Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

Despite the chilly weather, Winnipeg has been packed with tons of opportunities to head outside and enjoy fresh air for the last few weeks.

Royal Canoe at Festival du Voyageur, Art and Soul at the WAG and The Big Lebowski at The Park

Watch Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in a $5 screening of The Big Lebowski this weekend at The Park Theatre in Winnipeg. (Gramercy Pictures/The Associated Press)

Despite the chilly weather, Winnipeg has been packed with tons of opportunities to head outside and enjoy fresh air for the last few weeks. With the pop-up resto on ice and the Festival du Voyageur, it’s almost hard to avoid spending time outside.

That trend will continue this weekend with some pretty cool shows at Festival du Voyageur (Can you say Royal Canoe?!) that all your friends will probably be at.

But if you’re just not the having-fun-in-the-cold type, there are tons of options for keeping warm and having absurd amounts of fun indoors too.

This weekend, get fancy at the WAG for the now less-controversial Art and Soul party or go support some local retailers at a pop up shop at Luckygirl..

If you’re looking for a more low-key weekend, try Sibyl’s show at the Folk Exchange or get your Big Lebowski on at the Park Theatre.

WHAT: FUN – Festival du Voyageur

When: Friday, Saturday or Sunday

Where: Voyageur Park at 866 St. Joseph St.

Cost: $15 for a day or $28 for a fest pass

Yes, this deserves a second-week-in-a-row mention, especially because the lovely guys behind Royal Canoe will be on stage Saturday night with what is sure to be a tent-filling, highly danceable, warm-up-your-cold-butt show.
The Festival du Voyageur continues this weekend in Winnipeg with shows from Royal Canoe, The Bros. Landreth and The JD Edwards Band. (Dan Harper/The Canadian Press)

Saturday night there’s an absolute killer lineup in the MTS Riviere-Rouge Tent, with the Bros. Landreth taking the stage at 6:45 p.m., followed by the JD Edwards Band at 8:30 p.m. and Royal Canoe at 10:15 p.m.

Plus, all the important competitions like jigging, fiddling and beard growing contest are on this weekend. Beard growing, of course, being the stand-out event.

Perhaps most attractive, this weekend shouldn't be too cold, with temperatures in the mid minus teens forecast.

Even the most ardent cold-weather haters can probably find some warmth this weekend at the fest – and that’s not just arts and entertainment reporter hype. This really will be great.

WHAT: SHOP – Luckygirl pop up shop

When: Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 210-70 Albert St. (Second floor)

Cost: Depends what you buy!

A bunch of talented women are getting together to put on a pop up shop at Luckygirl studio in the Exchange district this weekend.

Everything from clothing to art to paper goods to locally made foods to handmade jewelry will be on sale at the shop, plus it’s all from local designers and retailers.

The event will have stuff from Tony Chestnut, Sarah Cameron Jewelry, Prairie Blossom Boutique, Bessie’s Best  and One + One, to name a few.

Apparently most of the shops will take credit card, which makes things a lot easier for everyone, and it’s always nice to support local –especially when it’s super convenient!

WHAT: MUSIC – Sibyl at the Folk Exchange

When: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. (sharp!)

Where: Folk Exchange at 203-211 Bannatyne Ave.

Cost: $10 advance

My favourite venue in the city is hosting the lovely locally-based Sibyl this weekend.

The early show is just $10, which is a steal to see this five-piece folk outfit.
Check out local five-piece Sibyl at the Folk Exchange this weekend. (Stefan Isfield)

The group have a lovely sound, a quirky name and a decidedly Winnipeg feel to their shows.

Sibyl was named one of the top five emerging bands to watch by The Uniter this year, and the reason is pretty clear as soon as you listen to one of their tracks.

Lead singer Tesia Rhind has a really great voice that sounds a bit like Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. In fact, the whole thing sounds a bit like if Florence and the Machine did warm-sounding, Regina Spektor type anti-folk music.

I recommend their track Dream, if you’re going to give anything a quick listen before you go to the show.

WHAT: BEING FANCY – Art & Soul at the WAG

When: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.

Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd.

Cost: $50 (don’t freak out, it’s a fundraiser!)

So this event saw a pretty massive share of controversy last week over the original theme that was chosen – Big in Japan.

Luckily, the people behind the Winnipeg Art Gallery have changed the theme to Hot and Cold, and the lovely annual fundraiser is going ahead.

The fundraiser is pretty fancy and pretty expensive, but it’s also a really good time and is for a really good cause.

You can either dress up to match the theme or you can dress up fancy. There will be drinks for sale, DJs playing music for you to dance to and lots of art, of course.

For most people, $50 just to get into an event is a lot, but it is a fundraiser for the art gallery, and if you look at your enjoying the party as a charitable event, it’s way easier to rationalize the ticket price.

Go support art and stuff! Meet some cool people in nice clothes! It’ll be fun.

Oh, and if you’re worried about it being crowded or snobby, it’s really not so bad. The WAG is pretty good at capping attendance long before it gets squishy, and surprisingly, the crowd is very unpretentious.

WHAT: FILM – The Big Lebowski at Park Theatre

When: Sunday, Feb. 23 with drinks at 6:30 p.m., movie at 8 p.m.

Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.

Cost: $5

Oh boy. What a way to close out the weekend! The Park Theatre is offering a $5 showing on The Big Lebowski, which you can drink before and after.

The theatre is holding a happy hour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by games and a host for 30 minutes and finally the film at 8 p.m. Then, when it’s over, there will be a second happy hour to follow the movie.

Go enjoy Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi bounce off each other in one of the best cult films of our generation.

Bonus points to anyone who goes in costume, and of course, White Russians are on special all night.

Can you believe this thing is only $5?