Dancers rehearse for "Toward Light: A Tribute to Rachel Browne" (Leif Norman)
Let's admit it.
The first few weekends of January in Winnipeg are a little slow. Some venues are shut down post New Year's, nobody's touring and we're all still trying to stick to our resolutions...
But there are a few noteworthy events happening around town, so here are SCENE's recommendations for the final weekend of the holiday season.
Number 5 - Virtuosi Concert Series features Magellan Ensemble
Ever wanted to hear the Schubert String Trio in B-flat major or maybe the Fauré Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor? You're in luck! The Magellan Ensemble will be in concert at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. with all that and more!
Number 4 - A Tribute to Derek Wheeler CD Release Show
If you don't recognize the name Derek Wheeler, you may not have watched a little TV show called Degrassi Junior High. Derek Wheeler (Wheels) was played by actor Neil Hope, who passed away in 2007. On Friday, January 4th at the Windsor Hotel, host Johnny Sizzle and local musicians like Dust Adam Dust, Thrift Store Love, Vav Jungle, Ex Modern Teen and many more will hit the stage.
Money raised from CD sales will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association - Hope died from complications related to Type 1 Diabetes. And just a note, the poster says authentic mullets get in for free! Party in the back!
Number 3 - Fairy Tale Fantasia with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra
If you're running out of things to do with the kids, how about a little live music? On Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 p.m. fairy tales, symphonic music and...wait for it...GIANT PUPPETS(!) will be onstage at the Centennial Concert Hall. Little Red Riding Hood, Three Billy Goats Gruff and other classic children's tales will be brought to life thanks to Madcap Puppets and their GIANT PUPPETS!
Number 2 - Toward Light - A Tribute to Rachel Browne
Technically, you can't go see it this weekend, but if you wait till next weekend, you'll have missed it. So spend this weekend booking your tickets for next Tuesday and Wednesday when the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers take over the Shaw Performing Arts Centre at The Forks to pay tribute to the company's late founder.