Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (Jan. 8 to 10)

​DJ parties and movies are dominating this weekend, with Casual Friday back at the ANAF for another packed, sweaty go around the dance floor.

Casual Friday at the ANAF, Pop Tart at The Good Will, Cabin Fever at Cinematheque and comedy at The Knndy

The Middle Coast are playing Le Garage in St. Boniface this weekend. Tickets are $5! (Rachel Boese courtesy The Middle Coast)

DJ parties and movies are dominating this weekend, with Casual Friday back at the ANAF for another packed, sweaty go around the dance floor.

Pop Tart is also bringing one of their signature dance parties back to The Good Will, this time with a drag show featuring Elle-Egante.

And Cinematheque is killing it this weekend with an adorable free Roald Dahl film for kids during the day and a horror flick for adults at night.

If neither are your thing, check out the first comedy night at The Knndy on Saturday.

WHAT: MUSIC – The Middle Coast at Le Garage

When: Friday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m.

Where: Le Garage at 166 Provencher Blvd.

Cost: $5

It's been way too long since I've recommended a show at Le Garage in St. Boniface.

This weekend, they've got a cute one with The Middle Coast (formerly Until Red).

The Brandon trio have a new single out, that's a pretty good listen.

They're inarguably a very talented group of young guys, and I'm a sucker for folk, so this one's worth checking out.

Plus it's only $5, and Le Garage is just the best.

WHAT: DANCE – Casual Friday at the ANAF

When: Friday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m.

Where: ANAF Club 60 (Osborne legion) at 3-433 River Ave.

Cost: $5

The women behind the best dance party in a legion are back again this weekend.
The women behind the best dance party in a legion are back again this weekend. (Teghan Beaudette/CBC)

Lady LP, DJ Jazzy Jess (fantastic DJ name), DJ Dunne4 and Colga will all be spinning for Casual Friday at the Osborne legion.

All of them have pretty different styles. You'll hear living-room-dance-party stuff, old stuff, stuff you've never heard – it'll be all over the map, but it will be good.

Drinks are cheap, the bartenders have kind souls and the dance floor will fill up by midnight.

Plus, there's shuffleboard in the back!

WHAT: STUDENTS – Pop Tart party and drag show

When: Friday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.

Cost: FREE for students, $10 for everyone else

This weekend, DJ J. Jackson, Elle Egante and Andy_2_K are bringing one of their super fun dance parties to The Good Will for the University of Winnipeg's winter celebration week.

U of W students have been celebrating their new term with fancy drinks, shinny and all sorts of stuff this week, but the crown jewel is their Snowed In fest is Friday's dance party.

Expect to see a lot of young people (they're our future, OK??) and dance to a lot of new and old pop.

You will almost definitely hear The Spice Girls and Carly Rae Jepsen. I may or may not be making a request for Bieber.

Oh, and the best part is there's also going to be a drag show with queens Jynx Nouveau, Lita Takeela, Foxy Lamour and drag king Finn Wyld!

(If you dress up like your favourite pop star, you wouldn't be the first and you won't be the last!)

WHAT: COMEDY – Comedy night at The Knndy

When: Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Knndy at 330 Kennedy St.

Cost: $5

There's some very affordable comedy on Saturday at the revived Lo Pub.

Jordan Welwood (makes jokes about tiny muscles and Back to the Future sometimes) is hosting, and he's got a lineup of regulars from all the open mic nights.
Jordan Welwood is hosting a new comedy night at The Knndy this weekend. Go check it out. (Facebook)

Tyler Penner and Paul Rabliauskas are both on the bill, and I don't think either has ever failed to make me laugh.

I'm putting my money on Tyler for best set – so keep an eye out for him.

This one is super affordable, and apparently there will also be improv and sketch comedy, which you probably think you wouldn't want to see at a standup show, but it really works so well in this format. We have some incredibly talented improv-ers in this city!

Show starts at 8 p.m.

WHAT: KIDS – Matilda at Cinematheque

When: Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: FREE

Last but not least, keep your kids warm and cozy this weekend at Cinematheque.

The Cabin Fever series is back again this weekend with a showing of Matilda, the Roald Dahl classic starring accomplished child-actor Mara Wilson as well as non-child actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman.

The showing is free, and did I mention it's a double feature?

They're also showing a short, 15-minute Canadian film called Me and My Moulton, so your kid can go back to elementary school on Monday with a braggy story about their weekend at an independent theatre watching short films.

Be sure to let them know it was Academy Award nominated.


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