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Artist Spotlight: Alexis Lagimodiére-Grisé

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Alexis Lagimodiére-Grisé grew up 30 minutes southeast of Winnipeg in the small town of Lorette. Now a rising star in the Brooklyn New York art scene, reflections on a youth spent in Winnipeg have inspired Alexis’s latest work.

While studying Fine Arts at University of Manitoba, Alexis lived with other artists in the Exchange District where he could walk around for hours seeking inspiration. Winnipeg architectural icons such as Union Station and Centennial Library influenced his work.

Recently, Alexis spent time searching through Manitoba’s archives and was drawn to prints of the former St. Boniface city hall. He began replicating and altering the backgrounds of these historic photographs, creating images that question and call attention to the function of temporality and space. From Jul 13-Aug 26, these pieces will be on display in this same historic city hall itself, now home to La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones. 219 Provencher Blvd, 204-237-5964, maisondesartistes.mb.ca

Now Open: Two New Restaurants with Old World Charm

Hunter chicken courtesy of Saddlery on Market.

Hunter chicken courtesy of Saddlery on Market.

Newcomer to the East Exchange District, Saddlery on Market, is paying tribute to the historic ‘hood with a gorgeous renovated room and a welcoming menu of comfort food. Modern-meets-heritage touches like barn board, brick, and pendant lighting decorate the space, with placards explaining the locations history as the site of the Great West Saddlery Company. Chef Michael Day does wonders with protein preparations, like delectable hunter chicken. 114 Market Ave, saddleryonmarket.com

Nose-to-tail eating finds a home at new St Boniface spot Bouchee Boucher. The cozy window-wrapped dining room is a backdrop to chef Alex Svenne’s concise small plates menu, which makes excellent use of prime cuts from the attached butcher shop. Items like braised lamb casserole with pomegranate and tahini show global inspiration. 101-300 Tache Ave, boucheeboucher.ca

Where To Shop in St Boniface

Di Erbe lotions. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Di Erbe lotions. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Home of the Festival du Voyageur, St. Boniface is the historic hub of the Franco-Manitobain community. Today, it’s a thriving restaurant and commercial district where shoppers find unique products in neighbourhood boutiques.

At Bra Bar & Panterie, find lovely lingerie as well as a wide variety of swim and beachwear. thebrabar.com

At Wayne Arthur Gallery, browse paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs created by any of the 130 Manitoban artists and artisans they represent. waynearthurgallery.net

Meanwhile, the Boutique du Festival stocks iconic red sashes, long toques, mukluks and fur-lined, leather mitts—the unofficial uniform of February’s festival. festivalduvoyageur.mb.ca

Stock up on an organic vegan scrub, soap or hydrating lotion at di erbe. dierbe.ca

Stop for a slickly swirled latte at Cafe Postal and take home a bag of single origin Pilot Coffee or a Chemex brewer. facebook

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Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Scenes to Savour

Hu's Asian Bistro. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Some of the city’s most popular attractions are also home to popular eats. Enjoy these local food favourites while being entertained or taking in the jaw-dropping scenery:

Buffalo Stone Cafe at FortWhyte Alive serves dishes made with fresh, local fare. After hiking the trails, admiring the buffalo and exploring the interpretive centre, sit down for a hearty bison sandwich and fresh salad made with ingredients grown on-site at Fort Whyte Farms. 1961 McCreary Rd, 989-8370.

With a bird’s eye view of Shaw Park, home of the Goldeyes baseball team, catch gameday action with pan-asian cuisine at Hu’s Asian Bistro (pictured). Crispy battered chicken coated in sticky honey soy sauce and tossed with veggies is a must try. 1 Portage Ave East, 982-7426.

Sink your teeth into a nip, a local burger legend, at Salisbury House on the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge overlooking the rushing Red River. Inside this bustling diner chain, take in the spectacular scenery  of St. Boniface, downtown and The Forks, while tucking into fries, breakfast platters or a thick slab of red velvet cake. 237-8305.

Located next to the rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Restaurant features an incredible view of bronze sculptures created by Canadian and international artists. Wraps, sandwiches, soups and pizzas with creative ingredients are prepared fresh in this inspired space. 300 Memorial Blvd, 948-0085.

As the horses thunder around the race track at Assiniboia Downs, opt for one of the best seats in the house at The Terrace Dining Room, a tiered eatery overlooking all the excitement. An impressive international buffet, including an Angus prime rib carving station, features a plethora of classics. 3975 Portage Ave, 885-3330.

Hot Dining: Now Open: Italian Eats

Both contemporary New York-style and classic Italian eateries are making their mark in the city’s dining scene. At La Trattoria in St. Boniface, Italy-trained Chef/owner Chris Tascona delivers traditionally prepared favourites, like fall-off-the-bone grilled lamb chops marinated in fragrant garlic and mint. 271 Provencher Blvd, 233-5318.  Across the river in the Exchange, Chef Darryl Crumb (pictured) of Brooklynn’s Bistro uses a wood-fired oven to create pillowy soft pizzas served in an architecturally stunning room decorated with sleek modern accents. 177 Lombard Ave, 415-4112.

Hot Dining: Now Open

Grilled lamb chops at La Trattoria. Photo by Trish Pauld.

Italy-trained Chef/owner Chris Tascona delivers masterfully prepared Italian classics at La Trattoria. Grilled lamb chops marinated in garlic and mint, and amaretti pear crisp are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes that capture the flavours of Italy. Bonus: the menu and staff are fully bilingual in French and English, a nod to the restaurant’s French-Canadian St. Boniface neighbourhood. 271 Provencher Blvd, 233-5318, Map 1: 0-4.