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Old Market Square
Old Market Square is an urban park set in the heart of Winnipeg’s Historic Exchange District. The Site serves as a neighborhood park for the district, but during the summer months it transforms into a cultural hub for the entire city, playing host to numerous summer events and festivals.
The name Old Market Square refers to the historic usage of a nearby site (Princess Street and William Avenue; current Public Safety Building) that was once a farmer’s market and later a flea market.
The current site of what is now known as Old Market Square (at the corner of Bannatyne Avenue and King Street) was once occupied by the city’s central Fire Station. This location was an ideal spot for a fire hall (built 1899), as it was right in the heart of the warehouse district. The Fire Hall existed on this spot until 1966 when a new firefighting facility opened up, down the street on Ellen Street and McDermot Avenue. In 1979 the vacant land was landscaped for the new Old Market Square Park.
In 2009, Old Market Square received a huge facelift in order to accommodate the increased daytime traffic and interest in the area. Old Market Square has become the central hub of activity in the Exchange District. It features the world-renowned Cube Stage, which is home to many popular annual festivals such as, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, the Soca Reggae Festival and Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) Festivals.
For more information on Old Market Square and the Cube Stage call the BIZ at 204-942-3059.