The Winnipeg Improv Festival returns from Oct. 20 to 23 after a brief hiatus. The 21st edition of the festival will bring local acts, as well as two performers from the United Kingdom, together at the Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Ave.). Visit winnipegimprov.com to view the full program and reserve tickets.
Hone your craft
From Oct. 27 to 30, local artists of various media can register for the Manitoba Arts Network’s coveted professional-development conference. The Manitoba Showcase 2022 promises four days of workshops, performances and networking opportunities for visual and performing artists. Registration costs $225 for members and $275 for non-members and includes four meals. Register today at bit.ly/3EM221Q.
David Myles Trio @ The Park
New Brunswick-based singer-songwriter David Myles will take the stage at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) on Monday, Oct. 24. Myles, a folk-jazz writer by trade, recently released his 15th studio album, It’s Only a Little Loneliness, which promises a tracklist of deeply introspective tunes. Snag tickets before they’re gone at bit.ly/3TtOH2f.
Hosted by Jared Story, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival will make a humorous return with a slate of six top Winnipeg comedians. Benji Rothman, J.D. Renaud, Kristen Einarson, Troy Toderian, Alec Vandersteen and Rajat Bhateja will perform live sets at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) on Oct. 27. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 on Eventbrite or $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for happy hour, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Célébrer le cinéma français
Cinémental, Winnipeg’s annual French-language film festival, will screen a program of local, national and international French films at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.). The festival runs from Oct. 21 to 23, then again from Oct. 28 to 30. Lapsed highschool French class grads can rest assured knowing that most films offer English subtitles. Check out the full program and reserve seats at bit.ly/3TteAiG.
Local writers shortlisted for prestigious award
Earlier this month, two Manitoba authors – Rowan McCandless and Doris George – were among the shortlisted finalists for the 2022 Governor General Literary Awards. McCandless’ book, Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments, was nominated in the nonfiction section, and kā-āciwīkicik / The Move, co-authored by George, was shortlisted for the Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books category. The winners of each prize category will be announced on Nov. 16.
Published in Volume 77, Number 06 of The Uniter (October 20, 2022)