February is here and so too is the return of winter weather! Celebrate our coolest season with some great winter events this week. The roaring game takes over in Brandon as it hosts the 2015 Safeway Provincial Men’s Curling Championships. Carman gears up for its winter party Blizzard Festival, and you can help build a snow maze at the Millennium Library Park. Plus, the arts scene this week is still hot as CowardFest and the New Music Festival continue. New shows opening this week include the latest offerings from the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Le Cercle Molière.
2015 Safeway Championship
Keystone Centre, Brandon
CurlManitoba hosts the 2015 men’s curling provincial championship as the best 32 teams in the province compete for the chance to represent Manitoba at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier. With top seed and number one team in the world (and Brandon native) Mike McEwen, along with the new rinks of former Manitoba champions Jeff Stoughton and Reid Carruthers, three of the top 15 curling teams in the world are playing in Brandon.
SnowMAZEing Family Fun Day
Feb 7 to Feb 8
Millennium Library Park
Head downtown for a day filled with winter fun…Bring your shovel and help build a snow maze! Warm up with some hot chocolate around the fire surrounded by the art in the Park, or head indoors to enjoy your favourite winter stories, word games and crafting in the Library.
Jan 28 to Feb 15
Various venues, Winnipeg
Delve into drama at live performances, films and readings during CowardFest! The 15th annual Master Playwright Festival is celebrating the life and work of Noël Coward: actor, playwright, director, songwriter and fashion trendsetter.
Private Lives at MTC
Jan 29 to Feb 14
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked Private Lives is the star of this year’s CowardFest! In this sparkling comedy, the happily divorced Elyot and his new bride inadvertently choose to spend their honeymoon in the suite adjoining his ex-wife Amanda and her new husband. As the old flame is rekindled, so is the venom that extinguished it in the first place.
New Music Festival
Jan 31 to Feb 6 | Various venues, Winnipeg
This year, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival is the longest-running festival of contemporary music in North America. The 24th edition welcomes the renowned Arditti Quartet, the WSO performs Luther Adams’s hot off a Pulitzer Prize win John Become Ocean and many more thrilling new works.
Armstrong’s War – MTC regional tour
Feb 4, Thompson
Feb 6, Flin Flon
This year, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company is featuring Armstrong’s War on its regional tour! Corporal Michael Armstrong is recuperating in a rehab hospital when he’s ambushed by a Girl Guide looking to earn her Community Service badge. After battle lines are drawn, the unlikely allies show each other how to stand tall.
Jan 22 to Feb 11
The Red River, The Forks
The foodie event of the season! RAW:almond is back on the frozen river for another year to serve you the finest of feasts as you dine on a big block of ice. This year, the restaurant is getting a beautiful architectural update. Unfortunately, the tickets for evening meals are all SOLD OUT. Fortunately, the restaurant offers a hearty, belly-warming skate up brunch each weekend. Skate up and grab a seat, there are no tickets needed. But make sure you arrive early, there’s often a line-up.
Carman Blizzard Festival
Various Venues, Carman
An easy 40 minute drive west of Winnipeg, Carman Manitoba’s annual Blizzard Festival on Saturday, February 7 makes for a fun family daytrip, with plenty of free outdoor activities, warm-up locations with free hot chocolate, and prizes to be won. Ideal for families with children, Blizzard Fest offers a truly Manitoban winter experience, with dog sled rides, fireworks, hay rides, snow bowling and snow sculpting, jam pail curling, snow golf and more.
New Canadian Kid – Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Feb 4 to Feb 13
Manitoba Theatre for Young People – The Forks
“Hello, my name is Nick.” What is it like when your whole world is turned upside down and everything is strange? Exuberant and touching, New Canadian Kid uses a clever language twist that allows audiences to truly share Nick’s experiences as he makes friends, learns a new language, and adjusts to change. Dealing with acceptance, bullying, immigration, racism, tolerance, conflict, resolution, and relocation, this is one of Canada’s most widely produced plays and its universal message of inter-cultural harmony has been lauded by critics and audiences everywhere.
Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. All 11 galleries are now open.
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg
Experience winter in a whole new way. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is Manitoba’s newest spa. Although there are bathrobes, Thermëa is not your typical spa. Adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course, Thermëa follows the tenets of thermotherapy, the practice of alternating between hot and cold.
No reservations are required for the thermal experience, but you can make a reservation to enjoy a massage or face or body treatment. There is also a restaurant onsite, so you can take a break from all that relaxing to enjoy a meal or sip a glass of wine.
Stupeur et tremblements – Le Cercle Molière
Feb 5 to Feb 7
Le Cercle Molière, 340 Provencher Blvd
Manitoba’s French-language theatre company teams up with La Compagnie Théâtre des Hommes to share the story of Amélie in Stupeur et tremblements. The eager young Westerner goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning Japan, where she was born, is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare.
Red River Mutual Trail
Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.
Life, Death and The Blues at PTE
Jan 22 to Feb 8
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
This is The Blues as you’ve never seen or heard it before. Life, Death and The Blues is an innovative new concert/theatre hybrid that explores the power, passion and meaning of The Blues. From its early roots to new artists, Raoul Bhaneja – with the help of his band The Big Time, and amazing R& B artist Divine Brown – combines autobiography, interviews and multimedia to draw you into a personal, poetic and visceral world of The Blues.
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.
Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.
Jan 15 to Feb 28
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
Through research and field study, Kevin Conlin has worked closely with the historical record contained in layers of clay and bedrock. As a ceramic artist and an amateur paleontologist, he anchors his practice in the vast record of the earth’s past and the inevitable effects that humankind will have on its future. Clay not only tells us about the ancient past, but embodies and contains traces of all living things; Conlin’s ceramic vessels and urns act as storehouses of this history.
The Whiteshell in winter
If you haven’t experienced the Whiteshell in winter, it’s time to give it a try. A paradise for nature-lovers, in the park you can glide along cross-country ski trails, get back to nature on horseback, sled over groomed snowmobile trails, wait for the big catch while ice fishing, or break through fresh snow by snowshoe all while keeping your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife.
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