February 28, 2011

International Women's Week at Gio's

Ladies' Night at Gio's Club & Bar, 155 Smith Street, kicks off International Women's Week on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 pm, hosted by FemRev and Gio's. 

Come dance it up with DJ's Nicole and HomeLee.

Cost: $5 

Bring your spare change for C*** Cupcakes (vegan and gluten-free also available!) and Feminist Coloring Books!

Some of the proceeds will benefit the RebELLEs Gathering that is taking place in Winnipeg from May 20 to 23. 

Freeze Frame: The Book of Kells

CINEMATHEQUE - Saturday, March 5 @ 12:15 p.m. 
                            Saturday, March 12 @ 3 p.m. (Festival Close)
GLOBE CINEMA - Tuesday, March 8 @ 9:45 a.m.

Don't miss this Academy Award nominated animation! 

Brendan is a 12-year-old monk called to duty after a master illuminator visits his small village carrying the ancient but unfinished Book of Kells. To help complete the book, Brendan must journey into an enchanted forest where danger lurks behind every corner and a gang of deadly barbarians follow his every move. Combining Celtic mythology and fantasy, The Secret of Kells is a tale about courage, magic, and the faith that carries humanity through dark times.

Armin Wiebe & Veralyn Warkentin

On Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 pm, Aqua Books is pleased to present A Night of Mennonite Humour, featuring The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz author Armin Wiebe and Veralyn Warkentin, with Dean Harder and Jacqueline Loewen.

Armin Wiebe is celebrated for his beloved, lexicon-expanding Gutenthal novels The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal and The Second Coming of Yeeat Schpanst.
He is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for his novel Tatsea

Armin's play The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz will premiere in April as part of Theatre Projects Manitoba's 2010-2011 season.

Veralyn Warkentin has enjoyed the rush of making people laugh since she learned to talk. She has worn quite a few hats: writer, director, playwright, producer, prof, mascot, crime fighter, blogger.

February 27, 2011

Centre for Friends of Iranian Culture: Offside

Approaching the International Women's Day, The Centre for Friends of Iranian Culture is proud to screen the movie Offside, by Jafar Panahi, on Thursday, March 3 
from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at Pauline- Boutal Hall, 
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Center, 340 Provencher Boulevard. 

Tickets are $10 
100% of the net donated to the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). 
For tickets call 
Marzieh at 509-4995 
Allan at 899-1347

On 20 December 2010 Panahi was handed a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on making or directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media as well as forced to leave the country.

Offside, which is in Farsi language (with English subtitles), has won the Silver Bear award in Berlin Film Festival, and has been the official selection in several other film festivals. 
The movie is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a football match.  Some get caught and arrested since, after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums.
This film, as other films of Jafar Panahi, is banned in Iran.


Prior to the screening, Jayne Stoyles, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) will speak at an event sponsored by the Canadian International Council (CIC) Winnipeg Branch on "The International Criminal Court and War Crimes Cases in Canada”.

This presentation is in English, at 6:30 pm 
Admission Free
Empire Hall
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Center, 340 Provencher Boulevard

Robert Kelly: the Core of Creativity

Come to the U of W on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 am, to think, laugh and share during this 3 hour workshop as Robert Kelly explores the many dimensions of creativity.   

Experience the joy of collaborative creativity through various methods of idea generation including a designer‘s version of “speed dating“.   

$20 for Writers' Collective members 
$40 for non-members  

Educator and artist Robert Kelly is an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary. He is co-editor of the book  Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity As A Primary Rationale For Education.   

Robert Kelly has done numerous keynote presentations, lectures and workshops across Canada on the topic of creativity. As artist, his most recent work is his conceptual Minutia installation showing in March at Gallery 1C03 at the U of W, consisting of eleven books of concrete poetry on lecterns, based on the sentence fragment “the first time I heard the sound of a page turning.” His other major bodies of work include his painted Concept of Raven series and his newly developed White Noise outdoor installation project. 

International Women's Day Crafts-travaganza

At MAWA's third Annual International Women’s Day crafting event on Saturday March 5, master craftswomen will be on hand at 611 Main Street, between noon and 4:00 pm, to share their skills.   

Everyone welcome!   
A light lunch will be served! 
Most materials will be provided.  
All you need to bring is plastic grocery bags!  
Enjoy good food, company and fun, making art with friends.   

Geraf Embroidery with Zarghoona Ahmedzai Zarghoona will teach a traditional Afghani technique that is often used to embellish traditional clothing. The embroidery forms a solid pattern of geometric colour, created by counting threads and applying small, even stitches.  Zarghoona is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. She will show examples of other regional Afghani embroidery techniques.  

Plastic Bag Crochet with Erna Andersen Erna crafts beautiful bags and bowls out of old plastic shopping bags. The stitches are simple and fast to learn. Erna moved to Winnipeg from Denmark. She now works with other newcomers at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM).   

Oromo Beading with Sifo Boramso Sifo creates traditional, east African jewelry using age-old designs. Headbands, earrings and bracelets are created using a simple hand-method (not a loom). This jewelry once adorned all Oromo women. Oronia is now part of Ethiopia.  Sifo is very active at IRCOM, implementing childcare and literacy programs.  

This event is supported by the Provincial Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jennifer Howard; the Manitoba Craft Council; the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the U of W; Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library; The Edge Gallery; and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM). 

Ismaila Alfa

On March 5 at 9:00 pm you are invited to the Lo Pub where Mama Cutsworth will start the night off right, spinning some of her magical rumpshaking tunes. 

Ismaila Alfa and the band will hit the stage at 11:00 pm sharp.   

Between working as the traffic guy on CBC radio, recording and touring as the front man for Magnum K.I., Ismaila Alfa has been going back to drawing on the afrobeat, reggae and soul that he heard and mimicked as a kid.   

Together with Curtis Nowosad, Julian Bradford, Will Bonness (Curtis Nowosad Trio) and Mark Penner (Moses Mayes) Ismaila has been writing and rehearsing new solo songs.   

Expect the night to be capped off with special guests and improv performances!

Discussion: Judge Robert Dewar's Ruling on Rape

Come to the Bulman Centre, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm to continue the discussion about what demands should be made of Judge Dewar, the government that appointed him and the justice system in general.

This is a followup of the Rally against Judge Robert Dewar’s rape case ruling.  The rally was held at the Manitoba Law Courts Building on Friday, February 25, because Judge Dewar said: 
"inviting circumstances" and survivor’s attire make rapist less morally responsible for rape.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Alanna Makinson
Canadian Federation of Students–Manitoba 
204-783-0787 (office)
204-997-8269 (cell)

Women’s Centres are appalled that a Manitoba Judge seems to be holding a Thompson rape survivor responsible for her rapist’s actions, on the basis of her sexuality and attire at the time of the incident. The centres point out that survivors of crimes such as theft or assault are not blamed for the perpetrators’ actions, yet women continue to be re-traumatised in the courtroom because some judges fail to understand the legal meaning of “no means no”. 

“Judge Dewar was wrong to question what the woman was wearing the night that she was raped,” states Alanna Makinson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students–Manitoba. “Flirting, a short skirt, or a kiss never implies consent to intercourse.”

Added Joan Dawkins, Executive Director of the Women’s Health Clinic: “When a judge ignores the reality of sexual violence and blames a woman for the actions of her attacker, he not only harms the woman but makes it that much more difficult for the next victim to come forward and trust the judicial process. The result – rapists go free.”

The Canadian Federation of Students–Manitoba is calling on Judge Dewar to apologise for his ruling and be held accountable for his failure to understand that there is no such thing as “implied consent”. The level of moral responsibility assigned to a convicted rapist should not hinge on his victim’s attire or sexuality.

“To suggest that a rapist is less guilty because he was ‘insensitive’ to the fact that the victim was not a willing participant is irresponsible,” states Katie Haig-Anderson, Women’s Commissioner of the Canadian Federation of Students–Manitoba. “If a person is not a willing participant in a sexual interaction, if she does not give consent, then that is sexual assault. Judge Dewar has muddied the waters, and he should get some education on this issue, as well as apologise to the rape survivor, to the justice system and to the Manitobans serves.”

Talking Fresh 9: Saskatchewan Poetry Summit

Talking Fresh is an annual festival of writers and writing co-produced, this year, by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG) and Luther College at the University of Regina.

All events will be held at Luther College, University of Regina, Room 100. 
Free Parking in Lot 3.

Brenda Schmidt, Karen Solie, Michael Trussler and Dan Tysdal to be the featured writers.

Friday March 4

Panel: “On Saskatchewan Poetry”

Readings (reception to follow)

Saturday, March 5

Brenda Schmidt: “Lyric Trap-lines: Thoughts on the Northbound Poem”

Michael Trussler: "The Cosmopolitan Mountain on the Prairie"

Karen Solie: “This Place Will Kill Me One Day: Writing the Southwest”

Dan Tysdal: “Sask Poems from the Future and the Future of Saskatchewan Poetry: Uranium Traced, Screamoetry, and the New and Improved School of Disembodied Poetics”

Launch of new books by Jennifer Still (Girlwood) and Holly Luhning (Quiver)

For further details contact 
Tracy at 
Gerald Hill at

February 26, 2011

Jeanne Randolph: Artmaking & Freud

Psychiatrist and performance artist Jeanne Randolph will present a lecture on the impact of Freud’s work on feminist artmaking. This performative presentation, combining seemingly random images, will take place at MAWA, 611 Main Street, on Friday March 4, from noon to 1:00 pm.  

Jeanne Randolph is one of Canada’s foremost cultural theorists, and has written, published and lectured for over thirty years.   

She is the author of four books: Psychoanalysis and Synchronized Swimming; Symbolization and Its Discontents; Why Stoics Box and The Ethics of Luxury. She has contributed texts to numerous monographs and exhibition catalogues.   

Randolph is the only writer in Canada to develop an Object Relations psychoanalytic theory as a medium for cultural criticism. 

Jennifer Still & Holly Luhning

Join Jennifer Still, reading from her new poetry collection, Girlwood and Holly Luhning, reading from her new novel, Quiver, in the Atrium at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson's Books, 1120 Grant Ave, on Wednesday, March 2, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

Readings followed by a Q&A by Ariel Gordon.

Jennifer Still’s first collection of poems, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Poems from Girlwood were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. 

Holly Luhning has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway, was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Quiver has been described by Eden Robinson as "a gripping psychological thriller that has combined the complexity and careful detail of a novel with the beautiful and terrible simplicity of drama."

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

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll Free 1-800561-1833)

February 25, 2011

Michael Van Rooy: the Writer

Mc Nally Robinson, Turnstone Press and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival present An evening to celebrate Michael Van Rooy: the Writer on Thursday March 3, at 7:30 pm, at Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant. 

This event is presented in association with CBC Manitoba.

Please come for a celebration of the literary contributions of a giant in the Winnipeg writing community and a look at his place in the world of genre fiction.

Featured speakers include THIN AIR’s Charlene Diehl, Jamis Paulson of Turnstone Press, editor Todd Besant, author and bookseller Chadwick Ginther and author Karen Dudley.

Christine Fellows' Femmes De Chez

The West End Cultural Centre presents Christine Fellows' Launch for Femmes De Chez 
w/ Shotgun Jimmie, at the First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor St, on Thursday, March 3.

Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $14 Advance | $17 Door

Four nuns traveling by canoe toward an unknown destination, a small-town stenographer crowned beauty queen, a landlocked mermaid, and a reckless runaway with one true wish - these are some of the characters that inhabit the songs of Winnipeg singer/songwriter Christine Fellows. 

Spin Magazine’s 4-star review of Fellows’ 2007 album, Nevertheless,  hails her writing as “…slyly unpredictable, rarely self-serious, and unabashedly tuneful.”

Throughout 2011, she will be touring, backed by Reliquary/Reliquaire collaborators, and cellists Leanne Zacharias and Alex McMaster.

Fellows often works with artists from all disciplines to create performance works, scores and  spectacles. 
She was Composer-in-Residence at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-08), 
Artist-in-Residence at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg (2009), 
and Dawson City Music Festival’s Songwriter-in-Residence (2011).

James Patterson
phone 204.783.6918    

February 24, 2011

Marcel Desilets & Last Ditch On The Left

Marcel Desilets & Last Ditch On The Left will be at Aqua Books on Wednesday, March 2, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

$10.00 admission 

Marcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar.

Last Ditch On The Left, born in the Autumn of 2009, was a necessary consequence from the determined bent of Kerri Woelke and Brent Warren.  The varied musical backgrounds and influences impart a present-day-nostalgic sensibility.

Toronto's Art Bar: Dawn Kresan

Dawn will be reading from her chapbook Framed at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, on Tuesday, March 1, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Framed explores the life of Elizabeth Siddal, who was married to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. From the working class, Siddal’s association with influential artists and their upper-class patrons was life altering. As a model, then pupil, she quickly developed artistic ambitions. She is best known as the inspiration for her husband’s paintings. Although her husband and the art critic John Ruskin supported her artistic development, they did so while upholding the doctrine that a woman’s primary duty was to her family. 

In Framed, Kresan regards class and gender as rigid structures that confined Siddal and the primary lens through which she was viewed.

Chapbook edition is limited to 60 copies, signed and numbered by the author. The binding has been hand sewn with linen thread. Laser printed on Neenah columns text paper in classic natural white. Collage end papers created with text and images from Russell Ash’s Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Harry N. Abrams Inc, 1995). The cover has been laser printed on handmade St. Armand Ontario flax canal papers. 
Published by Palimpsest Press in 2009.

Talking Radio: X Minus One / Frankenstein

Come to Aqua Books on Saturday,  February 26, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, where Wpg Talking Radio Orchestra will present X Minus One / Frankenstein Double Feature.

Tickets: $5

Starring Maureen Scurfield, Chris Rutkowski, Tim Higgins, Mike Lewis, and 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. 

Speaking Crow: Alison Calder

Aqua Books is pleased to be the permanent home of the venerable poetry series Speaking Crow. 

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

Come take up the mic and wax poetic about life, the universe and everything! 

Alison Calder’s poetry collection, Wolf Tree, won two Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award. 
Alison has taught creative writing in Germany and China, and been invited to read her work in France and the United States.  Alison teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba. 

The Arrogant Worms

The West End Cultural Centre presents The Arrogant Worms 20th Anniversary Tour on Thursday, March 3.

The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) began as a comedy troupe performing on the campus radio station in 1991 in Kingston, Ontario. As the live show developed, the songs delighted the audience. The sketches... not so much.

The shows are fast, furious and family friendly. The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. 

The Arrogant Worms have sold more than 150,000 copies of their 12 albums and played on three continents to crowds as large as 100,000, from folkfests around the world to Central Park in NYC to sporting events like Grey Cup. 

They were recognized in 2003 as the Touring Act of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle.

The Worms donate their time and talent to the cause of literacy in Canada through Frontier College and were awarded the Peter Gzowski Award for their efforts.

Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25 Advance | $28 Door
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

James Patterson
phone 204.783.6918   

February 23, 2011

PLATFORM: Winter Salon with Milena Placentile

Come to PLATFORM: centre for photographic + digital arts, for Salon Nights, 
from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursday, February 24.

Salon Nights are free evenings of informal critique and feedback where members can bring in their art projects for discussion. 
Whether you wish to present or not, you should come out to add to the dialogue and see what other artists have going on in their studios. 

Milena Placentile has worked with various organizations including Video Pool Media Arts Centre, SMART Project Space (Amsterdam), and the Ottawa Art Gallery. 

She recently served as Acting Director of the U of W’s Gallery 1C03, and is presently a curator/researcher in residence at Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm. 

Holding a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, Placentile maintains an interest in socially and politically motivated artistic practices, audience experience, and integrated cultural policy.

Placentile has written for Fuse, Border Crossings, Muse, Akimblog and LaPinta (Barcelona). 

Recent exhibitions include No Time to Lose (Aberdeen, 2008), The Arts of Togetherness (Toronto,2009), The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts) (Winnipeg,2009; Toronto, 2010), three online exhibitions for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad: Competition, Corporatization, and Consumerism (2009/2010), and Showing Up, Speaking Out (Winnipeg, 2010). A co-curated endeavour, ashed Out, opens in Stockholm. 

Diana McIntosh

Come to Mc Nally Robinson, Grant Park in the Atrium, on Thursday February 24, 7:00 pm to meet composer/performer Diana McIntosh, who will be launching her new CD Pinnacles.

This special evening features live performances of three of the recorded pieces, featuring Diana McIntosh on piano and voice, Laurel Ridd on flute and Vincent Ellin on bassoon.

The pieces are inspired by a hot air balloon ride over the Massai Mara in Kenya, a tent camp in southern Kenya and Diana’s love of mountains streams and falls – with the presence of her mountain adventures felt clearly throughout. 

Only “A Rose is a Rose” is a departure from the mountain theme, dealing as it does with the “high” and abstract world of Gertrude Stein and her love of the sound and rhythms of the spoken word.
This colourful cross-section of solos, duos and ensembles are performed by McIntosh herself on piano and spoken voice, Laurel Ridd, Karl Stobbe, Daniel Sholz, Yuri Hooker, Vincent Ellin, Beverley Johnston and Ben Reimer.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll Free 1-800561-1833)

Winnipeg Humane Society Needs Votes / Has Class

Please vote tomorrow, Feb 24, in HOT 103's Best in Beard contest. 
Steve Adams is growing his beard all in the name of animals and if he wins, he will donate $1,000 to The Winnipeg Humane Society! 
Remember to vote for him between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.
To vote for Steve, text "Steve" to 103103 or use BBM.

We had a very successful Used Book and Movie Sale over the weekend but still have some hardcover books and movies left. 

Interested in bulk purchasing?  Please contact 
Kelle at 982-2043 or

Happy reading everyone!


The next sessions start this Sunday (Feb. 27).
There's still space in both the 9:00 am and 10:30 am classes.

The WHS offers year-round obedience classes focused on positive-reinforcement.

The classes are six weeks in length, with a new session starting every five weeks.  
Sessions take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, are 55 minutes in length, and cost only $125.   
A $25 cancellation fee applies.  
No refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.   

Call 982-2035 to register.


This program is ideal for children to learn more about safety with pets, explore pet care and responsible pet ownership, share ideas, activities and stories. 
Children experience hands-on encounters with shelter pets. 

Sessions meet for four Saturdays per session from 10:00 am to 12 noon.
Registration is open for our next group of sessions: 
Saturday March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2011.

Both pre-registration and a fee of $32 are required.

Call 982-2046 for details and registration.

February 22, 2011

Women for Afghan Women Campaign

Join Women for Afghan Women (WAW) in the fight to protect women's shelters and women's human rights.

The government of Afghanistan has introduced a bill that takes control of women's shelters from the local Afghan women that have founded them, and transfers that control to the Ministry of Women's Affairs.   

If this bill becomes law:

Women and girls seeking shelter will be required to plead their case before a Government panel which will determine whether a woman needs to be in a shelter or should be sent to jail or returned to her abuser.  

Women will have to undergo virginity tests to determine whether they have had sex and therefore committed adultery. The tests are medically invalid. 

Once admitted to a shelter, women will be forbidden to leave. Their shelter will become their prison.

There is no mention of women's human rights, of the horrific abuse that most women in shelters have fled.  

If any family member comes to claim her, even her abuser, she will be handed over, to be subjected to the harshest retribution for shaming the family.

Donate to Women for Afghan Women.
Write to your elected officials. 
Read up on the issue to increase your knowledge.  

For more information:
158-24 73rd Ave. 
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 
Tel: 718.591.2434

The bill is the culmination of a long, intense campaign by enemies of women's rights in the Afghan government who claim:  shelters are unIslamic, corrupt, and agents of immoral activity.

Women's shelters are run by local Afghan women's NGOs. They are not foreign imports. Their mission, to seek justice and human rights for women, is compatible with the highest values of Islam.

With this bill the government pits itself against Afghans who have risked their lives securing women's rights. 

Shelter lawyers gain access to civil law for women who would otherwise be subjected to tribal law. 

The new regulations will mark the return to the desolation of the Taliban years.

February 21, 2011

Barb Hunt: Visiting Artist Talk

On Saturday, February 26 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, at MAWA, 611 Main St, Barb Hunt will present images of contemporary Canadian textile art, as well as examples from her own practice.


Barb's current work examines the devastation of war: she knits antipersonnel land mines and creates installations using camouflage from worn army uniforms. 

In describing these and past bodies of work, she says, By giving value to the humble, the discarded and the hand-made, I hope to recover lost histories and encourage the re-consideration of traditional rituals within a contemporary context. 

Barb Hunt currently lives and teaches in Newfoundland. She has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally. 

DMSMCA's Winter Carnival

Come down for a great day of FREE Family Fun on Saturday, February 26, 
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at Greenway School, Field Area & Gym, 
390 Burnell Street at St. Matthews.

Celebrate winter and venture outdoors for a great day of winter activities

- Snow Shoe Scavenger Hunt
- Pony Rides
- Toboggan Races
- Snow People Making
- Snow Box
- Winter Games
- Field Hockey

Plus Special Live Performances by:
- Sean Hogan (of Alphabet Soup)
- The White Feather Singers

Yummy Snacks and Hot Chocolate!

Dogs & Storks

Dogs & Storks workshop is bursting with tips and information that gets families started immediately in preparing for life with a dog and a baby under one roof. 

Families will explore the subtle language of dogs, ways to include their dog before and after baby arrives and many more ideas that will help with a smooth transition.

The next class is on Monday, February 28 
from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Winnipeg Humane Society.

Although it is a 2-hour session, we allot extra time for the many questions participants have afterwards.

Each session is led by certified dog trainer, Juli Wilson of Antler Creek K9. 

Cost: $25 per person 
Please leave your furry family member home.

To register call 982-3555. 
Pre-registration is required.

February 20, 2011

$20 All-You-Can-Wear Sale

It's that time of the year, folks!

Come to Ragpickers, 216 McDermot, on Saturday, February 26.
The annual All-You-Can-Wear Sale runs from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Be a part of history!

For $20 you get 20 minutes and all you can physically put on, including shoes, hats, ties, belts, skirts, shirts, pants, jeans, suits, dresses, unmentionables, scarves, gloves, maybe a bra or two... you get the picture.

For nearly 25 years this sale has been THE event of the Winnipeg Winter!

Book your day off work, plan your clothing swap party, get out your best underthings and yoga-type clothes to wear—there are no changing rooms—and remember you will be among 100s of other shoppers, so travel light—there will be a coat check, but plan to leave your valuables elsewhere! 

Come for fun and frivolity...the way shopping should be!

Dyke March Planning Meeting

The meeting, on Thursday, February 24, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, will be in the Library of the Rainbow Resource Centre, 170 Scott (at Wardlaw). 

This venue is wheelchair accessible. 

People of all genders are welcome.
Please remember that we are trying to keep this discussion a safe space for all those attending.

Please invite your friends and and bring your ideas!

Create Art for International Women's Day!

Come to the West Central Women's Resource Centre, 640 Ellice Avenue, on 
Saturday, February 26, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and create art for 
Winnipeg International Women's Day 2011! 

Help make sashes, posters and banners to symbolize women's struggles for Peace, Justice, Respect and Love. 
Childminding will be available.

Romantic Masterworks Virtuosi Concerts

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Virtuosi Concerts series will be presenting Romantic Masterworks

Saturday, February 26
8:00 pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

A nurturing of intimacies, quiet reflection and a rich fund of melody characterizes Brahms’ Second Sextet for Strings. 

The freshness of youth cloaked in genius sparked Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings.  Miraculous music that sprang from the pen of the16-year old firebrand whose inspiration overflowed with wideeye wonder. 

Two masterworks, whose presence on the same program elevate each.

By Phone: 786-9000
WSO Box Office: 949-3999
By Email:

February 19, 2011

Jordan Miller: Exhibiting in Alternative Spaces

Come to MAWA, 611 Main Street, on Wednesday, February 23. from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and learn the how-tos of exhibiting in alternative spaces such as rental galleries, restaurants, businesses, theatres and nontraditional “gallery spaces”.

Free for MAWA and ACI members
$10 for non-members
No pre-registration required… just show up!

The ins and outs of installation, insurance, contracts, labels and pricing, commissions and profit expectations will be covered. Bring your questions and let’s discuss!

Jordan Leigh Miller graduated from University of Manitoba with a BFA (Honours 2002) and a certificate in Arts and Cultural management from the University of Winnipeg (2008). 
She was the Founder and President of Outworks Gallery & Studio (2004-06) and became the director, co-founder, and co-owner of cre8ery gallery and studio with Shawn Berard (2006). 

In 2009, Jordan was nominated by “Future Leaders of Manitoba” in the Arts category, and was invited to be a keynote speaker at a Northwestern Ontario Artpreneur Conference. 
This year she was nominated for a Winnipeg Arts Council Award of Distinction and curated an exhibition at St. Norbert Arts Centre.

Co-sponsored by Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba

Aqua Books: Williamson with Gray & Wiebe

Aqua Books presents the Anthology Reading Series in conjunction with the Manitoba Writers' Guild.  The 2011 edition will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the MWG and will feature some of the writers who helped found the organization.  

On Thursday, February 24, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Dave Williamson, with Carolyn Gray and Armin Wiebe, will be the featured writers.

Carolyn Gray is a Winnipeg writer, actor, director, designer, and puppeteer. She is a founding member of Adhere and Deny Object Puppet Theatre, helmed by Grant Guy. Her full-length play, The Elmwood Visitation was produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2007 and won the Manitoba Day Award for excellence in archival research. Gray was the 2008 winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

Armin Wiebe is celebrated for his beloved Gutenthal novels The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal and The Second Coming of Yeeat Schpanst. He is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for his novel Tatsea
Armin's play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, will premiere in April.

Dave Williamson is the author of four novels, The Bad Life, Shandy, Running Out, and Weddings, and a collection of short stories, Accountable Advances
He also wrote the memoir Author! Author! Encounters with Famous Writers
He collaborated with Carol Shields on the stage play Anniversary and co-edited an anthology called Beyond Borders
For many years, he was Dean of Business and Applied Arts at Red River College, where he founded the Creative Communications program. 
He was President of the Manitoba Writers' Guild 1986-89 and Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada 1992-93. 

Shel Zolkewich: Writing for Online Publications

The publishing world is changing.

Come to the Manitoba Writers' Guild on Saturday, March 5, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, when we’ll take a look at the various forms of online publications and opportunities for online work, and walk through the steps you need to know to sell your services to the ever-growing field of online publications.

Cost: $30 for members
         $35 for non-members 
(includes a MWG membership to the end of June 2011)

send your cheque made out to the Manitoba Writers' Guild to:
218-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1H3. 

Shel Zolkewich writes about the outdoors, travel and food. 
She writes for Up! Magazine, Going Places, Travel Manitoba, Manitoba Canola Growers, West Magazine, Homesav, the Winnipeg Free Press,, The Globe & Mail and EnRoute

Jenny Gerbasi's Last Laugh

The Jenny Gerbasi Campaign invites you to attend The Last Laugh Event

Join with Jenny and friends to celebrate Jenny’s landslide victory in the October civic election! 

The evening will be hosted by the amazing Al Rae at the Gas Station Theatre on 
Friday, February 25. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. 

Enjoy a variety of comedic and creative talent. 
Take part in an amazing art auction with donated works from local artists, including Jordan Van Sewell and Cliff Eyland. 
Try your luck and win one of many amazing silent auction prizes.

Tickets are only $25.00. 
Please contact The Gas Station Theatre 284-9477 
or email

Let’s laugh away the last of the campaign costs together!


Bring the love, bring the hate ...
It's Winnipeg Poetry Slam's first themed Slam of the Season: Love Slam/ Slam Love on Thursday, February 24, from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

5 bucks at the door.

You must be at the King's Head Pub & Eatery to sign up. 
We will be going 2 rounds with 8 poets. 

Alessandra Naccarato is a spoken word artist and community organizer based in Montreal, Quebec. 
She has graced stages from New York to Buenos Aires, Halifax to Victoria, and twice represented Montreal at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, placing third nationally in 2009 and 2010. 
The Artistic Director of Throw Poetry Collective and the Co-Chair of Spoken Word Canada, she was named one of Montreal's top emerging artists by Nightlife Magazine.
Her latest chapbook, Beekeepers, Hurricanes & Men Who Catch Pigeons is a collection of poems for recent lovers.

Our Sacrifical Poet will be Van The Man. 
Also we will be joined by local poet and author Carmelo Militano.  The Sisler High School teacher is one of the Manitoba’s few members of the League of Canadian poets. 


You have 3 minutes with a 10 sec grace period to perform. 
If you go over - you are deducted .5 for every 15 seconds over.
No props or costumes.

The poet's names will be picked by the host. 
There will be 5 judges.
For the second round, the last person will go first and so on.
If you place in the top 4 - you are entered into the Semi-Finals.
Jenn, Paul, Van and Kitty have already made it into the Semis!

February 18, 2011

Outlet: 365 Days By Design

Come check out a shared exhibit of photography by Karen Niedzwiecki and Jeope Wolfe, as the popular take-a-photo-a-day concept receives a designer's touch.

They will be hosting an opening reception at 
PrairieView Gallery, 200-464 Hargrave Street, 
on Monday, February 21, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 
Drinks, music, good times and refreshments will be on hand.


The exhibit runs from February 21 to 26
Tuesday to Friday  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Designers by trade, Karen and Jeope showcase their best wares from a year of living photographically. Tackling the popular 365-photo phenomenon – the search for inspiration in the everyday – they fought challenges, and the commitment, of visually interpreting 730 parallel days of a year in two distinctly creative lives.

February 17, 2011

The New Breed Of Alternative

Winnipeg's new breed of Alternative music! 

Come to the Zoo Night Club / Osborne Village Inn on Saturday, February 19 at 10:00 pm to see Kazzoshay, Cantor Dust, and Cocktail Hostages! 

only $5 cover 
first band goes on at 10:00 pm
The best music Winnipeg has to offer!

David Dyment: Doing the Continental

Come to McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave., on Tuesday February 22, at 7:30 pm to meet David Dyment.  He will be in the Prairie Ink Restaurant, speaking and signing copies of Doing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship.

Canada’s relations with the United States are broad and deep, and with Barack Obama, the two countries are about to enter what could be a new era of hope and renewal. 
From water and energy policies to defence, environmental strategy and arctic sovereignty, David Dyment provides an astute, pithy analysis of the past, present, and future continental dance between two countries that have much in common.

David Dyment is a research associate at Carleton University. He has served on the staff of the governor general of Canada and was a senior policy adviser in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He lives in Ottawa.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll Free 1-800561-1833)