Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

This chilly weekend is best spent indoors, dancing your feet off at Le Garage or gorging yourself on documentaries at Cinematheque.

Acclaimed documentaries, cozy St. Boniface concerts and haunted forests on the menu

Oldfolks Home will be playing a show with Edmonton's Ghost Cousin this weekend at Le Garage. (Ann Park Peters)

This chilly weekend is best spent indoors, dancing your feet off at Le Garage or gorging yourself on documentaries at Cinematheque.

For those willing to brave the cool weather and a creepy walk, A Maze in Corn has launched their annual Haunted Forest, the best place to hold mittened hands and pretend you’re not actually scared.

Enjoy fall while it lasts, fellow Winnipeggers. If history is any indication, we haven’t got much time left.

WHAT: MUSIC - Oldfolks Home play Le Garage

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

Where: Le Garage at 166 Provencher Blvd.

Cost: $10

There’s no party like a dance party at Le Garage. The lovely venue tucked into a cozy building in St. Boniface has great food, books great acts and has one of my favourite dance floors in the city.

Ghost Cousin is a synthy-sounding indie band in town from Edmonton, and Oldfolks Home is a local outfit with a very melodic, sweet sound.

While the two bands don’t exactly play dancing music, an abundance of alcohol will make just about anything dance-worthy, and the hipster certified I’m-all-elbows-and-knees dance is always an option.

For $10, this is a steal of a show, and if you head down early you can have some comfort food for dinner at Le Garage.

Drinks, however, are not cheap, so pre-game accordingly.

WHAT: ACTIVITY - Haunted Forest

When: Opens Friday at 6 p.m.

Where: A Maze in Corn at 1351 Provincial Rd. 200

Cost: $15

Halloween is still a month away but all that creepy fun stuff is already waiting for you just outside of the city.

A Maze In Corn opened their haunted forest this weekend, so there’s an extra excuse to go check out the corn maze.

It’s essentially just some decorations and people in costumes jumping out at you in a dark forest, but if you’re like me, that’s enough to inspire sheer terror.

More self-respecting adults might try to stifle their screams, lest an exceptionally brave five year old show them up. That part is optional.

And for the really faint of heart, there’s always the corn maze and the food truck to entertain you while your friends, children or partners finish their moderately scary walk in the woods.

For the exceptionally brave, Six Pines is another haunted forest that is supposed to be very, very scary.

WHAT: COMEDY - Winnipeg Improv Festival

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Gas Station Arts Centre at 445 River Ave.

Cost: $10 per event

Improv is often one of those things that’s a lot more fun to do than to watch. The exception is when people are really, really good at it. And this weekend, the Winnipeg Improv Festival is offering up the city’s best improvisers to try and convince you improv as a spectator sport is alive and well in Winnipeg.
Stephen Sim and Lee White make up CRUMBS. (CRUMBS)

The two most promising events are on Friday night at 11 p.m. and Saturday night at 11 p.m. 

On Friday, the CRUMBS crew is working with DJ Hunnicutt to do some long-form improv. The crew’s Fringe Fest shows are always sold out, and they even have a regular radio show, which is occasionally quite funny.

Saturday night you can check out Lee White (one of those CRUMBS guys) do a mix of game-show battles and improv with a whole team of talented people.

Plus, you can’t beat $10 for a comedy show.

WHAT: FITNESS - Inside Out Yoga

When:  Saturday at 10 a.m.

Where: Fort Whyte Alive

Cost: $15 

Before you go for brunch this weekend, head out to Fort Whyte Alive for their Inside Out Yoga. 
Opt for a different view at Fort Whyte Alive's yoga event on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The wildlife preserve hosts an indoor and outdoor workout every Saturday morning.

Watch buffaloes roam and birds fly in while you do a cardio and endurance exercise in the chilly October air, then head inside for some yoga.

It beats looking at someone’s lycra-clad butt your whole workout, and it’s only on for a few more weeks.

WHAT: FILM - Best of HotDocs

When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St. 

Cost: $30 for all five films or $9 per screening

This is worth making time in your schedule for. Put off the grocery shopping, skip the multiplex theatre and head down to Cinematheque to check out their Best of HotDocs weekend.

The small theatre has infinitely more charm than its big, commercial counterparts, and this weekend they’re showing an assortment of powerful documentaries from the Canadian International Documentary Festival.

My top two picks for the weekend are Blood Brother on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Greenwich Village: Music that defined a generation on Sunday night at 7 p.m.

Blood Brother is a U.S. doc about Rocky Braat, a man who moved from the US to India to care for HIV-positive orphans. Braat’s move is sudden, and the film director originally thought it was rooted in a self-centered attempt to discover himself. In the end, you can decide for yourself what motivations Braat had, or if they even matter.

The Greenwich Village doc looks at the rise of folk music in the 60s and 70s from singers and songwriters like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger and Carly Simon. It’s an enjoyable, breezy Sunday watch that will leave you wishing Into The Music was open late on Sundays.


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