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Gladstone Music and Arts Festival winners

Young performers share their love of music and the arts at the annual festival

Young performers from the Gladstone, Plumas, MacGregor, Austin and Langruth areas shared their love of music and arts during the 89th Annual Gladstone Music and Arts Festival in April, where they received feedback from professional adjudicators. Band Awards Adjudicated by Annette Hay School Recorder Ensemble: Plumas, Grade 3 – 5 (Gold Seal Certificate) School Recorder

Choir members were billeted in Rossburn as part of hosting the touring group.

Watoto Children’s Choir presents concert in Rossburn

Group shares passion for music and message of hope for the future

The smiles, exuberance, and the heartfelt message, was an extraordinary experience presented by the Watoto Children’s Choir in Rossburn last month. The choir consisted of 17 youth and three adult singers/message presenters, and three band members. Up against some major events including the Brier, audience numbers were relatively low, but that didn’t bother the choir’s


The Young Pixels — Danny and Tricia Turner — of Kenton.

Balancing the lifestyle of family, farming and fun

Recording duo wants to pursue artistic side while raising a family and farming

Family farming roots, and following one’s dreams are the background of rural Manitoba’s rock ’n rollers known as The Young Pixels, a husband and wife duo from Kenton, Manitoba. Danny and Tricia Turner released their fifth record last month followed by a small tour taking them to Brandon, Winnipeg, and Kenton, before crossing the border

The band (l to r): Joseph Thiessen, Curtis Szakács, Robert Thiessen, Russell Thiessen, and Michael Thiessen.

Prairie Joe making its mark in Canada’s gospel music industry

Oak Lake-area family band recognized at GMA awards ceremony

Since releasing their debut album “The Good Life” in the spring of 2017, the five-piece group Prairie Joe, based in Oak Lake, is making a mark in Canada’s gospel music industry. The band consists of four brothers and a brother-in-law: Robert Thiessen (lead singer, guitarist), Joseph Thiessen (mandolin), Russell Thiessen (vocalist, percussion), Michael Thiessen (bass)

Diane Twerdun demonstrates the playing of a tsymbaly.

Keeping a piece of Ukrainian culture alive

Passion for sharing music led to crafting 
the tsymbaly, playing it and giving lessons

The tsymbaly has played a big role in the life of Rossburn, Manitoba resident Diane Twerdun and her late husband, Harry. From crafting the instrument, to playing it and giving lessons, the Twerduns kept this piece of Ukrainian culture alive locally, and across the country. Twerdun has been passionate about sharing her enjoyment of music


Nicholas Nowosad enjoys performing.


Oakburn farm boy loves to play his fiddle

Youngest of three opts for music and dance versus hockey

Adamant he didn’t want to play hockey like his two older brothers, Nicholas Nowosad of Oakburn surprised his parents when he declared he wanted to learn to play the violin instead. And several years later, the eight-year-old fiddled his way to second place in his age category at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in 2016.

Music is good for your health

Prairie Fare: Black Bean Brownies and Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Yogurt Sauce

I heard a high-pitched “beep beep beep” sound one day while I read the newspaper. I could tell the sound did not emanate from the smoke detector, the timer on our oven or the alarm on our refrigerator door. What was beeping? I didn’t smell smoke, so I didn’t rise from my chair. As I

The family band is made up of (back row l to r) Dave, Anna, Cathi and (front row l to r) Brian, Lily, and Peter.

Lazy Creek Express

Family from Kenton shares passion for music

Rehearsals at home are a whole lot of fun for the Dyck family, who enjoy sharing their passion for bluegrass, gospel, and traditional music, with appreciative audiences. Going by the name of Lazy Creek Express, this family from Kenton has been singing together for 11 years. The group is comprised of father Dave, along with


Ranchers hear good and bad news on trade front

Checkoff increase proposal approved at Manitoba Beef Producers district meeting as organization deals with decline in checkoffs from shrinking cattle herd

The Lord works in mysterious ways. Imports of communion wafers are apparently one of the Canadian beef industry’s trump cards in its ongoing battle to overturn Washington’s country-of-origin labelling Law (COOL). “It’s not that the government of Canada doesn’t like Catholics,” Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Cam Dahl said at the recent District 6 meeting.

Old-time dance fever sweeping across southern Manitoba

Bob Williamson has sparked a revival of dances such as the foxtrot and polka in southern Manitoba


It began with an impromptu lesson for a couple of students, but an old-time dance craze has been started by shops teacher Bob Williamson — and it’s spreading across southern Manitoba. Williamson, who came out of retirement to teach at Glenboro School, surprised two students hanging around the shop door by asking, “Why don’t you