June 28, 2010

Molotov Circus in Winnipeg

For two nights only!!!

The Molotov Family will bring their twisted circus freakishness to the heart of Osborne Village.  

The fun will begin at 8:00 on July 7 and 8 at the Gas Station Theatre.

If you missed The Molotov Family at the Fringe last year, this may be your only chance to catch them in Winnipeg.

Tickets will be sold at the door only.
You can reserve seats by emailing

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 20, 2010

Ray St. Germain & Free Fun In Winnipeg

Winnipeggers love freebies and cheapies.  Well, who doesn't?  

Ray St. Germain and the Aboriginal Express will be appearing live at the McPhillips Street Station on June 21 with The DJ St. Germain Band, Summer Bear Dance Troupe, Don Amero, Norman Chief Memorial Square Dancer, and Nikki (Traditional throat singer).

Gary Gach and the Banned will be at the West End Cultural Centre on June 24.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Come down to the Royal Albert on June 27 at 9:00 p. m. to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat with Cave and Slattern.  Tickets are $10 at Music Trader, Into the Music and

And in July...

Bring the family to the Assiniboine Park Zoo on July 1.  The free admission is part of the traditional Canada Day celebrations at Assiniboine Park which are hosted by Canad Inns. 

Join in the fun of celebrating Kustom Kulture's 15th Anniversary at the Pyramid Cabaret on July 2 at 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at Kustom Kulture, Music Trader, Into the Music, Mondragon; $12 at the door.

Neema with Keri Latimer will perform at the West End Cultural Centre on July 6 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 from Ticketmaster WECC; $13 at the door.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Ballet in the Park at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park, from July 28 to 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Yep, it's free!!

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 18, 2010

Save a Cat - The Winnipeg Humane Society

There are so many cats at The Winnipeg Humane Society that they have run out of available adoption space.

Presently, there are 490 cats in WHS care, while weekly intake numbers continue to increase.

Cats aged 6 months and up will be $25, from June 17 - 20.  This includes feline leukemia/FIV testing, spay and neuter surgery, tattoo, first vaccination, de-worming, 6-weeks of Pet Secure Insurance, and two-week health check.

Adoption Hours:
Saturday             10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday             12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Wednesday   12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Friday   12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                       

In addition, due to an Iams food recall, The WHS is in urgent need of wet cat food as well as foster homes to care for litters of Moms and kittens.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 16, 2010

Crimes and Thrills with Lee Lamothe

Learn about the art of writing crime, true crime and thrillers from internationally respected journalist and novelist Lee Lamothe.

His workshop, Crime, True Crime and the Art of the Thriller, will be given on Tuesday, June 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.

Cost: $15 for Writers' Collective members, $30 for non-members

To register:
Michael Van Rooy at
or by phone at (204) 786-9468.

A journalist known for his investigations into organized crime, Lee Lamothe travels widely in Asia and Europe from his base in Toronto.

Lee Lamothe is the author of three novels: Free Form Jazz, The Finger's Twist and The Last Thief, as well as several non-fiction books, including the bestsellers The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia and The Rise of Vito Rizzuto and Bloodlines: The Rise and Fall of Mafia's Royal Family.

From the Free Press review of The Finger’s Twist:

“...Enter Lee Lamothe. Never heard of him? Maybe not, unless you’re a true-crime fan and have come across his several Mafia tracts, most recently The Sixth Family. Well, this Toronto journalist, in only his second swing at the fiction bat after 2003’s The Last Thief, has knocked one out of the Rogers Centre.
In The Finger’s Twist, he’s penned not only the best Canadian mystery/suspense release of the year, but a yarn light-years beyond anything the American stars have produced.”

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 15, 2010

Help Animal Rescue Site Feed Puppies

Got this from my cousin Carol in New York.

Hi, all you animal lovers!

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than 15 seconds to click on the underlined 'The Animal Rescue Site' above and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'.

This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site:

Please visit and click on the purple box.

Thank you!!

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 14, 2010

The Winnipeg Humane Society: Paws In Motion

It’s that time again!
The Fairmont Winnipeg Paws In Motion Walk-a-Thon 2010!
Time to get your Paws In Motion!
Join The Winnipeg Humane Society for its annual walk-a-thon in support of your furry friends waiting for their forever homes.

It’s a day of fun and games with or without your dog at the Assiniboine Park on Sunday June 27.
Ways to Register: 
• Online at
• In person at The Winnipeg Humane Society
• All Safeway locations across Winnipeg
• By phone at 982-2041
The Winnipeg Humane Society is also calling all corporations to put their best paw forward and form a Corporate Team. A little healthy competition between co-workers never hurt anyone, right?

All funds raised at this year’s event will be directed towards WHS Spay and Neuter programs. 
The Winnipeg Humane Society is privately funded by donations and fundraising events such as Paws in Motion. In 2009 The WHS performed over 6500 Spay and Neuter Surgeries.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 10, 2010

Video Pool: Meredith LaRocque

Come down to Video Pool to explore Video Stories with Meredith LaRocque. Look at video and music in a radically new way. Transform your ideas into a live dynamic and colorful performance through creative writing, drawing, playing, experimenting and learning the technical skills to create live video to music. Experience blending and mixing video to electronic rhythms and performing it in live party atmosphere.

Classes will be held on June 15 and 16, from 5:00 p. m. to 10:00 p. m.

To register e-mail:
$70 members
$90 non-members

Meredith LaRocque studied Modern and Contemporary dance for 8 years at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, the University of Regina and received a scholarship of study at the University of California. With a background in dance and choreography incorporating digital graphic projections, Meredith has performed all through Saskatchewan as well as the Toronto Dance Festival and graduate concerts in Irvine, California.
With a passion for technology, she has been actively exploring the interplay between animation and music in real time using various software programs, video projectors, mixing equipment and innovative screens.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 9, 2010

Aqua Books: A workshop with Gillian Sze

Lemonade & Surrealist Games:A workshop with Gillian Sze will be held at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street (Between Graham & Portage), on Saturday, June 12, from 1:00 p. m. to 3:00 p. m.

This workshop is for beginners or intermediate writers who are interested in experimentation and absurdity. Using prompts and techniques emerging from the Surrealist movement, participants will take risks, "make no sense" and drink lemonade.
The main purpose of the workshop is to learn new approaches of writing outside our comfort zones and play with language.

To register: or 943-7555

The workshop is limited to 15 people
Bring a notebook and pen

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 8, 2010

Kim Reimer, Live in Winnipeg

If you were a listener of our CKUW radio show Better Than Chocolate you heard quite a bit of music performed by Kim Reimer and the 62 Impalas. Kim was a real favorite of Sophie Kolt and myself.

Kim Reimer will be performing at Le Garage Cafe, 166 Provencher Blvd., this coming Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 p. m. 

Come on down for some great live music, food and drink. 

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 7, 2010

Aqua Books: Writers' Circle Wrap Up Cabaret

After a year of working hard, it's time to celebrate all the wonderful writing!!

The Writers' Circle Wrap Up Cabaret will take place on Wednesday, June 9, from 7:00 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, Winnipeg.

Writers' Circle Participants, come and share your work!
All other members of the Collective, and the general public, are also invited to come and hear Winnipeg's Next Writing Idol!

For more information:
Michael Van Rooy, Writers’ Collective Program Coordinator
or by phone at 786-9468

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 6, 2010

Aqua Books: Liz Hover and Polly Washburn

This month’s Winnipeg Girl Geek dinner is all about blogging.

Liz Hover and Polly Washburn will be sharing their experience, from the technical aspects of applications, tools, and themes, to the creative aspects of choosing a focal point, post composition, and how to keep content fresh and readers coming back for more.

Join them on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p.m. at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, for a bite and a chat at the EAT! Bistro. From there, they will move upstairs to the Live! Lounge for the interactive presentation.

Everyone is invited. Please RSVP via Facebook or Eventbrite:

Liz works as digital media manager for the National Screen Institute – a film and television training school. She authors 2 blogs: Diary of a Web Gal and Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu (nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award).
Liz has presented workshops about the social web for the National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba, Canadian Women in Communications, the National Film Board and others.
She also does web consulting to help develop and improve websites.

Polly is a film and digital media producer, owner of the production and consulting company Positron Media.
She provides consulting and training in the areas of production and web marketing. She has just launched a new blog ScreenLiving to examine content creation and distribution in a world where screens are both converging and proliferating.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 5, 2010

Karma Calling

Paul's cartoon The Bicycle Lesson was shown in Chester International Film Festival in Chester, Nova Scotia a few weeks ago. While there he also saw the film Karma Calling and was really impressed. Here's an update for folks in New York City.

Indies Direct and the Tribeca Grand Hotel invite you to a free screening of Karma Calling!

The free screening will take place on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:45 p. m. in Tribeca Grand Hotel, located at 2 Avenue of the Americas, in New York City.

Cast and crew will be there to meet you in the Church lounge before and after the screening for drinks and eats.

There's limited seating, so don't be late.

You can see the trailer and more at:

They're also on Facebook!

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 4, 2010

Aqua Books: Gillian Sze, Ariel Gordon & Chandra Mayor

Please come for an evening of readings by Writer-in-Residence Gillian Sze and resident Aqua poets Ariel Gordon and Chandra Mayor. The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Aqua Books, located at 274 Garry Street (between Graham & Portage) on Thursday, June 10.

Gillian Sze was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her poetry collection, Fish Bones, was shortlisted for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. She is the author of 3 chapbooks and her work has appeared in national and international journals. She is also co-founder and co-editor of Branch Magazine. The Anatomy of Clay, a poetry collection, will be published in 2011.

After Gillian appeared at Aqua last summer, bookstore owner Kelly Hughes was eager to have her as Writer-in-Residence during June, 2010. Gillian has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. She resides in Montreal.

Ariel Gordon's first book of poetry, Hump, was published in 2010. She recently won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer at the Manitoba Book Awards. Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Chandra Mayor is a Winnipeg writer, editor and shop girl. She is the award-winning author of 3 books, including the short story collection All the Pretty Girls, which was the recipient of the Lambda Award for Lesbian Fiction.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 3, 2010

Winnipeg Harvest Needs Your Help

Winnipeg Harvest is severely understocked.

Hot list items include canned fish, poultry or meat, canned fruit and vegetables, canned soup, dry pasta and rice.

To donate:
Call (204) 982-3663
or mail cheque to:
Winnipeg Harvest
1085 Winnipeg Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E OS2

Tax receipts issued for donations of $20 or more.

In addition:

Canada Safeway will match all food dropped off at any Winnipeg location.

Peak of the Market will match donations pound for pound in potatoes. Call 982-3676 for details.

From June 1 - 11, Kraft Canada, in partnership with Food Banks Canada, will match donations made to local food banks dollar for dollar up to $150,000. To donate contact your local food bank or visit

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 2, 2010

One Take Super8 Classes

Experimental Series: One Take Super 8 and Hand Processing

The Winnipeg Film Group is presenting a two-day class to introduce students to the world of in-camera editing as it is utilized by filmmakers for the One Take Super8 Event, as well as basic camera operation and hand processing.

Classes will be held on
Sunday, June 6 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 13 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $90 mem | $110 non-mem
Limit: 8 students

For more information please contact the Training & Outreach Programs Coordinator at 925-3450 or

Each student will conceive and complete their own 3-minute, in-camera edited Super 8 film and will be provided 2 rolls of film each. All materials and equipment supplied by WFG.

Andrew Milne is a Winnipeg-based Multi-Disciplinary Artist working with film, video, performance, sculpture, and photography. Andrew's work revolves around the investigation of identity and its relationship to memory and experience. Using techniques of transformation and embodiment, focusing on creating work that is organic and visceral, Andrew attempts to disquiet the viewer's perceptions of possibility and self.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

June 1, 2010

THIN AIR Presents Lawrence Hill

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes Lawrence Hill as a featured guest at the THIN AIR 2010 fundraiser on Friday, June 4, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

It will take place at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre (MTYP), 2 Forks Market Road, in Winnipeg.

Tickets are $35 ($30 for THIN AIR club card holders) and are available at McNally Robinson or through the Festival: or 927-7323.

Hill will read from his award-winning best-seller, The Book of Negroes, the story of Aminata, stolen into the slave trade as a young girl and surviving to relocate to Canada, then to Africa, finally reaching old age in England in the abolition era. There will be an on-stage interview of Hill, conducted by THIN AIR Director, Charlene Diehl.

The narrative will be accompanied by documentary images, and intercut with songs performed by the Steve Kirby Quartet — Steve Kirby on bass, Erin Propp on vocals, Jimmy Greene on saxophone, and Curtis Nowosad on drums.

During the early 80s, Hill worked as parliamentary correspondent at the Winnipeg Free Press. His first novel, Some Great Thing, features a young reporter tangling with the French-English politics in Winnipeg during that time. Hill has also written several novels and a memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He’s also published non-fiction and written for film.

THIN AIR 2010 takes place September 19 to 26. It is one of the most respected literary festivals in the country, and offers programming for all ages in English and in French.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!