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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:09

Vernal Reverb with DJ Jimi Smith: Mar 22nd

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Come celebrate the equinox that rocks with Two Rivers Gallery and Generator Cabaret’s DJ Jimi Smyth. Two Rivers Gallery is hosting a spring dance event styled as a club night with fully interactive video screens. The dance will take place on Friday, March 22 at 9 pm and is for young people 19 and older. Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase on the Two Rivers Gallery website: http://www.tworiversgallery.ca/. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Prince George’s vibrant local arts and culture. Check out this event on Facebook to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/521603144556962/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_edited.

Published in Musicians
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:15

Facing self, and eating disorders head on

hen you look at yourself in the mirror, what
do you see? Someone who’s confident and
happy with their appearance? Or would you
rather be that attractive person from a TV
show, movie, magazine, or billboard?
Media images have a huge impact on how we view
ourselves, and some people unfortunately go to
extreme lengths to try to copy the mainstream media’s
image of perfection. These images can even contribute
to eating disorders in both females and males.
Yes, males are affected this too! Even though fewer
males than females face eating disorders and selfesteem
issues, it’s important to recognize that men can
have these problems too, and that their challenges are
different.

It’s no secret that healthy eating and regular physical
activity are keys to a healthy lifestyle. However, there’s
a growing trend of males going to extremes. Overdieting
is when a person pursues an overly strict eating
pattern to develop their body in a specific way. This can
include drinking too many protein shakes or taking too
many other supplements.

Likewise, taking exercising to extremes involves
pushing the body to an unsustainable level on a regular
basis, which can lead to injury and burnout.
If you’re thinking about changing what you eat or how
you exercise, consult a physical activity coordinator or
your doctor. You could even call a dietitian at 8-1-1.
Men, like women, can also develop anorexia (an eating
disorder that makes people obsess about their
weight and try to lose weight by refusing to eat), and
bulimia (binge eating followed by purging).

More women than men suffer from anorexia and bulimia,
but it’s still a problem that needs to be addressed
for both sexes. Also, the statistics for men may be
higher, since many men are reluctant to talk about this
problem.

Some signs that you or someone you know might be
suffering from these conditions:

• Unexplained weight loss
• Obsessive focus on food
• Not feeling “good enough” (feeling that they’re not
living up to standards set by themselves or others)
• Not feeling in control of their lives
• Feeling depressed, angry, anxious or alienated
• A history of troubled family or social relationships
• Having difficulties in expressing their feelings
• A history of abuse

Northern Health’s mental health and addictions team
is available for anyone, male or female, who needs help
with an eating disorder. Their contact information is
available on northernhealth.ca. You can also talk to your
doctor if you feel you’re not on the right path.

Finally, people come in all shapes and sizes, and not
everyone with washboard abs and giant biceps is as
healthy as they look. A balanced diet and regular exercise
is the key to great self-esteem and confidence!
For more information on proper physical activity and
healthy eating, visit blog.northernhealth.ca.

Published in What the ...
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:01

Good people finish first

Pete Emes and Mike Grimes are anything but small town. The pair, who have
been spinning together since the late 90s are some of Canada’s best
exports on the dance music scene and can be found on the road
in North America and Europe playing some of the world’s biggest
festivals.

They were also tapped to co-host Scion Radio’s Le
Gros with fellow Canuck Neoteric and deejayed a set for
the inaugural CBC Radio 3 podcast featuring all-Canadian
electronic and dance music.

But the duo, billed as Smalltown DJs, still run the
weekly Calgary dance party they started 12 years ago,
Hai Karate.

“We’ve had the opportunity to move away,” said
Emes, but for them that wasn’t an option. “The scene
supported us, the people recognize what we’re trying
to do and accomplish and they have respect for it – and
we have a lot of respect for people who support us in
town.”

A lack of ego and love of music have helped make the
Smalltown relationship work over the years.
“We were able to drop our egos on the business side
pretty quickly,” Emes said. “If you’re not willing to do
that sometimes, that can definitely hurt a working relationship
between friends.”

And their relationship is anything but hurting. In addition
to music, the pair runs Calgary nightspots the HiFi
Club as well as Commonwealth Bar & Stage.
“It started out as DJing, but now it involves production
and also operating the bars here where we’re able
to book the bands and music we love,” Emes said. “It’s
all centered around the music.”

When the pair first got together, it was because they
were playing the same kinds of music and it made more
sense to team up, Emes recalled.

“To talk about it now, it seems silly to say we were
playing funk and soul and disco and hip hop and house
and club music all together,” he said. “But at the time
that was rare and now it’s pretty commonplace. It took
years for that to become the norm.”

What has also become the norm is teaming up with
other acts.

“It’s always fun to pair musically with different
people,” Emes said.

This winter, the duo is hitting the road and pairing up
with Team Canada DJ Grandtheft for the Good People
tour, which lands at Heartbreakers in Prince George on
Dec. 1.

The Toronto-based multi-hyphenate act was one-half
of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ official DJ crew and spinner
to the stars. He has also supported bands such as
U2 and Arcade Fire.

‘[Grandtheft] is kind of on a similar path that we are.
He’s the east coast version of us,” Emes said. “When
we get in the studio, we’re really on the same page.”
New York’s T&A Records will release the Good People
EP Nov. 20.

Published in What the ...
Monday, 25 February 2013 23:58

The snow you need to know

Power King

Dusted with 41 Feet of amazing Powder per Year,
Powder King has built up a reputation as a world class
hill and has an undeniable momentum.

Nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian
Rockies, Powder King offers the best of the great outdoors,
with an amazing annual snowfall of 41 feet, our
terrain ranges from breath taking drops for the adventurous
skier, to the gentle groomed slopes of beginner
runs.

A million miles from stress, but only 500 yards from the
highway, Powder King is located in the center of the
Pine Pass on Highway 97 in Northeast BC, 42 miles (67
km) west of Mackenzie and 123 miles (195 km) north of
Prince George.

A daily mountain express bus(the PK Express) will
run from Prince George to Powder King every day the
mountain is open. Leaving Pine Center Mall at 6:20am
and The Hart Mall at 6:40am. The return trip leaves
Powder King approximately half an hour after the lift
closes.

Tabor Mountain Ski Resort

From skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to
mountain biking and hiking in the summer, Tabor
Mountain offers downhill skiing 15 minutes east of
Prince George in Northern British Columbia.

13 runs ranging from Novice to Expert highlight this
local favorite. Being situated so close to the city makes
planning a trip to this hill’s breathtaking landscapes an
accessible option for snowboarders and skiers looking
for deep powder close to home. Throw in the possibility
of a season that runs from November – April and you
have a lot of possible run time on a great set of slopes.
Tabor Mountain Ski Resort is located on the Yellowhead
Highway, 12.5 miles (20 km) east of Prince George.

Purden Ski Village

Purden Ski Village is the largest ski mountain in
central British Columbia, and is without doubt among
some of the best riding in the area.

Boasting more than 1,100 vertical feet of quality dry
powder, many treed runs and slopes that don’t get
overrun with a ton of crowds, Purden Ski Village is a
family friendly hill with levels ranging from Novice – to
Intermediate – to Expert on runs that are as long as 2
miles of terrain.

Purden Ski Village is located 38 miles (60 km) due
east on the Yellowhead Highway, and 91 miles (145 km)
northwest of McBride.The mountain is a 4-km drive
north of the highway.

Hart Highlands Ski Hill

Only small in size, this is a terrific hill for beginners,
children, or anyone who just wants to get runs in inside
city limits. Here is a hill that always opens right after
first snowfall. Hart Highlands Ski Hill is equipped with
11 machine groomed runs and the non-profit society
running it maintains it at a low cost for riders. Easy access
on bus routes, rentals, ski school, T-bar and night.
Don’t overlook this little treasure. You could be on the
hill from downtown in ten minutes….

Troll Ski Resort

With a focus on family fun, Troll Ski Resort has
earned it’s nickname as the “gold nugget” of British
Columbia ski resorts.

With two terrain parks, runs for skiers of all abilities
and four surface lifts, Troll Ski Resort is proud to
offer something for every member of the family from
the young beginner to the seasoned recreational adult
skier. There are numerous intermediate runs, a fabulous
beginner/teaching area and Black Diamond runs
for the seasoned thrill-seeker.The groomed and powder
runs at Troll Resort are covered with 100% pure and
natural mountain snow.

Troll Ski Resort is located 27 miles (44 km) east of
Quesnel, midway between Quesnel and the historic
towns of Wells and Barkerville on Highway 26.

Murray Ridge Ski Hill

A beauty site for downhill skiers and snowboarders,
Murray Ridge and is known for great powder rides and
sweet sunny days .

Murray Ridge Ski Hill is a great family oriented ski
hill located 6miles (10 km) north of Fort St. James,
and northwest of Prince George. From Prince George,
drive west on Hwy 16 to Vanderhoof. Go through town
continuing west until you reach the intersection of Hwy
27. Turn right and drive another 1/2 hour or so till Fort
St James - the Murray Ridge Ski Area will be that big
mountain behind town with all the runs - you really
can’t miss it!

Shames Mountain Ski

Situated in the Coastal Mountain range outside of
Terrace, Shames Mountain is worth the trip. With 1600
feet of vertical powder, insane backcountry and seemingly
untouched terrain, this mountain is a must for the
adventurous skier or snowboarder.

With the massive drops of powder and less line-ups,
this mountain offers full access to crazy amounts of
snow, tree skiing, steeps, big mountains or just powder.
This mountain boasts the most accumulated snow of
any ski hill in North America.

Shames Mountain is located in the Shames Valley of
Northwest BC, 22 miles (35 km) west of Terrace and
85 miles (137 km) east of Prince Rupert. Shames lies
13 km off Highway 16, between Terrace and Prince
Rupert. For booking info and weblinks to
these hills go to www.thescenepg.com

Published in What the ...
Monday, 25 February 2013 23:33

CFUR call to attention

CFUR, UNBC’s premiere (and only) campus radio station
is going to be assembling a Holiday album for sale
and distribution this late November-December.
Selected contributors’ pieces will be showcased
across Canada, as this cd will be a gift from CFUR to
community stations across the country.


All submissions must deal with themes of winter
holidays, winter activities, etc, including but not necessarily
limited to Christmas, Hannukah, New Year’s,
winter, snowflakes, too much eggnog and the like.
We’re looking for just about any genre. Punk rock,
metal, folk, pop, techno; whatever you’ve got, we want
it, holiday style. Go wild, experiment. It doesn’t have
to be happy. Make it honest, make it interesting, make
it funny. Your submission should reflect your view of
the holidays, creating an album that showcases a very
CFUR holiday season.


This is CFUR, for you, by you; how do you really feel

about the holidays? Make your track reflect all of the
wonderful dysfunctionality and unintentional good
cheer of the holiday season. Make it classic. Feel free
to use Public Domain classic holiday tracks (there are
lists on the internet) or to create your own original
piece.


This is a great opportunity to get your music played
at stations across Canada, so submit today! If you are
worried about the quality of your composition or a lack
of recording facilities, talk to us. CFUR will provide
recording facilities to all interested musicians, and
feedback about your song.


If interested (and you know you are) please email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with the header “HOLIDAY CD SUBMISSION”
or come to the office Mondays 10-5 and Thursdays
1-5, or contact Jordan at 250-960-7664. Tell your
friends, tell your neighbours, tell the Elvis impersonator
in front of Ave Maria’s.
Deadline November 20th.

Published in What the ...
Monday, 25 February 2013 23:06

The statistics: Not just another lost cause

Putting brothers together in a band can lead to
some interesting conflicts.

There’s the well-documented history of the Gallaghers
in Oasis, the crazy that ended up following the
Jackson 5, the recent tumult in Kings of Leon and the
list goes on.

But despite the band name, the brothers Yule are hoping
to overcome their sibling rivalry predecessors.
The current incarnation of The Statistics features Darby,
20, on guitar and vocals and Erin, 18, on the drums
along with Jake Olexyn (also with Faith in the Fallen) on
bass and Dan McIntyre also on guitar.

“I’ve always the thought the brother thing has really
helped it in a lot of ways. Luckily we’re close and we
have a lot of the same sort of views towards music and
writing… and I know a lot of bands that have the brothers
in it don’t,” said Erin.

“We fake fight a lot,” Darby supplied.
“That’s different,” Erin explained. “Slap fights.”
Music affects every part of their lifestyle, the brothers
explained. Whether they’re writing, playing, promoting
themselves or touring, they’re constantly in music mode.
“It’s what we’ve always wanted to do,” said Darby, the
group’s chief songwriter. Erin takes Darby’s material
and arranges it for the rest of the instruments.

And while making music has been a longtime
obsession, the Yules have just fallen
in love with the art of recording, having
recently laid down the tracks their debut
album Boy Who Would Be King in a professional
setting.

“A lot of people hate it, but it’s such a science,”
Erin said, describing music as having
an artistic and “nebulous” side where
the artist is trying to connect with the
audience, as well as having the technical
recording aspect where everyone involved
has to line up and hit their mark.
Though they hit the road hard in the
summer, during the winter The Statistics
will focus on writing and hopefully shooting
some videos, the brothers said.
And, they’ll be playing local shows as
often as they can. Coming from a punk
background, Statistics shows are lively
affairs.

“We want to reanimate live music,” Erin said, adding
the live element has “really taken a shot to the naughty
bits.”

To check out their music, visit The Statistics’ page on
www.facebook.com/statisticsband.

Published in Musicians
Monday, 25 February 2013 22:34

Small town DJs

If your ears work, you
can’t not have fun
at a Smalltown
DJs gig. That’s
a scientific fact.
Look it up.

 

The Canadian duo’s uncanny ability to make crowds
feel like schoolkids at recess stems naturally from their
focus on maximizing fun for themselves.

“We’re just out to consistently have the best time possible,”
says Pete Emes, who shares space behind the
decks with partner Mike Grimes. This fun maximization
philosophy is the unifying force behind the Smalltown’s
genre-warping club sets, which cover vast musical territory
but never veer from the good times vibe.

Smalltown DJs began in 1999, when Emes and Grimes
started playing records out together. Before long the
duo had launched Hai Karate, a weekly Thursday
smash-up that’s still going strong. Now in its twelfth
year, Hai Karate is a free-for-all dance party that borrows
a little from each of the scenes that shaped the
Smalltown sound: community hall punk rock, block
party hip-hop and early nineties rave.

The long-running night is now hosted at HiFi Club, the
Calgary nightspot that the Smalltowners opened with
a partner in 2005. In 2011, they added to their clubland
empire with Commonweath Bar & Stage, a much larger
venue that has already become a linchpin of Calgary’s
music scene.

When they’re not deejaying or tending to their businesses
in Calgary, you can usually find Smalltown
DJs on the road headlining shows and performing at
festivals throughout North America and Europe. You
can also find them on the airwaves. On Scion Radio,
Emes and Grimes host a bilingual radio show called “Le
Gros,” alongside fellow Canadian deejay, Neoteric. CBC
Radio 3 also called on the boys to deejay a set for its
inaugural podcast featuring all-Canadian electronic and
dance music.

At the same time, Smalltown DJs stay busy on the
production side of things, putting out dancefloor-friendly
music both as a duo and as members of Smalltown
Romeo, the trio they formed with Wax Romeo in 2010.
“Boom Ha,” Smalltown Romeo’s breakout single, was
recently featured in the box office hit The Sitter starring
Jonah Hill, and the trio has made a pile of notable
remixes, including ones that saw release on Fool’s Gold
records (owned in part by A-Trak) and Teenage Riot. As
a duo, Smalltown DJs have upcoming releases slated
for Top Billin, T&A Records, Sol Selectas, and Bigfoot
(their own label). Not surprisingly, the squad’s production
style resembles their approach to deejaying – polymorphous,
party-focused and pretension-free.

Smalltown DJs’ quest to maximize fun for themselves
and others is an ongoing saga. They continue to tour
relentlessly. Look for them in your town soon.

Published in Musicians
Monday, 25 February 2013 22:08

Fine feathered finds

A feather can signify many things - speed, truth, flight,
spirituality. But for Amanda George, a feather literally
holds a piece of someone dear to her.

Almost four years ago, George’s father passed away
and it was that loss which made her turn to her art as
an escape.

“I threw myself into what made me feel good and
what made me feel better,” she recalled.


George’s love of feathers grew from her immersion in
the summer music festival scene and her back bears a
feather tattoo containing her father’s ashes in the ink.

“That’s a really inspiring piece to me, because the
feather itself represents the lift off to spiritual creativity,
which I felt after I lost my father,” she said. “I was
kind of almost given this extra ‘oomph’ to take off with
my art.”

Though she worked through painting and wirewrapped
jewelry, George has latched on to her feather
appreciation as inspiration for what is quickly becoming
a burgeoning business.

“It’s just a hobby that really took off,” she said.
As the brain behind Orange U Creative, George has
created necklaces, earrings, headdresses and other
accessories that demonstrate her love for the steampunk
and Victoria-era aesthetic. Leather, lace, gears,
beads and more all come together to create something
unique and beautiful.

The 26-year-old web designer has found an audience
for her work not just locally, but also internationally
through her online store.

Her work has also broken the barrier between customer
and merchant and built friendships.

A connection through a mutual Facebook friend introduced
George to a woman in Saskatchewan who bought
a couple of her pieces. Shortly after that transaction,
the woman’s grandmother passed away. That connection
through mutual loss inspired her to send George
some of her late grandmother’s jewelry, which George
remade into new pieces.

“This meant so much to this girl, we became really
good online friends,” George said. The two met face to
face for the first time in October.

Throughout the holiday season, Orange U Creative
can be found at the city’s variety of craft fairs. George’s
work can also regularly be found at Topaz Bead Gallery,
Cruze salon and online via Facebook and the Orange U
Creative store on Etsy.com.

Published in Artists

The Gospel Singers at ECRA Present Remembering the First Easter At the Elder Citizens Recreation Centre 1692 Tenth Ave. Prince George, B.C Tel: 250-561- 9381 Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24th, at 2 p.m. Guest Soloist: Fred McLeod Instrumental Selections from “The Grounds Family” Admission: Adults $10.00 per person; children 5-12 years $5.00 Program followed by refreshments Tickets available at the office and also at the door

 

elders

Published in Musicians
Friday, 22 February 2013 00:50

Denise Godeau: Serenity in the sound

While art has always been a part of Denise
Godeau’s life, it wasn’t until her first experience
at Shambala that she found its soul.

Next summer will mark the Prince George resident’s
sixth excursion to the West Kootenays music festival, an
atmosphere that inspired Godeau to really throw herself
into the world of oils and acrylics.

“I found some pretty visionary art down there,” she
said.

In a way, the electronic dance music scene is reflected
in her work, paintings which are a blend of realist
figures in abstract environments.

Drawing for as long as she could hold a pencil,
Godeau was lured from cartoon and anime figures into
more lifelike likenesses.

“I was really inspired by figure work and trying to capture
someone’s spirit and essence in a painting,” she
said.

Godeau’s work has been seen around town at Nancy
O’s, in Victoria at Cabin 12 and on the web via her
Facebook page and personal website, denise godeau.

She credits Facebook with helping her really make
a name for herself and her art. Her fan page, Denise
Godeau’s Art and Designs, was set up in 2010 and has
more than 1,300 Likes.

The self taught artist, who describes painting as an
obsession, hasn’t limited herself to paint on canvas.

A recent graduate of College of New Caledonia’s
new media program, Godeau is a graphic designer
by trade and has delved into the digital art world
of Photoshop and tablet work.

She has also collaborated with
other local artists to step out from behind the canvas
and computer and in front on the camera lens.

“Photography and photoshoots are a fun side project,”
she said of her modeling shots, which began by
modeling jewelry and accessories for friend Amanda
George.

The collaborations bring new ideas and more exposure,
which all lead to a dream of being able to devote
herself to her art full time.

“That is definitely one of my biggest goals in life,”
Godeau said.

Published in Artists

Elder Citizens Recreation Association Welcomes you to the ECRA Drama Club’s presentation of “Laugh Away the Winter Blues” Friday, February 22nd at 7 pm Saturday, February 23rd at 2 pm Sunday, February 24th at 2 pm Tickets $10 each Tickets are available at the ECRA office and at the door 1692 Tenth Ave., Pr. Geo. 250-561-9381

Published in Events
Friday, 01 February 2013 18:25

Afternoon of fun! Rollerskating

Looking for something to do with the kids this Pro-D Day, February 1st? LA Promotions and the Prince George Roll-a-Dome are teaming up for an afternoon of fun! Rollerskating 11:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2-4 pm - $2.50 per session Inflatable Bouncers - 10-4 pm - $7.50 all day Laser Tag - $2.50 per game Hot dog, pop & chips - $2.50 Call us for more info 250-564-1943. Check us out on Facebook!

Published in Events

A little about me

ncoyne3Norm Coyne has been active in local arts, entertainment and promotions for 15 years. He developed the Scene PG to provide local artists and musicians with exposure as well as connect a broader audience to the events and talent Prince George has to offer.

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