Cheap dates for cheapskates: Volume Two

Five events to attend for next to nothing

Twist Cone take over Vietnamese Paradise on Saturday, March 9. Supplied
Twist Cone take over Vietnamese Paradise on Saturday, March 9. Supplied

Having received many positive reviews from broke friends and readers about the first installment of “Cheap dates for cheapskates,” published in the Jan. 10 issue of The Uniter, it seemed about time for a follow-up article - this one a little more suited to springtime.

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s just about spring in Winnipeg, meaning the city’s slush-to-snow ratio has increased drastically within recent memory.

As our collective retreat from hibernation approaches, so do a slew of new and cheap date possibilities.

Yes, it’s finally that time of year again when it becomes socially acceptable to stop pretending you actually enjoy those notorious ice-skating dates on the River Trail.

Instead, try one of these five ideas for a night out on the town, on the cheap.

1. A Night of Original Music at the Folk Exchange
203-211 Bannatyne Ave.

The Manitoba Independent Songwriters Circle presents their monthly open mic showcase Feb. 28 at the Folk Exchange. The event runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to all musicians looking to improve their songwriting skills. Lyrical feedback is provided on the spot to performers. Those pining to hear what’s up and coming on the local music scene are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit

Cost: Free for first-time performers, $2 for non-performers.

2. Datumerrata
11 Martha St.

On display from now until March 2, Datumerrata is the latest exhibit from Martha Street Studio, featuring the works of local artists William Eakin and Craig Love. This first collaborative effort between the two printmakers is made up entirely of the artists’ new work, all of which was created within the last year or especially for this showcase.

For more information and for studio hours, visit

Cost: Free.

3. Comedy Night at the Rose n’ Bee Pub
61 Sherbrook St.

Mike Green hosts an open mic comedy extravaganza every Thursday night at the Rose n’ Bee. Boasting the best in local comedic talent and cheap drinks aplenty, make sure to get there early - securing a seat can be a challenge!

Cost: Free.

4.  Film Screening: Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé’s Business With Water
515 Portage Ave.

Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03, and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association present, Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestlé’s Business With Water. A documentary film exploring the business practices behind the multi-billion dollar bottled water industry, Bottled Life focuses specifically on how Nestlé has cornered this market. The movie screening takes place in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Wednesday, March 6 at 2:30 pm, with a discussion period to follow.

Cost: Free.

5. Twist Cone with New Wave Outlaws
1480 Pembina Hwy.

Check out local garage-rock duo Twist Cone and self-described “grungabilly” band New Wave Outlaws at Vietnamese Paradise on Saturday, March 9. Might as well grab some Vietnamese grub while you’re at it - though you may have to bring your own twist cone.

Cost: $5.

Published in Volume 67, Number 21 of The Uniter (February 28, 2013)

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