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Downtown BIZ Has $150K in Grants for Events in Winnipeg’s Core

Downtown BIZ Has $150K in Grants for Events in Winnipeg’s Core

WINNIPEG — Local event planners can now apply for their share of $150,000 in grants from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

It’s the third year the BIZ is offering the grants through its Host It Downtown program, which encourages activity in the city centre.

“Host It Downtown came about in 2015 as we saw a need to assist event planners and organizations with their events in terms of funding options, liaising with partners including the City of Winnipeg, and providing creative support,” said Stefano Grande, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO.

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70,000 Take in Downtown BIZ’s ManyFest

70,000 Take in Downtown BIZ’s ManyFest

ManyFest
People take in Food Truck Wars on Memorial Boulevard at ManyFest on Friday, September 9, 2016. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — An estimated 70,000 people made their way down to Broadway last weekend to take in the sixth annual ManyFest.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hosted a celebration of community, arts, entertainment, and healthy living from September 9-11.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that downtown was the place to be this past weekend,” said Stefano Grande, CEO for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

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Filipino Street Festival Finds It Downtown

Filipino Street Festival Finds It Downtown

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival

WINNIPEG — The fifth annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival is moving downtown.

After years of hosting itself in the Maples, the festival is benefiting from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Host It Downtown program.

“These events help bolster local sales and keep wealth in the community, expanding on downtown’s unique footprint as the place for festivals and events,” said Stefano Grande, CEO of the BIZ.

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WAG Contributes Inuit Art to Portage Place

WAG Contributes Inuit Art to Portage Place

By David Klassen

WAG Inuit Art Centre
An artist’s rendering of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s future Inuit Art Centre. (HANDOUT)

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.

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Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Jason Syvixay
Jason Syvixay (CPRS / HANDOUT)
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.”

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Indigenous Garden Planted in Downtown Winnipeg

Indigenous Garden Planted in Downtown Winnipeg

Indigenous Garden
Volunteers with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata help plant an Indigenous garden in downtown Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ / TWITTER)

Downtown Winnipeg BIZWINNIPEG — 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.

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Aboriginal Artwalk Seeking Artists for Storefront Displays

Aboriginal Artwalk Seeking Artists for Storefront Displays

Aboriginal Artwork
Aboriginal artists are being sought to submit their work to be displayed in storefronts of downtown Winnipeg using the theme ‘Welcome.’ (VISION QUEST CONFERENCES INC.)

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.

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