What’s on the Docket for Downtown Winnipeg in 2019?
Now that 2018 has wrapped up, you might be wondering what’s happening soon in the downtown ‘Peg. The area is bustling with development, including 300 Main, and 2019 is already shaping up to be jam-packed with events. Here’s a look at some of the great happenings you’ll want to jot down in your calendar.
Do You Like Music?
There will be concerts galore—including headliners from multiple decades—at Bell MTS Place. Justin Timberlake will be the major draw in February. April sees the legendary Fleetwood Mac come to town on the 11th, while Canadian rockers Metric play on the 23rd. Country sensation Carrie Underwood comes through on June 2nd. And taking you back to the 1980s is Corey Hart on June 18th. If you go, report back on whether he still wears his sunglasses at night. (Sorry. Had to.) To see a full list of events, check out the Bell MTS Place events calendar.
Manitoba Opera is putting on one of my favourite operas this spring, The Barber of Seville. This one’s a comedy, so don’t expect a long dirge. When you hear “Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiigaro!” being belted out onstage, you might recognize the famous aria featured in the Looney Tunes “Rabbit of Seville.” The Barber of Seville runs April 6th, 9th and 12th.
For Royal MTC fans, you can catch Matilda the Musical (based on the Roald Dahl Book) from January 8th to February 2nd . Another option is A Doll’s House from January 30st to February 16th. I’ve never heard of this one, but the description sounds intriguing: “Henrik Ibsen’s realist masterpiece resonates more than a century after the debut of Nora Helmer, whose bourgeois illusions are shattered by the realization that she’s merely a doll in her own home.”
And my last theatre recommendation is the smash musical Kinky Boots. The Centennial Concert Hall’s got this one from April 16th through 21st. I’ve only seen the movie version of this, and it was great. Expect the musical to be even better.
The Red River Mutual Trail should be open again soon (once we get some colder weather). Head down to the Forks to rent some skates and check out the world-famous warming huts. There are five new ones this year, including a performance hut. Norwegian ice musician Terje Isunget will perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra using instruments carved from Red River ice. Sounds fascinating to me!
If you want more exercise, you can always sign up for the Wild Winter Canoe Race at Shaw Park on February 16th. This involves finding a group of friends to “canoe” across the snow. (You move the canoe with your feet, like the most Canadian skateboard ever.) No need to bring your own canoe; the event will provide one for you. You can win great prizes and bragging rights.
The Wonderful Wedding Show runs January 19th and 20th at the Convention Centre. The event says it is “the largest single source of information available about local wedding services, featuring all of the city’s leading wedding professionals.” If you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020, it’s worth checking out.
There are so many wonderful events happening in downtown Winnipeg in 2019, you won’t be able to catch them all! Which of these events are right up your alley?