The Spareparts Community is a gathering of makers, thinkers and doers who contribute to a creative atmosphere in their cities. Follow along with us as we feature what inspires them. Today, we profile DJ, POSI app creator, inspirational speaker, and Spareparts Community Member, Winnipeg’s Braden Pyper.
No, summer’s not over yet but are definitely having to come to terms that it will be fall a lot sooner than we’d like. There are a million things to love about fall, but we’re going to help you milk every last ounce of summer out of August. Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your weekend – with a bonus great thing to do on Monday:
So what it’s supposed to rain a little this weekend? We’ve only got a month and a bit of summer left, so reach out and grab those summah moments. Get lousy with it. Here are 5 things in and out of the city to help you with that mission:
Walking into romantic comedies, I’m prepared to suspend my disbelief – romcoms are my shit (I even did a TEDx talk about them). It’s like there’s a basket at the door of the theatre that says: “Leave all sense of reality and logic and maybe some of your feminist ideals here” and I eagerly toss ‘em in. The reason, however, I anticipated Obvious Child so much was that it demanded the exact opposite of me as a viewer. It demanded that I be right there in it – the messy, sweet, difficult, hilarious, and real of it all.
There’s a heatwave coming, prairie babies. This is not a drill. Get your shorts dusted off, grease up your bike chain, and be prepared to be out and about, getting some sun on that cute face of yours. Here’s some stuff to keep you busy:
It’s spring and so what if it’s raining? It’s not snow and there’s not ice on the ground, so get over it and go out! Here are 5 good reasons to put on your cute raincoats and get your butts out around town. What: Exchange Uporium Grand Opening Where: 264 McDermott When: Thursday May 15th at 11 am How much: Free, plus whatever shopping you would want to do. Why: Check out Manitoba makers in a gorgeous summer pop-up. Go get a coffee at Parlour and a haircut at Berns and Black and call it an afternoon. You’re worth it. What: Midnight Choir Where: Natural Cycle at 91 Albert Street When: 7:30 pm How much: Free! Why: Crying while singing Landslide is cooler if you do it in a bike shop with a bunch of friends. Plus, singing with people is also the best in general. No experience/skill necessary. What: Hip Hop Karaoke Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market St. When: Thursday May 15th at 10:00 pm How much: Nada, but drinks. If you’re performing you’re gonna need so many shots. Why: You know you want to make your encyclopedic knowledge of early 90′s rap useful. Or just watch your friends perform increasingly drunk renditions of Coolio and Wu-Tang songs. What: MINE Clothing Summer ’14 Launch Party Where: Rec Room Lounge at 1875 Pembina Highway When: Friday May 16th at 4 pm How much: $5 in advance/ $10 at the door Why: Shake your butt, sit on a patio, check out Winnipeg’s most playful graphic designers’ new line and get fresh to death style in anticipation of those short-sleeved summer days. What: Neko Case with The Dodos Where: Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith Street When: Saturday May 17th at 8 pm How much: $41.25 Why: Neko Case is a freaking Canadian legend and having her gorgeous voice echo off the walls of the gorgeous Burt? The best. Also, The Dodos are AMAZING live and you can redeem yourself if you missed them last fall.
We just finished up a hectic (but rewarding) weekend in Winnipeg readying our brand new Spareparts store for business. Josh Froese, our most excellent manager opened the doors to the new St. Vital location yesterday afternoon, and damn it looks good! Big thanks to Cutler Design for working with Spareparts owner Danny Mysak and our design team and bringing to life a design that we love. It’s stylish, inviting, and clean – using some of our favourite materials and patterns. We will be hosting a bit of an opening celebration this Saturday at the new location with our friends at Vitamin Water Canada, our man Pypes from the Pypes n’ Doves collective DJing, and a great prize draw. This means free Vitamin Water, free Spareparts koozies, great beats, and a Chance to win some serious merch in a draw. The fun will go down between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday. Come down and hang with us!
Spring is a season of new beginnings and shedding one’s winter coat, literally and figuratively. For people who live in the blustery cold for ten months out of the year, it’s obvious that our home habitats would reflect that: cozy, nubby throws; flannel sheets; thick curtains to keep any cold out; colours that invite warmth and coziness. Just like I dust off my sundresses as soon as the temps hit double digits, the combination of more sunlight and less snow make me want to be surrounded with things that reflect the brightness and freshness of the season.
Brooke Palsson, a local legend born of Winnipeg, stolen off to the big city out east to pursue the hard-knock life of acting, is hosting her CD Release concert on Saturday April 26th. You’d be damn silly to miss it! Her effortless and incredible musical talent is only matched by her humour and warm heart, which creates a captivating atmosphere from beginning to end of every show.
Winnipeg’s comedy aficionados are going to have their schedules full and bellies aching with the stream of comedians scheduled to roll through Winnipeg this spring. Although we’re lucky to have a pretty solid local comedy scene with heaps of open mic nights, it’s nice to get to see some fresh faces.