S.O.S.Fest - Ottawa’s Synthesizer Festival June 14 - 18

The S.O.S.Fest zine contains everything you need to know about the upcoming 5 synth fuelled days of concerts & events at House of TARG featuring legendary & emerging DRONE/SYNTH-POP/DARKWAVE performers from Germany, Iceland, France, Toronto, Montreal & Ottawa… Yep, Rational Youth, Psyche, Xarah Dion, Dada Pogrom, Automelodi, Castle If & more will all be performing - Amazing!

INSIDE THE ZINE: performer bios, an interview with TRACY HOWE of RATIONAL YOUTH, a beginners guide to Iconic synthesizers, info about the SYNTH MEET-UP - your chance to meet folks in the Ottawa Synth community and check out their amazing machines, Wizardly words of wisdom from the women of S.O.S.fest for women who are interested in making electronic music, take a trip to the North Atlantic & visit Dada Pogrom’s Reykjavik studio via a drool worthy photo tour of Eyjarslóð 9 studios, learn about the drum machine that changed the world, a sweet pin-up of Ottawa synth guru Hard Science plus the all important festival schedule so you can plan your week. Grab your copy at the arcade, cool record & music stores around town or download it here.  
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DROP THE GLOVES… SO YOU CAN READ ISSUE #38 OF TARG ZINE.

A little bit of hockey stuff, arcade stuff, music stuff and tons of silly fun stuff. 

INSIDE THE MAY ISSUE: everything you need to know about the 1st ever TARG Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet - casual, delicious & fun for the whole family, Did you know we changing our name next month? Get the exciting scoop. Curtis has another hilarious ADVENTURES OF TARG COMIC for us, get the skinny on our new futuristic warfare driving game & news about latest additions to the TARG beer fridge, Toughen Up Free-Play Sunday DJ KJMAXX counts down the wickedest wax jams of April. Are you in the throes of Play-Off fever? Cool off with our ARCADE HOCKEY GUIDE, Alien drones, Dr. Evil, Frankenstein & his Bride all make an appearance in Josh’s side splitting toys comic, Professor Bernie takes a break from video game tips and instead gives us a top 10 of his fave food - Potato Chip! So many different kinds now eh! SLO’ TOM covers softwood lumber, Hockey history & how to get your crappy band a gig all in one advice column,AMAZING! SKA JEFF counts down 5 Marvel Super hero groups that made him the man he is today in HI-FIVES, Monty lends some wizard level pool hustling tips in his EIGHT BALL DELUXE Pinball Master Class, checkout the current standing on the HALL OF WIZARDS monthly FREE pinball Tournament Leaderboard, info about 2 upcoming Pinball Expos you will want to know about. We are nuts about mini bikes at TARG these days so we put together a photo essay on the topic & guess what? It is silly. Elixir Wizard Jennilee has a fun illustration you can colour and give to mom, local photographer Scott Doubt captured an unusual TARGYEAR3 moment for this months Pin-Up & of course the music GPS that is Yogi’s Perogram explains all the concerts & events taking place in May so that you can plan your social calendar. Grab your copy at the arcade or...

TARG YEAR III ANNIVERSARY ISSUE ZINE

Yep TARG turns 3 on Mon April 17 & we have a mega fun anniversary party planned featuring some Punk, Rock, Metal & Limbo - details inside the pages of TARG ZINE. Who better than the mega talented PAT BUCK to illustrate the cover of this very special issue - he is attached to the skilled hands that created the many fantastic murals at TARG… & those hands will be laying down more magic on our walls this month - stay tuned. 

INSIDE ISSUE #37: JUNO ’17 host Byan Adams makes an appearance in THE ADVENTURES of TARG comic, METAL UP YOUR CATS is back with an oldie but a goodie - Val Halla interviews AXXION drummer Emily about her cats, KJ MAXX’S WICKED WAX is a new column that lists the 10 top FREE-PLAY Sunday jams - a convenient  playlist resource intended to help get you through trying times at your bleak office job, get into the Juno spirit with our MUSIC NERD GUIDE TO OTTAWA JUNO AWARD HEROES (ya we know the same article appeared in last months issue - sue us), Dracula visits Mc D’s, Pac-Man spices things up & Mr. T tries Vietnamese cuisine in the TOYS R JOSH comic, learn all about the April Wizard of The Month - JOEL... he’s not just a pretty head of hair ya know? SLO’ TOM clarifies why the JUNO awards didn’t take place in 1988 & answers an age old musical question in his advice column, SKA JEFF counts down his top 5 sketch comedy shows, Ottawa Rock Photographer ANDREW CARVER shares some sweet shots of wicked TARG YEAR III shows, if you are GREEDY for a high score, MONTY has some MASTER CLASS tips to help get your name on The Addams Family Pinball machine (next free monthly tournament is Wed April 5 - all skill levels welcome), Professor Bernie shares some video games of olympic proportions in BIG BERN’S BITS & BYTES. We love to see people absorbed with colouring at the arcade so ELIXIR WIZARD JENNILEE has got you covered with yet another amazing illustration, the April TARG PIN UP OF THE MONTH is a band that has played TARG nearly more than anyone else in Year III, can you guess who it is? And finally everything you need to know about all the fun stuff happening this month can be found in YOGI’s PEROGRAM.  Grab your copy at the Arcade or DOWNLOAD IT HERE

 

ISSUE #36? - CAN'T BE. THAT’S THREE YEARS OF TARG ZINE!

True story. Thanks for reading and supporting our little publication.
The mega talented Wizard Jennilee illustrated an adorable colour cover for this special issue - but don’t worry - we put a version of it on the back page for you to colour - we know colouring relaxes you.

INSIDE THE MARCH ISSUE: Round up the kids - we are extending our Family Friendly hours on March 15 11am-8pm for our annual MARCH BREAK PINBALL PARTY FOR KIDS - read all about it. Curtis has another weird Adventures of TARG comic for yaz - he has come through with side splitting, head scratching funnies for every issue since #1 - thanks for being the most prolific TARG Zine contributor Curtis! MONTY leads the human resistance against SkyNet with his Pinball Master Class lesson for Terminator 2. THE HALL OF WIZARDS leaderboard has been updated with the top 10 ballers of 2017… so far. You can join this esteemed group by participating in our Monthly Free Pinball Tournaments - news about the next one in TARG Zine. ARCADE UPDATE gives you a glimpse into the future - we will have some new games on location this month plus a rad new upgrade to our SUPER CHEXX Bubble Hockey game - too cool to mention here. Read “A Music Nerd’s Guide to Ottawa Juno Award Heroes” & impress/bore you friends with your newfound knowledge. The Bionic Woman, Alien & George the Animal Steele (R.I.P.) all make an appearance in the TOYS R JOSH comic strip. There are a few new faces in the Perogi Kitchen - meet DAVEY the March Wizard of The Month, SLO’ TOM answers a dating question, a guitar amplifier question and recounts a truly bizarre animal attack story in this months advice column. SKA JEFF’s Hi FIVES will get you primed for the 2 90’s PUNK COVER NITES happening this month. We have a wonderful update about our 1st CLOTHING SWAP last month… the community participation was phenomenal. Thanks for giving Ottawa. One of TARG’s favourite "musicians, B.A. Johnston just released his 11th studio album, Gremlins 3 - we asked him some questions about his highly unusual music video for “DRIVE THRU BEEF” a song about the perils of Fast Food Dinning. Professor BERNIE gives you the straight goods on Super PAC-MAN in his Video Game Super-guide. Petr Maur captures the goofy side of heavy sludge masters SWARM OF SPHERES in this months TARG Pin-Up and finally everything you need to know about all the fun shows coming your way in March can be found in YOGI’S PEROGRAM. Grab yer copy at the arcade or...

WE ARE NOT WORTHY! ISSUE #35 OF TARG ZINE NOW AVAILABLE.

The cult comedy classic  WAYNE’s WORLD turns 25 this month. GM BG (great movie, bad game). 

INSIDE THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF TARG ZINE:
Got a big heart but a tiny bank account? No problem - we have 4 arcade themed valentines cards that you can clip out and give to your “lucky” loved ones. "The Adventures of TARG” is the longest running feature in TARG ZINE, it has appeared ever since issue ONE and CURTIS has supplied us with yet another rib tickler. Learn how to rip it up on SKATEBALL pinball in MONTY’S MASTER CLASS. Did you know we have a fun PUNK PINBALL LEAGUE Showdown every month? It’s free to get in on the action + TARG ZINE keeps tabs on the action of your progress in the HALL OF WIZARDS LEADERBOARD. Family Day is coming up and Old Ottawa South has some fun scenes for wicked holiday hangs - read all about it! WIZARD JOSH digs deep into his treasure chest of action figures for some wild comic book drama involving Jason, Freddy, Skeletor & Yoda—WHAAAAT? THE GRINDMOTHER is coming to TARG in March - Learn everything you need to know about the Worlds oldest and coolest extreme metal vocalist. SLO TOM gets into some hot water with alternative facts regarding omelettes - too arduous to get into with this summary - so read it for yourself. A little known fact - House of TARG also has a license to operate as cruise ship - and on VALENTINES DAY you can get your romantic sea legs straight at REMI ROYALE’S LOVE BOAT: Valentines Voyage - again too hard & unusual to explain here. Ever wonder what you have to do about reducing your carbon footprint? Just peel the pages of TARG ZINE to get info about THE TARG CLOTHING SWAP - We can’t believe this hasn’t happened already! By now, everyone knows that SKA JEFF was raised by a Commodore 64 home computer - so no surprise that he gives us a very Hi Fives of his fave WRASTLIN’ video games, Don’t count BERNARD out - he’s got some serious tips about a mega classic in his VIDEO GAME SUPER GUIDE. The mega talented Elixir Wizard Jennilee gives you a thoughtful Perogi image to colour with crayons (available at the arcade) - peace guaranteed. We keep asking master SHUTTERBUG Petr Maur to take pics of wicked Ottawa bands for the monthly TARG PIN-UP  - and thankfully he keeps saying yes... check out his glorious photo Thünderkok - the band with the best pants! And finally, The real reason you are excited about TARG ZINE - YOGI’S PEROGRAM - everything you need to know about everything that is going down for February.

Grab it at the arcade or download it here. 

THE TARG CLOTHING SWAP

Sat Feb 25 3pm - 6pm
FREE ADMISSION / ALL AGES WELCOME

HOW DOES IT WORK?
BRING a bag of clean clothes, shoes & or accessories you no longer wear.
SWAP for something you want & reduce your carbon footprint!

ITEMS MUST BE:
- clean & in good condition
- ripped jeans are ok ;)
- all ages & sizes are welcome

PLEAS DON'T BRING:
- underwear, dirty/stained/damaged clothing please! Merci!

REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE DONATED TO LOCAL SHELTERS.

Please donate a non-perishable food item for the Ottawa Food Bank! 


DJ SKA JEFF & DJ FELIX WILL BE SPINNING TUNES!

A New Year, A New Hope & A New Issue of TARG ZINE

INSIDE ISSUE #34
So many amazing shows & events this month at TARG - the January Wizard Picks will help guide you, Felix reviews a recording by Santa Rosa California punk band ACRYLICS, Monty gives us some IRON MAN Multiball tips in his latest MASTER CLASS, Breaking News about a Perogi experiment we are conducting in January, Curtis has a new side splitting ADVENTURES OF TARG Comic, SLO’ TOM “ helps" some zine readers with Hot Dog, Anxiety & Financial problems in his Advice Column, Star Wars, M*A*S*H, Batman & Friday The 13th are all featured in the hilarious TOYS R JOSH comic. Ever wonder how Princess Leia did that wicked hairdo? Well we teach you how - STEP BY STEP, get to know the gals in Montreal’s PALE LIPS better by checking out their exclusive TARG ZINE interview, SKA JEFF has compiled a list of CRUCIAL 613 recordings released in 2016 (and we have link to all the music so you can check it out), BIG BERN gives us the scoop on a tough game from his youth in the VIDEO GAME SUPERGUIDE, Wizard Jennilee illustrated some adorable perogies for you to colour, PETR MAUR caught Ottawa Punk band GOAT on camera for the TARG PIN-UP & of course everything you need to know about this months solid line-up of shows can be found in YOGI’s PEROGRAM. Grab yer copy at the ARCADE or
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ISSUE #33 OF TARG ZINE - YOUR GUIDE TO QUALITY HOLIDAY HANGS AT THE ARCADE

INSIDE THE DEC ISSUE OF TARG ZINE: Monty delivers another MASTER CLASS with everything you need to know about the Multiball modes in one of the best pins ever made... METALLICA  PINBALL, the results are in from our last Monthly Free Pinball tournament - checkout Ottawa’s top ballers for November, Skrew the Mall - get it done at the Arcade - we have some holiday shopping tips for ya, you will “Die Hard Laughing” while reading Curtis’ Adventures of TARG Comic, SLO’ TOM shares some of his personal Yuletide traditions… yep they are bizarre, James T Kirk, Batman, Superman and a new face from ROGUE ONE make appearances in Josh’s hilarious TOYS R JOSH comic, 2016 wasn’t the greatest year of all time but we had some pretty amazing shows - so the TARG Wizards compiled a Best Of list, SKA JEFF counts down his 5 fave xmas Rap Songs so you can sweeten up your holiday playlist, Professor Bernie gives us the straight goods on SPACE INVADERS in his Video Game Super Guide, Elixer Wizard Jennilee gives us the last colouring page of 2016, the Dec pin-up features an entertainer we guarantee you have never heard of (but that will all change after our Season’s Beatings Xmas Parties this month) and finally everything you need to know about the amazing #TARGHolidayHangs can be found in Yogi’s Perogram.  Grab one at the Arcade or....
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