A life is made up of its stories, and the same holds true for a city. Sure, the bricks, mortar and sidewalks provide the structure, but it’s the stories that really provide the heart and passion to a life. I think that’s the idea behind City Stories–an initiative that is part of Culture Days and the folks at Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010.
Starting this Saturday, a roving troupe of tarot card readers, known as the Winnipeg Tarot Company will be giving readings across the city. In exchange for the reading, people will “pay” with their own Winnipeg story. Those stories will be recorded and posted online for everyone to hear. The really neat part is the group has created a special Winnipeg-themed tarot deck featuring everything from mosquitoes to the Golden Boy to slurpees.
The tarot readers include names you might have heard like John K. Samson (front man for the Weakerthans), Rodrigo Munoz (front man for Papa Mambo) and Christine Fellows (Winnipeg songbird). Visit this link for a complete schedule of where to find the tarot readers. City Stories runs until the end of October.
While I’m here, I also wanted to mention Culture Days, a nationwide initiative happening this weekend where numerous arts organizations will be opening their doors to the public. Of course there are events happening all over the city, but here are a couple I found particularly interesting that you may want to check out:
Dance Downtown, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
On Sunday, September 26, 2010 between 1pm-4pm the RWB will host an open house extravaganza at its facility at 380 Graham Avenue and in the surrounding neighbourhood, featuring fun-filled activities for the whole family.
MTC Open House
Go behind the scenes at MTC from 1-5pm on September 25. Includes guided tours of the John Hirsch Theatre including the props area, the carpentry and paint shops, as well as the rehearsal hall. The public can view costume and set designs. Also on display are maquettes, which are scale models of sets, built by designers for shows. A kids craft area is available for children to try out their creative side.
Nuit Blanche at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The WAG hosts an all night visual arts party from September 25 to 26, including live dance performance, poetry readings, mask making, music and film.