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May 30, 2011

Joy Eidse: Quilting Workshop

Sunday, June 5 
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn how to quilt at a MAWA quilting bee at the Winnipeg Art Gallery! 

Free! Everyone welcome! All genders, ages and experience levels! 

This workshop in basic quilting techniques, including appliqué, couching and raw edge appliqué, will be held next to the Quilt of Belonging, now on display. 
Each participant will make a framed fabric picture and will learn to do a “turn edge”. 
Go home with a framed fibre piece and some great new skills!

No previous skills are necessary. Join us for a social, stitching afternoon.

This workshop will be led by Joy Eidse. Once Joy discovered art quilts, she was thrilled about the limitless range of techniques one can use to create a quilt. 

Winnipeg Pride Events

2011 Pride Rally & Parade
Manitoba Legislature
Sunday, June 5. from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Join us for our annual rally on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature as we get everyone pumped for the Pride Parade to follow. 
The parade will make it way down Broadway to The Forks, ending with a free Festival.

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2011 Pride Winnipeg Festival
The Forks
Sunday, June 5, 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

FREE and open to all!

Featuring:
- Live entertainment on the main stage
- Expanded beer tent serving Queer Beer
- Lambda Business Fair
- Kids play area
- Food vendors

Main stage line-up:
- Martha Wash
- Rae Spoon
- Sons of York
- Tyrell Witherspoon
- Women of Pride
- Lesbian Potluck
- Little Butterfly Drummers
- TechPara
- Queens & Kings of Manitoba

Pick up a Pride Guide or visit 2011 Pride Winnipeg Festival where you can also listen to an exclusive preview of Martha Wash's new single 'I've Got You.'

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The 3rd Annual "Other Pride Party"
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy
Doors: Sunday, June 5, 8:00 pm
Cover: $5.00 and the drink prices are cheap, too! 

Come out for a night of affordable fun and queer good times!

Check out the killer DJ line up - spinning everything from funk, hip hop, electro, ol' school and all your favourite club and dance tracks!!

DJs  Pim, Jonny Mexico, Two Topping, Nicole and Fluer are here to make you sweat! 

And this year we are featuring:
DJ Guero Bandolero who spins at some of the most infamous queer parties in Vancouver!

Susie Moloney: The Thirteen


Join Susie in celebrating the launch of her newest novel The Thirteen!

The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives in Susie Moloney's The Thirteen, her new and long-awaited novel. 

Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. The crime rate is practically non-existent, unless you count the odd human sacrifice, dismemberment, animal attack, demon rape, and blood atonement. 

When Paula Wittmore goes home to Haven Woods to care for a suddenly ailing mother, she brings her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She also brings the last chance for twelve of her mother's closest frenemies, who like to keep their numbers at thirteen. And her daughter, young, innocent, is a worthy gift to the darkness.

A circle of friends will support you through bad times. 
A circle of witches can drag you through hell.


Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am
King Edward Hotel
37 King St. East
Toronto, ON  M5C 1E9
Tickets $45.00 (taxes included).
Please call (416) 361-0032 with your credit card to reserve a ticket.

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The Chiaroscuro Reading Series and Random House will co-host
Tuesday, June 7, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, Toronto

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Thursday, June 9
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McNally Robinson, Grant Park, in Prairie Ink Restaurant


Susie Moloney, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a Canadian author of horror fiction.
She has been published in numerous countries and assorted languages. She divides her time between the wild prairies of Manitoba and the wild world of New York City. 
She's not a witch, except maybe a little in the morning.    

The film rights to her book, A Dry Spell, were purchased by Cruise/Wagner Productions 
in 1997, for a reported seven figures.

She has also written:
Bastion Falls (1995)
The Dwelling (2003)


Susie has been compared to both Stephen King and Dave Barry.  To which she responds: "I'll know I'll have truly arrived when someone is the male Susie Moloney."

Susie was named one of Mcleans Magazine's "100 Canadians to Watch."

May 29, 2011

Ken Pinchin CD Party: Mid-Century Modern

Times Change(d) High And Lonesome Club
Main Street and St. Mary's Ave
Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 pm

Ken Pinchin and the Mid-Century Modernaires with Patrick Boggs on bass, Jules Gravett on drums, Rob Pachol on guitar and Bill Western on pedal steel are celebrating the release of Ken's new CD Mid-Century Modern.

Special guests Trouble and Strife

$10 Admission $15 for a CD
or
$20 Admission and a CD

Members and guests welcome

A Super Fun Queer Dance Party

Break out your most glam-arific outfits and come to the Super Fun Queer Dance party - pride edition, at the Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy, on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 pm. 

This is a Fun Fundraiser for the Peer Project for Youth!

Cover : $5.00

DJs Fluer, Nicole, Two Topping, Pim and Jonny Mexico will be spinning all your favourite 
hip hop, dance, funk, ol' school, club and dance tracks.

We have a special treat for you - fantastic guest DJ Sigourney Beaver!
All the way from playing the Queer Scene in Toronto to spin some homo electro for you!! 

PRIZES FOR THE MOST GLAM-ARIFIC OUTFIT!
The more you can glam up and gender bend the BETTER!!!

Wolseley Walk for Wags & Whiskers

Sunday, June 5, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
R.A. Steen Community Club
980 Palmerston

Join us on Sunday June 5 for the first ever Wolseley Walk for Wags and Whiskers! 
We have lots of great surprises lined up, and it promises to be a great morning of 
walking, wagging fun!

Registration: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Route: either along Wolseley OR Wolseley/Wellington loop


Raise $25 in pledges to earn an event t-shirt
The first 200 participants to raise $100 in pledges will earn gift bags filled with 
loads of way cool stuff.
High Pledge Prize! Raise the most $$$ in pledges, and win a great prize.
Participation Draws after the walk!

Water Stations provided for walkers and pets.

All pets must be on a leash.

Download your 



Supporting Craig Street Cats and Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba.

The Winnipeg Dyke March

The Winnipeg Dyke March is an annual demonstration of the presence, strength and solidarity of queer women and our allies. 
Our goal is to promote visibility and community.

Saturday, June 4, RAIN OR SHINE, from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Please arrive around 2:00 or 2:30 pm.  
We'll take over the streets at 3:00 pm sharp.
River Osborne Community Centre, 101 Pembina Hwy, through the Village to Memorial Park

Who's Invited?  EVERYONE! 
This is an all-ages, all-abilities and all-genders event. 
You don't need to identify as a dyke or a lesbian to march!

Bring anything! Signs, banners, bikes, pompoms, pasties, pets, boom boxes, cameras, rainbow flags, as well as food and sporting equipment (for the park afterwards).

The WDM was initiated by Lauren Bosc, Jess Leppik and Joey Lowen in 2010. 
We are so grateful for the enthusiasm, help and participation from so many wonderful people. We couldn't do it without all this love.

Miriam Toews: Irma Voth

Saturday, June 4 
2:30 pm
McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Grant Park

Irma Voth entangles love, longing, and dark family secrets. 
The stifling, reclusive Mennonite life of nineteen-year-old Irma Voth - newly married and newly deserted - is irrevocably changed when a film crew moves in to make a movie about the community.

She embraces the absurdity, creative passion and warmth of their world but her intractable and domineering father is determined to keep her from it at all costs. The confrontation between them sets her on an irrevocable path towards something that feels like freedom as she and her young sister, Aggie, wise beyond her teenage years, flee to the city, upheld only by their love for each other and their smart wit, even as they begin to understand the tragedy that has their family in its grip.

Miriam Toews is the author of four previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding, the Governor General Award-winning, Canada Reads-winning, much loved bestselling novel a Complicated Kindness, and most recently The Flying Troutmans, which won the Rogers Writers Trust Award for fiction. 
The author also penned one work of non-fiction Swing Low: A Life.

May 28, 2011

Diane Whitehouse & Sheila Butler

Join MAWA, 611 Main St, on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, as we honour the contribution of two of our founding foremothers, Diane Whitehouse and 
Sheila Butler. 

Free! 

Refreshments and snacks will be served, speeches will be made and glasses will be raised to two of the women who made MAWA possible.

This event welcomes people of all genders and all eras of MAWA’s history. 

As a special bonus, we will be officially launching MAWA’s redesigned website that evening. 

Run for Rights & Palestine


Saturday, June 4
Kildonan Park
Registration: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!

The route is along Red River on Scotia Street, Kildonan Park to St. John's Park and back.

The 5 Km or 10 Km event offers participants a choice of running, walking, cycling or rollerblading in support of social justice and human rights locally and globally.

Run for Rights is organized by a coalition of 17 Winnipeg organizations working for human rights and social justice — including CanPalNet-Winnipeg. Note that there is no minimum donation or pledge amount required to participate.

Support the struggle for human rights by collecting pledges for or making a donation.

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FOR PALESTINE, RUN FOR CANPALNET


It is a grassroots solidarity organization, not associated with any political party, nor any particular religious or cultural community.

It is comprised of Winnipeggers, including Palestinians and Jews, who together, are committed to building a lasting and meaningful peace in Israel-Palestine.

In addition to sending delegates to the Occupied Territories to participate in International Solidarity Movement witnessing and human rights campaigns, CanPalNet has twice curated the "Canada Palestine Film Festival" at Winnipeg’s Cinematheque theatre.

If you would like a pledge form or more information, please contact Krishna Lalbiahrie:
krishna.lalbiharie@gmail.com
204.899.8687

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This Event Sponsored by:
CBC Radio One 89.3 FM/990 AM
CBC News Winnipeg
Assiniboine Credit Union
CKUW 95.9 FM
92.9 KICK-FM
Hot 103

Event Authorized by:
Athletics Manitoba

Gurevich Fine Art: Cyrus Smith

Opening Reception
Gurevich Fine Art, 200 – 62 Albert Street
June 3, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a BFA with Honours, Cyrus Smith has been actively participating in numerous group shows at institutions including: 
Gallery 1.1.1., Plug In ICA, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His work has been published in Border Crossings Magazine, Toro Magazine, The National Post, and shown on CBC ‘Artspots’. Smith has been written about in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s

Smith is producing work at a hyper velocity in many different mediums including assemblage, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. 
Aesthetically, his work ranges from Post Formalism to Dumpster Pop. 

Cyrus Smith works on a grand scale - first as a graffiti artist painting the brick walls and train cars of Winnipeg and now with acrylic on canvas. Sensitivity and generosity are fused with a cynical edge using libertarian socio-political concerns of contemporary Canadians.
He experiments with colour and form, fusing modernist aesthetics to pressing issues like genetic modification, global warming and war. 

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Gurevich Fine Art is a gallery focusing on Canadian contemporary artists. 
The gallery has work from:
Cliff Eyland, Keith Wood, Robert Bruce, Katharine Bruce, Ludolf Grolle, Louis Bako, Phillip Brake, Elaine Banerjee, Douglas Smith, Miriam Rudolph, Sue Gordon, Milos Milidrag, Marie Doris Valois, Mohan Tenuwara, Gerry Kopelow, Kristy Miyanishi, Toby Bartlett, Noel Bebee, Cyrus Smith

Howard Gurevich
T: 204 488-0662
F: 204 942-8144
E: gurevichfineart@mts.net

MAWA: Lauren Hortie

MAWA celebrates Gay Pride Month!

My First Lesbian Colouring Book: the importance of pop culture for a queer experience
with Lauren Hortie

MAWA, 611 Main St
Friday, June 3, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Pop culture is something that surrounds us all, sometimes as invisible as wallpaper, and yet the images that we absorb without thinking can tell us much about our individual and collective fears, desires, motivations and concerns. 
Lauren will explore the power of role models found in popular culture and their possible readings. She will also talk about queer visual culture, the power of visibility and the importance of creating imagery that represents the queer experience.

Lauren Hortie is an artist and educator based in Toronto. Her bodies of work include Sheroes, Gay & Night and the Lesbian Colouring Book 'zine series. Lauren takes inspiration for her work from queer culture and especially its nightlife. She moonlights as a DJ and organizer of popular Toronto parties, Steers & Queers and Trash.

May 27, 2011

WAG: Art and Stone

Want to get behind the scenes at the WAG? 

Winnipeg filmmaker Paula Kelly has done just that in this documentary that records the events leading to the opening of our iconic Modernist building at 300 Memorial Blvd. 

Art and Stone also follows the behind-the-scenes installation of an exhibiton by Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft. 

The screening on Thursday, June 2, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, will be followed by a Q&A with WAG Director Stephen Borys and building architect Gustavo da Roza. 

Free admission.

McNally's Media Department Grand Opening & CATS!!

Thursday, June 2
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
McNally Robinson Grant Park 

Help us celebrate our new Media Department with live music, refreshments, 
prizes and giveaways! 

Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Steve Bell will be offering a special performance this evening with more musicians TBA.

We’ve knocked a wall down and opened up the northwest corner by the Atrium to create an exciting place to find all our hand-selected CDs, LPs, DVDs and Media books. 

Come in for the fun on June 2 or drop by anytime and sample our eclectic selection. 
Our expert staff can always help you find what you can’t find anywhere else.
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Opening Night, Monday, June 20 will be McNally Robinson Night at Rainbow Stage!!

The public can purchase tickets at a special $20 rate for rush seating. 
Regular adult prices for CATS (June 20 through July 10) range up to $50.00+.

T.S. Eliot's poetry, set in song and dance, is the basis of the theatre production of CATS, which ran on the London stage for 21 years and on Broadway for over 18 years.

The Rainbow Stage amphitheatre provides local Winnipeg actors and musicians an opportunity to develop, expand and showcase their talents in a beautiful outdoor setting in Kildonan Park. 
McNally Robinson Booksellers prides itself on its support of the local arts and cultural community and is delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with Rainbow Stage.

Tickets must be purchased from the store in advance at 1120 Grant Avenue or by calling 204-475-0483.

(Toll Free 1-800561-1833)

Hoopin' N Movin'

Due to a growing interest for a Hoop Workshop in Winnipeg, I introduce Hoopin' N Movin', a 5 day workshop that will begin June 1 and continue to June 29, every Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 290 Mcdermott, 3rd floor in the Exchange District. 

Entrance fee is $40 for the full month. 
Hoops can be purchased for $30 each at the beginning of the first class. 
There are only 10 spots available in this workshop.

Every skill level and everyone is welcome, whether you've been practicing in your basement for the last year or if this is your first time giving it a spin. 
Everyone will have an opportunity to learn one-on-one as well as in a group setting. 

A large open play area and jaming beats fill the vibe at the studio with occasional guest appearances from photographers to document the fun. 
Hoopin' N Movin' is all about having fun, growing together, and learning new skills.

Contact Amy Blaze this week to secure yourself a spot!

~Happy Hooping!~

May 26, 2011

Copwatch Conference Fundraising Film Fest

Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre
91 Albert Street, 3rd Floor
This building does not have an elevator.
7:00pm to 10:00 pm

Cost: $5. More if you can afford it, less if you can't.

A Fundraiser for Winnipeg Copwatch's International Conference featuring:

June 1: Serpico - Based on a true story, starring Al Pacino

June 15: The Departed - Starring Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and directed by Martin Scorcese

June 29: Rambo: First Blood - Starring Sylvester Stalone

July 13: The Changeling - Based on a true story, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Clint Eastwood

July 20: Kahahsetake: 270 Years of Resistance - A documentary by Alanis Obomsawin about Mohawk resistance to neo-colonialism in Quebec.

Bring your appetite because there will be popcorn, candy and drinks for sale. 

Visit Copwatch Conference to learn more about the panel, discussions, workshops and films.
Register for the conference, sign up to ride share and billet/be billeted. 

May 25, 2011

WHS: Paws in Motion, laughs & more!!!

It’s time to register your name or form a team to be part of The Winnipeg Humane Society’s annual pet walk-a-thon on June 26, at 8:00 a.m. (or drop by up until 12 noon), at the Assiniboine Park.  

Personalize your on-line registration form with fun pictures and inspiring messages that will have your friends and family scrambling to support this necessary cause in such a fun way!

The Fairmont Winnipeg Paws in Motion is a 3K or 1.5K walk-a-thon you can do with or without a pet.  
This year’s walk includes a Tail End Market, the ‘Dog House’ Kids Tent and tons of entertainment and fun for everyone!   

How to register:                                                                   
Any Winnipeg Safeway Customer Service Counter 
Call 982-2041 or drop by our shelter at 45 Hurst Way   

Paws in Motion is The WHS’s biggest fundraising event of the year.  All pledges collected from the event go directly towards The WHS spay and neuter program.

Register for Paws in Motion via our website, raise between $350 and $599 and an awesome WHS beach bag is yours!  It's vented on the top and has a built-in cooler on the bottom.
                            
Ginny Lechman: 204-982-2044
Ginnyl@winnipeghumanesociety.ca

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The WHS is a non-profit organization that works to protect all animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity. If you would like to make a donation, please visit The Winnipeg Humane Society.

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For a laugh, check out Andy Hill, from Kern Hill Furniture Co-op in Winnipeg, as he gives a 'Come on Down' shout for Winnipeg Humane Society cats.

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Don't forget the last Wednesday of each month is Whisker Wednesday! 
Come down from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, adopt an adult cat (over 6 months old) for just $25 AND get a free gift and/or fun time!

May 24, 2011

The Curtis Nowosad Trio & Friends

Monday, May 30 at 9:00 pm
Nicolinos Casual Fine Dining/the Orbit Room
4-2077 Pembina Hwy.

The Curtis Nowosad Trio will be opening:
Curtis Nowosad - Drums
Julian Bradford - Bass
Will Bonness - Keyboards

The Mah-Goodman Quartet, one of Toronto's most exciting jazz groups, features:
Brent Mah - Saxophones
Alex Goodman - Guitar
Daniel Fortin - Bass
Fabio Ragnelli - Drums

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Carly Dow and Dave Barchyn, plus the Curtis Nowosad Trio

Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00 pm
Aqua Books 
274 Garry Street

It's a Silver Heights Reunion!

$10

The Curtis Nowosad Trio will feature Niall Bakkestad-Legare on tenor saxophone and Luke Sellick on bass.

Sarasvati: Beer, beer, beer!

Sarasvati is holding a 'Beer College - Beer Tasting' on Monday, May 30  
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Luxalune Gastropub at 734 Osborne Street.  

Tickets are $30  
available by calling 612-1112 or at Luxalune Gastropub  

Janet Taylor also added, 
We have some great raffle prizes in addition to appetizers and 8 different beer tastings. Your support of this event will help us continue our work. Hope to see you there.

May 23, 2011

Shelf Life Books' Lilac Festival of Words & Music

Calgary's newest independent bookstore, Shelf Life Books, 
at 100, 1302 - 4th Street SW, invites you to a feast of words and music 
in celebration of the Lilac Festival on Sunday, May 29!! 

FREE!

Musicians
12:15 pm   Alberta Choir
1:15 pm     Evan Webb & The Poisonous Birds
2:15 pm     Tim Hus
3:15 pm     The Doer & The Doddler
4:15 pm     The Tetraktys
5:15 pm     Tim Hus (second set)

Poets
1:00 pm     Rosemary Griebel
2:00 pm     Sheri-D Wilson
3:00 pm     Weyman Chan
4:00 pm     Keith Worthington
5:00 pm     Richard Harrison

May 22, 2011

Highschool Confidential: School Dance Party

Saturday, May 28
Lo Pub, 9:00 pm
$5

Dress up!
Come dance it up! 
Fans, so get sweaty!

Silent auction includes bicycles and dates!

Shae Kusyk and Nicole Colleen Haworth are throwing a fundraiser! 
They've been having such a rad time, that they decided to co-parent some 
beautiful baby turntables. 

Help them afford to organize more fundraiser parties for the community!

Song requests? Feel free and they'll do their best!

Mayor Matt Allen & the Little Buddies

On May 28, at 8:00 pm, Mayor Matt Allen and the Little Buddies will be setting your soul on fire with the release of their second full-length album, SISTERS AND BROTHERS, 
at Times Change(d) High And Lonesome Club, 234 Main Street. 

Special guests: the award winning country and western outlaw poet Ridley Bent and guitar genius Chris Dunn.

Mayor Matt Allen and the Little Buddies formed six years ago. Don Zueff and Tom ‘Twisty’ Fodey (both of D.Rangers), Kelly Castle (Absent Sound), Ashley Roch (Boats, The Western States) and Grant Siemens (Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans). 

Their first album The Life and Times of Christian Banks brought on rave reviews and reached #4 on the national college radio roots and blues charts.

SISTERS AND BROTHERS was recorded with producer Len Milne. The album features 
the Klezmer punk sensation Geoff Berner and Winnipeg roots music guru Jaxon Haldane.

Mayor Matt Allen released a debut CD Lonesome Rail in 2004 and in 2009 did a 10-inch vinyl release split Mayor Matt Allen and the D-Rangers.  He has shared the stage with Feist, Corb Lund, Romi Mayes, Carolyn Mark, The Deep Dark Woods, Geoff Berner, 
the Swifty's and Shuyler Jansen. 

The Crafty Minions Are Back!!

Come to Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street on Saturday, May 28, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for one of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales!! 

It features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including 
Head in the Oven Creations, Marathon 1981, Lady Tees, Sew Dandee, Just the Goods, Julrei, Midkid, Paper Girl Productions, Mrs. Glockenheimen, Velvet Vixen, Tumanov Regalia, Inspyred Creations, Hello Goddess, Boomerang 360, Velvet Jeanie, Of Course You Can, Echo Creations, CJ Tennant, Husavik and Sea Bee. 

Think vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and more. 

This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft!
Admission is free.

Frontrunners ll

Second Opening Reception of Frontrunners 
At Plug In ICA, 1-460 Portage Avenue
Saturday, May 28, at 7:00 pm
Performance starts at 8 pm

The exhibit will run to July 17

Alex Janvier has mapped Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal engagement with the land. 
The residuals of those encounters are expressed in his painting with fluid line, bold colour, and abstracted landscapes that are inspired by quillwork and bead design. Hidden in his diagrammatic paintings are symbols and overt expressions that affirm Aboriginal connection and rights to the land, and document colonial encroachment. How Janvier references the shifts in land and cross-cultural relationships is present in this component of Frontrunners.


Joseph Sanchez, juxtaposing Aboriginal philosophies, oral history and experience with modern “artspeak”, his performance character Indio Dali, who is opinionated and critical of current descriptions of fine art, will address ecology, acceptable aesthetics and art themes, and the role the Professional Native Indian Artists’ Inc. played in challenging hegemony in the Canadian art world. 

May 21, 2011

BANDS VS FILMMAKERS

Cinematheque, CKUW, and the West End Cultural Centre are collaborating on a
special concert on Thursday, June 2, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue.

The night will feature Winnipeg musician and spokesman extraordinaire John K Samson.
Accompanied by a posse of Winnipeg's most loved and revered musicians. 
Playing to the art of some of Winnipeg's creative and unique visionary artists.
It's gonna be a rock and rolling mind trip of sight and sound sensory overload!
Hell ya!!

The Bands:
John K. Samson - Weakerthans
The Shallow End - Rod Slaughter and Dave Berthiaume (Novillero)
The JAXON 3 - Jaxon Haldane, Tom "Twisty" Fodey (D Rangers)
                          with Chris "Mama" Bauer (Angry Dragons)
NATHAN - Juno Award winning band reunited!

The Filmmakers:
Mike Maryniuk
Heidi Phillips
Aaron Zeghers
Clint Enns

There will be a Silent Auction with Fabulous Prizes!

Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available at
Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000), Winnipeg Film Group
The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store
Music Trader and the West End Cultural Centre 

This is gonna be an awesome night don't miss it!!

All proceeds in support of Cinematheque. 

Sacco & Vanzetti Organic Green Grocer

Sacco & Vanzetti's Organic Green Grocer is located inside the Mondragon Bookstore & Coffeehouse. 
We offer you a fully Vegan, Organic and as often as possible Local grocery store. 

Fresh produce is delivered throughout the week and inspected for quality daily. 
We have a great local and organic tea section and bulk dry goods. Our aisles are jam packed with milk alternatives, organic nut butters, canned goods and sauce as well as cleaning supplies and everything else your kitchen could need. 

We are dedicated to providing you with fresh and ethical foods for your home the same as we do in our cafe. The Deli also has many of the dressings and dips from our cafe. 

Our super-friendly staff would love to provide you with recipes and advice on how to do everything up right.

Roy Miki w/ Charlene Diehl

As part of Asian Heritage Month, poet Roy Miki will read from his new book Mannequin Rising, a series of poems and photo collages that probe the internal effects of commodity culture, on Friday, May 27, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street. 

Winnpeg writer Charlene Diehl will join him.

Roy Miki was born in Winnipeg after his family was part of the mass uprooting of Japanese Canadian during the 1940s.  He lives in Vancouver. 
He is the author of several books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice.  
His third book of poems, Surrender received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. 
He received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order of British Columbia in 2009.


Charlene Diehl is a writer, editor, performer, and the director of THIN AIR. 
Her memoir, Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss was 
shortlisted for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Non-Fiction Award and the 
McNally Robinson Book of the Year. 
Charlene has published a poetry collection, lamentations, and poems in literary journals and anthologies. 
She co-edits dig! magazine, and writes the jazz column for The Winnipeg Review.

May 20, 2011

Girlwood in the Garden

You are invited to 
Girlwood in the Garden
an evening of poems, blossoms and pompoms!

FREE ADMISSION
In the event of rain, readings will take place in the garden gallery.

Come wander the figures (and figuratives) 
of Jennifer Still’s latest collection.

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Assiniboine Park 
(near the gazing pond, somewhere between 
“Torso of Balance” and “Girl with Pigtails”)

“Crimson and Clover” readings by special guests 
Sandra Ridley, (Fallout, Hagios Press) 
Barbara Schott (Memoirs of an Almost Expedition, Brick Books)

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” 
hosted by award-winning poet Ariel Gordon.

Handmade poms with every sale of poems!
Catered by Terrace Fifty-Five.

May 19, 2011

Sandra Birdsell, Valerie Reed & Sarah Klassen

Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, presents the Anthology Reading Series in conjunction with the Manitoba Writers' Guild on Wednesday, May 25, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Sandra Birdsell lived for many years in Winnipeg. She is the author of eight works of fiction that have been nominated for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Birdsell's most recent novel Waiting for Joe was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction and won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Regina.

Valerie Reed was a member of the Riverview Writers Group whose members included Victor Enns, Armin Wiebe, Sandra Birdsell, Andris Taskans, Kate Bitney, and Smaro Kamboureli; this group dreamt up the MWG on Victor Enns' farm in 1981/82. 
She published a long poem in A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing, the 25th anniversary anthology put out by the MWG in 2007. 

Sarah Klassen writes both poetry and fiction and also enjoys editing and mentoring in the writing community. Her latest publications are A Feast of Longing (stories) and A Curious Beatitude (poetry). Her work has appeared in the anthologies Pith & Wry and Tonguescrews and Testimonies

Spring Thaw Prairie Run / Camp for Kids

Join Saskatchewan artists Underneath the Fray and Cathleen Lesperance as they perform on a short run of local Saskatchewan coffee houses to showcase their own original songs. 

Also, to celebrate Canadian National Parks 100th Birthday in the month of May, they'll throw into the mix a slideshow of original photographs by Cathleen Lesperance featuring photos from Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia to Nahanni National Park in the NWT.

Thursday, May 26 Regina Show starts at 8:00 pm
Java Express Coffee House
4114 Albert Street S.
Regina

Friday, May 27 Swift Current Show starts at 8:00 pm
Urban Ground Coffee House
167 Central Avenue N
Swift Current

Saturday, May 28 Saskatoon Show starts at 8:00 pm
Caffe Sola
38 23 Street East
Saskatoon

Admission by donation (suggested $10) at door.

CDs and original photographs will be available for sale.

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Coffee House for Camp 

Amy's On Second Restaurant 
2990 2nd Ave West
Prince Albert, SK
Sunday, May 29  7:00 pm to 9:30 pm 
  
Coffee, Dessert and Musical Entertainment
Tickets $20 each (tax receipts for donations over $10)

ALL money raised goes towards sending local children to summer camp.

A recent recipient of a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant, Cathleen Lesperance will be sharing new songs from her recent self-directed residency in Banff. In the theme of summer, part of the evening will be original photographs from various Canadian National Parks to celebrate Parks Canada's 100th birthday.

Featuring a sneak peak of new songs from Cathleen's next album, set to be recorded in Halifax this summer. This will be her last show in the area for awhile. 

This event is being organized by Elizabeth Moar and Sandy Scott as part of their annual fundraising drive to send over 100 children to camp each year.

Purchase tickets from Jan at 763-3989 
or from St. Paul's Presbyterian Church 
or call Amy's on Second at 763-1515

May 18, 2011

Calgary Shortlist Readings & Social

As a prelude to this year's Alberta Literary Awards Gala, come out and raise your glass to the 2011 nominated authors at Calgary's exquisite 100 Wines, 1109 Olympic Way SE, on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Readings and tapas will be served! 

Shelf Life will be selling books and many of the shortlisted authors will be available for signings and one-on-one questions. 

Featuring readings of the following shortlisted works:
• Jane Cawthorne – Weight  
• Lee Kvern – The Matter of Sylvie
• Margaret Macpherson – A Thousand Years North of Dorothy
• David van Belle & Eric Rose – The Highest Step in the World 
• Sheldon Casavant – Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show
• Victor Lethbridge – Little Chief and Mighty Gopher: The Pemmican Frenzy
• Clem Martini and Olivier Martini – Bitter Medicine 
• Mark Stubbings – Dry The Rain
• Meg Braem – Blood: A Scientific Romance
• Jannie Edwards – Falling Blues
• Leah Bailly – Bamako, Believe Me

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Writers Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. 
Its mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

For more information about An Afternoon with the Authors or to obtain a complete listing of authors short-listed for the Alberta Literary Awards, please contact 
the Writers Guild of Alberta 
at 780-422-8174 
or 1-800-665-5354  (Toll-Free)