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Cole Choken's Run For Cancer: Mexico to Winnipeg

July 14, 2010

Cole Choken has been running since January 1st, 2010 where he started in Neuvo Laredo, Mexico and began his journey across North America. He has done a Marathon a day and travelled across many highways, side roads and even through fields just to complete his objective. Cole has gone up the East Coast of the United States passing through Texas, Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Quebec and is now currently in Ontario and on his way home to Winnipeg.

It will be a great homecoming when Cole comes back to ManitobaHe's running to raise both money and awareness for cancer.

Coles Journey - (Taken from his website:
In August 2006, Cole had a dream. In the dream, Cole woke up on the side of a highway. An old man with long hair and a long beard was jogging on the road and suddenly stopped and turned around. Cole was laying down. The old man told Cole, “Get up! Let’s go!” Cole got up and jogged down the highway with the old man.

Cole woke up around 2:00 in the morning. He then tried to jog down the road in front of his house. With his lack of determination at the time, he decided to return home.

On August 20, 2006, Cole was working at Olive Garden closing the restaurant with his friend Otis Lee. He told Otis, “I want to run across Winnipeg.” Otis replied jokingly, stating “you’re full of it.” Cole then told him about the dream. Otis was skeptical, but told Cole to call him if he reached the outskirts of Winnipeg. Cole left the restaurant at 12:30 am and went home to prepare. He began his first run that night at 1:00 am.

To follow Cole's journey home, visit his website

- Steve Noel




June 30

We had the pleasure of attending the last night of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's 2nd Annual Indigenous Festival on June 24th. The evening was called "Celebration" and it really was! Don Amero opened the evening with his sweet voice. Three songs weren't enough. It was so evident that playing with the Symphony was a real big deal for him. It was for the audience too. Juno Award winners, Digging Roots entertained us next. We became instant fans and loved their unique style. The extremely talented Shy-Anne Hovorka took the stage after the short intermission and performed a haunting rendition of Ancient Voices accompanied by the WSO and Ray Stevenson. Very cool! Crowd pleasers and Juno Award winners Eagle & Hawk ended the evening with four songs and an encore that brought everyone to their feet. Accompanying all these top aboriginal performers was the WSO. There was something so cool about taking these world-renowned musicians away from the Centennial Concert Hall. Put them on the Burton Cummings Stage, throw a pair of jeans and sandals on them all and they were transformed. We all were!



June 23, 2010

It's officially summer and we're planning an awesome Kick off to Summer weekend! 

Join us Thursday, July 1st for Canad Day Picnic in the Park at Assiniboine Park for great Canada Day celebrations. Fun starts at 1:00 pm and will feature fun family activities including entertainment at the Lyric Stage. There will children's entertainment, face painting and free admission to the Zoo courtesy of Mayor Sam Katz.  The evening will end with fireworks set to music by Manitoba artists including Kenny Shields and Streetheart. Check out the Canad Inns website for more info.

On Friday, July 2nd, get ready to cheer on our Blue and Gold at the 80th Anniversary Home Opener at the Canad Inns Stadium.  Kick off starts at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, July 3rd will be a day to remember!  It's the Manitoba Homecoming 2010 Concert for Human Rights that will take place on  Scotiabank Stage at The Forks starting at 2:00 pm. Admission is free with performances by:
•Chantal Kreviazuk
•Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
•Royal Winnipeg Ballet
•Chic Gamine
•Eagle & Hawk
•Fred Penner
•Sierra Noble
•Inward Eye
•Keith & Renee
•Dominique Reynolds
•The Duhks
•Les Surveillantes

The summer concert will include a visit by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.  Following the Queen’s visit, the celebration will continue with a bilingual concert which will be filmed by Rivard Productions and aired on TFO later this year.

Ten thousand concert attendees will receive complimentary human rights star pins as a reminder to take action to promote human rights in the years leading up to the opening of the museum and beyond.

Remember to check out our EVENTS CALENDAR for other Canada Day events throughout our entire province. Let summer begin folks! 




April 30, 2010

The next four weekends would be a good time for Icelanders and art lovers to come home to Manitoba.

The Canada Iceland Arts Festival Inc. is hosting the fourth annual Nuna (now) Iceland Canada Art Convergence in Winnipeg and the Interlake. The celebration of Icelandic and Canadian art will take over every weekend in May with music, film, theatre and visual art events.

Festivities are kicking off on Friday with a screening of acclaimed Icelandic film Dreamland. Here’s a description of the film from

How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over small communities.

Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.

In Dreamland a nation with abundance of choices gradually becomes caught up in a plan to turn its wilderness and beautiful nature into a massive system of hydro-electric and geothermal power plants with dams and reservoirs. Clean energy brings in polluting industry and international corporations. It’s the dark side of green energ

Dreamland is showing at Cinematheque on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. for those of you in the city and at 2:00 p.m. on May 1 at Lady of the Lake in Gimli for the Interlakers.

Winnipeggers Oldfolks Home and Iceland’s FM Belfast will get the party started this weekend with shows at the Royal Albert and the Gimli Theatre. Check out for a full schedule of events.

- Kelly

Culture Days Coming to Manitoba

April 21, 2010

Yesterday, across the county – from coast, to coast, to coast – mini Culture Days celebrations took place.

Culture Days is a nation-wide celebration of art and culture that will be happening September 24 to 26. It will be a weekend where galleries and art spaces will be open and free to the public so people and artists can connect.

This will be the first time Culture Days happens in Winnipeg and the public got a taste of what the celebration will be like at the Winnipeg Art Gallery during yesterday’s press conference and concert. There were performances by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra sting quartet, a scene from the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s presentation of Glorious!, Eagle and Hawk, French singer Daniel ROA, and opera singer Maria Luz Alvarez. The College Regional Gabrielle Roy High School Jazz Band attracted many passers with their performance in front of the WAG while an artist from the Graffiti Gallery used spray paint on canvas to create a work of art.

Keep your ears open for more about Culture Days in the upcoming weeks. A lot is being planned for the weekend, including Nuit Blanche – an event that that originated in Paris and is now happening in Winnipeg for the very first time. It will be a fun and funky indoor and outdoor around-the-clock showcase of the art and culture Winnipeg has to offer.

- Kelly