by Kaelen Bell
There are rare moments when it seems that every hippie you’ve ever met was right; that time really is a construct, man.
That it’s all in your head – that the past and the present and the future and every minuscule, incomprehensible halfway moment exist at once. That you can touch the air beside your face and brush against uncountable realities. Continue reading “Album Review :: Saltwater Hank :: Stories From the Northwest”
by Jen Doerksen
Rae Spoon’s new LP bodiesofwater comes out on the twentieth anniversary of the first show Spoon ever played, and ten years after the release of their break-out album superioryouareinferior. As a non-binary person, Rae is no stranger to having an identity that doesn’t fit societal and legal structures. Like bodies, water is regulated and increasingly commodified, despite being fundamental to life. On this, Spoon’s ninth album, they explore their common ground and connections with the ocean surrounding their Vancouver Island home. Continue reading “Interview :: Rae Spoon”
by Kaelen Bell
“I have a bit of a cold,” Tamara Lindeman says, a little apologetically, as she kneels to quietly blow her nose. The crowd laughs gently and murmurs with sympathy, though they seem to watch even this small moment with baited breath. It hasn’t broken the hex. Continue reading “Live show review :: The Weather Station”
by Kaelen Bell
I call Tamara Lindeman just before she’s about to hit the road, and she apologizes that she doesn’t have long to talk. She played POP Montreal last night and is headed to Ottawa to perform again this evening.
Lindeman has been travelling and writing songs as The Weather Station for more than a decade, building a carefully considered body of work that dissects, with delicate tension, the grey areas within and around us. Continue reading “The Weather Station”
Interview by Ryan Haughey
Photo by Abi Reimold
On October 22nd, Real Love Winnipeg is hosting a show featuring a wonderful lineup at The Handsome Daughter. Chicago’s Advance Base makes a stop in Winnipeg to promote the newly released and beautiful Animal Companionship. Along for this leg of the tour is the band Friendship, a low-wave dark-pop group from Philadelphia.
Heading up the ensemble is Dan Wriggins, who I had the chance to chat with about Friendship’s new music, live set, and touring experiences. Continue reading “Friendship”
by Ryan Haughey
The usually crowded Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club was extra crowded on this Saturday Night. Indie-folk Winnipeg band Kakagi returned to the stage with a bunch of new songs to wow the audience with. Continue reading “Kakagi :: Live Show and Album Review”
by Chris Bryson
Continuing tradition can be a great thing. Apply that to music festivals and you’ve found many people’s version of heaven. Areas of the world have so many memories spread across what eventually becomes sacred musical land. The first ever Hoot Owl festival makes its home in Kerry, Manitoba at the old locale of the legendary Shine On festival and sets out to continue tradition while being its own thing in the process. Continue reading “Hoot Owl Festival :: New Name, Same Place, Familiar Spirit”
by Olivia Michalczuk
Folk duo and twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger are preparing to open the festival and play the main stage at what they refer to as a second home, Winnipeg Folk Festival. Their family is no stranger to the festival. The family’s colourful history with WFF dates further back than their first-year camping as babies in 1992. Continue reading “Roger Roger :: Winnipeg Folk Festival”
By Chris Bryson
Roman Clarke is on to something. With the release of his debut EP, Looking For Mine, he’s fashioned a markedly signature sound. As one third of The Middle Coast, Clarke is no newcomer to the local scene. Looking For Mine feels fully formed, ready for the world to hear. Continue reading “Roman Clarke :: Looking For Mine”
By Matt Harrison
Soft violin gently starts this album with the soothing hum of singer Raine Hamilton over top of it. Before you can fall into the melody, the violin turns to a jagged sort of snap and the story of Night Sky begins to unfurl. As the same song, “Starlight”, carries on, the acoustic folk sound offers vibes akin to wandering through a forest, the intervention of light a hopeless wish. Continue reading “Raine Hamilton :: Night Sky”