In the Exchange for January 28, 2019

Here in the Exchange, there’s always something going on! From dining, to shopping or grabbing a show, here’s what goes on your calendar this week.

Old Market Square Skating Rink

Now open!

The Exchange District BIZ is pleased to announce that its popular skating rink is back for another year in Old Market Square – bigger, better, and sleeker than ever, with the help of the City of Winnipeg! Throughout the season, winter athletics enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to share this free, one of a kind rink for quick curling games over lunch, Friday afternoon ball hockey tournaments, skating, and more. Surrounded by gorgeous heritage buildings and the iconic CUBE, it’s a great way to add a pop of winter to your Instagram feed and experience everything the Exchange has to offer.

Monday, January 28:

CaRaVaN Open Mic @ Forth (171 McDermot Ave)

6:30pm sign up/Performances @ 7pm

An “Anything goes” open mic from the gang at the Purple Room, featuring a mix of music, spoken word, comedy, magic, dance, storytelling and anything else that strikes you that night.

Wednesday, January 30:

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen @ The Tom Hendry Warehouse (140 Rupert Ave)


Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece resonates more than a century after the debut of Nora Helmer, whose bourgeois illusions are shattered by the realization that she’s merely a doll in her own home. Nora is so devoted to her husband that she’ll do anything to save his life. But when she paints herself into a corner, Nora must decide how far she’ll go to protect her family. A story of great love, deceit and discovery, A Doll’s House caused widespread scandal when it was first produced. On until February 16.

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Winnipeg Dreamers: The Annual WFG Members’ Screening @ Cinematheque (304-100 Arthur Street)

Two screenings: 7/9pm

The Winnipeg Film Group’s membership has generated a wealth of cinematic treats during the past year and it is proud to present these two feature-length programs of independent short films. One program will feature primarily narrative work and the other, non-narrative (experimental/documentary). As always with these filmmakers, do not expect the expected — there is plenty of hybrid work in these two programs — some traditional and many others mind-blowingly and decidedly untraditional. All of these films represent the dreams and imaginations of Canada’s premiere breeding ground for original and fiercely independent work. Featuring works from Kayla Jeanson, Julie Epp, Eric Peterson and more.

Tickets available at

Friday, February 1:

First Fridays @ Various Venues Throughout the Exchange District

5pm – late

Come down and talk to artists in their studios, experience an art gallery opening or craft exhibit and explore the area’s unique shops and restaurants. See, be seen, and find out just how great this artistic community is!

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Lights: A Winter Celebration in Support of Artbeat Studio @ Old Market Square


Engage in some winter fun with friends, family, and the community while surrounded by a beautifully lit-up Old Market Square in the heart of Winnipeg! Stay cozy by the communal barrel fire or warm-up station and support Artbeat Studio.

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Forthwith Festival 2019 @ Forth (171 McDermot Ave)

Friday @ 6:30pm – Sunday @ Midnight

Artists from across Winnipeg and the world descend upon this year’s incarnation of Forth’s multimedia artist dream scenario, with workshops, concerts, modular music events and more.

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Saturday, February 2:

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour @ The Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main St)


Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Canada, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.

With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

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