Art and Entertainment
I am an assemblage artist... I sculpt with found metals. I believe the recycled metal has a large amount of energy already in it, which lends to the piece itself. I enjoy seeing and hearing the reactions from people when they first see my artwork, more often it’s the kids who reveal they’re true reflections from it. Good or bad.
As soon as I finished The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott, I knew I had to write about it.
I’ve always had a thing for visual art like web design, photography, painting and sculpting but the world of creating something out of fabric and wearing it is the ultimate for me. Two years ago I decided to turn my passion into a business – A La Maude Design. But it really began when I was 14 years old attending high school in a small French town in Northern Québec. I wasn't popular, far from it actually and used to express myself through clothing, making new clothes out of old clothes using only needle and thread. I was even given a prize for “original style” at my grad ceremony.
Morphine was the kind of band whose music spanned across time. During its tenure throughout the ‘90s, when bands across North America were imitating the Seattle sound of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Morphine’s self-described “low rock” emerged as a real alternative. Morphine was a rock band without a guitar. But to hear frontman Mark Sandman talk or perform on his two-string slide bass, it would be easy to place Morphine back a couple of generations. Sandman seemed as though he would have been right at home hanging out with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
March 6: Marilyn Monroe’s last movie was released over 50 years ago, so the timing is probably perfect to tackle such an icon in film.
Hollywood has never been kind to the colonized peoples of the Middle East (Arabs, Persians or Kurds).
February 7: Loveable stoners Harold and Kumar are back, celebrating Christmas more than a month behind schedule. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas revisits what made their trip to White Castle an underground classic.
On February 6 Valerie Compton and Rosemary Nixon will be speaking at the Fernie Heritage Library about their recently released books: acclaimed novels that also work as emotionally heightened meditations on motherhood and loss.
Growing up in Fernie I have always been surrounded by action sports and with the nature of the town freestyle skiing and free ride mountain biking caught my eye immediately. My friends and I conveniently grew up in an age of radical progression in both sports, the twin tip ski was being perfected and dirt jump mountain biking was just around the corner. It was the perfect time for any upcoming artist, not only to learn the tricks of the trade but also to grow with the industry as it evolved into what it is today.
It’s pretty easy to get caught up in life and find that you have little time for the things that truly satisfy. Even in Fernie, where we like to boast about “Fernie time,” there isn’t always time for our passion. Johnpaul Smith, former Sleeping With Tuesday frontman found himself stuck in that cycle. Sure, he was playing music for a living, but the frenetic pop rock of the local band wasn’t something he could really feed on. What he had was fast food; what he really wanted was a hearty meal.
Jam nights are like Kinder eggs. They’re fun and sweet, and sometimes you end up with something pretty special on the inside. For musicians, they’re also a great place to meet and create new bands or incubate new ideas. Meanwhile audiences are offered a glimpse into the inner workings, as they get to watch the players grow and improve.
2011 was a stellar year for Canadian Literature. I did manage to recommend a few of the great ones in my monthly columns. Here are some of my favourites that I missed.
The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor