February in Winnipeg is identified for its bitter chilly, but 1 heat spot in the deep freeze each individual yr is the Competition du Voyageur.
The yearly celebration of all matters franco-Manitoban announced its lineup of sights, seems and flavours for the 2023 version of the pageant Tuesday, and genuine to kind, it characteristics some of the greatest artists in western Canada — in both of those official languages.
Executive director Darrel Nadeau suggests the celebration is coming again with a bang just after yrs of hybrid gatherings because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our previous comprehensive in-human being edition was in 2020, so three decades of waiting around,” Nadeau claimed.
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“We’ve gained a whole lot of generous help from sponsors and government resources, so we’re all set for a competition that’s more substantial and improved than ever, which will be a excellent way to kick off a reopening following the pandemic.”
Nadeau reported this yr will include interactive sculptures, as properly as function by a selection of Indigenous visual artists.
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This year’s competition operates from Feb. 17-26 in the historic St. Boniface district, and incorporates perennially-common routines like the beard-escalating contest, historic interpretations, fiddling and jigging contests, snow sculptures, and voyageur games — including leg wrestling, log sawing, and a pillow combat.
For concertgoers, the pageant continues its tradition of focusing on community artists — from across the francophone, anglophone, Metis, and First Nations communities — alongside out-of-town acts that share the voyageur spirit.
The 2023 musical roster functions neighborhood notables like Andrina Turenne, Brandi Vezina, Dr. Henry Band, DJ Co-op, Kelly Bado, Matt Foster, The Duhks, Al Simmons, and Sweet Alibi … among the dozens of others from rock to jazz to funk to classic Metis fiddle music.
Susan Aglukark, Terra Lightfoot and former Winnipegger Tom Jackson are among the the significant visiting names accomplishing on the festival’s stages next month.
Tickets for western Canada’s premier winter pageant went on sale Tuesday.
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