• And we’re back!

    Date: 2013.09.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Things have been a little quite on the poly events front for the last little while, but we’re back. We currently have a once monthly PolyTalk planned till the end of the year (and boy is that ever coming up quick!) and we’ll be slotting in some social events soon, so keep an eye on the events page for updates.

    You may have also noticed that the forum has been disabled. It was collecting a lot of spam and not much else, and wasn’t really being used as a space for community engagement, so for now, it’s gone. If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, please leave a comment or send us an email – we’re happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

    In the mean time, we do have an active Facebook group where you can get to know other local poly people online. I know this is far from a perfect solution – not everyone uses Facebook, and not everyone wants poly stuff showing up on their profile or wall, but it seems to be where people are gathering. If you’d like to join them, put in a request to join and you’ll be added to the group usually within a couple of days. The group is a Close group, which means that it is searchable and people who are not in the group can see the member list, but the posts within the group are only visible to members.

    Hope to see you out at one of our PolyTalks!

  • We have a summer packed with events for you!

    Date: 2012.05.25 | Category: Events, local | Response: 0

    PolyWinnipeg at Pride 2011We have so much going on this summer it’s just ridiculous!

    May 27, join us for Open Hearts: Introduction to Loving Many – a very special Pride edition of PolyTalk.

    Details: http://polywinnipeg.com/events/polytalk-2-2012-05-27/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/415219935168549/
    FL: https://fetlife.com/events/101079

    June 3 PolyWinnipeg will be at Pride! March with us in the parade and then come hang out afterwards for an early dinner.

    Details: http://polywinnipeg.com/events/polywinnipeg-at-pride/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/434535513231719/
    FL: https://fetlife.com/events/108188

    June 8 will be our first mid-week PolyTalk. You asked, and we answered – PolyTalk is now twice monthly!

    Details: http://polywinnipeg.com/events/polytalk-3-2012-06-08/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/409268709093678/
    FL: https://fetlife.com/events/105671

    June 15 we’ll be partying it up for Poly Party Weekend, a community-developed, worldwide event celebrating polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, and relationship choice. We’ll be celebrating this year with a potluck, so bring your appetite and your favourite dish!

    Details: http://polywinnipeg.com/events/poly-party-weekend-in-winnipeg/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/258109090963490/
    FL: https://fetlife.com/events/108189

    That’s four weeks in a row of poly events, and that’s not all we have planned for the summer. Check out our Events page for summer PolyTalk dates, and keep an eye out for beach days, workshops, BBQs and other fun stuff as we make our plans. http://polywinnipeg.com/events/

    If you’re on Facebook, Like our page and find all our event listings here: https://www.facebook.com/PolyWinnipeg/events

    This is going to be an exciting summer for polyamorists in Winnipeg. Whether you’re looking for discussion, socializing, networking or just some fun stuff to do this summer, there’s something for everyone. Hope to see you there!

  • PolyTalk is going to twice a month!

    Date: 2012.05.09 | Category: Events, local | Response: 0

    You spoke, and we answered! Thanks to all the wonderful responses we received to our survey, we’re excited to add a second PolyTalk to our monthly schedule.

    For the summer (starting in June), PolyTalk will now also be held on the second Friday of each month, from 7pm to 9:30pm, in addition to our usual Sunday afternoon events. Check out the events page for exact dates and details. We hope you’ll make it out for even more poly discussion.

    We’ll also be planning various social events throughout the summer, such as nude beach days, coffee meetups, picnics, parties and workshops. Keep an eye out for new event listings as we get dates and plans firmed up.

    Don’t forget to attend out special, Pride edition of PolyTalk: Open Hearts, Intro to Loving Many.¬† If you’re new to the idea of ethical non-monogamy this will be a great primer, and if you’re experienced and knowlegable then come and share your wisdom and experience.

  • Two PolyTalks each month? Help us decide!

    Date: 2012.04.27 | Category: Events, local | Response: 0

    We’re thinking about hosting a second PolyTalk each month, in addition to the one we host on a Sunday afternoon. Take one minute to fill out this survey, which will help us gauge interest and choose a date and time.

    http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=2ndpolytalk

    Thank you! Your responses will help us better meet the needs of the community.

  • Poly Meetup – What to expect

    Date: 2012.03.23 | Category: Events, local, what to expect | Response: 0

    A group of three adults sitting at a table, conversing and enjoying beverages.

    If you’ve never been to one of our events before and would like to know what to expect, here’s a quick rundown of how Poly Meetups usually go.

    Locations

    We hold Poly Meetups at a variety of different cafes and restaurants around the city. We try to choose locations that have good seating for groups, are easily accessible by public transportation, quiet enough to socialize and can be enjoyed for under $10. The location of the next Meetup will be posted on the event listing close to the event date.

    Arrival

    The organizers usually show up right at or just before the scheduled meet up time. We don’t usually make a reservation for the group, since the number of people who arrive varies a lot, so we’ll claim a table in a space where we can easily pull up additional seating. You can spot our table by looking for the parrot plush or figurine (most of the time – we’ll be honest, we forget it some times.)

    If you’re concerned about not being able to spot the group let us know. We can arrange a one-on-one meet up with an organizer before hand or exchange photos or more details to help with recognition.

    Arriving on time is greatly appreciated but people tend to trickle in during the first hour of the meet up. When you arrive, pull up a seat any place there’s room and we’ll do a round of introductions. We try to do a new round of introductions every time there are more arrivals.

    Socializing

    At Meetups we all tend to sit at one big table. Everyone is able to chat with everyone else, and there’s no clustering of cliques or worries about interjecting into a social group like there might be at a bigger event.

    Meetups are primarily an opportunity for poly people to socialize with other poly people, in an environment where referring to your wife and your boyfriend in the same conversation won’t require any lengthy explanations or inspire shocked reactions.

    Conversations tend to be about topics that aren’t poly-specific. TV, movies, pets, food, politics, local events, school, travel, work, world events, fandom, music, computers, shopping… you name it, we’ve probably talked about it. Sometimes we even talk about polyamory, too! You’re welcome to bring up any topics of interest for you.

    Most people stay in their seats for the duration of the meetup, but anyone is welcome to move around the table to interact with different people. If there’s a large group the organizers may move around to make sure that we’ve said hello to everyone.

    Meetups typically wrap up after about two hours, though sometimes run closer to three. Since they’re always held in public spaces, anyone is welcome to stay and hang out longer if they wish.

    Who attends?

    Poly Meetups vary a lot in size, from four to twelve people depending on the weather and time of year. We average roughly equal numbers of men and women as well as a few people of other genders. Ages range from 19 to 50s, with mid-twenties to mid-thirties being strongly represented. Meetups are very well attended by LGBTQ* folks. The majority of participants are white, though there are a handful of people of colour who regularly attend. Most people who participate are currently in or actively seeking polyamorous relationships.

    Everyone is welcome.

    If you have any questions about what to expect at our events, please don’t hesitate to ask! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you’re uncertain about attending your first event alone you’re welcome to bring a friend or request an one-on-one intro to one of the organizers before hand.

     

  • PolyTalk – What to expect

    Date: 2012.02.27 | Category: Events, local, what to expect | Response: 0

    Four young adults on a couch, talking

    If you’ve never been to one of our events before and would like to know what to expect, here’s a quick rundown of how PolyTalk usually goes.

    Arrival

    The organizers will arrive at the Rainbow Resource Centre at or just before 4pm to unlock the building and make tea and coffee (so don’t bother arriving before 4pm). Others will trickle in between 4 and 4:15.

    When you arrive, you’ll be directed down to our meeting space, a large room in the basement, with couches and comfy chairs. This is a great time to mingle and chat, find a comfortable spot to sit, get a beverage, use the bathroom or just relax. We’ll make a pot of coffee, a pot of black tea and provide hot water for other drinks. You’re welcome to bring your own beverages or snacks as well.

    At 4:15 the front door will be locked. Anyone who arrives late or needs to leave early can do so through the side door, which will be open. If you’re outside facing the front door, walk around the right side of the building, and you’ll find the side door close to the front corner. Arriving on time is best, so you don’t miss introductions or discussion, but you’re free to arrive or leave at any time.

    Discussion

    We’ll get started with brief explanation of how the discussion will proceed and any expectations around behaviour. Currently we’re trying out a talking stack, where anyone who has something to say raises their hand and will be acknowledged by a facilitator. People who have said very little may be placed in the stack above people who have spoken a lot already. This system may change depending on the needs of the group.

    We’ll do a round of introductions, which include sharing names, preferred pronouns and some sort of fun or silly icebreaker question (eg “If you were a kitchen utensil what would you be?”)

    After introductions are done, we’ll begin discussion with topics that were suggested before the meeting. If you have a topic you’d like to talk about, feel free to post on the forum, Facebook event or send one of the organizer a message. We’ll follow that with any topics that people wish to bring up, and if we run out of those, we have a collection of discussion topics in reserve.

    We’ve discussed general poly theory, language, poly 101, bdsm, sexuality, personal issues and experiences, literature and more. We strive to make sure it’s a safe space to discuss any poly-related topics and many people have expressed that they’ve found the space to be safe and they feel comfortable sharing personal things. Each person can contribute as much or as little as they want, and no one will be put on the spot to participate in the discussion.

    At 6pm we’ll wrap up the discussion and do a final check-in. We’ll go around the circle and each person will have an opportunity to say how they felt about the discussion. This can include feedback, suggestions, ideas, topics for next time, pretty much any thoughts you have.

    Afterwards

    After wrap up, we get the space cleaned up – put any furniture that was moved back where it belongs, unplug the space heater, wash coffee cups.

    People usually stick around and mingle a bit while this is happening. This is a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with people.

    Sometimes there will be an informal dinner outing where people can socialize or continue the discussion. This isn’t an official part of the event and doesn’t happen every time. Anyone is free to suggest a restaurant and invite people out afterwards.

    Who attends?

    PolyTalk usually attracts between 5 and 20 people. There are usually equal numbers of men and women as well as a few people of other genders. Ages range from 19 to 50s, with mid-twenties to mid-thirties being best represented. The discussions are very well attended by LGBTQ* folks. The majority of participants are white, though there are a handful of people of colour who regularly attend. A broad range of knowledge and experience is represented, from  people who are just curious about what poly is to people who have years of experience with polyamorous relationships.

    Everyone is welcome.

    If you have any questions about what to expect at our events, please don’t hesitate to ask! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you’re uncertain about attending your first event alone you’re welcome to bring a friend or request an one-on-one intro to one of the organizers before hand.

  • Polyamory in the Winnipeg Free Press

    Date: 2012.01.28 | Category: local, media | Response: 0

    The WFP’s Carolin Vesely wrote an excellent article about polyamory, that appeared on the front page of the E section today.

    In it she profiles a local family in a polyandrous V relationship and others (including myself), gives an overview of what polyamory is and what it is not and includes a sidebar with poly definitions and terms.

    Michelle, 39, has been married to Michael, 50, since 1995. They live in rural Manitoba and have two school-age children.

    In 2005, however, Michelle found herself falling in love with Liam, a friend, fellow musician and bandmate she’d known for as long as she’d known her husband. He sang at their wedding, in fact.

    Turns out the feelings were mutual.

    This is typically where the weaving of the tangled web begins. Except that Michael not only knew about his wife’s extramarital attraction, he consented to and supported her decision to get romantically involved with the divorced father of two.

    Seven years later, Michelle, Michael and Liam are sitting in a downtown cafe telling a reporter how they managed to prevent the destruction of either a marriage or a friendship.

    Let’s just say that since 2007, Michelle and Michael’s marital home has had two master bedrooms. And there are three names on the deed.

    Overall an excellent and fair article, though as usual, the comment section could use some help, as the usual pearl-clutchers and bigots are having their say.

    Read the full article, Three’s company: polyamoury in Winnipeg, at the Winnipeg Free Press.


    If you found this community via the article, you may notice that we’re in the middle of a revamp and our main site is a little sparse. Please head over to the forum for discussion, intros, poly resources and more information on upcoming events.

  • Changes happening

    Date: 2012.01.23 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    We’re just doing some house cleaning and making some changes around here to provide you with more and better content. You may see the layout change quite a lot over the next little while, please bear with us!