Exchanging Words with Finch Gallery Workspace

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Dani Finch (left) and Tara Davis (right) The arts scene in the Exchange District has long been an integral part of this tightly-knit neighbourhood. With the highest concentration of artist studios, galleries and art spaces in Winnipeg, collaborations and endless inspiration are everywhere. The historic buildings capture the imagination while the people inside these buildings provide a network of support for each other, fostering this ultra-collaborative community. The newest exciting addition to the neighbourhood is Finch Gallery Workspace. This gallery and workshop space is already seamlessly weaving itself into the Exchange’s creative fabric because of the passion and hard work of business partners, Dani Finch and Tara Davis. Finch Gallery Workspace represents the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 13, 2017

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THE EVENT Send + Receive   The 19th iteration of Send + Receive, one of North America’s longest running media arts festivals to investigate the disciplines of experimental music and sound art, is happening throughout the Exchange until the end of the weekend. From Friday and Saturday night’s sound art experiences at ace art, to Sunday afternoon’s intimate show by Joe McPhee and Graham Lambkin at Forth, Send + Receive is always a once-in-a-lifetime event you have to experience to believe.     Visit sendandreceive.org for more information. THE STAGE Raffi @ Pantages Playhouse   It’s funny to think about it, but Raffi has been singing his songs to the little ones for 40 years now, meaning the kids he once …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 6, 2017

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THE EVENT First Fridays in the Exchange Get immersed in art throughout the Exchange when galleries, artist studios, and shops stay open late for a free district-wide celebration of creativity and community. From Adelaide Street to Waterfront, you can check out spoken word performances, exclusive exhibits, openings, parties, artist talks, refreshments, and so much more, all kicking off at 5pm. Whether you’re looking to party or pick up your next favourite piece of art, come on out to First Fridays in the Exchange!   Visit firstfridayswinnipeg.org for more information. THE STAGE A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie @ Citizen Rescheduled from a cancelled August date, 21-year-old New York rap sensation A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, brings his Pitchfork-approved rhymes to Citizen …

Exchanging Words with The Haberdashery

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If the clothes make the man, then the hat makes the outfit. Or, if you’re Luke Nolan from The Haberdashery, the hat makes the career. After going to school for graphic arts and putting in six years as a pressman (which he calls “bloody boring”), Nolan helped out a friend at his retail outlet over the holiday season about 15 years ago. Discovering he was a natural born salesperson, Nolan’s idea to open a hat shop in Winnipeg quickly became a reality with his first kiosk at St. Vital Centre. Discovering that renting a shop of his own would cost aa quarter of the shopping centre rent, he took the plunge and opened The Haberdashery, first on Corydon Avenue, and …

We are hiring!

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October 3, 2017 Exchange District Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) Job Posting – Foot Patrol About the Exchange District BIZ The Exchange District Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is a non-profit organization providing programs and services to the Exchange District in the areas of marketing, special events, safety, cleanliness and community improvement. The Exchange District is a 30-square-block downtown neighbourhood recognized as a National Historic Site. Our mission is to champion the unique character of the district and create a clean, safe and thriving environment for business. We are seeking a dedicated, personable Foot Patrol to join our team. Program Summary The Foot Patrol is responsible for providing a street level, uniformed presence in the Exchange District which offers a variety of …

Exchanging words with Cordova Tapas and Wine

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Two gentlemen from Europe have brought the tastes of France and Spain to the Exchange District with a tapas bar that is as authentic as the historic buildings that surround it. Located at 93 Albert Street (former home of The Fyxx and Across the Board), co-owners Gael Winandy and Greg Stevenard chose to open up Cordova Tapas and Wine there because it reminds them so much of home. “The Exchange District is so nice,” says Stevenard, with a thick French accent. “It is very comparable to Europe with its history and architecture. Everywhere you go, there are bricks, it’s so beautiful.” Not only have the two young men started up a unique and authentic restaurant all on their own, they …

Five Ways to Exchange – September 29, 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 EVENT Nuit Blanche Practically Christmas for artists and art lovers, the entire Exchange will come alive this Saturday from 6pm until the wee hours of Sunday morning. A completely free event, this is your chance to experience one-of-a-kind video installations, dance and musical performances, artists working in their spaces, and more than a few surprises. Into getting an early start? The Luckygirl Pop-Up event takes place in Old Market Square noon-nuit. Put your dad’s old dress shirt on backwards (in case you need …

Five Ways to Exchange – September 22, 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 DISPLAY Waterfront by Yael Brotman @ Martha Street Studio On now until October 21 at Martha Street Studio (11 Martha Street), Winnipeg-born Toronto artist Yael Brotman’s print construction pieces featured in Waterfront are intricate, interesting, and imaginative. Mixing “unpredictability with a playful sense of humour and optimism,” Brotman’s work (which has exhibited internationally at museums, artist-run centres, and university galleries) definitely makes you want to be creative.   Visit printmakers.mb.ca for more information. THE EVENT Iron Ride @ Old Market Square Pan Am Place, the Exchange District’s …

Five Ways to Exchange – September 15, 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 EVENT Wall-to-Wall: Hotel Room at Forth Okay, here we go. Ming Hon, one of Winnipeg’s most daring and innovative performance artists, is turning the entire lower level of Forth (171 McDermot Avenue) into a functioning hotel (with a few surprises) as part of her new work in progress, Only the Dead Wear Shoes to Bed. Hon brings all the elements she’s known for (dance, video, performance) and a few friends (DJs Super Shonek and Louie Lovebird) to the party, taking place tonight for …

Exchanging Words with Cree Ryan

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A year ago, Nicole Ryan had an idea. She was going to blend her love of greenery with her newfound passion for macrame to create unique hangable art. She would design prototype plant holders and, through trial and error, create a line of four unique designs. In January of this year, she would launch her online store, creeryan.com. With no marketing budget, she would use Instagram to get her creations out into the world. Ryan says she had no idea her @creeryan Instagram account would gain over 20 thousand followers within eight months. “Instagram has been an incredible tool for me, and it has been intentional from the beginning,” she says while seated in her gorgeous, naturally lit studio space. “When …