September 29, 2014

NMRA of Canada’s Annual Train Show l Oak Hammock Fall Suppers l Russell Beef & Barley Festival l Catherine Banks l GRASS ROUTES - Intersections l Dowland in Dublin l Glenn St. John l Lindsey White l Craig Street Cats’ Black Cat Ball

November 1, 10 am to 4 pm
Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, 201 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1A5

Admission by donation.
A portion of the admission will be donated to The St. Amant Centre.
Contact Dennis Rietze 

The National Model Railroad Association of Canada’s Annual Train Show
Presented by the No. 1 Northern Division of the National Model Railroad Association, Thousand Lakes Division.
  • free parking
  • handicap accessible

The No.1 Northern's Free-Mo group HO modular layout, the largest modular layout in the province, will be on display.
There'll be a portable N gauge layout on display!
Learn how to operate your model railroad with a cell phone! (Yes, there's an app)
Try operating a John Allen Timesaver HO switching yard.
Attend model railroading clinics, demonstrations, and video presentations.
Vector Trains will be setting up a G scale display!

The Man with the Giraffe Cars will be there for the kids!!!!
Kids, have your parent take your picture with the Man with the Giraffe Cars!
He'll also let you unload the operating cars!

October 1, 3 and 4 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Migration Dinners & Rooftop Talk at Oak Hammock Marsh

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

Dinner is $45 for members and $52 for non-members, plus admission.
Phone: 204-467-3300 or email
Click here for more information including the menu.

October 5 - 12
Russell, Manitoba, Canada
Russell Beef & Barley Festival

A scarecrow contest, pancake breakfast, free family movie night, grain competition, and so much more!

October 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Colin Jackson Studio Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor Portage Place
Admission is free
Two time Governor General winning playwright Catherine Banks reading excerpts from award winning "It is Solved by Walking", "Miss N Me" and her latest work in progress "The Mountain and the Valley".
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and chat with the playwright.

For more information Sarasvàti Productions or call 204-586-2236.

October 6 - 11
University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue (Bulman Students' Centre)

The UWSA and The Campus Sustainability Office present
GRASS ROUTES - Intersections

This is the 5th annual Grass Routes Sustainability Festival. This year, we’re contemplating INTERSECTIONS. We’re thinking about the streets, the art, the politics, the design, the communities, the bustle that make up Winnipeg- and where they meet. Join us to create and explore the intersections of our city.

October 8, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue

Dowland in Dublin
Hosted by Camerata Nova -  Tickets

An Evening of Lute Songs in an Irish Pub!

Camerata Nova joins international star tenor Michael Slattery and La Nef, an early music group from Montréal, in a creative concert based on the music of Renaissance composer John Dowland. With great skill, charm and integrity, La Nef has arranged Dowland’s music in Celtic style, as it would have been played in an Irish Pub in the early 1600s.

For Dowland in Dublin, La Nef features Sylvain Bergeron (lute and arrangements),
Alex Kehler (violin), Amanda Keesmaat, as well as Seán Dagher (cittern and arrangements)
and Grégoire Jeay (flute and recorders).

Oct. 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bell Tower Community Café, 745 Westminster Ave.

Featuring Glenn St. John on stage. Free meals. Free live music. Free food hampers. What a great way to come together as a community!

If you’d like to volunteer at the next café night, show up at 5:30 p.m. and join in!
See Meaghan Pauls, our coordinator, if you have any questions.
Everyone is welcome as a guest when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.
If you need a free food hamper on Friday night, please register with our community partner Winnipeg Harvest at 204-982-3660 (Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM).

October 17, 10:15 pm
Shannon's Irish Pub, 175 Carlton Street
No cover.

Last time we rocked Shannon's, there were covers of The Tragically Hip, The Rolling Stones, Fiona Apple, The Mars Volta, Foo Fighters and more, interspersed between the groovy folk-rock music that is Lindsey White!
Rock and roll with shameless balladry. Free hugs. Alasdair Dunlop, Mitch Dorge & Joe Curtis.

October 18, 8:00 pm
Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue

Tickets $25 each online and have them waiting for you at the door
or pick them up at our adoption centre 489 Madison St.

Time to put on your best bib and tucker, or your most creative costume, and strut your stuff at Craig Street Cats’ Black Cat Ball! This year we're turning on the glitz.

Cash Bar | Late Supper | Silent Auction | Costume Contest

Celebrity Guest Judge: Frankie Hollywood
Music by Soundwave Music Services

September 25, 2014

Paws for Giving l Keeping Winnipeg Warm l Laika l SLOAN l Larry and His Flask l JULY TALK l Persons Day Breakfast: Shulamith Koenig l Gene Pool Fundraiser l Public Transit Rally l Chaos Machine l Zombie Dance Party 2014 l Castle, Wilt, The Peaches & Intoxified l Harpdog Brown Band

October 3 - October 5
PAWS FOR GIVING CAMPAIGN - Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue and Pet Valu
This is a food and supply drive for our loved rescues.

Pet Valu Meadowood
We will be at the store for their annual in store food drive. 
We will be on hand at the store:
October 3 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
October 4 and 5 - Noon until 3:00 pm 

We will be on hand with information, hhbcr goodies and adoptables. 
You can stop by the store to purchase an item and fill the bin.
October 4, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pet Valu Westwood, 3326 Portage Ave.  

We will be on site with information and an adoptable or two. Stop on by!!

October 11, 1:00 pm
Main St and Higgins Ave, Winnipeg

Keeping Winnipeg Warm - A drive to help keep Winnipeg warm this winter!
Blankets, jackets, anything is better then nothing!
In partnership with Pay it Forward Winnipeg.
If you’d like to donate anything you can just bring it down.  Drop off locations.

October 11, 8:00 pm
The Windsor Hotel - Blues Bar, 187 Garry Street    
$10.00 First 25 people will get a FREE CD

Come celebrate Laika's 5th birthday and the release of 'Somnia'. 
Laika playing Somnia in its entirety
featuring Tyrants Demise, Mortalis, Withdrawal and Occvlt Hand

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street
Tickets Available Ticketmaster
October 11, 9:30 pm
SLOAN - Canadian rock kings are back! New album. New tour.
October 15, 9:30 pm
Advance $12+fees Soul Survivors, Into The Music Pyramid 
At the Jazzfest in 2012 the stage was a flurry of energetic rock, bass, bangos & beards!
October 18, 9:30 pm
The sound of Gravel mixed with Glamour with JULY TALK.

October 16, 7:15 - 9:00 AM
Winnipeg Convention Centre    Wheelchair accessible and ASL provided.

Our Guest Speaker is Shulamith Koenig  
In 2003, she received the UN Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Human Rights. She is the Founding President of PDHRE, People's Movement for Human Rights Learning and the initiator of the movement for Human Rights Cities. In 2011, by invitation from Mikhail Gorbochev, she received a Gold medal from the Pio Munza Foundation for her "contribution to humanity" as a woman of the 21st century.

Tickets are $25, available at: McNally Robinson, Status of Women, LEAF Manitoba
Proceeds support the advancement of the equality of all women.  

LEAF Manitoba is the provincial Branch of a national voluntary sector non-profit organization, which advances the equality of women and girls in Canada, through strategic litigation, law reform, and education.

October 16, Doors at 6:30 and bands at 7
Ellice Theatre, 585 Ellice Ave
$10 at the door

Come out and help local bands raise money to eventually open our own venue! 
Presented by The Gene Pool:
Iconoclysm - Commencing Human Desperation - Silent Amber - Obliterate - Of Temples

October 17, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Rally at Hydro Place for Public Transit!

For information or to have your group endorse the rally, please contact
Bring your banners, flags and make some noise for public transit!
Canadian Federation of Students - MB
Amalgamated Transit Union - Local 1505

Osborne Village Inn, 160 Osborne St   (204) 452-9824   email

October 17, 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Admission only $3 at the door    FREE ENTRY - bring a Chaos Machine poster!
18+ Valid Photo ID Required.  All are welcome and shall be welcomed! 

Chaos Machine will be ongoing every 3rd Saturday of the month. 
Featuring all the best in Goth, Industrial, 80's, Alternative and more with DJ Macabria and DJ Cimmerian 
Opening night will feature honoured guest DJ Nightshade!!
October 18, 9:00 pm
18+ ID req'd     Free coat check  
$5 before 11 pm / $10 after   or Free cover w/ non-perishable food item for Wpg Harvest, or stamp/wristband from Lebowskipalooza.
Zombie makeup available onsite by MassacreMakeupWpg for only $15! 


There will be no zombie walk this year due to the red tape and opposition from the City of Winnipeg.  Please ask your political candidates what their official ZOMBIE platform is in this upcoming civic election.  THE WALK WILL RISE AGAIN!
October 20, 8:00 pm at the ZOO:
Castle, Wilt, The Peaches and Intoxified

October 17 - October 19
King's Hotel Blues, Winnipeg, 114 Higgins Avenue

From Vancouver BC, on his cross Canada Tour, two nights with Harpdog Brown Band. 

September 24, 2014

McNally’s October Events: Joan Thomas l Catherine Gildiner l Thomas King l Martha Brooks l Meet the Composer Sid Robinovitch l Ted Wyman l Alison Preston l Elizabeth May l Sjón l Karen Messing and more!

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

October 7, 7:00 pm
The Opening Sky

Liz, Aiden, and Sylvie are an urban, progressive family. Things seem to be going according to plan. Then the present and the past collide in a crisis. 

Joan Thomas’s novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Best First Novel Award. Curiosity, was a Quill & Quire Book of the Year.  

October 7, 7:30 pm
Woman: An Anthology hosted by Dahlia Kurtz from 680 CJOB (CJOB AM) 
and featuring contributors Anders Homenick, MC Joudrey, and Van Kunder.

Featuring work by writers such as Stephen King, Alice Munro and Lynn Coady and local authors. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

October 8, 7:00 pm
The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

Vasile Avramenko used folk dance and film in a life-long crusade to promote Ukraine’s struggle for independence to North American audiences. 
Orest T. Martynowych also wrote Ukrainians in Canada: The Formative Years, 1891-1924.

October 8, 7:30 pm 
Carbon Finds His Family

Carbon is hurt when his cousins tell him he is different and doesn’t belong to their family. Sad and confused, he sets out to find his family. 
Author Laurie Zubert is a member of the Grindstone Art Group.

October 9, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant 
Coming Ashore: A Memoir

Picking up Cathy's story in the late ’60s at age 21, through 7 years and 3 countries. 

Catherine Gildiner’s childhood memoir Too Close to the Falls was a New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller. In 2009, she published the sequel, After the Falls, also a bestseller. Her novel, Seduction, was an international bestseller.

October 11, 7:00 pm 
The Other “R” in Education: Relationships

The importance of teachers building positive connections with their students and families. Patricia Trottier, M.Ed., has 32 years experience as an administrator, student services specialist and teacher. 
$1.00 from each book sold will be donated to Connect Employment Services.

October 12, 2:00 pm 
That’s My Story: Moving Down a Courageous Path (Book 2 of a Trilogy)

Estelle Reder leads the reader down a spiritual path towards inner peace. She is a life coach, a public speaker, a Reiki Master/Teacher, certified in CranioSacral, Body Reading and Tarot. She hosts meditation groups and seminars.

October 14, 7:00 pm
Thomas King in conversation with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair 
and signing The Back of the Turtle  

A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer. His work includes Medicine River; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada. Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire’s Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list.  

Sinclair is an award-winning editor and writer. He is co-editor of the collection The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.

October 15, 7:00 pm  
Winter Moon Song

Have you ever seen the rabbit-in-the-moon? Folktales from many cultures explain how the rabbit came to be there. With illustrations by Leticia Ruifernandez. 

Martha Brooks is a novelist, playwright and jazz singer. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award. 

October 15, 7:30 pm 

Composer Sid Robinovitch will talk about Jewish influences on his music and about a recent work entitled Songs in a Time of War, which will be performed by the Winnipeg Singers under the direction of Yuri Klaz at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on October 19. 

October 16, 7:00 pm 
Ice Gold: Canada’s Curling Champions

The women’s team, from Winnipeg, and the men’s team, from Sault Ste. Marie, dominated the Sochi Olympic curling events. Winnipeg Sun sports editor Ted Wyman shares the stories of Canada’s favourite curlers, with exclusive interviews and in-depth profiles. 
Ted has 20 years of sports writing experience. He was in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics and has followed both teams through their journey.

October 16, 8:00 pm 
Blue Vengeance

In 1964 troubled teenager Cookie Blue dies in the Red River. Her younger brother, Danny, holds her despised gym teacher, Miss Hartley, responsible and plots to kill her.  

Alison Preston has written seven novels. Her last book, The Girl in the Wall, won the Margaret Laurence Award for fiction in 2012. 

October 17, 7:00 pm 
The Raven Sonata hosted by Ariel Gordon

Elyse is attracted to Finn, her piano instructor. Accepting Caellum’s proposal gets Elyse more than she bargained for, putting her relationship with Finn to the test. 
Author Kittie Wong, a member of the Manitoba Writers Guild, recently passed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 piano exam.

October 18, 7:00 pm 
Accommodating A Broken Soul

With an alcoholic father and barely any life left worth living, how will Vivietta survive?  A story of love and appreciating who you are, written by 14 year old Sage Dahl. 

October 19, 2:00 pm 
The Chair By the Side of the Road

Every year Luka doubled in height, and the villagers worried that he would destroy his village. A story about how it feels to be on the outside looking in, by Adrian Hawaleshka, Assistant Professor at University of Manitoba.

October 19, 3:00 pm
Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada

Party leader Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life, providing personal perspectives on her approach to politics, policy, and what it means to be Canadian. 

May is the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament. She worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and helped to found the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund. She was executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1986 to 2006.  

October 19, 5:00 pm 
The Blue Fox, From the Belly of a Whale, and The Whispering Muse

Award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright Sjón has written songs for Björk, and was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he cowrote for Dancer in the Dark

October 20, 7:30 pm
Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It

When workers at a phosphate refinery learned that the ore they processed was contaminated with radioactive dust, Karen Messing was called in. She went from looking at test tubes to listening to workers. 

An award-winning and internationally recognized expert on occupational health, Karen Messing is the author of the book One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Working Women. She is the editor of Integrating Gender in Ergonomic Analysis.

September 22, 2014

Culture Days: ArtsVote & Tarot l BreakOut West: Party & The Pyramid l The Wooden Sky l The Street Store l Larissa Peck: Decaf Coffee Dates l Viscount Gort Hotel: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffets, MS Connect Conference, Showing Up Cancer Gala

Culture Days
September 26 at noon
Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard

ArtsVote Winnipeg: Mayoral Forum
An animated conversation about the cultural future of our city. The forum will be moderated by Terry MacLeod of CBC Radio and includes mayoral candidates:
Brian Bowman
Paula Havixbeck
Robert-Falcon Ouellette
David Sanders
Gord Steeves
Judy Wasylycia-Leis

View the Manitobans for the Arts Municipal Election Platform
September 27, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grolle Fine Art, Studio 24 - Fort Garry Place at 81 Garry Street
(204) 691-6112  email  
Cost is $20 a reading

Tarot Reading - part of Culture Days! Enjoy the fabulous art by a variety of local artists and maybe get a glimpse of your future. 

October 2, Doors: 7:15 pm, Show 8:00 pm
Fort Gibraltar, 866 Rue St. Joseph
$20 Tickets can be purchased at the Folk Festival Music Store and Music Trader in Winnipeg 

Kick off your BreakOut West weekend Voyageur style with a big outdoor party. Western Canadian Music Award winner and indie music darling Dan Mangan will take the stage, along with Vancouver punk duo PinkBrown, and Yes We Mystic. 
October 3 and 4, 8:00 pm
The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street
$20 gets you in to BOTH NIGHTS - at Folk Festival Music Store and Music Traders
Get ready for one of Canada's best music showcase festivals!

October 4, 8:00 pm
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue
Tickets $19.50 Ticketmaster and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store 

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is thrilled to present The Wooden Sky.  Formed as the bedroom project of singer / songwriter / guitarist Gavin Gardiner, Toronto-based country-folk / indie rock collective The Wooden Sky have grown exponentially throughout the years.

October 4, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Old Market Square, Winnipeg, 283 Bannatyne Avenue

The Street Store – Winnipeg Free Style event!
The world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free “pop-up clothing store” for the poor, found entirely on the street and curated by volunteers!
We have partnered with Siloam Mission, a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for the homeless. 
Siloam Mission’s programs and services are provided free of charge, with dignity and respect, and without discrimination. 
Want to be a drop off location?  Email   No residential buildings please

October 4, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Chapters St. Vital Centre, Unit 85 - 1225 St. Mary's Road

I recently wrote a book called ‘Decaf Coffee Dates: Stories & Insights from Winnipeg Seniors’.  These people inspire me everyday, and I feel super lucky that I can share their stories with you.  I'm having a book signing and it would be nice to see you. - Larissa Peck 

Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue
October 12 - October 13
Oct 12 at 3:30 pm to Oct 13 at 6:30 pm
For more information call the hotel at 204-775-0451
Why not plan your family’s Thanksgiving gathering at our holiday dinner buffet?
2014 MS Connect Conference
October 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm      Tickets Available
Learn strategies for health and well-being and connect with others living with MS. 
Keynote Speakers: 
Dr. Tania Bruno - The Impact of Rehabilitation on Quality of Life
Pat Kennedy - Turning Challenges into Opportunity
Breakout Sessions: Managing Stress, Self-Management, The Role of Exercise, Travel, Optimizing your Clinical Appointments, and Your Social Support Network.
November 8, 5:30 pm
Showing Up Cancer Gala
Tickets will cost $75. Tax receipts are available. To purchase a ticket

Guest speaker: AQHA Professional Horseman Tara Reimer 
Keynote speaker: Blue Bombers Alumnus and former CFL Executive Lyle Bauer 
All funds raised will support the Never Alone Foundation and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, with a portion going to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

September 21, 2014

Ingrid McMillan l Breakout West 2014! l Shaun of the Dead l Pop Locomotif l Bombay Bicycle Club DJ Set / Afterparty l DUB FX l Neechi’s Night at the Ballet l UofM Singers Alumni l Trust l Grieves l Farmers Market l After the Show

October 3 - 14
Cre8ery, 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide Street

Opening Oct 3, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Artist talk 8:00 pm
Refreshments and music performed by the talented Lisa Marie Tucker.

Ingrid McMillan’s Dream Home is a series of paintings about consciousness infused with the gravity and light of her daily walks in St.Vital Park. 

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street

October 3 and 4, 8:00 pm
Breakout West 2014! 
Festival wristbands $20 at Winnipeg Folk Fest Music Store and Music Trader.

October 3: Indicator Indicator, Scenic Route to Alaska (AB)
The Small Glories (JD Edwards & Cara Luft), and The Treble. 
October 4: The Provincial Archive (AB), Federal Lights, Mise en Scene, Latka, & The Revival
October 5, 7:00 pm - 2:00 am

The zombie filled comedy Shaun of the Dead
Happy Hour 6 - 8 pm l Game Lounge 7 | Team Pub Trivia 8 | Screening 9
Select Draft $3.50 all night or till sold out
October 11, 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
$10    Tickets The Park Theatre, Music Trader, Online

POP LOCOMOTIF, Winnipeg’s new indie-pop dance party brings together Winnipeg’s best indie acts and DJs in an unforgettable night for those who like their pop music fun, dark and slightly strange.
We'll be doing this four times a year.  Join us for the first ever Pop Locomotif!
Along for the ride this time is:  Indicator Indicator   Surprise Party   Readymix DJs
October 12, 11:45 pm - 2:00 am
Tickets $15 at The Park Theatre, Music Trader or online  
Tickets $10 with Bombay Bicycle Club (Garrick) or Ryan Adams (Burton Cummings) tickets.

Bombay Bicycle Club (Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash), performing a DJ set / After party. BBC are playing at The Garrick Centre and this is the official after party, doing a DJ set to keep you dancing right into your holiday Monday.

October 4
Garrick Centre, 330 Garry Street
18+ (ID MANDATORY)      Advance - $30 + service fee
DUB FX: Theory of Harmony Tour (Winnipeg) with Vilify and Andy V
Dub FX is Melbourne born, Ben Stanford.  He has performed in 40 countries, sold over 100,000 records, and played the world’s top festivals including Coachella, Sziget, Glastonbury, Woodstock, Falls and Shambala.

VILIFY  (Bass Drive Wednesdays / Sennheiser / Sky Rocket)  For nearly a decade VILIFY has been dropping DJ sets as diverse as the crowds on her dancefloors. 

October 4, 7:00 pm
Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street

Neechi’s Night at the Ballet - For those who purchased tickets through Neechi, 
the total cost is $32.00 per ticket; pay me at the Concert Hall at the front doors. 
October 9
University of Manitoba Singers ALUMNI

Haydn's Creation with the WSO, U Singers, and alumni.
Soloists: Monica Huisman, Chris Enns, Steve Hegedus
Elroy Friesen, conductor

October 7, 10:00 pm
Union Sound Hall, 110 Market Avenue
TRUST is the musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons.  The 2012 Juno nominated debut album TRST,  and the follow up album Joyland, an eruption of guts, eels, and joy.
October 8, 8:00 pm
A Different Kind of Wild Tour - Winnipeg, MB
18+       Tickets $15 / $17
October 8, 10:00 pm
Tickets $15.00 (plus appl. s/c) Also available at Music Trader and The Urban Bakery 
Grieves   "A Different Kind of Wild Tour"  With Special Guest SOL
Seattle-based rapper, on tour to support his latest release “Winter & The Wolves”.

October 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
MB HYDRO PLACE FARMERS MARKET, 360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg

Oct. 9 at 7 pm, Oct. 10 at 9:15 pm, Oct. 11 at 9:15 pm
Cinematheque          Tickets Available
Oct. 11 introduced by director Steven K. Johnson, stars Romi Mayes and Jay Nowicki

After the Show and Tattoo Weather (Music Video) Directed by Steven K. Johnson
At each screening, one signed film poster will be given away as a door prize! 
Smaller signed 8x10" posters will be available for purchase.

September 20, 2014

James Foley l Petition Obama Regarding ISIS l News from Crisis Relief International

in memory of journalist James Foley, beheaded by ISIS
His parents would like his picture to go viral, instead of the ISIS beheading video. 
August 2014


The unthinkable is happening in the Middle East.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has rolled through Iraq, and they are brutal beyond imagining.
They've given Iraqi Christians an ultimatum: "Convert, leave, or die."
They’ve marked Christian homes and businesses like the Nazis marked Jewish homes.

There are bipartisan calls for the Obama Administration to focus on destroying ISIS, instead of just containing it.


On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Grace Fellowship wrote:

This came this morning...

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.

"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and
they are beheading children systematically. 

This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.

May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.  Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service - making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

"And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercifully and to walk humbly with your God."   -Micah 6:8

Thank you
Cheri Timm, Administrative Secretary
Alexandria Covenant Church

September 19, 2014

McNally’s October Music l Per Brask & Carol Matas l Raziel Reid & Vivek Shraya l Songwriters’ Open Mic l Jody Perrun l Sue Carlisle l Mary J.T. Mikawoz l Sue Sorensen l Ann-Marie MacDonald l Art by Robert Bruce & Marielousie Kreyes

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

Doug G. Biggs
Friday October 3, 8:00 pm
Acoustic Blues/Jazz/Folk

Rosemarie Todaschuk Trio
Saturday October 4, 8:00 pm

Erie Bay
Saturday October 11, 8:00 pm
Folk Rock

Burton Trio
Friday October 17, 8:00 pm

Trulli Early Music Ensemble
Saturday October 18, 8:00 pm

The Shuckers
Friday October 24, 8:00 pm

Don Milne & Brian Paul
Saturday October 25, 8:00 pm

October 1, 7:00 pm
Per Brask’s translation of Andreas Simonsen’s Foundational Thoughts in Judaism 
and Carol Matas’ historical novel Tucson Jo

What does Judaism say about free will, suffering, good and evil, sin? 
Andreas Simonsen explains where Judaism stands on complex moral issues. 

Per Brask, professor in the Dept. of Theatre and Film at the U of W., is also an accomplished dramaturge and has published poetry, plays, short stories, essays and literary translations. 
Inspired by Tucson’s first Jewish mayor, Tucson Jo is packed with derring-do while dealing with serious moral issues. 

The 45th book by Carol Matas, award-winning author for children and young adults.

October 1, 7:30 pm
Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels Like the Movies 
and Vivek Shraya’s She of the Mountains

When Everything… is an extravagant novel, full of gender-bending teen glamour, dark mischief, and enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi. 

Raziel Reid is an anti-social columnist and creator of the blog Blitz & Shitz
Vivek Shraya, author of God Loves Hair, weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. The illustrations are by Raymond Biesinger. 

Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. His film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, has expanded to an online project and book.

October 1, 8:30 pm
Songwriters’ Open Mic Night in Prairie Ink Restaurant. 
For more information call Karen at 204-975-2659.

October 2, 7:00 pm
The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg

When the Second World War broke out Winnipeg was culturally diverse, with class divisions, and a tradition of political protest. Given the city’s divides, was the Second World War a unifying event for Winnipeg residents?  

Teacher Jody Perrun specializes in WW II, post-Confederation Canada, and the Holocaust.

October 3, 7:00 pm
Walking with the Creator Along the Narrow Road

Sue Carlisle tells of life on a reservation and the struggles her parents had with her disabled brother. Join her on a journey of discovering the creation of an awesome Creator. 

Sue spent her youth on the Wind River Reservation. She is a columnist for Indian Life

October 4, 7:00 pm
Northern Lake Adventures: The Encounter

The fairies were about to celebrate their Summer Solstice when they heard “Boom, crash, skreech.” This fiction fantasy book is for middle-years school youths.

Mary Mikawoz is a teacher with a passion for writing, photography, art, and digital design.

October 5, 2:00 pm
The Collar: Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film

A study of the ways Christian ministers have been represented on page and screen. 

Sue Sorensen is the author of a novel, A Large Harmonium, winner of the 2012 Award for Best First Book at the Manitoba Book Awards. She is also a published poet and the editor of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature.

October 6, 7:00 pm 
Adult Onset

A powerful drama about motherhood, the dark undercurrents that break and hold families together, and the power and pressures of love.  

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a bestselling, award-winning novelist, playwright, actor and broadcaster. Her works include Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Fall On Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies.

October 6 to January 11
Good Design: A Discovery of Mid-Century Art by Robert Bruce & Marielousie Kreyes
Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery, 1120 Grant Ave

A rich, racy and righteous look at the era now made famous by Mad Men. The exhibit highlights important and some never-before-seen works of Winnipeg art created in the 1950s and 60s. These relevant works still have the power to surprise and delight us today. 

September 18, 2014

Nuit Blanche: MCC Chili Bowl Fundraiser l Basset Hound Walk l Theatre Projects Manitoba Fundraiser l Ibsen’s Ghosts l Thrill of the Kill l Hogs and Horses l Princess Ball and Fundraiser l The Albert: Tribute Band Night

September 27, 6:00 pm
Artspace Inc., 425-100 Arthur Street
$20 gets you delicious chili and a beautiful ceramic bowl to take home!
The Manitoba Craft Council is very excited to be hosting their very first Chili Bowl Fundraiser during Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.
Come early for the best selection. The chili is being supplied by The Underground Cafe!

September 28, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kilcona Dog Park, Norris Rd, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue has been invited to attend the 2014 Manitoba Basset Hound Walk. We will have our table set up with some of our cool merchandise.
All proceeds raised from this year's walk will support the BTPRSM. 

We rescued two Basset Hounds recently. Hope and Chance (now Loki) were both strays and entered our rescue with the help of Trina Gallop. We are so happy we could be of assistance.  Loki will be attending, so come and meet the Pug and Boston Terrier wannabe! 

September 29, 7:00 pm  Doors open at 6 pm
MAW'S Eatery & Bar, 111 Princess St.

MAW'S is a funky eatery with great food, a large beer selection and shuffleboard! 
Readings from classic Theatre Projects Manitoba plays: Brave Hearts - See Bob Run - 
Live With It - The Last Man and Woman on Earth
Performances by fine TPM contributors: Arne MacPherson, Patricia Hunter, Justin Otto, 
Elizabeth Whitbread, Liam Zarillo, Christina Heathers

September 30 - October 5
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Unit Y300 - 393 Portage Avenue PTE Colin Jackson Studio
Tickets and Reservations: 204.474.9539 or email

Adriana Theatre Collective presents Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Jon Ted Wynne 
Megan Andres, Andrew George, Margaret Groome, Ivan Henwood, Kevin Klassen

October 1, 8:00 pm
The Zoo Night Club, 160 Osborne Street


October 3 - 25
Hogs and Horses: Diana Thorneycroft & Michael Boss
October 3, 7:00 pm exhibit opening
Gurevich Fine Art, 200 - 62 Albert St.

"Some couples play bridge or rob banks, we exhibit together," says Diana Thorneycroft of her relationship with Michael Boss. Despite creating together for over 20 years their approaches to making art are in complete contrast. While Thorneycroft's work challenges us with the darkness in the human consciousness, Boss gives conviction and love as solace.

October 5, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Canad Inns - Polo Park, St Matthews
Tickets Available  
A portion will be gifted to Mackenzie's Hope, a princess who really touched my heart.  

Get your tickets by Sept. 20 for a keepsake in the mail, addressed to your little princess.
Heather's Pretty Parties is celebrating 4 years of making dreams come true! 
Join us for a prince and princess studded wedding party with a catered lunch, performances, a dance, a fun photo booth and special treats for every guest. 
Please come dressed in your princess best!

October 9, 9:00 pm
Royal Albert Arms Hotel, 48 Albert Street

Maiden Manitoba and their good friends The Graveyard Ducks will be tearing things up for Tribute Band Night.  Come help us welcome The Albert back to life after death.

September 17, 2014

Happy Fifth Birthday, Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate!! by Margaret Ullrich

Happy Fifth Birthday to Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate!!
And thank you for visiting, whether you're a daily, weekly or occasional guest!

Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate is a continuation of Better Than Chocolate, a show I did with Sophie Kolt on the University of Winnipeg's radio station, CKUW 95.9 FM. 
Every Thursday morning program we tried to present Winnipeg happenings, news, music, local personalities and a bit of humour. 
We were voted People’s Choice for Favourite Spoken Word Show in 2008!

This blog has gone through a few changes over the past five years.
At first I did three posts a week, with each post focusing on one topic.
Then I found myself doing a post daily, sometimes even twice a day.
Recently I’ve been presenting a mix of posts - some focusing on one place, such as the library, while others are a grouping of a few events at different venues.
I hope you find the new format more useful.

Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate started as an arts and social events blog.
Every so often I also posted about actual issues and news.
It looks like you care about these topics, too.
I'll keep posting news and issues as well as the arts.

In July, 2010 Blogger started keeping track of visits to the posts.
The December 24, 2013 Christmas greeting post (Wishing you all the blessings of the season…) gets a few visits a day.
If seeing that post brightens someone’s day, that’s fine with me.

I'm amazed at learning where you live.  
Canada is still number one, closely followed by the United States.
No surprise there, since folks from the States vacation in Canada.

I was surprised to learn that people in Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, China, Poland, Moldova, Turkey, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Eritrea - just to name the top visitors - check out events in Winnipeg.
Thank you for taking an interest!

Thank you to everyone who's sent me news about upcoming events.  
Please, keep those e mails coming.
This blog wouldn't be anything without your news. 

I'd also like comments.  Just click on Comments and write.  
For starters tell me what you want to know about. 

As I said when Sophie and I signed off our weekly show...
Have a great weekend. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

September 14, 2014

Single Mothers l Annual Design Festival: Chalk Walk & FREE Alley Party l Hustle for Hunger l SMITHFITS l WNDX | Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote l Got Bannock? Autumn Ball l Help The Homeless l NAYSA l Music Gala at WMHR

September 20, 8:30 pm   Show 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm (So we can all go party!)
Natural Cycleworks, 91 Albert Street
$10 at door
Single Mothers broke up in 2009 and have been playing shows ever since. Real good punk, fast heavy, a frontman that spews whatever he is feeling. 
With locals The Party Dress and Fox Lake (featuring ex-members of Viridians and Figure)

September 20, 11:00  am - 5:00 pm
Chalk Walk - Albert Street between Bannatyne Avenue and McDermot Avenue
Come out and participate in a collaborative chalk art mural. 
Help us turn the street into a piece of temporary community art! 
Featured local artists will be participating alongside guests of the general public.
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Final Act: Alley Party - Alley between Albert Street and Arthur Street
Free, and all are welcome!
Take an alley.  Add music.  Lights.  Drinks.  And some creative design minds.
Welcome to the Alley Party celebrating the 4th Annual Design Festival, where we’re transforming an Exchange District alley into a party like no other.

September 20, 9:30 am
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tickets Available  / Need more info email

Hustle for Hunger - join us for a 3k walk or a 5 or 10K run!
Registration is $30.00 for adults or $100.00 for a team of 4
Post Race Breakfast at Conservatory for Particpants
In support of Agape Table "Friends feeding Friends"

September 20, 10:00 pm
Osborne Village Inn, 160 Osborne St.
18+  Advance tickets at Music Trader

DJs DJ Co-op, Scott Wade, Rob Galston

September 24 - 28
WNDX, 406 - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg
For more information and tickets 

The five-day 9th annual WNDX FESTIVAL OF MOVING IMAGE explodes off the screen with a thrilling selection of experimental film and video, innovative installations and projector performances of expanded cinema from filmmakers from Winnipeg and around the world.

September 27, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thunderbird House, 715 Main Street

A grassroots-driven event to meet Winnipeg's 2014 Mayoral candidates! 
Hosted by Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote (WIRTV). 
Winnipeg elects its Mayor, City Councillors & School Trustees on OCTOBER 22, 2014
HOW TO VOTE            email WIRTV

September 27, 6:00 pm l Chili and Bannock 7 pm
King's Hotel Blues, 114 Higgins Avenue
$10 minimum donation at door. Absolutely all proceeds to Got Bannock? initiative

Come and enjoy an evening with The Bannock Lady!
As we celebrate the changing season raise some funds towards food for the hungry
Silent auction, Live entertainment The Dusty Roads Band, entertainers open mic 

September 28, 2:00 pm
Downtown Winnipeg

I will be at Portage and Carlton handing out sandwiches and any clothing (blankets) I can get!  So I encourage you all to look through the items you don’t use and save them for the 28th. Come meet up with me downtown. I don’t have much and I will need all the help I can get!  IF YOU CAN’T DONATE ITEMS OR FOOD, DONATE YOUR TIME and have a few conversations.  People don’t just need things, they need to know people see and care for them  ♥ The Bannock Lady

October 2, 9:00 pm
The Cavern, 112 Osborne Street
NAYSA is releasing their new EP "Losing Weight” with "How I'm Feeling Lately”.
With guests: Figure and The Will To Power

October 3, 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Winnipeg Museum of Human Rights 
Tickets: $49 in advance, at Into the Music & Music Trader 

MEMETIC - Electronic Music Gala featuring: 
Rennie Foster (Vancouver/Tokyo)
John Norman, André Bisseck, Mike Jasper, Nathan Zahn, Joe Silva
Visuals by MEMETIC
Fully catered event with a cash bar! 

September 12, 2014

MB Hydro Farmers Market l Porchfest l Nuit Blanche l Culture Days l The Park: Heartworn Highways #5, Comedy Showcase #4, Fred Eaglesmith l Purple Room: Cassette Store Day, Something You Whisper l Pyramid Cabaret: Judy for Mayor Fundraiser, Beach House

September 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
MB HYDRO PLACE FARMERS MARKET, 360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg
In support of Manitoba Pug Rescue

September 27, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Peg City Porchfest! - Wolseley, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Contact us for more info! We are looking for volunteers and performers!

A free neighbourhood festival, with music in the afternoon.
Please bring your loonies to toss in the hat for the performers!
And respect for the porch hosts, their property and your neighbours!

The Official Culture Days Page 

September 27
Nuit Blanche

NO SLEEP only ART. One night only. FREE
NUIT BLANCHE WINNIPEG is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.

September 27, 8:40 pm
Deer + Almond, 85 Princess St. (on the rooftop of Deer + Almond)

Pop Crimes will be performing as part of the Nuit Blanche Winnipeg festivities.
there will probably be fire, food, and a Smoky TygR

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street

September 18 Doors / Happy Hour at 7:00 (till 8:00) Show at 8:30 

Heartworn Highways returns for its 5th show in the series. 
We have our first ALL FEMALE workshop! Jess Rae Ayre (of Sweet Alibi), Ingrid Gatin, Vanessa Kuzina (of Oh My Darling) and Cassidy Mann will all be on stage sharing their favourite outlaw country classics.  Kieran West will be hosting. 
Heartworn Highways features four local artists covering some outlaw country classics. Backed by a full house band, local favourites, The Buffalo Band.
September 27, 7:30 pm - a happy hour, the event begins at 9.
Tickets $10 and at The Park Theatre, Music Trader, or from one of the comedians!

We are excited to do another Winnipeg Comedy Showcase, with Melanie Dahling, Matt Nightingale, Chad Anderson, Dan Glasswick, Mike Green and Andy Noble. Host Jared Story. 

Grab some friends, grab some tickets and enjoy some of the best comedians Winnipeg has.
October 1, 7:00 pm  / Show at 8:00 pm
Advance Tickets $30   Tickets at The Park Theatre, Music Trader

The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll of 1966.

The Purple Room at FRAME, 318 Ross Ave.

Sept. 27, 2014 is Cassette Store Day
No Charge for the event - but donations gladly accepted.

Dub Ditch Records will be laying out a TON of tapes and invite all the other tape friendly folks to do the same.  We're getting some of our friends to perform as well!
If you want to be a part as a maker of tapes, a label, or volunteer catch us
September 30, Doors 6:30 PM Bands 7 PM - 11:00 pm
$10 adv., $12 at the door 

Purplehaze Entertainment Presents: 
Something You Whisper, Trace The Sky, and Forever I 
Harley James Flett 
and Milos Mitrovic (of Latka) solo set

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street

September 25, 8:00 pm   TICKETS: $15 
Jammin' with Judy: A Judy for Mayor Fundraising Event

We're throwing a big party to encourage local democratic engagement.
Late night DJ and dance party!
Awesome raffle prizes from local businesses!

With hosts from THE WEEK THUS FAR
September 30, 9:00 pm
This is an 18+ show.  Tickets through Ticketfly for $29.50 plus fees.  

The Winnipeg Folk Festival and Union Events are proud to present Beach House. 

Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand and Bloom is the band’s fourth full-length album. Like their previous releases (Beach House, Devotion, and Teen Dream), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.  The landscape of Bloom was largely designed during two years of tour.