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Monster Jam a car smashing good time at the MTS Centre


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re you ready for MAYHEM, MAY- HEM, MAYHEM?! If so, the Maple Lead Monster Jam event coming to


Winnipeg on January 30 and 31 is for you. Whether you’re an old man, a little boy


or are just unleashing your inner child, there’s something about watching big trucks smash cars that just gets your heart going, and it’s always fun for the whole family. If memory serves correctly, the first


time I ever went to a Monster Jam show was with my dad in 2004. I was a teenager at the time, so hanging out with my dad didn’t strike me as the coolest thing in the world, but at the same time: monster trucks. I believe Jurassic Attack was still kicking around with its triceratops de- sign, but the crowd favourite was easily the iconic Grave Digger. Grave Digger is not slated to be per-


forming on this tour stop, but fans will likely get to see Canadian favourite Northern Nightmare, along with Mon- ster Mutt, Bounty Hunter, Zombie, Hotsy, Midnight Rider, Iron Outlaw and New Earth Authority. Tere will also be the ear-splitting fun of ATV races as well as Galactron vs Reptar, which I will at- tempt to describe as something from Beast Wars fighting a Transformer, or the ED-209 from Robocop. If you get ei- ther of those references, you’ll definitely enjoy this. Getting back to the trucks, I am by no


means saying what any driver is going to do at the MTS Centre when they’re in town, but one such driver is capable of executing a backflip… with his truck. Cam McQueen, who was born in Cal- gary and now lives in Kelowna, has hit backflips in his truck on more than one occasion including his first while driving


Zombie returns with the Monster Trucks.


a truck called Nitro Circus in 2010. Mc- Queen now drives Northern Nightmare and reps his home country’s colours. For those interested in attending the


event, or bringing a son/little brother/ nephew/grandson type, tickets start at


15 bucks. Tere are three shows planned, with a 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. evening show on Saturday the 30th and another matinee on Sunday the 31st. Prior to the afternoon shows, you can get autographs from drivers, get photos with the trucks


and walk the track with the Party in the Pits. Getting that close to a 10,000 lb, 1,500 horsepower monster truck is cool whether you’re five or 95. Visit monsterjam.com or ticketmaster. ca for more details.


Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, off to Disney on Ice we go


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ou’ll have the perfect opportunity to take your princess to see other prin- cesses this February, when Disney


on Ice comes to town with their Dare to Dream event. Te MTS Centre is scheduled to host seven performances between the 18th and 21st of February. Te event is fea- turing Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana and many more of your favour- ite Disney characters. For those like me who stick to the classics, Tiana featured in Te Princess and the Frog, while Rapunzel featured in Tangled. I’m more of a Seven Dwarfs fan myself, and they should be in


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attendance. Speaking of old favourites, the hosts for the shows are Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Ultimately, there’s something or someone for all ages to see. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse,


Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney's most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment's newest ice spec- tacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.


Audiences begin their magical, musical


voyage in New Orleans celebrating the story of Te Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and then escape into the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Te trip continues to Cinderella's kingdom in her search for true love and follows Rapunzel as she discovers the world beyond her tow- er on her quest to see the floating lanterns. Te Disney Princesses then come together for the first time on ice during the finale, to welcome Rapunzel into their royal court in the ultimate princess experience. "Tere's something within each of the


stories of Tangled, Te Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Snow White and


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the Seven Dwarfs that speaks to women and girls and families around the world," says Producer Nicole Feld. "Each of these princesses is searching for what truly makes them happy. And I think that's very reflective of what audiences are like today." "Tis show is different from anything


we've ever done, and we're excited about all the exhilarating aspects we've included in this production," says Producer Juliette Feld. "Tis is the first time Rapunzel is featured on the ice with her tremendous amount of hair. And new this year, the Princess who started it all, Snow White, will be joining the show with the Seven Dwarfs, bringing more magic than ever before."


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