Downtown: Cooler than you think!

The great folks at WinnipegPass have started a new social media call-to-action: that Winnipeg is #coolerthanyouthink, especially during the winter.  While some folks religiously bundle up by the fire, a new segment of Winnipeggers are beginning to venture outdoors to take part in unique activities throughout our snowy, wintry wonderland.


From all parts of the city, rosy-cheeked skaters and bundled-up Winnipeggers are making their way to The Forks, a downtown destination that typically comes alive in the summer time but whose tourism numbers now are increasing during the winter season. Right on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, people have been finding off-beat ways to celebrate our annual deep freeze, showcasing a cheerful, can-do nature despite even the harshest of climates. Something great is beginning to take shape in our City and I have tickets to three of my favourite winter experiences thanks to The Forks, The Great Ice Show, and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ!


Haute Hot Huts

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Since its inception in 2010, the Warming Huts initiative has received world-wide acclaim. A national design competition, Warming Huts invites architects, artists, and design enthusiasts to create huts that serve as a place for warmth but also raises awareness about design excellence in our City. Throat singer and artist, Tanya Tagaq, created four storytelling shelters built of snow, in partnership with Sputnik Architecture – they are my favourite huts this this year! On January 29, meet the architects and artists behind the Warming Huts at Haute Hot Hut at The Forks. There will be musical performances by The Middle Coast, Hay Fever, Mama Cutsworth, and The Solutions. Snap a picture of your favourite warming hut(s) with the hashtags #MeetMeAtTheForks and #finditdowntown on Twitter or Facebook, and I’ll enter you for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this event!

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Ice, Ice, Baby!

Spectacular snow and ice sculptures of life-size dinosaurs and a replica of Manitoba’s Legislative Building have made their way to The Forks. Ride bumper cars on ice, slide down a huge toboggan slope, or participate in ice sculpting workshops and more. Very important PSA: there’s an ice bar. Tickets: $25 (adults) and $15 (children, 1-17). Free for children 12 months and under. Comment below on what ice sculpture you’re most excited to see for a chance to win two tickets.



A restaurant popped up on the river and changed our thinking about our city

Inspired by Winnipeggers’ resilience and civic pride, Mandel Hitzer of Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk of former RAW Gallery, staged the first restaurant above water years ago. Over 1,000 annual guests have braved the elements to dine in a tent of inspired design, complete with tree-stumps covered with faux-fur for seating, and repurposed wooden tables. This pop-up initiative has engaged the community to think in new ways about how space can be used and enjoyed. This year, the pop-up sold out in mere hours. Lucky for you, I have two tickets for Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. Comment below with why you should win these tickets, and I’ll draw the name of a lucky winner on Jan. 29!


There are so many more reasons to enjoy the winter this year. Stay tuned for more posts about them! In the meantime, catch me if you can … I’ll be skating on the river trail. BRB.

7 Easy Ways to Stay Happy and Healthy in 2016

Yesterday, I had a serious case of the Mondays. I was daydreaming about the ‘pop, clink, and cheers’ of New Year’s Eve, and the buzz from seeing so many people at The Met counting down to midnight. While flipping through some websites (admittedly, I was not doing much on my computer other than that!), I came across It’s incredibly relaxing. You’re forced to do nothing but stare at a photo of a beautiful sunset while you listen to the sounds of ocean waves crashing against the shore.

This got me thinking: how do I keep these two-minutes of cool going throughout the year? Here are some suggestions on how to stay poised, mentally and physically healthy, and relaxed this year!

Get your blood pumping: Hump day slump? There’s no better cure than a quick and convenient cardio session! Grab a pair of skates and head to The Forks, or make your next meeting a walk-and-talk throughout the downtown’s 2 kilometre skywalk system! Or consider a trial membership at downtown gyms like the YMCA, Goodlife Fitness, and Urban Wellness Centre.


Downward Dog(park): Get away from the weekday hustle and bustle with free noon-hour yoga and Zumba classes at some of the downtown’s most lush green spaces like Memorial Park and Millennium Library Park. Or check out one of Canada’s largest yoga studios, Yoga Public, which has a sweet deal this month – 28 classes for $99!


Get those knots out: I don’t know about you but my Outlook calendar has a recurring monthly meeting for massages. Pro tip: name it “meeting” so you can leave your office and enjoy a nice break without your office workers knowing you’ve even left! From Downtown Massage Therapy to Ankyo Therapeutic Massage to Nirvana Wellness, there should be no reason why you aren’t hopping on this relaxing bandwagon in 2016!

Take more time for yourself: Take in the view of downtown by scheduling 30-minute walks around your building or by going to a coffee shop. There’s no shortage of java joints in the downtown and one of Winnipeg’s top-ranked coffee places, Thom Bargen, is opening up right at the corner of Kennedy and Graham in March!

Eat well at the Downtown Farmers’ Market: Treat yourself to farm fresh goodness at the Downtown Farmers’ Market at Manitoba Hydro. Check out the for dates/times. Or give these health-conscious establishments a visit: Sunrise Health Food and Booster Juice.Graham Ave 1

Finding a cause to support long-term: Giving back for our city’s vulnerable makes you feel good and inspired to get you out of bed! Downtown agencies like Siloam Mission, Red Road Lodge, Graffiti Art Programming, and Main Street Project are always looking for volunteers.

Treat yourself: Wrap yourself in a comfy robe for a night-stay at any of the 13 hotels downtown or take a day off to enjoy TenSpa’s relaxing treatments.


As works starts to pile up in 2016, it’s easy to lose sight of your health! So try your best to take a time-out and prioritize some fun and relaxing activities – you won’t regret it, I promise!

All that glitters is downtown this New Year’s Eve!


Happy (advanced) New Year, everyone! Each year, I try to write out my resolutions on my blog, and revisit them everyday. Having a constant reminder helps me stick to my goals throughout the year.

In 2015, my goal was to post more often on my blog, making an effort to keep you in the loop of all things downtown at least once a week. I may have faltered just a tiny bit, but have tried my best to be punctual. My other goal was to resist social media posts after 9 p.m., but let’s be honest… there is no way I can do that!

But for 2016, I have just one resolution that I’m hoping I’ll be able to stick to! My 2016 New Year’s resolution is to try at least one new restaurant downtown a month. We all have our local favourite spots, and when things get real busy, you stick to your comfort zone. I’m hoping to be more adventurous in the new year and cross my foodie bucket list and share with you some reviews.

What are your 2016 New Year’s resolutions? Comment below.

Once you have your lists of resolutions prepped, start thinking about how you’re going to ring in the New Year! Grab that bottle of prosecco, dress up in that fancy dress or bowtie, then make your way to an evening gala or party and toast the (down)town! Here are some places to check out!

And one of my favourite things to do, is watch our home-teams destroy visiting teams. Catch a $15-$30 Manitoba Moose Game. They play Iowa Wild at 4:00 p.m. at The MTS Centre.

I hope you all have a great NYE! Post your NYE celebrations and midnight smooches on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #finditdowntown to win a night-out-for-two in 2016!

Oscar’s After Hours


So a bunch of new restaurants popped up in the last year and they are awesome. If you still haven’t tried Nick’s on Broadway, The Merchant Kitchen, The Planit, Clay Oven Express at MB Hydro, or Fools & Horses Coffee Co., I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

But what about a brand new twist on an old fave? Yep – Oscar’s Deli is launching Oscar’s After Hours – these guys know your lunch order by heart (ham and swiss on rye, hot mustard, pickle cut in half lengthwise, extra coleslaw, diet cola, lots of ice, am I right?) and now they want to offer you the best of the best for after work and dinner too.

These guys made a real impression during Burger Week, and if you check out their Instagram, your mouth is guaranteed to water.

So plan to hit up 175 Hargrave between 5 & 7 PM on December 16 and/or 17 for a set price ($30), set menu, craft cocktails, beer & wine, and don’t forget to tag me @downtownpeggy in your #finditdowntown foodie pics!


Peggy’s Picks – The Biggest Gift Guide Ever!


December is here! The most wonderful time of the year! And this year, something extra-special happened. Downtown Winnipeg Magazine asked me – yes, ME! – to curate their BIGGEST GIFT GUIDE EVER!

I humbly agreed, and here’s a little taste of what I came up with. Be sure to grab a copy for yourself – you can find them in magazine racks around downtown, being handed out at Jets games, at the airport, the Liquor Mart, and maybe even in your very own mailbox!


Luxury Lunch – SANA Souphouse $13.50

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Splish Splash – Designer rubber cowboy boots, Bella BALAS $94


Scentual – Bvlgari Jasmin Noir, Perfume Paradise $146

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Boot It – Men’s Pajar Guardo winter boots (rated -30C), Canadian Footwear $199.90


Spice of Life – Clay Oven Express at MB Hydro, Clay Oven at Shaw Park


Spec-tacular – Pure Anada Cosmetics eco-friendly nail polish (Made in Manitoba), Generation Green at The Forks $14

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Change Purrrrrse – Mr. Cat pouch, Best of Friends at the Library

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Hooked! – Fly fishing enamel mug, Gallery Shop at The WAG $14.50


Cap it Off – 103rd Grey Cup hat, Uptown Sports $31.99


Christmas Cookie – George Box 13 cookies, Cookies by George $26.95

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Dish it Out – Winnipeg Cooks cookbook, The Merchant Kitchen, Prairie 360, Sydney’s at The Forks $30


Coffee Kick – Pilot Coffee, Fools & Horses Coffee Co.


Crystal Clear – bracelet, Neeta Gupta Jewellery $185


Snow Big Deal – Mukluks, Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique $139


Literary Library – classic tales, Bison Books

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For the Birds – festive arrangement, starting at $20


Wings ‘n’ Things – downtown dining at Tavern United MTS Centre, 12 Resto Bar, The Met, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub

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Stick to It – bowl and plate, Gallery Shop at the WAG $190


Happy Host – turkey takeaway with fixings for 15, The Fairmont Winnipeg $390


Full of Beans – soup mix and wooden spoon, The Forks Trading Company $10.99, $22.99-$24.99


Warm & Wooly – Shupaca alpaca wool circle scarf, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights $79.95

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for your chances to win some of these items – in the magazine and through CTV Morning Live.

Happy shopping! And don’t forget to share when you #finditdowntown with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @downtownpeggy!

Grey Cup Fest is happening downtown!

Grey Cup Fest

To be honest, I’m no football fan. But rumour has it the 103rd Grey Cup is kicking off in downtown Winnipeg this afternoon, starting with the arrival of the Cup itself at 3 p.m. at the Legislature, and the festivities to follow sound AWESOME! So much is happening in my ‘hood (downtown), and there are going to be thousands of tourists visiting from other cities to take it all in! (And, as National Geographic confirmed earlier this week, Winnipeg is an awesome city to visit!) So let’s show everyone a good time!

What else is happening?

The University of Winnipeg is going to be a hub of activity from Thursday to Sunday, including a good ol’ Manitoba Parka Party, the Nissan Titan Street Festival (featuring tons of giveaways, local bands to groove to, the Bomber cheer team and more!) tons of kids activities and of course, the starting point of the Santa Claus Parade at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon! There’s a party at The Met on Friday, and the Manitoba Craft Beer Concert Series happens Thursday (with country stars like Aaron Prichett, Dallas Smith and Leanne Pearson at the RBC Convention Centre), Friday (with The Sheepdogs, The Trews and Attica Riots), and Saturday (with Loverboy, 54-40 and Queen City Kids at the MTS Centre). For all the info, visit the Grey Cup Festival website.

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You should also know that the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is throwing a Back Alley Bash on Saturday evening after the Santa Claus Parade in the alley behind Dollarama (295 Portage Ave.) – Dirty Catfish Brass Band will be playing, and you can expect ultimate fun vibes all around!

The Hotel Royal Plaza (formerly Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy St.) is hosting events all weekend long, with proceeds going to Canadian Cancer Society.

And last, but certainly not least…the reason this is all happening, the piece du resistance…the actual football game!

Tickets are still available if you want to take in the game, BUT if you want to help end homelessness in Winnipeg, AND attend the game, be the top donor this week at, and you could win yourself a pair of tickets to the Grey Cup.



Happy Grey Cup, Winnipeg!

FLASH Fest #finditdowntown





In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an awesome photography festival in Winnipeg and it’s happening right now!

The Flash Photographic Festival 2015 is on, and we’re lucky enough to feast our eyes on the fantastic photographic skill that’s bursting out of this city!

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Gage3-e1442706919150There’s a handful of excellent downtown exhibits (and a bunch more in the Exchange District!) that you MUST check out before they’re gone – and on the plus side, they’re in some of the hippest and most delicious downtown digs to boot.

Also, don’t forget to check out the #finditdowntown exhibit, compiled by a bunch of talented photographers, and showcased at Portage Place, in a storefront near the fountain (and Staples). You’ll find our downtown is pretty photogenic, and you might just want to follow @finditdowntown on Instagram to grab a peek at what else is out there and catch the wrap-up party at Fools & Horses Coffee Co. on November 7!

Fools & Horses Coffee Co. | 379 Broadway
Colin Grover & Jacqueline Young

Little Maria’s Porchetta & Meatballs | 77 Edmonton St
Dave McKnight

Grolle Fine Art Studio | Fort Garry Place, 81 Garry St.
Mike Gransmaison

Nick’s on Broadway | 287 Broadway
Jason Cottes & Mike Sudoma

cityplace | 333 St. Mary Ave.
Patrick McNeill

Portage Place | 393 Portage Ave.
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ #finditdowntown group show


Rudy’s Eat & Drink | 375 Graham Ave.
Talia Ricci & Gage Fletcher

The Planit Restaurant & Lounge | 285 Portage Ave.
Sonja Strauss

Winnipeg Art Gallery, fourth floor | 300 Memorial Blvd.
FLASH group show