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WAG on the House: ‘First Fridays’ Launching June 3

WAG First Fridays

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is waiving admission so you can have a good time on Friday night. No, not tonight. But next Friday.

First Friday Nights will run the first Friday of every month, where complimentary entry will be provided to the galleries beginning at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Casual conversational guided tours are offered at 8 p.m., exploring the WAG’s permanent collection galleries.

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WAG Sets Up Inuit Art Shop at The Forks

Stephen Borys
Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO, speaks during an announcement at The Forks on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (@WAG_CA / TWITTER)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is setting up shop at The Forks with a new retail space.

WAG@The Forks will be located in the Johnston Terminal to promote and sell Inuit art.

Through the Nunavut Development Corporation, $75,000 will be provided by the Government of Nunavut for three years to promote Nunavut artists.

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The Tragically Hip in Winnipeg on August 5

The Tragically Hip
The Tragically Hip
Gord Downie
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip sings during the band’s performance at the Concert for Toronto at the Skydome in Toronto on June 21, 2003. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer)

The Tragically Hip will bring its Man Machine Poem Tour to Winnipeg on Friday, August 5.

The band announced their cross-Canada farewell tour on Wednesday, one day after they revealed frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

The Hip will play MTS Centre as part of an 11-city tour schedule kicking off July 22 in Victoria, BC.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. American Express card members can purchase their seats beginning Tuesday, May 31 at 10 a.m. local time.

“Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip have been friends of True North Sports & Entertainment since 2004,” said Kevin Donnelly, senior VP of venues and entertainment.

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Bif Naked Talks Time in Winnipeg, Breast Cancer and Sexual Assault

By Victoria Ahearn, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Bif Naked has launched a memoir with I, Bifcus. (Karolna Turek/Handout)
Bif Naked has launched a memoir with I, Bifcus. (Karolna Turek/Handout)


TORONTO – Bif Naked is in a hotel restaurant, chipper as ever with her jet-black hair and tattooed arms, even as she discusses the darker parts of her new memoir, “I, Bificus.”

After battling misogyny and drugs on the music scene and dealing with sexual assault and a divorce – not to mention surviving breast cancer, kidney failure and heart surgery – the Vancouver singer-songwriter is newly engaged, feeling healthy and plans to record a new “very loud” record.

“I feel really good,” says the 44-year-old, whose past hits include “Spaceman” and “I Love Myself Today.”

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Garth Brooks Adds Show, Breaks Winnipeg Record

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks has friends — in Winnipeg.

After announcing the addition of a fourth show in Winnipeg, Brooks now holds the record for most tickets sold for a concert event at the MTS Centre.

In one hour and nine minutes, Brooks sold over 46,500 tickets, beating Elton John’s previous record of 33,500 tickets.

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Annual Blue Bomber Fan Fest May 14

Buzz and Boomer
Winnipeg Blue Bombers mascots Buzz and Boomer (BLUEBOMBERS.COM)
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are once again inviting fans to Investor’s Group Field for the annual Blue Bombers Fan Fest.

Fans can partake in a variety of activities on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, including free hotdogs, inflatable games, a photo booth and the True Blue Tattoo Station.

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Comedian Danny Bhoy Returning to Winnipeg This Fall

Danny Bhoy
Danny Bhoy (HANDOUT)

Comedian Danny Bhoy is returning to Winnipeg this fall with his brand new show, Commonwealth Comedian.

The Gemini nominated performer has made annual appearances at all the major festivals around the world including regular appearances at the Montreal “Just For Laughs Festival.”

Bhoy’s tour will see him play the Centennial Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 19.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, May 13 through Ticketmaster for between $37.50 to $42.50.

— Staff

New Mosasaur ‘Motoko’ Unveiled at CFDC

Motoko Mosasaur
CFDC volunteers Itsy Cantelon (left) and Abby Robb take a photo with Moto at the unveiling at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre on Friday, May 6, 2016. (HANDOUT)

The latest attraction to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden is now open to the public.

Motoko is a new metal mosasaur measuring 13 feet in length that’s part of a new interactive exhibit.

“Motoko has been in the works for a while and we’re thrilled at how well received she was at her unveiling,” said CFDC executive director Peter Cantelon. “Our goal is to give people a truly unique and fun experience with our new Access Credit Union Aquasaur Photobooth that they cannot get anywhere else.”

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Winnipeg to Give WAG’s Inuit Art Centre a $5M Boost

WAG Inuit Art Centre
An artist’s rendering of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s future Inuit Art Centre. (HANDOUT)
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will receive $5 million from the city over the next five years.

Mayor Brian Bowman made the funding $1 million annual commitment on Friday to the centre, which will include Inuit and Indigenous art galleries, studio and learning spaces, and artist-in-residence and curator-in-residence spaces.

“Indigenous arts and culture constitute a large part of our collective heritage as Winnipeggers and that makes Winnipeg the logical place to celebrate it,” Bowman said. “The Inuit Art Centre will play an integral role in promoting Indigenous Arts and Culture and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

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