Your E-Guide to All Things Downtown


FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 - NATHAN - Portage Place


It's that time of year again where downtown goers can check out some of Winnipeg's finest talent, every Friday noon-hour, from January 25 until March 28 in select Downtown locations. Artists included are: Twilight Hotel, Sons of York, Manitoba Hal, Tracy Bone, and so many more!


Opens Jan 24. David Mamet’s gang of real estate salesmen are bringing their bag of tricks to the MTC Warehouse as part of the 8th annual Master Playwright Festival. MTC Warehouse.


The new Police Chief addressed close to 300 downtown businesspeople, stakeholders and interested citizens about his plans and vision for downtown safety at a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ breakfast on Thursday, January 17, 2008, from 7:30am to 9:00am at the Marlborough Hotel.

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Congratulations to Steve Sutherland for answering correctly the new Downtown BIZ slogan is "Can We Get You Anything?"

Tune in next week for another prize opportunity.

Festivals & Events

Portage Place Winter Sidewalk Sale

January 21st - 27th, 2008

The holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop shopping around for great deals. Our Sidewalk Sale covers everything to latest fashions and shoes, electronics to book and cosmetics.


The Skywalk Series

The Skywalk series, a co-production of the Winnipeg Public Library, the University of Winnipeg, and Virtuosi Concerts, opens its 17th season with leading teachers and researchers from the University of Winnipeg and concerts showcasing some of Manitoba’s finest musicians, from jazz to folk and classical to contemporary.
All events are free admission, and run from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Millennium Library (251 Donald Street) in the Carol Shields Auditorium.


ICCM Kick-off to 2008

You are invited to join us for a preview of what 2008 has in store for the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Manitoba! Meet us, uor friends and supporters for some wine and cheese.

Thursday, Jan. 31

The Radisson Skyview Winnipeg - Manitoba Ballroom, 288 Portage Avenue. 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  RSVP to 487-6323 before Jan 25.


Across the Board: an NFB Film Series

Local filmmaker & author Caelum Vatnsdal will launch the series with an evening of films about Winnipeg on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. The films he's chosen range over three decades and include classics such as Ted Baryluk’s Grocery.

January 23      Environmental NFB, presented by Bartley Kives
January 30      Queer NFB, presented by Heather Milne
February 6      Aboriginal NFB, presented by Kathleen Buddle-Crowe
February 13     Francophone NFB, presented by Micheline Marseau


Northern Events @ the Winnipeg Public Library

Stories from Baker Lake
Through January and February, the Millennium Library’s Blankstein Art Gallery features “Stories from Baker Lake,” an exhibit of Caribou Inuit art and artifacts from the private collection of Frederick Ford. Having lived for many years in Baker Lake, Nunavut’s only inland Inuit community, Fred has collected an astonishing array of tools, carvings, prints, tapestries and clothing from the region.

Tales from the Iglu

with Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak

Saturday, February 23, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Millennium Library (251 Donald St), Carol Shields Auditorium

Using narratives from his Arctic home and tales told with string, Michael continues the storytelling tradition passed down from his grandmother. He is the author of the award-winning Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails and co-author (with Robert Munsch) of A Promise is a Promise, Who Wants Rocks and The Curse of the Shaman. All ages welcome.

Inuit Throat Singers

Millennium Library (251 Donald St), Richardson Reading Terrace

Saturday, February 23, 2:30 p.m.


The Forks Market

Winter Adventure Programming: January 13 – March 2

12pm – 4pm - Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Hop on and enjoy a ride around the Forks site. Free of charge. Presented by Omni Facility Services.

1:30pm – 3:30pm - Great-West Life Snow Sculpting Workshops

Learn how to create your own snow sculpture using snow blocks and child-friendly carving tools on The Forks Market Plaza.

Investors Group Teepee Story Telling and Art Program - Join members of the aboriginal community inside two traditional teepees and learn the history of teepees while creating your own.

Snowboard Clinics - Visit the snowboard hill on Sunday afternoons for tips and instructions from a certified snowboard instructor.

Art, Museums and Galleries

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Inuit Games - Sculpture, prints, and drawings from the WAG’s collection illustrate the many games and contests that once played an important role in traditional Inuit life. Until March 9, 2008
Into the Collection: Highlights of Historical Painting - From 15th century panel paintings to Post-Impressionism, this exhibition is a study of historical works from the Gallery’s collection. Ongoing.

PostSecret - Until February 10, 2008 - In November 2004 Frank Warren began his community art project by handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places around the Washington, D.C. area.The PostSecret exhibition features more than 400 postcards that bring together the most powerful, poignant, and beautifully intimate secrets Warren has received.

18 Illuminations: Contemporary Art and Light  - Until March 2, 2008 - From neon tubes to burning staircases, 18 dazzling multi-faceted works interpret light and shadow.


Edward Burtynsky: In the Pursuit of Progress | January 26 to April 12 - Internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky documents the toll our “want it all” society is taking on the environment.

January Programs

Pictures of Self-Harm | Thursday, January 24 | 7pm | Free Admission - This film is an intense and frank look at the disturbing action of self-damage and the social response to it. A discussion will follow the screening.

FAMILY SUNDAY | Sunday, January 27 | 1:30 to 4pm | Free Admission - A fun, creative afternoon celebrating the theme of light as explored in the exhibition 18 Illuminations: Contemporary Art and Light. Music, art-making, and fun for the whole family.


The Manitoba Museum

The Numbers Game will join the CSI: Manitoba Museum crime lab and the Meteorites of Manitoba exhibit as some of the exciting new additions to the Science Gallery.

The ten interactive modules in The Numbers Game are geared towards school-age children. Each will include a hands-on activity or challenge on a particular topic of mathematics. Visitors will learn how numbers were first discovered, and about all the ways we use numbers and math in our daily lives. Young hopes people will gain an appreciation for the scale of numbers and how they can be used to make predictions. The ultimate goal of the exhibit is to allow everyone’s creative side to shine through.

Lunch at the Planetarium - Need to escape the rat race for a little while? Or take a break from the corporate grind? Turn your noon hour into an uplifting retreat with Planetarium @ Lunch.  Each Thursday and Friday afternoon at 12:15, you can bask in the tranquility of the current night sky under the Star Theatre’s special 360-degree dome. It’s a great way to learn something new while being highly entertained.


Wah-sa Gallery

The Wah-sa Gallery, specializing primarily in Canadian Woodland Aboriginal art, features originals, limited edition prints (mainly co-produced by the artists and The Wah-sa Gallery Publishing) art cards, carvings, handicraft and giftware. The gallery offers appraisals locally and through the Internet. wahsa@escape.ca

Now Located at the Johnston Terminal at The Forks


Manitoba Crafts Museum

Exhibit continues:

“Treasures from Handspun” continues until January 26, 2008 at the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, 1B-183 Kennedy St. Featuring creations by Manitoba spinners with a hands-on area filled with samples of various handspun fibres, including musk-ox, Golden Retriever, bamboo, hemp and more! Hours of operation: Tues/Wed 10-4 and Sat 12-4. Contact: 487-6117.

Craft Class:

Newborn Moccasin Making Class. Sat. Feb. 2, 2008 1pm-6pm. Instructor: Carole Fréchette. Participants will create a finished pair of 0-3 month size baby moccasins made from deer hide, rabbit fur and beads. Call to register: 487-6117.

Theatre, Music and Dance

In for Lunch Concert Series

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 - NATHAN - Portage Place


It's that time of year again where downtown goers can check out some of Winnipeg's finest talent, every Friday noon-hour, from January 25 until March 28 in select Downtown locations. Artists included are: Twilight Hotel, Sons of York, Manitoba Hal, Tracy Bone, and so many more!

Stay tuned to next week's MINGLE to find out the final line-up, and keep an eye out for a special "In for Lunch Concert Series" email coming your way


Fiddler on the Roof
Jan 3-26. MTC Mainstage. As the world changes around him, Tevye struggles to maintain his family and religious traditions.

Call 942-6537 or visit www.mtc.mb.ca.


Glengarry Glen Ross
By David Mamet
January 24 to February 9
David Mamet’s gang of real estate salesmen are bringing their bag of tricks to the MTC Warehouse as part of the 8th annual Master Playwright Festival. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, Glengarry Glen Ross was produced as a film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.


Centennial Concert Hall

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Tickets available at www.wso.mb.ca or by calling (204) 949-3999
January 24 – Musically Speaking: Happy, Blissful Beethoven?
January 25-27 – WSO Pops: Stepping Out

February 2, 8pm – R. Murray Schafer’s 75th Birthday (Masterworks B)

February 2-8, 7:30pm –New Music Festival

February 9, 8pm – Elvis, The Way it Was

February 24, 8pm – Chris Botti

February 26 -28, 8pm – Riverdance


MTS Centre

Call Ticketmaster at 780-3333, www.ticketmaster.ca

Saturday January 26, 7:30pm - Blue Rodeo

Sunday January 27, 7:30pm - Three Days Grace w/ Seether and Econoline Crush


Burton Cummings Theatre

Saturday Jan 26 at 7:30 pm Hedley

Saturday Feb 9 at 7:30 pm Collective Soul

Tuesday Feb 12 Doors at 6 pm Thrice

Wednesday Feb 13 at 7:30 pm Xavier Rudd


Manitoba Moose

January 24 & 25 vs. Syracuse

wesmen University of Winnipeg Wesmen
Until Mar. Basketball and volleyball games. Duckworth Centre. 786-9349, www.uwinnipeg.ca/athletics
Family Activies


Manitoba Children's Museum

January Events at the Manitoba Children’s Museum

Mini Mondays
Mondays at the Manitoba Children’s Museum are tailored to our youngest visitors. Join us for storytime at 11:30 and 1:30 and for special guided crafts at the Creation Station. January themes: January 28: Winter Scenery / February 4: Much More Munsch! / February 11: Finding Neverland / February 18: No Mini Monday-Louis Riel Day / February 25: Fairy Tales Theatre

Rogers Movie Nights: Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. January 26: Lady and the Tramp /February 2: The Game Plan / February 9: Beauty and the Beast / February 16: The Little Mermaid / February 23: Cinderella

Movie titles are subject to availability. Free with museum admission. Call 924-4000 for more information.

MCM Launches I Love to Read Month with Ace Burpee and HOT 103 FM Sunday, February 3 at 1 p.m.
Join us every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. in February and celebrate our love of books! Special guests will be reading their favourite stories.
Crafts and other great activities are planned for you!
Guest authors include: Feb.9, 1 p.m. French author France Adams Feb.10, 1 p.m.Skystories by Skydome Feb.16, 1 p.m. Joe McLellan reading from new book Goose Girl Feb.23, 2 p.m. Cindy Robin-The Story Fairy I Love to Read Month is generously sponsored by TD

100th Day of School
Friday, February 8
Calling all kindergarten to grade 3 classrooms. Join us at the museum for all kinds of fun activities that support Language Arts, Math, Physical and Health education learning outcomes. Admission for the day is only $3.50 per student. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Spring Break Day Camp
Registration is open for Spring Break Day Camp. Join us for 5 great days of fun. Free early drop off and late pick up. $140 ($125 members) Call 924-4000 to register.

Live Music

Shannon's Irish Pub

Jan 23 - Katie Murphy

Jan 24 - Ash
Jan 25 - B.U.M.P.
Jan 26 - Lloyd Peterson Band
Jan 27 - Neal Pinto
Jan 28 - J. Williamez
Jan 29 - Filbatross
Jan 30 - Vanessa Kuzino
Jan 30 - Jodie Borle
For more information go to www.myspace.com/pittmanmusic


Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club

234 Main St. 957-0982


The Pyramid Cabaret

Live music. 176 Fort Street. 957-7777


Regal Beagle


Every Wednesday The Marlborough Men

Every Thursday Jason and Shandra

All shows starts @ 10pm, Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith Street.


Jazz at The Forks - Inn at the Forks
Thurs-Sat, 9 PM- Midnight.

Richard Gillis. Inn at The Forks introduces September Entertainment at The Forks at The Current Restaurant and Lounge. Call 942-6555 for more information.

  Jazz @ 5 at The Paragon
Fridays at 5 PM. 220 Carlton Street (Carlton Inn).

Live Music and Readings at McNally (free!)
Fridays, 6:30 PM: Live performances at Prairie Ink Café in Portage Place. 925.INFO (4636), www.portageplace.mb.ca.

Free Event Parking! McNally Robinson is pleased to offer one hour underground Portage Place parking validation with the purchase of an event-sponsored book on the day of the event.


Pony Corral Downtown

Free Customer parking: Monday - Friday 5:00 p. m. – close
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a. m. – close
Dine at the Pony Corral Downtown and catch our Pony Express Shuttle
to and from the MTS CENTRE. Available for all events at the MTS Centre


Globe Cinema

Free validated underground parking!

First-run art films, indies and top foreign titles.

Call 69-Globe for complete listings or go to www.winnipegmovies.com

Feature movies: Juno, The Bucket List (ending on th 24), The Kite Runner. Starting on the 25: There Will be Blood.

Dinner & A Movie

If you’re looking for a full evening of fine dining & great entertainment, Partner’s Delicatessen & the Globe Cinema are proud to offer our Reel Meal Deals! Choose from a delicious serving of Lasagna, Salisbury steak or Mushroom & Onion quiche and receive a movie ticket with the meal. Partner’s Delicatessen is located on the 2nd floor of the Portage Place Shopping Center. Parking validated at the theatre.


IMAX Theatre

Now Open!! With new renovations!

Now showing: Dinosaurs 3D, Sharks 3D, Sea Monsters 3D,
Call 956-IMAX or visit www.imaxwinnipeg.com for tickets.

U2 in 3D - Opening this week!!

Promos Seminars and Notices
human resources

Human Resource Management Overview Course
January to March, 2008
University of Winnipeg
Do you want to know more about HR in your business? Is one of your employees interested in HR? The Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM ) is offering our HR Management Overview Course through the University of Winnipeg. This popular and informative course is designed as an overview of the HR field and provides participants with basic introductory knowledge in most areas of HR . For more information, please contact the Human Resource Management Association at 943-2836

main pic 1 free class - BOOT CAMP - The indoor Fitness Camp
Wednesday, January 23. Come out and see how great our classes are. Times: 6:30 a.m. - 7:20 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

18th floor, 215 Garry St.

Contact Marty: 781-7711 OR e-mail your name & phone number

Register quickly. You don't miss out on this great class.

Boot camp starts January 24 - March 20.
50 minute classes. 5x/week 6:30a.m. , 7:30a.m. $299
3x/week 5:00p.m. $219


Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is poised to be Canada's first federal musum devoted to the topic of Human Rights.

For the past several years, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has led the charge to create this Museum as a partnership initiative with all levels of government. In April 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that this would become a federal museum.

Under the Museum's Act, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is currently working with the Government of Canada to transition the Museum to a federal entity. As such, it is important to note that this website largely reflects the vision of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
Workshops and Seminars

Positioning Your Business for Success

January 24 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm $20

One of the most important but misunderstood fundamentals of selling a product or service is the concept of “positioning”. Positioning is about clearly defining a meaningful point of differentiation for your product or service, and then narrowly focusing your messages on those target audiences most willing to pay for that point of differentiation.


Tax Tips for Business Owners

January 31 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm $20

Most business owners have lots of questions when it comes to filing their tax return. Join Certified General Accountant Mabel Wieler for a two hour session that will shed light on many of the commonly asked questions.


Introduction to Export

February 7 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm $20

This two-hour session will provide participants with the key principles of exporting and will give them a practical model to use when identifying and analyzing target markets and choosing appropriate market entry strategies.

Please register in advance by calling: 988-1860 or 1-800-203-2343
For more information about our services visit our web site at www.wecm.ca


Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre

Professionalizing the Family Business
January 23 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Aboriginal Awareness Training
January 25 | 8:00AM - 11:00AM
Seven Business Questions for Artists
January 25 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Understanding Financial Statements
January 29 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
The Basics of Exporting
January 30 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Networking OUT LOUD
January 31 | 3:00PM– 5:00PM
February 4 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Perceived Indifference Disease - Are You Suffering From It?
February 5 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Understanding Small Business Financing with Assiniboine Credit Union
February 5 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Lunch & Learn | Negotiating for Results
February 6 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM
27 Common Business Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
February 6 | 2:00PM– 4:00PM
How to Find a Business Idea
February 7 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Methods of Financing Your Business
February 7 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Managing Risk With an Internal Control System
February 8 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Protecting SMEs From Occupational Fraud
February 8 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Sponsor: Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre, 250-240 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg
To register call the C/MBSC at 984-2272 or toll free 1-800-665-2019 or E-mail manitoba@cbsc.ic.gc.ca
For more information: http://www.cbsc.org/manitoba

portage place

Portage Place Shopping Centre

Monday – Wednesday & Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday – Friday 10 AM to 9 PM Sunday 12 Noon to 5 PM Portage Place
Spend $20 at any mall merchant on Saturday or Sunday and bring your same-day receipts to the Customer Service Centre on Level Two to receive your validated parking coupon for FREE UNDERGROUND PARKING!
Enjoy live performances Fridays at 6:30PM at the Prairie Ink Café.

Coming Up

Winnipeg Baby & Kids Show

February 2 & 3

The Winnipeg Baby & Kids Show is a consumer event for expectant parents and young families. Families can explore the show for the latest in baby and toddler products and fashions, collect information, and attend informative seminars all under one roof! Even children will love the show as they're treated to fun and activities throughout the day, including live children's entertainment on the main stage, as well as activity and play areas!  Appearances by the Care Bears and Diego from Go Diego Go.   Tickets available at Ticketmaster

Adults JUST $10.00

Children age 3-12 ONLY $5.00

Children 2 & under are FREE!!


The Distance From Here

The University of Winnipeg's Department of Theatre and Film continues its season of live theatre Feb. 5-10, 2008 with Neil La Bute’s gritty, unrelenting drama The Distance From Here. The third-year Honours Acting Class will perform the play with technical support from production students and professional designers.

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