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									            August 24, 2007        Vancouver’s Best Newsprint               Free!! For CITY, LIFE, and CuLTurE
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                                   ThE Spir iT of homE
                                                                               o    n August 1st, 2006, the Province ran a
                                                                               cover photo of the Marie Gomez building
                                                                               under the headline “HOUSE OF HORRORS.”
                                                                               The article portrayed the Downtown Eastside
                                                                               (DTES) residence as a “crack house” where
                                                                               “female addicts are tortured and their heads
                                                                               shaved for not paying drug debts.” Since
                                                                               then, in the hands of other horror-hungry
                                                                               papers, the building has cultivated a repu-
                                                                               tation as the worst residence on the Down-
                                                                               town Eastside.
                                                                                 The current reality of Marie Gomez, how-
                                                                               ever, is significantly different than what the
                                                                               available press indicates. Indeed, in June,
                                                                               Marie Gomez tenants banded together and
                                                                               initiated a massive clean-up effort to res-
                                                                               cue not only their building, but their rep-
                                                                               utation. Joined by friends and family of the
                                                                               DTES community, tenants have performed
                                                                               necessary upkeep and displayed a strong de-
                                                                               sire to combat in-house violence.
                                                                                 The effort is particularly impressive given
                                                                               that the residence’s final closure is immi-
                                                                               nent. Due to deep rotting in the walls, “you
                                                                               can’t make a case for repairing this build-
                                                                               ing,” says Kim Kerr, executive director of the
                                                                               Downtown Eastside Residents Association
                                                                               (DERA), who own and operate Marie Gomez.
                                                                               “We’re never going to overcome what’s be-
                                                                               hind the walls of this building.” Some ten-
                                                                               ants complain of respiratory problems due
                                                                               to black mould, and the estimated cost of re-
                                                                               pairing the building is $2.5 million.

                  N.W.TEENS * DuNcaN’S DimSum aDvENTurE
                                                                                     CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
             KNiTTiNg LibrariaNS * SooN i WiLL bE iNviNcibLE
                     LampLighTEr LoST * KicKiN’ piLLS

 sarah Buchanan finds order in
                                        Hungry HippoS!
                                          Jackie Wong moves beyond
                                                                             We have no internets!?
                                                                             Curtis Woloschuk gets out
                                          “blogging” to social news gath-
 garbage strike filth. P. 2                                                  of the house to see some
                                          ering and “crowdsourcing” P.10
                                                                             bands. P.11
                                                                                                                         Table of Contents
                                                                                   News                                                              nWT Cultural Exchange
  Vancouver’s Best Newsprint                                               P. 2    Watch Where you Stand in This Alley                       P. 7    Reanna Alder visits with some awesome kids
                                                                                   Sarah Buchanan                                                    from Fort Good Hope, NWT participating in a
                                                                                                                                                     north-south cultural exchange.
                           August 24, 2007
                                                                           P. 3    These Days
Tooth and Dagger is published monthly in the summer and                            Sean Orr’s infamous wit illuminates the news.                     Jobs 2.0: Hungy Hungry Hippos
distributed on Tuesdays.                                                                                                                     P. 10 Jackie Wong’s Jobs 2.0 continues with the
                                                                                                                                                   story of a Vancouver company with 18
                                                                                   Life                                                            employees and 97,000 contributors.
                                                                           P. 4    Sunday Morning Chowdown
Publisher Graeme Worthy
                                                                                   Duncan McHugh eats far, far too much
Creative Director Will Brown
News Editor Michael LaPointe michael@toothanddagger
                                                                                   dimsum.                                                           Music
                                                                                                                                                     Dancing With Myself About Architecture
Features Editor Reanna Alder
                                                                           P. 5    g33K!                                                     P. 11 After having made enemies at Telus, Curtis
Copy Editor Brock Thiessen
                                                                                   Chris Eng plots the path of pathos through                      Woloschuk daringly reveals his exact location
Alley Correspondant Sarah Buchanan sarahb@
                                                                                   comic history.                                                  for the next two weeks (we also publish a
                                                                                                                                                   photo of him).
                                                                           P. 10   Swallow
News Sean Orr, Sarah
                                                                                   Tooth and Dagger asks: “What are you taking                       Another one Bites The Dust
Buchanan · Life Duncan M. McHugh duncan@
                                                                                   and why?”                                                 P. 11 Quinn Omori laments our latest loss: the, Chris Eng chriseng@toothanddagger.
com · Music Curtis Woloschuk curtisw@toothanddagger.
com, Quinn Omori · Features Jackie Wong, Reanna Alder,
Mike LaPointe · Illustrations Eden Veaudry, Reanna Alder
                                                                           P. 8    Marie gomez
· Photos Oker Chen, Isaac Vallee, Nigel Boeur, Sarah
                                                                                   Michael LaPointe goes to the so-called “House
                                                                                   of Horrors” and finds that the tennants have
                                                                                   banded together to beat their bad reputation.
Thanks to all those listed above, and also: Zdenka and special
thanks to the Gods & the Earths.

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                                                                 Alley at Main and Union has become an informal garbage dump.                       Word and photos by Sarah Buchanan
                                                                 In the early days of the strike, it was      ly acceptable to dump your crap in the       made me uncomfortable. I believe this
                                                                 all about piles. Neat little mounds of       same place that other people have al-        is a problem of conceptual categories.
                                                                 individualized rubbish behind every          ready dumped their crap.                       Anthropologist Mary Douglas defines
                                                                 house. Now, crafty Vancouverites have          The Downtown Eastside, in particu-         dirt as “matter out of place.” Junk piles
                                                                 rallied their collective waste-manage-       lar, is suffering, perhaps due to the fact   are dirty, because they are things that
                                                                 ment abilities to create a new form of       that there was more crap there to begin      have no place. And dirty things make
                                                                 trash disposal, the Informal Neighbor-       with, therefore justifying the dumping       us uncomfortable, because they are pol-
                                                                 hood Trash Heap.                             of crap in greater volumes.                  luted, and cause sickness. “Dirt then,
                                                                   Examples of INTH’s can be found              These piles may be scary to the aver-      is never a unique, isolated event,” she
                                                                 on almost every block, but some ar-          age Vancouverite, but many are actual-       states. “Where there is dirt there is a
                                                                 eas have been hit harder by vigilante        ly quite safe, and worthy of exploration.    system. Dirt is the by-product of a sys-
                                                                 “dump and run” tactics, amassing im-         “This is not a health risk,” says Viviana    tematic ordering and classification of
                                                                 pressively large and intricate crap piles.   Zanocco, Media Relations officer of Van-     matter, in so far as ordering involves re-
                                                                 In an exhaustive bicycle survey of Van-      couver Coastal Health. “It’s mostly non-     jecting inappropriate elements.”
         Cover Image: david Becker., photo by oker Chen
                                                                 couver’s back alleys, Tooth and Dagger       perishables, because the organic waste         In the absence of garbage authori-
                                                                 has discovered that our city’s residents     is getting picked up commercially.”          ty, we have now adopted a systematic
                                                                 seem to agree on one thing: it is total-       Still, wading through piles of junk
                                                                                                                                                                                       dirt p. 3 >>
     2   august 24, 2007    tooth and Dagger
                                 face stench and rats. Hmm,      I’ll give you a fucking poll             Lethal Force
 These Days                      I wonder if it’s maybe the
                                 same parts that “might” be
                                                                 City polling its residents
                                                                 about views on strike. What?
                                                                                                          Witnesses say VPD shot
                                                                                                          ‘fleeing suspect’. Well, in
                                 facing epidemic levels of       City using the money its                 all fairness, he had a chain.
                                 Native alcoholism, overdos-     saving on trash collection,              And pepper spray is useless
                                 es, homelessness, HIV and       while the DTES continues                 against chains. Same with
                                 Hep C?                          to rot, to fucking POLL peo-             tasers.
                                                                 ple? Pick up a fucking paper
                                 No Wards, eh?                                                            War on kids
                                                                 Sam. People aren’t stoked on
                                 City accepting trash in yard                                             “Super annoying” Mosqui-
                                                                 the fucking strike. PERIOD.
                                 trimming bins. Basically so                                              to used to drive off loitering
        Sean Orr                 Sam can continue to im-         Alms crossed                             teens. Sweet, now we can
                                 press his Kitsilano base by     Va n c o u v e r r e s t r i c t i n g   get them in the alleys doing
  Vancouver’s news for
                                 holding out on the big bad      church’s mission to help                 crimes where they belong.
      the month.
                                 unions, while the bubonic       poor, charges pastor. Awe-               Will it also take care of those
                                 plague is about to erupt in     some, so not only are we                 skateboarders? Those hooli-
 Then There Was One
                                 the DTES like it was 1333.      going to not help the poor,              gans keep me up all night
 And the strike wears on
                                 I saw a rat yesterday that      we’re going to make it im-               ever since I moved next to
 with White Rock the latest
                                 was lining up to get on the     possible for you to help the             the Georgia Viaduct.
 to negotiate successfully.
                                 #3 Main, dude didn’t even       poor. No, no, don’t feed
 City of Vancouver Press Re-                                                                              Cough, Campaign Contri-
                                 pay.                            them. We need a whole
 lease: “Members of our team                                                                              bution, Cough.
                                                                 bunch of them to die by a
 are tired and they’re angry,”   Why don’t they just take                                                 Toll revenues beckon to
                                                                 certain date in a few years
 said City spokesperson Jer-     their trash down to the                                                  shortlisted builders of Port
                                                                 time, that’s what we’re try-
 ry Dobrovolny. Aww poor         club?                                                                    Mann project. “That pro-
                                                                 ing to with the whole gar-
 Jerry is tired from saying no   The Arbutus Club is of-                                                  cess is slated to get under-
                                                                 bage thing, geeze.
 all the time. Hey, you know     fering to take two bags of                                               way next month, with a call
 what, I get tired after work    members’ garbage twice a        Me and Sullivan down by                  for public comment. But the
 too. Talking to the unions IS   week for a fee of $5, accord-   the Schoolyard                           B.C. Liberals are treating
 YOUR FUCKING JOB. Now           ing to a members-only web-      While Vancouver to emu-                  the outcome as a near-inev-
 sign a 5 year deal asshole.     site. Arbutus Club members      late Guiliani’s New York                 itability, having already ad-
                                 have their residential trash    crackdown. The pimps and                 vised potential bidders that
 Weird, Random Pattern
                                 removed. Well, you got-         the pushers and the prosti-              “certification is anticipated
                                 ta hand it to the steadfast-    tutes and the junkies better             by early 2008.” Relax bud-
 Meanwhile, according to
                                 ness of those giggling, rich    make a break for Harlem                  dy, didn’t you know that de-
 News 1130: Some areas of
                                 cunts at the Arbutus Club.      (North Burnaby). He’s also               mocracy, accountability, and
 Vancouver kept clean, oth-
                                 What a great piece of sheer     going to clean up Times                  open-government are bad
 er parts may face stench
                                 fuck-offery.                    Square again, just for fun,              for the bidding process?
 and rats. Other parts “may”
                                                                 then copyright it.

>> dirt p. 2
 approach to dealing with junk. It goes
 like this: Once a thing is placed in an
 alley, it is out of place, and dirty. And
 once there is a single piece of dirt,
 however small, the space around the
 dirt becomes “dirty.” Dirt belongs with
 other dirt, because things must go into
 neat categories and remain orderly.
 Junk, therefore, belongs with other
 junk. Hence, the Informal Neighbor-
 hood Trash Heaps.
   Once we have established areas of
 dirt, these areas become “polluted,”
 and we avoid them. Kirsten Seale ex-
 plores this idea in a study of trash
 heaps in England. “This is the para-
 dox of refuse; our sense of order de-       Fig. 1—disorderly; this junk is disgusting once it no longer has a home
 pends upon it, yet in affluent society
                                             defined as dirty, while dirt in other           substance-abuse problems, is always
 we are anxious about confronting it.”
                                             neighborhoods has been deemed un-               difficult to keep clean.” Although this
 In casting out our junk, we feel some-
                                             acceptable. What would happen if                may be true, I find it hard to believe
 how cleaner.
                                             Kitsilano residents woke up to find ro-         that the recent accumulation of mat-
   Recent media coverage of the mount-
                                             dent families scurrying through piles           tresses and used furniture were creat-
 ing garbage reflects this urge to define
                                             of used needles? Would the strike then          ed by the homeless.
 what is clean, what is dirty, and where
                                             be a health risk?                                 Let us now examine some piles of
 this dirt is allowed to exist.
                                               To add insult to injury, the headline         trash.
   In an article describing the filth in
                                             reads “City Strike No Sweat, Unless               This alley off Gore St. (Fig. 1) caught
 an alley off Hastings, the National Post
                                             You’re a Manager.” Or...unless you live         my eye immediately. I stopped, bicy-
 quoted a city manager as saying “that’s
                                             in the Downtown Eastside, and appar-            cle in one hand, camera in the other,
 just normal here. I’d venture to say the
                                             ently don’t read the National Post.             to frame an assortment of mattresses
 rest of the city is cleaner than usual.”
                                               The Globe and Mail has been slightly          and televisions. A man’s voice project-
 What he is actually saying is, the dirt
                                             more sensitive in their coverage, men-          ed from behind me: “Disgusting, isn’t
 in the Downtown Eastside is accept-
                                             tioning that “the impoverished com-             it?” My first reaction was to agree.
 able trash because it has already been
                                             munity, with its homelessness and               In terms of hygeine, however, this

                                                                                                                       junk p. 4 >>
                                                                                                                                            tooth and Dagger   august 24, 2007   3
                                                                                                                                                                             A B R u n c h R e vI e w

                                                                                                                                                                 Sunday Morning
                                                                                                                                                                               Duncan M. McHugh
                                                                                                                                                                 Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                 3888 Main Street at 23rd

                                                                                                                     photo Sarah Buchanan
  idle hands...
 “We are used to keeping busy,” says diana, a striking auxiliary worker for the VPL . Clothing knit during the strike, where library workers
 are still negotiating for pay equity, will be given away at the Carnegie Library. Eventually.
                                                                                                                                                                 Having only been out for dim sum once before, I was ex-
>> junk p. 3                                                                                                                                                     cited when a friend invited me along on a trip to her fa-
                                                                                                                     make them clean. I like this neighbor-      vourite dim sum place. Judging by the crowd, Sun Sui
assortment of junk was relatively                                                                                    hood. They respect cameras,        Wah is many people’s favourite dim sum place.
harmless.                                                                                                            no locks, and I respect them by keep-         For those who have never been to dim sum before, the
  “Disgust is the product of conceptu-                                                                               ing it clean. Actually, in construction     meal consists of small dishes—often dumplings—that are
al trauma,” states David Trotter in The                                                                              areas, the biggest thing is to wear a       ordered from carts that servers tour around the restaurant
Anatomy of Disgust. Perhaps the loca-                                                                                hard hat and boots. Then they leave         and serve with tea. Though the dishes are small, it’s pret-
tion of the junk outside the dumpster                                                                                me alone.”                                  ty easy to overdo it; the spectre of painful gluttony looms
was too much for this man to handle,                                                                                   My own categories of junk and not-        large.
and violated his sense of appropriate                                                                                junk are still defined heavily by loca-       The staff at Sun Sui Wah are incredibly efficient. As soon
space. In all likelihood, this man has Fig. 2—mike’s hands                                                           tion, and proximity to other junk. I        as you sit down, the tea and dumplings start to arrive and
both a broken TV and an old mattress      “Extension cords.” He pointed to his                                       can spend hours pointing out the falla-     soon as you’re done the dishes are cleared and the bill
somewhere in his basement that are cart.                                                                             cy in disgust, yet hesitate when reach-     arrives. While this level of service may have more to do
not “disgusting,” simply by virtue of     A quick scan of Mike’s things re-                                          ing out to shake Mike’s hand, which         with the exigencies of capitalism (fast service means fast-
their location inside the category of vealed a scattering of wires, comput-                                          had just been digging through comput-       er meals, which means more customers) than it does with
acceptable junk.                        er parts, and an IBM laptop. I assumed                                       er parts. Afterwards I looked down at       pleasing customers, I admire it tremendously. On a Sunday
  These are Mike’s hands (Fig. 2) I met his good fortune must be a result of                                         my own hands, covered in bike grease,       morning, I want to eat, not mess around with pleasantries
him in a wide, well-kept alley between the garbage strike.                                                           and had to laugh. We are all disgusting     and wait for food.
4th and 5th Ave. near Ontario. The        “Not really,” he said. “Around here                                        when we stand next to junk.                   And the food did not disappoint, coming as fast and fu-
third dumpster in looked profitable - it’s all commercial pickup, so I find                                            After all of this exploring and rooting   rious as it did. We ordered a number of dishes, almost too
I had been eyeing it myself until Mike the same things as before.”                                                   around, I took only one thing from the      many to keep track of. There was beef in noodle, pork and
pulled up with a shopping cart and a      I noted the relative cleanliness of the                                    mounds of displaced rubbish: a giant        shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork in phyllo, spring rolls, pot-
backpack.                               alley, and Mike looked around him                                            golden tin plate bearing a large roost-     stickers, crispy tofu and some steamed gai lan, a veggie
  “Anything good today?” I asked.       with pride. “I see things messy, and I                                       er and the words, “Take Courage.”           dish to balance the meal. My favourite dish was the spicy
                                                                                                                                                                 beef shortribs.
                                                                                                                                                                   Our most adventurous dish was a plate of small octopus-
 passive aggressive alleyway combat near 15th ave.                                                                                                               es, lightly sautéed in soy sauce. The flesh was succulent
                                                                                                                                                                 and not chewy as I had feared it might be. I definitely rec-
                                                                                                                                                                 ommend it.
                                                                                                                                                                   I also recommend saving room for dessert, something sad-
                                                                                                                                                                 ly missing from most of my brunches. I started off with
                                                                                                                                                                 a hollow, warm sesame bun, followed it up with tapioca
                                                                                                                                                                 pudding with red bean paste, chased that with a whipped
                                                                                                                                                                 cream-stuffed crepe and finished off with mango custard.
                                                                                                                                                                 It was an awesome finish to a great meal.
                                                                                                                                                                   Be warned, however, it’s not cheap. I didn’t see any prices
                                                                                                                                                                 displayed and we went a bit wild. While I certainly feel that
                                                                                                                                                                 I got my money’s worth, it was a bit more than I expected.

                                                                                                                                                                 Price: $22.50
   There is a battle going on in this alley up near 15th Ave.                                      On closer investigation, a forceful note reveals the ten-     Lineup: Ten minutes with a reservation (reservation
 I imagine it began as one small pile of trash, which gave                                       sion lurking in the crap pile. Will the dumper suffer con-      recommended)
 the green light to other trash-leavers, until it acquired the                                   sequences, or will the note-leaver suffer counter-charges       Vegetarian options: Limited, but possible
 conceptual category of “garbage dump.”                                                          of poor sentence structure and excessive punctuation?           Dim Sum served 10am-3pm

 4    august 24, 2007      tooth and Dagger


                                                                                    Chris Eng
                                                                                                                         _In what must be the most ill-conceived of
                                                                                                                         the latest bout of movie remakes (and believe
                                                                     It was 20 years ago that Alan Moore and
                                                                                                                         me, I don’t say that lightly), Warner Brothers
                                                                     Dave Gibbons created Watchmen and de-
                                                                                                                         has convinced itself it would be a good idea
                                                                     stroyed, nearly at a stroke, the universe of
                                                                                                                         to remake Enter the Dragon. Yeah, because
                                                                     superheroes we had built up over the 40
                                                                                                                         there’s so many martial artists out there that
                                                                     years previous. Costumed crusaders were no

Happy Second Birthday,
                                                                                                                         have the charm, panache, physical fitness
                                                                     longer light-hearted and comical, they were
                                                                                                                         and moves of Bruce Lee. There is only one
                                                                     dark-hearted and held secrets as great and
                                                                                                                         way this could possibly turn out well: cast
                                                                     word-shattering as their powers. Watchmen
                                                                                                                         Tony Jaa in it. And if they do that, they might

 Regional Assembly of Text.
                                                                     deconstructed and reshaped the way we see
                                                                                                                         as well just let Tony Jaa do Tony Jaa stuff, ex-
                                                                     our heroes; innocence was no longer a part
                                                                                                                         cept then we’d just end up with Ong-Bak or
                                                                     of who they were—our saviors would hence-
                                                                                                                         Tom-Yum-Goong, which we already have, so
                                                                     forth and forever be as scarred as we.
                                                                                                                         there’s no need to remake it. Ta-da!
                                                                     In his book Soon I Will Be Invincible (Pantheon),
                                                                                                                         _Due to concerns about the inclusion of cer-
                                                                     Alan Grossman has updated the heroes and
                                                                                                                         tain characters and their copyright status in
                                                                     antiheroes birthed by the rise of Watchmen
                                                                                                                         various countries, Alan Moore’s forthcom-
                                                                     and its imitators, and surprisingly, turned the
                                                                                                                         ing book The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
 Love,                                                               entire genre on its head. Instead of imagining
                                                                                                                         The Black Dossier will only be available in the
                                                                     superheroes inhabiting our world, with our
                                                                                                                         US. Unless, that is, you have access to Ama-
                                                                     moral ambiguities and ever-dwindling supply
                                                                                                                or any store in the States willing to
                                                                     of people to look up to, Grossman has put us
                                                                                                                         ship books up north. I suppose DC is cover-
                                                                     in their world, allowing us to see what nor-
                                                                                                                         ing their ass by doing this, but seriously—I’ve
                                                                     mal people would be like if they happened
                                                                                                                         seen more effective embargoes involving the
                                                                     to be struck by cosmic rays/bitten by a radio-
                   The Regional Assembly of Text                     active animal/fallen from another planet/etc.
                                                                                                                         internet and saying ‘please’.
                   3934 main St.                                                                                         _And finally, if you think I’m not giving you
                                                                     What it would be like if you were a nearly-in-
                   (604) 877 - 2247                                                                                      the daily dose of g33kiness that you need
                                                                     vincible super-villain from the ‘60s who just
                                                                                             (which would seem to imply you’re not
                                                                     happened to be the smartest man on Earth
                                                                                                                         spending enough time in close proximity to
                                                                     (like Doctor Impossible). What it would be
                                                                                                                         me), I encourage you to check out Morgan
                                                                     like if you were a souped-up cyborg from the
                                                                                                                         Webb’s new g33ky news vlog at WebbAlert.
                                                                     ‘90s struggling to make it as a second-tier
                                                                                                                         com. Because, let’s face it, we all need hot la-
                                                                     hero named Fatale.
                                                                                                                         dies to talk nerdy to us once in a while (or
                           LECTURE-OKE!!                             And if the characters in Watchmen were us,
                                                                                                                         four times a week).

  Presents:                                                          they were the side of us trying to come to
                                                                     grips with a sudden lack of heroes we could
                                                                                                                         JUST RELEASED:
                          Sun, Sept 2 @ Hoko’s                       believe in. If the characters in SIWBI are us,
                                                                     they are the part of each of us that strug-
                                                                                                                         As time marches on, the thrill of cracking
                                                                                                                         your copy of Deathly Hallows at 12:01am
                                                                     gles to make it through the day, to reconcile
                                                                                                                         wears off and owning a DVD copy of 300 isn’t
                                                                     the choices we’ve made in our lives with the
                                                                                                                         what it was a couple of weeks ago (not after
                                                                     things we’ve given up. The dysfunctionality
                                                                                                                         watching it a dozen times, anyway). What’s a
                                                                     in Watchmen is monstrous, despair-inducing
                                                                                                                         self-respecting g33k to do? Brace yourself for
                                                                     and emotionally crippling; the despair in
                                                                                                                         the next wave of stuff that you need to own.
                                                                     SIWBI is human, embarrassingly familiar and
                                                                                                                         Okay, maybe you don’t need to own the Doc-
                                                                     mundanely neurotic. And yet, to see charac-
                                                                                                                         tor Strange cartoon DVD, but you know you
                                                                     ters with the power to shape the universe
                                                                                                                         want to see him lay the smack down on Mor-
                                                                     and know they have problems with relation-
          Less singing,                                              ships is incredibly comforting, because they
                                                                                                                         do with the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak. You
          more orating!                                                                                                  also want to see the Aqua Teen Hunger Force
                                                                     no longer fly above us. Through Grossman’s
                                                                                                                         Colon Movie Film for Theaters—even after
                                                                     words, he has let us know that all of them—
                                                                                                                         the mediocre reviews—because it’s got Carl
                                                                     every single hero and villain—are filled with
                                                                                                                         and the Mooninites in it, and one of them
                                                                     the same foibles and emotional detritus that
                                                                                                                         will likely lay the smack down on the oth-
                                                                     molds every one of us. They are Peter Parker
                                                                                                                         er (though perhaps not with the Crimson
                                                                     striking out with the ladies; they are Lex Lu-
                                                                                                                         Bands). If you want to pretend to be a faer-
                                                                     thor holding all the aces and somehow nev-
                                                                                                                         ie who lays the smack down on the human
                                                                     er managing to win.
                                                                                                                         race (and other faeries), you’ll be wanting
                                                                     And in that regard, Grossman has given us an
                                                                                                                         to pick up the new White Wolf roleplaying
                                                                     admittedly not perfect, but humble portrait
                                                                                                                         game Changeling: The Lost, and if you want
                                                                     of those who would save and destroy us. They
                                                                                                                         to proclaim your love for Satan while not re-
                                                                     may be able to craft a doomsday machine ev-
                                                                                                                         linquishing your Wednesday trip to the com-
                                                                     ery other week, but in the dark of the night
                                                                                                                         ic shop you’ll want your very own copy of
                                                                     they wonder if they could have done it all
                                                                                                                         Superman #666. After you’re done all that,
Bring a speech to cover, or choose from our lecture-oke selection.   differently, and somehow, weirdly, that is re-
                                                                                                                         go home, turn off the lights, play Bioshock
           5 minute max. Talking at 7. 362 Powell. $5.               assuring.
                                                                                                                         (PC and Xbox) and let its 12 layers of creepi-
                                                                                                                         ness lay the smack down on your sanity.

                                                                                                                                       tooth and Dagger   august 24, 2007   5

   nWt cultural exchange
   by Reanna Alder photos Nigel Boeur

   A     ccording to an old adage, there are two
         kinds of stories: Someone Goes on a Journey and A
   Stranger Comes to Town. The sly implication, of course, is
                                                                     Tracie, 15
                                                                      [I was looking forward to] the trees. I heard the trees were
                                                                                                                                       Kyle, 17
                                                                                                                                         Been around lots of murders, stabbings. Lot of drinking,
                                                                    really huge [down here] so I really wanted to see them. The        lot of fights. A couple weeks ago some guy pulled a gun on
   that there is, ultimately, one story with two points of view,
                                                                    canoeing I didn’t like so much because I fell in. The funnest      me, a shotgun, he’s pulled the trigger but then there’s noth-
   and that story is about an encounter with the unknown.
                                                                    thing? Playland. But it wasn’t that scary. It wasn’t as scary      ing in there. I started laughing at him. My cousin took that
     The saying came to mind a few months back when a
                                                                    as [the West] Edmonton [mall].                                     gun away, smoked him up like that with the shotgun, back
   friend of my brother’s said he was going on an exchange
                                                                                                                                       handle like right here, knocked out that guy, put that gun
   to the North West Territories in October. There, he would
                                                                                                                                       back in its case. Tried to pull the trigger right in my face.
   learn to kill and clean a goose. Meanwhile, the kids from
                                                                                                                                       I knew there was nothing, cause we checked it before, eh,
   NWT were looking forward to a Wal-Mart expedition.
                                                                                                                                       cause there’s lots of drinking. People go crazy. If you hurt
     Fort Good Hope, NWT (pop. 600) is a huddle of log build-
                                                                                                                                       someone, if they’re drunk, they’re just going to want to
   ings on the eastern shore of the MacKenzie River, 20 km
                                                                                                                                       hurt you, even try to kill you.
   south of the Arctic Circle. In summer the town is accessi-
                                                                                                                                         But mostly people are gonna settle down since last year.
   ble by air and river; in winter the ice road opens.
                                                                                                                                       Last year there was too much gambling, drinking. Like eight
     The ten Fort Good Hope teens took their nine-day south-
                                                                                                                                       people died in one month. My grannie told all the people in
   ern soujourn in mid-August. I visited with them and their
                                                                                                                                       Fort Good Hope: Stop drinking, stop gambling. Slow down
   Vancouver “twins” while they did some gardening at the
                                                                                                                                       it down. You’re just bringing yourself down.
   UBC farm. Other activities included a photo scavenger hunt
                                                                                                                                         No place like Good Hope. I’m gonna stay there for the rest
   and journalism workshop (results to appear in Redwire
                                                                                                                                       of my life. Represent Fort Good Hope. Can go everywhere,
   magazine), a football game, numerous trips to the beach
                                                                                                                                       man, visit everyone, talk to everyone, see how they’re do-
   and, yes, shopping at Wal-Mart.
                                                                                                                                       ing. See if they’re doing bad, and if I have some grass, give
     Run by the Purple Thistle Centre, an East Van free school,
                                                                                                                                       it to them and make them happy. Take their mind off of
   and funded by the YMCA, this is the third such exchange
                                                                                                                                       something. And prayers, eh? If something’s real bad with
   in the last five years.
                                                                                                                                       your friend, like really bad, can’t do nothing? Always pray
     Consider this ‘A stranger comes to town’.
                                                                                                                                       for him every night. Tell God to help ‘em out.

  Mark Douglas (Vancouver Group Leader)
    What’s different about this exchange is that our organi-
  zation only goes to Fort Good Hope. It’s about relationship
  building with the community. If you go once and never
  come back, it’s a purely touristic experience. You check it
  off your list: ‘I’ve visited the north, I’ve visited Quebec and
  the Maritimes, I’m really a Canadian now.’
    The way our societies are structured, it’s not very natu-
  ral for native kids and white kids to hang out together, and
  there’s not a lot of real understanding in the south about
  what it means to be in the north.
    We want to get past tolerance, past understanding, to a
  bit more respectfully ‘I get what the problems are, [I get]
  how little I understand.’
    Colonialism is still an active [force]. They are still living
  through it, we are still living in it. History hasn’t stopped.
  Even though white people haven’t been in the North for            Denise, 15
  nearly as long as they were in the East. It’s such a com-           [At Metrotown I bought] t-shirts, a skirt, purse, a neck-
  pressed history, that whole contact-to-present-day time-          lace, shoes, and flip flops. [At Wal-Mart] I only bought one t-
  line.                                                             shirt and lots of nail polish. [Other people got] a face mask,
    [Frank T’Seleie] told me, ‘the last time I took a dog team      like for your pimples, and nail polish, jeans, t-shirts, skirts,
  on the trap line and hunt was 1975. And then we had elec-         dresses, and those little pins.
  tricity by 1980. By 1985 everybody had phones. And then             I’d like to stay here some more. I don’t want to live [in
  in 1990, we had television, satellite TV, and videos.’ They       Good Hope] when I get older. Probably live somewhere else
  had an entire century of technological development drop           in the North West Territories.
  on them in about 15 years.                                          When we get back I’ll go to the field. [There is] a big dance
    All of us collectively, in our part of the exchange, proba-     they have every two years. It’s already started; we’re miss-
  bly haven’t had the tragedy and grief visit them that one of      ing it. A lot of people go there. There’s dancing, they have
  [the northern] kids has. We have kids that have witnessed         a cook-up site, and they play hand games, the gambling,
  relatives kill each other in front of them.                       and three legged race.
                                                                                                                                        Sam, 17
    You never know. That’s the other thing. The first year            If I could make one wish? To live long. My cousin Yvonne
                                                                                                                                         Kyle was talking about how when he went out and shot
  there wasn’t any Good Hope girls who would go in the              she got sick, and my friend Sarah she got [in a] plane crash.
                                                                                                                                       moose they would cut it up and skin it and gut it right
  ocean and the guys were out there right away. We went             August 16th will be one year.
                                                                                                                                       there, like right in the middle of the woods they cut off it’s
  ‘okay.’ So this year we’re telling the families, ‘The girls
                                                                                                                                       head and then chop off all its limbs. They take out all it’s
  might be more modest and not go out.’ And who’s staying
                                                                                                                                       innards and put them out in the woods where there’s lots
  behind this time? It’s all the guys staying behind. So you
                                                                                                                                       of animals. I can’t imagine shooting something and butch-
  know, we don’t know what we’re talking about. We try to
                                                                                                                                       ering it right there. It would still be warm.
  show them stuff that we think is fun.

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Sam & Lucy, 17                                                                                                              Cara, 15
  Lucy: Suzette [Amaya] came in to give a workshop and                                                                       I’m moving to Fort Smith. I got accepted into a leader-
she asked everyone if we knew when [National] Aboriginal                                                                   ship program for the whole school year. I go back to Good
Day was, and nobody knew. It was kind of embarrassing.                                                                     Hope for Christmas break and spring break.
It’s not like it’s something new, we just never included                                                                     I will come back [to Vancouver] when I’m older, for uni-
ourselves in it.                                                                                                           versity. I want to become a cook, or a carpenter. But I’ll
  By studying other cultures you really learn about your                                                                   move back to the north. What do I love about the north?
own. Like how much we blab. We talk so much.                                                                               The food, the natural food. Sometimes people go out hunt-
                                                                                                                           ing for the community. They bring caribou, fish. And dry
 Sam: The stuff we’ve been doing is pretty cool, but I’m                                                                   goose, but you can’t eat too much because it’s really rich.
most excited about just being a part of the exchange.                                                                      There’s also blueberries, raspberries, knuckle berries.
Hanging out with these guys.                                                                                                 I want to move back to Good Hope and start up a busi-
                                                                                                                           ness. A cafe or something, because there’s no cafe or any-
                                                                                                                           thing like that. And probably start a family.

                                                                                                                           Clara Kelly (FGH Youth Worker)
                                                                                                                             In a city, you have to race against time. Everything’s so
                                                                                                                           spread out. You race from one store to another and try to
                                                               We get paid once we cash in our furs, so we’re not broke    be home by a certain time. At home its different. In the
                                                             all the time; martin, bear, muskrat, wolverine, lynx, all     summer you have 24-hour daylight. Half the time the kids
                                                             those type of furs. Maybe thirty percent of the time in       are up till three, four o’clock in the morning. But I don’t
                                                             the winter is hunting. We play hockey, and go up to the       think most of them are gonna want to leave yet.
                                                             gym to play other sports like soccer, floor hockey, basket-
                                                             ball, volleyball.
                                                               In the north you’re free most of the time. You get to
                                                             do whatever you want. Once you come down to the city
                                                             it’s full of laws, paperwork and stuff like that. We’re not
                                                             used to living on concrete ground. We get lots of fresh air
                                                             back at home.
                                                               I’m planning to come back down here for school, to Cap-
                                                             ilano [College]. Try to become an environmentalist and
                                                             once I’m done that go for a trade, try to build up my skill
                                                             level, and then start a small business. Probably help kids
                                                             in school, see what they’re comfortable in. Some kids are
                                                             used to staying in town, working on skidoos and stuff. Me-
                                                             chanics and carpentry. Other kids are used to going out on
                                                             the land most of the time. Environmental work would be
                                                             good for them cause they know the land, the landscape,
                                                             know how to read maps. What needs to be protected? Ev-
                                                             erything. The world is a small world and nobody takes the
Ian (FGH Youth Leader)                                       time to travel to different areas. We only have so much
  What do I love about the north? Everything. Mostly just    resources here.
the winters. That’s when the winter road opens up so we        I would like to see more cities, like Miami. I want to
get to travel back and forth through towns, and there’s no   check out the beach, and all the different types of trees,
bugs. Going hunting too, that’s fun in the winter.           and other cultural backgrounds.
                                                                                                                                                                         photo isaac vallee

                  Marie Gomez
                  cleaning party
        >> continued from front cover                                                                                              by Michael LaPointe photos Oker Chen

         M       arie Gomez will close for good at mid-
                 night on October 31st, and by then, roughly 50
         tenants need to be relocated. Due to the “House of Hor-
                                                                      opened it for those classified “hard to house.” One of his
                                                                      jobs is to empty out vacant suites and board them up to
                                                                      prevent further occupation. Over the past seven weeks,
                                                                                                                                     When certain tenants were unable to help due to
                                                                                                                                   health issues, drug abuse, or simply old age, their neigh-
         rors” reputation, however, tenants are having a tough        Kenmuir says, “We’ve thrown out about 20,000 pounds          bours came in and cleaned for them. “The effort has be-
         time finding landlords who will take them in. “The rep-      of garbage.” Thanks to tenants like him, the once-lit-       come very family oriented,” says Driuna. “People have
         utation of Marie Gomez is the greatest hindrance to re-      tered hallways are finally clean.                            made friends in the house, when before everyone was
         locating people,” says Kerr, “and we’re not going to put       Mike Kanouse is a neighbour of the Marie Gomez build-      like a stranger.”
         them on the street, which means we’re in for a hard          ing on Alexander Street. As a friend of the tenants, he        Of course, it’s impossible to claim that Marie Gomez
         few months.”                                                 comes regularly to lend a hand. The tenants have initi-      has completely eradicated its problems. Located on the
           The Province feature is the most infamous example of       ated a major fumigation process to ensure they don’t         corner of Alexander Street and Princess Drive, the resi-
         Marie Gomez’s bad press. Yet even publications sympa-        bring unwanted pests to their future homes. Among oth-       dence is an ideal location for drug trafficking and pros-
         thetic to the DTES cause have paid greater attention to      er things, Kanouse helps detect and dispose of the infest-   titution. Drug dealers remain a presence in the building,
         its ugly side, perpetuating a negative image of tenants      ed wood. When asked why he labours for a building that       and substance abuse is rampant. As a result, emergen-
         whose access to future housing depends upon their pub-       isn’t his, Kanouse smiles. “It keeps you out of trouble.”    cy service is called to Marie Gomez hundreds of times a
         lic portrayal. As recently as August of this year, for ex-     “We have about six outside neighbours who hang out         year, and 20-hour-a-day security monitoring is necessary
         ample, published an article describing       and help,” says Sabrina Driuna, an on-site worker and        to maintain a minimum level of safety.
         Marie Gomez as “overrun with drug dealers, violence,         advocate with DERA. She’s amazed at the level of com-          But for press to focus on the building’s criminal is-
         crime and disease,” citing a source who generalised the      mitment shown by Marie Gomez residents. “These ten-          sues is to marginalise the many tenants of Marie Gomez
         tenant population as “crack heads.”                          ants have walked a long way to get where they are today.     who are proud to call it home. Indeed, it’s the tenants
           “A lot of tenants get pissed off about the reputation,”    They’ve done all of the work. They’ve brought this place     themselves who have shown the only willingness to res-
         says Kerr. “They don’t like what they read. They don’t       back.”                                                       cue the building from squalor. With only a small budget
         believe it to be true, and they live here.”                    Since the clean-up effort was initiated, the tenants       for maintenance and no government agency prepared
           The truly monumental clean-up effort suggests that         have given the building’s electrical system a complete       to lend aid, the immense task of upkeep has fallen
         a very different kind of tenant occupies Marie Gomez.        overhaul, reinstalled hallway lights, fixed holes in the     upon them, and they’ve picked up the challenge, says
         Rick Kenmuir, forty-seven years old, was the first tenant    walls, replaced door handles, and brought the build-         Driuna, “because they want to show the landlords out
         to move back into Marie Gomez when, in 2003, DERA re-        ing up to fire code standards, to name just a few of the     there that they care about their homes and respect their

    8   august 24, 2007   tooth and Dagger

landlords.”                                                      erwise they would be unable to staff the building and per-
  Where these tenants will end up come November is cur-          form maintenance. “Realistically, we need three people per
rently DERA’s primary concern. It’s Driuna’s task to find        shift, not just one,” says Kerr. “Otherwise, you can’t assure
homes for all the tenants paying rent, and she’s even taken      the safety people need.”
it upon herself to relocate Marie Gomez’s squatters.               Which is one further reason why the tenants have decid-
  Kim Kerr feels confident that the relocation effort will be    ed to rescue their building from the grassroots. In a city
successful, and in a surprising move, he praises BC Hous-        where trained and willing staff are scarce, and aid non-ex-
ing’s handling of the situation. “They’ve worked really hard     istent, the tenants have resolved that the best way to help
with us on this building,” he says. “They appreciate the pre-    is to help themselves.
dicament we’re in.” Adds Driuna, “In this case, BC Hous-           When Marie Gomez closes on Hallowe’en night, the lega-
ing and the City have been very mature about [the subject        cy its tenants want to leave behind is not a tragic one. After
of ] poverty.”                                                   many years of the worst conditions in Vancouver, they’re         This page, clockwise from top left: Miguel araiza and some graffitti he
  Unfortunately for the majority of residents, their new         using the remaining months to show the city that they love       hopes to see painted over soon; residents beneath one of the newly installed hallway
homes will be a step back. Marie Gomez offers tenants self-      their home and that, rather than a house to be reviled, it’s     lights. Lights help prevent crime in stairwells; Cleanup crew play outside of the Marie
contained apartments (SCA), with a kitchen and washroom,         a house to be missed.                                            Gomez (rick Kenmuir and Miguel araiza).
for $325. “I can’t say that everyone will end up in a SCA, be-     And with the destruction of their efforts on the horizon,      Facing page, left to right: Jean Jacques, one of the residents still awaiting re-
cause they simply don’t exist out there,” says Kerr. The new     was the clean-up a waste? “No,” Rick Kenmuir says simply,        location; a resident in one of the newly cleaned hallways.
homes will likely be hotel units, with a reduced level of au-    “of course not.” This is the spirit they’ve chosen to bring to
tonomy and an increased rent.                                    their future homes.
  Some tenants are critical of DERA’s handling of Marie                                                                           Further Reading
Gomez, believing that more could have been done to save                                                                           1. “Women ‘tortured’ over drug debts,” The Province, august 1st, 2006.
their home. “It’s possible that five years ago something dras-                                                                    available online:
tic could have been done,” Kerr admits, “but we’ve done the                                                                       2. “Condemned Housing,” only Magazine, august 7th, 2007.
best we can. We’ve suffered a lot to keep it open, when it                                                              
would’ve been easy to close it down.”                                                                                             3. downtown Eastside residents association.
  DERA hasn’t paid the mortgage since 2003, because oth-                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                         tooth and Dagger            august 24, 2007        9

        Jobs 2.0
        by Jackie Wong
                                                                                                                                                      Tooth and dagger asks: “What are you taking and why?”

       Ever played                                                                                                                                     Name: Zdenka
                                                                                                                                                       Sex: Female

       Hungry Hungry Hippos?                                                                                                                           Age: 25 years

       An afternoon at                                                                                       illustration Eden
                                                                                                                                                       What: Zopiclone
                                                                                                                                                         A doctor prescribed this to combat
                                                                                                                                                       stress-induced insomnia. They’re tiny
     As big trusted news sources become            coverage of news                                                   own material. “The site is       bitter blue pills that I take 30-minutes
   things of the past, Vancouver’s NowPublic.      events.                                                          very organic in nature so we       before bedtime. The man at the prescrip-
   com is breaking ground for a new institu-         “People often ask me,                                        are much more passive than           tion counter told me they are a relative-
   tion of citizen journalism.                     “aren’t you dismantling tra-                                a traditional print editor,” says       ly ‘lightweight’ sleeping pill, as opposed
     Recently named one of the year’s best         ditional journalism, aren’t you just killing     Nadel.                                             to some of the more intense, addictive
   50 websites by Time magazine, NowPub-           it?” Nadel says. “The reality, I think, is to-     “There are cases where I will ‘assign’ or        kinds. Only the latter are covered by in-
   lic serves up the people’s news out of a Gas-   tally the opposite. We’re pushing tradition-     recommend topics to individuals who have           surance, so I had to pay out of pocket.
   town loft space overlooking the railway         al journalism and mainstream media to the        expertise or interests in a specific area,” Na-      They work beautifully. After about
   tracks and the ocean. There, half a dozen       next level.”                                     del says. “For example, [one user] used to         twenty minutes I feel heavy and drowsy.
   staff members park laptops at a long, pic-        He cites a recent East Vancouver restau-       be the official spokesperson for NASA, so          My hands go limp and I’m out for a
   nic-style table for the day’s work.             rant shooting as an example. “We had a           I’ll drop her an email when there’s a story        good eight hours. I’ve always been a viv-
     Although the company employs 18 (two-         contributor there who lives across the           about the space shuttle.”                          id dreamer, and I notice that the drug
   thirds of whom work in New York and Eu-         street and has photos, and there’s a natural       “I refer to these types of users as people       bleaches out a lot of my dreams; I of-
   rope), a teeming mass of contributors           need to share that experience with people.       who are living the news cycle. They are not        ten wake up with no memory of hav-
   dwarfs the staff: the two-year-old partici-     We’ve created a platform to make that very       simply journalists learning about a topic          ing dreamt at all, which is rare for me. I
   patory news network counts nearly 97,000        easy, and very interactive.”                     and then writing an article. [These contrib-       wake up with a bitter taste in my mouth,
   contributing reporters around the world.          New information is posted to NowPublic         utors] actually experienced it.”                   as if I’ve been sucking on a fork.
   These members upload news, videos, and          every minute, and contributors and readers         Beyond the big three––hate speech, por-            Despite what the pharmacist said, I’ve
   photos from over 140 countries.                 flag top stories. “I think we’re a generation    nography, and advertising––anything is fair        grown dependent on them. I only have a
     “The only information we get [from mem-       who is very hungry for information,” says        game at NowPublic, and contributors deter-         few left and when I try to sleep without
   bers] is their email address and postal         Kaitlin Fontana, contributor relations man-      mine what news rises to the top.                   one I become quite anxious. I’m not al-
   code,” says contributor relations specialist    ager. “It used to be enough to sit and watch       “The cool thing about this is the idea that      lowed to have any refills.
   Jordan Yerman. “So, half of our best con-       the six o’clock news and go, ‘that’s my in-      anyone […] has the same ability to [decide]          Three weeks later: I had to go the herb-
   tributors, we don’t even know their real        formation for today,’ and now, that isn’t        if something is worthy of being thought of         al route to flush the Zopiclone out of my
   names.”                                         enough for us,” Fontana says. “We are go-        as news. We are the river onto which you           system. Now I’m taking valerian root.
     “They’re as involved in this process as we    ing to a million places to find out what hap-    can drop that boat—your own news, your             Also cortisone cream, and other crazy
   are,” says Ryan Nadel, content and contrib-     pened about one event. That is something         own version of the news,” Fontana says.            prescriptions for other things; I think
   utor manager. “Even maybe more so—on a          that NowPublic is doing.”                          NowPublic’s success is an indicator of the       I’ve got about six different drugs cycling
   totally volunteer basis.”                         When asked to describe a typical work-         vast number of online citizens looking to          around my body right now. Disgusting.
     Getting news from anonymous bloggers          day at NowPublic, the group pauses. “Have        share stories and participate in creating the
                                                                                                                                                      Swallow is a completely unscientific ongoing
   can seem disconcerting, but Nadel, who          you ever played “Hungry Hungry Hippos?”          media they consume. “NowPublic is for ev-
                                                                                                                                                      study, arranged by Reanna Alder. Results will be
   spent the last year in Israel working for the   laughs Yerman.                                   eryone who has ever shouted at their televi-
                                                                                                                                                      presented in each issue of Tooth and Dagger. If
   Jerusalem Post, contends that citizen jour-       The Vancouver staff work through the           sion news program,” says Yerman.
                                                                                                                                                      you wish to submit the contents of your medicine
   nalism improves upon the voice of main-         daily tide of NowPublic posting, managing
                                                                                                                                                      cabinet, please email: swallow@toothanddagger.
   stream media by providing on-the-ground         content, contributors, and producing their

   10   august 24, 2007   tooth and Dagger

   Dancing With Myself About Architecture                                                       Another One Bites the Dust:
  We gotta get out of this place                                                                 darkness Sets on the Lamplighter
                                                                                                                                                                              by Quinn Omori

       Curtis Woloschuk                                                                                                                              To add insult to injury, just a few days be-

                       This column catches
                                                                                                I   t’s becoming an all too famil-
                                                                                                    iar narrative for Vancouverites. Last year,
                                                                                                the Mesa Luna, one of Vancouver’s only all-
                                                                                                                                                   fore the venue’s originally scheduled August
                                                                                                                                                   15th closure, the date was pushed forward
                       me in a time of tran-                                                                                                       by a day, leaving another four bands scram-
                                                                                                ages venues, closed up shop over night. The
                       sition. Having moved                                                                                                        bling to reschedule. The possibility of the
                                                                                                immediacy of the shutdown left bands and
                       house at the begin-                                                                                                         room returning as a place to see live local
                                                                                                promoters scrambling to find new homes
                       ning of August, my                                                                                                          and touring acts remains open, but Rog-
                                                                                                for shows that were already booked, and
                       recent leisure hours                                                                                                        ers is doubtful about the prospect of bands
                                                                                                almost a year later, underage fans can still
                       have been dedicated                                                                                                         once again being “live at the Lamp.” “There
                                                                                                feel the hole that the band-friendly restau-
                       to rearranging furni-                                                                                                       is still no word as to what’s going on… I find
                                                                                                rant left in the local scene.
ture and maximizing shelf space rather                                                                                                             it hard to believe that someone would spend
                                                                                                  In 2007, music fans have already lost the
than indulging in the likes of Spoon’s Ga                                                                                                          a lot of money renovating the Lamplight-
                                                Bobby Conn                                      Piccadilly Pub, the Marine Club, and the
Ga Ga Ga Ga or St. Vincent’s Marry Me. Fur-                                                                                                        er and reopen it as a live music venue,” he
                                                                                                Buffalo Club. And while the bands play on
thermore, hunting down new tracks has           September 7 – The Media Club                                                                       notes before adding, “it doesn’t make sense
                                                                                                at Richard’s on Richards for the time being,
been severely impacted by the towering            True story: The first time I saw Bobby                                                           business-wise, they’ll probably go more for
                                                                                                the venue – which has recently reemerged
ineptitude of a party that will henceforth      Conn play, it was at the behest of a whis-                                                         a restaurant/lounge.” This speaks to the larg-
                                                                                                as a premiere live room after years of cater-
be referred to as “those motherfuckers at       key-swigging Chicagoan perched outside                                                             er problem facing Vancouver’s independent
                                                                                                ing to the Granville Street set – will soon
Telus.” But that’s neither here nor there.      The Starfish Room. “Bobby will change                                                              music scene.
                                                                                                find itself amongst the other Vancouver
(Much like my internet access was neither       your life,” he assured me. That didn’t quite                                                         With no end to the real estate boom in
                                                                                                venues that have closed their doors in re-
here nor there for two weeks.)                  happen. Instead, Bobby donned a pair of                                                            sight, it’s simply becoming less and less ra-
                                                                                                cent years.
  As we enter the latter stages of the          bear paws and stroked my face while in-                                                            tional from an economic perspective to run
                                                                                                  This past week, that disturbingly lengthy
month, the boxes have begun to dissipate,       forming the rest of the audience, “These                                                           a live music venue, rather than a high end
                                                                                                list got one name longer with the closure of
order is slowly being restored and “those       paws have no claws.” When later asked to                                                           lounge, or rather than selling property to
                                                                                                the Lamplighter.
motherfuckers at Telus” have offered some       describe Conn’s music, I offered, “Maybe                                                           developers.
                                                                                                  The venue, which sits in the main floor of
evidence that they might just be sons of        if Ziggy Stardust had fronted The Jackson                                                            Even when a bar owner shows a commit-
                                                                                                the Dominion Hotel at 220 Abbott Street,
bitches. (That said, the moniker will stand.)   5...” Since then, it seems that Bobby has                                                          ment to live music, they must strike a tenu-
                                                                                                is set to go through yet another one of the
Consequently, I can actually consider leav-     only grown more detached from any ap-                                                              ous balance between booking acts that will
                                                                                                countless changes that it’s experienced over
ing the house without a wave of guilt (and      proximation of reality. To the uninitiated:                                                        fill the bar, and acts that are critically laud-
                                                                                                its nearly 100-year lifespan. “They’re in the
just a splash of domestic obligation) imme-     I won’t claim that this show will change                                                           ed or artistically interesting. “If I got those
                                                                                                antique restoration business, so they’re go-
diately crashing down upon me. Around           your life. However, it’ll likely touch you in                                                      radio rock guys that sell really well in there
                                                                                                ing to restore the building and it’s going to
these parts, there’s no better bait to lure     some way or another.                                                                               on the weekends, it gave me the freedom
                                                                                                look really nice,” says Lamplighter booking
me from my domicile than a rock show.                                                                                                              to do what I wanted on the weekdays,” says
                                                                                                agent David Rogers, of the building’s new
  You can consider my newly liberated cal-                                                                                                         Rogers of the struggle that he faced when
                                                                                                owners. The statement hints at what the fu-
endar marked with the following events:                                                                                                            booking the Lamplighter.
                                                                                                ture may hold for both the hotel and the
                                                                                                                                                     The Picadilly Pub and the Brickyard (which
                                                                                                venue. And while the half of the Domin-
                                                                                                                                                   most recently closed under the name “Lim-
                                                                                                ion Hotel that caters to low income resi-
                                                                                                                                                   erick Junction”) are both names that come
                                                                                                dents has yet to be cleared of its tenants,
                                                                                                                                                   up as places that could – if reopened – pick
                                                                                                barring some sort of official intervention it
                                                                                                                                                   up the slack left by the Lamplighter’s de-
                                                                                                seems unlikely that a freshly restored her-
                                                                                                                                                   mise, but with the rapid growth in the city,
                                                                                                itage building will keep running as a SRO
                                                Okkervil River                                                                                     there’s reason to be wary about any smaller
                                                                                                hotel. “If you just spent $8 million on a ho-
                                                                                                                                                   venue’s chances of survival.
                                                September 9 – Richard’s on Richards             tel, what would you do?” Rogers asks rhe-
Au Revoir Simone with Oh No! Oh My!                                                                                                                  “The Balmoral will be around for awhile.
                                                  Two years ago, my aspirations to inter-       torically.
                                                                                                                                                   It’s kind of sketchy still. It’s sort of on that
August 22 – The Media Club                      view Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff           The Dominion’s semi-permanent tenants
                                                                                                                                                   cusp. But sooner or later, it’ll become a ‘hap-
  Forget for a moment that this Brook-          were quashed when he blew out his vocal         still have a place to call home for the time
                                                                                                                                                   pening’ room, and when it gets gentrified
lyn trio’s The Bird of Music is one hell of a   chords. This time around, I was simply too      being, but the same can’t be said for the
                                                                                                                                                   around there to the point where [the own-
dreamy (in every possible respect) album.       intimidated to even attempt it. Repeated        slate of acts that was set to play the Lamp-
                                                                                                                                                   ers] can sell, that’s what’s going to happen,”
Yes, “Fallen Snow” is undeniably lovely,        ventures into the Austin band’s back cat-       lighter in the next month. “There was word
                                                                                                                                                   says Rogers.
“Dark Halls” is poppy as could be and the       alogue have convinced me that Sheff is          [about the closure] going around about
                                                                                                                                                     Only time will tell if even the block of
geeky charm of “Stars” threatens to red-        virtually unparalleled amongst contempo-        three weeks ago, but it wasn’t confirmed
                                                                                                                                                   Main and Hastings will be touched by the
line. That’s all well and good but what you     rary songwriters. While recently released       until August 2nd or 3rd, so that’s when I
                                                                                                                                                   forces of gentrification. In the mean time,
really need to know about Au Revoir Si-         The Stage Names may fall just short of the      started canceling everything,” says Rogers
                                                                                                                                                   Vancouver music fans have one less place to
mone is that they’ve kinda-sorta jammed         conceptual brilliance of 2005’s Black Sheep     of the situation.
                                                                                                                                                   go, because it’s lights out at the Lamp.
with David Lynch. I saw it on YouTube,          Boy, its looser structure more closely ap-
so I know that it’s true. Openers Oh No!        proximates the band’s devastating live
Oh My! lifted their name from a The Ro-         performances. Make no mistake: For all of

                                                                                                         the hit
                                                                                                                                      I first heard this song live in   the album “Better Together.”
bot Ate Me song and more than a few of          Sheff’s quasi-poetic prowess, an Okkervil                                             a very hot blue room. It was      Short, unabashedly poppy,
their nasally nuances from T.R.A.M.’s Ry-       River show isn’t a namby-pamby, intellec-                                             late. I was tired. As we all      and just the sort of song
land Bouchard. Their eponymous debut            tual affair. It’s a visceral and celebratory                                          bopped our heads and fell in      you wouldn’t expect to get
features the quirky, jerky “I Have No Sis-      experience that promises to leave everyone                “Wind Me Up”                love with Amber Webber’s          robbed to.
                                                                                                                                      voice, someone outside was          Thank you, Lightning
ter,” which in turn features a stellar shout    in attendance shaken but exhilarated.
                                                                                                                  by                  stealing my bike helmet. So       Dust, for proving once again
out to Audrey Hepburn. The Texans will be         In that respect, it’s precisely what a rock                                         it goes.                          that Vancouver can produce
carting along their spanking new EP, Be-        show should be. It’s what draws us from                   Lightning Dust                Fitting, as this song           some fine ear porn to
                                                                                                                                      stands out from the stark,        distract us from constantly
tween The Devil And The Sea. We’d probably      the safety of our homes and brings us to
                                                                                                                                      melancholic atmosphere of         losing our shit.
do well to take notice.                         our feet. You can expect to see me at stage
                                                right, waiting to once again be baptized in
                                                the sweat spawned by the devil’s music.                                                                            tooth and Dagger    august 24, 2007   11
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The pack, The grange, No horses                  ciTr 101.9 presents ShiNDig!                     VANCOuVER QuEER FILM & VIDEO                     Letter Writing Workshop                          Kitsilano farmers market at Kits                Show up at the aMS Bike Co-op at uBC
The railway Club, 10pm                           Come to the railway this Tuesday and many        FEStIVAL                                         Come write some letters. Supplies provided,      community centre                                with an idea of what you want to learn and
$8                                               consecutive Tuesdays to watch local bands        A plethora of eclectic films and parties, pre- addresses required.                                12th ave. & Larch St. 10am to 2pm               the mechanics will teach you. rSVP ubc.
                                                 battle for glory.                                sented by the Vancouver Out on Screen Film The regional assembly of Text (3934 Main)              1ST, 3rD, aND 5Th moNDaY              
SaT, aug 25Th
                                                                                                  and Video Society. For times, venues, and 7pm                                                     vancouver poetry Slam                           aMS Bike Co-op (north side of the SuB
Dandi Wind                                       fri, SEpT 14Th
                                                                                                  films, see                                                                        next Slam is July 30th - annual Team Slam       down some stairs, uBC), 6-8PM,
The royal unicorn, 147 E.Pender, 8pm             portico cD release party                                                                          SaT, SEpT 22ND
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Competition.                                    $5/free for members
$10                                              w/ The Heavenly Sweat                             RI,
                                                                                                  FRI, Aug 24th                                    Free-Folk School Workshop
                                                 The annex (307 w. Cordova)                       Five Ring Circus Screening and                   backyard gardeners’ guide to                     Cafe deux Soleils, 9pm                          EvErY ThurSDaY
auguST 28Th - SEpTEmbEr 1ST
                                                                                                  Discussion                                       Knowing and caring for Your Soil.                $5-10 sliding scale                             fast Night Thursdays
2nd annual international pop                     SaT, SEpT 15Th
                                                                                                  Conrad Schmidt will be in to screen and dis- Soil testing, cover cropping, regional soil          EvErY TuESDaY                                   Tired of the religious procession of the criti-
overthrow festival                               animal collective
                                                                                                  cuss his film, examining the shortcomings of breakdown, composting, mulching in Mount             fixie ride                                      cal masses? Join the speed freaks for some-
Many nights of many bands, including The         not good live? We’ll see.
                                                                                                  hosting the Olympics in Vancouver.               Pleasant. To register contact andrew at ar-      Science World Gazebo, 7PM                       thing harder and faster.
neins Circa, The Feminists, The Capitals, Bro-   Commodore Ballroom, 8pm
                                                                                                  at Spartacus Books (311 W.Hastings) 7-9pm or 604.708.8314              “Life-Drawing, blim-Style”                      Grandview Park, 9PM
ken Condom Babies, and many more.
                                                 WED, SEpT 19Th                                   Evil Film School: Beat Baby!                     9am-1pm
railway Club, doors 8PM,                                                                                                                                                                            Still life and models provided. Bring your      EvErY ThurSDaY
                                                 better friends Than Lovers cD                    7:30pm - Beat Girl [1960]: Gillian Hills stars
$10/$8 Members                                                                                                                                     SEpT 5Th, 8Th, aND 11Th                          own sketchbook, mixed media. Info: 604-         comedy Night at the Wired monk
                                                 release                                          as the titular teenage hellcat out to ruin the life introduction to permaculture                  872-8180,                    Vancouver’s independent stand up comedi-
WED, aug 29Th                                    w/The People Verses, Big Whoop                   of her new French stepmom.                          Three-part Course: Three experiential work-   Blim arts Society (197 East 17th ave. at        ans storm a coffee shop. If you liked the El
Lightning Dust, cave Singers                     Media Club, 8pm                                  9:15pm - Expresso Bongo [1960]: Laurence shops, all connected into a whole system.                Main), 8-10pm                                   Cocal’s old comedy nights on the drive, sim-
delicious, it doesn’t matter that they’re        SaT, SEpT 22Th                                   Harvey (the original Manchurian Candidate) is Sept 5, Permaculture paradigms                      $5 drop-in fee                                  ilar faces appear here. May include heartfelt
also in black mountain, that isn’t the point.    handsome furs                                    the opportunistic manager who discovers Cliff Sept 8, Permaculture possibilities                                                                  renditions of the theme song for “reading
They’re just delicious. Playing with Seattle’s                                                                                                                                                      EvErY WEDNESDaY
                                                 richards                                         Richard, a bongo playing singing sensation.                                                                                                       rainbow.”
                                                                                                                                                Sept 11, Permaculture potentials                    pedal play bike fix and Skill Share
Cave Singers who are ‘a mellow good time’
                                                 WED, SEpT 26Th                                   Blim (197 E.17th)                                The Sustainable Living arts School in roberts                                                    Wired Monk, (West 4th ave. @
Pat’s Pub                                                                                                                                                                                           open to all Pedal volunteers. If you are
                                                 greg macpherson, roger Dean Young,               $5-10 sliding scale                              Creek (sunshine coast) Sign up for individual                                                    Trafalgar), 9:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    not yet one, they will transform you. Ex-
Thu, aug 30Th                                    Leah abramson                                     At,      1S
                                                                                                  SAt, SEpt 1St                                    classes. $10 each or $25 for all 3. Call(604)    pect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels   EvErY SaTurDaY
bert Jansch                                      railway Club, 9pm                                Silent Summer Nights                             885-4504 to register.        and building mallets. Small stock of used       East vancouver farmers market at
richards, 8pm
                                                 fri, SEpT 28Th                                   A fabulous evening of silent film accompa-                                                        parts for rummaging futilely through.           Trout Lake community centre
                                                                                                  nied by the live music of Stefan Smulovitz’s
                                                 The New pornographers, Lavender                                                                                                                    604.875.8679 for details.                       Saturdays to october 6th
fri, aug 31ST                                    Diamond, fancey                                  electronics ensemble, Eye of Newt. The film                                                       Pedal Metal Studios (194 West 3rd. alley        East 15th & Victoria dr., 9am to 2pm
people for audio, buffalo Swans, ESL                                                                                                               SEpT 8Th - ocT 20Th
                                                 Commodore Ballroom, 8pm                          is some Buster Keaton                                                                             entrance), 6:30-9:30PM                          West End farmers market at Nelson
The royal unicorn                                                                                                                                  fifty books i have read more Than
                                                                                                  Grandview Park, 8:15pm                                                                            $5/hr suggested donation                        park
SaT, SEpT 1ST                                         LeCtUres                                    free!!                                                                                            fake Jazz Wednesdays                            until october 6th
                                                                                                                                                   Simon Fraser university Gallery
andrew bird, Dosh                                                                                 SuN SE 2ND
                                                                                                  SuN, SEp 2ND                                                                                      a night of experimental noise, improv punk,     Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow,
                                                 TuES, aug 28Th                                                                                 new work by douglas Coupland and ron-
richard’s on richards, 8pm                                                                      Silent Summer Nights                                                                                and other strange things                        9am to 2pm
                                                 The history of S&m                                                                             ald Kitaj
$22.50                                                                                                                                                                                              The Cobalt, 10pm
                                                 overview of the history of consensual sado- Nosferatu                                                                                                                                              LaST moNDaY of EvErY moNTh
Devandra banhardt                                                                                                                               SEpT 14Th - ocT 19Th                                $3
                                                 masochism from ancient rome to the present An outdoor extravaganza of live music and si-                                                                                                           Womyn on Wheels
a skinnier, handsome version of t-rex. The                                                                                                      Taiwan: from the mist                               riley park farmers market at Nat bai-
                                                 day. Pre-register please. (604) 742-9988       lent film, featuring the SSN Monster Orches-                                                                                                        Ladies fix your bike night. This is a trans-in-
voice of the revolution, probably.                                                                                                              a large scale exhibition that includes oil paint-   ley Stadium
                                                                        tra of 30-40 players including the members of                                                                                                       clusive space.
Commodore                                                                                                                                       ing, sculpture, installation,                       Wednesdays to october 24, 2007
                                                 The art of Loving, 1819 W 5th St. (7:30-9:30) NOW Orchestra                                                                                                                                        our Community Bikes (3283 Main St.), 6:30
                                                                                                                                                documents, conceptual art, video and multi-         30th & ontario Street, 1pm to 6:30pm
moN, SEpT 3rD                                    $15.                                           Grandview Park, 8:15pm                                                                                                                              - 9:30pm
                                                                                                                                                media creations by twenty-one artists
victory Square block party!                                                                     free!!                                                                                              LaST WEDNESDaY of ThE moNTh                     $5-10 dollars
                                                 ThurS, SEpT 6Th                                                                                from Taiwan.
an all-day festival of awesomeness, pre-                                                        FRI, SEpt 7
                                                                                                  RI, SE                                                                                            anzabonanza pub Quiz
                                                 William gibson!                                                                                at Centre a, 2 W. Hastings St.                                                                          FooD + BiKes
sented by The only Magazine w/ Frog Eyes,                                                                                                                                                           Hosted by Trevor deval & dylan rhymer
                                                 CBC radio’s Sheryl MacKay and John Burns of No Show (by Melvin Moti)
The Choir Practice, Secret Mommy, Chet,                                                                                                         SEp 6Th-15Th                                        Bring friends, form a team, and compete
                                                 the Georgia Straight host an interactive chat In conjunction with SWARM (an annual cele-                                                                                                           SuN, aug 26
and more                                                                                                                                        New forms festival 2007                             in a 2-round multimedia trivia showdown.
                                                 with renowned Vancouver author.                bration of artist-run culture) Moti’s 2004 No                                                                                                       Tour de blintz,
Hastings and Cambie. 1-9pm                                                                                                                      one of the largest media arts festivals on the      Was napoleon known for having only one
                                                 Free to contest winners; enter on-line. info Show is a 24-minute film based on a guided                                                                                                            a series of guided bicycle tours exploring
                                                                                                                                                west coast, involving music, theory, dancing,       testicle? Can you name the next line in a
fri, SEpT 7Th                                                  tour given at the Hermitage Museum during                                                                                                           Greater Vancouver’s Jewish restaurants,
                                                                                                                                                talking, instrument building, film, and inter-      coming-of-age thriller? You don’t know un-
Wolf parade, holy fuck                           CBC Broadcast Centre (775 Cambie) 7-8:30       the Second World War. Moti presents this his-                                                                                                       delicatessens and bakeries. Must be 16 or
                                                                                                                                                active art “uncamps.” The theme for nF07 is         til you try.
richard’s on richards. 7pm                                                                      toric tour aurally, while the camera is trained                                                                                                     older to participate.
                                                 fri, SEpT 7Th                                                                                  re:use, encompassing a wide variety of artis-       The anza Club (8th & ontario), 8pm
$22.50                                                                                          on an empty gallery, a backdrop for the imag-                                                                                             
                                                 global poverty: What are our                                                                   tic and intellectual practices including, but not
                                                                                                ined works. Artist Talk Saturday September 8,                                                       $10, max 5 players per team
SuN, SEpT 9Th                                    obligations?                                                                                                                                                                                       events/tour-de-blintz
                                                                                                                                                limited to, sampling, collage, remixing, and ap-
okerville river                                  annual Sikora distinguished Lecture Series                                                     propriation.
                                                                                                Artspeak (233 Carrall) 8pm
Brainy nerds, epic emotive rock with a cin-      w/ speaker Peter Singer, distinguished Profes-                                                 see for events
ematic flair.                                    sor of Bioethics at Princeton university. Call                                                    and info                                                                           
richards                                         uBC Philosophy department for further info
$14                                              604.822.3292
                                                 uBC, Frederic Wood Theater, 4pm

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