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Your Musical Soundtrack for Louis Riel Day

Manitoba Music on Ice

Louis Riel
A statue of Manitoba’s founder, Louis Riel, is seen behind the Manitoba Legislative Building. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

When you’re celebrating Manitoba’s founding father on Monday, visitors to The Forks can crank some homegrown tunes while enjoying their day off.

Manitoba Music has launched an all-local streaming playlist for Louis Riel Day, where revellers can connect to the site-wide WiFi and steam an hour of made-in-Manitoba music while skating on the Red River Mutual Trail or playing in Arctic Glacier Winter Park.

“There is nothing better than going for a skate on the long weekend, and now you have a great local soundtrack to go with it,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation. “Winter and music are two things that Manitoba is known for and now you can enjoy both together.”

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Hé Ho! Festival du Voyageur Ready to Go

By Michelle Bailey

WINNIPEG — Be Brave. Be Warm. Be Voyageur.

With those words and several enthusiastic shouts of “Hé Ho,” volunteers and dignitaries including the Premier and Mayor welcomed everyone to the 47th annual Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. The 10-day event opens to the public on Friday and, as in previous years, thousands of people are expected to descend on St. Boniface.

This morning, crews put the finishing touches on the venue and snow sculptors from as far away as Germany carved into massive mounds of hard snow scattered throughout Voyageur Park as organizers explained what visitors can expect this year.

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Songwriter Retreat a Chance for Musicians to Collaborate

By Tyler Sutherland

Val Halla
Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Val Halla (HANDOUT)

Nine songwriters from across the prairies will come together for a retreat at FortWhyte Alive later this winter.

The Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat is being put on jointly by Manitoba Music, Sask Music and Alberta Music. Musicians from all three provinces will gather to strengthen their songwriting through collaboration.

The four-day session runs from February 28 to March 2 at the secluded lakeside field station.

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Renowned Ice Carver Shows How It’s Done at The Forks

Ice Sculpture
A Luca Roncoroni ice sculpture at The Forks. (DESIGNBOOM.COM)

Ever wanted to learn how to carve an ice sculpture?

Renowned ice sculptor Luca Roncoroni will lead free ice carving workshops under Queen Elizabeth Way between 2-4 p.m. today at The Forks.

Participants will learn about ice harvesting and practice carving ice blocks pulled from the river.

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FAB No Longer: ‘94.3 The Drive’ Debuts on Winnipeg Airwaves

94.3 The Drive

Winnipeg has a new radio station on its FM dial.

94.3 The Drive launched Friday after a re-brand from the former FAB 94.3. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group station will continue to spin the greatest hits of the 70s and 80s and will also launch a new morning show.

Kerri Salki and Trevor Gowen will wake listeners up each weekday morning, while mid-days will be hosted by Alix MichaelsKelly Parker will handle the drive shift late afternoons.

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All the Laughs: Winnipeg Comedy Festival Unveils 2016 Lineup

Winnipeg Comedy FestivalThis year’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival will kick off a few nights earlier than usual, but that’s because there’s more show to fill.

The 15th annual festival has a new artistic director at the reins, but promises the same laughs as always April 3-10.

“I am new to the gig,” jokes artistic director Lara Rae. “But I am happy to continue the tradition with a lineup that is very special and star-studded. And we have really tried hard to reflect and celebrate not just our anniversary, but the positive new voices that are being heard in our community and our culture.”

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Journey to Churchill Lauded by Destination Canada

Journey to Churchill Landscape
Part of the landscape in the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY)

The Journey to Churchill exhibit at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo has been made a member of the Canadian Signature Experience Collection.

Destination Canada, Canada’s national tourism marketing organization, has announced 10 new members and the local attraction made the cut.

“Journey to Churchill has been an all-star attraction from the start, elevating the city’s profile to a new level,” said Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice-president of Tourism Winnipeg.

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Canoe Race on Ice: New Fundraiser Glides into The Forks

Wild Winter Canoe Race
The Wild Winter Canoe Race is February 15, 2016 at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

The first ever Wild Winter Canoe Race is testing the (frozen) waters later this month at The Forks.

Community Living Winnipeg is holding the inaugural event, which will trial a demonstration for next year’s fundraiser.

Twelve teams will take part in a friendly competition on a course of groomed snow tracks located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. The racecourse will consist of a straight, snow-packed 200-meter course of four lanes.

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WAG Offering Free Guided Tour of Inuit Art Collection

By Tyler Sutherland

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery will run a free guided tour on Wednesday of the George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture.

Darlene Coward Wight, WAG curator of Inuit art, will lead the tour at 12 p.m.

“Assembled during the 1970s and early 1980s, the collection features sculpture by well-known artists such as Lukie Airut, from Igloolik, and Jimmy Arnamissa, from Inukjuak,” says Wight.

“Dramatic large-scale pieces include Airut’s depiction of a mother who drops her child from her amautik (parka) after clashing with a muskox, and Arnamissa’s scene of two men loading a kayak onto a kamotik (sled) for overland travel.”

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Be Authentic: Pride Winnipeg Unveils 2016 Theme

Pride Winnipeg Parade
Participants march in the annual Pride Winnipeg parade downtown on Sunday, June 14, 2015. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Pride Winnipeg Festival is all about being yourself, so this year’s theme to “Be Authentic” just fits.

“No matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, abilities, culture; be real, be true, be outspoken, be a person who affects change, be someone who lives each day unapologetically,” said Jonathan Niemczak, president of Pride Winnipeg.

Niemczak says the Pride Festival is a safe place for anyone to be themselves without judgements or negativity.

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