Isabella Soares

Arts and culture reporter  

  • Art speaks louder than words

    If youth had the opportunity to express their vision of human rights through art, what would they create?

  • Winnipeg Comiccon showcases fandoms

    Comiccon, the popular convention known for gathering comic book fans, cosplayers and pop-culture store owners, is heading to Winnipeg for the first time, running at the RBC Convention Centre from Oct. 29 to 31.

  • Don’t be a scaredy cat (or polar bear)

    Trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood might be the tradition during Halloween, but for Winnipeggers who grew up attending the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s October programming in the past, the highlight was to ignite the scary season with Boo at the Zoo.

  • Culinary novel shakes off cultural stereotypes

    Playwright and social-media influencer Primrose Madayag Knazan had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream when Great Plains Publications asked her to write her first book.

  • Laughing into the 20s

    Comedians from across the country will arrive in Winnipeg for the 20th anniversary of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, taking place from Oct. 5 to 10.

    A lineup filled with talent and charisma is set to charm audiences after the uncertainty of whether a celebration would be possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Stepping up to booking

    The Good Will Social Club is a hub for local and visiting artists to play tunes, have faceoffs and unite people with the venue’s electric karaoke sessions. All these events couldn’t happen without someone to connect with musicians and organize dates to make these arrangements a reality.

  • Little love encounters

    Diving into old-Hollywood ambience, Filipino-Canadian artist Rein is about to release his latest EP, Encounters, on Sept. 30.

    Like many artists who set aside their hobbies and passions for everyday “priorities,” Rein decided to spend some time off from video production as a Creative Communications student and went back to making music during the COIVD-19 pandemic. 

  • ‘Where film, text and sound meet’

    Film and poetry go hand-in-hand in the upcoming Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) workshop, curated by Irish-born and Montreal-based poet Rachel McCrum. 

    After receiving recognition as the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence and earning the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, McCrum is ready to share her knowledge once again with students.

  • Virtual festival celebrates multiculturalism

    Ethno Fest 2021 is a U Multicultural initiative to further elevate underrepresented voices and give them a digital platform to share their own stories. U Multicultural’s mission statement is to broadcast programs and events that preserve languages, promote culture and allow people to speak freely about their backgrounds. The festival was one of the ways that the media platform was able to integrate with local ethnic groups during the pandemic.

  • Curtain call for the RWB comeback

    A year after the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) last set foot on the Centennial Concert Hall stage, dancers will return to the mainstage for the 2021-22 season. In an effort to invite audiences to enjoy in-person entertainment and celebrate the return of traditional performances, the RWB has decided to name the incoming season Reignite the Stage.

  • Distress from afar

    Close your eyes and envision education for all, peaceful gatherings and women rising the workforce ladder. This was Afghanistan’s trajectory before the atrocities that have flooded media outlets in the past weeks.