Entertainment

The concert takes place at Morden’s historic Kenmor Theatre on April 28, starting at 7 p.m. with emcee Robyn Wiebe. Tickets are $20 and will be available at Whitecap Coffee in Winkler, Thornview Grocery in Morden or by contacting the Back Forty Folk Festival at back40folkfest.com.

Take a trip back to the 70s

The annual 70s Show hosted by the Back 40 Folk Festival is back, coming to the Kenmor Theatre in Morden on April 28. Once again musicians from the Pembina Valley will play tribute to their musical heroes from the 70s.

PTM to host fashion show and tea

The Pembina Threshermens Museum will host a unique fundraiser by showcasing their old clothes. The Victorian Inspired Fashion Show & Tea takes place May 6 and will give participants a look into the past.

Francis Fontaine will adjudicate

Speech Arts next on festival calendar

Another item on the Morden Festival of the Arts calendar is approaching with French & English Speech Arts taking place April 17-19 at the Morden Alliance Church. With sessions at 9 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., there are 181 entries, up from 143 last year.

Adjudicator Margot Sim will view 32 entries ranging from K to Grade 12, including solos, duets, and choirs.

Vocal/choral sessions begin

After a busy and successful first half, the second half of the Morden Festival of the Arts continues with the vocal/choral category. Vocal/Choral begins Thursday, April 12 with sessions at 9 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Morden Mennonite Church.

Adjudicators include Rick Heppner-Mueller.

Local talent shines at Festival of the Arts

Piano remains a popular part of the Winkler Festival of the Arts which is set to get underway April 11. The annual event which allows musicians and singers to share their talents and be adjudicated will have 354 piano entries. President Dorothy Plett said this year the Vocal/Choral portion will be held April 11-12.

The Manitou Opera House will turn back time on Saturday, April 14, when they host REWiND, an 8-member band that brings back to life the hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

REWIND puts the shine on golden era

The Manitou Opera House will turn back time on Saturday, April 14, when they host REWiND, an 8-member band that brings back to life the hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The audience will join the band on a trip back to the days of transistor radios, sock hops, and cassette tapes.

Cinderlocks & the 7 Dwarves performances take place Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at the door one hour prior to each performance, with rush seating.

Cinderlocks & the 7 Dwarves

“If you know your fairy tales, this is the right (production) to come to. ”That’s the message one cast member of Cinderlocks & the 7 Dwarves would like to share. The student production created for and by Flatlands Theatre Classes, will take everything you thought you knew about the fairy tales and present it in a whole new way.

Black Umfolosi impressed crowds in Morden, March 9. (TERRY KLIPPENSTEIN)

In harmony at Access Event Centre

The world famous a cappella and dance group from Zimbabwe, Black Umfolosi, charmed the audience in the Access Centre on Friday, March 9, 2018. This group was “formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced.”

Greased lightning strikes Manitou

Prairie Spirit School Division and this year’s drama production go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. The division will be once again partnering with Candlewick Productions Inc. to bring the classic “Grease” (the school version) to The Manitou Opera House March 15-18.

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Strings sessions start March 11

The Morden Festival of the Arts Strings sessiions will run March 11-13 as part of the 43rd season of the festival. This year the entire festival boasts 566 entries, up 20 from last year.

Mark Blackwood and the Blackwood Quartet - a gospel group from the southern United States that has a rich history in the musical genre - are once again partnering with Steinbach’s very own Corny Rempel, an award-winning Elvis impersonator, in a tribute to the King.

Winkler welcomes the gospel side of Elvis

A renowned gospel group is teaming up with the King of Rock and Roll to bring a can’t miss tour to southern Manitoba. Mark Blackwood and the Blackwood Quartet - a gospel group from the southern United States that has a rich history in the musical genre - are once again partnering with Steinbach’s very own Corny Rempel.

Bellamy Young and Ryan Seacrest. (WENN.COM and AP file photo)

Young apologizes for Seacrest comments

Bellamy Young has apologized to Ryan Seacrest for suggesting he should “step aside” from his red carpet hosting gig at the Academy Awards following unproven allegations of sexual misconduct.

The strings concerts have become so popular the organization was forced to add a second one to accommodate all those who wished to attend.

DKSM prepares for strings concerts

For the first time, the Douglas Kuhl School of Music will be hosting two concerts to meet growing demand. Rochelle Drudge said they found at their last concert in December they simply could not accommodate everyone who wanted to attend.That’s why on Feb. 24, they are hosting two concerts, one at 4 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.