Oh MY Darling photo by: Etienne Bauduin

Back to where it all began

Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling talks band beginnings, return to the festival and more

Oh My Darling (OMD) has certainly come a long way since their first gig at Festival du Voyageur six years ago. At that time, they didn’t have a band name yet, going by the moniker Fill’d’Riel, which means daughters of Riel. That seems like a distant memory now, as the all-female bluegrass/Appalachian band have gained […]

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Photo by Brian McConnell

Beards, plaid, and rock and roll

The Proud Sons at Festival’s Liquor Mart Snow Bar

For their second year in a row, the Proud Sons—Ryan McConnell, Kyle Meyer, Jay Mymryk, Jesse Meyer, and Jason Stanley—will bring their rock and roll to Festival du Voyageur. The band is influenced by the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, perhaps partially due to those performers’ demonstrations of less “synthesized,” more trimmed-down music. This was […]

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Are you aware?

Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc. to hold 5th annual Cultural Awareness Workshop

February is Black History Month (BHM) in Canada and the U.S. Begun as a week-long event in 1926, the initial recognition in Winnipeg occurred in 1981. The observance was first recognized by Canada’s House of Commons in 1995 and by the Senate in 2008. The Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc. (COBW) are hosting […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Critic

Review: This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

This Ain’t No Mouse Music! (2013) is an intriguing documentary by co-directors Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Their subject is Chris Strachwitz, a now-elderly record label owner with a fierce passion for music, particularly blues and folk. The story begins in 1960, where Strachwitz meets legendary musician Lightnin’ Hopkins, and ends about half a century […]

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Going Deep with Jodie Layne

How to cope with your STI

Having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) doesn’t mean your sex life is over – true story. I know all of the scary literature and after-school specials have tried to scare you off of having sex by promising the inevitability of getting a devastating STI. You’ll cry, be sad, your genitals will rot, and no one […]

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Photo provided by Courtney Trouble

Activism, porn, and pleasure coming together

Queer porn icon Courtney Trouble discusses how porn can change the world

Some may see the term feminist pornographer as a bit of an oxymoron, but just as there is no one right way to be a feminist, there are many ways that porn and feminism intersect. The first, and most obvious, would be acknowledging that porn can be for everyone. “Women are raised to think that […]

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Photo by Réjean Brandt

Never was a story of more woe

Juliet and her Romeo take stage with Royal Winnipeg Ballet

The star-crossed lovers return to Winnipeg Feb. 12-16, as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) production of Romeo + Juliet gets underway. Choreographed by Rudi van Dantzig and set to a score by Sergei Prokofiev, this incarnation of the Shakespearean tragedy is sure to appeal to both neophytes and seasoned RWB-goers alike. “It’s such a fantastic […]

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Photo by Pat Bolduc

Rolling with the punches and building positive energy

A Tribe Called Red’s live show promises to be a dynamic audiovisual experience

W hether you’re entranced by the visuals or tearing up the dance floor to a new genre described as “Pow Wow Step,” the show put on by A Tribe Called Red is not easily forgotten. And, fresh off the heels of a Juno nomination, they’re coming to Winnipeg. On Feb. 16, DJ Shub, DJ NDN, […]

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Photo provided by Keewatin Otchitchak Traditional Womens Drum Group

A Warrior approaches

Thunderbird House hosts Suzanne Patles as part of Mi’kmaq Warriors Society speaking tour

It was two weeks before Halloween last year when a blockade organized by the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society was confronted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The blockade in New Brunswick, 80 kilometres north of Moncton and 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation at the village of Rexton, was in response to shale gas exploration […]

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Rites of gender as a roving performance

Stylin’ I! To meander through downtown as part of Genderfest

Many of this week’s Genderfest events offer opportunities to reflect on and discuss the meaning of gender, and Stylin’ I! is no exception. Self-billed as an “unauthorized roving performance in the skywalk/underground,” collaborators Coral Maloney and Ian Mozdzen will present the latest incarnation of a piece that first appeared in a 2011 Young Lungs Dance […]

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