Econoline Crush stops by Greater Sudbury
Grief is a complicated and emotional process, and people handle it in different ways. For Econoline Crush frontman Trevor Hurst, music is his therapy.
In March 2022, Econoline Crush lost their guitarist, David ‘Ziggy’ Sigmund. Hurst learned of his close friend’s passing on the phone 15 minutes before he was to leave to listen to the final mixes of the band’s forthcoming album, When The Devil Drives — the band’s first full-length album in more than a decade.
The news broke Hurst. In the months leading to his death, Sigmund had withdrawn from those closest to him to avoid physical and emotional pain associated with his struggles, Hurst explained. The musician said he and Sigmund were as close as brothers, and the loss consumed him.
“Ziggy’s death caused me to re-evaluate my own personal struggles,” Hurst said. “I was angry that he was gone. I felt abandoned and lost with no relief in sight.”
Hurst turned to music and from his pain, Locked in Your Stone was molded.
“It served as an outlet, a way to express my sadness and my frustration,” Hurst explained. “Recording it after his death allowed me to unload some of my emotional baggage and move forward. The music for Locked in Your Stone felt like it was meant as the outlet for my grief.”
Locked in Your Stone conveys sadness, desperation and confusion. The instrumentals came from fragments of songs left unfinished, pieced together by Hurst and Ian Alexander Smith, the former frontman for Miniatures who produced When The Devil Drives.
The track is part of the band’s resurgence, approximately three decades after it originally formed in Vancouver in 1992. Econoline Crush signed with EMI Music Canada in 1994. In 2001, the band put out its final studio album for EMI, Brand New History.
More than 30 years after Econoline Crush got its start, Hurst is its last original member. Many have come through the band in its almost three decades of operation, but few left the impact of Sigmund, who first joined in 1996, stayed until the initial breakup in 2002, then returned in 2010 until his death in 2022.
“Music is what connected Ziggy and I in life, and music is what continues to keep us connected after his death,” Hurst said. “Locked in Your Stone is the song that captures my grief and frustration, but in doing so, helps me release my pain and begin to heal.”
Econoline Crush is heading across Canada on tour. They stop by the Townehouse, 206 Elgin St., on Oct. 27.
Laurentian University’s literary journal launches new issue on Oct. 26
Sulphur, Laurentian University’s literary journal, will launch their newest issue on Oct. 26 at Books and Beans, 158 Elgin St., at 6 p.m.
Featuring poetry and prose written by emerging and established writers in Northern Ontario, Sulphur is completely student-run.
This free event, open to the public, will celebrate the latest issue with readings by featured writers. Issues of the print edition will be available for sale at the event.
“The Sulphur team is excited for this issue because it’s a cultivation of our collective work and amplification of voices at Laurentian and in our community,” Brennan Gregoire, managing editor, said in a release. “Without the hard work of the team and community, none of this would be possible.”
Established in 2011, Sulphur was founded by students of Laurentian University’s English program, including award-winning writers Brenden Vidito and Rebecca Salazar. To learn more, please visit sulphurlu.wordpress.com.
Local pharmacist presents short film on Sudbury
Rachelle Rocha is excited to announce the premiere of her five-minute short film, Rocks in My Pockets.
This thought-provoking film explores the healing journey of the Greater Sudbury landscape over the past five decades and draws parallels to our own potential for healing.
Set against the iconic backdrop of the Big Nickel, Rocks in My Pockets tells the story of Myles, who carries the weight of rocks in his prospector’s vest, symbolizing the burdens we all bear in life. Through Myles’ journey, the film delivers an inspirational message of healing and transformation.
Following the film screening, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on healing and improving community health. The panel includes Rocha, pharmacist and co-owner of Seasons Pharmacy and Culinaria on Lorne Street; Dr. Kate Reid, a naturopathic doctor; Karen Hourtovenko, a nurse practitioner and psychotherapist; and Chef Gaetanne Larocque. David Pearson will moderate the discussion.
The primary objective of this event is to strategize solutions for enhancing the health and vitality of our community by focusing on individual well-being. The evening offers an excellent networking opportunity for practitioners and individuals seeking innovative health solutions.
The evening takes place Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Room at the Travelodge Hotel, 1401 Paris St. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed.
This event is free and open to the public. To get a seat, we encourage everyone to register on Eventbrite under Rocks in My Pockets.
Sudbury Burlesque bringing cursed carnival to town
The carnival is coming to town, but the clowns, acrobats and creatures all look a little different this time around.
In a celebration of the carnivals of old, Sudbury Burlesque presents Monster’s Ball 7: Cursed in Carnival Land. It is sure to mesmerize and enchant with its combination of burlesque, circus and freak show acts.
More than 20 local and traveling performers will take to the stage at the Grand Theatre to dazzle audiences, including the ‘Goliaths of Glam’ duo IZOHNNY, flying in their two-ring circus all the way from Portland, Oregon.
“Halloween is always such an exciting time for us,” said Jessica Crowe, artistic director of Sudbury Burlesque. “The cursed carnival theme is coming with so many twists and turns, and it’s going to be our biggest show yet. We can’t wait to show everyone what we have up our sleeves.”
Monster’s Ball 7 will take everyone’s favourite parts of the circus experience and make them larger-than-life — with cheeky, sexy twists.
The audience can join in the fun by coming dressed as their favourite carnival or circus character; however, any costume will do. There will be fantastic prizes for the best dressed in the room. Guests at Monster’s Ball 7 can expect a costume party; booths from local and traveling vendors; a spooky after-party at HQ Nightclub; as well as a host of other on-site surprises.
Eleven years ago, Sudbury Burlesque started with a small group of performers putting together an intimate Halloween show for a small audience of friends and family. Today, the troupe — which brings together local, nationally-renowned and internationally known performers — has become the premiere producers of Halloween and burlesque events in northern Ontario.
Monster’s Ball 7 is presented Oct. 26-28 at the Grand Theatre, 28 Elgin St. Tickets are selling quickly at SudburyBurlesque.com.
Journeylysm at the GNO
The Galerie du nouvel-Ontario continues its 2023-24 season with Journeylysm, by Sudbury-based photographer Jorge Cueto. The exhibition runs until Oct. 27.
Journeylysm is an artistic adventure in which Cueto explores downtown Sudbury through photography and interviews. By immersing himself in this urban landscape, Cueto aims to reveal a space that transcends physical boundaries, delving into dimensions of time, experience, imagination and emotion. Through his lens, Cueto captures the sound and light dimensions of the people he meets.
Wordstock Sudbury celebrates 10 years with exciting line-up
Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival is thrilled to announce it will celebrate 10 years during this year’s festival, which takes place Nov. 2-4 at the Holiday Inn, 1696 Regent St.
This milestone event promises to be a literary extravaganza featuring a remarkable line-up of authors, poets, playwrights, masterclasses, panel discussions and more.
Over the past decade, Wordstock has emerged as a cultural cornerstone in Greater Sudbury, celebrating the written word and fostering a love for literature within the community.
Northern Ontario will be well-represented at Wordstock 2023, with contributions from Kim Fahner, Roger Nash, Marion Agnew, Vera Constantineau and Matthew Del Papa.
This year’s festival also boasts an impressive line-up of artists from across Canada, including the following.
- Catherine Banks and Hiro Kanagawa are coming from both sides of the country with insights into playwriting and screenwriting. A must for emerging playwrights and screenwriters.
- Deborah Dundas, the Toronto Star’s books editor, is a respected figure in the Canadian literary scene. She is known for her literary expertise and now with her own book, On Class, she will share the stage with Haroon Siddiqui, editorial page editor emeritus of the Toronto Star and a senior fellow at Massey College.
- Britta Badour, Kirby, Therese Estacion, Stuart Ross, Tyler Pennock and Jordan Abel — these talented poets and writers offer a diverse range of perspectives, enriching the festival with their unique voices.
- Jamaluddin Aram, filmmaker and emerging writer who immigrated from Afghanistan, will be joined by Dave Hurlow, former member of the Juno-nominated band The Darcy’s to talk about their debut novels and the convergence of creative outlets through film, music and literature.
- Hana Shafi will be with us to talk about her new poetry and illustrations book, People You Know, Places You’ve Been, and the creative process with writing and visual arts.
- In partnership with Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, we bring to the festival award-winning author Blaise Ndala, with his new book, In The Belly of the Congo.
- Terry Fallis, renowned for his humorous and insightful novels, including his recent best-selling novel, A New Season, is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Rod Carley was longlisted for the 2021 and 2022 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The two will offer a humour-writing masterclass. Fallis and Carley, alumni of the festival, are returning to Sudbury to help celebrate, along with Ali Bryan, award-winning author of Coq and The Crow Valley Karaoke Championships. She brings her extra-special fun to the festival in our gala celebration.
The festival will feature readings, book signings, panel discussions and masterclasses, providing a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to engage with their favourite authors and discover new voices. Again, prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Youthwords Writing Contest.
Tickets for Wordstock Sudbury’s 10th anniversary celebration go on sale on Oct. 2. You can purchase tickets through the website or directly on Eventbrite.
To learn more about the full schedule and line-up, please visit wordstocksudbury.ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Canadian actor Colton Gobbo to star in upcoming YES/STC production
YES Theatre and the Sudbury Theatre Centre are thrilled to announce up-and-coming Canadian star Colton Gobbo will be playing the lead role of Christopher Boone in the award-winning play, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
“It’s a huge play — a lot to tackle, but also tremendous amounts of fun,” Gobbo said. “After getting back from filming in Newfoundland about a week ago, I jumped into rehearsals and have been immersed in the show ever since. I was lucky enough to work with our director, Jeanette Lambermont-Morey, while I was in theatre school, as well as many of my cast mates, so we work extremely well together. It is legitimately an all-star cast featuring some of Canada’s most renowned artists. I will definitely be learning a lot through this process and taking in every second. The show is so fast-paced, deeply British, speaks to the light and dark of the human experience and truly might be one of the best book-to-play adaptions ever written. We’ve been rehearsing every day with the full company and we cannot wait to get on stage and play for you.”
Some of Gobbo’s most recent notable works include starring as Jordan in the hit Netflix series, Ginny and Georgia, as well as starring alongside Naomi Watts in the blockbuster drama, The Desperate Hour, and in CBC’s Son of a Critch.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of a boy with an extraordinary brain. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a moving journey that upturns his world.
Tickets are available at sudburytheatre.com. The show runs until Nov. 5.
Gillian Schultze opens new gallery
Sudbury-based artist Gillian Schultze is launching a new gallery at the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 1984 Regent St. She is hosting an opening party on Nov. 10 from 4-9 p.m. The entrance is located through Summit Physiotherapy, unit 15.
Throughout November and December, the Schultze gallery will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will also be open by appointment by calling 705-918-0612.
The Glorious Sons stop by Sudbury Arena
The Glorious Sons will perform at the Sudbury Community Arena as part of their 2023-24 North American tour. The show takes place Nov. 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts an hour later.
Tickets are on sale now. Buy yours online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets; by telephone at 705-671-3000; or in person at the arena box office, 240 Elgin St.
General admission standing tickets are $84.39 each; there is reserved seating at $84.39, $69.39 and $52.39; and VIP tickets cost $220 or $335. Ticket delivery is digital only.
For more information, please go to theglorioussons.com.
Serena Ryder presents Merry Myths tour 2023
Serena Ryder is embarking on the Merry Myths Tour 2023.
Join Ryder in celebrating cherished and contemporary Christmas classics this holiday season. Tickets are on sale now.
Following her critically acclaimed Christmas Kisses album, Ryder is re-discovering the magic of the holidays by unpacking their roots. Where did Santa Claus come from? What pagan mythology birthed some of the most widely known and long-standing traditions of Christmas culture?
Ryder has been fascinated with these very questions and is bringing to light some musical magic in their wake. This unique show filled with mythmas is fun for the whole family.
Ryder will play the Fraser Auditorium on Dec. 13. To purchase tickets, please go to serenaryder.com.
A Christmas Rockstory coming to Sudbury
Q Productions Las Vegas is thrilled to announce the Canadian tour of the electrifying
show, A Christmas Rockstory: A holiday circus spectacular. It stops by the Sudbury arena on Dec. 14 for one night only.
A Christmas Rockstory is an electrifying and heartwarming stage show that combines the excitement of rock music with the festive cheer of a Christmas circus. The show features a cast of talented and award-winning specialty acts and acrobats who dazzle the audience with their jaw-dropping performances. From acrobatics and aerial stunts to edge-of-your-seat daredevils, the circus performers showcase their extraordinary skills in an awe-inspiring display of talent.
The high-energy rock music soundtrack, featuring both original songs and beloved Christmas classics, sets the tone for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
With its unique blend of rock music, circus arts and holiday spirit, A Christmas Rockstory is an amazing show that promises to captivate audiences of all ages and leave them with a heartwarming and memorable experience. It’s a perfect celebration of the holiday season with a rockstar twist.
Tickets for A Christmas Rockstory are on sale now. Prices start at $45, plus fees. Secure your seats by going to CABINMEDIA.ca or by calling 705-671-3000.