Volume 69, Number 11

Published November 12, 2014

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  • Circle Heads

    Lighthearted and honest, Circle Heads follows a twenty-something-year-old meandering through adulthood while she tries to find humour in the banality and randomness of life.

  • Working Thesis

    A comic strip by Paul Hewak.

  • Fashion Streeter

    The Uniter Fashion Streeter is an ongoing documentation of creative fashion in Winnipeg inspired by the Helsinki fashion blog www.hel-looks.com. Each issue will feature a new look from our city’s streets and bars in an attempt to encourage individual expression and celebrate that you are really, really good looking.

  • Syphilis outbreak not expected to slow down

    Local health authorities are continuing the fight to control the syphilis outbreak in Winnipeg.

  • Sex ed & you

    Schools are often a hotbed of hormonal stress, daunting career worries and the odd (or often, no judgment) bout of socializing. Amidst all of this it is easy to pass over some of the most critical information being taught in the education system.

  • Get out of my space

    Parking on Spence St. south of Ellice Ave. can cost you big time. But for University of Winnipeg (UW) students and faculty with physical disabilities parking accessibility is an even greater pain.

  • Changing the charter

    When it comes to environmental well-being, many countries have become a physical manifestation of their leaders’ efforts. Unfortunately, Canada is one of them.

  • Your life, your choice

    On New Years Day 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer. After undergoing treatment, it was found that her tumour had grown. Maynard and her family faced a stark reality:

  • Hacking is the best medicine

    The concept of “hacking” might not seem to have anything to do with getting a broken arm casted or blood transfused. But that assumption’s been mightily challenged as of late in the form of Hacking Health meet-ups, events that combine frontline healthcare professionals with designers and engineers to create technology-based solutions to pressing needs in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms. The event, which started in Montreal in 2012 and has made a dozen stops in other cities, has now finally arrived on the banks of Winnipeg.

  • Good Will Hunting

    My primary reaction upon walking into The Good Will Social Club for the first time was confusion. Is it a coffee shop? A bar? Does pizza taste good with coffee? This was followed almost immediately by the thought that I was simply not cool enough to be there: the crowd on a Tuesday afternoon was dominated by a sea of flannel, toques and MacBooks. 

  • The Overnighters

    Hydraulic fracking has turned the sleepy town of Williston, North Dakota, into a hub of the state’s oil boom. The new oil money has drawn hopeful workers from all over the economically depressed United States to the town (its population nearly doubled from 2010 to 2013). However, a lack of affordable housing in the area has created an epidemic of homelessness in the town.

  • Interstellar

    A lot of the early word-of mouth on Interstellar was that the film was good, but didn’t deliver on the promise of a great director like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) working in the beloved space opera genre. Well, those early whispers are wrong. Interstellar delivers, and then some.

  • Missing the forest for the weeds

    Joel Penner takes a half-hour to wander down a vacant alley. 

  • Lack of apology draws criticism from community

    Members of the LGBT* community are demanding an apology from LGBT* nightclub Fame after an offensive and discriminatory photo was posted on its Facebook page.

  • Electric Avenue

    When I first arrived in Winnipeg in February of 1986, I was instantly fascinated by the idea that a city could exist in a climate that was so profoundly cold. It struck me that the water wasn’t frozen when coming out of the tap and that although the buildings looked as though they were evaporating from the deep freezing temperatures, they were well heated and electricity wasn’t regularly interrupted at all.

  • Travelling tutus

    There are few things more magical, glamourous and transcendental than the world of classical ballet: satin pointe shoes, tutus and billowy-shirted princes all appear to live in a world of stage-lit perfection.

  • Started from the bottom

    Alan Doyle went from handling cod tongues to fronting Canadian folk-rock legends Great Big Sea, a journey he details in Where I Belong. Doyle has previously written some blogs on the Great Big Sea website, which caught the attention of Random House Canada. The publishing company later suggested he write a book about his life growing up.

  • Tom Savage

    Kingston, Ontario singer/songwriter Tom Savage delivers some heart-on-his-sleeve acoustic goodness with his latest solo effort.

  • Fish & Bird

    Western Canadian Music Award nominees Fish & Bird deliver that baroque pop meets M. Ward meets nothing special sound on the BC quintet’s latest LP. 

  • Elliott Brood

    Over the last decade, Toronto alt-country trio Elliott Brood has delivered a collection of stirring, dark and layered EPs and LPs that showcase a unique twist on the brand Wilco helped to define in the mid-90s. This, the band’s fourth, is easily the Brood’s catchiest full length.

  • Hanging on hold

    One of your older sibling’s favourite punk bands is back.

  • Metal white lies

    For an up-and-coming metal band, the loss of a guitar player could be a fatal blow. That’s not the case for Sky Monitor: despite the loss of their lead guitarist Kristjan Tomasson, the metalcore quintet is getting some of their biggest breaks yet.

  • Still breathing but barely

    lI love coming of age at the same time as a neighbourhood. Sherbrook’s renaissance has been pleasant for us all, and as someone who lives on the cusp of West Broadway and is also a bit of a premature grandma, I’ve particularly enjoyed being able to “go out” and “do cool things” while making minimal effort.

  • Whose House? Curtis’s House.

    Curtis L. Wiebe could certainly be described as a Renaissance Man. In addition to being one of Winnipeg’s most interesting filmmakers, Wiebe is an accomplished artist, actor, art teacher, puppeteer, sculptor, musician and mixed media artist. His films creatively blur the line between live action, puppetry and animation, and his 2014 short Of Truth and Magic is one of my favourites of the year.

  • Stream Alfa’s debut album Harmattan

    Alfa will release his debut album, Harmattan, on Saturday, November 15 at the West End Cultural Centre. You can stream the album in its entirety below.