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It’s new Prairie Dog┬áday and you know what that means (besides the fact that there’s a new issue of Prairie Dog out)? It means that it’s my job to write a blog post promoting it! BAD NEWS: I don’t have anything to say. I’m getting ready for a three-day Juno rampage and I could care less about blogging right now. GOOD NEWS: I don’t have to say anything! This is a great issue and it speaks for itself!

WHAT’S AWESOME: The JunoFest Manual is pretty goddamned good! It opens with a message from Prairie Dog’s favourite Regina dignitary, the Mayor of the Sea, then launches into a manual with basic information about this city. And after that: interviews! We talked to The Pack A.D., Two Hours Traffic, the Barr Brothers, Library Voices, 11 local bands and the always excellent Jian Ghomeshi! Also, there’s a bingo card!

WHAT’S EXCELLENT: Paul Dechene’s piece on visiting psychic Chip Coffey is a must-read! Dan MacRae’s ridiculous hockey column, Aw NHL Naw, is great! Stephen LaRose’s essay on Leonard Cohen is terrific!

WHAT’S SUPER: Greg Beatty’s interview with Architecture Of Saskatchewan author Bernie Flaman is an absolutely essential read for anyone who cares about buildings. Dechene’s news story on the NDP getting smeared by the Tories over their non-opposition to Keystone XL is pretty good. And I also loved Dechene’s News Brief on the new Mo Bundon park. No offence to Mo Bundon, who I’m sure is lovely, but there must be better people to name a park after than a VP of Harvard Developments. Seems tacky.

SO ANYWAY New Prairie Dog! Pick it up, puppies!