Manitoba’s vibrant arts and culture scene is flourishing right now. From a timeless classical ballet, to a unique look at architecture and the arctic, to a refreshing take on the war hero genre, this week’s dance card is full with crowd-pleasing cultural offerings. Throw in a few festivals and winter races and you’ve got yourself a full week of fun to be had…
Swan Lake by RWB
Mar 4 to 8
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet continues their 75th Anniversary season with the poetic classic Swan Lake. This heart-wrenching story of true love has enchanted audiences young and old and remains timeless because of the range of human emotions expressed through dance and Tchaikovsky’s luminous score. The poetic work resonates with melancholy and hope and draws the audience into the story of Odette, a princess-turned-swan and the heroic Prince Siegfried, until the end of this tragic tale, where love triumphs, and the lovers are united for eternity.
Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
Mar 3 to May 3
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
Celebrating Nunavut’s 15th anniversary as a territory, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 offers visitors a unique look at the relationship between architecture, land, climate, and culture. It features interactive architecture models, photography, and topographical maps of the 25 communities of Nunavut, and specially commissioned work by Inuit carvers who have created masterful scale models of some of the best-known buildings in the territory.
This project was first presented as Canada’s official exhibition at the prestigious 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, where it was honoured with a Special Mention.
Armstrong’s War – MTC regional tour
Mar 2, McGregor
Mar 3, Brandon
Mar 4, Souris
Mar 5, Deloraine
Mar 7, Virden
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.
First Fridays in the Exchange
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Enjoy the warmth of studios and galleries filled with fine art. 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.
Gimli Ice Festival
Mar 7 to 8
Embark on a celebration of community and heritage at the Gimli Ice Festival! This annual event has fun activities for the whole family in various locations on the ice of Lake Winnipeg. Events include mini-sled racing, snow sculpting, baking auction, crazy chicken curl, ice golf, bannock and tea, kids ice fishing, a frozen fish toss and the Fire On Ice car racing championship.
Late Company at MTC
Mar 5 to 21
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Don’t miss your chance to see Late Company, a riveting and powerful play Jordan Tannahill. A tragedy has shattered the lives of two families. In a gesture of reconciliation, they sit down to dinner. Before they can even get to dessert, the angry shards of guilt and grief tear away at their best intentions. As both couples navigate a minefield of political, sexual and parental hypocrisy, the road to closure seems miles away. Can they pick up the pieces and find their way to forgiveness?
Canadian Power Toboggan Championships
Mar 7 to 8
Ride out to Beasejour to cap off on exciting race season at the 53rd annual Canadian Power Toboggan Championships! Watch racers from all over North America compete for the top spot on Beausejour’s popular half-mile ice oval track, renowned for its speed and safety. Plus, there will be KITTY KAT and 120 CLASSES for the kids.
Mar 6 to 8
École communautaire Aurèle-Lemoine, Saint-Laurent
Celebrate St. Laurent’s historical and cultural traditions at The Manipogo Festival! Named after Lake Manitoba’s famous serpentine monster, Manipogo Festival celebrates the region’s fishing tradition by giving traditional ice-fishing demonstrations and offering visitors delicious pickerel fillets at the Fisher’s Ball. Family fun activities, fish derby, camp fire, pancake breakfast, music and much more.
Canada: 50 Years in Space
Until Mar 21
Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg
See exciting images and memorabilia detailing Canada’s exploits in space at Canada: 50 Years in Space . This travelling exhibit houses a collection of photographs of our early satellites, the Canadarm, and our brave astronauts like Chris Hadfield and Julie Payette. You can also register for a space workshop. These workshops, led by experts from the local chapter of the Canadian Space Society are for children, adults, hobbyists and teachers.
Winter in RMNP
Riding Mountain National Park
Awaken your senses and chart your own amazing experiences on the many trails awaiting you in Riding Mountain National Park. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skate-skiing, traction kiting, and sleigh rides will take you to places that are deeply moving and beautiful. Connect with nature and with yourself when you embrace winter and all the rewarding ways you can interact with the season.
Saturday, March 7 is the Riding Mountain Loppet! Geared towards novices and experienced skiers, the loppet is for anyone who loves the joy of gliding across the snow, whether for fun or competition.
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story at PTE
Feb 25 to Mar 15
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Catch the inspiring true story of an unlikely hockey star at Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story. Based on the best-selling biography and developed with Theo Fleury himself, Playing with Fire is the brutally honest story of how a 5’6” Metis youth, who grew up in Russell and played for the Winnipeg Warriors, overcame poverty, neglect, physical, psychological and sexual abuse to become an NHL star. Performed entirely on skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit.
Ice fishing derby
Mar 7 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lac du Bonnet
Compete with other anglers for more than $25,000 in prizes at the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby. The derby is a fun filled, family oriented day of ice fishing on the Winnipeg River. Warm up areas are available as well as food and of course plenty of fun.
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.
Red River Mutual Trail
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.
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. Every Saturday enjoy the Snowpacked Music Series in the Powder Keg Pub.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at MTC
Feb 11 to Mar 7
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Christopher Durang’s new play proves that misery loves comedy in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — one of the hottest shows on Broadway! Siblings Vanya and Sonia are left with little but each other after sacrificing their adult lives to care for their ailing parents. But when their sister Masha, an aging actress, arrives with unsettling news and her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow, their static lives are thrown for a loop.
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