Favourite local publication (that isn’t The Uniter)
2. Dijon Magazine
3. Winnipeg Free Press
Stylus Magazine has been a chart-topper in the Uniter 30 poll year after year. With another win, Winnipeg’s love for the online and print music publication doesn’t seem to be fading.
As Canada’s second-oldest independent music magazine, Stylus has stayed true to its print roots.
“We’re really proud of how it’s stayed relevant and continued to evolve over the years,” Gil Carroll, the editor of Stylus says. “The pickup ability of the magazine throughout the city is something that’s always been cool.”
Since 1989, Stylus has given writers and illustrators the opportunity to hone their skills in music journalism, meet like-minded individuals and become a part of the fabric of Winnipeg’s arts scene.
Currently, the creative team behind Stylus consists of Carroll, assistant editor Jen Doerksen, art director Kelly Campbell and, of course, all of the writers and visual contributors. Carroll also credits the help of CKUW, the University of Winnipeg’s campus radio station, for covering the magazine’s publishing costs and garnering community support.
“CKUW is the reason Stylus has survived all these years and stayed strong,” he says.
Though their contributor meetings – what Carroll calls a “staple of writing for Stylus” – have been put to a halt, the magazine has still maintained a great base of creatives, a group they’re always looking to expand.
“We’re always really excited when new people come along and want to write something or take photos for the magazine,” Carroll says. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s a learning magazine, so it’s cool if you don’t have much experience.”
Published in Volume 75, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 3, 2020)