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I.T. sector rocks Club Regent at Techapalooza
Saturday, Sept. 10, 6-11 p.m.
Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Ave. W.
Tickets: $40 plus fees, techapalooza.ca
Budding rock stars from the city’s information technology (I.T.) sector will dust off their drum kits and tune up their guitars, taking the stage at Club Regent Event Centre on Saturday for Techapalooza.
The annual fundraiser for CancerCare Manitoba was held online last year due the COVID-19 pandemic; this year’s event is dubbed a “Roarin’ Return to Live Entertainment” and features a half-dozen bands made up of I.T. professionals, typically performing a themed set of cover songs (with costumes to match). This year’s bands include tributes to the music of California, a collection of hard rock anthems and some classic rock gems; those in attendance can cast their vote for the fan favourite award.
Since its inception in 2012, Techapalooza has raised over $740,000 for CancerCare Manitoba, both through ticket sales and donations as a “groupie” to each of the bands prior to the event via the Techapalooza website.
To buy tickets ($40 plus fees), learn more about the bands involved or to make a “groupie” donation, visit techapalooza.ca.
— Ben Sigurdson
St. Patrick’s Day in autumn, thanks to Daniel O’Donnell
Tuesday, Sept. 13, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Club Regent Event Centre
Tickets: $50.83-$91.08, including fees, at casinosofwinnipeg.com or ticketmaster.ca
Daniel O’Donnell, arguably Ireland’s most famous Danny Boy, will sing the teary ballad and many other songs from both sides of the Atlantic for two nights at the Club Regent Event Centre, Sept. 13 and 14.
While the 60-year-old native of County Donegal is most known for his sweet versions of Irish folk classics, O’Donnell has deftly hopped from one genre to another, from country to pop to gospel and back again during his 38-year recording career, which includes 42 studio and live albums.
A new album, I Wish You Well, which includes his latest single, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, a Glen Campbell hit from the 1970s, comes out in Nov. 4.
O’Donnell’s fans have remained loyal whether he’s singing country classics that easily fit his style, such as Willie Nelson’s Always on My Mind, from his 2021 album 60, ones that seem to be a reach, such as Me and Bobby McGee, the Kris Kristofferson song that became a hit for Janis Joplin after her death in 1970 or pop sing-a-longs like Sweet Caroline, by Neil Diamond.
That loyalty extends to Winnipeg, where there are about 50 to 100 tickets left for each concert, according to Ticketmaster’s website, at the 1,400-seat Club Regent Event Centre.
— Alan Small
Sherbrook Street Festival returns to … Sherbrook Street
Sept. 10 – Sept. 11
Various locations in West Broadway
One of the city’s liveliest streets will get even livelier this weekend when the annual Sherbrook Street Festival kicks off in West Broadway.
There’s something for everyone, especially at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre (185 Young St.): outdoor games and activities, a vendor village with vintage clothing, local art, and assorted knick-knacks and doo-dads, and art projects being run by Art City. Oh, and did I mention there’s a bouncy castle?
The soundtrack to the festival will be provided by 17 exciting performers and bands, playing at pop-up venues across the neighbourhood. At Shorty’s Pizza (53 Maryland St., daytime sets) and the Food Fare (115 Maryland St., evening sets), outdoor beverage gardens will be set up, with bands like Boys Road, Housepanther, and Little Miss Higgins doing their thing. At the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, there’s even more daytime music, courtesy of acts like Sophie Stevens and Heartbeat City. At the Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook St.), the real late-night show kicks off with a 10:30 p.m. set from Confusia.
It’ll be a beautiful few days in the neighbourhood.
Prairie Comics Festival
Sept. 10 to 11
West End Cultural Centre, 516 Ellice Ave.
Comic makers and readers can spend a weekend meeting their favourite artists and learning about the industry at the Prairie Comics Festival. The annual event is a celebration of Winnipeg’s independent comic community. Saturday is dedicated to learning. Free hour-long panel discussions will take place from 11 am to 5 p.m. on everything from queer comics, the ins and outs of traditional and self-publishing, finding your style and connecting comics to real life. At 1 p.m., catch local artists Silvana Moran and Scott B. Henderson in conversation.
Sunday is for sketching. Bring a sketchbook or iPad and enjoy some hands-on learning under the tutelage of Jay Cormack. Workshops run from noon to 4 p.m. and include a Comics 101 and zine-making session, as well as two open maker timeslots. The in-person events take place at the West End Cultural Centre. Panels will be livestreamed via Facebook. Visit prairiecomics.com to learn more.
— Eva Wasney
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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.
Literary editor, drinks writer
Ben Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.
Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and author of the newsletter, NEXT, a weekly look towards a post-pandemic future.
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Jill Wilson writes about culture and the culinary arts for the Arts & Life section.