Kids Are Dreaming Bigger Than Ever Thanks to Dream Streets!

With support from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, The Dream Factory recently launched Dream Streets – their new annual initiative which will run throughout the month of September.

Led by Fools + Horses co-owner Kendra Magnus-Johnston, and U of M Landscape Architecture student Emily Sinclair, Dream Streets brings together the creative minds of designers, the enthusiasm of local business owners, and the generous spirit of volunteers in Manitoba. Through the construction of temporary dream-inspired installations, each life-size 10’ by 10’ interactive pop up showcases the dreams of Manitoba children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, while also raising awareness and funds for The Dream Factory.

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The Dream Factory is a locally-based non-profit charitable organization dedicated to making once in a lifetime dreams come true for these children to help make their lives a little brighter. The organization is recruiting Dream Team volunteers and sponsors throughout the entire month of September to help raise online donations to bring these dreams to reality for Manitoba kids who could really use them. Getting involved is easy! All participants have to do is login online, donate, and share the cause on social media. 100% of online donations are going towards the kids!

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This first year is an exciting experiment The Dream Factory is hoping to build on in years to come. It’s made possible in large part by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Host It  program, in tandem with on-site support from ManyFest and the Winnipeg Design Festival, and the support of some incredible local businesses.

The installations popped up during ManyFest and will be back again during Nuit Blanche, effectively book-ending the month of September at two of Winnipeg’s biggest end-of summer occasions. On Nuit Blanche, the organizers will remount the installations at the Forks in collaboration with the Winnipeg Design Festival. There will be QR codes available so folks scan their phones at each installation and donate directly to The Dream Factory.

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The four installations debuted at ManyFest included a Lego adventure from a child who dreams of going to a Legoland theme park, and a popup where kids received princess makeovers.

For more information on the Dream Streets project and how you can get involved, visit www.dreamstreets.ca.

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The Family Mental Wellness Festival – Saturday, May 19, 2018

Guest blog post by: Angela Taylor of Inspire Community Outreach Inc.

The Family Mental Wellness Festival (#FMWFestival)has been dreaming up big things to help celebrate Winnipeg’s diverse and amazing community.

For those of you who are not from Winnipeg and surrounding area or even those hiding from all things festival, the #FMWFestival could be one of the most anticipated FREE events of the year!

More than just the usual food and entertainment, #FMWFestival features a Mental Health Resource Fair, where local charities participate at no cost, to celebrate their work. There’s also an outdoor market with nearly 50 vendors, where we’ll be selling our recently published book, All Kinds of Minds. Profits made from sales are sending free books all through Canada.

There’s a wide variety of entertainment, from performances by Big Daddy Tazz, renowned hoop dancer, Shanley Spence, Winnipeg Youth Chorus, Zumba, Yoga, Exhale dance studio, and Sweet Alibi.

Our partners Aulneau Renewal Centre and Canadian Mental Health Association of MB, are supporting the celebration along with Tiny Treehugger by their sponsorship of the Tot Tent. Shea Tree will have a Wellness Oasis for rest and relaxation.

There’s also a Workboots safety tent, Brio Insurance and Sunova Credit Union sponsored Art Tent with Kindness Rocks to hide and seek all day and the Macaroni Winnipeg East craft area.  We will also have Heather’s Pretty Parties with face painting and princesses, Costume Alliance superheroes and movie characters, a Magician, Balloon animals, Therapy dogs, and Dance Party fundraiser with DJ Wanda.

Food trucks: Poutine King, Deeks Dog House, GG’s Gelati.

Register to WIN one of nearly 300 prizes by clicking here: https://goo.gl/forms/kvITuPAEZF9ht4mm1

All money raised supports youth and families with unique challenges like ADHD, anxiety and neurological and trauma related differences.

The Family Mental Wellness Festival is sure not to disappoint!

Learn more about Inspire Community Outreach at www.Inspirecommunityoutreach.ca or reach us at info@inspirecommunityoutreach.ca

The Family Mental Wellness Festival runs from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at The Forks.

10 Reasons to Hit Up the Winnipeg Tattoo Show this Weekend!

The Winnipeg Tattoo Show is this week!  Opening at 1pm on Friday, February 23rd and running through to 6pm on Sunday February 25th, there’s a jam-packed schedule of Tattoo and Tattoo-related awesomeness coming your way.

Here are my top 10 reasons to hit up the Winnipeg Tattoo Show this weekend!

1.  Watch Live Tattooing and Tattoo Competitions

This one’s a no-brainer – there is a great selection of the best of Winnipeg’s Tattoo Artists at the show this weekend!  You can check out their work beforehand and even book yourself in for a tattoo during the show, if the artist you choose has availability.

There are different Tattoo Competitions each day – Friday is Neo-Traditional and Horror, for example  – and there are daily Tattoo of the Day awards culminating in a Tattoo of the Show award on Sunday.

If you’re a fan of the show Ink Masters, there are four of the show’s stars at the show this weekend – Big Ceeze from Anaheim, California, Babiery from New York, NY, Erik Campbell from Grand Junction, Colorado and Jhon, also from New York, NY.  Even if you haven’t been able to book an appointment with your favourite Tattoo Artist, this is a pretty amazing way to see them work live!

2. Catch Some Great Live Music

There’s a great selection of local musical talent to take in during the show, in addition to tattoo artist talent. Friday evening sees local band “Lowdown and the Dirty Rotten” play two sets – the first from 5 to 6pm and the second from 9 to 9:45.  Describing their style as rebel country/hillbilly, they’re definitely a band you need to catch!

The other two bands to watch this weekend, The Honour  and The Paul Stanleys will be playing as a part of the F#ck Cancer Fundraiser (Reason #3, below!).

3. Have Fun and Support a Great Cause at the F#ck Cancer Fundraiser for CancerCare Manitoba

$15 will get you in to the F#ck Cancer fundraiser social, from 9pm Saturday evening to 2am Sunday morning, with all proceeds going to CancerCare Manitoba.  There will be live bands (The Honour and The Paul Stanleys, mentioned above), a silent auction, prizes, dancing, and what Manitoba social isn’t complete with the traditional late lunch!  Get your tickets online or at the CancerCare Manitoba Booth on Friday or Saturday.

4. Watch Burlesque Performers

Come and watch M Funk Dance Productions perform burlesque-inspired routines at 4:30pm on Saturday and at 1:30pm on Sunday.

5. Crush on a Drag Queen, at the Drag Queen Show

Experience the most fabulousness that the Prairie Provinces have to offer!  On both Friday (from 7-7:30pm) and Saturday (from 6 to 6:30pm) Jenny Talia (in photo above, from Regina, SK), Victoria Lush (Winnipeg), Lita Takeela (Winnipeg), Satina Loren (Winnipeg) and Tyra Boinks (Winnipeg) will strut their stuff and entertain audiences !

6. Cheer on the Pinups in the Very First Peg City Pinup Competition

Hosted by the lovely and delightful Evie Assault (pictured on the poster to the right) and happening throughout Friday and Saturday, follow Peg City Pinup Contestants as they compete in Formal Wear, Swimwear and at a Talent Show. They are all vying to win the title of the very first Ms. Peg City Pinup, with a fab prize package that includes photo shoots with Pinup Photographer, Dano Tanaka, outfits from the prettiest pinup boutique, The Foxy Shoppe, along with a sash and crown.  The winner will be announced between 5:15 and 5:45pm on Saturday evening.

7. Support the Great Vendors

There’s a vendor area showcasing pinup and lifestyle clothing, artwork including pin-striping and graffiti styles, baking, cosmetics, you name it really!  The list of vendors can be found here.

8. Come Play at Kids’ Corner

Bring the family – kids 12 and under are FREE!  There’s an entire section dedicated to kids where they can colour, get “tattooed” (temporary tattoos by The Sparkle Girls and The Wow Factor), and play games.  Everybody’s favourite magical sisters, Anna and Elsa, will be in attendance on Saturday, between 2 and 4pm.

9. Marvel at Local Performers

Local contortionist and antipodist (juggling using her feet!), Samantha Halas  will be performing throughout the weekend, as will Brett Hogan , who can do everything from fire-breathing to acrobatics!

10. Drool over the Motorcycles and Hotrods

I don’t know about you, but it just seems to me that tattoos and speed go together!  Walk through and oggle the hotrods and motorcycles area of the Winnipeg Tattoo Show.

The Winnipeg Tattoo Show starts at 1pm on Friday, February 23rd and runs through to 6pm on Sunday February 25th.

Until next time, friends and followers,

6 Things You Need To Know About Chain For Change!

They’re one of Narcity’s 40 Things You Gotta Do This February 2018 in Winnipeg , and with February a week away, I know you’re wondering…what is Chain For Change all about?

Well, pals, I got you covered!  I caught up with Karly Tardiff, the amazing and dynamic moving force behind Chain for Change to find out the 6 Things You Need To Know About Chain for Change!

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Karly Tardiff, director for Chain For Change, is photographed at The Forks skating rink Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Tardiff is hoping to to get 400 ice skaters out February 4th to break a world record and to fundraise for CancerCare Manitoba.

1. Why organize a World Record Attempt?

It’s kind of a funny story! Originally I am from Ontario and moved to Winnipeg just over a year ago. One of the first things I had to do was find a job but also resolved to train for my first full marathon and look for volunteer opportunities. I ended up coming across a blog detailing a man’s quest to becoming the ‘top 1%’ of people in the world, which apparently involves running a full marathon on every continent and breaking a World Record. Of course I was curious as to what record(s) he might have accomplished and found that they all involved some sort of ‘chain’; longest chain of people floating down the river in inner tubes, longest chain of people doing yoga simultaneously… which got me to thinking about ‘chain’ records we could break in Winnipeg. Naturally, the longest chain of ice skaters came to mind, especially since we have one of the longest ice trails in the world. The current record for this is 370 people and I KNOW Winnipeg can smash this. It just seemed logical that if we gather this many people together, we should fundraise for a great cause and Chain for Change was born!

2. What’s involved with planning a World Record Attempt?

Participants!!! Like I mentioned, 370 is the current record so 371 skaters need to REGISTER to join us at The Forks at 1:00pm on February 4, which also happens to be World Cancer Day! Guinness is VERY strict with documentation which is why we are really stressing the registration aspect. Participants will line up in a ‘conga-line’ formation the skating trail at The Forks and skate 400 meters in an unbroken line. We only have 3 attempts! The line will be monitored by volunteer ‘stewards’ who will keep track of a specified 50 participants to ensure the line remains intact throughout the attempt. Volunteer ‘witnesses’ will sign off on the steward ‘statements’ (the steward will have to fill out a document stating participants remain joined through the duration of the attempt) and the number of participants registered/counted on the event day. We will also need to submit photographic and video evidence, witness and steward statements, certification of the distance verified by a qualified surveyor and a detailed report on the attempt!

We looked into having a Guinness judge on site to verify the attempt in real-time but this costs $10,000 and we certainly did not want to take any funds away from our cause, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

3. What made you decide to partner with CancerCare Manitoba Foundation to fund-raise as a part of Chain For Change?

We decided to support CancerCare Manitoba Foundation because, unfortunately, everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. CancerCare has been so good to so many people and families we know personally and knowing all funds stay within Manitoba is so important because we are certain all dollars raised will go straight to those who need it most.

4. How can I sign up?

To register, please visit www.ChainForChangeWPG.com

Follow us on instagram @ChainForChangeWPG and Twitter @Chain4ChangeWPG to stay in the loop leading up to the day!

We will be having an ‘event-day kit pickup’ on February 3 that will also include a MASSIVE draw that my only be entered if you pick up your kit the day before the event, you won’t want to miss out!

5. What if you don`t know how to skate, but would like to help out?

If you cannot skate but want to be a part of Chain for Change, please email ChainForChangeWPG@gmail.com

We are looking for ‘event-day coordinators’ who can help our committee with logistics on the ‘kit pickup’ day, February 3, and the day of Chain for Change, February 4.

Donating to our cause through www.ChainForChangeWPG.com is always an option,too, and greatly appreciated!

6. What’s one more thing that you’d like us to know about Chain for Change?

Please pre-register! It would be heartbreaking if our record wasn’t verified due to documentation error. There is also a 12 year old minimum age for registration as well as participants being able to confidentially ice skate. This is to ensure participants are physically able to hold on in the line without struggle for safety.

After registration, we would really appreciate if participants were able to help us in reaching our fundraising goal of $20,000.

Thank you so much for chatting with me about Chain for Change, Karly!

There you have it, folks!  Let’s all get out there and support Chain for Change in their World Record Attempt and their fundraising efforts!

Chain for Change takes place at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 4th, at The Forks.