Placemaking Pop-Ups


2018 Placemaking Pop-ups

This summer we’re excited to announce new Placemaking Pop-Ups including a Pop-Up toilet and social incubator project, two Pop-Up parks and an exciting Pop-Up back alley installation! Read on to learn more about these projects.

Winnipeg Public Toilet Pop-up Initiative

A collaboration between the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture and Siloam Mission.

The Winnipeg Toilet Initiative is a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ funded venture addressing the topic of the need for accessible washrooms in Winnipeg’s downtown core. The initiative aims to lead by example, through providing a clean, secure, well-maintained, and attended public washroom facility. The facility is designed to be temporary. The goal is to encourage publicity for future sponsored permanent toilets, through conscious-raising, an iterative design process, and general public support. With this partnership, Siloam Mission is helping create more opportunity for those experiencing poverty and homelessness to gain work experience as they work toward progress and transition.


This unique facility will be “popping-up” in several downtown locations from June-September 2018 with daily hours that are currently being confirmed. The unique design was inspired by the thought that our public realm and toilets, should be engaging. These toilets we were thought out and can contribute to a healthier downtown for everyone. They serve as a friendly reminder that everyone deserves access to public toilets.

 Click this link to see the My Winnipeg includes Public Toilets poster: All the People

Another key aspect to this initiative is the partnership with Siloam Mission. Clients of Siloam Mission are being employed as Ambassadors in a social incubator space, attached to the washroom facility, where they will provide customer service, sell retail items in support of Siloam Mission, provide light janitorial duties in ensuring that the washroom facilities are clean and stocked, and more. Watch for more information coming soon regarding what will be for sale and how you can support Siloam Mission through this initiative.

Thank you to Randy Turner and the Winnipeg Free Press for a feature on the Pop-Up toilets. Here’s a link to the article:

Pop-Up Parks

This summer, you’re invited to slow down and enjoy some outside space in two Pop-up parks that are being installed downtown.

The Pop-ups will extend the sidewalk in two locations, Kennedy at Graham and Hargrave at Portage, to create a space for pedestrians to utilize to enjoy the outdoors.

Kennedy & Graham                                                                                           Hargrave & Portage

Click this link for a full sized rendering of the Kennedy at Graham location: Kennedy & Graham

The community is invited to utilize this space. You can book these two Pop-up locations for your event and you may even qualify for funding through the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ events granting program, Host It.

Thank you to Jessica Botelho-Urbanski and the Winnipeg Free Press for a feature on the Pop-Up Parks. Read the article HERE.

Pop-Up Back Alley

The back alley behind Mountain Equipment Co-op (303 Portage Avenue) is being transformed. Stantec Consulting is creating the project, Cielo Raso, which will see the alley transformed with lights that change colour based on the time of day. The alley project will be completed mid-July and the space can be booked for events following the completion date.

A huge THANK YOU to the City of Winnipeg for their support for all of these Pop-Up initiatives.

Pop-Up Events Schedule

June 29 – 4pm-11pm Night Market around the Kennedy and Graham Pop-Up

July 13 – Back Alley Intro Party at the Back Alley Pop-Up
July 27 – 4pm-11pm Night Market around the Kennedy and Graham Pop-Up

August 13 – Tipsy Cow One Year Anniversary Celebration at the Back Alley Pop-Up
August 31 – 4pm-11pm Night Market around the Kennedy and Graham Pop-Up

*Keep coming back for more updates on more events scheduled! If you have an event you’d like to hold in these spaces, please reach out to the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ at or 204-958-4640.