Graphic designer extraordinaire and PechaKucha Night Winnipeg organizer Justin Ladia steals this week's PechaKucha People spotlight. With his infectious smile and lovable personality, Justin has been a great new addition to the team, bringing a new, blooming energy to PKN Winnipeg. Their latest event, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 34, proved to be a big hit, and they have kept the ball rolling, having both Vol. 35 and 36 already set and ready to go! Keep killin' it Justin and team, PechaKucha HQ is proud and keeping an eye on you!

This Guy is NOT Creative

"I started to get a feeling that creativity didn't have to happen as that brush stroke that Bob Ross did, but it became something more than that.

In "This Guy Is NOT Creative" From PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 30Bob Somers, having been surrounded by talented people since his younger years, claims to not have a single creative bone in his body. Inspired by the famous artist, Bob Ross and the people around him, Bob found his passion in architecture and has discovered that there is more to creativity than meets the eye.  

"One of the challenges was they would use a southern indigenous design on them it isn't reflecting anything local."

In "Indigo Arrow" from PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 30Destiny Seymour speaks about starting up her own textile business that uses local Indigenous designs. She was able to create spaces that reflect indigenous identity in schools but building her own custom furniture and developing her own patterns.  She went back to the beginning to create her own textiles and the rest fell together from there.  

In an effort to warm up our coldest PechaKucha Nights, we shine this week's City Focus on PechaKucha Night Winnipeg for uploading some amazing presentations from their recent Vol. 28. From Nude Croquet to Social Media Heroes, there's a little something for everybody! Stay warm Winnipeg!

Did you know that hitting a heavy bag for 60 minutes will burn over 1000 calories per hour?

Sheila Molloy believes that boxing is a sport well-suited for anyone: moms, dads, kids, even grandmothers. In "Suburban Boxing" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 15 she shares some fun and creative techniques that she hopes will help get the world to enjoy the healthy benefits and well-being that comes from hitting a heavy bag. 

In the endless battle between heart and mind, who wins out most for you?

Tannis Zimmer is a massage therapist, dancer, drummer, explorer, and earth builder...but what's in a label? She shares the story of how she quit her lucrative day-job as a masseuse, and began her journey learning how to build mud-huts. In "Of Heart and Mind" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16, Tannis speaks poetically of the internal conflict her decisions caused her, and the conclusions she's drawn from her experiences. 

Do you talk to yourself? Well as long as you don't answer back, we think you're okay. 

Artist-of-all-sorts Ray Fenwick speaks to a crowd and to you (if you listen) about talking to one's self. In "Talking to Yourself" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16, he points out the fact that our voice is a huge part of our identity, but in many cases we don't acknowledge that it is the embodiment of our thoughts while still remaining a function of our body. Because our voice is at the crossroads of our psychological and physiological being, it can be surreal and disconcerting to practice, but Ray encourages us all to see what comes out!

Finding passion always seems to occur when we least expect it. 

Alex Krosney went to her first roller derby bout in April of 2011 –- it was love at first whistle. In "Getting Down and Derby" we see that through a year of blood, sweat, tears, and track burn later Lex Go was born. A member of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League, Alex tells us (at PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16) how he became a skater on the All-Stars travel team and the captain of the home team that wins all the afterparties, the Valkyries’ Wrath.  Alex illustrates, through her roller derby exploits, the transformative power the sport can have on any one -- especially for those in a period of transition.

After years of taking portraits and noticing a lack of diversity in his portfolio, photographer David Lipnowski embarked upon a personal project that would consume his professional life for an entire year.

In "Portrait 365" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16, he tells us how began taking a single, unique portrait daily as of January 1, 2013 and continued his task until the end of the year. 

Fear of a Black Planet

"Who stole the soul?"

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Fear of a Black Planet" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 9, DJ, producer, and promoter Tim Hoover raps (quite literally) on his greatest passion: hip-hop music.

He shows us how the Public Enemy album Fear of a Black Planet changed his life, led him to tour the world, and grew into a career in audio engineering.