Morley Walker

  • What's your type?

    The writing was on the wall in 2011, or at least on the tablet. After more than a decade of sputtering starts, this was the year that e-reading took the writing and publishing world by storm.
  • The secret life of a hockey hater

    It astonishes me to say this. I plan to spend Sunday afternoon watching a hockey game on TV. Well, at least the first period of you know which game. We'll see if it holds my attention. The truth is that NHL hockey bores me stiff, and I probably have not watched more than five minutes of a game in 40 years. My wife, truly, does not realize how lucky she is.
  • New editor for city-based children's history magazine

    CANADA'S History Society has appointed a new editor for its Winnipeg-based national children's history magazine, Kayak. Nancy Payne officially took over the reins on Monday, said magazine publisher Deborah Morrison.
  • Actor Patterson improving after liberation treatment

    A Winnipeg playwright and actor suffering from multiple sclerosis is showing signs of vast improvement following having so-called liberation treatment in Costa Rica last week. Debbie Patterson posted a video of herself Jan. 14 on Facebook showing her walking unaided back and forth in a room. In the video she has just a slight limp.
  • Stop bad grammar, period!

    It may fall short of being the good-news story of the year, but I am happy to report the satisfactory (and personally satisfying) resolution of an outrage that has caused me no end of sleepless nights since 2004. I refer, of course, to Red River College's notorious "Grammargate" scandal.
  • Here's the Pitch...

    In a nondescript office tucked behind the bowling alley on Academy Road, Winnipeg talent buyer Howard Pitch is on the phone with wild-man rocker Vince Neil's New York agent. Pitch is putting the finishing touches on a deal that will see the Motley Crue lead singer do a handful of solo casino gigs in Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Iowa.
  • David Bergen has shot at second Giller Prize

    TORONTO -- Winnipegger David Bergen will have a shot at winning a second Scotiabank Giller Prize next month. Bergen's sixth novel, The Matter With Morris (Phyllis Bruce Books/HarperCollins), was shortlisted for the $50,000 award Tuesday morning. It's about a middle-aged newspaper columnist who is reassessing his life after his son is killed in Afghanistan.
  • Literary horses hit On the Same Page home stretch

    The literary horses are hitting the home stretch in this year's On the Same Page reading promotion. The winner among the four Manitoba books in the running won't be announced until sometime in October, but their authors will be hustling up votes beginning today at a series of group "read-offs."
  • All right, call it a museum but serve coffee

    It has been many years, mercifully, since I have needed to patronize the Manitoba Children's Museum. Still, it was with some nostalgia that I read my colleague Alison Mayes' report the other day about the $10-million reno The Forks institution is undertaking.
  • Waters paying visit to Baltipeg, Marytoba

    What a thrill to read earlier this week that the great Baltimore filmmaker John Waters is coming to Winnipeg in November to speak. He's being brought here as a guest of the Cultural Capital of Canada program to participate in a symposium called My City's Still Breathing.
  • Great idea long overdue, but about that first show...

    The human rights activist David Matas was on CBC Radio Friday morning, expressing his "disgust" over the news that the MTS Centre is importing that touring Bodies exhibition to Winnipeg. His problem? The show's U.S.-based owner acknowledges that it buys the cadavers it displays from China, a country known to sell the corpses of executed prisoners (like persecuted members of the Falun Gong movement, maybe?) for organ harvesting.
  • Canuck dramedy could've been longer

    IF this Canadian dramatic comedy about a trigger-happy guy were just a movie trailer, it wouldn't be coming soon to a theatre near you. It would be coming too soon. Way too soon.
  • Long may he run

    In late May, about the time Neil Young's Centennial Concert Hall solo dates were being announced, the man himself turned up on the Charlie Rose late-night PBS-TV talk show. A rerun of an episode that ran in July 2008, it was a special treat for any Rustie. But it also commanded the attention of anyone who wanted insight into a true artist's personality.
  • Three-ring experience

    As theatrical productions go, call this one the anti-fringe.

  • Two new managers head music conservatory

    TWO new managers began their jobs Monday at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. Winnipegger Norine Harty has been hired as the organization's managing director and former Torontonian Meran Currie-Roberts is the new dean of music.
  • Mad Mel Gibson's career-ending tirades

    Movie star Mel Gibson's most recent flame-out just may finish him for good. It's one thing to go on a drunken anti-Semitic tirade, as Gibson did with a Los Angeles policeman in 2006, or to use an offensive epithet for Latinos as he was reported to have done earlier this month.
  • This old house

    Though his plays now premiere off-Broadway, local boy made good Vern Thiessen is thrilled to be unveiling his new one-man show on home turf. "This piece called out to be performed in Winnipeg," says the Governor General's Award-winning playwright who now hangs his hat in the Big Apple.
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival: All the folk that fits

    Do you think they are all folked out yet? If you are reading this Saturday morning, the Winnipeg Folk Festival still has the whole weekend to go.
  • Foster artists, keep scene strong

    Historically, the great advantage of being an artist or performer has been the freedom to sleep in until noon. This was especially true in the summer, when almost zippo was happening and you couldn't earn a living even if you wanted to.
  • A force to be reckoned with

    Anyone who doubts that the Star Wars movies will endure as popular art for decades to come wasn't at the MTS Centre Tuesday night. More than 6,000 fans of the George Lucas science-fiction franchise turned up to watch two hours of video clips from the six movies displayed on an LED screen, with superstar composer John Williams' original score performed live by an 86-piece orchestra.
  • Crime begins to pay

    A psychologist might diagnose him with attention-deficit disorder. But Winnipeg author Michael Van Rooy says he is juggling four part-time jobs and five manuscripts, not to mention a wife and three children, just to keep life interesting.
  • Freedom to express ourselves a double-edged, smutty sword

    Modern Canadians, of a secular or religious bent, can only shake their heads at the details of that Ontario honour-killing sentencing this week. Imagine, a father thinking it better to kill his daughter over her rebellious behaviour than to appear weak in the eyes of his community!
  • Copyright reform simple, just ask the lawyers

    An irate email on that most delightful of subjects, copyright legislation reform, landed in my inbox at the beginning of the week. It was a news release in the form of a "statement" from the Writers' Union of Canada.
  • Ticketmaster GM in city loses job in reorganization

    THE longtime general manager of Winnipeg's Ticketmaster office has been laid off as part of a countrywide reorganization of the company's Canadian operations. Peter Valde had been with the ticket-selling agency in its various incarnations since 1986. Valde has confirmed that his final day will be July 27.
  • Every ticket must go! No reasonable offer refused!

    There was an amusing story this week in the American music industry bible, Billboard magazine. North America's major concert promoter, Live Nation, has announced a discount promotion, "No Service Fee June."

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