I found that being a bigger man in Winnipeg left me with only a few options when looking for a suit off-the-rack. I really didn't like their tendency to arrange two piece suits with the jacket 2 sizes larger then the pants, and buying one piece at a time really made the price jump.
Ultimately, I started researching local tailors in Winnipeg last December, and had shortlisted down to Giovanni Custom Tailor Shop within a couple weeks. Some of the tailors I had called were quite expensive, and I found Giovanni to be quite reasonable; barely 1/3 more than the limited off-the-rack choices. I also found the interview in his Winnipeg Free Press Article to be very good.
Today, I visited Giovanni's shop, and really had a great vibe from him as a person and really valued his opinions as a tailor; quite professional and personable. The hard part was picking out the material to use; simply too many awesome choices. Below I have the initial two I was contemplating on the left, then the ultimate pick on the right.
Once Giovanni knows the fabric is in stock and has it ordered, we'll be able to start the process with taking my measurements. Exciting!