Volume 68, Number 28

Published July 2, 2014

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  • And on that note…

    As a musician, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what music is and what its purpose is.

  • Get your red umbrella

    On June 16, Bill C-36, or the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, passed its second reading in the House of Commons. 

  • Fashionable people doing questionable things

    Browsing through the photos from this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo music festivals confirm one thing for sure: that cultural appropriation in fashion’s not just a trend that will go away by merely wishing it away.

  • Jekyll and Hyde’s Freehouse Takes Flight

    There were a few things that intrigued me about the new bar/restaurant taking over the place of The Cheer: the name, the fact that they were boasting 29 taps, and the fact that they just recently finished building a nice new patio.

  • The Samson Show

    The Samson show follows the misadventures of Samson (dog) and his owners (humans).

  • Working Thesis

    A comic strip by Paul Hewak.

  • Folklorama

    As Manitoba’s centennial was approaching, a wide variety of ideas were thought of to celebrate it. One particular idea has evolved into a staple of Manitoba’s summer festivals.

  • Brandon Folk Festival

    Do you love good music and music festivals but not the crowds? Then hit the Trans-Canada and catch the Brandon Folk, Music, and Art Festival July 25-27.

  • The Gimli Film Festival

    Established in 2001, the Gimli Film Festival is returning for another year and is set to screen over 100 features, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba and across the globe.

  • Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

    During the Winnipeg Fringe, you will find two types of guardian angels around the festival. 

  • Gratus Fest

    This July, hypno-folk duo TWIN will release North Americana, a record that’s inspired by the project’s canoe tours, and serves as the follow-up to 2012’s Sharing Secrets with Strangers.

  • Soca Reggae Festival

    On a weekend when many reggae and world music fans are in Birds Hill Park, organizers have managed to fill Old Market Square for the past eight years, and attracted such big names as Junior Kelly and this year's headliner, Jamaican reggae legend Freddie McGregor.

  • Winnipeg Folk Festival

    Sharon Van Etten is familiar with compromise, whether it be balancing relationships while away from home or the struggles of performing vulnerable songs night after night.

  • The Storytelling Portraits of Kevin Nikkel

    I’m starting to think that Winnipeg might have a culture problem. In my 10 or so years as a conscious consumer of culture in this city, I’ve seen music venues, movie theatres, stores, restaurants, and other institutions that provide Winnipeg’s life blood fall by the wayside.

  • Witness: The 20th Annual $100 Film Festival Commission Project

    Witness falls somewhere between a shorts program and an anthology film. Commissioned for Calgary’s 20th annual $100 Film Festival and curated by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, it’s a collection of six short films by six different directors. Although all six films are independent of one another, they revolve around one central theme: the celebration of celluloid.

  • The Best Kind of Cold

    With summer on its way, the Manitoba Film Industry is preparing for a number of big and small productions headed to the province this summer.

  • Rosie June

    This dreamy little nine song offering from Lantzville, BC gets a hipster-ized re-release on Brendan Canning's new Draper Street label and it fits with the Broken Social Scenester's aesthetic.

  • PS I Love You

    A while back, Kingston duo PS I Love You unveiled a new single, the title track from the forthcoming For Those Who Stay.

  • Colour By Numbers

    Colour By Numbers debut five-song EP is anything but by the numbers. Harmony is the Winnipeg trio's strong suit; CBN has a gift for making harmony the focal point of every song, regardless of style or genre, tying this eclectic rootsy indie pop EP together. 

  • Bry Webb

    The Constantines are back together(ish), but that isn't stopping frontman Bry Webb from releasing his second solo LP. These 12 tracks of early Wilco-meets-working man alt-folk are occasionally drenched in distortion ("AM Blues", "Free Will", bonus cut "Receive Me") but mostly exist to showcase Webb's haunting yet playful baritone over sparse, meandering arrangements.

  • Melissa Payne

    Not opening with Radiohead's "High and Dry", the second record from Ontario singer/songwriter Melissa Payne is filled with nine bubbly and pining country popsters in the vein of Blue Rodeo, Amy Millan or Whitehorse - lots of reverb-soaked twang and pedal steel, decorated with oohs and aahs. She also ventures into southern-fried baroque pop balladry ("Call Me a Fool") and her raspy warble is welcome on each and every track, no matter the style (the girl can do diversity).

  • Eamon McGrath

    The second in a series of EPs from 23-year-old Edmonton singer/songwriter Eamon McGrath finds his Tom Waits-growl in full form on guitar-heavy opener "Canadian Shield". 

  • Cousins

    The 10 deliciously lo-fi songs that make up Halifax duo Cousins' new LP are so infectious that you'll be singing along to them on the first listen, especially "Alone".

  • Fucked Up

    After the mammoth assault of 2011's perfect David Comes to Life rock opera, genre-defying Toronto punks Fucked Up return with the summer record you never knew you needed but always hoped you'd get.

  • Delightfully dangerous

    After 10 years of making music Phoenix, Arizona folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad still manages to do things a little differently with <i>Christmas Island</i>, its fifth full-length record and follow-up to 2011’s Knife Man.

  • Well, That’s Garbage

    When’s the last time you used your phone…as a phone?

  • Whose House? Alesha’s House.

    Alesha Frederickson is the mastermind and skillful hands behind the local, bespoke lingerie brand March and August. Fed up with ill-fitting, cookie-cutter lingerie at the mall, each pair of M&A Underthings is custom made to order.