Big Street Party!

 
 
MEDIA RELEASE
August 25, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANYFEST, DOWNTOWN’S BIGGEST STREET PARTY, COMING THIS SEPTEMBER 9 TO 11!
DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG—Downtown Winnipeg’s biggest street party is only two weeks away! ManyFest: All together downtown, will see an anticipated 30,000-plus people celebrating on Broadway September 9 to 11, 2011, presented by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and our partners.
The festival for all ages celebrates community, arts, entertainment and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg beneath Broadway’s beautiful lit canopy of elm trees, from Memorial Boulevard to Main Street. The three-day outdoor festival will feature a movie in the park, wine festival, Big Dance, music, farmers and artisan markets, Lights on Broadway, Ciclovia, Kids’ Zone, and the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race.
New this year, the free outdoor movie, Toy Story 3, will be held on the grass of Memorial Park on Friday night at sun down (about 8pm). Also new is a 5 km run or walk on Sunday morning, part of the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race, perfect for families. This year’s ManyFest will also feature an expanded Kids’ Zone—including pony rides—and expanded farmers’ and artisans’ market.
Varying stretches of the north side of Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic over the weekend, culminating in Ciclovia, when the street will flood with people from Main to Osborne.
Last September, an estimated 30,000 people enjoyed Five Events. One Weekend, with Lights on Broadway, Ciclovia, the Big Dance on Broadway, Taste of Downtown Winnipeg Wine & Cheese Festival, and the 10 & 10 Race. In 2009, Ciclovia drew crowds downtown on a Sunday when Broadway was closed to traffic for cycling, rollerblading, jogging and strolling, with community programming and activities down the street. For 2010, four more events joined Ciclovia over the span of a weekend. In 2011, ManyFest will feature eight main events under the one umbrella festival name.
“What an amazing experience it was to walk down Broadway’s boulevard under the canopy of lit elms, with thousands of people carrying candles last September,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ executive director. “It was a magical weekend for downtown. I encourage Winnipeggers to come out to this special festival in the heart of our city.”
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: http://www.manyfest.volunteerhub.com/
ManyFest is in support of Change for the Better, supporting homeless employment programs. We also encourage attendees to “Bring a Tin for the Bin” for Winnipeg Harvest!
There will also be on site a free Bike Valet – so anyone riding to Broadway on their bike can store their bike—or stroller—while they leisurely enjoy the festival. Hours: Friday and Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm; Sunday: 7:30am – 8:30pm. Location: In Memorial Park on Broadway at Osborne Street. Attendees are also invited to bring their water bottle for free water fill-ups on the street.
One of the festival highlights is Lights on Broadway. Volunteers will hand out 5,000 free candles and at 9pm the tree lights will be switched on so attendees can stroll down Broadway admiring the lit trees.
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The Downtown BIZ, City of Winnipeg, the Running Room and the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba are hosting the festival along with many other partners and sponsors: Investors Group, S&J Construction, Portage Place, Winnipeg Arts Council, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Fido, Manitoba Hydro, Travel Manitoba, Fusion Group, Dental Designs, RBC Blue Water Project, Best Western Charterhouse Hotel, Audioworks, The Bay Downtown, East India Company, the Pony Corral, MPI, MTS Centre, Johnson Waste Management, Bee Clean, Assiniboine Credit Union, Lawton Partners, Neptune Properties, Brad’s Window Cleaning, Winnipeg Parking Authority and the Prolific Group. Media sponsors include the Winnipeg Sun, CTV, 92 CITI, 102 Clear FM and CBC Radio One 990.
For more information and maps, visit www.ManyFest.ca.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Giant Movie in the Park – NEW THIS YEAR!
Friday, Sept. 9, starting at sun down, approx 8pm
Roll out your blanket in Memorial Park and watch a movie on a giant outdoor screen under the stars! Movie to be announced soon. Sponsored by S&J Construction.
Lights on Broadway
Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at sun down, approx 8pm
Stroll beneath Broadway’s lit elm trees, and add your own touch of warmth with a complimentary candle – while supplies last! Get a glimpse of what the final permanent, year round tree lighting design could look like, courtesy of Epic Production Technologies, winner of last year’s lighting design competition. Sponsored by Manitoba Hydro.
 
Big Dance on Broadway
Saturday, Sept. 10, 4pm-11pm
It’s a dance party like no other with two stages playing various genres of music. Jive, swing, bop and groove beneath a canopy of light. Sponsored by Winnipeg Arts Council.

Music on Memorial

4:00pmTed Kernoski Square Dancers
5:15     Sol James featuring Heitha Forsythe
6:45     Tune Raiders
7:45     Paradize Band
9:15     Big J Harrison Big Band
Dance on Carlton
4:00pmTwo Dollar Pistol
5:15     Hip Hop lessons with Loa Olafson
6:15     Tye Dye Adam
7:45     Viva Brasil Capoiera
9:00     DJ Penny Lane

 

After party at the Pony Corral Downtown!
Ciclovia
Sunday, Sept. 11, 11am-8pm
Walk, jog or cycle all the way from Assiniboine Park to The Forks during this eco-friendly festival. Stop at Broadway to enjoy a farmers’ market, music, fitness demos, kids zone, bike show, garage sale and more!
Featured Ciclovia Actvities
  • A Soap Box Derby by Ace Art
  • RBC Blue Water Zone, with 1,500 collapsible water bottles to give away in their zone
  • 2nd annual Tweed Ride – Wear your newsboy or slouch hat, bring your parasol, knickers, pipe, vest, pantaloons and anything tweed circa early 1900s for a bike ride in Winnipeg! (Departure at 2pm)
  • Bike Show: bring out your old bikes, fancy bikes, pretty bikes!
  • Community groups still wanted for displays! Call Rose at 958-4636.
  • Bike Valet: Leave your bike or stroller for free! (Memorial Park, Broadway at Osborne)
(Music in orange; fitness in black.)
Memorial Stage
11:00am Enjoy Your Pumas
11:45   Prenatal/Postnatal Fitness
12:30   Fire & Smoke
1:15      Belly Dancing
2:00     Tom Foolery
2:45      Zumba
3:30      Craig & Ash
4:15      Zumbatonic
5:00      Retro Rhythm Review
5:45      Body Combat
6:30      Mike & The Eastwood Gang
7:15      Cha Cha
Carlton Stage
11:00am Zumba
11:45   Flying Fox & Hunter Gatherers
12:30   Spin Class
1:15      Melissa Plett & These Guys
2:00     Spin Class
2:45      Drum Cafe
3:30      Zumba
4:15      Les Jupes
5:00      Spin Class
5:45      The Kathy Kennedy Blues Band
6:30      Zumba
7:15      Tree
After party at the Pony Corral Downtown!
Winnipeg 10 & 10 & 5 Race
Sunday, Sept. 11, 8am-11am
Lace on those runners and enjoy the scenic route of a 5 km, 10 km or 10 mile
run that starts and ends in Memorial Park. Group discounts of 10% for groups of 6 or more. NEW THIS YEAR: 5 km run or walk, perfect for families! Presented by Investors Group. Hosted by the Running Room
Cost: 5 km: $25 (to Sept 8), $35 (on Sept 9 & 10); 10 km: $30 (to Sept 8), $40 (on Sept 9 & 10); 10 miler: $35 (until Sept 8), $45 (on Sept 9 & 10)
Register: www.events.runningroom.com

Sept 11, Race Day Start Times: 8:30am – 10 Miler; 9:00am – 10 Km; 9:15am – 5 Km
 
Broadway Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
Saturday, 4pm-11pm & Sunday, 11am-8pm
Stroll among dozens of vendors, browse handmade jewellery, and pick up some fresh home-grown veggies. Sponsored by Portage Place.
Kids’ Zone
Saturday, 4pm-11pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm
Bring out the whole family to enjoy bouncers, clowns, giant sand boxes, inflatable slides, crafts, buskers, pony rides, bike rodeo by MPI, activities, and much more on Memorial Blvd! Sponsored by Fido.
Taste of Downtown Winnipeg Wine & Cheese Festival – ALL WEEKEND LONG!
Friday, Noon-11pm; Saturday, Noon-11pm; Sunday, Noon-8pm
Sip cabernets and chardonnays during this wine and cheese event held in Memorial Park. Free admission. Tasting tickets sold at the event in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Presented by the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba in collaboration with the Manitoba Chefs Association. Also sponsored in part by the Bay Downtown.
Wine Merchants Include:
• Kenaston Wine Market
• Fenton’s Wine Merchants
• De Luca Fine Wines
• La Boutique Del Vino
• Banville & Jones Wine Co.
Gourmet Foods and Cheese Sponsors:
• Bothwell Cheese
• City Bread
• De Luca’s Specialty Foods
• Piazza di Nardi
• Fenton’s Gourmet Foods

For more information, visit www.ManyFest.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Verch, Manager, Communications & Marketing
Ph: (204) 958-4626     Cell: 297-0219    jennifer@downtownwinnipegbiz.com