April 17, 2020 News Release
Osborne Village BIZ Canada Day Street Festival 2020 is Cancelled
Winnipeg, MB — It’s with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Osborne Village BIZ Canada Day Street Festival.
We care about the health and safety of our business members, patrons, volunteers, community members and with the impacts of the virus continuing to evolve, we feel we cannot, in good conscious, move forth with the planning and execution of the 2020 event.
“I felt this was the right decision. We will need to support our members to get back to business once the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. The economy of Osborne Village has taken a serious financial hit and just getting everything up and running again will be an enormous task for everyone.” Brian Timmerman – Executive Director — Osborne Village BIZ
“We all must do our part to stop the spread of this terrible disease. While we do our best to stay home, I ask that you not forget the local businesses in Osborne Village and don’t forget to shop local whenever you can. Order takeout for those restaurants that are open during this crisis and be ready to help support local retailers once they reopen when this crisis is over. Together, we can help those local businesses who are in need.” Justin Paquin — Chair- Osborne Village BIZ
Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay safe and take good care of yourself and others. We are a community.
This two day street festival transforms Osborne Village into one big celebration from River and Osborne all the way to Osborne at McMillan.
The local businesses liven up the street and create Winnipeg’s largest street festival. Family-fun, young at heart, foodie, folkie, foot-stomper, whatever you are seeking, the festival is action packed and there’s something for EVERYONE!
Patios, Pop Ups and Entertainment
Local businesses will extend their patios and offer a wide variety of entertainment. In addition there will be pop up performances and patio entertainment scattered throughout.
Family Fun Zone
This area is set up by the River Osborne Community Center and features interactive games, workshops, children’s entertainers, face painting, crafts, dogs and so much more.
Activations and Demonstrations
Scooter half pipe, hula hooping, big games and other community groups and organizations showing off their skills and some will even encourage audience participation.
Patriotic Pet Parade
At noon on Canada Day, pets dressed in their best red and white will parade down Osborne Street and show off their Canadian spirit. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Stay tuned for registration details.
Art in the Village
Working with local artists in multiple mediums – including chalk, spray paint, paint we will have a variety of artists-in-residence showcasing their work.
Flavours of our Culture
Food vendors serving a variety of food from European to Latin and Caribbean including Jerk Chicken to Empanadas will be featured along the street.
Hand Craft Market
The hand craft marketplace features local crafters, artists and makers. The market is a world of unique hand made and vintage items.
Street Side Shopping
Osborne Street stores, shops, and boutiques extend their store fronts out onto the street, for an outdoor shopping experience.