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Daphne does Begonia

Earlier this week, Maisy Stella, the 15-year-old musical wunderkind who starred as Daphne Conrad in the ABC/CMT hit Nashville alongside her sister Lennon Stella, posted a cover version of a song by Winnipeg’s own rising star Begonia (a.k.a. Alexa Dirks). The moody, hyper-stylized version of Hot Dog Stand, which can be viewed @maisystella, amassed almost 16,000 views in an hour. The Stella sisters are known for their viral covers; their version of the Lumineers’ Ho Hey cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Begonia, meanwhile, just wrapped a short run of Eastern Canada/U.S. dates and continues to ramp up buzz for her forthcoming full-length debut.



New distillery opening to the public April 2

Begonia just wrapped a short run of Eastern Canada/U.S. dates and continues to ramp up buzz for her forthcoming full-length debut. (Mike Deal / Free Press files)

It’s been a long time coming, but Winnipeg’s second craft distillery will officially open for business on Tuesday, April 2. Patent 5 Distillery, located on Alexander Avenue in the east Exchange (around the corner from Nonsuch Brewing Co.), was originally slated to open to the public in early March, but a couple of minor setbacks pushed the official opening back a few weeks. The distillery kicked off production with a vodka and gin, both of which feature locally sourced ingredients, and will be serving up all manner of cocktails based on the spirits in their tasting room, which is adorned with wood salvaged from the Oak Room in the now-shuttered St. Regis Hotel. Bottles of Patent 5’s spirits will be available for purchase at the tasting room, which will be open from Tuesday through Saturday from 4-11 p.m.




Game on at Google

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files Brock Coutts, co-owner of Patent 5 Distillery.

Considering the size of the gaming market and its profitability, it was only a matter of time before Google threw its hat into the ring. The massive company is betting big on the concept of games that live in the cloud — you’ll play using a Wi-Fi-enabled controller that will connect you to whatever device you plan to play on. Stadia, the plural of stadium, is expected to shake up the industry; just how much is yet to be determined. While Google is the latest to enter the market, its cloud infrastructure and ability to attract quality content should give Stadia time to gain traction with loyal gamers. Watch the introductory video at

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