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Yarn 2020 Feb-Mar

Yarn 2020 February / March

The Southern Yarn’s February March issue is available as a PDF for download right now!

Why wait for the yellow paper version in the post, when you can get it now, in glorious colour, with live links as well! Check it out.

And how about all those past issues? Get them on the Yarn’s own webpage.

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Winnipeg Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires

The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 34 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition.

To help those in need, the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) is organising a large local Bud ‘n Spud Fundraiser with monies raised sent to the Australian Red Cross through the Canadian Red Cross office in Winnipeg.

PLEASE NOTE that tickets are only available until end of day on Monday February 18.

  • When — Saturday February 22, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Where — Nashville’s Event Centre at Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona (826 Regent Ave West)
  • Cost — $20 (tickets purchased by Monday February 18) for your choice of either a chicken/baked potato or pasta/pizza dinner with Caesar salad, garlic breadstick, and one complimentary beverage
  • Tickets — to purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393
  • For more information — Peter Munn at 204-237-1805 or Jenny Gates at info@downunderclub.mb.ca

In addition to the Silent Auction, 50/50, door prizes, spot prizes, Aussie music and didgeridoo, there will be several speeches and presentations from members of the Australian and New Zealand community, as well as local individuals and dignitaries, and we will acknowledge those members of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre who have returned from Australia after helping with the fires.

The event will be co-emceed by Beau from 99.9 BOB FM and Jenny from the DUCW.

On behalf of the members of the DUCW and the people of Australia, THANK YOU for joining us in helping those affected by these devastating bushfires, the impact of which will be felt long after the fires are extinguished.

  • Jenny Gates, Media and Communications — 204-228-9959
  • Peter Munn, President — 204-237-1805
  • Peter Debenham, CPA, CA, DUCW Treasurer — 204-955-0393
  • Charlie Powell, Silent Auction Coordinator — 204-806-6965
  • EMAIL — info@downunderclub.mb.ca

Welcome!

G’day and Kia ora to all Kiwis and Aussies
in Manitoba and beyond!

Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Welcome to our Annual General Meeting!

“Welcome!” is exactly what we will say when you join us on November 30 at 7:00 pm for our annual general meeting.

It will be held at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St, and we are hoping for a good turnout of members.

The AGM is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • hear all about our events in the past year,
  • find out what’s ahead next year,
  • offer suggestions for Club activities,
  • put your name forward for the new executive,
  • vote in the new executive,
  • catch up with fellow members,
  • participate in some lively conversation, and
  • enjoy snacks and drinks from the bar.

But the most important reason to attend the AGM is to meet those on the executive who have worked tirelessly to make this Club what it is.  They put in many hours to organise events, put together and design and mail out the newsletter, manage dues paid and balance the budget, keep track of members, and do whatever else is necessary to ensure the DUCW remains a vibrant and welcoming organisation for all of us.

So make a point to drop in. Even if you don’t want to be on the executive, this is your opportunity to support those who do and to be part of our future.

Rob Knaggs’ final Winnipeg performance … for now

Known as a cellist and whale whisperer, Aussie muso Rob Knaggs is heading back to Oz after several years in Churchill. But before he leaves, he’s doing one last performance at The Handsome Daughter on Sherbrook on December 8. If you are looking for some fine music with a downunder flavour, here is more information about Rob and the upcoming performance.

After four years of calling Manitoba home, whale-whispering cellist Rob Knaggs is heading back to Australia for the indefinite future. Before his departure, Rob Knaggs is teaming up with Stonewall folk darlings, Two Crows for Comfort, for a double headline show on December 8th at the Handsome Daughter in West Broadway.

“Since I got back from Churchill, Erin, Cory (of Two Crows…) and I have been chatting about doing a show together and it just so happened we both have a new release to celebrate. As it’s my last show in Canada, we’re treating this show like a party and everyone’s invited! Expect balloons!”

Recorded in Winnipeg’s West End at Collector Studio and mastered by Birgir Jon Birgisson of Sigur Ros’ home studio Sundlaugin, the new EP titled Foreshore is a continuation of Rob’s cello driven compositions that are equal parts cinematic soundtrack and enchanting post rock. Influenced by the ethereality of Bjork and the epic orchestrations of Arcade Fire, Knaggs runs his cello through an array of effects and a loop station to compose his works that have sent shivers down the spines of audiences across Australia and North America.

Filled with rich harmonies, genuine, heart-warming (and breaking) lyrics, folk-roots duo Two Crows for Comfort spins stories into songs and songs into stories. Though debuting in early 2017, the Two Crows are no strangers to the stage. Having played in several popular Winnipeg groups, Erin Corbin and Cory Sulyma – often joined on stage by local, notable musicians Ben Mak-Wiebe and Lachlan McLean – finally joined forces to begin a journey of their own. After a soft release in the summer, Two Crows are excited to officially celebrate their debut full- length record, 17 Feet.

Rob Knaggs and Two Crows for Comfort are performing two shows at the Handsome Daughter, 61 Sherbrook Street, on December 8th, first performance is SOLD OUT, but can still catch the later show at 10pm.

Tickets are $15 and will be available from Rob’s website and Two Crows’ website or visit the event page on Facebook.