Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in Winnipeg (Nov. 11-13)
Yes We Mystic celebrates 5 years, Le Garage brings in bands from Minnesota and HUNKS tapes a podcast
The list is music-heavy this week, but for good reason.
Yes We Mystic is playing with Basic Nature Friday, which is a killer combo, and we all need something to celebrate this weekend, right?
After that, Lanikai and Minnesota's Sleeping Jesus are playing in St. Boniface, and on Sunday, you can catch Bear Mountain and Kenaston at The Handsome Daughter.
In terms of non-music, you can check out the HUNKS podcast taping and the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday.
There's also a board game event on all weekend called JimCon at the Bronx Park Community Centre Friday through Sunday!
WHAT: MUSIC — Yes We Mystic and Basic Nature
When: Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: The West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.
The band has done a lot this year, including releasing an album and finishing a European tour, so they deserve a celebration packed with people.
Yes We Mystic has a very polished indie/folk sound, and they might hate me for saying this, but it's almost a bit like The National meets The Antlers meets Local Natives.
Basic Nature is a lot more shoegaze/dream pop, so kind of like Beach House.
I am a huge fan of both, and I recommend almost every show they play because I think you guys will really like them.
Go shake off the post-election shock with some good tunes!
WHAT: KIDS — Santa Clause Parade
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Starts at Portage Avenue and Young Street
The Santa Claus Parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, but there are events along the parade route starting at 4 p.m.
They're calling them "block parties" and they've got everything from street hockey, Santa-letter writing, circus performers, a Quidditch ring, free snacks and drinks, a dance party to a toy mountain.
It won't exactly be warm this weekend, but it'll be a lot better than it typically is this time of year.
If you are driving down, you should know the street closures start at 2:30 p.m.!
WHAT: COMEDY — HUNKS podcast taping
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's Irish Pub at 177 McDermot Ave.
There's no Friday night comedy at Wee Johnny's this week, but there is a HUNKS podcast taping Saturday night and even some standup.
Dan Glasswick is doing a standup set, HUNKS is doing some sketches, and of course, they'll be taping a funny podcast live.
This is a good one if you're a comedy nerd or if you want something to fill a few hours before you head to St. Boniface to see Lanikai and some bands from the States.
Glasswick had a great set opening for Chris Locke at Rumor's a few weeks ago, and he's leaving town soon, so now's the time to go see him — especially for a $5 ticket price!
WHAT: MUSIC — Manitoba x Minnesota Music Exchange
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Le Garage Café at 166 Provencher Blvd.
Manitoba Music is doing another one of those really rad music exchange things this weekend.
Once in a while, they team up with Minnesota Public Radio to have two Manitoba bands play two shows with two Minnesota bands.
On the bill this time is Lanikai (we love them!), Micah Erenberg, ZuluZuluu and the ridiculously talented band Sleeping Jesus.
They're from Winona, Minn., and they play absolutely divine indie pop. If the indie pop thing isn't totally for you, ZuluZuluu is bringing some electronic R&B and Micah Erenberg has a bit of a country thing going.
Minne had their showcase on Thursday, and our turn is Saturday at Le Garage in St. Boniface. It's been too long since you checked out that venue, right?
WHAT: MUSIC — Bear Mountain and Kenaston
When: Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Handsome Daughter at 61 Sherbrook St.
If Friday and Saturday's shows weren't enough to distract from the weirdness this week, there's another show Sunday night at which you can dance and have drinks and chat with nice people.
Vancouver's Bear Mountain is playing The Handsome Daughter on an un-official tour stop before they head to Montreal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.
I listed off all those places because we're kind of lucky they included us on that list of very big, fancy cities (and this is a really small venue, so it's also a strange event I think will end up being really busy.)
They play electronic-indie type stuff that you've probably heard on a streaming service and just not realized it was them. Check out their track Two Step and you'll be like, "Oh yeahhhh."
Anyway, they're playing Sunday, it's a weird, nice little surprise.
They're also playing with local band Kenaston, who also does electronic stuff, but it's a bit more funk.