CARRYING IT WITH HER
What do you see when you look at Western student Jessica Grossman? What you can’t see is the hardship she endured for years. What you can see is her ostomy.
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR
For most dads, it would be a horrifying realization. Their daughter, their little girl — all of 19-years-old and away from home for the first time attending a university with a reputation for less than responsible behavior — was seeing a new boy and she had — gasp — been sleeping with him. Even the most even-keeled father would immediately be on the phone ordering the chastity belt. But not Jonathan Grossman — he couldn’t be happier. “You can do that?” Jonathan, a hopelessly positive father if there ever was one, exuded. “I’m so proud of you. I would never even think you could do that. That’s awesome.” No, it wasn’t sarcasm. He was genuinely proud of his little angel who took a little longer to grow into her wings. He was just so happy she could live a normal life.
Waiting for the storm
When Jessica Grossman was 11years-old she stood 5’3 and weighed all of 50 pounds. Her hemoglobin levels — which ballpark around 120 for an average 11-year-old girl — hovered at 55. Anything 40 or below would have meant certain death. Clearly something with Jessica was terribly wrong. Two years prior to that, Jessica had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. A brutal intestinal disorder, Crohn’s often doesn’t develop until somewhere between the ages of 15 and 30, meaning Jessica could just sit idly by, waiting for a storm to come without a weather report. Yet almost always there is a switch — an unrelated medical event that wakes the disease and begins its savage assault on the intestinal tract. For Jessica, it was a stomach virus that she contracted right before she began Grade 7. In the span of a
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few days Jessica was drained of all her 11-year-old energy, replaced with stomach-scraping pain that clawed at her insides around the clock. “Basically I’m in a bed in a hospital — I don’t ever want to get up. The pain keeps getting worse and worse. You can’t really describe it. Imagine your insides having sharp knives grinding through them constantly. That was my life,” Jessica said. Jessica spent the majority of the ages 12 and 13 immobilized at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, only leaving briefly to go home and sleep in her own bed before the pain would get worse and she would need to go back. Her mother Julie, a physiotherapist and manager of a health clinic in north Toronto, would spend time with Jessica during her lunch breaks, hiding her lunch because she knew her daughter couldn’t eat. Her father Jonathan, who worked from home designing websites, was able to spend even more time with Jessica, working from the hospital while she slept. Finally, when Jessica was 13 and after two years of constant suffering in the hospital, doctors presented her with two options. “They said either you get this ostomy or you die,” Jessica remembered. “It wasn’t really much of a choice.” And thus, the doctors at Sick Kids went into Jessica’s stomach and harvested her colon, removing the final part of her digestive system and with it her ability to go to the washroom whenever she pleased. They then made a small incision in her abdomen and rerouted her small intestines out of her body, folding the edges of the open ended tube over on itself and stitching them down to form what’s known as a stoma. Waste would flow freely from the stoma into an ostomy, a small, tan-coloured pouch that collects
any and all waste that passes through her digestive tract, like a balloon attached to a water faucet. And that was that. Off went little Jessica Grossman, blindly into the world of having an ostomy after a life-changing and likely life-saving surgery. “I’ve been very lucky. This was a choice for me,” Grossman said. “Some people aren’t as lucky. There are a lot of people who wake up with an ostomy and have no idea what happened. They don’t know it’s coming. One day it’s just there.”
The birth of an idea
All of a sudden the pain stopped. Jessica would get dehydrated quickly, on account of missing her colon, and her body had trouble storing iron, but these were minor inconveniences when compared to being able to live a healthy, normal life again. Then in a Grade 12 media class Jessica was given an assignment to come up with a marketing tool for a charitable cause. She didn’t think much of it until she woke up in the middle of the night, as if struck by lightning, and immediately knew what to do. She was going to bare one of the most private parts of her body to her entire class — her ostomy. “I decided the best way to get the point across that I’m okay with this and I’m positive about it was to show off my ostomy and just put it out there,” Grossman said. Grossman set up a provocative photo shoot and edited the photos with the help of her father, a computer whiz with a deft hand for Photoshop. The photo caption was: “70,000 people in Canada have an ostomy — it’s time to stop covering up.” And then it was over. Grossman handed it in to be marked — “I didn’t do as well as I hoped” — and then thought nothing more of it. Until an unusually rainy summer
in Calgary in 2007 when Grossman met Rob Hill, a fellow colon-less ostomy-wearer and mountain climber. Hill had founded the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) running campaigns and providing education to raise the awareness of intestinal diseases in North America. He immediately saw potential in Grossman’s photos and, ever the mountain climber, wanted to take things to the next level. He wanted a website, a new photo shoot, a brand — he wanted Jessica to be the world’s most successful ostomy spokesperson. It would be called Uncover Ostomy. Jubilant to turn words, diagrams and brain storm sessions into a movement, Grossman and Hill made plans to reconvene in Vancouver, BC in the summer of 2009 to do the photo shoot. For once in her life, Jessica was able to take her ostomy and turn it into something that could help others — not just herself.
1 The doctor enters the
SRP referendum now valid
Yesterday, the University Students’ Council Appeal Board decided to overturn the decision deeming the results of the March’s referendum on the Student Refugee Program invalid. The referendum was ruled invalid after a number of demerit points were levied against the “Yes” campaign. According to the report, the Board felt the “Yes” side’s violations were “not substantial enough to change the results of the referendum.” “I’m jumping for joy, I’m just so excited that it was overturned and [the levy] is going through,” Anna Martin, director of Western’s Student Refugee Program, said. Marino Felice, head of the “Vote No” campaign against the [SRP] proposal, was not as pleased with the results. “They cheated, repeatedly, and significantly — why should the spread matter at all?” Felice expressed. “The decision of the Appeal Board basically says that we acknowledge SRP cheated, but they won by so much, their cheating doesn’t matter.”
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Against all odds
Then Jessica came crashing back to earth. Shortly after planning Uncover Ostomy, the news arrived: Jessica’s dad Jonathan had myelofibrosis. An extremely rare and life-halting bone marrow disease, myelofibrosis — which quickly develops into acute leukemia without treatment — disrupts the body’s production of blood cells, leaving the afflicted with little to no energy, enlarged organs and a tremendous amount of pain in the mid-section. It was cruelly similar to Jessica’s Crohn’s, but dissimilar in that there was no easy fix. Jonathan was to undergo a bone marrow transfusion that July. The exact same day as Jessica’s photo shoot in Vancouver.
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Jessica scrambled to reschedule and move her flight so she could be by her ailing father’s side as doctors tried to save his life. But Jonathan was having none of it. “He said ‘Jessica, I don’t care. You’re going there and you’re doing this. You’re not going to sit here with me and let this pass you by. End of story,’” Jessica said. So as her dad lay in a hospital bed on the other side of the country receiving increasingly high levels of chemotherapy radiation that left him a vomiting, feverish mess, Jessica was in British Columbia doing the photo shoot and laying the ground work for Uncover Ostomy — the campaign that was supposed to be the most exciting, substantial achievement of her life. After completing her photo shoot and updating her aunt and uncle in Victoria, Jessica raced back to Toronto to be with her ailing father.
A life in 37 days
Jessica Grossman had spent more time in hospitals than anyone else should ever have to in their lives. And now she was going back. But this time, when Grossman arrived at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto — right across the street from Sick Kids where she logged her years in a gown — she was the visitor and not the patient, sitting by her father’s side as he lay bedridden, hardly able to move or even talk. It would go on like that for more than a month as Jonathan’s body decided whether it would accept the new bone marrow or not. Jessica blogged her father’s ordeal, as his body began bloating and spotting, while the area around his eyes puffed up like a fish and turned bright shades of red and yellow. The Grossmans watched the doctors scrawl Jonathan’s daily blood work on a white board across from his bed, clinging to every tenth of an increase in Jonathan’s neutrophil level or white blood cell count. But their optimism remained guarded. Just finding a donor had been a miracle in and of itself — it would take another one entirely for the transfusion to work. In order to even receive the transfusion, Jonathan had to endure eight straight days of chemotherapy to kill all of the diseased bone marrow in his body and make room for the new stem cells. Doctors had surged an ungodly amount of radioactivity through every single pore of his being. On the day the Grossman’s were supposed to find out if the new bone marrow was working, the doctors stopped putting Jonathan’s numbers up on the whiteboard. Slowly, Jonathan’s breaths began getting farther and farther apart. Just before 1:00 pm. on Sunday, August 30, 2009, at just 47 years of age, Jonathan Grossman died of kidney and liver failure. The chemotherapy had damaged his organs to the point where they refused to function. Jessica wrote of the news on her blog, announcing her father’s death to the wide network of family and friends who followed it. “Finally, he’s at peace.”
Crohn’s, Jonathan was there. When the doctors told Jessica they were taking away her colon in order to keep her alive, Jonathan was there. Through her darkest nights, curled up in pain on a hospital bed, just waiting for the next hour when maybe the pain would be a little softer, Jonathan was there. And now he wasn’t. A mere two months before the expected launch of Uncover Ostomy, Jessica had lost her support system. Just like the colon the doctors removed six years earlier — how could she function without it? But if anyone lives carpe diem, it’s Jessica Grossman. Her father saw just 47 years and there was a time where it seemed like Jessica might not even make it to half that. If her dad could have had anything in this world, it would have been for his daughter to be successful and to achieve her dreams. So on Oct. 3, 2009 — world ostomy day in Canada — Uncover Ostomy launched. The website’s splash page was anything but subtle, with a seductive picture of Jessica, hair perfectly messy, wearing a skimpy white tank top and black jeans, undone at the top with a tan ostomy bag peaking out above the belt line. Her first blog, complete with video and a written introduction, was surprisingly positive for a girl who had lost her father just a month prior. But that shouldn’t have been a surprise — Jonathan was an astonishingly positive man. Uncover Ostomy wasn’t just for herself or the thousands of Canadians living with ostomies. Jessica was doing this for her dad. “I’m just so happy that he kept pushing me to do it no matter what. He was so involved in my life — he would never let anything hold me back,” Grossman said. “I know he was so proud of the fact that I had started it. I wish he could have seen where it’s gone.”
abdomen and locates the colon or large intestine.
2 A portion of the colon is
pulled through the incision in the abdomin.
3 The colon is cut. The
portion attached to the rectum is removed or sutured closed and left inside.
4 The portion attached to
the stomach is brought through the incision and the ends are folded over and sutured to the skin, called a stoma.
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Jessica doesn’t mind being the one fielding the questions from firsttime ostomates. But what she really wants is for others to step up and follow her lead, putting a positive spin on life with an ostomy. “If you come out with it and tell people about it and say ‘this is what I have and I’m fine with it,’ then people see it positively,” Grossman said. “If you go up to someone and say there’s this gross weird thing attached to me, everyone else is going to see the same thing.” Leaving Western after four years with a BA and going to New York University to do her Master’s in graphic communications management and technology in the fall, change constantly fills the air in Grossman’s world. There’s always mountains to climb. “If you don’t have positivity, all you’re going to do is stop yourself from doing anything you want to do,” Grossman said. “I’ve been able to look at it very positively and the ostomy hasn’t stopped me from doing anything.” That much is clear for Jessica Grossman. No one needs to tell her anything is possible. No one can ever clip those wings.
The future is today
If Jonathan was here today he would see a unique online community, a one-of-its-kind arena for ostomates — if you don’t recognize that word, you aren’t one of them — from around the world to come together and exchange ideas, share tips and, most importantly of all, break the stigma. “The stigma is there so people that have [ostomies] hide it. But if they keep hiding it, the stigma is still going to be there,” Jessica said. In the next few months Jessica and IDEAS are revamping Uncover Ostomy with a new design, new photos and improved functionality. She wants the website to grow into a support system with areas for those with ostomies around the world to interact with each other and share their own tips and stories.
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“I wish he could have seen where it’s gone”
Through her two-year battle with
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YEAR IN REVIEW
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
— Winston Churchill
Haters gonna hate
Hayes’d and Confused, one last time
Hayes'd and Confused
Traditionally, these last–issue columns are offered to the paper’s Front Office to give them one last kick at the can. Some choose to write shout–outs to those who made their year extra special, others attempt to pass on information to future generations of Gazetters. I’m also positive these columns have never in any way been used as a way to fill space at a time of year when many section editors are concerned with final papers and exams. So where to start? I began at the paper as a volunteer in my first year at Western, back in ‘06/’07. I saw the effects of the Spoof Issue of that year and watched as the paper emerged from the ashes the next year stronger than ever — if perhaps with a less cavalier attitude. And while other volumes may not have seen as dramatic a change from year–to– year, each volume of the paper has been as unique as the individuals who wrote them. It’s both the most exciting and depressing part of the Gazette. Though every year provides new and exciting opportunities, we also lose unique and talented individuals at the end of every year. It’s something symptomatic of the university system. We forget that with most students in school for four years, it only takes two years for half the students to be unaware of an event. You may be able to look to the student newspaper to provide context to current events, but we’re prone to exactly the same problems. Sure, we attempt to circumvent this problem by writing reports spanning the entire year, but they’re a poor substitute for an actual person who can answer questions and interact with you. But maybe things are better that way. Sometimes it’s better to not have to face a situation without someone telling you it was tried before and didn’t work — having freedom to make mistakes is oftentimes the most important mechanism for learning. So to look ahead to the future generations who may read the words I’ve written — highly unlikely, considering the amount of dust our back issues are currently gathering in the office — I’d say make mistakes. Learn from them, but also revel in them. If everyone loves you or everyone hates you, you’re doing something wrong. But if there’s a group of readers willing to storm the office and another group of equal size willing to stand in front of them, chances are you’re doing something right. The Gazette should always be looking for the difficult news stories. But we also shouldn’t be afraid to have fun. Unfortunately, with an increasing blur between campus newspapers and smaller–focus local papers, the irreverence of yore may be relegated to the dustbin of history. But for someone who was given the blessing by his boss to try to do The Spoke’s Around the World of Beer Tour in one day, I hope the Gazette still retains a little bit of cheekiness far into the future. After all, a sense of humour is a terrible thing to waste.
So sorry, it’s over
With this being the Gazette’s last issue of Volume 104, now is a good time to reflect back on the 98 issues published this year. The Gazette, like all campus newspapers, struggles to define and fulfill a mandate that fluctuates from year to year. Looking at today’s centre spread, it’s clear plenty of important stories — like the municipal election — failed to resonate with readers, while less newsworthy pieces — like campus WiFi — proved exceedingly popular. It’s in this context that campus newspapers must guide their coverage. Some papers are faulted for looking too inward, focusing on their university bubble instead of more significant news happening elsewhere. It’s true that a mandate focused on campus news will result in plenty of uninteresting stories. Covering campus news exclusively also forces newspapers to eschew more newsworthy stories happening outside their mandated bubble. Some newspapers, like Metro, tailor content specifically to reader interests: shorter stories, smaller news sections, longer arts sections. But readers can be a fickle crowd to please, often demanding in-depth stories while thumbing their way to the crossword. All campus and community papers exist in a bubble. But this focus is sensible because these newspapers are often the only ones with a critical eye on the goings-on of their communities. Meanwhile, dozens of larger newspapers fulfill the requirement for provincial, federal or international news. Campus newspapers, like all student organizations, are a learning experience — one where student volunteers try, fail and succeed under public scrutiny. There is no guidebook setting a specific path, leaving students the opportunity to experiment and continually adjust their mandate. It’s here that campus newspapers can find their single guiding purpose — to cover their geographical area as best they can with diverse and important stories. But while striving to fulfill this, they have the freedom as students to experiment and meander, reporting on a variety of news outside of their bubble. It’s crucial for campus and community newspapers to watch their communities closely with a discerning and critical eye — no matter the consequences or sacrifices. Because if they don’t, no one will.
— The Gazette Editorial Board
Mike Hayes MANAGING EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a certain note of finality to any piece of writing I’ve produced for the Gazette over the years. Once it heads off to the printer, the words I put down on the page aren’t going to change, no matter how much I may wish to have another crack at it. So it’s with a certain amount of consternation that I approach this, the last “Hayes’d and Confused” I’ll ever write for the Gazette. Though I’ve covered a variety of issues over the years — from salvia divinorum to etiquette among Canadian political parties — having to provide an epitaph has proven to be the most difficult.
Meagan Kashty DEPUTY EDITOR email@example.com
Hell hath no fury like a student scorned. Throughout this year, I’ll admit, we’ve published an article or two calling the student demographic apathetic. But the reality is you really care — some of the time. And the result is a reader filled with so much emotion that it overflows onto our opinions page, the website — whatever medium available. And that’s great. I love seeing an open dialogue between our paper and the readers — but that wasn’t always the case. You see, I didn’t always take criticism well. This sentiment is shared by many of my peers I’m sure. Spending hours poring over the introduction of your final essay only to receive a mediocre grade could be compared to agonizing over the perfect lede only to have a reader comment on a poorly phrased sentence buried in the last paragraphs. “But they’re missing the point,” might be a common exasperation. But whether it’s constructive, useless or downright mean, criticism is a good thing. It forces you to justify a point you’ve made public and challenges you to cover all your angles next time. For every sentence I write, I now have four more sentences in the back of my mind ready to defend that point. Criticism forces you to stand by your convictions, has the potential to discredit you, but helps you improve next time. The more criticism the better. It helps you distinguish between the individuals that want to help you improve in the long run, and those who are just looking to have their voices heard. And either one is okay. Take feedback and use it when it’s offered. But if a person is just looking to vent, remember heated discussion is better than no discussion at all. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned at my time at the Gazette. Oh, and never quote someone else as your final thought. It’s a cop out — you should be able to phrase your thoughts with more conviction than anyone else can.
In retrospect, the USC and Gazette are two of a kind
a digital workflow that makes us onlineready, or a creative section boasting video and graphics. It was part of a mission to modernize the Gazette after years of meekly playing catch-up to a changing medium. Meanwhile, the USC dove head-first into a new governance structure empowering councillors to do work previously helmed by full-time executives. There was a renewed spirit to involve students, emphasized by events they’d simply appreciate, like the widely successful Purple Fest. They had the most prudent and reasonable approach to business and finance in years. But after months of optimism, reality settled in. The USC floundered in handling the UWO Faculty Association strike, provoking a salvo of criticism from average students and the Gazette. Meanwhile, our incessant interest in USC politics and Western news kept news coverage local while offering a handful of forgettable stories. Both groups are grappling with a changing and growing student body, one far less engaged than years past. So while the USC preaches about getting students involved, the Gazette pleads with readers to volunteer. But most students want nothing to do with either of us. This should all be considered when summarizing a year of work. That student organizations are always at the mercy of the people willing to do the work. That leaders get the brunt of criticism and praise, but their achievements are owed to their employees, who in student circles are the most devoted types you’ll find. Because it’s the volunteers who do obscene amounts of work for no discernable reason. It’s their devotion to an organization, a name, an idea. For newspaper folks, it’s the Gazette and what it represents. For the politically inclined, it’s the student government and its aspirations. But after years at the Gazette and a term as editor-in-chief, I’m starting to realize we’re not so different after all.
Letters to the editor
Library tenants beware
To the Editor: This is a warning to all students in all libraries. With the exam period looming over the denizens of Western, the value of library space is at a premium. By 9 o’clock the libraries are packed with students stuffing as much information as possible into their worn out brains to make up for the fact that they haven’t done their readings in five weeks and slept through lecture just as often. Well, sort of. You see, half the seats are usually full, while the other half have been marked as “taken” by a single sheet of paper, a couple of pens, or a sweater thrown over the back of a seat to mark the territory of a student who hasn’t stepped foot in the library for hours. This exam season I’m going to assume that these articles of academia, these bits of stationary and these pieces of clothing are all items that some poor student has lost in their exam frenzy and will treat such items with the respect they deserve. I’m going to take your corral-hogging shit and give them to the front desk to keep in the lost and found, and then I’m going to take your seat, you inconsiderate bastard.
Stuart A. Thompson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a fitting finale yesterday when the Gazette released its annual University Students’ Council report cards. These leaders represent the collective efforts of a mutli-million dollar organization. And while they do important work, only some students will see the results. Big ticket events like the Purple Finale succeed by following a winning formula: free lunch and free punch. Meanwhile, much of their work goes unnoticed, like lobbying the province for more access to education. While these leaders get the glory and the scorn, a hefty amount of work is done by other people: councillors, commissioners, volunteers and staff. So as much as we love these evaluations, they can only represent simple summation of a complex year. They evaluate the leaders, while the rank-and-file go largely unnoticed. It’s something true of the Gazette as well. In fact, we mirror each other more closely than either camps notice. We’re both student-run, student-led organizations. Our teams have similar trial-by-fire mentalities, succeeding and failing in the public eye. Our achievements go widely unnoticed while our shortcomings become the cause de jour for armchair critics everywhere. There was a feeling in September that both groups would achieve something different this year. At the Gazette, we overhauled everything we could, including the most significant layout change in years. Much of our work has been behind the scenes, like
Your anonymous letters to life Dear Life, Why would Tim Hortons raise the prices of their food when exams are just around the corner? The cruelty! Dear Life, I didn’t get a chance to write a last opinion column, so this will have to do: Math got hard, food tastes good, university is over forever, goodbye. wgaz.ca/dearlife
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Amber Garratt ARTS & LIFE EDITOR
Nothing seems to stand in the way of London native Shadrach Kabango, more commonly known as Shad. At the age of 29, he holds a degree in business from Wilfrid Laurier University, is currently working towards a Master’s degree at Simon Fraser University and is now the proud owner of a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Between his win at the Junos and his busy touring schedule, Shad took time to talk with the Gazette about his “Juno shocker,” coming home and his musical influences.
“Hey, you! What the hell are you doing? That gun’s NOT a toy — stop waving it around! Look at you — your finger’s still on the trigger!”
The sounds of the season
Check out Canadian music festivals this summer
Ashley Perl GAZETTE STAFF
Summer music festivals attract distinctive talents and create a community atmosphere. This year is no different with four promising festivals to consider. NXNE has expanded since its start 17 years ago but McLean says the essence still remains same. “We built our reputation on emerging bands. With no internet [at that time, we] needed to give a vehicle for upcoming bands to give them a place to be heard.” Last year, NXNEi was also added. The interactive conference holds workshops on media tools and different technologies for independent creators. Visit www.nxne.com for more festival information.
>> Tom Selleck, yelling at an extra on set after he picked up a real gun
and started pointing it at people
Osheaga – Montreal
Speculating rumours about headliners were finally confirmed this past week – recently reunited Death From Above 1979 and The Eels will be fronting this year’s Montreal festival, which runs from July 30-31. Nick Farkas, director and cofounder, explains Osheaga is all about maintaining the loose Montreal vibe and creating a positive fan experience. The remainder of this year’s lineup will be released on April 12 at www.osheaga.com.
Shad returns to London with a Juno
You released a track after the Junos to thank fans. What motivated you to do that?
I had that track in the bank — me and Skratch Bastid had worked on something. I met up with him after the Junos on Saturday — he was spinning downtown — and I said, “Hey, let’s put this track out on Monday” and he agreed. It worked well timing-wise.
Home County Folk Festival – London
The annual Home County Folk Festival is celebrating its 37th anniversary this year. Taking place from July 15-17, artists like Dan Mangan and London’s own Basia Bulat will be playing in Victoria Park. Admission is free with the option of a donation that goes towards keeping the event running each year. Other than the six music stages, over 150 craft and food vendors can be found throughout the park. More information can be found at www.homecounty.ca
Are you excited to be heading home to London for a show? Do you expect friends and family to attend?
It’s always fun to come home and play. We just try to have fun. My shows have always been the same — pretty loose. I just try to interact with people and try to make it a special experience. Some friends will be there, but my parents and my brother won’t — they moved back to Rwanda and live there now.
Rock the Park – London
Another of London’s annual music festivals will take place from July 2123 in Harris Park. Featured headliners include Stone Temple Pilots and Sloan, as well as classic rock artists Meat Loaf and Cheap Trick. Set up in 2004 as a fundraiser for Bethany’s Hope fundraiser, a portion of the profit is donated each year. More information is available at www.rockthepark.ca.
What was going through your head when you won the Juno?
I was laughing. It was a massive surprise. It will be a cool memory and something to celebrate with the team.
They’re calling your win a “Juno shocker” – were you expecting it?
No one was expecting it. Drake is a massive star — he has massive talent and had a huge year. It was too bad that he didn’t take anything home because I think he deserves to, as much as there is any rationality to music awards.
Who are some of your musical influences?
I listen to a lot of different stuff such as [music] from high school that is just a part of me now like OutKast, Common and Lauryn Hill. That’s always a tough one for me because [there are] a lot of artists that I love, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want to work with them on a song — I’m just a huge fan. I’m a big Kanye West fan — I don’t know if we could make a track together, but you never know. I would love to be in the studio with him and see what happens.
What’s coming up for you?
Just going on tour and then after that get to work on some new music.
If you could perform alongside any musician who would it be?
We play a few more shows in Ontario then we do some shows in the States and then back in Canada. I will be on the road for five or six weeks. Shad plays London Music Hall tonight. Tickets are $16 and are available at ticketscene.ca
NXNE – Toronto
This year, NXNE will take place across 50 downtown Toronto venues from June 13-19.
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Museum London’s exhibit plays with colour
Narayan Chattergoon GAZETTE STAFF
When reflecting on art, it’s natural to first think about colour. In fact, the connection seems so natural that colour’s importance and breadth of use is often overlooked. Colour Fields, hosted by Museum London, seeks to explore the ways in which artists use colour to provoke emotional reactions, explore issues of perception or drive a narrative. It definitely succeeds in this goal. The works in Colour Fields are diverse, depicting scenes that make excellent use of the colours they contain. In addition, the pieces vary in their choice of medium and use of texture. The result of all this variation is an exhibit that displays how elements of art are employed and how effective they are in influencing their audience. Within the exhibit, there are two pieces that contain similar subjects but the use of different colours for each piece makes them completely unique, evoking a different emotional response from its audience. “This type of exhibition is fun as it lets us reveal the sheer range of artwork that we have in our collection, some not seen in a long time, and explore what it can communicate to us,” says Cassandra Getty, curator of art at Museum London. Different pieces of art in Colour Fields follow the traditional definition of colour field painting — abstract works consisting of broad areas of solid colour spread across the painting surface. However, some of the other works expand on the use of colour and texture, adding an extra element to the painting’s effect. Colour Fields is a collection of works that emphasize the importance of colour in art, engaging its audience through its variety and diversity. Colour Fields will be on display at Museum London in the Lawson Gallery until September 11, 2011.
Courtesy of John Tamblyn
Oscar Cahen’s Animal Structure, an oil painting on masonite from 1953, is one of the pieces found in the collection at Museum London.
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we have this gym here with professionals like myself and Sam Shields.” However, Hominick will go into the fight as a huge underdog because Aldo, who has a career record of 181, is considered the top featherweight in the world and the number three pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. “He’s one of the best pound-forpound fighters in the world and he’s
proved that. He’s dominated everyone he’s fought thus far,” Hominick admitted. Yet Hominick believes his striking capability is something that Aldo has yet to face and will pose a difficult challenge for the champion. “I think I’m the one question mark. He’s never faced a top striker yet. Any time you let Jose dictate the fight, he dominates. But we will see how he reacts to me pushing him backward.”
With his first child on the way in early May right after his first UFC title shot, Hominick is understandably excited about what promises to be the best month of his life, regardless of what happens against Aldo. “I couldn’t paint a better picture. The first live show in Ontario and my wife is due five days after,” he said. “Things in life happen for a reason. I just have to go out there and fulfill my destiny.”
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Local boy gets UFC title shot
Daniel Da Silva SPORTS EDITOR
When the UFC holds their first main event in Ontario at the end of the month, Canadians everywhere will be cheering for the national hero in Georges St–Pierre to retain his welterweight title and status as one of the greatest fighters in the world. But London will have its own hometown fighter going for the featherweight title at the event, when Mark “The Machine” Hominick takes on Brazilian Jose Aldo. “There is no greater goal than to be the world champion and to do it at home would be a dream come true,” Hominick said in an interview with the Gazette. “I don’t think we’ve grasped how big this event will be until we’re there in Toronto. It will be the biggest UFC event of all time.” Hominick was awarded the title shot earlier this year when he
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I don’t think we have grasped how big this event will be […] It will be the biggest UFC event of all time.
UFC fighter, on the first MMA event in Ontario
defeated fellow featherweight fighter George Roop at the “UFC: Fight for the Troops “event. “I was treating the fight like I was the number one contender before it was actually announced. [Once I won that fight], it had been the craziest experience of my life,” Hominick said. “It’s great to get that reward after all the work I put into it. It’s a huge opportunity for me.” Hominick, who trains out of London’s Adrenaline Training Centre, hopes his presence as a local fighter will help grow the sport in the province and will put a spotlight on mixed martial arts in Southwestern Ontario. “For the Ontario side, it’s great to have someone local fighting in the first event fighting for the belt. I’m honoured to be in that spot,” he said. “People are starting to realize that
>> see HE’S pg.11