Winnipeg Indie Music Lovers Rejoice: The Real Love Music Festival is Almost Here!

Real Love ButtonWinnipeg has always been a hotbed of musical innovation.  From the 60’s community club scene that saw The Guess Who and Neil Young dominating the Rock and Roll charts.  To smaller bands like The Jury who never quite got the big break they deserved.  Some music scholars have theorized that it’s all part of the isolation Winnipeg enjoys geographically and meteorologically.  Let’s face it although Winnipeg is in the center of the continent we’re in the middle of nowhere and our winters can be brutally extreme.

What this does to people is debatable but one thing is for sure it breeds creativity.  The Real Love Music festival, happening June 6-8th, is proof of that in spades.  Taking place at Gimli Motorsports Park in Gimli, Manitoba The Real Love Festival hopes to give people of all ages and backgrounds an affordable and memorable music experience.

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I am Awesome and I know it: A Getaway for Girls.

Tonight I just found out about an awesome initiative for teenage girls that just happens to be located minutes away from my home town of Fort Frances, Ontario.   The I’m awesome and I know it retreat takes place at Sunny Cove Camp, a place I grew up at and know intimately.

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The Sunny Cove Entrance off the Highway

  Renée’s vision for the very first “I AM AWESOME! (And I Know It!)” Self Esteem Retreat for Young Women is a simple vision Renée wants every young woman to be confident, courageous, kind, strong, and compassionate.  She believes with her whole heart that every young woman has a gift to share with the world, and that they can achieve anything if they have the confidence to reach for their dreams.  Renée understands that teenagers today are facing many pressures; body image, peer pressure and bullying, school and academic stress, boys, family issues, and media manipulation.  She knows that the retreat will give each girl who attends the tools to make confident decisions, embrace their individuality, and the courage to follow their passions!

How Awesome is this! A place where our stressed out and bombarded female children can just relax and have fun in an awesome natural environment.   The location, Sunny Cove Camp, has been a Fort Frances staple for decades.  Comfortable sleeping cabins in a group setting, a main lodge that is as homey as it is practical and a sand beach where generations of  area children have learned to swim.

Sunny Cove at dusk

Sunset Country at its best, with the light dropping slowly over Rainy Lake.

To me this program is a home run, anything that empowers our female children to grow up strong and self-confident is right in my books.

For more information on this program please check out

http://www.i-am-awesome.ca/index.html

Also this review from the Fort Frances Times.

Godzilla: The Good, The Bad, and The Very Ugly.

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Godzilla Movie Poster

I must admit something straight away, I have been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember.  Running home to catch the Matinee Money Movie on WDIO television out of Duluth, Minnesota.  They would play classic movies throughout the week.  Abbot and Costello, and the Toho movies were mainstays in my childhood film education.

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Godzilla Roars

 

Over the years I learned that Godzilla was a metaphor for the horrors of nuclear war.  A creature spawned from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In that sense the first half of Godzilla 2014 works.  The film opens with an imaginative set piece showing nuclear testing in the 1950’s with documents being censored as the opening credits.  We also  learn that the so-called tests were actually trying to destroy the monsters that had been awakened from slumber at the dawn of the nuclear age.

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Go Go Godzilla!

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As luck would have it the fates have smiled upon me once again and gifted me a set of passes to the Winnipeg première of Godzilla.  I have high hopes that this incarnation of the giant fire-breathing lizard will be head and shoulders above the craptacular Mathew Broderick version of a few years ago.

From what I have seen so far from the trailers on-line there very well could be a battle royal between Big G and what appears to be a Rodan like creature.  In any case I will have all the goodies in my head as of May 14th with a movie preview post on May 15th.

So grab your dinosaur slippers if you have them and stomp around to the musical madness of Blue Oyster Cult as they sing Godzilla!!

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Oh No There goes Tokyo. Go Go Godzilla!

 

 

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Uncle Billy

He wasn’t my uncle, my family, but he was my friend. He was my new year game partner trying to beat those darn women.  Auntie Yvonne and my Darlene.

Born Ukrainian Wasil, William, Billy. On a stretch of Manitoba bush an hour south of Winnipeg. I only knew him for as long as I have known Darlene.

I was brought into the family as gently as can be imagined in French Canadian lore.  I got tossed in and told if they like you they’ll keep you.

In some ways they kept me, but in many more I kept them.  They have been my adoptive family in Manitoba. My own family is in Ontario. Far and gone.

So it’s thorough her (our) family that I feel whole.  Lives change people die. But it’s though our connecting that we live and grow. Living and dying.

Love to you all
Bob

Do what you want

Bob:

I saw this in my friend Rincewind’s blog, it fits my mood perfectly today.

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Segovia Revisited: A chat with Chef Donnelly.

Bob:

Here is my feature interview with Chef Adam Donnelly and his partner Carolina Konrad.

Originally posted on Exploring Winnipeg and Beyond.:

After my evening out at local tapas restaurant Segovia the other week, I hoped to dig a little deeper in to what made this place tick.   As luck would have it the owners of the trendy eatery in Osborne Village were more than happy to accommodate my request for an off hours chat and photo session.

Segovia Entrance and Patio Area.

I arrived just after 3 pm while Segovia was closed between lunch and dinner service.  Luckily Carolina Konrad, Chef Donnelly’s partner spotted me taking photos of the patio area and warmly welcomed me in to the strangely quiet restaurant.

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