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Summer 2014


Events Guide

A Human Rights




CEO Stuart Murray reflects on the path to get here

Plus It`s in the Jeans

Denim`s roots in Winnipeg

My Week at the Juno Awards

By J.A. Shapira


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Assiniboine Landing family goes all in on home automation Gary and Cheryl Jennings are the busy parents in a tech-savvy family of 5. When they decided to upgrade their 2005 home, it only made sense for them to explore custom automation to suit their specific needs. “We got quotes from a few different companies, but we preferred to stick with one company that could do it all. When building our home, we quickly learned how important it was to have one project manager who was our contact for everything that was going on.” says Gary. “We called G&K Electric and Steve Nishi was here the next day to give us a quote; he stayed in contact with us the whole time. No passing us off onto other contractors or taking days to get answers for us from other tradespeople.” The Jennings chose a custom design that included a theatre room, sound system, security cameras, lighting control, HVAC, and intercom.

their system on and off, control temperature settings, all from their smartphones, as well as monitor the cameras for peace of mind. The kids — and dad — are big fans of the new theatre room the Jennings renovated, which includes fully wired surround sound and a ceiling mounted projector.

“Steve was so helpful with selecting the best products for our needs. I wanted a projector that had great definition for sports but also something that the kids could watch cartoons on. We also needed the surround sound to change depending on the format of what we were watching,” says Gary. “We had the sound system designed so that we could listen to the game or music throughout the home, in the garage, or on the deck. We can also control our lighting, the blinds, projector, and surround sound all from my iPad.” “We wanted to create a system that we could control from an iPad or smartphone, but we were a bit particular with what we needed,” Cheryl says. “I wanted a security system that Gary and I could check as a first response to when the alarm company calls to alert us. In the past we’ve been all out for dinner, trying to call the neighbours to check on our house for us because the alarm is going off. With our new system we can just check the security cameras on our phones.”

Steve Nishi of G&K Electric was no stranger to custom designs like the Jennings’. “When it comes to automating a home or business, the most important factor is quality; quality of the workmanship, the product, and the design.” G&K Electric, previously known as Goodman and Kojima, is in its third generation of ownership. “Our sales and design team is passionate about the field, they love constantly learning about the latest products on the market. We stay very informed and that allows us to really gauge customer needs and design exactly what they want.”

The Jennings also had G&K Electric install an automated furnace and air conditioning system. “We take off for a weekend or a couple weeks and it just doesn’t make sense to be running our regular ventilation program.” The system allows for Gary and Cheryl to turn

Gary is currently in the process of retrofitting a projector, TV, and security camera monitoring system at his Winnipeg business.

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Summer 2014: Volume 10, Issue 2


unny days are here, though warmer temperatures are still making themselves scarce. It won’t be long now though, and you’ll be able to kick back on your deck or at the lake with some barbeque and a cold one.

If you’re looking for a new challenge this summer, check out our piece on Big Brothers Big Sisters and learn how you can take just an hour out of your week to change a child’s life. Big Sisters always has plenty of volunteers, but there are young boys who need someone to look up to as well. You won’t just be changing a child’s life, you’ll be making an impact on your own as well. Our cover story goes hand in hand with the cover of Winnipeg Women, featuring Stuart Murray and all the hurdles that have been overcome in making the Canadian Museum for Human Rights a reality. What it will mean to Winnipeg, the country, and even the world. This issue’s fashion pages are graced with our very own recipe guru, Chef Rob. He models some great everyday denim looks, courtesy of Warehouse One. They are also featured along with Silver Jeans A new addition to our pages is in our Style piece on We’re our how denim got its start in Winnipeg. Two very all about living local and want well-known brands which I’m sure have to be your source for where made an appearance to go and what to do in and in your wardrobe.

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Though the Junos are over and have been covered by most local media, be sure to read our feature by J.A. Shapira on how he spent his week while they were in town. It’s a different take on how the awards took over the city, and we’ve got some interviews that are well worth the read. This is a great issue and we look forward to any feedback you might have.

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In the Community

Big Brothers By Amanda Thomas

What we do today makes a difference tomorrow


ig Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been operating in Winnipeg for over 40 years, helping countless kids along the way. Last year alone, 659 children and youth were served, many who took part in the flagship Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring programs.

The BBBS Winnipeg organization depends on adult volunteers to help the youth in our community flourish. The Big Brother and Big Sister mentoring programs have a positive, lasting effect on each child that is given the opportunity. With an outstanding amount of female volunteers in Winnipeg for the Big Sisters program, the organization is now looking to match the number of male volunteers for the Big Brothers initiative. There are approximately 60 Little Brothers on the waiting list at any given time. Kayla Chafe, the Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement, is looking for adult male volunteers to get involved right now. “There are still many kids on our wait list and most of them are boys. They are waiting for a Big Brother who will make a difference in their life. With only one hour a week you can make that difference!” If you have a nephew, husband, uncle or friend that you think may be a good fit for the Big Brothers mentoring program please

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direct them to the volunteer section on the BBBS Winnipeg website to begin the application process. Interested parties are also welcomed to speak with Kayla Chafe directly by phoning the BBBS Winnipeg office. The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and common interests. Each Big Brother and Little Brother pairing is supported by a professional BBBS case worker who acts as another support system for both parties. The program is definitely a life changing experience for the child, but the mentors are known to see an extreme change within themselves as well.

If you’re not talking to your kids about alcohol,


Jane Marion, the Director of Service for BBBS Winnipeg wants people to know about the positive impact a relationship with a child can have on the adult mentor. “Mentoring is about creating possibility and potential. We can talk about the many outcomes for the kids, but people also need to know how much volunteers are impacted by mentoring. Volunteers tell us they derive an incredible amount of satisfaction from these relationships and generally feel more positive about life overall. These relationships are about having fun with a truly meaningful purpose. I think if more people dedicated just a part of the time they spend social networking online to spending time with a child in person, our community would be a lot happier and healthier!” On top of the fundamental Big Brother and Big Sister mentoring programs, the organization also runs seven other initiatives. Traditionally, when you volunteer to be a BBBS mentor you commit to volunteering once a week for at least one year as a Big Sister or Big Brother. If you cannot make an annual commitment there are several other ways to get involved within one of the additional programs. The Big Buddy program works as an interim plan. While a child is waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister they can attend group events put on by the organization and interact with a Big Buddy (volunteer) at each event. This program allows the child to get used to interacting with an older person in a fun, safe setting where they can work on building trust and bonding. Greg Unger, Executive Director of BBBS Winnipeg, has seen firsthand the importance of our youth having a positive outlook on their future. “For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg has been helping children and youth in our community and because of our work and our volunteers, thousands of children and young adults can name a person in their life who made a positive and lasting difference! When a young person envisions a positive future for themselves, they build resiliency, confidence and self-esteem. They learn new problem solving skills and they connect, engage and succeed at school, at home and in the community.” The citizens of Winnipeg have been continually supportive of what BBBS is working to achieve in our community. The amount of donations, sponsorships and volunteers that come through the BBBS doors each day is inspiring. Anyone interested in making a donation, volunteering or becoming a Big Brother Mentor can visit or contact the office directly at (204) 988-9200. m WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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in the city

My Week at the

Juno Awards

By J.A. Shapira

Photography by Sara Jensen


ust a couple months ago, Winnipeg played host to the 2014 Juno Awards where it transformed from its snowglobe appearance into a starspeckled spectacle of music, glitz and glamour.

Tegan and Sara, Alysha Brilla, Dru

From the heart of the City, the MTS Centre buzzed with excitement as Canada’s most prolific recording artists descended on our small, but proud City known for its bone-chilling winters and multi-cultural spirit. In the epicentre of it all stood myself, armed with a recording device, a local photographer and a cheat sheet with questions. Making the lobby couches at the Delta Hotel my makeshift office for the week, I stood guard, waiting and ready to pounce like paparazzi at the sight of any note-worthy celebrity. Like a Conservative on the hunt, I walked back and forth between Winnipeg’s top hotels and convention centres with my Juno Award Press Pass dangling proudly from around my neck.

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Jian Ghomeshi, Akustix, George Leach, Inez Jasper, Dean Brody, JRDN and Kardinal Offishall

While I’d love to detail every exclusive interview I had that week, there ended up being almost 40 of them that took up a significant chunk of my recorder’s 90 hours of recording time. From one-on-ones with Trevor Guthrie, Dru, Jacynthe and Kardinal Offishal, to sitting in Thomas Hinds Tobacconist with country music superstar Tim Hicks and the beautiful Brandi Disterheft, the week went by in a flash as celebrities swooned in and out of my grasp as we sat and chatted like we had been friends forever. Downtown was buzzing and press from across the country made it their home as we partied hard and worked even harder. Friendships were forged and business cards exchanged, and this was all before the official kickoff to the 2014 Juno Awards.

One thing that really separates our City from the rest of Canada is the level of networking and camaraderie that can be achieved. In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, delegates are swept across the many hotels and vast cityscapes making it almost impossible to run into each other. However, in Winnipeg, it was impossible not to. The Delta, Fairmont and MTS Centre were hotbeds for the swarms of media and the celebrities who for one week out of the year, spent time together like friends. The first glimpse that weekend was an inside look I got at a rehearsal of the Juno Awards broadcast where a selection of reporters were treated to a performance by Tegan and Sara. As we waited, hosts

Serena Ryder and Johnny Reid graced us with their presence and Virgin 103’s Chrissy Troy and I bounced question after question off them as they flawlessly stood poised and ready to answer. As the rehearsal wound down, my photographer Sara and I rushed back to the Delta to meet up with Juno nominee Shad to chat and discuss what the award show means to him as a Canadian hip hop artist. Despite having already met many of the nominees and colleagues from across the country, that evening was the official kickoff party at the beautiful Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As artists posed on TD’s Green Carpet, I chatted off to the side with Alysha Brilla, Kardinal Offishall, and JRDN,





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in the city

before we entered the ballroom where a crowd of what seemed like thousands engaged in meaningful conversation and irrelevant banter. With his arm around me, Mayor Sam Katz told me exactly what the Juno Awards mean to him. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the country what Winnipeg is all about and how we can host a phenomenal event, celebrating the music scene across the country, but also the great music scene we have here in Winnipeg,” says Katz. “I’m very proud of that, and there’s no question, it has a phenomenal impact on the economy.”

Melanie Durrant, Classified, Randy Bachman, The Strumbellas, A Tride Called Red

After a whirlwind tour of the newly constructed Museum for Human Rights, we boarded Winnipeg Transit buses with our newfound celebrity friends which took us to the Fairmont Hotel. Immediately heading straight for the bar, I was joined by reporters from Toronto and Vancouver as we sipped Scotch and waited for an exclusive interview with William Sperandei and Amy McConnell. Accompanied by Nicolle Hodges of VanCityBuzz, we ran through our questions before departing to an after-hours party superstar Alysha Brilla had invited us to. Finally cabbing it home at around 3 a.m., I woke up by nine, ready for back-to-back exclusives with country music sensation Tim Hicks and legendary jazz musician Brandi Disterheft, who I have to admit I have a slight crush on. That night I donned the tuxedo and black bow tie as the sun set and the Gala Awards began at the RBC Convention Centre. Looking like we stepped out of Winnipeg and into Hollywood, we were ushered into a media room backstage where Ace Burpee entertained with witty banter between Juno Award winners coming backstage for a quick media scrum.

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Brett Kissel, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, Matt Dusk, Tim Hicks

After hours of what was honestly mindnumbing backstage scrummages, we decided we needed to party some more and took Gibson Guitars up on their invite to the official Gibson after-party. Hosted at Hermanos, the invitation-only event was packed wall-to-wall with celebrities. The next morning I arrived back at the Fairmont Hotel where I met up with former SoulDecision frontman Trevor Guthrie, and we had a meaningful, heartfelt conversation about the highs and lows of his career and his new hit single “This is what it feels like” with Armin Van Buuren. Then, fresh from the Gibson’s party, I was met by recording artist Dru who talked about his career in depth and proved once


again, that just because you’re a celebrity, doesn’t mean you can’t be a gentleman. He was one of the best interviews of the week. After a quick lunch, I rushed down to the Delta, where I met up with Montreal hit maker Jacynthe who not only blew me away with her supermodel-good-looks, but even sang to me just for fun. It was almost as if the interviews kept getting better and better. Then it was time. The 2014 Juno Awards Broadcast was set to begin and we rushed from the Delta, through the various skywalks until we landed right in the middle of absolute chaos. The streets were blocked by police, white tents covering the red carpet and fans gathering by the

masses inside and outside the MTS Centre. Picketers rocked their various signs outside the lobby and traffic was at a standstill taking taxis almost an hour to get through downtown. As we were ushered past security and to the press room with an overview of the entire stage, Tweets rang out through the Twittersphere as virtually every celebrity junkie in Canada talked about the broadcast. The night was a success, the entire week a triumph and Winnipeg once again, served as what was deemed by producers as the best Juno Awards show in history! It was a week of celebration that took a week to recover from. I can’t wait for next time. m

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Up Close with Juno Award Winner

Trevor Guthrie


revor Guthrie has undergone highs and lows that most recording artists will never experience. From peaking the billboards as the frontman for boyband SoulDecision, to falling hard and being bailed out numerous times by his parents, he is now in his 40s and has won the 2014 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year for his hit single “This is what it feels like”. Deep underground in the empty hallways below the Fairmont Hotel, VanCityBuzz reporter Nicolle Hodges and I tagteamed to interview Guthrie and ask him the questions that mattered. It was Sunday morning, the day of the Juno Awards broadcast. We had met Guthrie on the Friday at the welcome reception and scored the exclusive the night before at the Gibson after-party at Hermanos Restaurant. Guthrie rolled out of bed minutes before and came down complaining when he saw we were about to film it all. “Stop, I look horrible” he said. After some persuading we got down to the grit, cameras rolling.

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A perfect gentleman, Guthrie was as open and candid as we could have hoped. Other than *NSync and Backstreet Boys, his time with SoulDecision earmarked the band as one of the top boy bands in the world. After spending some time with him, it became pretty obvious he felt pushed into the role and so I had to ask. “Oh, 100 per cent”, said Guthrie. “The problem was there was no band we could be compared with because we were playing instruments. Then when Maroon 5 came, it was like, yeah, you see. It can work! But, it was too late.” “Was it fun?,” I asked. “I loved it! I thought that was the time of my life, and it was, but with this last year with Armin, now this has been the best year of my life” Guthrie says. Turning to a more sombre note, I ask Trevor about the song. It’s obvious to anyone listening to the radio that Armin Van Buuren gets the bulk of the credit, but the fact is the song was written by Trevor before Armin ever came into the picture.

first line that came out,” Guthrie tells me. “I just started thinking about my friend, and if I was his wife or his kids, what would be going through my mind,” Guthrie says, evidently emotional. Interestingly enough, Guthrie didn’t want to send the song to Armin, feeling it was too depressing for a DJ to use. It was only after his friend sent it without telling him, that he found out Armin thought it was “brilliant.” It was set to be his first single. That’s when it went viral. Until recently, not many people knew the history behind what many believed was a lighthearted, and cheerful song. Today, while Guthrie admits to sometimes feeling guilty when he hears it, the family of his late friend could not be prouder, playing the song at the funeral and sending him texts following his Juno win. While this is only one single, Guthrie believes this is just the beginning of his newfound career. Thrust back into the spotlight he’s relishing every minute of it, always remembering the harder times when he was forced into hard labour after falling from stardom as SoulDecision crashed and burned. Of the 40 plus artists I interviewed at the 2014 Juno Awards, Trevor Guthrie will always be remembered as the most genuinely grateful musician I’ve ever met.

As the story goes, Guthrie found out from songwriter Jenson Vaughan that Armin was looking for a new song. Having been in talks with him in the past, Guthrie offered to write it, finding out around the same time that his best friend had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and only had 17 weeks to live. “I was hearing stories from his wife and his kids, and I was like `Wow, this is just so out of the blue`,” says Guthrie. “I was really excited because I was working with Armin, but this was going on. I took the chords sent by Jenson and went to the piano and `nobody here knocking at my door’ was the

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Karine Delage By J.A. Shapira


nown as one of Canada’s top publicists, Karine Delage is the owner of Montreal and Toronto’s Karyzma Agency. Representing the foremost recording artists and athletes across the country, I had the opportunity to meet her when she was in town for the Juno Awards and turn the spotlight on her for a change.

and moved to Toronto to build my dream of owning my own PR firm. It’s not always easy but I can say that I accomplished what I wanted and it’s not stopping there. This is just the beginning.

JA - What was your favourite thing about Winnipeg?

KD - I believe the best advice I can give to anyone would be follow your dreams and never give up no matter what people tell you. You are the only person that can make your destiny and in order to get there you need to work hard.

KD - I think that I have to say Stella’s was one of my favorites. The food was amazing and the staff so nice. We went there for the Much Fact Brunch on the Saturday and we went back (again) on Sunday and Monday. I have to say that Hermanos is a nice restaurant/venue as well. JA - What will attending the Junos mean to you? KD - Attending the Junos is always a fun time for me. You get to see people that you haven’t seen in ages and it really marks the beginning of the Spring/ Summer madness that hits us with the Festivals and the Much Music Video Awards. JA - What makes you happy? KD - Waking up in the morning, being healthy and surrounded by positive people. JA - What’s something about your career that people might not know? KD - People should know that I didn’t grow up in this industry. Nobody in my family is a part of this world, which just proves how anything you believe in is possible and that you just need to work hard to get where you want. I started out of nowhere as a journalist when I was 8 years old and worked for the biggest magazine (7Jours) in Quebec City. (I) covered all the big award shows in the United States. Then I started doing PR


JA - If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?

JA - When you just want to get out of the house, where do you go? KD - I just go for a walk. When I’m in Montreal I love walking in the Old Port to make me refocus. In Toronto, I love walking next to the water. JA - What`s the best thing about being Canadian? KD - Hands down the best thing about being Canadian is how we are loved around the world. No matter where you go people will love being in your presence just by knowing that you are from Canada. JA - What is your favourite track playing on the radio right now? KD - I think that Pharrell song ‘Happy’ would be the one that resonates on the U.S. side, and for the Canadian talents, I have to go with my boy Classified and the song ‘Higher’.

KD - I used to be on a swim team in Quebec and swam at the Quebec games when I was 15. I love white wine and as much as people know me as a party girl, I do love to stay at home watch a movie. I’m (also) a sports girl. (I) love football, hockey and basketball. If that wasn’t enough, she also teaches PR classes at York University. JA - If you were a superhero what would your superpower be? KD – Wow, this is a tough one. I have to say that I would love to have the power of removing bullying. JA - If you could change one think about Winnipeg what would it be? KD - I think upgrading the architecture in the downtown core and OMG, having more taxis at any time of the day. JA - What is a “must read” book that you’d recommend? KD - I have to say the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. JA - What’s the secret to having a good life? KD - Be real. Do things that make you happy and don’t wait for anybody to bring you a good life because only you can make the decision to have what you really want. Work hard and play hard. m

JA - What are some “Random Facts” about you?

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It`s in the Jeans

By Kelly Parker

Denim r o o t s `s Wi n n i n ipeg


hey’re the uniform of casual Fridays. Donning them gives you a chance to relax a bit, to be free of restraining, never quite soft

enough and never quite perfectly fit office wear. You’ve broken them in, washed them and worn them until they fit you, and only you, like a glove. It might surprise you to know that Winnipeg has a rich history in the business of making and marketing the ageless wardrobe staple of denim.

Warehouse One

Western Gloveworks

The ‘Peg is home base for Silver Jeans and Warehouse One, with the former having the deepest Winnipeg roots of the two. Silver Jeans Co.™ is an extension of Western Glove Works, a familyowned business founded by two great uncles of current Silver Jeans CEO, Michael Silver. The brothers originally called their business McLaughlin Dry goods, manufacturing gloves, dungarees, Mackinac jackets and coveralls with names like “Gauntley Gloves”,”’Treat-em-ruf’ Riders”, and “Handy Andy Overalls”. Eventually, the other products fell by the wayside, but the denim business remained strong until about 35 years ago when a new partnership was born – Silver and his brother Bob, and two other partners, Ron and Norman Stern. After producing private label jeans for many of the top denim companies through Western Glove Works, Michael Silver had recognized a niche in the marketplace for a quality, proper-fitting denim brand at a competitive price point. He teamed up with denim innovator Allan Kemp and founded Silver Jeans, producing the first “silhouette” in 1991 that went on to sell two million pairs.

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style Western Gloveworks

That he had such strong business instincts might have surprised Silver’s University of Manitoba Fine Arts alum. Still, it took him a long time to put that creative side to work in the business. “When I graduated university,” he explains, “there were no real jobs here at the ‘factory” – as we called it – so I spent almost 16 years in operations on the ‘making’ side of production, and it was only when I started (the Silver brand) that I got to do something creative. The combination of both of those (backgrounds) helped me to (come up with) a product that consumers like.” “We started selling in Canada to the smaller independent stores,” explains Silver, “became pretty successful, and then we moved into the U.S., and ultimately it’s become global. When I first took over, I said to my partners, ‘If we could just do a million dollars in sales, I’d be a happy guy’, and those stories kept escalating over the years, and now at retail price, we’re about a $300 million brand. We ship some five million pairs of jeans a year worldwide, predominantly to the U.S. – about 70 per cent of our business.” Ask him where he’d like the company to be in 10 years, and Silver’s answer betrays the family roots that still play a large part in the philosophy of the company. “Being from Winnipeg,” he says, “there is a part of me that I think I got from my grandfather that would say that I would first of all like to secure the company for the current employees. I also envision us growing internationally and continue our growth in Europe, (but most) importantly, I’d like to remain true to the values of the product.” WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Warehouse One, Current Store

Compared to Western Glove Works, the other major Winnipeg player in the jeans market is a relative upstart. Warehouse One began in 1977 out of the trunk of a car parked on Henderson Highway with a goal of just making a few extra bucks, but sales soon reached the point where a storefront location opened along that same stretch of Henderson. After expanding first across the city and then to the rest of Manitoba during the 80s, Warehouse One expanded west into Saskatchewan and then Alberta, growing quickly during the 1990s from about 15 to almost 100 stores by about 2000, when a manufacturing facility became part of the plan. That expansion turned out to be a bit too ambitious, which led to a bankruptcy filing in 2002. That summer, a new ownership group (that included the company founder, as well as Bob Silver and his partner Ron Stern of Silver Jeans) took the helm and started making changes. “At that time,” explains company president Neil Armstrong, “the company was doing a fair bit of private label programs through Western Glove Works, but these days, we do all of our own design and development work. We’re not actually doing business with Western Glove Works, but as sister companies, we assist each other quite frequently.” It seems appropriate that the two companies would be so linked here in the city of two degrees of separation. A Warehouse One store today looks vastly different from what one of the

stores would have looked like back in the 1990s. “Back then,” emphasizes Armstrong, “it was almost like a teen store – very denim-focused – whereas now it has a far fuller offering of related products: casual tops and accessories to compliment our core business, which is denim. The previous version of the company carried kids’ wear, which we have not carried now since 2005. Our core customer now is more in the range of 20 to 35-years old.” Like Silver Jeans, Warehouse One jeans are manufactured offshore, mainly in China, and have been since the manufacturing facility closed in 2004. The company still maintains its head office on Notre Dame Avenue, now home to its state-of-the-art distribution facility. The plan going forward, says Armstrong, is to continue to expand the business both physically and in cyberspace. “We’ve got our first Newfoundland store opening in August, and we want to keep getting into territories that have been under represented…all in Canada. We launched our e-commerce two years ago that will continue to be a major part of our business going forward.” The way each does business is vastly different from the way they began, but both Winnipeg companies – together responsible for a big chunk of the jeans worn on casual Fridays around the world – still call Winnipeg home. And business is good.


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“E ducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


—Nelson Mandela


he Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Its aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership. It is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century and the first to be established1 outside the national capital region. In September 2009, Stuart Murray was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CMHR. Born in Lestock,  Saskatchewan, he first studied science at the University of Manitoba, then left for Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto to further his studies in architectural science. In 2000, he was chosen leader of the Progressive Conservative party of Manitoba and leader of the opposition in the Manitoba legislature from 2000 to 2006. Murray also served as President and CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation from 2006 to 2009. He is married to Ashleigh Everett, a local entrepreneur and president of Royal Canadian Securities. They have two daughters, Sarah and Hayley. 1 Pier 21 in Halifax was designated as a national museum in 2011. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was designated in 2008. Pier 21 was a pre-existing museum, so was not “built”.


Winnipeg Men spoke with Stuart Murray at the end of March 2014: WM: I understand the official opening for the museum is scheduled for September 20, 2014. Given the nature of complicated construction projects do you have any concerns that date may have to be adjusted? SM: We’ve been on track and on schedule for the last 18 months and that’s allowed us to be firm on the date. WM: What’s the general level of excitement around here as you prepare for the opening? SM: It’s 11 out of 10—it’s so incredibly exciting! The magnitude and complexity of this project has been enormous and yet here we sit here in March knowing that in six months we’ll be throwing open these doors to the world! It’s pretty humbling actually. For me personally, it’s been a once-in-a-lifetime project to be involved in. And the news of the building is definitely out there—some travel writers have described the museum as one of the top five reasons to come to Canada.

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cover story outweigh the valleys. It’s the valleys that make the news, of course, and what most people learned about the project in the beginning. But for me it’s been a great learning experience and such a rallying point for so many people. As early as two years ago, one of our biggest challenges was emphasizing what we’re not. We’re not a genocide museum and we’re not a museum about memorializing. We’re an educational human rights institution—a place of learning. It’s a place where we’re going to shine a light in some dark corners of our past that Canada, and the world, isn’t so proud of. But those dark corners will be balanced by reminding our visitors of the real progress made on human rights issues around the globe—just in the last few decades. WM: Do you think there’s been less of the criticism that seemed to dog the museum in earlier days? SM: Yes, I think the criticism has certainly waned as people have become more aware of what the building actually means. But any large project faces the same debates and skepticism—look at the land surrounding us at The Forks, or the MTS Centre. But it’s important to note that this is a place of tolerance and discussions about differences of opinion

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are built into its very fabric. As long as discussion is taking place that’s a good thing because it leads to better understanding for everyone. But the overriding message from the many people who’ve been consulted or exposed to this project is to not underestimate the power of this building. WM: Any concerns that some of the subject matter in the displays may be too distressing, particularly for youngerpeople? SM: There’s no question that some of the material will be difficult. There’s no way to avoid that—and nor should there be. It’s really key for the public to understand that this isn’t a theme park with a casual trip through human rights. But the way we will be balancing those issues and the opportunity we’ve had to work with teachers and develop our programming will ensure that nobody’s ever surprised. Everybody who comes into the museum will be exposed to the right mixture of difficult subjects and human inspiration. We also have to understand where we’ve come from as a country. Canada as a young nation has had the maturity to apologize for some of its mistakes, and where we’ve made mistakes we’ve learned.

We’re now in a position where we can teach—there’s really no other museum like that in the world. WM: Can you talk about some of the museum’s accessibility and energy-efficient standards? SM: From the beginning we reached out to the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, headquartered right here in Winnipeg, for their opinions and involvement in designing accessible mobility and display systems. We then established our own Inclusive Design Advisory Council, with members from across the country. We were trying to learn from them—from an exhibit standpoint—about how we can ensure that everybody experiences the exhibits in the same way. That’s a big challenge. So they really taught us how to make the building accessible throughout. For example, there’s no stairs in the front of the building—it’s all ramps and elevators. We also partnered with the Ontario College of Art and Design to ensure our displays had tactility. So I can legitimately say that we’re at the top of the game for accessibility—the gold standard used to be the Smithsonian in Washington but we’ve been able to elevate it to a higher


cover story level. We just listened to the community and learned from them about how to do it properly. And of course there’s a number of things built into the site that enhance energy efficiency, even the location and siting. We wanted to ensure there was efficient public transit routes nearby, for one. The building itself has multiple efficiency innovations, such as the dots embedded in the glass that create heat, like a greenhouse, and diffusing the heat from the sun when it’s too hot. Our goal was to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver building and we’re confident we can achieve that.

means a lot. But, to unwind, I like to run, to work out, to read when I can (often things that are completely opposite to the work I do) and listen to great music. I’m just waiting for the day when I can bring in my tenor sax when the building sits empty and check out the acoustics. WM: Any final thoughts? SM: I just feel enormously privileged to be here—using all of my skills and experiences to help navigate this enormous ship. Every day that I come to work I see the sunrise come up in the east, over The Forks, and watch the city come alive.

From this perch you really get to experience the city’s unique history in a very real physical sense—it’s hard not to be proud. We all work in the coolest building in Canada and we’re inspired to come to work every day. We can’t wait for September 20 to open our doors to the world. I think people will find a human rights journey of inspiration unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. They’re going to be amazed by our exhibits, but I also hope they’ll be inspired to think and talk about human rights, and then act to support them in whatever ways they can. m

WM: What can you share about the architect’s vision and the design of the museum? SM: You can’t talk about the place without mentioning the architect— Antoine Predock. In the months ahead I can assure you he will be duly celebrated for his vision. I would direct your readers to the CMHR’s website for a full description of the architecture but let me just say he designed the building to ensure there were no right angles—so there are multiple perspectives from every square foot of space. Every time of day and every season gives a different view and interpretation, which was also part of the museum’s design concept. Another, less well known design concept is the Tyndall stone with the rough side facing out. The first time there was a snowfall, the snow hung on the building on the rough side— providing another perspective on the museum’s personality. As some people know, the glass on the outside represents the wings of a dove— caressing the building and enveloping it in peace. It was Antoine’s desire to make this a human rights journey from any angle, no matter where you come into the building. So thematically, it’s a human rights journey. You walk from mother earth down below, winding your way up on the alabaster ramps juxtaposed to the black concrete, and eventually find your way to the Tower of Hope. WM: What about the stress and impact on your family life this project must have had? What do you do to unwind?

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ere it is: the second in our four part series of reasons we think you should love Winnipeg. Some may surprise you, some may seem obvious, but all belong on the list. As always, please feel free to drop us a line at if you know of something that should be included!

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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 2

FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

Facility Marketing Group Inc. has been producing the Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival for 16 years. Taking place every year on the Red River at the Forks, it’s a great corporate team building and fundraising activity, bringing together employees, friends and associates. Through the charities associated with the events, over $425,000 is raised annually for cancer care and heart disease research.

This year will mark its 25th festival, and the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival will celebrate with music performed by the best local, national and international artists. A world-class lineup merges legends with new kids on the block, bringing together a must-hear, must-see group of performers.

Great Tastes of Manitoba Now in its 24th season, the most popular cooking show in the province shows you how easy it is to cook and bake with Manitoba foods. Food experts offer tested recipes using simple ingredients to make everything from appetizers to dessert, while beverage experts make meals even more memorable with suggestions for wines, beers, spirits and cocktails to go with each recipe.

Red River Ex The Red River Exhibition has been run by the Red River Exhibition Association for 63 years and provides Manitobans and visitors alike with fun, family entertainment, agriculture awareness, and a venue to showcase the accomplishments and achievements made within and by members of our community. Entertainment, free concerts, shopping and a midway are just some of the attractions. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

The University of Manitoba The province and its people are front and centre at the U of M. Visitors to the Fort Garry campus will see, among the historic structures, a cutting edge arctic research facility; an innovative and sustainable centre for Indigenous students; a striking, modern school for artists; and the newest and largest university stadium in Canada. With two main campuses, 29,000 students, 8,700 faculty and staff and 131,000 alumni in 131 countries, the university’s impact is felt in every corner of the province. Every $1 the U of M spends generates $1.85 for the Manitoba economy. The University contributes $1.8 billion annually to our province’s economic activity, building a better future for Manitobans.

Flatlander`s Beer Festival Presented by the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, the 11th annual Flatlander’s Beer Festival is now in its 11th year. A truly unique public tasting event, it will focus on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world. Ticket purchases include all samples, a program and sample glass, which you receive upon entrance to the festival.

Tinkertown Family Fun Park Tinkertown is an outdoor amusement park with over 20 rides and attractions – the place to bring the whole family in the summer. – the place for fun in the summer! Ferris wheels, superslides, bumper cars, Water Wars, mini-golf and more await you at this much-loved attraction. Open only during the summer, make sure to take advantage of all Tinkertown has to offer.

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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 2 The Fort Garry Hotel For over 100 years the historic Fort Garry Hotel has been the standard for grandeur and elegance in the city. It provides travelers and locals with a single point to conduct business, enjoy a relaxing getaway, celebrate an occasion or indulge in some pampering. Stop in for Sunday brunch and take advantage of the chocolate fountain, visit the haunted guest room, or relax at TEN Spa and allow yourself to be pampered.

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden combines artistic beauty and the wonders of nature, featuring the incredible works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. Created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived, the garden also houses the Leo Mol Gallery, featuring works by the artist himself, and the Leo Mol School House Studio.

Lilyfield Cakes Founded by local entrepreneur Heather Stewart, Lilyfield Cakes has become a country and even world-known company. Featured in countless magazines, on TV, and most recently, at the Oscars, the company is taking the world by storm and showing up everywhere.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Established in the 1930s, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have drawn together some 11 million fans since stats started being recorded in 1936. Between their first Grey Cup win in 1935 to their last in 1990, no other team has made more trips to the Grey Cup than the Bombers` 21 appearances. A source of team and province pride, the Bombers have just come off their first season at Investors Group Field.

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Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium Created in 1984, Ragpickers began as a tiny blip in the underground arts scene, grew to become something of a phenomenon throughout the ‘90s, and had continued to evolve to this day. Funky clothes and one-of-a-kind finds have helped propel Ragpickers into an eclectic staple of the Exchange District. The latest development was in 2013, when a wholesale style warehouse entitled The Ragfactory came to life.

Festival du Voyageur An annual 10-day festival held in the heart of winter, the Festival du Voyageur is a celebration of Canada`s fur-trading past and French heritage and culture through entertainment, art, music, exhibits and displays. Taking place in the city`s French Quarter, Saint-Boniface, it is western Canada`s largest winter festival.

Muddy Water Tours Since its beginnings in 2002, Muddy Water Tours has entertained guests with their unique explanation of the darker side of Winnipeg`s history. Visit haunted locations, tour the streets while being regaled with tales of true crime, plagues and medicine, vice and jail life and more. The odd tidbits of information will shock, surprise and entertain you.

Great Big Adventure Winnipeg`s newest and largest indoor play centre, Great Big Adventure features 12, 000 square feet of interior space to burn off some energy. Let the kids monkey around on the 3,000 square foot play structure, which features seven 20 foot slides. An exclusive toddler section keeps the little ones safe, and there are even loungers and couches for parents to kick back while the kids play.

Louis Riel`s Tombstone A Canadian politician and founder of the province of Manitoba, Louis Riel was a Métis rebel leader who fought to preserve Métis rights and culture. He was found guilty of treason for his role in the 1885 rebellion and was hanged on November 16, 1885. His tombstone can be found at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral.

Royal Canadian Mint Take a tour of the Mint and wonder at the fact that every single Canadian coin in circulation was produced right there. The flags displayed around the building itself represent the 75 additional countries that have coins produced right here in Winnipeg. Go behind the scenes at our very own state-of-the-art facility.

Keycon Manitoba`s premier Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Convention, Keycon focuses on science fiction, fantasy and related literary genres, including writing, visual arts, television and film. Attracting fans of genres from adroids to zombies, or Artemis Fowl to Zimiamvia, Keycon is a great opportunity to make new friends and discuss your favourite genre.

Winnie the Bear World famous Winnie the Pooh was actually named after Winnipeg, in case you’d never heard or realized. In 1992, a bronze statue and plaque depicting the well –known duo of Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie the Bear was donated by the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg and was located in the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Winnie and Lt. Colebourn have a new home now, at the Nature Playground in Assiniboine Park. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 2 Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Birthplace to Some Famous People

Since 1982, Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families. It has grown to become one of Canada`s most respected professional theatre companies. Located at The Forks, 28,000 square feet encompass a performance facility featuring a re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.

So there are a lot of amazing people born here each and every day. There are also some people that have been born here that have made it big on the ice, in politics, on the stage and even on the big screen. Just to name a few: Anna Paquin, Chantal Kreviazuk, Fred Penner, Terry Fox, Guy Maddin, Chip Foster and Pepper Foster, Jonathan Toews, Nia Vardalos, Monty Hall, Cindy Klassen.

Half Pints Brewing Co. Having opened to the public in August of 2006, Half Pints Brewing Co. has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Owned locally by Nicole Barry and David Rudge, each have a hand in getting the beer on the shelves, whether it be by grinding malted barley or working the business side. With four flagship beers and brewery tours open to the public, Half Pints is poised to keep on growing.

Old Market Square Set in the heart of the Exchange District, Old Market Square is a hub for the entire city. A neighbourhood park for the surrounding area, in the summer it becomes vibrant with life in the form of events and festivals. In 2009 the square received a facelift in order to be able to accommodate the increased traffic in the area. It also features the Cube Stage, which is home to many annual festivals.

Winnipeg Trails Association The trails throughout Winnipeg are as diverse as the thriving multiculturalism of our city. Weaving through river bottom forests, urban jungles, along abandoned rail lines and across open fields, the sights are sure to keep things interesting as you walk, run, pedal or roll your way across the city. If you’re feeling adventurous you could pick a new trail to discover every time you leave the house!

Burton Cummings Theatre Built in 1906-07, the Burton Cummings Theatre, originally known at the Walker Theatre, began its life housing ballets, operas and Broadway-style shows. In 1945 it was converted into the Odeon Cinema, and after a successful run as a theatre, reopened as a venue for live appearances in 1991. That year it was also designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In 2002 it was renamed after Winnipeg-born Burton Cummings, and today it hosts shows of all genres.


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Player Development Initiatives: • Golf in Schools program • CN Future Links • City of Winnipeg Camps • University of Manitoba Mini U camps • Training Squads for Games (Manitoba Games, Western Canada Games & Canada Games) • Provincial Teams • University of Manitoba Bison Team

Handicap and Course Rating A Golf Canada Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal conditions based on yardage and other obstacles. This rating is expressed as the number of strokes a scratch player would take in playing the course (e.g. 71.5). A Golf Canada Slope Rating is an evaluation of how much more difficult the course plays for individuals who are not scratch golfers (bogey golfers). This rating is expressed as a whole number in the range of 70 to 150. When the evaluation indicates a course is of equal difficulty for the scratch and bogey golfer, its slope rating is 113.

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 ll golf courses which are members of A Golf Manitoba and Golf Canada are permitted to use the course and slope rating trademarks. This service allows member clubs to provide golfers at their course with a standardized measurement for the difficulty of the course as well as the difficulty between players. Course ratings are conducted on a 10 year cycle with new courses being rated every three years until they are 10 years old. Golf Manitoba has a schedule of courses to be rated annually based on the 10 year cycle as well as new member courses joining the Association.

Championships Member clubs have the opportunity to host provincial and national tournaments which provide significant exposure to the club. Individual members can also compete in the many championships conducted by Golf Manitoba and Golf Canada.

Rules of Golf & Handicap System Education All member clubs in Manitoba and northwest Ontario are eligible to provide their members with a certified handicap factor and can register to use the Golf Canada Score Centre at at no cost. The Score Centre at provides real-time handicap factors, accurate course ratings and easy access for Golf Canada/Golf Manitoba members/ member clubs with Internet access to use at clubs, home, work or elsewhere. Golf Canada and Golf Manitoba offer several programs to learn the Rules of Golf. Our Education Program is designed for all golfers wishing to improve their level of knowledge of the Rules of Golf including recreational golfers, competitive golfers, professionals and rules officials, or those wishing to become a rules official.

Informing golfers on these two important aspects of the game continue to be a focus both provincially and nationally.

Communications Golf Manitoba and Golf Canada provide regular communications to all members and member clubs. Golf Canada Magazine, the annual Golf Manitoba magazine, electronic newsletters and social media are a few of the key communication tools utilized to inform the golf community on industry related activities.

Industry Advocacy Golf Manitoba, along with industry partners, have been involved in advocacy days for the golf industry and assist with industry related government issues. Manitoba Golf Scholarship Fund and Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Golf Manitoba provides administrative support to the Manitoba Golf Scholarship Fund who awards annual scholarships to individuals pursuing post-secondary education at Canadian institutions. Golf Manitoba is also a partner in the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. Along with the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) of Manitoba and the Manitoba Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Hall is dedicated to the recognition of contributions and accomplishments made by Manitobans who have brought honour and distinction to the game of golf. As the provincial governing body of golf for Manitoba and northwest Ontario, we strive to assist with growing the game. Golf is very fortunate to be the #1 participation sport in Canada and Manitoba is second only to Saskatchewan for participation per capita. We are a “hot bed” for golf and very fortunate to have world class facilities and programs. m WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM


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Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays Grilled skirt steak, or arrachera, has bold fresh flavours of chilis, cilantro, and garlic. This cut of meat is very popular in Mexican cooking. If you love steak, you will enjoy the flavour of this marinated grilled meat. These tacos work great as an appetizer or main course, and can be prepared easily for large groups.

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Skirt steak, cleaned

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Salsa or pico de gallo

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Serrano chilies cut in half


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Cloves garlic

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Rub the meat generously with the marinade, and place in a resalable plastic bag, and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Heat grill or broiler until it is very hot. Lift the steaks from the marinade and pat dry. Grill each side until desired doneness, 3 minutes, turning once for medium rare. Discard the marinade. Transfer to a cutting board, let rest for 5 minutes, slice across the grain into thin strips, and serve on tortillas, garnished with pico de gallo, cilantro and a lime wedge. SUMMER 2014 |


Events Guide JUNE

Challenge for Life 20k Walk June 7, 2014 Starts at Assiniboine Park netcommunity/challenge-forlife/2014

Inspire for Life Walk for Lung Cancer June 13, 2014 The Forks NetCommunity/Inspire-for-Life

Pride Parade June 1, 2014 Starts at the Manitoba Legislature

Polish Fest-Sokol Days June 7-8, 2014 Garden City Community Centre

Spring Sprint June 1, 2014 Assiniboine Park Conservatory Area

Manitoba Pet Expo June 8, 2014 St. Norbert Community Centre Arena

Festival du patrimoine Montcalm/Montcalm Heritage Festival June 13-15, 2014 St. Joseph Musée St. Joseph Museum, 25 Brais Boulevard festival

Kidsfest (Winnipeg International Children’s Festival) June 5-8, 2014 The Forks Market

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Memory Walk June 12, 2014 The Forks Scotiabank Stage

River City Dragon Boat Festival June 6-7, 2014 Manitoba Water Ski Park, 365 Murdock Road mb/river-city-dragon-boatfestival/?region=mb

Flatlander’s Beer Festival June 12-13, 2014 MTS Centre

Back 40 Festival June 1, 2014 Morden Park Bowl

Hi Neighbour Festival June 6-8, 2014 Transcona Annual Run 2 Finish Huntington Disease June 7, 2014 Assiniboine Park Conservatory Tent

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TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival June 12-21, 2014 Various venues Downtown & Exchange District Downtown Tours: Patio Crawl June 13, 2014 Various Patios in Downtown Winnipeg

Just 4 U Daze June 13-15, 2014 Shoal Lake Station Road Summer in the City Festival June 13-15, 2014 Downtown Steinbach

Ultimate Frisbee in the park June 14, 2014 The Forks Festival Park Manitoba Marathon June 15, 2014 University of Manitoba Downtown Tours: Biking and Beer June 18, 2014 Café 22 International Cello Festival of Canada June 18-20, 2014 Downtown Tours: A Moveable Feast June 19, 2014 Various Locations in Winnipeg

PAWS IN MOTION June 22, 2014, Assiniboine Park Conservatory Area Each year, the Winnipeg Humane Society takes in over 8,000 animals. By registering and raising funds to help, you’re assisting to provide food, shelter, and critical medical attention. What better way is there to spend a Sunday? www.winnipeghumanesocietydonor. ca/netcommunity/paws-in-motion


Cher Dressed to Kill Tour June 20, 2014 MTS Centre

Michael Bublé Concert June 26, 2014 MTS Centre

Thousand Oaks Gospel Camp Music Festival June 20-22, 2014 Winkler Winkler Park, Park Street and Grandeur Avenue

Trout Festival June 26-July 1, 2014 Flin Flon Various Locations www.flinflontrout

Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration June 21, 2014 The Forks

Wu-Tang Clan Concert June 27, 2014 Burton Cummings Theatre

Manitoba Highland Gathering June 21, 2014 Selkirk Park Queen + Adam Lambert Tour June 21, 2014 MTS Centre Turkey Fest & Duck Race June 21, 2014 RM of Pembina Centennial Campground La Fête del las Saint-Jean Baptiste/ St. Jean Baptiste Days June 21-22, 2014 La Broquerie MEC Bikefest June 22, 2014 The Forks Under the Canopy Paws in Motion June 22, 2014 Assiniboine Park Conservatory Area The Michael Jackson HIStory Show presents: Thriller June 23, 2014 Burton Cummings Theatre Downtown Tours: Rebirth of Our Downtown June 25, 2014 Downtown Winnipeg Dauphin’s Countryfest June 26-29, 2014 Dauphin Selo Ukraina Hertiage Site & Amphitheatre, Highway 10 South


Oak Point Music Festival June 27-29, 2014 Oak Point Community Park Multicultural Day June 28, 2014 The Forks Under the Canopy Family Festival June 30-1, 2014 Stony Mountain Outdoor Rink, School Road

JULY Canada Day Picnic in the Park July 1, 2014 Assiniboine Park Canada Day at The Forks July 1, 2014 The Forks Journey to Churchill Opening July 3, 2014 Assiniboine Park Zoo www.assiniboineparkzoo. ca/attractions/exhibits-info. php?entry_id=13916 Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular July 4, 2014 MTS Centre Multicultural Summer Festival July-5, 2014 Brandon Princess Park, Princess Avenue & 8th Street Family Fun Weekend July 4-6, 2014 Winnipegosis

CANADA DAY PICNIC IN THE PARK July 1, 2014 Assiniboine Park CanadInns is holding its Canada Day celebrations at Assiniboine Park! Live entertainment, fun for the kids, birthday celebrations, food and beverage vendors, and of course, fireworks!

Summer Fest July 5-6, 2014 Dominion City 113 Franklin Avenue East Winnipeg Folk Festival July 9-13, 2014 Birds Hill Provincial Park Folies Grenouilles & foire Agricole/Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair July 10-13, 2014 St. Pierre Jolys Carillon Park Downtown Tours: Patio Crawl July 11, 2014 Various Patios in Downtown Winnipeg Soca-Reggae Festival July 11-13, 2014 Old Market Square 51st International Ham Radio Festival July 11-13, 2014 International Peace Gardens Fun Fest July 11-13, 2014 Minnedosa Various Venues West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest July 11-13, 2014 Whiteshell Provincial Park, West Hawk Lake Rotary Lobsterfest July 12, 2014 Gimli Rec Centre, 45 Centennial Road

“Rockin The Red” 2nd Annual Family Festival July 12-13, 2014 Lockport Half Moon Drive In 6860, Henderson Highway Fête de la Bastille/ Bastille Day July 13, 2014 St. Claude Summer Day C.A.M.P. (Circus and Magic Partnership) July 14-18, 2014 The Forks Scotiabank Stage Downtown Tours: Biking and Beer July 16, 2014 Pony Corral Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival July 16-27, 2014 Various Locations Beach Festival July 18-19, 2014 Killarney Agricultural Grounds Boardwalk Days July 18-20, 2014 Winnipeg Beach DuckyFest July 18-19, 2014 Warren Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground

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events guide

Bear Fest July 19, 2014 Churchill Hudson Square Downtown Tours: Almost Famouse July 19, 2014 Various pubs, clubs and bars in Winnipeg Festival d’été Cheyenne Summer Fest July 19, 2014 Ste. Agathe Cartier Park St Madeleine Métis Days July 19-20, 2014 St. Madeleines Water Festival July 19-20, 2014 Oak Hammock Marsh Highway 220 Neepawa & Area Lily Festival July 25, 2014 Neepawa Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival July 25-27, 2014 Brandon Keystone Centre Grounds, 1175 18th Street Manitoba Sunflower Festival July 25-27, 2014 Altona Centennial Park events-attractions/manitobasunflower-festival Fannystelle Family Funfest July 26, 2014 Fannystelle Community Club Medieval Festival July 26, 2014 Cooks Creek Immaculate Conception Church & Grotto, Highway 212 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run Tour July 27, 2014 MTS Centre

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Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival August 1- 3, 2014 Dauphin Selo Ukraina Festival Site, Highway 10 South

July 27, 2014 MTS Centre The upcoming tour by R&B recording artist Beyoncé and her rapper husband, Jay-Z. Selling out in multiple locations in just minutes, extra shows have been added to the tour.

Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa August 1-3, 2014 Lake Minnedosa Islendingadagurinn – Icelandic Festival of Manitoba August 1-4, 2014 Gimli Various Venues Pioneer Days August 1-4, 2014 Steinbach Mennonite Heritage Village, Highway 12 North Bruno Mars The Moonshine Jungle Tour August 2, 2014 MTS Centre Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Folklorama Kickoff August 2, 2014 The Forks Folklorama August 3-16, 2014 Various Locations in Winnipeg

F.A.M.E. August 3, 2014 International Peace Garden Broken Bells Concert August 4, 2014 Burton Cummings Theatre Great Woods Music Festival August 7-9, 2014 Beausejour Great Woods Park Festival-greatwoods/index. htm Downtown Tours: Patio Crawl August 8, 2014 Various Patios in Downtown Winnipeg

Rod Stewart and Santana Concert August 8, 2014 MTS Centre Halloween in August August 8-9, 2014 Warren Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground Kleefeld Honey Festival August 8-9, 2014 Kleefeld Park Winkler Harvest Festival & Exhibition August 8-10, 2014 Winkler Various Venues Friends of Riding Mountain National Park Kiddie Parade August 9, 2014 Riding Mountain National Park

ISLENDINGADAGURINN – ICELANDIC FESTIVAL OF MANITOBA August 1-4, 2014 Gimli Various Venues This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Just one hour north of Winnipeg, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate family, friends, and Icelandic heritage and culture.

Portage Potato Festival August 9, 2014 Portage la Prairie PCU Centre, 245 Royal Road South 22nd Annual Carrick Days August 9-10, 2014 Carrick Community Centre Prairie Jam Music Festival August 10, 2014 MTS Centre



Devon Clunis Winnipeg Chief of Police What is your favourite thing about Winnipeg? The multicultural nature, limitless potential and generous spirit of our people is what makes Winnipeg so special in my eyes. There are no limits to what you can achieve and no shortage of people willing to help you get there. What makes you happy? My first source of happiness is my bride Pearlene. Just answering this question and thinking about her makes me smile. The second thing that makes me happy is helping people and seeing positive results. What’s something about your job that people might not know? Though crime is the focus of much of police work, dealing with issues beyond crime takes up a great deal of our time. True police work is far more complicated than often portrayed in television police dramas. What do you think makes living in Winnipeg different from living anywhere else? Similar to the answer to question #1. Winnipeggers live the provincial motto of “friendly Manitoba.” I always love coming home to Winnipeg, even arriving back from Jamaica on a frigid February night this winter. If you could give one piece of advice what would it be? Have a little faith and realize we live in a great city in a fantastic country. Sometimes we are far too critical and it robs us of the joy of living in such a great place, among some incredible people. When you just want to get out of the house, where do you go? I love Birds Hill Park. Either walking or riding my bike. In addition to that, any golf course suits me just fine.

What’s the best thing about your job? I’m fortunate that my job gives me the ability to contribute to society in a very positive way. That has been my passion since the days of my youth and I get opportunities to make a difference every single day. What are some “Random Facts” about you? I love ice cream. My favourite colour is purple. I learned to swim last year.

What is a “must read” book that you’d recommend? Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It’s packed full of intergenerational life lessons bridging all societal boundaries. What’s the secret to living a good life? For me, my faith in action is the secret of a good life. I’m only human and certainly not perfect. But I try to live to serve others and that brings me happiness. m

If you could have any other career what would it be? I’ve often thought about that and two that interest me are psychologist or sociologist. If you were a superhero what would your superpower be? I would love to be able to change people’s minds. You could accomplish so much in such a short period of time. If you could change one thing about Winnipeg what would it be? The main thing I would like to change is our own perspective of our city. I often hear people complaining about our city and demanding change. A change in perspective helps us see possibilities and then we are encouraged to strive for those possibilities. Too many times, we want to see the outcome before we change our perspective, not realizing that it’s our perspective that is limiting the outcome.

If someone were new to Winnipeg what would you recommend to them? Go to Folklorama. It’s such a great way to explore the essence of Winnipeg and experience our multicultural spirit. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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Harley Davidson of Winnipeg........9

Breezy Point Resort.....................25

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar...19

Fillmore Riley LLP.........................17

Lakeview Hotels & Resorts..........23

G & K Electric Inc. .........................3

LaVérendrye Golf Club................25

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