August 11, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIVE MORE REASONS WINNIPEG WILL LOVE
THE FIFTH ANNUAL MANITOBA LIQUOR & LOTTERIES MANYFEST!
Downtown’s beloved and largest street fest returns to Broadway Sept. 11-13
Downtown Winnipeg – Winnipeg has loved the first four ManyFests, and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has five reasons people will love the fifth five times more! The annual Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries ManyFest street party will animate Broadway from September 11-13 with an energetic atmosphere of arts, entertainment, fitness and delicious cuisine bringing people into the heart of the city. Since its inception, ManyFest has attracted well over 100,000 people to downtown Winnipeg for an open, outdoor showcase of talent, community, and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg.
“It’s exciting to be celebrating our fifth ManyFest this year,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “As the fest continues to expand its programming every year, we see more and more people returning and many more checking out for the first time. This is what downtown is all about – celebrating and coming together to appreciate the neighbourhood and our neighbours.”
Five new highlights in the 5th year of Manyfest!
There’s more ManyFest after last call! Show your ManyFest Afterhhours wristband (issued at ManyFest beer & wine garden) or #finditdowntown keychain at any one of the participating venues to enjoy exclusive ManyFest entertainment and refreshments all night long. Pick your favourite locale or make it a ManyFest Afterhhours pub crawl with all of these participating locations, presented by Synonym Art Consultation and DJ Mama Cutsworth’s DJ Academy for All Women:
- Fools & Horses Coffee Co.
- Pony Corral
- The Keg
- Carbone Coal Fired Pizza
- The Merchant Kitchen
Follow the chalk art walking route to and from the Manito Ahbee festival from ManyFest! Enjoy Indigenous artists performing on the Kennedy stage, presented by Portage Place Shopping Centre, hoop dancers and drumming performance during Lights on Broadway, Aboriginal artists and artisans at the Artisan Market, and Indigenous short films screened before the Giant Movie in the Park.
Sport Manitoba, MEVA programming
Try your hand at a Sport and as Winnipeg gears up to host the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Sport Manitoba will be onsite offering a variety of sport activities for kids, as well as a pancake breakfast with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
The Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association will also 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-70’s!
We’re excited to have SkyCity presenting the SkyLounge as part of the beer Wine & Beer garden. Get an exclusive sneak peek into 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 fest from a luxuriously VIP lounge area.
ManyFest has always been about activity and active transportation – this year expect the Ciclovia protected bike route to take you and your bike cruising family further than ever! With the route stretching from more neighbourhoods to Downtown to The Forks to Assinniboine Park, you’ll be able to cycle to the fest downtown from wherever you are in the city!
And as in years past, to highlight Broadway as a lively downtown artery, ManyFest will also feature more than 20 food trucks in Food Truck Wars, Lights on Broadway, Wine & Beer Garden featuring local breweries, Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets presented by Portage Place Shopping Centre, Kids’ Art & Activities Zone, Zumbathon, Electric Donkey glow run and the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race presented by Investors Group – amongst an eclectic and multicultural backdrop of local talent including:
- Mama Cutsworth’s Family Dance Party,
- Attica Riots,
- Federal Lights
- Don Amero,
- Sweet Alibi,
- Cassidy Mann,
- Slow Leaves,
- William Prince,
- Indicator Indicator,
- Electric Donkey After Party
Getting to the Festival
ManyFest encourages participants to come in by foot, bicycle, transit, rollerblades, and more – making use of the many active transportation routes into and around the downtown. On Sunday, during Ciclovia, participants can enjoy a car-free route through Assiniboine Park and the Forks, right to the fest.
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
ManyFest Festival Hours
- Friday: 4PM 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.
Manyfest is presented by title sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Other event sponsors include: City of Winnipeg, Fortress Real Developments/SkyCity Centre, Investors Group, Paladin Security, Portage Place Shopping Centre, Running Room, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Manitoba Public Insurance, William F. White International Inc., Assiniboine Credit Union, Neptune Properties Inc., Bison Transport Ltd., Great-West Life, Emterra Environmental, The Merchant Kitchen, Spark Rentals, and Impark.
For more information about ManyFest and the event line-up, visit: www.manyfest.ca.
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For more information, please contact:
Larissa Peck, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4626 | Cell: 204-232-3278