Arts and culture briefs

Manitoba Music in Austin

Manitoba is taking a taste of prairie music to Texas. Manitoba Music will be hosting a Manitoba Showcase at Austin, Texas’ SXSW music festival, which is taking place March 11 to 20. Royal Canoe, Mise en Scene, The Lytics and The Mariachi Ghost are apart of the showcase. Winnipeg’s JP Hoe will also be getting on stage at the festival.


The Windys

The Editor stole the show at The Windys, walking away with five awards at the award show for local independent film, organized by the Winnipeg Film Group. On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, Loss of Contact, The Healing of Heather Garden and Andrew Milne Dreams of Machines also walked away with awards.


Another Night Out

Winnipegger Michael Kontzamanis has published his first novella, Another Night Out. The book explores what technology means to millennials. In it, we follow Mike, who goes too far when he picks up his ex’s phone and starts posing as her in the digital world. For more information and to buy the book, go to


Myth of the Ostrich

Tom Hendry Warehouse is ending its season with Myth of the Ostrich. The play centres around two mothers who discuss the budding romance between their teenagers. This conversation is a hilarious exploration of two polar opposite parenting styles, values and beliefs. The show is on stage March 9 to 26. Tickets are available through


Federal Lights

Five-piece band Federal Lights is playing an album release show at The Good Will Social Club on March 10. Coeur De Lion is the band’s sophomore album. It has been traveling across Canada with the album since late February, and is returning home to close off the tour with one final show. Go to for more information.


Empty Train

Juno winner David Francey is coming to Winnipeg on March 13. He’ll stop at the West End Cultural Centre as part of his cross-Canada tour promoting his latest album, Empty Train. The album was inspired by the introvert’s years of people-watching and interesting conversations he’s had on his travels. Tickets are $23 and available through

Published in Volume 70, Number 23 of The Uniter (March 10, 2016)

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