What (Else) to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg

May 7th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s been almost two years since I wrote a post called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg” – which is the #3 most popular post I’ve ever written (two years later, I’m still getting comments on it)! There are a few new things around town to report on, so I thought it would […]

Music & Lyrics

March 13th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

One of the things that drew me to Winnipeg was its reputation as a musical mecca. I don’t know where I first heard this, but my interest was probably piqued in high school, when a friend of mine passed through Winnipeg and brought me back a poster for Hayden in concert at the West End […]

Stuff Nobody in Winnipeg Says

February 14th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

I’m late to this one, but better late than never. Oh Ace Burpee Show, why you gotta be so funny? (via James Hope Howard & Alex Reid) I have to admit, it was a great feeling when I got to the end of the video and realized that I “got” every one of the inside jokes. My favourites […]

In Winnipeg At Christmas

December 25th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

Although we’re all adults now, one of my family’s favourite Christmas albums is Fred Penner’s “The Season”, a wonderful collection of multilingual traditional and world holiday songs, featuring many different Manitoban choruses and musical ensembles.  Also on the album is a recitation of “In Winnipeg At Christmas”, a lovely poem written by the English writer […]

Falling in Love with Fall Suppers

October 17th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s the time of year when signs for a certain delicious event can be found plastered all around town… it’s Fall Supper season! When I was growing up, my family’s church had potlucks a couple times a year. This is probably where my logic-defying love of jellied salads (the normal, desserty ones, not the ones […]

Winnipeg Things

July 27th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

On Twitter last night, I saw @policyfrog refer with disdain to the Winnipeg Free Press’s “It’s a Winnipeg Thing” ad campaign. I wasn’t familiar with it so I tracked down a series of videos for the campaign on Facebook.  And I don’t know… some of them are sort of cute! One video features a perogy […]

Weird Wedding Traditions of Winnipeg: Presentation

July 7th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

[Updated editor’s note: I don’t think I explained myself well enough the first time around, but my beef with presentation is not the concept of giving money as a wedding gift, which in my books is just fine. It’s the term “presentation” itself, and how it is used in these parts. Read on!] Okay, a […]

Weird Wedding Traditions of Winnipeg: Socials

June 1st, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

Well, it’s just about wedding season, and that means only one thing in Winnipeg… weird wedding traditions! I sort of avoided writing this post for a while, since it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. I’ve touched on it before, but not in any real depth. So here it is: Winnipeg (well, Manitoba) has some weird […]

Am I a Winnipegger Yet?

April 5th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

There have been lots of major changes in my life over the last three years. I was none of these things, but now I’m a homeowner. I’m a wife. I’m a mother. These changes all came about after I moved to Winnipeg. They could have happened anywhere, given the right timing and people, but they […]

(One-Piece) License to Drive

November 6th, 2010 by Emma Durand-Wood

This post is more for posterity than anything… this isn’t a riveting topic, but it reminds me of a time when we were new to Manitoba and noticing all the little things that made the province unique. It’s been a year and a half since former WoMH’er Laurel wondered, “Hey Manitoba, what’s up with the […]