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Maybe you laughed while looking into "the face of evil" when he played Sir Simon Milligan, host of the "spooky" The Pit of Ultimate Darkness on The Kids in the Hall. Perhaps you caught him in episodes of Friends, Seinfeld, Arrested Development or That ‘70s Show. Or it’s possible you’ve popped into Cinematheque for McDonald at the Movies, where iconic Canadian funnyman Kevin McDonald introduces and presents some of his favourite cinematic treats.
Starting Thursday, Aug. 23 and through Saturday, Aug. 25, you’ll have the chance to catch McDonald, who lives in Winnipeg, as he returns to the stage in a standup comedy capacity while featured at Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club (2025 Corydon Ave.).
While McDonald has landed a wide variety of roles on sitcoms over the course of the last two decades, it’s his role as one of the founding members of The Kids in the Hall that propelled him to fame in the late 1980s. Over the course of five seasons, the beloved sketch comedy troupe introduced Canadians to myriad legendary characters shaped the comedic landscape in this country.
Fans of McDonald and company can also mark Tuesday, Oct. 23 on their calendar; that’s the day The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, the authorized biography of the troupe written by Paul Myers, lands in bookstores.
In the meantime, McDonald performs one set of standup comedy tonight and two sets on each of Friday and Saturday nights. For tickets or more information, visit rumorscomedyclub.com.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Royal Canoe is going underground.
The Winnipeg indie-pop outfit is burying the only pressed copy of its forthcoming album in a boombox somewhere in the city, and is hosting a treasure hunt for it on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Using a web app the band has built (royalcanoe.com/hunt), participants will move around to different locations in Winnipeg, finding passcodes to the next clue. The final clue will be GPS coordinates to the location of the buried record. The treasure hunt is composed of eight puzzles total.
The person who finds the record will be the only person in the world with a copy of Royal Canoe’s fourth full-length, and the follow-up to 2016’s Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit.
"A few of us are into puzzles, cryptics, etc., so it was a lot of fun to create," says Royal Canoe frontman Matt Peters. "I spent the last few weeks wandering around staring like an idiot at buildings and plaques trying to piece this thing together and I’m hoping people might see a few new parts of the city while participating. Those outside of Winnipeg can follow along with #RCTheHunt."
The full details of the hunt are available at the link, and the hunt officially starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Teams are encouraged. As well, the first 200 people to make an account on the hunt web-app will be given a link to register for the Winnipeg Art Gallery rooftop listening party on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 29.
The new album officially comes out in early 2019.
— Jen Zoratti
Whether you think life is a highway or whether you are a wild party, there’s something for you on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Shaw Park, as Winnipeg’s Classic RockFest welcomes two of Canada’s most beloved acts of the 1980s: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider and Kim Mitchell.
The two headliners are joined by Greg Leskiw with Monster Hollow and Holly Woods and Toronto for an evening that’s sure to be a trip down CanCon memory lane. The Juno-winning, Winnipeg-born Cochrane has multiple hits with Red Rider, including Lunatic Fringe, Boy Inside the Man and Big League (though you’re sure to hear Cochrane’s massive solo anthem, Life Is a Highway), while former Max Webster guitarist Mitchell ruled the charts with such songs as Patio Lanterns and I Am a Wild Party. (Fun fact: Mitchell plays guitar on the live version of Cochrane’s Brave and Crazy, included on Disc 2 of the 25th-anniversary edition of the Mad Mad World album.)
Seating is general admission, with seats available on the baseball diamond (lawn chairs are permitted) or in the stands. No outside food or beverages are permitted, but alcohol will be served (via drink tickets) and on-site concessions will be available.
Gate tickets are $75 plus fees at the Shaw Park box office. Gates open at 4 p.m.; the first band goes on at about 5:30 p.m. Just make sure you don’t go for a soda during your favourite song.
— Jill Wilson
One sure-fire way to put a checkmark on a summer day is to nibble on a savoury rack of barbecue ribs.
That’s the thought behind the fourth annual Rotary Ribfest, which takes over The Forks starting Friday, Aug. 24 and runs until Sunday, Aug. 26. Barbecue ribs, chicken and pulled pork cooked by Canadian champion barbecuers will be available and there will be a beer garden and entertainment stage sponsored by the Farmery Estate Brewery. Groups such as the Doug Edmond Band, Lindsay White and Ingrid Johnson are on the performing schedule.
Admission is free. A full rack of ribs costs $23, a half-rack is $14 and a third of a rack is $9. A half-chicken is $13.
The event will raise money for Rotary Club of Winnipeg initiatives such as Honouring Indigenous Peoples, which builds partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at Manitoba schools and Inspire Community Outreach Inc., which supports youth and families living with mental health issues and neurological differences.
— Alan Small