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Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Alan:

Winnipeg summer festivals see shortfall of volunteers

If volunteers are the lifeblood of Winnipeg’s summer festivals, then many of those organizations are in need of a transfusion. The Winnipeg Folk Festival, which takes place July 7-10, is short a few hundred volunteers to reach its goal of 2,300 people to direct traffic, help ensure safe campgrounds, sell raffle tickets and work the gate, among myriad other tasks audience members take for granted. → Read More

Aviation museum takes flight

What began with a handshake deal in 2018 has become Winnipeg’s newest landmark and tourist destination. It was no fly-by-night transaction that led to the $43-million home for the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. → Read More

Two Manitoba acts take trophies at 2022 Juno Awards

Two Manitoba artists return home from Toronto with new Juno Awards weighing down their suitcases. Will Bonness, a University of Manitoba jazz studies professor and longtime pianist at jazz shows around Winnipeg, won his first Juno Saturday night for Jazz Album of the Year. → Read More

Once and future Duhks

Jessee Havey cringed and then couldn’t stop laughing when she realized how closely the Duhks’ 20th anniversary reunion show tonight resembles the folk-music mockumentary A Mighty Wind. The Christopher Guest comedy follows three different folk-music groups from the 1960s returning to the stage for a reunion concert many years later. → Read More

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada taking flight in its shiny new home

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is ready for takeoff. It’s taken almost four years to move its historic aircraft, equipment and trove of photographs and documents to their new home at 2088 Wellington Ave., so close to Richardson International Airport that visitors can watch planes take off and land from its observation lounge. → Read More

Meeting Stapleton more than good… it was great-great

If Mother’s Day was Sunday, then Saturday evening was Great-Great-Grandmother’s Night for Marilyn Ross. The 88-year-old Winnipegger has seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren who arranged for a gift she says she’ll always remember. → Read More

Stapleton wows the crowd at Canada Life Centre

It takes about a couple of hours to figure out the cultural phenomenon named Chris Stapleton. The puzzle? How could a heavy-bearded man in his 40s who blends common country themes of heartache and longing with southern rock be at the top of the entertainment mountain? Stapleton himself provided the answer Saturday night at Canada Life Centre. → Read More

WSO's 75th anniversary season features familiar faces, fresh voices

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is welcoming back some old friends for its 75th anniversary season. Those invited to the season-long party are violinist James Ehnes, whose earliest solo performances were with the WSO, and conductor Andrey Boreyko, who was the orchestra’s music director from 2001 to ‘06. Ehnes, who was born and grew up in Brandon and now lives in Florida, will bring his priceless… → Read More

City artists set to auction works to benefit Ukraine and refugees

Winnipeg’s artists are putting the products of their creativity into helping the Ukrainian war-relief effort. Oseredok, the Winnipeg Cultural and Educational Centre, is holding an online art auction of works donated by artists and city collectors that runs until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The works can be viewed in person today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oseredok, which is at 194 Alexander Ave.… → Read More

Like other bands, Royal Canoe finds triumphant tour cut short by COVID-19

Ten years have gone by in a flash, and Royal Canoe keeps on paddling. The Winnipeg indie-pop group, like so many performers in all musical genres, continues to overcome the many barriers the COVID-19 pandemic has erected. → Read More

WSO playing pieces of peace, healing

Emotions will run higher than any notes played or sung Thursday night at the Centennial Concert Hall. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents a free community concert, Manitoba Remembers: A COVID Elegy, Thursday at 7 p.m., an evening that will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Manitoba families and communities. → Read More

Downtown venue welcomes exhibition celebrating the Rolling Stones

A new exhibition and new venue at Portage Place mall aim to deliver satisfaction to Rolling Stones fans and Winnipeg’s downtown. Unzipped, an international show focused on the 60-year history of the self-proclaimed world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, will open a seven-week run June 11 at Expo Live!, a 20,000-square-foot space built by True North Sports and Entertainment that was formerly home… → Read More

Reissue a reminder of R&B artist Remy Shand’s shining moment

Gather around the campfire, folks. A new chapter in the legend of Remy Shand begins today. → Read More

Ex Crash Test Dummy Darvill reclaims home town, and home stages

Son of Dave is back in Winnipeg and has found old habits are hard to break. Benjamin Darvill, his name away from the music stage, returned to the city last summer after spending the past 24 years in London and has spent the wintry spring of 2022 shovelling snow away from the foundation of his house in Wolseley to prevent his basement from flooding. → Read More

Museum dedicates space to art from less-heard voices

An existing space at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has become a new home for local artistic statements. The museum announced its new Community Corridor on Tuesday, a main-floor space near its classrooms area, and is accepting submissions for art or projects until May 13, with plans for its first official exhibition scheduled for July. → Read More

It’s not all fun and games for Manitoba country musician

Desiree Dorion can’t wait to return to the road, even if one of her upcoming gigs is just down the road. The country singer lives south of Dauphin, near Riding Mountain National Park, and will perform at Dauphin’s Countryfest when it returns after a three-year pandemic-related hiatus June 30-July 3 at the Selo Ukraina site just south of the western Manitoba city. → Read More

Long delayed festival ‘doubling down on jazz’ in June

THE CANADIAN Museum for Human Rights’ inspirational setting will be where the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival ends its three-year silence. The event runs June 14-19, with the first two evenings taking place at the architectural landmark at The Forks, shining a spotlight on female performers, including New York vocalist Lisa Fischer and Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes. → Read More

Confusion Corner’s famous sign inspired Winnipeg painter

Travel around the world, and you’ll never find an intersection like Confusion Corner. Enter it for the first time, and you’re an accident waiting to happen. → Read More

Age not a number but an attitude for godfather of shock rock

Alice Cooper is 74 years old, but he’ll always be 18. The godfather of shock rock returned to Winnipeg Saturday night, and sang I’m Eighteen, a 1971 song that was one of his first hits, midway through his 95-minute concert and proved age isn’t a number, it’s an attitude. It’s a mystical commodity he has no shortage of. Turn back the clock to 1966 when Vincent Furnier — Cooper’s given name — was… → Read More

Winnipeg Folk Festival set to make triumphant return after two years of silence

A sign of spring has become a beacon of hope for Winnipeg music fans. A list of 65 artists from around the world that will perform at the 2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival — including indie hitmakers Portugal. → Read More