Programs & Events

Programs & Events

NOTE: All programming at CFRUC strictly adheres to current health regulations in these Covid times.  CFRUC greatly looks forward to the day when we can remove this note about our events!

In addition to organizing a variety of events and programs, CFR provides a welcoming space for community groups to gather safely to run programs and to hold concerts and events. This page describes a host of programs and events that are typically held at CFR. Always check our events calendar for current listings and details.

CFRUC gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the United Church of Canada Foundation, Church Development Inc. and The Winnipeg Foundation which has enabled CFRUC to continue to support our partners and to provide live streaming capacity.

Events Calendar

Arts, Music & Theatre

About the Winnipeg Crankie Festival

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival was founded in 2018 by Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous, a local artist-led non-profit organization that coordinates a national network of house concert venues for musicians, as well as community workshops and jam groups. The festival features musicians, writers, poets, and storytellers, as well as visual artists in dynamic cross-media collaborations with artists from Manitoba and beyond — all brought together by the humble Crankie.

A Crankie is a moving panorama, an old storytelling art form that was popular in the 18th century. Scrolled art is mounted on hand-cranked spindles held together in a frame. As music plays or a story is told, an artist cranks the spindles so that the picture moves with the story, creating a uniquely magical experience for the audience.

In 2020, in response to stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous added online streaming concerts and workshops to their mandate, and produced a virtual edition of Crankie Festival broadcast in March 2021 as an entirely online event.

In 2021, the Winnipeg Crankie Festival debuts a new element to the festival: Prairie Panorama, a series of creative Crankie collaborations celebrating rural Manitoba’s creative community.

ARTFEST

ARTFEST is CFRUC’s annual celebration of art and spirit. Each year we offer a series of events intended to enliven the spirit.

During our annual Artfest we typically have a variety of workshops. Check our events calendar and contact us with questions. Be sure to visit the artfest website. More info on 2021 events at Events.

Our next art show is scheduled for 6 to 8 May 2022.

Alleluia Singers

The Alleluia Singers is a choir of diverse ages who love gospel music. Meeting on Monday evenings, they work towards two concerts per year, and often lead worship in nearby Seniors’ homes. For more info, contact cfruc@mymts.net.

Village Green Morris Men

The Village Green Morris Men claim to be the oldest Cotswold side in Western Canada. They were founded in 1974 at the same time as the. Village Green English Country Dancers by the late John Trevenen and the late David Williams. The Village Green Morris Men are still going strong, surviving personnel changes and various kits, and including one original dancer and many from the early days. They have performed continuously since 1974 at a variety of festivals and concerts including one tour of England in 2006.  Contact Ian (204-792-7006) or Dan (204-489-5226)

Village Green Morris Men

Winnipeg Wind Chamber

We are fortunate to host in our building a series of Wind Chamber recitals featuring varied chamber ensembles, from woodwind quintet, to flute choir, to organ trios. CFRUC’s Music Director, Michael Cutler, is the driving force and director of this concert series. The repertoire is a mixture of original works by composers from baroque to modern day, including compositions by Michael Cutler. Arrangements of favourite repertoire are tailored by Cutler to the featured ensemble. Michael also delivers live streaming online on a weekly basis. https://windchamber.weebly.com | organmike@gmail.com

Winnipeg Wind Chamber

Winnipeg Boys’ Choir

The Winnipeg Boys’ Choir practices weekly with age specific groupings. They offer vocal training and the opportunity for many public performances. They are wonderfully energized and their performances are a delight! For more information check https://www.winnipegboyschoir.ca/

ECCO Singers

ECCO Singers have been bringing music to the Manitoba scene since 1996. With members from a wide variety of backgrounds, this group has found a unique niche in the Winnipeg music community. They provide a regular concert season, in addition to special events ranging from a Big Band Dance to Rock Shows, just to name the crazy ends of the spectrum! Ecco Singers has a focus on community and family, both within it membership, and for the community at large. Sadly, they are on hiatus due to Covid-19. We greatly look forward to seeing them as soon as possible! http://eccosingers.com/

Life Drawing Society

Life Drawing Society meets Thursday evenings. This is a program which hosts a live model for drawing. Contact Mary at msubedar@shaw.ca

The Keep Theatre

The Keep Theatre is committed to creating unforgettable live theatre in the heart of the city. Located in this heritage church in the heart of Osborne Village, The Keep Theatre is an artist-run centre, dedicated to advancing cutting edge art through the exploration and creation of site-specific theatre that reflects the diversity of the human condition. https://www.thekeeptheatre.com/

Art City

Art City is a partner and delivers community programs to the Fort Rouge Children’s Centre after school program. For details on Art City’s vibrant Community programs check https://artcityinc.com/

The Blue Grass Jammers

The Blue Grass Jammers meets Sunday afternoons when Covid makes that possible. Contact Ed at e.byard@uwinnipeg.ca for info.

The Hopeful Jammers

The Hopeful Jammers meets Monday afternoons for 55+ and they play a range of instruments with lots of ukuleles! All experience levels are welcome. During Covid we meet Mondays and Wednesdays on Facebook Livestream. Contact sandihowell@shaw.ca if you are interested.

The Hopeful Jammers

Community

We have regularly scheduled walking clubs on Tuesdays.  We periodically host book studies.  Our resident partners offer a variety of other activities. Check our calendar for upcoming opportunities and events.

AA

AA meets several times weekly. Check aamanitoba.org for times.

Holy Strollers

Walking Group (Holy Strollers).  An energetic bunch of neighbourhood walking enthusiasts meet inside the church (Wardlaw St entrance) Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am for a neighbourhood walk – some on the quick march, some on a slow meander, and return for coffee and conversation. All ages and stages are welcome and we welcome neighbours. Contact cfruc@mymts.net with questions.

Community Compost

Community Compost Site is on the south-east side of the building and is open for surrounding community use. Contact cfruc@mymts.net with questions.

Children, Youth & Families

We strongly focus on providing programs to children and youth and new programs are arising on a semi-annual basis.  Check our calendar or contact cfruc@mymts.net with questions.

Fort Rouge Child Care

The Fort Rouge Child Care, housed in our building, began as an after school program of our congregation. Now an independent organization, the Fort Rouge Child Care serves up to 54 children, ages 2 to 12. They have a vibrant after school program and Crescent Fort Rouge helps to support them with art classes, yoga, and music and theatre instruction.  For more info, call the day care directly at (204) 284-5474 or check FRCC’s website.

55 Plus & Seniors

Living Well 55+

We offer a series of interesting speakers as requested by neighbourhood older adults.  The sessions are open to the public who we love to have attend!  Speakers are followed by refreshments and networking.  Check our Events section for upcoming schedules.  There is no cost to attend but we may ask you to give us a head’s up on your interest so we can ensure adequate supplies and refreshments.  Check our Events page for what is coming up every month.

Living well at 55 plus

Get involved!

We have a variety of health and wellness programs such as yoga occurring.  If anything of this nature is of interest to you, please contact cfruc@mymts.net.  During these Covid times, programs and events change weekly!