send + receive: a festival of sound | October 17-18, 20

Once again, aceartinc. will be hosting send + receive for Days 1, 2, and 4 of the festival. For more details, see send + receive.

$15 admission, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert

October 17 / Day 1

VOR, Toshimaru Nakamura, Cecilia Lopez

October 18 / Day 2

Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, Mira Martin-Gray, Zachary James Watkins

October 20 / Day 4

Erik Tisu, Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Rusalka

Résistance Ball Fundraiser

7-11 pm, 31 August 2019

The Strawberry Heart Protectors, QPOC, & Rainbow Warriors are hosting the Rèsistance Ball Fundraiser *THIS SATURDAY* from 7-11pm at aceartinc. Come check out this amazing event to learn more about Indigenous twospirit and QPOC Resistance! Harm reduction space, all ages, safe space policy.

$20 entry, twospirit & QPOC: FREE!

To make donations to Indigenous youth please e-transfer:

Peaches in a Can | Student Performance Night

7-9pm, 20 June 2019

Join us for an evening of performances by students from Professor Sharon Alward’s Advanced Performance Art class from the University of Manitoba. 

Featuring live performance, video works, documentation, live sound art, and some things in between. 

Performance by Satan’s Chewtoys – CANCELLED

8pm, 15 June 2019

Satan’s Chewtoys music is the celebration of the chemistry between some very unique individuals with some very unique musical talents. Their performances occur only once in a particular space for a specific audience and that piece of music is never performed again. Come see them create magic as Dr Jeanne Randolph takes you on a journey through the folds of time and space riding on the music performed by Cliff Eyland on Bass, Armaghan Afghan on percussions, Hassaan Ashraf on Guitar, Synth and backing vocals, Kevin Jourdan on Guitar and percussions.

Instagram: @satanschewtoys

All the proceeds from this show will be going to the Women’s Health Clinic.

Artist Talk by Alyssa Bornn

7 pm, Thursday, 16 May 2019

Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg, MB. Her practice regularly utilizes traditional photographic methods alongside alternative and outdated digital modes of image capturing, writing, and constructed spaces to explore the act of image building as well as our relationships to images.

She holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Maniotba and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and is an active member of Light Terrors- a loose collective showcasing moving image and audio works as live performance. She has run workshops for Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, PAVED Arts, and independently as Professional Development.

In 2018, Bornn was curated into the aceartinc. student exhibition and subsequently awarded the Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary. As part of this, recipients are invited to give a public talk about their work. We hope you can join us to hear Alyssa Bornn talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.

Image: in either words or images (resampled). Alyssa Bornn. inkjet print on Tyvek, 24″ x 16″. 2019.

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary
This bursary is available to art students who have been curated into the Annual Student Exhibition. The bursary is intended to support a  project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. In 2013 the youngest artist  curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created the Scott Wachal Memorial Student Bursary.

Sparks: An Artist Talk by Sharon Alward

May 3, 2019 

Join us on the First Friday of May for an evening with Sharon Alward.

Alward is a Canadian video and performance artist. Cited as one of the 100 most influential and innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine for her work as a Canadian artist, her creative works reference performance, installation and ritual as potential sites for creativity and transformation. Actively involved in both art and social justice issues in the Winnipeg Community since 1986, Alward is also a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. 

After a teaching and artistic career that spans over 35 years Alward is retiring from the School of Art. Her artist talk Sparks will look back over the past three and a half decades of her teaching and creative works and she will share her reflections.

“I have always been interested in art as a healing agent and believe through performance, ritual and witnessing we have the opportunity to tell our stories and initiate healing. Performing ritual allows us the opportunity to transcend suffering and dehumanizing experiences, open ourselves up for healing and journey towards wholeness.”  – Sharon Alward

A Portrait with Your Pet

Saturday, May 25, 9am – 5pm

Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave. (please enter through side door)

Join us for aceartinc.’s fundraiser “A Portrait With Your Pet” happening on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Grafitti Gallery! Chronicle you and your fur babies with an exciting lineup of photographers in fun sets designed by local artists.

Set #1: by Kelly Campbell & Megumi Kinata
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mahlet Cuff
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Christine St. Martin
About the set: Cruise down Portage Avenue in a cardboard mint-coloured convertible with pink flames. 

Set #2: by Peatr Thomas
Photography 9am –1pm by Kelechi Asagwara
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Laura Darnbrough
About the set: Float on pillowy, illuminated clouds in a bright blue sky. 

Set #2: by Rachael Thorleifson
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mike Peters
Photography 1pm – 5pm by TBA
About the set: Envelop yourself in luxurious satin as a gore-font dedication to TRUE LOVE floats above you and your loved one.

Please note the change of the original date and location from April 13 at aceartinc. 

Unable to attend? You can support the event by making a DONATION

Sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union & Parlour Coffee

Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite.



In the spring time, spirits from the underworld will begin to reappear. They can be good and bad. 

On April 18, let’s harness this energy and have a magical ball.

There will be a runway show competition with the following categories:

Ladies who Brunch…on Patios (high femme realness)
Sow the Seeds (Butch realness) 
Fantastic and Fanciful Face (Open to all)
Metamorphose (Walk celebrating your body and it’s changes)
Queer on a beach (Swimwear) 
Spring time in Paris (Fashion Walk)
Mystical Creatures (Couture)
Team/House Walk (short team routine)
Twister Vogue (Dips/spins/twists/drops)

Party with your favourite QPOC DJs.
Suggested donation $10. 
Program begins at 11:30pm

Unfortunately this venue is not super accessible. 🙁


Cluster 2019

February 28 – March 3, 2019

aceartinc. / Rachel Browne / Cinematheque / Video Pool

Andrea Roberts / Beast Nest / Davis Plett / Erin Gee / Eliot Britton / Grace Hrabi / Hong Kong Exile / Kristen Wachniak / Luke Nickel / Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev / Matt Poon / Mirror Frame / Natalie Tin Yin Gan / Remy Siu / Sharmi Basu / Susan Britton / TAK / Vicky Chow / William Kuo / XIE


(204) 223-9939


PWYC / $10 Student / $20 Adult

$30 Student Pass / $65 Adult Pass


Call: (204) 223-9939

Visit: McNally Robinson Booksellers

Up Down Strange

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019

Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm


290 McDermot Ave.

An evening celebrating the work of one of Canada’s most important media artists: Winnipeg’s own Susan Britton. Britton’s films, created between 1976 and 1984, feature provocative takes on an emerging information age and the beginning of the MTV generation.

Cluster will feature the first new installation work by Britton in over 30 years, created in collaboration with her nephew (and Cluster-co-director) Eliot Britton! This evening will also feature the eXperimental Improv Ensemble playing live film soundtracks to highlights of Britton’s work.

In the Flux Gallery, Winnipeg’s Grace Hrabi presents a new sound installation that asks us to reconsider the apparent relationship between relaxation and nature (with collaborators Callen Froese and Jolene Kaminski). Erin Gee uses bio-sensors to create intimate music for just two audience members at a time. Finally, Kristen Wachniak presents a new dance performance that re-interprets the concepts of gesture and looping to explore identity in a dreamscape of sound—composed and performed by the artist herself.

10:00pm: after-show by CASATI


Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019

Doors/Show: 7:00/7:30pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Co-presented by GroundSwell

In true Cluster style, this is chamber music as you’ve never heard it before.

New York’s TAK “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music).

In this super charged concert you’ll hear works by Erin E. Gee, Kate Soper, Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and William Kuo. You’ll also hear premieres by Cluster co-directors Luke Nickel and Eliot Britton. Instruments will combine with the elastic voice of Charlotte Mundy—as well as electronics, projections, and even roller coasters!—in a free-spirited and joyous exploration of contemporary chamber music.

TAK is: Laura Cocks (flute), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet), Charlotte Mundy (voice), Marina Kifferstein (violin), and Ellery Trafford (percussion)

Public Lectures

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 5-6pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Composers Erin Gee and William Kuo discuss their work in a free artist talk (part of First Fridays).


Lightning Talks

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, 7pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Guest artists from the 2019 Cluster Festival discuss what inspires them to create in a playful quickfire format.

Imaginative Spaces: a public discussion with Francesca Carella Arfinengo and Luther Konadu

Thursday, February 21, 7-8pm

On behalf of the Collecting, Citing, Curating (CCC) cluster, Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Gurpreet Sehra will engage in conversation with local artists Francesca Carella Arfinengo and Luther Konadu around themes of citation, archive, and imaginative practices. The public will be invited to participate in the conversation. This event is presented in conjunction with Carella Arfinengo’s and Konadu’s exhibitions at window from January to March of 2019. CCC gratefully acknowledges aceartinc., The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, and window for their support.

Increasingly, scholars and artists are challenging what material and archives can be mined for their work. In scholarly, aesthetic, and everyday encounters, citation functions to situate ideas, bodies, and cultural materials in relation to references that provide a scaffolding of legitimacy. CCC is interested in discussing these and related ideas as they pertain to Carella Arfinengo’s and Konadu’s research and recent works, Banner for a party and A CLEARANCE FOR VISUALIZING AN UNKILLABLE JOY. Both of these installations relate to space, place and labour while broadly engaging with practices of citation. They consider how the act of imagining can be productive while living under capitalism.

Carella Arfinengo and Konadu are part of an exhibition program at window, a 24-hour exhibition space located on the east-side street-level exterior of Artspace at Bannatyne & Arthur. Curated by Muñoz Gomez on behalf of CCC, their individual artist statements and exhibition details follow.


Banner for a party by Francesca Carella Arfinengo
Exhibition: January 1 – February 13, 2019
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Sean McLachlan in photographing the work.

(With a split heart

Dry cake

Dedos de chizito

Loud talking

Dancing in front of abuelita)

At the party

we laugh at the frustrating


Exhibition: February 18 – March 31, 2019

An area of clearance is a safety zone typically allocated on roadsides. It can be the designated space of entry allowed in drive-thrus or parkades. A similar idea runs central to A CLEARANCE FOR VISUALIZING AN UNKILLABLE JOY.—the idea of clearing for a designated space. The work stems from a series of figural painting works which included a built sculptural architecture called Retirement Pavilion. It is a space especially allocated for the figures to populate and inhabit. The Retirement Pavilion is thought of as a space of ease, rest, and free of all imaginable unwanted labour. This sculptural architecture is predicated on wishful thinking and make-belief. But not without foresight or contingency planning. Each iteration of Retirement Pavilion serves as an alternate to this ideal space for retiring. In expanding the vision for this work-free environment, language became another way to think through a physical reality. Rather than an object-oriented vision, A CLEARANCE looks at the possibility of language to be a container for sculpture. Instead of physically building Retirement Pavilion, what if it is spoken (or written) into existence. What if this ideal comfort lodging can be spatially activated not by sight or surface but something rather visceral. Or perhaps embodied through the realm of imagination via linguistic form. Material sculpture can always deteriorate and disappear, but like words in a book, language has the ability to be transported forward into the future like a capsule.



Francesca Carella Arfinengo is a settler person of colour based in Winnipeg. She is an arts administrator and artist. Using mostly textiles, her art practice explores transculturalism, displacement and immigration. She is interested in the effects of colonialism in humanity’s relationship to the land.

Luther Konadu is an emerging visual artist and writer currently residing on Treaty 1.

Collecting, Citing, Curating (CCC) is a research cluster interested in the creative acts of collecting, citing, and curating, and in considering these active iterative processes that give objects meaning. CCC is based at the University of Manitoba, with funding from the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities. Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Gurpreet Sehra are artists and members of this research cluster.

Lucky 7 Vol. 1: Gabriela Ocejo & Matt Foster // Savant Flaneur

Lucky 7 is a pilot performance series in Winnipeg, MB, intersecting musicians from far reaching genres and disciplines.

The idea behind Lucky 7 is simple: bring together two ensembles from different backgrounds, with complimentary skill sets to play a show: two individual sets and one collaborative set.

Tiny Desk meets the Bate Building.

Organized by Ashley Au.

Friday, February 8, 2019

doors @ 7:00pm // show @ 7:30pm

$10 admission // limited space // advance tix available by emailing

Thursday, January 31, 2019

7-8:30 pm

All are welcome!

Become a member or renew your membership!

Reg price: $25.00 (online or in person) AGM special, up to and night of: Pay what you can (in person or contact

Members receive voting privileges at AGMs and other benefits, as outlined on our website.

We’ll be approving our new anti-oppression policy. Read it online at

805-4821 is a trans coming out story.
it’s also about the 80,000 words of facebook messages
my best friend and i wrote each other one fall.
it’s also about hamlet and trauma and having a feeling.
it’s also about my mom.
it’s mostly performed using an overhead projector
and it’s mostly performed in silence.
welcome to the movies.

created and performed by davis plett
edited by gislina patterson


The Ugly at aceartinc. (290 mcdermot ave, 2nd floor)

nov 15 / 8pm
nov 16 / 8pm
nov 17 / 8pm
nov 17 / 10pm
nov 18 / 8pm

doors 30 minutes to showtime   |   performances are approx 60 minutes

tix are pay what you can afford, CASH ONLY, and can be reserved at
or 204-805-4821 (do you want to txt me some time?)


this movie contains strong language
and textual representations
of physical, imagined, and systemic violence.
there’s a lot of shit about bodies, trauma,
and a kind of weird take on gender stuff.
there’s also, like, a LOT of stuff about ME.
if you have any particular questions, pls contact me.

aceartinc. is not a fully physically accessible space.
there’s a set of 2 stairs
then another set of 7 stairs before the elevator.
gallery staff are happy to assist however possible.
pls call ahead (204-944-9763)
to make any special arrangements.
full physical accessibility information can be found at

also note that 99% of this performance
is projected text without sound

ace is participating with a table holding some merch and publications by us and associated artists…

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s PRAIRIE ART BOOK FAIR
September 7-9, 2018
• book fair • book launches • artist multiples • periodicals • workshops • readings •

image caption: Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, Acrylic on panel, 2018.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is extremely excited to present our inaugural Prairie Art Book Fair September 7-9, 2018. As a means to acknowledge the critical relationship between contemporary art and publishing with a regional focus on the Prairies, the weekend will showcase over twenty-nine exhibitors and present numerous events with highlights including collaborative hole punch drawing with Winnipeg born artist Micah Lexier; a talk connecting DIY tattooing and artist multiples by Maxine Proctor (Director and Co-founder of the Toronto Art Book Fair and Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine), and a workshop with key presenter Jeff Khonsary (Co-Founding and Artistic Director of Fillip and Director of New Documents) on alternative book fair models, looking at the economics and social space of the book fair model itself.

Explore diverse and accomplished publications from over twenty-five publishers, artists, and galleries ranging from zines, catalogues, artist editions, fiction, poetry, criticism, and periodicals.

DF  /  Alder & Ash  /  D-Ann Kuby  

11 July 2018, 6pm

Looped saxophone with audio-reactive light installations and visuals. Spacious, pulsing, emotive, and bright.

Alder & Ash
A counterpoint of two extremes. The music lies in stillness, introversion, and penitence. It lies in violence, cacophony, and angst. Alder & Ash plays cello with loop pedal to create improvised minimal classical music, with influence of doom metal, ambient, post-rock and noise.

D-Anne Kuby
Dance artist D-Anne Kuby will play with the sounds of Adrian (Alder and Ash) and Dustin (DF) for her second ever rendition of “let’s be honest – an improvisation regarding all that we can be absolutely certain of”. She also plans to present “Sarah minus Russell and without the poem”.

On Saturday May 12th, at aceartic. in the spirit of Paris is Burning, QPOC & Like That threw the second La Macha ball! A full evening of celebration of queerness you will never forget. This year had seven categories for your nerves, all judged by their Majesty, MANGHOE LASSI and QPOC royalty. aceartinc. is the spot, doors at 10pm, $10 sliding scale donation to get in to the event. DJ Slow Grind and Wanda G are your DJs and La Macha is going to be FIRE.

ace is proudly hosting this year’s send+receive. BUT not all the gigs are at ace- for a full listing go here.

Local legend, Joel Mierau will be giving a rare performance at ace on the occassion of alto saxophnoist, Brodie West’s, first Winnipeg concert. The gig starts promptly… it’s really a special, unique event.


Joel Mierau is an artist and sound engineer working in Winnipeg. whose work is informed by his intimate perception of subtle changes in sounds. This is a theme that influences + reoccurs throughout his work, often in the use of long tones and discrete movement.

Alto saxophonist Brodie West’s fascination in sound has taken him from Alexandra Park to Addis Ababa.

Originally hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, jazz studies at Humber College brought Brodie to Toronto. Emerging as a member of Zebradonk, Deep Dark United and Drumheller, he was soon in demand as a featured guest, adding his spirit to recordings ranging from Broken Social Scene’s seminal You Forgot It in People to more recent appearances with Jennifer Castle, Snowblink and Tasseomancy. Studies at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory with Misha Mengelberg lead to musical encounters with percussionist Han Bennink as well as The Ex, culminating in two tours to Ethiopia and the group’s collaborative recordings with Getatchew Mekuria.

Image: Chris Boni

Another hullabaloo of contemporary art, artists, and performance- the aceartinc. members’ show! Become a member and take part!

Come to the launch party at 8pm – midnight on 29 September. There’ll be performances, the opportunity to buy work on show, and DJs. 100% of the sale goes to the artist.

This year, ace is partnering with Blackspace Winnipeg. Black visual artists and those of colour are encouraged to take part in the members’ show and become a part of a larger artist community and use the resources that are available. ace and Blackspace’s goal is to highlight Black visual artists with the hope to foster diversity and inclusion for Winnipeg’s art scene. Nuit Noire will be taking place at ace the day after Carte Blanche.

Benefit for Justice for Errol

A night of good sounds in support of the Justice for Errol group. Performers:

Burden: deconstructed piano legends

Rosa Reaper: vocal loop blair witch project

Hypat1a: dreamy fearie experiments for laying around

Funds raised at this show will go towards the costs associated with the inquest into the murder of Errol Greene at the winnipeg remand centre in May last year. Though Errol’s widow Rochelle was granted standing at the inquest, the state does not provide any funding for legal representation, or other costs such as childcare, etc. Please consider making a generous donation, as costs will be very high, and no amount of benefit shows will make any significant dent in that bill. More information about the case will be available at the event, and a link to a pamphlet put together by the J4E group is posted in the comments on this event page.

Show starts early! please arrive on time! doors at 7pm, show is 8pm-10:30pm SHARP.
Suggested donation of $8, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ace art is not an physically accessible venue, for this we apologize.
See you all there! For any questions please contact us through the J4E page, thank you.
Big thanks to Ace Art for their generous donation of the space to host the event ♥♥♥

please also share this gofundme with your networks, and donate generously:

Image: Kelly Campbell

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7pm, Friday 5 May 2017, free

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Proudly presented by the Winnipeg Underground Film Fest and Ace Art Inc.

Thursday, March 9th 7pm
$10 / Free for Immigrants

All proceeds to the ACLU

‘There, The Gun’ by Jamal Penjweny, 9min
‘Fan and Coffee’ by Rebeen Hamarafiq, 1min
‘The Flowering’ by Usama Alshaibi, 5min
‘Dream City’ by Emma Piper-Burket, 50min

Friday 17 February 2017   turnAround event

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7pm, Wednesday 8 February 2017

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Mujer Artista: Speaking In Tongues   |   partnership, host, main gallery

January 13 –  February 3, 2017

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See here for photos of Taking It To The Grave by Andrew ‘Glamdrew’ Henderson, with Eroca Nicols.



aceartinc.’s members’ exhibition and performances.
Proudly sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union

 8 – 11 pm, Friday 30 September 2016

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bindi sound poster




I AM HERE project

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary was awarded to Carolyn Kroeker last summer.
7 pm, Wednesday, 30 March 2016

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nine -stinner kun students

PP Poster

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Limpe Fuchs

2 October, 5:15 pm, MAWA, 611 Main St.

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send+receive   |

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Indigenous Curatorial Residency with Niki Little

Enendaman | Anminigook

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It Doesnt Grow There 7 promo

ArtShare 1 h-g promo

student insta 2015 2

cluster logo


Annual Student Show call 2015

jen vp poster

Curated by Jennifer Smith

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

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Come and get the newest volume of PaperWait – to be launched during the AGM

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Dr. David Churchill & Frank Livingston Artist Talk | 13 February, 2014 – 7pm

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aceartinc. will hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm, 2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.

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hollywood-hens-webimage courtesy of Larry Glawson

An impromptu conversation with Doug Melnyk, Ian Mozdzen, & Coral Maloney | 18 September | 7pm

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Negative Space was an underground centre that became an essential component of Winnipeg’s art, music and cultural life. Run collectively, it closed after 2 glorious years. Join us to listen to some of the collective members talk about their experiences of running this fly-by-night space.’ The talk will take place July 16th, 2013 at 7pm.


Image courtesy of Clare Murphy | 2012

King of Lies | Storytelling with Clare Murphy | Saturday 23rd March, 7pm | $5

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Diaspora Ethiopia – Dir. Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

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image courtesy of Michelle Elrick | 2012

Michelle Elrick | Friday 9th November 8pm

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The gallery will be open until midnight during Nuit Blanche, come and check out Doug Smith’s “Catharsis”

Nuit Blanche 2012 | gallery open til midnight | Doug Smith

That’s right folks! You can check out some fantastic drawings by Winnipeg’s own Doug Smith, and then wander directly into a pop-up version of Into the Music to peruse their immense collection of ultra-affordable LPs and CDs. This partnership between ace and Into the Music will kick off until late during Nuit Blanche and continue throughout October. Gallery hours will be extended from 10-5 Tuesday to Friday and 12-5 Saturday.

images courtesy crys cole | 2012


A concert of three solo performances by Catherine Lamb (US), Bryan Eubanks (US) and crys cole (CA)

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image courtesy Tamara Weller | 2012

Tamara Weller | Artist Talk | Thursday 12th July | noon | free

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Duet for a Schizophrenic | 27, 28, 29 September | 8pm

Little Theatre of the Grey Goose & Adhere and Deny present: Duet for a Schizophrenic by Chris Johnson.
Performance starts at 8pm. tickets are $12/ $8 low income.

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