with

CUFF’s program guide,

BeatRoute previews a

few of the highlights at

this year’s festival.

SUBURBAN

SLAUGHTER

Cameron MacGowan’s Red

Letter Day lash out against

the American fever dream

By MORGAN CAIRNS

“I

’m a big fan of where grindhouse

and arthouse meet.

Those are the types of movies

I like to watch, those are the

types of movies I like to make,” reflects

multi-talented Cameron MacGowan

We’re sitting in MacGowan’s office at

the University of Calgary’s campus television

station, NUTV, where he is Executive

Director; just one of MacGowan’s

many hats. He is a lead programmer

at the Calgary Underground Film Fest

(CUFF), a producer, writer, and now, a

feature film director.

Having made a handful of short films

in 15 years, some screened at international

festivals, MacGowan makes his

feature film debut with self-penned

horror-thriller, Red Letter Day. A modern

invasion story, the film follows a

recently divorced single mother and

her two teenagers who, shortly after

relocating to the quiet Calgary suburbs,

receive mysterious letters

instructing them to kill their

neighbors before their neighbors

kill them. What ensues

Globe Cinema

is blood-drenched thriller with a family

attempting to rationally deal with an irrational

situation.

“I wanted to write a script where people

are trying to be polite in a very chaotic

situation,” explains MacGowan. “In

some of these communities, you don’t

know who your neighbour is, because

everybody just lives inside of their houses.

So you have no idea how these people

are going to respond to it (the mysterious

letters), and I just wanted to have a

lot of fun with that.”

After sitting on the cash to make his

first feature for a few years, MacGowan

took a practical, though perhaps unconventional

approach, to writing the

screenplay.

“I had to write a script that I could

make for a small amount of money but

look like it was a polished, professional

production. I wanted to write around locations

I knew we could get, and what is

Calgary full of? Suburban sprawl. Having

grown up as a punk in suburban neighbourhoods,

I had a lot say about what

that situation can do to its inhabitants.”

Growing up as the rebellious suburban

teen of a single mom proved to be exactly

the information MacGowan needed

when he sat down to write his script.

“I was thinking about myself in this

RED LETTER DAY

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situation, if I was a kid, and

how the pieces would fall

together, and I really just

saw my mother as this, not

heroic type of figure, but this person of

action. What if it was my Mom in this situation

instead of a Liam Neeson type?”

Where his previous films where from

the perspective of a young man, Mac-

Gowan says writing from the point of

view of a middle-aged Mom he was able

to access a new realm of narrative possibilities.

“By having a role that you typically

don’t see on screen, I was able to come

up with more funny and original ideas

that I feel people haven’t seen before.”

MacGowan also considers the film

to be a representation of himself. “The

teenage son is definitely me. The teenage

daughter is me too, though. The asshole

boyfriend is me. They’re all facets of an

internal debate I had with myself.”

Carrying forward his ethos as a programmer,

MacGowan seeks to make

films that not only entertain, but serve

to elevate their genre, and horror films

are no exception.

“We’re starting to throw around this

term “elevated horror,” and they’re starting

to be a bit more respected. Films like

It Follows or Get Out, are really teaching

people that genre films can have a social

message. I’m just happy that the rest of

society has caught up with what horror

fans have known all along.”

BEATROUTE FEST PICKS

Fuck You: The Uwe Ball Story

Sat. April 27 @ 9:15 pm

Globe Cinema

There’s not a director out there that was as prolific

during his career as Uwe Boll was in his prime. Nor is

there a director out there who was as critically and

culturally reviled in the same breath. The man’s reputation

has preceded him on many occasions, by often

being known as “the worst filmmaker of all time.”

Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story is a deep-dive

retrospective on the infamous German director’s

career from an early age, to his current cinematic

retirement. The documentary tells the story from all

sides of the spectrum — we get intimate interviews

with both his fondest friends and harshest critics.

More importantly though, we’re also granted great insight

into his unfiltered mind from the outspoken man

himself. Shocking, unadulterated and a pure delight

from beginning to end.

CONTINUED ON PG. 27 k

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KNIFE + HEART

France, 2018, 102 min

LITTLE MONSTERS

OPENING NIGHT FILM!

LOST HOLIDAY

United States, 2019, 78 min

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Mexico / United States, 2019, 81 min

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay

porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she

tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious

film yet.

Australia, 2019, 94 min

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and

a kids show personality to protect young children

from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Home for the holidays with nothing to do, two old

high school friends get in over their heads when

they try to solve the kidnapping of a Washington

D.C. socialite.

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, the

Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing

with other for-proft EMTs for patients in need of

urgent help.

ASK DR. RUTH

United States, 2019, 100 min

ASSASSINAUT

United States, 2019, 75 min

BEAU TRAVAIL (1999)

France, 1999, 90 min

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK

United States, 2019, 87 min

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 9:30 PM

MONDAY, APRIL 22 | 7:00 PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 9:45 PM

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 6:30 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 1:30 PM

ASK DR. RUTH chronicles the incredible life of Dr.

Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became

America’s most famous sex therapist.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 3:45 PM

ASSASSINAUT is a sci-fi adventure film about heroic

children who brave alien planets, creatures, and

wilderness in a historical mission to space.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:30 PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 4:15 PM

Retrospective Screening: The 1999 classic from

French filmmaker Claire Denis focuses on an ex-

Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious

life, leading troops in Africa.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 2:15 PM

Wendy, a summer employee at a mountainous state

park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of

the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s

capable enough to do the job.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 7:00 PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 1:00 PM

THE MOUNTAIN

United States, 2018, 106 min

The story of a young man who, after losing his

mother, goes to work with a doctor specializing in

lobotomies and therapies.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM

MUTANT BLAST

Portugal, 2018, 81 min

A fearless soldier and a man with superhuman

strength are being pursued by a military cell

responsible for scientifc experiments that have

resulted in a zombie apocalypse.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 11:59 PM

NEKROTRONIC

Australia, 2018, 99 min

A group of demon-hunters known as Nekromancers

must battle with evil forces to stop a demonic

corporate billionaire’s plot to devour the souls of a

million human beings.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 11:59 PM

RED LETTER DAY

Canada, 2019, 76 min

A recently divorced mother of two receives

mysterious letters instructing her and her teenage

children to kill the people in their letters before they

kill them.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:00 PM

THE DEAD CENTER

United States, 2018, 93 min

A mysterious John Doe wakes up in a body bag and

walks out of the morgue.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:45 PM

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 4:00 PM

F*** YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY

Canada / United States, 2018, 96 min

The question at the center of Uwe Boll’s story has

existed since early on in his career: Is Uwe the

worst filmmaker of all time?

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 9:15 PM

FOOSBALLERS

United States, 2019, 96 min

For some, foosball isn’t just a game, it’s a way

of life. Enter the highly competitive world of

professional foosball.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 6:30 PM

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL:

AFTER DARK

United States, 90 min

Live Performance: Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher

are serving up their raunchiest, most unsettling,

and patently misguided VHS finds from 25 years of

collecting at thrift stores and garage sales.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 9:00 PM

SECRET SCREENING

A new(ish) tradition at CUFF, this year we’re closing

out the festival with a secret screening. Want to

know what film is playing? Too bad, our lips are

sealed until showtime. But that’s half the fun, isn’t

it?

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 9:00 PM

SHORTS: AN ALL CONSUMING FEAR

Various Countries, 2018/19, 82 min

Trust no one but yourself. Follow along with

our central characters through these terrifying

experiences.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 1:45 PM

SHORTS: FRIENDS AND LOVERS IN

CONFUSING TIMES

Various Countries, 2018/19, 78 min

Having issues connecting with others is a common

experience. But the obstacles faced in these shorts

are exceptional.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28| 4:45 PM

SHORTS: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

Various Countries, 2018/19, 84 min

We’re all looking for something, but the answers

aren’t always what you expect. The consequences

can be funny. Or very very dark.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 4:45 PM

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL:

VOLUME 9

United States, 90 min

Live Performance: Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher

are back with an all-new guided tour through their

latest VHS finds.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 7:00 PM

FREAKS

Canada, 2018, 104 min

Kept locked inside the house by her father, sevenyear-old

Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the

outside world, where Abnormals create a constant

threat – or so she believes.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | 6:30 PM

HAIL SATAN?

United States, 2019, 95 min

HAIL SATAN? chronicles the extraordinary rise of

one of the most colourful and controversial religious

movements in American history.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 6:30 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 11:00 AM

HAPPY FACE

Canada, 2018, 100 min

Estranged from his cancer-stricken mother, Stan,

a quixotic 19-year-old, dons a disguise and joins

a therapy workshop for disfigured patients in a

misguided attempt to reconnect with her.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 7:15 PM

THEM THAT FOLLOW

United States, 2019, 98 min

Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers

handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves

before God, THEM THAT FOLLOW tells the story of a

pastor’s daughter who holds a secret that threatens

to tear her community apart.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:00 PM

Only at

VIOLENCE VOYAGER

Japan, 2018, 84 min

En route to another village, two kids go looking for a

fabled shortcut through the mountain. Instead, they

stumble upon an amusement park called Violence

Voyager, and that’s when everything goes to shit.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 11:30 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 11:30 AM

VIRGINS

France / Israel / Belgium, 2018, 90 min

Lana, a rebellious teenager, dreams of escaping

her small Isralie beachside town until rumours of a

mermaid sighting bring excitement to the village.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 6:30 PM

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT

Canada, 2019, 62 min

The complex story behind the song “Who Let the

Dogs Out,” which became a hit for the Bahamian

group Baha Men in 1998.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | 7:00 PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 4:00 PM

HARPOON

Canada, 2019, 83 min

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When Richard thinks that his long-term girlfriend,

Sash, and best-friend, Jonah, are having an affair,

it sends him into a fit of rage that leaves Jonah a

bloody mess.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 6:30 PM

HER SMELL

United States, 2018, 135 min

Becky Something, a ‘90s punk rock superstar who

once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio

Something She, now plays smaller venues while

grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates,

and nervous record company executives.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 9:00 PM

HIGH LIFE

Germany / France / US / UK, 2018, 110 min

Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors

of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space.

The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor with

sinister motives—has vanished.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:15 PM

IN FABRIC

United Kingdom, 2018, 118 min

A haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a

busy winter sales period in a department store.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 9:30 PM

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 1:00 PM

Calgary’s first independent video game arcade.

Play games created by indie developers, completely free of charge!

APE OUT

by GABE CUZZILLO - NEW YORK, USA

A wildly intense & colorfully stylized smash-em up about

primal escape, rhythmic violence, and frenetic jazz.

COVEN RUN

by MADCAPACITY - CALGARY, CANADA

A game about shooting magic at bats, collecting

their skulls and claiming the highest score you can!

CUFFCADE

Each year CUFFcade showcases a newly

curated selection of the best in new independent

videogames. We have five custom made

cabinets located on the mezzanine level of the

Globe Cinema. CUFFcade runs throughout the

festival, and is free and open to the public.

THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-

EAT CEREAL CARTOON PARTY!

On Saturday, April 27 starting at 10:00am, join

us for the return of the our annual cartoon party!

It’s that special time when kids and kids-at-heart

get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual

of non-stop retro cartoons and endless cereal!

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MONDAY, APRIL 22

7:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY:

LITTLE MONSTERS

Australia, 2019, 94 min

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

6:30 PM

VIRGINS

France / Israel / Belgium, 2018,

90 min

7:00 PM

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK

United States, 2019, 87 min

9:00 PM

HER SMELL

United States, 2018, 135 min

9:30 PM

IN FABRIC

United Kingdom, 2018, 188 min

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

6:30 PM

FREAKS

Canada, 2018, 104 min (p. 23)

7:00 PM

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT

Canada, 2019, 60 min (p. 55)

9:15 PM

HIGH LIFE

Germany / France / United States /

United Kingdom, 2018, 110 min

9:45 PM

THE DEAD CENTER

United States, 2018, 93 min

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

1:00 PM

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK

United States, 2019, 87 min

4:00 PM

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT

Canada, 2019, 60 min

6:30 PM

HAIL SATAN?

United States, 2019, 95 min

7:00 PM

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL:

VOLUME 9

Live Performance, 90 min

9:00 PM

THEM THAT FOLLOW

United States, 2019, 98 min

9:30 PM

ASSASSINAUT

United States, 2019, 75 min

11:30 PM

VIOLENCE VOYAGER

Japan, 2018, 84 min

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

10:00 AM

SCRIPT SHOWCASE: EVENTS

TRANSPIRING BEFORE, DURING

AND AFTER A HIGH SCHOOL

BASKETBALL GAME

Panel, 120 min

1:00 PM

IN FABRIC

United Kingdom, 2018, 118 min

4:00 PM

THE DEAD CENTER

United States, 2018, 93 min

6:30 PM

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Mexico / United States, 2019,

81 min

7:00 PM

RED LETTER DAY

Canada, 2019, 76 min

9:00 PM

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL:

AFTER DARK

Live Performance, 90 min

9:30 PM

KNIFE + HEART

France, 2018, 102 min

11:59 PM

NEKROTRONIC

Australia, 2018, 99 min

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

10:00 AM

THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-

YOU-CAN-EAT-CEREAL

CARTOON PARTY!

1960s-1980s, 180 min

1:45 PM

SHORTS: AN ALL

CONSUMING FEAR

Various Countries, 2018/19,

82 min

2:15 PM

RETROSPECTIVE:

BEAU TRAVAIL (1999)

France, 1999, 90 min

4:15 PM

ASSASSINAUT

United States, 2019, 75 min

4:45 PM

SHORTS: THE SHAPE OF

THINGS TO COME

Various Countries, 2018/19,

84 min

6:30 PM

FOOSBALLERS

United States, 2019, 96 min

7:00 PM

THE MOUNTAIN

United States, 2018, 106 min

9:15 PM

F*** YOU ALL: THE UWE

BOLL STORY

Canada / United States, 2018,

96 min

9:45 PM

LOST HOLIDAY

United States, 2019, 78 min

11:59 PM

MUTANT BLAST

Portugal, 2018, 81 min

United States, 2019, 100 min

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

11:00 AM

HAIL SATAN?

United States, 2019, 95 min

11:30 AM

VIOLENCE VOYAGER

Japan, 2018, 84 min

1:30 PM

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Mexico / United States, 2019,

81 min

2:00 PM

DISTRIBUTION: THE

INSIDE SCOOP

Panel, 120 min

3:45 PM

ASK DR. RUTH

United States, 2019, 100 min

4:45 PM

SHORTS: FRIENDS AND LOVERS

IN CONFUSING TIMES

Various Countries, 2018/19,

78 min

6:30 PM

HARPOON

Canada, 2019, 83 min

7:15 PM

HAPPY FACE

Canada, 2018, 100 min

9:00 PM

SECRET SCREENING

Shhhhh... It’s a secret

Calgary

Underground

Film Fest

Special

BEATROUTE FEST PICKS

Freaks

Weds., April 24 @ 6:00 pm

Globe Cinema

It’s one thing to be a young girl

growing up with no friends, raised

by a single father. It’s a whole

other thing when said single father

refuses to ever let you out of the

house to make any such friends.

How exactly does he do this? By

boarding up the windows and

locking the doors of course, while

simultaneously stashing a bunch of

money and guns in a safe for later

use. You know, typical dad stuff.

Chloe (Lexy Kolker) and her father

(Emile Hirsch) live a simple life

of isolation and constant communication

with each other. All her fa-

ther wants for her is to be safe in

a world she doesn’t understand,

and one that he unfortunately

only knows too well. Their world

of comfort, safety and stability

comes crashing down when the

equally kind and menacing ice

cream man (Bruce Dern) known

only as Mr. Snowcone attempts

to persuade her outside with

refreshing frozen treats.

Freaks is a refreshing spin

on a classic tale with top-notch

performances, beautiful visuals

and many fairy tale parallels that

work tremendously in its favour.

It will leave you breathless and

stressed out in all the best possible

ways. Morgan Cairns

Who Let The Dogs Out

Just woo, woo, woo wrote

the song?

Weds., April 24 @ 7:00 pm

Thurs., April 25 @ at 4:00 pm

Globe Cinema

One-hit-wonders and novelty

songs seem unlikely candidates

for compelling, rich histories.

Although the Wikipedia page for

the long-forgotten R&B stomper,

“Louie Louie,” first popularized by

the The Kingsmen in 1963, lists

no less than 114 citations and a

book dedicated to the legacy of

“the world’s most famous rock ‘n’

roll song.” While the Jah-infused,

feel-good, party-pumper, “Who Let

The Dogs Out?,” can’t make the

same claim to fame, it does have

a complex history as to where the

song originated and who were the

actual composers.

The Baha Men scored big

internationally with the track in

2000. But it can be traced back

to a demo tape made by Jonathan

King, an eccentric British pop

producer/performer who, in turn,

learned of the song from his hair

stylist vacationing in the Caribbean.

Prior to that, the song made

its appearance as a radio jingle

for a pair of Canadian DJs in the

mid-90s, and it was the rally-cry

for both a Michigan high school

team in 1990 and another bunch

of high school footballers from

Texas in 1986.

And so, the question beckons:

“Who let the dogs out?” As to who

actually wrote the song? That

became an eight-year obsession

for Ben Sisto, an out-of-work New

Yorker looking for a meaningful

purpose in the midst of a career

void. His amusing but curious

adventure would crown Sisto as

the world-authority on the song,

which is artfully documented by

Canadian filmmaker Brent Hodge.

Brad Simm

The Dead Centre

Weds. April 24 @ 9:45 pm

Fri. April 26 @ 4:00 pm

Globe Cinema

Working in a psych ward is

always a hard day’s work,

especially when it indirectly

becomes The Dead Center. Just

ask Daniel Forester (played by

indie darling Shane Carruth),

and he’d most certainly agree

to the aforementioned statement.

When a previously dead

man (Jeremy Childs) unwittingly

awakens off the cold morgue

slab, he finds his way into the

titular ward, bearing with him

a mysterious and insidious

purpose.

Who is this man? Where does

he come from? How far is Daniel

willing to go to find out what it

all means? The film is both a

balancing act of creepy atmospherics

and moral dilemmas

throughout. The Dead Center is

edgy, dark and full of complexity

that’s not to be casually watched

alone, but rather experienced

communally together with much

passionate discourse long after

the end credits roll.


Morgan Cairns

Ask Dr. Ruth

Sun., April 28 @ 3:45 pm

Globe Cinema

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr.

Ruth, she is a tiny (now) 90 yearold

woman with a German accent

who likes to talk about sex. A Holocaust

survivor who became America’s

most famous sex therapist, Dr.

Ruth became an unconventional

“sex icon”, hosting five television

shows on Lifetime, as well as an

acclaimed radio show, and writing

over 40 books on sexuality and sex

education. In this Hulu-produced

documentary we’re not only treated

to the larger-than-life personality

of this 4’7” dynamo and her prolific

career, but get a rare glimpse into

her painful past, and how it shaped

her into the sexpert at the forefront

at the sexual revolution that we

have all come to know and love.


Morgan Cairns

Hail Satan?

Thurs., April 25 @ 6:30 pm

Sun., April 28 @ 11:00 am

Globe Cimena

Did you know Calgary has its

own chapter of Satanists? From

acclaimed director (and CUFF

alumi) Penny Lane is the feature

documentary, Hail Satan? which

follows the creation and rise of the

Satanic Temple as they fight for the

same rights and freedoms afforded

to other religions. While this doc

is charmingly hilarious right out of

the gate, it is as equally thought

provoking and enlightening, and

after viewing, may even inspire you

to convert (thesatanitemple.com, in

case you’re “inspired”).


Morgan Cairns

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME FEATURES ARE PRECEDED BY SHORT FILMS,

WHICH WILL IMPACT THE TOTAL RUN TIME. PLEASE CHECK FILM PAGE

FOR DETAILS.

CUFFTOTS: SCREENINGS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & YOUNG KIDS

FLEMISHEYE.COM

‘THE SAME BUT BY DIFFERENT MEANS’

OUT NOW

“He stitches his micro-songs and abbreviated

epics into a sprawling opus that’s as comforting

as it is uncompromising”

PITCHFORK (8/10)

‘NOVEL’ OUT NOW

“N0V3L’s guitar lines are a wonder to behold.”

NME

“The angular riffage and existential

socioeconomic mires of the self-titled debut EP

is post-punk updated for a modern audience.”

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BEATROUTE FEST PICKS

PUNK ROCK

PSYCHODRAMA

Calgary

Underground

Film Fest

Special

Elisabeth Moss

meditates on the chaos

of fame and rock and

roll in Alex Ross Perry’s

experimental art film

Her Smell By RACHEL FOX

W

hen writer-director

Alex Ross Perry

(Christopher Robin,

Golden Exits),

best known for

reliably thoughtful

arthouse fare

and characters that explore varying

degrees of psychological unease,

looked for inspiration to fuel his

raucous new film Her Smell and his

fiery, post-punk alterna-rock heroine,

Becky Something (played by frequent

collaborator, Elisabeth Moss),

he turned to a surprising source.

Rather than mine the depths of

everybody’s favourite walking study

in demonology, Courtney Love, he

instead went all spandex and headbands.

“Possibly the biggest single influence

on the character of Becky was

Axl Rose – and, on her professional

trajectory, Guns N’ Roses.”

He was especially moved by the

format of a Rolling Stone piece that

charted GNR’s clashing personalities,

and how they ultimately bled

into colouring their own epic personal

and professional paths.

As such, Her Smell is told as a

chronological anthology, offering a

comfortably predictable yet no less

compelling rock and roll journey

told through five vignettes that cover

turning points in Becky’s tumultuous

life. In the first sweeping scene, we

meet a woman who has, personally

and professionally, piqued.

Moss, quietly edging into Meryl

Streep territory as the sizzling hot

actress who has comfortably moved

from Mad Men to oppressed women

in Handmaid’s Tale, takes on the role

of a washed up, former arena rocker.

The film hangs on Moss’ unhinged

bravura, which in itself honours the

unique musical era, the vignettes

progressively moving between her vicious

snarl and arresting moments of

contemplative substance.

She convincingly commits with a

whirling-dervish zeal as the wildly

strange, mysterious and enigmatic

Becky Something, frontwoman of

the all-female (former) arena rockers

“Something She.” Hers is a splintered,

multi-faceted persona that

moves between the public’s perception

of her and the private roles she

vacillates between. Unfortunately for

Becky, she can’t really get a handle on

any of them – rock star, bandmate,

mother, daughter, or whatever kernel

of authentic self is left after years

spent in the spotlight.

Beyond the usual culprits of drugs,

alcohol and infighting adding to the

wayward trajectory of rock stars,

Becky has something else - her own

personal shaman.

“Axl Rose supposedly came back

from some time spent in the desert

with a woman who functioned as

his spiritual in-between,” says Perry,

“You had to go through her. And the

band obviously viewed this as something

of an annoyance. I was very

intrigued by that, not because it’s

funny or it’s foolish, but because it

speaks to a deep sense of actual belief

on behalf of the person. If

you don’t cast judgement

on it, that this character

has this ‘person’ next to

them at all times, then the

question is, ‘What does

that say about Becky?’

HER SMELL

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Alex Ross Perry

She’s determined that this is necessary

for her. Stuff like that has always

been in the culture, you generally

only hear about it when those people

do something crazy and go to jail but

I just liked the idea that Becky had to

believe in something, she couldn’t be

an empty vessel of personality traits

and manias. She actually has to have

some sense of what her guiding principles

are, and setting them up via

Yaema [the shaman] who she not

only has around a couple of times but

refers to a lot when he’s not around,

shows that there is something that

she cares about and believes in. She’s

not just a crazy maniac who yells and

screams.”

There’s a lot to unpack between

the film’s many dialogues, which at

times feel almost Shakespearean given

the characters’ propensity towards

density of language. Perry admits his

writing was inspired by parallel mediums;

music, a Broadway play, and

yes, the Bard. It was important that

Her Smell not feel like a

filmed play, but instead

come across as a “hyper,

camera movie.” On set,

Perry admits to finding

a fun dichotomy in marrying

the script with the

actual shoot, which was approached

very technically, to allow for unlimited

spontaneity and chaos.

“Atmosphere” is an invisible, unheralded

co-star, supporting Moss at

every turn. The dizzying marriage between

score and soundscape, which

announces itself in the first vignette

(along with Becky), carries the film’s

establishing scene from her introduction

through to her startling implosion.

“I promised everyone, myself included,

that this one would be a very

big, very loud movie.” Perry told

composer Keegan Dewitt that the

film had to feel, “like a panic attack.

Be anxiety; a droning, throbbing, in

your ear.” As crazy as those scenes

are, they contrast with huge sections

of the movie where there’s no score

at all, resulting in a “quiet / loud conversation”

between the sequences.

Given the current political climate

relative to a “new wave” of feminism,

it’s hard not to wonder about

the timing of a film that revisits the

uniquely 90s moment in rock music,

when female-fronted bands like L7,

Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland and yes,

even Hole ruled college charts in a

way that had never happened before

or arguably, since.

“I’m not an expert on music culture,

never having been in that scene

or community. But the idea of the

movie was in a vacuum, and I was really

inspired by things that meant a

lot to me when I was in high school.

Somewhere during the production of

the film, The New York Times wrote

an article, ‘Rock is not dead it’s just

turned female,’ or some ridiculous title,

about all-female bands at the moment

in independent rock, accompanied

by 50 artists in a Spotify playlist.

Once the Times gets onto something

it’s probably been going on for four

or five years and everyone in the

know is already sick of it! But, them

shining a light on innumerable, completely

independent underground

artists proved there really was a lot of

it at the moment. I found that to be

serendipitous.”

Becky’s tumultuous journey over

the course of the five vignettes is

compelling and exhausting, anticipating

a spectrum of possible endings

right up until the final shot of

the film, when all is revealed and her

story is concluded. As a writer, Perry

needed to carefully consider it too,

describing how he had to sit with

multiple drafts before landing on the

eventual, crucial conclusion in a way

that honestly reflected what he wanted

for Becky, her bandmates, and for

the movie.

The final act is 20 minutes of backstage

band drama followed by a soaring,

satisfying crescendo that forces

the audience towards the conclusive,

abrupt climax - which includes having

to question the lines between public

perceptions versus a private reality.

In one of the film’s emotional

“quiet conversations,” Ross waves

the Canadian flag while Moss plays

Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” at the piano.

On the song choice, he says, “I really

like the song. In the script it was very

specifically this song, and there was

no ‘Plan B’ if we didn’t get the rights.

I really believe that it honours the

song, which is great and I’m happy to

reclaim it for this one little narrative

moment.” ,

1

Sid and Nancy (1986)

Gary Oldman’s portrayal of

Sid Vicious will forever remain

unrivalled, with Chloe Webb’s,

Nancy, the perfect counterbalance

in this tragic depiction of Sex

Pistols lore. The film was directed

by Alex Cox, and shot in all its filthy

glory by legendary cinematographer,

Roger Deakins.

2

Hardcore Logo (1996)

This Canadian cult-classic,

Directed by Bruce Mac-

Donald, takes a hilarious

mockumentary look at the highs

and lows of life on the punk rock

road. It’s mandatory viewing as a

Canadian, and, like nearly all punk

rock tales, the film goes out with a

definitive bang.

TOP FIVE PUNK FLICKS

3

SLC Punk! (1998)

If 80s punk and quirky 90s

filmmaking had an awkward

yet beautiful love-child, we’d

call it SLC Punk. The film features

a young Jason Segel, and tells the

story of two nerds turned punks

who rebel against all of society’s

evil forces.

4

Suburbia (1983)

A film that wholly encapsulated

the gritty, frenetic,

thrash of the lifestyle that

punk offered a generation of misfit

runaways. Music-loving director

Penelope Spheeris went the extra

mile and cast real life street kids

and young punk musicians, one

of whom turned out to be Flea,

longtime bassist of the Red Hot

Chili Peppers.

Elisabeth Moss gives a

go-for-broke performance in

Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell

5

Another State of Mind

(1984)

Look no further for a better

broken window into the early

80s DIY punk scene than this gritty

documentary. The film follows

Social Distortion and Youth Brigade

in 1982 as the two bands crash,

bang, and claw their way across

an inaugural cross-country tour of

America.


Brendan Lee

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Live

MUSiC

JPEGMAFIA

Low

TREEFORT

MUSIC

FEST

March 19-24

Boise, Idaho

Caroline Rose

Mike Krol

Now in its ninth year, Treefort Music Fest is regarded

as the best alternative to SXSW in the western States.

Around 14 hours by car from Calgary, Treefort takes over

the mini city of Boise (pop. just over 200,000) with 400

plus bands and programming that includes everything

from comedy and film to yoga and culinary offerings.

With an array of top-tier headliners and next-best-things,

it was more than worth the trip to scratch a few bands off

the bucket list and discover a few new favs.


By COLIN GALLANT


Photos by JAMIE MCNAMARA

JPEGMAFIA and Vince Staples

Rap’s biggest and next-to-be-biggest iconoclasts gave

a black-eye-inducing one-two punch to a crowd of 1000

on opening night. See for yourself when the inexhaustibly

physical JPEGMAFIA plays Sled Island in June.

Mike Krol

Night two belonged only to Mike Krol. We could name drop

his indie royalty affiliations, but feeling the shred and witnessing

his preternatural abilities as a front-person do him

considerably more justice. You will be embarrassed not to

know him within a few weeks of reading this.

Caroline Rose

On nights three and four, Caroline Rose and her band’s

goofy charm (beer cans smashed on heads, a cover of

“Toxic”) might have seemed gimmicky if it weren’t for her

vulnerable songwriting or the precise-but-party-ready

musicianship they showcased. There’s a reason we saw

them two nights in a row.

Low and EMA

Slowcore veterans Low surprised everyone when they

released the best album of their 25-year career in 2018.

What didn’t come as a shock was a live set featuring flawless

musicianship, serene imagery and a brilliant contrast

from hand-picked opener EMA. It’s rare to see a band with

this much history operating at this high of an apex — see

them immediately.

Toro Y Moi

Treefort’s top-billed artist was saved for the final slot of

its outdoor mainstage — and for good reason. Toro Y

Moi brought a career-spanning dance party that caused

the most wholesome fun this side of a Red Bull-fueled

sockhop.

Sávila

Anyone who thought Toro Y Moi’s marked the end of

Treefort clearly didn’t see Sávila. The Latinx power trio

delivered modern-but-sacred music that played the power

of traditional rhythms against a renegade guitar style in

one of the biggest surprises of the entire festival. Their

11th hour, show-stopping performance exemplified how

Treefort rewards the curious. ,

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BILLIE EILISH

When We All Fall Asleep,

Where Do We Go?

Darkroom/Interscope

Some people were born to perform,

and looking at Billie Eilish,

it’s evident that she’s among

them. From her often-silver hair

to her eccentric, neon-drenched

brand of personal style, Eilish

commands attention. She was

only 14 when her breakout

single, “Ocean Eyes,” took off

unexpectedly. Three years later,

the singer-songwriter has seen

seven tracks hit the Billboard

100 and has amassed billions of

streams – without ever releasing

an album. Until now.

The world can’t get enough of

this angsty, irresistible performer

who seemingly came out of

nowhere (LA, actually), delivering

hit after hit since her unlikely debut.

Her first full-length release, When

We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We

Go? delivers on all of that promise,

building on her strengths – catchy

production underscoring cheeky

lyrics – while not afraid to go in

new directions. Finneas O’Connell

is the producer and co-writer of

all of Eilish’s music, and he also

happens to be her brother. On this

record, they take on a more experimental

approach production-wise,

lacing vocal samples throughout

and concentrating on heavier

electro-pop beats than we’ve heard

from them in the past. Instrumentation

is sparing and intentional,

hitting in all the right places without

being overwhelming.

On When We All Fall Asleep,

Where Do We Go? Eilish creates

sonic landscapes that are

emotional and contemplative, yet

still highly danceable. Even the

saddest-sounding songs lyrically,

like “bury a friend,” will make you

want to move. Her words are conversational,

personal and imaginative,

often based on what she and

her brother are going through at

any given time. But Eilish doesn’t

necessarily want the listener to

be in on that conversation – instead,

she prefers to leave her

art open for interpretation.

Songs like “bury a friend”

and “bad guy” are bass-heavy

and dance-ready, while “goodbye”

and “i love you” are more

reminiscent of ballads, pensive

and dreamy, focusing heavily

on vocal harmonies. As a whole,

the album is pop music through

and through, laced with Eilish’s own

distinctly edgy spin. On it, she examines

topics universally relatable

to teenagers and adults alike: love,

heartbreak, and losing friendships.

Musically and personally,

When We All Fall Asleep,

Where Do We Go? is a big

step forward for Eilish.

Jordan Yeager

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THE CRANBERRIES

In The End

BMG

FOXYGEN

Seeing Other People

Jagjaguwar

BLESSED

Salt

Independent

CRAIG FINN

I Need a New War

Partisan Records

GUIDED BY VOICES

Warp and Woof

Guided By Voices Inc.

In The End was always going to be

a tough listen; an album finished

posthumously after lead singer

Dolores O’Riordan’s tragic death in

January 2018, this was destined to

be part eulogy and part resurrection.

However, when you listen to

the obviously lovingly crafted album

you pick up on a resigned sadness

in the lyrics that rings, in hindsight,

like a warning bell.

The album is a selection of soft

and aching laments to loss and

regret and a seeping hopelessness

shrouded in self-medication. The

band has done a stellar job of embracing

the sadness of the material,

as if to give themselves and the

rest of us a place to put the grief

about O’Riordan’s pain and how it

ultimately got the best of her.

Songs like the anguished “Lost”

and “Summer Song” speak openly

about the fleeting reality of life’s

elements, while “The Pressure” and

“Got It” play with the notions of

coping and what we tell ourselves

in order to do so. And “Catch Me

If You Can” is a full tilt cry for help.

By the time the last strum closes

out the title track at the end of the

album, you feel goodbye happen

whether you are ready or not.

Fitting.


Jennie Orton

“We’re never gonna turn time

back,” Foxygen’s co-creator Sam

France admits on Seeing Other

People. It’s a revelatory statement

for France, who with multi-instrumentalist

Jonathan Rado cemented

Foxygen like a Hollywood star on

the Walk of Fame for nostalgic and

uncanny pop-rock on early records

Take The Kids Off Broadway and

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors

of Peace & Magic.

Their next grouping of albums

- …And Star Power and Hang,

drove gamely off-course, with

dense orchestration and fandangled

concept tracks. So to hear

France admit his powerlessness

against the eternal death march,

while bouncing with Rado between

Bruce Springsteen homage,

mid-eighties synth guitar and Mick

Jagger wails, is to experience the

band as wildly talented as ever, but

also a bit damaged.

Within the economy of nine

tracks (“…an album of singles,”

France reminds label Jagjaguwar in

his press letter), Rado and France

cook up delicious time warps,

demonstrating Rado’s intense

growth as a producer, who since …

And Star Power has influenced the

success of Whitney, The Lemon

Twigs, and others.

From the opening track “News”,

which barges in with France on

grand piano, to the “Conclusion” (a

sun-drunk soul track suggesting

“We should just be friends”), Seeing

Other People leaves few popular

genres between 1975 to 1985

behind, while keeping one foot

firmly in the present. The past is

celebrated, not investigated; a fine

strategy for maintaining sanity.

Sarah Bauer

“Let there be work and bread and

water and salt for all.” – Nelson

Mandela

On Salt, the latest LP from

Abbotsford’s Blessed, we see

the band’s tireless work ethic pay

off. The constant toiling of that

fertile Fraser Valley creativity has

finally reaped a full length’s worth

of material from a band that has

consistently strived to reinvent

themselves. Incredibly, they’ve

played 225 shows across North

America, including stops at Sled

Island and SXSW, plus supporting

slots with acts such as Preoccupations,

The Courtneys, Chastity

and The Austerity Program.

In a suburban garage somewhere

a dad’s Styx CD is skipping

while he’s working on his car.

Somewhere on Spotify there’s a

playlist with Omni and Uranium

Club and Ought. Suddenly, Salt

comes up in the algorithm and

some kid in rural Minnesota is

stoked.

Salt is smart and gritty, yet tightly

wound and expansive at the same

time. It’s ambitious but accessible.

It’s prog for people who like punk.

It’s punk for people who like jazz.

It’s classic rock for people who like

Echo and the Bunnymen. It’s for

people like me who grew up listening

to Black Rice, Minus the Bear

and Dismemberment Plan.

Sean Orr

Both as singer for Minneapolis bar

rock legends The Hold Steady and

in his more recent solo material,

Craig Finn makes music about bad

decisions.

His characters smoke too many

cigarettes while seeking redemption

in the arms of their fellow

drugged out lonely people while

crashing on couches and scraping

together money to get another

drink and find a way to move their

life forward. If you’ve ever been

that dirt bag, seeking hope in the

despair of burned out after-hours

parties, Finn’s songs might be

your anthems. If not, it can be a

touch voyeuristic and grim, like the

character in “Her With The Blues”

that takes pictures of the grimy,

authentic side of city life.

It all might be a little too much if

the songs weren’t so good. Finn’s

writing is in top form here. The

way the idea of gratitude is played

within “A Bathtub in the Kitchen”

is nuanced and complex, while

the vivid description of a veteran’s

post-war life of the protagonist on

“Magic Marker” is neither patronizing

nor trite. Finn’s songs resist

simple answers or solutions.

Graeme Wiggins

With 24 songs that clock in at 37

minutes, there’s no escaping that

more is less. The impetus for Warp

and Woof stems from a “magical

boombox writing session,” in which

six “fully-formed” songs came flowing

out of Robert Pollard’s stream

of consciousness. After that, he

plugged in the band and knocked

off an album littered with joyous

gems that sparkle, shine and blaze

all through their 100-second romp.

While it seems dubious, even

ludicrous, to label such short snippets

as fully-formed, Pollard definitely

pulls the rabbit out of the hat

on most of these tracks, digging in

deep with infectious melodies and

golden guitar hooks that accentuate

GBV’s garageland glory.

His post-modern mind can’t

be overstated either. It’s one

thing to embrace minimalism as a

bare-bones production, and quite

another to stage mini-sagas that

each pack a mighty-big starburst

punch. In addition to the swagger

and three-chord crunch, Pollard

also roams down fleeting, folkpsych

pathways making Warp and

Woof a kaleidoscopic journey that

maintains its urgency and hypnotic

pull.

Tom Waits is an unlikely comparison,

but Pollard’s spin-on-a-dime

storytelling contains the same weirdo

charm when a love song called

“Cohesive Scoops” might just be

about a kitty and their litter box.

Brad Simm

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KEVIN MORBY

Oh My God

Dead Oceans

Kevin Morby’s first true concept

album is brimming with as much

grace, confession and glory as

any contemporary religious album

today.

It’s equally as bright and thoughtful

as the folk-meets-lo-fi singer/

songwriter’s previous albums, but

with a happy scoop of homecoming;

a nod to his Methodist roots.

Morby admits he and his family

were largely impartial to religion

growing up, and Oh My God is a

snapshot of someone who only just

acknowledged religion’s permanence

around them.

The album’s title track opens

with a 20-second piano warm-up

reminiscent of Sunday morning

worship before easing into the

voices of a backup gospel choir.

These voices permeate throughout

the album.

“OMG Rock and Roll “ is a reworked

version of the same song,

only at half the time and twice the

speed. Maybe Morby wanted more

to play with, expanding the song’s

potential with a change of genre, or

maybe he’s just having fun. Either

way, Oh My God might be Morby’s

most fully realized and enlightened

album to date.

Leyland Bradley

PRIESTS

The Seduction of Kansas

Sister Polygon

The Seduction of Kansas forms

itself as a wide-ranging critique,

reclamation and celebration of

Americana and its discontents. The

follow up to 2017’s Nothing Feels

Natural is a clearer, more confident

sonic and thematic progression for

the Washington D.C. outfit. Priests

are your tour guide through the

sunken and monochromatic strip

malls and drug addled dwellings

of the red states. As the name

suggests, location is the key thematic

element as it flows through

multiple American locales; from the

cornfields of Kansas, to the deserted

strip malls of Nevada and the

industrialized backwaters of Texas.

Each song feels like a mini essay

on the current cultural climate that

is facing the United States with a

brilliant sense of heart and nuance.

The rampant destructive force of

the military industrial-complex in

‘’Good Time Charlie’’ to the societal

weight of projected cultural propaganda

in ‘’68 Screens’’ run the

complete gambit of what you might

consider to be the ills facing American

society today. A gorgeous

sense of polish to the songs and

how each interweave with each

other makes for a solid mosaic of

art rock. This is the timeliest and

more intellectually sophisticated

album of the year thus far.

Joshua Shepherd

THE DRUMS

Brutalism

ANTI-

Jonny Pierce is back with his fifth

studio effort, Brutalism. Prior to

the album’s release, Pierce went

through a difficult divorce and

experienced depression and

anxiety. The recording of Brutalism

ended up being an outlet for him to

express his feelings.

On “Body Chemistry” Pierce

questions whether his persisting

feelings of woe are wired into

his DNA over frantic drums and

a groovy bassline. “626 Bedford

Avenue” is a bright and cheery pop

number where Pierce reminisces

about a past lover who didn’t reciprocate

his affection. “You might be

a psychopath / You might wanna

check that”, he croons.

The album gets a little more

serious on “Nervous,” an emotional

acoustic piece about an encounter

Pierce had with his ex-husband.

The next track, “Blip of Joy,” ends

the album on a high note. Pierce

sounds hopeful for the future when

he sings, “It’s just a little blip of joy /

Can I feel it again?”

Brutalism contains some of

Pierce’s most honest lyrics and

is more varied musically than

their previous output. It grows on

you, with each listen being more

rewarding than the last.

Robann Kerr

THE MOUNTAIN

GOATS

In League With Dragons

Merge Records

You might be forgiven for hoping

or expecting that In League With

Dragons would be a straightforward

Dungeons & Dragons themed

concept album. John Darnielle has

a penchant for statement albums

and playing with concepts. Goths,

his last, was playing with genre,

while Beat The Champ was a wrestling

themed album. This album

however plays with concept and

genre in a much more loose and

fluid way.

There are definite moments of

D&D influence (the “huge wings

blotting out the sun” and reference

to famous fantasy artist Boris

Vallejo on the title track, the hungry

older gods of “Younger” or “Clemency

for the Wizard King”). In interviews,

he’s expressed desire for

this genre, which he dubs “dragon

noir” to catch on. It’s a heady mix

of well told tales that all work as a

unified whole despite the initially

disparate timelines and characters.

Musically, the album is a little more

stripped down than the last few

previous albums, largely acoustic

guitar driven, with some horn

flourishes here and there. While

the stories are on the dark side of

things (there’s references to cadaver

sniffing dogs and strychnine) the

hopeful delivery helps temper the

darkness.

Graeme Wiggins

WEYES BLOOD

Titanic Rising

Sub Pop

Listening to the first couple of

songs from Titanic Rising, one

could imagine having come across

a tape of 70s AM radio greats. Not

only is the sound reminiscent of

some of the great songwriters of

the era, but the quality of the songs

is up to the game.

There are moments on the

album that move away from those

60s and 70s sounds that bring the

album into its own. The cinematic

build of (appropriately titled) “Movies”

sounds like nothing else on

the record and the sci-fi synth loop

centred “Mirrors Forever” manages

to fuse the moody undertones of

Weyes Blood while showing that

this is more than just a distillation

of influences. Even on “Andromeda,”

one of the more traditional

sounding songs, the subtle wobbly

distortion applied to the guitar both

manages to give the impression

of age, while still making it its own

distinctive thing.

All throughout is Natalie Mering’s

voice, a powerful instrument that

fills all empty space and demands

attention. It gives the songs

warmth and power that emphasizes

the hope behind some of the

sadder subject matter, keeping

them from dripping too deeply into

sentimentality.

Graeme Wiggins

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MOViES|T.V.

BLACK

RADISH

THEATRE

Waiting

for

GODOT

Black Radish Theatre @ The GRAND | 608 1St SW

April 25 - May 12

Tyrell Crews, Andy Curtis, Christopher Hunt, Duval Lang & Anton Matsigura

Directed by Denise Clarke

blackradishtheatre.ca

don’t miss

Samuel Beckett’s

masterpiece

Student

Tickets Only

$30

THIS MONTH IN FILM

PET SEMATARY

April 5

When a young girl disturbs

a withered burial ground for

long lost fluffy friends, she’s

overjoyed to find the animals

returning to earth from their

cold graves. But joy turns quickly

to terror with the realization

that, beneath frayed collars and

rusted bells, each resurrected

pet carries with them a terrible

darkness. It’s been 30 years

since the original adaptation of

the Stephen King classic made

its debut, and it’s about time to

be terrified all over again.

HIGH LIFE

April 5

A father and his infant daughter

are the last left alive on a lonely

journey to the edge of our solar

system as they hurtle towards

infinity and the bottom of a

black hole. A bleach-blonde

Robert Pattinson is nearly

unrecognizable in this Claire

Denis-directed space thriller.

THE MAN WHO KILLED

DON QUIXOTE

March 15

Terry Gilliam has spent 29 years

chasing his elusive dream of

adapting the epic Spanish novel

Don Quixote, first published in

the 1600s. Finally, that dream is

about to come true. A film stuck

in development hell (see the

documentary Lost in La Mancha,

which chronicles the horrendous

first time he tried to make it),

this loose adaptation of the original

text tells the story of a man

who believes himself to be Don

Quixote, and the mad adventure

that ensues.

STOCKHOLM

April 12

When a bank robbery turns into

a classic case of Stockholm

Syndrome, things get weird and

wild. In this new dark comedy

based on true events, Ethan

Hawke continues his rise upwards,

on an ascent that’s lasted

his entire career.


By Brendan Lee

BiNGEWORTHY

THE DIRT

NETWORK:

Airing now

Netflix

All the things you think might take

place with Motley Crüe, do take

place in the Netflix movie based

on the book of the same name.

There’s loads of sex in the bathroom,

loads of sex in the dressing

room, band members cheating

with each other’s girlfriends,

and blow jobs administered by

groupies under the table at the

infamous Rainbow Bar and Grill

on Sunset Strip.

And, of course, there’s endless

lines of cocaine on glass table

tops, silver platters and, just to

keep the cliché alive, coke snorted

off one female’s round ass

while bent over having sex with a

Crüe member. Debauchery at its

L.A. finest in the 80s.

Those are meant to be the

fun moments. It gets darker as

Nikki Sixx slides into heroin,

when Tommy Lee slugs

his fiancée in the face,

the untimely death of

Vince Neil’s daughter

and when his drunk

driving kills Nicholas

“Razzle” Dingley from

Hanoi Rocks. It gets

more gross when a

literal poolside pissing

match with Ozzy

has the Prince of

Darkness licking

urine off the

ground.

While Sixx

confirms the

incident is true,

The Dirt is not a detailed documentary,

rather just biopic that outlines

some of the band’s highs (sniff,

sniff) and lows — although there’s

no Pamela Anderson, no sex tape

and no Tommy Lee jail time. Still

it’s a pretty good blast through the

Crüe’s wild years.

Without question, the acting and

production fully deserves a highfive

cheeseball rating. But how

else do you tell the story of one of

America’s biggest cartoon bands?

It’s a good fit. If they would have

taken it one step further and let

The Dirt morph into graphic novel

animation, it would have been a

perfect fit.


GAME OF THRONES /

SEASON 8

NETWORK:

B. Simm

HBO

AIR DATE: April 14

Game of Thrones

returns April 14.

The fate of an entire realm of fictional

people rests near the

precipice of a soon-to-beswinging

balance, and in

the next few months the

hype and speculation

will blanket the internet,

your work, and even the

friggin’ dog park with a

chattering snow so furious

it will mean the end of an

entire television era.

Two years since

the enormous yet

critically lessthan-adored

seventh season,

it’s the Snows vs.

Targaryens vs.

The Dirt

Lannisters vs. Greyjoys vs. White

Walkers for one last dragon-infested

shabang. The season’s six

episodes are rumoured to have

cost around 15 million dollars a

pop, and whether you’re behind by

two or eight years, binge quickly,

people – spoilers (and memes) are

coming.

TRAILER PARK BOYS –

THE ANIMATED SERIES /

SEASON 1

NETWORK:

NETFLIX

AIR DATE: MARCH 31

Ricky, Julien, Bubbles, and the

whole dope-smokin’ park is back

for a thirteenth season as the boys

continue to find ways of staying

fresh by dropping the cameras

and going animated. If, somehow,

you’ve managed to avoid the show

for the last two decades, “Trailer

Park Boys” is a mockumentary

created in 2001 by Nova Scotian

Mike Clattenburg that centers

around three delinquent buddies

as they try to live out their simple

lives at Sunnyvale Trailer Park –

while doing as little jail time as

possible. Season 12 actually ended

with the boys transforming into

animated characters, and previews

of season 13 make it clear they are

self-aware of their new colourful

forms. Knowing the show, there’s

a good chance this season (and

any subsequent animated ones)

could end up being a convoluted

mushroom trip – the possibilities

know no bounds.


Brendan Lee

JAKE GILES NETTER/NETFLIX

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Alberta Ballet in

Joni Mitchell’s

The Fiddle

&The

Drum

“The ballet is so beautiful, and it’s

the most exciting thing I’ve ever done”

— JONI MITCHELL

CALGARY | MAY 1-4

SOUTHERN ALBERTA JUBILEE AUDITORIUM

EDMONTON | MAY 9-11

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TICKETS AVAILABLE AT ALBERTABALLET.COM

A GOOD COS

Party like it’s 1985 at the 14th annual Calgary Comics &

Entertainment Expo By CHRISTINE LEONARD

C

alling all wannabe

a balance that keeps cosplayers

CALGARY

Ghostbusters, Stormtroopers

and Avengers, ENTERTAINMENT the four-day marathon of pop

COMICS &

and collectors coming back to

the Calgary Comics & EXPO

media time and again, with over

Entertainment Expo is April 25-27

90,000 people passing through

pledging to take attendees

Stampede Park its gates in 2018.

back to the future! Already

celebrating its 14th year, the

Tix: calgaryexpo.com “There’s a lot of depth in

terms of the types of celebrities

highly anticipated annual event is primed

to welcome an impressive roster of cultural

icons and stars of silver and small screens

for their 2019 edition.

“I think one of the big marquee things

that we’ve got is Michael J. Fox is coming

through Calgary. He was supposed to

come out last year, but due to medical

issues, he just couldn’t make it. He was like

‘I’ve got to make good on this promise to

come out to Calgary!’” says director Kandrix

Foong, who emphasizes that the Expo

isn’t just about science fiction and fantasy

franchises. “The thing we’ve always done

with our shows is divide and conquer. Part

of our objective is - if you bring a whole

family then there’s something for everyone.

Dad might be a big Star Trek fan, Mom

might be a Vampire Diaries fan and the kids

will have other stuff that they are into, as

well. So, this is not just one genre or one

thing. It is definitely about entertainment

in general and we definitely like the idea

of exposing people to different forms and

genres of entertainment.”

Capitalizing on the fandom surrounding

the hottest movies and television shows of

today, the Expo introduces emergent trends

and artists while showcasing classic characters

and guests that we bring out. I think every

year we bring out 80 to 100 different kinds

of guests and you just get a chance to

meet the people who are actually working

in this industry.”

1985 will be alive and well as the cast of

Back to the Future are joined by members

of the original Goonies crew. Additionally,

the new Hellboy David Harbour will be appearing,

as will Shazam’s Zachary Levi, Dr.

Who’s Catherine Tate, Baywatch babe Pam

Anderson and Robocop’s Peter Weller. And,

don’t forget TV’s Wonder Woman, Linda

Carter will be presenting “This Life. My Music.

My Story.” as a special ticketed event.

“We definitely do offer a broad mix.

There are a lot of classic guests who are

still very active in what they’re doing and

it’s just good to see,” confirms Foong.

Fans and guests will be granted the opportunity

to walk-the-walk again this year

as the enormously popular POW! (Parade

of Wonders) is set to saunter through

Calgary’s downtown core on the morning

of Friday April 26th.

“It’s like when the Flames are on a championship

run, you can feel the energy and

momentum throughout the city. Now you’re

proud that this is what’s going on in your

and treasured titles of yesteryear. It’s own backyard!”

,

ARTs

A ROSE

FOR EMILY

Love letter play lifts the

curtain on Emily Carr’s inside

world By BRAD SIMM

M

ost of us know that

Emily Carr was a gifted

Canadian painter from the

West Coast. And that her

Indigenous themes and

landscapes drew the Group of Seven’s

attention who, in turn, helped

her become a national icon.

What some of don’t know is that

Carr, a loner who considered herself

an outcast, was a devout animal-lover

who bred sheepdogs, owned

numerous cats and dogs throughout

her life along with her pet monkey,

Woo, that she held precious.

Many of us know that Sheri-D

Wilson is one of Calgary’s premier

poets and spoken-word artists

who’s revered nationally

for her published works,

performances and as

an activist, educator

and festival organizer.

What many of us don’t

know is Sheri-D is also

an accomplished playwright who’s

LOVE LETTER

TO EMILY C

May 4-11

Big Secret Theatre

Tix, $16-$30

returning to that art form with a play

about Emily Carr.

“It started when I had H1N1 [flu

virus] about 15 years ago. I was

reading Growing Pains [Emily Carr’s

autobiography] and was delirious. I

feel asleep and suddenly saw Emily

Carr talking to her monkey, Woo. In

my delirium I rolled over and wrote

notes, starting this play. When I was

less delirious I put in a drawer, forgot

about it but then found it again

when I was de-junking my house a

couple years ago.”

Wilson then phoned Kate Newby,

producer and general manager for

Handsome Alice Theatre known

for its progressive, feminist voice.

Newby was more than happy to get

behind the idea with Wilson who

notes, laughing, that “Emily and Woo

were both female!”

The play, called Love Letter To

DOUBLE

DOUBLE

Flamenco heat and icy roller rinks

DJD’s double bill promises one

strange, wonderful night

By BRAD SIMM

D

JD is never a dance company not to

produce visual, vigourous, sonic explosions

— always a splendor of sight

and sound textured with the cultural

explorations of jazz. When they get

set to showcase a double bill, you can

be sure the joy ride will boldly go where you’ve

not been before.

“There are two very different shows during

the evening,” explains Artistic Director, Kimberly

Cooper. “It’s two for the price of one. The

first is from a flamenco company out of Montreal,

La Otra Orilla. Their piece, [Magnetikae,

] is an Arctic, flamenco tale that takes place on

an ice flow.”

Noting the juxtaposition between the flamenco

heat and the Arctic chill, Cooper says it’s

“definitely contemporary, abstract and beautiful,

with a really great sense of humour that

comes through.” At one point, the female lead

dances with a skate on one foot and a snowshoe

on the other.

Emily C, is largely based on

Carr’s endless stream of

letters reflecting her epiphanies,

good and bad. Wilson

reveals that Carr’s story

runs parallel to her own life,

in which Wilson also had a

pet monkey when she was a child that

was exiled from her school and came

to live with her.

“It’s all about being exiled, being an

outsider, being thrown out, not being

accepted by the establishment quo.

It’s about always being told you’re

weird and strange, always exploring

a different path for yourself, and then

people around you questioning, ‘What

is that?’ Which is what happened to

Emily Carr.”

In the play, Woo, as Carr’s close

confidant, becomes a character

engaged in a continuous dialogue

with the artist that assesses all the

rejections and then the opportunities,

including the Group of Seven’s acceptance,

which changed her life.

Not only poetic in its delivery, Wilson

also says it’s “just visually beautiful

with Emily Carr’s paintings projected

onto the stage and as an immersive

part of the production itself. ,

“Yeah,” laughs Cooper.

“But it’s entirely

accessible for everyone,

and the rhythmic element

very wonderful.”

In response to the

icy Arctic, DJD’s contribution

for the night

Double bill

MAGNETIKAE and

LOVESTRUCK

April 25 - May 12

DJD Dance Centre

Tix, $35-$59

is Lovestuck, a fiery romance that’s “very, very

loosely based” on an actual fire that happened

in Calgary in 1915 at a roller-skating rink —

The Sherman Roller Rink, a big barn of a venue

with a whooping capacity of 5,000 located

near 17 Ave. SW and Centre St.

“There were some interesting characters

involved that I’m really taking a lot of liberties

with,” says Cooper. “Essentially, there’s

a group of people that are desperately calling

Cupid to come down from the heavens to

shoot them with her arrows, to make them fall

in love. Even though that makes us a bit sick,

we’re filled with crazy chemicals, can’t sleep,

can’t eat and, behave like drug addicts. And it

just happens that the loudest voice she hears is

Bill Sherman, who owns the roller rink.”

Aside from Cupid and the romantic quest,

what happened during the fire? Was there tragic

death?

“No, no,” says Cooper assuredly. “This women’s

hockey team, then called ‘hockeyists,’ were

practicing in February, saw the roof burning and

they all got out. Interesting enough, the city’s

fire chief opened his own roller rink five years

later.”

So what actually happened?

Cooper confirms, “The fire chief did it.”

,

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ARTs THEATRE • COMEDY • DANCE• ART • PERFORMANCE

SPRING HAS

SPRUNG!

(TELL YOUR PANTS!)

THE GENIUS OF

HUGO WOLF

How far is creative control

allowed to extend? That’s one

of the key themes behind Wolf

On The Ringstrasse, a new show

April 19-27

by local playwright Michaela

Tix, $20-$2

Jeffery, presented by Spirit Fire

Theatre. The play focuses on

the life of composer Hugo Wolf, a figure of

late Romantic music known equally for his

talent as for his temper.

“There are a fair amount of stories out

there about famous assholes who treat

people around them terribly,” says Jeffery.

“I looked at this story from the perspective

that asks the question: How and why do we

romanticize this?”

David Haysom, Spirit Fire Theatre’s

Artistic Director, had been interested in

Hugo Wolf’s story for years and Jeffery’s

angle intrigued him. He commissioned her

to write an adaptation of Wolf’s life with

this theme of deconstruction firmly in mind.

Jeffery sees value in questioning the role of

privilege in creative pursuits, especially in

how it intersects with ideas of patriarchy.

WOLF ON THE

RINGSTRASSE

Pumphouse Theatres

“It’s set in a couple points in

Hugo Wolf’s life, but largely in

1895,” says Jeffery. “But despite

it being that old, there are

elements of that conversation

that are very current. A conversation

that goes back hundreds

of years about empowering people, usually

men, or ‘auteurs’, this question of what do

we do with the artistic output of monsters.”

It’s a phenomenon which persists into

artistic communities to this day, including

Canadian theatre companies. The recent

controversy with Robert LePage’s show,

Kanata, brought the topic of artistic “auteurs”

centre stage.

With Wolf On The Ringstrasse, Jeffery

is hoping audiences find their own

discussions of creativity and humanity, and

continue looking at how those two forces

interact. “What kind of space are we willing

to carve out for artistic genius?” Jeffery

asks, adding, “Do you see a difference

between male and female genius?”


By TIM FORD

REINVENTING

BECKETT

Veteran actors — Andy Curtis,

Duval Lang, Christopher Hunt,

and Tyrell Crew — went into

reflection mode, and forged

ahead intent to deliver the

classic Waiting For Godot with a

fresh perspective — the actors’

perspective. Creating a theatre

WAITING FOR

GODOT

April 25 - May 12

The Grand

Tix,$30-$46

company around four actors as opposed to

a single artistic director, as most companies

do, sets Black Radish apart.

“I love the way our company came

about,” says Curtis. “It’s so different from

the way normal companies approach a play.

To have the luxury time, really digging into

the words, it took me back to why I love

theatre in the first place.”

Black Radish spent years conducting

table reads and rehearsing in and out of

performance spaces, whereas most local

theatre productions generally only take

three to five weeks to prepare.

“We’ve committed to this,

and whatever else we do in

the future to give it much more

rehearsal time,” says Lang. “You

need distillation time to process

[Beckett’s] words, a particular

scene, just thinking about it.”

Lang is also looking forward to showing

audiences how older, experienced

performers can switch things up. “Why can

senior artists not take a risk like this? Most

often it’s the youngins fresh out of school

that say, ‘Let’s fly to learn.’ But we have the

same kind of fuel that burns in us.”

“It’s a job, but it’s an art,” adds Curtis. “To

practice that in a way that’s a little different

than a normal company would with a threeweek

rehearsal period. Dammit, if that isn’t

a magnetic quality.”


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ARTs THEATRE • COMEDY • DANCE• ART • PERFORMANCE

Horoscopes

Messages from the Stars: A look into the cycles and cosmic

details of an unfolding forevermore, paired with a song

suggestion curated for your sign by Willow Herzog

DOUBLE BILL

Featuring dance and live music

APRIL 25 – MAY 12

At the DJD Dance Centre 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary

MAGNETIKAE

An Arctic flamenco tale by

Montreal’s La Otra Orilla

For tickets, visit decidedlyjazz.com

DJD ACKNOWLEDGES

THE GENEROUS

SUPPORT OF

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LOVESTRUCK

A fiery love tale by DJD

PHOTO LEVENT ERUTKU

PHOTO TRUDIE LEE

BON JONI

Alberta Ballet goes toe to

toe in Joni Mitchell’s epic

portrait ballet, The Fiddle

and the Drum By BRAD SIMM

F

or their 40th anniversary,

Alberta Ballet

AND THE DRUM

THE FIDDLE

was intent on creating

May 1-4

something very majestic

that would capture May 1-4

Jubilee (Calgary)

the attention of their audience Jubilee (Edmonton)

but also create a buzz in media

circles and the population

Tix: $80-$145

at large as a must-see production.

At first, Beethoven was proposed as

the big, bold production. And then a friend

of Jean Grand-Maitre, AB Ballet’s Artistic

Director, made an even bolder suggestion:

Joni Mitchell.

To his pleasant surprise, Mitchell accepted

the offer kicking off what would be

a 10-year run of “portrait ballets” in which

AB Ballet has collaborated with some of

Canada’s most famous artistic exports including

k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Gordon

Lightfoot along with international superstar,

Elton John. Joni Mitchell, however,

was the first contemporary artist in 2008

that brought the modern mix of music and

dance to AB Ballet’s stage.

Grand-Maitre says that Mitchell invested

an intense, proud labour of love that extended

close to three years in the making

of The Fiddle And The Drum and that she

was involved in all aspects of the production.

Even though they set out to create

what they thought would be a “small prairie

ballet,” the show would take on international

proportions.

“At the time, there was war in Iraq and

she really wanted to make a strong

statement and bring a number of

art forms together. To begin, she

designed the whole set as a video

installation inside a circular drum.

Then she put together, with video

producers in L.A., an extraordinary

collage of all her paintings and other

films of her, films of nature, films of

Africa that were tightly edited to her music

— the pluck of a guitar, the beat of a drum.”

Grand-Maitre says they created the

soundtrack together, with her drawing from

potent tracks recorded the 80s and 90s

rather than focusing on the hits. She then

designed the costumes, body make-up and

colour palette for the dancers so that they

looked like they were walking out of the

painting themselves.

Above all, Grand-Maitre says Mitchell

did not want the ballet to be about her life.

“That didn’t interest her in the least. She

thought more about what was going on in

the world. The ecology, war, greed, fascism,

all the things we are seeing today. It’s notable

that when she wrote something like “Big

Yellow Taxi,” an environmental protest, she

was way ahead of the curve. Greenpeace

wasn’t even founded yet.” ,

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

In what ways are you reimagining

your life? How is the past showing

up so you can truly learn from it and

move on? If things are feeling stressful

and forced take note and don’t

be afraid to pause before choosing

a course of action. There is a surge

of new energy flowing in, make sure

perceptions are clear before any big

choices are made. Open space for

fresh flow and allow yourself to recalibrate.

Guard your immune system.

Song suggestion for the month: “The

Frontier (High Desert Synthapella)”

-Avalon Emerson

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Feel ease in letting go of old baggage.

There is a pent up sense of energy

to do, but to do what exactly? Take

time to check in with internal

structures so you can attend to

what is clearly going to serve and

bring alignment. Watch for signs

and synchronicities to help dictate

your path. Don’t let ego get in the

way and listen carefully to what you

hear from those you love and trust.

There is wisdom in your frustration,

unpack it so intuition may become

more clear.

Song suggestion for the month: “I Can

Treat You Better” -Part Time, Ariel Pink

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Potential challenges may come up

around self-esteem sandwiched with

great bursts of creative inspiration.

Rest and re-evaluate, taking time to

read the energy of a situation before

proceeding forwards. Unrealistic

thinking could abound alongside genius

and breakthrough. Seek truth at

all costs, with all the potential mess

involved. To truly heal we must be

genuine, allow truth to set you free.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Effemience” -Shabazz Palaces,

Quazarz, Chimurenga Renaissance

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Setting precise goals and clearing

out the energetic clutter are

of utmost importance this cycle.

You have some big dreams and

manifesting them takes time, love,

effort and discernment. Claim the

path you are on and show up for

what life is asking of you. This is not

the time to be passive, though soft

wisdom and not taking on too much

responsibility are up for consideration.

Power, success, reputation

and public standing are highlighted

within a profession as well as in

peer groups and home structures.

Wield your power for the greater

good and lead by example.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Outside” -MorMor

Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23)

Thought and action are combining

for beautiful and shaping insights.

It could be a time to keep a journal

with you for when inspiration

strikes, write it down and honour

the creative muses. Be honest

about what you are feeling so your

feelings can heal, hold space and

pass as they need to. It is a time

of increased professional pursuits

but also deeper energetic understanding

of your unique blueprint.

Take time to look at what you don’t

understand and be willing to dive

into the inner emotions that cause

the outer/external patterns.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Daylight Matters” -Cate le Bon

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

Look at where you can open when

you would habitually contract and

shut down. It is a month of drive and

action that could lead to a flurry of

energies looking to ground and catalyze

into something more. Movement

may seem like priority, but remember

that at times in the inactivity is the

action. Be willing to be slow at opportune

windows even if it may seem

that all life is asking of you is to do

and move. Be aware of your body and

pay extra attention to its care.

Song suggestion for the month:

“These Days” -Nico

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

This month carries with it some

awkwardness but is not without

its charm. Where to place chaotic

energies and how to help them

surface clear? Its an expansive time

that works well when you streamline

and channel energies with one

pointed focus. Concentrate on the

micro before the macro and unfold

as the universe would like to see you

unfold. Ask Who Am I to refuse the

Universe? Develop your skill set to

sit with what is changing and uncomfortable.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Lorelei” -Tim Presley, White Fence

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Which situations are spreading

you too thin and which ones are

creating nourishment? Feeling

consistent support this month

from yourself and loved ones will

allow utilization of your abilities

on all levels. Don’t be afraid to

express you changing needs, you

too are a growing thing that has

permission to change its mind,

taste and boundaries. Speak up in

the ways the put you into honest

alignment with those you create

and collaborate with. Fewer placed

but brilliantly activated actions are

ones to strive for this cycle.

Song suggestion for the month:

“3D Dream (World Mix)” -Jerry Paper

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Your healing process deserves your

attention. What is awakening in

you this cycle is digging deep into

old wounds and pushing you to assert

your power back into yourself.

Place yourself as a priority and feel

your feelings so you can heal your

pain. You don’t have to keep it all

inside, its an isolating journey to

traverse the emotional container

alone. Look to those you love and

trust and be willing to place your

healing not only in your hands but

in the hands of others. Reclaim

your capacity for joy and know you

are so deserving of love.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Licking An Orchid” -Yves Tumor,

James K

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Creating deeper containers of

connection, exchanging dreams

with those who share your drive

and being completely honest with

yourself or someone else are all big

themes this cycle. Big conversations

that illuminate where and

how to place your energy come to

fruition. Try not to take it personal

while exploring what is happening

and know that sometimes life has

a greater plan conspiring. Work on

yourself and let the magic happen.

This is a time of cycling back and

deeper understanding.

Song suggestion for the month:

“The Bug Collector”

-Haley Heynderickx

TIM PRESLEY SHABAZZ PALACES

AVALON EMERSON HALEY HEYNDERICKX

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

External planes are asking you to

dive deeper into internal discovery.

Many forms are taking shape in

professional and personal endeavours

and there are some growing

pains. Healing your relationship

to self-worth, finances and how to

place your energy in an uncertain

future are all areas up for review

and consideration. Look for where

energy leaks and where it is held.

Are there outdated patterns lingering

that sabotage how you wish

to build your life? Obstacles and

conflict may arise but know you

have the power to be the curator of

your life. Trust in yourself and don’t

doubt your value.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Corridor of Dreams” -The Cleaners

from Venus

Pisces (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

Don’t allow others to interfere with

your gifts, relax into what’s working

and treat yourself with a compassionate

tenderness. You are reorienting

where you intend to place

your energy and everyone has an

opinion. Know yourself and trust in

a plan that is becoming visible from

reworking your life structure. Now

is a good time to focus on poetry,

song writing, dream journaling and

anything that allows you to create

from the emotional waters of your

heart. Stay connected to what helps

you come alive.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Hits of Sunshine (for Allen Ginsberg)”

-Sonic Youth

APRIL 2019 BEATROUTE 45


Savage Love

BY DAN SAVAGE

Savage Love Live stormed into

Revolution Hall in Portland,

Oregon. Comedian Corina Lucas

absolutely killed it before our

sold-out crowd, singer-songwriter

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink performed

an amazing set, and two lovely

couples competed in our first

(and most likely last) Mama Bird

Cupcake Eating Contest. I wasn’t

able to get to all of the audience-submitted

questions, so I’m

going to power through as many

as I can in this week’s column.

How do you handle it if your partner

constantly apologizes during

sex? “Sorry, sorry, sorry…”

With sensitivity, tact, and compassion—and

if none of that shit

works, try duct tape.

Should I continue to have casual

sex with someone I’m in love with?

If it’s casual for them and not casual

for you, and they’ve made it clear

it will never be anything other than

casual for them, you’re going to get

hurt—which I suspect you know.

Now, if you think the pain of going

without sex with them will be greater

than the pain you’ll feel when

they inevitably meet someone else

and move on, by all means keep

fucking them. (Spoiler: the pain of

the latter > the pain of the former.)

Best tricks for a quick female orgasm

& how to keep yourself from

overthinking it?

My female friends swear by a little

legal weed, where available (or a

little illegal weed, where necessary),

and a nice, big, powerful vibrator.

My five-year relationship ended

abruptly. Is there a time frame for

getting over it?

Studies vary. Some have found it

takes the average person 11 weeks,

some have found it takes half the

length of the relationship itself,

some have found it takes longer if

it was a marriage that ended. But

don’t wait until you’re completely

over it to get out there—because

getting out there can help you get

over it.

Besides a fiber-rich diet, what are

your tips for a newbie to anal play?

Size is a BIG factor and it’s creating

a HUGE mental block whenever

anything goes near my hole.

Start small, e.g., lubed-up fingers

and small toys. And don’t graduate

from tongues/fingers/toys to someone’s

big ol’ dick in a single session.

Start small and stay small until

your hole’s dread at the thought of

taking something HUGE is replaced

by a sincerely held, quasi-religious

belief in the absolute necessity of

taking something huge.

In the era of online dating, how do

you navigate the people who think

the grass will always be greener

and have difficulty committing to

truly building a relationship?

The expression “the grass is always

greener on the other side of the

fence” has its roots in a Latin

proverb first translated into English

in 1545—which

means the sentiment

predates

dating apps by, oh,

roughly half a millennium.

But the “paradox of

choice,” or the idea that people

have a hard time choosing when

presented with too many options,

has certainly complicated modern

dating. But too many options

beats too few, in my opinion, and

it certainly beats no options at all,

e.g., deserted islands, compulsory

heterosexuality, unhappy

arranged marriages, etc.

Any advice for a 22-year-old

woman who meets only sad boys

who need a mom?

Your handwriting is such that I

thought you wrote “sub boys,”

and I was going to respond,

“Enjoy.” But then I reread your

question: sad boys, not sub boys.

Okay, if you’re meeting only one

type of person or all the people

you’re meeting have a certain

character flaw, either you’re

seeking that type of person out—

consciously or subconsciously—

or you’re projecting your own shit

onto that person. This is a case

where the best people to ask

for a gut/reality check are your

actual friends, not your friendly

sex-advice columnist.

What is the formula for getting

comfortable farting in front of a

partner?

Same as comedy: tragedy + time.

How good are cock

rings? I tried a stretch

rubber one, and it was

just uncomfortable. Is

it worth more time and

research?

Cock rings are made from all

sorts of different materials, and

it’s important to find the material

(rubber, metal, leather) and fit

(snug but not too tight) that works

for you. I definitely think you should

experiment a bit before giving up—

cock rings are great. And, hey, did

you know there’s a Wiki page with

a lot of good info about cock rings?

(Wikipedia.org/wiki/cock_ring.)

Will you be my sperm donor?

Well, that depends. Are you male,

between the ages of 25 and 55,

and (my entirely subjective notion

about what is) hot? Then sure!

My partner wants me to move in

with him and have kids. He also

wants an open relationship and

to be able to father children for

other women if they choose to be

single moms. I’m not comfortable

with that. How can I express this

without blocking him from getting

what he wants?

By not moving in with him, by not

having kids with him, and by not

continuing to partner with him.

Why wasn’t semen designed to

stay in a woman’s vagina? It always

makes a terrible mess. I hate

waiting for it to leak out of me.

I wasn’t around when semen and

vaginas were designed—I’m old,

but not that old—and I’m pretty

sure they didn’t have a designer.

I’m also guessing leakage wasn’t a

problem until our ancestors began

walking upright about four million

years ago.

My mother-in-law had episodes of

amnesia after orgasm in her 50s.

Have you heard of this? WILL IT

HAPPEN TO ME?

I have not! I HAVE NO IDEA! I have

also googled this for you, and—

holy shit—it’s a thing and it has a

name: transient global amnesia

(TGA). Apparently, any form of

strenuous exercise can trigger

TGA. So don’t fuck, don’t run, don’t

bike! Just sit still and you’ll be fine!

What do you think is the most

needed focus of left activism in

the United States today?

Most needed: defeating Trump and

combating climate change. Most

prevalent: relitigating the 2016

Democratic primary.

My mom finishes every call with

“God bless you.” I’m not a believer,

but it’s not something we could

ever talk about. I usually ignore it,

sometimes I say it back, but it’s always

awkward. What should I do?

You should sneeze.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Savage

Love Live in Portland! Savage Love Live is

coming to Seattle, Denver, San Francisco

(with Stormy Daniels!), Chicago, Madison,

Minneapolis (also with Stormy Daniels!),

Toronto, and Somerville. For more info and

tickets, go to savagelovecast.com/events.

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