26th Canada Summer Games

July 28 to August 13 The countdown to the 2017 Canada Summer Games is on! The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be a massive celebration of the Games and the nation’s 150th anniversary. Musical stars, athletes, performers dignitaries and a national television audience will come together to honour the…

The Burt from the Walker to True North

Burton Cummings Theatre continues to persevere By Derek Gagnon The Burton Cummings Theatre is a 110-year-old, 1,604-seat, former vaudeville theatre. It is not only an iconic historic site but a bustling theatre that remains at the heart of Winnipeg’s entertainment scene today. “The Burt,” as it is affectionately referred to, has a history that stretches…

The incredible Criddles and Vanes of Manitoba

By Dorothy Dobbie In 1882, Englishman Percy Criddle arrived in Manitoba to take up homesteading. His unconventional lifestyle would not prevent many of his 13 children from creating an indelible mark on our history. In 1882, Percy Criddle arrived in Winnipeg from England, en route to his newly acquired homestead at Aweme, near Wawanesa. He…

Just do it: The wisdom of Alfred Lea

A lingering smile warms Alfred Lea’s face. You have to lean in to hear his quiet voice, but his words and manner project confidence that says he knows where he’s been and where he is going. And where is going is domination of the Indigenous chip market. Alfred has always been a precocious sort. Growing…

Canada’s Sunflower Capital

Altona punches above its weight in the arts department By Dorothy Dobbie Altona businessman Johann Schwartz, flush with money from building elevators to accommodate the grain trade on the recently arrived railroads in Manitoba, created his dream home in 1902. It was the largest house ever constructed in Altona, dominating its Fifth Avenue neighbourhood for…

The Gates 6945 Roblin Blvd.

Just outside Winnipeg is the community of Headingley. The pastoral setting where The Gates is located can instantly provide the rural ambience you may be craving. Our reservation for four put us at a window near the front of the restaurant where we felt like we were in the formal dining room of a good…

The pursuit of WOW! in Winnipeg

For many years, the Winnipeg restaurant scene consisted of either local mom-and-pop shops or large scale chains, with no middle ground offered. Doug Stephen saw that there was a niche there for the taking: something that offered the same great food that the local restaurants provided, while working under an umbrella dedicated to outstanding ambience,…

Central Canada Comic Con

Oct. 28 to 30 RBC Convention Centre 2016 is going to be their biggest year ever! From the expanded third floor of the RBC Convention Centre, to William Shatner’s appearance for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, to the new Cosplay Alley, there will be more to see and do at the Central Canada Comic…

ERA Bistro 85 Israel Asper Way

No visit to Winnipeg is complete without an afternoon spent at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The varied exhibits are fascinating as is the architecture of the building. Commence or conclude your tour with a stop at ERA Bistro on the main floor. This fabulous setting provides the perfect environment to sample dishes from…

Catching the geocaching fever

Summer 2016 may be best remembered as the summer when Pokémon GO took the world by storm, forcing teens and gamers out of their houses and onto the streets. All this activity was set in motion by the goal of catching virtual critters populating our neighbourhoods. While some found it ridiculous to see hordes of…

Ripe Bistro 842 Corydon Ave.

Just on the edge of the popular Corydon strip in Winnipeg sits Ripe Bistro. You may remember it from previous manifestations like Gluttons and Mise. On the Saturday evening that my husband and I visited Ripe, every dining seat was spoken for, so we happily perched ourselves at the bar top. Head chef/owner Tom Pitt,…

Danny Bhoy

Centennial Concert Hall Oct 19 One of the funniest and biggest-selling comedians in Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as his home country of Scotland, Danny is bound to have you in stitches. Charming and witty, Danny’s critically acclaimed shows Dear Epson, and Please Untick This Box have helped rocket him to star status.…

An inevitable classic Winnipeg experience

  With the occurrence of two key events, it has seemed over the past few years that an outdoor NHL game being played in Winnipeg would be almost a foregone conclusion. The first event was the return of the Jets in May of 2011, bringing an NHL hockey team back to the city for the…