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Winnipeg

Hot Dates: Ride of Your Life

Courtesy Red River Ex

Courtesy Red River Ex

JUN 17-26

The Red River Exhibition is summer’s biggest party, bringing with it a slew of adrenaline pumping rides, live music, carnival treats, and family events. This year, the midway boasts more rides than ever before, including new additions the dizzying Himalaya and children’s ride Charlie Chopper. Other new additions for 2016 include a dinosaur fossil exhibit and performance by extreme pogo stick stunt team Xpogo. Visit redriverex.com for early tickets, or purchase at the fair gates. Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Ave, 204‑888‑6990

Hot Dates: Get Jazzed

Courtesy Jazz Winnipeg

Courtesy Jazz Winnipeg

JUN 16-26

The annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival returns. A range of artists span genres from blues to pop, with headliners including the eclectic Tedeschi Trucks Band, pop crooner Royal Wood (pictured), and jazz legend Oliver Jones. Stop by Old Market Square for free lunchtime and evening open-air concerts featuring local bands. Various venues. Call 204‑989‑4656 or visit jazzwinnipeg.com for full schedule and tickets

Hot Shopping Scene In The City: River Heights

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(Photo courtesy of Five Small Rooms)

Towering elms and character homes line the streets of this upscale neighbourhood, which extends south of the Assiniboine River to Taylor Avenue. Cruise to these shops to find one-of-a-kind items. Begin at McNally Robinson Booksellers. This bright emporium is a mecca for book lovers, and also stocks fun kitchen gadgets and giftware. Head south to Five Small Rooms on Taylor Ave. Chic tableware, like Kate Spade New York vases (pictured), accompanies a well edited selection of accessories and gifts. On Corydon Ave, Paper Gallery is chock full of cards, stationery and great gifts. For Space Sake is a treasure trove of smart storage solutions. Keep belongings organized with jewellery trees and convenient shoe cubbies. Down the street, Danali boasts designer duds for men and women. Brands like John Varvatos, Theory and Tiger of Sweden blend tailoring with up to the minute style.

Hot Dining: Cute Creperie

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Entrepreneur Candy Lam first encountered Japanese-style crepes while making buying trips to Asia for her clothing store. With the help of her husband, Phil Salazar, Lam re-imagined the crispy, cone-shaped versions of the beloved French pancake for Winnipeg. With unique sweet and savoury fillings and names like “Pump Up the Yam” and “It’s-A-Smore”, Kawaii Crepe shows how fun and food go hand in hand. 201-99 Osborne St, 204‑415‑2833; Unit D-1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑691‑3700

Hot Dates: Clown Around

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children's Festival

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

JUN 9-11

Kiddie fun takes over The Forks during the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. This annual fest of silly shenanigans and wacky entertainers will thrill all ages. See performers like francophone singer Carmen Champagne, crazy contortionist Jonathan Burns (pictured), and Ojibwa dancer Lisa Odjig. Budding acrobats can learn about the circus arts with high flying trapeze workshops. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑958‑4730, kidsfest.ca

Hot Shopping Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Ways to Get Sun Ready

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(Photo courtesy of Wicker World)

Whether hitting the beach or touring the city’s attractions, items from Winnipeg’s sun-savvy  shops will help kick start summer.

Hydrate with moisturizing sun lotion from Di Erbe. Jojoba, sweet almond oil, shea and cocoa butter nourish and keep skin silky even after a day outdoors. 111 Marion St, 204‑415‑7888, Map 2: D-4

Stay stylish on or off the beach with attire from Global Connections. Imported sarongs and brightly-hued and hand-dyed cover ups pack this eclectic shop. 2nd floor, Johnston Terminal, 204‑989‑2173, Map 1: Q-5

Bring the vibrance of summer to your backyard with outdoor furniture from Wicker World. Kick back in comfort, function and style with colourful Adirondack chairs (pictured) and comfy chaise lounges. 120 McPhillips St, 204‑779‑2900, Map 2: C-3

Block rays with a chic pair of sunnies from Eyes In The Village. Stylish polarized sunglasses have got eyes covered, with 100% UV protection in round, retro and vintage styles. 134 Osborne St, 204‑477‑1636, Map 1: S-4

Shield from the sun in wide brimmed hats and floral print fedoras from Style Bar. Lightweight material and neutral colours help deflect heat. 470 River Ave, 204-505-1351, Map 1: R-3

Hot Dates: Take Pride

Courtesy Pride Winnipeg

Courtesy Pride Winnipeg

MAY 27-JUN 5

Strut your stuff during Pride Winnipeg, the annual LGBTTQ* inclusive celebration, festival, and parade. This year’s theme, “Be Authentic”, is a call to live out your true self every day. A week of community events leads up to the 2 day outdoor concert and festival at The Forks, featuring local artists like Iskwé and Mise en Scene, and a Pride Parade through downtown Winnipeg. Visit pridewinnipeg.com for full schedule of venues and events

Hot Shopping: Now Open

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White walls and fresh flowers set the scene at new Academy Road shop Margot + Maude. Owners April Matheson and Kelsey Steuart opened a brick and mortar store after studying fashion merchandising and running their own fashion blog. The shop’s polished and contemporary aesthetic is echoed through windowpane print knits, floral print dresses, and denim jackets by Cheap Monday, Assembly Label and Cupcakes & Cashmere. Products from Winnipeg-based makers such as prints by artist Matea Radic, cards by One Plus Design and beaded bracelets by jewellery designer Sarah Cameron, fill wooden shelves alongside organic essential oils, balms and creams by Province Apothecary. 580 Academy Rd, 204-272‑9140

Hot Dining: Now Open

Peg Beer Co. photo by David Wakeman

Peg Beer Co. photo by David Wakeman

Peg Beer Co., the latest venture from Nicole Barry, former CEO of local Half Pints Brewing Company, has opened its doors in the Exchange District. A one-time warehouse turned skatepark is now home to this convivial brewpub, where craft beer is joined by family-style feasts. Chef Aron Epp’s menu takes inspiration from the earthy, farm staples of past generations with shareable spreads and ingredients pulled from Manitoba soil. 125 Pacific Ave, 204‑416‑2337.

Saperavi is the first Georgian restaurant to open on the prairies. The bright 2nd floor space serves Caucasus specialties like khinkali, a spiced meat filled dumpling, and shashlik, meat grilled on skewers. 709 Corydon Ave, 204‑416‑3996

Hot Dates: Sacred Celebration

Courtesy Tourism Winnipeg

Courtesy Tourism Winnipeg

MAY 18-22

Named after a sacred site in Manitoba, translated as “where the Creator sits”, annual festival Manito Ahbee brings together art and Aboriginal culture in an inspiring celebration. Five days of musical performances, workshops, and youth education culminate in an International Pow Wow. Features traditional dancing and drumming, jigging competition, art expo, and Indigenous trade show and marketplace. Most events at RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, manitoahbee.com

Hot Dates: Music In Motion

Photo by Armand Thomas Photography courtesy Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Photo by Armand Thomas Photography courtesy Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

MAY 13-15

Orchestral classics are paired with stunning balletic performance in a collaboration between circus group Cirque Mechanics and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Aerialists, trapeze artists, and contortionists perform acrobatic feats staged on mechanized contraptions that contrast the human form with machine. The centerpiece, an 18-foot, pedal-powered “gantry crane”, brings the show thrillingly close. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204‑949‑3999, wso.ca

City Secrets

Courtesy King + Bannatyne

Courtesy King + Bannatyne

Uncover a new side of Winnipeg at these historically significant spots that have been reborn as tourist destinations, foodie favourites, hip shopping locales, and learning centres.

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