The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will soon roll its way into Manitoba to celebrate 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America.
The train will stop in Winnipeg on Monday, December 3 at 9 p.m. at the grade railway crossing at Panet Road and Molson Street. The event runs from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. and the stage will open to both sides.
Two local humanitarians will be bestowed with awards from the Canadian Red Cross on May 24.
Businessman and president of Peerless Garments, Albert El Tassi, and singer/songwriter Sierra Noble will receive the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year and 2012 Young Humanitarian of the Year awards, respectively.
The recipients will be honoured at the 2012 Power of Humanity Awards Gala evening, sponsored by Manitoba Lotteries, at the Fort Garry Hotel. Proceeds from the event will support the humanitarian work of the Red Cross in Manitoba.
To purchase tickets, call (204) 982-7330 or visit RedCross.ca.
CLEAR LAKE, Man. — Ghosts and goblins don’t usually appear until late October, but in Clear Lake over the weekend, an exception was made.
Children ran up and down the streets of Wasagaming, Manitoba on Saturday collecting candy as part of Manitoba Homecoming 2010’s weekend celebrations.
Stores and restaurants in the downtown area handed out sugary treats to anyone dressed up in a costume for “Boo in the Park” — adults excluded, of course. The New Chalet hotel drew the most attention for their makeshift cemetery display, complete with a fogging machine and freshly-dug grave sites.
Further down Wasagaming Drive, it was shoulder to shoulder foot traffic as tourists wandered in and out of shops under sunny skies and mild August temperatures. Washington, Minnesota, Alberta, B.C., and Ontario — just some of the out-of-province licence plates that lined the street on Saturday.
The highlight of the evening was the spectacular concert put on my Winnipeg songstress Sierra Noble and Portage la Prairie’s Doc Walker. By early Saturday morning, crews were setting up the stage in the lakefront park, testing lights and performing sound check. Mere hours later, eager fans were already setting up their lawn chairs front and centre on the grass.
By 7 p.m. the show was underway and it was a challenge to find a foot that wasn’t tapping to the beat. Sierra Noble took the stage first and engaged the crowd in a conversation about her admiration for Folklorama. After getting her feel for the audience and becoming set in her groove, Noble performed a stellar rendition of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper,” who she introduced as four guys from England whom you may know as The Beatles.
Noble ended her set with an extended fast-paced song on the fiddle, which she is known for more than her singing. “I want everybody to get up,” she belted, as the laid back audience made up of both young and old fans stood up from their lawn chairs.
Following what was an energizing opening act, Noble urged those in attendance to stick around and meet her in the nearby bandstand gazebo, even if it was a small plug to go and buy her CD. Money definitely well spent for those who took her up on the offer.
As the crowd stretched and walked around during a 35-minute intermission while Doc Walker prepared to go on, the sun began to set on what couldn’t have been a more perfect day in Riding Mountain National Park.
The stage lights were brought up again at around 8:30 p.m. as Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw and Murray Pulver greeted the fans who were cheering the band’s name for several minutes before they appeared.
While the atmosphere was more relaxed for Sierra Noble, the crowd clearly came for Doc Walker, as it was standing room only for most of the show as bright LCD screens could be seen above heads as pictures from every angle were being snapped.
And it wouldn’t be a Doc Walker concert without hearing their smash hit, That’s All. Even if you aren’t a country music fan, or aren’t familiar with the genre, you would have recognized the song from the air play it received, which helped the band pick up five CCMAs in 2008 for their album Beautiful Life.
Organizers on scene estimated about 5,000 people were in attendance, which Parks Canada says is the most people Clear Lake has seen in recent memory. With so many people converging on what’s normally a quiet resort town, parking was hard to come by. The main strip was full by 11 a.m., and overflow spots were being taken advantage of, including some creative, yet not so legal, parking jobs.
The three days of events at Clear Lake began Friday, and organizers did a fantastic job of every bit of it. Both Parks Canada and Manitoba Homecoming 2010 were running as well-oiled machines to make sure everyone was having a fun time. On the crime front, the RCMP weren’t reporting any major incidents, as additional officers were brought in from surrounding detachments to handle crowd control.
Following a rash of vandalism in the Wasgaming town site on August 12, including smashed store windows and an overturned Parks Canada electric vehicle, there was a subdued, peaceful feeling over the weekend, in what many considered the last big hurrah of the summer.
Riding Mountain National Park is the place to be this weekend, as the town of Wasagaming and Manitoba Homecoming 2010 present three days of family-oriented events.
The highlight of the weekend will be a free outdoor concert featuring Manitoba acts Doc Walker and Sierra Noble on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Leading up to what’s sure to be a stellar performance, organizers are planning a whole range of events to keep visitors occupied.
Check out what’s happening below:
Friday, August 20
10 a.m. — Grasshopper Valley Hike*
2 p.m. — Interpreter in Action Station: Escarpment Dept.
7 p.m. — Bear-in’ it All Campfire: Wasagaming Campground Campfire Circle
7 p.m. — The Merry Woodmen: Bandstand
Saturday, August 21
10 a.m. — George Creek Hike*
Boo in the Park — Halloween Activities for the whole family. Activities include:
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Trick or Treating / Haunted House
1 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Kids Game Stations / Hay Rides / Blow Up Bouncer
2 p.m. — Interpreter in Action Station: Rolling River Fire Olympics
7 p.m. — Songs of Riding Mountain Campfire
7 p.m. — Doc Walker and Sierra Noble
Sunday, August 22
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Sandcastle Building Contest (Register with Friends of RMNP)
10 a.m. — Historical Sunday Stroll*
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Face Painting: Bandstand
2 p.m. — Great Grassland Adventure Puppet Show: Playground
7 p.m. — Call of the Wild Car Caravan*
9:30 p.m. — Dusk Discoveries: Black Bears: Wasagaming Campground
*Register at the Visitor Centre. Fees apply.
Environment Canada is calling for temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s this weekend in Clear Lake.
A free outdoor concert this summer will have the normally quiet town of Clear Lake set into party mode.
Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Riding Mountain National Park are presenting Doc Walker and Sierra Noble on Saturday, August 21 in the Wasagaming town site.
“There’s nothing like enjoying great Manitoba talent on an outdoor stage,” said Kevin Walters, Executive Director, Manitoba Homecoming 2010. “This concert will definitely be worth coming home for!”
The bands will hit the stage at 6:30 p.m.
Other events at Clear Lake this summer include:
Canada Day — Citizenship ceremony, mixed with cultural and local entertainment (free entry)
July 17 — Parks Day (free entry)
July 24-25 — Clear Lake Celebration Weekend
August 6-8 — Wasagaming Weekend
In addition to the August 21 concert, the Wasagaming community plans to host several activities during Homecoming weekend including the annual Boo in the Park event celebrating Halloween in summer. More information on activities is available at www.pc.gc.ca/riding.