Top 8 Things to Do Downtown This Holiday Season

With tons of activities and fun things to do, downtown is the perfect place to celebrate this holiday season! Enjoy markets, festive music, live shows and cozy restaurants. You can also dance, skate on rivers, watch holiday movies and visit Santa. Find all this and more in downtown Winnipeg!

Here are the top 8 things to do downtown this holiday season:

Downtown Winnipeg Tours

Various dates and locations

You can now choose from three new tours that will get you outdoors during the holidays and  showcase the incredible selection of restaurants that downtown Winnipeg has to offer. In addition, you can now enjoy your favourite tours all year-round, including the Tap In (beer) Tour, Breakfast Club and Winnipeg Wine Tour.

New tours this year include:

Cocktail Crawl – This fun walking tour takes advantage of our Winnipeg walkways to take you and your friends from cocktail spot to cocktail spot without ever putting on a coat!  Participants visit four restaurants and receive a featured cocktail along with shareable appetizers at each stop along the way!

Cost: $40.00

2017 Dates: November 10

2018 Dates: January 12, February 2, March 9, April 6

Bikes and Brunch – Be a true Winnipegger and conquer the winter blues with this tour of downtown’s best brunch spots using a winterized or fat bike! Participants bike to three of downtown Winnipeg’s best brunch spots, receiving a breakfast sample at each stop.  There is an option to rent a fat bike, or you can use your own winterized/fat bike.

Cost: $40.00 plus option to rent a fat bike for an additional $20.00

2017 Dates: December 3

2018 Dates: February 11

Caesar Crawl – Grab your friends and sip on some of the best Caesar Cocktails downtown Winnipeg has to offer!  Participants will visit four restaurant stops where they will receive a signature Caesar and sharable appetizers at each stop, before voting on their favourite Caesar of the night!

Cost: $40.00

2018 Dates: January 26, May 11 (the Friday before International Caesar Day)

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything, we’ll also have Gift Certificates available in $40.00, $50.00 and $85.00 that recipients can use towards the tour of their choice.

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will also be offering customized tours this year! You can now book your holiday party and/or private tour which can include a minimum of 10 people and up to a maximum of 50 people. For more information and to book a customized tour, contact Susan at tours@downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

For a complete listing of downtown tours including dates and featured restaurant stops, and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Santa Suite at the Fairmont Winnipeg

November 29 – December 17, Fairmont Winnipeg

In celebration of Santa’s favourite holiday tradition, Santa’s elves have decorated the suite with whimsical details including twinkling Christmas trees, an elegant dinner table set for Santa and his special guests, a letter-writing station for leaving holiday wish lists, and exciting giveaways to spread the good cheer.

Santa checks in on November 29 and checks out on December 17. Santa himself will take a break from his hectic holiday schedule to pose for photos with visitors in his Fairmont Winnipeg Santa Suite. At $10 per visiting group, receive a professional photo with Santa. All of the proceeds go to supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Guests who post or tweet a photo of their Santa Suite visit using the hashtag #WPGSantaSuite will be entered to win a one-night stay at Fairmont Winnipeg.

For more information, click HERE.

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Third + Bird Christmas Pop-Up

December 2 – 17, The Forks Market

Third + Bird will once again host a Christmas Popup at The Forks! This is a great final push for Christmas shoppers and product. The Forks is alive and thriving. The Common, Fools + Horses and amazing food vendors have made the Forks the place to be on weekends!

Third + Bird will host 3 weekends of Popups on the second floor balconies overlooking the Common this Holiday season.

Dec 2 + 3 – 11 am – 5 pm

Dec 9 + 10 – 11 am – 5 pm

Dec 16 + 17 – 11 am – 5 pm

For more information, click HERE.

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Investors Group Presents Home Alone at Hudson’s Bay

December 9, Hudson’s Bay Downtown

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Hudson’s Bay Downtown have partnered to host a fun holiday movie event the whole family will enjoy! Come early to take part in some pre-movie activities starting at 10 am, including face painting, arts and crafts, and games. The screening of Home Alone starts at 11 am.

Plus, take part in the Home Alone contest! Show us your best Kevin McCallister impression and you will be entered to win a prize pack with some of his favourite goodies, including a large cheese pizza courtesy of Garbonzo’s U of W ANX.

Please enter the event on the east side (Vaughan Street) entrance of the building.

For updates and more information, click HERE.

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Celebrate the Season: Dinner and Movie at the Met

December 17 and 19, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

December 17 – Celebrate the Season at The MET and bring the kids to brunch and a Sunday matinee movie as The MET presents Elf! Doors & Brunch Buffet opens at 11 am. Movie Starts at 1 pm.

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December 19 – Celebrate the Season by joining us for a dinner and a movie as The MET presents It’s a Wonderful Life! Doors & Dinner Buffet opens at 5 pm. Movie Starts at 7 pm.

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For more information, click HERE.


The Nutcracker

December 21 – 30, Centennial Concert Hall

When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world… with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. This sparkling holiday tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky.  A holiday classic for the whole family!

For more information, click HERE.

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New Year’s Eve at the RBC Convention Centre

December 31, RBC Convention Centre

This New Year’s Celebration will feature the beauty and elegance of a glistening winter’s evening in the warmth of the City View Room which will be transformed into a festive wonderland with a little winter carnival flare.

After enjoying a gourmet feast starting at 6:00 pm with complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous five course dining experience, it’ll be time to toast in the New Year as the party kicks off with the ever popular Ron Paley and his 21 Piece Band featuring some of Winnipeg’s most notable performers. Dance until 2 am as Ron and his band plays top 40 hits and classic dance tunes.

For more information, click HERE.

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Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve

December 31, The Forks

Fun, family programming inside and out from 5 pm – 8 pm will include, art activities, horse drawn wagon rides and snow sculpting – capped off with a family dance party and
exciting pyrotechnics at 8 pm in Festival Field.

DJs and art inside The Forks Market from 9 pm – Midnight.

For updates and more information, click HERE.

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Visit http://downtownwinnipegbiz.com/event/together-downtown-holidays/ for a complete listing of this year’s downtown holiday events.

Happy Holidays,

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Celebrating National Coffee Day

Let’s have a quick discussion about coffee. Actually let’s have a really long, drawn out discussion about. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who walks the streets of downtown and realizes we have a lot of amazing, world class coffee places.

Just today, I drove for five minutes and passed by four amazing spots, Second Cup, Fools and Horses, Thom Bargen, and The Fyxx. It’s a long story, but I was touring the downtown in this cute BMW convertible from NOTT Autocorp as they are really supporting a push to explore the downtown. It hit me as I was deciding to grab a little “pick me up” that there’s a lot of options of a caffeine fix downtown!

I’ve come to the conclusion that our growth in coffee houses, breweries, and our outstanding restaurants is what’s leading the way for Winnipeg to get all sorts of international attention. For me, the thing that puts a place over the top is if the coffee tastes good black. I’m also a fan of great art on the wall, a cute corner to sit in, and the ability to people watch as I sit and write my blogs and tweet about life downtown.

You’ll typically find me on a Monday afternoon at Fools and Horses on Broadway sitting on the patio in summer. As the season changes I’ll move inside and enjoy an Americano while sitting in the back of the coffee house.

Wednesday I frequent the Second Cup on Graham. I love that it is a locally owned franchise and all the flavoured coffees are delicious. It’s a great place to meet outside the office as the place is massive, and it’s perfect for brainstorming and coming up with strategies to improve business. It’s been a hot spot for me to come up with blog collaborations.

On Saturday morning, there are few places that I love as much as Thom Bargen. You can sit back, relax and reflect on a great week. The coffee tastes great black and you can sit in the corner on their long bench and read a book, surf online, or simply pull out your laptop and write.

Every single coffee house in this city has amazing home baked options for snacks. I won’t even begin to list off the things I love at each place. If you need a doughnut, piece of cake, a muffin, toast or anything delicious you can find both your snack and a place to sit, any day of the week.

So I’m curious Winnipeg, where do you go?

Let’s take this conversation to social media, tag @downtownpeggy and tell me where you go, and why it’s special. I’m looking for surprises! We have Stella’s at Plug In, Fools and Horses at The Forks, Starbucks, Tim Hortons and so much more. I’ve even had a great cup of coffee at the Hotel Fort Garry. So let’s chat about your spot! You know I love spreading the word about the great places in downtown Winnipeg.

Surprise me with your favourite downtown coffee shop, or tell me why you love the spots I’ve mentioned and you may just win a gift card from your favourite spot!

See you downtown,

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Downtown Bro Date Ideas

Can we just all agree that downtown Winnipeg is just about the best place to hang out and relax for an afternoon? You have the Jets in winter and the Goldeyes in summer, The Forks all year with the most amazing atmosphere and shops to grab things you won’t find anywhere else, and in the downtown you’ll find some of the best restaurants in the world waiting to feed you.

Have you met my new friend Jordan Cieciwa? He’s the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s new Ambassador of Health and Happiness. Myself, Jordan, and his friend and camera guy Jaremy Ediger headed out for an afternoon and evening of entertainment downtown recently.

Jordan works with NOTT Autocorp when he’s driving around downtown making his wellness videos, so we saw an opportunity to have a little fun in his car, and test Jaremy’s photo skills.

First we checked out The Forks. Jordan is guilty heading to The Forks only when they have events going on. Immediately I saw my chance to convert yet another Winnipegger into a “True Forks Believer”. You have to go people watch and check out the stores that have amazing artwork, unique clothing, and just about everything else including bicycles that scream “Winnipeg”.  It also gave Jaremy a chance to take a couple cool photos.

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Even though I could walk and shop at The Forks forever, we had places to be and a fancy car to drive, so we zoomed off in style to our next stop, food at “La Roca“.

We found a pretty solid place to hang out with friends at La Roca. I’m not going to lie to you, the best part of La Roca is the amount of cheese in their quesadillas; well, that and the amount of people in the place having a great time. We were heading to the Goldeyes game next, and we weren’t the only ones there getting ready for the Goldeyes to be champs again. Lots of people in the place were gearing up for a good time downtown, and as always with La Roca, the atmosphere was electric.

We finished our food paid our tab and chalked another win up for La Roca. From there, things got real.

Real rainy that is.

We headed over to Shaw Park where we got the terrible news, game cancelled due to rain.

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For those of you who don’t know, the Goldeyes just won their second title in two years and their third since 2012. The Winnipeg Goldeyes are the American Association Champs back to back, 2016 and 2017!

This team is a well oiled machine: they play with pride, and they play to win. There are a ton of cities in the states that know about Winnipeg because our baseball team crushes them each and every year, but who’s counting right? We were! Huge congrats to the Goldeyes. Even though you didn’t entertain us this night, you came through in the end. History was written, and the events leading up to the win were so “storybook” that even Sports Illustrated took note. The Winnipeg Goldeyes are famous!

However for our day downtown, we now had a bit of a gap.

As it turns out, Jaremy is full of fun facts about Downtown Winnipeg so he took us to some of his favourite spots to share some local history. As a guy that loves the music and entertainment scene, Jaremy has walked most of the downtown to see a ton of local bands and he blew our minds with a couple facts.

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There was a team decision made that we are going to start a regular trivia segment on Instagram. The downtown is simply the coolest, and it should be celebrated.  So, speaking of celebrations, we want to see where you party… specifically where you partied to celebrate the Winnipeg Goldeyes winning the second title in two years. The best celebration selfie wins $100 at La Roca. I believe everyone needs to get down there to try their amazing food! Enter to win now by sharing your selfie on Facebook (find the post and share your photo in the comments), Twitter on Instagram by September 30th at 4pm. Tag me @downtownpeggy to enter!

See you downtown,

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Get Ready for The Phantom of the Opera this August!

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to Winnipeg from August 23 – September 3 as part of a brand new North American Tour. The show that will take place at the Centennial Concert Hall has critics raving that this breathtaking production is bigger and better than ever before!

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There have been over 65,000 performances held worldwide that have been seen by well over 140 million people in 35 countries and in 15 languages! Not only that, the show has won more than 70 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards.

Winnipeg’s performance of the Phantom of the Opera will feature a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like Music of the Night, All I Ask Of You, and Masquerade is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

Meet Eva and Derek – Principal Cast of The Phantom of the Opera

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EVA TAVARES (Christine Daaé) is thrilled to be fulfilling a life-long dream! She is a graduate of the UBC Opera Program and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Professional Training Program. Previous credits include: Maria in West Side Story, Anne in A Little Night Music and most recently, the world premiere Sousatzka starring Victoria Clark. Eva is active in the dance community, most recently choreographing Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera. Special thanks to all who have supported her along this journey, including Una, Ernest, Ian, Nana, countless amazing friends and “aunties,” the Talent House team, Merri & Tara Rubin Casting, Vicki, David, Seth, SJF, MBP, CT and KRM. Sociail Media: @eva.l.tavares

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Derrick Davis (The Phantom)

DERRICK DAVIS (The Phantom). Broadway: The Lion King (Mufasa/Scar cover), Tour/Regional: Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor Jr.), The Lion King (Mufasa), Show Boat, You’re It!  Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus.  TV: Dangerous Liaisons, Dancing With the Stars, Live With Regis and Kelly, The View.  Film: Can a Song Save Your Life.  Concert: Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert (Featured Soloist), A Journey Through Love (solo concert), A Christmas Journey (solo concert). Derrick has two albums available online: A Christmas Journey & Life Music. Eternally grateful to God for this dream realized!  Social media: @dreamclimber, Website: www.therealderrickdavis.com

Make sure to check out this amazing show! Performances run: Week one – Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday evening 7:30 pm with 2 pm matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Week two – Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm, Sunday evening 7:30 pm with 2 pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

SHARE this post on Facebook or Twitter and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to this Wednesday’s (August 23rd) show!

See you downtown,

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Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas That You Can Find Downtown

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18th and if you’re still having trouble figuring out where to take/what to buy your dad, take a look at some of these great ideas that I’m sure he’ll love!

Blacksmith Parlour

Located at 289 Garry Street, Blacksmith Parlour is the first of its kind in Canada specializing in men’s grooming needs.

Their staff offers a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where men can receive a variety of services including hair removal and hand and foot treatments. They also use quality, industry leading products that enhance the personal hygiene and appearance of the modern man.

Enjoy a day out with your dad or purchase a gift certificate in store at their downtown location.

For more information about their services, visit blacksmithparlour.com.

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Goldeyes vs St. Paul Saints

The Goldeyes play the series finale against the St. Paul Saints at Shaw Park on Father’s Day! Bring Dad to the ballpark for an afternoon of Goldeyes baseball. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Goldeyes cap courtesy of Boston Pizza. Plus, after the game you can bring Dad on the field to play catch!

For tickets, visit goldeyes.com/tickets/.

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Dinner at Prairie 360

Prairie 360, located at 83 Garry Street, is cooking up something delicious for Father’s Day this Sunday. Celebrate with one of the best views in town!

Book a dinner reservation today!


Dad’s Special Day at the Children’s Museum

Calling all dads! The Children’s Museum is offering half-price admission for all dads on Father’s Day. Dads and their children can explore the galleries together and make memories that will last a lifetime. It’ll be a dad-tastic day!

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Happy Father’s Day!

See you downtown,

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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day 150 in Downtown Winnipeg

Every July 1st is special as we celebrate Canada Day and this year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada Day holds extra meaning.

If you’re looking for ideas on how you can celebrate Canada Day in Downtown Winnipeg, read on!

201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf 

Portage & Main, 8am-10am

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Tens of thousands of people have come together over the past years to create the Canada Day Living Flag in several locations around the downtown on Canada Day.

This year, the annual Canada Day event takes over the iconic Winnipeg intersection of Portage & Main from 8am-10am on Saturday, July 1.

Everyone is invited to start your Canada Day with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ in the heart of Winnipeg as together we create a living maple leaf. This family-friendly event is open to everyone and we know you’ll enjoy being a part of this special event! The Dirty Catfish Brass Band will once again entertain the crowd, plus we look forward to hosting some special guests, so come for 8am to dance and enjoy!

The first 2,500 people will receive an official 201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf shirt and we ask that you please wear a red to this event.

Click here for more information and how you can participate!


Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. Sioux Falls

Shaw Park – 1 Portage Ave E., 4pm

The Winnipeg Goldeyes host the Sioux Falls Canaries on Canada’s 150th Birthday at the ballpark with a special start time of 4pm.

Via Rail Canada will also be giving away a train trip for two to Jasper, Alberta.

Come and cheer on your Winnipeg Goldeyes, the 2016 American Association Champions! Check out their website for ticket information.


Canada Day at The Forks

The Forks, all day/evening

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The Forks has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years, so you can bet the Canada 150 celebrations on site will be spectacularly festive!

Tons of free, family-friendly programming is on the line-up with five stages offering entertainment all day long under the canopy, on the barge, in the skatepark, Oodena Celebration Circle and of course, headliners at the Festival Stage. A stunning fireworks spectacle will cap off the day of celebrations at 11PM.

Bonus: Bike valet will be on site all day for you to store your bikes, helmets and gear.

Check out The Forks website for more details about Canada 150 celebrations.


Canada Day Rooftop Party at the MET – June 30

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 9:30 pm – 2:00 am

Come in your best white outfit and kick off Canada Day Long Weekend at the MET on June 30th.

This all-white affair themed party will start at 9:30 pm and feature samples from Torque Brewing and music by Jamil the DJ, winner of the Winnipeg Night Life Award for DJ of the year!

You purchase tickets today by clicking here.


Carbone Block Party – June 30 and July 1

Carbone – 260 St. Mary Avenue, 8pm-1am

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You’re invited to the second annual Canada Day Music Festival & Block Party at Carbone Downtown.

There’s a 500 person Beer Garden, live DJs, Live Bands and of course, great pizza and you’ll find it all in the entire block behind their building.

Entry is free before 10pm and $10 after.

Check out their Facebook page for more details and updates!

Hope to see you at one of these exciting events to celebrate Canada 150!

See you downtown,

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Bring Your Furry Friends out to the Ball Game!

The Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Winnipeg Veterinary Care Group are proud to present the third annual “Bark in the Park” night at Shaw Park this Saturday, June 17th as the Goldeyes take on the St. Paul Saints at 6:00 p.m.

Bark in the Park is a special dog-friendly baseball game where fans are invited to bring their dogs to watch a Goldeyes game. This year’s game is taking things to the next level with expanded ballpark seating, plus an official Guinness World Records™ title attempt for Most Dogs Attending a Sport Event! The current world record is 1,222 dogs achieved by the Chicago White Sox in 2016.

This year’s “Bark in the Park” game will feature a special pre-game Pooch Parade, where fans and their pooches get to parade around the field before the game. There will also be a number of other fun things to do including the Pooch Smooch Cam, 7th Inning Fetch and entertainment by X-Treme Dogs.

Fans and their four-legged friends will enter Shaw Park through a special gate reserved just for them and can enjoy a designated “Puppy Potty” with real-grass sod and “Puppy Pools” for pooches to dip their paws by the registration tent.

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Tickets for “Bark in the Park” are on sale now! Each ticket includes admission for one person and one dog, plus a complimentary “treat bag” (while supplies last). A portion of ticket sales will also be donated to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit ticketmaster.ca or the Shaw Park box office.

Come join in on this exciting event that celebrates the pets we love and help break a Guinness world record!

CONTEST ALERT! I have 2 pairs of “Bark in the Park” tickets to giveaway! Share this blog post and you will be entered to a pair of tickets (2 people and 2 pups).

See you downtown,

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Top Downtown Winnipeg Locations for Wedding Photos

Summer wedding season is right around the corner.  Your social media feeds will soon be caked with photos of blushing brides and wedding hashtags.

If you or someone you know has upcoming nuptials in the heart of Winnipeg here are some great downtown locations for wedding photos courtesy of my friends over at Black & Gold Photography:

Legislative Grounds

This Winnipeg staple is really popular for wedding photos so we suggest booking in advance.  This will give you access to the main indoor staircase as well as some of the upper floor hallways and pillar window areas.  Outside you can pose in front of the fountain or have your bridal party spaced out over the carefully landscaped greenery.

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Hydro Building

If you want a more modern feel for your wedding photos we suggest booking the hydro building for a one hour timeslot.  This building has a lot of natural light, a black rainfall backdrop and chic red leather couches.  The glass stairwell and mural in front of Ruby’s Restaurant can also be used for a different backdrop to your photos.

The Forks

There are several indoor and outdoor locations at the Forks to show off those freshly celebrated “I Do’s”.  Ride to the top of the market elevator for a cityscape backdrop or walk hand in hand along the red river side.  At just the right angle you can also catch the Esplanade Riel Bridge or beautiful architecture of the Human Rights Museum in the foreground.

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Via Rail

If the forecast calls for rain on your big day no worries.  Via rail’s indoor main lobby offers a stunning photo area with high ceilings and structural design.  The outside tunnel under the train track bridge is decked with a cobblestone road.  This rough texture looks great with formal wedding attire.

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Millennium Library Park

A small patch of serenity is found behind the Millennium Library.  Who wouldn’t want the emptyful structure with cascading water and fog in their wedding photos?  This location is a great place to choose if you want some flowers, plants and green for your downtown photos.

These are only a few of our favorite downtown wedding photo locations.  Of course there are some non-traditional locations but that’s something to discuss with your wedding photographer.

Still need a wedding photographer?  Black & Gold Photography would love to meet with you! For more information about their services, visit www.blackandgoldphotography.com and tell Joel & Cheryl that Peggy sent you ;).

See you downtown,

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Top Highlights of the 12th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival

The 12th annual Manito Ahbee Festival presented by Casinos of Winnipeg was once again a successful celebration of Indigenous music, arts and culture. This year the Festival reached new and exciting milestones that included the Kick Off & Lighting of the Sacred Fire, the Indigenous Music Conference, MTS Youth Education Day, the Indigenous Music Awards and the International Pow Wow.

Here are the top highlights of the 12th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival:

MTS Youth Education Day

A thousand students from across the city filled the University of Winnipeg RecPlex for MTS Youth Education Day where they learned about the Seven Sacred Teachings (love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth) and Indigenous tradition, culture and art.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Northern Cree

At the Indigenous Music Awards Show, twenty awards were given to the top indigenous talent in categories ranging from rock to traditional Pow Wow and included the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Northern Cree.

The Northern Cree singers are one of the most respected and influential groups on the Pow Wow trail and have won hundreds of championship signing titles from every major Pow-Wow including the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Julyamsh Pow Wow in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Chante Speidel Crowned as New Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador

The title of Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador honours the memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and every four years an Indigenous woman, who was taken much too soon, is honoured by the Manito Ahbee Festival

This year the Festival crowned Chante Mikwan Caroline Speidel from Saptoweyak Cree Nation Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as the new Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador.

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Honouring the Founder & Visionary of the Manito Ahbee Festival

The Pow Wow community honoured the founder and visionary of the Manito Ahbee Festival, Lisa Meeches, who is also set to receive the Order of Manitoba on July 13, with a dance, offering her healing, support and well wishes.

The Order of Manitoba honours any current or former longtime resident of Manitoba who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement.

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First Place Art Challenge Winner

The Art Challenge was an exciting competition where artists painted live before an audience during the International Pow Wow. The competition consisted of two rounds of 20 painters where each participant was given 30 minutes to produce a painting.

Patrick Ross took home first place in the Art Challenge competition for his incredible painting of Indigenous art.

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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Manito Ahbee Festival this year, don’t worry, the Festival will be back next year from May 16 – 20, 2018!

See you downtown,

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Top 7 Things to Do in Downtown Winnipeg This Summer

Here in Winnipeg, we know that summer certainly doesn’t last forever and that getting the most out of the few summer months, starts with planning early and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ offers a variety of things to do for every age, which will give you the opportunity to meet the community, have fun and discover new or hidden spots. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the tastes and flavours of a diverse selection of restaurants, dance the afternoon away, get fit in the park or spend quality time doing family-friendly activities, downtown is definitely the place to be this summer!

Take a look at the top seven things to do in downtown Winnipeg this summer:

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Here’s a chance to get all your favourite, fresh and local items. With over 70 unique vendors, the Downtown Farmers’ Market provides a variety of fruits and vegetables, baking, preserves, meat, cheese, crafts, jewelry, and other food and artisan items.

Markets run every Thursday from June to September at Manitoba Hydro Place from 10 am – 3 pm.

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Canada Day Living Maple Leaf

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Winnipeg will come together once again and for the first time ever, create the Canada Day Living Maple Leaf. This annual event has become a multicultural mosaic and snapshot of how welcoming, inclusive and accessible our downtown community truly is.

Join in on this free event on July 1st at the Portage & Main intersection from 8 am – 10 am.

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 Downtown Tours

Discover downtown like never before with six unique tours that showcase the incredible selection of restaurants downtown has to offer. Learn more about downtown’s history while also getting to see the new developments that are changing the city’s core.

Tours include the Breakfast Club Tour, the Moveable Feast Tour, the Patio Crawl Tour, the Tap In Tour, the Wine Tour and the Downtown Flashback Tour.

Special tours to look out for this year are the Our Doors Open edition of the Breakfast Club Tour, the Nuit Blanche edition of the Moveable Feast Tour, and the exciting new partnership with local downtown art galleries for the June 23rd Wine Tour.

Tours are run at various locations and times. For more information about Downtown Tours and to register, visit downtownwinnipegtours.com.

Summer blog


Downtown Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park has attracted thousands of office workers and residents who want to include some much-needed activity and relaxation amidst the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.

This year Downtown Fitness in the Park will kick off on June 1st and run until August 31st. The series will offer free yoga, Zumba, Pilates and boot camp classes from noon – 12:45 pm at different downtown locations.

Take a look at the complete Fitness in the Park schedule and start planning your workouts today!

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Downtown Concert Series

Winnipeg is definitely a festival-friendly city and the Downtown Concert Series brings that energy to the city centre. This year, free concerts will be held on the Cityplace terrace, on Edmonton Street presented by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and at Portage Place from June – August. Concerts will run from noon – 12:45 pm and will feature new local artists and returning favourites.

A complete list of artists, dates, and locations can be found on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ website.

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Movies on Memorial

Hundreds of Winnipeggers voted online to determine what the 2017 Movies on Memorial theme would be. After calculating all the votes, 90s favourites was our winner!

Enjoy 90s favourites, including The Little Rascals, Spice World, Jumanji and others, every Tuesday in August at Memorial Park. Movies start at dusk.

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Manyfest

Downtown’s biggest street festival returns this September 8 – 10 on Broadway and Memorial Blvd. Manyfest brings an energetic atmosphere of arts, entertainment and delicious cuisine and since its inception, has attracted well over 250,000 people to the heart of the city. This open, outdoor showcase of talent, community and healthy living is a must-attend event that brings the incredible summer to a close.

Enjoy your all-time favourites, including Food Truck Wars, live concerts, MiniFest Kids’ Zone, the Wine & Beer Garden, Farmers’ Market, movies and so much more!

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For more information about any of these events, please visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

See you downtown this summer!

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