Published Sep 11, 2013In our annual Hangout Handbook, Exclaim! asks some of our favourite artists to discuss the hidden gems in their hometowns. Here, the Lytics' Andrew Sannie outlines his picks in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BMC Market (722 Osborne St.)
From what I understand, the owner moved here 11 years ago from Mexico and couldn't find any authentic tacos, so she opened this Mexican restaurant. This is a dope little spot in South Osbourne with made to order handcrafted tortillas, quesadillas and enchiladas for under six bucks.
The Farmers Market
The Farmers Market gives us Winnipegers a good reason to enjoy our beautiful but short summers, and you can load up on the freshest produce and meat, including pierogies pressed by only the most serious of Ukranian babas. (fmam.ca)
Assiniboine Park (55 Pavilion Crescent)
There are soccer pitches and ample room to throw a football, as well as sand pits for some volleyball. There are bike paths for Sunday afternoon cruises and more complex paths if you prefer a challenge. Throw in a zoo, an outdoor stage and a restaurant )as well as Canada's most beautiful women) and you're laughing. (www.assiniboinepark.ca)
Greenroom + Union Sound Hall (Suite 2, 108 Osborne St/11 Market Ave.)
Two different venues, same owners and similar vibes. These venues are for a night on the town without the way-too-juiced, cologne-drenched "bro-dudes" and their pretentious nine-inch-heeled counterparts. Jeans and dancing shoes, a crew of your most fun homies and a good attitude is all you'll need here. Also, they keep half our group employed when we're not on the road.
The Urban Bakery
This boutique works hard keeping Winnipegers looking good, selling tickets to the best shows, harbouring the best cultural debates and giving the Lytics a place to rehearse before shows. They're also some of the city's friendliest — and most well-dressed — cats in town. (tub204.com)
Andrew Sannie is a Winnipeg-based rapper who has lived in Manitoba his entire life. When not finishing his degree, Andrew performs in throwback hip-hop outfit the Lytics with his brothers Anthony and Alex. He is currently at work on a new album.