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December 31, 2012

Neil Kimelman l Dorothy Chang l Iain Davidson-Hunt l John Wiley Jr. l Kathleen Francis l Community Policy Forum on “FIPA” l Milos Lekic

January 6, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
The Thin Fine Line: A Sequel to Improve Your Bidding Judgement

Neil Kimelman continues the discussion of the ideas behind good decision-making during the auction at bridge. Neil is an expert/world class bridge player.

Meet the Composer featuring Dorothy Chang
January 8, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove

A conversation between composer Dorothy Chang and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s own Anne Manson. The music of Dorothy Chang is characterized by an emphasis on dramatic intensity and expressive lyricism, with a more recent interest in interdisciplinary works involving video, imagery and movement.

January 9, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Pimachiowin Aki Cultural Landscape Atlas: Land That Gives Life

The Atlas was created to tell about the proposed Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Site through a journey of maps, images and stories. Encompassing 33,400 square kilometres of land and water in Canada’s boreal shield, Pimachiowin Aki is the ancestral home of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe).
Iain Davidson-Hunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba.
There will also be a presentation by Sophia Rabliauskas, Spokesperson for the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation.

January 9, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood

Odyssey tells how Mitchell’s story was written, marketed, distributed, and otherwise groomed for success in the 1930s — and how the savvy measures taken by the author, her publisher, and her estate ensured its longevity. In conjunction with the world premiere of a new Canadian stage version of Gone With the Wind, Wiley will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the special role Canada played in the book’s original copyright and at the 45-year history of Scarlett’s career before the footlights.

January 10, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Conversations with Monuments in Winnipeg  

With insightful historical and personal reflection, Kathleen Francis brings to life to some of Winnipeg’s famous landmarks. Her passion is to help us all to live well as a result of reflecting on the lives of those who have made an impact on our nation.

Community Policy Forum
January 10, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Community Classroom

The Winnipeg South Centre Federal Liberal Association invites you to join them for an open policy forum on the topic of Foreign Investment and Protection Agreements (“FIPA”) and the foreign purchase of Canadian businesses, particularly in the resource sector. 
This forum will include a panel discussion by community experts, as well as an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and voice their own opinions on the topic. All political perspectives are welcomed. Please RSVP.

January 14, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
The Bridge Between

A story told by Mickey, a young boy growing up in the predominantly Christian western side of Mostar, Yugoslavia. Milos Lekic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. His family immigrated in 1993.

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

December 29, 2012

January 2013 Music at McNally's

Dave Larocque Trio
Friday January 4, 8:00 pm

The Todaschuk Sisters
Saturday January 5, 8:00 pm
Ukrainian Christmas Carols

Bill Hamilton
Friday January 11, 8:00 pm

Saturday January 12, 8:00 pm

Mercy Mercy
Friday January 18, 8:00 pm

Bob Watts Trio
Saturday January 19, 8:00 pm

The Celtic Trio
Friday January 25, 8:00 pm

The Robert Burton Trio
Saturday January 26, 8:00 pm

Beth Hamilton
Friday February 1, 8:00 pm

Blazz Trio
Saturday February 2, 8:00 pm

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

Ghost Town: The 3rd Annual Fireside l Beach Station Blues

Oikos Co-Op, 697 Wellington Crescent
January 5
Doors 8:30 pm | Show 9:00 pm
$10 l BYOB

Poetry readings by Adrian Stoness

January 5
Poor Boy will do an in-store performance at
Into the Music, 245 McDermot Avenue

Beach Station Blues, an album which brings together 9 local groups,
is available at
Into the Music, 245 McDermot Avenue

To purchase the album from the Band Camp website.

December 27, 2012

KTG's Comedy Tonight fundraiser

Rumor's Comedy Club, 190-2025 Corydon
January 4, 7:45 pm until 10:00 pm
Doors open at 6 pm

Kiss the Giraffe Productions is hosting a fundraising night! 
Food and beverages are available.
100% of KTG's portion of the funds raised goes directly to our SondheimFest production, 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
at the Forrest Nickerson Theatre January 23 - 27, 2013

TICKETS by emailing or call 204.227.1820
Only $15 each for this prime time evening of hilarity! 

December 24, 2012

Please Donate Pennies to Help Pugs

Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba (BTPRSM)
P.O. Box 51063 RPO Tyndall Park

We are collecting pennies, loose or rolled!!
Our goal by December 31 is to collect $1000 worth of pennies!!
You can donate your pennies at any of our events.
We will be assembling jars for businesses that wouldn't mind helping us.
Every penny counts!!!!

"Knobby Knees Fund"
Please help us raise money for dogs that will require extensive surgery or vetting.

We are looking to raise $3000 for surgeries such as for Roxy (Pug) who had her second surgery on her left knee or vetting such as caring for Ralphie (Daschund/Chihuahua X)
who suffers from Juvenile Diabetes, and extended medical care for dogs in our Hospice Program such as Buster Brown (Pug).

If you wish to donate pennies or any coins, please email us to arrange a pick up.

December 23, 2012

The Edge Gallery: ART WORKSHOPS

The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street
To register call (204) 260-0756 or email 
Members receive a 10% discount on workshop prices!

Give the gift of art!
Space per workshop is limited, so if you are especially eager sign up ASAP!

January 6, 1:30-4:30pm, $55
Ceramics: Intro to Carved Sculpture

January 10, 6:30-9:30pm, $75
Painting: Acrylic On Canvas with Jess Stacy-Sokulski

January 12, 2:00-4:00pm, $25
Upcycling: Sock Monsters (All Ages!)

January 13, 2:00-4:00pm, $35
Jewelry-Making: Intro to Wire Wrapping

January 17, 7:00-9:00pm, $25
Upcycling: Found Object Marionettes

January 19, 6:00-8:00pm, $35
Drawing: The Human Figure from live Models

January 20, 2:00-4:00pm, $25
Drawing: The Human Face

January 24, 6:30-9:30pm, $55
Book-Binding 202: Photo Albums

December 22, 2012

Forum Art Centre: Open House & Registration

Forum Art Centre, 120 Eugenie Street in St. Boniface 
December 29 from 1 - 4 pm
Registrations ongoing until classes start the week of January 7, 2013. 
For details visit website or call 204-235-1069.

Art enhances the quality of life – join us! 
We've always offered drawing, painting & ceramics classes but we also have animation, manga, collage, young adult mixed media, artist touring & your art online! 
We are an artist run registered charity – free studio time with adult classes.  
Centrally located, free parking, wheelchair access for most classes.

Daryl Dumanski – B.I.D., Executive Director

December 21, 2012

United Way & Charities Suffering l Vic Toews bans take out food

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has put an end to inmates spending their own money to order in food.  With a warden’s approval, inmate groups had received permission to to order pizza and fried chicken.

These food drive nights are also fundraisers for local charities and relief efforts such as Doctors Without Borders and victims of hurricanes and earthquakes.

John Chaif, a member of the inmate committee at Joyceville Institution, near Kingston, Ont., said in recent years Joyceville inmates have donated thousands of dollars to children’s toy drives at Christmas, to local food banks, to shelters for youth and to earthquake victims in Haiti.
Chaif said inmates were charged a premium for the food and part of the proceeds would go to a charity.

The food drives were also an opportunity for inmates to make positive social contact with people on the outside, according to Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada.
“This is not something to be discouraged, in fact it is something that we should try to encourage,” Latimer said. “The more inmates are participating in pro-social contact, the more likely it is that they will continue to do so on the outside.”

“We raised a lot of money from those food nights for different charities and that is really going to hurt,” said Lois Gorgerat, a volunteer with the United Way in Eastern Ontario. For the past 15 years she has helped them donate tens of thousands of dollars to local school projects, humane societies and local firefighters.
“They raise from $5,000 to $20,000 a year... it’s gonna hurt the community… if they’re trying to do something good to give back to the community, why are you putting up these walls?”

Greg McMaster has been in prison for more than 34 years.  He’s helped raise thousands of dollars for various charities, including the annual Special People’s Olympiad at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston.
“We raised as much as $50,000 and $25,000 of that was raised in-house from inmates,” McMaster said.
He said inmates who have jobs make, at most, about $54 dollars every two weeks. So for them to pay $5 or $10 for a slice of pizza is a big investment.
“We’re supporting local businesses in the community and on top of that we’re making donations to local charities. So at the end of the day who’s really getting hurt?” he said.

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December 20, 2012

Family New Year's Eve & Day Events

Stay Safe!!

If you've partied a bit more than you can handle, don't forget about

Operation Red Nose
9 pm to 3 am

A team of 3 Red Nose volunteers will pick you up and drive you in your own vehicle
to the destination of your choice, for free.
It's not just available in Winnipeg!
e mail for more info

Winnipeg buses are free from 7 pm to 1:30 am on New Year's Eve.


Central Canadian Circus Arts Club (CCCAC): Meet and Practice 
December 30, Noon - 3:00 PM
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, 185 Young Street
$5 for non-members, free for members!

Our club is open to kids and adults of ANY AGE or SKILL LEVEL!
Have some fun, meet new people, build new talents!

December 30, 2 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard
Student tickets $5 at the door only.
Tickets from McNally Robinson Booksellers and at the door (cash or cheque only).

Women's Musical Club Scholarship Winners' Recital
Jan Nato, tenor; Bronwen Garand-Sheridan, oboe; Ariel Carrabre, cello;
Joshua Peters, violin; and Tony Zhou, piano.

Contact Email or phone: 204-786-6641

Scotiabank Family New Year’s Eve

Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Skate on 1.2 kilometres of trails, shoosh down the Toboggan Run, and test your tricks in our Snowboard Fun Park.
Iceland Skate Rentals, located in The Tower Atrium in The Forks Market, rents skates in all sizes. Rates are $2.50 for children and seniors l $4.50 for adults

Kids Crafts  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Create and decorate your own New Year’s hat in the South Aisle of The Forks Market.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides sponsored by Scotiabank 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hop on the wagon in front of Explore Manitoba and enjoy the festive lights as you take a trip around the site.

Live entertainment on the Main Stage in The Forks Market 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Members of Manitoba’s vibrant music community take over Centre Court.

Party in The Port  9:30 pm
Get outside and gear up for the Fireworks with a dance party in the Port
with DJ Hunnicutt & DJ Coop

Fireworks Show 10:00 pm by two-time world champions, Archangel Fireworks.

December 31, 8:00 pm
Bella Vista Restaurant & Pizzeria, 53 Maryland St
$10 cover with Joanna Miller, Chris Dunn, and Paul Balcain

December 31, 9:00 pm until 2:00 am
The Cheer, 537 Stradbrook Avenue

Symptom Tech Presents:
"A Swinging Midnight Affair"
Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at Kustom Kulture.

Taking our traditional house & techno vibe and adding a strong dose of swing and big band influenced electronic music!

Enjoyed Roaring 2020's? THIS is the place to be on NYE 2013!!


New Year's Eve Gala - An Evening in Tuscany
Centro Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Avenue
E mail Maria Rossel or call 204-487-4597
Live music and a 7 course Italian meal with champagne and snacks at midnight
Tickets $90 for adults, $25 for children 6 to 12 years old

New Year's Eve - In the Groove!
Winnipeg Convention Centre (3rd floor)

Ramada Viscount Gort Hotel: The Gort Dining Room, 1670 Portage Avenue
New Year's Eve Dinner 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
There is also a children's menu.

New Year's Day Dinner
Two seatings: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Adults $24.95 l Seniors 55+  $22.95

Reservations 204-775-0451 ask for extension 166 The Gort Restaurant

Calvary Temple, 440 Hargrave Street
December 30, 6 pm
Concert The Original Couriers

December 31, 11 pm
Concert of Prayer

Splash Park Family New Years Eve Celebration
Ste. Rose Community Centre, Ste. Rose du Lac

New Years Gala Dinner and Dance
Oak Bluff Community Centre
Westview Dance Club 
Cocktails at 6 pm Dinner at 7 pm Dancing until 1 am 
Formal Dress

First Night - New Year's Eve Celebration
Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre, Stonewall

Asessippi Family New Year's Eve
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

New Year's Eve Celebration - kick-off to Rossburn Centennial
Town Hall, Rossburn

Lieutenant Governor's New Year Levee
January 1, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Manitoba Legislative Building
Entertainment and Refreshments!
Free sleigh rides around the grounds!!

Evan Morgan, Magician performing in the Rotunda!!!

Members of the Manitoba Living History Society and the
United Empire Loyalist Association will be in heritage costumes.

Please bring a food donation for Winnipeg Harvest.

IDLE NO MORE - Oodena Celebration Circle, Winnipeg

Oodena Celebration Circle - The Forks (Winnipeg, MB)
December 21, 11:30 am until 3:00 pm

IDLE NO MORE Continues...

This is a peaceful movement uniting indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians together to protect land, water and Indigenous Rights in Canada. We are gathering together because we believe in sustainable communities!

MCs - Vanessa Tait & Tina Keeper

11:30 am
Volunteer/Helpers Briefing (Oodena)
12 noon
Opening prayer - Elder
Welcoming remarks MC
Water Ceremony
Speakers & Drummers
1:00 pm
PEOPLE'S MARCH - from Oodena (the Forks) to the Manitoba Legislative Building
1:30 pm
Speakers & Entertainment - LORENZO (Leonard Sumner) and Tracy Bone/JC Campbell
2:30 pm
Next Gathering & Closing Prayers

If you would like to be a speaker or a helper at the next event please contact
Jerry, Roberta, Michael, Xavier or Kyra! or email 

December 19, 2012

Head In The Sand: Christmas CDs for Osborne House

8 CDs from Head In The Sand artists 
All $50 being donated to Osborne House. 

Royal Canoe 
Les Jupes 
Tom Keenan 
Record Of The Week Club 
Mike Petkau 
The Liptonians 

$5 Shipping

If you are interested in purchasing the Osborne House bundle but are worried about it arriving before Christmas, have no fear.  We will hand-deliver any orders that come in between the 19th and 23rd on the afternoon of Dec. 24.

December 18, 2012

Art in Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Events

Walter J. Phillips/Clarence Tillenius Christmas Card Collection
Through January 6, 2013
Clarence Tillenius Gallery (2nd Floor Pavilion)

Walter J. Phillips: Essay in Woodcuts
Through March 10, 2013
John P. Crabb Gallery

Yellow - Ivan Eyre
Through March 31, 2013
Ivan Eyre Gallery-Pavilion, Assiniboine Park
This exhibition explores the use of yellows and ochres in Ivan Eyre’s art. The oldest yellow pigment is yellow ochre. Egyptians and the ancient world made wide use of the mineral orpiment for a more brilliant yellow. In the Middle Ages, Europeans manufactured lead tin yellow. They later imported Indian yellow and rediscovered the method for the production of Naples yellow, which was used by the Egyptians.

Leo Mol Paintings
Pavilion Gallery Museum (Clarence Tillenius Gallery)
January 8 - March 31, 2013

Leo Mol made frequent sketching trips with members of the Group of Seven, including A. Y. Jackson, and Frederick Varley, to North West Ontario and within Manitoba where he subsequently produced a number of small oil paintings. The influence of the G7 on his style and palette is visible both in his handling of the medium and in his subject.

Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery Museum presents The Pooh Gallery Exhibit
Through Tuesday, April 30, 2013

December 15, 2012

Winnipeg Clubs' Rock Shows l Negative Space l The Pyramid Cabaret l Gas Station Theatre l The Park Theatre

The Blast Caps
Palomino, 1133 Portage
December 20 to 23, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Marc Labossiere
Silver Spike, 202 Bond
December 20 to 23, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Gas Station Theatre, 445 River Avenue
collage-à-trois | THE WINTER SHOW [2]
December 21, 8:00 pm

Last year we shared our winter show at Aqua Books. A lot has changed, though you can still expect carols and baking. We have new friends working with us, new songs, and a brand new EP which you can get in your hands for the first time at the show!

We're working with some lovely folks to make the winter show a night all its own. We have good friends joining us on stage (we may have written some tunes with a few of them), and others baking up a storm for you in the lobby at intermission.

FRIENDS: Claire Morrison • Ismaila Alfa • Erin Propp
Graham Isaak • Katy Thurmeier
The Neighbourhood Bakery & Delicatessen
TICKETS $15 l $10 students
available at the Gas Station Theatre or by phone at 204 233 2556

Last On The Road
The Ranch Saloon, 1931 Pembina
December 21 to 22, 2012 from 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM

Mirrors, 1975 Portage
December 21 to 23, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Almost Famous
The Wood Tavern, 112 Marion Street
December 21 to December 23, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Thrift Store Love
Finn's Pub at The Forks
December 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

The Service
Alive, 140 Bannatyne
204 989-8080
December 22 to 23, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

December 22, 9:00 pm until 2:00 am
Gio's Club & Bar, 155 Smith Street

House of Gold Diamonds presents:
"Bid adieu to your ennui."

$5 before 10:30 pm, $8 after
Kiki kocktail specials all night!

A KIKI is a party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. It may involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip.

Featuring DJs Mama Cutsworth & J. Jackson
and special guest from Toronto, Mizz Brown!

December 22, 9:00 pm
Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort St
Doors 9 pm / 18+ w Photo ID

DJ Co-op & DJ Hunnicutt present their annual:
Charity Dance Party to Support Youth Agencies Alliance
with a special mix of guest DJs!
Goofy Mane
Mike B
Pangea DJs
Ric Hard
plus Co-op & Hunnicutt!

Please join us for this special evening.

Negative Space, 253 Princess Street.
Saturday, December 22, 10:00 pm

Vancouver Lo-Fi Noise Crooner //Zoo is here in time for the holidays.
Support from ambient/bass artist FmSea.
Also the debut of synthpop project Kindest Cuts (Pat from This Hisses).

Come to Negative Space for some pre X-mas bad vibes...

Negative Space is a collectively-run, 1,000 ft² storefront gallery in downtown Winnipeg.
Our priority is to create an accessible space for resistant culture that supports and promotes the involvement of women, queer, and transgender identified artists and musicians.

If you are interested in booking a show, please send us an email. One of our requirements is that there has to be at least one woman in at least one of the performing bands.

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, presents

Moses Mayes Surviving Winter Series pt2
Thursday, December 27, 10:00 pm
$10 in advance, $15 at the door.

We're back at the Pyramid again for a great night of dancing! Another show means another song coming soon...
Very happy to announce that The Solutions will be joining us for our second show of the series.
Tickets for the show now available at Kustom Kulture - they make a great stocking stuffer!
ROYAL CANOE: The Between-Xmas-and-New-Years-Party-Time Show
Friday, December 28, 9:00 pm
w/ Tom Keenan & Animal Teeth
Doors @ 9:00pm
Tickets are $15 and available at Music Trader & Into the Music

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street
December 27, 8:00 pm until 1:00 am
Doors @ 8 pm | Music @ 9 pm
$7 or $5 if wearing a beautiful sweater

The 2nd Annual Beautiful Sweater Party presented by:
I'm Trying Records, The Park Theater & UMFM

Art At The Worlds' End l End of the World Art Show 12.21.2012

Exchange Community Church 
December 21, 8 pm 'till End

A celebration of the end of the world! 
A collection of work from young artists will surround us 
as we create..... for the destruction.

Cre8ery: End of the World Art Show
December 21 - 28
Opening Reception December 21

New work by Val Huffman, Shawn Berard, Michael Luczak


Special Additional Gallery Hours, this exhibition only:
December 22, 7:00 – 10:30 pm
December 23, 24 and 26 Noon – 5:00 pm
December 27 and 28, Noon – 9:00 pm

End of the World Art Show opens on the day the Mayan calendar ends, marking the end of a five-thousand-year era. The beginning of every evolutionary cycle brings an era of great change, human innovation, and accompanying destruction of old ways.

Artwork in this exhibit will offer visions of a future where earth and mankind’s fate change in unison. Each artist approaches this theme by ‘uncovering’ their unique style and commentary on the new earth cycle to follow, with an interesting blend of darkness, humor, and hope. 

December 14, 2012

The Ref l High-Tease Burlesque at The Garrick

December 20, 7:30 pm
3rd Floor, 91 Albert St.

Theatre by the River is proud to present a staged reading of the movie The Ref.
This dark comedy features an unsuspecting burglar who bites off more than he can chew when he takes a bickering, dysfunctional couple hostage. Comedy ensues when the in-laws arrive for Christmas dinner... 

Cory Wojcik
Charlene Van Buekenhout
Matthew Tenbruggencate
Mel Marginet
Davide Montebruno 
Kevin Anderson
Kendra Jones
Derek Leenhouts
James Firby
Directed by James Magnus-Johnston

High-Tease Burlesque with Miss La Muse!
Thursday, December 20, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Tickets available at Garrick Hotel, 287 Garry St.
Phone: 204-944-0873

Every third Thursday of the month, The Garrick Hotel becomes a burlesque hub for a 
crystal studded Miss La Muse!
This is your chance to have an up closel experience with the notorious redhead. 
This will be a relaxed affair - but with just as much glamor! Curious? You should be!
You can enjoy a drink, experience a bit of song, burlesque and chat with Miss La Muse!
Seating is limited.
Buying a ticket guarantees you a seat.
Ticket includes one drink! 

Family Christmas Events l Donations Requested l Photos with Santa l Church Services l “Sokol” Polish Folk Ensemble

Please Donate:
- Gently used bras or cash to 
The BraBar & Panterie, 554 Des Meurons Street
Unit J-1765 Kenaston Blvd. at Linden Ridge Shopping Centre
Items will be donated to Siloam Mission and Our Place Chez Nous Drop-In Centre

- Used clothing, sheets, blanket, sleeping bags, pillows, etc.
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, 26 Molgat Avenue, between 9 am and 9 pm to December 20
Items will be donated to Siloam Mission and the Salvation Army

-New unwrapped toys or cash to
any TD Canada Trust branch until December 24
Items will be donated to the Christmas Cheer Board

-Dog toys, food and treats to
Out of the Doghouse Playgroup, 3-10 McGillivray Place
call 204-505-3644 or email
Items will be donated to Before the Bridge Senior Canine Rescue, an organization that takes in senior dogs who would otherwise be put down.

Sons of Italy 'Christmas Eve Feast'

In the spirit of giving, Winnipeg’s Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge is proud to present our annual Christmas Eve Feast.

Working with our major sponsors, the West End BIZ, X-Cues Billiards & Cafe and Sorrentos Restaurant on Ellice along with many generous companies and individuals, we are able to provide a true feast on Christmas Eve for many people who might not have had an opportunity to experience a wonderful meal, pictures with Santa, music, fun, and presents.

We have a wonderful time putting on the event, and want to thank the many companies who donate food and the dozens of people who so generously donate time and dollars at a time of year when both are scarce.

If you can help in some way, please e mail.  We welcome your participation. - Reno Augellone and John Giavedoni

Many Gifts Concert 2012
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg MB
December 15, 7:30 pm

Annual concert celebrating the season with a mixture of sacred and secular Christmas music as well as other seasonal and not so seasonal repertoire - something for everyone. 
A free reception follows. 
Tickets are $15, and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, The Happy Cooker, Rainbow Resource Centre, Online, From Choir members and at the door.

2012 Christmas Lights Sightseeing Tours
December 19, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The tour includes residential, business, and a drive through the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland display.

The tour starts and ends at the Travel Manitoba Explore Centre located at the Forks Market, adjacent to the Johnston Terminal.

Tour through Winnipeg and see the many displays that make us the Christmas capital of Canada!
While listening to Christmas carols, you will see many colourful Christmas light displays.
See the Christmas Lights at the Manitoba Legislative Building and the Camels across from it. We'll slowly drive down Candy Cane Lane and Polar Bear Alley to view some amusing and enjoyable light displays!

Contact Shannon or Heather at Heartland Travel at (204) 989-9630 or email to book your seat or for more information! Visa, MasterCard, cash or cheque are accepted for bookings.

The Forks, 1 Forks Market Road
Contact Email   or Phone: 204-942-8898

Choir Performance
St. Gerard School Choir | 11:00am | Centre Court
O.V. Jewitt Choir | 12:00pm | Centre Court
Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School Band | 1:00pm | Centre Court
Ecole Belmont | 1:30pm | Centre Court
Winnipeg Mennonite Elemantary Agassiz Ensemble | 10:30am | Centre Court
Esoms Grade 8 Fiddlers | 11:00am | Centre Court
Ecole Belmont | 1:30pm | Centre Court
Leila North Jazz & Show Choir | 10:00am | Centre Court
Elwick Early Years Choir | 10:45am | Centre Court
Ecole Viscount Alexander Choir | 1:30pm | Centre Court
Faith Academy Middle School Choir | 2:00pm | Centre Court
Beaumont School Choir | 10:15am | Centre Court
Jazzam (Sisler High School) | 12:00pm | Centre Court
Dalhousie School Grade 6 Choir | 1:00pm | Centre Court
Emmanuel Korean Church Choir | 1:00pm | Centre Court

Dec 21
Photos with Santa
Centre Court from 6 - 9
Bring your camera to take your own photos or have Syka Photography take your photos for $10 and have them emailed to you.

Dec 22 and 23, 1 pm - 4 pm
Create your own holiday craft with a different project at your fingertips each weekend.
Photos with Santa
Centre Court from 1 - 4 pm
Bring your camera to take photos of your little ones with Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Keepers of the Sanctuary: A Concert of Sacred Sound
St. George's Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street
December 21 from 7:00 pm
Tickets $20
Includes a finger food reception with vegetarian and kosher choices.
An understanding of the many ways Winnipeggers pray, meditate and sing within their own traditions.

Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton
From December 22 to 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Animated and interactive performance/reading of The Cricket on the Hearth. 
Suitable for ages 4-13.

Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria
Westminster United Church, Westminster Ave.
December 23, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

All Saints Church, 175 Colony Street
Please join us December 23 at 11:00 am for our Lessons and Carols service, and/or
December 24, 11:00pm, Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist featuring chorus, strings and Charpentier.

Christmas Eve Celebration
December 24, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
candlelight communion, Caledon in Trinity United Church building

and also...
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Donald & Graham

St. Andrew's Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue

St. Michael and All Angels Church, 300 Hugo Street at Mulvey

Calvary Temple, 440 Hargrave Street

Westminster United Church, Maryland Street

Elim chapel, 546 Portage Avenue

John Black United Church, 898 Henderson Highway

Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Avenue

3rd Annual Creche Festival
Through, January 5, 2013
Tuesday 10:30 - 5:00 Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 - 8:00
Friday 12:00 - 5:00     Saturday 10:00 - 2:00

Christmas Crafts, Great Art & Gifts!!

December 15, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
One Day Sale - Front Door Stories - Sharlene Nielsen
208 Browning Blvd. Winnipeg, Manitoba, please enter the gate on the Shelly St. side of the property.

I still have bunches of fresh greenery that would be perfect to decorate indoors or out for the season. Bring the outside in with the fragrance of the season.

Fresh Cedar, White Pine, Silver Fur, Juniper with berries, magnolia leaves, and seeded Eucalyptus all priced to sell at $5.00/bunch. 
If you are looking for a unique hostess gift or would like add to your personal decor, I have hand-made wreaths, outdoor arrangements, indoor centrepieces, potted amaryllis & paperwhites, and cedar garlands. 

XYMe: New Craft Generations

Burrows Resource Centre Holiday Craft/Vendor Sale
Burrows Resource Centre, 1100 College Ave.
On December 22 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Winnipeg Etsy Street Team: Holiday Sale
Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 Ross Avenue
December 22, 11 am to 5 pm

Aelios Design, Blue Star Studios, Bitchin Kitsch Kitchen, Burning Bee Glass,
Flatlanders Soap Co, Hoshii Designs, Just The Goods, Lady Likeness,
Mary and Maude Studio, Nancy Blockland Pottery, Periwinkle Dzyns, Pure Paper Extract,
Sheppards Hook, Smash Knits, SoGa Soap, Selkie Design Shop, Tawny Bee, Warped Metal

Featuring work by local artisans who are members of a local collective.
There will work by 18 artisans and vintage sellers available.
Dropping by entitles you to a chance to win a fantastic door prize!
We’ll also provide gift-wrapping, refreshments and a fun atmosphere!
Come buy local and give great gifts!

Art Show and Sale
Frame of Mind Gallery
To December 22, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The Unexpected: Annual Group Show
Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher
Every day but Monday to December 29, 2012

Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, 1B-183 Kennedy
To December 31, 2012

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents My Winnipeg 3
1-460 Portage Avenue
To January 20, 2013

Small Works Show: Fine Art for Holiday Giving
Featuring works by over 20 artists
Gurevich Fine Art, 200 - 62 Albert Street
To January 25, 2013, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

trafficked l Polaris Project: the National Human Trafficking Hotline

December 20, 7:00 pm
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street
Please join us for an evening of art and education. 
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar market, bringing in an estimated 
31 billion dollars annually. It is the fastest growing organized crime business, 
currently ranking third after the trafficking of illegal drugs and arms. 
Human trafficking happens all over the world, including Canada. 
It is not someone else's problem. It is our problem as well. 
It's time we start talking about it.
Still accepting submissions, please contact if you are interested.

Polaris Project runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-3737-888)  

Maybe you've already called us to report a young man selling magazines door-to-door, terrified to miss his quota; a truck stop where young teens approach big-rigs late at night; a neighbor's domestic laborer who is never paid for his work.  

Maybe tomorrow you'll stay in a hotel where a young woman came to work as an exchange student but is being threatened with deportation if she tells you that they're not paying her; or this weekend you'll go to a restaurant and learn one of your servers is being forced to work long hours without breaks or the ability to quit. 

If you do, you will want to be prepared. 
It is a tiny step forward toward a world without slavery. 
But people who took that step save lives. Every day. 

Not sure how to recognize trafficking in your neighborhood? 
but the first step is to learn our number: 1-888-3737-888. 

December 13, 2012

Arkadash Jazz Series l Big Dave McLean's Sunday Night Jam

Arkadash Jazz Series
268 Portage Avenue
(204) 504-2155

Valet parking.

December 16 at 8:00 PM
December 23 at 8:00 PM
December 30 at 8:00 PM

Big Dave McLean's Sunday Night Jam
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
Main & St.Mary Ave.

December 16 at 9:00 PM
December 23 at 9:00 PM
December 30 at 9:00 PM

Blue Christmas open mic

The Central Canadian Center for Performance presents:
Blue Christmas
Windsor Hotel at 187 Garry Street
December 19
Doors open 8 pm, Tales at 9 pm

An open mic celebration of depressions and the blues, just in time for the holidays! 
Music will be provided by Winnipeg's favourite Femme Fatale, Slattern.  

Bring your festive grievances, since nothing makes you feel better about your own life more than hearing just how much more miserable someone else’s life is. 
As we all know "misery loves company".

The CCCP invites you to join us on stage to tell your heart wrenching Christmas tales.
The one with the most depressing story wins a lovely holiday prize and a chance to drink his/her blues away.

December 12, 2012

Open City Cinema: It's Such a Beautiful Day

December 18
doors 7:30 pm l movie 8:00 
Admission $7

Open City Cinema is excited to present It’s Such a Beautiful Day, the epic stick-figure animation masterpiece by oscar-nominated Don Hertzfeldt.

Hertzfeldt and company have finally released all three chapters in “The Bill Trilogy”, seamlessly edited together into a single feature-length collage film about identity, family, and the meaning of life. 
Drawn by hand and painstakingly constructed on 35mm film using traditional and experimental optical printing techniques, Everything Will Be OK (2006), I Am So Proud of You (2008), and It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2011) have screened separately worldwide, been unanimously lauded by critics and audiences, and been prized dozens of times over. 

This is a hilarious and surprisingly profound film which has drawn comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, Stan Brakhage, David Lynch, and Bruce Conner. 

The feature will be preceded by Don’s short film Wisdom Teeth (2010), and followed by a small party with music and cheer, where we hope you’ll create art of your own.

December 10, 2012

Mercy For Animals Canada Investigates Animal Abuse at Puratone

A groundbreaking Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigation provides a shocking look into blatant animal abuse at one of the nation's largest pork producers—Puratone—in Arborg, Manitoba.
Major food providers have recognized the inherent cruelty of gestation crates. Costco, Safeway, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and over 30 other major retailers in Canada and the United States have started demanding that their suppliers do away with them.
Grocery giants Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart condone confining animals in crates barely larger than their bodies by selling pork from producers who use gestation crates—including Puratone. 
These corporations have both the power and ethical responsibility to reject this abusive factory farming practice.
An MFA Canada investigator documented:
  • Thousands of pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
  • Pigs suffering from large, open wounds and pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their tiny cages or lying on the hard concrete flooring
  • Pregnant pigs—physically taxed from constant birthing—suffering from distended, inflamed, and bleeding prolapses
  • Pigs too sick to stand being kicked, slapped, and pulled by their ears to force them to walk
  • Pigs having metal bolts fired into their skulls, leaving many still conscious and blinking
  • Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to slowly suffer and die
  • Workers cutting out testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers.
While many of the standard industry practices uncovered at this pig factory farm are needlessly cruel, subjecting animals to a lifetime of confinement in crates so small they are virtually immobilized is perhaps the worst form of institutionalized animal abuse. 
A growing number of animal welfare experts opposes the use of gestation crates.
Dr. Ian Duncan, holder of the oldest university chair in animal welfare in North America, stated: “It is the worst cruelty inflicted on an animal that I have witnessed in many years.”
Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's leading expert on farmed animal welfare, previously condemned the use of gestation crates, asserting: “Basically, you're asking a sow to live in an airline seat. ... it's something that needs to be phased out.”
Further coverage:
CTV news - W5 - undercover investigation reveals inhumane treatment of factory farm animals

The Winnipeg Humane Society is applauding the efforts of Mercy for Animals Canada for its work in capturing video that shows the horrifying conditions that pigs in Manitoba are raised in by some members of the pork industry.

“This barn is not a one-off situation, this is a level of abuse and neglect that is a standing practice in many other barns,” said Bill McDonald, Winnipeg Humane Society CEO.  “I implore every consumer to use their purchasing power and demand humane treatment for food animals through their grocery chain.”

The gestation crates shown in the video are the focus of The WHS’ Quit Stalling campaign, which urges pork producers to phase out this inhumane practice.

The crates are approximately 2 feet wide by 7 feet long and a sow will live her entire life in it. 

Many of the larger pork producers have pledged to phase out these crates by 2017, including Maple Leaf Foods. Recently the Puratone Corporation farms have been acquired by Maple Leaf Foods.

“Maple Leaf will now be operating over 60 pig barns in Manitoba and stated as recently as March, 2012, in a letter to me, that they would meet their conversion commitment in 2017,” states McDonald. The WHS will be communicating with Maple Leaf about this video to urge the company to adhere to the committed date of 2017 to phase out gestation stalls in Manitoba.

The Winnipeg Humane Society is a registered charity and non-profit organization whose mission is to protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity.
Funded primarily by donations, The WHS also offers cat, dog and other critter adoptions. All adoptable pets have been spayed or neutered, had a health check and a behavioural assessment.

December 9, 2012

Women's Work X 3: Art Sale l BIG FUN: This Hisses and Departures

December 15 and 16, 10 am to 4 pm
432 Ellice Avenue, corner of Vaughan and Ellice

You are cordially invited to WOMEN'S WORK X 3 

A sale and exhibition or original art by three eclectic Manitoba artists
Susan P. Gibson BFA (mixed media, photography and ceramics)
Angel Calnek (glass, music, and mixed media) and
Kay Garrity (watercolor, mixed media)

Why not consider a unique piece of artwork for that special person on your gift list?  
Art is a gift of legacy and supports your local arts and culture, too!
Thank you so much for investing in your local arts economy!  
Have a great holiday season!

Angel Calnek, St. Andrews, Manitoba
Cell: (204) 792-5283 or e mail

The Windsor Hotel - Blues Bar, 187 Garry Street
December 15, 9:00 pm
There is a Big Fun Festival 2013! 
We got some Big Fun 2012 Alumni hitting the stage: 
This Hisses and Departures will be providing the jams.
The'll be some fantastic tunes played by DJ Brandon, DJ Olivia and DJ JP! 
The Big Fun 2013 Compilation will be available, as well as festival passes. 
There will be Prizes to be won. 
So come out, pick up a festival pass and/or a festival guide and get stoked on Big Fun.

December 8, 2012

Breakfast with Santa at Waverley Heights

December 15, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Waverley Heights Community Centre, 1855 Chancellor Drive
Tickets are $5.00 per person  

Join us for a magnificent breakfast featuring pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee.
There will also be a magic show!

You can have your photo taken with Santa and Ronald McDonald!!

Holiday Events: FREE Noon Hour Recital Series

Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, 201-211 Bannatyne Avenue
December 14, 12:00 pm
Noon Hour Recital Series: A Winter’s Song
A Little Lunch Music

Bring your lunch and enjoy some festive live music provided by our talented faculty.
Let us all take some time to celebrate the season with music ranging from opera to contemporary holiday songs as soprano Ashley Boychuk and Dawn Bruch, and
pianist Alina Havrylyuk wish you Happy Holidays!

Come join us and shake up your lunchtime!

For more information visit the Manitoba Conservatory website 
or e mail Ashley Boychuk or call us at 204-943-6090.

December 7, 2012

Saltwatch: Aftermath by Elvira Finnigan

Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Boulevard

Opening Reception December 13, 5 - 8 pm
December 13, 2012 to February 2, 2013

Free!  Everyone welcome!

Saltwatch:Aftermath is an installation based on the remains of a dinner party. 
The dinner will be hosted and performed prior to the opening by the informal organization, the “collectif post neo-realistes”, a group of poets, prose writers and playwrights, who have been a voice of the Franco Manitoban literature for several decades.

Visitors to the opening will be met with a video of the event and a long table where the plates, glasses, left over food and fragments of literary works read throughout the dinner have been left on the table, all filled or coated with salt brine. 

As the exhibition progresses, the brine evaporates and salt crystals form. 
The brine creeps out of the containers and onto the surface of the table creating a 
map-like pattern, a kind of “automatic mapping”.

Guests are invited to see the progress of the crystallization at 
the CCFM New Year’s Open House on January 10, 5 - 7 pm. 
A final viewing will be held on the last Saturday of the exhibition, February 2, 2 - 4 pm.

JEUDI CINÉMA: Familiar Ground l cre8ery: Fractions

December 13, 6:45 pm 

We cordially invite you to be our guest for this private screening. 
The film will be presented in French with English subtitles. 

Following up his acclaimed feature film Continental, a Film without Guns, Québec’s filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur introduces us to fascinatingly compelling characters in a story at the edge of reality.  Part of the official selection of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, En Terrains Connus presents a deceptively simple but quietly powerful sibling drama with a touch of fantasy.
Maryse and her husband are desperate to sell a backhoe sitting abandoned in their suburban yard. Her brother, Benoit, is trapped in endless adolescence, sharing their childhood home with their invalid father. Benoit is enamoured with a single mom named Nathalie, and he's hoping to finally grow up by living with her. A serious accident at the factory where Maryse works, a strange series of coincidences, and the arrival of a man claiming to come from the future lead Maryse and Benoit to a life-altering road trip.
FOR MORE INFO e mail or call (204) 477-1515 


cre8ery gallery & studio, 125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor
(204) 944-0809

December 13 - 18
Opening Reception: December 13, 7:30 - 11 pm
Friday, 12-6, Saturday 12-4, Tuesday 12-6

This is an exhibition of four unique artists who to an outside viewer may appear too different to work collectively. However, Fractions is about both the individual and the group; how the unique parts come together to create a collective whole.  Through a mutual desire to learn and grow, this group of complementary opposites has developed dissimilar but connected art works, which speak together and separately, like voices singing in harmony to an unwritten melody.

Working primarily in ceramics and painting, Christopher explores the invisible forces which propel objects, events and people. 

Anna Frances Robinson’s work reflects the structural beauty of these objects, transformed through her perspective and inviting the viewer to enter into the space of the painted structure.

Sarah Neville’s interactions can be seen in both her paintings and contemporary textile work.  The unusual and unseen sides of pets and animals are her focal point.

Ashley Feduniw adopts the philosophy of Cubism in order to create her work. Her goal is to allow the viewer to gain appreciation for an object that has seemingly been forgotten by many.

Forgotten Manitoba l Wayne Arthur Gallery: The Unexpected

Blankstein Gallery, Millennium Library, 2nd floor – 251 Donald St.

Fine-art photography by Scott Kroeker and Federico Buchbinder
To December 29
Hours: Mon/Thu 10-9; Fri/Sat 10-6; Sun 1-5

Scott and Federico were born in opposite corners of the world, but developed a similar passion: photographing abandoned rural buildings and vehicles and turning them into authentic works of art. Their explorations take them deep into rural Manitoba's less-travelled roads, looking for derelict houses, tractors, cars and mementos of the country life that once was.  The emotional connection with their subjects is immediately apparent when viewing their dramatic images of the aging, the forsaken, and the decaying.

Contact: Scott Kroeker and Federico Buchbinder

Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd
The Unexpected: Annual Group Show
To December 29

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5 pm
For more information or call Bev at 477-5249

I have invited 50 artists to enter this art show with a work of art that is unexpected. I have asked them to submit a story as well.
Everything on the walls will be replaced with new paintings, printmaking, drawings, photographs, mixed media, and also several three dimensional works by 50 different artists.

Brenda Adams
, Anita Allec
, Tanis Bannister, 
Monica Beckmann
, Donna Blakeman Welch,
Teresa Carey, 
Evin Collis

, Allan Courtney

, Susan Crawford-Young
Gloria De Neve

Zeljko (Jack) Dermek
Omer DeWandel

, Peter Dumans
Bev Dwarika
Gail Fortier

Nora Fraser
, Gary Ganes
Laura Gentile
Naomi Gerrard

, Cheryl Gilarski
Gordon Gilbey

Harold Grunwald
Kim Gwozdz

, Dan Harper

, Laurie Harper-Winning
Genevie Henderson

Lois Hogg
Kathy Innes
Steve Jorgenson
Ruth Kamenev

, Eileen Kasprick
Traute Klein

Sandi Lamont
Stew McCulloch
Tyrrell Mendis
Bev Morton

, Stephanie Nykiforuk

Luba Olesky
Judith Panson
Ginette Pelletier-Laforge

, Joseph Poirier
Luther Pokran

H. RogueRaiders

, Robby Simpson

, Kathy Sing
Germana Stangherlin
Bonnie Taylor

Danielle Trudeau
Dan Waldman
Jean Wiens