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Santa ‘Call-In’ Show to Air on Shaw TV

Santa - Ho Ho HotlineInstead of calling NORAD for Santa’s location, why not just ask the big guy yourself?

The Ho! Ho! Hotline! is coming to Shaw TV Winnipeg — a live “call-in” show giving children the chance to engage with Santa Claus on the phone, or have their letters read on air.

Santa will also answer pre-taped questions from children in the community and be visited by local musical guests.

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WAG Supporting Movember with Weekend Fundraiser

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali (WAG.CA)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is doing its part to support the Movember initiative and help raise funds for men’s health issues.

Anyone who visits the WAG from Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23 — and is wearing a moustache (real or fake) — will see $1 from their admission donated to Movember.

The event is also in part to promote the WAG’s current exhibit, Dali Up Close.

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Winnipeg Comedy Festival Receives $100K in Federal Funding

Winnipeg Comedy FestivalOttawa is backing the 2015 and 2016 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, providing $50,000 each year to the Gas Station Arts Centre to run its annual event.

“The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is one of Manitoba’s well-known cultural events, and each year it attracts thousands of spectators,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in a statement on Wednesday.

“This brings significant economic benefits to both Winnipeg and rural communities, while enriching the cultural tapestry of our city, our province and our country.”

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Gas Station Arts Centre Launches Online Fundraiser

I Love Gas Station Arts CentreWinnipeg is showing its love for the Gas Station Arts Centre with on online fundraiser and upcoming concert series.

The I Love GSAC is the first show of its kind to be held on December 7, with a 45-minute set from Winnipeg Fringe and Winnipeg Comedy Festival favourites, Hot Thespian Action, followed by a 60-minute performance from Girls! Girls! Girls! co-producer Kim Zeglinski.

“The Gas Station Arts Centre has given us a home. Not only has the staff always been warm and welcoming, but they went out of their way to help our troupe get our start,” said HTA member Shannon Guile. “The theatre itself is one of the only places in Winnipeg where we can rent a beautiful space for very reasonable price.”

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Assiniboine Park Bringing it Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Show

A new holiday-themed show at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Conservatory is opening this Friday, November 21.

Home for the Holidays will include horticultural displays inspired by the classic children’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne. The show will also include children’s programming, community choir performances, activities, movies and music.

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Festival of Trees and Lights Shining for Another Season

Festival of Trees and Lights

Manitoba Hydro Gallery in downtown Winnipeg is decked out in the sights of the holiday season with the annual Festival of Trees and Lights.

The meticulously-decorated trees went on display Tuesday and will be available for public viewing until November 28.

The tradition attracts thousands of visitors every year and supports the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and Gardens Manitoba.

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Former Refugees Speak in New ‘Fidelio’ Production

FidelioFormer refugees will be sharing their stories in a new production opening at the Manitoba Opera.

Fidelio runs November 22, 25 and 28 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Upwards of 50 former refugees who now call Winnipeg their home will be participating in the production. They will be featured on stage with the cast and chorus in the final act of Beethoven’s uplifting ode to freedom.

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Country Music Fundraiser to Support ‘Got Bannock’

The Western HourA fundraiser in support of an upstart Winnipeg bannock initiative is planned for the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday, December 14.

Got Bannock is the operation of Althea Guiboche, who makes bannock for the city’s less fortunate.

“What motivates me is knowing that the needs of the homeless go far beyond housing,” said Guiboche. “They have no homes, no respect, no support, and this societal problem will never be alleviated unless someone is willing to step up and make a difference.”

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Folk Festival Seeking Food Vendors for 2015

Winnipeg Folk Festival LogoThe Winnipeg Folk Festival is seeking food vendors for the 2015 festival at Birds Hill Provincial Park.

The selection of vendors is based on quality of menu and whether it features locally produced, organic and fair trade ingredients, along with other considerations.

The festival is looking for vendors to sell out of the food booths in the Festival Village, mobile vendors for the festival site, and vendors for the festival campground.

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