Doors Open Winnipeg: Manitoba Legislative Building

Here in Winnipeg, we have one weekend once a year (the last weekend in May) where museums, historical sites, homes, churches, and countless other buildings and sites open their doors to the public for free and let us experience this wonderful city of ours. It is a fantastic way to see buildings that you might not otherwise be able to see, and gives you a great excuse to get out and about. One of my friends who also loves history was willing to put up with me for the day, so we first headed to the Manitoba Legislative Building!

Doors Open Winnipeg

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Snapshot- 30 May 2018

Building on my post from Saturday, I’ve really started to appreciate my hometown of Winnipeg. Sure, we might be a smaller city, only 700,000 people, and we have terrifically cold winters, but we do have some hidden gems that make our city worthwhile… Continue reading

There is More to Canada Than the Rockies

As a Canadian, I understand that I feel more warmth and appreciation for Canada than most people in the world, and that makes complete sense to me. People do seem to love visiting Canada, and that makes me so happy to see and hear- to know that other people want to appreciate this lovely country of mine. However, something that I have sadly noticed is that the world seems to think that Canada is made up of Alberta and British Columbia, aka. the Rocky Mountains. It’s actually quite disappointing to see that people are seeing maybe 10% of the country when the rest of our provinces have so much to offer- there is more to Canada than just the Rockies, and I will make the case.

There is More toCanada than the Rockies

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RWB School Spotlight feat Coppélia

Throughout the year, Winnipeg is treated with productions from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company, and they are amazing. However, what a lot of Winnipeggers don’t know is that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School also puts on their own productions, and these are a wonderful chance to see the up-and-coming dancers in the school, experience some amazing productions, and support the developing arts community in Winnipeg. On Friday evening, I was lucky enough to see Spotlight feat. Coppélia, and it is one of my new favourites!

RWB School_ Spotlight feat. Coppélia

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Giveaway: RWB Spotlight Tickets!

I am very excited to announce that I am hosting a giveaway for two tickets for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s next production! There is a pair of tickets valued at $60 available for Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and it looks to be an incredible show. It is the end of the year show for the Professional Division students, and you will have the chance to see many up-and-coming dancers before they head out into the dance world. Coppélia, a fun and entertaining classical story ballet, is perfect for any age and is a wonderful introduction to ballet for a newcomer!

To enter the draw, you just have to submit your full name and email dress on the Google form below- submissions must be received by Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 5pm CST.  The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday evening! This is open to Winnipeg/Manitoba residents. (Please note that your personal information will be deleted after the contest, and will not be kept and/or distributed to other parties.)

For more information on Spotlight, please visit here! And also remember that in a few months, we will also have Ballet in the Park to look forward to! A huge thank you to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for providing the tickets for the giveaway.

Please share this with anyone that you think would enjoy the show!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian
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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Carmina Burana

I was originally surprised to see that the RWB’s Season of Storytelling would be concluding with Carmina Burana and Serenade in a mixed repertoire show, as they are both somewhat story-less. However, it is the perfect way to close the season entirely focused on the company itself and what our dancers can do! This three piece production is widely varied in both choreography and music, but the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the heart running through it, and undoubtedly shows why we should be proud to call them our own. The athleticism, intelligence, power, and grace that is shown throughout is amazing to see in person, and Carmina Burana with Serenade is not a show to miss!

RWB Carmina Burana

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

Although the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker tops my list of favourite, their The Sleeping Beauty has now come a very close second- this is a spellbinding and entertaining ballet that will keep anyone enthralled from beginning to end. The absolutely gorgeous costumes and sets, paired with an incredibly talented company, will bring you away to a fairy-tale kingdom for an evening and allow you to see everything that ballet can and should be! The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty runs from February 28 to March 4 at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents

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The Forks, Winnipeg in the Winter

The entire world seems to be groaning and ranting at winter right now, and I’m not entirely sure why. 1) It’s the middle of January, which as far as I know, is the middle of Winter. This shouldn’t be a shock. 2) Grumping doesn’t raise any temperatures other than your own. 3) Few places are colder than Winnipeg, and we somehow seem to live through it and find things to celebrate about it. So, this is going to be my “Winnipeg in the Winter” series, where I celebrate all things winter and cold! The cold doesn’t have to be inherently terrible; it just takes forethought and planning to enjoy. Today, I’m starting with the Forks!

The Forks, Winnipeg in the Winter

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Our Story

Last evening, I was lucky enough to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s premiere of Our Story, a collection of pieces by celebrated Canadian choreographers in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! As the oldest ballet company in Canada and the longest continually operating company in North America, the RWB is a leading company that balances traditional and classical productions with bold and experimental pieces that push the art form.

An Historian About...RWB's Our Story

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An Historian About… The Princess and the Goblin

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a fascinating company- although they stage and produce the classics that we all know and love, they also bring newer productions to our stage to broaden our ballet views. This is only the second production of The Princess and the Goblin and is unlike anything else the company has staged in the last few years. The shadows and magic and goblins are the perfect answer for the fall, and we were able to see the full range of the company and Royal Winnipeg Ballet school! One of my new favourite ballets, here is The Princess and the Goblin! (3)

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