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Stolen Sisters

Sarasvati Productions is putting on a cabaret of monologues highlighting gender-based violence this month.

The theme is Stolen Sisters, and is an accumulation of work from women in Winnipeg and across Canada. The work will focus on high-profile cases of unsolved murders and missing women, as well as globally infamous cases of violence and sexual assaults against women. Artistic director Hope McIntyre said this is an opportunity to raise awareness about topics that are often buried.

The line up includes spoken word pieces by musician Mary Black. Black’s work went viral earlier this year when she posted a video online where she calls out some of the major issues indigenous people face.

Full performance of the monologues will take place Mar. 12 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. Tickets are $10.

Osheaga line up

One of Montreal’s largest music festivals has announced its line up for this year.

Big names such as Radiohead, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Lana Del Rey will be headlining Osheaga 2016. Another 50 acts will be performing over the three-day weekend, which takes place July 29 to 31.

Weekend passes are on sale now for $310 and daily passes will go on sale later on. The festival takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau — two islands situated east of downtown Montreal.

Time to forgive

Yes We Mystic, the Winnipeg band with a knack of producing unusual promotional strategies, is back at it with the release of cryptic posters across the city.

Plain white posters with the word “forgiver” and a cellphone number have been making their way around the city. The posters pose the question, “what have you been unable to forgive?” The posters are a promotional stunt for the band’s debut album, Forgiver.

The band says they wanted to engage people in a different way, so they posted a phone number to give people a direct line to them. A Twitter account called Forgiver has been set up for the project where the band posts people’s texts about forgiveness. The band will also use people’s submissions in their final album.