This week there’s been a lot of excitement over CBC’s annual event called Canada Reads. But what about next week, and the week after that?
Winnipeg has the third-largest Ukrainian population in the country, making up nearly 16 percent of Winnipeg’s total population. Members of the Ukrainian diaspora who live here support efforts to bring peace to the people and accountability to the government of Ukraine.
Set at First Lutheran Church food bank in Winnipeg’s West End, Sargent & Victor & Me chronicles the intertwining stories and opinions of seven characters that Debbie Patterson created from interviews with real citizens of our fair city.
John Paizs is an elusive figure in Canadian cinema.
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Recorded in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the fifth overall record from 22 year-old Kalle Mattson is a comfortable blend of delicate folk ballads and upbeat, jangling rock tunes that satisfies despite some forgettable moments.
“Baby, We’d Be Rich”, the upbeat opening track from Juno winner Old Man Luedecke’s new four song EP, sounds suspiciously like it could be found on fellow Nova Scotian Joel Plaskett’s Three record, though it isn’t so suspicious when you see Plaskett produced and played most of the instruments on these tunes.
Opening with the devilishly handsome and chaotic title track, this EP from local quartet Sons of York is the latest in a long line of releases that showcase the type of honest power rock that for some reason hasn’t made the Kennerd brothers + Darren Hebner household names.
Winnipeg’s Honeysliders creep up on you with five classic-rock (think late-70s Eagles meets early-90s Big Sugar) infused hits, guaranteed to get the heads at the Times Change(d) a noddin’.
University of Winnipeg student Amanda Jonker likes to keep a full plate.
When I turned 18 I did the typical tour of Winnipeg’s cool places. The places I knew I should like, that came with high recommendations from older friends. Where you could see the best bands, get cheap beers, and finally see for yourself the places whose mythologies had become part of our city’s collective consciousness (“Did you hear they found a dead body in the walls at the Collective?”).
Head Hits Concrete is officially back. The Winnipeg grindcore band, which gets its name from the Misfits’ song “Bullet”, plays short compositions that punish your ears and flabbergast your mind.
Since forming in 2006, Vancouver garage rock duo the Pack A.D. has released five records, including January’s Do Not Engage and 2011’s Juno nominated Unpersons.
Vancouver husband and wife duo Ari Shine and Adrienne Pierce have created 11 glorious tracks of baroque pop-infused goodness that blend acoustic guitars with rainstorms and haunting boy-girl harmonies, all while making it seem new and natural.
Heads up Adult Swim fans. Asphalt Watches, a bizarre Flash animated feature that follows artists Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver as they hitchhike their way from a 7-Eleven in Chilliwack, B.C. to downtown Toronto, is headed to Cinematheque for a five-night run, Feb. 21 to 23, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.
Asphalt Watches is the story of two friends, Bucktooth and Skeleton Hat, who are on a hitchhiking odyssey across Canada. At least, I think it is. Skeleton Hat is a pale kid with a ratstache, and I think Bucktooth might be a ghost. I’m not sure where they’re hitchhiking to, or why they’re going there. The entire picture feels like two skateboarders ate hallucinogenic mushrooms, went hitchhiking, and then animated the entire trip using the Windows 95 edition of MS Paint. And, just so we’re clear, I mean all of these things as a compliment.
Full disclosure: I love the original RoboCop. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 ultraviolent action film about a murdered cop brought back through technology doubles as an incredibly smart and funny satire. He took the entire Reagan era to task, ridiculing the corporate greed, privatization, and military overspending that defined America in the 1980s. The character of RoboCop personified the way the callousness of those ultra-right wing policies dehumanized the people they were supposed to protect.
For years, The Uniter has included comic strips from local artists (turn the page) and syndicated masters (Matt Groening’s Life in Hell ran in the early ‘90s, among many others). Currently, our little street weekly hosts a rotating package of Lisa Jorgensen’s Circle Heads and Jean Floch’s The Creeps. The former, a light romp in the day to day experience of being in your mid-20s, balances nicely with the latter’s absurdist chaos, which involves two roommates who seemingly exist to annoy each other, all while misinterpreting normal social cues.
The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour is an all-black comedy tour designed to showcase a segment of the population that isn’t always front and center in Canadian comedy.
Since its inception four years ago, Verge has become a great way for audiences to discover up-and-coming talent from Canada’s contemporary dance scene.