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The Field Guide preview to a new record

Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.

West End Cultural Centre

Tickets: $19.51 and $25.16 at wecc.ca or eventbrite.ca

Field Guide releases a re-imagined version of his self-titled 2022 record Friday night and, in the process, will offer a sneak peek of one of the critically acclaimed artists of the 2023 Winnipeg Folk Festival.


Dylan MacDonald

Field Guide is the nom de plume for Winnipeg singer-songwriter Dylan MacDonald, and he’ll be among several Manitoba acts performing at Birds Hill Provincial Park July 6-9, where he will likely perform tracks from the album Field Guide (Tape Redux), which he launches Friday at the West End Cultural Centre.

The collection of heartbreakers and tear-jerkers, which earned Field Guide a Western Canadian Music Award nomination in 2022 for pop artist of the year, evolved while he toured across North America and Europe in 2022 and early 2023, opening for Leif Vollebekk, Bahamas and others.

In Love Now, a single from the new album released prior to Friday’s show, receives an electronic vibe to accompany his falsetto vocals, compared with the original recording.

“The songs have grown and taken on a new life, I wanted to capture them again in this moment,” he says of the need for the remixes on Tape Redux.

— Alan Small

Foolin’ at The Forks

Saturday, March 25 to Friday, March 31; noon to 2 p.m.

Room 201 at The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Rd.

Free to attend, visit kidsfest.ca for a full schedule

Looking for some activities to keep the kiddos entertained over spring break? The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival has you covered with a week of free foolishness at The Forks.


The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival is hosting its annual Festival of Fools starting Saturday at The Forks.

The kid-focused charity is hosting its annual Festival of Fools this week with a lineup of interactive daytime magic, music, circus arts and comedy performances beginning Saturday. All events are free to attend, but space is limited in Room 201. Tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite to guarantee entry.

Performers include Manitoba’s own Sarah Teakle, a hula hooper, and The Street Circus Show, a duo specializing in acrobatics and feats of strength. Other featured artists are magician Billy Kidd from London, checkers-centric comedian The Checkerboard Guy from British Columbia, yo-yo enthusiasts The Silly People from Ontario and satirical drummer Mr. Mark from Oklahoma.

Performances take place daily at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Artists will “pass the hat” after each show to collect cash donations.

— Eva Wasney

Travel the world without leaving Cinematheque

Various times

100 Arthur St.

If you’re going on a cinematic journey, there are worse tour guides to have than Guy Maddin, whose 1990 film Archangel, a First World War story about a “crystalline city of spires and onion domes,” is showing in 35mm on Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

After seeing Archangel on Thursday, take a trip with Freddie, the 25-year-old protagonist of Cambodian-French director Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul. Raised in France, Freddie makes an impulsive decision to visit friends in the South Korean capital, where she is struck at times by feeling like a stranger in the country of her birth.

In an interview with The Daily Californian, an independent student publication at UC Berkeley, Choi said the reception of Freddie’s character by audiences in France was surprising.

“They were saying that the character is really unusual in Korean cinema — that they don’t have anyone like her,” he said. “But the younger audience really related to her a lot. They’d say that she’s inspiring — that we can see people like her in real life but not on screen. It was liberating and interesting.”

From South Korea, travel to an uninhabited island off the British coast in Enys Men, a 2022 film by director Mark Jenkin. Cornish for “stone island,” Enys Men earned a five-star review from The Guardian’s Mark Kermode, who called it “Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House as reimagined by the ghost of Nicolas Roeg.” The film shows Wednesday (9 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.), so you can see what Kermode means.

— Ben Waldman

Get your motor running at World of Wheels

Friday-Sunday, March 24-26, times vary daily

RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave.

Tickets $18 from Piston Ring locations or $20 at the gate

A whole lot of ravishing roadsters will park up at the RBC Convention Centre this weekend, as well as guests who will add plenty of flair to the event, which returns after a couple of years away.

Piston Ring’s World of Wheels rolls into town with a wide range of displays, events, presentations and more. This year’s event features a display of all green cars (presumably this means electric… not the colour green), a 90th anniversary tribute to the 1932 Ford (the “deuce coupe”), the return of the Muscle Car café and plenty more.

Mike Aporius / Winnipeg Free Press files

World of Wheels rolls back into town this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre.

Those who prefer their rides to have two wheels rather than four will enjoy the Adventure Power Products Cyclerama, with all manner of motorcycles big and small/new and old on display.

No World of Wheels is complete without special guests, and on Friday from 6-9 p.m. WWE world champion Ravishing Ric Flair will get rowdy with (and sign autographs for) those in attendance. On Saturday, legendary car designer and builder Chip Foose of the TV show Overhaulin’ will be on hand from 1-4 p.m., while on Sunday Vegas Rat Rods star Steve Darnell will appear from 1-4 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $20 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6-12 (children 5 and under are free). Tickets are also available in advance from Piston Ring locations for $18 for adults or $7 for kids.

World of Wheels runs Friday from 3-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see autorama.com.

Ben Sigurdson

Lubomyr Melnyk Pianist Extraordinaire in Concert

Sunday, March 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 61 Picardy Place

$33 from eventbrite.ca

For Lubomyr Melnyk, playing the piano is a transcendental experience. The creator of Continuous Music set two world records in 1985 where he sustained speeds of over 19.5 notes per second in each hand and played between 13 and 14 notes per second for one full hour, both of which were documented on film with full audio.


Pianist Lubomyr Melnyk

Considered by many to be the Jeff Beck or John Coltrane of piano, Melnyk has sold out concerts in Italy, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Finland, the U.K. and Sweden.

The Ukrainian pianist has composed chamber music and orchestral work as well as piano pieces. He is the author of Open Time: The Art of Continuous Music (1981) and 22 Etudes to explain the physical and mental techniques required to play his pieces.

— AV Kitching

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

Eva Wasney

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Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Jen Zoratti

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