Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Not so silent nights

Get into the spirit of the season with these live musical offerings

  • Print

We've reached the point in the holiday season where hearing Wonderful Christmastime in every store every day since Halloween might be making us feel a tad Grinchy.

Thankfully, Winnipeg is playing host to a variety of magical, must-see holiday concerts over the next few weeks that will make your heart grow three sizes this season.

From the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Messiah to local singer/songwriter JP Hoe's JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, here are 14 holiday concerts that don't take place in boiling elementary school gymnasiums.



Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $33.85-$99.25 at Ticketmaster


Get into the spirit of the season with the WSO's annual family-friendly variety show featuring a diverse lineup of some of Manitoba's finest artists, including Fred Penner, Momentum Aerial and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Expect singing, magic, comedy, storytelling, aerial artistry, dancing and more.



Tonight at 8 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Admission is free


Winnipeg's premiere vocal group will team up with New York harpist Grace Cloutier and Winnipeg flutist Haley Rempel to deliver an eclectic concert that will include everything from early Russian motets to early Métis carols to three interpretations of The Little Drummer Boy.



Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets from $71 at WSO box office


Reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas as the Juno-winning singer/songwriter performs songs from his acclaimed 2012 Advent album, Keening For The Dawn: Christmastide, backed by the WSO and anchored by his indelible tenor.



Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $56.25-$104.50 at Ticketmaster


The charismatic country-pop crooner brings his third holiday offering, A Christmas Gift for You, to Winnipeg for a two-night stand. Unlike its predecessor, Christmas -- which was tailor-made for rockin' around the Christmas tree -- Reid's latest focuses on reverent standards such as Silent Night.



Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $33.85-$111.80 at Ticketmaster


A WSO tradition. Few pieces embody the season's contrast between light and dark like Handel's Messiah, one of best-known and most performed works in Western choral music. Be electrified by the iconic Hallelujah Chorus as performed by the University of Manitoba singers.



Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Tickets $40 at 1-866-656-6838


For 20 years, Winter Harp has transported audience members back in time. Three ethereal harps conspire with flutes, rare medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song for an evening of rare and Medieval carols performed in the flickering glow of candlelight.



Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

West End Cultural Centre

Tickets $20 at the door, $15 in advance at Ticketmaster


Juno-winning singer/songwriter (and secret Disney princess) Meaghan Smith first mounted a holiday show at the West End Cultural Centre in 2011 to promote her sweet, shimmering album, It Snowed. Concertgoers loved being part of Meaghan's marshmallow world so much, her holiday show has become an annual tradition.



Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $28.60 at Ticketmaster


Back by popular demand, Raymond Briggs' classic short film The Snowman earned a standing ovation when the WSO last screened it with a dramatic live score courtesy of the symphony in 2011.



Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $50 at Ticketmaster


Join Tom Jackson, George Canyon and friends for an evening of great music for a great cause. Since 1987, the national Huron Carole Concert Series has raised funds and awareness for Canada's hungry. Proceeds go to Winnipeg Harvest.



Friday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Burton Cummings Theatre

Tickets $24.50 at Ticketmaster


Local singer-songwriter JP Hoe's much-loved holiday show outgrew its longtime home at the Park Theatre and is moving into the Burton Cummings Theatre. A light-hearted celebration of the season, expect humour, theatrics, special guests and some ugly Christmas sweater-style cheese for good measure.



Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $33.85-$111.80 at Ticketmaster


The Grammy-winning Cape Breton fiddler brings an electrifying new show to the WSO. Her most recent album, Cape Breton Girl, is a toe-tapping celebration of her roots.



Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

West End Cultural Centre

Tickets $15 at the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and McNally Robinson.


Singer-songwriter Don Amero closes out a banner year -- which saw him win a Western Canadian Music Award and earn Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations -- with his annual holiday show.



Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

McPhillips Station Casino

Tickets $36.50-$44.50


Holidays are all about family, so it's fitting three generations of Winnipeg's legendary musical family will take the stage at this special pair of shows.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2013 G3


Updated on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM CST: Corrects reference to Reid's prior Christmas album

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Exclusive architectural tour of CMHR with Antoine Predock

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A black swallowtail butterfly land on Lantana flowers Sunday morning at the Assiniboine Park English Gardens- standup photo – August 14, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos


Should the Canadian Museum for Human Rights use the word 'genocide' in exhibits on Indian residential schools?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google