Too Much to Do

During the summer vacations of my youth, I don’t think there was a phrase that made my mom cringe more than “I’m bored.” Now that I’m older, a little wiser, and without the summer months off, I want to slap the young me. With our long winters and the vast amount of festivals and events going on during the summer, I don’t think any Northwestern Ontarian should ever be uttering that phrase. If we have to complain about anything, it should be that there’s too much to do. Don’t believe me? Just look through the pages of our July issue.

I can’t tell you exactly how the idea for our Summer Festival and Events Guide came about, but it started five years ago when our editorial team was trying to figure out what to cover for our July issue. Discovering all the summer events in Northwestern Ontario, we decided to devote the cover story to as many as we could. Now, as we present our fifth annual Summer Festival and Events Guide, I’m happy to say that this issue is more jam-packed than ever. From blueberries to blues to beer, we showcase a variety of festivals and events and provide useful information, including where to stay and what not to miss. And because summer is road-tripping season, we also profile some festivals taking place south of the border, and to the east.

Keeping with the theme of our cover story, Kim Latimer chats with Jann Arden, who will be performing as part of the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, our homebrew columnist Josh Armstrong talks about craft beer festivals, and we take a look at some of the Bluesfest after-parties.

Also in the issue, we explore Rosslyn Village in our Neighbourhood Profile, and right in time for barbecuing season, Chef Rachel Globensky shares a delicious recipe for grilled prosciutto-wrapped peaches. Plus, to help celebrate Canada Day, sommelier Jeannie Dubois presents some cocktail ideas for July 1 and film columnist Michael Sobota talks underrated Canadian movies.

July also brings another celebration, as this issue marks our nine-year anniversary. Thank you to our dedicated team of staff and contributors, as well as our advertisers and readers; without you and the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene, we wouldn’t exist. Happy Canada Day and happy summer!

-Adrian Lysenko