Volume 75, Number 25
Published May 20, 2021
Circus rock album birthed from COVID-19
Some look at multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions as an obstacle. Others see it as an opportunity. That was the case with Castle Macfarlane, which released its debut album, Cosmic Wine, in March.
Live from your couch, it’s Canadian comedy albums!
Sketch comedy may seem more familiar in a visual format like Saturday Night Live, in which outrageous props and costumes are part of the jokes. But Mouth Beef, the debut album by local sketch troupe HUNKS, makes the listener the set designer.
Freedom of information at risk with Bill 49
Premier Brian Pallister’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been roundly criticized by the opposition, local news media and community activists alike. But beyond the pandemic response itself, Pallister’s Progressive Conservative (PC) government has also been accused of using the pandemic as cover to push through anti-democratic legislation.
The lowdown on lo-fi
Lhasa Petik’s new nostalgic single “Hurts To Be Young” might strike a chord with people longing for their pre-pandemic life. The indie-pop tune is full of longing for the past and the freedom that came along with it.
London, Ont. terror attack ignites calls for change
The Muslim community in Winnipeg has been thrown into a state of grief. On June 6 in London, ON, four members of the Afzaal family were killed by a driver who was targeting them because of their faith.
Documentary series sheds light on four Lake Winnipeg communities
“I didn't want to focus on stereotypes of our people, because I think it's important to show the beauty in my communities where my family is from and the beauty in the people, as well. I hope we were able to capture that.”
West End Cultural Centre recognized for work during COVID-19
In a year filled with so many obstacles, the West End Cultural Centre has managed to provide artists with an opportunity to perform their work for audiences and to be able to support themselves by doing so.
Finding common ground
As Manitoba reopens and news articles turn to discussion of booster shots, it may feel like we’re finally leaving COVID-19 behind. But we’re not out of the woods just yet, as vaccine uptake in the province continues to plateau.
Vaccines mandated on U of W campus
After weeks of advocacy from faculty unions and pressure from students, the University of Winnipeg (U of W) is set to follow in the footsteps of other Canadian universities by implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the fall term.