Five Ways to Exchange – October 27, 2017

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(Image courtesy of Winnipeg Ghost Walk Facebook page.) Every Friday we’ll be letting you know about a few choice happenings in the Exchange! If you have an idea for something to be featured, email with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE TOUR Winnipeg Ghost Walk   The final Winnipeg Ghost Walks of the season happen tonight and tomorrow (with bonus walks happening Monday and Tuesday for Halloween)! Learn all about the haunted history of Old Market Square and more of the city’s spooky spots on a 90 minute tour that costs only $15 ($12 for students and seniors). Visit for more information. THE SCREEN Matthew Hannam Master Class @ Winnipeg Cinematheque   Film editor Matthew …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 20, 2017

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Every Friday we’ll be letting you know about a few choice happenings in the Exchange! If you have an idea for something to be featured, email with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE EVENT BLAM! 4 @ Forth   The fourth installment of the BLAM! collaborative art exhibition features a vast collection of work from some of the finest local comic, pop culture, sci-fi and horror artists around. While the event goes all weekend, tonight’s opening reception kicks off at 7pm and features incredible cosplayers, a rumoured appearance from a cast member of the 1956 cult classic Forbidden Planet, and the soothing sounds of DJ King Cabernet. Admission is free. RSVP to the Facebook event for …

Exchanging Words with Finch Gallery Workspace

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Dani Finch (left) and Tara Davis (right) The arts scene in the Exchange District has long been an integral part of this tightly-knit neighbourhood. With the highest concentration of artist studios, galleries and art spaces in Winnipeg, collaborations and endless inspiration are everywhere. The historic buildings capture the imagination while the people inside these buildings provide a network of support for each other, fostering this ultra-collaborative community. The newest exciting addition to the neighbourhood is Finch Gallery Workspace. This gallery and workshop space is already seamlessly weaving itself into the Exchange’s creative fabric because of the passion and hard work of business partners, Dani Finch and Tara Davis. Finch Gallery Workspace represents the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 13, 2017

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THE EVENT Send + Receive   The 19th iteration of Send + Receive, one of North America’s longest running media arts festivals to investigate the disciplines of experimental music and sound art, is happening throughout the Exchange until the end of the weekend. From Friday and Saturday night’s sound art experiences at ace art, to Sunday afternoon’s intimate show by Joe McPhee and Graham Lambkin at Forth, Send + Receive is always a once-in-a-lifetime event you have to experience to believe.     Visit for more information. THE STAGE Raffi @ Pantages Playhouse   It’s funny to think about it, but Raffi has been singing his songs to the little ones for 40 years now, meaning the kids he once …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 6, 2017

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THE EVENT First Fridays in the Exchange Get immersed in art throughout the Exchange when galleries, artist studios, and shops stay open late for a free district-wide celebration of creativity and community. From Adelaide Street to Waterfront, you can check out spoken word performances, exclusive exhibits, openings, parties, artist talks, refreshments, and so much more, all kicking off at 5pm. Whether you’re looking to party or pick up your next favourite piece of art, come on out to First Fridays in the Exchange!   Visit for more information. THE STAGE A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie @ Citizen Rescheduled from a cancelled August date, 21-year-old New York rap sensation A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, brings his Pitchfork-approved rhymes to Citizen …

Exchanging Words with The Haberdashery

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If the clothes make the man, then the hat makes the outfit. Or, if you’re Luke Nolan from The Haberdashery, the hat makes the career. After going to school for graphic arts and putting in six years as a pressman (which he calls “bloody boring”), Nolan helped out a friend at his retail outlet over the holiday season about 15 years ago. Discovering he was a natural born salesperson, Nolan’s idea to open a hat shop in Winnipeg quickly became a reality with his first kiosk at St. Vital Centre. Discovering that renting a shop of his own would cost aa quarter of the shopping centre rent, he took the plunge and opened The Haberdashery, first on Corydon Avenue, and …