Islendingadaguirinn OR The Gimli Icelandic Festival

Islendingadaguirinn sounds rather otherworldly, but in fact is very much of this world, or should I say, of the Interlake in Manitoba. I like to show off what Winnipeg and Manitoba have to offer, like Lower Fort Garry and Ballet in the Park– although we may not have the drama of the mountains or the ocean, we are beautiful in our own calm way and we know how to enjoy our time together! (Especially when the weather doesn’t call for eighteen layers of clothing…) Islendingadaguirinn is an annual tradition for us here in Manitoba, and this August long weekend marked the 126th anniversary of the festival. Time to channel your inner Viking!

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Ballet in the Park 2017, Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Every single year, I wait for the end of July- not because of the unbearable sun and 30°C+ temperatures, but because Ballet in the Park happens and completes my little ballet soul. A local Travel Thursday if you will! If you are new to the blog, ballet has been a lifelong passion of mine! Although I never moved on past my professional exams, I’ve kept dancing and attending and following throughout the years. Ballet in the Park is unlike any other show; taking place at the Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park here in Winnipeg, it’s an amazing event that allows us to celebrate and enjoy the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and this fair city of ours!

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200 Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Lower Fort Garry

This Travel Thursday is a local one for me- Lower Fort Garry is a surviving fort of the fur trade and was established in 1830 on the banks of the Red River. Although it is not so old as many sites in Europe, it is still a fascinating look into the past, and one that applies to many of us even now. The fur traders, lands, and animals supplied Europeans with countless furs, animal skins, and resources, with the Hudson’s Bay Company being the dominating company. Manitoba is in the centre of Canada, and allowed the fur traders to move along various routes! We spent the morning there on a beautiful day, and it was wonderful to spend a few hours in our own history…

200 Years of HBC History, Travel Thursday

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An Historian About… Royal Winnipeg Ballet 1718 Season Reveal!

This week, I was incredibly lucky to be invited to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 1718 Season Reveal! I had some vacation time at work and knew that it would be worth it, so on Tuesday morning I made my way down to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet studio to catch a glimpse of what the next season has in store for us! As you can imagine, I was fairly excited to be invited and I am so appreciative that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet takes the time to interact and engage with it’s patrons in a meaningful way. The ballet community in Winnipeg (and really everywhere) is not so big, and they do a wonderful job of reaching out to us!

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An Historian About… Nutcracker 2016

One of my very favourite holiday traditions is and will always be The Nutcracker. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a cultural icon and I go out of my way to attend as many performances as I can! You can see my Nutcracker post from 2015 here! The familiarity of it is part of why I love it so much, it feels like coming home at Christmas. You get to experience a wonderful score, fantastic choreography, and the chance to see younger dancers in more prominent roles! So, how was this year? Continue reading

An Historian About… the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dracula!

With a world-renowned ballet company like the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in my city, I take advantage of any chance I can get to see one of their performances! In a very odd twist of fate, I was able to see Dracula twice in October, or at least parts of it. I’m not usually a Halloween type of person, but this does seem to be quite fitting viewing for the holiday!

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An Historian About… Ballet in the Park 2016!

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Ballet in the Park! Ballet in the Park is a fantastic event that happens every summer in Winnipeg- the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company, Professional Division, and Recreational Division all perform in a free event at our biggest park for three evenings. I think that it is a brilliant event- it exposes the community to ballet for those who are intimidated or can’t afford it, it allows us to see a different piece that usually isn’t in the season, and it takes advantage of the beautiful weather in the summer. Yes, we have ridiculously cold winters. However, we also have ridiculously hot summers, with temperatures upwards of 35°C. So, what were we treated to this year?

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An Historian About… Barre After Hours!

As per my 30 Things to Do Before I Turn 30 Post, attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Barre After Hours event has been on my to-do list for a while! The event premiered last summer, but I wasn’t here for it. When I saw that tickets were available, I purchased mine ASAP and started making plans for it!

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