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Last Chance to See WWII Bombers Up Close

Sentimental Journey - Boeing B-17
Boeing B-17 “Sentimental Journey” (BRIAN LOCKETT PHOTO / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — They’ve nearly been here a week, but today is your last chance to see the B-17 and B-25 bombers from the Second World War.

The Royal Canadian Aviation Museum is hosting “Maid in the Shade,” a twin-engine B-25 bomber used for high- and low-level bombing, plus “Sentimental Journey,” the B-17 bomber that last visited the city in 2013.

The crew will be available to answer questions from visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

B-25 Maid in the Shade
B-25 “Maid in the Shade” (HANDOUT)
Museum members are admitted free, while non-members pay $10 ($5 for students, seniors and children).

Visitors wishing to tour the inside of these aircraft are asked to donate $5 per person/per plane to the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona Wing.

— Staff

CONTEST: Win Day Passes to the Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Winnipeg Folk FestivalChrisD.ca wants to send four lucky readers to this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The fun runs July 9-12 with headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the main stage. Other acts this year include Wilco, José González and Jenny Lewis to lead the new folk revival. Classic favourites including Arlo Guthrie and famed folk-rock band Steeleye Span will take their place as festival veterans.

We have two (2) pairs of day passes good for either July 10 or 11.

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Gimli Film Festival Box Office Opening

Gimli Film FestivalThe box office for this year’s Gimli Film Festival opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Festival and individual tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The box office is located at 77B First Avenue in Gimli.

Festival-goers can also purchase admission July 4-5 and July 11-12 from noon to 4 p.m. The box office will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13-26.

Tickets can also be purchased at GimliFilm.com, through the new smartphone app or by phone at (204) 642-8846.

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Dauphin’s Countryfest Boasts One of Best on Record

Dauphin's Country Fest
An aerial view of Dauphin’s Countryfest 2015 (TODD PEDERSON PHOTO)
Jake Owen
Jake Owen performs at Dauphin’s Country Fest on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (TODD PEDERSON PHOTO)

The 26th annual Dauphin’s Countryfest is going down as one of the best weekends on record.

Organizers say the festival, which ran June 25-28, had a daily attendance of about 12,000 people. They’re also appreciative of the balmy temperatures.

“Sunshine really makes the festival a happier place,” said Eric Irwin, the festival’s president. “The freakish amount of rain we got last year was extreme to say the least, and it affected people’s spirits. All you can do is come back again and hope for better weather — and we definitely got that this year.”

Sixty bands performed on three stages over a four-day period.

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What To Do in Winnipeg on Canada Day

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(Maple leaf image via Milleflore Images / Shutterstock)

Celebrate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1 at some of these hotspots around Winnipeg:

The Forks
The classic destination for thousands of Winnipeggers every year, The Forks will pack an entire day of celebrations to mark Canada’s birthday. Children’s entertainment begins at noon, with live performances throughout the day leading up to the big fireworks display at 11 p.m.

Artists performing on the main stage include Sc Mira, Slow Leaves, Leanne Pearson, Attica Riots, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, WSO and Attica Riots. Under the canopy, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra will be performing before Sweet Alibi and the Justin Lacroix Band take the stage. The full lineup is available on The Forks’ website.

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DreamWorks Shooting Major Film in Winnipeg This Summer

A Dog's Purpose
DreamWorks will shoot a film based on the novel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ in Winnipeg this summer. (AMAZON)

Winnipeg is becoming more widely known for hosting big name movie productions, and now, another one can be added to that list.

Sources confirm to ChrisD.ca that DreamWorks will begin production on a new film here later this summer.

The movie will be based on “A Dog’s Purpose,” a New York Times bestseller by American humourist W. Bruce Cameron. The book centres around a dog’s journey through several reincarnations and how he looks for his purpose through each of his lives.

The movie will be directed by the Oscar-nominated Lasse Hallstrom.

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Foam Fest Obstacle Course a Muddy, Fun Challenge

By Tyler Sutherland

WINNIPEG — A foamy, muddy, and physically challenging five-kilometre endurance course will be awash in foam on Saturday.

The 5K Foam Fest is being held at Adrenaline Adventures, where participants will get to the finish line by either running, climbing, or sliding their way there.

There isn’t a time limit on the course and it’s not particularly a race, but more of a fun way to spend a balmy summer day.

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Manitoba Theatre Centre Stays in the Black, But Attendance Down

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - MTCWINNIPEG — The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre reported a surplus at its annual general meeting Wednesday evening, but attendance to the theatre is down.

About 1,500 fewer tickets were told during the 2014-15 season compared to last year. On the plus side of things, Royal MTC had a surplus of $182,000 to its budget of $9 million.

“This past year reminded us that it takes a remarkable amount of teamwork to bring each season to life and I want to recognize each of our partners, donors, volunteers, artists, designers and staff members for their continued dedication and support for our theatre,” said Jim McLandress, chair of the board of trustees.

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Manitoba Museum Showcasing Artifacts from National Collection

The Manitoba MuseumWINNIPEG — The Manitoba Museum has 10 artifacts from the national collection of the Canadian Museum of History on display.

From now until August 27, visitors can view the artifacts that speak to a particular aspect of Canadian culture.

“We are deeply grateful for the ongoing relationship with the Canadian Museum of History, and for the loan of these incredible objects,” said Adèle Hempel, director of research, collections and exhibits of the Manitoba Museum. “These 10 iconic Canadian treasures will make a wonderful addition to the visitor experience throughout the summer.”

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Transcona BIZ Hosting Musicians, Movie Nights

TransconaOrganizers of the 2015 Transcona Biz Summer Concert Series have revealed the lineup for this year’s entertainment.

Happening every Friday beginning June 26 until August 7, Transcona Centennial Square will be alive with musical artists from 6-8 p.m.

Kicking things off this week will be Curtis Newton, while The New Lightweights perform the following Friday, on July 3.

“The strength of a community is not purely measured in economic terms, community strength is also very dependent on vibrancy and resident engagement,” said Teressa Blank, executive director of the Transcona BIZ.

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