Exchanging Words with The Portal Winnipeg

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Exchanging Words is an ongoing series of conversations with the people behind the places in the Exchange District. If you would like to be featured, please email nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words” in the subject line. If you came of age in the 1990s, you were no doubt bombarded with the futuristic concept of Virtual Reality (VR). There were a lot of great movies (Existenz, The Matrix, The Lawnmower Man) and a lot of bad movies (Virtuosity, The Thirteenth Floor), most of which were morality tales about the dangers of new technology. For the most part, people have stopped making movies about VR because people are now living VR. You can now experience what it would be like to do unimaginable …

Five Ways to Exchange – June 23, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE STAGE Lev Snowe Single Release/Tour Kickoff @ 90 Albert Street  Local laid back pop act Lev Snowe plays an intimate all-ages gig at 90 Albert Street to kick off the release of a new single and upcoming three-week tour. Accompanied by the equally laid back rock stylings of Human Music and “soft trap” dream machine p o u t, the gig kicks off at 9pm and costs you a cool $10. Bonus points if you hang around after to catch DJ Legoland spinning …

Five Ways to Exchange – June 16, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE STAGE 2017 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival @ The Cube It feels like we’re finding new ways to start off summer in the Exchange every weekend, but everyone knows the party season begins during Jazz Fest! While it started yesterday, you can start the weekend off right tonight at the Cube Stage in Old Market Square with free music from The Dixieland Society of Upper Beale Street at 6, followed by soulful dance machines Vox Populi and Retro Rhythm Review, salsa veterans Combo …

Exchanging Words with Little Brown Jug

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Exchanging Words is an ongoing series of conversations with the people behind the places in the Exchange District. If you would like to be featured, please email nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words” in the subject line. Sometimes all it takes is thirst. A thirst for something more than your career, a thirst for something new and exciting in your community, or just a thirst for a perfect craft brew. Little Brown Jug is a new open concept brewery, located at 336 William Avenue, offering a delicious signature brew, the “1919”, and a beautiful space to drop in and enjoy a pint. But there’s more than just craft beer on tap, you’ll also find unique events taking place in this historic building that are …

Five Ways to Exchange – June 9, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE STAGE Lanikai, Scott Nolan, Sol James, and Red Moon Road at The Cube The Cube in Old Market Square is the best place to catch your favourite local live acts for free, this Saturday, June 10th! Kicking things off at 2:30pm is the soulful Sol James, followed by indie rock heroes Lanikai at 4, roots songwriter Scott Nolan at 5:30, and fancy folk friends, Red Moon Road, wrap things up at 7! You’ll also be able to enjoy delicious food on-site by Chosabi and Miss …

Exchanging Words with North Forge

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Exchanging Words is an ongoing series of conversations with the people behind the places in the Exchange District. If you would like to be featured, please email nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words” in the subject line. The Exchange District is home to many successful business owners who have realized their personal goals and dreams.  But it’s also home to many potential business owners and entrepreneurs who are about to have their big “ah ha” moment. The team at North Forge (made up of the people behind The Eureka Project, AssentWorks, Ramp Up and the Startup Winnipeg program) offers an environment where entrepreneurs can be mentored through those important first steps between idea and funding, and beyond. “Some people will come in, …

Exchanging Words with Rubia Darya

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Exchanging Words is an ongoing series of conversations with the people behind the places in the Exchange District. If you would like to be featured, please email nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words” in the subject line. Rugs aren’t only for sitting on, just ask Amy Blanchard. The long time Winnipegger has spent years living in India with her family, in addition to time visiting Pakistan, where her husband, James, grew up. For the last three years, she has managed Rubia Darya (102-132 James Avenue) in the Exchange, a gallery and shop specializing in importing and selling 40-150 year old rugs, which are so beautiful they can easily hang alongside any painting, photograph or sculpture. “Friends had asked us for these rugs, …

Five Ways to Exchange – June 2, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE STAGE Women’s Open Mic Comedy at Wee Johnny’s/Ladies Night at Forth On the first Friday of every month, head over to Wee Johnny’s (177 McDermot) to check out Women’s Open Mic Comedy, hosted by the always incredible Dana Smith. If you’re a comedian, show up by 8pm to register, as this no cover show starts right at 8:30! Don’t forget to bring your donations of pads/tampons, which will go to women’s shelters. After you’ve spent Friday night in stitches, come dance them out …

Five Ways to Exchange – May 26, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE STAGE The Dirty Catfish Brass Band at Hepcat Studio Since 2009, Hepcat Studio has been teaching and promoting swing and blues dancing, and the chance to dance along to the Dirty Catfish Brass Band in an intimate space promises to be a whole new experience (and it’s Hepcat’s Rent Party, so it’s for a good cause)! On Friday, May 26, show up at 7:30 for beginner dance lesson, 8:30 for social dancing and 9 for music at 72 Princess Street (third floor). Tickets …

Five Ways to Exchange – May 19, 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 nicholas@exchangedistrict.org with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. The Stage The Bridges of Madison County – The Musical The latest adaptation of Robert James Waller’s novel features music from Tony award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, and hopefully a nod or two to Clint Eastwood’s most tender performance to date. Runs May 24 – 26 @ 7:30pm and May 27 @ 2pm at the RMTC Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre. http://www.drycoldproductions.ca/ David Lynch: The Art of Life This documentary about the meditative madman filmmaker behind Blue Velvet and Eraserhead is a great primer …