Header photo: INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Featured work: Joi T Arcand. ᓂᓄᐦᑌ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐘᐣ (ninohtē-nēhiyawān), 2017. Photo: Scott Benesiinaabandan.

Just off the heels of a fantastic spring break and quality time with family, it’s back to the grind of school, work and busy schedules. No matter how busy it gets, you should still make some time to enjoy life and a few of the thrills of the province. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Attend a boundary-pushing exhibit 

Winnipeg Art Gallery_INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE : Joi T. Arcand’s LED and neon light installation

Joi T. Arcand’s LED and neon light installation, ᓂᓄᐦᑌ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐘᐣ (ninohtē-nēhiyawān) (2017), in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition during Nuit Blanche. Greg Gallinger / Winnipeg Free Press

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Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE brings together some of the best artists working in Canada right now for a powerful show that pushes boundaries. Feel the pulse of today through tufting, tattooing, installation, sound, and more at the WAG’s largest-ever contemporary Indigenous art exhibit.

Recharge at a retreat

Feed your soul Ayurveda retreat_Whitemouth

April 6 to 8
Moon Gate Guesthouse, Whitemouth

Moon Gate Guesthouse is hosting a spring retreat that’s geared towards laughing, learning, being and connecting. Gain some new insights and restore a sense of well-being, while learning to balance all aspects of life that contribute to good health.

Attend APC’s final farewell

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April 2
Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg

As the Assiniboine Park Conservatory closes its doors to make way for the Diversity Gardens, the park’s newest horticultural attraction, the event will be marked by a commemorative evening with a slideshow of images and videos in an open-house style community celebration.

Meet The Humans

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John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Some measure of dysfunction runs at the heart of almost every family. In Royal MTC’s latest production, The Humans, expect nothing less. As the family descends on daughter Brigid’s New York duplex for Thanksgiving, they move through Grandma’s incoherence, Mom’s insecurities, and Dad’s secrets. After a few drinks, the conversation flows and secrets come to light showing us how human and relatable families can be.

Explore the unconventional life of a character

Cercle Moliere_A Short History of Crazy Bone

April 2 to 8
Cercle Moliere, St. Boniface

Theatre Projects Manitoba’s latest production, A Short History of Crazy Bone, centres on the work of Canadian poet Patrick Friesen, Crazy Bone, which was inspired by his great-grandmother. The story is a mix of poetry, dance and theatre, and explores the life of Crazy Bone who lives outside of society’s conventions.

Drop in at an exhibit of Winnipeg artists

Delights of the Soul art exhibit_Portage la Prairie

April 3 to 7
Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

The Portage & District Arts Centre will be exhibiting the works of five Winnipeg artists in Delights of the Soul: A Raft in the Storm, where each artist will bring his/her own style and perspective to the exhibit.

Celebrate the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in Souris

Tribute artist Adam T. Elvis

April 5
Souris-Glenwood Community Hall

Tribute artist Adam T. Elvis Born is not only a fan of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, he also pays tribute to the king with authentic, high-energy performances. Join him in Souris for another of his performances this Thursday.

Watch a colonel’s story unfold

The Yeomen of the Guard_Pantages Playhouse Theatre

April 5 to 7
Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg brings The Yeomen of the Guard to the Pantages Playhouse Theatre stage, opening this Thursday. The play focuses on Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, who has been sentenced to death for the crime of sorcery. His escape from prison, however, results in a sequence of events that ultimately works in his favour.

Meet some of HGTV’s best

RBC Convention Centre_Winnipeg Home + Garden Show

April 5 to 8
RBC Convention Centre

The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show is making its way back to the RBC Convention Centre for another exciting year of home renovation ideas. This year’s special guests include HGTV staples, Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave Wilson, Todd Talbot of Love It or List It, and Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt of Home to Win.

Mark your calendars for a bonspiel

Curl Manitoba

April 5 to 8
East St. Paul Curling Club

Up for a good bonspiel? The Mixed Provincial Curling Championship is on for four days this week. Sit back and enjoy the game as your favourite team does all the sweeping.

Head to an hilarious Irish comedy

Prairie Theatre Exchange

April 5 to 8
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Belfast home care workers, Frances and Loretta, are responsible for the elderly Davy, whose passions for Frank Sinatra and betting on the ponies run deep. When Davy suddenly passes away, however, he leaves behind the temptation of an unclaimed, winning race ticket, which his cash-strapped carers see as their way out. Fly Me to the Moon is a typical Irish comedy and opens this week at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Explore nature-related themes at an exhibit

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Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Explore the themes of identity, individual perspectives, and our connection to the land at the Urban Shaman’s latest exhibit, Roots Above Branches. This exhibit will feature the works of six recent University of Manitoba, School of Art Indigenous graduates.

Dine on Japanese cuisine

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April 6
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Dine somewhere different this week with a visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Donburi Lunch, where you’ll find lunches at reasonable prices and wide varieties from which to choose.

Have a magical evening with Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan_Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

April 6 & 7
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

If memories of childhood adventures still bring feelings of nostalgia, then bring your kids along to a production of J.M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium for a magical evening.

Head to a symphony

Centennial Concert Hall_Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Luca Buratto

April 6 & 7
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

A phenomenal evening awaits you, as award-winning pianist Luca Buratto brings to life Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 this weekend at Centennial Concert Hall. The WSO will also take you behind the scenes with a Friday matinee open rehearsal, which will feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, an ode to the Russian pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. There will also be a complete performance of the work followed by a question and answer session.

Enjoy some classic country

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April 6 & 7
PW Enns Centennial Concert Hall, Winkler

If country music classics are among your all-time favourites, the PW Enns Centennial Concert Hall welcomes you for two evenings of some of the best hits, from Johnny Cash to Don Williams and Tammy Wynette and many more.

Get some DIY inspiration in Brandon

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April 6 to 8
Keystone Centre, Brandon

If you’re looking for ideas for your next DIY project, inspiration is as close as The Brandon Home & Leisure Show at Keystone Centre. With about 200 businesses under one roof, there will be no shortage of opportunities from which to draw inspiration to make your next DIY project a success.

Swing dance in the Exchange

Saturday Swing Out Exchange District

April 7
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Exchange District

The 50s are back with a swing in its step this Saturday and every Saturday at the Ted Motyka Dance Studio. If you love dancing – swing dancing in particular – then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history.

Head to a model railroading open house

Charleswood Legion_Winnipeg Model Railroad Club

April 7 & 8
Charleswood Legion, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club will be hosting an open house and train show this weekend with demonstrations, operating layouts, photo and model displays and much more at the Charleswood Legion. Admission to this event is by donation with proceeds going towards St. Amant.

Ice fish the weekend away

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April 7 & 8
Clearwater Lake, The Pas
Bakers Narrow Lodge, Flin Flon

The Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby is back again this year and it’s double the fun coupled with The Flinty Ice Fishing Derby. Lots of prizes are up for grabs along with the chance to put your angling skills on full display.

Learn about storied pasts

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

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Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.

Attend two exhibits in one outstanding evening

Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

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Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg

The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is currently exhibiting the works of two incredible artists, Faye Hall (Seven Whole Days) and Anthony Chiarella (Poetical Movement within Art). There is no charge to attend either exhibit, but donations are welcome.

Enjoy a slapstick Al Simmons performance

Slapstick performer Al Simmons

April 8
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

JUNO award winner Al Simmons is putting on an action-packed show of his unusual homemade instruments in a sing-along, against the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections of the WSO. This slapstick performance promises to not only be entertaining, but also educative.

Learn all about birds

Oak Hammock Marsh

April 8
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Join resident naturalist, Paula Grieef, as she discusses the habits of birds and their breeding strategies at Oak Hammock Marsh this Sunday. Pre-registration is required for this event.