Friday, 26 September 2014

Culture Days at The Forks

Prepare for a flood of culture – here at The Forks and all across the country this weekend!

Art, culture, heritage and musical installations will be happening all over the city and across the province for this three-day cultural celebration and we’re right at the centre of it all! With everything from live music, dance performances (including bellydance and Flamenco demonstrations), to live art production and craft demonstrations, there will certainly be no shortage of entertainment around here.

From the folks that bring us the ever-popular Warming Huts in the winter and the nifty Cool Gardens in the summer, here are a few activities you’ll be able to catch at The Forks site for Culture Days on this beautiful September weekend:

Mini Culture Days at the Children’s Museum | September 26
All day Friday there will be a free, guided activity station outside the Children’s Museum highlighting visual arts and dramatic play along with 2-for-1 general museum admission all day long, Mini Culture Days will immerse guests in the hands-on creative learning experiences that the Children’s Museum expertly delivers all year round.

Collage Animation Workshop by Freeze Frame at The Forks | September 26 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Forks Market

Cut, paste, animate! Create your own stop motion animation with Freeze Frame Media Centre. Shoot your own animation and watch your characters come alive at The Forks. All creative types are welcome! 45-minute workshops.

Honey Days | Forks Market, Centre Court
What better time to learn about one of the world’s most fascinating and productive insects than honey-harvesting time? Inside the Forks Market, you’ll see cooking demonstrations by the Beekeeper's Association of Manitoba, a honey competition plus an awesome display of bees behind glass to admire and listen to them work.

Graffiti Gallery's Artist Mash-Up | September 26 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Plaza at The Forks Skatepark
Come check out this collaborative creation of art in action. Each artist will paint on a wooden panel or canvas before passing it along to the next artist to continue the work, all to the beat of some excellent live music. Watch some beautiful teamwork come to life in just a few short hours!

Green Action Centre's Worm Wrangler and Bike Blender | Forks Market

Kids and adults of all ages are invited to meet Green Action Centre's "worm wrangler" at The Forks. Sink your hands into a vermi-composter where worms are hard at work turning kitchen waste into rich compost. Rethink the way we feed ourselves and power our lives by hopping on our bicycle-powered blender. We've teamed up with The Smoothie Bar to provide delicious bike-blended smoothie samples - stop by to enjoy!

Aboriginal School of Dance at The Forks | September 26 | 10:00am
Join the Aboriginal School of Dance for a fun and interactive presentation for young and old. Learn about the variety and beauty of Aboriginal Dance and let us teach you a few steps.

Catch great live music throughout the weekend, including the likes of:
• Heartbeat City
• Ashlee Bart
• St. John Brebuf School Ensembles
• Shaftesbury High School Jazz Band
• Rain Hamilton
• North End Jewish Folk Choir
• Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra
• Trio Bembe
• Cassidy Mann
• Ca Claque
• Latka

Click here for the full Culture Days MB line-up and list of activities and get yourself down to The Forks to celebrate on this beautiful weekend!

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!