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Archive for January, 2014

Beat the Winter Blahs

Grab your friends and join Erika and ‘Crabitha’ in the TreeTop Dining Room for the final performance of Nearly Jazz! at Ground Roots Café (located in the Wildwood Club, 761 North Drive). No special reason other than to have some fun and combat cabin fever, while supporting their friend, Chef Jamie Koblanski and his beautiful partner, Audrey, in their new venture of introducing live music to accompany their gastronomical delights.

Friday, January 31 from 8 p.m. onwards

$5 admission
Cash bar with weekly wine feature
Dinner menu and tasty appies
Fantastic company! 😉

Reserve your table by calling Ground Roots Cafe (204) 292-1056

About Nearly Jazz: Some old standards, tunes from the 70’s and 80’s, the occasional movie hit and doing their take on contemporary jazz/pop artists — This is “Nearly Jazz”. This new eclectic group is made up of Sonia Eidse (vocals), Evangeline Keeley (keyboard), Clive Perry (drums) and Gord Keeley (bassist).

About Ground Roots Café: As its name suggests, Ground Roots Cafe started small. Chef Jamie Koblanski opened the outdoor cafe at St. Norbert Arts Centre, then relocated to Wildewood Club when his food’s popularity grew. In this picturesque setting next to the Red River, he cooks breakfast dishes, such as potato pancakes and omelettes, as well as Ukrainian breakfasts with homemade perogies.
Later in the day, the menu turns to burgers and specialty items, including handmade beer-battered onions rings, tempura-battered Manitoba pickerel fingers, and ice-battered water.Try the deep fried macaroni and cheese triangles (when available), evocative of  many a Canadian childhood lunch.

Exhibition: My Monument

Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg is hosting an exhibition and affiliated programming inspired by Winnipeg artist/writer/academic Roewan Crowe’s recently released queer western long poem “Quivering Land”. The exhibition MY MONUMENT (which includes work by Roewan Crowe, Paul Robles, Steven Leyden Cochrane) will run at Gallery 1C03 from March 6 – April 5, 2014. However, in anticipation of and connection with the exhibition, we are launching a call for submissions on feminist and queer oriented bookstores via the website “Ghost Launch”. 

Call for Submissions

Ghost Launch

The past twenty years have seen the near-complete disappearance of feminist- and queer-oriented bookstores in Canada, echoing the broader decline of independent, brick-and-mortar booksellers across North America. Ghost Launch(www.GhostLaunch.ca) is an online project that seeks to remember and reanimate these once-vital nexuses of community and culture.

Produced in conjunction with MY MONUMENT, the forthcoming exhibition at The University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 by cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Roewan Crowe, and Paul Robles, Ghost Launch is conceived of as an unstructured archive and “living monument.” The website will serve as a space to remember and reflect on vanished bookstores and as a platform for the virtual “launch” of works that continue to be made in their absence.                        

Ghost Launch is currently seeking submissions of personal accounts, historical ephemera, writing, and art that record, remember, or respond to feminist and queer bookstores that no longer exist.

Submissions may include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • ·         Written and oral histories, personal recollections, and reflections
  • ·         Photographs taken at now-closed bookstores or bookstore events
  • ·         Ephemera and documents (newspaper clippings, event flyers, handbills, buttons, stickers, etc.)
  • ·         Artwork, poetry, and writing that reflects on or relates to a particular bookstore or to vanished bookstores generally

Ghost Launch welcomes submissions from those who might never have set foot in a feminist/queer bookstore (or even had the chance to). Responses to the absence of such spaces are strongly encouraged, as are fictional or fictionalized accounts and documents.

Submissions may consist of text, images, video or audio files, or links to hosted media (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) and can be uploaded using the online form at http://www.ghostlaunch.ca. Submissions may also be emailed as attachments or file-sharing links to ghostlaunch@gmail.com. Please indicate if you would prefer to have your submission published anonymously. Audio files can only be accepted via email at this time. Electronic submissions only.

Throughout the year, the website will also feature a variety of projects by feminist- and queer-identified artists, writers, performers, and activists. If you have a work (a book, zine, chapbook, play, performance, visual art, etc.) to “launch,” please contact Ghost Launch.

Deadline for submissions: March 6, 2014. 

The production of Ghost Launch is made possible thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council and with support from Gallery 1C03 and the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Winnipeg.


Second Annual Diversity Dinner and Art Auction

It’s almost time for the second annual Diversity Dinner and Art Auction! This is the major fundraising project of the Rainbow Harmony Project. The event will be held on February 22 from 6:30 p.m.

This year the dinner will be expertly prepared by students at the Red River College’s Culinary Arts School. A gourmet vegetarian option will be available as well. Dessert will be provided by Chocolate Zen Bakery. Wine will be included in the admission price. As well, a variety of entertainers will make the evening more enjoyable. Works by many local artists will be auctioned. Please bring cash or cheques.

Tickets will be $100 of which, $70 will qualify for an income tax receipt.

Details at http://www.rainbowharmonyproject.ca

A Night at the Movies

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Location: Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
Mohawk Midnight Runners, ?E?ANX The Cave, Buffalo Calling, More
Questions Than Ancestors, and a few surprises…
Zoe Hopkins, Tasha Hubbard, Janine Windolph, Helen Haig-Brown

If you’re interested in attending with others, please email: praxis2121@gmail.com

Coming soon to the WAG … Off the Beaten Path

Featuring the work of 30 international artists,Off the Beaten Path brings awareness of the root causes of violence against women and aims to create empathy for women’s stories.

Check out the long list of associated activities at the WAG site:


Mary Gauthier in Winnipeg

Mary Gauthier will be playing the Park Theatre on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. Joining her will be Winnipeg’s own Scott Nolan and Joanna Miller. Tickets are $20 and available at Ticketmaster (see link at the right side).Image

Park Theatre: http://www.parktheatervideo.com/event-calendar/winnipeg-folk-festival-presents-mary-gauthier/

Winnipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Singer-songwriter-Mary-Gauthier-playing-Park-Theatre-July-22-215259781.html

If you’re open to others from L*ACE joining you, just email praxis2121@gmail.com (PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED EMAIL ADDRESS)

Chekhov this weekend

Saturday, January 25th

– Aristocrats  at 7:00 p.m.
– Black Hole Theatre Company at Gas Station Arts Centre │ 445 River Avenue (at Osborne)
– Tickets $15 (Box office opens 45 minutes before showtime)
– Option of dinner beforehand in Osborne Village (5:00 p.m.)

Chandra Mayor

The U of W Carol Shields Writer in Residence, Chandra Mayor, is doing an inaugural reading in room 2M70 at the U of W on January 23, 2014.

Here’s some info about her first book: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=3934.

Advance Notice for March: Sarasvati Productions


March 7 & 8 at 8pm  Colin Jackson Studio Theatre (at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor Portage Place)
Tickets $10

We will again be producing and taking to the community our cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Rise Up, which means that stories will focus on young women, the next generation of subversion, new forms of advocacy and ways women tackle adversity! The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights, performed by a talented local cast. It gives voice to women of all backgrounds and covers topics from the hilarious to the inspiring.

Details at http://sarasvati.ca/season/iww-rise-up/

Girls Just Wanna Rock!

JANUARY 12!! Mark your new 2014 calendars. The Annual Girls Just Wanna Rock coffee house will be at the the Nor Villa Hotel. Starts at 1:00 pm and goes until 5:00 pm. Local musicians Electric Vamp, Face to the Sky, Lesbian Potluck, Mararite, Lori McCarville. Buffet served starting at 7:00 am – 2:00 pm.