Lakes and Pines
Morden five-piece Lakes and Pines have just released their new album, Peace Comes at Last, and will mark the occasion with a release show at the Good Will Social Club Thursday, May 18.
The indie folk/rock band “began to take shape” in 2012, but Peace Comes at Last is their debut release. As their name suggests, nature is a dominant theme in the music Lakes and Pines creates — either literally, in songs such as Winter Storm and the Land of Lakes and Pines, or more subtly in the expansiveness and organic feel of their compositions.
The album was funded in part by a successful crowd funding campaign, which brought in 10 per cent more than their original goal amount (which was $7,000) to help offset the costs of recording. Lakes and Pines then came to Winnipeg to lay down the 11 tracks on the album at Private Ear Recordings,
Tickets are $10 at the door and doors open at 8 p.m.
— Erin Lebar
Winnipeg Night Market
The first of three night markets planned for this summer in the west end of the city takes place this Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20.
Night markets aren’t uncommon in larger cities; the Asian-inspired events typically feature plenty of vendors as well as food options, often all bustling into the wee hours.
Presented by Indie Exchange International, the event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Red River Exhibition Park grounds, with organizers noting they are “committed to bringing a cultural experience to families focusing on ethnically diverse foods, handmade work, local businesses, music and entertainment in a fun-filled celebration.”
The event’s Facebook page notes the site will feature a beer garden, karaoke, buskers, food trucks and more.
Admission to the night market is $5, and includes re-entry to the grounds throughout the Friday and Saturday. Children 12 and under can attend for free, and there’s also no charge for parking. Additional night markets are slated for July 21 and 22 as well as Aug. 18 and 19.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Local rapper and hip-hop artist Stun (Winston Chubb) has taken what he’s learned growing up as an aboriginal youth in Winnipeg, put it down on paper and spun it into his debut record. The Influence, will be officially released May 20 and to celebrate, Chubb will perform that night at the West End Cultural Centre.
Chubb, 24, says he “found passion for music through a troubled youth,” using it as an outlet and a way to “speak from the heart.” The first single, Hold the Pride, was released last year and touches on political topics such as the Standing Rock protests as well as missing and murdered indigenous women in both Canada and the U.S.
“It sends a strong message that distributes passion, pride and strength in indigenous culture,” he says in an email to the Free Press.
As for the album itself, it’s about Chubb’s journey into adulthood and his “growing as an individual in the eyes of an indigenous being.”
“The Influence is a compilation of life experiences put into musical form. Describing day-to-day experiences from a teenager to the adult aspects of growth. The album speaks of overcoming subjective obstacles: depression, self-esteem issues and heartbreak,” says Chubb. “The album represents all factors involved in (my) development of identification.”
Advanced tickets are $7, tickets at the door are $10. The show is all-ages and begins at 8 p.m. A percentage of proceeds raised will be donated to the Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women.
— Erin Lebar
Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival
This year’s Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival provides a bounty of documentaries: there’s food for the body (In Search of Israeli Cuisine, featuring Israeli-American chef Michael Solomonov); food for thought (Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, which features interviews with the primary founder of the State of Israel in 1968, five years before his death, offering a hindsight perspective); and food for the soul (Mr. Gaga, a doc about Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Dance Company and a choreograper who has pioneered a style all his own).
Other offerings at the festival lend truth to the “international” title: there are films from Germany, Denmark, Greece, France/Belgium, India and the United States.
One even has a Winnipeg connection. Aida’s Secret, which closes the festival on June 11, is a doc about two brothers, born postwar to a woman who had been in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. One was adopted in Israel, the other was sent to Winnipeg. When they finally meet after 65 years of separation, they seek out their mother in a Quebec nursing home to find out the identity of their father. The brothers, Winnipeg’s Shep Shell and Israel’s Izak Szewelewicz, will be at the 7:30 p.m. screening.
And it’s not all documentaries: Across the Waters is a drama about a Danish jazz musician and his family who escape to Sweden during the Second World War thanks to an underground resistance and with the help of Danish fishermen. One Week and a Day is comedy starring Shai Avivi, known as the Larry David of Israel. He plays a father mourning the death of his son who lets his neighbour’s boy show him how to use up his deceased son’s medical marijuana.
The WJFF runs from May 23 to June 11; all films screen in the Berney Theatre at the Rady Jewish Community Centre, 123 Doncaster St. Tickets and more information on all the films are available at wfp.to/wijffest or call 204-477-7510.
— Jill Wilson
Adam Beach meet-and-great
Local First Nations actor Adam Beach is the keynote speaker at May 18’s Vision Quest’s Trade Show, the place to be for business networking, exploring opportunities and purchasing one-of-a-kind creations. More than 90 exhibitors are on hand at the RBC Convention Centre, where business, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services and a wide selection of artists are on display. Beach, who starred in the Academy Award-nominated film Flags of our Fathers, will sign autographs at a meet-and-greet session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.