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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg: Part 1




In the City Rolling Out the Red Carpet: Winnipeg prepares to host the 2014 Junos


6  Sports

and Leisure Ultimate Disc: A simply complicated game for all

17  Your Health

Vital Vita Fresh Market: They’ve come a long way, baby

18  Get Outdoors So many lakes, so little time: Great cottage spots in the land of 100,000 lakes

20  Good Eats

Mojito Rack of Lamb

21  Getting to Know Paul Rabliauskas: Cohost of The Rise Up Show on Streetz 104.7FM

22  From the Bar

Amber Awesomeness: Go darker for a spring refresher

24  Index to



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Winnipeg The guide for living local


Spring 2014: Volume 10, Issue 1


pring means bigs things for the city, one of which is The Junos.

Our second time hosting the event in the past decade, the city began to buzz with the official announcement, and with the recent press conference, the lineup of events is definitely something to be excited about. From art exhibits to the Juno Cup to the actual awards show itself, there’s something for every music lover. Our cover story is one we at Winnipeg Men (and Women) are particularly excited about – 100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg. Though we realize there are more than 100 reasons, we figured it was a good place to start. We’ve included 25 in this issue and will have 25 more in each issue of this year. If you think there’s something that deserves to be listed as a reason, please drop us a line and let us know what it is at

EDITOR Alison Mintenko CONTRIBUTORS Kelly Parker, J.A. Shapira, Joanna Graham, Rob Thomas, Elizabeth Russell, Randy Sawatzky PUBLISHED BY





Get to know Paul Rabliauskas, cohost of The Rise Up Show on Streetz 104.7FM.

If you’re looking forward to getting out into warmer temperatures to stretch your legs, why not look into the sport of Ultimate Disc? A simple sport that’s easy to learn to play, it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Having recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports had around 4,200 players as of last year. Check out our Sports and Leisure pages for more information. This issue we’ve also brought over a few ideas from the Women’s side of the magazine, with a recipe and some tips on choosing the perfect drink. Make yourself a great dinner, park yourself with a shot of your choice, and read up. Not much longer, Winnipeg, and the temperatures to reflect the season will be just outside your doors.

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Ultimate Disc By Kelly Parker

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A simply complicated game for all


ooking for a summer sport that involves more…well, sport and less standing around and drinking frosty beverages (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? You might have just found your new “thing.”

Ultimate Disc – players refer to it simply as “Ultimate” – was concocted by a group of New Jersey high school students, including Joel Silver (later the Hollywood producer of the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon franchises), in 1968 with the first game played between the student council and the student newspaper staff. Soon, evening games were played in the school’s parking lot before each of the guys went off to different colleges, started up leagues at each of those and the game caught on from there. At its simplest, Ultimate is a low-contact team field sport played with a plastic flying disc with points scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in football. Players must maintain a pivot while holding the disc, and interceptions and incomplete passes are turnovers. “It’s a really simple game,” explains Corey Draper, Executive Director of the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports (MODS), “but it’s also really complicated. You can start with the most basic rules, what we call The Ten Simple Rules of Ultimate that we’ve actually got printed on a disc, so that you can actually hand somebody a disc and they’ll have enough information to start playing.” Like any sport, the full set of rules can be quite a bit more complicated and take a long time to learn. “The reason they called it Ultimate,” Draper

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explains “is because it stole a lot of concepts from other sports; soccer, football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse, and you can see similarities in the rules for many of those sports. It really does encompass many concepts and we steal as much as we can from the others! That’s why it’s such a good cross-training sport.”

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Because of the timing of its beginnings in late ‘60s U.S. counterculture, Ultimate has resisted empowering any referee with rule enforcement, instead relying on the sportsmanship of players and invoking the “Spirit of the Game” to maintain fair play. Players call their own fouls and dispute a foul only when they genuinely believe it did not occur. The roots of the sport here in Winnipeg date back to about 1985 at St. Paul’s High School. “A guy named Jean-Luc Forest got into it after a trip to Toronto and brought it back here to share with his buddies. After graduation,” says Draper, “they moved their games to Assiniboine Park, and then eventually, in 1988, they formed a league and the organization that eventually became MODS. It started off with four teams, struggled and lost one, and then since about 1991, it has grown tremendously to the point where we just celebrated our 25th anniversary. We started with a group of 30 or fewer people, and three teams, and as of last summer, we had 240 adult teams, 50 school-aged teams and around 4,200 players.” Ultimate season kicks off in the spring with school and adult leagues starting up in May. There’s a junior provincial championship at the end of May that has been going on for close to 20 years with about 50 schools participating, a level that has doubled over the last couple of years. June marks a big fun adult tournament that will move this year from Assiniboine Park to Maple Grove, site of the annual Super-Spike volleyball tournament. “We’re really trying to emulate the style of what they do with (Super-Spike), to make it a bit more than just a sports event, and more of a party with musical attractions.” The Canadian Ultimate Championships have been hosted in Winnipeg three times, the last being in 2009 and MODS is looking at trying to get that event back for either 2015 or 2016. “We’d really like to be able to do that because it increases WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

our exposure, and it’s a great tourist attraction for Manitoba. In 2009,” notes Draper, “it brought almost $2 million in tourist dollars to the province and the event has grown quite a bit since then, so it would be much larger than that the next time out.” Good for you if you don’t consider yourself an athlete and you’ve read this far because Ultimate still might be for you. “People who I refer to as ‘non-traditional athletes’ can excel at the sport of Ultimate because of the way the game is played. Being the fastest, tallest and

‘nontraditional athletes’ can excel at the sport of Ultimate because of the way the game is played

fittest is great,” Draper notes, “but there are a lot of other attributes that make people good at this game, and I think that is really attractive to a lot of people who have maybe never had much success playing sports.” Draper says MODS offers free clinics for groups looking to get something going. “We’d love to get involved with organizations that don’t have any Ultimate going on yet. All it takes is a little exposure, and many players fall in love with it the first time they play it.” See to get started.


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Rolling Out the Red Carpet By J.A. Shapira

As Winnipeg prepares to host the 2014 Junos


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summit for Canada’s entertain-

ment elite has somehow transformed over the years into Canada’s most respected and well-known awards show that not only recognizes the very best in Canadian talent, but showcases our musical heritage in a full week of back-to-back events culminating in a televised awards show and red carpet extravaganza that emulates the Acad-

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emy Awards and the Grammy’s. For legendary Canadian hit-maker Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, the Juno Awards are more than just a pat on the back, but an opportunity to network with other artists. Taking a quick break from their tour, Cuddy calls me at home for a chat about what the Junos mean to him and his band. In the late 80s as most musicians scoffed at the awards show, Cuddy explains how he viewed it as more of a singer/songwriter convention than an award show. “(Today) the Juno Awards are a way to celebrate with other members of the tribe,” says Cuddy, explaining that otherwise musicians really don’t get to see each other very often. “I think that by making the event more than just an awards show, musicians were able to relax their sphincters a bit and enjoy the fact that they could get together with each other and just celebrate the year that was.”

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Tyler Shaw


For a solid 20 minutes Cuddy (who I’ve never met) talks to me like we’ve been friends for years. He tells me how this tour has been one of his favourites and how proud he is to have his son’s band opening for Blue Rodeo.

just one dream come true. “I want to surpass this dream,” Shaw tells me. When I ask what that means he tells me “bigger and better. Right now I only have two singles on the radio, so we’re working on an album and hopefully that takes me down south where the U.S. market is.”

“The most important part of this country’s music scene is playing live,” says Cuddy. “The greatest thing that’s ever happened to the Junos is moving them out of Toronto and into other cities. We all know Winnipeg, Saskatoon and St. Johns, but normally the industry doesn’t. It’s really enjoyable to get out and see the cities.”

The 2012 winner of the MuchMusic Coca-Cola Covers Contest, Shaw rocketed to stardom releasing two singles and becoming Canada’s latest teen sensation. Humble, yet obviously still wet behind the ears, I have to ask what the Juno nomination means to him. “It means a lot. It means all my hard work in the past year and a half has paid off. It’s truly, truly amazing,” says Shaw.

For a full seven days, Winnipeg will play host to a contingent of Canada’s most prolific performers. From the Juno Cup, which Jim Cuddy started as a way to give back to the community, to Sunday’s Songwriters Circle where musicians share stories and inspiration, the Juno Awards are much more than just a red carpet and broadcast. They are an integral part of our country’s culture, celebrating Canada’s successes and promoting our most talented ambassadors to the world. For newcomer Tyler Shaw, being nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year is

For many, Tyler Shaw might seem like an overnight success, but he makes it clear that although he’s been very lucky, he’s worked hard since he found a guitar under the staircase when he was just 13 years old.

Jim Cuddy

“I don’t believe in overnight success,” he tells me, and jokingly adds “with the exception of Justin Bieber – but you hear about great artists who have been working at the game for 10 years or so, and in my case it’s only been a year and a half which is crazy. It does take a long time for success to show. I just got really lucky that it happened so quick.”

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2014 JUNO Week Events Guide — As of February 25, 2014 –

Dancin’ Tones and Buzzin’ Bones: Celebrating the 2014 JUNOS

JUNOfest 2014

March 1 – June 15 • Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave What: The Explore Science Zone in The Manitoba Museum’s Science Gallery is excited to offer the public a series of activities including Buzzin’ Bones, Straw Oboe, and Surfing on a Sound Wave among others, that explore the scientific principles of vibrations and waves that govern music and instruments.

Presented by SiriusXM Canada March 28 and 29 • Various venues in Winnipeg What: Canadian music hits the streets with a multi-venue showcase of over 100 local, regional and national acts. Nightly lineups feature three or four acts per venue with established and developing artists sharing the stage. Associated JUNOfest Shows (a limited number of JUNOfest wristband holders will be granted access)

The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

Tim Hicks with guest Brett Kissel

March 24 – June 1 Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd What: JUNO Award nominees and/or winners (6-8) select works within a gallery’s Canadian collections that serve as personal or artistic inspiration, their response is video recorded, and displayed in the gallery next to their chosen piece on screen and via a gallery label, as a part of The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art (JTOCA).

JUNO Photography Exhibition March 24 – 30 • Gurevich Fine Art, 200-62 Albert Street What: A stunning retrospective photography exhibition showcasing the past 40+ years of Canadian music and the JUNO Awards.

Sirius XM JUNO Awards Kick-Off March 27 • Manitoba House (The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre), 281 Donald Street What: Sirius XM, CARAS and the Winnipeg Host Committee present The Trews, with special guests The New Meanies and Attica Riots. Proceeds to be donated to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.

Junior JUNOS – Featuring the 2014 Children’s Album of the Year Nominees March 29 • Manitoba Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Rd What: Even the smallest music fan will love to walk the red carpet when the Manitoba Children’s Museum hosts the 2014 JUNO Children’s Album of the Year nominee showcase! Catch the top acts of the year perform live in concert, then rock the day away exploring the galleries and building your own instruments.

JUNO Cup March 28 • MTS Iceplex, 3969 Portage Ave What: JUNO Awards Weekend kicks off with a celebrity fundraising hockey game in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS. NHL Greats and Canadian musicians will face off in a fun, competitive, non-contact hockey game.

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March 28 • McPhillips Station Casino “Concert Cabaret”

Manitoba Rocks! March 28, 29 and 30 • Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street What: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Alexander Mickelthwate conducts Imaginary Cities, Royal Canoe, Nathan, The Lytics. For complete JUNOfest listings see

JUNO Fan Fare Presented by hmv Canada March 29 • St. Vital Centre, 1225 St Mary’s Rd What: One of the most popular events of JUNO week, JUNO Fan Fare gives Canadian music fans the opportunity to meet their favourite artists.

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN In association with Manitoba Film and Music and The Asper Foundation March 30 • Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith Street What: JUNO Songwriters’ Circle brings together some of todays’ most talented Canadian singer-songwriters, sharing songs and stories on stage. Host Randy Bachman will lead the discussion, perform some of his hit songs and get up-close with audiences.

The JUNO Awards Red Carpet Location: MTS Centre, 300 Portage Ave What: The evening begins with an exciting Red Carpet show prior to the live CTV Broadcast.

The 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast March 30 • MTS Centre, 300 Portage Ave 6:30 p.m. Doors; 7:45 p.m. Seated; 8:00 p.m. Show What: THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS airs live on CTV from Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on Sunday, March 30.

Friday Night Live @ ROM: The JUNOS After Dark Date: May 2, 2014 Location: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON What: CARAS is partnering with the ROM on their Friday Night Live @ ROM series, presenting a JUNO-themed night of programming that highlights Canada’s amazing musical talent.


As Shaw talks in detail about his greatest moments since becoming a celebrity, he lists off the standards like signing a record deal and playing his first show, but when it comes to his biggest moment, he admits it’s this Juno nomination. Shaw isn’t alone in that regard, Ryan Marshall from Canadian indie band Walk Off The Earth, echoes his sentiments. Initially fighting for a chance to be heard, it wasn’t until WOTE’s cover of Goyte’s “Somebody that I used to know” went viral on Youtube when the band played their version using the same guitar. Since then, they’ve focused on pushing the limits by using everything from a Volkswagon to the rarely seen Ukelele as instruments. With their unique sound and varied personalities, WOTE went from being nominated for one award last year to three in 2014, earning them a spot among Canada’s top musicians.

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“Every video we try and make better and better,” Marshall tells me, giving me an inside look at some road stories where they share electric guitars at live concerts and throw instruments to get reactions. When I ask what their next crazy stunt is Marshall laughs.“I don’t know, maybe an airplane?” Excited to come to Winnipeg, he explains how the members like to get out and experience every city. “It’s a really big year for Walk off the Earth,” says Marshall. “If we have downtime we like to get out, see the city and see what the local people like to get into. We like to have fun, sometimes we do some crazy things,” he says, and even tells me Winnipegger’s might just see them busking on the corner. If, of course, the weather is nice enough. For every aspiring Canadian musician, the Juno Awards represent a chance to prove their success. There is no greater reward than the recognition it bestows upon young recording artists, and for Winnipeg, having the Juno’s here gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our beloved city and show the world why we’re known as friendly Manitoba. Juno Week takes place in Winnipeg, March 24 to 30 at venues across the city. For a full list of events visit

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100 to love




e’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of 100 things that we think you should love about Winnipeg. Some you may know about, some may be events you’ve attended since you were a tiny Winnipegger,

or maybe you’re new around here and this list will give you some ideas for your first tastes of the city.

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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 1

This list is in no particular order, nor is it definitive, but these are things you should definitely check out. We’ll include another 25 things in each consecutive issue until we reach 100, so if you know of a Winnipeg gem you think we should include we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at, then get out and enjoy what Winnipeg has to offer!


Assiniboine Park Zoo

Children’s Museum

Established in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery became the first civic art gallery in Canada. Over its century in existence, it has brought countless exhibitions and programs to its patrons, promoting Manitoba artists as well as bringing tastes of the world to the province through a vast array of exhibits.

Located in stunning Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a staple destination for families, tourists and animal lovers for over a century. Over 80 acres offer close to 200 different species to study and marvel over. Currently in Phase II of its three phase redevelopment plan, visitors are already delighting in the changes and improvements.

Built in 1889 and housed in the oldest surviving train repair facility in Western Canada, the museum is filled with handson exhibits to pique any child’s interest. The Children’s Museum is where education and innovation come together to spark the minds of kids and adults alike.

BDI Bridge (BDI) Actually named the Elm Park Bridge, the BDI Bridge was built in 1912 and originally used for vehicular traffic. It was closed to vehicles and designated as a foot bridge in 1965, and affectionately nicknamed the BDI Bridge because of the nearby Bridge Drive-In ice cream shop.

The Forks A gathering place for over 6,000 years, The Forks has welcomed early Aboriginal people, European fur traders, railway pioneers, and immigrants, among many other historical groups. Today people gather there to shop, be entertained, dine, celebrate and take in the history.


Winnipeg Folk Festival Assiniboine Park The “jewel in the crown” of the City’s park system, Assiniboine Park has been thriving on 283 acres along the Assiniboine River since 1904. A busy meeting place for leisure activities and major events, spending a day or evening at the park is a must for every season.

In 1974 the inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held as a one-time event to celebrate Winnipeg’s centennial. That first three-day festival attracted approximately 22,000 people, and has now grown to over 80,000 visitors each year. A celebration of folk music, Folk Fest brings together visitors and performers from across North America and the world.

Pride Festival In 1970, approximately 250 people marched together in Winnipeg’s first Pride Day. A brave step back then, now over 30,000 people attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival, which has transformed into a 10-day festival filled with activism, optimism, music and pride.

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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 1 Chinatown Formed in 1909 and located downtown, Chinatown is a combination of history, mouth-watering cuisine and stunning architecture. Tempt your taste buds with Cantonese, Szechwan, Huaiyang and Shandong foods, enjoy a peaceful moment at the gardens at the Dynasty and Mandarin buildings, or take in the replica of the Imperial Nine Dragons mural on the Mandarin building.

Kidsfest Taking place at The Forks every year, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival is an event for children of all ages. Packed with educational, positive entertainment, the energetic atmosphere and community environment of Kidsfest is an enriching experience sure to enthrall the whole family.

Fringe Festival This year the Winnipeg Fringe will hold its 27th annual festival in the Exchange District from July 16-27. North America’s second largest Fringe, this year more than 170 companies from across the country and around the world will bring plays and entertainment to audiences. Almost anything goes at the Fringe – be there!

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge Located just north of the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the bridge connects The Forks and the city’s French Quarter. Five metres wide and 250 metres long, the structure balances on a single pylon rising from the depths of the Red River (though obviously it’s a bit more technical than just balancing). The bridge was named in honour of Louis Riel and has bustled with pedestrians, runners, cyclists and skaters since its opening.

The Toad in the Hole Pub An Osborne Village hub since opening its doors in 1990, The Toad stays true to pub form offering a varying selection of premium domestic and import beer, and pub grub. Downstairs, The Cavern Club showcases local, national and international musicians, and The Whiskey Bar expansion offers a selection of whiskeys from Ireland, Canada, America and Scotland.

St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica Mother Church of Western Canada and historical site of Manitoba, it was established in 1818 in the Archdiocese of SaintBoniface. Located at 190 avenue de la Cathédrale in the French Quarter, the site has seen more fires and rebuilding than any location ever should. Today, you can still see the beautiful façade of the cathedral built in 1906, with the new cathedral located just behind.

The Assiniboia Downs is a great place to spend a weekend surrounded by excitement, fun, and great food, both concession and restaurant. Even if you aren’t into horse racing, it’s a great place to spend a night out.

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Assiniboia Downs Opened in June 1958, the Downs is a horse track located on the western edge of the city, operated by the Manitoba Jockey Club. The site of the annual Manitoba Derby, you can also stop by to watch live races, play the VLTs, have dinner or even hold special events.

Kildonan Park Home to some of the oldest and largest trees in Manitoba, Kildonan Park is also home to Canada’s longest-running outdoor theatre, Rainbow Stage. Stroll through a formal garden, feed the ducks at the pond, explore Hansel & Gretel’s “witch hut,” play at the splash park, swim in the Olympic-size pool, or just gather the family and have a barbeque. In the winter there are toboggan slides and a skate pond.

Prairie Dog Central Railway The Prairie Dog Central Railway is a short line railway owned and operated by The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc. (VLS) and it is one of the oldest regularly scheduled vintage operating trains in North America. It began operations in regular public service on July 11, 1970 and after a few interruptions of service, is still running to this day. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 1 Red River Mutual Trail


A Winnipeg tradition, head out and skate, walk, run, or sled your way along The Red River Mutual Trail. Beginning in the heart of the city, the Guinness World Recordholding longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world offers an exclusive view of the sights of Winnipeg from the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Ports are located at The Forks, Osborne Street, Hugo Street and Churchill Drive.

In 1970, Folklorama began as a one-time, week-long multicultural occasion, dedicated to celebrating Manitoba’s Centennial. Such a success, the event has taken place every year since then, growing into a two-week celebration with some 20-plus multicultural pavilions around the city, and drawing about 400,000 pavilion visits.

Fort Garry Brewing Company Established in 1930, the company is Manitoba’s oldest microbrewery. Their line of ales and lagers includes Fort Garry Dark, Fort Garry Light, Fort Garry Pale Ale, Fort Garry Rouge and Frontier Pilsner. In 2013 the company released Fort Garry Portage and Main IPA, a tribute to Canada’s most famous intersection and Winnipeg’s streetcar commuter rail era.


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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra In 1944 the Winnipeg Civic Music League was organized, made up of at least 20 pre-existing musical societies, orchestras and choirs. Together they established a joint stock company – the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – officially incorporated in 1947. Its first concert was to an audience of 3,000, and they have been delighting crowds ever since.

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100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 1 The return of the Jets is an important part of Winnipegger’s belief in themselves and their city.

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Central Canadian Comic Con The original show began in 1994 as a weekend tradeshow called the Manitoba Collector’s Expo. In 2000 the event went through some changes, becoming the Manitoba Toy & Comic Expo, then in 2006 it morphed into Manitoba Comic Con, focusing on toys, comic books, gaming, anime, and local artists. By 2012 the show brought in over 34,000 people, and two years later is showing no signs of slowing down.

St. Norbert Farmer’s Market For the past 26 years, Manitoba farm families have packed up their fresh fruit, flowers, meats, vegetables and crafts to sell at Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Everything sold at the market is Manitoba made, grown or raised, and maybe more important, fresh. A gathering place built on community, you’ll love browsing for fresh ingredients for that evening’s dinner, a gift for a loved one, or even new furniture for your bedroom.

The Winnipeg Jets Starting out as one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association, the Jets made the leap to the National Hockey League in 1979. In 1996, causing heartbreak the province over, the Jets moved to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes. Then in May of 2011, after 15 years without a team of its own, it was officially announced Winnipeg would be awarded with an NHL team once again. By way of the Atlanta Thrashers, the Jets came home. m

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your health

They’ve Come a Long Way, Baby Vita Health Fresh Market goes the extra mile in the name of health Like the old adage says, “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” This rings true in many aspects of our lives but most importantly when it comes to our health. Vita Health Fresh Market has being doing it right for over 75 years. From its humble beginnings as a single store and mail order service to six stores with online ordering, Vita Health Fresh Market has come a long way. A big part of that is personal service provided by knowledgeable staff. Vita Health Fresh Market has graduated more Certified Natural Products Advisors than any other retailer. The CNPA course is a one-year program designed by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and administered by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). It contains current information on nutritional supplements and how they can promote health benefits. “The interest in natural products such as vitamins and herbal remedies has increased significantly,” says Mathew Holtmann, Vita Health Fresh Market President. “When you visit a health food retailer with the CNPA designation, you can take comfort that he or she will be able to provide the latest information on natural products, including their possible benefits and how to use these products safely to achieve results.”

As a recent CNPA graduate, Osborne store manager Darcy McConnell is excited to help customers figure out what works best for their bodies and lifestyle. “People want to learn about nutrition and supplementation and try something alternative, instead of medication,” says McConnell. “Even just teaching customers how to read their labels is important. There are different things you should look for. Non-GMO ingredients for one; fermentation is another.” McConnell goes on to explain about fermentation: “Supplements with fermented ingredients have a higher bioavailability, meaning they are easier for the body to digest and absorb.” All of the brands found at Vita Health Fresh Market contain any of the following type of ingredients: plant-based, organic, raw, whole-food, or whole food-fermented. “Supplements with synthetics don’t work in harmony with our bodies, and they’re difficult to absorb,” adds McConnell. Vita Health Fresh Market chooses brands with sustainable practices and core values pertaining to optimizing health. These vendors also provide Vita Health with third party evaluations on their products and scientific studies on the raw ingredients used. “We know what goes in these products,” explains McConnell, “and if we have questions it’s a simple

phone call.” Vita Health Fresh Market has developed such close relationships with these vendors that they frequently have staff trainings and in-store seminars for customers. Melanie Smith, Account Manager for Renew Life Canada, explains the importance of these trainings. “Customers love getting educated.  Many times when I’ve done trainings at the store I’ve had customers say how much they appreciate this,” says Smith. “I think it’s a really good service and the staff get excited as well.  They too may learn something. It’s a win-win situation.”  Smith adds “I think Vita Health is doing it right in this area. They have friendly and very well educated staff who really know and appreciate their customers. The customer always comes first.  I know, as a customer myself!” m

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get outdoors

So many lakes, so little time

By Joanna Graham

Great cottage spots in the land of 100,000 lakes


hile it’s not here just yet, when summer arrives in Winnipeg it’s too short, your vacation time is limited and weekends fill up fast. Time off is precious, and while there are some excellent festivals and events inside the city, sometimes

you just need to get away from it all. Renting a cottage is a great way to escape the city for days or weeks at a time and really relax. But how do you choose when there are so many great destinations? Here’s a quick list of popular cottage locations.

LAKE OF THE WOODS Distance: 210 km east of Winnipeg, approx. two and a half hours away Description: Near the borders of Manitoba, Ontario and Minnesota, Lake of the Woods has 14,000 islands and more than 105,000 km of shoreline. Features: Boating, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, swimming and lots of nature. The nearby communities of Kenora, Morson, Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows also have restaurants, grocery stores, shops and galleries. Must Sees: There are plenty of landmarks in this area, the Bottle House in Redditt, a house made out of glass bottles constructed in 1973; the Sioux Narrows Bridge, at 210 feet it was considered the longest single-span wooden bridge in the world when it was built in 1936; and “Husky the Muskie,” a 40-foot muskie that is the informal mascot of Kenora. Fun Fact: The rocks and cliffs in the area are dotted with 5,000-year-old rock paintings made of berry juice and sap painted by various aboriginal groups. Accessible by boat only, these sacred sites should be treated with respect and people should leave an offering when they visit.

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Distance: 89 km north of Winnipeg, approx. just over an hour away

Distance: 277 km northwest of Winnipeg, approx. three and a half hours away

Distance: 655 km north of Winnipeg, approx. seven and a half hours away

Description: Gimli is on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg and the area has freshwater lakes, beaches, forests, golf courses, fishing and boating.

Description: Near Riding Mountain National Park, Clear Lake is considered the clearest lake in the southern prairies. Because of the gorgeous natural surroundings, Clear Lake is also a great place to visit in the fall to see the foliage change colour.

Description: Three day-use areas, Pioneer Bay, Camper’s Cove and Sunset Beach, that all include long white beaches. This lake has water so clear you can see the bottom at 36 feet.

Features: The unique town of Gimli is just before the shoreline and has shops, restaurants, hotels, galleries and museums. One popular shop is H.P. Tergesen & Sons, one of the oldest buildings in Gimli and the only business that has been operated by the same family since 1899. Must Sees: The Viking Statue. Located at the south end of Second Avenue, it is 15 feet tall and made of fibreglass. Fun Fact: Hosted every summer in Gimli since 1932, Islendingadagurinn, the Icelandic festival of Manitoba, is Canada’s longest running ethnic festival. This year’s 125th Islendingadagurinn will be hosted from August 1 to 4, 2014.

Features: Hiking, fishing, biking and trails, camping, horseback riding, golf, paddle boats, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Fun Fact: Clear Lake and the historically designated town site, Wasagaming, are at the core of Riding Mountain, which is one of the earliest landscapes set aside as a reserved Canadian National Park, the first of two in Manitoba.

Features: Fishing, conifer forests, beach volleyball courts, picnic areas, boating. Must See: The caves self-guiding 0.8-km hiking trail. This path leads through dramatic rock crevices found on the south shore of Clearwater Lake. The crevices formed when rock masses split away from the shoreline cliffs.

START PLANNING * Please note distances are approximate and may vary depending on chosen route.

Of course renting a property can take a bit of planning, so when should you start thinking about booking your summer holidays? According to Emily Rayson, vice-president of marketing for, Canada’s largest vacation rentals network with 30,000 listings across the country, the best time to plan for a summer holiday is right now. “The summer months for Canadians (are) the most popular, and if you can get to your planning in February/March for July/August you’re in a good place.” Rayson says.

5) Pay by credit card where possible. Other payment options do not provide a legal option to recover your money if things don’t go as planned. On the other hand, there are also certain things to watch out for. Stay away from a listing if: 1) There are no photographs provided. 2) The property owner won’t provide a phone number. 3) The property owner demands the full price up front.

Most rentals are filled by June, says Rayson, but you have the best assortment and availability (when booking) in the winter.

4) The property photos don’t match what is shown on Google Maps.

Rayson also says there are some specific steps to take when renting.

5) The property owner’s name doesn’t match the one on the listing.

1) Talk to the owner over the phone or by video chat. Don’t just communicate over email. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you can even ask for references. 2) Research the owner. Google them, look them up on social media sites and Canada 411. 3) Get a rental agreement. Put the dates you are renting, along with the terms of renting the property in writing. 4) Research the property. For example, you can look up the property on Google Maps and see if the image matches the pictures provided in the listing.


There’s also the price to consider. Rayson says the average price point for properties on is $1,500 per week for lakefront cottages during the summer. But cost will vary depending on location, amenities, length of stay and season. Manitoba is known as the land of 100,000 lakes, so there are countless places to enjoy over the summer, but unfortunately there isn’t room to list them all! Check out the Women’s side of the magazine for ideas on great beaches to visit this summer as well. m

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o t i j o M

good eats

Rack of Lamb Have you ever thought of combining the flavours of a favourite cocktail in your dinner? Maybe as an afterthought, but it takes the right ingredients to make it work. The flavours of mint and rum infuse the lamb with garlic and spices, and the fragrant mint chutney adds a nice kick to compliment this springtime dish.

By Rob Thomas 2

lamb racks, fat trimmed


garlic, minced

4 t

dark rum


(each) ground cumin and turmeric

salt & pepper

Mint Chutney: 1/2 cup packed mint leaf 1

green onion, chopped


jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 T

lime juice


granulated sugar

2 t

dark rum

¼ t salt Mix garlic, rum, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. Generously rub all over lamb; cover with plastic and marinate for 4 hours or refrigerate for up to 1 day. Grill over medium-high heat, turning once, until medium-rare (20 min) or thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 145F. Remove from grill; let stand for 5 minutes. Or Roast in the oven at 375F for 25-30 min or thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 145F. Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Mint Chutney: In food processor pulse mint, onion, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, sugar, rum and salt until finely minced.  Cut lamb into single chops. Top with dollop of Mint Chutney. Makes 4 servings.

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Paul Rabliauskas Cohost of The Rise Up Show on Streetz 104.7FM What is your favourite thing about Winnipeg? We’re gonna start this off with being very cliché, but hands down the very best thing about Winnipeg is the people, from complaining about the city to rallying together to support our local arts scene, Winnipeggers are vocal and very humorous. What makes you happy? Cheeseburgers and making people laugh, in that order. What do you think makes living in Winnipeg different from living anywhere else? The weather and how much Winnipeggers will fight the elements to come out to events, whether it be music or comedy, there’s always tons of support. If you could give one piece of advice what would it be? Always try hard at things, never give up. If you fall try and get back up, never back down and... keep on rockin’ in the free world! When you just want to get out of the house, where do you go? The gym then probably the nutrients store. I’m lying. Jeffrey’s restaurant on Henderson Highway is one of my favourite spots. Comedy is good, food is even better. Every Wednesday I’m out at the Cheer in the village for more comedy and whenever I throw down, probably at the Cavern on Osborne. If someone were new to Winnipeg what would you recommend to them? Layer up, don’t be shy to buy long johns. People in Winnipeg don’t care, we love long johns. What is your favourite track to play on the radio right now? Favourite track right now is “Don’s Kiss” from Acton Bronson. It’s a grimy rap song. When I’m in my car I love to pretend I’m a rapper. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

What are some “Random Facts” about you? I love Neil Diamond. I’ll push you in the mud to meet him, he’s a legend. When I was 19 I saw him live at the old Winnipeg Arena, lots of old people. Besides working at Streetz, what else do you do? Before getting into radio I was a stand-up comedian and still am. I’ve got a sold out show at the park coming up along with a live taping for CBC as well. I love making people laugh. If you were a superhero what would your superpower be? My co-worker Miss Mellissa and I have joked about this before. I’d become Sober Man and my super power would be to be able to sober drunk people up with a hug, super wicked.

If you could change one think about Winnipeg what would it be? Wider roads, more burger joints and more of those crosswalks that have the timers, those are pretty cutting edge. What is a “must read” book that you’d recommend? I read A Painted House by John Grisham in high school and it was pretty amazing, I imagine it still is. What’s the secret to having a good life? Try and have an outlet. I have comedy to unwind, some people roller blade, but always try and relax, going hard can be stressful, you don’t want to have a breakdown. Tell us a joke? Come to my comedy show, I’ll tell you lots. m   SPRING 2014 |


from the bar

Amber Awesomeness By Randy Sawatzky

Go darker for a spring refresher “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough.” Mark Twain Whisky isn’t the easiest drink to embrace. But, they are rich and diverse in flavours; more so than most other spirits. At the end of the spectrum, the really smoky, peaty Scotch whiskies from Islay can be a little overwhelming but you may want to start your whisky experience with a smooth and medium bodied Highland. Whisky is just as much a journey as it is a drink. And each country traditionally produces its own style of whisky, but even within that style there is an incredible range to choose from. Go explore.

Peat Chimney 8yo Scotch (Scotland; $55; MLCC) Out of the cask, Peat Chimney has the colour of pale straw, accentuated in this blend to the colour of fine old amontillado sherry. The immediate impression is of creosote and tar, with a definite hint of autumn bonfires of withered leaves. The rich smokiness of this blend will not disappoint.

“Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.” Homer Simpson Considered by some as a miracle creation, beer helped start the agricultural revolution, helps prevent kidney stones and is fantastic with pizza and wings. Mankind’s favourite affordable drink has been around for several thousand years and holds a special place in history. And fortunately for us, Manitobans have a rich history in beer. From the early days of beer barons to present day craft brewers like Half Pints, we have much to celebrate.

Half Pints Bulldog Amber Ale (Manitoba; $12 / 6; MLCC) British crystal malts give this beer its distinctly deep amber body and nutty aroma that persist throughout the glass. Like its namesake, Bulldog Amber Ale is tough on the exterior with a soft disposition.

Raise a glass of amber goodness to many of life’s accomplishments!

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“There’s naught no doubt so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.” Lord Byron While rum might have you thinking about wedding socials and pirates, this spirit is way more than just a base for colainfused drinks. And it can hold its own against some whiskies when it comes to strong, stirred drinks, and can be more refreshing than gin or vodka when mixed into summery lemonade. With the many types available, look to a darker rum as it’s aged for longer resulting in enhanced aroma and flavour unlike the lighter types of rum.

Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (Venezuela; $31; MLCC) This eight-year-old rum has reassuringly weighty oak in the background with hints of cinnamon, over-ripe oranges and bitter dark chocolate. It’s rich and full, with chocolate velvetiness on the palate, creamy oak spice and citrus notes counteracting the syrupy sweetness. m


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Barley Brothers......................................................... 23

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries....................................... 5

Eagle Nest Lodge............................ Inside Front Cover

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries....................................... 9

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar................................ 15

NewBridge Toy Shop.................................................. 7

Lakeview Hotels & Resorts....................................... 16

Vita Health Fresh Market.......................................... 17


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