As the rain fell Monday evening, the gates to the Red River Floodway south of Winnipeg were raised.
Sitting at about nine feet below the water, it was the latest the gates have ever been raised in a season since the Floodway’s construction in 1968.
“We’ve had a very rapid melt in the last two days, and as a result, Manitoba’s tributaries of the Red River have risen very quickly. We’ve seen very significant rises within the city of Winnipeg,” said Steve Topping of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.
Topping said the Red River at James Avenue is expected to rise to 16.5 to 17.5 feet by today.
By David Klassen
In 1969, The Beatles’ John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in Montreal during a bed-in for peace.
Now more than 40 years later, a group of history buffs in Winnipeg have recorded their own rendition with the “lost recording” from Canadian history.
The uniquely Canadian version of the song, “Give History a Chance,” was released this week and will be shared in more detail in the latest issue of this month’s Canada History magazine.
Hundreds laced up their skates Sunday at The Forks for a skating dance party under the canopy rink.
Soul on Ice is a weekly event running through January that promotes staying active and having fun during the colder winter months. Local DJs Hunnicut and Co-op spun tunes at centre ice as skaters danced and grooved their way around for two hours in the afternoon.
If you missed it, Soul on Ice will be held again January 13, 20 and 25. Visit TheForks.com for specific times. Skate rentals are available for a nominal fee.
Winnipeg radio station QX104 is trying to make the best of the NHL lockout situation in a new YouTube video.
Uploaded on Sunday and dubbed the “Official Song of the NHL Lockout,” QX104 personality Vicki Shae takes a page from the Taylor Swift song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The roughly four-minute tune had just over 300 views by early Monday morning and a push to make the video go viral on Twitter was well underway.
Late Saturday, the NHL locked out its players after a deal with the team’s owners couldn’t be reached. It’s the first lockout since 2004-05, which ended up cancelling the entire hockey season.
Mall employees lip-synced “Call Me Maybe” in a video to make sure their customers know to dial 10 digits for local calls.
“I knew this was something people would be talking about, and thought that making a video to remind people of 10-digit dialing would be fun,” said Kildonan Place marketing director Corey Quintaine. “Call Me Maybe is a perfect fit. Not only has it been christened ‘song of the summer,’ it has a connection to phones and calling.”
The video, shot and edited by Red River College Creative Communications student Jenna Friesen, has been viewed nearly 3,000 times since Friday.
Members of the Winnipeg media competed alongside University of Manitoba Bison football athletes Wednesday in the 8th annual Media Wing Off contest.
The yearly tradition at Smitty’s is held to end the Bisons’ regular season and look ahead to the fall. Competitors had five minutes to eat as many chicken wings as they could to be declared victorious.
Over the years there have been a handful of techniques that participants have tried, including dipping the wings in water to cool them off. Others choose to take their time and leisurely eat the chicken off the bone.
This year’s top three spots were claimed by the Global Winnipeg team, with Morning News co-host Derek Taylor holding down 43 wings. Taylor’s win now makes him a three-time champion.
A south Winnipeg neighbourhood became a destination for some nighttime entertainment over the weekend, as two Lindenwoods streets began competing for the best Christmas light display.
The 20th annual Linden Lights competition began Friday, where Candy Cane Lane and Polar Bear Lane compete in the seasonal tradition to see which street can outdo the other in colourful decorations. The streets, officially named Foxmeadow Drive and Hennessey Drive, respectively, attract several dozen vehicles each night.
Over the years there’s been some changes to the contest, specifically the move from traditional incandescent C9 light bulbs to LEDs. The displays have also become more extravagant, particularly with the addition of homes on Shorecrest Drive — the cul-de-sac just south of Hennessey.
The street with the most impressive display will be crowned later this week and will earn a plaque at the Lindenwoods Community Centre to claim neighbourhood bragging rights.
The contest ends December 17.
Most Winnipeg Jets fans are likely well seasoned at yelling out, “Go Jets Go!” at home games by now. In fact, many probably exercised their vocal chords quite well on May 31 in Winnipeg streets after the team’s return was announced.
For those that need a little practice, however, a vocal teacher at the University of Manitoba has some pointers.
Mel Braun says the key to projecting a loud chant is to open up your throat wide like you do when drinking a beverage. Another tip he has is to perform Kegel exercises — contracting and relaxing your pelvic muscles.