Are you on the edge of your seat yet? Spring is only days away and we’re looking forward to seeing every colour of the rainbow (especially green – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) rise from a blanket of white. Goodbye winter, hello tulips and crisp spring mornings. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Sample food and beverages from local artisans
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
Taste, celebrate and buy local at the 4th annual #LoveLocalMB event! Savour some delicious delectables by a few of Manitoba’s best food and beverage artisans while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening.
Drink the town green on St. Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day, do as the leprechauns would do and take a tour of the province’s gold mines and awesome pubs! These mischief-makers are drawn to gold, lucky charms, rainbows and all things green, making Manitoba quite the destination for the Irish fairies. Here are our suggestions for a leprechaun’s tour of Manitoba, complete with St. Paddy’s Day pin ideas for this year’s celebrations!
Help a town find its missing doctor
On until March 18
Think polar bears are your biggest worry out in Churchill, Manitoba? The Flats begs to differ. Or should we say Les Flats? This dark comedy, which began its run at the Prairie Theatre Exchange continues at Cercle Molière and seeks to uncover exactly what happened to the town’s doctor after he goes inexplicably missing. Join the cast as they venture out onto the edge of Hudson’s Bay and discover some of the town’s more unusual residents, its well-kept secrets, and even conjure up a few of its ghosts.
Experience the culture of northern Manitoba
March 19 to 27
Various venues, Churchill
Watch the skies dance and experience the culture, history and heritage of northern Manitoba at Aurora Winterfest. This annual event showcases traditional winter activities like snowshoe racing, dog mushing, snow carving, and also features local artists showcasing their skills in performances such as Aboriginal drumming, fiddling, square-dancing and jigging. Other events include aSnow Put Hunt, fireworks, Guitar Hero Challenge and a Lundie/Spence hockey social.
Stay until the bitter end
On until April 8
John Hirsch Mainstage
Bittergirl: The Musical begs the question: How do you get over getting dumped? Whether you’ve been dumped or been the dumper, Bittergirl tells the achingly familiar tale of the bond formed between three women who have all been ditched by their dream man.
Get jazzy in Brandon
March 16 to 18
Various venues, Brandon
Enjoy some toe-tapping, smile-inducing music this week at the Brandon Jazz Festival! Originating in 1983, the festival is an educational forum where young musicians perform and receive feedback on their playing and singing from top professional musicians as well as educators from across Canada and the United States.
Look into the future of Canada’s natural resources
On until March 18
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
What forces are shaping the future of our natural resources? The Watershed investigates just that as a Montreal theatre artist leads her family on a cross-country journey in a highly political time, encountering freshwater scientists, government officials and activists along the way.
Fish ’til you drop in Falcon Lake
West side of Falcon Lake
Cast your line through the ice to try your hand at winning big at the at the 12th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-off. There’s $40,000 in prizes to be won! Hot food and drinks will be served all day on the ice by Danny’s Whole Hog.
Take a closer look at the effects of Confederation
On until 2018
Legacies of Confederation at the Manitoba Museum explores the reactions of Red River residents when their homeland was purchased by Canada. While Manitoba was not yet a province in 1867, the effects of Confederation were momentous. See iconic artifacts from times past including the seldom seen walking stick used by Louis Riel and a Treaty document dating to 1875.
Tap into your imagination at Baobab
On until March 19
Manitoba Theatre Centre for Young People, Winnipeg
Let your imagination run wild at Baobab, an extraordinary performance that blends African music with puppetry, drums, song and incredible shadow theatre. The stunning West African legend celebrates the joy of passing down traditions from one generation to the next.
Be amazed by The Peking Acrobats
Club Regent Casino Event Centre, Winnipeg
Think you know acrobatics? Think again. The Peking Acrobats have redefined the art of acrobatics with daring maneuvers of trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics, pushing the limits of gravity, contortion and human ability.
Discover agriculture in the city
March 17 to 18
The Forks Market, Winnipeg
Touch and taste what’s new in agriculture at Agriculture in the City. It’s a FREE, three-day event that offers the public a chance to explore the vibrant and innovative world of agriculture and its impact on our lives and well-being. There are interactive displays and live demonstrations taking place daily.
Reach new heights in St. Boniface
Saturdays and Sundays
141 Messager Street, Winnipeg
What’s lurking at the far north end of Taché? A massive ice wall, that’s what! Located in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, the Club d’escalade de Saint-Boniface will help you reach new heights that aren’t all too common in our province. The 3-sided ice tower offers a variety of ice climbing with different degrees of difficulty and is open every Saturday and Sunday between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm for drop ins. Equipment is available free of charge!
Take the polar bear dare
Lac du Bonnet
Ready? Set? Plunge! The 6th Annual “Freezin” for a Reason (in support of KidSport) challenges participants to jump into the frigid Manitoba water – and yes, costumes are encouraged. Will you take the polar bear dare?
Enter into a dynamic sonic experience at Cluster
March 10 to 18
Contemporary art and sound come to a head at Cluster, one of Canada’s most dynamic festivals of the arts. Artists gather at Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival to create, experiment and collaborate with the energy of converging artistic communities. Venues around Winnipeg host sonic experiences that will strike audiences in the heart and mind.
Be inspired by the women pioneers of aviation
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays | 2:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
It was during the romantic age of flight when women began to spread their wings and take to the sky. But the freedom women found in flight was not unlimited, as they could not yet make it a career. It took women pioneers of aviation more than 50 years to push open all of the career cockpit doors. Head to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada to discover the first women who flew in war and those who even blasted off beyond our planet Earth.
Take your comedy with a dose of classical music
March 17 to 19
Centennial Concert Hall
Comedy and classical music CAN mix! The legendary Second City comedy theatre is teaming up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for a hit show filled with sketch comedy, satire, songs and amazing classical music. Be warned: Nothing is safe or sacred in this hilarious performance.