Summertime tunes on the patio

Fridays in July and August

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A performance microphone in the foreground reflects red and gold lights. Blurred in the background are patio lights. Partially obscured.

Photo: israel palacio on Unsplash

Event details

Free, reservations available. To reserve, call Boréal Bistro: 204-289-2187.
Patio on Level 1
Language and Accessibility:
Performances will be primarily in English or instrumental.
  • July 7: Geneva Halverson
  • July 14: Renate Rossol
  • July 21: DJ Louie Lovebird
  • July 28: Jess Rae Ayre and Kris Cahatol
  • August 4: The Hi‐Life Steel Orchestra from 6–7 p.m. as part of the Emancipation Day Celebration
  • August 11: $uraj
  • August 18: No patio event (Museum closed for a private event)
  • August 25: Amby and housepanther

Music connects us to each other and to community. On Friday nights in July and August, you can enjoy free musical performances on the beautiful patio at the Museum’s Bistro (events move inside in inclement weather.)

Take advantage of our free Friday night admission from 5–9 p.m. Explore the galleries, stop in for a bite, and listen to the tunes and tones of these amazing local performers.

Or just come enjoy great music in a beautiful setting.

All performances are free, but space is limited. Reservations are available through the Boreal Bistro – call 204–289-2187.


July 7: Geneva Halverson

Geneva Halverson, a fair-haired, blue-eyed person, leans toward the camera and is wearing a blue denim shirt.
Geneva Halverson.

Winnipeg mezzo soprano, pianist and songwriter Geneva Halverson is well versed in many genres of music – from operetta to country. Geneva’s style as a songwriter is influenced by the folk‐rock music of the mid‐1960s. In their first set, they will play the Everly Brothers “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.”

July 14: Renate Rossol

Renate Rossol, a brown-haired, brown-eyed woman, is smiling broadly. She is wearing a bright fuchsia cocktail dress.
Renate Rossol.

As a performer of solo, vocal and instrumental repertoire, Renate Rossol has performed on stages in Austria, Canada and the United States. She first appeared in a Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra concert at age 11 and made her American debut at 17. A music director, pianist, vocal coach, adjudicator and piano instructor, Renate is building community through her musical leadership in Winnipeg and across Canada.

July 21: DJ Louie Lovebird

Person with curly shoulder-length dark hair is standing in a garden at dusk with sunglasses. They are wearing a colourful outfit.
DJ Louie Lovebird. 

Whatever your vibe may be, leave it to Louie to pick up what you’re throwing down. This Lovebird prefers to nest in queer and inclusive spaces. With a keen eye on what the crowd is feeling, they bring the fun and the funk to whatever event they play. If you want a smooth, sensitive empath to help you groove, Louie has it covered.

July 28: Jess Rae Ayre and Kris Cahatol

Jess Rae Ayre stands against a yellow wall and is wearing a teal sweater and a slight smile.
Jess Rae.
Jess Rae Ayre

Jess Rae, from the Western Canadian Music Award‐winning roots band Sweet Alibi, is also making her mark as a solo performer across Canada. Jess, who is developing songs for a 2023 debut album, blends a contemplative roots sound with elements of pop, letting her soulful expressive voice and honest songwriting take the lead.

Kris Cahatol lies laughing on green grass and is surrounded by computer-drawn flowers and hearts. Kris is holding a guitar across their chest.
Kris Cahatol.
Kris Cahatol

Kris Cahatol (he/they) is a queer, trans, Filipino multidisciplinary storyteller. With a fun repertoire of originals and musical theatre, folk, and pop covers, Kris combines dreamy melodies and sincere poetry to extend a warm hug to anyone listening. When not strumming their own tunes, Kris studies classical voice at the University of Manitoba and performs in a musical duo (@violentaffectionmusic) and Winnipeg’s theatre community.

August 4: The Hi-Life Steel Orchestra

Nine people stand in rows playing steel drums.
The Hi-Life Steel Orchestra.

The Hi‐Life Steel Orchestra, established over 40 years ago, showcases and promotes the steel pan culture of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago throughout the Province of Manitoba. The orchestra has been a feature of the Folklorama Caribbean Pavilion since its inception. The band also performs throughout the province at events such as country fairs, weddings, socials and corporate events.

August 11: $uraj

Suraj, a DJ wearing a baseball cap backwards, spins records on a glass counter at an event.

$uraj is a nonbinary, second‐generation Indian who lives out their values, rooted in social justice and communication. $uraj’s experience as a DJ for more than a decade has equipped them with rare sensibilities, having widely spanned demographics, vibes and scale while maintaining a dedicated awareness to others’ experiences.

August 25: Amby and housepanther

A musician strums a guitar. Her dark hair curls from under a felt brown cowboy hat; her shoulders are bare but her nose and ears are pierced. To the side, a candle shaped like a skull burns beside an unlit pink candle shaped like a woman’s torso.

After years in the wilds of Toronto and Victoria’s music scenes, Amber Landry came home to Winnipeg to hone her untameable artistic voice. A child of both the theatre and the internet, Landry’s music synthesizes the wide‐eyed bombast of the stage with the insular vulnerability of life on the web. Her growing catalogue explores queer joy and heartache with raw humour and bruising tenderness, illuminating the experiences of her fans—including a voracious community of supporters on TikTok.

Two guitarists, one wearing a toque and the other wearing a baseball cap, play on stage under purple light. A microphone and another guitar are visible on the edges.

housepanther makes power‐pop that never revisits the same idea twice, yielding ceaselessly inventive tunes. Songwriter Bailee Woods grounds the band’s music with engaging honesty and vulnerability, creating a sometimes‐awkward, always‐beautiful rendering of the human experience.