Elisapee Ishulutaq’s drawings of men hunting seals, women caring for babies, and polar bears out on a jaunt are simple and striking. In 2014, she received the Order of Canada, and David Gutnick produced this documentary about her work. Ishulutaq died on December 9, 2018 at the age of 93.
Romanticized, objectified, sexualized, are some of the words that come to mind for Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette when she thinks about how Indigenous women were portrayed in early photographs. But, when Indigenous women got behind the camera they started resisting these representations.
Emerging artists have the odds stacked against them, but that hasn’t stopped a surge of initiatives by and for new Winnipeg artists from being created in recent years.
Manitoba's capricious winters can be a fickle child — calm and cordial at times but fierce and erratic at others, throwing a flurry of tantrums and leaving a big mess to clean up.
April Aliermo spent the summer working with 70-year-old sound artist Christina Kubisch — and it changed the way she looks at the future.
Winnipeg-based Indigenous artist Troy Fontaine creates elaborate costumes from garbage, recycled and reclaimed materials he finds in dumpsters. He performs in costume on Winnipeg streets.
I vividly remember going into Platform Gallery and seeing a car — an actual car, painted resplendently gold — hanging on a wall. It was part of a 2010 show by artist Divya Mehra, who splits her time among Winnipeg, New York and Delhi, and it made a complex statement about racism, colonialism, power and…
Once a month, a group of art lovers gathers at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) to discuss a chapter of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada.
For Transgender Awareness Week, revisit some of the wonderful trans voices we've featured here at CBC Arts.
Recording booths. 3D printers. Adobe Creative Suite. All these and much more can be found at the ideaMILL, a dedicated collaborative technology and work space that recently opened in the Millennium Library
The Winnipeg Art Gallery hopes a recurring exhibit every two years will transform it into a stage for contemporary Indigenous art worldwide. “Launching in conjunction with the opening of the WAG Inuit Art Centre, the Winnipeg Indigenous biennial will celebrate the voices of the artists.
Just as there's no one-size-fits-all approach to making art, there's no specific path that all artists may follow to develop their work and career.
Winnipeg has once again taken the top spot when it comes to Culture Days.Each year, the national Culture Days organization releases an infographic of the top 10 that ranks the participating communities based on registered activities during Culture Days weekend.
A growing number of Indigenous artists in Winnipeg are creating large scale, public art pieces to "indigenize" the city and reclaim space at the same time.
New culture study confirms women’s incomes are lower than men’s, and that women’s artistic works receive significantly less public visibility and recognition
We are in the midst of a significant cultural moment. Of course, there has rarely been a time when we haven’t been in the midst of a significant cultural moment. Donald Trump is president, and he i…
Fourteen-plus years of the comedy grind has led to a big payoff for Chanty Marostica. The former Winnipegger was named the 2018 SiriusXM Canada’s Top Comic last month, an award that secures slots at Just For Laughs events in Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Vancouver and JFL’s flagship festival in Montreal.
If you need proof that Winnipeg is a beautiful city, look no further than your Instagram feed. You will find lovingly composed #nofilter shots of sun-dappled elm canopies and moody river vistas, night-time panoramas from string-lighted rooftop patios and postcards from secret gardens.
Socially engaged art isn't just a subject for a course—it's a way to radically transform the role and potential of the art school
Locals Acts Win Top Honours in Recording of the Year, Live Music, Children’s, Classical, Instrumental, World, and Visual Media Composition Categories Artists and industry from Manitoba picked up hardware in 10 categories at this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) in Kelowna, taking top artistic honours for children’s, classical, instrumental, world, and visual media composition...
The ability to go into any space and feel completely comfortable is a privilege many people don’t have.
Two clothing designers are using their art as a way to showcase and highlight their culture and identity.
In the absence of dedicated queer spaces, visits from distinguished national or international guests can be a catalyst to create – even for just one night – a place for queer communities to gather and celebrate
There’s been a change of plans. Twenty-five minutes before we are scheduled to meet up at a coffee shop in the Exchange District, Antero Lindblad calls to say he’s running a tad late and asks if we can we make it a pizza joint on St. Mary’s Road for the same time.
Winnipeg artist showcases new exhibition Made over an 11-year period, the work in Steven Leyden Cochrane’s new exhibition, Shining Tapestry, incorporates textiles, text, photography and digital media into visual representations of personal experiences of trauma. Cochrane — who was born in Tampa, Fla.
FemFest returns! This September, Sarasvàti Productions' annual festival of feminist theatre is back with an exciting lineup of local and international artists – and a new tagline.
A recent University of Winnipeg graduate is returning to her alma mater to explore themes of history, memory and the body in an upcoming art show. Noor Bhangu graduated with a master’s degree in curatorial practices in 2017 and is the curator of Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary…
Manitoba has stood in for plenty of places in major film and television productions over the years, but for a change, it's the obvious home of Burden of Truth, now filming its second season.
Is this the face that launched a thousand ships? Well, no. The lean, angular Kentucky factory ham cooker Rick Niece is no Helen of Troy. Yet his fascinating, expressive face has proven the inspiration for artists from around the world, who, energized and incited by the images Niece posts online, have produced hundreds of works…
An Anishinaabe land-based education conference took participants out to the Whiteshell area of eastern Manitoba on Wednesday for some firsthand experience learning outdoors about Anishinaabe teachings and the significance of the area.
It’s a Wednesday morning in mid-August, and the halls of the West End Cultural Centre are alive with the sound of music. In the lobby, a handful of keyboardists are hammering out chords.
Canadians artists mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin and remember the depth of talent that made her shine.
In Indigenous traditions, being gifted with a star blanket is a high honour. Sewn or stitched in the middle with a morning star, the brightest light in the dawn sky, the blanket is given to leaders and wrapped around their shoulders in ceremony.
Feed got you down? These 13 accounts from the world of Canadian LGBTQ art are more worthy of a scroll than any A-list celebrity.
Hazel Venzon is a Winnipeg-born artist intent on making a mark on the Prairie Theatre Exchange in the seasonal position of artistic associate. She follows in the footsteps of past associates such as Sharon Bajer, Ann Hodges, Debbie Patterson and most recently, Alissa Watson.
On the heels of a weekend that saw the close of two major Manitoba arts festivals, both the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the Gimli Film Festival announced record-breaking numbers Monday. The fringe fest broke its record in revenue over its 10-day run July 18-29 with $890,624 in box-office revenue returned to the performing companies.
When Lorna Kroeker started the Winnipeg Rocks Facebook group she had no idea how big the idea would get, or to what lengths Winnipeggers would go to hide and find painted rocks.
The theme of the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is 'take a chance'. That's why we've rounded up the year's 'fringey-est' shows.
The Winnipeg Fringe Festival is, of course, all about risk — both for artists and audiences. There’s no such thing as a "sure bet" at the Fringe, but based on past performance, here are a dozen shows to watch for this year.
In 1988, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan decided to move from Toronto and call Winnipeg home. They were young artists and lovers, entering into a new artistic partnership.
What responsibility do artists have when crossing into someone else's narrative? Montreal musician Hanorah shares a guide.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is taking listeners on a trip through time and space this week at the Manitoba Museum.
The visibility of trans women in the arts has vastly increased in the past half-decade, but our sense of freedom has not
Winnipeg police officers and inner-city youth have come together in a collaborative art project in an effort to break down barriers and change perceptions of one another.
After spending a week creating a mural that covers a North End hotel, six Winnipeg artists are being awarded for their collaborated work to renew and improve of Winnipeg’s North End with art.…
A moving survey of contemporary Métis art reveals a continuing tradition of meticulous craft, as well as lived stories of loss, resilience and cultural survival.
The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians is on Parliament Hill this week lobbying for formal recognition as artists, government funding, and help making a smoother entry into the United States when working on shows. This is not a laughing matter because, right now, comedians aren’t eligible for government funding through the Canada Council for the…
Since 1989, Winnipeg duo’s breakthrough feminist art includes We're Talking Vulva, Lesbian National Parks and Services, and A Day in the Life of a Bull-Dyke.
In the spring of 1964, Nelson Mandela delivered a speech. The anti-apartheid leader was standing on trial for sabotage and, in a courtroom in South Africa, he uttered the words that would be quoted for decades to come.
See the stories of Canadians navigating somewhere between cultural identities in our new series Art Is My Country.
Heritage advocates are hoping a national spotlight will spur Winnipeg into action on the poor condition of its archives. The former Carnegie Library at 380 William Ave., which used to house the City of Winnipeg Archives, was listed Wednesday by the National Trust for Canada as one of 10 historic sites most "endangered" in 2018,…
From June until August, the Resilience Project is putting the work of 50 Indigenous women artists on 167 billboards across the country to show Indigenous women are visible, powerful and should be celebrated.
Maddy Court, the creator behind Instagram lesbian meme sensation @xenaworrierprincess, teaches us how to make a meme and shares her own meme origin story.
The Manitoba Government and Travel Manitoba have newly designated seven destinations as ‘Star Attractions’.
In 1985, Winnipeg animator Richard Condie released a short film called The Big Snit. The offbeat 10-minute comedy — about a Scrabble game, marriage, nuclear war and a reality-TV precursor called Sawing for Teens — went on to become one of the most influential works in animation.
Logan MacDonald started looking at structures and signage set up by Indigenous communities to assert property rights. His work grew into a larger project about identity and cultural revival.
Six grant institution insiders share their best advice on scoring that coveted artist grant. A must-read for future applicants!
The idea that a trans woman’s body or transitioning is a sovereign act may seem odd to people, but it’s rejecting a colonial violence against us (forcing us into Western gender systems) and reclaim…
Hassaan Ashraf considers diaspora and dislocation while thwarting expectations for easy points of access. His approach becomes an act of self-preservation in a public sphere.
Violet Metropolis features onstage interviews, public readings, panel discussions...and a new national literary prize.
Insurgence/Resurgence is one of Canada's largest exhibits of Indigenous art ever — and it's reclaiming space for a community often shut out of the art world.
Winnipeg teenager Tyler Malissa Ritchot loves making art — and creating elaborate costumes is their biggest passion.
The 2018-19 theatre season at Prairie Theatre Exchange is bigger, busier. and bittersweet. It’s bittersweet specifically for artistic director Robert Metcalfe, who already announced his retirement from PTE at the end of the current season.
From filmmakers to painters to dancers, meet some of the amazing artists doing empowering work that we can't get enough of.
In the recent Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (played by Frances McDormand) rents three billboards outside her sleepy town to draw attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder and police apathy. You can’t ignore a billboard.
30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 4, 2018 in New York City Tickets On-Sale Now Lambda Literary, the nation's oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary...
Winnipeg musician and storyteller Raine Hamilton believes music should be accessible to all and has been putting this into practice in both her music and her performances.
‘It’s not just producing music. It’s what kind of community are we creating, how are we treating each other and how are we treating the earth we’re sharing for this time together.’
For many Winnipeggers, the scenes Roman Swiderek paints are familiar: a busy, rain-soaked Osborne Village, cars navigating a snowy street, Portage and Main during rush hour.
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) has received Canada Council New Chapter funding to exhibit the artworks of 50 contemporary Indigenous women on billboards from coast-to-coast.
Bimaadiziwin is an Ojibwe word that can be loosely translated as “way of life” or “standard of living.” For the Ojibwe people, that way of life has been vastly altered by such things as colonization, residential schools and urbanization, but the core values live on in the Ojibwe language.
Op-ed: The maintenance of cultural infrastructure--the spaces where artists live and work--can't be left to the market alone.
Recently, theatres across Canada have begun to adapt their performances to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities, which are often symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and dementia
An eyesore in the city centre for years, the Casa Loma billboard was slated for an upgrade, which then got shot down. But wait...
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s penultimate production in its year-long “season of storytelling,” The Sleeping Beauty, is not only one of the prettiest ballets in its classical repertoire, but also serves as a timely reminder of the power of goodness in times of darkness. Last staged here in May 2013, the lush and romantic story choreographed…
This funding will allow the Manitoba Printmakers Association to undertake improvements to Martha Street Studio WINNIPEG, Feb. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Today,...
Canadian cultural organizations are experiencing a leadership deficit and the problem is worsening as more and more highly regarded CEOs announce their retirement
A planned increase in federal funding for Soulpepper Theatre has been voted down by the Canada Council for the Arts’ board of directors.
Penner, McLean up for Juno awards A handful of local musicians have been nominated for Juno awards. Osborne Village resident Fred Penner has been nominated for children’s album of the year for his release Hear the Music.
You could call Once the musician’s musical. The multiple Tony Award-winning smash Broadway musical by John Carney, based on his 2007 film of the same name, tells the story of an Irish vacuum repairman/street musician (known only as Guy) who is about to give up on music entirely — that is, until he meets an…
The Winnipeg Folk Festival has been recognized with an international award for its sustainability practices. The Clearwater Award is given to festivals that emphasize environmental stewardship and demonstrate public leadership in sustainable event production.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as every commercial on television suggests, we should all be on the hunt for the perfect token of love for our partners. If the classic chocolate and flowers aren’t your spouse’s cup of tea, and you’d prefer to avoid the mall madness, the Lovecrafted Pop-Up Shop is…
The museum unveiled a mobile full of 1,000 paper cranes Sunday at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba.
Imagine sitting on the banks of a river on the seashore in France, watching a boat pass by, or just viewing the trees, flowers and other lush vegetation. It’s quite an impression.
It may not have any walls yet, but the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s history-making Inuit Art Centre has its first curators. On Thursday, the gallery announced the all-Inuit, four-woman team who will curate the inaugural exhibitions at the Inuit Art Centre, which is set to open in 2020. The $65-million centre will boast 40,000 square feet…
The Winnipeg Art gallery has named the four curators who will create the Inuit Art Centre’s first exhibitions when it opens in 2020, and they plan to commission a lot of new work for the inaugural show.
Local museums may have new opportunity to expand or renovate, thanks to the introduction of a new provincial fund.The Heritage Trust Program will provide $5 million to small museums and archives throughout Manitoba, 75 per cent of which are located in rural Manitoba.
In announcing the recurring theme of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 2018-19 season, artistic director Steven Schipper hit on the theme of “home” in his Friday evening announcement of the venue’s 61st year. “As we all know, home is where the heart is, and the heart of Royal MTC’s next season is home,” Schipper told…
Savage in Limbo is an early work of John Patrick Shanley’s dating back to 1984. But its setting — a dingy Bronx bar — and its tough, prickly language feel on form for classic Shanley. The play has a light Twilight Zone overlay in that the five characters rambling around the stage share the same…
If any one play might serve as a perfect introduction to the works of playwright John Patrick Shanley, it may very well be Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. And if any one production may serve as a perfect introduction to the pleasures of a community theatre festival, it’s this one.
The stereotyped image of the artist often involves a solitary individual toiling in his or her studio. Historically, though, artists have often organized themselves into groups.
“In the particular is contained the universal.” — James Joyce At first blush, David French’s romantic drama Salt-Water Moon seems precisely the kind of play that would be resistant to an experimental interpretation.
When London was subject to bombing during the Second World War, children were effectively exiled from their homes for their own safety. But for the four Pevensie siblings at the centre of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the safe haven itself becomes a war zone when an innocent-looking piece of furniture turns out…
On face value, author C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a pure escapist fantasy in its tale of how four children are transported via the titular wardrobe from war-torn London to a realm of talking animals and witches — Narnia. On a deeper level, it’s Christian allegory, with references to creation,…
In a way, David French’s play Salt-Water Moon arrives at Prairie Theatre Exchange at a perfect moment for local theatre. First produced in 1984, the romantic drama is centred on Jacob, a young Newfoundlander who, in 1926, returns to his hometown to woo Mary, the young woman he abandoned a year earlier to pursue a…
Mayor Brian Bowman announced the creation of a new advisory committee Thursday that will work to expand the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Winnipeg.
Manitoba's film industry is poised to post the best numbers in the history of filmmaking in the province.
Film editor and former Winnipegger Sidney Wolinsky has received an Oscar nomination for his work on the Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water, which leads this year's pack with 13 nominations.
Film editor and former Winnipegger Sidney Wolinsky has received an Oscar nomination for his work on the Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water, which leads this year's pack with 13 nominations.
In a year that kicked off with massive protests against institutional sexism, the Winnipeg theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) announces a season that uses the works of William Shakespeare to target the gender divide from a fresh perspective. The company performs Timon of Athens at the Trappist Monastery venue from May 31 to…
It’s fair to say Shreya Jhunjhunwala has perfected the art of crafting with love. The St. Vital resident, who immigrated to Winnipeg from India two years ago, was the driving force behind the Lovecrafted Nights event, a social crafts night held last month in support of ArtsJunktion.
She started out with poetry, wrote a national bestselling book and is now delving into the world of graphic novels with Pemmican Wars. It was a book Katherena Vermette didn't even know she wanted to write.
When artist Margruite Krahn and her family moved to the southern Manitoba village of Neubergthal in 1998, she had no idea she was about to become the lead detective in unravelling a Mennonite mystery. A couple of years after moving, Krahn became involved in the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation.
From West Side Story to Oklahoma, all the great Broadway musicals inevitably get made into movies. And so too will Come From Away, currently playing both on Broadway and at the Manitoba Theatre Centre (the latter in advance of an open-ended booking in Toronto commencing Feb.
When Bracken Hanuse Corlett was approached by Julie Nagam, one of the curators of Insurgence/Resurgence, the groundbreaking contemporary Indigenous art exhibit currently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, he started thinking about what those two words meant. “For me, an insurgent is someone whose battling against a colonial force, or a force who’s taking over, and…
This kind of opportunity doesn't come around very often. Since Jan. 4, Winnipeg audiences have had the chance to see the Canadian regional première of the musical Come From Away even as it is currently packing houses on Broadway.
Art City — the afterschool art program every city wishes they had — is launching their first curated exhibit.
Internationally-renowned conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson returns to her roots this weekend when she leads the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) in its next Classics “B” program, Nielsen and Mozart. The concerts on Friday, Jan 12, and Saturday, Jan.
Make no mistake. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Come From Away is a prize offering in its 60th anniversary season. The musical, set in the community of Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is still packing them in on Broadway.
I spent Tuesday morning horsing around with my good buddy Jordan Van Sewell, the renowned Winnipeg artist and sculptor. This involved trudging through the snow behind Jordan’s South Point Douglas art studio to a frozen stretch of the Red River, which is where the horsing around comes in. For his latest public art installation, my…
After 21 years serving as mayor of Gander, N.L. Claude Elliott called it quits last September. “I thought it was time to do some other things,” he says, adding, “If I had run again, I would have won.
At least eight Manitoba theatre companies are pulling back the curtain to address sexual harassment and bullying at work as part of a new national campaign. The Not in Our Space campaign, organized by the Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity) and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), was rolled out in the fall, but…
In June of 2017, director Christopher Ashley got to bask in the warm glow of receiving a Tony Award for his direction of the musical Come From Away, a musical by Canadians David Hein and Irene Sankoff set in Gander, N.L., during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Six months later,…
Behind the scenes in Canada’s theatre community, a discussion about abusive behaviour has sprung up in the wake of allegations against one of the country’s most prominent theatre directors.
In the depth of a Manitoba winter a light-hearted comedy is perfect for taking audience members’ minds off the weather. For the 16th year, the Domain Players cast and crew are presenting dinner theatre and a matinee lunch show onstage at Domain Hall.
After a lifetime dedicated to Franco-Manitoban theatre, a former Winnipeg director will be appointed to the Order of Canada.Roland Mahé, who was the artistic director of Cercle Molière in St. Boniface for 44 years, is being recognized for developing francophone theatre and drama.
A respected scholar who retired from the Manitoba Museum six years ago is now set to resume her research there.Katherine Pettipas was named curator emeritus, only the second such emeritus distinction to be named at the museum, a statement released Tuesday announced.
The Inuit Art Centre will be a world-class attraction, predicts Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox.However, the province’s value-for-money evaluation says the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) project should only get $10 million in provincial money, not the $15 million the previous NDP government had promised, Cox announced Tuesday.
Several celebrities with southeast Winnipeg connections will be taking to the stage with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the holiday season. Among them is David Landreth, who hails from St. Boniface and is the co-founder of the Juno award-winning Bros.
Collin Zipp has made his artistic mark on a busy junction in St. Vital. Zipp, 40, is the creator of a new piece of new public artwork titled Watershed, which is located at the junction of St. Anne’s Road and St. Mary’s Road. The public sculpture, which features lit canoes, was commissioned by the Winnipeg…
Opera singer Andrea Lett will be making the trip home from the west coast for a special performance celebrating some of Winnipeg’s finest musical talent. Lett, 26, has been working in California for the past two months as an understudy for the San Francisco Opera’s production of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ new opera, Girls…
For the first time, Winnipeg has a poet laureate, and the Winnipeg Arts Council has selected a North Point Douglas resident for the honour. For the first time, Winnipeg has a poet laureate, and the Winnipeg Arts Council has selected a North Point Douglas resident for the honour.
A key project identified by North End community residents is on hold after funding freezes from the province.
Liz Neely is working in the Design Lab at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), surrounded by luminous clouds of fibre optic fabric. “Watch this,” she says.
The shovels are already in the ground on Memorial Boulevard, but one $15-million question looms: will the Manitoba government fund the new Inuit Art Centre or not?
The premise of the movie Radius has a man (played by Diego Klattenhoff of Homeland and The Blacklist) waking up in the aftermath of a car crash with no memory of what happened, or his own identity. Exacerbating his troubles, he soon learns that any human or animal that comes within 50 feet of him…
In the summer of 2016, actor Carson Nattrass was making his larger-than-life presence felt on Kildonan Park’s Rainbow Stage as a singing, dancing ogre in Shrek the Musical. Nattrass will play an even bigger role at Rainbow this year as its newly-minted artistic director.
Even if you've never read the book, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is such a familiar piece of fiction, via TV and movies, watching a stage version is rather like listening to a favourite song to which you know every word. So, yes, it's a brilliant work, but experiencing it is akin to watching karaoke.
Community stories, locally made artifacts, and keyboards programmed for Swampy Cree and Oji-Cree are just a few pieces of a Manitoba Museum heritage project that earned national recognition this week.
If the provincial government goes through with recent recommendations, it would have a devastating effect on Manitoba's arts community.
In its 16th year, the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF) is offering up a mixed bag of comedy, documentary and drama over four days. But it kicks off Thursday, Nov.
Over 800 pieces of knitwear were donated to this year’s CRAFTED show and sale at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and now those pieces will have a home with inner-city youth.Every year the Winnipeg Art Gallery puts out a call to local knitters to create and donate something handmade to the show.
“It appears to be monumental only because it’s art.” Christo Vladimirov Javacheff said this — in a 2002 interview with Eye-Level — about the massive environmental pieces that he and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, were famous for installing around the world.
One thing that renowned Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura wishes to make perfectly clear when she portrays the lead role, Cio-Cio San, in Manitoba Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly is about that which makes the world go round. “This opera is about love,” Omura states simply, when asked about the elephant in the room — the…
BEFITTING the name of its fledgling Winnipeg production company — Happy/Accidents — the play Heavenly Bodies arrives at a time when we happen to be neck-deep in discussions about privileged male power over vulnerable younger women, whether we’re talking about Senate candidate Roy Moore or Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Written and performed by Gislina Patterson,…
For 78 years, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has led the charge in the worldwide dance community as Canada’s oldest ballet company, as well as the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. The RWB celebrates that rich legacy with Our Story, taking balletomanes on a pirouette down memory lane with an eclectic mixed bill…
One hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution shook the world with wide-sweeping political change, social upheaval and rebellion that ultimately became grist for American dance pioneer Isadora Duncan’s harrowing Marche Slav. And now, Winnipeg contemporary dance artist Kathleen Hiley will bring the iconic solo to life when her company, Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects, presents its…
With many members of Winnipeg’s thriving cultural-industries community in attendance, federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly received a warm reception to her speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.Joly charmed the crowd as she outlined the Liberal government’s new Creative Canada program and detailed some of the ways the federal government is investing $1.9…
This month, Winnipeg audiences will only have to go as far as Prairie Theatre Exchange for a closer look at African culture.The company is hosting Ubuntu, a “collective creation” that cast and crew from Canada as well as South Africa worked on collaboratively.
This month, Winnipeg audiences will only have to go as far as Prairie Theatre Exchange for a closer look at African culture.The company is hosting Ubuntu, a “collective creation” that cast and crew from Canada as well as South Africa worked on collaboratively.
After meeting at work, and going on to create theatre programs and inspire Manitoba youth to join the arts for decades, a Winnipeg couple will share recognition for their work at the city's first-ever theatre awards on Sunday night.
Public entrance of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey writes Canadian museums can play a key role in 'making peace with our past and plotting a brighter path into the future.' Wladyslaw/Wikimedia Commons photograph
For the fifth year in a row, Winnipeg has topped the list of cities that had the most activities available in Canada during Culture Days.Culture Days, which took place from Sept.
In the past couple of years, the subject of immigration has been railroaded by politicians and pundits who fall back on us-and-them narratives that tend to foment suspicion. Hence, it may be an especially good time for Prairie Theatre Exchange’s play Ubuntu, a co-production with Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre about bridging the divides between cultures, but…
A local author is adding a little fantasy into Winnipeg’s streets.Samantha Beiko, publisher, author and podcast host, recently released Scion of the Fox, the first of her young adult literature trilogy.
Teva Harrison goes in for an MRI. It’s 3:45 a.m.; those machines whir and hum around the clock in Toronto.
All programs at Winnipeg's Art City are back up and running after the centre raised more than $50,000 in less than a month to fill a major funding gap.
The small community of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, will play a big role in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, soon to make its home just south of the Memorial Boulevard landmark. The Inuit settlement of about 1,400 sits on a rocky island in the Hudson Strait, just south of massive Baffin Island.
An upcoming Manitoba Opera production of "Madama Butterfly" has sparked debate over how the more than century-old tale of a doomed marriage between a Japanese teenager and an older American man fits with modern views about race.
Back in October 1987, a ramshackle old church on the corner of Sherbrook Street and Ellice Avenue reopened its doors as the West End Cultural Centre. The paint was still drying on the walls when patrons first walked through the doors and heard live music in what would become one of the most cherished listening…
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra takes audiences from the gates of heaven into the fires of hell when it unleashes its fifth-annual Autumn Festival, Angels and Demons this weekend. The weeklong series is inspired by the polarities of the human condition and runs Friday, Oct.
Seven is a significant number for Matea Radic. The Sarajevo-born, Winnipeg-based artist and illustrator was seven years old in 1992 when the Bosnian War broke out, forcing her family to flee to Canada.
Putting on a mask at Halloween gives you the fun of being someone you’re not. That’s also the fun of wearing a mask onstage in the theatre.
Theatre doesn’t ask much of its audience members, save that they purchase tickets and show up. You’ll be requested to do a little more if you choose to go to the West End Cultural Centre, however, to experience an adaptation of a Ray Bradbury short story produced by Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre. Just don’t tell…
A financially troubled after-school art program was getting some love — and, more importantly, some money — Monday after funding delays left it with a massive shortfall, forcing suspensions in its inner-city outreach classes. Businesses, artists and hundreds of others responded by pitching in to help Broadway’s Art City restore half a dozen free art…
Businesses and artists from across Winnipeg are pitching in to help Art City return to the children they work with after funding delays forced the organization to cancel its inner city programs.
For three decades the West End Cultural Centre has drawn music lovers to the corner of Sherbrook Street and Ellice Avenue.
Adapted from the 1998 Oscar-winning best picture of the same name, Shakespeare in Love depicts a situation of utter chaos. Young playwright William Shakespeare (Andrew Chown), suffering writer’s block, struggles to fulfil the contractual obligation of producing a manuscript for a play.
It’s with heavy hearts that Art City staff have had to cut essential community programming after a promised $50,000 has not come through. The West Broadway organization is now crowdfunding in an effort to maintain the programs and positions still intact, and hopefully bring back the community programs, which were put on hold indefinitely.
It takes a village to run a theatre company.That’s the takeaway from Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s production Tribes, the opening of WJT’s 30th season.
Spinning out of the recent 'appropriation prize’ CanLit controversy, the inaugural Indigenous Voices Awards will support new Indigenous writers.
From one perspective, the comedy Shakespeare in Love is about how the celebrated playwright beat writer’s block and wrote his masterpiece Romeo and Juliet (necessitating a revamp of his stalled in-progress work Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter) after falling in love. But look at it through the eyes of its heroine, would-be actress Viola…
"The community is so supportive and willing to help you out. In Winnipeg, I can make a movie with 50 bucks and some sandwiches from my mom."
The legendary Josephine Baker will be shimmying her way back to the city for four shows, as a fundraiser for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Josephine, starring Tymisha Harris as the groundbreaking African-American cabaret artist, garnered a five-star review from the Winnipeg Free Press during its July fringe run.
‘Keeping sweet” is a constant refrain heard in Joan MacLeod’s drama Gracie, the season opener at Prairie Theatre Exchange. It’s an admonition to the young heroine — and women and girls in general — uttered by the self-appointed “prophet” of a breakaway polygamous Mormon sect, expressing the notion that the proper behaviour is to be…
Love is a battlefield, or so the song goes. In the local production of British playwright Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm, that battlefield is an island, inhabited by just two people who find the sand shifting treacherously under their feet as their relationship is endlessly reshaped and redefined.
Going in, Philip Ridley’s play Tender Napalm, as its contradictory title implies, is a bit of a mystery. Its central characters are Man (Karl Thordarson) and Woman (Daina Leitold), a couple who endure a tragedy and subsequently engage in a cycle of tearing down and building up their relationship over and over again, encompassing scenarios…
Winnipeg-born actor Samantha Hill journeyed from Winnipeg to Broadway to take on high-profile triple-threat roles including Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and Cosette in Les Miserables.Make no mistake: Those entries on her resumé are kind of a big deal.
Winnipeg's Nuit Blanche has grown in size and popularity to the point where more security will likely be needed in future, organizers say.
Robert Metcalfe, the artistic director of the Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE), announced on Wednesday afternoon that the company’s 45th season will be his last.Metcalfe, who is directing the PTE’s season opener, Gracie, starting this week, said he will step down at the end of the season, his 15th as artistic director.
The New West Hotel on 786 Main St. is a new symbol for North End revitalization after a recent facelift. The New West Hotel on 786 Main St. is a new symbol for North End revitalization after a recent facelift.
Residents in North Point Douglas are coming together to put spots of colour into things that sometimes are dull to the eyes. Residents in North Point Douglas are coming together to put spots of colour into things that sometimes are dull to the eyes.
It’s a week after moving day and more than 450 boxes full of the Manitoba Craft Museum and Library’s 10,000-piece collection line the pristine white walls of a recently renovated space on Cumberland Avenue — the location of the new C2 Centre for Craft. Instructions such as “this side up,” and “very fragile,” followed by…
Jennifer Still knows how important mentors have been to her writing career, and she is eager to play a similar role to Winnipeg’s writing community. Still is the Winnipeg Public Library’s new writer-in-residence, a role she has until Apr.
WNDX is the festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers. "Experimental art is a reminder that there are a million ways to be, and to think, and to communicate."
Up until now, the Winnipeg theatre community has been slow to get in on the awards bandwagon. But that changes Nov.
Winnipeg has been the setting, named or unnamed, for a number of novels by critically acclaimed local (or ex-local) authors over the last few years. Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows and Joan Thomas’s The Opening Sky, both published in 2014, and Kathelena Vermette’s The Break, published last year, all are set here.
In the upcoming theatre season in Winnipeg, expect to be blown away, blissed-out, Broadway-ed, and. blindfolded? The 2017-18 season is an especially potent one, and part of that has to do with Winnipeg’s flagship theatre venue, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, which pulled out the big guns in observance of its 60th anniversary.
Once upon a time — five years ago, to be exact — the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presented the eagerly anticipated Canadian première of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin, choreographed by the American dance giant, and co-commissioned with Atlanta Ballet. Fast-forward to 2017, and the now 78-year-old company is re-visiting the 82-minute ballet based…
That’s a muskox in the back lane. and some narwhals. and a wolf. Be assured they are perfectly safe to approach.
For countless generations, children of all ages have lapped up heroic tales of adventure from J.M. Barrie’s timeless story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, whether it’s Peter Pan or Harry Potter. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents a different kind of heroic tale as it launches its 2017-18 season Wednesday night with Twyla Tharp’s…
The eighth edition of Culture Days, which includes more than 450 free events put on by 27 communities, towns and cities in Manitoba, will be the biggest one yet. The goal of Culture Days — which is a national event, with activities happening during the same weekend in numerous other cities and towns across Canada…
Cultural festival Nuit Blanche has hired more security this year as part of an effort to ensure the focus is on public art, not public alcohol consumption.
It’s Thursday afternoon, and a cacophony of hammers and power tools reverberates through the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There’s a hum of anticipatory excitement amid the organized chaos of a gallery changeover.
We’ve all heard the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And we’re all guilty of doing exactly that.
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman received a hero’s welcome after taking the stage on Saturday night, as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra launched its auspicious 70th-anniversary season with a bang. The long sold-out gala concert, led by Alexander Mickelthwate, featured the award-winning Israeli-American artist performing Beethoven’s mighty Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 — considered one…
Winnipeg theatre company Sarasvàti Productions is mounting its 15th year of FemFest, an eight-day program of theatre by women. It’s appropriate that the theme of this year’s batch of shows has the theme of “coming of age,” not just because the festival is in its teens, but because issues involving young people figure prominently in…
Rainbow Stage’s artistic director Ray Hogg last week took to Facebook to announce he is leaving his position at the Kildonan Park venue after five years to move back to his hometown of Montreal with his husband and two children.Hogg said he was “entirely motivated” by the needs of his “ailing family in Montreal needing…
In a world where we’re inundated by a barrage of sensory stimulus, a visual artist has created a bold exhibit in response to the information overload. Mixed media artist Lori Zébière is showcasing her exhibit Saturation at the Wayne Arthur Gallery (186 Provencher Blvd.
Last week, Winnipeg artists Nereo II and John Padua were hard at work on a labour of love.Nereo, 33, and mentee Padua, 19, spray-painted the second part of the southwest underpass at The Forks, in conjunction with Synonym Art Consultation’s Wall-to-Wall Mural + Cultural Festival happening this month.
Janice Horn’s earliest memories are of her creative side, so when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease she would have to find a way to keep expressing herself. The route she chose has benefited not only Horn, but also many other people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The great thing about the Toronto International Film Festival is that it continues to be a place where an upstart local artist can make an impression in one of the biggest film fests in the world. It’s happened time and again, with recipients of TIFF attention including artists such as Guy Maddin, John Paizs and…
Jaimie Isaac has been named the new curator of Indigenous and contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.Over the past two years, Isaac — who is of Anishinaabe and British heritage and a member of Sagkeeng First Nation — made an impact during her time as the WAG's Aboriginal curatorial resident.
Zorya Arrow’s upcoming play, much too much to say, feels familiar in title, but the performance itself is a step outside of the box—or rather, off the stage.The West End resident has been working with a small cast on much too much for the past year, and it will be premiering from Sept.
Whether they’re onstage, behind the curtain or writing the lines, this year’s FemFest will yet again showcase talented Winnipeg women in the theatre industry. Sarasvàti Productions is hosting the event at the University of Winnipeg (400 Colony St.), which aims to highlight female actors, playwrights and production crews, both established and new.
‘I think — or at least I hope — that we all carry around an image of something happy, something comforting that we can draw on in hard times,” artist Shelley Vanderbyl says. The Winnipeg-based painter gives this notion a poetic but also practical interpretation.
Be assured, fans: This new-to-Winnipeg touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's lavish musical The Phantom of the Opera has all the elements of the original production. There's the fabulous, 17-piece orchestra-powered music, still fluctuating between the classical operatic and electric guitar-infused rock; the substantial costumes by the late Maria Björnson; and, of course, that dazzling,…
Author Karin Adams knows that creative work can be lonesome. That’s why she draws inspiration from collaboration.
Winnipeg may be situated in the middle of this country and not known by many but our stars sure shine brightly. We can produce some very talented people, from musicians to actors to filmmakers and more.
Mamma Mia! is one of those musicals that tends to divide serious theatre people from those who, you know. want to be entertained.
As a subject, madness has been a tantalizing draw for filmmakers going back to Robert Weine’s 1920 expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. But it reached a kind of pinnacle in the 1960s and ’70s, when many of the great directors broached the topic, says Toronto film critic Geoff Pevere. “So many of the…
Traces dans le paysage/Traces in the Land, an exhibit presenting the art works of Lilian Bonin, Shaun Finnigan and Diane Whitehouse will open Aug. 24 at La Galerie du CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.
The 30th edition of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival scored the second-highest indoor attendance in its history, coming up short of the heights of its 2015 record. But it was close, says festival executive producer Chuck McEwen, who helped organize a record-breaking number of shows — 188 — over the 12 days of the annual…
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is whisking local dance fans to their happy place this week — namely, leafy Assiniboine Park — for its annual Ballet in the Park production, which kicks off tonight. The free summer showcase runs 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Lyric Theatre stage Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, offering something for everyone with…
More than two dozen shows in this year's Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival have been performed here before. And while some are happy to see returning hits, others think the festival needs to do more to promote new work.
Last month, Heather Igloliorte looked around the room at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) — a rare gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit gathered in a circle from across Canada, Manitoba and the North — when the significance of the moment struck her. “It was exciting,” Igloliorte said.
On Saturday, the fourth day of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the popular downtown event endured a downpour. Coupled with slightly higher average prices for individual tickets, this should have put a crimp into attendance.
A play at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival gave Patrick and Kathleen Armstrong the idea for their son’s name. In 2009, the Armstrongs attended a performance of Like Father, Like Son? Sorry by British comedian Chris Gibbs.
Frances Koncan’s road to the stage has been a winding one. The Winnipeg playwright and director’s first love was music.
This will be the 10th year at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival for the folks at DnD Improv, who break out their outsized 20-sided dice to do their improvisational riff based on the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons at the Gas Station Arts Centre. The group’s primary prop is a pretty good metaphor for improv…
This year, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival turns 30. It’s now older than Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. And over the course of its three decades, it has evolved beyond that quaint time when it could be contained in fewer than 10 downtown venues, all within easy walking distance from each…