Winnipeg VegFest 2019
Whether you’ve kicked eating animal products completely, are curious about a more responsible way of living or are simply looking to learn more about the benefits of a meat-free diet, Winnipeg VegFest 2019 has the answers for you.
The day-long event highlights all things vegan, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible options that foster a healthy lifestyle and ethical choices. VegFest 2019 takes place Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Winnipeg’s Axworthy Health & RecPlex (350 Spence St.) starting at 9 a.m. and running through to 5 p.m. and features a wide range of speakers, vendors, workshops, a kids area and more.
Featured VegFest 2019 speakers get started in the main hall at 9:15 a.m. and will present on a wide range of topics throughout the day. Speakers include Olympic gold-medal figure skater Megan Duhamel, The Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks, Rutgers University professor Gary Francione and others.
A number of workshops will be taking place in the RecPlex’s multipurpose room, including sessions on vegan family nutrition, moving towards zero-waste living and the history of animal activism in Winnipeg. There will also be morning meditation and yoga sessions.
For those looking to nibble on something during the day, on-site food vendors serving up vegan fare will include a number of local eateries such as Wolseley/West End faves Decadence Chocolate and their new neighbours at Roughage Eatery, who recently set up shop at 126 Sherbrook St. and offer vegan twists on items such as cheese/charcuterie boards, spinach dip and spanakopita, among other tasty treats. There will also be a wide range of vendors selling products such as clothing, supplements, beauty products and accessories, as well as information booths on a wide range of veg-related topics.
The event field will also feature a number of workshops as well as performances and competitions taking place throughout the day, including the Festival du Fromageur, a judged competition between local contestants to see who can craft Winnipeg’s best-tasting homemade vegan cheese. The kids area, meanwhile, features a day full of fun events and performances, including music from Tim Barlow, a reading by Sweet Grass Farm author Christine Krahn-Matias, face painting and more.
Admission to Winnipeg VegFest 2019 is free; VIP passes are available for $100 and include a complimentary swag bag, a signed copy of Ellie Laks’ book My Gentle Barn and more, including a reserved seat in the front row for all of the day’s speakers. (Alternately, $50 gets you a day-long saved spot without the swag.)
For more information or to purchase VIP passes visit Winnipegvegfest.ca.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
The Art of Psyclone Studio
Evan Quiring has moved to the top of the card.
The local artist and comic book illustrator is holding his first solo exhibition this month at Cre8ery, showing off a range of styles that includes everything from monsters to superheros to luchadores, mask-wearing Mexican wrestlers.
“I’ve always thought luchadores were visually interesting. Like the lucha movies, having them juxtaposed against a scary monster like a werewolf or vampire, or a flying saucer is just really fun to draw. Throw in some attractive ladies and some cool vintage cars and it just writes itself,” he says.
His interest in comics started as a child when his mom purchased him Warlock No. 5, a reprint of Avengers Annuals from the 1970s where the superheroes teamed up with Spider-Man to fight Thanos. (Quiring took his mom to see the recent Avengers movie where the same plot unfolds.)
He started drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon, and considers his first published work to be 911: Emergency Relief, released by Alternative Comics in 2002.
Over the years he became a fan of classic monster movies and Mexican wrestling, eventually combining the two artforms into the comic series Luca Mystery, released by Sacramento, Calif.’s Scattered Comics.
So far there are three issues, and Quiring is currently working on the fourth.
“In the late ‘90s, I’d always be renting as many old monster movies as I could find, usually from Movie Village, and some of these movies were from Mexico. They had the famous luchadores, El Santo or Blue Demon in them, and they’d fight monsters or vampire chicks or whatever,” he says.
“With Lucha Mystery, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, I’m just doing my take on this genre.”
His solo exhibition at Cre8ery Gallery — The Art of Psyclone Studio — begins tonight, Sept. 19, with a free reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and will include an overview of his work, including canvas prints, comic book pages, comic book covers, event posters and pin-ups.
Some pieces will also be for sale.
Cre8ery Gallery and Studio is located at 125 Adelaide St. The exhibition will be on display until Oct. 1. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
— Rob Williams
Boy & Bear at the Garrick
Australian folk-rock five-piece Boy & Bear are back with their first new music since 2015’s Limit of Love and an accompanying world tour which lands in Winnipeg Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Garrick.
Boy & Bear, who played the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2014, are expected to release their long-awaited fifth record, Suck on Light, just two days after appearing in Winnipeg. The band recorded in Nashville and corralled some notable names to help with the new record, including producer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Ray, the Black Keys) and Grammy Award-winning mixer Tom Elmhirst, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Amy Winehouse and Arcade Fire.
During the band’s absence, frontman Dave Hosking dealt with intense health issues which involved bacteria essentially poisoning his nervous system and requires faecal microbiota transplants — yes, poo transplants — to curb the symptoms. (Get the full story here: wfp.to/boyandbear).
Hosking’s health still isn’t perfect, but it’s better, and the band has already seen success with their newest single, Hold Your Nerve.
Tickets are $29.50, available at Eventbrite.ca; fellow Aussie folk performer Stu Larsen will open the night.
— Erin Lebar
Come for the music and stay for the craic
Tune up your fiddle and head down to Crescent Fort Rouge United Church this Saturday for the Winnipeg Irish Festival. The event has been running for nearly three decades and is an annual celebration of traditional Irish music, arts and culture.
There is a slate of free family-friendly activities happening from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, including instrument demonstrations, hands-on music, dance, arts and crafts workshops and Irish jam sessions (don’t forget to bring your own instrument).
The evening program kicks off at 7 p.m. with a variety concert featuring songs and stories by local groups Curragh, the Barefoot Ceili Band, Pluck and the Flatland Ceili Band. Tickets are $15 at the door and attendees aged 16 and under get in free.
At the event, the festival organizing committee will also be sharing information about its forthcoming School of Traditional Irish Music & Arts, which will offer all-ages musical instruction and is scheduled to open in October.
Visit irishfest.ca for details.
— Eva Wasney
Jason Allen at the Handsome Daughter
The Handsome Daughter has stand-up comedy every Thursday, and this week they have a special headliner in Hamilton’s Jason Allen.
Allen is a rising star in the Canadian comedy scene, working with other comedians such as Tom Segura (who recently performed two sold out shows at Club Regent), Kevin Pollak, Jeremy Hotz and Brian Posehn. He was recently featured on CBC’s comedy page and has earned spots at comedy festivals all over the country, including Just for Laughs 42 in Toronto.
Allen will be performing two shows tonight, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; tickets are $15 and are available at Showpass.com.
Magic Bird Fried Chicken, the restaurant inside the Handsome Daughter, will also be pumping out crispy bites all night, so you can order food and take it into the show with you if you so choose.
— Erin Lebar