Good music and great food. Two of life’s greatest gifts and lucky for you, you can find them both right here in Manitoba and then some. This week, Manitoba just keeps on giving and you’re definitely in for a week filled with activities to pique the senses and have you begging for more. Here’s what’s hot.
Unpack the genius of the New Music Festival
January 29 to February 2 various venues, Winnipeg
Music is the food of life. And play on it will over five days during the Winnipeg New Music Festival. This festival unites artists across Canada and around the world for a time of creativity and new encounters! This year’s festival will feature performances by renowned composer Philip Glass.
Explore the fantastical Ice Castles
January 29 to February 3 The Forks, Winnipeg
Think winter wonderlands, twinkling lights and magical structures and the Ice Castles at The Forks come quickly to mind. These ice-sculpted pieces won’t be around for much longer though, so don’t miss your chance to experience this fantastical creation.
Celebrate the works of playwright Patrick Shanley
January 30 to February 18 various venues
The Master Playwright Festival celebrates the works of distinguished playwrights in a three-week production featuring professional and emerging artists. This year’s festival brings the works of renowned playwright Patrick Shanley to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s stage and venues across the city. As part of Shanleyfest, the tragic comedy Outside Mullingar, which focuses on a land feud between two Irish families in a farming community, will begin its run on February 1 at Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Dine fine on a budget
February 1 to 11 various venues, Winnipeg
You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate good cuisine. Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg offers the perfect opportunity to experience good food by 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.
Quell curiosities with cuisine and culture
February 1 to 3 various venues, Brandon
Curious about the cultures and cuisines of the world, but can’t quite get around to taking that trip to explore them firsthand? The Westman Multicultural Festival brings some of these cultures right to your doorstep. Treat yourself to the culinary arts of India, Honduras, Mexico and many other cultures along with lively music and dance.
Start a conversation with an artist
Ongoing Sam Waller Museum, The Pas
Head to the Sam Waller Museum this week as guest artist Karen Astrid Clark exhibits her work Trying So Hard to be So Hard/Hard Kids. The artist’s series of portraits in batik are meant to be catalysts for conversation in an effort to awaken empathy for her subjects.
Discover a century’s worth of photography in one day
Ongoing Daly House Museum, Brandon
Take a journey in time with the Daly House Museum and discover the evolution of photography at Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba. This exhibit features a collection of images believed to have been taken by former Brandon Sun owner and editor, J.B. Whitehead, from 1903-1937.
Learn about storied pasts
Ongoing Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories at the in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.
Stoke your passion for Indigenous art
January 29 St. Andrews Rectory, St. Andrews
If you have a passion for Indigenous art and the history surrounding it, then you’ll be in good company with Sylvia Dreaver of the Mistawasis First Nation when she leads a discussion for the Rectory’s winter Theory Round Table this evening.
Head to Rumor’s for some comic relief
Comedian Graham Clark website
January 30 to February 4 Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
Comedian Graham Clark has been featured on so many stages, that we simply won’t be able to list them all here. The good news, however, is that he’s bringing his uncanny ability to make people laugh to the Rumor’s stage this week.
Pick a day, or five of bonspiels
January 30 to February 4 Winkler Arena, Winkler
Make an outing of the Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship at the Winkler Arena, which runs for five days, which should give you ample time to take in one or more of these bonspiels.
Explore love and loss at a PTE play
January 30 to February 11 Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Explore the themes of love and loss as one couple seeks to discover whether their former flame can even be rekindled. Salt-Water Moon plays at the Prairie Theatre Exchange under award-winning director Ravi Jain.
Celebrate the Anastasia story
February 2 Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg
Canada’s Ballet celebrates the 100th year of the Anastasia story and 10 years of its grand production. For one night only, be a part of the experience at Pantages Playhouse Theatre.
Get your fill of realism art
February 2 to March 3 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg
If you enjoy realism art, then you won’t want to miss LANTERN’s presentation In Our Nature, which opens on Friday with a public reception. Some of Canada’s most accomplished artists will be featured at the exhibit, which runs until March 3.
Discover a new Exchange artist
February 2 Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday…finally. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District for First Fridays. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.
Support a cause and have some fun
February 2 to 4 The Forks, Winnipeg
Help raise some funds for a good cause while having a bit of fun in the process. Don’t miss this year’s annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel presented by Subaru for the Heart & Stroke Foundation right here at The Forks.
Add some fire + ice to your winter
February 3 FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
FortWhyte Alive’s Fire + Ice Yoga Festival is back for those in search of a quiet way to connect with nature. Celebrate 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.
Stumble into Narnia
February 3 and 4 MTYP, Winnipeg
The Chronicles of Narnia makes its way to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People stage as the Pevensie siblings stumble their way through a wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia in this retelling of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Take up a new hobby
February 4 Birds Hill Provincial Park, Birds Hill
Picture it. Mountains covered in snow and you, decked in your warmest gear while taking in the breathtaking landscape for miles and miles while skiing. OK! So maybe you’re not quite there yet, but with a few ski classes at Birds Hill Provincial Park this could get you one step closer to that picture in your head. Bring your gear along and get yourself registered for one of the park’s clinics.