This is the weekend before it all goes crazy — Festival du Voyageur, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and a bunch of other huge events will kick off next week.
For now, you’ve got time to check out some of Winnipeg’s hidden gems and brand new eateries.
Check out Cibo in the Exchange for a tall glass of wine in a beautiful heritage building or head down to South Osborne for a film fest or, if you’ve got kids to look after, hit up Cinematheque for a free movie on Sunday.
This weekend will be a good one to go to bed early, wake up early and save your energy for the rest of the action-packed month.
WHAT: DRINKS – Cibo Waterfront Café
When: Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Where: Cibo at 339 Waterfront Dr.
Cost: $7-$9 per glass of wine
There’s a relatively new place to go for wine in the Exchange District. The lovely Cibo Waterfront Café has opened up just behind the Mere Hotel on the edge of the river.
Don’t be deceived by the name though, it’s not remotely a café — it’s way better.
The old heritage building with exposed brick walls and high ceilings has been converted to look like a wine bar with food and a full-service bar.
Not everyone has caught onto the spot yet, so you can bring a decent sized group and have a healthy conversation without booming music or obnoxious crowds.
The menu is very limited (mostly pub food fare and only a handful of options for by-the-glass wine), so eat before and go down for some reasonably priced wine (their house red is pretty good!) or mixed drinks.
The ambience is beautiful, and the service is really friendly and quick so it’s a great place to settle in for the night.
Just make sure to bring an extra layer — it’s an old building, and they haven’t quite figured out how to keep it toasty enough for bare shoulders!
WHAT: FILM - Canadian Sport Film Festival
When: Friday, Feb. 7 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Cost: $7 to $15
The Canadian Sport Film Fest is hitting the Park Theatre on Friday night with a four-hour double feature.
The first film, The Crash Reel, is an absolute must-watch about snowboarder and former Olympic-hopeful Kevin Pearce.
Pearce took a bad fall while training and ended up in a coma.
At the time his name was being floated as a possibility for the U.S. Olympic team alongside Shaun White.
White’s beautiful locks even make an appearance in the flick.
The documentary follows Pearce pre, during and post injury.
There are some pretty heartbreaking moments — from Pearce not being able to remember his own nickname in the hospital to his brother telling him he doesn’t want him to die while Pearce is training to return to the sport.
It’s a pretty earnest look at the risks of extreme sport and marries the typical snowboard flick with the powerful documentary vibe.
After that particularly hard act to follow, a local flick called Prairie Harvest takes sports-lovers on a bike and food tour around the province. So you might not leave in tears after all.
WHAT: SHOP – Weakerthan’s garage sale
When: Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Thom Bargen at 64 Sherbrook St.
Cost: Depends on what you buy (A latte will run you about $5)
This event is so exciting and amazing, I considered doing a George Costanza and saying the event started an hour later than it does so I could get a head start on it (not quite the same as hiding the pants going on sale next weekend but still very Costanza-y). That's how good this is.
Are you ready for this, Weakerthans fans? The lovely guys behind the best band ever are doing something really cool at a locally-owned coffee shop on Saturday.
They're stopping by Thom Bargen with loads of CDs, vinyl, DVDs, posters and other rare tour merchandise they say they found in their basements.
The amazing idea for a garage sale will go down from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and you can get a latte or coffee while you geek out over the sure-to-be-awesome goods. I can’t even wait.
WHAT: MUSIC – Denzal Sinclaire at the WAG
When: Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd.
Cost: $15 for student, $34 for adult
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting Denzal Sinclaire and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra this weekend for a special event that will totally make you feel like an adult.
Since their Feb. 14 and 15 dates always sell out, the WJO added an extra weekend to their annual Valentine’s Day show so you can go without being totally grossed out by couples holding hands and acting generally happy together.
There’s a show scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
If you’re not familiar with Denzal Sinclaire, he’s a great jazz singer who has won a bunch of Junos and other impressive accolades.
Basically, he’s a big deal, and if you like jazz, you’ll probably really be into this show.
If you’re not into jazz, this would be a pretty cool event to try the whole broadening horizons thing. It’s pretty accessible in terms of jazz music, and Sinclaire is a really engaging performer.
WHAT: KIDS – Jungle Book at Cinematheque
When: Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
If your kid wears glasses and/or Toms, bring them to the Cinematheque on Sunday for a free showing of a 1940’s flick just for them.
The Exchange District theatre is continuing their weekly Cabin Fever showings, which offer free flicks for kids.
And this week they’ve picked an impressively obscure version of the Jungle Book for child hipsters and children of hipsters.
The 1942 live-action version of the tale was made in the U.K. and is chock-a-block with amazing animals, aerial shots and vivid colours.
This is one parents and kids can get into, and it’s a lovely little blast from the past.