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Coming home to celebrate the centennial
Transcona’s centennial celebrations kicked off April 12 but show no signs of letting up any time soon.
The Return of the Pink Flamingos will take place Sat., Aug. 11 beginning at 8 p.m. at The Oak nightclub located at 826 Regent Ave. W. The event is the brainchild of former Transcona resident Ian Head, who now lives in Canmore, Alta.
Last year, Head started a Facebook group called Transcona 100 with the hope of collecting flamingo photos from around the world and presenting them at an event celebrating the community’s centennial.
Pictures will be featured throughout the evening and there will also be special honours for a number of residents from the area.
Head said comedian and actor Kenny Robinson, founder of the Nubian Disciples All Black Comedy Revue and a former Transcona resident, will perform at the show.
There will also be a special celebration honouring the musical-comedy duo of MacLean and MacLean, along with performances by a number of Transcona musicians and bands throughout the evening.
Head said the event is his way of giving back to the community he spent 21 years in.
"It’s important to me because I grew up there and Transcona gave me a lot and this is my chance to give back," said Head, who left Transcona in 1981.
"The idea came from the Facebook page and one year ago I asked for everyone that lives somewhere else to show pink where they live around the planet. There are 2,600 members or so that have been taking and posting pictures."
Robinson, who first moved to Transcona from Chicago in 1967 to live with his aunt following the death of his father, said the last time he performed in Transcona was 10 or 15 years ago and he’s looking forward to participating in the event.
"I’m thrilled that Ian has put this event together. I don’t get to play Winnipeg as often as I would like," said Robinson, who has lived in Toronto since 1983.
The event will also serve a fundraiser for the Never Alone Foundation and the Transcona Railers Express Hockey Club.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting the front desk of Canad Inns Transcona or by calling 204-694-7469.
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