Women’s Day – why?

Local IWD events raise questions of diversity, inclusion, and focus

International Women’s Day (IWD) has strong roots in the socialist and labour movements, but in 2014, the symbolic meaning of this day is not so clear cut. While some may lament the lack of a unified vision for IWD, the open-ended nature of the day makes room for productive conversations about social change, history, and […]

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The next Settlers of Catan?

U of M grad draws on classic games to create new board game experience

Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, SimCity: combine them all into one board game and you’d get something like the board game City. City is the brainchild of U of M climatology master’s graduate Ryan Smith. The game can be played between two and five players and usually lasts a little more than an hour. Players choose […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Critic

Review: Asphalt Watches

I have watched many strange animated films, but none as peculiar as Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s Asphalt Watches. The film yields a Gonzo-esque experience – not that I’m advocating drug use, but their employment might make for a more sensible experience than watching sober. Instead of making a documentary about their eight-day hitchhiking trip across […]

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Dancing for the darkness

Winnipeg band the Party Dress releases their debut EP

Grave Clothes,” one of the three songs on the freshman release from local trio the Party Dress, is suited for use in a film by David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino. On this 7” EP, titled You’re Dead, the group has dressed a dirty, beautiful villain in snakeskin shoes who dances in a smoky haze of […]

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Photo provided by Robert Dearden

The show is about to begin

The Blacksmith’s Ball offers a glimpse into growing circus community

The days of the iconic Big Top may have faded into history, but that doesn’t mean the days of the circus are over. According to a contortionist, a sideshow performer, and a juggler who calls himself a “one-man-circus,” we are on the verge of a new circus movement in Winnipeg. The building momentum was evident […]

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Photo by Catie Lafoon

Taking up space with rock ’n’ roll fury

Vancouver duo the Pack A.D. takes over the Park Theatre

If you haven’t witnessed the rock  ’n’ roll fury that is the Pack A.D., prepare to give your eardrums a smashing treat. The energetic guitar-and-drums duo is landing at the Park Theatre on Mar. 4. The Pack A.D. made their name as a hard-touring garage/blues-infused band, and Becky Black and Maya Miller have criss-crossed the […]

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Photo by Bruce Monk

When our humanity meets mental illness

The Valley portrays the experience of individuals, families, and police when dealing with mental illness

If you want to be confronted with the challenges of being human sans heavy-handed preaching, then check out the upcoming production of The Valley at Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE). The play is the newest by multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod, bringing her total number of works for the stage to an even 10. This piece […]

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Calling all trans* writers

Winnipeg to host landmark trans* literature gathering this May

This May, Winnipeg will have the honour of hosting “Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism” – a conference which will be “the largest gathering of its kind in Canada,” according to organizer Trish Salah. “So often trans* people’s work is read as a symptom of our identity rather than as creative and critical writing […]

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Graphic by Bram Keast

Frozen fest’s 45th birthday

Festival du Voyageur artistic producer, The Noble Thiefs, and Sierra Noble talk music, pea soup, beards, and significance of annual Franco-Manitoban celebration

The snow sculptures are taking shape on prominent street corners; the low-lying signature tuque et botte carvings dot boulevards down Provencher. In two days’ time, those unmistakable ceinture fléchées and festive, burly beards will abound. “I love the idea that in 1969, a couple people got together and they were like, ‘it’s really cold in […]

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Photography by Norm Grywinski

6,000 years of trade

Festival celebrates the international trade made famous by First Nations

For at least 6,000 years, international trade occurred at the confluence of what we now call the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Cree, Anishinaabe, Sioux, and Nakoda traders made use of these waterways long before the French and English. The pioneering nations that made use of the river routes were following paths carved long before by […]

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