Winter in Winnipeg can be simply brutal even for the heartiest of folk. If you hail from a warmer climate just imagine days where the sun doesn’t rise until 8 am and sets before 4 pm in the depths of the season. Imagine at least 4 solid months where the mercury never rises above freezing and on most days it’s hovering somewhere around -10 to -15 Celsius. Imagine for a moment if you will of living in the city that often holds the title of coldest city on the planet.
The beginnings of a snow sculpture.
Is it any wonder why then in the middle of this madness we affectionately call winter that we hardy fools bundle up and head out into the winter darkness to enjoy Festival du Voyager. A predominantly french cultural affair that celebrates the men and women who opened up this part of the country during the fur trade of the 17 and 1800′s.
Carved from snow, a giant bird guards her egg.
Tourtière for supper! Two Voyageurs enjoy a hearty meal.
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Tagged Beard Growing Contest, Canada, Coldest City on Earth, Festival Du Voyageur, Fort Gibraltar, Fur Trade, Joie de Vivre, Métis people (Canada), Metis Fiddle, Metis People, Music, Saint Boniface, Sierra Noble, Snow Sculpture, Tourtière, Winnipeg
For anyone who is a fan of The Tragically Hip the title of this post should come as no surprise. For the rest of you, sit back as I try to capture the spirit of a Canadian poet, songwriter, musician, wise man and raving lunatic.
Gord Downie (Photo - Robert Ogden)
I had the great fortune of being offered a ticket to see Gord Downie and his new band The Country of Miracles last night in concert. For the record I am a fan of The Tragically Hip and have been so since I first heard the song Little Bones, off the Road Apples album in the early 90′s. The catchy lyrics and rocking beat lead me to other tracks such as 50 Mission Cap, and New Orleans is Sinking.
Gord Downie Singing a Duet with Julie Doiron. (Photo - Robert Ogden)
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Tagged Arts, Garrick Theatre, Gord Downie, Gordon Downie, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Julie Doiron, Music, Rants, Road Apples, Rock and Roll Concerts, The Country of Miracles, Tragically Hip, Winnipeg
After an extended absence from the North American music scene Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are fresh out of the studio and back on the road after parting ways in the late 1970′s. The bombastic pair from Winnipeg’s North End once formed the backbone of the guitar heavy rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Randy Bachman and Fred Turner (Photo - Dan Harper)
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Tagged Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Fred Turner, Gar Gillies, Garnet Amps, Guess Who, Music, Musical ensemble, Neil Young, Not Fragile, Randy Bachman, Rollin' Along, Takin' Care of Business, The Guess Who, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Sound