Winnipeg is packed with great musical talent


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I’m far from an expert on Winnipeg’s music scene but I know what I like and I know that we’ve got incredible musicians in this city.
As a resident of South Osborne, I have the luxury of being able to walk to the Park Theatre on Osborne, one of Winnipeg’s premier live event venues. With over 300 events yearly including music, comedy, theatre, and film, the Park Theatre attracts an impressive community of creative people.

In the years I’ve lived in our neighbourhood, I’ve walked over to the Park Theatre countless times and experienced talent that absolutely floored me. Sometimes I just can’t believe how lucky we are to have the musical talent we have in Winnipeg. Like amazing “OMG” kind of music. Last month I attended a fundraiser for the South Osborne Syrian Refugee Initiative showcasing the musical brilliance of Scott Nolan, (with a guest appearance by William Prince), JD Edwards and Katie Murphy. The place was packed, the performances stellar, the crowd grateful for the opportunity to witness this kind of high-quality show and support a good cause at the same time.

A few weeks later I bought a ticket to see Hearing Trees for the first time and was flabbergasted not only with this amazingly talented band but also with the other two performing bands that night.

Winnipeg Free Press Local musician Scott Nolan recently played The Park Theatre as part of a benefit concert for the South Osborne Syrian Refugee Initiative. The Park Theatre hosts over 300 events a year. Nolan is pictured here in a file photo, performing at Interstellar Rodeo in 2015.

For $10 I experienced Silence Kit, a groovy grunge rock band with powerful vocals, melodic guitar and heavy punk inspired bass and drums. And then there was Moon Tan, a visual feast of funky and energetic vintage rock and roll. Hearing Trees showcased poetic vocals, multi-layered soundscapes and a whole lot of really cool sounding stuff.

I wanted to run out on the street and scream out, “Come in here!”

There’s some amazing music happening. Utterly mesmerized by all three bands that night, I became even more convinced that Winnipeg is home to gems of musical magic. And it’s always fun to continue to discover new bands.

I’m pretty sure I was one of the oldest people in the place that night but that was OK. All of these musicians are doing what they love and we can feel that. It’s what makes them great.

And it’s part of what makes our city great. So no matter where you live, if you haven’t checked out the Park Theatre, and local music, Winnipeg has loads of it. And it’s brilliant.

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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