Arts briefs

Hého, let’s go!

Grab your ceinture fléchée! Festival du Voyageur starts this weekend. Running from Feb. 17 to 26, the festival promises almost two weeks of musical performances, jigging contests and live-action lessons on Franco-Manitoban history and culture. Visit for the full festival program and to reserve your tickets.

An afternoon brew-ski

Crack open a cold one after skiing with friends this Saturday – and every Saturday – until the snow melts. Hosted by Winnipeg Trails, the afternoon begins with a ski along the Seine River, followed by a brewery tour at Kilter Brewing Co. The next ski and brewery tour takes place on Feb. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased via

Taking care of business

Hone your grant-writing skills and learn from arts professionals at Creative Manitoba’s Urban Art Biz workshops. In partnership with Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, the program brings together representatives from the Canada Council of the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council to share industry knowledge. The online workshop takes place on Feb. 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. over Zoom. Register here:

Writing on Western Canadian art

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, join Senator Patricia Bovey and host Shawna Dempsey in the McNally Robinson Grant Park Atrium for the launch of Bovey’s book Western Voices in Canadian Art. Featuring more than 260 works, the comprehensive survey of Western Canadian art and artists highlights how the region shaped the trajectory of Canadian art. The event takes place online as a YouTube stream and in person at 7 p.m.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers @ PTE

Catch the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s latest production before the curtain closes on Feb. 19. Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers chronicles the journey of Slimm, a 17-year-old Black boy, in the afterlife. Tickets to the play, described as “a protest for all Black life beyond headlines and hashtags, a prayer for all families left behind,” can be purchased online via

STAGES Speaker Series: Ekene Emeka-Maduka

As a follow-up to the Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art’s summer programming, artist Ekene Emeka-Maduka will conduct an artist talk on Friday, Feb. 17. Taking inspiration from her home country, Nigeria, Emeka-Maduka’s work “studies the relationship between self-identification and communal identity.” The talk starts at 6 p.m. at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony St.) in room 0T10.

Published in Volume 77, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 16, 2023)

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