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Pathways to Performance helping RWB to support change and Black ballet creators

Jen Zoratti 7 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

When George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was brutally murdered by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020, the systemic racism that exists in predominantly white institutions was brought to the fore. And that includes ballet.

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PTE's newest offering channels those taken in endless pattern of violence

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PTE's newest offering channels those taken in endless pattern of violence

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:17 PM CST

Makambe K. Simamba’s Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers starts by making us wait. As the 2007 hip-hop track Crank That by Soulja Boy plays, evocative video projections by set designer Trevor Schwellnus spool out, white lines on black capturing a gated community at dark, moonlight or streetlight limning the outlines of trees and buildings, leaving the rest in shadow.

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Yesterday at 7:17 PM CST

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Museums exhibit solidarity with Black History Month programming

Alan Small 3 minute read Preview

Museums exhibit solidarity with Black History Month programming

Alan Small 3 minute read Yesterday at 6:00 AM CST

Black History Month has not gone unnoticed by Winnipeg’s major museums.

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Yesterday at 6:00 AM CST

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Black Ice, a 2022 film that explores the racism Black hockey players face, will be screened on Feb. 16 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Go beyond Hallmark moments to celebrate Valentine’s Day with flair

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Go beyond Hallmark moments to celebrate Valentine’s Day with flair

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A holiday full of expectations and manufactured romance.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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One-person emancipation proclamation

Ben Waldman 7 minute read Preview

One-person emancipation proclamation

Ben Waldman 7 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers: it’s a long title because it’s a long story, and to explain it in full would take Makambe K. Simamba far longer than one hour.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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‘It feels wild to be like, “I want to reclaim the hoodie,” but I wanted to try to reclaim it for his sake and ours,’ Makambe K. Simamba says about her one-person play, which is inspired by ‘the life and death of Trayvon Martin.’

What’s up: 5 things to do this week

Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Jen Zoratti, Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Preview

What’s up: 5 things to do this week

Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Jen Zoratti, Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Business leader Marcel Desautels left local legacy

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Business leader Marcel Desautels left local legacy

Alan Small 2 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Marcel Desautels, a Winnipeg business leader and one of the University of Manitoba’s major benefactors, died Tuesday in Toronto. He was 88.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

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Marcel Desautels’ $20-million donation to the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Music in 2008 was the largest private donation the U of M had ever received.

Playwright Jessica B. Hill creates an otherworldly, life-affirming theatre experience in 'Pandora'

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Playwright Jessica B. Hill creates an otherworldly, life-affirming theatre experience in 'Pandora'

Ben Waldman 5 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Jessica B. Hill’s Pandora begins each night with an astral projection, and what ensues is an out-of-body experience that has never happened before and never will happen again after.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

JOEY SENFT PHOTO

At the centre of the Pandora set is a box that lights up and beckons like a piece of forbidden fruit.

If it’s cool and you dig it, enter it in Cool Digs

AV Kitching 3 minute read Preview

If it’s cool and you dig it, enter it in Cool Digs

AV Kitching 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Grab your shovels and get building.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Owen Swendrowski-Yerex packs snow into boxes to build a fort at St. John’s Park last week. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

Originality of winning banner questioned

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Originality of winning banner questioned

AV Kitching 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Questions are being raised about the winning design of the new Lunar New Year Chinese zodiac banner competition organized by Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Jurgen Ardicus includes licensed art purchased from klipartz.com. (Klipartz)

Winnipeg New Music Festival kicks off with first of five concerts

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Winnipeg New Music Festival kicks off with first of five concerts

Holly Harris 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023

The 2023 Winnipeg New Music Festival promised us ancestral tales with its opening, same-titled concert presented Saturday night. But it didn’t tell us that an explosive combustion of genre-bending, cultural forces could pack an emotional wallop able to carry us well into the future and beyond.

The annual celebration of contemporary music that runs through Friday, Feb. 3 presented its first of five evening concerts, “Ancestral Tales,” featuring five diverse works led by WSO music director and WNMF artistic director Daniel Raiskin.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023

Steve Salnikowski photo

Winnipeg-born throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona performed live at the 2023 Winnipeg New Music Festival concert.

River-trail hut designs runs deep into culture, history

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River-trail hut designs runs deep into culture, history

Alan Small 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Canoes and paddles have been synonymous with The Forks for thousands of years.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

St. John’s High School students’ warming hut Azhe’O. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Women Talking evokes rage, humour and hope with its powerful script, brilliant acting

Shelley Cook, AV Kitching, Eva Wasney and Jen Zoratti 10 minute read Preview

Women Talking evokes rage, humour and hope with its powerful script, brilliant acting

Shelley Cook, AV Kitching, Eva Wasney and Jen Zoratti 10 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Difficult, harrowing, poignant, enraging, sometimes funny, maybe even hopeful: Women Talking, Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel of the same name, stirs a variety of emotions.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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The novel and the film are based on the true-life events of a Mennonite colony in Bolivia where the men were drugging and assaulting the women at night and then gaslighting them, saying it was ghosts, Satan, or wild female imagination.

Manitoba icon becomes an international rock star

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Manitoba icon becomes an international rock star

Alan Small 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

The stone that built Winnipeg is entering a rock hall of fame.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Tyndall Stone features prominently in the courtyard of the Winnipeg Humane Society. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Ambitious soul, but Homegrown Heart

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Ambitious soul, but Homegrown Heart

Alan Small 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Country music these days is like traffic on Winnipeg streets — there are pickup trucks everywhere.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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Kendra Kay, here with her horse Jan, who’s also on the cover of her new album, Homegrown Heart.

Add this Winterruption to your social calendar

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Preview

Add this Winterruption to your social calendar

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Some people view the coldest months of the year as a hibernation period for music festivals and concerts in Manitoba. Winterruption (Jan. 20-29) is out to wake those people up.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Matt Mac will perform at the West End Cultural Centre on Jan. 28. (Supplied)

This metaphor is a window into the art of science

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This metaphor is a window into the art of science

Ben Waldman 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

When she lowers herself to the ground, Jessica B. Hill takes the form of a human pretzel, tying her legs one over the other and wrapping her loping fingers through the looped arm of her coffee mug.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Jessica B. Hill stars in Pandora, a one-woman play that examines how our brains respond to tragedy. (Leif Norman photo)

Nickelback returns June 20

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Nickelback returns June 20

2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Nickelback is coming back to Winnipeg, and they’re bringing some country music pals along with them.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Hopefuls audition to make the grand jeté into the RWB school’s professional division

Jen Zoratti 6 minute read Preview

Hopefuls audition to make the grand jeté into the RWB school’s professional division

Jen Zoratti 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

In the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s studios on Graham Avenue, in the very space where company dancers hone their craft and rehearse for the season’s performances at the Centennial Concert Hall, 18 students are hoping to make their dance dreams a reality.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

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ENT - RWB tryouts

Photo of student Scarlett Perry is No. 9 in black.

Ballett story on the Winnipeg auditions for the RWB School. Included in the story are 3 students trying out, Vice Principal - Kelly Bale and school director - StŽphane LŽonard.

Students: Kaya Jackson is No. 1 in red, Hailey Latigar is No. 3 in navy and Scarlett Perry is No. 9 in black.

Jen Zoratti's story.

Jan 23rd, 2023

Vinyl re-issue of The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman brings back songs chronicling the Interlake

David Sanderson 6 minute read Preview

Vinyl re-issue of The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman brings back songs chronicling the Interlake

David Sanderson 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Ray Giguere, owner of Argy’s Records, once referred to The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman, a traditional, folk-music album recorded in 1970 by Riverton singer/songwriter Sol Sigurdson, as a “unicorn record.”

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman, a traditional, folk-music album was originally recorded and released in 1970 by Riverton singer/songwriter Sol Sigurdson.

Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

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Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

Alan Small 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Few can snap their fingers so audibly, and so famously, as John de Lancie.

It’s a handy skill for an actor who plays an omnipotent alien that can change the universe with the snap of his fingers while making life miserable for Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series in the franchise that explore “Space, the final frontier.”

Q, de Lancie’s roguish character that returned to the small screen last year in the Star Trek offshoot Picard, has become the actor’s calling card in the science-fiction realm.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

John de Lancie, who plays Q in Star Trek, will narrate a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Out of a stressful visit to the dentist comes laughter, empathy in absurdist play Le Soulier

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Preview

Out of a stressful visit to the dentist comes laughter, empathy in absurdist play Le Soulier

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Nine out of 10 kids hate going to the dentist.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Gaetan Nerincx photo

Joey Lespérance gives Félix Beauchamp a checkup in David Paquet’s Le Soulier, which runs until Feb. 4 at Théâtre Cercle Molière.

Playful invitation into world of feeling like an outsider

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Preview

Playful invitation into world of feeling like an outsider

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Jim Morrow grew up in Newfoundland, so he says he knows what it feels like to be different.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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It’s OK to Be Different is one of a handful of stories by American children’s lit author Todd Parr that Mermaid Theatre has adapted for the stage.

Indigenous music series launches third season

AV Kitching 4 minute read Preview

Indigenous music series launches third season

AV Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The third season of a video series highlighting live performances and original new music by First Nation, Métis and Inuit artists will première on Facebook and YouTube on Jan. 20.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Ila Barker (right) and vocalist Hera Nalam, record a session for Talking Stick at the Southeast Resource Development Council’s Wellness Lodge. (Supplied)

Shoestring Players put new spin on play

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Preview

Shoestring Players put new spin on play

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Like the actors in London Suite, Trinity Sigurdson will play multiple roles when directing the third, and most forgotten, segment of playwright Neil Simon’s hotel trilogy for Winnipeg’s Shoestring Players.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Trinity Sigurdson, front, director of the upcoming staging of Neil Simon’s London Suite, with members of the Shoestring Players, from left, Ruth Osemeke, Marlon Goolcharan, Merri-lou Paterson, Joan Wilton, Bernard Boland, Rick Scherger and Brent Bruchanski, after rehearsal at St. Peter’s Church.

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