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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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Bachman and Turner: Still Rollin’ Along

After an extended absence from the North American music scene Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are fresh out of the studio and back on the road after parting ways in the late 1970’s.   The bombastic pair from Winnipeg’s North End once formed the backbone of the guitar heavy rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner (Photo - Dan Harper)

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Winnipeg: City of Murals

For anyone who has driven down Portage Avenue or into the North End of Winnipeg can attest that this city is seemingly in love with murals.  Back from the early days when the city was the rail and farming hub of Western Canada businesses would paint the names of the company on the side of the building.

Todays murals tend to be in a more artistic vein sometimes promoting a business, showcasing Winnipeg culture, remembering our war veterans, or simply having fun.  The tone of the art also seems to vary from one part of the city to the next.

Winnipeg does have a very diverse set of neighbourhoods and from the rough and tumble North End to the post war housing of St. James.  The city grows out like rings on a tree every layer having its distinct flavour.

Aside from a little commentary on the photos I am going to let the murals do the bulk of the work in this post.  As they say a picture is worth a thousand words after all.

Downtown Winnipeg and the North End.

The Nutty Club Building.

The Nutty Club Man has been a fixture on the Downtown Winnipeg skyline for decades.  Home to the Nutty Club brand, since the 1930’s. Continue reading