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

WSO Winnipeg New Music Festival at the Centennial concert hall

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

Ice Castles at The Forks, Winnipeg

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

ShanleyFest at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

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

Dessert - Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg

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

Brandon Westman Multicultural Festival

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

Photos at Daly House Museum

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

Windmill Mennonite Heritage Village Museum

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, clarinet in the woods 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

Viterra Men's Provincial Curling Championship

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

Salt Water Moon, Prairie Theatre Exchange

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

Anastassia at Pantages Playhouse Theatre

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

People enjoying an evening art show at Lantern Gallery

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

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District

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

People enjoying the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspeil, The Forks

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

Fire & Ice Yoga on a Frozen Lake at FortWhyte Alive

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

Scene from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

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.

Stop by Oak Hammock

February 4 Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

There’s a lot going on at Oak Hammock Marsh this weekend. Take your pick of activities, which also include decoy carving and bannock battles. Grab a few friends and family members and make an outing of it.