Skydiggers return to the West End; MayWorks honours Nick Ternette, Pete Seeger


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Toronto’s Skydiggers and Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre will forever be karmically intertwined.

It was at a Skydiggers show in 1995 that the floor joists under the West End’s dance floor first cracked. That structural calamity ultimately led, a decade later, to a capital campaign that resulted in the restoration and expansion of the venue.

Like the West End, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and, buoyed by a series of successful reunion shows, it is now touring the country with Peter Cash, the third member (along with singer Andy Maize and guitarist Josh Finlayson) of Skydiggers’ founding triumvirate.

Photo by Phil Hossack/ Winnipeg Free Press Photo Archive Leonard Podolak of The Duhks will perform at MayWorks’ Pete Seeger tribute concert on May 9 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The Slow Burnin’ Fire 2014 tour stops in Winnipeg for two shows this week. The Fri., May 2 performance will be presented in an all-seated, concert setting while the May 3 show will be set up as a dance party (with no danger of wrecking the floor in the WECC’s new concert hall).

Tickets for both shows are $29.50 in advance at the West End, Ticketmaster, Into the Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store. They will also be available for $35 at the door. For more info visit and

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MayWorks is the name of Winnipeg’s annual, month-long cultural celebration of labour and activism, and this year’s events will honour the memories of Winnipeg activist Nick Ternette and singer/songwriter Pete Seeger.

The entire MayWorks festival, which has been dubbed Our Calling, has been dedicated to the memory of Ternette, while Seeger’s life and work will be celebrated in a tribute concert on Fri., May 9 in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The lineup for the 8 p.m. show features Heather Bishop, Leonard Podolak, Nathan Rogers, Sweet Alibi, Jessee Havey, Red Moon Road and Keith Dyck.

Tickets are $20 at Organic Planet, the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store or at the door.
For complete MayWorks information and to download a festival program, visit

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For nearly 25 years, members of the Manitoba Bar Association have collaborated with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre on the Lawyer’s Play, a fundraising event which has raised over $900,000 for Canada’s oldest regional theatre company.

The concept is simple: local lawyers choose, rehearse and perform a play.

This year’s production, which runs April 30 through May 3, is How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a musical by Frank Loesser, and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the 1952 novel by Shepherd Mead.

It tells the story of J. Pierrepoint Finch, a young man who rises from window washer to chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company. It won seven Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The show stars Gail Asper, Andrea Bellhouse, Krista Boryskavich, Paul Cooper, Tashia Dreger, Adrian Frost, Bill Haight, John Harvie, Melissa Hazelton, Sean Hicks, Jeff Hirsch, Reannah Hocken, Jamie Jurczak, Catherine Kelly, Nalini Reddy, Leith Robertson, Jaime Rosin, Steve Scarfone, Barb Shields, Richard Smith, Lyle Smordin, Neil Steen and Mark Toews.

Tickets are $100 for the gala performances and include wine, a post-show reception and a $70 tax receipt.

They can be purchased by calling the MTC box office at 204-942-6537 or online at

John Kendle

John Kendle
Managing editor, Canstar Community News

John Kendle is managing editor of Canstar Community News, which publishes the Free Press Community Review. Email him at:

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