WINNIPEG — Finding it all downtown is a year-round kind of thing, but ManyFest will elevate the amount to see and do in the city’s core to an entirely new level.
By David Klassen
WINNIPEG — Indigenous art and culture can now be seen at Portage Place Shopping Centre.
As part of a joint initiative between the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, four Inuit sculptures have been placed inside the downtown shopping mall.
Winnipeggers assembled by the masses on Friday to form the country’s largest Canada Day living flag.
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ says more than 3,158 people gathered at Shaw Park decked out in red and white to form the flag.
A new initiative to shape the next three years of Winnipeg’s downtown will spark ideas from business leaders and the community.
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ unveiled their new engagement strategy Monday at the Urban Lab.
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ managing director Jason Syvixay is off to New York to represent the city to the International Downtown Association.
Syvixay is one of 26 industry professionals chosen to attend the inaugural Emerging Leader Fellowship Program, June 19-24.
“I’m eager to learn from my colleagues around the world about placemaking best practices to best engage businesses, residents, and community to imagine what is possible, and to learn more about the various public-private partnerships that can be built to stimulate development plans and mixed-income housing and neighbourhoods,” Syvixay said.
“I’m also excited to share with the other fellows all of the exciting initiatives and programs that are making Winnipeg a world-class destination and urban lab.”
WINNIPEG — Green thumbs were hard at work on Portage Avenue Tuesday as the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ planted its second annual Indigenous garden.
Garden beds have been planted in front of APTN and Air Canada Park showcasing Indigenous planting schemes and materials, based on community ideas and feedback.
“The aim of our second annual Indigenous Gardens on Portage Avenue is to build on our work towards ensuring downtown is inviting, welcoming, alluring and a visually attractive place that will leave tourists and visitors with a memorable and positive impression,” said Ari Driver, chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Placemaking Committee.
A new art installation this summer will include the work of 10 aboriginal artists in a display in downtown Winnipeg storefronts.
The Aboriginal Artwalk is looking for artists of any age and experience to create in any medium. The pieces should somehow reflect the theme of ‘Welcome.’
Those interested in having their art as part of the walk are asked to submit a brief bio and a headshot, a short proposal describing their project and how it reflects the theme and any relevant photos.
Downtown is on the agenda for the three main political parties on March 21.
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will host a two-hour forum at the Winnipeg Art Gallery to get parties on the record about issues surrounding the city’s core.
Liberal leader Rana Bokhari, NDP leader Greg Selinger and Progressive Conservative Party candidate Heather Stefanson will attend. PC leader Brian Pallister will not participate.
Portage Place Shopping Centre has hired an indigenous security contractor after a community elder was wrongfully removed from the food court in February.
Joseph Meconse, 74, was eating when a security guard warned him he only had 30 minutes left to be in the mall. When that time passed, Meconse was kicked out for loitering.
The mall has since apologized for how it treated Meconse, but has also gone several steps further to become a more inclusive destination in the city’s downtown.
Indigenous community leaders have met with officials from Portage Place Shopping Centre after an elder was mistakenly asked to leave several weeks ago.
Joseph Meconse, 74, was eating in the mall’s food court when a security guard warned him he only had 30 minutes left to be in the mall. When that time passed, Meconse was kicked out for loitering.
The mall later issued an apology and the war veteran has returned.