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Ready, Set, Celebrate! Doors Open Winnipeg 2019

Doors Open Winnipeg 2019 is almost here! Are you ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike? This year we are excited to have over 100 buildings, events and tours opening their doors to welcome you on May 25th and 26th. No matter what your interest, Doors Open Winnipeg has something for you! This year we are featuring 18 new buildings and tours - so there is something fresh and exciting to see for even the most seasoned Doors Open Winnipeg visitor. It is time to start making plans for your Doors Open Winnipeg weekend and get ready to submerse yourself in Winnipeg's rich architectural and cultural history!

What is Doors Open Winnipeg?
Doors Open Winnipeg is a FREE annual event, held on the last weekend of May, when buildings, events and tours with historical, architectural and cultural significance open their doors to the public throughout Winnipeg. Presented by Heritage Winnipeg, this year's event will the the 16th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, and is by far our biggest ever. The Doors Open Winnipeg website has all the most up to date information, listing all the buildings, events and tours taking part, how to vote for the Peoples' Choice Awards, enter the social media contest, a map and more! You can also follow Doors Open Winnipeg on Facebook, or check out Heritage Winnipeg's Twitter and Instagram where we post Doors Open Winnipeg content to keep you up to date!

The Peoples' Choice Awards
Vote for the best! The People's Choice Awards are now in their 9th year! Have your say in voting for the best architecture, new participant and overall experience. All voting is online and opens Saturday, May 25th at 9:00am. Be sure to cast your vote and show all the wonderful Doors Open Winnipeg volunteers how much you appreciate their hard work!

Social Media Contest
Tell us why you love Doors Open Winnipeg for a chance to win a Downtown Winnipeg Prize Pack! Take a selfie while having a blast at any of this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg buildings, tours or events. Then post the selfie with the finished caption “I love #DoorsOpenWinnipeg because…” to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and don’t forget to tag Heritage Winnipeg! Contest opens Saturday, May 25th, 2019, at 9:00am and closed Friday, May 31st, at 11:59pm. GOOD LUCK! 
By entering this contest you are giving Heritage Winnipeg permission to use your photo and caption in Doors Open Winnipeg promotional material.

New for Doors Open Winnipeg 2019
Fourteen new buildings and and five new tours will be featured in Doors Open Winnipeg this year and we could not be more excited! Heritage buildings, cultural societies, churches and more - everyone wants to be a part of Doors Open Winnipeg! Check them all out:

329 Cumberland Avenue

Centre du patrimoine

Dawson Building

Deutsche Vereinigung Winnipeg / German Society of Winnipeg

First Lutheran Church

Fortune Block

Hermetic Code Tour

Hungarian Canadian Cultural Society of Manitoba

Main Street Project – Mitchell Fabrics/Bonn Accord

Manitoba Genealogical Society

Manitoba Legislative Library at the Manitoba Archives Building

Merchants Corner

Patent 5 Distillery at the Dominion Express Building

Redeemed Christian Church of God, More Than Conqueror Parish

Station 8 Firehall

1919 Winnipeg General Strike Bus Tour 

Ghosts of Seven Oaks: BBQ & Walking Tour

Nairn Avenue Walking Tour

Strike! The Walking Tour

The 100th Anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike
As 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, Doors Open Winnipeg is celebrating the occasion with Strike themed events! The Archives of Manitoba will be featuring records related the Strike, while Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre is showcasing a brand new exhibit: STRIKE 1919: OUR CAUSE IS JUST. Put on your walking shoes and head to the Exchange District for Strike! The Walking Tour to follow in the foot steps of the strikers. Or register for the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Bus Tour, which will take you throughout the city visiting locations significant to the Strike.

And don't forget to pick a souvenir of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike! We are excited to bring you a children's book, Tommy and the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, which follows the events of the Strike as seen through the eyes of 14 year old Tommy Douglas. Written and illustrated by Seven Oaks Met School student Grace, it will be available at the  Vaughan Street Jail on May 25th and the Millennium Centre on May 26th for a donation of $5. 

If the image of the streetcar being tipped in front of City Hall during the strike caught your interest, be sure to pick up our colouring book on the history of Winnipeg's public transit. Illustrated by local artist Robert Sweeney, the book starts with horse drawn streetcars, commemorates the Strike and finishes with electric buses. Stop the Winnipeg Railway Museum on May 25th or 25th to get your copy for a donation of just $5! After Doors Open Winnipeg, both books will be available at the Heritage Winnipeg office at 509-63 Albert Street.

Heritage Winnipeg's Picks
Too many choices? Don't know where you want to go this year? Here are some of Heritage Winnipeg's suggestions:
  • Artspace - The roof is open again this year! Get ready to climb some stairs to get a bird's eye view of the Exchange District!
  • Bank of Montreal - A beautiful historic bank, stop by to hear the ever knowledgeable and engaging Heritage Winnipeg Board Member Greg Agnew give a talk on Winnipeg's history!
  • Burton Cummings Theatre - A haunted theatre from the turn of the century, this year featuring a Vaudeville show!
  • Manitoba Underground Opera - This is your chance to be introduced to the magic of opera! Be blow away by their beautiful voices as they perform in the Théâtre Cercle Molière!
  • Ukrainian Labour Temple - One a the few buildings involved in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike that is still standing, the Temple is also celebrating it's own 100th anniversary!
  • Winnipeg Railway Museum - Railway enthusiasts all aboard! Check out Heritage Winnipeg's Streetcar 356, Winnipeg's last remaining wooden streetcar, being restored to its former glory!
  • Armstrong's Point - The home of Winnipeg first Heritage Conservation District, walk through this historic neighbourhood with the residents that are passionate about where they live!
  • Bike Winnipeg Doors Open 2019 Tour - Hop on your bike and explore the city with a group of fellow heritage enthusiast!
Doors Open Winnipeg will be here before you know it! Visit the website to start making plans and be sure you do not miss out on preregistering for some of the most popular events. The Doors Open Winnipeg program will be available at the Heritage Winnipeg Office (509-63 Albert Street), the Millennium Library (251 Donald Street) and Travel Manitoba (21 Forks Market Road) in the week leading up to the event, and sent out to home subscribers of the Winnipeg Free Press on May 23rd. If you love Doors Open and want to be involved, we are still looking for volunteers for afternoon shifts - share your passion for the past and help make Door Open Winnipeg possible! And remember, it does not matter where you visit, Doors Open Winnipeg is always fantastic! We look forward to seeing you May 25th and 26th!