March 31, 2011

Jonathan Garfinkel & Daniella Ponticelli

Red River College's Creative Communications program is the training ground for Manitoba's professional communicators. The CreComm Reading Series, 
curated by K.I. Press, brings writers of all genres to Winnipeg. 

Daniella Ponticelli and Jonathan Garfinkel will be reading at Aqua Books on Wednesday, April 6 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Jonathan Garfinkel will also be reading Thursday, April 7 at 12 noon in 
room A104 / RRC Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess Street.  

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Daniella Ponticelli is a first-year Creative Communications student at Red River College. Visit her blog Cre.ature Feed, where she posts poetry, fiction, and quirky insights. 

Jonathan Garfinkel is the author of a book of poetry, Glass Psalms, and several plays, including Walking to Russia, The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and House of Many Tongues. His memoir, Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, has been published in five countries, and his plays have been produced across Canada and Germany. He won the KM Hunter Award for Emerging Artists in 2008. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

March 30, 2011

MAWA Clothing Swap - Spring Edition!!

Donations accepted at MAWA, 611 Main Street, 
April 5 – 8, also 12 & 13, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Purses, shoes and accessories also welcome.

Clothing Swap April 15, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at MAWA
$10 admission

Spring is coming, honest! 
And with it a need to clean out your closets and buy a new wardrobe! 
Thankfully, MAWA can help on both fronts with their third mega clothing swap. 
Fantastic fashions! Stupendous finds! Amazing mix-and-match potential! 
Who knows? You could leave looking like an artist you know. 

It's a swapping celebration with Mama Cutsworth providing great beats for digging through heaps of fabulous gently used clothing.

All remaining articles will be donated to the North End Women’s Centre. 
Proceeds to support MAWA’s Legacy Fund.

Aqua Books: Comedy Fest & Curtis Nowosad Trio

Aqua Books' owner and host Kelly Hughes will interview comics Nikki Payne and Seán Cullen on Friday, April 8, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

There'll be music by the Dusty Roads Band.  

Curtis Nowosad Trio, feat. Michael Petkau Falk  

The season's last concert in Aqua Books' new hit series, and they've saved the best for last.   

Mike Petkau Falk (Les Jupes, WECC, Record of the Week Club) teams up Curtis Nowosad and his jazz trio, for a reinterpretation of this talented singer-songwriter's work 
on Saturday, April 9 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  


March 29, 2011

Winnipeg Film Group: Larrry Desrochers

This year, the Winnipeg Film Group will honour Larrry Desrochers and his contribution to Winnipeg filmmaking and the arts in general.

Tickets are $55 (with a $40 tax receipt)
Tickets for this fundraiser can be purchased from Winnipeg Film Group 
or by contacting Arlea Ashcroft at  
or 925-3456

Saturday, April 16 @ 7:30 pm
at the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque
100 Arthur Street - Main Floor
followed by a post screening reception

Currently the General Director and CEO of Manitoba Opera, Desrochers served as Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group in the late 1990s to early 2000s, taking the organization into a new level of stability and professionalism.

All funds raised through this event will support the ongoing operation of the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque.

March 28, 2011

Debra DeNio Krueger: From Sunrise to Sunset

As part of the First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji, Minnesota, the Bemidji Public Library Art Wall is hosting an open house on Friday, April 1.  
The Library is located at 509 Minnesota Avenue NW.

They will be featuring Debra DeNio Krueger's photography, 
From Sunrise to Sunset - The Wonders Never End

Come on Friday, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, to meet Debra and discuss her work.    
Refreshments will be served.    

Debra's work, featuring sky and nature photos and poetry to inspire and lift you up from the dirt and gray of the spring thaw, will be displayed during April. 

Two of Debra De Nio Krueger's works - Taking Flight and Watchful Bambi - are also featured in Dust & Fire, Writing & Art by Women 2011, which was launched by the Women's Studies Department of Bemidji State University on March 25, 2011. 

You can reach Debra at

Craig Street Cats: Spay-ghetti Dinner

Hope you'll join Craig Street Cats for spay-ghetti and no balls! 
(generously provided by Olive Garden)

Tickets: $10 adults $5 children 10 and under 
Get your tickets online at Craig Street Cats 
or by phone at 223-6652 
Visa and MasterCard accepted  

See you at R.A. Steen C.C., 980 Palmerston, on April 9!  
Early Sitting: 5:00 pm 
Late Sitting: 7:30 pm  
Doors open 4:30 and 7:00 pm  

Admission includes:  spay-ghetti, sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.  
Gift Basket Draws! 
Entertainment by Folklore, Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. 

Jasper Wood, David Riley & Yegor Dyachkov

Jasper Wood performs regularly with his dynamic piano trio Triple Forte,
with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov.

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tickets $25 from McNally Robinson Booksellers, 
or at the door (cash or cheque).  
Students $5 at the door only.
Tel:  944-9431

Violinist Jasper Wood's “thrilling virtuosity” (The Strad) and “open luminous tones, seamless lines and impeccable technique” (Toronto Star) have charmed the ears and captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere.  His program will include works by Mozart, Grieg, Cowell and Heifetz.

Wood has also garnered acclaim for his dazzling performances as a recitalist and chamber musician in major cities all over the world.  He has eight solo and violin/piano recordings on the Endeavour Classics, Analekta, Disques Pelleas, Centrediscs and Naxos labels.

Wood has won numerous prizes and awards. He has also been awarded both the Sylva Gelber Award and the Virginia Parker Prize. 
Currently residing in Vancouver, Wood is Assistant Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of British Columbia.

March 27, 2011

Voice of Boom!

C'mon out to the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, and see Yuri Korchynski play with Gerry Atwell in Voice of Boom  - one more time (with feeling)! 

Reggae, funk and nuff dancing. 

Guest band Sleeping Giant 
Special Guest DJ Mama Cutsworth 
All for $7.

Saturday, April 2 at 9:00 pm

MAWA: Crafternoon with Lweh Say

Making old clothes new again!
All genders welcome!
Embroidery materials will be provided, but please bring clothes you would like to decorate.

Needles will fly through the air, stringy bits will lie on the floor, and skills will be shared by Lweh Say on Saturday, April 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at MAWA, 611 Main Street. 

Lweh is a Karen (southern Burmese) embroiderer who uses cross stitch and a unique raised stitch to create traditional floral and geometric designs. Lweh studied embroidery as a schoolgirl, working on the most difficult of materials: silk.

The MAWA New Canadian Artisan Outreach Pilot Program has been funded by the Women’s Endowment at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

The Magic Flute Opera Plus

In conjunction with the upcoming production of The Magic Flute (April 9, 12 and 15), Manitoba Opera is presenting: 

Sunday, April 3

Did you know that Mozart and the librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder, were both Freemasons and that The Magic Flute is brimming with Masonic symbols?
Did you know that the Manitoba Legislative building’s architect was a Freemason and that he designed the building to represent King Solomon’s Temple, the building from which Freemasons trace their origins?

Join the Manitoba Opera for this special tour with Don Finkbeiner. 
You’ll learn about the hidden meanings behind the building’s mystical design; uncover the Freemasonic symbols, hieroglyphic inscriptions, and numerological codes; and be treated to a singing demonstration in the Pool of the Black Star by soprano Sarah Kirsch.

Tour Times: noon; 1:45; 3:15 (approximately 75 minutes long).
Coffee reception to follow.
Cost: $10 per person (Paid upon registration)

You must register in advance.

Deadline: Friday, April 1, Noon
Call Livia at 944-8929 or email
Just 25 people per tour.
Please dress appropriately as part of the tour is outside. 

McNally Robinson: Al Simmons & Coral Hetherington

Friday April 1, 10:00 am
Grant Park in the Atrium

Please come to McNally Robinson for this special storytime funfest with Juno award winning children’s performer Al Simmons, full of bizarre gadgets, wild costumes, unique songs, crazy vaudeville-inspired routines and, of course, bad puns.

A creative genius with the soul of a vaudevillian, Al Simmons is a one-man cast of thousands! 

Sunday April 3, 2:00 pm
Grant Park in the Atrium

The idea of Gus the Wrong-Way Goose was inspired by Coral's youngest son Sean, his struggle with Dyslexia and his ability to “find his own way”. She conceived the story back in 1994 with the hopes that one day her oldest son, Eric, would illustrate it for her.

Coral Hetherington has had a varied and exciting working career including being a freelance writer/ producer, a Media Specialist for the Manitoba Government, a television instructor at Red River College and an entrepreneur. Presently she is the Accounts Manager at Brematson & Associates, a company that advocates for the disabled.

Eric Hetherington is a graduate of Digital Multimedia Technology from Red River College. He works as a freelance artist, designer and videographer. 

This is their first book, but they hope to continue collaborating to create further adventures for Gus.

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

College Point Ambulance: Irish Night

With the Great Irish Band The Mickey Finns
Featuring Matt Mancuso on the Fiddle
Ray Kelly on Guitar, Vocals 
Brian Tracey on Percussions

Doors Open on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 pm
Showtime 9:00 pm

$10.00 per person 

Contact: Patricia 347-633-6601 or 

Piu Diprima Restaurant
18-48 120th Street
College Point, NY
(718) 321-1526

Aqua Books: Garth Riemer

Come for folk, roots and blues - an acoustic night of Dylan and folk originals - 
on Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Aqua Books.  

Garth Riemer has been involved in two previous Second Weekend productions: The Secret Policeman's Other Ball & John Lennon Night. After both, Garth Riemer is the artist that people were talking about.  

Plus, Aqua Books is a wonderfully intimate venue full of history and atmosphere.  
Not to mention great acoustics. 
For only $10 on a Saturday night, you're sure to get your money's worth.

March 26, 2011

Semai Gallery: Derek Brueckner

Derek Brueckner's Paintings of Performance: New Paintings and Photos are on exhibit to April 23, at the Semai Gallery, Basement Corridor, 264 McDermot Avenue.

Tue to Sat 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

Phone: 275-5471

Plug In: Bon Vivant Paris!

Plug In to Paris at their Annual Gala on Friday, April 8, at 
The Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue.

The Gala features a three-course dinner, surprises, live performances, an art auction and more!
The art auction features the works of 12 acclaimed contemporary artists whose works will appear in an exhibition organized by Plug In in Paris, France at la Maison Rouge in June. Artists will be in attendance at the Gala!
The After Party features live music by Venetian Snares, canapés and a cash bar.

Cocktails & Auction Preview: 6:00 pm
Dinner:      7:00 pm
Enfant Terrible After Party: 11:00 pm

Gala Tickets: $160 
(After Party included plus a one year Plug In membership)

After Party Tickets: $35
A charitable tax receipt will be available for a portion of the Gala ticket price.
Cocktail attire – No host bar

To order your tickets: Plug In
Call: (204) 942 1043

In Person: Plug In ICA, Unit 1 – 460 Portage Avenue
Wednesday through Saturday: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
Office (2nd floor): Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Prairie Fire Writing Contests

Prairie Fire Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers present 
the 2011 Annual Writing Contests.

Bliss Carman Poetry Award - Judge: Syliva Legris
Short Fiction - Judge: Marilyn Bowering
Creative Non-Fiction - Judge: Lawrence Scanlan

$6,000 in prizes: 
1st prize in each category $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250. 

Deadline: Postmarked November 30, 2011. 

For full contest rules check out Prairie Fire Press
Phone (204) 943-9066

March 25, 2011

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre: One of Ours

One of Ours, written and directed by Michael Nathanson, will be presented at the Berney Theatre, 123 Doncaster Street.

Gwendolyn Collins
Aviva Hoffman
Adrian Marchuk
Dov Mickelson 

Thursday March 31 to Saturday April 2, 8:00 pm
Sunday April 3, 2:00 pm MATINEE

Tuesday April 5 to Saturday April 9, 8:00 pm
Sunday April 10, 2:00 pm MATINEE

Set and Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher
Costume Design by Janelle Regalbuto
Stage Manager: Ivory Seol

Warning: Language, brief nudity

$28 for Adults (31-64)
$25 for Seniors (65+)
$12 for Students (12-30)
**All tickets for Friday night performances MUST be prepaid.

Call 477-7478 or order online at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

Lansdowne Readings: Ball, Gordon & Cayer

Jonathan Ball, Ariel Gordon and Lori Cayer have been shortlisted for this year's Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.
They will be reading on Thursday, March 31, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Aqua Books.
Award-winning writer Chandra Mayor will host this event.

Kelly Hughes will hand out the prize at the Manitoba Book Awards on April 17.

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Jonathan Ball is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina and Clockfire
His film Spoony B appeared on The Comedy Network. He is the former editor of dandelion and the former short films programmer for the Gimli Film Festival.

Ariel Gordon is a 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. Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Lori Cayer’s second volume of poetry, Attenuations of Force, was a finalist in the Dektet Series. Her first poetry collection, Stealing Mercury, won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba in 2004, and in 2005 Lori won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. 
She serves as co-editor of English poetry for CV2 and is co-founder of the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, part of the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards.

March 24, 2011

Gilbert & Sullivan at the Pantages

Don't miss Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic opera H.M.S. Sullivan at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre!

March 30, 7:30 pm
April 1, 7:30 pm
April 2, 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets available at the WSO Box Office at 949-3999.

This production will feature a wonderful cast of local performers:
The RT Hon. Sir Joseph Porter: Fred Cross
Captain Corcoran: Scott Braun
Ralph Rackstraw: Darren Martens
Dick Deadeye: Sam Plett
Boatswain: Stephen Haiko
Carpenter’s Mate: Justin Friesen
Josephine: Jennifer Shaw
Hebe: Nicki Kirton
Little Buttercup: Cathryn Westra Harrison

Sir Joseph’s Sisters, Cousins, and Aunts:
Andrea Bellhouse, Tanis Chapman, Zoreh Gervais, Amanda Kristjanson Reshaur, 
Stephanie Jean-Paul, Susan LeGrand, Gail Mildren, Sally Osler, Rachel Plett, Jodie Potter, 
Jodi Robillard, Rachel Stephens, Elizabeth Whitbread, Sarah Whiteford, Diane Wreford

The Sailors:
Nelson Bettencourt, Drummond Brown, Jim Burns, Gerry Clayden, Ben Gillies, 
David Koetke, Ryan Kraemer, Jean-Marc Lafond, Roger LeGrand, Ed Pelletier, 
Wes Rambo, Troy Ramos, Jeff Sisler, Roman Szczerba, Vic Unruh

Director: Reid Harrison
Music Director: John Standing
Set Designer: Sheldon Johnson
Artistic Director: Glen Harrison
Principal Pianist: Margaret Harrison

March 23, 2011

Bert Johnson Trio & Jenny Berkel

Aqua Books will present the Bert Johnson Trio on Tuesday, March 29, at 8:00 pm, 
tickets only $10.  

Winnipeg pianist Bert Johnson performs with bassist Julian Bradford and guitarist Marco Castillo.  Bert Johnson has performed at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, both with saxophonist Neil Watson, and also as the Bert Johnson and Daniel Jordan Quintet. He also performs with Steve Kirby's Jazz On Wheels. His first CD is Calm and Collected.  

Jenny Berkel and her Lady Troubadours return to Aqua Books on Wednesday, March 30, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  
Tickets $10  

Joining Jenny this time are Becca Blackwood, Haley Carr (Trouble & Strife), Margaret Howison and Carly Dow (Bog River).   

Jenny Berkel’s deep, resonant voice and poetic lyrics have been garnering fans since she started performing three years ago.  She has played with The Wandering Goose and Lady o’Lakes, toured across Canada and been nominated for two music awards.  
This summer she released her first solo recording, Gather Your Bones

Don't miss this evening of up and coming acoustic femme fatales!  

Winnipeg Humane Society's Mardi Growl!

Yappy Hour 2011 presents Mardi Growl!   

Join us at The Fairmont Winnipeg Ballroom on Wednesday, April 6, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, for an evening of great food, beverages, entertainment and auctions!  

Tickets are $50 per person. 

Dogs are free!  

or by phoning 982-2041

Read blustery weather away with some good books, now available for order 
online through our WHS Gift Shop

March 22, 2011

The Center for Fine Art Photography

Call for Entries || Black and White 
Portfolio Showcase 5 - June 17 to July 23
Entries due April 5
Notice of acceptance April 15

Artists' Reception July 1, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm  

All black and white photography is welcome. 
This includes alternative, traditional, digital, as well as toned black and white images. 
All subjects are eligible.  

Juror Catherine Edelman is the founder of Catherine Edelman Gallery which opened in 1987 and established itself as a leading gallery devoted exclusively to photography, exhibiting prominent contemporary photographers alongside new talent, showcasing a broad range of subject matter and photographic techniques.

March 21, 2011

Help Mondragon Own the Zone

Come to Mondragon on Sunday, March 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, for a wonderful vegan brunch and live music!

Celebrate as Mondragon moves closer to the purchase of their collective home, 
the Albert Street Autonomous Zone (A-Zone) building at 91 Albert Street. 

Blueberry pancakes, vegan omelets, broccoli and chard quiche, freedom toast and more. 
Kids' meals also available. 

Tickets are $15
Coffee or tea included. 
Juices, mimosas and other bottled drinks would be extra.

Call 946-5241 to reserve your seat!

There will be lots of food and, with it being organic and a lot of local or fairly-traded ingredients, it's hard to bring down the prices. 
Believe us, we want our food to be accessible to all. 
What we can do is something similar to the Starvin Courier - a nice, affordable dish that still tastes great. We'll make sure there is something like that on the menu for under $15.

March 20, 2011

Jaya Beange: Jazz for Japan

On Saturday, March 26 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Aqua Books and the Jet Alumni Association of Manitoba/Saskatchewan will be hosting a fundraiser for victims of the recent earthquake in Japan.

Admission is $10
There will be raffle prizes.
Monetary donations will go directly to Iwaki City.
Words of support are welcome (letters will be sent to Iwaki City Hall).

Japan has been devastated by a huge earthquake, subsequent aftershocks and a tsunami, and the threats from nuclear power plants along the coast. 

The tsunami has washed many poor fishing villages into the ocean. Thousands are dead, injured and homeless. Many have not yet been reached. 
The danger isn't over.  There continue to be aftershocks, warnings of further tsunamis and reactors are still at risk.

Jaya Beange lived and taught for two years in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, which is about 50 kilometers from a nuclear facility. Jaya, with other former teachers, has started a relief fund that will go directly to Iwaki. 

Please keep the people of Iwaki, Fukushima and Japan in your thoughts and prayers. 
If you have already helped, thank you so much.

Global Development Dinner: David Pankratz

Responsible & Ethical Mining 
Coltan mining in Congo
Saturday, March 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
at Mondragon, 91 Albert Street.

$5.00 Cover Charge
Free: Coffee, Tea & Desserts
Mondragon's organic & fair trade menu will be available for purchase. 
Seating is limited.

Coltan is a mineral that is required in multiple electronic devices such as cellphones. It is mined using questionable mining practices.

Join Accountable Development Works as they address ways to mitigate the negative effects of mining and learn how to act constructively towards ethical mining. 

David Pankratz is the current director of the Institute for Community Peacebuilding at Canadian Mennonite University. David has done financially-related work with the Mennonite Central Committee and other organizations in about 30 countries. 
In 2003 he began his involvement in peace building, organizing a variety of activities promoting peace between different groups, and is now a respected authority in this area.

Please contact with questions or concerns.

Bolero Dance Theatre: MATADOR

Bolero Dance Theatre brings the art of bullfighting to Winnipeg!   

Come to the premiere of MATADOR, an original flamenco ballet at the 
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher.  

8:00 pm Saturday, March 26 
2:00 pm Sunday, March 27   

Tickets are $22 for adults l $18 for students/seniors 
Online at Bolero Dance Theatre      
or in person at McNally Robinson Booksellers   

Against a backdrop of traditional Spanish and flamenco music, the company brings the passion of the bullfight to life. Guest dancer Beny Pupo from Cuba will draw on his classical ballet training to portray the bull, contrasting with the flamenco footwork and deft cape manipulations of Puerto Rican-born Pedro Aurelio as the matador.  

The production includes a company of ten dancers and live musical accompaniment featuring flamenco guitar with vocals, and piano.   

Based on the novel Blood and Sand by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, they will tell the story of a famous matador torn between his childhood love and an aristocratic seductress. His divided loyalties undermine his prowess in the arena, with tragic results.  The novel has formed the basis for numerous movie versions featuring Rudolph Valentino, Rita Hayworth, and Sharon Stone. 
Bolero Dance Theatre was founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Pedro Aurelio. It is the only dance company in Canada which uses the Spanish dance form to tell a dramatic story.

Manitoba Social Innovation Project

Everyone is invited to check out Manitoba Social Innovation Project for stories from local, regional and national non-profits and interviews with leaders in the community to explore the different ways that organizations are integrating innovative practices into their work.

The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations invites you to participate in an online discussion about the future of non-profit organizations and the possibilities for renewal and transformation.

We believe the best way to generate this discussion is to frame the issue by asking the right questions and let the sector speak for itself.

March 19, 2011

Kelly Hughes XOXO / George Colligan Trio

On Friday, March 25, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Aqua Books' Kelly Hughes will interview burlesque dancer Miss La Muse,'s Kate Winiarz, and Miss Lonelyhearts Maureen Scurfield.  

There will be music by Alanadale. 

World-class jazz in Winnipeg? You bet. 

Aqua Books will present the George Colligan Trio, on Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm.  

George Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.

Since 2003, Steve Kirby has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges the music. 

Quincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.

Dylan Miner & Kristin Nelson

Dylan Miner
March 25 – April 23
Reception: Friday, March 25, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm

With a nod to Louis Riel and the Métis provisional government that he helped establish in 1869-1870, artist Dylan Miner uses ‘provisional’ as the starting point from which to interrogate the transitory nature of politics, knowledge, borders, people, identity, history, sports, masculinity, and gender.

Borrowing from a multiplicity of sources, Miner’s artwork considers momentary lapses that could potentially change at any minute.  “Provisional” looks backward to move forward in a pre-figurative and unending movement into the future.  -- Curator, Jenny Western

My Life With Pamela Anderson and Other Work 
Kristin Nelson
to April 9

Kristin Nelson is an inter-media artist whose works focus on urban renewal, gender performance and identity. Kristin’s eclectic output includes printmaking, textiles, painting and digital media. 

(204) 942-2674

Talking Radio: Bickersons/Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel

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, at Aqua Books 
on Saturday, March 26, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

This week, two classic comedies: The Bickerons, plus Groucho and Chico Marx's radio series about a disreputable lawyer and his unethical assistant, Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel.

Double Feature, $5

Starring Chickie Hughes, Luke Falconer, Shawn Kowalke, Mike Lewis, and Kelly Hughes as The Announcer.

March 18, 2011

MAWA: Cathy Busby

On Thursday, March 24, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at MAWA, 611 Main Street, Cathy Busby will present “A Stimulant, A Conversation”.

Cathy Busby’s artwork is made up of installations and printed matter that are concerned with the way language influences attitudes and action. Since the 1990s, it has explored the ways emotions are mediated in culture. Discourse and textual analysis, as well as feminist perspectives related to social justice, inform her perspective. She will discuss her socially interactive and provocative practice. 

Cathy Busby has a PhD in Communication and was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University. She has an MA in Media Studies and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. 

Her work is represented in the collection of the City of Ottawa, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the Canada Council Art Bank and the National Gallery of Canada.

Cathy’s current exhibition: EVERY LINE & EVERY OTHER LINE 
at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, to May 7. 

Curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden, EVERY LINE & EVERY OTHER LINE brings together work in photography and video by Cathy Busby, Bruce LaBruce, Brendan Fernandes, Suzy Lake and Arthur Renwick to consider what the face, and more precisely the mouth, reveals about colonization, revolution and gendered space.

McNally Robinson: Call * Response

Come rock the house on March 24 at 8:00 pm at McNally Robinson Grant Park. 

We’re throwing a big party in Prairie Ink to promote the Call * Response book! 

Thirty-six local photographers, visual artists, writers and lyricists tell the story of Winnipeg’s punk music scene in gritty detail. Includes unpublished photos of Propagandhi, the poster art of Steve Hallick, writing from Ian Lodewyks, Andrew Neufeld’s top-ten shows, photos by Doug Humiski and all sorts of crazy stuff.

Contributors Marshal Fries and Jim Agapito will be speaking about their written pieces. Contributing photographers will be on hand to answer questions along with the editing and publishing staff. 
Chris Sawatzky of the Ripperz and special guests will be entertaining you after the presentation. 

Prairie Ink Restaurant is making a fancy non-alcoholic cocktail for the evening, all proceeds from the purchase of these delicious beverages will be donated 

Come down and enjoy a drink and tasty eats!

Launched in 2000, the Winnipeg Chapter is the first Kids Help Phone Chapter in Manitoba. 
We are currently seeking new enthusiastic volunteers for the Winnipeg Chapter Council. 
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved in Winnipeg! 

Manitoba Regional Office
Tel: 204-925-5675

Keeping the Fires Burning

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is presenting the tenth annual Keeping the Fires Burning / Grandmother honouring ceremony and dinner on Thursday, June 16, 
from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue.  
There will be a Grand Entry at 5:30 pm.

"Kookum's wisdom is the best medicine — keeping our promise to the 7th Generation"

Hosts: Shaneen Robinson and Wab Kinew

Early Bird Special (ends March 31, 2011):
Tables of 10: $1,000
Individual tickets: $100

After March 31, 2011:
Tables of 10: $1,250
Individual tickets: $125

For further information:
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
455 McDermot Avenue
ph: 204.953.5820
fax: 204: 953.5824

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is a registered charity (Registration No. 85494 1135 RR001)

“For 500 years, our Grandmothers have kept the fires burning. They were the warriors who kept our stories and our songs alive, our languages spoken, our connections to Mother Earth strong and our spirits brave. Now it is our turn to keep the fires burning.”

Keeping the Fires Burning recognizes and celebrates the important contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Elder women have made in the protection, preservation and promotion of First Peoples’ cultures.

Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award

This honour is in recognition of the inspirational leadership provided by the late Honourable Oscar Lathlin. He acknowledged the traditional role of women as being integral to healthy families and communities.

The 3rd Annual Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award will be presented at the dinner.
This award is presented to a First Nations, Inuit or Métis woman, between the ages of 18 and 60, who resides in Manitoba, and who has demonstrated leadership in living her traditional teachings.

Blues in Winnipeg Prior to 1960

'Blues in Winnipeg Prior to 1960', an audio-visual journey, will be led by music historian Owen Clark at Aqua Books, on Thursday, March 24 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Free!

Drummer Owen Clark was a young man when he performed the blues repertoire at Winnipeg's Chan’s Moon Room Cabaret every night with the Bernie Shaw Trio.

The blues came to Winnipeg with the traveling entertainers in the 1930s and 40s. By the 1940s and 50s, a steady stream of recordings had spread this music all over Canada. 

The big bands played the blues every night: Olie Wagner and his Knights of Harlem; The Len Pattenden Band at the Roseland Dance Gardens; Bill Moore and the Aristocrats of Syncopation at the Tarantella Dance Gardens. 
Vocalists Del Wagner, Wilf Harper and Ray St. Germain were singinging the blues. As were the vocal groups of the 1950s: The Swingtones, the Saints, The Shadows, and The Len Cariou Trio. 

March 17, 2011

LCP: Wagner, Mayor & Dempsey

A Radical League of Canadian Poets Fundraiser, featuring Bernadette Wagner with Chandra Mayor and Shawna Dempsey, will be held at Aqua Books on 
Wednesday, March 23, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Cost: Pay what you can

This year's fundraiser will feature poetry, performance art and protest songs.

In addition to the militant marching band and a one-night-only revival of the Winnipeg Tarot Company, we'll also have a raffle chock-full of bookish prizes.

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Bernadette Wagner's work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and magazines and on radio, television and film, in schools, on stages, in the streets and on the web.  This hot place, a collection of poetry, explores the personal as political and the political as personal.  It received a Saskatchewan Book Award nomination. 

Chandra Mayor's writing has appeared in several anthologies, including Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood; Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, and Post-Prairie.  Her first book, August Witch: poems, won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. 
She received the 2004 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer, and her novel, Cherry, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Her story, All the Pretty Girls, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and was shortlisted for a 2008 CBC Literary Award. 

In a collaboration that has spanned well over a decade, Winnipeg multi-disciplinary artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have created a body of internationally acclaimed work that addresses feminist, lesbian, and social concerns with biting wit.

March 16, 2011

Mondragon: "Test Their Logik"

This March through June, Toronto's most notorious revolutionary hip-hop artists "Test Their Logik" will be touring across the portion of Turtle Island known as "Kanada" with their long-awaited debut album. 

On Tuesday, March 22, from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm they will be performing at Mondragon Bookstore & Cafe, 91 Albert Street.

$5 or $10 suggested donation at the door. 
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

They will have cd's for sale!! 

Opening for the show will be local Winnipeg talent, Illaztic. 

March 15, 2011


Create a piece of edible art related to books and take part in Books2Eat, at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald St., on Saturday April 9, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. 

It can be a pun on a title, refer to a scene or character, look like a book, or just have something to do with books! 

There are only 2 rules: 
it must be made of all edible materials 
it has to be inspired by a book

The deadline to enter is March 31.

Send an email with your name, phone #, email & title to

There'll also be:

Cake Decorating - Free!!
Leslie Nachelle of Nachelle's Cakes
Cupcakes and icing bags are supplied. 
Creations can be taken home. 
Reservations are required, call 986-6779.

Books are Delicious 
Learn how to use Novelist. Free! 
Reservations requested, call 986-6779.

A smorgasbord of Books2Eat 
View public entries and those by the creative talents of several Culinary Schools.
Prizes will be awarded for the 2 categories - Culinary Schools and Public Entries. 
Awards presentation: 3:30 p.m.
The entries from the Culinary Schools will be enjoyed with light refreshments.

For more information, please call 986-2802 

March 14, 2011

CANSCAIP Conference in Montreal

Yes Oui CANSCAIP will host the second edition of "Imagine a Story", a one-day conference on Saturday, May 28, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, for emerging and established creators of works for children. 
It will take place at Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Room 4C1 (Amphitheater).

Author Brian Doyle (Quebec), author Marsha Skrypuch (Ontario), picture-book author Elizabeth Bluemle (Vermont), editor Peter Carver (Ontario), children's poet Ted Scheu (Vermont), and author-illustrator Willow Dawson (Ontario) are just a few of those scheduled. 

The early bird special ends March 28! 

Full conference details and registration information at Yes Oui CANSCAIP, the Quebec chapter of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers). 

Carol-Ann Hoyte 
Alastair Reeves