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
Grab your copy at the arcade or download it here


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

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.  


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...


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



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...


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

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.