Arts briefs

Club Soda’s Game Night

Improv troupe Club Soda is hosting a free live game night through Twitch. The Winnipeg-based group features the improv stylings of Daniel Chen, Justin Fry, Laurie MacDonell, Kevin Remberran, Thomas Toles and Jesse Bergen. They’ve collectively hosted regular improv shows over Facebook Live for the past year. Game Night happens on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at twitch.tv/clubsodaimprov and facebook.com/clubsodaimprov

Mardi Jazz jam sessions

From Feb. 23 to March 30, Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain hosts a virtual jam session. Every Tuesday, CCFM will release a backing track, allowing people to record a video of them “jamming” to the track for submission. CCFM will create a video that incorporates all the submissions. To find out more about how to participate, go to ccfm.mb.ca.

Speaking Crow with Shereen Ramprashad 

Winnipeg’s monthly poetry open mic hosts poet and writer Shereen Ramprashad on March 2. Speaking Crow, co-ordinated by Thin Air, is a long-running event, which (before the COVID-19 pandemic) was hosted at the Millenium Library. Each Speaking Crow begins with an open mic, then a reading by an established poet. Events are now hosted over Zoom, and people attend from all over the world. Attendees are not required to read their poetry, and signup is available on Eventbrite. 

HUNKS Comedy Podcast 

Winnipeg’s popular sketch comedy troupe HUNKS hosts Toronto-based comedian Chris Sandiford on their latest podcast episode, released Feb. 21. HUNKS, whose current roster boasts Rory Fallis, Tim Gray, Matt Nightingale and Dana Smith, hosts their podcast with the support of Safe at Home Manitoba. Each episode features a different guest comedian from Winnipeg and across Canada. It’s available on all major podcast apps. 

SafeAtHome Stories

Local educator and theatre artist Leigh-Anne Kehler hosts eight days of free online storytelling events, funded by Safe At Home Manitoba. From Feb. 20 to 28, Kehler will tell stories about growing up on Twin Pines Farm. Filmmaker Randy Guest will also share movie stories. These live events are available for free on YouTube and will stay up following the live broadcasts. More information is on the Facebook Event page.

Freeze Frame at home

Freeze Frame film festival, the Winnipeg-based event for kids of all ages, runs online from March 7 to 14. This year, audience members can view North American premieres of films from Canada, France, Germany, Mongolia, Czech Republic and more. Festival passes are available for $40, which will allow access to 12 films over the eight-day festival. Tickets to individual screenings are available for $9. To see the full lineup and to purchase tickets and passes, visit freezeframeonline.org.

Published in Volume 75, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 24, 2021)

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