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May 26, 2021

Thank you to 500,000 Visitors l FREE Virtual Events for Writers l Virtual Book Launches l Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair l Free Museum Admission l Fundraisers & Events to Help Winnipeggers l Forum Art Classes l Family Nature Events


I’m delighted to see that 500,000 people have found Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate since I first began writing this blog on September 17, 2009!

I want to thank you for visiting, whether it's been on a weekly or occasional basis!
Also, a huge THANK YOU to those who've asked their friends to visit!
The top ten countries and their visitors are:
United States……….. 157,390
Canada……………………. 96,540
Germany……..…………. 63,243
Russia…………..………… 44,324
Ukraine.…………..…….. 19,893
France……………….……. 15,918
Unknown Region.....… 7,721
Philippines…………….….  5,698
United Kingdom…...…. 5,301
China………………….…….. 3,276

I do notice which posts get the most visits.
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.

This has been a strange time since March 2020.
Due to Covid-19 many of the events have been cancelled or postponed.
But slowly we’re getting back to normal.
Please do everything you can to stay safe and well!

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!

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FREE Virtual Events for Writers

June 1, 7 PM
Free · Online Event by Speaking Crow, via ZOOM


Speaking Crow June 2021 Virtual Edition with Lori Cayer
Winnipeg's longest running poetry open mic on the first Tuesday of each month.
We have two registration options:
Register to be part of an audience, and receive a ZOOM link to attend.
Register to be one of the readers, and receive a ZOOM link. (Limit 25)
Registration for both options will remain open until 7:15 pm.
*Please note, only the feature reader will be recorded and posted online.

If you have any questions email

Lori Cayer is the author of five volumes of poetry: Searching for Signal, Mrs Romanov, Dopamine Blunder, Attenuations of Force, and Stealing Mercury, which won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba in 2004. In 2005 Lori won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, part of the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards. Lori is a virtual editorial assistant for two scientific research journals.

June 3, 7 PM – 8 PM
Virtual Writing Rants and Ramblings, via ZOOM
Free Event by Manitoba Writers Guild on the first Thursday of each month.
You don’t need to be a member to take part.

Meet with other writers and talk about the art of writing - the good, the bad and the ugly - whatever you’d like to discuss. It’s a chance to leave your solitary world in front of the computer (notebook & pencil or typewriter, if you are ‘old school’) and ‘meet’ in the online world with others just like you.
Using Zoom allows writers from all over the province to take part, provided you have a stable internet connection.

Please contact the Writers’ Guild office (email, so we can send you the meeting invitation with the proper links and instructions.
Bring your own beverages and snacks.

Virtual Book Launches
Free Online Event by McNally Robinson Booksellers

June 1, 7 PM – 8 PM

Please join Keith Cadieux as he celebrates the virtual launch of Signal Decay, featuring a conversation hosted by Seyward Goodhand.

Tim has recently passed away and left Lori with piles of expensive recording equipment and mountains of debt. Tim’s family wants to move on from the loss but Lori can’t let go, not while she can still hear Tim’s laugh as though he’s still there beside her. That is, until she begins to hear his laugh in odd places, like old recordings Tim never worked on.
Can love transcend to keep us connected through death? Or do we just create our own reality when we’re not ready to let go?

Keith Cadieux is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor. His debut, the novella Gaze was shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award and a ReLit award. He co-edited the horror anthology The Shadow Over Portage and Main, which was also shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award, as well as the ‘Fantasmagoriana Series’ published by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Two short stories of his (“Stuck” and “Donner Parties”) have appeared on the Honourable Mentions list of ‘The Best Horror of the Year’ series.

Available for viewing thereafter:

June 4, 7 PM – 8 PM

Please join Joanne Epp in conversation with Angeline Schellenberg as we celebrate the launch of Joanne’s new collection Cattail Skyline.

Joanne ventures from open prairie roads into little creek beds, down onto the warm earth of strawberry patches and far afield to the busy markets of Cambodia to examine the intimate ways we come to know and experience place.

Joanne Epp has published poetry in literary journals including The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, and Canadian Literature. Her first book, Eigenheim, earned her a nomination for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. This is Joanne’s second book.

Available for viewing thereafter:

Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair

The Niverville Fair committee is announcing the cancellation of this year’s Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair. We face several challenges that prevent us from ensuring a safe and fun atmosphere.
Rest assured, the Niverville Fair will be back! Save the date for June 10 & 11, 2022. We are working hard to make 2022 a Fair to remember!

All ticket purchases for the 2020 dates will be honoured for 2022. Please hold on to your 2020 e-tickets. For those who are unable to attend, refunds will be issued at your request. 

Please contact for full refunds. ⁣
We thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Free Museum Admission

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum Throughout 2021

The Grey Nuns’ convent, Winnipeg’s oldest building, houses Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Louis Riel artifacts. Built for the Grey Nuns who arrived in the Red River Colony in 1844, the structure is an outstanding example of Red River frame construction. The Museum presents an impressive collection of artifacts that reveal the lives and culture of the Francophone and Métis communities, including a special exhibit about Louis Riel, the “father” of Manitoba.

Fundraisers & Events to Help Winnipeggers

Winnipeg Humane Society's Paws in Motion
      Tel: 1 204 982 2041

Go for a walk on June 26 with your family and furry friends!


Fundraising Prizes

Once registered, for every $50 raised you'll be entered to win one of four weekly cash prizes.


JUNE 4 ($250)

JUNE 11 ($250)

JUNE 18 ($500)

JUNE 30 ($1,000)


West Central Women's Resource Centre

640 Ellice Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0A7

It’s devastating to see the toll this year has had on women in our community:

Women have been laid off from their service-industry jobs and have nowhere to go.

Women in our city are walking around without shoes.

Women don’t have supplies to keep themselves clean and safe. 

Women are struggling to access food for themselves and their children.

The need is overwhelming.

We staff the WCWRC Street Outreach Van – the only 7-day-a-week outreach services focused on women in Winnipeg. Every day we meet homeless women who are looking for safety and support, and just a little bit of connection and normalcy. By seeing many of the same women everyday, we can also check in on their well being and connect them with additional services, such as housing supports and counseling.

Will you please help keep the van on the road?

With your gift, you will ensure women have the support and dignity they deserve. Thank you!

Please donate today


Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg R3B 1M3

Our Transition Services team has 9 clients who moved into housing on April 1st.

But we’re in need of items for Move-Out Kits to help turn their new living spaces into a home.

These kits include dinnerware, silverware, kitchen utensils, small appliances, and more. 

Complete Move-Out Kits or single items from the list are gratefully accepted. 

Your support is much appreciated and will make a difference in someone’s life!

A complete list of specific items can be found here:…/2…/03/Move-Out-Kit-Sign-Up-Sheet.pdf


The Assiniboine Valley Railway, Inc., 3001 Roblin Blvd.

The 1/8th scale railway just west of Assiniboine Park, is sad to report that the family of the AVR founder, the late Bill Taylor, has given notice that the AVR has 5 months to vacate the property.

We will likely have to put everything into storage temporarily. We will need a new home, or else will have to dissolve the AVR and sell off our assets.

All public access to the property must cease, so there will be no AVR Season this year. 
If we are to continue, we will need at least several acres to rebuild on, with hydro & water, close enough to the city that we and the public have easy access. We cannot see rebuilding without public monetary support.

All of us at the AVR miss Bill since his passing in 2013, and have been honored to continue his dream hobby that has given pleasure to so many people. We want to thank the thousands of people who have supported us and enjoyed riding on our Open House trains in the summer, on our Halloween and Christmas Weekend trains, and sharing meals on the Dinner Train Weekends.

Len La Rue, President, AVR (204) 832-3448

For more info about what the AVR has been and, hopefully, could be again, check out our website:


Forum Art Centre online Art Classes

We have classes for kids, teens, and adults! Some classes are delivered by video for those that like the flexibility of creating their own schedule. Others are a blend of independent work and personal interaction with your instructor. 
We also have classes that meet weekly by video chat to provide one on one mentoring.

Want to schedule a class for you and a couple of your friends? We can arrange that too! 
Programming Director, Shawna can guide you to the right online class


Family Nature Events

Assiniboine Park & Zoo   P: 204 927 6000 | E:


Harry J. Enns Wetland Discovery Centre

Snow Goose Bay, Oak Hammock Marsh, MB R0C 2Z0 

We appreciate your patience with the new guidelines and look forward to seeing you!

This month’s events:

Our Gift Shop is now online!

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