Prairie Voices photo by Stan Kroeker

Events Listings in ManitobaThere’s rarely a moment where there’s nothing to experience in Manitoba. And the proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes, or in this case, the maple syrup. And we’ve got not one, but two maple festivals this week. In the mood for some country? We’ve got you covered. Curious about what the WAG has going on this week? We’ve got those details too. Rest assured there’s something for just about everyone in our listing of what’s hot.

Stare into the face of an imposing figure

Rodin penseur

On until Apr 9
WAG, Winnipeg

As the central figure in Auguste Rodin’s monumental work, The Gates of Hell, Le Penseur stands boldly at the centre of the fourth floor of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and cuts an imposing figure. If you have not yet stared into the eyes of this grand man, or mused about what might be on his mind, you have a mere few days left to do so. Rodin: The Thinker closes on April 9 and there’s no telling when you’ll have such an opportunity again.

Take in the last days of a stunning exhibit

WAG Our Land

On until Apr 9
WAG, Winnipeg

If you haven’t yet had a chance to explore the exhibit Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, you really don’t have much time left to do so. This must-see exhibit, which is the result of a collaboration between the Government of Nunavut and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts has been described by the Boston Globe as “stunning”.

Fill a prescription full of laughter

Apr 3
Various venues

What better remedy could there be for soothing frayed nerves and relieving sore muscles than laughter? Get a dose of life’s best medicine at this year’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival. As some of Canada’s funniest comics converge on Manitoba, you’ll get the chance to giggle your way to better health.

Get your heart strings tugged

Apr 3
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Get ready to step out of your comfort zone and in to a real heart clincher with Royal MTC’s presentation Kill Me Now, where widower Jake unwaveringly dedicates himself to the care of his disabled son Joey and must also navigate the inevitable realities of his maturity into adolescence and adulthood.

See a country legend perform

Apr 3
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

As icons go in the world of country music, Merle Haggard is as good as they get. And this week, not only do you get the chance to enjoy the legend himself at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Haggard will also be joined by his sons, Ben and Noel, music extraordinaires in their own rights.

Take a waltz down memory lane

Apr 3
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

It may have been 40 years ago, but The Last Waltz by the Band still lingers on the minds of many. If you’re one of those who enjoys taking a trip down memory lane, then start with a trip to Burton Cummings Theatre for The Last Waltz Remembered in celebration one of rock and roll’s most important concerts in music history. Musicians Corb Lund, Amy Helm, and Matt Andersen will be the feature performers for this event.

See Manitoba Stories unfold

On until Apr 4
Cre8ery Gallery and Studios, Winnipeg

Art is a form of expression. It is also a vehicle for storytelling. And this week, artist Roger Sutherland continues to capitalize on art’s ability to capture audiences with his exhibit Manitoba Stories which ends its run tomorrow at Cre8ery Gallery.

Get serenaded

Pianist Janina Fialkowska

Janina Fialkowska Facebook page

Apr 5
U of W Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg

She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was bestowed the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music. And for one night, Janina Fialkowska will return to the Virtuosi stage to serenade her audience with her outstanding interpretations of legends like Chopin at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

Take in a classical rendition

Courtesy of the Daniel Gervais website

Courtesy of the Daniel Gervais website

Apr 5
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas

The Sam Waller Museum is always a great place to stop by for a lesson in the unusual and downright strange. It’s also full of other surprises like classical music. This Wednesday, don’t miss out on the Home Routes Concert featuring Daniel Gervais, especially if you’re a fan of the violin.

Watch a World War tale

Apr 6
MHV Auditorium, Steinbach

During the Second World War, members of religious communities, specifically Mennonites, Hutterites and Quakers, took a stand on the grounds of their faith and refused to take up arms during the war. The Last Objectors is a CBC Documentary that tells the story of these communities and the hardships they endured on account of their beliefs. On April 6, the Mennonite Heritage Village will feature this documentary along with stories told from women’s perspectives.

Watch the spoken word unfold

Apr 6 to 8
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg

Be dazzled by the creativity of three dreamers as they slam, beat box, dance and sing their way through an unapologetically fierce performance that will leave you speechless. For three nights only, #PigeonsAffamés will take to the stage of Cercle Molière with a sampling of some of pop culture’s most iconic music and references.

Get drawn in by a classic

Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Fiddler on the Roof

Apr 6 to 8
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

The classics have a way of grabbing you and drawing you in. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen them countless times before. Get ready for Fiddler on the Roof as it makes its way to the stage of the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Join Tevye in his struggles to balance religious convictions with the demands of family life, while maintaining his traditions.

Get inspiration from up-cycled art

Apr 6 to 30
WAG@The Forks, Winnipeg

Not too many of us can imagine taking forged steel, tin, stained glass, and barn boards to create artwork with a rich narrative reflective of Manitoba, or anywhere else for that matter. But that’s exactly what multidisciplinary Métis artist Candace Lipischak does. This week, Lipischak will be taking her up-cycled art to WAG@The Forks until April 30.

Enjoy a folk-flavoured sound

Folk artists The New Customs

The New Customs Facebook page

Apr 7
Carman Active Living Centre, Carman

A haunting voice and a multi-instrumentalist come together for a heart-warming performance at Carman Active Living Centre. The New Customs creates folk-flavoured music with the influences of the Celtic and blues genres. This duo is going places, but you get the chance to enjoy their unique sounds for one night.

Treat yourself to music and a meal

Musician Kevin Roy

Kevin Roy Facebook page

Apr 7
Community Hall, McCreary

Singer-songwriter Kevin Roy takes his talents to the McCreary Community Hall. Treat yourself to this live performance which also includes a buffet dinner hosted by the Burrows Trail Arts Council of McCreary in conjunction with the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival.

Celebrate Austin’s history

Austin Pine Creek Players

Pine Creek Players website

Apr 7
Community Hall, Austin

Celebrate 150 years with Austin, Manitoba at the Austin Community Hall with a heart-warming play about a family who decides to make the town their home and endure the struggles that many a newcomer faces as they try to plant roots. Our Town, Austin explores town’s history with the efforts some of the Honourable Water Clifford to establish the village, the fire that all but destroyed it, and the vision of Donald Carruthers to establish the Austin Agricultural Museum.

Get inspiration for a DIY

Apr 7 to 9
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 for you to draw from to make your project a success.

Take a romantic journey to the South Pacific


Apr 7 to 9
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Go on a journey to the South Pacific with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Rainbow Stage. This collaboration, which plays for only three nights at Centennial Concert Hall, breathes new life in this romantic musical classic by Rodgers & Hammerstein for a concert experience that will prove hard to forget. You can also look forward to an exceptional performance by the Prairie Voices choir.

Get a musical education on the 1800s

Simpson's Folly

Simpson’s Folly Facebook page

Apr 8
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

Spend an evening with members of Simpson’s Folly at Dalnavert Museum as the band dons traditional costumes and takes its audience back to the 1800s. The songs and the music tell the stories of Scottish settlement at the Red River and reflect life during the era.

Get a taste of Caribbean soul and classical grace

Dalí Quartet

Williamsport Community Concert Association Facebook page

Apr 8
University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg

When Caribbean soul and classical grace combine, the result is The Dalí Quartet. This Latin-American sensation brings its unique sounds and spirited performance to the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall this weekend

Rediscover ancient sounds

John Wiens Artistic Director and Conductor

John Wiens Facebook page

Apr 8 & 9
St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Winnipeg

Get ready for Easter and celebrate Palm Sunday with St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church. For two nights, this church hall will be filled with the sounds of John Wiens’ contemplative a cappella in a rediscovery of music some 400 years old.

Show off your ice angling skills

Apr 8 & 9
Clearwater Lake, The Pas
Bakers Narrow Lodge, Flin Flon
Lake Athapapaskow, Flin Flon

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

Curb your sugar craving at a maple fest

Apr 7, 8 & 9
Musée Saint Pierre Jolys, St. Pierre Jolys
Various venues, McCreary

Don’t miss out on the Manitoba Maple Syrup Sugaring Off Festival ou bien le Festival des Sucres as it gets off to its sticky start this weekend. This fundraising event takes place at Saint Pierre Jolys Museum and celebrates the arrival of spring. There will be lots of activities for all to enjoy. And if one dose of sugar just isn’t enough, then you may want to check out McCreary’s Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival as it celebrates local producers, culture and heritage. You’ll learn all about how maple syrup is made, and you’ll even have the chance to tap a few trees.

Celebrate spring with a bannock roast and archery


Apr 9
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive is in the mood to celebrate spring. And to welcome the season, this nature retreat is doing what it does best and taking the celebration outdoors with a bannock roast up and a lesson in archery. Think you could survive if you had to hunt for your food? Well this is one sure way to find out. And be sure to check out FortWhyte Alive’s calendar for even more event listings.

Learn all about the evolution of stationery

Dalnavert Museum From Hand to Paper

Apr 9
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

If the evolution of writing tools piques your interest, then we have just the event for you. From Hand to Paper explores the progression of all things stationery, from desks to pens and pencils to sealing wax. This illustrative talk will take place at Dalnavert Museum.