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)

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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Llama Tell You All You Need To Know About Folklorama

The 48th annual Folklorama— Canada’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world–kicked off the two-week festival downtown with a party on Saturday night.

The pavilions open August 6 and are located across the city and include the RBC Convention Centre. Festival travel guides and maps can be found here.

It might be smart to start planning your Folklorama route now. You’ll want to maximize the entertainment and culinary delights you take in during the next two weeks. There will be added excitement as our guests from the Canada Summer Games are part of the Folklorama fanfare and will be likely experiencing the festival for the first time.

Starting downtown at the RBC Convention Centre is a great way to divide the city into quadrants and head out for your Folklorama fun. May we suggest buying tickets online–a new feature this year*. If you want to explore multiple pavilions in one evening, joining a VIP Tour is the way to go. Experience a VIP Tour by walking, cycling or motor coach. Folklorama’s VIP Tours include two or three pavilions and allow you to bypass the line, reserved seating with table service, and a delicious and authentic progressive meal. To explore the VIP Tours and buy online, visit folklorama.ca. Or if you want plan a spontaneous evening out! Round up your family and friends and enjoy dinner and a show!

And be sure to follow the Folklorama on social media, tag your posts #myfolklorama and share this fantastic festival Winnipeg is proud to host year after year. Powered by dedicated volunteers, Folklorama is a great way to share our city’s diversity with your family, friends, and any out of town guests traveling through Winnipeg.

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*ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Please note:
  • Purchase single admission tickets ($6.00) to select pavilions at folklorama.ca in advance.
  • Advance online tickets will be available starting July 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Purchase advance online tickets up to 9:00 a.m. on the day you would like to attend.
  • Advance online tickets are specific to pavilion and show times.
  • Once purchased, advance online tickets may not be exchanged for another pavilion, date or showtime and are non-refundable.

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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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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 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.

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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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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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Introducing Peggy’s Squad Contests!

Many of you know that I love contests and contests are even better when you can enjoy prizes with some of your favourite people. Peggy’s Squad Contests are just that! Enjoy a day or evening doing some of my favourite things downtown and invite your squad to come along.

Here’s how the contests work:

  • Every time you see the image below on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that there’s a new Peggy’s Squad contest.

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  • Follow the instructions provided in the post and you will automatically be entered to win an amazing experience including yourself and 3-10 of your friends (number of friends depend on the contest).

Stay tuned for my first ever Peggy’s Squad contest on Monday, April 24th. Hint: It involves amazing food!

See you downtown,

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Behind the Scenes of The Birds and the Bees

Get ready to laugh out loud at The Birds and the Bees, a hilarious new comedy at the Prairie Theatre Exchange! Playwright, Mark Crawford, tells a story we can all relate to, of love, chance encounters and fresh starts. The play which is closing the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s season is set on a bee farm owned by the character Gail.

Let’s set the scene: It’s nearly time for the last-ever annual Turkey Days Festival and the excitement in town is palpable. Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother Gail who raises bees. Enter Ben, a 23-year-old virgin and an eager, athletic young grad student majoring in entomology, intent on studying the declines in the local bee population.

I recently got a behind the scenes look of the crew preparing to deliver this amazing show. When I first arrived I was introduced to the stage set up. The play is set on the top floor of Gail’s home where her daughter Sarah arrives after leaving her husband. Below is a miniature model of how the stage looks when you arrive.

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Birds and the Bees Stage Model

Set Designer Carole Klemm designed the set and gave the viewer the ability to really picture the events as if they were happening in real life. Below is the crew making a few final touches as they get ready for opening night.

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Crew making final touches to the stage design

The Birds and the Bees play wouldn’t be complete without an actual beekeeping suit! I got to take an up close look at the actual suit used in the play.

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Beekeeping Suit used in Birds and the Bees play

The all-local cast features some pretty remarkable actors including:

  • Mariam Bernstein as Gail
  • Tristan Carlucci as Ben
  • Robb Paterson as Earl and;
  • Paula Potosky as Sarah

The actors have rehearsed for countless hours, including some long twelve hour days, and are ready to give you a show that will definitely entertain you!

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Actors Tristan Carlucci and Mariam Bernstein – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel
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Actors Robb Paterson & Paula Potosky, with stage management and director at tables – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel

Robert Metcalfe, Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange says, While it’s obviously about “the birds and the bees and this thing called love”, I like the play because it’s set against the background of actual birds and bees (turkeys and bee colonies), and because it’s about several generations in the pursuit of love. People trying to negotiate their love life (and their sex life) are always hilarious because they’re always desperate to get it right – and there’s so much room for things to go oh-so-wrong!

The Birds and the Bees will be at the Prairie Theatre Exchange until April 16th and I want to send you and friend to check it out! Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag both @PrairieTheatre and @DowntownPeggy. You will be entered to win a pair of tickets to this hilarious show on Thursday, April 13th!

You can also visit their website at http://www.pte.mb.ca/ to learn more about their exciting new 2017-2018 season (their 45th!) and how to become a subscriber.

See you downtown,

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Spring Break Downtown: Highlights and Must-Dos

As the clock strikes 3:30 today, could you hear the cheering of voices from the children all around Winnipeg?

Spring Break is up next week, and there is no shortage of fun and amusement available throughout downtown Winnipeg.

Here’s our list of must-do events during Spring Break:

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS

Festival of Fools is free family event held at The Forks during spring break week. This 7-day free family festival features jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze and circus workshops and tons of hilarious shows! In addition to funding support from The Forks and the Winnipeg Arts Council, the WICF solicits donations at the event to both present the best in family entertainment and to keep the festival affordable for everyone! Did we mention it’s FREE?! And with The Common now at The Forks, it’s easy to make a day of it. Food options for even the most picky eater and of course, flights of craft beer for the adults.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bring your family and join us in special activities taking place throughout spring break! Spring break programming starts Saturday, March 25 and ends Sunday, April 2, 2017. All activities and special events are included in the cost of admission.

Special offer: Kids 12 and under get in free from March 25 – April 2, 2017.

More information available on CMHR website.

 

MANITOBA MUSEUM

March 25 – April 2 • Open daily 10 am – 5 pm
Meet you at the museum for a week of fun activities in the newly renovated and expanded Alloway Hall and the debut of a brand new Planetarium show.

  • Portraits of the North: Drawings by Gerald KuehlGet inspiration from Portraits of the North exhibit and experiment with different drawing techniques at our portrait station.
  • Crafts and hands-on activities – Create and decorate a miniature birch bark paper basket and decorate it with your own designs or create a Red River friendship bracelet.
  • Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre – Get up close to the live animal displays (Mon, Wed & Fri 1:00 – 4:00 pm)
  • Take the 10 Things Challenge – Try and do all 10 activities at the Museum before the end of Spring Break including boarding the Nonsuch, exploring the Dino Dig and building a race car.
  • Meet BMO the Bear (Tue & Thurs at 1:30 & 3:30)

Towne Theatre

After visiting downtown shops and restaurants, how about taking in a movie? Beauty and the Beast and other exciting movie experiences are waiting for you and your family at The Towne. Check showtimes here.

 

Millennium Library

Reading with Raptors

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 2:00PM – 2:45PM

Registration is required for this event.

Owls and falcons will be swooping in to the library with staff from the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  Staff will bring an owl or falcon and together we will read stories and learn interesting facts about these wondrous birds.  For children ages 6 years and older.  Younger siblings may attend if accompanied by an adult.

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No matter what you do this spring break have fun exploring and experiencing our downtown and all it has to offer your family!

 

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