Art lovers, prepare your senses, our performing arts, visual arts, music and museum scene is a hot commodity right now. Toss in a bunch of thrilling hockey games and a polar bear marathon (say whaaat?!) and you have yourself a robust week of fun. Here’s what’s hot… 

Catch Mozart’s comic tour de force

Figaro by Manitoba Opera

Nov 21, 24, 27
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

From the famous overture to the final glorious ensemble, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music in Figaro sparkles with intelligence and wit. Figaro, the former barber and now valet to the Count, is just hours away from wedding the lovely Susanna, a maid in the household. But alas, Susanna has caught the attention of the Count’s wandering eye. The day is soon turned upside down as clever twists and turns, disguises and comic intrigue ensue.

Warm your heart at The Snowman & The Bear

The Snowman & The Bear at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Nov 22
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Back by popular demand, the heartwarming holiday classic The Snowman & The Bear tells of a little boy who wakes up to find that everything has turned snow-white. He rushes out to build a snowman who comes to life and takes him on an amazing journey.

Pre-concert activities: Kids can visit the Conducting Station for a chance to conduct a group of symphony musicians or visit the Instrument Petting Zoo to touch and play the orchestral instruments. There will also be activities such as crafts, rhythm ensembles and round-singing.

Laugh hysterically at A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story The Musical

Nov 19 to 22
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Don’t shoot your eye out! Based on the 1983 classic movie, A Christmas Story The Musical tells the hilarious tale of Ralphie Parker’s desperate quest for the ONE Christmas gift he wants: an official Red Ryder BB Gun. The stories of legendary radio humourist Jean Shepherd come alive in true holiday splendour.

Find universal resonance in one man’s story

Wiesenthal at MTC

Nov 18 to Dec 5
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Told with wit, wisdom and an open heart, Wiesenthal is the compelling true story of an ordinary man who devoted his life to one extraordinary mission. After surviving the Holocaust with his family destroyed but his humanity intact, Simon Wiesenthal spent 58 years tracking Nazi war criminals, bringing more than 1,100 to justice. His mission came at a personal cost but as a survivor, he was committed to planting the seeds of a better future in honour of those left behind.

Don’t pass up the SLAM

freestyle poetry slam

Nov 18
Ship & Plough, Gimli

Join the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group for a freestyle poetry slam at the Ship & Plough. Bring your best poems and step up. All readers get three minutes at the mic, to read, recite, perform your poetry. No registration required. Event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Relish the handmade at a craft show

Boy, Manitobans are a crafty bunch! Just check out all the craft, bake and art sales coming up this holiday season. It’s time to go out and find that unique, locally-made gift to give to someone special.

Explore the ancient world at Olympus

Olympus at the WAG

On until Apr 17, 2016
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Take the entire brood to see the famous families of ancient Greece and Rome at Olympus. Spanning almost 10 centuries of artistic production, this extraordinary collection features over 160 ancient treasures including statues, vases and jewelry. Get to know the The 12 gods of Olympus at the WAG before you meet them in the flesh – or rather in the marble, bronze, and terracotta.

Listen to the soul-tastic Jesse Peters

Jesse Peters Trio

Nov 19
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

In the world of music, there are two types of performers, those who play for themselves, and those who play for their audience, Jesse is definitely the latter. With his soul bared at each and every performance his musical sincerity draws in anyone willing to let go and come along for the ride. Textures that honor Jesse’s great influences like Ray Charles and Billy Joel are fused into the modern sound that Jesse creates, and recreates every time he sits in front of a piano and microphone.

World history lesson at RCA Museum

RCA Museum

Open Monday to Friday
RCA Museum, Shilo

100 years ago Canada entered into what would become one of the greatest and horrendous world events that mankind had yet to experience. World War One changed the human experience, the map of Europe, Britain’s relationship with its Colonies and Canada forged an independent sense of itself as a nation. This is just part of the story told at The RCA Museum.

Come closer to the cosmos

Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum

Open Tuesday to Sunday
Manitoba Museum

Did you know that the Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum is one of the most advanced in the world? It was the first planetarium to use Digistar® 5, an all-dome digital projection technology that will transport you to places you’ve never been before – in 3D! Leave Earth and fly to the edge of the unknown universe in one seamless motion and take in the true perspective of our skies. Yeah, science! Current shows are Astronaut, narrated by Ewan McGregor, Live with the Stars and the zany Zula Patrol: Down to Earth.

Take a scary, unsettling thrill ride at Butcher

Butcher at PTE

Nov 19 to Dec 6
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Who is the Butcher? On Christmas Eve, at a police station, a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat, with a meat hook dangling around his neck and a note saying “Arrest me.” As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served. Haunted by events a world away, no one is who they seem to be.

Rev it up for those feisty Jets

Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 18, 21
MTS Centre

The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Vancouver Canucks on November 18 and the Phoenix Coyotes on November 21. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The PintShark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.

Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon

Brandon Wheat Kings

Nov 18, 20
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, November 18 and the Regina Pats on Friday, November 20 this week. Friday’s game is Operation Red Nose night.

Kick it up at the Moose game

Manitoba Moose

Nov 20, 22
MTS Centre

The Manitoba Moose are back, baby! Winnipeg is welcoming this iconic team back to the arena with open arms, and AHL hockey has never been more exciting. This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on the Bakersfield Condors on November 20 and 22. And, if you need a spot for dinner before the game, check out our list of top fall eats. Score.

Run for your life in Churchill

Polar Bear Marathon

Photo by Birgit-Cathrin Duval / bcmpress, Germany.

Nov 21

It’s time to brrrr-ave the coolest marathon in the world. The Polar Bear Marathon is a unique adventure run, where you can enjoy the Hudson Bay scenery (with all its “Charlie Brown” pine trees) and the camaraderie of others while you run in the Polar Bear Capital of the world. No need to be afraid of the cold — or polar bears — because race volunteers have you covered with vehicles driving alongside. You can warm up in a vehicle, get your energy food, change into dry clothing, shoot a photo, or seek safety should a bear show up.

Discover our prehistoric past

Mosasaur at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Open daily
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft  Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.

Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR

The Forks and Canadian Museum for Human Rights with with Max Muench (@muenchmax)

Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 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.

While there, check out the exhibit Peace. Discover how we can obtain and protect peace; how we organize and demonstrate to demand it; and, sometimes, how we fight to achieve it.

Bring letters for Santa in Brandon

Santa Claus Parade in Brandon, Manitoba

Nov 21
Downtown Brandon

Catch Santa as he makes his way down Rosser and Princess Avenues. Hop aboard free transportation from Brandon Transit to the parade route and bring a non-perishable item for to help spread the joy of the season. Plus Canada Post will also be on site collecting letters for Santa, so start working on your list!

Celebrate 100 years of the vote

November 5, 2015 to April 10, 2016
Manitoba Museum

On January 28, 1916, the Manitoba Legislature amended the Manitoba Election Act and for the first time in Manitoba’s history, some (but not all) women could vote in provincial elections. With the 100th anniversary of this event, the Manitoba Museum’s brand new exhibit, “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote,” outlines the causes, contradictions and people involved. Don’t miss this unique glimpse into the suffragist movement!

Rejuvenate and relax at the spa

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.

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