A bookworm’s dream, the annual THIN AIR Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival showcases authors from Canada and around the world, with performances, interviews, lectures, book launchings and signings. This year’s guests include multi-award winning Eleanor Catton from New Zealand, as well as local legends David Bergen and Miriam Toews (pictured). Pick up a free program or visit thinairwinnipeg.ca for more information. Festival passes and programs available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, tickets for individual events available at the door, some events free. Various venues, 204-297-7323. Sep 19-27
The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the intrigue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, kicking off the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 2014/15 season. The clever play erases the line between fact and fiction for a comedic and suspenseful mystery adventure. For tickets, call 204‑942‑6537 or 1‑877‑446‑4500. John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Ave. Oct 1-25
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet begins their 75th season with
Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation (above). Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the piece marries the First Nations experience with a European form to represent the varied stories of residential school survivors and their families. Tickets available at the RWB box office, 380 Graham Ave, 204‑956‑2792, or at rwb.org. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St.
Winnipeg’s hottest tasting event, Ciao! magazine’s Dine About Winnipeg, presented by Manitoba Pork, returns! Visiting foodies won’t want to miss this crash course in city dining. More than 20 restaurants will be offering up 3 course meals at a fixed price of $28 and $36. For a list of participating restaurants and menu offerings, visit ciaowinnipeg.com, Feb 1-11.
The city’s latest indie music festival, is now in it’s third year. Hoping to ride the summer festival high, BIG FUN spotlights local musicians at various venues throughout the historic Exchange District and larger downtown area. Look for great local acts, such as Pop Crimes and Les Jupes. Concert-goers will also be thrilled to hear that the festival has secured Polaris-nominated noise band METZ as a headliner. For a full list of performers, ticket options, performance times and venue information, head to bigfunfestival.com.
RAW: almond, the coolest thing to hit Winnipeg winters, is back for a second year. The pop-up river restaurant gives 11 chefs free reign to design a five course menu with boozy pairings for a fixed price of $100. The structure, designed by RAW gallery is worth the ticket alone.
All great love stories begin and end with Romeo and Juliet. Treat yourself, or take your special someone, to see this tale of timeless romance re-imagined in movement at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Classically choreographed by Rudi van Dantzig against the backdrop of 16th century Verona, this tragic but enduring tale of true love is the perfect Valentine’s date. Feb 12-16.
This original winter festival is back to celebrate its 45th year. Explore Winnipeg’s French pioneer history with the whole family, during this interactive extravaganza. Try traditional treats, like maple taffy, marvel at magnificent snow sculptures, toboggan, or catch live music performances happening by day and night. Feb 14-23.
One of literature’s first real heroine’s leaps from the page to the stage, with the Manitoba Theatre Company’s adaptation of Jane Eyre. Considered a radical novel by Victorian critics, Jane Eyre documents the intense personal journey of a young woman without means. In this story of love and redemption, lies a social critique that is still relevant today. Budding feminists, literature lovers and theatre-goers alike can appreciate this fresh spin on a canonical classic. MTC, 1-877-446-4500, mtc.mb.ca.
Jan 10-17 — For Random 18 X 18, the cre8ery challenged 18 artists to create 18 “random” pieces. The result is not-so-random; a collection of pieces themed on personal journey, environmental issues, and the circle of life, fill the exhibit.
Jan 17-Feb 22 — Cree Métis artist Jason Baerg, unveils a new multi-media exhibition at Urban Shaman Gallery. Relations, a series of 13 tondos, inspired by ancient indigenous prophecies about the year 2012. Nomadic Bounce is an installation comprised of laser-cut acrylic paintings that explore relationships and conflicts through space and location.
To Jan 22 — Nigerian-born artist Yisa Akinbolaji creates vibrant multi-layered mixed media works of art. By using paint resistant materials between acrylic layers, hidden forms and symbols peek through to create meaning. Akinbolaji’s work is on display at the Framing & Art Centre.
Jan 24- Feb 7 — The Edge Gallery will be spotlighting the fun and fanciful work of Japanese-born local artist, Takashi Iwasaki. His technicolour imagination comes to life in embroidered imaginative scenes.
Opens Feb 1 — A new collection titled Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is being curated for the Winnipeg Art Gallery by Art Works for Change, and intends to shed light on gender-based violence experienced by women world-wide.
To Feb 8— An examination on the use of toxic by-products in contemporary culture, this exhibit presents work by emerging Canadian artists using biological media. Toxicity is a part of an international series of conferences and workshops, hosted at the Plug In ICA.
Present at Hand, by Montreal-based visual artist Matthieu Sabourin, seeks to challenge the internalized relationship between the physical body and the every day tools that it wields. By altering and manipulating found objects that have a strong relationship to the hand, Sabourin forces audiences to examine how we use tools, and how that process defines us. Across a variety of mediums, Sabourin reflects on the reductive limits humans impose on the small detail-oriented tools considered integral to our existence. 290 McDermot Ave, 2nd floor, 204-944-9763, Map 1: 0-4
Bev Morton, co-founder of the Wayne Arthur Gallery, invites you into the fabric of her memory with Breakfast at the Madison Grill and More. Recreating family photos, postcards, paintings and gallery scenes, Morton has pieced the fibres of her life together in these textured textile collages. Wayne Arthur Gallery. To Jan 29. 186 Provencher Blvd.