Art and Entertainment
It was on a cool night back in May, with Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and his band booming from the Central stage, when a whole room of people started to feel the real tingle of excitement. They were patient, but yearning. They knew that the wait was almost over, but it had been a long time coming. They knew that Fernie would once again emerge victorious with its very own music festival. With the lineup announced, the vision of Wapiti turned from a mirage to certainty.
Last month was my one year anniversary column, so I turned to my editor for a little guidance. I could write about the spectacular Canada Day Celebration on Friday 1 at Prentice Park - last year’s event was unanimously voted ‘best ever’ by Fernie’s locals or perhaps I could write about the Furious3, a new staged mountain bike race for Fernie held over Canada Day Weekend.
July 5: It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to figure out what Hobo with a Shotgun is about. Rutger Hauer stars as the titular Hobo who is looking for a fresh start in Hope Town.
Just about every weekend in June offers a great outdoor event, from the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life on Saturday June 4 to the Annual Lizard Range Disc Golf Tournament on Friday July 1. Athletes can get their run on in Elkford on Sunday June 5 or in Wasa Lake on June 11-12 while bikers will be happy to see the return of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club’s Two-Knee Tuesdays. Fernie Golf and Country Club kick things into gear with the Men’s Pro-Am and Couples Alternate Shot in the second week of the month and Fernie Alpine Resort opens for summer biking on Saturday 25.
When Jesse Northey’s family moved from Fernie to Lethbridge, he was pretty stoked to be heading to a bigger city. Who could blame him? Not only did he get beat up for being a figure skater, but also, he was 16. Whether it’s parents, hometown or school, almost everything seems provincial at 16, no matter where someone grew up.
June 7: Middle-aged couple Tom and Gerri live through Another Year, more blissful and in love than ever. Trouble is, the other people in their lives haven’t been quite as lucky.
In 1994 Kevin Smith, comedian, writer, director, comic book nerd and minor celebrity, began his rise to geek stardom with the release of his first film, Clerks.
It’s almost time for my very favourite Fernie event: The Fernie Writers’ Conference! This year, the week-long set of workshops and presentations promises to be better than ever.
George Clooney has had a very interesting career. He has come a long way from relative obscurity in the 80s when he appeared in sitcoms like Rosanne and performed in movies like Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
Recently, I was asked to participate in the Toronto Library’s 2011 Keep Toronto Reading Campaign. This year’s theme is “books that transform us.” My job was simply to make a two-minute video pitch recommending a book that has transformed me.
photo by Keya White
June 24-25 Revelstoke Music Festival
Set in Revelstoke, this two-day two-stage festival features rock, funk, world and ska. Last year’s highlights included bands like Econoline Crush, Wassabi Collective, Shane Philip, Earthbound, and Turtle Mountain, to name a few. Beer gardens, vendors and camping are available on the festival grounds. $80, early bird and day pricing available. www.revfest.ca.
It’s easy to romanticize the life of a band, the way its musicians hit the wide, open road. It’s fun to imagine being welcomed into the communities that dot the way. It’s especially easy and fun with a band like Vancouver’s Willy Blizzard. With its straightforward country-folk, with its rich lyrics, the trio leads its audience down dusty gravel lanes and winding railways to meet the compelling characters that populate our vast country.