Ottawa is backing the 2015 and 2016 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, providing $50,000 each year to the Gas Station Arts Centre to run its annual event.
“The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is one of Manitoba’s well-known cultural events, and each year it attracts thousands of spectators,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in a statement on Wednesday.
“This brings significant economic benefits to both Winnipeg and rural communities, while enriching the cultural tapestry of our city, our province and our country.”
The I Love GSAC is the first show of its kind to be held on December 7, with a 45-minute set from Winnipeg Fringe and Winnipeg Comedy Festival favourites, Hot Thespian Action, followed by a 60-minute performance from Girls! Girls! Girls! co-producer Kim Zeglinski.
“The Gas Station Arts Centre has given us a home. Not only has the staff always been warm and welcoming, but they went out of their way to help our troupe get our start,” said HTA member Shannon Guile. “The theatre itself is one of the only places in Winnipeg where we can rent a beautiful space for very reasonable price.”
The Gas Station Arts Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment on their existing land at the northeast corner of River and Osborne.
The Gas Station Arts Centre will be an integral component of the development with a 20,000 square foot, 300-seat theatre, as well a central outdoor gathering plaza. The project will include a main floor commercial component of approximately 5,000 square feet, entry to the Gas Station Arts Centre and lobby for the residential component containing approximately 80 units and an underground parkade.
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival wants you to die laughing — at least metaphorically. Laugh Yourself to Death is the theme for this year’s festival, which will give audiences a lethal dose of comedy from April 7-13.
Now in its not-so-unlucky 13th year, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival has assembled a roster of comedians sure to tickle the funny bones of Winnipeggers.
Film and TV star Tom Green will perform at one of the galas on Saturday, April 12, showcasing the packed lineup of similarly singular talents, including festival regular Jon Steinberg.
“Match Game” host Darrin Rose is also scheduled to perform, as he turns Pantages Playhouse into his own personal man-cave, exploring macho attitudes and male ego at the “Bro Show.”
As the Gas Station Arts Centre celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, redevelopment of the facility has been considered an option for quite sometime.
To continue meeting the needs of theatre, production centre and cultural hub in the Osborne Village neighbourhood, an open house is being held on Sunday to show off possible ideas for redevelopment.
They include a new and improved performing arts centre, remediation of the property grounds, options for mixed-use affordable housing, and an expanded commercial space to cater to neighbourhood residents.
MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) announced $2,400 for the festival over the weekend, which is marking its 20th year.
The five-day festival wrapped up Sunday at the Gas Station Arts Centre, and attracts approximately 1,400 festival-goers annually. Activities include a visual art exhibit, film screenings, panel discussions with film makers, and a choral performance.
Local choreographer Casimiro Nhussi will show off a new dance piece tonight, created through the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Community WITH ART Program.
Sombo A Diba, meaning “celebration of marriage” in the Duala language, will feature volunteer dancers from the African Community of Manitoba Inc., who will perform at the Gas Station Arts Centre beginning at 8 p.m.
The free 30-minute piece uses African dance, songs and traditional stories, and will highlight everyday life in an African village, including hunting, farming, collecting water from the river, consultation with a traditional healer, falling in love and getting married.
Sombo A Diba is the third WITH ART Project to open to the public in as many months.