Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Shawl Dancer: a mural at The Forks

Photo by Synonym Art Consultation 

At one end of the Food Hall in The Forks Market, Synonym Art Consultation artist Storm Angeconeb has transformed a construction zone into a beautiful mural.

Photo by Joseph Visser

Storm said she was so excited to do this piece, and really wanted it to reflect her Ojibwe culture. She is originally from Lac Seul First Nation, but mostly raised in Winnipeg.

Photo by Joseph Visser

The artwork depicts a First Nations woman – the namesake of the piece, The Shawl Dancer. Birds are shown breaking through a brightly coloured geometric background.

Photo by Joseph Visser

Storm shared that she often uses birds as a symbolic representation of herself in her work. For this piece particularly, she said she wanted the birds to be a representation of growth. She feels the location at The Forks, a historic landmark on Treaty One territory, is the perfect fit for this piece.

Photo by Joseph Visser

The artwork is expected to be up at least until summer 2017 while construction of local coffee shop, Fools + Horses Coffee Co.’s second location is underway at the opposite end of The Forks Market Food Hall from The Common beer and wine kiosk. 

Photo by Synonym Art Consultation 

StormAngeconeb is a young, emerging visual artist participating in both murals and mentorship programs (Graffiti Art Programming, Wall-to-Wall Mural & CultureFestival, mentoring under Winnipeg artist KC Adams) throughout the past couple years. She’s learning to adapt her skills to paint in diverse mediums on a range of surfaces from walls to light boxes. Storm is eager to

pursue a post-secondary education in fine arts in fall, 2017.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Empanadas & Co. is the way to go!

You might have tried the empanadas at Simon's Cuisine when they first opened in the Food Hall last year...but they've added a whole new slate of empanada flavours under their new name, Empanadas & Co. by Simon's Cuisine.

So naturally, we went down and tried one of each. The results? DELISH.

They still offer the old reliables - traditional flavours including beef, spinach + ricotta, chicken and straight-up cheese. But taking a peek into the offerings under the Gourmet heading you'll see the likes of Breakfast (with scrambled eggs, bacon + cheddar cheese), Chorizo (spicy chorizo sausage, jalapeno + mozzarella), Chicken Parmigiana (chicken, tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham), Blue (blue cheese, mozzarella + fig), Hawaiian (mozzarella, ham + pineapple), Bacon Cheese Burger (beef, bacon + cheddar cheese). And a few dessert empanadas, including the Manzana (apple pie), and Frutilla (sweet strawberry)...mmm!

You can choose whether you have your empanadas baked or deep fried (but really, if you're indulging, you really might as well get 'em deep fried).

In addition to the many empanada choices, the sandwiches at Empanadas & Co. are out of this world. Jose, the owner let us taste-test a little bite of the grilled beef tenderloin before we fully committed to the Gaucho sandwich, and it was deliciously seasoned and juicy. The sandwich itself was topped with provolone cheese, arugula, a sunny-side up egg (cause for many napkins!!!), and a nice little kick from the horseradish mayo.

We splurged and went for the crispy fries too, some with the Provenzal sauce (parsley, garlic, olive oil, sea salt - amazing). These are no ordinary side of fries...something about that extra crispy crunch is super satisfying.

And of course we washed it all down with a brew from the rotating tap at The Common - the Beau's Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale - to keep it multi-cultural.

What's your favourite on the Empanadas & Co. menu? What do you recommend we try next?!

Friday, 3 March 2017

How to Crokicurl

If you've been to The Forks this winter, you might wonder what that giant ice rink bullseye equipped with curling rocks situated at The Plaza is... Or, if you're Manitoban, you might just intuitively know: it's Crokicurl!

Crokicurl is the brainchild of Public City Architecture, and combines two iconic Canadian pastimes: crokinole and curling, to become an exciting new outdoor sport for all ages.

The object of the game is to accumulate the most points through shooting the rock into the center button and positioning the rocks on the playing surface so they remain within the highest scoring circle at the end of the round.

The Rules:

• The game is played with two teams. Each team is composed of 1-2 players. Teams of 1 play from opposing quadrants. For teams of 2, players from the same team play from opposing quadrants. Each player is limited to 1 quadrant. Each team has 4 rocks of the same colour.

• A crokicurl shot is accomplished by firmly sliding a rock onto the playing surface, releasing before the halfway point of the starting line. The rock may be played from any point within the assigned quadrant. Players are permitted to place their feet against the side rail while shooting the rock.

• The first player will try to score 20 points with their shot. If the rock successfully lands completely within the button it is removed and set aside to count as 20 points at the end of the round.

• Subsequent shots attempt to remove an opponent rock from the playing surface, unless there are no rocks on the playing surface. If the rock fails to make contact with an opponent rock, the rock is removed from the game. At the same time, each player attempts to make a 20 point shot difficult for the opposing team.

• Whenever possible, each player seeks to score 20 points by shooting a rock into the center button.

• No player may enter the coloured point rings during game play until all rocks have been played by both teams and scoring is being determined. The exception to this is when a team scores 20 points with their rock entering the button.

• Players may not change quadrants during a round.

• Play proceeds in a clockwise fashion, alternating each team and player.

• A rock that lands more than halfway over the outer edge of the starting line will be removed from game play.

• Scoring occurs after all rocks have been played. Teams play to a per-determined score. The player or team with the higher score wins the round. The winner of the match is determined by the team who wins the most rounds, best of 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.

• Losing team treats winning team to mini donuts or a round of drinks from The Common.

Rocks are accessed on a first come, first served basis. Please be respectful of other players and limit your time to one hour.

Crokicurl FUN FACTS: 
• Junior curling rocks used to play Crokicurl weigh 20lbs - half the weight of a normal curling rock
• After its debut in Winnipeg in 2017, Crokicurl rinks popped up across the country, including Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon
• Northern-most Crokicurl rink: Dawson City, Yukon
• Litres of water pumped from the river to create the rink: 37,000