Real Love Summer Fest
Ignite Retreats, Teulon
Tickets start at $50 plus fees, reallovewpg.com
For their seventh instalment, organizers at Real Love Summer Fest have once again compiled a stacked lineup of artists, both local and otherwise.
Taking place at the Ignite Retreats grounds in Teulon, this year’s festival kicks off Friday at 1 p.m. and runs through to Saturday evening, with a lineup that includes locals such as Diaphanie, JayWood, Merin, Jamboree and French Class as well as Montreal’s Blue Hawaii, Boston’s Palehound, Chicago’s Sen Morimoto and others.
In addition to live music, the fest also features art installations, vendors, merchandise, food options (including Tot Wheels, Khao House and Pop Cart), activities such as rock climbing by Vertical Adventures and more. But stop at the ATM on your way out, as Real Love Summer Fest is cash only.
Attendees are recommended to bring clothes for all weather, a water bottle, blankets, tarps and/or lawn chairs, but to leave the glass, the drums and the fireworks at home. (Also, no pets.)
Tickets are $50 plus fees for the Friday and $60 for the Saturday, with a full weekend pass (including camping) available for $100. For the full lineup of artists and to buy tickets, see reallovewpg.com.
— Ben Sigurdson
Jason Mraz touring sentimental slow jams
Saturday, 7:30 p.m
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets start at $47.25, including fees, at ticketmaster.ca
American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is bringing his sappy songs and signature fedora to the Burton Cummings Theatre this weekend.
Mraz is currently on a North American tour promoting his most recent record, Lalalalovesongs — a compilation of some of his memorable romantic tunes. The 12-track album, released ahead of Valentine’s Day this year, includes hits I’m Yours, I Won’t Give Up and a sampling of lovey-dovey material from his two-decade career.
Opening for the Grammy Award winning artist is Raining Jane, a folk-rock four-piece from Los Angeles. The band is a longtime collaborator with Mraz, co-writing several songs including A Beautiful Mess (2008), which appears on the new compilation album.
Beyond music, Mraz runs an organic, regenerative farm in California growing coffee beans and avocados. He released an original album, Look for the Good, in 2020.
— Eva Wasney
Kip Moore brings country to the Burt
Monday, 7:15 p.m.
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets: $60.49-$81.24, including fees, at ticketmaster.ca
The latest must-see for Manitoba country music fans takes place Monday when Nashville singer-songwriter Kip Moore takes the stage at the Burt.
Moore’s rougher voice separates him, to a degree, from the pop-country herd, although he got his break in the music business with titles common among mainstream modern country: Somethin’ About a Truck, Beer Money and Hey Pretty Girl, which were part of his 2011 debut.
His latest album, 2020’s Wild World, more of a southern-rock sound and the songs’ content discuss weightier matters. In Payin’ Hard, for example, he pays tribute to his father, who died just prior to the record’s release, but also looks at his own work-life balance.
Moore told the website Taste of Country that the song mirrored how he felt, fearing he’d “done things the wrong way.”
“My life’s a credit card, play now, pay later / And I’m payin’ hard,” Moore sings on the album’s closer.
— Alan Small
Gimli International Film Festival kicks off
Festival pass: $150 Individual film tickets $15, various packages available
It’s festival season in Manitoba, and it isn’t just music and theatre on display.
Gimli’s film festival returns with slate of classic and cutting edge cinema
Posted: 11:59 AM Jul. 20, 2022
The projectors are rolling and the popcorn is popping for the first time since 2019 as the Gimli Film Festival — make that the Gimli International Film Festival, more on that later — welcomes film-goers back to the lakeside community’s theatres.
Seventy films will be screened in Gimli by the time the event winds up Sunday night.
The province’s largest film festival kicked off Wednesday in Gimli, a short drive north of the city, with more than 70 movies from around the world screening across town, including documentaries, short films, comedies, dramas, Oscar-nominated and Cannes-winning fare; a full program is available at gimlifilm.com. For those tired of watching movies at home, it’s a compelling invitation to relax with some popcorn not far from the lake.
Or even right on the water: the festival’s free beach screenings are back, with films projected onto an 11-metre tall screen standing right in Lake Winnipeg. Tonight catch Lilo & Stitch; Friday night sing along to Mamma Mia!; Saturday head out to sea with Life of Pi; and Sunday night, be grateful that your bosses treat you better than Dabney Coleman treats Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton in 9 to 5.
— Ben Waldman