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Exchange District business owners test new skating rink EXCHANGE DISTRICT (March 7, 2017) – Old Market Square in the Exchange District is now home to Winnipeg’s newest ice surface and public access skating rink. The new rink was spearheaded by local business owners and Exchange District BIZ board members, Nick Van Seggelen (Bodegoes) and Mike Del Buono (King + Bannatyne). They have been working feverishly to put the final touches on the Exchange District rink. Recognizing the community is home to an increasing number of residents and more and more visitors each month, Nick and Mike believe the skating rink will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. “We have heard nothing but great things about the rink,” says Van …

Introducing the McKim Building

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By McKim Communications Group On January 11, 2017, McKim Communications Group announced it had acquired the naming rights to the historic building it has long called home in the Exchange District. The agency unveiled the large vertical sign on Main St. in front of employees, friends and media to mark the name change from Crocus to The McKim Building. “Renaming this historical site as The McKim Building is a new chapter for a building that has had a significant role in the story of downtown Winnipeg,” says McKim CEO and president, Peter George, referring to the building’s origins as the J. H. Ashdown Hardware Store, a major hardware retailer at the turn of last century. McKim moved from River and …

Nuit Blanche in the Exchange!

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The countdown is on for the largest free arts festival in Winnipeg. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, a special project of Culture Days Manitoba, features over 80 events organized by businesses, organizations, independent artists, galleries, artisans, and more this Saturday, October 1, from 6pm to 4am. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg attracts thousands of people to three main communities– St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District, the latter having the highest concentration of activity. Three world-renowned installations are coming to Winnipeg for the first time: CLOUD, Quadriga and The Deep Dark. “I think this is a year of growth for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg. For the first time ever, we have an art project’s coordinator, and there are three massive installations that have been all …

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By Karen Kornelsen Undoubtedly, Old Market Square serves as a thriving hub for the Exchange District and downtown Winnipeg. It is host to numerous festivals and events every summer with over 60 days of active programming. It also serves as a gathering place for the many tourists, residents and workers in the area on a daily basis in the warmer months. It is an iconic and welcoming space and we hope to extend these sentiments to the colder months as well. As most of you have now heard through the media, the Exchange District BIZ is working towards getting a skating oval at Old Market Square. We feel this would allow us to provide programming such as special events, concerts …

Summer Boot Camp for Your Brand

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By McKim Communications Group This summer, McKim Communications Group is opening its Exchange District doors to small businesses, non-profit organizations and charities for an exclusive brand boot camp experience like no other in Manitoba. McKim Brandcamp™ offers small organizations a scaled and condensed version of the brand-development process McKim uses to create award-winning strategies and major campaigns for mid-size and large clients. “Small business, charities and non-profits need but typically cannot afford or invest the time in a major brand strategy or concept exercise,” says McKim CEO Peter George. “What we have done with McKim Brandcamp™ is hone and streamline our branding processes to deliver a scaled-down version designed specifically for small business that will get similar results.” Smaller organizations …

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An important forum is coming to Winnipeg today. The People Living with HIV/Aids Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society’s Annual Meeting are happening from May 16 to 18 and Exchange District clinic, Our Own Health Centre (OOHC), is thrilled to be a part of such an important event. “Enormous progress has been made in the fight against AIDS,” said Dr. Dick Smith, Medical Director of OOHC. “From a disease that killed horribly and a society that fearfully despised its victims to a manageable chronic illness, and an epidemic which realistic scientists now are working to end.” OOHC has been established to meet the health and wellness needs of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Winnipeg …

Clementine Opens in the Exchange

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A brand new brunch spot has opened in the Exchange District! Clementine opened in early May to the delight of the Exchange District BIZ, the community, and to all those who have experienced the magic of Chef Adam Donnelly and Caroline Konrad, the owners of Segovia in Osborne Village. “We love the community in the Exchange,” said Caroline. “It’s a great mix of students, business professionals, artists and residents. We hope to be an extension of that community and create a cafe that feels welcoming to all of the above.” When you walk down the stairs and into Clementine, you’re greeted by a trendy and welcoming space complete with exposed brick and stone walls, beautiful wall paper, an open-style kitchen …

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By Karen Kornelsen When you walk through the Exchange District on the first Friday of every month, the energy in the air is electric. With a backdrop of over 100 heritage buildings, cobblestone paths and covered alleyways, hundreds of people fill the streets with a thirst for community, art and inspiration. First Fridays in the Exchange has come a long way since its inception in 2010, and has transformed the landscape of arts and culture in Winnipeg. First Fridays in the Exchange is one of the most engaging and welcoming arts events the city has to offer. The organization itself is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist-run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding and appreciation of …

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By Brian Timmerman, Executive Director of the Exchange District BIZ Since the Uniter posted an article: “Where have all the benches gone?”, on March 31, 2016, the Exchange District BIZ has received a few phone calls and emails from the public inquiring about the issue. People have spoken up and requested benches be re-installed on Albert Street and the Exchange BIZ has listened. Benches, when placed within the public realm, are there as a convenience and provide users with a chance to stop and have a rest, read a book or just sit and watch the world go by. The Exchange BIZ unfortunately received numerous complaints from our businesses that the park benches had become all-day rest stops for unwanted …

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An award-winning multi-service medical clinic has set up residence in the Exchange District. Our Own Health Centre opened its doors on February 1st, 2016, at 286 McDermot Avenue. This non-profit corporation is accepting new patients as well as walk-ins. Our Own Health Centre will also cater to a portion of the population who may be under-served. Dr. Bryan Magwood is the executive director of Our Own Health Centre. According to Dr. Magwood, international, national and local research has shown that significant portions of gay and bisexual men do not tell their doctors about their sexual orientation or sexual activities. “Often this is based on their fear of judgement and discrimination, and in many cases, this is a very valid concern,” …