Sheldon Birnie

Interviews

Bif Naked: Crushing Punk Stages & Breast Cancer

It takes a lot to make it out of a cramped Winnipeg punk scene, which is why Bif’s first vacation only came after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sheldon Birnie
5.14.15
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More Heart Than Brains: The History of Punk in Brandon, Manitoba

What better place to find good punk music than the icy piss pot of Canada?
Sheldon Birnie
1.21.15
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A Comprehensive Look at Winnipeg’s Big, Dumb Rock n' Roll History

During the early aughts, the music coming out of Winnipeg was as hard and loud and fast as possible. We tried to remember it.
Sheldon Birnie
11.10.14
Interviews

Ryan Boldt Ventures Out of The Deep Dark Woods to Go Solo

We talked to singer-songwriter, Ryan Boldt about branching out from his old band, Deep Dark Woods, for his solo debut, 'Broadside Ballads'.
Sheldon Birnie
11.5.14
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Historic Venue Spotlight: The Royal George Hotel

The Winnipeg venue that's been rocking out for 101 years.
Sheldon Birnie
11.4.14
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Retrospective Reviews: Hanson Brothers' 'Sudden Death'

Craft beer and hockey all in one great Canadian punk rock album.
Sheldon Birnie
9.26.14
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Historic Venue Spotlight: Windsor Hotel

From Charlie Chaplin spending a night in 1913 to it's expansion in 1994, the Windsor Hotel has seen a lot of history.
Sheldon Birnie
9.23.14
Longreads Or Whatever

A Comprehensive Look At Winnipeg’s PC Punk Scene

"Middle Finger Responses" and the godliness of Propagandhi takes centre stage as the storied history of Winnipeg's crazy music history continues.
Sheldon Birnie
9.22.14
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Retrospective Reviews: Stompin' Tom Connor's 'To It And At It'

Canadian east coast legend and his 1974 award winning record.
Sheldon Birnie
9.17.14
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Historic Venue Spotlight: Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club

The best bar for live music in Winnipeg just became the poster child for redevelopment.
Sheldon Birnie
9.2.14
Longreads Or Whatever

Billy Joe Shaver: The Last Outlaw in Country Music

He shot a man in the face in 2007, got acquitted, and then wrote a song about it. Now Billy Joe Shaver is back with a new album.
Sheldon Birnie
8.11.14
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A Comprehensive Look At Winnipeg’s Legendary Noise Rock Scene

Call it "Mammoth Metallic Noise" or "ugly music for ugly people," but Winnipeg's loud music scene has a storied history.
Sheldon Birnie
7.28.14
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