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Winnipeg Beer Festival

Saturday, Aug. 13, 5 p.m.-midnight
Fort Gibraltar, 866 Rue St. Joseph
Tickets from $17.35,

FREE PRESS FILES The fifth annual Winnipeg Beer Festival returns to St. Boniface on Aug. 13.

With weekend temperatures set to soar, there’s no better spot to grab a cold one in Winnipeg this Saturday than within the wooden walls of Fort Gibraltar.

The fifth annual Winnipeg Beer Festival returns to St. Boniface on Aug. 13, with 23 producers of beer (of course), wine, cider, mead, spirits and more set to pour their wares to help thirsty locals beat the heat.

Local craft breweries pouring at Winnipeg Beer Fest include Trans Canada Brewing Co., Torque Brewing, Little Brown Jug, Low Life Barrel House, Fort Garry Brewing Co. and Brazen Brewing Co., among others. There are also a number of contract brewers sampling their beers (including Brasserie La Shoppe, Grain to Glass and Bookstore Brewing Co.) as well as a couple of brewers who should have bricks-and-mortar taprooms opening soon (Gimli’s Interlake Brewing Co. and Devil May Care, who are setting up shop on Fort St.).

Beyond beer, samples will be flowing from meadery Bee Boyzz, spirits purveyors Baltic Bros. Crafted Infusions and Capital K Distillery, cider from Dead Horse Cider Co. and various boozy beverages from Shrugging Doctor. In total over 60 products will be sampled at Fort Gibraltar throughout the evening, which is split into two main times — 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — with an “outdoor late night social” slated to run from 10 p.m.-midnight.

Tickets for each of the main sampling times are $49.95 plus fees, while the late-night social tickets are $17.35 plus fees. The event is outdoors and goes rain or shine, although it sounds like the latter will be the order of the day. And for those looking for sustenance, food trucks will be on hand with grub to purchase.

For more information (including a list of what’s being poured) and to buy tickets, visit

— Ben Sigurdson


Event continues to leave No Stone Unturned

Saturday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
St. John’s Park, Main Street and Mountain Avenue
All are welcome

Winnipeg-based rockers Indian City

Fourteen performing acts from across the province will take part Saturday in a free concert that will honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and children in Manitoba.

No Stone Unturned, which was co-founded the friends and family of Claudette Osborne-Tyo and Norway House musician Hector Menow in 2009, marks its 14th year when it takes place at St. John’s Park.

Osborne-Tyo, a 21-year-old mother of four, was last seen on July 24, 2008 near the intersection of Mountain Avenue and McPhillips Street. One year later, the No Stone Unturned event was launched to pay tribute to her and remember 1,200 other Indigenous women and children who have been murdered or gone missing in the province since the 1980s.

The event is taking place this year in conjunction with the North End Community Renewal Corporation’s 22nd annual Picnic in the Park.

Among those performing will be: singer Kristen McKay, who has written songs about murdered and missing Indigenous women, Winnipeg-based rockers Indian City, C-Weed, Billy Joe Green, the Black Hawk Band and the Joe Maxim Band, singer-songwriters Sherri Shorting, Ivy and Sandra Star, award-winning mezzo-soprano vocalist Rhonda Head and Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak.

— Alan Small


Winnipeg Tattoo Convention

Aug. 12-14, Red River Exhibition Park
Day pass $30, weekend pass $60 at or at the door

PHIL HOSSACK / FREE PRESS FILES The convention is a chance to get new ink from local and visiting artists.
Over 275 artists from around the world will descend on Red River Exhibition Park for Winnipeg’s fourth annual tattoo convention.

Presented by Winnipeg’s Kapala Tattoo and B.C.’s Good Guy Supply, this three-day event is a celebration of what is considered one of the world’s oldest art forms, transcending borders, cultures and languages. Modern tattoo culture is still rooted in self-expression and craftmanship; the intricate portfolios of the artists on display at the convention are proof positive that the body can indeed be a canvas.

The convention is also a chance to get new ink from local and visiting artists. Attendees can contact artists ahead of time via Instagram or their artist pages to arrange an appointment, or come to the event and see who is available for walk-ins. You must be over 18 to get tattooed at the convention.

In addition to the exhibitors, the convention will also feature live entertainment on both indoor and outdoor stages, beer gardens, food trucks and more.

For more information, including hours, frequently asked questions, and ticket info, visit

— Jen Zoratti


Free live music at Assiniboine Park

SIMEON RUSNAK PHOTO Diaphanie, the latest project of singer-songwriter Heather Thomas, will take on The Leaf stage with a show centred on her remarkable voice.

Believe it or not, August is almost halfway over. September is around the corner. And you haven’t even gone to Assiniboine Park yet.

Make up for that this weekend, as the beautiful Winnipeg greenspace becomes its most serene concert venue. Better yet, for all the budgeters: it’s free. The park hosts a variety of artists for its Summer Music and Garden Concert series at the Lyric Theatre and now at The Leaf, the monumental centrepiece of a multi-million-dollar project to add new life to the park.

This weekend, two of the city’s busier live acts take the stage, along with a group that’s been rocking city venues since 2012. On Aug. 13, at 2 p.m., Diaphanie, the latest project of singer-songwriter Heather Thomas, will take on The Leaf stage with a show centred on her remarkable voice. The next day, one of the city’s most fun and energetic bands, a supergroup called The Funky Miracles, takes the stage. Made up of local mainstays John Baron, Austin Parachoniak, Kieran Placatka, and Roman Clarke, it’s hard to listen to their music without losing yourself in the groove.

Sunday night at 7 p.m., the Remedies will set up shop at the Lyric, sharing their well-honed and eclectic dance music, which bounces between genres like funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The band’s latest single, Pick Up The Slack, featuring sassy horns and a 1970s bassline, was released in April, and will sound even better live than recorded.

— Ben Waldman

Alan Small

Alan Small

Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.

Ben Sigurdson

Ben Sigurdson
Literary editor, drinks writer

Ben Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.

Eva Wasney

Eva Wasney
Arts Reporter

Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Jen Zoratti

Jen Zoratti

Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and co-host of the paper's local culture podcast, Bury the Lede.

Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson
Senior copy editor

Jill Wilson writes about culture and the culinary arts for the Arts & Life section.

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