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4 August -
June 2015

Exhibit: “The Great War, 1914-15”

The RCA Museum (CFB Shilo) will open an exhibit in commemoration of the centennial of The First World War at 5 PM on 4 August 2014, exactly 100 years to the minute since Canada found itself at war with Germany. The guest of honour for the opening ceremony will be renowned Canadian film director and author, Paul Almond, whose father was a Canadian Gunner in the Great War.

The exhibit will examine the causes of the war and its effects on Canada during the first year of the conflict. Visitors will be able to explore life on the home front and the experiences of soldiers overseas. Exhibit highlights will honour the centennials of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry formed in 1914 and of the writing of “In Flanders Fields” in 1915.

The exhibit will run until June 2015. Future exhibits to commemorate the Somme in 2016 and the battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 are planned to build on the visitor experience in “The Great War 1914-15.”

The RCA Museum is open Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed weekends and holidays, all year and is open 7 days a week, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Victoria Day to Labour Day.

21 August

Terra Cotta Architecture Tour

Where: meet at the Pantages Theatre Plaza, Main Street at Market Avenue, Winnipeg
When: Thursday, 21 August 2014, 6:30 PM

Did you know that many of Winnipeg’s “stone” buildings are made of clay?

Winnipeg’s terra cotta collection is large and essentially complete. It is an unparalleled sampling in North America of the variety, versatility and beauty of this material. Join us for a tour through Winnipeg’s downtown to learn more about the history of terra cotta, of Winnipeg’s history and to view this wonderful collection of terra cotta architecture.

The tour, led by Gail Perry, will take about ninety minutes. All surfaces will be wheelchair and stroller accessible.

21-24 August

Film: “The Great Flood” by Bill Morrison, score by Bill Frisell

Where: Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg
When: Thursday, 21 August to Saturday, 23 August at 9:00 PM and Sunday, 24 August at 7:00 PM

The Mississippi River flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history, cited as the Hurricane Katrina of its day. The shared legacy of this disaster was the displacement of sharecroppers to the northern cities of Memphis, Detroit and Chicago, fueling the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues.

Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) scoured film archives across the United States and discovered beautiful monochromatic footage of the flood which he reassembled to create an amazing portrait of a forgotten time and place. The stunning new music score with its hints of blues, gospel and jazz by guitarist composer Bill Frisell brings out the tragedy and heroism of the event.

Reviews of The Great Flood:

“Hypnotic, playful, wildly evocative...masterfully assembled, A terrific achievement.” - LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Its soundtrack, composed and performed by esteemed jazz guitarist Bill Frisell... is mesmerizing, especially when paired with apocalyptic images of water rushing through the remains of small towns.” - THE DISSOLVE


26-28 August

Seven Oaks General Hospital Annual Book Sale

Where: Seven Oaks Hospital Auditorium, Level 2 (2300 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg)
When: 26-28 August 2014, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily

This event is to fundraise for the hospital’s Summer Youth Volunteer Program, which assists the improvement of patient care and staff support at their facility. They have a large variety of books and magazines to choose from, including fiction, cook books, children’s books, non-fiction, and much more. Prices are as low as 10 cents and over 2000+ books. Cash ONLY and prices are as listed.

27 September

MHS Stained Glass Church Window Tour

More information will be available here later.

4 October

Brant-Argyle School100th Anniversary Celebration: Brant-Argyle School

More information will be available here later.

10 October

Concert: “The best of Ireland’s traditional, young artists”

Where: Manitou Opera House
When: Friday, 10 October 2014, 7:30 PM

Presented by the Manitou Opera House Foundation.

Tickets will be available in July from various sites in Manitou, including Sam’s Foods and the Coffee House Musicians, and by calling 204-242-2794.


27 February

Deadline: Nominations for 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion

More information is available here.


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