Eva Wasney

Eva Wasney

Arts Reporter

Eva Wasney is an award-winning journalist who approaches every story with curiosity and care.

Eva was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the joint Creative Communications program at the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Her first job out of school was at the former Winnipeg Metro newspaper, a free daily where she got to play reporter-photographer and once ate roasted crickets for a story.

Her next adventure was in western Manitoba reporting for the Brandon Sun. While at the paper she covered everything from rodeos to doctor shortages to tornados to community musicals to First Nations economic development.

A highlight of her time at the Sun was completing a large multimedia project about five Second World War veterans who received a medal of honour from the French government for their contributions during D-Day. The project won an EPPY Award in 2016.

Eva moved back home and dabbled in social media management before returning to the world of print journalism as a community reporter for the (other) Metro newspaper, covering news, sports and arts in Winnipeg’s western neighbourhoods.

In 2019, Eva joined the Winnipeg Free Press newsroom as an arts and life reporter and has since written stories for nearly every other section of the paper.

Her interests include food culture and systems, visual arts, music and creativity in its many forms. She also has a soft spot for a good animal story.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 6 minute read 6:00 AM CST

Dust off your ceinture fléchée a little early this year for Nonsuch Brewing Co.’s Festi Fridays, a celebration of all things Festival du Voyageur running Fridays throughout February both inside and outside their tap room at 125 Pacific Ave.

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Enjoy a beer-bannock s’more at Nonsuch’s Festi Fridays, running Fridays throughout February both inside and outside their tap room at 125 Pacific Ave.

Go beyond Hallmark moments to celebrate Valentine’s Day with flair

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Go beyond Hallmark moments to celebrate Valentine’s Day with flair

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A holiday full of expectations and manufactured romance.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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What’s up: 5 things to do this week

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What’s up: 5 things to do this week

Eva Wasney, Alan Small, Jen Zoratti, Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Frostbyte @ Raw:Almond

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Brunch offers a reservation-free, low-cost way to check out the resto on the river

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Brunch offers a reservation-free, low-cost way to check out the resto on the river

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Long johns, wool socks, a thermal shirt and a fleece sweater. A knitted neckwarmer, toque, gloves, floor-length parka and lined boots. Sunglasses to save my eyeballs from the bright and deceptively warm sun streaming through the windows. Are snow pants overkill?

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Eva Wasney / Winnipeg Free Press

RAW:almond’s brunch gives Winnipeggers a chance to experience the city’s unique dining experience without needing reservations and without the $225 per person price.

Chef Mike de Groot brings ‘world class’ compassion to the Leaf’s craft kitchen and bar

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Chef Mike de Groot brings ‘world class’ compassion to the Leaf’s craft kitchen and bar

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

What if? That question is the driving force behind Gather Craft Kitchen & Bar. It’s so central to the restaurant overlooking the lush greenery of The Leaf at Assiniboine Park that chef Mike de Groot keeps a whiteboard in the prep kitchen reserved for all the possible what-ifs.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

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Chef Mike de Groot will incorporate seasonal ingredients into his globally inspired dishes at Gather Craft Kitchen & Bar at The Leaf in Assiniboine Park.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Sounds of Manitoba kickoff with Anthony OKS and The Søbr Market

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Rapper Anthony OKS will perform Friday at the Sounds of Music. (Mikaela Mackenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Women Talking evokes rage, humour and hope with its powerful script, brilliant acting

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Women Talking evokes rage, humour and hope with its powerful script, brilliant acting

Shelley Cook, AV Kitching, Eva Wasney and Jen Zoratti 10 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Difficult, harrowing, poignant, enraging, sometimes funny, maybe even hopeful: Women Talking, Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel of the same name, stirs a variety of emotions.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Michael Gibson / Orion

The novel and the film are based on the true-life events of a Mennonite colony in Bolivia where the men were drugging and assaulting the women at night and then gaslighting them, saying it was ghosts, Satan, or wild female imagination.

Artist, festival disappointed as artwork removed

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Artist, festival disappointed as artwork removed

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A local artist has been left in the dark by a festival designed to illuminate.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Local artist Reza Rezaï and Lights on the Exchange — Allumez le Quartier organizers are disappointed his work, Contra, was removed from 441 Main St. (Supplied)

Bowl of Korean tteokguk, a new year tradition, marks passage of time

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Bowl of Korean tteokguk, a new year tradition, marks passage of time

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The sound of an egg cracking brings Yena running into the living room. The three-year-old is eager to help and beating eggs is her specialty.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Rice cake soup, also known as Tteokguk.

Bella, Charlie, Luna top lists of most popular names for cats and dogs in Winnipeg

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Bella, Charlie, Luna top lists of most popular names for cats and dogs in Winnipeg

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Charlie is calm, smart and incredibly food motivated. He knows how to sit, shake a paw and play fetch. He’s great with kids and friendly with neighbours. By all accounts, Charlie is a pretty typical Labrador retriever.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

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Charlie knows how to sit, shake and fetch thanks to the many hours Chenxi Wang, 10, who picked the pup’s name, has spent watching online videos and reading dog training books.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Veg Out with vegan comfort food 

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files

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Festival du Voyageur is back with more music, more sculptures and more Métis representation

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Festival du Voyageur is back with more music, more sculptures and more Métis representation

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Hé Ho! And full steam ahead. The mood inside Fort Gibraltar was positively giddy on Tuesday morning as Festival du Voyageur organizers unveiled the program for the first full-scale event in three years.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Festival du Voyageur boss Darrel Nadeau says the 2023 edition, from Feb. 17-26, will feature 200 local and national musical acts — 50 more than the 2020 edition.

Comedy fans have been talking up a speakeasy-style club sneakily hidden in a hotel

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Comedy fans have been talking up a speakeasy-style club sneakily hidden in a hotel

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The west end of Portage Avenue is peppered with hotels — basic, budget-conscious accommodations catering to travellers making their way along the Trans-Canada Highway. One such hotel, however, is hiding a not-so-basic secret.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Comedian/event producer Benji Rothman (from left) with associate manager Tim Hiebert and hotel owner Connor Ward on stage at The Basement, the speakeasy-style comedy club they run.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Valley of the Birdtail book launch

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Phantom fan Gloria Dignazio is a subject in the 'Phantom of Winnipeg' documentary premiering in Montreal this week. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

CancerCare therapy program encourages participants to use art to explore feelings

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CancerCare therapy program encourages participants to use art to explore feelings

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Art has given Maggie Hodson a lot in the last five years.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

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Miriam Duff, in Psychosocial Oncology, (left) and patient Maggie Hodson, hold up Hodson’s art on December 16, 2022 at CancerCare Manitoba.

Reporter: Eva Wasney

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

Snow sports and craft beers; Sookram’s Brewing Co. presents Star Wars - the Classic Trilogy; Gordie Tentrees lives in a Mean Old World; Tilda Swinton, a British cult classic, and ‘the greatest film’ ever

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

Kilter Brewing (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

Zambonis, Whistle Dogs and banana meatloaf

AV Kitching, Ben Sigurdson, Alan Small, Ben Waldman, Eva Wasney, Jen Zoratti 9 minute read Preview

Zambonis, Whistle Dogs and banana meatloaf

AV Kitching, Ben Sigurdson, Alan Small, Ben Waldman, Eva Wasney, Jen Zoratti 9 minute read Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022

Time flies when you’re writing hundreds of stories on tight deadlines. The Free Press arts and life team wrote a lot of words about a whole lot of things in 2022. Before we turn the page on another year, we wanted to revisit some of our favourite stories from the last 365 days.

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Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

From left: Tina Keeper, producer and actor; Amber-Sekowan Daniels, co-creator and co-show runner; Gabriel Daniels, actor; Paul Rabliauskas, creator, writer and actor; and Roseanne Supernault, actor, goof around at the viewing party for the pilot of Rabliauskas’s sitcom Acting Good,.

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson and Jill Wilson 4 minute read Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Centro Caboto Centre

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

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New Year’s Eve fireworks at The Forks

Challenges, comebacks, closures and controversies spiced up the local bar and restaurant scene in 2022

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Challenges, comebacks, closures and controversies spiced up the local bar and restaurant scene in 2022

Eva Wasney and Ben Sigurdson 7 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

It was a year of new beginnings and notable closures for Winnipeg’s food and drink scene. While masks and government-issued health cards were scrapped for diners, fallout from the pandemic remained a going concern for local restaurateurs in 2022.

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Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

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Mumu Ma (left) and Echo Shen, owners of Not a Donut, took over the former Bronuts store in the Exchange after losing their original location to a fire.

Day 12: Rum Balls, 2011

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Day 12: Rum Balls, 2011

Eva Wasney 2 minute read Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

We made it. This is the last entry in our 12 days of vintage treats series, which has featured weird and wonderful recipes spanning nearly 200 years from the Free Press archives and family recipe troves. Thanks to everyone who has been following along.

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Friday, Dec. 23, 2022

These rum balls were submitted to Recipe Swap by Susan Hendricks of Winnipeg 11 years ago. (Photo by Eva Wasney)

Day 11: Ashley’s Family Shortbread, 2007

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Day 11: Ashley’s Family Shortbread, 2007

Eva Wasney 2 minute read Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

For former Free Press reporter, Ashley Prest, shortbread is a family heirloom.

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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

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Eva Wasney and Alan Small and Jen Zoratti and Ben Sigurdson 4 minute read Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

Big Sugar gets Heated

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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

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Day 10: Traditional Holiday Eggnog, 1992

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Day 10: Traditional Holiday Eggnog, 1992

Eva Wasney 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

This eggnog recipe from 1992 was part of an impressive four-page Christmas Countdown spread compiled by former Free Press staffer, Carreen Maloney.

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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

This recipe for Traditional Holiday Eggnog was published in 1992. (Photo by Eva Wasney)

Day 9: Apple Dessert Latkes, 1987

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Day 9: Apple Dessert Latkes, 1987

Eva Wasney 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022

Happy Hanukkah! It’s the ninth day of our Homemade vintage treats series and, at sundown, the third day of the Jewish festival of lights, which started at sundown on Sunday.

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Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022

These apple dessert latkes by Judy Zeidler were published in the Free Press in 1987. (Photo by Eva Wasney)