We’re currently in that period of weather ambivalence where it’s starting to look a bit like spring, but not quite feeling like it yet. Soon enough though, it will all become clearer. The trees will start to bud again and the birds will start to sing (if birds singing is really your thing), but until that moment arrives, you still have a life to live and you’ve got an abundance of things to do – fun things, that is! So throw on that parka, slide on that toque, wrap that scarf up snugly, and get out and enjoy all that’s hot this week!
Wear your heart on your hockey sleeve
Mar 6, 8, 9-12
MTS Centre, Winnipeg &
Westman Place, Brandon
There’s going to be a lot of action on the ice this week, hockey action, that is. Your favourite teams, the Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose, will take to the ice at the MTS Centre. If you’re a Brandon Wheat Kings die-hard, Westman Place will also be a hub of action on Wednesday night. So, get your game face on, wear your heart on your hockey sleeve, and don’t miss your chance to cheer along your favourite hometown heroes.
Start a conversation about art
March 6 to 31
Join ArtsForward this week and its guest artist Karen Astrid Clark as she presents her latest endeavour Trying so hard to be hard. The artist’s series of portraits in batik are meant to be catalysts for conversation in an effort to awaken empathy for her subjects.
Join Urban Shaman for an open dialogue
Circle of Life Thunderbird House, Winnipeg
In preparation for its upcoming art project A Place Between: A 60s Scoop Arts Project the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery will be hosting an open dialogue community session at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House. This art initiative includes 24 contemporary Indigenous artists who will be producing visual artworks, public art, performances, writing and films, that depict some of the struggles experienced within the Indigenous community and its journey towards healing.
Learn all about snow buntings
Living Prairie Museum, Ness Avenue
If you’re an avid birder, then you’ll want to stop by the Living Prairie Museum for its next Winter Speaker Series. This time around, Dr. Emily McKinnon, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Windsor will be the feature speaker, sharing her passion for nature and her fascinating work studying snow buntings. These events fill up pretty quick, so don’t miss your chance to register.
Go to a Church concert
As country megastars go, Eric Church is right up there and he’ll be right here in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre giving another one of his riveting performances for his Holdin’ My Own Tour, but only for one night. So if you like country and you’re a fan of Church, then you likely won’t be disappointed.
Help a town find its missing doctor
Mar 7, 8
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.
Take a journey back to Brandon of old
Mar 7 to 11
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
Take a journey back in time with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and witness how the city of Brandon was shaped by an era. Through the Lens is a collection of local, private, and public photographs, which gives insight into life in Brandon during World War I. The exhibit illustrates stories of life, loss and love in a trying time. And as you witness Brandon’s history unfold, stop by the art gallery’s To Bury the Sun exhibit, which also journeys to the past, filling in the gaps of official history records through archival images, family photographs, and works by artists Dianne Bos, Sarah Crawley, and Steve Gouthro.
See an old Canadian story come alive
Mar 7 to 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
For a tale of survival and spirit, one need only look back into Canada’s history and the story of Elle which continues at Prairie Theatre Exchange this week. Set in the 1500s, Elle chronicles the adventures and hardships of one woman who is marooned on a desolate island off the coast of Newfoundland as she finds humour in her ordeal and connects with nature both real and spiritual.
Get a new lease on musical life with Ben Caplan
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
Looking for a unique musical experience in the city? We’ve got one for you. The West End Cultural Centre in collaboration with Winnipeg Folk Festival will be presenting the mad genius that is Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers. If you haven’t seen this band perform at Folk Fest, then this is your chance for a new lease on musical life and you should take it!
Shop a downtown farmers’ market
It may be wintertime, but that hasn’t stopped the farmers’ markets from popping up at various locations across the city. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will once again be hosting its Downtown Indoor Farmer’s Market, this time at Cityplace. Whether you’re searching for fresh, local produce, baked treats, delicious preserves, tasty meats, cheeses or fish, or if you’re in the market for a stunning piece of jewelry, there’s a lot to see and shop for in this warm, friendly environment.
Add rhythm to rhyme at a musical
Mar 9 to 11
Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna
Take a Dr. Seuss book, any Dr. Seuss book! At a rhythm to the rhyme and you’ll have a Seussical. Well the Mennonite Collegiate Institute is doing just that this week, at the Buhler Hall, with its Seussical, The Musical and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a treat!
Work up the nerve at an open mic
Go for company, stay for the music, and who knows? Maybe you’ll even work up the nerve to grab the mic, get up on stage and give an outstanding performance of your own at the Open Mic Coffeehouse. Whatever you do, you’re welcome at ArtsForward for an exciting evening of entertainment.
Take a behind-the-scenes journey to Stravinsky’s Firebird
Centennial Concert Hall
If you’re pressed for time, but still crave some arts and culture in your already packed schedule, the WSO’s Firebird at Centennial Concert Hall, led by conductor Benjamin Wallfisch and featuring Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird, promises to give you just what you need with only an hour of your time that you’ll be required to spare. This Friday matinée takes you behind the scenes with an open rehearsal where you’ll hear the conductor introduce the selected work and comment to the orchestra. There will also be a complete performance of the work followed by a question and answer session.
Rock the house with Twin Kennedy
Community Centre/High School, Pinawa
Small-town siblings Twin Kennedy will be rocking the town of Pinawa in a big way this week. They’ve taken their guitar, fiddle and country-style flair across the US, Sweden and Iceland and now they’re bringing it right back to Canada, and for one night only at the Community Centre/High School.
Dine reasonably and authentically
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 a variety of options to choose from, picking just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.
Nurse a broken heart with a dose of Rose Cousins
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
If you’re nursing a broken heart, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre will help you nurse it back to health with just one dose of Rose Cousins. The Juno award-winning artist has been described as “elegantly understated” and has even been compared to the likes of Carly Simon and The Dixie Chicks.
Shop another farmers’ market
The Eagles Club St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
The outdoor farmers’ markets are not open just yet, but the indoor markets are still buzzing. If you’re longing for some local produce to add to your soups and stews, stop by the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Club.
Play LEGO Dimensions on the Cineplex big screen
Scotiabank Theatre, Winnipeg
If videogames are your thing then grab two if your closest friends, gear up and get down to the Scotiabank Theatre when LEGO’s Battle Arenas comes to big screen. Three players get to go head to head, choosing their favourite characters to do battle. Players can choose from four different battle modes competitive split-screen games and in over 21 individual arenas.
Drop the mic at Manitou
Manitou Opera House, Manitou
Make a new discovery or embrace an old favourite at the Manitou Coffeehouse open-mic event. The atmosphere promises to be one of warmth, and the air guarantees to be one filled with light-hearted laughter.
Ice fish your way to a cash prize
Lake Wahtopanah, Rivers
The Rivers and Area Game & Fish Association will be holding its 10th Annual Northern Pike Classic this weekend on Lake Wahtopanah. If you haven’t had a chance yet to get out on the ice for some fishing action, this is a great opportunity to do just that and even take home a cash prize.
Match wits with The Arrogant Worms
Mar 11, 12
Roxy Theatre, Neepawa
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
First they were a comedy troupe performing songs and delivering sketches, but today The Arrogant Worms just focus on the music…music that’s still fun, with satire aplenty and wit that you had better be quick enough to keep up with. For two nights you they will be in Manitoba, first at Neepawa’s Roxy Theatre, and then on to the West End Cultural Centre. If you think you can match wits this band, you’ve got two chances to find out.
Take in the fresh and creative sounds of Cluster fest
Mar 11 to 18
Various venues, Winnipeg
Another week and another great festival in the city! This time, it’s the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, a dynamic and contemporary approach to art and sound. If you’re curious about the creativity that lives, breathes and provokes thought in Winnipeg, this festival is a great place to find out.
Snowshoe your way to discovery
Birds Hill Provincial Park, Birds Hill
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.
Get swept away by an interpretation of Bach
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg
If you’re a fan of Bach and you are fascinated by sweep of hands across a grand piano rendering a spot-on interpretation of the composer’s works, then you won’t be disappointed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of My Weekend with Angela at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The pianist, Angela Hewitt, celebrated for her talent, will perform for only one magical night that you’re not going to want to miss.
Experience the works of the ‘Father of the Symphony’
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
What better way could there be to experience the symphony than with some of the works of the man warmly referred to as the “Father of the Symphony”! The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium presents Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 in D minor and Sinfonia concertante. Maestro Mickelthwate will close the program with Dvořák’s bright and joyful 5th Symphony.
Explore the fascinating world of birds
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
Get a whole new perspective on birds at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre with a workshop that will explore their fascinating world. 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 where there will workshops for all ages.
Check out a bigger, better Winnipeg Circus show
Jubilee Place, Winnipeg
Never been to the Winnipeg Circus Club? That’s OK! There’s a first time for everything and the club’s fifth go-around at its fundraising showcase at Jubilee Place promises to be even bigger and better than past events. Bring the kids along for an amazing show of feats of strength, skill, and coordination. There will be clowns, jugglers, hula hoopers, unicyclists, and contortionists performing on hand.
Have some wild tea at Spruce Woods
Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Spruce Woods
We all know of the medicinal value of plants, but did you know that lots of them can be found right in your own provincial backyard? Take a guided walk through Spruce Woods Provincial Park and discover the medicinal and edible plants found in and around Spruce Woods. There will even be a chance to try some wild teas.