Downtown Holiday Shopping for Kids

Spend the day downtown, and you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to find amazing gifts for your kids! Here are some of our favourite spots to look out for.

 

Kite and Kaboodle

Start your day at The Forks! Get some breakfast and head over to Kite and Kaboodle, which has an impressive selection of books, toys, kites, and games. The store is bursting with over 25,000 items, and 5,000 are added each year.

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The staff at Kite and Kaboodle attend trade shows and constantly search for new products, so you get to choose from the best.

 

Pylon

While you’re at The Forks, pop in to Pylon. If you lose to your kids on every pop-culture quiz imaginable, you’ll want to see their selection.

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With Superman socks, Sonic the Hedgehog toques, Doctor Who figurines, and thousands more, this is your one-stop pop-culture shop!

 

Living in the moment: Experience art and culture downtown

One way to give a gift that lasts all year is to gift a family membership so you can experience your favourite places over and over again and get exclusive invites and sneak peeks to upcoming events. Another way is to gift tickets to show or special presentation from one of the many iconic cultural and arts organizations within downtown Winnipeg.

If you’re looking for a family membership, have a look at the Manitoba Museum or the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

If you’re interested in taking in a play or art display with the family, how about Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall, or any of the programming events put on by the Winnipeg Art Gallery or the Winnipeg Railway Museum at the Forks.

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Books and more!

Downtown Winnipeg has plenty of stores for the bookworms in your family.

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Located on the main floor at cityplace, Coles features a wide selection of new books and gifts. If your kids are Harry Potter fanatics, get them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. If they love hockey, pick up 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky.

 

If you’re looking for quality, pre-owned books, check out Book Fair Winnipeg. This Portage Avenue bookstore has books and comics that you may not find at Coles.

 

If you’re looking for even rarer books, head over to Bison Books on Graham Avenue. They have 20,000 used, old, and out-of-print books that you won’t find anywhere else.

Experience Downtown Winnipeg this Holiday Season

The holidays are always an exciting time for downtown Winnipeg. If you’re trying to find something to bring on the holiday cheer, you can #finditdowntown! There is something for everyone during the festive season.

 

  1. Nonsuch Hold Tours

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The holidays have arrived in Manitoba Museum’s Nonsuch Gallery, but the 17th century hasn’t left! The entire gallery has been authentically decorated, transporting you to 1668 England.

Treat yourself to the sights, sounds, and stories of the past. Listen to traditional folk groups, hear old Christmas stories, and take the rare opportunity to tour the Nonsuch’s cargo hold.

 

  1. Parkade Ball Hockey

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It’s not winter without hockey! Every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the top of the plaza parkade at The Forks turns into a ball hockey rink. It’s the perfect opportunity if you’re sick of passing cars constantly ruining your street hockey games.

 

  1. The Jungle Book

Calling all Disney lovers! Five actors play 21 characters in the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s adaptation of The Jungle Book. The story focuses on Mowgli a lost child who is adopted by animals in the Indian jungle. If your family enjoyed the live action movie earlier this year, you will love this chance to get up close to the magic of this treasured story.

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It runs December 8 to December 30. Get your tickets before they sell out!

 

  1. Holiday Farmers’ Market

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on December 15, Manitoba Hydro Place transforms into a vibrant farmers’ market. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit and vegetables, organic hair products, or glass jewellery, you’ll surely find what you’re looking for.

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  1. It’s a Wonderful Life at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

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Enjoy a classic Christmas movie at an iconic Winnipeg venue. On December 18, The MET is showing It’s a Wonderful Life, the film about a guardian angel showing a suicidal man what would happen had he not existed. Tickets include popcorn and The MET’s delicious buffet.

 

  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

You’ve probably seen the movie. But have you seen it with a live orchestra? On December 11, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performs along with the 80s classic, which focuses on a child’s relationship with an alien who is trying to get home.

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  1. Nutcracker

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker is back! Experience the treasured Christmas tradition with RWB’s world-renowned dancers. With the addition of new characters, the show is fresher than ever, and includes some famous Winnipeggers in walk-on roles. You’ll be hearing those Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in no time. Don’t miss it! On from December 22 to December 30.

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Return to Space this Saturday!

To infinity and beyond! This Saturday we’re headed back to space for the outta-this-world event: SpaceLand 2! (too many bad Space puns this early in the day?)

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The first SpaceLand pop-up party on Portage Avenue took place earlier this year, and just in case you missed it the first time around, SpaceLand 2 is coming back with a (BIG) bang this Saturday from 4pm-2am at 400 Portage Avenue (between Edmonton and Kennedy Street).

Dance your little heart out to an incredible line-up of bands and DJs including Vinyl Salon, Attica Riots, The Gaff, Touching, ATLAAS, The Lytics, Mama Cutsworth, 3Peat, and SMRT.

Contest clue! The three bands that also performed at this year’s ManyFest were Attica Riots, ATLAAS, and The Lytics. 

And SpaceLand isn’t just about the music–there will be comedians, video games, food trucks and more!

Early bird tickets are just $20 and available online, or if you’re one of those last minute decision makers they’re $30 at the door.

See you there, Earthlings!

 

 

Wine & Dine at ManyFest

Only one week ’til downtown’s biggest street festival, ManyFest, takes over Broadway, and I’ve got a sneak peak of delicious details! Winnipeg’s wine aficionado Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson has conjured up the wine list to pair with our savoury food truck cuisine! The pairings look so good I’m hungry just reading them!

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MANYFEST —WINE AND FOOD TRUCK PAIRINGS

A Little Pizza Heaven — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This organic, fruit-driven French red blend hits all the right buttons with A Little Pizza Heaven’s tangy tomato sauce and wide range of toppings. You’ll want refills.

 

BBK Barbeque — Brazos de los Andes Red (Mendoza, Argentina)

A Malbec-driven red blend, this Argentine red has big dark berry notes as well as plum, white pepper and modest savoury spice notes. It’s an ideal barbecue wine.

 

Better than Baba’sGabbiano Pinot Grigio (Venezie, Italy)

You don’t need over-the-top intense flavours to pair with Ukrainian fare — just clean, crisp, pure fruit flavours in a light-bodied dry white like this Venetian wine.

 

Burgers R Us — Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal (Alentejo, Portugal)

A blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca as well as Pinot Noir, the Passion of Portugal brings equal parts ripe fruit, spice and tannin — an accessible wine ideal for burgers.

 

Estellia’s Ukranian Comfort Food — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Want perogies? Cabbage rolls? This crisp Portuguese white has just the right amount of freshness and acidity to go with the citrus notes that will work so well with Ukrainian fare.

 

Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta and More — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Cochagua Valley, Chile)

Wood-fired pizza needs a wine with some structure, and the Cono Sur organic red brings it big time, working perfectly with blackberry, spice, dark chocolate and smoky notes.

 

Falafel Queen — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

The spice of Falafel Queen’s dishes need something with tropical fruit and spice flavours with some decent intensity, and this organic Argentine white delivers.

 

Habanero SombreroTrapiche Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)

Inky black in colour, this full-bodied red is driven by dark berry, spice and black pepper notes — ideal for Habanero Sombrero’s spicy, earthy fare.

 

Healthy Eats — Bodacious Smooth Red (Canada)

No matter what healthy dish you go with, this smooth, approachable red will pair perfectly thanks to its ripe, rich dark berry notes.

 

Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

This intense aromatic Argentine white brings spice, floral and tropical fruit notes that will work in perfect harmony with Hot Rod’s pitch-perfect Filipino fare.

 

Iggy’s Family Doener —Radio Boka Verdejo (Castillo Y Leon, Spain)

Iggy’s savoury flavours need something bright, vibrant and with crisp fresh fruit notes. It’s tough to find a white in such a great price point that is right in that wheelhouse.

 

Island Fusion — Apothic Red Blend (California, U.S.)

Rich and robust with dark berry notes, this popular red blend’s black cherry, dark chocolate and plum notes will knock Island Fusion’s Caribbean flavours out of the ball park.

 

KYU Grill —Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

For KYU’s killer grilled subs, you need something with some spice, a bit of weight and a bit of sweetness. The Speck brothers’ Sibling Rivalry white blend brings all those in spades.

 

Little Bones Winnipeg — Shot in the Dark Red (Australia)

This Shiraz-driven Aussie red blend has just the right amount of dark fruit and spice notes to pair with any spice Little Bones’ wings can bring.

 

The Meltdown: Gourmet Grilled Cheese — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Green apple, citrus and modest herbal flavours, a hint of spritz and plenty of freshness — just the right combination to cut through the richness of a grilled cheese.

 

Maximum BBQ World — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S)

What better to go with tangy barbecue flavours than the Bear Flag Smooth Red? It’s tangy, rich and with a hint of spice that’s ridiculously barbecue-friendly.

 

Olybee’s Kitchen and Catering — Cupcake Red Velvet Red Blend (California, U.S.)

For a diverse menu like Olybee’s, you need a wine that can pair with a wide cross-section of dishes. The Cupcake Red Velvet is smooth, full-bodied and rich, and will do the trick just right.

 

PVG Breakfast Club — Jacob’s Creek Moscato (South Australia)

Breakfast wines should be crisp, bring a hint of sweetness and be a bit lower in alcohol — all traits the luscious Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings with great balance.

 

Red Dot Japanese Cuisine — Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

A Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay blend, this Ontario white retains just the right amount of spice, tropical fruit and red apple notes to pair with any Japanese fare.

 

Red Ember — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Colchagua Valley, Chile)

An organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend, the Cono Sur red takes dark berry, spice, pepper and light oaky notes and delivers them in a remarkably well-priced package that’s pizza-perfect.

 

Simba Safari Grill Passion of Portugal Red (Alentejo, Portugal)

Indigenous Portuguese red grapes make up the bulk of this red blend, offering ripe fruit as well as earthy and smoky notes with red berry and licorice notes.

 

Tia Maria’s Taqueria — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This Carginan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah blend delivers just the right balance of earth, red berry, licorice and spice notes to stand up to the heat and intensity of any taco.

 

Smokin’ Haut — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S.)

Hearty dishes inspired by rural Manitoba calls out for something modest yet fun; the Bear Flag red won’t overpower this fare — it’s comfort food and a taste of home all rolled in one.

 

The Pretzel Factory Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

Pretzels and German Riesling are a classic combination — the light, bright but not-overpowering sweetness of the Relax balances the saltiness of your typical pretzel.

 

The Churro Stop — Bodacious Smooth White (Canada)

This white has the sweetness needed to pair with churros —rich tropical fruit and red apple notes as well as a hint of spice are luscious and round.

 

The Poutine King — Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The crisp acidity and green apple/citrus notes cut through the fries/gravy and cheese curds with focus and freshness. A killer contrast.

 

The Walleye Wagon — Radio Boka Verdejo (Castilla Y Leon, Spain)

Everything about this dry, crisp Spanish white is perfect for walleye — crisp citrus notes, a splash of acidity and modest herbal notes are the perfect pairing.

 

Tot Wheels — Sileni Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The innovative potato nugget-based dishes from Tot Wheels need something just as vibrant and as exciting — what better match than a racy, crisp, citrus- and green apple-driven Sauvignon Blanc?

 

Up South Barbeque — El Petite Bonhomme (Jumilla, Spain)

A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, this medium-plus bodied red delivers a beautiful balance of fruit, rustic earth notes and spice that will pair beautifully with barbecue.

 

Waki Temaki — Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

This white wine, with a hint of sweetness, brings plenty of citrus fruit and red apple notes that works beautifully with fish and umami notes of sushi.

Little piece of Pandora coming to the ‘Peg

Remember that James Cameron movie that came out a few years back and changed everyone’s lives? No, not Titantic (though Leo is a constant inspiration)—I’m talking about Avatar!

The year was 2009 and audiences everywhere fell in love with the gorgeous blue Na’vi creatures and that beautiful planet of Pandora they inhabited. Audiences loved the movie and the utopian land so much that they experienced depression upon learning it wasn’t a real place—seriously look it up.

Luckily for all those unfortunate folks and for those of us that just really loved the movie, Avatar is coming back into our lives!

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TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is a live experience by Cirque du Soleil and it’ll be taking the stage at the MTS Centre October 5-9. The show is set thousands of years before the events in the film in a “world beyond imagination”. Toruk, in the Na’vi language apparently refers to the great leonopteryx (the giant evil red and orange beast from the movie that rules the sky—you know, the one Sam Worthington shows who’s boss). This mighty beast is central in Na’vi lore and culture, and is crucial to the Na’vi’s clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness—and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

And if that isn’t enough to entice you, may I remind you it’s Cirque du Soleil. Guaranteed to be an amazing showcase of human flexibility and talent at its finest!

Tickets are on sale now and start at $40 and are available online.

There’s also seven shows to choose from:

  • Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 6 at 7:30PM
  • Friday, October 7 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, October 8 at 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Sunday, October 9 at 1PM and 5PM

Ticket giveaway clue: The free all-night celebration of contemporary art taking place on Saturday, October 1 is Nuit Blanche Winnipeg! Submit your answers to my Facebook or Twitter @downtownpeggy to win!

You can watch a preview of the upcoming show on YouTube.

You don’t want to miss out on this live experience that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar to life through story and light.  Hurry and get your tickets today!

 

 

Getting Fired Up for BBQ & Blues

If DJs and electronic dance music aren’t your scene, there’s another festival happening this weekend that might be more your style! The fifth annual Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, presented by 97.5 BIG FM, is happening Friday and Saturday (August 19 and 20) on Smith Street in front of the Burton Cummings Theatre.

The two-day festival will include the LUXE Barbeque Company Pit Master championship barbeque competition, a food and beverage garden, and many retail vendors.

There will be performances both days inside the Burt and outside on the street with Creedence Clearwater Revisited headlining Friday and The Voice finalist Laith Al-Saadi taking the stage on Saturday. For the full line-up and festival schedule visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

Concert passes (includes both the outdoor festival site access and reserved seating for headlining concerts at the Burt) start at $69 for a two-day pass, and individual day concert passes start at $39. Admission to the Street Festival site only, which includes outdoor music, the BBQ competition and live demos, the vendor food and beverage areas start at $20 per day. For more information on the Festival and to get your tickets visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

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Electric Sunset Festival

Is Winnipeg competing in some sort of nation-wide/ world-wide/ galaxy-wide competition for the most festivals in one summer?! Because wow. This summer has been jam-packed with music fests, food fests, culture fests, and just about every festival under the sun all summer long. I guess we’re just trying to show the world how to make the most of our short summer months!

One of this weekend’s biggest upcoming events is Electric Sunset—a one-day festival at Shaw Park filled with DJs and lots and lots of dancing. Doors open and the performances begin at 2PM on Friday, August 19. The lineup includes DJ Lambo, Bit Funk, Mike Williams, Unlike Pluto, SNBRN, Vicetone, Party Favor, Morgan Page and legendary Dutch DJ, Tiësto, will be headlining the festival.

The festival is open to all ages, though you have to be 18+ for VIP. Tickets start at $94.99 for general admission or $109.99 for VIP (18+).

For more details on Electric Sunset visit: electricsunsetfest.com

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