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April 30, 2014

Envision l Winnipeg International Writers Festival’s Spring Literary Series l “Irish Explorer” tour l Anna Leventhal l Songwriters’ Open Mic l Tales from Big Spirit l Carol Rose l Herbert Enns

May 9 (7:00-10:00 pm) and May 10 (11:00 – 5:00 pm)
980 Palmerston Ave @ the R.A. Steen Community Centre

Envision: Wolseley’s Festival of the Arts celebrates the artistic talent that lives and works in our Wolseley-West Broadway community.
The festival showcases all forms of the arts: visual, literary, film and performing. 
We encourage all levels - professional, aspiring, young and ‘not as young’ - to show Winnipeg your talent.

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


McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival’s Spring Literary Series presents:

May 7, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Brick Books Poetry Evening: Karen Enns, Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro and Arleen Paré.

May 15, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Steven Galloway will discuss his latest book, The Confabulist, with John K. Samson, singer and songwriter for the indie rock outfit The Weakerthans.

May 16, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Jon Paul Fiorentino and David Homel, and a conversation with Bruce Symaka.

May 20, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Tara Lee Morin, signing As I Remember It, and an interview with Director Charlene Diehl.

May 27, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Gillian Sze and special guest Chimwemwe Undi, and a conversation with Bruce Symaka.

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May 7, 7:00 pm in the Community Classroom

Join Renaissance and Journey’s Travel for a presentation by Connie Szczerba. Specially featured will be the “Irish Explorer”, a 9 day tour exploring all that Ireland has to offer. RSVP to 204-942-5000 

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May 7, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove. 
Launch of Sweet Affliction featuring a conversation with Shawna Dempsey.

Sweet Affliction collects fifteen sharply-observed, darkly funny stories by Journey Prize-nominated writer Anna Leventhal. 

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May 7, 8:30 pm
Songwriters’ Open Mic Night, in Prairie Ink Restaurant 

Registration begins at 8:00 pm with 11 musicians selected by lottery. For more information call Karen Nielsen at 204-975-2659.

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May 8, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
David Alexander Robertson, Scott B. Henderson, Andrew Lodwick and Wai Tien
Tales from Big Spirit series hosted by Monique Woroniak

Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of some of the great Indigenous figures from Canadian history: The Peacemaker (Thanadelthur), The Scout (Tommy Prince), The Ballad of Nancy April (Shawnadithit), The Rebel (Gabriel Dumont), The Land of Os (John Ramsey), and The Poet (Pauline Johnson). 

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May 8, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
From the Dream

Carol Rose invites us to draw upon memory, loss, death, friendship and love in an attempt to give shape to our lives.  She was awarded the National Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry for her first collection of poems, Behind the Blue Gate

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May 9, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Mining Location J.O. 180: Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake

Mining Location J.O. 180 is a remote, twenty-four acre island on the border of Manitoba and Ontario. Designed and built by Herbert Enns, two pavilions serve as sites for experiments in efficient ‘off the grid’ architecture. 

April 29, 2014

Millennium Library Events for May and June

Theatre+ Arts Passes are your ticket to discover theatre and the arts. Each pass allows FREE entry for two to a production.

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Volunteers are needed to lead weekly English Conversation groups, starting this fall. Commitments of up to 3 months are required. Orientations and training provided. 
Please call Chris at 204-986-6689 

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READ AWAY YOUR FINES!
Children and teens, up to 17 years, whose library borrowing privileges have been suspended are invited to read away those fines.
For details, please ask library staff.

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At the Blankstein Gallery, Second floor
May: Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba
June: Lily Lim and Paul Toews - present “Rhapsody in Bloom”. 
They will be in the gallery June 7, 2 until 4 p.m. 

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May 31 starting at 1 p.m., Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium
Pitch your idea in front of a panel of Manitoba-based publishers, and an audience. You will have three minutes to present, followed by two minutes of questions from the publishers. 
Register between May 1 -15. Include “Pitch the Publisher” in the subject line.
Those chosen will be notified by May 25 so that they have time to prepare.
Or just come and watch! All are welcome to attend, no registration needed.

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May 7 - 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesday through Friday
Saturday will feature “Family Storytelling Hour” at 1 p.m. 
Free admission and are open to the public.
Storytellers include:
Carolyn Gray: Director of the MWG, actor, director, playwright, puppeteer and designer. 
Kent Suss: Theatre School Director of the MTYP. He has written and directed several plays.
Clare Murphy: part of Talking Skull Collective, dedicated to the art of storytelling.

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May 16, 12:10 p.m., Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium

KeyCon 31 presents Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Silvia has edited several anthologies including the Canadian zombie fiction collection Dead North and is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press.  Her debut novel, Signal to Noise, will be out next year.

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Book-to-Movie Days   Drop in. Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium
• May 17 at 2 p.m.   Sherlock Holmes
• June 14 at 2 p.m.  Brokeback Mountain

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Share your Inspiring Ideas and Help Shape the Future of your Public Library. 
What kinds of services are important to you?
All are welcome! Drop in anytime.
• Thursday, May 22 from 2-5 p.m.: Henderson Library
• Saturday, June 7 from 12-3 p.m.: Sir William Stephenson Library 
• Wednesday, June 11 from 5-8 p.m.: Millennium Library
• Tuesday, June 17 from 5-8 p.m.: Pembina Trail Library

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May 23 from 3 - 5 p.m.  Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium 

Written Up: a Public Reading - “Writing Trans Genres” - A conference to discuss emerging literature by trans-gender, transsexual, two-spirit, and genderqueer writers.

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May 31 from 10 – 5 

Cornish Library will be part of Doors Open. Built in 1915 as the result of a grant from Andrew Carnegie, this historic building has many of its original architectural features, including fireplaces, oak tables and paneling. 

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Family Literacy Fun Day
Free! Drop in (no registration required) Prize draw at each branch!
Cornish Library, May 31: 2 - 4 p.m. 
Millennium Library, June 21: 2 - 4 p.m.
Featuring Aboriginal Themed Activities

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June 18, 6:30 p.m. Call 204-986-6450 to register.  Millennium Library, Buchwald Room

Through his blogs West End Dumplings and Winnipeg Downtown Places, Christian Cassidy has researched the social history of more than 300 buildings. Christian will take you through the steps of researching the history of a building and the people and businesses associated with it.

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June 14: 2 - 3 p.m., Sir William Stephenson Library
Families are welcome to come to the library to learn more about Aboriginal legends and culture. 
Create a beautiful dream catcher to take home! 
Drop in, no registration required. Call 204-986- 7096 for more information.

NFB Film Club: Children’s Series at 3 p.m. Call 204-986-7096 to register.
This compilation of short films includes Maq and the Spirit of the Woods, How People Got Fire and Aboriginality

Summer Solstice and National Aboriginal Day both fall on June 21
June 21 from 3 - 7 p.m., Selkirk Avenue and Powers Street 
National Aboriginal Day Celebration 

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June 30 - August 24
Join Winnipeg Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club! 
It’s easy, FREE and it’s ONLINE.
Register by June 27 to be eligible for an early-bird prize!

April 25, 2014

Ken Gregory and Diana Thorneycroft / Shakespeare & Me / submissions l Beltaine in the Park 2014 l Music Monday l ACI: Telling Our Stories l 6 Guitars l Laff Night: Moshe Kasher

Ace Art, 2-290 McDermot Avenue
April 29 - Please arrive between 6:45 and 7:00
Ken Gregory and Diana Thorneycroft unveil two new pieces of art, each inspired by the other in an experimental approach to their creative process.  This experiment is part of a new documentary, and we welcome an audience that doesn't object to being filmed.
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April 30, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"Shakespeare & Me" is an informal ONE-OFF workshop/reading of a one-man show Rod has been working on, which covers a bit of biographical history and fun Shakespearean anecdotes, as well as performances of key monologues and scenes from the plays.

also submissions requested - Deadline: noon on May 13

If you are a student in Manitoba taking an art class, you are eligible to apply.
To install and exhibit from 16th - 29th July 2014

Please submit up to 3 pieces on any theme in any medium to Hanna.  Include:
- a one-page artist statement
- an image list
- Each image should not exceed 1024x768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb.
No more than 9 images total

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May 4, 12:00 pm
Kildonan Park, 2015 Main Street

Welcome all to Beltaine in the Park 2014!
This is an open circle, public is welcome!
Children and pets welcome (as long as they are well behaved - pets that is).

Join us for an open public ritual to welcome Beltaine.
There will be a clothes swap, children's corner, and jewelry and crafty things to buy!
There will be bagpipes, ritual and the Maypole!
Bring your drums, bells, flutes and other instruments - music is magic!
If you can't stand in Circle you are welcome to sit on a chair during ritual.

Feast after ritual. Please label your food in case of allergies.
Lots of veggies, fruits, breads and meat! Bring your plates, cups, utensils!
Let's have another great feast!

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May 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Music Monday has touched the lives of millions across Canada who perform the same song on the same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song.

Music Monday celebrates its tenth anniversary with a live webcast linking events across the country; ending at 12:50 pm with synchronized nationwide performances of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver.

I.S.S. was written by Col. Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson and is available on the web site in several arrangements and languages.

Music Monday 2013 from Ontario Science Centre - with Chris Hadfield 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm on the Grand Staircase in the Manitoba Legislature
A special concert will feature performances by students from Walter Whyte School, St. Maurice School, Emerson Elementary School, Ashern Central School, and Maples Collegiate Institute. 

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May 9 and May 10
North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair St.

Registration: $35 early bird and ACI members; $55 for non-members after May 2
register by email or call Lindsey at 204.927.2787

May 9, 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm, FREE
Keynote speech and reception
Keynote speaker: Judith Marcuse

ACI Manitoba Inc. presents Artists + Community: Telling Our Stories
A professional development event for artists and community members featuring
keynote presentation by Judith Marcuse, MC Asa Nodelman, workshops by Sue Hemphill,
Judith Marcuse, Leah Fontaine, Ursula Neufeld, Talia Pura, and Donna Besel, and
a chance for networking among community arts movers and shakers.

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Tom Hendry Warehouse, 140 Rupert Ave. at Lily St.
$20 MTC Box Office,174 Market Avenue - 204-942-6537
May 9, 8 pm Buy tickets 
May 10, 3 pm Buy tickets 
May 10, 8 pm Buy tickets 

6 Guitars by Chase Padgett and Jay Hopkins
A pitch perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes six different guitar players – each with their own distinct voice, views and musical style, from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man.

As each character dives deeper into their hilarious takes on music and life, we see that the barriers of music aren't as concrete as we think.

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May 10
Laff Night at Rumours
Tickets are only $17.00 
50% of Ticket Sales go to the Manitoba Pug Rescue.

Come out for a belly-tickling good time as Comedian Moshe Kasher makes you laugh until you cry!  It's a Good Cause and a Fun Time!

April 21, 2014

Bell Tower Café l Craig Street Cats’ Giant Sale l Wildwood Park Earth Day l Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert's Awareness Fair l Hull's Haven Yard Sale l Manitoba Pug Rescue Barbecue

Bell Tower Community Café,745 Westminster Ave.

April 25, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Our sidewalks are back! Celebrate the warm weather with free eats, free bevies, and free live music featuring Jelly B and The Kmart Shoppers on stage. It's a great way to wrap up another week of spring in Winnipeg.

May 9, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate the month of May with free eats, free bevies, and free live music featuring Brooke Van Ryssel. It's all about making good things together at the Bell Tower.

If you need a food hamper, please register with our community partner Winnipeg Harvest at 204-982-3660 (Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

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May 3 - May 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Craig Street Cats’ 6th Annual Giant Rummage and Bake Sale
489 Madison St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 1J2

This year we'll have amazing baked goods, and all sorts of incredible bargains!
Of course, the barbeque will be going, and we'll have lots of cold drinks on hand.

Donations of gently used items may be dropped off at our centre starting April 25.
Please, no clothing, bedding, or upholstered furniture.

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May 3, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wildwood Park Community Centre, 271 North Drive

Bring your Bikes, Pack a Lunch, Build a Bird House!
Wildwood Park Earth Day Activities for the whole family!
Pack your lunch kit, using only reusable containers, and bring your travel mug for free coffee, hot chocolate, or juice!
We’re also in need of untreated/unpainted wood for bird house building; another great opportunity to recycle and reuse!
If you have material to donate please call Jodi at 204-453-8396 or email

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May 3, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sprockett's Doggy Day Camp, Unit 7-975 Thomas Avenue

Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert announces our 2nd annual awareness fair!
A 50/50 draw, silent auction
Manitoba Pork BBQ - Pork tenderloin on a bun, chips and a drink for $5

Winnipeg Animal Services - to sell dog licenses
Winnipeg Humane Society - to sell personalized ID tags
Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal to do onsite microchipping for $40,
and heartworm testing for $30 (With $10 from each procedure going to WLDA)
a licensed groomer will be doing $5 pawdicures.

Mr. Richards the magician
Sonny + Lightbulb the clown who are also expert balloon artists
Face Painting

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May 3, 10:00 until 3:00 and May 4, 10:00 until 2:00 pm

Hull's Haven is looking for donations of gently used item: toys, kids clothes, sporting items, furniture, books and your empties for our bottle and can drive. To donate email 
This is the yard sale you don't want to miss!!

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May 4
Sprockett's Doggy Day Camp, Unit 7-975 Thomas Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2L 1P7

Come to Manitoba Pug Rescue’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US BBQ!

7 Years and over 750 dogs rescued!
Admission is Free, Hot Dog, Pop & Chips is only $5.00
Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw & Shopping at our Pug Store
All proceeds go to the rescue for vetting.

April 20, 2014

Wishing you all the joy and hope of the season...



May joy fill your day,
Hope light your path,
And the many blessings of Easter 
warm your heart...
Wishing you a Happy Easter!!

Thank you for visiting!

April 19, 2014

#LOVELOCALMB l Andrew Lodwick l Edward Becenko

April 26, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Winnipeg Winter Club, 200 River Avenue

+18 event
Tickets are $10 (advanced) $15 (at the door) 

The over 20 vendors sampling and selling their products will impress you with their passion and commitment to quality Manitoba made products and the benefits of buying local. 
Each vendor will have samples for you to try and products to purchase.
You will receive a complimentary glass of wine and a cash bar is available!

Want to VOLUNTEER! Send an email to sign up! 
We need people to pour wine, greet/register guests etc.

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Martha Street Studio, 11 Martha Street
Exhibition Dates: May 2- June 13, 2014
Artist Talk: May 3, 3 pm

Exhibition Opening:  BOG - High Art from Low Lands 
Winnipeg screenprinter Andrew Lodwick puts ink to paper in exploring what it is about all those inky squiggles, lines, and dots that can be just so darn compelling.

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May 2 - May 17
Gurevich Fine Art, 200 - 62 Albert St

Gurevich Fine Art (GFA) is excited to announce that artist Edward Becenko will be GFA’s first artist in residence. Becenko is a self-taught Winnipeg based artist with 35 years of experience in the Canadian fashion industry. 
He has been exhibiting his multimedia art to great success since 2006.  
Artist Hours:
Saturdays, May 3rd, 10th, 17th: 12 pm - 4 pm
Thursdays, May 8th, 15th: 11 am - 2 pm

April 17, 2014

The Gondoliers l Writing Contest Awards l Patrick Mahon & Robert Enright l Leah Kostamo l Heidi Loewen l Mayworks 2014: Cinco de Mayo Poetry l Glenlawn Collegiate’s Ignite l Eva Wiseman l Kerry Clare, Ariel Gordon & Kerry Ryan l Denise Chong

Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 180 Market Avenue East
April 30 and May 2 - 7:30 pm
May 3 - 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: the Manitoba Opera Association, or 204.957.7842, or e mail
Adults $39. Students $15. (plus fees)

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers

Marco: Wes Rambo
Giuseppe: Sam Plett
Gianetta: Isabel Davis
Tessa: Susanne Reimer
The Duke of Plaza-Toro: Fred Cross
The Duchess: Cathryn Harrison
Casilda: Deanna Smith
Luiz: Michael Dueck
Don Alhambra: Scott Braun

Director: Reid Harrison                      Music Director: Michelle Mourre
Choreographer: Cathryn Harrison       Set Design: Sheldon Johnson
Lighting Design: Bill Williams

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McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483  (Toll-Free 1-800-561-1833)

May 1, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Grade 5/6 Writing Contest Award Ceremony

McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada present the Winnipeg winners of our grade 5/6 “It Seemed Impossible” Writing Contest! This year’s judge was acclaimed children’s author Larry Verstraete.

The winners are Alexandria Martin from Linden Meadows School (First Place), Anthony Zuniga from Marion School (Second Place), and Rebecca Adams from Montrose School (Third Place). Honourable Mention goes to Kaiden Cancilla from ecole St. Germain. Winners will receive McNally Robinson gift cards, and the first place winner’s school library will also receive as a set of Larry Verstraete books provided by Scholastic.

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May 2, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Water Structures: Printed Sculptural Works, 2012-2014
featuring catalogue contributor Robert Enright

This publication documents three recent exhibitions presented in Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Hamilton by Winnipeg-born artist Patrick Mahon. Mahon’s printed sculptural works reference towers and shipwrecks, and act as metaphors regarding human/nature relationships concerning water in a time of global transition. Water Structures includes an interview with Robert Enright, and essays by Anne Brydon and Ihor Holubizky.

Robert Enright is a critic and curator. He is senior contributing editor and film critic for Border Crossings magazine. In 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

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May 3, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community

The reader is invited to travel on the wild ride of salmon saving, stranger welcoming and God worshiping as Leah and her husband Markku help establish the first Christian environmental center in Canada.

Leah Kostamo is co-founder of A Rocha Canada, a Christian conservation organization.

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May 4, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Aftermath of a Psychopath

Following the publication of her bestselling autobiography, Mennonite is the Name - Evil and Deception are the Game, Heidi Loewen stumbled across old cassette tapes featuring recordings of family conversations which document decades of lying, cheating, and psychological intimidation. Released from the burden of keeping secrets, Heidi decided to make the tapes public in this sequel.

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May 5, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Cinco de Mayo Poetry - part of Mayworks 2014: Festival of Labour and the Arts

Mexican Poetry read in Spanish by Liliana Romanowski and in English by John H. Baillie and featuring new and selected poetry by Winnipeg activist poet Ron Romanowski.

John H. Baillie is a voice actor, the author of the poetry collection Destination Mutable, and the creator of the literary game show Reality Fiction. He also explores the writer’s life.
Liliana Romanowski is a multi-language singer.
Ron Romanowski’s latest collection of poetry is Incantations from the Republic of Fire.

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May 5, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

Glenlawn Collegiate Institute’s launch of Ignite.

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May 5, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
The World Outside

Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in New York in 1991. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her community. The Crown Heights riots break out, and the Lubavitchers are put under siege by their African-American neighbours.

Eva Wiseman’s Kanada was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her most recent novel, The Last Song, received critical acclaim.

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May 6, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood

Kerry Clare has assembled essays that face down motherhood from the other side of the picket fence by some of Canada’s finest young writers, including Winnipeg locals Ariel Gordon and Kerry Ryan.  They will be joined by local photographer, Lindsey Bond.

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May 6, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance.
Presented as part of Asian Heritage Month 2014

A collection of evocative tales of Chinese immigrants in Ottawa in the middle of the 20th century. By detailing their experiences alongside the outright horrors endured by family members in China, Chong conveys historical information in compelling narrative tales.

Denise Chong is the author of the family memoir The Concubine’s Children; The Girl in the Picture, a story of the napalm girl from the Vietnam War; and Egg on Mao, a portrayal of human rights in China.

April 15, 2014

SHORT SHOTS l Schema l Mary-Ann Kirkby l Prairie Poets l FREE Book Club l Hilda C. Szternfeld Smith l Cello Ensemble l Spark l Craig Gillespie: Photography in the Garden

April 17 6:30 pm
Room 0T09 - U of W Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (Lower Level, 400 Colony Street)
Free Admission (Donations will be collected for Manitoba Association of Playwrights)

Manitoba Association of Playwrights and the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film present: SHORT SHOTS
Readings of 10-Minute Plays written by students in Playwriting I

Part I - Directed by Brittany Sulyma
Lilies by Sasha Mark
Adulthood and Other Trivialities by Maria Funk
Trench by Adam Drory
The Tin Man by Ferron Guerreiro
Girl H8 by Erin Meagan Schwartz

Intermission

Part II - Directed by Angie St. Mars
Narcissus Deflowered by Wayne Ferguson
Best Buds by Eric Leduc
Table for Three by Jesse Bergen
Thunder and Lightning by Reisha Hancox
A Woman in Red by Colton Tanner

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April 24, 8:00 pm until 9:30 pm
Evening shows begin at 8 pm with a pay what you can Sunday matinee at 3 pm.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Ticketmaster. 

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers is pleased to announce the premiere of Schema, a new work choreographed by Peggy Baker. Schema was inspired by a series of precise and elegant “locus” diagrams that present visual renderings of mathematical equations.

Also featured in the program the Winnipeg premier of companion works created in 2013, Split Screen Stereophonic and epilogue.

These two works investigate the chemistry of the personal and private worlds between men and women.

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McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483  (Toll-Free 1-800-561-1833)

April 28, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture

A candid snapshot of Hutterite life, exploring the social customs, marriage ceremonies, romantic entanglements, birthing practices, and death rituals. 

Award-winning journalist Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her first years in a Hutterite colony and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite

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April 28, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Prairie Poets: The LPG Celebrates National Poetry Month

The Literary Press Group of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets join to celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of readings hosted by John K. Samson (ARP Books), featuring a diverse selection of Manitoba poets from LPG publishers:
Artist and theorist Roewan Crowe (ARP Books) 
Maurice Mierau (Brick Books) 
Kerry Ryan (Anvil Press) 
John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans.
Melanie Dennis Unrau (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing) 
John Weier (Turnstone Press)

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April 29, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club

FREE book club. The choice for April 2014 is Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, in which a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Questions - call 453-0424, ex 227.

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April 29, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
5QA ABCs Dictionary Game: Abbreviated Version, Book 1

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April 29, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
The Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts’ Cello Ensemble, Free Musical Performance.

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April 30, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Launch of West Kildonan Collegiate’s Spark: A Literary Arts Magazine.

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April 30, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Gardening Presentation on Photography in the Garden

Craig Gillespie, with 25 years of experience, is the head gardener in the English Garden at Assiniboine Park, and is a standing member of the Professional Gardeners Guild. He is an avid photographer, receiving his Photography certificate with honours from Red River College. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications.

April 14, 2014

Easter Sunday Service l WEST Handmade & Vintage Sale l BTPRSM Spring Party l (official denial) Trade Value In Progress


April 20
St. Philip's Anglican Church, 240 Tache Ave  
(204) 237-3650

Service at 11, followed by lunch
provided by members of our Pakistani community. 

tickets: $10 adults, $5 children





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April 27, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall, 290 Dubuc Street
FREE Parking & FREE Admission & Play tents!

The Winnipeg Etsy Street Team announces their fifth Handmade and Vintage Sale! 
Look forward to a wide array of vintage vendors selling everything, including:
Jewelry, Pottery
Crocheted, hand embroidered & knit goods 
Paper products, original artwork & cards
Men's accessories, Baby clothing & accessories
Craft supplies (new & vintage)
Silk screened and sewn goods
Housewares, Handmade soaps & cosmetics
Eco-friendly/green, vegan, recycled, upcycled, and reclaimed pieces

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April 27, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm      Meet Up Link
Sprockett's Doggy Day Camp, Unit 7-975 Thomas Avenue
$5/family and all socialized dogs are welcome. 

Come to our Spring Party & Playgroup and have some fun with your furry friend!
There will be some nibbles for the humans and for the furry friends! 
Tons of doggy fun for the pooches, a 50/50 draw and much more!
All proceeds support the Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. 

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April 27, 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm    
Neechi Niche, 865 Main St

A SEWING ACTION AND ARTIST TALK e mail: Leah Decter and Jaimie L. Isaac   

In June, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an official “Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools.” 
In September, 2009 at the G20 Summit in Pittsburg he stated publicly in reference to Canada that, “we also have no history of Colonialism”. 

(official denial) trade value in progress appropriates the latter statement as a springboard for critical exchange. A composite of Hudson Bay Blankets with this statement machine-sewn at its centre acts as a platform for dialogue about contemporary conditions. 
The project invites all Canadians to respond to Harper’s G20 statement. 

In Sewing Actions participants hand-sew collected responses onto the blanket.

April 12, 2014

Zorya Arrow & Anne-Marie Williot l Cre Com Media Awards l Diamonds in the Scruff l Margaret Switala l Farmers' Markets l Two New Saints Canonized l MB Book Awards Gala

April 24, 25, 26, - Doors at 9:30pm l Show at 10:00 pm
Ace Art, 2-290 McDermot Avenue
Tickets $10

Spewing Arrows Productions presents
...a little song and dance...
with Zorya Arrow and Anne-Marie Williot

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April 25, 7:00 pm until 12:00 am
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd
Cocktails: 7 PM l Awards: 8 PM l Reception and hors d'oeuvres to follow.
TICKETS $10 available at The Mercantile, 160 Princess Street  or email

Event to honour students and alumni from the Cre Com program at Red River College, hosted by 2014 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2001 Creative Communications grad, Jill Officer!
The student awards are judged and presented by industry professionals from the journalism, broadcasting, public relations and advertising fields.
Awards can range from "TV News Story of the Year" to "Print Ad of the Year".

Music by Dj Terra
Food by Storm Catering and ice-cream sundae bar by Cornell Creme
Event design & decor by EVENTS BY EMMA

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April 26, 12 - 4 pm
Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp, unit 7-975 Thomas Ave.

Earthdog Terrier Rescue of Manitoba’s Diamonds in the Scruff!!
Come and meet our special scruffs!!

Our Door Prize is a basket from Dancing Dog Treats!
We will also have a Grand prize of a BBQ and meat package!

Dog Trainer Carolyn Cieslar (CPDT-KA) - live demos, and answer questions
12:15 -1:15 Crate training
1:30  - 2:30 Establishing a Routine
2:45  - 3:30 communication and reading dog body language

Get your photo taken by Wagging Tails Photography
Photos or trainer sessions will be $15.00 per dog
Or $25.00 for a photoshoot + trainer session + entry in the draw.

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Apr 26 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm      For more information.
Winnipeg Winter Club, 200 River Avenue

$10 in advance, at the Winnipeg Winter Club, Cafe Ce Soir, and online
$15 at the door
A complimentary glass of wine, and a cash bar is available; this is an 18+ event.

Missing your summer farmers' markets? Never been to a market? This is the event for you!
Over twenty vendors selling Manitoba made made products.  Buy local!!
Experience what these talented artisans have to offer in a fun, relaxed environment! 
Each vendor will have samples for you to try and products available for purchase.

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Food Matters Manitoba.

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April 26, 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm
Grolle Fine Art, Studio 54 on the Mezzanine - Fort Garry Place
PERSONAL/IMPERSONAL - for Richard
Paintings by Margaret Switala

Please join me and interpret my works to help create your own world. A surrealistic fantasy, if you will; reflecting your own Personal/Impersonal interpretation.

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April 27, 11:30 am 
The Archbishop will preside at the Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral 
The canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II is being received with joy by the Church. 
A reception will follow in the Cathedral Parish Hall.  All are welcome! 

May 9, 7:30 pm 
Holy Ghost Parish
There will be a Eucharistic celebration to honour the canonization of Pope John Paul II.  

May 30, 7:30 pm 
John XXIII Parish
There will be a Eucharistic celebration to honour the canonization of Pope John XXIII.

A reception will follow in the Parish Halls. All are welcome!

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April 27, 7 pm  Doors open 6:30 pm
West End Cultural Centre
free admission

The Manitoba Book Awards Gala
Celebrating the best in Manitoba writing in 2013.

April 11, 2014

Jenn's Furry Friends Fundraiser l Jeanette Johns l haLf man haLf eLf l The Power Within: Indigenous Canadian Shorts

Please come to The Dog Loft, 245 Marion Street, to help raise money for Jenn's Furry Friends Rescue’s rising vet bills.

Anyone who comes in during April for a walk in nail trim ($10) or anyone taking part in our April day camp activities who gets a nail trim while they stay with us for the day ($5), 50% of the total will be donated to Jenn's.    Phone (204) 233-3828 or Email

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April 17 to May 26
Ace Art, 2-290 McDermot Avenue

Looking for Length
Jeanette Johns uses maps and perspective drawing to understand the infinite. She creates prints, sculptural and videos to convey her investigation into the fascination of landscape.

Perhaps our understanding of the cyclical path of our globe, gained through our experience of days and years is connected to our ability to imagine further than we can measure. 

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April 19 at 7:30 pm
Sam's Place, 159 Henderson Hwy

haLf man haLf eLf serves up some new, old, and borrowed - but not blue - songs.
The $5 cover goes to support the good works of the Mennonite Central Committee.
Join us for a cup of tea, a good book and some fine classical / new wave / folk fusion!

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April 24, 7:00 pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque, Main Floor - 100 Arthur Street

The Power Within: Indigenous Canadian Shorts Program
Curated by Michelle Latimer and imagineNATIVE
Introduced by Michelle Latimer with a Q&A

This collection of shorts from Indigenous visionaries across Canada challenge viewers with stories and perceptions that balance history and future.

L'Enfance Déracinée (Uprooted Generation)
dir. Réal Junior LeBlanc, 2013, Canada, 7 min
A young Innu returns to the scene of the Sept-Îles Residential School, to encourage healing in his community long haunted by ghosts of the past.

A Common Experience, dir. Shane Belcourt, 2013, Canada, 11 min
Playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this intimate exploration of the multigenerational affects of Canada's Residential School system.

Snare, dir. Lisa Jackson, 2013, Canada, 3 min
A stunning piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future through advocacy and understanding.

Micta, dir. Élisa Moar, 2012, Canada, 2 min
The story of “The Little Prince” inspires a visual homage worthy of royalty.

Ruptura, dir. Alejandro Valbuena, 2013, Canada, 13 min
Cinematography and choreography come together to create a tale of love cracking under the strain of secrecy.

I Can't Remember, dir. Michelle Latimer, 2013, Canada, 4 min
One woman’s haunted past leads her to embark upon a journey towards freedom and acceptance.

Totem, dir. Travis Shilling, Canada, 4 min
A bird’s life is honoured in this delicate expression of remembrance and gratitude.

Sight, dir. Thirza Cuthand, 2012, Canada, 4 min
Sharpie markers on Super 8 tell the story of a family’s experience with mental illness and self-induced blindness.

Vessel, dir. Terril Calder, 2013, Canada, 4 min
A decaying body reflects the greed and desire of man in this meditation on violence.

Pilgrims, dir. Marie Clements, 2013, Canada, 7 min
A visceral poem that traverses the underworld to reveal one man’s unsettling journey to his last living moments.

Wakening, dir. Danis Goulet, 2013, Canada, 9 min
Cree warrior Weesagechak braves an apocalyptic war zone to find the ancient Weetigo and possibly end her people’s suffering and emancipation.

Inquiries: Daina Warren | Urban Shaman Gallery | Director | (204) 942-2674
Dave Barber | Cinematheque | Programming Coordinator | (204) 925-3456 ext 108

April 9, 2014

Speaking Volumes 2014 l Luann Hiebert l The Scribbler l Brenda Hasiuk l Brenda Barrie l Catherine Owen & Katherine Bitney l Parvin Shere

May 10
Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface

Hatchet throwing and cocktails start at 6 pm
Dinner at 7 pm and readings at 8 pm, rainbow and silent auction to follow.
Hear readings by special guests Méira Cook and Kristian Enright!
Meet Katherine Bitney and this year’s practicum students!

Speaking Volumes – Prairie Fire’s benefit event to support their practicum program. 
Tickets are $70 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price) 
and are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers and from 
Prairie Fire Press at 423-100 Arthur Street / call (204) 943-9066, or email

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

April 23, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
What Lies Behind

Luann Hiebert uncovers the undercurrents of family and relationships, exposing the the facades we maintain in our daily lives. 

Hiebert’s work has previously appeared in Rhubarb magazine. 

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April 24, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

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April 24, 7:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Your Constant Star

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April 24, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
An Unorthodox Romance

Faye is the “good” adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together, and tears them apart, is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something that will bring joy to their lives. 

Brenda Hasiuk is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel Where the Rocks Say Your Name was nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

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April 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Designated Mourner with special guest Katherine Bitney

A collection of elegies for an unconventional spouse and artistic collaborator, lost to addiction at a young age, tracing tenderness and sorrow while raging against his night. 

Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry and one collection of memoirs and essays. Frenzy won the Alberta Book Prize. Katherine Bitney, author of four acclaimed books of poetry and one collection of essays, has worked as editor, mentor, creative writing instructor, arts juror and literary creative director for over thirty years. 

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April 27, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Pearls from the Ocean

Parvin Shere’s new publication, based on her recent travel to South Africa, Swaziland and Peru, is focused on Apartheid and Inca civilization, included with related poetry and oil paintings of those places. Featured speakers include: 
Ray Dirks: Writer, Curator of exhibits featuring art from around the world
Professor Dr. Jon Gerrard: Medical doctor, MP from 1993 to 1997, Ex-Secretary of State and former leader of Manitoba Liberal Party 
Professor Catherine Hunter: Poet, Novelist, Critic, Professor of Creative Writing and former Chair Department of English (UofW) 

Poet, writer, painter and musician Parvin Shere has received many awards, including a UNICEF award for helping the needy, and was nominated for the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Winnipeg.
The proceeds will be donated to the education of underprivileged children.

April 6, 2014

Women’s Hockey Fundamentals l The Big Melt l Manitoba Mutts Fundraiser: Run Your Heart Out l The 420 Art Show l University of Manitoba Fine Arts Show & After Party

April 8 to June 17, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Canlan Ice Sports, 1871 Ellice Ave.

Women’s Hockey Fundamentals - Full hockey equipment mandatory
Age 16+ / Cost $209

The session is open to women of any skill level. It’s an hour of focused instruction and practice per week on the ice, and good training for anyone who wants to sharpen up on power-skating, stickhandling and passing skills before the start of next hockey season.

Questions - e mail Tyler Stewart, Program Manager or phone 204-784-8888 ext. 223.

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April 11, 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm
Bell Tower Community Café, 745 Westminster Ave.

Celebrate the BIG MELT! What a great way to cap a week of warm weather. 
FREE eats, bevies, and live music featuring the Point Douglas Gospel Choir on stage. 
If you need a food hamper, please register with our community partner Winnipeg Harvest at 204-982-3660 (Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM)

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April 19, 9:00 am
St.Vital Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue's second annual Run Your Heart Out 5k
$35 for adults
$15 for children under 12
Follow the link to Register online  Registration closes April 17
To activate the online pledge form, make sure you create a fundraising page during your registration. Let your friends and family know they don't have to run to support. 
Pets are welcome to participate.

Race Kit Pick-Up: April 17, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Lululemon Athletica Polo Park
Race Kits will also be available on race day.
Friends and family can also pick up race kits for other participants.

email or Manitoba Mutts for more info or questions

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April 18
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

The 420 Art Show, the 3rd Annual Art Extravaganza of psychedelic visual and sculptural art promises a good trip! Join this collective of artists for an evening of Music and fun.
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April 19 to April 27 
School of Art - University of Manitoba, 180 Dafoe Road

Bachelor of Fine Arts Grad Honours Show.  
Please come and support all the graduating Fine Arts Students exhibiting their work.

The opening is April 19, 5 pm to 8 pm - food, music, and, of course, Art.

Sunday April 20: 12 pm - 4 pm 
Monday to Friday April 21-25: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: April 26-27 - 12 pm - 4 pm
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2014 BFA SHOW AFTER PARTY
April 19, 9:00 pm to 2 am
300-72 Princess Street
$10 + 18 valid ID

Mise en scene & DJ Shanks

TICKET GIVE AWAY: STAY TUNED TO SOFASA on INSTAGRAM

April 5, 2014

Public Way of the Cross l Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents The Firebird, Verdi's Requiem, Peking Acrobats l Families' Quilt




April 18, 2014
Annual Public Way of the Cross hosted by Holy Rosary Parish

The opening prayer will begin at 9:30 am in the church followed by the Public Way of the Cross. After the closing prayer at the end of the procession, all are invited for light refreshments in the church hall. 
For more information, please call (204) 284 – 5140 or email

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, 555 Main Street
Winnipeg: 204.949.3999  or email

April 13 - BUY 
1:00 p.m. Pre-Concert Activities - Children can participate in musical activities, visit the Conducting Station or visit the Instrument Petting Zoo to play the orchestral instruments. 
Enchantment Theatre Company presents The Firebird, a tale of a Prince on a voyage of true self-discovery, coupled with the brilliant score of Igor Stravinsky, whose music the Disney studios used in Fantasia 2000
Listen to Stravinsky - The Firebird   
  
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April 19 - 8 pm - BUY 
Verdi's Requiem is the grandest, most ambitious sacred work of the late 19th century. 
Listen to Verdi Requiem

Marc Piollet, conductor 
Jonita Lattimore, soprano 
Emily Boteva, mezzo-soprano 
Steven Tharp, tenor 
Kevin Deas, bass 
Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Yuri Klaz, director
Mennonite Festival Chorus, 
Rudy Schellenberg, William Baerg and Janet Brenneman, co-directors

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The Peking Acrobats

April 26 - authentic Chinese Feast before the performance
Kum Koon Garden, 257 King Street
call 204-949-399 for more details
(a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price)

The impossible is made possible in the artistry of the Peking Acrobats. 
Company members were featured in the Steven Soderbergh's films Oceans 11-13.
April 25 - 8 pm - BUY
April 26 - 8 pm - BUY
April 27 - 2 pm - BUY

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April 12, 2:00 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd

Manitoba, in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, invite you to the unveiling of a quilt/blanket wall hanging created by families of Manitoba’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in their honour.  Blankets are traditionally given to grieving families to symbolically show community support, caring and love through their loss.

You are welcome to visit the Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art exhibit.
For further information, contact Nahanni Fontaine at (204) 945-7812 

April 3, 2014

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre April Events: Easter Weekend Brunch and Egg Hunt and Earth Day Events

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is located 30 minutes North of Winnipeg on highway 67 between highways #7 and #8. Call 467-3300 or email Jacques Bourgeois

Sparrow Identification Workshop
April 5, 1 - 2 p.m. 

Learn to identify the sparrows in Manitoba in this workshop hosted by Naturalist, Paula Grieef. Pre-registration is required. Workshop fee is $5 plus admission.
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Nest Fest
April 12 and 13 

Learn how to attract cavity nesters to your backyard and take home some plans to build your own homes. Have an animal painted on your cheek or enjoy our many public programs such as a film or a guided walk through the marsh.
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Astronomy Night - Telescopes
April 17 - 8:00 p.m. 

Learn the differences between telescopes and find out what equipment best suits your needs. Presentation by Gerry Smerchanski will be followed by a stargazing session from the rooftop observation deck.
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Easter Weekend Brunch 
April 18 to 20 

Celebrate Easter and participate in our annual GPS Egg hunt daily at 2 p.m.
Oak Hammock is the perfect place to be looking for eggs this spring! We're not just talking about duck and goose eggs but Easter Eggs, of course! 
Try our Easter version of bingo with Bunny Bingo! You will get a "Bunny" bingo card and coloured eggs for playing pieces. 

The Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kids, find the plastic eggs and turn them in at the desk for a sweet treat. One hunt per child. 
Drop by the Café to enjoy a delicious Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!
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Earth Day
April 22 

Watch presentations that will demonstrate activities promoting a green lifestyle and highlighting ways to make the best environmental choices. 
Learn about composting during our Compost Tour at 11 a.m. 
See how red wiggler worms can turn scraps into compost at 2 p.m. 
All materials provided for only $10.
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Green Cleaning Workshop
April 26 - 1 p.m. 

Make your own homemade cleaners. Take home your very own cleaning products as well as the recipes for making green cleaning products that are easy, affordable, and eco-friendly! Workshop fee is $10 plus admission.

April 2, 2014

Ciao! ChocolateFest 2014 l Ministers of Cool l Pawdicures l Easter Puggy & Boston Bunnies l Edge: Ceramics 1 l Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show

Back for another year, Ciao! Magazine presents ChocolateFest2014.
For the month of April, fourteen Winnipeg restaurants are offering up a chocolatey special. Creations may be sweet, savoury, or "sippable," but are all bound to be delicious. 
At only $7 each, you can try (more than) a few!

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April 10, 8:30 pm to 12:30 pm
King's Head Pub & Eatery, 120 King Street
Cover Charge $5

First public full Ministers of Cool band performance of 2014!
Come hear your fave Steely Dan song as well as 3 Dog Night, Sly & the Family Stone, Temptations and more!!  Dancing encouraged.

Featuring:
Leonard Lewsh Shaw lead vocals/keyboards/sax
Don Benedictson bass/vocals
Greg Lowe - guitar/vocals
Daniel Roy - drums/vocals
Paul McNair - vocals/guitar
Gerry Atwell - keyboards/vocals

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Wednesdays, 5:3- to 8:30
Petvalu, 3900 Grant Avenue, Charleswood

No appointment required for pawdicure.
$10 minimum donation to Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba

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April 13, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
The Pawsh Dog Taylor, Unit 10 - 1580 Taylor

HOP ON DOWN TO THIS FUN PARTY!
Admission only $5.00 
Pug Pals and Boston Buddies Dog Playgroup invites
Pugs, Bostons and all their friends are invited to this Spring-Time Event!
Enjoy the sweets and baking and finally sunshine and no more snow!

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Ceramics 1 with Crystal Nykoluk 
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street

Tuesdays 6 pm - 9 pm / 8 Classes
 April 15, 22, May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, 17 - no class April 29 and May 20

Cost: Without clay = $210.00, With clay = $230.00
The session will cover an introduction to wheel throwing as well as simple hand building projects. A supply list and borrowed tools will be provided. Included in the cost are firing and glazing fees. You choose to bring your own clay (cone 6 ONLY) or have us provide it for you.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 8, 6 pm
Please call 204-260-0756 or email 

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May 13 to 15
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Registration is available online. Register by April 11 to save $80.

Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show offers free public admission on
May 14 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm), and May 15 (8:30 am to 2:30 pm)

Aboriginal Business, Community & Economic Development Conference
features Ten Workshops, Business Advice, Gala Banquet, Movie Night & More!!

Honourary Chair is David McLeod, CEO of Native Communications Inc.
Three Keynotes
Michelle Thrush is a Gemini Award-winning actor
Stefan Richard is a father, speaker, and former professional wrestler
Don Burnstick is a comedian and motivational speaker

Dragon’s Quest’s business plan winners announced at the closing night Gala Banquet.