More great music from the Folk Festival

Well it’s been a few weeks since my inaugural trip to the Winnipeg Folk Fest (I think I finally got the mud out from under my nails..) and I’m already craving some great folky tunes. Thank goodness the Winnipeg Folk Festival hosts awesome concerts all year long, and they’re right here in our wonderful downtown!

Upcoming must-see concerts:

Sturgill Simpson
With an album called A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, you know you’re going to be in for an interesting show! Sturgill Simpson’s musical style combines 70s Motown, with R&B, and country roots, that’s sounds like something that I just have to see!

August 11
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are $29.50 – $39.50 plus fees

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Rodriguez

An incredible singer-songwriter, Rodriquez storytelling lyrics are reflective of his interesting and worldly life experiences. Check out his show coming to Winnipeg this fall!

September 7
Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets are $60.00 – $100 plus fees

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This beloved Winnipeg band is back in the city and playing the Burton Cummings Theatre on September 15. Royal Canoe’s sound is said to be so widely unique and inspired by our great city’s “extreme perpetual cycle through euphoric summers under gigantic prairie skies, to near-debilitating winters that instill their own intense, almost aggressive energy into the psyche.” Whatever that means it sounds like a life-changing, mind-blowing experience that I just NEED to see!

September 15
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are $25.00 plus fees

 

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Five Aussies with beautiful beards. Need I say more? Their indie folk music is also pretty amazing, get your tickets now!

October 22
Garrick Centre
Tickets are $28.50 plus fees

 

For more information on other great concerts happening downtown, check out the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the MTS Centre, and the Garrick Centre.

Rooftop Party at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Is there anything more summery than dancing outdoors all night, soaking in a setting sun on downtown rooftop?  I’d take that over a beach sunset any day!

Lucky for you and me, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is hosting Barre After Hours, its second annual dance party on the RWB Parkade (380 Graham Avenue) this Saturday, July 23 from 8:30pm ‘til late.

And this is your typical gala. The event promises to transform the parkade into the party of the summer with dancing all night and entertainment by The Treble, Skene Music, and Ron Paley—and I love any event that specifies a cocktail chic attire dress code!

Tickets are $65 and include appies, sweets, a complimentary glass of cava and exclusive access to the after party at Rudy’s Eat & Drink. There will also be a cash bar on site with signature RWB-inspired cocktails.

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RWB Company Dancers; Photo Credit: Bonnie Holmes

Funds raised from Barre After Hours will benefit RWB programming and the RWB School Profession Division which enables the School to provide children with the highest standards of quality and excellence in dance education. You can learn more about Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and all their upcoming summer events at rwb.org.

So get your tickets and I’ll see you this Saturday under the stars!

Take me (and my dog) out to the ballgame!

Bark_2015_IMG_8466_Photo_Credit_Pawsh_Dog[1]Have you ever been to a Winnipeg Goldeyes ballgame at Shaw Park where the sun is shining, you’ve got a cold drink in your hand your, it’s the middle of the third, and you think to yourself this is perfect—the only thing that would make this MORE perfect is if my dog were here?

Well folks, you’re in luck because the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club and the Winnipeg Veterinary Care Group are teaming up to take you and your dog out to the ballgame on July 19 for Bark in the Park!

The event promises to include a variety of fun dog-themed entertainment, prizes and giveaways, pet-related vendors with tasty dog treats, and best of all: a Pooch Smooch Cam! Just adorable.

The doors open at 6PM (5:30PM for doggy registration) and the Winnipeg Goldeyes play the St. Paul Saints at 7PM. Tickets are $14, good for one 18+ person and one dog, and include a FREE Doggie Treat Bag (quantities are limited, so you’ll want to be first in line). You can also purchase additional human tickets for $10. A portion of the proceeds will be going towards helping out furry friends at the Winnipeg Humane Society. Buy your tickets online here: goldeyes.com/bark-in-the-park.

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Goldeyes v Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park, Winnipeg MB on Sept. 2, photo credit: Tara Miller Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club

I’ll be giving away two sets of tickets for the event on my Facebook page, all you have to do is 1) post a photo of your pooch and 2) tell me why she/he loves would love a night out at the Goldeyes game. I will randomly pick two sets of winners (each set is good for two people and two dogs), may the cutest dogs win—I mean—it’ll be by random draw.. Best of luck!

And to all you cat lovers.. sorry no felines allowed.

Thank you Folk Fest!

IMG_5542Four days in the woods, 100s of talented musicians, and over 500 pounds of butter chicken and Whale Tails consumed—those Folk Fest-ers really know how to have a good time!

I am happy, or rather #folkfesthappy, to say I enjoyed my first year at the Winnipeg Folk Festival! I know that Winnipeggers—and Manitobans—are known for their friendliness, but the people at Folk Fest take it to a whole new level. I was overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers (who very quickly became friends) whether it was dancing at the Main Stage, relaxing under the trees listening to performers at Shady Grove, sipping cold cider in the beer tent, or sitting cross-legged in the grass eating food on those lovely orange re-useable plates. It was just a positive place for folks of all ages.

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I loved seeing so many of my favourite artists perform live in the cool and relaxed outdoor setting. Thursday night’s Coeur de Pirate was fantastic; Friday’s Ryan Adams was a dream; Saturday I stripped off my shoes and danced in the mud all night to the Head and the Heart; and Sunday I soaked in the main stage sun and loved listening to the soothing sounds of Lord Huron.

I could talk for hours about the music—but I’ll just say one of my favourite workshops was Sunday’s one with all Manitoba performers! The sun was hot, but man oh man the music was good—there were even a few performers like William Prince (amazing!) who I happened to see last week in Air Canada Park at the Downtown Concert Series. If you haven’t heard him sing, get on it already.

And last but not least—the food! Just delicious. There were some of my favourite downtown dishes there like East India Company’s Navratan Korma, Better than Baba’s perogies, and KYU Grill’s Heroshima sandwiches, and some new-to-me favs like cinnamon sugar Whale Tails, I’m not proud (but I’m a little proud) of how many I ate this weekend.

So Winnipeg Folk Festival, your reputation was amazing and you more than lived up to it! I’m keen get back to business in my beloved Downtown Winnipeg—hair washed, heels on—but I have a feeling I’ll be back in Birds Hill Park in 2017.

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Downtown Peggy heads to Folk Fest

Hey y’all! Guess what? This city gal is venturing beyond the downtown boundaries this weekend and checking out the Winnipeg Folk Fest!

I’ve never been, but everyone tells me it’s going to be AMAZING! I’m excited to see some amazing artists and performers like Coeur de Pirate, Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron and of course Ryan Adams!

I was also stoked to hear that many of my favourite eats like East India Company, and Broadway food truck regulars like Better Than Babas and KYU Grill will on-site all weekend long!

You can follow along my Folk Fest fun on Twitter and Instagram at @DowntownPeggy!

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Photo: winnipegfolkfestival.ca

Spending my summer at the WAG

Party, party, party, happening at the WAG! All summer-long the Winnipeg Art Gallery has an awesome line-up of events that you NEED to attend! 

FEAST: Every Thursday, June 16 to August 11

Enjoy an exhibition-inspired, three-course meal at TABLE Restaurant on the WAG’s Penthouse Level followed by a tour of Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé exhibit. This exhibit features 42 colourful, otherworldly lithographs that tell a semi-erotic tale written by Greek poet Longus. You’ll also get a look at the Chagall & Winnipeg mini-exhibit featuring the story of friendship between the artist and past WAG director, Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt.

Buy tickets in advance: $70, $65 for members – Gratuity included in ticket price

Summer Rooftop Pop-Ups

Paint Party @ WAG Studio

June 23, 7pm to 9:30pm

Enjoy chill tunes, grab a drink, and start painting! Our entertaining artist instructors will guide you through an Andy Warhol-inspired painting. No experience required!
$45/person

$80/2 people
18+ event • Cash bar available

More info: wag.ca/visit/events/specialevents/display,event/893/paint-party-wag-studio

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July 27 Mixology Party 3: $25/person

Join craft cocktail celebrity, Joel Carlton from the Bee’s Knees Cocktail Collective, for an unforgettable tutorial on mixing, stirring and shaking some of his signature drinks. Move to the galleries for fun activities between sips! Space is limited.

August 10 The Great Scavenger Hunt: $20/person $15/person for groups of 8 (build a team)

Get ready for a night of strategy and sleuthing with a Gallery-wide scavenger hunt. Discover fascinating stories behind works in the WAG collection, then head up to the rooftop for some bevies at the fully-loaded pop-up bar.

August 24 Skyline Screening of Bring me the Head of Tim Horton (30 min) & My Winnipeg (80 min): $15/person, $10 for groups of 8

Experience a double-hitter outdoor screening and enjoy a complimentary drink on us. Bring a cozy blanket to snuggle in as the sun sets on another summer day…don’t forget some cash for our awesome pop-up candy bar!

Summer Rooftop Pop-Ups

Wednesdays, 8-11pm, starting June 1.

The WAG’s new series of summer events under the skyline includes trivia, mixology, movies, and more!

18+ event • Cash bar available

Schedule & tickets: wag.ca/visit/events/specialevents/display,event/896/summer-rooftop-pop-ups

Is it possible to attend all the events? I think so! Now who’s going to join me!

 

Gift guide for Father’s Day

Not sure what to get dad this year? Let me help get your shopping list started!

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Clothes: There are a number of great downtown men’s clothing stores. With stores like EPH Apparel, Hanford Drewitt, or International Clothiers, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Cigars/Alcohol: If your dad enjoys either of these things, Fenton’s at The Forks Market is the place to buy it. Choose from a wide variety of cognacs, cigars, and liqueurs.

Beers & bonding time: If your dad loves nothing more than a cold brew, why not get him tickets for Tap In beer tour this summer! Not sure where to take him out for a drink? The Tap In tour takes you to four different pubs in one night, tasting and trying new pints at every stop. First tour runs on June 29; book your tickets here: downtownwinnipegtours.com.

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Team Gear: Help your dad support our home teams and get him something from the Goldeyes Souvenir Store or Jets Gear. Or if these aren’t his teams, head over to Uptown Sport Cards and Collectibles for a large selection of gifts for dad.

Athletics: Maybe your dad likes to get out and get moving. If he does, you can find the perfect gift for him at either Mountain Equipment Co-op or Foot Locker in Portage Place.

Or perhaps you want to take dad out for a nice dinner! Well, downtown has tonnes of places he might enjoy:

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar: The Keg is a guaranteed great meal! For the steak- and seafood-loving dad, The Keg is sure to please!

Prairie 360: Get a delicious meal and a fantastic view at Prairie 360. This will be a dining experience your dad will never forget!

Pony Corral: For the Winnipeg-loving dad, Pony Corral offers a can’t-miss dining experience. With great food and plentiful portions, you and dad are sure to leave with full stomachs!

Danny’s All Day Breakfast and Brunch: For the breakfast-loving dad! Give your dad the gift of choosing from all his breakfast favourites at any time of the day.

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The Common in The Forks Market: A venue that’s fun for the whole family, but dad can still drink a beer or two. The Common is the new craft beer and wine kiosk’s in the newly renovated “Food Hall” at The Forks Market. Check out their new communal dining space and enjoy a day at the Forks.

This is only a handful of options to help you celebrate Father’s Day. With all that downtown has to offer, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or experience to show your dad just how much he’s appreciated!