ANYONE with a dog knows it takes an extra level of preparation if you are planning to bring your pet with you when you travel. Not all hotels are pet-friendly and among the ones that are, the extra charges to keep your pet with you can vary widely. On the way to your destination, you'll want to know about pet-friendly parks, beaches, picnic areas and even restaurants that won't turn you away if you are with your dog.
While you could spend your time tracking down this information through your favourite search engine, you can also use BringFido, a website and now app that has compiled pet-friendly information to make a trip with your animal companion even smoother. Find out about pet-friendly policies, fees and users' reviews to help you plan your vacation.
Rainbow Trout Music Festival
NOW in its sixth year, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival, which runs Aug. 15-17 just south of St. Malo, is a locally focused grassroots gathering that offers respite from the city along with three days of music, art projects, workshops, camping and swimming along the Roseau River. Stacked with a diverse local lineup including the Mariachi Ghost, Surprise Party, the Lytics, SMRT, ATLAAS and more than 20 other acts, RTMF is uniquely Manitoban.
"Rainbow Trout was founded by local musicians and our dedication to promoting local music came about naturally," says organizing team member Ben Jones. "It's also easy to focus on local music when there are so many amazing bands in Manitoba."
While camping passes sold out quickly, you can still purchase day passes on site at the festival box office at the Oroseau Campground. You can also check out the Jom Jom Club's Official Rainbow Trout Music Festival Playlist at bit.ly/rainbow_trout.
Stream of the Week: Winnipeg Noise Rock -- A non-comprehensive look from the '90s to now
A COUPLE of weeks back, Vice did a profile of Winnipeg's noise-rock scene. While bands like KEN Mode and Dead Ranch are still turning out heavy, uncompromising albums, the city has a rich history that is just begging to be explored. Bands like Stagmummer, Meatrack and Kittens set the tone for what was happening on the Prairies and their influences can still be heard today.
Along with a slew of bands that aren't making any music anymore, you can hear material from current acts such as Vampires, Pop Crimes and Tunic, who are carrying the torch for Winnipeg's next generation of bands.
Video of the Week: Made in Detroit
WITH the collapse of the auto industry, Detroit has seen better days, but that hasn't stopped the city's rich musical history from continuing to influence culture on a large scale. From trendsetting hip-hop artists like Danny Brown (whose recent show at Union Sound Hall reinforced why he is one of the most dynamic acts around) to techno innovators such as Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig, who continue to build on the Motor City's reputation as one of the driving forces behind electronic music, to indie bands like Protomartyr who are making their mark, Detroit is a city that might be knocked down, but it's way too early to count it out.
This short doc looks at what makes the D so resilient and why its artists continue to believe in the city.
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