May 19, 2021

Dragons in Winnipeg: The Mandarin Building

The architecture firm of Barber & Barber is likely best known for designing Winnipeg’s elaborate “Gingerbread” City Hall in 1884, though the family-run firm completed a number of other projects in Winnipeg from schools, private homes, and other public buildings. Among their myriad of Winnipeg works was Winnipeg Police Court at 223 James Street, built…

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May 12, 2021

Manitoba’s History Lives at Riel House

Most Canadians will know the name Louis Riel. The founding father of Manitoba and Métis leader, Riel’s story is well-known, especially in Manitoba. Evidence of his legacy is scattered throughout the City of Winnipeg; be it the barrier established by Riel and fellow Métis soldiers to prevent land surveyors from the Canadian government from entering…

May 5, 2021

A Hollywood Home: 8 Kingston Row

If you had the chance to enter a contest to win a home sponsored by a movie star, would you? The answer seems obvious: of course! Winnipeggers were presented with this question early in 1944, when the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg announced plans for a new fundraising drive. The Kinsmen were founded in Ontario in…

The current Rainbow Stage

April 28, 2021

A Theatre Under the Stars: Rainbow Stage

If you find yourself in Kildonan Park on a summer night, you might hear the sounds of music and applause carried across the air. The noise is, of course, coming from Rainbow Stage (2021 Main Street). Built in 1954, Rainbow Stage is Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor theatre and it is situated, fittingly, in…

April 21, 2021

An Art Deco-rated History: 239 Selkirk Avenue

One of Winnipeg’s few Art Deco buildings stands at 239 Selkirk Avenue. Despite the 1930s façade, the building has a much longer connection to the community. The original building was constructed in 1889 as the North Presbyterian Church, replacing the church’s original building on Aberdeen Avenue. A congregation member, Architect John W. Grieve, designed the…

April 14, 2021

A Very Merry Education: St Mary’s Academy

The official opening of St. Mary’s Academy in 1869 was a race to the finish. Near the end of April of that year, Archbishop Taché had caught wind of a rumor: the Anglican’s in the Red River settlement were planning on building a school. At the time, there was no religious school in the area…

April 8, 2021

All Aboard! Tourism on the Rivers

As the weather begins to warm, and the ice on the Red and Assiniboine rivers melt away, a familiar sight will grace our waterways once again. The water taxis will start running, boat tours will begin again, and pleasure crafts will take to the water. All of this excitement pales in comparison to the boats…

March 31, 2021

Can You Solve the Mystery? The Adventures of Shirley Holmes

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes was a Canadian mystery television series that ran for four seasons, from May 7, 1996 to May 7, 2001. It initially aired on YTV and now has been broadcast in over 80 additional countries. The show was filmed almost exclusively in Winnipeg, making use of our city’s diverse and rich…

March 25, 2021

Beliveau in Adaptive Reuse: 700 St. Jean Baptiste

For many years, St. Boniface existed as a city entirely separate from Winnipeg. European settlement in the area began in 1818, with the founding of a Roman Catholic mission named after the German missionary Saint Boniface. Not long after, Catholic colonists began to settle nearby and the community began to grow. Maison Béliveau enters the…

March 18, 2021

Bijou Theatre: Burning Down the House

Part of the beauty of the Exchange District and Downtown Winnipeg as a whole, is that everything tells a story – from the tallest buildings all the way down to the empty lots. Luckily, for those with an keen interest in the area, some of the points of interest are marked by plaques. Sandwiched between…

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