STAGES biennial 2019


As an exhibition, STAGES sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture, installation and performances by artists based in Norway, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, Toronto and Winnipeg. The biennial takes place in different abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, parks and other public sites. This year, seven new works will be commissioned across the city.




free lunch-hour guided bike rides to the forks

AUG 8 + aug 22, 2019. | downtown winnipeg biz farmers’ market

Enjoy your lunch hour outside, cruising through Downtown on one of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Pedal in the Peg bikes! Ride times: 11am-noon, noon-1pm.

We’ll take you on a guided route from Manitoba Hydro Place to The Forks + back (with 20 mins to spend at The Forks for lunch!), showing you just how easy it is to get around Downtown by bike. All you have to do is show up :) Look for the Pedal in the Peg bikes at the Design Quarter Winnipeg booth!

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connect with the quarter


There are a lot of exciting changes happening in our Downtown communities right now… and we want to make sure locals + visitors are familiar with navigating it all. Throughout the Summer on First Fridays in the Exchange, our POP UP BOX shipping container in Bijou Park (East side of Old Market Square) will become the public's go-to spot to learn about just that! Find valuable information about what we do + how to get around - DQW merchandise + maps, bike path information, parking maps, tour information and much more can be picked up at our POP UP BOX on First Fridays in Summer (excluding August). Find links with additional, helpful tips on how to get around The Quarter on our Homepage!


“protect what you love” reception, works by anja studer

SEPT 27, 7-9pm, 2019. | pulse gallery

Manitoba artist Anja Studer, debuts her new series "Protect What You Love" at Pulse Gallery. Anja has created a call to action through a series of encaustic paintings of animals native to the province of Manitoba. Each painting combines an abstract landscape, an animal illustration and a graphic pattern symbolizing one of the threats to the featured animal’s survival. Through her art, Anja hopes to inspire others to take action to protect the wildlife we share our home with and will be donating 10% of all sales to the Winnipeg based Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

Selected works Exhibited September 1 to October 31. 

Feathered ambassadors from PWRC in attendance at the reception!



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FRIday, MAY 3, 2019. 5-9PM | POP UP BOX, BIJOU PARK/old market square

Join us as we, once again, activate our POP UP BOX shipping container for our second birthday party! In honour of the Architecture + Design Film Festival (May 1 - 5), we’ll be screening the ArchiShorts from a+dff 2018 (two-minute films about architecture and/or the built environment, submitted through a free + open-to-all competition) from inside the container! Pop by during your First Friday wander to check out all or just a few of these fun + inventive short films while enjoying free Little Brown Jug samples and popcorn! Cheers to another year of celebrating local design culture in Winnipeg’s core!

This event is generously sponsored by Fillmore Riley LLP. Facebook Event Page here.

Munimuni Media

Munimuni Media

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.


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.