Stepping Out with Style
Winnipeg Folk Fest, Bur Oak stage. Photo: Heather Clark
SUMMER FESTIVALS Winnipeg Folk Festival - Escape to Birds Hill Park for a magical folk music experience! This year sees legends and icons take to the stage. Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite and Joan Baez headline, while international stars like Mexican Institute Of Sound (Mexico) and Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson (United Kingdom) mix it up. And some long-time favourites are back for an encore, like Ani DiFranco and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Canadian breakout acts are also featured, including Chic Gamine, The Sheepdogs and Scarlett Jane (Jul 9-13). Soca-Reggae Festival - Old Market Square transforms into a hot spot for the colourful tastes and sounds of the Caribbean when local and international Soca & Reggae entertainers take to the Cube in Old Market Square! Fun for the whole family (Jul 11-13). Winnipeg Fringe Festival - See a wild variety of theatre, dance, and performance at one of North America’s largest gatherings for fringe entertainment. Independent companies from all over the world will present a plethora of performance genres for adventurous audiences young and old. Performances take place at various locations in and around the historic Exchange District (July 16-27). Folklorama - Hungry for tradition and diversity? Over 20 cultural-themed pavilions open their doors to thousands of visitors over two weeks and showcase a wealth of world-scoped performance, storytelling and cuisine (Aug 3-16). Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) 2014 - This 5th annual offering of local and international electronic musicians has Winnipeg on the music map! In addition to free techno concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square, MEME features highly anticipated and world-class “After Cube” events, as well as workshops for full-day learning experiences (Aug 14-17). Events at various venues. Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival - The best in local, national and international blues performers are served up with a BBQ competition! Get to a picnic table pronto! Other events include a Gospel Brunch, an artisan’s village, food vendors, beverage gardens, and cooking demos (Aug 16&17). Event at Shaw Park. ManyFest - North Broadway closes for a downtown street party! Many events over this fun weekend romp, including music, dance, wine, film, food and kids’ activities (Sept 5-7).
MUSIC Live on the Rooftop - The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s long-running concert series, formerly known as “Jazz on the Rooftop,” continues on the stunning rooftop garden with an array of musical talents (Jul 3, 31 & Aug 14, 28).
and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet have to offer (Jul 23-25).
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Highlights of Inuit Sculpture features outstanding sculptures by Inuit artists in WAG’s permanent collection (to Dec 2015). In Between Something and Nothing the unique photography of ‘readymade’ spaces by award-winning artist Lynne Cohen is traced over the past 40 years (to Jun 29). Also, Professional Native Indian Artists go “Inc.” when they do some “Group of Seven” style cultural/political ground-breaking for new ways to think about First Nations. The 85 works on display focus on a period in the 1970s when the 7 were active as a group (to Sept 1). A number of exhibitions also continue: The Academic Tradition in Europe & Canada, 1700-1900 surveys the art and artists who supplanted the Medieval and Renaissance guild systems of overseeing and regulating art instruction (to Jan 2016); Modernist Traditions: 1900-1950, shows artists abstracting from reality and pushing away from pictorial illusion (to Dec 2015); and European Renaissance and Baroque Art: 1500-1700, exhibits northern Renaissance painting and art originating from leading European centers (to Jan 2016).
Ballet in the Park - Take in outstanding form and musicality when this summer tradition gets staged at The Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park. Plunk down on the grass and enjoy this great free introduction to what treasures dance
Cre8ery Gallery and Studio - In Grass Matters, photographer Douglas Fast is drawn to the science of the majestic prairies (Jun 28-Jul 8). Then, in Between Earth & Sky, Charles Putnins captures the beauty, power, and spiritual
Aboriginal Music Week 2013 - Native, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous artists intrigue and enlighten with hip hop, electronic, traditional, world, folk, rock, country, tropical bass and blues (Aug 20-24). Performances at various outdoor and nightclub stages throughout the city. Downtown Concert Series - Get a sample of what’s happening at some of our largest music events with these free outdoor shows every Wednesday at noon in Air Canada Park and Millennium Library Park from June through August. Manitoba Music Live at The Cube - The Exchange District BIZ & Manitoba Music present a noon-hour concert series at the Cube Stage throughout August. Take in live performances by musicians from all over Manitoba.
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