Interlake Winter Warm-Up Workshops!

Do you live in Manitoba’s Interlake and have a creative itch to scratch? Well then, Theatre Projects Manitoba has got you covered! Introducing our Winter Warm-Up Workshops - free weekly creative workshops (delivered digitally) for Interlake participants led by some of our amazing Chautauqua artists!    

 TPM will be hosting digital workshop - creative workshops to help warm up your soul and excite your creative senses as the snow melts away. These digital workshops are being held specifically for our friends in the Interlake, which is on Treaty 1 and Treaty 2 Land. From storytelling, to an introduction to online VR spaces, to sign painting, - these workshops, led by professional artists, will be sure to inspire participants of all ages. 

Why Interlake participants? Theatre Projects Manitoba is gearing up for another Chautauqua in 2021. Our artists have been beautifully busy collaborating with Interlake community and we are inspired to strengthen and foster these connections as more art and stories are shared on the Interlake Trail. 

What is The Chautauqua: Interlake Trail? It is the second tour in TPM’s rural outreach initiative that connects urban artists with rural citizens through collaborations, workshops and performances. We are pleased to focus the majority of TPM’s imagination and resources towards this year long celebration of the Interlake region this season! Our roster of artists are creating projects throughout the year inspired by the Interlake- music, theatre, dance, craft! This development work will culminate in a tour and performance of these projects in 2021. The project is generously supported by Manitoba 150. 

These workshops are offered at no cost to participants. They will take place on digital platforms and some workshops require some supplies so check them out below! For help with registration, or if you have any questions or access needs please contact [email protected] We are happy to help make this digital experience as full and fun as possible. Please note, workshop sizes will be kept small so sign-up early! 


A Star Is Born: On The Community Stage With Marsha Rasmusen Knight
Thursday's April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10am - 11:30am on Zoom.

An intro acting class series for Seniors (60+) 
This four-part workshop will take you through the phases an actor goes through to prepare for an opening and run of a show. Learn basic skills for preparing and dealing with performance. 

Register by emailing [email protected] 

Ian Ross Storytelling and Highway 6

Thursday March 11th, 6pm - 7:30pm on Zoom 

This workshop is to bring community members together with playwright Ian Ross to engage with the creation of a new theatre piece for Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Interlake Chautauqua project about Number Six highway in Manitoba. Join in conversation and story sharing about your community, your business, places of interest, your home and your travels on this vital highway to the north and south. Fellow highway traveller and playwright Ian Ross will host this  workshop for connection, exchange and community building.and. “It is a road that I have travelled all of my life to visit my relatives or when I lived on Pinaymootang First Nation or Kinosota on the west side of Lake Manitoba.It is a road of stories and life for me.” From the RM of Rosser to the City of Thompson and all points in between:bring your friends and neighbours and explore the art of storytelling on the theme of this road that we know and love.

Register HERE

AltspaceVR workshop 

Wednesday March 17th, 12pm - 1pm on Zoom

Imagine there is a pandemic where meeting in large groups is temporarily forbidden and you would love to have an event to bring people together, a giant zoom call could work but imagine you could have everyone move around in a space, without the need for VR equipment, while interacting with each other. Using a new social media platform called AltspaceVR someone has even created a history exhibit on the Manitoba Interlake and will premiere it in this workshop! 

Join Hañwakañ Blaikie Whitecloud as he demonstrates AltspaceVR including his new virtual Manitoba Interlake History Exhibition. Hañwakañ uses VR daily for exercise, meditation, exploring, and playing games with people from across the world with AltspaceVR being his #1 place to check-in everyday. Having stumbled across a VR Arcade last year in Winnipeg, Hañwakañ and his wife Tessa immediately purchased two VR stations to explore beyond what was available at the arcade.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in being an early adopter of new technology to communicate while finding like minded people across the world who are interested in growing their capacity for sharing knowledge. 

About AltspaceVR is a free virtual online space that can be accessed by anyone with a computer, no VR equipment is required, with the ability to create your own meetings or exhibits that can be easily accomplished. Events of all types happen in AltspaceVR including: corporate conferences & meetings, open mic nights, art exhibitions, meditation classes, comedy nights, church gatherings, yoga classes, language classes, AA meetings, rotary meetings, card games, and more!

Register HERE

Take it outside: sharing Art with Community 

Part 1: Thursday April 1st,  6pm - 7:30pm  on Zoom

Part 2: Thursday April 8th,  6pm - 7:30pm  Zoom

Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, community art is something that is enjoyed and delighted in by all! In this workshop, we will look at examples of public art, and get you started on your own project that you can share with your community. Zines, murals, small acts of kindness, community mapping, and gardening are all examples of the types of art we will explore. Participants will receive a package in the mail with some tools and sparks for your project! No experience necessary!



Register HERE



Past Winter Warm-Up Workshops


Sign Painting and Lettering with Joseph Pilapil

More About Joseph

“I am a sign painter, designer, and artist. Sometimes dancer. I run a sign company called the travelling sign painters (@thetravellingsignpainters). We specialize in hand painted outdoor and indoor signs, murals, lettering, and everything in better. I’ve worked with many local and Canadian companies creating all types of projects for them. I am also part of a artist collective called bearface general (@bearfacegeneralstore) and sometimes I teach and dance swing dance.”

Writing Into Possibility with Claire Thérèse Friesen

More about Claire

Claire Thérèse Friesen is a multi-disciplinary artist from Treaty One Territory who lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She loves performing and collaborating in new works of theatre, including Embargo (One Trunk Theatre/MayWorks), I Dream of Diesel and Mission Potluck (One Trunk Theatre), Broken Wings (take me home productions), and Dionysus is Getting Impatient (Theatre Incarnate). Claire is a singer-songwriter, performing with her band Claire Therese and the Lockdown (@thelockdownproject).  They are about to release their first full-length album. She is also a member of the Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir.  When she is not on stage, Claire is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Mount Carmel Clinic, and facilitates and designs arts programming for a number of organizations, including Shakespeare in Stony Mountain (through Shakespeare in the Ruins), a program that offers high school drama credits to incarcerated men.


Bring Your Song To Life With Daniel Jordan

More About Daniel

Daniel Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter based in Winnipeg. A veteran of the international touring circuit and local music scene, he loves collecting and sharing stories. He has found the latest Star Wars films quite disappointing but sometimes plays folk music in a trio called Red Moon Road.

My Perspective On Storytelling From an Indigenous Experience with Ian Ross
More about Ian 

Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba. He calls the First Nation of Pinaymootang, the Métis community of Kinosota and the city of Winnipeg, home. His play, fareWel, won the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1997. His commentaries as Joe from Winnipeg CBC Radio and television, as well as NCI, were very popular. Ian has also been a drama instructor and educator for several years. He continues to write and live in Winnipeg. 





Filming Tools To Building An Online Presence With Hañwakañ Blaikie Whitecloud

More about Hañwakañ

Hañwakañ (Hañwakañ = 'Northern Lights' in Dakhóta) Blaikie Whitecloud is a mixed media storyteller, professional facilitator, strategic planner, and business owner who has called Winnipeg home since the age of five. Active in the business and skateboarding community as a mentor and leader, Hanwakan even has some skate-sons, as he’s stepped into to be a father figure for youth in need.  As a filmmaker, his work focuses on building identity for urban Indigenous youth. His latest documentary series is about Pow Wows across Canada (Living by the Drum: Canadian Pow Wows), and his current project explores celestial creation stories of Indigenous nations.  As a skateboarder Hanwakan supports Indigenous youth to strive for their best selves by shirking the stereotypes and prejudices attributed to Indigenous and skateboarding identities. His most recent creation is an instagram guide to all the skateboard parks in Winnipeg (@wpgskateparks), a resource for skaters he always wished he had access to and has now created for the next generation. Hañwakañ is also an active volunteer, especially with 1JustCity, at their overnight emergency warming center. Hañwakañ and his wife co-facilitate workshops on reconciliation, systems change, and generally just have tons of fun together trying to make the world a little bit better.

These workshops and Chautauqua- The Interlake Trail are generously supported by Manitoba 150