We Were There: With Love WPG

Let’s be honest: February in Winnipeg can be cold, dark and downright dreary. But for a few hours on Feb. 7, With Love WPG brought the heat and helped us forget all about the minus-kagillion wind chill.

Hosted by local legend Ace Burpee, the event shone a light on mental health and featured everything from live music and dancing to art installations and all-around good vibes.

Best of all, the event raised money for Inspire Community Outreach. Founded in 2013 by the super-inspirational Angela Taylor, the local non-profit provides free art, music and mindfulness programs to youth living with mental illness and disabilities.

From the moment we walked through the front doors of The Met, we knew it would be a night to remember. It didn’t hurt that we were greeted with a snack from the oh-so amazing Oh Doughnuts.

Which we washed down with a delicious beverage courtesy of the especially dapper bar crew (yep, they were serving local beer!)

Then there was the prize table. With everything from festival tickets to local goodies from companies like Jenna Rae Cakes and Coal and Canary to a record player, we went all in.

There was even a piece by acclaimed local artist Cash Akoza, whose take on mental illness was captured beautifully in this original piece donated to the event.

Drinks in hand and pockets full of prize tickets, it was time for some entertainment. A super-talented group of hula-hoop dancers kicked things off, followed by an epic performance by the SIKAT Dance Company.

In addition to sets by DJs Vothra and Co-Op, there was also live music from local husband-wife duo Bold as Lions.

And a killer set by Winnipeg’s own Yes We Mystic.

Making the performances even cooler was the custom stage created by Reality Craig, which was back-dropped by incredible art projections throughout the evening.

As in-kind sponsors of the event, one of the highlights of the night was our chalkboard installation asking guests what they love about Winnipeg.

As it turns out, there’s a whole lotta love for this beautiful little city of ours.

Angela Taylor, founder and CEO of Inspire Community Outreach, even got in on the fun.

As did the one-and-only “Downtown” Jason Syvixay.

All in all, the evening was a celebration of art and community that we won’t soon forget. Thanks for the memories, With Love!

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