February 28, 2013

Carol Wincenc & Leonard Yakir: The Ruby Concerts l Aymee Tuckett: Hell on Heels

The Ruby Concerts, dir. Leonard Yakir, 2013, US, 60 min
March 8, 7:00 PM 
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St. 
WSO Box Office, 555 Main Street
Winnipeg: 204.949.3999
Brandon: 204.725.1165 (toll free)

Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. During the 2010 concert season she celebrated 40 years of performing in New York.  This film is an in-depth look at what makes a great classical musician and her history and insights.  

Former Winnipeg filmmaker Leonard Yakir is an important figure in the early days of the Winnipeg filmmaking community. 
In addition to his great portrait film about Ray LeClaire, Main Street Soldier, he also created a key film in the early days of feature filmmaking in Winnipeg, The Mourning Suit and was the writer/producer of the cult film Out of The Blue directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Linda Manz (Days of Heaven).

Hell on Heels Documentary Screening & Panel
March 7, 7:00 pm
Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 237 McDermot Avenue

Appetizers: 7 p.m.
Screening & Panel: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15
For tickets email Aymee Tuckett or call 204.996.6289

Hell on Heels iexplores the health problems that result from wearing high heeled shoes. 
It focuses on mandatory heel height policies for female workers in restaurants, and why government needs to develop legislation to protect female workers. 

A panel discussion and Q&A will follow.
Dr. Shannon Sampert - Department of Politics, U of W
Dr. Glen Bergeron PhD CAT© - Kinesiology and Applied Health, U of W
Amy Tuckett - Filmmaker and Remedial Massage Therapist
Hannah Pratt - Former Earls Employee 
   and current Communications Coordinator for The Winnipeg Humane Society

February 27, 2013

YOU GO GIRL l Gas Station: SHIFT CHANGE l Sarasvati Monologues: Wild Women l March Music at McNally's

March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Arkadash Bistro & Lounge, 268 Portage Avenue
With special host Jillian Taylor (CBC)
Tickets are $10 and are available at Cake-ology or Loka Boutique

Annick Beauchesne, a 15-year old student at Balmoral Hall, is a young woman on a mission to empower other girls just like her to give back to the community and to help them develop positive attitudes about themselves.

In support of Graffiti Art Programming Inc. and The Wasichana Fund Inc. – organizations that work with at-risk youth and girls.  Organized and hosted by Annick, YOU GO GIRL is a charity fashion show with a whole lot of girl power. 

Guests will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and delighted by a contortionist performance by the Rhythmic Royals Gymnastics Club and a dance routine by Graffiti Art Programming’s all-girl hip-hop dance troupe.

Gas Station Arts Centre, River at Osborne
Film Screening, March 5, 7 pm

The Winnipeg premiere of SHIFT CHANGE, a film by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with local co-operatives and refreshments.

Sarasvati Productions presents
Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue
March 8 at 8 pm
Tickets $10
Plus a free sneak peek March 8 at noon and community performances from March 5 to 8

This year’s theme is Wild Women.  Stories will focus on women who break barriers and reject the status quo! The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights, performed by a talented local cast.  It gives voice to women of all backgrounds and covers topics from the hilarious to the inspiring.

I Am Supergirl by Sheree Bradford-Lea; performed by Samantha Walters
Booze Hound by Hannah Foulger; performed by Jane Burpee
The Chronicles of Heloise – My Choice by Elizabeth Copeland;
                                              performed by Alexandra Bolton
Hunting by Danielle Skene; performed by Elena Anciro
Come Up and See Me Sometime by Hope McIntyre; performed by Nan Fewchuk
Mama’s Night Out by Nicolle Nattrass; performed by Danielle Savage
All My Day Jobs by Kirsten Van Ritzen; performed by Lorraine James
Edith Spanner by Robyn Israel; performed by Cheryl Gensiorek
Flesh Offerings by Yvette Nolan; performed by Melanie Dean
Bilguisa Speaks Up by Donna-Michelle St. Bertrand; performed by Cherrel Holder


Brian Chipney Trio
Friday March 1, 8:00 pm
Mainstream Jazz

The Burton Trio
Saturday March 2, 8:00 pm

Matchstalk Men
Friday March 8, 8:00 pm
Easy Listening

Table 4 Three
Saturday March 9, 8:00 pm

Lois Gillespie
Friday March 15, 8:00 pm

The Hammers
Saturday March 16, 6:30-9:30 pm

Paul Plouffe
Friday March 22, 8:00 pm

The Robert Burton Trio
Saturday March 23, 8:00 pm

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

February 26, 2013

Brian Kowalchuk l Roderick & Sharon Stewart l Holly Ann Friesen l Peru & Galapagos l Robert O’Kell

March 3, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Sharing God

Using profound ideas from physics, psychology and philosophy, explore the possibility of a faith that is true to both God and Science. Confront the idea of sharing God and the core scheme of Domination and Surrender. 

Brian Kowalchuk takes to his subject matter both as a scientist and as a professional helper (BSc in chemistry and biology and PhD in psychology). A practicing clinical psychologist for 25 years, Brian has also explored Yoga, Buddhism, energy work, hypnotherapy and various western religions.

March 4, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune

A surgeon, an artist, and a writer, Bethune was an extraordinary Canadian. His life was characterized by cycles of achievement and self-destruction.  His adventurous spirit led him from the operating rooms of Montreal to the battlegrounds of Spain and China. 
This book examines the reasoning that led Bethune to embrace Marxism and shows the depth of his faith in the triumph of communism, a commitment that led to his death from an infection caught while performing surgery in remote northern China. 

Roderick Stewart, author of Bethune and The Mind of Norman Bethune, is a retired teacher of history. 
Sharon Stewart has over twenty-five years experience as a writer and as an editor.

March 4, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Small Works Gallery Opening
…see the forest for the trees

Holly Ann Friesen works in abstraction creating images that are recognizable but unique. She captures the strength of trees and sky with colour and shape. The audience is asked to “see the forest through the trees” – look beyond the details to see the bigger picture. Friesen's work has found homes in private and public collections as far as Asia.

Marlin Travel and G Adventures
March 5, 7:00 pm in the Community Classroom
Peru & Galapagos Travel Tal.

G Adventures offers small group travels to worldwide destinations off the beaten path. 
Please RSVP to Marlin Travel, (204) 661-8148 or email by March 1.

March 5, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Disraeli: The Romance of Politics

The recurring fantasy structures of Disraeli’s novels bear a striking similarity to the imaginative shaping of his political career.  O’Kell's investigation shines new light on Disraeli’s novels, his two governments, his imperialism, and his handling of the Irish Church Disestablishment Crisis of 1868 and the Eastern Question in the 1870s. 
Robert O’Kell is Professor of English, and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Manitoba.

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

February 25, 2013

Manitoba Opera's Bravo Gala 2013

Delta Winnipeg Hotel, 350 St Mary Avenue
Saturday, March 9, 6:30 pm

Join Manitoba Opera for an enchanting evening inspired by our April production of Aida
The night will sparkle with the pomp, pageantry, and spectacle of ancient Egypt.
Fine dining, fabulous auction prizes, a performance of opera excerpts, 
and dancing to the sounds of the Danny Kramer Event Band will make for an unforgettable evening!

Opera performance by soprano Lara Secord-Haid
Master of Ceremonies: Comedian and opera lover Al Rae

Attire: Formal, Black Tie Optional
Tickets: $185 each
Corporate tables of eight or ten: $1680 or $2100 respectively.
A partial charitable tax receipt will be issued in the name associated with the purchase.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Manitoba Opera
or e mail Chad Falk at 204 942-2163 

February 24, 2013

Know More about Idle No More l International Women's Day March 2013 l Gurevich: Andrew Beck l Freedom to Read Marathon l Manitoba Mutts: ADOPTION FAIR

Know More about Idle No More, A Teach In
February 26, from 6 - 9 pm, doors closed at 7:30 pm
782 Main Street (South Door)

It is for non-Aboriginal (settler) peoples gathering to learn at teach-in event 
Wheelchair accessible

Speakers include:
-- Chickadee Richard (local Idle No More Organizer)
-- Tasha Hubbard (Member of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba's Speaker's Bureau and U of M Faculty)
-- Peter Kulchyski, Winnipeg Indigenous People Solidarity Movement, Native Studies Professor at University of Manitoba

International Women's Day March 2013
Friday, March 8, 5:15 pm
The Union Centre, 275 Broadway

We will march from and to The Union Centre for International Women's Day this year. 
The theme is SOLIDARITY so start brain storming about making noise and taking up space with your voices, drums, shakers, bodies, chants, placards, human flotillas, costumes, dance routines to show solidarity!

Come make props/art for the IWD march with Art City 
West Central Women's Resource Centre, 640 Ellice 
February 26 and March 5 from 4 - 6.
More info call (204) 774-8975 or Email

The WCWRC exists to empower women to help themselves, their families and their community to safer, healthier lifestyles. Our home is the diverse West Central neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

Gurevich Fine Art, 200 - 62 Albert St
Opening night: March 1, 7 pm

Under the Same Blue Sky | Andrew Beck
March 1st through 23rd

Scenic designer and accomplished painter and sculptor Andrew Beck has produced his first series of gritty urban paintings.

The MWG and the WPL Present a Freedom to Read Marathon

March 2, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm

Every year the Winnipeg Public Library and the Manitoba Writers’ Guild hold a Freedom to Read Marathon to collectively assert our right to the fundamental freedoms of thought, belief, expression, as well as the freedom of the press and other means of communication. We do so by taking turns reading aloud from works that have been, or continue to be, banned or challenged in our country or elsewhere.

We invite you to take part in our efforts, either by spreading the word, coming out to support us, or signing up to read from the work of your choice. 
A selection of works will be provided.

For information or to sign-up to read, please contact 
the Reader Services department of the Millennium Library (204-986-6779).

Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue: ADOPTION FAIR
Pets 101, 2573 Portage Ave
March 2, 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

February 23, 2013

Me Made March: Sewing Classes l Children's Wish Foundation: Shiver Ball Gala l Interfaith Shabbat l Celebration of Life and Music l aceartinc.: Homemaking - Chantal Mierau

We will be offering workshops every Saturday in March. 
E mail or register at Tara Davis Studio Boutique, 246 McDermot Ave.

March 1: Open house / Last call for Registration
March 2: Make your own tights / leggings Workshop
March 9: DIY Underwear
March 16: Scarves, Cowls, Collars & Neck Jewels. OH MY!
March 23: Tanks & Sack Dresses
March 30: Keep your head and hands warm! Up-cycle an old sweater!

Workshops are $50, or 2 for $85
Classes will be at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. (specify which time you would like)

Me Made March is all about challenging yourself to wear a handmade wardrobe. 
The purpose is to promote learning a new craft, moving towards a more sustainable 
way of dressing and to consider supporting one of our own local fashion designers. 
Whether you go head to toe handmade or just challenge yourself to wear one 
handmade item a day, is totally up to you!

March 1

The Children's Wish Foundation, Manitoba and Nunavit chapter
is holding its fourth annual Shiver Ball Gala at the Delta Hotel!

Entertainment, live and silent auctions!
Snowflake raffle: win jewelry or a trip for 2 to Florida!!

Email Jonathan or call 204-945-9474

Interfaith Shabbat
March 1, 5:30 pm
Congregation Shaarey Zedak, 561 Wellington Crescent
Everyone is welcome!!

Tour the synagogue, learn about the prayer service that welcomes the Sabbath,
and sit down to a traditional Sabbath meal.
Discussion to follow the meal.

Tickets $10
Available at the U of M Answers booth and Chaplaincy office, and the U of W info booth.
Avi Posen  204-480-6561 or email 

Henry Schellenberg – Celebration of Life and Music
Friday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Westminster Church, 745 Westminster Ave.
Choir rehearsal at 5:00 p.m.


Heilig, Heilig, Heilig - Mendelssohn:
Henry Engbrecht/accappella

Let Everything That Hath Breath - J Ames:
Tim Taves/Candace Hamm/Rebecca Boerchers

Psalm 84 - G Faure:
Andree Dagenais/Robert Neufeld

O God Beyond All Praising - Bill Derksen:
Rudy Schellenberg/Kristin Penner/Ray Giesbrecht

Please RSVP your participation in the choir either to Gloria Froese or to Robert Neufeld via email and specify your voice part (SATB).  Our conductors need to know the numbers of singers in order to have adequate copies of music available.

We need to know whether you're joining the choir, or just coming to the celebration.

The choir and Precious Lord at York Cathedral 
with Henry Schellenberg conducting Spring 2012

aceartinc.: Homemaking - Chantal Mierau
March 1 - April 5
Opening Reception March 1
Artist Talk March 9, 2 pm

Ms Mierau has demonstrated flair and thoughtful engagement with the themes of work, families, and the Mennonite religion. Her videos and performances amuse, unsettle, and provoke questions about what it is to exist, and to seek meaning.  Homemaking is a video installation that weaves together imagery from weekly chores and insect lifecycles.

Ms Mierau is available to give interviews in French and English.

February 22, 2013

Prince Achmed with Julia Ryckman l TRUST w/ ERAAS & Kindest Cuts l Winnipeg Folk Festival: A Night of Original Music, Emma Cloney

February 28, 7:00 pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
Featuring a live score by Julia Ryckman and friends
Special Event Pricing: $10 (member), $12 (non-member)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a German animated fairytale film from 1926. 
Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures.

It is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and features a silhouette animation technique Lotte Reiniger had invented.  It involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera. It is similar to Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action. 
The original prints featured color tinting. Several famous avant-garde animators worked on this film: Walter Ruttmann, Berthold Bartosch, and Carl Koch.

Julia Ryckman is a classically trained opera singer and piano player and is presently front-woman of post-punk rockers This Hisses, solo project Slattern, and experimental duo Triunfo Do Gato. She calls her new score “chamber punk", with one foot in the technical, demanding world of Opera and the other in the dirty punk rock bars of Winnipeg.

The West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue
February 28, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $13 Advance | $18 Door
At the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader
and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.

Toronto goth-pop/darkwave music act, Trust is the alter ego of Toronto artist Robert Alfons. Formed in 2009 along with collaborator Maya Postepski (of Austra & Tasseomancy), Trust released its first singles, "Candy Walls" and "Bulbform," in 2011 before signing with Arts & Crafts for the 2012 release of debut full length, TRST.

ERAAS (from Brooklyn) and Winnipeg electronic act Kindest Cuts will support the show. 

Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Independent Songwriters Circle present

February 28
The Folk Exchange
$2 for non-performers
Doors 7:00, circle starts 7:30 pm

March 2
Tickets $10 in advance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store; $12 at the door
Doors 7:15 PM, show 8:00 PM

February 20, 2013

Donovan Gray l Bruno Dyck l Maureen Fergus l Jennifer Anne Cooper: the Malala Fund l Dr. David Johnson

February 26, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Dude, Where’s My Stethoscope? and Other Stories from the ER

A collection of true-life medical short stories, covering the author’s years in medical school and two decades of rural and urban-based ER experiences.  Donovan Gray graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1990. He continues to do regular locums in northern Ontario.

February 27, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and Twenty-First Centuries

Management is a dominant theme in the Gospel, and Luke contains a four-phase ‘how to’ to help readers implement change. A new way to understand the Gospel as well as the moral foundations of contemporary management.  Bruno Dyck has co-authored a management textbook and has published research in leading scholarly journals.

February 28, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

In The Gypsy King, Persephone has spent four years toiling and dreaming of a life where she is free. A chance encounter with a handsome chicken thief named Azriel changes her life forever. 

In The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, a kindergartener invites her mom to class and discovers there are some things kids are better at than parents are. 

Maureen Fergus is the author of Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, Recipe for Disaster and Ortega, the 2011 winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (Older Category). Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, and Reader’s Digest.

March 2, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Meditations for 2012: The year that we thought, that the Mayans thought, that the world would surely end

This book is a unique collection of thoughts and photographs designed to provoke, stimulate, and inspire. Starting as a way to honour the year 2012, the meditations were created monthly and have come together in this collection for the enjoyment of those who choose to lead an examined life.

Jennifer Anne Cooper, Q.C., LLB, is a Winnipeg lawyer who has been profiled for over 15 years in Canadian Who’s Who. She is a Past President of the Manitoba Bar Association and an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba.

Profits from the sale of this book will go to the Malala Fund, a charity that supports the education of girls everywhere in the world. It was established for Malala Yousafzi, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October because she dared to speak out in favour of educating girls.

March 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Community Classroom
The Birth of the New Testament: Exploring a Conspiracy Theory
Admission is free.

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2013.  Is the New Testament the result of random events in the life of the early church? Or were there political and/or religious forces that brought together the twenty-seven books now in the canon? The lecture will explore various theories, some of which have shown up in popular culture like the Da Vinci Code and Piers Morgan.

David Johnson, Ph.D. is a professor of New Testament, Provost, and Interim President. 

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

February 19, 2013

Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert l Found Dog Tips l Danger on Craigslist

Recently people have been posting on Facebook that they have seen lost dogs.
During our cold winters, the dogs are in danger.

If you have found a dog alone, try to lure the dog with treats and use a low voice.
DO NOT CHASE IT!  Let them come to you.
If the dog looks interested, move slowly towards it keeping your hip toward the dog.
Do not look at it.  Have the leash ready to slip over the dog’s head.
Show a treat through the loop so the dog might poke its head through to get the treat.
Or open your car door and see if they want to go for a car ride.

Take it to Winnipeg Animal Service (WAS) or The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS).
If after hours, please call Pembina Veterinary Clinic (open 24 hours) or Southglen Veterinary Hospital (open till midnight); they often take dogs until the next day.

If you can keep the dog notify the WAS, WHS and the vet in your area.
You may take the dog to the WAS or WHS or a vet and get it scanned for a microchip (free).
Take the dog for a walk around the area you found it.  He might lead you to his home.

If you cannot catch the dog, please report the dog’s description to 311, with the location and the direction the dog was heading.

--Check for license or ID tag and ask around your neighbourhood.
--Call 311 to report the dog found.
--Take the dog to the nearest vet to see if it has a microchip or tattoo.
--Put a sign in your yard saying you found a dog and put posters up in your area.
--Put an ad in Kijiji and the Free Press.  Plus post on Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert’s Facebook page.  It’s free.
--When someone calls ask them to bring proof of ownership.  It could be a vet bill or adoption papers or pictures.

A dog alone IS a dog LOST!  It is our responsibility to keep it SAFE!
Be careful!  Not all dogs are friendly.

Please do not give away free pets on Craigslist.
Even on Craigslist’s own site, the dangers are stated:
As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through "free to good home" ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals over to him.

People known as "bunchers," who obtain animals to sell to research facilities, often acquire animals by answering "free to good home ads.”

Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.

Because there are animal abusers out there who search Craigslist looking for free animals.
“Free to good home” dogs and cats are obtained for research, dog fighting, baiting, etc. A Dog Blog

PLEASE do a home check/visit for any animal you place and follow up on the adoption.

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

Please sign the petition

You can help end the cruelty by sharing the truth about animals’ abuse.
Thank you!

February 18, 2013

The MTS Rising Stars Concert: Carmina Burana .... l All Saints': Henry Purcell & Charles V. Stanford l Theatre Incarnate: Actors Asylum Workshops: Clown & Mime l Park Theatre: Estate of Affairs

February 26, 7:30 p.m. 
Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street

The WSO partners with Manitoba high school choirs and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra 
for a performance of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with Alexander Mickelthwate, conducting.

Mass choir includes students from:
* Garden City Collegiate
* Glenlawn Collegiate
* Neelin High School (Brandon)
* West Kildonan Collegiate
* Steinbach Regional Secondary School
* Vincent Massey High School (Brandon)
* Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
* Winnipeg School Division Honour Choir

Guest performers:
* Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra, Directed by Daniel Scholz
* Winnipeg Boys Choir, Directed by Carolyn Boyes & Annelie Reimer
* Soloists from the University of Manitoba

Tickets: $20/$25. Contact any school listed above for $20 tickets.
Contact the WSO Box Office at 204.949.3999 for $25 tickets.
Brandon: 204.725.1165 (toll free)

All Saints' Anglican Church  (Corner of Broadway and Osborne)
Music of Henry Purcell
February 24, 4 pm
Music of Charles V. Stanford
March 24, 4 pm

STUDIO 320 - 70 Albert Street
Running weekends February 24 - April 6
Theatre Incarnate will be presenting a new round of "Actors Asylum" workshops.
Workshops will run 3 hours per session for 5 sessions.
The cost is $150 for either workshop.
A $50.00 deposit is required to secure a space. 

Instructor Ardyth Johnson

Le Jeu (Clown I): Sunday Afternoons from 2 pm - 5 pm.
Feb. 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24
Through discovery of play (Le Jeu), you will find your clown. 

Mime / Neutral Mask (I): Saturday mornings from 11 am - 2 pm.
March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 6
Learn core basics to be totally aware of your body (energy and focus) to go to a gesture.

Soap Scum presents... Season Seven, Estate of Affairs
Feb 25 to Jun 10, 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $8.00 / Season Passes $40
The Park Theater and Cafe, 698 Osborne Street

Welcome to the luxury resort hotel, The Walkendorf, legacy of the lavish Adam Family who, divided by passions, vie for control of their future!

Join Winnipeg's finest Scum each Monday as they bring to life a new Live Improvised episode of your favorite Soap Opera... Estate of Affairs.

February 17, 2013

Growing Local Conference 2013 l To Make a Farm l Sharing Our Food Stories session for Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative workers

From Aquaponics to Zesty Salads, the Growing Local Conference 2013 is shaping up to offer something for everyone!

Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith Street
February 28, 7:30 PM
Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Opening night will kick off with a screening of "To Make a Farm," which is open to all. 

March 1 & 2 promises two full days of workshops and displays from various food security organizations at the Marlborough Hotel.  

Conference streams include:
  • DIY (Do It Yourself) hands-on food skills and production workshops
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Indigenous and Northern Issues
  • Food Justice
  • Health

Are you a youth interested in local food? Don't miss the Growing Local Youth Gathering, open to all youth and school groups alike.

Are you an organization involved with local food? Displaying at this two-day conference is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about your organization with an expected audience of more than 500 people as well as the media.  Promote your organization and support a food secure future in Manitoba! Click here for an application.

The second annual Sharing Our Food Stories session will be held on February 28 at the Marlborough Hotel, on the 8th Floor, preceding the Growing Local conference. This event is open to all Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative workers from the provinces sixty-three First Nations, and community members who are involved in the Northern Healthy Foods Initiative.  Click here for more information.

Monica Derksen, Conference Coordinator
Office: 204 943 0822
Toll-free: 1 800 731 2638
Cell: 204 990 7317

The Marlborough Hotel (accommodations available):
331 Smith Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Registration, breaks, afternoon closings and displays are in Eton Hall (Mezzanine)
Phone: 204 942 6411 or email
Toll Free: 1 800 667 7666

February 16, 2013

Prairie Theatre Exchange: This is War

by Hannah Moscovitch, contributing writer to CBC Radio's AFGHANADA
February 21 - March 10
Preview - February 20

This one thing always runs in my head. I want to do right by my guys. I’m responsible for them, for their lives. It’s on me. That’s the main thing. I want to do right by my guys.

Four soldiers in Afghanistan are being interviewed about an incident all too common in war, but unimaginably horrifying to those of us safe at home. 
Four different perspectives draw the audience into the soldier’s reality, where the split second in which the decision is made to shoot or not shoot is the very essence of war. 
What is the aftermath of that kind of experience?  

Lisa Berry          Master Corporal Tanya Young
John Cleland      Captain Stephen Hughes
Ian Lake            Private Jonny Henderson (until March 3)
Brendan Murray  (Medic) Sergeant Chris Anders
Kevin Walker      Private Jonny Henderson (March 5-10)

Artistic Director Robert Metcalfe says: We’ve been at war as a nation for a decade and rarely explore what that means and what the real costs are to the people we send to fight, to the country we are trying to build or to ourselves.  
Moscovitch’s play is part of the conversation we need.

See the trailer                       

Audience advisory: violence, sexuality and explicit language.

February 15, 2013

The Circus of Objects l Alliance Française du Manitoba: Adieu Berthe

The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe, 898 Westminster Ave.
February 21, 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm
Telephone 204-804-9686 or e-mail

Adhere and Deny Presents: The Circus of Objects

The Circus of Objects is a combination of cabaret and circus. There is a profaneness in these art forms for Adhere And Deny to balance off its more sublime or meditative work.

Artists are Chris Sabel, Alexandra Elliot, Jolene Bailie, Debbie Patterson, Ellen Peterson, Carolyn Gray, Jonathan Bevan, Brenda McLean, Rob Fordyce, Liz Garlicki, Ken Gregory, Dan Walechuk, Tom Keenan, Arne MacPherson, Graham Ashmore, Mia Van Leeuwen, Minor, Samantha Halas, Lyndsay Ladobruk and Freya Olafson.

Adhere and Deny: The Circus of Objects Full Body Show
February 27, 7 PM 
Adhere And Deny’s pocket theatre on the 3rd Floor of 70 Albert Street
Admission is by donation.  Rush seating.  
For more information telephone 204-804-9686.  

In paying tribute to variety theatre, in all its shapes and forms, THE CIRCUS OF OBJECTS VIII EDITION will present an evening of live performances (puppetry, circus acts, theatre, music and dance) by The Molotovs, Amy Blaze, Minor, Alexandra Elliott, Dennis Cooley, 
Mr. Maurice (Chris Sabel) and Freya Olafson.
With videos by Brian Longfield, Mia Von Leeuwen, Susan Chafe and jaymez.  
There will be on exhibit performing objects by Erika Lincoln.  

The artistic director of Adhere And Deny is Grant Guy. 

Alliance Française du Manitoba: Adieu Berthe, a French film by Bruno Podalydès
February 21, 6:45 PM

Struggling with complicated family dynamics and a full-blown mid-life crisis, a small-town chemist is forced to reassess his tangled love life. When his grandmother Berthe dies, he is faced with the profound existential question – do we burn Granny or bury her?

*Screened in French with English subtitles.

Workplace Bullying l Understanding Young Children l Communication l Arguments l Family Loss

In the McNally Robinson Community Classroom 
as part of Psychology Month 2013

February 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
“Strategies for Preventing Workplace Bullying”
Dr. Karen Harlos, PhD Commerce (Organizational Behaviour), MA Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) as part of Psychology Month 2013.

Workplace bullying is a serious problem that harms both individuals’ mental and physical health and institutions’ performance and sustainability. I draw on my own and others’ work to explore evolving ideas about sources of bullying and strategies for prevention. 

Dr. Karen Harlos is Associate Professor and Inaugural Chair, Department of Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg.

February 21, 7:00-8:00 pm
“Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Understanding and surviving the early years!”
Dr. Sayma Malik and Enid Britton, MSW, RSW as part of Psychology Month 2013.

This talk will offer a basic overview of the following: Learn to identify how young children express their social and emotional needs; Learn how to promote healthy emotional development; Learn about community resources available to support families. 

Dr. Sayma Malik specializes in assessment and treatment of young children with complex histories.  Prevention, early intervention and advocacy are strong areas of clinical and research interest.
Enid Britton has over 25 years of clinical experience working with families. She has a passion for promoting children’s mental health, advocating for families and supporting parents to see their innate strengths.

February 23, 7:00-8:30 pm
Nicholas Greco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communications and Media
presenting “The Process of Postmodern Communication.”
Admission is free.

Many consider communication to be a straightforward process in which a message is sent by one and received by another. I will explain how communication works, both in terms of interpersonal communication and how one engages with media and its messages. 

February 25, 7:00-8:00 pm
“Tips on Communication: How to Stop Having the Same Argument Over and Over”
Dr. Alicia Ordóñez (Clinical Psychologist) and Dr. Jo Ann Unger (Clinical Psychologist Candidate)

You will gain some understanding about how repetitive arguments happen and learn tips that can help you have more effective and meaningful interactions.  

Dr. Alicia Ordóñez has provided therapy services to individuals, couples, and families with a variety of concerns: parenting, relationship issues, trauma, coping with transitions and life stages, mood problems, and abuse. An ASL interpreter will be on site.

February 28, 7:00-8:30 pm 
`Mom, is the Fish Sleeping?’: Dealing with Family Loss” 
Dr. Carrie Lionberg (Clinical Psychologist) and Leah Enns (Clinical Psychology Resident) 

The ways that family members react to and cope with loss: from death of a pet to neonatal loss. Grief and changes in the family system, how children deal with loss, and what can be done as a family to help children understand and cope will be highlighted. 

Dr. Carrie Lionberg, a Clinical Psychologist, specializes in the psychological treatment of issues related to Women's Health, Chronic Illness and Injury Adjustment. 

Leah Enns, M.A., a clinical health psychology resident, specializes in the assessment and treatment of families who present with pediatric and mental health issues.

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

February 14, 2013

February 14 - V-Day - End Violence l FUNDRAISERS: Fab Fem l Sarasvàti: So You Think You Can Act

February 14 is also V-Day – a day dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. 
Honor this day and help Polaris Project embark upon our second decade of success.

Polaris Project was founded with the belief that everyday people could end modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Just this week the U.S. Senate passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), cornerstone legislation in America’s fight against human trafficking.

Thousands called and emailed Senators, urging them to make this bill a priority. 
The Senate passed this legislation 93-5 as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act on President Lincoln’s birthday.

Urge the House of Representatives to pass the TVPRA and help victims of trafficking.

The fight against human trafficking isn’t only waged on Capitol Hill. It’s on our streets. When people see the young girl being abused and sold for commercial sex 
or the nanny who is too afraid to leave the house because she’s been threatened, 
citizens are taking action and calling the Hotline (1-888-373-7888).

Last month, Polaris Project’s call specialists answered a record-breaking 2,850 calls. 
That’s 65% higher than our entire 2012 monthly average. 

In this one month, we:
Identified 323 victims of human trafficking and connected them to services
Directly supported 71 survivors 
Reported 114 potential cases of human trafficking to law enforcement

Here are three things you can do:
Share the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888)
Make a donation and help fund our work

Bradley Myles, Executive Director
P.O. Box 53315, Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-745-1001, Fax: 202-745-1119, Email

Feb 20
West End Cultural Centre

Fab Fem Fundraiser!
Entertainment, a silent auction, delicious food!

Call 204-477-1123

February 20, 7 pm 
Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Avenue)
Tickets are $25 and are available on-line.

Winnipeg celebrities who do not have acting experience pair with local actors to perform a scene. A panel of judges will provide hilarious commentary in the style of reality-television competition programming. Ultimately, the audience will vote for their favorite pair! 

This year’s theme is Family Ties – scenes will explore the humor and conflict that we all know exist in family relationships!

Hosted by Lee White (CRUMBS improv group)

Judges: Mariam Bernstein (local actor and director), Ryan Miller (Hot Thespian Action) 
and Robb Paterson (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Associate Director)

Sarasvàti Productions is proud to present the celebrity line-up for its fun fundraiser:
Jenna Khan (Breakfast Television), Jon Ljungberg (comedian), Marcy Markusa (CBC Radio), Ron Paley (Ron Paley Big Band), Kerri Salki (102.3 Clear FM), Desiree Scott (Olympic bronze medalist) and Jeff Stoughton (world champion curler).

“After last year’s amazing success, that saw Ace Burpee take home the trophy, we are excited to welcome a whole new list of celebrities,” says Artistic Director Hope McIntyre.

Funds raised will go towards the spring production of Jail Baby, a partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba.

AMBER DAWN: Queerlore at U of W l Gio's: Genderfest Wrap Party l Justin Rutledge l All You Need is Love l Janet Dwyer: Photographing Works of Art l French Kiss me, I'm Irish

QueerLore: An evening of Personal Queer Stories and Narratives
Feb 15, 7:00 PM
U of W - Bulman Centre
FREE event - fully accessible - all ages, though some material may be explicit
Light snacks will be provided!

Pull up a blanket, get cozy, and join us for a night of community that celebrates the queer experience through written and spoken word!

This Genderfest Winnipeg event is hosted by the Winnipeg DykeMarch and features Vancouver award-winning queer author, Amber Dawn, who will share her stories!

Performers include:
~Bowen Smyth
~Sarah Jo
~Ro Walker Mills
~Falen Savage
~Aimee Cyr

Amber Dawn is a writer, activist and performance artist. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. She currently teaches Speculative Fiction Writing at Douglas College. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir will launch in April 2013.

Gio's Club & Bar, 155 Smith Street
Feb 15, 9:00 pm until 3:00 am
Admission is by donation ($5.00 suggested) or PWYC!
Gio's is a FULLY accessible venue!

Pin Ups and Sailors - the Gender Blender: Genderfest Wrap Party

Come to the last Queer dance party at Gio's Smith St. location!! 
Genderfest wraps up its first year of events with a dance party hosted by QueerView!
Break out that amazing Pin Up dress or Sailor uniform for extra party fun!
Dressing to impress is fully encouraged and there is never, ever, to much glitter!!

Ridiculous cheap drink prices!!!
Dance to the music of QueerView DJ's!!!! 
Dress as a Pin Up / Sailor / What Ever - Blend your gender for more party fun!!

Everyone come out and party with us -- one last time at this Gio's location!


Justin Rutledge’s fifth studio album, Valleyheart
February 20
Park Theatre

Valleyheart is, at the core, an album about translating memory.
Rutledge has worked with such pivotal directors as Daniel Brooks and Morris Panych,
and collaborated with Michael Ondaatje on adapting his novel Divisadero for the stage.
Rutledge was also the composer and music director for Canadian Stage’s production of
The Arsonists, featuring Michael Ball and Sheila McCarthy.

Winnipeg Folk Festival in The City: 
All You Need is Love workshop feat. Jaylene Johnson, Don Amero, Keith MacPherson
February 23, 1:30 pm

February 20, 7 - 9:30 pm
MAWA, 611 Main Street

Free for ACI and MAWA members; $10 for all others
Janet Dwyer will also discuss how to control quality and direction of light, exposure and color balance. She will address participants’ questions, and present ideas for lighting sets that one can construct. This Bootcamp will be more theory-based than hands-on.

In addition to shooting for many renowned artists and numerous galleries, her clients include the Royal BC Museum and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Since 1978, she has taught photography workshops and instructed at colleges and universities across Canada. Janet is the contributing author on this subject in Robin Hopper's book Stayin Alive, a survival guide for artists.

February 20, 9:00 pm
Finn's Pub, 210-25 Forks Market Rd.

Finns pub and Shut up and Laugh Comedy Showcase present 
"French Kiss me, I'm Irish"  which celebrates Festival Du Voyager 
Tickets are only $5 
Contact any of the comics for tickets or call (204) 232-0765
18+ Event

The first of a new monthly comedy night which will be held at Finn's pub.
Join Host Dan Verville as he presents some of Winnipegs most talented comics: 
Chad Anderson
Michelle Maryk 
Warren Persowich
Barney Morin
Scott Porteous
Mike Cunningham
Dan Shandroski
Kurt Berger
Jason Beck
Mike Green

February 13, 2013

Rayannah Kroeker & Quintin Bart l Skate and Stride to Help Manitoba's Youth

Florian Vorreiter Guitars, 869 Westminster Avenue
February 19, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 
(204) 783-9872 or email 
Seating is limited.
Doors open: 7:30 pm l Show starts: 8:00 pm

Quintin and Rayannah began playing together at University of Manitoba Faculty of Music. They took their music to the Prairie Ink Café and various functions around Winnipeg. 
Their repertoire pulls from the jazz canon, but their common interest in music from around the world also has an important place in their work. Quintin and Rayannah have worked on and off stage on issues surrounding social justice. 
This concert will mark their first collaboration since their return to Winnipeg.

February 23, 1 - 3:30 pm
The Forks
Registration: $20 until February 19; Free for children

to raise awareness of the impact of bullying and mood disorders on Manitoba's youth.

Walk/Run/Skate all or part of a 5km course on the river at The Forks!
Enjoy entertainment at Inn at the Forks. 
There will also be games and activities for kids! 
Join Winnipeg Blue Bomber Jordan Matechuk!

Funds will go towards community education and outreach programs.

February 12, 2013

Mr. Henderson’s Canadian History Class l Donna Lee Dumont, Sherry Farrell Racette, Darren R. Préfontaine and Gregory Scofield l The Ocean l Drug Discovery l Feng Shui l Joanne Kelly’s Book Club

February 19, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Because of a Hat

Mr. Henderson’s Canadian History Class 2012/13: The history of Red River has not been easy, but is a microcosm of Canada’s story - one of mutual dependence, respect, and conflict. We hope our stories can shed light on how we might move forward in the 21st century.

Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research
February 20, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Donna Lee Dumont, Sherry Farrell Racette, Darren R. Préfontaine and Gregory Scofield

Donna Lee Dumont’s Peter Fidler and the Métis is a primer on Métis history and culture for middle years readers.
Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette is a scholar and has an active arts practice which includes painting, multimedia works, and illustration work for children’s books.
Darren R. Préfontaine's book, Gabriel Dumont: Li Chef Michif in Images and in Words, focuses on visual and journalistic representations of Gabriel Dumont.
Gregory Scofield'is work has appeared in many anthologies, including Manitowapow. His most recent collection of poetry is Louis: The Heretic Poems.

February 24, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
The Ocean: A Novel

The Ocean follows three women through the growing modernization and political turmoil of Chile, to their exile in land-locked Winnipeg. These women each live in different eras, yet are all confronted with changed personal and public histories. The only constant in their lives is the presence of the ocean. 

Cecilia Araneda was born in Chile and came to Canada with her family after they escaped Chile’s bloody coup d’etat. An accomplished filmmaker, The Ocean is her first novel.

February 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium. 
Café Scientifique presents “Drug Discovery: The 21st Century Petri Dish.”

The demand for new antibiotics and anticancer drugs is an urgent focus, given antibiotic resistance and the need to tailor our fight against diseases. 
Panelists: Dr. Donald Miller, Dr. Frank Schweizer, Dr. John Sorensen, 
and Dr. George Zhanel. 
Facilitator: Dr. Albert Friesen (President, Medicure; Co-Chair, MB Innovation Council). 
Please join us for a lively discussion, debate, and refreshments. Seating is limited. 
Please RSVP: email or call 204.474.6689.

February 25, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Speaking & Signing Feng Shui: Do You See What I See?

Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club
February 26, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove

Shaw TV, Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue our free book club with a discussion of Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy, a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, filled with existential musings and mordant wit. 
Join us for refreshments and discussion! 
Questions? Get in touch with Joanne or with John or by calling 453-0424, ex 227.

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