Concerts, cooking, crackers, kids and choirs


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Social distancing means a lot more time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like.

Need some entertainment? A distraction? Here are five fun things to see on social media right now.


Fred Penner goes live

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One of Winnipeg’s favourite children’s performers is taking the show on to social media this weekend — and he’s taking requests. Fred Penner, who has postponed most of his upcoming 40th anniversary tour, will be playing a live concert on Facebook and Instagram this Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Song requests can be submitted on either social media account before the show; unsurprisingly Sandwiches and The Cat Came Back have been popular choices.



Cooking with Man Repeller

Fred Penner goes live

Dressed in chic loungewear and fashion-forward pyjama sets, the women of Man Repeller — an online women’s fashion and life magazine started by Leandra Cohen in 2010 — have taken to Instagram to share cooking videos from the comfort of their impossibly trendy New York apartments.

Not only are the Instagram recipe videos funny and easy to recreate, the whole feed is a much needed dose of levity.



The truth about Triscuits

Cooking with Man Repeller

In a delightful Twitter thread full of twists and turns, user Sage Boggs explains how Triscuits got their name. No spoilers, but the wheat crackers made by Nabisco are so named for the way they were produced back in the early 1900s — and it has nothing to do with the number three.



The interview interrupters are back

South Korea-based political science professor Robert Kelly conducted a BBC News interview on Thursday with his internet-famous family in tow. The expert, who was commenting on the state of COVID-19 in the country, was joined by his wife and children, who became unsuspecting social media stars when they barged in on a similar remote video interview with the BBC back in 2017. His kids, Marion and James, were equally distracting this time around.



Local choir performs in isolation

Winnipeg’s Prairie Voices choir has published a haunting rendition of Part Uusberg’s Ilus Ta Ei Ole (It is not beautiful) to YouTube. The nearly 50-member choir is made up of local 18- to 25-year-old singers. Each singer was recorded remotely from isolation and the videos and audio have been stitched together to give the feeling of a full performance.

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The truth about Triscuits
Eva Wasney

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Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

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