Little piece of Pandora coming to the ‘Peg

Remember that James Cameron movie that came out a few years back and changed everyone’s lives? No, not Titantic (though Leo is a constant inspiration)—I’m talking about Avatar!

The year was 2009 and audiences everywhere fell in love with the gorgeous blue Na’vi creatures and that beautiful planet of Pandora they inhabited. Audiences loved the movie and the utopian land so much that they experienced depression upon learning it wasn’t a real place—seriously look it up.

Luckily for all those unfortunate folks and for those of us that just really loved the movie, Avatar is coming back into our lives!

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TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is a live experience by Cirque du Soleil and it’ll be taking the stage at the MTS Centre October 5-9. The show is set thousands of years before the events in the film in a “world beyond imagination”. Toruk, in the Na’vi language apparently refers to the great leonopteryx (the giant evil red and orange beast from the movie that rules the sky—you know, the one Sam Worthington shows who’s boss). This mighty beast is central in Na’vi lore and culture, and is crucial to the Na’vi’s clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness—and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

And if that isn’t enough to entice you, may I remind you it’s Cirque du Soleil. Guaranteed to be an amazing showcase of human flexibility and talent at its finest!

Tickets are on sale now and start at $40 and are available online.

There’s also seven shows to choose from:

  • Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 6 at 7:30PM
  • Friday, October 7 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, October 8 at 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Sunday, October 9 at 1PM and 5PM

You can watch a preview of the upcoming show on YouTube.

You don’t want to miss out on this live experience that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar to life through story and light.  Hurry and get your tickets today!

 

Getting Fired Up for BBQ & Blues

If DJs and electronic dance music aren’t your scene, there’s another festival happening this weekend that might be more your style! The fifth annual Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, presented by 97.5 BIG FM, is happening Friday and Saturday (August 19 and 20) on Smith Street in front of the Burton Cummings Theatre.

The two-day festival will include the LUXE Barbeque Company Pit Master championship barbeque competition, a food and beverage garden, and many retail vendors.

There will be performances both days inside the Burt and outside on the street with Creedence Clearwater Revisited headlining Friday and The Voice finalist Laith Al-Saadi taking the stage on Saturday. For the full line-up and festival schedule visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

Concert passes (includes both the outdoor festival site access and reserved seating for headlining concerts at the Burt) start at $69 for a two-day pass, and individual day concert passes start at $39. Admission to the Street Festival site only, which includes outdoor music, the BBQ competition and live demos, the vendor food and beverage areas start at $20 per day. For more information on the Festival and to get your tickets visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

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Electric Sunset Festival

Is Winnipeg competing in some sort of nation-wide/ world-wide/ galaxy-wide competition for the most festivals in one summer?! Because wow. This summer has been jam-packed with music fests, food fests, culture fests, and just about every festival under the sun all summer long. I guess we’re just trying to show the world how to make the most of our short summer months!

One of this weekend’s biggest upcoming events is Electric Sunset—a one-day festival at Shaw Park filled with DJs and lots and lots of dancing. Doors open and the performances begin at 2PM on Friday, August 19. The lineup includes DJ Lambo, Bit Funk, Mike Williams, Unlike Pluto, SNBRN, Vicetone, Party Favor, Morgan Page and legendary Dutch DJ, Tiësto, will be headlining the festival.

The festival is open to all ages, though you have to be 18+ for VIP. Tickets start at $94.99 for general admission or $109.99 for VIP (18+).

For more details on Electric Sunset visit: electricsunsetfest.com

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Everybody loves an After Party

Anyone reading my blogs knows that yours truly LOVES a good party. Whether it’s drinks on a patio, sunsets high up on a rooftop, or dancing all night at one of my fave downtown bars—let’s just say I like to make the most of my non-nine-to-five hours.

And for me, I’m never quite ready to go when the party ends, the musicians sing their last song, the bar makes last call and queues Patio Lanterns. Lucky for me—there’s a little wonderful thing called the After Party!

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After Interstellar

Next weekend, Interstellar Rodeo is coming to Winnipeg and hosting a weekend-long event at The Forks. There’s a whole big impressive line-up of artists and musicians like Wilco, Serena Ryder, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nights Sweats, The Strumbellas, and k.d. lang (HALLELUJAH!)—just to name a few.

And guess what.. there’s an after party! After Interstellar is the place to be for your post-festival celebrations on Saturday August 13 from 10pm to 2am. The after party will take place at the new Forks Market Food Hall with an evening full of wine tasting, food pairings and great music. Winnipeg Wine Cru will be hosting the event, and Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is creating fancy wine pairings with each artist.

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Local artists Duotang (got to love that name) and DJ Co-op will be entertaining party-goers into the wee hours of the night—so best bring your dancing shoes!

General admission is $50, or $40 if you’re an Interstellar weekend pass holder or Grand Cru Member. You can also use the coupon code, 16170WWC, to get a 20% discount! And sorry kids, the event is 18+. Find out more about After Interstellar tickets at: interstellarrodeo.com/Winnipeg/tickets.

ManyFest After Hours

Still thirsty for more after parties? The Common inside The Forks Market will also be host to the official ManyFest after party on September 10, 2016. ManyFest is Downtown’s biggest street festival taking place September 9-11, with a weekend full of food trucks, live entertainment, local farmers’ and artisans’ market, and much, much, much, much more. Find out more at: manyfest.ca.

Stay cool Winnipeggers, and I’ll see you at the after party!

More great music from the Folk Festival

Well it’s been a few weeks since my inaugural trip to the Winnipeg Folk Fest (I think I finally got the mud out from under my nails..) and I’m already craving some great folky tunes. Thank goodness the Winnipeg Folk Festival hosts awesome concerts all year long, and they’re right here in our wonderful downtown!

Upcoming must-see concerts:

Sturgill Simpson
With an album called A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, you know you’re going to be in for an interesting show! Sturgill Simpson’s musical style combines 70s Motown, with R&B, and country roots, that’s sounds like something that I just have to see!

August 11
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are $29.50 – $39.50 plus fees

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Rodriguez

An incredible singer-songwriter, Rodriquez storytelling lyrics are reflective of his interesting and worldly life experiences. Check out his show coming to Winnipeg this fall!

September 7
Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets are $60.00 – $100 plus fees

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This beloved Winnipeg band is back in the city and playing the Burton Cummings Theatre on September 15. Royal Canoe’s sound is said to be so widely unique and inspired by our great city’s “extreme perpetual cycle through euphoric summers under gigantic prairie skies, to near-debilitating winters that instill their own intense, almost aggressive energy into the psyche.” Whatever that means it sounds like a life-changing, mind-blowing experience that I just NEED to see!

September 15
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are $25.00 plus fees

 

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Five Aussies with beautiful beards. Need I say more? Their indie folk music is also pretty amazing, get your tickets now!

October 22
Garrick Centre
Tickets are $28.50 plus fees

 

For more information on other great concerts happening downtown, check out the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the MTS Centre, and the Garrick Centre.

Rooftop Party at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Is there anything more summery than dancing outdoors all night, soaking in a setting sun on downtown rooftop?  I’d take that over a beach sunset any day!

Lucky for you and me, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is hosting Barre After Hours, its second annual dance party on the RWB Parkade (380 Graham Avenue) this Saturday, July 23 from 8:30pm ‘til late.

And this is your typical gala. The event promises to transform the parkade into the party of the summer with dancing all night and entertainment by The Treble, Skene Music, and Ron Paley—and I love any event that specifies a cocktail chic attire dress code!

Tickets are $65 and include appies, sweets, a complimentary glass of cava and exclusive access to the after party at Rudy’s Eat & Drink. There will also be a cash bar on site with signature RWB-inspired cocktails.

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RWB Company Dancers; Photo Credit: Bonnie Holmes

Funds raised from Barre After Hours will benefit RWB programming and the RWB School Profession Division which enables the School to provide children with the highest standards of quality and excellence in dance education. You can learn more about Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and all their upcoming summer events at rwb.org.

So get your tickets and I’ll see you this Saturday under the stars!

Take me (and my dog) out to the ballgame!

Bark_2015_IMG_8466_Photo_Credit_Pawsh_Dog[1]Have you ever been to a Winnipeg Goldeyes ballgame at Shaw Park where the sun is shining, you’ve got a cold drink in your hand your, it’s the middle of the third, and you think to yourself this is perfect—the only thing that would make this MORE perfect is if my dog were here?

Well folks, you’re in luck because the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club and the Winnipeg Veterinary Care Group are teaming up to take you and your dog out to the ballgame on July 19 for Bark in the Park!

The event promises to include a variety of fun dog-themed entertainment, prizes and giveaways, pet-related vendors with tasty dog treats, and best of all: a Pooch Smooch Cam! Just adorable.

The doors open at 6PM (5:30PM for doggy registration) and the Winnipeg Goldeyes play the St. Paul Saints at 7PM. Tickets are $14, good for one 18+ person and one dog, and include a FREE Doggie Treat Bag (quantities are limited, so you’ll want to be first in line). You can also purchase additional human tickets for $10. A portion of the proceeds will be going towards helping out furry friends at the Winnipeg Humane Society. Buy your tickets online here: goldeyes.com/bark-in-the-park.

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I’ll be giving away two sets of tickets for the event on my Facebook page, all you have to do is 1) post a photo of your pooch and 2) tell me why she/he loves would love a night out at the Goldeyes game. I will randomly pick two sets of winners (each set is good for two people and two dogs), may the cutest dogs win—I mean—it’ll be by random draw.. Best of luck!

And to all you cat lovers.. sorry no felines allowed.