UWinnipeg Hosts Inaugural ArtsFest

Tony Award winner Len Cariou

Tony Award winner Len Cariou

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg, located in the heart of Canada’s cultural capital, hosts its inaugural ArtsFest from September 27th through October 5th, 2013. The nine-day event will showcase highlights from UWinnipeg’s large visual art collection, rare books, ancient artifacts and historic letters. It will also feature productions from Theatre Projects Manitoba, Virtuosi Concerts (Winnipeg’s international recital and chamber music concert series), The Downtown Jazz Band, and the UWSA Freestyle Festival. Most exhibits and performances are free and open to the public (exceptions noted in event schedule information).

ArtsFest 2013 will kick off with a wine and cheese gala featuring an art auction and cabaret performance by Tony Award winner Len Cariou. The gala opener will take place on Friday, September 27th at 6:30 pm and will be co-hosted by Cariou and renowned Manitoba artist Wanda Koop. Tickets to the gala evening are $125 (with $75 tax receipt).

“UWinnipeg is committed to being a centre for artistic excellence that encompasses many art forms,” expressed UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. “The University has a strong tradition of support for the performing arts, and we are fortunate to have a rich arts and cultural heritage collection on campus. ArtsFest is an opportunity for us to share and celebrate this tradition with the broader community.”

For a complete listing of exhibits and events — as well as for gala ticket purchase and event sponsorship information — please visit uwinnipeg.ca/artsfest

About Len Cariou
Currently playing Henry Reagan in the multi-generational television series Blue Bloods, Cariou is a Manitoban and supporter of The University of Winnipeg. He is one of the theatre world’s most beloved talents, a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and a pre-eminent interpreter of the music of Stephen Sondheim. Cariou won the Tony Award in 1979 for his performance in Sweeney Todd and was nominated for his performances in A Little Night Music and Applause. He has also been seen on Broadway in Proof, The Dinner Party, The Speed of Darkness, Teddy & Alice, Dance a Little Closer, Cold Storage, Don’t Call Back, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Night Watch, King Henry V and The House of Atres.


Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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