WAY TO GO WINNIPEG! The CHAIR YOUR IDEA Block Party was a huge success. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted. Click here for the full list of winners and prizes.



Available to all Winnipeggers, CHAIR YOUR IDEA is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded open competition that seeks to generate 1000+ urban design ideas and $30,000+ to realize the winning idea.

For a $25 registration fee participants are asked to submit their creative initiative in 140 characters or less [Twitter length] and contribute one WHITE CHAIR for public use to mark their submission.

The chairs are placed in public locations throughout the city and cared for by participating local businesses for the duration of the three week competition period. The accumulating chairs and the creative new ideas associated with them will allow Winnipeggers to take a seat in the newly claimed public spaces, take part in the urban design discussion, and exchange thoughts on how to make our city even better.

The campaign launched on August 27th with release of ‘celebrity chairs’, sample ideas and chairs dedicated and by well known Winnipeg personalities and community leaders. 

At the end of the competition period the winning idea[s] are selected by a high caliber jury and the campaign will culminate in a downtown BLOCK PARTY Saturday September 19, 2015 as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival. At the event, taking place in a prominent location, the 1000+ chairs will be gathered for a final spectacular display of Winnipeg innovation, pride and spirit, and the winner[s] of the competition are announced. 

We know great ideas can come from anyone. We invite you to 'take your seat at the table' and join the conversation about urban design in our city.


Registration has closed.

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Visit one of our chair hosts [CHAIRTAKER] locations listed below to see and sit in one of the submissions! 

Want to become a CHAIRTAKER?



84 and a half

Address: 84 1/2 Albert Street

Contact: Chris

Chair Drop-off: Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 5:00PM 


84 1/2 is a design boutique located in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District. The shop specializes in 20th century and contemporary furnishings and objects of design. 


Actual Gallery Inc.

Address: 300 Ross Avenue

Contact: Alex

Chair Drop-off: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5PM

Actual Gallery Inc. (Actual Contemporary) is a dynamic contemporary art platform serving artists and audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada. This state of the art contemporary gallery located at the edge of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District has over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space designed by Karen Shanski and Eduardo Aquino of SPMB Architecture. Looking ahead to its second year, Actual Contemporary is responding to the interests and needs of the arts community and undergoing some exciting changes. The gallery is bolstering and diversifying its partnerships with artists to reflect the vibrancy of the contemporary scene locally and nationally. Forging ahead with a new vision that is connected to artists and the broader cultural scene we invite you to come in and visit us at 300 Ross. 


Alt Hotel

Address: 310 Donald Street

Contact: Laurie

Chair Drop-off: 9AM - 9PM

The Alt Hotel is Winnipeg’s newest neighbourhood hotspot!  Located in the new Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), the hotel is just steps away from the MTS Centre, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars.  Alt Hotel Winnipeg offers innovative, ‘no-frills-chic’ that unites comfort, design and affordable prices in modern surroundings and a dynamic neighbourhood.   


Bodegoes Restaurant

Address: 98 Albert St

Contact: Nick

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday 11:00AM - 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM - 7:00PM, Sunday 12:00 - 7:00PM

More information coming soon!



Address: 100 King St

Contact: Isaiah

Chair Drop-off: 7:00AM - 2:30PM

Two brothers making donuts. We're your friendly neighbourhood donut shop making fresh donuts daily.


Chaise Lounge & Cafe

Address: 271 Provencher Blvd

Contact: Shea

Chair Drop-off:  11am - 2pm & 5pm - 9pm

Chaise Cafe is Winnipeg's Family Style Dining Restaurant. We have taken the Dining Experience to a new level by serving a tremendous variety of food over multiple courses to enable guests to sample various items across our menu. We allow unlimited 2nds with each Prix Fixe package so we can guarantee you and your company will be completely satisfied and blown away with the quality, variety and value we provide.


Chocolatier Constance Popp

Address: 180 Provencher Blvd

Contact: Constance

Chair Drop-off: TBC

Chocolatier Constance Popp (CCP) produces fresh premium artisan chocolate in Winnipeg. This award winning chocolate has found it’s way to the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2010 Golden Globes in L.A. and CenterPlace Manitoba at the 2010 Olympics.


Cibinel Architecture Ltd

Address: 420 Stradbrook Ave

Contact: Chris

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Thursday 9 - 5

Cibinel Architecture is a mid-size consulting office with over 20 years of experience. We offer personalized service to institutional, corporate, cultural and commercial clients, providing sound ideas and leading edge solutions for unique design challenges and building projects.


Cre8ive Supplies

Address: 312 William Ave

Contact: Val

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Cre8ive Supplies is a locally owned art supply shop, operating in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District for over 5 years. We provide high-quality materials for use in Fine Art, Design, and Drafting — at the BEST value in town.


Don's Photo

Address: 410 Portage Ave

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 6:00PM, Sunday 12:00 - 6:00PM

Contact: Chris

Don's Photo has been a driving force in photography since 1979, and is one of the largest independent photo retailers in Western Canada. We carry an outstanding array of top brand-name cameras at very competitive prices, as well as an impressive selection of lenses, bags, and camera accessories. We have everything you need, including a huge selection of printing and mounting services to help you display your photos. Let our friendly and experienced staff help you find the perfect camera, or the best way to print and share your precious memories.


Downtown Biz

Address: 426 Portage Ave

Contact: Jason

Chair Drop-off: TBC

Established in 1989 by the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg Biz is the oldest of Winnipeg's 16 business improvement zones. Directed by a management board of 15 business owners/leaders and a representative from city hall, the Downtown Winnipeg Biz markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking. The BIZ hosts events and promotes downtown as a great place to work, shop, and live. In addition, the BIZ is the voice of the downtown business community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of our members.


EPH Apparel

Address: 291 Garry St

Contact: Andrew

Chair Drop-off: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Eph Apparel is Winnipeg’s largest retailer of custom menswear, specializing in hand cut, custom designed and made-to-measure suits, dress shirts, dress pants, and outerwear. At Eph Apparel every man is the architect of his own custom creation selecting everything from the fabric to the style and finishings before the end product is hand cut to their unique measurement profile.


The Forks

Chair Drop-off: Contact any security guard on site to drop off chair


Forks Trading Company

Address: 1 Forks Market Rd

Contact: Megan

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 9:30AM - 9PMand Sunday 9:30AM - 6:30PM

Showcasing the best of Manitoban and Canadian artisans,  this is your shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted works and wares.  Forks Trading Company will surely inspire you to #shoplocal


The Good Will

Address: 625 Portage Ave

Contact: Tyler

Chair Drop off: Monday - Friday 11AM - 7PM

The Good Will Social Club is a live music bar/coffee shop/pizza joint. Open since October 2014, the venue has quickly become the goto for local, national and international touring bands.


The Haberdashery

Address: 84 Albert St

Contact Luke

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 11:00AM - 6:00PM

We are an accessory shop in the exchange district. We specialize in fashion hats for men and women. The Hab carries scarves ,ties, bow ties, pocket squares , sunglasses and mitts/ gloves in the winter. 


Hilary Druxman

Address: 258 McDermot Ave

Contact: Brie

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM, Saturday 10AM - 5PM

Handcrafted jewelry designed and manufactured in the historic Exchange District. Hilary Druxman’s simple designs have a quiet sophistication that complement any look. We love to collaborate on custom pieces with clients.




Address: 200 Princess St

Contact: Nina

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 11:00AM - 5:00PM

HUT K is a modern lighting and furniture retailer based in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. Our collection of lighting, furniture and design objects has been carefully curated to highlight the best in modern design, and is inspired by both our prairie home and the greatest places in the world. We believe that great design directly impacts your quality of life, and should be accessible to all. To emphasize this point, HUT K offers interior design and space planning services with your all of your purchases, if you need a little help getting it just right.


Joe Black Coffee Bar

Address: 2037 Portage Ave

Contact: Gina

Chair Drop-Off: TBD

Conveniently located across from the Assiniboine Footbridge! Go for a walk, a run, a trip to the zoo and then visit us for a delicious cafe mocha, iced latte or our signature Mesquite Roast Beef sandwich. 


King + Bannatyne

Address: 100 King St

Contact: Mike

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday before 11AM and after 3PM

We are the first Sandwich Shop in Winnipeg dedicated to crafting Hand-Carved,
Slow Roasted Meat Sandwiches. Located in the Heart of Winnipeg's Exchange
District on the Southwest corner of King St. + Bannatyne Ave.


Lennard Taylor

Address: 223 McDermot Ave

Contact: Lennard

Chair Drop-off:

More information coming soon!


Little Sister Coffee Maker

Address: 470 River Ave

Contact: Vanessa

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 7:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 8:00AM - 6:00PM



Address: 751 Corydon Ave

Contact: Jae

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 10:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM - 10:00PM

MAKE is a crossroad space for coffee-culture and design-culture. MAKE is interested in platforming young & emerging designers/makers to coffee-public.


Manitoba Hydro

Address: 360 Portage Ave

Chair Drop-of times: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Contact: Justin

Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation and the province's major energy utility. From our head office in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, we:

·         serve 561,869 electric customers throughout Manitoba and 274,817 natural gas customers in various communities throughout southern Manitoba;

·         maintain a position of being among the lowest cost providers of domestic electricity rates in Canada;

·         export electricity to electric utilities through our participation in 3 wholesale markets in Canada and the mid-western United States;

·         offer a wide range of energy services and programs to our customers, either directly or through our business interests;

·         generate nearly all our electricity from self-renewing water power using 15 hydroelectric generating stations, primarily on the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Nelson rivers;

·         are the major distributor of natural gas in the province, delivering natural gas to nearly 100 communities in the province;

·         have capital assets-in-service at original cost exceeding $17 billion, making us one of the largest energy utilities in Canada.




McNally Robinson

Address:  1120 Grant Ave

Contact: David

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 10:00PM

McNally Robinson is an independent bookseller: family-oriented, committed to the values of community bookselling, and determined to present an alternative to corporate-chain bookstores.
Our focus is on Canada, and we work closely with authors and publishers to reach Canadians with their own stories. Moreover, we select all our books, wherever written, to reflect the interests and circumstances of Canadians. We firmly believe in a literate society: one in which reading is co-relative with a thoughtful, imaginative and fulfilled life.


Out'N'About Travel Inc.

Address: 11-600 Clifton Street

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Contact: Lynne

Full service bilingual boutique travel agency serving our clients’ travel needs since 1994. We sell all forms of travel - everything from Corporate / Business Travel, Leisure Travel, Vacation Travel, Adventure Travel, LGBT Travel, Cruises,  Destination Weddings and Travel & Medical Insurance. We are fully IATA accredited, licensed and LGBT Supplier Diversity Certified. Save your time. Take advantage of our expertise.


Parlour Coffee

Address: 468 Main Street

Contact: Nils

Chair Drop-off:  Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Parlour Coffee is obsessed with made to order high quality specialty coffee, and providing a welcoming space in which to enjoy it.



Stantec Architecture + Engineering

We approach design holistically, responsibly, and with vision.

We bring together dynamic and interdependent teams of architects, interior designers, engineers, and commissioning & sustainability specialists who are highly motivated to collaborate with you to see you project successfully realized.  Working together with you we are better able to ask the right questions, collectively evaluate opportunities and challenges, and propose solutions to bring forth those that achieve the vision, offer value through capital & operating stewardship, functionality through program clarity & technical astuteness, and acquire significance.  Drawing on history, drawing in your community, and drawing out culture, we bring meaning to the design of your project, and enrich the cultural fabric of the broader community.



Five Stella's locations (Sherbrook, Plug In, Osborne, CCFM, and Airport) will be Chairtaker sites!

Contact: Grant

Drop-off times: Sunday - Monday from AM - midnight

Since 1999, Stella's has been serving the Winnipeg community in the form of baked goods, ALL DAY breakfast, lunch, and dinner with one simple all things the right way. Staff, ingredients, recipes, and environment are carefully selected to ensure that every guest is provided with a great experience whenever they choose to visit. Stella's is open daily from 7 am to midnight (24/365 at the Airport)


Syverson Monteyne Architecture Inc.

Address: 194 Sherbrook St

Contact: Shelby

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Syverson Monteyne Architecture is a Winnipeg based architecture firm with over 20 years of experience. Our faith in the value of design motivates us to created made-to-order responses to the unique landscapes, natural preserves, and cultural communities we encounter.  Our mission is to design buildings and spaces that are both good-looking and well-built, so that they endure for the long term.”

Follow them on Instagram @sm_arc and check out their work at



Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Address: 266 McDermot Ave

Contact: Susan

Drop-off times: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation(WAF) is a registered charitable organisation,advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg'sbuilt environment.


Tiny Feast

Address: 217 McDermot Ave

Contact: Danika

Chair Drop-off Monday - Saturday 11:00AM - 6:00PM

Tiny Feast is a stationery and gift store located in the historic Exchange District neighbourhood of Winnipeg. We carry a carefully curated selection of products with an emphasis on quality, functionality and timeless design. Goods on our shelves include letterpress printed greeting cards, modern workspace supplies, Scandinavian-designed homewares, and handmade accessories.


Winnipeg Art Gallery

Address: 300 Memorial Blvd

Chair Drop-Off: Tuesday - Friday 11AM - 5PM

Contact: Tammy

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is the oldest civic art gallery in Canada and home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art. The WAG works to be a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.


Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

Address: 211 Bannatyne Avenue

Contact: Kelly

Drop-off times: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00AM - 6:00PM

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July.



Winnipeg Public Library

Chair Drop-Off: any time library is open, check schedule HERE 

All 20 branches will be hosting chairs throughout the competition!

Winnipeg Public Library is your community hub to discover, learn, create and connect. There are 20 locations with 1.4 million books, movies and music for borrowing. The library offers over 3,000 workshops and events a year, free WiFi and bookable computers to use. Members also enjoy an extensive eLibrary for eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and music, and online research and learning resources. Library membership is free for Winnipeggers.


Wolfram Engineering Ltd.

Address: 345 Wardlaw Ave

Chair Drop-off: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Friday 8:30AM - 1:00PM

Contact: Josh

Wolfrom Engineering Ltd. is a structural consulting engineering firm that has been providing engineering services to the building industry throughout Canada for 31 years. From restaurants on frozen rivers to multi-storey floating boathouses, buildings on stilts to steel shipping container buildings; Wolfrom Engineering has seized opportunities to innovate when necessary in the pursuit of interesting and provocative work.


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