New zine re­viewer dus­tan j. hlady sent us an in­die map for his home­town of Moose Jaw, SK. We don’t run this fea­ture any more but dus­tan’s piece was so good we had to run it in the mag. En­joy!

Broken Pencil - - Letters And Misc Dustan - by dus­tan j. hlady


WRITES: “Hey I thought that I would sub­mit my city for the in­die scene thingy that I al­ways en­joy so much in BP. Moose Jaw is a small city but we have an in­cred­i­ble arts scene.”

1. Bobby’s Place

Bobby’s Sun­day night gigs are leg­endary. Lo­cal, in­de­pen­dent and tour­ing bands play the Ir­ish style pub. The pub show­cases ev­ery­thing from rap to me­tal. There is also an af­ter show tra­di­tion where who­ever is still around at last call, holds hands in a cir­cle and says “We may never all be to­gether again.” The pub is show­cased in High­wind’s mu­sic video for Hey, Is That Moby?.

2. Com­mon Cafe and Bak­ery

Tour­ing bands have been stop­ping in the cafe for decades. All of their baked goods are made in shop and the cof­fee is cof­fee snob ap­proved. It’s a hip­ster hang­out but even more than that it is ac­cept­ing of ev­ery­one no mat­ter who you are. Proof of this can be found at their monthly open mike that can have you go from awe of tal­ent to cring­ing in your seat in a mat­ter of min­utes.

3. Chiller’s Brew­house

Chiller’s is an in­ter­est­ing mix of artis­tic peo­ple us­ing the bar as a mu­sic venue and a group of char­ac­ters that look like the cast of Duck Dy­nasty (ex­cept less teeth). The bar, you might say is an artis­tic bat­tle­field where both groups com­pete for the space. You might hear heck­ling (to and from the stage) and if you’re lucky, a fight. They have mu­sic shows once a week and an open jam ev­ery Sun­day night. There is a mi­cro­brew­ery on site. Their Christ­mas and Hal­loween rock shows are among some of the wildest nights you can have in the city.

4. Vin­tage Vinyl

A record store with a mas­sive col­lec­tion of used records, CDS and band merch. It’s also just a nice place to stop by and talk mu­sic. There is a weed para­pher­na­lia shop in the back.

5. Blood­line Tat­too

Blood­line is ar­guably the best tat­too par­lor in the province. They spe­cial­ize in cus­tom tat­toos. Their work is fea­tured in the Me­gan Nash mu­sic video Deer Head

6. Moose Jaw Public Li­brary and Art Gallery

The beau­ti­ful his­toric build­ing hosts varied artis­tic events, from art classes/open­ings, lec­tures and mu­si­cal events. It is also the venue for Canada’s Pre­mier lit­er­ary fes­ti­val Saskatchewan Fes­ti­val of Words. Yann Mar­tel is a guest this year. Past guests in­clude Mar­garet At­wood, Miriam Toews and pretty much any Canadian writer you’ve ever heard of.

Be­hold, the Moose Jaw Public Li­brary!

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