So, who’s got talent in Portage la Prairie?

To celebrate 25 years, Prairie Fusion is putting on a “wild” show at the end of the month.


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Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment, also known as the William Glesby Centre, is celebrating 25 years in Portage la Prairie.

The community arts centre, which was established in 1998, was operated by Prairie Community Centre before its board amalgamated with Portage & District Arts Council in 2019 to create Prairie Fusion — a space for art, community, and local entertainment.

And what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a community talent show put together by the Prairie Fusion crew. The community extravaganza will take place in the Fimi Glesby Theatre in the Glesby Centre (112 St NE, Portage la Prairie) on May 31.

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Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment is dedicated to a supportive, local environment, according to its website.

Glesby’s Who’s Got Talent? will feature a variety of different acts, ranging from folk-classic grassroots performances, to younger-aged garage bands, to very niche presentations such as unicycling and gymnastics.

The show is meant to highlight both the facility but also the community that has made it a successful staple during the time it’s been active, said Stefanie Dunn, executive director at Prairie Fusion.

The waiver for contestants stresses that performers must be amateur and not professional, encouraging people to come out of their shells and join.

“We’re just encouraging everyone who thinks they have a unique talent to come out,” Dunn said. “We’re looking for, you know, the brightest stars in the community and we’re going to give them one of the best stages to perform on.”

Beyond the stage, Prairie Fusion regularly offers art exhibits in its gallery space (open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and it is often used for community events and fundraisers.

“We’re really lucky to have the facility,” Dunn said.

Dunn said organizers are really excited about the submissions they’ve received for the talent show. She said those interested are welcome to see “how wild things will get.”

Video submissions were accepted until May 19, a deadline that had been extended due to demand from those unable to get the perfect shot.

Tickets are $20 for adults, while kids get in for $10.

More info can be found online at

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