APRIL — MAY 2016 Issue
  April/May 2016 cover by Sam Neal.

Nonstophiphop: 3Peat High and Rising


By Harrison Samphir

3Peat is the most exciting hip-hop crew to come out of Winnipeg in some time. Following in a long line of local groups including Different Shades of Black (Shadez), Frek Sho, Farm Fresh and The Lytics, the trio consisting of Steve, Egg and Dill The Giant are determined to make their mark on a city where emceeing is a proud, if overlooked, tradition. They dropped their self-titled debut EP on September 16, 2016. At seven tracks, it’s packed with lyrical gems, addictive hooks and strong guest appearances backed by tight production completed mostly in-house. With a likeness to the pass-the-mic chemistry and interplay of legends like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, 3Peat shines with laid-back charisma and an unpretentious demeanour reinforced by the honest expressions in their songs. I was joined by the group’s three members and their manager, Anthony Carvalho, in the Stylus office to discuss their work, inspirations, and big plans for the future.
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Diamond Mind :: Heavy Metal Sunshine


By Margaret Banka

Diamond Mind’s release Heavy Metal Sunshine is evidence that Alberta can produce more than just oil, whiskey, and Angus beef (did you know that if you mix them all together you get Chad Kroeger?).  Listening to the Edmonton-based group’s pop album is like walking through a funhouse at the carnival – not the type where Chad is hiding around the corner waiting to jump at you, but more like the one where you walk through a whirling tunnel, cross an oscillating floor, and then pass a row of your distorted reflections.  Fun, not scary!
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We only make it if we all make it

By Matt Peters

On June 23 of this past year, the night of the Brexit referendum, I retreated to the back patio of the venue in San Francisco where my band had just finished playing and I nervously pulled out my phone to check the results. At the time, we were on a West Coast tour with Montreal’s Plants and Animals and through the open windows behind the stage I could hear them begin to strum the first few chords of their set. Their music is soaring and hopeful, exactly what you would want rising up through a peaceful California evening while having your faith in humanity restore. Continue Reading »

Language & Art: Bilingualism and Music in Manitoba

By Colton Siemens

Communication is a wonderful thing, and in country as diverse as ours, there are many ways that we go about it. One of the most beautifully universal forms of communication is music. So it only makes sense that in a bilingual country and city, our music tends to reflect that. Both French and English permeate our culture and community. It affects our history, our relationships and our lives. Therefore, it affects our art. But exactly how does it affect our art? Continue Reading »



By Matt Harrison

“Caw-Caw-Gee?” imitated frontman Jacob Brodovsky, as he gave me an idea of how some people pronounce the name of his band, Kakagi. The correct way, he assures me, is “Ke-Ka-Gi.”

The group is made up of four lifelong friends, two of which, drummer Max Brodovsky and the aforementioned singer/guitarist, Jacob, are siblings. Jesse Popeski and Jonathan Corobow make up the other half of this four piece folk-rock group from Winnipeg. Continue Reading »

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