Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero
Today until Sunday, various schedules
Canada Life Center, 300 Portage Ave.
Tickets from $30 plus fees, Ticketmaster.ca
Things are going to get a little silly at Canada Life Center this weekend.
Goofy, Mickey and the rest of the gang will strap on their skates and hit the ice as part of Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Herowhich features a mix of characters, songs and routines based on a variety of old and new Disney classics.
Making appearances as part of the event, which highlights heroes from all manner of Disney productions, will be Moana and Maui from moanaBelle, the Beast and all kinds of enchanted objects from Beauty and the BeastAnna, Elsa and Olaf’s Frozen as well as Rapunzel, Mickey, Minnie and more.
In addition to dazzling footwork from the performers, expect plenty of hilarious sets, special effects, impressive costumes, plenty of chants for fans of all ages, and more.
Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero begins tonight at 7pm, continues tomorrow at 7pm and then Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm before ending Sunday at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm. tickets start at $30 plus fees and are available at ticketmaster.ca.
— ben sigurdson
The Fretless Bring Their Open House Tour To Winnipeg
Sunday, 8 p.m.
West End Cultural Center
Tickets $25 plus fees at wecc.eventbrite.ca
The kings of strings that make up Juno-winning folk quartet The Fretless decided to roll out the welcome mat for their aptly titled fifth album, 2021. Open house, inviting a who’s who of guest vocalists to complete their singular sound.
That also includes some Winnipeggers. The Bros. Landreth and singer-songwriter (and sometimes Wailin’ Jenny) Ruth Moody were among the heavy hitters joining Trent Freeman (fiddle/viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle/viola), Ben Plotnick (fiddle/viola) and Eric Wright (cello) in Open housewhich was released through the Winnipeg label Birthday Cake Records.
The 10-song album also features vocal turns from singer-songwriter (and Juno 2020 winner) Celeigh Cardinal, who covers William Prince. earthly days (another Winnipeg tie) and Scottish musician Rachel Sermanni, who provides a spectacular version of Feist’s my moon my man. Other contributors looked to their own catalogs for inspiration; Juno-winning singer-songwriter Dan Mangan revisited his 2018 song troubled mind, while the Bros. returned to 2013 with let him lie.
Obviously, it would be a logistical nightmare for 10 busy singer-songwriters to tour with Fretless, so Winnipeg’s own Madeleine Roger will be handling vocal duties at the Sunday night show, along with some “surprise special guests.”
Tickets are available at EventBrite. For more information, including the venue’s current COVID-19 protocols, visit wecc.ca.
— jen zoratti
The Barra MacNeils kick off the Christmas concert season
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets: $32.75-$54.25 at centennialconcerthall.com or by calling 204-949-3999
Celtic group Barra MacNeils will celebrate an East Coast Christmas when the Cape Breton Island-based sextet performs at Centennial Concert Hall on November 29.
Six members of the MacNeil clan from Sydney Mines, NS make up the Barras (Sheumas, Kyle, Stewart, Lucy, Ryan and Boyd MacNeil), who have become Canada’s Celtic ambassadors since the family band formed in 1980 and won the Juno Awards in 1992 and 2001, the latter for Group of the Year.
The Barras have recorded 17 albums in their 42-year history, including two Christmas albums, in 1999 and 2006.
Those records combine traditional English Christmas carols such as God rest you happy gentlemen Y Good King Wenceslaus with Celtic-inspired songs and hymns, such as Samhach An Oidhch’ — the Gaelic version of Silent Night.
— little alan
Vinyl Vault spins again
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Power Building, 428 Portage Ave.
After a pandemic hiatus, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s Vinyl Vault monthly record sale quietly reopened for in-person purchases last month. The event returns this Saturday with an underground warehouse stocked with gently used and affordable LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, VHS and 45 tapes for collectors and casual listeners alike.
Prices start at $1 for 45s and cassettes or $3 for vinyl. Select electronic equipment is also available for purchase. Cash is preferred, but checks, Visa or Mastercard, are also accepted, no debit.
The Vinyl Vault is a permanent fundraiser for the local chamber orchestra, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a series of eight concerts at its longtime home, Westminster United Church in Wolseley.
The sale is held in the basement of the Power Building and masks are required while shopping.
Have some records you want to download? The MCO is always looking for donations. Pickups can be arranged by calling 204-783-7377; visit themco.ca/vinyl-vault for more information.
Go to the art cinema
Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.
Advance tickets: wfp.to/cinematheque
If you don’t feel like enjoying the incredibly and unusually warm winter weather this weekend, spend a few hours at the movies. At the Dave Barber Cinematheque, the 4k restoration of Winnipeg director Guy Maddin’s landmark 1988 film Tales from Gimli Hospital is running all weekend, playing in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Matthew Rankin’s three-minute short black gull rub, a metafilm starring Barber, the late businessman of the Cinematheque.
Czech director Vera Chytilova’s new wave farce is also presented at the city center theater daisies, “widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. If that’s not enough, also show is holy spider, a new film by Danish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi about a journalist who goes to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer who targets sex workers. Based on a true story, the dialogue is in Persian with English subtitles.
Rounding out the list is a screening of master filmmaker Ridley Scott’s work on Saturday night. Thelma and Luisa, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, with the screen debut of Bradley Pitt.
Prepare your popcorn.
— Ben Waldmann
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Alan Small has been a Free Press journalist for over 22 years in a variety of roles, most recently Art & Life Reporter.
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