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S&M Reno and Rays

S&M Reno & Rays (Main Street).

S&M Reno & Rays (Main Street).

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Downtown: April 28, 2106

Bank of Montreal (Portage and Main).

Bank of Montreal (Portage and Main).

Canada Building (Donald Street).

Canada Building (Donald Street).

Notre Dame and Arthur.

Notre Dame and Arthur.

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Portage and Main (northeast corner).

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Portage and Main (southeast corner).

Nutty Club (Portage Avenue East)/Argyle Building (Garry Street).

Nutty Club (Portage Avenue East)/Argyle Building (Garry Street).

Notre Dame and Princess.

Notre Dame and Princess.

Gravel lot (Notre Dame Avenue).

Gravel lot (Notre Dame Avenue).

Notre Dame Avenue.

Notre Dame Avenue.

Towne Cinem (Notre Dame Avenue).

Towne Cinema (Notre Dame Avenue).

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Main and Graham

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

The leveling of the southwest corner of Portage and Main (almost entire block really, from Portage to Graham) in the late 1970s is one of the great tragedies in Winnipeg’s history. It’s hard to blame the city for allowing it though; the promise of not one but two sexy new skyscrapers was hard to resist. What better way of fast-tracking Winnipeg into the 21st century?

When only one of the proposed towers materialized, Main Street was left scarred, and as today’s photos demonstrate,  Main and Graham became a decades-long dead zone.

There is good news though, as it looks like this wrong will soon be righted. A new proposal for the corner looks promising and may finally bring life back to the once great corner.

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Main and McAdam

Fireworks/Essemtials (Main Street).

Fireworks/Essemtials (Main Street).

Used Cars (Main Street).

Used Cars (Main Street).

I rarely talk about equipment on this site but due to the relative shortness of today’s post, it seems as good a time as ever.

I’ve been shooting with a new camera body as of late—a Sony A7ii. Without boring you with details, it’s a full-frame mirrorless system, giving it several advantages over my previous camera body (a Pentax K3). My favorite feature—the one that made me bite the bullet and pick one up—is that practically any lens, from any era and any manufacturer, can be easily adapted to fit the camera. All of a sudden I’ve got a world of lenses at my disposal.

Despite their excellent optics, vintage lenses for older film cameras can be had for cheap. Today’s photos, for instance, were taken with a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 lens—a lens I picked up for around $30, and whose modern-day equivalent would have cost at least $500. Although not as crisp as modern-day lenses, the character and charm of these vintage lenses has completely won me over.

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Exile on Main Street

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral (Main Street).

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral (Main Street).

The Earth Shop/Redwood Apartments (Main Street).

The Earth Shop/Redwood Apartments (Main Street).

Helping Hand (Main Street).

Helping Hand (Main Street).

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Times Changed High and Lonesome Club

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street).

Here’s a look at the interior of the iconic Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street), which was thankfully saved from the wrecking ball a couple of months ago. More good news: The building that houses the bar, the Fortune Block, will soon be getting the love that it needs in the form of major renovations. This is great news for Winnipeg’s music scene and for Downtown in general.

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Sunset Blvd.

Kromar Printing (Portage Avenue).

Kromar Printing (Portage Avenue).

Kennedy and St. Mary.

Kennedy and St. Mary.

Winnipeg Clinic (St. Mary Avenue).

Winnipeg Clinic (St. Mary Avenue).

Surface Parking Lot (Graham Avenue).

Surface Parking Lot (Graham Avenue).

Behind Fort Street.

Behind Fort Street.

Garry and Graham.

Garry and Graham.

Federal Building (Main Street).

Federal Building (Main Street).

Winnipeg Square (Fort Street).

Winnipeg Square (Fort Street).

The Pint (Garry Street).

The Pint (Garry Street).

Fort and Portage.

Fort and Portage.

Sun sets on a warmish day in early January, in and around downtown Winnipeg.

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Night and the City

Junior's (Portage Avenue).

Junior’s (Portage Avenue).

Hong Kong Harbour (Portage Avenue).

Hong Kong Harbour (Portage Avenue).

Convention Centre (Edmonton Street)/Parking (Edmonton Street).

Convention Centre (Edmonton Street)/Parking (Edmonton Street).

Convention Centre (Edmonton Street).

Convention Centre (Edmonton Street).

Off Edmonton Street.

Off Edmonton Street.

Parkade (Kennedy Street).

Parkade (Kennedy Street).

Edmonton Street.

Edmonton Street.

Winnipeg Drapery (Main Street).

Winnipeg Drapery (Main Street).

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Colour of Night

Garrick Hotel (Garry Street).

Garrick Hotel (Garry Street).

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

No Frills (Main Street).

No Frills (Main Street).

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Night Moves

Elvis Pawn Shop (Main Street)

Elvis Pawn Shop (Main Street)

Back Alley (off McDermot Avenue)

Back Alley (off McDermot Avenue)

Main Street

Main Street

Parkade (Portage and Main)

Parkade (Portage and Main)

Bell Hotel (Main Street)

Bell Hotel (Main Street)

Boy, after eight years of Winnipeg Love Hate it’s become practically impossible to come up with names for these daily posts. Starting today, I’m going to go with a movie theme. Let’s see how long I can make it last.

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Tuesday Morning Grab Bag

Portage Avenue

Portage Avenue

Ward's Garage (Luxton Avenue)

Ward’s Garage (Luxton Avenue)

Sal's Xpress (Notre Dame Avenue)

Sal’s Xpress (Notre Dame Avenue)

Main Street

Main Street

Beware of Guard Dogs (Pritchard Avenue)

Beware of Guard Dogs (Pritchard Avenue)

MTS (Main and Pritchard)

MTS (Main and Pritchard)

Henry Avenue

Henry Avenue

Viterra (as seen from Pacific Avenue)

Viterra (as seen from Pacific Avenue)

Logan and Isabel

Logan and Isabel

La Bodega (Portage Avenue)

La Bodega (Portage Avenue)

Usually I try to keep my posts on Winnipeg Love Hate neighborhood specific, but in an effort to catch of on posts, here’s a collection of geographically unrelated photos. For further reading on Ward’s Garage (photo #2), check out this in depth article on Winnipeg Downtown Places.

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Manitoba Clothing Company (and neighbors)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street)

APH Mechanical Services (Main Street)

APH Mechanical Services (Main Street)

The Helping Hand (Main Street)

The Helping Hand (Main Street)

Main Street, north of Hartford Avenue highlighted by the anachronistic Manitoba Clothing Company.

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Two From Main Street

Holy Trinity Church (Main Street)

Holy Trinity Church (Main Street)

Gorilla Jack (Main Street)

Gorilla Jack (Main Street)

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Neon Factory

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Turksish Baths sign (originally from the Alexandria Hotel), Neon Factory (Main Street)

Turksish Baths sign (originally from the Alexandria Hotel), Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

C. Kelekis signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

C. Kelekis signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

Original C. Kelekis signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

Original C. Kelekis signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

Shanghai Restaurant signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

Shanghai Restaurant signage, Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Neon Factory (Main Street)

Every now and then I try to pop into the Neon Factory (Main Street north of Alexander). They make it easy—they open their doors to the public on most Saturdays (at least in the summer)—and it’s definitely worth the trip; with signs from many of Winnipeg’s great institutions including Shanghai and Kelekis restaurants, The Blue Note Cafe, and the Alexandria Hotel, the Neon Factory is as close to a Winnipeg History Museum as this city has got.

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CMHR (From a Distance)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from the parking lot behind VJ’s on Main)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a true object d’art—in terms of architecture, likely the best example in the city. However, the building is rarely photographed as a building within the context of the city. Typical photos of the building place it as a stand-alone object with little-to-no environmental context or as the oddly disproportionate foreground of Winnipeg’s skyline.

In these photos I’ve attempted to place the building within the context of the browns and beiges of Downtown’s South Portage neighborhood. When viewed from these angles, the enormous scale of the building is magnified, as is the outlandish (in a good way) design. It’s truly a building like no other in Winnipeg.

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