Arts

  • Flying in the face of stereotypes

    Challenging character stereotypes, normalizing mental-health struggles and a pure love for the horror genre all shine through in David A. Robertson’s Version Control, the second installment of the local author’s graphic-novel trilogy The Reckoner Rises

  • A retro big top throwback

    Winnipeg’s own acrobatic company The Street Circus will showcase THROWBACK: A Retro Circus Experience at the Gas Station Arts Centre on June 17 and 18.

  • Queer and trans playwriting unit first of its kind

    A consortium of theatre companies across Canada are collaborating to create the National Queer and Trans Playwriting Unit (NQTPU). A first of its kind in Canada, the initiative encourages 2SLGBTQ+ theatre artists in their early to mid-career stages to submit their work for consideration before July 5. Five Canadian artists will be chosen to participate in the program that begins in September. 

  • Scamming and streaming

    Netflix’s scammer series have recently emerged as the new pop-culture trend. The Tinder Swindler, Inventing Anna and even Bad Vegan have been well-received by critics and audiences alike. It seems rather strategic that these documentaries and series based on true stories premiered so close to one another, keeping the audience hooked and wanting more.

  • A virtual love story

    Even though I hadn’t seen most of my American family members in months, I didn’t feel homesick until I saw a photo.

  • Pairing ‘emerging’ with ‘experienced’

    For performers, actors and musicians alike, the work lifestyle depends on getting the next gig. There’s an uncertainty inherent with these career paths that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Arts briefs

    APTN: DJ Burnt Bannock// Astral Zeneca at Park Alleys// The art of walking// Folk Fest to announce 2022 lineup// Neuro-Hilarity// Manitoba Remembers: A COVID Elegy

  • Critipeg: ‘We are not ruined’

    In an interview for Ric Burns’ New York (1999), urban theorist Marshall Berman discusses the role of graffiti and hip-hop in 1970 and 1980s New York. Berman refers to these forms of expression as proverbial rainbows cutting through New York’s then bleak and derelict landscapes.

  • Social media cultivates musical connections

    While established artists benefited from record-breaking streams and online concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks, budding musicians had to find ways to reinvent themselves.

  • Back at it again

    After two years of sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear whether or not they could be hosted in person, festivals all over Winnipeg will finally return.

  • Social diagnosis

    Since TikTok’s rise in popularity, many have applauded the algorithm that feeds viewers content tailored to their interests. With more popularity comes more content covering different topics and specialists who have found a space to educate others, including through videos talking about mental health.

  • City briefs

    Keeping up with the geography theses// Energy and the road to net-zero// No more daily data// Transit app making maiden voyage// Summer convention in person again// Whale watching on the web

  • Arts briefs

    MCO announces spring concert// Vintage, handmade and more// Harry Manx at the WECC// A jam session for a good cause// Mahogany Frog releases new album// Art Talk: The Photograph as Art

  • Origin stories: James Peebles

    Former Winnipegger and astrophysicist James Peebles recalls receiving a 5 a.m. phone call from Stockholm back in 2019. The call informed him he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics.

  • Lights, camera, action

    With the COVID-19 pandemic making it hard for local filmmakers to exhibit their work, the Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) decided to share the backlog of Winnipeg-based productions through their members’ screenings. The first screening took place on March 19, and the following two will happen on April 2 and 22.

  • What’s on your back?

    Shifting to sustainable fashion can feel intimidating. This phrase is often associated with expensive clothing, items that might not represent one’s personal style or pieces that fail to reflect current trends. This could not be further from the truth.

  • Radio is alive with a podcast flare

    Although there has been a shift from the conventional format of short talking segments in between songs, radio hosts say working behind the mic is even more exciting nowadays with the rise of social media and the podcast era.

  • Award-losing

    Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards this past weekend, but I don’t want to talk about that.

  • Arts briefs

    Investigations into motion capture/ Bushland Series at cre8ery/ Calling all green thumbs/ WCD presents in between here and now/ Decolonizing Lens: Tia and Piujuq/ Apply for Plug-In ICA’s Summer Institute

  • Critipeg: Typical Toewsian tropes

    It’s fitting that a narrative about walking along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers would be published in early February, when the frozen river trail is abuzz with patrons. It is, after all, one of the most brag-worthy facts about Winnipeg, unimaginable to audiences from just about any other climate – which happens to be a young Parisian man in The Way She Closed the Door.

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