Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Between you and me...I like hiding out at the ‘real’ Forks

  • Print

I WAS asked to write an article about my favourite place in Winnipeg. Now as some of you know, I tour for almost half the year with the improv duo CRUMBS. Well, I’m hoping that at least some of you know that.

When I return to Winnipeg after months on the road, I just can’t wait to get back to my house. But I’m not about to write an article about my bed, my amazing backyard or my significant other. Though it would be wrong for me not to mention them in the beginning of the article, so I have.

After performing around the world for months at a time, you would think perhaps I would then use this time to give a little shout out to the Gas Station Arts Centre. That beautiful theatre in Osborne Village is the home of the Winnipeg Improv Festival. It’s also where CRUMBS had its first-ever show.

Perhaps you would think I’d mention the King’s Head Pub in the Exchange. That’s not only where CRUMBS does its shows for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival but it’s also where we perform regularly during the year when not touring. Both of these places are dear to my heart and important for the local improv community. But no, I won’t write the article about them. After touring for months and months and months doing shows and being around people, I long to escape deeper into Winnipeg.

What I miss about Winnipeg when I am gone, is the relaxing pace of Winnipeg life. So right after my house and backyard and my significant other, I like to seek out the secret secluded hiding places that Winnipeg has to offer; places I can ride my bike to and be alone in the city.

One of those secret hiding places in the city is at The Forks. I know what you’re thinking.

You: "The Forks? Surely you have a more creative favourite place in Winnipeg?"

Me: "Now hear me out." (Or read me out) Across the footbridge to the other side of The Forks is a whole other Forks. To me, this is the true Forks. I like to ride my bike into the trails and go right to the point that juts out into where the two rivers meet. This undeveloped and beautifully raw part of The Forks, in amongst the trees and strange concrete and metal poles, is an oasis for me. A place I can go to escape the city while being right in the middle of it.

I won’t reveal my other secret hiding places. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to relax in my secret backyard and wait for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival to start.

 

— Stephen Sim is an improviser, director, writer, instructor, and email composer. Catch improv group CRUMBS at the King’s Head Pub during the Fringe Festival July 18-29.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Blake Wheeler talks about past season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Deer in Canola field near Elma, Manitoba. 060706.
  • BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  070527 The 21st Annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at Assiniboine Park. The Orlan Ukrainian Dancers perform on stage.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think Manitoba needs stronger regulations for temporary workers?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google