OUT THERE: Issues to do in Winnipeg this weekend

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Oct 28, 2022  •  27 minutes ago  •  3 minute read  •  Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead. Photo by File /Handout

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Grab your best Klaatu Barada necktie and come get some at Necronomicon Comiccon this weekend.

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Ok. Went a little bit fanboy there with the Evil Dead references. It’s just that Ash Williams himself – a.k.a. åBruce Campbell – is in town for the second instalment of the rebooted Winnipeg Comiccon at RBC Convention Centre. He’ll introduce a screening of Army of Darkness (Evil Dead 3, if you wish, or the much better original title The Medieval Dead) on Saturday night, and be around for photos, autographs, yadda yadda.

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That level of fandom applies across the schedule, with guests such as Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series), John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow), Charles Martinet (the voice of Mario), Leah Thompson (Back to the Future) and Peter Elbing from the beloved Phantom of the Paradise, which also gets its own screening and a discussion with the actor.

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John Barrowman, seen here as Doctor Who. Handout photo John Barrowman, seen here as Doctor Who. Handout photo Photo by File /Handout

And that’s just a sampling of the paid guests. One of the major highlights of Comiccon is you, the paying guest. 

Many of the 10,000-plus visitors go all out on their costumes, whether they be in cosplay fan groups or just your Average Joes projecting their Halloween happiness. The dressup culminates with Saturday night’s Masquerade, an impressive costume contest.

Add in collector booths, artist alley, family zone, comic book creators/illustrators, and panels and workshops and it’s the biggest ticket on Halloween weekend in more ways than one. Weekend passes are $60 or $180 for VIP, while single days are priced as follows: Friday – $15, Saturday – $35/$125 VIP, Sunday $30/$110. 

The screenings of Army of Darkness and Phantom of the Paradise are not included with a pass (though a discounted upgrade is available) while pictures, autographs and the like also cost extra. (If that seems complicated, you should see the rules on weapons and large props.)

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See comicconwinnipeg.com for more information.

Whoa Canada

Go see the northern frights on Saturday at Cinematheque with Aurora Gorealis – a Canadian horror film marathon featuring three ‘80s offerings and another more current film paired with Canadian shorts.

It begins with Lew Lehman’s The Pit (1981) at 3 p.m., as a preteen boy takes revenge on his harassers after a disturbing discovery in the forest. PIN (1988) from Sandor Stern is at 5 p.m., and concerns a sentient doll once used as a medical prop. Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II (1987), directed by Bruce Pittman, takes its place at 7 p.m. While not really a sequel, it shares elements with Prom Night.

Finally, at 9 p.m., there’s Steven Kostanski’s Psycho Goreman (2020), the old story in which young siblings resurrect an ancient alien overlord, force it to obey their whims and accidentally attract intergalactic assassins to their suburban town.

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Much of the original score to Nosferatu, the silent, unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was lost, leading to adaptations of Hans Erdmann’s original from Popol Vuh, James Bernard and a memorable performance in the Winnipeg Folk Festival campground at 1:30 a.m., by Nash the Slash. 

Just in time for Halloween, and in celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has its turn Saturday as Naomi Woo conducts while the F.W. Murnau classic starring Max Schreck screens at the Burton Cummings Theatre, which has its own haunted tales.


The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre is promising three floors of fun at its former theatre with a Day of the Dead playground feel at its Saturday night event, A Nightmare on Donald Street, including DJ sets from EDM/Top 40 and hip hop/R&B, and a costume party. It’s close to a sellout though.

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Butt, of course

Juvenile, to be sure, but I tend to abbreviate Assiniboine or Assiniboia as Ass. So it seems fitting that we bring up the rear here with the 19+ Adult Expo and Market this weekend at Assiniboia Downs. 

It features a Naughty Party social on Friday night featuring a pair of RuPaul’s drag queens, and an adult costume contest sure to titilate. There are more than 50 vendors hawking everything from tattoos, cannabis, jewelry, and boudoir items along with food trucks, entertainment ranging from burlesque and pole dancing to themed balloon sculptures and full-service bar with themed cocktails on both Friday and Saturday.

Let’s get it on.

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