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People are "Russian" To Get Their Hands On Issue #63 Of TARG Zine...

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Tetris - the blockbuster Soviet export video game Turns 35 this month! Let celebrate one of the most anxiety inducing games of all time!

INSIDE THE JUNE ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: Everything you need to know about our annual FATHERS DAY FREE-PLAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BRUNCH BUFFET. TETRIS turns 35 this month - get your history lesson and protect yourself from fake arcade news with TARG Zine. Did you know we have a special FREE-PLAY Sunday planned for this month that will feature a 100% SynthWave soundtrack? Details inside TARG Zine. 10 years ago Perogi Wizard DAVEY was challenged to write & record a song a day for an entire year… get the full scoop on the musical hurricane that took over his life! Cat lovers will love Bernie's review of the 1983 NAMCO classic MAPPY. Get prepped for the next TARG Monthly Pinball Tournament by studying Monty’s pro tips for our new DEADPOOL pinball machine. Comic Strip artist Curtis has expanded the Adventures of TARG universe to the last frontiers… space & bootleg underwear - sooo weird. Larry from MEOW! That’s Hot Kitchen + Bar reviews some more local vinyl from the late ’80s. Yep even Josh’s toys need therapy - see for yourself in the latest Toys R Josh comic. Wizard Sheila has a cool interview with CHUO 89.1 FM Station Manager Erin Flynn in her Sister In The City column. Josh Stafford from the Mayfair Theatre is excited about the premiere of NIGHTMARE CINEMA - the latest offering from the Horror anthology genre. Our advice columnist SLO’ TOM ventures out of his “wheelhouse” to answer some on a topic he knows absolutely nothing about... Sports! Yep it's a good one. questions about sports - god help us. Photographer Andrew Carver captures synth wizard Mike “Muff Wiggler” McGrath (R.I.P. 1974-2019) in action from a past show for this months TARG PIN-UP - we will be celebrating Mike’s contributions to the Ottawa Synth Community with some special performance by some of the city’s most creative electronic musicians on Thurs June 27. And last but not least - everything you need to know about the shows & events this month can be found in Yogi’s Perogram. Grab your free copy at the arcade or download it here...

BLACKOUT! Issue #62 of TARG Zine Is Now Orbiting!

The MAY cover of TARG ZINE pays homage to one of the most amazing pinball back glasses of all time… BLACKOUT (1980) - but nothing compares to seeing a real one these beauties in person - which you can do at HOUSE OF TARG.

INSIDE ISSUE #62: Choose your own adventure by carefully selecting one of three valuable TARG coupons, Mothers’s Day FreePlay Brunch info inside, The May Wicked Shows Alert offers some tips for planning your entertainment this month, Professor Bernie shares the ins & outs of the classic 1984 bartending game TAPPER, Curtis the Comic book artists has TARG on a new space themed adventure, Get all the info you need about our new 1980 solid state pinball machine BLACKOUT - follow the tips and to achieve hi-scores - its all in Monty’s Master Class, Our Multicade machines total 60+ games from the golden age of video games - ARCADE ACTION suggests a couple for you try, MEOW! THAT’s HOT Kitchen + Bar at 519 Bank always has some awesome Canadian wax spinning - that’s why co-owner Larry features a local vinyl review every month in TARG ZINE - this month - THE JOHN HENRYS - Sweet as the Grain (2008), Stormtroopers eating hot dogs? True story - check it out in the TOYS R JOSH comic strip, Our good buddy Sheila shares a cool interview with the talented & very busy founder/creative director of DEBASER, Rachel Weldon, An anime sword fighting classic is coming to The Mayfair Theatre - let josh Stafford tell you all aboot it in his column ACROSS THE STREET, SLO’ TOM knows a thing or two about a thing or two…. this month, he gracefully responds to some criticism, shares some driving advice & provides some comforting wisdom for those who are apprehensive about growing old, DJ KJMAXX shares an inspirational FREE-PLAY story, forgot to buy mom a gift… just colour Jennilee’s May weirdo illustration & give it to her… who wouldn’t want your amateurish crappy colouring as gift? VJ SKA Jeff is this months TARG Pin up - only a few months of school left to hang this precious photo up in you locker AND of of course everything you need to know about all of the amazing shows and events happening at TARG this month can be found in YOGI’s PEROGRAM.

TARG HI-FIVE: Issue #61 of TARG Zine is here!

WOW - thanks Ottawa! A well deserved Hi-Five from all the TARG Wizards to you for support us since 2014 - that’s 5 years this Wed April 17 - Amazing!

INSIDE ISSUE #61 - check out our list of every band that played & every game you played at TARG between April 2018 - April 2019…. it’s a long read! If you are interested in stats we have you covered with our "5 year Hi-Scores" - everything from the number of bands that played TARG to the number of perogies that were handmade for the past 5 years. Take a sneak peak at some of the fun staff in store for you at our official 5 Year Anniversary Party Wed April 17. Our trusty WICKED SHOWS ALERT hi-lights a few not-to-be-missed shows for all sorts of musical tastes, Professor Bernie gets into the. spirit of spring by reviewing the 1981 classic LADYBUG in his Video Game Superguide, CURTIS still hasn’t run out of funny ideas for the amazing ADVENTURES OF TARG Comic… so weird! METAL UP YOUR CATS is back this month… well sort of… you gotta see it to believe it. TRAPPED UNDER ICE is a new Canadian Metal Compilation on wax but it is also touring show featuring 5 of the best metal bands around - details inside TARG zine. You already knew BA Johnston was coming back to TARG on Fri April 12 to promote his new album “The Skid Is Hot Tonight” but did you know he has his own TV show? Learn all about BA’s 6 HAM JAM episodes in out SKIDFLIX listing. Larry re-visits the self titled TOKYO SEX WHALE in his What's Spinnin' At Meow! That’s Hot review column, This month's TOYS ARE JOSH comic features He-Man & Jabba The Hut - prepare to laugh, Sheila is back with another interview with an inspirational woman from the Ottawa Arts/Entertainment scene, "NUDE ON THE MOON… A Man discovers a Nature Camp On the Moon” - yep that's the title & premise of a strange & rare 50 year film showing Across The Street at the MAYFAIR THEATRE this month - let Josh Stafford prime you for this truly bizarre flick. Oh boy, Chip Nut is back but SLO’ TOM takes care of the situation in his advice column. If you have a calculator watch then it would be easy for you to figure out that 5 Years of TARG also means 5 years of SUNDAY FREEPLAY - read DJ KJMAXX’s anniversary message. The amazing Jennilee finds inspiration in her fave Futurist painter Charles Demuth for this months colouring page, Andrew Christian Carver captures Ottawa Psych Rockers SLOW DAWN in action for this months TARG Pin-Up plus everything you need to know about all the amazing concerts & events taking place at House of TARG this month can be found in YOGI’S PEROGRAM. Grab yer free copy at the arcade or Download it here.  

WOW! ISSUE 60 OF TARG ZINE IS HERE!

That's nearly 1440 pages of content created over the past 5 years by some of the most supportive and talented folks arounds… Mega thanks to all of the contributors past & present for believing in TARG and providing us with some much needed distractions.

INSIDE THE MARCH EDITION OF TARG ZINE: we have some tips for celebrating International Women’s day at the arcade, Heads up - our annual March Break FreePlay Arcade Party for Kids is now 2 days - details inside, A few new things at TARG this month here are some hints: Pizza, Miracles & Sweatshirts, As usual, the Wicked Shows Alert page suggests the months best bets for all sorts of musical tastes, Bernie reviews the 1982 arcade classic DIG DUG, Garfield author Jim Davies has nothing on our Adventure of TARG creator CURTIS… checkout his 59th comic for TARG Zine (he missed one month because he became a Dad), Shanks At McCranks? Yep its a real thing and it is beautiful - read Patrick Shanks’ article, House of TARG & C*4 join forces to create an absolute dream day for Ottawa Wrestling fans…. details inside, Larry from Meow! Thats Hot reviews some fresh new wax from Ottawa punks NECK of uncle D records, the Toys R Josh comic this month will make you groan & remind you how brutal this winter has been, Sheila interviews Singer Songwriter Rita Carter in her Sister In The City column, Meet the new TARG Turbo Champ, Josh tells us all about the amazing UP ALL NIGHT FEST happening at THE MAYFAIR theatre this month, SLO’ TOM is asked to speculate on outcomes of few celebrity fantasy fist fights: The Beatles vs The Monkees, Snoop vs Martha, Roth vs Hagar - yep its a new low for his “advice column” & you know you can’t wait to read it. The amazing Jennilee has just made it possible for you to colour TARG’s Mysterious Mannequin ARDETH, The handsome Steve Adamyk is this months pin-up cause he is releasing his 6th album - Amazing… and everything you need to know about this months amazing events can be found in Yogi’s Perogram.  GRAB YOUR FREE COPY AT THE ARCADE OR DOWNLOAD IT HERE

FEBRUARY IS A COLD ONE BUT ISSUE #59 OF TARG ZINE IS HOT!

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INSIDE THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: Everything you need to know about our annual FAMILY DAY AT THE ARCADE FreePlay Party. Classic TARG t’s are back in stock & the slogan on the back pays homage to a certain 80’s Cold War sci-fi film that ALL arcade nerds love. February can be a brutal month so we have THE TARG GUIDE TO STAYING WARM article to help you out. Checkout our WICKED SHOWS ALERT to pick your concerts for the month… so many to choose from. BERNIE is a Martial Arts Master? Not really but his review of the 1985 Konami game SHAO-LINS ROAD kicks butt. Valentines chuckles in Curtis’ Adventures of TARG & the Toys r Josh comix. Larry from Meow! Thats Hot Kitchen + Bar reviews some legendary wax by Ottawa pioneering punks PORCELAIN FOREHEAD. The “Geniuses” at LAMECO have come up with a new hidden vending machine game, gather round the RUNTS machine to plau BUNCH FUNKRZ - rules & a killer illustration by Jesse Germs of Otherside Tattoo in the pages of TARG Zine.  Sheila recaps all of the cool women she got to interview in 2018 for her SISTERS IN THE CITY column. Jazz guitarist & educator WAYNE EAGLES counts down 5 essential Live Jazz Fusion albums to help get you primed for his OUT THERE SOUNDS music series. Josh from the Mayfair summarizes the wild career of actor/writer Greg Sestero (The Room, The Disaster Artist) cause he is coming to visit Ottawa next month - details inside TARG Zine. If there is a question to be answered SLO’ TOM will oblige.. no matter how strange or unusual & believe you me there are a couple of doozies this month. The talented Jennilee doubles your fun with a dot2dot/pac man colouring page this month. Ottawa rock photographer Andrew Carver captures techno madman Sean pH Campbell in action for the February TARG Pin-Up & and of course everything you need to know about all of the fun events happening this month can be found in YOGI’s PEROGRAM. Grab your copy at the arcade or  DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE

IN LEMMY WE TRUST! ISSUE #58 OF TARG ZINE

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The cover this month sports a cool illustration by DJ KJMAXX of Lemmy Kilmister (R.I.P.). Join us Sat Jan 25 for the 4th annual Lemmy RE RE RE-VISITED tribute concert all in support of The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

INSIDE THE JAN ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: We have 2 new pins on location + a new Blackboard Beer Special for you to try… details in The TARG Jibber Jabber column. Consult our Wicked Shows Alert page to find out what events we are excited about this month. Super Bernie reviews our 1988 TAITO SUPERMAN video game… can queso & chips really give you super powers? CURTIS supplies one of his funniest/weirdest ADVENTURES OF TARG comics to date… and he has done 58 of ‘em! LARRY from Meow! That’s Hot reviews some wax by SCREAMING BAMBOO a local indie band from 1984 … be sure to visit Larry at his restaurant on 519 Bank St - they are always playing Canadian vinyl & the food rules! Darth Vader & his son face-off in the latest Toys R Josh comic. Get your fill of mildly amusing facts from our Beau-lieve It or Not column. We are trying to re-create the famous THE WHO/THE CLASH live at Shea Stadium 1982 concert this month - details in TARG Zine. For your viewing pleasure there is a 2 page spread featuring some of the most liked Instagram photos of 2018. Josh from The Mayfair Theatre reluctantly provides a best of movie list. SLO’ TOM has some excellent tactics to weasel out of your ill thought out New Years Resolutions. Jennilee gives us a Wonderfull illustration of Lemmy to colour in, this months TARG Pin-Ups are quite the Handsome Devils plus everything you need to know about everything happing at TARG this January can be found in YOGI’s perogram. Grab your FREE copy at the arcade or download the PDF.

NAUGHTY OR NICE - YOU STILL GET TARG ZINE ISSUE #57 FOR FREE THIS MONTH!

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INSIDE ISSUE #57 - info about the Coolest (and Cheapest) New Years Eve Party in town - strike it rich at The TARG NYE FANTASY CASINO. The Shoebox Project is back in action supporting women in local shelters by providing items needed to care for themselves - look for the JARS IN BARS donation jars on our bar and at other cool drinking holes around the city. Once upon a time, science history was made in Old Ottawa South - the discovery allowed human beings to be in 2 places at once…. a punk show was booked at Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar then, on the same night, another one gets booked at House of TARG. One neighbour asked the other if they’d prefer collaborating rather than competing, and so was born the BIG Side-by-Side GIG vol ii at TARG & Black Squirrel! December 14th! 7bands 2 venues. Details inside TARG zine. Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge - even more so if you don’t really like the recipient. If this predicament speaks to you, check out our “ABSOLUTELY NASTY, HORRIBLE & PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE GIFT IDEAS” for support. Our “WICKED SHOWS ALERT” column features some stand out shows for the month - try them on and see if any fit! Professor Bernie reviews Mortal Combat 2 plus there is a bonus cheat sheet for all the moves for BARAKA, SCORPION & RAIDEN - Merry Xmas! Larry from Meow! That’s Hot reviews some Ottawa wax from 2008. SISTERS IN THE CITY is Wizard Sheila’s column dedicated to interviews with local women who are making it happen in the Ottawa Arts, Business & Entertainment scene - this months interview is with photographer/music promoter Barbara Francisco. NEW GAME GAME ALERT - Guardians of The Galaxy Pinball is coming to TARG this month OH JOY - join us for an All Ages Welcome FREE to attend launch party on Thurs Dec 27. 80’s Dance Party dj & host Remi Royale share his thoughts on some of the most Totally Rad 80’s Xmas Toys of All Time, Curtis provides yet another side splitting and unusual Adventures of TARG comic, On Mon Dec 17 - the 30th anniversary screening of “the greatest Christmas film ever” at The Mayfair. Josh Stafford explains why this might be the last time you can view it - details in his ACROSS THE STREET article. SLO’ TOM takes a break from answering all of your question and instead focusses on some pro tips that will allow you to “enjoy” the Holiday Season to the max. Santa likes pinball too - true story, just check out Jennilee’s beauty illustration - that you can colour in. DJ DISCO DUCK is this months TARG Pin-Up - you can catch his booty shaking set at the PLANET BOOGIE: Yuletide Disco Dance party on Fri Dec 28. Also everything you need to know about the amazing shows happening at TARG this month in Yogi’s Perogram. Grab your free copy at the arcade or :

A Sense of Action, A Sense of Drama, A Sense of Humour: Issue #56 of TARG ZINE is here.

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INSIDE ISSUE #56: info about our next 80’s DANCE PARTY with Remi Royale, Tips on how to be the HERO of your office this season, did you know we have a secret menu? Details inside, We have a brilliant new vid game tucked in the back (too which the cover pays tribute) learn all aboot it and a wicked new pinball machine that is rumoured to make an appearance this month, Big brains & big slags in this months Toys R Josh comic strip, Curtis took a well deserved break this month so we re-printed one of his greatest hitz from The Adventures of TARG comic strip series, Big Bern gives us the lowdown on one of our newest games ROADBLASTERS. Our good friend SHAWN JAM HILL  is in the process of recovering from a serious accident and he is on our minds so we decided to profile all of the heavy bands he has been in between 1991 - 2013!!!! Larry from MEOW! That’s Hot Kitchen + Bar reviews some wicked wax from a local fave that will be performing at TARG this month. Tall Blue & Handsome - we have a new beer special on Thursdays - details inside the zine, Wizard Sheila interviews Melinda Massolas, a sound tech next door at Black Squirrel Books in her column SISTERS IN THE CITY, Wizard Mark has been sampling a lot of new brews, like a lot a lot - and all of his hard work has paid off as we welcome a new can from Kingston to the TARG beer fridge. If you have never had the side splitting pleasure of seeing a BUSTER KEATON film Nov Across The Street at the Mayfair is for you. 3 newly restored comedy masterpieces will be screened in all of their silent film glory, SLO’ TOM once again bestows keen knowledge & insight to improve the lives of our citizens one person at a time, thanks Tom. Jennilee has a colouring page for NEO GEO nuts or fans of slimy molluscs, The TARG Pin-UP captures an oldie but a goodie of BONNIE DOON in their natural habitat and of course everything you need to know about all the fun stuff going down at TARG this month can be found in YOGI’s Perogram. Get your free copy at the the arcade or DOWNLOAD IT HERE 

BOO! Issue #55 of TARG Zine is Ready For Your Eyeballs

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This months cover by comic artist Curtis Delaney features a hilarious illustration of the TARG machine dressed up as Jason for Halloween - ya laugh it up now cause his Adventures of TARG comic this month is kinda disturbing! 

INSIDE THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: Were you wondering what was going down at TARG this Halloween… well you’ll get yer answer right there on the 2nd page. On Wed Oct 17 we are hosting a FUNdraiser to help our pal Josh recoup some major loses associated with the cancellation of his annual Pinball & Gameroom Show. He had 150+ pins & games set and then the city lost power - details about the OPGS Strikes Back event inside TARG Zine. New brews in the fridge, New menu items, gaming anniversaries, new games coming - its all in the little gossip column we call TARG JIBBER JABBER. Curtis get weird (duh!) with another Adventures of TARG comic, Big Bernie shares some serious info about ARKANOID 2 in his video game super guide. Only children of the 70’s know the true Horror of Halloween… those crappy Ben Cooper plastic costumes they used to make us wear - read all about it YIKES! Larry from MEOW! THAT’S HOT supplies us with another Canadian record review - his credentials? - they exclusively play Canuck wax at their amazing 519 Bank st restaurant open till close! This month, Josh’s comic depicts his toys squabbling again… but this time they are Ninjas! Sheila interviews KIM MOSS of KAMP OPERATIONS in her SISTERS IN THE CITY column, The enigmatic ARDETH counts down her 5 fav Halloween candies, Josh from Across The Street tips us off to the best halloween movies of the month at The Mayfair, SLO’ TOM handles a host of reader submitted questions - ya people actual write in to Tom for advice, Jennilee has a spooky colouring page for us but I hope we don’t run out of orange (No it isn’t an illustration of TRUMP). Master photographer Petr Maur captures the beauty of one of Ottawa’s most handsome bands QUIET CRIMES in this months pin up - and of course everything you need to know about this months shows & events can be found in YOGI’s PEROGRAM. Grab your free copy at the arcade or download it here