Kevin Nikkel’s On the Trail of the Far Fur Country is a fascinating documentary about Canada, its history and the movies. It’s a reminder that cinema is more than just entertainment: it’s a mirror, reflecting our culture and identity back to us so we can observe and learn from it. A documentary about another documentary might not sound accessible, but On the Trail moved me as a Canadian as much as a film lover.
Björk: Biophilia Live is a concert film of the stage show adapted from Biophilia, Björk’s 2011 album/app/art project. The film opens with narration from English broadcaster David Attenborough, who promises that the following performance will offer insight into the intersections between nature, music and technology. I’m not sure Biophilia offers insight into anything other than Björk as an artist. That’s fine, if you’re interested in her as an artist. As someone with only a casual interest in Björk’s post-Sugarcubes career, I found the film mostly a curiosity.
After closing up the doors to its Main Street incarnation early last year, popular all day eatery The Tallest Poppy has a new lease on life.
It’s been a solid few months for the cycling community in Winnipeg. In September, the new bike lane on Sherbrook Street was unveiled, and hundreds of cyclists bike jammed it around town for Nuit Blanche. Most recently, Bike Winnipeg revealed that five out of eight candidates who ran for municipal office wanted to see a doubling of investment in cycling routes. It’s a mighty good time for Winnipeg’s inaugural hosting of the Canadian Cyclocross Championship (the first national event was hosted in Toronto in 1997, and there’s been annual contests since).
The following article is not meant to scare you. It isn’t meant to paint a dreary picture of our city, nor is it intended to make you believe Winnipeg is the Compton of the North. But our city has a gang problem. Before you assume this piece is some right-wing diatribe about locking up kids, I assure you it’s not. The reality is there are approximately 35 active gangs in Winnipeg with about 1,500 active gang members. I’m not necessarily talking about the bar star “gangs” that buy everyone shots at the nightclubs and get custom rims for their Civics and Cameros. The gangs I’m talking about, like the gangs of LA, are products of poverty, exploitation, racial segregation, and colonialism.
A man sits on a bus after a long day at work. All he wants to do is go home and binge watch the latest season of whatever on Netflix. At this point in his day, he’s feeling the urge to relax a little, maybe even do something crazy, like listen to that ‘90s playlist he keeps for special occasions on his iPhone. But today, this man decides to sprawl his knees across two seats instead of his allotted single space.
Like a phoenix, the venue that used to be The Rose n’ Bee, The Standard and Hooligan’s has risen again, this time as The Handsome Daughter.
Uncap your Sharpies and empty your book bag, Broken Pencil’s festival of zine culture and independent arts will happen in conjunction with the seventh annual Anarchist Bookfair & DIY Fest this year.
This year has been a big one for mindfulness. The centuries-old principle of Buddhist practice, defined as “the intentional, accepting and nonjudgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment,” has been secularized and diversified in the 21st century.
When Dr. Christopher Leo isn’t blogging about city politics and development you might find him enjoying a Little Scrapper IPA or listening to the Steve Miller Band. Or you might find him around campus working with student employees involved in his research on the politics of urban growth.
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.
A comic strip by Paul Hewak.
A feel-good comic about two unnamed characters and their delightful journeys through universally hilarious themes like hatred, misery, uncontrollable rage, disease and rash, delusion, agoraphobia, paranoia, jealousy, greed, bitterness, binge eating, slothfulness, and death, lots and lots of death; also, deformity, flatulence, boogers, nosebleeds, bowel movements, and the eating of unappetizing things.
Political Science Students Society Executive, University of Winnipeg
For the last 23 years Winnipeg has been home to Cinémental, one of the longest running French film festivals in Western Canada.
Comedian Aaron Pridham asks University of Winnipeg students what they think of Judy Wasylycia-Leis changing her name, Gord Steeves writing greeting cards, fictional candidate Aaron Pridham enforcing bike helmet laws and more things that are untrue in this election streeter video.
If you take a look at the current gender makeup of Manitoba’s municipal councils, you might think we were still in the 1950s. Nationally, our province is tied with Saskatchewan for having the lowest level of female representation at just 17 per cent.
It’s a remarkable thing to witness a mayoral forum on arts funding devolve into musings about potholes.
It felt a little guilty to bid adieu to summer in a city not my own. But the promise of a fantastic music festival featuring some of my all time favourites was too much to resist. And so, just over a month ago, I said my goodbye to summer in Ottawa.
It’s a freezing cold Sunday afternoon. The members of The Will to Power are in my car. The coffee shop we’d arranged to meet in is too crowded and noisy, so we’ve relocated to the Safeway parking lot. Despite the overcast skies, and the fact that little light penetrates my foggy windows, lead vocalist and songwriter James Hofer is wearing sunglasses.