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February 1 to February 7

Posted January 29, 2021

We continue to stay safe, stay home and physical distance in 2021. Here are ways you can explore Manitoba at home and close to home.

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Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Find the perfect poutine

Photo credit: La Poutine Week

Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
February 1 to 7

Find the perfect poutine to satisfy your hunger. Order, eat and rate it. Join in like so many other Winnipeggers and people across the country for the annual La Pountine Week. Check out the likes of rainbow poutine from St. James Burger & Chip Co. or Silver Heights Restaurant's entry of cra-cravings. More La Poutine Week details here.

2. Get a sneak peek of Brave Land

Photo credit: Raine Hamilton

Online/ hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Friday, February 5 | 8:00 pm

Raine Hamilton, together with string trio collaborators Quintin Bart on double bass, and Natanielle Felicitas on cello will perform a sneak peek from Raine's upcoming concept album Brave Land. The album is inspired by mountains, and the courage, wisdom, and other worldly connection they represent and is described as joyous and full of celebration. The West End Cultural Centre and Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous are hosting the livestream online concert. Get tickets here.

3. Learn about an artist's themes of Fantasy and The Surreal

Photo credit: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Online / hosted on Treaty 2 territory
Thursday, February 4 | 2:00 pm

Join Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba for an artist talk with Winnipeg-based Diana Thorneycroft who will discuss her works in Prairie Vernacular, related to the themes of fantasy and the surreal.

4. Explore different rhythms and movements

Photo credit: Coffieman

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Tuesday, January 26 | 10:30 am

Folklorama takes you on a voyage to West Africa with Coffieman. Explore the different rhythms and movements offered by Mother Africa through modern authentic African percussion, song, storytelling and dance. Come to the jungle and join the animal calls, drum along to the beats, dance to your inner spirit and learn stories from Ghana, composed and performed with a Coffieman twist. Sign up for this online workshop.

5. Stay at home with Troubadour Revue

Photo credit: Home Routes

Online / Treaty 1 territory
Tuesday, February 2 | 7:00 pm

Winnipeg based non-profit organization Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous presents Troubadour Revue live from Edmonton, Hamilton, and North Carolina. Jonathan Byrd, Scott Cook and Corin Raymond, three great songwriters who've worked and played extensively together as co-writers, fellow travellers and when-not-at-home troubadours, perform songs they've written with each other, for each other, and about each other. Join in as they share fan favourites, swap stories and road-test unheard new material. Buy tickets here.

6. Attend a Webinar on Indigenous Story Telling

Photo credit: Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership

Online / Treaty 1 territory
Thursday, February 4 | 1:00 pm

For Indigenous people, storytelling is both a gift and very old custom, sanctioned by the people to teach, entertain and remember. Presenting this webinar is James Queskekapow, a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and fluent Cree speaker. As a practicing Traditional Storyteller, James has utilized traditional stories to promote Aboriginal language retention, cultural revitalization and to serve as an opportunity to engage in a non-intrusive dialogue. Please register in advance by email.

7. Register for the Jack Frost Challenge

Photo credit: Tourism Winnipeg

Province Wide \ Treaties 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (signatory 6 and 10)
Register for the week of February 7 to 13

The Jack Frost Challenge is a free, week-long winter challenge for all Manitobans. Gather a team of one to five family members, friends, or co-workers to complete 130 collective kilometres of outdoor activities. This could include walking, running, biking, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and more. All you need to do is register then get outside and get moving!

8. Rent winter equipment to get outside

Photo credit: Kendrick’s Outdoor Adventures

Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory

Winter equipment rentals are making it easier for you to get out and explore the season.

Try cross country skiing with rentals from the Icicle Garden located inside The Plain Bicycle Project. Check out their snow library for all things winter.

Kendrick's Outdoor Adventures, located at The Forks, offers new outdoor equipment rentals that will help you to get outdoors and fall in love with winter sports that you may not have tried before.

9. Do the Choose Your Own Adventure Winter Celebration

Photo credit: West Broadway Community Organization

Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
February 1 to 6

West Broadway Neighbourhood has created a way to enjoy this winter festival while still physical distancing. Snoball 2021: a choose your own adventure winter celebration encourages you to choose from three activities to enjoy on your own time: Creative Snow Competition, Ice Rink Art Show and Yeti West Broadway Word Scramble. Complete activities for the chance to win prizes!

10. Immerse yourself in Icelandic culture

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Until March

The New Iceland Heritage Museum is offering programs to everyone, free of charge, online. Learn Icelandic phrases and Conversational Icelandic, join the knitting group, share at the latest book club, or attend kaffi tima.