Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:08 pm

Large Turnout at second annual International TableTop Day

Even a complicated game with many cards and pieces like Talisman, by Fantasy Flight Games, can bring together a group of strangers on TableTop Day. PHOTO BY JAMIE  BURTONBy JAMIE BURTON
Staff Writer
The second Annual International TableTop Day rolled through The Toy Trove in St. Catharines, bringing a sense of community to the game store by encouraging board game group play.
The event, started by Wil Weaton and Felicia Day, encouraged followers of the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel to bring their friends out to local game stores and community centres on April 5 to play board games and card games.
Todd Graves, 30, owner of The Toy Trove, registered his store in downtown St. Catharines as a place for all interested parties to come in and have a blast playing games with friends and strangers alike. Between 30 and 40 people showed up over the course of the event to enjoy games such as Samurai Sword, Ticket to Ride, Fluxx, Talisman and Settlers of Catan.
“I didn’t expect to see such a wonderful turnout,” said Graves. “Last year I only...

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The Comic War: DC or Marvel?

Ian Kjiersdam, 24, Andrew Dawson, 18, and Taylor Waringer, 19, all show their Marvel pride. PHOTO BY REBECCA AHEARNBy REBECCA AHEARN
Staff Writer
Since their creation during the Second World War, Marvel and DC Comics have been popular with people. These heroes have inspired generations of kids into adulthood, but which label is your favourite?
Both comic labels have given us characters that stand out among the hundreds of others, like DC’s Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern or Marvel’s Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Avengers and everyone has a favourite. There is one hero that stands out to everyone.
“Iron Man is my favourite, he’s sarcastic, a smartass and he’s a genius and I love that in a man. He’s just like me,” said Kailyn Stokes, 21, of Bruno’s School of Hair Design in Hamilton.
Iron Man is one of the most popular heroes since Robert Downey Jr. portrayed Tony Stark in 2008.
“Iron Man’s my favourite. I kind of appreciate the brains instead of the brawn,...

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Xprime releases The Album

By MAZIE BISHOP
Staff Writer
It’s hard to put a finger on the genre exactly, but Xprime, a four-piece band originally from Niagara Falls and the Welland area, is somewhere between pop and classic rock mixed with modern Duwop and is sure to please.
Xprime, which consists of Gab Sid on keys and guitar, Steph Mercier on guitar, Neil Carson on bass, Phil on percussions and all of them sharing the vocal role, came together in 2009 and released its first EP, Here We Are, in 2012.
Its first full-length record, The Album, released on March 8 is packed with energy and full of incredible harmonies and irresistible hooks.
The album starts off with Inspiration, an energetic song about getting into the swing of things and holding onto the inspiration when it comes. The gang vocals in the chorus adds that feel good Xprime vibe one can usually only get from going...

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I’m not mad; it’s just my Bitchy Resting Face

By CAMILLE PASCO
Staff Writer
Bitchy Resting Face (BRF) is an angry alternative to the usual blank look most people have on their faces when they show no emotion. This condition affects the facial muscles and has stamped a viscous stigma over the faces of many women worldwide.
BRF has the tendency to make you appear as though you are hostile or constantly judging others while at rest.
This pop culture phenomenon featured on The Today Show and has gone viral across the web, earning its own Urban Dictionary entry and a popular video on YouTube dedicated to the stigma it has provoked.
Women often feel they can no longer make it through the week without somebody asking, “Are you OK?” or “What’s your problem?” In reality, that just might be their face. “Seriously, I’m fine!”
Society can be observant and judgemental, or can it? Maybe it’s just our faces; maybe that woman across...

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Music Depot celebrates Beatles’ 50th

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
For the past two decades, the Music Depot has been teaching students how to play instruments and how to be comfortable performing in front of live audiences. The firm recently celebrated its anniversary by marking another, The Beatles’ 50th.
Led by experienced teachers, who are also working musicians, the Depot prepared for this event for 10 weeks to honour the Beatles. Port Colborne resident Jack Mitchell, 46, owner of the Depot, helped organize the event. Mitchell, who also played in the show, performs with his students four times a year.
“We knew our next show had to be something big,” Mitchell said. “This year is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, so we decided to do a Beatles show. As we put students in their bands, each band got an album to cover so no one stepped on each other’s toes.”
The show began with the...

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Muppets return with an instant classic

The Cast of the new Muppet movie. SUBMITTED PHOTO          By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
As the Muppets grace the silver screen once again they bring new laughs and songs that will definitely warm the heart. Muppets Most Wanted, the highly anticipated sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, is fun for the entire family and sure to delight older fans and gather new ones.
Kicking off right where its predecessor ended, the Muppets realize they have reached their highest level of stardom and want to move on towards the next big thing, everyone that is except Kermit the Frog.
Ricky Gervais plays Dominic Badguy, pronounced “bad-gee”, who suggests the Muppets go on a world tour with him as their tour manager. Posing as tour manager was just a small step in his devious plan, as he is only the henchman, and ‘number 2’ super villain in the world, his successor being Constantine, a Russian doppelganger of Kermit with the only differentiating characteristic being a...

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KISS inducted into Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Gene Simmons enjoys performing for fans.  SUBMITTED PHOTOBy ALEX HICKS
Staff Writer
After making music for over 40 years, KISS has finally been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – but it’s not all champagne and celebrations for the group.
The band’s lead singer, Paul Stanley, 62, and bass player, Gene Simmons, 64, have been lashing out against the hall in Cleveland, OH, with no signs of slowing down.
When asked by Classic Rock Magazine if the induction was an honour, Stanley replied, “No, it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us.”
Stanley, who previously referred to the hall as “a bunch of faceless people in a back room, who trademark a name that sounds very official”, claims to only be accepting this award to honour the fans.
“It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it’s validation for them. So, for that reason,...

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