Canada Day Walkway on Waterfront

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(Leaf Rapids, pictured)  For the first time, the Exchange District BIZ is putting on a Canada Day event! We’ve partnered with The Forks to pop up all along Waterfront Drive with music, activities, tours, and more. Don’t miss out on this free afternoon event on July 1 from 12-4pm taking place from Stephen Juba Park all the way down to the boardwalk by The Forks! Stephen Juba Park Stage presented by The Forks  12pm Rhianna Rae Saj 1pm JC Campbell 2pm Leaf Rapids 3pm Liam Duncan Sport for Life Centre Pop Up in Stephen Juba Park Between 12-4pm, everyone is invited to spin for a chance to win free visits to the Sport for Life Centre, involving random mini exercises and …

Putting a Patent on Patience

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Brock Coutts is all smiles. Every time we see the owner of Patent 5 Distillery (the Exchange District’s whiskey, vodka and gin craft distillery & tasting room) he’s either giving a tour of the recently opened watering hole at 108 Alexander Avenue, or excitedly explaining the history of the repurposed pieces that went into creating his gorgeous tasting room. Growing up with a dad in the RCMP, Coutts moved around Manitoba a lot (and even spent some time in Old Montreal) but knew without a doubt that the Exchange was the right place for Patent 5. “It always was the dream but I never had a clear picture of what that dream was like,” the accountant turned craft distiller says. …

Exchanging Words Podcast – Episode 8

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This week on Exchanging Words we have two interviews! Nick speaks with Patent 5 Distillery owner Brock Coutts and Warehouse Artworks owner Rod Sasaki, while Sabrina speaks with Sharon Reilly, Danny Schur and Dennis Lewycki about the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike’s “Bloody Saturday” on Historically Accurate. This episode is brought to you by the Canada Day Walkway on Waterfront. Exchanging Words is a weekly podcast hosted by Nicholas Friesen and Sabrina Janke, focusing on the people, places, and history of the Exchange District. If you would like to appear as a guest on Exchanging Words or are interested in advertising, please email friesen@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words Podcast” in the subject line.

Welcome to the Community

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(Pictured: Community Gym owner Amie Seier and Team Leader Kelly Sommerfield) Sometimes to find your community, you have to make a move. For Amie Seier, owner of the recently opened Community Gym at 468 Main Street, it involved a move away to Calgary in 2014. “While in Calgary, I wanted to buy a road bike, and I thought it would be clever to start teaching spin classes to be able to afford a bike,” she says with a laugh. “I fell in love with the fitness studios in Calgary. It was funny because I was definitely not a huge gym person, but when I was living there I didn’t have a huge network of friends, so I joined this studio …

Exchanging Words Podcast – Episode 7

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This week on Exchanging Words, Nick speaks with Jazz Winnipeg Artistic Director Michael Falk about his career as a musician and the 30th anniversary of the festival, while Sabrina speaks with Danny Schur and Dennis Lewycki about the fifth week of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike on Historically Accurate. This episode is brought to you by Nonsuch Brewing Co. Exchanging Words is a weekly podcast hosted by Nicholas Friesen and Sabrina Janke, focusing on the people, places, and history of the Exchange District. If you would like to appear as a guest on Exchanging Words or are interested in advertising, please email friesen@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words Podcast” in the subject line. (Michael Falk image by Jared Falk.)

Exchanging Words Podcast – Episode 6

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This week on Exchanging Words, Nick speaks with Exchange District BIZ Executive Director David Pensato about Alleyways Market and much more, while Sabrina speaks with Danny Schur and Dennis Lewycki about the fourth week of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike on Historically Accurate. This episode is brought to you by Nonsuch Brewing Co. Exchanging Words is a weekly podcast hosted by Nicholas Friesen and Sabrina Janke, focusing on the people, places, and history of the Exchange District. If you would like to appear as a guest on Exchanging Words or are interested in advertising, please email friesen@exchangedistrict.org with “Exchanging Words Podcast” in the subject line.