5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

This weekend has a ton of great events from comedy at the Garrick to folk music in the Exchange to dancing in the name of philanthropy at Union.

Dreamy indie stars in the Exchange, comedy at the Garrick and a super fun dance party at Union

Jon Bryant is playing the Folk Exchange on Saturday night. (Kevin Bryan Photography)

It’s officially that time of year where going out is a major commitment between dressing warm enough for outside and comfortable enough for inside, arranging cabs for five people and trying not to give into sweat pants and blankets for the entire weekend.

Even though it’s going to be one of the coldest weekends of the season so far, we can do this, you guys. There’s only a few more weeks till the days start getting longer, and in the meantime, we are going to have to help each other rally.

This weekend has a ton of great events from comedy at the Garrick to folk music in the Exchange to dancing in the name of philanthropy at Union.

Reach for some pre-show whisky, stay warm and go do some fun stuff, Winnipeggers!  

WHAT: COMEDY – Dave Merheje and Aisha Alfa at the Garrick

When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Garrick at 330 Garry St.

Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Winnipeg’s best comedy show of the year is going to be at the Garrick Friday night.

Super funny people Dave Merheje and Aisha Alfa are headlining the Christmas Winnipeg Comedy Show.

Both are becoming sort of big deals on the Canadian comedy scene, and if they keep doing what they’re doing, you’ll be able to say you saw them before they became super popular. Which is a thing people like to say, right?

Merheje and Alfa both have really clever routines, with Merheje drawing a lot on his Lebanese background and Alfa laying down some great material on being a lady.

Also, fun fact you can whisper in your friend’s ear at the show: the two are totally dating and are maybe the cutest couple ever. Check Instagram. It’s a thing.

Plus, I have to say I absolutely love the Garrick, so any opportunity to hop in there and take in a show is awesome. It’s only $15. You should go.

WHAT: MUSIC – Jon Bryant at the Folk Exchange

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Folk Exchange at 211 Bannatyne Ave.

Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door

OK you guys, you’re going to have to set a little time aside this weekend to totally swoon over Jon Bryant’s super handsome face and amazing voice.

Bryant is playing the Folk Exchange Saturday night and is maybe the only show you shouldn’t miss this month.

With influences like Paul Simon and Neil Young, he has landed on a really captivating sound that feels a little like City and Colour with a dash of Mumford and Sons.

It’s vocally driven, super accessible music that is incredibly enjoyable regardless of whether or not you're familiar with it.

The Halifax native is also only in town for one night, so put on your Sunday best and go check it out! 

WHAT: SPORTS – Roar of the Rings

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: MTS Centre at 300 Portage Ave.

Cost: $27.50 to $42.50 per ticket

Ron Burgundy may be gone, but let’s not pretend we’re not all hot for curling here.

The Roar of the Rings will really heat up this weekend, and for around $30 you can go check it out in person at the MTS Centre.

If live sports really aren’t your thing, I think it’s important to remember that virtually any live sporting event becomes massively entertaining with a few beer purchases and some good friends.

Plus there’s that lure of finally being able to say you did something different this weekend.

Bonus points to anyone who queues up The Weakerthans on the ride home.

WHAT: DANCE PARTY – Holiday Mixer at Union

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m.

Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market Ave.

Cost: $10

DJ Co-Op and DJ Hunnicutt are continuing their trend of being generally rad guys by DJing a charity dance party that’s going to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims this weekend.

Their annual Holiday Mixer is being held at Union Sound Hall on Saturday, and you can get in the door for just $10.

DJ Co-Op says it'll be a good mix of funk, disco, reggae and hip hop for his part, but there'll also be a whole bunch of notable Winnipeggers doing guest DJ sets, including MartiSarbit of Imaginary Cities.

It’s Union with good DJs and even better music. Total no-brainer.

WHAT: KIDS – WSO does The Snowman

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Where: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at 555 Main St.

Cost: $15 for kids, $25 for adults

Kids and adult-aged children should start petitioning their parents and partners (respectively) to take them to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

The orchestra is doing their interpretation of The Snowman, Raymond Briggs’s classic story, along with a screening of the film.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is screening The Snowman this Sunday. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

If you’re not familiar with it, The Snowman was a picture book created in the late ‘70s about a snowman who comes to life.

The story was later transformed into a 26-minute movie that ended up getting nominated for an Academy Award.

The orchestra will also be playing a bunch of Christmas tunes after the film. And before you dismiss the awesomeness of orchestral renditions of Christmas songs, think Home Alone. That movie was nominated for two Oscars including Best Original Score and Best Original Song because of its super rad use of an orchestra to play Christmas music.


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