Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

Winnipeggers can go to an adult-sized trampoline park, meet the guys who played Hellboy or Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sing your heart out in Osborne Village or chill out at the Centennial while someone reads you a story this weekend.

Metal downtown, beloved children’s books north of Portage and more in Winnipeg this weekend

Left to right: Andrew LaCour, Jesse Matthewson, Shane Matthewson make up KEN Mode, who have a show in Winnipeg this weekend. (Curran Faris/The Canadian Press)

There will be no time to recover from your real or candy-related hangovers this weekend, there are too many fun things happening.

Winnipeggers can go to an adult-sized trampoline park, meet the guys who played Hellboy or Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sing your heart out in Osborne Village or chill out at the Centennial while someone reads you a story.

Enjoy your weekend, Winnipeggers, you’ve earned it.

WHAT: MUSIC – KEN Mode plays the Windsor

When:  Saturday, Nov. 2

Where: The Windsor at 187 Garry St.

Cost: $15

Super important Canadian metal guys KEN Mode will be in town this weekend as part of their cross-Canada tour. The metal-hardcore group has been given big ups by important Canadian music people in recent years.

The group nabbed a Juno in 2012 and made the Polaris Prize long list this year, and while I’m not a big metal fan, these guys have undeniable talent. Two of them have even trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, which sounds like a big deal.

The Windsor is also an awesome venue, sort of like the grungy, divey little sister to the once-awesome and now-defunct Royal Albert.

Be brave, pregame and check out something new this weekend.

WHAT: EXERCISE – Skyrobics at Skyzone

When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.

Where: Skyzone at 200-400 Fort Whyte Way

Cost: $14 (includes special socks)

Skyzone is every adult’s dream place. It’s basically wall-to-wall trampolines and fun foam-block-filled pits.

And this weekend you can go there under the guise of exercising. Every week the super-ridiculously-awesome idea for a place hosts a “skyrobics” class where adults go and do aerobics on trampolines.

It’s basically like a bouncy castle meets your morning spin class. It's heaven for adults.

If you’re not sold on the whole workout aspect of it, you can go bounce around for two hours for just $25 on Saturday or Sunday. Plus kids get their own special area so you don’t have to worry about navigating toddlers or accidentally double bouncing an eight year old.

I really can’t think of anything better you could do this weekend. So go sign that waiver and relive your childhood. Just try not to break a wrist or anything; you’re probably not as bendy as you were when you were 10.

Lastly, whoever chooses this place as a date location gets all the points.

WHAT: COMICS – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Convention Centre at 375 York Ave.

Cost: $12-$37

Dust off your old comic books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer VHS tapes, comic con is coming to Winnipeg this weekend and a bunch of cult celebs will be there for you to giggle and take photos alongside.

The Central Canada Comic Con starts Friday and runs till Sunday with tons of booths, costumes and semi-famous people for a really, really affordable price.
Actor Ron Perlman, who has played Hellboy, will be at Comic Con in Winnipeg this weekend. (Barry Brecheisen/The Associated Press)

Ron Perlman from Hellboy and Pacific Rim will be there and so will Buffy the Vampire Slayer star James Marsters. Marsters played Spike, the blonde vampire, if anyone has forgotten the name in the last 10 years.

Buffy was a huge deal for nerdy girls growing up in the ‘90s, so get ready for a ton of photos in your Instagram feed with ironic captions thinly veiling actual excitement.

It’s going to be a nerdy-great time, and you can even get a free flu shot while you’re there, for some strange reason.

WHAT: KARAOKE – Karaoke night at ANAF

When: Saturday night

Where: ANAF Club 60 at 3-433 River Ave.

Cost: FREE (Plus cheap drinks)

After getting your Halloween hangover out of the way, head down to the village for a quiet and hilarious night of karaoke at the Osborne Village legion.

Every week the legion hosts karaoke and a fun mix of really great and really not-so-great singers get together for cheap beer and epic song choices.

There’s pool, shuffleboard, karaoke on Saturdays and extremely cheap beer. Just don’t wear a hat.

WHAT: NOSTALGIA  – WSO does The Hockey Sweater

When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: $15-$25

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has been doing some really impressive things lately (including bringing in Star Trek legend George Takei) and this weekend they’re continuing the trend with an afternoon dedicated to Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is doing The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier this weekend. (Tundra Books/The Canadian Press)

There will be an hour of family activities before the show and then they’re going to do the classic Canadian children’s story set to music. Organizers say there will also be a little homage paid to the Jets during the show.

It’s a great way to usher in winter, whether you’re an adult who grew up with the story or you’re a parent introducing the story to your kidlets.

If you’re unfamiliar altogether, it’s about a young boy who has to wear a Toronto Maple Leaf’s sweater in his hockey-obsessed Quebec town.

It’s pretty sweet, and an afternoon in the warm, beautiful Centennial Concert Hall is an excellent way to spend a quiet Sunday in Winnipeg.


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