Top 5 things to do in and near Winnipeg this weekend (Aug. 28-30)
Oddblock comedy fest brings big names to Winnipeg, Courier News hit Good Will, a farm serves pizza
This is my favourite column in a long time and not just because Oddblock is finally here!
If you like comedy or beer or pizza, check out the comedy block party on all weekend in South Osborne. Big names will be in town doing traditional and not-so-traditional comedy.
Outside of that, it's a pretty romantic column this week. Just a ton of cute date ideas (go dance to Courier News or eat pizza outdoors on a farm!) and stuff to do with people you like.
WHAT: COMEDY – Oddblock in South Osborne
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: South Osborne near The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Cost: $10 to $20 per show or $70 for a festival pass
Winnipeg's brand newest comedy festival is my top pick for the weekend.
Basically, there are shows from Friday to Sunday at The Park Theatre (the main venue), Luxalune, Vera Pizza, Deseo and a bunch of other places in South Osborne. There are also beer gardens with open mic comedy sets!
My top picks for the festival are Friday night's LGBT show (named Gay Bash) with Rhea Butcher and Chantel Marostica, Saturday's gala show with Michelle Buteau and Chris Cubas and Saturday's all-female Lady Killers show with Karen Kilgariff and Aisha Alfa.
The fest has done a really incredible job of bringing in a super diverse lineup, and I think, especially for a younger crowd, the fest is going to bring something a bit different than what you see at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
Tickets to each show are pretty cheap too – with the priciest per-ticket show at just $20. Go, have some beers and laugh.
I'm most looking forward to Rhea Butcher's sets. Her stuff is polished and smart and her timing is impeccable. Enjoy, guys!
WHAT: MUSIC – Slow Spirit and Courier News at The Good Will
When: Friday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
If there's one thing that might tear me away from Oddblock this weekend, it's this show.
The incredible Alexa Dirks and Matt Schellenberg are playing together as Courier News at The Good Will.
The pair have a pretty impressive local indie pedigree with Dirks of Chic Gamine and Schellenberg of Royal Canoe. And their first EP together is just such an amazing meld of their talents.
Anyway, they're playing Friday night with five-piece band that's part Chic Gamine, part Royal Canoe and part Slow Spirit.
Oh and did I mention Slow Spirit, one of my absolute favourite local bands, is playing the same show?
Put on a cute dress (or pants, if that's your jam) and go do a little swaying to some amazing local music, guys.
Could we get a punch bowl at this? It feels like the kind of show there should be a punch bowl at.
WHAT: FOOD – Fresh pizza on a farm at Integrity Foods
When: Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Integrity Foods farm north of Riverton, Man., just off Highway 8.
Cost: $22 to $23 (includes pizza and a drink)
The little farm north of Riverton, Man., hosts pizza nights on Fridays and Saturdays.
You go out to the farm and get all these farm-fresh ingredients in a pizza made-to-order.
The whole thing costs about $23 for a pizza and drinks, and if you want, you can bring your own drinks and salad.
There are also trails you can walk and you can visit the farm's animals.
The whole thing is about an hour and a half drive, so you really have to be in the mood for a road trip, but I think it sounds like a cute romance-lite activity.
PS: No reservations needed.
WHAT: FEST – Chinatown Street Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Chinatown Gardens at 180 King St.
The Chinatown Street Festival has a night market and Kung Fu movies this year, which I feel like would be pretty fun.
There's going to be a traditional lion dance, movies, music and a market for two days.
It's going to be a really cool celebration of Chinese culture, and the weather is supposed to be fantastic for a street festival.
I know the parade won't have elephants or anything, but you could still probably bring your significant other and pretend you're in that scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are super in love.
I mean, that's what I would do.
WHAT: FILM – Home, Hunger Games in Assiniboine Park
When: Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre
Home, an animated movie with little monsters, is on for the early show, and the third instalment of The Hunger Games is on for the late show.
Bring snacks and a blanket and bug spray! And chairs if sitting on your butt on the ground for hours doesn't sound like fun.