Global Village

Towne Centre - Food Court Area 800 Rosser Avenue

The Global Village Pavilion returns to the Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival this year, featuring food, entertainment and cultural presentations from Japan, China, the Isle of Mauritius and Pakistan. Local Mauritians will put their vibrant island culture on display with live music (Island Vibe Band and Mauritian Ottentik), traditional dance, arts and crafts, and a tasty selection of their tropical cuisine. The Brandon University Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be representing the Chinese community this year and will display traditional art and music, live performances, and a multimedia display. And for the very first time, Brandon's Pakistani and Japanese communities will join the winter festival. Hope to see you all there!

The Japanese community has prepared an exciting program with cultural displays, food, spectacular martial arts demonstrations provided by members of the Brandon Judokan judo club, karate performances by Traditional Karate of Brandon, and a selection of Japanese music by talented local artists. Don't forget to try the succulent teriyaki pork, our sweet potato pastries and green tea cookies! The Pakistani community is very excited to be part of the Global Village Pavilion. They are set to introduce their culture through traditional clothing, cultural displays, food, music, arts and crafts. Visit the Henna artists to have beautiful Henna stains traced on your hands. Some of the traditional jewellery, outfits and crafts will be for sale. A perfect place to find a traditional Punjabi outfit or colorful scarves. If you love hot and spicy food don't miss out on our delicious samosas. The Global Village Pavilion will also feature crafts and activities area for kids on Saturday afternoon, Saturday afternoon tea service and performances by Sensacion Internacional on the main stage throughout the weekend.

Thursday & Friday: 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Thursday & Friday: 6:00–11:00 p.m. (every hour; last show starts 10:00 p.m.).
Saturday: 1:00-11:00 p.m. (every hour; last show starts 10:00 p.m.).


Sensacion Internacional is a multi-cultural dance group performing under the direction of choreographer and dancer, Maria Alvarado. Members of the troupe include dancers from El Salvador, the Phillipines, Colombia, Honduras and Canada. Members range in age from 3 to 73!
Sensacion Internacional has performed traditional dances from countries such as El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, and Puerto Rico, as well as popular dances such as merengue, cumbia, salsa, cha-cha-cha, tango, mambo, jive, and hip-hop. Over the past year, Sensacion INternacional has performed at Lady of the Lake, as well as the Brandon Summer Fair, Souris Multicultural Day, Brandon Cultural Days, and weddings. Residents of Brandon Personal Care Homes have also enjoyed performances by the group.
Sensacion Internacional is looking forward to performing at this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival with a new line up including dances from Spain, Africa and Puerto Rico. See you at the Festival in the Global Village!

Originally, from the Island of Mauritius, drummer Rodney Addison with the help of fellow Mauritians and their Canadian friends formed Island Vibe. Few Brandonites had heard of their beautiful tropical island. They wanted to share their music along with their rich culture with the Canadians.
Island Vibe primarily focuses on reggae, seggae and sega music. Sega is considered the national music of Mauritius. Sega's origins lie in the music of the slaves. Seggae is a fusion of the traditional sega and reggae. It was invented by the Mauritian Rastafari, known as Kaya. He campaigned for rights of the Mauritian Creole people.
Be ready to move your body to the tropical beats of Island Vibe!!!!
Traditional Karate of Brandon
The Traditional Karate of Brandon was founded in 1992 with the sole objective to practice, preserve, and propagate authentic Shotokan Karate. It is our fundamental belief that the practitioner’s life can truly be enriched through the study of Karate.
Our Chief Instructor has seen numerous successes and achievements in his 25 years of dedicated Karate training. Scott Middleton was formerly seven times Manitoba Provincial Champion and a finalist at the Canadian National Championships in 2002. In 2008 he received his 5th Degree Black Belt at a special examination in New York City. Only a handful of people have reached this level in Canadian Karate.
The Traditional Karate of Brandon recognizes that the benefits of training are unique to each particular age range. We offer separate classes on various evenings throughout the week. The following are the classes we offer:
Kodomo Karate (Parent & Child combined) – Ages 4 & 5 years old
Children’s Karate – Ages 6 – 11 years old
Youth & Adult Karate – Ages 12 years old and up
Private instruction with Sensei Scott Middleton
Self Defense Classes
For further information visit

Tomomi Kondo – Violinist
An active solo, chamber and orchestral musician, violinist Tomomi Kondo has appeared on recitals in the Philippines, the Unites States, Canada and Poland in addition to her home country of Japan. Tomomi is a former member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, and has appeared with numerous other ensembles including Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Philharmonic and Osaka Sinfonica. She recently relocated to Brandon, MB where she teaches through the Brandon University Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music and will be performing with area ensembles, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Brandon Chamber Players and Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Joel Brennan –Trumpeter
American trumpeter Joel Brennan enjoys a diverse musical career performing and teaching throughout North America, Europe and Asia. After studying at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University, Joel received a Fulbright grant to the Netherlands where he served as principal trumpet of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and performed on the national tour of the hit Dutch musical, Ciske de Rat. The newest member of Brandon University’s School of Music faculty, Joel recently moved to Brandon after serving as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan.
Brandon Judokan
The Brandon Judokan judo club is located in the Brandon University Gymnasium, on the mezzanine level.
Class times:
Juniors: Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM
Cadets & Adults: Monday & Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 PM
President: Patrick Johanneson
Vice-President: Xisra Winder
Secretary: John Jackson
Treasurer: Rainer Schira
Contact Us: 725-3062 • 724-7689 • 729-1639
Mauritian Ottentik Band
The Mauritian Ottentik band is composed of 10 friendly guys who play music from their mother land of MAURITIUS. The band plays a lot of reggae music, inspired by the reggae music king Bob Nesta Marley.
MAURITIAN OTTENTIK BAND plays reggae, ragga, seggae, slow and sega music. Sega is considered the national music of Mauritius. Seggae was invented by the Mauritian Rastafari, Joseph Reginal Topize, also known as Kaya. He sings for the poor people to make them happy and have a better life. Reggae and seggae music are forms of weapons for human rights. “JAH RASTAFARI” The Mauritian Ottentik band has performed at the Neepawa Lily Festival, Clancy's Bar & Eatery, and the 40. Mauritian Ottentik also makes the “night of the light” also known as deepavali for the Mauritian community.
We hope to see you and your family at the Global Village Pavilion! Enjoy our tropical music at the Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival!