Llama Tell You All You Need To Know About Folklorama

The 48th annual Folklorama— Canada’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world–kicked off the two-week festival downtown with a party on Saturday night.

The pavilions open August 6 and are located across the city and include the RBC Convention Centre. Festival travel guides and maps can be found here.

It might be smart to start planning your Folklorama route now. You’ll want to maximize the entertainment and culinary delights you take in during the next two weeks. There will be added excitement as our guests from the Canada Summer Games are part of the Folklorama fanfare and will be likely experiencing the festival for the first time.

Starting downtown at the RBC Convention Centre is a great way to divide the city into quadrants and head out for your Folklorama fun. May we suggest buying tickets online–a new feature this year*. If you want to explore multiple pavilions in one evening, joining a VIP Tour is the way to go. Experience a VIP Tour by walking, cycling or motor coach. Folklorama’s VIP Tours include two or three pavilions and allow you to bypass the line, reserved seating with table service, and a delicious and authentic progressive meal. To explore the VIP Tours and buy online, visit folklorama.ca. Or if you want plan a spontaneous evening out! Round up your family and friends and enjoy dinner and a show!

And be sure to follow the Folklorama on social media, tag your posts #myfolklorama and share this fantastic festival Winnipeg is proud to host year after year. Powered by dedicated volunteers, Folklorama is a great way to share our city’s diversity with your family, friends, and any out of town guests traveling through Winnipeg.

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*ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Please note:
  • Purchase single admission tickets ($6.00) to select pavilions at folklorama.ca in advance.
  • Advance online tickets will be available starting July 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Purchase advance online tickets up to 9:00 a.m. on the day you would like to attend.
  • Advance online tickets are specific to pavilion and show times.
  • Once purchased, advance online tickets may not be exchanged for another pavilion, date or showtime and are non-refundable.

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Summer Concerts at the MTS Centre

You know when you wake up in the morning and a song comes on that just gets you pumped for the day ahead? Well that happened to me this morning! Admittedly, “Work” by Rihanna is not always my go-to song, but when it’s the alarm clock stirring me from sleep I find it just it’s the thing to really get me going.

Luckily for all us RiRi fans out there, Rihanna will be rocking out downtown next Monday at the MTS Centre. And I for one could not be more excited! Best of all, Rihanna’s just the start of a great summer line-up at the MTS Centre! Get ready downtown, because the summer IS coming, and it’s going to rock!

Rihanna – April 18

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We’re only days away from Rihanna’s concert at the MTS Centre. Always out-going, you can be sure she’ll put on a great show with special guest Travis Scott. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you better get on it. You can buy them online here.

The Who – May 4

This concert will be a night to remember as the band celebrates their 50th anniversary. Because this is a re-scheduled show, tickets that were originally purchased for the October tour date at the MTS Centre will be honoured. For those of you who still need tickets, you better get them before they’re all gone.

Hedley – May 7

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You can check out well-known Canadian pop-rock group, Hedley, at the MTS Centre this summer. Joined by 2 other Canadian pop singers, Carly Rae Jepson and Francesco Yates, this will for sure be an energetic and fun concert to attend. Get your tickets while you still can!

Selena Gomez – May 20

She’s made a huge name for herself in the world of pop music these past few years, and I’ll bet she puts on a great show. Joined by special guest, Tyler Shaw, you’re going to want to catch this show at the MTS Centre if you’re a fan of pop music. Click here before it’s too late.

James Taylor – June 3

With decades of music to play, James Taylor’s concert will be one to remember. In addition to the classics, he’ll also be playing music off his new album, which has been receiving a lot of praise since its release. He’ll light up the MTS Centre so be sure to get your tickets.

Meat Loaf – June 9

If you only know Meat Loaf for his Bat out of Hell album, you’re going to want to go to this concert to discover how much more of him there is to see. His acting background is sure to come out for an extremely entertaining night at the MTS Centre. You better get your tickets while you can.

Justin Bieber – June 11

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Never has any artist made a bigger comeback than The Biebs! I don’t think you can call yourself a Canadian, or even a Winnipegger, if you don’t know who Justin Bieber is. Unfortunately, this concert is already sold out, so probably the only way for you to get tickets is to win them on the radio.

City and Colour – June 14

Singer, songwriter, performer – is there anything Dallas Green can’t do? I don’t think so! In support of his latest album, this concert is a great option for those of you looking for a chill, laid-back night. Make sure to get your tickets.

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – August 29

What do you get when you pair up two unbelievably dynamic singers and performers? An amazing, ear-busting concert that’s what! This is a can’t-miss for all you pop fans out there, myself included. Grab your girls and your tickets for a girl’s night you won’t forget!

That’s it for now! Other concerts may still be announced for this summer, so make sure you stay up-to-date by subscribing to my blog! You’re not going to want to miss out on the concert of the summer!

St. Paddy’s Day all the way!

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St. Patrick’s Day is as good an excuse as any for me to don my shamrock-shaped (no, I didn’t say shamrock shake, but I bet you want one now, don’t you!) glasses, my best green dress, hit the (down)town and indulge in some Irish cream- and Guinness-flavoured things and sip on some cool, refreshing green beer and just spread friendly, jolly cheer! This day only comes once a year – here’s a few spots you might like to #finditdowntown for St. Paddy’s day.

Pony Corral – 444 St. Mary Ave.

Guinness and Jameson are on special, Thistle-Thyme show band is on stage, you could win a Guinness beer fridge, and the McConnell Irish Dancers will have you a-tappin’ your toes.

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club – 234 Main St.

St. Paddy’s Day Liquidation Sale – All beer must go. No reasonable offer refused. Richard Inman & the Mad Trappers play at 9:00, Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices play at 10:30. Always delicious Mexican cuisine.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.

All-day entertainment including Nathan Rogers, Dale Brown and the Brady Irish Dancers.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.

Green beer. Prizes. Free Pizza. Free Lucky Charms cereal.

Tavern United MTS Centre – 260 Hargrave St.

Indulge in beef stew served in a bread bowl, green beer, St. Paddy’s Day-themed shooters, and be entertained by the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.

And perhaps if a friendly, neighborhood watering hole isn’t your scene this St. Patrick’s day, perhaps the luck of the Irish at the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon ticket lottery will be on your side. Arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 2.5 hours before curtain, and enter to win the chance to purchase tickets for a very reasonable $25. Stay tuned for my review of the show on Thursday!