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

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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


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!


Happy Father’s Day!

See you downtown,


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


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


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.


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.



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


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.



  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.


Will you be my Valentine?

It’s that time of year again, and even though I’m still searching for my special someone I can still have a little (or a lot of) Valentine’s Day fun downtown.

Dinner & a Movie

What better way to jump-start your inner romantic than watch everyone’s favourite Canadian couple fall in love.

The Notebook

That’s right. The MET will be showing The Notebook on Wednesday, February 10 from 5-9:30pm, so gather your girls for some pre-Galentine’s Day fun. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, popcorn, and all the Ryan Gosling you can handle. And if you’re looking for another timeless love story, The MET is playing Casablanca on Sunday, February 14 from 5-9:30pm.

Scary & Sentimental

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be sweet? Check out the St. Valentine’s Horror Con, February 13 and 14 at the RBC Convention Centre. There will be horror-related comics, costumes, and collectibles and of course a few horror film screenings to keep you scarred and cuddled around your sweetheart. Tickets start at just $10.

Love & Live Theatre

Impress your friends—or your fella—with your love affair with the theatre! The Things We Do For Love takes the stage at the Royal MTC’s Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre from now until February 20. Tickets start at $22.

feast with goddessesDine like a Goddess

Is there anything more romantic than Aphrodite, the God of love herself? If you haven’t had a chance to check out the WAG’s Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin exhibit yet, why not attend their Special Edition Valentine’s Day Feast with Gods & Goddesses. Tickets are $80 for Members, $85 for Non-members and include a three-course exhibition-inspired dinner and a visit to the exhibit.


Have you heard that the Fairmont Winnipeg’s VG Restaurant has been named one of the most romantic restaurants in Canada? If you haven’t already made your reservation for their Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Dinner, get on it! Tickets start at $80 per person and after the news of their lovebird location, I wouldn’t wait too long to get yours.

All’s fair in Love & Hockey

Valentine’s Day is about sharing the love. Catch a Manitoba Moose game at the MTS Centre at 2pm on February 14 and a portion of each ticket sold in P2 or P3 will be donated to KidSport Manitoba. Tickets start $17, and who doesn’t feel good about helping kids play!

Fresh air & Free!

Like any proud Winnipegger, I love a good discount. And after a long work week indoors, I NEED to get outside. Valentine’s Day at The Forks is my perfect solution. Whether you’re drinking hot chocolate, or checking out the warming huts, is there anything more romantic than skating hand-and-hand down the Red River Mutual Trail?

Get your girls. Grab your guy. Get out there. And remember love, you can #finditdowntown.

FIFA Madness

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is kicking off today!

I suspect a lot of people are going to be … adjusting… their work schedules a little bit to catch the first game this afternoon. If that’s you, here’s a couple of places to check it out downtown:

  • The Shark Club (233 Hargrave Street) has roughly 10,000 TVs, so that’s where the local venue team of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is throwing their party! They’re inviting fans down for 3 p.m. today for a kickoff party to watch Brazil vs Croatia and get some FIFA giveaways like posters for the 2015 women’s event and the chance to win a  prize pack at half-time!
  • The Met is showing the games on their giant movie screen – the full schedule of their showings is here!
  • Earl’s on Main will be playing the games, so I expect a packed lounge there!

FYI, The official countdown to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, when Winnipeg will be hosting some games has now begun – there’s a giant clock at the Forks counting down the days!

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ marks one-year countdown

Oscar Night Viewing Party!

Watching the Oscars. Best done, in my opinion, in true Hollywood style: under a fancy vaulted ceiling in a upholstered theatre seat, after walking a red carpet and wearing a giant gown.

The Met can help you out with all of that (well, ok, you’ll have to bring your own gown if you want to get fancy). They’re hosting an Oscar viewing party this Sunday – doors open at 5pm, when you can strike a red-carpet pose, get some delicious dinner, watch the show on the big screen, and since you probably won’t be winning an Oscar yourself, get a chance to win some prizes. (I’m hoping Oscar betting pools are among them, because I ROCK at those). More details here


Stay classy, Winnipeg

It’s halfway through November, and you know what that means – half the guys you know are sporting half a mustache. All for a good cause, of course! But you still have to acknowledge that some of them look a little straggly.

So give yourself a break and feast your eyes on a truly epic ‘stache tomorrow night.


In honour of Movember, tomorrow night the Met Theatre is hosting a screening of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy!

To keep things extra classy, instead movie popcorn and drinks you get a roast beef carvery and whisky, wine and beer sampling stations!

More details:
Date: Wednesday, Movember 20th,  Doors: 6:30 | Showtime: 8:00
Location: The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre – 281 Donald Street
To orders tickets email

PS: If – sacrilege! – Ron Burgundy isn’t your kind of guy, there’s also a screening of the Untouchables coming up November 26th with dinner, cocktails and popcorn!

PPS: EPIC Update: Ron Burgundy himself is coming to town this weekend to cover curling!

Let’s Do Lunch – the new(ish) kids on the block!

The MetIt’s hard to believe it, this month has flown by! But I lunched my last with Let’s Do Lunch today – and I hope you had a fantastic time getting out and trying some new restaurants too!

So to wrap it up properly, here’s a couple more restaurant picks for you. There two restaurants are a little newer to Winnipeg’s restaurant scene, and if you haven’t made it to them yet it’s definitely worth a try for dishes like these:

RUDY’S EAT & DRINK – 375 Graham Ave., (204) 421-9094
Creole Chicken Fettuccini with Green Peppercorn Sauce
Baked Philly Cheese Steak Wrap
Blackened Chicken & Roasted
Tomato Pizzette
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

If you haven’t seen the complete makeover this classic Winnipeg theatre has gotten, a stop for lunch is a must! I dined on:

served with choice of side salad or French fries
Macaroni, chorizo, and cheddar casserole baked with a cheese nacho topping (this was my pick, how can you pass on gourmet mac & cheese?)
Crispy boneless chicken cutlet with hot peppers and Havarti cheese on a sesame bun

Hot strawberry and rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream (Just one word – YUM)


I’ve loved lunching with all of you – so I’ve got one more prize!

Tell me the next downtown restuarant you’re excited to try, and you could win gift certificates to Rudy’s or the Met!