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"I am a fourth year Environmental Design student at the University of Manitoba, focusing my studies in Landscape and Urbanism. Originally from a little town in the middle of nowhere, BC, I moved to Winnipeg 5 years ago to pursue design. After a brief hiatus studying abroad in Denmark, I returned to Canada to finish my studies. I learned about Design Quarter a few months ago while searching for design non-profits in Winnipeg. I really like what they are trying to achieve here in the city, so I reached out to Zephyra and began volunteering in July 2017. It’s been a great opportunity, and I’m having a lot of fun doing it!" - Madeleine Dafoe, Environmental Design Student Blogger

"stuck in the city this summer? 10 cool summer activities to do in the Design Quarter" by madeleine dafoe

1 - Funds too tight to visit the Vegas Strip? Catch a show at Forth.

Tucked in between the tall narrow buildings of the exchange, Forth offers a warm, inviting environment. It gives off an atmosphere of community and inspires collaboration. As they state, “Forth explores the intersection between art, food, tech and culture.” Forth also hosts many cool nighttime events. Recently they kicked off the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival with a series of 90 second screenings which gradually morphed into a party at Forth’s own cocktail bar. Keep an eye open for upcoming events at Forth throughout the summer.

2 - Can’t take in a show at the Sydney Opera House? Check out Fringe Fest.

Fringe Fest was founded in 1988 and has been growing ever since. The festival is non-juried and performers are given complete artistic freedom. One hundred percent of the box office revenue goes straight to the performers. This year Fringe Fest runs from July 18 – 29th in venues all around Winnipeg, but with a high concentration of activity in the Quarter, specifically the Exchange District and Old Market Square. Fringe Fest features a variety of shows from spoken word, to plays, to stand-up, to dance. With shows such as a Sad-Ass Cabaret, the Placeholder Show, and Woke Comedy Hour there’s something for everyone.

3 - Not taking in the sites of Tokyo? Enjoy a stay-cation at the Mere Hotel.

Mere is a boutique hotel located on the banks of the Red River just a few minutes walk from The Forks, featuring a gym, and adjacent to great eating at Cibo’s Waterfront Cafe (another great Design Quarter member!). Mere means minimal, which is evident in the simplistic and modern style of Mere’s rooms featuring sleek glass and white walls with pops of colour that draw you into the space. Mere is committed to sustainability using geothermal heating, LED lighting and occupancy sensors to reduce energy use. If you’re looking for a calming stay with a beautiful view, this is the place for you.

4 - Not lounging on a beach in Greece? Relax at Ten Spa.

Ten Spa is committed to your comfort and relaxation with treatments that have been collected and curated over years of study and travel. Ten Spa offers an urban sanctuary to your busy life. Their therapists are trained in Hamam and they offer every service from waxing to facials. The sleek design of the spa with a palette of cool blues and whites is made even more inviting with eclectic finishes and warm lighting. They also have complimentary tea and muffins, and who doesn’t need a "me" day?

5 - Hankering for a meal from a Michelin Star restaurant? Go local and brunch at Miss Browns.

Just around the corner from Old Market Square, Miss Browns sits in a squat black building. The simple colour pallet of the interior contrasts with the vibrant aromas of the food. Miss Browns features locally smoked meat and locally sourced produce ensuring that their ingredients are of the best and freshest quality. Sandwiches, Eggs Bennie, Shakshuka and Porridge are just a few of the amazing dishes on their menu and they offer all day breakfast, so what’s not to love?

6 - Wishing you were strolling down the Thames? Stroll down the river walk for a pint at The Common.

The Ash and the giant, old Cottonwoods stretch their branches out casting shadows on the rippling water. The closer to The Forks you get you hear the low rumble of people chatting, sitting along the river bank eating ice cream and enjoying the view. The Common is one of the best new additions to The Forks with loads of local beers and ciders on tap and an expanding wine menu. The Common brings together a vast array of people over good food and drink. With the addition of The Common, now the whole first floor of The Forks Market is licenced allowing you to grab any food you want from the eclectic mix of restaurants and sit down with friends while enjoying a beer. Plus, it’s just a short jaunt down the Riverwalk from Osborne or a 5-minute stroll from the Exchange District.

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7 - Missing clothing shopping in Milan? Hit up Lennard Taylor.

Sitting on a stool in front a mannequin, Lennard smears paint across the bottom of the shirt. After about 5 minutes figures begin to appear out of the streaks. A mix of colours entwining to create a person. You can often see Lennard painting clothing at pop up markets around the city. As he states, he takes time and puts careful thought into the fine details of every piece, as one can clearly tell by the way he paints! Lennard focuses on design, details and architectural construction, which is evident in the clean lines, fabric and colour palettes he uses. He makes “clothing for the modern woman” and creates pieces for the diverse people this encompasses. His clothing is for those who wish to “stand out without craving attention”, “for the tastemaker who understands dressing with intention and thoughtfulness”.

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8 - Can’t visit the Tate Modern? Check out the fabulous exhibits at aceartinc.

aceartinc is an artist-run gallery dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art. The gallery ensures that all types of artists are represented, including emerging artists and those from underrepresented communities. Established in 1983, aceartinc hosts 5 exhibits a year. Aceartinc encourages all members of the public to view the exhibits as interaction with all members of the public is what makes contemporary art truly come alive.


9 - Not touring the galleries of Spain? See work from local artists at Pulse Gallery.

Pulse Gallery is full of bright and original art created by Manitoba’s own established and emerging artists. It was founded in 2010, and is located in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks which as Lesly Dawyduk states “is the gathering landmark for culture, entertainment, dining, recreation, and the arts. In this vibrant centre, we could think of no better banner than Pulse Gallery!” Pulse holds exhibitions, demonstrations, and celebrations where artists and connoisseurs mingle. Their current exhibition “Prairie Lines” is by Ninon Wakeland and has been an display since June 6th, so go check it out (they also have the occasional wine and cheese night)!

10 - Not buying souvenirs from Mexico? Treat yourself to homeware from Mûr lifestyle.

Mûr was started by a husband and wife team, Joël and Danielle Cyr. Mûr is your go-to source for everyday objects that elevate your everyday. They are dedicated to reducing waste and the cycle of consumerism by allowing you to buy mindfully, things that are locally made and will bring you joy. All of Mûr’s products are sourced from small scale manufacturers and designers. Their products are beautifully and simply shaped out of high quality materials with lots of natural texture and muted, calm colours.