This is the perfect week to experience the world of arts and theatre. We’ve got Puccini’s extravagant portrayal of ancient China, Romi Mayes ready to bring down the house in Dauphin, a cheeky take on Sherlock Holmes, Tom Flanagan doing his slapstick acrobatic thing, a unique design film festival and so much more. Here is the best of the week…


Apr 16 to 26
Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Enjoy “physical comedy at its best” at Kaput! This hilarious, acrobatic and dangerously clever performance tells the story of a clumsy ‘Mr. Fixit’ who, despite his best efforts to perform the simplest of tasks, manages only to fuel the catastrophe around him. Starring the larger-than-life Tom Flanagan (of the world-renowned Circus Oz and Tom Tom Crew).

Turandot by Manitoba Opera

Manitoba Opera presents Turandot

Saturday, April 18, 21, 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Catch Puccini’s grandest love story Turandot. In Ancient Peking, the beautiful, icy Princess Turandot announces that she will marry the man who can solve her three riddles, but gravely punish those who cannot. Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece features one of the most profoundly beautiful scores in all of opera.

Romi Mayes

Romi Mayes

Apr 17
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

Catch Juno nominated Romi Mayes at the Watson Art Centre. Romi is an independent musician who is a five-time WCMA award winner. She is promoting her fifth full-length album titled Lucky Tonight.

The Hound of the Baskervilles at PTE

Hound Of The Baskervilles

Apr 9 to 26
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Catch a hilarious spoof on the world’s most famous detective at The Hound of the Baskervilles! An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose. This rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated tale, while mostly faithful to the original plot, is a cavalcade of characters, quick changes and sight gags, as Holmes and Watson investigate a suspicious death at Baskerville Hall in a zany, madcap telling of the classic tale.

Architecture + Design Film Festival

Architecture+Design Film Festival (A+DFF)

Apr 15 to 19
Various venues

Watch unique and critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life at the Architecture + Design Film Festival! The festival covers a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. Films this year are from England, Spain, USA, France, Netherlands, Italy, Canada and Australia and are complimented by locally made short films, panel discussions and tours.

Music of the 49º

Chamber music

Apr 17
Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University

The Brandon Chambers Players present the innovative compositions of three remarkable Canadian composers – David R. Scott’s Double Concerto for Violin and ‘Cello, Heather Schmidt’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and William McCauley’s Five Miniatures for Flute and Strings – are the focus of this concert’s offering.

Hermetic Code Tour

Hermetic Code Tour

Wednesday evenings from Apr 15 to Oct 14
Manitoba Legislative Building

Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.

Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Open Tuesday to Sunday
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.

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Open daily
Assiniboine Park Zoo

Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.

Wanda Koop: VIEW from HERE

Wanda Koop: VIEW from HERE

Feb 26 to May 31
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Wanda Koop’s new suite of paintings, VIEW from HERE, both affirms and disrupts two quite different genres: landscape and portraiture. Using ink and acrylic on canvas, these nine-by-seven-foot works use landscape tropes to compose immense and surreal human heads that seem to float in ambiguous space.

The Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum

Photo by Paul Fleming (@lovethywalrus)

Open daily
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Museum is always full of new things to do and see. Here’s what’s on right now:

  • The interactive exhibit Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. Closes April 26!
  • The new exhibit, The Old Plesiosaur and the Sea: Fossil Vertebrates from the Manitoba Escarpment, features a spectacular fossil and displays the work of amateur collectors Wayne Buckley and Kevin Conlin.
  • Get your hands on some science in the Boeing Explore Science Zone. This zone serves as a science theatre, laboratory and hands-on activity centre.
  • LAKE WINNIPEG: Shared Solutions – One of the Science Gallery‘s most ambitious exhibits that asks the question, “How would you fix Lake Winnipeg?”
  • The Planetarium is showing One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s AdventureAttack of the Space Pirates and Wonders of the Universe.

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