This Little Piggy - Pegcity Farmers' Markets [Winnipeg]

It’s summer, make yourself a friend in a local farmer. Enjoy the tastiness.

Farm Fresh Farmers’ Markets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

Location Contact Phone Day of Week Time Start Date End Date Directions
Exchange District Lisa Holowchuk 942-6716 Saturday 9 am - 2 pm July 5 Sept 27 Parking lot on corner of Main & McDermott Avenue
FortWhyte Alive Debbie Thiessen 895-2373 Tuesday noon - 6 pm July 8 Sept 23 FortWhyte Alive Centre (Winnipeg)
Thursday noon - 6 pm July 3 Sept 25
Lower Fort Garry Sharon Menheer 785-8577 Friday 3 pm - 8 pm Sept 5, one day only n/a Lower Fort Garry National Historical Site parking lot
Osborne Village Kaeley Wiseman 290-3349 Thursday 4 pm - 8 pm June 26 Sept 25 Gas Station Theatre on River Avenue & Osborne Street
Pineridge Hollow Pat Herman 444-3280 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm July 5 Sept 20 Off Garven Rd on Heatherdale Rd - Bird’s Hill
Le Marche St. Norbert Ed Deen 275-8349 Saturday 8 am - 3 pm June 7 Oct 11 3514 Pembina Hwy - 1 km south of Perimeter on Hwy 75
Wednesday 1 pm - 7 pm July 2 Aug 27
Transcona BIZ Laura Harke 222-8566 Thursday 11 am - 4 pm July 24 Sept 4 139 Regent Avenue West
West Broadway Jennifer Neufeld or Tammy Klos 774-7201 ext 6 Thursday 4 pm - 6 pm June 26 Sept 25 Klinic Community Health Centre - 545 Broadway Avenue
Winnipeg (Red River) Darryl Ruston 888-6990 Saturday 9 am - 2 pm July 26 Sept 20 Red River Exhibition Park - 3977 Portage Avenue & Perimeter Hwy

Local Exploration [Winnipeg]

Shan and I enjoyed ourselves exploring Winnipeg this past Friday.

We started with Cafe Americanos and some tasty treats at the Pastry Castle. A group of ladies from out of town asked us where they could find souvenirs. We sent then across the street to the Keepsake Gallery.

After our coffee we walked over to Mayberry Fine Art and then on to Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium. The second floor of Ragpickers houses a wonderful collection of (mainly non-fiction) used books. (I gravitate to their philosophy section). I picked up the Manticore (Robertson Davies); Godel, Escher, Bach (Douglas R. Hofstadter) and two books from Issac Asimov’s Foundation series.

Antiques and Funk is just around the block, and there I bought a lovely old Gillette razor.

A short stroll in the rain and we found ourselves at the Yellow Dog Tavern. Draft beer (especially Half Pints) seems to taste best when drank at the Yellow Dog.

After a delicious sushi dinner in the village Wasabi we were ushered off the street into Music Trader by Pete Samples and John Ward. They played whimsical music for us, blew bubbles from plastic ice-cream cone dispensers, and even performed a magic trick.

Oh, and I shaved the mustache. The “Chaplin” also paid us a visit.

Show + Tell [Winnipeg]

Allan Geske, Atlas Vignette, 2006

Show + Tell: Notions of Home and Place by Alumni is a group exhibition featuring contemporary art in various media by 13 graduates of The University of Winnipeg.

My father, Allan Geske, has two recent prints, titled Atlas Vignette (above) and Prairie Orbs, highlighted in the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with The University of Winnipeg’s 40th Anniversary and Homecoming celebrations and introduces the University community — past and present — as well as the general public to work by professional artists who are UWinnipeg alumni.

Opening reception:
Thursday, September 13, 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Performance by Glen Johnson at 5:00 p.m.

Special Gallery hours for Homecoming:
Friday, Sept. 14, 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Regular Gallery hours:
Monday — Friday, Noon — 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Consideration Liberation [Winnipeg]

It’s the Summer of Thought brought to you by Winnipeg’s Consideration Liberation Army.

From their manifesto:

We are the Consideration Liberation Army. Underground, over airwaves, lollygagging in air-conditioned offices, and cavorting behind basement curtains. We smile in broad daylight and shout while you are sleeping.


The indifferent will be tattooed with troubling questions. The thoughtless will be flogged with compact lines of verse. And the cruel and condescending will held captive in waterparks until they learn to laugh like children.

The Consideration Liberation Army was created by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.

pupwalks [Writing]

donning a balaclava he thought of letters

to the editor supporting burqa bans

on the colder nights he saw diamonds in the snow

transparent [Meme Propagation]

On Tuesday I started a new project with my pal Kyle M. Together we’re writing daily emails to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We’ll be blogging all the emails, along with any responses we receive. The subject matter will be diverse, ranging from the serious, through the mundane, to the fancyful.

You can find more information here: Dear Mr. Harper

Or, you can jump straight to the emails we’ve sent Steve thus far.

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Also, if you live in Winnipeg and haven’t seen the Supernovas exhibition at the WAG yet, you have until Sunday. Go go go… inspiration awaits you.

roller [Winnipeg]

  • saturday, march 4th, 2006
  • galaxy skateland

Fresh is the taste [Winnipeg]

In the late 90s I watched a “documentary” at the Pyramid —before a DJ Spooky show, I think— where some kids claimed to have found the ruins of an abandoned subway under Winnipeg. Since then I’ve heard many rumours about a past proposal for a ‘peg city metro.

From the site:

In 1959, when renowned civil engineer Norman D. Wilson was asked to examine Winnipeg’s long-term transportation options, his report recommended building a subway.

Wilson admitted the expense would be gigantic —up to $500 Million 1959 dollars— but prophesied that if we failed to build, Winnipeg would suffer. Parking lots would become more valuable than buildings, giving land owners incentive to demolish. Cars would take over our downtown.

“In fact if a metropolitan city were to be wholly or even largely dependent on the private automobile for transportation, so much space would be taken up in roadways and so little left for business purposes, as to destroy the value of the district for the business uses that attracted the traffic in the first place.” —Norman D. Wilson

If the subway had been built, there would be a metro stop at the end of my block.

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