Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Thanks for supporting our Spring Luncheon

Article by Megan Redmond, Red River College Creative Communications student, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

What you missed - Spring Luncheon Recap

Last week Heritage Winnipeg supporters gathered in the elegant Provencher Room of the historic Fort Garry Hotel for our annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon. As always, the Fort Garry Hotel staff were gracious hosts and provided a delicious dining experience for everyone in attendance.

After lunch, urbanist Richard Walls gave a thought-provoking presentation called Renovation vs. Preservation: A Catalyst for Change and Causes for Concern. 

The presentation highlighted the positive impact that the creative rehabilitation of Winnipeg’s heritage buildings can have on our community. Richard has been involved in many renovation projects throughout downtown and the Exchange including, the Kay Building, Pan Am Boxing, The Edge Artist’s Village, Red Road Lodge and many more.

His commitment to rejuvenating our communities through arts and culture programs and providing access to people with limited means was evident throughout the presentation.

At the centre was the idea of placemaking – the concept of reimagining public spaces as the heart of every community and inspiring people to create and improve their public spaces in order to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share.

Richard’s passion for social issues was also clear in the very heart-felt delivery of his presentation, and though he touched on some controversial issues, everyone left the luncheon with something to think about.

On behalf of Heritage Winnipeg, we’d like to thank Richard for attending our luncheon and standing at the podium to discuss his heritage development work and contributions to the community.

Cindy Tugwell (HW Executive Director), Richard Walls, Jordan van Sewell (HW President)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Twilight in the Exchange

Article by Megan Redmond, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director. 

Heritage Winnipeg’s Spring Luncheon is tomorrow! 

Tickets are still available if you wish to join us for an afternoon dedicated to the appreciation of Winnipeg’s diverse heritage structures. 

While we enjoy a seasonal lunch in the distinctive Provencher Room at the Fort Garry Hotel, local developer Richard Walls will present on the topic of Renovation vs. Preservation: A Catalyst for Change and Causes for Concern.

Experience Twilight in the Exchange 
After the event, we encourage you to continue enjoying Winnipeg’s heritage buildings by entering to win our Twilight in the Exchange raffle prize.

The gift basket includes everything you need for an unforgettable local experience in one of our city’s most vibrant quarters, the Exchange District.

Start off in Old Market Square with a walking tour for four hosted by the Exchange BIZ. When you’re finished, catch a flick courtesy of Winnipeg Film Group at Cinematheque, and head over to King’s Head Pub for some drinks and a late dinner. You wouldn’t guess, but they make some of the best butter chicken in the city! The signature English pub also hosts a variety of local musicians on their second floor, so you can end the night dancing to some local jams.

Or, you can enjoy a delicious dinner for two cooked from scratch by chef Tristan Foucault at the French-inspired Peasant Cookery. After you’ve had your fill of mussels and fine wine, take a walk over to the Centennial Concert Hall and enjoy two complimentary tickets to The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Faerie Queen. Finish the evening with a one-night stay at Mere, Winnipeg’s newest boutique hotel, located right on Waterfront Drive.

If you feel like shopping, be sure to stop by Tara Davis Studio Boutique and browse the selection of handmade, local and Canadian products. Our gift basket includes some samples you can find in-store – natural bath products from Dirty Sisters Soap Company and Barefoot Venus. Keep shopping for Manitoban products at the Museum Shop after you use four free passes to either The Manitoba Museum Gallery, the Science Gallery, or the Planetarium.

After all that walking you’ll be ready to relax with some pub food and drinks courtesy of Fox and Fiddle at the old Bank of Toronto building. Or maybe you'd prefer a soothing 45-minute massage from Waterfront Massage Therapy. Top off the night by taking in The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, opening this October.

The options for entertainment with our Twilight in the Exchange gift basket are as diverse as the buildings that make up this historic district. We can’t wait to help you explore the heart of our city in style with these remarkable local businesses!

Supporting arts, culture, and heritage in the Province of Manitoba.

2 tickets to The Faerie Queen

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

1 night’s accommodation in a king river room

Better living through flexibility

Waterfront Massage Therapy
3 45-minute massages

Fox and Fiddle
4 $25 gift cards

The Manitoba Museum
4 passes to either the Museum Gallery, the Science Gallery, or the Planetarium

Peasant Cookery
Dinner for two ($85 value)

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
2 tickets to “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

Tara Davis Studio Boutique
Bath and body products from Dirty Sisters Soap Company and Barefoot Venus

Winnipeg Film Group
2 complimentary passes to Cinematheque

Exchange District BIZ
4 walking tour passes, 2 Exchange District information booklets, 4 Exchange District posters

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Volunteers Needed! Doors Open 2015

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director. 

Doors Open provides a unique cultural and educational experience.

For one weekend each year, the doors of Winnipeg’s built treasures and cultural institutions are open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to see what’s inside buildings and spaces they may not normally have access to, and explore their rich history completely free of charge.

Every year, over 400 engaged and passionate individuals volunteer to ensure that Winnipeggers have an opportunity to act as tourists in their own city. This year, we need you to be part of that team!

For anyone who enjoys dealing with the public, likes being active in the community, or has an interest in architecture or history, Doors Open Winnipeg has numerous opportunities for volunteers. We need ambassadors to represent buildings in this year’s event, in roles ranging from welcoming visitors to providing building tours and site interpretation.

Heritage Winnipeg is currently seeking qualified and interested individuals to volunteer during Doors Open Winnipeg's 12th annual event taking place on May 30 & 31, 2015.

Your support will help us:

  • Foster public awareness and understanding of our community's history and local architecture;
  • Encourage civic pride and active involvement in heritage conservative and development projects;
  • Showcase buildings and properties to potential developers, tenants and conservationists;
  • Recognize and celebrate those Winnipeg buildings which best exemplify the qualities and value of heritage
Opportunities are available in a wide-range of historical buildings and at a number of historical sites. If you love being active in your city and community, have an interest in architecture, history, heritage or city planning, enjoy dealing with the public, and care about Winnipeg, then we need you!


  • Must be able to volunteer either May 30 & 31, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Act as an ambassador for Heritage Winnipeg, sharing the work we do and why we do it;
  • Encourage visitors to think more deeply about the role of the downtown, and city planning more generally, in the city of Winnipeg;
  • Greet visitors at assigned Doors Open site;
  • Ensure visitors do not enter secured areas of the building; 
  • Assist in Tours of assigned building when applicable;
  • Distribute building information and Doors Open pamphlets;
  • Maintain a count of visitors to the building;
  • Distribute and collect Doors Open People's Choice Award ballots, as well as encouraging visitors to vote;

Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Independent and able to work with limited supervision
  • Able to closely follow directions
  • Enthusiastic about Winnipeg’s built heritage, history, and architecture
  • Previous volunteer experience an asset

If you are interested in volunteering at Doors Open Winnipeg 2015, please fill out this volunteer form. Thanks to all of our volunteers who help make our event an overwhelming success each year!

Not available that weekend but would still like to help out? 
Consider contacting one of the organizations in this article or this article
or any others on the blog - many of these organizations could use your help

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Happy Easter!

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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enjoy your long weekend!

Here are some upcoming events to watch out for:
Thursday, April 2
Manitoba History #77: Meet the Authors
7-9pm Multipurpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus @123 Doncastor Street 
 Hear some of the authors featured in Manitoba History #77 (Winter 2015) 
discuss their articles and ask them questions!

Thursday, April 16
Wonder Who Lived There? The History of North End Buildings
6:30-8:30pm St. John's Library @ 500 Salter Street
 Presentation by historian and blogger Christian Cassidy.
For more information, take a look at the article in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

Friday, April 17
Heritage Winnipeg's Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
 Noon-1:30pm Provencher Room, Fort Garry Hotel @ 222 Broadway

 You can find details about these events and more by selecting the 
Heritage Calendar in the menu at the top of the page! 

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