Last Weekend to Visit Santa at Fairmont Winnipeg!

I recently received a special invitation from Santa Claus himself to visit his suite at the Fairmont Winnipeg! I was blown away with the incredible décor that included colourful details like twinkling Christmas trees, an elegant dinner table set, a letter-writing station, and amazing giveaways for all his visitors.

Santa has been taking off the weekends to spend some time with everyone who wants to visit him. Sadly, this weekend will be his last one before leaving town to get ready for Christmas Eve. If you haven’t gone yet there’s still time to take a photo with him. He will be receiving visitors from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. up until December 23.

The great thing about it is that you don’t need to make a reservation in advance. Stop by with your family and friends to get a professional digital photo with Santa for $10. You can also purchase a package of 3 digital pictures for $25 with all proceeds going to support The Dream Factory.

Be sure to share your pictures on social media and don’t forget to use #WPGSantaSuite to win a one-night stay at Fairmont Winnipeg.

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Happy Holidays!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (In the most wonderful part of the city)

I love how the downtown lights signal to the whole city that it’s time to get jolly.

And, as the epicentre of the city, downtown brings some major holiday cheer, with the whole neighbourhood coming together to offer the best shopping, holiday movie-watching, and live entertainment the city has to offer.

In case you haven’t mapped out your holiday schedule yet, anchored in the downtown, here’s a rundown of where I’ll be over the month of December (the countdown is on!).

Breakfast and a movie (Hudson’s Bay Downtown, 4th floor, 450 Portage Ave.)

I’m not sure there’s a better deal out there for a family-friendly viewing party. For just $10, enjoy breakfast served by the Best Western Plus Downtown before a screening of two of my personal favourite holiday classics.

On December 1, find out how Kevin gets left behind and fends off the bad guys in Home Alone 2.

On December 8, watch Will Ferrell’s Elf eat way too much pre-chewed gum in downtown New York (I guess any, really, is too much).

Remember to get tickets in advance if you want to take part in breakfast (available at the Best Western Plus Downtown or Hudson’s Bay downtown). Movie admission is free!

Breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with holiday activities to follow!

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Local artisan pop-ups at The Forks (1 Forks Market Rd.)

My holiday shopping hack has always been to do it at The Forks (I mean, breaking for wine on tap is never a bad thing for morale!).

This year, plan your purchasing around one of the Third + Bird market pop-ups, so you have even more local goodies to choose from.

For three weekends leading up to the big day, The Forks will be host to over a dozen local makers filling the second-floor bridges and balconies with unique finds for your whole list.

Visit the pop-ups at The Forks Market on Dec. 8 and 9, 15 and 16, and 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plus, The Forks’ Holiday Bazaar kicks things off this Friday, Nov. 30, with in-store specials, mimosas and mulled wine served up by The Common, and festive shopping beats from DJ Mama Cutsworth to help you shop ‘til you drop from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Looking for something that truly says it all? Order a custom script from Kal Barteski, who’s popping up at the Market Nov. 30 (until Dec. 2).

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Another pop-up not-to-miss is happening at Manitoba Hydro Place Dec. 16, where indigenous artists will come together to showcase their wares in the main floor gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show (Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith St.)

Favourite local crooner JP Hoe plays holiday classics in a campy, collaborative way that will make you a lifelong fan! Get tickets quickly as this show always sell out! A part of the proceeds from the show go to the Christmas Cheer Board. Join JP Hoe on Dec. 14 at Burton Cummings Theatre!

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Cirque Musica Presents Wonderland (Bell MTS Place, 300 Portage Ave.)

A spell-binding performance of the world’s most popular Christmas music played by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), paired with the best circus performers in the world – does it get any better?

Bell MTS Place will host this holiday spectacular for one night only on Dec. 6.

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Then, join the WSO in my favourite holiday tradition, accompanying the Nutcracker ballet from Dec. 19 to 29. The sounds will be even fuller with the WSO joined by a full choir in this year’s rendition.

For even more downtown events over the merry month, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/event/all-together-downtown-for-the-holidays/.

 

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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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Get Ready for the 2018 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries ManyFest!

The beginning of September is a busy one. With kids getting ready to go back to school and people trying to squeeze in the last little bit of summer vacation before heading back to their busy schedules, they are looking for that last little bit of excitement. I myself have had a very busy summer exploring all that Winnipeg has to offer, but I can’t wait for the weekend of September 7th, as the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries ManyFest Downtown Street Festival 2018 will take over Memorial Park and Broadway for three days!

There is so much activity going on at the festival I don’t know how I am going to fit it all in, but darn it, I’m going to try. With admission to Manyfest being free, there is nothing that is stopping me from attending all three days.

Friday marks the beginning of live music and the Food Truck Wars, which lasts the entire weekend, so you better believe that I’m going to take that all in. Who can resist all that delicious food, while swaying along to amazing bands and Djs.

But Friday night I am going to make sure that I have the perfect outfit to take part in the Electric Donkey Run. What could be more fun than get dressed up in neon and decked out in some glow bracelets for a 5-k fun run throughout downtown Winnipeg with some awesome dance breaks throughout the course? Get ready Winnipeg as I bust out my sweet dance moves.

I’m sure once I’m done the run, I will need to stop by The Lakeside Lounge presented by Lake of the Woods Brewing for a craft beer from the award-winning Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. Their flagship Sultana Gold and Forgotten Lake beers sound amazing! Not a fan of beer like I am? The lounge also offers a selection of EJ Gallo wines, as well as El Jimador Margarita Coolers. It also offers a stage and will feature such acts as Discothèque Under the Stars and Beer & Botany with Freshcut. I’m sure I will be making more than one stop to the lounge throughout the weekend.

While I may be busy taking in the Electric Donkey Run on Friday night, I will for sure take in one of the Movie in the Park movies occurring Friday and Saturday, both in the early evening and later at night. I mean the chance to see E.T, Jurassic Park or Toy Story outside on the big screen, yes please! Bring your lawn chairs or bring your old batteries in to be recycled and receive a free outdoor blanket from Call2Recycle.

Starting Saturday that means shopping, as Third + Bird has taken over the market portion, which means a variety of items available for sale.

Saturday and Sunday also give the kids a chance to take in the festivities with Mini-Fest Kid Zone. A family fun zone full of crafts, face painting, interactive displays, indigenous storytelling, a performance stage, big games, Zumba and more. There will be no shortage of activities and fun to keep the little ones busy. Also, why not take in the Wonder Shows midway that is filled with fun carnival rides.

And what a way to finish the festival on Sunday morning than with a run as the Winnipeg 10 and 10, will hit the streets. I haven’t decided if I am going to take in the 30 kilometre, 10 mile, 10 kilometre or the five kilometre run. Maybe I’ll just watch the five kilometre family fun run instead.

Whatever activities I decide on doing that weekend, I know that I am going to have a blast at Manyfest!

Excitement is still popping up for the rest of the summer!

While the summer is winding down (eek!), as usual, I still have some tricks up my sleeve to milk the rest of these balmy days.

Not only are the pop-up parks at Kennedy and Graham and Hargrave and Portage amazing spaces to take your packed lunch, they come alive at the noon hour on a rotating basis just for the downtown business crowd.

Most weekdays for the rest of August, you can find a 30-minute bootcamp (hosted by the lovely Snap Fitness) or ambient music from local entertainers crooning you through your work break at either location.

Find Phil Natividad’s swoon-worthy tunes strummed on the ukulele Wednesday, August 29 at Hargrave and Portage, and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Brodovsky on Thursday, August 30 at Kennedy and Graham. And – hit the pavement to break a sweat with your colleagues on Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 30 at Hargrave and Portage.

Mondays are for easing in to the week, so kick back with Andy Western’s music at the noon hour at the Kennedy and Graham pop-up August 27.

To cap off the week, join the very last Downtown Winnipeg Night market at Kennedy and Graham, and shop your heart out among the lineup of amazing vendors.

This whole summer, I’ve been capitalizing on the free workouts at Memorial, Upper Fort Garry and Millennium Parks (on until August’s end), and buying my fresh produce and preserves at the farmers’ markets every Thursday at Manitoba Hydro Place (on through to September’s end).

It seems like there’s a surprise at every turn as I make my way through the paved streets this summer – including the amazing lightshow and alley transformation behind Mountain Equipment Co-op (the first time I saw the colours change, I thought I was losing it!). This light installation has colourful beams that change colour depending on time of day – so you’ll want to see this once or twice for full effect!

Even better, all of these pop-ups were available to be booked for events and sometimes even qualified for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Host It Downtown funds, so I’ve managed to witness grad parties, a plant workshop and bowling matches occur at these awesome landmarks, to name a few.

Another handy happenstance has been the pop-up toilet initiative, trailblazed by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, BridgmanCollaborative Architecture and partner Siloam Mission.

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go, and I’ve been fortunate to stumble on this top-notch facility at an opportune moment! Find it at the southeast corner of Graham and Hargrave until September 17.

Who’s ready for Movies on Memorial?

Things are about to get mean and green over at Memorial Park this summer.

Kicking things off on Tuesday, August 7, you can catch everyone’s favourite green ogre, Shrek, on-screen, conveyed by none other than celebrated Canadian comedian Mike Myers.

The lasting cultural phenomenon, Mean Girls, written for the screen by SNL darling Tina Fey, will be shown on the big blow-up on August 14.

Movies start roughly at dusk (around 9 p.m.), projected on the big, inflatable screen along Broadway at Memorial.

As always, showing up early will be rewarded, as you’ll have your pick of blanketed perch for the main event.

It also means you get to interact with any kiosks set up for the show – expect something from presenting sponsor, Bridgeport Office Solutions, as well as popcorn, your favourite treat from a food truck, and lots of lovely people cozying up to catch the free outdoor entertainment.

As a seasoned Movies on Memorial-goer, I have a few pro tips to share to make the most of the screening:

Bring bug spray

Sometimes a sponsor will shell out for this (thanks for looking out!), but it’s best if you prepare so you can reapply on demand if the pesky pests don’t let up throughout the show.

Layer up

Even though Winnipeg summers are beautiful, our summer nights truly cool down, especially in August. Bring layers so you’re ready for the dip in temperature as dusk turns to night. You likely want to wear closed-toe shoes (resist the flip flops!) so your feet don’t lose heat.

Bring lots of blankets, pillows (go crazy!), or a low, attendee-friendly chair

You’ll likely want to mark your spot for the duration of the show with a nice beach blanket or throw. Then, don’t be afraid to cuddle up with a blanket overtop – you won’t regret mimicking your living room comfort out in this beautiful setting.

Bring your friends and pets

If you have a well-mannered dog who likes to cuddle at your side during movies, bring him or her out! The park is pet-friendly and as long as you don’t disturb other movie-goers, you may as well invite Sparky!

That’s it – you’re ready to enjoy Movies on Memorial!

The final screenings for this year’s 2000s theme are School of Rock (August 21), and Miss Congeniality (August 28). In case of rain, movies will be moved to the next calendar date. An announcement will be made by 5 p.m. on the day of the event if it needs to be rescheduled.

Maximizing Your Experience Downtown at the Downtown Winnipeg Night Market

This Friday (and Friday, July 27 and Friday August 31), my pals behind the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market are hosting their first ever Downtown Winnipeg Night Market from 4pm-11pm at Manitoba Hydro Plaza and on Kennedy Street between Portage Avenue and Graham Avenue!

The Downtown Winnipeg Night Market is a great way to end off the month and kick off your weekend in the heart of downtown. Plus, you’ll get to see a lot of cool things, support a lot of great local businesses, experience the new Pop-Up Park on Kennedy and so much more!

Here’s how I’m planning to maximize my experience this Friday:

GETTING THERE

Did you know that the Winnipeg Bike Valet will be on site during the whole event offering their bicycle valet service (it’s like a coat check for bicycles!)? It’s a great way to easily travel downtown, to and from the other destinations you’re hitting on Friday, and I love the friendly folks behind the Bike Valet!

Find the Winnipeg Bike Valet on Edmonton Street at Graham Avenue on the South East corner, thanks to my friends at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Additionally, you can always walk, take Winnipeg Transit or drive. Street parking is free after 5:30pm and there will be lots of availability to park in downtown parking lots and parkades.

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HAVING FUN

The Downtown Winnipeg Night Market is fun for the whole family and includes:

  • Farmers’ Market vendors on Manitoba Hydro Plaza 4pm-11pm
  • Enjoy two beer gardens: The patio at Rudy’s Eat & Drink and the Rudy’s pop-up beer garden on Kennedy Street 4pm-11pm
  • Instagram Alley on Kennedy Street featuring Creating A Scene, Studio 393 and Graffiti Gallery for you to capture your experience 4pm-11pm
  • Big Fun Games on Kennedy Street from 6:30pm-11pm
  • Balloon Artist and Facepainter on Graham Avenue from 6pm-9pm
  • Live painting of The Horn on Kennedy Street from 7pm-8pm
  • Experience the new Pop-Up Park on Kennedy Street 4pm-11pm
  • Buskers including Ila Barker, Lana Winterhalt and Phil Natividad providing music throughout, plus Kurrent Motion entertaining throughout the evening
  • Downtown Winnipeg businesses including Teeyah’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Bison Books, Fluid Float, and Clay Oven are also all on site

MAKING A NIGHT OF IT

Make the Downtown Winnipeg Night Market just one of your many stops on Friday!

Did you know that Alleyways Market is taking place from 4pm-10pm in the Exchange District? Stopping by both of these markets is a great way to support local and find yourself the perfect produce and gifts for you and your loved ones!

Street patio! The weather looks great so I’m looking forward to hitting up the Rudy’s Pop-Up Patio on Kennedy, while I’m at the Market.

Goldeyes! Our baseball team takes on St. Paul Saints at 7pm at Shaw Park.

Patio hopping! It’s Friday night and I know I’m looking forward to the long weekend! You’ll find me at some of my favourite downtown patios and places for dinner, snacks and drinks!

Dancing! With a handful of venues downtown showcasing great music of all types, I’m going to be wearing my dancing shoes all night long!

Here’s a handy map with some of my recommendations – enjoy Friday!

For more information on the Downtown Winnipeg Night Market, visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com/night-market/.

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Free Downtown Entertainment This Summer

While the whiteout parties are behind us, there’s no shortage of excuses to head downtown in droves for free entertainment this summer.

Tune in

Throughout June and July, every Thursday comes alive with members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) serenading people in the streets through their lunch hours.

Edmonton Street (between Graham Avenue and Portage Avenue) will see duets or solo acts from the WSO perform each week. Concert pianists, violinists, horn players and vocalists will carry tunes throughout the noon hour.

On Tuesdays, Cityplace draws its own crowd for a lunchtime concert series out on its second-floor terrace off the food court. Catch live Manitoban acts throughout the summer months until August’s end.

Not to be outdone, Portage Place stages its own Indigenous Concert Series on the last Fridays of June, July and August.

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Sweat it out

If it’s a workout you’d rather fit in, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Fitness in the Park is kicking off another summer jam-packed with opportunities to work up a sweat.

Every Monday to Friday, from now until August’s end, green spaces throughout the downtown will host free fitness classes suited to all types of participants.

Memorial Park, Millennium Library Park and Upper Fort Garry will see Pilates enthusiasts, Zumba lovers, boot camp devotees and yogis unite for a free sweat.

The rotating roster at each location helps you mix up your routine if you’d like to attend multiple classes – visit Millennium Library Park for yoga on Mondays and Fridays, Memorial Park for Zumba on Mondays and Fridays, Millennium Library Park for Zumba on Wednesdays and Pilates on Thursdays, and Upper Fort Garry for boot camp Tuesdays and Thursdays.

(Dates are weather permitting – be sure check the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ social media channels @downtownwpgbiz to be notified in case of any changes!)

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Shop ‘til you drop

Finally, shopping for fresh produce during your workday is made easier through the popular Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Farmers’ Market, serving up fresh local fruits and veggies, baked goods, preserves, meats and cheese, crafts and many other handmade gems looking for a home.

Everything from locally made bitters and spirits, gluten-free perogies and fresh lemonade can be squeezed out of this hyperlocal festivity. Located behind Manitoba Hydro Place and along Edmonton Street, the market is always received with much fanfare (not unlike our beloved Jets making playoffs). Find the Market running 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday from June through September.

Stay tuned for more on special Night Markets (new this year) to take place the last Friday of each month this summer from 4 to 11 p.m. outside Manitoba Hydro Place.

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For more information on upcoming downtown summer events, visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com/events.

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6 Ways to Not Let Spring Break Slip By

Nothing says spring better than school being out! And when there’s reason to celebrate, downtown shows up.

Just in time for Spring Break, plenty of arts and community organizations (the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ included!) are ramping up their programming to welcome parents and their children during their time off.

Here are just a few of the amazing offerings for parents and kids alike.

Spring Break Art Camp at The WAG (300 Memorial Boulevard)

From Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can take in a full day of camp with various art themes, play games, and of course, see the incredible art on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

While Monday’s clay day is sold out, Tuesday is open for kids to try their hand with a paint brush; Wednesday will welcome students on break to design their own super hero; and on Thursday, kids will discover the uses for unconventional materials in their masterpieces.

Visit here for more information on the WAG’s art camp.

Tetris, Manitoba Theatre for Young People (2 Forks Market Road)

Why not take this opportunity to introduce your kids to a live theatre experience, if you haven’t already? Watch as these flexible performers weave together in unexpected ways, and treat your kids to a full sensory experience for their first play. The show runs about 45 minutes, and is ideal for ages 5 to 12. Visit the MTYP’s box office page for showtimes and to buy tickets.

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Video Games Live, Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main St.)

Just when you thought you’d never get your kid to sit still for a symphony, the Video Games Live show immerses the audience in a gaming-like experience, with dazzling video on screen, live action, lighting and special effects. This interactive multimedia experience showcases music from some of the most popular video games of all time, created and produced by veteran video game composer Tommy Tallarico. A treat for symphony lovers and gamers alike!

Video Games Live plays Monday, March 26. Visit the Centennial Concert Hall’s page for tickets and more info.

A Dog’s Purpose, The Globe Theatre in Portage Place (393 Portage Avenue, 3rd Floor)

Brought to you by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, this free event invites you to take in a family-favourite in this downtown relic.

Opening its doors at 5 p.m. for the special event, make sure to scoop up treats from your favourite Portage Place vendors before showtime. Plus, it pays to come early, as the first 100 people will also receive a special loot bag!

Showtime starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Click here to see all event details.

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Along with regular programming and activities, the Children’s Museum and Manitoba Museum kick into another gear for Spring Break.

Help to build a life-size cardboard castle at the Children’s Museum, or hunt for all things small during the Manitoba Museum’s Science of the Small-themed scavenger hunt.

Have an amazing Spring Break!

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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,