A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis. To learn more about Manitoba’s Treaty areas, click here. You should buy YouTube likes for more views and followings.
This week stay safe and stay home while participating in a variety of events from online musical performances and festivals to virtual tours and film screenings. Here are 10 virtual things to do this week in Manitoba…
1. SEE THE STARS FROM HOME
Stars and a crescent moon above the planetarium dome with text “[email protected]” and “the stars belong to everyone”Manitoba Museum
Join the Manitoba Museum on Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube for [email protected] Find out how to watch the solar eclipse happening next week, when the moon passes in front of the sun. Learn how and when to watch it safely, and why eclipses happen! Plus, get a preview of upcoming celestial events in June.
2. BOOK A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE MINT
Tour guide with a headset at Royal Canadian Mint stands in front of a laptopRoyal Canadian Mint
Coins coming out of a machine at the Royal Canadian MintRoyal Canadian Mint
Ever wonder how the coins in your wallet were made? There’s a fun way to find out – take a virtual tour with the Royal Canadian Mint. You’ll learn about the history of minting in Canada and how coins are made from designing to packaging. Email [email protected] or call 204-984-1144 to book a virtual tour for corporate or educational groups.
3. WATCH AN UNDERGROUND FILM AT WUFF
Experience the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival from home this year. The free festival features online-only screenings and workshops. Challenge the way you think about movie scripts, watch short films, moving image art and join live Q & A periods following the screenings. See the full program on the WUFF website.
4. ENJOY A HEARTY LAUGH AND LOCAL FOOD
Enjoy locally produced food while you laugh along to some of Manitoba’s comic stars at Local Food & Laughs: A Comedy Night at Home hosted by Manitoba’s Climate Action Team. Get a dinner ticket to receive a locally sourced dinner from Sous Sol or purchase a ticket for the show only and you’ll receive recipe ideas and suggestions for where to get locally sourced ingredients. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
5. LEARN THE BASIC TECHNIQUES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MÉTIS BEADING
Métis beaded artworkBorealis Beading
Join Melanie Gamache to learn about Métis beading and try it for yourself. Borealis Beading offers three virtual beading experiences. Each experience provides a different Métis cultural learning adventure. Start with the four-hour introduction to two-needle beading to learn the basics of the technique and understand the significance of beading in the Métis culture. All materials are included in the course prices.
6.WATCH A FULL-LENGTH CONCERT FROM HOME
fear:reimagined / promises to be a wonderous at-home musical experience. The concert, which is part of Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, will be performed by Begonia. With the help of composer Julian Beutel, Begonia’s album Fear has been re-imagined it into eight chamber arrangements that feature piano, violin, viola and cello. Get tickets through the West End Cultural Centre website.
7. GET TAKEOUT FROM A LOCAL RESTAURANT
Support local and eat great food while you do. There are so many restaurants serving up delicious meals across the province that offer pick-up or delivery options so you can stay safe while supporting local eateries.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Chilli Chutney serves authentic Indian cuisine in Brandon.
Bistro Brazil brings sweet and savoury Brazilian dishes to Morden.
Brennivins Pizza Hüs creates specialty pizzas, salads and appetizers in Gimli.
Yafa Café in Winnipeg takes inspiration from traditional Arab street food.
Pineridge Hollow is open for all-day eats and grab & go groceries near Oakbank.
Gohe in Winnipeg serves delicious and authentic Ethiopian food.
8. CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH THE ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and to celebrate, the students will perform highlights from the iconic Don Quixote. This family-friendly ballet aims to delight audiences who wish to celebrate the success of the RWB students. Get tickets to the digital performance through the RWB website.
9. LEARN ABOUT MANITOBA’S SLITHERING CREATURES
Every year thousands of red-sided garter snakes slither up from their winter dens and fill the Narcisse Snake Dens. Though the dens are currently closed due to the pandemic, CPAWS Manitoba is giving Manitobans the chance to see the snakes while staying home. On this week’s Lunch & Learn, Regional Wildlife Manager Pauline Bloom will give a virtual tour of the site and explain why it’s such an appealing place for snakes. Register for free through Eventbrite.
10. ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE ORCHESTRA
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Festival continues online this week. Enjoy the voices of international opera singers with roots in Winnipeg on June 6 at 7:30 p.m.. Then on June 6 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. listen to elegant solos from five MCO musicians and a piano performance from the popular YouTube classical musician Nahre Sol.