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Paula Hurwitz -- Book Launch

Thursday Mar 26 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Emiliano's Discovery.

When Emiliano Edelman’s life is shattered by a terrorist’s bomb that destroys Buenos Aires’ Jewish community centre it sparks his desire to leave Argentina for Canada. When Emiliano announces his plan to his family, his grandfather recalls that his grandmother immigrated from Europe to Canada. Emiliano travels to Winnipeg armed with only two Yiddish names and dogged determination, but he ultimately finds his relatives in the least likely place.

Paula Hurwitz is a lawyer, born and raised in Winnipeg’s tight-knit Jewish community. In between freelance legal research and writing projects, she blogs about the books she reads, and has written short stories. Paula currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. Emiliano’s Discovery is her first novel.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Preview

Thursday Mar 26 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restuarant, Winnipeg

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An evening of comedy while you dine and an exclusive preview of one of North America's funniest festivals. Call 204-975-2659 to reserve your table.

Host Al Rae was co-creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, for which he received a Gemini Award and the Prix Roma Screenwriting Prize (Italy). He is also the creator and writer of the CBC Radio hit Monsoon House with Russell Peters, and is currently the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He has performed at Just For Laughs three times and in 2000, was the National Champion of the JFL Homegrown Comedy Competition.

Bucko is a comedic duo featuring real life couple Aaron Merke and Lauren Cochrane. This acting/writing/improvising team are known for their eclectic characters, bizarre relationships and unique settings. Together, they perform regularly in shows and festivals around North America. In 2012, they formed a production company called Royal Awesome Society.

Caitlin Curtis is Manitoba’s very own improv gem! She is the Artistic Director of the Canadian Theatre of Improvisation and is heavily involved in the training of high school improv armies. She has performed improv all across Canada as well as the United States and Europe.

Mike Green has been quietly building a reputation for the past 5 years by working with some of the top comedic acts in North America as well as freelance work with the CBC.

Stephen Sim is one half of the internationally renowned improv comedy duo CRUMBS, the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival, and has been performing and leading master classes in improvisation all over the world for well over a decade.

Comic by night, mild mannered optometrist by day, Winnipeg’s Dr. Rachel Sommer has been trying to spread both laughter and moderately improved eyesight around Manitoba. Her quick wit, sarcasm, and the ability to hog the spotlight have wowed audiences at her family gatherings for three straight decades.

A Celebration of Guttormur J. Guttormsson's Ten Plays-Tíu leikrit

Friday Mar 27 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Celebratory launch of Ten Plays-Tíu leikrit (Kind Publishing).

Guttormur J. Guttormsson (1878-1966) was born at Víðivellir, a farm near Riverton in New Iceland, Manitoba. Despite the fact that he was born and lived his entire life in Canada, he wrote only in Icelandic. His collection of ten plays, Tíu leikrit, was originally published in 1930. This is the first reprinting of the original publication, and the first publication of an English translation.

Perhaps this is the right time to introduce to the English speaking world a playwright who taught himself to navigate the deep and murky waters of modernity, and whose plays are reminiscent of the works by some of the world’s better known modern playwrights.

We’ll be joined by a number of contributors and enthusiasts to celebrate Guttormosson’s life and legacy this evening:

Birna Bjarnadóttir holds the position of the Chair of Icelandic at the University of Manitoba and is Kind Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief.

Peter John Buchan is the Icelandic Language Instructor at the University of Manitoba and a musician. He will be accompanied by a piano player this evening and sing at the close of the event.

Christopher Crocker holds an MA degree in Icelandic language and literature from the University of Manitoba (2011) and is currently pursuing a PhD in medieval Icelandic literature at the University of Iceland. He was born in Newfoundland.

Hjálmar Hannesson currently serves as Icelandic Consul General for Manitoba.

Guy Maddin is a Winnipeg-born award-winning screen-writer, director, author, installation artist, cinematographer and film editor. His most recent film is The Forbidden Room.

Elin Thordarson, a native of Winnipeg, is a graduate of the Department of Icelandic Language & Literature’s Master Program at the University of Manitoba.

Free Korean Movie Night

Friday Mar 27 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Showing Steal My Heart: Catch Me (Kaechimi) with English Subtitles.

Hot-shot police detective Lee (Joo Won) is out to get a hit-and-run driver. He discovers the driver is his long lost girlfriend from ten years ago (Kim Ah Joong). As her crime-record accumulates he tries to protect her.

This free screening presented by The Korea Times in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, The English Language Centre at the University of Manitoba, Sun Life Financial and the Korea Foundation. Doors open at 6:50 pm - all are welcome!

For inquiries, contact The Korea Times at 204-663-5051 or via e-mail at tkoreatimes@gmail.com. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Trulli Early Music Ensemble (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Mar 27 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Classical/Baroque

Please note that Nadia Douglas' originally scheduled performance has been moved to Saturday April 4. More information is here.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Mar 28 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Jazz

Sean Trinder -- Book Launch

Sunday Mar 29 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Guy Who Pumps Your Gas Hates You (NeWest Press).

“No one should ever work at a gas station long enough to get good at it,” observes Brendan, the narrator of the debut novel from Sean Trinder.

Brendan is 20. He’s been pumping gas for three years, working the evening shift at the CountryGas station in Winnipeg. He’s gotten good at it. Which is sad. And Brendan knows that unless something happens fast, he’ll be stuck in this rut forever, inhaling gas fumes and quietly seething at the idiot customers endlessly parading past him. Will the writing course he’s signed up for at the local university—and the older woman he meets there—be enough to get Brendan’s life back on track?

Sean Trinder grew up in a small town called Oakbank, located just outside of his current home of Winnipeg. A graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program, he has worked as a news cameraman, an electrician’s apprentice, and, yes, a gas station attendant.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Mar 31 2015 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 March 2015 is Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner), the “beautiful, stunningly ambitious” instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.mb.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.

Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival -- Composer Panel Discussion

Tuesday Mar 31 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival (March 27-April 3, 2015) is pleased to present an illuminating, insightful and inspiring Composer Panel as part of McNally Robinson’s Meet the Composer series.

Guest composers Myriam Bleau, Gabriel Dharmoo, Fjóla Evans, Fredrik Gran and Tamara Yadao will discuss their work, collaborative performance, new music and the integration of other disciplines, among other topics. The evening will be hosted by composer Eliot Britton.

Cluster is Winnipeg’s most dynamic take on contemporary sound and art. It is a platform for artists — emerging and established, local and international — to create, to collaborate and to experiment. Now in its sixth year, Cluster continues to innovate unapologetically while retaining the same high integrity that made the first year successful.

**POSTPONED** K.I. Press -- Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 01 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The launch of Exquisite Monsters (Turnstone Press) by K.I. Press has been postponed. The book will now be launched on Thursday May 7. For more information, click here.

***CANCELLED*** Songwriters' Open Mic

Wednesday Apr 01 2015 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Please note that this event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please call Prairie Ink Restaurant at 204-975-2659.

Carrie Saxifrage -- Speaking & Signing

Saturday Apr 04 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift (New Society Publishers.

The Big Swim puts forward the idea that personal growth arises from facing both inner tensions and threats to the biosphere. In this collection of stories author Carrie Saxifrage seeks out the places where science meets self-discovery, encouraging possibilities for greater personal satisfaction with lower environmental impacts. While exploring significant topics, such as sustainable forestry, nature-centered philosophy or First Nations culture, the author discovers that the greatest adventure is learning to align how she lives with what she loves. By turning her own despair into action she paves the way for us all to discover the many tools we have at hand to meet the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.

Carrie Saxifrage is a journalist and author whose work on First Nations responses to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline has garnered significant critical acclaim. Her research and analytic skills were honed as an environmental lawyer in the US. Now she writes for the Vancouver Observer and homesteads on a remote BC island. Carrie's pursuit of adventure and love of nature has taken her up mountains like the Matterhorn and Chimborazo. In 2006 she committed herself to the most life-affirming adventure yet: a low carbon lifestyle.

Nadia Douglas (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 04 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Jazz/American Standards

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Please note that tonight's originally scheduled performance by The Trulli Early Music Ensemble was rescheduled to Friday March 27. More information can be found here.

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre -- Book Launch

Tuesday Apr 07 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of three new publications.

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is proud to release Treaty Tales: The Handshake and the Pipe and Grassroots Anthology, Volume 1 & 2, under its new publishing initiative. With an emphasis on Indigenous culture and history, these exciting works will educate and entertain.

The Handshake and the Pipe is a beautiful children’s book and the first installment of Treaty Tales, an original trilogy about the treaties in Canada.

The Grassroots Anthology series, meanwhile, boasts a collection of works from up & coming and established Indigenous artists, including Governor General Award winning Katherena Vermette and Manitoba Book Award winner Penny M. Thomas.

Pictured is Betty Lynxleg, author of The Handshake and the Pipe.

Café Politique

Wednesday Apr 08 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The Café Politiques series brings national policy and political issues to the community in an accessible format, as part of the Citizen Series of the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research (MIPR).

Each Café Politique event examines a current and hard hitting public policy issue facing Manitoba, Western Canada or Canada. The moderator and panelists situate and discuss the topic, followed by an engaging discussion with the audience. The events are free to the general public and refreshments are provided.

The topic for this month’s Café Politique will be announced in the upcoming weeks. To find out more, visit www.mipr.ca.

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