A gathering of federal election candidates will have the topic of downtown on their minds during an upcoming debate.
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will host Winnipeg Centre candidates Don Woodstock (Green Party), Pat Martin (NDP), and Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Liberal Party) on September 16 to debate issues facing the core areas.
“This is the public’s chance to hear the parties go on the record on key issues that are pivotal in moving our province, city and our downtown forward,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director.
“The continued revitalization and health of our downtown is important to our 1,300 business members, and I believe, to all of Manitobans.”
WINNIPEG — Parking scofflaws will have the chance to redeem themselves and help out a deserving family this year.
The Forks North Portage, which manages parking at Portage Place Shopping Centre, will be voiding parking tickets in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation.
“We wanted to do our part this holiday season and give back to our community,” said Darren Downey, general manager of FNP Parking. “By voiding a violation in exchange for a donation to the Christmas Cheer Board, we’re hoping to help some families in need.”
A pilot project for seven small businesses to test the waters of a retail storefront has wrapped up.
Launch It! was an initiative of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Portage Place Shopping Centre to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to see how their businesses would do over a three-week period in the mall.
Participating businesses operated out of the front of a 4,000-square-foot space on the mall’s second floor. The rear of the store was used as office space for the entrepreneurs to conduct business while not interacting with customers.
Movie-goers will bid farewell to the IMAX Theatre on Sunday.
The Portage Place cinema announced in January it would be closing at the end of March due to no longer being viable. The theatre is currently run by the Forks North Portage Partnership, but in recent years hasn’t been able to secure big name first run movies and attract a larger enough crowd.
IMAX will close the same way it opened in 1987, with free screenings of the documentary “Heartland.” Screenings will run at 12 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Free underground parking is available to theatre goers and parking stubs can be validated at the box office.
Another blow to downtown Winnipeg after the IMAX Theatre closes at the end of March.
The theatre, located inside Portage Place Shopping Centre, will roll its final credits on March 31.
IMAX is facing strong industry competition with theatres offering larger screens and 3D films.
The theatre opened in 1987 and has operated in a more minimal capacity in recent years by the Forks North Portage Partnership. Being a second-run theatre also meant that IMAX couldn’t secure big name films for several weeks after their original release.
The good news is that moviegoers can still get their IMAX fill at SilverCity Polo Park.
Aboriginal music artists in Manitoba will have their work on display at the HMV music store inside Portage Place Shopping Centre.
HMV and the C-Weed Band announced Wednesday the opening of the Aboriginal Music Rack. The rack will feature all genres of music, from country, gospel, rock, roots, pop, rap, and hip-hop, to Pow Wow music, Métis fiddle, traditional instrumentals, and others.
“We know not all music lovers are computer savvy or connected to online shopping, and there are many who still want hardcopy CDs of their favorite artists,” said Errol Ranville, president of music distribution company Cweedband.com Ltd.
The initiative was also welcomed by the Manito Ahbee Festival, which begins in Winnipeg today and runs through November 4.
Demonstrators from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will hold a protest at noon today in Winnipeg to urge shoppers to stay away from animal skins this holiday season.
Protestors will be completely naked, while only being covered in body paint representing leopard and cow prints.
“Shoppers can find faux fur, divinyl pleather, and lots of stylish alternatives to animal skins everywhere from Santa Claus Lane to 34th Street,” said PETA spokesperson Emily Lavender. “We’re asking people to cross fur, leather, and other animal skins off their shopping lists this year and give everyone — including animals — a reason to celebrate this holiday season.”
Protestors will hold signs reading, “Animal Prints, Not Animal Skins,” outside Portage Place Shopping Centre near the intersection of Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street.