Wow that week flew by! We hope you are basking in some sunshine and fresh air. We miss you a lot. All of us at TPM are working hard to navigate this new and rapidly shifting world. We are zooming and grooming, dreaming and scheming, and hoping and playing. It’s not always easy. Like each of you, we are experiencing highs and lows. Often in the same day. It’s a wild ride and often simply exhausting. Nevertheless, we are here. Thank you to everyone who has sent a note of support or words of encouragement these past weeks. We share these on our staff calls. They connect us; reminding us of our common bond. They bring joy and hope.
Even though we can’t meet up in person quite yet Manitoba’s arts community continues to find ways to bring us fantastic programming. There are lots of great performances, events, and projects coming up soon. Here are a few of our top picks!
Davis Plett and Gislina Patterson present 805-4821 at the OFFTA festival
Local artists Gislina Patterson and Davis Plett of the theatre company We Quit Theatre are showcasing their work at the OFFTA Festival, an online festival dedicated to avant-garde creation in live art.
Davis Plett was the sound designer for Beautiful Man and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Gislina Patterson is a playwright and theatre artist who received the Reg Skene Award for Emerging Theatre Artist for Directing in 2019.
Their show 805-4821 is a trans coming out story made out of other stories: a dialogue from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a half-remembered swim lesson, and an 80,000-word Facebook correspondence.
The festival runs May 22-31. For more information click here to go to the OFFTA website.
‘Don’t Wanna Let U Go’ Virtual Release Party
Musician Brittany Thiessen brings us the second installment of her instagram live parties featuring some of Winnipeg’s most dynamic artists. Join the party @funlifefunlifefunlife!
‘Bring Your Own Mic’ Concert Series
The West Cultural Centre is offering a new concert series called ‘Bring Your Own Mic’.
This is series of ticketed, live-streamed concerts by select Manitoba artists brought to audiences through an accessible $2 paywall and streamed on Vimeo, essentially turning the WECC into a television studio.
Artspace call for submissions for Manitoba Arts Community
The Artspace is creating a fundraising initiative that will see the publication of a collection of visual and written pieces by Manitoba’s artistic community, capturing a unique time in our history and forging it into a keepsake momento book.
Members and friends of the Artspace community are encouraged to submit the art they are making, the words they are writing, and the things they are seeing throughout this strange time.
The submission deadline is prior to Friday June 19,2020. For more information the project and the type of artwork they are looking for visit their Facebook event page.
RMTC’s Backstage in the Peg – Episode Two
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre brings us another great episode of Backstage in the Peg!
This episode feature more fantastic locals including a spotlight on philanthropist and arts enthusiast Gail Asper, multi-threat performer Kimberley Rampersad, and talented comedians Andrea del Campo and Gord Tanner!
These are financially challenging times for us – we are doing all we can to batten down the hatches, but the drain is real. We are doing all we can to keep our small yet mighty staff employed. If you have the capacity to give, please consider a donation to Theatre Projects Manitoba. The very best way to do this right now is through Canada Helps, who will issue you a tax receipt online and nearly instantly.