Teghan's top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (Feb. 19-21)

My top picks are the Bands as Bowie show Friday night and Art + Soul on Saturday night.

Festival du Voyageur, David Bowie tribute and RWB’s Cinderella Story all on this weekend

The Lytics are at Festival du Voyageur and Art + Soul this weekend. Catch one of their sets if you can! (Courtesy the Lytics)

This weekend is definitely on the pricier side with Art + Soul, Festival du Voyageur and RWB programming all falling on the same few days, but there are some cheaper options at The Good Will and The Gas Station Arts Centre if you're tapped.

My top picks are the Bands as Bowie show Friday night and Art + Soul on Saturday night.

And if you want to take advantage of the substantially better weather this weekend, check out Festival's Saturday lineup with BUNNY, SC Mira and The Crooked Brothers.

WHAT: MUSIC - Bands as Bowie

When: Friday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m.

Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.

Cost: $15

Bands as Bands is doing a tribute to David Bowie Friday night with Human Music, Slow Spirit and Novillero.

Usually Bands as Bands does a tribute to a whole bunch of different artists, but Bowie clearly was big enough to fill one show, and I can't wait to see what our lovely locals do with his music.

Costumes and singalongs are planned, and a portion of the ticket price is being donated to CancerCare Manitoba.

Unsurprisingly, advance tickets for this sold out really quickly, but there will be a few available at the door, so head down right for 9 p.m. if you want to get your hands on some.

WHAT: FEST - Festival du Voyageur

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Voyageur Park at 866 St. Joseph St.

Cost: $18 for a day pass, less for kids

If the brutal cold kept you away from Voyageur Park last weekend, this weekend will be a lot warmer and in time for some of the best stuff the fest has to offer.

Friday night, check out board game night and the beard growing contest before hitting the Rivière-Rouge Tent to see Vikings at 9 p.m. and The Lytics at 10:45 p.m.

Saturday, go in the afternoon to see Carly Dow at 1 p.m., try some poutine and check out the snow sculptures, and then check out the very, very funny and talented musical comedy duo BUNNY at 5 p.m. at the Snow Bar.

Saturday night, SC Mira plays the Rivière-Rouge Tent at 7 p.m., and the can't-miss set of the night will be at the Sugar Shack with The Crooked Brothers at 10:45 p.m.

Dress warm, bring a fully charged phone (the Instagram opportunities are endless) and enjoy the last bit of winter!

WHAT: ART - Art + Soul at the WAG

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.

Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd.

Cost: $55

That massive Winnipeg Art Gallery party Art + Soul is back this weekend with The Lytics, DJ Co-Op and Hunnicutt and thousands of people in costume.
Art + Soul starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Go check it out! (Courtesy Art + Soul)

This year, they've brought in Albert Street Cocktail to make fancy drinks, and the theme is Clash of the Titans, which means you can go as anything you want from a peacock to a Greek god.

Togas are welcome, but if you want to be historically accurate, bright reds and blues were big at the time.

The gallery is going to be split into slightly differently themed parties, include a Hades-type underworld, a Poseidon-themed area with a Trident Bar, and an Olympus theme on the top floor.

And if you haven't totally nailed your costume or makeup by the time you get there, the Aveda Institute will have a beauty bar there to help you.

This is a massive party in an absolutely beautiful venue, and all the money goes to support the gallery, which I think totally justifies the slightly pricier ticket.

WHAT: COMEDY - Outside Joke and Folk Lordz

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.

Where: Gas Station Arts Centre at 445 River Ave.

Cost: $15

Outside Joke has another show this weekend — this time with the Edmonton Cree-Russian duo Folk Lordz.

Improv is not normally my thing, but the Outside Joke crew is very, very funny.
Go see the very funny folks behind Outside Joke at the Gas Station Arts Centre this weekend. (Outside Joke/Facebook)

Robyn Slade is one of my favourites in the group. She killed it at the Empowherment show at the Park Theatre last fall.

Folk Lordz, meanwhile,  will do three acts — one that draws on indigenous origin storytelling style, one based on Chekohvian character drama style and a third with a genre from the audience.

Even if you're not a fan of improv, I'd give this show a chance.

Plus, it's one of your only chances this weekend to see a very diverse crew of funny people on a big stage.

WHAT: DANCE - RWB's A Cinderella Story

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: $29 to $110

The RWB is doing Val Caniparoli's A Cinderella Story this weekend, a 1950s take on the fairy tale you probably know best in its Disney form.

As far as ballets go, this one is extremely accessible, so if you've been too intimidated to go before, this will be a good one to check out.

The costumes are also really impressive, and a live jazz orchestra lead by Ron Paley will be playing Richard Rodgers' music for the production.

RWB productions are too few and far between to miss any of them. Go check it out!

CBC reporter Teghan Beaudette brings you the top five things to do in Winnipeg for the weekend of Feb. 19-21. On the list are a tribute to David Bowie, Art + Soul, Festival du Voyageur and more. 2:47


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