Alison Mayes

  • Theatrical romp would shock the bloomers off a Victorian lady

    Sir Hugh John Macdonald, the Manitoba premier who owned the 1895 mansion now known as Dalnavert Museum, once attempted to sue two local theatre artists. "There was a play that he thought besmirched the honour of his wife," says veteran local visual artist Doug Melnyk. "These two theatre artists were shaking things up."
  • Dry history comes to life with poetry, song

    It's been a grand week of historical celebration in Winnipeg. Tonight, the festivities marking the bicentenary of the Selkirk settlers' arrival will culminate in a gala dinner at Winnipeg Convention Centre.
  • Drawing away the pain, the terror

    Robert Houle is an internationally distinguished artist with works in the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. But it took 50 years before a transformative process of art-making allowed him to remember and release a long-buried trauma.
  • Multi-artist exhibit plays with notions of Winnipeg's history, mythology

    Last year, Winnipeg art student Chantal DeGagné spent three months in Paris as a bilingual tour guide for My Winnipeg. The large exhibition at La Maison Rouge, a contemporary gallery, showcased 71 artists whose visions have been shaped by our cold, isolated, economically challenged city -- a place that seems to exert a mythical pull on those who try to escape it.
  • Ahead by a century

    The Winnipeg Art Gallery's triangular modernist building has become an iconic place since it opened in 1971. Many people don't know, or don't remember, that the gallery had two previous homes before it settled behind those limestone walls.
  • Barge Festival celebrates the immigrants who founded the Red River Selkirk Settlement

    Ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road, and I'll be at The Forks afore ye. If you've got a drop of Scottish blood in your veins, this weekend's free Barge Festival at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers is sure to stir ancestral memories of heather, haggis and the Highlands.
  • Red River time capsule

    About five years ago, Noni Campbell-Horner was sorting through old papers from the homes of her deceased mother and aunt. She came upon several handwritten recipe books, the oldest started by her grandmother in 1908.
  • Give us this day our daily dread

    When David Annandale was in Grade 3, he was shopping at a Winnipeg Zellers when his eye fell on a book called A Pictorial History of Horror Movies. As a kid who loved monsters and was obsessed with dinosaurs, he couldn't take his eyes off the images of Godzilla. The book changed his life.
  • 'The sun'll come out...'

    The show must go on. That's never more true than in a musical with 17 child performers and a live dog.
  • Artist brings nature's whimsy to WAG

    Many artists have approached the Winnipeg Art Gallery with proposals to temporarily liven up its stark exterior facade. Most of them don't get far with executive director Stephen Borys, who regards the building as an architectural treasure and believes the vision of architect Gustavo da Roza should always be respected.
  • Aussie actress still in awe of ABBA

    It's hard to say why the 1970s Swedish Europop group ABBA was so massively popular in Australia. But that's where two 1994 movies that used ABBA on their soundtracks -- Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- helped spark a revival of interest in the disbanded disco-era quartet.
  • Crowds get into fringe spirit by donning kooky costumes for discounts

    It's a muggy Tuesday night, half an hour before showtime at D 'n' D Improv IV, the zany unscripted serial based on the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. The large-cast show, staged for 10 nights at 11 p.m. at the 230-seat Gas Station Theatre, is sold out -- as usual.
  • From the circus to the circuit

    It's a new day for Sandrine Lafond. "I'm going through a metamorphosis," says the accomplished Canadian dancer, who is reinventing herself as a solo theatre artist.
  • Run away with the Cirque

    When Cirque du soleil writer-director Franco Dragone set out to create a show called Quidam in the mid-1990s, his initial inspiration came from black-and-white photographs by Robert Doisneau. The Frenchman Doisneau is most famous for his 1950 image of two young lovers kissing on a crowded Paris street. His camera captured fleeting human moments in urban environments.
  • Art of renewal

    All over the globe, there are doomsayers who believe the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, the day the current Mayan calendar runs out. But indigenous Mayans themselves -- at least, the ones Winnipegger Kevin Harmer has befriended in Guatemala -- don't seem worried about it.
  • Rocket lands in Manitoba Museum's science gallery

    The Manitoba Museum's science gallery is blasting into a new era with the acquisition of a full-size rocket for permanent display. Bristol Aerospace, the Winnipeg division of Magellan Aerospace, on Thursday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first launch of its Black Brant rocket by donating a newly manufactured Black Brant V to the museum.
  • Artist grieves for missing women, lost culture

    The plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in British Columbia -- and those who grieve for them -- was a key inspiration for Ojibwa artist Charlene Vickers to create her installation Ominjimendaan/ to remember. "I feel witness to a lot of trauma and tragedy," says the Vancouver-based artist, whose solo show had its première at Vancouver's Grunt Gallery in February.
  • Humans, beasts mix in unsettling exhibit

    It's an image of loving comfort and companionship. And weirdness.
  • Aboriginal art provides good medicine for hospital gallery

    When Jackson Beardy was a little boy in Manitoba's Garden Hill First Nation in the 1940s, he learned the traditional myths and legends of the Oji-Cree people from his grandmother. At age seven, he was taken away to a culture-negating residential school.
  • Dance lab gives audience raw, up-close experience

    The stage of the Gas Station Theatre will be a laboratory this weekend, bubbling with ideas that are changing local professional dance. Q Dance, the part-time company that currently consists of nine top Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers, is giving performances Friday through Sunday of four works by its ambitious founder, rising independent choreographer Peter Quanz.
  • Work explores geographic, emotional isolation

    We've all heard of stuffed shirts. Stuffed parkas, not so much.
  • 'With this broom, I thee wed': offbeat family inspires play

    ‘I now pronounce you wife and wife.” Canadian singer-songwriter David Hein, 36, heard those words about 18 years ago when his divorced mom married her lesbian partner. At the time, same-sex marriage wasn't legal, but the pair have since made it official.
  • Parting is sweet sorrow for ballerinas

    Two long-serving dancers are taking their final bows with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the season-closing Pure Ballet performances Wednesday through Sunday. Here's a farewell look at Emily Grizzell and Carrie Broda: -- -- --
  • Setting dance to Cohen like poetry in motion

    Last year, Winnipeg's Jorden Morris was asked to choreograph a pas de deux to Leonard Cohen's soulful Dance Me to the End of Love for the nationally televised Genie Awards. It was so well received that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned Morris to create a longer work to songs by the legendary Cohen.
  • Artists give dignity to discarded items

    Almost everybody keeps a junk drawer or jar full of small, useless stuff -- single earrings, souvenir pins, buttons, old keys, broken watches. Then there's the paper we have trouble throwing away: ticket stubs from long-ago events, perhaps, or small cardboard boxes that once held gifts.


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