BRAD OSWALD / TV
Tim & Tim set an Amazing-ly high standard
There were doubters -- this professional TV-watcher included -- who wondered last year if The Amazing Race Canada could be all that amazing if it never ventured outside Canada's borders. Well, the CTV series showcased the country's beauty and natural wonders in a spectacular fashion, and the contestants delivered an exciting, right-to-the-wire race, with Winnipeggers Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr. snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with some last-leg puzzle-solving brilliance. The Amazing Race Canada opens its second season on Tuesday, July 8 (8 p.m., CTV), with the local mother/son team of Nicole and Cormac Foster seeking to top the Tims' amazing triumph. On your marks...
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
One-of-a-kind bridge party
Winnipeg has already had one unconventional party this summer -- Table for 1200 on the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge -- that drew foodies from around the city. Memetic, the group behind the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME), is looking to build on that momentum by throwing the first bridge party at The Forks on July 5. Like the Table for 1200, which focused on Manitoba's culinary, architecture and design scenes, this one-of-a-kind event on the historic rail bridge over the Assiniboine River will be a showcase for the province's electronic music and visual-design culture, featuring eight locals acts, plus former Winnipegger Mich EP (right), who recently relocated to the West Coast, and Vancouver's Max Ulis, who was one of the headliners last summer at MEME. This is a free, all-ages event that runs from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a beer garden and, as the evening progresses, full multimedia visuals and a laser show that will illuminate The Forks. An after-party at the Pyramid will feature Ulis, Dave Rad, Alex Krygsveld and a special unannounced guest. Visit Memetic's Facebook page for the full lineup and set times.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
The greatest story ever told
Oak Valley Productions is presenting Manitoba's Passion Play July 5 and 6 at its outdoor theatre near La Riviere. This is the 15th anniversary for the 150-minute stage telling of Christ's life, death and resurrection set in the picturesque Pembina Valley. The permanent set, completed in 2011, boasts a grassed amphitheatre that can accommodate more than 1,000 spectators (lawn chairs are recommended).
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON/ BOOKS
Memoirs of the rich and famous slated for fall
Fall is a busy season for books, especially for CanLit. But if Canadian fiction isn't your thing, there are plenty of celebrity memoirs slated for release this autumn as well. Oprah Winfrey's What I Know For Sure is scheduled to be released in September, as are bios by Girls star/creator Lena Dunham (Not That Kind of Girl) and character actor Ron Perlman (Easy Street). For music fans, memoirs by Herbie Hancock (Possibilities) and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker (Can I Say) are slated for September and October release dates, respectively, while an Aretha Franklin bio (Respect), written by David Ritz, is set to be published in November.