Exchanging words with Build Films

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Build Films team. Chris Paetkau, Trevor Gill, Chloe Ross-Rogerson and Carlyle Paetkau

Build Film team: Chris Paetkau, Trevor Gill, Chloe Ross-Rogerson and Carlyle Paetkau  Swimming with beluga whales and walking with polar bears is just another day at the office for the team at Build Films. Build Films is a video production company, located at 510-70 Arthur Street, that works on various projects, many of them focusing on conservation, tourism, science and indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic. Two of the three co-founders of Build Films, Trevor Gill and Chris Paetkau, met while going to school at Red River College and since day one, they’ve been a strong team. “We go from swimming with 50,000 beluga whales in the Hudson Bay to maternal health in India to a polar bear lodge in …

Peanut Butter Drive a Huge Success

Karen Kornelsen Blog

Exchange District BIZ Executive Director David Pensato with AHWC Executive Director Della Herrera

Exchange District BIZ Executive Director David Pensato with AHWC Executive Director Della Herrera Exchange District BIZ spreads the love with nearly 700 pounds of peanut butter donated to homelessness initiatives at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre! By Karen Kornelsen From November 27 to December 4, the Exchange District BIZ invited Winnipeggers to help the homeless by donating jars of peanut butter when visiting the area. The Exchange District Peanut Butter Drive saw people from every corner of the City collectively donate nearly 700 pounds of peanut butter at one of 20 participating businesses. That peanut butter will be put to good use at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (AHWC), where it will be used for their various …

Exchanging words with Binasii Inc.

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Michelle Klippenstein, Manager of Binasii Inc.

Michelle Klippenstein, Manager of Binasii Inc. Preserving culture and language is an important part of what makes Winnipeg a melting pot of different cultures. Binasii Inc. made it their main focus to preserve the First Nations language by working with indigenous communities. They’re doing that and so much more at their new Exchange District office at 314-63 Albert Street. Binasii is a First Nations owned and operated company that focuses on communications, creative and digital branding. They work with Indigenous communities from elders to youth and mainly language speakers. “We have developed our work ethic to promote a holistic approach to maintaining cultural sensitivities as well as First Nations principles and practices into modern technologies,” says Michelle Klippenstein, manager of …

Five Ways to Exchange – November 17, 2017

Nicholas Friesen Blog

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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 The Gathering @ various venues (Nov 17-19) Billed as a “collective sharing of experiences among the participants,” The Gathering features multifaceted artists from around the globe at various venues across the Exchange and downtown area. While these feminist artistic experiences are being livestreamed, experiencing them in person is preferable. Featuring such artists as Ardele Lister, Ming Hon, Helga Jakobson, Hope Peterson, The Ephemerals, and many more, The Gathering will offer discussion, experiences, and insight on a cold winter weekend. Visit videopool.org for …

Five Ways to Exchange – November 10, 2017

Nicholas Friesen Blog

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(Image courtesy of ryansmoluk.com) 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 Wake Up Call @ Artbeat Studio (on now until November 24) Artbeat Studio alumni Ryan Smoluk delivers a diverse collection of recent multimedia work on the fourth floor of 62 Albert Street. An advocate for mental health and well being, this autistic artist graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in 2013 and has been going strong ever since, showing in galleries all over Winnipeg. Visit ryansmoluk.ca and artbeatstudio.ca for more information. THE LAUGHS Skit or …

Five Ways to Exchange – November 3, 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 First Fridays in the Exchange Every month, the galleries, restaurants and shops of the Exchange District stay open a little later to create an evening of art and celebration like no other in the city. From Lennard Taylor’s living mannequins to pop ups and galleries on multiple floors of 290 McDermot and 62 Albert (among many many many others), there’s literally something for everyone. Visit firstfridayswinnipeg.org for more information. THE TOUR Art Talk/Art Walk with Toby Gillies and hannah_g Tonight’s First Fridays …

Exchanging Words with Tiny Feast

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While it feels like it opened just yesterday, the little print/stationery/gift shop that could, Tiny Feast, is celebrating four years as an Exchange District mainstay this week. Opened in 2013 by creative/life partners Danika Bock and Drex Serduletz, the shop is your go-to for creative inspiration. Bock and Serduletz, who came up with the idea for Tiny Feast while living in Berlin, say that placing the shop in the Exchange was a no-brainer, as it captured the European aesthetic the two design enthusiasts were going for. “I think a lot of what you get to imagine when you’re not in ‘real life’ is the potential to bring what you see traveling back to your city, and take ownership of the …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 27, 2017

Nicholas Friesen Blog

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(Image courtesy of Winnipeg Ghost Walk Facebook page.) 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 TOUR Winnipeg Ghost Walk   The final Winnipeg Ghost Walks of the season happen tonight and tomorrow (with bonus walks happening Monday and Tuesday for Halloween)! Learn all about the haunted history of Old Market Square and more of the city’s spooky spots on a 90 minute tour that costs only $15 ($12 for students and seniors). Visit winnipegghostwalk.com for more information. THE SCREEN Matthew Hannam Master Class @ Winnipeg Cinematheque   Film editor Matthew …

Five Ways to Exchange – October 20, 2017

Nicholas Friesen Blog

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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 BLAM! 4 @ Forth   The fourth installment of the BLAM! collaborative art exhibition features a vast collection of work from some of the finest local comic, pop culture, sci-fi and horror artists around. While the event goes all weekend, tonight’s opening reception kicks off at 7pm and features incredible cosplayers, a rumoured appearance from a cast member of the 1956 cult classic Forbidden Planet, and the soothing sounds of DJ King Cabernet. Admission is free. RSVP to the Facebook event for …

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 …