Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) and Manitoba Music are teaming up to add some live local music to PTE's playbill this season. PTE will be pairing emerging Manitoba singer/songwriters with their Leap Series—which presents plays that push the boundaries of story-telling in theatre—bringing a bit of extra performance to the stage. Theatre-goers will be able to stick around after the show, enjoy a beverage, and absorb the play while taking in some tunes.
PTE will kick the series off this month with Erika Fowler. The 19-year-old indie/folk singer/songwriter is no stranger to the local scene. She earned the grand prize at La Chicane Electrique in 2016 and has performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival three times through the Stingray Young Performers Program. Her single "Stay" was selected in the CBC Searchlight competition in the top 25 of over 2,000 entries fromr across Canada.
Fowler will be getting in front of the mic on September 13 after David Yee's multimedia performance, No Foreigners. Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home.
Stay tuned for more music + theatre on February 21 with Exciting Consequences, a new performance from internationally-renowned dancer, choreographer and performance artist Ming Hon.
PTE is offering an exclusive discount to members of Manitoba Music; check out the weekly member enews on August 30 for details.