Mermaid. This Winnipeg premiere comes with classic songs from the famous animated film (Aug 13–29).
OUT OF TOWN ADVENTURES
Manitoba Passion Play - The 15th installment of this scenic and inspiring experience! Oak Valley Productions presents the iconic drama of the Passion Play at its outdoor theatre near La Rivière (Jul 11-13).
Dauphin’s Countryfest - Canada’s longest running Country Music Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary! Mainstage performances include the likes of Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band! Favourites like Michelle Wright and Lisa Borkop are also sure to impress. Antics too! Thank the Trailer Park Boys and Calgary’s Cow Puncher (Jun 26-29).
SPECIAL EVENTS Michael Bublé - He’s back! And To Be Loved! Bublé shows off new original songs and hits by the Bee Gees, Dean Martin, the Jackson 5 and even Elvis! (June 26). Concert at MTS Centre. Canada Day - Celebrate with the whole family all over Winnipeg! Hot spots include Osborne Village, old Saint-Boniface, Esplanade Riel, Manitoba’s Legislative Building, and The Forks National Historic Site. Also, expect a great big patriotic picnic in Assiniboine Park on the Lyric lawn (Jul 1). Don’t miss the fireworks! Ai-Kon 2014 - This convention of all things Japanese animation, video game and live gaming features masquerading, tournaments, vendors, artists, panels and demonstrations (Jul 11-13). Event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Beyonce & Jay-Z - Two music megastars in one shot when the On The Run Tour hits Investors Group Field (Jul 27). Bruno Mars - Grab a little more o’ that Bruno-moonshine! Mr. Mars extends his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to Winnipeg with Grammy-winning #1 smashes (Aug 2). Concert at MTS Centre. Rod Stewart & Santana - Two of the world’s most influential hit makers join forces at the MTS Centre! Get ready for some trailblazing of rock, soul, world rhythms, funk, jazz and blues (Aug 8). Arcade Fire - This extraordinary Canadian music export hits the MTS Centre in support of their celebrated and top-selling REFLEKTOR album (Aug 14). Wicked - Before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in Oz: one ambitious blonde and the other green and misunderstood. Find out how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good (Aug 20-30). Performances at the Centennial Concert Hall. Katy Perry - The teenage confection continues! This international superstar brings her colourful Prismatic World Tour to the MTS Centre with hits like “Roar” and a one-of-a-kind set (Aug 26) Linkin Park & 30 Seconds to Mars Multi-platinum bands unite for The Carnivores Tour! Whet your big appetite for rock and alternative radio hits (Aug 27). Concert at MTS Centre.
Oak Point Music Festival - Some of Manitoba’s finest musicians converge by Lake Manitoba. The festival also has a slo-pitch tournament and a mud bogging competition (Jun 27-29). Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition 2014 - The Canadian Pro-rodeo Circuit charges into Morris! Top rodeo names thrill audiences in bull riding, bronco busting, tie down roping, bareback riding and steer wrestling. Watch out for chariots, chuck wagons and uproarious rodeo clowns! Chill out with the Agricultural Fair’s dairy shows, horse shows, kid’s pig scramble, and Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition. Balloon art, outdoor stage entertainment and a petting zoo provide the family fun (Jul 17-20). Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede - The 60th installment of this family-friendly event in Austin has something for everyone. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII, Manitoba’s military heritage will be highlighted alongside the museum’s fleet of exhibit buildings. Also, the grandstand features vintage farm equipment, contests, threshing, rodeo and an open-air dance floor (Jul 24-27). Neepawa & Area Lily Festival - Head to the World Lily Capital for three days of flowers, food and family. Highlights include live entertainment, quilt show, fiddle contest, parade, Miss Lily Queen Contest, street vendors, bus and horse tours, cabarets, auto show, collectible sales, family “Old Tyme” dance, and even 5K and 10K walks and runs! (Jul 25-27).
Islendingadagurinn - The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba celebrates 125 years in 2014, making it the longest running ethnic festival in Canada. Trek out to Gimli for everything Icelandic: culture & heritage pavilion, midway rides, sports, children’s entertainment, alternative folk music, crafts, art show, parade, fireworks and even Viking warfare demonstrations (Aug 1-4). Great Woods Music Festival - This annual indoor-outdoor Blues/Rock/Roots music festival unfolds in a beautiful 120-acre park and campground on the banks of the Brokenhead River. This “little festival that could” is garnering a growing reputation for presenting high quality music. Performers include Pigeon Park Band, Randall Bramblett, and Peter Karp & Sue Foley (Aug 7-9). Dirty Donkey Mud Run - In support of the United Way, this “anything goes” Mud Run Obstacle Course racing event is the wildest party you’ll find this summer. And it ain’t just a down and dirty run in the park! It’s about music, food, and crazy costumes (Aug 16). Event at Spring Hill Winter Sports Park. Morden Corn & Apple Festival - Thanks to the region’s long growing season, Modern’s been the official “Corn and Apple Belt” since 1925. You are invited to indulge in the bounty with this free festival’s days of good food, wholesome entertainment, unique shopping and relaxing atmosphere. Canadian Country Music Star George Canyon takes to the Main Stage on Friday (Aug 22-24). 13th Interlake Artists Wave Tour - Ride the wave of creativity! The Winnipeg Beach Art & Culture Co-op Inc. continues to present self-guided studio tours of over 40 artists. Meander Lake Winnipeg’s scenic western shore and discover the likes of Blue Door Studio’s eclectic glass and mixed-media creations, Gordy Driscoll’s exhilarating watercolours, and Raye Anderson’s “Woodshed Show” drawings and paintings (Aug 30 & 31). Arcade Fire - MTS Centre, August 14th.
Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa - Solid as a rock, they say! Big names like Three Days Grace, Danko Jones and Econoline Crush treat rock fans to killer tunes, great friends and beautiful Lake Minnesdosa. When not head-banging, take a swing on the golf course, hit the beach, visit the Farmer’s Market, or saddle up for the rodeo (Aug 1-3). Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival - Taking place on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park, this celebration of all things Ukrainian is an unforgettable experience. Amazing countryside, authentic flavours, adventurous culture, and generous hospitality ... this festival has it all. This year’s big “must-see” headliner: Ruslana (Aug 1-3). Event held in Dauphin.
© Guy Aroch
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