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.

Guest Post! Winnipeg-The Cultural Capital of Canada

I am so proud to introduce my first-ever guest blogger! Please give a warm welcome to Alix Sobler, marketing and communications coordinator for Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, as she talks about this exciting initiative and what it’s meant for downtown.

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I was very excited when Peggy invited me to guest blog for her today. Our Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 team has had such a busy year, and it’s not over yet! 2010 may have ended at the stroke of midnight on January 1, but our Cultural Capital “year” of celebration is still going strong, and it will have an impact on Winnipeg’s Downtown for years to come.

First, a little background: The Cultural Capitals program is a competitive program run through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Every year they recognize cities for special events and programs that utilize the benefits of the arts. In 2007 the Winnipeg Arts Council made application to this program on behalf of the City of Winnipeg, and in late 2009, we found out. Those of us who live here know that Winnipeg has long been the cultural capital of Canada with some of North America’s largest festivals, oldest artistic institutions, and most cutting edge artists. But it was nice to make that designation official, and to be able to use the money that came with it to create some events and programs that would really knock some socks off!

The theme of Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital program is ARTS FOR ALL, and a big part of that was making the arts accessible to everyone in Winnipeg. Naturally, Downtown was a huge part of that plan. One of our largest events was the River Barge Festival at the Forks. This five-day performing arts festival took advantage of the beautiful summer days and evenings and featured an eclectic line up with something for everyone. More than 20,000 people came down to enjoy performances by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Luke Doucet and the White Falcon, Papa Mambo, Chic Gamine, J.C. Campbell & Tracy Bone, and many, many more.

Not long after, we teamed up with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ to present The BIG DANCE on Broadway as part of the Lights on Broadway Festival. When planning this event we imagined older people waltzing on the avenue, groups of people dancing in unison, young people filling the air with a nightclub atmosphere…we dreamed big for The BIG DANCE, and Winnipeg came through…in a BIG way! 20,000 people came downtown to dance it up, and even the weather did not disappoint! We had two stages set up on Broadway, with one stage decorated to hark back to the grandiose days of Winnipeg’s dance halls of the 20s and 30s, the other one evoked the classic days of disco. The dancing started at 4pm and continued well into the evening with everything from Latin to country to hip-hop while dance groups were on hand giving demonstrations and lessons so that everyone could take part. Ron Paley’s Big Band capped off an amazing night that made a lot of people see Downtown in a different way than ever before.

In addition to our large-scale events, we had smaller, more intimate programs that gave people downtown a chance to learn and interact directly with artists. Our symposium, MY CITY’S STILL BREATHING focused on the relationship between artists and the cities they live in, and gave policy makers and creative people a chance to interact. Taking place primarily at the Fort Garry Hotel and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the symposium gave out-of-towners an idea of the potential of our downtown, and gave locals a chance to see it through new eyes.

As part of our Arts Ambassador program Natasha Torres-Garner, Dance Ambassador, created a remarkable duet dance piece that explored the nature of interaction Downtown. Transient Exposition began at the circular walkway at Portage and Main connected to Winnipeg Square, travelled the underground walkways and skywalks and ended at the walkway above the Millennium Library. Many people were fascinated and some were even unnerved by this direct interaction with art in a manner and a place to which they weren’t accustomed, but overall the inventiveness and beauty of the piece really struck a chord with people. You can read a bit about it in Carol Phillip’s op-ed piece that was published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

There’s a lot more, but I have a feeling Peggy would like her blog back.

I will just bullet point a few of the highlights of some of our amazing projects that are ongoing or still to come:

Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years
International Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art
Open until May 8, 2011

Close Encounters is an exhibition focused on presenting Indigenous art from around the world. With venues all over the city, including some amazing work in Manitoba Hydro Place right on Portage Ave, this incredibly important show features the work of a number of renowned Canadian Indigenous artists, complemented by some of the most innovative and engaging work drawn from Indigenous populations across the globe.

Major Public Art Project

A Major Public Art Project will be located in the Millennium Library Park and is being funded by the Cultural Capitals program and the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Public Art program. With a total budget of $575,000, this will be the largest public art project in Winnipeg to date. The call-to-artists resulted in both national and international submissions. Once selected and installed, the piece will be a permanent, contemporary artwork using elements of water and light. The piece is slated to be completed in the fall of 2011.

International Cello Festival of Canada
June 15-19, 2011

This cello festival promises to be like no other Canadian festival. WCCC 2010 has teamed up with the Agassiz Music Festival to present the International Cello Festival of Canada 2011. It will be an extraordinary event, with a host of internationally celebrated cellists participating.

Thanks again for letting me blog about our exciting program and what it has meant to Downtown! We hope to see some of these programs continue into the future!