• Aqua Books (1999-2012) is now permanently closed. This site is for posterity only. Thank you for everything.
  • Coming May 2014 -

274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3

Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun-Mon Closed


We accept Interac, Visa and Mastercard too

What people are saying:

Your place is my venue of choice when the question is, “where should we go?” and here is why: 1) It is not pretentious, stuck-up, snobby, or takes itself seriously in any way; 2) Maintains a balanced sense of arts and culture in Winnipeg, without going down the path described in (1) that most places have; 3) Food is reasonably priced. And considering the quality, is downright cheap; 4) I can eat there (gluten-free options), and peanut allergy people can relax and eat there too, as can those avoiding dairy, like vegans; it truly is amazing how accessible your menu is.; 5) Open late; 6) On several good bus routes, and if not taking a bus, the parking options are reasonable. I could go on, but I’m sensing your ego might just explode. You and Candace have done an amazing job. Your place is EXACTLY the kind of place that Winnipeg needed. - Helen Konrad, Wolseley

The Soup Incident

In the spring of 2007, I asked graphic designer Julia Michaud to create a new logo for us, something that would really get us noticed. As we worked together and tossed ideas around (and I couldn't make up my mind), we started goofing on iconic images in popular culture. She ended up designing some Aqua Books "logos" that were spoofs of other images, including some big-time corporate logos. I thought her rendition of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can was hilarious. Campbell's, apparently, did not. Following is their letter to me, plus my response (farther down). Oh well, at least I got noticed....

Campbell's has now responded to my response. It's at the bottom. At first I thought that she didn't get it, being a humourless (that's Canadian for humorless) lawyer. After reading it again, I now realize what she actually said: "It's nice for you that you're such a funny boy, but use our logo again, and I'll be all over you like stink on a hobo." I thought I was funny, but she has a very deft touch. Maybe she missed her calling. I know I missed mine.

UPDATE 10/21/08: Looks like someone else has had a little correspondence with our friend Jill: Campbell's Soup at War with Pop Burger.

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