November doesn’t get a lot of credit, does it? In October, we are overloaded with pumpkin pie and Halloween. In December, it’s all about the holiday season and taking advantage of snowy afternoons. But November is a lot more exciting than you might think. It is in this month that polar bears begin their journey back to seal-hunting territory, meaning it’s the perfect time to spot bears in Churchill, Manitoba. And believe it or not – this is on top of the numerous arts and sporting events that the province has to offer. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Join in on ferocious fun for #PolarBearWeek
November 2 to 7
Now is the best time to visit Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears, just as they begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory. In celebration, this week is dedicated entirely to all things polar bear. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and here on the blog for a ton of fun bear content and giveaways!
Set off on an adventure to Mount Everest
November 5 to 14
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
The story begins with a brave girl named Peg who sets her sights on Mount Everest. After a long journey across the world by boat, train and water buffalo, she reaches the Himalayas. Then, in a near-death experience, she crosses paths with a mysterious Yeti who decides to accompany her. The audience is brought along for the adventure by creating the imaginary events and places along the way.
Catch up with an old (or new) favourite
With the release of their 14th studio album, Silverball, the Barenaked Ladies are hitting the road for a cross country tour. The quintessential Canadian band will please the crowd with classics such as If I Had $1,000,000 and Pinch Me, along with new, fresh tunes from Silverball.
Get a fresh view out of your kitchen window
Oak Hammock Marsh
Winter is here, but not all birds flee the country for the season. 10% of Manitoba birds will stick it out, and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled. What do they eat? What should you feed them? What books should you have? Do you need binoculars? Find out the answers at this workshop at Oak Hammock Marsh.
Discover exceptional art
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
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.
Beausejour: Christmas Craft Show and Sale, Brokenhead River Community Hall
Whitemouth: Christmas Craft Sale, Whitemouth Community Club
Seven Sisters Falls: Christmas Craft Sale, Seven Sisters Falls Community Club
Winnipeg: 35th Annual Christmas Market, Ralph Connor House
Winnipeg: Crafted Show + Sale, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg: W.E.S.T. Handmade & Vintage Sale, Holy Cross School Gym
Winnipeg Holiday Christmas Craft Sale, Canad Inns Fort Garry
Morden: Arts & Crafts Show, Access Event Centre
Killarney: Stuffed Stocking Craft Show, Shamrock Centre
Minnedosa: Craft Sale, Minnedosa Community Conference Centre
St. Pierre-Jolys: Craft Sale, St. Pierre Recreation Centre
Selkirk: AHS Christmas Craft Sale, 425 Eveline St.
Randolph: Prairie Attics 2nd Annual Christmas Market
Get jazzy with it
November 6 to 8
Centennial Concert Hall
Known as the trumpet master, James Morrison will take jazz fans on an unforgettable journey into the genre. In addition to trumpet, James Morrison plays 9 additional instruments including the trombone, saxophone, piano and keytair. Jazz newbies will be introduced to the most influential songs in jazz history while long time fans will experience a new take on the classics.
Try local fare at a fall supper
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. Fall suppers topped our list of best places to eat this fall.
Venture to the outskirts of the wild, wild west
Oct 13 to Nov 7
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has all the usual suspects – a notorious outlaw, a gunslinger, and a lawless town. When a young lawyer travels west in search of new adventures and opportunities, he is beaten and left for dead by Liberty Valance. After he is nursed back to health, he brings order to the chaotic town. But when Valance returns to finish what he started, our unlikely hero is faced with the ultimate choice: to turn and run, or stand his ground?
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
While there, check out the exhibit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness. This exhibit about feelings is great for children and families. You will play, act silly, consider what makes you sad, mad and happy, think about love and think about forgiveness.
Learn the fine art of soapstone carving
November 7 | 12:00 pm
Crafters of all sorts flock to FortWhyte Alive for their unique artisan workshops throughout the year. Soapstone carving is an art that requires a great deal of patience and precision. Dave Zachary, also known as the Man of Stone, will guide an afternoon of hands-on learning and art. Dave will share his techniques and knowledge, drawing from the work of master indigenous artists around the globe.
Have a laugh with comedy powerhouses
Burton Cummings Theatre
Back by popular demand, the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour presented by WestJet returns for its 15th Anniversary year. Comedians Gerry Dee, Robert Kelly, Cristela Alonzo and Graham Chittenden will have you rolling on the floor laughing with stand up acts that follow a relationship theme and the inevitable craziness of family, friends and love.
Cheer on those feisty Jets
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The Pint, Shark Club,The Met, and Tavern United.