Stories making headlines in the arts and cultural sector

 

 

 

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.

 

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 June 23 with an all-female cast.

 

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 resurgence would be the re-emergence of maybe something ancient or maybe something that was taken away,? he says.

 

This kind of opportunity doesn’t come around very often. Since Jan. 4, Winnipeg audiences have had the chance to see the Canadian regional premiere 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 famously offbeat buddy has set up a unique display ? eight huge horse heads perched on a snowy white expanse of river ice.

 

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 it has taken on a new sense of urgency after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company and its founding artistic director, Albert Schultz, last week.

 

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, Ashley, 53, is in Winnipeg doing tech rehearsals for the Canadian remount of the play at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre before it moves to Toronto, where it begins an open-ended run on Feb.

 

 

Theatre roles need to change following Soulpepper harassment allegations, Winnipeg directors say
CBC News-January 5, 2018

Bringing the Old West to the Domain stage: Local actors of all ages preform in Dusty Hollows
Canstar Community News-January 5, 2018

Director of French theatre recognized by Order of Canada
Winnipeg Free Press-December 29, 2017

Retired scholar returning to Manitoba Museum as curator emeritus
Winnipeg Free Press-December 19, 2017

Province funds Inuit Art Centre, heritage centres
Winnipeg Free Press-December 19, 2017

David Landreth set to take to the stage with RWB
Canstar Community News-December 18, 2017

Canoes return to Old St. Vital
Canstar Community News-December 18, 2017

WMC recital homecoming for soprano Andrea Lett
Canstar Community News-December 18, 2017

Winnipeg welcomes first poet laureate
Canstar Community News-December 11, 2017

Proposed North End Arts Centre on hold after funding freeze
CBC News Manitoba-December 9, 2017

New museum exhibit to feature wearable social media dress
Winnipeg Free Press-December 7, 2017

$15M commitment for Inuit Art Centre still in limbo, but Manitoba minister promises answer soon
CBC News-December 6, 2017

Tax credit lured Montreal filmmakers to their perfect location for Radius
Winnipeg Free Press-December 2, 2017

Winnipeg’s first poet laureate wants to remind people poetry is for everyone
CBC News Manitoba-November 28, 2017

Nattrass dons bigger, better role: Actor replaces artistic director at Rainbow Stage
Winnipeg Free Press-November 28, 2017

‘Trying to keep our culture alive’: Inuit story shared at Winnipeg workshop
CBC News-November 26, 2017

Familiarity breeds content in slightly offbeat, beyond well-roasted chestnut at RMTC
Winnipeg Free Press-November 24, 2017

Cree keyboards, snowshoe templates help Manitoba Museum earn Governor General’s award
CBC News-November 23, 2017

Cutting Manitoba’s tax credits for film and books would crush the province’s storytellers
CBC Arts-November 23

Designer’s bamboo-based fabrics pay homage to her Metis heritage
Winnipeg Metro-November 23, 2017

CMHR to keep photo of Myanmar leader Suu Kyi, despite criticisms
Winnipeg Metro-November 23, 2017

‘It’s not history’: North Korean human rights stories added to CMHR
Winnipeg Metro-November 23, 2017

Comedy, drama and much more at WAFF
Winnipeg Free Press-November 23, 2017

‘Reality is way cooler than fiction’: Inuit story project coming to Winnipeg
Winnipeg Free Press-November 21, 2017

CRAFTED donates cozy wares
Canstar Community News-November 20, 2017

Synonym paints the town: Annual mural festival sees massive public projects
Canstar Community News-November 20, 2017

The stage should be a safe place
Winnipeg Free Press-November 18, 2017

A cautious love story: Manitoba Opera tiptoes around cultural sensitivities with its production of Madama Butterfly
Winnipeg Free Press-November 18, 2017

Utter obsession: Young playwright finds inspiration in unconventional way
Winnipeg Free Press-November 16, 2017

78 years of brilliance: Mixed bill celebrates history of RWB
Winnipeg Free Press-November 16, 2017

Footsteps of a legend: Winnipeg contemporary dance artist performing revolutionary work about revolution
Winnipeg Free Press-November 15, 2017

Heritage minister charms chamber: Joly’s pledge of cash for arts and culture offers little for local journalism
Winnipeg Free Press-November 14, 2017

Staging a collaboration: New play tackles topics of family, culture
Canstar Community News-November 13, 2017

Winnipeg couple wins 1st theatre educator award for inspiring students
CBC News Manitoba-November 11, 2017

Bridging the gap: museums bring unique solutions to social struggles
The Hill Times-November 10, 2017

Winnipeg scores top spot for Culture Days activities
Winnipeg Free Press-November 9, 2017

Role models: Director, two artists who helped create Canadian-South African play in 2005 bring it to PTE
Winnipeg Free Press-November 9, 2017

Author on the move: Charleswood local releases novel set in Winnipeg
Canstar Community News-November 7, 2017

Art of survival: Toronto artist’s drawings–a coping mechanism for breast-cancer treatments–become WAG exhibition
Winnipeg Free Press-November 7, 2017

Winnipeg Arts Council pitches public art fixes, Nuit Blanche security
Winnipeg Metro-November 6, 2017

‘Complete success’: Art City programming resumes after more than $50K raised
CBC News Manitoba-November 3, 2017

Winnipeg Arts Council wants more funding for public art
Winnipeg Metro-November 2, 2017

Nunavut artist’s personal journey: Saila at WAG as Inuit Art Centre set to open
Winnipeg Free Press-October 31, 2017

Manitoba production of ‘Madama Butterfly’ sparks discussion around race
CTV News-October 31, 2017

Theatre of the mind: Auditory experience comes to Winnipeg
Winnipeg Metro-October 29, 2017

And the bands played on: From crumbling wall to near-collapsing floor to crippling finances, the West End Cultural Centre has survived three decades and is still going strong
Winnipeg Free Press-October 27, 2017

Darkness & light: War between good and evil at this year’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Festival
Winnipeg Free Press-October 26, 2017

Exhibit explores artist’s return to homeland
Winnipeg Free Press-October 26, 2017

Unmasking a mask-maker: Chris Sigurdson uses his love of centuries-old Italian theatre to help kids develop emotional intelligence
Winnipeg Free Press-October 24, 2017

Go back to the future with Tomorrow’s Child: Audience participates in ‘one-of-a-kind sightless theatre experience’
Winnipeg Free Press-October 24, 2017

Kids benefit from local generosity
Winnipeg Free Press-October 23, 2017

Winnipeg pitches in to bring Art City back to inner city kids
CBC News Manitoba-October 23, 2017

West End Cultural Centre celebrates 30 years of music and community
CBC News Manitoba-October 21, 2017

In praise of controlled chaos
Winnipeg Free Press-October 21, 2017

Art City sees massive community support
Canstar Community News-October 20, 2017

Learning to hear each other: Community plays role onstage, behind the scenes at latest Winnipeg Jewish Theatre production
Winnipeg Free Press-October 19, 2017

New Indigenous writing awards for emerging authors announced
CBC Arts-October 19, 2017

She can relate: RMTC comedy role set in repressive Elizabethan England resonates loudly for Iranian-born actor
Winnipeg Free Press-October 18, 2017

These LGBTQ filmmakers want to make Winnipeg ‘a beacon for CanCon’
Winnipeg Free Press-October 17, 2017

Fringe hit Josephine back for encore
Winnipeg Free Press-October 13, 2017

Gracie tells tale of strength’s triumph over sweetness
Winnipeg Free Press-October 13, 2017

Love fights for its life onstage
Winnipeg Free Press-October 13, 2017

A personal performance: Tender play shares intimate moments
Winnipeg Free Press-October 12, 2017

Staging a homecoming: Winnipeg-born, New York-based actor returns as star of PTE’s award-winning season-opener
Winnipeg Free Press-October 12, 2017

Nuit Blanche security will likely be increased next year, organizers say
CBC News Manitoba-October 12, 2017

Longtime PTE artistic director stepping down
Winnipeg Free Press-October 11, 2017

Artists revitalize the North End
Canstar Community News-October 10, 2017

Spots of colour in Point Douglas: Manitoba Hydro poles turn into artists’ canvas
Canstar Community News-October 10, 2017

‘These are the innovators,’ music festival to sound off in Winnipeg this week
Winnipeg Metro-October 10, 2017

Hearts and crafts: Two not-for-profit groups dedicated to creating, displaying and preserving ‘usable artwork’ join forces in new Exchange space
Winnipeg Free Press-October 7, 2017

Writer-in-residence a mentor to others
Canstar Community News-October 6, 2017

‘More like a punk show than a screening’: At this Winnipeg festival, experimental film reigns
Winnipeg Free Press-October 3, 2017

Awards honour Winnipeg theatre
Winnipeg Free Press-October 3, 2017

Cook’s new novel explores the myth of Winnipeg
Winnipeg Free Press-October 2, 2017

Sure things and bold bets: Risky concepts combine with Broadway hits for city’s 2017-18 theatre season
Winnipeg Free Press-September 30, 2017

RWB puts its own spin on fantasy tale
Winnipeg Free Press-September 28, 2017

Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche expecting to see over 20,000 people
Global News-September 27, 2017

Garage doors become Arctic canvases thanks to Winnipeg artist’s love of polar bears
Winnipeg Free Press-September 27, 2017

Losing faith: Winnipeg-based filmmaker explores religion—or lack thereof—in new documentary
Winnipeg Metro-September 27, 2017

Damsel to the rescue
Winnipeg Free Press-September 26, 2017

Final touches prepared for Culture Days
Winnipeg Free Press-September 26, 2017

Five things to check out at Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
Winnipeg Metro-September 25, 2017

Growing popularity leads Nuit Blanche to beef up security
CBC News Manitoba-September 25, 2017

Shaking the foundations: Curators’ ground-breaking exhibition puts Indigenous artists in the WAG spotlight
Winnipeg Free Press-September 22, 2017

Winnipeg book club: Three local authors to check out at Thin Air
Winnipeg Metro-September 19, 2017

‘Human library’ lets you discover the true story
Winnipeg Free Press-September 20, 2017

Perlman gives Winnipeg a night of memories
Winnipeg Free Press-September 18, 2017

Youth will be served: Coming-of-age plays figure prominently at 15th annual FemFest
Winnipeg Free Press-September 15, 2017

Dancing on the bed: Winnipeg artist transforms cafe into hotel room
Winnipeg Metro-September 14, 2017

Folk on, Winnipeg: Festival keeps the music playing with five new acts for Hear All Year series
Winnipeg Metro-September 12, 2017

Quirky public bench designs offer more than just a place to sit in Winnipeg
Winnipeg Metro-September 12, 2017

Rainbow Stage parts company with artistic chief
Winnipeg Free Press-September 11, 2017

Exhibit a response to media overload
Canstar Community News-September 11, 2017

Winnipeg Art Gallery gets new curator, upcoming exhibit
Winnipeg Metro-September 10, 2017

Painting the town: In conversation with mural artists Nereo II and John Padua
Winnipeg Free Press-September 9, 2017

Art group shaking things up a bit
Canstar Community News-September 8, 2017

Made in Manitoba: Amid all the celebrities and hoopla, province’s filmmakers seek some of the TIFF spotlight
Winnipeg Free Press-September 8, 2017

Sagkeeng First Nation member named WAG curator of Indigenous and contemporary art
Winnipeg Free Press-September 6, 2017

Have fun and learn at Culture Days
Winnipeg Free Press-September 5, 2017

Paint the town red—and yellow, and blue—Wall-to-Wall mural festival returns
Winnipeg Metro-September 4, 2017

Ontario Boosting Support for Thriving Arts and Culture Sector
Ontario Arts Council-August 29, 2017

Finding the words: West End play a reflection on loss, community
Canstar Community News-August 28, 2017

One night stands and returning acts
Canstar Community News-August 28, 2017

‘A material language of hope’
By: Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press-August 28, 2017

Tweaked Phantom provides satisfying sense of melodrama
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-August 26, 2017

Deaf Music Fans Are Finally Starting To Be Heard
BuzzFeed News-August 26, 2017

Manitoba Opera records shortfall
Winnipeg Free Press-August 25, 2017

Winnipeg art heist turns local artist into super-sleuth
By: Diana Foxall, Metro-August 24, 2017

Art therapy program aims to help Winnipeggers living with Parkinson’s
By: Lucy Scholey, Metro-August 22, 2017

The Forks rides hot summer programming with new Summertide arts festival
By: Jade Markus, Metro-August 21, 2017

Birthday bash: Artspace celebrates 30 years
By: Jade Markus, Metro-August 20, 2017

Lost in creation
Metro-August 19, 2017

Improving Training for the Culture Sector
WorkInCulture-August 18, 2017

Rainbow Trout Music Festival stays small, despite growing demand
By: Nigel Moore, Metro-August 17, 2017

Winnipeg sculptor selected to design new greenspace in ‘sky-scraper city’
By: Jade Markus, Metro-August 15, 2017

Local author hoping to make a splash
By: Sheldon Birnie, Canstar Community News-August 11, 2017

Local filmmaker full of drive and energy
By: Louise Hedman, Canstar Community News-August 11, 2017

Mamma Mia! a sure bet for your Money, Money, Money
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-August 11, 2017

Heading West to explore a different direction
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-August 10, 2017

A new view of the landscape
By: Janine LeGal, Canstar Community News-August 8, 2017

Mental health on the big screen of film festival touring through Winnipeg
By: Jade Markus, Metro-August 8, 2017

Two Wheat City artists named to Man. Arts Council
Westman Journal-August 5, 2017

Musical star returns to perform in Winnipeg
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-August 5, 2017

Winnipeg Indigenous women’s art to be displayed on roadside billboards across Canada
By: Braeden Jones, Metro-August 2, 2017

Diversity takes centre stage as Winnipeg theatre group launches new season
By: Jade Markus, Metro-August 2, 2017

Fringe festival comes close to new record
By: Randall KIng, Winnipeg Free Press-August 1, 2017

Winnipeg-trained artist live-painting the Canada Summer Games
By: Keila DePape, MetroJuly 30, 2017

RWB takes to the great outdoors: Assiniboine Park will play stage for the annual Royal Winnipeg Ballet production
By: Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press-July 26, 2017

Fringe deja view: Why are there so many returning shows at the festival this year?
Joff Schmidt, CBC News-July 26

Newly formed Indigenous Advisory Circle aims to ‘decolonize’ Winnipeg Art Gallery
By: Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free press-July 25, 2017

Five shows to check out at the Gimli Film Festival this week
By: Keila DePape, Metro-July 24, 2017

Rain-soaked fringe-goers set attendance record
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-July 24, 2017

All the world’s a stage for fringing family
By: Aaron Epp, Winnipeg Free Press-July 24, 2017

Inuit Art Centre in funding limbo: Gallery awaiting word from province on fate of former NDP government’s $15-million commitment
By: Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press-July 23, 2017

The play’s the thing: Winnipeg’s Koncan showcases serious issues at 2017 fringe
By: Jill Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press-July 22, 2017

Your guide to improv giggles and gaffes at this year’s fringe
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-July 21, 2017

All grown up: At 30, Winnipeg fringe has matured into one of Canada’s strongest
By: Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press-July 20, 2017


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