Today's snowstorm aside, spring is just around the corner (with great temperatures reported for the rest of the week) and we're ready to welcome it with open arms. From festivals to plays, to concerts, exhibits and much, much more, here's just a taste of what to dig into this week in Manitoba!
Celebrate spring at the Million Dollar event
March 27 to 31
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg
The Royal Canadian Mint invites guests to celebrate Spring Break at our Winnipeg facility from Tuesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 31. Guests will have the opportunity to view and take pictures with the Million Dollar Coin and gold bar.
Warm your heart with a feel-good story
opens March 8
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
We’ve all had our experiences with friendships; some of which endure the test of time. Royal MTC now brings the feel-good story of three friends, Di and Viv and Rose, to the Tom Hendry Warehouse stage, which is filled with humour, sentiment and heartwarming themes of life and love.
Take your kids to a film festival
March 5 to 11
Now in its a 22nd year, the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages is around for only one more week of fantastic films and insightful workshops. This year’s lineup includes films in English and French from countries like Burkina Faso, France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Croatia and Belgium.
Have some loppet fun in RMNP
Columbine Street, Wasagaming
Strap on your skis and make your way to Riding Mountain for the 12th annual loppet this Saturday. This Norwegian-style long-distance cross-country ski race is will cover distances ranging from the 2.0 km Chipmunk Challenge, to the 6.0 km Jackrabbit route, to the 11.0 km Cougar circuit, and finally the 22.0 km Wolf endurance course.
Attend an exhibit with a cause
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg
Head to the Urban Shaman Gallery as the travelling exhibition, Missing or Forgotten: Akonessen, Zitya, Tina, Marie and all the others, continues its run this week bringing the works of several artists into one compelling creative space.
Celebrate the birthing experience
Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden
Gain new insight into the work of mothers and photographers in a new exhibit, Born, at the Pembina Hills Arts Council. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and strength of life and the transition from pregnancy to giving birth.
Enjoy the bold sounds of Deadman
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
The Canadian rock band, Theory of a Deadman, is taking its new sounds and bold music on the road with a stop in Brandon. With nine songs in the Top 10 on the rock charts, and number one hits that include “Bad Girlfriend”, “So Happy”, and “Angel”, you can look forward to a fantastic live performance.
Experience Cree culture at the Pipoon Festival
March 5 to 11
various venues, Norway House
Trappers’ Fest has come and gone, but here’s your chance to experience another festival of similar vein. Head to the Pipoon Festival 2018 in the Cree territory of Norway House. Events include the king and queen trapper, square dance and singing competitions, open recreation hockey, snow sculpting, a fish fry, and much more.
Let Jake and Amir weigh in on your life issues
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
The comedy duo of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are heading to Winnipeg this week to dole out advice to those in need of their wealth of wisdom. Some topics they’re qualified to give advice on, others, not so much, but no matter, they’ll still offer their opinions anyway during their podcast If I Were You at Burton Cummings Theatre.
Head to John Hirsch for Once
March 6 to 10
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Royal MTC has been abuzz with exceptional productions this season. Alas, all good things must come to an end including Once, which has had a successful run at the John Hirsch Mainstage. Don’t miss your chance to follow the Irish street musician, Guy, and Girl, the Czech immigrant, who inspire each other to soar.
Experience the twists and turns of a Jewish play
March 6 to 11
Berney Theatre, Winnipeg
Journey along with a mother and son, who are descendants of Polish Holocaust survivors, as they return to Poland in search of their lost identity and with the hope of reconnecting with each other. As this play unfolds, its twists and turns will bring them to a few realizations and surprises. We Keep Coming Back runs during the So Nu Festival at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.
Watch a play about science and soul
March 6 to 18
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Faith, love and string theory collide in PTE’s latest production How the Heavens Go. When Mary is prescribed an experimental drug that takes a toll on her health, it is left to her long-time friend, Robert, who is also a physicist, to coax her back to reality, while walking a fine line in his own quest for knowledge.
Learn the intricacies of Aboriginal beadwork
Saint Boniface Museum
Métis artisan Julie Desrochers will be facilitating an introductory workshop to the craft of beadwork. Learn the art of beading and how to work leather materials. This workshop begins at 7 p.m. at the Saint Boniface Museum. Set-up for the event begins at 6 p.m.
Do double duty at a concert
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
Celebrate International Women’s Day and help Girls Rock Winnipeg raise funds for their first youth camp this summer all in one exciting evening of performances at the West End Cultural Centre. Winnipeg’s own The Sorels, Ghost Twin, Silence Kit and Nation of Two will be performing at this event, which is open to all ages.
Get Footloose at a student production
March 8 to 10
Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna
The students of Mennonite Collegiate Institute will be putting on a full-length musical production of the smash hit Footloose. This event runs for three nights with four shows scheduled.
Add RVing to your bucket list
March 8 to 11
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Ever given any thought to RVing? Well we’d suggest you add it to your summertime radar, but before you do, check out the Manitoba RV Show at the RBC Convention Centre this weekend for some inspiration.
Have a Donburi Lunch experience
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
Dine somewhere different this week with a visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Donburi Lunch. With reasonable prices and wide varieties, zeroing in on just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.
Channel your winter blues at a festival
Canad Inns Essence Event Centre, Winnipeg
Winter is making a slow exit, but before it does, we’d suggest a celebration with the River City Blues Society of Winnipeg for its first Winter Blues Festival. The festival, which will take place at the Canad Inns Essence Event Centre, will feature eight of Manitoba’s most talented bands.
Tap and dance to local musical talent
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
Treherne’s talent is heading to the William Glesby Centre. Hicktown is a spectacular six-piece country band whose talent has been spreading across the prairies. So get ready to tap your feet and dance to the amazing sounds.
Get reinvigorated at FortWhyte
March 10 & 11
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 if you’re in search of a big gulp of fresh air and a reboot. And if you’re hoping for something a little more low-key for the kids, there will be story reading time for the kids by the fireplace with marshmallows.
Celebrate Jewish culture
March 10 & 11
Asper Jewish Community Campus, Winnipeg
The Festival of Jewish Learning is welcoming the public to its volunteer-run celebration of Jewish thought, culture, teaching and fun. Limmud Winnipeg is dedicated to the Jewish experience and brings together over 50 communities from all over the world.
Snowshoe your way to discovery
Hwy 59, Birds Hill Provincial Park
Get ready for a treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows as you sit around a bonfire at Birds Hill Provincial Park. But before you do that, put some snowshoes on and hit the Nimowin Trail. There’s a lot to explore and certainly a few new discoveries to make as you venture into the aspen-oak forest in search of animal tracks and winter wildlife.
Bird lovers, take your passion to the shore
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Get a whole new perspective on shorebirds at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. If you’re a bird lover, or you have kids who love birds just as much as you do, bring them along to the centre’s workshops and learn to identify the different types of shorebirds. Registration is required.