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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 …

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. …

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 …

The Alleyways Market in the Exchange has been going strong since 2016, and in 2018 we expanded the event to include swing 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, which takes place the first Friday of June, July, August and September. Please read the full call outline below, or download the form as a PDF file here. ALLEYWAYS …

Your bag should reflect the person that you are. That’s what Jon Thiessen, co-owner of U.N. Luggage, believes.  Lucky for anyone who hasn’t found the bag that tells their story yet, U.N. Luggage is hosting its annual purse party the evening of May 9. Expect a totally alternative purse shopping experience including a wine bar by Banville & Jones, paired with appies, hourly draws and 20 per cent off handbags all evening. Thiessen owns and operates U.N. Luggage with his sister, Jennifer. The siblings have been running the luggage and bag store at 175 McDermot Avenue for roughly 10 years, after taking over the family business from their father, Peter “The Bagman” Thiessen, who bought and ran the business back …

This Week in the Exchange for April 15-21, 2019

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National Canadian Film Day @ Multiple Venues April 17, 1-10:30pm  What if there was a day to watch movies for free at unique venues in the Exchange District? Wouldn’t it be great if these were world class, award winning films, made right here in the Exchange? Maybe these films tell stories about love and loss and dance and hockey. You know, the stuff that makes life worth living. This Wednesday, April 17, is National Canadian Film Day, and we invite you to the Exchange to watch movies made right here, for free, all day long. With screenings at Across the Board, Nonsuch, The King’s Head, Cinematheque, and Forth, you’ll be entertained and experience something new. Maybe even culturally significant. Everyone …