Hands down the return of the Jets felt like a
game-changer for Winnipeg, whether you are a sports fan or not.
The former Atlanta Thrashers have been adopted by this city with what
could be described as cult-ish love -- which is only fitting for a die
hard hockey town that has been missing the NHL for 15 years.
Manitoba Opera CEO Larry Desrochers summed it up well. "Any great city
needs a combination of things. We need arts; we need culture; we need
sports; we need architecture; we need great public spaces. And Winnipeg
should have all of that as well."
SCENE, your local guide to arts and culture, has been on the beat since the news came in, to bring you that cultural twist on the game.
With just one game left against Tampa, we bring you a look
back at our own arts-style Jets coverage.
1. Which Manitoba singer should sing the anthems for Winnipeg's new NHL team?
Kind of a cheat here, as the team didn't even have a name yet.
Stacy Nattrass not only won the poll, she went on to become the official Jets' anthem singer
(we'll only take partial credit). She now has 15 thousand back-up singers on a regular basis, who can top that?
2. Lots of other Winnipeg musicians caught the spirit
. Jets player Jim Slater tried stick handling with a conductor's baton
Slater's french horn playing wasn't pitch-perfect, but he was game on the baton in front of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.Camerata Nova's Andrew Balfour event wrote a chant for the Winnipeg Jets
The choral singing of Camerata Nova on the topic of the Winnipeg Jets is an unlikely combos that just works. Plus, they pull the obscure Pokey
Reddick reference, well done.
And in the true spirit of once-a-Winnipegger-always-a Winnipeger, Neil Young
sent out a "Go Jets Go" cheer.
3. Creating the spectacle for a Winnipeg Jets home game.
Kyle Balharry, the Director of Event Production at True North Sports
& Entertainment, pretty much has the job every hockey fanatic dreams
about (minus the crazy amount of multitasking). SCENE also checked in with local musicians Luke and Murray, who keep the vibe going at half-time.
4. Where arts and sports intersect in our city.
We paused to reflect on whether Jet mania was hurting ticket sales in the arts
and cultural sector. The jury is still out on that, and Larry Desrochers, CEO of Manitoba Opera, summed it up well when he said "we need arts, we need culture, we need sports" to make one great city.
5. Manitoba filmmakers got on board to tell our hockey stories. The hockey documentary Champion City
relived the 1896 Winnipeg Victoria Stanley Cup win. And rabid Jets fans got on board to work on Jet Fuel, a fan based film on our Winnipeg Jets.
Go Jets Go!