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Chef Spotlight: Wayne Martin

By Teena Legris

CAPITAL COMFORT

After years cooking in Vancouver, Chef Wayne Martin has embraced the authenticity of Winnipeg. Since opening Capital Grill and Bar three years ago, he has been impressing diners with exacting techniques applied to unfussy comfort food. This self-professed chef of the everyman sprinkles hints of his west coast tenure, throughout his menu, like a Dungeness crab cake that has made waves within his fanbase. Accompanying Granny Smith apple slaw accompaniment demonstrates the expertise of his kitchen. Experience a perfect blend of haute and homey at 3116 Roblin Blvd, 204-615-3116.

To check out Chef Wayne Martin’s recipes, go to ciaowinnipeg.com.

Artist Spotlight: Valerie Metcalfe

By Kelsey Schaefer

VALERIE METCALFE has dedicated more than 45 years to pursue her pottery passion.

Decades of practising this meticulous art form have resulted in stunning works that evoke organic shapes and subtle floral details. She currently produces more than 1500 artworks per year. Inspiration comes from her life-long interest in nature and her love for the flow of a paintbrush.

While Valerie credits art school for introducing her to pottery, much of her learning has taken place outside of the classroom. She is the last founding member of the Stoneware Gallery, an artist-run business managed by a co-operative of ceramics artists. She also teaches classes at the Stoneware Studio.

Valerie admits that following her passion may not have brought her immense wealth, but it’s provided her with something she believes is much more valuable: a lifelong career full of reverence and significant relationships.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Stoneware Gallery, where throughout her extensive career, the love of the craft has kept Valerie committed. Valerie’s collections are sold at The Stoneware Gallery, 778 Corydon Ave, 204-475-8088, stonewaregallery.com

Artist Spotlight: Christian Worthington

By Teena Legris

CHRISTIAN WORTHINGTON is a Canadian multimedia artist who has garnered both local and international acclaim. With over twenty years studying the techniques of classic masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio, along with American abstract expressionists, he is endlessly intrigued by historical periods and the experimental trends in art.

   Christian is dedicated to applying his broad range of work in a variety of genres, narratives and themes. From representational portraits in oils to contemporary abstracts, he considers himself “an investigative painter delving into sculpture.” Each explorative medium, including his three-dimensional forms in clay, copper, and steel, demonstrates attention to precision with dramatic effects rendered through the contrast of light and shadow.

   Seeing each project as an opportunity to explore art on a macro and existential level, his objective is to “take an immaterial essence, an emotion or even a spiritual idea, and make it tangible. Like a transfer of stewardship from conception to creation.”

   The desire to delve further into large-scale industrial design led to a melding of creative minds in the spring of 2017. Christian connected with Swiss-born sculptor, Jürgen Cooper Meier, whose art consists of a prolific body of privately commissioned, large-scale abstract steel sculptures. Both artists have created a dynamic series of small prototypes (maquettes), representative of large-scale pieces intended for public exhibit. Paul Zacharias, Director of the LANTERN Gallery, hosts the exhibition of collaborative sculptures by Christian Worthington and Jürgen Cooper Meier from April 6-14, 2018. 211 Pacific Ave, 204-226-2357, lanternshows.com

Champions Of Breakfast

Early birds and brunch aficionados can bite into some morning goodness at these top breakfast destinations that offer regional flair and locally-sourced ingredients to their creative dishes.

Cilantro sauce, guac and housemade salsa add a zesty olé to Stella’s Café & Bakery‘s Mexican breakfast. Two sunny side eggs on soft corn tortillas, accompanied with hash browns, green onions, refried beans, and shredded cheddar, add a full plate of hearty fuel for the day. 116 Sherbrook St, 204‑477‑5556

Feast eyes and palate on tempting southern treats like the crispy buttermilk fried chicken on Belgian waffles (pictured), cornbread with coffee, or layered chilequiles (egg nachos), in the laid-back atmosphere of The Tallest Poppy. 103 Sherbrook St, 204-219-8777

Made to order sweet and savoury crepes are served fresh with scratch-made sauces with cute and creative names. Inspired by Japanese street food, these hand-held breakfast treats are fun to eat in the pop art-like interior of Kawaii Crepe. 201-99 Osborne St, 204‑415‑2833, with two additional locations. 

Bernstein’s Deli hosts a delish selection of Jewish specialties for the most important meal of the day. The ‘Not Your Typical Israeli Shakshuka!’ features basted eggs on a bed of kale and chickpeas, smothered in a tangy and aromatic zaatar spiced tomato sauce – with a side of toasted challah. 1700 Corydon Ave, 204‑488‑4552

Promenade Café and Wine serves a perfect petit déjeuner with stunning downtown city views. Sip on a French press mocha while diving into divine eggs Benedict smothered in buttery-cream hollandaise. 130 Provencher Blvd, 204-233-7030

Top 5 Shops For Natural Necessities

   Soothing botanical ingredients and eco-friendly pampering products head the list of natural necessities for everybody and mind.

   Hand it to the Blacksmith Parlour (pictured) to provide the modern man’s answer to great grooming. The company’s signature all-natural whiskey pine aloe scrub, manicure and warm towel wrap are part of the popular Woodsmen’s Hand Treatment. 289 Garry St, 204-977-8267, blacksmithparlour.com
   Those who love to nourish skin with pure mineral products will covet the Jane Iredale pure makeup line available at
The Magic Room luxury day spa. 264 Edmonton St, 204-943-6702, magicroomspa.com
   St. Boniface’s
Di Erbe Inc. creates premium handmade vegan soaps and certified organic skincare products, ideal for those with sensitive skin. 111 Marion St, 204-415-7888, dierbe.ca,
   Sink into the soft spa-like comfort with the help of Talesma’s Turkish bathrobes available at
Humboldt’s Legacy. Made with finest quality organic cotton and bamboo, it’s loomed for luxuriant softness and absorbency. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com
     A spritz of Aveda’s Chakra Balancing Body Mist is the perfect travelling companion. Pure plant essences will balance mood and revitalize the spirit with seven soothing scents. Available at Aveda Institute. 80 Rorie St, 204-452-7380, avedainstitute.ca

Top 5 Ember & Eats

Enhance the elements of a true winter dining experiencing in one, or all, of the top five restaurants with dramatic, fireside appeal.
    Tuck into French bistro fare at Resto Gare by the elegant, double-sided fireplace. Savour the rich red wine broth of the Soupe a L’Oignon Classique smothered in a nutty, buttery Gruyère cheese; or the hearty Cassoulet de Canard. 630 Des Meurons St, 204‑237‑7072
    Blaze Bistro is replete with invitingly warm autumnal colours and Tyndall-stone fireplace, lulling visitors into comfort dining. Meld fine dining finesse with a traditional and impeccable beef bourguignon. 350 St. Mary’s Ave, 204-944-7259 
    Revel in post winter recreation at The Forks with two hot options for fireside dining. An afternoon Under the Canopy ice rink gets finished with the grill at Muddy Waters Eatery. Once greeted by the floor-to-the-ceiling slate fireplace with double copper stacks (pictured); dig into a platter of the authentic, hickory-smoked St. Louis Style Ribs soaked in a bold, bourbon BBQ sauce. 15 Forks Market Rd, 204‑947‑6653
    The winter welcome at The Forks continues westward with The Beachcomber.  A central free-standing circular hearth emanates warmth throughout the dining room – a perfect backdrop to enjoy a generous pan of Kettle Paella with salmon in a whiskey and maple brine. 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑948‑0020
    A young, hip crowd gathers at Confusion Corner Bar & Grill restaurant for shareable apps by a roaring wood fire. Try a Fiesta Pizza garnished with tortilla strips and lime crema. 500 Corydon Ave, 204-284-6666

Top 5 Shops for Winter Essentials

Winnipeg boutiques offer wonderful winter essentials to keep everyone on trend and toasty.
    In Osborne Village, Silver Lotus keeps fashionistas comfortably cozy with a selection of soft, hand-woven blends of merino wool and mohair Kolapore hats and Nakiska Loop scarves (pictured) by Canadian designer Olena Zylak. 103 Osborne St, 204-452-3648
   For smart and sustainable separates, slip into one-of-a-kind Sarah Sue Design cashmere sweaters modernized with Modal and Bamboo fabric. These sleek winter statements are a beautiful and popular local brand sold at several Winnipeg locations, including the
Gallery Shop at the WAG. 300 Memorial Boulevard, 204-789-1769
    Windproof outwear is what’s-in-store at Tamarack clothing, retailers that provide quality made parkas from renowned suppliers Canada Goose, North Face and Royal Robins. 2090 Corydon Ave, 204-940-4800
    Men and women can put their best winter boot forward by stepping into the European Shoe Shop for a smart selection of Manitobah Mukluks and Smartwool socks. 436 Academy Rd, 204-487-4193
   The Wonderful World of Sheepskin carries a wide selection of high quality, custom-made sheepskin slippers, gloves, and fur coats for everyone in the family. 250 Dufferin Ave, 204-586-8097

Artist Spotlight: Kal Barteski

KAL BARTESKI is a Winnipeg-based multimedia artist, activist, and author known for her signature illustrated typescript and wildlife paintings. Her artistic journey has seamlessly evolved from a love of painting animals into projects with a purpose.
    The aspiring artist sold her first painting (a portrait of a dalmatian) in Saskatchewan at the age of 8, validating her pursuit of doing what she loved. Kal’s move to Winnipeg in her twenties proved to be the ultimate brush with destiny, as a fascination with a polar bear at the zoo inspired an impressive portfolio of 150 polar bear paintings that became an international sensation.
    Regular visits to Churchill, Manitoba prompted study of polar bears and their habitat, leading to The Polar Bear Fund initiative in 2016 supporting non-invasive polar bear research. In June 2017, Kal participated in Churchill’s mural festival and inspired a “Back Alley Arctic” campaign in Winnipeg’s Wolseley neighbourhood (pictured). The walkable art gallery included several garage murals featuring her beloved bears and other illustrated wildlife.
   
Kal’s wild obsession garnered attention from Brent Christensen, Creator/Founder of Ice Castles, spurring a cool collaboration. Kal’s paintings can be viewed inside the shimmering icy tunnels and glowing palatial archways of Ice Castles throughout the winter months at Parks Canada Place at The Forks.
    Of her famed polar bears, Kal acknowledges that “it’s not the hipster cool theme, but I’m grateful for who I am and how this intuitive journey has gifted me some beautiful opportunities.”
   Followers can view her work website kalbarteski.com and on Instagram @kalbarteski.

Hitting The High Notes

70 years after its inception, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra continues to be the heart and soul of the city’s arts community.

Music is embedded in Winnipeg’s DNA. Our prairie town has always marched to a different drum, and we have plenty to show for it: the birthplace of musicians like Neil Young and Burton Cummings, Winnipeg also boasts world famous festivals, a lively music scene, some of the oldest and most esteemed arts institutions in the country.

Among these institutions: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating its 70th season, the symphony is integral to the city’s cultural life, delighting more than 100,000 audience members each year with almost 300 concerts.

The WSO first opened its curtain in December 1948 to an audience of 3,000, and within six seasons had become one of the top four orchestras in Canada. It regularly tours throughout the country and has participated in hundreds of radio broadcasts, released numerous recordings, launched and nurtured an internationally renowned New Music Festival, and played twice at Carnegie Hall. The WSO also provides the music for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Opera Association.

“Not many orchestras are able to switch so seamlessly between the classics, pop, Broadway, and playing with young local indie bands such as Royal Canoe, not to mention the amount of new music they play during the New Music Festival,” says music director Alexander Mickelthwate. “It’s astonishing really.”

With a nucleus of 67 musicians, the organization has attracted professionals from around the world who have established significant careers here and a have made Winnipeg their home (currently, a husband, wife, and daughter all play in the string section).

Cellist Arlene Dahl, who has been with the symphony for almost four decades, continues to feel the anticipation and excitement of a live performance. One of her most memorable nights, they played for one thousand recent immigrants to the province. Music transcended language and spoke to the power of the human family, creating a transformational moment not only for the audience, but for the musicians as well.

Equally moving was the 2014 performance at Carnegie Hall. The WSO was chosen from more than 30 orchestras across the continent, and wowed the audience with their all-Canadian program. “What enhanced our experience was not just playing in that hallowed hall or playing with Dame Evelyn Glennie or playing R. Murray Schafer’s Symphony No. 1,” Dahl says. “When we walked out and saw almost 1000 Manitobans waving their patriotic red scarves and sharing our victory, that brought the tears.”

The transformative power of music reaches beyond the Concert Hall and into the community. As part of its outreach programs, Musicians in Healthcare offers performances at various care facilities in Winnipeg, uplifting patients, visitors and staff. The WSO also presents educational programs for more than 40,000 students annually, including Sistema, a daily, intensive after-school music program in Winnipeg’s inner city that is offered at no cost to the students. The impact is substantial, including improved classroom attendance and grades, greater parent involvement in the schools, and a growing self esteem in the students.

The orchestra is among Canada’s most innovative. Now in its 25th year, the New Music Festival explores new and rarely heard works by composers from around the world. The Festival was founded by music director Bramwell Tovey and the WSO’s first composer in residence, Glenn Buhr. The festival continues to flourish and draw international attention under the leadership of Alexander Mickelthwate.

Mickelthwate has been the force driving the symphony for the past twelve seasons, a fearless promoter of the value of music in people’s lives. Under his direction, the WSO has bridged education and entertainment, gaining a reputation for being both accessible and compelling. The Symphony’s 70th anniversary season coincides with the final year of Alexander Mickelthwate as music director.

“We try to be part of the fabric of the community in every kind of positive way,” says Tracy Schroeder, the WSO’s Executive Director. “I watch our audience members come in frazzled and then leave glowing from the experience. One patron said to me, ‘just being here tonight, I was so glad to be alive!’ The WSO is not just relevant but indispensable,” she says. “It’s why we do it.”

For a whole host of Winnipeggers — kids taking in their first symphony experience during the Kids Concert Series, local music fans watching their favourite bands partner with an orchestra, new music enthusiasts encountering boundary-pushing works, and season ticket holders delighting in new interpretations of the classics — Schroeder’s words ring true. This world class outfit with local pride is music to our ears.

Artist Spotlight: Hubert Theroux

HUBERT THEROUX grew up in the rural community of Cardinal, Manitoba with a love for Canadian prairies. At the age of 10, Hubert began to sketch illustrations of art and prairies. Post-high school graduation, he took photography courses to help feed his creativity and inspiration for future paintings. “Next thing you know I was shooting weddings for friends,” Hubert laughs.

    Known internationally for his realistic landscape paintings, Hubert has made a living as an artist for more than 25 years. His art continues to be inspired by the ever-changing colours of the prairies. Hubert also generously devotes time to the local art community and as the acting president of the Assiniboia Group of Artists Co-op. From Oct 27-29, meet Hubert and 40 other local artists at Manitoba’s largest professional art exhibition show Manitoba Art Expo at Assiniboia Downs. Be inspired by paintings, photography, sculptures and other medias throughout the weekend exhibit.

    In addition, Hubert’s art can be viewed at Birchwood Art Gallery year-round.

Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave, manitobaartexpo.ca; Birchwood Art Gallery, 1068 Pembina Hwy, 204-888-5840

Top 5 Art Finds

These Winnipeg boutiques are filled with art beyond the traditional paint brush and canvas. Take home one of these spectacular artful items, handmade with love.
A mash-up of 110 Canadian artisanal products fill the walls and display boxes at Tara Davis Studio Boutique. Find beautiful pieces from hand-embroidered maps from Sadie and June to Birch Street Studio’s laser cut jewellery.
• 246 McDermot Ave, 204‑504‑8272, taradavis.ca
On the fourth floor of an historic building, discover the dream studio of Mud and Stone. Watch the potters hand mould and paint one-of-a-kind decorative serving trays, flower pots and tableware.
• 290 McDermot Ave, mudandstonestudio.com
Find treasures crafted by First Peoples of North America at Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique. Check out the stunning painted mural mug and coaster sets by Rabbit Studios (pictured).
• 1 Forks Market Rd, second floor, 204‑946‑0539
Shop WOW! Mabuhay outdoor and indoor home décor at the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. Unique products are imported from colourful wind chimes to stone sculptures.
• 25 Forks Market Rd, main floor, 204-947-9342
At Blue Hills Design, find paintings made by Canadian artists along with home décor. Check out the decorative painted wood boxes by British Columbia company Cedar Mountain Studios.
• 444 Academy Rd, 204‑487‑1151, bluehillsdesign.ca

Top 5 Arts & Food Pairings

Get dinner and a show by pairing a performance with a masterpiece meal at one of these local restaurants.

Housemade pastas at The Mitchell Block are the perfect prelude to curtain raising at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Try tender agnolotti stuffed with sweet potato and sage bathed in brown butter.
• 173 McDermot Ave, 204-949-9032

The oldest continually running theatre company in Canada, Le Cercle Moliere delights with whimsical French language performances. Stop in at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain before a show and dine on filling tourtiere covered in maple cream sauce at Stella’s bright, welcoming space.
• 340 Provencher Blvd, 204-447-8393

Make a pitstop at the Saddlery on Market, steps from the Centennial Concert Hall, before watching one of Winnipeg’s most venerated arts institutions perform. Roasted beet and goat cheese salad (pictured) will have feet tapping even before the Royal Winnipeg Ballet takes stage.
• 114 Market Ave, 204-615-1898

Magical adventures unfold on the Manitoba Theatre for Young People stage. Take advantage of the theatre’s location at The Forks and slurp up a plate of spaghetti bolognese at the Old Spaghetti Factory inside the Johnston Terminal.
• 25 Forks Market Rd, 204-957-1391

At the Winnipeg Art Gallery, glimpses of Wanda Koop’s work grace the walls. After touring the exhibits, head to the museum’s penthouse level, where Table restaurant serves scrumptious exhibit-inspired lunches.
• 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-948-0085