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Oh Canada, we’re ready to celebrate!

June 29, 2015
Winnipeggers participate in the 2014 living flag at the Forks

Winnipeggers participate in the 2014 Living Flag at The Forks

From far and wide, but especially downtown Winnipeg, we’re excited and ready to celebrate your birthday, Canada!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty full day of festivities planned for July 1!

First-thing in the morning I’m meeting up with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ crew and over 2,500 Winnipeggers at Shaw Park (home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes!) to participate in the Canada Day Living Flag event! Winnipeg has been successful for three years in a row in assembling the largest Living Flag in all of Canada, but last year we were beat out by Calgary. Come out at 9:00 AM to get a free red or white t-shirt (while supplies last) and get in on the largest Living Flag in Canada as we reclaim our title this year (the 50th anniversary of our maple leaf flag!), plus entertainment by the Dirty Catfish Brass Band and fun for all!

Bonus: there’s a Goldeyes game later on in the day – grab tickets while you’re at the park (or buy them here)!

Next I plan on hopping next door to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – there’s going to be all kinds of family activities and guided tours throughout the day.

After that, I think it’ll be time for some refreshments – AKA time to hit up the Earls on Main block party for music, dancing and some festive drinks in the sunshine. Cheers to that!

Speaking of music and dancing, next up I plan on zipping over to The Forks – what better spot to be than the city’s most historical meeting place to celebrate our glorious and free country!

From 5PM onwards, there will be music and entertainment on the Festival Stage including Slow Leaves, Attica Riots and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as live music Under the Canopy and indoors on the Market Stage too. Additional perks: lemonade, mini donuts, and 11PM fireworks!

 

What are you planning to do for Canada Day? Let’s hear it!

Don’t forget Dad!

June 18, 2015

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Public Service Announcement: Dads are the best! And it’s Father’s Day on Sunday!

If you, like me, have gotten caught up in all of the summer/FIFA/patio fun recently, it may have accidentally slipped your mind to pick up a present for your pop. Luckily I have a few connections and I can help you #Finditdowntown for dad, just in time for Father’s Day!

If your dad likes steak: The Keg (115 Garry St.) would be a great option. Take him for dinner – they’re offering a steak & shrimp combo for $35, they take reservations and they’re open at 3PM.

If your dad likes beer: Get him on a Tap In beer tour! Put on by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, there’s a bunch throughout the summer – and it’s great value: 4 restaurants, 4 beers, 4 samples of appetizers all for $30 – and you get to check out a few great new watering holes in the downtown! Next tour: June 25.

If your dad likes cigars: Take a peek around Thomas Hinds Tobacconists – 185 Carlton St. – if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the friendly staff will certainly give you a hand.

If your dad likes a fine scotch: Remember there’s a Liquor Mart inside cityplace – perfect for a grab-and-go gift.

If your dad likes coffee: At Fools & Horses Coffee Co. – Broadway at Edmonton St. they carry Pilot Coffee beans and the accessories he’ll need to brew the perfect cup.

If your dad likes a good tie or pocket square: Try EPH Apparel – 291 Garry St. – they’ll hook him up with a custom tailored suit to go with it!

 

Other ideas? Let me know what you find downtown for dad!

#Finditdowntown for FIFA!

June 8, 2015

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Soccer fans, Winnipeggers, restaurant goers and people who love vacations: this is for you.

As we all know, Winnipeg is playing host to the biggest soccer tournament Canada has ever hosted – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015!

Now, sports are not totally my thing – I love a good Jets game (and Jet dog) or Goldeyes game (Goldie is very handsome, plus who doesn’t love those refreshing lemonades you get at Shaw Park?), but this FIFA thing is bringing people from all over the world to our city – all the hotels are sold out(!!!) and there’s definitely a huge buzz of excitement all over town – can you feel it?!

Even I can’t help but fangirl a little when I spot the teams meandering the streets of downtown, and it’s exciting to see groups of fans loading onto buses all dressed up in their teams colours and flags. Welcome to Winnipeg!

But getting back to the point here.

We want to give you tickets for two to an Air Canada travel destination!!!

Check out this following list of restaurants, their special FIFA deals, and most importantly, go visit and enter to win!

Nick’s on Broadway – 287 Broadway
The Rachel is new just in time for FIFA! Try this hottie (it’s a hot sandwich) featuring pastrami, Swiss cheese and coleslaw, served Panini-style.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.
Lunch specials range from $6.99 – $9.99. Every day 4-7pm wings are 55 cents. Weekends and Thursdays… Select Import draft specials $6 & $8. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – live music featuring local singer-songwriters and bands. ALL IN SUNDAYS a  live, unmiked Celtic jam from 6-9pm.

Hy’s Steakhouse – 1 Lombard Pl.
Happy hour menu from 3 – 6PM includes appetizers (jumbo prawns, onion rings, meatballs, fresh oysters) from $2.50 – $4, and drink specials including Sleeman’s Honey Brown Lager, Hy’s select red and white wine, Ceasars and champagne cocktails for $5.

Boston Pizza cityplace – 333 St. Mary Ave.
Drop by for happy hour between 3 – 6PM everyday and a free bus ride to the first 48 customers who are off to the game (with purchase of a meal), and a bunch of great contests and giveaways throughout the games!

Totally Confused Café – 2nd floor, 294 Portage Ave.
Get a free can drink or coffee or 30% off a smoothie with the purchase of any sandwich.

The Fyxx – 310 Broadway
Stop in for 10% off your purchase!

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.
My personal fave – drink your way to free pizza! Any amount you spend on draft beer during happy hour gets taken off your pizza bill. Challenge accepted.

Waves Restaurant & Lounge – 330 Kennedy St.
Have you tried this Indian buffet? It’s all the curries you’ve ever dreamed of. Lunch buffet is offered Monday-Friday, 11AM – 3PM, and dinner is offered Monday – Saturday from 5PM – 9PM. Both are $12.99 and include naan bread and fountain drinks.

 

Air Canada contest details available here.

 

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And don’t for get to make use of the Free-fa Downtown Circulator!

On FIFA game nights in Winnipeg, hop on the Free-Fa (for free) and hop off close to downtown hotspots.

More info here.

 

 

 

Jersey Boys Hit the High Notes!

May 29, 2015

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I wasn’t even born yet when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were popular, but this week I got to see Jersey Boys at the Centennial Concert Hall, and it took me right back to the days when it was cool for boy bands to wear matching suits and sway in synch to the sweet melodies they made.

The show was the perfect mix of story and song, and Hayden Milanes, the lead performer playing Frankie Valli was amazing – almost amazing as the original.

The story provided fascinating insight into the genius behind the music and the super group – Bob Guadio – who was the talent responsible for writing and producing the group’s hits we all still know and love today.

Overall, the show was absolutely, thoroughly, 100%, delightfully entertaining, and I would see it again and again!

You can #FindItDowntown at the Centennial Concert Hall till May 31!

This way to the Hamptons!

May 27, 2015

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There are a few things Winnipeggers love in the summertime – patios, parks and partying at all the street festivals. And I can totally get on board with that – and find it downtown.

One thing that’s really not my scene? Lake life. However, this summer, relaxation party vacation is coming to us – Hamptons style.

Athena Leadership hosts its annual fundraiser on June 6 at Manitoba Hydro Place in support of their yearly scholarship – the Leader of Tomorrow Award.

Last summer’s fundraiser – A Midsummernight’s Dream – was attended by over 400 people, and boasted a high-value auction, beautiful décor, signature cocktails and delicious bites and desserts. This year will be much the same – Hampton’s style, and sponsored by Birchwood Volvo Jaguar Land Rover.

We’re all requested to wear white, to add to the glam atmosphere and up our selfie game.

This is the downtown party of the year, it’s going to be all over your Instagram feed, so in attending you’ll have an amazing time, support a fantastic cause and avoid a serious case of FOMO.

Tickets are $40. Click here to purchase.

Or, as you’ve come to know, I have a few up for grabs. Get at me on Twitter @DowntownPeggy saying “I want to Party in the Hamptons” and use the hashtag #Finditdowntown two winners will receive a pair of tickets on June 3 at 10AM.

 

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Hi, I’d like a table for 1201 please!

May 19, 2015

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I’m prepping for the biggest dinner of my life to date this weekend, and I am VERY thankful I don’t have to cook for this event.

Because there are going to be 1201 people there!!!

Table for 1201, the bigger and better (by one) sequel to last year’s Table for 1200 which sprawled the entire length (and then some) of the Esplanade Riel, is happening this Saturday. The event put on by Storefront MB, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Tourism Winnipeg, Event Glass and Travel Manitoba is a huge celebration of architecture and architectural culture.

And we’re going to do so by indulging in some of the best food Winnipeg has to offer. Ben Kramer from Diversity Foods, Mandel Hitzer from deer & almond and a bunch of their colleagues are preparing a Manitoba-made family-style meal for all 1201 of us. My mouth is watering already.

Where is this giant table, you ask? Very good question, but part of the fun is it’s a secret!

Like last year, the location will be announced one hour before dinner is served (6:00 location announcement, 7:00 dinner), and guests are encouraged to wear white and bring their own chairs.

Tickets are $90 and pretty much sold out, but here’s the thing: I have two empty seats at my table. Care to join me?  

Let me know in the comments below where in Winnipeg (think picturesque) you’d like to have dinner with 1200 of your BFFs.

I’ll let you know if you’re the lucky winner by 10AM on Friday, May 22!

Note: Dinner is at 7PM on Saturday, May 23. Stay tuned to the email address you use to comment on this blog to find out if you’ve won!

Oh What a Night Downtown!

May 15, 2015

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The year is 1962. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans are really popular. West Side Story just won the Academy Award for Best Picture. You just heard “Big Girls Don’t Cry” on American Bandstand for the first time and now you have a huge crush on Frankie Valli (and The Four Seasons).

Flash forward to May 26-31, 2015. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys takes centre stage in Downtown Winnipeg for six nights only!

Songs include “Oh, What a Night”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – among others. So trust me when I say you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ in your seat the Centennial Concert Hall.

Sound like a show that’s up your alley? Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Or you could win a pair here!

It’s easy – you tell me what your “Oh What a Night” downtown would be (a drink in the whiskey lounge at Prairie 360, over looking the city followed by a walk along The Forks riverwalk? An evening at the WAG? Trying a hidden gem of a restaurant followed by a concert, maybe followed by patio drinks with friends?) and you could win the ultimate “Oh What a Night Downtown for two, including:

Two tickets to the opening night of Jersey Boys at the Centennial Concert Hall and dinner for two at Blaze Restaurant & Lounge inside the Delta Hotel – uncomplicated, handcrafted food inspired by the prairies in which we live.

Contest closes May 20 at 2PM.

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