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Le Patio 340 moving indoors for winter

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ST. BONIFACE

The party isn’t over — it’s just moving inside.

On Oct. 5, the Centre culturel franco-manitobain announced that its popular outdoor venue — Le Patio 340 — will be set up inside the centre (340 Provencher Blvd.) on the second floor in the Antoine Gaborieau Room for the winter months.

Liliane Lavack, CCFM’s director of artistic and cultural programming, said visitors to the new indoor Patio 340 venue can expect to see a continuation of established events, as well as some new ones.

Organizers hope the move will build on the success of the outdoor patio, which was launched in 2020 and has been open the past two summers. The indoor space has been renovated and refurbished for Le Patio 340, which is dubbed Winnipeg’s “cultural and bilingual bar.”

The new incarnation of Le Patio 340 will offer programming from October to May on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Events in the next few weeks, for example, include Swingin’ Soirée — in collaboration with River City Swing — on Oct. 15; Amber Epp — as part of the centre’s Mârdi Jazz series on Oct. 25; and Musique de la Nuit — an open mic event on Nov. 1, which will focus on the music of Edith Piaf and Cole Porter its inaugural session.

Ginette Lavack, CCFM executive director, said the new project provides the centre with an opportunity to reboot as Manitobans slowly continue to regroup and return to normal amid COVID-19 and help make the centre “come alive with arts and culture this winter.”

“Our lives, little by little, are returning to what they were like before the pandemic, and — in essence — this is an opportunity for us to relaunch our programming,” Lavack said.

“We’ve seen a positive response from people to Patio 340 in the past two summers, so we know we’ve filled a need in our community, especially providing somewhere for people to gather safely. And now, it seems only natural to bring outdoors into this wonderful new indoor space.”

The new space includes a revamped bar area, which features beers from several local breweries, and there will now be beer on tap, too. There’s also a new snack menu, in collaboration with Stella’s at CCFM.

Liliane Lavack, CCFM’s director of artistic and cultural programming, said visitors to the new venue can expect to see a continuation of established events as well as some new ones.

From left: Michelle Gervais, Ginette Lavack, Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface), Eric Burke, Mélanie Bédard and Liliane Lavack pictured at the official opening of the latest incarnation of Patio 340 on Oct. 5.

“We’re opening this venue as a cultural, bar space for the community to come and hang out and enjoy the local music scene, with a francophone accent,” she said, noting there will also be board games available for visitors to enjoy.

“Our goal is to make arts and culture very accessible and remove barriers as much as we can, and it’s also important to us to promote new artists.”

Go online at patio340.com for more information.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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