Winnipeg's Pirate, Steampunk and Renaissance Festival
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Swords and Sabres is an all-ages rain-or-shine pirate, steampunk, and renaissance event happening June 15th, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Pirate Trunk

Celebrity Guests
Martin Klebba “Marty” best known for his appearances in POTC Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End will be joining us! Autographs are $20.00, Photo Ops $20.00 (Marty is the center in the photo)

Toby Markham is an award winning costumer known for his portrayals of many Johnny Depp characters such as Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka, Sweeny Todd, Edward Scissorhands and of course, Captain Jack. He will be joining us “as Jack” for the weekend. Be sure to get a photo with him!


Steampunk Cosplayers

Steampunk mixes science fiction, western, renaissance, and more. Take a look at these outstandingly constructed costumes and learn a little about how to make your own steampunk costume.

Dozens of elegant steampunk, pirate, medieval, and renaissance costumers will be wandering the fairground throughout the day. Attendees are also encouraged to dress up and get in the spirit!

Merchant booths
Find cool things like swords, replica weaponry, medieval armor, steampunk accessories, and much more at our many booths.

Delicious food will be available around the event.

Pirate Q&A 7:00pm
Martin Klebba and Tony Markham take the stage to answer all your piratey questions, matey!

Free Movie Night 8:30pm – 11pm
Join us in the Park for a showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest!


Skull and Crossbones

Skill Toys – 2pm
A professional juggler and award winning entertainer, Isaac Girardin is one of Canada’s best Devilstickers and an innovative variety performer. Featuring a wide array of acts to delight and engage audiences of all ages, including daring fire feats, this show is a one stop shop of circus skills; A Skill Circus. Stick around after the show, and learn some juggling skills!

MdF - Fire Sticks 1

 Nerf Pirate Arena

Let your kids battle it out with swords and blunderbusses in a safe environment! The Pirate Arena allows kids to have a fun, authentic-feeling fight without any of the mess or tears.

Game Booths
Win great prizes at one of our game booths!

Family-friendly and all-ages
Bring the whole family for a great day of outdoor fun. All ages are welcome!

Pirate Bouncy Castle
Pirate younglings from ages 5 – 12 will be able to bounce to their heart’s content in our themed bounce castle




Society for Creative Anachronism

Medieval Marketplace
Vendors with everything from leather craft, jewelry, pottery, bellydance wear, chainmail, armor and more!

Barony of Castel Rouge
The Barony of Castel Rouge will be available to discuss and present the arts, crafts, and martial activities of Europe in the Middle Ages. They will be showing off dances, clothing, and manufacturing techniques.

Blacksmith Forge
Authentic Blacksmith, Pedro Bedard will be joining us. Be sure to stop by for the full experience.

Illuminari Dance Troupe
illuminari is a Winnipeg based contemporary bellydance ensemble on a journey of exploration, embracing the experience of an ancient art form in a modern and evolving context.  Approaching dance as storytellers, illuminari blends together traditional and contemporary bellydance styles to create unique and exciting performances.

Prairie Caravan Bellydance Troupe
Prairie Caravan is a troupe of Tribal Style Bellydancers based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We have come together to form our troupe, with the desire to continue to study and expand in this amazing dance form, as well as to promote it at local events, festivals and fundraisers.

Sons of Lugh
The sons of lugh are a Viking-age living history group focusing on Norse interaction with the area around the Irish sea during the last century of the first millennium (900 – 1000AD).  Their members attend the annual Viking Village forming part of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, providing Living History displays and rebated steel combat demonstrations.

The Norwood Pirate Village
Live the life of a scurvy dog for a day by interacting with the Norwood Pirate Village!

Valour Fencing
Winnipeg’s first and only historical fencing club will be out demonstrating and teaching the “Art of Defence” with rapier from the 1600′s Italian tradition. Our club will be on hand organizing swordplay lessons and settling duels! If you are interested in having fun with friends and have ever wanted to learn the real art of swordplay then come for a lesson from Instructors Chad McFarland and Ryan Roth Bartel. Don’t want to get dirty or bloodied but still have a score to settle? Choose your champions from our club members and have your champion settle your dispute for you!




1pm: ZUMBAthon

3pm: ZUMBAthon

4pm: Black-Eyed Suzie

Combine the family vibe of the Rankins, the hurt of Sara McLachlan and the sensible rebellion of Neil Young and you’ve got black-eyed SUZIE; While staying true to folk tradition, this head-turning five-piece band is not afraid to break a few cardinal rules!

5pm: Dust Rhinos
From basement pubs to festival stages the Dust Rhinos have been bringing their particular brand of punk flavoured Irish trad to venues large, small, and otherwise since 1992.  Blossoming from a trio of buskers to a 5-piece Celtic rock juggernaut, the Rhinos have tread the boards with acts as varied as The Dropkick Murphys, Gaelic Storm, Alabama, Leahy, the Barra MacNeils, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Whether a house concert, pub night, or festival (Dauphin Countryfest, Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Grey Cup Festival and counting!) the Rhinos’ controlled chaos will get people out of their seats, on the dance floor, and clamouring for One!  More!  Song!

7pm: Pirates on Stage
Join Martin Klebba “Marty” from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, plus Toby Markham as “Captain Jack” for a roaring good Q&A session you don’t want to miss!

8:30pm: Pirates in the Park Movie Screening
Join us with a blanket or a lawn chair for our double feature of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl followed by Dead Man’s Chest. We’ll bring the popcorn! (donation required)


Swords and Sabres 2013 will be held in conjunction with the Norwood Grove Festival at Coronation Park in St. Boniface in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

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