Art and Entertainment

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. A visiting Brazilian birdman tells Blu’s owner Linda that the bird is extremely rare and convinces her to bring Blu down to Rio, in hopes he’ll breed with a wild beauty named Jewel. Once in Rio, things are not as they seem, and the birds plan an escape with the help of various animal helpers.

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. Too many tasks and people fight for my time and attention; a weekend devoted to reading has become an impossibility. Occasionally, though, a book will be so compelling that it inspires me to accomplish the impossible.

Water & Movement

Leap of Faith
Related by marriage to white-water kayakers, I am frequently on the edge of conversations about water - its shape, flow and its holes, lines and eddies. The allure of water on people is strong. The irresistible pull of moving water is liberating – a kind of effortless, floating motion. In this photo, the kayaker takes this freedom to the next level, plummeting with his aquatic vehicle over a waterfall on the Elk River near Elko.

Photo by Jamie Hide

Not much can top a beautiful summer afternoon of playing on the Elk River.

Photo by Kevan Wilkie

Each month we are in awe of the talented photographers that submit to 'Through The Lens'. Here are July's picks!

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Elliot BROOD, headlining at Wapiti!

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.

Royalty has been portrayed many different ways in many different films. Royals have been variously presented as benevolent (Mufasa in the Lion King), mentally ill (King George the Third in the Madness of King George), polite (Jack Skellington in the Nightmare before Christmas) and, of course, completely evil and underhanded (Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland). There are, however, very few films that portray Kings and Queens as ordinary people just as flawed and vulnerable as the rest of us.

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. It sounds like a good idea until he realizes that the town is anything but hopeful, overrun as it is with corruption and violence. He gets himself a shotgun with the money he earned from hobo-exploitation films and embarks on a vengeful mission. Everybody gets it.

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I’ll be in Fernie this month to teach a song writing course at the Fernie Writers’ Conference. There will be nuts and bolts approaches, but some of what I have to say will be about stuff that you can’t teach.

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.