We came, we saw and we conquered at the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) Showcase Conference in Portage la Prairie the weekend of Oct. 26. There were representatives from every arts council and arts organization in Manitoba, as well as several funders of the arts, like the Manitoba Arts Branch, Manitoba Arts Council and Manitoba Music as well as federal funders like Heritage and Culture Canada. Six of us, from Flin Flon, and two youth representatives, learned the ropes. Even with MAN support for a youth involvement initiative, no other arts council in Manitoba had youth reps with them. Bravo, Flin Flon Arts Council, for leading the way yet again!
We have some wonderful performances coming up in the Flin Flon area in the next couple of weeks.
The Rotary Dream Draw will be held in the community hall Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 8:30 pm. Johnny’s Anti Social Club Band will provide music. There is no entrance fee, and you don’t even have to have a Dream Draw ticket (but it will less exciting, since you won’t win). There will door prizes available, however, and a cash bar.
The next weekend, Nov. 16 and 17, Ham Sandwich Theatre presents Treasure Island – A Pantomime. This child-friendly performance stars old and new faces, including some starstruck kids. The script is fabulously funny and the cast has been working hard under the co-directors Diane Therien and Beth Heine, so it will definitely tickle your funny bone. (Mind you, I did hear from costume mistress Linda Allen that some characters may be naked, as she has not yet finished their costumes, so purchase tickets accordingly.) The shows will be at the RH Channing Auditorium at 7:30 pm and tickets are $20. The arts council will be selling draw tickets for a gift basket, as a fundraiser.
On the same dates, Nov. 16 and 17, are the first performances of the Rolling Stones show at Johnny’s Social Club. The shows will, of course, be fantastic, with Trevor Gordon taking the lead in producing with the Johnny’s Anti Social Club Band backing up stellar singers. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, though, as we have another opportunity to hear this concert next weekend! The musicians have decided to play for two weekends to give everyone a chance to enjoy the show. Doors open at 7 pm and music begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 at the Orange Toad.
Also on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, Home Routes presents the O’Pears. These three young women sing glorious harmonies both a capella and with rootsy instrumentation. They are all songwriters, so expect original tunes. For a sneak peak, go on Youtube and enter O’Pears in the search bar.
The concerts in Flin Flon will be Thursday at 19 Hemlock Drive, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Friday at 183 Murton Blvd, contact email@example.com. Both concerts have $20 tickets and shows start at 7:30 pm with doors open at 7:00 pm.
There is also a TIFF film on Thursday, Nov. 22 called The Third Murder. More information about this in the next column.