Contest – Park and Win, Winnipeg!

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The City of Winnipeg wants you to know that PayByPhone is now free to use at the on-street and surface lot parking locations. To celebrate, the City is giving away 15 great prizes! Now with no service fee, PayByPhone lets you easily pay for parking and #ExtendFromAnywhere using our iOS and Android Apps! To enter the City of Winnipeg’s giveaway, just park with PayByPhone between now and October 10th, 2017 and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of these great prizes: An Apple Watch Hockey tickets Coffee gift cards Access to 15 different restaurants For the full contest details, click here. If you haven’t already, download the app today for iOS or Android, here.

Five Ways to Exchange – August 18, 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 MEME (Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition) Come together for the drum AND the bass this weekend at The Cube in Old Market Square for MEME, a music experience like no other. Kicking off today at 4:30 and running until midnight Sunday, you can catch electronic music innovators like The Orb, Esette, Mr C, and Joe Nice at The Cube, Citizen, 441 Main, and various other area venues. Ticket prices vary, while many events are free.     Visit memefest.ca for more information. (MEME image …

MB Live @ The Cube Profile – Amadians

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It’s always interesting when a band can be so well established right from the get go, without trying a dozen genres before finding its sound. Amadians, made up of jazz vocalist and songwriter Courtney Devon, guitarist and songwriter James Roth, and percussionist Kyle Fox, defines its sound as alternative pop, but will also bring elements of jazz, hip hop, and rock to our lunchtime stage on August 23 as part of the free MB Live @ The Cube concert series, co-presented by Manitoba Music. Two years ago, Roth, having made music for over 15 years as a member of local rock act Pushing Daisies, was given the opportunity to perform with University of Manitoba Jazz student Devon for a fundraising …

Exchanging Words with Coal and Canary

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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. What started in 2014 as a way for friends Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse to get together for a glass of wine and work on something creative quickly turned into a company with a product line available across Canada and in gift bags for the Grammys and Academy Awards. Coal and Canary candles are both beautiful to see and to smell, and they’ve just opened up a shop in the Exchange District with the help of the PUSH program, an initiative from CentreVenture and the Manitoba government. …

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Having only been in the game a few years, Jéremie Brémault has already lit a few stages on fire and released a pair of EPs as the frontman of soul rock quintet Jéremie and the Delicious Hounds. The band, which equally brings to mind both Marvin Gaye and Led Zeppelin, is playing The Cube stage on August 16 as part of MB Live @ The Cube’s free lunchtime concert series, presented by the Exchange District BIZ and Manitoba Music. Brémault, who is the cousin of musicians Sarah and Christian Dugas, grew up with music all around him but only picked up his guitar to write actual songs in 2013. His inspiration? Traveling around Canada and seeing the sights while working …

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From September 13-15, The International Downtown Association is hosting its 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Winnipeg! Over 800 people from across North America will be attending, and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to fill various roles hosting conference attendees and showcasing our beautiful downtown. This is a great opportunity to network, meet people from across North America, and be an ambassador for our great city. In exchange for their service, volunteers may attend conference sessions on the day of their shift where space is available, and will be provided a collectible t-shirt and refreshments. If you are passionate about the downtown area, we would love for you to be involved. Volunteer support is critical for the success of …

Five Ways to Exchange – August 11, 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 Rodriguez at the Centennial Concert Hall on Sunday, August 13 The subject of the Oscar-winning documentary film, Searching for Sugar Man, Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez, hits the gorgeous Centennial Concert Hall stage on Sunday night for an intimate concert experience. After releasing a pair of records in the early ‘70s, Rodriguez faded into obscurity until his songs became hits in South Africa, and upon the release of the 2012 documentary, he found fame throughout the rest of the world.     Visit centennialconcerthall.com for …

Exchanging Words with Forth

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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. Exchanging ideas, catching up with friends, conducting a casual meeting or losing yourself in the aroma of delicious coffee blends are just a few of the many reasons people visit their favourite local cafe. But if you’re looking for a cafe AND a rooftop patio AND a bar AND an art gallery, Forth, located at 171 McDermot Avenue, is everything you’ve always dreamt of, without even knowing it. Forth’s Programming and Operations Manager, Ben Jones, was looking for something more. After a stint in Toronto running programming …

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Alpha Toshineza doesn’t just hear sounds, he sees them. It’s that visual type of creativity that makes his new LP, Jazz Inuit, such a vibrant listen. Mixing soul, pop rock and jazz with thoughtful rhymes, this Luxembourg transplant is taking his worldly yet distinctly Winnipeg sounds to Old Market Square on August 9 as part of the MB Live @ The Cube lunchtime concert series, co-presented by Manitoba Music and the Exchange District BIZ. “As an artist, especially today, you have to think about image, but to me it goes beyond the marketing aspect of it,” Toshineza says. “I would always write music to images. I see music and I hear images, I hear pictures.” Aside from music, Toshineza gets …

Five Ways to Exchange – August 4, 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 Fresh off of a successful run of Fringe Fest shows with her sketch comedy troupe HUNKS, Dana Smith returns to Wee Johnny’s (177 McDermot Avenue) to host Women’s Open Mic Comedy. Anything can happen as seasoned vets and first-time stand up comics take the stage, kicking off at 8pm on Friday!     RSVP to the Facebook event for more information.  THE LOOK + THE EATS Alleyways Market in the Exchange       After two magical markets …