March 31, 2013

Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast!! l James Duncan l Guy Gavriel Kay l THIN AIR: Fred Wah l Jim Hiscott

April 13, 8:00 am until 10:00 am
Applebee's Grant Park, 1150 Grant Avenue
Tickets $10 each
To get your tickets email us and we can arrange drop off. 

Mmmm... Pancakes...Get them while they are HOT!
Great Food | Great Prizes | Great Way to Start the Day!

What better way to start the day then a nice hearty breakfast and supporting your favorite rescue!  This is a human only event. Please leave your furry friends at home.

Silent Auction and 50/50 Draw!

Proceeds support Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Manitoba

April 13, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
The Complete Book of North American Owls 
featuring a special appearance from Nemo, a live owl

From the silent, lethal swoop of a great horned owl as it swerves between northern pines to make a kill, to the pert bobbing of a pygmy owl as it focuses on an intruder, the habits of each species are vividly described. Owls celebrates these dramatic and stealthy nocturnal hunters and showcases twenty owl species in extensive detail, with six pages of stunning full-color images. 

Dr. James Duncan is the Director of the Wildlife Branch of Manitoba Conservation and has researched owl for over 26 years. James with his wife and fellow zoologist, Patsy, have banded over 2,000 owls in Manitoba.

April 15, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
River of Stars

From the bestselling author of Under Heaven comes an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, nomadic invasions, and of a woman fighting to find her place in the world. In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power. 

Guy Gavriel Kay has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. Under Heaven was the recipient of the 2011 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. 

April 16, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
An evening with Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah and special guests.
Co-presented by THIN AIR in celebration of National Poetry Month. 

Fred Wah is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary and, in 2011, was appointed as Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Wah has given thousands of hours of volunteer work as an editor or contributing editor of small magazines and presses in addition to his time spent as a writer-in-residence and organizing readings, workshops, and writers programs. He served as President of the Writers Union of Canada (2001-02) and worked on its Racial Minorities and Social Justice Committees. Wah has been the recipient of the Governor General’s award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award, the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry, Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada. His recent publications include two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light and is a door.

Meet the Composer featuring Jim Hiscott
April 16, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove 

In 1971, after earning a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Particle Physics, Hiscott switched to music composition, studying with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music and David Lidov and Richard Teitelbaum at York University. He has been the recipient of many awards and commissions, and his compositions have been performed across North America, in Europe and Asia. 
Jim Hiscott has performed his own works for button accordion as part of a variety of festivals and has appeared as a button accordion soloist with the Winnipeg and Montreal Symphony Orchesras.

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

The Promise of Easter.... 

May joy fill your day,

Hope light your path,

And the many blessings of Easter
warm your heart....

Wishing you a Happy Easter!!

Thank you for visiting!

March 30, 2013

Ingrid Gatin w/ Twin Voices l Connie Kaldor l Amero, Indian City and CWEED

The West End Cultural Centre presents:

Ingrid Gatin “1000 Lives” Album Release Concert 
April 10 Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $12 advance | $17 door
Montreal folk-loop specialists Twin Voices open the show.

Ingrid Gatin and Twin Voice create indie-folk magic on-stage.

Ingrid’s new full-length album, 1000 Lives, was created with Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, The Dears) between a loft and a church in Winnipeg and Howard’s studio in Montréal. 
Twin Voices' lead member Laura Beach crafts a lovely sound with imagery that draws on a life lived between small towns and cityscapes. Live-looping of violin, voice and guitar make for a performance that is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity.

An Evening with Connie Kaldor
April 13 Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $22 advance | $27 door
Canadian folk songstress and queen of the prairies, Connie Kaldor returns to perform music from her latest album “Postcards from the Road”.  
Connie is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thousands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit.  Her live performances are legendary.
Tickets available now at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, 
Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and Music Trader

April 12, 9:00 pm
The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street

Don Amero is up for a 2013 JUNO and will be celebrating with you and some Winnipeg legends: Vince Fontaine and his group Indian City and one of Canada's music veterans, Errol Ranville (AKA CWEED).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling one of the following:
Don Amero (204) 952-1796
Vince Fontaine (204) 227-5551
Errol Ranville (204) 479-0598

Esmé Claire Keith & Sue Sorensen l Barry Doupé l Vision Quest l UofM Jazz Orchestra in Concert 2013

In Dialogue Reading with 
Esmé Claire Keith and Sue Sorensen
April 8, 7:30 pm
Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 237 McDermot Avenue

Join us for the final event of the 2012-13 In Dialogue Reading Series! 
Two winners from last year's Manitoba Book Awards in a reading of new fiction.

Single Tickets – $10, sold at the door. 
Reservations are encouraged by emailing

Open City Cinema presents:
Barry Doupé’s The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important
April 9 l Doors at 7
Video Pool, 100 Arthur Street, 3rd Floor

Vancouver animator Barry Doupé explores the power structure within a failing Japanese glass factory. Two parallel storylines — one involving the investigation of a suspect employee, the other a stolen painting — converge in an exposition on gender and desire. Doupé’s computer-animated characters evolve through three distinct acts, looking for something to be found through a crisis of feeling.

Alluding to the office comedy 9 to 5 (1980), Yasujiro Ozu’s staid, heartwarming Good Morning (1959), and Luchino Visconti’s sexually-charged finale in Death in Venice (1971), Colors shifts between cultural reference points.

Preceeded by a selection of short films picked by Barry Doupé, featuring the work of:
Marina Roy
Sharon Kahanoff
Tamara Henderson
Aleesa Cohene

Barry Doupé's films have been screened at various venues, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Pleasure Dome and MOCCA (Toronto), Whitechapel Gallery and the Tate Modern (London).

May 14 - 16
Winnipeg Convention Centre

Register by April 9 and save $75.

Discuss and promote Aboriginal business, community, and economic development.
Delegates include entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, community organizations and youth.

Three keynote presenters:
Award-winning recording artist Crystal Shawanda will share her personal journey.
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, chairman of the Sirolli Institute, will deliver the keynote presentation.
Actor Tantoo Cardinal is keynote presenter on Thursday.  In 2010, Tantoo was inducted as a Member into the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions.

Three brand new initiatives: Dragon’s Quest, Ask The Entrepreneur, and
A Film Festival Presentation on Thursday afternoon.

The Vision Quest Trade Show offers free public admission on
May 15 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm), and May 16 (8:30 am to 2:30 pm).

This year’s Honourary Chair is Leslie Lounsbury, publisher of SAY Magazine.

2nd Annual U of M Jazz Orchestra & Friends in Concert 2013
April 12, 8:00 pm
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd

University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music presents a concert featuring the 
U of M Jazz Orchestra under the Direction of Professor of Jazz Trumpet, Derrick Gardner. 

This concert give you the opportunity to experience the best of the most talented young jazz students this city has to offer!  
We will be welcoming guest 3 guest bands:
The U of M Youth Jazz Collective, Directed by our own Mr. Craig Bailey 
Transcona Collegiate Jazz Orchestra Directed by Mr. Dan Steinhilber
The River East Jazz Orchestra Directed by Mr. Jeff Kula

The whole evening will be presided over by Director of Jazz Studies, Mr Steve Kirby, and promises to be a lot of fun!

March 29, 2013

Allan Suban: Jazz Drums l Kay Seng: Backstrap Weaving

Marcel A. Desautels, Eva Clare Hall (Faculty of Music), 65 Dafoe Road
April 11, 8:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Free! (Food provided by my mom, because I'm Filipino like that)

Come and celebrate!
Handsome musicians, wonderful Filipino food and delicacies provided by my mom 
(Thanks mom), and me hitting and bashing stuff for an hour. 

Drums: Allan Suban
Bass: Sean Burke
Guitar: Tim Seier
Alto Saxophone: Eric Bachmann
Trumpet: Alex Massa

MAWA: Backstrap Weaving Workshop - Kay Seng
April 13, 10am – 4pm at MAWA
Cost: $30; some bursaries available; all materials provided 

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2013, 4 pm
Please register and pay online or email. Put “Backstrap Weaving” in the subject heading. 
Everyone welcome! Places are limited.

Backstrap weaving is portable and inexpensive—ideal for those who lack space and financial means for a table or floor loom, or would like to be able to take their weaving on the road. The results are stunning. 

In 1995, Seng, her husband and four children were driven from their home into Thailand. They spent the next 11 years living among 15,000 fellow refugees, sleeping on the ground. Seng supported her family selling clothing and blankets woven on her handmade backstrap loom to foreign visitors. 
We were the first family to come to Canada for our resettlement. I wondered how can I earn? So I decided to bring my loom with me.

Camerata Nova: The Vespers of 1610 l Manitoba Opera: Ethiopian Lunch & Aida l Town Hall for Manitoba Theatre for Young People

April 6 & 7
Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland

Camerata Nova presents
The Full Monte: Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi
April 6 at 8:00 pm  (pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm)
April 7 at 3:00 pm  (pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm)
For the very first time, Winnipeg audiences will get to hear the entire Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, a monumental work composed by Italian Claudio Monteverdi in 1610.
Camerata Nova is also holding a workshop for music enthusiasts
April 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Westminster United Church. 

Choristers and string, bass and wind players are welcome to join us to perform an excerpt from the Monteverdi Vespers coached by professional early music players and singers.  
The fee of $10 is payable at the door.

Ethiopian Lunch & Chat with the Artists

April 7, 1:00 pm
Harman’s Café, 570B Sargent Ave.

Try authentic Ethiopian cuisine and learn more about Aida. 
A buffet lunch with a variety of meat and vegetarian options and a beverage 
will be followed by a conversation with some of the cast.

Cost: $15 plus taxes and gratuity
By Manitoba Opera - Reservations: 204-944-8824

Town Hall for Manitoba Theatre for Young People
April 10, 7:00 pm
The Forks Atrium
For more information

MTYP is such an excellent place - it would be a great loss to the city if it didn't continue!
Under the artistic direction of Leslee Silverman, the shows at MTYP have brought world class family theatre to Winnipeg for thirty years.  The Theatre School has brought quality arts education to thousands of children and youth.

Come to a public community meeting to show support for MTYP and to brainstorm and develop new initiatives.

Winnipeg Free Press: Booster organizing MTYP hug-in

Kristy Hoffman l Andrew Robertshaw l Rae St. Clair Bridgman l Stone Soup: Diane Wolkstein

April 3, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Late Bloomers: A Book About Young Women

Late Bloomers is a collection of short stories based on interviews the author conducted with girls and women about their lives. It was written to comfort those who have questioned identity, God, parents, and death; femininity, honesty and gender. The collection challenges convictions about what makes a young woman. 

Kristy Hoffman has written for the Winnipeg Free Press and was a columnist for SANDBOX magazine. She is a journalism major in Creative Communications. She enjoys spending time in Israel and New York City.

$5.00 from every book will be donated to Osborne House, a shelter/safe place for women and children.

April 5, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Digging the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front

Based on Andy’s experience of the projects he has arranged and participated in during the past ten years. One feature is a number of case studies of the process of identification of human remains dating from 1915 and 1916 exhumed in France. 

Andrew Robertshaw is a noted military historian with extensive experience in battlefield research. He has authored many publications, in addition to conducting tours to regions of historical significance in Belgium and France. Andy has served as consultant lead historian to many television and radio broadcasts, and most recently as military consultant to Steve Spielberg’s epic, War Horse.
Presented in association with the Military Support Office (MSO), an administrative unit in the Extended Education Division of the University of Manitoba. 

April 8, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Small Works Gallery Opening: P is for a Prickly Porcupine 

A is for a razzle-dazzle fox; B is for a busy, bossy magpie... Bridgman inks her whimsical Manitoba abcedary with a crow quill pen on watercolour paper. Once inked and coloured with pastels, the alphabet is scanned and a giclée print can be made. 

Rae St. Clair Bridgman is on faculty at the University of Manitoba. She is also an author and illustrator of fantasy-adventure books for children (The Serpent’s Spell, Amber Ambrosia, Fish & Sphinx and Kingdom of Trolls). Rae is a founding member of the Winnipeg architectural firm Bridgman Collaborative Architecture.

Stone Soup Story Café
April 12, 7:00 pm in the Atrium 

A special presentation of Tales from Diane Wolkstein... 6 tales, 6 tellers, honouring the internationally famous storyteller, Diane Wolkstein, who died unexpectedly in February.

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

March 28, 2013

Spring Artisans Market Sale l Frost: AFROPEG

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
9th Annual Spring Artisans Market Sale
April 27 and 28, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Road, Richardson Room

Admission to the sale is free, but we're asking for donations to the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library at the door.

Manitoba craftspeople will be selling their unique handcrafted items, including 
embroidery, glass, jewellery, felting, paper craft, polymer clay and more. 

Featured Craftspeople:
Blue Parrot
Blue Star Studios
Clear Energy Glass Studio
Cloverleaf Art and Fibre
Custom Leather Creations
Paulo Delgado
Fibre Artistry
Lady Bug Creations
Prairie Peasant
Retro Glitz
Marla Robert
Soft Touch Art Studio
Upland Enterprises

Celebrations Dinner Theatre, 1824 Pembina Hwy
April 29 l Door open 6:00 pm

AFROPEG is an event aimed at increasing cultural awareness and promoting growth of diversity in the city by exploring the various African cultures. 

The concept of AFROPEG is to showcase all parts of Africa through various forms of art (Drama, Music, Dance, Fashion and Poetry with Abstract). 

Welcome isn't limited to African students. 
Canadians and other international students are encouraged to attend to promote unity. 

Chigo 204 291 2028
Monica 204 509 8365

Plug In: (Da bao)(Takeout), Annual Silent Auction, Gala Dinner

April 6 to June 2

Plug In ICA presents (Da bao)(Takeout), an exhibition attempting to locate a cross-cultural and social dynamic between China and Canada. It focuses on artists who investigate, adapt and instill ideas from abroad into their practices.

Curated by Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis with assistance from Selena Yang and organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

Artists include: Sara Angelucci, Han Xu, John Armstrong, Paul Collins, Cathy Busby,
Gang Chen, Brendan Fernandes, Nan Hao, Ming Hon, Knowles Eddy Knowles, Laiwan,
Minjeong Oh, Ed Pien, Shen Yi Elsie, Laurens Tan, Xiaojing Yan, and Zhang Zhaohui.

Artist John Armstrong will give a talk on March 30 at 3 pm at Plug In ICA.

Exhibition co-curator Doug Lewis will give a talk on April 6 at 3 pm at Plug In ICA.

Artist Ming Hon will give a talk on April 10 at 7 pm at MAWA.

Artist Cathy Busby will give a talk on April 14 at 3 pm at Plug In ICA.

The exhibition and programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend!
Plug In ICA has new extended gallery hours effective April 2!

April 13 
Plug In ICA’s Gala Dinner and Art Auction
Delta Hotel
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Gala Tickets are $185 each | Table of Eight: $1,480

The Art Auction features works by 21 artists.
You can avoid the auction by buying the works now at full price. 
Any works not sold on-line by April 12 will be part of our annual silent auction.

Attend the Gala and bid against other Gala attendees for the work. 
(with no taxes or shipping & handling)

Enjoy nine culinary stations, wine tastings, light dinner, dessert buffet, prizes, DJ, dancing, and more!
Tickets include a Plug In membership or renewal and a partial charitable tax receipt.
Plug In ICA, 460 Portage Avenue, at (204) 942-1043 or email or through our online shop

Nafro Band: Gweka Concert with Rod Hussey l Open Mic & Gary Procyshyn l Davies-Jones Locker l Kindest Cuts, John Jerome & The Congregation, Ghost Twin l ADOPTION FAIR

Nafro Band Gweka Concert with Rod Hussey
April 6
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 advance | $20 door

African hand drums, percussion, xylophone, mbira, xitende, gangwe and cajon with nylon guitars, saxophone, trumpet and drum kit.  This CD is truly world music: listeners travel through the music of our planet. Thirteen tracks, thirteen journeys.

The Nafro Band’s Casimiro Nhussi’s energy is infectious and audience participation is expected: be ready to chant, make rhythms with hands and feet, and move.

Opening Act: Rod Hussey on bass guitar, Kevin McKay on guitar, John Hoeschen on drum kit with Roger Cloutier and Dave Brown on saxophone

Intermediate Act: T’ai Pu (spoken word artist)

Main Act: Casimiro Nhussi (vocals, percussions, drums, mbira, xylophone etc), Cam McLean (guitar), Jay Stoller (drum & xylophone), Binasio Wani (drum, bass guitar & back-up vocals), Ewing B Kiki (guitar, bass guitar & back-up vocals), Kelley Leveille (drum kit), Tim Church (drum & percussion), Roger Cloutier (saxophone), Dave Brown (saxophone), Noma Sibanda (back-up vocals), Nick Kolisnyk (trumpet), Brian Klowak (saxophone)

Dancers: Alexandra Garrido, Alexandra Scarola, Kelsey Todd, Kaja Irwin, Zorya Arrow.

Tickets at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and Music Trader

Happy Mike's Coffee House, 195 Collegiate Street 
Open Mic night with Gary Procyshyn
April 6, 7:30 pm
Open mic, family entertainment with guest performer Gary Procyshyn. 
Free admission.

The Davies-Jones Locker Lock Up
April 6, 8:00 pm until 1:30 am l Doors at 8 pm
Crescentwood Community Centre, 1170 Corydon Ave.
Tickets are only 15 doubloons

Y'ARRRRR INVITED to the Davies-Jones Locker Lock-Up Pirate Parrrrty!
Celebrating your favourite first mates KENT and KRISTEN
Dress up me' harties! Thar be prizes for best costume.
Join the crew for a jig with those scurvy scallywags
Along with the rogue ruffians of READYMIX spinning all night long.
Hosted by Mad Captain Reilly

There'll be plenty of grog, grub and lot's of treasure in our silent auction.
It's also Kent's 30th B-day party and we have Jet's tickets to the final game of
the regular season in our silent auction. For all those reason and more, come down!

For tickets get a hold of Captain Kent or 799-9313.
Dustin at 421-1252
Darryl at 998-0636

April 6, 9:30 pm
The Windsor Hotel - Blues Bar, 187 Garry Street
Cost $5.00

Come to a spooky, synthy evening at the Windsor! 

KINDEST CUTS is a project of Patrick Short (This Hisses, Under Pressure). 
Destroying dance beats, layers of slaying synths and cool baritone vocals.

Pals from Moncton!

A collaborative music and expanded cinema project between musician Karen Asmundson (Querkus) & filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson.
Don't miss what will be a memorable debut of this new Winnipeg band!!

ADOPTION FAIR: Canadian Tire 223 Fort Garry
By Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue
1711 Kenaston Boulevard

April 7, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

March 27, 2013

Assiniboine Park Exhibits: Keith Levit, Clarence Tillenius, Ivan Eyre, Glenlawn Collegiate Institute and Westwood Collegiate Student Exhibition, Contemporary Art from Winnipeg to Nunavut

Portraits of the Park - Keith Levit
April 2 - May 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Pavilion Gallery Museum (Clarence Tillenius Gallery)
As a world renowned photographer with a passion to merge photography and art, Keith Levit captures the snowy landscapes of the Assiniboine Park in this one-of-a-kind photo print exhibition.  Prints on sale for a limited time only!

From the Vault - Clarence Tillenius Collection
April 2 - May 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Pavilion Gallery Museum (Clarence Tillenius Gallery)
Clarence Tillenius donated etchings, drawings, watercolours and oils, some of which have not been shown, and will for the first time be showcased in the Clarence Tillenius Gallery.
Painting in the Prairies - Ivan Eyre
April 12 - August 26, 10 am - 5 pm
Ivan Eyre Gallery (3rd Floor Pavilion)
Born in Tullymet, Saskatchewan and raised in Manitoba, this exhibit will feature Ivan Eyre's interpretive paintings of the prairie landscape he grew up in.

Glenlawn Collegiate Institute and Westwood Collegiate Student Exhibition
May 21 - June 30, 9 am - 4 pm
Conservatory Foyer Gallery
These two exhibitions feature the work of inspired students in a variety of mediums and expressive conduits.
Cultural Impressions - Contemporary Art from Winnipeg to Nunavut
May 21 - September 2, 10 am - 5 pm
Pavilion Gallery Museum & Conservatory Foyer Gallery
Working in partnership with other galleries and museums in Manitoba, this exhibition will explore contemporary art & Inuit sculpture. The cultures of the Inuit, Cree and Mandan will be highlighted in a limited but representative and powerful collection. 
Assiniboine Park will also be streamlining programming to reflect the art of our northern neighbors and aboriginal people of Manitoba. 

March 26, 2013

Prairie Theatre Exchange: Gunmetal Blues

Book by Scott Wentworth
Music & Lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler
April 4 - 21
Preview - April 03, 2013

She had hair the colour of moonlight on topaz. And a mouth that would have sent Shakespeare thumbing through a thesaurus.

Gunmetal Blues is a hard-boiled detective yarn disguised as a lounge act...
or maybe it's the other way around. 
Live from the Red Eye Lounge, Buddy Toupee - piano player and tour guide - leads us on a voyage of mystery, murder and music as Sam Galahad searches for a missing blonde in a world of smoke and mirrors, shadows and shattered dreams. 

The murdered mogul, the missing heiress, the woman with a past, the crooked cop, the world-weary private eye – they’re all here and set to music that will have you humming along as you try to solve the mystery before the final bars end.

I love noir films - always have done.  This was a fun way to add a little 1940’s sensibility to our 40th Anniversary season. - Artistic Director Robert Metcalfe

Buy tickets HERE.

March 25, 2013

International TableTop Day l Winnipeg Comedy Festival Preview l MCO: Roy Goodman & Caitlin Broms-Jacobs l MCO Anniversary Concert l Winnipeg Comedy Festival - FREE

International TableTop Day
March 30, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Community Classroom

Drop in any time for as long as you like. Demonstrations of different games will be happening all day.  All are welcome to bring their own games to play or show off!
Created by Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, it’s “a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together.”

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Preview
March 30, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Hosted by Al Rae, featuring guest comics Big Daddy Tazz and Dan Verville

Al Rae is the winner of the Just for Laughs National Homegrown Comic Competition 2000. Prior to Little Mosque on the Prairie, Al was a writer on the sitcoms Blackfly and Big Sound. He has hosted two comedy info shows for CBC Radio. His series Monsoon House with Russell Peters aired on CBC Radio in 2006. He is the winner of an Italian Prix Roma Screenwriting Prize and a Gemini Award and nomination for Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and television. He recorded his own Comedy Now! special in 2008 and has appeared in Just for Laughs, the Moncton Comedy Festival and of course, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. At the 2008 festival, Tazz earned the moniker “Marathon Man of Mirth” after performing an unprecedented 8.5 continuous hours of stand-up.

Dan Verville, one of the youngest comics to headline Rumor’s Comedy Club, has been a part of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and has entertained at a variety of events.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Talk
April 1, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove

Roy Goodman, conductor, and Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, oboe will be on hand to discuss the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra concert on April 2, which re-creates the first MCO concert.

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

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: Roy Goodman & Friends Recreate First MCO Concert
April 2, 7:30 pm
Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra remembers how it all began 40 years ago. 
Former MCO Music Director Roy Goodman will welcome soprano Tracy Dahl and oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs to the stage to recreate most of the first MCO concert ever.

Two of the works performed in that first concert have become staples in the MCO's repertoire: 'Les Illuminations,' Benjamin Britten's setting of the poem by Arthur Rimbaud; and Edvard Grieg's 'From Holberg's Time.' 

Pre-concert event, 6:45 pm
Hear a special presentation by the Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School strings group.

Pizza Club - Book at least three days in advance for free pizza and a pre-concert presentation by Haley Rempel. (included with any concert ticket, space permitting)

Tickets are $26.50 for adults, $24.50 for seniors and $7.50 for students, including GST, and are available at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Avenue) 
or through the MCO website or call the MCO's Ticketline (204.783.7377).

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Park Theatre Show
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street
April 3, 8:00 pm

The 2013 Winnipeg Comedy Festival will have an epic comedy show at the beautiful Park Theatre as part of the outreach comedy series. Come enjoy local Winnipeg comedians who are ready to make you laugh!

This show is FREE! So come and get life's best medicine with no strings attached!

Host: John B. Duff
Comics: Aisha Alfa, Dan Glasswick, Chantel Marositca, Matt Nightingale,
Ben Walker, Jordan Welwood

March 24, 2013

Fundraiser: House of Hesed HIV/AIDS Transition Home l Easter Bunny Treats l April Music at Mc Nally's

House of Hesed: Art Auction Fundraiser
Provencher Community Church, 230 Provencher Blvd
April 4
Admission is $5 at the door, and refreshments will be served.

Silent Auction begins at 6:30 pm, Live Auction at 7:30 pm
Featuring original art and limited edition signed prints from many amazing Manitoba artists!!  All proceeds to benefit House of Hesed HIV/AIDS Transition Home.

This is an annual event to raise support for House of Hesed HIV/AIDS Transition Home - a non-profit organization that houses, cares for and advocates on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to provide a home to men and women living with HIV/AIDS as an expression of our Christian belief and desire to extend physical, emotional and spiritual support regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. In a spirit of compassion we hope to dispel the stigma and fear surrounding those living with HIV/AIDS. 

On the Easter Bunny‘s Trail
Mar 30, 1:00–3:00 pm
$5 / per­son - Free for members

Every year the Easter Bunny vis­its the Museum to hide Easter treats for boys and girls.
This year he has left clues to help vis­i­tors find a sur­prise.
Find all of the clues to col­lect your prize. 
Pro­gram is bilin­gual. 

To reg­is­ter, please call 204.986.8496 before March 27

McNally Robinson Music….

Friday April 5, 8:00 pm

Grace Hrabi Trio
Saturday April 6, 8:00 pm

Helen White Trio
Friday April 12, 8:00 pm

Bob Watts Trio
Saturday April 13, 8:00 pm

Jim McEwen Trio
Friday April 19, 8:00 pm

Doug Edmond
Saturday April 20, 8:00 pm

Burton Trio
Friday April 26, 8:00 pm

Doug G. Biggs
Saturday April 27, 8:00 pm
Acoustic Blues/Jazz/Folk

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

March 23, 2013

Workshops: StripTEASE and TREE OF LIFE Pendants

March 30, 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm
The Foxy Shoppe, 87 King Street
$40 for one OR $70 for two 
Register at The Foxy Shoppe, 87 King St. (204) 338-3699
Cash only, please. Tickets cannot be held without 50% deposit min.
Cancellations up till the day before can receive 50% ticket price back.

Want to add some serious spice to the bedroom? 
Surprise your partner for a special occasion? 
Make his jaw drop on your honeymoon?
Miss La Muse has launched this new workshop for YOU!

Bring items from your own wardrobe and she will teach you to customize your very own striptease routine!  You will discover how to wear lingerie with confidence and enjoy lingerie as it was meant to be! 

Miss La Muse can be booked for private lessons in studio or in the comfort of your own home!  Add the deluxe service of a personal shopping experience with Miss La Muse!

April 7, 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street
Cost: $35 (all supplies included)

Join Jes Coverini to learn how to wire-wrap beautiful Tree Of Life pendants!

For more info or to register for workshops, please call (204) 260 0756 or email.
Registration Deadline: April 4, 2013

March 22, 2013

Petition To End Flogging of Rape Victims

A 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! 
Let's put an end to this lunacy by hitting the Maldives government where it hurts: 
the tourism industry.

The girl's stepfather is accused of raping her for years and murdering the baby she bore. 
Now the court says she must be flogged for “sex outside marriage” with a man who has not even been named! 

President Mohammed Waheed Hassan of the Maldives is feeling global pressure on this.
We can force him to save this girl and change the law to spare victims this cruel fate. 
End the War on Women – by standing up every time an outrage like this happens.

Tourism is the big earner for the Maldives elite, including government ministers. 
Let's build a million-strong petition to President Waheed, then threaten the islands' reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law. 

Rally: Bill 18 l Benj Funk: Looking Up, Music by DJ KINETIC

Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway
March 28, 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm

We The People: Manitoba Rally For All Inclusive Bill 18

If you believe Manitoba students deserve a safe learning environment, a place they can go free from bullying despite their sexual orientation, race, disability or gender.

Then please join us and show your support to Bill 18!

Let us rally and let it be known that we are an Alliance for All!

Looking Up
Graffiti Art Programming, 109 Higgins Avenue
April 4, 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm

An exhibit of recent works by Benj Funk

Admission free with donation of non perishable food item
Exhibit on display until May 9th

The album accompanying this exhibit is available at 
Into The Music, Music Trader, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

March 21, 2013

Gordon Zerbe l Gardening Talk: Judy Schwartz l Northern Writers l Dorene Meyer l Sydnie Payne

March 27, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics

Citizenship is a collection of essays that offers “a revisiting of Paul’s theological vision and practical activism around the theme of citizenship.” 
Gordon Zerbe is Professor of New Testament at Canadian Mennonite University, and the author of Non-Retaliation in Early Jewish and New Testament Texts, and numerous articles in books and journals.

March 27, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Gardening Talk Presenting: Sowing Seeds at Home

In both of Judy Schwartz's home sites the lawn gave way to random planting of fruit trees, small fruits, perennials, annuals, vegetables and tropicals. Judy starts seeds indoors yearly and outdoors when weather permits. Judy was born in Oxford County Ontario and began assisting her mother and grandmother in weeding, picking and canning the produce of their garden. Judy is the acting Vice-President and the bookkeeper for Friends of Gardens Manitoba.

Northern Writers: Volume 4
March 28, 7:00 pm in the Atrium 

You will be delighted to see the return of authors such as: Dana L. Coates, Brenda Fontaine, Audrey Guiboche, Althea Guiboche, Marcel Menow, Benjamin Paul, Doug Senio, Ferrin Towers, and David Yerex Williamson. 

Dorene Meyer will also be launching Jessie’s Secret, the sequel to Rachel’s Children
and a reprint of the third book in the series, Colin’s Choice.

Impressions - A Young Professional's Survival Guide to Business Dress and Etiquette
April 2, 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Impressions, by Sydnie Payne, is a guide for young professionals.  The transition from classroom to office can be a scary one. Impressions breaks down confusing dress code rules, and makes the journey a little less stressful. 
If you look good, you feel good, and people will take notice.

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

March 20, 2013

Thaw l Sassless Chaps: Lunch Bhagg Improv l English Beat Live l Easter Treasure Hunt

An Exhibition in Celebration of Spring
March 22 to April 21
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd

Opening Reception: March 22, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Have you ever been on the Interlake's WAVE Studio Tour? The Gallery Shop is giving you a preview with Thaw, an exhibition and sale of works by more than 30 artists from the WAVE tour. It's your chance to decide whose studio you want to visit. 
The show reflects the artists and art forms found on the tour: ceramics, watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, pencil and ink drawings, photography, wood carving, collage, fibre work, quilting, and jewelry.

Lunch Bhagg Improv! - The Sassless Chaps
Black Hole Theatre, 220 Dysart Road

Mar. 26 - noon
Mar. 27 - 12:30 pm + 7:30 pm
Mar. 28 - noon

Come on down for a totally different kind of Lunch Bhagg! The Sassless Chaps will be performing four completely different, completely improvised shows to end off the Black Hole 2012/13 season. 

Daniel Chen
Marc Lagace
John MacDonald
Kevin Ramberran
Scott Redfern
Romana Suchy
Thomas Toles

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street
English Beat Live
March 26, 8:00 pm

$30 - door
$28 - advance......Kustom Kulture or Into the Music
Full Band......enjoy!

Treasure Hunt
Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton Street
March 27 to 30, 12 pm - 4 pm
$5.00 per person (all ages)
This family drop-in program is suitable for ages 4 and up. 
Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Pop by during our operating hours over Spring Break and wander through the museum, looking for treasures. Find all the treasures and you can enter your name into a draw for two free admissions to this summer's My Secret Garden Program. After hunting for treasure, head up to Dalnavert’s attic and make a Victorian-era toy to take home. 

Please allow approximately one hour to complete the tour and craft. 
For more information, please contact Jennifer Bisch, or 204-943-2835.

March 19, 2013

Winnipeg Folk Festival: The Union: Stars, Hayden and Lou Canon, Yukon Blonde and Zeus, Pickwick

Winnipeg Folk Festival 
The Union: Stars
March 27
Garrick Centre

Having just wrapped a Canadian arena tour supporting Metric this November, Stars promptly decamped to Europe to continue the musical journey of their latest and greatest album, The North. The tour that will bring Stars to Winnipeg will also take the quintet through Australia, Asia, the U.S. and back through Canada.

Winnipeg Folk Festival / West End Cultural Centre: 
Hayden with special guest Lou Canon
March 30

Having spent nearly two decades creating uniquely affecting music defined by deep personal sentiment and attracting listeners across musical genres, Hayden now signs to Arts & Crafts for the release of his seventh full-length record, Us Alone.

It's a new beginning for Hayden, who was inspired to take things more seriously after his Wikipedia page listed him as deceased.
"I was dead six months before anyone noticed," the songwriter muses.

Winnipeg Folk Festival: Yukon Blonde and Zeus
The Pyramid Cabaret
April 3

Yukon Blonde’s sophomore album Tiger Talk was the #4 most played album of the year at Canadian college and campus radio, was long listed for The Polaris Music Prize and has garnered widespread critical acclaim. The lead single “Stairway” was featured on commercials for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Zeus' Busting Visions follows 2010 Polaris Prize nominated debut Say Us, which topped CBC charts, won XM The Verge’s award for Album of the Year, garnered stellar reviews from top rock mags and led to shows with Broken Social Scene, Metric, Sam Roberts Band, Bright Eyes and Belle & Sebastian.

Driven by multi instrumentalists/vocalists Mike O'Brien, Carlin Nicholson and Neil Quin as well as drummer Rob Drake, they operate out of Toronto's scrappy east end. 

Park Theatre
April 17

Seattle-based soulful indie darlings Pickwick are making a trip to Winnipeg with their brand new album, Can't Talk Medicine. 

March 18, 2013

The Walworth Farce l Easter lunch or dinner - Ethiopian cuisine: F.L.O.W.E.R and Gardening for Growth

The Atomic Center, 167 Logan Ave.

The Walworth Farce
Presented by The Incompletely Strangled Theatre Company

March 28 to April 7 
Evenings: Wednesday to Saturday @ 7:30 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday @ 2:00 pm

Andrew Cecon
Toby Hughes
Bill Kerr
Kimiya Yussuf
Directed by Arne Macpherson
Stage Manager: Suzie Martin
Designers: Jeremy Rampton & Garrett Rusnak

Fundraiser: F.L.O.W.E.R and Gardening for Growth
Kokeb Restaurant, 266 Edmonton Street
March 31: 1 pm for lunch or dinner at 7 pm 
Ethiopian cuisine 
$20 ticket (for lunch or dinner, please tell us which one you plan to attend)
The benefit to the non-profits: $10 / ticket

Please send an email  for tickets and more info.
If you can't make Sunday, the tickets will be valid at Kokeb after the event. 

Since it is Easter, why not skip the dishes in support of good causes and invite some friends and family.  Win win! 

Mary and Weyni are joining forces with Beata to put on a super awesome ethnic lunch / dinner.  Gardening for growth and F.L.O.W.E.R. will be giving a presentation about what they have already achieved as well as their plans for the future.  

F.L.O.W.E.R. founder Helen Attah, will also be presenting.

Gardening for growth is a seedling organization started by Mary and Weyni to help a rural Ethiopian community gain food security.

F.L.O.W.E.R. (facilitating learning for women in developed regions) is a more established Ghanian not-for-profit working to educate and empower women and girls. 

Easter Breakfast l Diva dance party: Mama Cutsworth and DJ J. Jackson

Easter Breakfast in support of Craig Street Cats
March 30, 8:00 am until 10:00 am
Applebee's Grant Park, 1150 Grant Avenue

Pancakes, bacon and beverages, as well as goodies for all the kids under 12.
Tickets are just $10, and are available at our adoption centre 
Craig Street Cats, 489 Madison Street
204-421-1919 or on line

This is a come and go event l Silent Auction

Help fund our community cat management program!

Feline Friday by Craig Street Cats
March 22, 10:00 am until 8:0 0pm

Come meet your new best friend!
Adult cat adoption fee $25 AND you get a nice Easter basket full of goodies for your new buddy! Adopt any 2 adult cats and get one of our custom wall mount cat shelves, too!

March 30, 10:00 pm until 2:00 am
Negative Space, 253 Princess (rear entrance through the side parking lot)
Doors at 10 pm
$5 before 11 pm, $8 after

House of Gold Diamonds presents:
I Wanna Dance with Somebody Again!
The 1-year anniversary of our all-Diva dance party!
Whitney, Janet, Mariah and more!

With Mama Cutsworth and DJ J. Jackson!
Brought to you by UMFM 101.5 fm

Advanced Opera Group l Aimée Craft l Robert J. Sawyer l Rhubarb Magazine l Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club

University of Manitoba Advanced Opera Group
March 24, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Special Musical Performance

March 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One

This book argues that to truly understand the treaties with First Nations it is essential to understand First Nations perspective of treaties. This perspective is informed by First Nations law, in the case of Treaty One the Anishinabe inaakonigewin, related to kinship and land. Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer from Manitoba. 

March 26, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Red Planet Blues

Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such revelatory and thought-provoking novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella Identity Theft and his Aurora Award-winning short story Biding Time, and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper. 

Sawyer has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, as well as the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for mystery fiction. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel.

Rhubarb Magazine
March 26, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Special Mennonites & Sex Issue Spring Issue Launch
Host Di Brandt and guest reader Katherena Vermette

Edited by Di Brandt (poetry) Andreas Schroeder (non-fiction) and Armin Wiebe (Fiction and Drama) the issue features writers addressing the Mennonite taboo of sex. 

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

The book under discussion is Meg Rossoff’s How I Live Now, the engaging story of Daisy, the precocious New Yorker and her English cousin Edmond, torn apart as war breaks out in London of a not-so-distant future. 
Join us this evening for refreshments and discussion! 
Call 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

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