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Many Winnipeg arts organizations took part in a vaudeville-inspired 100th birthday party for the Pantages Theatre on June 29.

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Having recently experienced a wonderful evening at the Pantages Theatre, I can't help but reflect on another occasion, in London, England, 42 years ago when I attended an interview for emigration to Canada.

The interviewer, who said she was from Vancouver, asked me where in Canada I wanted to go and seemed aghast when I said Winnipeg. She then asked me what my interests were and when I told her that, among other things, I enjoyed the theatre, classical music and the ballet. She was even more aghast, expressing the opinion "you won't find much of that there."

How blessed I am that her opinion did nothing to deter me, and that I have been able to call this wonderful country and city home for the last 41 years.

Having just celebrated Canada Day, there's no better time to say thank you to our world-class symphony and ballet, opera and theatre companies, and all the other artistic talent here that I have enjoyed over the years.

 

JUDITH GRIFFITHS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2014 A12

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