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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 …

Exchanging Words with Pan Am Place

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(Pictured (from right to left) – Pan Am Place Manager Adam Jacobson with a program resident.) 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. When you walk by 88 Arthur Street, you can’t help but notice the two giant boxing gloved-hands punching through the brick wall. You might assume this is just an extension of the Pan Am Boxing Club at 245 McDermot, run by Canadian Olympic Boxer Harry Black. You’d be half right. While Pan Am Place may contain a training area in its basement, it is not simply another gym under the boxing …

MB Live @ The Cube Profile – Roman Clarke

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Local soul rocker Roman Clarke has only been playing live music under his own name for a few months now, but he’s already created a pretty solid body of work, both as a recording engineer/producer and as the drummer of indie rock trio The Middle Coast. He’s also written dozens of solo songs over the years, but only just started playing under his own name as of this June. Whether or not you’ve heard one of the many projects he’s put his stamp on, you’re about to when he hits The Cube stage in Old Market Square for the first of four free MB Live @ The Cube concerts of the summer, taking place August 2 at noon, presented by …

Five Ways to Exchange – July 28, 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 Fringe Fest – Free Concerts at The Cube Tonight at The Cube, there’s fun and fancy with family friendly entertainment before the night gets loud with local rock legends The Perms at 10pm and KayR rocks the mic at 11. Saturday night The Noble Theifs deliver the high energy funk rock before Fringe rockers Otto & Astrid take their Die Roten Punkte show to The Cube at 11pm. Sunday JD Edwards Band closes down the Fringe with a show at 9pm!    …

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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 it takes an event to create something that a city needs, and what a city like Winnipeg needs is a space where people can come together and work towards a positive, healthy future. Just in time for the Canada Games, the Sport for Life Centre (located at 145 Pacific Avenue) is opening its doors to hundreds of the 4,000 athletes competing from across the country. Hosting basketball and indoor volleyball events, this world class facility boasts three layers of workout areas and has already seen a …

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We are excited to welcome all of the athletes, families and spectators to Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games! We hope you’re as excited as we are to visit the beautiful new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre in the Exchange District (145 Pacific Avenue) for basketball and indoor volleyball, and to experience everything about this world class facility. If you find yourself in the Exchange before or after a game and feel like getting your culture on, you’ll definitely want to check out all of the restaurants, shops, exhibits, shows, and experiences the historic Exchange District has to offer! ON STAGE Catch the final days of the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on July 29 and 30 at …

Five Ways to Exchange – July 21, 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 Fringe Fest – Free Concerts at The Cube The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival has a stellar line-up of free shows at the Cube! Tonight, catch shows by world music mainstays Andino Suns and mega loud local rockers New Renaissance! Saturday night is a mega dance party with Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Mama Cutsworth on the turntables, followed by a chilled out Sunday with retro rockers The Bloody Historians. All shows kick off at 10pm (9pm on Sunday) and are free!    …

Exchanging Words with Apartment 521

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Whether you’re looking to recreate the offices of Sterling Cooper from Mad Men season one or you’re on the hunt for that beautiful end table your grandmother had in her Charleswood bungalow, Apartment 521 is your first stop. Located in the Exchange at 521 Hargrave Street (just above Western Paint), Nilton Branco’s shop specializes in refinished pieces from the mid-century, as well as custom built work that resembles the classic modern era. “It was always a hobby of mine, just to kind of of pass time,” Branco says while seated in one of his vintage chairs. “My son would be at home and I’d be in the garage tinkering around. I was always buying a piece of furniture for myself… …

Five Ways to Exchange – July 14, 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 12th Annual Soca Reggae Festival All weekend long, enjoy the chilled out summer sounds of reggae in Old Market Square! Featuring headliners Isha Blender and Everton, as well as local favourite Ras Tamils among others, you’d be a fool not to get your jam on! Tickets are $10 and available at the gates. Visit socareggaefestival.ca for a full artist lineup and more.   THE EATS Chosabi The home of the sushi burrito, Chosabi Asian Eatery is a fast, fresh, and casual experience …