Comedian Dez Reed performs seven themed comedy routines at seven separate venues during The Harvest Classic Comedy Festival 5.0, an event that induces chuckling in audience members of all ages. Laughter conjurer Tommy Savitt emcees the 90- to 120-minute routines, kick-starting each evening at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. with an introduction of the show's theme and preparatory smile stretches. An all-access pass grants entry to all seven nights of wisecracking amusement, including "Dez Reed: The Musical" on September 21, the sports-themed production "The Best Dang Comedy Sports Show" on September 25, and a viewing of Bambi's hunting scene to cure week-long giggle fits. Like presents the day after Christmas, all seats are open, which encourages comedy junkies to arrive early for the best possible view. Some venues have a limited number of seats, and all shows are first come, first served.
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
In Nutana Curling Club’s eight-sheet arena, throwers deliver stones as sweepers make way using the sport’s signature brooms. This familiar scene unfolds throughout the season, as the more than 80-year-old club hosts leagues for curlers ranging from beginners to seasoned pros. Off the ice, non-members can relax with pints of beer while watching sports on big-screen TVs or playing shuffleboard—a sport similar to curling—or darts—a sport similar to launching nuclear missiles at random cities. Along with regular events such as bonspiels, Nutana Curling Club also hosts several international competitions that draw world-class players from across the globe.
The chefs at Miramar Restaurant fry, grill, and steam a flavourful array of classic Chinese dishes. Beef and broccoli are topped with a succulent dark sauce, and barbecued pork plates tempt eyes and tongues with colourful mixed vegetables. Among house specialties, the Bird Nest pays tribute to a storied delicacy without actually displacing neighbourhood wildlife. A selection of vegetarian options ensures diners of all dietary stripes leave satiated.