Ohhh wow. Sled Island lineup dropped yesterday afternoon and it’s so choice! The festival took a beating last year with whole Calgary flood thing happening night one of the fest, leading to a cancellation of the rest of the festival (and some really unique unplanned jam sessions and house concerts). Unfortunately that was a big blow to festival organizers and a lot of lost money. Continue reading
Enter March, and we’ve got some good rap to start the month off right. Young Braised of Vancouver’s wavy rap fame, may make an appearance Friday night at Amigos. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll check the set. To add to the great news, Open Mike Eagle signed with Mellow Music Group (no not Maybach Music Group) and is set to release 3 albums over the next 2 years, first of which is to be Dark Comedy. I’m hyped. We also got some new videos. Tune in! Continue reading
Your Friday just got better: Jazz Winnipeg announced that St. Vincent will be playing TD Jazz Fest this June. With a new album, one of the most anticipated of the year, and continuing her touring whirlwind; St. Vincent is sure to sweep Winnipeg off of its feet and get them dancing in the aisles of the Burton Cummings Theatre. Continue reading
With the Academy Awards set for this upcoming Sunday, it’s prime time to look at the films up for the major awards that evening. Instead of offering my own picks for what will win, I thought it’d be useful to look at each individual Best Picture nominee. What worked in them, what didn’t, and which one should walk away with the top prize on Sunday?
If you’re a movie lover, there’s potentially no better night of the year for you than Oscar night – the annual celebration of cinema’s “best” with Hollywood’s brightest stars. It’s got everything – expensive fashion, big musical numbers, and lots of tributes and commercial breaks. Last year marks the first time that I can remember not watching an Oscar ceremony, but I’ll definitely be tuning in on Sunday, March 2nd to see how the Gravity versus 12 Years a Slave showdown unfolds. Continue reading
Living in an endless summer, Mise En Scene is one of this years top breakout indie bands. Emerging from the hotbed of the Winnipeg music scene, this arresting duo have already made waves through out Canada and recently returned to Calgary for Freeze Fest. Continue reading
Saskatoon’s festival coordinators are back at their desks, and we’re starting to see some recaps and promos to get us excited for the summer to come. Below are video teasers recently released from Saskatoon’s two most premiere music-centric festivals, The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and MOSO Fest.
This video done by Sica films takes me back to my favourite week of summer and some of the shows that I worked hard on with Spareparts to present some added experience. (How fun was that Metric show?? And Lee Fields! And A Tribe Called Red??) Well done with the time lapses, aerial shots, and music choice in this one, Sica!
And this video by our friends at PAVED Arts was just released this weekend shows off the good times and excellent speakers from the growing indie music & interactive seminar festival, Moso Fest (love their new website). I cannot wait for summer!!!
Expect to see Spareparts (and some of our crafty party ideas) at both festivals this year again!
It’s not hard to get excited about the approaching summer months, but Rainbow Trout Music Festival just made it that much more tantalizing(if I do say so myself). Named as one of Winnipeg’s top 3 festivals and run entirely by a volunteer group of pals on a small budget and huge love, Rainbow Trout is not only the little locals-only festival that could but one of summer’s best parties. Just an hour outside the city and bordered by the lovely Roseau River with a capped attendance, the festival lovely and intimate. Continue reading
At the end of the first episode of Season Two of House of Cards, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) looks straight at the camera and asks if the viewer thinks he’d forgotten them. We know he hasn’t but it doesn’t make the aside any less gratifying. This comes at the end of an episode that saw the shocking elimination of a major character and the Underwoods conquering their main adversaries from the first season. In one episode, House of Cards sweeps away many of the cards from Season One and reshuffles the deck. The first round is over, and now that everyone knows the rules, it’s full steam ahead for the Underwoods and the show. Continue reading
The sweet sounds of saccharine pop collide with the hidden darkness of a torn poet. Incredible song writing defines Where Do We Go From Here? the long awaited full length from Calgary’s 36? Smooth grooves ride over psychedelic synths and guitars while deceivingly complicated drumbeats keep the full-blown pop monster at bay. Somewhere within the genre of psychedelic indie rock, 36? breaks new ground with an astonishingly original album. Continue reading