CURRENT EVENTS

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274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3
204-943-7555

OPEN
Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun-Mon Closed

EMAIL
kelly@aquabooks.ca

We accept Interac, Visa and Mastercard too

What people are saying:

Thank you for putting on such an imaginative and daring series of programmes, for honoring Purdy, and for inviting my little buddy, Neil Besner, and me to participate. We both thought it was the right thing and better still a hoot. This was a wild and wonderful scheme! A fabulous act of imagination and daring. - Poet Dennis Cooley (on Mondo!Purdy 2009)

PAST STORE EVENTS

The 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival


July 15-17, 21-24/09 9pm   $8
July 18 and 25/09 3pm


Outside Joke Improv presents
Outside Joke Makes It Up To You: The Fringe Show
Funsters Andrea Del Campo, Chadd Henderson, Toby Hughes, Leif Ingebrigtsen, Jane Testar and RobYn Slade.


Outside JokeExperience the self-dubbed "anti-musical" - where people, places and things are created from audience suggestion and pulled together nice and tight through narrative and song.

"These six Winnipeg funny folks, though still in their 20s, are allegedly quite the stars on the local improv comedy scene. You can see why . . . Confident and cool; their song-improvising skills are impressive.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Outside Joke has been building a reputation for delivering consistently quality improv . . . The troupe offered up an hour full of quality, high-energy [improv] that didn’t once fall flat,” - (A+) Uptown


Wed, July 15/09 - Sat, July 18/09 7pm   $9
Wed, July 22/09 - Sat July 25/09 7pm


Magic of One presents
Skin Deep: The Fringe Show
Storytellers Kay Stone, Tom Roche and Mary Louise Chown, with musicians Michael Cobus and Kevin Scott


Skin DeepLast year’s 4.5 star storytellers are back with more tales and music about the erotic surface and fearful depth of our human nature. It’s skinny and its deep. We will hold you in the palm of our hands and give you no quarter!

The three of us have been separately telling stories for years, trying to beat the stereotype that storytelling is just for children, and we think we've done it with these stories. We rehearse with local musicians so that the stories and music flow into a seamless offering. Magic of One Productions has been successfully marrying stories and music in our winter concert series for the last six years. As far as we know, this combination of story and music is unique in Canadian storytelling.

The local musicians all say that they love their Magic of One gigs...they get to play their music and also hear great stories.....Michael Cobus and Kevin Scott will be the Fringe musicians, with a repertoire of modern and medieval tunes and instruments.

Kay StoneKay Stone was born the year the planet Pluto was discovered, and is apparently doing better than her now-demoted planet. She has told stories professionally for three decades, in Canada and out, for children and adults, for fun and often for profit. Her constant companion is Trickster in all his guises, and she will introduce him in his Tibetan form as pot-stealing Uncle Tompa, and as the Coyote who creates the new animal that now dominates this planet. We might be better off on Pluto.



...and now, a man who gets no introduction, Tom Roche



Mary Louise ChownMary Louise Chown is a Prairie Chicken who began telling stories in public in 1973 when she lived in Germany. You have heard her unique take on life and all that it throws at us at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Children¹s Festival, at Magic of One Concerts, and on CBC Radio. Mary Louise also plays hammered dulcimer, guitar and percussion with a local folk music band and she often includes music and song in her stories.



The 2008 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival


Wed July 16/08 - Sat July 19/08 8:30pm
Wed July 23/08 - Sat July 26/08 8:30pm Aqua Books, Admission $9


The Seven Deadly Sins: Stories Told After the Fall
- Storytellers Kay Stone, Tom Roche and Mary Louise Chown with medieval music by Michael Cobus and Kevin Scott


Seven Deadly Sins



Missing feet, lecherous cobras, Chinese river ghosts; put them all together and you have the Seven Deadly Sins, as told by Kay Stone, Tom Roche and Mary Louise Chown.

The three of us have been separately telling stories for years, trying to beat the stereotype that storytelling is just for children, and we think we've done it with these stories. We rehearse with local musicians so that the stories and music flow into a seamless offering. Magic of One Productions has been successfully marrying stories and music in our winter concert series for the last 5 years. As far as we know, this combination of story and music is unique in Canadian storytelling.

The local musicians all say that they love their Magic of One gigs...they get to play their music and also hear great stories.....Michael Cobus and Kevin Scott will be the Fringe musicians, with a repertoire of modern and medieval tunes and instruments.

Kay StoneKay Stone was born the year the planet Pluto was discovered, and is apparently doing better than her now-demoted planet. She has told stories professionally for three decades, in Canada and out, for children and adults, for fun and often for profit. Her constant companion is Trickster in all his guises, and she will introduce him in his Tibetan form as pot-stealing Uncle Tompa, and as the Coyote who creates the new animal that now dominates this planet. We might be better off on Pluto.



[INSERT TOM ROCHE HERE] (will he fit?)



Mary Louise ChownMary Louise Chown is a Prairie Chicken who began telling stories in public in 1973 when she lived in Germany. You have heard her unique take on life and all that it throws at us at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Children¹s Festival, at Magic of One Concerts, and on CBC Radio. Mary Louise also plays hammered dulcimer, guitar and percussion with a local folk music band and she often includes music and song in her stories.




The 2007 Fringe of the Fringe Show


Tues July 24/07 - Sat July 28/07 9:30pm Aqua Books, $8 at the door

Hamster in a Tea Towel: Badd Late Night Storytelling
- Kay Stone, Anne Morton, Tom Roche, Helen Williams, Kate Isaac, and Mary Louise Chown

Come Spin the Hamster! Winnipeg's finest tale spinners are joined by high class hamsters in their mink coats, who inspire stories with an unusual twist. Be assured that no animals lost their lives (recently) during the creation of this show, and hopefully no storytellers either.

Kay StoneKay Stone was born the year the planet Pluto was discovered, and is apparently doing better than her now-demoted planet. She has told stories professionally for three decades, in Canada and out, for children and adults, for fun and often for profit. Her constant companion is Trickster in all his guises, and she will introduce him in his Tibetan form as pot-stealing Uncle Tompa, and as the Coyote who creates the new animal that now dominates this planet. We might be better off on Pluto.


Anne MortonAnne Morton is a native Winnipegger, born on the banks of the Assiniboine. New to storytelling but not to stories, she worked for 25 years in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives. Stone Soup Storytellers led her astray and now she is interested in telling stories that don’t necessarily have to be true. But things that actually happened make good stories too.


Helen WilliamsHelen Janice Williams has spent many years of her life honing her skills particularly in the area of bear wrestling. She is a level 8 bear- hand wrangler. Matriculating in Knitting at Peking University has only added to the depth and breadth of her knowledge and interests.


Kate IsaacA home-grown Manitoban, Kate Isaac was born into a story; living flip sides of the city hamster/country hamster saga. From local ditches and roadsides to the far-flung corners of the globe, she bravely gleans her odd assortment of tales. Kate is a duelist of the double-edged sword, preferring stories within stories, built on backbones of humor. A teller for many years, she has taught and told her stories at work-shops, festivals, and for CBC radio. Luckily, she has saved some badly twisted and knotted tales for fringe nights at Aqua Books.


Mary Louise ChownMary Louise Chown is a Prairie Chicken who began telling stories in public in 1973 when she lived in Germany. You have heard her unique take on life and all that it throws at us at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Children¹s Festival, at Magic of One Concerts, and on CBC Radio. Mary Louise also plays hammered dulcimer, guitar and percussion with a local folk music band and she often includes music and song in her stories.


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