Got your Manitoba COVID-19 vaccination card? You’ll need it to enjoy the return of Manitoba’s arts and culture scene this summer.

Got your Manitoba COVID-19 vaccination card? You’ll need it to enjoy the return of Manitoba’s arts and culture scene this summer.

Museum days on the way

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Winnipeg’s three major museums and galleries have set reopening dates after the province eased its COVID-19 pandemic rules earlier this month. Mark these dates on your calendar and remember to bring your Manitoba COVID-19 vaccination card or proof that you’re fully vaccinated:

• Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors July 27. Masks are required for all visitors five and older and timed-ticketing will be used to regulate the number of visitors at one time. Go to cmhr.ca for more details.

• The Manitoba Museum, along with its newly restored Prairies Gallery and beloved bison diorama, welcomes visitors Thursdays to Sundays beginning Aug. 5. More details are at manitobamuseum.ca.

• The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq, its new gallery devoted to Inuit art, re-open Aug. 14. A new exhibition, Naadohbii: To Draw Water, includes works focusing on Indigenous connections to water from around the world.

Museums, art galleries, movie theatres, concerts, outdoor music festivals and comedy clubs are among the many organizations and events scheduled for July and August across the province that will require attendees to prove they are fully immunized against the coronavirus before they can see an exhibit or listen to a song’s opening riff.

Some Manitoba museums that have already opened, such as the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach and the Winnipeg Railway Museum, require visitors to prove they are fully immunized against COVID-19 and allow those younger than 12 — COVID-19 vaccines haven’t been approved for pre-teens in Canada — to be accompanied by fully immunized members of their household.

Other museums that will open later in July or in August, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Manitoba Museum, will require similar documentation.

Winnipeg cinemas opened to fully vaccinated moviegoers on July 17 as well.

SHANNON VANRAES / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach will require visitors to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.</p>

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The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach will require visitors to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Rumor’s Comedy Club plans to open Aug. 17 — its annual 16-comic roast battle kicks off its relaunch, followed by actor-comedian Jon Dore’s five-night run on Aug. 24 — and at its website it states customers must show proof of being fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the show in order to attend.

Propp and Roy glad to be back

Supplied</p><p>Jazz duo Erin Propp, left, and Larry Roy launch the Garden Parties at Dalnavert series on Sunday.</p></p>

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Jazz duo Erin Propp, left, and Larry Roy launch the Garden Parties at Dalnavert series on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon will be a long-awaited return to the stage for Winnipeg jazz duo Erin Propp and Larry Roy.

Propp and Roy haven’t been on the stage together since December 2019, but they’ve been practising and playing separately during the pandemic. They began rehearsing for Sunday’s show shortly after the province’s relaxed its COVID-19 rules that prevented people from different households to gather.

Sunday afternoon will be a long-awaited return to the stage for Winnipeg jazz duo Erin Propp and Larry Roy.

Propp and Roy haven’t been on the stage together since December 2019, but they’ve been practising and playing separately during the pandemic. They began rehearsing for Sunday’s show shortly after the province’s relaxed its COVID-19 rules that prevented people from different households to gather.

“I don’t think that we’ve lost it,” says Propp, who, along with Roy and bassist Julian Bradford, will kick off the Garden Parties at the Dalnavert outdoor concert series Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Larry and I love to play together, so it just feels like relief that we can safely gather and be together, that we can share what we’ve been working on for years in a live experience.”

Propp, a singer-songwriter, and Roy, a guitarist who also teaches at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, have been performing together for over a decade. They began recording a new album, We Want All the Same Things, last February and spent portions of the COVID-19 lockdown putting it all together remotely before releasing it in April 2021.

Musicians were quick to adapt to recording during the pandemic, so Propp says it wasn’t that difficult to blend in musical parts from friends who recorded in their home studios in Winnipeg, such as pianist Will Bonness, trumpeter Derrick Gardner or guitarist Joey Landreth, or from across North America, including percussionist Larnell Lewis and bassist Mike Downes, both from Toronto, and former Winnipeg saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who now lives in Connecticut.

“Everyone was set up at that point to record from their home or a studio and send it off our way. It wasn’t an unusual process anymore,” Propp says.

Prior to the pandemic, Propp worked on a couple of concert projects focusing on artists of the 1970s, such as Carole King, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. Mitchell’s influence can be heard on a couple of the songs on We Want All the Same Things.

“It never occured to me as I was writing the songs they would make so many people say, ‘Oh, this reminds me of Joni,’” she says. “If you’re practising something, it will come out in the end… We’re both super into the ’70s, and we love that era of music.”

Transmission of COVID-19 is considered to be lower outdoors than indoors, but even those wishing to attend open-air concerts will need to show proof of being fully immunized.

Jazz Winnipeg begins its Garden Parties at the Dalnavert series Sunday at 2 p.m. at the grounds of the Dalnavert Museum, but those who wish to enjoy Erin Propp and Larry Roy performing songs from their new album, We Want All the Same Things, will need Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination card as well as a ticket ($27.54, wfp.to/jazzdalnavert) to attend.

"I’m glad that they’re taking precautions. I have kids who are young enough they can’t be vaccinated, so there is that concern there for me with them," says Propp, a mother of three children, aged seven, six and three. "So I’m glad to be around other folks who are taking the same maximum amount of precaution that I am to protect the people I truly love the most."

Propp says she, Roy and their bass player, Julian Bradford, are fully vaccinated.

Manitobans can receive their COVID-19 vaccination card or its online version two weeks after they’ve received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Applications can be made at immunizationcard.manitoba.ca.


The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of Manitoba’s festival season but several smaller outdoor events have sprung up to fill the vacuum.

Hill Top Resort, which is located near Grand Beach on Highway 59, is presenting three music events on three separate weekends in July and August. A Manitoba COVID-19 vaccination card and government-issued ID are required.

The first event, the Heart of the Nation music festival, takes place July 31 and Aug. 1, and includes a genre-busting list of Manitoba acts, such as Jocelyn Gould, the 2021 Juno Award winning jazz guitarist, country singers Don Amero, Desiree Dorion and Jerry Sereda, indie rockers Bullrider and the Bloodshots, as well as folk singer Raine Hamilton.

Hill Top hosts Fusion Fest, an all-ages punk and metal music event, a week later, Aug. 6 and 7. Twenty-one bands play over the two evenings, headlined by Winnipeg punk group Trouser Mouth on Saturday night.

Blues of 59 takes place Aug. 13, with Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown headlining, joined by Red Deer, Alta., bluesman Charlie Jacobson.

Passes, which include camping options, are available at hilltoponlinebookings.com.

Aug. 27-29 brings the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival to Portage Exhibition Grounds in Portage la Prairie, with the opening two evenings being drive-in shows and Sunday being held in conjunction with Curbside Concerts, the Winnipeg business that sprouted last summer to take musicians to the sidewalks outside music lovers’ homes.

Gabrielle Touchette photo</p><p>Burnstick — Jason Burnstick, left, and Nadia Gaudet — play the Whoop & Hollar festival in August.</p>

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Burnstick — Jason Burnstick, left, and Nadia Gaudet — play the Whoop & Hollar festival in August.

Burnstick, the husband-and-wife duo of Nadia Gaudet and Jason Burnstick — who earned single-of-the-year honours from the Canadian Folk Music Association earlier this year — are one of 13 artists on the bill, which also includes Winnipeg performers Little Miss Higgins and Attica Riots.


The weather will cool in autumn, but the city’s concert scene in the fall is beginning to heat up as COVID-19 numbers drop in Manitoba and eager artists return to the road. Here are a list of upcoming shows and new dates for old ones that have recently been announced:

● The Park Theatre has concerts scheduled for October, with the big one being Winnipeg punk mainstays Propagandhi taking the stage Oct. 9. Mobina Galore and Choke are also on the bill, but the show is already sold out.

Supplied</p><p>Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band comes to the Burton Cummings Theatre on Nov. 13.</p>

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Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band comes to the Burton Cummings Theatre on Nov. 13.

● Sam Roberts Band, Burton Cummings Theatre, Nov. 13 (tickets: $42.25-$146.94 at ticketmaster.ca).

● City and Colour, Centennial Concert Hall, Nov. 30 (tickets: $52.50-$97.50 at centennialconcerthall.com).

● A new date March 14, 2022, has been announced for Céline Dion’s concert at the Canada Life Centre (tickets: $82.25-$303.50, ticketmaster.ca).

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Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.

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