Arts briefs

Jazz @ the Fort Garry

The Fort Garry Hotel has a new guest checking in this Sunday, March 5: jazz. At 7 p.m. in the lower-level club suite, award-winning vocalist Jennifer Hanson will perform a repertoire of ballads and standards. The show is part of a new series presented by Jazz Winnipeg – and more are to come. Tickets are $18 in advance and can be purchased at

Freeze Frame returns

The filmmakers of the future will convene at the Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages. From March 5 to 12, participants will be immersed in animation, video-production and media-literacy workshops, complete with a video contest made and judged by youth. Tickets and passes to the film screenings can be purchased via

Writing on joy

This year, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes the coming season with optimism. The chosen theme for the annual Writes of Spring contest is JOY. From now until March 22, writers can submit up to five poems for a chance to be one of 12 poets featured in the Winnipeg Free Press. Selected poets will receive a $75 honorarium for their work. Submit your best work here:

Lizzy Hoyt x MCO

On Thursday, March 2, enjoy an evening with mezzo-soprano and Celtic songwriter extraordinaire Lizzy Hoyt. The concert, accompanied by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Ave.). Adult tickets are $36 – but if you’re under 30, they’re only $15. Purchase them at

Nickybaby releases debut EP

Nicholas Goszer picked up a guitar in his early 20s and never put it down. Now going under the pseudonym Nickybaby, he released his debut, self-titled EP on Feb. 24. Produced by J. Riley Hill of No Fun Club, the album features a fine roster of local musicians on various instruments. Listen to it on Bandcamp at or on major streaming services.

Apply to Plug-In ICA’s summer institute

The application portal for the Plug-In Institute for Contemporary Art has officially opened. Each year, the program welcomes artists from around the world to create, participate in and share ideas. This year’s institute, running from Aug. 7 to 19, will be led by artist Maggie Groat and curator Crystal Mowry. The deadline to apply is March 16. Apply at

Published in Volume 77, Number 20 of The Uniter (March 2, 2023)

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