The Alleyways Market in the Exchange has been going strong since 2016, and in 2018 we expanded the event to include swing dancing and an art lounge at the Artspace Building. This year, we’d love to do even more. That’s where you come in. Do you have an idea for activating an alleyway in the Exchange District? Is there a project you’ve been wanting to get off the ground, but didn’t have the venue? Now is your chance! We are looking for people or groups to put on an event during Alleyways Market, which takes place the first Friday of June, July, August and September. Please read the full call outline below, or download the form as a PDF file here. ALLEYWAYS …

Your bag should reflect the person that you are. That’s what Jon Thiessen, co-owner of U.N. Luggage, believes.  Lucky for anyone who hasn’t found the bag that tells their story yet, U.N. Luggage is hosting its annual purse party the evening of May 9. Expect a totally alternative purse shopping experience including a wine bar by Banville & Jones, paired with appies, hourly draws and 20 per cent off handbags all evening. Thiessen owns and operates U.N. Luggage with his sister, Jennifer. The siblings have been running the luggage and bag store at 175 McDermot Avenue for roughly 10 years, after taking over the family business from their father, Peter “The Bagman” Thiessen, who bought and ran the business back …

This Week in the Exchange for April 15-21, 2019

Exchange District BIZ Updates

National Canadian Film Day @ Multiple Venues April 17, 1-10:30pm  What if there was a day to watch movies for free at unique venues in the Exchange District? Wouldn’t it be great if these were world class, award winning films, made right here in the Exchange? Maybe these films tell stories about love and loss and dance and hockey. You know, the stuff that makes life worth living. This Wednesday, April 17, is National Canadian Film Day, and we invite you to the Exchange to watch movies made right here, for free, all day long. With screenings at Across the Board, Nonsuch, The King’s Head, Cinematheque, and Forth, you’ll be entertained and experience something new. Maybe even culturally significant. Everyone …

In the Exchange for April 8-14, 2019

Exchange District BIZ Updates

Here in the Exchange, there’s always something going on! From dining to shopping, or grabbing a show, here’s what goes on your calendar this week. CaRaVaN Open Mic @ Forth (171 McDermot Ave) April 8, 6:30pm CaRaVaN is an “anything goes” open mic. A mix of music, spoken word, comedy, magic, dance, storytelling, or anything else you can think up, you’ll see a range of performances from experienced artists trying out new things to people taking the stage for the first time. Sign up begins at 6:30pm, with performances getting underway at 7. Those signing up can perform up to two songs (musicians) or five minutes (all others). The event is always free, but donations are appreciated and go a …