architecture + film series: “the price of everything”

thursday, jan. 31, 2019. 7pm | cinematheque, 100 arthur st.

Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars, and the recent sale of a little-known Da Vinci topped $450 million—but what forces are driving the white-hot art market? Who assigns and who pays these astronomical sums? What currency adequately measures art’s value? The Price of Everything leads us into a rarefied labyrinth of galleries, studios, and auction houses to wrestle with these questions.

[ Architecture + Film, an ongoing series which focuses on architecture and design, is co-presented by Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg’s built environment through public education. ]

More info + tickets here.

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LIGHTS: A Winter celebration in support of artbeat studio


On the evening of February 1st, 2019, Winnipeggers from all walks of life are encouraged to explore the Exchange District, and #ActivateWinter with diverse communities! This is a free, public event that uses Winter as a driving force to bring people together in the heart of our city, while also raising awareness and funds for our newest member, Artbeat Studio. Three main components will make up the event with LIGHTS as the connective theme throughout. Colourful lights around Old Market Square, a communal barrel fire, a lit-up POP UP BOX shipping container housing a Warm-up Station, and ice lanterns lining Albert Street connecting Old Market Square and Artbeat Studio will activate the trifecta of activity. This event is generously funded by The Winnipeg Foundation.

Visit our Facebook Event Page here.


forthwith festival

friday, feb. 1 - sunday, feb. 3, 2019. | forth, 171 mcdermot ave.

Forth, Videopool and other locations will be transformed into an experimental music, art, technology and performance festival with over 20 visiting international artists and musicians. The first day of the event will be kicking off Feb 1 alongside First Friday’s in the Exchange and will be the destination of choice for experimental audiovisual art and electronic music lovers all weekend long. Artists will be travelling in from around the World and Canada, (as well as a host of Winnipeg locals) to perform over the 3 day event. With live performances, workshops, visual installations, teachings, and interactive happenings, Forthwith wanders through industrialized landscapes transformed with digital re-mapping and amongst post-digital artifacts and retro media.



the winnipeg jazz orchestra presents: “isn’t she lovely” - the music of stevie wonder!

sunday, feb. 10, 2019. 2pm + 7:30pm | winnipeg art gallery

He has sold 100 million records, has 10 number one hits, and won Album of the Year three times. His music is syncopated, soulful and sophisticated. He is masterful on piano, mesmorizing on harmonica, and magic when he sings. He is the one and only Stevie Wonder and the WJO explores his music re-imagined for big band. Vocalist and harmonica player Todd Martin joins the band as we pay tribute to a Motown legend.


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“A Mid-Winter's Pop of Colour” reception

wednesday, feb. 13, 2019. 7-9pm | pulse gallery, johnston terminal

Featured works by Manitoba artist, Desmond Raymond.

To help break the cold of mid-winter on the prairie, Desmond will be featuring works in oil and acrylic created through the use of bold colours and the palette knife.

Inspired through Canadian travels and a love for the land, Desmond's impressionistic landscapes range from our local Assiniboine Forest and neighbouring Lake of the Woods to east, west and northern Canada.


HOVERBOX by Simon Kassner + Wilko Hoffman, NAICE Architecture. Berlin, Germany

HOVERBOX by Simon Kassner + Wilko Hoffman, NAICE Architecture. Berlin, Germany



Started in 2009, Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has been melding world-class design and art with Winnipeg’s famous winters. The competition has seen entries from across the globe and caught the attention of international architecture publications and awards. Warming Huts is an open competition, supported by the Manitoba Association of Architects. A blind jury selects designs that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art.” Nearing the end of January, competition winners travel to Winnipeg to begin construction on their warming hut. The weeklong building blitz gives designers a chance to watch their vision come to life while allowing the public to watch them at work. Warming huts are then brought out to the Red River Mutual Trail for visitors to skate to, interact with, and enjoy. Warming huts will remain out until the end of the skating season. www.warminghuts.com




design quarter winnipeg summer tours

thursday, august 2 + 23, 2018.

On these specially curated, interactive tours led by our very own Executive Director, Zephyra Vun, you will visit four, unique Design Quarter Winnipeg members. These one-time, exclusive tours will give access to meeting the local business owners and entpreneurs behind each stop, learning about how each contributes to Winnipeg's awesome design culture, plus everyone will engage in an interactive, hands-on activity or special experience at each stop! [ Expect to create a little something to take home with you! ]

August 2nd - Exchange District members

August 23rd - The Forks members


design quarter winnipeg anniversary: pop up box reveal

friday, june 1, 2018. | bijou park

Design Quarter Winnipeg turns one on June 1st! To celebrate, we will be unveiling our "POP-UP BOX", the middle shipping container permanently located in Bijou Park, to showcase what kind of pop-up opportunities can transpire within this unique, re-purposed vessel.

On June 1st, we will transform the “POP-UP BOX” into a mini cocktail bar + lounge area for the public as they are out exploring the Exchange District for First Fridays. We will also take this opportunity to distribute our new Design Quarter maps to visitors!

The overall intention of the “POP-UP BOX” is to provide our Design Quarter members with the opportunity to promote their businesses by temporarily activating Bijou Park through various programming such as pop-up markets, art production, performance, information dissemination, etc.


design quarter winnipeg agm + member networking event

thursday, may 17, 2018. | glasshouse rooftop

This will be Design Quarter's first-ever Annual General Meeting + Members-Only Networking Event! We are teaming up with The Kinship Studio to bring our fabulous members an early evening of information, mingling, and a little fun! The event will be held on the beautiful Glasshouse rooftop, complete with champagne, food, great conversation, + spectacular views of our downtown! 

Our members will have the exclusive opportunity to network + share ideas amongst each other, our Partners, + Board of Directors. Hear directly from our Board + Partners about why Design Quarter matters to our city! 



design quarter winnipeg market

saturday, march 24, 2018. | hut k space

Join us for this one-of-a-kind market experience to ring in Spring! Free entry; everyone welcome!  The intention of this event is to facilitate a fully-immersive and interactive design experience, giving the public a ‘glimpse’ or ‘preview’ of what Design Quarter is all about under one roof, then encouraging visitors to go out and explore the actual Design Quarter to its full potential! 

This is not your typical market with rows of vendors selling their wares! In addition to this, we are getting creative with the market set-up, working with the space to generate an engaging experience, where visitors can SEE, DO, LEARN ABOUT or BUY design-related activities +/or products.

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design quarter winnipeg launch!

friday, may 12, 2017. | old market square

Be the first to #DiscoverTheQuarter on Friday, May 12th at our public launch! Come on down to Old Market Square after work, where we will toast this exciting, new initaitive with some VIP members + city influencers!

We will be handing out Design Quarter maps, and have Winnipeg Trolley Company on deck to transport people around The Quarter starting at 6pm. Stick around the Exchange, or hop on the Trolley! They'll do a couple of loops, so you can catch a ride back to the Exchange; though the Quarter is very walkable!

Grab a map, and/or navigate our interactive map on our website to check out our 45 exceptional members thoughout the Exchange District, Downtown + The Forks, some of whom will be staying open late just for you. Show your Design Quarter map or promo card to take advantage of some special offerings from our members.