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This year on February 19th, the National Trust for Canada is celebrating National Heritage Day with the theme “Heritage Stands the Test of Time.” The Exchange District is living proof of that sentiment— the fabric of the area, from its architecture to its cultural institutions are what give the area its distinctive and well appreciated character.We sat down with Heritage Winnipeg’s Cindy Tugwell to learn more about why the Exchange District is so special. So, how does the Exchange District’s built heritage stand the test of time? According to Tugwell, an enthusiastic advocate for Winnipeg’s built and cultural heritage, the ways we excel are endless. Settling in to our chat, she immediately exhibits all the passion of a grass roots activist, together with a boundless knowledge and excitement …

Exchanging Words With BluePrint

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Blueprint team: Michelle Kuly, Etoile Stewart, Katie Krahn, Tamara Kuly, Brad Muller, Claudine Gervais If there is a problem Michelle Kuly can’t wait to solve it. Her love of complexity and problem solving is what inspired her to start her consulting firm back in 2012. Blueprint provides guided strategy, planning, and engagement services. So, when businesses, organizations, or government leaders are faced with a complex problem or project, the team at Blueprint helps them to understand what stakeholders need, clarify their goals, and arrive at a plan of action. And its this opportunity to help companies figure out the human side of complex problems that really gets Kuly and her team excited. “When it comes to business, policies, big projects, …

The Forthwith Festival

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This weekend Forth will be hosting local and international artists and musicians for Forthwith Festival. The weekend includes workshops and live performances during the day, and will transform into a multi-floor dance party/ art showcase at night, offering Winnipeggers a chance to experience experimental sound, art, music, and creativity. Experimental composer, sound artist, and musician, Wouter Jaspers, was part of a group of friends in Berlin with friends at Forth in Winnipeg. These two groups of artists saw an opportunity to collaborate and bring two music scenes together; connecting communities globally and bringing new sounds to our city. Now in it’s second year, this experimental sound, video, and art showcase, promises to offer even more creative inspiration and fun. Jaspers …

5 Ways to Exchange

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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 with “Five Ways to Exchange” in the subject line. THE FOOD Kevin’s  A new ‘divine comfort food bistro’ just opened this month by the owners of Stella’s. This place will really broaden your view on mac n cheese – it’s a gourmet style version, with really interesting side dishes, wines, and a very innovative atmosphere (built in an alleyway between two buildings!). Have a peak at their menu at THE DRINKS  Forth Cocktail Bar Unique space…ambient atmosphere…and dangerously good cocktails. This is a place you can cozy up and spend the evening …

Exchanging Words with Generation Green

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Owner: Sherry Sobey When Sherry Sobey experienced a health scare 9 years ago, she began personal journey to discover how to take care of better care of herself. After being diagnosed with a rare tumour, she decided it was time she looked more closely at what she put in, on, and around her body. After a frustratingly unproductive search for products without added chemicals, she decided to take matters into her own hands. And after learning so much about natural health she wanted to share her discoveries everyone she knew. “You know what it’s like when you learn something great or hear about something great. You just want to share it”, she says. This led to opening her store, Generation …

Exchanging words with UpHouse

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Kiirsten May and Alex Varricchio, co-owners of UpHouse UpHouse is working to improve the way in-house marketers do their job, by elevating in-house teams and the brands they promote…and they’re just as creative as their name suggests. Kiirsten May and Alex Varricchio, the co-owners of UpHouse, met while working at a marketing agency and have worked together for the last five years. In September of 2017, they started their own marketing agency at 705-70 Arthur Street, in the historic Exchange District. “Elevating in-house [marketing] is essentially it,” says Varricchio. After gaining experience in the marketing industry, they began noticing more businesses moving their brand in-house and reducing their agency spend. With more and more communications channels out there, companies and organizations …

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

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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

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Lev Snowe performing at the Exchange Community Church. Image by Steve Louie, courtesy of Facebook.

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 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 for …