Monday, 25 May 2015

Doors Open Winnipeg - 13 Things You Need To Know Before This Weekend

Article Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.

To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


Doors Open Winnipeg is coming up this weekend and we know you're exited too! 
Before you set out, here are some things you should know:

1. When


Doors Open Winnipeg happens once every year, usually on the last weekend of May. Many of the buildings, including Vaughan Street Jail, are only open and providing tours during this weekend. Doors Open 2015 is happening on May 30 & 31, 2015 and most buildings are open from 11:00am - 5:00pm, although this varies a bit from building to building. 

2. Where

Doors Open Winnipeg has participating buildings and sites all over the city of Winnipeg - over 80 as a matter of fact. These include building tours, walking tours of neighbourhoods or based on a specific theme, and events related to heritage. 


For a complete list of the buildings that are participating and details such as the address, when they're open, etc., follow this link to the Doors Open Winnipeg Featured Buildings page. Events and walking tours can be found here, on the Doors Open Winnipeg Events page. There is also an interactive Google map available here

3. How Much

If you see this symbol on a building's page, it means they have food and drinks!
Doors Open is a completely free public event - we want as many people from as many backgrounds as possible to enjoy and learn about our city's history! However, if you'd like to bring a bit of cash along, there will be food and drinks sold at select sites, as well as raffle tickets available for $5 from Heritage Winnipeg Representatives in the high traffic areas (more details below).

4. What About the Tours?


As there is a large variety of buildings, there are also a large variety of tours. Most sites have tour guides on hand to lead you through your exploration but a few are self-guided. Some have both. This information can be found on the building's information page on the Doors Open Website. Lastly, there are some buildings that ask you to book in advance for your tour:

5. New this year 

The all-important list of new things for you to try!  

NEW - the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street
Visit the Metropolitan Theatre, now transformed into a state-of-the-art hospitality venue, breathing new life into one of Winnipeg's most beloved landmarks.


NEW - E.P. Leacock Estate/Marymound School at 442 Scotia Street
Originally the home of con artist E.P. Leacock, the uncle of famed author Stephen Leacock, the estate was owned by a lawyer and St. Agnes Priory before being converted to Marymound School.

NEW - Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street 
Built in 1954, this church features stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists Leo Mol, Kowal and Hordynsky, tied together by breathtaking hand carved Iconostas and a crystal chandelier.

NEW - Le Cercle Molière at 340 Provencher Boulevard
Since 1925, Le Cercle Molière theatre troupe has performed in various venues around Winnipeg. It's current home is an Environmental Design and Leadership in Energy certified building - get a backstage tour and view a photo exhibit celebrating 90 year anniversary.  

NEW - St. Matthew's Anglican Church (West End Commons) at 641 St. Matthews Avenue 
The most recent chapter of this church's century-long history is the conversion of its upper level into affordable housing, providing 26 residential units for families, and the creation of WestEnd Commons.


REOPENING of Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street
Closed since the fall of 2013, the Dalnavert Museum is now reopening its doors! Get a sneak peek before its official opening in June.  

100th anniversary for the Cornish Public Library at 20 West Gate
This historic library retains its original features - including extensive oak woodwork, a striking fireplace, and a widow's walk - while still providing the modern services of today's public libraries. 


Presentation & Discussion Panel - FRONTLINES: The Future of Heritage at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe (237 McDermot Avenue)
Contribute to a discussion about the future of our past. Panelists: Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director; Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings Blogger; John Orlikow, Winnipeg City Council. Presentations from: Wins Bridgman, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture; Glen Manning, HTFC Planning & Design; Colin Neufeld, 54687096 Architecture.  

NEW - Haunted History Walking Tour at 61 Carlton (meet in front of Dalnavert)
Featuring three well-known Winnipeg buildings, this tour combines historical fact with the ghost stories linked to it. The tour is lead by Mattew Komus, author of Haunted Winnipeg: Ghost Stories from the Heart of the Continent.

NEW - Armstrong's Point Self-Guided Walking Tour at 20 West Gate (Cornish Public Library grounds)
Home to the only piece of boreal forest left in Winnipeg, this neighbourhood is over a century old. Many of the homes in this area are being evaluated for heritage designation, as well as the neighbourhood as a whole.


NEW - Ghost Signs Walking Tour at 133 Albert (meet at Old Market Square) 
Discover the Exchange’s fading promotional signage and learn about the companies that called these warehouses home.

Author Brian Darragh at the Winnipeg Railway Museum at 123 Main Street (inside Union Station) 
Brian Darragh, one of the last Winnipeg streetcar operators, will be on site selling his book, "The Streetcars of Winnipeg: Our Forgotten Heritage".

6. Planning your visit

Already planning what to do with your weekend? We have a few different tools to help you plan your visits:

1) The Winnipeg Free Press Insert - this comes out the Thursday before the event (so Thursday, May 28, 2015 is the date for this year) and has all of the information you need to know about each of the buildings including a photo, address, the dates and times that they are open, and a write up with details about each building and what its offering. These inserts are also available at the Millennium Library. 


2) The Doors Open Winnipeg website at www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca - the website has all of the same information as the Free Press Insert but is available earlier in the insert. The buildings can also be sorted by date, location, or type, using the categories on the top left corner.

3) A Printable PDF is also available on the website here. This contains only the building names, addresses, and the times they are open.

7. What to Bring


When getting ready for your tours this weekend, you might want to remember the following:
  • Dress appropriately for the weather that day - be sure to check it in the morning before you leave! 
  • Bring good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water, especially if you're intending to go on one of the walking tours
  • $5 to buy a raffle ticket from Heritage Winnipeg Representatives and some petty cash for snacks or drinks at some of the sites
  • Bring a camera! Just remember to ask before taking any pictures that might have people in them.
  • Grab an insert or print a PDF so you can refer to it during your visit - the website is not very mobile-compatible yet (we're working on it!) so it might not work on your smartphone
  • Bring a map or GPS if you're going places you are unfamiliar with

8. Accessibility, Food, Parking, & Washrooms

In the insert and on the website there are four symbols that might show up beside a building:

This symbol means there will be food and drinks available on site. These are likely for sale and vary widely depending on the location.

This symbol means that the building is wheelchair accessible.

 This symbol means there are washrooms available for visitors to use on site. 

This symbol means there is parking available nearby. 

These symbols can help you plan your visit so you don't end up stuck without food at lunch or with small children that need to use the washroom with none in sight.

9. Thank You! 

Doors Open Winnipeg is a fantastic success, with between 20 000 and 25 000 site visits each year. However, as a free event, we owe a large part of our success to the dedication of our volunteers and building owners, who take time out of their busy schedules to plan the tours and events you're about to witness. 

Be sure to thank them for their efforts if you get a chance and be patient with the tour guides if they fumble - most are everyday citizens like you and me who have taken on the role for the weekend! 

In addition, Heritage Winnipeg and Doors Open greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors, who help to make sure this event can stay free and accessible to all.

10. Remember to Be Respectful


Heritage buildings have many different uses, from museums, to places of worship, to the homes of businesses. Please remember to be respectful of the buildings and their occupants while enjoying your visit. 

11. Raffle


Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit organization that relies exclusively on donations and grants for programs like Doors Open Winnipeg. This year we’re doing a raffle to help raise money for future heritage programming.

Keep an eye out for Heritage Winnipeg representatives at different Doors Open locations throughout the weekend to buy your tickets! They'll be wearing this badge to help you identify them:


For only $5 a ticket, you’ll be entered to win a package worth over $2300. All donations are from local downtown businesses and individuals.
  • One night's stay at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel and dinner for four in the Blaze Restaurant & Lounge
  • A package of products from Handmade with Love and gift certificates for services from Forever One
  • Dinner for two at The Peasant Cookery and 295 York, courtesy of WOW Hospitality Concepts
  • One night's stay and breakfast at the Fort Garry Hotel
  • Two hours of consultation from Plush Home & Design
  • One night's stay at the Fairmont Hotel
  • Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil, courtesy of True North Sports & Entertainment Limited
  • One pair of Merell footwear from Canadian Footwear
  • Gift card for The Keg, donated by Greg Agnew
  • Rona Home & Garden Winnipeg gift card
  • Warehouse Artworks gift certificate
  • Four passes to the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Olympus Exhibit
  • Two tickets to a production by the Manitoba Theatre for Young People
  • Four passes to a gallery in the Manitoba Museum
  • Haberdashery Girls & Guys gift certificate
  • Gift certificate from the Old Spaghetti Factory

12. Online Voting


In the interest of making our event a little more environmentally friendly and accessible to everyone, we've decided to move our People's Choice Awards online! There will be some paper ballots available at sites but we would encourage you to vote for your favourites using the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOWPG2015. Remember - you can only vote once from each device! Voting opens Saturday morning and will close on Friday, June 5 at 11:59pm. 

13. More Information/Social Media

Still want to know more? 

Doors Open Winnipeg website - www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca
Heritage Winnipeg website - www.heritagewinnipeg.com
Doors Open Facebook page - www.facebook.com/DoorsOpenWinnipeg
Heritage Winnipeg Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/HeritageWinnipeg
Heritage Winnipeg on Twitter - www.twitter.com/HeritageWPG

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Doors Open Award Winner - The Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts Vladimir & Olga at 115 McGregor Street

Article Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp. 
Photography courtesy of Megan Redmond. 
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


This three time Doors Open Winnipeg People's Choice Award Winner truly deserves its award title as Winnipeg's "Hidden Gem". Located at 115 McGregor Street, the Cathedral is a massive structure, with the Parish Hall also on site as a reminder of the Parish's past.

The building is currently sitting on the City of Winnipeg's Nominated list, which means it is awaiting approval of its request for municipal heritage designation. To view their listing on the City of Winnipeg's website, click here.

This chandelier is one of only two of its kind in Manitoba, a gift from parishioner purchased from Greece; the other is in Dauphin.

The Sts Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic parish was established in 1907, as a response to tensions as a result of the differences between the Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Catholic churches. The new parish worshipped out of an old wooden church built in 1900.

A lengthy search for a Ukrainian Catholic secular priest who would be willing to move to Canada was undertaken, a task that proved quite difficult. At a time when 97 per cent of Ukrainian Catholic secular priests were married, married priests had been banned from North America by local primates and the Vatican. This privilege would not be restored to Ukrainian Catholics in North America until after the Second World War.




The first priest, Father Toma Vasylevych, was brought to Winnipeg in April of 1908, although he did not stay long. Numerous priests came and went from the parish until 1910, when Father Emyliian Krasicky took the position.

It was under his leadership that demands for a Ukrainian Catholic bishop were met, arriving in the form of Nykyta Budka in December of 1912. The new bishop's authority was accepted by the Parish and and he in turn brought the church and its congregation into communion with the church. Within months, Sts Vladimir and Olga was designated as the Bishop's cathedral.





Maintenance being done on the rosetta stained glass. Protective glass is required for the exterior of the windows to protect them from vandalism. To replace a single window would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars these days.

Construction of the current cathedral began in July of 1947 and was completed and dedicated to the Sts. Vladimir and Olga in 1951. The dedication was performed on April 15, 1952 by His Eminence James C. Cardinal McGuigan of Toronto and His Excellency Archbishop B. Ladyka, Ukrainian Catholic Exarch of Central Canada, assisted by numerous Archbishops, Bishops, and Clergy of Western Canada.


This is the third church on the site at 115 McGregor, with the second now being used as the Parish Hall next door. Built in the Classic Byzantine style, the Cathedral is 200 feet long and 64 feet wide, with two domes that are each 100 feet tall.


The nave (part of the church with pews for the congregation to sit) has seating for over 2000 people, although the congregation is no longer as large as when it was built. Ornate decor covers the walls and ceilings, with depictions of saints and the stages of the cross, along with other religious symbols.


The Icons were created by Sviatoslaw Hordynsky and his assistant Romen Kowal, from New York, while the Great Iconostasis (which separates the sanctuary from the nave) is the work of fellow New Yorker Serhj Lytwynenko.


The late Leo Mol (originally known as Leo Molodoshanin) created 16 of the 34 stained glass windows in the church, as well as two bronze statues - one of St. Vladimir and the second of the Ukrainian Catholic's first Canadian Bishop, Nykyta Budka. 

The cathedral purchased the 28-acre All Saints Cemetery, which is found 9 miles north of Winnipeg in 1920 and it remains under the parish's administration.

Distinguished visitors to the cathedral have included Pope John Paul II, who has now been made a saint, visited on September 10, 1984. The patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has visited many times as well, most recently in September of 2012. Numerous consecrations have taken place here and as many as 30 bishops at one time have been within its walls.

Distinguished guests that may be more familiar have included Lieutenant Governors, Prime Ministers, and government officials. Well-known examples are Peter Liba, who was buried from the cathedral and former Mayor William "Bill" Norrie, who was a regular attendee with his wife Helen.

Sts Vladimir & Olga



Princess Olga of Kiev was named a saint and equal to the apostles in 1547 by the Orthodox Church. She is one of only 5 women to be honoured with this status in the history of christianity.


Highly respected by her people, she became the sole ruler of Kievan Rus after the death of her husband, her son Svyatoslav being far too young to rule. She continued to rule alongside her son after he came of age, managing the internal affairs. She established a system of tributes, which is sometimes considered to be the first legal tax system in Eastern Europe, along with centres of trade and taxation, to be overseen by her representatives.

In addition, Olga is well-known for being one of the first to bring Christianity to the pagan society of Kievan Rus. She converted and was baptized in 955 or 957. Her son, Svyatoslay, did not approve, for fear they would lose the army's respect.



Svyatoslay's illegitimate son Vladimir eventually became the ruler of Kievan Rus through the conquest of his brothers' lands. He originally had five pagan wives but converted to Christianity in 988 to marry Princess Anna, the sister of the Emperor in Constantinople.

It is said that he destroyed the statues he had previously erected to the pagan gods, then set aside his pagan wives and warlike ways and set about establishing schools, ecclesiastical courts, and spreading the Christian faith. He and Anna had two sons, who would later become saints as well.

Sources & Links

Cathedral Website
Doors Open Winnipeg - Cathedral Page
Nomination for Designation on the City of Winnipeg's Website

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Heritage in May - Jane's Walk Tours, Heritage Festival, Manitoba Day, & Doors Open

Article by Laura McKay & Megan Redmond, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
Photography courtesy of Megan Redmond.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

Megan hard at work :)
May is a fantastic month for heritage in Winnipeg - and, as you may have noticed, there wasn't an article last week. We've been so busy at the office with heritage events, we forgot to do a blog post! Here's a brief review of some of the things we've been up to and getting ready for, including the Jane's Walk Tours, the Red River Heritage Fair, Manitoba Day at the Manitoba Museum, and Doors Open Winnipeg 2015.

Jane's Walk - May 2 & 3, 2015

Image courtesy of the 2015 Jane's Walk pamphlet.

What is a Jane's Walk?

In a nutshell, a Jane's Walk Tour is a free tour put on by a member of the community. Every year on the first weekend in May, walks are organized by local people who want to create a space for discussion about what matters to them in the places that they live, work, and play. 

An artist's rendering of Jane Jacobs, image courtesy of the Jane's Walk 2015 pamphlet.
 It has become a global movement of citizen-led walking tours inspired by the legacy of Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), an activist, urbanist, and writer who championed a community-based approach to city planning. 


She was a firm believer in getting input from local residents in the shaping of their communities, as well as a promoter of higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies, and mixed uses for buildings.

IT STARTS AT CITY HALL: Accessibility, Universal Design and Inclusive Urban Planning 


“Universal Design is the practice of designing environments that can be efficiently used by people with a wide range of abilities operating in a wide range of situations. It is about putting people first, providing the same opportunity for accessing services, landscapes, buildings and information to young and old, with or without disabilities regardless of life circumstances” 
~ City of Winnipeg website ~


On Friday, May 1, 2015, Laura and Megan took the first of this year's series of Jane's Walk Tours called "It Starts at City Hall: Accessibility, Universal Design, and Inclusive Urban Planning". Walk leaders Marcella Poirier and Wins Bridgman of Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd. prompted us to consider just how inclusive our city really is - even the areas that claim to be accessible to everyone. 

Walk leaders Wins Bridgman and Marcella Poirier.
The tour took us on a walk from Main Street in front of City Hall and the adjacent courtyard to Old Market Square, evaluating each space from 1 to 5 on the success of their inclusive design elements. Considerations included the degree of incline of ramps and their placement, the presence or absence of railings, and the type of materials used for walking surfaces that may or may not become slippery when wet. 




Another topic of note was the concept of creating accessible solutions that aren't permanent. Since accessibility is a 'moving target' so to speak, with our standards and expectations changing almost constantly, designing solutions that can be adapted along the way are ideal. This is particularly important in the Exchange District, where heritage buildings pose a unique challenge and permanent solutions may damage or destroy a piece of Winnipeg's history.


Looking to participate in a Jane's Walk Tour?
Visit the Jane's Walk Winnipeg Website for more information or to organize your own walk in your community.

Red River Heritage Fair - May 7, 2015



Last Thursday Heritage Winnipeg went to at Duckworth Centre for the Red River Heritage Fair. The volunteer-run, bilingual program encourages students to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Students use the medium of their choice to tell stories about Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements, presenting the results of their research at a public exhibition.

Megan presented awards on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg for students with really outstanding projects. It was hard to pick because there were so many interesting and informative topics! It's refreshing to see so many young people with a passion for history.




Erin VanVeen from Immanuel Christian School was awarded for her project on one of our favourite local historic places, The Forks! Great research and such a beautiful display. Congrats, Erin, your hard work paid off.


Morgan Versteeg, also from Immanuel Christian School won for her interesting and informative project about Rainbow Stage. Another fantastic-looking display. Though you might not be able to see in the photo, the rainbow is made of tissue paper. Quite an undertaking! Morgan's commitment to making her project stand out worked, those bold colours couldn't be missed in the Duckworth Centre gymnasium!




Our final award winner for the day was actually a duo! Taking on a more serious topic, Kara McMillan and Emily Pokrant from John Pritchard School did their assignment on The History of John Pritchard School. This school has been a landmark in North Kildonan for the last century. Good work girls! 



Manitoba Day at the Manitoba Museum - May 9, 2015

Manitoba celebrated its 145th birthday on May 12, but the Manitoba Museum and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries started the festivities a little early by offering free entry to the Museum Galleries, Science Galleries and Planetarium on Saturday, May 9. Alloway Hall was filled with local arts, culture and heritage organizations, and to top it all off there was a cake contest with free cake and refreshments served in the afternoon.

Check out the cake nominees and some excellent artwork 
by students from St. John's High School posted below!

 


The Jets may have lost during the playoffs, but Winnie was the winner on Manitoba Day! I guess everyone still loves good ol' Pooh Bear. Baked by the experts at Dolce Bake Shop.

There was lots to see and do, and the Heritage Winnipeg team had a great time celebrating our culturally diverse and historic province with a great group of Manitobans!

 


Doors Open Winnipeg - May 30 & 31, 2015

Planning your visit? Here's a PDF of the buildings, their addresses, and times they are open to help you with your planning! Just remember to read the descriptions on the website or in the insert for the extra details! 

Doors Open Winnipeg is fast approaching! The weekend of May 30 & 31, 2015, over 80 buildings and events will be open to the public for historical tours, completely free of charge. Here's a quick peek at what you can look forward to:
  • NEW - the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street
  • NEW - E.P. Leacock Estate/Marymound School at 442 Scotia Street
  • NEW - Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street
  • NEW - Cercle Molière at 340 Provencher Boulevard
  • NEW - St. Matthew's Anglican Church (West End Commons) at 641 St. Matthews Avenue
  • Grand reopening of Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street
  • 100th anniversary for the Cornish Public Library at 20 West Gate
  • FRONTLINES: The Future of Heritage - Presentation and Discussion Panel 
  • NEW Walking tours: Haunted History Winnipeg, Armstrong's Point, and Ghost Signs
  • Brian Darragh, one of the last Winnipeg streetcar operators, will be on site selling his book, “The Streetcars of Winnipeg: Our Forgotten Heritage”at the Winnipeg Railway Museum
  • the always popular Vaughan Street Jail will be open 9am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday!  
Every year Doors Open Winnipeg encourages visitors to vote in our People's Choice Awards to reward exceptional buildings for the time and effort they put in. This year, for the first time EVER, you can now vote online! Ballots will still be present at Doors Open sites during the event but online voting will remain open until June 5th - just remember you can vote once from each computer/device!

"Doors Open in the Downtown" Raffle 

Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit organization that relies exclusively on donations and grants to do programming such as Doors Open Winnipeg. As such, this year we are doing a raffle to raise money for future programming. Tickets will be sold by Heritage Winnipeg Representatives at high traffic locations during the weekend and draw will be held Sunday night at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $5 (cash only) and you could win prizes from businesses in Winnipeg's Downtown!




The package contains:
One night's stay at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel and dinner for four in the Blaze Restaurant & Lounge
A package of products from Handmade with Love and gift certificates for services from Forever One
Dinner for two at The Peasant Cookery and 295 York, courtesy of WOW Hospitality Concepts
One night's stay and breakfast at the Fort Garry Hotel  
Two hours of consultation from Plush Home & Design
One night's stay at the Fairmont Hotel
Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil, courtesy of True North Sports & Entertainment Limited
One pair of Merell footwear from Canadian Footwear
Gift card for The Keg, donated by Greg Agnew
Rona Home & Garden Winnipeg gift card
Warehouse Artworks gift certificate
Four passes to the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Olympus Exhibit
Two tickets to a production by the Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Four passes to a gallery in the Manitoba Museum
Haberdashery Girls & Guys gift certificate
Gift certificate from the Old Spaghetti Factory

The prize package is valued at over $2300!
Keep an eye out for Heritage Winnipeg Representatives selling raffle tickets during your visit.  
Lottery License number LGA5863RF

Sources & Links


Heritage Winnipeg - Website
Doors Open Winnipeg - Website
Heritage Winnipeg - Facebook
Doors Open Winnipeg - Facebook
Heritage Winnipeg - Twitter

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