ISSUE #46 OF TARG ZINE - The first one of 2018

The cover features a hilarious caricature of Wizard/Community Builder/Underground Music Aficionado SKA JEFF because, in this issue, he took the time to put together a comprehensive list of all the 2017 Ottawa Music Releases that should be on your radar - Thanks Jeff!

Inside the January Issue of TARG Zine: The next edition of Remi Royale’s 80’s Dance Party is locked & load, info about the killer line-up on page 2, we had a short break at the start of the month - get a glimpse how The TARG Wizards celebrated xmas, news about a couple of upcoming community fundraising events & how to celebrate Ukrainian New Year all covered in the TARG JIBBER JABBER column, so many wicked shows this months we highlighted 6 that cover the full spectrum of musical taste, Josh Stafford is back with some MAYFAIR THEATRE news in his column ACROSS THE STREET, SKA JEFF shares the top local music releases so you can have some neat tunes to listen to while you slug it out in your office cube, DOC BROWN meets up with LUKE SKYWALKER in the TOYS R JOSH comic, CURTIS “phones-it-in” with his highly absurd ADVENTURES OF TARG comic, get some multiball action going on the HARLEY DAVIDSON pin with a little help from MONTY’s MASTERCLASS, Professor BERNIE gives us the goods on the 1986 classic ARKANOID in his video game Superguide, Read the very surprising story behind the MORTAL KOMBAT II demonic voice in an article called “FINISH HIM!!”, Sun Nite FREE-PLAY TOUGHEN UP DJ KJMAXX counts down the top Space Disco tunes his Space Boogie Crew played at our epic NYE party, SLO’ TOM had to field a lot of New Years resolution & self improvement questions this month - maybe his advice applies to you too, some New Brews in the TARG Beer Fridge - get the skinny on ‘em in TARG ZINE, wondering what Jan 2018 has in store for you but can’t afford to hire a proper clairvoyant? No probs ZOLTARG is here to help with is discount fortunes/predictions, Jennilee digs deep into her wild imagination to create a hidden Old Ottawa South that you can colour, this months TARG Pin Up features an unholy FINAL FALL action shot by ANDREW CHRISTIAN CARVER  to help get you stoked for the upcoming DARK GATHERING Industrial/Goth nite & of course everything you need to know about all of our January events is covered in YOGI’s PEROGRAM.
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INSIDE ISSUE #45: info about our holiday hours, learn all about Jars In Bars, a new brew we are carrying from Collinwood ON & a wizardly Holiday Craft show in the mishmash column that is TARG JIBBER JABBER, check out Curtis’ 45th straight Adventures of TARG comic - he’s a comic strip machine. Ska Jeff counts down his 5 fave Christmas slasher films, get an Ottawa Punk History lesson in preparation for the return of legendary punk band THE TRAPT at TARG Fri Dec 22, DJ KJMAXX counts down his top 10 Toughen Up! Free-Play Sunday finale jamz, Josh has a couple of funny comix featuring stormtroopers & Husky Helpers, Josh Stafford from The MAYFAIR Theatre gives us the scoop on their Cartoon, Cereal Pajama Party on Sat Dec 16, professor Bernie gives us the straight goods on the Konami classic GYRUSS in his Video Game Superguide. L.A. based actor & Second City Comedy Troupe veteran MARC HICKOX is coming to TARG to freak us all out - learn more about his highly unusual act in the WHO THE HECK IS HEINO article, Gap-year Felix reviews a cool cassette by the band FAZE, SLO’ TOM has some tips to help get you through the Holiday Season. December marks the 35th anniversary of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game for the Atari 2600 - was it the worst game ever made? Find out inside the pages of TARG Zine, get the crayons out and colour yet another adorable illustration by Jennilee, after a long hiatus BEARSHARK are back and these handsome fellas are this months TARG Pin-up Plus everything you need to know about all the shows happening at the arcade this December are covered in Yogi’s Perogram.

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The classic 70’s handheld favourite Coleco Electronic Quarterback is on the cover as a tribute to the Grey Cup Fever that is starting to boil over in our city.

INSIDE THE NOV ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: the 45th anniversary of pong, celebrity sightings & new brews all covered in the TARG JIBBER JABBER column, tons of great shows this months 6 important ones are featured in WICKED SHOW ALERTS so you don’t miss out, SLO’ TOM settles a booze dispute between a father & son & shares his expertise of cinema in his advice column, Curtis has another hilarious Adventures of TARG comic, BTW has anyone seen our TARG machine? KJ MAXX lists his fave Toughen Up! Guest DJs - Ottawa’s cream of the crop record nerd aficionados. A two page spread dedicated to football stuff including some thoughts by Canada's Entertainer & CFL super fan B.A. JOHNTSON, A new column called Across the Street by The Mayfair Theater’s Josh Stafford reviews the 1984 vid game classic The Last StarFighter which will receive a rare screening on Nov 26 as part of the Mayfair Kids Club series, THE LOCAL MIX, your guide to the studios & producers who make the music happen in our town profiles DARKSIDE PRODUCTIONS & its founder Wizard Mike Raymond, Gap Year Felix has a record review for fans of spooky tunes, Some pics of the best costumes from our recent and totally fun TARG HALLOWEEN KROOKED KARNIVAL, Monty helps us to understand the magnificently bizarre Zaccaria masterpiece pinball machine ‘ROBOT” in the MASTERCLASS, Professor Bernie puts down the bag of chips to write about the 1983 hit Jr. Pac-Man, Jennilee still finds time to give her fans a cute illustration to colour (we miss you JL), prolific rock photo journalist Andrew Carver captures one Switched On Synths most exciting performers Douce Angoisse for this months TARG Pin-up, Plus everything you need to know about all the shows going down this month in Yogi’s Perogram. Grab yer copy at the arcade or .....


Halloween is our fave time of year at TARG and this months issue has no shortage of Spooktacular articles, information & distractions.

INSIDE ISSUE #43: Get the scoop on our official TARG Halloween 2017 Party - it’s gonna be extra bananas & super Crooked! So many bands from far & wide playing TARG this month - check out the TARG Welcome Wagon, heads-up: Family Free-Play Super Sundays have been re-booted for the entire month Amazing! We have 6 unique Halloween themed shows this month - Burlesque, Ska, Emo, Metal, a Free-Play Rampage Event & a Krooked Karnival - it’s all inside the pages of TARG ZINE. SLO’ TOM answers questions about skydiving & broaches the controversial topic of gasoline in his advice column, SKA JEFF counts down his top 5 Halloween themed Pinball machines, Professor Bernie gives you the low down on one of our most overlooked vid games WORLD RALLY, the TOYS R JOSH comic features Pruneface & some salve problems, Curtis gets weird (duh!) in his monthly Adventures of TARG comic, DJ KJMAXX reveals 10 Halloween traxx that are guaranteed to turn any dance party into a SCREAM-O-RAMA, TARG t’s are back in stock, our beer fridge has a new lager from Poland, see a Canadian Rock Icon stuff his face with perogies & more in the TARG JIBBER JABBER Column. Get a tour of local punk legend DAVE DUDLEY's (Furnaceface/Dave’s Drum Shop) recording studio, Val Halla is back with another METAL UP YOUR CATS article - meet Chris from the metal band DROID’s furry roommate Curry, FELIX is on a gap year so he finally has time to do some record reviews - this month he features DUR DUR DUR by local punk outfit Durs Coeurs, Monty has never watched GAME OF THRONES on tv but he tells us how to rack up big scores on Pinball version in his MASTER CLASS, Did Halloween costumes from yesteryear suck? You be the judge after reading HARSH HALLOWEENS OF THE 70’s & 80’s, SHEILA is the Wizard of the month - get to know her - she makes your food, Wizard Jennilee is a busy woman but she still finds time to create wonderful illustration for you to colour - Thanks JL & last but not least everything you need to know about shows & events TARG this month is covered in YOGI’S PEROGRAM. Grab yer copy at the arcade or Download it here:


11am - 9pm Every Sunday during October

All Classic Arcade Video Games will be set to FREE-PLAY mode ALL DAY LONG to maximize your summer family fun!! Bring the kids and Grandma too - show them all your radical Ms. Pac Man skills. We are always family friendly before 9pm and we thought it would be fun to extend some FREE-PLAY action to budding arcade wizards before school starts.

PINBALL - *our collection of 17 pinball machine will be available for pay play and range between 50 cents - $1 per game


all 25 video game cabinets will be on free-play. Unlimited arcade action. Games on Free-Play include: Track & Field, Super Mario Bros., Ice Climber, Excitebike, Capcom vs Marvel, San Francisco Rush the Rock - Alcatraz Edition, Area51/Maximum Force, Double Dragon, Gauntlet (4player), Space Invaders Deluxe, 60 in 1 Cocktail, NBA Jam, Tetris, Pac-Man 60 in 1 Stand Up, Area 51: Site 4, Turbo, WWF Wrestlefest (4 player), Super Chexx Bubble Hockey, Centipede Cocktail, Asteroids Cocktail, Super Off-Road, Burger Time, Donkey Kong, 1942, Galaga, Galaxian, Qix, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man Pooyan & more (over 100 playable titles)

18 pinball machines • 25 classic arcade cabinets • over 100 playable titles • 7 kinds of perogies  • enjoy our wide selection of Craft & domestic brews at our fully licensed bar.

Games List here:


(regular perogi service continues at 3pm)

choice of 2 eggs (fried or scrambled), 3 traditional perogies, Ukrainian kolbassa sausage (3 pieces), 2 pieces bacon, 2 slices of choice of white or brown bread, unlimited coffee or tea. Garnished with orange twist

scrambled egg (1 egg), 3 traditional perogies, 2 pieces bacon, 1 slice choice of brown or white bread. Garnished with orange twist.

6 Vegan perogies, cashew cream, mixed fresh fruit, white or brown toast, endless tea or coffee. 

It’s the ultimate breakfast sandwich. Pretty much everything you see on this menu (eggs, bacon, sausage, perogies.) ...all in a convenient format that will impress your face. Invented and conceived by Davey - our sunday expert… ask a wizard for details.


INSIDE THIS MONTHS ISSUE: Getting back to school can be tough but we have a fun reward for making it through the week - FAMILY FREE-PLAY SEPTEMBER SUPER SUNDAYS -  every Sunday in Sept we are setting our collection of 25 classic arcade video games to Free-Play 11am-9pm - a totally free & fun family hang - read all about it. SLO' TOM is back from summer vacation & helps some of our readers with weird rashes & career guidance in his advice column, SKA JEFF counts down his top 5 FILMATION cartoons, Curtis kept his streak of 42 consecutive months of “ The Adventures of TARG” comix alive by illustrating this months funny page from the comfort of an adirondack chair in cottage country, The Smurfs make an appearance in the Toys R Josh comic, September is a big month for Switched on Synth fans - read about some of the electronic music artists coming to play TARG all the way from from Paris, Chicago, Toronto & Montreal, Learn about some neat events & stuff we have been up to in our rapid fire JIBBER JABBER column, The eccentric Dave Draves talks to us about his magical recording studio LITTLE BULLHORN in the Local Mix feature, Big Bernie gives us the straight goods on the 1987 classic arcade game Double Dragon, 3 new pinball machines have arrived at TARG and more are rumoured to be on the way for this month - read all about it, Monty invites us to the Grotto and teaches us the basic of the 1978 classic pinball title PLAYBOY, The leaderboard for our monthly free pinball tournaments has been updated - checkout the Hall of Wizards, DJ KJMAXX counts down the top 10 Toughen Up FreePlay Sunday jams of August, Jennilee has a skreedleliscious illustration for you to colour, Expert shutterbug Petr Maur captures the ultra cool duo EXPANDA FUZZ in front of the KISS machine for the September Pin-up (be sure to hang it in your locker) plus everything you need to know about this months events & concerts at TARG. Grab your copy at the arcade or download it here
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San Francisco based Punk/Pinball artist DIRTY DONNY (Stern Metallica, Can Crusher, Aerosmith) has supplied us with a killer illustration for this months cover. This guy is setting the world on fire and still has time for his Ottawa pals - AMAZING!   

INSIDE THE AUGUST EDITION OF TARG ZINE: We are letting the Perogies Stay up late on weekends - checkout the NEW LateNite Wizard Box Menu. The TARG machine get a visit from DANZIG in Curtis’ ADVENTURE OF TARG comic, SLO' TOM is away on vacation but still managed to respond to a longtime reader, SKA JEFF counts down his top 10 celebrity encounters in his Hi-Fives column…. what! Pinch Barback Bendan joins The Wizard of the Month club, heaven & hell are depicted in the Toys R Josh comic with appearances by Hamburlar & Jason Vorhees. Our new THE LOCAL MIX column profiles the music studios that record the bands you go to see perform live -  this month we talk to JP about WOLF LAKE STUDIOS. Check out some old school skateboards in the RAD RIDES FROM THE 80’s article, News about an exciting fundraiser that helps engage Ottawa area youth & get refurbished skateboards into their hands, Sunday Nite Hero DJ KJMAXX counts down his top 10 heavy rotation tune of July, Monty has some tips to blow up the Death Star in his pinball Master Class, Elixer Wizard Jennilee has a sacked out wrestling meditation illustration for you to colour, Petr snapped a wicked captured some serious heavy metal darkness for this months TARG Pin-Up, and of course everything you need to know about all the events taking place in August can be had in YOGI’s Perogram. Grab yer copy at the arcade or download it here

Lordy Lordy Look Who’s 40 & Who’s Entering Their Dirty 30’s. The July TARG ZINE Is Out!

Yep, the cover of the 40th issue of TARG ZINE features Double Dragon Birthday boys Spike & Hammer who turn 30 this month. Amazing!

INSIDE ISSUE #40 - Chef Sammy & his merry band of Perogi Wizards have created a new out-of-this world Perogi masterpiece - check our menu for details, learn all about our NEW & IMPROVED SUMMER WEEK NITE SHOWS - a special program aimed at making live music fans less grumpy at work, Curtis keeps getting weirder weirder - checkout his latest “Adventures of TARG” comic, SLO’ TOM tangles with Chipnut again & fields a question about crime all in his advice column, Pinball Josh of continues his Obscure Summer Series by bringing in one extremely rare & unusual arcade oddity to TARG every month - read all about the latest addition: ROBOT an incredibly freaky 1984 pinball machine by the very strange Italian manufacturer ZACCARIA. We have 5 new games on location this month - all of them are covered in TARG ZINE. Josh created a custom DJ KJMAXX (of Toughen Up! Sunday Free Play fame) action figure to help imagine a didactic encounter with the Karate Kid in his Toys R Josh comic, FINS UP! We have a new island-styled brew in the TARG beer fridge, KJMAXX counts down the top 10 Free-Play Jamz of June, Big Bern gives us an exegesis on the rarely played 1981 Namco game “New Rally-X” in this months Video Game Superguide, Ska Jeff took a break from his Hi Fives article this month, but don’t worry we included a nice photo documenting his mop head replacement training session along with pics of other neat stuff that happened at TARG last month. Thank god for Monty & his Master Class articles or we would all suck at pinball - this month he's dishing out tips for our new BATMAN FOREVER wide body pin. The Hall of Wizards, the official leaderboard for our monthly free pinball tournaments is up to date & things are heating up - Next tournament is Wed Aug 23. There’s also some big news about V.I.P. passes for The Pinball event of the year - The Ottawa Pinball & Gameroom Show - Canada’s longest running Annual Pinball Expo, Jennilee has a cute summer wizard for you to colour, Petr Maur snapped a fun photo of Ottawa’s newest new wave super group The New Calling for this months TARG Pin-Up & of course, everything you need to know about all the amazing July shows at TARG can be found in Yogi’s Perogram. Grab yer copy at the arcade or download it here   

KORCHMA 2017 - Dakhabrakha + Ukrainia + Tyt i Tam + The Kubasonics + Remi Royale

Presented by: Capital Ukrainian Festival & House of TARG
Date: Fri July 21 & Sat July 22
Doors: 11pm / Show 11:30pm - 2am
Cover: $28 adv each nite or both nites w/ a $50 Korchma Pass
Venue: The Ukrainian Banquet Hall - 1000 Byron Ave. Ottawa

Join us for 2 fun filled evenings of KORCHMA (Ukrainian Pub Nites). These Captial Ukrainian Festival after parties will deliver memorable evenings of Pinball, perogies, dancing & live music! *These are not your Uncle Yaroslav’s jamz!  
Fully licensed 19+, ATM on Site

 (Ott Polka Rock)
11:30pm - !2:30am
Ukrainia aren’t your grandmother’s wedding dance band. Their music holds the old country passions, but their sound is clearly 21st century. Songs fuelled by the sweet breath of vodka are intense to the edge of mania. Their music will light your spirit, lift your body and transport you to another time in a surreal place – have your passports stamped, you are entering Ukrainia.

DAKHABRAKHA (Kyiv Ethno-Chaos, World-Music)
12:30 am - 2am
DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskiy. Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating a bright, unique and unforgettable image.  Ukrainian folk music and songs will surely benefit from the overtones of other music, cultures and styles. It will help to open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world as well.

THE KUBASONICS (St. John's, Newfoundland Speed-Folk)
Ukrainian speed folk with world dance gypsy & punk influences. This 6 piece party machine from St John's will ignite the dance floor.

Tyt i Tam  (Saskatoon Ukrainian Folk-Rock)
Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm)  is captivating audiences worldwide with their unique and progressive style of Ukrainian turbo­folk since 2003. Traditional Ukrainian folk songs and melodies combined with progressive and contemporary rock-­ska create Тут і Там’s signature sound. Stacked with four-­part harmonies and electric instrumental work, their creative arrangements and sincere musicality transcend the studio. They have performed at every major Ukrainian festival across Canada and internationally in Sydney, Australia.

REMI ROYALE (Ott Weirdo Crooner)
Remi will the party started and keep it going. Your master of Ceremonies for both evenings will be the incomparable North America's 2nd test tube baby, 1st recipient of a baboon liver transplant, inventor of the chip clip, 5 time blood sport champion, founder of the children's wish foundation... Ottawa's most active lounge singer with the most active sweat glands.  

What's a Ukrainian pub nite without Pinball & delicious hand made perogies? Ottawa's only true classic arcade, HOUSE OF TARG will be setting up shop at the Korchma both nites complete with 6-8 pinball & classic arcade machines & will be serving up their world famous handmade perogies to keep the dance energy levels up.

Singing, dancing and live music / Ukrainian food village and beer garden / Marketplace / Entertainment and nightlife / Cultural workshops and demonstrations / Church tours and sacred music choirs / Children’s activities

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
952 Green Valley Cres. Ottawa, ON



Our pal Alex’s heavily photo-shopped mug adorns the cover & rightfully so. A big chunk of June at TARG is dedicated to celebrating the release of “…and the Magic of Horses”, a forthcoming album by NEW SWEARS. We’ve got a whole weekend of back to back shows to give these guys the love & encouragement their hard work deserves.

INSIDE THE JUNE 2017 TARG ZINE: Father’s day is approaching fast - do you have what it takes to beat HIM at the “you vs Dad” wizard challenge? There are only winners all around when you attend our first Father’s Day Free-Play Brunch buffet… details inside. Ottawa’s Synthesizer Festival … S.O.S.fest hits TARG this month - your chance to to hear live tunes from some of the best electronic artists around the globe - get your robot on. Curtis pays homage to some home-brewed TV genius & slime in his ADVENTURES OF TARG comic, Ya, we know Canada 150 is a big deal in the nation’s capital, but have you heard about SKANADA DAY? Danny Rebel is dropping his new release at TARG on July 1st and the very popular VOICE OF THE PEOPLE SKA NITE gang is backing up this insane Canada Day Party - if huge crowds and tourist attractions aren’t your thing take refuge in a classic arcade and skank the nite away! The perfect summer pint is waiting for you… keep your eyes on our taps. You gotta see it to be it - get pumped full of inspiration from the the women of S.O.S.fest as they reveal their muses, Josh arranges a leave vacation for some PEZ dispensers, Star Wars stars, & superhero action figures in his highly unusual TOYS R JOSH comic strip, BIG BERNIE takes a break from the potato chips and shares some BURGER TIME knowledge, SLO' TOM addresses seasonal depression disorder, career planning & sagely band info in his advice column, Ska jeff counts down his fave electropunk albums, DJ KJMAXX shares the top 10 SUNDAY FREE-PLAY arcade jams of last month, MONTY "Bonds" with his loyal Monthly Free Pinball Tournament gang over some GOLDENEYE Pinball tips, important news for pinball enthusiast on page 18, help Ottawa’s most fun "boy band" complete 6 challenging task on the NEW SWEARS FUN BOY ACTIVITY PAGE, Wizard Elixir Jennilee makes it easy to show how much you love yer dad with her father’s day colouring page….. Sick of New Swears yet? Hope not cause photo-hound Petr Maur captured a pretty wicked snapshot of them shooting up the the arcade with lazer gunz for the June Targ Pin up, and finally everything you need to know about this months amazing line-up of entertainment at TARG in YOGI’S  PEROGRAM. Grap yer copy at the arcade or DOWNLOAD IT HERE