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1 Melbourne 10-piece funk-
soul orchestra the Cactus
Channel will blow audiences
away with sassy brass,
handclaps and all the toe-
tapping of 20 pairs of shoes on
stage. The band, touring their
latest single Pepper Snake/The
Dap, will play Canberra's
Transit Bar on Friday, July 25,
from 8pm. Presale tickets
available $10 (plus booking
fee) at www.moshtix.com.au
2 Former Canberran and
budding pop artist Jacinta
Le returns to launch her debut
album at the ANU's Teatro
Vivaldi on Saturday, July 26.
Head along to the free
afternoon event from 2pm-
5pm and check out new
material from this home-
3 Price's Cafe in the small
coastal NSW town of
Moruya has been recreated in
the heart of Belconnen. This
developed in consultation with
regional elders, pays tribute to
the history of the cafe,
remembered for being a place
that opened its arms to the
indigenous community in
1950s Australia. It became a
meeting point for the Yuin and
wider NSW and ACT
indigenous community. Open
at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118
Emu Bank, Belconnen until July
4 It won't be a fairytale
ending but promises a lot
of action. Head along to the
Hansel and Gretel Roller Derby
on Saturday, July 26, at
Canberra's Southern Cross
Stadium from 5.30pm-7.20pm.
Doors open at 5pm. Get in
early and watch Varsity derby
league co-ed and women's
teams go head to head. Tickets
5 A modern adaptation of
Herman Melville's 1853
story Bartleby is to open later
this week at the Street
Theatre. Julian Hobba sets the
enigmatic Bartleby in a
Australian office. The piece
probes the balance between
success and sanity. Opens on
July 26 and runs until August 3.
Tickets $35. For more
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STEPPING OUT • GIGS • ENTERTAINMENT • MOVIES • TV GUIDE
TIM HULSMAN AT SMITHS ALTERNATIVE BOOKSHOP
Tim Hulsman used music as a path to freedom.
Healing the past, creating a future
Music has always been Tim Hulsman's
Raised as one of six children in a
devout Jehovah's Witness family, at
the age of 18 he was excommunicated
from his family and its church
community because of his desire to no
longer follow the religion.
"My decision was about honesty,
being honest with myself and my
parents about the path that I could
really see for myself," he said.
"Yes that included music, but that
wasn't what the fight was about."
Freedom and pain were both part of
his new-found independence and
music was, and continues to be, a
means to build and understand
"It's sort of like my songlines, it
reminds me of my history and keeps
me in touch with my past, but is also
a way to express how I feel and not be
introverted about it."
His third solo album, Dead Man's
Garden, was recorded with the help of
producer Tristen Bird.
Hulsman surrendered creative
control for the first time.
He said the partnership with Bird
enabled him to build a cohesive record,
and stretch as a performer by exploring
a more bluesy narrative style.
"I have this beautiful family unit of
my own now that really takes away
that sting of any of my past family
history," he said.
"This album is more about looking
toward something, rather than looking
back in to that past."
Sitting comfortably in his living
room, Hulsman recalls how his world
was turned upside-down while
honeymooning with his partner of 11
In Sri Lanka for just four days, the
couple were caught up in the horrific
Boxing Day tsunami.
"We were actually in the water, it
was just incredible that we weren't
hurt," he said.
"The experience changed a lot of
Feeling lucky to return home safely,
the couple reneged on the rock star
promises they made in their 20s never
to have a mortgage or babies.
Hulsman said he had never dreamed
he would head out on his first
Australian solo tour with a baby son,
but was loving it.
Canberra Music Club presents
Tim Hulsman at Smiths Alternative
Bookshop, Wednesday, July 23,
2014 from 8pm. Tickets $10.
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