With food trucks, local artisans, live music, carnival rides, family activities, electric cars and a running race, ManyFest is set to live up to its name this weekend. The annual street festival is hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and takes place at Broadway and Memorial Boulevard from Sept. 6 to 8. Admission is free and events run from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Stop by the Lakeside Lounge hosted by Lake of the Woods Brewing Company for an adult beverage and some live entertainment. Friday night includes performances by School of Rock, drag artists, live-band karaoke and sets by DJ Hunnicutt and DJ Lambo. Football fans can take in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday and NFL football on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival stage will feature music by participants in the 2019 Young Performers Program and headline acts by Romi Mayes and Sierra Noble.
Fifty-three food trucks will go head-to-head in the seventh annual Food Truck Wars competition. The winners will be crowned on Sunday afternoon. The Third + Bird Urban Market runs all weekend and features more than 50 small businesses and independent makers of everything from food to jewelry.
The MiniFest Family Zone will be open Saturday and Sunday with plenty of family-friendly activities, including a bouncy castle, forts, traditional Indigenous games, hula hoops and face painting.
Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association members will be showing off their eco-friendly rides Saturday on the legislative grounds. Runners are invited to lace up for the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race on Sunday, which includes five- to 30-kilometre distances and is in support of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
Visit manyfest.ca for a full schedule.
— Eva Wasney
With years of slumber behind them, Sleep is fully awake.
The California stoner/doom band formed in the early 1990s in San Jose, Calif., earning comparisons to bands such as Saint Vitus with its sludgy wall of sound.
After two albums, 1991’s Volume One and 1992’s Sleep’s Holy Mountain, and a slight lineup tweak, the trio — vocalist-bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike and drummer Chris Hakius — recorded a one-track, slow-burning down-tuned 63-minute long ode to marijuana, Dopesmoker, which was rejected by the band’s label at the time, London Records.
The band edited it by 11 minutes and renamed it Jerusalem, but the label rejected that, too — instead, apparently, cutting it up into sections and having it remixed, which the band didn’t like.
With the two sides at loggerheads, the band called it quits in 1998.
The members of Sleep didn’t stay quiet, though: Pike went on to form metal titans High on Fire; Hakius reunited with founding guitarist Justin Marler — who had become an ordained monk in his time away from the band — in the more hard-rock leaning Sabians; and Cisneros and Hakius teamed up in meditative stoner duo Om.
In the meantime, the legend of the Dopesmoker album continued, with various versions released before 2003 when Tee Pee Records put out an authorized version of the whole 63 minute song on vinyl and CD. Southern Lord Records followed up in 2012 with a remastered version.
Sleep started playing shows again in 2009, and soon after Hakius left the band and was replaced by Jason Roeder of Neurosis. They played sporadically and recorded a new song, The Clarity, in 2014 before surprising fans by releasing The Sciences on April 20, 2018, on Third Man Records, which topped several year-end best-of lists and features an homage to Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler (Giza Butler).
The band is in the middle of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in support of the album, and will stop at the Garrick on Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $29.99 plus fees and doors open at 7 p.m.
— Rob Williams
The biggest community event in West Broadway is back for its 15th year this weekend.
On Saturday, the annual Sherbrook Street Festival will take over Sherbrook Street between Wolseley and Westminster avenues from noon until midnight, offering up a collection of musical performances, local makers, fun for kids (a bouncy castle!) and fun for adults (a beer garden!).
The mainstage musical schedule starts at noon and includes a wide array of local talent such as the Lucas Roger Band; Mariachi Ghost; and indie-pop songstress Rayannah, who will perform as Shania Twain.
The kids area also has scheduled events all day starting at noon, when the Kit Kids Motion Zone opens, and continuing with a Winnipeg Library storytime and book-making station, a "critter-dipping booth" run by Oak Hammock Marsh, hat making with Art City, the Teakle Family Circus, a French class and a performance/parade by local band the Flaming Trolleys.
There will also be a vintage vendor village and tons of handmade local wares. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at wfp.to/sherbrookstreetfest.
— Erin Lebar
Earlier this year, Bohemian Rhapsody, the award-winning biographical film based on Freddie Mercury’s life and journey with the band Queen was released in Canada.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., for one night only, a singalong version of the film starring Rami Malek as Mercury will be released in honour of what would have been the Queen frontman’s 73rd birthday, and Cineplex Odeon McGillivray’s VIP Theatre is one of the 21 theatres across Canada screening it.
The film will have the lyrics for the songs on the screen while they play, encouraging fans to sing their hearts out along with the band to classic hits such as We Will Rock You; Don’t Stop Me Now; and of course, the film’s namesake, Bohemian Rhapsody.
To get the full VIP experience, you can order something from the exclusive VIP theatre menu and enhance the night with a movie-inspired or classic cocktail.
Tickets are $9.99 and can be ordered in advance from cineplex.com.
— Gillian Brown
The patio at Forth is great place to grab a drink and catch up with friends, but soon it will also be the perfect place to belt out your favourite tunes in the beauty of the great outdoors.
Patioke For All debuted last month as part of First Fridays to great success and it’s back again with an all-new edition. Hosted by Coatcheck (Adam Fuhr, from the band Yes We Mystic), this month’s event has a unique theme, tying into the Manitoba provincial election.
But even if your go-to karaoke tunes aren’t political, don’t let that stop you. Patioke — as the title suggests — is for everyone. Patioke For All begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. at 171 McDermot Ave. Drinks will be on special and admission is free.
— Frances Koncan
Grab your spoons and head to The Room.
The so-bad-it’s-good 2003 film has developed a cult following over the years, and much like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, fans of the movie have been interacting with the screen, yelling phrases during various scenes, such as "Meanwhile, in San Francisco!" every time the city’s skyline is shown, tossing footballs around and throwing plastic spoons toward the screen and shouting "Spoon!" whenever a picture frame showing spoons is featured. (For reasons never explained in the movie, there are framed photos of spoons in the living room. In reality, those were the stock images that came in the frames.)
Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed and stars in The Room, and to be blunt, he is a terrible actor and the script is equally brutal, and is funny without meaning to be. It’s hard not to laugh when Wiseau screams, "You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!" or undergoes a quick change in mood, turning from angry to pleased when he says hi to his friend Mark on the roof.
The plot involves Wiseau’s character Johnny, having his heart broken by his fiancée Lisa, who cheats on him with Mark, his best friend. Along the way, he and his friends play football in tuxedos, a young neighbour gets in trouble with a drug dealer, a sex scene is used twice and a character tells her daughter she has cancer, then it is never mentioned again. The whole thing is filmed simultaneously on two cameras set up side by side shooting in 35mm and digital HD.
Actor Greg Sestero, who plays Mark, wrote a book, The Disaster Artist, about his experience making the movie, which, in 2017, was turned into a feature film of the same name directed by and starring James Franco.
The Park Theatre is screening The Room on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7.50.
— Rob Williams