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Glassreel releases debut EP

Winnipeg pop four-piece Glassreel is celebrating the release of its debut EP, Unalike, with an event Friday, Nov. 1, at the Royal Albert Arms.

The band was built from a long-standing collaborative relationship between Kelly Beaton and Trevor Graumann (the latter of whom handles the songwriting), and the four-track EP Glassreel has created is rooted in classic indie-pop sensibilities, accompanied by tight melodies, interesting arrangements and a sonic landscape that balances brightness and moodiness.

Local psychedelic rock singer-songwriter Paige Drobot is also on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. and music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Erin Lebar


Prairie Diva presents burlesque cabaret

The students from Prairie Diva’s burlesque fusion dance classes will strut their stuff on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Park Theatre as part of Halloween Hangover: A Burlesque Fusion Cabaret.

Rachael Goodz Glassreel is playing at the Royal Albert Arms on Friday, Nov. 1.

Prairie Diva offers classes in burlesque fusion — a style that borrows from burlesque, sans striptease, and incorporates elements of jazz and hip hop — that are open to women of all levels, shapes and sizes. This weekend’s cabaret is a chance for these Prairie divas to show what they learned over the past 10 weeks of classes, and will also feature pole-dance, drag and vocal performances.

Meagan Funk, the director of Prairie Diva, has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and various professional dance companies in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ont., where she was regularly sawed in half as a magician’s assistant at the Greg Frewin Theatre.

In addition to Prairie Diva, Funk also owns her own dance company, M. Funk Dance Productions, which has performed at events all over the city, including the Winnipeg Tattoo Show and the Winnipeg Tattoo Convention.

Tickets to Halloween Hangover: A Burlesque Fusion Cabaret are $25 in advance at Eventbrite or $30 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Jen Zoratti


Winter Storm Benefit Concert

The Winter Storm Benefit Concert is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Pyramid Cabaret to raise funds to support emergency services across First Nations communities in Manitoba in the wake of the Oct. 10 snowstorm that caused extensive damage to those communities.

The evening will be hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, Sheila North and Ace Burpee and will feature a 50/50 draw and silent auction in addition to performances by Desiree Dorion, Bruce Chartrand, Riley Dutiaume Band, Lucien Spence and more.

All proceeds from the concert go to replenishing emergency funds of First Nations communities affected by the winter storm. Donations are also being accepted. Arrangements can be made by contacting donations co-ordinator Lisa Hill at hillisared@gmail.com or calling 204-505-1387.

Tickets are $15 and available at eventbrite.com. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Frances Koncan


NAfro presents work by guest choreographers

Winnipeg’s NAfro Dance Productions is teaming up with out-of-province choreographers this weekend for a high-energy double bill at the Gas Station Arts Centre. La Borona explores themes of the awakening of the self and is the brainchild of choreographers Vincent Mantsoe, from France and South Africa, and Michèle Moss, from Calgary. The show runs from Friday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Nov. 3.

Inspiration for La Borona comes from “motho ke motho ka batho,” which is a saying of the Sesotho people of South Africa that means “a person is a person because of others.” Musicians from NAfro will provide the soundtrack for the show.

Mantsoe grew up in Soweto, South Africa, and learned to dance through youth clubs, street dancing and music videos. He has worked with companies in Johannesburg, Toronto and New York, and his Afro-fusion dance style borrows from traditional movements and is influenced by spirituality.

Moss is the founder of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary and has dedicated her career to exploring the nature of jazz through performance and research. She has also branched out into swing, salsa and house dance and finds inspiration through travelling.

NAfro is an African contemporary dance company founded in Winnipeg in 2002 by artistic director Casimiro Nhussi. The company has created and performed more than 20 original productions.

Tickets for La Borona are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $12 for children under 12 and are available at nafrodance.com. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Eva Wasney


Rick Mercer hosts Just for Laughs tour

Supplied NAfro Dance Productions presents new work from choreographers Vincent Mantsoe and Michèle Moss this weekend.

Comedian and author Rick Mercer has kept Canada in stitches thanks to CBC comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Rick Mercer Report. The latter show wrapped up a 15-year run in 2018, but his loss for TV viewers is a gain for standup comedy fans.

Mercer is hosting the latest cross-Canada Just for Laughs tour, dubbed Comedy Night in Canada, which stops at the Centennial Concert Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Mercer’s political satire has led to him becoming one of the country’s most decorated comedians. Besides nearly 30 Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards, he was given the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2019 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.

Also on the bill are Vancouver’s Ivan Decker, the 2018 Juno winner for comedy album of the year; Debra DiGiovanni, a Gemini Award-winning comedian and host of Laugh Out Loud on SiriusXM; and Ali Hassan, who, besides his standup work around the world, has appeared in TV shows such as Cardinal and Designated Survivor.

Tickets are $60.50 or $71.50 and are available at centennialconcerthall.com or by calling 204-949-3999.

— Alan Small

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Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press files Rick Mercer is hosting the Comedy Night in Canada tour, which stops at the Centennial Concert Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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