Pop Culture

  • That gum you like is coming back in style

    Spin-offs, prequels and continuations of popular TV shows are hit and miss. Sometimes you get The Jeffersons, Family Matters and Frasier, while other times you get The Ropers, 90210 and The Golden Palace. With half a season of an unwatchable Boy Meets World continuation, this week’s news of a Twin Peaks continuation, a so-bad-it’s-bad Batman prequel (Gotham) and Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul set to disappoint next year, we thought we’d throw a few ideas at the flat screen to see what sticks.

  • Come to my pod

    Less than a decade ago, podcasts were virtually unheard of. A 2005 New York Times article, The Podcast as a New Podium, clumsily outlined the new medium, making it sound about as appealing and mainstream as stamp collecting or CB radio. But with a recent explosion of new shows in Winnipeg, as well as the emergence of the city’s first podcast network last month, it’s becoming abundantly clear that podcasting is no longer the medium of the future: it’s the medium of the present.

  • Hugging polar bears and other adventures

    Every year we feel compelled to do, well… something for Canada Day. Why not?

  • Forward thinking

    Comedians make a living making people laugh, which usually means making fun of people and things.

  • Stop swimming against the stream

    I question some of my friends’ sanity when I hear they live in a crummy bachelor pad, infested with bedbugs and newly divorced husbands, but they’re still paying for cable.

  • Critical Hit with Drew Nordman

    From iconic science fiction novels like H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, to classic campy cartoons like The Jetsons, modern popular culture has been obsessed with the idea of the future for over a century.

  • The Uniter does C4

    The Uniter goes to the 2013 Central Canada Comic Con.

  • Funny faceoff

    There’s a lot of competition in the comedy world, playing to silent audiences and going against the best and brightest (or the worst and angriest). Though there are many places a comic strives to get to, Just for Laughs is one of the big ones, an event at which comedians who’ve ‘made it’ perform stand-up to likely their biggest audience.

  • Visual: Portraits from C4 Comic Con

    The Uniter at Comic Con

  • Critical Hit with Drew Nordman

    Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of a prolific pastime that celebrates the use of imagination as its key mechanic – a hobby or game where you create a character from scratch, with as much or as little detail as you want, as long as you adhere to and play the role of this character as accurately as possible. This genre came to be known as the role playing game, or RPG.

  • The magic of comic con

    It’s a good idea to keep your Halloween costume in wearable condition for more than one night, especially if your plans include attending the Central Canada Comic Con (C4) this weekend.

  • From Warhol to Wolverine

    CRASH! POP! POW! BLAM!

    BLAM! 3 the third in a series of comic book art shows curated by Justin Waterman.

  • Putting Redman in a seven-foot deep hole

    New York’s Cey Adams, founding Creative Director of Def Jam Records, spoke in the University of Winnipeg’s Riddell cafeteria on Thursday, October 3, 2013 as part of the UWSA's Freestyle Festival. I enjoyed an evening of colourful tales of rappers from the 1980s and early 1990s, artists whom Adams had worked or rubbed shoulders with during his tenure at Def Jam.

  • In conversation with Cey Adams

    Cey Adams, 51, is the founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings. A New York City native, Adams has worked with iconic hip hop artists such as the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Run DMC, De La Soul, LL Cool J, 3rd Bass and Slick Rick, and has completed projects ranging from album design to logos and exhibitions in prominent galleries throughout the United States.

  • Fresh to Def

    New York-based Def Jam Recordings is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

  • AIDS isn’t a punchline

    Last week, the new season of The League, a semi-improvised knock off of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FXX (a comedy offshoot of the Fox offshoot FX) premiered.

  • My Little Brony

    For most people, My Little Pony is nothing more than a TV show made to sell toys to little girls. 

  • The ultimate callback

    Jordan Welwood is the Winnipeg finalist in SiriusXM’s Canada’s Next Top Comic competition.

  • Critical Hit with Drew Nordman

    This past Sunday marked the halfway point for the final season of AMC’s massively popular show, Breaking Bad. If you haven’t seen the show by now, then I’m just disappointed in you.

  • Geek City

    Geek is the new chic.

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