Do you know what today is? It’s the first day of spring! And while we had a ball falling in love with winter, it is time to bid our fair friend adieu…until the next time. Now, we’re looking forward to the brilliant bloom of flowers and all the shades of greenery. And just in time for spring’s birthday is this week’s list of what’s hot. Here we go…
Forget mad, get bitter
On until April 8
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Dumped by the guy you thought was your knight in shining armor? Forget crying about it. Rather, get two of your best friends for moral support and sing your way to brighter, bitter days. Bittergirl: The Musical continues its hilariously relatable run at John Hirsch Mainstage this week.
See a restoration comedy
On until March 25
John J. Conklin Theatre, Winnipeg
And if you want to keep the laughs going, head on over to John J. Conklin Theatre at the Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall for a bawdy, exuberant presentation of The Rover by the Black Hole Theatre Company. Join two Spanish sisters on their adventures through Naples during the carnival as they don disguises and flirt with the rover Willmore and colonel Belvile, and all before taking that proverbial walk down the aisle.
Take in the best of a Northern festival
March 19 to 27
Various venues, Churchill
Experience culture in true Northern fashion at the Aurora Winterfest. Get ready for a fun-filled time of snowshoe racing, dog mushing, snow carving. The work of local artists will also be on display. And if that’s not enough, you can also look forward to Aboriginal drumming, fiddling, square-dancing, jigging, a snow put hunt and fireworks.
Celebrate Mennonite history in Steinbach
March 20 to 24
The Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Take a trip out to The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach for Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women Exhibit. This exhibit tells the stories of the women who dared to go beyond their traditional roles of wife and mother and became influencers and activists in their own right. Beyond Tradition runs until April 28.
Listen to an improv jazz genius
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface
Master jazz musician Jon Gordon brings his talents to this week’s edition of Mardi Jazz. Get ready for a presentation of technical virtuosity flavoured by the improvisation genius himself in the Salle Antoine-Gaborieau, of the Centre Culturel franco-manitobain.
Have a laugh on Ms. Pat
Mar 21 to 25
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
With an impressive record in the comedy arena and over nine years in the industry, the one-woman show that is Ms. Pat makes its ways to Rumor’s Comedy Club. Get ready for five nights and seven shows of in-your-face honesty and a truly unique brand of humour.
Watch a father-son duo perform
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
The West End Cultural Centre together with Winnipeg Folk Festival will present the father-son duo Bill and Joel Plaskett. While the duo will perform music from their latest recording Solidarity, you can also expect some to hear some of Joel Plaskett’s hits from his extensive and outstanding catalogue of music. There will also be a guest performance by the Mayhemingways.
Celebrate musical firsts with Chris Stapleton
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
In the mood for some country? Well get ready for Chris Stapleton who also happens to be celebrating a few firsts. Not only will he be performing the hits of his debut album Traveller at the MTS Centre, we’re also one of his first tour stops. And if you’re also a fan of Lindi Ortega, you’ll be pleased to know that she will also be performing along with Stapleton on March 22.
Experience a comedic take on music
Avalon Theatre, Souris
If you’re looking for musical variety, look no further than the Avalon Theatre when it presents Jason Farnhan – An Evening of Piano. Expect to be entertained by Farnhan’s musical prowess, which features several genres, and his comedic antics.
Pick a day, or four, of bonspiels
Mar 23 to 26
Stonewall Curling Club, Stonewall
Up for a good bonspiel this week? Well you’re in luck. Stonewall Curling Club will be holding its Mixed Provincial Curling Championship over four days. 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.
Mar 23 to Apr 1
Asper Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg
If you’ve ever wanted to get a grasp on life from a different perspective, the Asper Jewish Community Centre is offering the chance to do just that with lighting designer and storyteller Itai Erdal. Erdal draws on his experiences from life in his birthplace Jerusalem, his hometown Vancouver, to caring for his terminally ill mother. His efforts to create an unpretentious, deeply touching masterpiece are now reflected in How to Disappear Completely.
Take in some Panicland at the West End
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
They’re young, they’re gifted and they make their own music. What’s more, they’re Winnipeg’s very own pop band. The rising stars of Panicland will take to the stage of the West End Cultural Centre to showcase their talents in a night of heart-throbbing hits.
Follow the prophet Elijah in a musical
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
If you were moved by the timeless masterpiece Handel’s Messiah, then Felix Mendelssohn’s early Romantic oratorio Elijah will likely inspire the same wave of emotions. The all-Manitoban cast recounts the story of the Biblical prophet with the magic of music and lively visuals at Centennial Concert Hall.
Take in a calm-meets-chaos comedy
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
For a modern-day dose of laughter served a few shades darker, join the “The Bitter Buddha” aka Eddie Pepitone live at The Park Theatre. Pepitone is known for his satire and calm-meets-chaos style. His body of work has been compared to the likes of Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles, and Eckhart Tolle.
Get some inspiration for a DIY
Mar 24 to 26
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
If you enjoy a good DIY project, then you may want to stop by Red River Exhibition Park for the Cottage Country’s Lake and Cabin Show. Now in its eighth year, this event is great place to get inspired for your next project from some of the best in the business, like the Brojects guys. If you’re interested in more recreational products, this show is also a great place to discover what’s new in the world of outdoor adventures.
Watch the World of Wheels roll into town
Mar 24 to 26
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
If cars are your passion, then get ready for the 43rd Annual Piston Ring’s World of Wheels. Manitoba’s premier rod and custom car show will be rolling into town this week at the RBC Convention Centre. There will also be a few special guests, including Dukes of Hazzards stars Catherine Bach and Tom Wopat.
Get enchanted by a fairytale
Mar 24 to 28
Forrest Nickerson Theatre, Winnipeg
The fairytale favourite Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will come to life at Forrest Nickerson Theatre, but only for five days. Take the kids for a time of enchantment and a faithful rendition of this classic.
Celebrate Cannes Lions creativity with an Encore
Mar 24 to 30
If you missed the Winnipeg premiere of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Cannes Lions, you can enjoy it this time around as the gallery presents Cannes Lions Encore, a special screening of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Celebrate award-winning commercials and the creativity of those selected from over 30,000 entries around the globe.
Admire the strength of a brushstroke
Mar 24 to Apr 23
Aboriginal art is known for its ability to inspire awe and Ojibway artist Leo Sweetpea’s Nielson work not only inspires, but conveys grace, strength and elegance with each brushstroke. For a full month, The Winnipeg Art Gallery will showcase Sweetpea’s paintings in its Gallery Shop.
Spend an activity-packed day in a wide open space
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, Winnipeg
Explore the wide open spaces of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western, take in a panoramic view of the airport runway, go on a scavenger hunt for eggs, craft yourself a flying device, play dress up, or take a tour. Whatever activity you choose to do with the family, it’s guaranteed to be a day well spent!
Get fishing at a derby
Narrows West Lodge Inc., The Narrows
Ice fishing season will soon be winding down, so if you haven’t had a chance to get out on the ice as yet, the Lake Manitoba Narrows Game and Fish Ice Fishing Derby is a great option to plug into your calendar. Cash prizes are up for grabs.
Discover the power of the human mind
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Discover the power of the mind, or fall under the soothing voice of hypnotist Ty Reveen who will take you on a “Superconscious Journey” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. And if the name sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because Ty Reveen has followed in the footsteps of his father The Great Reveen known for his dramatic presentations. The New Reveen Show promises to not only leave you entranced, but also to leave you in stitches.
Hunt for invaders
Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Learn all about invasive species and put your skills to the test in detecting a few at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Invading Pirates – Family Program is a scavenger hunt with a difference and comes with the reward of a campfire, free hot dogs and hot chocolate.
Go on a literary adventure
Travel Alcove – McNally Robinson, Winnipeg
Spend “An Evening with Christian Fink-Jensen”, co-author of Aloha Wanderwell: The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer. This book recounts the daring adventures of Winnipeg-born Idris Hall who, at 16, chooses to live a life full of world travel and exploration over being confined within the walls of a French convent school. This event takes places at the Travel Alcove, McNally Robinson.
Be the next country darling
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
Put your talents on display at William Glesby Centre for its first Annual Manitoba Country Voice Amateur Talent Contest. Who knows? Maybe you could be the next country darling!
Choose your activity at FortWhyte
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Get invigorated by life and nature on a Nordic walk through the grounds of FortWhyte Alive. It’s the perfect place to go for in search of a big gulp of fresh air and a reboot. This week, there’s an activity for just about everyone and every day of the week and just in time for spring break!
Take a trip to West Africa
Mar 25 & 26
Gain an appreciation for cultural traditions after a performance of Baobab. Take a trip to West Africa and explore a new culture and its traditions with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Baobob promises to captivate with its African musical blends, puppetry, drums and songs.
Get foolish at a festival
Mar 25 to 31
Festival of Fools
The Festival of Fools is making its fun, foolish return to The Forks Market where kids will be treated to a spectacle of jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze acts and circus workshops, not to mention lots of laughs. The Festival of Fools begins on March 26 and runs until April 1.
Be a hip cat or a cool chick
Mar 25 to May 20
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Get in on the action of the hip cats and cools chicks of Rydell High for Greased 2. As the tough girl gang decides upon a new club leader, they also do battle with rival boy gang Hot Rods and it’s all happening at Celebrations Dinner Theatre.
Test your yoga mettle
Join Ash Bourgeois at FortWhyte Alive for Cabin Yoga, a unique experience that combines nature, yoga and meditation. While it’s designed for all levels, it’s the perfect opportunity to test your yoga mettle and challenge yourself.
Watch jazz and electro strike the perfect balance
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
Feel as if you haven’t had your fill of jazz for the week? No need to worry. Jazz Winnipeg will be presenting NU SOUNDS: Collection Get, a band that is as elegant as it is funky and as technologically colourful as it is fresh. The Winnipeg duo will be striking its perfect balance of jazz and electronic sounds at The Park Theatre.
Learn all about the wildflowers
Park Centre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Soon it will be time to get out into the garden and get planting, but before that happens, join wildflower enthusiast Rick Gray to learn all about planting your own wildflower garden. He’ll teach you all about the techniques, types and times of blooms during this interactive workshop at Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
Be a hero of the symphony
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
If you’ve always wanted to be a superhero, Centennial Concert Hall is now offering you the chance to team up with its Super-Duper Symphonic Superhero Melodious Prime as he attempts to save the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Julian Pellicano, from the diabolical schemes of Kaos and Konfuzed, the evil, Boyz of Noise.