August 28, 2014

Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters l Sarasvàti: FemFest2014: She’s Got The Power! - Cabaret & Plays l Missing Women Inquiry l Manito Ahbee Festival

About a year ago I posted about Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (MAWS) and their Annual General Meeting.  Their topic was Family Violence Prevention.

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.

They are quite excited about topics being covered in 

University Of Winnipeg, Asper Centre For Theatre And Film
Tickets: $10.00 per each event, unless otherwise priced

September 13
Sarasvàti Productions FemFest 2014: 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Admission by donation
Skin Deep - A reading of a new play by Alison Mclean
Directed by Megan Andres
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Admission by donation
German Silver - Reading of a new play by Priscilla Yakielashek
Directed by Donna Fletcher
7:00 pm
FemFest’s opening night is a variety show: music, dance, theatre and film.
Hosted by CTV's Susan Tymofichuk
Mother a la Carte - a theatrical performance by Liberty Des Roches
Bloody Mary – a film by Antosia Fiedur; directed by Ali Tataryn

Pamela Hadder and Allison Moore – visual art
Melanie Dahling – comedian
Prairie Caravan – dance
Teresa-Lee Cooke – prose writing
Tiffany Ponce - music
Plus teasers from FemFest shows!
September 14 and 19 - 7 PM
September 17 - 9 PM
The Naked Woman - a new play by Rebecca Gibson
Featuring Nan Fewchuk and Grant Burr
Directed by Hope McIntyre
September 15, 7:00 pm
Bake-Off - Readings
Tickets: Pay What You Can
Coordinated and directed by Cairn Anne Moore
Selected playwrights (Terrie Todd, Frances Koncan, Angie StMars, Karen Clavelle, Carolyn Hoople Creed) are given a list of ingredients and have eight hours to mix up a script!
September 15 - 9 PM, September 17 - 7 PM, September 20 - 1:30 PM
Launched by Tyler White
Featuring Cheryl Gensiorek, Lyle Morris and Taesia Scratch
Directed by Carolyn Gray
September 16 - 7 PM, September 18 - 2:30 PM, September 20 - 3 PM
River by Rubena Sinha
Directed by Shaun Phillips
Music by Phoebe Man

Whether there should be yet another Missing Women Inquiry has been in the news.

Globe and Mail article Posturing is the only reason for a missing women inquiry by Jeffrey Simpson, published on August 27, 2014, gave more history behind this issue.

In Simpson's article:

Earlier this year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police produced a report into missing and murdered aboriginal women going back to 1980.

Among the findings were that men committed most of the crimes against women, that the criminals knew their victims, that many had previous brushes with the law, and that 92 per cent of cases involved spouses, other family members, acquaintances or those who had had intimate relations with the women.

The idea that some with certain political agendas might espouse – that aboriginal women are largely being struck down by non-aboriginal strangers – is largely false.

…the RCMP reported that since 1980, “the number of aboriginal female victims of homicide has remained relatively constant.” There were 33 female aboriginal homicides in 1981 and 36 in 2012, the latter coming after a large jump in the female aboriginal population.

On these numbers, therefore, there is no epidemic of killing of aboriginal women, although obviously each death is a tragedy and a crime. The rate for police solving homicides is almost the same for aboriginal and non-aboriginal women.

Public inquiries cost a lot of money.
That a forty-first report would do any good is unlikely.
Maybe that money would be better spent on funding organizations that help women.
Maybe the politicians are just being politicians.

Globe and Mail article Are native leaders ready to be part of the solution?
by Gary Mason, published on August 29, 2014, gives more information.
Yes, where are the native leaders?

September 13 - September 14
MTS Centre, 300 Portage Avenue

Manito Ahbee Festival International Powwow
Registration: 2nd Floor, MTS Centre – Portage & Donald Entrance 
Sept. 13 – 9 am to 5 pm l Sept. 14 – 9 am to 12 pm 

Grand entries: Sept. 13 – 12 pm and 7 pm l Sept. 14 – 12 pm 
Announcers: Vince Beyl, MN, USA and Ruben Littlehead, MT, USA

August 24, 2014

Oren Ambarchi, PS I Love You, Big Trouble In Little China l Carolyn Mount, Corrie Peters & Michelle Wilson l Miss Rae l Peter Coverini l Plug In Patio Party l Celebration of Women's Art l Souled Out l Sherbrook Street Festival l Sewing Classes Fall 2014

The Windsor Hotel - Blues Bar, 187 Garry Street

September 3, 8:00 pm  Performances begin at 9 sharp.
Oren Ambarchi (Australia) With Crys Cole & Rosa Reaper
September 5, 9:00 pm     Tickets Available 18+ w/ ID
PS I LOVE YOU with special guests MOZART'S SISTER
September 6, 9:00 pm Performances begin at 10     10 bucks
Big Trouble In Little China, Black Thunder (Regina, SK) and Satanic Rights

September 3 - September 6
PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, 121-100 Arthur Street

Concerning the Way in Which Two or More People or Things are Connected/
An exhibition by Carolyn Mount, Corrie Peters and Michelle Wilson

September 4, 9:30 pm   NO COVER CHARGE
MAW'S Eatery & Bar, 111 Princess St

An evening of Delta Blues Unplugged with Miss Rae & the Midnight Ramblers. 
Vince Andrushko on guitar and Tom "Twisty" Fodey on bass 

September 4 and 18, from 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Unit 1 - 460 Portage Avenue
FREE!!  Balanced/MEMETIC Present Plug In Patio Party Music Series

An indoor and outdoor party featuring cutting edge films and music.
Balanced Records and MEMETIC are teaming up to provide music on the newly opened 3rd floor patio of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.
The Plug In will also showcase films and artwork throughout their galleries on the main floor as well as the patio.

September 5 - September 18
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street
Opening September 5, 7 - 10 pm

Peter Coverini is a Montreal artist currently living and working out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though he has been making and selling paintings for over 40 years, The Old & The New will mark his first venture into solo gallery exhibition.

September 5 - September 27
Hosted by Gurevich Fine Art, 200 - 62 Albert Street
Opening September 5, 7:00 PM

Gurevich Fine Art is proud to celebrate Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) 30th anniversary with In Celebration of Women's Art, an exhibition that supports and celebrates the rich diversity of women artists.

Four gallery spaces of artwork featuring the women artists. The exhibit will also feature visual artist Caroline Monnet’s installation Amik(waa), presented by Winnipeg's Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

September 6, 9:00 pm
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 281 Donald Street
SOULED OUT: Rooftop Affair
Tickets at Into The Music, $10 advance / $15 at Door
We are bringing a diverse experience to Winnipeg's creative industry, creating an entertaining & engaging showcase of local talent.  This is a unique experience, offering a roof top party
in the heart of the city.

HOSTED BY MJ: from The Rise up show on Rhythm FM
SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK - Keisha Booker - DJ Goodie Rang
ART - Nereo II

September 6, 12:00 noon
Sherbrook Street between Wolseley and Westminster Avenue
10th Annual Sherbrook Street Festival

Main Stage is from Noon - 11 pm 
12:00 - Glen Murray
1 pm-Hip Hop Academy/Just Tv
2 pm - Roger's Arsenal
4 pm- Solhounds
5 pm- Autumn Still 
6 pm- Ina Rydum
7 pm- WoodShed Havoc
8 pm- Attica Riots
9 pm- Nathan Music Co.
10 pm - Papa Mambo

Family Area Features include:
Circus Skills Workshop, Balloon Art, face painting, cookie decorating
Art City - Photo booth
Darlene Drewniak - Art Project 
Flaming Trollies-led parade
Bouncy Castle and Slide

Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse, 15 Keith Rd
Phone: 632-7200    Toll free: 1-800-665-8958    or email
We have some exciting classes available to you this Fall!
Bring a bag lunch to each.

September 13, 10:00 – 3:30 (5 hours class)  $75.00
Free Motion Quilting - Teacher: Geesje Baron 
September 17, 9:30 – 3:30 (6 class hours)  $55.00 Pattern included
Faux Cathedral Window Cushion - Teacher: Donna Hartle
September 27, October 11 and 25 10:30 – 3:30 (18 class hours)
Applique Owl Quilt - Teacher: Gabriele Fazekas
$175 Pattern included
October 4, 10:30 – 3:30 (5 class hours)  $75.00
Sashiko Notebook Cover - Teacher: Geesje Baron 
October 8, 9:30 – 3:30 (6 class hours)  $55.00 Pattern included
Travel Duffle - Teacher: Donna Hartle
October 23 9:30 – 3:30 (6 class hours)  $55.00 Pattern included
Beginner’s Raggy Strip Quilt - Teacher: Donna Hartle

August 21, 2014

Prairie Barge Festival l Rural & Northern Art Show l McNally’s September Music l All-About Travel Presentations l Brenda Hasiuk l Maurice Mierau l Margaret Sweatman l On the Same Page Readings l Kim Thúy and Méira Cook l Karina Gauvin l Peter May l Brenda Sciberras l THIN AIR

August 29 - 31 Labour Day Weekend at The Forks

Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists team up for Prairie Barge Festival, three days of music, art and culture.

The family-friendly free weekend will offer Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers & School of Contemporary Dance, an installation from PO-MO Project, the improv comedy stylings of Hot Thespian Action, blues and folk jams, and a special projection of the Labour Day Classic: Winnipeg Blue Bombers  vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Also performances from JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods, 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee marijosée, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and an outdoor performance from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

An outdoor art market will include: Saskatchewan’s Larry Trask (soapstone sculpting), Sherri Hrycay (milliner), Gwen Fehr (beeswax candles), and Manitoba’s Boomerang 360 (clothing), Blokland Pottery, One Plus One Designs, and 129 Designs (jewelry).

September 7, 4 pm - Opening Reception
Assiniboine Park's Pavilion Gallery Museum, 55 Pavilion Crescent
This event is open to the public.
The venue is wheelchair accessible and parking is free.

The 12th Annual Rural and Northern Art Show will run from September 6 to 28, 2014.
Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm (Wednesday until 9 pm)

The annual Rural & Northern Art Show features award-winning artworks in a variety of media by artists from throughout rural and northern Manitoba.

McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483    (Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

Saturday September 6, 8:00 pm

Matchstalk Men
Friday September 12, 8:00 pm
Easy Listening

Michelle Anseeuw/John Einarson
Saturday September 13, 8:00 pm
60s/70s Favourites

Helen White Trio
Friday September 19, 8:00 pm

The Tims
Saturday September 20, 8:00 pm
Acoustic Blues Rock

Grace Hrabi Trio
Friday September 21, 8:00 pm

Zzajazz Trio
Saturday September 27, 8:00 pm
All-About Travel Presentations - RSVP to or call 204-736-4000.
September 2, 7:00 pm  
Four group departures All-About Travel is offering: cooking classes in Tuscany, see the
blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos & experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu, tour the wonders of the South Pacific or be awed by the inspiring landscapes in Iceland.
September 3, 7:00 pm
Connie Szczerba will explain how a river cruise can differ from a ocean cruises.  All-About Travel has two European itineraries - The Magnificent Europe and The Romantic.

September 4, 7:00 pm 
Boy Lost in Wild: Stories

We may be lost but we are never alone. Hasiuk’s stories ring true, cutting through our culture of alienation and lighting the threads that bind us to one another. 

Brenda Hasiuk’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s top literary journals. Her novels have received much critical acclaim. This is Brenda’s first collection of short stories. 

September 5, 7:00 pm
Detachment: An Adoption Memoir

Maurice and his wife travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys.  Maurice’s Mennonite father, born in Ukraine, has a traumatic and mysterious past. If he can understand his father’s life, perhaps he can make sense of his sons. 

Maurice Mierau is the author of several books of poetry, including Fear Not, which won the ReLit Award in 2009. 

September 8, 7:00 pm 
Mr. Jones

This novel explores a past where world governments threaten annihilation while training housewives in the proper techniques for sweeping up radioactive dust. 

Margaret Sweatman teaches and performs with the Broken Songs Band.  Her previous novels garnered the McNally Robinson Prize for the Manitoba Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Award. 

September 11, 7:00 pm 
On the Same Page Shortlist Readings 

Titles include Imagining Winnipeg: History Through the Photographs of L.B. Foote by Esyllt W. Jones, Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg by Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott, The Wittenbergs by Sarah Klassen, and North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette.  The contributors will read and discuss their work. 
Vote online, in store or at any Winnipeg Public Library by September 15.

September 12, 7:00 pm
Kim Thúy in conversation with Méira Cook & signing her latest novel Mãn

Following on the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning success of Ru, Kim Thúy’s latest novel is a triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined. 

Kim Thúy has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. 
Méira Cook’s The House on Sugarbush Road won the 2013 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

September 15, 7:30 pm
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat hosted by MCO Music Director Anne Manson.

Cana­dian sop­rano Karina Gau­vin will discuss her performance from Alcina and Giulio Cesare before her September 16 MCO appearance.

September 16, 7:00 pm
Peter May in conversation with Terry MacLeod and signing the Fin MacLeod crime thrillers The Black House and The Lewis Man.

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of numerous crime thrillers, including the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy. May started his career as a journalist and went on to become of Scotland’s most prolific television writers.

September 18, 7:00 pm
Magpie Days 

Like the black and white plumage of the magpie, Sciberras’ poems balance the exquisite tension between joy and misery.

Brenda Sciberras’ poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines, as well as the anthologies A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing, and I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems.

In September the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes writers from Canada and around the world to THIN AIR, a week of readings, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events for adults and children, in English and French.

The Writers Festival also coordinates events and projects throughout the year, contributing to the dynamic literary culture of this province.

THIN AIR Afternoon Book Chat -  in the Atrium, 2:30-3:30 pm
 Audrey Thomas & Miriam Toews, Tuesday September 23
André Alexis & Martha Baillie, Wednesday September 24
Denise Roig & Kathleen Winter, Thursday September 25
Jordan Abel & Ken Babstock, Friday September 26
An Evening with Dionne Brand, Thursday October 9, 7:00 pm in the Atrium.
In conversation and signing her new novel Love Enough
An Evening with Michael Crummey, Monday October 20, 7:00 pm in the Atrium.
In conversation and signing his new novel Sweetland

For information about our School Stage and all of our activities

August 15, 2014

Forum Art Open House l FarmFit 2014 l Keep Shining l Shows at The Cavern l Red Road Ink l her ART her VOICE l Folks For Fruit l Black Bottle Man l Dine in the Dark l Suicide Prevention: Connecting Canada l Farmers’ Feast l Brighten the Night l Woof Walk

August 23, 1 – 4
Forum Art Centre Open House, 120 Eugenie Street, Winnipeg

For Everything Art Fall Classes
Day, Evening, Weekends – 30+ artistic options.
Registration until September 7 or call 204-235-1069

We've been offering fine art instruction in a creative, relaxing atmosphere for over 50 years!

August 24, 2:00 pm
Almost Urban Vegetables, 3893 Pembina Hwy

We're heading out to the farm for some functional fitness!

Almost Urban Vegetables is hosting FarmFit 2014. Teams of 4 (2 women and 2 men) will be participating in multiple events throughout the day.
CrossFit experience will be helpful, but not mandatory. Invite your friends!
Following the events, a farm fresh meal will be served.

$160 per team (includes meal), register here (Find FarmFit under "Passes")
All proceeds will be going to Kid Sport Canada.

August 28, 7:00 pm - 2:00 am
The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street

Keep Shining '14: A Benefit in Honour of Alex "Dee" Danyliuk.  Featuring:
The Revival, The Noble Thiefs, Sc Mira, Indicator Indicator, and The Max Osawa Quartet.

The Cavern, 112 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1Y5

August 28, 9:00 pm  5 bucks
KEZDET - elctro/alternative trio Jean, Kris and Ben - seasoned musicians from Manitoba and South Africa ready to show you what they've got.

PANAMAX - Many of you know Tim Hoover as Dj CO-OP and Curran Faris from Warsaw and Greenhouse but come see their new project!

Violent Screech - This settler from Louisiana starts a song with an emotion and tries to capture and repeat with his Violin.
August 30

The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

Opening  August 29, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
August 29 - September 3

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Red Road Ink - a show of new art work by Red Road Lodge (AKA The Occidental Hotel) artists Kevin Anderson, Leonard Bigetty, Pat Bruderer, and Ashli Roberts. With artist in residence René Joshi Sims.
OPENING RECEPTION Sept 12, 2014, 7-10 pm
ARTIST TALKS: Every Saturday at 4:30 pm
September 12 - October 29

her ART her VOICE - works & word by Winnipeg's talented emerging female artists: Natasha Gusta, Crystal Nykoluk, Margerit Roger, Jessica Hodgson, Billie Proper, Maggie Ross, Shelley Vanderbyl, Jess Stacey- Sokulski, Gabrielle Funk, and Michelle Wilson.

August 30, 7:30 pm - 1:30 am
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street
$10 Cash tickets at Hollow Reed Holistic and Organic Planet

Come Eat, Drink, Dance, And Be Merry!!  Folks For Fruit are having a showcase of talent to help Woodland Spirits fund raise for the planting of a food forest. 

Musical Performances by Sapphire Empire, Theo Tzu, JR, The Unbelievable Bargains
Artworks & Crafts For Sale by Hellzen, Prairie Roots (Kelly Frances) Kait Evinger, Indigo Gardens, Brit Mc, Jacobus van Houdt, Sarah Paradise, Travis. Tulyk & Silver How. 

We will accept donations for Seeds of Life Alliance’s project to bring sustainable agriculture practices to an impoverished region of Peru, working closely with one family.  Fruit trees are inter-planted with other perennials, each benefiting the system.  
Harvests will be donated to local charities, and made available for market.

August 30 - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Berney Theatre (Asper Campus) 123 Doncaster St.

Mecca Productions Theatre and Performing Arts Centre presents Black Bottle Man.

September 3, Reception:  5:30 pm l Dinner:  6:30 pm 
RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue

The 3rd annual CNIB Dine in the Dark
Experience an Unforgettable Culinary Event!

Willing to step out of the ordinary to experience the extraordinary? 
Dine in the Dark is for you!
Let us take you on a journey of the senses in one of the most unique dinners you will ever experience.  Once Blindfolded let your senses take over and you’ll enjoy the smells, the sounds, the tastes and the textures in a way you never thought possible.
For tickets contact Glenda Gascoigne at 204-789-0947 or email 


September 10
Connecting Canada

One World Connected is the theme that the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) chose for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).

Being connected with oneself, with others, and a community is critical to one’s well being.  Building connections is one of the pillars of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

On September 10 Canadians will gather to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember and celebrate the lives those who have died, comfort those who grieve and strengthen our connection with each other.  During WSPD we will remember that we are all connected to each other.

We invite everyone to find a way of connecting to WSPD to shine a light on this important issue, sending a message to those who are despairing, connection to those who are grieving and reminding us all that there is help, hope and people who care.

On September 10 CASP and Klinic will launch a website to help workplaces support suicide prevention; a resource to help people who might receive a call from someone who in distress.

This is also the theme for this year’s virtual suicide prevention conference, November 19 - 21, 2014.  To learn more about the virtual suicide prevention conference.

September 11, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Rain or Shine
The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Sixth Annual Farmers’ Feast - Top Manitoba Chefs - The best of Manitoba’s Harvest

This gourmet, outdoor feast unites some of Manitoba’s best chefs with the freshest food from Manitoba’s fields and farms. With wine glass and napkin in hand, guests will wander through a harvest festival, tasting the very best of Manitoba’s chefs, brewers, farmers and food artisans, all the while enjoying live music throughout the evening. 
Meat dishes, luscious desserts, and chocolates.  
A delight of the senses, designed to help us appreciate the wonders of Manitoba’s foods.

September 11, 6:30 pm
The Forks Market Plaza

Drs. Daya and Chander Gupta present Brighten the Night
A fun 5 km walk under the stars in support of the CNIB
Walk and win prizes!!
To register or volunteer or call 204-774-5421

September 13, 12:30 pm
Kildonan Park
Registration in advance 730 B Century St.; also starts at 11 am
$10 per person, $25 per family

D’Arcy’s A.R.C.’s 4th annual Woof Walk   Fundraising walk, barbecue, silent auction, vendor market and a performance by the Wild Dogs Team.

August 12, 2014

Winnipeg Walk for Muscular Dystrophy l INKubator 2014 Showcase l Amber Collins’ The Offering l No UFOs, Chris Bryan, Crabskull, Greenhouse

September 20
Kildonan Park, 2015 Main Street 
Registration: 9:00 a.m.  Walk begins: 10:00 a.m.

Meet our Winnipeg Walk Ambassador, Alisha:  Hello! Bonjour! My name is Alisha. I am 10 years old and I am in grade 5 in French immersion. I love to do all sorts of activities and play games. 

Note from Alisha's Mom:  At last year's walk, she told me that she wanted to walk for her friend Sara. She said, "If I walked for myself, would I not be selfish. I want to walk for someone else."

August 20, 5 -7 pm  Opening
Exhibition continues to August 29
Martha Street Studio, 11 Martha Street  (204) 779-6253

INKubator 2014 Showcase
Free and open to the public

Featuring work by INKubator program participants:
Emma Beech
Jean Borbridge
Kelly Campbell
Lukas Conway
Hannah Craig
Andrea Davis
Natalie Dyck
Ryan Ginter
Paul Hewak
Marie-France Hollier
Kylie Hoydalo
Calvin Joseph
Mikayla Koch
Siyee Man-Vandyck
Thomas Murphy
Courteny Nielsen
Shelagh Pizey-Allen
Joy Taylor
Cole Woods

August 22, 7:00 pm
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

Amber Collins’ The Offering 
A ceramic and photographic show, is a playful look at the virile feminine. 

Ryon Aitkenhead
Meghan Carruthers
Danielle Loewen
Jenn Lamoureux
Satara Subedar
Kerri-Lynn Wilkinson

August 25 8:00 pm
The Windsor Hotel - Blues Bar, 187 Garry Street    $8.

With an impressive array of releases on labels, No UFOs continues to push and blur the boundaries between experimental electronic music, techno, krautrock and drone.
With locals: Chris Bryan, Crabskull, Greenhouse

August 10, 2014

La Clemenza di Tito l Saffies’ Reading Day l Harvest Moon Festival l Walk/Run for Wildlife l AIDS Walk for Life

August 22 - August 23
St Boniface Cathedral, 190 ave de la Cathédrale
Tickets: $20 regular, $10 student
A portion of the proceeds will go to the revitalization of St. Boniface Cathedral.

August 22, 7:30 PM l August 23, 1:30 PM
Manitoba Underground Opera presents Mozart's final opera, La Clemenza di Tito, a story of sacrifice, and of love. Set in Ancient Rome, we follow the epic story of betrayal and love in the tumultuous empire.

Brendan McKeen conducts a stellar cast in a new production by Brenna Corner. 
Jan Nato
Tito Vespasiano
Vania Margani
Melanie Nicol 
Meghan Symon
Susan Watkins 
Stephen Haiko

August 16
2 Girard Street Albert Beach, Manitoba, Victoria Beach, Manitoba R0E2C0
(204) 756-3846

You'll find everything you need at Saffies General Store up at Albert Beach, Manitoba: groceries, gas, fresh coffee, free Internet access... more than that, this is a place to meet a friend, catch up on cottage news...

For our Local Author's Reading Day we currently have 8 local authors:
-Gordon Arnold: Skippy's War
-Margaret Owen: The Homefront - Hopscotch and Heartache While Daddy was at War
-Greg McVicker: Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child
-Shelley Penziwol: From Asessippi to Zed Lake- A guide to Manitoba's Provincial Parks
-Barabara Lange: Through the Windows of a Train
-Anne Mahon: The Lucky Ones
-Bartley Kives: A Daytripper's Guide to Manitoba
-Paul H. Boge: Father to the Fatherless

Come out and meet these local authors in what will be a great day of literature!

September 12 to 14
1 railroad avenue, Clearwater, R0K 0M0

Clearwater will once again host the 2014 Harvest Moon Festival!!
Early bird tickets until Sept. 1: Winnipeg (Organic Planet), in Clearwater (Clearwater Country Market), and Brandon (Two Farm Kids). 
Weekend Passes ($55 adult / $30 youth ages 12-17). 
Camping ($10 adult/$5 youth). 
Friday only ($25 adult/$15 youth). Saturday only ($35 adult/$20 youth). 
Mooner Pass (1-5 people, max 2 adults): $150 (does not include camping). 

Attend informative hands-on workshops, which are free with admission. There will be a children’s area, a jam session (bring your favourite instrument!), a fair-trade fair, a farmer’s market, and tasty locally produced food from a variety of exciting food vendors. 

Royal Canoe , DJ Co-op & DJ Hunnicutt, Ridley Bent, Pegggers Banquet, Del Barber, Les Jupes, Heartbeat City, Shotgun Jimmie, JD & the Sunshine Band, Yes We Mystic, French Press, Human Music, SC Mira, Naysa, SMRT, Kipp Kocay and his Band, and Slow Spirit!

The Festival helps support economic development and family farming in Southwestern Manitoba.  2014 is the International Year of the Family Farm.  We’ll be celebrating the tradition of family farming in a big way. Surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley, this unique three-day festival is a celebration of the harvest season, the area’s rich cultural heritage, and the bond between rural and urban folks. 

September 20, 9:00 am
St.Vital Park, Winnipeg
Tickets Available
Join Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for the 2nd Annual Walk/Run for Wildlife! 
This is our main fundraiser; 100% of the proceeds go to help cover the costs associated with caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. 

Register for either the 5 km walk or 10 km run and collect pledges/donations for PWRC. 
Both individual or team registration is available.
Amazing prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers.
A pancake breakfast (The Original Pancake House) will follow the event for all participants.

September 21, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Nine Circles Community Health Centre is hosting
the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Winnipeg. 
Entertainment, refreshments and a West End stroll to support Manitobans living with HIV.
11:30 am - Registration
12:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies 
1:00 pm - Walk begins
1:30 pm - Entertainment & Refreshments

As many as 71,300 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. Over one quarter of them don’t even know. There is no cure and no vaccines to prevent new infections. When you have HIV/AIDS, life gets a lot harder. You can help.
This is a national awareness and fundraising event. Funds raised support direct programs and services for Canadians living with HIV/AIDS in their communities.

August 7, 2014

BBQ in Stonewall l Call for Submissions l Shannon’s: Patrick & Ms. Crooks and the K-Tones l Save Lake Winnipeg l Mutts at Farmers Markets

August 16, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Stonewall Veterinary Clinic, 4 Dolomite Avenue, Stonewall
Stonewall Veterinary Clinic will be hosting a client appreciation day! 
BBQ!! Prizes!!
$20.00 Microchip Special 
$10.00 Nail Trims, of which $5.00 will go to Hull's Haven 
Adoptable Dogs from Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue
Information on Pet Care, volunteering, fostering and adopting with HHBCR 
Donations of $10.00 or more will be entered for a Free Spay or Neuter Draw

August 15 - October 19
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

The Edge is seeking submissions for its 50/50 FUNDRAISER on November 2, 2014.
All mediums accepted! 
Submissions will be part of a silent auction - the artist and The Edge share proceeds 50/50!

Help support us so that we can continue to support emerging artists and community members!  For more information, please message Edge Gallery.

Shannon's Irish Pub, 175 Carlton Street

August 20, 10:30 pm
Patrick is happy to announce returning to his hometown of Winnipeg for a show!
August 22
Come help Ms. Crooks and the K-Tones with friends Louisiana Cock Fight tear up the floor!


Katherine Sinclair was shocked to learn that Lake Winnipeg was named the most threatened lake of 2013 by Global Nature Fund. She decided to take action and organized the Lake Winnipeg Water Walk.  The walkers left from Norway House on July 12 on a 1,032 km trek around Lake Winnipeg.  The group stopped in lakeside communities to share their message.
Sinclair says threats to the lake impact all Manitobans: In 10 years the world’s 10th-largest fresh water lake is no longer going to be able to carry life anymore.

We can see this anywhere, at any time, so people should be on the lookout, especially if they are using lake water or other surface water for drinking, and they should always be wary of the algae blooms, said University of Winnipeg professor Eva Pip.  The taps were turned off in Toledo, Ohio for more than 400,000 people over fear of algae blooms.

Boiling algae-affected water doesn't make it safe and chlorine makes it worse.  Manitoba has had excessive levels of green blue algae.  Shoal Lake is monitored carefully but people at cottages should be extra careful.

Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue will be at Farmers Markets!!
There will be home-made dog treats, bandanas and rope toys that you can purchase.
All the proceeds going towards helping our dogs in care! 
We will also be bringing a few adoptable dogs.

August 21, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Robert A. Steen Community Centre, 980 Palmerston Avenue
August 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Petersfield Community Centre, GU31 4 Petersfield

August 5, 2014

Winnipeg Rally for Gaza 4 l Morden Corn & Apple Festival l Food Tours l Picnic in the Park 2014 l Treading Water

August 9,  2:30 pm
Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway

Local lawyer Louay Alghoul, who lost 10 family members when their homes were bombed by 
Israeli F-16 fighter planes, will say a few words.

Winnipeg Rally for Gaza 4
Starting at the Manitoba Legislative Building, then from Broadway to Fort Street, on to Portage Avenue, then to St. Mary Avenue, to the Manitoba Legislature

Part of Canadian Peace Alliance's Pan-Canadian Days of Action for Gaza: August 9 & 10
Contact Mohamed Badwan, 204-870-7099 or email

Donations for Gaza can be made through:
Islamic Relief Canada
Human Concern International
Omahat Without Borders

Organized by:


Gaza fighting kills 10 members of Winnipeg man's family - CBC News

Louay Alghoul received word three family homes were demolished by Israeli shelling on Saturday and of the 10 people killed, six were children. 
These are not people who are wishing for death.  They go to schools, they look for jobs, they play in the streets, they call you uncle, they wish for a future.

Jewish Voice for Peace's video

Mandy Patinkin wants you to know that his name was Samih.

Prominent Jews and Palestinians and others stand for Palestine in this heartbreaking video with Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner, Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair, Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat and many others.
To learn more or take action, visit
Project of with assistance from (Institute of Middle East Understanding)

Please click and sign this petition…

Petitioning Stephen Harper
Bring 100 Palestinian Children to Canada for Desperately Needed Medical Attention

Petition by Lauren Lowe, Hamilton, Canada

Many Canadians have been watching in helpless horror the unfolding of events in Gaza and the unfathomable suffering endured by the children who are trying to survive there. 
We respectfully urge all Canadian hospitals to add their names to the list of Ontario Hospitals who have already reached out in compassion to offer treatment to Palestinian children who desperately need help.

Aug 22 to 24 
Phone: 204-823-CORN (2676)

The Morden Corn and Apple Festival has grown into one of the largest street festivals in Manitoba, attracting over 50,000 people to enjoy three days of activity-packed fun.

FREE Admission, Hot Buttered Corn-on-the-Cob, Ice Cold Apple Cider, Bus Tours, Shuttle Bus Service, and FREE Live Stage Entertainment on both the Main and Cottonwood Stages.

The largest parade in Manitoba winds along Morden streets on Saturday morning and Wonder Shows Midway brings out the kid in us all. Other activities include a petting zoo, the Old Tyme Dancing, a Vintage Car/Harley Davidson Show and Shine, Mud Racing, plenty of crafts, street vendors and food for all to sample and buy. 

Winnipeg is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than any other major city in Canada.  Our food tours highlight the Exchange District's sights and sounds, revealing selected culinary  favourites in Winnipeg’s heritage district.  They continue to August 28.
Join us for a gourmet experience sure to inspire your taste buds. 

Devour the District
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 
$60 per person + Optional $20 Alcohol taster ticket

Little South America Tour
Monday Evenings (except holidays)
Cost: $70 per person

Afternoon Delight
Wednesday Afternoons 
Cost: $55 per person

August 23, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. John’s Park, Mountain Avenue & Main Street

Free BBQ & activities for the kids
Free family concert

An annual celebration of community and culture. North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) is proud to partner with Aboriginal Music Week presented by TD at Picnic in the Park.  There will be many different activities, information stands and, of course, food and prizes.

August 23, 7:00 pm CST
Premiering on CBC Television   
Directors/writers Franco-Métis siblings Jérémie and Janelle Wookey 
Producer Jocelyn Mitchell 
Story editor and executive producer Gemini-Award winning producer Jeff Newman  

In April 2011 Manitoba experienced a 1-in-350-year flood. To save urban centres, unprecedented water levels were diverted to Lake St. Martin. First Nation communities in the area were swamped, and 2100 people forced from their homes for what they thought would be just a few weeks. But weeks stretched into years…

The people interviewed are devastated, as they struggle with feelings of isolation, loneliness and dejection: 
We’ve lost more than just houses. Our family structures are being broken down, our community structure is broken down. When you take somebody’s home, you bring devastation to their lives. You take their roots. You take their grounding.

They sent a constable here with a piece of paper, telling me I had to go… They cut off water, they cut off septic. We were never given a choice to stay, or a choice to stand and fight. It’s like ‘you gotta go, and you gotta go now.’

People think we get everything for nothing… If only they could see.

August 3, 2014

Scott A. Ford l Harvest Sun Music Festival l Jelly B & The K-Mart Shoppers l Racking Them Up l Adoption Fair & BBQ l Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival l HARSH TOKES l Cam'ron l memory awareness expectation l Shine On Festival

August 14 - 20
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

Two Dimensional: New Illustrative Works by Scott A. Ford
August 15, 7:00 pm  Opening Night with smaller prints for sale.
There will also be appetizers and a cash bar.
All displayed works will be for sale over the course of the exhibition.

August 15 to 17
Kelwood, MB, in Riding Mountain National Park

The Harvest Sun Music Festival is a grass roots prairie music festival dedicated to showcasing Canadian musicians, and to supporting the agricultural community.  The festival is geared towards families and provides entertainment, activities and workshops.
Passes are available for days or the weekend; there will be tent and RV camping spots.
There will be a farmers market and food vendors, including Cornell Creme!

August 15, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bell Tower Community Café, 745 Westminster Ave.

Jelly B and The K-Mart Shoppers
Free BBQ! Free live music. Free food hampers.
Let's celebrate summer by making good things together and taking care of each other.

August 16, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Crazy 8 Billiards & Lounge, 42-820 Berry St.

Racking Them Up for the Scruffs
All you can play pool, then enjoy a pizza dinner for just $15.
Play Bingo pool, enter win great prizes.
Proceeds going to Earthdog Terrier Rescue of Manitoba.
If you would like to purchase a support ticket for $5.00 please email.

Aug 16, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rona, 1333 Sargent Avenue

Adoption Fair &BBQ
Donations raised through Rona’s July popcorn sales were given to Manitoba Mutts.
We're showing our appreciation by hosting an adoption fair and BBQ, and will have adoptable dogs, merchandise, and a bake sale (both human and dog treats)!

August 16 and 17
Shaw Park, Portage Avenue East

CJOB is proud to present the 2014 BBQ and Blues Festival! 
Early Bird Weekend Passes: $39.50 - Day Passes: $34 

Union Sound Hall, 110 Market Avenue

August 16, 10:00 pm
Union Sound Hall and The Urban Bakery present: HARSH TOKES
Featuring Calgary's #1party rocker: DJ PUMP!!
with guests: DJ Zuki & DJ Hipnotic (Official Birthday Jam!)
and very special guest: STONED ALF

Hip Hop // RnBae // Trap // Reggae // Throwbacks
August 20, 10:00 pm
$35 Tickets available at TUB / THE URBAN BAKERY, MUSIC TRADER

Union Sound Hall is proud to present:
Cam'ron   "The First of the Month Tour"
w/ Grippin Grain DJs  (Co-op, Footwerk, Lonnie Ce) 

Cam'ron is a rapper and actor from Harlem, New York. 
He is the de facto leader of East Coast hip hop groups The Diplomats, and The U.N.

Platform Gallery, 121-100 Arthur St.
Contact Andy Rudolph at 949-9134 ext. 1
Exhibition to August 23

Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents an exhibition of works created via the New Artist in Media Arts and Media Production Fund.  Featuring new works by:
Shawn Jordan 
Jaimie Isaac
Ryan Amadore 
Kevin Tabachnik 
Marianne Jonasson 
Elvira Finnigan

memory awareness expectation showcases new works which address the passage of time. Experiential re-creations, themes of loss, remembrance and anticipation for a future that draws ever nearer are discussed via video, sound and sculpture.

August 21 - August 24
Beavercreek Park, Kerry, Manitoba
Tickets at Music Trader, 97 Osborne. $40 for camping and a festival pass.

Blue Grass Brunch 2014, 10 am - 2 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Cres.
$20 tickets l $5 for children under 12

Among the acts performing at this year's 10th Anniversary 
Bud Gordon and the God Awful Gospel
Holly Ruth and the Bindle Band(its)
Keiran West and His Buffalo Band
Somebody Language
The Unbelievable Bargains
Rise ‘n Shine host Kevin Roy and The Neighbourhood Watch

We’re opening the gates Thursday evening for our first ever Jam Night.  This is an unserviced festival. Please bring plenty of water, food, and adequate gear for the weekend. The weather can become inclement at a moment’s notice. 

August 1, 2014

Oak Hammock: Labour Day and More l McNally Robinson: Tasha Waite l Dave Brown & Amy Simoes: Chump Change l Deborah Harkness l Book Club l Gardening with Mick Manfield and Lyndon Penner

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
phone: (204) 467-3300 or email

August 16 & 17
Dragonfly Festival
Equipped with a net, learn more about these fascinating creatures.

August 23
Wildlife Management Area Van Tour
Explore some of the remote areas with an experienced guide in the Centre's van.
$10 per person plus admission.

August 23 - 1 p.m.
Waterfowl Basics Workshop
Learn how to recognize your dabbling from your diving ducks.
Pre-registration is required.
Workshop fee is $5 plus admission.

Camp for Kids
We have a variety of age-appropriate camps to choose from throughout August.

Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2014
Labour Day Adventure
Take in a craft, critter dipping, canoe excursions, face painting, birding walks and more!
Horse drawn wagon rides on Monday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
$5 for non-members l $3 for members for the canoe excursions and the wagon rides.

McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483    (Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

August 14, 7:00 pm 
Launch of Wild Blues: Lessons from the Road

Encounters with gun-toting Mexican police, a disastrous ride with a diabolical semi driver, a gathering of thirty thousand hippies in Wisconsin, and a drug trip in the jungles of Chiapas are just a few of the colourful escapades to be found inside. 

Tasha Waite,a writer and artist from Winnipeg, is now based in Victoria, British Columbia where she writes a newspaper column.

August 18, 7:30 pm
From Page to Screen: Turning Stories into Films
Free viewing: Chump Change

Two film industry professionals, Dave Brown and Amy Simoes, learned producing a good film takes as much craft as the story that inspired it. They’ll talk about their experiences in writing and producing, to receiving a film award in California. 

August 19, 7:00 pm

Deborah Harkness in conversation with Joanne Kelly and signing The Book of Life, highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy.  Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

August 26, 7:00 pm
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club

The choice for August 2014 is Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, A haunting novel set in a nearly abandoned hospital in war-torn Chechnya that is both intimate and ambitious in scope.  
Contact John by calling 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

August 27, 7:30 pm 
Gardening Presentation on “Square Foot Gardening Basics”

This workshop will cover the 10 basic principles of Square Foot Gardening, some different square foot garden layouts, different styles of vertical and container gardening, and how you can grow a large amount of food in a small space. Save time, water, work and money! 

Mick Manfield gardens on a 1 acre lot in Lockport.  Over the last 2 years Mick has presented Square Foot Gardening techniques at Gardening Saturday, to gardening clubs, small businesses and housing projects. 

August 28, 7:00 pm
The Prairie Short Season Yard: Quick and Beautiful on the Canadian Prairies

To help Western Canadian homeowners get the jump on the short season, popular gardening expert Lyndon Penner has created the essential guide to a quick and beautiful yard on the Canadian prairies. 

A landscape designer and horticultural consultant, Lyndon Penner is a gardening columnist on CBC Radio in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities and colleges in Western Canada.