Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson

Senior copy editor

Jill Wilson started working at the Free Press in 2003 as a copy editor for the entertainment section.

She came to the paper in a roundabout way: after graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor’s degree in psychology — as all good journalists should — she worked as an editor at the university’s music magazine, Stylus, before being hired at the Winnipeg Sun as a music reporter.

One year of interviewing terrible bands and navigating inebriated crowds at classic rock festivals made it clear the job was not for her, charming as it was to be encouraged to “take off your top” by groups of young men wearing Coors Light boxes as hats.

Her stint at the Sun was followed by a year as a medical receptionist — the highlight of which was seeing a live roundworm in a Zip-loc bag — and three years as a copy editor at Winnipeg’s weekly street paper, Uptown.

After 15 years at the Free Press, during which time she has edited the Tab, Detour and Uptown sections of the paper, she has joined the Arts & Life section as a reporter covering everything from food to films.

As a lifelong lover of Winnipeg’s arts and cultural scene, it’s a natural fit, and she enjoys talking to people who are passionate about what they do, whether it’s growing microgreens or cooking the perfect ramen.

Jill was a member of the inaugural jury for the Polaris Prize, Canada’s national music award. She is the winner of a Silver Medal and two Awards of Merit from the North American Travel Journalists Association and received an Award of Excellence in the American Copy Editors Society’s National Headline Contest.

She loves travelling — anywhere and everywhere — and tries to drink a beer and buy a book in every city she visits.

A passionate devotee of all matters grammatical and style-related, she wants you to know that “begs the question” doesn’t mean “raises the question.”

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Two Daniels take humorous look at perception in Warehouse offering

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Two Daniels take humorous look at perception in Warehouse offering

Jill Wilson 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

Peter’s stage entrance isn’t promising. Clad in a wrinkled black suit, an equally creased pink shirt and a sequined ball cap, the 60-ish man seems unprepared, barking at the lighting tech and fretting over the misplacement of his props, which include a bass guitar and a blown-up photo of a cat.

Of course, Peter is played by Canadian theatre veteran Daniel MacIvor in his latest solo work, so we know the disorganized vibe is intentional. Peter is a man whose “Let’s put on a show!” energy is being subverted by some personal issues. But he wants to tell us a story, his story, his way.

And his way begins by letting someone else do the telling. Donning a string of amber beads, he reads from what he tells us is an unpublished memoir, pausing to utter corrections or rebuttals of the unnamed author’s interpretation of events as she recalls abducting a young boy as he leaves a small-town carnival.

It gradually becomes clear that the writer is his mother, who slipped in and out of his life after relinquishing him to foster care at birth. His abduction was temporary, a week in a motel before she returned him, but not before instilling in him a love of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, which she read aloud to him.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

‘Let’s put on a show!’: Daniel MacIvor plays Peter, who tells his story, his way.

Musketeers deliver a swashbuckling good time

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Musketeers deliver a swashbuckling good time

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

Traditionally, the last show of the year at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has been filled with Christmas cheer, or at least seasonally appropriate in some way.

There is nary a sprig of mistletoe nor a sleigh bell in The Three Musketeers, but it couldn’t be more welcome in these dark days, filled as it is with laughter, warmth and bonhomie.

Set in 1628 and based on the beloved 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas, the show follows the adventures of the would-be musketeer D’Artagnan, played with wide-eyed naiveté and youthful brio by Melissa Langdon.

He has come to Paris to seek employment with the king’s protectors, the most famous of whom are Athos (Rodrigo Beilfuss), Porthos (Emilio Vieira) and Aramis (Darren Martens), known as much for their outsized personalities as for their feats of derring-do.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre presents - The Three Musketeers - Adapted by Catherine Bush from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. November 24 – December 17, 2022 Preview November 23 Director - Christopher Brauer Fight Director - Rick Skene Set Designer - Brian Perchaluk† Costume Designer - Michelle Bohn Lighting Designer - Scott Henderson Sound Designer & Composer - Daniel Roy Choreographer - Nicole Kepp Assistant Director. - Matthew Paris-Irvine† Assistant Costume Designer - Daina Leitold Stage Manager - Karyn Kumhyr Assistant Stage Manager - Angela Marshall Apprentice Stage Manager - Ridge Romanishen Apprentice Stage Manager - Emily Solstice Tait This adaptation of The Three Musketeers was first produced at Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director. The Cast (In alphabetical Order) Cardinal Richelieu / Innkeeper / Mob #1 - Sharon Bajer Athos - Rodrigo Beilfuss† King Louis / Mob #6 / Lord Buckingham / Beggar / Drunk / Lemieux / Spy #4 - Eric Blais† Planchet / Criminal / Guard #3 / Patron / Fisherman #2 / Guest #5 /Soldier #3 / Citizen - Tristan Carlucci† Rochefort / Patron #3 / Cahusac / Sailor #2 / Spy #2 - Andrew Cecon D’Artagnan - Melissa Langdon Jussac / Felton / Patron / Braddock / Guest #4 / Soldier #2 - Jacquie Loewen Aramis - Darren Martens Kitty / Abbess / Mob #3 / Patron #2 / Guest #3 - Hera Nalam Milady de Winter / Mystery Woman - Rosie Simon Constance Bonacieux / Mob #7 - Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed Queen Anne / Mob #2 / Barmaid - Krystle Snow Monsieur Bonacieux / Bicarat / Mob #5 / Painter / Patron / Fisherman #1 / Spy #1 / Herald / Guard #2 - Ray Strachan† Porthos -Emilio Vieira Monsieur de Treville / Soldier #1 / Sailor #1 / Guest #1 / Spy 3 - Cory Wojcik Standbys (In alphabetical Order) Standbys never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of their appearance. Rochefort & Others / Monsieur de Treville & Others - Robert Borges King Louis & Others

Antigone a unique melding of Greek drama and ’70s-style rock musical

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Antigone a unique melding of Greek drama and ’70s-style rock musical

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

Combining a modernized version of a Greek drama with a ’70s-style rock musical sounds like an iffy prospect, but Sick + Twisted Theatre, in collaboration with AA Battery, has created something unique and often thrilling in the melding of these disparate genres.

The local theatre troupe, which explores the experience of living with a disability, is working with an adaptation of Sophocles’ 2,000-year-old tragedy by Anne Carson, the award-winning Canadian poet and translator, and it crackles with contemporary language and sly humour, even as it tells an ancient story of death and regret.

It’s been further transformed into a sung-through musical, with Carson’s text set to music by composers Tim Friesen (piano/vocals) and Jorge Requena Ramos (vocals) of the Mariachi Ghost, which also provides some stand-alone songs.

It’s a bombastic, melodic rock opera — think the Who’s Tommy — that the band (which also includes drummer/vocalist Ian Mikita, guitarist Rafael Reyes, bassist Henry Onwuchewa and guitarist Gabriel Fields) performs live onstage at Theatre Cercle Molière as most of the action unspools on the floor below.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

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Antigone (Sarah Luby, centre) is surrounded by the chorus as she is sentenced to death.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 6 minute read Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

Santa Claus is coming downtownSaturday, 3 p.m.

From Portage and Main to Memorial

Free to attend

The jolly old elf makes his annual appearance in Winnipeg this weekend during the Manitoba Hydro Santa Claus Parade in support of The Christmas Cheer Board.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

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The big man himself, riding atop his brand new float, winds up the annual Santa Claus Parade.

Theatre Projects delivers a clever, compelling contemporary fable

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Theatre Projects delivers a clever, compelling contemporary fable

Jill Wilson 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

It’s difficult to discuss Theatre Projects’ season opener, None of This Is Happening, without giving too much away, and it’s probably best to go into Winnipeg playwright Ellen Peterson’s clever, compelling contemporary fable relatively blind to what’s to come.

Suffice it to say that we are in a world of hurt, and we’re not going to be able to tap dance our way out of it.

Kay (Monique Marcker) and Leo (Simon Miron) are siblings who seem to have fallen on hard times. Their clothing is patched and dirty, and Kay’s abode is filled with random junky items she seems to think “tourists” might want to buy.

Kay is obsessively working on a diorama of a waterfall that she’s crafting out of garbage, while Leo is mooning, quite literally, over an unrequited love.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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Jane Testar (Maria, front), Monique Marcker (Kay), and Simon Miron (Leo) in None of This is Happening.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 6 minute read Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

Ariel Posen goes global on DowntownMonday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Park Theatre

Tickets: $30.81, including fees, at myparktheatre.com and ticketweb.ca

A new EP from Winnipeg singer-songwriter Ariel Posen that was recorded in two countries and mixed in a third comes together for a launch party Monday night at the Park Theatre.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

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Old Man Luedecke (above), Fortunate Ones and The Once bring their Anchor’s Up tour to the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday.

Cliché-ridden play says nothing you haven’t heard before

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Cliché-ridden play says nothing you haven’t heard before

Jill Wilson 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

In a recent review of shows by new-dad comedians, New York Times writer Jason Zinoman said: “There are an endless variety of boring people, but none are more brazenly tedious than parents telling you about their kids.”

A close runner-up might be parents talking about how having kids affected their marriage.

If you’re going to make drama out of near-universal experiences, you’d better provide a fresh approach that steers clear of clichés.

Bad Parent, Prairie Theatre Exchange’s long-awaited return to live theatre, does not do that. The two-hander from Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience) — a co-production with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre — is well-performed, well-produced and sporadically amusing, but says absolutely nothing you haven’t heard before in a wittier, more insightful way.

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Bad Parent co-stars Raugi Yu (left) and Josette Jorge bring considerable charisma to their dual roles, but there is little to root for in their relationship. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Spooky tunes for boys and ghouls

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Spooky tunes for boys and ghouls

Ben Waldman, Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Jill Wilson, AV Kitching, Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson 9 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Halloween dominates October like Christmas dominates November and December, but while the yuletide soundtrack is vast and never-ending, with songs in every genre imaginable, All Hallow’s Eve is sorely lacking in musical accompaniment.

We can only listen to Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash — which debuted 60 years ago — so many times before wanting to chop our ears off.

So the Free Press staff worked in the lab late one night and (de)composed this playlist of songs that should be played on and around Oct. 31, even if they aren’t traditional Halloween tunes. |

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Coming from a different way

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Coming from a different way

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Over at the concert hall, Come From Away is telling the feel-good tale of travellers who landed on the East Coast of Canada on 9/11 and were greeted with open arms, a testament to this country’s (well, Newfoundland’s) welcoming nature.

At the Berney Theatre, it’s a bit of a different story. In Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, two Jews fleeing Russian pogroms in Romania in 1908 arrive in Halifax, N.S., where they find the welcome not so warm.

In the season-opener of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s 35th season — a co-production with 2b Theatre Company — we’re introduced to our young couple by the Wanderer (Halifax singer-songwriter Ben Caplan), a bearded character looking like a shabby Willy Wonka in a burgundy top hat.

He pops out of the top of a sea can to greet us with a line from Vancouver songwriter Geoff Berner’s The Traveler’s Lament: “I have been libelled as a wanderer; this is not the case / I have a home, it’s just that it’s an inconvenient place… right now.”

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

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At the heart of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story are Chaim and Chaya, who meet in a line at immigration, played by actors who are also members of the play’s band, woodwind-player Eric Da Costa and violinist Shaina Silver-Baird, respectively.

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Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Halloween programming at CinemathequeSaturday, from 10 a.m.Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.Tickets: from $10 ($6 members) at winnipegfilmgroup.com

There’s nothing quite like a scary movie to get you in the mood for Halloween, and this Saturday Cinematheque is bringing the big-screen screams all day.

Things kick off at 10 a.m. with the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party: Halloween Edition, a throwback to the “good old days” when Saturday morning cartoons, spooky or otherwise, ruled the roost. Kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy three hours of Halloween-themed cartoons, public service announcements, commercials and more. The event, curated by David Bertrand, also features all-you-can-eat cereal, with dairy-free options available.

In the afternoon and evening things get downright spooky, as Cinematheque presents Aurora Gorealis, a horror movie marathon featuring creepy Canadian classics. At 3 p.m. comes the 1981 film The Pit, directed by Lew Lehman and featuring a 12-year-old boy who is bullied until he discovers a pit in the woods full of man-eating creatures called Trogs. At 5 p.m. it’s Pin, the 1988 film directed by Sandor Stern, the tale of the titular plastic medical dummy who comes home to live with Leon — before things go south.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

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Kevin McDonald headlines Winnipeg Comiccon this weekend.

Come from Away delivers more than a feel-good night out

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Come from Away delivers more than a feel-good night out

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

The story doesn’t seem custom-made for the stage: after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 38 planes were diverted and forced to land in Gander, N.L.

The thousands of passengers stranded in the remote Canadian outpost were greeted with an astonishing display of hospitality, with the whole area mobilizing to feed, house and clothe them for five days.

Inspiring, yes, but hardly fodder for musical theatre.

Gander mayor Claude Elliott told the Free Press in 2018, “I just couldn’t figure out how they were going to take sandwiches and blankets and pillows and put that into a musical.”

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

'Come From Away' is frantically paced and impeccably choreographed, but so seamlessly presented that it never feels like either. (Matthew Murphy)

RMTC’s season-opening satire on the TV news business delivers blistering message

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RMTC’s season-opening satire on the TV news business delivers blistering message

Jill Wilson 5 minute read Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

There is nothing subtle about Network, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s satire about the commodification of the news.

It delivers its big ideas with a wallop, with plenty of speechifying, pointing of fingers and shaking of fists; the 2017 stage adaptation by Lee Hall doesn’t narrow its broad strokes.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s season opener, a co-production with Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, taps into that energy with a bold, dizzying production that makes the most of the 1976 film’s renewed timeliness.

Howard Beale (Jim Mezon) is an aging UBS newscaster who is fired by his best friend Max Schumacher (Alex Poch-Goldin) as a scapegoat for declining ratings. But when he has a meltdown, declaring himself done with all the “bulls—” on the air in the middle of what was to be his “retirement” broadcast, UBS suddenly finds itself with a cash cow.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Jim Mezon stars as Howard Beale, a news anchor turned angry prophet, in Network. (Nanc Price)

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Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Jen Zoratti, Ben Sigurdson, Ben Waldman and Jill Wilson 7 minute read Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

Darcy Oake at the BurtFriday and Saturday, 8 p.m.Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith St.Tickets $85 including fees at Ticketmaster

Prepare to suspend your disbelief this weekend.

Winnipeg-born illusionist Darcy Oake kicks off a Canadian tour with a double-header in his hometown on Friday and Saturday at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Son of broadcaster Scott Oake, the younger Oake grew up competing in magic contests and gained international attention as a finalist on the reality show Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. He’s gone on to star in his own television special and has performed in some of the most illustrious venues in the world and even for the late Queen Elizabeth. His illusions range from classic sleight-of-hand and card tricks to daring onstage escapes.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

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Illusionist Darcy Oake

Velveteen Rabbit both swashbuckling and wistful

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Velveteen Rabbit both swashbuckling and wistful

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

ANYONE who’s ever adored a stuffed animal until it became a threadbare, one-eyed lump can appreciate Margery Williams’ 1922 children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit.

Williams’ classic tale about a stuffed rabbit who is made real by the boy who loves him is full of contemplation and melancholy; in fact, it’s probably a classic in large part because of its appeal to grownups, fully attuned to the loss of childhood magic.

In playwright Purni Morell’s adaptation, both the Boy and the Rabbit are played by adult actors. This seems like a risky proposition, but it pays off beautifully in Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s charming season-opening production, narrated with an appropriate lack of sentimentality by Eric Blais.

The Boy (Kamal Chiou) receives the Rabbit (Tom Keenan) in his Christmas stocking and immediately takes to him, with his soft velveteen fur and ears lined with pink satin. (Or so we’re told; the production is steadfastly reliant on imagination here — Keenan’s moustache could be interpreted as whiskers, but he sports no bunny ears; a soft brown blazer represents his fur.)

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Actors (from left) Tom Keenan (Rabbit) and Kamal Chioua (Boy) are photographed in character during a production of The Velveteen Rabbit on October 12, 2022 at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Reporter: AV Kitching

Tom Keenan (left) as the Rabbit and Kamal Chioua as the Boy in the The Velveteen Rabbit at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

Calhoun’s memoir contrasts fraught relationship with father, shared love of poet Frank O’Hara

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Calhoun’s memoir contrasts fraught relationship with father, shared love of poet Frank O’Hara

Reviewed by Jill Wilson 5 minute read Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022

New York author Ada Calhoun’s childhood was, she acknowledges, not a white-picket-fence experience. Growing up in the bohemian East Village enclave of St. Marks Place (among her many books is a non-fiction 400-year history of the three-block region, St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street), she was surrounded by famous artists of the day — Cindy Sherman and Eric Fischl were dinner guests, Steve Martin is a family friend.

Her father is the renowned art critic and poet Peter Schjeldahl. A devotee of the New York School art movement, his inspiration for moving to the city (he was born in Fargo, N.D.) was the poet Frank O’Hara who, although prolific and admired, may be best-known for dying at age 40 in a dune buggy accident on Fire Island.

In 2018, while rummaging in the storage unit of her parents’ apartment, Calhoun discovered boxes of cassette tapes, intriguingly labelled with names of art world luminaries such as Willem de Kooning and Edward Gorey. The tapes are the fruits of her father’s aborted attempt to write a biography of O’Hara; his efforts were thwarted by the late poet’s sister Maureen, who owns the rights to his work.

Calhoun — it’s no accident she uses her middle name professionally — also adores O’Hara. “The poems were simple the way the Psalms were simple…” she writes. “They were about TV and Coke, coffee and movie stars, but they felt like incantations.”

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

An Evening with Bob McDonaldFriday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, 1120 Grant Ave.Free admission

Canada’s favourite science nerd is coming back to Winnipeg with a new book in tow.

Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, will appear at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location on Friday in support of his new book The Future is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today’s Technologies, published in late September by Viking.

In his new book, McDonald examines technology currently at our disposal to grapple with the climate crisis, and how longstanding alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal are just the beginning on a path towards powering our world with green tech that includes hydrogen, waves, tides and more.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

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JayWood, whose new album 'Slingshot' came out in July, will be performing at Burt Block Party.

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

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

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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.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 4 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

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Eva Wasney, Jen Zoratti, Ben Waldman and Jill Wilson 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

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.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 6 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

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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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

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.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 3 minute read Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

Movie night at the Lyric TheatreFriday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine ParkFree admission

Assiniboine Park’s weekly summer movie night returns to the Lyric Theatre this Friday with a lineup heavy on big-budget, mainly family-friendly flicks.

The free double bill kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Sing 2, the 2021 animated musical comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and many more. This time around, the gang must convince Clay Calloway, an aging rock star lion (voiced by Bono), to leave his reclusive life and come out of retirement. Clay and the gang must face their fears in a production that could make or break their careers.

At 8:45 p.m., moviegoers will be thrust into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a screening of Eternals, the 2021 film starring Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and more and directed by Chloé Zhao. The film features an ensemble cast of the titular Eternals, immortals who return after centuries in hiding, determined to protect Earth from the Deviants.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

Marvel Studios Kumail Nanjiani (from left), Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and Don Lee in a scene from Eternals.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Winnipeg Comedy ShowcaseJuly 31, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)Park TheatreTickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

When the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase made its debut in January 2014, comedian and showcase host/producer Jared Story figured it might be a one-off.

He was (happily) proven (very) wrong: Sunday night’s show at the Park Theatre will be the 30th edition of the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase — a nice, round number that illustrates just how important the showcase has been for emerging and established local comics alike. When comedians are cutting their teeth, it’s often while being ignored at an open-mic night at a bar; the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase, meanwhile, offers comics the chance to audience-test bits and hone their tight fives in a theatre.

Featured funny people on Sunday night’s bill include Andy Noble, Emmanuel Lomuro, Karlee Liljegren, Abby Falvo, Matt Kay and Carson Košik. Advance tickets are available via Ticketweb, Eventbrite or from the comics on the bill.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022