Friday, 15 August 2014

Prairie Barge Festival

Our prairie summers are a precious commodity and before this one draws to a close, we've joined forces with our neighbours to the west for Prairie Barge Festival – a Labour Day weekend of free fun, music and arts for the whole family.  

From August 29 – 31, take a wander down to The Forks Historic Port to see this showcase of Manitoba and Saskatchewan music, art and culture - part of Manitoba’s Year of Music celebration.

Thanks to the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music and Creative Saskatchewan, over the course of the weekend, you can catch the likes of JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, the hilarious improv comedy of Hot Thespian Action, an awesome outdoor performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods.

Throughout the weekend, themed workshops will take place on the Barge: The Floating Folk Jam will feature the fantastic Allyson Reigh, Alexix Nordman, Rosie & the Riveters and Daniel & Daniel of Red Moon Road, whereas Blues on the Barge will be hosted by Joey Landreth, Jack Semple and Sol James. Keep your eyes peeled for the full line-up coming out soon!

You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase or admire artwork from Saskatchewan’s Larry Trast, who creates soapstone sculptures, Gwen Fehr’s beeswax candles, Manitoba’s Boomerang 360 clothing, Blokland Pottery, One Plus One Designs and many more creative artisans at the outdoor art market that weekend.

Sunday from 11am until 1pm will feature a pancake breakfast from The Forks Market's own, Pancake House.  For only $5 families can enjoy a delicious plate of pancakes and sausages on seat in The Port, or on a bale of hay under the Canopy.

And while we've got all the feel-good sharing going on on the barge, we can't ignore the rivalry that is the Labour Day Classic! So we’re joining up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to have the game projected on a giant screen - so feel free to wear your blue and gold and cheer your team at The Forks!

Bring your lawn chairs, or picnic blankets, sunscreen, and warm clothes for when it cools off at night, and make a weekend of celebrating the beautiful prairies we live in, and the vibrant talent that surrounds us!

Complete line up for the Prairie Barge Festival can be found HERE.

See you and your Prairie pride at the Barge!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Spot the changes at The Forks Market

It’s summertime at The Forks, and next time you visit the Market, you might just notice a few changes!

Unique Ireland:
The British Invasion happened last year at The Forks with the opening of Unique Ireland, but more recently they’ve expanded and moved to a different location.

“Everyone wants to be Irish,” says shop owner Bryan, who is of Irish decent and decided to open the store after selling merchandise at the Irish Folklorama pavilion for years and years.

If you haven’t visited the shop before, expect to find, yes, all kinds of Irish items – from shirts to scarves to jewelry and artwork, including Celtic knot tiles made right here in Manitoba.

But not to worry – if your heart or roots lie elsewhere in the UK, Bryan carries merchandise for you too.

“Don’t be fooled by the name,” he says. He carries goods from England, Scotland, and Wales too. And he’ll even help you find your clan’s particular plaid. 

Baba’s Tall Grass Pantry is described by its own tagline: a prairie celebration of Ukrainian and Eastern European cuisine. Baba’s has joined the ever-popular and delicious Tall Grass Prairie/Grassroots Prairie Kitchen family here at The Forks Market.

Baba’s offers takeaway Ukrainian and Eastern European favourites like cabbage rolls and perogies, but with a uniquely Manitoba twist.

Like all of the delicious selections at Tall Grass and Grassroots, Baba’s food is locally sourced and supports Manitoba farmers while packing in as many nutrients as possible.

Options include potato and Bothwell cheddar, cottage cheese and fresh dill, and homemade sauerkraut with caramelized onion perogies, and local organic bison with bacon and brown rice and  vegan traditional buckwheat with caramelized onion, mushroom and red lentil cabbage rolls, accompanied by seasonal, traditional salads.

Be sure to come with an appetite next time you visit the Market!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Canada Day at The Forks presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Canada’s birthday bash at The Forks will be music to your ears, and we’re excited to share the occasion with everyone! In keeping with the “Year of Music” celebration, The Forks and Manitoba Music have come together to create a stellar line-up for everyone to enjoy (for free, as always!) this July 1st.

There will be entertainment all over The Forks site – music Under the Canopy from 1:30 – 9:30, on the Rail Bridge from 1:00 – 5:00, and of course, at the Scotiabank Stage from 4:00 till 11:00 when the fireworks begin.

The Manitoba Live line-up includes the likes of indie folk/pop outfit Yes We Mystic, the wonderful ladies of the country music quartet, Oh My Darling, pop/rockers Federal Lights, Brazilian jazz guitarist Marco Castillo, francophone singer/songwriter Pierre Freynet, and other local favourites including Hana Lu Lu, Les Jupes, Jess Reimer, Eagle Lake Owls and everyone’s favourite DJ, Mama Cutsworth.

Coinciding with our Target Zero campaign, the stage on the historic Rail Bridge will be powered by a bicycle generator. How cool is that?

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will play a set on the Scotiabank Stage, and will also accompany The Royal Winnipeg Ballet as they treat us all to a few numbers.

Right before the fireworks, award-winning, charming, and very handsome alt-country singer/songwriter and master storyteller, Del Barber will share a few tunes with everyone, and will also be joined onstage by the WSO. 

Other activities such as the Founding Nations Tribal Village in Oodena Circle, drawing games with Art City, an obstacle course for the kids, big games – life-size Connect Four, Jenga and Guess Who – all begin at noon.

For the full Canada Day schedule, click here.

Canada Day is the busiest day of the year at The Forks – here are a few things to remember: 

• We’ll have plenty of food and beverage vendors onsite, near Scotiabank Stage to keep you energized and hydrated all day long. The food vendors in The Forks Market will also be open at 1 p.m.

• Parking will be at an absolute premium - alternative to driving, why not ride your bike and take advantage of our bike valet, walk, or take the bus.

• Bring sunscreen and a water bottle (you can refill onsite!) to avoid sunburns and dehydration.

• Bring a blanket or chair to sit on while you take in the entertainment at Scotiabank Stage.

• Also bring your dancing shoes, because we bet you won’t be able to help but dance along!

• Dig out your flags, maple leaves, and red and white outfits – let’s show Canada some love! 

See you at The Forks this Canada Day!