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If you’ve been visiting Winnipeg Love Hate for a while, you might have noticed what has become an annual winter tradition—a raiding of the archives. I seem to find it harder and harder to get out shooting in the winter months, which leaves me short on material to post on Winnipeg Love Hate. When this happens, I reach for one of my many hard drives full of original RAW files, to see if there’s anything worth re-visiting.

This has been a particularly difficult winter as far as shooting goes. For one thing, I’ve got a 6-month old daughter at home (this is most definitely not a complaint—she is an absolute joy). Also, my camera and primary lens sustained a massive amount of damage (which tends to happen when you drop things) a few months ago, and I was without the lens for just under three months. Most of the shooting I’ve done this winter was with my secondary camera—the very capable Sony RX100.

All of the shots here are from 2009. Most of them are previously unedited, whereas a few of them are new edits of previously edited and posted shots. More goodies from the archives to come over the next couple of days.

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More shots from the East Exchange District. From the top: A couple of shots of the shiny new Mere Hotel (Waterfront Drive, built 2013); the Portage and Main towers as seen from Waterfront Drive; and a look down Market Avenue towards the Public Safety Building (Princess Avenue, built 1965).

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Some shots from the east Exchange District. From the top: the Great West Saddlery Building (Market Avenue, built 1910); looking south down Rorie from Market; “For Sale”, a new condo development at Bertha and James; and the Marshall Wells Building (Market Avenue, built 1906).

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Winnipeg Transit
Market Avenue.
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Winnipeg Transit
Market Avenue.
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Pantages Theatre

Market Avenue (built 1914).

I think I’ve written about this before, but I wish out Theatre District felt more like a–well–Theatre District. As it is right now, ours has no glitz, no glamor, no sex appeal. Seems to me that just a modest injection of cash (and eye candy) would breathe a heck of a lot of life into Winnipeg’s Theatre District.

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Manitoba Theatre Centre

Market Avenue (1970).

Every time I’m on Market Avenue I can’t help but wish it had a bit more pizazz; it is the city’s theatre district, after all. MTC’s new marquee might have been a good start, but the strip needs much more. More eye candy, more blinking lights, more neon…more life.

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Manitoba Theatre Centre

Market Avenue (1970).

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Fringe Options
A further reminder for myself to catch at least a couple of plays next year.
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Centennial Concert Hall

Main Street (1967). Taken on its own, I’m pretty neutral about this building, but I can’t say I’m neutral about the clear-cutting mentality that yielded it, as well as many of its neighboring buildings (The Manitoba Museum, Planetarium and Manitoba Theatre Centre).

At least the city has the blind optimism of Modernism to blame in this case (and others from the period). But it’s a shame it didn’t learn its lesson and continued to pursue such projects years later (Portage Place), and even to this day (WRHA on Main and the proposed stadium in Point Douglas).

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