For 30 years, Cinematheque, which is operated by The Winnipeg Film Group, has devoted itself to screening a wide variety of independent and international films while exposing audiences to local filmmakers and special events. The intimately sized theatre's vast programming includes restored 35mm classics, contemporary Canadian and aboriginal films, and films that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to the art of cinema. During weekly and one-off presentations, special guests such as directors, actors, and scholars place selected works into context by explaining the director's intentions, the film's impact on other filmmakers, and why dogs were used on set instead of ottomans. Similarly, the ongoing Cinema Lounge: Critical Dialogue on Canadian Cinema series features Canadian artists introducing a contemporary or classic Canadian film that has personally shaped their career, thus encouraging a public debate about the film's importance and influence.
Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.
Sporting a hearty menu of classic café fare and sandwiches, Ellice Café welcomes the pre- and post-theatre crowd to dine while sprawled at tables under works by local artists. Contemplate the depth of a painted canvas while munching on a chicken teriyaki wrap ($5.99), mama’s lasagna ($11.99), or the rancher burger ($7.99), where bacon, cheddar cheese, and onion rings recline on a juicy patty under a fountain of ranch, barbecue sauce, and eternal youth. Lunch starts after 11 a.m. daily and reservations are required.
A casual gastropub, Luxalune tosses out tapas rafts to woozy taste buds. Settle into one of the plush leather couches and compare spirit animal housebreaking tips with friends while perusing a menu of small plates infused with global flavours. The De-Luxsole pizza ($13.99) balances stacks of pepperoni, chorizo sausage, and smoky bacon atop a bubbly crust. Social snackers can sample the English lamb masala ($13.99), braised lamb in a spicy curry sauce dotted with chick peas and served aside flat bread, or keep roving hands occupied with the antipasto sampler ($14.99), a savoury selection of five local cheeses, pickles, olives, and gourmet cold cuts. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, Luxalune boasts more than 150 beers – arguably the largest selection in town, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Patrons can flex stiff legs and restless rotator cuffs by circling the pool table or sinking into a live music act Wednesday and Sunday evenings, invigorating a meal faster than a dip in a dry ice bath.
• For $99, you get an eight-session adult Learn-to-Row program (a $200 value). • For $125, you get a two-week, eight-session youth summer camp (a $250 value).
Smoothie Bar crafts 20 flavours of tongue-chilling smoothie concoctions with customizable options. Parched patrons can indulge in any two regular-size smoothies, all prepared with real frozen fruit and no syrups, added sugars, or forced smiles (a $5 value each). The strawberry-mango-swirl flavour nourishes with its tropical bouquet, and the supreme Big Breakfast smoothie blends an antihunger task force of skim milk, blueberries, banana, nuts, and honey with nutmeg-cinnamon spicing. Refresh palates with a detoxifying wheatgrass smoothie, or customize any blended beverage from Smoothie Bar's abundant ingredients. The smoothie emporium also serves food items such as chips and muffins to accompany lonesome liquids in their fight against overly verbal hungry bellies.
Readers of Uptown magazine named Alive in the District one of the three best dance clubs in Winnipeg this year, and also gave it a top-three spot in the Hottest Club Clientele category. More than 1,900 Facebookers are fans.
Owner Chris Fougere has a hand in every aspect of Fude Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar, from personally interviewing the staff to coming up with names for each of the menu’s equally inventive dishes. A seasoned player in the restaurant industry, Chris uses every ounce of his creativity to create an inspired dining experience, saying, “Our goal, in no uncertain terms, is to wow our guests." The menu features culinary classics with twists, such as free-range-chicken skewers covered in a dark-chocolate sauce and topped with a dollop of cayenne cream or button mushrooms and local goat cheddar covered with puff pastry and berry cream. Nearly every dish highlights seasonal Manitoba vegetables, meats, and seafood, backed by an assortment of vegan and gluten-free fare and tofu shadow puppets.
In addition to the dine-in experience, Fude offers lunch, dinner, and cocktail-party catering services ranging from appetizers only to four-course meals with wine parings. An extensive drink menu features classic and house-formulated martinis as well as Fude-exclusive house wines named by Chris himself.
The Centennial Concert Hall lends its history and elegance. More than 2,300 scarlet-red seats rest beneath soft lights that shine down like stars or extraterrestrial eyeballs. At the orchestra level, two murals by artist Tony Tascona flank audiences on both the right and left side, and in the lobby, patrons partake in preshow conversations near a mural by Greta Dale.
Visitors to Joe Black Coffee Bar can cuddle up with a shot of espresso or a cup of freshly brewed fair-trade coffee, paired with gluten-free pastries, sandwiches, and desserts. Diners sip Brazilian dark-roast javas in the morning, or sip wine at dinner as they sink their teeth into flatbread pizzas and toasty paninis.
For $52, you get a seat in level 300 (an $89.50 value before fees, or up to a
$103.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). For $83, you get a seat in level 100 (a $149.50 value before fees, or up to a $165.50 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Britney Spears hurtles back into the earth’s stratosphere, pulling out all the stops, raising roofs, and dousing all of mankind’s melancholia in glitter and beatitude on her fiery Femme Fatale tour. From Mouseketeer to multifaceted entertainer, Britney Spears has seared dance floors throughout her career with infectious sonic shrapnel while soothing countless ears scarred by the sound of exploding chalkboards. Unleashing fresh cuts dripping with danceable dubstep beats and tireless techno melodies, the Femme Fatale tour shares its stagecoach with a lineup of glam girl-powered acts. Spunky rhyme funambulist Nicki Minaj joins electro-pop teases Jessie and the Toy Boys and the feisty twisted-sister duo of NERVO to round out a night stuffed with golden throats, brick-thick beats, and floor-shaking choreography that will undoubtedly awaken the stadium’s downstairs neighbors.
The Winehouse nourishes sousers with informative wine-tasting experiences that build comprehensive buyer knowledge. A Wine Tour Around the World course presents an in-depth analysis and the composite IQ scores of five different worldly wines. Astute staff select each affordable bottle based on seasonal availability, but participants can expect supping Australian Kari Bay chardonnay, Argentinean Michel Torino pinot noir, and French Arrogant Frog sauvignon blanc. The cup-filling class covers each juice's origin, where to buy it, and what foods can create a tasty pair. While sampling each beverage, feel free to nibble on the provided light appetizer or predict future NHL victories by reading the remaining wine sediment.
No two pop charts look identical worldwide. That’s why, in addition to more than 2,700 English-language tunes, Muz Karaoke’s music library stocks songs in more than five other languages, including Vietnamese and Russian. After selecting a number from Muz’s constantly updating machines, participants serenade friends in a private room outfitted with its own TV and dance lighting. Muz houses five such spaces, as well as a public karaoke cafe where you can croon for the public at large. Every night voices soar to the rafters until at least midnight, while spectators nibble on Muz’s snacks or outside food and soft drinks.
There's always someone cheering at The Cheer Bar & Grill, either at their favourite team making a big play or at their favourite server arriving with frosty brews and fresh-cut fries heaped with bearnaise or rich gravy. The flatscreen TVs project hockey and football for cheering fans splitting wings by the pound or tearing into new york strip steak sandwiches. Late night, the place transforms as the first chords played by live bands and DJs stream from the sound systems. The main area swiftly turns into a dance floor with pulsating lights, and barstools become dance partners for shy wallflowers.
During his travels through Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, Chef Robert Thomas developed a passion for the culture and street food of these regions. He found his inspiration for Modern Taco Company in the way simple ingredients melded to create these delicious cuisines. The culinary experimenter harnesses the diverse flavours of these regions to reimagine the taco, stuffing tortillas with pulled maple-chipotle pork, jerk chicken, and falafel. Margaritas, daiquiris, and Mexican-style hot chocolate can quell the spicy mouth conflagrations caused by the diverse gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and items from the eatery's gluten-free menu. Chef Rob also enthusiastically adds an extra kick by whipping up salsa from mango, super-spicy scotch bonnets, and a single dwarf star.