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Our Vibrant Community: Winnipeg, July & August 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4:44pm

Nothing is more important to us than the communities we are a part of, and, much like our own stores, the artistic, cultural and charitable communities of Winnipeg have all had to reimagine themselves over the past few months to protect the health and wellbeing of their audiences, staff, volunteers, friends, and neighbours.

These groups are still committed to bringing you as much engagement as they can from a safe distance, and after the jump you will find all of the ways to stay connected in Winnipeg during these difficult times...

Artist Talk by Kandis Friesen // Plug In ICA

August 18. Plug In ICA is excited to invite you to join us on Tuesday at 6pm CT for May There Always Be Sunshine (The Wind And The Void) an artist talk by Kandis Friesen! Friesen will speak about construction and collage, installation, virtuality, and diaspora. Following the talk there will be a Q+A moderated by Plug In’s Curator, Nasrin Himada. Visit for more details!


Shakespearean Comedy Masterclass: Variety & Surprise // Shakespeare in the Ruins

August 25 and 26. With award-winning actor, director, improviser and comedian Ron Pederson. Ron will lead 12 lucky participants in a practical online exploration, working on scenes and monologues from some of Shakespeare’s funniest (and trickiest) plays, and breaking down the structure and tools of the text – all while having the most fun time! Click here for more information and to register! 


WSO @ HOME Friday Matinee Recitals // The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Since they are unable to perform for you on the stage of the Centennial Concert Hall, the WSO is starting their popular Friday Matinee Recital Series early and presenting these mini-concerts from their homes. Every second Friday, order in from your favourite local restaurant or make your own lunch and settle in for some wonderful music! Coming up on September 11, the WSO Brass Quintet . . . Get all the latest details and watch past recitals here.


Harvest at Home // FortWhyte Alive

September 17. Mark autumn on the prairies with great fare and friends from afar. We welcome you to join us at the 7th Annual Harvest Supper, this year’s “Harvest at Home.” Each guest will receive a local meal kit filled to the brim with fresh goods grown with care at FortWhyte Farms. You’ll have everything you need, along with a couple of fun surprises, to make a gourmet farm-to-table meal in your own kitchen. Relax, sit down, and enjoy your meal, our Harvest at Home livestream video program and an exclusive sneak peek at our incredible online auction.


Prairie 500 - A Virtual Cycling/Fitness Event // Habitat for Humanity

Until September 30. A NEW virtual fundraising event, which challenges cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to virtually cross the province of Manitoba while raising money for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba in Winnipeg, across Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. For more details, to register or donate, please visit Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s website


MAWA’s Over the Top Art Auction Fundraiser - Online and in person!

From July to November, MAWA is auctioning 195 incredible artworks with a new art lot unveiled every month. Each lot runs from the first Friday to the last Sunday of the month. Make bids online at or visit MAWA at 611 Main St., Wed. – Sat., noon – 4pm to view the work and bid in person.


Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival has put together a list of plays from past Winnipeg Fringe artists, as well as from potential future participants, for anyone looking for more theatre and more Fringe. For more information, please, visit 


Run to the Hills Choral Arrangement // Camerata Nova

Camerata Nova is currently at work on music video recordings that they cannot wait to share. Their first arrangement is of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills," a song Artistic Director and Composer Andrew Balfour was initially impressed by in the 1980s, and which he returned to during the beginning of the virus lockdown. Read more and watch the video here.


Come Home to the WAG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is now open to the public with new protocols in place to keep staff and visitors safe. With plenty of space to spread out, the WAG offers a unique opportunity for community members to find inspiration during this challenging time. Explore the incredible exhibitions on now, including the newly opened Into the Light: Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald. Engage with the community with special all-ages programming that blends in-person visitation with at-home activities. To learn more visit


Plug In ICA - Open By Appointment!

Plug In ICA is excited to announce that we reopened to the public on June 10 by appointment only with the presentation of two solo exhibitions: The Modernist by Catherine Opie and The Cedar, The Birch, Our Hands At Full-Mast, Behind The After by Kandis Friesen. Please visit for more details!


The Shakespeare Clinic // Shakespeare in the Ruins

Book a live-video coaching session with Artistic Director Rodrigo Beilfuss. Whether you are a beginner to Shakespeare, a student, an emerging artist working on an audition piece, or a seasoned professional actor craving connection, this is your chance to explore language and collaborate no matter where you are in the world. To learn more visit


Cinematheque at Home // Winnipeg Film Group

With the continued closure of movie theatres due to the COVID-19 emergency, Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque has been offering a new virtual streaming option so you can enjoy watching movies from the comfort of your home. Cinematheque at Home is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic. New films are added each week, sometimes in conjunction with livestreamed filmmaker Q & A’s and panel discussions on Facebook Live. For more info and a full lineup of films, head over to:


Backstage in the Peg // Winnipeg’s Newest Online Arts Magazine

By celebrating the incredible artists, arts organizations and local heroes of Winnipeg, this digital series is a great way for audiences to stay connected to the theatre. Each episode blends news magazine stories, performance segments and profiles of artists, public figures and arts lovers.


INHALE/EXHALE: 90 Seconds to Breathe // Prairie Theatre Exchange

For five weeks in April and May, PTE launched 10 videos combining the music of Deanna H. Choi and the photography of Hazel Venzon featuring our isolated Winnipeg as their subject. Take a breath, have a listen, and imagine.


Daily Dose of Play // Manitoba Children’s Museum

For kids! These free daily inspirations, educational resources and interactive activities help you spark creative learning at home. Find them on the Children’s Museum’s blog and social media channels.


MCO At Home // Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

MCO Music Director Anne Manson and MCO musicians feature in this growing music hub! Hear archival recordings of classic MCO concerts, find playlists curated by MCO musicians, read Chamber Chatter articles, and explore the new content weekly!


Writing Rants and Ramblings // Manitoba Writers Guild

Free virtual sessions where all writers are encouraged to join us to vent about the writing process, talk about their successes, or discuss anything writing-related. Bring your own tea or coffee while you enjoy the camaraderie of our vibrant writing community in the safety and comfort of your own home. Simply email the MWG ([email protected]) to receive meeting links and information. To learn more visit

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