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Disney on Ice presents Find Your Hero
Today through Sunday, various times
Canada Life Centre, 300 Portage Ave.
Tickets from $30 plus fees, Ticketmaster.ca
Things are going to get a bit Goofy this at Canada Life Centre this weekend.
Goofy, Mickey and the rest of the gang will lace up their skates and hit the ice as part of Disney on Ice presents Find Your Hero, featuring a mixed bag of characters, songs and routines based on a range of new and vintage Disney classics.
Making appearances as part of the event, which highlights heroes of all kinds from Disney productions, will be Moana and Maui from Moana, Belle, the Beast and all manner of enchanted objects from Beauty and the Beast, Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen as well as Rapunzel, Mickey, Minnie and more.
In addition to the dazzling footwork by performers, expect plenty of fun sets, special effects, impressive costumes, loads of sing-alongs for fans of all ages and more.
Disney on Ice presents Find Your Hero kicks off tonight at 7 p.m., continuing tomorrow at 7 p.m. and then Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. before finishing off Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 plus fees and are available at ticketmaster.ca.
— Ben Sigurdson
The Fretless brings its Open House tour to Winnipeg
Sunday, 8 p.m.
West End Cultural Centre
Tickets $25 plus fees at wecc.eventbrite.ca
The string kings who make up the Juno-winning folk quartet the Fretless decided to roll out the welcome mat for their fifth album, 2021’s aptly titled Open House, inviting a who’s who of guest vocalists to round out their singular sound.
That includes a few Winnipeggers, too. The Bros. Landreth and singer-songwriter (and sometime Wailin’ Jenny) Ruth Moody are among the heavy-hitters who joined Trent Freeman (fiddle/viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle/viola), Ben Plotnick(fiddle/viola), and Eric Wright (cello) on Open House, which was released via Winnipeg imprint Birthday Cake Records.
The 10-song album also features vocal turns from singer-songwriter (and 2020 Juno winner) Celeigh Cardinal, who covers William Prince’s Earthly Days (another Winnipeg tie) and Scottish musician Rachel Sermanni, who supplies a killer version of Feist’s My Moon My Man. Other collaborators looked to their own catalogues for inspiration; Juno-winning singer-songwriter Dan Mangan revisited his 2018 song Troubled Mind, while the Bros. kicked it back to 2013 with Let It Lie.
Obviously, it would be logistical nightmare for 10 busy singer-songwriters to go on tour with the Fretless, so Winnipeg’s own Madeleine Roger will be handling vocal duties at Sunday night’s show, along with some “surprise special guests.”
Tickets are available at EventBrite. For more information, including on the venue’s current COVID-19 protocols, visit wecc.ca.
— Jen Zoratti
The Barra MacNeils kick off holiday concert season
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets: $32.75-$54.25 at centennialconcerthall.com or by calling 204-949-3999
Celtic group the Barra MacNeils will celebrate an East Coast Christmas when the Cape Breton Island-based sextet plays the Centennial Concert Hall Nov. 29.
Six members of the MacNeil clan from Sydney Mines, N.S., make up the Barras — Sheumas, Kyle, Stewart, Lucy, Ryan and Boyd MacNeil — which has become Canada’s Celtic ambassadors since the family band formed in 1980 and earned Juno Awards in 1992 and 2001, the latter for Group of the Year.
The Barras have recorded 17 albums in their 42-year history, including two Christmas albums, in 1999 and 2006.
Those records combine traditional English-language carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Good King Wenceslas with Celtic-inspired songs and hymns, such as Samhach An Oidhch’ — the Gaelic-language version of Silent Night.
— Alan Small
Vinyl Vault spins again
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Power Building, 428 Portage Ave.
After a pandemic hiatus, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s monthly Vinyl Vault record sale quietly reopened for in-person shopping last month. The event returns this Saturday with an underground warehouse full of gently used and affordable LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, VHS tapes and 45s for collectors and casual listeners alike.
Prices start at $1 for 45s and cassettes or $3 for vinyl. Select electronic equipment is also available for purchase. Cash is preferred, but cheque, Visa or Mastercard are also accepted — no debit.
The Vinyl Vault is a standing fundraiser for the local chamber orchestra, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a series of eight concerts at its longtime home, Westminster United Church in Wolseley.
The sale takes place in the basement of the Power Building and masks are required while shopping.
Have some records you’re looking to offload? The MCO is always looking for donations. Pickups can be arranged by calling 204-783-7377; visit themco.ca/vinyl-vault for more information.
— Eva Wasney
Hit the art-house cinema
Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.
Advance tickets: wfp.to/cinematheque
If you don’t feel like enjoying the insanely, unseasonably warm winter weather this weekend, spend a few hours at the movies. At the Dave Barber Cinematheque, the 4k restoration of Winnipeg director Guy Maddin’s landmark 1988 film Tales from the Gimli Hospital is running all weekend, playing in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Matthew Rankin’s three-minute short Black Gull Rub, a meta-film starring Barber, the late Cinematheque impresario.
Also playing at the city’s downtown theatre is Czech director Vera Chytilova’s new wave farce Daisies, “widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” If that’s not enough, also showing is Holy Spider, a new film from Danish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi about a female journalist who goes to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer targeting sex workers. Based on a true story, the dialogue is in Persian with English subtitles.
Rounding out the slate is a Saturday night showing of master filmmaker Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, featuring the screen debut of one Bradley Pitt.
Get your popcorn ready.
— Ben Waldman
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.
Ben Waldman covers a little bit of everything for the Free Press.
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.