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Don’s Photo moves on from fading Portage Avenue image

Gabrielle Piché 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Take a picture before it’s gone.

Don’s Photo signs plaster an otherwise barren building at the corner of Portage and Kennedy. Advertisements for Canon and Fujifilm mingle with “We Are Moving!” and “We Have Moved” announcements on the windows.

“The area that we were in has changed a lot,” said Mike Godfrey, Don’s Photo’s president. “We just felt it was time.”

The family-owned business had occupied 410 Portage Ave. for 21 years. It officially bid adieu Monday, when it opened on the corner of Broadway and Edmonton.

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Local apparel company creates Winnipeg-inspired threads

David Sanderson 8 minute read Preview

Local apparel company creates Winnipeg-inspired threads

David Sanderson 8 minute read 3:00 AM CST

It’s a tough job, but somebody (burp) has to do it.

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3:00 AM CST

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Heather and Sid Barkman and their children Penny, 1, and Arthur, 4, show off some of the imagery featured by Maroons Road Apparel.

McLaren Hotel to be retrofitted into housing-first model

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Preview

McLaren Hotel to be retrofitted into housing-first model

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

The scene inside the once-acclaimed McLaren Hotel is one few would deem a suitable living situation.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

McLaren Hotel on 554 Main Street will be doing an interior renovation this summer.

River-trail hut designs runs deep into culture, history

Alan Small 5 minute read Preview

River-trail hut designs runs deep into culture, history

Alan Small 5 minute read Yesterday at 8:26 PM CST

Canoes and paddles have been synonymous with The Forks for thousands of years.

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Yesterday at 8:26 PM CST

St. John’s High School students’ warming hut Azhe’O. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Pembina Trails changing start times in some schools due to enrolment surge, transportation problems

Maggie Macintosh 4 minute read Preview

Pembina Trails changing start times in some schools due to enrolment surge, transportation problems

Maggie Macintosh 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

A Winnipeg school division is changing instruction start and end times — in some cases by as much as 45 minutes — in an effort to address enrolment and transportation challenges.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

School bussing Crane School parent, Alison Beyer, with her six-year-old son, Ben, outside his school Tuesday. Story about how bussing times for kids will change in the fall making it difficult for parents who work.

Travellers have more than a few grievances to air when it comes to flight security procedures at Winnipeg's airport

Katrina Clarke 6 minute read Preview

Travellers have more than a few grievances to air when it comes to flight security procedures at Winnipeg's airport

Katrina Clarke 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Confiscated corned beef.

Rifled-through dirty underwear.

An X-rayed cat.

These are a few of the nearly 300 airport security complaints filed by passengers travelling through Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport over the past seven years.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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In the wake of recent nightmare air travel stories during the chaotic 2022 holiday season, the records highlight the low points of travel year-round.

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

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Preview

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

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Rice cake soup, also known as Tteokguk.

Winnipeg Public Library’s first makers-in-residence share unique skills

AV Kitching 6 minute read Preview

Winnipeg Public Library’s first makers-in-residence share unique skills

AV Kitching 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

An abstract rapper and a letterpress artist are the Winnipeg Library’s first ever makers-in-residence.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Sean McLachlan will be leading workshops to make postcards using his custom portable letterpress studio. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

Downtown loses last commercial movie theatre as Towne 8 goes up for sale

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Preview

Downtown loses last commercial movie theatre as Towne 8 goes up for sale

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The final credits are rolling for downtown Winnipeg’s last commercial movie theatre, which is on the market six months after what was supposed to be a temporary closure.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

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The Towne 8 building is listed at just over $2 million and is being marketed as a redevelopment opportunity, either commercial, resident or a mix. A restriction means it will no longer be a cinema, according to Rennie Zegalski, a principal with Capital Commercial Real Estate Services (which is selling it on behalf of Landmark). He said the signs went up today, but there was previous interest in the site. See Chris Kitching story 230119 - Thursday, January 19, 2023.

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

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Preview

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.

Millennium Library reopening next week with on-site police, metal detector

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Preview

Millennium Library reopening next week with on-site police, metal detector

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The Millennium Library will fully reopen Monday with enhanced safety measures including police on the ground, more security staff and a metal detector, after closing last month in response to the slaying of a 28-year-old man.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

The Millennium Library has been closed since Dec. 11 when 28-year-old Tyree Cayer died after being stabbed in the facility. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

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

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Preview

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.

Local singer-songwriter is unapologetic in his embrace of his home

Ben Waldman 6 minute read Preview

Local singer-songwriter is unapologetic in his embrace of his home

Ben Waldman 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Jacob Brodovsky is sitting in a West Broadway diner, sipping cheap coffee, talking about music. He is not shy about the artists who make his world turn around, and he lists a few that he just can’t quit, not that he’d ever want to: Death Cab for Cutie, Neil Young, Charlotte Cornfield, the Saskatoon songwriter Ellen Froese, a personal friend to Brodovsky, who he calls one of the best songwriters he knows.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Jacob Brodovsky finds inspiration in little nuggets of life.

Ever-diversifying city reflected in its night-life options for fun, food and fellowship

AV Kitching 11 minute read Preview

Ever-diversifying city reflected in its night-life options for fun, food and fellowship

AV Kitching 11 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

It’s 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and most people are tucked up in bed. But in corners of the city, a number of souls brave the frigid weather to seek out spaces hidden below icy pavement and behind closed doors, to gather with night owls like themselves.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Winnipeg couple launches the Søbr Market

Ben Sigurdson 10 minute read Preview

Winnipeg couple launches the Søbr Market

Ben Sigurdson 10 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Whether it be Dry January, Dry February, Sober October or just a desire for better health and a break from booze, there are plenty of reasons to consider reducing one’s alcohol intake.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Jessie and Shane Halliburton are looking forward to taking their Winnipeg-based online non-alcohol shop, The Søbr Market, into their own bricks-and-mortar storefront.

If you build it, they will swim

Gabrielle Piché 5 minute read Preview

If you build it, they will swim

Gabrielle Piché 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Reannah Hocken brings essentials to a Kenaston strip mall — her purse, her son and his swimsuit.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

‘It took a long time to get a landlord and a bank on the same page,’ but Rishona Hyman persisted and Aqua Essence opened its own 1,500 sq. ft. stainless-steel basin over the winter holidays.

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

Eva Wasney 4 minute read Preview

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.

Peg City breaks out of the red, adds profits, cars and members to its fold

Martin Cash 4 minute read Preview

Peg City breaks out of the red, adds profits, cars and members to its fold

Martin Cash 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

Car sharing has finally taken off in Winnipeg and Peg City Car Co-op is looking to add another 42 cars to its fleet this year — about twice the growth of last year, which was its previous strongest year.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files

Phil Mikulec, managing director at Peg City Car Co-op, says the service has grown to 130 vehicles and has paid dividends to shareholder for the first time in its 12 years of existence.

Woman challenges province over reneged medical procedure coverage

Tyler Searle 4 minute read Preview

Woman challenges province over reneged medical procedure coverage

Tyler Searle 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

A Winnipeg woman suffering from a debilitating disease says the province has reneged on its promise to provide her health coverage, draining her savings and compromising her quality of life.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Emma Cloney who has a condition like Elephantiasis, a condition characterized by gross enlargement of an area of the body, especially the limbs. Story: Manitoba woman denied access to critical surgery offered only outside of Manitoba, despite government’s claim that it’s offered here Malak Abas Reporter | Winnipeg Free Press Dec 23rd,, 2021

Stefanson puts positive light on massive exodus from Tory caucus

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Preview

Stefanson puts positive light on massive exodus from Tory caucus

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson will shuffle her inner circle, promising rejuvenation for the Progressive Conservative party after batch of longtime MLAs announced they will not run for re-election.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Premier Heather Stefanson said MLAs who are choosing not to run again are taking the opportunity to spend time with family following the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference at the RBC Convention Centre Monday.

Winnipegger’s costumes speak volumes in Women Talking

Ben Waldman 9 minute read Preview

Winnipegger’s costumes speak volumes in Women Talking

Ben Waldman 9 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

When the film Women Talking opens here, two Manitoba-raised artists will be vaulted into the bright lights of Hollywood, their names attached to a film destined to draw both Oscar consideration and provincial intrigue.

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Quita Alfred, the wardrobe co-ordinator for Women Talking, was the ‘weirdo wearing vintage dresses’ as a teenager in St. Vital.

Big jump in immigration welcome, accompanied by challenges

Carol Sanders 4 minute read Preview

Big jump in immigration welcome, accompanied by challenges

Carol Sanders 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

Manitoba’s biggest population boost in more a century has come at a time when the province is struggling with a health-care crisis and high inflation.

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

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Immigration Partnership Winnipeg co-ordinator Reuben Garang near his home in Transcona.

Winnipeg’s Jewish-style rye bread a unique loaf: bakers

John Longhurst 4 minute read Preview

Winnipeg’s Jewish-style rye bread a unique loaf: bakers

John Longhurst 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

WINNIPEGGERS aren’t the only folks celebrating the fact that local entrepreneurs Chip and Pepper Foster have brought the beloved KUB bakery back to life.

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

JASON HALSTEAD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Unsliced loaves of rye bread cool at KUB Bakery; the lighter, milder-tasting bread is unique to Winnipeg.

Restaurateur family has eyes on the pies

Gabrielle Piché 5 minute read Preview

Restaurateur family has eyes on the pies

Gabrielle Piché 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Gus Vasilarakis bid adieu to his Winnipeg pizza oven, and the city’s restaurant scene, for good — or so he thought.

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Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Tony Vasilarakis and his dad Gus Vasilarakis are bringing Brandon-based Pizza Express & Submarine back to Winnipeg with an expanded menu. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Burton Cummings Theatre now features more Burton

Alan Small 3 minute read Preview

Burton Cummings Theatre now features more Burton

Alan Small 3 minute read Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

There is more history, and more of Burton Cummings’ history, to see at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

“They offered us the piano and it grew from there,” says Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president of venues and entertainment for True North Sports and Entertainment, which bought the theatre in 2014

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