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One year ago Manitoba SCENE first hit the CBC website to much fanfare
and merriment. Back then we were a wet-behind-the-ears bunch of radio
producers just trying to find our voice on the world wide web.
Our mandate was, and still is, to showcase the richness of our Province's arts and culture community -- and we hope we've been doing you proud Manitoba.
We continue to be amazed at the amount of talent this prairie province has to offer -- from brilliant authors, to exceptional artists and musicians, to the actors, producers, filmmakers, etc., who make this place so awesome. (We'd mention you all by name, but they tell us novels don't make for quality web content.)
Now SCENE is one year old (which we believe is like 4 in web-publishing years) and here are our top ten stories of all time.
1. The most clicks we've had to date have been on our outstanding Fringe Festival coverage. Joff Schmidt and his veteran team of theatre reviewers dominated the festival from start to finish, providing you with insightful, witty and unforgetable reviews of all the Fringe had to offer. Of special mention was Al Rae's review of Monopoly Man Pit, which caused quite a stir.
2. Winnipeg's own "Little Drummer Boy" Sean Quigley became a youtube sensation over the past year (2,038,339 hits and counting) and SCENE was there to cover him. We initially wanted frankincense and myrrh but settled for his cover of the Christmas classic.
3. Jets fever was at an all time high when we came out with this poll to see who SCENE readers thought should be the official anthem singer. Stacy Nattrass not only won the poll, she went on to become the official Jets' anthem singer (we'll only take partial credit).
4. Indie Game: The Movie was one of the critic's darlings at Sundance Film Festival, it won the world cinema documentary editing prize and was optioned for further development by HBO. The sky's now the limit for Winnipeg filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky.
5. Art critic Robert Enright covered the opening of My Winnipeg in Paris, highlighting how art from the cold north had a hot reception in France.
6. Battle of the books, Manitoba style. Readers were ready to duke it out when it came to choosing their favourite Manitoba book this past summer. Paper cuts and pithy quips were to follow.
7. Alison Gillmor's review of Nitrate Treasures was as fascinating as the film itself, and remains our most viewed film review.
8. Love Shacks: Winnipeg Wins in the Third Annual Art and Architecture Competition On Ice. Alison Gillmor reviewed the brilliant and functional designs that would be on display (and in use) all winter on the River Trail. While the warming huts are now gone, their roped, blocked, and ballooned memory remains.
9. Debate loomed over what to do with the old airport terminal, making for a heated bit of discourse.
10. Definitely Not the Opera's Clare Lawlor brought us this gem on Pride in the Peg.