You know that feeling where after a long day of work you just want to go home and crash? We know. We’ve had it too. But the thing is that often enough when you do get home, crashing usually involves vegging out on the sofa mindlessly watching the latest episode of whatever’s on TV. We know. We’ve done that too. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending an evening at home and doing very little or nothing at all, there’s usually just that little bit of energy left where you know you can do something more. So, this week, we challenge you – and ourselves – to do just that: something more. Even if it’s just one evening this week, with so many events and activities to choose from, we feel pretty confident that you will find something you will enjoy. And we’re betting that you won’t have any regrets exploring something new this week. With that stated, here’s what’s hot in Manitoba!
See the impact of architecture
May 3 to 7
Various Venues, Winnipeg
It’s no secret that architecture has played a significant role in shaping cultures. For an in-depth look at just how important architecture and design are to everyday life, the sixth annual Architecture + Design Film Festival will feature films that focus on different aspects of design from graphics to urban and product design.
Rub shoulders with fellow wine lovers
May 1 to 6
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Wine lovers, the Winnipeg Wine Festival continues this week at the RBC Convention Centre. This year’s festival features wines from all over the world with special focus on Wines of British Columbia and Wines of Ontario. Whether you’re attending to rub shoulders with other wine lovers at the gala dinner, or you’re just interested in the public wine tasting, there is something for everyone.
Be enchanted by a masterful tragedy
May 2, 5
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
In its latest production, Manitoba Opera takes on Massenet’s Werther, the story of a young poet who falls hopelessly in love with Charlotte, who has promised to marry another man. This opera plays on the heart strings and is set to a backdrop of enchanting music that you won’t want to miss.
Get acquainted with comic sensation Jay Malone
May 2 to 13
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
If you aren’t familiar with Jay Malone, give us a moment to get you acquainted. This Canadian-born comedian, actor and writer, has been nominated Best Male Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and Best Supporting TV Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards. He has guest starred on Boston Legal, NCISLA, Monk, Dollhouse, and has even starred in his own Showtime comedy special. For the next two weeks, the comedic genius will be setting up shop at Rumor’s Comedy Club. Now that you’ve made his acquaintance, you’ve got little excuse to miss his sketch.
Watch a jury unravel
May 3 to 6
Tom Hendry Warehouse
Forget the courtroom. Behind the scenes in the jury room of Tom Hendry Warehouse is where all the action takes place and the fate of one man hinges on Twelve Angry Jurors. This play explores the goings-on behind the scenes as a jury contemplates whether to send a man to prison for murder. It only takes one juror to turn what seems like an open-and-shut case on its head and send the other 11 jurors into a tailspin.
Make way for the Comic Strippers
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Move aside Magic Mike and Chippendales! It’s time to make way for the Comic Strippers. This troupe of improv comedians are here to sing, dance and bring sexy back to laughter and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium like no other bunch of strippers can. Their performances are completely unscripted which makes them all the more fun and full of surprises.
Shop an exhibit
Looking for some unique, artsy pieces? The Winnipeg Art Gallery may just have exactly what you’re looking for. The Gallery Shop presents Brook Drabot whose artwork is crafted from blown, sculpted, and pulled glass to create feathers, leaves, among other beautiful pieces that mimic nature.
Celebrate May and working people
Various Venues, Winnipeg
Celebrate working people and their contributions all month long at the MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts. The multi-disciplinary festival, which was inspired by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike focuses on working class themes and features artwork produced by artists and workers that depict their lives and struggles. For more details on the month-long celebration, check out the MayWorks calendar.
Witness nature come alive in art
On until May 25
Inspired by the sheer force of nature and the wilderness, four female artists, Isabelle Demers, Amélie Laurence Fortin, Jacinthe Loranger, Fanny Mesnard, come together to present Other – Alter Ego at centre culturel franco-manitobain.
See art from a different perspective
Pavilion Gallery Museum, Winnipeg
Now in its 31st year, Through the Eyes of a Child continues its run at Pavilion Gallery Museum. This year’s theme is Canada 150 and will feature ceramic works and prints by students from WAG Studio art classes. The second floor of the gallery, which houses The Pooh Bear Gallery, will also be open.
See a story about true grit
On until May 13
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
With Red River settlement as its backdrop, Sarah Ballenden tells the story of the Métis wife of a high-ranking Hudson’s Bay Company officer who shows true grit even in the midst of turmoil when everything and everyone seems to be against her.
Get ready for some show-stopping jazz
Get ready for another mardi jazz evening at centre culturel franco-manitobain. This week’s show stopper, John Stetch, is a jazz pianist known for bringing elements of traditional jazz into pop culture music. Don’t miss the chance to see this Juno nominee bring his unmistakeable style to the mardi jazz stage.
Pick your passion at FortWhyte
May 2 to 7
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
FortWhyte Alive is always a hub of activity and this week will be no different. As a matter of fact, there are so many activities lined up that you may find it challenging to settle on just one. This week, take your pick from birding and breakfast to leisure walks and adventure runs. There will also be fly fishing and carving workshops, and Nordic walking. For more details on everything happening this week, check out FortWhyte Alive’s calendar of events.
Examine the artistry of ancestral sounds
May 2 to 13
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
For a unique perspective on sound and its place in artistic creativity, a visit to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is in order. The gallery’s feature exhibit Wnoondwaamin | We Hear Them explores the works of six female artists as they examine ancestral sounds, low-wattage radio transmission, the ability of sound to cross barriers and the impact of sound on memory.
Heighten your musical senses
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg
Heighten your musical senses with a journey to GroundSwell’s latest concert, Monde, at Eckhardt-Grammatté. This concert celebrates new music and traditions across the globe with a performance by soprano Sarah Jo Kirsch, folk music from New York artist Judd Greenstein, Serbian-influenced artist Isadora Zebeljan, and Montreal’s Gabriel Dharmoo. A few key Winnipeg artists will also be performing at this event, including bamboo flute virtuoso Xiao Nan Wang, Vivian Fung, and Jim Hiscott.
Spur a conversation
May 4 to 7
Various Venues, Winnipeg
In celebration of Canada’s 150th, Spur Festival is taking a hard look at nation building and the elements that factor into making a country just and equitable. This festival gives attendees the opportunity to be a part of the conversation. Whether it’s geopolitics, the environment, energy-related topics, food and health security, culture, economics, education or national security, you have the opportunity to add your voice and your ideas to the conversation.
Step out of the office and into the Exchange
Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday…finally. And after a week full of work and activities, you deserve a break. 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. Chat with artists, browse the shops of the district, have a java jolt at a district cafe and as you explore all the fine things the Exchange has to offer.
Take a trip down Pete Seeger memory lane
Richardson Hall, Winnipeg
For the young and at the young at heart; for the folk music lovers who enjoy a good story in song, get ready for a walk down memory lane to Richardson Hall for Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger with Mark Hellman. This concert will span 35 years of Seeger’s music career, with Hellman performing all or part of 29 songs in a fun, interactive and theatrical night of live music.
Drop everything and pick up a quilt!
May 5 to 7
Morden Access Event Centre, Morden
Quilt lovers, drop everything you’re doing and head to Morden for the 2017 Barnswallow Quilt Show. This year’s event takes place at the Access Event Centre and runs for three days.
Explore the subtleties of an art exhibit
May 5 to 16
Cre8ery Gallery & Studio, Winnipeg
Join artist Sari Habiluk as she exhibits her work The Golden Hour and explores its meaning in colourful displays that depict movement and flow at Cre8ery Gallery & Studio.
Admire the blooms of Arden
Arden Community Centre, Arden
With spring comes the blooms and with the blooms come the Arden Crocus Festival. Enjoy a local festival with a pancake breakfast and lots of fun, family-oriented activities. There will also be a self-serve supper and local entertainment.
Capture a picture perfect Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
Get dressed for the outdoors, grab your point and shoot or smart phone and snap your heart out at Oak Hammock Marsh. This outdoor workshop is a great starting point for the budding photographer and is also a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. Pre-registration for this workshop is required.
Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift in Teulon
Teulon Hall, Teulon
Get ready for Teulon’s fifth annual Springfest Craft Sale, hosted by the Teulon Farmers’ Market. If you’re wondering what to get for Mom for Mother’s Day, this is the perfect place to find just the right handcrafted gift. Sweet and Wild Photography will also be on hand to capture happy family moments. There will also be lots of eats, drinks and free parking so you can spend a relaxing day taking in the sights.
Celebrate Franco-Manitoban music and culture
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Celebrate Franco-Manitoban music and culture with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Le 100 NONS for its 50th anniversary and presentation Manitoba, mon amour. The event will feature 10 rising Franco-Manitoban stars as they take to the stage of the Centennial Concert Hall.
Enjoy a throwback bike ride
East Gate, RMNP
Bring your old bike, throw on your favourite Canadian icon costume and get ready to coast down #19 for East Gate Unchained through the National Historic East Gate of Riding Mountain National Park with Dead Ox Trailblazers as they celebrate the National Historic East Gate Complex and Canada’s 150th this spring.
Learn about money in all its forms
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
Whether you’re baffled or beguiled by the advent of e-payments, Bitcoin and the like, the reality is that these new forms of e-money are here and they’re likely here to stay. Learn all about the introduction of e-money at the “Decoding E-money” exhibition at the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Explore artifacts that illustrate 200 years of Canadian expenditure and gain insight into the future of money.
Enjoy the last week of an indoor market
The Eagles Club, Winnipeg
It’s the last week of the St. Norbert indoor farmers’ market at The Eagles Club. But never fear. The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market isn’t going away, it’s just heading outdoors; perfectly fitting for the beautiful spring/summer weather we have coming our way.
Put your love of pets on display
May 6, 7
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Pet lovers, this weekend is all about you! The Brandon Pet Expo is on at Keystone Centre and will feature educational shows and demonstrations, not to mention loads of fun!
Conduct an orchestra with Fred Penner
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
It may be 40-plus years later, but Fred Penner is still doing what he does best and entertaining audiences big and small, young and old. This Sunday, Penner continues the tradition with the help of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Kids also get to participate in musical activities such as crafts, rhythm ensembles and round singing. There will also be the chance to conduct a group of musicians or visit the Instrument Petting Zoo to touch and play orchestral instruments.
Live in the fast lane
Gimli Motorsports Park, Gimli
Get geared up for Race Day in Gimli! For one day, you get to live in the fast lane and enjoy a fun, free day of watching and cheering on your favourite drivers as thet race to the finish line at the Gimli Motorsports Park.