Favourite local publication

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1. Stylus Magazine
2. Red Rising Magazine
3. Winnipeg Free Press

Bringing the inside scoop on the local music scene, Stylus Magazine has been on Winnipeg’s radar since its inception in 1989. The music magazine’s profiles and reviews cover both emerging bands and established musicians. Published twice a month, the publication is adored by readers who are not only looking for new tunes to add to their Spotify playlists, but who also feel connected to the local music scene.

Stylus has a super strong history in Winnipeg, and it has been around for over 30 years. It is a real community-builder, and we are very glad that people voted for us this year,” Gil Carroll, the magazine’s editor, says.

Some of the exclusive content available in the magazine includes the CKUWHO series that profiles the radio hosts of CKUW 95.9 FM (which funds Stylus), album reviews for the latest releases in and out of Winnipeg, as well as a hip-hop column called Winnipeg State of Mind, which has been curated by Nigel Webber for four years.

Carroll is also involved in other music projects, such as booking shows through Real Love Winnipeg and playing guitar for local band Living Hour. He says what makes the publication unique is that it amplifies the work of emerging musicians, even if they’re just starting out.

“For artists, it can be very validating to be reviewed in a publication. Music blogs and magazines have been a part of music communities for so many decades, so it keeps that tradition,” Carroll says.

This year, the magazine has welcomed a new assistant editor to the team: Kaitlyn Emslie Farrell. In addition, Stylus is now offering home delivery at a cost of $12 for six issues.

Published in Volume 76, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2021)

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