Arts briefs

Gimli Film Fest announces new festival manager

The Gimli Film Festival announced on Wednesday, Jan. 6 that Alan Wong is the fest’s new manager for 2021. Wong will work alongside festival director Aaron Zeghers. Wong’s background of experience includes work in the film industry and arts administration, including serving as secretary of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba and the vice-president of ACTRA Manitoba.

Papa Mambo Trio live-streamed concert

For fans of the Cuban-born genre of dance music, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host a live-streamed concert by Winnipeg’s Papa Mambo Trio. The veteran group has been making mambo music since 1989 under the leadership of Chilean-born classical guitarist Rodrigo Muñoz. Muñoz, vocalist Amber Epp and guitarist Victor Hugo will perform the live-streamed concert on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Virtual artist talk with Jill Ho-You

Martha Street Studio will host a virtual artist talk with Jill Ho-You about her exhibition Inversion. Inversion “engages with the anxiety, fear and speculation about the future of the planet by imaging the world if the Anthropocene reaches its predicted negative climax of uninhabitable climate change.” The free virtual artist talk will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. ASL interpretation is available upon request. For more information, visit

WCD presents Begin Again

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers will host online presentations of Begin Again, a new work by choreographer Jera Wolfe, from Jan. 22 to 31. The show features a cast of local dancers including Carol-Ann Bohrn, Allison Brooks, Mark Dela Cruz and Kira Hofmann, as well as lighting design by Hugh Conacher. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

Arts workshops from Sick + Twisted

Local theatre company Sick + Twisted, which creates “work exploring the experience of living with a disability,” is hosting a Winter Workshop Series with some seriously impressive instructors. The workshops include songwriting with John K Samson, rap with Nestor Wynrush, playwriting with Trish Cooper and standup comedy with Lara Rae. For more information on these free workshops, visit

Published in Volume 75, Number 13 of The Uniter (January 7, 2021)

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