Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

It’s the weekend of great music at great venues in our little river city.

Hot date music in South Osborne, New Lightweights at an intimate venue and ballet downtown top the list

Check out Mise en Scene at Le Garage on Friday night. (Mise en Scene)

It’s the weekend of great music at great venues in our little river city.

The holidays always seem to be packed with the absolute best local music because all the lovely people come back to town and reunite to play shows.

From The Bros. Landreth at the Park Theatre in South Osborne to the New Lightweights show at the Folk Exchange to Mise en Scene at Le Garage, there are at least three must-see shows happening.

And if checking out amazing music in inviting, warm venues isn’t in the cards for you this weekend, there are a few matinee shows at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Prairie Theatre Exchange worth seeing.

Whatever you feel like doing this weekend, there are a ton of options to keep you out of the frustratingly packed malls. Have a good one, you guys!

WHAT: MUSIC – Bros. Landreth at the Park Theatre

When: Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.

Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Just about every time these guys play a show, I recommend people go check it out.
Check out the lovely Bros. Landreth at The Park Theatre this weekend. (Mike Latschislaw )

This weekend The Bros. Landreth are playing the Park Theatre in South Osborne, just in time for all your old friends to get back in town.

The super charming four-piece band are pretty country, but they also have enough of a bluesy, soulful sound that you could probably convince an indie-loving hipster friend or two to go to the show.

Bring someone brave, though, because this is not sit in your chair and listen music. It’s grab a glass of whiskey and dance with someone you think is great music.

And since you’ll be in the area anyway, consider stopping by Bistro 7 ¼ across the street for pre-show cocktails and tapas before you go.

WHAT: THEATRE – 50 Below Zero at the Prairie Theatre Exchange

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Prairie Theatre Exchange at Y300-393 Portage Ave.

Cost: $10-$12.50

Oh geeze. The Prairie Theatre Exchange is doing their own rendition of maybe the best-ever Robert Munsch book. And you can go check it out for super cheap.

I’m pretty sure this is geared towards children, but I strongly encourage anyone who was a baby in the ‘80s to go relive their childhood by watching 50 Below Zero this weekend.

If you’re not familiar with the book, first of all, sad. Second, all you need to know is it’s about a sleepwalking dad who is saved from freezing to death by his kid. It’s pretty epic.

There are a ton of matinees that will beat the pants off going to see a blockbuster at a multiplex attached to an over-crowded mall. And, perhaps coolest of all, they have a special showing on Friday night where people are invited to wear their pyjamas.

Again, I’m pretty sure the pyjama-wearing is meant for children, but I would say that there’s no reason a group of exceptionally rad adults couldn’t totally wear pyjamas to this.

WHAT: MUSIC – Mise en Scene at Le Garage

When: Friday, Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Le Garage at 166 Provencher Blvd.

Cost: $10 in advance

You know how the world is obsessed with two and three-piece female rock acts right now? It’s because they’re doing amazing things.

And super rad femme duo, Mise en Scene, is no different. They're releasing a new music video for their track Endless Summer at Le Garage on Friday night.

The duo sounds a bit like HAIM, Tegan and Sara and Karen O. They play a ton of super dancey, not-too-pop-y tracks.

What’ll make the show even better is Le Garage’s tiny dance floor. The venue is one of the best spots in the city to get people out of the back and into the front dancing.

Advance tickets are only $10, which is a steal to see these ladies.

WHAT: MUSIC – The New Lightweights at the Folk Exchange

When: Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.

Where: Folk Exchange at 211 Bannatyne Ave.

Cost: $10 in advance

If you haven’t yet discovered the ridiculously lovely Folk Exchange, you need to go post-haste.
See The New Lightweights at the Folk Exchange on Saturday. (Facebook)

Two weekends ago, the venue hosted the hands-down best live show I’ve ever seen, and they’re poised to take all the room in my heart with this weekend’s The New Lightweights show.

The New Lightweights are a three-piece pop-folk outfit with a sound that approximates Regina Spektor but with stronger vocals from Alexa Dirks. Dirks has incredible range and a bit of an Adele-ish sound on the sadder tracks. It’s all very accessible, soulful music about breaking up and travelling and all that good/sad stuff.

The Folk Exchange doesn’t hold very many people (part of the reason it’s so amazing to see a show there), and it usually fills up way before the show starts so buy your tickets early, you guys.

WHAT: DANCE – RWB does The Nutcracker

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St.

Cost: About $25 to $100 a ticket

Dressing fancy and going to the ballet is a pretty cute thing to do over the holiday season, and if you’ve got the extra cash, this is the weekend to do it.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is doing their annual rendition of The Nutcracker, which will be beautiful and lovely and a great excuse to go out and do something in grown-up clothes.

The RWB always puts on an good show, and you don’t have to worry about it being the stuffy, boring ballet you see made fun of in ‘90s movies.

Their shows are always very entertaining, accessible and fun.

The only con is the price. If you can spare the extra coin this weekend (or trade it for a night of drinks and food), it’ll be money well spent.


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