September 17, 2019

Happy 10th Anniversary to us!! - Margaret Ullrich

Happy Tenth Birthday to Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate and its readers!!
Ten years!!! Wow!!! We’ve reached a milestone!!

I want to thank each of you for visiting, whether it's been on a daily, weekly or occasional basis during the past ten years!
Also, 'thank you' to those who've told their friends to visit!

Doing this blog has shown me how our world is becoming so much smaller, thanks to the internet. I'm always amazed when I learn where you live. 

When I started this blog in 2009, Canada was always the number one country for visitors. Well, that changed a few years ago. 
People from the United States are still the top visitors. 
Maybe it's due to our dollar's value.
I hope it’s meant that folks in the states are curious about what we have here in Winnipeg, and that they have been inspired to come for a vacation, or at least to come up to see a show or to take part in an event.
Folks in the states know that they can get a great bang for their vacation buck in Canada.

Germany, Russia and the Ukraine are among the top five countries.
Hope they are coming to Winnipeg and enjoying a lot of great events here, too.
The Philippines is still one of the top ten visiting countries.
I’m not surprised - Winnipeg has a large, vibrant Philippine community.
Maybe people have decided to see a few shows while visiting family and friends.

Over the years there have been over 430,000 visitors!
The top ten countries and their visitors are:
United States……….. 122,232
Canada……………………. 89,566
Germany……..…………. 61,687
Russia…………..………… 39,311
Ukraine.…………..…….. 15,981
France……………….……. 14,808
Philippines…………….….  5,560
United Kingdom….……. 4,778
Unknown Region..….… 3,320
China………………….…….. 3,249

The newest change this past year is visitors from ‘Unknown Region’, which has bumped Japan from the list.
I don't know where these unknown visitors live.
Oh, well, I wish a hello to you, wherever you call home.

During the years there have also been visitors from Moldova, Turkey, Ireland, Australia,  
Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Denmark, Eritrea, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, 
Macedonia (FYROM), Mexico, Afghanistan, Thailand, Slovakia, India, Bangladesh, Israel, 
Malaysia, Kuwait, Greece, Kenya, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, 
United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Armenia, Belarus, Namibia, Honduras, Slovenia, Lithuania,  
Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Cambodia, Switzerland, Czechia, Bermuda, Portugal, Qatar, 
Brazil, Egypt, Chile and Poland.

Sometimes there has been a surge of visits from a country.
During the past week there have been 1,233 visits from Sweden.
I have no idea why such surges in visits happen.
Whatever the reason, I'm so glad each of you stopped by for a look.
Thank you for taking an interest in events happening here in Winnipeg!

Usually I only post once or twice a month.
I don’t post on Facebook.
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I do post a link on Twitter whenever there is a new post. 
If you feel more comfortable using Twitter, just click on the Twitter link '@ImTurning60' on the side bar above the archive and we’ll be able to keep in touch that way.

I do pay attention to which posts get the most visits.
Music posts - especially those with links to websites - interest most people.
I hope you’re enjoying hearing the music from our up-and-coming musicians!
I’ll continue posting more of those, and similar, events.

Please take a moment and comment when an event or personality interests you.
Local artists do check when they’re in the media and they love the feedback.

Once again, thank you so much for visiting!
As I said when Sophie and I signed off our weekly show...
Have a great weekend. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

September 6, 2019

Oak Hammock Events l Musical Events l Markets & Fall Fairs l Lindy West l Architectural Events l Fundraisers l Global Climate Strike l Manitoba Children's Museum Events l Culture Days l Nuit Blanche l Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
For more information call (204) 467-3300

September 14 & 15 
Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals
Dig for fossils and learn gold panning and about the many everyday uses of minerals.
Mineral Silent Auction held both days at 1 and 3 p.m.
September 19 - 8 p.m. 
Astronomy Night - Fall Constellations
It is a great time of the year to observe deep space objects, such as galaxies and nebulae.
$5 for members and $10 for non-members.
September 21 and 22 
Decoy Carving Competition - Open to True Hunting, Traditional and Contemporary Waterfowl Decoys, all life-size floating. Judging will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
September 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Member's Appreciation Day - BBQ lunch, marsh activities and veggie and bake sale.
Become a member today and receive 10% off your membership price!
September 28 & 29
Migration Festival - family event / Wagon rides from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Stay for the nightly fly-in of the geese from the rooftop observation deck!
September 28, 7 to 9 a.m. Goose Fly-Out and Breakfast
Payment by September 25 - Members $18, non-members $27.
September 30 & October 1, 5:30 p.m.
Migration Dinners - a three-course dinner of locally grown ingredients.
Payment required 3 days before the event - Members $47, non-members $56.

Musical Events

The Garrick, 330 Garry St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2G7

September 15, 7 PM – 10 PM
$32.50        All-Ages

MRG Concerts and Winnipeg Folk Fest Presents Rhye with special guests           
September 20, 6 PM – 9 PM
$34.99  Tickets

MRG Concerts presents: Periphery - HAIL STAN: North America 2019
with Veil of Maya and Covet           All-Ages

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2B9

September 16, Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm – 11:30 pm
$20  Tickets

No Fun At All  with Wolfrik / North Graffiti / Someone Talked
September 17, 7:15 PM – 10:30 PM
$25  Tickets

Enforcer || Warbringer with Endless Chaos
September 18, Doors 6 pm; music 630 pm – 9:30 pm
Tickets $30  online, at the Park Theatre, Into the Music and Wild Planet

Park Theatre and NinjaCat Productions Presents
Revocation and Voivod, with Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, Conjurer
September 19, 8 PM – 11 PM

Ninjacat Productions presents: Propagandhi / Mosa / Flash Out
September 20, Doors 8 pm | Music 9 pm – 12:30 am
Tickets $15 plus fees advance / $20 doors

The Honeysliders as The Legendary Supergroup: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
The musical partnership of David Crosby, Stephen Stills , and Graham Nash, with and without Neil Young, was arguably the only American-based band to approach the overall societal impact of the Beatles. 
September 29, Doors 7:00 / Show 7:30 – 10:30 PM
$10 Tickets at The Park Theatre, online and at

6th Annual Romi Mayes Songwriters Extravaganza! The line-up includes:
Bobby Desjarlais (Attica Riots), Jaxon Haldane (D.Rangers), Evan Chandler (Northern Royals), Frannie Klein, Dan Scramstad (The Deeds), Kerji Stephens, Jamie Buckboro (Jivetown), Curtis Newton, Elise Roller (Solhounds), Courtney Devon (Amadians),
Dave Gagnon, Andrew Courtnage (Smoky Tiger), Ethan Krushel (Northern Lights Drive), Robert Allan Wrigley, Jess Rae Ayre (Sweet Alibi), Amber Rose (Sweet Alibi)

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C9

¡MAYDAY! Fire In The Sky Tour - Featuring Strange Music artist(s) ¡MAYDAY!!    Ages 18+
September 20, 7 PM

Black Mountain celebrates the release of their new album, Destroyer. Longtime band member Jeremy Schmidt had at them with his legendary synth arsenal. Both Joshua Wells and Amber Webber have retired while Arjan Miranda rejoined. New members include Rachel Fannan and Adam Bulgasem plus Kliph Scurlock, Kid Millions, and John Congleton.
September 20, 10:30 PM – 2 AM

With their blend of soulful hip hop vocals, rap, brass and synths, Busty and the Bass ​is ushering in a new era of genre-defying sound after just two Eps, GLAM (2015) and LIFT (2016). Busty is taking things to the next level with their debut album, Uncommon Good
September 25, 6 PM – 10:30 PM

Hot off the heels of his #1 hit single “Better When I Do”, Canadian country music star Aaron Pritchett  with guests: Banned &Outlawed
Kira Isabella
David James

September 19, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
The Good Will - Social Club, 625 Portage, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2G4
$20 on eventbrite, at The Park Theatre, Into the Music and Wild Planet

Ninjacat Productions presents UK's INGESTED, with VATHEK / PERLOCUTION / INHUMED 

Bulldog Pizza, 1364 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3T8

September 19, Doors: 7 pm / Music: 7:30 pm – 11 pm
$15  Eventbrite / $20 door        ALL AGES

Big Bear Productions is proud to present: Kublai Khan, Orthodox,         
Murder Capital
September 28, 9 PM – 2 AM
$10 cover   All Ages Welcome

Dismembered in September - Local bands combine forces with Regina's Godsfear.  
10pm  GodsFear   
11pm  Dark Messiah   
12am  Ebon Flow   
  1am  VOTOV   

September 20, Doors at 9:00 pm / Bands 10:00 pm – 1 am
The Handsome Daughter, 61 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B2
Tickets $10 at the door

Come enjoy a Friday night full of Black Metal and Drone! 
Thrallfrost (Fargo,ND)
Dojo Kobra

September 22, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
The Windsor Hotel, 187 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C1G7
$25 Tickets at eventbrite and locally at Wild Planet and Into the Music

Ninjacat Productions presents BEYOND CREATION / FALLUJAH / ARKAIK / EQUIPOISE 

September 28, Doors: 8:30 / Music: 9 PM – 12 AM
The Club St. B, 171 Dumoulin St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H0E2
$10 cover  eventbrite   18+

Big Bear Productions presents Tama Hills' “Bookmark” Fall Canadian Tour 

Markets & Fall Fairs

Submission Deadline: 4 PM, September 18, 2019
November 29, 10am - 4pm 
Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue 

Made in the Middle : Craft Market - will not have following: Food, Candy, Cosmetics, Scented Materials, Commercially Made Items, Weapons, Drug Paraphernalia 

September 20 and 21 10am-11pm
September 22 10am-8pm
Pineridge Hollow, 67086 Heatherdale Road 25E, Winnipeg, Manitoba R0E 1J0
Tickets  Concerts are included in the price of admission.

Pineridge Hollow Fall Fair - This family-friendly weekend will include a large kids activity area, petting zoo, carnival rides, Local Manitoba beverage gardens, and our biggest fall farmers’ market, including food trucks!
Live music performances will include Joey Landreth, Leanne Pearson, Olivia Lunny,
Keith McPherson, The Janzen Boys, Jake Chenier and more! 

September 21, 9 AM – 6 PM
The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2R6

Winnipeg VegFest - a all-star lineup of superstar speakers, a massive vendors market, fun contests, and more!

September 21, 10:30am-1:00pm     Open to the public
Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3K 2E8
Admission is free / Accept both cash and debit

Manitoba Families of Multiples is hosting a fall sale that features low-priced gently used kids clothing and toys. 50% off select items - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

September 21, 8 AM – 4 PM
THE SPOT at Tuxedo Point, 785-825 Sterling Lyon Parkway, Wpg MB R3P 1H3

Jocelyn House Hospice is holding a Garage and Art Sale 
Please call Jacqueline at 204-799-6130 for more information and/or to schedule a donation drop-off. All donations should be clean and in good working condition. Thank you!

September 22, 11 AM – 3 PM
Rescue Siamese, 38 Barberry Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2J 2G9

Rescue Siamese Fall Event
Join us for a bake sale, a silent auction and to meet our adoptable cats!

September 26 - 28
St. Vital Centre, 1225 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 5E5

The Book Market, established in 1961, is the longest-running fundraiser in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. It has raised over $8 million for child health care. Books in over 65 categories! 
Books can be dropped off at any Winnipeg Fire Hall or Dufresne Furniture store.
More information can be found at or by calling (204) 783-1125.

September 27 – 11am to 8pm
September 28 – 10am to 4pm
Anne Mulaire - Winnipeg Boutique, 421 Mulvey Ave. East (3rd Floor - East River side entrance just south of the Rapid Transit Station on Osborne St.)

Andréanne will present ANNE Anne Mulaire’s Fall 2019 Collection, a Zero-Waste collection of one-of-a-kind outfits, along with her Héritage Collection which is inspired by history and embroidered with love. Refreshments, free custom fittings, and special discounts!

September 28, 5 PM – 10 PM
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Free admission / Free Parking

W.E.S.T. | Winnipeg Etsy Street Team presents Etsy Made in Canada Night Market
Over 40 vendors!

September 20, 6:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Hosted by Women's Health Clinic (WHC): An Evening with Lindy West, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of the bestselling memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (2016) as well as the upcoming essay collection The Witches Are Coming. In 2018 she adapted Shrill into a half-hour comedy for Crave/Hulu starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), which has gotten rave reviews.
Her work has also appeared in This American Life, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, and The Stranger. She is the founder of I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the co-founder of the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion.

Architectural Events    204.960.8097   

September 22, 1 pm
Children’s architecture tour of Broadway
Free but registration is required.  We will meet at Upper Fort Garry
Learn about the history of the area and about the buildings, old and new, along Broadway between Main Street and Osborne Street. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. For children Grade 4 and up.
September 26-28
Winnipeg Design Festival - For info:

September 22, 9:30am – 1pm
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, Portage Avenue and Home Street

Nine Circles Community Health Centre's Red Ribbon 2km walk or a 5km run. 
The funds raised support services that promote wellness, social connection, food security, economic participation,health equity, and ight stigma and HIV discrimination Register and donate today: online or call 204-940-6075, or email

September 28, 10 AM – 6 PM
Woodridge Community Club69 Denis Street, Woodridge, Manitoba R0A 2N0

ATV Ride for Hope · Hosted by Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada
Put hope within reach of those struggling with addiction. 
Registration includes ride participation, lunch and supper.  
Register and start fundraising today!

September 28, 5 PM – 9 PM
The Forks National Historical Site, Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Light The Night Winnipeg 2019 · Hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada 
Meet us at The Forks to celebrate our survivors and remember those we have lost. Then walk with red lanterns to show your support, white lanterns for patients and survivors and gold lanterns in memory of lost ones.

September 29, 9 AM
224 Vanzile Street, Treherne, Manitoba

Treherne Run for the Hills 15th Marathon to sign up
We have a Full, half, 10k, 5K and our full is a Boston Qualifier!  

September 27, 12 PM – 5 PM
Manitoba Legislative Building / All are welcome; family friendly and accessible 

Global Climate Strike, hosted by Manitoba Youth for Climate Action and Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition - Cities across Canada will join Greta Thunberg’s call for a general strike. 
There will be a march, speakers, performers, and opportunities for group action.

Manitoba Children's Museum Events
45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4T6

September 27, 10:00AM – 3:00PM
September 28 and 29, 11:00AM -3:00PM

Mini Culture Days - What better way to experience the beauty of art than helping us complete a graffiti wall? Stop by and unleash your inner street artist.
September 28, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of 800 people.

Graffiti Art Programming Inc. will be here facilitating a collaborative graffiti art project and Let’s Talk Science UofW will be doing hands-on science experiments all night long!

Culture Days

September 28, 10 – 4
Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS) Resource Centre, Unit E – 1045 St. James St.
free parking or 204-783-9139

Take a tour of our Library, browse resources, check out our online catalogue of books & reference material or explore our searchable database, the Manitoba Name Index (MANI) with 1.5 million records of Manitoba names. Talk with our experienced genealogists on how to get started or how to progress with your family history. Our volunteer genealogists will be available for one-on-one research assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.  Minimum of 1/2 hour time slot which can be extended depending on demand.

September 28
Forum Art Centre, 120 Eugenie Street

Make & Take Critter Creations with Sculpting Medium from 1 – 2:20 & 2:30 – 4
Make & Take for the Birds from 1:30 – 2:45 & 3 – 4:15 & 7 - 9
Plein Air Sketching from 3 – 4 & 4:14 – 5:15
Sketching from a Clown Model from 7 – 9
Outdoor Art – Glowing Welcome Mats & Chalk Art from 9 – 11:30
Night Owls from 9 – 3am
Activity details: - in the search put 'Forum Art Centre'

September 28, 6 PM – 12 AM
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Nuit Blanche 2019
Be part of Manitoba's largest visual art celebration. 
Explore Winnipeg's Downtown, Exchange District and St. Boniface and more with 25,000 of your closest friends. 
Roam the city and discover hundreds of FREE art installations, exhibitions, performances in so many wonderful spots, including museum, galleries, theatres, businesses, alleyways and more.

For more information

September 29, 12 PM
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 281 Donald street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4
Tickets are available online or The MET Box Office at 204.594.9494

Dinner and A Movie featuring the classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off and our Signature MET Buffet which will be available until 2:00 PM. Just before the movie we will bring you complimentary, hot buttered popcorn and refresh your beverages. At intermission we serve you coffee and dessert at your table.