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Hello Hera!

April 24, 2015

Never mind your cute baby pics and super awkward high school yearbook photos. How’s this for a #FlashbackFriday – the Winnipeg Art Gallery they’re flashing back to the 7th Century BC – 2nd Century AD with the Olympus exhibit and it opens this Sunday!

Featuring over 160 ancient Greek and Roman marble and bronze statues, terracotta vases and pieces of jewellery on loan to us from the Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin, this exhibit only stops in only two North American destinations (we’re one of them – pretty special!).

Come face-to-face with 12 amazing Olympians including Zeus, Venus, Athena, Hera and more.

Interested? Take this quiz and let me know which Olympian you are for your chance to win a pair of passes to the exhibit! And as always, remember to #Finditdowntown when you post photos of your visit!

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I got Hera:

Pros: She’s beautiful, the daughter of two important Titans: Kronos and Rhea, the protector of marriage, women, motherhood and childbirth

Cons: Married her brother (Zeus), has an argumentative streak, very jealous of her husband’s lovers (seems reasonable to me…)

 

Contest closes Friday, May 1 at 2PM.

For hours, ticket prices, etc. click here.

Duck duck…JETS!

April 16, 2015
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Party at Portage & Main when Jets got the wild card playoff spot! Photo c/o @xjmetro on Instagram.

 

Tonight, the Jets square off with the Anaheim Ducks, and while some Winnipeggers may be fans of the Ducks – tonight, we’re rooting for the home team. It didn’t take long for fans to snap playoff tickets – rumour has it that 1,000 were available and they sold out in mere seconds. So if you don’t have tickets like me, here’s a list of places to watch the Jets hit the ice – you just need to #finditdowntown! Snap a photo of you watching the game downtown, use the hashtag #finditdowntown, and I’ll enter you in for a chance to win a beer button for you to pour your own beer at Carbone!

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza (260 St. Mary Ave.)

Enjoy live music on a spacious patio before every home game. Test your hockey skills with a street hockey tournament. Or if you’re anything like me, you’ll just want to enjoy Carbone’s #WhiteOut drink and pizza features – we’re talking $2 off white sangria, white grape cosmos, Shock Top, and their New White pizza! Yum! And get this, during every away game, you can literally drink your way into free pizza – any amount spent on draft beer will be credited to your pizza bill. I’m OK with this. Oh yeah, the game will be screened on all of Carbone’s TV screens.

Shannon’s Pub (175 Carlton St.)

How does a $15 Jets burger with any domestic draft sound? Eat your face off (get it, face-off?) while enjoying the game on Shannon’s HD projection screen.

The Pint Public House (274 Garry St.)

New to Garry Street, The Pint is getting Jetsy with some amazing specials! On game days, Budweiser and Bud Light for $6 (20 oz. pints), $17 (pitchers), and $35 (table kegs), and to give you the energy to shout Go! Jets! Go!, give the Poutine Playoff burger a try. No shortage of screens to watch the game on: come with friends, and keep the celebration going after the game with DJs playing, Jet Fuel shooters and a special #WPGwhiteout drink.

Club 200 (190 Garry St.)

See the Jets score against the Ducks on a big screen and enter to win a Jets jersey with every food or beverage purchase. And if you’re thirsty, Alexander Keiths draft goes for $4 a pint and $4 for Fireball shots.

Earls on Main (191 Main St.)

Chicken wings at $6/lb and $3 for sleeves and $5 for pints of Bud, Bud Light, and Rhino Draft. Watch the game on all indoor TV screens.

Café Bella and Lounge (330 York Ave.)

For $12.99, enjoy a Spud, Bud, & Steak Sandwich (a 7 oz. NY Striploin on a Texas Style Garlic Toast with a Baked Potato with all the fixings) AND a pint of Bud or Bud Light!

Tavern United MTS (260 Hargrave St.)

While you fight your way into a pair of play-off tickets with others at the bar (visit tavernunited.com for more info), you can also view the game on Tavern’s rooftop – they’re setting up a giant screen! Pitchers of Bud are $13.99 and pints are $3.99 for all home and away games.

The Met (281 Donald St.)

Shout #GoJetsGo in front of a 40-foot screen while enjoying $3.99 bottles of Bud Light.

Boston Pizza (333 St. Mary Ave.)

Blue beer, yes, BLUE beer can be enjoyed by you and your pals – along with copious amounts of food and drink specials. Enter to win a chance to win P1 front row tickets to the next playoff game!

Hy’s Winnipeg (1 Lombard Pl.)

Work downtown? Study downtown? Just stay downtown and enjoy happy hour from 4-6 p.m.! A 3-coure prefix menu for $41 and complimentary parking after 5pm is good enough reason to come to Hy’s to watch the games!

The Old Spaghetti Factory (25 Forks Market Rd.)

Here’s your chance to namedrop. Get 10% off your food and drink when you watch the game by mentioning my name!

The Velvet Glove (2 Lombard Pl.)

Sharing is caring: buy three platters and get one free. Enjoy the game on Velvet Glove’s large screens.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink (375 Graham Ave.)

Rudy’s has one of the largest patios in the city, and to celebrate the playoffs, they are making it look like a big ‘ol hockey rink! Watch the game on two outdoor 65” screens, while enjoying $4 Bud and Bud Light pints and $14 for pitchers, and you could win a pair of tickets to game #4!

The Keg (115 Garry St.)

Get #WpgWhiteOut with $5.50 pints of Rickards White!

Pony Corral (444 St. Mary Ave.)

49-cent ribees and wings in the lounge during the game. Enter for your chance to win a Jets pub table and 2 stools!

Shark Club (233 Hargrave St.)

$6.99 shark size Molson Canadian. Prizes given away every game!

 

While these places won’t be screening the games, you should obviously check them out for their delicious discounts and Jets promotions! Come hungry, leave full and happy:

The Fyxx on Broadway: buy one specialty drink and get second one for half price

Bodegoes at cityplace: devour handcrafted whiteout cupcakes and cookies

Second Cup on Graham: 10% off any drink or food item

Totally Confused Café: Buy a sandwich, get a free coffee or a free can drink

Nick’s on Broadway: 2 pastrami sandwiches for $16 if you’re wearing a Jets jersey and/or hat on game days. Hours extended to game start time on home game days.

Clean and green: Earth Day 2015!

April 14, 2015

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This has to be the best time of year – it’s sunny, warm, the Jets are in the playoffs and the very best of the summer is just around the corner.

But before then we have a little cleaning up to do.

Now that the snow has melted and all the dust has settled (in every nook and cranny), I think we have a bit of sprucing up to do. So come join me, and a bunch of my pals including the crew from Fresh FM, Big FM, Energy 106, Marcie Markusa from CBC Radio, the crew from Global, downtown residents and business workers and more on Earth Day – April 22, 2015 as we tidy up our beloved downtown neighbourhood and spiff it up for many outdoor days ahead!

The deets:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9am – 11:30am at Thunderbird House
2pm – 4:30pm at Millennium Library Park

Rumour has it there will be all kinds of prizes and give-aways, including two bikes, re-usable coffee mugs, Goldeye’s tickets, plantable trees and more!

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Prizes for:
Best Team Name
Most lbs of litter picked per person
Best Team Outfit
Most Members in a Team
Most Enthustiastic Team

This will be a fun day! To get in on the clean, green action register here. 

More vulgar, more hilarious, more dancing, Mor…mon!

March 19, 2015

 

The Book of Mormon

Apparently it’s quite the feat to snag tickets to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon in actual New York. It’s been sold-out for ages.

It’s here to dazzle, entertain, and potentially offend Winnipeg audiences at the Centennial Concert Hall until March 22, and I got to see it last night!

The show is two hours (plus intermission) of “Did they actually say that?!” mixed with “Ohhh did I just LOL at that…?!” and a bit of “Yep. Yep, they went there,” along with the impeccable dance numbers, animated characters, and through-the-roof talent expected of a travelling Broadway show.

Written and created by the writers of the raunchy/comedy cartoon South Park (hint: if that show’s not your cup of tea, this probably isn’t either…), the plot involves – you guessed it – a crew of young Mormon missionary boys (stereotypes abound) as they try to meet the baptism quota in a small Ugandan village where troubles such as AIDS, starvation, war lords, maggot-infested private parts, female circumcision, and rape are discussed quite light-heartedly.

Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are meant to spread the good word to the Ugandan people together, but all-star word-spreader Elder Price has a mini-breakdown over his prayers to be placed in his absolute dream location (Orlando) being ignored, so Elder Cunningham (super dorky underdog with a wild imagination) takes charge, leading the Ugandan tribe to (slightly – ok super – twisted) truth. It’s not ideal, but it all works out in the end, although the Ugandans do not find paradise or salvation in Salt Lake City, Utah as they’d hoped.

It’s hilarious, the tunes are catchy, there are poop jokes, lots of swearing and rude gestures, and it’s chock-full of Mormon mockery and a true tale of friendship. I’d recommend it.

 

And there’s more where that came from.

Jersey Boys will be at the Centennial Concert Hall May 26 – 31. Tickets go on sale March 23, but I have the presale password!

Visit http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139402/1551009?brand=bac March 20 – 22 and enter the password SEASONS. Let me know if you’re looking for a date! ;)

 

 

St. Paddy’s Day all the way!

March 17, 2015

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St. Patrick’s Day is as good an excuse as any for me to don my shamrock-shaped (no, I didn’t say shamrock shake, but I bet you want one now, don’t you!) glasses, my best green dress, hit the (down)town and indulge in some Irish cream- and Guinness-flavoured things and sip on some cool, refreshing green beer and just spread friendly, jolly cheer! This day only comes once a year – here’s a few spots you might like to #finditdowntown for St. Paddy’s day.

Pony Corral – 444 St. Mary Ave.

Guinness and Jameson are on special, Thistle-Thyme show band is on stage, you could win a Guinness beer fridge, and the McConnell Irish Dancers will have you a-tappin’ your toes.

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club – 234 Main St.

St. Paddy’s Day Liquidation Sale – All beer must go. No reasonable offer refused. Richard Inman & the Mad Trappers play at 9:00, Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices play at 10:30. Always delicious Mexican cuisine.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.

All-day entertainment including Nathan Rogers, Dale Brown and the Brady Irish Dancers.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.

Green beer. Prizes. Free Pizza. Free Lucky Charms cereal.

Tavern United MTS Centre – 260 Hargrave St.

Indulge in beef stew served in a bread bowl, green beer, St. Paddy’s Day-themed shooters, and be entertained by the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.

And perhaps if a friendly, neighborhood watering hole isn’t your scene this St. Patrick’s day, perhaps the luck of the Irish at the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon ticket lottery will be on your side. Arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 2.5 hours before curtain, and enter to win the chance to purchase tickets for a very reasonable $25. Stay tuned for my review of the show on Thursday!

 

Farm Fresh!

March 10, 2015

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Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it has been absolutely balmy and beautiful for the past few days. The weather has been a fabulous reminder that summer is on its way – and with summer comes a few of my favourite things: biking to work, lunches outside in the sun, outdoor movie nights at Memorial Park and perhaps best of all, the Downtown Farmers’ Market!

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I love being a hop, skip and jump away from Manitoba Hydro, where I can pick up all the beautiful, delicious, local and freshly grown and made items I need for the week in the summertime.

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And it turns out, I don’t even have to wait for summer! From now till June, they’re hosting an indoor market on the second Thursday (that’s this week!) of each month at Manitoba Hydro Place.

We’re a ways away from produce season, but in February vendors were still selling garden carrots, a variety of pumpkins, squashes and potatoes, along with delicious baking, preserves, honey, and all kinds of handcrafts.

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At the last market I bought a sweetgrass-scented candle from Soy Necessities. It smells delicious and the bonus? They burn for up to 30 hours!

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Another thing I would highly recommend would be to pick up some treats for the office from Sweet C Bakery. Could there be a better morale booster than cookies? And they have cute and creative flavours – like coconut lime and mocha (as well as the good ol’ chocolate chip, oatmeal and other standards).

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And for dinner that night, I could not resist picking up some frozen perogies, bison smokies and the absolutely most delicious horseradish mustard from Smak Dab.

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So put it in your calendar – this Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Manitoba Hydro Place, stock up on some local goods!

 

Hello hockey!! (Help!)

March 3, 2015

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Maybe you’ve already noticed, but for the sake of clarity, I’ll say so myself: I’m not a very sporty gal.

I was the kid who would sneak out of gym class to go shopping downtown. I’d choose pumps over pumping any day. I’m much more interested in restaurant reviews than sports stats. And…I’m almost sorry to say that I’ve only set foot in our very own MTS Centre for concerts and things other than hockey.

But it’s all about to change.

It’s been declared the Year of Sport in Manitoba (aside from the usual suspects, we’re hosting FIFA Women’s World Cup of Soccer AND the Grey Cup!) and I’m kicking it off (puns always intended!) the best way I know how.

Tomorrow our hometown boys play against Ottawa and I am very excited to finally have the chance to cheer them on!

 

Here’s my tentative agenda for the evening. Please let me know if I’m on the right track:

1. Head to the Jets Gear Store at 300 Portage Ave. on my lunch break to pick up something thematically appropriate to wear to the game, so everyone knows who I’m cheering for.

2. Dash to the Yellow Dog Tavern at 386 Donald (hop, skip & jump away from MTS Centre) right after work to grab a spot because I hear it fills up VERY quickly on hockey nights!

3. Have a bite to eat, perhaps my favourite grilled cheese sandwich in the city (the rosemary adds a little something extra special), but really anything on this not-your-average pub-grub menu will satisfy!

4. Instagram (#finditdowntown)

5. Wash it down with a local beer – they’ve got the standard line-up of Half Pints on tap, and they’ve also always got first dibs on any of the exclusive, limited time Half Pints kegs (think Pistachio Mustachio for Movember, etc.)

6. Scoot over to the MTS Centre, find my seats, shout “Go Jets GO!” as many times as possible, perhaps grab a Jets Dog as a snack (I hear they are epic), cheer some more, and hope they win!

7. Instagram (#GoJetsGo, #finditdowntown)

8. Take the skywalk to Shark Club or Boston Pizza or The Pint for a post-game drink.

 

Sound about right to you? What does your typical game night look like? Which are your favourite pre- and post-game hang outs? What are your favourite snacks at the game?

Fill me in, friends – I’m a rookie!

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