My Bucket List: 101 things to do in downtown Winnipeg

Everyone loves a list… right? Well everyone loves a bucket list and I think it’s high time someone created one for downtown Winnipeg.

Over the next few months, I’m going to be creating a list of 101 things you must do in downtown Winnipeg. But I can’t do it all alone! I’m going to be asking you to help me out.

Along the way, you are going to be eligible to win the opportunity to do the things on my list!

Here are some guidelines when creating an item for the list:

1. Make it specific, instead of just saying “eat at X restaurant”, make it more like “eat the chicken noodle soup at X restaurant.”

2. Make sure it’s downtown (only submissions in downtown will be considered). The downtown boundaries go east to west from the UofW to The Forks and north to south from Higgins to the river.

3. Make sure it’s fun and something you would recommend to your friends and family!

To get us started, I’ve come up with a few of my own:

1. Have the cheese croissant at Tall Grass Prairie at The Forks market. It is absolutely to die for and will brighten any day.

2. Visit the Nonsuch Ketch at The Manitoba Museum. This is probably the coolest thing ever.

3. Go for a stroll on the Assiniboine Riverwalk on a warm summer evening. There are few things in life that make you feel more alive than that.

4. Experience the full haman spa treatment (hamam fully loaded) at Ten Spa inside the Hotel Fort Garry. You’ll feel like royalty once you’re done.

5. Take a drawing class at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Learn a new skill and have fun doing it!

So here’s how to enter your submission:

1. Leave a comment here with your pick and a way to contact you.

2. Send me an email at mail@downtownpeggy.com.

3. Post it on my Facebook page.

4. If you’re succinct, tell me on Twitter, using the hashtag #WpgBucket

Once the list starts growing, we’ll start sharing what prizes we’ll have up for grabs, and of course, start awarding them!

Good luck and I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

 

Pretty little things

First off, congratulations to Michelle Pinsonn, who was the winner of my RWB Nutcracker contest! Michelle, you and a loved one will be enjoying the show come Boxing Day… or maybe that’s presumptuous of me. Maybe you’re going to take someone you don’t really like, which kind of makes no sense since this is an awesome prize. Although, it would make a great peace offering… anyways, I’ve gotten off topic. Enjoy the show! (Whomever you take.)

I’ve got a few lovely gift ideas for you today as well:

Stylish men, need stylish accessories and this Hugo Boss scarf is just the ticket. I picked it up at Hanford Drewitt on Broadway where they have tons of hot men’s clothing including suits and dress shirts and shoes and cozy sweaters.

Hugo Boss Scarf, $75

I picked up this very cute, handmade key chain from the Gallery Shops at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There were all sorts of different designs available, but this bright red strawberry really caught my eye. She’ll never be digging around in her purse for her keys again with this!

Strawberry keychain, $30.99

And finally, I have a friend who is moving away from Manitoba soon (boo), but I thought I’d give her a little piece of our culture to take with her. Oseredok Museum—where they feature all things Ukrainian—has an adorable giftshop, where they feature… all things Ukrainian. There I picked up some authentic borscht, Black Pearl coffee (locally-roasted), cute little themed Ukrainian napkins and a tree ornament.

Grean Bean coffee ($14), borscht ($12), napkins ($5) and tree ornament ($3.50)

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Place Louis Riel has donated an awesome prize for me to give away to my loyal readers. All you have to do is go to this link, and fill out the form telling me why you love downtown. You’ll then be entered to win:
* A New Year’s Eve stay in an executive suite at the Place Louis Riel
* Complimentary parking for one vehicle
* Breakfast for two on New Year’s Day

Draw is December 20!

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As always, don’t forget the Pledge to Shop Downtown. Over the last two weeks, we’ve given away $100 gift cards for Portage Place, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Winnipeg Square. We’ve still got gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa up for grabs! Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

 

 

Getting into the spirit

Well the countdown is on. Christmas is only a couple of short weeks away and you can get into the spirit at Dalnavert Museum. They’ve got lots of holiday-themed entertainment happening in the next couple of weeks including performances of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and a historical toy display.

Stop in as Dalnavert brings Christmas past to life with Victorian decorations, games and crafts along with some old fashioned story telling.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: a performance series of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale

Five different Winnipeg performers will be bringing the classic Christmas tale to life from Dec 14-23. Doors open at 6pm and performances begin at 7:30pm.

Dec 14 & 15: Celeste Sansregret
Celeste is a writer, producer and performer working in theatre, film and television. Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Dec 16 & 17: Ron Robinson
Ron’s 45 minute production offers the classic beloved scenes of ghosts and ghastly apparitions, linked by references to the Victorian period. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Dec 18 & 19: Debbie Patterson
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol combines the best of Debbie’s two favourite holidays. Yes, it’s about Christmas, but it’s also a ghost story! Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Dec 20 & 21: Gordon Tanner
A strict traditionalist, Gordon will endeavour to read Dickens’ Christmas story in a manner that would warm even John Christian Schultz’s stony heart, with lots of accents and resonance and diction; the aural equivalent of figgy pudding, if you will. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Dec 22 &23: Ian Mozdzen
At Dalnavert this holiday season, Ian plans to channel humour, darkness, and physicality into a lively and fanciful performance of this Dickens’ holiday classic. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 15 and up.

Tickets:  $20 (adults), $10 (ages 17 and under). To purchase tickets, contact the Manitoba Historical Society Dalnavert Museum at 943-2835 or Bookings@mhs.mb.ca.

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Place Louis Riel has donated an awesome prize for me to give away to my loyal readers. All you have to do is go to this link, and fill out the form telling me why you love downtown. You’ll then be entered to win:
* A New Year’s Eve stay in an executive suite at the Place Louis Riel
* Complimentary parking for one vehicle
* Breakfast for two on New Year’s Day

Draw is December 20.

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As always, don’t forget the Pledge to Shop Downtown. Over the last two weeks, we’ve given away $100 gift cards for Portage Place, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Winnipeg Square. We’ve still got gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa up for grabs! Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

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I have more prizes! I have a pair of tickets for the RWB’s performance of the Nutcracker on Boxing Day. If you’d like to win them, just become a subscriber at downtownpeggy.com and you’re automatically entered to win.

To subscribe, enter your email address in the right sidebar of this site. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’ve already been entered. Draw is December 15.

 

Secret Santa #4

It’s time for another edition of Peggy’s Secret Santa! This week I’ve chosen a lovely young woman named Ashley. She was nominated by her friend Denise because of her caring spirit and dedication to helping others. Here’s what Denise had to say:

Hello!

First off, happy holidays! The snowfall this weekend and general happy spirit around the city is what made me stop and take note of this interesting online contest. And I’ve got the perfect person that deserves to be a secret Santa recipient.

Her name is Ashley. Besides being a wonderful human being every day of the year, working with at-risk youth through various organizations around the city, my friend Ashley goes above and beyond during the holiday season.

For the past five years she has been the main organizer of the ‘Clothe the City’ coat and winter clothing drive. Clothe the City creates opportunities for everyone to stay warm during the holiday season by collecting and distributing new and gently used winter outerwear free of charge to Winnipegger’s in need. Ashley accepts garment donations, organizes venues, food and volunteers, as well as oversees operations during the event day.

Having volunteered at Clothe the City, I’ve witnessed first hand how this warm and caring girl transforms everyone around her, spreading a feeling of compassion that transcends beyond the holidays. I think that after giving so much to others, she deserves a little something special this holiday season as well!

Thank you for your consideration. I’m sure this contest will be a huge success!

There you have it. Ashley is a shining example of what young people can accomplish! With today’s especially cold weather, it becomes even more obvious how important Clothe the City is. It can be easy to take simple things for granted, forgetting that not everyone can afford a parka, gloves and toque when the temperature drops below freezing.

Since Ashley helps keep others warm, I decided to pick up a gorgeous scarf from H’Attitude (located on the second floor of Portage Place) for her. It is extremely soft and luxurious and even I couldn’t have predicted how nice that colour would look with her lovely red hair. So congrats Ashley, and thank you for keeping everyone warm!

Ashley wearing her new scarf

 

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Place Louis Riel has donated an awesome prize for me to give away to my loyal readers. All you have to do is go to this link, and fill out the form telling me why you love downtown. You’ll then be entered to win:
* A New Year’s Eve stay in an executive suite at the Place Louis Riel
* Complimentary parking for one vehicle
* Breakfast for two on New Year’s Day

Draw is December 20.

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As always, don’t forget the Pledge to Shop Downtown. Over the last two weeks, we’ve given away $100 gift cards for Portage Place, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Winnipeg Square. We’ve still got gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa up for grabs! Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

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I have more prizes! I have a pair of tickets for the RWB’s performance of the Nutcracker on Boxing Day. If you’d like to win them, just become a subscriber at downtownpeggy.com and you’re automatically entered to win.

To subscribe, enter your email address in the right sidebar of this site. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’ve already been entered. Draw is December 15.

Just a good day

I was going to start this post a little differently until I saw the coolest thing. Hot 103’s Ace Burpee has been listing the top 100 most fascinating Manitobans this morning on Twitter and lo and behold, he chose yours truly for number 96!

100 Most Fascinating MB’s of 2010: #96: Downtown Peggy (Never met her, but we’ve all heard of her. She seems pleasant and positive)

Wow, I’m just so honoured!

Here’s a couple of other ones I liked because I happen to know them and totally agree:

100 Most Fascinating MB’s of 2010: #84: Chef Ben Kramer (Runs Diversity Foods at U of W. Responsible. Creative. Awesome)

100 Most Fascinating MB’s of 2010: #82: Kevin Donnelly. (If you saw an event or show in 2010 at MTS Centre, it’s because of him)

100 Most Fascinating MB’s of 2010: #75: Anna Paquin (Star of True Blood on HBO) *Okay, I don’t know her, but I LOVE True Blood.

100 Most Fascinating MB’s of 2010: #62 Sylvia Kuzyk (Legend. Beautiful woman. Kissed Kevin O on the lips on live TV)

Ace is in the 70s now, so I’ll post some more as the day goes on.

Okay now that I’m done tooting my own horn…

On to New Year’s Eve! The Place Louis Riel has donated an awesome prize for me to give away to my loyal readers. All you have to do is go to this link, and fill out the form telling me why you love downtown in a few sentences. You’ll then be entered to win:

  • A New Year’s Eve stay in an executive suite at the Place Louis Riel
  • Complimentary parking for one vehicle
  • Breakfast for two on New Year’s Day

The total value of this is $200 and let me tell you, I recently went to view PLRs new renovations and the suites are amazing. The whole hotel is totally stunning—this is definitely a treat. Imagine taking in the fireworks at The Forks, clubbing it all night, going for a romantic dinner and then just walking back to the hotel, collapsing on your bed and welcoming 2011 in style. (Hey if you win, will you take me with you?) We’ll do the draw on December 20.

Here are some pictures I took at Place Louis Riel (sorry, they’re from my phone so they’re not the best quality):

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As always, don’t forget the Pledge to Shop Downtown. Last week we gave away a $100 gift card to Portage Place. On Wednesday we gave away a $100 gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op and on Friday, we’ve got $100 for you to spend in Winnipeg Square. Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

(PS-Next week, I’m going to also have gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa.)

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I have more prizes! I have a pair of tickets for the RWB’s performance of the Nutcracker on Boxing Day. If you’d like to win them, just become a subscriber at downtownpeggy.com and you’re automatically entered to win.

To subscribe, enter your email address in the right sidebar of this site. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’ve already been entered. Draw is December 15.

Other treats

I’ve been doing a lot of talking about shopping lately, and today is going to be no different. I’ve been seized by the Christmas buying bug. Did you realize there are less than three weeks to go? Did I just send a wave of panic through you? Don’t worry, I’ve got some great ideas for gifts that are more experiential. I love this type of gift, because it’s often something the receiver can enjoy for months to come.

Strindberg Fest
This year’s Master Playwright Festival at MTC focuses on August Strindberg, a Swedish playwright known for his daring and experimental work. For just $75, you can pick up passes for all 18 shows happening during the week of Jan 20-Feb 6. This is the perfect present for the culturally inclined individual in your life.

An Evening with David Adjey
You’ve seen him on the Food Network busting the chops of would-be restaurant owners and now he’s making his way to Winnipeg. Happening Feb 9 at the Fort Garry Hotel, tickets are just $30. Any foodie in your life will love this—trust me. You can purchase tickets by emailing davidadjey@shaw.ca.

Art Classes at the WAG
Give someone the gift of creativity by signing them up for an art class at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Who doesn’t want to get a little dirty with the paint and clay? I myself have signed up for a class in January and I can’t wait! There are options for all ages, types and skill levels. Prices vary by class.

Spa Escapes at Ten Spa
You will be in someone’s good books forever when you get them a spa and yoga package from the Fort Garry Hotel. Send them on a weekend of bliss that includes dinner, hotel stay, yoga classes and spa treatment for just $159. Contact the hotel at 942-8251 for more details and to book.

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You can also give a special gift in Portage Place with their “Snowflakes of Hope” campaign. They are selling snowflakes for $2 and hanging them on trees in Edmonton Court. All proceeds are going to the Merkel and Dubois families as a result of two recent devastating tragedies—the father who lost his life trying to save his son’s life in a fire and the two parents who were killed in a car crash, orphaning their five children.

Snowflakes can be purchased at their customer service desk for the next two weeks and in Edmonton court from 11 am to 1 pm until Saturday.

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As always, don’t forget the Pledge to Shop Downtown. Last week we gave away a $100 gift card to Portage Place and this week we’ve got gift cards for Mountain Equipment Co-op and Winnipeg Square. Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

(PS-Next week, I’m going to also have gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa.)

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I have prizes! I have a pair of tickets for the RWB’s performance of the Nutcracker on Boxing Day. If you’d like to win them, just become a subscriber at downtownpeggy.com and you’re automatically entered to win.

To subscribe, enter your email address in the right sidebar of this site. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’ve already been entered. Draw is December 15.

Shopping, shopping and more shopping

Oh yes, it’s shopping season out there and I am having a great time.

On Saturday, I spent the day at The Forks market and managed to get a whole bunch of people crossed off my list. I picked up some beautiful handmade art for my mom from Pulse Gallery, a 3,000 piece puzzle for my dad from Kite and Kaboodle (which is actually kind of a gift for mom too since it keeps him out of her hair), Lego for my little brother and tons of chocolate and candy for stockings.

View from The Forks Market tower on Saturday afternoon

To help you with your shopping, there is a neat promotion going on called Boutique Week and there are a few great downtown shops participating. They’re all offering up some great promotions to make holiday shopping even more fun! Here’s a run down of what’s on offer:

BEST OF FRIENDS GIFT SHOP
Millennium Library
From goofy to glam, loopy to literary, Best of Friends has an amazing choice of gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Board games, mugs, journals and lots of unique locally made jewelry are featured. Stop in for a Christmas cookie and see what’s new!

GALLERY SHOP (WAG)
300 Memorial Blvd
Shop for beautiful unique gifts all week long and enter to win a draw for a family WAG membership, a variety pack of art publications and a special giftware item!

TEN SPA
The Fort Garry Hotel
Treat yourself and your loved ones to holiday bliss! For every $200 in product or gift certificates purchased during Boutique Week, your name will be entered into a draw to win our exclusive overnight Spa and Yoga Package for 10 people valued at $1,590 ($159 per person). Call or see website for details http://www.tenspa.ca.

THE FORKS MARKET
Gift with purchase event for all customers during Boutique Week! Any purchase over $25 made at any of our 20 retailers in the Forks Market will receive a free gift!

And, of course, the Pledge to Shop Downtown is still going full steam ahead. Last week we gave away a $100 gift card to Portage Place and this week we’ve got gift cards for Mountain Equipment Co-op and Winnipeg Square. Visit our Facebook page and become a fan to learn how to win!

(PS-Next week, I’m going to also have gift cards from The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa.)

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I have prizes! I have a pair of tickets for the RWB’s performance of the Nutcracker on Boxing Day. If you’d like to win them, just become a subscriber at downtownpeggy.com and you’re automatically entered to win.

To subscribe, enter your email address in the right sidebar of this site. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’ve already been entered. Draw is December 15.

Trees and treats

Wow, it’s December! Only 24 shopping days until Christmas—have you managed to get yours done (or started) yet? Well maybe this will help. If you’re a regular reader of Downtown Peggy, you already know about our Pledge to Shop Downtown for the Holidays. Well this week we’re kicking it up a notch and offering some more great prizes.

On Friday, we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate to Portage Place! So become a Facebook fan here and recommend this page to your friends. Then leave a comment on the Pledge wall telling me you did it. It’s that easy! Over the next couple of weeks I’ll also be giving away gift certificates to Mountain Equipment Co-op, Shops of Winnipeg Square, The Forks Market and Riverstone Spa.

You don’t want to miss out!

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The Festival of Trees and Lights is currently underway at Manitoba Hydro Place. There are dozens of gorgeous trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses to look at, and you can enter to win one of your very own. Each tree comes with a whack of awesome prizes as well.

Also, don’t miss your chance for a girls night during Divas Downtown, happening on Thursday at the Festival. And finally, they’ve got a great family activity happening on Friday night when actor John Huston does a reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

Here are a few images from the Festival. Hope to see you there!

Santa #2

It’s time for another installment of Peggy’s Secret Santa! This week’s winner is one of the hardest working guys in Winnipeg. His wife Katherine nominated him and here’s what she had to say.

David has undertaken a large volunteer project completely on his own time and initiative as his way of giving-back to the city he lives in. The Winnipeg Bicycle Valet is a new project as of this year. David has spent many long hours setting up meetings, submitting grant applications, organizing and approaching volunteers, picking up and dropping off materials, and volunteering his time at events simply to better his community.

David has organized a bicycle valet at numerous downtown events, as well as all the Bombers games since the valet’s inception.

Along with his volunteer work David recently returned from a 16 month deployment which took him overseas to some very dangerous locations, and away from his wife and 18 month old child. David is a soldier in the Canadian Military and received a prestigious commendation for his work during his deployment.

David is a huge advocate for living, working and volunteering in downtown Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Bicycle Valet is indeed one of the coolest projects I’ve seen in a long time and he does it all on his own time. He’s at every Bomber game and even volunteered at our very own Ciclovia event this summer. For his commitment to creating a greener and more sustainable city, I felt David deserved something special.

And him being a man in uniform doesn’t hurt either—I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be away from your family like that, not knowing if you’ll ever come home.

Since David is obviously a bike lover, I picked up this awesome thermal hoodie from Mountain Equipment Coop for him. This will keep him warm and dry throughout the winter. (This makes an awesome gift for any man in your life.)

So congratulations David and have a Happy Holiday!

Do you have someone you’d like to nominate for my Secret Santa? Then click on this link to nominate them today!

Twinkle Toes

Here’s a neat promotion from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, regarding their upcoming Nutcracker performances. They’ve set up the display below in cityplace mall and you have to count the nutcrackers in it. Some of them are tiny—so look closely. Once you come up with a number, send your response to ballet@rwb.org and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to see the show.

Also, don’t miss the upcoming Gingerbread House competition coming up at The Forks Market November 27-December 10.

Vote for your favourite house by purchasing a ballot from The York Shoppe for $1. Each entry gives you a chance to win a basket full of Christmas goodies from The Forks Market with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.

The winner receives a Forks Market Christmas gift basket including $100 in Forks Market gift certificates!