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Category Archives: Entertainment

Baby T-Rex Interacts with Crowd at MTS Centre

By Brian Schultz

Walking with Dinosaurs

Visitors gather at MTS Centre to greet one of the creatures from ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is in Winnipeg October 8-12, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

A baby Tyrannosaurus rex roared loudly in the atrium of MTS Centre on Thursday.

The mechanical creature is part of the Walking with Dinosaurs spectacle, which returns to Winnipeg October 8-12. Tickets went on sale today.

Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president of venues and entertainment with MTS Centre, said the show attracted more than 50,000 people in 2007.

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Winnipegger Eliminated from ‘MasterChef Canada’

Mike Green - MasterChef Canada

Mike Green on MasterChef Canada (CTV)

An undercooked blue steak was the downfall of Winnipeg journalist Mike Green on Monday night’s “MasterChef Canada” episode.

Green was the 12th contestant to be sent home after his culinary creation just couldn’t resonate with the judges.

Green was put through a pressure test with two other competitors, where they were challenged to cook a perfect medium-rare streak frites and béarnaise sauce.

The Kenora-born competitor said one of the pitfalls was cooking at such a high heat due to the tight time restrictions.

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Local Museums, Galleries Lend Creative Hand to Banff Centre

By Sarah Klein

The Banff CentreMembers of Winnipeg’s creative industries sector put their minds together on Monday to create an innovative new leadership development program.

Local museum and gallery managers are working to create the program to be piloted later this year at Alberta’s Banff Centre.

“Once fully launched, this program will address the challenges increasingly faced by the creative industries in being more self-sufficient,” said Jerry McGrath, Banff Centre’s director of innovation and partnerships. “It will help develop the skills, networks and visions that will enable institutions to better engage, educate, and enrich their communities.”

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A Wilhelm Scream to Play WECC on June 3

A Wilhelm Scream

A Wilhelm Scream (HANDOUT)

A Wilhelm Scream will take the stage at the West End Cultural on June 3.

The New Bedford, Massachusetts clan will perform with Direct Hit and Bring the Fight in support of their latest release, Partycrasher.

“We all really pushed ourselves to get our performances and parts as gnarly as we could make them and we can’t wait to play this stuff live,” the band said in a statement.

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Jordan Klassen to Play WECC in May

Jordan Klassen

Jordan Klassen

Three of Western Canada’s finest up-and-coming bands will play the West End Cultural Centre during a one-night show.

Jordan Klassen will perform in Winnipeg on Monday, May 5 with special guests.

Klassen, a folk-pop musician from Vancouver, is preparing for a string of Canadian tour dates with the Saskatoon-based indie rock quartet Close Talker and Calgary folk trio Raleigh opening the show.

Tickets are $17 at the door. Advanced tickets are $12 at the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.

– Staff

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Winnipeg Teen Competing on YTV’s ‘Next Star’

Dane Bjornson

Dane Bjornson (YTV / CORUS ENTERTAINMENT)

A Winnipeg teen is in the running to be crowned “The Next Star” on a YTV reality series.

Dane Bjornson, 14, is in the musical group “Electric Ave” with four others, who recently had the second-most downloaded song on iTunes Canada.

Bjornson will be in this Sunday’s finale of “The Next Star: SuperGroup,” when his band performs cover songs for a chance at winning the entire competition. The winners end up recording two original songs to be released on iTunes, and receive an exclusive management deal with 21 Entertainment, which manages the careers of musical artists such as Fefe Dobson, JoJo and Kreesha Turner.

The spinoff series of YTV’s “The Next Star” premiered its six-episode series in March, and takes viewers through an intense, top-level talent showdown in order to crown a new mega boy or girl group.

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Winnipeg Jazz Festival Tickets Going on Sale

Winnipeg International Jazz FestivalTickets for the 25th annual Winnipeg International Jazz Festival go on sale today.

At 10 a.m., music fans can purchase individual tickets or passes at early bird prices.

Top performers this year include John Legend, Gregory Porter, Shad, St. Vincent, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval and many others.

Ticket options:

Super Pass: $250
Enables music fans to see every Theatre Series and Club Series concert.

Club Pass: $90
Admission to all Club Series shows for the entire week.

One-day club wristband: $30 weekday / $35 weekend
Take in all Club Series shows in one night.

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Are You Canada’s Smartest Person? TV Show Seeks to Find Out

Canada's Smartest Person

Canada’s Smartest Person (CBC)

Producers of the reality game show “Canada’s Smartest Person” are on the hunt for brainiacs across the country.

The CBC program draws upon the latest research to prove there’s more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a math whiz or trivia buff.

The show’s reigning champion is Peter Dyakowski, offensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“As the search begins for Canada’s newly crowned smartest person, I know that possibilities are endless and anyone can earn the title. If you think you have what it takes, you should go for it. It’s time for me to meet the smartest person in the country,” Dyakowski said.

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‘Good People’ Opening at MTC on April 17

Good PeopleA new production at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will round out the 2013-14 season beginning next week.

“Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire opens April 17, and is the thought-provoking production that won a 2011 Tony Award for best play.

Synopsis: In a working-class neighbourhood in Boston, single mother Margaret finds herself jobless and facing eviction. Desperate for employment, she tracks down an old flame who escaped their Southie past and decides to corner him — with unexpected results. Powerful and fiercely funny, GOOD PEOPLE is a vivid and true-to-life exploration of fate, class and the surprising effects of circumstance.

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‘Tower of Song’ a Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Tower of Song

Tower of Song – Glenna Garramone and Oliver Swain (HANDOUT)

A tribute to the legendary Leonard Cohen will fill the West End Cultural Centre on June 5.

Glenna Garramone and Oliver Swain will bring their project Tower of Song to Winnipeg with special guests Nathan Rogers and Corbin Keep.

The Victoria-based duo interprets the songs of Cohen, as well as present their own original material while collaborating with a rotating cast of guest artists.

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Scopus Award Gala 2014