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Provincial pleasures

Enjoy local martinis, movies and music on Manitoba Day

Break out the biggest, fluffiest Jeanne’s cake you can find — our little corner of the country turns 146 today.

On May 12, 1870, George-Etienne Cartier's Manitoba Act was given Royal assent, and our postage-stamp shaped province was officially born (if a piece of land can, in fact, be born). The province, the country’s fifth, was only about 35,000 square kilometres at the time — a small square of land that was formerly part of Rupert’s Land, which became the Northwest Territories.

The big official Manitoba Day doesn’t go down until Saturday. Admission to the Manitoba Museum, Science Gallery and Planetarium is free that day, and will feature plenty of Manitoba-themed events and activities, including the Cake-a-toba cake decorating contest. Vote for your favourite Manitoba-themed cake (and eat some with government officials at 3 p.m. in Alloway Hall).

But if you want to celebrate Manitoba Day today, there are plenty of options that feature some of the best the province has to offer…

Satiate your sweet tooth

Constance Popp Chocolates' 12 Manitoba-themed chocolates.


Constance Popp Chocolates' 12 Manitoba-themed chocolates.

Constance Popp Chocolates has created a collection of 12 chocolates with symbols related to notable Manitobans — six men and six women. There are more and less obvious connections related to our province among the bunch —can anyone think of our famous Manitoba harpist?

The limited edition chocolates are available for sale now; for a delicious quiz on which symbols connect to which Manitobans, see Saturday’s 49.8 section of the Free Press.

Toast the province in style

Richard Krahn of Albert Street Cocktail Company.


Richard Krahn of Albert Street Cocktail Company.

When it comes to raising a glass to the province, there may be no better place to start than the Exchange District. In fact, two of the coolest places to grab a cocktail, beer or glass of wine in the area are run by brothers Richard and Josey Krahn — Albert Street Cocktail Company (91 Albert St.) and Bar at Forth (171 McDermot Ave.), respectively.

For more on both spots, see Bartley Kives’ story today.

Want more options on the hops and malt front? Check out Peg Beer Co. at 125 Pacific Ave. While they’re not brewing their own beer yet (it’s apparently a few weeks away), they’ve got a neatly curated collection of brews from around the world. 

Not in that neck of the woods? You still have time for a final pint at Brogue Gastropub (800-B Pembina Hwy.). A couple of weeks back it was noted the pub and adjacent restaurant (The Round Table) would be closing as of this Saturday for a renovation and a new craft beer-driven concept. But a recent post on Brogue’s Facebook page indicates the joint will stay open as is until June 3.

Watch a made-in-Manitoba movie

A still from the Manitoba-made film World to Come.

A still from the Manitoba-made film World to Come.

Tonight sees local movie theatre Cinematheque premiere World to Come, a film co-directed by locals Daniel Eskin and Trevor Mowchun and filmed in the city.

The film tackles a decades-old scandal in Winnipeg's Orthodox Jewish community, when Rabbi Ephraim Bryks, principal of the Torah Academy in Winnipeg, was investigated on child molestation allegations in the late 1980s.

For more, see Randall King’s preview.

Take in some pickin’

Check out Danny Koulack and the Knappen Street All-Star Band at the West End Cultural Centre tonight.

The New York-born, Winnipeg-based Knappen and co. combine elements of jazz with clawhammer banjo to create a sound unlike most other acts out there — and certainly unlike anything else in the province. You can get tickets here.

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