August 31, 2013

Sarasvàti Productions: Opening Reception & Cabaret l Workshops l Call for Monologues l FemFest 2013

Please join Sarasvàti for this exciting opening reception and cabaret, a unique smorgasbord of music, dance, theatre and film, followed by a reception with great food and a chance to meet the artists from all disciplines!

Opening Cabaret and Reception – September 14, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Susan Tymofichuk (CTV)
  • visual art by MAWA artists
  • The Exchange by Katherine Koller
  • Accalia Robertson – tribal dance
  • Samantha Halas – contortionist
  • Melanie Dahling – comedian
  • Acquetore: Swan Doll – devised theatre by Devan Gingrich, Megan Sekiya and Brittany Thiessen
  • Van Kunder – music
  • The Craftastics: Agents for Social Change by Jennie O and Valley Gardens Middle School Grrlz Club – Art Installation in lobby and Trading Card Deck – Developed through the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Community WITH ART Program
  • Plus teasers from other FemFest shows
Please email or call (204) 586-2236 for more information.

University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street)
Registration is limited to 12, please contact us or call 204-586-2236 

September 15 1 pm - 3 pm
Producing a Hit: Independent Theatre Production
Guest artist Christine Rodriguez tells her own tales of producing her work. 
A workshop for those who are looking to self-produce or producing a fringe production.

September 15 and 16: 3 pm - 6:30 pm
Playwriting Masterclass 
An intensive playwriting workshop for mid-career playwrights. 
A rare opportunity to work with Djanet Sears!

Sarasvàti Productions: FemFest 2013: Revelation and Revolution
September 14 - 27
University Of Winnipeg Asper Centre For Theatre And Film, 400 Colony Street
Tickets: $10 for single shows l $50 festival pass

Sarasvàti Productions presents the 11th annual theatre festival of theatre, written by women, for everyone. This year’s lineup includes an exciting mix of artists who are using performance to see the world in a different light and explore notions of revolution.

We are especially excited to begin a new play development process with VOICES, Manitoba’s Youth in Care.  FemFest 2013 will include a workshop presentation of a new, interactive theatre piece exploring experiences in foster care entitled Giving Voice. 

Our visiting touring artists include Governor General Award for Drama nominee Lisa Codrington, Liza Paul and Bahia Watson, and Montreal’s Christine Rodriguez.

FemFest welcomes all audience members to join in a celebration of female artists.
Contact Marianne Champagne  (204) 586-2236
  • Sisters Inc. by Rita Shelton Deverell      is a girls road trip, only the girls, one Jewish, one Christian, one black Muslim, are all in their 60’s. The girls revisit some tense moments they experienced throughout the course of their long-time friendships. 
  • Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests by Jessy Arden      Harold and Vivian married out of spite.  This piece won last year’s inaugural Bake-Off competition at FemFest and was selected by the audience to be showcased this year. 
  • Flood Control by Marilyn Anne Campbell      Lonely Ray stands on a bridge, building up the nerve to end his life.

- Bake-Off - Selected playwrights are given a list of ingredients and have two weeks to mix up a script! The staged readings of the resulting pieces will be like a dessert buffet with tasty treats and plenty of delightful surprises.
- Giving Voice with VOICES

September 14, 3 p.m.
September 19, 2:30 p.m.
- Perfect Love by Talia Pura  An exploration of the role gender plays in relationships.

- The Exchange by Katherine Koller
Molly knows Shauna by appearance, reputation, and name. Molly has come to trade lives.
- Short-List    Hear excerpts from scripts from the FemFest shortlist

- Dreaming in Autism by Christine Rodriguez
La Tigresse Productions (Montreal)    A mother who has high hopes for her new baby boy soon learns that he has autism. Sad, funny, but mostly full of love.

- pomme is french for apple by liza paul and bahia watson
paulwatson productions (Toronto)     This vaudevillian two-woman show is a distinctly West Indian look at womanhood in all its glory.

- The Aftermath by Lisa Codrington (Toronto)    After an unexpected tragedy, Jane prepares for an impending apocalypse by lecturing on the importance of emergency preparedness.

Plus our exciting opening and closing cabarets featuring women artists in all disciplines!

Sarasvàti Productions is seeking monologues for female voices by Canadian playwrights for their annual cabaret to celebrate International Women’s Week (March 3 - 9, 2014). 

This year’s theme is ‘Rise Up’ and we are looking for stories about young women, the next generation of subversion, new forms of advocacy and primarily comic pieces that use humour to tackle issues. 
Any style is acceptable as long as the piece is under ten minutes and written for a female character. Royalties will be paid for use of the monologues.

Deadline is October 1, 2013.

For more information please phone (204) 586-2236 or email

Sarasvàti Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc. (founded in Winnipeg in 2000) seeks to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity.

Founded in 2003 by Sarasvàti Productions, FemFest presents the work of both established and emerging artists from across Canada. The festival’s mandate is to produce one-act plays by women and showcase women theatre artists.

August 30, 2013

Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters' AGM l Fundraising, Osborne House, The Foxy Shoppe and Eric Robinson

Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (MAWS) will be hosting our AGM on 
September 17
Kensington Room, Ramada Viscount Gort, 1670 Portage Avenue
11:30 - noon  Meet and Mingle
noon - 12:45 Meeting and Complimentary Luncheon
12:45 - 1:00 Guest Speaker Pam Goulet - Director of Family Services and Labour,
                      Child and Family Services, Family Violence Prevention

Please RSVP by September 9 to assist with catering arrangements.
Include any special dietary requirements.

See you there!

By donating online through CanadaHelps, you are helping our organization reduce the administrative costs of manually processing and receipting donations.
Tax receipts will be issued by

We always welcome donations of items such as deodorant, razors, shaving cream, shampoos, conditioners, diapers, diaper cream, sanitary supplies, new underwear and socks (adult and child), toothbrushes, toothpaste, sleepwear, towels, craft supplies.
Visit our 'where can I go page' and call the shelter nearest to you to see what is needed.

Membership in MAWS includes nine provincially funded women’s shelters, including Osborne House, as well as several affiliate members working on the area of family violence. MAWS was created to provide: support to member shelters; increased negotiating abilities with funders; shared information and resources; increased public awareness, training of staff and improved services for clients.

And in related news - Details about the burlesque fundraising event 
and calendar launch at The Foxy Shoppe to raise funds for Osborne House.

And Deputy Premier Eric Robinson's reaction....

Opposition calls for premier to strip Robinson of caucus, cabinet duties over comment

'Do-good white people' comment draws human rights complaint against deputy premier

Fundraiser organizer demands apology for ‘do-good white people’ comment

Winnipeg Free Press background article on Eric Robinson: 
A mom beaten, a son changed

Winnipeg Free Press update article - September 20, 2013:
including letter sent to Osborne House by Jennifer Howard, the minister responsible for the status of women.

September 23, 2013 Osborne House Press Release in response to letter

Winnipeg Sun article on Miss La Muse:
In defence of Miss La Muse

Winnipeg Sun article on The Foxy Shoppe:
Foxy Shoppe owner says Eric Robinson's criticism borders on abusive

The Black Rod (blogger) posts:
"I have the right to be racist, declares Manitoba's Deputy Premier"

An Idle No More founder supports Eric Robinson's racist rant

Greg Selinger's perverted interpretation of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech

How the NDP party under Premier Greg Selinger defines racism

 A world where women's shelters get enough funding for food, clothing and necessities 
while politicians - like Senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy - have to fundraise by 
posing for calendars for their expenses.

August 29, 2013

September 2013 at Oak Hammock Marsh - Fall Suppers

Labour Day Adventure

August 31 to September 2 
See the migrating birds return during a Birding Marshwalk as a nature interpreter guides you. Participate in a Sonic Sleuth Walk and tune into the sounds of the marsh using a hand-held listening device.

Explore the marsh either in a Voyageur-style canoe for a one-hour excursion or by Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride. A fee of $5 for non-members and $3 for members apply to the canoe excursions and the wagon rides. 
Wagon rides only on Monday - 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Archaeology, Rocks and Mineral Weekend

September 14 & 15 - Archaeology, Rocks and Mineral Show and Sale 

Learn the techniques of gold panning and discover the many uses of minerals in everyday life. Dig for fossils and be dazzled by the beauty of minerals. Admire the fragile beauty of artifacts, rocks and minerals displayed by the Archaeological Society of Manitoba, the Mineral Society of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Rocks and Minerals Club. 

Mineral Silent Auction held both days at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the marsh on Sunday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. 
Fees of $3 for members and $5 for non-members apply to this 45 minute ride.

Astronomy Night - Star Party

September 19 - 8 p.m. 

Learn more about the stories behind some of the fall constellations and meet some members of the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada! 

Canoe the Unknown

September 22 - 1 p.m. 

Using our voyageur you will be transported by the sights and sounds of Oak Hammock Marsh. An experienced guide will teach you the basic skills of canoeing. (about 2 to 3 hours) 

Pre-registration is required. Call us at (204) 467-3300.
Workshop fee is $10 per person plus admission.

Migration Dinners

September 24 and 26, October 9 and 11 

Experience the sights and sounds of fall migration while enjoying an elegant three-course dinner, followed by a roof-top migration presentation and fly-in of the geese and ducks at sunset. 

Pre-registration is required by the Thursday before the date.
Members $36 (plus tax), $42 (plus tax) for non-members.

Provincial Hunting Day - FREE LUNCH

September 28 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Learn all aspects of hunting.  Exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their wares and representing various hunting-related organizations. An archery range, hunting dog demos, wild meat samples, as well as prizes and a free lunch from Danny's Whole Hog for the first 500 people.

Migration Festival

Watch live birds of prey with Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on September 28 
and with Wildlife Haven on September 29 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.  

View songbird banding demonstration from 8 a.m to noon, weather permitting. Join us on the roof for the Fly-in at dusk to watch as thousands of geese return to the safety of the marsh. 
Explore with our horse-drawn wagon ride - daily from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
Fees of $3 for members and $5 for non-members for this 30 to 45 minute ride. 

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is located 30 minutes North of Winnipeg on highway 67 between highways #7 and #8. For more information call (204) 467-3300 Jacques Bourgeois

August 27, 2013

Beginner Quilting Club l Elmwood Hobby Works' 1 day sale / new hours l Romi Mayes and Paul Reddick l Manitoba to Manhattan with the WSO

We are planning on starting a Beginner Quilting Club and would value your input.  
We will be meeting on September 7 at 1 p.m. to discuss your ideas for the club.  

Registration is free. Please let us know that you are coming so we can plan.  
If you can’t come, but are interested in this group, please let us know. 
Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount coupon on sewing supplies and accessories.

Phone: 632-7200 or email
Toll free: 1-800-665-8958

Elmwood Hobby Works' 1 day sale / news about new hours
August 29 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Everything in the store is 50% off the WHITE price tag (except for consignment items).
Unfortunately I cannot give these discounts to people who have consignment credits.

Friday and onward the percentage will go down to 40% but will rise in the following weeks. I hope to see you all before the store closes for good.

If you have any questions please email me - Charles G. Huard (Chuck) Mgr.

Store hours starting on Fri. Aug 30/13
Tues, Wed & Fri : 11:00 - 5:00
Thurs : 12:00 - 6:00
Sat : 11:00 - 4:00

September 7
Times Change(d) High And Lonesome Club - Pollo Volonte, 234 Main St.

Romi Mayes plays while Jay is in Europe? What shall she do? Perhaps hire Chris "Chopper" Carmicheal, alongside drummer Emmet "Corndog" VanEtten to fill Nowicki's big shoes. Yup. Good idea.
And how to make this night even more incredible? Have Sir Paul Reddick and his fantastic band kick off the show. For those of you who missed Reddick's show at Times, you now have another chance to see him!

You are invited to join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and CAA Travel 
to our presentation on joining this musical journey to Carnegie Hall.

Our presentation will include all the details to book this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 
CAA Travel Agents and members of the WSO will be on hand to  answer questions.

Winnipeg - September 10, 2013
Celebrations Dinner Theater
Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway
Afternoon - 2 pm, doors open 1:30 pm
Evening - 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

Brandon - September 11, 2013
Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Ave
7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm

Please  call 204-262-6178 or contact us to reserve your spot!

August 24, 2013

FREE: 100 Makers Outdoor Exhibition l Manitoba Duck Race l Stop the Slaughter of Elephants l Yes We Mystic with From Giants and Oshima

August 28, 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
Art City, 616 Broadway
FREE food, art games, face-painting, and bike decorating for all ages. 

Inspired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery's 100 Master's exhibition, Art City's Green Art program has been transforming Broadway park into a spectacular outdoor art gallery, featuring 100 amazing artworks by our participants.

Join us in the park for our closing festivities in celebration of the original art objects and masterwork recreations featured in this one-of-a-kind art show!

September 7 at 1 p.m. by the Portage Avenue footbridge

You can win the COOLEST PRIZES at The Great Manitoba Duck Race taking place at Assiniboine Park. Proceeds support the Journey to Churchill northern species exhibit now under construction at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and scheduled to open in summer 2014. 

1 for $10, 3 for $25 / call 204.943.DUCK (3825) 
Deadline to buy tickets is September 4.
Ticket holder does not need to be present to win. 

Please pledge your support to sign our White House Petition 
We need to obtain 100,000+ signatures to launch the petition. Only those petitions that have reached THAT goal within 30 days will be viewed by the President.
The petition will demand serious action with regards to the current poaching crisis facing elephants, rhinos and other endangered wildlife.  
35,000+ elephants are massacred each year to meet China's demand for ivory trinkets. 

Please say NO to the ivory trade, NO to Rhino Horn Poaching and NO to any trade in animal body parts.

September 6, 8:00pm
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street
Tickets: $10 in advance (also at Music Trader, Into the Music, The Park Theatre)
or $12 at the door.

Local indie folkers Yes We Mystic have completed Floods and Fires, their much-awaited debut EP, and would like to share it with you. Don't forget to grab a copy at the show.

From Giants - Poetically driven pop melodies along with tasteful harmonies, backed by fresh quirky folk based instrumentation.

Born on a boat in a storm to a slave mother and lecherous father. Now turns forests to feathers. Oshima is Les Jupes' frontman Mike Petkau Falk.

Presented by UMFM.

On the Head in the Sand website you can get tickets for both the Yes We Mystic release show and the upcoming Les Jupes release show for just $20. So hit that up!
Yes We Mystic release show (September 6) - $10.
Les Jupes release show (September 20) - $12.

August 23, 2013

Ron Bilton l Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore l Robert Shewchuk l Prairie Ink Open Mic Night

August 29, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
One Piece of a Life

This book is one man’s story of early childhood abuse and the impacts of this abuse. This is the story of an individual who used those experiences as a catalyst to thrive.

Ron Bilton is a National Champion Fighter who represented Canada in numerous international competitions and a police officer who has spent 25 years protecting and serving those unable to defend themselves.

September 3, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Launch of Jail Baby

In this powerful new play based on work with incarcerated women, parody is interspersed with harsh reality. Created in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba, this thought-provoking work raises important questions.

With a BFA in performance and an MFA in directing, Hope McIntyre is in her 13th year as Artistic Director of Sarasvàti Productions. Her published plays include Hunger, Revisioning, Ripple Effect and excerpts from Have Mercy. Her most recent play Eden premiered in 2012. She teaches at the U of W and is a former President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Cairn A. Moore is a director and playwright and teaches performance at the U of W.
Cairn has written three plays solo, edited a scene book anthology entitled Generation NeXXt and is the Associate Artistic director of FemFest.

September 4, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Careers For Kids: How To Help Your Kids Choose A Career 

Careers For Kids was written to teach parents how to help their children find real job security; uncover their kids’ career and life potential; save as much as $25,000 in wasted tuition fees; and keep their kids from wasting their talents.

After working in multiple career and educational roles with the Government of Alberta, University of Calgary and the Calgary Board of Education, Robert Shewchuk has decided to focus his attention on helping parents learn how to help their children.

Prairie Ink Open Mic Night
September 4, 8:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
A Monthly Showcase Celebrating Singer Songwriters

Registration begins at 8:00 pm with 11 musicians selected by lottery.
The first act opens at 8:30 pm and the evening will run until 11:00 pm.
Each musician will have 10 minutes on stage.

Solo performances preferred; no objection to a backup musician or duo. Only original acoustic music. No covers. No drum kits. No heavy metal. We provide the sound system and mic. Bring your own guitar, keyboard, harmonica or hand drum.
All ages and music welcome.
A tapas menu will be available throughout the night.
For more information call Karen Nielsen at Prairie Ink Restaurant - 204-975-2659.

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

August 20, 2013

FREE Scheduled Violence l FREE Pretty in Pink & The Breakfast Club l Sandy Venton: Peonies l LovingHands for Osborne House l The WAVE Interlake Artists' Studio Tour l Kevin Lamoureux

August 27
'Scheduled Violence' makes its premiere at the
Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
Doors open at 6:15 pm

- Free snacks and drinks available in the lobby
- Alcoholic beverages available for purchase at the concession before the screening.

There will be two showings:
7:00 PM (Space limited) and 8:30 PM
Each screening will be followed by a brief Q&A session with BJ Verot

* There is no admission fee, but donations will be going to the Cinematheque. *

'Scheduled Violence' follows Winnipeg fighter, Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen, as he makes one last run in the ultra-competitive world of mixed martial arts on his quest to return to a major fighting promotion before he retires.

Trailer and 'Scheduled Violence' FB page

Movies on Memorial - Pretty in Pink & The Breakfast Club
August 27, 7:00 pm
Watch a movie under the stars
at Memorial Park, 470 York Ave. (at Memorial Blvd.) for free!

Sandy Venton
August 28, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Gardening Talk on Excitement About Peonies in 2013

Sandy will talk about old favourite peonies and enlighten us on fern, tree and Itoh peonies.  Fall is the time to transplant peonies.  Sandra will discuss transplanting and care. Sandy Venton is a gardener who nurtures many different perennials, shrubs and trees. She grows dozens of hosta in shady corners, treasures hellebores and heuchera, and has a passion for lilies, particularly martegons.

Sandy is the Vice President-Canada for the North American Lily Society, Secretary for the Manitoba Regional Lily Society, an qualified lily judge and lily show Chairperson.

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

#LovingHands Don't Hit Fundraiser in support of Osborne House & WISH
August 29, 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Academy Lanes, 394 Academy Road

This the name for the fundraiser I am organizing for Osborne House Inc the same night (August 29) Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in concert in Winnipeg. So many people have come forward to tell me their heart-wrenching stories and to offer help. You and me are going to do this together. Because "Loving Hands Don't Hit." 
Let's put our $$ and support where it's really needed, Osborne House. 

This is a positive way to educate and raise awareness about domestic violence.  The event is family-friendly.  We hope you will join us, do some bowling for $5 per person, and do something good to help those in need.  Thank you!     Susie Erjavec Parker

Chris Brown Winnipeg concert cancelled over personal issues.

Chris Brown cancels Maritime shows.

August 31 and September 1, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Breakfast with Kevin Lamoureux, MP
August 31, 8:30 am until 10:00 am
Canton Buffet, 1111 Logan Ave.

Tickets: $20 - Free with the signing of a new victory fund membership.

Contact Person: Roldan Sevillano (204) 999-6657
Hosted by the Winnipeg North Federal Liberal Association

August 18, 2013

FREE Sarasvàti Launch l Healthopoly and Westview Dance Club l The Edge Gallery: Dissonance, cup-making and submissions l 50/50 Draw for BTPRSM

August 20 at 10 am
University Of Winnipeg Asper Centre For Theatre And Film
The season launch is free!
Followed by a reception, refreshments generously donated by Cake-ology.

Sarasvàti Productions will blow you away with its 13th theatrical season in Winnipeg exploring the theme of Revelation & Revolution! 
Join us for this special season launch which will include a sneak peek of the unique and exciting performances for the 2013-2014 theatre season. 

The 8th Annual Healthopoly Health Fair and Westview Dance Club
August 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Walmart, 1001 Empress Street
A collaboration between Walmart and the Manitoba Lung Association 
For more information call: 204-452-8420

Healthopoly is an event packed day:
·       Pharmacists and nurses providing health screening for everything from blood glucose to lung function
·       Music provided by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
·       A Fashion Show
·       Prizes

Westview Dance Club will be offering Ballroom Dance demonstrations at 1:00 P.M.
Demonstrations include:
·       Mambo
·       Samba
·       Swing
·       Waltz
And a Waltz Lesson! 
Promoting an active lifestyle through lifelong learning in social ballroom dancing in a friendly and supportive community.

For more information, contact Bev at: 204-275-6484

Dissonance - an Exhibition of Works by Karen Hanan
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street
August 23 until September 3 
Opening Reception on August 23 at 7:00 pm.

Karen Hanan's mixed media practice is an exploration of identity, touching on themes of vulnerability, intimacy, femininity and fear. As traditional materials are combined with a contemporary approach, she finds balance between the different facets of femininity. 

Dissonance is uncertainty, discomfort and a longing for completion. Harmony is found when one makes peace with who they are.

The Edge Village and Gallery's cup-making extravaganza 
611 Main street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
starting August 24 every Saturday from 2 - 6
bring snacks, bring the family

All supplies included, an instructor to show you the basics - wheel throwing, slab building extruding and coiling even slip-casting!  All the cups will be going to our fundraiser in October!  Any of the donating artists will get free admission to the event!

$10 advance, $5 for existing members / $15 at door, $10 existing members

The Edge Village and Gallery's call for submissions
drop off at 611 main street at edge gallery 
August 24 at 2:00 pm until October 5 at 5:00 pm

The Edge is holding its 2nd annual fun-raiser
we are accepting submissions ANY medium 
square by square foot

50/50 Draw and Adoption Meet & Greet in Support of 
Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba (BTPRSM)
Southglen Veterinary Hospital, V-730 St. Anne's Road
Sunday, August 25, 11:00 am until 3:00 pm

Stop by and meet some adorable adoptables or purchase some merchandise.
All proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle and the Adoption Meet And Greet support the BTPRSM directly for vetting the dogs in our care.

August 17, 2013

Morden Corn & Apple Festival l Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature

Aug 23 to 25

Morden was designated as the Corn and Apple Belt in 1925, as the long, warm growing season made this area of the prairies unique for the growing of corn and apple crops.

This family event has been held since 1967, 
and offers good food, wholesome entertainment and a relaxing atmosphere.

Check out the Morden Corn & Apple Festival website or call 204-823-2676.

August 23 to 25

Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature connects people.  Our 45 acre site is a combination of forest, grassland and wetland habitats within walking distance of a great beach, restaurants, galleries and other services in Dunnottar on Lake Winnipeg. 

Our grassland site allows festival goers the option of traditional (unserviced) camping available for just $5 per night per person. Feel free to pitch a tent on one of our designated spaces, or park a camper, trailer or motor home in our RV camping area. These sites are set around mini stages allow for great jams and get together! 
Bring your swimsuit! Our event is a stone's throw distance from Matlock Beach.  


Aband *nthecar
Carol McAlpin and 3 Hours
Deborah Romeyn
Double Trouble
Downer Party
Hollerin' Pines
Inna Riddim
Jake Chenier
Jason Ross band
Jeff hatcher
Jess Reimer
Jesse Popeski
Kate Ferris
Kieran West & His Buffalo Band
Quinton Blair
Robert Allan Wrigley Band
Sebastian Owl
The Brothers Landreth
Theo Tzu & MC PuConA
Woodshed Havoc
Young Pixels

August 11, 2013

Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival l Thousand Lakes Region (TLR) Model Railroad Fall 2013 Events

Aug 16 to 18
Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Avenue

The three-day event will feature the best in local, national and international blues performers along with the Winnipeg Free Press Pit Masters BBQ competition.

The Winnipeg Free Press Pit Masters Championship is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition. Open to amateurs and professionals, contestants will be competing for points and prizes. The coveted prize for the “Grand Champion” will include an automatic invite to the World Food Competition as well as a chance at an invitation to the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Competition.

Attendees will also be able to see hundreds of tricked out “Big Rigs” at 
the sixth Annual House of Chrome Show and Shine.

Also an artisan’s village, food vendors, beverage gardens, and other food demonstrations.

Thousand Lakes Region
NMRA Model Railroad Fall 2013 Events

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August 23 through 25 
51st Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree, Madison, South Dakota.

September 28 
Dakota Southeastern Division Library Clinic Day 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
at the Oak View branch 3700 E. 3rd Street, Sioux Falls 
Hands-on scenery making, N gauge layout, HO scale switching layout, 
and the DSED modular layout. Free. 

October 19 
Dakota Southeastern Division open house home layout tour noon till 5:00 p.m. 
Plenty of model trains, including the Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society club layout at the fairgrounds, plus layouts in and around the Sioux Falls area. 
Railpasses for $5 ($10 family) 
available late September from Hobbytown, 1007 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls

October 19 Prairie Lakes Division fall meet at LeMars, Iowa

October 20 
35th annual Spud Valley hobby show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
at Ramada Plaza Suites Crystal Ballroom, 1635 42nd St. Sl., Fargo
operating railroads - vendors - door prizes

November 16 Granite City Train Show from 10:00 to 3:00 in St. Cloud, MN.
National Guard Armory, 1710 Veterans' Drive
Win a Lionel Train set or FSM HO Structure kit
Children's railway play area

November 23 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 24 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Trains at Christmas at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Expo Building, Sioux Falls
Model railroad show and swap meet!

August 9, 2013

Karen Robb: POETREE...and other Delta Stories l Chaos Cabaret l Roy Ascott: The Analogues

POETREE...and other Delta Stories - Solo Art Show by Karen Robb
Portage District Arts Centre, 11-2nd Street NE Portage la Prairie MB
To Sept. 28, 2013

Opening Night Celebration Aug. 15, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Karen Robb studied at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts over twenty years ago.  She has created over sixty original works of art.  Nearly half of these have been acquired by private collectors, and her limited reproductions have been in great demand. 

Karen’s work is regularly on display at the Birchwood Art Gallery.  Her work has also been displayed in group shows at the Cre8ery Gallery and the Medea Art Gallery.  She co-produced the show Surface Wounds/Fractured Thought in 2011 at the Cre8ery Gallery.  In 2012, Karen and two other Winnipeg artists travelled to Los Angeles to present their self-produced show Les Fauve Canadien.

Thanks to the support of Studio 26 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, her work has been seen at the Red Dot Festival in Miami and ArtExpo New York. This summer (2013) Studio 26 Gallery will take her work to the ArtHamptons Art Festival, New York.

I am not particularly comfortable with labels. So, while others might describe me as a Contemporary Abstract Expressionist, I see myself simply as an artist whose influences span many different styles of art: the Abstract, Modern, Fauvist, Post-modern and Pop Art movements… I look to reveal the relationship between architectural design, art, nature and the female form. My hope is that these influences may spark the imagination of the viewer and take them onto another journey.

Upcoming Exhibitions  Cre8ery Art Gallery (Winnipeg, MB)  November 2013

August 15, 8:00 pm until 2:00 am
Liv in the Exchange, 140 Bannatyne Avenue

Draw, dance, drink, and celebrate with us . 
First 50 through the door get a free cakette by Cakeology!
$15 at the door
$12 presale at Cre8ive Supplies and Services, Hungover Empire or Gags Unlimited.

Welcome to The Underworld – a realm whose inhabitants are just waiting to make your most intimate dreams or your most horrific nightmares come true.  There are no laws here in this home for all manner of different and surreal creatures; both beautiful and terrifying… but for one night only they are willing to entertain at the Chaos Cabaret!

Participate in our Costume Contest, view wares by talented local artists, get your Tarot read, while KING CABERNET sweeps you through the night with his visuals and music!

Burlesque performances by: MISS ANGELA LA MUSE and MISS SCARLET DIVINE

Featured bands: 

Guest Artists:


Jen Xcetera Schultz of Xcetera Photography will be displaying "Stone Angel".

The Analogues - Roy Ascott
Closes September 27
Curated by Anthony Kiendl and co-presented with Video Pool Media Arts Centre

Explore a small but crucial body of work by English inter-media artist and theorist Roy Ascott. The works were largely created in England between 1963 and 1970. They form a crucial part of the artist’s “Analogue” works – non-digital, two-dimensional and non-representational wall works that pre-figure his later artwork relating to computer networks, viewer interaction, and telematics. Ascott was the first to coin the term “telematic art” to describe the use of online computer networks as an art medium.

Ascott will be a visiting artist and lecturer at the Summer Institute. 
Participating faculty and artists in this year’s Institute also include: Ken Gregory, 
Oliver Botar, Eduardo Kac, Candice Davies, Ray Fenwick, Nikki Forrest, Thea Jones,
 Jean Klimack, Erika Lincoln, Freya Bjorg Olafson, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Victoria Scott, 
Matthew Walker, Mitchell Wiebe and Aaron Weldon.

A publication Roy Ascott: The Analogues will be published by Plug In Editions, with an essay by Anthony Kiendl and an interview with Ascott by Dr. Melentie Pandilovski, Director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg.

August 5, 2013

Battle at STUDIO 393 l Nature Manitoba Events l FREE: John Norman and Kendra Jones l Adopt Kittens and Border Collies

August 9, 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Portage Place, 393 Portage Avenue

Studio 393 presents our second monthly B-Boy battle at Portage Place Mall. 
This time in STUDIO 393 (by the fountain)! 
It will be a 1 on 1 format and the winner will get prizes provided by Portage Place Mall. 
Cyphers will start at 5:00 PM and Battles will start at 5:30 PM. 

Along with the B-Boy Battle, we are happy to announce that we will be doing
an All-Styles battle as well! (B-Boys are also allowed to compete in this all-styles battle) 

Music will provided by DJ iPod

B- Boy Judges:
Boobjester (Dangerous Goods/Good Foot Crew)
Less Izm (Dangerous Goods/DeadSEED)
Majo (Gago Bros/Godsentwolves)

B-Boy Competitors:
1. Dare-iLL
2. Doodlz (Dangerous Goods/DeadSEED)
3. Vince
4. Rigz (Bionic Bunnies)
5. Stallz (Gago Bros/Tribe of Alphas)
6. Muse
7. Donno (Paranormal Pandas)
8. Nimdawg (Bionic Bunnies)

All-Styles Judges:
Kaja (Define Movement)
Bale (Paranormal Pandas)

All-Styles Competitors:
1. GF Joe (Good Funk Gang)
2. Shaqdaddy (BOSS)


Nature Manitoba, 401 - 63 Albert Street
Contact Email or Phone 204-943-9029
Free for members
Non-members may attend a trip or two at no cost.

Elk Island Canoe and Hike
Aug 10, 2013
Join Roger Sutherland for a canoe trip around Elk Island (situated on Lake Winnipeg close to Victoria Beach), and then have a short hike on the island.

Canoe Woodland Caribou Park
Aug 11 to 24, 2013
Join Jerry (3 additional people maximum) on a canoe trip into Woodland Caribou Park. The trip begins and ends at Wallace Lake. Woodland Caribou is a place to let your spirits soar and revel in the sights and sounds of a wilderness park.

The Cube, Old Market Square
August 16, 7:30 pm
FREE OUTDOOR EVENT        Get Tickets 

John Norman (Hype Muzik, UNT! Records, The END Agency) plays at MEME 2013!
This special 1 hour set will be a partnership with local theatre experimenters,
Impel Theatre, headed by Kendra Jones. 

"The First Time" is a new audio installation created by Kendra designed to be experienced in tandem with John's live DJ set as you make your way through the exchange district - details on the audio download for your smartphone!

Kendra Jones is an instructor at PTE School and the U of W. Her work has been showcased in exhibitions and festivals including MEME Festival, Camden Fringe, Girls! at the Gas Station Arts Centre, RADA Festival, Sarasvati FemFest, Carol Shields Festival of New Work, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and RMTC Master Playwright Festival.

Kittenpalooza - St. Vital Centre's Community Booth
August 16 at 10:00 am until August 23 at 9:00 pm

Craig Street Cats needs to find homes for all our little ones. 
Plenty of kittens will be on site waiting to meet their forever owners. 

Volunteers are also needed! 
Please click here to sign up for Kittenpalooza - St. Vital Centre on @VolunteerSpot today!

Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue's Adoption Fair
August 17, 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
Sub Zero Ice Cream at 298 Jamieson Avenue, corner of Brazier and Jamieson

Come on down to meet our great adoptables and volunteers!

August 4, 2013

Jean Jacket Party l FREE: Ferris Bueller's Day Off l Lesia Anna l Bruce Head, Keith Wood & Rosemary Kowalsky

Sappho Zine: Jean Jacket Party!
MAWA Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, 611 Main Street
August 10, 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Come decorate jackets, bags, t-shirts or whatever with us! 
Free admission and free handmade Sappho Zine patches - just bring your own jacket or bag to decorate and some decorating supplies or a snack to share! 
Embroidery floss, sewing needles, buttons etc would be great! 

We will also be opening up submissions for Sappho Zine no. 4 "Connections".

Movies on Memorial - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Memorial Park, 470 York Ave. (at Memorial Blvd.)
August 13, 7:00 pm

Watch a movie under the stars at Memorial Park for free!

Rare Sand Sculptures by artist Lesia Anna
Lesia Anna Art Studio at The Forks Market, next to the wine store
All of the month of August, 2013
Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM

Lesia creates sand sculptures made from Manitoba beach sand.  The process involves layers creating a 3D effect.  A protective coat is used to protect it for 200 years.
Limited art pieces available.

Lesia Anna has been a professional artist for 53 years. She will be opening two more art studios in September.  Come meet this talented artist and watch a demonstration

In St. Boniface Hospital near the main entrance. Admission is free.

Colour – Bruce Head, Keith Wood & Rosemary Kowalsky
Closes September 8

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on statutory holidays

August 2, 2013

Rebecca Haverluck l Paulette Millis l Jennifer Thiessen l Alex Tretiak l Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club

August 6, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Showing Prairiescapes of Winnipegosis

For this series of oil paintings Rebecca Haverluck delves into her roots in rural Manitoba, and her personal history in and around Winnipegosis, MB.
Prairiescapes of Winnipegosis brings the viewer to a place of wide open blue skies, broken-down barns, wild grasses and serene lakes.
Taking these images out of time and mixing reality with memories to create a visual experience for the viewer, I hope to translate some aspect of how I felt standing in front of these intimate landscapes.

August 6, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You About Foods; Book One, Two and Three

Paulette Millis will draw from her nutritional knowledge, lifestyle tips, and personal experience to offer options on how to remove symptoms and improve health. She will explore our food supply, and what foods to choose for your best health.

Paulette Millis has over 20 years of teaching, facilitating and counselling experience. She is the author of five books (including the bestselling Eat Away Illness and Cook Your Way to Health) and numerous articles and columns. She also has had fifteen “Cooking for Health” information segments on SCN.

August 8, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Torn Apart: A Family’s Journey to Find Each Other

The true story of two German brothers and their families living in Poland, ripped apart during the Second World War. It follows family life on the farm, the invasion of Poland, hardships during and after the war and the struggle to find each other. It’s a story of pain and suffering; also a story of love, hope and survival.

Jennifer Thiessen's love of travelling has brought her around the world, but the Manitoba prairies, family and friends always call her home.

August 12, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Sometimes a Paradise: CUSO in Africa

An emotional two-year journey—from wonder, excitement, elation, and birth, to disappointment, depression, sickness, violence, and death. A candid window on the everyday life of two Canadian volunteers with Canadian University Service Overseas in Tanzania, East Africa, 1968-1970.

Alex Tretiak is a retired teacher, living with his wife Stephanie in Gimli, Manitoba. His previous works were: Journeys of a Naturalist—Exploring Nature's Realm, and A Bridge to Home: Letters from Marjorie, 1960-1996. He has also written nature and gardening articles for magazines and newspapers.

Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club
August 27, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove

The choice for August 2013 is Benjamin Hale’s The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, a book that goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human -- to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.
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