A Year in the Life of Souris District Arts Council
Ever since the seeds were planted to start an Arts Council 13 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 – the country music family, Brad Johner and the Johner Boys brought lots of energy with their songs both new and familiar; Michael Gabriel's 'Strings Attached' concert displayed a wonderful "coming together of sound", with the inclusion of a Souris community choir and strings to his mellow soul-searching tunes; MTC's rural touring production, Last Train to Nibroc had the audience mesmerized, waiting for each new turn of events in this romantic comedy; Jason Farnham tickled the ivories, as only he could, on pianos both large and small, right-side-up and upside-down, in stiles from blues to jazz to classical; and Mark Humphries, who in his one-man show, 'An Evening of Music and Comedy', had us awaiting each new wind instrument with keen anticipation. 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 workshop, started to develop our own website, and begun the preparations for the coming year's events. In addition, ,we were able to apply for a grant which helped to provide Concerts in Care for the residents of the Personal Care Home in Souris.
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 Sports, Culture, & Heritage 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:
- Mark Humphries and his Orchestra features 18 musicians from southern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan with music from the Big Band era
- Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys from PIE, with their lively East Coast Music
- Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s rural touring production of A Christmas Carol adapted and performed by Rod Beattie; a holiday classic with a twist!
- Bob Cate & Comedy in Motion with his amazing show from Quebec
- The Adam T. ELVIS Show pays tribute to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll