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Comics festival returns with in-person events

The Prairie Comics Festival returns to in-person events on Sept. 10 and 11, with a weekend of panel discussions and workshops aimed at both fans and practitioners of graphic storytelling.

The event, being held this year at the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Ave.), kicks off Sept. 10 with a day of panel discussions on topics including queer comics, finding your style, self-publishing and pitching to publishers, the latter featuring local publishers At Bay Press and Highwater Press.

A featured panel brings together artists Scott Henderson, who has worked on locally published graphic novels A Girl Called Echo and The Reckoner Rises as well as a new Marvel Pride comic, and Silvanna Moran, who sells her illustrations on Etsy under the name Radish Doodles. Henderson and Moran will also discuss their work that evening at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location.

On Sept. 11, the festival has a day of workshops on tap and invites participants to bring their sketchbooks or iPads for a day of learning with Jay Cormack.

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Winnipeg’s No. 1 ufologist shares the fruits of his access-to-information requests in his latest book on unexplained phenomena in the sky.

Chris Rutkowski launches Canada’s UFOs: Declassified on Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location, in conversation with broadcaster and city council candidate Hal Anderson. The new book offers details of sightings, including some previously classified reports by pilots, RCMP and military personnel.

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Last month’s near-fatal attack on the novelist Salman Rushdie prompted a dispute over the head of the U.K.’s Society of Authors, Joanne Harris, author of the novel Chocolat.

Immediately following the attack, J.K. Rowling received a death threat when she expressed her support on Twitter for Rushdie. Rowling, a controversial figure in the U.K. ever since she came to the defence of an academic who was fired for insisting on a biological definition of womanhood, has come under fire for years for her support of what’s known as “gender-critical feminism,” a school of thought that insists on a difference between biological women and trans women.

Immediately after the death threat addressed to Rowling, Harris posted a Twitter poll that appeared to make light of the threat against Rowling.

In the aftermath of that action, one open letter demanded Harris’s resignation, another open letter voiced support for her and Harris herself issued a statement condemning threats against Rowling and any other author.

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If the word “storytelling” brings images of wandering bards, skalds or griots to your mind, you haven’t been spending much time in business strategy and marketing meetings.

The term has gained a whole new life to refer to ways businesses reach out to customers, clients and other stakeholders, and refers to ways of communicating that don’t sound like a sales pitch.

Winnipeg communications professional Rob Wozny, co-owner of Sound Strategy Communications and a former reporter/anchor for CTV and Global, as well as former communications head for True North Sports and Entertainment, presents case studies in the communication approach in his new book Storytelling for Business: The Art and Science of Creating Connection in the Digital Age. He writes in the book “Nothing connects people to engage emotionally with your business better than a well-told story — your story.”

Wozny will be at the St. Vital Indigo store Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon signing and discussing the book.

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With the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canadian and Soviet hockey stars on the horizon, Montreal Canadiens goaltending legend Ken Dryden is launching his latest book, titled The Series: What I Remember, What It Felt Like, What It Feels Like Now (McClelland & Stewart).

He’ll take part in an online event presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers on Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosted by Greg Mackling of 680 CJOB. To join in, register at

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Telling Tales Festival 2022 – GlobalNews Events

Telling Tales Festival 2022 - GlobalNews Events

The 2022 Telling Tales Festival will be live and in person at the Royal Botanical Gardens on September 24 & 25.

Reading opens new worlds for young people: empowering them to make informed choices, enabling them to imagine a better and hopeful future, and equipping them with the ability to make that future a reality. Research shows that children who read have better educational, health, and social outcomes. Literacy is the first step on the pathway to broader social inclusion and fully engaged participation in society.

Tellling Tales is excited to bring an all-star line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers sharing their stories and engaging audiences through creative workshops, song and more.


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Today’s events for Sunday, Aug. 14

Today's events for Sunday, Aug. 14

August is Peach Month, which means you still have several days left to perfect that peach pie recipe. Remember: Sharing is caring!

The Holy Rosary Catholic Church Festival wraps up today on the church grounds, 2224 45th St. Live music today features Willie Sturba (1 to 2:30 p.m.), The Chevelles (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Good Vibez (6 to 9:30 p.m.). The festival is open noon to 10 p.m. All the festival food favorites are back, too, including fried dough.

The Sweet Corn Festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Jerry Smith Farm, 7150 18th St. in Somers. The festival features local food trucks, live music and craft vendors — in addition to all that sweet corn. Admission is free.

Prost! The Biergarten in Petrifying Springs County Park is open seven days, serving up cold beverages and warm pretzels. For more details, check the Biergarten’s Facebook page.

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The Racine Concert Band’s final outdoor free summer concert of this season is 7 tonight at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The program features guest vocalist Darlene Kelsey and flute soloist Beth Kapralian. The zoo’s gates at Walton Avenue and Augusta Street open at 6:30 p.m. for free admission to the concert. A courtesy cart, for audience members who need assistance in getting to the concert site, is available before and after the concert.

The Wisconsin State Fair wraps up today at State Fair Park, 7722 West Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. Free entertainment includes daily free shows by the Kids From Wisconsin and the always popular racing pigs! Did we mention the cream puffs yet? The fair is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more details, go to

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Fall Festival Season: Local Events to Put in Your Calendar – Flagpole

Fall Festival Season: Local Events to Put in Your Calendar - Flagpole

Last year offered a preview of the bustle of fall in Athens, but the months ahead offer more promise of delivering a packed season of events. Some festivals are returning for the first time in three years, and others are just getting started. Below, check out Flagpole’s guide to festivals happening this fall, and look for more in-depth coverage in the upcoming issues.

TRASHFEST: In celebration of Heffner’s second album release, the band has curated a mini-festival inside the 40 Watt featuring two indoor stages loaded with local and regional indie and punk rock. Featured performers include Heffner, Heat, Basically Nancy, The Echolocations, Klark Sound, Zoo Culture and MAK with a dance party afterwards courtesy of DJ Maeam. Aug. 13, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. at 40 Watt Club. $15–$20.

59 X FEST: 59 X Records’ third annual festival features punk and alternative rock bands from Athens and Atlanta. This year’s performances include a special comeback from local punk outfit Burns Like Fire, debuting songs off its latest album Always in Trouble. The Carolyn is co-headlining with support from Rosie and The Ratdogs, The Killakee House, Noise Mountain, Viper Club, Mishapen and Way Past Cool. Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m. at Akademia Brewing Co. $15–$20.

AQUEMINI MUSIC FESTIVAL: Encouraging diversity and empowering minority creators, this inaugural festival will include performers, vendors, food, fashion, art and more. The lineup features the Splitz Band, Aquatic Soul, Natti LoveJoy Band, Diamond Elyse, Kalena & GSG Band, Misnomer, Ishues, Domino 787, Candy Morgan, Guaranteed Money, Charlie Beatz, Greg R&B, Luckie, Quezzy Poet, Motorhead 2x, Farin, Derty Lingo, Mack2Tone, LLK and more. Sept. 4, 2–9 p.m. at Southern Brewing Co. $10, children are free.

ATHENS RAP FEST: Bag Talk Talent and Gue$$ present this hip hop exclusive lineup with artists Kxng Blanco, RR, Gloxkboy Fat, KFamouz, Young Esco Da Don, Gue$$ and Friends, Lil Ken, Dre Carr and more. DJ Sublime will be taking care of the vibes for the night. Sept. 9, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. $10.

SEPTEMBER DAYS FEST: Back for a second year, a portion of proceeds from this event benefit Goodmood, a nonprofit emergency aid for touring artists. Day one features Flipturn, Hotel Fiction, Neighbor Lady, Well Kept, A.D. Blanco and The Getaway Company. Day two is packed with performances by Vision Video, T. Hardy Morris, Girlpuppy, Heffner, Lighthearted, Wim Tapley & the Cannons, Five Eight, CannonandtheBoxes, The Echolocations, Drew Beskin & The Sunshine and The Head. Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. at Southern Brewing Co. $20–$35, children are free.

PRIDE FEST: Welcoming and inclusive to all, this LGBTQIA+ community celebration also highlights local resources and activities. Enjoy live music, performance art, drag shows and vendors with more details coming soon. The organizers, Athens Pride & Queer Collective, will also organize a week of smaller events leading up to the festival. Sept. 17, 12–8 p.m. at Terrapin Beer Co.

©2021 Sarah White Attendees take photo with Mx. Athens Pride Diamond Tiara Dupree-Sanchez at Pride Fest on Nov. 13, 2021.

NORTH GEORGIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Head to the park with a blanket and chairs for music, art, food and other activities. There will be performances by Rebecca Sunshine Band, Ain’t Sisters & Danielle Howe, Bichos Vivos, Athens Mountain Singers, Art Rosenbaum, Hogeyed Man, Veronika Jackson, The Lucky Jones, MrJordanMrTonks, Cicada Rhythm, Tin Cup Prophette, Marion Montgomery and Glyn Denham, and Fester Hagood. Sept. 24, 12–8 p.m. at Sandy Creek Park.

WILDWOOD REVIVAL: Festival in the form of an upscale camp-out experience, Wildwood offers an artisan market, performance art, yoga, brunch and more. This year’s music lineup includes The Drive-By Truckers, Jenny Lewis, The Wood Brothers, John Moreland, Elizabeth Cook, Suzanne Santo, Early James, The Bones of J.R. Jones, The Heavy Heavy, The Packway, Handle Band, Zach Person, J.P. Harris, The Pink Stones and Leon III. Sept. 30–Oct. 2 at Cloverleaf Farm. $106–$485.

CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST: This long-running event gives everyone from casual drinkers to seasoned beer aficionados an opportunity to sample craft brews from Athens and the general region. Location and details are still to be announced. Oct. 1.

LATINXFEST: During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the community comes together to celebrate and share the food, music, art and dance of Latinx cultures with the larger community. The festival aims to highlight the contributions of the immigrant community in Athens through artistic expression and recreation. This marks the festival’s first return since 2019. Oct. 1 in downtown Athens.

PORCHFEST: Historic Athens’ largest event combines the city’s musical and architectural history for an afternoon of community discovery. Hosts in Athens’ walkable intown neighborhoods lend their porches to a variety of bands and artists for outdoor performances, providing a large sample of what the local music scene has to offer. Oct. 2, 1–8 p.m. at various neighborhoods.

WILD RUMPUS PARADE AND SPECTACLE: Wear your spookiest or kookiest Halloween costume and join the parade that winds through the streets of downtown, cheered on by music performances lined up along the way. The parade ends in a massive late-night outdoor dance party with performance artists adding to the festivities. Oct. 29 in downtown Athens.

Lee Shearer Participants in the 2021 Wild Rumpus parade.

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Revelstoke Wildflower Festival events in full swing for the weekend – Revelstoke Mountaineer

Revelstoke Wildflower Festival events in full swing for the weekend - Revelstoke Mountaineer

Frisby ridge wildflowers in late August. Photo: Nora Hughes

Revelstoke’s Wildflower Festival goes from August 3 until August 7, 2022, and visitors and residents can find several events all over town to celebrate the vibrant season.

Tourism Revelstoke and Parks Canada offer free shuttles from downtown Revelstoke to the summit area of Mt. Revelstoke National Park for the Wildflower Festival from August 3 – August 7. The shuttle drops passengers off at the Balsam Lake parking area. Riders will have time to explore the summit and attend Parks Canada’s Alpine Adaptations Guided Wildflower walks, running twice daily. The walks detail how the alpine flowers have adapted to living in the harsh alpine environment.

Parks Canada also hosts a DIY watercolour station during the festival, where visitors can paint the natural beauty of the wildflower season.

The Columbia Invasive Species Society is hosting an invasive species identification walk as part of the festivities to inform visitors which plants are native to the area and which are not.

Photographer Laura Szanto is hosting drop-in outdoor portrait sessions.

Laura Szanto is hosting a wildflower photography workshop during the Revelstoke Wildflower Festival. Photo: Laura Szanto

On Saturday, August 6, join the Revelstoke Museum and Archives in celebrating Wildflower Family day.

At Revelstoke Mountain Resort, several events are taking place as part of the festival, including Wildflower High Tea and Hike and Paint with Turbo Bambi.

Events that are ongoing throughout the festival include a photography and colouring competition.

Tourism Revelstoke also lists some self-serve activities visitors, and wildflower enthusiasts can do for an independent adventure.

Self-Serve activities include window paintings of wildflowers at various places in downtown Revelstoke such as the ones at Emo’s, Terra Firma, and Silverwinds. The Mt Revelstoke National Park exhibit at Revelstoke Museum and Archives also boasts wildflower information. Wildflower-themed specials include getting $1 off a pint of Atilla the Honey at Begbie Brewing tasting room and wildflower-themed pastries at Terra Firma.

Photo: Nora Hughes

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Question of the week: What Blueberry Festival events are you looking forward to?

What Blueberry Festival events are you looking forward to?

Joe Carbone

Sioux Lottery Owner / Sioux Lottery Blueberry Bocce Tournament Organizer
After a COVID hiatus of two years, I think people are really looking forward to the bocce tournament this year. 

Ashley Cassidy

Mother, with daughters Nova – 4 and Teal – one month
Blueberry Bert’s birthday!

Deanne Kulchyski

President / CEO of Sioux Lookout Hydro 
The bocce tournament and golf.

Andy Schardt

Sioux North High School Vice-Principal
All the great events. A favourites of mine is the annual Fire Fighters Social.

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Virtual and in-person events at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival

Virtual and in-person events at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival

Business owner and community advocate

City: Ottawa

Country of origin: Pakistan

 Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Pakistani Canadian and currently serving the community as president of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region). Her elevating to the present status speaks volumes of her diligent efforts and commitment to the community. Initially, after immigrating, she did odd jobs and struggled with her husband for an honourable living, but now she is a successful business owner. She has been a strong supporter for local and small businesses and has promoted hundreds of small businesses in Ontario over past few years.

To help protect the environment from the disastrous effects of plastic, Ebrahim has started a movement by the name of Green Help not only to address climate change but also to empower newly immigrant women by providing them part-time jobs for making cloth shopping bags.

 During the difficult times of the pandemic, Ebrahim supported and promoted local small businesses through social media and her televised shows. She also made possible to deliver groceries to senior/elderly individuals in her community during the early days of the pandemic.

Ebrahim strives to utilize every available platform to raise awareness about various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns via Canadian People’s Channel TV. She has raised mental health awareness in an annual Mother’s Day campaign for the last three years. She has also successfully raised funds organizations, such as Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh and CHEO Foundation.

As an active member of the community, Ebrahim attends as many events and functions as possible to remain close to the community. In recognition to her efforts, Ebrahim was the first Pakistani to receive the Order of Ottawa (2021). She has also been honoured with the following awards and recognitions:

  • Ambassador of PAGE (Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education)
  • Ambassador in Ontario for Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital
  • Appreciation Awards for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017
  • Canada 150 Award in 2017
  • CBET Appreciation Award by Canada-Bangladesh Education Trust in 2019

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North Bay’s Fringe Festival back with in-person and live events

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North Bay’s ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival is returning to live and in-person events this summer.

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The festival’s ninth edition features a line-up with 12 unique shows performing daily.

The ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival will run from August 9 to 13 at the Capitol Centre, located at 150 Main St E.

The Capitol Centre’s Martini Lounge will also be transformed into an eclectic “Fringe-tini Lounge” where patrons can discuss their favourite performances while enjoying a hot or cold beverage and a snack before catching the next act.

Organizers said the line-up for this year’s festival can be found on the official ON THE EDGE Fringe website along with the schedule of events.

“Audiences can enjoy performances from a variety of local and travelling artists spanning across many different styles and disciplines of art. Whether you are looking to laugh, cry, or sit on the edge of your seat, ON THE EDGE Fringe guarantees there is something for everyone to enjoy,” according to festival organizers.

The productions participating in the 2022 Fringe are: Attainable Goals by Tristen Watts; Banjoker by Tony Molesworth and GVI Productions; Check, Please! By First Gig Productions; Discovery Town by The Ringos; MINE! by Chasing Shadows Productions; The Elvis in Her by Big Red Productions and Hannah Kast Art; The Inevitable Frankie Green by Bird on Stage Productions; OOPS! A Nuclear Fallout by the Fringe Summer Students; The Way of the Eye by The Way of the Eye Productions; Theatre is Dead by Paradox Repertory Company, and To Torture a Prince by Porticullis on Stage.

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“There will be a whole bushel of other Fringe events all week long; including Fringe-Trivia Night, a Friday Night Fringe Warehouse Party, multiple Duality Arts events, the annual On The Edge Fringe Awards ceremony and of course a closing night Fringe party,” according to a media release issued Monday.

Tickets to the performances range from $10 – $15 and may be purchased through the Capitol Centre Box Office or at the door of each venue.

Festival Passes, which provide access to all shows, are also available for $120.

Don’t miss out on the most creative and lively event of the summer! Join us at the Capitol Centre from August 9th-13th and BE FRINGEY.

ON THE EDGE fringe acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council (, the Canada Council for the Arts (, the Government of Canada ( and Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program ( for this year’s festival.