August 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN’S BIGGEST STREET PARTY RETURNS WITH BIGGER & BETTER EVENTS: SEPT 9-11
Downtown Winnipeg – Downtown’s beloved addition to Winnipeg’s wealth of festivals, the 6th annual Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries ManyFest street party, will animate Broadway from September 9-11 with an energetic atmosphere of arts, entertainment, and delicious cuisine, to draw people into heart of the city. Since its inception, ManyFest has attracted well over 250,000 people to downtown Winnipeg for an open, outdoor showcase of talent, community, and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg, beneath Broadway’s beautiful elm trees.
“ManyFest is truly a community festival bringing people together, downtown, from all corners of the city to enjoy Broadway, its rich history and a weekend filled with musicians, artisans, and fun activities,” says Stefano Grande, Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “This year we’re excited to announce our new businesses—like Oh Doughnuts and The Common inside The Forks Market—are embracing ManyFest and finding new and exciting ways to get involved.”
Bigger & Better Events
For the first year ever, ManyFest’s Food Truck Wars area will be licensed! Festival-goers will be able to sip and savour beers and wines while waiting in line for delicious food truck cuisine. The Wine and Beer Garden, presented by SkyCity Centre will feature beer from Big Rock Brewery and over 20 varieties of wine. KidSport Winnipeg has been selected as the charity of choice to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Wine and Beer Garden.
Food Truck Wars
The famous Food Truck Wars are back and this year there are 30 food trucks to choose from—our most diverse and delicious line-up yet! Presented by ROYALE Tiger Towel, this year’s Food Truck Wars will be awarded for Best Presentation, Best Bang for Your Buck, and Most Original, and people will be able to vote onsite for their favourite truck. Keep an eye and an ear out for prize giveaways on Global News Winnipeg, 680 CJOB, 97.5 BIG FM, and 991 Fresh Radio. For a full list of this year’s food trucks, visit: manyfest.ca.
ManyFest Doughnut Contest
New downtown doughnut shop, Oh Doughnuts (326 Broadway), will create a new doughnut flavor inspired by the spirit of ManyFest—and we want you to get involved in the cream-filled fun! Tweet your doughnut flavor ideas and tag @OhDoughnuts and @downtownwpgbiz to your chance to win. The person with the winning submission will receive a doughnut a week for an entire year from Oh Doughnuts, courtesy of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s #finditdowntown campaign. The doughnut will be on sale and available throughout the festival weekend.
Manitoba Music and Manito Ahbee Curated Stages
This year festival-goers will have the opportunity to check out two different ManyFest stages with music curated by Manitoba Music and Manito Ahbee. Memorial Main Stage will be filled with entertainment throughout the weekend and feature performances by ATLAAS, The Lytics, Mise en Scene and much more. Returning for the second year, the Indigenous Stage, presented by Portage Place Shopping Centre, will be set up on Kennedy St. and showcase the talents of Mary Mahler Band, The Deeds and many others. For a full list of this year’s music line-up, visit: manyfest.ca.
MiniFest Kids’ Zone, PokemonGo & MEVA programming
KidSport Winnipeg will be onsite offering a variety of sport activities for kids to enjoy. New this year: building on the recent success of PokemonGo, festival-goers will be treated to hourly PokeLures sponsored by ManyFest. Additionally, the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA) will be onsite showcasing and offering rides in more than 50 electric vehicles, including an S Tesla, and the 1974 historic EVA Metro from the Manitoba Electric Museum, driven by former Premier of Manitoba, Ed Schreyer, during the oil crisis of the mid-70s!
We’re excited to announce SkyCity Centre is returning for the second year to present the SkyLounge as part of the Wine and Beer Garden. Get a sneak peek into the what luxury downtown condo living will look like when Fortress Real Developments’ SkyCity Centre is complete, all while you take in the sights and sounds of the festival from a luxurious VIP lounge area.
Afterhours Party Downtown at The Common
The night is young and there’s more ManyFest after last call. Keep your ManyFest Wine & Beer wristband or show your #finditdowntown keychain to get access to the official after party at The Common, inside The Forks Market. Twenty craft beers and twenty unique wines mean Infinite possibilities.
Ciclovia & Getting to the Festival
From its beginning, ManyFest has always been about activity, active transportation, and encouraging participants to come in by foot, bicycle, transit, rollerblades, and more! This year’s Sunday programming festivities will include: bike polo, a cycling-inspired fashion show, and a bike zone complete with bike tune-ups.
There will also be a free Bike Valet onsite and available all weekend so anyone riding to Broadway on their bike can store their bike or stroller while they leisurely enjoy the festival. Two locations: In Memorial Park on Broadway at Osborne Street, and at Broadway and Edmonton Street. Attendees are invited to bring their water bottle for free water fill-ups on the street.
A ManyFest favourite, the Giant Movie in the Park is back this year and presented by Workers Compensation Board. The movie will take place on the festival’s closing night on Sunday, September 11; this year’s movie is The Jungle Book. Every year, Lights on Broadway lights up with crowds of people strolling down the avenue with candles and light-based performances along its medians.
Highlighting Broadway as a lively artery of downtown, ManyFest will also feature Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets, and the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race presented by Investors Group – amongst a multicultural backdrop of local talent, musicians, artists, and buskers.
ManyFest Festival Hours
Friday: 11AM to 11PM
Saturday: 11AM to 11PM
Sunday: 11AM to 6PM
Last year, over 150 volunteers and dozens of community groups devoted their time and helped give back to the community by bringing excitement and enthusiasm to the event. This year the Downtown BIZ’s goal is the same. Anyone wanting to volunteer for the festival can visit: www.manyfest.ca.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries ManyFest is the biggest downtown street festival and attracts nearly 70,000 visitors annually, adding to the overwhelming one million visitors to 62 year-round downtown festivals. Festivals and activities, like ManyFest, help to change perceptions of downtown for the better and contribute to greater economic spinoffs for nearby businesses. In a 2015 Probe research poll, almost 50% of the respondents felt that an event like ManyFest, has changed their perception of downtown for the better. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the friendly and hardworking host that creates over 250 events held from June to the end of September.
ManyFest is hosted by the Downtown BIZ and presented by title sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Other event sponsors include: City of Winnipeg, Fortress Real Developments/SkyCity Centre, Big Rock Brewery, ROYALE Tiger Towel, Investors Group, Running Room Canada, Portage Place Shopping Centre, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Spark Rentals Inc., Bison Transport Ltd., Shaw Communications Inc., William F. White International Inc., SPARKER Strategy Group, Manitoba Public Insurance, Paladin Security, Great-West Life, Impark, The Standard Press, Emterra Environmental, Assiniboine Credit Union, Neptune Properties Inc., ChrisD.ca, Metro Winnipeg, Global News Winnipeg, 680 CJOB, 97.5 BIG FM, and 991 Fresh Radio.
For more information about ManyFest and the event line-up, visit: manyfest.ca.
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For more information, please contact:
Emily Ormonde, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Tel: (204) 958-4626