There is certainly no shortage of Canada Day festivities in this town! From The Forks to Assiniboine Park to Osborne Village or Bannatyne Street festivals all the way to Assiniboia Downs, there is an abundance of fun, birthday cake and unreal local talent and entertainment surrounding us! One really awesome thing I'd recommend taking part in is the 2013 Canada Day Living Flag put on by the Downtown Biz at the legislature between 9:30 a.m. and noon on Monday. Wear red and white and be a part of Canada's largest living flag photo! If you're one of the first 2,000 people there, you also get a free T-shirt!
Visit the Makers at their Market
There is a wonderful gem of a craft sale that takes place every first Friday of the month from 5-10 p.m. at FRAME Arts Warehouse (318 Ross Ave.). Maker's Market is a relaxing, intimate gathering of artists, crafters and musicians. Peruse their wares, sip some coffee and enjoy some dainties, listen to some great live music at 7 and 8:30 p.m., and maybe come home with something really nifty -- such as a piece of up-cycled clothing or a set of old suitcases turned into speakers! The next Maker's Market happens July 5. Swing by and see what you find!
Get your mid-week music fix
Wednesdays are hard. It's not really almost the weekend, but usually we wish it was. On the plus side, Festival du Voyageur and the Provencher Boulevard BIZ are helping us get through "hump-day" with Mercredis en Musique -- a free concert series from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Jardin de Sculptures at 219 Provencher Blvd. On Wednesday, July 3, tap your toes along to the catchy tunes of Sweet Alibi. See the rest of the Mercredis en Music lineup at festivalduvoyageur.mb.ca.
Romi Mayes -- need I say more?
Well yes, actually. Because she's bringing a huge crew of her equally talented friends to the Park Theatre on July 3 for the 2nd Romi Mayes Songwriters Extravaganza. This show will feature 18 of Winnipeg's finest songwriters, all sharing the stage for the night. Get your ticket and enjoy the likes of JD Edwards, Jess Reimer, Ismaila Alfa, Tom Keenan, Andrew Neville, David and Joey Landreth and more. Tickets are $20, available in advance at ticketbreak.com/event_details/6349. Doors open at 6:30, show from 7-11 p.m.
Take a wicked tour
The Downtown Biz is offering a bunch of tours this summer, but one in particular is pretty wicked. The Wicked Winnipeg walking tour takes you in and around the haunts of notorious criminals of the past. The tour starts from the Via Rail Station on Main Street at 2 p.m. on Sat., July 6, costs $9 per person and lasts about an hour -- a great activity to enjoy with some out-of-town guests! Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org -- tickets must be bought at the Downtown Winnipeg Biz office in advance (426 Portage Ave.).
How's your blood pressure?
If the crime tour didn't pump it up a bit, Winnipeg director Sean Garrity's film certainly will. I had the opportunity to see Blood Pressure with some of my classmates earlier this year after Garrity came to our class as a guest speaker. In the film, a married woman starts getting anonymous letters with specific instructions and she secretly starts following them. You sit on the edge of your seat wondering if something really bad is going to happen. Blood Pressure plays at Cinematheque (100 Arthur St.) July 5 and 6, both at 9 p.m.
Amidst all these high blood pressure activities, (or work) wouldn't it be nice to take a moment to relax, stretch and breathe outside in the sun? Of course! So bring your yoga mat and make your way to Millennium Library Park (Smith Street between St. Mary and Graham Avenues) on Mondays and Memorial Park (Memorial Boulevard between Broadway and York Avenue) on Thursdays at noon for a free, 45-minute yoga class. Instructors from Yoga Public will graciously accept any donations and forward them to the monthly charity of choice.