Volume 66, Number 3

Published September 15, 2011

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  • To fix a crumbling province

    With an $11 billion provincial infrastructure deficit and a seemingly perpetual need to repair roads, bridges, sewers and buildings, Manitoba’s civic governments are in need of dire help from the provincial government.

  • Crooked Brothers

    Winnipeg’s Crooked Brothers’ second album opens solidly, with what sounds like a suped-up version of the Breaking Bad theme in the historical 17 Horses.

  • The Skeletones Four

    Far from living up to its name, this Guelph-based band produces a lush and living sound. The songs are wonderfully arranged, too.

  • Folk Thief

    “Living isn’t living if you’re killing time, it’s dying.”

  • Ian Kelly

    This third outing from Montreal’s Ian Kelly is pretty slick, kind of timeless and full of tunes that would fit right into CBC Radio 2 Drive’s format.

  • Ram Hoss

    This would-be follow up to Calgary band Azeda Booth’s Tubtrek EP sees founders Morgan Greenwood and Jordon Hossack falling deeper into the trances and loops that the duo only began to perfect as Azeda Booth.

  • International News Briefs

    Canadian Forces prepared to extend Libyan air strikes past current deadline; Obama proposes $450B jobs package; British unit worked with NATO to cut off Gaddafi oil supply; North Korean dictatorship commemorates 63rd anniversary

  • Denim on denim and oil on a canvas

    Winnipeg is often considered a creative Mecca, with its long, hard winters forcing everyone inside and leaving them to their own devices.

  • Art MacIntyre’s modern family

    It’s amazing what can happen when the right situation meets the right attitude by accident.

  • Something for everyone

    In just nine years, Winnipeg’s FemFest has grown from an intimate showcase for local playwrights to a weeklong event that brings in artists from across Canada and the U.K.

  • Dramatic retelling of one man’s childhood is a fresh take on an old tale

    In this docudrama, director Micheal Kearns recounts a handful of events that took place at his childhood home – 444 21st St., in Brandon, Man. – in the 1950s.

  • I toured the States, won a Juno and all I got was this awesome documentary?

    Vancouver band Said The Whale has had a busy year.

  • More music this week

    More music this week.

  • Drawn Ship debut with a breakup album while keeping a sense of humour

    Vancouver duo Drawn Ship just released its debut disc, the intimately huge Low Domestic.

  • Fan appreciation? Try fan consultation

    After nearly 10 years in the business, three studio albums and a slew of production and collaboration credits, Toronto singer-songwriter Royal Wood is glad to have the respect of his fans and the industry – but don’t even mention slowing down

  • A generation lost, but with potential

    If you look at recent stats, Generation Y – people between the ages of 18 and 30 – is under the gun.

  • Dead friends on Facebook

    Some months ago, I expressed my opinion about honouring deceased loved ones on Facebook and was met with a mixed bag of responses.

  • In town and city

    Last week, in an attempt to foreground the municipal infrastructure deficit, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) started a campaign with the flat-footed title “Put Communities First.”

  • There is no safe location for Bipole III

    While Manitoba Hydro’s multi-billion dollar Bipole III transmission project has sparked much debate, one assumption remains unchallenged: the assumption that more Hydro mega-projects make sense in an age of climate energy crisis.

  • Wesmen men’s basketball team kicks off pre-season early

    The school year may have only just begun, but the University of Winnipeg men’s basketball team has already been practicing for weeks.

  • Bosc Talk

    After several lengthy meetings, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association has finally narrowed down what they want to accomplish this school year, and increasing the number of youth voters is number one on the list.

  • Campus News Briefs

    U of W enrolment numbers jump; Axworthy’s state of the university address available online; Youth baseball program set to play ball; Career and counselling workshops set to begin; Student Services on the move

  • Downtown BIZ patrols to be taken over by the Winnipeg Police Service Auxiliary Force Cadets

    The Downtown Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) Outreach Program, a group that was created to deal with public intoxication in downtown Winnipeg since 2006, may be coming to an end.

  • Reimagining downtown

    In late July, Winnipeg city council voted 15-1 to approve a downtown housing strategy that aims to not only re-energize and reconstitute the city’s core, but gradually wean developers off of government incentives and grants to ensure long-term potency to expansion and redevelopment.

  • City remains quiet on garbage and recycling report

    The City’s Water and Waste Department found itself in hot water last week when it released a draft of a proposed plan to overhaul its waste handling system.

  • Democracy Watch wants election dates in four provinces pushed back

    Democracy Watch, a lobby group advocating for more democratic government practices, is now calling for the fixed election dates in four provinces, including Manitoba, to be pushed back in order to accommodate busy students and parents.

  • Advertisers advertise their commitment to truth

    The Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) wants you to know it’s keeping a watchful eye on shifty advertisers.

  • Manitoba’s 2011 Provincial Election


  • Fashion Streeter

    Wizards inspire my fashion.
  • Attack of the midlife responsibility bug

    I’ve taken my first word-steps into the dank, smelly jungle that will be my column for the 2011-12 school year – suckling at the giant milky teat of The Uniter.

  • Local News Briefs

    Liberals would allow Sunday shopping freedom; NDP make education pledges; PCs would increase community funding; Tax credits the latest fad, say critics; Zoos partner up for polar bears