A Year in the Life of Souris District Arts Council
Ever since the seeds were planted to start an Arts Council twelve years ago, one of our main goals has been to foster the arts in our own community. While planning a year of arts activities, we try to touch on different aspects in the arts, reaching out to new people as possible new concert goers, and yet encouraging our current season’s ticket holders and present attendees with providing another performance they will enjoy so that they will keep on coming back for more. In addition, we want to be able to expand on the artistic endeavors in the Souris area.
During this past year, five performances were presented – classically trained Terry Barber took us around the world in 80 minutes with a variety of melodies, both new and familiar; Jesse Peters tickled the ivories, crooning some of our favorite Christmas songs from days gone by ; MTC’s rural touring production, The Hound of the Baskervilles, had the audience in gales of laughter with their spoof of this classic tale of detective Sherlock Holmes; Winnipeg’s own Sierra Noble fiddled and step-danced to everyone’s delight and treated us to some of her newer music written in Nashville, and Jet Stream, one of the premier ensembles of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, got the toes a-tappin’ and the hands a-clappin’. Each performance brought its own special artistic talents to the fore, and we were so privileged to be a part of it all. We have also attended workshops, started to develop our own website, and begun the preparations for the coming year’s events.
It has been another great year! There are so many people to thank, including the Manitoba Arts Network for including us in their tours, Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism for our Audience Development Grants, the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood for their ongoing support, the Board of the Avalon Theatre who have worked with us to improve the facility for our performances, as well as all of our local sponsors, who so willingly helped us reach our goals by providing their monetary support. And then there are all the volunteers who have helped us – the board members, our members-at-large and our friends of the arts – who have assisted us in being able to host the events we have planned.
And now, Souris District Arts Council is thrilled to be able to announce the artists who will be part of our coming season:
- Brad Johner and the Johner Boys from Saskatoon share a taste of Canadian country music
- Michael Gabriel’s 'Strings Attached’ from Toronto combines his own music with original storytelling, a gifted orchestral ensemble, and a local choir to bring a “breathtaking coming together of sound”
- Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s rural touring production of The Last Train to Nibroc will bring a delightful romantic comedy to our stage
- Jason Farnham of California brings 'An Evening of Piano' in a truly entertaining evening with his Victor Borge-esque style of comedy
- The Beetles, the locally-acclaimed sensations from Brandon, will have take us down memory lane to the 60s and the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo