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Helen White Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 25 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Joanne Kelly Book Club

Tuesday Jun 28 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Want to talk books with other book lovers - but without the commitment of a regular book club? Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue their free bookclub open to all readers in Winnipeg.

The choice for June 2016 is Susan Barker's The Incarnations (Touchstone), a “brilliant, mind-expanding and wildly original novel” (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.ca or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

Larry Verstraete -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 28 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Dinosaurs of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life (Turnstone Press) featuring a panel discussion hosted by Terry MacLeod of The Weekend Morning Show on CBC, a three foot fossil display, and the opportunity to win CFDC passes and digs for the whole family. Co-presented by the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC).

Driving across the North American Heartland, surrounded by prairie as far as the eye can see, it is almost impossible to imagine that once this was a huge inland sea. The Western Interior Seaway, which split the entire continent of North America in half, once teemed with predatory creatures - fanged fish and turtles the size of small cars; prowling sharks and giant squid; hungry plesiosaurs and immense crocodiles. At the top of this prehistoric food chain, stretching up to nearly 15 metres (50 feet) and weighing a hefty 50,000 kilograms (50 tonnes), ruled the mighty mosasaur, the T-Rex of the sea. Through a cooperative partnership with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC), home to ‘Bruce’, the world’s largest mosasaur skeleton, author Larry Verstraete and illustrator Julius Csotonyi combine fascinating facts, astonishing discoveries, and the latest paleontological information to bring the ancient marine creatures of the Seaway to vivid life.

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Marlene Plett -- Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 29 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of An Unhurried Journey: The Road from Edenthal.

“I have been writing for many years…have grown up hearing colourful stories remembered in my family. I’ve written accounts of early immigrant experiences in my mother’s family and recorded the account of my dad’s escape and travels from his birthplace, a charmingly scenic village in Crimea, before finally setting in his home in Canada.

“Journaling gradually developed a habit of noticing…characteristics of people, turns of phrase in conversations, and escalating emotions that made occasions noteworthy. It was not so much about having an ‘incredible memory’; it was about having a passion for writing, having a destination in mind and sticking to it.

“This book contains the history of growing up along endlessly straight roads and distant horizons, education in a one room school and later in a Mennonite private institution. Life as a farm wife had its daily routines that became increasingly troubled, punctuated by dramatic events. Ultimately my story is about how, in middle age, these conventions suddenly fell apart, and how I became restored.“ - Marlene Plett.

Nadia Douglas (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jul 02 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz/American Standards

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A "fiery singer whose vocal career has skyrocketed" (Maureen Scurfield, Winnipeg Free Press). With a rich alto voice, Winnipeg based Jazz singer Nadia Douglas infuses the fiery stylings of Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, and more to create adynamic musical treat of upbeat Jazz including Swing and Latin, along with romantic American Standards. With her smokey voice, reminiscent of Julie London, Nadia incorporates some much loved songs fromt he past by such brillant writers as Louis Jordan, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter, to name a few.

ChiSeries Winnipeg

Wednesday Jul 06 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Featuring Matt Cahill and David Neil Lee reading and joined in conversation by Chadwick Ginther and 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.

Part Philip K. Dick, part postmodern mystery, Matt Cahill’s debut novel The Society of Experience (Wolsak & Wynn) is an inventive, fast-paced story of a man’s journey through streets, alleyways and deserted buildings in search of a better tomorrow. It was picked as one of the top must-reads by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Matt has contributed essays to Ryeberg and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Raised in Southern Ontario and Alberta, he lives and works in downtown Toronto, where he has a private practice as a psychotherapist. Check out his website.

David Neil Lee’s young adult novel The Midnight Games (Wolsak & Wynn) is set in gritty, post-industrial Hamilton and blends the rich horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the pace of a modern mystery. David Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. He is the author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field and Commander Zero. David Lee lives in Hamilton with his family.

Amelia Kathryn Barnes -- Book Launch

Friday Jul 08 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Landon’s Legacy: The Power of a Brief Life.

After the sudden and unexplained death of her infant son, Landon, Amelia Barnes is thrown into an intensity of pain beyond her imagining. She turns to journaling and sharing her writing online as a means to process emotions and connect with others enduring similar circumstances. The support and encouragement she finds are tremendous - individuals from all over the world are drawn to read her raw and inspiring account of survival and healing. In the span of less than a year, Amelia’s following on social media grows from 10,000 to over 100,000 persons. Through sharing the poignant details of Landon’s life and death and grief journey that followed for her, Amelia sheds light on the taboo topic of baby loss and offers profound insights that will bring comfort and hope to those experiencing a loss of any kind.

Amelia is a yoga teacher at Moksha Yoga Winnipeg and at the yoga and wellness website oneOeight.tv. Each year she hosts Landon’s Legacy Retreat, a holistic healing yoga retreat for bereaved moms. She is also the creator of PranaVidaStyle.com, a unique line of inspired and Canadian-made yoga apparel. Amelia lives in Winnipeg, Canada with her husband Justin, daughter Lily and their big white mutt Cody.

Grace Hrabi Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Jul 08 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Osamede Arhunmwunde -- Book Launch

Saturday Jul 09 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Why I Should Write a Book: The Smart Entrepreneur’s Secret To Massive Leverage and Growth.

In Why I Should Write a Book, Osamede uncovers the many life-changing, yet little-known benefits of becoming a published author. Step by step, he uses his own personal story to show how writing a book can present entrepreneurs with a whole new world of exciting opportunities.

1 in 5 people – virtually 80% of North Americans – dream of writing a book. But only 1% actually does. Very few people realize there are vast benefits to writing a book aspiring authors have never even considered.

Osamede Arhunmwunde is an international bestselling author, Publishing and Marketing expert.

Osamede is the creative director of Couronne Publishing, a boutique Publishing and Marketing firm that specifically addresses the needs and goals of Entrepreneurs who value creative freedom, visionary flexibility and achieving success as an author.

He specializes in working with business leaders, challenging them to break through to their next level of success, credibility and significance with the most powerful conversion tool in the world - a published book.

Micaylee Rodyniuk Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jul 09 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Using her international background and extensive training to create a unique sound Micaylee is capturing the ears of prominent figures in the jazz industry.

Elaine N. Stern -- Book Launch

Wednesday Jul 13 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Geez Louise! and the Great Detective Agency.

Set in post-World War II Providence, Rhode Island, this book tells the story of twelve-year-old Paige Linder. Paige is a spunky, impulsive dreamer with a fierce sense of devotion who fancies herself a detective. She grows suspicious of her parents’ decision to take in a boarder.

As her Bat Mitzvah approaches, she begins to realize the importance of being a Jew, and the horror the Jewish people of Europe had to endure. She also learns to be true to her convictions and not judge a book by its cover.

Author Elaine Stern was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Her teenage life was filled with tragedy and tribulations, but she went on to live her life with imagination, integrity, and with laughter. She has followed an eclectic career path, recently deciding to add a novel to the list. Elaine treasures her friends and family, counting the birth of her daughter Breanne as her greatest accomplishment.

Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Jul 15 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Mainstream Jazz

Liam & Riley (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jul 16 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz duo featuring bassist Liam Allan and trumpet player

Riley Bartlett.

Paul Edward Plouffe (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Jul 22 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Blues/Funk/Jazz

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Melinda Belleau (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jul 23 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

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"Melinda is an independent Canadian Contemporary Singer-Songwriter whom explores the depth of human emotion and articulates her journey through the medium of song. Performing on tour this summer along with husband, Bryan Belleau, Melinda's new album Porcelain White is big step in her musical career - exploring the challenges of self-identity and enduring the tough experiences that shape us. With the combination of Melinda's powerful voice and soaring soft melodies- this is a performance you won't want to miss!"

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