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274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3
204-943-7555

OPEN
Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun-Mon Closed

EMAIL
kelly@aquabooks.ca

We accept Interac, Visa and Mastercard too

What people are saying:

I used to come into your bookstore all the time on Princess. Now I live in Tokyo. The sad part about living in Tokyo is that I can't eat at EAT!. I just wanted to congratulate you on your great success with Aqua! It sounds as though things are going really great for you, and the business/thought-fostering centre/restaurant establishment is the thing my dreams are made of. I think that the community that you are helping to foster in Winnipeg is inspiring. If I was still living in Winnipeg, I'd probably never leave your store (provided there's a public bathroom). Anyway, Aqua Books is probably the thing about Winnipeg I miss most. I loved walking from my apartment in the Exchange to your store on the weekends to wither away the hours. It always smelled good in there. Does the Garry St. location smell equally good? I bet it does. - Lauren U., Tokyo

PAST STORE EVENTS

Music and Words

Aqua Books is Western Canada's second-busiest arts and cultural venue (Banff is #1), seeing an audience of over ten thousand people at three hundred and fifty readings, book launches, meetings, workshops, concerts, plays, film screenings, lectures and shows every year. Unless noted, all events are free, take place at 123 Princess Street and are presided over by Margaret Laurence's Stone Angel (you'll know what I mean when you see it). For information on utilizing Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall (seats 110) or the Vicki Karon Francis events room (seats 27), contact Kelly Hughes at kelly@aquabooks.ca.

Music

Sunday, June 17/12 8pm  $10 adv./$12 door


Devon Sproule
With guests Thom Gill and Red Moon Road

Devon SprouleThere's a refreshing sweetness about the work of Canadian songwriter Devon Sproule - there in her mellifluous vocals and poetic, freewheeling lyrics that, in the way of Bjork and Joanna Newsom, are more blank verse than rhyming schemes. Sproule's songs ooze the atmosphere of balmy Virginia days - she grew up in a commune in the state - and her sunny outlook is infectious.


Red Moon RoadInspired by the lake, campfires, outdoor living and kitchen party jams, Red Moon Road is a down-home, acoustic folk and roots band with the right mix of East Coast and Country charm. Red Moon Road is a Winnipeg-based, touring songwriters’ collective. The band is driven by the reckless abandon and soulful beauty of vocalist Sheena Rattai, the songwriting of power-house multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan, and the sweet harmonies and songs of banjo/mandolin player Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. These musicians deliver songs that tell stories; songs you want to hear again; songs “frankly filled with images which evoke the life of the land, and its connection to the heart” (Rev. Bill Cliff).



Music

Saturday, June 16/12 7pm-1am  $5


123.0
With Bobby Stahr, Kristopher Ulrich, Aaron Sabasch, Paul De Gurse, Nic Dyson, Joshua Stanton, Tim Elias, Eagle Lake Owls, Haley Rempel, JohNNy SiZZle, Marcel Desilets, Kate Ferris, Seanster and the Monsters, Carlen Jupiter, Sid Strange, Mary McCandless and many more


Music

Saturday, June 9/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Nairobi Incident
With Mogley and the Woodland Creatures


Lit

Thursday, June 7/12 7pm


Manitoba Writers' Guild presents
2012 Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program Reading
Writers Justina Elias, Keith Cadieux, Christopher Friesen, Miranda Poyser, Angeline Schellenberg, and Gerry Wolfram, with mentors Anita Daher, Jonathan Ball, David Elias, Chandra Mayor, Méira Cook, and Jennifer Still


Music

Wednesday, June 6/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


3
Marco Castillo, Amber Nielsen and Lindsey White

Winnipeg's newest power trio: Marco Castillo, Amber Nielsen and Lindsey White, playing the second-last show ever at 274 Garry Street!!


Theatre

Saturday, June 2/12 7pm


Playwrights Guild of Canada presents
40th Anniversary Cabaret
Featuring playwrights Hope McIntyre, Rick Chafe, Stephen Orlov, Lisa Codrington, James Durham and Ken Cameron, hosted by Vern Thiessen


Theatre

Saturday, June 2/12 5pm


Professional Association of Canadian Theatres presents
cinq-à-sept


Music

Friday, June 1/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


Hollerin' Pines
With guests The Kristopher Ulrich Band

Hollerin' PinesHollerin' Pines


Kris UlrichGuitarist and songwriter Kristopher Ulrich has been making music since he was a child, and is now entering his second year in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at school or performing in various Winnipeg venues with one of several bands, Ulrich can be found teaching and playing with inner city youth, helping them develop instrumental and song-writing skills. This past summer, he was one of a handful of musicians in the Manitoba Artists in Health Care program, which takes music to patients and staff at the Health Science Centre. Ulrich grew up in Lac du Bonnet and lives now in Winnipeg.



Jazz

Thursday, May 31/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Lucas Sader Project, feat. Erin Propp

The Lucas Sader ProjectThe Lucas Sader Project is a Winnipeg-based group committed to producing a fresh outlook on jazz music. Drummer, composer, and arranger Lucas Sader heads up the ensemble, which also features pianist Paul De Gurse, bassist Karl Kohut, and vocalist Erin Propp for this special performance. The group will explore the music of Robert Glasper, U2, Nirvana, Herbie Hancock, and more, as well as their own original compositions.



Music

Wednesday, May 30/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Amy Winehouse Songbook
Featuring Claire Morrison, Carlen Jupiter, Elizabeth Shearer and Samantha-Marie

The Amy Winehouse SongbookFour talented young singer-songwriters tackle the songbook of the late, and acclaimed songwriter Amy Winehouse.



Jazz

Sunday, May 27/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


U of M Jazz Studies Class of 2012 Sextet
Featuring Shannon Kristjanson, Reggie San Miguel, Landen Seesahai, Paul De Gurse, Luke Sellick and Jeff King

Class of 2012 SextetFeaturing original compositions and arrangements by the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies Class of 2012: Shannon Kristjanson (alto sax), Reggie San Miguel (flute), Landen Seesahai (trumpet), Paul De Gurse (piano), Luke Sellick (bass) and Jeff King (drums).



Music

Saturday, May 26/12 8pm  $7/$10 with CD


Nic Dyson CD Release
With The Kristopher Ulrich Band

Nic DysonNic Dyson plays music because he loves music. Music is his life, and everything he has gets put into it. He only started singing and writing a year ago, and it has all taken off from there. He has performed at his school's talent show 3 years in a row and at Springfield Chicken Days twice. And thats how far experience goes for him. He is influenced heavily by artists such as City and Colour, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, and his playing and writing fully reflects that. This is only the beginning for Nic, and he has every desire to keep pushing and seeing where music will take him in the future.



Craft Sale

Saturday, May 26/12 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Papertrail Craft Co., Periwinkle Designs, SoGa Soap and Cupfakery, Mozy Rue, Julrei, Crushcraft, Just the Goods, Blue Star Studios, Prairie Peasant, DragonNerd, CatHaus, Inspyred Creations, Dreaming Tree, Pure Paper Extract, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired.

Admission is free.



Music

Friday, May 25/12 8pm  $7


Yes We Mystic
With When the Boy Wakes

Yes We Mystic



Latin

Thursday, May 24/12 8pm  $12


Amber Epp and the Argentine Collective
Amber Epp, Victor Lopez, Scott Senior and Gonzalo Godio

Amber Epp and the Argentine CollectiveFive Winnipeg musicians join to bridge the gap between Canada and Argentina. The rythms of the chacarera, vidal, zamba, tango, and milonga, combined with jazz harmonies, create beautiful song and lively music. Hear the music of Mercedes Sosa, María Elena Walsh, Atahualpa Yupanqui and many more, performed by:

Amber Epp (voice, piano)
Víctor Hugo López (voice, guitar)
Gonzalo Godio (voice, bass)
Scott Senior (percussion)

Guillermo Ocejo (special guest: guitar)



Lit

Tuesday, May 22/12 7pm


Libros Libertad Book Launch
Poets Shirley Camia and Manolis

Manolis



Bake Sale

Friday, May 18/12 10am-2pm


Manitoba Food Bloggers
Get Your Goodies Bake Sale and The Big Bake Off


Comedy

Thursday, May 17/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


Live! with Reggie San Miguel
Comedian Dan Huen, with music by Victor Lopez and Sean Burke

Live! with Reggie San Miguel And we're back!

One of the city's top 3 talk shows will be returning on Thursday, May 17 at Aqua Books, and it will be better than ever, with some special guests.

Jack Johnson. The Beatles. Adele. Justin Timberlake. These are just some of the people whose songs I'll be playing, along with Victor Lopez on guitar and Sean Burke on the bass. And you can expect a touch of Disney as well.

Oh wait, there's more. I'll be talking to fellow host Dan Huen from Week Thus Far to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting, being constantly recognized on the street, and hosting a show.

I hope you can drop by and catch some signature San Miguel arrangements and comedy bits that will leave you thinking "Wow, I'm really glad I DVR'd 30 Rock tonight."



Comedy

Wednesday, May 16/12 7pm


UnReserved (Winnipeg warm-up show)
Comedian Ryan McMahon

UnReserved Join us on Wed. May 16th, 2012 at Aqua Books as Ryan McMahon prepares to tape a full, one hour, standup comedy special for CBC TV/Radio (June 1/2, 2012 in Calgary, AB). You're invited to come out laugh/celebrate with him at this ONE NIGHT ONLY warm up show right here in downtown Winnipeg, MB. He'll be doing a full 75 minute set in preparation for his taping but he'll also be working other material throughout the night - don't miss this!



Theatre

Tuesday, May 15/12 8pm  $10


Fusion Dance Theatre Fundraiser
With Brian Richardson


Music

Sunday, May 13/12 7pm  $10/$5 students


Jazz Machine VII
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Keith Price Trio with Alexa Dirks and Amber Epp

Keith PriceHaving strummed since the sixth grade on his grandfather’s guitar, Keith Price landed his first gig at age fifteen. First influenced by pop, punk and heavy metal, Price discovered jazz music through the intensity and spirituality of John Coltrane. At age 19, Price began his formal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Upon his return to Winnipeg, Price turned down a scholarship at New School University in New York City and opted instead to stay in Steve Kirby’s newly established jazz program at the University of Manitoba. Price released his debut album, Breakfast Of Champions, in the fall of 2009. The album reached #5 on both the earshot and chartattack jazz charts and he was nominated for the TD Grand Prix du Jazz and the Galaxie Rising Star award at this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival.


Alexa DirksBorn and raised in Winnipeg, Alexa Dirks draws inspiration from the vast prairie space around her. She is perhaps best known for her work with The New Lightweights and Chic Gamine. Her husky, powerful voice, instinctive sense of melody and harmony, imbue every one of her vocal performances with breathtaking abandon.


Amber EppAdventure, discovery, and joy culminate in the music of Amber Epp. All at once alluring and uplifting, Amber shares her joy for life and excitement in the undiscovered in each performance. With heartstrings pulled by the freedom of jazz and the rhythm of Latin music, she unites her favorite styles in a delightful way.



Spoken Word

Friday, May 11/12 7pm


Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival
With Nereo II and Kent Suss

Nereo IINereo II has been active in the local spoken word and hip hop community since the early 2000s and has shared his performances across North America at events such as the 10th Annual Scribble Jam Hip Hop Festival, the 2nd and 3rd annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, The Toronto International Poetry Slam, the Speak Series in Halifax, Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival and the 4th Annual Storytelling Festival. His work has appeared in the Filipino Journal, on CBC Radio’s Content Factory, and Branch Magazine. His performances have inspired, and touched many among the spoken word community. In May of 2008, Nereo won the Winnipeg CBC Poetry Face Off. Nereo is a renaissance man, who asides from writing and performing, is multi-disciplined in many different fields of art.


Kent SussWhen he’s not performing his spoken word poetry, Kent Suss directs the Theatre School at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, where he also teaches acting. Since graduating from the U of W, he has performed on stages across Canada, designed and directed high school musicals, and designed puppet and mask plays and workshops for Artists in the Schools. Kent is currently preparing to perform his live show Three-letter Words at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the Aspire Theatre in Gimli this summer, and working on a book for an upcoming musical.



Bluegrass

Thursday, May 10/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Devil Went Down to Aqua
Bluegrass with The WhizBang Shufflers and Spring Thaw

The WhizBang ShufflersThe WhizBang Shufflers are back, and these good old Mennonite boys won't go down again without a fight. Look out ol' Scratch.


Spring ThawIf you enjoy bands like Alison Krauss and Union Station, Flatt and Scruggs, or the Del McCoury Band, you'll love Spring Thaw. This quickly rising new band of seasoned Manitoba bluegrass pickers delivers smooth, driving bluegrass with tight harmonies, solid rhythm and blistering Scruggs-style banjo and fiddle-oriented instrumentals. Aaron, Rob, Kelly, Eric and Tim guarantee to put a smile on your face and a spark in your soul. Check out Spring Thaw.



Jazz

Monday, May 7/12 8pm


Niall Bakkestad-Legare Third-Year Recital
With Curtis Nowosad, Julian Bradford and Aaron Shorr

Niall Bakkestad-Legare Niall Bakkestad-Legare is a gifted young saxophone player who has been studying at the U of M's Jazz Studies program under sax master Jimmy Greene. A much sough-after player on the local scene, Niall's third-year recital will show that he is indeed ready for primetime.



Music

Wednesday, May 2/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


Waywiser, with From Giants

WaywiserWaywiser is the brand new project from Ben Wytinck and Marcel Desilets. A waywiser is also an instrument for measuring the distance which one has travelled on the road. And many a road they have travelled. Separately, Ben and Marcel have collected many miles performing their own music, as well as accompanying other artists. With all their experience, they now share the stage, as well as the road.


From GiantsFrom Giants is a young Winnipeg band that creates rhythmic and experimental folk pop. Jaymie Friesen, the spirit behind From Giants, is joined by three friends, Gabriella Neufled, Nathan Krahn, and Charles Enns. Together they create a unique and playful sound using banjo, cello, percussion, guitars and soaring female vocals. Their sound could be considered experimental, sad, and sweet; often telling lyrical stories about nature and spirituality.



Jazz

Monday, April 30/12 8pm  $10


Curtis Nowosad 4tet
Featuring Will Bonness, Steve Kirby and Jimmy Greene

Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.

Jimmy GreeneJimmy Greene has performed at the Village Vanguard, Smalls, and Smoke in New York, and has performed at festivals and jazz venues worldwide, including tour dates throughout the US, Italy, Russia, Israel, Canada, Brazil, and Uruguay. As a sideman, Greene appears on 70 recordings, and has toured the world and recorded with the bands of Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Avishai Cohen, among many others.



Jazz

Sunday, April 29/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Cole Porter Songbook
Alie Clark and the After Hours Band

Alie Clark and the After Hours BandAlie Clark and the After Hours Band features burgeoning jazz talents in the Winnipeg scene, currently studying in the highly respected University of Manitoba jazz program. The talent and skill of the instrumentalists are complemented by Alie's evocative and refined vocals that make for an altogether enjoyable listening experience. If there's still anyone out there who wonders why Winnipeg is on the jazz map, this should help clear that up.



Theatre

April 26-28/12 8pm  $10


The Marketplace Players present
Denis Thornton's Ending Better

The Marketplace Players present the premier performance of Ending Better, an original one-act play by Denis Thornton. Strange encounters at a train station lead to a surprising revelation, but there's a twist in the tale. A spoof of the scary comedy genre, Ending Better presents the audience with some nice light comedy to enjoy. A nice after Winter tonic.



Music

Sunday, April 22/12 7pm  $10 ($5 students)


Beautiful Lies II
Rayannah Kroeker, Margaret Howison and Tim Elias

An evening of original songs from singer-storytellers Rayannah Kroeker, Margaret Howison and Tim Elias. The intimate setting of the Aqua Books theatre is a perfect place to hear these musical stories play out. Each song is individual, personal, and equal part truth and lie.

Rayannah KroekerAlthough vocalist Rayannah Kroeker is a recent grad of the U of M's Jazz Studies program, she has become a notable presence in other styles as well. While performing with the Ron Paley Big Band, the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, she also did duo work with bassist Karl Kohut, gained fame with the Retro Rhythm Review, and formed collage-à-trois, a musical bricolage project with Jocelyn Goertzen and Shannon Kristjanson. Rayannah is now exploring solo performance using pedals to build dense music from her single voice. Her compositions are diverse and poignant, and full of story. During the years she spent as Co-Executive Director of Jazz for Humanity – a project which worked in partnership with the community of Kimironko (Rwanda) – Rayannah became passionate about the role music and art can play in driving social change.


Margaret HowisonFor the past three years, Margaret Howison has been quietly honing her craft and performing in select venues. A North End girl, she now helps kids in West Broadway to find their musical voice. Her songs are her testament of life in 'peg City, of love lost over king cans, of adult bullying, and of course, the elephant in the room.


Tim EliasTim Elias is co-founder of legendary '80s act Elias, Schritt and Bell, with John Schritt and Steve Bell. With over a hundred soundtracks, countless jingles and corporate theme songs under his belt, he has also shared the stage with The Pointer Sisters, Juice Newton, Leon Redbone, James Cotton, Valdy and Graham Shaw.



Film

Sunday, April 22/12 2pm  $12


Toronto International Flamenco Festival presents
A Journey through Flamenco and Spanish Films
Lorca (2006) / Orson Welles y Goya (2008)


Music

Saturday, April 21/12 8pm  $5


JohNNy SiZZle Turns 40rty
With guests Sid Strange, Cassie Hatcher, Grant Partridge, Waterfront Drive and more

JohNNy SiZZleJohNNy SiZZle is an underground folk-punk pioneer who has also been a busboy, a drag queen and a cable access host. His indie hit I'm a Nerd was used as the theme for the shortlived Tech TV series Nerd Nation.



Manitoba Book Awards

Saturday, April 21/12 4pm


Road to the Book Awards
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Writers Sue Sorensen, Bob Armstrong and M.A. Appleby

Sue SorensenSue Sorensen has published fiction and poetry and numerous scholarly articles. She has also edited a collection of essays on western Canadian literature, titled West of Eden. Her academic interests extend from nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature to film adaptations of literature and the examination of popular song lyrics as poetry. A Large Harmonium is her first novel, and this is her first nomination.


Bob ArmstrongBorn in Alberta, Bob Armstrong studied journalism and history. Working in public relations, he served as Director of Public Affairs for the University of Manitoba, and is the speech writer for Manitoba’s Lieutenant Governor. A full-time freelance writer, playwright, and stay-at-home dad, Bob lives with his family in Winnipeg. Dadolescence is his first book.


M. A. ApplebyM. A. Appleby grew up in Winnipeg, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in anthropology and psychology at the University of Winnipeg in 1980. She moved to Detroit in 1983, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology. She and her family currently live in Wolseley. Winnie the Bear is her first book.



Workshop

Saturday, April 21/12 11am-3:30pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

WRITE THAT BOOK! Jake MacDonald's Fall/Winter writing workshop is a small group of busy beavers who will meet once a month to plan, brainstorm, and get to work on book-length writing projects - both nonfiction and fiction. Jake helps out with suggestions on story structure and creative brainstorming, and participants help each other with support, motivation and feedback. Classes are $75 each and it's okay to miss a class now and then. First meeting is on Saturday, October 1st, from 11am - 3:30. Roll up your sleeves and have a rough draft of your book finished by spring.

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Music

Friday, April 20/12 8pm  $5


4/20 at Aqua Books
Paige and The Psychics

Paige and The PsychicsPaige and The Psychics is Paige Drobot, Sean Dangerfield, Eric Bachmann, Jorden Hart, Cody Valentonis, Anatol Rennie and Walker Rogalsky. Treat your minds to some psychedelic space funk, and your ears to brand new compositions and arrangements of some tunes you will recognize.



Manitoba Book Awards

Thursday, April 19/12 7pm


Road to the Book Awards
Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

Writers Alison Preston, David Annandale, John Toone, and Kate Bitney reading for Susie Moloney

Alison PrestonAlison Preston was born and raised in Winnipeg. After trying on a number of other Canadian cities, she returned to her hometown, where she currently resides. All of her mysteries are set in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg. Many of her books have been nominated for awards, including her latest, The Girl in the Wall.


David AnnandaleDavid Annandale was born in Winnipeg and has lived in Edmonton, Charlottetown, and Paris. He did his MA on the Marquis de Sade at the University of Manitoba and a PhD on horror fiction and film at the University of Alberta. Currently, he teaches English and film at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he lives with his wife and family.


John TooneJohn Toone's first collection of poetry, From Out of Nowhere, was published by Turnstone Press in spring 2009. He published two kids' books in fall 2009, Catch That Catfish! and Hope and the Walleye. His work also appears in the graphic novels of GMB Chomichuk, published by Alchemical Press. John is past president of the Manitoba Writers' Guild.


Susie MoloneySusie Moloney is a (now) New York-based author of horror fiction. The film rights to her book, A Dry Spell, were purchased by Cruise/Wagner Productions in 1997. She is one of the most commercially successful writers to ever come out of Winnipeg



Manitoba Book Awards

Tuesday, April 17/12 7pm


Road to the Book Awards
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Authors Bill Blaikie, David Camfield and Allan Levine

Bill BlaikieBill Blaikie is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, who served as a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2008 and as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 2009 to 2011. He is currently serving with the Faculty of Theology of the University of Winnipeg. He has recently published The Blaikie Report: An Insider’s Look at Faith and Politics, nominated for this award.


David CamfieldDavid Camfield is an associate professor in labour studies at the University of Manitoba. Canadian Labour in Crisis is his first book.


Allan LevineAllan Levine is a diverse author who moves easily between popular non-fiction and fiction. He has written eleven books including Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba (2009), The Devil in Babylon: Fear of Progress and the Birth of Modern Life(2005) and Scattered Among the Peoples: The Jewish Diaspora in Ten Portraits. He has also recently launched his second historical mystery series, The Charles St. Clair Chronicles. This is in addition to his trilogy of historical mysteries featuring his turn-of-the-century Winnipeg detective Sam Klein. King: William Lyon MacKenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny is the first major bio of King in over a decade.



Music

Monday, April 16/12 8pm  $10/$5 students


Jordan Klassen
With Andy Shauf and Claire Morrison

Jordan KlassenJordan Klassen makes music built out of pure imagination. A truly alluring voice, laid upon beds of shimmering strings, caressed guitar, and coaxing percussion. His latest work takes such a foundation, and continues to build?.


Claire MorrisonBorn to translator parents, singer and multi-instrumentalist Claire Morrison has always known the power of language. This 19-year-old performer, driven by her love of music and fascination with words, is proving herself as an evocative and passionate songwriter. Producing songs in both English and French, she is garnering attention throughout Manitoba for her compelling lyrical content and attractive melodies. She most often takes the stage as half of folk and bluegrass duo Fire and Smoke, with the pair representing Manitoba at francophone music competition Chant’Ouest 2011 in Moose Jaw. Watch for the release of their first EP, Maiden Voyage, in September.



Music

Sunday, April 15/12 8pm  $10


The New Lightweights, with Red Moon Road

The New LightweightsThe New Lightweights is a collective, formed by veteran Winnipeg musicians Alexa Dirks, Ariel Posen, and Ryan Voth. Providing a meld of folk, pop and alt-country with a little peppering of soul for good measure, they show that when it comes down to it, music is really all about the beautiful subtleties.


Red Moon RoadInspired by the lake, campfires, outdoor living and kitchen party jams, Red Moon Road is a down-home, acoustic folk and roots band with the right mix of East Coast and Country charm. Red Moon Road is a Winnipeg-based, touring songwriters’ collective. The band is driven by the reckless abandon and soulful beauty of vocalist Sheena Rattai, the songwriting of power-house multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan, and the sweet harmonies and songs of banjo/mandolin player Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. These musicians deliver songs that tell stories; songs you want to hear again; songs “frankly filled with images which evoke the life of the land, and its connection to the heart” (Rev. Bill Cliff).



Theatre

Sunday, April 15/12 3pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
X Minus One/The Third Man Double Feature
Starring Liz Higgins, Tim Higgins and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, seminal SciFi series X Minus One, plus classic thriller, The Third Man.



Manitoba Book Awards

Saturday, April 14/12 4pm


Road to the Book Awards
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Writers Alison Preston, Sue Sorensen and Esmé Claire Keith

Alison PrestonAlison Preston was born and raised in Winnipeg. After trying on a number of other Canadian cities, she returned to her hometown, where she currently resides. All of her mysteries are set in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg. Many of her books have been nominated for awards, including her latest, The Girl in the Wall.


Sue SorensenSue Sorensen has published fiction and poetry and numerous scholarly articles. She has also edited a collection of essays on western Canadian literature, titled West of Eden. Her academic interests extend from nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature to film adaptations of literature and the examination of popular song lyrics as poetry. A Large Harmonium is her first novel, and this is her first nomination.


Esmé Claire KeithEsme Claire Keith was born in Toronto in 1964. Her librarian mother supervised weekly library visits while her father read exclusively from J.B. Priestly’s list of great novels. Her older sister began to study Latin at the age of ten. A natural contrarian, Esme gave herself to Mad magazine, Star Trek (the original series), and the holy trinity of glam, disco, and punk. At university she finally investigated the canon and saw that it was good. She has divided her attention ever since between high culture and pop. She currently lives in Winnipeg, where she has good access to both. Not Being on a Boat, her first novel, has been nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.



Jazz

Thursday, April 12/12 7pm


U of M Jazz Program Student Ensembles


World Music

Sunday, April 1/12 7pm  $10


Amir Amiri, with Curtis Nowosad and Luke Sellick

An exciting evening of improvised music with Persian Santur player Amir Amiri, bass player Luke Sellick and drummer Curtis Nowosad.

Amir AmiriAmir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer. He specializes in the Radiff system of Persian classical music.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.



Music

Friday, March 30/12 8pm  $8/$5 students


The Eardrums, with Waterfront Drive

The EardrumsWhatever anyone else is doing... that's the only thing The Eardrums won't do. The band consists of three singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists -- fraternal twin brothers Tim and Grant Partridge, plus childhood friend James MacLean. Proud proponents of the DIY tradition, The Eardrums' homemade recordings demonstrate a genuine love of music and a keen attention to detail, while their raucous live shows reaffirm the value of originality and simplicity in rock and roll. They continue to reinvent themselves, even mid-show, but their signature sound, rooted in blues and classic punk, always shines through the beautiful noise.


Waterfront DriveWaterfront Drive is four people who love to make music that feels good. To themselves. To others. Using dance beats, walking bass lines, synth solos, three part harmony, and heavy metal breakdowns (although only occasionally all at the same time). Why bother with genres and styles when you could be getting down with Waterfront Drive?



Jazz

Thursday, March 29/12 8pm  $10


Jazz Machine VI
Joni Mitchell's Blue

Amber Epp, with Steve Kirby, Larry Roy and Scott Senior

Amber EppAmber Epp performs her original jazz arrangements of all the tracks from Joni Mitchell's album Blue. Joined by Steve Kirby (bass), Larry Roy (guitar), and Scott Senior (percussion), Amber Epp celebrates the music of one of Canada's musical treasures.



Theatre

Tuesday, March 27/12 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
University of Winnipeg Playwriting Class Readings
Hosted by Michael Nathanson


Jazz

Thursday, March 22/12 8pm


Jeffrey King Drum Recital
With Paul De Gurse, Joanna Majoko, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Simon Christie and Karl Kohut

Jeffrey King Drum RecitalJeffrey King is a Winnipeg jazz drummer who identifies himself with the unrelenting and unapologetic swing of New York City jazz and such luminaries as “Philly Joe” Jones and Art Blakey. Now in his final year in the University of Manitoba’s Jazz Studies Program, Jeff has worked hard to hone his craft locally in Winnipeg as well as through frequent trips to New York City. Jeff has had the privilege to study with such drummers as Quincy Davis, Terreon Gully, Alvin Atkinson Jr., and Kendrick Scott and perform for such venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and City Television in Winnipeg. Currently, Jeff performs around Winnipeg with a variety of jazz and blues artists and hosts SWINGIN’ Thursdays, a weekly jazz series and jam session at Sam’s Place Bookstore.



Ideas

Wednesday, March 21/12 7:30pm


The Science of the Soul Book Launch
Author Michael Likey

The Science of the SoulThe Science of the Soul presents Dr. Michael Likey’s complete guide to pursuing and excelling at whatever task or goal you may choose. The potential of the human soul is limitless, and Dr. Likey provides all of the psychological, metaphysical, and practical tools at his disposal to enable anyone to access this inner power or potential, sometimes referred to as one’s higher self. The wisdom offered in The Science of the Soul is designed not only for studying and for practicing, but also for integrating into one’s everyday living. The ideas that Dr. Likey discusses have been tested over the years by many of the world’s greatest seers, teachers, authors, and coaches. Spiritual laws are merely metaphors for the natural laws; though unseen, they are always at work in the world around us. The Science of the Soul offers a path for a deeper connection and the transformation of the soul. Using the methods presented here, you can gain greater quality of life, deeper love, and inner peace, focused on your true life purposes.

Dr. Michael Likey is a teacher, transformational speaker, and motivational life coach. He also produces his own weekly internet radio show, The Science of the Soul. He maintains a private metaphysical practice on the west coast of Canada, where he resides with his wife, Susan,and their cat, Bella.



Ideas

Tuesday, March 20/12 7:30pm  $5


United Jewish People's Order presents
Challenges Facing the Movement
University of Manitoba professor of history Henry Heller

UJPO has invited noted historian and political activist Henry Heller to comment on current international events and the rise of resistance in the form of movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement. Come discuss this important issue and the implications of today’s events on our future.



Jazz

Friday, March 16/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Walle Larsson Band
With Curtis Nowosad, Jordan Jackiew and Julian Bradford

Walle LarssonWalle Larsson doesn't like waiting. His sax is always on the alert, tuming out a contemporary rhythm & blues-funk-pop-jazz of the most spirited kind. His Band responds with the blink of an eye, and audiences follow suit with feet a-tappin'. Inflammable music. The kind you listen to with care.



Jazz

Thursday, March 15/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Anna-Lisa Kirby presents
Jazz Vocal Showcase
Featuring vocalists Heitha Forsyth, Amber Epp, Karly Epp, Grace Hrabi, Erin Propp, Rayannah Kroeker, Joanna Majoko, Alie Clark, Brooke Van Ryssel, Jason Buchanan and Jenelle Salanguit

Since 2004, Anna-Lisa Kirby has been the Jazz Vocal Instructor for the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies Program. In that time she has worked with some great talents who have all gone on to do great things in the Jazz Capital of Canada and beyond! Her current crop of students is no exception. Prepare to be entertained and taken back on a trip through memory lane when Anna-Lisa Kirby showcases the current and past students of her U of M Jazz Vocal Studio!

Featuring performances by past students: Heitha Forsyth, Amber Epp, Sheena Rattai, Karly Epp, Grace Hrabi, Erin Propp, Rayannah Kroeker, and current students Joanna Majoko, Alie Clark, Brooke Van Ryssel, Jason Buchanan and Jenelle Salanguit.


Music/Spoken Word

Wednesday, March 14/12 7:30pm  $10


In The Closet Productions presents
Life Is a Journey
Featuring Ingrid Johnson and the Funky Fresh Crew

Ingrid JohnsonA night of creativity, spoken word, poems, orginal music, hip-hop, jazz, blues and R&B: Music that shares my story of learning to overcome abuse, and that inspires.

Books and CD will be available. A portion of all CD sales help to raise funds for more individual therapy sessions at the Laurel Centre. Your support helps women who have been through childhood sexual abuse and struggle with addiction.

Ingrid D. Johnson is a local singer/songwriter, published poet, spoken word artist, and film maker. She is the founder and CEO of In The Closet Productions ... "A Voice for The Voiceless" which creates music, books, film, and produces live shows and events to help raise awareness and funding for important social issues, such as childhood sexual abuse. Since 2009, Johnson has has spoken and performed songs for The Canadian Red Cross RespectED: Violence and Abuse Prevention program, Voices Manitoba Youth In Care Network (MASSIVE workshop) The Manitoba Congress of Black Women, Klinic Community Health, The Laurel Center 25th Anniversary, Osborne House, The Spence Neighborhood Association and other organizations to help raise awareness and funding. Johnson is currently the spokesperson for the clients of The Laurel Center (a community resource center that counsels sexually abused women with addictions). In addition, on October.26th, 2011, Johnson was honored (along with 7 other artists) by the Manitoba Status of Women Minister, Jennifer Howard, for creating music for social change.



Music

Sunday, March 11/12 7pm  $10 ($5 students)


Mondo!Musica
Sitarist Joshua Stanton, with jazzmen Karl Kohut and Curtis Nowosad

Sitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Stanton teams up with Karl Kohut (bass) and Curtis Nowosad (drums) for a very special evening of music at Aqua Books. The concert will feature a fusion ...of traditional Hindustani music with a jazz aesthetic in a highly improvised context.

Whether you are a fan of these stellar performers, eager to experience these exotic instruments in person, or simply intrigued by new musical possibilities, don't miss this concert!

Joshua StantonJoshua Stanton, Winnipeg's premier sitarist, is a multi-instrumental vocalist, composer, and producer. He is also a fine artist, designer, and conceptual modelmaker. Joshua was born in Montreal in 1971, and studied under Ustad Irshad Khan, Canada's scion of the legendary Imdadkhani Gharana of sitar.


Karl KohutBassist Karl Kohut’s virtuosity was recognized in 2006, when at the age of 20, he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for his solo rendition of Victor Wooten’s “A Show of Hands.” Since then, Karl has gone on to establish himself on the Winnipeg music scene with the ability to excel in a wide variety of musical genres and versatility on both double bass and electric bass. Karl has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Mondo!Poetry March 6-10/12

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Anne Szumigalski



Theatre

Saturday, March 10/12 7pm  $5


Readers' Theatre Production of Z: A Meditation on Oppression, Desire, and Freedom
Featuring a baker’s dozen of Winnipeg’s established and emerging actors

ZZ: A Meditation on Oppression, Desire and Freedom (Signature, 2001) is an astonishing first stage play by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Anne Szumigalski which explores the relationship between captive and captor and the terrible sacrifices human beings must make to survive. When the concentration camps were opened at the end of World War II, Anne Szumigalski worked with the survivors as a translator for the British Red Cross. “It made me look at life,” she says, “in a completely different way.” In Z, Szumigalski translates that profound and disturbing experience into an amazing theatrical event—a blend of drama, poetry and dance.


Workshop

Saturday, March 10/12 11am-4pm  $40 ($35 MEA members)


YA Workshop: Finish The Water Granny
With instructor Anita Daher

Anne Szumigalski published many books in her lifetime, including poetry and drama, but she left one book unfinished: a book of juvenile fiction called The Water Granny.

Offered in partnership with the Manitoba Editors' Association, this workshop will focus on the dos and don'ts of substantive editing, with a particular focus on juvenile and YA fiction. Award-winning YA writer and editor Anita Daher will facilitate.

Anita DaherAnita Daher has written seven novels for young readers, with two more to be published in Europe this year. Among her titles: Racing for Diamonds, Two Foot Punch (Orca), and Spider's Song (Penguin) which was a finalist for the McNally Robinson Best Book for Kids and the Arthur Ellis Award, and was a Chapters/Indigo Junior Advisory Council Pick. Daher won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer in 2007. She edits teen novels for Winnipeg’s Great Plains Publications and serves as regional representative for the Writers Union of Canada. When she's not word-wrangling she enjoys riding her horse. 



Film

Friday, March 9/12 7pm


Mondo! Szumigalski Movie Night
Rapture Of The Deep
(courtesy of Donna Caruso/Incandescent Films, 2000)
Hosted by Katherine Bitney and Frances Bitney, and featuring Glen Sorestad

Anne Szumigalski’s daughter and granddaughter, Katherine and Frances, will be joined by Glen Sorestad, Saskatoon poet and colleague of Anne’s, for reminiscences on the Saskatoon writing and publishing community and Anne’s place within it.

Anne Szumigalski was fearless. And funny. A delightful harmonization of Brit and brat, her free-thinking, freedom-loving spirit was groomed in the proprieties of merry old England by a Pagan mother and an Anglican father before the Second World War. Anne, with a notable reputation in literary circles around the world, had a mind and vision as broad and open as the adopted prairie landscape she so loved. Rapture Of The Deep, Canadian Poet, Anne Szumigalski is a free-ranging portrait of this major Canadian poet, based largely on interviews in Saskatoon shot shortly before her death April 22, 1999, at the age of 77. In those interviews, Anne’s brilliance shines as she talks about poetry, compost, and ways she embarrassed her children. Her life’s accomplishments were many – publications, awards, notoriously outrageous dances – but what she did, though significant, pales beside the way she did things. Poet? Yes. Personality? In spades. Rapture Of The Deep, Canadian Poet, Anne Szumigalski is about an unforgettable woman’s epic passion and joy for life.

The one hour documentary Rapture Of The Deep, Canadian Poet, Anne Szumigalski (Donna Caruso/Incandescent Films, 2000), will be joined by the book trailer for A Peeled Wand: Selected Poems of Anne Szumigalski (Signature Editions, 2011), which features recordings of Anne reading her poems.

Glen SorestadGlen Sorestad is a Saskatoon poet who has published over 20 volumes of poetry, the latest of which are Road Apples (Rubicon, 2009) and What We Miss (Thistledown, 2010). His poems have appeared in over 50 anthologies and textbooks and have been published into a half-dozen languages. In late fall of this year, he will have a new collection of poems that will be published as a bilingual (English/Spanish) edition by Sand Crab Books. Sorestad is a Life Member of both the League of Canadian Poets and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild; he is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2010 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.



Mondo!Szumigalski

Thursday, March 8/12 7pm


Mark Abley's Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture
The Angel of the Big Muddy

Mark Abley's talk will be followed by a panel discussion on aspects of Szumigalski's work with Mark Abley, Mari-Lou Rowley and Catherine Hunter, moderated by Alison Calder.

The Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture Series, proposed by Regina poet Paul Wilson in 2001 and approved by the League of Canadian Poets’ National Council the same year, commemorates the award-winning Saskatchewan poet, who died two years earlier. Szumigalski was a mentor to numerous prairie poets and much loved in the literary community, especially in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. She was a founder of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and of the literary magazine Grain. Her achievements inspired (and she personally aided) the founders of the Manitoba Writers' Guild and the publication that became Prairie Fire. The lecture is delivered every year at the LCP’s Annual General Meeting and is subsequently published in Prairie Fire.

Mark AbleyMark Abley is a writer and editor living in Montreal. As a young man in Saskatoon, he was deeply influenced by Anne Szumigalski, whose literary executor he would eventually become. He has written three collections of poetry, two books for children, and several non-fiction books. The best-known of them, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, was published internationally and translated into French, Spanish and Japanese. Abley is now preparing a volume of selected poems as well as a creative non-fiction book about Duncan Campbell Scott.

Mari-Lou RowleyPoet and science writer Mari-Lou Rowley has published seven collections, including Suicide Psalms (Anvil Press), shortlisted for a Sask Book Award, CosmoSonnets (Jackpine Press) and Viral Suite (Anvil Press), which is on university curricula in North America and Europe. In 2010, she was one of twenty invited participants in the workshop Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science at the Banff International Research Station. Her first poem was published when she was eighteen, in the chapbook Saskatoon Poets, a collection of writing by the members of Anne Szumigalski’s poetry group. She moved back to Saskatoon in 2006.

Catherine HunterCatherine Hunter teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Winnipeg. For ten years she was the poetry editor of The Muses' Company Press. She is also the author of seven books, including the poetry collection Latent Heat (Signature Editions, 1997), which won the Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 1998. Her most recent work is the crime novel Queen of Diamonds (Turnstone Press, 2006).


Alison Calder's poetry collection, Wolf Tree, won two Manitoba book awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert and the Pat Lowther awards. She teaches Canadian literature and creative writing in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba.


Mondo!Szumigalski

Wednesday, March 7/12 7pm  $5


Anne and Me
Poets Mark Abley, Mari-Lou Rowley and Anne Simpson, plus music by The Jeffrey King Trio

Anne Szumigalski loved poetry. And she loved to dance. On the second night of Mondo!Szumigalski, we’re combining her two loves.

The evening will feature readings by award-winning writers Mark Abley, Mari-Lou Rowley, and Anne Simpson. Each writer will evoke Anne by sharing a poem of hers that’s been important to her or him, and, in between each set, the Jeffrey King Trio will play.

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Brick Books, publishers of When Earth Leaps Up.


In addition to drummer Jeffrey King, The Jeffrey King Trio features Simon Christie on trumpet and Karl Kohut on bass. Jeff King is a Winnipeg jazz drummer who identifies himself with the unrelenting and unapologetic swing of New York City jazz. Now in his final year in the University of Manitoba’s Jazz Studies Program, Jeff has had the privilege to study with such drummers as Quincy Davis and Kendrick Scott and to perform at venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Trumpet player Simon Christie is a sought-after sideman in the Winnipeg jazz and soul scene. He has played at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and all of the finest clubs and venues. Bassist Karl Kohut has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.

Mark AbleyMark Abley is a writer and editor living in Montreal. As a young man in Saskatoon, he was deeply influenced by Anne Szumigalski, whose literary executor he would eventually become. He has written three collections of poetry, two books for children, and several non-fiction books. The best-known of them, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, was published internationally and translated into French, Spanish and Japanese. Abley is now preparing a volume of selected poems as well as a creative non-fiction book about Duncan Campbell Scott.

Mari-Lou RowleyPoet and science writer Mari-Lou Rowley has published seven collections, including Suicide Psalms (Anvil Press), shortlisted for a Sask Book Award, CosmoSonnets (Jackpine Press) and Viral Suite (Anvil Press), which is on university curricula in North America and Europe. In 2010, she was one of twenty invited participants in the workshop Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science at the Banff International Research Station. Her first poem was published when she was eighteen, in the chapbook Saskatoon Poets, a collection of writing by the members of Anne Szumigalski’s poetry group. She moved back to Saskatoon in 2006.

Anne SimpsonAnne Simpson was a winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop, her second poetry book. Is, her most recent book of poems, is structured around the proliferation and division of cells. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well. She has worked as a writer-in-residence at a number of universities and libraries across the country.



Mondo!Szumigalski

Tuesday, March 6/12 8pm


Launch of A Woman Clothed in Words
Featuring Mark Abley, Elizabeth Phillips and Anne Simpson

wcwAnne Szumigalski was one of Canada’s most prominent poets. With her published works, as well as with her teaching and magnanimous guidance, she did much to put prairie Canadian poetry on the map. But Anne was more than a poet. She also wrote fiction, drama, literary non-fiction, and even a Prairie liturgy. A Woman Clothed in Words (Coteau Books, 2012) is a treasure trove of the best of the many literary faces of Anne Szumigalski.

Please join Coteau Books and Mondo! Szumigalski for the launch of A Woman Clothed in Words.

Light refreshments will follow the launch.

Anne SimpsonAnne Simpson was a winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop, her second poetry book. Is, her most recent book of poems, is structured around the proliferation and division of cells. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well. She has worked as a writer-in-residence at a number of universities and libraries across the country.

Elizabeth PhilipsElizabeth Philips is the author of four collections of poetry. Her most recent collection, Torch River, was released by Brick Books in 2007. Her poetry has won two Saskatchewan Book awards and been nominated for other provincial and national awards. She has taught creative writing in various programs across Canada and is Director of the Banff Centre’s Writing with Style program. She works as a freelance editor and mentor. She lives in Saskatoon.

Mark AbleyMark Abley is a writer and editor living in Montreal. As a young man in Saskatoon, he was deeply influenced by Anne Szumigalski, whose literary executor he would eventually become. He has written three collections of poetry, two books for children, and several non-fiction books. The best-known of them, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, was published internationally and translated into French, Spanish and Japanese. Abley is now preparing a volume of selected poems as well as a creative non-fiction book about Duncan Campbell Scott.



Mondo!Szumigalski

Tuesday, March 6/12 7pm


Marathon Reading of Anne Szumigalski's Risks
Readers Ron Robinson, Sally Ito, Annie Deeley, Jennifer Still, Dave Connors, Elizabeth Philips, Anne Simpson, Brenda Sciberras, Marjolaine Hébert, Shayla Elizabeth, Carolyn Gray and more

RisksFeaturing 32 of Winnipeg’s established and emerging poets, some surprise out of town guests, plus an introduction from Montreal writer Mark Abley, Anne’s literary executor.

Anne Szumigalski's Risks: a poem (Red Deer College Press, 1983) is an exuberant play on words, a serious poem that reflects on life and the craft of poetry – Risks is these and more. It is the story of L – poet, critic, lover. His poignantly comic love affair with the creations of his own imagination, with the beguiling Crystal, with his own words, and finally with himself. In poetry ranging from the delicate and subtle to the sardonic and ironic, Anne Szumigalski has forged a style uniquely her own.

Mark Abley is a writer and editor living in Montreal. As a young man in Saskatoon, he was deeply influenced by Anne Szumigalski, whose literary executor he would eventually become. He has written three collections of poetry, two books for children, and several non-fiction books. The best-known of them, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, was published internationally and translated into French, Spanish and Japanese. Abley is now preparing a volume of selected poems as well as a creative non-fiction book about Duncan Campbell Scott.



Big Band

Saturday, March 3/12 8pm  $25 ($20 students)

Special Venue: MTYP, 2 Forks Market Road


Hello 123
A Cultural City Hall Main Event

With Fred Penner, Grace Hrabi, Joanna Majoko, Everett Fristensky, Sasha Woychyshyn, Kelly Hughes, comedian Al Rae, and the Royal Canadian Navy Band of HMCS Chippawa

For thirteen years, Aqua Books has been a hub of creativity and exploration for thousands of Winnipeggers. After a well-publicized near-death experience this fall, Aqua Books has been given a new lease... on life. With the announcement of our new location just days away, we're pretty stoked.

When Leslee Silverman and our old friends at MTYP made their theatre available to us for a fundraiser for our new era, we knew we had to come up with something good. So we got our old friend (okay, he's just old) Al Rae from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival to host an evening of music and laughs (okay, mostly music) with our new friends, the Royal Canadian Navy Band of HMCS Chippawa. Throw in Fred Penner, and we're firing on all muskets!

As Aqua Books heads into the new non-profit phase of our career (as opposed to the old no-profit phase), we're doing a number of fundraisers to help us continue to be Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall. And this is going to be our biggest and best yet.

The guys and gals from Chippawa make up one of the finest Canadian Forces big bands in the country. So if you're looking for an evening of Broadway and jazz tunes played the way they were meant to be played - with lots of musicians - come on down. The show will also feature guest vocalists, and wait....could that be Bookstore Worker Kelly Hughes taking his cummerbund out of retirement for a song?

Tickets are $25 ($20 for students) and are available at the old (okay, current) location of Aqua Books at 274 Garry Street.

All proceeds will go towards Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall Inc., a registered Manitoba non-profit organization. Special thanks to Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Royal Canadian Navy Band of HMCS Chippawa, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Leslee Silverman, James McKee, Al Rae and Julia Michaud.



Craft Sale

Saturday, March 3/12 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Boomerang 360, Papertrail Craft Co., Housefires, Periwinkle Designs, Bitchin' Kitsch 'n' Kitchen, SoGa Soap and Cupfakery, Leather and Lace, Marathon 1981, Mozy Rue, Julrei, Crushcraft, Sew Dandee, Echo Creations, Lady.T Tees, Endeavours Studio and Workshop, Just the Goods, Blackbird Bazaar, Blue Star Studios, Lemon Dear, Heather Bays, Paper and Glue, Monkeys, Monsters and More, CJ Tennant, Prairie Peasant, Mrs. Glockenheimen, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired.

Admission is free.



Jazz

Friday, March 2/12 8pm  $25 w/CD, $20 w/MP3


Farewell 274 Live CD Recording
With Curtis Nowosad, Steve Kirby, Quincy Davis, Heitha Forsyth, Amber Epp, Aaron Shorr, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Luke Sellick, Keith Price, Will Bonness, Victor Lopez, Andrew Littleford, Neil Watson, and Karl Kohut

For the last two years, Aqua Books has filled a void in the Winnipeg music scene, quietly becoming one of the few places where musicians can perform their original jazz compositions. As things change, we're creating a musical time capsule. This recording will raise money for the new non-profit organization Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall, and will document the current theatre's great sound before it goes away. Most importantly, it will showcase some of the great musicians we have in our midst, and all of the interesting things that they’ve been up to. Come and be part of this historic show.

Tickets for the show will be $20 (admission, plus mp3 download of the album) or $25 (admission, plus CD), and will be available at Aqua Books in advance or at the door. The CD is being produced by Curtis Nowosad, and engineered by acclaimed Winnipeg bassist/drummer/recording engineer Paul Yee, and will be ready in time for Christmas.

This recording will not be possible without your support. We would love to see you out and hear you clapping and hollering on the recording. If you can’t make it, or you’d really like to support the project (including athank you in the CD liner notes), you can pledge to donate at any time in the next month and beyond. An extra donation of $10 makes you a Fan, $20 makes you a Roadie (without having to carry any gear), $50 will turn you into a Promoter, and $100 turns you into one of the Cats. If you'd like to donate to the project, please contact Kelly Hughes at kelly@aquabooks.ca or (204)943-7555; if you have any other inquiries you can contact Curtis Nowosad at curtis.nowosad@gmail.com or (204)294-9694.



Theatre

Tuesday, February 28/12 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
Brandon Night
Playwrights Craig Russell, Denise Lonechild, Kirsty Cameron, Lyn Nightingale and Tye Dandridge-Evancio
Hosted by Dale Lakevold

Five writers from the Wheat City, experienced and new, will present scenes from plays in progress:

Craig Russell, whose teen novel Black Bottle Man, published by Great Plains, received a Gold Medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Awards, and finalist for McNally Robinson's Book for Young People Award. He lives in Brandon.

Denise Lonechild is a Brandon playwright from the White Bear First Nation. Her play A Story to Storm Coming was produced at the 2009 Brief New Works Festival in Brandon.

Kirsty Cameron's story River Stitched won second place in Prairie Fire's 2009 Creative Non-Fiction Contest. She lives in Brandon.

Lyn Nightingale, and Tye Dandridge-Evancio are students at Brandon University.

Host Dale Lakevold teaches English at Brandon University, lives in Minnedosa, and his most recent play, Aleta Day: A Rehearsal will be produced at the 2012 Mayworks Festival in Winnipeg.



Jazz

Sunday, February 26/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
With Anatol Rennie, Joanna Majoko, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Eric Bachmann, Gabriela Cardenas, Cody Valentonis and Kaleb Kirby
Special guest, storyteller Beverley Grace

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement Celebrate Black History Month at Aqua Books with songs of freedom. Music was an integral part of the American Civil Rights Movement of the '50s and '60s. It helped inspire those who strove for equal rights for all citizens. It helped bring together those of all races and religions for one common goal. So come listen to original jazz arrangements by Anatol Rennie of important songs of the period. From Spirituals to Seeger, and Bob Dylan to Charles Mingus, there will be a whole range of Civil Rights music.

Also featuring a very special power-telling of Fahrenheit 451 to kick off Freedom to Read week.



Music

Friday, February 24/12 8pm  $5


Shasta, with guests Co-bra and Ladybug the Rambler

The night will be warmed up by the sultry and sly croonings of Co-bra with her well worn walking tunes, business-casual busking beats and angelic brutal honesty. And just added to the bill is the soulful Ladybug the Rambler!

ShastaShasta is Latin World Jazz Fusion comin' atcha! If you haven't experienced this honeysuckle trio yet, you don't want to miss this showcase. After only two months of shoveling nylon strings, saliva-ed reeds and goatskins under their belts, you are sure to be blown away by the cultured musicality and energy of this new band! Two awe-inspiring, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental creatrixes have joined forces with a man of wicked and wise beats to pierce you with melting buttascotch icecream harmonies, eyespy impressionism and dynamic dynamite style.



Jazz

Thursday, February 23/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Jazz Machine V
Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years
Aaron Shorr Quartet, featuring Sheena Rattai

Still Crazy Aaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.



Music

Wednesday, February 22/12 8pm  $8 ($5 students)


Primrose, with Demetra

PrimroseHailey Primrose is still under 20, and yet has been performing publicly for over 5 years. Currently rehearsing and recording an EP, Primrose has played in the Winnipeg Folk Festival Young Performer's Program twice. She was mentored at age 14 by Winnipeg native John K. Samson (of the Weakerthans), and at 17 by West End working man hero Greg Macpherson.


DemetraDemetra Penner is inspired by the wild soul of nature. Her songs are used as tools to chip away at the exterior of existence in search of the truth. Demetra is hot off the successful CD release of Lone Migration, which was accompanied by films she shot in Churchill.



Roots

Friday, February 17/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Kayla Luky, with Tailwind

TailwindTailwind is a young group of roots rockers from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Singer/songwriter Kevin Kratsch has joined with multi-instrumentalist Kyle Bridges, bassist Brooks Waitt, and percussionist Daniel Bertnick to create a collection of tunes that range in style from soul-driven folk, to gritty Americana-esque country. Although a new project, this quartet is no stranger to writing, recording, and performing music, notably, Kratsch and Bridges are founding members of folk-country group, the Marquis. This new arrangement of young charismatic musicians is sure to please the crowds they play for. Kratsch’s raw songwriting ability is supported by a solid rhythmic foundation and cheesy, albeit golden, tasty electric guitar and banjo leads.


Kayla LukyKayla Luky's unique location gives her country sound absolute authenticity. Chock-full of well-crafted country and small-town stories, if you're hankering for some home cooking Kayla Luky's The Time It Takes will satisfy your hometown appetite.



Ideas

Thursday, February 16/12 7:30pm


Feeling Canadian: Television, Nationalism, and Affect Book Launch
Author Marusya Bociurkiw

Feeling Canadian The author tracks the rise of nationalist content on Canadian television after the 1995 Quebec referendum, looking at how Canadian television works overtime to resolve the messy contradictions of nationhood. She closely examines the coverage of and aftermath to 9/11, when racial profiling became embedded in Canadian news.

With Canadian culture currently at the mercy of various election platforms and funding cuts, this timely and highly readable book asks us to take a closer look at some of our most dearly-held nationalist assumptions, and to imagine a Canadian television screen that embraces irony, hybridity and diversity. The proliferation of screens, the rise of social media and the ways in which audiences now move across platforms, open up, the author argues, opportunities for connection empathy, and activism, and the creation of new post-national narratives on and off the TV screen.


MarusyaMarusya Bociurkiw is an author, filmmaker, food blogger and professor. She is the author of five books, including Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl, which received positive reviews in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Quill and Quire, Xtra! and many other publications and blogs. Her films have screened at festivals and cinemas on four continents. She is a professor of media theory at Ryerson University and lectures and publishes frequently on such topics as affect theory, feminist and queer media history, the archive, Canadian television and nationlism. Her latest book, Feeling Canadian: Television Nationalism and Affect, was published by Laurier Press in Spring 2011.



Jazz

Thursday, February 16/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Quincy Davis & Promise
Featuring Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Paul De Gurse, Shannon Kristjanson, Landen Seesahai, Kristopher Ulrich and Luke Sellick

Quincy Davis & PromiseAcclaimed drummer and educator Quincy Davis believes that "hearing the execution of very intricate and challenging music, coupled with seeing myself play with the group could have a very strong and positive impact on all who hear the band, particularly students." His new project is called Promise, and the band is made up entirely of University of Manitoba Jazz Studies program students. He calls it Promise because he believes in the promise of all of his U of M students, and all young, aspiring students in the city. The U of M Jazz Studies program is unique in Canada, for its combination of intensive study and ongoing public practicum. The opportunity to perform alongside world-class teacher-musicians is critical. Come see these young talents put their promise where their mouths (and hands) are.


Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Roots

Wednesday, February 15/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


The Sweet Alibi
With guests Ben Wytinck, Marcel Desilets and Patrick Alexandre, plus Ashlee Bart, Allison de Groot and Ariel Posen

The Sweet AlibiSince their debut in the spring of 2009, The Sweet Alibi has been captivating audiences with their alluring blend of soulful melody and folk/roots tradition. A playful sense of lyricism and powerful vocal harmony set the stage for a performance which is up front and personal and instinctively compelling. The Sweet Alibi is Jessica Rae Ayre, Amber Neilson, and Michelle Anderson.


Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some sweet, and some downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.


Ben WytinckSilky-voiced Ben Wytinck got his start at age nine, playing drums in his father's band at a rural Manitoba bar. He moved to Winnipeg in 2001, to play what he calls Bluegrazz (Bluegrass and Jazz). His eponymous debut CD contains ten of his finest self-penned songs.



Music

Saturday, February 11/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Kristopher Ulrich Band, with guests Eli Matas and Zack Kinahan

Kris UlrichGuitarist and songwriter Kristopher Ulrich has been making music since he was a child, and is now entering his second year in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at school or performing in various Winnipeg venues with one of several bands, Ulrich can be found teaching and playing with inner city youth, helping them develop instrumental and song-writing skills. This past summer, he was one of a handful of musicians in the Manitoba Artists in Health Care program, which takes music to patients and staff at the Health Science Centre. Ulrich grew up in Lac du Bonnet and lives now in Winnipeg.


Eli Matas and Zack KinahanFor half of their lives now, Eli Matas and Zack Kinahan have been writing music together as None the Wiser. The acoustic guitar duo has an original catalog with over 140 songs, and counting, in styles that vary, while maintaining a distinct sound. The style focuses on lyrics and character, with a distinct guitar weaving presence. The songs are laced with stories of the life of a prairie musician, politics from a manitoban perspective, social thought, personal struggle and poetry, but like they say, 'talking about music is like dancing about architecture.'



Music

Thursday, February 9/12 8pm  $6


JohNNy SiZZle/Lloyd & Selleck Present
A CKUW Fundraiser

A CKUW radio personality double whammy, featuring the legendary JohNNy SiZZle, of Winnipeg Arena IS on FIRE!, and Judith Light's nephews Lloyd & Selleck Light of Lloyd & Selleck's Local Lockdown. It's going to be funny and obscene and witty and beautiful...it's a guarantee! If you enjoy listening to CKUW, you should come out and support this. Proceeds of this pre-FunDrive will go to CKUW.

JohNNy SiZZleJohNNy SiZZle is an underground folk-punk pioneer who has also been a busboy, a drag queen and a cable access host. His indie hit I'm a Nerd was used as the theme for the shortlived Tech TV series Nerd Nation.


Lloyd and Selleck LightLloyd & Selleck Light like electronics, science, music and art. ALL electronics, ALL science, ALL music and ALL art. They also like the paranormal and extraordinary. They play in a band together called Ghostbabies. Selleck is a really good drummer and Lloyd sings the songs. This show is dedicated to their older brother Buddy who was kidnapped (missing since 1958). He is missed.



Music

Wednesday, February 8/12 8pm  $8 ($5 students)


Beautiful Lies
An Evening with Bean, Eagle Lake Owls, and Kate Ferris

An evening of original songs from singer-storytellers Bean, Eagle Lake Owls and Kate Ferris. The intimate setting of the Aqua Books theatre is a perfect place to hear these musical stories play out. Each song is individual, personal, and equal part truth and lie.

Kate FerrisSongwriter/storyteller/insomniac Kate Ferris is – whether she likes it or not – becoming one of the elders of the Manitoba music community. She’s played at concerts and festivals across Canada, sung on lanais in Hawai`i, pubs in the UK, and for an appreciative crowd in Puerto Rico. She’s performed with groups as diverse as the Blarney Band, Critter Family, Rodeo Riders, Canadian Content Theatre and Small Rooms, and has opened for Ritchie Havens. A long-time member of the Artists in the Schools program, she’s conducted workshops in over 200 schools, has appeared on television, CBC Radio and as a guest artist on various recordings. She is presently in the studio, finally getting around to recording the album she quit teaching 25 years ago to make.


Eagle Lake OwlsEagle Lake Owls is the work of songwriter/singer Andy Cole, blending indie rock with the raw plaintive spirit of folk and country. Channeling icy prairie Winters and the slow thaw of the northern Spring, Eagle Lake Owls' music is a product of years spent on a winding trail through Canada with little time to grow roots: Memories of small towns experienced through dusty car windows; cold winter drives to unfamiliar cities; the desolate edges of urban sprawl, and the deep isolation of northern Winters.


BeanDana Bean grew up in small town Manitoba, starting music at a young age. She showed an immediate interest in the piano, often teaching herself her favorite melodies by ear. She started songwriting at age 11 and has been honing her craft since. Bean began to experiment with her live show, introducing backup tracks and live looping, giving her an interesting edge. Recent accomplishments include writing, performing and recording the music for the documentary Waging Peace airing on over 130 ABC-TV stations in the U.S., with planned airings in Canada in early 2012. Dana Bean’s first released single Secret Holiday was chosen as one of CBC Scene’s top 10 songs for 2011. Look for Bean’s first CD release in 2012.



Music

Monday, February 6/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Balkan Folk Tales CD Launch
Dejan Rafajlovic Trio

Featuring Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad

Tim EliasDejan Rafajlovic Trio step into the Canadian jazz spotlight with their debut album Balkan Folk Tales. A former guitarist with Montreal’s Juno-nominated Les Gitans de Sarajevo, Rafajlovic teams up with his long time university colleagues Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad, arguably Winnipeg’s finest and most versatile rhythm section, to finally document his musical ideas and voice that is as much part of his Balkan roots as it is of the Canadian cultural milieu he finds himself in today.



Theatre

Sunday, February 5/12 7:30pm  $10


ShawFest presents
pShaw! A Literary Roast of George Bernard Shaw

pShaw!Come hear some of the most entertaining – and otherwise fascinating – excerpts from critical reviews, personal correspondence and essays by Shaw himself, as well as criticism written about Shaw by his contemporaries, all served up Celebrity Roast-style!

Featuring Cory Wojcik as the Roastmaster, Ron Robinson as George Bernard Shaw and surprise guest appearances from luminaries of the Winnipeg theatre scene – including participants from this year's ShawFest shows.

ShawPass or suggested donation: $10.00. As befits the roast of a man of GBS’s strong social conscience, all proceeds from this event will benefit the Actors’ Fund of Canada. CAEA, MAP, PGC Members: Pay What You Can



Music

Friday, February 3/12 7pm  $10 ($5 students)


Too Much Info Tour 2012
Tim Elias

Tim Elias solo in concert at Aqua Books, at 7pm so you can get to your Friday night gig. Tim is bringing all his instruments. See the banjo played in ways unimaginable. Lap steel that defies description. Mandolin tunes so odd your head will split open. The green Nicaraguan guitar with its own soul. Hi string piped through vintage Fenders. Its all unstable..... Tim'll laugh, you'll cry...

Tim EliasTim Elias is co-founder of legendary '80s act Elias, Schritt and Bell, with John Schritt and Steve Bell. With over a hundred soundtracks, countless jingles and corporate theme songs under his belt, he has also shared the stage with The Pointer Sisters, Juice Newton, Leon Redbone, James Cotton, Valdy and Graham Shaw.



Jazz

Thursday, February 2/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Jazz Machine IV
Radiohead's Kid A
The Karl Kohut Electric Quartet

Kid A The Karl Kohut Electric Quartet takes on one of the most challenging pop records of the past decade: Radiohead's Kid A. The 4tet will be performing Kid A in its entirety, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock to put their own creative spin on each song. The debut performance of this newly-formed quartet promises to be an exciting evening of music, don't miss it! The Karl Kohut Electric Quartet is Karl Kohut (vocoder), Will Bonness (keyboards), Julian Bradford (electric bass), and Curtis Nowosad (drums).



Music

Wednesday, February 1/12 8pm  $8 ($5 students)


Flat City Folk, with Virgil's Auntie and the Vigilantes

Virgil's Auntie and the VigilantesVirgil's Auntie and the Vigilantes is three budding young musicians who are quite literally coming out of the woodwork to perform. The trio is based out of an off-the-grid turn-of-the-century log home in Marchand, MB. Youth and talent combined with a ragtag collection of home made clothing, instruments and music all contribute to their storybook feel.


Flat City FolkFlat City Folk is the result of three longtime friends getting together, and doing what they love. With guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and double bass, the music is reminiscent of old time string bands. Inspired by a wide range of music, songs stretch across genres and are defined by the instrument choices.




Music

Tuesday, January 31/12 8pm  $8 ($5 students)


Bacca, with Holly Stratton

BaccaBacca - those gals who bring you that wild, sassy, gypsy grass sound - are back to get your feet up as well as your drinks ups. So get your dancing shoes on 'cause it'll be a hoot. Bacca is Callandra-May Hart, Carly Dow, Heitha Forsyth, Janna Barkman, Kristie Latta and Nicole Jowett.


Holly StrattonHolly Stratton has been in an open relationship with music since the moment she expressed passion - so shortly after birth. She has studied piano for sixteen years, and is a member of Mogley and the Woodland Creatures. Influenced by everything from classical to funk to hiphop to Joni Mitchell, Holly also sings and plays guitar with a guileless honesty you won't be able to resist.



ShawFest 2012

January 24-27/12 8pm  admission by donation


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
Daniel Thau-Eleff's My Affair with George Bernard
Starring Doreen Brownstone and Ross McMillan

My Affair with George BernardShe acted in three of his plays. They went for bicycle rides together. He told her she was his “best and dearest love.” And then it was over. What happened between Florence Farr and George Bernard Shaw? Now, things have gone topsy turvy. Florence has come back to Shaw's home after his death. She is conducting a seance, reading from his plays and reminiscing, hoping to invoke the spirit of George Bernard. In a collage of historical fiction, Florence is finally going to tell it all.



Music

Saturday, January 21/12 8pm  $5


Nic Dyson and Friends
Singer-songwriter Nic Dyson presents Troy Rayner, Brendan Kupiak, Lucas Kurylowich, Mat Mallory and Matthew Robinson

Nic DysonNic Dyson plays music because he loves music. Music is his life, and everything he has gets put into it. He only started singing and writing a year ago, and it has all taken off from there. He has performed at his school's talent show 3 years in a row and at Springfield Chicken Days twice. And thats how far experience goes for him. He is influenced heavily by artists such as City and Colour, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, and his playing and writing fully reflects that. This is only the beginning for Nic, and he has every desire to keep pushing and seeing where music will take him in the future.



Music

Friday, January 20/12 7:30pm  $5


17 and Crazy
Davis Plett and friends

A collection of thought, song, and art created by the adolescent imagination; presented by Davis Plett and friends in collaboration with st. benedict’s table.

“Youth is pre-eminently the period in which a man can be lyrical, fanatical, poetic.” - G.K. Chesterton.

Join an eclectic mix of young people from the next generation of creatives as they attempt to be all three. In essence, 17 and Crazy is an evening of youthful musings on Life, the Universe, and, well, pretty much Everything. Featuring performances and presentations by Davis Plett, Nanau Loewen, Elyse Loewen, Nadine Plourde, Shayn Martens, Kaitlyn Malazdrewich, Noah Falk, Cale Plett, Jase Falk, Shaylyn Plett, and Emily Baron. To reserve tickets, contact info@stbenedictstable.ca.



Jazz

Thursday, January 19/12 8pm  $5


bluelight, with guests The Glenn Radley Trio featuring Jay Buchanan

bluelightbluelight plays standards from the thirties to the seventies, focusing on the American Songbook - Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Errol Garner, with a little Beatles, Fats Walter, The Champs and Nat King Cole. Tonight's performance will also feature the music of Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Sammy Cahn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lerner and Low and others. bluelight is Barry Dunford, Al Popowich, Randy Joyce, Bob Parker and Dan Rosin.


The Glenn Radley TrioDrummer Glenn Radley began his jazz career playing small-time gigs in high school, anywhere that would have him. Since then, he's been paying his dues and is now studying under Quincy Davis in the University of Manitoba's Jazz Studies program. Not content to play it safe, Glenn is now leader of his own group that's coming off a hot New Year's Eve 2012 show out of town. This young drummer is one to watch, and his Glenn Radley Trio is hot and ready to serve.



Discussion

Wednesday, January 18/12 7pm


Winnipeg Children's Literature Roundtable
eBooks vs. Traditional Books


Music

Wednesday, January 18/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Lady Troubadours IV
Singer-songwriter Carly Dow presents Brooke Christie, Kristen Berkel, Sonia Eidse and Sheena Rattai

Carly DowCarly Dow writes songs that draw you in. Whether it is her warm, smoky voice or insightful lyrics, her songwriting will leave you full of the prairie charm and genuine passion that she has become known for as a solo artist or as member of Winnipeg-based roots trio, Bog River. With guitar, harmonica or banjo in hand, she has been privileged to perform with talented upcoming and renowned artists from all across the country, particularly through four years of performing with the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Young Performer’s Program, and at the 2011 Canada Winter Games with the National Artist Program.



Jazz

Sunday, January 15/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Nineteen Sixties: A Tribute to the Miles Davis Quintet
Derrick Gardner, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Will Bonness, Karl Kohut and Lucas Sader

The Lucas Sader QuintetThe Lucas Sader Quintet features Derrick Gardner on trumpet, Niall Bakkestad-Legare on tenor saxophone, Will Bonness on piano, Karl Kohut on bass and Lucas Sader on drums.



Music

Saturday, January 14/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


Good Vs. Evil
Brendan Jowett, Taylor Burgess, Dan Falloon and Steve Basham

Good Vs. EvilDelve into the epic battle of good vs. evil as the saintly Brendan Jowett and Taylor Burgess take on scoundrels Dan Falloon and Steve Basham as each represents his side with a solo set.

May or may not bring about the apocalypse.



Jazz

Thursday, January 12/12 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


David Restivo Trio
Pianist Dave Restivo, with Steve Kirby and Quincy Davis

Dave RestivoDave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. A pianist, percussionist and composer, he is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Keyboardist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Grace Kelly, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healy, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Metalwood, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, and many others. Dave has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, St. Francis Xavier University, Humber College, University of Toronto, and University of Manitoba.



Music

Wednesday, January 4/12 9pm  $7


Sea of Mountains EP Release
Vela, with Zoppa

VelaVela is excited to announce that they will finally be releasing their debut EP Sea Of Mountains on Wednesday January 4th 2012.

Zoppa will open the night with their sedative space-folk. This collective project fronted by mastermind Micah Erenberg have become extremely popular throughout Winnipeg playing all sorts of shows with all sorts of arrangements. Each set is a unique and completely engaging experience. If you haven’t experienced Zoppa yet, they will be happy to deflower you. If you have, well then we need say no more.

Also on the bill, Jamie Enns, crafter of extremely creative and mind-bending visuals. While Vela performs, including, of course, Sea Of Mountains in its entirety, Jamie will be editing and projecting visuals to give an entirely new dimension to the performance.

All of this commotion for only $7, and (this evening only) the physical album will be available at a crazy discount price of $3



Music

Tuesday, December 27/11 9pm  $10 ($5 students)


Pie: The Music of Cake
Featuring Jonny Moonbeam, Alex Campbell, Scott Foster, Yvan Larocque, Eric Lemoine, James McKee and Blake Thompson

PieCelebrating the music of the most underrated band of your generation.



Music

Wednesday, December 21/11 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


collage-à-trois
Jocelyn Goertzen, Shannon Kristjanson, and Rayannah Kroeker

collage-à-troiscollage-à-trois is our three voices, each different, each with its own story. We grew up waiting by the radio to hit the red record button, belting Disney in front of the mirror, memorizing Handel excerpts, putting on full-scale basement musicals and plays for patient parents and neighbors, mimicking Michael Jackson moves, rocking out on a cardboard guitar, transcribing Coltrane and singing French-Canadian folksongs over and over.

Over time, everyone collects songs they'll never forget, an autobiographical soundtrack. This project is a collage of our songs. Many genres, different instrumentations, creative arrangements and originals of our own.



Music

Tuesday, December 20/11 9pm  $10 door/$7 adv


Contrackt, with Josh Weiss

ContracktAaron "Contrackt" Trachtenberg is a rapper from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He released two self-produced full length albums between 2007 and 2008, before moving to the UK to complete his PhD in neurology. Fresh off a 3 year stint at the University of Oxford, he is overjoyed to be back performing in his hometown. Josh Weiss is a singer-songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario. He is currently recording his first full-length album, available in early 2012. Together, Josh and Aaron have created a dynamic two-man show combining Contrackt's slick lyrics with Josh's versatile musicianship. Get ready for a night of fist-pumping excitement, thought-provoking R.A.P., and unforgettable original tunes!



Talk Show

Saturday, December 17/11 8pm  $10/$5 students


Live with Reggie San Miguel
Music by Bean

Live with Reggie San MiguelLive with Reggie San Miguel has been called "Winnipeg's other live talk show" by critics and fans alike. It will be making its Aqua Books debut with it's first holiday episode that will have everything a late night talk show should have, including a bright, charming, and slightly delusional Filipino and an open bar. Musical guest will be Bean, and expect a whole lot of Christmas spirit too!



Music

Friday, December 16/11 7:30pm  $10 or pay what you can


haLf man haLf eLf, with Cassie Hatcher and Sid Strange
A Cultural City Hall Fundraiser

haLf man haLf eLfFounded in 2006, haLf man haLf eLf is a collective of diverse musicians whose genre preferences range from Classical, Progressive Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Postpunk, New Wave, Fantasy Fiction, and Philosophy, producing a unique brand of music that may be described as melodically catchy, structurally complicated, instrument-rich, lyrically philosophical, and distortion-less. Listening to their songs, one can hear influences from Gentle Giant; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; The Wild Swans; The Waterboys; Depeche Mode; Mozart; and Bach. Current members are Christine Mazur (violin/cello), Bert Nicanor (drumkit/ percussion), Dave Lababovich (acoustic guitar / banjo / mandolin), Janice Bamforth (percussion), and aLfie vera mella (vocalist/keyboards/percussion). The band is currently finishing an album, entitled Tales from a Half Forgotten Era.



Jazz

Thursday, December 15/11 7pm


U of M Jazz Program Student Ensembles


Music

Friday, December 9/11 7:30pm  $10


Helen White's Singers
Vocal Showcase
A Cultural City Hall Fundraiser

Join us for a vocal extravaganza featuring some of Helen White's finest singers - Angela Wasyluk, Suzanne, Nora LaBossiere, Malissa Magorel, Gabrielle Ogilvie, Caitlin Wakeman, and Sam Rech. The singers are all coming together to raise funds for keeping Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall alive! Backed by Jonathan Alexiuk's band - Jon on keys, Chris Berti on bass and Glenn Lambert on drums - and special guests, this will be an evening featuring a plethora of different songs presented by different vocalists for this joyous occasion. There will be jazz standards, pop tunes, originals and even some Christmas songs! The evening will be hosted by Helen White. Keep music live! See you there!


Craft Sale

Saturday, December 3/11 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Head in the Oven, Boomerang 360, Papertrail Craft Co., Housefires, Periwinkle Designs, Bitchin' Kitsch 'n' Kitchen, The Silver Agenda, Leather and Lace, Boomerang 1981, Midkid, Julrei, Crushcraft, Sew Dandee, Mary and Maude, Lady.T Tees, Endeavours Studio and Workshop, Just the Goods, Blackbird Bazaar, Blue Star Studios, Summertime Crafts, Inspyred Creations, Monkeys, Monsters and More, CJ Tennant, Mrs. Glockenheimen, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

Do all your holiday shopping without taking a step into the dreaded mall, it's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired yourself.

Admission is free.



Jazz

Thursday, December 1/11 8pm  $10


Jazz Machine III
Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
The Paul De Gurse Quintet

Stop Making Sense Paul De Gurse joins with top jazz players to present a concert reimagining the Talking Heads' seminal 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.

The Talking Heads were an American avant-garde band that was active from 1974 to 1991, with songs including Once In A Lifetime, Take Me To The River, Burning Down The House and Psycho Killer.

The personnel for this show includes Paul De Gurse (arrangements/keyboards), Erin Propp (vocals), Neil Watson (sax), Lucas Sader (drums), and Mike Cann (bass). Projection design was provided by Ali Fulmyk



Lit

Wednesday, November 30/11 7:30pm


CreComm Reading Series
Writer Saleema Nawaz, with Ryan Kessler, Mark McAvoy and Jamie McKay

Red River College's Creative Communications program is the training ground for Manitoba's professional communicators.

The CreComm Reading Series, curated by K.I. Press, brings writers of all genres to Winnipeg. Opening acts are current and former CreCommers with creative works-in-progress.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

Saleema NawazSaleema Nawaz was born in Ottawa and completed her M.A. in English Literature at the University of Manitoba. Her short-story collection, Mother Superior, was published by Freehand Books in Fall 2008, and her short story My Three Girls was the winner of the 2008 Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Her first novel will be published by House of Anansi Press in Fall 2012. She lives and writes in Montreal.



Music

Wednesday, November 30/11 8pm  $10/$5 students


The Patti Smith Songbook
Aqua Books Songwriter-in-Residence Claire Morrison presents Rio Bare, Lyzie Burt, Haley Carr and Kristen Berkel

Patti SmithFive powerful singer-songwiters perform together in a one-time only exploration of the songbook of Patti Smith.

Patti Smith is an artist, poet, and the Godmother of Punk.


Claire MorrisonBorn to translator parents, singer and multi-instrumentalist Claire Morrison has always known the power of language. This 19-year-old performer, driven by her love of music and fascination with words, is proving herself as an evocative and passionate songwriter. Producing songs in both English and French, she is garnering attention throughout Manitoba for her compelling lyrical content and attractive melodies. She most often takes the stage as half of folk and bluegrass duo Fire and Smoke, with the pair representing Manitoba at francophone music competition Chant’Ouest 2011 in Moose Jaw. Watch for the release of their first EP, Maiden Voyage, in September.


Rio BareA once closeted singer-songwriter, Rio Bare is slowly making her way onto the local music scene. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Rio has been writing and playing the guitar since the age of 13. Her love for music has given her the opportunity to work with Winnipeg Folk Festival mentors in mentoring inner-city youth, eventually writing and recording a song with them for CBC in March. Although she is sternly focused on getting her filmmaking degree from the University of Winnipeg, Rio is planning on recording an EP in the near future.


Lyzie BurtLyzie Burtis a singer/songwriter from Selkirk. She is classically trained on piano, although due to not enjoying classical piano at all, quit at a young age and forgot almost everything she knew. Inspired to pick it up again, she now plays out a bit and is recording her third album.


Haley CarrHaley Carr


Kristen BerkelKristen Berkel was born with her ears turned towards music. Her hungry fingers have managed to collect and become skilled on a variety of instruments, including the piano, accordion, guitar, and banjo. Piano tuner by trade, the sensitivity she has for sound shows itself in her careful search for the exact right tone, texture, or note. With a voice delicate and compelling, Kristen draws on jazz, country, and old-timey influences to create a sound both familiar and unique.



Folk

Sunday, November 27/11 8pm  $10


North of 50
A Cultural City Hall Fundraiser
Singer-songwriters Tim Elias, Bobby Stahr, and Marcel Desilets

Tim Elias (of Elias, Schritt and Bell), former Aqua Books songwriter-in-residence Marcel Desilets, and legendary singer-songwriter Bobby Stahr on the same bill for the first time.

As Aqua Books reorganizes and rebuilds, many of Winnipeg's best artists are stepping up to help the magic continue. Since 1999, Aqua Books has been providing a place for young and emerging artists to cut their teeth, and working with established artists to create new work you won't see anywhere else.

Tim EliasTim Elias is co-founder of legendary '80s act Elias, Schritt and Bell, with John Schritt and Steve Bell. With over a hundred soundtracks, countless jingles and corporate theme songs under his belt, he has also shared the stage with The Pointer Sisters, Juice Newton, Leon Redbone, James Cotton, Valdy and Graham Shaw.


Bobby StahrBobby Stahr formed the Incandescant Saffron Jug Band in 1967 and played has been a fixture in the Winnipeg music scene ever since. In 1997, he was honoured with a tribute show at the West End Cultural Centre, featuring thirty players and fifteen of his best songs. He currently performs with Scott Anderson on the Chapman stick, primarily as a bass instrument, and when she is available, Joanna Miller on drums and percussion.


Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.



Jazz

Saturday, November 26/11 8pm  $10/$5 students


Aaron Shorr Trio, plus the Sabasch Collective
Jazz guitarist Aaron Shorr, with Curtis Nowosad and Luke Sellick, plus Carter Graham, Ryan Brouwer and Aaron Sabasch

Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Aaron SabaschAaron Sabasch was born and raised in Calgary. In 2010, he moved to Winnipeg and began studying jazz drums at the University of Manitoba. Now 19, Aaron is currently in his second year of the bachelor of jazz studies program and is a regular at several venues throughout the city.



Jazz

Friday, November 25/11 8pm  $20


Kirby, Davis, Gardner and Cain
A Cultural City Hall Fundraiser
Bassist Steve Kirby, drummer Quincy Davis, trumpeter Derrick Gardner and pianist Michael Cain

Join four jazz titans for a one-time only gig of epic proportions, as Steve Kirby, Quincy Davis and Derrick Gardener from U of M step onto the bandstand with pianist Michael Cain from cross-province rival Brandon U. But when they get up there, all bets are off. As Steve Kirby says, "the bandstand is a sacred altar." Prepare yourself for some of the finest music you've ever heard.

As Aqua Books reorganizes and rebuilds, many of Winnipeg's best artists are stepping up to help the magic continue. Since 1999, Aqua Books has been providing a place for young and emerging artists to cut their teeth, and working with established artists to create new work you won't see anywhere else.

Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Derrick GardnerDerrick Gardner is a jazz trumpeter who has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr.'s Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, and Tony Bennett. Born in Chicago, he is currently teaching at the U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Michael CainFor the last 20 years, Michael Cain has mostly been known as a New York-based pianist, keyboardist, and producer, working with artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Meshell NdegeOcello, Pat Metheny, Ravi Coltrane, and Dave Holland, among others. Cain now lives in Brandon, MB, teaching at Brandon University. Michael Cain's EXTra Spaceman Band has him on keyboards and electric bass, and features a lineup of former and current Brandon University music students with him. The band's music is written by Cain and contains his usual eclectic sensibilities, combining elements of jazz, rock, funk, afrobeat, and folk music into a unique blend of very personable, danceable, and satisfying music.



Music/Spoken Word

Monday, November 21/11 8pm  $10


Woven Borders
Persian santurist Amir Amiri and Métis sound artist Moe Clark

Moe ClarkAmir Amiri and Moe Clark come together for this intimate journey into performance that crosses borders with woven sound. Journeying between circle song, poetry and vocal looping, Métis artist Moe Clark invites audiences into a sonic landscape rich with embodied narratives. Her work employs a looping pedal to create poetic songs that resonate with the power to connect with authentic purpose. Amir Amiri’s compositions are internationally renowned for their sophistication and intense dynamism. While he is classically trained in santour, Amir’s manipulates music with fervent precision and passion to extend beyond classical limitation. In collaborating on the same stage for the first time, this evening will be one to remember as a defined yet fluid sound tapestry is woven.



World Music

Saturday, November 19/11 8pm  $10


Casimiro Nhussi, with the Aaron Shorr Trio

African drums meet modern jazz. Aaron Shorr on guitar, Luke Sellick on bass, Kelly Leveille on percussion, and Mozambique drummaster Casimiro Nhussi.

Casimiro NhussiCasimiro Nhussi is a professional African dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and musician from Mozambique. Starting his career as a dancer, Casimiro then became the principal dancer, and then the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Song and Dance Company. Currently Casimiro is the Artistic Director and Founder of Winnipeg only African contemporary dance company, NAfro Dance Productions.


Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.



Bluegrass

Friday, November 18/11 8pm  $5


Spring Thaw

Spring ThawIf you enjoy bands like Alison Krauss and Union Station, Flatt and Scruggs, or the Del McCoury Band, you'll love Spring Thaw. This quickly rising new band of seasoned Manitoba bluegrass pickers delivers smooth, driving bluegrass with tight harmonies, solid rhythm and blistering Scruggs-style banjo and fiddle-oriented instrumentals. Aaron, Rob, Kelly, Eric and Tim guarantee to put a smile on your face and a spark in your soul. Check out Spring Thaw.



Music

Thursday, November 17/11 8pm  $10


Canvas Pulse, with Keith Price

Canvas PulseInfluenced by the music of John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Avishai Cohen and local group the Duhks, Canvas Pulse is a new group on the Winnipeg scene. The group consists of Phil Collins on trumpet, Sam Little on upright and electric bass and Mike DeGroot on percussion and didgeridoo. They deliberately omitted the use of harmonic instruments in favour of the exploration of textures and timbres not normally heard in contemporary music. The repertoire of Canvas Pulse is rooted in the jazz tradition (as evidenced by the previous influences) but draws upon the influence of hip hop music and pop artists like Bjork and Portishead.


Keith PriceHaving strummed since the sixth grade on his grandfather’s guitar, Keith Price landed his first gig at age fifteen. First influenced by pop, punk and heavy metal, Price discovered jazz music through the intensity and spirituality of John Coltrane. At age 19, Price began his formal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Upon his return to Winnipeg, Price turned down a scholarship at New School University in New York City and opted instead to stay in Steve Kirby’s newly established jazz program at the University of Manitoba. Price released his debut album, Breakfast Of Champions, in the fall of 2009. The album reached #5 on both the earshot and chartattack jazz charts and he was nominated for the TD Grand Prix du Jazz and the Galaxie Rising Star award at this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival.



Music

Wednesday, November 16/11 8pm  $5


Jason Maas and the Lower Companions

Jason Maas and the Lower CompanionsJason Maas and the Lower Companions is where the former front man for rock band The Monty Yanks landed after the band called it quits in 2008. Jason saw the break up as an opportunity to start performing material that did not fit the Yank's frenzied, hard rock style. He put together a group of musicians with a wealth of performing experience. The Lower Companions play a mix of wildly divergent musical styles, ranging from folk to sock-hop rock, from pop to faux-gospel. Their debut album Clean is now available for sale online and in stores.



Music

Tuesday, November 15/11 8pm  $5


Debra Lyn Neufeld, with Erin Jersak

Debra Lyn NeufeldSixteen years ago, Debra Lyn Neufeld picked up a guitar, learned three chords and got herself a gig. Today, with two albums of original material to her credit, she's considered Winnipeg's reigning Queen of the Blues.


Erin JersakErin Jersak was born and raised in Winnipeg and began playing music at a young age. Learning piano as a young child from family members and family friends, the love of music grew into a passion for music. With music consuming her life, she decided to branch out and learn a new instrument. A guitar was placed in her lap and the rest is history. Writing songs and covering songs from a happy place to a broken heart, her music is always written from the heart. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are works that she considers reveal-able into the person she is.



Music

Saturday, November 12/11 8pm  $10


Red Moon Road

Red Moon RoadInspired by the lake, campfires, outdoor living and kitchen party jams, Red Moon Road is a down-home, acoustic folk and roots band with the right mix of East Coast and Country charm. Red Moon Road is a Winnipeg-based, touring songwriters’ collective. The band is driven by the reckless abandon and soulful beauty of vocalist Sheena Rattai, the songwriting of power-house multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan, and the sweet harmonies and songs of banjo/mandolin player Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. These musicians deliver songs that tell stories; songs you want to hear again; songs “frankly filled with images which evoke the life of the land, and its connection to the heart” (Rev. Bill Cliff). With a powerful and honest live delivery, the band has been winning hearts and fans at festivals (Trout Forest, Fire N’ Water, Harvest Moon), house concerts, and venues (Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, West End Cultural Centre, Jazz on the Rooftop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery) throughout Manitoba and Ontario since its 2010 inception. With more songs to be written, shows to be played, kitchens to jam in and campfires to trade songs around, the band continues to grow its library of adventures. Look for their full length release early 2012 with Juno Award winners Murray Pulver and Don Benedictson.



Jazz

Thursday, November 10/11 8pm  $10


Jazz Machine II
Bob Marley's Exodus
The Curtis Nowosad Quartet

ExodusThe Curtis Nowosad Quartet will be performing Bob Marley and The Wailers' roots reggae masterpiece, Exodus, in its entirety.

The album, which was voted by Time magazine as the greatest album of the 20th century, will be re-imagined and re-interpretted by Nowosad and his highly-skilled associates.

This is going to be a unique concert experience that is not to be missed!


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.



Storytelling

Wednesday, November 9/11 7pm  $10


Stories of Light and Dark
An Aqua Books Fundraiser

South African storyteller Erik de Waal and U of M Storyteller-in-Residence Patrick Ryan

Patrick RyanPatrick Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over thirty years. He regularly tours Britain, Europe and the US performing, lecturing and conducting a variety of workshops. Patrick has written for the BBC and has also actively participated in several major storytelling projects. He is currently Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

Erik de WaalSouth African Erik de Waal is a critically acclaimed dramatic artist both at home and abroad. He has performed his solo story theatre productions for more than 200,000 people in South Africa, Canada, England, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico and Turkey. “Sensual and evocative" and "epic and intimate" are just some of the accolades awarded him by critics in South Africa and Canada. This multi-talented actor, storyteller, writer and singer is best known for blending the myriad cultures of South Africa to create intense, memorable theatrical experiences.




Storytelling

Tuesday, November 8/11 6pm  $6 kids/$8 adults/$20 families


YAP Theatre (South Africa) and Aqua Books present
African Folktales with Erik de Waal
Magical Story Theatre for Young Audiences

Join us for the only public performance of Erik's wonderful show.



Kids

November 8-10/11 School Program


YAP Theatre (South Africa) and Aqua Books present
African Folktales with Erik de Waal
Magical Story Theatre for Young Audiences

African Folktales with Erik de Waal150,000 kids on 5 continents can't be wrong!

South African Erik de Waal has enthralled children on five continents with his energetic story theatre productions featuring South African folktales. Experience an enchanted world of talking zebras, galumphing elephants and lying lions as traditional South African folktales come to vibrant life at the hands of a master storyteller and puppeteer. African Folktales with Erik de Waal features new stories written by de Waal each year and is directed by Marie Kruger, head of the University of Stellenbosch Theatre Department (South Africa).

Due to its educational value, this production to is on the ArtStarts official roster in BC and has toured British Columbia since 2005. (ArtStarts is the organization that coordinates artists touring to schools throughout British Columbia.)

Other destinations for African Folktales with Erik de Waal include Ireland (2003), England (2004), Turkey (2005), Mexico and Argentina (2006).

In Mexico City, performances of African Folktales with Erik de Waal were hosted by, amongst others, the South African Embassy, the British Council and the Universidad de las Americas.

An award winning children's theatre practitioner, de Waal, through his company, YAP Theatre Productions, tours extensively throughout South Africa. The tours include the townships, rural areas and cities.



Discussion

Monday, November 7/11 7pm


What’s Behind the Abolition of the Canadian Wheat Board?
Activist Ken Kalturnyk

Hear activist Ken Kalturnyk discuss the political economy of Canadian agriculture and the class interests behind the abolition of the Canadian Wheat Board.



Theatre

November 3-5/11 8pm  $10


Marketplace Players present
Denis Thornton's Nothing Ever Happens on Our Street

Is murder afoot on a quiet street?


World Music

Saturday, October 29/11 8pm  $10


Amir Amiri, with the Curtis Nowosad Trio

Curtis Nowosad on drums, Luke Sellick on bass and Niall Bakkestad-Legare on tenor saxophone. The trio will play an opening set and then they'll play an exciting set of improvised music with Persian Santur player Amir Amiri.

Amir AmiriAmir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer. He specializes in the Radiff system of Persian classical music.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Niall Bakkestad-Legare Niall Bakkestad-Legare



Discussion

Friday, October 28/11 7pm  $10


Accountable Development Works presents
Global Equality: The Ethics of Listening
Filmmaker Muuxi Adam and organic farmer Dr. Alex Zieba

Global EqualityGrab a pint and join us for a lively discussion about global inequality and the ethics that guide our response. Accountable Development Works is kicking off its Global Issues Conference with a lecture open to the public at 7 pm at Aqua Books on October 28.

Our special guests will be Muuxi Adam, a Somali-Canadian documentary filmmaker and advocate for refugees and Dr. Alex Zieba, an organic farmer, Coordinator of the Philosophy and Humanities Department at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec and ethics advisor on international agribusiness.



Music

Friday, October 28/11 8pm  $5


Nicole Byblow, with Lindsey White

Nicole ByblowNicole Byblow writes and performs indie piano pop. She has won the Fred Sherratt Award (presented annually by CARAS and the Juno Awards), and shared stages with C.R. Avery and Juno Award winner Stephen Fearing. She recently performed at the 2011 Juno Awards Dinner and Gala, where she performed k.d. Lang's Constant Craving in front of Neil Young, Arcade Fire, and 1800 other members of the Canadian music industry.


Lindsey WhiteOver the last ten years, Lindsey White has been quietly making a name for herself all over Western Canada with a unique brand of music that has been referred to as 'groovy folk-rock with a heavy blues influence.' Carefully penned lyrics and well crafted melodies have always been an integral part of her songs and solo performances. Now backed by a stellar rhythm section which includes Alasdair Dunlop (bass) and Mitch Dorge (drums), the trio has been performing regularly at venues all over Winnipeg while working on a full length album.



Technology

Wednesday, October 26/11 6pm


Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner
Geeky Jewelry and Board Games

Winnipeg Girl Geek DinnerAqua Books is proud to be the home of the Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner at EAT! bistro. The action begins with dinner at 6pm in the restaurant (you order off the menu and pay for your own dinner), and then moves upstairs. RSVP here.

Girl Geek Dinners started in 2005 in London as a way for Girl Geeks (and their invited male friends) to get together, learn and talk about technology. All ages and fields (math, science, new media, graphic design, dev, tech, etc.) are encouraged to participate.

(Guy geeks are welcome to attend as well, but the rule of thumb is to be invited by a girl attending. At many technical conventions, guys outnumber girls by about 10 to 1. Using this guideline ensures that at most the ratio will be 1 to 1.)

For more information about Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners, click here.


Music

Wednesday, October 26/11 8pm  $10


Bog River, with From Giants

Bog RiverBog River was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, when three songwriters (Ben Hadaller, Carly Dow, Dave Barchyn) collaborated to create a new and passionate folk/bluegrass project. Since releasing their debut EP in 2010, the trio continues to develop a unique and haunting sound, which includes influences of Dixieland, old-tyme, bluegrass, and contemporary folk genres. Huddled around a single condenser mic, Bog River’s live shows are heartfelt and energetic. Whether they draw a stomp from your foot or a tear from your eye, Bog River combines the old with the new to make you feel as good about music as they do.


From GiantsFrom Giants is a young Winnipeg band that creates rhythmic and experimental folk pop. Jaymie Friesen, the spirit behind From Giants, is joined by three friends, Gabriella Neufled, Nathan Krahn, and Charles Enns. Together they create a unique and playful sound using banjo, cello, percussion, guitars and soaring female vocals. Their sound could be considered experimental, sad, and sweet; often telling lyrical stories about nature and spirituality.



Theatre

Tuesday, October 25/11 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
Asking the Right Questions
An Approach to Play Development

Danish director and dramaturge Jens Boutrup

MAP presents the first of its evenings with Manitoba playwrights at Aqua for the 2011-12 season with a Conversation with Jens Boutrup, Visiting Danish Director and Dramaturge, and Manitoba playwrights who took part in a unique seminar aiming at developing a new approach to play dramaturgy. Though aimed at playwrights, the approach would be of interest to all writers in dealing with issues in their work, and how to build a possible technique for development of one's work.


Workshop

October 21 and 22/11 6-9pm, 10am-5pm  $125


Aqua U. presents
Teen/Middle Grade Novel Sweatshop and Fundraiser with Anita Daher

Anita Daher, the very first Aqua Books Writer-in-Res (2008) has donated her time, and all course fees go towards the New Aqua Books!

Aqua U.

Take your vitamins and roll up your sleeves as author and editor Anita Daher shows you how to strengthen and further your teen or middle grade novel. This Friday evening, all day Saturday intensive is for authors with novels-in-progress, complete novels needing extra oomph, and even those with only ideas, uncertain how to progress. The focus will be on craft with exercises, individual advisement, writing time and workshopping.

All proceeds to go to Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall.

Bring a notebook, pen, your manuscript (e-copy is fine--bring your laptop).

Anita DaherAnita Daher has been entrenched in the book publishing industry for more than fifteen years. She feels “place” infuses her writing, and is grateful to have lived in communities like Summerside, PEI, Moose Jaw, SK, Churchill, MB, Baker Lake, NU, and Yellowknife, NT. Her short stories have appeared in Prairie Fire Magazine, and she is author of seven youth novels, including Arthur Ellis and Manitoba Book Award finalist Spider’s Song (2006), and Arthur Ellis, Hackmatack and Diamond Willow finalist Racing for Diamonds (2006). She has led workshops across the country, and has been a popular presenter at conferences and festivals. When not teaching, presenting, or working on her own stories, Anita edits teen novels for Great Plains Publications. Anita was Aqua Books' inaugural writer-in-residence in 2008.


Music

Saturday, October 22/11 8pm  $5


Nic Dyson and Friends
Featuring Matty Robinson, Troy Rayner, Brendan Kupiak, Lucas Kurylowich and Aren Teerhuis

Nic DysonNic Dyson plays music because he loves music. Music is his life, and everything he has gets put into it. He only started singing and writing a year ago, and it has all taken off from there. He has performed at his school's talent show 3 years in a row and at Springfield Chicken Days twice. And thats how far experience goes for him. He is influenced heavily by artists such as City and Colour, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, and his playing and writing fully reflects that. This is only the beginning for Nic, and he has every desire to keep pushing and seeing where music will take him in the future.



Jazz

Friday, October 21/11 8pm  $10


Propp, Sellick, and Roy
Guitarist Larry Roy, bassist Luke Sellick and vocalist Erin Propp

Join Erin Propp, guitar legend Larry Roy and double bassist Luke Sellick for an acoustic evening of original songs, and fanciful covers.

Erin ProppA recent graduate of the U of M Jazz Studies Program, Erin Propp has been steadily rising in the Canadian music scene, to much critical acclaim. With high artistry and heart-breaking honesty, Erin delivers concert after concert of unforgettable music. The lead singer for local folk/roots band, Red Moon Road, Erin has also shared the stage with many of Winnipeg’s best jazz musicians, and is emerging as a favourite of audiences and musicians alike.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Larry RoyOver the last two decades, Larry Roy has established himself on the Canadian jazz scene as an artist, composer, producer and sought-after professor. As well as teaching jazz at the University of Manitoba, this versatile musician writes film scores and performs all over Europe and North America. Roy and long-time musical partner Steve Kirby recently released the album Wicked Grin.



Theatre

Saturday, October 15/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
X Minus One/Doppelganger Double Feature
Starring Janet Stewart, Talia Pura, Tim Higgins and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, classic SciFi series X Minus One, plus a time-bending world premiere by local playwright Tim Higgins.



Jazz

Saturday, October 15/11 8pm  $10/$5 students


Michael Cain's EXTra Spaceman Band

Award-winning jazzman Michael Cain on keyboards and bass, with former and current Brandon University music students: Shannon Chapman (sax); Kena Olson (trombone); Julian Beutel (trumpet); Josh Winestock (guitar); John Baron (bass); Cody Iwasiuk (drums); and Alanna Fast (keyboards).

Michael CainFor the last 20 years, Michael Cain has mostly been known as a New York-based pianist, keyboardist, and producer, working with artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Meshell NdegeOcello, Pat Metheny, Ravi Coltrane, and Dave Holland, among others. Cain now lives in Brandon, MB, teaching at Brandon University. Michael Cain's EXTra Spaceman Band has him on keyboards and electric bass, and features a lineup of former and current Brandon University music students with him. The band's music is written by Cain and contains his usual eclectic sensibilities, combining elements of jazz, rock, funk, afrobeat, and folk music into a unique blend of very personable, danceable, and satisfying music.



Storytelling

Friday, October 14/11 7:30pm


Stone Soup Storytellers
Featured teller Patrick Ryan

Jack and The Beanstalk People in all times and places have told stories. Stone Soup storytelling happens in the round, with the participants passing the talking stick around. If you want to tell a story, keep the stick. If you just want to listen, pass it along. Stone Soup has some very experienced tellers, but amateurs and listeners are always welcome.

The long-running Winnipeg storytellers' group has been around since the early '80s. Since 2005, they have been meeting September through May at Aqua Books, now normally on the second Friday of the month. All sessions start at 7:30 pm, and are open to all (including children, although it's not really for the very young and squirmy.) Admission is free.


Music

Friday, October 14/11 8pm  $15


Send Trio Bembe to the Yukon

We’re heading to the Yukon for the Western Canadian Music Awards, but we need your help to get there. All the proceeds for this show will go towards our flights to the Yukon (anything extra goes towards dog sledding!). Book a reservation in the delicious EAT! bistro, and get first dibs on seats for the show.

Trio BembeThe brush of palm leaves, the whispering waves, the salt in the air. You reach the end of the beach, and feel a steady beat. A little closer and you hear the strum of a guitar. Just as you arrive, a voice rings out strong and clear. This isn’t a dream. It’s Trio Bembe.



Music

Thursday, October 13/11 8pm  $10


Karl Kohut Project
Karl Kohut, Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad

The Karl Kohut Project brings a collection of brand-new arrangements and original compositions to Aqua Books.

The set list will include everything from a wild rendition of Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger to a Gretchen Parlato cover that sounds like it's being sung by a heartbroken computer.

Featuring Karl on vibraphone, vocoder, and various electronic manifestations along with the stellar musicianship of bassist Julian Bradford and drummer Curtis Nowosad.


Karl KohutBassist Karl Kohut’s virtuosity was recognized in 2006, when at the age of 20, he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for his solo rendition of Victor Wooten’s “A Show of Hands.” Since then, Karl has gone on to establish himself on the Winnipeg music scene with the ability to excel in a wide variety of musical genres and versatility on both double bass and electric bass. Karl has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Comedy

Wednesday, October 12/11 7pm  $5


Winnipeg Stand Up!
Comics Veronica Ternopolski, JD Renaud, Rachel Sommer, Scott Porteous, Tim Gray, Chantel Marostica, Caleb Friesen, and Michael Blomquist


Poetry

Tuesday, October 11/11 7pm


MayWorks Presents
My Personal Music
A New Festival Theory Performance Event

Poets Ron Romanowski, John Baillie and Nurit Drory, with musicians Liliana Romanowski, Feruccio Moscarda and Sam Knacker

New Festival Theory came to life with the release of Ron Romanowski’s fourth collection, the big book of canadian Poetry in the Spring of 2011. New Festival Theory’s goal is to instigate a more public focus on Canadian poetry through the spontaneous ignition of artistic festivals which celebrate the poetic spirit of the heart.

To that end, an unlikely group of committed New Festival enthusiasts will combine to offer an evening exploring their unique approaches to finding the music in everyone’s heart – and where it comes from. Some are genuine musicians; some are poets who are as stirred by the rhythms and melodies they draw from the visual world around them as those who interpret aural reality through more traditional means.

Appearing on the 11th will be harmonica player Sam Knacker, having listened to and interpreted with a practiced ear a lifetime of experience from his childhood in Romania to his later years in Winnipeg; Nurit Drory, about to celebrate the publication of a collection of her poetry inspired by the curious meanderings and unexpected music of a well-lived life; John H. Baillie, author of Midnight’s Delight and Destination Mutable, another poet who discovers his private soundtrack sometimes in the most unusual of places; the founder of New Festival Theory and the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry from Augustine Hand Press, Ron Romanowski, driving his writing life to the fullest from rock and roll to high opera; and to finish the evening, a rare collaborative musical performance by classically trained singer Liliana Romanowski with her father, guitarist Feruccio Moscarda, a mainstay on the Italian music scene in Winnipeg for many years. Behind the scenes, providing video support while marching to his own personal – and very loud – drummer, is Dylan Baillie.



Music

Saturday, October 8/11 8pm  $10


Fire & Smoke, with singer-songwriter Demetra

Fire & SmokeFire & Smoke was born by the flickering light and inviting warmth of a Winnipeg Folk Fest campground jam. Claire Morrison's dark, rich voice and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner's feel-them-in-your-bones harmonies will charm you. Accompanied by an ever-evolving assortment of instruments, the pair offer up their own take on what makes a young girl cry, a grown man sigh, and what’s really going on behind the eyes of the lone old-timer at the dive bar. With their bluegrass- and folk-inspired numbers, Fire & Smoke’s haunting style and boldly intimate storytelling will leave you with an ache in your soul, a song in your heart, and a knowing twinkle in your eye.



Theatre

Saturday, October 8/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Escape: Three Skeleton Key/Bathysphere Double Feature

Starring JohNNy SiZZle, Richard Howell and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, two sea adventures from radio's golden age.



Music

Friday, October 7/11 8pm  $10/$5 students


Aaron Shorr/Luke Sellick, with Aaron Sabasch, Luke Sellick and Niall Bakkestad-Legare

Bassist Luke Sellick and guitarist Aaron Shorr have been playing together extensively for the last number of years. Having developed a strong musical rapport, their shared love for the music of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny and Lennon/McCartney is the inspiration for this first duo appearance at Aqua Books.

Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.



Jazz

Thursday, October 6/11 8pm  $10


Will Bonness Trio, with Lucas Sader Quartet
Pianist Will Bonness, with Curtis Nowosad and Julian Bradford

Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.



Music

Wednesday, October 5/11 8pm  $10


Bull Kelp, with Trouble and Strife

Bull KelpBull Kelp is Taylor Ashton and Zoe Guigueno, two members of the WCMA-nominated band Fish and Bird. They intend to woo you with two voices, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and a handful of beautiful original songs.


Trouble and StrifeTrouble and Strife



Film

Tuesday, October 4/11 9pm


The Rock and Roll Draft
A film by Chris Macalino

The Rock and Roll DraftThe Rock and Roll Draft: A graduate explores the music world with a camera and encounters real stars. Creating video, theatrics, and unheard of magic; the mission of self discovery multiplies into the most adorable exhibit of all time. Get ready for some unbelievable leap of faith by Chris Macalino with province-side rollercoaster themes which surround a nucleus. Come witness the angel de...scend from a pile of friend requests, land way to term... This is rockumentary soylent made that seeks to thrill you and spell better like honey.


Chris Macalino is a painter, poet, and filmmaker. He was encouraged to join the ESL program, WAG Saturday School, and Catechism to grow out of his shell. He was assigned his first commission at the age of 16 which was a mural in The Wolseley Area. (A period was spent pooling talents in Winnipeg Film Group, WAG Advanced Drawing, and Drama Club.) In the millennium, he graduated as valedictorian in The North End with awards for English and Art. Success as a young artist earned him a place in The University Of Manitoba and Speaking Crow Reading Series. Studying multiple classes, he found the time to write part 1 to 4 of Throat Ocean, land a role in Sunday Best, while showing on radio and galleries to print as well as online media. Through six or seven years of performing at The Crow and finishing credits he graduated with a BFA from The School Of Art. After years of work experience and recovery from experimentation, Macalino was assigned to provide a small collection of paintings for a clinic in Florida and continue recording performances. He then celebrated Kulay which was a culmination of his painting advances in The Exchange. Needing more pictures in motion to the sphere he produced music videos, film poems, and footage of cultural event. The Rock & Roll Draft is the new celebration, and this time it will be a feature-length documentary. Since he invites everyone to see at least one of his shows, this screening will be a great time for sure.


Workshop

Saturday, October 1/11 11am-3:30pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

WRITE THAT BOOK! Jake MacDonald's Fall/Winter writing workshop is a small group of busy beavers who will meet once a month to plan, brainstorm, and get to work on book-length writing projects - both nonfiction and fiction. Jake helps out with suggestions on story structure and creative brainstorming, and participants help each other with support, motivation and feedback. Classes are $75 each and it's okay to miss a class now and then. First meeting is on Saturday, October 1st, from 11am - 3:30. Roll up your sleeves and have a rough draft of your book finished by spring.

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Theatre

Saturday, October 1/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Doc Savage

Starring Curtis Wiebe, Christy Boettcher, Shawn Kowalke, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, the Man of Bronze, Doc Savage.



Jazz

Saturday, October 1/11 8pm  $10


Quincy Davis with Q-Factor
Drummer Quincy Davis, with trumpeter Derrick Gardner, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and bassist Steve Kirby

Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.



Theatre

Friday, September 30/11 7pm  $10


Winnipeg Puppet Collective's Puppet Slam
Featuring Secondhandpants, Adhere and Deny, 6 and the Wishweweres

Winnipeg Puppet Collective Puppet SlamPuppet Slams are evenings of short puppet plays for adults performed by different artists. The Winnipeg Puppet Slam is the first major Puppet Slam in Canada. In addition to fantastic local performers, the Winnipeg Puppet Slam has had international guests like Heather Henson and Marsian. The Winnipeg Puppet Slam at Aqua Books will feature performances by the Secondhandpants, Adhere and Deny, 6, the Wishweweres and more. Come see puppet history in the making and experience puppetry that's like nothing you've ever seen before!



Jazz

Thursday, September 29/11 8pm  $10


Jazz Machine I
Stevie Wonder's Innervisions
The Karl Kohut Trio featuring Joanna Majoko

InnervisionsThe Karl Kohut Trio teams up with soulful songstress Sheena Rattai to pay tribute to one of the most revered albums in pop music - Stevie Wonder's Innervisions.

This concert will feature the album performed in its entirety, re-imagined specifically for this group with a collection of creative arrangements. It'll be a fresh take on Stevie's timeless classic - don't miss it!


Karl KohutBassist Karl Kohut’s virtuosity was recognized in 2006, when at the age of 20, he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for his solo rendition of Victor Wooten’s “A Show of Hands.” Since then, Karl has gone on to establish himself on the Winnipeg music scene with the ability to excel in a wide variety of musical genres and versatility on both double bass and electric bass. Karl has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.



Roots

Wednesday, September 28/11 8pm  $5


Tailwind, with Kayla Luky

TailwindTailwind is a young group of roots rockers from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Singer/songwriter Kevin Kratsch has joined with multi-instrumentalist Kyle Bridges, bassist Brooks Waitt, and percussionist Daniel Bertnick to create a collection of tunes that range in style from soul-driven folk, to gritty Americana-esque country. Although a new project, this quartet is no stranger to writing, recording, and performing music, notably, Kratsch and Bridges are founding members of folk-country group, the Marquis. This new arrangement of young charismatic musicians is sure to please the crowds they play for. Kratsch’s raw songwriting ability is supported by a solid rhythmic foundation and cheesy, albeit golden, tasty electric guitar and banjo leads.


Kayla LukyKayla Luky's unique location gives her country sound absolute authenticity. Chock-full of well-crafted country and small-town stories, if you're hankering for some home cooking Kayla Luky's The Time It Takes will satisfy your hometown appetite.



Music

Tuesday, September 27/11 8pm  $10/$5 Students


Amy Cunningham, with Nic Dyson

Amy CunninghamAmy Cunningham has been writing and performing for as long as she can remember, and the love she has for what she does is evident in every performance. Opening for acts like Jeremy Fisher, Wil and Craig Cardiff, she continues to hone her craft and write songs about life and change. ”There’s a hold that her voice has on people" says former band-mate Rachel McBride. “There’s something about its purity and soul that makes you want to listen and connect with her.” Her new album To the Stars We’ll Return, produced by Corwin Fox, features the beautiful dobro stylings of Doug Cox.


Nic DysonNic Dyson plays music because he loves music. Music is his life, and everything he has gets put into it. He only started singing and writing a year ago, and it has all taken off from there. He has preformed at his schools talent show 3 years in a row and at Springfield Chicken Days twice. And thats how far experience goes for him. He is influenced heavily by artists such as City and Colour, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, and his playing and writing fully reflects that. This is only the beginning, and has every desire to keep pushing and seeing where music will take him in the future.



Theatre

Saturday, September 24/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Maltese Falcon/Candy Matson, PI Double Feature
Starring Miss La Muse, Luke Falconer, Shawn Kowalke, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, The Maltese Falcon and Candy Matson, PI, featuring 2/3 of the Horrible Friends - Luke Falconer and Shawn Kowalke, plus Winnipeg's own femme fatale, burlesque dancer Miss La Muse!



Jazz

Saturday, September 24/11 8pm  $10


The Keith Price Quintet
With Neil Watson, William Bonness, Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad

Keith PriceHaving strummed since the sixth grade on his grandfather’s guitar, Keith Price landed his first gig at age fifteen. First influenced by pop, punk and heavy metal, Price discovered jazz music through the intensity and spirituality of John Coltrane. At age 19, Price began his formal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Upon his return to Winnipeg, Price turned down a scholarship at New School University in New York City and opted instead to stay in Steve Kirby’s newly established jazz program at the University of Manitoba. Price released his debut album, Breakfast Of Champions, in the fall of 2009. The album reached #5 on both the earshot and chartattack jazz charts and he was nominated for the TD Grand Prix du Jazz and the Galaxie Rising Star award at this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival.



THIN AIR

Saturday, September 24/11 10:30pm


THIN AIR: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival
After Words: The Birthday Party
More poets, with jazz bassist Steve Kirby and Kristopher Ulrich

We close out our fifteenth festival with a celebration of words in thin air. This year’s poets will take a minute on the mic and make some magic with our star musicians. Bring a poem and join the party!

Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


Steve KirbyGuitarist and songwriter Kristopher Ulrich has been making music since he was a child, and is now entering his second year in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at school or performing in various Winnipeg venues with one of several bands, Ulrich can be found teaching and playing with inner city youth, helping them develop instrumental and song-writing skills. This past summer, he was one of a handful of musicians in the Manitoba Artists in Health Care program, which takes music to patients and staff at the Health Science Centre. Ulrich grew up in Lac du Bonnet and lives now in Winnipeg.



Film

Friday, September 23/11 1:30pm/7pm  $20


MTS Winnipeg on Demand presents
The Book of Vaudeville Premiere
A Fundraiser for the Performing Arts Lodge

The Book of VaudevilleAs a special fundraiser for the Performing Arts Lodge of Winnipeg, we are pleased to present the premiere of John Barnard's film, The Book of Vaudeville.

Six great vaudeville acts ranging from Sarah Constible's comedic song stylings to Dean Gunnarson's death defying escapes will be featured in the hour long rejuvenated throwback of a program, which also showcases the music of The Owen Clark Jass Band.

Come mingle with the cast and crew behind The Book of Vaudeville and eat cheese and drink wine.



THIN AIR

Friday, September 23/11 10:30pm


THIN AIR: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival
After Words
Poet Steven Ross Smith, with jazz bassist Steve Kirby and Kristopher Ulrich

Steven Ross Smith has wowed audiences all over the world with his solo and collaborative performances. This one’s not to be missed!

Steven Ross SmithSteven Ross Smith has been creating and performing poetry and sound poetry for over three decades, and has shared his work in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. He has published a dozen books, including Transient Light; Pliny’s Knickers, winner of the bpNichol chapbook award; and the multi-book fluttertongue series. Fluttertongue 3: disarray won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. This spring, Turnstone released Fluttertongue 5: everything appears to shine with mossy splendor. Smith was the Executive Director of the Sage Hill Writing Experience for almost two decades, and is now the Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre. He lives in Banff.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


Steve KirbyGuitarist and songwriter Kristopher Ulrich has been making music since he was a child, and is now entering his second year in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at school or performing in various Winnipeg venues with one of several bands, Ulrich can be found teaching and playing with inner city youth, helping them develop instrumental and song-writing skills. This past summer, he was one of a handful of musicians in the Manitoba Artists in Health Care program, which takes music to patients and staff at the Health Science Centre. Ulrich grew up in Lac du Bonnet and lives now in Winnipeg.



Technology

Thursday, September 22/11 7pm


New Media Manitoba's DemoCamp

New Media ManitobaDemoCamp is a forum for developers, designers, CEO’s and others to be proud of their work, get feedback from their peers, and possibly find other people who are interested in helping them.

For those that like to EAT! you can join us at EAT! bistro on the main floor of Aqua Books at 6pm. Several of us are going to gather for a bite of their delicious fare prior to the demos at 7pm.

Devin Reimer, App Developer Extraordinaire, Almost Logical Software

Devin will demo his new app MAZE MOVER, as well a few of his others, and talk about the challenges of Blackberry PlayBook app development and the hurdles to releasing on PlayBook’s App World store. http://blog.almostlogical.com/

Andrew Yankiwski, Partner, Precursor Productions

Andrew will demo his recent sound design work creating character voices for the forthcoming video game Salvation Prophecy from Firedance Games. Andrew will touch on Precursor’s workflow, voice actor casting and directing, and the process that was developed to transform ordinary human voices into those of killer robots, cyborgs and ancient alien statues. http://www.precursorproductions.com/

Alec Holowka, video game developer, Infinite Ammo

Alec will be demoing the game programming engine Unity(he’ll make a simple game in unity on the spot taking suggestions from the audience on what to add). He’ll talk about the newly formed Winnipeg Unity Users Group (WUUG) , a new game development community in Winnipeg that will cater to newbies, hobbyists and professionals working with the Unity. WUUG will encourage collaboration and creativity while sharing resources and knowledge. Membership is open to all including complete newcomers and even families. Anyone can learn how to make a game in Unity! And the basic Unity engine is FREE!



Music

Wednesday, September 21/11 8pm  $10


Paradigm Brass

Paradigm BrassParadigm Brass is a new model of brass band, presenting a hybrid of styles designed to create a distinct sound and reach a broader range of listeners.



Music

Tuesday, September 20/11 8pm  $10


Slow Spirit, with Hilary Klassen

Slow SpiritSlow Spirit, formerly the Eric Roberts Quintet, was born in the dead of a prairie winter -- five close friends plugged into the walls of a basement rehearsal room at Brandon University, and have been exploring a genreless plane of music ever since. While the jazz studies program at BU fed these young musicians’ hungry fascination of bebop, blues, and standard form, the band’s original compositions, fluid group dynamic and brave outlook on sound fuel the creative drive of a generation raised on hip hop, dance beats, electronic sound and digital sharing.


Hilary KlassenHilary Klassen was a member of the beloved (and late) folk/country group Howls in the Family, a favourite of the Manitoba festival scene. Although her background is in piano, these days she totes an acoustic guitar, a soft smokey voice, and a collection of originals and covers to charm and entertain you.



Ideas

Saturday, September 17/11 11am-6pm


SkeptiCamp Winnipeg

SkeptiCamp Winnipeg Can there really be a perpetual motion machine? How good are charities, really? Can you trust what the media says about science? What is free will, and do we have it?

Hear presentations on these topics and many more at SkeptiCamp Winnipeg, a conference for the sharing of ideas. It is free and open to the public: anyone can attend and participate!

Talks will be 15 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Topics will include fallacies, polyamory, hypnotherapy, nutrition, and more! Come join us to disagree, discuss and question the world around you.



Music

Saturday, September 17/11 8pm  $10


Monsieur Coccinel CD Launch
With J.R. Hill

Monsieur CoccinelMonsieur Coccinel is a bilingual folk/rock/pop group that makes music that is eclectic, amusing, cute, educative and nostalgic, making use of catchy riffs and poetic language. The band was first formed in 2009 to compete in the Chicane électrique, where they won in the "most professional" and "best song" categories. Encouraged by their success, original group members Alexis Flower and Dominique Lemoine continued composing and were later joined by Renée Saurette, Cédric Lanthier and Ryan Tomko.

As you will witness, Monsieur Coccinel is somewhat eccentric. Their songs often tell stories that are sometimes metaphorical and occasionally border on the absurd. The group is active in the local francophone and anglophone scenes and performs in a variety of settings, from intimate cafés and bookstores to small outdoor venues and art openings, as well as music venues and festivals.

Monsieur Coccinel's master plan is to spread both confusion and happiness through their music. They hope to elicit cries of "Wow! That was bizarre, but I liked it!" from audiences of every age. After all, confusion and happiness are basic emotions that transcend age and are thus accessible to everyone.



Film

Friday, September 16/11 7:30pm  $5


Jonathan Ball's Spoony B and more
Short films by local directors

A fundraiser for the Performing Arts Lodge

Spoony BHow Spoony B Got His Ho Back is a silent Chaplinesque comedy with a dash of Dolemite. It’s not easy being the Pimp King of Winnipeg! In an attempt to bankrupt him, an evil villain kidnaps Spoony B’s best ho, forcing Spoony to save the girl before the bank forecloses on his Cadillac. Check your sense of moral decency at the door!



Jazz

Thursday, September 15/11 8pm  $10


Ron Paley Trio

Ron Paley TrioPianist, electric bassist, and composer Ron Paley formed the Ron Paley Big Band in 1976 after playing with the big bands of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman, with whom he recorded two CDs and played on a Frank Sinatra album. He has recorded two big band albums, one trio album, and is completing work on a big band musical.



Theatre

Saturday, September 10/11 8pm  $10


CLINIC

CLINICCLINIC follows the stories of six teenagers. Each has a problem they would rather not talk about...not to their friends, not to their parents. We've all been in waiting rooms, at the doctors, a hospital, the dentist. A famous Seinfeld moment about waiting rooms puts it perfectly..."I wonder what he's got?"

That's what CLINIC is. What are they thinking? Sitting in a waiting room, with such a heavy burden on a young person's life, it's all they can think about, and they've no idea what to do about it. CLINIC aims to be emotional and relateable to teens with similar problems, hopefully, to inspire them to seek help.

From the 3-star CBC review:

"All six performers have depth in their characters, and don't just crank it to 10 the whole time, which can happen with younger actors. It's refreshing. There are even light moments, which keep this show from being drenched in intensity the whole time"

We'll be taking this play from the great success we had at Fringe this year, to high schools. So if you didn't catch CLINIC at Big Top Fringe, help us continue our journey by coming down to Aqua Books on Saturday and give us your support.



Jazz/Roots

Thursday, September 8/11 8pm  $5


Kristopher Ulrich Band
With Jon Lemer and Mike Cann

Come check out the Winnipeg premier of the Kristopher Ulrich Band at Aqua Books!

The night will start with a set of Jazz (possibly with some special guests) and then close with the band's folk, country, blues blend of originals.


Steve KirbyGuitarist and songwriter Kristopher Ulrich has been making music since he was a child, and is now entering his second year in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at school or performing in various Winnipeg venues with one of several bands, Ulrich can be found teaching and playing with inner city youth, helping them develop instrumental and song-writing skills. This past summer, he was one of a handful of musicians in the Manitoba Artists in Health Care program, which takes music to patients and staff at the Health Science Centre. Ulrich grew up in Lac du Bonnet and lives now in Winnipeg.



Roots

Wednesday, September 7/11 8pm  $10


None the Wiser, with Trouble and Strife

None the WiserNone the Wiser was born in 1999, with the teen songwriting team of Eli Matas and Zack Kinahan. Joined by the hot rhythm section of Sam Little and Alan Nagelberg, the acoustic guitar duo has an original catalogue with hundreds of songs. Their unique sound is deep on lyrics and character, with a distinct guitar-weaving presence. The stories range from the personal to the political, but like they say, 'talking about music is like dancing about architecture.'


Trouble and StrifeTrouble and Strife



BBQ/Book Sale

Saturday, September 3/11 11am-5pm


The Last BBQ/The Big Book Sell-off
The last-ever EAT! bistro BBQ, plus thousands of books at 50% off

Today's sale sections are: Travel Guides, Hard Science, Medicine, Law, Computing, Sociology, Feminism, Atlases, Sports, Games, Autos, Hobbies, Literary Criticism, Literary Biography, Film, Rock'n'Roll/Pop Music, Dictionaries/Language, French, Foreign Languages, Pets.....and Science Fiction and Fantasy.

BBQ Join us for our last-ever EAT! bistro BBQ, plus the start of our book liquidation sale. Thousands of books will be 50% off until October 15, and one special section will also be half price for this day only. (The section will be announced Saturday morning.)

Our BBQs and sales have become a staple of the Winnipeg long weekend. Don't miss this one. As usual, we will shut down at 5pm, so our staff can enjoy the rest of the weekend.



Comedy

Friday, September 2/11 8pm  $10


Tazzy's Angels
Big Daddy Tazz, with Chantel Marostica, Heather Witherden and Aisha Alfa

Tazzy's AngelsAfter being named 2010 Best of Fest, Tazzy's Angels returned for the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, with Big Daddy Tazz hosting this unique comedy showcase which features three of Winnipeg’s top female comedians.



Music

Wednesday, August 31/11 8pm  $10


Sarah MacDougall, with Marcel Desilets

Sarah MacDougallSarah MacDougall is a rising star on the Canadian Folk Music scene with her dynamite songs, blistering guitar chops and astounding voice. She has been earning rave reviews and topping major music writers top ten album of the year lists as a songwriter with her official debut album Across the Atlantic (2009), all the while producing and engineering her own music. Her new full-length release is The Greatest Ones Alive.


Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.



Music

Tuesday, August 30/11 8pm  $10


Marijosée

MarijoséeMarijosée was born with music tumbling in her soul. Even as she sleeps, melody wants to cascade from her lips. As a former member of the female percussionist ensemble Insisto, her nervous tics have since transformed themselves into polyrhythm that she plays on anything she can get her hands on. Marijosée’s first EP, Rebondir, puts forth a strong sexy voice, playful melodies, lots of rhythm, subtle touches of jazz and tons of talent.



Improv Comedy

Saturday, August 27/11 8pm  $10


Horrible Friends / Sensitive Lovers
The Horrible Friends, with Improvision

After a 4 star, Jenny-winning run at the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Festival and after finally shedding the dead weight of Brent Hirose (Despite having a farewell show for him in October, 2010, only to have him show up at the Fringe, smelling of gin and demanding his "cut" . . . I digress), The Horrible Friends are back! Back to their old ways with a Fringe holdover show! Back with perennial Fringe favorites Improvision!

That is right, folks. For one night only, come see both The Horrible Friends and Improvision for one low price!



Music

Wednesday, August 24/11 8pm  $10


Marc Ross, with Brian James

Marc Ross



Jazz

Tuesday, August 23/11 8pm  $10


Kevin Brown, Jimmy Greene, Karl Kohut and Curtis Nowosad

Kevin BrownChicago-based fretless guitarist Kevin Brown returns home to perform with some of Winnipeg's finest musicians. The group will perform a variety of original material and a couple of Coltrane tunes. Come hear some new music that has been developing in the Chicago jazz community!



Jazz

Saturday, August 20/11 8pm  $10


George Colligan Farewell Show
Wunderkind jazz pianist George Colligan plays in Winnipeg one last time, with bassist Steve Kirby, drummer Quincy Davis and a slew of special guests

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and just finished his term as Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Lit

Thursday, August 18/11 7pm


An Unlikely Dozen: Twelve Years of Aqua Books
Former Writers- and Artists-in-Residence Marcel Desilets, Chadwick Ginther, Anita Daher, Julia Michaud, Bowen Smyth, Tim Higgins, Kerry Ryan, Rob Fordyce and hannah_g

Viva Aqua What was supposed to be a week of celebrating our twelve years of existence now has a slightly different taste to it. Join former Writers- and Artists-in-Residence Marcel Desilets, Keith Cadieux, Anita Daher, Julia Michaud, Bowen Smyth, Tim Higgins, Kerry Ryan, Rob Fordyce, Chadwick Ginther and hannah_g as they read, sing, entertain and reflect on their tenure at Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall.



Music

Wednesday, August 17/11 8pm  $10


Lady Troubadours III
Singer-songwriter Carly Dow presents Samantha Howden, Heitha Forsyth, Haley Carr and Amber Nielson

Carly DowCarly Dow writes songs that draw you in. Whether it is her warm, smoky voice or insightful lyrics, her songwriting will leave you full of the prairie charm and genuine passion that she has become known for as a solo artist or as member of Winnipeg-based roots trio, Bog River. With guitar, harmonica or banjo in hand, she has been privileged to perform with talented upcoming and renowned artists from all across the country, particularly through four years of performing with the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Young Performer’s Program, and at the 2011 Canada Winter Games with the National Artist Program.



Music

Tuesday, August 16/11 8pm  $10 ($5 students)


collage-à-trois
Jocelyn Goertzen, Shannon Kristjanson, and Rayannah Kroeker

collage-à-troiscollage-à-trois is our three voices, each different, each with its own story. We grew up waiting by the radio to hit the red record button, belting Disney in front of the mirror, memorizing Handel excerpts, putting on full-scale basement musicals and plays for patient parents and neighbors, mimicking Michael Jackson moves, rocking out on a cardboard guitar, transcribing Coltrane and singing French-Canadian folksongs over and over.

Over time, everyone collects songs they'll never forget, an autobiographical soundtrack. This project is a collage of our songs. Many genres, different instrumentations, creative arrangements and originals of our own.



Craft Sale

Saturday, August 13/11 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Head in the Oven, Marathon 1981, Head in the Oven, Just the Goods, Midkid, Papertrail Craft Co., Mrs. Glockenheimen, Bitchin’ Kitsch ‘n’ Kitchen, Circle and Square, Leather and Lace, Inspyred Creations, CJ Tennant, Boomerang 360, Periwinkle Designs, maryandmaude, CrushCraft, Mad Fish Market, Echo Creations, Blue Star Studios, Julrei, Housefires, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never too early to begin your holiday shopping, it's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired yourself.

Admission is free.



Music

Friday, August 12/11 8pm  $5


Landen Seesahai Quintet, plus Eagle Lake Owls

Landen Seesahai QuintetThe Landen Seesahai Quintet features trumpeter Landen Seesahai and his league of extraordinary talent from the University of Manitoba Jazz Program. The quintet includes Paul De Gurse on piano, Luke Sellick on Bass, Allan Suban on drums and Niall Bakkestad-Legare on tenor sax. Exploring a variety of jazz styles including hard bop, blues, latin, funk and hip hop, this quintet is surely not one to disappoint!


Eagle Lake OwlsEagle Lake Owls is the work of songwriter/singer Andy Cole, blending indie rock with the raw plaintive spirit of folk and country. Channeling icy prairie Winters and the slow thaw of the northern Spring, Eagle Lake Owls' music is a product of years spent on a winding trail through Canada with little time to grow roots: Memories of small towns experienced through dusty car windows; cold winter drives to unfamiliar cities; the desolate edges of urban sprawl, and the deep isolation of northern Winters.



Music

Thursday, August 11/11 8pm  $10


Dr. Hotbottom and the Soul Prescription

Dr. Hotbottom and the Soul PrescriptionDr. Hotbottom and the Soul Prescription is the Doogie Howser of soul music.



Music

Wednesday, August 10/11 8pm  $10


Sol James

Sol JamesSol James is quickly breaking onto the Music scene as a force to be reckoned with. Tapping into her experience in the genres of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Funk, Sol is a dynamic and entertaining performer with the ability to truly grip an audience. Her music is honest and relatable, and she interprets it with a voice that is wonderfully unique. Nicknamed "The Aretha Franklin of Country" there is no doubt that Sol James is an artist who will make her mark.



Music

Tuesday, August 9/11 8pm  $5


Alie Clark and Friends, plus The Shuckers

Alie Clark and FriendsAlie Clark and Friends features burgeoning jazz talents in the Winnipeg scene, currently studying in the highly respected University of Manitoba jazz program. The talent and skill of the instrumentalists are complemented by Alie's evocative and refined vocals that make for an altogether enjoyable listening experience. If there's still anyone out there who wonders why Winnipeg is on the jazz map, this should help clear that up.


The ShuckersThe Shuckers are Dan and J-J, two Winnipeg musicians that came together for a love of acoustic music. Blending the sounds of guitars, mandolin, harmonica, and rich vocal harmonies, The Shuckers draw on the long history of folk music while injecting some modern influences to create a unique brand of dynamic acoustic music. Inspired by the sounds of country singers and bluegrass pickers such as Gram Parsons, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, and Ronie McCoury, their original works range from dark ballads to light hearted fiddle tunes. While Dan and J-J are often busy playing in other groups around Winnipeg, they continue to bring their musicality and experience together in the acoustic duo format to play folk music the way it was meant to be, with simple elegance, grit, and joy.



Sale

Saturday, August 6/11 11am-5pm


Big Book Sale
Books 3/$1, Free Magazines


Book Launch

Saturday, August 6/11 2pm


Afghan-Canadian Women's Association Cookbook Launch
Dombura music by Musa Hazara

Musa HazaraMusa Hazara is a musician from Urazagan, Central Afghanistan, who plays Hazaragi songs on his dambora. With only 2 strings, the dambora (or dombura) has an amazingly wide and beautiful tonal range. Of his music, Musa says, ”it is my gift to Canada.”



Poetry

Friday, August 5/11 7pm


Persian Poetry
The Night of Shahrzad, the Story Teller of Iran

Persian PoetryPersian literature is one of the great literatures of the world, spanning 2500 years. The poems and stories are also among the world's most beautiful tales. If you want to recite a poem, please contact Mrs. Shemirani at 261-5852.



Music

Thursday, August 4/11 8pm  $10


koralee

koraleeWinnipeg born-and-bred singer-songwriter koralee has lived everywhere from Vancouver to London, England to Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. She’s done everything from radio to film to theatre performance, starred in commercials for Scope and Lee Jeans and appears in the long running instructional Yoga TV series Namaste, currently airing in 17 countries.

koralee has been compared to Grace Slick, Sarah McLachlan and has been called the Joan Armatrading of the 21st century. Her self-titled EP is available on iTunes and koraleemusic.com.

"koralee is more than an artist, she’s an experience." - Eliot Sloan, Blessid Union of Souls

"From her eclectic life experiences come songs of innocence, betrayal and independence sung by a distinct, unpretentious voice" – Rasheed Ali, One Tribe Many Voices.



Music

Wednesday, August 3/11 8pm  $10


Ainsley Friesen, with Flo and the Flo Soul Band

Ainsley FriesenAinsley Friesen is not afraid of making mistakes. On stage or off, she takes musical risks with a humorous perspective and a sense of humility. Her lyrics speak of lapses in judgment and emotional twists, yet wind their way to resolution. There is no mistaking, however, Ainsley’s natural abilities and talents when it comes to writing and playing. Years of classical studies in piano and voice juxtaposed with self-taught guitar skills have bred a polished musician willing to break the rules she has learned. After the release of her debut album Scattered…Inspired in 1998, she toured eastern Canada with her dog and her K-car, moved to Halifax for four years of art school, fell in love too many times to count but somehow always wound up back in Winnipeg. Her most recent project is the new EP, Doucement.


Flo and the Flo Soul BandFlo is a Canadian R & B phenomenon from Winnipeg. She’s graced the stage at many a festival and concert with the likes of Boys II Men, 112, Burton Cummings and this May, opened for superstar songstress, Lauryn Hill. Firmly rooted in R & B, with infusions of jazz, soul, and pop, she sings in a style reminiscent of the great voices of our times. She evokes velvety-sensitive forthrightness, integrity and social awareness in every recording and performance. Embodying a pure desire to write, to sing, and to inspire, Flo travels into realms of soul that some artists never tap into. Her strong and intelligent, chocolate-honey alto can be heard on her first self-titled debut album, Flo and her much anticipated second album. Visit www.flosoul.com for more information on this dynamic artist who is nothing short of emotion and truth juxtaposed.



Music

Friday, July 29/11 8pm  $10


An Evening with David Lum and Marcel Desilets

David LumBorn and raised in Vancouver, David Lum began his musical career as an instrumentalist for other artists and has developed into a gifted songwriter in his own right. Compassionate and spiritual, his intimate voice will draw you into his world, filled with tales of quiet desperation, longing and the triumph of the human spirit.


Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.



Music

Thursday, July 28/11 8pm  $5


Mr. Pine, with Gareth Williams

Mr. PineIn 2003, Matt McLennan of the Winnipeg band Cone Five met Kevin Scott who was serving as Music Director and DJ at local University station UMFM. They had many discussions about music, both being interested in varying styles, and decided to start a recording project under the name Mr. Pine. As Matt was on the brink of leaving for Ottawa to pursue a master’s degree, the work would be conceived largely via mail, with recording sessions taking place on Matt’s frequent visits home.

In 2006, they debuted their first CD, The Gift of Wolves. 2008 saw the release of Rewilding, which is, as Kevin puts it, "more of the same, but different" – in other words, a dizzying array of styles and influences.



2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

July 14-23/11


2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre FestivalVenue 20 Returns!



Theatre

Friday, July 15/11 7:45pm  $10
Saturday, July 16/11 4:45pm  $10
Monday, July 18/11 6pm  $10
Tuesday, July 19/11 7:45pm  $10
Wednesday, July 20/11 9:30pm  $10
Thursday, July 21/11 6pm  $10
Friday, July 22/11 7:45pm  $10
Saturday, July 23/11 2:30pm  $10


2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Princess Dee
Starring Carly Tarett

Princess Dee

Dee has caught the eye of Charlie, the greatest catch on the Britannia housing project. His powerful, oddball family may be off-putting, but wedding bells are in the air...

“...eerie accuracy...tragic...finely written...” Monday Magazine, Victoria.

Written and performed by Carly Tarett (Molly, Lysistrata, Importance of Being Earnest.)



Theatre

Saturday, July 16/11 6:30pm  $10
Monday, July 18/11 9:30pm  $10
Tuesday, July 19/11 6pm  $10
Wednesday, July 20/11 7:45pm  $10
Thursday, July 21/11 9:30pm  $10
Friday, July 22/11 6pm  $10
Saturday, July 23/11 6pm  $10


2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Teaching Shakespeare 2
Starring Keir Cutler

Keir Cutler

Written and performed by Keir Cutler, the funniest monologue from the award-winning “Teaching Shakespeare Trilogy” returns. Last seen in Winnipeg in 2002.

“Keir Cutler struck gold with his character of a college teacher whose fascination with Shakespeare, mixed with his own inability to conduct a half-decent class.” (EYE Toronto)

Keir Cutler has been called:

"a masterful entertainer," (Winnipeg Free Press)

"a marvel to watch," (Toronto Sun)

"formidably delightful," (Off-Off Broadway Review, New York)

"blisteringly funny," (Hour, Montreal)

"a real theatrical gift," (Ottawa Citizen)

"a phenomenal performer," (winnipegonstage.com)

"supremely witty," (Edmonton Journal)

"a penetrating presence," (Backstage, New York)

"consistently intelligent," (CBC, Edmonton)

"one of solo theatre's superstars." (Montreal Gazette)



Theatre

Saturday, July 16/11 8:15pm  $10
Monday, July 18/11 7:45pm  $10
Tuesday, July 19/11 9:30pm  $10
Wednesday, July 20/11 6pm  $10
Thursday, July 21/11 7:45pm  $10
Friday, July 22/11 9:30pm  $10
Saturday, July 23/11 4:15pm  $10


2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
ONEymoon
Starring Christel Bartelse

ONEymoon

Written and performed by Christel Bartelse.

With ambiguous feelings about the institution of marriage and unwilling to commit to anything less than perfection, solo performer “Caroline” opts to re-invent a long standing social convention. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follow along on her beach vacation – her honeymoon for one. Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of "wedded bliss" but ultimately finds that even a long-term relationship with herself has its pitfalls. A solo tour-de-force comedy about a woman who decides to marry herself.

Humour, heart and tap-dancing too!

"True show biz pizazz" -- Toronto NOW Magazine

"Overflowing with charisma, impeccable comic timing, a manically gifted actor" -- Vancouver Terminal City Weekly



Roots

Wednesday, July 13/11 8pm  $5


Tailwind, with guest Haley Cook

TailwindTailwind is a young group of roots rockers from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Singer/songwriter Kevin Kratsch has joined with multi-instrumentalist Kyle Bridges, bassist Brooks Waitt, and percussionist Daniel Bertnick to create a collection of tunes that range in style from soul-driven folk, to gritty Americana-esque country. Although a new project, this quartet is no stranger to writing, recording, and performing music, notably, Kratsch and Bridges are founding members of folk-country group, the Marquis. This new arrangement of young charismatic musicians is sure to please the crowds they play for. Kratsch’s raw songwriting ability is supported by a solid rhythmic foundation and cheesy, albeit golden, tasty electric guitar and banjo leads.



Music

Tuesday, July 12/11 8pm  $5


The Wonder Brass Quintet

The Wonder Brass QuintetThe Wonder Brass Quintet has been brass quinteting since 2008 playing at various churches, halls, schools and other venues around the city of Winnipeg. As avid fans of all varieties of brass quintet music, they are constantly checking out what is new and how it can be integrated into the Wonder Brass. That being said, nothing beats a good ol' piece of music from Samuel Scheidt.



Garage Sale/BBQ

Saturday, July 9/11 11am-5pm


Celiac-Friendly BBQ/Garage Sale
GF Burgers, fries, and 1000s of cheap books

BBQ Join us for our first-ever Celiac-Friendly BBQ, along with our always everyone-friendly book sale. Thousands of books at 3/$1. (Including several hundred fresh rejects.) And once again, EAT! throws away the menu for the day and serves BBQ food, including pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, veggie burgers, yada, yada. But this time it's all celiac-friendly.

The bookstore itself, will of course also be open, and everything will shut down at 5pm, so our staff can enjoy the rest of the weekend.



Poetry

Friday, July 8/11 7pm


Persian Poetry
The Night of Shahrzad, the Story Teller of Iran

Persian PoetryPersian literature is one of the great literatures of the world, spanning 2500 years. The poems and stories are also among the world's most beautiful tales. If you want to recite a poem, please contact Mrs. Shemirani at 261-5852.



Music

Thursday, July 7/11 8pm  $10


UMFM presents
Jasper Sloan Yip, with Behind Sapphire

Jasper Sloan YipJasper Sloan Yip’s career began in the summer of 2007 with the release of his solo debut White Elephant. Recorded at home with a single broken microphone, White Elephant is short and rough, but honest and imaginative. After the release, Jasper spent the next year traveling and writing what became 2010’s Every Day and All at Once. The album’s first single, Kiddo, began receiving frequent play on CBC Radio 3 just weeks after studio work had wrapped, which led to several invitations for the band to play live on the CBC. By the time the album was released in March 2010, Jasper and his band had performed live on CBC Radio 1 twice and even recorded a seven-song session for CBC Radio 3. Jasper’s next single, Slowly, spent 10 weeks on the CBC Radio 3 top 30, climbing up to number 4. Jasper’s last accomplishment for 2010 was having his song Today featured in an episode of ABC’s Brothers and Sisters. Since then, Jasper and his band have opened for acts such as Said the Whale, the Dudes, and Library Voices and showcased at festivals like Break Out West and Canada Music Week. Currently, Jasper and his band are hard at work preparing for a new release and their first Canadian tour, which will include performances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and Calgary’s Sled Island.


Behind SapphireAfter years of shuffling, tangling and realigning, the Vancouver-born Behind Sapphire – Grant Cassell (vocals), Matthew Mazankowski (guitar), Steven Ward (drums), Lindsay Sjoberg (guitar) and Brayden Pichor (bass) – have formed a creative cauldron from which has emerged the release of their debut album in 2010, a spot in the Peak Performance Project’s Top 20 the same year, two cross-Canada tours including stops at festivals all over the country, and the Space Cadets – the band’s costumed street team which orbits their shows, occasionally touching down unannounced. Recently, Behind Sapphire released a music video for Oh My, What A Fine Day featuring Twilight actress Jodelle Ferland before embarking on their Oh My, What A Fine Tour - a three month, cross-country adventure that brought the mythical world of their album to stage. Populated by beanstalks, tugboat towns, traffic jams, crazy critters, and yellow chalk fish, the album’s lyrical flights of fantasy capture the West Coast of the imagination – one half-lived and half-dreamed.


UMFM

Cheerfully sponsored by UMFM, campus and community radio broadcasting 24/7 from the University of Manitoba.



Open Mic

Wednesday, July 6/11 7pm


Soapbox Open Mic
Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence Chadwick Ginther

Soapbox

Winnipeg's only cross-genre open mic happens directly following our featured reader. Bring your fiction, memoirs, fragments, poetry, songs, and anything you've written, for your 4 minutes of fame.


Chadwick GintherChadwick Ginther would enjoy Can-Lit so much more if it included even one dragon or robot. His story “First Light” is forthcoming from On Spec, the premier Canadian magazine of speculative fiction, and his reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Prairie Books NOW and The Winnipeg Review. A bookseller for ten years, when Chadwick’s not writing his own books, he’s selling everyone else’s. He has twice been nominated for the Harper Collins Handselling Award, winning in 2008. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.



Garage Sale/BBQ

Friday, July 1/11 11am-5pm


Canada Day BBQ/Garage Sale
Burgers, fries, and 1000s of cheap books

BBQ On Friday, July 1, at 11am, we celebrate in the most Canadian way of all, with a classic Winnipeg garage sale. Thousands of books at 3/$1. (Including several hundred fresh rejects.) And once again, EAT! throws away the menu for the day and serves BBQ food, including pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, fresh coleslaw, yada, yada.

The bookstore itself, will of course also be open, and everything will shut down at 5pm, so our staff can enjoy the long weekend.



Music

Wednesday, June 29/11 8pm  $10


Jayapalooza
Featuring JohNNy SiZZle, The Eardrums, and Texting Mackenzie

JohNNy SiZZleJohNNy SiZZle is an underground folk-punk pioneer who has also been a busboy, a drag queen and a cable access host. His indie hit I'm a Nerd was used as the theme for the shortlived Tech TV series Nerd Nation.


The EardrumsWhatever anyone else is doing... that's the only thing The Eardrums won't do. The band consists of three singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists -- fraternal twin brothers Tim and Grant Partridge, plus childhood friend James MacLean. Proud proponents of the DIY tradition, The Eardrums' homemade recordings demonstrate a genuine love of music and a keen attention to detail, while their raucous live shows reaffirm the value of originality and simplicity in rock and roll. They continue to reinvent themselves, even mid-show, but their signature sound, rooted in blues and classic punk, always shines through the beautiful noise.


Texting MackenzieTexting Mackenzie is a Guelph-based pop/rock band that are "delightfully eclectic" (musician Jean-Paul de Roover) and "a live band to see" (CHUO FM Ottawa). Having travelled both the west and east of Canada in the DIY fashion, Texting Mackenzie is celebrating their new LP Karateka featuring their singles Indier than Thou, End of the World, and Kiddo, which makes a wonderful addition to their fast-growing discography (2009's Quoi de Neuf? and appearances on both Local Rabbits and Joel Plaskett tribute albums).



Theatre

Tuesday, June 28/11 8pm  $10


The Jenny Revue 20th Anniversary Cabaret of Power
Featuring Theatre by the River, The Horrible Friends, Kiss the Giraffe, Fallis and Balls and more

Jenny RevueTwenty years ago Anthony Hopkins was silencing lambs, the US was warring with Iraq and REM lost their religion. More importantly, The Jenny Revue rolled off the presses for the first time!

Allowing Winnipeg Fringe goers a public forum to sing praises of their favourite shows (or skewer the stinkers), The Jenny Revue was (and remains) the original Fringe-twitter. It also concludes each Winnipeg Fringe with The Jenny Awards - the cutest trophy awarded in random categories based on the scientific method of audience applause.

On Tuesday, June 28 performers from the upcoming Fringe invite Winnipeggers to join them for a fundraising cabaret at Aqua Books, celebrating twenty years of the Jenny.



TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 25/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
Colin Linden

Colin LindenColin Linden



Saturday, June 25/11 8pm  $12


Club Series
Helen White and Friends

Helen White and FriendsHelen White and Friends



Saturday, June 25/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Erin Propp/Larry Roy/Luke Sellick

Erin Propp/Larry Roy/Luke SellickErin Propp/Larry Roy/Luke Sellick



Saturday, June 25/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Erin Propp


Friday, June 24/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
Robert Glasper

Robert GlasperRobert Glasper



Friday, June 24/11 8pm  $12


Club Series
Owen Clark Jass Band

Owen Clark Jass BandOwen Clark Jass Band



Friday, June 24/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Nowosad/Bradford/Bonness

Nowosad/Bradford/BonnessNowosad/Bradford/Bonness



Friday, June 24/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Curtis Nowosad


Thursday, June 23/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
Jack Semple/Greg Lowe

Chess ClubChess Club



Thursday, June 23/11 8pm  $18


Club Series
Kellylee Evans

Kellylee EvansKellylee Evans



Thursday, June 23/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Steve and Anna-Lisa Kirby and Friends

Steve and Anna-Lisa Kirby and FriendsSteve and Anna-Lisa Kirby and Friends



Thursday, June 23/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Steve Kirby


Wednesday, June 22/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
Mark McLean

Mark McLeanMark McLean



Wednesday, June 22/11 8pm  $12


Club Series
Mark McLean's Playground

Mark McLeanMark McLean



Wednesday, June 22/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Greene/Allen Project

Jimmy GreeneJimmy Greene



Wednesday, June 22/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Jimmy Greene


Tuesday, June 21/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
The Lost Fingers

The Lost FingersThe Lost Fingers



Tuesday, June 21/11 8pm  $12


Club Series
Son of Dave

Son of DaveSon of Dave



Tuesday, June 21/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Karl Kohut/Rayannah Kroeker

Karl Kohut/Rayannah KroekerKarl Kohut/Rayannah Kroeker



Tuesday, June 21/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Rayannah Kroeker


Monday, June 20/11 5:30pm  FREE


TD Jazz Labs
Glenn Patscha

Glenn PatschaGlenn Patscha



Monday, June 20/11 8pm  $12


Club Series
Jeff Presslaff's All Winds

All WindsAll Winds



Monday, June 20/11 10pm  $12


Club Series
Bert Johnson/Daniel Jordan Quintet

Bert Johnson/Daniel Jordan QuintetBert Johnson/Daniel Jordan Quintet



Monday, June 20/11 11:30pm  $10


Late Night Jam
Hosted by Daniel Jordan


Theatre

Saturday, June 18/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Snowball Effect/The Thin Man Double Feature

Starring Tim Higgins, Liz Higgins, Chickie Hughes, Kendra Jones, Wesley Konrad, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, The Snowball Effect and The Thin Man.



Music

Thursday, June 16/11 8pm  $10


Roots Supergroup Project
Aqua Books Songwriter-in-Residence Marcel Desilets presents Bill Dowling, Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner and Ben Wytinck

Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.


Bill DowlingA west end Winnipeg boy, transplanted to the prairies of southern Manitoba, Bill Dowling has had a love of stories in song since the days of the Ting Tea Room and the fledgling Winnipeg Folk Festival. Bill sings his heartfelt stories of all sorts of people, past and present, with honesty, humor, and a musical nod to the rich folk music tradition. That, and a little bit of rock and roll. His debut CD, In The Wood, recorded with Dan Donahue, was released in 2008.


Daniel Péloquin-HopfnerDaniel Péloquin-Hopfner is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for his work with hot roots acts Red Moon Road, and Fire and Smoke. Mandolin, banjo and sweet harmonies are his specialty.


Ben WytinckSilky-voiced Ben Wytinck got his start at age nine, playing drums in his father's band at a rural Manitoba bar. He moved to Winnipeg in 2001, to play what he calls Bluegrazz (Bluegrass and Jazz). His eponymous debut CD contains ten of his finest self-penned songs.



Workshop

Wednesday, June 15/11 6-9:30pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald's writing program that focuses on story concept, story planning, plotting and development, writing, revising, submitting, dealing with editors, etc. -- the whole daunting but exciting project of building a publishable story. The program covers both fiction and non-fiction, and tuition is $75 per class. Participants can drop in for specific classes if they wish but there will be continuity from one class to the next, so it makes sense to attend them all.

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Lit

Wednesday, June 15/11 7pm


Midnight Sweatlodge Launch
Author Waubgeshig Rice, with Rosanna Deerchild and Duncan Mercredi

Midnight Sweatlodge tells the tale of family members, friends and strangers who gather together to partake in this ancient healing ceremony. Each person seeks traditional wisdom and insight to overcome pain and hardship, and the characters give us glimpses into their lives that are both tearful and true. Rice captures the raw emotion and unique challenges of modern Aboriginal life. It’s a hard-hitting and genuine look at the struggles First Nations people face.

Waubgeshig RiceWaubgeshig Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Ottawa. He grew up in Wasauksing, an Anishinaabe community on the shores of Georgian Bay. His articles, essays and columns have been published in national newspapers and magazines, and as a television journalist he has filed reports from across Canada. Midnight Sweatlodge is his first published work of fiction.


Rosanna DeerchildRosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Prairie Fire and CV2. She is the co-founder and remains a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective, established in 1999. Rosanna currently works a broadcaster with the CBC. This is a small northern town, Deerchild's long-awaited full-length collection of poems, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.


Duncan MercrediDuncan Mercredi is a Cree/Metis writer/storyteller, originally from Misipawistik (Grand Rapids, MB). In addition to his four books of poetry, he has had his work featured in three anthologies of Native writings and in other periodicals such as Prairie Fire and CV2. He is a winner of the Ross Charles Award, and is a long-time member of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Writers Collective. He also hosts Friday Midnight Blues on NCI radio.



Music

Tuesday, June 14/11 7pm  $5


No Fear Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet

Starring Dan De Jaeger and Melanie Dahling

ShakespeareWhen Dan De Jaeger and Melanie Dahling first started reading "No Fear Shakespeare", a website/book series that helps students by putting Shakespeare into modern English, it was to work on an audition. As they read the paraphrased version of Romeo and Juliet, they realized how absurdly hilarious Shakespeare verses become when they are "de-flowered". Being two enthusiastic people with many talented friends, they decided to stage a reading of this stripped down version of Romeo and Juliet. They hope to eventually cover the whole "No Fear Shakespeare" series.



Theatre

Saturday, June 11/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Tony Warlock, Episodes 3 and 4

Starring Robert Huculak, Jeff Skinner, Ed Sutton, Nancy Drake, Brian Richardson, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Gordon Tanner and Danny Chodirker as Foley Artist

Tony WarlockWTRO's first-ever original radio drama is written by Nicholas Burns and produced by Jeff Skinner. All proceeds go to support Winnipeg's Performing Arts Lodge.

Who is Tony Warlock? Tony Warlock is a private eye in an alternate reality where the supernatural is commonplace and truth is a rare commodity.



Launch

Saturday, June 11/11 7pm


Loon Books Publishing
Best for Beginners Collection Launch Party

Music by Clint and Riley Dutiaume, Lorenzo Sumner, Sonia Eidse, William Prince, Darrelyne Bickel, Jason Tuesday, Blaine Constant, and jigging by Destiny Davis

Loon Books



Lit

Thursday, June 9/11 7pm


Manitoba Writers' Guild presents
2011 Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program Reading
Writers Debbie Calverley, Tara Lee Baxter, Annie Deeley, Jack Frey, John Herbert Cunningham, and Reshal Stein

Join the participants of the 2011 Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program in a final wrap-up reading. Mentor and apprentice pairs have been working together on apprentices' projects since January. Come celebrate their successes in this annual culminating event of the Program, which will feature readings by apprentices introduced by their mentors. This year's program pairings are: Jonathan Ball mentoring Debbie Calverley; Anita Daher mentoring Tara Lee Baxter; Sarah Klassen mentoring Annie Deeley; Chandra Mayor mentoring Jack Frey; Maurice Mierau mentoring John Herbert Cunningham; and Duncan Thornton mentoring Reshal Stein.


Lit

Wednesday, June 8/11 7pm


Writers' Collective presents
Writers' Circle Wrap Up Cabaret

The Writers' Collective's Writers’ Circle gives new writers the opportunity to speak their words aloud, to be heard by an audience and enlist the support of others to help make their work better. Monthly meetings are held between September and May at the University of Winnipeg and are facilitated by Manitoba writer, Lori Broadfoot. Participation is open to all Writers’ Collective members and their work includes poetry, non-fiction and all genres of fiction.


World Music

Wednesday, June 8/11 8pm  $10


The Tehran Project
Violist Richard Moody and santurist Amir Amiri

The Tehran Project, an ensemble celebrated for its distinctive and virtuosic style that fuses the depth of Persian classical music with elements of Jazz, Indian, Flamenco, electronic and western classical music. The Tehran Project is "…a generation of musicians who respect the past, but also realize that all forms of classical music were originally created as the result of innovation - and who live to push their own music as far as possible."  (Calgary Folk Festival Guide)

Classically trained in their respective instruments, Amiri (Canada/Iran) and Moody (Canada) met in 2010. Balancing tradition and originality, The Tehran Project has gained international recognition for its contributions to the world music scene, collaborating with distinguished musicians such as Hugh Fraser, John Stetch, and Edgar Meyer. The Tehran Project has been featured at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Alberta Scene Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, C-Jazz Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Festival du Monde d’Arabe, and has appeared on CKUA and CBC Radio.

Amir AmiriAmir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer. He specializes in the Radiff system of Persian classical music.


Richard MoodyRichard Moody was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and blends classical viola and jazz technique with a soulful connection to folk, roots and jazz. Together they create a sound that will be new to world music ears.



Theatre

Saturday, June 4/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Tony Warlock, Episodes 1 and 2

Starring Robert Huculak, Jeff Skinner, Ed Sutton, Nancy Drake, Brian Richardson, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Gordon Tanner and Danny Chodirker as Foley Artist

Tony WarlockWTRO's first-ever original radio drama is written by Nicholas Burns and produced by Jeff Skinner. All proceeds go to support Winnipeg's Performing Arts Lodge.

Who is Tony Warlock? Tony Warlock is a private eye in an alternate reality where the supernatural is commonplace and truth is a rare commodity.



Bluegrass

Saturday, June 4/11 8pm  $10


Pepper Laing and The Lonestar Killers, plus Gateway Express

Pepper Laing and The Lonestar KillersPepper Laing and The Lonestar Killers is an ass-kicking bluegrass band that works a mix of traditional bluegrass, new grass and roots music into a musical layer-cake of old-timey goodness.


Gateway ExpressGateway Express, a Winnipeg based bluegrass band, has been performing since November, 2007. They are quickly becoming known around Manitoba for their traditional bluegrass style patterned after the old masters, Bill Munroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmie Martin, Stanley Brothers and the Carter Family.



Music

Thursday, June 2/11 8pm  $10


Feed the Birds CD Launch
With special guest Justin Lacroix

Feed the BirdsFeed the Birds was born from musical growth. After years as a solo artist, following years in a family band, Rheanna Mwlnick invited two of her friends to join the nest. Enter Neil Goebel on bass and Steve Pennicook on drums. Feed the Birds' indie pop songwriting leans on folk traditions all the while kicking out a rock and roll swagger. Lyrical fragility combined with rhythmic sense; creates a dynamic live performance which transitions beautifully in all settings.

Justin LacroixJustin Lacroix has been singing his songs and picking his guitar on various Canadian stages since 2003. Though he claims influences of many genres and styles from blues to rock to country to latin, Justin describes his music as home-grown, groovy roots-rock for your body, heart and soul". Having been compared to Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, and even a young Bruce Cockburn, you begin to see which musical category Lacroix may be classified under. Regardless of the genre he steps in and out of, it's Justin Lacroix's smooth, powerful voice, funky guitar style and genuine passion for what he does that make him a unique and timeless talent on this day's music scene.



Music

Wednesday, June 1/11 8pm  $10


Carly Dow and Dave Barchyn, plus the Curtis Nowosad Trio

Carly Dow and Dave BarchynCarly Dow and Dave Barchyn have been actively involved in Winnipeg's bustling music scene for several years, each as solo artists and most notably with local roots band, Bog River. Both have been accepted into the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Young Performer's Program on numerous occasions, having the chance to interact with some of Canada's most promising musicians. With influences ranging from Radiohead to Old Crow Medicine Show, the two have created a unique, charming style with clever lyrics and haunting harmonies.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Music

Tuesday, May 31/11 8pm  $5


Lucas Sader Quintet, plus singer-songwriter Margaret Howison

Lucas SaderAt 20 years of age, Lucas Sader has already begun to assert himself in the Winnipeg music scene. He currently leads his own Quintet and Trio and is also active as an Instructor (privately), Journalist (with Dig! Magazine), Accompanist (with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet) and Clinician (with the Pembina Trails School Division). As a student in the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies Program, Lucas has had the opportunity to study and play with many amazing musicians including Quincy Davis, George Colligan, Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, Terreon Gully, E.J. Strickland, Rudy Royston and Jauvon Gilliam.


Margaret HowisonFor the past three years, Margaret Howison has been quietly honing her craft and performing in select venues. A North End girl, she now helps kids in West Broadway to find their musical voice. Her songs are her testament of life in 'peg City, of love lost over king cans, of adult bullying, and of course, the elephant in the room.



Craft Sale

Saturday, May 28/11 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Head in the Oven Creations, Marathon 1981, Lady Tees, Just the Goods, Julrei, Midkid, Paper Girl Productions, Mrs. Glockenheimen, Velvet Vixen , Tumanov Regalia, Inspyred Creations, Dizzie Dame, Hello Goddess, Boomerang 360, Velvet Jeanie , Of Course You Can, Echo Creations, CJ Tennant, Husavik, Sea Bee, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never too early to begin your holiday shopping, it's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired yourself.

Admission is free.



Poetry

Friday, May 27/11 7pm


Mannequin Rising Launch
Poet Roy Miki

Mannequin Rising is the fifth book of poetry from Governor-General's Award winner Roy Miki, and his first since 2006's There. In Mannequin Rising, the poet enters the world of consumerism, and answers the visual cacophony of commodities and shopping displays with poems and images that expose the appropriation of resources that underlies its glitter and opulence.

Roy Miki was born in Winnipeg only months after his family was sent to Ste Agathe from their home in Haney BC as part of the mass uprooting and dispossession of Japanese Canadian during the 1940s. He is the author of several books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), a work that explores the Japanese Canadian redress movement, and his third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), which received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His latest book from New Star Books, Mannequin Rising, consists of a series of poems and photo collages that probe the internal effects of commodity culture. He received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order of British Columbia in 2009. He lives in Vancouver.


Pop

Thursday, May 26/11 8pm  $5


Bean

BeanPop songstress Bean is an up and coming creative force, who takes pride in doing things a little differently. The classically-trained pianist started out learning her favourite melodies by ear, and then began writing her own music at age eleven. In the studio, Bean has been tapping into her quirky yet accessible style, as she works on her upcoming EP with producers Carlin Hiebert and Los Angeles-based Adrian Bradford. Hear Bean live – and be exposed to catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and innovative accompaniment.


Jazz

Tuesday, May 24/11 8pm  $10


A Whole New World
An Evening of Disney Jazz

Reggie San Miguel and friends

An Evening of Disney Jazz

Be our guest and come to Aqua Books for a very special magic carpet ride* as Reggie San Miguel takes classics from the Disney songbook and gives them a jazzy punch and a San Miguel twist. He will be joined by up-and-coming musicians and fellow students in the jazz studies program at the University of Manitoba, Paul De Gurse and Allan Suban, as well as recent graduate from the program, Jessica Rodewald.

*no pixie dust required (you just have to believe)


Reggie San MiguelReggie San Miguel is an above average Filipino/jazz flautist who is a 4th year student finishing up his jazz studies degree at the University of Manitoba. In high school, he played at New York's Lincoln Center as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Festival. He has also played with local names such as Amber Epp, Retro Rhythm Review, and artists such as John Pizzarelli. Reggie has studied with Ken Gold, Jimmy Greene, and Larry Roy. Described by his mom as “special”, he is lead to believe that he is in fact “above average”.



Garage Sale/BBQ

Saturday, May 21/11 11am-5pm Parking Lot/EAT! bistro


May Long BBQ/Garage Sale
Burgers, fries, and 1000s of cheap books

BBQ On Saturday, May 21, at 11am, our back lot turns into a classic Winnipeg garage sale, with thousands of books at 3/$1. (Including several hundred fresh rejects.) And once again, EAT! throws away the menu for the day and serves BBQ food, including pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, fresh coleslaw, yada, yada.

The bookstore itself, will of course also be open, and everything will shut down at 5pm, so our staff can enjoy the long weekend.



Music

Friday, May 20/11 8pm  $10


Monika Loewen Wall

Monika Loewen WallMonika Loewen Wall’s Indie Cabaret is a new sound that doesn’t seem to fit an obvious category. Not surprising, considering the songs are inspired by jazz, folk, spirituals, even classical music. An award winning singer, she has sung in Canada, USA and Europe. Currently Monika is recording her first CD of her own songs, Parallel Mondo. It considers the existence of parallel worlds and realities all around us, through thoughtful words and contagious sounds. Inspired through the realization that, having sung for five years in Europe, upon returning to Winnipeg, she was forever lost between two worlds.



Lit

Thursday, May 19/11 7:30pm


The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture presents
Cree Stories
An Evening with Tomson Highway, Emma LaRocque, Neal McLeod and Duncan Mercredi

On Thursday, May 19th, please join the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at Aqua Books as four of Canada's best-loved Aboriginal writers celebrate the Cree imagination in story, drama and poetry.

Tomson HighwayTomson Highway is an internationally renowned Cree dramatist, novelist and cabaret performer who is currently teaching a course on Cree Literature at the University of Manitoba.


Emma LaRoque is an award-winning Cree-Métis poet, nonfiction writer and professor based in the University of Manitoba's Department of Native Studies.

Neal McLeod is an acclaimed poet, theorist, painter, curator, filmmaker, and professor of Native Studies at Trent University. He was raised on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

Duncan Mercredi is a celebrated Cree poet and storyteller from Grand Rapids, Manitoba, who has brilliantly documented life both in the bush and on the streets of Winnipeg.


Music

Wednesday, May 18/11 8pm  $10


Pop Covers Project: 1980s
Aqua Books Songwriter-in-Residence Marcel Desilets presents Bill Dowling, Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner and Ben Wytinck

Join acoustic heroes Marcel Desilets, Bill Dowling, Jason Gordon, Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner and Ben Wytinck, as they put their own spin on the synth-soaked era that begat Cyndi Lauper, a-ha and George Michael.

Oh come out of the closet already, I can hear you humming Eye of the Tiger!

Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.


Bill DowlingA west end Winnipeg boy, transplanted to the prairies of southern Manitoba, Bill Dowling has had a love of stories in song since the days of the Ting Tea Room and the fledgling Winnipeg Folk Festival. Bill sings his heartfelt stories of all sorts of people, past and present, with honesty, humor, and a musical nod to the rich folk music tradition. That, and a little bit of rock and roll. His debut CD, In The Wood, recorded with Dan Donahue, was released in 2008.


Daniel Péloquin-HopfnerDaniel Péloquin-Hopfner is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for his work with hot roots acts Red Moon Road, and Fire and Smoke. Mandolin, banjo and sweet harmonies are his specialty.


Ben WytinckSilky-voiced Ben Wytinck got his start at age nine, playing drums in his father's band at a rural Manitoba bar. He moved to Winnipeg in 2001, to play what he calls Bluegrazz (Bluegrass and Jazz). His eponymous debut CD contains ten of his finest self-penned songs.



Discussion

Tuesday, May 17/11 7:30pm


Jewish Radicalism: The Role of Women in the Struggle
UJPO President Roz Usiskin

In honour of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day the United Jewish People's Order will be holding a meeting on Jewish Radicalism: The Role of Women in the Struggle. UJPO President, Roz Usiskin, will examine the lives and work of two important Winnipeg activists, Freda Coodin and Kitty Harris and their role in the labour struggles of the 1920s and '30s.


Theatre

Saturday, May 14/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Frozen Pirate/The Undefended Border Double Feature

Starring Alan MacKenzie, George McRobb, Mike Lewis and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, Winnipeg improv veterans Alan MacKenzie and George McRobb take on The Frozen Pirate and The Undefended Border, plus a special bonus, Abbott and Costello's Who's On First.



Music

Saturday, May 14/11 8pm  $10


SHEENA
Vocalist Sheena Rattai, with Aaron Shorr, Curtis Nowosad, Karl Kohut, - Bass Simon Christie, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, and special guest Alex Campbell

SheenaSHEENA has been igniting dance floors across Winnipeg with their unique brand of modern R&B and classic funk. Now, it’s your chance to experience this powerhouse band in a brand-new setting. An intimate, personal concert experience – it’s SHEENA: Live at Aqua Books! It’s an opportunity for the group to stretch out as they showcase brand-new original compositions, extended arrangements and sensual slow jams. It’s about being in the moment – and we want to share it with you!



Music

Friday, May 13/11 8pm  $10


Craig and Ash Band, with JD Edwards

Craig and Ash BandThe Craig and Ash Band invite you into their world of refreshing folk and country melodies. Their self-titled EP was produced by Jaxon Haldane and Grant Siemens, two mainstays of Winnipeg's folk scene. You will be captivated by these four musicians' energetic live show depicting the stories of modern cowboys.


JD EdwardsThe JD Edwards Band is an electric five-piece folk-rock extravaganza experience and other times it is a laid back acoustic group that is quickly becoming a staple in the Canadian music scene. Through incessant gigging and innovative groovy song-writing, the JD Edwards Band is breaking through the barriers of mediocrity and giving Canadian listeners something to dance about. The sound is a synthesis of Blind Melon’s funk and The Black Crowes’ blues, while JD sings with the stoned sexiness of Van Morrison and the wild outbursts of Ben Harper. They manage to musically acknowledge their influences without compromising their ingenuity or principle; The JD Edwards Band will take you on a new adventure in a familiar place every time.



Open Mic

Thursday, May 12/11 7pm


Soapbox Open Mic
Aqua Books Writer-in-Residence Keith Cadieux, with special guest, singer-songwriter Lindsey White

Tell us the story behind your story! In the spirit of the Winnipeg International Storytelling festival, Aqua Books' W-i-R Keith Cadieux would like to encourage poets, writers and songwriters to come to this special Open Mic event. Share any piece of work you’d like, but tell us the story behind it! Where did the idea come from? Any interesting anecdotes about how it was produced? Has it taken you somewhere interesting? All art has a story, so share yours with us.

Soapbox

Winnipeg's only cross-genre open mic happens directly following our featured reader. Bring your fiction, memoirs, fragments, poetry, songs, and anything you've written, for your 4 minutes of fame.


Keith CadieuxKeith Cadieux lives and writes in Winnipeg, where he grew up. His first published work was the novella Gaze which was released by Quattro Books in 2010. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manitoba where he also received the Robert Kroetsch Creative MA Thesis Prize. Keith teaches English at the University of Winnipeg and will be working on a new collection of short stories while serving as Aqua Books’ Writer in Residence from May to August, 2011.



Poetry

Thursday, May 12/11 8pm


Poets Barbara Nickel and Lindsey Childs

Barbara NickelBarbara Nickel’s second collection of poetry, Domain (House of Anansi), was listed in Quill and Quire’s Best Books of 2007. Her previous collection of poetry, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Notre Dame Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, The Malahat Review, The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, and The Walrus, and she is a winner of The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Barbara is also an award-winning author of books for children; her novel Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and won the B.C. Book Prize. A new picture book in verse is forthcoming in 2013. She lives and writes in Yarrow, B.C.


Lindsey ChildsLindsey Childs has studied writing at The University of Winnipeg and at Canadian Mennonite University where she took Barbara Nickel’s poetry class. Lindsey has published in Juice and her poem, Predator, which recently tied for first place in the Winnipeg Free Press/Writers Collective Poetry Contest, will soon appear in The Collective Consciousness. Lindsey is a current member of the Board of Directors for both Prairie Fire Magazine and The Writers Collective of Manitoba. Lindsey is currently looking for a publisher for a poetry chapbook called Fractured and a novel titled Avery.



Storytelling

Wednesday, May 11/11 7pm


Kiskino Mato Tapanask
First Nations Residential School Project

Lorena Fontaine is Cree/Anishnabe from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Fort Alexander, Manitoba and also considers the Opaskwayak First Nation in The Pas as home. Her mother attended St. Alban's and All Saints residential schools in Prince Albert and Elkorn residential school.

Lisa Forbes is an Aboriginal woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her roots are Cree, Métis, Scottish, and English. Her right to Indian Status was restored in 1987. A member of Peguis First Nation, Lisa works in community development, and is a long-time human rights activist and member of Amnesty International.

Wendy McNabb is an OjiCree woman from Treaty 4 Area (Gordon's/Cowessess/Peepeekiss First Nations). Her mother, Pete, attended the Marieval (Cowesses) and Qu'Appelle Indian Residential Schools in Lebret, Saskatchewan.

Claudette Michell whose people are Cree, was born in The Pas, Manitoba and now studies and works in Winnipeg. Her mother is a survivor of the Sturgeon Landing and Guy Hill Residential Schools. Claudette's hope is that these digital stories will encourage others on a personal journey of healthy living and healing.

Lisa Murdock is a Métis-Dené woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a registered off-reserve member of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation, located adjacent to the town of Hay River, NorthWest Territories. Her mother is a survivor of St. Henry's Mission in Fort Vermillion and St. Joseph's in Fort Resolution.

Sheryl Peters is a non-Aboriginal researcher with Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg. She advocates for using Indigenous methodologies, stories, and visual media in research and social advocacy.

Roberta Stout is a Cree woman from Kehewin First Nation in Alberta, and is a researcher at Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg. Roberta's mother, Madeline Dion Stout, is a survivor of the residential school system.


AGM

Tuesday, May 10/11 6pm


Manitoba School Library Association AGM


Jazz

Saturday, May 7/11 8pm  $10


Curtis Nowosad and Friends
Curtis Nowosad (drums), Julian Bradford (bass), Niall Bakkestad-Legare (tenor sax), and Andrew Littleford (trumpet)

Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Workshop

Saturday, May 7/11 11am-4pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald will be teaching a winter writing program that focuses on story concept, story planning, plotting and development, writing, revising, submitting, dealing with editors, etc. -- the whole daunting but exciting project of building a publishable story. The program covers both fiction and non-fiction, and tuition is $75 per class. Participants can drop in for specific classes if they wish but there will be continuity from one class to the next, so it makes sense to attend them all. If a midwinter escape causes participants to miss one or two classes, crib notes will be provided, if escapee provides Cuban cigars and an essay entitled "How I Spent My February Vacation."

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Workshop

Saturday, May 7/11 11am-6pm  $75


Story as a Function of Desire and Choice
A Fiction Workshop with Dave Margoshes

Notes: The workshop is limited to 12 people. Bring a notebook and pen.

A talk and hands-on workshop focusing on the role of desire in fiction. “Desire,” in this context, is not a code word for sexuality, but rather an indication of what the characters in a story, primarily the main character or characters, want: what do they want, what’s standing in the way, how will they go about getting it? When you’ve figured that out, your story’s half done.

Dave MargoshesDave Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area poet and fiction writer whose stories and poems are widely published in literary magazines and anthologies throughout North America, including six times in the Best Canadian Stories volumes. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Journey Prize. His Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories was named Book of the Year at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He published two new books of poetry in the last two years: The Horse Knows the Way (BuschekBooks, 2009) and Dimensions of an Orchard (Black Moss Press, 2010), which won the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Prize at the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He’s given numerous workshops and taught creative writing in a number of settings, for writers at varying levels of experience. He was writer in residence in Winnipeg in 1995-96.



Poetry

Friday, May 6/11 7pm


Dimensions of a Reading
Writers Barbara Schott and Dave Margoshes

Barbara SchottBarbara Schott lives in Winnipeg. Her work as a fashion stylist frequently takes her to Asia. She is the authour of two books of poetry, The Waterlily Pickers (Turnstone Press) and Memoirs of an Almost Expedition (Brick Books). She is also one of the poetry editors for Prairie Fire Magazine.


Dave MargoshesDave Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area poet and fiction writer whose stories and poems are widely published in literary magazines and anthologies throughout North America, including six times in the Best Canadian Stories volumes. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Journey Prize. His Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories was named Book of the Year at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He published two new books of poetry in the last two years: The Horse Knows the Way (BuschekBooks, 2009) and Dimensions of an Orchard (Black Moss Press, 2010), which won the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Prize at the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards.



Fri, May 6/11 7:30pm and Sat, May 7/11 2pm   $10


The Monkey King and Other Stories from Asia
Storytellers Kay Stone and Rebecca Hiebert, with taiko drummer Margaret McKenty

Kay StoneKay Stone has been Monkeying around for several years, and has told her version of this Chinese Heroic Epic formally in Vancouver and informally elsewhere. He's an uncontrollable fellow given to battling with monsters, dragon kings, and the Jade King of Heaven himself. And he wins -- until he meets the Buddha.


Rebecca HiebertRebecca Hiebert is a member of Stone Soup Storytellers of Winnipeg. She has performed at the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival, the SUNDOG storytelling festival, the national storytelling conference, in schools, at the Manitoba Museum, and at other events throughout Winnipeg. Rebecca is a lively and energetic teller who knows how to connect with an audience.


Margaret McKentyMargaret McKenty is a longtime member of Hinode Taiko on flute and percussion, performing from Thunder Bay to Tokyo and many places in between (and all around Winnipeg, of course.) She will provide Monkey with sounds and music as needed, beginning with the Divine Boulder splitting open and giving birth to a stone Monkey.



Photography

Thursday, May 5/11 7pm


Platform Centre presents
Focal Point: Photography and the Social Construct
Gender, Photography and Space in the photographs of Clementina Hawarden

Presented by Susan Close

Clementina HawardenDr. Susan Close will be discussing the concept of gendered space as it relates to the photographic work of Clementina Howarden (1822-1865). Lady Howarden is one the earliest significant examples of a woman photographer making photographs of interior spaces. Her images feature her adult daughters and reflect the private, domestic lives of Victorian women. Dr. Close will be entering into a discussion of how Howarden’s images may be understood as cultural artifacts that have the potential to reveal attitudes and practices related to gendered space in Victorian Britain.


Dr. Susan Close is Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Department of The Faculty of Architecture and a Senior Fellow at St. John's College at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Close is a prolific writer and has contributed to various journals including: Border Crossings, The Queens Quarterly, Archivaria, The Archivist and Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal. She is the author of "Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada (1880-1920). A regular contributor at conferences nationally and internationally, she most recently presented the paper, "Gendered Space? at History, Society and the Sacred, the 125th Annual American History Association Conference in Boston. As an independent curator, Dr. Close has curated exhibitions for the National Archives of Canada, the City of Ottawa and Gallery 111. Her photographic work has been shown in Canada and Europe and features in the collection of many prominent national galleries.



Music

Wednesday, May 4/11 8pm  $10


None the Wiser

None the WiserNone the Wiser was born in 1999, with the teen songwriting team of Eli Matas and Zack Kinahan. Joined by the hot rhythm section of Sam Little and Alan Nagelberg, the acoustic guitar duo has an original catalogue with hundreds of songs. Their unique sound is deep on lyrics and character, with a distinct guitar-weaving presence. The stories range from the personal to the political, but like they say, 'talking about music is like dancing about architecture.'



Theatre

Saturday, April 30/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Bickersons/Fibber McGee and Molly Double Feature

Starring Chickie Hughes, Richard Howell, Martin Howell, Mike Lewis and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, classic comedies The Bickersons and Fibber McGee and Molly.



Comedy

Saturday, April 30/11 8pm  $10


ImproVision presents
Improv Karaoke

Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, Arm and Hammer, Charlie Sheen and court-ordered drug testing, improv and karaoke just go together.

They don’t? Screw it, we’re gonna do it anyway.

The “kings of short form improv” (CBC Manitoba) are combining their usual unusual take on improv with the ancient art of karaoke.

We put the set list in our audience’s hands as they pick from our improv playbook. You can sign us up to play, or choose to join us on stage. And just like karaoke, you can laugh at your friends as they try to hit those improv high notes.

Warning: no actual singing will occur. Unless it does.

ImproVisionImproVision is the duke of dulcet Alan MacKenzie, pharaoh of falsetto George McRobb and mistress of monotone, stage manager Audra Lesosky. ImproVision has performed in every Winnipeg Fringe Festival since 2002; the 2009 Edmonton Fringe Festival; the Winnipeg Comedy Festival; the Winnipeg Improv Festival; and Gimli Theatre Festival, as well as many private shows for corporations, charities and even a couple of weddings.



Jazz

Friday, April 29/11 8pm  $10


Helen White and Friends
Jazz singer Helen White performs with Jonathan Alexiuk, Chris Berti, Glenn Lambert and Ken Gold

Helen WhiteSinger-songwriter Helen White recently released her second album Midnight Sun, a selection of jazz classics to complement her pop work on 2009's No (More) Dinosaur Bones. In addition to her work as a producer and engineer for other local artists, she has continued to teach voice at Quest Musique, Portage Conservatory of Music, and directs the Winnipeg Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir. This summer, she will be on faculty at the International Music Camp in North Dakota. Helen is also the mother of three crazy and bouncy children under five years old, and the wife of a writer and poet.



Music

Thursday, April 28/11 8pm  $10


Cowlicks and Rooster Tails
Adam Young, Alasdair Dunlop, Michelle Anderson and Neil Watson

Cowlicks and Rooster TailsCowlicks and Rooster Tails is a group that originated from an impromptu billing at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. The group delivers an exciting performance of musical diversity. The unique instrumentation (traditional banjo, flattop guitar, alto sax and upright bass) evokes a natural blending of jazz and Appalachian styles. Spearheaded by Adam Young and Neil Watson, the idea of the group is to compose and arrange within the idiomatic aspects of the instruments and the styles of the musicians.



Music

Wednesday, April 27/11 8pm  $10


Bog River

Bog RiverBog River was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, when three songwriters (Ben Hadaller, Carly Dow, Dave Barchyn) collaborated to create a new and passionate folk/bluegrass project. Since releasing their debut EP in 2010, the trio continues to develop a unique and haunting sound, which includes influences of Dixieland, old-tyme, bluegrass, and contemporary folk genres. Huddled around a single condenser mic, Bog River’s live shows are heartfelt and energetic. Whether they draw a stomp from your foot or a tear from your eye, Bog River combines the old with the new to make you feel as good about music as they do.



Theatre

Tuesday, April 26/11 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
11th Annual Scirocco Drama High School Playwrights Competition Preview

The Manitoba Association of Playwrights previews the five finalists in the 11th Annual Scirocco Drama High School Playwrights Competition, presented by MAP in full performances June 9 and 10 at the Tom Hendry Theatre. Angus Kohm, producer of the competition, will introduce some scenes from the plays in competition.



Garage Sale/BBQ

Saturday, April 23/11 11am-5pm


Easter Long BBQ/Garage Sale
Burgers, fries, and 1000s of cheap books

BBQ On Saturday, April 23, at 11am, the famous Aqua garage sale returns, with thousands of books at 3/$1. (All fresh rejects.) And once again, EAT! throws away the menu for the day and serves BBQ food, including pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, fresh coleslaw, yada, yada.

The bookstore itself, will of course also be open, and everything will shut down at 5pm, so our staff can enjoy the first long weekend of the summer.



Lit

Thursday, April 21/11 8pm


Sidura Ludwig, with Daria Salamon and Deborah Schnitzer

Sidura LudwigSidura Ludwig was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has lived in Toronto, Ottawa and Birmingham, UK. Her short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies in Canada and the UK, and she is the recipient of the Canadian Author and Bookman Prize for Most Promising Writer. Her non-fiction work has appeared on CBC radio, and in Canadian newspapers and magazines. She has led creative writing workshops in Winnipeg, Toronto, Birmingham and Boston. Sidura lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, Jason, and their two children, Nachmani Boaz and Dalya Rivka. She is currently working on a new novel. For more information, visit her website: http://www.sidura.com.


Daria SalamonDaria Salamon is a Winnipeg writer who is madly working on her second novel - a painful endeavor. Who said this was supposed to be easier the second time round? Lies. Daria's first novel, The Prairie Bridesmaid won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. She was also nominated for the Margaret Lawrence Award for Fiction and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, but sadly lost out to better writers. She's written articles and stories for Prairie Fire, The Globe and Mail and the Winnipeg Free Press. She is supported, more emotionally than financially, by her husband Rob and regularly abused by her young children Oskar and Isla.


Deborah SchnitzerDeborah Schnitzer is co-editor of the award-winning collection, The Madwoman in the Academy: 43 Women Boldly Take on the Ivory Tower, whose creative writing includes the long poem, lovinggertrudestein, Loving Gertrude, the novel gertrude unmanageable, and most recently, An Unexpected Break in the Weather, winner of the 2010 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has collaborated with Shelagh Carter on three short experimental films, rifting/blue, resolve, and Canoe, and with River on the Run North, an eco-arts collective examining environmental challenges to Lake Winnipeg. Deborah is currently at work landscaping a new novel, the woman who swallowed West Hawk Lake and the long poem, water^woman.



Jazz

Thursday, April 21/11 8pm  $10


Propp, Sellick, and Roy
Guitarist Larry Roy, bassist Luke Sellick and vocalist Erin Propp

Join Erin Propp, guitar legend Larry Roy and double bassist Luke Sellick for an acoustic evening of original songs, and fanciful covers.

Erin ProppA recent graduate of the U of M Jazz Studies Program, Erin Propp has been steadily rising in the Canadian music scene, to much critical acclaim. With high artistry and heart-breaking honesty, Erin delivers concert after concert of unforgettable music. The lead singer for local folk/roots band, Red Moon Road, Erin has also shared the stage with many of Winnipeg’s best jazz musicians, and is emerging as a favourite of audiences and musicians alike.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Larry RoyOver the last two decades, Larry Roy has established himself on the Canadian jazz scene as an artist, composer, producer and sought-after professor. As well as teaching jazz at the University of Manitoba, this versatile musician writes film scores and performs all over Europe and North America. Roy and long-time musical partner Steve Kirby recently released the album Wicked Grin.



Music

Wednesday, April 20/11 8pm  $10


Fire & Smoke

Fire & SmokeFire & Smoke was born by the flickering light and inviting warmth of a Winnipeg Folk Fest campground jam. Claire Morrison's dark, rich voice and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner's feel-them-in-your-bones harmonies will charm you. Accompanied by an ever-evolving assortment of instruments, the pair offer up their own take on what makes a young girl cry, a grown man sigh, and what’s really going on behind the eyes of the lone old-timer at the dive bar. With their bluegrass- and folk-inspired numbers, Fire & Smoke’s haunting style and boldly intimate storytelling will leave you with an ache in your soul, a song in your heart, and a knowing twinkle in your eye.



World Music

Tuesday, April 19/11 8pm  $10


The Tehran Project
Violist Richard Moody and santurist Amir Amiri

The Tehran Project, an ensemble celebrated for its distinctive and virtuosic style that fuses the depth of Persian classical music with elements of Jazz, Indian, Flamenco, electronic and western classical music. The Tehran Project is "…a generation of musicians who respect the past, but also realize that all forms of classical music were originally created as the result of innovation - and who live to push their own music as far as possible."  (Calgary Folk Festival Guide)

Classically trained in their respective instruments, Amiri (Canada/Iran) and Moody (Canada) met in 2010. Balancing tradition and originality, The Tehran Project has gained international recognition for its contributions to the world music scene, collaborating with distinguished musicians such as Hugh Fraser, John Stetch, and Edgar Meyer. The Tehran Project has been featured at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Alberta Scene Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, C-Jazz Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Festival du Monde d’Arabe, and has appeared on CKUA and CBC Radio.

Amir AmiriAmir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer. He specializes in the Radiff system of Persian classical music.


Richard MoodyRichard Moody was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and blends classical viola and jazz technique with a soulful connection to folk, roots and jazz. Together they create a sound that will be new to world music ears.



Theatre

Saturday, April 16/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Whistler/The Strange Doctor Weird Double Feature

Starring Chris Rutkowski, Chickie Hughes, Debbie Patterson, Mike Lewis and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, the bizarre and thrilling The Strange Doctor Weird and The Whistler.



Humour

Saturday, April 16/11 7pm  $10


Girls Aren't Funny?
A comedy show fundraiser for WISH Inc., hosted by CBC's Ismaila Alfa

Join us for a co-ed comedy show focusing on empowering women. The acts will be everything from stand up, to skits, to songs, to poems to dancing. The purpose is to enjoy funny men and ladies while supporting WISH Inc., a second stage housing facility for women and children looking to re-create a life free of violence. This event will feature local comedians, actors, singers and artists who are passionate about stopping violence against women and children.


Ismaila AlfaIsmaila Alfa was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Canadian mother. He completed his early school years in Edmonton, then moved to Winnipeg. After starting a civil engineering degree at the University of Manitoba, he followed his musical dreams and spent eight years touring North America as a hip hop musician. Magnum KI, a band he formed in 2005 with DJ Michael Arnone, opened for the legendary band The Roots at this year’s TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. When he’s not on a stage tangling with words, he is an audio technician, jingle writer, and traffic reporter for CBC Radio.



Book Awards

Thursday, April 14/11 7pm


Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book Nominee Readings
2011 nominees Keith Cadieux, Ariel Gordon, Sheila McClarty and Craig Russell

Keith CadieuxKeith Cadieux lives and writes in Winnipeg, where he grew up. His first published work was the novella Gaze which was released by Quattro Books in 2010. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manitoba where he also received the Robert Kroetsch Creative MA Thesis Prize. Keith teaches English at the University of Winnipeg and will be working on a new collection of short stories while serving as Aqua Books’ Writer in Residence from May to August, 2011.


Ariel GordonAriel Gordon is a writer whose first book of poetry, Hump, was published in spring 2010. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming from JackPine Press in 2011. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.


Sheila McClartySheila McClarty's stories have appeared in various magazines, including Grain, The Antigonish Review and The Fiddlehead. Her first collection of short stories, High Speed Crow, published by Oberon Press was released in November of 2010. She lives outside of Oakbank, Manitoba with her husband, two teenage children and a herd of horses.


Craig RussellCraig Russell grew up on what may be the flattest half-section of land on the planet, six miles north of Carman. Now a lawyer in Brandon, along with wife Janet, Craig has spent the past twenty-two years restoring 1906 Victorian home, The Johnson House. Ten years ago, Craig began to study acting in his spare time. He believes that live theatre is a great training ground for a writer’s ear because it teaches you to recognize effective dialogue. Black Bottle Man, a YA fable released by Great Plains Publishing is his first novel.



Jazz

Thursday, April 14/11 7pm


U of M Jazz Program Student Ensembles
Featuring Lucas Sader, Mike Cann, Paul DeGurse, Tim Seier, Brooke Van Ryssel, John Lemer, Andrew Tutte, Bev Aronovitch, Kris Ulrich, Sam Chrol, Andrew Colman, and Rayannah Kroeker

U of M Jazz Program Student Ensembles



Theatre

Wednesday, April 13/11 7pm  $10


Winnipeg Puppet Collective's Puppet Slam
Featuring Secondhandpants, Adhere and Deny, 6 and the Wishweweres

Winnipeg Puppet Collective Puppet SlamPuppet Slams are evenings of short puppet plays for adults performed by different artists. The Winnipeg Puppet Slam is the first major Puppet Slam in Canada. In addition to fantastic local performers, the Winnipeg Puppet Slam has had international guests like Heather Henson and Marsian. The Winnipeg Puppet Slam at Aqua Books will feature performances by the Secondhandpants, Adhere and Deny, 6, the Wishweweres and more. Come see puppet history in the making and experience puppetry that's like nothing you've ever seen before!



Open Mic

Tuesday, April 12/11 7pm


Soapbox Open Mic
Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence Bowen Smyth

Soapbox

Winnipeg's only cross-genre open mic happens directly following our featured reader. Bring your fiction, memoirs, fragments, poetry, songs, and anything you've written, for your 4 minutes of fame.


Bowen SmythBowen Smyth is happily paying off three degrees that are still rolled up in their original cardboard tubes. He has been hired to write about the need for arts facilities in Ontario, social innovation in the non-profit sector, and anal sexual health for Manitoba’s queer communities. As the drag persona Owen Head, Smyth shared a Winnipeg stage with trans writer and activist Kate Bornstein. He is delighted to have a writers’ residency in Winnipeg at the same time as Ivan E. Coyote. Beware of the transgender takeover!



Theatre

Saturday, April 9/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Sherlock Holmes/Agatha Christie's Poirot Double Feature

Starring Ron Robinson, Tim Higgins, Marian Martin, Mike Lewis and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Winnipeg Talking Radio OrchestraThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, two of literature's greatest detectives hit the stage, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.



Poetry

Saturday, April 9/11 7pm


Night Gears Launch
Poet Bren Simmers, with Jenny Berkel and Michelle Elrick

Join us for a launch that mixes words and music, as Vancouver poet Bren Simmers is joined by singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel and poet/banjo player Michelle Elrick.

Quincy DavisBorn in Vancouver, Bren Simmers studied writing at the University of Victoria and has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, her poetry has been published in The Antigonish Review, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, and Prism International. Night Gears (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010) is her first collection of poetry.


Jenny BerkelJenny Berkel’s deep, resonant voice and truly poetic lyrics have been garnering fans ever since she started performing with her guitar three years ago. In that time, she has played with bands The Wandering Goose and Lady o’Lakes, toured across Canada, busked on the streets of Paris and Belfast, and been nominated for two music awards. This summer she released her first solo recording, Gather Your Bones. Jenny’s songs are both haunting and starkly honest, drawing their substance from personal experience and collective history, free of the all-too-easy cliché of folk lyrics. Her voice is also unique—deep and smoky, broad as the Manitoba prairie where she now lives.


Michelle ElrickMichelle Elrick is a poet and fiction writer from British Columbia and Manitoba. Growing up on a mountain overlooking the Fraser Valley contributed to a sense of perspective that has continued to develop in her writing. Now on Canada’s great plain, she lives in an attic overlooking the rooftops of Winnipeg. Her first book, a collection of poems titled To Speak, was published by The Muses’ Company in 2010. In addition, her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, Event and other magazines, and performed at festivals and events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kingston and Belfast. She is currently deep in a second draft of her novel, Dust House, surfacing on occasion to play the banjo and walk the dog.



Music

Saturday, April 9/11 8pm  $10


Curtis Nowosad Trio, feat. Michael Petkau Falk

Songwriter-producer Michael Petkau Falk, backed up by drummer Curtis Nowosad, pianist Will Bonness and bassist Julian Bradford

feat. is the new series from Aqua Books that puts together the most unlikely combos. This month, a trio of Winnipeg's best jazz musicians interprets the music of multi-hyphenate Michael Petkau Falk. The one-night only quartet of Mike, Curtis, George and Karl will be a musical delight that will never happen again.

Michael Petkau FalkMichael Petkau Falk is the frontman and songwriter for Winnipeg pop/rock band, Les Jupes. He also runs Head In The Sand Records (Royal Canoe, Liptonians), produced the Record Of The Week Club, and is the Artistic Director at the West End Cultural Centre. Mike is a well-known local music producer, and has been nominated twice for Recording Engineer of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.



Book Awards

Thursday, April 7/11 7pm


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction Nominee Readings
2011 nominees David Arnason, David Bergen, Dora Dueck, and Patti Grayson

David ArnasonDavid Arnason is an acclaimed novelist, a writer of short fiction, and an editor of Turnstone Press since 1975. Very much in touch with his Icelandic heritage, Arnason has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972, serving as Acting Head of the Department of Icelandic Studies from 1998 to 2006, and as head of the Department of English from 1997 to 2006. His novel King Jerry, published by Turnstone Press, was a finalist for the 2002 Stephen Leacock Award. Currently, Arnason lives and writes in Gimli, MB. His latest novel, Baldur's Song: A Saga is a fictional account of his grandfather's life growing up in Gimli and early twentieth-century Winnipeg.


David BergenDavid Bergen is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and The Case of Lena S., a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 2005, he won the Giller Prize for The Time In Between. Bergen is the winner of the 2009 Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award.


Dora DueckDora Dueck is a Winnipeg writer and editor. She is the author of two novels (most recently This Hidden Thing), two contract non-fiction books, and many articles and stories. Her short fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire, Rhubarb, Room, and other journals, and on CBC Radio. She has also worked as associate editor and editor at a national Mennonite church magazine.


Patti GraysonPatti Grayson’s short fiction collection, Core Samples (Turnstone Press, 2004), garnered nominations for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. Patti has worked as a school librarian, advertising copywriter, puppeteer, and actor. She lives near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her recently-released first novel, Autumn, One Spring, follows Autumn Greene as she returns to her home town after a six-year's absence to attend her sister's wedding - uninvited.



Jazz

Thursday, April 7/11 7pm


U of M Jazz Recitals
Bassist Luke Sellick and vocalist Rayannah Kroeker, with Will Bonness, Curtis Nowosad and more

Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Rayannah KroekerRayannah Kroeker



Lit

Wednesday, April 6/11 7pm


CreComm Reading Series
Writer Jonathan Garfinkel, with Daniella Ponticelli

Red River College's Creative Communications program is the training ground for Manitoba's professional communicators.

The CreComm Reading Series, curated by K.I. Press, brings writers of all genres to Winnipeg. Opening acts are current and former CreCommers with creative works-in-progress.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

Jonathan GarfinkelJonathan Garfinkel is the author of a book of poetry, Glass Psalms, (Turnstone Press, 2005) and several plays, including Walking to Russia, The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and House of Many Tongues. His memoir, Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide (Penguin Canada 2007), has been published in five countries, and his plays have been produced across Canada and Germany. He is the recipient of numerous residencies, including a year-long fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He also won the KM Hunter Award for Emerging Artists in 2008. Jonathan currently divides his time between Toronto and Berlin.


Daniella PonticelliDaniella Ponticelli is a first-year Creative Communications student at Red River College. Aside from writing courses at university, most of her writing comes from late night inspirations and Sunday afternoon surprises. Visit her blog Cre.ature Feed, where she posts poetry, fiction, and quirky insights.



Music

Wednesday, April 6/11 8pm  $5


Jason Maas and the Lower Companions, with Bod & Blaze

Jason Maas and the Lower CompanionsJason Maas and the Lower Companions is where the former front man for rock band The Monty Yanks landed after the band called it quits in 2008. Jason saw the break up as an opportunity to start performing material that did not fit the Yank's frenzied, hard rock style. He put together a group of musicians with a wealth of performing experience. The Lower Companions play a mix of wildly divergent musical styles, ranging from folk to sock-hop rock, from pop to faux-gospel. Their debut album Clean is now available for sale online and in stores.



Theatre

Saturday, April 2/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Lone Ranger/The Black Ace Double Feature

Starring Glen Thompson, Kendra Jones, Asa Nodelman, Clint Skibitzky, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

The Lone RangerThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. The Lone Ranger returns, with Tonto in tow, followed by the adventures of the mysterious Black Ace.



Music

Saturday, April 2/11 8pm  $10


Garth Riemer

An acoustic night of Dylan and folk originals.


Music

Wednesday, March 30/11 8pm  $10


Lady Troubadours II
Jenny Berkel, with Becca Blackwood, Kerri Woelke (Last Ditch on the Left), Margaret Howison and Carly Dow (Bog River)

Jenny BerkelJenny Berkel’s deep, resonant voice and truly poetic lyrics have been garnering fans ever since she started performing with her guitar three years ago. In that time, she has played with bands The Wandering Goose and Lady o’Lakes, toured across Canada, busked on the streets of Paris and Belfast, and been nominated for two music awards. This summer she released her first solo recording, Gather Your Bones. Jenny’s songs are both haunting and starkly honest, drawing their substance from personal experience and collective history, free of the all-too-easy cliché of folk lyrics. Her voice is also unique—deep and smoky, broad as the Manitoba prairie where she now lives.



Jazz

Tuesday, March 29/11 8pm  $10


Bert Johnson Trio
Winnipeg pianist performs with bassist Julian Bradford and guitarist Marco Castillo

Bert JohnsonPianist Bert Johnson has performed at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, both with saxophonist Neil Watson, and also with the Bert Johnson and Daniel Jordan Quintet. He also performs with Steve Kirby's Jazz On Wheels. His first CD is Calm and Collected.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.


Marco CastilloFrom Brazil's musical capital, Rio de Janeiro, Marco Castillo has an impressive background in many styles of music. He arrived in Winnipeg in 2006 and rapidly became one of the city's busiest musicians. He is currently the leader of the Brazilian Beats band. Marco has performed with the top jazz artists in town and has influenced many musicians, breathing new life into the local Latin Music scene.



Theatre

Saturday, March 26/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Bickersons/ Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel Double Feature

Starring Chickie Hughes, Luke Falconer, Shawn Kowalke, Mike Lewis, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Flywheel, Shyster, and FlywheelThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, two classic comedies: The Bickerons, plus Groucho and Chico Marx's radio series about a disreputable lawyer and his unethical assistant, Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel.



Film

Saturday, March 26/11 4pm  $5


Big Smash! and Aqua Books present
Wheedle's Groove

Jennifer Maas | USA 2009 | 95 min. | English

Wheedle's Groove is the story of Seattle's forgotten soul and funk scene of the 1960s and 1970s, as heard on the Light in the Attic label's smokin' compilation of the same name!

Wheedle's GrooveThirty years before grunge music put Seattle on the map, late 1960s groups like Black on White Affair, The Soul Swingers, and Cold, Bold and Together filled airwaves and packed clubs every night of the week. Many groups started to receive widespread attention with invitations to perform on national television and collaborate with mainstream acts. Just as many of the groups were on the verge of breaking out, the fickle public turned its ear to disco, and Seattle’s soul scene slipped into obscurity.

In 2001, local collector DJ Mr. Supreme started uncovering Seattle’s soulful past after finding a dusty Black on White Affair 45 called ‘Bold Soul Sister’ in a 99 cent bin at a Seattle Center record show. By 2003 he had a rough impression of a once-thriving scene and a hefty collection of Seattle soul and funk 45s, some of which were fetching upwards of $5,000 on the collector circuit. Supreme approached local record label Light In The Attic with the idea of releasing a Seattle soul and funk compilation. Light In The Attic spent twelve months tracking down artists and fleshing out the story of Seattle’s funky past, and the result was a CD compilation entitled Wheedle’s Groove. At the CD release party in August of 2004, a line of nostalgic 60-somethings and funk-hungry 20-somethings wrapped around the building as the musicians inside, now janitors, graphic designers, and truck drivers, look back at careers derailed and prepare to perform together for the first time in 30 years.



Jazz

Saturday, March 26/11 8pm  $10


Japanese Exchange Teachers Alumni Association of Mb./Sask. presents
Jazz for Japan
A Fundraiser for Iwaki City Featuring NY jazz pianist George Colligan, with bassist Steve Kirby, guitarist Marco Castillo and drummer Quincy Davis

Three jazz giants join forces in a benefit for tsunami-ravaged Japan. Hear some great music, and do your bit to support relief efforts in Iwaki City (which is also 70km from a damaged and unstable nuclear reactor). All proceeds will go directly to the Iwaki International Association in Iwaki, Japan.

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


Marco CastilloFrom Brazil's musical capital, Rio de Janeiro, Marco Castillo has an impressive background in many styles of music. He arrived in Winnipeg in 2006 and rapidly became one of the city's busiest musicians. He is currently the leader of the Brazilian Beats band. Marco has performed with the top jazz artists in town and has influenced many musicians, breathing new life into the local Latin Music scene.


Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Music History

Thursday, March 24/11 7pm


Blues in Winnipeg Prior to 1960
An audio-visual journey led by music historian Owen Clark

The blues came to Winnipeg with the traveling entertainers in the 1930s and 40s. By the 1940s and 50s a steady stream of recordings and musical arrangements made their way north and spread this music all over Canada. The big bands played the blues every night: Olie Wagner and his Knights of Harlem; The Len Pattenden Band at the Roseland Dance Gardens; Bill Moore and the Aristocrats of Syncopation at the Tarantella Dance Gardens. Vocalists Del Wagner, Wilf Harper and Ray St. Germain were singinging the blues. As were the vocal groups of the 1950’s - The Swingtones, the Saints, The Shadows, and The Len Cariou Trio. Drummer Owen Clark was a young man when he performed the blues repertoire at Winnipeg's Chan’s Moon Room Cabaret every night with the Bernie Shaw Trio.

Owen ClarkOwen Clark is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, bass player, composer/arranger, historian, author and radio announcer. His book Musical Ghosts: Manitoba’s Jazz and Dance Bands, 1914-1966, was released in March 2008. Owen was named the 2009 Manitoba Jazz Musician of the Year.



Poetry

Wednesday, March 23/11 7pm


A Radical LCP Fundraiser
Featuring Bernadette Wagner, with Chandra Mayor and Shawna Dempsey

This year's fundraiser for the League of Canadian Poets will feature poetry, performance art and protest songs.

In addition to radical poetry goodness, there'll also be a one-night-only revival of the Winnipeg Tarot Company (have your fortune told by a poet!) and that LCP fundraiser stand-by, a raffle chock-full of bookish prizes.

Prizes donated by: Aqua Books, Turnstone Press, CV2 magazine, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba Writers' Guild, Alchemical Press, Brick Books, Prairie Fire magazine, Writers' Collective of Manitoba, and the Friends of the WPL.


Theatre

Tuesday, March 22/11 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
What's New?
From Class to Stage, More New Manitoba Playwrights

Plays by Bradley Sawatsky, Andrew Lizotte, David Barkman, Laura Gillies, Lynne Church, Josh Pereira and Bruce Sarbit


Thaw Festival of Theatre

Tuesday, March 15/11 7pm  $10
Wednesday, March 16/11 9pm  $10


Celeste Sansregret presents
Wonderbar!

Celeste Sansregret stars in the true story of the mistress of the man who committed one of the largest cases of fraud in Canadian history, and their life on the lam in Europe. It's a droll, dark tale of love, larceny and a $10,000 bed.

Friday, March 18/11 9pm  $10
Saturday, March 19/11 4pm  $10


Celeste Sansregret presents
The Mistress Trilogies

Pat Hunter, Claire Therese Friesen and Alicia Johnston in a staged reading of this new play by Celeste Sansregret. Three women, three acts, three very different relationships with the same man over a thirty year period. Love isn't always what you think it is.


Thaw Festival of Theatre

Tuesday, March 15/11 9pm  $10
Thursday, March 17/11 7pm  $10
Saturday, March 19/11 2pm/7pm  $10


Merlyn Productions presents
The Boy Comes Home and Other Works by A.A. Milne

The Boy Comes Home and Other Works by A.A. MilneA special programme of works by A. A. MILNE – the renowned author and World War I veteran best-known as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Featuring the one-act dark comedy of a young man's return from battle, plus a series of scenes and monologues adapted from Milne's short writings.



Thaw Festival of Theatre

Wednesday, March 16/11 7pm  $10
Thursday, March 17/11 9pm  $10
Friday, March 18/11 7pm  $10
Saturday, March 19/11 9pm  $10


Marketplace Players presents
Bad Day at the Fringe


Lit

Tuesday, March 15/11 11:30am


Barry Dempster


Craft Sale

Saturday, March 12/11 11am-5pm


Crafty Minions
The Handmade and Vintage Sale

Crafty MinionsOne of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars including Head in the Oven Creations, Marathon 1981, Lady Tees, Just the Goods, Julrei, Midkid, Paper Girl Productions, Mrs. Glockenheimen, Velvet Vixen , Tumanov Regalia, Inspyred Creations, Dizzie Dame, Hello Goddess, Boomerang 360, Velvet Jeanie , Of Course You Can, Echo Creations, CJ Tennant, Husavik, Sea Bee, and more. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never too early to begin your holiday shopping, it's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired yourself.

Admission is free.



Jazz

Saturday, March 12/11 8pm  $10


Two Hands, Ten Voices: Part Two
Pianist/composer George Colligan's vocal works are performed by Amber Epp, Anna Lisa Kirby, Joanna Majoko, Heitha Forsyth, Erin Propp, Brooke Van Ryssel, Alison Clarke, Rayannah Kroeker, Sheena Rattai, and Ingrid Gatin

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Blues

Friday, March 11/11 8pm  $10


Bottlecap Blues Band, with Route 59


Humour

Thursday, March 10/11 7pm


A Night of Jewish Humour
Playwrights Michael Nathanson, Alix Sobler and Daniel Thau-Eleff

Michael NathansonMichael Nathanson’s Governor General Award-nominated play, Talk, opened the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s 2007-2008 season and was a critically acclaimed production in Toronto in March 2010. Michael’s plays have been seen in New York, Dallas and at festivals across Canada. Michael is the Artistic Producer of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Michael lives in Winnipeg and is married to Rebecca Brask, and has two glorious children, Zevi and Naomi.


Daniel Thau-Eleff Daniel Thau-Eleff is a Winnipeg-based playwright, actor and producer of the Moving Target Theatre Company. Past plays include Remember the Night and Three Ring Circus: Israel, the Palestinians and My Jewish Identity. Daniel's current project is King's Park, which premieres on March 17, 2011. Daniel is also an activist with Winnipeg Copwatch and Independent Jewish Voices.


Alix SoblerAlix Sobler is a writer and performer, originally from New York who is living out every little girl's dream to grow up and move to Winnipeg to try and make it big. Her Jewish humour can often be heard on CBC One’s Definitely Not The Opera. In 2010, she performed her solo show Jason Neufeld is Impotent at the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival, and her comedy Some Things You Keep premiered at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre the same year. She is definitely Jewish, and apparently funny, and happy to be in such good company.



Theatre

Wednesday, March 9/11 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights Arts Salon
Whose Play Is It?
Actor Krista Jackson, playwright/actor Kevin Klassen, and director Ann Hodges, moderated by Adhere and Deny's Grant Guy

Why would any playwright trust their play development with a director?

Join us as Grant Guy leads Winnipeg theatre figures in a provocative discussion.


Country

Tuesday, March 8/11 8pm  $10


Sol James
Jazz singer Heiða Forsyth goes country

Sol JamesSol James is quickly breaking onto the Music scene as a force to be reckoned with. Tapping into her experience in the genres of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Funk, Sol is a dynamic and entertaining performer with the ability to truly grip an audience. Her music is honest and relatable, and she interprets it with a voice that is wonderfully unique. Nicknamed "The Aretha Franklin of Country" there is no doubt that Sol James is an artist who will make her mark.



Workshop

Saturday, March 5/11 2pm  $30


Songwriting Lab
Songwriter-in-Residence George Colligan

An afternoon session of sharing, idea collecting and collaboration based around concepts of songwriting and composition. This session will be hands-on, and so will be limited to ten participants. Bring a song-in-progress.

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Jazz

Saturday, March 5/11 8pm  $10


Mondo!Musica
Marco Castillo's Brazilian Jazz Trio

Featuring Marco Castillo, Gilles Fournier and Scott Senior

Marco Castillo's Brazilian Jazz TrioMarco Castillo's Brazilian Jazz Trio is composed of three of the city's top musicians. Marco, Gilles and Scott have been making contagious and uplifting Latin grooves together since 2007. Their perfect onstage chemistry will spirit you off to Rio in no time.


Marco CastilloFrom Brazil's musical capital, Rio de Janeiro, Marco Castillo has an impressive background in many styles of music. He arrived in Winnipeg in 2006 and rapidly became one of the city's busiest musicians. He is currently the leader of the Brazilian Beats band. Marco has performed with the top jazz artists in town and has influenced many musicians, breathing new life into the local Latin Music scene.



Humour

Thursday, March 3/11 7pm


A Night of Mennonite Humour
The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz author Armin Wiebe, with Talia Pura and Veralyn Warkentin

Armin WiebeArmin Wiebe is celebrated for his beloved, lexicon expanding Gutenthal novels The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal and The Second Coming of Yeeat Schpanst. He is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for his novel Tatsea. Armin's play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, will premiere in April as a part of Theatre Projects Manitoba's 2010-2011 season.


Talia PuraTalia Pura is a veteran of dozens of stage productions and films. She's also an accomplished aerial dancer.


Veralyn WarkentinVeralyn Warkentin has enjoyed the rush of making people laugh since she learned to talk. (were they laughing with her or...?) She has worn a veritable milliners worth of hats: writer, director, playwright, producer, prof, mascot, crime fighter, blogger, yada yada yada. Basically, she doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up; she refuses to grow up, and at 5'2" stands little chance of so doing.



Music

Wednesday, March 2/11 8pm  $10


Last Ditch on the Left, with Marcel Desilets

Last Ditch on the LeftBorn in the Autumn of 2009, from an urgency mingling equal parts controversy and good ol' prairie gumption, Last Ditch on the Left was a necessary consequence from the determined bent of Kerri Woelke and Brent Warren. A collaboration rife with as much genuine ease as disdainful tension, the varied musical backgrounds and influences lend to impart a sort of present-day-nostalgic sensibility. Old and new. Easy though difficult. Sweet but sour. What exploits lay in the road for this young partnership will be deterred only by law and couth.


Marcel DesiletsMarcel Desilets has blended folk, rythym and poetry into one to provide a unique listening experience for the thinking ear. Some of his songs are humorous, some are sweet, and some are downright cosmic, but all of them are loving celebrations of life. Marcel adds to his poetic sense of lyric just a beautiful touch on guitar, giving way to original songs that come with over thirty-five years of writing.

“Desilets truly shines with his skillful guitar work, which recalls the fleetness and passion of no less than Bruce Cockburn” – Wpg. Free Press



Workshop

Saturday, February 26/11 11am-4pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald will be teaching a winter writing program that focuses on story concept, story planning, plotting and development, writing, revising, submitting, dealing with editors, etc. -- the whole daunting but exciting project of building a publishable story. The program covers both fiction and non-fiction, and tuition is $75 per class. Participants can drop in for specific classes if they wish but there will be continuity from one class to the next, so it makes sense to attend them all. If a midwinter escape causes participants to miss one or two classes, crib notes will be provided, if escapee provides Cuban cigars and an essay entitled "How I Spent My February Vacation."

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Theatre

Saturday, February 26/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
X Minus One/Frankenstein Double Feature

Starring Maureen Scurfield, Chris Rutkowski, Tim Higgins, Mike Lewis, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

FrankensteinThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, another great episode of X Minus One, plus an adaptation of the classic horror fable Frankenstein.



Readings

Saturday, February 26/11 4pm


CreComm Reading Series
Student writers Amanda Hope, Jennifer Hanson, Danielle Conolly, Stacia Franz and Lisa Tachan

Five second-year Creative Communications students from Red River College will read excerpts from their most recent writing. They have been working on the writing they will share since September 2010, and many of the excerpts have been recently published in print or online.


Music

Friday, February 25/11 8pm  $10


Doug Edmond Band

Doug EdmondDoug Edmond started out as a classically trained on flute but taught himself to play piano in his teens. Over the years, he focused his attention on songwriting which led to the formation of the Doug Edmond band, the release of the CD Between the Shadows and the Light, and a showcase performance in Nashville in 2009. Doug and his band (which includes Crash Test Dummy Mitch Dorge) are currently working on his sophomore album.



Music

Wednesday, February 23/11 8pm  $10


English Lute Songs and Renaissance Poetry
Vocalist Josée Vaillancourt, with music by Andrew Erickson and readings by Brian Richardson

Josée VaillancourtJosée Vaillancourt has studied with Phyllis Thompson, Ingrid Attrot, Nancy Argenta, Daniel Taylor, Robert Holliston, Benjamin Butterfield, and British Baroque orchestra conductor Laurence Cummings. She has performed as a soloist in the oratorio Judas Maccabeus by Haendel with members of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and a 25-voice choir. Josée is a lyrical soprano with a wide vocal range, pure sound, good tone, and full resonance. She specializes in early music and contemporary chamber music.


Brian RichardsonBrian Richardson was recently Richard in MTC’s production of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson. Before that, he performed with Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko; published his own poetry; interpreted local history through theatre at The Forks, Riding Mountain, Churchill, and Fort Gibraltar; played in the (Manitoba) Blarney Band; hosted the Winnipeg Folk Festival; performed Music Hall in Ireland; busked on the Cliffs of Moher; and portrayed such historical figures as Simon McTavish, Prince Rupert, Ernest Thmpson Seton, and Thomas Scott. There’s other stuff too. Ask him some time.



Theatre

Tuesday, February 22/11 7pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
Brandon Night
Drama in the Wheat City
Brandon playwrights Dale Lakevold, Laurie Block, Gordon Portman, Di Brandt and Kirsty Cameron, hosted by Bruce Sarbit


français

Tuesday, February 22/11 7pm


Haut-parleurs
Avec Laurent Poliquin

En février il fait bon passer une veillée à se réchauffer au soleil des mots et des histoires. En écouter des histoires, mais aussi en raconter, raconter ses propres histoires. Un auteur est invité, ce soir-là ce sera Laurent Poliquin. Il vient de publier à Paris et sera très heureux de nous présenter ses poèmes. Ensuite, tous ceux qui veulent lire leurs textes (longs ou courts) le pourront. Après chaque lecture, bien sûr, on applaudit!

Alors oui, on lit en français chez les Anglais. C’est à «l’hôtel de ville culturel» de Winnipeg, la librairie Aqua Books, 274, rue Garry. Haut-parleurs! est une initiative de la librairie Aqua Books et du Collectif Post-néo-rieliste dont le but est d’encourager l’émergence de nouveaux talents de la littérature du Manitoba français.

Haut-parleurs! c’est une occasion de voir et d’entendre des écrivains donner vie à leurs mots. Haut-parleurs! c’est une salle au plancher craquant, c’est un bruit diffus de circulation, c’est une voix qui nous envoute, ce sont des rencontres, des surprises, des retrouvailles. Haut-parleurs! c’est le 22 février 2011, à 19 h 00, à la librairie Aqua Books, 274, rue Garry.

Laurent PoliquinLaurent Poliquin poursuit des études doctorales à l’Université du Manitoba portant la littérature pour la jeunesse au Canada français. Il est l’auteur de quatre recueils de poésie, dont le plus récent, La Métisse filante, est paru l’an dernier aux Éditions de l’Harmattan, à Paris. Ses poèmes ont aussi été publiés dans plusieurs revues et anthologies au Canada, au Québec, en France et en Italie. Il est membre du comité de rédaction de la revue de poésie Contemporary Verse 2. Depuis 2003, il est aussi éditeur aux Éditions des Plaines.



Film

Saturday, February 19/11 2pm


Mondo!Clarke
One Heart Broken Into Song Screening

Screenwriter George Elliott Clarke presents Clément Virgo's 1999 film

One Heart Broken Into SongIn the small community of Whylah Falls, young Lyla Cromwell sees and elegant an handsome stranger arrive into town. In a heartbeat, Lyla is infatuated. But she’s nothing like the object of her affection, Hank Johnson. She’s a small-town romantic who writes beautiful poetry. He’s an illiterate, arrogant smooth-talker looking for easy women and easier money. Hank scoffs at the local men and their dangerous, low-paying work in the nearby mine. Against her family’s warnings, Lyla falls in love with Hank. And when the young couple runs away to the city, Hank is confident he’ll get a high-paying job. But his dreams are shattered, and he finds cold comfort in the arms of another woman. Lyla goes back home, but there’s no escape from her fate. She’s taken in and cared for by her doting Uncle Hud. Still, she can’t forget Hank. And when her lover returns, Uncle Hud’s obsession with his niece leads to catastrophe.


The University of Mantoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Aqua Books are pleased to feature Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo!Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th - Februrary 19th, 2011.

George Elliott ClarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.



Theatre

Saturday, February 19/11 7:30pm  $5


Mondo!Clarke
Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
George Elliott Clarke's Beatrice Chancy

Starring George Elliott Clarke, Lorraine James, Tim Nhlazane, Tim Higgins, Liz Higgins, Shawn Kowalke, Kendra Jones, Kelly Hughes and Jeff Skinner

Beatrice ChancyBeatrice Chancyis a 1999 Canadian opera. The libretto was written by George Elliott Clarke, and the music by James Rolfe. Based on Percy Bysshe Shelley's play The Cenci, the opera transplants the story from 16th century Italy to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia in the 19th century. In this adapation, Beatrice is the multiracial daughter of Francis Chancy, a brutish white slave owner, and Mafa, a Guinean slave woman who was raped by Francis. After Francis forces Beatrice into an incestuous encounter in a monastery, Beatrice and Mafa conspire to murder him.


The University of Mantoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Aqua Books are pleased to feature Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo!Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th - Februrary 19th, 2011.

George Elliott ClarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.



Poetry

Thursday, February 17/11 7pm


Mondo!Clarke
New Work

Read by George Elliott Clarke

George reads from his new, unpublished manuscript, Red.

George Elliott ClarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.


The University of Mantoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Aqua Books are pleased to feature Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo!Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th - Februrary 19th, 2011.


Photography

Wednesday, February 16/11 7pm


Mondo!Clarke
Africville Photo Exhibit

Curated by George Elliott Clarke

This exhibit is housed by the Nova Scotia Archives. George Elliott Clarke will display and discuss photos from this important and fascinating exhibit that document a lost but not forgotten community. Clarke, himself an Africadian poet, has spoken and written extensively about Canada's Africadian communities and history, and his commentary and insight into these photographs will be a one-of-a-kind event. This event is free.

Africville Africville was an unincorporated Nova Scotia township, settled in about the 1840s by people from the Black Refugee communities of Hammonds Plains and Preston. Although geographically a part of the City of Halifax, Africville was always a separate community, with a largely African-Nova Scotian population. Africville struggled for survival throughout its 125-year history. It was divided by railway tracks and encroached upon by factories, sewage disposal pits, slaughter houses, and other non-residential development. In the early 1960s, the Halifax government ordered the settlement destroyed; In early January 1970 the City bulldozed the building of the last Africville resident, who reluctantly agreed to sell his property to avoid expropriation.

Bob Brooks created his photographic record of Africville, mostly in black and white, between about 1962 and 1965. Brooks took numerous photographs of the public meeting at Seaview African United Baptist Church on 23 August 1962, held in response to the previous month's report by the Halifax City development department recommending the elimination of Africville. His remaining photographs of Africville are undated, but many appear to have been taken about 1965, and show the community just prior to relocation.

The University of Mantoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Aqua Books are pleased to feature Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo!Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th - Februrary 19th, 2011.

George Elliott ClarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.



Poetry

Tuesday, February 15/11 7pm


Mondo!Clarke
Execution Poems Marathon Reading


Featuring Ismaila Alfa, Aisha Alfa, T'ai Pu, Lori Cayer, Charlene Diehl, Nereo II, Michelle Elrick, Andrea von Wichert, Kerry Ryan, Colin Smith, Vanessa Moeller, Kate Vermette, Shayla Elizabeth, Polly Washburn, Joanne Epp, Annie Deeley, Jason Diaz, Gerry Atwell, John Baillie and Gloria Moodrey

Gaspereau Press' best-selling title, Execution Poems, is George Elliott Clarke's complex lament for his late cousins, George and Rue – two Black men who were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver. After the overwhelming interest generated by the original limited letterpress edition of Execution Poems, Gaspereau Press released this trade edition which went on to win Canada's highest literary honour in 2001. The jurors of the Governor General's Literary Award called this book "raging, gristly, public – and unflinchingly beautiful," and remarked on Clarke's "explosive, original language." Thirty-four Winnipeg poets and performers will read the poems from this complex, challenging, and important book.

In 1949, George and Rufus Hamilton were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Fifty years later, Clarke has written, in his abundant style, a series of poems that embody both damnation and redemption, offering convoluted triumphs alongside tragedy and blurring the line between perpetrator and victim. What Clarke presents in Execution Poems is uncomfortable. He reminds us of racism and poverty; of their brutal, tragic results. He reminds us of society's vengefulness. He blurs the line between the perpetrator and the victim – a line we'd prefer remain simple and clear. At the heart of it, Clarke is frustrating the notion that society deals any better with these issues today than it did in the 1940s.

The University of Mantoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Aqua Books are pleased to feature Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet, playwright, cultural activist and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Clarke will be the featured poet in our annual poetry festival, Mondo!Poetry. In celebration of both Clarke and of Black History Month, Aqua Books will host various events and performances daily from February 15th - Februrary 19th, 2011.

George Elliott ClarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.



Poetry

Tuesday, February 15/11 8pm


To Speak of Our Extraordinary Monsters, The Way Boys Sometimes Are
Poets Vanessa Moeller, Michelle Elrick and Clarise Foster

Signature Editions presents an evening of poetry, featuring Michelle Elrick reading from To Speak, Vanessa Moeller reading from Our Extraordinary Monsters, and Clarise Foster reading from The Way Boys Sometimes Are.

Vanessa MoellerVanessa Moeller’s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals including The Fiddlehead, Prism International, The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Pottersfield Portfolio and Qwerty, and have won several awards including the WFNS’s 2002 Atlantic Poetry Prize. She completed her MA in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick and now lives in Fredericton. Our Extraordinary Monsters is her debut poetry collection.



Workshop

Saturday, February 12/11 10am-1:30pm  $30


Real World Arts Marketing
Doowah Design's Steven Rosenberg

For the past 20 years, Doowah Design, the studio of choice for the Arts in Manitoba, has designed most of the marketing materials for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Theatre Centre as well as many other theatres, dance companies, musicians and publishers.

Join Doowah co-owner Steven Rosenberg for a 3-hour seminar where he’ll discuss real facts on marketing the arts. Using nationally and internationally recognized research, Steven will discuss the important elements in understanding your organization and its marketing needs and capabilities.

Bonus - Steven will say nasty things about branding plus hand out his must-read book list.

Steven Rosenberg, FGDC, has practised graphic design for 37 years. He is a founding member of the Manitoba chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and a National Past President. He served as a charter member and first president of the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba. As well, he teaches day courses at the University of Winnipeg Continuing Education and lectures regularly to design students and industry groups.



Theatre

Saturday, February 12/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
The Shadow/Sherlock Holmes Double Feature

Starring Liz Higgins, Gordon Tanner, Glen Thompson, Kim Coss, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Sherlock HolmesThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, the mysterious avenger known as The Shadow, plus history's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, are brought to life by a talented cast of working actors, including Winnipeg's own Betty White - Doreen Brownstone.



Tribute

Saturday, February 12/11 7pm


MVR: 1968-2011
A Tribute to Michael Van Rooy

Hosted by Charlene Diehl and Chandra Mayor

Monty Haaviko rule number 261: Take nothing but money and memories. Leave nothing, not even footprints.

Michael Van RooyMichael Van Rooy, the great crime writer and gentle giant pillar of Winnipeg’s writing community, offered up this one-liner life lesson. We like it, but in our grief at Michael’s sudden passing, and in celebration of his life, we’re switching it around.

Aqua Books is planning a celebration and commemoration of Michael’s life, ...work, and the irreplaceable footprints he left in each of our lives and communities. On Saturday, February 12 at 7pm, please help us give our friend and former Writer-in-Residence a proper send-off: a time to share, talk, laugh, celebrate, listen, remember, and raise funds to assist his family.

We’re planning an evening of readings from Michael’s works, personal stories and remembrances, tributes and celebration. There will be open mic opportunities, as well as scheduled speakers and readers. If you’re interested in sharing your stories of Michael, or reading your favourite passage from his books, please contact Kelly Hughes at kelly@aquabooks.ca. (Please also contact Kelly if you have photos or images that you’d like to share).

EAT! bistro will provide refreshments, and the bar will be open. Poker cards will be available. We’re planning some fundraising activities so that we can all assist his family in immediate and tangible ways. We’re also planning an announcement about a long-term initiative to commemorate Michael, the ways that he has touched all of our lives, and to make sure that regardless of what Monty says, Michael’s life leaves the writing community changed, enhanced, and mindful of the immensity and gentleness of his footprints.


Music

Friday, February 11/11 10pm  $10


feat.
Curtis Nowosad Trio, feat. Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling

feat. is the new series from Aqua Books that puts together the most unlikely ensembles. Tonight, rootsy beauty Vanessa Kuzina is backed up by hot jazz drummer Curtis Nowosad, bass player Karl Kohut, guitarist Aaron Shorr and pianist Will Bonness.

Vanessa KuzinaVanessa Kuzina's picks and pen have carried her across the Nation. A member of country-roots femmes fatales, Oh My Darling, she is stirring up some dust as a solo artist. Not for the bashful, this country belle will ask you to two-step then break your heart with three chords and the truth.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Karl KohutBassist Karl Kohut’s virtuosity was recognized in 2006, when at the age of 20, he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for his solo rendition of Victor Wooten’s “A Show of Hands.” Since then, Karl has gone on to establish himself on the Winnipeg music scene with the ability to excel in a wide variety of musical genres and versatility on both double bass and electric bass. Karl has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr is one of Winnipeg's busiest guitar players. He has studied at Humber College in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and has studied privately with the best musicians in the international jazz scene. In Winnipeg, Aaron has performed with Steve Kirby, Ron Paley, Papa Mambo, and Will Bonness. He can also be heard playing R and B and Soul with Sheena, and as a solo guitarist in Winnipeg Hospitals for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.



Jazz

Thursday, February 10/11 9pm  $10


Two Hands, Ten Voices: Part One
Pianist/composer George Colligan's vocal works are performed by Amber Epp, Anna Lisa Kirby, Joanna Majoko, Heitha Forsyth, Erin Propp, Brooke Van Ryssel, Alison Clarke, Rayannah Kroeker, Sheena Rattai, and Ingrid Gatin

Acclaimed pianist George Colligan has released 18 albums, and has written hundreds of songs that have never been recorded. Over two nights this February and March, George and some of Winnipeg's finest young singers will perform his best vocal works for the first time on any stage.

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Jazz

Thursday, February 10/11 7pm


U of M Jazz Program Student Ensembles


Lit

Wednesday, February 9/11 7pm


CreComm Reading Series
Writer Julie Wilson, with Jason Booth

Red River College's Creative Communications ("CreComm") program is the training ground for Manitoba's professional communicators.

The CreComm Reading Series, curated by K.I. Press, brings writers of all genres to Winnipeg. Opening acts are current and former CreCommers with creative works-in-progress.

Julie Wilson will also be reading Thursday, Feb. 10 at 11 am in room A104 / Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess Street.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

Julie WilsonJulie Wilson is a professional publishing fan, writer and blogger. The literary voyeur behind the SeenReading.com and the editor of BookMadam.com, she thinks reading looks good on you. She's also the author of Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion (ECW Press) written as Becca Wilcott. Follow Julie on Twitter: @BookMadam @SeenReading


Jason BoothJason Booth is a graduate of the Creative Communications program. His poetry has been published in The Collective Consciousness, the quarterly journal of The Manitoba Writer’s Collective and the Winnipeg Free Press. He resides in Winnipeg with his wife and percolator.



Jazz

Tuesday, February 8/11 7pm


U of M Jazz Drum Recitals
Drummers Lucas Sader and Curtis Nowosad, with Karl Kohut, Niall Bakkestad-Legare, Simon Christie, Will Bonness, Luke Sellick and Erin Propp

Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Lucas SaderAt 20 years of age, Lucas Sader has already begun to assert himself in the Winnipeg music scene. He currently leads his own Quintet and Trio and is also active as an Instructor (privately), Journalist (with Dig! Magazine), Accompanist (with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet) and Clinician (with the Pembina Trails School Division). As a student in the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies Program, Lucas has had the opportunity to study and play with many amazing musicians including Quincy Davis, George Colligan, Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, Terreon Gully, E.J. Strickland, Rudy Royston and Jauvon Gilliam.



Workshop

Saturday, February 5/11 11am-4pm  $75


From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story
Award-winning writer Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald will be teaching a winter writing program that focuses on story concept, story planning, plotting and development, writing, revising, submitting, dealing with editors, etc. -- the whole daunting but exciting project of building a publishable story. The program covers both fiction and non-fiction, and tuition is $75 per class. Participants can drop in for specific classes if they wish but there will be continuity from one class to the next, so it makes sense to attend all six. If a midwinter escape causes participants to miss one or two classes, crib notes will be provided, if escapee provides Cuban cigars and an essay entitled "How I Spent My February Vacation."

Jake MacDonaldOver the last twenty-five years Jake MacDonald has produced ten books of both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of articles for many of North America’s leading newspapers and magazines. Six of his books have been optioned or developed by film producers and some were recognized with national awards. The memoir Houseboat Chronicles, for example, won three awards across Canada, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for best non-fiction book 2002, and about twenty-five of his magazine stories have won writing awards. MacDonald divides his time between Winnipeg and Toronto and a rustic retreat in Minaki, Ontario.



Film

Saturday, February 5/11 2pm


JETAA Japanese Movie Experience
Swing Girls (Shinobu Yaguchi, 2004)

Swing GirlsSwing Girls is a 2004 comedy film co-written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinobu Yaguchi about the efforts of a group of high school girls to form a jazz band. Swing Girls is set in rural Yamagata prefecture, in northern Japan, and the characters often use the local Yamagata-ben dialect for comic effect. The film ranked 8th at the Japanese box office in 2004, and won seven prizes at the 2005 Japanese Academy Awards, including Most Popular Film and Newcomer of the Year awards for Yu-ta Hiraoka and Juri Ueno.



Jazz

Saturday, February 5/11 8pm  $10


Michelle Grégoire Trio
Jazz composer/pianist Michelle Grégoire performs with bassist Luke Sellick and drummer Curtis Nowosad

Michelle GrégoirePianist and composer Michelle Grégoire's music has been described as “ingenious”, “elegant”, “balanced”, and “original with great depth and imagination”. She has toured across Canada with her quintet and appeared at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2010 in support of her new CD Diversity. Grégoire's music is heard regularly on XM Radio and Galaxie satellite jazz programs. Her performances have been recorded and aired nationally on various CBC programs. In 2009, Grégoire's quintet opened for the Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival.


Luke SellickLuke Sellick is a Winnipeg-born double bassist and composer. Now 20, Luke has been performing professionally for six years. He has collaborated with some of Winnipeg’s best jazz artists, including Ron Paley, Will Bonness, Larry Roy, Michelle Grégoire, Walle Larsson, and Papa Mambo. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Luke is in his third year of the bachelor of jazz studies program, working closely with instructors Steve Kirby, Jimmy Greene, George Colligan, and Meredith Johnson.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Lit

Friday, February 4/11 7pm


CreComm Reading Series
Writer Matt Duggan, with Greg Berg

Red River College's Creative Communications ("CreComm") program is the training ground for Manitoba's professional communicators.

The CreComm Reading Series, curated by K.I. Press, brings writers of all genres to Winnipeg. Opening acts are current and former CreCommers with creative works-in-progress.

Matt Duggan will also be reading Friday Feb. 4 at 10 am in room P107 / Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess Street.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

Matt DugganMatt Duggan graduated from Churchill High School and yet he is delighted to be visiting Winnipeg to read from his most recent novel Cherry Electra. His previous novel, The Royal Woods, is a tall tale for children set in a new suburban subdivision of a prairie city. It was nominated for The Moonbeam Award and the Silver Birch Award. Cherry Electra is about a dirty cottage weekend that culminates in murder. Quill and Quire call it “a satisfying bit of cottage-country gothic”, and the Toronto Star says it “has the delirious quality of a wreck recollected”, and claims that “it’s rare to come across something that is both so sadly astute and so infectiously, vibrantly witty.” The Globe and Mail depicts the novel as “a drug fuelled fratricide” and listed it as one of the Top One Hundred Books of 2010. An anonymous blogger on Amazon call it “one of the most un-Canadian novels I have ever read.” The Winnipeg Free Press didn’t seem to care for the book at all. Cherry Electra is essentially a love story. Matt Duggan teaches high school in Toronto and writes in his basement.


Greg BergBorn in Saskatchewan, Greg Berg is an aspiring writer and full-time communications student currently upgrading his skills for the working world. He’s writing a YA novel called, OurGlass, for his Independent Professional Project at Red River College, and if all goes well, he hopes to have it published before the end of 2011.



Music

Wednesday, February 2/11 8pm  $10


Cowlicks and Rooster Tails
Adam Young, Julian Bradford, Allison de Groot and Neil Watson, with guest Keith Haddad

Cowlicks and Rooster TailsCowlicks and Rooster Tails is a group that originated from an impromptu billing at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. The group delivers an exciting performance of musical diversity. The unique instrumentation (traditional banjo, flattop guitar, alto sax and upright bass) evokes a natural blending of jazz and Appalachian styles. Spearheaded by Adam Young and Neil Watson, the idea of the group is to compose and arrange within the idiomatic aspects of the instruments and the styles of the musicians.



Workshop

Saturday, January 29/11 10am-1pm  $30


Emerging Writer Workshop Series
Performing Your Work

Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence David Jón Fuller

Note: This workshop is limited to 12 people.

"Gulp — you mean I have to get up in front of people and read?" Learn how to get past stage fright and concentrate on what really matters: letting an audience enjoy your work. Learn basics of using your voice, delivery, addressing an audience, and getting the most out of your writing.

Participants must bring a sample of their own writing (up to 250 words for prose, 30 lines for poetry) which they will read out loud as a part of the workshop. Yes, I know this is already giving you a heart attack.

David Jón FullerDavid Jón Fuller, Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence for January, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an actor he has been in multiple held-over plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and performed with two orchestras, including excerpts from Shakespeare for the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 1600. In addition to writing hundreds of newspaper articles, he has had fiction published online in The Harrow and in the bestselling chapbook anthology Ten Best Pages. He’s been the editor of North America’s oldest surviving ethnic newspaper, Lögbgerg-Heimskringla, and currently works as a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press.



Theatre

Saturday, January 29/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
X Minus One/The Planet Man Double Feature

Starring Chris Rutkowski, Dean Harder, Glen Thompson, Al Conroy, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

X Minus OneThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, acclaimed SciFi series X Minus One is paired with the truly awful The Planet Man.



Jazz

Saturday, January 29/11 3pm


Open Rehearsal
Songwriter-in-Residence George Colligan rehearses singers for his February and March shows

See and hear an open rehearsal, featuring the city's best jazz vocalists. Don't miss this chance to go inside the process.

George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.



Jazz

Saturday, January 29/11 8pm  $10


Kerry Politzer Trio
The jazz singer-songwriter performs with George Colligan and Karl Kohut

Kerry PolitzerKerry Politzer studied classical piano for fourteen years, before studying with jazz guru Charlie Banacos. Inspired to begin composing, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. In 1996, she discovered a brand-new love, Brazilian music, which began to inform her jazz compositions. She has performed and competed throughout North America. Kerry's latest album is Blue in Blue.


George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Karl KohutBassist Karl Kohut’s virtuosity was recognized in 2006, when at the age of 20, he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for his solo rendition of Victor Wooten’s “A Show of Hands.” Since then, Karl has gone on to establish himself on the Winnipeg music scene with the ability to excel in a wide variety of musical genres and versatility on both double bass and electric bass. Karl has played for multiple-Grammy winning singer Petula Clark and Juno-award winner Amanda Falk, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as currently playing with Ron Paley and the Ron Paley Big Band.



Jazz

Wednesday, January 26/11 8pm  $10


Paul Balcain Quartet
Jazz saxophonist Paul Balcain, with Julian Bradford, Curtis Nowosad and Aaron Shorr

Paul BalcainPaul Balcain is a former student of Jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer. He has recorded for several artists including Moses Mayes, Mark Reeves, The Wyrd Sisters, Scott Nolan, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and many other independent projects. He currently has a Chair in the WJO and is a part time extra for the WSO. Paul also plays in the Scott Nolan Band and The Danny Kramer Event Band, and is writing for his first solo recording.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.


Aaron ShorrAaron Shorr plays guitar.



Theatre

Tuesday, January 25/11 8pm


Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents
A Strindberg Fest Fundraiser
Ross McMillan's Miss Julie at the Gates
Starring Sharon Bajer, Doreen Brownstone, Carolyn Gray, David McLeod, Maggie Nagle, Gordon Tanner, and Steven Ratzlaff

Miss Julie at the GatesMiss Juliet at the Gates shows us what might have happened had Strindberg come to Winnipeg to present Miss Julie with his company of actors, nursemaids, etc., in tow. Invited by a newly rich Winnipeg couple, who had seen a performance of Miss Julie while doing the grand European tour, Strindberg and company find themselves in what could be called a culture clash. Winnipeg playwright Ross McMillan examines what the audience expects, and what artists expect in return...

Written and directed by Ross McMillan.

One performance only. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. This is a fundraiser for the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.


Workshop

Saturday, January 22/11 10am-1pm  $30


Emerging Writer Workshop Series
Writing for Newspapers

Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence David Jón Fuller

Deadline. That's the first thing you need to know, because if you blow that, you're finished.

But it also helps to learn the basics of how to write an article, what makes a great lead paragraph, how to make sure you've gotten the real story, getting the most out of quotes, and yes, to give your editor exactly what he or she is looking for, namely, a well-written article that grabs the reader, is the right length, and oh yes, did I mention in by deadline?


David Jón FullerDavid Jón Fuller, Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence for January, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an actor he has been in multiple held-over plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and performed with two orchestras, including excerpts from Shakespeare for the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 1600. In addition to writing hundreds of newspaper articles, he has had fiction published online in The Harrow and in the bestselling chapbook anthology Ten Best Pages. He’s been the editor of North America’s oldest surviving ethnic newspaper, Lögbgerg-Heimskringla, and currently works as a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press.



Photography

Thursday, January 20/11 7pm


Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts presents
Acting Up! Performing the Indian
A curatorial lecture by Rosalie Favell

Performing the IndianThe third iteration in the Focal Point series will offer a rare curatorial lecture by well-known photo-based artist Rosalie Favell. PLATFORM engaged Favell in a guest-curator role for the exhibition, Acting Up!: Performing the Indian which is being presented in partnership with Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years. This lecture will offer Favell a space to discuss her research at the Doctoral level regarding portraiture and its function in indigenous communities and by indigenous contemporary practitioners.

Rosalie FavellRosalie Favell is an artist, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman. Her work has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in national and international venues. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level.

The Focal Point Lecture series is generously funded by The W. H. and S.E. Loewen Foundation, and sponsored by The Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, and Aqua Books.

[Image: Lori Blondeau, Belle Sauvage, 2006]



Film

Wednesday, January 19/11 7pm


Freeze Your Tongue: Winnipeg's Frostbitten Metal
Documentary, dir. Dylan Baillie, 2010

What do Winnipeggers think of heavy metal music? Fifteen year-old North End filmmaker Dylan Baillie attempted to answer this heavy question in his first feature-length documentary.

The documentary includes interviews with over 30 average Winnipegers and local metal musicians. Also featured are video and live performance footage of over a dozen Winnipeg Metal stalwarts, including Abhorupt, Annex Theory, Armoured Assault, Damascus, DeadboX, Entre Parentheses, Evil Survives, Grand Master, Hoarfrost, Laika, Of Human Bondage, Psychotic Gardening, and Tyrants Demise.



Open Mic

Tuesday, January 18/11 7pm


Soapbox Open Mic
Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence David Jon Fuller

Soapbox

Winnipeg's only cross-genre open mic happens directly following our featured reader. Bring your fiction, memoirs, fragments, poetry, songs, and anything you've written, for your 4 minutes of fame.


David Jón FullerDavid Jón Fuller, Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence for January, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an actor he has been in multiple held-over plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and performed with two orchestras, including excerpts from Shakespeare for the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 1600. In addition to writing hundreds of newspaper articles, he has had fiction published online in The Harrow and in the bestselling chapbook anthology Ten Best Pages. He’s been the editor of North America’s oldest surviving ethnic newspaper, Lögbgerg-Heimskringla, and currently works as a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press.



Workshop

Saturday, January 15/11 10am-1pm  $30


Emerging Writer Workshop Series
Writing Dialogue

Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence David Jón Fuller

It's a lot more than just He said/She said: dialogue can make or break a scene or story. Learn what makes effective dialogue, how to bring your characters to life through what they say and do, and how to handle thorny problems like exposition. Also, learn to spot deadly dialogue that saps the strength of your story, from Tom Swifties to the dreaded As You Know Bob.

David Jón FullerDavid Jón Fuller, Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence for January, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an actor he has been in multiple held-over plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and performed with two orchestras, including excerpts from Shakespeare for the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 1600. In addition to writing hundreds of newspaper articles, he has had fiction published online in The Harrow and in the bestselling chapbook anthology Ten Best Pages. He’s been the editor of North America’s oldest surviving ethnic newspaper, Lögbgerg-Heimskringla, and currently works as a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press.



Theatre

Saturday, January 15/11 2pm  $5


Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents
Lone Ranger/Sgt. Preston of the Yukon Double Feature

Starring Chickie Hughes, Richard Howell, JohNNy SiZZle, Clint Skibitzky, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer

Sgt PrestonThe Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents live radio plays from the medium's Golden Age, performed by a great cast and a live foley artist. This week, the ultimate classic western serial - The Lone Ranger Plus an American look at life in Canada with Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.



Music

Saturday, January 15/11 8pm  SOLD OUT


Steve Kirby Trio, feat. Steve Bell
Juno winner Steve Bell, backed up by bassist Steve Kirby, pianist Will Bonness and drummer Curtis Nowosad

feat. is the new series from Aqua Books that puts together the most unlikely combos. A chance pairing of Steve Bell and Steve Kirby on the Kelly Hughes Live! stage, for one impromptu song, brought about this month's unique quartet. Juno-winning Christian folk singer Steve Bell joins forces with iconic bass player Steve Kirby and his two main collaborators, Curtis Nowosad and Will Bonness, to reimagine Bell's music in a whole new way.

Steve BellSteve Bell is the best-known Christian musician in Canada. Before embarking on his solo career he was a long-time member of the group Elias, Schritt, and Bell. He has sixteen albums and two Junos under his belt.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.

Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.




Music

Friday, January 14/11 10pm  $10


Ben Caplan and Nick Everett, with guest Tyler Del Pino

Come welcome traveling musicians Ben Caplan and Nick Everett to Winnipeg! Both of these fine Halifax dwellers are crossing Canada by train this winter.

Nick Everett is a man of delicate ears and angel-cords. He is an astute listener of all things acoustic, writing with a depth and ear far beyond his years. There is something entirely arresting about his performance, something that pulls you right in and turns your heart upside down. You don't want to miss hearing him live.

Ben CaplanAnd then there is Ben Caplan. The big bearded minstrel on guitar, banjo, melodica and keyboard. His songs are well constructed, executed with full infusion of the band, the songs are passionate and often intense. Ben plays with passion and sings out with a voice like no other. His singing has been compared to everything from Freddy Mercury to Tom Waits.


Tyler Del PinoTyler Del Pino played principle trumpet in the U of M Symphony Orchestra, and founded the rock group The Vinyl Penguins. He's hard at work on a demo for his new solo project.



Jazz

Thursday, January 13/11 8pm  $10


Anna-Lisa Kirby and Friends
Jazz singer Anna-Lisa Kirby, with Steve Kirby, George Colligan, Quincy Davis and Larry Roy

Anna-Lisa KirbyBefore moving to Winnipeg in 2003, Anna-Lisa Kirby established her professional career as a jazz vocalist in New York City. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many world-class jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Ted Nash, and Stefon Harris. Anna-Lisa is featured on the Larry Roy and Steve Kirby 2008 CD release Wicked Grin and is the vocalist for Steve Kirby’s acclaimed Oceanic Jazz Orchestra. Mrs. Kirby made her debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in January 2010 and continues to be a favourite feature performer with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Currently, Mrs. Kirby is the Jazz Program coordinator and jazz vocal instructor at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music.


Steve KirbyIn the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg. Steve also performs locally with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his own critically acclaimed ensemble: The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for which he composes and arranges all of the music. Before coming to Winnipeg from New York, Professor Kirby established himself an enviable career as a double bass player, performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Kathleen battle and many others.


George ColliganGeorge Colligan is a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader. He was on the faculty of the Julliard School for two years, and is now Assistant Professor for the U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Quincy DavisQuincy Davis is a jazz drummer who has recorded with Tom Harrell, Vincent Gardner, Randy Napoleon, and others. Davis has played throughout the world in such prominent clubs as The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note in New York City; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; New Morning Jazz Club in Paris; and The Jazz Bakery, Yoshi's, and Catalina Bar and Grill in California. He is currently assistant professor at U of M's Jazz Studies program.


Larry RoyOver the last two decades, Larry Roy has established himself on the Canadian jazz scene as an artist, composer, producer and sought-after professor. As well as teaching jazz at the University of Manitoba, this versatile musician writes film scores and performs all over Europe and North America. Roy and long-time musical partner Steve Kirby recently released the album Wicked Grin.



Jazz

Tuesday, January 11/11 8pm  $10


Heiða Forsyth
Jazz singer Heiða Forsyth, with Will Bonness, Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad

Join vocalist Heiða Forsyth with long-time friends: Will Bonness, Julian Bradford and Curtis Nowosad as they explore the music that brought them together as friends and musicians in the distinct atmosphere of one of downtown's premiere venues, Aqua Books!

From studying at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music to performing throughout Winnipeg as professional musicians in their own right, these four friends have been making their mark on Winnipeg's Music Scene!

Come see a show lit by the undeniable charm of their friendship, combined with the experiences of cutting their teeth together as a new generation of Winnipeg Jazz Musicians!

It's going to be fun! Bring your "axe" if you think you'd like to join em' on a tune!

Heiða ForsythHeiða Forsyth is a gifted jazz vocalist who is quickly becoming a favourite of Winnipeg audiences. She is a member of Steve Kirby's Oceanic Jazz Orchestra and has been featured by the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra, the Ron Paley Big Band, and Papa Mambo. Performing at several Icelandic festivals, she was a late-night headliner for both the 2007 and 2008 Jazz Winnipeg Festivals. Recently she opened with the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra and has also opened for several international jazz musicians including Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Christian McBride and Houston Person.


Will BonnessWill Bonness has been an active member of the Winnipeg, Canadian and international jazz scenes since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a year-long world tour which included performances at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After leaving Maynard’s band in 2004, Will completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire.


Julian BradfordJulian Bradford has played with Moses Mayes, Iskwe Emme, Flo, Keith Price, Romi Mayes and Chantal Kreviazuk, and opened for The Roots at the 2010 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Julian recently played bass on two tracks for Kenny G's upcoming album.


Curtis NowosadCurtis Nowosad has quickly become Winnipeg's go-to drummer. At twenty-two, he has already performed in big band and small group settings with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including Stefon Harris, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, and his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby.



Workshop

Saturday, January 8/11 10am-1pm  $30


Emerging Writer Workshop Series
Copy Editing

Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence David Jón Fuller

Whether you're working on a rewrite, polishing a manuscript for submission, or sending an article on deadline, this workshop will teach you how to clean up your prose. You'll also learn how to work with style sheets, edit for length, and make your writing stronger and sharper. Copy editing isn't just about hacking away at your beautiful prose — it's about cutting away the crap so the beauty shows.

David Jón FullerDavid Jón Fuller, Aqua Books Emerging Writer-in-Residence for January, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an actor he has been in multiple held-over plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and performed with two orchestras, including excerpts from Shakespeare for the world-renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 1600. In addition to writing hundreds of newspaper articles, he has had fiction published online in The Harrow and in the bestselling chapbook anthology Ten Best Pages. He’s been the editor of North America’s oldest surviving ethnic newspaper, Lögbgerg-Heimskringla, and currently works as a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press.



Music

Saturday, January 8/11 8pm  $10


Red Moon Road

Red Moon RoadInspired by the lake, campfires, outdoor living and kitchen party jams, Red Moon Road is a down-home, acoustic folk and roots band with the right mix of East Coast and Country charm. Red Moon Road is a Winnipeg-based, touring songwriters’ collective. The band is driven by the reckless abandon and disarming beauty of vocalist Erin Propp, the songwriting of power-house multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan and the sweet harmonies, banjo and mandolin playing of Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. These musicians deliver songs that tell stories; songs you want to hear again; songs “frankly filled with images which evoke the life of the land, and its connection to the heart” (Rev. Bill Cliff). With a powerful and honest live delivery, the band has been winning hearts and fans at festivals (Trout Forest, Fire N’ Water, Harvest Moon), house concerts, and venues (Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, West End Cultural Centre) throughout Manitoba and Ontario since its 2010 inception. With more songs to be written, shows to be played, kitchens to jam in and campfires to trade songs around, the band continues to grow its library of adventures.



Jazz

Friday, January 7/11 8pm  $10


Jodie Borlé and Friends

Jodie BorléSince releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, jazz chanteuse Jodie Borlé's irrestible, funky, and heavily pop-infused spin on jazz has drawn inevitable comparisons to Diana Krall, and for good reason. Borle's quest to expand the jazz songbook has the same potential to reach a broader audience as her famous contemporary. Her debut, 2005's and then I did, showcases Borlé's sultry, powerful pipes and innovative arrangments. When not performing with the likes of the Winnipeg Singers or Camerata Nova, Borlé is working on her third album.



Film

Thursday, January 6/11 7pm


Tortured Youth Film Night



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