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Thursday Oct 23 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Understanding the Outcome: The Winnipeg Civic Election.

Winnipeggers will vote for their municipal representatives on October 22nd. On the day after the election, we ask what were the high and low points during the 2014 Winnipeg Municipal election campaign? Which interest group was the big winner on election night? What have we learned and what do the results mean for the future of Winnipeg? Join our panel of experts for an engaging debrief of the results and implications of the 2014 Winnipeg Municipal Election.

Tonight's featured panelists are Dr. Jino Distasio (Director, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg), Dr. Royce Koop (Political Studies, University of Manitoba), and Mary Agnes Welch (Winnipeg Free Press). The moderator for this evening is Curtis Brown (Vice President, Probe Research Inc.).

The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research is based in the department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. The Institute serves as a hub for academic analysis, public policy discourse, and outreach. By engaging Manitobans and increasing access to policy experts in our community through the Citizen Series, MIPR hopes to enhance the quality of public discourse in the province.

This is a free event, all are welcome. RSVP online here.

Northern Writers w/Clarence Thordarson -- Book Launch

Friday Oct 24 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Goldrock Press’ Northern Writers Volume 5 and Clarence Thordarson’s This ‘n’ That.

From flying cats to talking fish and sneaky ravens, the stories in This ‘n’ That are sure to delight both young and old. And history comes alive as the author recounts daring rescues in the north country by such legendary bush pilots as Garf Monkman and Harry Olafson. Written with humor and generosity, Clarence Thordarson recounts family adventures and community events with a simplicity and warmth which will endear his readers for generations to come.

Clarence Fedor Thordarson grew up on Hecla Island and Selkirk Manitoba; but lived in many places in Manitoba and Saskatchewan while working as a meteorologist for twenty-eight years with Environment Canada. In 1991, Clarence relocated to Norway House Manitoba and commenced working at the Norway House Airport.

Northern Writers: Volume 5 has something to suit every taste with a rich smorgasbord of writing styles and genres all reflecting the wealth of diversity found in the North.

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The Shuckers (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Oct 24 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Michele Genest -- Book Signing

Saturday Oct 25 2014 1:00 am - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North (Harbour Publishing).

Adventurous northern gourmand Michele Genest is back with a new book of recipes and stories celebrating the northern boreal forest. In this cookbook--which focuses on seasonal feasts--Genest explores how various northern cultures, from the Yukon to Scandinavia, use wild and cultivated boreal ingredients like lingonberries, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers, game and fish in their traditional and contemporary feasts and celebrations. The book also doubles as a travelogue of the experiences that inspired each feast. Genest relates eye-opening moments from her recent journey to Sweden, Norway and Finland alongside memorable tales from twenty years of life in the Yukon.

Michele Genest has lived in Whitehorse since 1994, where she moved from her hometown of Toronto in search of winter. Her previous book, the national bestseller The Boreal Gourmet, received silver in Taste Canada’s Food Writing Awards in 2011. Michele’s past experience includes a four-year stint as dining editor of enRoute Magazine, and another as chief dishwasher and fish-gutter in a restaurant on a small Greek island. She writes a regular cooking column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, and her print credits include the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Up Here, Flare and Geist.

An Afternoon with Marie-Louise Gay

Saturday Oct 25 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Reading & signing her new book Any Questions? (Groundwood Books).

Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.

Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere asking to be written.

Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books, including the best-selling Stella and Sam series. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.

An Evening with Max Lucado

Saturday Oct 25 2014 7:00 pm - McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Thomas Nelson).

People pray. New York Times Bestselling Author and Pastor Max Lucado cites in his new book Before Amen that every week, more people will pray than will exercise, go to work, or have sex. But when it comes to praying, many don’t know where to begin. Before Amen, Lucado’s most personal and candid humble book to date, is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency. He admits to his own failures in this area, calling himself a “recovering prayer wimp” and offering specific ways people can experience a heart connection with God through prayer.

Max Lucado is the leading inspirational author in the United States. His writings have been shaped into bestselling books, videos, devotionals, songs, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically released movies. More than 120 million Lucado products have been printed in 54 languages, including 92 million books to date. Lucado’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and ECPA. Lucado has been featured on countless national media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Huckabee, and Fox & Friends. Max and his wife of more than 30 years, Denalyn, call San Antonio, Texas, home. Max has served the people of Oak Hills Church for 25 years. Visit him online.

Don Milne and Brian Paul (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 25 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Brian Paul has been playing keyboards and singing for over thirty years. He has played with Tom Jackson. Ray St. Germaine and Cindi Cain. Brian was one of the "Alley Catz" piano players. He holds a degree in songwriting from Berklee College. He has always enjoyed entertaining people of all ages.

Don Milne has been playing in Winnipeg for over 40 years. He has played at the Hollow Mug in dinner theatre, and in harmony groups on radio, television and on cruise ships. A true entertainer, Don plays guitar and is a fine vocalist.

Brian and Don play a wide variety of music and specialize in jazz standards and classic songs of the 50's. They have appeared at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, McNally Robinson Bookstore, and the prestigious Palm Room of the Hotel Fort Garry.

Boo Brunch

Sunday Oct 26 2014 9:30 am - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Join us for a Boo-tiful brunch!

There will be scary stories, pumpkin carving, Boo-berry Pancakes, and a costume parade.

Ticket price is $17.00 and they must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant in person or by calling 204-975-2659. Tickets go on sale Tuesday September 23.

Donna Simard -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 26 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Shh! It's a Surprise: Michael and Dad at the Zoo (Word Alive Press).

Visit the animals at the zoo with Michael and his Dad. At the zoo they play a special game called Shhh! It's a Surprise. Play along with them and try and guess which animal is Michael's favorite. Could it be an elephant, a monkey, or a zebra? While playing this game, you will find out that all animals are God's special creations, and that you are special too!

Donna Simard thanks God every day for her abundance of blessings. She enjoys being a wife and a mother to twelve wonderful children. She now embraces being a grandmother many times over. She has dedicated her life to her husband and children, and this has given her numerous ideas for children's books. She has previously published a chapter book called Donna's Dozen and a poem called Make Yourself a Home. She is currently working on a book to show the upside to a disability, and a few other children's books. She lives in St. Lazare, Manitoba.

Café Scientifique

Monday Oct 27 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The University of Manitoba Café Scientifique presents “Kidney Disease: The Silent Killer,” an interactive panel discussion for non-researchers (you, me, neighbours, friends). In a relaxed atmosphere, specialists will talk about their work and the questions raised.

One in ten Canadians has kidney disease. Are you at risk? What are the risk factors? How can you prevent or delay chronic kidney disease? Join our expert panel to learn about why the kidney, our body’s filtration system, should be cared for and learn about the latest research on prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease, including kidney transplantation.

Panelists include Dr. Harold Aukema (Professor, Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba), Dr. Allison Dart (Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba), Dr. Julie Ho (Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba), and Dr. Navdeep Tangri (Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba; attending nephrologist, St-Boniface Hospital and Seven Oaks Hospital). The moderator for this evening is Dr. Claudio Rigatto (Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba; attending nephrologist, St-Boniface Hospital and Seven Oaks Hospital).

Please join us for a lively discussion, debate, and refreshments. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: research_communications (at) or 204.474.6689.

Scott Yoo -- Pre-Concert Chat

Monday Oct 27 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra sponsored presentation.

In demand in North America, Europe, and Asia, Scott Yoo is a top young conductor of his generation and has maintained long-standing relationships with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mexico City Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Yoo has worked with eminent artists Sarah Chang, Edgar Meyer, Benita Valente, and Dawn Upshaw.

This evening he will be discussing the MCO's October 28 performance of The Four Sea­sons, prob­ably the best-known piece of music in the clas­sical rep­er­toire. Vivaldi’s set of four violin con­cer­tos will be played, con­duc­ted by Yoo.

Tara Torchia-Wells -- Book Launch

Monday Oct 27 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Compression Garment Diaries: Breast Cancer, An Unexpected Gift.

The Compression Garment Diaries is a collection of blogs written by the author upon learning she has breast cancer. Writing the blogs begins as a convenient mode to keep her friends and family up-to-date with her diagnosis and treatment. The blogs tell a story of all the uncertainties that come with diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survival. Her vulnerability is expressed with humour and strength. What develops is an open and honest exploration into how breast cancer changes her perspective on life.

At 42, Tara Torchia-Wells, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is married and a mother of two boys, ages 12 and 14. Her community of friends is supportive, loving and incredibly loyal. She works and lives in Winnipeg and consciously enjoys each day she is a part of. As she writes in her book, cancer was an unexpected gift that allowed her to change her perspective on life.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Oct 28 2014 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 October 2014 is William Kuhn’s Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel, a book that tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its centre.

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

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra -- Nordic Music Roundtable

Tuesday Oct 28 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate and Artistic Operations Associate James Manishen will discuss the great composers from Norway, Denmark and Finland.

This event is free and open to the public. Presented as part of the WSO’s week-long Nordic Festival.

Don Marks -- Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 28 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of Playing the White Man’s Game (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing).

This book tells the extraordinary tales of Native American athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to dominate the NFL, CFL, PGA, Olympic Games, NHL and professional wrestling. Sometimes referred to as the forgotten American, the fascinating stories of these colourful characters will make you recall Native American heroes with wonder and awe, not only for their exploits on the field of play, but for their efforts to preserve and enhance native history, culture and lifestyle with pride and dignity away from the competition.

This new title expands on Don Marks’ enormous success with his first book, They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice. A multi-award-winning film-maker, Don has written and directed over 200 documentaries, television variety specials, music videos and drama/comedies which have won numerous major national and international awards. Don is a sportscaster, a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press, a senior writer with CBC Manitoba online, and Editor of Grassroots News – Manitoba’s oldest and largest indigenous newspaper.

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