When I was living in Winnipeg, I was lucky enough to participate in the original IT Lounge started by Mitch Tulloch. I was also the only one to make it to all subsequent gatherings which might say a lot about me.
I am glad to hear that even though I am no longer in Winnipeg, that IT Lounge is back (what else are they supposed to do in the winter anyway 😛 ) If you are from Winnipeg or the surrounding area I urge you to check it out. Come down to Finn McCue's in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, 4PM on October 1st. You can find out more on the IT Lounge website and seeing as I will be in town you can see me there as well!
It was great to hang out with other IT folk from all industries, form dev to IT pro, Windows to Linux, SQL to Oracle, you name it we had someone there. If you are not in Winnipeg, the concept is simple. Pick a pub, pick a time and date, and show up, drink a pint and have some fun with other IT folks in your area.