Local traditions and culture in Winnipeg

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    The Social

    by rdo911 Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Invite your friends to a local community club. Charge a few bucks admission to pay for the cost to rent the hall. Play some music. Drink beer. Have a silent auction. Drink more beer. Some people may dance depending on the level of beer in them.

    Socials started primarily as a way for a couple to raise money for a wedding. While this is still the primary reason for a social, nowadays almost any reason is a good reason for a social.

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    The Issue of Culture - Come Out And Say Hi!

    by queensugar Written Dec 26, 2003

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    As a born and raised Winnipegger, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest the most beneficial way to experience the city.

    I have heard from people who have been to Winnipeg and disliked it: on the other hand, every non-Winnipegger who has visited me here has adored it.

    What's the difference? The issue of culture.

    Winnipeggers are a notoriously insular group of people. There are few places in Winnipeg (even the wonderful Osborne Village) where culture will just be out and walking about the street like on Vancouver's Granville or Toronto's Queen Street: you have to go looking for it.

    If any recommendation may be made, it's this: Winnipeggers are an uncommonly friendly people, by and by... I have heard Albertans, Ontarians, Europeans, and Americans alike rave about how amazing the people here are. And having been outside of the city a great deal, I tend to agree.

    But you have to come looking for us. Travellers over the age of 18 (the age of majority in Manitoba) will have a great deal of luck visiting one of Winnipeg's lesser-known venues: places like Osborne's Toad in the Hole pub, Wolseley's Eddy's Garage, Corydon's Bar Italia, the Exchange District's Mondragon Cafe, or one of the several rock'n'roll dive bars (the Zoo, the Albert) in the city. If you're looking to party, put any one of these places on your list.

    If you let people know you're new to the city, you'll find most Winnipeggers (and this is a generalization, but I'm comfortable with it) will be more than happy to chat, buy you a drink, invite you to one of the nearly institutionalized Winnipeg winter house parties, and elsewise welcome you to our city. Speaking for myself, I've taken many a visitor under my wing, and I'll do so again.

    The point of this tip is: the key to appreciating Winnipeg is to get to know the people. Let them show you the way: the more "touristy" attractions, while fun, don't properly convey the culture of the city. If you want to have fun in Winnipeg, come out and let us know.

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    by Redlats Written Jun 15, 2003

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    Winnipeg is a curling town. We have 21 curling clubs in Winnipeg and more in the towns around. You can join your local curling club and play weekly or more often. Typically in a club there are all levels, from Group A down to E where the top two teams in each group each year advance to the group above.

    We have a bonspiel each year - advertised as the largest bonspeil in the world. The MCA's annual men's bonspiel can have over 500 teams with teams guaranteed 8 games. Teams from Europe join in each year as they get to play so many games in one week.

    kids curling

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    by Srechko Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Manitoba is known as a friendliest province in Canada. That is even stated on their license plates. I totally agree even though I can only compare it to Ontario's friendliness. People are always smiling, waiting for a next victim to start a conversation about the weather of latest Blue Bombers (local football team) results. Total strangers are smiling at you when you are passing them by. At first I though I looked funny or something is wrong with my face. Actually it is a very nice habit.

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