This past July, a group of songwriters from different backgrounds descended on a cabin in the Whiteshell for a weekend of creativity and community.
For many visitors, residents, organizers and artists at the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (IFM) in Gimli August 1 to 4, it's as much about community, family, and coming home as it is food, events, and music.
Hurray for the Riff Raff may centre around singer and songrwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, but their unique approach to blending classic Americana with queer culture, and storied origins of coming together as a band while hopping trains and crossing the country promise point to a more nuanced iconography.
Alesha Frederickson is the mastermind and skillful hands behind the local, bespoke lingerie brand March and August. Fed up with ill-fitting, cookie-cutter lingerie at the mall, each pair of M&A Underthings is custom made to order.
When’s the last time you used your phone…as a phone?
After 10 years of making music Phoenix, Arizona folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad still manages to do things a little differently with <i>Christmas Island</i>, its fifth full-length record and follow-up to 2011’s Knife Man.
After the mammoth assault of 2011's perfect David Comes to Life rock opera, genre-defying Toronto punks Fucked Up return with the summer record you never knew you needed but always hoped you'd get.
The 10 deliciously lo-fi songs that make up Halifax duo Cousins' new LP are so infectious that you'll be singing along to them on the first listen, especially "Alone".
The second in a series of EPs from 23-year-old Edmonton singer/songwriter Eamon McGrath finds his Tom Waits-growl in full form on guitar-heavy opener "Canadian Shield".
Not opening with Radiohead's "High and Dry", the second record from Ontario singer/songwriter Melissa Payne is filled with nine bubbly and pining country popsters in the vein of Blue Rodeo, Amy Millan or Whitehorse - lots of reverb-soaked twang and pedal steel, decorated with oohs and aahs. She also ventures into southern-fried baroque pop balladry ("Call Me a Fool") and her raspy warble is welcome on each and every track, no matter the style (the girl can do diversity).
The Constantines are back together(ish), but that isn't stopping frontman Bry Webb from releasing his second solo LP. These 12 tracks of early Wilco-meets-working man alt-folk are occasionally drenched in distortion ("AM Blues", "Free Will", bonus cut "Receive Me") but mostly exist to showcase Webb's haunting yet playful baritone over sparse, meandering arrangements.
Colour By Numbers debut five-song EP is anything but by the numbers. Harmony is the Winnipeg trio's strong suit; CBN has a gift for making harmony the focal point of every song, regardless of style or genre, tying this eclectic rootsy indie pop EP together.
A while back, Kingston duo PS I Love You unveiled a new single, the title track from the forthcoming For Those Who Stay.
This dreamy little nine song offering from Lantzville, BC gets a hipster-ized re-release on Brendan Canning's new Draper Street label and it fits with the Broken Social Scenester's aesthetic.
With summer on its way, the Manitoba Film Industry is preparing for a number of big and small productions headed to the province this summer.
Witness falls somewhere between a shorts program and an anthology film. Commissioned for Calgary’s 20th annual $100 Film Festival and curated by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, it’s a collection of six short films by six different directors. Although all six films are independent of one another, they revolve around one central theme: the celebration of celluloid.
I’m starting to think that Winnipeg might have a culture problem. In my 10 or so years as a conscious consumer of culture in this city, I’ve seen music venues, movie theatres, stores, restaurants, and other institutions that provide Winnipeg’s life blood fall by the wayside.
The Uniter likes to let you know what's happening, so here is our take on things.
Sharon Van Etten is familiar with compromise, whether it be balancing relationships while away from home or the struggles of performing vulnerable songs night after night.
On a weekend when many reggae and world music fans are in Birds Hill Park, organizers have managed to fill Old Market Square for the past eight years, and attracted such big names as Junior Kelly and this year's headliner, Jamaican reggae legend Freddie McGregor.