The JD Edwards Band plays Times Change(d) this weekend.
Festival season is about to kick into full swing in Winnipeg, but we've got at least one more weekend to go before it's time to fringe and folk fest it up.
It is crazy hot out there, folks. So if you need some stuff to do this weekend in the city that won't end in you melting into a puddle, you're in luck. The city has everything from amazing eats on Sherbrook to open art galleries in the Exchange District this weekend.
These are the top five things to do this weekend in Winnipeg:
What: ART - First Fridays in the Exchange
When: Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The Exchange District (multiple locations)
You might not know this, but art, wine and creative people take over the Exchange District on the first Friday of every month.
It's called First Fridays, and it's basically when a ton of galleries bust off their doors and let the public in for free. Sometimes there's wine and people looking at photographs and other times you walk into the middle of a crazy interpretive dance.
Either way, it's a lot of fun. Bring four or five of your closest friends and map out your own foot tour. Galleries have everything from live performances to pottery, photography, films and installation art. There's even a Makers Market at Frame Arts Warehouse.
The official event says galleries close at 9 p.m. but many stay open later. Top picks include: The Frame Arts Warehouse, Urban Shaman and the Cre8ery Gallery and Studio. If you have time, check out the Edge gallery and the Graffiti Gallery further down Main Street.
What: MUSIC - The JD Edwards Band at Times Change(d)
When: Friday at 10 p.m.
Where: Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club at 234 Main St.
We've waited almost a full year, but Folk Fest is almost here again. Just a few more days and we'll be out in the field listening to great music, eating great food and not showering often enough.
If you just can't wait till Wednesday, though, head down to Times Change(d) this weekend for a preview of what the fest has to offer.
Fest favourite, The JD Edwards Band, is set to play at 10 p.m. Friday. For the uninitiated, the local six-piece soul outfit plays the kind of music hipsters, dads and even country-music fans alike can get into.
If you're still not sold, check out the track "I Can Swim". Then drop $10 at the door this Friday and enjoy.
Bonus points if you pair with a glass of whiskey, and you're brave enough to dance.
What: FOOD - Fitzroy's opening weekend
When: All weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 102 Sherbrook Street
Cost: $5 to $15 per item
A brand new restaurant has opened on Sherbrook Street, and guess what? It's actually open late!
Fitzroy has (finally) opened on Sherbrook Street. You know that empty space near Stella's and Subway on Sherbrook that used to be a condo showroom? It's now a sort-of trendy looking restaurant with an open kitchen and a red wall!
CBC's food reviewer says they cook with lots of neat gadgets, and the food is affordable. Staff promise to keep the place open till "all the people are gone," which could be as late as 2 a.m. They also have a burger on the menu that comes with "melted" onions and something called "wonder buns." I don't know what those are, but I feel like we should all find out.
OH, and it's an a la carte menu. So you get like one thing at a time, which seems perfect for post-bar snacks.
What: FILM - Ghosts in Our Machine
When: Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 7 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.
Animal lovers and fans of Food Inc. or other similar how-your-food-is-made documentaries will want to head down to the Exchange District this weekend for a screening of Ghosts in Our Machine.
The doc looks at the treatment of animals in western industry from fur to food factories. Activist Joanne McArthur sneaks into the facilities late at night in some cases, revealing troubling details about the treatment of animals. Based on the preview, it'll leave you squirming and thinking twice about all that stuff you don't think twice about now.
But the doc isn't just a sad look at the reality of factory farming. It also looks at animal sanctuaries in North America, which is more my speed.
After Saturday and Sunday's screening, two animal rights activists will take part in a post-doc discussion. But you don't have to stay for that. You can go home and hug your dog really tight instead.
What: SPORTS - Goldeyes vs. Railcats
When: Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Shaw Park on Portage Avenue
Cost: $15 - $25 per seat
It's that time of year when it's so hot out you're sweating pretty much instantly and any efforts you made not to be a shiny, unattractive puddle are effectively useless.
So you have two options: hang out inside or brave the heat. If you choose the latter option, spend that time in the sun cheering on our baseball team!
Pull on a baseball T, grab a cold drink and park yourself in a cheap seat at a Winnipeg Goldeyes game. They're playing Friday and Saturday night in town, and Sunday there's a matinee against the Railcats. They're from Gary, Indiana. That's all I know about them, though. If you're looking for stats that will impress your significant other, you're on your own.
I know some people think watching baseball is super boring -- and on TV, I have to agree. But live, and when it's my hometown team, I've always had a really good time. There's music, local beer and enough ball park food to make even the grumpiest of your hipster friends come around. Promise.