January 31, 2011

Kim Reimer at Garage Cafe' Le

Kim Reimer , a popular guest on CKUW's morning radio program Better Than Chocolate will be performing at Garage Cafe' Le, 166 Provencher Blvd, on Saturday, February 5, from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

She's looking forward to seeing you!

Marooned in Iraq

CFIC’s first event in 2011 is the screening of Marooned in Iraq, by Bahman Ghobadi. 

It will be shown on February 7 at Pauline-Boutal Hall, Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Boulevard, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Tickets are $10 each
50% of the net proceeds donated to Gio's Cares. 
For tickets call Marzieh at 509-4995 
or Allan at 899-1347

This movie, which is in Kurdish language (with English subtitles), has won awards in the Cannes Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Sao Paulo Film Festival, and Buenos Aires Human Rights Film Festival. 

January 30, 2011

Yolanda Paulsen

Join us in celebrating the success of the Master Class in Sculptural Issues with Yolanda Paulsen at a wine and cheese open house on Thursday, February 3 
from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  at MAWA, 611 Main St.

Participants will share the work they have produced over the weeklong class, and speak about their experience in the program. As a follow up to her moving keynote lecture at the Sculptural Vocabularies Symposium, Yolanda Paulsen will present electronic images by contemporary women sculptors from Mexico.

Free! All welcome!


It is no secret that we eat too much meat and too many animal products. 

This February, the shortest month of the year, let's challenge ourselves to eat a diet based on whole grains, root vegetables, oils, legumes, nuts and vegetables.  By aiming to eat vegetarian, vegan, or just even a few meat-free meals per week, you can improve your health, the health of the planet, and the lives of farm animals.

Veguary is NOT an attempt to turn people vegetarian or vegan. 
The point is to get us looking at what is balanced, sustainable, and ethical. 

You will learn new things about your body, very likely lose weight, acquire new delicious recipes, and gain a new perspective. 

By eating vegetarian/vegan, one person saves between 50-100 animals per year. 
By participating in Veguary you can save up to 8 animal lives in a single month.

So take this one month to review the way you think about your diet and how it relates to your body, the environment, and the animals who provide you with the food. 

It's easy to participate in Veguary at some level! 

The Big Gravel Sifter

FMP graduate Coral Maloney is in the One Trunk's Newest Production: The Big Gravel Sifter, running from Feb 2 to 6 at 8:00 pm. 

The cast also includes CindyMarie Small and Andraea Sartison.

Director: Chris Sigurdson
Choreography: Alexandra Elliott
C and Coral Maloney

Featuring new music by Garth Hardy on prepared piano.

Tickets are $10
There is also a matinee on Feb 6 at 1:00 pm (tickets $8)

Originally a short story, The Big Gravel Sifter is the tale of a family’s piano abandoned to the sea.  Its recovery is too expensive and not worth the investment. The creatures of the sea who discover the piano give it new life as they try to determine what it could be and, in the process, discover music in "the key of X."

For those who live above, the mystery of this strange ocean music speaks the love that unites them, excites the possibility of their imagination and rebels against forces that cannot see beauty beyond utility and profit.

Breakfast TV: Nick Hornby's Juliet, Naked

Please join Breakfast TV host Jenna Khan and McNally Robinson's own Krista Strang at 7:24 am on Monday January 31 as Citytv BT Book Club wraps January's selection: Nick Hornby's Juliet, Naked

Jenna and Krista will be discussing the book, taking a look at some reader responses, and teasing February's pick.

January 29, 2011

Michelle Grégoire Trio

Come to Aqua Books on Saturday, February 5, at 8:00 pm, to hear Jazz composer/pianist Michelle Grégoire perform with bassist Luke Sellick and drummer Curtis Nowosad.

Tickets are $10.

Pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire's music has been described as elegant and original with great depth and imagination.  
She has toured across Canada with her quintet and appeared at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2010.  Her new CD is Diversity
Grégoire's music is heard regularly on XM Radio, Galaxie satellite jazz programs and on various CBC programs. 
In 2009, Grégoire's quintet opened for the Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival.

Luke Sellick is a double bassist and composer. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo.  Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program.

Curtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer.  He has performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his mentor Steve Kirby.

Dr. Marlene Atleo

The U of W Chair in German-Canadian Studies invites you to a free public lecture on February 2, at 12:30 pm, at the University of Winnipeg, Bryce Hall, 2nd floor, rm. 22.

Dr. Marlene Atleo, U of M (Education) will speak on A Case Study in Identity Development For Canadian Diversity Education: A Girl From Ro dzie - A Silesian Canadian.

Dr. Atleo explains: 
I am finding that students in a teacher education program are discovering that they have family histories.  In my attempt to connect with them, I share my own immigrant journey. 

As students become aware of issues involved in my family’s history, the immigration trends into Canada and people movements globally they become aware of the possibilities of knowing their own family histories. 

They can then understand the global forces at work in the lives of everyone.  It is imperative that they cultivate empathy for their students.

Marlene Atleo, nee Fülber, immigrated to Canada from Düsseldorf as a toddler.  She was educated into the culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth by the grannies of the Ahousaht First Nation almost 50 years ago on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and has become eh eh naa tuu kwiss “a person that says the same thing in a lot of different ways.”

She has a MA in Family Science and won the 2002 Thomas Greenfield National Dissertation Award in Educational Administration for “Learning models in the Umeek narratives: Identifying an education framework through storywork with First Nations elders.”

January 28, 2011

Visual Poetry Call For Submissions

After the success of last year’s “See This, Hear Me: Visual Poetry” exhibit at the 2010 Edmonton Poetry Festival, we couldn’t resist doing it all over again. 

The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Sound and Vision”, focusing on the synesthetic interplay of sight and sound in our understanding of language and the contemporary world. 

We are currently seeking works of Visual Poetry, Concrete Poetry, Haiga, and visually-appealing Sound Texts that represents the auditory landscape visually.

The week-long exhibit will kick-off with an explosive evening of Sound Poetry concerned with evoking the Image.

We plan to hold a silent auction.  All pieces will be printed by the curator at highest quality and displayed unframed.  The average print size will be a standard 8.5” X 11” page. 
If your piece(s) is/are chosen, you are entitled to the entire sale! 
By submitting, you agree to have your work included in the silent auction.

Please send 1 to 3 high quality images (JPEG format with 300 dpi recommended) to 
We are trying to ensure a large survey of work/styles, so if your submission is a sequential piece or large in scale, please indicate if you object to the selection of an isolated panel or detail. 
Sequential work may be considered. In your email, please clearly indicate the title of your piece(s) and name as you would like it to appear.

The deadline is Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm.

This call is open to Canadian poets/artists only.

Winnipeg Talking Radio & Kerry Politzer Trio

Spend Saturday, January 29 at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street.

Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra will present X Minus One / The Planet Man 
from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Tickets $5

Starring Chris Rutkowski, Dean Harder, Glen Thompson, Al Conroy, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

The Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist.  This week, acclaimed SciFi series X Minus One is paired with the truly awful The Planet Man

Browse downtown and Aqua Books, grab a bite and stay to hear some great jazz from the Kerry Politzer Trio from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The singer-songwriter performs with George Colligan and Karl Kohut.

Tickets $10

WSO New Music Festival

For the 20th Anniversary of the New Music Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will bring you the return of many past NMF-luminaries, including Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion) who will help celebrate the opening night, Kronos Quartet, and John Corigliano (composer). 

Also joining the celebration will be renowned composer Krzysztof Penderecki and Canada’s very own Gary Kulesha.

Download the 2011 New Music Festival brochure!

Alexander Mickelthwate, WSO music director & NMF co-curator
Vincent Ho, WSO composer-in-residence & NMF co-curator

Tangle: Kick-Off
Friday, January 28, 8:00 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Opening Night Gala Concert:
Celebrating 20 Years of New Music
Saturday, January 29, 8:00 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion

Songs, Fantasies, and Impromtus
Sunday, January 30, 7:30pm
Westminster United Church
Patrick Carrabré, composer

Monday, January 31, 7:30 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
John Corigliano, composer

Circus Maximus
Tuesday, February 1, 7:30 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Gary Kulesha, composer

Kronos Quartet
Wednesday, February 2, 7:30 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Kronos Quartet

Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, February 3, 7:30 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Luke Nickel, composer

Seven Gates of Jerusalem
Friday, February 4, 8:00 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Krzysztof Penderecki, composer

Phone: 204-949-3999


We are especially pleased to have CBC Radio 2 recording six of the seven nights at this year’s Festival. CBC has been at the Concert Hall with their microphones right from the start. Those early recordings and live-to-air broadcasts brought exciting new works along with thunderous applause to audiences across Canada and eventually around the world, with the advancement of digital technology.

They will be broadcasted on In Concert (11:05 am to 3:00 pm) with host Bill Richardson. 

CBC Radio 2 is broadcasting highlights from NMF 1 across Canada on Sunday, February 13. The concert will air on the Signal on Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 pm til midnight with host Laurie Brown.

CBC Radio 2 is recording NMF 2. Stay tuned for broadcast date and time.

CBC Radio 2 is broadcasting highlights from NMF 3 across Canada on Sunday, February 13.

CBC Radio 2 is broadcasting highlights from NMF 4 across Canada on Sunday, February 13. The concert will air on the Signal on Saturday, February 12 from 10:00 pm til midnight with host Laurie Brown.

CBC Radio 2 is broadcasting highlights from NMF 6 across Canada on Sunday, February 13.

CBC Radio 2 is broadcasting highlights from NMF 7 across Canada on Sunday, February 13.

Speaking Crow: Jennifer Still

Aqua Books is pleased to present Jennifer Crow as part of the poetry series Speaking Crow. 

The Crow starts at 7:00 pm on February 1 and is followed by two open-mic sets, with short breaks in between. 

Jennifer Still is the author of two full-length books of poetry: Saltations, and Girlwood.

The word “saltation” has biological and geological meanings, but in general terms it means to dance or leap about. 
Still’s poems are always questing and considering: after a family origin; what a texture might mean; how an emotion transmogrifies.  In Still’s world, the air has hinges and the human heart is a fractal economy.

Jennifer Still is one of the founders of JackPine Press, and has worked for Grain magazine. 
In 2008, her work won the Saskatchewan CBC Poetry Face-Off, and Girlwood won first prize in the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s John V. Hicks manuscript awards.

January 27, 2011

Magnum K.I., Cyclist & DJ Co-op

The New Year is finally here, and Magnum KI is looking towards the future! 

To celebrate this scary and exciting new adventure into the unknown, Magnum KI and their good friends DJ Co-op and Cyclist are throwing a dance-heavy, fun-laden super-party at the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, on Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 pm. 

Only five bucks to get in, and a whole robot-ruling future lifetime of regret to stave-off. 

They're putting computer chips in people's brains; Japan is sending rocket ships to the Andromeda galaxy; Richard Branson holds special hotel pool-parties on the dark side of the moon; and Magnum KI has new material they want to show off to their home town in Winnipeg!

There'll be heavy bass-lines, driving drums and general dance-floor rocking! 
You can just come and chill too. 

Hopefully, we will see you there!!

Martin Sexton

The West End Cultural Centre presents Martin Sexton on Tuesday, February 1, at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Door
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader and Folk Festival Music Store

Touring in support of his latest release, Sugarcoating, critically acclaimed Martin Sexton is a prolific recording artist.  His songs are intricate and spirited, distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues.

Sexton’s musical career began in the early 90s.  His first album, In The Journey, a collection of self-produced demo recordings that were recorded on an old 8-track, sold 20,000 copies.

Sexton emerged as one of the most talked-about arrivals on the "new folk" acoustic music scene. His Black Sheep garnered critical attention, netting Sexton the National Academy of Songwriters "Artist of the Year" award. 

His vocal style can be described as truly soulful, combining the best qualities of singers like Van Morrison, Al Green, Aaron Neville and Otis Redding.

Billboard describes him as “the real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”

January 26, 2011

Bev Pike:Hymenal View of Chill

MAWA member Bev Pike is hosting a studio premiere of her work Hymenal View of Chill - an 8X20' gouache on paper painting! 

Join her on Saturday, January 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at 560, 70 Arthur Street.

Fairly Scientific: A Community Event for the Sci-Curious

Do you dream of the sense of achievement you get from being judged and awarded a medal for your 3-sided, cardboard-backed presentation?

If you answered 'yes', you'll probably not want to let this opportunity pass you by. 
We're serious. 
You'll be judged.

Fairly Scientific: A Community Event for the Sci-Curious, begins on
Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 am.

It strives to look far and wide for Winnipeg's best and brightest scientific minds, leaving no stone unturned.

They're making a Call for Submissions. 
If you have an idea for a science fair project, 

Please note that if your first idea was making a baking soda/paper-mache volcano, we have already anticipated that and have a separate division for the best volcano, so let us know if you want in on that.

Butterfly Making

We will be making new butterflies for this year's Memorial March!

We need volunteers to help cut, paint and mend our butterflies on Thursday, January 27 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Room F209, Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue (Aboriginal Student Centre).

We are also in need of some cardboard, mod podge, paint and brushes.

Please feel free to bring something to eat and share with the others for a potluck supper.

If we do not finish the butterflies we will meet again the follow Thursday, February 3 - same time, same place!

Thank you for all your help, encouragement and support. 

Dr. Rita Kaur Dhamoon

There are two opportunities to see Dr. Dhamoon.

Everyone is welcome.
Both events are free and accessible.

Dr. Dhamoon's research is relevant for current debates in Canadian postcolonial, anti-racist, feminist, human rights and peace & conflict studies. 

Contesting Multiculturalism & Security: Challenges & Alternatives
Monday, January 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, 2M70 at UW

In the post September 11, 2001 context, critics claim that multicultural policies undermine security because they breed “home-grown terrorists”.  
Defenders of multiculturalism argue that such policies promote toleration and can counter security concerns.

Dr. Dhamoon suggests that this characterization of the debate mischaracterizes the history of multicultural and security discourses, and masks over exclusionary forms of nation-building and race-making.  It is argued that multiculturalism is a mechanism of security.


Identity/Difference Politics through the Lens of Intersectionality
Tuesday, February 1, 1:30 to 3:00 pm, 2M70 at UW 

Identity/difference politics has tended to be framed in terms of culture and/or multiculturalism, with a focus on particular nonwhite groups. 
This obscures a richer understanding of identity/difference politics. 
Drawing on feminist frameworks, Dr. Dhamoon considers an alternative lens: intersectionality, which expands and complicates an understanding of the issue.  It can be an indispensable tool.

Dr. Rita Kaur Dhamoon is in the Department of Philosophy & Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Her research interests include: identity/difference politics, gender and feminism, intersectionality, critiques of ‘culture’ and multiculturalism, anti-racism and critical race theory, and citizenship and democratic theory. 
She is author of Identity/Difference Politics: how difference is produced and why it matters, and journal articles, as well as several book chapters. 

These events are being hosted by the UW's Department of Sociology and co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and the Department of Women's & Gender Studies.

January 25, 2011

Winnipeg Humane Society: Paw-jama Party

A “Paw-jama Party” will kick off the monthly Whisker Wednesday 

Between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm, on January 26, the adoption fee for a cat (aged 6 months and over) is $25. 

All cat adopters will have to wear pajamas when they come to adopt a cat from the shelter. The WHS adoption staff will also be dressed in “jammies”.
They'll have hot chocolate and cookies for everyone!

Each Whisker Wednesday is on the final Wednesday of each month.
Check toward the end of each month for details of the theme. 

Barb Hunt: Fibre Based / Textile Art

Mini-Mentorship with Barb Hunt in Fibre Based / Textile Art
Thursdays, February 10, 17, and 24
from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at MAWA

e-mail to: 
Put “Mini-Mentorship” in the subject heading. 

$30 for MAWA and MCC members

To apply for the mini-mentorship, please submit:
- a paragraph about your artistic practice (what you make and your ideas)
- a line or two about why you want to participate
- 5 jpg images of your artwork 

In order to apply, you must be a MAWA member. 
If you are not a member, please submit a MAWA membership form and payment. 

Barb Hunt will lead a three-session, three-week mini-mentorship for women artists.  Barb will show images of a very diverse range of current fibre/textile practices, as well as provide a historical/cultural/theoretical background.
Various fibre/textile practices will be introduced, with a focus on contemporary textile art and “craftivism”. 
This will be an opportunity to create new work as well as participate in group work, critiques, discussions and textile storytelling. 
Barb Hunt studied art at the University of Manitoba and completed an MFA at Concordia University. Her current work concerns the devastation of war: she knits antipersonnel land mines and creates installations using camouflage from worn army uniforms. Her work has been exhibited internationally. 

Workshops with Doreen Pendgracs

Doreen Pendgracs is slated to give 5 workshops for Volunteer Manitoba in the first half of this year.

Feb 8 - Roles & Responsibilities of the Board, Lakeview Resort, Gimli, MB. 
Feb 11 - Understanding Human Dynamics, Volunteer MB, Winnipeg 
April 1 - Protecting your Organization from Disaster, Volunteer MB, Winnipeg
April 13 - Roles & Responsibilities of the Board, Volunteer MB, Winnipeg
May 5 - Attracting & Retaining the Right People, Volunteer MB, Winnipeg

Please visit Volunteer Manitoba's site for details and to register.

You can also check out Doreen Pendgrac's website for further updates.
e mail

January 24, 2011

Dr. Hari Bapuji: Not Just China

Dr. Hari Bapuji, Assistant Professor at the Asper School of Business, U of M will be speaking & signing his book Not Just China: The Rise of Recalls in the Age of Global Business on Thursday January 27, at 7:30 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park in the Travel Alcove. 

During the toy recall crisis of 2007, Dr. Bapuji’s research was cited around the world and was influential in shaping public debate on the issue.  Dr. Bapuji’s research has affected consumer product safety around the world.

In Not Just China, Dr. Bapuji’s analysis of US toy recalls over a 20 year period reveals that the key to decreasing recalls and increasing consumer safety lies in improving product designs, swiftly acting on incidents and learning from recalls. 
Highlighting the trends in recalls and organizational responses over the last two decades, his research provides several guidelines to managers, consumers and regulators to effectively recognize and manage dangers from unsafe products.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll Free 1-800-561-1833)

Giant Book Sale at Mondragon

Hey folks, hope to see you all over here at Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House
1A- 91 Albert Street, some time during the week.

Everything in the bookstore is on sale. 

Huge amount of books at 40% off. 
All calendars at 40%.
Slingshot Organizers for 20% off. 

Goes all week to January 29 at 5:00 pm.

1 204.946.5241

Winnipeg Humane Society: Used Book & Movie Sale

There's nothing better than snuggling up to your pet and watching a movie or reading a good book. 

The Winnipeg Humane Society is making it easy for you to stock up on the books you're just dying to read and the movies you've been waiting to watch - and it's all in support of The Winnipeg Humane Society!

Please drop off your gently used books and movies of all genres at the front reception desk at The Winnipeg Humane Society, beginning on January 28. 

No magazines please.

Sale Dates
February 19, 20 and 21 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 
at The Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way.

Cash only please!


Hooded sweaters are available in all sizes at The WHS Gift Shop (starting at $26.99). 
The hoods can help to keep your doggie's ears warm!

There are many different ways to help the shelter.
Here's one you may not have thought of!

Recently, the provider of our adoption kit portfolios has discontinued their donation of the plastic folders we give adopters (packed full of pet information and paperwork). 
We thought this would be a great opportunity for a local company to partner up with us. 
With over 4,000 annual adoptions, we go through a lot of folders and hadn't planned on this added expense. 
If you or someone you know may be interested, please 

January 23, 2011

Marty Chan: Sell Your Book, Not Your Soul

Marty Chan can teach you how to sell your book on Saturday, January 29, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Rose Room, Main Level Alexandra Centre, 922 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB.

or call 403.264.4730
AWCS Members: $30
Non-Members: $50

Do you have a book or an idea longing for an audience? 
Looking to promote it but don't know where to begin? 

Join this refreshingly positive look at the publishing industry to learn what you can do to succeed.  Walk away with strategies to market your writing persona.  Learn how to create a marketing plan around your personal strengths to take your manuscript from concept to audience.  Discover how to really know your audience, reach your audience, and find hooks that are authentic and genuine. 

Marty Chan's personal anecdotes about his successes and failures will have you chuckling through your own apprehensions around promotion, publicity, and marketing.

Marty Chan is a cross-genre writer with successes in theatre, television, radio and kids’ fiction.  He’s best known for his cross-cultural hit Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl
Edmonton audiences may know of his work from CBC Radio, the Edmonton Journal or the Fringe Festival. 
Currently, he has been entertaining kids across Canada with his hilarious mystery novels and picture book.  He works and lives in Edmonton with his wife and their two cats. 

Loudon Wainwright

Two concerts, workshops and an exhibition will celebrate Manitoba-made stringed instruments

Loudon Wainwright will be playing a Manitoba made guitar during his performance. 
See Henry Keiser in concert playing an instrument made by local luthier Allan Beardsell. 

The exhibition of locally crafted instruments will be open to concert goers 
on Friday, January 28, and on Saturday, January 29, 
from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The exhibition will be open for public viewing 
on Saturday, January 29, noon to 6:00 pm. 

Other activities during that time include:
Stompbox workshop from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the auditorium. 
Call to sign up (204) 783-6918. 

Artist talk/round table with instrument makers
Reception for Gavin Baird 4:00 pm

Please go to the West End Cultural Centre website to purchase tickets.

January 22, 2011

Bertrand Nayet, Ariel Gordon & Dennis Cooley with Mark Stout & Charles Leblanc

The Aqua Lansdowne is Manitoba's largest poetry prize.  Hosted in conjunction with the Writers Collective of Manitoba, this series celebrates the best in Manitoba poetry.

On Thursday, January 27, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Aqua Books will be presenting Bertrand Nayet with Ariel Gordon and Dennis Cooley.

Cost: free!

This event is bilingual, featuring English-to-French translations of Gordon and Cooley's work by Charles Leblanc and French-to-English translations of Nayet's work by Mark Stout.

Born in France, Bertrand Nayet lives in St. Norbert. He has published in various magazines and anthologies.  He also writes, directs and performs with various theatre troupes in Manitoba.

Ariel Gordon is a writer whose book of poetry, Hump, was published in 2010. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming in 2011. 

Since 1973 Dennis Cooley has lived in Winnipeg where he has taught, edited, and written.  He is currently president of the Manitoba Writers' Guild.

Mark Stout works as a freelance translator and translation instructor for the translation certificate program at Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB). 

Charles Leblanc is a St. Boniface translator, writer, editor, actor and poet. He won the Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault at the 2005 Manitoba Book Awards for L’appétit du compteur.

Both Nayat and LeBlanc are founding fathers of Le Collectif post-neo-rieliste, a group of French-speaking Manitoba creators.  They also collaborate on the programming of Le Foyer des Écrivains, the French side of THIN AIR, The Winnipeg Interntional Writers’ Festival.

Upcoming in the Poetry Series
Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 pm
Poet John Weier, with hannah_g and Catherine Hunter

Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Poet Charlene Diehl, with Stacy Doiron and Kerry Ryan

Gail Scott & Lisa Moore

Insti Tute-Wgs is proud to support the UW English department in presenting Gail Scott and Lisa Moore at UW on Monday, January 24, from 3:00 till 5:00 p.m.
in Room 2M70 (2nd floor Manitoba Hall).

Fully accessible

Gail Scott is the brilliant author of Heroine, Main Brides and My Paris.  She is a founding editor of the Montreal French-language cultural journal Spirale, and also a bilingual journal of women’s writing. 
Scott was nominated for a 2001 Governor General’s Award for her translation into English of Michael Delisle’s The Sailor’s Disquiet. Her latest novel is Tessera The Obituary, a mystery and an investigation of who speaks for us when we speak.

Lisa Moore is the author of the novel Alligator, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller.  Her story collection Open was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and became a bestseller. Her most recent novel February was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. 

Cathleen Lesperance & Canada Reads

Update from Cathleen Lesperance, a singer/songwriter:

My song Highway made the Saskatchewan list of songs for the CBC Canada Reads contest!

Highway is paired with the novel Unless by Carol Shields.

From January 22 at 7:00 am to January 28 at 11:30 pm 
you can call or email every day to vote 
- call 1-800-661-7540 
- email

The novel Unless is about women and complex characters… my song Highway is about women and the complex decisions that women have to make in life.

I'm a newcomer in this contest against some heavy hitters so lets see if the song about women can place a spot with the novel about women.

If you can get five or more to send in a vote for me… I'll send you a copy of my CD titled Gypsy As I Go and a new hot off the press "photo art card series" of one of my newest photos from my "Sticks and Stones and Flowered Friends" exhibit.

Thank you! Merci! Meegwetch for your vote!!!

January 21, 2011

Boreal Sky Concert Series

Cathleen Lesperance will be hosting and introducing the fantastic Violet Naytowhow and Kim Kuzak at a Share-A-Meal, Prince Albert Food Bank Fundraiser on Sunday, January 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Great Western Coffee Company.

The Boreal Sky Concert Series series features some of the many talented musicians and songwriters in the Prince Albert area. 

Boreal Sky Concert Series Two
Kim Kuzak and Violet Naytowhow
Sunday, January 23
Boreal Sky Concert Series Three
Robert O'Neil and friends with Matt Remenda
Sunday, March 13

Doors open at 7 pm
Show begins at 7:30 pm

Tickets $15 each
Available at Great Western Coffee Company and PA Arts Center on Central.
ALL proceeds raised goes directly to the local Food Bank.

Charitable tax donation receipts available upon request.

A collection box will also be available onsite for any donated canned food items or 
non-perishable goods for the local Food Bank.

The Boreal Sky Concert Series Food Bank Fundraiser acknowledges the generous support of Great Western Coffee Company, RNF Ventures and Action Printing. 


Howdy! Starting up our Saturday night Special Menu Series! 

It's a Chili and Beer Party at Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee House! 

Dana's turning 30 and Franklin's turning into a raggae machine this 
Saturday, January 22, from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Bring your favorite bowl and mug and come on down for a dinner / dance party extravaganza! We'll be providing a special evening menu with some winter busting chilis and some ice cold beers to accompany the dance party rocking, audio foreplay of the Silver Fox. 

There will be cheap food, free snacks, beer / champagne, birthday cake and lots of dancin' 
so come as you are, plan a safe ride home and grab yourself a stein to hoist. 

Next Month - Aphrodisiac Evening on Feb 14. 
Stay Tuned!

August Strindberg: A Dream Play

For Strindbergfest 2011, Black Hole Theatre presents A Dream Play.

Adapted by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Tim Bandfield and Chris Johnson

Puppets, dance and music harmonize to tell the reason of mankind's sorrows; 
all within the context of a dream. 

2:00 pm January 22, 29 and 30
7:00 pm January 21 to 22, 24 to 29

Come out to the Gas Station Arts Centre for a spectacular show unlike any other!

$12 Students/ $15 Adult
Box Office: 474-6880

Ivan E. Coyote - Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence

Ivan E. Coyote is the UWinnipeg's sixth Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence. This multi-talented author will be featured at two upcoming events: 
her inaugural reading
Thursday, Jan 27 at 7:30 pm
her Carol Shields Distinguished Lecture 
Wednesday, Mar 16 at 7:30 pm

Both will be at University of Winnipeg, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Avenue.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Convocation Hall is an accessible venue - please enter through Manitoba Hall skywalk system for stair-free access.

Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and now makes her home in Vancouver. The Department of English at UW is proud to host her for four months, thanks to the generosity of MAWA, the UW's Institute for Women and Gender Studies, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Carol Shields family.

Ivan is an award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CDs, and four short films. 
Her latest book is the short story collection Missed Her
A superb story-teller and performer, Ivan works in innovative ways with musicians and other artists to bring her stories alive.

She is also a gifted teacher of creative writing who has mentored writers at Capilano College, Carleton University, and the Vancouver Public Library.  
She has designed cross-generational workshops for families and memoir writing classes for seniors.  She promotes oral history as a way of learning where we come from and how to shape our futures.

Ivan Coyote will have an office in the UW English Department and will be available to meet with members of the community for private consultations, in addition to her public events.

Solution to the scheduling dilemma - You CAN see both Ivan Coyote and Sidney Eve Matrix!

So we know that this jam-packed January has been perplexing all of y'all.
On the 27 HOW can I be at both Ivan Coyote's inaugural talk at UW AND the launch of Fairy Tale Films with Sidney Eve Matrix and Pauline Greenhill at McNally when they are at the EXACT same time??  
Well here's a solution - you can do BOTH! 
Ivan on the 27, and Sidney Eve with Pauline on the 28 - see you there!

Freud, Film Noir, and Fairy Tales:  Fritz Lang's The Secret Beyond the Door

A FREE public talk by Sidney Eve Matrix - 1:30 to 2:30, 3M67, Friday, January 28.

Co-sponsored by WGS, IWGS, Dean of Arts, VP Research and Graduate Studies, VP Academic.