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MTC on the Hunt for Next ‘Billy Elliot’

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

The search is on for the next performer to play the lead role in the upcoming hit musical “Billy Elliot.”

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will begin the search for the performer in October, based on the story of a young boy’s struggle to overcome adversity and make his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true, despite conflicting views from his family and community.

“We’re thrilled to be giving Royal MTC audiences the opportunity to experience this phenomenal musical, which hasn’t been seen on a Winnipeg stage before,” said Royal MTC artistic director Steven Schipper. “Billy Elliot is an inspiration to anyone who has ever had a dream, and we look forward to playing a part in making a young dancer’s dream come true through this audition process.”

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Shakey Graves the First in Folk Fest’s Acoustic Series

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is kicking off its acoustic session series with musician Shakey Graves.

Every Tuesday in August, the festival will highlight one of its feature performers, as filmed backstage during this year’s festival.

Graves plays “Big Time Nashville Star,” a track off his brand-new record, And The War Came, set for release on October 7.

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5 Seconds of Summer to Play MTS Centre Next July

Pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer is coming to Winnipeg next summer when they embark on their 2015 Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour.

The Australian foursome will play MTS Centre on July 29, 2015 — part of three other Canadian stops on the 30-city tour.

The band’s self-titled debut album rocketed to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 moving 258,000 units.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

– Staff

Gimli Icelandic Festival Marking 125 Years

Gimli Icelandic Festival (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Gimli Icelandic Festival (CHRISD.CA FILE)

One of the oldest festivals in North America is marking its 125th anniversary this weekend in Gimli.

Islendingadagurinn, more commonly known as the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, will celebrate Icelandic history, culture, and its contribution to life in Manitoba.

Festivities run August 1-4 and begin with the opening of Viking Village at Harbour Park Hill at 3 p.m. The vikings will reside on Harbour Park Hill for the weekend, and live like authentic 800 A.D. period Vikings. “Battles” will be held every day at 3 p.m., and the entire village will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for visitors who want to see Viking jewelers, wood carvers and other authentic demonstrations. Wonder Shows Midway and Rides opens at 5 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. the Diageo Gimli Sigur Rock gets underway at the Lakeview Harbour Stage featuring Pop Crimes and other acts.

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Winnipeg Comics in Semifinals of SiriusXM Competition

Three Winnipeg comedians are semifinalists in the fifth annual SiriusXM’s Top Comic competition.

The funniest comics from coast-to-coast, determined by the number of votes received, will be invited to perform at the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale on September 25, part of Just For Laughs’ JFL42 Festival in Toronto.

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St. Norbert Farmers’ Market Extending Wednesday Hours

St. Norbert Farmers' Market (CHRISD.CA FILE)

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market wants to take advantage of the lovely summer evenings as much as possible.

The Wednesday edition of the market will now run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 30, August 13 and September 3. Usually the abbreviated weekday market closes at 4 p.m. outside of its usual Saturday run.

“Our three evening markets will offer live music, a display from the Red River Co-op Speedway, and lots of market vendors offering all that is Manitoba,” said executive director Marilyn Firth. “As always, everything sold at the market is made, baked and grown right here in Manitoba, by the vendors who sell at the market.”

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Manitoba Museum Launches ‘Prairie Pollination’ Digital Exhibit

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The Manitoba Museum has launched a new virtual exhibit to educate the public on pollinating insects and the wild plants they depend on.

Prairie Pollination is led by the Manitoba Museum’s curator of botany, Dr. Dina Bizecki Robson.

“Pollinators need our help, but humans need their help even more,” Bizecki Robson said. “Two-thirds of our crop species worldwide depend on wild pollinators to some degree. Those pollinators need more than just crop plants to survive — they need wild plants too.”

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Fringe Festival Shatters Attendance Records

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Zap Circus performs during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival in Old Market Square on July 24, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Theatregoers smashed attendance records for another year at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

Plays attracted 104,859 people between July 16-27 — up from 101,488 last year.

“It’s tremendously exciting for us to experience another record-breaking year at the Fringe,” said executive director Chuck McEwen. “The caliber of the performers and their productions were exceptional, and it’s their artistic talent that continues to help in growing the festival year after year.”

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Deliver Powerhouse Show in Winnipeg

By Shelley Cook (@ShelleyACook)

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Jay-Z and Beyoncé perform at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (ROBIN HARPER / PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT / PICTUREGROUP)

WINNIPEG — Beyoncé and Jay-Z rocked the stage at Investors Group Field Sunday night for what was arguably the biggest concert slated to hit Winnipeg in 2014. The power couple, who are only scheduled to perform in two Canadian cities for their On The Run Tour, combined their talents for a nearly sold out crowd.

The show kicked off a few minutes after 9 p.m. with Jay and Bey emerging onto the stage after a black and white film montage of the pair with French subtitles played, setting the story and the tone for the next two and a half hours that were about to unfold. After taking in the deafening and impassioned applause from the crowd, Bey and Jay jumped right into ’03 Bonnie and Clyde, the first of over 40 songs they would perform throughout the night.

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Chris Hadfield to Appear at Centennial Concert Hall in December

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be appearing at the Centennial Concert Hall on December 1.

Hadfield will be in Winnipeg to walk visitors through an audio/visual celebration of his life. He will sing, dance, and talk his way from his childhood to present day and how his life has evolved having a career in space.

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Prairie Jam Music Festival

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