Eva Wasney

Eva Wasney

Arts Reporter

Eva Wasney is an award-winning journalist who approaches every story with curiosity and care.

Eva was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the joint Creative Communications program at the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Her first job out of school was at the former Winnipeg Metro newspaper, a free daily where she got to play reporter-photographer and once ate roasted crickets for a story.

Her next adventure was in western Manitoba reporting for the Brandon Sun. While at the paper she covered everything from rodeos to doctor shortages to tornados to community musicals to First Nations economic development.

A highlight of her time at the Sun was completing a large multimedia project about five Second World War veterans who received a medal of honour from the French government for their contributions during D-Day. The project won an EPPY Award in 2016.

Eva moved back home and dabbled in social media management before returning to the world of print journalism as a community reporter for the (other) Metro newspaper, covering news, sports and arts in Winnipeg’s western neighbourhoods.

In 2019, Eva joined the Winnipeg Free Press newsroom as an arts and life reporter and has since written stories for nearly every other section of the paper.

Her interests include food culture and systems, visual arts, music and creativity in its many forms. She also has a soft spot for a good animal story.

Recent articles of Eva Wasney

Contestants on The Great Canadian Baking Show more supportive than competitive

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Contestants on The Great Canadian Baking Show more supportive than competitive

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

What happens when Winnipeggers meet abroad? They become fast friends — even when meeting as competitors on a national baking show.

“We were immediately Winnipeg brothers from the start,” Nigel Batchelor says of Jomar Manzano, a fellow Prairie contestant on the sixth season of The Great Canadian Baking Show.

Batchelor was born in Vancouver and grew up in Winnipeg, while Manzano was born in Winnipeg and has since relocated to Toronto. The pair are among a group of 10 amateur bakers competing for bragging rights on the CBC program inspired by The Great British Bake Off.

On set, fast friendships were the norm.

Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

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Bakers’ love-in: Nigel Batchelor, third from left, and Jomar Manzano, far right, two bakers on this season of The Great Canadian Baking Show, bonded over their Winnipeg connection.

Winnipeg-set short film explores barriers to making art

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Winnipeg-set short film explores barriers to making art

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Yesterday at 2:00 AM CDT

Behind the scenes, The Ballad of Gus is a story of firsts: the first time director Brian Barnhart has made a film with any kind of funding and the first time lead Trevor Merasty has done any kind of onscreen acting — although, according to the 23-year-old who plays the title character, it won’t be the last.

“I was born to be a performer,” says Merasty, who hails from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and was raised in Thompson. “So I really got into it.”

The short film, which premières at the Vancouver International Film Festival this week, follows Merasty’s character, Gus, as he pursues an art career while navigating a life entangled in Winnipeg’s drug underworld.

The story explores the “nexus of art and class in Canada and who gets to decide what is tasteful,” says Barnhart, the film’s director, writer and producer. It’s inspired by his own experience living in a Manitoba group home as a teen, where several of his housemates had raw artistic talent, but lacked the connections and opportunities to make it in the art world.

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Winnipeg rapper Tyler Rogers, a.k.a. Charlie Fetta, plays drug dealer Felix in director Brian Barnhart’s short film, which is screening at the Vancouver Film Festival.

St. Boniface culinary matriarch’s presence, devotion are much missed

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St. Boniface culinary matriarch’s presence, devotion are much missed

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

Irène Kirouac’s smile was as iconic as her restaurants.

For decades, customers at the Red Lantern and Resto Gare were greeted with a wide grin and a kind word from the matriarch of three generations (and counting) of local restaurateurs. Her geniality remained a fixture in the family businesses long after retirement.

“Every time she would come in, people would stop her to talk — they knew her as Madame Kirouac,” says daughter Linda Love, who now runs Resto Gare with her son. “Her presence was always there.”

Irène — who died in February at the age of 90 — approached business the same way she approached life: with grace, kindness and empathy. Whether they were buying the most expensive bottle of wine or a cup of coffee, everyone who walked in the door was doted upon equally.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

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Irène Kirouac at about 39 years old in Toronto.

Musical project pays homage to Lake Winnipeg’s rich and stormy history

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Musical project pays homage to Lake Winnipeg’s rich and stormy history

Eva Wasney 6 minute read Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

It’s one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, a mammoth expanse of unpredictable waves breaking along shores of rolling prairie, boreal forest and rocky lowlands.

Lake Winnipeg is a force to be reckoned with and the source of much local lore — lore Daniel Jordan has become intimately acquainted with in recent years.

In 2018, the Winnipeg singer-songwriter was one of 10 artists selected for Chautauqua: The Interlake Trail, a multidisciplinary roving art program from Theatre Projects Manitoba that saw dancers, documentary filmmakers, painters, musicians, photographers and performers descend upon the Interlake to learn about the area and its inhabitants.

“We’d meet some of the folks, learn some of the history and get a vibe for the place,” says Jordan, who performs as Jonny Moonbeam and with the band Red Moon Road. “The idea was to reflect that back to the community as art.”

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

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Waves of adulation: Daniel Jordan’s Songs From the Inland Sea will be released Saturday.

What’s up: Events for Truth and Reconciliation Day

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What’s up: Events for Truth and Reconciliation Day

Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 6 minute read Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

Friday, Sept. 30, is the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canada’s newest federal statutory holiday commemorating the painful and ongoing legacy of the country’s Indian Residential School System.

Also known as Orange Shirt Day, the public is encouraged to take time to learn, reflect and engage in reconciliation in meaningful ways. Keep reading for a roundup of some of the events and activities taking place on Fri., Sept. 30 in Winnipeg.

Special programming at the WAG11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Ave.

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

Canstar Community News

Qaumajuq, the new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is a facility of which all Winnipeggers should be proud.

For Glassreel, even the pandemic couldn’t make music lose its Lustre

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For Glassreel, even the pandemic couldn’t make music lose its Lustre

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

Some songs need substantial coaxing and some songs are formed effortlessly. For Winnipeg pop band Glassreel, Up for It — an upbeat, shimmering duet from its first full-length album, Lustre — fell into the latter category.

“It came together really quickly, which sort of surprised us,” vocalist Kelly Beaton says with a laugh. “We hadn’t really done that before.”

What’s more surprising is the fact that it fell into place during a particularly challenging time for musical collaboration.

“It was midway through 2020 when we started working on the song,” band co-founder Trevor Graumann says.

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

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Winnipeg pop band Glassreel is made up of Kelly Beaton (from left), Trevor Graumann, Andrew Workman and Ken Phillips.

U of M lab combines research and art in illuminating exhibition that’s bubbling with creativity

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U of M lab combines research and art in illuminating exhibition that’s bubbling with creativity

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Saturday night is part exhibition and part experiment for Mercedes Garcia-Holguera and her BIOM_Lab research team.

During this year’s Nuit Blanche festivities, the assistant professor of architecture at the University of Manitoba is hoping to illuminate the public on the virtues of lab-grown building materials.

“Our community will get to see it and get to touch it and give us feedback,” Garcia-Holguera says. “Our final goal is to have this material integrated within our lives in some way, within our buildings, so for sure, we need to let people (interact with) it.”

BIOM_Lab is a new research laboratory at the U of M dedicated to exploring the possibilities of biomaterials within design. So far, Garcia-Holguera has been working with mycelium — the root system of fungi, which can be used as insulation — and bacterial cellulose, a leather-like material made from the protective membrane that grows in kombucha.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

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Lampshades made of dried scobies — a culture of bacteria and yeast — have been dyed pink, orange, red and yellow.

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Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Ben Sigurdson, Ben Waldman and Jill Wilson 6 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Musical collision between Crash Test Dummies and the WSOFriday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets: $25-$89 at wso.ca

There will be anniversaries galore when the Crash Test Dummies take the Centennial Concert Hall stage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

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Wine lovers will sniff, swirl and sip at the convention centre this weekend.

Community cookbook inspires Free Press Fall Supper

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Community cookbook inspires Free Press Fall Supper

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

How do you make a meal out of a 200-page cookbook? If you ask chef Paul Ormond, not easily.

Earlier this year, the Free Press approached Ormond and his partner, Kerri Stephens, with a daunting task: create a four-course fine dining menu for the Free Press Fall Supper based on the 150 recipes in the paper’s new community cookbook Homemade: Recipes and Stories from Winnipeg and Beyond.

“Our first reaction was, ‘This is a cool idea, and it would be fun to have access to all of these recipes that have probably been in families and shared with their communities for years,’” Ormond says. “Then we had a second to sit and think about it — it got me a little nervous. We had zero idea of what kinds of things would be in it; these recipes are people’s traditions, and we hope to do them justice.”

The Free Press Fall Supper takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Ave.). The event is a fundraiser for Harvest Manitoba and a celebration of community — from the food to the venue to the concept.

Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

Andruly Alpala is having her cornmeal cake and eating it too

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Andruly Alpala is having her cornmeal cake and eating it too

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

Product development, sales, marketing, financing, networking. Rarely does a new venture allow for more time spent with family.

That is, unless it’s built into the business plan.

“(I) work with my son, he’s seven years old, and my husband,” says Andruly Alpala, owner of Arepa’s House, a new Winnipeg food vendor specializing in handmade South American cornmeal cakes. “The reason I wanted to start my own business is because I wanted to share more time with them.”

Alpala, 31, is savouring every moment with her nuclear family because she knows how it feels to live without them. Born in Ecuador, she was living in Colombia in 2019 when she moved to Winnipeg alone, seeking better employment opportunities. When the pandemic hit, she was unable to reunite with her son, Emi, and husband, Jorge, for nearly two years.

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

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Emi Alpala, 7, and his mother Andruly, owner of Arepa’s House, a family owned business that sells fresh and frozen arepas at the farmers market in Winnipeg Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Alpala started the business to spend more time with her son. Re: wasney

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Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Ben Waldman and Ben Sigurdson 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

Page One: Writers fest kickoffTuesday, 7 p.m.Kilter Brewing Co., 450 Rue DeschambaultFree admission: register at thinairwinnipeg.ca

The return of Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival is reason enough to raise a glass to great books. And in that spirit, the fest is kicking of a month of readings, workshops and more at a local brewery tap room to help celebrate.

The in-person Page One event takes place Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the beautiful Kilter Brewing Co. tap room and will feature a variety of writers, musicians and more (like beer, for example) starting at 7 p.m.

Local author, actor and playwright Debbie Patterson and poet Laurent Poliquin will read from some of their writing, local duo Two Hip will play some tunes, and the night will end off with one of Thin Air’s most popular events — the Haiku Death Match, which sees readers and writers square off with their best impromptu short-form poetry.

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

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Say how-doodle-doo to a rooster at Discover the Farm on Sunday.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

I.T. sector rocks Club Regent at TechapaloozaSaturday, Sept. 10, 6-11 p.m.Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Ave. W.Tickets: $40 plus fees, techapalooza.ca

Budding rock stars from the city’s information technology (I.T.) sector will dust off their drum kits and tune up their guitars, taking the stage at Club Regent Event Centre on Saturday for Techapalooza.

The annual fundraiser for CancerCare Manitoba was held online last year due the COVID-19 pandemic; this year’s event is dubbed a “Roarin’ Return to Live Entertainment” and features a half-dozen bands made up of I.T. professionals, typically performing a themed set of cover songs (with costumes to match). This year’s bands include tributes to the music of California, a collection of hard rock anthems and some classic rock gems; those in attendance can cast their vote for the fan favourite award.

Since its inception in 2012, Techapalooza has raised over $740,000 for CancerCare Manitoba, both through ticket sales and donations as a “groupie” to each of the bands prior to the event via the Techapalooza website.

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

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Techapalooza

The return of ManyFest

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The return of ManyFest

Eva Wasney 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

Downtown Winnipeg’s largest free street festival is back on the road after a two-year pandemic hiatus. ManyFest runs Friday to Sunday with a full slate of music, food and family-friendly activities.

Organizers are looking forward to bringing the community together over the lure of fried food and free entertainment.

“It’s a really great opportunity for folks from all over the city and from the downtown corridor to come down and participate,” says festival director Jason Smith. “It’s fun to have normal events coming back again and to be able to gather like this and showcase music and art.”

Prior to the pandemic, ManyFest ran every September for nine years straight until 2019. This year’s in-person celebration will feature a return of crowd-favourite events and some new additions.

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

JP Hoe approaches new record, musical career with fresh perspective

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JP Hoe approaches new record, musical career with fresh perspective

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

If JP Hoe never puts out another album, he could die happy.

“It feels better than any other record has felt,” Hoe says of Botanicals, his sixth studio release. “This is the piece of art that I would gladly die on — this is that hill.”

Covered in old-timey illustrations of flora and fauna, the album, which comes out tomorrow, is all about growth — as a person, as a parent, as a friend and as a busy touring musician.

Like everyone in the music industry, the pandemic took everything from Hoe. Overnight, he became the primary caregiver for his kids, nine-year-old Parker and four-year-old Mara, while his wife, Lindsay, worked 60 hours a week for a company developing a COVID-19 drug. Touring, performing and even writing ceased for the better part of a year.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Winnipeg singer-songwriter JP Hoe became the primary caregiver for his two kids while his wife worked 60 hours a week for a company developing a COVID-19 drug.

Bonsai enthusiasts find balance between art and nature

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Bonsai enthusiasts find balance between art and nature

Eva Wasney 8 minute read Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

NEAR STE. GENEVIEVE — Twice a day, Joe Grande hops on his bicycle and pedals down to the wooded alcove near the entrance of his long driveway. He could walk, but cycling is the best way to “beat the mosquitoes.”

The clearing is surrounded by a lush stand of tall poplar, oak and birch trees. Atop handmade tables and inside purpose-built shade structures, another forest is thriving in miniature. The scene is intensely green.

Grande turns on the hose attached to his rainwater collection system and starts misting. Bonsai do best on a steady diet of neutral water; what comes from the tap contains too many chemicals and trace minerals for the tiny trees.

He started training his first bonsai 33 years ago and moved out to the country a decade later, with the intention of building an outdoor workshop large enough to support the hobby.

Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

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Joe Grande mists the bonsai on his property near St. Genevieve twice a day.

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Eva Wasney, Alan Small and Ben Sigurdson 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022

A virtual evening with Ken DrydenWednesday, 7 p.m.

Online, free to watch, registration required (wfp.to/dryden)

Fifty years ago, legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden took part in the much-lauded Summit Series, an eight-game contest between Canada and the U.S.S.R. played in four Canadian cities (including Winnipeg) and in Moscow in September 1972. Now Dryden chronicles the game-by-game experience of this pivotal matchup of hockey titans in his new book The Series: What I Remember, What it Felt Like, What it Feels Like Now, published by McClelland & Stewart.

In addition to backstopping Team Canada in the Summit Series, Dryden won six Stanley Cups with the Habs in the 1970s, wrote numerous books and has served as an MP and cabinet minister in the House of Commons.

Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022

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Team Canada goaltender Ken Dryden blocks a shot in the Sept. 8, 1972 game, in Vancouver, of the Canada-Soviet Summit Series, the subject of his new book in stores now.

New vegan food truck rolls with Le Burger Week’s focus on meat-free fare

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New vegan food truck rolls with Le Burger Week’s focus on meat-free fare

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

What better time to launch a vegan food truck than during a national showcase of inventive plant-based burgers?

When Kirstie Brooks found out this year’s Le Burger Week festival was promoting vegan and vegetarian patties, it felt like serendipity.

“It just seems like great timing,” says the owner of Bright Side Kitchen. “We thought we would take advantage of that and come out with our really fun summer barbecue menu.”

Bright Side has been in the works since 2020, when Brooks received a grant of $25,000 for her vegan food truck idea from Earth’s Own Food Company, a Canadian manufacturer of plant-based beverage products.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

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Kirstie Brooks is launching her new vegan food truck, Bright Side Kitchen, during Le Burger Week.

Awards show boosts profile of Indigenous hip-hop acts

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Awards show boosts profile of Indigenous hip-hop acts

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

It’s hard to network through a computer screen. This weekend, artists and entrepreneurs from around the world will finally be able to connect in person during the second annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show hosted in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

It’s proof of concept for organizers, who launched the event digitally last May.

“To have the artists come and be able to perform live and break bread with each other, and share and connect on a spiritual level and a visual level and a sound level… even just shaking hands,” co-founder Chris Sharpe says. “The shining light of this event is that we’re able to do it together.”

The two-day affair kicks off Friday with a trade show and workshops led by music and marketing industry professionals. The conference takes place at Sharpe’s new Motto Workspace, a spacious, sunlit production studio and event space on the third floor of an historic building at 72 Princess St.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

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Co-host and nominee Sly Skeeta (left) and co-founder Chris Sharpe at the Exchange Event Centre, where the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards will be handed out on Saturday.

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Fantastic Beasts? Here’s where to find themCre8ery, 125 Adelaide St.Thursday to Sept. 6Free, masks mandatory

With his pencil, Chris Chuckry can do scary things. Terrifying things. Things that make you want to look away in disgust. Things that make you shake your head and bite your tongue. And that’s only describing his cartoons of health ministers, anti-vaxxers and a pair of Manitoba premiers.

But there’s more to the Winnipeg artist, who rocketed to local renown throughout the pandemic thanks to his sharp wit and sharp nib, than political commentary. Deep in the cockles of his heart, Chuckry prefers to draw beasts that nobody elected: grotesque, odd, strange, eerie, mythical creatures. A comic-book colourist, Chuckry has been immersed in alternate universes for decades, and with his new solo exhibition at Cre8ery, he’s inviting the rest of the world in to say hello.

The show is called Myths, Monsters and Fairytales, and one can be sure that Chuckry will find a common ground between the world of fable and the world we call home. Ogres, trolls, monsters, demons — they’re all around us. Scary, huh?

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

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The eighth annual Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday outside Portage la Prairie.

Harvesting grape leaves for Kurdish dolma connects past, present

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Harvesting grape leaves for Kurdish dolma connects past, present

Eva Wasney 7 minute read Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

Dappled evening light filters through the branches above while Suzan Palani inspects an overgrown section of bush. The grape leaves she’s looking for are mingling haphazardly with other species of greenery. She wants to be certain before picking.

To the untrained eye, the nearby Virginia creeper vine — with its jagged leaves and small, toxic berries — could easily be mistaken for that of a wild grape plant. Following the woody stem from its threshold on the forest floor is a fail-safe Palani has learned from years of foraging with her mom.

“It was a big part of my childhood,” she says of harvesting grape leaves in public parks across the city. “And not just mine. It’s really funny, when I talk to other Middle Easterners… they have the exact same stories.”

Palani, 25, is Kurdish, and her family hails from Iran. After fleeing their home during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, her parents spent two decades living in Iraq’s sprawling Al-Tash refugee camp before arriving in Winnipeg when Palani was four years old.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Suzan Palani gathers wild grape leaves in St Vital Park in Winnipeg Monday, July 11, 2022. Palani uses the leaves in traditional Kurdish Dolma, a recipe passed on by her mother. Reporter: wasney

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Splash along to local music at Rainbow TroutAug. 19 to 21St. Malo, Man.Tickets: Day passes are available at the gate

Pack up your favourite water floaties and head south for the annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival. The indie event takes place on the banks of the Rosseau River, with music and entertainment happening at the waterside Carpet Beach stage throughout the festival.

The music lineup includes local acts JayWood, Boy Golden, Juliens Daughter, Trampoline, Living Hour, Dill the Giant, Mahogany Frog, Diaphanie and others. There’s also an open mic on Saturday for all manner of aspiring performers — anything from singing to dancing to juggling to stand-up comedy is fair game.

Beyond the stage, there will be a cribbage tournament, recycled art making workshop, medicine plant walk and art installations throughout the festival grounds, located south of St. Malo off Highway 59. A small market as well as food and drink vendors, including Never Better Coffee, will be on site all weekend.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

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Rainbow Trout Music Festival takes place along the banks of the Rosseau River this weekend.

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Winnipeg Beer FestivalSaturday, Aug. 13, 5 p.m.-midnightFort Gibraltar, 866 Rue St. JosephTickets from $17.35, wpgbeerfestival.com

With weekend temperatures set to soar, there’s no better spot to grab a cold one in Winnipeg this Saturday than within the wooden walls of Fort Gibraltar.

The fifth annual Winnipeg Beer Festival returns to St. Boniface on Aug. 13, with 23 producers of beer (of course), wine, cider, mead, spirits and more set to pour their wares to help thirsty locals beat the heat.

Local craft breweries pouring at Winnipeg Beer Fest include Trans Canada Brewing Co., Torque Brewing, Little Brown Jug, Low Life Barrel House, Fort Garry Brewing Co. and Brazen Brewing Co., among others. There are also a number of contract brewers sampling their beers (including Brasserie La Shoppe, Grain to Glass and Bookstore Brewing Co.) as well as a couple of brewers who should have bricks-and-mortar taprooms opening soon (Gimli’s Interlake Brewing Co. and Devil May Care, who are setting up shop on Fort St.).

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

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The fifth annual Winnipeg Beer Festival returns to St. Boniface on Aug. 13.

Hoagie Boyz brings Italian-style sandwiches to South Osborne

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Hoagie Boyz brings Italian-style sandwiches to South Osborne

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

It all started with a curious vignette. Two chefs with a giant submarine sandwich hoisted atop their shoulders en route to, presumably, devour their cargo in some undisclosed location. They look hungry. One is sporting a wide grin and the other is licking his lips.

“It became a running joke and we started calling these guys the hoagie boys,” Stefan Lytwyn says of the goofy red and white line drawing emblazoned on his paper sandwich bags. “That’s literally where the name of the restaurant came from, everything is inspired by this stupid bag.”

Hoagie Boyz, a new sandwich shop in South Osborne, is the creation of Lytwyn and Nyk Bielak along with co-conspirators Nick Luchak and Jesse Angers — the foursome is also the brains behind Kosmo’s Space Cowboy Food Cantina, a bombastic comfort-food ghost kitchen that rose to prominence amid the pandemic.

While Kosmo’s doled out burgers, fried chicken and loaded tater tots, Hoagie Boyz is focused on classic sub sandwiches with a twist. The change of concept was necessary when they finally found their brick-and-mortar location. Deep-frying wasn’t an option in the former barbeque joint at 513 Osborne St., so the business partners decided to simplify.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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South Osborne has become something of a local food mecca as of late, and the brains behind Hoagie Boyz felt a ‘friendly sandwich shop’ was a good fit for the area.

Bright lights, big sound and chrome beach balls

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Bright lights, big sound and chrome beach balls

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022

It’s a luxuriously local event three years in the making.

After multiple pandemic delays, the inaugural Current Festival is finally moving into The Forks next Friday for a three-day event that’s being billed as “unapologetically extra.”

“When I talk to people about it, they’re excited about three L’s,” festival director Monica Derksen says. “The location being convenient, the luxury of it, and the local aspects.”

Derksen’s title doesn’t quite capture the scope of her role. For financial reasons, she had to lay off staff at the beginning of the public health crisis and has been operating largely as a one-woman show — co-ordinating everything from the music to the design to the marketing.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022

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The music lineup includes local stars, including Begonia, Royal Canoe and the Bros. Landreth. ‘If we have a budget for a stage show, let’s give it to local artists,’ says director Monica Derksen.