First performer announced for Regina’s WInterrupt Music Festival

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Award-winning musician Pierre Kwenders is due to perform at the annual Winterruption music festival on January 27 at The Artesian.

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Presented by the Regina Folk Festival, WInterrupt takes place January 25-28 in Regina.

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More line-up announcements are forthcoming.

Tickets on reginafolkfestival.com.

Kwenders — born in Congo and now based in Montreal — received the prestigious Polaris Music Prize earlier this year for his latest album, José Louis and the Paradox of Love. The annual award is given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales history or record label affiliation.

Kwenders is a singer-rapper who is a “storyteller at heart,” a press release said. “Motivated by the complexities of love, his songs weave together tales of memories of the past, sketches of his hometown and reflections on the future.”

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Tickets are on sale now for Legally Blonde the Musical, taking place February 10 and 11 at the Conexus Arts Centre.

The show includes three performances – two evenings, plus a Saturday matinee.

According to a press release, Legally Blonde “follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves, contrary to dated prejudice, that you can be both legally blonde AND the smartest person in the room.”

Hailed by The New York Times as an “unbroken sugar rush of a show,” Legally Blonde is based on the popular 2001 Hollywood comedy of the same name. Reese Witherspoon plays the film’s titular character.

“Things are groovy for Elle Woods but suddenly her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more ‘serious’ about his life and attend Harvard Law,” the statement read. “Determined to bring him back, Elle uses her brains and ingenuity to gain admission to Harvard as well. The school begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and strengths, as she sets out to change the narrative. This timely, contemporary story touches on many hot topics while delighting audiences with memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde warms the heart by proving that the discovery of itself never goes out of style.

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For more information or to purchase tickets, visit conexusartscentre.ca.

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The Regina Symphony Orchestra opens its Classics at the Cathedral series on Saturday with a pair of performances (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

The show opens with a “playful and expressive” interpretation of Romp and Repose, by Canadian composer Aura Pon. Next comes Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

The concert is conducted by RSO conductor Gordon Gerrard, accompanied by award-winning violinist Lucy Wang from Vancouver. Anna Norris of the RSO will be featured on bassoon.

Tickets on reginasymphony.com.

Sunday at 2 p.m., the RSO opens its free library series at Regina’s Central Library with a performance by the Marie-Véronique Bourque Jazz Quartet. The concert features music by artists and composers.

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The Art Gallery of Regina is hosting a reception Thursday night (7 p.m.) for its latest exhibition — We Are All Electric Beings — by Western Canadian artists Rachel Broussard, Alyssa Ellis, Heather Shillinglaw and Laurel Terlesky.

According to a press release, the artists use textiles, collages, electronic works and performances to “reflect on humanity’s diverse relationships with plants – from nurturing and family relationships to exploitation and destruction.”

The exhibition runs from October 13 to January 8.

More info at artgalleryofregina.ca.

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