We are having a heat wave! Well, a heat wave for a Manitoba January that is. These mild temps seem to be bringing everyone out of the house, which is fantastic since we have loads of great outdoor winter experiences. But the indoors, particularly the arts scene, is also kicking up the heat with a big art party, sizzling musicals and two festivals – one featuring new music, the other celebrating the work of an “aged-to-perfection” master playwright. Here’s our weekly hot list, you know what to do…

Art & Soul: The Lucid Dream

Art & Soul: The Lucid Dream

Jan 23
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

For this year’s Art & Soul, the gallery will transform into a series of dreamscapes combined with fantastic entertainment and cool atmosphere. The Lucid Dream is inspired by the WAG’s two current exhibits featuring work by one of the world’s most famous surrealists, Salvador Dalí.


CowardFest from the Royal MTC
Jan 28 to Feb 15
Various venues, Winnipeg

Delve into drama at live performances, films and readings during CowardFest! The 15th annual Master Playwright Festival is celebrating the life and work of Noël Coward: actor, playwright, director, songwriter and fashion trendsetter.

Private Lives at MTC

Private Lives By Noël Coward

Jan 29 to Feb 14
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked Private Lives is the star of this year’s CowardFest! In this sparkling comedy, the happily divorced Elyot and his new bride inadvertently choose to spend their honeymoon in the suite adjoining his ex-wife Amanda and her new husband. As the old flame is rekindled, so is the venom that extinguished it in the first place.

New Music Festival

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival

Jan 31 to Feb 6 | Various venues, Winnipeg
This year, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival is the longest-running festival of contemporary music in North America. The 24th edition welcomes the renowned Arditti Quartet, the WSO performs Luther Adams’s hot off a Pulitzer Prize win John Become Ocean and many more thrilling new works.

Armstrong’s War – MTC regional tour

Armstrong's War – MTC Regional Tour

Jan 28, Snow Lake
Jan 31, Churchill

This year, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company is featuring Armstrong’s War on its regional tour! Corporal Michael Armstrong is recuperating in a rehab hospital when he’s ambushed by a Girl Guide looking to earn her Community Service badge. After battle lines are drawn, the unlikely allies show each other how to stand tall.


Raw:almond river pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg.

Photo by Marianne Helm for MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE

Jan 22 to Feb 11
The Red River, The Forks

The foodie event of the season! RAW:almond is back on the frozen river for another year to serve you the finest of feasts as you dine on a big block of ice. This year, the restaurant is getting a beautiful architectural update. Unfortunately, the tickets for evening meals are all SOLD OUT. Fortunately, the restaurant offers a hearty, belly-warming skate up brunch each weekend. Skate up and grab a seat, there are no tickets needed. But make sure you arrive early, there’s often a line-up.

Cabaret at MTC

Cabaret at MTC

Jan 6 to 31
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

The sexy and electrifying Cabaret is a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience. When aspiring American novelist Clifford Bradshaw journeys to Berlin to kick-start his flagging novel, he’s drawn into the sensuous and exhilarating underworld of cabaret. His writing falls by the wayside, and Clifford begins a whirlwind romance with a vivacious club dancer. Their carefree lives are soon threatened by the gathering darkness of pre-war Germany.

Nature Detectives – Camouflage Critters

Nature Detectives - Camouflage Critters

Photo by Miha Krofel via Flickr.

Jan 28 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Birds Hill Provincial Park

Investigate the different ways animals hide themselves in the forest and why blending in is so important for their survival. Enjoy a guided walk on part of Nimowin Trail as you hunt for camouflaged critters in the forest. Nature programs designed for preschool children ages 3 – 5 and their caregivers. Enjoy fun games, crafts, songs and a healthy snack while learning more about the outdoors and discover the animals and plants that call Birds Hill Provincial Park their home. Pre-register with the Park Interpreter at 204-654-6739 or email Lindsey.Mitton@gov.mb.ca. Dress warmly!

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. All 11 galleries are now open.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.


Thermea baths

Open daily
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg

Experience winter in a whole new way. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is Manitoba’s newest spa. Although there are bathrobes, Thermëa is not your typical spa. Adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course, Thermëa follows the tenets of thermotherapy, the practice of alternating between hot and cold.

No reservations are required for the thermal experience, but you can make a reservation to enjoy a massage or face or body treatment. There is also a restaurant onsite, so you can take a break from all that relaxing to enjoy a meal or sip a glass of wine.

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

Jan 27, 30
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Hit the road to Brandon to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors this week. The Wheat Kings enter the week with a record of 35-9-3-1, including a league leading 18-3-3 mark on home ice. Tuesday’s game is “2 for Tuesdays” while Friday’s game is John Quenneville Bobblehead Night.

Red River Mutual Trail

Red River Mutual Trail

Photo by @broken_down_chevy via Instagram.

The Forks

Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.

Life, Death and The Blues at PTE

Life, Death and The Blues

Jan 22 to Feb 8
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

This is The Blues as you’ve never seen or heard it before. Life, Death and The Blues is an innovative new concert/theatre hybrid that explores the power, passion and meaning of The Blues. From its early roots to new artists, Raoul Bhaneja – with the help of his band The Big Time, and amazing R& B artist Divine Brown – combines autobiography, interviews and multimedia to draw you into a personal, poetic and visceral world of The Blues.

Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park

Open daily
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Photo by @edenfontaine via Instagram.

Open daily
The Forks

Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.

Sedimentary Antiquity


Jan 15 to Feb 28
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

Through research and field study, Kevin Conlin has worked closely with the historical record contained in layers of clay and bedrock. As a ceramic artist and an amateur paleontologist, he anchors his practice in the vast record of the earth’s past and the inevitable effects that humankind will have on its future. Clay not only tells us about the ancient past, but embodies and contains traces of all living things; Conlin’s ceramic vessels and urns act as storehouses of this history.

The Whiteshell in winter

Skiing the Whiteshell with Hike Bike Travel

Photo by Leigh McAdam via Hike Bike Travel.

If you haven’t experienced the Whiteshell in winter, it’s time to give it a try. A paradise for nature-lovers, in the park you can glide along cross-country ski trails, get back to nature on horseback, sled over groomed snowmobile trails, wait for the big catch while ice fishing, or break through fresh snow by snowshoe all while keeping your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife.

Visit Experience The Whiteshell for more information or get a glimpse of what skiing the area is like through the eyes (and skis) of Hike Bike Travel.

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