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Winnipeg Folk Fest Interview: Singer-songwriter JayWood

Posted by: Paul Little  //  July 12, 2022 @ 6:27pm

Fresh off a spring West Coast tour opening for Molly Burch, a couple cool UK festivals, and several very fun music video releases, genre-bending singer-songwriter JayWood is s

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Punch Up Your Life - The Height of Depression (Ryan Sheedy)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  July 21, 2022 @ 7:24pm

Ryan Sheedy - In the middle of epically spiraling out, from a series of melancholy events, Ryan still has to make rent the only way he knows how... Birthday Clown. Will Ryan be able to get out from under this emotional boulder, and not scar a generation of children?

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Punch Up Your Life - Blacked Out (Chris Middleton)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  July 5, 2022 @ 11:21pm

Chris Middleton - When Chris is promoted to assistant manager of a university bar, that's already funded by student admission, he literally becomes too big to fail. The power corrupts him entirely, until he is framed for something he didn't....

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2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview: It's been a long time coming

Posted by: Paul Little  //  July 5, 2022 @ 9:05pm

In an annual tradition beginning way back in 2009, ShowbizMonkeys.com has set up shop in early July at Birds Hill Park near Winnipeg to cover the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Artist photos, video clips, interviews with some absolute music legends; it was an incredibly fun 11-year run.

Then, as we all know, the world shifted.

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Punch Up Your Life - DisFUNction (Hools Kay)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  June 21, 2022 @ 7:21pm

Hools Kay: the ins and outs of family feuds, from cokehead baby daddies to mothers going haywire for her daughter's wedding. But where does Holly fit in? (Dark comedy)

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Interview: Fred Penner on returning to Winnipeg Kidsfest, the impact of Fred Penner's Place, and new projects

Posted by: Paul Little  //  June 8, 2022 @ 11:27pm

Fred Penner has been bringing music to the ears of children worldwide for over 40 years. He's a multiple JUNO Award Winner, a Member of the Order of Canada, and helped teach a generation of Canadians about everything from folk music to curiosity and creativity through his long-running CBC show, Fred Penner's Place.

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Punch Up Your Life - The Assorted Spectres of Saint John's Road (Isabel Zaw-Tun)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  June 7, 2022 @ 10:00pm

Isabel Zawtun: Two musicians with four rambunctious kids move from a tiny town in northern Alberta to a haunted house in downtown Toronto.

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The Kids in the Hall a high school reunion

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  //  June 7, 2022 @ 1:25pm

The Kids in the Hall released a new season and it's caused me to reflect on my relationship with comedy. Comedy is defined by moments: moments of laughter, moments of pain, moments of import. SNL was one of my earliest relationships. The show started a year after I was born and I started watching it way too early.

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Punch Up Your Life - Begging for Scraps (Chris Sandiford)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  May 31, 2022 @ 7:54pm

Our apologies for the delay, but it was worth the wait...

Chris Sandiford: Chris is an ambitious home cook, who came THIS CLOSE to winning a season-long competition cooking show. A fan favourite, he stuck it out and published his own cookbook for humans and their best friends... dogs! This combo backfires however, and inadvertently leads to MANY lawsuits.

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Punch Up Your Life - Freedom Diver (Matt Nightingale)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  May 10, 2022 @ 9:52pm

Matt Nightingale: Matt thought freedom meant living for free as a dumpster diving anarchist. But a run-in with the police changed all of that. Now he's finding out that freedom is taking responsibility for your actions.

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Punch Up Your Life - A Sensei Consensus (Adam McNamara)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  April 26, 2022 @ 9:21pm

Adam McNamara: When 8-year-old Adam is signed up for karate classes against his will, with his older brother/frenemy Andy, they are forced to work together to defeat the rival dojo.

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