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Expedia Cruiseshipcenters -- Travel Talk

Wednesday Jun 01 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Switzerland Travel Presentation.

Lionel Boiteau from Expedia Cruiseshipcenters will be presenting a seminar about Switzerland as a destination. This presentation will cover different ways to tour – train, coach, boat. It will include information on rail pass options and the hidden costs of seat reservations and encompass the different panoramic train tours, including the Grand Tour of Switzerland. The talk will highlight the reasons for visiting this mountainous country. It is not just a winter destination. River cruises arriving and departing the port of Basel will be discussed, along with the options for cruise lines. There will also be an overview provided of the UNESCO World heritage properties in Switzerland.

It might be tiny, spanning an area of just 42,000 sq km, but for families Switzerland is one giant playground. Mighty mountains, deep gorges, vivid green meadows, mysterious woods, gushing waterfalls and a thousand lakes await exploration.

Space at this presentation is limited. Please RSVP to Lionel Boiteau at (204) 955-8071 or

ChiSeries Winnipeg Women in Comics Panel

Wednesday Jun 01 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Featuring Nyala Ali, Jamie Isfeld, and Hope Nicholson. Hosted by S.M. Beiko.

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is an award-winning Canadian speculative fiction series taking place in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Learn more online.

Nyala Ali holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies: Texts and Cultures from the University of Winnipeg. As a comics geek and music nerd, she has contributed pieces to Women Write about Comics and TomTommagazine. She is currently working on a book-length project on girlhood and race in mainstream comic books. When she is not writing, Nyala plays the drums in a post-punk trio.

Jamie Isfeld is a new media developer at the University of Manitoba by day and a jack-of-all-trades creative nerd by night. Illustrator, comic lover, cosplayer, and former nerdy journalist, she loves making things that help the community share their love of the weird and wonderful.

Hope Nicholson is the Winnipeg based publisher of Bedside Press which specializes in niche comic and prose books. She is also currently an editor on the Margaret Atwood/Johnnie Christmas graphic novel series Angel Catbird upcoming from Dark Horse, and is writing a book on feminist comic book history for Quirk Books.

Lori Weidenhammer -- Speaking & Signing

Thursday Jun 02 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees (Douglas & McIntyre).

Bees are essential to human life. As pollinators of vital crops, they bring forth approximately 90 percent of the world’s nutrition. Yet pesticides and other environmental stressors have destroyed more than 10 million hives to date, and populations continue to plummet.

Victory Gardens for Bees is both a clarion call for protecting these vital creatures, and an inspired vision for their future. Renowned bee expert, artist and garden educator Lori Weidenhammer investigates the bee crisis, offering a step-by-step guide for turning green spaces into sanctuaries where they can flourish.

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Cactus Lake, SK. Her father kept bees when she was a child, and years later, she found herself pulled into the culture and science of bees and caring for beehives in her backyard. For the past seven years she has been exploring the persona “Madame Beespeaker” at venues across the country, sharing the tradition of “telling the bees.” As an artist and educator Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators and guerrilla gardening.

Richard Kelly Kemick & Michael Prior with guest Lori Cayer -- Reading & Signing

Thursday Jun 02 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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An evening of poetry featuring Richard Kelly Kemick, author of Caribou Run (Goose Lane Editions), and Michael Prior, author of Model Disciple (Véhicule Press), alongside special guest reader Lori Cayer. Co-presented by Contemporary Verse 2 magazine.

At one moment, a pure abstraction; at the next, an incontrovertible presence of hooves, antlers, and fur. The beating heart of this assured début by Richard Kelly Kemick is the Porcupine caribou herd of the western Arctic. In Caribou Run, Kemick orchestrates a suite of poems both encyclopedic and lyrical, in which the caribou is both metaphor and phenomenon; both text and exegesis. He explores what we share with this creature of blood and bone and what is hidden, alien, and ineffable. Richard Kelly Kemick’s poetry, prose, and criticism have been published in magazines and journals across Canada and the United States. He has won the poetry prizes of both Grain magazine and Echolocation. He lives in Calgary.

A mesmerizing and moving first collection, Model Disciple gives us a poetry of two minds. Confounded by Japanese-Canadian legacies too painful to fully embrace, Michael Prior’s split speakers struggle to understand themselves as they submit to their reinvention. Prior emerges as a poet not of identity, but identities. Invented identities, double identities, provisional identities—his art always bearing witness to a sense of self held long enough to shed at a moment’s notice. Michael Prior’s poems have appeared in publications across North America and the UK and he has received several poetry prizes. Michael currently resides in Ithaca, New York, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell University.

Guest reader Lori Cayer is the author of three volumes of poetry: Stealing Mercury, Attenuations of Force, and Dopamine Blunder. She is a former co-editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She has previously served as the Manitoba rep for the League of Canadian Poets and currently sits as secretary on the League’s National Council.

Elizabeth (Liz) Gillan Muir -- Speaking & Signing

Friday Jun 03 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight (Dundurn Press) and Air Crazy: Fascinating Stories of Canadian Women in the Air (Another Chapter Publishing).

Come and hear stories of how Canadian women broke though the sky blue ceiling when it was a man’s world, first as passengers on planes, than as pilots and stewardesses, and finally as astronauts.

Toronto author Elizabeth (Liz) Gillan Muir will talk about her two new books on women and aviation, Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight, and Air-Crazy: Fascinating Stories of Canadian Women in the Air.

Over the past few years, Liz has written non-fiction for adults and children, with children’s stories published in magazines in Canada, United States, Great Britain and Australia.

Adele M. Wilding & Bert Johnson (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Jun 03 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Winner of the BWA Nina Simone Award 2005 in London, England, British - Canadian jazz vocalist Adele M. Wilding returns to Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery this evening for a set of originals and standards. Adele's finely crafted originals will include selections from her EP, Sketches On Blue.

Joining Adele will be Winnipeg jazz pianist Bert Johnson.

Bert Johnson has been an active pianist in Canada for the past decade. Some performances include the Winnipeg Jazz Fest, club shows in Montreal, as well as a tour with indie band Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers. Bert is both a performer and educator having completed a Masters of Music through the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Education through McGill University.

Rosemarie Todaschuk Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 04 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Agassiz Chamber Music Festival Roundtable

Sunday Jun 05 2016 2:30 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Join long-time radio host and producer Andrea Ratuski for a Roundtable Discussion with two of the Festival’s artists. A member of the piano faculty at New York’s Mannes College and the music faculty at Vassar College, Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist and chamber musician and is a frequent collaborator with the renowned instrumentalists Midori and Colin Carr. Patricia Evans has been principal horn and a frequent soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony since 2002 and during that time has also been invited to play with some of the top orchestras in North America, including the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

The 2016 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival will take place June 4th to 10th in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg. It will feature a host of masterworks of chamber music, ranging from the 1700s to today, presented by the finest Canadian and International musicians including David Jalbert, Thomas Sauer, Madeline Hildebrand, Carmit Zori, Yosuke Kawasaki, Karl Stobbe, Kerry DuWors, Louise Williams, Dan Scholz, Paul Marleyn, Yuri Hooker, Leana Rutt, Meredith Johnson and Patricia Evans. The festival will highlight favourite works by celebrated composers Mozart and Eric Satie. More information is available online.

Joseph J. Gajdosik -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 07 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of To Be the Floral Emblem: Provincial and Territorial Flowers in Poetry.

This is a commemorative booklet celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary, 1867-2017, poetically expressed through the personalities of Canada's thirteen floral emblems. The cross country journey begins with British Columbia's Pacific Dogwood, moving eastward and stepping northward to include the northern territories, ending in Prince Edward Island, the birthplace of the Canadian celebration. Each flower is different, each poem is different, and each region has distinction. Flower blossoms are revealed in detail, and also shown in their natural environment. The Native peoples, as first responders to these lands, are recognized throughout. "Bits of History" accompany each floral poem, and collectively highlight some of the historical moments of Canada.

Joseph J Gajdosik immigrated to Canada as a child with his parents from Czechoslovakia in 1937. Initially settling in rural Manitoba, they moved to Winnipeg where Joseph completed High School, attended St Paul's College, and graduated from the University of Manitoba. He was employed by the St Boniface School Division, where he taught Biology and other subjects at Windsor Park Collegiate. Upon retirement, he ran his own home improvement business for several years. Other activities now include gardening, writing and spending time with family and grandchildren.

Talking to Children About Weight Concerns

Wednesday Jun 08 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Dietitians of Canada Public Lecture & Discussion

Join local registered dietitians Ann McConkey and Amanda Nash as well as Maria Ricupero from Ontario to discuss how our actions as caregivers and as a society impact the health of our children. Controversial issues such as marketing to children, taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages, body image and bullying will be discussed. Panelists will engage in a robust conversation and invite observations and questions from you, the audience. Gain perspective from dietitians working in the field, supporting families and gather insight from the latest research.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Dietitians of Canada National Conference. Seating is limited. There is no cost, but registration is encouraged in order to manage participant numbers. You can register online here. For more information, contact the Dietitians of Canada here.

**Cancelled** Isabel Bayrakdarian -- Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat

Wednesday Jun 08 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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This event has been cancelled.

Prairie Fire magazine -- Spring Issue Launch

Thursday Jun 09 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Suffrage 100: Reflections on Manitoba Women Getting the Vote, the spring issue of Prairie Fire magazine.

Please join us for the launch of Prairie Fire's spring issue (37,1), featuring new work by Sylvia Legris, Margaret Sweatman and Jan Zwicky. This issue includes a special section called Suffrage 100, Reflections on Manitoba Women Getting the Vote.

The following contributors to Suffrage 100 will read at the launch: Arlea Ashcroft, Donna Besel, Melanie Brannagan Frederiksen, Kirsty Cameron, Dora Dueck, Ariel Gordon, Sarah Klassen, Deborah Schnitzer, Sue Sorensen, Jennifer Still and Chimwemwe Undi.

After the readings we'll have coffee and cake.

Cy Gonick (Ed.) -- Book Launch

Friday Jun 10 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Canada Since 1960: A People’s History (James Lorimer and Company).

When Winnipeg’s Cy Gonick started the magazine Canadian Dimension in 1963 to provide a home for the thinking and analysis of mostly young leftists engaged in Canadian economic, social, cultural, artistic and political issues, he had no grand plan. But Canadian Dimension was welcomed by intellectuals, scholars and students, and it proved enduring. Hundreds of Canada’s leading figures of the left have contributed to its pages over the years, writing about every major topic in Canadian public life.

This book offers an account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the sixties until today, as seen and interpreted by scholars and writers on the pages of Dimension. Readers who know the magazine will find this book a compelling summary of how Canada changed in the past five decades, and how the Left saw those changes and challenged them. Readers who discover Canadian Dimension through this book will find a multitude of compelling voices who challenge the dominant neoliberal thinking of mainstream Canadian intellectual life.

The twenty-seven contributors, from every part of the country are Greg Albo, Brenda Austin Smith, Chris Bailey, Evan Bowness, Mordecai Briemburg, Elizabeth Comack, Angela Day, Bryan Evans, Alvin Finkel, Peter Graefe, Judy Haiven, Larry Haiven, Trevor Harrison, Henry Heller, David Hugill, Peter Kulchyski, Andrea Levy, James McCorrie, James Naylor, Bryan Palmer, Denis Pilon, Joe Roberts, Stephanie Ross, Arthur Schafer, Frank Tester, John Warnock and Chris Webb.

Editor Cy Gonick is the founding publisher of Canadian Dimension magazine and the author of several books on the Canadian economy. An NDP member of Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly from 1969 to 1973, Gonick was the program coordinator for the Labour and Workplace Studies program at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 2001. He lives in Winnipeg.

Murray Harvey -- Book Launch

Friday Jun 10 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of From This Valley.

From this Valley is a historical adventure novel set in the Canadian West in the 1800s. The year is 1876, and Trooper Ryan Price Meade is a deserter from the US Army 7th Cavalry Regiment who strikes north, fleeing the Montana Territory just as Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer closes in on Little Bighorn. A deeply troubled young man, Meade finds himself in Canada’s Northwest Territory, only to be confronted with all he has lost and come face to face with a ghost from the past—one that will alter the course of the rest of his life.

Murray Harvey is an amateur historian, author, and poet. He currently lives in The Pas, one of Northern Manitoba’s oldest settlements. This is his first novel.

Mike Swickis (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Jun 10 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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