Mother’s Day 2017: Meet You Downtown

This weekend is Mother’s Day and there are wonderful ways to celebrate the moms in your life at one of these events happening around downtown Winnipeg.

The Return of Evelyn Hart in Vespers

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian ballet icon Evelyn Hart joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers, a new ballet choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.

Vespers means “evening prayer” and has stood the test of time for over four hundred years- a true testament to the music’s remarkable power. Vespers combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.

Claudio Monteverdi’s stunning score is performed by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting. This emotionally powerful ballet features iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart in a role created especially for her.

I recently had the opportunity to see this wonderful show and was thrilled to see the iconic Evelyn Hart make her return to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for this world premiere. This show will leave you in awe and will even provide you with a little bit of laughter!

Vespers runs May 10-14. For show times and ticket information, please see the RWB box office and website.

 

Picasso in Canada

Opening this weekend–get ready for Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in over 40 years. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, who remains one of the greatest artists of all time.

As part of the WAG’s Canada 150 celebrations, Picasso in Canada brings together 35 artworks by the artist, including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, and ceramic works. Drawn from art museums across Canada and private collections, the exhibition spans five decades of Picasso’s artistic production, offering a range of well-known themes and images, including intimate portraits of five of Picasso’s lovers. Among these pieces is Seated Woman, arguably the most renowned painting by Picasso in a Canada.

For show details and tour information, please visit picasso.wag.ca.

Meet You At The Library For A Movie

On Sunday, May 14, at the Millennium Library treat yourself and mom to this much talked about film based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel of the same name. The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small hometown in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture. 119 min. Rated PG. Showtime is 2:00PM – 4:00PM.

BONUS IDEAS:

If you and mom are working on your FitBit competitive levels, consider lacing up those walking shoes and taking in The Loop as presented by Tourism Winnipeg. This fantastic tour takes you through Winnipeg’s best and most iconic spots and at your own pace. Download the map here, plan your noshing spots, and get out and enjoy this beautiful city with mom on her special day.

Artisan Craft Sale at the Marlborough Hotel

Sure you’re invited to brunch but then stay and shop at one of Canada’s historic landmarks in the heart of city.

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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.

Party like a Goddess

Shouldn’t all weekends be three days long? I certainly think so! Crawling out of bed this morning was particularly painful and my full inbox has me already day dreaming about next weekend.

Like always, I have the inside scoop on the best upcoming events. Today’s feature: the Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Saturday, February 20 at 8pm. It’s going to be AMAZING.

My insiders tell me that there will be three floors of fist-pumping dancing action with performances by The Lytics, MEMETIC DJs, DJ Co-op and DJ Hunnicutt. The Aveda Institute Winnipeg will have an onsite beauty bar and will be giving free makeovers all night long. Albert Street Cocktail will be serving up delicious mythical creature-inspired cocktails. Best of all—it’s a costume party!

Peggy as MedusaWhich favourite mythical creature are you going to dress up as? Sweet and beautiful goddess of love Aphrodite? Strong Athena, goddess of wisdom and war? Personally, I think I make a pretty fierce Medusa.

Whoever you choose be, you’re going to need a costume.

And what’s a Greek party without a toga?! Mitchell Fabrics on 637 Main Street is your go-to-place for all your ancient linen needs, and clearance cloth prices start as low as 99 cents per metre.

I found some amazing local jewellery at the Downtown Farmers’ Market last week that fits perfectly with my goddess gear. It’s a Cree-owned company called Boreal Workshop and they create all their handmade jewellery right here in Manitoba.

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If you’re in a pinch, I find Ardene at Portage Place is perfect as a one-stop-shop for all your accessories for any party. I found a pair of gladiator sandals (3 for $10), some golden necklaces (4 for $10), and a flowy peasant top ($10)—I love a good bargain!

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Tickets for the event start at $55 and for an additional donation you can get some pretty sweet perks. For an added $10 donation, you will receive a laurel wreath to complement your costume. An added $25 donation gets you access to the exclusive VIP lounge in The Bacchus Room. And either donation will get you entered to win a night’s stay at the Mere Hotel, dinner for two a Cibo, and two tickets to see Rhianna, April 18 at the MTS Centre.

For more info and to get your tickets, check out wag.ca.

As for me, time to get back to the work day and start tackling all these emails!

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.

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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.

The MOST ROMANTIC Dinner Date

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.

Hello Hera!

Never mind your cute baby pics and super awkward high school yearbook photos. How’s this for a #FlashbackFriday – the Winnipeg Art Gallery they’re flashing back to the 7th Century BC – 2nd Century AD with the Olympus exhibit and it opens this Sunday!

Featuring over 160 ancient Greek and Roman marble and bronze statues, terracotta vases and pieces of jewellery on loan to us from the Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin, this exhibit only stops in only two North American destinations (we’re one of them – pretty special!).

Come face-to-face with 12 amazing Olympians including Zeus, Venus, Athena, Hera and more.

Interested? Take this quiz and let me know which Olympian you are for your chance to win a pair of passes to the exhibit! And as always, remember to #Finditdowntown when you post photos of your visit!

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I got Hera:

Pros: She’s beautiful, the daughter of two important Titans: Kronos and Rhea, the protector of marriage, women, motherhood and childbirth

Cons: Married her brother (Zeus), has an argumentative streak, very jealous of her husband’s lovers (seems reasonable to me…)

 

Contest closes Friday, May 1 at 2PM.

For hours, ticket prices, etc. click here.

The Lucid Dream

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Ok, I need your help.

I’m going to a really cool party this Saturday, and I need help deciding what to wear! (Yes, again.)

This year, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Art and Soul fundraiser theme is The Lucid Dream – a style that incorporates what Salvador Dali was best known for: surrealist art.

The evening sounds amazing: the Gallery will be outfitted in several different dreamscapes and we’ll be dancing to the beats of Attica Riots, DJ Hunnicut, DJ Co-op, DJ Mamacutsworth and Ashy+Zuky of Jams, and there’s even going to be an Absinthe bar – where things could get quite surreal with a bit of the green elixir!

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is an amazing downtown Winnipeg institution – they have beautiful galleries, feature the largest collection of Inuit art in the world, and they bring in really cool exhibits – like Dali Up Close, so I’m thrilled to support – but I’m nervous to be surrounded by a bunch of creative arty-types in genius costumes, so I want to make sure mine is on point!!!

So. Help me out here, friends. What’s the most lucid-dreamy, surrealist costume you can think of? Shoot me some ideas in the comments section below, or tweet me an example pic on Twitter (@downtownpeggy) and follow and tag @WAGArtandSoul while you’re there. And while you’re brainstorming on my behalf, also be thinking about what you’d wear – because I’ll be making a random draw for two VIP tickets to The Lucid Dream at 3pm on Thursday.

I’m all ears!

…hm, maybe there’s an idea…

Time to accessorize!

The WAG Gallery Ball is only one day away and I’ve just finalized my outfit – cutting it close, I know!

Thanks for helping me decide on my dress – I love it! But this is a black-tie affair and accessories are a must.

So I just got back from the WAG’s Gallery Shop and wow, have they got a great selection of jewelry! I love that so many of their pieces are created by local and Canadian artists.

Deciding was tricky – there were so many beautiful and completely unique pieces by artists like David Rice, Brook Drabot, Lily Rosenberg and Elizabeth Garvin Design – to name just a few.

The people at the Gallery Shop were a big help. I brought along some pictures of my dress and together we came up with some wonderful possibilities.

In the end, this is what I chose:

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This natural ruby pepplest bracelet by Joan Hamilton, a jeweller from Caledon, Ontario, and these banana fibre light earrings from Winnipeg’s very own dconstruct.

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I just couldn’t wait till tomorrow for the big reveal – I’m too excited!

And the WAG Gallery shop sells wonderful items along with jewelry too! Beautiful pottery, glass, wall art, Inuit art, books and gift ideas – and we all know the holiday gift-giving season is coming!

Check out the shop inside the WAG, 300 Memorial Blvd.:

Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Closed Mondays

London’s Calling

I am so excited for this weekend’s Art & Soul event at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this weekend. This year’s theme is London Calling and it’s going to be the ultimate Brit Invasion complete with music, prizes, food and art.

As you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a fleet of Mini Countrymans parked out front–along with more Minis featured on the main floor inside the building. I’ve dreamed of owning a Mini forever. I wonder if they’d let me have one? Probably not…

The main floor is being transformed into the streets of London. A double decker bus and replica of Big Ben will put in you in the mood for an incredible night. On the second floor the Swinging 60s room relives Britain’s psychedelic past. Of course what trip to England would be complete without a visit to the pub? The King’s Head Pub will be on site serving up appetizers and beer (expect to find me here).

 

On the the third floor, the London Underground comes to life with a train station bustling with activity including performers, photo booth and graffiti wall. And finally, on the fourth floor, a nightclub lets you dance the night away.

Along the way expect to encounter the scenes and faces of Clockwork Orange, The Clash, Twiggy, The Spice Girls, Her Royal Majesty, Fergie, Felicity Shagwell and Austin Powers.

Music will be supplied by DJ Dow Jones, DJ D-Lo, Cash Grab (aka Inward Eye, but this is their non-label name), Blackout City Kids, DJ Oxide, and DJ Adam West. There will also be an art auction where Cyrus, the artist, will be completing a piece during the event to be raffled off at midnight.

And on top of all that, there is a host of awesome royally-themed prizes up for grabs including crowned jewels from Hilary Druxman and a throne from EQ3.

The best part is that I’ve got two tickets to give away!

Leave a comment below to be entered to win. I’ll do the draw at 4pm today! Good luck.

 

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!

 

Baroque Botero

I am so embarassed it has taken me this long to get to this post, but I’m finally there and I come bearing gifts!

I’ve got passes to give away to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Botero exhibitjust send me an email at mail@downtownpeggy.com and let me know why you want to go. It’s just that easy!

Now on to the actual show. I had been eagerly anticipating this one ever since I’d been first introduced to Botero’s work. I find something so compelling about the bright colours he uses combined with his interesting take on proportion. All of the paintings are absolutely enormous and it’s a sight to behold them in real life.

I also particularly liked his riffs on famous pieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers–it’s compelling to see and feels kind of like greeting an old friend in its familiarity. I’ve assembled a few of my favourites here so you can get a sense of what to expect. (Thank to the WAG for providing me with these.)

 

The show runs until February 27, so hurry up! You don’t want to miss this.