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During this pandemic, we’re here for adapting, we’re here for safety, and above all, we’re here for still providing the sort of experiences that locals, Manitobans and visitors have grown to love in Winnipeg – and so are all the excellent events and attractions below.
A brand-new world-class centre
The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has gracefully navigated the pandemic by hosting spacious rooftop events and providing plenty of space for visitors within its galleries to view its magnificent collection.
On top of works spanning the late Renaissance through to the present (many noteworthy pieces of which are on view now as part of Salon Style - Reimaging the Collection), the WAG is home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit Art.
This contemporary Inuit collection will be showcased in grand scale this winter when the $65-million, 40,000 sq. ft. Qaumajuq opens to the public in January. The new Centre will feature works from nearly every community from the North with a particular emphasis on sculpture via a towering, three-storey glass vault that will display hundreds of works from the Collection’s 7,500 carvings.
Should the weather be looking frightful, there’s also plenty to be had indoors that is safe and delightful.
Be sure to check out our vast array of Escape Rooms, along with the Winnipeg original gaming centre Activate Games -- which surely soon will become a world-wide phenomenon. At Activate you and your team star in what is essentially your own 8-bit video game, but instead of using VR you actually physically navigate a series of game rooms, scoring points by doing everything from ducking lasers, to frantically shooting hoops, to navigating a colour-coordinated climbing wall. It’s such addictive fun.
Adults into games will also gravitate to the Rec Room. This new place combines great food and drink with all manner of merriment like axe-throwing, ping-pong, arcades, bowling, VR and more.
For something more cultural, be sure to check out the city’s many galleries and museums.
The Manitoba Museum always provides a trip, both through the history of the region – via dioramas, exhibits, and artifacts, including some really cool creatures from the Cretaceous period – and through space, via Planetarium shows.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights presents the triumphs and tragedies of human rights stories from across the globe, all staged within an awe-inspiring architectural setting that climbs from darkness to light.
The Dalnavert Museum is where it’s at for Victorian-inspired holiday fare. Their Winter Storytelling for Kids runs the first three Sundays in December; throughout the month they will host specialized Victorian Christmas tours; each Friday they will host a Victorian Christmas Dinner with a tour for small groups; and the annual Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will be read by Ron Robinson and available for small onsite audiences along with being offered as a virtual download to rent.
Plus, don’t forget to cash in on the Royal Canadian Mint. It provides an experience that is worth every penny, showing visitors how millions of coins are made for countries across the world. (It also has a gift shop that sets the gold standard for collector’s items.)
The city’s smaller galleries are great too, with some standouts including Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, aceartinc., cre8ery, Graffiti Gallery, Mayberry Fine Art (by appointment only currently) and Platform: Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts.
Winnipeg's festivals, events and performing arts groups have pivoted to provide entertaining options for all to enjoy from the safety and comfort of home.
From February 12-21, Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival is committed to bringing the "joie de vivre" it's known for through a series of virtual concerts and events; French-Canadian meal kits to be enjoyed with a show; virtual versions of classic Festival du Voyageur contests like the pea soup competition, beard growing contest, fiddling contest and jigging contest; a series of educational vignettes on Metis culture; instructional videos showing Manitobans "How to Festival from Home" and more. If public health orders allow, the festival will also feature an emphasis on distanced, cohorted and one-directional outdoor activities, so check back regularly for the latest updates.
Another festival favourite, Folklorama--the world's largest and longest-running multicultural festival--is pleased to present "Folklorama at Home: The Virtual Experience." Kicking off January 15th on YouTube, Folklorama is offering a series of programs (Jan 15, 22, 29 and Feb 5, 19) to deliver favourite aspects of Folklorama into the home as tour guide Tanya takes participants around the world. On top of that. Folklorma is developing 150 activity packages for some of the workshops that match the theme featured, provided by local vendors at no charge. Check Folklorama's website to sign up and for more details.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has “recomposed” its fall-winter season to shine a spotlight on its orchestra and other community musicians through a series of virtual performances. Upcoming concerts include WSO Pops, Mozart & Strauss, the Winnipeg New Music Festival on Jan 23, 26 & 29 and more, just a livestream away.
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