This weekend marks the commemoration of the Canadian soldiers whose sacrifices led to the liberties and freedom we now enjoy today. Remembrance Day is often one of sombre reflection, but it should also be a day of thoughtful celebration and gratitude for just how far we’ve come. As you go through your week of events and activities, spare a moment or two to remember. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Rare amphibian reveal at CFDC

CFDC_Axololt (aka pokemon)

all week
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

Head to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre to check out its new, rare amphibians! This will be the first live animal exhibit at the CFDC, which will feature four axolotls. Joey, Chandler, Phoebe and Monica are waiting for you!

Pay tribute to fallen heroes

poppy

continues this week
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, The Manitoba Museum is doing its part to highlight the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The World Remembers explores Canada’s efforts at commemorating the those lost during that period. There will also be a digital media display of the names of soldiers who died in 1918, and bilingual booklets featuring biographies of First World War Canadians. This exhibit in the museum’s foyer is free to view.

Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit

Medals of honor, RCA Museum

continues this week
The RCA Museum, Shilo

The RCA Museum's  temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days, continues this week. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.

Revisit the story of ‘In Flanders Fields’

In Flanders Field close up

November 6
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin

The Parkland Regional Library in Dauphin will be hosting a National Film Board presentation of John McCrae’s War this Tuesday. This documentary, which focuses on the poet himself, and the inspiration behind “In Flanders Fields”, Alexis Helmer, seeks to revive their stories.

Plan your next staycation

Aaron's on the Lake

all month long
Aaron’s on the Lake, Matlock

Aaron’s on the Lake only recently opened, but it’s proving to be the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. This bed and breakfast also hosts weekend soirées with a fondue weekend coming up at the end of the month. For more information, check out their website.

Watch a warm, witty play on matters of head and heart

Royal MTC Sense and Sensibility - Leif-Norman

continues this week
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Local playwright Ellen Peterson brings the romantic classic of Jane Austen to life in this brand new production by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Sense and Sensibility is a witty tale of the Dashwood sisters whose family is on the brink of financial ruin. As one sister, Elinor, is guided by her head and a motivation to save her family, the other sister, Marianne, is ruled by matters of the heart. Both sisters must learn how to strike that fine balance between the two. Sense and Sensibility ends its run at John Hirsch Mainstage on November 10.

Hit the Warehouse for a sexy, sassy play

Royal MTC's Vietgone. Photo: Dylan Hewlett

continues this week
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

In its latest production, Vietgone, Royal MTC is doing away with stereotypes and exploring the lives of two people who have escaped to America after the fall of Saigon. Playwright, Qui Nguyen, relies on hip hop, kung fu, and everything in-between to tell the story of his parents’ escape. Quang, who helped to save lives during the war was forced to leave his own family behind, while Tong is excited to write her own story but discovers that America isn’t anything like what she thought it would be. This production previews at Tom Hendry Warehouse on Wednesday, and opens on Thursday.

Explore the differences that make us the same

Faces Cre8ery

ends November 6
Cre8ery Gallery & Studio, Winnipeg

Our faces are continuously changing. Whether its because of ageing, or the impact of emotions, our expressions vary depending on the moments in our life. Faces in the Mirror, Cre8ery’s latest exhibit explores those changes, differences and the uniqueness of all these characteristics.

Give your brain a challenge

Wee Johnny Trivia

November 6
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Watch some musical jazz magic unfold

Mardi Jazz East Side Jazz Band

November 6
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Get ready to be blown away by the band East Side Jazz Band at this week’s edition of Mardi Jazz. Head to the centre culturel franco-manitobain where the musical magic unfolds.

Take a tour of 100 years in women’s fashion

Daly House Museum

November 6 to 10
Daly House Museum, Brandon

Daly House Museum has just opened its latest exhibit The New Woman’s Fashion Revolution: 1880-1980. Spanning a 100-year period, this retrospective exhibit focuses on the changes in women’s fashion and the shifts in women’s roles in Canadian society.

Find your Happy Place

Prairie Theatre Exchange's A Happy Place

opens November 7
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Winnipeg-born playwright, Pamela Mala Sinha, brings a brave and touching play that explores the courage and compassion of a group of women living in an in-patient care facility. Each woman has her own story and trauma, but the solidarity they build in this community becomes the best therapy they could ever need, not to mention the humour. A Happy Place previews on Wednesday and runs for three weeks at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

November 8
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Sing the blues at Sam’s Place

Sam's Place Joe and Lee

November 9
Sam’s Place, Winnipeg

Love the sounds of blues and the classic hits of yesteryear? Sam’s Place has just the event you’re looking for. Lead singer Lee Turner, who also plays a sweet harmonica, and vocalist and guitarist Joe Davis will be treating the audience to a night of live music.

Have a Korean dining experience

View from the foyer to the dining room at Bella's Castle Bed & Breakfast in Morden

November 10
Bella’s Castle, Morden

Bella’s Castle is hosting a Korean dinner night experience. There will be live music and authentic Korean food will be served up by Chef KJ from Kudara Sushi.

Learn about another side of Canada’s history

CMHR-That Never Happened

November 11
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

Canada’s first national internment where, over 88,000 people were forced to register, and more than 8,500 were wrongfully imprisoned in internment camps across Canada because of their origins. While the public records were destroyed in 1954, a few brave men and women sought to reclaim this chapter of history during the 1980s. That Never Happened tells the story of this portion of Canada’s history and plays at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Have A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

November 12
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Get into the spirit of Christmas this weekend. The classic A Charlie Brown Christmas is making its way to the Centennial Concert Hall stage with a live performance for kids and kids at heart.

Feast at a fall supper

Fall Suppers in Manitoba

What would fall be without the community suppers? Here’s a list of the ones to check out this week.

November 7

Buhler Active Living Centre, Winkler Senior Centre Vereniki/Perogi Fall Supper

November 11

St. Paul’s United Church, Beausejour Fall Supper

Dugald Community Club, Dugald Fall Supper

Community Centre, Pine River Fall Supper

Community Hall, Oakville Fall Supper

Erickson Collegiate, Erickson Fall Supper

Shop a market or craft sale

market

Now is as good a time as any to visit the markets and craft sales to find unique and local items made by talented artisans. Here are a few that are happening this week.

November 10

Mennonite Heritage Village (Canada) Inc., Steinbach 2018 Christmas Market

Watson Art Centre (PHS), Dauphin Christmas Craft Sale

Dauphin Friendship Centre, Winter Global Sale

Masonic Lodge, Winnipeg, Crimson + Twig 100% Manitoba Made Christmas Market

Deer Lodge Community Club, Winnipeg, Vendor Craft Sale

Selkirk Friendship Centre, Craft + Trade Show

Norwood Community Centre, Hope for the Holidays Popup Market

November 12

Fall into Christmas Craft Fair, 331 St. Charles Street