Winnipeg is back from the frozen dead with an amazing lineup of music, food and laughs this weekend.
Big Fun, a relatively new but really amazing local music fest, could take up every hour of your weekend, but if you manage to find a spare hour or two, you can have brunch at a pop-up restaurant on the river or see the city’s best comedic talent at the Park Theatre.
Budget your time carefully, though. This one is going to be outstanding.
WHAT: BIG FUN – Manitoba Music showcase at The Windsor
When: Friday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Windsor Hotel at 187 Gary St.
Cost: $60 for a fest pass
This will be the best show Big Fun hosts during their near week-long music fest, with sets by Indicator Indicator, Yes We Mystic and The Bros. Landreth.
ATLAAS and Les Jupes will also play some sets later on, if either bands tickle your fancy.
It’s a great lineup and a fun venue. Drinks are affordable so it’s worth going to check out Indicator Indicator’s early set at 8:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it early, try to show up for 10 p.m. to see the handsome faces of The Bros. Landreth on stage at the tiny venue.
Whatever time you show up, bring your dancing shoes. It’ll be a lively show.
WHAT: COMEDY – Winnipeg Comedy Showcase at the Park Theatre
When: Friday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.
Where: Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
For the measly sum of $10 you can go check out six of Winnipeg’s best comedians at the Park Theatre this weekend.
Paul Rabliauskas, Chantel Marostica, Matt Nightingale, Ben Walker, Jordan Welwood and Andy Noble will all be on stage Friday night at the south Osborne theatre.
It’s a pretty big venue for a comedy show, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a good seat. And this one should be over early enough that you can go out for (more) drinks after.
Keep your ears open for a set by Jordan Welwood, one of the funnier guys on the bill.
WHAT: FOOD – Raw: Almond pop up resto
When: Saturday or Sunday morning (brunch)
Where: On the ice at The Forks
Cost: $22 for brunch
If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to Raw: Almond’s dinner lineup this year, you’re not totally out of luck.
The pop-up resto offers first-come first-serve brunches for $22 on the weekends.
If you’re totally uninitiated, Raw: Almond sets up every January/February right on the ice where the frozen Assiniboine and Red rivers meet at The Forks.
The restaurant has a three-week run and is now in its second year. Last year, the event brought in 1,300 people. It sold out almost immediately this year.
But those who weren’t able to get tickets can still enjoy the novel venue if they show up bright and early on Saturday or Sunday.
Chef Talia Syrie, of the Come ‘n Eat Café in Neechi Commons, is leading the brunches and is a reliably awesome chef.
Raw: Almond will be open from Jan. 24 to Feb. 13.
WHAT: BIG FUN – Burning Kettles at Thistle Curling Club
When: Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Thistle Curling Club at 280 Burnell St.
Cost: $60 for a fest pass
If ever there was an excuse to have an afternoon pint, this is it. The Burning Kettles are doing a set at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Thistle Curling Club.
It’s one of the last things scheduled for Big Fun, and perhaps one of the best.
The Burning Kettles will be playing between sets by Kipp Kocay and French Press, another great local act.
But The Burning Kettles, led by vocalist Bryn Rieger, will definitely be the standouts from Sunday’s show. The group makes a nostalgic-sounding indie rock anyone who went to high school in the late ‘90s and early 2000s can connect with.
Rieger’s vocals are also exceptionally and unexpectedly strong, so any time you get a chance to see him on stage, it’s worth the drive.
WHAT: FILM – Labyrinth at Cinematheque
When: Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
Parents of children who are becoming medium-annoying after being cooped up for months now may want to bring them down to Cinematheque in the Exchange District this weekend.
The cozy independent theatre is holding a free movie day for children Sunday afternoon, and they’re showing a classic.
Labyrinth, the 1986 classic, will start at 2 p.m. for free!
If you haven’t seen the flick, I highly recommend going to check out David Bowie be a super creep and a Jennifer Connelly (as a child) try to save her baby brother who she doesn’t even like.
Everyone loves this movie. Even kids.
The only downside to this is I think you have to bring a child to go. So if you have any nieces or nephews or friends with kids, volunteer to take them! When was the last time you saw a movie from the ‘80s in a theatre?