British comedian James Mullinger was one of the hardest working stand ups in the UK as well as the Comedy Editor for GQ Magazine. (SEAN MCGRATH)

Carman Legion hosts Comedy Night

The Carman Legion will host a special comedy night, Saturday June 9 at 8 p.m. Big Daddy Tazz will present a pair of comedians, Jim McNally and James Mullinger. He said it’s part of his passion to raise funds and awareness for legions across Canada.

Left, Bruce Hoffman, John Fullerton, Tommy Nallie, Ken Lattimore and Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr.

Manitou hosts Legendary Sons of the Pioneers

The internationally renowned Sons of the Pioneers will bring their highly-acclaimed show of Country Western music to the Manitou Opera House on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The Sons of the Pioneers are synonymous with legend in the arena of Cowboy Music.

The 29th annual Back 40 Folk Festival is soon to get underway at Morden Park, featuring some of Manitoba’s best musicians, artisans, and food from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Back 40 Folk Festival celebrates 29 years

The 29th annual Back 40 Folk Festival is soon to get underway at Morden Park, featuring some of Manitoba’s best musicians, artisans, and food from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018. An exciting slate of entertainers awaits.

Derek Edwards will perform in Winkler at the Centennial Concert Hall on May 31.

Alls I’m Saying

Comedian Derek Edwards has one goal when he takes the stage, and that’s to make the audience laugh. “I’m just going for laughs,” he said. I’m not trying to change your mind politically or your outlook on the world. I’m going for the gut laugh, and the more the better.” Edwards’ tour “Alls I’m Saying” is making 17 stops across western Canada.

Dorothy In Wonderland will be presented by the Morden Collegiate Theatre Troupe May 10, 11 and 12.

Dorothy in Wonderland

The worlds of Oz and Wonderland will collide at Morden Collegiate.Dorothy In Wonderland will be presented by the Morden Collegiate Theatre Troupe May 10, 11 and 12.

The Sonatrice Singers women’s choir performed their 46th annual spring concert last week, inviting audiences to hear “And The Song Goes On” at the Carman Collegiate Community Theatre on April 26 and 27. (EMILY STOBBE-WIEBE)

Review: Sonatrice Singers’ spring concert a hit

They’ve done it again: the Sonatrice Singers have put together another stunning concert called “And The Song Goes On” filled with tunes across genres, from jazz, folk and pop to salsa. The choir, now in its forty- sixth season, held its spring concert April 26 and 27 at the Carman Collegiate Community Theatre and is directed by Brenda Doell.

Keziah Dyck performs Rubber Dolly.

Hi-Lites Concert caps off festival

The Morden Festival of the Arts capped off its season with the Hi-Lites Concert, held April 29 at the Morden Alliance Church. Attendees experienced the five of the six disciplines showcased at the festival including strings, sacred, piano, vocal and speech arts. Fifty-seven awards were presented.

Carman-based singing sensation Faouzia recently won first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Teen category for her single “Knock On My Door.” The awards were announced in mid-April. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Faouzia wins international songwriting award

Carman Collegiate student Faouzia Ouihya has won yet another international songwriting honour. The seventeen-year-old recently won first place in the teen category of the U.S.-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her single “Knock On My Door.”

David Beckingham performs at the Morden Legion Hall on May 4.

Beckingham brings fresh voice to Morden

A few years after losing his voice, David Beckingham has found it again and is bringing his music to Morden. A founding member of the Juno-nominated indie-pop band Hey Ocean!, Beckingham stepped more into a “dreamy” folk-pop mix for his solo album. Just When The Light released in 2016.

From left, cast members Keith Friesen, Connor Adrian, Katrina Epp, Amber Reimer and Melanie Wiebe. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Reconnecting with your childhood

Get ready to connect with your inner child at Flatlands Theatre’s latest offering. The theatre company is putting on The Velveteen Rabbit at the beginning of May. The play is an adaptation of the novel by Margery Williams. The book follows the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, who longs to become real through the love of his owner.

HiLites concert coming April 29

The 43rd season of the Morden Festival of the Arts is winding down with one more big event remaining. The HiLites Concert takes place at 2p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at the Morden Alliance Church, 363 Gilmour St. A silver collection will be taken.

Saturday’s country evening will feature Restless Heart, a band that’s sold over a million records and boasts six number one hits including When She Cries, Big Dreams In a Small Town and The Bluest Eyes in Texas.

Harvest Festival unveils line-up

The Winkler Harvest Festival has released its main stage headliners and announced an expanded format that allows for more stages and more culture than ever before. Winkler Events Coordinator Deb Penner said this year they will host four stages.

Matthew Larlee as Bert, Christina Klassen as Mary Poppins, Lea Ediger as Winifred Banks, Ethan Wiebe as George Banks. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Mary Poppins to land in Winkler

Students at Parkland School in Winkler are confident guests at their musical will find it to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Mary Poppins Jr. will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 25-26, and students are already excited about presenting this to a packed house.

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.