Sonic Reducers | Singing Winnipeg’s Praises

There's a new book about Winnipeg music — and we have plenty to say about that.


Like all cities, Winnipeg has it pros and cons. Among the pros (at least for me): The city’s rich musical heritage and ever-evolving scene.

From the early days of The Guess Who, Neil Young and BTO to contemporary artists like Begonia, Boniface, Bros. Landreth and Tunic, the mid-sized city that I call home has always punched far above its weight on the music front — and introduced countless influential artists to the global arena. That certainly helps explain why local author, archivist, historian and scholar John Einarson recently released his latest book Heart of Gold: A History of Winnipeg Music. And it explains why Eric Alper and I are talking about it on today’s instalment of Sonic Reducers. Listen in as we discuss Einarson’s book, survey The Peg’s fertile musical landscape, and ponder how global warming will impact all those artists who master their craft while trapped inside during the city’s notoriously brutal winters. Sonic Reducers. One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.