West End Murals

August 23, 2015
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West End Murals

Murals in Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood highlight history and ethnic diversity

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    Terry
    August 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

    It was a great tour! I’m glad you suggested it.

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      Donna Janke
      August 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      It was great, wasn’t it Terry?

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    Patti
    August 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    These murals are amazing, I would love to take that tour. I especially like the library shelves mural, and the bicycle – as well as what the bicycle represents.

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      Donna Janke
      August 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Patti. There were a lot of relevant symbols in the murals that I couldn’t easily include in a blog post, but the tour guide points them out, especially in the one with the library shelves about Bill Norrie’s life.

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    Susan Moore
    August 23, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    West End tour of the murals will definitely be on my list of things to do next visit to Winnipeg. It’s been years since I visited but maybe soon!

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      Donna Janke
      August 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Susan,I live in the city and the west end murals were a delightful surprise for me. I think you’ll find quite a bit to see in Winnipeg when you get back here.

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    MoreTimeToTravel (@MoreTime2Travel)
    August 24, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I love street art. These look fantastic~

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks Irene.

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    Karen Warren
    August 24, 2015 at 4:47 am

    That’s fascinating – I hadn’t realised that Winnipeg was so diverse. And the street art is a great way of expressing multiculturalism.

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Karen, it was interesting to see the murals speak to the histoy and nature of the area.

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    jacquiegum
    August 24, 2015 at 5:11 am

    These are amazing! What I love most is that they honor them by having a tour. We have many urban areas here in the US where murals have become a part of the landscape, but the idea of fashioning a tour around them is fantastic.

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Jacquie, the tour was great. The guide provided background about the creation of the murals and pointed out the meaning of items in the murals I would likely not have known otherwise. She also provided some interesting history on the area we walked through.

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    Carol Colborn
    August 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Your posts have continued to raise interest in Winnipeg as a tourist destination. So many say there’s nothing to see there. I have a few Filipino friends who live there but didn’t know it is one of four major immigrant groups. I have always loved murals and the one of Pastor Lehotsky reminded me of the one that amazed me in Quebec City. Thanks again for a great post!

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Carol, Filipinos were not one of the early immigrant groups to Winnipeg. Most of the immigration occurred 1960 and onward, especially after 1990. But Filipinos now make up 9 to 10% of the Winnipeg population and are listed as the largest ethnic minority group.

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    travelnwrite
    August 24, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Wow! Those murals are like taking an outdoor gallery tour of Winnipeg!

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      Donna Janke
      August 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Yes, it was very much like an outdoor gallery tour.

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    Kay Dougherty
    August 24, 2015 at 10:20 am

    This was fascinating and a brilliant idea on the part of Winnipeg. Don’t let Donald Trump find out about celebrating anything multi-cultural! I really don’t know anything about Winnipeg but you’ve got me interested now.

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Kay, the West End Biz began promoting and creating murals as a way to beautify the area and help build pride, as well as tell the history and story. It has also been a deterrent to graffiti. Winnipeg is often over-looked as a Canadian tourist destination, but I think it has lots to offer a visitor.

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    Nancie
    August 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Some very talented artists here! What a great way for visitors to learn about different aspects of Canadian history, and some of our notable legends. I laughed at your walking home story!

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      Donna Janke
      August 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Nancie, my mother-in-law loved to tell the walking home story. The mural artists are talented. The couple that painted the Bill Norrie mural (and at least one other on the tour) make their living as full-time mural artists.

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    Rachel Heller
    August 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

    The West End Murals tour sounds great! I think the Bill Norrie mural is my favorite too, though I’m also quite charmed by the Zoohky one. It’s not often that you hear of someone honored just for being a nice guy, not for any huge accomplishments. It’s touching!

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      Donna Janke
      August 26, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Rachel, I agree it is touching to see someone being honoured for just being a nice guy.

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    Doreen Pendgracs
    August 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Super post, Donna. We are SO lucky in Winnipeg to have more than 500 marvellous murals. The West End sure does have some terrific ones.

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      Donna Janke
      August 26, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Doreen, it is great to have so many murals in the city.

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    Paula McInerney
    August 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I love all of the murals and you are right, they do show Winnipeg’s ethic diversity.

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      Donna Janke
      August 26, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Paula, there are murals throughout the city, but until I took this tour I hadn’t realized what great stories some of the murals tell.

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    Cathy Sweeney
    August 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    These are amazing murals. I love that they are artistically well done while telling such interesting stories. Quite a tour you had! I think the Bill Norrie mural is really cool. The detail is impressive.

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      Donna Janke
      August 27, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Cathy, they are well done. I was impressed with the detail and how many stories they told.

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    Noel Morata (@emorata)
    August 27, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Wow, this is impressive had no idea about all these gorgeous murals in Manitoba, thanks for the tour and linking up today for Travel Photo Mondays

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      Donna Janke
      August 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Noel, the murals certainly are impressive. Glad to link up with Travel Photo Mondays.

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    Anita @ Anita's Feast
    August 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I enjoy public art of all sorts, and these murals certainly show up interesting facets of local history and culture. Lovely to know about Winnipeg’s West End murals!

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      Donna Janke
      August 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Anita, I hadn’t expected the murals to reflect so much history – it was a pleasant surprise.

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    Culture Tripper
    August 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I grew up in Winnipeg and it’s so nice to see an area I remember as quite shabby so enlivened by the west end murals. A little disappointed, though, that there aren’t more women represented in the murals. They need to make a new mural of all us vibrant girls who used to skate at the roller rink:D I wasn’t a great skater but sure enjoyed it! The tour looks like $5 well spent.

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      Donna Janke
      August 29, 2015 at 4:36 am

      I certainly thought it was $5 well spent. I hadn’t thought about it at the time, but it would be nice to see more women represented in the murals. I will be looking for that when I explore the area to find the other murals.

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    santafetraveler
    August 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I love the street mural movement. Winnegeg’s West End neighborhood’s art looks like great fun. We visited two mural cities this year, Cuba MO and La Jolla CA but have seen a lot on buildings here and there in our travels. Nothing like street art!

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      Donna Janke
      August 29, 2015 at 4:37 am

      I love seeing murals and street art in my travels too.

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    Colleen Friesen
    August 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Love your street mural images. Next time I’m in Winnipeg I am definitely taking that tour. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Donna Janke
      August 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Colleen, I think you’d enjoy the tour.

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    Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
    August 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Love these! They make a walk an adventure of discovery! Anita

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      Donna Janke
      August 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Anita, Adventure of Discovery would be a great title for the tour!

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    Jeri Walker (@JeriWB)
    August 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing these murals. I’ve always loved murals whenever I come across them. They add so much interest to wherever they appear. Boise has an alley called Freak Alley where the murals change on a constant basis. It’s really cool and a great way to get a lot of people involved in art.

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    maryloudriedger
    September 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    This tour sounds terrific! I have to try it.
    MaryLou

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