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Postcard Winnipeg -- A Graphic Design Competition


Have you ever thought about Winnipeg's identity and how others see our city? Do you think we do enough to promote Winnipeg's uniqueness, both as a place and as an arts and cultural hub? What about our architecture? Is it our historic Exchange District we should be showing off, or the new museum at The Forks? Does our city need a better slogan and more civic pride?

Postcard Winnipeg is a graphic-design competition that is open to anyone. Looking to answer the questions 'What is Winnipeg?' submissions of new postcard designs that embark on a different path for the city are what this contest is about.

From professionals working in design to high school students exploring photography and people who just love Winnipeg and want to share their vision with others, this type of unique project brings people together in pursuit of the same goal of promoting the city's visual identity.

Visit the contest website above for more info on how to make a submission and other important details about the contest. Following the jury selection, there will be a public exhibition at Make (751 Corydon Ave.) and a set of postcards selected by the jury and the public will be printed and made available for sale. Submissions for the contest are due May 22.


Bill Simmons' Big Score


While there have been plenty of storylines to follow in the basketball playoffs this spring, Bill Simmons' ascension to the throne as the king of the NBA is one of the more interesting ones.

Since his early days in Boston, Simmons has always been a different kind of sportswriter. Despite being with ESPN, in the past he had been used sparingly by the network as a talking head on TV. That's changed over the past couple seasons and during the playoffs this year, with Simmons prominently featured on ABC's playoff broadcasts.

Simmons' Grantland website has also been gaining steam since launching in 2011 as a way for ESPN to lock down their rising star by giving him the keys to his own kingdom. Using a mix of well-respected writers such as Chuck Klosterman and a crop of fresh faces, Grantland's unique perspective on sports and pop culture filled a huge void on the web, focusing on long-form stories in a time when content was going in a different direction. It paid off, with Grantland's podcasts getting millions of downloads, its TV recaps by Andy Greenwald became a must-read for any TV junkie and more and more people visiting the site.

In this recent in-depth profile by Rolling Stone, Simmons talks about going from an unemployed writer to one of the most powerful people in new media, the impact of his 30 for 30 documentary series and why he finally doesn't hate the name Grantland.


Stream of the Week:

Beach Slang -- Filthy Luck


After spending the past 15 years as the frontman for Pennsylvania punks Weston, guitarist/vocalist James Snyder has a new project called Beach Slang. Building off the boredom and restless energy of youth, Beach Slang's got plenty of influences that come shining through on the debut single, Filthy Luck.


Video of the Week: Pixies -- Greens and Blues


Along with releasing Indie Cindy, their first full-length album with new material in over 20 years, the Pixies will be touring North America again. They'll hit the Burton Cummings Theatre on Oct. 9, the second performance in the city since the reunion tour in 2004.

The band (minus bassist Kim Deal, who is focusing on the Breeders) recently stopped by KCRW in Los Angeles to perform a new song called Greens and Blues.


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 May 8, 2014 C16

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