The weather reports are looking promising with temperatures in the pluses being forecast all week long. And it couldn't be better timing with some exciting things happening in the province. The Hermetic Code reopens this week, the theatres are abuzz with great productions, and the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival and the Winnipeg Comedy Fest will also be in full swing. Take a look at what’s hot in Manitoba.
Start spring shopping at the Outlet Collection
Outlet Collection Winnipeg
Kick off spring with some retail therapy at Manitoba’s only outlet shopping centre. With over 100 fashion and outlet brands, there’s something for everyone from the blog-worthy fashionista to the bargain-hunting mum of two. Visiting from out of town? Pick up a brochure from Guest Services for exclusive shopping rewards.
Unlock the mysteries of the occult
begins April 11
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Fill your week with a laughter fest
April 9 to 15, various venues, Winnipeg
April 13, Morris MultiPlex, Morris
Explore themes about nature at an exhibit
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.
Attend an exhibit of Winnipeg artists
April 10 to 14
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 their own style and perspective to the exhibit.
Attend an hilarious Irish comedy
April 10 to 15
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Belfast home care workers, Frances and Loretta, are responsible for the elderly Davy. When Davy, whose passions are for Frank Sinatra and betting on the ponies, suddenly passes away, 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 continues this week at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Watch a May-December romance unfold
opens April 12
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
There’s something a bit off about the May-December relationship between the 75-year-old British butcher, Alex, and the 40-something American, Georgie. But there’s also something that has drawn this couple together and as the romance blossoms, and things get cozy, Georgie’s ask of a favour leaves Alex questioning her motives. The Royal MTC’s latest production, Heisenberg, opens on April 12 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Dance under the Planetarium’s stars
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
The Planetarium is bringing the house down with DJs, VJs, and dancing under the stars for its Yuri’s Night event. There will also be a sci-fi costume contest for a chance to win a real meteorite. Pizza and refreshments will be available in the Science Gallery while exploring the exhibits.
Be dazzled at a gem show
April 12 to 15
Red River Exhibition Park
The Canada Gem Show is bringing its amazing collection of stones, home decor, jewelry, mineral specimens, fossils, crystals and more to Winnipeg’s Red River Ex Park. The Silver Cove’s Rock ‘n’ Gem Show Winnipeg will run for four days.
Let in the light and Latin rhythms of the Andino Suns
Community Centre, Pinawa
Pinawa is gearing up for an evening of melodies, harmonies and Latin music with the Andino Suns. The multi-instrumental group will be performing live for one night only at the community centre.
Savour the tastes of the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival
April 13 & 14
various venues, McCreary
The musical quartet Swamp Gas takes its talent to the McCreary Community Hall this weekend, as the town celebrates the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival. Learn how maple syrup is made, tap a tree, and savour maple syrup-smothered pancakes.
Go vintage at Little Brown Jug
April 13 & 14
Little Brown Jug, Winnipeg
Grab your helmets and head to the Little Brown Jug this weekend for the two-day motorcycle show. Ox Motorcycles, Pow Wow Moto and Little Brown Jug are collaborating to bring The Growler Vintage Motorcycle Show, where the brew house will be bustling with great food, strong coffee, 1919 beer, local, handmade goods of a few hand-picked vendors, and vintage and custom motorcycles.
Shed some tears at a French play
Cercle Moliere, St. Boniface
The tears of Lénaïque La Magnifique give life to the dragon fruits and nourish the orchards, but when Lénaïque encounters Brévalaire Spectaculaire, it is love at first sight. As the couple spend more and more time together, the orchards suffer the loss of Lénaïque’s tears and begin to dry up. As Lénaïque cries once again to save the trees, she also cries for the love she has lost, transforming her peninsula into an island. Head to the Cercle Moliere for this one-night-only engaging production of Avant l’archipel.
Have a honky tonk time in Portage la Prairie
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
If honky tonk music is your thing, then look no further than Quinton Blair as he performs his very own repertoire of roots, outlaw, and throwback country in Portage la Prairie this weekend.
Turn back time in Manitou
Manitou Opera House, Manitou
Turn back time with the Manitou Opera House this weekend for the REWiND band as it brings the hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s to life. For more details, email to Thor Thorleifson.
Be overcome by the passion and pain of La Traviata
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The passion and heartbreak of 1920s Paris comes to life at the Manitoba Opera this weekend in La Traviata. The classic tragedy is one of devotion and sacrifice, as the wealthy Alfredo and the ill-fated heroine, Violetta find true love, only to be separated by circumstance. La Traviata plays for one night at the Centennial Concert Hall.
Head to Virtuosi for Robert Cohen and Bach
University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg
The Virtuosi Concerts will bring the exceptional talents of cellist Robert Cohen to the Eckhardt-Gramatté stage this weekend with a performance of The Complete Bach Cello Suites.
Celebrate a Chopin Concerto
Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon
Renowned pianist Alexander Tselyakov takes centre stage at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall along with the Brandon Chamber Players for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 in F Minor. On the Ivories with Alexander will play for only one night.
Meet The Humans
ends April 14
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.
Have an encounter with The Night King at Comic Con
April 14 & 15
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Manitoba Comic Con is bringing a more intimate version of its October show this April to the RBC Convention Centre. For those who just can’t wait, head to this weekend-long event where Richard Brake, known for his role as The Night King in the Game of Thrones will be on hand for photo-ops and signatures.
Indulge at an expo
April 14 & 15
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Indulgence Expo is on this weekend with a showcase of the best that the city has to offer. Make your way through gourmet foods, artisan alleys, beauty products, fitness equipment, pools, spas, micro breweries, boats and much more. There will also be live entertainment and prize giveaways.
Listen to fireside stories
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Spend some time with the storytellers of FortWhyte as they share stories fireside and marshmallows for roasting.
Solve a murder at a manor mystery
Providence University College, Otterburne
The Mousetrap is set in the 1950s at the fledgling Monkswell Manor, which is run by young newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston. As the Ralstons open their doors for the first time to welcome guests, a terrible snowstorm ushers in each arrival, leading up to an odd series of events…and a murder. Head to Providence University College for its production of this Agatha Christie play.
Roast marshmallows at Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
An open fire and marshmallows go hand in hand. Head to Oak Hammock Marsh this week for a good old-fashioned marshmallow roast and learn about the wetland plant that was roasted to produce a similar sweet sticky treat.