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Zrada and D-Rangers celebrate Ukrainian New Year
If you haven’t quite hit your threshold for holiday events, local ethno-punk band Zrada is teaming up with bluegrass group the D-Rangers to (belatedly) celebrate Ukrainian New Year at Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club Friday, Jan. 17.
To generate some buzz before this show, Zrada — a band that pulls influences from punk and traditional Ukrainian music — released a new track Jan. 8, Secret World. Zrada also plans to re-release its 2016 album, Legend on Feb. 10.
The D-Rangers will be bringing their own unique country/bluegrass/punk sound to round out the genre-bending evening with some "arm-swinging hillbilly stomp"
Tickets are $15, available online at Eventbrite.ca; doors are at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m.
— Erin Lebar
Local rockers to pay tribute to Neil Peart
Even if you didn’t like Canadian prog-rock power trio Rush, there was one thing almost everyone could agree on: when it came to drummers, Neil Peart was among the greatest to have ever lived.
Peart, who also wrote the bulk of the band’s lyrics and wrote a number of books, died of brain cancer on Jan. 7. Over the course of four decades, his massive, sprawling drum kit was matched only by his incredible talents as a musician.
On Friday, Jan. 17, three Winnipeg bands will take the stage at the Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort St.) in tribute to Peart and the music of Rush. Prog rockers Moon Tan, Attilan and Forest Pilots will come together to honour the late drum master and his band in an evening sure to bring complex riffs and plenty of intricate drumming.
Peart and his bandmates, guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist/singer Geddy Lee, became Canadian rock staples beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s with songs such as Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Subdivisions and Distant Early Warning. They also weren’t afraid to take risks, penning epic concept albums such as 2112. Rush filled arenas throughout North American and beyond until they ceased touring in 2015. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Following the announcement of Peart’s death on Jan. 10, tributes began to pour in on social media from musicians of all stripes. Perhaps drummer/comedy writer Jon Wurster’s tweet about Peart was the most accurate: "I can’t help thinking he’s chuckling somewhere knowing hundreds of bands with gigs tonight are trying to figure out ‘an easy Rush song.’ "
Tickets for the Neil Peart tribute at the Pyramid Cabaret are $10 and are available at pyramidcabaret.com or at the door. The show, which gets underway around 9 p.m., is in support of CancerCare Manitoba and the St. Boniface Hospital.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Say "I do" to the Wonderful Wedding Show
There will be white lace and flower arrangements aplenty at the RBC Convention Centre on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19 for the 30th annual Wonderful Wedding Show. This year’s trade show for the soon-to-be betrothed has more than 300 vendors specializing in everything from formal wear to catering to photography to music and entertainment.
The event’s twice daily fashion show is a long-running staple. At 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can get a look at current trends in gowns, tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses from the city’s specialty retailers. The fashion show is free with admission, but seating is limited.
New features of the 2020 program include a gown sale, cocktail lounge, free facials by the Magic Room Spa and complimentary hot towel treatments for men and 15-minute braids and makeup touches for women.
Also new this year is the Crème de la Crème Wedding Trends and Tasting Showcase. Tickets for the 45-minute special event are $10 and include a presentation, menu tasting, free cocktail and a gift bag.
Contests will be running throughout the weekend with prizes ranging from a $20,000 wedding package to a Las Vegas honeymoon to a bridal party spa day.
To make the most of the Wonderful Wedding Show you should come equipped with a pen and paper, dress comfortably and bring pre-printed labels with your name and contact info for easy draw-entering. There will be a coat check on site.
Tickets for the Wonderful Wedding Show are $23 for a weekend pass or $18 for a day pass at wonderfulweddingshow.com.
— Eva Wasney
Shaun of the Dead turns 15
In 2004, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg brought their comedic co-writing genius to the big screen with Shaun of the Dead — a zombie comedy that almost instantly achieved cult-classic status.
The first film in the pair’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, which is rounded out by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013), Shaun of the Dead stars Pegg and Nick Frost as best mates and Londoners Shaun and Ed who attempt to ride out the zombie apocalypse in the safest place they’ve ever known: their local pub.
To celebrate the film’s 15th anniversary, the Park Theatre is hosting a screening on Tuesday, Jan. 21, as part of its Cult Movie Night series, where "you can cheer for your heroes, boo the bad guys, shout out your favourite lines, and even sing along with the songs — all in a theatre packed with fellow fans." Past Cult Movie Nights at the Park have featured Die Hard, The Warriors, The Big Lebowski and that perennial Winnipeg favourite, Phantom of the Paradise.
Tickets are $7.50, doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
— Jen Zoratti
WSO trio help celebrate Beethoven’s 250th
The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is celebrating with a series of Beethoven-centric concerts, the first of which takes the stage Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Centennial Concert Hall.
Beethoven’s Triple, conducted by Daniel Raskin and featuring longtime WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig, principal cellist Yuri Hooker and pianist David Moroz, the symphony will perform three works — Overture to Fidelio, Triple Concerto and Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) — which were created during Beethoven’s middle period, an era in which he established himself as a master composer, and an era in which his hearing began to deteriorate to almost total deafness.
Tickets range from $25 to $119 and are available at wso.ca or 204-949-3999.
— Frances Koncan