Volume 68, Number 16

Published January 15, 2014

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  • Where the magic happens

    We know the musicians. They’re on stage, in our iPhone earbuds, on the YouTube screen. But what about the people who craft the gear? Two of the world’s finest independent instrument builders are right here in Winnipeg.

  • Dressed for success

    Remember how the Park Theatre’s café and music venue had a feel similar to a 50s diner? Recent major renovations have left it starkly different. The old feel is but a distant memory.

  • Vibe of the HIVE

    There’s a new buzz on the University of Winnipeg campus. A recently created multi-purpose space called the HIVE is opening up new possibilities for student groups, and new opportunities for students to connect and share creatively.

  • Taking a Year of Music beyond 2014

    2014 will be an exceptionally exciting year for Winnipeg’s music scene. It’s Manitoba’s Year of Music and we’re hosting JUNO week, Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, Breakout West and the Western Canadian Music Awards, all on top of all the usual great Manitoba festivals. 

  • The Blue Bass

    A few years ago someone asked me if there was an instrument I would take with me were I ever stranded on a desert island. This seemed like a ridiculous question at first – if I were ever in fact “stranded on a desert island”, surely I wouldn’t have the opportunity to prepare for the stranding beforehand.

  • Another fiver

    Having not even compiled a proper 2013 mix (yet), this music nerd is now quickly thrust into anticipating what is coming out in 2014. Here’s a look at five artists with releases slated for the first few months of the year, as well as a short list of artists who have planned releases.

  • Whatever happened to that one band?

    Every January since 2009, the Uniter has been putting the spotlight on local artists to watch (2008 profiled Canadians to watch, but included late locals the Liptonians). We thought we’d take a look back at the past picks and see what they’re up to.

  • We want the airwaves

    CKUW 95.9 FM, the University of Winnipeg’s campus and community radio station, is the place to volunteer if you adore radio.

  • See songs

    To get your band noticed amongst the sea of sounds, you need eye-catching music videos, album art and merchandise, even in the iTunes age.

  • Making Records

    As recording technology becomes more accessible, there are many options available to a new artist seeking to get their songs out there.

  • Whose House: Rusty’s House

    Dana “Rusty” Matyas recently let the Uniter into his home to show us all his cool stuff. The 33-year-old Winnipegger is a video game fanatic, a backyard bonfire enthusiast and a Heinz tomato ketchup addict, but you probably know him from somewhere else.

  • Kick in the PANTS

    In the spring of 2013, guitarist/vocalist Bill Perehinec, bassist Ryan McPherson and drummer Nyala Ali settled on the name PANTS. Thankfully, they also decided to take the band’s music a little more seriously.

  • What the poets are doing

    Despite just forming in February 2013, Winnipeg indie rock quartet Hearing Trees has already played around 14 shows and is in pre-production for its debut EP, which will be produced by Les Jupes frontman and Head in the Sand record label head Michael Petkau Falk.

  • Comfortably numb

    “I got back from Cuba this past week,” says Daniel Baron, frontman, guitarist and eldest member of Winnipeg’s Industrial Revolution-inspired folk band FINN. He says the frigidity of this prairie locale satisfies his sense of home.

  • Greek Riots

    After playing together in different bands for years, Jacques Richer and Duncan Murta began collaborating as recently as November 2013 in Greek Riots. The duo has a newness about it that, coupled with the chemistry that comes from an existing friendship, makes for a promising group to check out live.

  • Hardcover band

    A few years ago, Winnipeg folk group Sibyl set out performing renditions of Sufjan Stevens and Nathan songs. Although the band soon made the switch to original material, one could argue it’s still a cover band. A hardcover band that is.