March is here, and that means spring is just around the corner. With spring comes fresh starts, new beginnings and unique perspectives – which happens to align perfectly with this week in Manitoba. Hone in on your creativity and start the season with a new outlook. You can discover local art at First Fridays or encourage your kids to get in touch with their artistic side at Freeze Frame. Perspectives on eyesight and vision are challenged at the CMHR’s newest exhibit while connoisseurs and hobbyists are born at the Winnipeg Whiskey festival. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Discover exceptional art
Exchange District, Winnipeg
You know Manitoba is sitting upon spring when First Fridays starts up for a new year! Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
Watch art come to life
March 4 to 5
Looking for the perfect piece of artwork for your home? Head to The Forks to watch Red River College Graphic Design students create original works that will be put up for sale and auctioned. All proceeds benefit Winnipeg Harvest and the students’ graduation fund. Did we mention there will be wine and cheese?
Celebrate the Pipoon Winter Festival
March 3 to 6
Not so fast – winter isn’t over yet. Norway House is gearing up for their annual winter celebration, and there’s plenty of activities to be excited about. Depending on your talents, you might consider attending the square dancing, jigging and singing events. If that’s not up your alley, head over to the Monster Bingo, Texas Hold’em and Crib events. There’s something for everyone.
Rev it up in Beausejour
March 5 to 6
Ride out to Beausejour to cap off on exciting race season at the 54th annual Canadian Power Toboggan Championships! Watch racers from all over North America compete for the top spot on Beausejour’s popular half-mile ice oval track, renowned for its speed and safety. Plus, there will be KITTY KAT and 120 CLASSES for the kids.
Embrace winter at the Gimli Ice Festival
March 5 to 6
Embark on a celebration of community and heritage at the Gimli Ice Festival! This annual event has fun activities for the whole family in various locations on the ice of Lake Winnipeg. Events include mini-sled racing, snow sculpting, baking auction, Viking Indoor Village Life Display, bannock and tea, kids ice fishing, a frozen fish toss and the Fire On Ice car racing championship.
Set out on a thrilling quest with Chimerica
February 24 to March 19
John Hirsch Mainstage
Chimerica tells the story behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. The day after the massacre of Tiananmen Square in 1989, rookie photographer and journalist Joe Schofield captured an image of a lone protester confronting a tank. It was a photograph that would go down in history. The lesser known story is 20 years later when Joe receives news that the Tank Man might still be alive, sending him on a personal quest of truth and ethics.
Wander through an icy wonderland at The Great Ice Show
Starting January 25
It’s finally here! After much anticipation, the Forks has been transformed into an icy wonderland that you have to see to believe. Explore every inch of this artistic achievement and see a wide variety of sculpted animals, a huge toboggan slope, igloos and an enormous ice replica of the Manitoba Legislative Building! There’s something for everyone at The Great Ice Show.
Plus, flying down the ice slide at night feels like you’re in a colourful video game!
Cheer your heart out at the good ol’ hockey game
March 1, 3, 5, 6
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice for a series of hometown games. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like Shark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.
Nurture your creativity at a film festival
March 6 to 13
It’s a big year for the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages. With 20 years under its belt, this year’s festival features an outstanding lineup of films from over 11 countries. If your child dreams of becoming the next big thing in movie production, this is the festival to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops on everything from animation to storyboards. Step aside, Spielberg.
Take to the ice on bike
Cyclists of all levels and ages can join into this race. The 16th annual Ice Bike features snow, ice, gravel, pavement – even an abominable yeti! In short, this race will contain just about everything you could encounter on a ride in Winnipeg.
Reel in a big one and win
It’s ice fishing derby season in Manitoba, and now is the best time to show off your angler skills and win big prizes. Compete with other anglers for more than $25,000 in prizes at the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby on March 5. The derby is a fun filled, family oriented day of ice fishing on the Winnipeg River. Another option is the Pelican Lake Ice Fishing Derby, taking place in the northern basic of Pelican Lake on March 5.
Become a whisky connoisseur
Explore and appreciate more than 100 varieties of Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee and Canadian whiskies at the Winnipeg Whisky Festival! Along with the wide array of whiskies, you will also enjoy a diverse selection of mouthwatering cuisine available throughout the entire evening,and all attendees will receive a souvenir Glencairn Whisky Glass.
See photography through new perspective
February 20 to September 18
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
One of the most visually inspiring temporary exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was created by artists who cannot see. Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists will open visitors’ eyes to how blind artists “see” and capture images in ways that the sighted cannot.
Sight Unseen is the first museum exhibition in the world to use 3D Photoworks imagery, which creates a rich, three-dimensional experience, and allows people to see in a new way – through their fingertips.
Tromp though Spruce Woods
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Ever find yourself lost and hungry in Spruce Woods Provincial Park? Let that be a thing of the past. Join a Park Interpreter and wander through Spruce Woods in search of medicinal and edible plants. End your trek with some teas made with wild edibles. Cheers.
Be mesmerized by Giselle
Various locations and dates
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s new season begins with one of the greatest ballets of the Romantic Era. With over 170 years of history, Giselle is a haunting tale of broken hearts, shattered dreams and ultimately, forgiveness. When Giselle is driven to her untimely death, she must enter the moonlit forest to the spirit world of abandoned brides. After her lover visits her grave, only Giselle’s love can save him from the deathly dance of the spirit world. See Giselle at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in Brandon on March 5 and at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg from March 1 to 2.