There’s always something to do in this gem of a province. Last week, we had ChristieFest in full swing, and who can forget about Festival du Voyageur? While these events may be winding down – and sadly so – there is still some time left to enjoy them; if only for a few more days. Of course, that leads to the other beautiful thing about Manitoba: while one event winds down, there’s always another gearing up! So don’t lose heart, we’ve got a full lineup of what’s on this week. Ready?
Breathe in the fresh air of Festival
ends Feb 26
Voyageur Park, St. Boniface
Festival du Voyageur thus far has been a week of sights, sounds and wonderment! And as the saying goes about all good things: they must, eventually, come to an end. But before we bid adieu to yet another fantastic Festival, there’s still one week left – this one! – to breathe in the fresh air and bask in the joys that Festival du Voyageur 2017 has brought with it.
Solve a murder for the last curtain call of ChristieFest
ends Feb 26
ChristieFest, various venues, Winnipeg
The Master Playwright Festival has celebrated the works of distinguished playwrights in an 18-day production featuring professional and emerging artists. This year’s festival brought the works of best-selling novelist and renowned playwright Agatha Christie to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s stage and venues across the city. As plots thicken, and suspense grows, you can be a part of the mystery as it unfolds, even solving a few of the whodunits yourself. ChristieFest’s last curtain call will be on Sunday.
Discover lost giants of ancient past
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The T. rex may have been a giant, but he certainly wasn’t the biggest beast in the park. That title goes to the Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered. If the predators of the past pique your interest, you can hear all about them this weekend, particularly this new kid on the block, Mr. Spinosaurus. Paleontologist, Nizar Ibrahim, who has scoured the deserts of North Africa in search of clues to pre-existing life, will be making a presentation titled, Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous at Centennial Concert Hall with amazing visuals that help recreate the lost world of the Cretaceous era and give insight into the discovery, loss and rediscovery of this ancient predator.
Get in character for reading time
Feb 25 & 26
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
This month, the Children’s Museum is celebrating “I Love to Read Month” and this weekend, not only do kids get a chance to enjoy special story times, crafts, and activities, they also get to play dress up! Kids are encouraged to dress as their favourite book character for this weekend’s theme Laughing and Learning.
Have breakfast with bears
Feb 25 & 26
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Enjoy breakfast with bears this weekend at Assiniboine Park Zoo during International Polar Bear Day Celebrations. Well, OK. Admittedly, you won’t exactly be sitting with polar bears having breakfast, but you’ll be overlooking the zoo’s largest polar bear habitat from a safe distance. The two-day event will also be an informative one as you will learn all about polar bears and conservation efforts. And to make this event even better, the zoo has added a cherry on top in the form of artist Kal Barteski’s interactive art installation at the Gateway to the Arctic building.
Experience jazz manouche style
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface
Ever heard of jazz manouche? Neither have I, but it’s coming to Mârdi jazz at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain tonight and you can experience it for the first time…if you haven’t yet. This Tuesday’s series welcomes Marc Wencelius, a French swing guitarist who specializes in…you guessed it: jazz manouche! Wencelius also delves into the sounds of world music and is known in jazz circles for his collaborations with internationally renowned artists.
Take a crack at a whodunit
Feb 21 to Mar 4
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
While ChristieFest may soon be coming to a close, the master playwright and author’s Black Coffee will be sticking around for just a little while longer. This intriguing, hilarious, typically British performance centres on the death of Sir Claud Amory, a wealthy, demanding scientist preoccupied with his inventions and obsessed with locked doors. For a crack at this whodunit right alongside the brilliant protagonist Monsieur Poirot, you need only go as far as the John Hirsch Mainstage.
Experience Aboriginal culture through the eyes of artists
Feb 21 to Mar 11
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg
The Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art gallery has not one, but two exceptional exhibits on from now until March 11. Colour Wheel is presented by artist Wally Dion, while artist Barry Ace presents Niibwa Ndanwendaagan (My Relatives). Both exhibits offer their unique points of interest and intrigue and present the perfect opportunity to learn even more Aboriginal culture through the eyes of the artists.
Revisit old heros and vicious villains
Feb 21 to 25
Winkler Arts + Culture Centre, Winkler
Now in its last few days, there’s only so much time left to visit the Winkler Arts + Culture Centre for its Heros & Villains art exhibit. And this exhibit is one that just about anyone who has ever seen a Superman movie or followed the old Spiderman TV series can appreciate as it focuses only on super heroes and villains.
Catch a glimpse of amazing clay work
Feb 21 to 24
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin
Head on to the Watson Art Centre for its Smoked exhibit, which features the original clay work of Forouzandeh Kasrai, who painstakingly turns lumps of clay into eye-catching masterpieces. This exhibit is on for only four days and there will be opportunities to purchase Kasrai’s work.
Star gaze at The Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Look up! Higher. A little higher. Just a little bit farther. What do you see? Not quite sure what you see? Well maybe it’s time to get yourself a telescope, or maybe you have one already collecting dust in some corner of your home. Pull it out, dust it off and get to gazing! No. We don’t mean neighbour gazing! And if you enjoy procrastinating even a little and you’re not likely to pull out the old gazer for some time still, then maybe a visit to The Manitoba Museum for its Telescope 101 will light a fire under you long enough to get you back home and excited about all the mysteries beyond what the natural eyes can see.
Delve into your love of photography
Gaynor Family Regional Library, Selkirk
Do you enjoy being outdoors and capturing the wonders of nature? Do you strike a pose every time you hear the shutter of a camera? Or perhaps you’re the one behind the lens doing the clicking…snapping away at selfies? Whatever your love affair with photography the Gaynor Family Regional Library will be hosting Winter, Snow, and Cold by the Red River North Photography Group, and all are welcome.
Take your pick of three at the WECC
Feb 22 to 24
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
Three nights, three acts; take your pick or attend them all. The West End Cultural Centre will be hosting three back-to-back nights of talent with the first night’s feature being the wildly talented Khari McClelland, known in music circles as The Freedom Singer. Up and coming artist Whitney Rose will bring her beguiling blend to the stage on the second night, while The Jerry Cans will serve up their distinctly northern style with a unique mix of Inuktitut, alt-country and reggae on the final night.
See an old Canadian story come alive
Feb 22 to Mar 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
For a tale of survival and spirit, one need only look back into Canada’s history and the story of Elle which opens at Prairie Theatre Exchange this week. Set in the 1500s, Elle chronicles the adventures and hardships of one woman who is marooned on a desolate island off the coast of Newfoundland as she finds humour in her ordeal and connects with nature both real and spiritual.
Find out who survives in another Christie play
Feb 22 to 26
Forest Nickerson Theatre, Winnipeg
As part of ChristieFest, Forest Nickerson Theatre will present And Then There Was One. This family friendly performance promises to be an all-round laugh fest as one-man spoof of the playwright’s work is chockfull of sight gags and dialogue. As with all things Agatha Christie, expect twist that is sure to please!
Drop in for Billy Talent’s next stop by
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Billy Talent comes to town and with it comes the band’s latest studio album Afraid of Heights. The band will be touring Canada coast to coast with a stop at the MTS Centre for just one night.
Pop by a pop-up farmers’ market
It may be wintertime, but that hasn’t stopped the farmers’ markets from popping up at various locations across the city. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will once again be hosting its Downtown Indoor Farmer’s Market, this time at Cityplace. Whether you’re searching for fresh, local produce, baked treats, delicious preserves, tasty meats, cheeses or fish, or if you’re in the market for a stunning piece jewelry, there’s a lot to see and shop for in this warm, friendly environment.
Find the meaning of life with a little help from Green Day
Feb 23 to Mar 5
Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, Winnipeg
Join three amigos on their journey to discovering the meaning of life in a post-9/11 world. The Tony-award-winning theatrical hit American Idiot by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer will descend on the Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre and will feature the music of award-winning band Green Day.
Make time for a good bonspiel
Feb 23 to 27
Deer Lodge Curling Club, Winnipeg
Can’t get enough of curling, dare we say, neither can we! This week’s bonspiel takes places at the Deer Lodge Curling Club. Join the men and women of the Strathcona Trust for five days of senior provincial curling fun.
Have at laugh with some Unusual Suspects
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin
If you’re in need of some comic relief and you happen to be in the vicinity of the Watson Art Centre, there may just be a spot left for you to a showing of The Unusual Suspects. While it may only be on for one night, we’re pretty sure that it will be more than sufficient to get you in brighter spirits just in time for the weekend!
Gear up for an unforgettable experience with John Greer
Great Hall, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg
Inspired by Canadian folk music and prairie poetry, Manitoba-born composer, conductor and pianist John Greer, known for his ever-entertaining song cycles, will enchant the halls of the Canadian Mennonite University during his interactive show Greeriad, presented by Flipside Opera. This is the perfect opportunity to witness one of Manitoba’s very own create an atmosphere of excitement as the singers and musicians weave their way through the audience making for an unforgettable experience.
Treat yourself to a fish fry
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler
It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve made it through another work week. Whew! We think you should reward yourself with a visit to the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum and a tasty, homemade fish fry supper. The mouth-watering menu options will be more than enough to satisfy any weekend appetite, while the company of family and friends guarantees everyone will have a good ole time.
Hear the music of two celebrated artists on one night
Feb 24 & 25
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Iconic jazz and ironic symphony. Whichever your preference, you get to experience the best of both worlds at Centennial Concert Hall when the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Gershwin & Shostakovich, two celebrated artists. This event will also see the debut of pianist Sara Davis Buechner as she performs Gershwin’s rarely played Second Rhapsody.
Have some big-time fun in small-town New Bothwell
Feb 24 & 25
New Bothwell Recreation Centre, New Bothwell
For some big-time excitement in a small-town kind of way, take a trip out to New Bothwell and join the residents for their annual New Bothwell Winter Carnival. There’s a long list of activities for all from the Friday night cribbage tournament, to a movie night event for kids. There will also be skating, a Saturday morning pancake breakfast among a tonne of other activities to keep everyone busy and having a fun time.
Don’t miss Aud Theatre’s Last Train
Aud Theatre, Virden
On the heels of Valentine’s Day, if you never got a moment to celebrate the day of love, we think that Last Train to Nibroc on at Aud Theatre might be your next best chance to do just that. This romantic comedy is set in 1940 on a train that is bound for New York. A handsome young pilot falls for a small-town religious girl from Kentucky. His decision to follow her to Kentucky will change the course of their lives.
Take a ride with the Log Cabin Riders
The Log Cabin Riders are back with another go of their annual poker derby. This ride begins with a 40-mile trail and then a long guided ride which will take snowmobilers to Montagao Lake, Devil’s Hole, Pelican Lake and finally to Grahamdale Cabin where meals will be served.
Join the Cross Country Snow Drifters for a poker chip derby
Veteran’s Hall, Elie
The Cross Country Snow Drifters Annual Poker Chip Derby is back for yet another year of exhilaration. Hit the groomed trails from the word go at 11 a.m., or get started at any one of the six check stops along the way. There will also be a dinner and silent auction at Elie Legion Hall after 5 p.m. and poker derby draws from 7:30 p.m.
Ice fish your way to a grand prize
Asessippi Parkland, Asessippi
Ice fishing season will soon be winding down, so if you haven’t had a chance to get out on the ice as yet, the 8th Annual Lake of the Prairies Ice Fishing Derby at Asessippi Parkland is a worthy option for your calendar. And if you’re still not convinced, perhaps the grand prize of $12,500 might be inspiration enough to get you geared up for the gig?
Get in costume at Ai-Kon
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
If you’re a fan of Comic Con, and you simply couldn’t miss the first-ever Winkler Comic Con fest, or you were one of the first ones at the door for the St. Valentine’s Horror Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo, then you may want to add the Ai-kon’s Winterfest to your list of animated adventures. Get in costume and be on your way to this one-day event on at the RBC Convention Centre.
Ride the Blue Highways with Colin James
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
He’s been celebrated by the Juno Awards for his exceptional contribution to blues, rock and neo-swing music, now singer-songwriter Colin James is capitalizing on his latest successful album release Blue Highways with a Canadian tour. For one night only, James will rock the Burton Cummings Theatre and for one night only, you have the chance to see him do so in all his splendour.
Have some winter fun in Roseau
Roseau River Bible Camp, Roseau
This winter is on Roseau and the town is pulling out all the stops for its Winter Fun Day with a tonne of activities to get families out and enjoying the remainder of the season. There will be sleigh rides, broomball, skating, tobogganing and cross country skiing! And if you start to feel even a little nippy, make a stop at the bonfire for a treat of roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate to get you back out and enjoying winter again.
Be a part of the conversation with Mess
Feb 25 & 26
Josephine, with the help of two friends, is tackling the topic of anorexia in a genius way, forcing audiences to listen even if they’d prefer not to. For a poignant piece of theatre – set to the music of UK entertainer Caroline Horton – and which also addresses obsession and addiction, head to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People for its last two days of Mess and become a part of the conversation.
Skate, curl and snowshoe with the Friends of Spruce Woods
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
The Friends of Spruce Woods will be hosting its Winter Fun Day with skating, curling, snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides! Check out the scavenger hunt, crafts, snow painting and skijoring demonstration. Chili, buns, cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Bring your skates and toboggans along!
Take a journey back with Birtle
Fire Hall, Birtle
Birtle, Manitoba is taking a journey back in time for its 6th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Derby. If you own a classic snowmobile, then hit the trails for a moment of nostalgia as you and others like you reminisce over your first rides in your then-brand new snowmobile. The 20-mile trail will be well marked and winds into the scenic Birdtail Valley. There will also be a vintage sled display in front of the Fire Hall.
Get ready for another thrilling show with Ecco chorale
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s Ecco Singers are back for another thrilling performance! This time, the chorale will present The Joshua Tree at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. While the chorale hasn’t provided many details, what they do promise is a lively performance of a favourite album from start to finish, and each song exactly in the order of album itself. If you can’t help but wonder which album the singers will choose, the perfect way to find out would be to attend.
Get out and about in Birds Hill Park
Birds Hill Provincial Park, Birds Hill
This Sunday is the perfect day to get out and about around Birds Hill Park. The park will be celebrating winter in a big way with fun family activities from guided walks to snowshoeing, to skijoring and kick sledding. There will also be a bonfire, bannock bake, and a scavenger hunt.