It’s a little hard to fathom that January is almost over. Hopefully you’ve had an exciting month of getting out and enjoying winter in all its glory and splendour – be it at an indoor event, or basking in an outdoor activity. If not, lucky for you, there is still lots of time to get your winter on. This week, we’ve got a wonderful lineup of amusement, music and musing to keep you busy. And we give you full permission to enjoy every single activity you put on your list!
Explore different genres of music
Jan 25 to 29
Your ticket to big-city fun just got a little bit bigger! Get ready to enjoy the Big Fun Festival at various venues across downtown Winnipeg this week. Whatever your preferred style of music, this festival has got you covered with Manitoba’s up and coming talents and a multi-genre offering which includes everything from punk to hip-hop to folk and whatever else you may fancy in-between. This winter festival opens on Wednesday evening with multiple events throughout downtown Winnipeg, and culminates with a matinee folk breakfast show on the Sunday.
Calm your curiosities about a few cultures and cuisines
Jan 26 to 28
Curious about the cultures and cuisines of the world, but can’t quite get around to taking that trip to explore them firsthand? Well, the Westman Multicultural Festival, formerly known as the Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival, brings some of these cultures right to your doorstep without you ever having to leave the comforts of Manitoba. This year’s festival will feature pavilions from England, Honduras, Ireland, Mauritius, Philippines, Scotland and Ukraine with lively music and dance, delicious food and drink.
Discover a monster of a different kind at MTS
Jan 28, 29
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
If you’re looking for action on wheels, served with a shot of adrenaline, and topped up by gravity-defying feats, then you’re ready for a Monster Jam weekend at the MTS Centre. This event is by no means for the faint of heart and with Monster Jam celebrating 25 years in the business of leaving its audiences on the edge of their seats, this show promises to be even more scintillating.
Celebrate music at the Winnipeg New Music Festival
Jan 28-Feb 3
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg
Music is the food of life. And play on it will for seven days straight in celebration of everything that is wonderful and beautiful during the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Now in its 26th edition, the festival unites artists from the province, Canada, and around the world for a time of creativity, new encounters and great food!
Learn about ‘playborhoods’ at the WAG
The Art in Bloom series continues at the WAG with PlaceMakers Managing Director Hazel Borys, as she explores the connection between bio-electromagnetics and nature’s healing. Borys, through her talk, hopes to inspire Winnipeggers to reconnect with nature, while creating active, connected “playborhoods”.
Ride the Edge with Kathy Levandoski
Jan 23 to Feb 3
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to view the prairies through the eyes of an artist, now’s your chance. Part and parcel of the Manitoban identity, artist Kathy Levandoski captures the essence of the prairies and its beauty in her latest exhibit, Riding the Edge. Levandoski explores a 20-mile stretch that connects Riding Mountain and Laurier in her latest works, focusing on the landscape, its seasons, and constantly shifting weather. What’s even more exciting is Levandoski’s intimacy with her subject matter that reflects her passion for the place she calls home.
Be blown away by Janice Finlay
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
When talent meets versatility, you end up with the likes of Janice Finlay, and this Tuesday, Mardi Jazz is giving you the opportunity to witness her in action. Finlay, who plays the flute, clarinet and just about every instrument in the saxophone family is set to wow and we think you should give yourself the chance to be blown away.
Catch your breath at a comedy show
Jan 24 to 28
Rumor’s Comedy Club
Looking for a laugh…or two? Rumor’s Comedy Club might have just the gig – or gigs – to leave you in stitches and begging for more…or less; well at least till you catch your breath. This week, the club features up and coming comedian Ben Walker, whose quick and off-the-cuff style has proven to be a winner among audiences. Mark Normand has been described as fun-loving and “the best joke in the city”, opening for the likes of Amy Schumer and John Oliver.
Support your favourite women’s curling team
Jan 24 to 29
Eric Coy Arena
Up for a good bonspiel this week? Well you’re in luck. Eric Coy Arena is the place to be for the best of the best in women’s curling. The province’s top teams will converge on Winnipeg for a chance to represent Manitoba in this year’s Women’s Provincial Curling Championship. Get out there and support your favourite team!
Take a big gulp of fresh air
Jan 25 to 29
Ahh! FortWhyte Alive, the perfect place to go for a big gulp of fresh air, a lesson on the solar system, a unique approach to yoga, a Nordic walk, or snowshoeing for mom and baby. And that’s only a fraction of what you can do should you stop by this natural wonder. This week, there’s an activity for just about everyone, in just about every age group on just about every day.
Help a town find its missing doctor
Jan 25 to Feb 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange
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’s 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.
Fall prey to the temptations of a puppet
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
If you’re one of those who think that the devil is some scary guy with horns and a pitchfork, you’d be profoundly mistaken. Au contraire, he’s really a little hand puppet carried around by a teenage boy, with a dark mind and disturbingly delightful, quick-witted personality all his own. Hand to God follows Jason in his attempt to be the good son to his mother who leads a Christian puppet ministry, but is miserably failing thanks to his animated sock puppet, Tyrone.
Reminisce about a fairytale
Jan 26, 27
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas
Fairytales are equally intriguing to the young and the young at heart and Winnipeg-based artist Shelley Vanderbyl’s Memory Tales exhibit sparks the same excitement and intrigue for anyone who has the chance to see her work come to life. Vanderbyl, encourages her audience to take a trip down memory lane to their very own fond memories and experiences with fairytales – a perfect opportunity to explore your inner child at the Sam Waller Museum for just two more days.
Get an introduction to artistic chaos
Jan 26, 27
Golden Prairie Arts Council Gallery, Carman
How do you handle chaos? One artist, Brenna George, has created her own unique brand of coping skills by applying it to her artwork, creating her own little masterpieces by interpreting tangled vegetation in two ways: organizing the chaos around her by day, or letting the chaos take control by night. Each painting is then put side by side for the audience to experience and interpret the differences that each scene illustrates. For your own view into George’s chaotic artistry, the Golden Prairie Arts Council Gallery will feature her works for two nights.
Treat yourself to a fish fry supper
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler
It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve made it through another work week. Whew! We think you should reward yourself with a visit to the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum and a tasty, homemade fish fry supper. The mouth-watering menu options will be more than enough to satisfy any weekend appetite, while the company of family and friends guarantees everyone will have a good ole time.
Learn ‘All AbOut Us’ with SOSA
Jan 27 to Feb 7
Upon the heels of its successful member exhibitions at the Rainbow Resource Centre, The Society of OutStanding Arists is going bold and brave with its first public venue exhibit at Cre8ery in its presentation All AbOut Us. Participating artists include Meaghan Burton, Tim Haughian, Simon Jardine, Marcus Matheson, Susan Mulvaney, Vivian M. Muska, and Laurie Smith.
Laugh till you cry at Legion Hall
Legion Hall, McCreary
We’re not quite sure what it is about this week in particular, but there’s no shortage of events to get you rolling with laughter and maybe even shedding a few tears of joy. We’ve got yet another comedy event on the agenda for you. The Burrows Trail Arts Council of McCreary will present Comedy at the Legion with featured artists Dean Jenkinson and Ashley Burdett. The event will be emceed by Winnipeg Comedy Festival founder, Lara Rae for yet another chance for you to get your laugh on.
Pack a bag and head to Minnedosa
Jan 27, 28
Valley Paradise, Minnedosa
Ladies, the weekend is just around the corner and we’ve got the perfect excuse for you to grab your essentials, pack a bag and retreat from city life and breathe in the fresh Minnedosa air while taking in the sounds and scenery during the town’s Valley Paradise Weekend. This event has a little bit of just about everything you’re going to need to recharge those batteries in time for the coming week. Whether your passion is food, yoga, art, or all-round health and wellness, you’ll be well taken care of mind, body and soul.
Mix things up with RWB
Jan 27, 28
Pantages Playhouse Theatre
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is back with its Mixed Programme. Set to the music of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and choreographed by Mark Godden, this presentation encapsulates the beauty, creativity and simplicity of the RWB’s Angels in the Architecture, while pairing it with the energy and exuberance of Celts which fuses ballet, modern, classical and Irish folk dance, and is set to a pastiche score by The Chieftains, Mason Daring, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelan and Celtic Thunder. And if you’re thinking that the ballet couldn’t get any better than this, you’d be in for a big surprise and treat when The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude puts on its breathtaking display set to the final movement of Schubert’s Symphony #9.
Build a rocket at the Royal Aviation Museum
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum has got the perfect activity for the science enthusiasts in your life! Discover some fun facts about rockets with the entire family at the museum’s Aeronautical Workshop: Rockets. You will even get the chance to build your own air-powered paper model of the Bristol Aerospace Black Brant Rocket and launch it from the rafters of the display hangar.
Gain a new winter pastime
Oak Hammock Marsh
Want to know how to experience winter in all its white, wonderful splendour? Oak Hammock Marsh has a few ideas in mind to help you do just that. Join winter enthusiast, Dusty Molinski, as he introduces you to his passion of snowshoeing. With so many options of snowshoes to choose, from babiche to carbon fiber, you’re bound to pick up a few tricks and learn something completely new about this pastime. And when you’ve finished learning about snowshoeing and trying it out yourself through the marsh, treat yourself to a seat by the fireside and a hot chocolate to get you warmed up. Take the entire family along for this one!
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 laughter.
Envision yourself on a cross-country skiing adventure
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Picture it. Mountains covered in snow and bright, sunny skies. You’re decked out in your warmest gear and striding forward – or side to side – while taking in the breathtaking landscape for miles and miles. OK! So maybe you’re not quite there yet, but you can certainly envision yourself in such a setting. With a few ski classes at Birds Hill Park this picture we’ve helped you paint in your head might actually be closer to reality than you think. Bring your gear along and get yourself registered for one of the park’s clinics.
Get ready to rock with the Bubble Guppies
January 28, 29
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
With two shows set to take the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and Burton Cummings Theatre by storm, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to take the kids on this fun-loving, learning-filled musical adventure. Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock will be making a splash this weekend as they embark on an adventure unlike any other in search of their friend and band member. Your kids are guaranteed to have a night filled with interaction, laughs, song and dance, so much so, they may find it hard to say goodnight at the end of the show.
Pet a Siberian Husky at the WAG
Grab the family and head to the WAG for a chill Sunday…literally. For this event, you have permission to keep your snow gear on for a journey north to the rooftop of the WAG. The Family Sunday: Arctic Chill Out event will feature three areas of fun, fun, fun that every member of the family can enjoy. Build an igloo, help build a snow fort, or play with some Siberian Huskies. If it gets too chilly – although we doubt you’ll notice since you’ll be having so much fun – you can venture inside to warm up with a serving of bannock and tea. There will also be an animal puppet-making event and scavenger hunt through the Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic exhibition.