April 30, 2013

Anne Mahon l S.M. Beiko l Barbara Sapergia l Manitoba Voices l Dr. Mary Pankiw & Nadya Pankiw l Shyam Selvadurai l Book Club

May 7, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
The Lucky Ones: African Refugees’ Stories of Extraordinary Courage

Personal accounts of heartbreaking loss, extraordinary bravery, and the resilience needed to begin again. Candidly told in their own words, the subjects reveal the uplifting truth of their unbreakable human spirit. Men and women, from four to 73, represent a variety of African countries and backgrounds. These inspiring insights challenge assumptions and encourage understanding. 

Anne Mahon has been involved in a variety of community organizations and was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Award for her volunteer service. She lives in Winnipeg.  All author proceeds will go to micro-lending opportunities and scholarships for the African community of Manitoba. 

May 8, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
The Lake and the Library

Ash is counting down the days until she and her mother move away from their prairie hometown. It’s Ash’s summer of goodbyes until she finds her way into the mysterious, condemned building that has haunted her entire childhood with secrets and questions. 

S.M. Beiko works as an editor and layout designer and lives in Winnipeg.

May 9, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Blood and Salt

The time is World War I, and Canadian soldiers are proving their worth in the trenches of Europe. But on the home front, Ukrainian Canadians are being sent to internment camps. Blood and Salt is grounded in actual details about the Banff-Castle Mountain internment camp. 

Barbara Sapergia, a fiction writer and playwright, has published four books of fiction and had nine professional play productions.

May 10, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

The Stone Soup Story Café winds down the season as, part of The Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival.  Hosted by Mary Louise Chown, this evening features guest tellers Kate Isaac, Philippe Mailhot, Virginia Page Jahne and guest musician Liz Goossen.

May 11, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Ruffles Rabbit

I am Ruffles Rabbit, your furry friend: Read my story from beginning to end. 
You will learn many secrets new, That will surprise your friends and you.

As author and illustrator, Dr. Mary (Hrenchuk) Pankiw and 15-year-old Nadya Pankiw, share skills to bring you joy. This appealing, fascinating and fanciful children’s story is their second children’s book following Misilla Mouse.  Ruffles' story promotes the development of reading and language skills. 

May 13, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Shyam Selvadurai, in conversation with THIN AIR Director Charlene Diehl

Shyam Selvadurai's novel Funny Boy was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the recipient of the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Cinnamon Gardens was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. Selvadurai's Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, is a young adult novel that won the Lambda Literary Award.  Selvadurai returns with The Hungry Ghosts, a heartbreaking look at how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart a country, a family and a human being. 

Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club
May 28, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove

The book under discussion is Yannick Murphy’s The Call, a heartfelt portrait of a veterinarian’s family in rural New England, shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma.
Call 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

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

April 29, 2013

Get Together for St. Fidelis School, College Point, New York l City Council Votes on Backyard Chickens

There is going to be a farewell get together at St. Fidelis School on June 23.

There will be Mass at 3:00 pm, followed a tour of the school building until 6:00 pm. 
They will be serving light refreshments, and need an approximate of those attending. 

If any former student is interested in attending, please post a message to 
Donna Lynn Shapiro Matetoskey, who is organizing the event. 

Brooklyn Spared in Latest Round of Catholic School Closures

April 30, 9:30am until 4:30 pm
City Hall, 510 Main Street

Plan to be at City Hall as Council votes if they'll allow residents to keep some backyard hens!  Show your councillor you support sustainable urban living. 

The bylaw as drafted will make chickens illegal! 
Call or email your Councillor now! Here are suggested points to make:

I respectfully request that you support the deletion of section 32(2) of the proposed Responsible Pet Bylaw. It classifies chickens as a commercial animal and specifically states that "No person may keep or raise poultry except in districts zoned “agricultural” under the Winnipeg Zoning By-law."

Chickens are raised safely and humanely in over 100 North American municipalities. Please ensure Winnipeg lives up to its own sustainable living goals by not outlawing hens kept by residents for eggs. I urge you to read the Winnipeg Urban Chicken Association's research paper which dispels the fearmongering and myths that have obscured this debate. Thank you.

To contact your Councillor click the link for their phone numbers. 
Especially important to contact Councillors Fielding and Steen!

April 28, 2013

The Edge: MIX l Mother's Day Crafts Sale l Parecon l Walk for MS (multiple sclerosis)

The Edge Village and Gallery, 611 Main street
Opening Reception: May 3, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MIX: year end exhibition

Featuring work by:
- Disa Haldorson
- Grace Boyd
- Brenna Linton
- Giuliana Grande
- Melanie Riggs
- Andrea Raths
- Donna Garofalo
- Selena Panchoo
- Karen Hanan 

Exhibition hours:
Saturday, May 4: 2 pm-6 pm
Tuesday, May 7: 12 pm-6 pm

WEST Handmade and Vintage Sale III
May 4, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
R.A. Steen Community Centre, 980 Palmerston Avenue (at Ruby)
Free admission and parking. 

To contact W.E.S.T. / Winnipeg Etsy Street Team please email 

Handmade and vintage goodness, including soaps, vintage housewares, jewelry, items for children and babies, retro and vintage apparel, knitted and crocheted items, journals, pottery, and much more! 

There will be delicious goodies to buy and FREE coffee and tea. 

We are having a table where you can try your hand at a variety of crafts, FREE.  
Come and discover the creative craftster inside of you! 

This is the perfect opportunity to get a Mother's Day present for the woman who deserves something as lovely and unique as she is.

The WESTies confirmed to be at the sale:
emms Pocket Shop/gEM's
Heartfelt Yarn Wreaths
Heidi and Seek Boutique
HEM Design
Hoshii Designs
Monkey Business Card Company
Nancy Blokland Pottery
One Plus One Design
On the Go Designs
Periwinkle Dzyns
Punky and the Bug
Real Swanky
SoGa Soap
Toxie Designs/Blue Camel Baby
We are Bound Together

Ram Wools Yarn Co-op, 989 Portage Avenue
May 4, 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm

Parecon: a new way to own your labour
Hosted by: Winnipeg Parecon Worker Council

Video presentations, open presentation and discussion about Parecon, demonstrations from Ram Wools Yarn Co-op. 
Reps from ParIT Worker Co-op and Mondragon will be on hand. 
Music by Leonard Podolak. 
Snacks will be available.

MS Walk
University of Manitoba Maxbell Centre
May 5, 8:00 am

The CC Walkers are at it again! 
Please join Catherine Culligan and walk to help the fight against MS. 

We will be getting t-shirts for the walk. Please let me know your size and I will order one for you. Keep in mind that they are men's shirts and 100% cotton.

Can you imagine...

Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It's estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.

...a future without MS

I've registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for everyone who lives with multiple sclerosis. With your help, together we can make a difference.

April 27, 2013

Mother's Day Brunch l Garden Magic and Soirée l Winnipeg Art Gallery: 100 Masters


Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has entered the consciousness of music lovers to such a degree that performances become a happening even before the first note is played. The fusion of majestic music, poetry and unbounded feeling, capped off by the mighty finale with its unforgettable Ode to Joy, is among music's most transcendent experiences.

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet Menu
 • Assorted Morning Pastries ie. Croissants, Muffins, Danishes, Breakfast Loaves
 • Seasonal Fresh Fruit Presentation
 • Imported and Local Cheese Composition
 • Cold Poached Salmon w/Caper~Dill Sauce
 • Assorted House Salads
 • Chef Carved Slow Baked Brown Sugar~Mustard Glazed Ham
 • Roasted Gourmet Potatoes w/Candied Bell Peppers
 • Baked Egg Scramble: Mushrooms, Sundried Tomato, Spinach, Bothwell Cheese
 • Apple~Raisin Crepes with Amaretto Sauce
 • Dessert Sampling Table Tortes/ Cakes/ Tarts/ Chocolate
 • Premium Roast Coffee/Tea Service

Listen to: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Yuri Hooker, cello
Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
Michèle Bogdanowicz, alto-soprano
Edgar Ernesto Ramírez, tenor
Justin Welsh, baritone
Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir - Yuri Klaz, artistic director
Flin Flon Community Choir - Crystal Kolt, artistic director

SUNDAY, MAY 12 - BRUNCH 11:30 am - BUY NOW

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 8:00 pm - BUY NOW
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 8:00 pm - BUY NOW
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2:00 pm -  BUY NOW

5th annual Garden Magic Day Tour on June 22, 10 am to 4 pm
$35 each

Magic and Music Garden Soirée on June 26, 5 pm
$150 each or $230 per couple and includes access to the Day Tour

Join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Garden, where you will be transported by the beauty and magic of some of Winnipeg's most-beautiful gardens.

These two events allow the public a glimpse into private gardens in the Winnipeg area.

The Day Tour is self guided and gives participants a chance to meet other gardeners and be awed by the creativity and passion of twelve exceptional backyard oases, chosen by Manitoba Gardener Living.

The Music and Magic Garden Soirée transports participants through three spectacular garden paradises to enjoy a delicious dinner, a wonderful silent auction, and live music performed by Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra musicians.

For tickets call the WSO Box Office, 555 Main Street, at 204-949-3999 or visit 
Brandon: 204.725.1165 (toll free)

Winnipeg Art Gallery: 100 Masters: Only in Canada
May 11 - August 11

Billboards and bus signs have been sprouting up around town that consist of just a wooden crate and an artist’s signature.
What’s it all about?
They are announcing 100 Masters: Only in Canada, an exhibition that will feature some of the biggest names in visual art - Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse, Warhol, Picasso, and Monet, to name just a few.

The works have come from the collections of 28 galleries - treasures of Canadian, European, and American art that span five centuries.

Each week a video will focus on one of these works, giving visitors an insider’s view on what they will be seeing.

On WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys’s Travel-blog, he will be talking about his travels, talking to other gallery directors, exploring their collections, and choosing the perfect works for 100 Masters: Only in Canada.

April 26, 2013

GUYS AND DOLLS l May Music at McNally's l Medicine Walk

May 9 - 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor, Portage Place Mall

An all Manitoba dentist musical in support of Prairie Theatre Exchange!

The All-Dentist Cast -- is YOUR dentist part of the show?

May 9 at 8 pm -- $40 (Preview performance, rush seating)
assigned seating:
May 10 at 8 pm -- $65 (Gala, includes reception honouring the late Dr. Harvey Spiegel)
May 11 at 8 pm -- $50
May 12 at 2 pm -- $50

This year, part of the net proceeds will go to CancerCare Manitoba for Head & Neck Cancer patients, in memory of Dr. Spiegel, who played Mr. Mushnik in the dentists' production of Little Shop of Horrors in 2011.

Tickets: Call 204.942.5483 or Order Online


At McNally Robinson...

Jim Hiscott & Rodrigo Muñoz
May 4, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
CD Launch of Norte Tropical and free musical performance 

Join Rodrigo “Papa Mambo” Muñoz, Jim Hiscott and musicians for the launch of Norte Tropical, music from north and south with a Latin feel. Button accordion, guitar, Latin percussion and more. New tunes by Rodrigo and Jim and traditional music from Chile, Cuba, Colombia, and Canada.

Irmgard Baerg
May 9, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
CD Launch of ...a classic affair.

Holder of a Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ‘Golden Baton Award’, pianist Irmgard Baerg is well known as concert pianist, CBC performer and collaborative keyboard musician. She is heard on the CBC as soloist in Victor Davies’ Mennonite Piano Concerto recorded in England with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1989. Her CD, Clara Schumann: A Compelling Portrait, was released in 1997. 
...a classic affair features the works of Sonia Eckhardt Grammatte, in addition to the music of Chopin, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

MCO Pre-Concert Chat with Anne Manson & Daniel Taylor
May 13, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove

Join host Anne Manson, Music Director of The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for this pre-concert chat with countertenor Daniel Taylor. Daniel Taylor, recog­nized as “Canada’s star coun­tertenor, will be discussing his forthcoming performance with Suzie LeBlanc of a program touching on his baroque and classical repertoire, part of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season.

Meet the Composer featuring William Pura
May 21, 7:30 pm in the Classroom

Jeff King Jazz Trio
Friday May 3, 8:00 pm

The Shuckers
Saturday May 4, 8:00 pm

The Trulli Ensemble
Friday May 10, 8:00 pm
Baroque Classical

Jeari Czapla
Saturday May 11, 8:00 pm

Andrew Frohlich Trio
Friday May 17, 8:00 pm

Don Milne & Brian Paul
Saturday May 18, 8:00 pm

Ed Goertzen
Friday May 24, 8:00 pm

Grace Hrabi Trio
Saturday May 25, 8:00 pm

Rosemarie Todaschuk Trio
Friday May 31, 8:00 pm

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


Circle Of Life Thunderbird House, 715 Main Street
May 5, 1:00 pm
There will be vehicles available for elders during the walk.

An All Nations Medicine Walk to raise awareness about sexual exploitation of women and girls in Manitoba, and to cleanse the streets where women and girls have been found murdered and sexually exploited through the sex trade.

We need to bring our families to show them that we care
AND that we need to teach them to stop violence against women and children!

1:00 - Pipe Ceremony **CALLING ALL PIPE CARRIERS**
Female Drum Group: Keewatin Otchitchak Singers
4:00 - Speakers: Michael Champagne, Jennalicious, Leslie Spillet
4:30 - Community Feast

Bring medicines (Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass) to cleanse and smudge the streets.
Take part because this issue effects every race and every walk of life!

The Walk will begin at the Thunderbird House.  We are going to target Isabel St in Central, then walk to the West End and target Sargent Ave, then over the Arlington bridge and walk on Pritchard Ave, then back down to the Thunderbird House.

April 25, 2013

Spirit’s Call Choir: Fundraiser for Status4

May 10, 7:30 pm
Elmwood High School, 505 Chalmers Avenue

Spirit’s Call Choir Benefit Concert
with Gentil Mis
and a special performance from Status4 youth

Tickets $16 Adults and $5 for youths 5 - 17 years old
Available from choir members or Status4, 204-654-0393 or Margaret 204-488-0078

Status4, a community driven non-profit organization that provides free music and media arts programs to provide inspiration, information and opportunity to help youth.   Email

Spirit’s Call Choir is a non audition community choir that supports personal, choral, and global harmony.  Jeremy Vallance has been the choir’s musical director since Spring 2006. Directors Lyle Eide, Alex Kirov, and Michael Kurek contributed significantly to the choir’s development. We also have enjoyed occasional guest directors and numerous “Sing for Your Life!” workshops with Victoria’s Shivon Robinsong. Margaret Tobin and other members committed to the choir’s goals provide choral leadership when necessary.

April 24, 2013

Sale & Barbeque for Craig Street Cats l Flapjack Fundraiser l Alaska Cameron & the S.O.S. l Rooms l Faith Eidse l Mark Stobbe l Monika Kinner-Whalen

5th Annual Giant Rummage and Bake Sale for Craig Street Cats
Craig Street Cats, 489 Madison St.
May 4 at 10:00 am until May 5 at 4:00 pm

Rummage Sale | Bake Sale | Barbeque | Silent Auction

Donations may be dropped off at our adoption centre starting on May 1.
Please, no clothing, bedding, upholstered furniture or TV sets.
Baked goods may be dropped off on May 3.
We also need new items for silent auction baskets.
Thank you!

Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert's Flapjack Fundraiser
Applebee's Grant Park, 1150 Grant Avenue
May 4, 8:00am until 10:00am
$10 - Pancakes, bacon and coffee.
There will be a 50/50 draw!!

This is to raise money for safety vests for our Registered Volunteers who search for lost dogs.  Come out and have some of the WLDA staff and volunteers serve you!!

For tickets please call:
James at 204-221-0955 Tyndall Park
Kim at 204-290-8297 St. Boniface
Taylor at 204-880-4789 West Kildonan
Denise at 204-229-3344 (text only) Elmwood
Rhonda at 204-996-8700 St Anne's / St Mary's junction
Lindsay at 204-770-2555 Downtown
Janelle at 204-218-0339 Fort Richmond

Shannon's Irish Pub, 175 Carlton Street
May 4, 10:00 pm
18+ with ID

Alaska Cameron & the S.O.S.
Come on down for a full night of rock & roll, outlaw country and good times. 

May 2 - 12
Winnipeg Studio Theatre, 140 Rupert Street

Rooms: a rock romance

The 70s rock scene explodes when ambitious singer Monica meets reclusive rocker Ian.  The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically.

Starring - Steffi Di Domenicantonio & Tim Porter
Mike Cann, Bass
Alan Nagelberg, Guitar
Brendan Thompson, Percussion
Kris Ulrich, Guitar

Music/Book - Paul Scott Goodman & Miriam Gordon
Director - Kayla Gordon
Musical Director - Joseph Tritt
Set and Costume Design - Scott Penner
Stage Manager - Sheena Sanderson

May 5, 2:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Light the World: The Ben and Helen Eidse Story as told to Faith Eidse

From rural Manitoba, Ben and Helen Eidse were the first missionaries sent to the heart of Congo. The Eidses and their African partners established 80 churches, ran 24 clinics, delivered the leprosy cure, and translated the Bible. Amid revolution and disability, the Eidses raised four daughters. 

Helen was a nursing graduate of Grace Hospital.  Ben is Chancellor of Steinbach Bible College.  Faith Eidse is the author of the award-wining Voices of the Apalachicola.

May 6, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Lessons from Remand

In 2008, Mark Stobbe was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. He listened to fellow inmates and watched the functioning of the Remand Centres. He interprets these observations to create insights into Canada’s jail system. On March 29, 2012, he was acquitted.

Mark Stobbe was a senior communications official with the Government of Manitoba when his wife, Beverley Rowbotham, was murdered in October of 2000. He is the co-author of Devine Rule in Saskatchewan: A Decade of Hope and Hardship.

May 6, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant. Small Works Gallery Opening
My Sweet Prairie: A collection of embroidered fibre art

Monika Kinner-Whalen is a member of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, the Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild, and a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Positive public response to her work has gained her exhibition invitations, awards, teaching and public speaking opportunities, as well as commissions internationally. Monika has been published in magazines, and also in Sophie Long’s book Mastering the Art of Embroidery out of the U.K. 

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

April 22, 2013

Barbara Huck l Experience Portugal l Robert Herjavec l 2013 MayWorks Festival l Comedy Night l cre8ery classes

May 1, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Kisiskatchewan: The Great River Road

Based on the journal entries written by William Tomison, a native Orkneyman hired in 1760 as a labourer by the Hudson’s Bay Company who rose to become “Governor, Inland”. These writings paint an outline of life at a time when smallpox swept across the northern Great Plains and the determined march west of European traders transformed North America forever. 

Barbara Huck spent two decades as a National Newspaper award-winning journalist and broadcaster.  She has authored or co-authored nine books, including four national bestsellers, and won five awards as a writer and editor. During the same period, Heartland Associates has won twenty-six awards and been nominated for many more. Barbara is married to Peter St. John, the 9th Earl of Orkney.

May 2, 7:00 pm in the Community Classroom
Experience Portugal Travel Talk

Join Syndi for a hosted/escorted tour of three distinct Portuguese areas from September 15-October 3. Our journey begins in Porto exploring the city and the surrounding areas during a 7 day culinary tour. Enjoy fine dining, cooking workshops and visits to local vineyards. Day ten finds us in The Algarve region for an extended leisurely stay. Our 18 day concludes in the bustling city of Lisbon and a final river cruise or city tour. 

Syndi Prokopich joined by Susan Porteous, Business Development Manager for Transat Holidays. Please RSVP to Syndi Prokopich, Travel Agent for Charleswood Travel via e-mail 
Interlake 204.642.4134; Winnipeg 204.953.2828; toll free 1.877.506.1883.

May 2, 7:30 pm in the Atrium
The Will to Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding

Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, wants to push his readers towards greatness. The most important decision you can make is to reject mediocrity. “Good enough” is never good enough. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life and from the lives of celebrity friends such as Oprah, Georges St-Pierre and Celine Dion, Herjavec delivers valuable life lessons.

Incantations from the Republic of Fire by Ron Romanowski 
May 2, 7 pm 
Travel Alcove at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson Booksellers 

A poetry book launch as theatrical event performed by Nurit Drory, Cheryl Kives, 
Liliana Romanowski, Stanislaw Rossowski, John H. Baillie and Ron Romanowski. 

This is Romanowski’s fifth poetry collection and his second in the series of the New Festival Theory group of poets following The Big book of Canadian Poetry. His Insurrection (2009) commemorated the strikers’ part in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike on the ninetieth anniversary of their strike. Ron produced the poetry-Rock fusion Out of Winnipeg Endlessly Rocking in April 2012 at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library.

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

May 3, 7 pm
17 Wing Junior Ranks Mess

Stand-Up For Military Families Comedy Night in support of the MFRC
Open to all!

Tickets are $15
Call 204-833-2500 extension 4500 for details.

Features Winnipeg Comedy Festival stars
Paul Rabliauskas, Heather Witherden and Ronald George Moore!


Fused Glass Class with Jolanta Sokalska
May 4, 12-4pm
$50 members, $55 non members, includes supplies.
Participants will create 1 project in fused glass (5" x 5").  
Learn cutting glass, grinding, application of special enamels (colours) into glass.

Pooling & Pouring Paint with Jordan Miller
May 5, 1-4pm
$75 members/$82.50 for non members, supplies included.  
Students will learn how to properly 'pour paint' so it doesn't run off the edges of the canvas.  Learn about transparent layers, pouring mediums and gel mediums. 

April 18, 2013

Moms Demand Action on Gun Control / 45 U.S. Senators Who Oppose Gun Control

    • Many have asked Moms Demand Action - MA/Boston what they can do after the Senate voted against gun control yesterday.  Here are today's three quick, yet very important, Calls To Action. 
    • 1. Call Senators Elizabeth Warren 202-224-4543 and Mo Cowen 202-224-2742 and THANK them for their vote. 
    • 2. Call one or more of the Senators listed below 202-224-3121 and let them know you are disappointed and angry with their vote and you will do everything in your power to ensure they are not re-elected unless they bring another bill to the floor for a vote before their summer recess.
    • 3. Geo-target New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who voted NO, at her Portsmouth office: 603-436-7161 and tell her staff that we in MA take our families to NH and demand that Senator Ayotte put our children's safety before the gun lobby.

    The 45 Senators who voted against gun control are listed here. 

  • We must keep this in mind when the next election rolls around. 
  • They voted against the sentiment of the overwhelming majority of the American people.
      • 1. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
      • 2. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
      • 3. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
      • 4. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
      • 5. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
      • 6. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
      • 7. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
      • 8. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
      • 9. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
      • 10. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
      • 11. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
      • 12. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
      • 13. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
      • 14. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
      • 15. Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID)
      • 16. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
      • 17. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
      • 18. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
      • 19. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
      • 20. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
      • 21. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)
      • 22. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
      • 23. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
      • 24. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
      • 25. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
      • 26. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
      • 27. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
      • 28. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
      • 29. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) 
      • 30. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
      • 31. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
      • 32. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
      • 33. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
      • 34. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
      • 35. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
      • 36. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
      • 37. Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
      • 38. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
      • 39. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
      • 40. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
      • 41. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
      • 42. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
      • 43. Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
      • 44. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
      • 45. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
    (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted “no,” but it was a procedural mechanism, so that he can reintroduce the amendment again.)

    A list of the Senators, with their phone numbers and links to their twitter and facebook pages.
    Let them hear from you.

    You can also email the Senators who voted against and for gun sense.

    Learn more about your local politicians and representatives.


    Moms Demand Action’s middle-ground solutions to the escalating problem of gun violence in the United States are straightforward:

    1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
    2) Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases.
    3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition.
    4) Make gun trafficking a federal crime with serious criminal penalties.
    5) Counter gun industry lobbyists’ efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.

  • To contact Moms Demand Action

    Please watch their video

April 17, 2013

FREE: the 25th Manitoba Book Awards l Skydiggers l The City With No Animals

April 28
The West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Free admission. l Open to the public

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers 
would like to invite you to the 25th Manitoba Book Awards. 

The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, hosted by Ismaila Alfa. 

The finalists and winners were chosen by juries composed of writers, editors, and other members of the publishing industry from across Canada. 

For a list of nominees

The City With No Animals
Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave.

April 26 and  27, 5 - 9 pm
Storytelling performance by the characters that live in the city - Saturday at 6 pm only
$5 admission at door

The "City With No Animals" is an interactive and immersive art installation.

Come visit the White City and learn its history, read its stories, interact with its inhabitants, and play in a world where your only responsibility is to follow your bliss. Experience walking through a city that's only ever before existed in the imagination, peek into the shops, have tea at the teashop, explore the haunted quarter, have your fortune told at the tree of clouds, and even attend a storytelling performance held in the installation itself. It'll be something that's never been see before!

* The White Tower ~ begin your tour and learn all about the city, is history, and how the people live. You'll receive a key to start exploring the work.
* The Paper City ~ peek inside apartments, shops, and other buildings created from art boxes, paper, glitter, glue and imagination.
* The Cloud Tree ~ a tree wrapped in clouds where visitors can play a fortune telling game!
* Beneath the Rose Teashop ~ get a complimentary cup of tea and learn the mysterious history of the city's favourite theatre, read the weekly newspaper, or other printed materials.
* Oprea Garden ~ a paper garden that visitors can sit in and curiously, even smell!
* Fourth Quarter Gate ~ see the ghostly forms of the haunted Fourth Quarter!

May 11
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25 advance | $30 door

Skydiggers celebrate their 25th year as a band with four releases and a Canadian tour!
Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers. When the band released their eighth studio album, Northern Shore last year, it stood out as the band’s most adventurous and varied collection of songs yet.
A series of four separate releases will be delivered each season in 2013. It kicks off with All of our Dreaming: Skydiggers Live, 1988, 2000 & 2012 which consists of three separate discs of the band captured live, twelve years apart, beginning with 1988’s Spadina Hotel, followed by 2000’s There & Back and rounded out with a DVD of 2012’s stunning performance,  Skydiggers Live at The Glenn Gould Theatre.

“You can spend your life searching for chemistry” Andy muses. “For any relationship to remain vital and continue to grow you need chemistry. We were lucky to have found that early on with each other.  Skydiggers are continuing to map new musical territory.
Tickets available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and Music Trader

April 16, 2013

Spur Festival

Some of the events:

April 27, 10:00 am
Elements Restaurant, 599 Portage Ave
Admission: $29 General,  $25 Students

Breakfast and listen to Sarah Elton read from Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet, and then discuss her work with Morley Walker of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Politics of Food: Locavore vs Globavore
April 27, 5:00 pm
Eckhardte-Gramatte Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave
Admission: $19 General  $14 Students

Sarah Elton and Pierre Desrochers debate the responsible production, distribution and consumption of food.  Moderated by Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The Creative Landscape
April 27, 7:30 pm
Eckhardte-Gramatte Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave
Admission: $19 General  $14 Students

Photographer David McMillan, artist Diana Thorneycroft, and chef Mandel Hitzer discuss the “capture” of nature through art.

Lost Rivers - Winnipeg Premier
April 28, 12:00 pm 
Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St #304
Admission:$9.50 General admission

Explore lost urban waterways in cities around the world.  There will be a Q&A, as writer and director Caroline Bâcle joins Spur Winnipeg via Skype.

What's on the Horizon for Manitoba Literature? 
April 28, 2:00 pm
Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Ave
Admission: $19 General, $14 Student 

Writers Sally Ito, Keith Cadieux and Esme Claire Keith share insights.

April 15, 2013

Adoption Meet and Greet l Forum Art: Spring Workshops

Adoption Meet and Greet
for BTPRSM & Jenn's Furry Friends Rescue
Sprockett's Doggy Day Camp, Unit 7- 975 Thomas Ave
April 28, 11:00 am until 3:00 pm

Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Manitoba and Jenn's Furry Friends Rescue 
will have adorable adoptables available to meet & greet. 
Each rescue will have an information table, merchandise and donations jars. 

Bake Sale * Silent Auction * Craft Sale 

There will be a bake sale in support of Jenn's Furry Friends Rescue. 
So if you have any baking or silent auction items you would like to donate, 


Forum Art Centre (Institute), 120 Eugenie Street

Spring Workshop I – Applying a Selected Palette
April 27 from 10:30 – 3:30
Water based media workshop to achieve a controlled composition with Alex Suprowich

Spring Workshop II – Watercolour Portrait
May 4 & 5 from 10 – 3
‘Watercolour Portrait’ workshop with artist Linda Olzewski

Spring Workshop III - Basic Photoshop
May 11 from 10 – 3
‘Basic Photoshop’ workshop with animator artist Danielle King 

Brunch with Jila Ghomeshi and Doug Speirs l Sci Fi with Karen Dudley, Marie Bilodeau, Eileen Bell and Billie Milholland l ACI Teen Writing Reading

May 5 at 10:30 a.m.
The Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Boulevard

Tickets: $55 (with tax receipt of $28)
Available at the Best of Friends Gift Shop (204-947-0110) in the Millennium Library, 
or e-mail, Visa & Mastercard accepted.  Tables of 8 may be reserved.

MC: Morley Walker, Columnist/Book Editor with the Winnipeg Free Press

Jila Ghomeshi
Author of Grammar Matters and Associate Linguistics Professor, University of Manitoba

Doug Speirs
Author of Bite-Sized Doug and Humour Columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press

Brunch • Rainbow Auction • Q & A

A Fantastic Four
May 16, 7:00 pm
Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium

Meet some of Canada’s top women science fiction and fantasy writers!
Local author Karen Dudley will be joined by Marie Bilodeau, Eileen Bell, and Billie Milholland to read from their works and discuss the challenges of writing speculative fiction in Canada.

Arts and Cultural Industries of Manitoba presents
the Teen Writing Mentorship Public Reading
April 20, 1 pm
Millennium Library, Aboriginal Reading Round

At the reading the writers will be presented with a certificate, a T-shirt and two copies each of the anthology.

April 14, 2013

Art City: CRYSTAL BALL l Buhler Gallery: Colour

April 27, 8 p.m. till late
Marlborough Hotel - Skyview Ballroom - 9th Floor, 331 Smith Street

In honor of Art City's Crystal (15th) anniversary, 
you are cordially invited to join us for this year's annual fundraiser:

Featuring: Catamounts / DJ Hunnicut & DJ Co-op
Art City Boutique, make-your-own formal accessory stations, photo booth, and more!

Fancy dress encouraged! (But not required)
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door
available at 
Art City, 616 Broadway Avenue - 204.775.9856 
Music Trader, 97 Osborne Street
Into the Music, 254 McDermot Avenue

All proceeds to Art City for providing free art programs for Winnipeg's inner-city.
This is an all ages event.

St. Boniface Hospital, 409 Tache Avenue
to June 16
FREE admission

The Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital invites the public 
to its new exhibition entitled

April 13, 2013

Prairie Fire: SPEAKING VOLUMES 2013 l Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare

May 11
Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface
Hatchet throwing and cocktails start at 6 pm
Dinner at 7 pm and readings at 8 pm

SPEAKING VOLUMES celebrates 34 years of publishing! 
This benefit supports Prairie Fire’s practicum in publishing program. 

Tickets are $65 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price) 
and are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers and from 
Prairie Fire Press at 423-100 Arthur Street / call (204) 943-9066, or email 
Everyone purchasing a ticket will get a copy of the Spring 2013 issue of Prairie Fire.

Esmé Claire Keith's novel Not Being on a Boat received the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in 2012.  Warren Cariou and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair are this year’s participants in the “On the Same Page” book and literacy promotion for Manitowapow, the anthology they co-edited.

Le Cercle Molière Theatre, 340 Provencher Boulevard
April 24 - May 4

White Rabbit Productions is proud to present a new Canadian musical!
Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare
Written and composed by Joseph Aragon | Directed by Sharon Bajer

Robbing graves for medical science is back breaking work. 
Why dig up corpses when you can create your own?

A musically morbid tale of money lust and murder in 19th century Scotland.  
It follows the tale of Irish innkeepers William Burke and William Hare, whose business takes a turn for the murderous when word gets out that fresh corpses fetch a pretty penny at the medical academy.

This deliciously dark and scandalously true story returns to Winnipeg, where it got its award-wining start at the 2009 Fringe Festival, after a professional world premiere at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto last year.

Buy your tickets at White Rabbit or by calling (204) 414-7078 or email 

April 12, 2013

Fort Richmond Collegiate l Jacob Scheier l Janis Thiessen l Libby Simon l Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk

April 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
2013 edition of The Scribbler

The Scribbler is a literary and visual arts magazine produced by students from Fort Richmond Collegiate. It is composed entirely of student submissions, from written work to art and photography.  Care has been taken to maintain a high standard of excellence in both the selection of pieces and the design of the magazine. 

April 25, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Letter from Brooklyn 

At the heart of his poems is the notion that we understand who we are by where we have been; a voice digs deep into a radical Jewish heritage rooted in New York City. 

Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More to Keep Us Warm won the 2008 Governor General’s award for English language poetry. 

April 27, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba

As the industrial workplace was one of the most significant venues in which competing identity claims were contested after 1945, Janis Thiessen explores how Mennonite workers responded and how they affected class relations. Thiessen provides a comparison of three businesses founded, owned, and originally staffed by Mennonites: the printing firm Friesens Corporation, the window manufacturer Loewen, and the furniture manufacturer Palliser. 

Janis Thiessen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the U of W.

April 28, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Life is Like a Pot of Soup

Forrest Gump may have seen life as a box of chocolates, but Libby Simon views it more like a pot of soup... elements that simmer slowly over the years, and result in a complex and unique labyrinth of characteristics that make us who we are. 

Libby Simon has published about 200 writings in periodicals and journals, in print and online, but this is her first book. Libby lives in Winnipeg with her husband, Harold.

April 29, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Lake Agassi Murders

Kate Jonsson returns to her hometown of Lake Agassi to escape the city. The residents of this quiet town had been spared the ugliness of the outside world until a suicide occurs. Kate is drawn into the web of secrets among trusted friends and police. 

Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk is the author of Women Not Wanted, a chronicle of her time as a RCMP officer and how she dealt with a hostile work environment and gendered harassment. She works as a motivational speaker and a consultant on workplace conflict and harassment. She has been part of the UN conference on Women in New York City and a delegate with the People to People Ambassador Program to Israel, Egypt and Jordon. 

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

April 10, 2013

Art Show for Cancercare l Holly Cole

Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd (at Dieppe)
April 26, 5-9  / Artists reception 7-9 pm
April 27, 10-5
April 28, 12-4

Charleswood Art Group invites you to our annual “Springtide" 2013 art show & sale. 
This year's show celebrates the centenary of Charleswood community.
5% of proceeds are donated to the Cancercare Art Therapy Program. 

Free parking, refreshments available, handicap accessible.

April 23
Jazz Winnipeg: Holly Cole
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are $36 (plus agency fees), by phone at 204-989-4656 or at Ticketmaster

There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole's singing. She can imbue standards and eclectic songs with a combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Cole has a long and storied international career, having sold hundreds of thousands of recordings internationally. These echo her success at home, including multi-platinum sales awards, three Junos and two Gemini Awards.

Steal the Night: Live at the Glenn Gould Studio, Cole's first DVD with bonus live CD was released in February 2012 to glowing reviews and features an assortment of hits and gems from her early trio days through to the present. 

April 8, 2013

Wayne Croning l Laura McDonald & Susan Misner l Walfried Jansen l West Kildonan Collegiate l John Rempel: Lilies

April 21, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Karachi Backwaters: My Love Affair with Boats and Other Adventures

This is a tale of close friendships, adventure and a boy’s obsession with boats. The author takes you on a journey that begins when he was a lad, leading up to adult life and the quest for adventure and building boats from scratch. 

Wayne Croning was born in Karachi, Pakistan in the early 1960s and spent many summer days boating by the shores of the Arabian Sea. 

April 22, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
10 Ways to Stay Broke...Forever: Why Be Rich When You Can Have This Much Fun?

From the founders of comes a new book on how to get your financial house in order and enjoy the freedom and happiness that comes with a secure financial future. 

Laura McDonald and Susan Misner explain the things we do to stay broke and what should be done instead. 

April 23, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Born of Courage

When their father is kidnapped two brothers take on the perilous and almost impossible task of finding him. 

Walfried Jansen was born in Paraguay. His parents immigrated to Winnipeg in 1957. Jansen moved to Thompson where he worked as a chemist. An award winning poet, he has three books of poetry to his credit. The Sharp Edge of North earned a nomination for the Most Promising Writer award. 

The West Kildonan Collegiate Literary Magazine
April 24, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

A medium for showcasing the creativity of our students. In this inaugural edition, we put out a call for submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  In coming years we hope to include visual art. Submissions are blind peer-reviewed and the magazine is designed and laid out by students. 
The theme for this first edition is “Beginnings.” 

April 24, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Gardening Talk: Growing Lilies - It’s Easy

John Rempel is a life member of the Charleswood Garden Club and past president of the Manitoba Regional Lily society. Rempel has grown lilies for the last 20 years and has been hybridizing them for the last 12 years. His aim is to increase the gene pool of trumpet and orientpet lilies hardy to Zone 3. This talk will be interesting to those who would like to know the fundamentals of plant breeding.

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