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


(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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Hot Art Exhibits May/June 2016

June 2016 Lillico Confluence 5

(Lillico Confluence 5, Fluidity, Transience and Flux – A Father/Daughter Reaction)

To May 7 — Sunrise Train at Woodlands Gallery is a solo exhibition of paintings and a book/CD release titled “Paint Songs” by Steve Coffey.

To May 20 — The Full Catastrophe at ace art inc. features photos by artist Karen Asher, which capture movement, gesture and abstraction of bodies through humour and horror.

May 6-Jun 30— The Fire Throws Sparks – 20th Anniversary Exhibition, includes a group exhibition at Urban Shaman Gallery, a two-day symposium as well as a gala event.

May 6-27 — Catch Order and Disorder at MAWA, where paintings, sculptures and mixed media by the MAWA Artist Mothers Group depict chaos and beauty within a disorderly life.

May 6-Jun 18 — Hivemind: Print + Performance at Martha Street Studio features artists from across the country who combine printmaking and performance in their art practice. The artists explore movement, repetition, replication, and ritual in their work.

May 21-30 — See The Calm and the Fury by Lily Lim and Paul Toews at the Blankstein Gallery. Paintings reveal both the serene and tempestuous aspects of the natural world.

To Jun 19 —  In No Time Left To Start Again/The Birth and Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Poetry at Plug In ICA, artist Allen Ruppersberg invites audiences to file through clipped articles that contain the history of rock and roll music in North America.

Jun 2-29 — At Wayne Arthur Gallery, Gerd Behrendt and Angela Lillico exhibit their love of nature through paintings in Fluidity, Transience and Flux – A Father/Daughter Reaction.

Hot Art: Land of Solitude

Nicholas Burns Beconia-Sandbar Willow 36x36

(Nicholas Burns- Beconia- Sandbar Willow)

Manitoba Landscapes: Beauty and Hope at cre8ery is a collection of paintings inspired by nature. Canadian-based artist Nicholas Burns uses scenery to represent the intersection between physical reality and human understanding. Through his paintings, Burns revives a renewed appreciation for nature, a sense of solitude and freedom, and a love and connection to the land. Jun 9-21, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide St., 204‑944‑0809

Hot Art: Master of Colour


(Marc Chagall, The Poet with the Birds, 1911. Oil on canvas, 73.03 x 99.7 cm. Minneapolis Institute of Art. Bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan, 61.36.7)

The latest collaboration by the National Gallery of Canada and Winnipeg Art Gallery features 42 lithograph prints that showcase Russian-born artist Marc Chagall’s unique style. The series explores the tale of lovers Daphnis & Chloé written by the Greek poet Longus. Known for his use of colour, Chagall is considered a pioneer of modernism. These vibrant pieces created in the 1950’s were inspired by the great love of his life, Valentina. Runs May 20-Sep 11, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-786-6641, Map 1: P-3

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

These little-known, out of the way, or surprising locales offer stellar eats for city explorers.

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5 Best ‘Peg Provisions

Applejacks from Gunn's Bakery

Applejacks from Gunn’s Bakery

While plenty of Winnipeggers are eager for the next new thing, certain odd local loves have complete staying power.

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