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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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Physiotherapy? #Finditdowntown!

May 5, 2015
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Hey, it’s May! And that means it’s physiotherapy month.

Maybe that’s a thing you don’t think about all that often – something you seek out when you’ve gotten an injury playing sports or in an accident. But physiotherapy is something we can all benefit from as a preventative practice for injury or posture improvement for life-long strength and comfort.

As downtown worker, I sit at my desk an awful lot – physiotherapy can be helpful in correcting and maintaining good posture.

Physiotherapists are specialists who work to help us manage, reduce and eliminate aches and pains. And on the plus side, there are a handful of excellent physiotherapy offices easily accessible to those of us who spend time downtown, and this form of medical care is often covered by employee benefits or insurance.

Elite Sports & Physiotherapy (394 Graham Ave.) began offering physiotherapy services in 1997, and has recently welcomed a massage therapist to their team.
204-926-2240

Graham Physiotherapy and Sport (425 St. Mary Ave.) is another downtown option for physiotherapy care.
204-946-0855

yourPhysio.com (201 Portage Ave.) is connected to Winnipeg Square and offers physiotherapy, orthopedic and ergonomic specialties in downtown since 1993.
204-943-8411

Nova Physio, located in the Medical Arts building, (233 Kennedy St.) has been a downtown service provider for over 25 years. In addition to typical physiotherapy, they offer specialty treatment unique in North America for pelvic floor health and women’s health, often related to pre- and post-partum issues or breast cancer care.
204-982-9196

 

And while we’re on the topic, stay tuned because Fitness in the Park is returning this summer – look for yoga, pilates and Zumba happening daily at Memorial Park and Millennium Library Park – promoting good posture, flexibility, health, wellness, core strength and taking a step away from your work space at the lunch hour.

 

For the VIMs (Very Important Moms)

April 30, 2015

 

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Adorable mason jar for your Mother’s Day flowers from Freshcut Downtown!

 

Chances are there’s a mom out there who’s responsible for life as you know it. And once a year, we set aside a day to show that amazing lady just how much we appreciate her. This year, Mother’s Day is May 10, and I have a few suggestions about how you could treat the mom in your life!

 

Sydney’s at The Forks is offering a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10AM – 3PM
$42 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 | Call 204-942-6075 to reserve

Rudy’s Eat & Drink is offering a family-style brunch from 10AM – 3PM
$19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children | Call 204-421-9094 for a reservation

SMITH at the Inn at the Forks is offering a beautiful brunch buffet from 9AM – 3PM
$45 for adults, $20 for children under 12 | Call 204-944-2445

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar on Garry St. will open at noon. Call 204-942-7619

Resto 12 at the Radisson will host a Mother’s day brunch featuring a deluxe seafood buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-975-6240

The MET is offering an elegant, Manitoba-inspired brunch buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-594-9494

The MET is also offering Dinner & A Movie, featuring Pride and Prejudice
$40/person includes buffet dinner & popcorn. Cocktails at 5:30 | Call 204-594-9494

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza is offering a free Fererro Dessert Pizza after lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day to anyone who tags a pic with their mom using the hashtag #MyDateWithMom and #CarbonePizza. Also, wine by the glass, litre and half-litre will be on special.

Era Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is offering a fixed-price brunch menu – but their regular menu will still be available. They source fair-trade, sustainable and local wherever possible.
Three courses, $24 | Call 204-298-2190

The Velvet Glove at The Fairmont Winnipeg is putting on an amazing brunch spread by Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme. All mothers in attendance will be entered into a draw for a the grand prize – a Girls Night Out including accommodation in a luxury Fairmont room, Chef’s table for two in the Velvet Glove and breakfast in bed for two the following day.
$70 for adults, $45 for seniors, $30 for children | Call 204-985-6255 

 

What else do moms like? All kinds of treats to show you care! Why not check out The Forks Market for some gift ideas? I’ve spotted lots of cute jewellery and giftware at The Forks Trading Company recently, and lots of it is locally created. (I also sniffed all of the candles there – yum!) You could also check out Best of Friends at the Millennium Library or the WAG Gallery Shop has some b-e-a-utiful choices! Does your mama need a little relaxation time? Perhaps a trip (or a gift certificate) to Riverstone Spa or Ten Spa is in order, or how about some class passes to Yoga Public for some serious meditation?.

And you know what you absolutely cannot go wrong with? Flowers. Freshcut Downtown has you covered and your mom will love it!

Give your mom a big hug! And I want to hear how you plan to #FindItDowntown for Mother’s Day! :)

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Look for these cute succulent magnets at Freshcut Downtown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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