Much ado in Elmwood this August


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August is bound to be busy in Elmwood.

The Glenelm Neighbourhood Association has a number of activities planned before school resumes.

Meandering Music will take place the evening of Sat., Aug. 13 at five homes throughout Glenelm.

“It feels good to be sort of back to a semblance of normal,” said GeNA co-chair Michel Durand-Wood. “As long as there were gathering restrictions, our only option was to not have the event. So it’s nice to be able to gather again as a neighbourhood.”

Meandering Music, a ‘movable feast’ style music neighbourhood festival, will take place the evening of Sat., Aug. 13. Local performers take the ‘stage’ on their front porches, while the crowd moves from house to house as the evening progresses.

“It’s ordered as a nice easy walk through the neighbourhood,” Durand-Wood explained. “Spectators can bring umbrellas. We had rain last year, so it all felt very Folk Fest-y. We have four slots confirmed, firming up final slot. It’s incredible how amazingly talented these neighbourhood artists all are.”

On Sat., Aug. 27, the popular Movies in the Park will return to Elmwood (Roxy) Park, thanks to a partnership between GeNA and the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation.

“It’s a simple activity to get people out and chat and watch a movie,” Durand-Wood said. “Bring your own chair, bring your own bowl, there will be free popcorn and drink while supplies last.”

At press time, residents were still voting online to determine what family friendly flick would be shown on the 29-foot screen. Movies up for selection included Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Bad Guys, Encanto, and Ron’s Gone Wrong. The movie will begin at sundown, around 8:30 p.m..

“It’s a fun, outdoor activity,” Durand-Wood said. “Nowadays, the big theatre or drive-in experience is less common. Kids are used to watching movies on an iPad or a phone, even. This screen is massive!”

Meanwhile, the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is organizing a night market, which will take place on Fri., Aug. 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the field at 180 Poplar Ave. The market will include vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and more.

GeNA is also prepping to send summer off with a neighbourhood picnic on Sat., Sept. 11, and preparing to organize its annual tree-banding effort. A block captain meeting for the effort will take place on Wed., Aug. 3. For more information, visit

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at Call him at 204-697-7112

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