October 8, 2015


10° C, Overcast

Full Forecast

Kives, Bartley


Bartley Kives wants you to know his last name rhymes with Beavis, as in Beavis and Butthead. He aspires to match the wit, grace and intelligence of the 1990s cartoon series.

Bartley joined the Free Press in 1998 as a music critic. He spent the ensuing 7.5 years interviewing the likes of Neil Young and David Bowie and trying to stay out of trouble at the Winnipeg Folk Festival before deciding it was far more exciting to sit through zoning-variance appeals at city hall.

In 2006, Bartley followed Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz from the music business into civic politics. He spent seven years covering city hall from a windowless basement office.

He is now reporter-at-large for the Free Press and also writes an outdoor-recreation column called Offroad for the Outdoors page.

A canoeist, backpacker and food geek, Bartley is fond of conventional and wilderness travel. He is the author of A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province, the only comprehensive travel guidebook for Manitoba – and a Canadian bestseller, to boot. He is also co-author of Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, a collaboration with photographer Bryan Scott.

Bartley’s work has also appeared on CBC Radio and Citytv as well as in publications such as The Guardian, explore magazine and National Geographic Traveler. He sits on the board of PEN Canada, which promotes freedom of expression.

Born in Winnipeg, he has an arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a master’s degree in journalism from Ottawa’s Carleton University. He is the proud owner of a blender.

Bartley Kives on Twitter: @bkives

  • Most Popular
  • Top News
  • Most Commented
  • My News

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Oct 8 3:36 pm

Woman at heart of niqab debate slams Harper wfp.to/IZh

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Oct 8 3:30 pm

Winnipeg man gets 7 months in jail for stabbing his cousin wfp.to/IZ3

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Oct 8 2:26 pm

Errors on voting information cards leave some Winnipeg residents confused wfp.to/IZ9

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Oct 8 2:10 pm

Long Plain chief wants Kenaston Boulevard widening to be fast-tracked wfp.to/IZd

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Oct 8 1:54 pm

Blue Bombers confirm Sergio Castillo will be place-kicker on Saturday wfp.to/IZp