Want to get to the heart of Manitoba’s identity? While we could tell you that it is the diversity of its multicultural society, or the many ways in which culture manifests itself through art, music, cuisine and adventure, the best way for you to truly experience Manitoba is by exploring the province yourself. We offer no set terms or conditions by which to do so. Rather, we only offer some ideas to stoke the fires of your imagination to get you out and about and on your way to discovery.
Admire design details of the river trail warming huts
Red River Mutual Trail, Winnipeg
The weather outside has been served up the perfect conditions in the nick of time to get you hitting the trails once again. After being closed for a few days, the trails are open and dotted with designer warming huts for those moments when you want to take a rest, or simply admire the details in the designs. And if you have little to no experience in the way of ice skating, best to rent a pair of skates at The Forks from Iceland Skate Rentals.
Dine in the city on a budget
Feb 6 to 12
Various locations, Winnipeg
You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate good cuisine. There’s just a certain je ne sais quoi about a meal prepared with love and served with joy. This week, Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg continues and is your perfect opportunity to experience good food, and unspeakable joy – mostly because you’ll have a hard time putting your fork down – by the hands of some of the city’s best chefs in some of the finest restaurants. What’s even better, you get to experience culinary genius in a three-course meal at a reasonable price.
Help a town find its missing doctor
Feb 6 to 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Think polar bears are your biggest worry out in Churchill, Manitoba? The Flats begs to differ. This dark comedy seeks to uncover exactly what happened to the town’s doctor after he goes inexplicably missing. Join the cast of The Flats at the Prairie Theatre Exchange as they venture out onto the edge of Hudson Bay and they discover some of the town’s more unusual residents, its well-kept secrets, and even conjure up a few of its ghosts. This production, which has been running for the last two weeks, ends on Sunday.
Visually reflect on Canada’s beauty
Feb 6 to 24
McFeetors Centre, Holland
Accomplished, full-time Winnipeg-based photographer Mike Grandmaison takes his show on the road to McFeetors Centre in Holland for his Natural Reflections photography exhibit where his love of Canada will be on display. And considering Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the timing couldn’t be better.
Take a journey back to Brandon of old
Feb 6 to Mar 18
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
Take a journey back in time with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and witness how the city of Brandon was shaped by an era. Through the Lens is a collection of local, private, and public photographs, which gives insight into life in Brandon during World War I. The exhibit illustrates stories of life, loss and love in a trying time. And as you witness Brandon’s history unfold, stop by the art gallery’s To Bury the Sun exhibit, which also journeys to the past, filling in the gaps of official history records through archival images, family photographs, and works by artists Dianne Bos, Sarah Crawley, and Steve Gouthro.
Take in the vast landscape of the prairies
Feb 6 to Mar 24
Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery, Portage la Prairie
The Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery puts the talents of local artist Faye Hildebrand on display in its latest exhibit, Prairie Mountains. The artist, whose works are predominantly created using acrylic paints and pencil, gives her audience a youthful and expressionistic glimpse into life on the prairies, displaying the vastness of the landscape and the beauty of its seasons and varied weather.
Treat yourself to a double dose of rock and folk
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
If you’re in the mood for classic rock ‘n’ roll with some good old English folk thrown in to the mix, then you’ll be in for a double treat when The Arkells, along with special guests Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls take to the stage of Centennial Concert Hall. These bands have been on the road together touring, making lasting memories and great music for their fans. Winnipeg will be no different as each group promises to bring its A-game and kindred connection to the stage.
Witness 10 musicians on one stage
Salle Antoine-Gaborieau, Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
Mardi Jazz is on again and this time, the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain will host not one, not two, but 10 Winnipeg jazz musicians all on one stage. The Winnipeg Jazz Collective features 10 of Manitoba’s best emerging young jazz musicians who perform original and contemporary compositions from Canadian jazz composers. And this show promises to be a special one as the band will debut its new pianist, Jeff Presslaff, and will also feature three brand new tunes written by members of the collective.
Gain a comedic outlook on life
Feb 7 to 11
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
For a hearty laugh and a few interesting observations about life and relationships, join Winnipeg comedian and writer Jordan Welwood as he headlines at Rumor’s Comedy Club this week. Welwood has opened for some of the best acts in the business, and his animated performances make him a more-than-worthy headliner. Martha Kelly, who is based out of Texas, and has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and stars opposite Zach Galifianakis in Baskets will also take to the Rumor’s stage this week.
Pick a day, or five of bonspiels
PCU Centre, Portage la Prairie
Two weeks ago, we featured the Women’s Provincial Championship. Now, it’s the men’s turn. Luckily for you, you get to sit back – or at the edge of your seat depending on how invested you are in the game – and watch your favourite team do all the sweeping. Make an outing of the Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship at the PCU Centre, which runs for five days and should give you ample time to take in one or more of these bonspiels.
Solve ever-thickening plots at Christiefest
Royal MTC, various venues
For the last 17 winters, the Master Playwright Festival has celebrated the works of distinguished playwrights in an 18-day production featuring professional and emerging artists. This year’s festival brings the works of best-selling novelist and renowned playwright Agatha Christie to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s stage and venues across the city. As plots thicken, and suspense grows, you can be a part of the mystery as it unfolds, even solving a few of the whodunits yourself.
Observe Manitoba’s contribution to Canada’s legacy
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Canada has come a long way since 1867. But for a look into just how far the country has come and Manitoba’s role in shaping the Canada we know today, The Manitoba Museum will exhibit Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History, from its fur-trading days, to its mass influx of settlers, from its wetland ecology, to its fertile farmland, its railways and the explosion of Winnipeg as an urban hub.
Celebrate 150 boldly and classically
Celebrate Canada’s 150 with Brandon’s very own Juno-nominated composer Patrick Carrabré. The Lorne Watson Recital Hall at Brandon University is the place to be if you’re in search of a bold, modern celebration that is classically Canadian!
Listen to The Small Glories make magical music
Community Centre/High School, Pinawa
Magic doesn’t only come from the wave of a wand or out of a magician’s hat. It lives in stories told and music shared. And on February 10, the Winnipeg-based folk performers Cara Luft and JD Edwards, who make up the dynamic duo, The Small Glories will be creating their own special kind of magic when they perform in Pinawa.
Dine somewhere different
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
Dine somewhere different this week with a visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Donburi Lunch. With reasonable prices and a variety of options to choose from, picking just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.
Get a taste of contemporary flair with ensemble mosaik
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg
Experience raw talent and bold creativity at its best with Berlin-based group, ensemble mosaik. Renowned in Germany for its contemporary flair, and adventurous, experimental formations, this ensemble of instrumentalists and composers takes to the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall stage for another one of its stunning performances presented by GroundSwell.
Watch a perfect storm unfold
Feb 10, 11
Kenmor Theatre, Morden
Expect drama galore when I’ll Get My Man plays at Kenmor Theatre in Morden. As TV sensation Peter Graham seeks refuge in a country rectory, where his uncle resides from the continued pursuit of female suitors, Uncle Humphrey is advertising for a wife, as he fears he is about to lose his housekeeper. These two events create a perfect storm of drama and even see the arrival of the Bishop of Lax, adding to all the confusion.
Have a winter-wonderful weekend at RMNP
Various Venues, Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park is gearing up for a three-day weekend of winter activities for its 7th annual Winter Adventure Weekend. There will be lots to do, from boot hockey to quinzhee building, from trail to cross-country skiing. This year’s event will also see the addition of a Heritage Hockey game presented by Parks Canada. And of course, no winter weekend event would be complete without the grub. Get ready to feast on chili, southern-style barbecue, and snack on S’mores.
See what’s new in the outdoors world
Red River Ex, Winnipeg
If you’re in the market for what’s new and happening in the way of outdoor gear, products and services, the Manitoba Outdoors Show is one event you’re not going to want to miss. This event covers just about everything outdoors: from archery to plant nurseries, from bird watching to ultimate Frisbee and everything in-between. There will be demonstrations and Danny’s barbecue on site.
Grab the mic at the Manitou Opera House
Manitou Opera House, Manitou
Make a new discovery or embrace an old favourite at the Manitou Coffeehouse open-mic event. The atmosphere promises to be one of warmth, and the air guarantees to be one filled with light-hearted laughter.
Choose your spectrum of outdoor activity
Feb 11, 12
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
FortWhyte Alive always has a great lineup of events, but this week, we’ve chosen two that we think meet the needs of those in search of a quiet way to connect with nature and those who prefer an adrenaline-infused outdoor experience. This Saturday, FortWhyte Alive will hold its Fire & Ice Yoga Festival. The festival celebrates winter with yoga for all skill levels led by yogis on the frozen lake. A cozy fire, marshmallows, and wildcrafted tea will be served after practice. If you fall on the more adventurous side of the spectrum, then you should be a part of the revolution. The fat bike revolution, that is. FortWhyte Alive will be the venue for fat bike racing, hosted by 2 Wheel Revolution. Get first dibs on the action and be at the centre of all the fun in a race that takes you across the frozen lakes and through FortWhyte’s forests on your fat bike.
Take in a romantic showpiece
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg and
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it comes the chocolates, roses and everything heart-shaped. We’ve added our own little 💗 to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Romantic Melody featuring Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 at Centennial Concert Hall and Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. This romantic showpiece is filled with dashing themes and is the perfect segue-way into the day of love.
Add a twist of horror to your Valentine’s Day
Feb 11, 12
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Do Valentine’s with a twist if you dare; a twist of horror, to be more precise. RBC Convention Centre will be hosting the second annual St. Valentine’s Horror Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo. Dress to impress and be prepared to be shocked beet red or scared ghostly white as you nab some of the best horror comics, costumes and collectibles you can find!
Pop in at a pop-up market
Union Station (Via Rail), Winnipeg
Have you ever entered the doors of Union Station, looked up and felt as if you had entered another world in a different time? Well, on February 12, you’ll have the chance, not only to experience the beauty of Union Station, but to do so while shopping. For one day only, the station will be transformed for a Valentine Pop-Up Farmers’ Market where food, craft, clothing and art will be on sale by local vendors. If you’re in search of a Valentine’s Day gift of a different kind, this may very well be the place to score such a find.
Take the family to Spruce Woods’ Winter Games
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
It’s wintertime, and with it comes the Winter Games at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Bring the entire family along for a mix of traditional Indigenous, Inuit, and Métis games and modern-day fun. There will also be a tour of the park centre’s exhibits and tipi.
Enjoy some feel-good rock music
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
Since the release of its fifth studio album Grace Street, just a mere week ago, Big Wreck has been busy hitting the roads of Canada, spreading its feel-good outpouring of rock music along with opening band, the Ascot Royals. This weekend, Big Wreck will be making a pit stop in Winnipeg at the Burton Cummings Theatre, but only for one night! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the celebration and one of the first to hear the band’s latest offering, which is already off to a promising start.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day en Rose
Winnipeg Art Gallery
What’s more romantic than a Valentine’s Day melody en français? This weekend, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be holding its own celebration of love, La Vie en Rose, with local vocal sensations Andrina Turenne and Ariane Jean. The chanteuses will bring the best of both worlds and languages singing in English and in French.