Maria Bowler

Jock jams

In 480 BC, as the Persians approached the Greek ships at the Battle of Salamis, they heard singing. According to Greek poet Aeschylus, “All the…



Into the wilderness

The critical feedback for The Wilderness of Manitoba’s latest album When You Left the Fire has been nothing if not consistent. The same descriptors reappear:…



Five questions

Five Questions is a continuing column in which we pose a different artist the same five crucial questions. One: The Manitoban: What substance or activity…


My weekend with ghosts

According to Winnipeg legend, the Fort Garry Hotel is haunted. I’m there to attend the 2010 Spirit Seekers conference, dedicated to “paranormal research, spirit communication…


Lipstick Traces

Which Spice Girl were you? If you were a female aged seven to 14 in 1996 you probably at least considered it. The Spice Girls…


World War 1.5

To make art is at once challenging and satisfying, like completing a puzzle. One of life’s great pleasures is to stand back and look at…


Graduate! It’s like, whatever.

So you’re graduating soon! Going out into the “real world” to be an “adult,” without the downy cushion of studenthood beneath your head. Good luck…


R.I.P-HOP?

If hip hop’s not dead then, according to Timbaland, it is at least seriously ill. The producer recently said publicly that rap’s just not the…