In the Loop: Winnipeg entertainment events for January 2016

We tell you what’s coming up in the entertainment world during the next month

Billy Elliot The Musical
“I don’t want a childhood. I want to be a ballet dancer!”

The musical adaptation of the 2000 feature film comes to the John Hirsch Mainstage for MTC’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical. A heartwarming and inspiring story of a young boy who defies the odds, Billy Elliot The Musical has been dazzling audiences across the globe for nearly a decade. Despite the bitterness of the UK miners’ strike, Billy seems destined to follow his father and brother to the coal mines. But when he stumbles into a ballet class, his eyes are opened to a whole new world of opportunity. With unforgettable music by Elton John and sensational dance, Billy Elliot The Musicalis a feel-good celebration that shows us what it means to fight for our dreams. Running from January 12 to February 6, visit royalmtc.ca for ticket information.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam
With three weekend shows, including one on SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! Monster trucks are coming to the MTS Centre on the 30th and 31st of January. Featuring Zombie, Monster Mutt and the Canadian crowd-pleaser Northern Nightmare. Grave Digger is NOT scheduled to be at this event, but the other trucks are more than capable of entertaining you, your child or your inner-child. It promises to be a high-flying, car-crunching good time. If you’re in the mood for fun, fun, fun, check out the monsterjam.com website or head to Ticketmaster to book a seat.

Winnipeg New Music Festival 2016
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Winnipeg New Music Festival and they are throwing a party! Epic music is the flavour of the year. Gavin Bryars’ Sinking of the Titanic, Joan Towers’ Concerto for Orchestra plus headline guests David Lang, co-founder of New York’s Bang on a Can, and artist/musician/composer/explorer/icon Stephen O’Malley. All past composers-in-residence including Glenn Buhr (co-founder with Bramwell Tovey of the WNMF), Randolph Peters, Pat Carrabré and Vincent Ho will be represented with conductor Gary Kulesha. We will flip the Concert hall on its head with all seating on stage for mid-week concerts. Plus food, art, adventure, discovery, parties and much more than can be captured here! Tickets can be purchased at wso.ca/calendar, with the festival running from January 23 to January 29.

Vance Joy: The Fire and the Flood Tour
If you have somehow managed to snag yourself tickets to this show, good on you! The show is scheduled for January 19th at the Burton Cummings Theatre, and is already listed as sold out on Vance Joy’s website. The Australian singer-songwriter is currently touring in support of his debut album, Dream Your Life Away. The album features songs ‘Fire and the Flood’, ‘Georgia’ and their big hit ‘Riptide’. You can find out more info about him at vancejoy.com and I recommend checking out his music videos as well.

Hockey at the MTS Centre
After closing out 2015 with a game, the Moose come back the next day for a New Year’s Day game against Iowa, followed by 6 more matchups in the first 13 days of the month, before a lengthy roadtrip. The Jets start the month on the road, before playing 7 of 8 at the MTS Centre, including two against Nashville.

The Wonderful Wedding Show
The Wonderful Wedding Show is coming the RBC Convention Centre on the weekend of January 23 and 24. The consumer event features over 400 displays and 100,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions and trends, wedding products and services, and much more.

Brides will also receive a complimentary Gift Bag, V.I.B. pink lanyard, Show Guide, and admission to the Brides Lounge located next to the Registration Room for wine sampling and treats! For more information, or to buy tickets, visit their site at wonderfulweddingshow.com.

Black Sabbath: The End Tour
OZZY! …and the other two members of Black Sabbath (guitarist Tommy Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler) will be gracing the MTS Centre on January 27. They are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have been ranked by MTV as the ‘greatest metal band’ of all time. Hit songs include Iron Man and War Pigs, which are highly recognizable even if you aren’t a fan of the genre. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit blacksabbath.com

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