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Tattoo convention takes over Red River Exhibition Park Whether you have no tattoos or have more ink than blank skin, there’s something for everyone at Winnipeg’s third annual tattoo convention.

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Tattoo convention takes over Red River Exhibition Park

Whether you have no tattoos or have more ink than blank skin, there’s something for everyone at Winnipeg’s third annual tattoo convention.

From Aug. 16 to 18, Red River Exhibition Park will be buzzing with vendors, food trucks, performers and more than 275 seasoned tattoo artists from all over the world, starting in Winnipeg and stretching to Italy, Hong Kong and back. “Our focus is really on world-class tattoooing,” says Rich Handford, a passionate tattoo artist and owner of Kapala Tattoo Shop in Winnipeg, who is also the convention founder and organizer.

Working alongside some of the best in the business, Handford has been able to bring them to the convention to give Winnipeggers the intimate opportunity to collaborate and get some art from these otherwise inaccessible artists.

A unique element of the tattoo convention is the Marked for Life initiative. Several of the tattoo artists volunteer their time and talent to create pre-drawn designs for the public to choose from. All of the proceeds go to Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba; in the past two years, they’ve been able to raise just under $30,000 for the organization to put towards mental-health programming in Manitoba. Handford encourages anyone thinking of getting their first tattoo, or adding something small to their collection, to consider one of these pieces to support the cause.

Another piece of advice he gives to potential first-timers is to look around at portfolios and talk to the artists, as they all have their own unique styles. “Everyone there is looking to make tattoos for you. Don’t be shy!” he says.

There is the opportunity to email artists to make an appointment, but some also take walk-ins. Consider bringing in some reference photos on your smartphone to help the artists bring your own personal vision to life. Also, many artists only accept cash, so hit the ATM before coming down.

A major priority is creating a safe and relaxed space for everyone. There’s no reason to worry if you’re considering some art, because the convention works hand-in-hand with Manitoba Health to ensure the highest degree of safety possible, down to blood-borne pathogen training and providing single-use materials for the artists.

Tickets are available at the door for day passes at $30, and weekend passes at $60 (kids under 12 get in free). Early-bird tickets are available at various tattoo shops across the city until Aug. 15. For more information, visit winnipegtattooconvention.com.

Gillian Brown

Jaime Cushnie Rich Handford, founder of the Winnipeg Tattoo Convention, working on a large arm piece.

Czech Mates at the Rosamunde Chamber Music Festival

The Rosamunde Summer Music Academy presents the opportunity for strings players (ranging from 10 years old to adults) from all over the world to come to Winnipeg, more specifically to the campus of Canadian Mennonite University, to receive instruction from some of the brightest talents classical music has to offer.

Running in tandem with the summer program, the Rosamunde Chamber Music Festival brings Rosamunde faculty and special guests together for three nights (Aug. 16-18) of top-calibre performances, all of which are focused on Czech composers this year.

Musicians scheduled to perform include renowned cellists Yuri Hooker and Ariel Barnes, and violinist Andrew Wan, among many others.

This is the first year in which the pianists at the festival will be performing on a recently donated Bösendorfer Imperial piano. “This instrument was originally selected by Jane Coop from the Bösendorfer factory in Vienna, Austria, for the late piano technician Tom Hathaway, whose wife gifted the instrument to CMU… the piano will be put to full use in this program featuring piano trios from 1855 to as recently as 2000,” a news release about the festival says.

Festival passes are $50, while individual concert tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. More information about ticketing, concert schedules and performers can be found at rosamunde.ca/festival.

Erin Lebar


supplied Cellist Ariel Barnes will perform as part of the Rosamunde Chamber Music Festival

Sorels ready to kick it out

The Sorels have been stomping around local stages for a few years, but the garage-glam rock ‘n’ roll trio is finally releasing its debut seven-inch single, She’s in the Gang.

The band could be considered something of a local supergroup, made up of vocalist-bassist Joanne Rodriguez, a.k.a. J-Rod (VaGiants, Off the Wagon, American Flamewhip, the Angry Dragons, Chica Boom Boom); guitarist Jen Alexander (Angry Dragons, the Gorgon, Microdot, Atomic Don and the Black Sunrise); and drummer Jill Lynott (the Detentions, the Sweet Nothings).

She’s in the Gang and the B-side School Girl Blues were released digitally in 2017, but are now getting the vinyl treatment courtesy of Montreal’s Reta Records. The seven-inch is being released on limited-edition transparent-red, light blue and black vinyl.

The Sorels will hold a release party for the album on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Royal Albert with the Rules and Man Candy.

Admission is $10 and the first band hits the stage at 10 p.m.

Rob Williams


Rainbow Trout Music Festival

The Winnipeg Folk Festival may be over, but this summer’s festival circuit isn’t.

Aug. 16-18 in Oroseau, just south of St. Malo, Rainbow Trout Music Festival will be returning for its 11th year.

The festival right by the Roseau River features mainly Winnipeg-based performers and artists. Work by visual artists decorates the site, and there are vendors for food and local handmade and vintage goods, but the real draw is the talent. Some highlights include multi-genre artist JayWood; Romani jazz group Juvel; Sunshine Bunch with a drag performance; and a festival regular, indie-pop band Royal Canoe. There’s also the opportunity to show off your own skills at the Carpet Beach Open Mic on Saturday, this year hosted by Falcon Jane, a self-described “pleasant rock” band from Toronto.

Returning festival-goers will also find something new — an expanded quiet campground.

“We try and stay true to our roots by remembering a festival isn’t just a concert. It’s a gathering,” says Will Belford, a board member and one of the festival founders.

The primary goal, aside from providing top-notch entertainment and art, is that the festival stays a non-profit event; volunteer-run; and focused on giving the audience a fun, safe, close space by enforcing its Safer Spaces Policy and featuring ASL interpretation all weekend. Beginning in 2008 as a small party among friends, it’s now a 900-person event, but still strives to maintain that cosy atmosphere. Contributing to that intimacy is the lack of cellphone service or Wi-Fi. This weekend is completely off the grid.

Attendees are reminded to bring their swimming gear and that the festival provides food and has free water available. However, those camping are to bring their own camping supplies, in addition to their own drinks, reusable water bottles and biodegradable soaps. Glass, pets, weapons, fireworks, bikes and bad vibes are not allowed. Kids, however, are welcome, but it should be noted there are no events or areas specifically catering to children.

A weekend camping pass is $100; a weekend pass without camping is $75; and day passes range from $25 to $40, depending on the day. For more information, including the full lineup and directions to the festival site, visit rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com.

Gillian Brown


Andrea Shettler She’s in the gang: Jill Lynott (from left), Joanne Rodriguez and Jen Alexander are the Sorels.

A phantastic local screening

Dust off your Phantom mask and dig out your Death Records T-shirt: Phantom of Winnipeg is coming home. A double-header screening of the documentary about Winnipeg’s strange love affair with Phantom of the Paradise, Brian De Palma’s 1974 campy musical, is taking place at the Park Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 17 — although, to call the event a screening is a bit of an understatement.

There are two seatings scheduled on Saturday, one at 6 p.m. and another at 10 p.m., and each will include a screening of the 2019 documentary and the original movie. The early show includes a Q-and-A with directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley, and the late show will be followed by an after-party with music provided by local tribute band Swanage.

Phantom of Winnipeg features interviews with local fans and original cast members, as well as plenty of quirky “only in Winnipeg” references, like Slurpees and socials. The documentary made its world première at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 12.

Tickets to the Park Theatre events are $20 on eventbrite.ca.

Eva Wasney


Supplied Phantom of Winnipeg is a documentary about the city’s love affair with Brian De Palma’s 1974 flick, Phantom of the Paradise.

Cum on feel the Quiet Riot

Bang your head: Quiet Riot is still spreading the metal health.

The Los Angeles hard-rock band continues to get wild, wild, wild despite too many personnel changes to count and the 2007 death of vocalist Kevin DuBrow. The current lineup features early members Frankie Banali on drums and Chuck Wright on bass, along with latter-day guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist James Durbin, a former American Idol contestant who finished in the top four on season 10.

Quiet Riot’s roots go back to 1973, when guitarist Randy Rhoads founded the band with bassist Kelly Garni, DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. Rhoads famously joined Ozzy Osborne’s new solo project in 1979, putting an end to the first incarnation of the band after two albums.

DuBrow revived the name in 1982 with Rhoads’s blessing, shortly before the guitarist died in a plane crash. The new Quiet Riot lineup initially included Banali and Wright, before Rudy Sarzo rejoined the band to handle bass duties.

The new version of the band, with Carlos Cavazo on guitar, recorded the album Metal Health, which reached the top of the Billboard chart in 1983 on the strength of singles Cum on Feel the Noize — a cover of a Slade song — and the anthemic title track. The band’s next album, Condition Critical, featured another Slade cover as a single, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, and hit No. 15 on the charts in the U.S.

The band continued to record with various lineups with and without DuBrow, but his death from an overdose in November 2007 seemingly put an end to the group until Banali revived the Quiet Riot name in 2010 (with DuBrow’s mom’s blessing) and starting touring again.

The revamped quartet released the album Quiet Riot 10 in 2014 and Road Rage in 2017, featuring the band’s current lineup, which stops at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.75 (all in) at Ticketmaster.

A documentary about the band, Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back, was released in 2014.

— Rob Williams

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Hard-rock veterans Quiet Riot visit the Burton Cummings Theatre on Friday, Aug. 16.
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