Art and Entertainment
I was born and raised in Fernie, surrounded by a large family and a bountiful wilderness. These mountains have served as a haven for all 23 years of my life. Growing up in Fernie was dreamlike; endless days wandering in the forest behind our home, long bike rides and runs, camping and canoeing all over the valley, and days spent fishing wherever our parents took us. I can’t say that my pastimes have changed dramatically since I was a child, but I can say that the inspiration absorbed and the lessons learned in all those years have led me to being the ‘artist’ I am today.
Violet Clarke has the music inside. She’s had it her whole life, beginning formal piano training at the tender age of three and later picking up the ukulele, guitar and harmonica. Her voice is as perfect for a hot summer day as it is for a cool fall night. Yes, she’s had it her whole life and she’s still contagious. Just ask her husband, Sly Boston: he caught the bug enough to propose a band together, and he still had to learn how to play.
October 4: Submarine is a coming-of-age comedy set in Wales during the early ‘80s, telling the story of 15-year-old Oliver Tate and his trouble with women. The first is his mother.
On October 2nd an annual 21km race and three-person relay takes over the beautiful trails surrounding Fernie.
For and Against is my favourite kind of poetry collection. Rather than hiding behind clever postmodern tricks, McCartney takes personal risks and delivers meaty poems with emotional heft. She, to steal a phrase from Hemingway, writes hard and clear about what hurts.
Leon Trotsky (real name Lev Devadovich Bronstein) born on August 7, 1879, was one of the chief architects of the Russian revolution, and played many roles in the Bolshevik struggle to spread soviet style communism throughout Russia. He was a soldier, an orator, an author and an exile. In fact Trotsky’s life was so multifaceted and exciting, that it inspired Montreal filmmaker Jacob Tierney to write and direct a film based on his life. Well, sort of.
Even though the members of Hollerado were barely born when Kids in the Hall’s Bruce McCulloch first sang “These Are the Daves I Know,” they have a pretty good story about meeting the comedy troupe’s Dave Foley. They didn’t just meet him, but got him in the back of their van and convinced him to be in a music video.
September 6: Hanna tells the story of a 16-year-old girl whose ex-CIA father has trained her to be an assassin.
The Man Booker Prize is an annual award given to the best work of fiction in the British Commonwealth and Ireland. Alison Pick’s Far to Go is one of three Canadian books recently long-listed for the 2011 Booker, a great honour which was just the incentive I needed to pull it out of my towering to-be-read pile. I’m very glad I did. Pick’s story held me firm in its grip from the first sentence to the last, her characters as real to me as my next-door neighbours.
One time when I was in Grade 3, my mother asked, “Is there anything you want to tell me, Dear?” I searched my mind, unsuccessfully, for anything I’d done that warranted confession. Nothing. Turns out, she thought I was afraid of the dark, after seeing me hiding my flashlight under my bedcovers the previous night. I explained that I had been reading a Hardy Boys book after bedtime, sneaking in the last chapters.
It’s no secret that Fernie-ites love music festivals. Hearing about Starbelly, Shambhala, Nakusp or Kaslo over the summer is a daily occurrence. Are you going? Did you go? I think I saw you at …
Thor is the Norse God of Thunder, the son of Odin (the all-father, head of the Viking pantheon). Thor is described as fierce-eyed and red-haired, father of numerous gods and goddesses and the bearer of Mojihir, the magical mountain crushing hammer.
I’ve lived in Fernie full time for the past three and a half years and love the area. I first came here for a two-week holiday in 2003 with my girlfriend and we both fell in love with the place. That trip set off a chain of events and the motions would never have ignited without the help of Butch Coultry who I met on that 2003 trip.
August 2: Bright, colourful and dazzling, Rio is sure to delight the young ones. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (the man behind the Ice Age series), Rio tells the story of Blu, a macaw that grows up in Minnesota.
If you read one new book this summer, make it Monoceros by Suzette Mayr. Since I had kids (over four years ago now), I simply can’t just sit and finish a whole book in a weekend anymore.