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Diary of a River Pop-Up


Not all Winnipeggers will get the chance to dine in one of the city's most unique culinary destinations, Raw:almond. Some won't want to venture out in the dead of winter to eat a five-course meal on the frozen river, while others who waited too long to get tickets are being shut out from the popular winter eatery.

Already getting international press and quickly becoming one of the city's enduring examples of our resilience and creativity during the brutally cold winter months, the pop-up restaurant's second run has seen Deer + Almond chef Mandel Hitzer and a who's who of Winnipeg's culinary community (and a few celebrity-chef ringers from out of town) pulling out all the stops.

You can follow the exploits of Hitzer, his team and chefs from various Winnipeg hot spots as they deliver five-star-worthy food from the middle of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

Don't worry if you don't have reservations for the main dinners at Raw: almond -- you can still experience eating on the river with Talia Syrie (The Tallest Poppy) and her Tansi brunch. This cash-only, multi-course, walk-up brunch costs $22 and shouldn't disappoint. There is also a homemade marshmallow-tasting bar for those with a sweet tooth.

Make sure to dress warm and get there early to beat the rush.

Video of the Week: Eclectic Method:

A Brief History of Sampling


Connecting the modern narrative of music with the groundbreaking use of sampled drum breaks, guitar riffs and other instruments, A Brief History of Sampling is a fascinating video remix that connects the dots between the past, present and future of music. From the Beatles' use of the Mellotron to the creation of the building blocks of hip hop and dance music, sampling has had a profound impact on the way music has been interpreted and created over the past 40-plus years.

Visit for an even deeper look at the connections that emerge when you start to look at which artists have played a fundamental part in shaping the sound of hip hop and electronic music.

Stream of the Week: Baauer and RL Grime -- Infinite Daps


Los Angeles beats and bass producer RL Grime (Henry Steinway) doesn't need a marquee name to help him co-produce tracks.

The 22-year-old producer wields his fair share of influence, so when he teams up in the studio with one of the biggest producers of the year, Baauer, you know the duo is going to drop nothing but heat. Infinite Daps doesn't totally hit the reset button on the bombastic beats that RL Grime and Baauer are known for, but the duo have continued to push their modern take on hip hop, club music and bass music forward, without turning their backs on where they came from.

RL Grime makes his first appearance in Winnipeg at Union Sound Hall on Feb. 8. L.A.'s Salva, along with locals Lambo and Vothra are also on the bill. Tickets are $20 and available online at or in person at Music Trader and The Urban Bakery.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 6, 2014 C15

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