We are excited to introduce our new wayfinders! You can easily spot these new additions to our team out and about in the Exchange District, possibly even on bike! Just as their name suggests our wayfinders are here to help you find your way around the Exchange District. Our area is growing fast, and we are introducing new active transportation infrastructure – like the new protected bike lanes, that have been beautifully painted by local artists. And we want to be sure that we are making the area accessible and easy to navigate for all modes of travel. Whether you need direction and information about lanes and biking programs in the area, help with parking, help taking full advantage of …

Bike Week 2018 starts next week and here in the Exchange District we have lots going on! With over 100 historic buildings within a 30-block radius the Exchange is one of the most walkable areas in the city. We are filled with unique shops, inspired local restaurants, arts and culture, and it’s such a stunning walk through our area to take it all in. With new bike lanes currently under construction we are excited about the potential to make this area more walkable and bikeable than ever before! Here are some of the things we are doing to help support your active transportation to the Exchange District…. Bike Week Activities Bike Pit Stop Our Exchange District Bike Pit Stop will …

Jazz Fest 2018

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The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival starts this week and we sat down with Artistic Director Michael Falk to talk about this 11-day celebration of jazz and jazz-related music, and what to look forward to this year. To sum it up, this year there’s more to see than ever before! More free acts on the Cube stage in Old Market Square, more heavy hitters and touring acts offered on the free stage, more ticketed shows as part of the theatre series, and just a wide range of jazz and jazz-inspired acts for the jazz lover as well as newcomers to the style. Falk says it’s some of these great acts on the free stage that will give people a chance …

Brown Bag Bocce with Lindsay Somers

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Hi. I’m Lindsay Somers. I’ve been working in the Exchange District since 2005. In the last 13 years, the Exchange District has been a constant creative influence on my life and career, silently supporting and shaping me to become the active living urbanist I am today.  I started my career working in the Silpit Building as an intern at Buffalo Gal Pictures. I learned the difference between Albert and Arthur St by walking around dropping off paperwork and contracts to the many other film partners in the neighbourhood. I spent countless hours with Guy Maddin in the dark Winnipeg Film Group studio shooting the famously iconic My Winnipeg. Storytelling through Guy Maddin’s lens was certainly never ever dull. It was …

Alleyways (in the Exchange)

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The first Alleyways (in the Exchange) was a huge success! Although the rainy weather brought most of the alleyways indoors it didn’t stop the crowds from poring in to the rain locations and filling the Exchange District with energy and fun. The bottom floor of the Centennial Concert Hall was our rain location for the market and proved to be a cozy spot to house the over 60 vendors. Curated by Lucky Girl Pop Up the market was filled with handmade jewelry, leatherwork, fresh local food, vintage clothing, and unique locally created crafts. We moved our Alleyways Swing to the event space at the back of Hut K where we laid down our 25 square ft of black and white …

Toad Hall Toys

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As a 40-year staple in the Exchange District, Toad Hall Toys is one of the oldest businesses in the neighbourhood. And it’s not hard to see why this whimsical little gem has stood the test of time. Walking into Toad Hall Toys is like stepping into a magical childhood wonderland of delights whether you’re 3 or 83. If you’re a kid at heart there’s something for you to discover and take joy in. “You don’t know what to expect when you just open this green door. It’s kind of like walking into a different reality, and children are not sure what to do with it. But they know it looks cool, and they’re not finding the things that they would …

Stanley Cup History

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There was a palpable energy in the air last week as most of Winnipeg sat down to watch game 7 of the series between the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets. Our collective excitement to see our team win and move on to the semi finals to play the Las Vegas Golden Knights is not surprising. This is the farthest the Winnipeg Jets have ever made it in the Stanley Cup playoffs since they joined the NHL in 1976. However, a lesser known fact about our hockey history is that before we became the Winnipeg Jets our city’s then team, the Winnipeg Victorias, won the Stanley Cup three times – in 1896, 1901, and 1902.  We are proud to say …

Tour Season is Here

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The warm weather is finally here and in the Exchange District that means even more festivals, events, and excitement in the area. It also means tour season! Here in the Exchange District we are lucky to be home to over 100 turn-of-the-century heritage buildings within a 30-block radius. This makes the area a remarkably walkable one filled with inspired arts, culture, shops, restaurants, and pubs. But what gives our area such a special charm are its old buildings with their stunning architecture and the incredible stories. A walk through the Exchange is like a walk back in time and it can tell you so much about our city, from it’s very beginnings to what it is today. This year we …

Handcrafted in the Exchange

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It all started with a shortage of collared shirts, a hat that was too small, and a laptop without a bag. These were all dilemmas that inspired 4 entrepreneurial spirits on a handcrafted journey that would lead them to working together as friends, coworkers, and creative conspirators in a studio space on the 4th floor of 290 Albert Street. Today that studio houses three independent businesses – Commonwealth, Oldhat, and Wilder Goods. Together in a large, open studio space, these business owners craft their products, sell their goods, and inspire each other to be better craftspeople – all while finding time to debate the latest podcast or issue and enjoy the sense of community among them. Common Wealth Manufacturing Andrew …

Getting Ready for Spring

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We’ve officially entered spring! And although the weather sometimes takes awhile to get the memo we’ve found some shops around the Exchange that can help you get in the spring spirit. Whether you want to boost your wardrobe with some unique pieces, add a pop of colour to your home, get some fun, fresh patio furniture, or tune up your bike so you’re ready to hop on the moment snow melts – we’ve got some great ideas for you. First stop… Anya Boutique Anya offers customers something a little different with timeless classic clothing that has a unique and stylish edge. This one-of-a-kind shop, with its difficult to miss yellow door, is a great place to get a beautifully crafted …