One day in Winnipeg: CTV's The Launch winner Olivia Lunny

The Launch's latest winning musician Olivia Lunny takes us through her favourite places to eat and drink in her hometown

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The fourth week of CTV’s hit show, The Launch, has concluded and Oliva Lunny has been crowned champion. Lunny’s distinctive sound gave her the final edge over her competitor as she wowed the judges with her rendition of “I Got You” in front of CTV’s live studio audience. Canadian music mogul Jann Arden commented that she couldn’t name anyone on the radio that sounded quite like Olivia.  

Writing music since the age of 12, Lunny’s style has become a unique fusion of catchy pop melodies and alternative waves. Her smooth vocals and ambient guitar sounds have paved the way for a multitude of live shows, including performances at Toronto’s Concert for Socks and the Winnipeg Pride Festival.  

Drawing on years of accolades, including a Western Canadian Music Award nominee for pop artist of the year, Olivia was able to overcome initial performance-related hurdles and gave the judges no choice but to launch her new song across Canada and the world.

So, what does she fuel up with? Here is a list of her favourites.

Favourite food growing up in Winnipeg


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Easily, poutine. Specifically, there’s this type of poutine at this big winter festival in Winnipeg called Festival du Voyageur and it has maple syrup on it.

Breakfast and brunch


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I would say Clementine. It’s like a little café, kind of like speakeasy style in the basement of a big old building. Their eggs Benedict is delicious.



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Circle Kitchen. It’s really new in Winnipeg and it’s a plant-based restaurant and it's really yummy. They usually mix up the bowls they have, so what I get depends on the 



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Sous Sol is like an actual speakeasy. It’s unmarked and you have to walk through [a couple sets of doors] to get in. Inside, it’s all candlelit and they have really great cocktails and really good food. The scallops here are really good.

Going out on the town


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The Good Will Social Club [is one of my favourites]. It’s a really cool bar and live concert venue. I’ve actually played quite a few shows there so it’s a really fun place to go. I really like lychee martinis but I honestly mostly drink red wine when I go out.