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!

Family fun night

Attention child-rearing readers! There are a lot of family-friendly shows coming to Winnipeg in the next few weeks. So whether you have two kids, ten kids, or you’re a big kid—I thought I’d share them with you now so you have time to get your tickets!

Disney FANTASIA: Live in Concert – April 30

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This concert at the Centennial Concert Hall is going to be really cool. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is going to accompany two full-length Disney movies – the original FANTASIA and FANTASIA 2000 – while they play on the big screen. What a fun and engaging way to watch a movie! Plus tickets start as low as $25. What a deal!

Peter Pan – May 4-8

Everyone knows the story of the boy who didn’t want to grow up, but have you ever seen it acted out live in front of your eyes? You’re going to want to grab the family and head down to the Centennial Concert Hall for a night to remember. This show includes all your favourite characters from the story and is sure to be a real thrill.

Stars on Ice – May 11

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Join Canada’s best and most accomplished skaters for a night of amazing performances at the MTS Centre. This show is sure to be action packed with lots of jumps, spins and tricks from the stars. All kids who are interested in skating are sure to like this show, so make sure to get your tickets.

If these events don’t appeal to you, there are lots of other fun things to do with your kids downtown. Check out the calendar of events at the Children’s Museum or visit the Manitoba Museum and the CMHR – I’m sure you’ll have fun doing whatever you decide to do!

Party like a Goddess

Shouldn’t all weekends be three days long? I certainly think so! Crawling out of bed this morning was particularly painful and my full inbox has me already day dreaming about next weekend.

Like always, I have the inside scoop on the best upcoming events. Today’s feature: the Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Saturday, February 20 at 8pm. It’s going to be AMAZING.

My insiders tell me that there will be three floors of fist-pumping dancing action with performances by The Lytics, MEMETIC DJs, DJ Co-op and DJ Hunnicutt. The Aveda Institute Winnipeg will have an onsite beauty bar and will be giving free makeovers all night long. Albert Street Cocktail will be serving up delicious mythical creature-inspired cocktails. Best of all—it’s a costume party!

Peggy as MedusaWhich favourite mythical creature are you going to dress up as? Sweet and beautiful goddess of love Aphrodite? Strong Athena, goddess of wisdom and war? Personally, I think I make a pretty fierce Medusa.

Whoever you choose be, you’re going to need a costume.

And what’s a Greek party without a toga?! Mitchell Fabrics on 637 Main Street is your go-to-place for all your ancient linen needs, and clearance cloth prices start as low as 99 cents per metre.

I found some amazing local jewellery at the Downtown Farmers’ Market last week that fits perfectly with my goddess gear. It’s a Cree-owned company called Boreal Workshop and they create all their handmade jewellery right here in Manitoba.

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If you’re in a pinch, I find Ardene at Portage Place is perfect as a one-stop-shop for all your accessories for any party. I found a pair of gladiator sandals (3 for $10), some golden necklaces (4 for $10), and a flowy peasant top ($10)—I love a good bargain!

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Tickets for the event start at $55 and for an additional donation you can get some pretty sweet perks. For an added $10 donation, you will receive a laurel wreath to complement your costume. An added $25 donation gets you access to the exclusive VIP lounge in The Bacchus Room. And either donation will get you entered to win a night’s stay at the Mere Hotel, dinner for two a Cibo, and two tickets to see Rhianna, April 18 at the MTS Centre.

For more info and to get your tickets, check out wag.ca.

As for me, time to get back to the work day and start tackling all these emails!

A stroll for photographers (and aspiring photographers, architecture lovers…)

New date (due to rain, boo) September 7th!
New date (due to rain, boo) September 7th!

The third annual Don’s Photo Walk got rained out last weekend, but it’s still on! New date – September 7!

It’s no big secret (partly thanks to Instagram) that Winnipeg’s downtown is filled with some amazing architecture . Modern buildings, modernist buildings, turn-of-the-century landmarks…they all get captured every day on camera phones and look amazing.

In a couple of weeks, Don’s Photo has your chance to step it up and see what those photos look like when you graduate from a camera phone! They’re inviting any Winnipeggers that’s interested to bring their camera – whether it’s a point and shoot, that DSLR you bought but need practice with (although hey, experts also welcome!)  – and take a guided tour of downtown capturing photos along the way.

They’ve also got their first theme this year – and it’s COLOUR! I’ve taken a sneak peek at the route, and there are colourful buildings, parkades, murals, gardens, and more to make for a bright finish to the summer.

More details:

  • Admission is totally free, just bring your own camera.
  • Participants please meet at the Don’s Photo location at 410 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB for 12:00pm
  • Dress for the weather and don’t forget to put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes!
  • Facebook event is here – RSVP to make sure you get updates in case rain happens again :/

I’m going to the ball!

I’m so giddy I’m practically giggling – I’ve got an invite to an ACTUAL BALL.

For the next few months, I’m going to be the official blog correspondent for the Gallery Ball 2014. The Ball supports one of my very favourite places – and pieces of architecture – downtown, the WAG. They’re raising money so that kids have access to their youth outreach and education programs. So watch out here from now till October for special Gallery Ball posts – I’m going to have sneak previews and info on all their plans! Food, decor, outfits, you name it.

It’s going to take me a while to process that I’m going to this event – but there’s one very important question I have to settle first.

What on earth am I going to wear?

The gods of Olympus are coming to the WAG

I thought the Winnipeg Art Gallery had hit an incredible high point with 100 Masters last year. But they’re not coasting on that. Not at all.

As if bringing Salvador Dali works in this year wasn’t enough, they’re bringing in a huge new exhibit starting in April of next year. Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin.

More than 160 pieces of classical art are taking a special flight from Berlin so they can spend time with us here in Winnipeg. Marble and bronze statues, terra cotta vases, works of art that are 2,000 years old – pieces like this:

If you were ever a mythology buff, this is a must-see. You’ll have lots of time to check it out too – the exhibit is opening next year in April, and will run for a whole 10 months! More info about the exhibit – including some more gorgeous pics of the art that will be part of it – is here at wag.ca

Also – huge credit to the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers who were at the big announcement yesterday. They covered themselves totally in white paint to become living statues!

Winnipeg Portrait Prize

Winnipeg Portrait Prize

Did you know that our city has a club called the Winnipeg Sketch Club? And not only that, they’ve got a LOT of history. In fact, they were founded in 1914, meaning that this year is their 100th birthday – happy birthday!

They’re celebrating their birthday with a big project to be unveiled this weekend – the first ever Winnipeg Portrait Prize. They invited artists to celebrate people who are doing great things in our community by creating a portrait of them, and all of them are going on display this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre.

First, how nice is it that they’re doing something to celebrate others on their own birthday? Very Winnipeg.

And second – if you were one of the people drawn, excited would you be? We all have LOTS photos of ourselves now (thanks, camera phones!) but how many of us actually get a portrait? That’s got to feel pretty special.

If you want to go check them out, they’re in rooms 15 and 16, Saturday 10:30 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (If you go after 5:00PM tonight, there’s live music and cash bar Saturday till 8!) After that, the winner, people’s choice and finalists are being chosen, and they’ll be unveiled in the Manitoba Legislative Building 7:00 pm in the Rotunda.

More info on them here and here

Kevin McDonald is everywhere, and he’s giving out JUNOs

This gave me my morning giggle – Kevin Macdonald has apparently been roaming around downtown, presenting JUNO awards to Winnipeggers he deems awesome/worthy (and really, aren’t we all?)

This is all to help share the pre-Junos excitement – in just about 3 weeks, the downtown is going to be PACKED with musical events. I didn’t realize it until we were hosting them, but the official JUNO awards are just one of the events – we’re going to have:

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A two-night pre-awards-show explosion of music. More than 100 Canadian acts are going to be playing at venues across the city, including the Burt, The Met, the Pyramid Cabaret, Times Changed High & Lonesome Club, the Windsor, and lots more. We’re talking three or four acts every night at every venue going till 2am! Federal Lights, The Treble, Wilderness of Manitoba, Sierra Noble, Nathan, Royal Canoe, The Lytics, and about a 90 more – check out the full listing at http://www.wespeakmusic.ca. Tickets here!

Manitoba Rocks! with the WSO

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is going to join forces with some of the city’s best local acts. Put four of Manitoba’s best bands alongside the forces of the WSO, and you have a whole new experience. Imaginary Cities consists of multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas and vocalist Marti Sarbit. JUNO Award-winning Nathan Music Co. harnesses the essence of the Canadian Prairies, capturing the modern, old-fashioned sound of the lonesome, crowded west. JUNO-nominated Royal Canoe comes armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard super-weapon. The Lytics is a five-man crew whose amalgam of old-school soundscapes and boom-box bangers celebrates, inspires and challenges.

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Of course, the JUNO Awards themselves at the MTS Centre. Robin Thicke, Tegan & Sara, Walk Off the Earth are all going to be performing (I saw Tegan & Sara when they toured here last time, and if you missed them, GO NOW). I found some old pics from last time they were in town – the streets were shut down for a big red carpet, fingers crossed that happens again! Tickets for this one at Ticketmaster

The Afterparty

No party is complete without the afterparty, and there’s one happening at Manitoba House, aka the Met, right after the awards – entertainment is going to be presented by Countryfest, so I’m getting out my ripped jeans and cowboy hat. Ticket info here

Two museums

There were two big pieces of museum news this week – one, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced their long-awaited opening day! September 20th, 2014 – we’ll finally get to go through the doors and explore an amazing new piece of architecture and the most up to date styles of exhibits, and it’s going to be a big day. I mean, look at it. I’ve gotten a bit of a preview of the inside, and I can’t wait to see it done.

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credit Aaron Cohen/CMHR

But I was glad to see that another little local museum got some attention too this week – although for a totally unhappy reason! The Dalnavert Museum officially, and quietly, closed up in September. If you’ve never been or never heard of it, I’m not surprised – it’s definitely a hidden gem in downtown. It’s a stunning house with a wrap-around porch (apparently “Queen Anne Revival” style – I know nothing about house styles, but I know is that it’s BEAUTIFUL) where a former premier of Manitoba and the son of Sir John A MacDonald lived. It’s been kept to look as if a family in that period still lived there so you can take a walk through and explore the history. And a few times a year, it host really cool events – at Halloween they’ve had Phantasmagoria, where artists told spooky tales using old-timey magic lanterns to make projections. And a Christmas they’d create a magical Victorian experience, including a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

They even hosted groups like the Tweed Ride during Ciclovia for croquet on their lawn! (that’s a couple of Tweed Ride gents doing some pre-game relaxing on the steps)

Credit - Leif Norman www.leifnorman.net
Credit – Leif Norman http://www.leifnorman.net

So I’m happy to hear that we’ve got an opening date for one big museum, and I hope we hear soon that we can have a reopening date for the Dalnavert – local heritage groups are hoping they can save it! It takes all sizes of buildings to make downtown an awesome place to be, the big-time ones like the CMHR, and the little neighbourhood treasures like the Dalnavert.

 

Halloween is on for 24 more hours!

1399360_664331306932744_304364960_oIf you didn’t get your fill of treats and late-night fun last night, the WAG’s got an all-night event for you tonight! Yes, this means you get a classy excuse to eat more mini-chocolate bars in the name of art. 🙂

They’ve got a very cool exhibit on right now called The Clock by Christian Marclay. It’s a mind-boggling compilation of more than 10,000 small film clips that are combined into a full 24 hours of film. And why the name? Every clip features clocks or watches, synced up perfectly with the actual time! So it you’re watching a clip where the time is 6:25 and you check your phone, it’s going to be the same. I tried to think about how much time it would take to put that together and my brain started to hurt.

I’ve heard people plan to come see it for 20 minutes and end up getting mesmerized and staying for 2 hours, playing spot-the-movie-clip! (2 hour stays are helped by the fact that you get to watch it from comfy IKEA couches) And of course, if you come back for a second or third visit at a different time, you’re going to get to see a totally different part of the exhibit!

Anyway, tonight starting at 6pm, the WAG is hosting a 24 hour screening – plus having a bar and treats from 7pm to 1am! A very cool way to make Halloween stick around for an extra day!

Info on the WAG website here!