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

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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 …

We’re hiring!

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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 20-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 assistance to users …

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 …

Ten Ways To Exchange This Weekend

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There’s always something going on in the Exchange District! From shopping to restaurants and galleries and all of our special events, you can’t walk five feet without seeing something incredible. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can get up to this weekend.  First Fridays July 5 @ 5:00pm until late  Take part in one of the most engaging and inspiring arts events Winnipeg has to offer. This spectacular event created, organized and run by First Fridays in the Exchange Inc., offers a perfect opportunity to explore all the Exchange District has to offer. Enjoy gallery openings, talk to artists who inhabit the District’s heritage buildings, grab a delicious bite at a café or restaurant and explore the numerous unique shops. All …

Shop Like a Pop-Up Year Round

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Throughout the summer, there’s no shortage of opportunities to visit pop-ups selling sustainable housewares and locally made fashion. Lucky for Exchange District residents, employees and visitors, there’s a spot to sustain this style of shopping year-round. In 2012, Sherry Sobey opened the first iteration of Generation Green as a kiosk in The Forks Market. Fast-forward to the fall of 2017, and the Exchange welcomed the eco-conscious business to a brand-new storefront at 100-433 Main Street. Of the move, Sobey says, “It gave us the opportunity to expand and add a café in.  “It’s an all-vegan café, which we thought was something kind of unique for this neighbourhood – and it’s been really a lot of fun being here.” The vegan …

Exchanging Words Podcast – Episode 9

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This week on Exchanging Words Nick speaks with Pauline and Justin from the Northern Touch Music Festival and Conference, while Sabrina speaks with Sharon Reilly, Danny Schur and Dennis Lewycki about the aftermath of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike 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.

Historic Places Day in the Exchange

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Historic Places Day is July 6, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a blast from The Exchange District BIZ’s past – and reviving three of our old walking tours! Completely free, and for one day only!  10:00am – Bankers Row Explore the Financial Hub of Western Canada, from a time when Winnipeg was the richest city of the prairies! Learn about the architectural legacy of our banking halls, and the stories of the people who worked in them.  12:30pm – Newspaper Row Extra, extra, read all about it! Learn about the publishing history of Manitoba, including the origins of the Winnipeg Free Press and feuds between rival journalists! Learn about the legal battle that changed the newspaper industry in the …

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. …