A thin layer of darkness encompasses the shining crystal ball that is Chastity’s sophomore album, Home Made Satan. The visions the crystal ball bestows on listeners are those of flickering strobe lights, dirty mirrors, shadow puppets, and people in masks – all of which piece together the music video for “Sun Poisoning,” one of the lead singles on the record.
In the last few years, Winnipeg has seen an increase in the number of multi-purpose or collaborative ventures – think Forth, The Good Will Social Club, Little Sister Coffee Maker South Osbourne, and Prep Collective to name a few examples. These types of arrangements echo rather loudly the environment typically seen amongst artists and their studio spaces – besides the obvious economic advantages that come with sharing one roof, a multi-conceptual approach to how we use space can also yield considerable synergetic results.
Three years ago, Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks—an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and neo-soul ballads—had made a name for herself in local circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But at the 2016 Winnipeg Jazzfest, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signalling the blossom of the most dynamic and intriguing artist the city has seen in years: a glittery, hot-pink supernova who felt like Canadian music’s worst-kept secret.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a time for sharing love, creating memories, and most of all, enjoying music. Artists from all over the world come together to create a shared experience in our Winnipeg home. Acts at both Main Stage and Little Stage in the Forest play their hearts out and share themselves with the audience for one magical weekend.
When you think of a festival, a bicycle probably isn’t the first image that comes to mind. For Rainbow Trout Music Festival, bicycles and the popular Bike Jams have become synonymous with the festival, raising awareness, and funds, to help grow a local celebration.
Even in the heyday of print publications, 30 years was a long time. For a small budget, locally focused music publication, 30 years is worth celebrating. Stylus has now made it over that hump, continuing to bring locally relevant music news and serving as the physical program guide for CKUW 95.9 FM, which is also our current publisher. Over the early summer, a couple of volunteers sat down with over a dozen past and present Stylus editors and staff members, whose experiences span from the first edition to the one in your hands. There was far more said than could possibly fit within these covers, so this is not intended to be comprehensive.
Real Love Summer Fest attendees are in for a treat with Common Holly performing her new unreleased album When I say to you Black Lightning at the fest this year. At the time of her performance, Real Love goers will be one of the first audiences to hear these new tunes.
The barriers between indie-rock, pop and R&B have by this point all but disintegrated, and on their newest record, Royal Canoe have decided to fully embrace the hip-hop and R&B sounds that had previously only coloured their lurching alt-rock. It’s an evolution, not a reinvention, and the move towards a more obvious hip-hop palette feels like a natural and inevitable stop in the band’s journey rather than a complete overhaul of their sound.
Finally. If you’ve been eagerly awaiting more music from Warming since “White Lies” was released in early 2018, this is it. After a powerful barrage of singles, Warming’s self-titled album is here, and it’s everything if not more than anticipated.
2019 marks the 30th birthday of the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and this year has some exciting new events. Mike Falk, Jazz Winnipeg’s artistic director has been hard at work overseeing the production of the festival from the PA systems to the port-o-pottys and all points in-between.