Celebration at the Gardens at The Leaf

Join us at Assiniboine Park August 27-29 to celebrate the new outdoor Gardens at The Leaf!

The opening of the Gardens at The Leaf earlier this summer marked the return of approximately 30 acres of revitalized gardens and greenspace to our community.

To celebrate this milestone, we invite you to explore the new gardens and enjoy pop-up performances by local musicians and dancers, culinary demonstrations, and more!

A selection of multi-cultural food trucks will be available each day from 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Each day join local Fire Keepers at the Fire Node for a time of reflection, questions, interactive workshops, and meaningful conversations. Hand-tied tobacco pouches will be provided if you would like to make an offering to the fire.

Daily performances, demonstrations, activities, and workshops: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Contortionist performs at the Gardens

Schedule

Activities and performances take place in a variety of locations throughout the expansive outdoor site at the Gardens at the Leaf

Please note: The schedule is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Scheduled activities may be delayed or cancelled but will not be rescheduled.
 

Friday, August 27

Performances & Demonstrations

TIME  PERFORMANCE  LOCATION 
12:00 pm Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony presented in partnership with Folklorama Kitchen Garden
12:00 pm Chef Jeremy Senaris (Master Chef Canada) Kitchen Garden
12:00 pm Plein Air Painters & Illustrators: Weiming Zhao, Jan Castillo, Kale Sheppard, and Maggie Lavallee Located throughout the Gardens at The Leaf
12:00 pm Natanielle Felicitas & Quintin Bart (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
12:00 pm Anastasia Evsigneeva (contortionist) Park and Corydon Entrance
12:00 pm Folklorama United Drummers Performance Garden
12:00 pm Gayle Pruden & Ray "Coco" Stevenson (Walking Wolf Dancers & Singers)  Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden
1:00 pm Anastasia Evsigneeva & Anna Protsiou (contortionist & dance) Park and Corydon Entrance
1:00 pm Sandi Bay and The Rainbow Tornadoes (jig dance troupe) Performance Garden
1:30 pm Summer Bear Dance Troupe Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden
2:00 pm Contemporary Dancers Seasonal Garden
2:00 pm Kelly Bado (musical performance)  Performance Garden
2:30 pm Kristina Bauch & Marie-Elyse Badeau (WSO Members) Park and Corydon Entrance
2:30 pm Nikki Komaksiutiksak (throat singing)  Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden 
3:00 pm Contemporary Dancers Seasonal Garden
3:00 pm Rhonda Head (classical opera singer)  Performance Garden
3:50 pm Sonia Lazar & Alyssa Ramsay (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra members) Park and Corydon Entrance
4:00 pm Chuck Copenace (jazz band)  Performance Garden
4:00 pm The Bannock Babes (drag performers) Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden 

Activities / Workshops

Tai Chi Sessions presented by Folklorama

Participate in a 15-minute long Tai Chi session! No equipment or experience necessary. 

Location: The Grove

Sessions begin at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
 

Sensory Spray Educational Activity

Awaken your senses! The Assiniboine Park Conservancy's educators will be presenting a special sensory activity for all ages using natural materials. 

Location: Seasonal Garden

Sessions begin at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm

Saturday, August 28

Performances & Demonstrations

TIME PERFORMANCE LOCATION
12:00 pm Swing de mes rêves (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
12:00 pm Plein Air Painters & Illustrators: Weiming Zhao and Jan Castillo Located throughout the Gardens at The Leaf
12:00 pm Island Breeze Manitoba presented in partnership with Folklorama Performance Garden
12:00 pm Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony presented in partnership with Folklorama Kitchen Garden
12:00 pm Chef Melissa Brown (Brownees Urban Bistro) Kitchen Garden
12:30 pm Hoop Dancer & Drummer by Summer Bear Dance Troupe Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden
1:00 pm Manitoba Korean Dance Troupe presented in partnership with Folklorama Performance Garden
1:00 pm Rachel Kane & Beatox (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
1:00 pm Contemporary Dancers Seasonal Garden
2:00 pm Philippe Meunier (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
2:00 pm Hoop Dancer & Drummer by Nepinaks & Summer Bear Dance Troupe Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden 
2:00 pm Fubuki Daiko presented in partnership with Folklorama Performance Garden
3:00 pm Juvel (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
3:00 pm Papa Mambo Trio presented in partnership with Folklorama Performance Garden
3:30 pm Hoop Dancer & Drummer by Nepinaks & Summer Bear Dance Troupe Water Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden  
4:00 pm Sarau Carioca (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
4:15 pm Dr. Henry Band (musical performance)  Performance Garden

Activities / Workshops

Forest Bathing Sessions by Boreal Fix

Shinrin Yoku, or forest bathing is the practice of immersing oneself in the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of the forest through mindfulness. Bring a small cushion or blanket for your comfort.

Location: The Grove

Sessions begin at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
 

Sensory Spray Educational Activity

Awaken your senses! The Assiniboine Park Conservancy's educators will be presenting a special sensory activity for all ages using natural materials. 

Location: Seasonal Garden

Sessions begin at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm
 

Interactive Drumming Workshop by Nepinaks & Summer Bear Dance Troupe

Learn from Elder Barbara Nepinak and drummer Lawrence Spence on the meaning and importance of Indigenous drumming. Limited participants will be provided a drum during this workshop. 

Location: Indigenous Peoples Garden Fire Node

Sessions begin at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm

Sunday, August 29

Performances & Demonstrations

TIME PERFORMANCE LOCATION
12:00 pm Anastasia Evsigneeva (contortionist) Park and Corydon Entrance
12:00 pm Natanielle Felicitas & Quintin Bart (musical performance)  Park and Corydon Entrance
12:00 pm Plein Air Painters & Illustrators: Bria Fernandes, Shirley Rayner, Kale Sheppard, and Maggie Lavallee Located throughout the Gardens at The Leaf
12:00 pm Shanley Spence & Darryl Buck (hoop dancer & drummer) Performance Garden
12:00 pm Japanese Tea Ceremony presented in partnership with Folklorama Kitchen Garden
12:00 pm Christa Bruneau-Guenther (Feast Cafe Bistro & Food Network Guest Chef) Kitchen Garden
1:00 pm Jade Turner (musical performance)  Performance Garden
1:00 pm Anastasia Evsigneeva & Anna Protsiou (contortionist & dance) Park and Corydon Entrance
2:00 pm Knowledge Sharing by Carl Smith Fire Node - Indigenous Peoples Garden
2:30 pm Nikki Komaksiutiksak (throat singing)  Performance Garden
4:00 pm Sierra Noble (musical performance)  Performance Garden

Activities / Workshops

Yoga with Rebecca Watson

Participate in a 15-minute long yoga session hosted by Rebecca Watson! Bring your own mat. All are welcome - no yoga experience necessary. 

Location: The Grove

Sessions begin at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
 

Interactive Drumming Workshop by Nepinaks & Summer Bear Dance Troupe

Learn from Elder Barbara Nepinak and drummer Lawrence Spence on the meaning and importance of Indigenous drumming. Limited participants will be provided a drum during this workshop. 

Location: Indigenous Peoples Garden Fire Node

Sessions begin at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
 

Sensory Spray Educational Activity

Awaken your senses! The Assiniboine Park Conservancy's educators will be presenting a special sensory activity for all ages using natural materials. 

Location: Seasonal Garden

Sessions begin at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

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