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.
Take a tour of reflection
November 7, 9 & 11
Royal Aviation Museum, Winnipeg
As Canada marks Remembrance Day, the Royal Aviation Museum is doing its part to ensure that we never forget those who fought bravely on the frontlines. For three days this week, the guided tour: Triumph and Sacrifice walks you through some of the stories of valour that have shaped the Canadian story.
Experience a convergence of cultures
opens November 9
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.
Get all country this weekend
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg
Get ready for Manitoba’s very own Country Music Awards. The evening event will bring together some of the province’s best artists and will be hosted by QX104’s Leanne Cater.
Revisit fairy tale favourites
opens November 12
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
It’s back! For those with vivid imaginations who prefer to conjure up their own stories, Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes present visuals for retelling old favourites like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.
Follow a detective’s complicated life
November 7 to 11
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
It’s the 1920s in Hong Kong and detective Tommy Lam faces an uphill battle trying to solve a series of murders of women, while trying to hold on to love, life and his reputation. Nine Dragons takes you into the depths of a nightclub where opium rages and a killer roams. Whether detective Lam comes out whole on the other side of it all is anyone’s guess. Nine Dragons ends its thrilling run this week at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Fall in love with Shakespeare
November 7 to 11
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
A lesser known but talented William Shakespeare is faced with writer’s block and is in dire need of inspiration. That inspiration comes in the form of Viola, an aspiring actor, who not only becomes Shakespeare’s muse, but also his love, leading to what will be the playwright’s most famous love story. Shakespeare in Love makes it final curtain call this week at the John Hirsch Mainstage.
Head to a comedy dust up
Torque Brewing, Winnipeg
Add some humour to your Tuesday evening with comedian Spencer Adamus and a few other local talents as they hit the stage of Torque Brewing for a comedy dust up.
Celebrate a composer’s works and MCO’s 45 years
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg
As one of the most widely performed living composers, Arvo Pärt’s works are a staple in the film industry, having been featured in movies like There Will be Blood and Gravity. Join the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Singers as they perform his choral, Te Deum, at Westminster United Church and celebrate their 45th anniversary.
Catch a round of laughter
November 7 to 11
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
Here are your second and third chances at another round of laughter. From Tuesday straight into Saturday, the Rumor’s Comedy Club stage will be occupied with a great comedy act. This week’s performers include Dean Jenkinson and Ian Edwards.
Make your way to an artist’s first exhibit
November 7 to 11
Wayne Arthur Gallery, St. Boniface
Diane Blakeley may be a scientist, but her passion for photography and pottery has led to her exhibiting her work for the first time focusing on landscapes, wildlife, clay carvings, glazes and underglazes. Blakeley’s exciting foray into the world of art will be featured at the Wayne Arthur Gallery this month.
Sway to a Latin rhythm
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
If you are a fan of Chilean artist Nano Stern, then you’ll be happy to hear that he’ll be gracing the stage of The Park Theatre. And even if you’re not familiar with Nano Stern, but love Latin rhythms, this concert won’t disappoint.
Shop an indoor market
City Place, Winnipeg
The outdoor farmers’ markets may be closed, but the indoor markets are just getting started. Beginning on Thursday, City Place will be a hub of activity with produce, preserves, crafts and much more.
Catch a riveting drama
November 9 to 12
P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, Winkler
Steinbach Bible College, Steinbach
Candlewick Productions brings the story of Joseph: Man of Dreams to life in a four-day production that explores his life’s trials and triumphs. This drama opens at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall in Winkler and continues its run at the Steinbach Bible College.
Experience Italian cuisine in Morden
Bella’s Castle, Morden
If you can’t make it to Italy, then let Italy come to you. Bella’s Castle will be hosting a series of international dinner nights, with this week’s dinner featuring some of the best in Italian cuisine.
Get back to your musical roots
Community Centre, Pinawa
Mix down-home with folk, throw in some acoustics, add a little bit of pop, east coast flavour and country charm and what you’ll get is the Red Moon Road. Join this rootsy band as it makes its way to Pinawa on Friday.
Clown around with two sisters
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg
Clown sisters Morro and Jasp bring their own spin to John Steinbeck’s classic tale Of Mice and Men with a hilarious twist to a tale of depression. Of Mice and Morro and Jasp opens at MTYP this Friday.
Dine English style
Qualico Family Centre, Winnipeg
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy will be hosting an especially English evening, London Calling, presented in the Qualico Family Centre. Professional chefs Kami Goertz and Mike de Groot will prepare a six-course tasting menu that represents England’s diverse food culture and rich historical traditions.
Get in on a craft and trade sale
November 10 & 12
Rosenort Arena, Rosenort
Community Hall, Fraserwood
Make your way to the Rosenort Arena and fill up on the yummiest treats and handmade products for the upcoming Christmas season. There will also be an empanada lunch will be available. There’s also the Fraserwood Craft, Trade and Bake Sale on at the Community Hall on this Sunday.
Take in some Celtic sounds
Community Centre, Gladstone
Award-winning Canadian vocalist Lizzy Hoyt brings her amazing musical skills to Gladstone this Friday evening. If Celtic and folk traditions of music appeal to your auditory senses, then you won’t want to miss out on this experience.
Test your skills at a spelling bee
November 10 & 11
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
How’s your spelling skills? This might just be your weekend to find out at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. As six kids vie for the championship title this weekend spelling their way through some tough words, you have the chance to secretly test just how good you are.
Revisit the music of the Mad Men era
November 10 to 12
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The Mad Men era may be long gone, but the music still lives on. Thanks to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, you’ve got the chance to enjoy some of the classics all over again like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, among others all weekend at Centennial Concert Hall.
Choose your Burton Cummings event
November 10, 11 & 12
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
A comedy show of a different kind is coming to town this Friday evening. The Alternative Comedy Tour will feature some of comedy’s best acts from Emmy Award-winning T.J. Miller, Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby and Wrecked’s Nick Vatterott. Saturday night is all about the Simon and Garfunkel fans, while Sunday evening will feature artist extraordinaire Gad Elmaleh.
Shop the Brandon market
Town Centre, Brandon
The Brandon Farmers’ Market is still going strong and is on this Saturday inside the Town Centre’s main concourse area. There will be lots in the way of variety, from fresh produce to local honey and handmade goods.
Get ready for a comedy invasion
Warren Memorial Hall, Warren
A Comedy Invasion is coming to Warren this weekend when the acts of Rollin Penner, Nelson Mayer and Scott Porteous take to the Memorial Hall stage. The event’s proceeds will go towards the Warren Elementary Playground.
Let Jon Brooks soothe your frayed mind
November 11 & 12
The Sunset Saloon, Winnipeg
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin
Dauphin’s Old Fire Hall will be trying on a new look this weekend when Canadian folk singer-songwriter Jon Brooks will be performing his much-loved hits. Before that, Brooks will be making a stop in Winnipeg on Saturday night.