Masset Magic

Tyler Wallace, a.k.a. “the homeless artist,” paints Daddy Cool’s from Main and Collison. (Jana McLeod/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Festival fun and calls for more Kwuna

Haida Gwaii has the most unique populace. We are home to, and…

  • Aug 24, 2018

 

Cynthia Samuels behind the counter of her new shop, Eagle Talon Adventures, which offers coffee, treats, and kayak rentals in Old Massett. (Jana Marie/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Take-off for Eagle Talon Adventures

Eagle Talon Adventures offers smoothies, baked goods, gifts, and kayak rentals.

  • Aug 10, 2018

 

Air North’s Boeing 737-500 boards at the Masset Airport, full of fishing lodge pilgrims. Masset Airport has been busy as a beehive all summer. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: A few tips for off-island visitors

Being from Haida Gwaii there are always certain things I try to keep in mind when away.

  • Aug 3, 2018

 

Aaron Collison gives the a-okay after one of the rowdiest rollovers in mudbogs memory. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Spells, spills, and the what’s-she-after

ā€œIā€™m at that wonderful stage in my life when I wonder, why am I here and think about the hereafter.ā€

  • Jul 13, 2018
Aaron Collison gives the a-okay after one of the rowdiest rollovers in mudbogs memory. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The late Stephen Reid in his element, giving a cheeky reading at Masset’s 2016 Valentino Cabaret. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

Masset Magic: Missing Stephen Reid

By Evelyn von Almassy It is always difficult to write about someone’s…

  • Jun 22, 2018
The late Stephen Reid in his element, giving a cheeky reading at Masset’s 2016 Valentino Cabaret. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)
Masset Magic: Building protection from a wave of grief

Masset Magic: Building protection from a wave of grief

By Jana McLeod Times are tough down here at the north end.…

  • Jun 14, 2018
Masset Magic: Building protection from a wave of grief
Crews with Adventure Paving were busy re-paving stretches of Main, Orr, and Cook Streets in Masset last week where the Village of Masset recently installed new watermains. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Dancing and driving in circles

Whenever I see a pylon I have to fight the urge to…

  • May 18, 2018
Crews with Adventure Paving were busy re-paving stretches of Main, Orr, and Cook Streets in Masset last week where the Village of Masset recently installed new watermains. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)
Undercooked chitons are just as rubbery as you might imagine. (Dagmar Collins/Flickr)

Masset Magic: Close encounters of the taan kind

By Evelyn von Almassy I was listening to one of my favourite…

  • May 12, 2018
Undercooked chitons are just as rubbery as you might imagine. (Dagmar Collins/Flickr)
Brock Storry rocks with Out of the Blue, “the hardest working band on Haida Gwaii,” outside the Masset Village Hall on Harbour Day. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

Masset Magic: A foodtruck début and Harbour Day revival

By Jana McLeod I’m showing incredible restraint today. It’s gorgeous out and…

  • May 4, 2018
Brock Storry rocks with Out of the Blue, “the hardest working band on Haida Gwaii,” outside the Masset Village Hall on Harbour Day. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)
Whether they have an eye for fine art or little birds, Haida Gwaii pets sure appreciate all the prizes and volunteer work that go into the annual Bow-Meow auction for the Masset Animal Helpline. (Anna Marie Mol/Facebook)

Masset Magic: Bow-Meow wow and more signs of spring

By Evelyn von Almassy I hate to say it, but you missed…

  • Apr 26, 2018
Whether they have an eye for fine art or little birds, Haida Gwaii pets sure appreciate all the prizes and volunteer work that go into the annual Bow-Meow auction for the Masset Animal Helpline. (Anna Marie Mol/Facebook)
Missy Cross and Steven Beddall of Wooden Horsemen play a show in Vancouver, home base for the seven-piece rock band. A summer festival favourite, the Horsemen will be playing songs from their forthcoming, gospel-inspired album up in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Smithers, and Williams Lake this month. (Wooden Horsemen/www.woodenhorsemen.com)

Masset Magic: Spring cleaning and an out-of-body Boot Camp workout

I’ve been doing some research on spring cleaning, mostly to see if…

  • Apr 20, 2018
Missy Cross and Steven Beddall of Wooden Horsemen play a show in Vancouver, home base for the seven-piece rock band. A summer festival favourite, the Horsemen will be playing songs from their forthcoming, gospel-inspired album up in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Smithers, and Williams Lake this month. (Wooden Horsemen/www.woodenhorsemen.com)
Students and staff at Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay wear hockey jerseys on Thursday, April 12 in solidarity with the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan who suffered 16 deaths and several serious injuries when their team bus collided with a container truck last Friday. (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay/Submitted)

Masset Magic: A vigil for Humboldt

By Evelyn von Almassy I visited Saskatchewan many years ago, stopping in…

  • Apr 12, 2018
Students and staff at Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay wear hockey jerseys on Thursday, April 12 in solidarity with the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan who suffered 16 deaths and several serious injuries when their team bus collided with a container truck last Friday. (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay/Submitted)

Masset Magic: Respect is contagious, and so is bad attitude

By Jana McLeod Being a food critic would be my dream job.…

  • Apr 6, 2018
Haida Gwaiians got flooded with Facebook posts after an hours-long internet outage in February. (www.inkmedia.eu/Flickr)

Masset Magic: Offline, a few hours feel like a lifetime

By Jana McLeod I can finally talk about it. February 3 was…

  • Mar 9, 2018
Haida Gwaiians got flooded with Facebook posts after an hours-long internet outage in February. (www.inkmedia.eu/Flickr)
Tyler York drives to the basket during Skidegate during the team’s game against Hydaburg in the All Native Basketball Tournament. (Matthew Allen / Black Press)

Masset Magic: Overheard at All-Native — The right kind of locker room talk

By Jana McLeod Hello from Prince Rupert! What an amazing time so…

  • Feb 23, 2018
Tyler York drives to the basket during Skidegate during the team’s game against Hydaburg in the All Native Basketball Tournament. (Matthew Allen / Black Press)
Josh Samuels grew up in Ga’au and was lead roto-animator on the new Marvel Studios film, Black Panther. (Submitted)

Masset Magic: Animator Josh Samuels makes smooth moves in Black Panther

By Jana McLeod We love our success stories about our tiny little…

  • Feb 7, 2018
Josh Samuels grew up in Ga’au and was lead roto-animator on the new Marvel Studios film, Black Panther. (Submitted)
A view from Akumal. (Evelyn von Almassy/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Dreaming Valentino’s in Akumal

By Evelyn von Almassy I am writing this from Akumal, a place…

  • Feb 2, 2018
A view from Akumal. (Evelyn von Almassy/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Kirk Thorgeirson donating his money-tree winnings back to the Old Massett ladies’ team. (Jana McLeod/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: A kind act, a big day, and basketball fever

By Jana McLeod It’s still basketball fever time on Haida Gwaii. With…

  • Jan 25, 2018
Kirk Thorgeirson donating his money-tree winnings back to the Old Massett ladies’ team. (Jana McLeod/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Masset Magic: A Christmas Classic to remember

Masset Magic: A Christmas Classic to remember

By Jana McLeod Here I am, a full hour before the column…

  • Jan 10, 2018
Masset Magic: A Christmas Classic to remember
Constable Mike Hull, Chef Mary Frick of the Co-op deli, Corporal Chris Kienzle, and Constable Tom Baldwin of the Masset RCMP were busy on the morning of the Christmas tree lighting. Co-organized by the Haida Gwaii Co-op and the Masset RCMP, the annual Cram the Cruiser event collected $3,020 worth of food for the local food bank.                                 (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Christmas parties and Donna Mae’s smile

By Jana McLeod I have always told my children that all my…

  • Dec 15, 2017
Constable Mike Hull, Chef Mary Frick of the Co-op deli, Corporal Chris Kienzle, and Constable Tom Baldwin of the Masset RCMP were busy on the morning of the Christmas tree lighting. Co-organized by the Haida Gwaii Co-op and the Masset RCMP, the annual Cram the Cruiser event collected $3,020 worth of food for the local food bank.                                 (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)