Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Interstellar Rodeo: 12 Artists You Need To Listen To


There's only three days until Interstellar Rodeo, and we can't wait to have guitars back in our faces since we've been deprived of music since the end of the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Canada Games Festival. Sure, it wasn't that long ago, but we got very used to the idea of music flowing constantly through Festival Field. 

Since then, we've been watching new videos, listening to new singles, and singing along to old favourites. 

We're still a little stunned that Beck will be playing at The Forks. BECK. And we can't wait to welcome back Shakey Graves, who has played the Winnipeg Folk Festival on a couple of occasions, and locals, Leonard Sumner and Figure Walking. Never mind Father John Misty and Canadian music legends, Broken Social Scene. 

We're spoiled to say the least. 

Okay, so that is what you need to listen to get yourself properly prepped for this rodeo:

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives



Genre: Rockabilly
From: Philadelphia, Mississippi
Latest release: Way Out West
Set time: Friday, August 18 at 6:00PM


Yola Carter



Genre: Country-soul
From: Bristol, UK
Latest release: Orphan Offering
Set time: Friday, August 18 at 7:25PM


Figure Walking 



Genre: Alternative-rock
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Latest release: The Big Other
Set time: Friday, August 18 at 8:30PM


Father John Misty



Genre: Folk-rock
From: Rockville, Maryland
Latest release: Pure Comedy
Set time: Friday, August 20 at 9:10PM


Leonard Sumner



Genre: Singer-songwriter/Emcee
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Latest release: Rez Poetry
Set time: Saturday, August 19 at 1:00PM


Terra Lightfoot



Genre: Folk-rock
From: Hamilton, Ontario
Latest release: Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
Set time: Saturday, August 19 at 2:10PM



Rheostatics



Genre: Indie-rock
From: Etobicoke, Ontatrio
Latest release: 2067
Set time: Saturday, August 19 at 7:00PM



Beck



Genre: Alterative Rock
From: Los Angeles, California
Latest release: Wow - Single (Colors coming out SO soon)
Set time: Saturday, August 19 at 8:50PM


Whitney Rose



Genre: Country
From: Prince Edward Island
Latest release: Can't Stop Shaking - Single (Rule 62 out October 6)
Set time: Sunday, August 20 at 1:00PM


The Dead South



Genre: Bluegrass
From: Regina, Saskatchewan
Latest release: Illusion & Doubt
Set time: Sunday, August 20 at 2:15PM


Shakey Graves



Genre: Americana
From: Austin, Texas
Latest release: And The War Came
Set time: Sunday, August 20 at 5:35PM


Broken Social Scene 



Genre: Indie-rock
From: Toronto, Ontario
Latest release: Hug of Thunder
Set time: Sunday, August 20 at 9:00PM


So toss the headphones on when you're going for a run, getting some work done, or to drown out the roommates. Friday is approaching quickly, so study up. 





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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Interstellar Rodeo: Wine with Father John Misty, Beck & Broken Social Scene

Interstellar Rodeo isn't only a music festival. It's a wine festival too! 

Working with sommelier, Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Interstellar Rodeo picked a wine to match each artist playing the three-day festival. Ben listened to ALL the music and with keeping in mind each artist's tone, style, legacy, personality, and even the time of day they're playing the festival, he starting putting together a lineup of wine that's just as stellar as the lineup of artists.

When the artist is on stage, you can walk over to the bar and get the wine paired with that artist. But until then, you can get the Headliners Flight at The Common to get yourself ready for Interstellar.

Find out the wines you can sip when you're listening to the 2017 headliners, Father John Misty, Beck, and Broken Social Scene:


Father John Misty

Pairing: Rasteau Ortas Tradition
Wine type: Red
From: Cru des Cotes du Rhone, France
Flavour profile: Medium-plus bodied with a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre and old-vine Carignane

Much like Father John Misty, this wine is a blend of Old World style and charm with New World playfulness. It is complex yet doesn't take itself too seriously making it completely approachable. 


Set time: Friday, August 18 at 9:10 p.m.



Beck


Pairing: AA Privat Gx Garnatxa
Wine type: Red
From: Catalunya, Spain
Flavour profile: Medium-plus-bodied with great depth of fruit, dark berry flavours, and plenty of complexity and light tannins from oak aging

This wine is an organic Spanish red that totally beats to its own drum – figuratively speaking, of course. Like Beck, this wine is great for many different situations. Grenache will be a new discovery to many, and probably a new favourite. Plus, it’s a screw-cap, which is always great.


Set time: Saturday, August 19 at 8:50 p.m.




Broken Social Scene




Pairing: Adi Badenhorst “Secateurs” Chenin Blanc 

Wine type: White
From: Swartland, South Africa
Flavour profile: Vibrant with timeless red apple, pear and tropical notes creating a surprising complexity and depth

Adi Badenhorst was one of the members of the “Swartland Revolution” – a group of winemakers doing things their way rather than sticking to convention. They liked the idea of turning things around, creating new paths, and landing somewhere new – things that are synonymous with Broken Social Scene's inventive tracks. 


Set time: Sunday, August 20 at 8:45 p.m.







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Swing Dance + Other Free Activities to Get You Grooving at The Forks


Anytime you’re at The Forks it’s hard not to notice all the great events happening. It is the hub of summer activity in Winnipeg! Everyone knows about the Canada Summer Games and Interstellar Rodeo. But did you know that there are many classes, lessons and tours happening every day at The Forks? I recently went out of my comfort zone and tried one of the classes I never thought I would do — and it was so much fun!




Swing dancing! Now, my dancing skills are very, very limited. I truly do not know my left from my right. I’m more of a swaying side to side dancer. Any sort of organized moves always leave me confused and giggling. (Step aerobics are IMPOSSIBLE.)  But, when I found out my husband was an avid swing dancer in the late 90s and won competitions (?!) I pretty much had to try a class just to see his moves!




We decided to make a full night of it. We took the water bus from the Hugo Docks. With a boat arriving every 15 minutes it’s easy to just show up knowing a boat will arrive soon. Travelling to The Forks by boat is pretty magical. The wind in your hair while you shuttle along the river on a hot summer night feels so good. And, being out on the river always offers a fresh perspective to the city. At $3.50 each way, you have to try it out. It’s cheaper than parking! Also: bikes are permitted on the boat. So, if you’re not within walking distance to one of the docks you could ride over and bring your bike to The Forks. A whole new way to park and ride!




Before our our lessons we zipped into The Common for a glass of wine. Every time I sit at the bar at The Common, I always meet the most interesting people. It is the best spot to strike up a conversation with visitors to Winnipeg. I have made friends from all around the world at this bar. I may have even coaxed a few of them to join me for skating lessons this past winter! I almost convinced this guy to join us for dancing!  (he was already committed to other plans)




After a quick drink we made our way over to the canopy for our lessons! We joined a group of about 30 people of all ages. I immediately was so excited.




The "Swinging at Sunset" dance lessons happen every Tuesday at 7PM under the canopy. Lessons are free, you just show up! No partner needed. They have the music, the instructors and the fun! Our instructor Emily gave basic simple instructions to start. We stood in a circle and she slowly and clearly demonstrated the triple step and the rock step. Then we’d practice with our partners for a bit before adding to the moves. We even made it to the ‘turn’ level! It was quite easy to learn despite my directional challenges.




Then, after learning the moves, we’d switch partners! So fun. Bob, the super dancer gracefully lead his partners around and around. Me? I laughed and stumbled with my partners. The moves weren’t as precise - but they were fun! When else would I have an opportunity to connect with a tie dyed t-shirt wearing 20 something year old? Or meet Dee, the former 80s Blue Bomber cheerleader. It was a great vibe and so energizing to be surrounded by people who just wanted to dance and have fun.




After about 30 minutes of lessons it was all freestyle swing dancing! Swing music is so happy. We galloped around under the canopy swinging around. Bob confidently swung me in and out, turning me this way and that way, it was hilarious. It’s a pretty excellent way to spend a summer evening. I legitimately learned a few dance moves too!




I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what community programs The Forks offers. From the hardcore fitness go-ers to senior fitness classes to skateboarding lessons - there is something for everybody. If swing dancing isn’t your thing, here’s a list of all the active community events that you can try out this month at The Forks:

Parent and child fitness classes Fit 4 Two

Last year I did a November Project workout and blogged about it here. And I received tips from Frances, the 90 year old superstar of the I AM Fitness classes for seniors.



Let’s go play outside at The Forks! Can’t wait to see you there!

Lindsay Somers is a Lifestyle Health Coach in Winnipeg. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram. All Photos by Mark Reimer.