May 26 - June 1
Your E-Guide to All Things Downtown

The 2009 Out to Lunch Concert series begins next week and the line up is bigger and better than ever!

The first show in the summer-long series is on Wednesday, June 4.

We're mixing it up a little this year with musical, dance and, of course, a fab line up of local musicians. Just bring your lunch, grab a friend and come enjoy a downtown summer afternoon.

The Out to Lunch concert series is presented by Investors Group, the BIZ and North Portage Development Corporation. For more information about the performers, schedules and rain sites, click here.

By Stefano Grande, BIZ Executive Director

Downtown graffiti exists, and it is getting more plentiful. The only reason you don’t see it is because our Downtown Graffiti crew is working hard five days of the week to eradicate it. And we are winning! During the month of August, I will give one blue loonie to any BIZ member who reports downtown graffiti. Read on...


A Change for the Better

Last week marked the relaunch of Change for the Better, with an increased focus on homeless work programs. Volunteers will be at kiosks around downtown all week collecting donations for the program.


Terry Sheyka, you've won 2 tickets to the Globe Cinema for answering last week's trivia correctly.

The answer: The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.


Festivals & Events

The Heart & Stroke Big Bike

An exciting annual fundraising event held across Canada in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Held in Winnipeg on June 16, 17 & 18, 2009.

The Forks

May 28 - Forks Foundation Dine About, Tickets: $100 each. Call 987.4359

May 30 & 31 - Festival of Community Bands

Art, Museums and Galleries

Jazz on the Rooftop
Now celebrating its 31st year, this popular summer jazz series is held in the Winnipeg Art Gallery's rooftop sculpture garden. Concerts are at 7:30pm. Tickets: WAG members $17 | Adult $19 | Student and Senior $18 | Your ticket includes admission to the Gallery the day of the concert. 300 Memorial Boulevard, phone 786-6641.

June 4 - The Kevin Curtis Sextet

Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend

An exhibition of over 175 works of art, documenting her life and image. At the Winnipeg Art Gallery until June 7. 300 Memorial Boulevard, phone 786-6641.

Aqua Books / Eat Bistro

274 Garry Street, phone 943-7555

Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm - Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture presents poet Jeanette Lynes
Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm - The Manitoba Crafts Council Salon Series: I Heart Craft with Delacretaz, Roy Liang and Kerri-Lynn Reeves

The Wah-sa Gallery
May 9-31, The "K" Factor exhibit featuring Robert Kakaygeesick, Robert Kakegamic, Goyce Kakegamic and Lloyd Kakepetum.

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ca or (204) 780-3333
May 26-27 – Marquis Dance Annual Recital
May 28 – River East Collegiate Spring Concert
May 30 – L.A. Dance Academy Annual Recital
May 31 – RWB School of Dance, Dance Spectrum

Millennium Library

This Water Goes North, photo journey
Carol Shields Auditorium, Thursday, May 28, 12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
In 1979, four American farm boys with beat-up canoes and no experience hatched a plan to paddle 1,400 miles from the headwaters of the Red River to Hudson Bay. Hear one of those boys, Dennis Weidemann, tell stories of the journey and see his photographs.

Theatre, Music and Dance

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

RWB School Professional Division presents On the Edge, an Aspirant Showcase May 28 and 29. The RWB School Aspirants are post-graduate, advanced ballet students making the transition to careers as professional artists.

MTS Centre

The following events are coming up:

May 30 - Jeff Foxworthy

June 1 - John Fogerty

June 6 - Fleetwood Mac

June 15 - Coldplay

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Tickets available at www.wso.mb.ca or by calling (204) 949-3999)

The Garrick Centre

May 28 - Misery Signals


Manitoba Moose

Game 6 May 25, 2009 at 7:30pm

Game 7 (if necessary) May 27 at 7:30pm

Winnipeg Goldeyes

Monday, May 25, Tuesday May 26, and Wednesday May 27 - 7:00pm Winnipeg Goldeyes vs Gary Southshore Railcats

Family Activies

Summer in the City Street Festival & Basketball Tournament

The University of Winnipeg will be the best place to get your basketball game on this summer, as the University plays host to the Summer in the City Street Festival & Basketball Tournament, June 5-7.

June 4-7 at The Forks, phone 958-4730
The 27th annual celebration of childhood!
Manitoba Children's Museum
From February 21 to September 7, come and discover the fascinating cultures of China and India for kids as the temporary traveling exhibit Tigers and Dragons roars into the Manitoba Children's Museum!
Live Music

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:

Angels & Demons

The Pool

Crossing Over

La Fille du Régiment (Opera) – Donizetti - Saturday, May 30

IMAX Theatre

393 Portage Ave, in Portage Place, 987-4399

GREECE: Secrets of the Past (G) Fri 12:10, 7:00; Sat - Mon 1:15, 3:30, 7:00; Tues 10am, 7:00; Wed 12:00, 7:00

Under the Sea 3D (G) Fri 11:10am, 1:10, 8:00; Sat – Sun 12:00, 8:15; Mon 10am, 12:00, 8:15; Tues 8:15; Wed 10am, 8:15; Thurs 9:00

African Adventure 3D (G) Fri 10am, 9:00; Sat – Mon 2:15, 9:15; Tues 9:15; Wed 11am, 9:15

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D (G) Tues 11:10am

Promos Seminars and Notices
Participate in the most comprehensive and collaborative city planning exercise in Winnipeg's history. SpeakUpWinnipeg is an interactive website being used to create the city’s new 25-year plan called OurWinnipeg. Have a say in the city's future!

High Risk Sex Offenders: Who’s Managing the Risk?

Workshop by the Manitoba Criminal Justice Association at the Marlborough Hotel on Friday, June 12 at 11:30. $35/$40 for members/non-members.

2nd annual Drive FORE the Stars Events

Early bird registry until July 15. Events are in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Junior Achievement.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
May 28 - Presentation & Discussion: Are Communicators Imperative or Disposable?

Coming Up

Chess in the Park

Every Friday from 12pm-2pm this summer from June 19-August 28, chess players will make their best moves against opponents in Air Canada Park at Portage and Carlton.

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