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Centennial Centre Revamp Focus of New Study

Manitoba Centennial Centre

A study looking at the future of Winnipeg’s theatre and arts district will set the groundwork for future redevelopment.

The Manitoba Centennial Centre has hired PSAstudio for Architecture + Urban Design with Sinclair van Nostrand Architects + Planners to lead a study over the next year.

“The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation was established to develop an arts centre to benefit all Manitobans,” said Robert Olson, MCCC CEO. “Fifty years later, we are embarking on a period of revitalization based on the future needs of our artistic and cultural communities and the greater public.”

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‘SpaceLand’ Taking Over Vacant Downtown Lot on June 4

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Sc Mira will perform at SpaceLand on June 4. (TATSUKI NAKATA)

A vacant Portage Avenue parking lot will be the site of a pop-up party on Saturday, June 4.

SpaceLand will feature live bands, food trucks, comedians, video projections and other attractions on an under-utilized urban space between Edmonton and Kennedy streets.

The event, inspired by the famed SXSW lot parties of Austin, Texas, is the work of Head In The Sand and Manitoba Music.

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Tribute to Merle Haggard Planned at Dauphin’s Countryfest

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Merle Haggard was to perform at Dauphin’s Countryfest on Sunday, July 3, 2016. His sons and bandmates will instead play a special tribute to the legendary country musician. (HANDOUT)

Country fans will get a tribute performance to Merle Haggard at this summer’s Dauphin’s Countryfest.

The late Haggard, who passed away on April 6 on his 79th birthday, will be honoured by his sons Ben Haggard and Noel Haggard, along with his longtime band, The Strangers, on July 3.

“You cannot replace an icon like Merle Haggard,” said Countryfest promoter Rob Waloschuk. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the life of this prolific singer/songwriter than to have his family and friends perform a tribute concert.”

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Age of Electric Playing The Burt in May

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Age of Electric (HANDOUT)

Saskatchewan rock band Age of Electric is bringing their tour to Winnipeg this spring.

The guys will play the Burton Cummings Theatre on Thursday, May 26.

Formed in 1989 by two sets of brothers from Lanigan and Regina, Saskatchewan, Age of Electric is comprised of Ryan Dahle (guitar/vocals), Kurt Dahle (drums/vocals), Todd Kerns (lead vocals/guitar) and John Kerns (bass/vocals) and remains one of the most successful indie bands to come out of Canada in the mid-90s.

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Tegan and Sara to Play Centennial Concert Hall

Tegan and SaraCalgary pop duo Tegan and Sara will play Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall this fall.

The Juno award-winning sisters will perform Saturday, September 10.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Prices are $26 and $40.50.

— Staff

Rumor’s Adds Another Show for Comedian Steve-O


Rumor’s Comedy Club has added another show for comedian Steve-O.

The former “Jackass” star will perform in Winnipeg May 4-8. Due to popular demand, a show has been added for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

Tickets are $37 and can be purchased by calling the Rumor’s box office at (204) 488-4520.

— Staff

Fundraiser Gala to Benefit Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre GalaThe Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden has accomplished quite a bit in recent years — winning numerous awards and being lauded across the country. An upcoming gala fundraiser will push their efforts even further.

The evening on May 28 will feature guest speaker Dr. Kevin Campbell and special guest host Ace Burpee.

“We’re super excited for this event and tickets are already selling very well,” said CFDC executive director Peter Cantelon.

“The beauty of what we are doing is people have an opportunity to contribute to both the CFDC and the Morden Area Foundation at the same time while being seriously entertained. Anyone who has heard Dr. Campbell speak or been to an event hosted by Ace Burpee, a huge fan of the CFDC, knows they are in for a pretty amazing treat.”

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Johnny Cash Tribute Show Coming to Rainbow Stage

By David Klassen

Johnny Cash - Ring of FireWINNIPEG — A tribute show honouring the life and career Johnny Cash takes over Rainbow Stage at Kildonan Park this summer.

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” will see a cast of eight men and women acting, singing and performing in the outdoor production.

The show, conceived by William Meade and penned by Richard Maltby, Jr. is dubbed as a “roof-lifting, crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping sensation.”

The production walks the audience through Cash’s life in song, with a terse but telling narrative neatly filling in their biographical subtext including his musical and emotional partnership with fellow crooner June Carter.

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Taste California at the Winnipeg Wine Festival

This year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival theme is the wines of California. (CHRISD.CA)

You don’t have to travel to the west coast to get a taste of what it has to offer.

California wines are right here in Manitoba for the annual Winnipeg Wine Festival. This year’s theme region features more than 149 wines from 40 wineries.

“California is thrilled to be the theme region of the 2016 Winnipeg Wine Festival. As the most popular import wine category in the province, our vintners and representatives look forward to sharing familiar favourites, as well as some exciting new wines,” said Rick Slomka, Canadian director of the California Wine Institute.

The 15th annual event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Manitoba.

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