Header photo by Jonathan Kozub
We hope you have theatre and music on the brain, because November happens to be when things really start to happen in Manitoba’s arts scene. The Manitoba Opera is bringing one of the world’s most beloved operas to the table, while the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is celebrating choreographers from across the country. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Celebrate Canada 150 with ballet
November 16, 17 and 19
RWB Founders Studio (380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg)
In honour of Canada’s 150th, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Our Story, a special performance that celebrates Canadian choreographers. The performance includes work by artists who have played a part in the repertoire of the RWB, such as Mark Godden’s Miroirs and Norbert Vesak’s Belong.
Experience the love and betrayal of Madama Butterfly
Centennial Concert Hall
Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, Madama Butterfly might just be the world’s most beloved opera. The moving story follows a young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer. Don’t miss it at the Manitoba Opera.
Get your fill at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
November 15: Austin Perogy Supper
Catch a glimpse of Santa Claus
As part of his pre-Christmas world tour, the one and only Santa Claus is making a visit to downtown Winnipeg at the annual Santa Claus Parade. Be delighted by moving lights, sounds and characters and get into the mood of the holiday season with cheer and merriment. For children and grown-up kids alike!
Learn about the impact of doctors without borders
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The newest exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights asks one question: What motivates doctors to work in dangerous conflict zones beyond our national borders? The exhibit uses powerful artifacts to tell the stories of three fascinating Canadian doctors who have worked in such circumstances.
Kick it up at the Moose game
December 15, 17 and 19
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Want to make some great Canadian-esque memories with the fam? A hockey game is the way to go! This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on the Chicago Wolves on December 15 and 17 and the Laval Rocket on December 19.
Watch the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship
November 12 to 18
Swan River Curling Club
It’s going to be all-out curling madness in Swan River this week as the top 14 mixed teams from across Canada gather to compete for the national title, and a chance to represent Canada at the upcoming 2018 World Mixed Championships
Watch twelve angry jurors hash it out
November 17 to 18
University of Brandon – Lorne Watson Recital Hall
In this classic jury room thriller, a 19 year old man is on trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. While the case may seem obvious from the outside, it may not be so cut and dry. Watch as each juror reveals his or her own character as testimonies are examined.
Experience a convergence of cultures
On until November 26
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
PTE’s second production for the season, Ubuntu, tells the remarkable story of chance encounters, community, and a relentless search for truth through the experiences of a young Canadian woman and a young South African man. In the midst of the chaos that ensues, a spirited story unfolds to the rhythms of music and dance.
Bring letters for Santa in Brandon
Catch Santa as he makes his way down Rosser and Princess Avenues for the Brandon Santa Claus Parade. Hop aboard free transportation from Brandon Transit to the parade route and bring a non-perishable item for to help spread the joy of the season. Plus Canada Post will also be on site collecting letters for Santa, so start working on your list!
Indulge in chocolate for a good cause
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites
The Everything Chocolate event is back for its 2nd year and with it comes variety of chocolate products for sampling. Try everything from cupcakes to cookies, balsamic vinegar to cocoa sugar scrubs and more at this sweet, scrumptious event. Proceeds support cancer patients and funding research.
Gaze into the night sky
Oak Hammock Marsh & FortWhyte Alive
It’s a great week to look up at the stars above. November 16 marks two great astro-themed events in Manitoba, the first being the return of the Stardome at FortWhyte Alive. Observe the night sky in a portable planetarium while enjoying a cold bevvie fireside. Expert Darren Townsley will be on hand to help you explore the solar system. The second event is happening at Oak Hammock Marsh, where you can learn to capture the night sky with your camera lens with enthusiastic astrophotographer, Sheila Wiwchar.
Watch a Christmas classic
Pat Porter Active Living Center, Steinbach
Watch a Christmas classic come to life as the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre hits the road to Steinbach for a performance of A Christmas Carol. This tale of compassion, hope and redemption is the best way to get your hearts glowing with the holiday spirit.
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
- Nov 15 | 8th Annual Festive Artisans Market 2017, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue
- Nov 17-19 | Local Colour Art Group “Art for the Holidays”, 180 Poplar Avenue
- Nov 18 | Craft Sale, Winakwa Community Center
- Nov 18 | 26th Annual Calvin Christian Craft Sale, 245 Sutton Ave
- Nov 18 | Annual Christmas Craft Sale and Cookie, Westminster United Church
- Nov 18 | John Pritchard School 22nd Annual Sale, 1490 Henderson Hwy.
- Nov 18 | 2nd Annual Winnipeg Craft & Gift Christmas Market, Transcona Country Club, 2070 Dugald Rd
- Nov 18 | Christmas Craft Sale, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
- Nov 18 | Craft Sale, Robert a Steen Community Centre
- Nov 19 | Window on Christmas Craft Sale, 75 Woodlawn Ave., St. Vital
- Nov 19 | Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Club Regent Casino & Hotel
- Nov 19 | 3rd Annual Santa’s Little Helpers Craft & Vendor Show, Sunova Centre – West St.Paul
Pembina Valley Central Plains
- Nov 17 | Morden: Wrapping Up a Morden Christmas
- Nov 18 | Carman: One Stop Shop in the Hall, Community Hall
- Nov 18 | MacGregor: Southend Craft Sale
- Nov 18 | Cypress River: Holiday Craft Sale
- Nov 18 | Shoal Lake: Beta Sigma Phi 36th Annual Christmas Craft Mart
- Nov 19 | Dauphin: Fall Frenzy Sale, Watson Arts Centre
- Nov 19 | Russell: Craft Sale, Roblin Community Centre, George P. Buleziuk Centre
- Nov 17-18 | Steinbach: Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale, Steinbach Clearspring Centre
- Nov 17-18 | Steinbach: Christmas at the Village, Mennonite Heritage Village
- Nov 18 | Eriksdale: Christmas Craft Sale, Recreation Centre
- Nov 18 | Lac du Bonnet: 36th Annual Christmas Craft & Gift Sale, Lac du Bonnet Community Centre
- Nov 18 | Lac du Bonnet Handemade Only Indoor Farmers Market, Lac du Bonnet Legion Hall
- Nov 18 | Niverville: 3rd Annual Winterfest & Market
Listen to an old favourite
Club Regent Casino Event Centre
Platinum Blonde is back, baby! Famous for hits like “Crying Over You” and “Standing in the Dark”, you won’t want to miss this electrifying show happening November 17 at the Club Regent Event Centre.
Celebrate Jewish culture at Tarbut
November 17 to 26
Rady Jewish Community Centre
The annual Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture showcases the best of Jewish culture through a wide variety of mediums. See performances from local and out-of-town performers, browse the Jewish Book Fair and watch compelling feature films. This year’s festival features Israeli superstar David Broza at the West End Cultural Centre.
Learn of Canada’s triumphs and sacrifices
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, November 2 to 30
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
November is a month to remember at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. This month’s guided tour focuses on the lives and accomplishments of Canadian citizens who fought and died for our freedom. Tours are free with admission.