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Winter Fun Downtown

Events January 26, 2017

There is never any shortage of winter fun in our downtown. For all ages, there is always a way to take in the fun of the chilly days and nights and enjoy Winnipeg winters at their best.

Here are a few events taking place this weekend downtown:

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Wonderful Wedding Show Comes to RBC Convention Centre

Events January 13, 2017

The proposal. The ring. The planning. When a wedding is in your immediate future everything becomes research—your last hotel stay, every other wedding you attend, every cupcake, donut, or pie, and even dress shopping becomes a second job.

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The Wonderful Wedding Show takes place January 21 and 22 at the RBC Convention Centre. This annual event is the largest single source of information available about Winnipeg wedding services, featuring the city’s leading wedding professionals. With over 300 displays and 130,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions and trends, wedding products and services, and much more, every couple can explore the ways to make their wedding dream come true. One lucky couple will even win a DREAM WEDDING!

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Make a day of the Wonderful Wedding Show. Start by meeting up with your bridal party at a downtown restaurant or coffee shop to plan your route throughout the show over brunch or appetizers. When you enter the RBC Convention Centre be sure to get your copy of V.I.B Weddings Magazine, a magazine for the Very Important Bride!  V.I.B. Weddings features local content and real weddings highlighting products and services from Wonderful Wedding Show vendors that will inspire couples with ideas and has a special Show Guide section with Exhibitor Listing, floor plan and editorial about the show.

 

Downtown Winnipeg is a regular spotlight in local urban weddings. Whether downtown Winnipeg is the backdrop for wedding photos, or where the wedding reception is held, to where couples book their honeymoon suites in one of many iconic hotels, there are so many wonderful spots, corners, and signature spaces that hold special memories for Winnipeg couples. Take advantage of our fantastic downtown scenery and architecture to make your wedding memories uniquely Winnipeg. Tag us in your Wonderful Wedding Show photos on Insta and Twitter with #finditdowntown and enjoy planning your special day!

Top left, clockwise: Photo credit @blackandgoldphoto; Inspiration Gallery 2016 winning table by Just In Couture Designer Planning & Luxury Décor, photo credit Wonderful Wedding Show; Bottom left: Wedding planning by Like A Star Weddings, photo credit @nghiatranphotography. All photos used with permission.

 

Don’t miss out on these key daily features:

Brides’ Lounge with performances by Danny Kramer Dance Band at 1:30 & 3:30pm daily

Eph Apparel Grooms’ Lounge – Grooms-to-be can even enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Sports Prize Package

Inspiration Gallery – 2,500 sq ft of inspiration!

Fashion Show – 12:30 & 4:30pm daily

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Purchase tickets in advance to be entered for a chance to win a FREE vacation courtesy of LA Travel Group, Air Canada Vacation, and Palace Resorts. Trip value up to $6,000. Includes flights, transfers, hotel, & taxes. Click here for more prize details

Tickets available at http://wonderfulweddingshow.com/tickets/

 

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Home Dreams: Winnipeg Renovation Show Runs January 13-15

Downtown Living, Events January 11, 2017

If you are attending the Winnipeg Renovation Show this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre, you’ve already thought about all the things you would like to change, tweak, and move around in your home. Have you taken a look downtown for shops and suppliers that could make your dream home come true? Lucky for you, downtown Winnipeg can offer some great retailers and businesses focused on ways to take your space from drab to fab.

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  1. Colour Us Excited

Picking the colour for a room can help set the tone for the space. Will you go bold or keep it traditional? Whatever you’re thinking for your reno or refresh, visit Western Paint for the latest on trends and colours. They now offer a decor centre carrying modern flooring options; wallcovering, wall murals and decals; and a variety of hardware – over and above their expansive line of Benjamin Moore paints and stroke-of-genius staff.

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Have a piece of furniture that you want to refinish? Maybe a treasured piece that needs to be brought up to date? Western Paint now houses a spray booth which means anyone can easily refinish a beloved piece of furniture using just about any colour under the sun – and it can even save you money on costly kitchen cabinet upgrades. The solid lacquer job can refurbish dated cabinets, doors, chairs or tables with a clean, custom finish.

 

  1. Can You Hear Me Now?

The pursuit of sound and the crystal clear projection of that sound means multiple devices throughout our homes competing for speakers. American HiFi are your downtown experts for what your ears crave. From home theatre to audio to custom designing a system for your space, they have the answers and equipment for the discerning audiophile.

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  1. Kitchen Party

The heart of the home. It’s all about the kitchen. It’s where to sip that morning coffee or tea, daydream, cook dinners, make lunches, and plan dinner party menus. And sometimes it needs a refresh. You don’t have to break the bank but you do want to set out a plan to make your dream kitchen come true. Kitchen Designs on Cumberland will take your dated kitchen and create a fresh, warm space where you can create memories and recipes for years to come.

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Have fun at the show this weekend and let us know how our members can help with your next design dream! For more information on shopping downtown visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

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Downtown Winnipeg Highlights from 2016

Development December 29, 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for downtown Winnipeg. Reduced crime, increased cleanliness, and added community support have continued to shape the downtown into a great place to play, shop, and live. Here are ten highlights from 2016 to celebrate as the year comes to a close.

 

  1. Sizzling Summer Events

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The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hosted 230 events between June and October, attracting over 50,000 visitors to the downtown! From Zumba to movie screenings, festivals to concerts, there was truly something for everyone.

 

  1. Times Square Expert Takes On Portage and Main

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This February, president and CEO of Times Square Alliance Tim Tompkins came to the Fairmont Winnipeg to discuss opening Portage and Main to pedestrians. Tompkins played a huge role in turning Times Square into the tourist destination that it is today, and his perspective on Portage and Main provided a proven vision for the future of this iconic intersection.

 

  1. Police Unveil New Downtown Safety Strategy

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In mid-December, Winnipeg Police Service announced a new strategy to patrol the downtown. With a combination of modern technology and “walking the beat,” the new strategy will increase the presence of officers and foster a heightened sense of community. We look forward to seeing it in action.

 

  1. Manyfest Continues to Grow and Impress

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Seventy thousand people enjoyed the sixth annual Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Manyfest from September 9 to 11. The event celebrates arts, entertainment, community, and healthy living. The Food Truck Wars, presented by ROYALE Tiger Towel, was a particularly tasty highlight again.

 

  1. Canada Day Living Flag Still the Biggest

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Over 3,158 people gathered at Shaw Park on Canada Day to create a living flag, and we’re proud to say it was the biggest in the country! Shout-out to all the participants who made this event one for the record books.

 

  1. Pop-Up at Portage and Main

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From June to September, all four corners of Portage and Main hosted pop-up events on the last Friday of the month. Pedestrians experienced an exciting variety of events and entertainment in Canada’s famous intersection.

 

  1. #finditdowntown

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In May, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ won Marketing Campaign of the Year (over $2,500) at the Winnipeg Tourism Awards of Distinction. Our social media platforms are doing better than ever at informing followers, capturing moments, and celebrating all that downtown Winnipeg has to offer.

 

  1. Host it Downtown

 

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s “Host It Downtown” program aims to increase the number of events downtown. It was founded in 2015, and in 2016, we attracted new and existing events like the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, SpaceLand, and Peg City St. Patrick’s Day Parade to our downtown. Perhaps we could host your next event?

 

  1. CHAT Program Better than Ever

 

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT) received increased support this year, with an annual investment of $120,000 from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and $150,000 from the City of Winnipeg.

 

The CHAT program provides support to downtown Winnipeg’s vulnerable populations, including homeless people and/or people struggling with addictions or mental health issues.

 

  1. True North Square announced

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In February, True North unveiled plans for True North Square, a $400 million development featuring businesses, hospitality and entertainment, residential space, outdoor rinks, and more.

 

Construction is already underway, and the end product will show again how much our downtown has to offer those who want to live, work, and play in this bustling area that continues to grow with opportunity.

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Finding Cheer and Holiday Flavours Downtown

Uncategorized December 18, 2016

Turkey, stuffing, and gingerbread, oh my! If you’re looking for a warm holiday meal without the stress of putting it all together, downtown hotels offer fabulous, festive options. Here are some holiday meals to look forward to this month.

 

Inn at The Forks – SMITH Restaurant

Go for a walk at The Forks and then head over to SMITH Restaurant for an amazing holiday dinner.

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From 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, the SMITH Restaurant is offering its holiday dinner buffet. It includes a variety of salads, a whiskey prawn flambé station, carved roast turkey, and more. Finish your meal with fresh fruits, dainties, and other delicious desserts!

The buffet is $70 for adults, $30 for kids 12 and under, and $15 for kids five and under.

Click here for the menu!

 

Fort Garry Hotel

 

Spend your Christmas evening at Winnipeg’s most historic hotel.

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Fort Garry Hotel is having its Christmas Day dinner from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with reservations every half hour. The buffet is being held on the seventh floor foyer between two historic, scenic ballrooms. With three types of carved meat, nearly a dozen salads, a seafood bar, and other treats, you’ll want to take the elevator on the way down!

 

The buffet is $80 for adults, $30 for children seven to 12, and complimentary for children six and under. Spots are filling up fast, so reserve before it’s too late! They have a waiting list, but why risk it?

 

Fairmont Winnipeg

Escape from the chilly Portage and Main wind and choose from several meal options at the Fairmont Winnipeg!

 

It’s offering its 12 Days of Christmas Lunch on weekdays between December 12 and December 23. It’s $45 per person, and it runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at VG Restaurant.

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The Fairmont is also hosting its Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The five-course dinner costs $85 per person with a $40 per person wine pairing.

 

The à la carte Christmas Brunch runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $60 per person. The five course Christmas Dinner runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $85 per person with $40 per person wine pairing.

 

Click here for more information!

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott

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This holiday season, the Delta Winnipeg is holding its Dickens Buffet. It started November 21 and ends December 23, and it runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at a cost of $29. It features four fresh salads, carved ham and turkey, four types of vegetables, and a small dessert buffet. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available!

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Downtown Holiday Shopping for Kids

Shopping, Stuff to Do December 11, 2016

Spend the day downtown, and you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to find amazing gifts for your kids! Here are some of our favourite spots to look out for.

 

Kite and Kaboodle

Start your day at The Forks! Get some breakfast and head over to Kite and Kaboodle, which has an impressive selection of books, toys, kites, and games. The store is bursting with over 25,000 items, and 5,000 are added each year.

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The staff at Kite and Kaboodle attend trade shows and constantly search for new products, so you get to choose from the best.

 

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While you’re at The Forks, pop in to Pylon. If you lose to your kids on every pop-culture quiz imaginable, you’ll want to see their selection.

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With Superman socks, Sonic the Hedgehog toques, Doctor Who figurines, and thousands more, this is your one-stop pop-culture shop!

 

Living in the moment: Experience art and culture downtown

One way to give a gift that lasts all year is to gift a family membership so you can experience your favourite places over and over again and get exclusive invites and sneak peeks to upcoming events. Another way is to gift tickets to show or special presentation from one of the many iconic cultural and arts organizations within downtown Winnipeg.

If you’re looking for a family membership, have a look at the Manitoba Museum or the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

If you’re interested in taking in a play or art display with the family, how about Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall, or any of the programming events put on by the Winnipeg Art Gallery or the Winnipeg Railway Museum at the Forks.

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Books and more!

Downtown Winnipeg has plenty of stores for the bookworms in your family.

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Located on the main floor at cityplace, Coles features a wide selection of new books and gifts. If your kids are Harry Potter fanatics, get them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. If they love hockey, pick up 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky.

 

If you’re looking for quality, pre-owned books, check out Book Fair Winnipeg. This Portage Avenue bookstore has books and comics that you may not find at Coles.

 

If you’re looking for even rarer books, head over to Bison Books on Graham Avenue. They have 20,000 used, old, and out-of-print books that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Experience Downtown Winnipeg this Holiday Season

Events December 5, 2016

The holidays are always an exciting time for downtown Winnipeg. If you’re trying to find something to bring on the holiday cheer, you can #finditdowntown! There is something for everyone during the festive season.

 

  1. Nonsuch Hold Tours

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The holidays have arrived in Manitoba Museum’s Nonsuch Gallery, but the 17th century hasn’t left! The entire gallery has been authentically decorated, transporting you to 1668 England.

Treat yourself to the sights, sounds, and stories of the past. Listen to traditional folk groups, hear old Christmas stories, and take the rare opportunity to tour the Nonsuch’s cargo hold.

 

  1. Parkade Ball Hockey

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It’s not winter without hockey! Every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the top of the plaza parkade at The Forks turns into a ball hockey rink. It’s the perfect opportunity if you’re sick of passing cars constantly ruining your street hockey games.

 

  1. The Jungle Book

Calling all Disney lovers! Five actors play 21 characters in the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s adaptation of The Jungle Book. The story focuses on Mowgli a lost child who is adopted by animals in the Indian jungle. If your family enjoyed the live action movie earlier this year, you will love this chance to get up close to the magic of this treasured story.

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It runs December 8 to December 30. Get your tickets before they sell out!

 

  1. Holiday Farmers’ Market

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on December 15, Manitoba Hydro Place transforms into a vibrant farmers’ market. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit and vegetables, organic hair products, or glass jewellery, you’ll surely find what you’re looking for.

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  1. It’s a Wonderful Life at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

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Enjoy a classic Christmas movie at an iconic Winnipeg venue. On December 18, The MET is showing It’s a Wonderful Life, the film about a guardian angel showing a suicidal man what would happen had he not existed. Tickets include popcorn and The MET’s delicious buffet.

 

  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

You’ve probably seen the movie. But have you seen it with a live orchestra? On December 11, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performs along with the 80s classic, which focuses on a child’s relationship with an alien who is trying to get home.

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  1. Nutcracker

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker is back! Experience the treasured Christmas tradition with RWB’s world-renowned dancers. With the addition of new characters, the show is fresher than ever, and includes some famous Winnipeggers in walk-on roles. You’ll be hearing those Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in no time. Don’t miss it! On from December 22 to December 30.

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Return to Space this Saturday!

Uncategorized September 22, 2016

To infinity and beyond! This Saturday we’re headed back to space for the outta-this-world event: SpaceLand 2! (too many bad Space puns this early in the day?)

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The first SpaceLand pop-up party on Portage Avenue took place earlier this year, and just in case you missed it the first time around, SpaceLand 2 is coming back with a (BIG) bang this Saturday from 4pm-2am at 400 Portage Avenue (between Edmonton and Kennedy Street).

Dance your little heart out to an incredible line-up of bands and DJs including Vinyl Salon, Attica Riots, The Gaff, Touching, ATLAAS, The Lytics, Mama Cutsworth, 3Peat, and SMRT.

Contest clue! The three bands that also performed at this year’s ManyFest were Attica Riots, ATLAAS, and The Lytics. 

And SpaceLand isn’t just about the music–there will be comedians, video games, food trucks and more!

Early bird tickets are just $20 and available online, or if you’re one of those last minute decision makers they’re $30 at the door.

See you there, Earthlings!

 

 

Wine & Dine at ManyFest

Uncategorized September 2, 2016

Only one week ’til downtown’s biggest street festival, ManyFest, takes over Broadway, and I’ve got a sneak peak of delicious details! Winnipeg’s wine aficionado Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson has conjured up the wine list to pair with our savoury food truck cuisine! The pairings look so good I’m hungry just reading them!

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MANYFEST —WINE AND FOOD TRUCK PAIRINGS

A Little Pizza Heaven — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This organic, fruit-driven French red blend hits all the right buttons with A Little Pizza Heaven’s tangy tomato sauce and wide range of toppings. You’ll want refills.

 

BBK Barbeque — Brazos de los Andes Red (Mendoza, Argentina)

A Malbec-driven red blend, this Argentine red has big dark berry notes as well as plum, white pepper and modest savoury spice notes. It’s an ideal barbecue wine.

 

Better than Baba’sGabbiano Pinot Grigio (Venezie, Italy)

You don’t need over-the-top intense flavours to pair with Ukrainian fare — just clean, crisp, pure fruit flavours in a light-bodied dry white like this Venetian wine.

 

Burgers R Us — Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal (Alentejo, Portugal)

A blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca as well as Pinot Noir, the Passion of Portugal brings equal parts ripe fruit, spice and tannin — an accessible wine ideal for burgers.

 

Estellia’s Ukranian Comfort Food — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Want perogies? Cabbage rolls? This crisp Portuguese white has just the right amount of freshness and acidity to go with the citrus notes that will work so well with Ukrainian fare.

 

Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta and More — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Cochagua Valley, Chile)

Wood-fired pizza needs a wine with some structure, and the Cono Sur organic red brings it big time, working perfectly with blackberry, spice, dark chocolate and smoky notes.

 

Falafel Queen — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

The spice of Falafel Queen’s dishes need something with tropical fruit and spice flavours with some decent intensity, and this organic Argentine white delivers.

 

Habanero SombreroTrapiche Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)

Inky black in colour, this full-bodied red is driven by dark berry, spice and black pepper notes — ideal for Habanero Sombrero’s spicy, earthy fare.

 

Healthy Eats — Bodacious Smooth Red (Canada)

No matter what healthy dish you go with, this smooth, approachable red will pair perfectly thanks to its ripe, rich dark berry notes.

 

Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

This intense aromatic Argentine white brings spice, floral and tropical fruit notes that will work in perfect harmony with Hot Rod’s pitch-perfect Filipino fare.

 

Iggy’s Family Doener —Radio Boka Verdejo (Castillo Y Leon, Spain)

Iggy’s savoury flavours need something bright, vibrant and with crisp fresh fruit notes. It’s tough to find a white in such a great price point that is right in that wheelhouse.

 

Island Fusion — Apothic Red Blend (California, U.S.)

Rich and robust with dark berry notes, this popular red blend’s black cherry, dark chocolate and plum notes will knock Island Fusion’s Caribbean flavours out of the ball park.

 

KYU Grill —Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

For KYU’s killer grilled subs, you need something with some spice, a bit of weight and a bit of sweetness. The Speck brothers’ Sibling Rivalry white blend brings all those in spades.

 

Little Bones Winnipeg — Shot in the Dark Red (Australia)

This Shiraz-driven Aussie red blend has just the right amount of dark fruit and spice notes to pair with any spice Little Bones’ wings can bring.

 

The Meltdown: Gourmet Grilled Cheese — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Green apple, citrus and modest herbal flavours, a hint of spritz and plenty of freshness — just the right combination to cut through the richness of a grilled cheese.

 

Maximum BBQ World — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S)

What better to go with tangy barbecue flavours than the Bear Flag Smooth Red? It’s tangy, rich and with a hint of spice that’s ridiculously barbecue-friendly.

 

Olybee’s Kitchen and Catering — Cupcake Red Velvet Red Blend (California, U.S.)

For a diverse menu like Olybee’s, you need a wine that can pair with a wide cross-section of dishes. The Cupcake Red Velvet is smooth, full-bodied and rich, and will do the trick just right.

 

PVG Breakfast Club — Jacob’s Creek Moscato (South Australia)

Breakfast wines should be crisp, bring a hint of sweetness and be a bit lower in alcohol — all traits the luscious Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings with great balance.

 

Red Dot Japanese Cuisine — Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

A Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay blend, this Ontario white retains just the right amount of spice, tropical fruit and red apple notes to pair with any Japanese fare.

 

Red Ember — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Colchagua Valley, Chile)

An organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend, the Cono Sur red takes dark berry, spice, pepper and light oaky notes and delivers them in a remarkably well-priced package that’s pizza-perfect.

 

Simba Safari Grill Passion of Portugal Red (Alentejo, Portugal)

Indigenous Portuguese red grapes make up the bulk of this red blend, offering ripe fruit as well as earthy and smoky notes with red berry and licorice notes.

 

Tia Maria’s Taqueria — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This Carginan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah blend delivers just the right balance of earth, red berry, licorice and spice notes to stand up to the heat and intensity of any taco.

 

Smokin’ Haut — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S.)

Hearty dishes inspired by rural Manitoba calls out for something modest yet fun; the Bear Flag red won’t overpower this fare — it’s comfort food and a taste of home all rolled in one.

 

The Pretzel Factory Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

Pretzels and German Riesling are a classic combination — the light, bright but not-overpowering sweetness of the Relax balances the saltiness of your typical pretzel.

 

The Churro Stop — Bodacious Smooth White (Canada)

This white has the sweetness needed to pair with churros —rich tropical fruit and red apple notes as well as a hint of spice are luscious and round.

 

The Poutine King — Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The crisp acidity and green apple/citrus notes cut through the fries/gravy and cheese curds with focus and freshness. A killer contrast.

 

The Walleye Wagon — Radio Boka Verdejo (Castilla Y Leon, Spain)

Everything about this dry, crisp Spanish white is perfect for walleye — crisp citrus notes, a splash of acidity and modest herbal notes are the perfect pairing.

 

Tot Wheels — Sileni Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The innovative potato nugget-based dishes from Tot Wheels need something just as vibrant and as exciting — what better match than a racy, crisp, citrus- and green apple-driven Sauvignon Blanc?

 

Up South Barbeque — El Petite Bonhomme (Jumilla, Spain)

A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, this medium-plus bodied red delivers a beautiful balance of fruit, rustic earth notes and spice that will pair beautifully with barbecue.

 

Waki Temaki — Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

This white wine, with a hint of sweetness, brings plenty of citrus fruit and red apple notes that works beautifully with fish and umami notes of sushi.

Little piece of Pandora coming to the ‘Peg

Uncategorized August 26, 2016

Remember that James Cameron movie that came out a few years back and changed everyone’s lives? No, not Titantic (though Leo is a constant inspiration)—I’m talking about Avatar!

The year was 2009 and audiences everywhere fell in love with the gorgeous blue Na’vi creatures and that beautiful planet of Pandora they inhabited. Audiences loved the movie and the utopian land so much that they experienced depression upon learning it wasn’t a real place—seriously look it up.

Luckily for all those unfortunate folks and for those of us that just really loved the movie, Avatar is coming back into our lives!

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TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is a live experience by Cirque du Soleil and it’ll be taking the stage at the MTS Centre October 5-9. The show is set thousands of years before the events in the film in a “world beyond imagination”. Toruk, in the Na’vi language apparently refers to the great leonopteryx (the giant evil red and orange beast from the movie that rules the sky—you know, the one Sam Worthington shows who’s boss). This mighty beast is central in Na’vi lore and culture, and is crucial to the Na’vi’s clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness—and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

And if that isn’t enough to entice you, may I remind you it’s Cirque du Soleil. Guaranteed to be an amazing showcase of human flexibility and talent at its finest!

Tickets are on sale now and start at $40 and are available online.

There’s also seven shows to choose from:

  • Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 6 at 7:30PM
  • Friday, October 7 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, October 8 at 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Sunday, October 9 at 1PM and 5PM

Ticket giveaway clue: The free all-night celebration of contemporary art taking place on Saturday, October 1 is Nuit Blanche Winnipeg! Submit your answers to my Facebook or Twitter @downtownpeggy to win!

You can watch a preview of the upcoming show on YouTube.

You don’t want to miss out on this live experience that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar to life through story and light.  Hurry and get your tickets today!