At the corner of Winnipeg’s Portage Ave. and Donald St. stands a fortress of red brick, smooth steel and shimmering glass. It sits atop a parcel of land steeped in history, upon a downtown corner that was for nearly a century the site of the renowned Eaton’s department store. A reminder of that bygone era can be found in the concourse, where a 3,500-pound statue of Timothy Eaton rests upon a bronze throne. But this building no longer belongs to the Eaton family. Instead, its facade is emblazoned with Bell MTS Place, and, come April, this castle will be surrounded by a sea of white, a moat of living, breathing souls with numbers creeping into the tens of thousands. Outside, their celebrations will be thundering, loud enough to be heard from miles away. Inside, the cheers and chants will be ...
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