Inverted Serenity :: As Spectres Wither

by Chris Bryson

Inverted Serenity’s third album, As Spectres Wither, shows the band forward thinking, pushing their sound to larger and finer, more sinister and dynamic forms. Although the new album isn’t a huge departure from the band’s previous releases, it showcases their skill in composing songs that mesh technical flair and ferocity with finesse and melody, knowing the importance of contrasts and nuances when it comes to more extreme forms of music. Continue reading “Inverted Serenity :: As Spectres Wither”

Warming

by Chris Bryson

After years playing in bands like Slow Spirit, Odana, Somebody Language and under his own name, Brady Allard’s newest project, Warming, lives up to its own name. Allard will be playing his first show as Warming at the Handsome Daughter on February 17th. The first single from Warming’s eponymous debut album, “White Lies”, was released on January 23rd in anticipation of the show. Continue reading “Warming”

Big Fun 2018 Recap

Ivory Waves at the Good Will Social Club

By Stylus Staff

Photo By Buio Assis

Big Fun 2018, which took place from January 24th through 28th, unveiled a new crop of exciting and unique locals bands to the city with some heavy hitter headliners thrown in for fun. Big Fun is always a reliable place for Winnipeggers to turn to in the winter months to discover their new favourite band, and this year was no exception. Continue reading “Big Fun 2018 Recap”

Birthday Tapes :: Birthday Wishes Vol. 2 :: Review

by Kaitlyn Emslie Farrell

Birthday Tapes have announced their second compilation album appropriately titled Birthday Wishes Vol. 2. Featuring Seventeen artists, many of whom are local, Birthday Wishes Vol. 2 provides a wide range of steady pop and shoegaze. This is a mellow album, there’s no way around that. So if you’re looking for something to pump you up, try another route. If you’re looking for a soothing array of blended melodies, electronic tones, and whispered vocals, then slap this in your tape deck. Continue reading “Birthday Tapes :: Birthday Wishes Vol. 2 :: Review”

Urban Vacation :: New Beginning

A new beginning and a new line up for local indie band Urban Vacation. With their show on October 19th at the Handsome daughter being the final one for a while, it was a sad affair.  It was a send off for their drummer/vocalist, Noah Hoffman. He is going on a permanent vacation from the band before they plan to hit the studio to record their debut LP later this year. I sat down with the lead guitarist/vocalist, Isaac Tate, along with the bassist/vocalist, Sean Henderson, and their new synth player, Jesse Lawrence to talk about their Avant Garde blend of sampling, dreamy instrumentals and what the future holds for them. Continue reading “Urban Vacation :: New Beginning”

Big Fun

By Chris Bryson

The Big Fun festival has been going on since 2012 and has become a beloved staple and growing fixture of the Winnipeg music scene. Since its inception, the multi-genre festival has been evolving and changing. It is now comprised of four members, and covers 14 shows over 5 days at multiple different locations. Continue reading “Big Fun”

West End Cultural Centre :: 30th Anniversary

By Max Hamilton

Before it had opened its doors for the first time, the West End Cultural Centre was already different than most venues. For one, the intention of the Centre’s founders was never to make a buck off the place, and to this day it remains a not-for-profit, charitable organization. It began as just an idea, one that, as work began on the run-down church at the corner of Ellice and Sherbrook, drew interested and generous citizens out to volunteer their time and expend their energy on refurbishing the building.  Some stayed on for months after the first show was held, which was headlined by the folk group Spirit of the West. That was thirty years ago as of October twenty-first, an anniversary which the West End celebrated with a tribute show to that band. Continue reading “West End Cultural Centre :: 30th Anniversary”