Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (May 8-10)

Mark Forward is hitting the Park Theatre, SPUR Festival is bringing Chris Hedges to town, John K. Samson and Christine Fellows are doing an amazing collab with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and Basic Nature is releasing their EP at The Good Will.

John K. Samson at the Gas Station theatre, SPUR Festival at CMHR and Basic Nature at The Good Will

Check out SPUR Festival's bike jam Friday night. It starts at 9 p.m. at Omand Park. (Jonathan Ventura )

So this isn't the most affordable Top 5 I've ever written, but it is full of great stuff.

Mark Forward is hitting the Park Theatre, SPUR Festival is bringing Chris Hedges to town, John K. Samson and Christine Fellows are doing an amazing collab with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers and Basic Nature is releasing their EP at The Good Will.

Oh, and if you really are low on cash, check out the bike jam Friday night as part of SPUR. It's free!

WHAT: DANCE – WCD's For The Turnstiles

When:  Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: The Gas Station Arts Centre at 445 River Ave.

Cost: $25 (cheaper for students)

Christine Fellows and John K. Samson are making an appearance at a really rad WCD show this weekend.

WCD is celebrating their 50th anniversary with For The Turnstiles, which is basically a bunch of incredibly talented local musicians reimagining Neil Young's album On The Beach paired with some amazing dance performances.

Fellows and Samson helped produce this, and I find anything they touch tends to turn to gold (case in point: A Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home), so it should be a pretty good show.

WHAT: COMEDY – Mark Forward at the Park Theatre

When: Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.

Cost: $17

The super funny Mark Forward has a couple of sets at the Park Theatre this weekend.

He's doing a podcast taping in the afternoon and a standup set around 7:30.
Go see Mark Forward's podcast taping/standup set at The Park Theatre this weekend. Really. (Winnipeg Comedy Festival)

Tickets for both are a super affordable $20 if you get them in advance.

If you don't know him — he's super well-known on the Canadian comedy circuit. He writes for and stars in Mr. D and did some writing for the John Dore show too.

Oh and he was on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which is a big deal.

It's really a weird thing to list someone's comedy credentials to convince you they're funny, but he is. Go see him. It'll be a fun night. The Park is a fantastic venue for comedy!


When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Various locations (Mainly CMHR)

Cost: $5 to $105

This is a weekend where you don't want to be up too late or party too hard because there's some great stuff happening early in the morning on Saturday and medium-early on Sunday.

Spur Festival has a whole bunch of really interesting lectures happening this weekend at CMHR, the Prairie Theatre Exchange and The Forks.

My top picks for the fest are The Right to Free Expression: In Conversation with Ioan Grillo Saturday morning — Grillo is a journalist who wrote about drug cartels in Mexico and he's going to talk about free speech, In Conversation With Chris Hedges at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Steal This Idea Winnipeg at noon on Sunday.

Oh, and there's a bike jam Friday night followed by a DJ party at The Forks. That one's $5 to get in.  

WHAT: MUSIC – Basic Nature EP release

When: Saturday, May 9 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.

Cost: $10

The Good Will has booked a fantastic show Saturday night for Basic Nature's EP release.
These are the super talented women behind Basic Nature. Go see their EP release at The Good Will Saturday. (Basic Nature)

They're releasing Circles & Lines Saturday, which has been hugely anticipated by just about anyone who has heard their single Gaze.

And to celebrate, they have a bunch of other local and not-so-locals playing with them; Ghost Twin, economy and The Steves (of Regina) are all on the bill.

So go keep warm at The Good Will Saturday night when it's chilly and crappy out.

WHAT: FILM – Reflecting Light forum at Cinematheque

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: $30 for seminars/screenings or $70 for a fest pass

Winnipeg Film Group is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a forum on Canadian film, and I think you should go check it out.

The word forum is definitely a bummer, but there's a lot of cool stuff happening here.

There are galas and receptions and screenings and panels and it's all focused on Canadian film -- where it's been and where it's going.

My top picks are the Friday and Saturday night short films at Cinematheque.

Friday, they're doing Pathways, which are a bunch of shorts by female Canadian directors.

Saturday, they're doing Winnipeg, Quebec, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. One of the shorts is by Guy Maddin -- who is going to be teaching at Harvard soon! How rad is that?

Anyway, I think it'll be a great fest if you love film. And if you don't, you can stick to the screenings and the galas and still have a great time.


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