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Ruby Reds & The Silver Lining

On a Saturday night in downtown Thunder Bay, Tamiko and I went to The Foundry Pub to hear Ruby Reds & The Silver Lining. No, this was not a random thing. Our daughter is, as Facebook puts it, in a relationship with one of the members of the band, Quintin Golka. They were really good! My impression is that there’s a huge alternative food/lifestyle/economy/music/culture scene in the Thunder Bay area. Musicians draw a lot of people to the restaurants and pubs, the pubs feed people locally grown produce and meat & serve local beers, ciders and wines. Everybody helps everybody else. Win. Win. Win.

Before the show, I asked Quintin if he thought the people at The Foundry would mind me taking some photos. I was thinking of clubs in Toronto where there’s no way you can pull out a big DSLR and start shooting. He smiled and said: “This is Thunder Bay.” When the music started, I knelt right in front of the stage and stayed there for 20 minutes before moving to stairs at the back of the venue. I would never have been able to do that in Toronto!

Outside The Foundry Pub, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Outside The Foundry Pub, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Quintin Golka & Skylar Speer at The Foundry

Quintin Golka & Skylar Speer

Frontman for Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining

Quintin Golka, frontman for Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining

Frontman for Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining

Quintin Golka

Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining, playing at The Foundry

Skylar Speer

 Skylar Speer, Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining

Skylar Speer, Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining

Skylar Speer playing the guitar

Skylar Speer playing the guitar

Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining, playing at The Foundry

John Laco, drummer for Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining

Ruby Red’s and The Silver Lining, playing at The Foundry

John Laco, drummer for Ruby Reds and The Silver Lining

The Foundry Pub, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Interior shot of The Foundry Pub, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Impressions of Thunder Bay

I’ve never spent much time in Thunder Bay. For me, it’s always been a stopover to somewhere else. But, this year, our daughter moved there to live and now we have reason to visit and explore. In some ways, it has a vibe that reminds me of Victoria. Sure, the winters are colder and there’s a much bigger First Nations presence. But, like Victoria, it’s promoted as a good community for retirees. At the same time, there are a lot of hipsters setting up funky shops, buying local food from farmers’ markets, eating gluten free, growing beards and wearing hemp. The vibrant shops stand next to boarded up buildings. The hipsters rub shoulders with the homeless. You can have breakfast at the Scandinavian Home Restaurant, then slip around the back to the methadone clinic.

Albert

Albert hit me up for bus fare. Two days later, I met him in the same place and he gave me the same line. I don’t think Albert spends as much time riding the bus as he says.

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People On Bloor

This is a selection of photos I shot while walking along Bloor Street & chatting with whomever I bumped into. There are times when the camera becomes a tool not so much for making images as for setting aside the customary barriers between strangers and enabling connection. This strikes me as ironic if we accept the usual modernist schtick that we (especially those of us who live in cities) live in alienation both from our world and from each other; the camera further underscores our alienated condition by placing a hunk of technology between our eyes and everything we encounter. However, I’ve never regarded myself as a particularly modern person, and I think it’s quite possible, in the words of Adam West (as Batman), to hoist the modernist schtick on its own petard.

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