‘Unzipped’ Rolling Stones exhibit coming to Winnipeg

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Rolling Stone?

While being a member of the world-renowned band might not be an option, getting a look into their lives from where it all began to behind the scenes will soon be a possibility for Winnipeggers.

An international exhibit devoted to the rock band is coming to Winnipeg for its second Canadian stop.

The exhibit will open on June 11 and run Tuesday to Sunday for seven weeks, until July 31.

“Unzipped, is an interactive, multimedia celebration that takes audiences behind the scenes of life in and amongst The Rolling Stones,” said a spokesperson from True North Sports and Entertainment. “An immersive reconstruction of their Chelsea flat, “Edith Grove”, provides a glimpse into where it all began while the replica recording studio is a backstage pass to the Stones’ creative process.”

The display will feature more than 300 original artifacts from the band’s personal collection, including instruments, personal diaries, costumes, rare audio and video footage and more.

“It’s infinitely cool to go backstage at a Rolling Stones show and go in the dressing room, and this is as close as you will get to having that experience without actually being invited to Mick and Keith’s private enclave backstage,” said Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president of venues and entertainment with True North.

“The hallmark of this show is that everything is authentic – from the posters, contracts, song lists and napkin sketches. These are not photocopies or re-creations; everything is from The Rolling Stones’ personal collections and archives.”

“Unzipped” will be on display on Winnipeg’s Expo Live, located in Portage Place, and will be the first exhibit to use the new 20,000-square-foot venue.

“We are believers in our downtown and we are excited to have worked with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Portage Place to create a new attraction that will bring more people and energy to our downtown,” said Donnelly.


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