Now that we’re finally settling in and coming to terms with the fact that 2016 is over and 2017 is on its way, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And we’ve got a few ideas in mind to help you do just that!
Relive rock ‘n’ roll history
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
December 1956 may be long gone, but now you get the chance to relive history and catch a glimpse into the excitement that was rock ‘n’ roll, when, for one night, four music legends – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – made recording history as the Million Dollar Quartet.
Wear your heart on your Jets sleeve
Hockey action on the ice is where it’s at and the MTS Centre is where all the excitement will be when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Calgary Flames. Get your game face, wear your heart on your Jets sleeve, and don’t miss your chance to cheer along your favourite hometown team.
Music, vampires and high school fun at MTYP
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Thirst for Life is not your typical drama. The musical follows high school vampires and the fun unfolds on the main stage of the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. The event features the students of the After School Leaders Program. Admission is free and the event begins at 7 p.m.
Discover what 100 years of mechanics have created
RCA Museum, Shilo
It’s hard to believe that over 100 years have come and gone since we all but gave up riding horse-drawn carriages in favour of mechanized transport. But the RCA Museum has the artifacts to show just how far we’ve come. You can see them on display in Shilo during the museum’s “One Hundred Years of Mechanization exhibit”.
Be mesmerized by Joanna Majoko
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
Smooth, silky and warm are just some of the words used to describe Joanna Majoko’s unique voice and style of delivery. Majoko’s influences are many, ranging from her own Zimbabwean and German heritage, to the Negro spiritual tradition of gospel, to the rhythmic sounds of drum ensembles. To kick off the 2017 Mardi Jazz series, the gifted musician will headline at Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, which begins at 8 p.m.
Learn the intricacies of Aboriginal beadwork
Saint Boniface Museum
If you are fascinated by the intricacy and artistry of Aboriginal arts and craft, particularly by the beadwork, Métis artisan Julie Desrochers will be facilitating an introductory workshop to the craft, where you will learn the art of beading and how to work leather materials in 10, two-hour-long sessions which each start at 7 p.m. at the Saint Boniface Museum. And if you’re too excited to wait until 7 p.m. to get there, set-up begins at 6 p.m.
Storytelling at Cercle Molière
Narrated by a lone woman on the Cercle Molière stage, Moi, monsieur, moi tells the story of a Senegalese girl born into a family of seven whose fate seems to already be sealed by those around her. Through this girl’s predetermined life journey, she must still discover who she is on her way to womanhood, while still holding on to the things that make her human: laughter, humility and authenticity. Moi, monsieur, moi plays at 8 p.m.
Take a trip to see the fossil collection
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If it has been a while since your last visit to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, or you haven’t yet had a chance to take it all in, we encourage you to take a journey back in time and get ready to be amazed by Canada’s largest collection of fossils, including Guinness World Record holding Bruce, the largest mosasaur in the world.
Take a behind-the-scenes journey to Dvořák’s 5th
Centennial Concert Hall
If you’re pressed for time, but still crave some arts and culture in your already packed schedule, the WSO’s Dvořák’s 5th, an ode to the composer’s native Czech folklore, promises to give you just what you need with only an hour of your time that you’ll be required to spare. This Friday matinee takes you behind the scenes with an open rehearsal where you’ll hear the conductor introduce the selected work and comment to the orchestra. There will also be a complete performance of the work followed by a question and answer session.
Experience the works of the ‘Father of the Symphony’
Jan 13, 14
Centennial Concert Hall
What better way could there be to experience the symphony than with some of the works of the man warmly referred to as the “Father of the Symphony”! The WSO presents Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 in D minor and Sinfonia concertante. Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis’s Shadows Radiant paints an honest portrait of Canada’s rich history, at the same time, acknowledging its failings, while Maestro Mickelthwate will close the program with Dvořák’s bright and joyful 5th Symphony.
Celebrate Fire Fighter Appreciation Day with the Manitoba Moose
Jan 13, 15
The Manitoba Moose opened 2017 with a bang and a big win against the Charlotte Checkers. If you’ve missed any of their most recent games, this is your chance to cheer them on to glory as they battle the Chicago Wolves at the MTS Centre. The January 15 game will also mark Fire Fighter Appreciation Day and the team will be sporting specialty firefighter appreciation jerseys, which will be auctioned off. Proceeds from the event will go to the Manitoba Fallen Firefighter Foundation.
A case of mistaken identity in ‘Another Flashdance’
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Celebrations combines dinner and theatre for a night of comedy, drama and great music. Another Flashdance, Celebration’s latest production, promises equal amounts of entertainment in a case of mistaken identity as it follows a working-class girl named Alex, as she strives to become a professional dancer.
Shop local produce for your winter soups
Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
The outdoor farmers’ markets may be closed, but the indoor markets are just getting started! If you’re longing for some local produce to add to your winter soups and stews, from this Saturday, and every other Saturday, The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Club all winter long.
Introduce your kids to Winnipeg’s rich folk tradition
Give your kids a taste of Winnipeg’s rich folk tradition with an introduction to folk music at the Millennium Library. From 2 p.m. on January 14, local family performers will put on a show just for the kids with a lighthearted, fun-filled atmosphere of singing, dancing, and learning. Admission is free.
Sing, dance and ‘Rave On’
The Williams Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
The Buddy Holly Tribute Band brings energy, excitement and eccentricity to all its performances and you should expect no less when the band will play The William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie. Put on your dancing shoes and have yourself a boogie for Rave On: A Buddy Holly Tribute. The band will revisit some of Buddy Holly’s most memorable hits with its on-point renditions, including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, It’s So Easy and It Doesn’t Matter. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.
Join an adventurous boy on his discovery of Latin music
Centennial Concert Hall
An impulsive boy, his loyal friend named Mambo, and the magic of Latin music. What does one have to do with the other? Everything! Join Max for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Presto, Mambo! as he goes on a whirlwind musical adventure and discovers the wonders of Latin music, and learns to dance to its rhythmic beats, all with the help of his furry friend, Mambo, the orchestra, and the audience.
Get your creative juices flowing at the WAG’s Family Fusion
If you’re on the lookout for some creative ways to spend time with the kids, the WAG’s Family Fusion offers a monthly DIY arts and crafts event for you and the kids to get your creative juices flowing. Sunday’s event theme will focus on animals of the North where you get to create your very own furry friendly puppet and act out your own little show.
Move to the bold sounds of Marco Castillo
The Park Theatre
Influenced by the experimental and exceptional style of Hermeto Pascoal, Marco Castillo has taken a page out of his hero’s playbook to create his own bold, creative sound, which he will showcase during the Jazz Winnipeg series at The Park Theatre with support from the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and UMFM.
Celebrate Mennonite history in Steinbach
The Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Take a trip out to The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach for Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women Exhibit. This exhibit tells the stories of the women who dared to go beyond their traditional roles of wife and mother and became influencers and activists in their own right. This exhibit runs until April 28.