Volume 69, Number 8

Published October 22, 2014

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  • The Creeps

    A feel-good comic about two unnamed characters and their delightful journeys through universally hilarious themes like hatred, misery, uncontrollable rage, disease and rash, delusion, agoraphobia, paranoia, jealousy, greed, bitterness, binge eating, slothfulness, and death, lots and lots of death; also, deformity, flatulence, boogers, nosebleeds, bowel movements, and the eating of unappetizing things.

  • Working Thesis

    A comic strip by Paul Hewak.

  • Fashion Streeter

    The Uniter Fashion Streeter is an ongoing documentation of creative fashion in Winnipeg inspired by the Helsinki fashion blog www.hel-looks.com. Each issue will feature a new look from our city’s streets and bars in an attempt to encourage individual expression and celebrate that you are really, really good looking.

  • The PROFile

    When Dr. Christopher Leo isn’t blogging about city politics and development you might find him enjoying a Little Scrapper IPA or listening to the Steve Miller Band. Or you might find him around campus working with student employees involved in his research on the politics of urban growth.

  • Living in the now

    This year has been a big one for mindfulness. The centuries-old principle of Buddhist practice, defined as “the intentional, accepting and nonjudgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment,” has been secularized and diversified in the 21st century. 

  • Knowledge is power

    Uncap your Sharpies and empty your book bag, Broken Pencil’s festival of zine culture and independent arts will happen in conjunction with the seventh annual Anarchist Bookfair & DIY Fest this year.

  • Hangin’ at the Handsome

    Like a phoenix, the venue that used to be The Rose n’ Bee, The Standard and Hooligan’s has risen again, this time as The Handsome Daughter.

  • Bus stop blues

    A man sits on a bus after a long day at work. All he wants to do is go home and binge watch the latest season of whatever on Netflix. At this point in his day, he’s feeling the urge to relax a little, maybe even do something crazy, like listen to that ‘90s playlist he keeps for special occasions on his iPhone. But today, this man decides to sprawl his knees across two seats instead of his allotted single space.

  • Hug a thug. Really.

    The following article is not meant to scare you. It isn’t meant to paint a dreary picture of our city, nor is it intended to make you believe Winnipeg is the Compton of the North. But our city has a gang problem. Before you assume this piece is some right-wing diatribe about locking up kids, I assure you it’s not. The reality is there are approximately 35 active gangs in Winnipeg with about 1,500 active gang members. I’m not necessarily talking about the bar star “gangs” that buy everyone shots at the nightclubs and get custom rims for their Civics and Cameros. The gangs I’m talking about, like the gangs of LA, are products of poverty, exploitation, racial segregation, and colonialism.

  • A rally for two-wheelers

    It’s been a solid few months for the cycling community in Winnipeg. In September, the new bike lane on Sherbrook Street was unveiled, and hundreds of cyclists bike jammed it around town for Nuit Blanche. Most recently, Bike Winnipeg revealed that five out of eight candidates who ran for municipal office wanted to see a doubling of investment in cycling routes. It’s a mighty good time for Winnipeg’s inaugural hosting of the Canadian Cyclocross Championship (the first national event was hosted in Toronto in 1997, and there’s been annual contests since).

  • Propping up The Tallest Poppy

    After closing up the doors to its Main Street incarnation early last year, popular all day eatery The Tallest Poppy has a new lease on life.

  • Björk: Biophilia Live

    Björk: Biophilia Live is a concert film of the stage show adapted from Biophilia, Björk’s 2011 album/app/art project. The film opens with narration from English broadcaster David Attenborough, who promises that the following performance will offer insight into the intersections between nature, music and technology. I’m not sure Biophilia offers insight into anything other than Björk as an artist. That’s fine, if you’re interested in her as an artist. As someone with only a casual interest in Björk’s post-Sugarcubes career, I found the film mostly a curiosity.

  • On the Trail of the Far Fur Country

    Kevin Nikkel’s On the Trail of the Far Fur Country is a fascinating documentary about Canada, its history and the movies. It’s a reminder that cinema is more than just entertainment: it’s a mirror, reflecting our culture and identity back to us so we can observe and learn from it. A documentary about another documentary might not sound accessible, but On the Trail moved me as a Canadian as much as a film lover.

  • A new chestnut

    Jill Sawatzky believes functional clothing is the most beautiful clothing one can make. The designer behind local fashion line Tony Chestnut eschews the notion of frivolity that is often associated with design.

  • North by old west

    Kansas City, Missouri, 1865. A train engine belches white smoke across a blue sky as Allan Pinkerton reprimands his adult son, William, beneath the shadow of the Dubois Hotel. Nearby people stand silently and watch, iPhones and Starbucks cups gripped tightly in their hands. With a call of the word cut, we are whisked back to Grosse Isle, Manitoba, 2014 and to the set of the new syndicated hour long drama, The Pinkertons.

  • Paranormal activity

    Ghostly encounters in Room 202 of the Fort Garry Hotel, a deceased war veteran hanging out in the Burton Cummings Theatre, scandals and symbols in the Legislative Building: this is the supernatural history of our city, a history Matthew Komus is ready to share in his debut book, Haunted Winnipeg

  • Frosty feasting

    It’s an odd thought: while the boreal forest - the wondrous home of wood bison, spruce trees and 2.5 million Canadians - makes up over half of the country’s land mass, many southerners know very little about it. It’s Michele Genest’s mission to change that through food. The Boreal Feast, a new cookbook that features recipes to promote the use of northern foods, is the latest iteration in her quest, coming on the heels of her 2010 book The Boreal Gourmet

  • Frazey Ford

    If you’re in the mood for Basia Bulat with a more folked-out twang, or Ohbijou without the oh, then Frazey Ford’s (Be Good Tanyas) latest solo LP will win you over. 

  • Ozconscious

    This five song debut from local sextet Ozconscious is a bit of a mixed bag. 

  • If It Feels Good Do It

    Toronto-based artist Bahamas, known as Afie Jurvanen off stage, is one month into a long stretch of touring. But he’s found an effective way to spend his time on the road.

  • When you’re here, you’re family

    Members of Ethnica started playing as a cover band called Side F/X. But recently, they’ve morphed into a metal group, and just released a self-titled EP last month.

  • Freethinking

    The war on drugs has failed.

  • Whose House? Thom’s House.

    Stepping into Thom Fougere’s living room is akin to entering a thoughtfully curated, yet comfortable gallery space.