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January 5 - 11
Your E-Guide to All Things Downtown

The Olympic torch will be rolling through town Tuesday, January 5. Don't miss the huge Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration at The Forks Market from 5 – 8pm.

Winnipeg is proud to host the Olympic flame as it travels across the country. The Celebration will include performances by Tracy Bone, Chic Gamine, Norman Chief Memorial Dancers, Brakada and Doc Walker. Lots of great things to see and do – all concluded by fireworks.

The torchbearer arrives at The Forks at approximately 7:00 p.m. – come down and cheer on one of our local heroes. Click here for details.

It's been a year of continued positive change for downtown Winnipeg. New developments broke ground, new projects were announced, and millions in private and public funding were directed to downtown projects and programs. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, along with our partners, has compiled a list of downtown's top events, projects and initiatives of 2009. Read on...



strategy sessions are being held next week as a part of a long term city planning effort.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the public sessions from January 11-13.

Click here for more information on the sessions.


Name an activity happening at Winter in Motion at The Forks on the 17th.

Send your answer here for a chance to win two passes to the Globe cinema.

Festivals & Events

Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration

January 5 at The Forks Market from 5 – 8 pm.

The Celebration includes performances by Tracy Bone, Chic Gamine, Norman Chief Memorial Dancers, Brakada and Doc Walker. Lots of great things to see and do – all concluded by fireworks.

The torchbearer arrives at approximately 7:00 p.m. – come down and cheer on one of our local heroes.

Wonderful Wedding Show

January 16-17. The show features over 400 displays and over 90,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions and trends, wedding products and services, and much more!

One lucky couple will even win a dream wedding at the Fairmont, including a Honeymoon Vacation!

1st Annual Winter in Motion
January 17 at The Forks.

Free learn to ski workshops at 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00pm
Free snowshoe guided walks at 1:00, 1:30 &2:30pm
Free use of ski and snowshoe equipment )Limited supplies, ID required)

Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail is Open!

Free programming and fun activities on the weekends for the whole family. Skate, walk, run or sled along the Guiness World Record-holding longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world and enjoy the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen before, from the frozen Assiniboine River.

Art, Museums and Galleries

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Until January 10 - Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection continues.

- 15 Minutes
Artist Andy Warhol once said that everyone would, sooner or later, have their own 15 minutes of fame and that’s what the Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering to city artists through their new program 15 Minutes. This free, ongoing series of artist salon evenings takes place the first Thursday of every month. Admission to 15 Minutes is free.

The Manitoba Museum

Visit our new Robots + Us exhibit and see To The Moon, our new Planetarium show

WINTER HOURS (until May 21, 2010)
OPEN Tuesday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
OPEN Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

The Winnipeg General Strike 90th Anniversary Exhibition - In the Discovery Room at the Manitoba Museum, open daily from 10am – 5pm throughout the summer, and included with Museum admission

Costume Museum of Canada
Collection Highlights: 50 years of collecting and preserving. Until January 17. Many gems are hiding in our collection of over 35,000 artifacts. This show invites visitors to share in an eclectic mix of staff and volunteers' favorites that have amassed over the last 50 years.

Foundations. Until January 17.
Every good outfit starts with a good foundation. This exhibit will look at the history of the bra and foundation wear.

Make it Your Own T-shirt Reconstruction competition

Starting January 2. T-Shirt can be picked up at the museum until February 1 and deadline for all entries is February 12.

The Forks

Eaton’s Santa’s Village at the Manitoba Children’s Museum
Open Now until January 10

Seniors’ Day at The Forks Market - Tuesdays

S.M.A.R.T. Exercise Class (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) - Tuesdays | 10am | The Forks Market, Tower Atrium

Theatre, Music and Dance

Winnipeg Folk Festival at the Library: Folk For Families

Children love folk music too! There’s no time like the present to get our wee folk in the festival spirit! Local family performers will have little ones singing, dancing, and learning, all while having fun.

Saturday afternoons at 1:30–2:30 p.m., at the Millennium Library Children’s Services. Admission is free.

January 16: Alphabet Soup
February 20: "In Someone Else's Shoes" performers will be Romi Mayes, Ridley Bent and J.P. Hoe

Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets available at or (204) 780-3333
January 9 King of Pop: Michael Jackson Experience – 8pm
January 31 – Manitoba Film & Music Showcase – 2pm – OPEN TO PUBLIC

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Tickets available at or (204) 780-3333

January 15 & 16 – The Nylons – 8pm
January 17– The Nylons – 2pm
January 22 – Fiesta – 8pm
January 23 – Rhythm & Heat – 8pm
January 24 – The Magic Orchestra – 2pm

Sarasvati presents Fen

January 23, 27-30 and February 3-6 at 7pm
January 24, 31 and February 7 at 2pm

Rachel Browne Studio (at Contemporary Dancers, 211 Bannatyne)

Written in 1983, Fen, which focused on female tenant farmers, won Caryl Churchill the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In response to the New York Public Theatre run of the play Frank Rich asserted that although the play is "at times the most off-putting" of Churchill's works, it is nevertheless "another confirmation that its author possesses one of the boldest theatrical imaginations to emerge in this decade."


Manitoba Moose

Hard-hitting hockey action from September until April.

January 8 & 9 vs. Hershey Bears

January 15 & 16 vs. Milwaukee Admirals

Family Activies

Manitoba Children's Museum
Rogers Movie Nights
Free with museum admission, grab a snack and settle in for the show on Saturdays starting at 4:00PM. 

Project du Jours
Come create with us!

Join us in the foyer on Saturdays and Sundays for our Project du Jour craft!
Mini Mondays

Mondays at the Manitoba Children’s Museum are very special days!

Every Monday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, we tailor crafts and activities to suit the needs of our youngest visitors.

We will be offering special guided crafts at the Project du Jour table and storytimes at 11:30AM and 1:30PM in the TV Studio.

Live Music

The Fairmont
Live Jazz on Thursdays 5pm - 8pm

Lobby on York

295 York Ave, 896-7275 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Shannon's Irish Pub
175 Carlton Street, 943-2302 - Live Music Every Night!

LO Pub
330 Kennedy Street, 943-5581

Earls on Main
191 Main Street, 989-0103

Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club
234 Main Street, 957-0982

Paragon Restaurant & Bar
220 Carlton Street - Live Jazz on Fridays, 480-3212

The Pyramid Cabaret
176 Fort Street, 957-7777

The Regal Beagle
Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith Street, 942-6411

Inn at the Forks
Jazz at The Forks - every Thursday thru Saturday 9 pm to midnight., 944-2445

Pony Corral Downtown
Catch the Pony Express Shuttle to and from the MTS Centre,


Finn McCue's
Johnston Terminal at the Forks, 944-8118


Globe Cinema

393 Portage Ave, in Portage Place, 694-5623

Now Playing:

Dinner and Movie promo with the Line Up and The Matador restaurants. See online for details.

IMAX Theatre

393 Portage Ave, in Portage Place, 987-4399

Annual Pass only $42! Find out more ...
Wild Ocean 3D (STARTS FRIDAY January 8!) (G) Fri 7:00, 9:30; Sat 12:00, 3:00, 7:00, 9:30; Sun 12:00, 7:00, 9:30; Mon –Wed 7:00, 9:00; Thurs 10:00am, 7:00, 9:00;
EGYPT 3D: Secrets of the Mummies (G) Fri 8:15; Sat – Sun 1:00, 8:15; Mon - Thurs 8:00;
Greece: Secrets of the Past (G) Sat 2:00;
The Human Body (G) Mon 10:10am; Wed 12:10;
Grand Canyon Adventure 3D (G) Mon 11:15am; Wed 1:15;

Promos Seminars and Notices

WIN a 42" Sharp LCD TV!

All you have to do is take the Downtown Residents Survey, enter your contact info at the end and you are instantly eligible to win a 42" Sharp LCD TV. Click here to take the survey.

Downtown Parking Strategy

January 11-13, Advisory Panel / Community Input Sessions

A unique advisory panel made of experts representing the International Parking Institute and the International Downtown Association will propose and recommend – with concrete ideas and examples – a strategic direction for Winnipeg that will address capacity, customer service and principles to align parking development with our larger community strategic and economic development goals. With your input we will take the Winnipeg parking program to The Next Level!

The Upside of the Downturn (FREE)

January 14 at 7:30am at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Leaving the economic gloom of 2009 behind us, we invite you to join us for a complimentary breakfast symposium focused on managing in an ecomonic upswing. The event will feature special guest panelists representing three of the industries hardest hit by the economic downturn. Each will provide you with an insider's view of the lessons they learned managing their people through these challenging business conditions. Now with the prospect of better times ahead, they will also share with you some of their plans for managing their people as economic conditions improve. This will be followed by a question and answer period.

Facebook Us!

Facebook has been a great way for us to hear ideas and get feedback from Winnipegers who want to help improve downtown.

We want to hear from you too! Click here to become a fan of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ on Facebook and have your say!

Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

The goal of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is to provide support from business start-up to sustainability by offering services in three key areas: training, advice and loans for business start-up and growth. This way the Centre can fill the experience and financing gap that faces many women entrepreneurs. Click here link to view all the seminars and courses they have to offer this season.

Follow Downtown Peggy!

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Coming Up

A lot!

Keep your eyes peeled for TONS of stuff happening downtown in 2010! This is going to be a huge year downtown and we are proud to host!

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