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Mohawk Lodge fuelling their Wildfire 


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The Mohawk Lodge 

With Octoberman 
Sunday, 7 October at 8pm 
Blackspot Cafe 


TONY KtSS 

ArtsSi Enlertainment Wrifer 

Ryder Havdaie has a lot of responsi¬ 
bility on Ills siioulders these days; a 
new Mohawk Uidge rettoni entitled 
WiJdfijes, the kickoff of a cniss- 
coimtry tour jtist a week away, and 
the management of Wliite Wliale 
Records. Surprisingly lliough, his 
band and record label weren't always 
his first priorities. 

"The Mohawk Lodge actually got 
started while 1 wasplaying in another 
band called Kids These Days, and I 
was the weakest singer of the bunch. 
At one point, they actually asked 
me not to sing." Havdaie recalls. 
"1 started The Mohawk lodge as a 
tliaiice to write and sing my own 
songs, and ended up recording them 
in my friend’s cabin; the first record 
was a bit more of a solo effon." 

While The Mohawk Lodge's first 
album. Rare Birds, was indeed a 
stripped down, folky effort, on 
Wildfires. Havdaie opts for a fieshed- 
QUt. harder sound. And while he’s still 
doing a lot of writing for the group, in 
no way should Wildfires be miscon¬ 
strued as a solo endeavor; the record 
features guest appearances from a 
pletliora of hipster-rockers—notably 
Dan Boeckne.r of Wolf Parade—and 
was produced by Darryl Neudorf, 
known for his work with Neko Case 
and tlie New Poritographers. 

"loicially, Mohawk Lodge was my 
folky side-project, but now I'd say 
we are probably harder-rocking than 



Kids These Days ever was." Havdaie 
remarks. 

"We began recording the new 
album in Toronto, just Ltarryl and I. 
and by the time it was over, we’d relo¬ 
cated out West and bad all these dif¬ 
ferent people dropping in to record; 
you'd never know who was coming 
in to play. At one prant, we had ten 
people all crowded around ilie same 
microphone. So much of it was spon¬ 
taneous; 1 don’t think we’ll ever be 
able to make that record again.” 

With a growing amount of support 
and coverage, the upcoming cros- 
atiimry trek is a seminal irtomem 
in Tlie Mohawk Lodge’s growth as a 
band. One of the challenges Havdaie 
and his band-mates face now is 
retliinking the guest-heavy, layered 
souikI of ilte recorded album, and 
bringing it to a live show, 

"Dtirlng recording, we definitely 
found a core band, but tlte album has 


14 people on it. and [now^ there are 
only five of us, so I think it will be 
interesting to see how we improvise 
those missing elements." Havdaie 
says, remaining optimistic about the 
cliallen^- "One of the great things 
about louring is that by the end of it. 
you are so wdl-rehearsed that you’re 
basically a different band." 

Even with so much on tlie go. Tlie 
Moluwk Lodge liave no plans to take 
a rest now: hot off louring this 
November, they'11 be heading back to 
the studio and beginning work on a 
follow-up to Wildfires 

“It’s gtmg ID be a la more of a 
live, off-ilie-floor efiiirt. Tliis will lie 
the first time the band has walked on 
a record after playmg so many live 
shows." Havdaie explains. “We have 
some songs written already that we’re 
piobaUy gcni^ to work into our live 
set. so iliuK will find tlteir way onto 
iteEP" 


24/One offers amateurs the limelight 


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24/One: 24 Hour 
Filmmaking Challenge 

Edmonton International Film Festival 
Entries will beshown Saturday, 

6 Octoberatlpm 
Empire Theatres 

M.ATTIll'BERT 

Arts & Entertainment Staff 

"It’s like Norman Jewison said in Oscar 
acceptance speech: 'Forget the spe¬ 
cial effects; just tell a story,’" Joshua 
Semcluik. 24/One's orgaiii/er. says. 

For the last two years, the 24/One 
filmmaking challenge has afforded 
amateur direaors, screenwriters, and 
aaors from the Edmonton area the 
opportunity to try their respective 
hands at storytelling on the Edmonton 
International Film Festival’s increas¬ 
ingly world-class stage. 

Inspired by a similar contest at a 
long-running New York festival and 
Edmoiiion-based Film And Vkleo 
Arts sociEiy's own 48-hciur chaOenge, 
eniranls liave only one day tti craft 
a seven minute piece based around 
a unifying theme. True to the clial- 
lenge's rigorous form, the details to 
be incluclisl are provided at li :59am 
Saturday morning. 

"It tMcIies you to be organized 
and be prepared and forces you to 
make decisions in sudi a shitri time 
period." Semchuk explains. “Tlie 
rule of thumb for bigger productions 
is that for every day of shooting, you 


liave tlireedays of post[-pn)diK:tion]. 
Here, you haire three hemrs of post 
[-production] for every hour of shoot- 
ir^. You have to biidg« [lime] for 
tilings like daylight, so you can imag¬ 
ine wliat you can do with a lot of time 
and a lug budget.” 

“If a writer and director 
can demonstrate an 
understanding of a 
good stCMTtelling arc— 
fhaf is, a hf ^nning, a 
middle, and an end— 
and communicate a 
director’s \ision from 
paper to screen, that’s 
truly a piece of work.” 

JOSHUA SEMCHUK 

24/ONEORGAWZtR 

Naturally, a commitmeiK that 
demands wire-tight deadlines and the 
penchant for fiirgoing sleep and good 
sense attracts a lot c/ postsecemdary 
filmmaker liupefuls; last year, in (act, 
a cteative team at the U of A won the 
coveted first place prize with their 
feature. Tie hnagineer. .Still, the field 
remains diverse. 

"We have people from all walks 
of life," Semchuk notes. “Some are 
younger, some ate non-university, 
and they’re of all ages, from all over. 
We base two entries from Calgary this 
year as well” 


Of tlie 41 teams who enrolled this 
past Saturday, 37 submitted their fin¬ 
ished product on Sunday afternoon. 
And while the pieces that Semchuk 
and his collection of industry pros 
who are serving as judges have been 
poring over for tlie last week may 
not appear as polished as tliose of the 
veteran filmmakers presenting at the 
EIFF. they are by no means less ainbi- 
ttoiis. 

Rather than mimic iIk gfoss and 
seemii^ly endless resounxs studio 
productkais. ilie films cf the 24/Oue 
clioose to be faicliful to ibe relationship 
of screemvrHH' and diienor. Whatever 
ieams can demonstrate this best, accord¬ 
ing to Semcluik. fulfill tlie criteria for 
being one ctf ten r^ficial selections. 

"The Coen brothers are a perfect 
examine of this—one writes, one 
directs, bin neither is truly limned 
to only one If a writer and director 
can demonstrate an understanding 
of a good storytelling arc—that is. a 
beginning, a middle, and an end— 
and communicate a director’s vision 
from paper to screen, that’s truly a 
piece ctf work. A fine piece woik." 

If the sliape ctf Edmonton's growing 
music scene of laie has been any indi¬ 
cation of the kinds of talents chat lie in 
the margins of the Qty of Qiampfons, 
one can’t lielp but feel tliai Ednuiiitoii’s 
filmmaking scene will not be far 
behind. With the amount of atten¬ 
tion the 24/One is drawing by word 
of mouth, it appears ihe EIFF's suc¬ 
cess and buigeoning popularity is as 
much indebted to its new blood as its 
old guard. 



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is recruiting university 
graduates to join the prestigious 

Japan Exchange anU 
Teaching (JET) Programme. 

Participants teach English at 
public & private elementary, 
junior or senior high schools, or 
serve in government organizadons, 


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