Window Display: Andrew James Blair

Exchange District Updates

Each month we partner with a new Exchange District artist to share their work in our window display. This month we’re pleased to host the contemporary portraiture of painter Andrew James Blair! His works range from representational to the abstract and are often found on the continuum between them. Working primarily in oil and gouache (opaque watercolor), he employs broad strokes, organic movement, texture, and limited colour palettes to create a sense of impermanence and variability. His goal is for the viewer to be drawn in by the unnatural properties of a piece and still recognize and connect with the underlying representation.  His studio is located on the corner of McDermot and Arthur in the heart of the Exchange District.  …

  Emerge Knowledge Inc is an innovative green tech company in The Exchange District, like many businesses in The Exchange, it’s located above street level. It’s easy to get to know businesses when we walk past them all the time, but we rarely venture up. We were curious about Emerge Knowledge, so we recently went up to sit down with President Rick Penner, a waste management and sustainability expert for nearly 30 years. Rick and his team developed North America’s leading waste and recycling data management and reporting software Re-TRAC Connect. Rick shared with us a bit more about what they do, how they’re impacting the future of waste management and his top three tips for a more environmentally sustainable office. Who: …

Exchange District: Nuit Blanche Guide

Exchange District Happenings, Updates

  As part of Culture Days Manitoba, Nuit Blanche brings contemporary art to the streets of Winnipeg. A bustling public art extravaganza, Nuit Blanche energizes our public spaces with art peppered throughout The Exchange District, The Forks, downtown, St. Boniface and the North and West Ends until the wee hours of the morning. The Exchange District is delighted to be electrified as the nexus of this presentation of interactive, accessible art with nearly fifty Nuit Blanche installations.  We invite you to experience and explore the energy, connections and surprising art for one magical fall evening this Saturday, September 28th.   Our Nuit Blanche MUST SEE list:   LOOP> Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a …

Window Display: Letter Peddler Press

Exchange District BIZ Updates

For Culture Days / Nuit Blanche this September, we’ve partnered with Printmonger Press & Martha Street Studio to bring Sean McLachlan’s Letter Peddler Press to the Exchange District Biz office. Letter Peddler Press is a mobile printing press designed to inspire people to create their own letter press art on the streets of Winnipeg.   We recently sat down with Sean to get to know him and learn more about his unique interactive art experience, Letter Peddler Press: SIX QUESTIONS WITH LETTER PEDDLER PRESS: –––– Photo: Letter Peddler Press on site at the Forks. What is letterpress printing and what is Letter Peddler Press? Letterpress printing is a method of printing where a raised image or text shaped surface is …

Going Green at Work, at Home and on the Move

Exchange District BIZ Updates

Going green isn’t just a trend, it’s a way of life. It’s easy, it’s attainable, and it’s cost effective, but it isn’t always easy to get motivated (especially in today’s quick and easy delivered-to-your-door lifestyle). We’ve all heard about going green at home, but taking that to the office or the lake is another story.  “You do have to do a bit of planning ahead,” explains Sherry Sobey, owner of Generation Green in the Exchange (home of ethically minded and sourced food and lifestyle products). “Once you do it and you see the difference and the savings. Winnipeggers are cheap, we like a bargain.” Those savings come after doing some research, and may require a few bucks up front, but it’s …

Last year, we brought a new sort of party to the Exchange District, pairing classic concert films on the big screen with contemporary local musicians to make an unforgettable night of music, food, fun and friendship. If you thought Yes We Mystic and the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense were a good fit, and bopped your head in approval to 3PEAT before watching Beastie Boys’ Awesome I …  Shot That, then you’re no doubt ready for the classic-even-though-it-hasn’t-happened-yet pairing of Roman Clarke and Prince’s Sign O The Times. “Just like we’ve done with Alleyways in the Exchange, we wanted to take a good idea, give it an Exchange District twist, and make it something unique and really great,” says Exchange …

August 2 @ 5:00pm – 10:00pm  Back Lane @ Elgin Avenue  Alleyways Market takes over the back lane at Elgin Avenue in the East Exchange district for two more Fridays this summer. With a winning mix of handmade goods, ready to eat snacks and fresh, locally produced food to take home, you don’t want to miss it. Here are some of the fine vendors you’ll be able to visit at our next free market (with more vendors TBA).  MAKERS ANITA ANASTASIA CERAMICS BEADS BY ERIN DISTAFF & SPINDLE EARTHLY HEALING FJ. CO HARD FEELINGS DESIGN HELLO BLOOM JILLIAN SARO CERAMICS KLAS SQUARED LAURA’S UNDERTHERE LITTLE & LOVELY LOT 15 LOVED SHORTS LOVELY MOONS NONSUCH PATENT 5 DISTILLERY PILOS MADE PLANTHINGS …

Lemonade Stands for Hope in the Exchange

Exchange District BIZ Updates

The Exchange District BIZ is proud to announce its participation in Lemonade Stands for Hope, a collaboration with CancerCare Manitoba. Working to benefit Manitobans from all walks of life, Lemonade Stands for Hope allows anyone and everyone across the province to set up their own stands, allowing people to purchase lemonade for 25 cents or make a donation in any sum to CancerCare from July 19-21. This Friday (July 19) from 11am-1pm the BIZ will set up its own lemonade stand at the corner of Waterfront and Bannatyne! Come say hi, grab a lemonade, and learn all about the great things CancerCare does to improve the lives of Manitobans affected by a cancer diagnosis. Some of our incredible businesses will …

The Alleyways Market in the Exchange has been going strong since 2016, and in 2018 we expanded the event to include swing/tango 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 on the first Friday of August and September. While we will assist with permits and placement, ideally the event is yours to run and fund. Please read the …