It’s deceiving to look at the map of Winnipeg and think of it as simply “one city.” A massive, sprawling hunk of Manitoba, dotted with Slurpee cups and Jets jerseys. It’s only when you look at the individual communities, each area operating a little bit differently than the next, do you get a sense of who lives here.
Heritage buildings are a valued part of Winnipeg’s cityscape and could be receiving more protection than they traditionally have.
Everybody’s gotta eat, but not everybody can afford to eat well. Eating healthy, locally produced food is trending across the county, but eating well doesn’t have to be limited to the summer gardening months. Despite our long winters there are many organizations around Winnipeg working to promote local food production and sharing year-round.
Why do you live in Winnipeg?
Isolated in the middle of the continent and frigid temperatures for half of the year, the reasons people settle in Manitoba’s capital city are as vast as the suffocating fields surrounding the perimeter highway.
Prostitute. Sex worker. Victim. Whore. Sexually exploited woman. A woman who sells sex has probably been described vivaciously as many, if not all, of these terms at some point in time. She is named by others occasionally with accuracy but often with a deluded discourse that crumbles upon closer examination.
Running a music venue is a bit of an odd occupation, with no clear path for training, a small cadre of colleagues who are all doing something a little different, and no guarantees of security.
Nils Vik almost found himself in some hot water a few weeks ago over a quote pulled from a recent article in The Uniter. The article was highlighting Urban Ink’s Dix Ans D’Affiches, currently showing at Parlour Coffee. The quote was circulated through Twitter via the Graphic Design Council of Canada, Manitoba Chapter.
Bands are playing under-the-radar shows in Winnipeg, if you know where to look.
On March 14, hundreds of Winnipeggers participated in a Canada-wide Day of Action by marching and protesting against Bill C-51. Apparently I am not the only Canadian who finds the Harper Government’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill to be alarming and Orwellian. If you aren’t alarmed already, here is why you should be.
Winnipeg faces significant demographic changes in the years ahead, both in terms of our overall population as well as our cultural diversity. Embracing those changes and building an inclusive community will be essential to ensuring our city has a strong future.
Across the street from the Ellice Avenue entrance to the University of Winnipeg, in what is called Saigon Park, there is a memorial tree and stone commemorating the nine people who were killed in the Haselmere Apartments fire of 1974. It was a blaze that led to a showdown between the City and landlords and changed how Winnipeg’s fire code was enforced.
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.
With the rise of streaming websites like Netflix, Brittany investigates what has happened to movie rental stores. Specifically, the Osbourne Village staple, Movie Village.
Producer: Brittany Thiessen
Camera/Editing: Aaron Pridham
Sydney Klassen affectionately refers to his home as his “treehouse.” The University of Winnipeg education student has lived in the Osborne Village apartment for the last seven years. Up on the third floor of an ancient Village house, nestled under a peaking roof, Klassen has cultivated a handmade vibe that makes the house live up to its backyard moniker.
Respecting the liberty of others can be difficult. Of course, we know that our choices are rational, but it’s all those other people who can’t be trusted. When people are free, they make a lot of choices we may disagree with. We look at the behaviour of others and often wonder how they could possibly justify their actions. It isn’t long before we may be tempted to move from judging other people’s actions to changing their behaviour.
When someone creates a piece of art, it almost inherently invites comparison from its audience. This song reminds you of this band or that singer, which can be a double-edged sword for an artist. Local folk-alt-rockers Sc Mira have heard it all over the past two years. Singer-guitarists Sadye Cage and Ty Vega often chuckle over the endless unusual examples.
With seven records under her belt, Amelia Curran is no novice when it comes to self expression. After growing up in St. John’s, Curran followed her passion for music by leaving university to busk in the streets. Her resulting successes have been plentiful, with four Music Newfoundland awards and a Juno win in 2010 for her album Hunter Hunter.
Winnipegger Curtis Nowosad, who now lives in New York, came back to Winnipeg last June and recorded Dialectics, the followup to his 2012 debut, The Skeptic and the Cynic. Nowosad enlisted his old bandmates who all have ties with the University of Manitoba jazz studies program. Steve Kirby's bass, along with Nowosad’s fluid drumming anchor the jazz ship along on the journey through six original tunes and three covers.
The Thrashers’s new LP, Robot Invaders from the Death Galaxy, is a chaotic twist of groove-infused surf punk that intermixes elements of rock ‘n roll with emphatic jazz momentum. Their whirling, abrasive mix of boisterous styles is an offbeat sound that somehow feels uniquely in place. It’s music that demands a somatic response
Okay, with a title like Shit Sucks and the cartoonish drawing of B. A. Johnston on the cover of the CD, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it would be a punk rock recording. I was pleasantly surprised (although I do like punk).