He's worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, The Smothers
Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Andy Williams and
Jack Benny. He even counts Rich Little as a close friend.
Former Winnipegger Allan Blye returns to the city and to his first love, singing, with a concert of Yiddish songs as part of the fifth Mameloshen Festival of Yiddish Culture.
Blye, now 75, says growing up in Winnipeg was a wonderful experience because there was no Internet and no television, so young people were involved in cultural things and sports. He started participating in shows as a singer and actor and sang in the synagogue choir.
"I learned the fundamentals of all those things. It became a terrific gift to me on many levels."
Don't worry, mini-donuts are safe. So are deep-fried pickles, burgers and fries and candy apples. Those favourite midway foods aren't going anywhere. But salads, donairs, noodles, soft tacos, burritos and wraps--all loaded
with fresh vegetables--are also enticing eaters at this year's Red River
The Red River Exhibition runs June 14-23.
Move over, Marvel. A group of teenage girls from Winnipeg has
created a set of trading cards starring a squad of superheroes dubbed
The Craftastics: Agents for Social Change. Their mission? To combat the
everyday evils that lurk in the halls of high school. These young
ladies are part of the Valley Gardens Grrlz Club, a River East
Transcona School Division after-school program.
As the old gourmand saying goes, "if you reduce the fat, you reduce the flavour." This
applies to rich sauces, well-marbled meats, and above all, ice cream,
where a high buttercream content allows the luscious flavours to shine.
"Mine runs about 19 per cent. And usually ice creams here run about 11 per cent," said Lisa Dyck, referring to the buttercream content of her luxurious Cornell Creme hand-crafted ice cream.
From Cambridge, England to Winnipeg, Manitoba is not a commonly
travelled route. Singer Helen White came to the University of Manitoba
for her masters degree in music, and eight years and three children
later, White and her husband call Winnipeg home. White admits it
wasn't easy at first. "Nobody knew me so I had to hustle to get gigs and
I played pretty much everywhere and I still do...I recorded a couple of
albums. I have one of originals, and a new one."
The Jazz Winnipeg Festival runs until June 23. Hear Helen White and friends on Friday June 21 at noon at the Jazz for Lunch series.
When Don Amero was scheduling his latest concert, it was intended to celebrate a successful year. But
then he got a call from Calvin Wood. Wood's daughter, Elena Robertson
Wood, is 10 years old. She was in a coma the first two years of her
life, has had three open heart surgeries, and recently had a stroke.
Underground film is independent, experimental and edgy. The
first-ever Winnipeg Underground Film Festival runs this weekend, and it
feels like a natural fit for a city that produces its fair share of
avant-garde filmmakers. Organized by Open City Cinema, the three-day
fest offers some beautiful, boundary-busting, what-the-hell-was-that
work. (All programs run at Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 ½ Ross St.)
"John K Samson of The Weakerthans was performing with his wife Christine Fellows ... finally Christine walks over to the mike and BOOM booted it, and the sound clicked back in."—Wab Kinew
"I can remember back in the seventies when we produced Marat/Sade the musical in the sculpture court"—Jeff Herd, Executive Director, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
"Every year we come and see my brother's art in the exhibition" —Sarah, Grade 5
"I think that [the WAG's Winnipeg Shows] were powerful contributors to the evolution of the visual arts in Canada"—Don Reichert, artist
"I've been a volunteer at the WAG for 60 years plus. It's my second home"—Shirley Diner, volunteer