Lucky Number Seven

For many of us, July can be viewed as a time to celebrate. The frigid winter months are far gone and it’s time to cash in those vacation days and hit the road. But as long as the days are hot, it seems like—dare I say it—summer can go by with the blink of an eye. With all the festivals and events taking place in Northwestern Ontario as well as across the border, we want to help our readers get the most out of the warm season and your time off, so once again we present our summer festival guide.

Whether you’re a fan of live music, craft beer, or drag racing, there’s lots to do out there. So we break down various festivals with the essential information, including where to stay, what not to miss, and even providing some insider tips.

Speaking of celebrating, July also brings Canada Day. In honour of Canada’s b-day our music columnist Gord Ellis tries to get to the bottom of why we have so many great singers, songwriters, and musicians. Stuff We Like presents some ideas for the sesquicentennial and we get a peek at Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s new exhibition The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North.

Also in the issue, Kirsti Salmi chats with singer-songwriter Sam Roberts about his upcoming performance at the Thunder Bay Bluesfest and finds out the story behind his song “American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay.” Plus, Chef Rachel Globensky shares her delicious raspberry dessert recipe and sommelier Jeannie Dubois serves up some suggestions for radler-esque beer cocktails to help quench your thirst.

And it might not be as momentous as a century and a half, but this issue marks The Walleye’s seven year anniversary. I’m extremely proud to be part of the magazine and give tremendous thanks to our founders: Darren McChristie, Tiffany Jarva, and Dave Koski, as well as our dedicated team of contributors and staff. And thank you to our readers and advertisers; I think it’s safe to say as long as Thunder Bay continues to flourish with arts and culture, we’ll be here covering it.

-Adrian Lysenko